Broken Heart Living

(Act 20:31)  “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”

Do I believe in the reality of God’s judgment?  Do I live with the consciousness of my responsibilities to declare the whole counsel of God?  Many times this is buried in the back of my mind.  Life comes at me at the speed of light and the thing that should be in my waking consciousness, the thought of God’s judgment on those who don’t know Him, goes on the “backburner.”

(Eze 33:6)  “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”

I am a watchman standing on the wall looking out over the desolate plain as the enemy approaches.  Do I blow the trumpet or do I fail to warn those around me?  Are discussions about the skill of holding the trumpet distracting me?  Do I become caught up in the arguments over the proper finger placement on the trumpet?  I pray that God would give me the passion and compassion to just hold the Word of God up and sound out the warning to those in danger.

(Act 20:26-27)  “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

Renewed Thought – Lord, help me to live consciously today with a broken heart for those who need You.

Is God Selfish?

(Romans 8:32)  “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” 

You may be at the point of feeling abandoned by God.  Maybe you’ve been afflicted or affected by disease, death or destruction.  You feel the favor of God’s hand is no longer with you.  You feel your life has been set adrift on the sea of life with no direction or help.  Many of us have been in that situation where we feel that our lives have been reduced to nothing.  When this is the case, our feelings are not aligned with reality.  Actually, when we feel this way we are being deceived by our emotions.

On one hand we are told we are “joint-heirs” in Christ.  On the other hand we can’t seem to see God’s hand in our current situation.  Our soul becomes confused because what we believed on the inside doesn’t match what we see on the outside.  It’s in these times that we need the reminder that God really isn’t selfish.  Our afflictions and infirmities are not evidence that God is withholding from us. When the Father gave up the Son, He gave up all that He could give up to deliver us from the debt and penalty of our sin.  God freely gave up the Son so He could freely give us all things in the Son.  If the Father was willing to give up the Son, why would He hold anything back or withdraw His hand from His children? 

No, God hasn’t withdrawn His hand from you today.  Regardless of what you are going through, your identity as a “joint-heir” and inheritor of all things in Christ never changes.  Your circumstances may appear to the contrary.  The situation may not change.  But one of the “all things” you’ve been given in Christ is the grace to endure and emerge victorious whatever the outcome in this life.  If you walk in the faith to believe God has a plan and purpose for you then walk in the faith that He will be your strength and shield.  You’ve been given the grace today to make it no matter how things turn out.  The Lord is there with you today in your loneliness.  He is there in your pain.  He is there in your loss.  He is there in your hopelessness.  You can make it today.  You have the promise of all things – this means there is grace, sufficiency and the promise that whatever happens, He can use the present to affect the eternal. 

Renewed Thought – The sacrifice of the Son is the ultimate example that God can take everything that appears to be evil in life and use it for His purpose and glory.