“You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand — you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.” Psalms 40:6 NLT
God simply wants us! He wants our lives. He created us and He delights in our lives displaying His glory! All of creation displays the handiwork of Almighty God! His crown jewel is us! We are the apex of His creation. God has always intended for us to know Him and walk with Him. In the bowers of Eden, He made man from the dust (see Genesis 2:7). There, He placed man to take care of this paradise called Eden (see Genesis 2:15). All of the things that the earth held was his to enjoy. The enjoyment was holy, sanctified. All things were untainted. There was no curse upon anything under man's charge. In the beauty of holiness, man walked with God in utter intimacy. There was no shame from sin. No perversion of mind or heart. Nothing but absolute Utopia! God had granted man the privilege to oversee His created earth (see Genesis 1:28). Sin changed all of that (see Genesis 3:1-7). Darkness, shame, and regret flooded in like a tsunami. Paradise was lost (see Genesis 3:20-24). No longer could we walk with God in the absolute beauty of His creation. Man was left to meander through the maze of his own undoing. Hope was buried beneath the curse of sin. But!! God had a plan! He instructed man on His holiness through the law of Moses (the Books of Moses are Genesis -Deuteronomy). However, the law could only bring us to the acknowledgement our violations of His holiness (sin). Regulations and ceremony were given to us in order to establish a way of life that would mercifully grant limited understanding and access to the One who so loved us. The law would sustain civility, stability, and posterity. These laws required sacrifice and offerings. This was a tedious and strict process. Full atonement could only come from God Himself. The law was powerless to redeem us, reinstate our relationship with God, or regain the paradise that God had made for us. A ransom had to be offered. Then came the incarnation - God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ (see Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-14; 2 Corinthians 5:19 and many more). He dwelt among us, taught about things eternal, and paid our ransom. Those who trust in His finished work on the cross are saved from eternal death and decay (see Romans 10:8-10,13). For those who have received Him (Jesus) there is the promise of the full restoration of all things (see Romans 8:18-30). Once again, we will walk with Him and talk with Him on the earth He created (see Revelation 21 and 22). nly this time, there will be no Satan, no sin, no sickness, no sorrow, or suffering! The darkness will be dispelled and the light of His presence will eternally illuminate the life we live (see Revelation 21:22-27). I don't know about you, but my heart is heavy and longing for home! As John Bunyan so masterfully composes and articulates in his classic book "Pilgrims Progress" (this is not a quote but a concise summary of the book): Our gait must be fixed, our eyes must be set, and our complete focus given to our destination, not the distractions of our journey! God has always wanted us, not the ritual! The person of God is our life and the new earth He will make is the place we will call home. (see Isaiah 65:17-25; 2 Peter 3:13; and Revelation 21:1-4). For so many years we were so far from the One who made us. Now, through the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be so close! One day, we will see His face!!! No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 22:3-5 NLT
“O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.”
Psalms 40:5 NLT
I believe we all can agree that God has done many wonderful things for us. Can I get an Amen? His plans for us are beyond our ability to proclaim in mere human language, but we will do our best, nonetheless, for HE IS WORTHY!!! He has no rival and no equal! He is the Overcomer of the overcomers. He is the leader of the legislators. He is the Master of the mighty! He is the Overseer of the church. He is truth's fairest jewel. He is time's choicest theme. He is light's clearest ray. He is glory's stateless summit. He is purity's whitest peak! He is the Conqueror of the conquerors. He precedes all things in His Priority. He exceeds all things in His Superiority. He succeeds all things in His Finality! We can't outlive Him and we can't live without Him! His name stands for full pardon, free salvation, friendly help, and food for the soul! His name brings help to our lives and hope to our souls. His name is the only way of salvation! He is the only One qualified to be an all-sufficient Savior! One day we will all stand before Him in judgment. He is the consummation of all things! Can I get a witness from anyone right now? Can anyone shout the greatness of our God? Give glory to Him in the name that's above every name - Jesus!!! Clap your hands to Him! Raise your hands to Him! Let the sweetness of His matchless name flow from your lips right now. He has done great things! Give Him praise and glory! Our God is the only God!!! Awesome is He! His character and His deeds are indescribable and inexplicable. John, the apostle, said this about Jesus: Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25 NLT He is indescribable, uncontainable, uncontrollable, indestructible! I can't hush! Praise Him with me right now, wherever you may be. Great and mighty is the Lord our God! Great and mighty is HE!
“Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.”
