Reflections for September 16 of ’08

 From Proverbs 16:

3 Commit your actions to the Lord,

and your plans will succeed.

9 We can make our plans,

But the Lord determines our steps.

 

As I read Proverbs 16 these stood out for me.  My response was to pray :

As I begin the day this is my prayer.  And I can rest in knowing that my day will follow the will of the Lord.

 

Then reading from John:

 

John 7:28-30

 

28 While Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he called out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I’m not here on my own. The one who sent me is true, and you don’t know him. 29 But I know him because I come from him, and he sent me to you.”

Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

 

What stood out for me was: 

The one who sent me is true, and you don’t know him. 29 But I know him because I come from him, and he sent me to you.”

 

My response:

I know the Father and so I recognize the Son.  Now I need to get to know Him better than ever.

 

Finally, listening to “Days of Refreshing” I gleaned the following:

 

First, the greatest manifestation of love is giving. Therefore, we should enjoy each other. This is demonstrating love.

Second, be on the watch, to bless; what can I do?

Finally, when offenses occur, speak good about those who offended. Both to them and about them.  Make it easy for them to come back.  Don’t say anything you might have to apologize for later.

Remember, love covers a multitude of sins (offenses)  as a blanket covers what shouldn’t be seen.

 

Make your day the best it can be by being open to the leading of the Spirit, exercising your faith and using the annointing given to you.

No Debt

Ro 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. KJV

There have been times when certain people have not paid me what they owed for the work I did for them. Many have had that type of experience.

But, SIN never skips a payment!!

When you work for sin, you get paid. Death in all its forms is your wage. That is your paycheck. That is the amount you agreed for.

When we sin (miss the mark) we can be sure that there is a payday someday. The death spoken of here is not only spiritual death of hell–separation from God. It is also physical death.

But, physical death occurs long before the spirit leaves the body and you breathe your last. Sickness is a part of death. Disease is a part of death. Poverty is a part of death. Confusion is a part of death. Dysfunctionality in any form is a part of death.

Any or all of these or similar things is a part of death and dying. They are the wages that we agree to earn when we sin.

Would you like to skip that payday? Would you like to hear that sin forgot to make a payment into your account?

It’s possible.

The paymaster is standing before you today, holding out two different pay envelopes. One is marked “Yours” and the other is marked “His.”

You can take what you have earned. Or, you can take what He has given.

Inside the envelope marked “His,” you will find a paystub marked ‘death paid.’ He has taken the wages of sin and, sin has been satisfied.

It is up to you which envelope you will choose. “His” is a gift. “Yours” is a debt from which you will not be released.