Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Our creator God knows how we best work for live's enjoyment.

Yesterday I saw a post by I believe an MK in France. Not my friend and unknown to me. I wanted to answer but needed to think and now cannot find it. This may not be seen by her. But her two most asked questions Non believing Christians when she spoke to them about Christ were something to this effect
  1. How can God demand our praise and adoration. He seems to be a super narcissist and
  2. God is mean. He throws those who don't submit to his demands into hell.

If one creates a great thing that can only work properly if all the specifications for that creation were followed, would that not be something that creator would like to be praised for. i.e. an Airplane. I have a true story of someone who got distracted while working on a small plane engine and failed to properly tighten a screw in the engine ( I believe was the problem) That plane went out and crashed
killing I believe it was 5 passengers.

That engine failed because of not following the specifications to make the plane fly properly. Did the creator of that plane throw those passengers to death? No, They died because the plane was not properly maintenance.

God doesn't throw us into hell. We go to hell because by not being in connection with Him, we cannot function correctly and “hell” is the result.

God doesn't insist we adore him. He tells us he loves our praise. I personally have NEVER met anyone who didn't want to be praised for some accomplishment they have achieved. They don't demand it but the praise certainly gives them joy. Our praise, and love and obedience to God's specifications on how we, his creation will best flourish is part of his joy. And He has a right to be honored for the amazing creations He has made, in us and for us.

I love Him and Praise him daily that even though I have failed He still have made a way for me to be HIS child. It is not a demand, it is an honor and joy and great reward.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

God's love - Our Love through God's love

1 John 4:7-21     All notes in () are additions from me, not in the Scripture.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we
might live through him.
10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if (as) God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has ever seen God; (but) if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (*God is seen by other if he abides in us)
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God
 abides in him, and he in God.
16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
(*God is love whom we can abide in by loving. This love shows that we can know God abides in us)
17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 
( * His love abiding in us perfects us, giving us confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is, is given to us to be in this world)
18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
19 We love because he first loved us.
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 
 (*the Love of God is made manifest in our love for one another.)
21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Monday, February 18, 2019

How to choose a partner for life - a very limited snapshot

I've been thinking of things important in a life time partner choice. Things I had been taught but when my heart got entangled chose to ignore. Praise the LORD he over ruled but sometimes we deliberately chose to go ahead anyway, because of our emotional / sexual response to someone. IT will not work out for our good – ever.

Someone suggested putting taking these characteristics and applying them to the 'beloved one'. I Cor 13: 4 1. Love is patient and 2. kind; 3. does not envy or 4. boast; 5. not arrogant or 6. rude.
7. does not insist on its own way; 8. is not irritable or 9. resentful; 10. does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

None of us are perfect in these. Some come to pass naturally by our nature. Some learned by our commitment to the LORD. But all that come to us is a result of God's commitment to us and his guiding of us, if we will allow him.

So some of the things that caused me to come to love my husband.

  1. He treated his mom with love.
  2. He LOVED interacting with children and they all loved him back.
  3. He loved the LORD and that included being in the house of the LORD when there were meetings. We did some of our dating in fact going to hear special speakers.

This have all continued and been a mainstay of our home. But I believe the real strength of our marriage together has been His commitment to the LORD. We didn't have a perfect understanding of each other and I have found it is harder to see ones own shortcomings. ARG! We had hard times, and times of repentance for things we sinned in against the other one, but the mainstay of the LORD was and is central to the LORD Jesus Christ in our lives.  

Friday, February 15, 2019

Praise God for our suffering

Romans 5, 1-5
..since we have been justified by faith,we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith[ into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Love the sequence:
rejoice in our sufferings
because suffering produces endurance
endurance – character,
character – hope
And Hope does NOT put us to shame.
Because of God's love
poured into our hearts 
through the funnel of
indwelling Holy Spirit.