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|Posted on August 1, 2011 at 5:30 AM|
Today's Bible readings are Psalms 54 - 57 and Romans 6. The Psalms are wonderful reading. The thoughts expressed by David can often reflect how we sometimes feel. David cries out to God and God always hears his prayers. In his daily struggles, by turning to God, David can rise above the challenges at hand and honour God. In fact, David can even praise God. These Psalms are also very personal. God is interested in each one of us - personally. However, we need to cry out to God and not run away from Him. God knows us intimately, and He longs for us to reach out to Him. David wrote, "God is my helper." God is always there for us - we are never alone even though we may feel like it. David also wrote, "Give your burden to the LORD." What weighs heavily upon your heart today? Don't hold onto it - give it over to God. Even through David's trials, he still trusted in God. And David could cry out to God morning, noon and night! How wonderful that God is available 24/7. God's love is unfailing. His faithfulness reaches to the clouds. I am sure you can find so many other gems from Psalms 54 - 57 that you can take on board for yourself, but these are just a few that I have wanted to share with you. "Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth." I hope you can join me in saying a big AMEN to that.
In looking at Romans 6, Paul talks about how we were once slaves to sin, but now we can be slaves to righteousness. How is this possible? It is all possible through Jesus Christ. Now we can be dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus. Sin is no longer our master for we have been set free by God's grace. Praise God for His love! The final verse from this chapter sums it up beautifully, where Paul wrote these words.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."
Eternity with God or eternity away from God. The choice is ours. God has done everything for us through His Son Jesus. God offers us a gift. Like any gift, we can either accept it or reject it. Acceptance of God's gift means eternal life. Rejection of His gift means eternal death. So why is it that people refuse this free gift of eternal life? Sadly, some reject the notion of a loving God. By rejecting God, they reject His free gift.
The world needs to hear the truth - God's truth. Will you make a stand for your Lord and Saviour and reach out to one other person with this offer from God? We live in a time of grace, may we not waste a moment.
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