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But one testified in a certain place, saying: "WHAT IS MAN
THAT YOU ARE MINDFUL OF HIM, OR THE SON OF MAN THAT YOU TAKE CARE OF
YOU HAVE MADE HIM A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE
CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND SET HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR
YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET." For
in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not
put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels,
for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the
grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
What is Man?
Most of us think we are pretty important and pretty smart.
We are the center of our own universes.
It is hard to be realistic and realize that we are just specks in
the universe that God has created. It
is difficult to realize that we live in a atom of time compared to
eternity. From the
standpoint of God's creation, we don't amount to a whole lot.
Job finally figured that out when God started speaking to him at
the end of his trial. God
began to ask him scientific questions about an infinite universe.
He realized that you don't have to understand God.
Instead, reason requires a person to just accept God.
There are those who seem to think that because we have unraveled
some things about the creation of God, that we are smarter than God.
Some go so far as to believe that no God was necessary at all for
creation. But that is
like saying, that if I take my car apart and put it back together, that
Kia Motors didn't design and build it.
It is one thing to understand something about things that others
have created, but it is another thing to create those things yourself
without being given the original pattern.
Considering the pride of man, one has to wonder why God puts up
with us. We kill one
another. We hate people who
are different from us. We
think we are smart when we really don't have a clue.
So why is God “mindful” of us.
That is, why does He think about us.
Why does He take care of us?
I think it is because creating mankind was God's crowning act of
His creation. When He got
done with creation, it was good. When
He finished up by making a woman, He said “it was VERY good.”
God is an artist and when an artist is done, He usually takes
pride in His creation. Each
brush stroke in a painting, each chisel mark in a sculpture, each note
in a symphony is precious to the creator.
We may be insignificant from the standpoint of the universe, but
we are not insignificant from the standpoint of God.
He made us and He loves us.
Thou God Seest Me
In Genesis 16, Sarai, Abraham's wife, dealt harshly with Hagar who
was her slave girl. Hagar
had been given to Abraham to produce a child.
When that child was conceived, Sarai, must have had second
thoughts about the situation. She
began to abuse Hagar, and Hagar ran off into the wilderness.
But God found her there and sent her back to her mistress.
He had not forsaken her. She
was not just another dot in the universe.
Even though she was nothing as far as Sarai and society was
concerned, God saw her. She
was part of His creation. She was not just a slave girl to be used and
God Still See Us
I believe that we are all VIP's.
We may not be very important to one another but we are all Very
Important To God. That is
why He sent His Son to be punished for our sins.
We may not think God cares, but He does.
We may not understand His plan of salvation, but He devised it
because He saw it as the only way to be just and merciful at the same
I don't know why God loves us, but He does.
I don't know why sinful, prideful mankind usually rejects the
creator God of the Bible, but they do.
But thank God, we are not insignificant as far as God is
concerned. He created us, He
loves us. Now He has come to
seek us and save us.
We may be nothing but a speck within a speck from the standpoint of
the universe. But this speck
is a VIP and so are you. Thank
for the weeks of July 3 and July10, 2016
Psalms 19:14 Let the
words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your
sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
God has Spoken
had a privilege many of us have not had.
He had an unobstructed view of the sky while keeping sheep.
It made Him realize that God is real and that He speaks in every
culture and in every place around the globe.
Anyone who really studies the starry heavens and comes away
thinking that this universe “just happened” has got to be the kind
of person to whom I would love to sell the Brooklyn Bridge.
stars are always where they should be when they should be there.
Their position can be determined with mathematical accuracy.
It certainly is not so with humans.
We make up our own minds as to where we should be and when we
should be there. Usually
that means we are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
We are likely to be a half hour late as well.
Ever since Eve took the forbidden fruit in the garden, people
have wanted to make their own decisions.
They have wanted to protect their own rights.
They have wanted to do things their way.
Where has all that gotten us?
It has gotten us to where we are today with people hating and
killing people. Most never
realize that the only way to protect themselves is to quit thinking like
a natural man and to be transformed so that we think and talk right.
Paul says in Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may
prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Only the regenerated mind of a Christian can think the way a
person should think. When we
think right we will talk right. But many who call themselves Christians
are still being influenced to believe that “God's way” does not
work. Only man's way will
work. So instead of dying to
self, instead of humbling ourselves, instead of being vulnerable, we
advocate guns and walls and wars to bring about peace in a world where
man wants to do things His way and not the Lord's way.
We use the Bible to justify prejudice against those who do not
look like us. We think wrong and we talk wrong because we are not
transformed. Instead we are
being conformed (or molded) to the ideology and thinking of a fallen
world or society.
