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God’s Goodness: Beyond Anger and Judgment

God’s Goodness: Beyond Anger and Judgment

Nahum 1:2The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.

Have you ever read a Bible verse like this one, that kinda left you scratching your head? A verse that talks about God’s anger?

It can be tough to reconcile the idea of a loving God, with a jealous or angry one.

Good News: God’s Love is Real

The Bible overflows with God’s love for us. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, proving just how much He cares. (John 3:16)

He longs for a relationship with us, filled with joy, blessings, and His presence. He’s faithful and keeps His promises.

But Here’s the Thing: God is Also Just

God is perfectly holy and righteous too.

Sin and evil go against everything He stands for. He hates injustice and the suffering it causes. He’s not some indifferent observer; He’s actively involved, a God of justice and judgment.

Understanding God’s Anger

So, why the anger? God’s jealousy isn’t like petty human jealousy.

It’s a fierce defense of His glory and His name. His anger is a response to evil and the harm it inflicts on His creation and His people.

He’s not impulsive or vengeful, but sovereign, patient, and wise.

How This Impacts Us

This verse shouldn’t make us fearful, but grateful for God’s amazing grace.

He hasn’t punished us as our sins deserve. He offers forgiveness and welcomes us as His children.

This should also make us respectful and obedient. It’s a wake-up call to the seriousness of sin and the importance of turning away from it.

Putting It All Together

Here’s how this truth can be a guiding light in our lives:

  • Facing Troubles: When life throws punches, trust that God is in control. He’ll see you through and deliver you.
    • (Psalm 46:1) God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

  • Seeing Injustice: When you witness unfairness, pray for God to intervene and bring peace and justice.
    • (James 5:16) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

  • Overcoming Temptation: When tempted, resist the devil and flee from sin. God is your protector and helper. (James 4:7)
    • Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  • Seeking Forgiveness: When you mess up, confess and ask for forgiveness. He’s your Savior and healer. (1 John 1:9)
    •  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

  • Living for God: As you worship and serve Him, express your gratitude for His goodness and faithfulness. He’s your Lord and King. (Romans 12:1)
    • Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

God’s character isn’t a confusing puzzle. He is both loving and just. He’s not a tyrant, but a loving judge. He’s not distant, but a personal Father. He’s not a weak ally, but a strong and faithful friend.

Let’s rejoice in His goodness, with a healthy respect for His anger, and yes . . . His Wrath! Let’s love and obey Him, worshiping and serving Him with all our hearts. He deserves nothing less.

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Seeing Jesus: The Light of the World in His Miracles

Seeing Jesus: The Light of the World in His Miracles

Matthew 12:22Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.

Have you ever stopped to think about miracles? Those amazing events in the Bible that defy explanation?

They’re more than just cool stories. Miracles are signs from God, glimpses of something beyond our world, revealing His power, wisdom, love, and glory.

Miracles aren’t limited to the Bible. They’re not reserved for the privileged or super faithful. They can happen to anyone, anywhere, in the ordinary, everyday moments of life. They’re not about showing off, but about bringing glory to God and helping His people.

Jesus: The Ultimate Miracle

The Bible tells the story of Jesus, the ultimate miracle worker. He healed the sick, raised the dead, calmed storms, and even fed thousands with just a few loaves and fishes! (Matthew 12:22, Mark 6:45-52)

He did what no one else could, demonstrating God’s power and love for humanity.

But Jesus is more than just a miracle worker. He is the miracle himself. The fulfillment of God’s promises, the embodiment of God’s love, and the expression of God’s power. Jesus, the Son of God, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose from the dead – the ultimate act of love and power. (John 1:5)

Seeing Jesus Everywhere

We see Jesus reflected in His miracles, of course, but also in His words, actions, and character. His compassion, mercy, grace, and truth shine through.

He is humble, obedient, faithful, and holy. Love, joy, peace, and hope radiate from Him.

The Scriptures, the gospel, the church, and even the world around us – they all point to Jesus.

