Baby

Teach Me

This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17 NIV

Isn’t it awesome that the creator of the universe loves you so much that He cares about every little detail of your life? I don’t have any two legged children, but I consider my little doggy as my child, so in that respect – I am a mom. As a mom, everything my dog does, or doesn’t do, concerns me. Am I feeding him the right food? with the temperature dropping into the 30’s at night, is he cold? When we go out front where there is no fence, is he walking to close to the road? Are there other animals lose that will attack him? Everything that concerns him, concerns me, and this is how our heavenly Father is with us.

Like my dog, when we walk too close to the road the Holy Spirit nudges us back into safety. Sometimes, while walking around in the front yard, my dog will look back at me like “Can I go over there?” and if I don’t say anything he knows its ok, but if I say “no” he changes directions. This is how we should be with our heavenly Father; before making a decision, we should go to Him first.

Our heavenly Father only has our best interest at heart, and if we listen to Him, He will guide us to what is best. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Pray
Father thank you for all you do for me. You protect me, provide for me, guide me, and love me. Thank you Father! Today Father, make me sensitive to the whispering of the Holy Spirit. I want to know everything He has to say, and Father, give me a radically obedient heart so that I may do all that He tells me.

Will You Be Judged on Judgement Day?

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24 NIV

Very recently a friend of mine, and a sister in Christ, were traveling to north Alabama to visit her son and attend a festival. As Pam and I frequently do, we were discussing the kingdom (kingdom of God) and she made a statement that I believe most Christians have, but are unsure/frighten of – being judged on Judgement day. The bible tells us that we will be judged for every word we utter:

I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. Matthew 12:30

But let us look at the context in which Jesus was speaking. Jesus had just healed a demon possessed man and when the Pharisees heard about this, they began saying, “The man drives out demons only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” Why do you think they did this? I believe they were jealous and fearful of losing their status because Jesus was drawing more followers. Because of this they resented Jesus. They had a heart condition! Jesus didn’t get mad but He did refute their statement by teaching that a house divided could not stand and used this opportunity to once again proclaim that He was the Messiah v28 If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you. He goes on to say that people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy, except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The bible teaches us that if we confess our sins, we will be forgiven and that God will remember them no more (Hebrews 8:12), and again in Psalm 103:12 “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

So, if God doesn’t remember our sins, if we repent of them, how can we be judged for them? The answer is we’re not. If you are truly chasing after the kingdom of heaven then you, with the help of the Holy Spirit, are making the tree (that is you and your heart) good. 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit (will be) good, or make the tree bad and its fruit (will be) bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. 35 A good man produces good things from his storeroom of good, and an evil man produces evil things from his storeroom of evil.

Now go back and reread the story, and you will see that Jesus was referring to unbelievers. As true believers our hearts are sealed by the Holy Spirit. We have a stamp of approval! When God see’s us, He see’s Jesus! I do believe however; we will be asked ‘what did you do with my Son? Did you tell others about Him? Did your life reflect Him?’

Ask yourself – If I were put on trail for being a Christian, is there enough evidence to convict me?