Psalms 40:4 NLT
The people who live life to its fullest are those who understand that our sinful pride takes us to a place of self- sufficiency and arrogance. This is the sin of Lucifer himself (see Isaiah 14:12-17). Jesus had to correct the seventy (some manuscripts and translations say "seventy-two") disciples in Luke 10:1-20 when they had returned from their commission to heal the sick and tell of the Kingdom of God. They returned with a prideful glee about being able to cast out demons in Jesus name. Jesus immediately reminds them of Satan's fall from heaven. Pride is the primary sin of Satan and sinful humanity. Our pride makes us rebellious and leads us into a life of selfishness. The results are always disastrous. In our arrogance we make, for ourselves, idols. These idols can be things like career pursuits, cars, houses, pleasures, etc. All the while, our lives are being driven down a road that leads to destruction. This is Satan's way of pied piping us into the gates of Hell. Without even realizing it, many (most if I might add) are plunging down this whirlpool of disaster. Only those who place their full trust in the Lord Jesus Christ are able to navigate through this awful maze that we think is life. Life, as we now know it, isn't really life at all. We live in a world swallowed by sin and engulfed in a sea of pagan practices. Every day we are bombarded by the onslaught of the liberal media that touts this insanity in our faces. Our minds are being mesmerized and desensitized to sin and ungodliness. We now think the abnormal is normal. We now call things acceptable that God calls abomination. Our pride and our self worship will end, ultimately, in eternal damnation. Jesus warned us about this. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NLT He has called humanity to repent and be saved, yet most of us rush on like Helter Skelter with our fingers in our ears. Who will hear the call of God and come out? Who will trust in the only True Life? True life is found only in the Author of Life!!! Jesus is His Name! Today, I make my choice. I know the One who is Life and who gives life. How about you?
“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” Psalms 40:3 NLT
When God picks us up out of the mire and sets our feet on solid ground, a jubilant song finds its way onto our lips. Our tongues begin to proclaim the goodness and grace of Almighty God! Our hearts are renewed and set ablaze with praises to the Lord! Are you in a pit of despair? Are you downcast and discouraged? Do you wonder if deliverance will come? Stand firm and stand still! The salvation of the Lord will come!! When the children of Israel were facing the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaohs army behind them, they began complaining in this way: “and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’” But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”” Exodus 14:11-14 NLT Don't let your impatience drive you to make substandard choices that will only complicate matters. Wait!! When you don't know what to do, do nothing! Stand still and let God move. Fighting the quick sand that is trying to swallow you is counterproductive. The Red Sea in front of you is no match for the God who is over you! Just like the children of Israel, God sees your circumstances and hears your cry for help. In His mercy, He will bring you deliverance if you will simply trust in Him. When He does, like David, you will spring forth with a renewed vigor and a song of praise. When the children of Israel made it across the Red Sea, on dry ground I might add (see Exodus 14:21-22, 29; 15:19), they sang a song of deliverance too (see Exodus 15:1-21). Think of all the times in the past that He brought you out of some very desperate places. Let the testimony of the past be the reminder of His unfailing faithfulness in the present. He is already there, ahead of you. He is in the future! Your future is Him!!! Focus on Him, praise Him in the midst of the storm, and expect Him to take care of you. Don't look to the left. Don't look to the right! Tomorrow isn't here. Yesterday is gone. Today is the present. Live in the gift of this day. Sing, laugh, and joy in the goodness of God!!!
“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”
Psalms 40:1-2 NLT
David testified of God's deliverance. He waited for the Lord to bring deliverance and his patience was rewarded. Are you in a pit of despair? Are you sinking in quick sand and wonder if God will rescue you before you sink below the mire? Patiently wait for Him. He will not fail you. He has proved Himself faithful through all generations. He will be faithful to you now. Look to the Lord and fix your gaze upon Him. Let the constancy of His character give you the assurance that everything is in His capable hands. Listen to the lyric of on old song written by Helen Howarth Lemmel:
"Turn you eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace."
Rather than fixing your focus on the uncertainty of the situation around you, look up to God! Don't look down at the sinking sand beneath you. Don't look around at the unstable circumstances of life. Don't look back at where you came from. Look up to God! There you will find help! Cry out to Him and wait for His deliverance. Help is on the way! Simply wait for the arrival. He will be there right on time!
