The Living God Cannot Be Bought!

If I could speak anything into our lives, particularly during this Holiday Season, it would be this: It is absolutely impossible for us to buy our way into a right relationship with God. We need Jesus Christ! He is the One Way to the Father!

As a follower of Jesus Lord, our Lord and Savior, I have been quite reminded of Peter’s conversation with a man named Simeon. You will want to join me in the Acts, the eighth chapter.

When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 20:18-19, NIV

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” 24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”

Acts 20:20-24, NIV

The world we live in – is materialistic. Our lives become centered around our desires. “What do I want for my birthday? Or for Christmas?” I mean for many, we wrap up our Thanksgiving, accomplishing each other’s Christmas list. But, what if we loved each other differently? What if we loved Christ and our Mighty God differently?

This man took things too far. But, that is what sin does. Sin causes us to see ourselves as “all powerful” and convinces us that we can persuade God – the Living God and our Creator – to do what we want.

God is holy. And He is most definitely the One in charge. How are we absolutely bowing down to Him and surrendering everything we have and are to the Great I Am?

That isn’t the only question I am posing tonight, though. I have two more for you:
1. How are we trying to stuff ourselves with things other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
2. How are we trying to stuff our relationships with something other than the Living God?

Grieving Heart

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart (Genesis 6:5-6).

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD (Romans 6:23).

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Today, I am reminded of our heavenly Father’s grieving heart. Often times, we have grieving hearts ourselves. But how are we reminded of our God, our Creator, and His grieving heart over our broken relationship with Him?

Our God has gone through so much for our sake. This week, I have sat with Genesis 6. Within Genesis 6, we find our God’s grieving heart. Humanity has chased after sin, rather than enjoying the presence of and following our God! Scripture is clear. All have sinned. We all have the resulting consequence of sin bringing death and destruction of every relationship with God.

Then God does the most amazing thing – ever. He grieves His own heart even more, but our God sacrifices His One and Only Son – so that we may come back into a right relationship with Him – our Mighty God! God chooses to take that grieving and brings us to a place where we can experience reconciliation with our heavenly Father!

I cannot imagine how much it would ache to give up everything for one’s creation. But our God shows the depth of His love and continual investment into our lives. We aren’t the only ones grieving. Our heavenly Father is grieving far more than we could ever understand. But He is smiling from ear to ear every single time we choose to follow His Son Jesus who leads us to our Father.

How are we choosing to follow Christ and surrender everything to our Mighty God? Friends, He loves you and me so so soo much!

Scriptures: John 3:16, Genesis 6, Romans 6:23

Realistic Goals

Why isn’t it enough to allow our goal to be, “Read the Bible each day this month”? Why do we have to set lofty goals we may become discouraged by? #Goals

I just spent an amazing time riding home using an “Uber Ministry”. It was an amazing time of being uplifted and reminded that God is smiling, as a result of our worship. We chose to lift up His name and encourage one another in our faith. And, it was so amazing – friends! And, it got me thinking. It made me WANT to read my Bible!

As I sit here, I am very much reminded that I set lofty goals in my Bible reading and end up more discouraged and off track rather than encouraged. My goal today was to “pick out” a Bible reading plan to commit to doing for X number of days.

But, here is the thing. I don’t think this is what the Lord Jesus Christ wants from me. Would picking a section of Scripture to study BLESS my relationship with Christ? Absolutely.

But given my health, I don’t think it is realistic. Just as I would LOVE to daily posts or be consistent in posting devotions, I would absolutely love to and it would bless my relationship with Christ.

Even so: The only goal, in my Bible reading and ministry, is – to seek Him all the days of my life. How am I choosing to seek Him and be in His Word each day? How can I post to encourage others, when I have the energy to do so?

Make Every Effort

Lately, I have been enjoying Dr. David Jeremiah’s newest book “Everything You Need”. One thing my Grandpa passed onto his family was a love for God’s Word, and the way Dr. Jeremiah teaches through his writings.

In “Everything You Need”, we are given the opportunity to soak up God’s great and precious promises and be taught by God’s Spirit. In 2 Peter 1, we are reminded to use whatever resources we have – to add to our faith.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:5-8

How are you choosing to rely upon our Lord Jesus Christ? And, how can you use whatever resource you have, to add unto your faith in Christ?

For myself, I am reminded of my time, limited energy, the many Bibles I have in my bedroom, and my supply of books. I want to use these gifts to make every effort to add unto my faith in Christ!

Mighty Provision

Have you been awe struck by our Mighty God and His provision? This is where I find myself this week.

These past few months have been quite difficult, but His provision is what makes it all worth it. As we continue on our faith journey of surrendering all to our Lord Jesus, we are given opportunities to obey and to be blessed by Him.

Today, let us center our thoughts on His provisions. The God we follow, trust, and serve, is the One who is fully capable of meeting every single one of our needs – regardless of how big or small we may think those needs are!

Read: Genesis 26:12

Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in that year he reaped a hundred times what was sown. The Lord blessed him (Genesis 26:12)

What are we doing what the blessings our God has given us? How can we sow (or plant) in our relationships with God Himself through His Son Jesus Christ through knowing Him on a deeper level? What about our obedience to Him? And, how about in the ways we plant the Gospel in our relationships with others?