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A “Sip” From God’s Word that Gives Confidence in the Lord

Here’s a “Sip” from God’s word that will give you confidence in the Lord!

“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands!  They will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe You will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed.  But You are the same, and Your years have no end!”  (Hebrews 1:10-12 ESV)

“Look What I Found in the Drawer This Morning!”

Sometimes reading the book of Proverbs reminds me of cleaning out a drawer that has been used to collect a variety of stuff… You start the task and find all kinds of interesting and good things you almost forgot you had. Only difference? In this drawer there’s nothing to throw away! 🙂 This morning in my Bible reading I encountered a variety of “good things” to keep and remember at the end of Proverbs 14 (verses 29-31, 34)…

Good thing #1… “Whoever is patient has great understanding! But one who is quick-tempered displays folly.” I really need to work on that one!! I’m a “Type A” personality and do not handle delay, traffic, or what is frustrating very well… Anyone know what I mean? 😉

Good thing #2… “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Heard a great message on envy recently… the sin no one will arrest you for… but the one that produces a lot of other terrible things!) Oh may I have “a heart of peace” and not envy what others have or have been given! A heart of peace (not filled with envy) is a health-giving thing! (If we only realized the psychological and physiological damage envy causes!!)

Good thing #3… “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God!” This one really separates the godly person from the ungodly – the righteous from the wicked! I want to always “honor God” by my continual and evident kindness and generosity to those in need! Oh God help me to have a generous and compassionate spirit!!

Good thing #4… “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people!” Oh, this morning my heart is broken because of the spiritual and moral drift of our nation! I grieve to see leaders condemn what is godly and affirm what the Bible clearly calls sin! It shames us!! It will ultimately eat at the heart of our nation and bring rot to our national character! We should be ashamed of ourselves! It should drive Christians to their knees in concerned intercession! We desperately need a moral and spiritual revival in America!

GOOD STUFF IN THAT SPIRITUAL DRAWER THIS MORNING! Glad I had “coffee with the Lord”!!

Does Jesus Care?

JESUS CARES!!! DON’T DOUBT IT – DEPEND ON IT!!!

He understands and shares our sorrow – our sense of loss – and brings us comfort and hope!

Lazarus, a dear friend, loved deeply by Jesus, lived in Bethany. He became very ill and died. Jesus was not there at the time (in fact, he delayed His coming, even though Mary and Martha, his sisters sent Jesus word). They did not understand (but Jesus had a wonderful plan – the “resurrection” of Lazarus!).

When Jesus did arrive, Lazarus had already been dead four days. Both Martha and Mary did not understand… DID JESUS CARE? Martha told Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died!” Mary echoed her complaint! It’s clear both ladies, understandably were struggling to understand…

DID JESUS CARE? In my Bible reading today as I soaked up the pathos of this story in John 11 (you really ought to read it for yourself!) It became abundantly clear to me JESUS DID CARE – HE CARED DEEPLY! Here it is from the Bible…

Jesus went to the tomb. “When he was Mary weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled… JESUS WEPT!… Then Jesus, deeply moved again came to the tomb.” (From vss. 33-38)

Jesus had the stone before the tomb removed… And in keeping with His word of assurance to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live!” Jesus prayed and then cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out! And the man who had died came out!”

You see, not only does Jesus care… He conquered death on our behalf! He is the resurrection and the life!

As I read this story and identified with Martha and Mary an old gospel song came to mind sung by Guy Penrod and the late, great Beverly Shea. You owe it to yourself to listen to it (I’ve provided the YouTube link)!!!

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