Monday, August 25, 2014

The RainBOW

I just had THE most amazing word picture given to me and wanted to share it with you!

Do you remember the story of Noah and the ark, where God was grieved that He created man...

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth..." Genesis 6:5-7a

so He destroyed all living, except Noah and His family, through a worldwide flood?  (Genesis 6)

This seems like a sad, terrible story...but I love how my God, is the Author of happy endings!

Remember, when Noah was getting out of the ark, God placed the rainbow in the sky as a monument/sign of His covenant; to not destroy all flesh by a flood again?

In Genesis 9:13-17 it is called a "bow". 

You know, a bow, (in the orig. sense of bending; a bow for shooting) like the kind my boys use to hunt with.  Think of the string like the horizon.  

"I do set my bow in the cloud and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud; And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth." 
Genesis 9:13-16

A covenant is a VERY serious thing with God!  Covenant means "cutting; a compact; (because made by passing between pieces of flesh)"

Jesus is the mediator (a go-between; a reconciler) of the New Covenant
"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, ..." Hebrews 13:24

Jesus is God in flesh, The Only One who never sinned, Blameless to come before a Holy God.

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."  1 Timothy 2:5-6

 which is who the rainbow is pointing to...JESUS!

"For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son..." John 5:22

Jesus was judged in my place, with God's wrath, that was meant for me!

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed;  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."  Isaiah 53:5-6

I always knew the rainbow was God's sign to never flood the world again...but I will NEVER look at a rainBOW the same way again.

"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."  1 Peter 2:24

healed= "to cure"

Thank you Father for curing me from being Your enemy...

"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."  
Romans 5:10

Friday, August 8, 2014

Do you trust Him?

God has made this a constant theme in my life...

Proverbs 3:5
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."

Even on the radio this morning, God, in His Sovereignty allowed me hear a pastor ask, "Do you trust Him?"

Many times in the Bible, Jesus asks people to do interesting things.
I love how Mary, Jesus' mother, told His disciples,

"Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it." John 2:5b

She told the disciples this when the wedding was out of wine. 
 Can you imagine what the disciples were thinking when Jesus told them, "Fill the waterpots with water." John 2:7?

If it was me, I would reply, "But Jesus' they need wine now!  We don't have time for this! What are you doing!?  It will take forever to find the nearest well and lug those huge things around!  It's late and I'm tired!  I don't want to.  Can't you find someone else?  This is so weird.  What are we doing?!"

(Can you tell I'm whiny?  - Get it?  heehee :)

But Christ, in His love, patiently waited for them to obey His command, so they could have a front row seat to witness the manifestation of His glory and believe that He was the Son of God.

"This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him."  John 2:11  

If they would have said, "No thank you Jesus.  We're gonna sit this one out. You can find someone else do it."  
Look what they would have missed out on!

So do YOU trust Him?

Do you trust Him when He asks you to love the unlovable
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."  John 15:12
(God loved us when we were His enemy. Romans 5:10)

 ...and forgive the unforgivable?
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."  Matthew 6:14-15

Do you trust Him when He asks you to give Him your everything?
"Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me." Mark 10:21

Do you trust Him when He asks you to love Him more than ANYONE or ANYTHING else?
"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."
 Luke 14:26

Do you trust Him when He promised He is coming back soon?
Rev 22:7 " Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book."  

Do you trust Him?

We say with our mouth we trust Him....
but do our actions prove that we do?

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."        James 1:22