Creation, history, prophecy, and fulfillment – they all whisper His story. From the Law and the Prophets to the Psalms and the Epistles, His presence is woven throughout.

Following the Light

So how do we experience this Jesus more fully?

By faith, by the Holy Spirit, by the Word of God, and by God’s grace. We follow Him by believing in Him, trusting Him, depending on Him, and obeying Him.

Our love, worship, service, and desire to glorify Him are expressions of following Him.

Following Jesus means imitating Him, learning from Him, listening to Him, and living by His example. It means repenting of our sins, receiving His forgiveness, living in the freedom He offers, and becoming His disciple.

It’s about joining His family, participating in His mission, and belonging to His kingdom.

As we follow Jesus, we bear fruit that reflects His character, share the gifts He’s given us, use our talents for His purposes, and fulfill His will. We become reflections of His light, walking in it, shining it brightly, and sharing it with the world; and YES, YOU WILL SEE MIRACLES TOO!

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Cutting it Off: Dealing with Sin in Your Life

Cutting it Off: Dealing with Sin in Your Life

Sin. It’s a word that gets tossed around quite a bit, but what does it really mean? We all mess up sometimes, but sin is more than just making a mistake.

Sin is rebellion against God, a rejection of His love, and a departure from His plan for us. It’s like a virus that infects our thoughts, words, actions, and relationships.

It weighs us down, separates us from God, and leads to pain and suffering.

The good news? Sin doesn’t have to be the end of the story. There’s a solution, and it’s found not in ourselves, but in God. His love, mercy, grace, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offer forgiveness, cleansing, healing, and transformation.

Jesus: The Answer to Sin

The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:29 that Jesus said, “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

Now, He wasn’t literally telling us to mutilate ourselves! He was using a powerful metaphor to emphasize the seriousness of sin and the importance of dealing with it decisively.

Jesus is the one who came to save you from sin. He took your place, paid the price for your wrongdoings, and conquered death through His resurrection. He lives within you through the Holy Spirit, giving you the strength to overcome sin and follow Him.

What does it mean to “cut it off” as Jesus instructs?

We do make mistakes and sin; when that happens we MUST take action:

  • Repentance: Turning away from sin and turning back to God.
  • Confession: Admitting our sin to God and asking for forgiveness.
  • Renunciation: Rejecting sin and its power over us.
  • Removal: Avoiding situations or habits that lead us to temptation.
  • Replacement: Filling our lives with God’s truth, love, and righteousness.

We Can’t Do It Alone

Overcoming sin is a process, and you can’t do it on your own. You need God’s help through His grace, power, and presence.

The Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, guides you, and empowers you to make right choices. The Bible teaches about God and equips you to fight temptation.

The Christian community offers support, encouragement, and prayer.

Most importantly, you have the example of Jesus. He cut it off for us by His perfect obedience and sacrifice. He showed you how to overcome sin through love, faith, humility, and perseverance.

He offers you His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and a new life free from sin’s bondage.

So, when you feel stuck in sin, remember: there is hope! God offers forgiveness and the power to overcome. Turn to Him today, ask for His help, and experience the joy of freedom from sin.

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When Facing the Impossible, Trust God

When Facing the Impossible, Trust God

Mark 10:27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Let’s face it, life can get really tough. 

We all encounter challenges, problems, and difficulties that leave us feeling hopeless or helpless. 

Maybe it’s a health issue, financial strain, a rocky relationship, or something else entirely.  In those moments, it’s easy to wonder how we’ll ever overcome what feels like the impossible.

But here’s the good news: you’re not alone.  The Bible is filled with stories of people who faced seemingly insurmountable situations.  They battled giants, endured storms, and grappled with doubt and fear.  Yet, through it all, they discovered something powerful:  with God, nothing is impossible.

We Can’t Trust in Ourselves

Many of us instinctively turn to ourselves when facing major difficulties. 

We tend to rely on our own strength, wisdom, or abilities.  Maybe we place our hope in money, possessions, or the support of loved ones. 

