September 12, 2019 Give Thanks

2 Corinthians 4_15

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Psalm 2:1 All In Vain

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Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? Psalm 2:1 

Wars and battles occur all the time, all over the world. Some are with physical weapons, while many are with just words. People are constantly plotting to overcome someone or something.

Groups of people can be found everywhere who are striving to win some agenda. They are focused on getting their way, regardless of what anyone else thinks or does. Most of these groups do it in a civilized manner, following the rules of the land, however, there are many that do not care about the laws. These groups often take the law into their own hand or try to overcome the government.

Some groups are small and raise a small squabble, but are so small they are no real threat to anyone. Others are a very large and powerful organization to be reckoned with.

The Psalmist opens this psalm with the question of why nations and people plot in vain. This is a good question to ask.

All over the world there are groups that are against God and Christianity. They hate Christians and plot against God with everything in them. They see Christians as a threat to their way of living and so need to strive to destroy them. They are just following Satan and his agenda.

There are also some believers who fight against God’s will for their lives. They refuse to do what He asks of them and try to run the other direction. This could be in any area of their life, minor or major.

Those who fight against God are fighting a losing war. In the end Jesus will win the war and all sin will be destroyed for eternity and all who refuse to follow Him. So it is pointless to fight against God. It is all in vain.

You may have some areas of life that you are refusing to give to God. So you are fighting against God. Trust God and give every area of your life to Him. He knows what is best and will win in the end.

In the end you will either be on His side or against Him. If you are against Him, you will lose and spend eternity in hell separated from God forever.

The best thing to do is follow God and all His commands. As you follow and trust in Jesus, you will win in the end. You may lose a battle, but the war has already been won.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will trust God with every area of your life; that you will not fight against God; and that your life will be a witness of God and His power.

1 Chronicles 1-8 Names Are Known

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Please read 1 Chronicles 1-8.

Reading a list of names is usually a very boring, dry thing to read for most people. This becomes especially true when one does not know the majority of people and do not see any connection with the people.

The majority of people do not really know their genealogy, nor care about it a whole lot. They know their immediate parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and maybe cousins. Beyond those people they do not know very many.

A major reason for not knowing those names is that they have never met most of the rest in their genealogy. Some people, however, dig into the past, writing up their entire genealogy for several hundred years or more.

In this passage the writer lists the names of fathers and sons from the time of Adam until the time of Benjamin, covering several thousand years of generations of people. As one reads this passage it is very repetitive, so and so is the son of so and so, and so and so is the son of so and so, on and on for eight chapters. One often wonders why God had this put in this long list.

Most of the names in this long list are names of people that there is no longer any mention of them in the Bible anywhere. There are in a sense a bunch of nobodies, unknowns. Yet, God chose to put their names on this list. God is concerned about everyone, whether famous or not.

Along with seeing this list, one can see a line of connection from Adam all the way to Benjamin. There is a thread that is being formed, that will also continue on for eternity.

Knowing that there is this connection and knowing that God is concerned about every person, can give one peace of mind. Although that list stops in the eighth chapter, it has not ended in reality. Several thousand years later Jesus was added to that list.

As a believer you are also a part of that genealogy. God knows your name and has it written down in the history books of heaven. You may not be someone very important in the eyes of this world, but you are important to God. He wants to have you in His genealogy list of His family.

God knows all the names of the stars, He also knows your name. Rest in peace knowing you are in His family for eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God knows your name; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that you will know how important you are to God. 

2 Samuel 7:24 Established As God’s People

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You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, LORD, have become their God. 2 Samuel 7:24 

People around the world have one thing in common that they want to feel wanted and needed. They want to have purpose in this life. In desiring this, people are always searching for purpose and need.

In order to find these things, people will do nearly anything they can. Often they are searching in the wrong areas. The search usually is finding people or things, which really do not solve the problem. In this process, they will often bounce from one thing to another or one person to another, not finding what they desire.

