The Christian Masada

Looking back a few years to a post that somehow transcends time. Back next week with a very special blog. jk

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After the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E., the Romans turned their attention to stamping out the last of the rebels holding out at the fortresses of Herodium and Machaerus as well as in the “Forest of Jardes” (which has not yet been identified). The last remaining site occupied by the Jewish rebels was at Herod’s desert fortress-palace on the cliff-top of Masada. Led by Roman general Flavius Silva, the Legio X Fretensis—a veteran military unit—began the siege operation against the rebels in 72 or 73 C.E.

The spiritual heart of the Jewish nation was being destroyed and many of their leaders were dead. Those Jews left in positions of authority or leadership were either appointed by the Romans or influenced by the need to comply in order to survive. Only  five survived and they were women and children. The Jews at Masada had chosen to kill themselves rather than surrender…

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What about Jesus…..After The Cross?

Picking up from where we were last week, let’s go through these verses from Hebrews 10:19-25

Jesus is the living way to the presence of God.  In front of the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle hung the veil to screen off the presence of God. Jesus on the cross, the blood and torn flesh of our savior tore that veil apart. We are able to see the love of God for us by his giving his son so that the sins of this world might be forgiven. We also can see the full greatness and love of Christ for the Father and for us, all God’s people, lost in sin.

It was when the flesh of Christ was torn upon the cross that people really saw God. All his life showed God; but it was on the cross that God’s love really was revealed. As the tearing of the tabernacle veil opened the way to the presence of God, so the tearing of that flesh of Christ revealed the full greatness of his love and opened up the way to him.

Jesus is the high priest over God’s house in the heavens. Just as it was the function of the High Priests of old to be a bridge between the people and God, we now have a High Priest who not only guides us but takes us into the very presence of God. 

Jesus is the one person who can really cleanse. The Priests had their way of blood sacrifice and then washing their hands in a brass basin of clear water, but only Jesus can clean us completely. He cleans our innermost thoughts and desires and makes us a much better person, new in his grace and forgiveness of our sins.

And What About Us……After the Cross?

For us there is an after the cross also. What are our responsibilities to this new covenant? How do we move beyond the words to living as one who is committed to the precepts of this new salvation?

Let us approach the presence of God. There are those things of the eternal world and then those things of this world. We must learn to put aside the things of this world and make time to enter into God’s presence, in worship, prayer and living our faith so others might see what we have and want it also.

Let us hold fast to our creed. There will be those who will tempt us with the material things of this life, those who will attack our faith in an attempt to cause doubt or uncertainty, there will be events in this life that will shake our faith. We must never allow these things to marginalize what we believe.

Let us put our minds to having a genuine concern for others. While our personal salvation is of course important we must not forget our calling to bring people to repentance and salvation through the good news of Jesus Christ.

We must encourage each other to set a good example by living a Holy Life. We can do that by keeping to our traditions and responsibilities, never putting them aside for an easier way. We must encourage others to do good they must see Christ in us. We must Do all the good we can, whenever we can, wherever we can.

We must work to remove the barriers that encourage others to seek a kind of Christian Isolation. This habit of no longer worshiping with God’s people, in God’s house on God’s day. Moffatt gives us three reasons why this might be happening.

They may not go to church because of fear. Simply put there may be friends or family or people they work with that don’t go to church and tend to laugh at those who do. They may be trying to avoid their criticism and contempt and in doing so they become silent or secret disciples. They may be trying to hide where their loyalty lies. Truth is it won’t work. True Disciples can’t hide. God’s love will always shine through by the way we live and treat others.

-For some people it is a matter of being uncomfortable around others that are not like them. I might add as a personal observation that some churches can seem like a club and as Moffatt wrote “There may be congregations where a form of social snobbery is practiced.” Christ died for all and there is no such thing as a socially acceptable class of people. In the eyes of God there are no common people. Christ died for all people.

-They may not go because of conceit. There are many people who feel they do not need the church and even worse is the idea that they are intellectually beyond the standard of preaching there. You can not live a christian life and neglect the fellowship of the church. We must remember that while it is true we go to church to receive, it is also important to give of ourselves in worship and praise. Being in God’s house with his people is not a matter of intellect but one of obedience and respect.

