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The reading for Joy posted in the bulletin was Psalm 61:10 but by mistake I hit the wrong key and searched Psalm 64:10, and realized my mistake was what God wanted me to post as a picture.
Today’s Bible Reading is – 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine. Matthew 22:30-33 (KJV)
With that first line I could do an essay on how the things we think are most important in this life won’t even be a thing in Heaven: but I think people try to read too much into everything. The biggest part of my peace is realizing that whether or not there is a between the lines it isn’t my responsibility to search it out. God’s Word is perfect just as it is written and I have an awesome peace when I just believe what He said. Basic breakdown of what we just read – there is no need for marriage or sex after the resurrection because people that don’t die don’t need to reproduce and we live on after this body dies: not just in the hearts of those that loved us but in the actual presence of God if we have believed in Him. It is true that God’s Word is really just one complete multifaceted statement – He IS GOD and He loves us – We are Sinners – we need God to be made righteous – Jesus died in our place to accomplish that – If we acknowledge we are a sinner, believe Jesus did all the necessary things to redeem us and we put our lives in His hands, and surrender and confess that He is LORD of our lives… we are His and we are eternally taken care of. Study after Salvation is not supposed to be panic mode because our crisis is finished: study is to learn more about the Love that so graciously saves us. My biggest problems are “I have to get this done!” things, in which God has been teaching me to rephrase that to I believe I NEED to get things done. I stretched the ligaments in my knee a few weeks ago and have been pretty much grounded as far as working or walking even goes some days: I was offended last week when I discovered my Dad wasn’t telling me things that needed done and waiting on my older brother to come and then he would tell him. My dad knows how bad a shape I am in and would not tell me those things needed done because he knew I would try to do them even though I knew I would be hurt worse than I am now. During that time of pretty much being confined to my house and the van with the automatic transmission so I won’t have to clutch I have recorded 47 of my songs to CDs. Was I compelled by need to be busy about God’s Work, no, by love: I don’t even have to be concerned with whether God allowed me to get hurt get my songs into a form where people can hear them… it’s just spending today with God that SO LOVED me enough to come down to this earth and die in my place. I can look completely on that positive, but my knee still hurts, I would be a fool to ignore that fact: I still have all the negatives and I have to deal with them but I have the outlook of faith in my troubles and I will walk through them even with a cane, or crutches, or I will roll through them if it gets bad enough to have to be confined to a wheelchair. It is what it is: you can have complete focus on God and still have the peripheral vision to duck when the devil throws something at you. Don’t overthink because that is done in panic mode; but it is impossible to over-believe: I don’t have a clue about what is going to happen today but I trust the God that does. Peace doesn’t come from hiding from the negatives but from knowing God who has everything under control: It is an awesome thing to see God turn negatives into good things because by that we see Satan defeated. If you have believed Jesus you are trusting in the Living God of the Living.
Good Day and Godspeed!