Thursday, September 29, 2005

Let us Rejoice

God is a rejoicing God. He rejoices over His children even in their immaturity (Zeph). Even though Israel cried out saying, "I have been forsaken, I have been forgotten!", God responds, "Can a woman forget her child, the son of her womb? Though she may forget, certainly I will not forget you!"(Isaiah 49:13-15). God comforts us in our afflictions. Though we are condemned, cheated and abandoned, He will not forget us.
I think about our struggles and I know the sin in my heart. If I have any righteousness, it belongs to Christ. For I cannot even speak as Job, one righteous before God, yet I appeal to Christ my mediator. He is my priest and my living sacrifice. I am His and I am silent before Him. In this I have great joy! It is the rejoicing of new life and all creation waits for it. For we have tasted it and soon will see the glory of God before our eyes.
So we will take these words and hide them in our heart. "Always Rejoice, again I say always rejoice!", to Nehemiah it was said, "The joy of the Lord is your strength."

Monday, September 12, 2005

Power in our weakness

There is a power released when we confess our weakness. This power comes not from us, but it comes from God who works on our behalf. He always has a plan that is in our best interest. We struggle and wrestle with our fleshly desires for comfort, leisure and blessing and we forget that we are called to be His servants. For the Scriptures even speak as we are his "bond servants", and what is this bond? This bond is the love He has for us and the love in our hearts for Him.
We need His love to love our enemies and those who do harm and speak evil of us. For if we only love those we like or those who bless us what reward is there? For even those who are evil do that! (Luke 6:35)
O God How we are in need of such love! My heart and flesh cry out for it and it is found through your Son and I will ask in His name and receive it. Amen.
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