Carried By Christ

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lamentations 3:25 KJV

The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

The essence of this verse is to trust in the Lord. To wait on the Lord is wise. God is good to those who wait on Him. Waiting, though difficult, is the way through trials. This is advice from Jeremiah to Israel. Scripture tells us that the things that happened to Israel were for our example. How God dealt with them is how He will deal with us. How we should respond to Him is also the same. When faced with trial, we, too, should quietly wait on the Lord. The response to trials is to receive humbly at the hand of God that which He sends, remaining humble. Those who are under God's hand of affliction must realize from whom it comes, and trust Him who sent it. No matter the apparent source of a trial, it is the Lord’s doing. Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for good to those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. The most awful things that can come our way will in the end bring about glory to God, and growth in Him for us. The most obvious example of this is David who committed the sins of adultery and murder. But his predecessor to the throne was born of the same woman. God’s hand is always on His own. And His ways are always right regardless. These things being so, the believer is called to lean on and trust God. God's goal is not affliction or grief just for the fun of it. God is compassionate. He desires nothing but the best for those that are His. But, what is best is not always what we think is the best. God's view of things is so much longer than ours. When we come into affliction, God's mighty hand is upon us. To those in Jerusalem at the time this verse was written, the invasion by Babylon and destruction of the city, was a great trial. One can only imagine the fear, heartache, loss, and pain. Undoubtedly hunger and sleeplessness were part of the ordeal, too. But here Jeremiah makes it clear to those who know God that God's plan includes their ultimate good. This trial is not to their destruction. Hereby God will prove His faithfulness to them. They will know of His care. They will see that He is faithful. This affliction is not something that will end in their destruction.
So what is the way in trials? Lamentations 3:27-30 gives the answer; quietly wait on and trust in Him. The Israelites in Jerusalem, who were God's, had no choice in their affliction. It came upon them, and turned their world upside down. The only choice they had was to trust the Lord - and wait. We really have no other choice, either. So we are to look to Him in affliction. We are to humble ourselves under His hand. We are to lean on Him, and trust in Him. He does not afflict willingly, neither grieve. He will have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. And He will be faithful.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Proverbs 10:14

14Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Thursday, January 25, 2007


Woman came out of a man's rib. Not from his feet to be walked on. Not from his head to be superior, but from his side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Psalm 27:1

1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When one has faith, we realize that the Lord is our Light, our strength, and it is through our lives which He moves. All God's children desire to dwell in their Father's house. When His presence is within us, whom shall we fear?

Friday, January 19, 2007

Psalm 98:1

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.

When a person repents and converts to a relationship with Christ, the person becomes new and sings a new song, very different from what they had sung before. God changes their heart, and places a new song into their mouths. Sinful human nature is replaced by God's nature.

Let us praise Him for each that is redeemed through His salvation and His righteousness, which fulfilled the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament, and has found victory over the power of Satan, unbelief, and sin. Because of this victory in Jesus, we sing a new song. We sing songs of joy and thanksgiving; our lives will celebrate the Redeemer's praise.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

2 John 1:6

And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Some of us learn to love others as a child in Sunday School. It is important for a strong foundation to be built in our children. They, then, as adults, become more likely in their turn to support the gospel. Our walk is true, our converse right, when according to the word of God.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Job 8:1-19

Job's friends accused him of evil doings. That must be the explanation for his plite. But Job recognized that not to be the case. He spoke about purpose.

Bildad disagrees, disputing Job angrily, asking Job how he could speak these evil things. And like us in our daily lives, Bildad was quick to treat a man recognizing God's plan with sharpness and contempt. As Bildad toward Job, we carry unfavorable opinions to people that speak the truth, but enables us to look into our own lives and see that we don't wish to recognize God's purpose when things are going wrong. We expect our walk with Christ to be without storms. Without trial.
God's judgement does not necessarily always utilize extraordinary afflictions for the punishment of extraordinary sins. In fact, more often than not, extreme afflictions are nothing more than trials of extraordinary graces, instruments in acheiving God's Will. So rather than judging our friends who face hardship, we ought to take the favorable side.

Bildad states to Job that if he were indeed upright, he would eventually see a good end of his present troubles. This is God's way of enriching the souls of his people with graces and comforts. The beginning is miniature, but the progress builds to perfection. Dawning light grows to noon-day brightness.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Christian Values regarding sex, marriage, and faithfulness to your mate

On one of my political blogs, A Right Angle in a Left Turn World, a non-Christian Conservative commented that the ideas of no sex before marriage, marriage for life, and sexual relations with only your spouse is not in the Bible, it is only interpreted that way by the Church.

In response, I have the following verses (this will be posted as a comment on that blog as well):

1 Corinthians 7:1-9

1Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

2Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

3Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

4The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

5Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

6But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

7For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

8I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

9But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

You shall not commit adultery. Ex. 20:14.

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt. 5:28.

"Haven't you read that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?" So they are no longer two but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate" (Matthew 19:4-6).

Friday, January 05, 2007

Isaiah 55:6

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.

People spend so much time searching for God in today's society. They seek for Him in all the wrong places. Unfortunately, people search for God in places they believe God ought to be, not where God truly is. The simplicity of salvation is too much for folks to grasp, so they search for Him in the complex world of mysticism, or science. God is nothing more than the Creator who is our Father and Savior. He needs not hide in places that must be searched out beyond His Holy Scripture. He is before us, calling us to Him. All we need to do is answer and ask for the gift He provided for us on a cross on Calvary two thousand years ago. Simply put, He is all around us, in front of us, carrying us, loving us, asking us to Worship Him. He simply asks that we recognize our home, and step through the doorway into His loving care.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Hebrews 12:1

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

Persevering obedience of faith in Christ is the race set before us. We will either win the crown of glory, or have everlasting misery. Sin is against us, and we are prone to sin because of our human nature. And it is our sin that hinders us while
running the Christian race. Sin take away every motive for running, giving power to discouragement. When we grow weary and faint in their minds, we must remember what Jesus suffered. By looking to Jesus, we strengthen our faith.

There is a proneness in believers to grow weary, and to faint under trials and afflictions of life. Christians should not stumble under their trials. Their enemies and persecutors are nothing more than instruments to inflict sufferings, our Heavenly Father has his hand in everything. However, Christians ought not make light of afflictions, either, and be without feeling under them. The storms of life
are the hand and rod of God, and may be His rebukes for sin.

Bear up with faith and patience. God may let others alone in their sins, but he will correct sin in his own children. In this He acts as a father. It is always for our profit.

Our whole life here on Earth is likened to a state of childhood. We are imperfect to spiritual things. When we come to a perfect state, we shall be fully reconciled to all God's chastisement of us now. God's correction is not condemnation.

Let us learn to consider the afflictions brought on us by the malice of men as corrections sent by our wise and gracious Father, for our spiritual good.

And let us run the race to the end.