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Friday, January 8, 2010

9 things to Never Forget!

Nine things for ALL of us to remember for the rest of our lives!

1) God would suffer none to be lost, but He would have every one of us saved!
2) The story of the Prodigal Son!
3) Your rightiousness is like a heap of dirty rags, but God's righteousness is what really saves!
4) Nothing ever grows on the top of the mountian, only in the valley!
5) You CAN'T see God's next move, but you CAN believe Him for jumping in and saving the day, every time!
6) He's an on time God, Yes He Is!
7) Do you know how many times pure gold is put through the fire for purification?
8) David failed over and over, he was a murderer, an adulterer, and a man after God's own heart!
9) Devil: "CHECKMATE!" God: "Oh no, I don't think so!"

1b)God didn't make hell for us, it was made for the devil and all his followers. God intended for all of man to recieve heaven, it is by our own choice that salvation is either lost or gained to us! We obtain it by following God's doctrine, and we lose it by straying from God and His word, the Bible.
2b)The story of the Prodigal Son really tells us a lot about God; the father (or God) gave all of his one son's inheritance to him when the son demanded that he would go and live life his way. The father was hurt terribly, but let his son go. The son continued to party and gamble all of his money away, and ended up a servant to a farmer, in a foreign country. He had no food or money and had to lower himself to eating with the pigs just to live. He said to himself, I have sinned, and my fathers servants had bread enough and more, let me return to my fathers house, that I may be a servant there. So he did. The father, meanwhile, had been watching each day, and saw his son far off down the road. He ran to his son, threw his arms around his neck, kissed him and was full of joy! The father gave his own ring to his son, and had a coat brought, ordering a very special party with all their best animals for the meal. He would hear absolutely nothing of his boy becoming a servant, but rather placed him above all others in the household, even the eldest son. You see, this is how God treats us, even after we've turned away from Him, He still rejoices every time we come back!
3b) We aren't saved because we are good people, we are saved because God is perfect, and righteous, and He saves us! So forget feeling unworthy because the truth is, every single one of us is unworthy, but God pays no mind to that. He knows we will fall, but He is the One to pick us up, and the One to save us!
4b) Our lives can be compared to the mountain and the valley. Times of plenty, good times, happy times, those times are the mountaintop; trials and tests, bad times, times where we can feel like God has abandoned us, like we are alone, these are the bottom of the valley. Now, it is a fact, that things don't grow on the mountain, all the plants and flowers grow in the lower parts of the valley. Even the strong alpine trees stop growing so far up. This is a spiritual illustration: we would love to always be on the top of the mountain, but the truth is, we need to be in the valley sometimes so we can grow and become stronger! God knows this, and He will never put you through anything that He knows you can't handle, so just have faith!
5b) We really can't see into the future, or into God's hand for that matter. Life is like a game of cards for us, because we only see what we are given and not the cards of our partners, or opponents. But you know what? God made a promise to His people that He would never leave us, and never forsake us, so don't even bother worrying because He's gonna pull you out of the mess you're in and lead you up the mountain!
6b) The song goes: "He may not come when you want Him, but He'll be right there on time, He's an on time God, Yes He Is!" And it's so true, just like the song, you go ask the people of Israel, when God parted the Red Sea while their opressors were right behind them. And the 5,000 that Jesus fed on just a couple of loaves of bread and a basket of fish!
7b) Gold is really nothing very pretty right out of the earth. It's full of dirt and impurities and imperfections. How is it made into such a fine, precious substance? It's put straight through the fire! And so are we! We will go through times that we feel like we're never coming out of. We're going to feel the heat and pressure so bad we're gonna question ourselves, and sometimes even God. But the point is, that when you come out, you will just shine! You'll be pure and absolutely brilliant, catching ahold of God's glory, like gold catches rays of light, and spreading it all around you! There will be nothing more precious or beautiful than God's heaven-bound children after they've been put through the fire on earth!
8b) David was a huge faith-believer ever since he was a little kid. I mean, we're talking about a boy who faced the Giant Goliath with nothing but a slingshot and a couple of rocks! But he was a real sinner, like us, and he wasn't very good at all sometimes. He even peeped on a bathing woman, a married one at that! And while her husband was off fighting king David's war, David brought her in and actually got her pregnant! To cover them both up, he had her husband brought in from the battlefield to sleep with her. When the husband refused, and slept on David's steps to protect his king, David had no other choice than to send him off to certain death and marry Bathsheba himself. We think, "God would never love such a sinner, let alone bless him!" But this is so untrue, because David knew his own sin, and he even had to pay the price of his firstborn son's life (the son born out of his affair with the soldier's wife, Bathsehba). He was human, we all are, and he messed up Big Time Very Often! But still, he was broken hearted each time he thought on how he'd sinned. He begged God's mercy every day, and openly admitted that he was a sinner, but he was a sorry sinner. His courts were conspiring his death for years, and Saul chased him all over trying to kill him, but God's hand of protection never left him because of David's broken heart and persistance in calling out to his Saviour. Because David was truly sorry for everything that he did wrong, God forgave him, over and over, without end. We can expect this and more of our own relationship with God, so long as we repent and actually mean it in our hearts. Nobody else can repent for you, so don't ever pass up that chance to do it!
9b) When the Devil looks at you in the middle of your trials and says "Checkmate! I've got you trapped now! You aren't coming out this time!" God steps right in and reminds that liar of who He is and says right back, "Oh no, you see this person? This is my child, and I'm not done yet!" God will never, ever put you in a real checkmate situation. Don't stop hoping, don't stop believing, don't let your faith die, because God's going to step in to defend you when you're in the middle of all that mess!

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