God is beyond any thing that the human mind can comprehend. We cannot comprehend the One who made the Universe – who made the galaxies and put them all in space and when a star is no longer – He knows it. When a hair falls from my head, He knows. When I was born, He knew everything about me. When He formed me He knew what I would be doing at this exact moment. AS WELL…………..He knew what I would be doing at the worst moment in my lifetime so far. NOTHING is beyond His knowledge! He did not make us as robots – He made us and gave us a free will to use. THAT tells us how much He loved us and how much He wanted us to love him unconditionally and without any strings attached.
Oh we do so much every day – not just me – you too – – lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness. I put lying first because there is no one any where that I know that has never lied. In fact, for most people that I know personally, I can tell you when, where, and why you lied. Shall I go on? I don’t want to.
I want to major on something far more wonderful, far more unbelievable, far more humbling and that is WHO AM I – – – – – WHO ARE YOU in the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are not a Christian you are none of what I am listing below. A Christian is a Believer, announced to the public as such by actions, deeds, mind and heart. If you are a Believer, live to the hilt according to His Word. Study it. Take it to heart. Memorize it. Live out what you say you believe. James tells us to be not only “hearers” of the Word but then to be “doers” of the Word. This is where the free will comes in for us. What we do with what we SAY we learn tells us exactly where we stand with the Lord.
My husband was one of a kind. He was never one to stand on the street corner with a bible in one hand and yelling out what he thought was the Truth. He lived the truth quietly but dynamically. You had only to watch him and you saw a difference. He had people in his life that said to him, “what is it that makes you tick! You are so different from other men.” He was not perfect in any way. He would be the first to tell you that. But always he remembered, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He forgiven all of my transgressions.” He would stop and think about the awesomeness of that verse found in the Psalms. Many times I knew I had been in the presence of the Lord as I stood or sat beside my husband. I had times I would tell him, “you are so disciplined”. He would fire back, “I am not disciplined”. I would fire back, “Everything is relative”.
I did not deserve the immensity of what the Lord gave me through Loren. God allowed me to see and observe a Christian, and be trained by him as I watched his actions in good times and bad times. Feeble in his humanity but quietly a stick of dynamite that God used from time to time to lift up – to encourage – to introduce someone somewhere to his Lord.
Romans 8:16 A Child of God
Col. 1:13,14 Forgiven
Eph. 2:8 Saved by grace through faith
Romans 5:1 Justified
2 Cor. 5:17 A new creature
Romans 8:14 Led by the Spirit of God
Psa. 91:11 Kept in safety wherever I go
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all my cares on Jesus
Phil. 4:13 Doing all things through Christ
2 Cor. 10:5 Bringing every thought into captivity
Romans 12:1,2 Being transformed by a renewed mind
2 Cor. 5:21 The righteousness of God
Eph. 5:1 An imitator of Jesus
Job. 8:21 Filled with laughter and rejoicing
We serve a Risen Savior. Let us lay before Him our hearts, minds, souls and let Him examine us and touch our lives with His healing hand of mercy and forgiveness. We are truly transformed by the renewing of our minds as given to us in Rom. 12:1,2.
If you are NEVER in the Word of God……If you NEVER have the Bible in your home……If you never read from it…….If you never become a doer instead of a hearer you are most to be pitied because you have NOTHING at all that is of eternal worth.
There are no U-hauls at the cemetery. You can be liked by thousands around you. You can talk big and live big but…………….in the end………………..have nothing except what will be piled alongside with the tares and burned. ALWAYS – – WITHOUT EXCEPTION you can never be too bad or too good but you can be TOO LATE!
I might also add…….There is no record of non believers seeing Jesus after His Resurrection. The last view the world had of Jesus Christ was bloody, hanging, naked, crucified and dead.
Between Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, we are told who Jesus presented himself to. Then in the end He sent the disciples (eleven) out with this commission. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved, but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” My Ryrie Study Bible tells me that if this means water baptism, it is unbelief and not failure to be baptized, that condemns. Water baptism does NOT save. However, splitting hairs over this does not seem too practical either.
No matter what!!!!! I am His! Marge H.