Bought by the Blood

July 28, 2007

Habakkuk

Filed under: Habakkuk,Prayer — cubsfan1980 @ 9:42 pm

O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;
O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)

 

The best way to learn to pray is to read the prayers found in Scripture. Scripture teaches us two things about prayer. First, Scripture teaches us about God’s character. If prayer is a conversation with God, it is important like with any other conversation to know what the person you are talking to is like. Scripture reveals to us who God is, how to approach Him and what to expect from Him. Second, we learn from Scripture the type of prayers that glorify God. An example of this is Habakkuk’s prayer.

 

The book of Habbakuk can be subtitled, “Trusting God: When the Rubber Meets the Road.” Habakkuk is a book filled with prayer as Habakkuk seeks God in a time when evil and injustice rampant. Habakkuk’s attitude in praying is knowing that God is great and He is unworthy. He knows God and all proper knowledge of God leads to a fear of Him. Let us know confuse fear with being afraid, but understand it as “that indefinable mixture of reverence and pleasure, joy and awe which fills our hearts when we realize who God is and what He has done for us (Sinclair Fergueson).” Because of our sin, we cannot stand in His presence, but He has provided forgiveness of sins so that He may be feared.

 

One of the common misconception about prayer is that there is a breakthrough prayer that can be prayed that will move God to act. It is a grave error to believe that God is our genie in the bottle that will grant us our every wish if we only ask. Prayer is never about what we pray, but always about who we pray to. The breakthrough is not in prayer, but the one who hears and answers. The only prescription in praying is remembering our state, sinners that deserve mercy and that God has already shown us mercy in the cross and He delights to show His children ever more mercy for the sake of His glorious name.

“He never fails,” Zephaniah 3:5

Filed under: Character of God,faithfulness of God,zephaniah — cubsfan1980 @ 9:16 pm

“He never fails,” Zephaniah 3:5

 

Our God is one who never fails. He never sleeps nor slumbers. He is aware of every circumstance and situation at all times. All moments of your life, He has appointed in His sovereignty so that He may be glorified and so that you can experience His goodness.

 

All of God’s decisions are just. His ways are never wrong. Take a moment and reflect upon His providence and how He has never failed to meet all of your needs. Let this meditation of His providence take you back to the cross where it is apparent that He has met your greatest need. At the cross, God has justly punished your sins by placing them on His Son so you may know His mercy. If He will not fail you in giving life, joy and peace, then He can be trusted.

 

When the wicked prevails and it appears that God is failing you, remember that He has never failed you before. During the night of weeping when God’s face seems hidden, rest in His unfailing love because in the morning you will dance for His faithfulness never ends and His joy is always right around the corner. His favor will last for your life time, so let that be reason to sing of His glory and give Him thanks forever.

July 23, 2007

“ Behold, I am against you,” says the LORD of hosts; – Nahum 3:5

Filed under: Character of God,Mercy of God,Nahum,Wrath of God — cubsfan1980 @ 7:58 pm

“ Behold, I am against you,” says the LORD of hosts; – Nahum 3:5

It is inconceivable what a dreadful thing to have God say “I am against you.” Resist the urge of your flesh to believe the lie that there is no eternity. God will not accept everyone into Heaven, nor will He completely annihilate sinners. The fate of all sinners is eternal weeping and gnashing of teeth because of the flames of God’s torment will not go out. He will not send His angels to torment sinners, but His wrath personal. God does not discriminate against sinners, all sin is treason against the most holy. No one can be good enough to escape His righteous fury.

 

Find hope in that God does not stay angry forever. He has provided an opportunity to turn to Him, to leave your sin and obtain grace and mercy for your greatest need. He does not do it because of any merit that you own. God does not view you as lovable, instead God views you as a fallen creature in His image that was made to worship Him. By His mercy and good pleasure, He has provided redemption and forgiveness of sins so that some may live for the purpose they were created for, to glorify Him.

 

This is only possible because of the sacrifice of His Son. What a glorious fact that God is not like man. God does not hold grudges, but has provided a way that He can Passover our sins. By placing our sins on Christ, He is able to views us in light of Christ perfection and no longer be against us. Christ took my punishment so and faced God’s wrath on my behalf, so that God can be for me and not against me. I am now an heir and not a foe, all of the benefits of the heavenly inheritance are mine. How sweet it is that God does not treat me as my sins deserve because Christ took that treatment for me. The only proper response is what we are created for, worship.

“He Will Have Compassion on Us” Micah 7:9

Filed under: Character of God,Micah — cubsfan1980 @ 6:59 pm

“He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our iniquities

Into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:9

 

Our God is a holy God. In His presence there can be no sin, those with any impurity He cannot stand to have in His courts. When His patience runs out with the wicked and it will be a time of His righteous wrath declaring that the wages of sin must paid for. His fury against sin is an unquenchable fire that causes mountains to quake and hills to melt. None can stand before His indignation or the fierceness of His anger.

 

Being born in iniquity and knowing only sin since birth, on my own I have no hope of communing with God. Glory be to His holy name that He has taken the initiative and drawn me to Himself by His blood. He has taken all of my transgressions and cast them into the depths of the sea. He washed away the stain of my impurity and made me clean and clothed me with righteousness so that I can live by faith in the good of His grace. The debt I owed because of my sin I could never pay, but He paid it all on the cross.

 

Only two things can rival God’s hatred for sin. He is compassionate and shows patience and mercy towards His children because it is not His desire that any perish. For those that He has called His own from before time began, as their sin increases, His grace increases to always outweigh their sin. To make His glory known, He has formed some as vessels of mercy and others as vessels of wrath. No one can question His wisdom or find Him at fault, but only praise Him for His power, mercy and glory.

July 18, 2007

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