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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Thoughts From a Random Mind

STARING IN THE FACE OF TEMPTATION
            There are a myriad of temptations that surround us daily. They stare us down in the attempt to break us. It is the person that is well grounded in the word of God that wins these battles and they are indeed battles. Just because we give our lives over to Christ doesn’t mean the enemy won’t attempt to ram a stick in the spoke of our wheel as we cruise thru life. Those that see the temptation for what it is and don’t succumb to the lure of it will remain strong, but it is very difficult at times to ward off the flaming arrows that come at us. 
            When a believer in Christ gives in to temptation there is typically an immediate feeling of guilt and remorse. You realize in an instant that you’ve betrayed God and others very important to you. God can forgive you for such transgressions, but the feeling of shame always lingers in the deeper recesses of your mind. The enemy pulls that card out at inopportune moments to knock you down. It impedes any progress you are making in your walk with the Lord. It puts a dent in your personal integrity. It makes trusting you just a little bit more difficult or perhaps impossible depending on which relationship is in play. 
        Falling to temptation is a selfish act that benefits no one; not even you. The raging consequences that follow burn bridges that you may have wanted to cross again. It’s a losing proposition. How do I know, I went down a rabbit trail or two that I never should have gone down. I hurt others dear to me and I hurt myself. Frankly, it is only the grace of God that has brought me to where I now stand. Because of HIS grace I am no longer defined by my past mistakes. God still wanted to use me and he is.
           If this message resembles your life, understand this … once forgiven by God you aren’t defined by yourpast either. It’s a lot easier to be humble when you know how many times you’ve failed and who now holds you up. Don’t beat yourself up, seek forgiveness from God and others and move on with the help of the Holy Spirit. You are not a failure. You aren’t a loser. You’re human and you didn’t listen when the Lord said NO. Face the only one who loves you without condition and know that you are of incalculable value to him. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!rlkeller

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ONCE FOR ALL TIME

            Do you know the difference between the Old Testament sacrificial system and Christ’s death?  In both cases blood was required to pay for sin, but in the OT the blood only covered the sin. Picture a piece of wood with the word SIN written on it. If you painted over the word, it would still exist, but because of the paint you couldn’t see it. So it is with the OT sacrifice. The blood satisfied the payment for the person’s sin, therefore although it wasn’t removed, God didn’t hold it against the person because the proper payment had been made. The evidence that the pardon was not forever lies in the fact that sacrifices needed to be made every year on the Day of Atonement. 
            The blood of Christ cleansed sin from our hearts and souls. If you wrote with a stick the word SIN on a shoreline you could watch the next wave come in and remove the word. THAT is what Christ did for us. He, being the only perfect being in existence, was the only one whose blood would completely eradicate a person’s sin. That is the only way our sins can be completely removed. Once for all time. 
            This is wonderful news! In fact it’s the kind of news that ought to cause a change in the trajectory of one’s life. This isn’t an average, ordinary event that takes place in a person’s life. No way. This is revolutionary thinking. To proclaim that you are freed from the grip of sin sounds like crazy talk to most. They are the ones who are stuck in a quagmire of faithlessness and disbelief. Unless the Spirit quickens their spirit, they will stay lost forever. Seek the Lord while he may be found.
            Isaiah 55:6-7New International Version 
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.                                           Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible

Monday, April 23, 2018

OUR IMCOMPARABLE GOD

Isaiah 45:19 New Living Translation
“I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right.”
         I came across this verse in the book of Isaiah and felt it was very revealing. The Book of Isaiah is basically split in 2 halves. The first 39 chapters carry a message of judgment for sin. The 27 chapters of the 2ndhalf of the book bring a message of forgiveness, comfort and hope. 
            In verse 19 of the 45thchapter above we find God declaring that he makes promises that he always keeps. The fact that he keeps his promises can be seen in his next statement regarding seeking and finding the Lord. God can be found or he would not have told people to seek him. This isn’t some sort of game the Lord plays with mankind. As stated in the very next statement, God’s words are true.
            So to summarize … God makes & fulfills his promises – if it weren’t true he would have told us – he only tells us that which is true and just and right. This is why reading God’s word is so important. We read what God has to say on a wide variety of topics and this is what we build our life upon … his words. We are unable to sort out the issues of life on our own. If we were God would not have needed to intervene, but he did because he knew he was the only one who could flawlessly intercede and make everything as it should be / as it was meant to be from the beginning. We can trust the Lord because while many in this world claim to be trustworthy, God has no record of failure to perform or provide that which we are in need of and he has promised. Let that sink in to the deepest recesses of your mind. No one is like our Lord. He is incomparable. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thoughts From a Random Mind