-We must encourage one another. The early church lived in the expectation that Christ would soon return. One thing we must realize is that we are in the position of not knowing when the call will come, for us each day is one of expectation.We must never cease to encourage others with a smile, a kind word, prayers of support and as was written earlier it is our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.

Thanks for coming by the Pew this week.

jk

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The Bunny, The Egg and Christ…Not Necessarily In That Order

Here is Friday, Good Friday to be exact. There has been much written about this day, “Good Friday” and the heartrending events of it. The brutality, the pain, the single-minded purpose of the Jewish leaders and even the Roman government’s representatives who tried to avoid this crucifixion of Jesus.  The endless speculations, brought forth in commentaries as to who and how many were present at the cross. The intriguing debate about  if  there were three women or four there and of course John, the beloved disciple and Jesus’ calling out to him. Another aspect that is sometimes overlooked is the fact that the soldiers Jesus was turned over to at the cross were more that just ordinary soldiers, they were hired killers and given the abuse to Jesus prior to the crucifixion and what we know of  Jesus being put on the cross, they had to be men of little remorse and no empathy for others. Good Friday, followed by a day of silence and then the glory of the risen Christ. Hope renewed, victory over death and the salvation of the resurrection.  He is Risen!!

I would like to look at Hebrews 10: 11-18. In these verses the writer to Hebrews points out some things we should be mindful of this resurrection day. He points to the achievement of Jesus. The priest’s sacrifices are made over and over again and yet they seem to not be effective.

Every day, as long as the Temple stood, the following sacrifices had to be carried out (Numbers 28:3–8). There was a burnt offering, along with it a food offering and there was also a drink offering. Also added to these was an incense offering. Added to all that was the daily food offering of the high priest. It was a treadmill of required practices that had to be kept up day in and day out. There was no end to this process.

Jesus made a sacrifice that never could or would be needed to be repeated. Jesus’s life was a perfect example of obedience, even to the cross. We miss the point if we do not realize that the only sacrifice God desires is obedience. Jesus was not a martyr, his life and death exalts him above all others. While the priests stood and presented offerings, and act of servitude, Christ sits on the right hand of God, a position of a monarch and awaits the finial triumph over his enemies. Of course there is the power of God, but the writer of Hebrews leaves us to see that it is the love of God that will conquer in the end. We are left with a quote from Jeremiah 31:34

“…..For I will forgive their wickedness

    and will remember their sins no more.”

“Because of Jesus, the barrier of sin is taken away forever.” (Quoted from DBS, William Barclay)

Easter Sunday, a day of celebration and hope, He is alive, the Risen Christ. No more needs to be said……..

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Next week join me here in the pew as we return to Hebrews 10:19-25.

You Can’t Be All Things To Everybody……. ……..Or Can You?

The Apostle Paul might take issue with that statement. His extraordinary ability to adapt without marginalizing his faith or mission can be found in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. As if sewing a design in a motif of life, to win people to Christ becomes a recurring pattern at least five times in these verses and is the growing focus of his life in response to his call. He writes to have freely chosen to enslave himself to all people and that means to accommodate all people just as they are and where he finds them. In Paul’s day there were those who lived under the law and Paul became one of them but did not consider himself as living under the law. To those outside the law he became one of them, not free of God’s law but under Christ’s law. Paul continues on to write I became to the weak as a weak person, so that I might win the weak. Some commentaries say the meaning here refers to Paul’s calling to win them to Christ. Paul strove to find common ground with the believers in Corinth and did not conform to their beliefs to gain acceptance. He preached a gospel of transforming power. He recognized that there were those in all these diverse groups that do not have the knowledge that idols have no real permanence and there is only one true God. Because of his claim to Apostleship he believes people will recognize that it makes him even more determined and strengthens his call to bring all people to Christ. They must hear the good news! If no one shares the good news, how will they ever know? There is much the church this day can learn from this man humbled by God, raised up by Christ to serve and his indomitable spirit fortified by the Holy Spirit. Paul was a free man. Paul (Saul) was both a Jew and a citizen of Rome. We, the church today, are struggling to remain true to the good news and find ways to reach those “under the law, living outside the law as well as those weak and burdened by life’s demands to the point they have forgotten or never heard of Christ and the forgiveness that is theirs. There are also those who miss-construe  the scripture so as to fall prey to the sins of this day.”

