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Simplicity

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Simplicity

10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:3

At times the simplicity of the Bible is overwhelming in is naked and piercing truth.  If you love someone, you will not cause them harm. If you look at the unrest in our society, in our personal relationships. If you look at the pain and sorrow caused in all forms from every spectrum, it is due in large part because of the utter absence of love.

Sharper

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Sharper

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Have you ever wonder why the reaction to the Gospels is sometimes visceral?  Maybe because the word of God cannot be bargained with. It always brings you back to the truth. It is alive and relentless in its exposition of truth. It cuts through the layers of deception and exposes the lies we dilute ourselves with. It lays bare the inconsistencies of our thoughts and points to the one true God.  Maybe because it reveals to ourselves the shallowness of our selfish, sinful intent.

The word of God can also show you His redemptive, restorative grace. It shows you His longsuffering patience. It shows you His amazing love. It shows you the life He offers you. The word of God is the fork in the road with redemption, salvation, grace, love and joy on one side. The other road is the lost life you’ve chosen.

Glorious

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Glorious 

1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “…What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him“.

We can not imagine the good things God has in store for us. So glorious are the plans of God that we can’t  conceive them. He has spent eternity past implementing these plans for us.  Such a glorious reward awaits us who love God. Did you notice “has prepared?” It has already been done. The goodness of God gas already been done for us. The anticipation of seeing what he has done for me is almost overwhelming.

Yes

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Yes

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”Genesis 4:9
God never answers Cain’s question. I speculate He didn’t because the answer was self-evident. Yes, he was his brother’s keeper. That question is a question that we as a species should be asking each other. Are we our brother’s keeper? The answer is yes, we are. It has always been yes. If we were our brother’s keeper would we kill each other? If we cared for one another would we hate each other? If we took responsibility for each other would the world be a better place?

After Cain murdered his brother God cursed Him and the rest of humanity. The question I have for you is, did God curse Cain because he killed his brother or did He curse him because he was not his brother’s keeper? You do realize that if he had been his brother’s keeper, he never would have murdered him.

He is Good

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He is Good

1 give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever. Psalms 118:1
 
What if God’s mercies had limits? What if there was a point of no return? What if there was an expiration date on His compassion? There would be the vacuous emptiness of hopelessness, helplessness, and despair.
 
God is good because his mercies will last forever. Because His mercies are new every morning because His forgiveness does not have an expiration date. God is good because his compassion never fails. God is good because His love never fails. God is good because He can not be otherwise. God is good because He never fails. God is good, praise the Lord.
 

Praise

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Praise

“Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” Psalms 150:1-6 NKJV

There is peace in praise. There is nothing that anyone can do for God that will not result in being blessed. Even the most altruistic act on our behalf towards God will result in our receiving a blessing.  Not as a reward but out of His glory. Just to be in His presence will result in being blessed. The essence of the psalm is to show God love because he is worthy of it and do it in whatever fashion best exhibits your praise.

A Reminder of Love

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A Reminder of Love.

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
 
Just wanted to remind you, God loves you.

Better to Obey Than Repent

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Better to Obey Than Repent

22 And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

and to listen than the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:22 (ESV)

Obedience, a word that might as well be the four letter word. Yet it is the word that best describes God’s desire for those who claim to be His. It is not because He is master and we are servants, it is because in obedience we find the greatest blessings. If we obeyed God, a sacrifice would not be required. In obedience is where we find peace, joy, purpose, love, happiness, fulfillment, and rest. In short, all the beautiful things of life are abundantly available to us if we would obey.

A Sobering Thought

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A Sobering Thought

4 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” Psalms 70:4

 “May all who seek you,” this phrase is not inclusive of everyone.  There are people who will not seek Him. There are people who know of Him that will not love His salvation. There are people who will not say “God is great.”

It is incomprehensible to me that anyone would not seek Him, love His salvation and say “God is great.” However, we can not and should not focus on those who won’t seek Him.

We need to rejoice and be glad in those that will, in those that through our efforts will embrace the goodness and greatness of God. God is good, God is great, and His love endures forever, and I will rejoice and be glad in Him. I do love His salvation, and I will proclaim in all situations Gods is great.

Glory and Honor

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Glory and Honor

“”Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”” Revelation 4:11 ESV

Glorify, honor, recognize and acknowledge God for what He has already done. What has He done? He created you He gave you life. The purpose of His creating you was and is so He can love you. By His will, everything in creation was created. He is worthy of glory, and honor and power just because He has always existed.