Bought by the Blood

June 23, 2011

Great Parenting Tips

Filed under: cross,Doug Wolter,God's Faithfulness,Gospel,Whining — cubsfan1980 @ 11:10 pm
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I am supposed to be asleep right now, but I recently found a great new parenting resource that I can’t get enough of.  It is from Doug Wolter and it called, 10 Teachable Moments as Parents.  They are built upon the principle that “God is parenting me as I parent my kids”One of my favorite ones that I’ve read is far is called, “When Your Kids Keep Whining.”  

“Stop whining!”  I’m sure you’ve said that to your kids at one time or another.  You may have even whined back at them showing them how silly they sounded.  But then all of a sudden it hit you.  You’re just like them.  You’re a whiner, too.

I admit it.  I’m still whining even though I’m 34 years old.  It just looks a little different now.  I may not have the annoying whiny voice, but when I don’t get my way I complain and wonder why God is taking so long to answer me.  I don’t like to wait.  I’d rather whine.  I don’t like to keep knocking on the door of my prayer closet.  I’d rather keep complaining to my spouse at the dinner table.  I forget God’s faithfulness in the past and wonder why he can’t speed up the present.  Instead of waiting, I’m whining.

If anyone had a right to whine it was Jesus. Condescending to us as a poor, humble man destined to die on a cross for selfish rebels like us, he had every right to whine and complain.  Instead he lived a life of submission to his Father and dependence on the Spirit.  Yes he was God.  And yes he was sinless.  But he was also human.  He was tempted.  And He could’ve complained.  But he didn’t.  He waited and relied on his Father.  He trusted and depended on the Spirit.

So the next time your kid whines, stop and remember that you’re a whiner too.  But in Christ you don’t have to whine.  You can submit to your Father’s will and quietly depend on the Spirit to lead you.

 

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February 6, 2011

Redeeming Love

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God…For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.
(Deuteronomy 4:24 & 31 ESV)

The fire of Yahweh as a jealous God is the fire of an exclusive commitment to this people that demands an exclusive commitment in return.  It is, in short, the fire of redeeming love that had brought them out of the fires of bondage and would therefore tolerate no rival…It was the fire of God’s jealousy that protected the strength of God’s mercy and covenant faithfulness to this people.  In rebellion and idolatry they would find the God of verse 24.  In return and obedience they would find the God of verse 31.  This is the same unchanged God, responding to a tragically unchangeable people.

– Christ Wright

November 30, 2010

He Must Become Greater and I must become Lesser

When we realize that he’s God and we’re not- that he’s massive and we’re minute – that’s all it takes for us to become a part of great and powerful God things…God does everything through those who understand they are nothing, and God does nothing through those who think they are something. As G.K. Chesterton put it, “how much larger your life would be if yourself could become smaller in it.”

This makes Christianity a unique and liberating breath of fresh air. Why? Because this world values the dominant, not the defeated.  Everything in this world cater to the beautiful people.  Our world says that for you to be valuable you must be healthy, attractive, prosperous and influential.  To be useful, you must become powerful.  The world and all its religions says, “you must become great before you can do great.” But the story of Jonah shows us that in God’s eyes, and in Christianity, weakness precedes usefulness.– Tullian Tchividjian

July 31, 2009

Our union with Christ

who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:8-9

The third reason that the Westminster Confession of Faith states for our assurance of salvation is because of our inseparable union with Christ, the proof text for this is 1 Corinthians 1:8-9.  Paul makes three points in this passage to give us assurance of our salvation.  First, God is sustaining us and it is by that sustaining that we are kept safe until glory.  Secondly, God has made us guiltless so that sinful creatures can be in communion forever with a holy God.  Lastly, God is faithful and because He is faithful we know that He will not deny us.

My union in Christ is not something that I can not undo.  If I could undo my union with Christ, then that would mean that I am powerful than God.  God would not be worthy of me placing my trust in Him to sustain me in the faith if that was case.  My union in Christ is not based on my righteousness, because I have none of my own.  The only way I can have union with Christ is if God washes my sin away.

One of the greatest comforts that I have is the fact that God remain faithful in spite of my faithlessness.  If God looked at my worthiness and all that I contributed to my relationship with Him as a factor in preserving our union then I would have no hope.  We read in Genesis 8:22, after the flood, that God has choosen to be faithful to His created order.  This should instill us with confidence that God will be faithful to His adopted children which He has purchased at the highest cost with the blood of His Son.

April 8, 2009

Underserving

I’ve been reading in the Psalms for several months and feel fairly familiar with them.  Maybe it’s because I’m reading in three other places, but the Psalms feel very familiar for me right now.  It has been rare this time around that I will come across a Psalm where it feels fresh and new.  Recently I was reading Psalm 138 and I was struck by the Psalmist appreciation of God as he saw God’s protection and guidance in his life.  I immediately thought, I want a heart like that.  I ended up writing two poems about this Psalm, one centering on thanksgiving and the other on God’s care.  I am posting the first poem today and the second tomorrow.

If I spent the rest of my life praising your wonderful name,
It would be a failing attempt at finding a way to express
The thanksgiving I have for your death on the cross for my sins.

Above all things you are highly exalted.
The glory you have is unimaginable.
All of creation will one day bow down to you.

I am so underserving of your love and faithfulness.
Why would you adopt someone as lowly as I?
I am but a worm, with nothing to offer.
You are great in majesty and words fail me.

March 23, 2009

The Valleys of the Torah

I am doing a read through the Bible in a year plan.  One of the hardest parts of plans like this is the middle of the Torah with Numbers and Leviticus.  These are probably two of the hardest of the books of the Bible for my soul to be fed by.  I am about halfway through Numbers right now and recently came across Numbers 11 which has been one of the highlights of the book for me.  As I find more time to blog I definitely want to point our more highlights from these two books.  For now, here are some of my gleanings from Numbers 11.

