Following the Manufacturer’s Warnings

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Just read Psalm 19. WOW it’s beautiful. It is telling us that God’s laws, precepts, and decrees are beautiful and designed by a loving God to keep us safe and bless us. The Psalmist writes of the dependability, beauty, and warmth of the sky and sun as a metaphor for God’s creation of His laws.

As I got to the end of this Psalm, I heard on the background news that Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of 1st degree murder of his friend, Oden Lloyd. It struck me as such a stark reminder of the TRUTH of this Psalm.

Aaron Hernandez was a handsome young NFL $40mil/year star. He had all the blessings that anyone could imagine. But he decided he could leave the laws of God behind. The result is that he will now spend the rest of his life in prison.

We are always at risk when we step outside of God’s laws, yet people who keep them are often the target of scoffers. We’ve all heard how narrow minded and “square ” Christians are. We’ve heard we should loosen up and have more fun!

When a pilot gets into a plane there’s a manufacturer’s warning that says not to climb to steeply or fast or the aircraft will stall out and crash. The pilot, thinks,”Good to know!” He/she does not think, “Oh that boring ol’ manufacturer just wants to keep me from having fun! What a buzzkill!”

But when it comes to life, some people want to take the place of the manufacturer and be their own Gods, leaving the manufacturers warnings behind. Our prisons are not full because too many people follow the laws of God. Many only learn this hard lesson after they have tried to be their own God and make up their own rules. By that time, the may lose their freedom for life…just like Aaron Hernandez, and so many like him.

God has given us rules because He loves each and every one of us and wants to keep us safe. His words are the Manufacturer’s Warnings so our lives don’t stall out and crash.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Be JOYFUL!

JOY IS FOREVER!

Paul sat in chains in a dark dank prison and wrote of JOY in Philippians! How could he do that? While he probably was NOT happy…He was clearly JOYFUL! Happiness is a fleeting experience because it depends on what is happening to us in the physical world. JOY is the fulfilled heart that comes from our communion with the Lord through His Holy Spirit. Joy is from God and lasts forever, no matter what we are going through. We have an amazing God!

This is why Christianity began with only 12 disciples and has grown to over 2 billion! The JOY of the Lord is very real, and very comforting in a twisted world. HUGS!!

Not Sure About Giving Up Sweets! How Hard Is That?

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Today is Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter Sunday, our blessed day of redemption. It is popular for people to give up sugar or something for lent. That is not a Biblical command, but a practice and teaching in preparation for Resurrection Day.

Frankly I am not sure giving up candy is enough sacrifice, to grow closer spiritually to Jesus. He suffered torture, slander, and a gruesome death on the cross for our redemption and Grace…our unconditional love & forgiveness. Some candy just doesn’t feel like enough sacrifice to show my gratitude. 

The only reason to give up anything is to show gratitude to our loving Savior and draw closer to Him in preparation for a blessed cerebration of His awesome resurrection from death on that bright and victorious morning for the world. Seems like we should at lease sacrifice a lil pain of our own to say thank you. Maybe kneeling on a hard floor in prayer daily would do it?

Whatever you do to draw closer to Jesus, it is between you and Him. The Bible tells us to keep our fasting sacrifices private. If we go whining about what we have given up to gain the respect of friends about how pious we are, we are wasting our time. If we get recognition from people…we don’t need it from Jesus. And it was all about Jesus in the first place!!!

Matthew 6:16-18 “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 17 “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

So my prayer is that we will all prepare for Easter Sunday by focusing on Jesus in a personal and sacrificial way that draws us closer to Him each day and reinforces in our spirits what an awesome and matchless sacrifice He made for our eternal salvation. God Bless the 40 days leading up to Easter that we may have a transformative experience with Him anew! HUGS!