Life seems ‘eh’, at times. But thanks be…

We go through life, day by day, and what for? We hang out with friends (or not), go to jobs to pay bills (or not), talk to family (or not), go to church (or not), and do stuff. Everyday we do this stuff. For what?

Without God there is no meaning in life.

Life is so short. I could get in a car accident and die today. I could contract a disease or get murdered… and so could you. What is your life for?

I have listened to a lot of atheist debates and arguments against the existence of God. They sound completely idiotic to me now. I walk outside and look around and think… damn, they are idiots. Professing to be wise they became fools.

Beyond that I have listened to people try and discount, nullify, degrade, and ridicule the Bible. I have heard all the 101 reasons why they think the Bible isn’t true… and they are stupid reasons. Dumb, foolish reasons that mask the greater problem of their own pride… well, our own pride. I am no better. Those would just as soon be my stupid reasons if God wasn’t merciful to me.

All flesh is as grass. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of God endures forever. It will never go away. It will always stand. It can never be defeated. I am thankful for that.

All that is good in this life comes from God. Everything good. Everything perfect comes from the Father of lights with whom there is no inconsistency. Everything that is not from God is not good. It is corrupted and messed up.

Satan, sin, and our sinful nature do not produce anything good. There is nothing good in our flesh. There is no one good but God.

I am thankful that even though I was dead in my sins, even though I was in darkness, even though I was born an evil sinner having already chosen of my will in Adam to sin against God… that God is rich in mercy. I am thankful cause there is nothing I could do.¬†I must come to him and yet I am evil and cannot come.

I am thankful that He gave me unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor. I think we get numb to the word ‘grace’… and forget that it means unmerited favor. He chose me of His own good pleasure and of nothing I had done.

I am thankful that God blinded the Apostle Paul on the road to damascus in order to save him from himself. I am glad that God ordained a marine to witness to my Dad in Japan. I am glad that I was born to my Dad and God ordained him to be the means by which His Spirit enlightened my eyes.

I hope I have been that for people I have come in contact with. People I have prayed with. People I have prayed for… I pray that the prayers I have prayed and the time I have had with them would be the means God has ordained to open their eyes by His Holy Spirit to see that life is pointless without God.

Though, in a great house, there are vessels for honor and vessels for dishonor… God will use both for His glory. That is the end of it. For His glory. For my life to have meaning, I desire to be a vessel for honor for the glory of God. Whether for honor or dishonor it will bring glory to God in some form (in His justice upon me or His mercy). Being that He has put the desire in my heart for Him, I see that the goal is His glory in all things. A worthy goal it is, and it will be done.

Having the desire to seek God is a good thing. “Without faith it is impossible to please God. For he who comes to Him must believe that He is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him”. The ‘diligently’ part always hit me… well, the whole verse always ‘hits’ me.

So alot of people believe that God ‘is’… so what, so do demons. It’s the diligently seek Him part that gets you. It’s the “prepare your heart to seek the Lord”. It’s the “call upon the Lord”. It’s the “seek the Lord while He may be found”. It’s having your thought bent on it… your mind ever seeking Him. It’s ongoing. For the rest of your life, continually, never stop seeking, everyday.

When I think of ‘diligently’, in this instance I think of ‘all the time’. Daily seeking God. As He has revealed Himself in His Word, then that means daily reading His Word. Let him who boasts, boast in this “that He understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, executing lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these I delight”. The Bible is able to make you wise unto salvation. The Word of God is powerful. It teaches you not only about God but how to communicate with Him.

I am thankful that Jesus went to prepare a place for me and that any suffering of this present time will not compare with the glories that will follow. Beyond that, throughout history, many men have been used by God for showing His glory. God “makes” men (and women:), men do not ‘make’ men. There are no complete “self-made” men or women. One cannot be complete while being dead in sins and reaping the consequences of sin.

So how should I go out in this world? How should I continue? Should I submit to God? I will. And I will leave the consequences to Him.¬†And I will still mess up… and that will be of my own flesh that cannot work the righteousness of God… and God being the Good Parent that He is…

Life seems ‘eh’ at times. But thanks be to God who saved me. “For by unmerited favor you have been saved through complete trust and confidence, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God”

This post was written for three people, one being myself, the other being my Lord, and I hope the third is you… yes you… no, not you, but you.

Faith Can Be Frustrating

Something I struggle with is the difference between “stepping out in faith” and “acting in faith”. From studying scripture I think that both occur, but it’s just that… well… I see God giving such excellent instruction to those who have gone before us… those who are the great cloud of witnesses to faith.

I see how God instructed Gideon… and Gideon believed God’s Word and acted in faith. I see how God told Joshua to have the priests step into the Jordan and they acted in faith based on what God had said (they didn’t just step out blindly). I see how the kings, when they inquired of God were instructed as to what they should do.¬†

A striking and humbling story to me is that of Asa. It really shakes me actually. I see how he sought the Lord and turned Judah to seek the Lord and how he relied on the Lord for deliverance from the great Ethiopian army. But then. Yes, then he did not rely on God when Israel came against Judah.. instead he relied on Syria and God sent a prophet to rebuke him. Asa was angry and threw the prophet in prison. Then, just as striking to me, the scripture says that Asa became diseased in his feet, yet he did not seek the Lord but the physicians. II Chronicles 16:7-14 (or for his whole life chapters 14,15,16)

Do you see it. How the scripture rebukes him for not inquiring from the Lord but instead the doctors first. So sure we can go on to look at who we turn to first and where our trust is… but look at faith in action and it is based in what God tells us after we seek Him and trust Him.¬†

I am afraid too many times I lean on what I think or what society tells me or what is “feasible” instead of what God is telling me. I want to act in faith based on what He tells me. So like Philip, when an angel of the Lord told him to go down to Gaza… and in faith he went. Then the Spirit of the Lord told him to overtake the chariot… and in faith he did and preached Christ to the Ethiopian eunuch.

Oh that the Lord would give me ears to hear so that I may hear, trust, and obey

On Faith

I heard a message recently on faith and although many of the things I have heard before or have known… God puts things in front of us at just the right time. The time when things ring true in our life as never before. It is then that we truly learn and grow.¬†

The message was by the late Adrian Rogers and the truth that spoke to me (paraphrased) is that faith is not bound by feelings or emotions which can be the shallowest part of our nature. Faith is a deep work of God and He doesn’t do the deepest work in the shallowest part.¬†

Faith that is rooted in logic (intelligent faith) but that goes beyond logic becomes its own logic. Without it we do not understand the things of God… for seeing is not believing, but believing is seeing. Faith honors God and God honors faith.¬†

Isaiah says that there was no beauty or comeliness that we should desire Jesus. Yet in Jesus was expressed the fullness of glory, purity, wisdom, and majesty of God. Faith is not altered by appearance. Beauty is a great gift but faith is not according to it or feelings or friends or fortune or fame…¬†

Faith and worry do not go together. When we have faith in God we don’t worry… I think this is one of my favorite things about faith. I find that I need these constant reminders cause life is so much better walking without fear, worry, or doubt. I have seen that everyone is different in that as well… I think for me it is easy now to not fear or worry… but doubt is the hard one. For friends of mine they don’t have doubt but they have worry or fear. Those things contract you as a person while faith, hope, and love expand you.

It’s crazy good.