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Monday, December 11, 2017

WHERE DOES YOUR FAITH LIE?

“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”
Isaiah 7:14 New Living Translation
            At this time in Biblical history, Israel was split into a Northern & Southern kingdom; Israel to the North, Judah to the South. Judah’s king was Ahaz. Pekah was the king of Israel. Pekah aligned with Syria to invade & destroy Judah. When Ahaz heard this he was terrified. The prophet Isaiah brought the word of the Lord to Ahaz and in spite of God’s promise to thwart Pekah’s intentions, Ahaz sought to protect himself by buying Assyria’s allegiance. God’s said something very telling to Ahaz thru Isaiah: “Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand.”
            The prophecy in today’s verse had a two-fold fulfillment. 1) An unwed woman in the house of Ahaz would marry & bear a child. Once the child was 2 years old both Ahaz & King Rezin of Syria would be no more. 2) It also points to the birth of the Christ child who would offer redemption to all who would believe.
            All men place their faith in something or someone. Those who would be Christians place their faith in a holy & righteous God. Those who shun what they consider ‘religion’, place their faith in a variety of other things. To the believer and the spiritual fence sitter, God is saying, “Unless your faith is firm, I cannot help you”. To the non-believer, he is saying, “Unless your faith is placed in me & me alone, I cannot save you.” Christ came to set men free from a lifetime of sinning, but if they refuse to listen & act on this call their is no hope for them. And a life without hope is no life at all. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: www.biblegateway.com; The Life Application Study Bible.

Friday, December 8, 2017

TRUE HAPPINESS

            Someone I know at work said she wasn’t “happy” in her marriage and is planning to divorce her husband. Another employee told me she asked the unhappylady, “if you can’t be happy in your marriage then why are you staying married?” So now our marriages must be driven by happiness? Apparently it has nothing to do with commitment or patience or selflessness or humility. Apparently it has nothing to do with working things out.  Selfishness can be very destructive.  It is an “I-me-mine” world. This particular woman felt she had a right to be happy. But her happiness was based on doing fun things and going fun places with someone who accepted her exactly the way she was. While we need to accept people the way they are because we have no right to change them, I believe it’s very important for people to make a personal assessment of their life and lifestyle to find out why they aren’t happy. Maybe their expectations are unrealistic. Some folks think they know what will make them happy, only to find out when they tap into that ‘thing’, person or place that when the  dust settles at the end of the day their situation is no different then it was before; perhaps  even worse based on decisions they’ve either made or not made. The thing that people should really be seeking is not fun, which can be fleeting, but peace, contentment and satisfaction. These things reside in the heart of a man or woman. These things come from God. People need to stop rushing toward the temporal fun and pleasures of this world and look at their life from an eternal perspective. This is done in the spirit and involves a personal relationship with Almighty God.  Without that can mortal man ever be truly happy? Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rlkeller


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thoughts From a Random Mind

JUDGING OTHERS
      I think where many Christians go wrong is that we look at the exterior of others & see what we consider to be bad or unhealthy behavior & we judge them, many times verbalizing that judgement. We say things like: “You shouldn’t gossip”,” You shouldn’t smoke”, “You shouldn’t live with someone outside of marriage”, “You shouldn’t drink or do drugs or have illicit sex with strangers” … Reflect on your life prior to your conversion. What were you like? How did you speak to or treat others? We are very quick to judge & there in lies a serious problem for Christians. We haven’t been called by God to judge others.  We are viewed as judgmental people who are hypocrites by the world. In my estimation speaking to others about Christ shouldn’t come with criticism. How did Christ look upon you prior to salvation? If all were judged by God for our thoughts, words and/or actions who on earth could stand? We all, myself included, need to ask the Lord to help us see others the way God does. Perhaps then we will begin to stop judging others. It’s not their gossiping or smoking or drinking or any other thing that they do that will keep them separated from God. It’s their rejection of Christ. They may not verbalize their rejection, but as the saying goes “actions speak louder than words”. If someone lives a selfish lifestyle that leaves no room for the Lord, they have rejected Christ. By the same token, if a believer lives a lifestyle that leaves no room to spiritual growth they are taking God’s grace severely for granted.  Before we speak to others we should examine ourselves to see if we measure up to Christ. We are no better or worse than anyone else … we are simply forgiven. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

                  rlkeller

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Quote From Robert E Lee

"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength." Robert E. Lee


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

JESUS: THE GATE

“I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. … Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”John 10:7, 9-10 New Living Translation
     Sheepherding was very prevalent in Jesus day, so it makes perfect sense that he would use this type of illustration. We are the sheep under Christ’s care. Just like there is one way in and out of the sheepfold, with the Shepherd acting as the gate, so Jesus is the gate into heaven; the only way in or out. Christ is the key and his blood is the payment offered. Without Christ and his death there would be no hope of forgiveness and we would all die in our sins. But God sent Jesus for that express purpose, to save mankind from themselves. Christ’s blood is the key component; the element God used to buy us back. Christ bridged our separation from the Lord. Christians do not have a perfect life, but as we mature spiritually we will learn to be at peace and satisfied with that which God has provided for us. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The Life Application Study Bible; www.biblegateway.com.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Thoughts From a Random Mind

RESIST

     I see this word on clothing items and more recently, on lapel pins. Resist what? It seems that the subliminal message that is being sent is to “resist all authority”. We see those words on t-shirts from the OBEY line of clothing. Clenched fist, resist. As a Christian we are called to resist a whole different set of issues. We are called to resist temptation. We are called to resist sinning. To resist passing judgment. To resist all ungodliness.  These are things that are worth resisting. Resisting authority can lead to anarchy, which, it would seem, is what some progressive, freethinking people are looking for. Buck the system. Live and let live. You leave me to live as I choose and I will do the same for you. What standard are they living by? There is no standard. It becomes individualized. Everyone has his or her own idea of what is right and wrong. No absolutes. We serve a God of absolutes. He is consistent. He is unchanging. His standards, found in the Bible, are the bedrock of Christendom. Rules to follow which lead to peace, contentment and joy in spite of our circumstances. There is forgiveness offered for the taking. There is a call to allegiance and being his representative in a dark and sinful world. The opposite of resistance is surrender and that is what Christianity really is. Surrender to that which is fair and right and just. Farewell to selfishness and hate. Resist no more, surrender and fall into the loving arms of Christ. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!  rlkeller