We have embraced words such as tolerance, inclusiveness and need to reach out, to open our doors, our minds and our hearts, to cite just a few. All have value and worth and are introduced with the best of intentions. Paul in these verses introduces us to a new word and a new way…….Accommodation…. Paul’s ministry can teach us the value of accommodating other people. Being kind, helpful, obliging, or just being considerate of all people and their place in life at the moment you meet them or in Paul’s case, go among them. All of this hangs on understanding Paul’s conception of being accommodating to people. As Christians we have free will but we are also slaves to God, he who has renewed our minds body and souls. What does this mean? We have the freedom to chose not to do those things that are a hindrance  to the gospel, or harm anyone whom Christ died for. At this point you might want to ask who did Christ die for? If you answered for everyone, for all sinners, you are halfway there. If you are wondering what the other half is, well you have to live and treat others like you believe that. So, let’s wrap this up. Paul was able to adapt and accommodate because he believed that the gospel, the power of God always encounters and engages people where they are, where they live and within their social and cultural environments. The gospel has the power to move them and change them wherever they are and at whatever point they are in their lives. Preach the gospel without condemnation and let God do the rest.

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Subjugation Of God’s Word …. The Simple Truth

 

Big word but a harsh reality.

( sub·ju·ga·tion the action of bringing someone or something under domination or control.) We are seeing  more and more the subjugation of God’s word and the, to be nice, the re-thinking of God’s word to fit the needs of societies various agendas. I am one who considers the issues of same-sex and other gender related issues to be more of a social issue and best kept in that arena. I know of no other issue that in my life time has held so the many different denominations hostage than that of same-sex and other related gender issues. There is no compromise, well there is if you accept their premise that scripture has been interpreted incorrectly or the meaning not clearly understood. There is the doctrine of inclusiveness which choses to ignore behavior or agendas that are contrary to current practices in order to remain relevant to a changing world. It is not as if we were kept in the dark or unable to think about these issues when seeking to follow God’s will in our lives. There is the bible, bible studies, denominational doctrines and much more that speak to living a christian life. Should you wish to go even farther there are always a large number of commentaries to read.  Commentaries are a systematic series of explanations or interpretations (as of a writing) and are quite common and have been present for, well for ever. With the rise of the Internet, many Public Domain or otherwise free-use Bible commentaries have become available online. With that in mind, I go to the very beginning.

Genesis 1  KJV

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 

There is the The Simple Truth, that starts here and is strengthened by all Scripture to follow. You will not find in God’s word any positive comments or approval of any number of same-sex occurrences in the Bible. We live in a world where people have for as long as I can remember pulled part of a scripture verse to boost their perspective and we can often find that when taken in full context it will not fly. This by the way, goes both ways. The truth can be controversial and sometimes it can hurt but at anytime it is necessary. I have always believed that the breath of life and this gift as given is to me the very soul of our being. Our bodies being only a vessel in which God has placed this wonderful creation of life. Our soul, our very being belongs to God and nothing or no one can take us from him. (from a recent post this past March) The simple truth is that what God has created cannot be taken from his hand (your soul) nor can it be changed. Sex in humans is usually determined by four factors and not all of these factors can be changed. Chromosomes cannot be changed. It was God’s intent, to put it in a secular tone, that there be male and female and all of scripture confirms that. Man cannot change what God has created. So to wrap this up…….another simple truth that is hard for most christians to accept. 

God’s love, mercy and grace is for all people. No one should be turned away from the table, even those who would be guilty of sin in God’s eye. Jesus Christ died that we might all be forgiven of our sins. The hard part is forgiveness requires repentance of our sins and judgement belongs to God. 

