Do I know what He thinks?

July 09, 2018: SOAP #3140: Micah 1-4; Hebrews 6

Scripture:  Micah (NIV) 4:11 But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, “Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!” 12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, he who gathers them like sheaves to the threshing-floor.

Observation:   Down through the years, many nations have wanted to wipe the nation of Israel off the map.  Even today, nations that surround Israel do not acknowledge that Israel should have a homeland.  They do not know God’s thoughts.  They do not know that God has claimed Israel for His purpose.  God’s love for Israel is greater than their hate.  God takes their hatred against Israel as personal, which puts them in a very bad place.  But the truth also is: God loves the individuals in those nations with the same love He has for all individuals.  He paid the same price for their salvation as He did for every individual in the world.  (John 3:16) Anyone from any nation can become God’s child through faith in Jesus’ death as payment for their sins.

Application:  I should not claim to know everything about anything until I know what God thinks about it.  My final answer about any matter must include God’s input.

Prayer:   Holy Spirit, you have the mind of Christ.  So, put a hold on my tongue when I start to speak in error.  (1Corinthians 2:15)  I need you to guide my thoughts. Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!

The Faithful Truth-speaker!

July 08, 2018: SOAP #3139: Hosea 13-14; Psalm 100, 102; Hebrews 5

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 100:5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Observation:   God’s faithfulness is as eternal as God.  It is His nature to be faithful and continue to carry out His word.  When He blesses, He is being faithful.  And when He punishes, He is being just as faithful.

People in heaven will sing of God’s faithfulness.  They will rejoice in His faithfulness to apply the death of His Son, Jesus to cover all the sins for which they have repented!   They will rejoice in His faithfulness!

People in hell will also have a fresh appreciation for God’s faithfulness.  God was truthful when He said the wages of sin is death.  God was faithful when He warned them of the torment of hell.  They will have a new appreciation for God’s faithfulness when they look around and cannot find some of their partners in sin.  Their partners had repented, asked and received God’s forgiveness.  God was faithful to “forgive their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness!” (1John 1:9) They will appreciate God’s faithfulness when they see people who claimed to have repented but did not make Jesus LORD of their lives and continued to live as though sin did not matter.

Application:  God is faithful to Himself.  He is a truth=speaker!   He is faithful to His Word.  I can count on His faithfulness.

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, I count on your faithfulness.  You are faithful to your Son, Jesus.  You will honor the sacrifice He made for my sins.  Because of Jesus, I am forgiven and cleansed from sin. Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!