God created the heavens and earth.He created the earth not to be empty but inhabited full of life.God spoke and it came into being.The Word created all things.He was pleased with what He created and saw it was good.The finished product He said was very good. Why? When a artist paints,a writer composes or a craftsman makes it reveals a little about them. What God created revealed His nature.It came from the imagination of His heart.Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.Gods heart unlike mans is good and pure.God speaking out of His heart created the heavens and earth.By Him all things were created.It was good,pleasant,beautiful,excellent,delightful,precious and just right.How often have you looked at scenery and commented “Isn”t that beautiful?”.God is full of life and goodness.His glory is His goodness.His Word is the brightness of His glory.Jesus is the Word in flesh.When we look at creation on the earth and in the heavens we are struck with awe and wonder of its beauty and goodness.Remember it speaks of Him.What an awesome good God we have.
YOU CANNOT DECLARE THE LAW OF GOD WITHOUT THE DEMONSTRATION OF THE LOVE OF GOD.
Preachers often declare Gods Law pointing out right from wrong and the consequences.In some parts of the world we try to legislate right standards to deter us from evil doing and make us a better person or country.The Law is good but it doesn`t make us better,it shows us we fall short and fail.Even when we try to do good we don`t and what we don`t want to do we do.We need rescued from ourselves and then also there are the consequences for breaking the Law.The good news is there is hope.God loved us even while we failed Him and sent His Son Jesus Christ to take our punishment for breaking the Law..He gives us a new life.He forgives and rescues us when we turn to Him in faith.The Law is not and end in itself but it leads us to Christ,We need Him.Just to declare the Law of God without the demonstration of Gods love in Jesus is only half the truth.The love of God in Jesus gives us a new life with a new nature having a desire and power to obey and follow Gods ways. ROM.3-8 ; GAL.3.
Take a few full buckets of water out of the sea and the ocean doesn`t even notice it. During the summer as families on the beach take bucket loads of water out of the sea to pour around their sand castles it has no effect on the vast ocean. Gods love is similar inexhaustible.You draw from His love and there is much more left.There is more than enough. If I sin Gods love is sufficient to forgive and forget when I confess to Him.But I sin big! Gods love is bigger.Gods love Jesus sorts out sin – He took the penalty for sin,broke the power of sin giving freedom and sorts out the consequences of sin empowering life Continue reading GODS LOVE IS LIKE AN OCEAN
While camping in Tollymore Forest Park gales hit the camp site on the Saturday night (our first night) and then on the following Friday during the day.A number of tents where brought down and a few destroyed by the force of the winds.On the Saturday night my wife and I could not sleep watching the poles of the tent bend side to side.Would the outer cover rip off? Or the inner tent parachute us uppers a quick exit from earth to heaven?Unknown to each other we were repeating Jesus words-`Peace be still` to the winds and ourselves.Now I know a little of how the disciples felt. Fear. Jesus Himself slept. No way could I sleep in Tollymore that night.But Jesus knew His Father and trusted in His care.Oh that I may know Him more.On both occasions when we prayed for the wind to cease it didn`t right away.Saturday night it lasted 5hrs and the following Friday it howled all day until the early hours of the next morning.I learned that IN the storm TRUST HIM.In the shadow of Your wings I will make you my refuge.Until these calamities have passed by.Psa.57:1.Sometimes in life our various storms don`t calm down immediately when we pray but trust Him He is with you in the storm and will be a shelter in the winds. cf.ISA32:2 ; PSA63:7 ; 91:1.
A few years ago while staying in the Lake District as a family we visited Wild in the Park.A great day out.When observing the Lions in their enclosure my wife commented-‘He (male lion) doesn`t have to do anything just his presence has a impact.Majestic.He carries authority. King of the jungle`.It reminded me of Jesus Christ described as `The Lion of the tribe of Judah` REV.5:5 Continue reading THE IMPACT OF A LION
SEE GOD: Ezekiel the priest was among those taken captive by the Babylonians and sitting by the river he had visions of God.God revealed Himself in all His glory-Almighty,Awesome,Alive,All seeing and a Covenant keeping God.Ezekiel 1.Moses saw Gods goodness,grace and compassion when the glory of the Lord past before him.EX.33:12-23. Stephen when being stoned to death gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father.ACTS7:55. Jesus is the Light,Gods glory,full of grace and truth. JN1:6-18.No matter what captivity,calamity,or circumstance you find yourself in God will reveal Himself to you.Turn your focus on Him. Continue reading SEEING GOD MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.
Love God passionately.Be faithful to His Word and trust God for He will look after you.
The Babylonians took Israel and continued south into Judah taking captives.When the King of Judah dies the Babylonians appoint Zediakiah king over Judah.Jeremiah warns if the people don`t return to God the Babylonians would come and destroy Jerusalem.Jeremiah is imprisoned and the prophecy burnt.The Egyptians hear of the Babylonians advancement so they gather armies and head northwards.Zediakiah fearing the captive Jews in Babylon turns to the Egyptians to save Jerusalem ignoring Jeremiahs warnings.While the armies of Babylon temporarily withdrew they return and take Jerusalem killing the princes and blinded Zediakiah.Jeremiah was released.A remnant of Jews at first wanted to hear what God said but then fled to Egypt for help.Jeremiah warned that the Babylonians would strike Egypt.Gods people could not run from judgement their only hope was to return to the Lord.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO REMAINED FAITHFUL TO GOD AND BELIEVED THE PROPHET? DURING THE JUDGEMENTS ON THE PEOPLE,CAPTIVITY,CALAMITY AND DESOLATION WHAT OF THEIR FATE? Continue reading God preserves those who trust Him.Jeremiah 39:15-18; 45:1-5.