The other simple truth is that, Subjugation Of God’s Word to fit an agenda or changing social norms is not acceptable. It is not my intention to hurt anyone but the simple truth is found through prayer and in the word of God. Amen

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Christian Collusion…Are You Guilty?

(As I continue to recover from recent heart surgery I have time to watch the news a bit more. Just a short blog on a topic that is in the news now. jk)

 

 

 

Definition of collusion:secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose / acting in collusion with the enemy.

How in the world did I tie Christianity in with such a negative action? Christianity, the belief in God and the ministry and purpose of Jesus Christ, is viewed by many throughout the world as having no place in their social order and is considered to be disruptive because of its beliefs and practices. It is the enemy and even banned in some places in the world. We of the Christian faith are destined to have many enemies, scripture confirms that. Over the past decades we have seen the Bible removed from our schools, prayer discouraged and in some instances forbidden. We have seen our faith attacked, suffered ridicule because of our beliefs and family and friends turn from us because of our Christian values. I could list any number of instances that prove my point but all you have to do is read, listen or watch the news to confirm what I have written here so far. To some people, governments, organizations and the progressive movements with agendas to push, we are the enemy. Take a moment to consider this. Do you have a deep abiding faith in Jesus Christ that governs your life and sets the values you live by? Does your behavior exemplify  that belief? Do you seek ways to share the good news with others? Do you attend church regularly, refuse to accept cultural and social norms that  are in opposition to your Christian values? If you have answered yes to these few, then most likely you are guilty of collusion. 

  Definition of Christian Collusion: acceptance of Jesus Christ as our savior and Lord.  A commitment to live a Holy Life and colluded with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to share the “good news” preaching the gospel to the world.

Are you Guilty?

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The Healing Factor / The Promise

 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; ………..Jeremiah 30: 17

The first seven verses of this chapter deal with a promise God has made to Israel. In verse 17 God promises Jeremiah despite all the troubles that Israel must go through, he will restore his children. In the first few words of this verse I find great comfort and share with you this week the power of this promise. Home now recovering from heart surgery has awaken within me a time of reflection and a greater appreciation of that which God has created and leaves me wondering at the awesome healing power of my creator. Also I have come to believe that healing to a christian is quite different from what we imagine in the secular world.The Bible speaks often of miraculous healing through the work of Jesus Christ and faith in God. It is these examples of the healing miracles recorded in scripture that we often go to in times of illness and emotional stress that give comfort and hope to the believer. There is within this life that God has created a depth and purpose far greater than the mortal mind can imagine, a depth that passeth all understanding. God is about life. Paul said that to die was to live, I find in these few words his remarkable sense of the promise of eternal life. The promise of eternal life through the blood of Jesus Christ as ordained by God the Father is the very ground on which the cross stands. We must ask ourselves how when the pain and hurt is overwhelming, how do we keep our focus on Jesus Christ and the promise? How do we remain faithful and somehow see the blessings of this life that surround us each day? I would suggest that we seek the Holy Spirit and look to strengthen our mind, body and heart as we seek the comfort of the promise.

Healing as we know it is the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again. Healing can also be therapeutic. For most of us healing is a process of doctors, hospitals, drugs and time but there is another factor, that which is found at the foot of the cross. It is the Promise. It is a God thing.

Genesis 2 King James Version (KJV) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

I have always believed that the breath of life and this gift as given is to me the very soul of our being. Our bodies being only a vessel in which God has placed this wonderful creation of life. Our soul, our very being belongs to God and nothing or no one can take us from him. With this thought in mind I find comfort in the final dispensation of my earthly life. No mater the circumstances of my passing from this world, my soul belongs to God and he alone will have dominion over it. This takes me to one of my favorite chapters in the bible. 1 Corinthians chapter 15. Please take the time to read and rejoice in the revelation of the resurrection.

I could write much more but believe it best to let the power of the Promise speak for me. The true healing for the Christian is the finality of the Promise, life everlasting as promised by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As I spend the days ahead re-gaining my strength I look forward to this life but rejoice even more in what is to come. Life is a God thing and I will cling to it as long as I can with the realization that it will be my spiritual health and the Promise that will carry me home.   

