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Keep On Keepin’ On

Trudging or striding, struggling or thriving, blindly or purposeful.

However you get there, make sure you are headed in the direction that the one true God has told you to go. As we know the path that leads to destruction is wide and there is no speed limit.

Stride, thrive and be purposeful. Trudging blindly through life and struggling aimlessly without purpose is not in God’s plan for you. You were made for a purpose, and in that purpose you will find rest that surpasses understanding.

I’m not talking about “rest” like you won’t have to do anything. I mean like the rest you feel when God gives you strength, and you learn that contentment and hope are not bad words.

Like the apostle Paul, we press on toward a future hope and a future reward. We live blessed lives, though maybe not in the same standard as the world. Our final destination is not death and a grave. Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead and He will do the same for us when He returns if we believe in Him. But before we die we have a purpose.

And when we think we don’t know what God’s purpose is for our life, well, then we plug in wherever a need is found while we wait on that big flashing sign. Lord, help us by sending a big flashing sign and please don’t let us miss it.

Our life purpose should bring glory to God. We should always strive to bring fame only to His name in whatever we do. And we should use every part of our being for His glory. Jesus told us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30). So, let’s use our whole being for His glory.

As we work, we work for His glory. As we exercise, we exercise for His glory. As we study, we study for HIs glory. As we speak, we speak for and to His Glory. This is our ultimate purpose.

“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
PHILIPPIANS 3:13‭-‬16 NASB

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Grab God’s Free Gift Today

God came to earth in the flesh as Jesus. He paid our penalty for sin by being crucified by the religious leaders of that time. There is a penalty for sin that Jesus paid for us if we accept it.

If we believe in Jesus as our savior and that He is fully God and fully man and we turn from our sin (repent). Then we will receive that free gift of grace and life.

But remember to turn from sin.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 NASB

Freedom to live but dead to sin.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.
Romans 6:12‭-‬19 NASB

Christ has been raised from the dead and in Christ all will be made alive

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:20‭-‬24 NASB

http://bible.com/100/1co.15.20-24.NASB

Doomed to Repeat History (Election 2016)

Old sayings tend to stand the test of time because they offer lessons gleaned from past experience. 

Learn from your mistakes. 

Think past your current situation. 

Weigh the consequences of your decision. 

Money is the root of all evil.

It is easy to take Liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. 

He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.

Everybody blames the culture without taking responsibility.

Unfortunately we have a large voting population of people who don’t take much time to learn and read about the past. They either don’t care about history or they are too self absorbed to see that everything around them is falling apart. The security that we so enjoy and the freedoms that we actually have are eroding away little by little. The seeds of evil intent are planted all around them, but they don’t know that. They don’t believe that. Why would they? Science taught them in elementary school that there is no creator, no devil, no spirits controlling the minds of men. Yes, indeed all people everywhere are kind and gentle with no aspirations to deceive to gain power. 

No, never has there been a man who deceived the people of such a powerful country and tricked its citizens into voting him in for change. No one ever used the patriot’s call of making their country great again to take control of a nation. Well, except….

I’ve often wondered if the generation before me felt that my generation would be the end of our country. At times I feel like the generation after me certainly could be. Sometimes there are glimmers of hope. Yet, the glimmers tend to be spread out among a field of dark minds who only think about “what’s in it for me”. Shells of people, skin deep people, people unable to think through the full spectrum of consequences related to a life decision. Even lacking the ability to understand that every choice we make has the potential to be a life altering decision.

I heard a Christian rap song today by KB called “Church Clap” and it made me think of this election cycle. One of the lyrics says; “we need discernment, check what you be affirmin”. This is exactly what we should be saying to our church friends today before they vote on Tuesday. Let’s not repeat history again.

I’ll leave you with these passages and quotes:

“All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us. There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come later still.”
Ecclesiastes 1:8-11 NASB

“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)  

 

Citations:

Wikiquote. George Santayana. Retrieved 02/23/2016,     From https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/George_Santayana

Bible.com. Ecclesiastes 1:8-11 NASB. Retrieved 02/23/2016, From http://bible.com/100/ecc.1.8-11.NASB

 

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