Have You Made Your Bed?

There is an old expression: "You have made your bed, now lie in it." It means in effect that you will get what you deserve. For example, if you take your paycheck and go blow it at the bar or the casino, you are not going to have much to live on until the next paycheck. What’s more, you will be reaping exactly what you deserve for such a foolish action.

This principle is stated pretty explicitly in God’s word with the expression: "you will reap what you sow." If you sow to the flesh, you can expect to reap corruption. If you sow to the Spirit in seeking and serving God, you will reap peace and blessing. External circumstances may still be grim, but inwardly you will have a peace that is beyond comprehension.

Thankfully, there is one exception to the rule that if you have made your bed, you must lie in it. You may have served sin and self all you life and deserve an eternity in hell separated from God. However it is not too late to get into the other bed that God has made for you.

God’s Son, Jesus, died in your place on the cross. He paid the penalty for your sinful life. He rose from the dead to prove that He is the Son of God, and that the price for your salvation was fully paid. If you will change your mind about your sinful living and accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, God will forgive your sins and change your life.

Which bed will you choose to lie in?

Is He Fighting for You?

All these kings and their land Joshua took at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.  Joshua 10:42

Whether they stood and waited as did the Kings of Jericho and Ai, or attacked first as did the Kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon, none could stand before Israel because the LORD their God fought for them.

Is God fighting for you?  He is if you belong to Jesus!

This does not mean easy sailing.  It does not necessarily mean that God might not display your faith by allowing you to die for the testimony of Jesus.

It does mean that whatever happens it will be for God’s glory and your good!  Bask in that knowledge today.  Rest in Him!

The Church

I think that I shall never see
A church that’s all it ought to be,
A church whose members never stray
Beyond the straight and narrow way.
A church that has no empty pews;
Whose pastor never has the blues;
A church whose deacons always "deak"
And none is proud and all are meek.
Where gossips never peddle lies
Or make complaints or criticize;
Where all are always sweet and kind
And all to other’s faults are blind.
Such perfect churches there may be,
But names of them aren’t known to me –
And still, we’ll work and play and plan
To make our own the best we can.
–Author unknown–

Amen!

Let There Be Change

New Year’s Day is always one week to the day after Christmas.  It is very fitting that this is the case.  To truly “get” Christmas always calls for change.  What kind of change has Christmas called for in your life?

Making the Leap

We saw in “Let There Be Light” how a group of shepherds were going through another routine night watching their sheep.  Suddenly the night was anything but routine.

The appearance of an angel, the light of the glory of the Lord, a revelation of the Savior’s birth, and a heavenly multitude praising God made the night extremely extraordinary.

The shepherds journeyed to Bethlehem to see if these things were so.  Was there really lying in a manger in the City of David, a Savior who was the Messiah and the Lord?

When they got to the manger and found Jesus, these shepherds were never the same again.  They immediately made known what had been told them about this special child so that all that heard marveled at what they were being told.

As they left the city, they did so as men who had been changed.  Coming in they were still probably wondering what they would find.  Would they really find the Messiah lying in a manger?  Could they really have seen and heard a heavenly chorus? What did any of this mean to their life?

Having found Jesus just as they were told, they knew the truth.  “the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” (Luke 2:20)

These men were changed!  They were now praisers of God.  They continually gave Him glory.  They were never the same again.

Anyone who truly sees who Jesus is; that He is the unique Son of God, who left heaven to come and die for their sins, can never be the same again. Change MUST come!  How could you not praise God and continually give Him glory.

Have you really celebrated Christmas recently?  Is the change evident in your life?  Let There Be Change!

That by all means we may save some