August 10, 2017
If you want to seed or reseed your lawn, you certainly do not want to put more weeds out there. At least I don't. I have enough of those to begin with. However, I noticed when I purchased some seed, that every bag I looked at would guarantee only that they were 99% free of weeds. Ninety-nine percent is good, but 100% would be better.
In life, we need to strive to be 100% free of contaminants. I realize, however, that I cannot cleanse myself of sin, spiritual contamination. And more, even though I am forgiven as a Christian, I do not live 100% free of spiritual contamination (1 John 1:8). It is for those reasons that I am thankful for the blood of my Lord, Jesus the Christ. When I was baptized into Christ, I was cleansed of contamination. My sins were washed away (Acts 22:16). Furthermore, I am assured that the blood Jesus shed continues to cleanse me of contamination as long as I conduct myself as a Christian (1 John 1:8) and penitently seek forgiveness when I sin (1 John 1:9).
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. Ps 118:19-21 ESV
Thank God today and every day for the peace and assurance you have in Him. He loves you and sent His Son to die for you.
August 8, 2017
Often restaurants advertise “authentic” food. I recall such a Mexican restaurant. It had an authentic Mexican name. The food seemed to be authentic Mexican food. The people that worked there were authentic Mexicans—for the most part. There was one waitress that seemed to stand out. She was blue eyed, had blonde hair, and spoke with a Slavic accent, not a Mexican accent.
When I consider our Christian lives, we need to be “authentic” Christians. We live in a society where many claim to be Christians. Yet, are they authentic? Did they follow the guidelines of the Bible to become Christians, being baptized into Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38)? Do they worship upon the first day of the week following the guidelines prescribed in His word? Is their speech the speech of a Christian?
An authentic Christian will love God with all his heart (Matthew 22:27), which is the first and great commandment.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15 ESV
Be an authentic Christian. Love God with all your heart. Obey His commands.
Have a great week. Serve Him at every opportunity. Lead others into the proper paths. TLM
August 2, 2017
A few weeks ago Mary and I were rummaging through boxes in the basement that have not been dealt with since we moved in. I can’t remember what we were looking for, but while we looked Mary ran across a “treasure.” She had never been able to find her place mats and some other items she wanted. They had been packed away securely in a box. She was so excited.
Sometimes we treat the Bible in a similar way. We pack it away on a shelf or on an end table. It is among other unopened books. While it is “packed away,” we fail to profit from the treasures found inside. We should open it rather than neglect. There are treasures therein that can fill us with excitement.
Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. Ps 119:111 ESV
Do not neglect the reading of and meditation on God’s word.
Share what you learn with others as you have opportunity. TLM