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Living A Holy Life And The Burden Of Reality

Sometimes we confuse issues with causes and that tends to lead us in the wrong direction. We end up championing the cause and not dealing with the issue. This past week we have seen a good example of that very thing. You might say it was three days of agony and soul searching in an effort to bring to a conclusion an issue that had become a cause. The United Methodist Church finally put the issue on the table and the response was as expected. There are so many adjectives that can apply here. Bitterness is a word that is not strong enough here. The better word would would be rancor and adding to that disappointment, hurt, confusion, fear, uncertainty, a full range of emotions all held in check by prayer and Christian tolerance. There have been post Conference comments on FaceBook and other social media that indicate the issue is still on the table for many United Methodists after the recent special called gathering this past February.

The issue that became a cause? The current deep conflict within The United Methodist Church around issues of human sexuality. A conflict that is decades old is still not settled in the hearts of the people, still weighs heavy on their minds, and we find the door still not open but just slightly ajar. Every possible argument, for or against, has been run up the flag pole and the rope is quite frayed my now. I believe that the wrong issue which has grown into a cause has damaged this denomination. Having been a member of the Methodist Church for many years I am sadden by all of this. There was a song many years ago that had a lyric “the answer my friend is blowing in the wind”, Peter Paul and Mary. When I let the wind in my mind die down, the answer I hear is the real issue, Holy Living. What exactly is holy living? How do I live a holy life? We must separate ourselves from sin and any evils that keep us from having a relationship with God. We must seek an infilling of the holy spirit because we can only live a holy life through the presence of the Spirit in our lives. We are reminded that our God is holy and he calls us to be holy. 1 Peter 1:16 Leviticus 19:2),

There are scriptures that address human sexuality. I am not going to list those but will say, that they are not supportive of certain lifestyles and do not meet the intent of living a holy life and we must understand that apart from God this is impossible. We are commanded to love all people just as Jesus did. No one should be turned away from God’s table. There is a requirement we all must meet. It is not a rule, it is not a church thing, denominational thing. It will not be found in agendas, causes or any other place. It is a God Thing, a relationship with God based on repentance and Holy Living. 

I will be away from the pew for awhile due to needed medical procedures. I do not at this time know at what date the Pew will return.

God Bless

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The Chameleon In The Room

Not sure how I got there but this weeks page turning in search of a topic led me to Mark 13:9-13

“As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them. 10 And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 13 and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

I suppose it might have been that word in verse 13, we have written how important it is to endure in the faith. Jesus had warned that his ministry and those loyal to him, could find themselves having to choose between their family and their faith, their circle of friends and their faith. It is not that big a stretch to believe that betrayal could strike very close to the hearts of believers just as it did to the Savior. In Luke we find the story of Peter and the act of denying Jesus, just as the savior had said he would. (Luke 22: 54-62)  There is of course the account of  Judas Iscariot a disciple and one of the original Twelve Disciples of Jesus Christ. According to the gospels, Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane by kissing him and addressing him as “Rabbi” revealing his identity to those who had come to arrest him. 

Now about that chameleon…. Chameleons are a distinctive and highly specialized lizards. Their main claim to fame would be their ability to change color allowing them to blend in with their surroundings.That’s the one I’m interested in, this changing of colors to avoid detection when threatened, to blend in. I will pull a Pogo on you. We have been searching for that chameleon in the room and we found it. The chameleon is us! I certainly am not suggesting a fellow human is a lizard among us. I am using this particular species to point out that we too have a tendency to change our colors, blend in when threaten and the chameleon is a perfect example. Let’s all admit that we tend to attempt to blend in when we find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation.  Paul wrote: 

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12 New Revised Standard Version NRSV)

There is a little of the chameleon in all of us and we would do well to remember our Lord’s warning. Jesus had warned those loyal to him that they could find themselves having to choose between their family and their faith, their circle of friends and their faith. How often have you found yourself in a situation that was totally alien to your faith, demeaning to our God and put you at odds with God, family, friends and yes, even our workplace associates? How often have we allowed our faith to be marginalized so as not to be at odds with what has become socially acceptable? Our Christian faith should not be a PR campaign but rather a mission to save souls and increase the faith. I could drag this out by putting together a list of things we should do and not do. A list of what to avoid at all costs but all we need is to remember this. Micah 6:8,

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Don’t be a chameleon, do not change your colors or try to blend in. Stand out in the faith, be an example of God’s mercy, and grace and the gift of our salvation through Jesus Christ.  ENDURE in his name.

Come back next week, there is always room in the pew.

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To Endure……

Last weeks blog was about endurance, I had indicated that prayer was a big part of that and maintaining a relationship with God was of up-most importance. One of the devotionals I use on a regular basis is “Our Daily Bread” and I will draw from a recent devotion written by Arthur Jackson. The bible reading for that day was from Psalms 119. That Psalm and Adam Clark’s commentary are the seeds of todays blog.

Today we will be looking at verses 9-16 and 97-105. I recommend you read the entire Psalm, all 176 verses. Also you may find Mr Clarks commentary about these verses, especially the introduction interesting. How do we in  the world we have today continue to endure, keep the faith and be true to our God?  The Psalm we are studying today is remarkable in that it is in many ways a diagram of Holy Living. Adam Clark writes that all of the following are present in this Psalm throughout its entirety.

  • Testimonies;
  • Commandments,
  • Precepts;
  • Word;
  • Law;
  • Ways;
  • Truth;
  • Judgments;
  • Righteousness;
  • Statutes.

I never said that living a Christian life was easy and it might be that we at times in our passing reverence overlook the details. I believe that Endurance is nurtured by these things listed above. I realize that I am on a short limb with a crack in it but here is  another of my dirty little secrets of Christianity. Christians all over the world get up, clean up, put on their church face and go to their place of worship on the Sabbath. This is a time we celebrate our God and renew our faith and rejoice in our salvation. Simply put, we recharge our batteries and prepare to go out again praising God and sharing the message. You may not agree with some of the things I share with you today but that is alright. Being right with God, a favorite saying of the older generation is about living as Holy a life as you possibly can. Let’s take a closer look at Psalm 119: 9-16.

-consider the path we are now on and realize that sin separates us from God. We must study the word and through prayer discern what God has said and instructed us to do. We must make straight our path and preserve His way. Sin destroys mind, body and soul therefore we must do all we can to put it out of our life. We must not stray from a path of prayer and supplication, always seeking the good way, never allowing sin to separate us from God so that our prayers will not be in vain. 

-God’s word should dwell in our hearts and minds and actions at all times. The word of Christ should dwell richly in us. If God’s word is only in our  Bibles, and not also in our heart, we may well give in to the sins of this world. We should openly declare the consequences of sin so that others may realize the judgements that await them.

-As we gain strength in his word, living a Holy Life, we should rejoice at the happiness to be found in the path of obedience, giving our whole heart and strength to God.

-We must never forget what God has done for us, done in us, and the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Like wise we must be true to the covenant we made to live a Holy Life and the vows we made to our God.

The above could be a path forward if you wish, the good way which includes some of the things that will help us endure.

Continuing with verses 97-105.  Some had thought that this Psalm was written by Daniel but whether that is correct or not there is an  important lesson contained in these verses.

-Obedience and love for the precepts of Christ, in his commandments in which we should delight; so much so that they become frequent points of our meditation.

-The wisdom of God exceeds all others. The breath of the spiritual nature of God’s law can lead us to avoid all sin as the spirit of this wisdom continues to grow within us.

-How much better is life when we are in communion with our God. This spiritual closeness with God leads us into a path of obedience and thus his grace.

-We are reminded that Proverbs 6:23; : “The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” 

God’s word is a candle which may be held in the hand to give us light in every dark place and chamber; and it is a general light shining upon all his works, and upon all our ways. (Adan Clark)

Psalm 119 shows us a path to “The Christian Endurance” , standing firm in our faith, our God and the promises of Jesus Christ.

Thanks for stopping by the pew……Come back next week.

Life is Good 

jk