As David was beginning to be the new king of Israel, God appeared to him and stated He was with him and will establish him and his family forever as His. David praises God for making the people of Israel His very own.

Being God’s people is something that the majority of the world does not see or know the benefit of. It does not make sense to the world. They want something that they can feel and touch physically.

During the Old Testament, Israel was God’s chosen people. It was an exclusive group. However, when Jesus came, He opened this door to everyone. Any one who believes in Him are now a part of God’s people.

It was even brought further, not only are believers are part of God’s people, they also become a child of God, they become family with God. They are wanted, loved, and have a purpose. This becomes an establishment that lasts for all eternity. It does not change as seasons, or fashions, or trends, or anything else changes. God does not die off or move away as people do. The purpose is the same for all eternity–to love God and love others.

As you are walking through this life you need purpose. You need to feel wanted and desired. This can be found only in Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He is ready and willing to graft you in as His people and His family. You can be His child for all eternity.

God will never stop loving you or go away. God is always there for you. This is a firmer establishment than anything that this world can offer you. It will last for eternity.

How are you established today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can be family with God; and that you will be established in God’s love and family.

Deuteronomy10:14 It Belongs To God

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To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Deuteronomy 10:14

Ownership is something that most people take some pride in. A young couple take great pride when they begin to own their first home. Teen boys take pride in their first car that they can purchase. These things and many more things are what people are proud of, because they own it.

Along with physical objects, people believe that they own their own lives. They can do with their lives what they want, in any way that they desire. As a whole around the world, ownership of a person is not acceptable.

Once a person owns something, he feels as though it is his and no one else’s to touch without permission. With ownership, people feel that they can do with that object whatever they desire. It belongs to them and no one else.

While people may physical have possession of something, in reality, it does not belong to them. Moses wrote that everything in the heavens, and on this earth belongs to God. Since God has created everything, it does belong to Him and He can do with everything, just as He desires.

The world does not want to believe that God owns everything. And many believers do not always act as though God owns everything. They hold onto things, when God is trying to get them to let go.

Along with God’s ownership of things, He also owns the believer. The believer is no longer his own person, but God’s. This means God can do what He wants with the believer’s life any time He desires. The good news is that God is love and will not do anything that is not done in love, in the best interest of the believer.

As a believer, you must remember that God owns you and everything you have. You are not your own and nothing you have is really yours. Those things have been given on loan from God to be used for His glory.

Be willing to let God use you and what He has given you for His kingdom. Do not hold onto your physical things or your life, as to shrink back and not be used for God’s glory and kingdom.

Trust God with everything, since He owns it all anyways.

I pray today that you will allow God to own your life; that you will allow God to use you for His kingdom; that you will allow God to use your things for His glory; and that you will trust God with your life.

The City At World’s End (book review)

Title: The City At World’s End
Author: Edmond Hamilton
Original Print:
1950

This book is a science fiction book that takes a different type of look at a nuclear war. A small town is directly hit with a nuclear bomb. They are not destroyed, but moved into a future time, several thousand years later. A lot has changed and they must start everything new.

As they meet ‘people’ in the future who come to help them. They begin with distrust and treat them badly, because they are different. This book shows some of the horror of racialism and prejudices that people tend to have against new or different people.

Although this has a great story about overcoming and moving on with life, it has nothing to do with God. Although there are a few references of people who believe in God, there is no overall belief in Him. One of the quotes a person says in the story shows this very well: “Leave us to work out our own salvation.”

This quote is something that the world tries to say all the time. They do not want God or Jesus in their lives and try to work out their own lives. Many believers in God also attempt this. They try to live a good life in order to be on God’s good side, rather than trusting the salvation Jesus provided and His grace and mercy.

The author does a great job at presenting a different outcome of a nuclear bomb, than the standard death. He also does a good job at presenting how people are with unknown or different people, how people can be prejudice and cruel to others. However, there are several curse words used in the book that did not really need to be used thus lowering its overall value to me.

I cannot highly recommend this book, though it is good to read and see the philosophy and thoughts of mankind without God.