Here is a post from a great blog that I follow. Denise Pass is a worship leader who has some great insights from God to share. Here is one of her posts concerning shame. It is a part of a series that she is doing. Please check out her blog today.
Scripture of the Day: 2 Samuel 13:13 (NLT) “Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the greatest fools in Israel. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.” Shame Rx: Each person bears the shame for their own actions. Watching a […]
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Psalm 145:8
As things go wrong in a person’s life, the first thing many feel is that it is because God is angry with them. The feeling that God is in the process of judging them for what they had done wrong.
These feelings come because of the way many are treated by those in the church. Judgement comes very quickly. Christians are often very angry with those in the world and quickly judge them as bad people.
People in the church often forget how gracious and compassionate God is towards them. They forget how sinful they really were and often still are. Many forget how horrible each one of their sins are.
Keep in mind that if you sin one time, that sin brings the judgement of immediate death upon your head. God does not serve out that sentence immediately. He is gracious and compassionate with you.
God knows that you are human and will fail and fall short of His glory. He made provision for that. He chose to send His Son Jesus to pay the price for your sin.
Think about how quickly you or someone you know rises in anger against someone else. If someone were to kill your son in cold blooded murder, what would your immediate reaction be? Most people would be to want to strike back in anger, judgement and punishment.
Unlike humans, God is very slow to anger. He has been putting up with mankind’s ways of living in sin for thousands of years. Each and every person deserves punishment in the worst way. Yet, His great love holds His anger and judgement back.
God does not want any person to die in sin, and this includes you. When things are going rough in your life, it is not necessarily God judging you. It may be God attempting to get your focus back onto Him. Everything works out for your benefit because of God’s great love for you.
So when things are rough or someone is being bad towards you, remember God’s great love and compassion. Take on His being gracious towards others and do not get so angry with them. Show God’s love towards them.
I pray today that you will know God’s great love and compassion in your life; that God will help you not get so angry; that you will be rich with God’s love towards others; and that you will be His light in this world.
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1
Fear and obedience are two things that many people do not see associated with blessings. Yet the psalmist says that the one who fears and the one who is obedient is blessed.
Fear is often associated with being scared, not respect. There are many people in the world who fear God, because they fear that He will not accept them because of their past sins. Christians often fall into this same type of fear of God. They fear God no longer loves them because they fell back into some sin again. The weight of judgement against them weighs heavily on their minds.
This is not the fear the psalmist was talking about. Fear, here, is the respect and reverence for God. It is allowing God to be God and absolutely ruler over one’s life.
Obedience is seen as something that one must do, not a privilege to do. Throughout the world, many people obey the laws, only because they have to. The rules are obeyed only out of fear of getting caught. This also is often seen in the church. The heart is not in the obedience.
When a believer realizes what Jesus has done for him and how much God loves him, he will want to obey God. It will be a choice, not a requirement.
When you obey God out of fear, you are constantly on the outlook for when God is going to strike you. In that way, there is no real peace or loving relationship with God.
The blessings in fearing and obeying God is found in the relationship that is built up through the obedience. The level of trust in God is built up as you fear and obey Him. Knowing that there is peace between you and God rises when you know you are living for God with the right mindset.
Having that right relationship with God removes fear of judgement or reprimand. You will know the grace and mercy God has for you. In the midst of trouble in this life, you will still have God’s peace and love in your life. What better blessing can there be than that?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will have the proper fear and respect for God; that God will strengthen you in your obedience to Him; and that you will know all the blessings God has for you.
I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me. Job 30:20
Job is feeling the pain of the suffering he has been going through. Most of his life, he had been the leader and the one who helps others. Now that he is going through major troubles, he is seeking help and getting none and is being ridiculed by everyone as though cursed by God. He cries out to God but is not getting any answer.
It is common that when a person, who had been in very high standing, that suddenly falls into extreme hard times, will get put down by others. People will often shun a person who has fallen into difficult times.
This often happens because it appears that they have done something wrong to bring them down to that point. Those in the world are looking at that person as though he is no longer of any value because of the problems. That person can no longer help them out, so leave him to suffer.
There are times in the church where the same problem occurs. The only difference in the church is that people feel that God is cursing or punishing someone for sins to be going through the challenges.
Individual believers, will cry out to God seeking relief, only to get silence. God remains silent at times, making a person feel completely alone. Even though He is watching, God does not seem to care.
How many times in your own life have you gone through some major trial and you cried out to God for relief, but He gave no answer?
God was watching Job and was in complete control of what was occurring. He only allowed Satan to do only a certain amount to Job and no more.
Paul had a challenge in his life and he cried out to God also for relief. God told him that His grace was sufficient for him.
That same grace is enough for you also. You must trust that even though God may be silent, He is still in control and is taking care of you. God will give you everything you need. He is only allowing the best to happen to you.
Stay strong and true to God. In the end you will win with God on your side. He may be silent but He is still there.
I pray today that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will know that God is in control; and that you will not feel alone in your struggles in this life.
Title: Grace Rules
Author: Steve McVey
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
The author looks at how many Christians are living for God, but are not always living in joy and excitement with God. People are always condemning themselves for the sins they have committed and feel that they will never measure up to God’s standard of living. They are being robbed of the abundant life that Jesus said every believer will have.
He points out that many Christians are living under the laws of many things to do or not to do. They feel that in order to please God, they must follow all the laws, both God’s and man-made, perfectly. They also impose those laws on others. This type of living is a legalistic life, living by rules, rather than by grace. If the Israelites in the Old Testament were unable to fully obey the laws of God, no one today can begin to do it either.
Looking at the New Testament, the author shows that Jesus fulfilled the law’s requirements which now allows God to pour out grace on His followers. No person is good enough to deserve the life God is willing to give through Jesus. No person will ever become good enough to earn their way into heaven.
This is where grace comes in. God is willing to give you the abundant life in and through Jesus. Jesus is to live in. You are to be controlled by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, rather than by your own thoughts and actions or this world.
It is pointed out that under the law, you have to obey God. Under grace, you will want to obey God. Previously it was a mandatory requirement. Now it is a choice desire.
The Bible calls every believer in Jesus a holy child of God, a royal priesthood. Do you believe that you are a holy child of God and a royal priesthood in God’s family?
This book will help you see the fullness of the grace God is willing to pour out on you. It will help you see how you can have your heart changed to be able to overcome sinful acts in your life.
If you are struggling with living the “full” life Jesus had promised; or if you feel like there should be more to your life with Jesus; or if you feel like you just don’t measure up to God’s standards, then this book is a great book for you to read.
This book is written in easy to read format. There are questions at the end of each chapter for you to ask yourself in response to what was written. Many scripture verses are used throughout the book. I highly recommend every believer to read this book.