THINGS I WONDER ABOUT … 
                  There is a young woman named Monica at work who comes in sometimes wearing a black hoodie with the word “Blessed” in gold across the chest. I’ll have to ask her why she feels she is blessed. It’s a fact that Christian items have become the bling of choice for many folks in the world. Ornate crosses hang from their necks.  Shirts that say, “Jesus is my homeboy” are worn by some. Big tattoos that sprawl across either the chest or upper back of some muscular dude that reads “Only God Can Judge Me”. While believers truly are blessed, I wonder if the wearer knows where the blessing comes from? The cross is an iconic universal symbol of death and new life. I wonder if all the people who wear it around their neck understand the price that was paid? Jesus is the Son of God and God incarnate, not someone’s homeboy. I wonder if people understand the reverence, awe and respect that should be due him? While God being our only judge is a true statement, I wonder if people understand the serious implications that come from making a statement like that. Or are they simply using that statement to justify their lifestyle. I wonder … 
            This is not cheap grace we enjoy. It is a very serious matter of a second life and death. Perhaps we ought to spend more time cultivating our spiritual walk. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with nonspiritual things, unless they overshadow everything else. Anything that replaces the Lord in our lives must be jettisoned like dropping unnecessary weight from a boat taking on water.  Just something to think about  …  rlkeller

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Thoughts From a Random Mind

“It’s not easy to outrun your demons … “[1]
            This message is for those who think they have their life all together. It’s for the backslidden believer who has gotten entangled in the darkness once again. It’s for the quasi-believer who says they believe in God, but doesn’t feel the need to incorporate him into any part of their life. It’s for the atheist who thinks he understands all that he needs to understand and sees an unseen spirit deity as unreal and therefore an unnecessary ingredient to his life. No matter who you are you have secrets. Lies you’ve told, things you’ve either done or left undone. An unspoken past that you swept under the rug a long time ago. I’m here to tell you, you can never outrun your past. You cannot outrun your demons. They will dog you, they will overrun you and they will make you pay for your past mistakes. Those are called ‘sins’ and you cannot outrun them. One day payment will be expected and you won’t have what you need to make it.
            Christ willingly went to the cross and shed his blood to make that payment for you. Scripture says “But if you reject me, I will tell my Father in heaven that you don’t belong to me.”[Matthew 10:33; Common English Version]Have you rejected Christ? Do you feel the need of proof? Faith requires no proof. Facts can be fudged. Man’s word means very little. God’s word is truth. Because we don’t understand it doesn’t make it false or questionable. If you turn your life over to God for restoration you will live under his umbrella of grace and because of his grace you shall no longer be defined by past mistakes. Think on these things … rlkeller

I leave you with two quotes … 
“If we all die and there is no God, then it’s just eternal unconsciousness, you’ll never know, but if you’re wrong … you’ll know forever.”– Brad Stine

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is.”- Albert Camus

[1]Chicago P.D.; Season 5, Episode 19; April 11, 2018; final scene.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

PERISHING vs BEING SAVED

                                                          1 Corinthians 1:18 English Revised Version
“For the word of the cross is to them that are perishing foolishness; but unto us which are being saved it is the power of God.”
            Without a personal relationship with Almighty God based on the work Christ has done on the Cross those on the outside looking in are in fact perishing a little more each day. With each decision they make they take a step further away from God. Fortunately, you are never too far away for God to reach you, but each day separated from him is nothing more than another wasted day. Faith in God enables a person to check his or her own feelings and emotions at the door and embrace what is finally seen for what it is … the existence of a singular complete truth.
            Man’s distortion of that truth comes in several forms … thru science, technology and medicine, along with the mass media industry. While there are certainly many exceptions to this statement, there exist many that see no reason for the existence of a God. They feel that God’s existence can readily be disproved by various means. Sadly, all the years of research is no different then a person making scripture say what they want it to say.  The notion that the creature can definitively disprove the existence of its Creator is somewhat arrogant and terribly ignorant.
            The believer is saved and yet in the process of being saved at the same time. The sanctification process is progressive, meaning it takes place in our hearts and lives from the day we are redeemed until the day we cease to exist on earth. Sanctification is holiness, the process of being purified. At salvation we are seen as being cleansed, righteous and holy in God’s sight, for we are seen thru a veil of Christ’s blood. However, the purification process continues as long as we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our way in this life. If you are one of the perishing, it isn’t too late until God declares that time has come to an end. If you are saved, revel in the relationship with God that you have and continue to maintain it daily. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resources: The Life Application Study Bible; The Bible Hub; The Free Dictionary, Bible Gateway.