Can We think Right?
have so many voices and experts who claim to know the Bible telling us
how to think today that the Christian life becomes very confusing.
I decided years ago that I needed to know if the Bible could be
understood in a simple way by a simple person.
I needed to know why there was so much disagreement and on what
was “acceptable thinking” as far as God was concerned.
I have come to the conclusion that it is possible for the average
person to know and understand the message of the Bible, and thus, to
understand the God who created this universe.
Just as the stars are orderly, the Bible is orderly.
We must understand that God has worked in different ways
throughout history. However,
His principles have never changed. He
is the Creator. We are
sinners and we think wrong when we are born the first time.
We need to be regenerated or born again in order to think right.
That was true in the times of the Old Testament and it is true in
the times of the New. However,
most Christians have become so-called Christians through something that
they are doing for God. They
may have gone through the right ceremonies or they may have joined the
right political party or they may be doing all kinds of good deeds (and
if they are, I thank the Lord for them).
But a regenerated Christian has found out that they often think
wrong, that they generally speak wrong and that they often do wrong.
They have found out that God wants their trust and not their
works and self-righteousness. He
wants them to realize that those who are born again are not doing
something to please God but have accepted what Christ has done on their
behalf. Only then do they
please God since without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews
11:6). The faith that
is referred to in Hebrews is not the general faith that there is a God,
but personal faith in the Lord Jesus.
Only when we start thinking right about what makes a Christian
will we start thinking right about how a Christian can please God.
through the years, most religions including Christianity have tried to
make converts by force. It
doesn't work. It only causes
resentment. Many who call
themselves Christians have quit trying to make converts and have just
tried to force those who do not believe in the Lord, to act as though
they do. This also causes
first murderer in the Bible asked God if he was his brother's keeper
(Genesis 4:9). He implied
that he was not. His
thinking was wrong because we are our brother's keeper.
Our first responsibility as Christians to our brothers in the
general sense is to make sure that everyone has heard the simple truth
that Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6).
We need to make sure people realize that eternity is more
important than time and that we aren't ready to live until we are ready
to die. We also need to help
the poor and the hungry whether they believe as we do or not.
However, we tend to think that war and killing solves problems.
It doesn't and thinking it does is not acceptable thinking.
When we kill it just means that someone has been put in heaven or
in hell for eternity. And
that action cannot be undone.
And that is simply not acceptable.
Meditation for the week of
July 17, 2016
Had it Right
Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And
makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see
when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope
is the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads
out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its
leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor
will cease from yielding fruit.
Man or Woman can Save us
this political season, it is well to remember that if we put our hope in
a man or a woman, we are going to be disappointed at best and destroyed
at worst. Politicians make
promises that they cannot keep even if they wanted to, and many make
promises that they don't intend to keep.
the real problem is that when we put our hope in man, Jeremiah says our
hearts will depart from the Lord. Why
would that be? I think it is
because putting our trust in a man keeps us from really trusting in the
Lord. In addition we can get
so caught up in the political circus that instead of being a holy people
(that is, a people distinct from the world and set apart for the Lord's
use and glory), we become like those who are heavily invested in
political solutions to the problems of the world.
Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived:
'Evil company corrupts good habits.'”
I think Paul is saying we become like those with whom we keep
politicians can have a great influence on our lives.
Most of them are not humble, and they are not truthful.
Many of them are rumor mongers, they are not swift to hear and
slow to speak, and in many cases they are railers.
It is very possible that we will become like them if we find
ourselves heavily invested in their campaigns.
One way we become like them is to pass along their disinformation
as though we know it to be true without personally checking the facts
Lord Wants to Save us
blessed person is the person who has trusted in the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water whose roots are deep and whose
fruit is delightful. We know that we all need the salvation that Paul
preached in Acts 4:12 when he said, “Nor is there salvation in any
other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which
we must be saved." Paul
is referring to the salvation that we need as we prepare to meet God for
eternity. But there is also
salvation needed at the present time from present problems.
we look to our politicians to meet those needs and to “save” us, we
will be disappointed and our hearts will depart from the Lord.
We can also trust man by looking to ourselves to meet those needs
and at some point we will realize that we are not sufficient for our
problems. No matter how rich
we are, no matter how many friends we think we have, no matter how
industrious we are, no matter how talented we are, at some point we will
meet problems that we cannot solve.
Some of those problems will be age related, some will be health
related, some of them will be related to mistakes we have made, but we
will need to be “saved”. I
can testify by experience that the Lord is ready and able to save in
times like that. We just
need to trust Him and not man.
Lord may use politicians and He may use doctors and He may use friends.