“I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.” But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things— the turmoil within me grew worse. The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words: “ Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me. I am silent before you; I won’t say a word, for my punishment is from you. But please stop striking me! I am exhausted by the blows from your hand. When you discipline us for our sins, you consume like a moth what is precious to us. Each of us is but a breath. Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest— a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me. Leave me alone so I can smile again before I am gone and exist no more.” Psalms 39:1-13 NLT
David, the king, is in turmoil. He wants to keep his tongue in check but there is a battle raging in his mind. His contemplation seems to be upon his regrets, his circumstances, his enemies, the ungodly culture around him, and the shortness of life itself. Suddenly his soul is overwhelmed with sarcasm. Life is not what he thought it would be at this point. Isn't it amazing how we all have found ourselves in a place like this? Regrets eating away at our hearts and minds, adversity chasing us like an enemy in pursuit, the ungodliness of our culture, and the recognition of our brief life. All of this leaves us longing for hope. That hope is found only in Jesus!!! No where else can we find forgiveness for our sins, protection from our enemies, consolation in the cultural struggle, and hope for the future. As Dr. S.M. Lockridge once said: "He gives us pardon for our past, power for our present, and a bright prospect for our future." Our lives are filled with challenges on every side. Sometimes we feel like screaming at the top of our lungs just to let our turbulent emotions flow out of us like magma that has been boiling beneath the surface. Today, if you are in a spot like that, take a moment and pray. Share your heart with God! He already knows your contemplations. Let Him give you the help and hope you need to carry on!
You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh. My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind. My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease. Even my own family stands at a distance. Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me. Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery. But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak. I choose to hear nothing, and I make no reply. For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God. I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall.” I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain. But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done. I have many aggressive enemies; they hate me without reason. They repay me evil for good and oppose me for pursuing good. Do not abandon me, O Lord. Do not stand at a distance, my God. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.” Psalms 38:9-22 NLT
David was in a difficult place in his life. Sin had left him downcast, his body fought with pain, his friends and family didn't want to get too close, and his enemies were taunting and threatening him. Instead of resigning his life to defeat, he made a choice to plug his ears to the enemies rhetoric and give his situation to God! His only help was in God! He confessed his sin to God and trusted Him to deliver him. His only hope of survival was God! You and I would do well to learn this same thing. Regardless of the circumstances of our lives, our only help and our only hope is in God! “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalms 46:1 NLT God is not our enemy. The current state of the fallen world, other people, and even our own selves are the enemy. God is our help! The only hope of survival for us is in the Lord Jesus Christ!!! “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:18-20 NLT Listen to the lyric of an old hymn: "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less" written in 1834 by Pastor Edward Mote
"My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand
When darkness hides His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand
When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand"
“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”
Colossians 1:22 NLT
“O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage! Your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me. Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins. My guilt overwhelms me— it is a burden too heavy to bear. My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins. I am bent over and racked with pain. All day long I walk around filled with grief. A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken. I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart.”
Psalms 38:1-8 NLT
Has life ever left you spiritually broken, physically sick, and emotionally exhausted? David the king felt that way. Circumstances had taken their toll. Sin had brought it's awful consequences and his enemies were relentlessly pursuing his death. Frankly, he felt forgotten! Ever feel that way? Loneliness sets in when we are in the midst of adversity and we feel like the world is against us. Guilt over sins committed sits upon us like a saddle. We long for remembrance, the loving touch and embrace of our Father. We yearn for a better time and place. Anguish bears heavy upon our souls like a ball and chain. We simply desire to find rest and to be free from the shackles and chains. If only God would "remember us". I have great news! He hasn't forgotten us. Life may change like the seasons of a year but we can count on the constancy of our Heavenly Father! He sees all things and He is always attentive to the cry of His children. If life has you broken, sick, and exhausted, cry out to Jesus! He is as close as the mention of His name! He will give you rest, rest that only He can give - rest for your soul. “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”” Matthew 11:29-30 NLT He isn't your adversary! He is your advocate! “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Romans 8:31 NLT If you have sinned, call out to Him in repentance and He will run to you!! “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.” 1 John 2:1 NLT The only hope we have in this struggle of life is the advocacy of Jesus Christ! He is the only one who can appear for us in heavens court and plead our case. Through Him, we have acceptation, representation, justification, sanctification, and future glorification. Child of God, the battle may be intense, but the war has already been won! Victory is assured and the best awaits us just ahead! Don't doubt in the darkness what God has revealed in the light. Don't relinquish your armor in the midst of the fight. Fight on! Fight on! He is with us!
“Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever. For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die. The godly will possess the land and will live there forever. The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong. They have made God’s law their own, so they will never slip from his path. The wicked wait in ambush for the godly, looking for an excuse to kill them. But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial. Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed. I have seen wicked and ruthless people flourishing like a tree in its native soil. But when I looked again, they were gone! Though I searched for them, I could not find them! Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace. But the rebellious will be destroyed; they have no future. The Lord rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble. The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.” Psalms 37:27-40 NLT
Godly. This word is rooted in God! In practical terms it is defined as demonstrating character that portrays the nature of God! God is holy!!!This means He is perfect and pure!!! There is no unrighteousness in Him!!! He is absent of sin!!!!!!! Only He is Holy! Jesus, who is the visible image of the unseen God, manifested God to us in the form of a human. “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,” Colossians 1:15 NLT “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” Colossians 2:9 NLT “Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.” John 14:9-11 NLTJesus came to sinful, fallen humanity to manifest the very likeness of God to man. He lived a sinless life, died on a Roman cross to pay sins debt, and offers salvation to all who trust in Him! In Jesus Christ, the believer is made holy in the sight of God. Only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can we be made right with God, be saved, and have the image of God restored to our lives (see Romans 5:1). In Genesis 1:26 we are told that God made man in His image. Consider these two things: 1. Man was made holy and without sin. Our nature (character) was like that of God! Let me be abundantly clear here. We were not God, nor will we ever be God! We were made by God to experience Him! 2. Man man was made with a spirit, soul, and body. (see I Thessalonians 5:23). Like God, we are three in one (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - One God). We are spirit, soul, and body. Our body was made to be the vessel in which our spirit and soul would dwell. Our body was the structure that facilitated the other two. Our soul was created as our mind, will, and emotions. In this way we would be able to think, determine, and experience life. We are relational and creative. Our spirit was the very life (breath) of God within us. Something happened to distort these things. Man fell to sin (see Genesis 3:1-7). When we fell, our spirit was immediately corrupted and we became filled with darkness. We were no longer holy. Our ability to live out the godly life that God had given us was altered. Our minds became dark, our will became rebellious, and our experience of life became perverted. Although we, innately, know that there is right and wrong, we now battle with the consequences of sin. We are prone to depravity. Our home, earth, was overtaken by Satan and his minions when we disobeyed God's command of Genesis 2:15-17. In Genesis 3, we forfeited the domain into his hands. We are now in bondage to sin and ungodliness. The only way out is through Jesus Christ! In Him we are made right with God (see John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:8-10). When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we experience a reconciliation. We are reinstated to a right relationship with God! Through the person and power of the Holy Spirit we can now live godly lives and wait until the restoration of all things (see Galatians 5:16). We now live in a land that is terrorized by sin. We live in a land that is under a curse. However, there is coming a day when the children of God will reign once again on this earth as the kings and priests of Almighty God! “And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.”” Revelation 5:9-10 NLT This restoration and reigning will take place after Christ returns and the earth is remade (see 2 Peter 3:10-15 and Revelation 19-21). Saints of God, our day is coming. One day, the wicked will be destroyed and the children of God will finally be home where they belong. Right now, we are sojourners. We are pilgrims in a strange land. Let's keep our eyes on home, the eternal heaven!
“The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.” Psalms 37:26 NLT
Godly people are generous people. Being godly is more than adhering to a set of regulations that distinguish us from others. Indeed, we should live a life that is separate from the world! “Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.” 2 Corinthians 6:17 NLT However, we should also be a preview of the coming attraction by displaying His character. “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:16 NLT Jesus was generous to those around him. He turned the water into wine, healed the sick, raised the dead, cast our demons, fed the multitudes with loaves and fish, ate with disreputable sinners, taught the people, loved them, and gave His life to save us from sin and death. Jesus is the ultimate giver!!! “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6 NLT Giving should be the natural outflow of a heart that has been transformed by the loving grace of The Lord Jesus Christ! When we understand how benevolent God is to us, we should respond with willful, cheerful giving to others! “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 NLT Let me make something very clear! God isn't telling us to give to irresponsible, lazy people. “Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 NLT He is telling us to be kind, thoughtful, and generous to our fellow man. We should be observant of others circumstances and respond in obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit! As we recognize the fact that everything we have is His, we can properly place things of life in perspective and priority. We must always remember that we are managers of His resources, not owners. Finally, we who are givers can expect a reaping from our sowing. “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7 NLT One of the greatest blessings we can have as a result of a godly life is a posterity (future generation) that honors God and continues to be a blessing to the world. We MUST understand that our children are directly impacted by our example. Let's set them up for blessing, not cursing. Are you a generous giver or an Ebenezer Scrooge? Think about how your life is, or isn't, making a difference to others. Good news: God has given you another day and another chance. Don't squander it!!
Rev. Curtis Norris