My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
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My mom a few years ago at her NNU reunion.
And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
The beautiful promise of the Lamb is to make all things new. We are called to trust in God for his “words are trustworthy and true.” All the work required for this gift has been completed. There truly is nothing to worry about because the God who was at the beginning continues until the very end.
For those who have never been satisfied, who have searched for water to quench their ever-present thirst, the gift has been given. This gift is satisfying water, which quenches every thirst, and provides the water of life.
This gift comes from the Father, who will give his children all things as an inheritance.
As we continue through the Christmas season we embrace the idea of gift-giving. For months some have been planning and preparing for these moments when we give just the right gift to our loved ones. While they are special, they are temporal.
It’s during this Christmas season that I have been thinking about and pondering the eternal gifts mentioned in this passage. We have been sorting my parents personal things and preparing them to move into a small assisted-living apartment. There are the gifts that they have received through the years for which there simply is no room in their new space. Many of the temporal gifts had to go, to be given to others, or donated. My parents didn’t want anything earthly for Christmas this year because they are shedding the things of this world.
One morning when my mother’s mind was clear she looked me in the eye and said, “the draw of heaven of is very strong. I will miss you, but I want to go.” When I look at my mother I think about all things being made new. How wonderful it will be for her to have a new body, and a clear mind. You see, she trusts wholeheartedly in her Savior and believes in new life with him!
All the medications and treatments of earth cannot restore my mother’s health. She can’t wait to drink deeply from the spring of living water that will bring new life. The best gift awaits her, and that is the promise of heaven, for she knows that she is a child of God.
All the gifts of this world pale in comparison to the gift promised us from the Father. I pray that God will provide opportunities for us to share this gift during this season.
Lord, please open the door of opportunity to share your gift today. Amen.
Rom. 6:22 But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Two sides of life are presented here in great contrast. One is a life of sin and enslavement to evil. The other side of life is freedom which provides the advantage of sanctification (or holiness as some translate the word) that leads to eternal life. The options here are a life of sin, slavery and death; or freedom, holiness and eternal life.
The advantage of holiness or sanctification is the benefit of the life of freedom. Jesus died so that we might be made holy like him and this is something that is offered as a “fruit” or “advantage” right now. The end is eternal life — but the living of life is that it can be lived out in holiness.
The next verse is really just an affirmation of the verse 22. Sin will lead …
Ex. 33:4 ¶ When the people heard these harsh words, they mourned, and no one put on ornaments. Ex. 33:5 For the LORD had said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you. So now take off your ornaments, and I will decide what to do to you.’” Ex. 33:6 Therefore the Israelites stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward.
The people had sinned before God by making and worshiping the golden calf! They had taken their golden jewelry — the earrings and other items they had gotten from the Egyptians and used them to create an idol. Now, in an act of humility and repentance they were to take off all of their jewelry and ornaments. It was a time of mourning over their sin and it included intentional action on the part of the Israelites. Application:
We don’t do all that well with humility and repentance! It seems that we live in a time when we try to carry on…
Scripture: Mark 8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Observation:
Peter had openly declared that Jesus was the Messiah when suddenly the conversation shifted to suffering, rejection and death. With his affirmation of Jesus as Messiah, Peter had brought with him all of the connotations of that term. Jesus was to be a great military leader, a Davidic Messiah, who would save the people from the earthly authorities. Jesus’ description was a paradigm that didn’t fit into Peter’s thinking.
Peter’s rebuke of Jesus was severe. The language reflects a long and unpleasant conversation. The…