But a blessed person has his trust in the Lord.
Everything may not work out the way we would like.
When we trust in the Lord, we may find that our plans are not the
Lord's plans. However,
we will find out that the Lord does bless those who trust Him.
to Paul, Christians have their citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20).
We are sojourners and pilgrims according to Peter (see 1 Peter
2:11). We are just passing
through this world on our way to the home where we truly belong.
Let's don't allow ourselves to become like those whose only hope
is in the blessings of this world and who put their trust in politicians
to get things done. I think
some time praying would be a lot more effective in retarding the evil in
this world and the evil in our own hearts than all the time we are
encouraged to spend helping those who are anything but “Christ-like”
to fix things for us.
meditation is not an argument for or against voting, it is an argument
about who we trust even if we do vote.
Just as we trust the Lord even when we go to doctors, we need to
trust the Lord even when we vote. When
we start believing everything the politicians that we like tell us and
when we start promoting them, we are on the wrong page Biblically.
We who are Christians are supposed to be praying for the Lord's
will to be done and we should be promoting the Lord.
for the week of July 24, 2016
there Few That Be Saved?
13:23-30 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And
he said unto them, Strive to
enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to
enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is
risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and
to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall
answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are.
I recently purchased a new coffee maker.
It came with instructions. I
tried to make the thing work without reading them, but I finally
realized that the people who made the coffee maker probably knew best
how to make the thing work. So
after pushing buttons with nothing happening, I read the instructions.
When I followed the directions, the thing worked fine.
Man was created by God and God has given us a set of
instructions are found in a book called the Bible.
I find it interesting that many people think that they can live
life fine without following the instructions.
Many people even read the instructions and then find reasons to
I personally believe in
the God who has revealed Himself through creation, through our
consciences, and through the Bible.
There are many reasons why I believe the Bible is God's
instruction manual. I will
only mention three of those reasons here.
Number 1, the Bible describes our thinking and our heart and it
describes it accurately. It says it is desperately wicked.
We do have good thoughts but we have a lot of bad ones.
Thank goodness not everyone can read our minds.
Number 2, the Bible has used the nation of Israel as an object
lesson to show us His principles of righteousness and to show us that He
keeps His promises. Number
3, I believe the Bible because I want to.
Everyone believes in someone or something.
I have chosen to anchor my life in the Bible.
I was raised reading the Bible but it didn't make sense to me until
in 1963 when alone with God in my room, I realized that the Bible said
that Christ had died for sinners and therefore he had died for me.
He had paid the price for my salvation at the cross years before.
I was waiting for God to save me and Christ had died to do that
2000 years before. I trusted
that truth and I trusted Christ that night. For the first time I had
God's word for that fact that I was saved and I didn't need a man to
tell me that. That was a
turning point in my life. I
had always believed in eternal life and in eternal damnation.
From that point on, I wanted to be used in the great work of
helping others avoid eternal damnation and gain eternal life.
Many teach people how to live as Christians without teaching them
how to become Christians. I
want to accurately tell people how to become Christians.
Eternity depends on being right on this great matter.
What Does the Instruction Book Say?
I have watched the current trends in evangelism, and I am greatly
concerned that people are not reading the instruction manual.
There are those who say that God predetermines who will be saved.
These people are not properly interpreting the Bible.
They have not realized that God is omniscient (all knowing) and
He knows who will trust Him before they do.
That doesn't mean that He causes them to trust Him.
They don't realize that there is a difference between God
choosing the church to be His chosen people at the present time and Him
choosing certain people to be part of His church.
They have not distinguished between God's choice of individuals
for service and His choice for salvation.
There are people who believe that works or ceremonies make
Christians when the Bible makes it clear that only personal faith in
Christ makes a Christian. Those
who think that their infant baptisms, their sacraments, their church
memberships and their good works will take them through that narrow door
that allows them to ultimately enter the Father's house are going to be
gravely mistaken. No man can do something to give another the assurance
But what concerns me most, is the current trend for those who
preach the Gospel to tell those who are really concerned about their
eternal welfare to do something to be saved.
In one way or another they are telling people to depend on their
praying or their deciding or their inviting the Lord into their lives
rather than telling them to quit looking to themselves for salvation and
to look to Christ.
Let's Be Careful!
When people ask us how to believe, it is best to show them that
truth of Scripture and ask them if those promises are true.
When they ask us if they are saved, it is best to ask them,
“What does God say?” Then
show them Scriptural promises. When the evangelist gives the person
assurance by telling them to do something instead of letting the Holy
Spirit use the word of God to bring them to faith in what God has done
for them, we are not following the instructions.
the week of July 31, 2016
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