Monthly Archives: December 2014

He is Who He Says He Is

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Do You Say He is Who He Says He Is?

Do You Say He is Who He Says He Is?

Exodus 3:14 says: “God says to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’”  Simply stated, He [God] is who He says He is. We live in a time period in which society embraces relative thinking. Basically, that means if someone doesn’t believe in an idea, concept, premise, or in someone, or something, then it doesn’t exist. They may even go so far as to say, “Well, it may be true for you, but it isn’t for me.”

 As Christians we must never forget that when we celebrate Christmas, we are saying to the world that not only is Christ our Savior and God’s Son, but that God also exists.  We acknowledge that we are also celebrating the God who made human beings, the world, and heaven. But wait! There’s more! God’s Word also says that He put eternity in our hearts–meaning that we sense that life goes on beyond this present existence.1 We find that truth in Ecclesiastes 3:11. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart…”

Even though there will always be people who will take the modern “relative” viewpoint–that God doesn’t exist, it doesn’t change the position God has. He is who He says He is. And He will always remain that way. God is permanent. God is sovereign–an absolute.  And He is holy. “…for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Luke 1:49).

 Jesus is our Lord and Savior whether He is recognized as such or not. But what God is concerned about is whether or not we are placing Him as the Lord over our lives. The key point here is that if we fail to give Him first place in our hearts, the circumstances of our lives and in our homes, we are in jeopardy of missing out on the blessings He desires to bestow upon us.

Blessings to you this Christmas season,

Lisa

 Notes:

1 Bible Note for Ecclesiastes 3:11, English Standard Version Study Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008).

Psalm 134 – Give Thanks to the Lord

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Have you blessed God yet?

How many ways have you blessed God yet?

Psalm 134 is much like a psalm of thanksgiving. Written by King David, it is three short verses with a powerful call for the ancient Israelites to bless the Lord. Singing this psalm at the temple in Jerusalem was an acknowledgement for all that God had done for them. But what does blessing the Lord mean? First, the word “blessed” (barukh) is related to the Hebrew word for “knee” (berekh), as is the word for “blessing,” (b`rakha), thus implying an association between humbling ourselves, (i.e., kneeling before God in recognition of His blessedness) and receiving personal blessing from Him. Simply, to bless the Lord is to acknowledge God’s goodness He has bestowed on us, as well as His exalted status. In short, blessing the Lord is thanking Him for being the great Overseer of our lives. Psalm 103 is just one psalm among many that praise God for His greatness. I encourage you to read it as a part of today’s devotional. It is a good example of “why” we should bless God:

  • His forgiveness of sin (v.3)
  • His healing (v.3)
  • His Kindness (v.4)
  • His provision (v.5)
  • His justice (v.6)
  • His mercy and grace (v.8)
  • His patience (v.8)
  • His compassion (v.13)
  • His steadfast love (v.17)

This psalm highlights God’s magnificent acts and His inconceivable nature. Our list of praises ought to include His provision of good health (v.3). Even though He may not choose to heal every disease, every healing does come from God. He is on the side of the helpless and extends justice for those oppressed. The Psalms of Ascent are God’s record of all His miraculous feats of preserving the ancient Israelites from their enemies, as well as sin’s destructive nature. He is for us as well. We are precious to God. We are the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8). God is all-powerful, yet He is also patient, compassionate, and kind. This makes Him a perfect father. He knows we are mere mortals; our lives are like grass “they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passé over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more” (vv.15-16). Yet, for those who revere and obey Him, His love never ends. His nature and His ways can’t be compared with any other god. And His blessing remains upon those who are steadfast and vigilant in their faith.

If your faith journey is difficult right now, read Psalm 103. David’s list will encourage your heart and revitalize your appreciation of Him. It will also give you a fresh awareness of His presence in your life. We are fragile children, but God’s care is mighty and eternal. He never takes His eye off of you.

As Christians, we are called to bless the Lord. When we examine all He has done for us, we perceive and appreciate what God is really like. Today, consider your life. Is it a reflection of His blessings?

 Blessings to you,

Lisa

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