Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Why Ask Why?

God is Faithful

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.  The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.  Psalm 145:13

When passed over for a promotion, or still seeking employment, when illness strikes, or when things don’t make sense – we all want to know WHY.

In the story of Lazarus, Martha said to the Lord “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."John 11:21-22   Despite her grief and lack of understanding behind her brother’s death, she trusted Jesus.  Later that day, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead for all who believed to see the glory of God.

Some of life’s questions we’ll never know the answer….But what we do know is that God knows, and that He loves us, desires the best for us and has a grand plan for us.  And when we trust God with all the answers, we can find a peace that surpasses all understanding.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil 4:7

Because God is faithful, in Christ we can find peace even though we don't have all the answers.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Independence Day

God Is All-Powerful

I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Romans 7:18

This week we will celebrate the 4th of July. We will be reminded that we live in a wonderful and free country. Our constitution provides each American with an abundance of civil liberties, but are we truly free as individuals? Each day we are faced with temptation and while we have the freedom to make a choice, do we always choose what we know in our hearts is best?

The Bible tells us we can not be truly free until we have made Christ the Lord of our lives. Because of our sinful nature, we do not have the ability to resist temptation in our own strength. We may be able to withstand a persuasion for a time being, but not forever. However, with Christ in our hearts, we are given the power to be free from all sin if we are willing. Yes, our country grants us many freedoms, but our own hearts will never be free without surrender.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Because God is all-powerful, with Christ we are set free from temptation