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Christian saved by grace through faith.

Take the High Road

 

Have you ever been faced with a situation of retaliation or revenge toward someone in your life? How did you respond? It’s often easy for us to get locked into a mentality of spitefulness when this happens, but the Bible tells us otherwise. Job 42:10 says, “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Note that it was after Job had prayed for his friends that God made him prosperous. These weren’t friends that carried him through his trials and tribulations, these were “friends” that criticized and ridiculed him, encouraging him to curse God. Job’s response was to pray for them. John 15:13 reminds us that, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” In its context, this passage is clearly in reference to Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross; for those who ridiculed, betrayed, beat, even murdered Him (see Romans 5:8).  Think about the following actions next time you’re at the cross roads of the low road of retaliation or the high road of love:

 Low Road

  1. Revenge and Retaliation when wronged
  2. Plays the same game as others
  3. Guided by emotions; up and down
  4. Reactive: lives no better than anyone else

High Road

  1. Unconditional love and forgiveness
  2. Refuses to play games; lives by principles
  3. Guided by character and values
  4. Pro-active: lives above merely human standards

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Atheist bus ads follow up…

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the British atheist bus ads having the slogan, “There’s probably no God.  So stop worrying and enjoy your life.”  In that post I made the comment that I thanked those folks responsible for the bus ads because I knew it was putting God into the mainstream news and that this would allow Him to shine His light and reveal the truth.  Get caught up on the story here: Thrown Under the Bus  Well, Sunday at Time Magazine’s online publication the latest news is allowing God to do just that.  http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1877658,00.html

Several Christian groups have launched their own retaliatory bus ad campaign with such statements as, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Psalm 53:1″ and “There definitely is a God, so join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”

Backers of the atheist campaign responded to the pro-Christian ad by saying, “It just proves that we’ve had an impact” and they’re absolutely right.  Only I don’t think they’re having quite the impact they anticipated.  Something tells me this debate is only beginning.  I’ll be sure to post updates as they occur.  Perhaps the most profound statement of the article was the opening line by the author, “The word of God is on the move in London…”  It certainly is and I’m sure God will continue to use this as an opportunity for His glory.

Psalm 139:12 “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

Proverbs 13:9 “The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.”

II Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

 

 

Praise You in this storm

I think a lot of times we hear songs and like them because they have a catchy tune or a chorus we enjoy.  I wanted to post the words to the Casting Crowns song, “Praise You in this storm” because the lyrics are just so powerful and true.  Read the lyrics and then click on the video below to hear the song.

Have a blessed day!

 

Casting Crowns “Praise You in this storm”

I was sure by now, God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it’s still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I’ll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I’ve cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can’t find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

Chorus

I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth