Monday, September 13, 2010

Prone to Wander


Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love

          to the world and it's ways
          to the self
                  self seeking, self gratifying.

              to cherished sin...."It's not so bad."

Each wandering step away from God takes me closer to myself....
          where I am comfortable
             where I am self reliant.

Isaiah 1:13 (NIV)

 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! 

Meaningless offerings.
God spoke through Isaiah, telling his people they were far from him in their hearts. They were going through the motions,
the ceremony; yet they were rebellious and corrupt, loaded with guilt.

      Could we say?
    full of excuses,
       avoiding  and blaming?

Isaiah 1:15

 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
       I will hide my eyes from you;
       even if you offer many prayers,
       I will not listen. 

God will not listen?
God hears everything....nothing escapes him.
Yet sin keeps us from being close, when we wander.......we wander away from him, that distance is created by us, not him.
 The callous builds up
        the will grows stronger
               the heart harder
                   the neck more stiff.

Here's my heart O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

Psalm 51

  10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
       and renew a steadfast spirit within me

 The wanderer must stop 

                repent- turn from sin and self toward God and his grace

                refocus- toward him and others

Give up that which has mastered us, lay down that which has become an idol

Romans 6:14

14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Isaiah 1:18

 18 "Come now, let us reason together,"
       says the LORD.
       "Though your sins are like scarlet,
       they shall be as white as snow;
       though they are red as crimson,
       they shall be like wool.

Believers- you are a child of God, saved by his grace, his grace will sustain you. His mercy is bestowed upon you. You are sealed, you are his. Live in this way.

              Wander no more.

To those who do not believe in Christ, the risen savior and Lord,

Isaiah 1:19-20

 19 If you are willing and obedient,
       you will eat the best from the land;
 20 but if you resist and rebel,
       you will be devoured by the sword."
       For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Romans 2:5

 5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Who made God? Part one of many.

Who made God?
Perhaps a ridiculous question to some, but one that can be asked in the innocence of a child or as an adult coming to grips with how and why we exist.
The better question would be Who is God?
Easier to answer? NO
Who made God? No one or No thing.
Who is God? That is where the answer lies.
In no way can I do this topic justice. This will merely be a human effort to state some basic Christian beliefs and state some common misconceptions.
God has always existed and always will. He is self sustaining and sustains all that is created.
  God is triune
    God the Father
       God the Son
          God the Holy Spirit

Wayne Grudem uses these 3 statements
  1. God is 3 persons.
  2. Each person is fully God.
  3. There is one God.

All 3 statements are true and are not in any way separate from each other. One statement is not more or less true than the others and no statement supersedes the others.
The word trinity is theological, it does not exist in scripture but comes from the systematic study of the word of God and the person of God. Based on scriptural truths it has become church doctrine.

False beliefs about these statements;
 Tritheism- (polytheism) God is 3 separate gods.

Ancient Greek and Roman cultures believed in a god for everything, today, the Hindu religion is still that belief system. Often referenced even here in America with statements of praying to the gods. or my god and your god, a rejection of one true absolute Deity.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (New International Version)

 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.

Exodus 20 (New International Version)

Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments
 1 And God spoke all these words:  2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
 3 "You shall have no other gods before [a] me.

No other gods....This is not God acknowledging other gods but that man creates gods, powerless gods.
gods that rot....Isaiah 40:18-20
gods that cannot save Isaiah 45:20-21
worthless idols Isaiah 44:9-20

Modalism- God is one part of the trinity at a time or appears in one form of the trinity at a time.
 Today the United Pentecostal Church (not to be confused with general Pentecostal faiths) is Modalistic. They are often referred to as the Jesus only slogan and stress baptism in the NAME of Jesus, not the Father Son and Holy Spirit. They also claim speaking in tongues is necessary proof of salvation during this baptism, another false teaching.
To say God is in one Mode or another is to deny who God is.
Jesus' baptism
In John 10, Matthew 3, Luke 3

Mark 1:9-11 (New International Version)

The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
 9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

God is 3 persons, each person is fully God, there is one God.
The church has long accepted the trinity and any church that denies this teaching is considered a false church.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Be Thou My Vision

When cancer knocks at your door
    takes over your life by attacking the one you hold dear,
      takes over your plans
 When retirement becomes....pills, appointments.....transfusions and infusions......fatigue.

Be Thou My Vision

Your child wanders......strays
   flirting with the dark and the empty
 that darkness invades their mind and clouds their vision.
   suffocating them,   reaching into other lives.......

Be Thou My Vision

When someone who knows better, someone you have come to love
   willingly walks away.
  leaving behind their best gifts,
      their joy
         their peace
When you want to yank them back and Yell    WHY?

Be Thou My Vision.

When others, small and frail need you
everything you have to give
   your time
     your patience
        your heart
          your very breath
Despite your own give it all.

 Be Thou My Vision

When we focus on ourselves, all the tasks and challenges at hand,
 we can lose hope
     feel despair
Cast our eyes upon Christ
Lord of our heart               High King of Heaven
and all things are possible

They are still hard
 still sad
   still tiring.

             Be thou my battle sheild, sword for the fight:
           Be thou my dignity, Thou my delight
          Thou my soul's shelter, Thou my high tower:
      Raise Thou me heavenward, o power of my power.    (verse 3)

This is dedicated to my friend, my step mother, my sister in Christ......Rachel
For all the obstacles in her path that tried to trip her up....
     Her vision was not clouded.
           Her eyes were on Christ. 
               His strength became hers
                  His truth, she trusts in.
                       His peace adorns her.

Praise and honor and glory belong to Him.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Well I am still here! I want everyone to know even though I haven't  updated this blog in a while it is not because it is not on my mind. I appreciate everyone that checks in...and each follower!!  I have much to write about the amazing things God has done in sustaining trust and peace in the midst of turmoil.
I will be back soon!

Trust in the Lord with all your  heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

Do you ever my path straight? Am I trusting in him....or me? Or am I wandering on some trail, being sidetracked by everything....shiny....
everything......self serving
There are...
Those times you know your following, feeling secure.
The times you see others following....wishing you were doing better.
Those times you find yourself standing watching, wondering......what path am I on?

Isn't it amazing that no matter where you are.....He is never lost, never insecure, never wondering or faltering. He makes the paths straight, not us.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Amazing Grace

Are you saved? That question makes me laugh now. Laugh at the fool I was.
I remember around 10 years ago, we were to start home schooling. As it would be, the only home school group I was at all familiar with was a Christian group. (yep, there is a story there too, maybe later) I was not a believer at that time.
The first event we went to was a picnic, I went prepared! I just knew all those pushy Christians were going to ask me "Are you saved?"
To  which I was going to reply- "From what?" or "Just what makes you think I need saving?"
Really....teeth clenched, I was ready.
NO one asked.

    Saved implies lost and I sure didn't think I was lost. My life was fine thank you.

Sure....I believed in "god".  Ya know, like goodness, the things that weren't bad. Some type of power. 
I even believed the "good" in man was god.  uhg!
James 2:19
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that- and shudder.

  The demons were ahead of me, they knew God, THE God. Like me they did not want to be told what they needed or lacked or what God told them to do, so they didn't follow him. They followed their own will, destined for hell.
Yet they shudder- tremble. They know what awaits them.
I was too arrogant to shudder.

I was lost. Lost to sin.
Lost to self. 
Lost to anger, unforgiveness.

                  Amazing Grace   how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
                     I once was lost , but now am found
                    Was blind but now I see.

Grace found me. God's grace. THE God. The very God I shunned, the God I thought I didn't need.

 When Saul, (Paul) was saved on the road to Damascus,(Acts 26) Christ told him he would make him a minister of the good news. God would rescue Paul and send him to non believers to.....

open their eyes
to turn them from darkness to light
from the power of  Satan to God

so that they may receive.....
forgiveness of sins
an inheritance 

Those who are saved by God are kept by God, for eternity. Forgiven, loved, accepted, renewed.
God's grace is rebirth, revelation of his truth.
It is completely from him and him alone. 
It comes to those who do not deserve it
  who do not seek it
  and who can not earn it.
Without God's grace we are destined to serve sin and under the power of Satan.
I was lost and I needed to be saved. It is a good thing God didn't wait for me to get comfortable with who he was before he saved me or wait for me to figure out I needed him. That would never have happened.
God saves those who do not know they are lost.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Not perfect just Forgiven

         This morning I read a blog, what it was about wasn't as important as the comment afterward. The blog objected to the use of scripture in a particular publication, the comment that followed is one every Christian should read. 
She referenced a person that was just  mean, and a gossip, yet had a bumper sticker on her car that said                    "Not Perfect, Just Forgiven."
  Well, that doesn't surprise me. Anyone could unfortunately say something similar about me. It proves that those of us who profess Christ are always being watched. First to see if we really are different and second to see if we really are not. What we as Christians do, effects our testimony, and by the world's standards, our Christ. He does not need us to show his glory, but he has chosen us to do so and we should be overwhelmed by that!
  It is the next part of the woman's statement that is so very important. She said "When did being a Christian become and excuse instead of a motivation?"
  She is right! Just because we are sinners forgiven is no excuse to continue to sin. Now.....we will. We will never be perfect in this life, in this world, that comes with Christ's return.

Now- the world is full of sin, dying from it.
We, trapped in tents of flesh are serving ourselves. Sin.
Ephesians 4:17-32 talks of how a sinner, saved by grace must put off the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires because we have been made new, created to be like God in righteousness and holiness. No longer to be like those who are lost, darkened in their understanding because of ignorance and hardness of heart.

 The unbeliever does not have this battle. The old self rules, there is no new creation to battle with. Believers must daily  put down the old ways, the anger, gossip, lust and sinful desires. It is battle! The flesh is strong, the will of man is strong, evil is strong.
          Christ is stronger.

There is the story, perhaps you have heard it in one form or another.

An old Indian man, as a new believer in Christ speaks of the raging battle inside of him. He says, it is like two dogs fighting within me, both trying to win. One is good, it is those things like prayer and Bible reading, kindness to others, forgiveness. The other, it is my old life, spirituality, drugs, lust and anger. They fight all day, all day, all day. Someone asks the old man, "Which one wins?" He replyed, "The one that I feed."

Believers in Christ sin. Believers are forgiven. Believers do not have license to sin freely.
We have the gift of God's grace, his mercy, his guidance and power of his Holy Spirit, his restraint.
We have repentance granted by him.
Repentance in the Greek means to think differently to reconsider.
Maybe it means to feed the right dog.

Friday, March 19, 2010

"I love to sin"

   A friend has a child, who at 3 yrs old was being rather naughty, as 3 yr olds have been known to be. After trying several times to correct her, mom said, "Emma, that is sin." To which this precious blue eyed, blond curly haired, cute as a button child responded, "I love to sin!"

  There you have it, honesty.
Sometimes we love to sin.
Oh, not big sins, not the bad ones. Oh NO, just the little ones, the ones everyone else does. The ones no one knows about or aren't so "serious".

Ps 19:13
Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.NIV
CEV says Don't let me do wrong on purpose or let sin have control over my life.

The word is zade it means presumptuous,  arrogant, proud.
Would we ever sin arrogantly?
I recently watched Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. It was the edited tv version, so I am not sure if the following quote is exactly how he wrote it in the book.
He (Frank) as a young man was involved in a little twrist on the couch with a local girl, who was dying from consumption. Caught up in passion his thoughts swimming;

fear of catching the consumption, as God's punishment
fear of God and his upcoming confession to his priest
and....his pleasure.
Guess what won?
          He said, "If this is sin, I don't give a fiddler's fart."
Why did fear of death, fear of God weight so little? Because... desire for the will of self wins every time.
                                     The heart of sin is self.
What then is sin?
Charles Spurgeon  said
Sin is the  mother and nurse of all evil, the egg of all mischief, the fountain of all bitterness, the root of misery.

John Bunyan
Sin is the dare of God's justice, the rape of His mercy, the jeer of His patience, the slight of His power and the contempt of His love.

Wayne Grudem
Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude or nature........attitude, that gets me for sure.
The Greek word hamartia is missing the mark, falling short of any goal,standard or purpose.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
 we all miss God's mark
James 4:17 Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and does not do it sins.

You see, it isn't what you or I say sin is. We the sinner want to measure the sin. It is a little like asking the death row prisoner to write the law or the infected to create the antidote. It is tainted.
We will say.... it is not that bad, no one got hurt, no one will ever know or......well, at least it isn't as bad as what they did!
Sin is what God says sin is, and everyone is accountable to his judgment.

Impossible you say? Yep. It is impossible for sinners to hit the mark of holiness set before us.
That is why Christ came to earth. Fully God and fully man to bear the temptation, yet uphold the law, to fulfill the requirements for those who are his.
Then the Holy Spirit guides his chosen people to strive to live in a way that glorifies him.
Sinners- forgiven, repentant and grieved by the effects of sin.

In 1747 Charles Wesley wrote "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"
in the second verse it says......Take away the love of sinning  Alpha and Omega be, end of faith as it's beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

Little Emma was right.

Friday, February 12, 2010


When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him. Psalm 8:3-4

  1) God created everything from nothing to glorify himself.
  2) God is transcendent- "above" and greater than all of creation and completely independent of it. In no way does God need any part of creation.
  3) God is immanent- involved continually with his creation, for creation is dependent upon him.

 One God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is not "in" everything and everything is not a part of God. This false belief is called Pantheism. God is holy, sin and evil are not a part of God, for there is no evil in him. Man is created in the image of God, we are not a part of God. We do not become God or a part of God, and we do not become "a god."
  God is not uninvolved, he did not set things into motion and step back to watch and wait, only to intervene if necessary. He is not powerless, he is not uninterested, and he did not abandon creation and man. This false belief is called Diesm.
  God does not exist on an equal level with anything. He is completely in control of all things. There is no force, including evil, that is not subject to God and his will. He did not create from existing matter, for matter did not exist before him.
  The belief that there are two ultimate forces in the universe, good and evil, or that God and the material universe have always existed side by side is called Dualism. If he did not create it, he cannot sustain it. If there is an equal evil force battling against God, he is not God at all, for his sovereignty would end there.
  God created all things good, very good. Man, not God chose to sin, to disobey, to seek the will of self over the will of his father.
God the Father, before he created man, had covenanted with God the Son, Jesus Christ,by the blood of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, to save fallen man.

Shall we question God's motives or dare to blame him for what seems unfair to us?
Romans 9:19-23 Paul writes; One of you will say to me:"Then why does God blame us? For who can resist his will?" But who are you, o man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?" Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of wrath- prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects or his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory.
James 1:13-15 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me."for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.

God is not the author of sin, but he is sovereign over it.
If you have more questions ... read Job.
 Bad things happen because sin brings death. Death of the soul, the body and creation.
All sin must be atoned for, think about it, if someone has wronged you, you want justice. We have all wronged God, shall we call out for justice?
Justice will come, and it will come swift. The wrath of God is mighty. Those who have wronged God must be subject to his justice and God has said they will pay for it eternally.
Those who place their faith in Jesus Christ will be saved from God's wrath. For Christ's life was lived in full obedience to God's law, he was sinless. He took upon himself that wrath. He sacrificed himself so God would look upon believers with favor and mercy. This is called Propitiation.

God created and sustains all things.
All things are for his glory.

 Some things are very hard to understand, perhaps impossible. Why does a child die? Why so many killed in earthquakes and hurricanes? Why would God allow such things? There is  no answer that will make you feel better. God is holy, perfect, beyond our comprehension. We are sinful, selfish and live in a world saturated by sin. What is sin? any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature.
  No doubt this opens more questions than it answers. We can focus on the unknown, the why, the unfair, anger, resentment, or we can focus on a God that is powerful and in control. A God that will set all things right. We can stay steeped in sin or cry out for mercy. We can ask God for faith and trust in him or we can continue to trust in ourselves. One choice brings mercy, one brings justice. Both choices bring glory to God.

             Definitions taken from Wayne Grudem- Systematic Theology    Bible verses NIV