While there’s nothing wrong with these things, they can’t be our ultimate source of trust. 

They’re ultimately unreliable, and they can fail us.

True Trust Lies With God

There is Someone, however, who will never fail you: God

  • He created you, knows you intimately, and has a plan for your life. 
  • He offers forgiveness, healing, and transformation. 
  • He guides, protects, provides, and empowers you. 
  • He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present. 
  • He is holy, loving, and faithful. 
  • He is the one who makes all things possible.

Trusting God Isn’t Always Easy

Trusting God completely takes surrender, obedience, and humility. 

It means letting go of control, your agendas, and your expectations.  It means following His will and relying on His promises.  It requires admitting your weaknesses and dependence on Him.

Yet, trusting God brings incredible rewards.  It brings peace, joy, and hope.  It brings freedom, security, and purpose.  It fosters growth, maturity, and a life that bears fruit.

Strengthen Your Trust in God

Trusting God isn’t something we do on our own.  Here are some ways to cultivate a deeper trust:

  • The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit lives within you, enabling you to trust God and obey His voice.
  • The Word of God: The Bible teaches you about God’s character and His faithfulness.
  • The People of God: The Christian community can encourage and support you in our faith journey.
  • God’s Grace: God’s grace covers you and sustains you through trials and temptations.
  • The Example of Jesus: Jesus perfectly trusted God, even to the point of death on a cross. He showed you how to trust God in all circumstances.

Trusting God Brings Hope

No matter what you’re facing today, remember that God is capable of anything.  He can do more than you can imagine, and He can work in His way and timing to bring about His glory and purpose.

Trust that God knows what’s best for you, and that His love for you is everlasting. 

Trust that He is working in and through you, and that He will never abandon you.  Trust in His faithfulness and His promises.  Trust Him, and expect great things from Him.

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The Joy of God’s Word: A Reflection on Jeremiah 15:16

The Joy of God’s Word: A Reflection on Jeremiah 15:16

Life can get hectic. Between work, family, and everyday tasks, carving out time for quiet reflection can feel like a luxury. But what if I told you there’s a source of strength, comfort, and even joy waiting to be discovered?

That source is the Bible, and Jeremiah 15:16 offers a beautiful glimpse into the power God’s Word holds:

“When your words came, I devoured them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.” Jeremiah 15:16

Bible: Food for the Soul

Imagine a time of great stress. Maybe you’re facing a tough decision, or feeling overwhelmed by challenges.

In this verse, the prophet Jeremiah describes God’s Word as something he “devoured.” It wasn’t a chore, but nourishment for his soul. Just like our bodies need food to function, our spirits crave the wisdom and comfort found in scripture.

Finding Joy in God’s Word

But Jeremiah doesn’t stop at nourishment. He says God’s Word was his “joy and heart’s delight.”

This paints a picture of something far more than just dry instructions. The Bible is filled with stories of love, hope, and God’s faithfulness.

When we consume the Scriptures, we connect with something deeper than ourselves, and discover a source of true and lasting joy.

Identity in Christ

Jeremiah also connects God’s Word to his identity. He says, “for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.”

Reading and understanding the Bible helps us understand who we are in relation to God. We learn that we are His children, created with purpose and love.

Challenge and Reward

Engaging with God’s Word isn’t always easy. There will be times when the message is challenging, forcing us to confront our shortcomings.

But the reward is far greater. As we consistently study and reflect on scripture, we allow God’s Word to transform our lives.

It shapes our thoughts, guides our actions, and brings us closer to Him.

Finding Joy Today

Feeling disconnected from God? Does the Bible seem intimidating? Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Start small: Commit to a few minutes of Bible reading each day.
  • Find a plan: There are many Bible reading plans available online or in devotionals that can help you navigate scripture.
  • Join a study group: Discussing the Bible with others can deepen your understanding and provide encouragement.

Remember, God’s Word is a gift waiting to be explored. Take that first step today, and discover the joy, nourishment, and transformation it offers.

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