Numbers 11
V. 1 Complaining is a serious sin that as it shows lack of gratitude for all that God has done in our live.  When we complain we state that God is not good.

V. 2 Prayer is effective.  The Lord’s angered was tempered by Moses prayer.  If we are confident in the sovereignty of God, then that fuels our ammunition for prayer that God hears and answers.

v. 6 The people looked to food for strength instead of God.  They had a small of view God and did not believe that He could strengthen them.  This is the opposite of Daniel and his friends when they were taken into captivity by the Babylonians and neglected the meat knowing that God would nourish them and give them what their bodies needed.  By trusting God they were able to be strengthened more than those who had the choicest diet.

v. 10 As God was angry about the people’s sin, Moses was displeased also.  That which makes God angry should make me angry.  I should NEVER try to justify sin.  It is compassionate thing to be angry about sin because it will make me speak out against sin so that people can see where they are displeasing God so that they can repent and come back to Him.  If I am ever doing something to anger I would pray that others would have God’s heart and gently restore me.

v.17 God does not want Moses to carry this burden alone, so God tells Moses to pick people who he wants to receive more of the Spirit so that they can encourage him through prophesy.  The people who receive the Spirit are not hand selected by a leader, but the Spirit has been poured out on all who believe.  Since I’ve been saved I should earnestly pursue prophecy so that I can encourage others.  I should also be praying for other believers so that they can be receiving an outpouring of the Spirit in greater and more powerful manifestations.

v.23 Although the people are ungrateful for all the Lord has done for them, He still decides them their request for meat.  Ironically, God promises to give them meat until they are sick of it.  Moses, being the leader that he is tries to calculate and figure out the logistics of God giving the people that much meat.  God tells Moses “Is the Lord‘s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.” If He can bring all the plagues to pass and part the red sea, then he can surely give the Israelites an overabundance of meat.  I have no need to doubt God’s provision in my life.

How I am so quick to be like the Israelites.  My natural reaction to tough situations is to complain instead of being filled with gratefulness for all that God has done for me.  I can easily be proud and self-reliant and not be as quick to prayer as I should be.  If I am viewing God as I should then prayer will become more of a natural inclination of my heart.  God needs to be my strength and where I place my hope and trust.  I need to have the same mindset in regards to sin as God has and hate it with the same passion that he does.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for your grace and mercy that sent your Son to die on the cross for my sins.  Thank you that even though I did nothing to deserve this blessing you have shown my such amazing steadfast love.  You continue to shower me with blessings and give me more than I desire.  Help me never doubt your provision.  As I see your provision enable me to enourage other.  Fill me with your Spirit so that as I live in community with others I can tell of your wondrous deeds and who you are.  Mold my heart to be like yours, let me hate sin as you do so that I can grow in my love for others and guiding them in repentance.  Use prayer to draw me closer to see you and see you better.  Make my vision of you enlarge allow me to see all that I have in you so that I can grow in my trust and desire for you.  Let people see in a difference in me because of your Spirit that fills me.  As I walk in you let my heart overflow with gratitude.  You are my portion and lot, my heart will always be satisfied with you.  Amen!

November 28, 2008

Psalm 40

Filed under: Character of God,cross,God's Faithfulness,Psalms,Will of God — cubsfan1980 @ 10:16 pm
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“I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.” Psalm 40:10

One of the things that I want to get back into is writing poetry.  I used to write poetry quite often based on things that God had taught me through His Word.  One of the neat things about glorifying God throug poetry is that it is a chance for me to proclaim God’s deliverance and steadfastness love.  It is a written way for me to proclaim His faithfulness shown to me at the cross.  Recently I wrote a new poem about Psalm 40.

Mt trust is in God
And I wait patiently for Him.
When I cry to His throne,
I am assured He will hear.

My steps are firm because of His grace.
When I couldn’t help myself
He rescued me and gave me a new song
With words to praise and extol His name.

I will tell of all He’s done
For His deeds of love and faithfulness
Are more plentiful than the stars in the sky,
None can compare to Him.

He is my help and deliverance.
At the cross I rejoice and find my gladness,
Continually “Great is the LORD” is on my lips
As your law dwells in my heart.

Even when His will is not mine,
Doing my Father’s will is my delight,
So that many will see and fear
And put their trust in the Lord.

June 14, 2007

Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. John 20:14

Filed under: God's Faithfulness,John — cubsfan1980 @ 1:45 am

Jesus is our continual comforter, even when we don’t sense His presence, we can be confident that He is near to the brokenhearted. On that glorious easter morning Mary had gone to the tomb to find her crucified Lord missing. Under the impression that His body had been stolen she was frantic for answers. She questioned the angles at the tomb and got no closer to the truth until the Truth came closer to her.

Hold tight to the truth that Jesus has promised to never leave you or forsake you. Your flesh is against and will do anything it can to make you deny Him. When your feelings tell you that He is not near then rebuke your feelings remember His promise. He is faithful, He is not like man and can not lie. When Jesus says that He will never leave you it does not matter if you do not feel or sense His nearness, but just believe He is there.

His promise to be near to you is not based on anything you do. Even when you are faithless, He remain faithful. Believer, know that your sin does grieve God, but His love has triumphed over your sin and He is waiting by your side for you to turn to Him and embrace the grace He gives out. Often times when we turn our back on God and it feels like He has left, He is still there, but we have closed our eyes to Him. He is great in patience and standing there eager to forgive. He comforts all His children the same.

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