Our Example.

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

“. . . But, if when you do what is right and suffer for it, you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example to follow in His steps . . .” 1 Peter 2:20,21

We Christians forget, at times, our purpose.

What purpose? To reflect the Character of Jesus.

And when, do you think, does the character of Jesus shine like the morning sun? When is the glory of His nature most poignantly displayed? I believe the above verse is teaching us when that moment is possible in our lives. It is within the darkness of our suffering.

There is a phrase commonly used: “It is darkest before the dawn.” This is so true. But, each morning, when the darkness seems to be at its fiercest and its most unrelenting; when the cold blue/black of the night presses upon our spirit as if it will never end; there seeps from within it the blood-red tendrils of the dawn. Within a short while, the suns breaks forth from below the horizon, and its light vanquishes the darkness . . .

We Christians forget, at times, our purpose.

What purpose? To let the light of the love of God be displayed through the darkness of our suffering. To show the world that, no evil, no suffering, no tragedy, no disaster, no sorrow or pain, can defeat the love of God in our lives. To make it abundantly clear that the Mercy of Jesus overcomes sin, that the Grace of Jesus overcomes failure, that the Truth of Jesus overcomes the lies, that the Love of Jesus overcomes hatred, that the Meekness of Jesus overcomes pride and that the Life of Jesus overcomes death.

Just as the sunrise faithfully, completely and perpetually overcomes the darkness of the night; so does the Light of the World, Jesus Christ overcome the darkness of our suffering in this world.

This is our purpose as Christians, to put this glorious love on display for all those suffering in the darkness of sin and shame and guilt; and to offer them what we have been given:

The dawning of a new and glorious day where all the darkness of this fallen world is defeated!

We must reflect our Example:

“Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by his wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:22-25

SHINE, BELIEVERS IN JESUS! ~Ron

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

 

DISCLAIMER, AGAIN, JUST TO BE CLEAR

 

MY DEAR BLOGGER FRIENDS,

THERE ARE 2 THINGS I NEED TO MAKE CLEAR AGAIN.

FIRST POINT, NOT EVERYTHING I POST IS WHAT I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN, ALSO, THE POSTS THAT ARE MINE, ARE SIGNED AS,  LATER, PAT, CHILD OF GOD.

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DAY BY DAY BY GRACE

October 23
Enoch’s Pleasing Walk with God, by Faith
By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death, “and was not found because God had translated him”; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Heb_11:5-6)
It is the will of God that we learn to walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord: “that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him” (Col_1:10). Again, such godly living can only be developed by faith. Much helpful insight into such a life is provided in Enoch’s pleasing walk with God, by faith.
Enoch was one of our earliest forefathers. “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah” (Gen_5:21). After the birth of Methuselah (who became, at 969 years, the oldest man ever on earth), Enoch began a three hundred year long journey of close fellowship with God. “After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years” (Gen_5:22). After three centuries of spiritual intimacy, Enoch was taken into heaven without experiencing death. “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Gen_5:24). Enoch’s intimacy with God and his unique homegoing were related to a life of reliance upon the Lord. “By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death . . . for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Of course, what was so pleasing to God about Enoch’s walk was his trust in the Lord. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
Enoch is a wonderful reminder of what life is all about—walking with God by faith throughout our days on earth, then walking right on into the presence of God in heaven someday. Many will eventually do this, like Enoch, without facing death. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1Th_4:16-17). Others may face death, but the key ingredient of fellowship on earth right on into heaven is the same. “I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory” (Psa_73:23-24).
Dear God of heaven and earth, I desire to please You by a life of faith here on earth. Help me to walk closely with You day by day throughout my pilgrimage here below. I eagerly anticipate the day that I will forever be with You in the fullness of Your glorious presence in heaven above, Amen.

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Today’s Verse: Malachi 3:7

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

“Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty.

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

In times of horror and disaster, people routinely ask, “Where is God in all of this?” Yet we so often leave God at the periphery of our lives and look for him only when we are desperate and have no other options. When things are going well, we seldom say, “Where is God in all of this? Why, he’s right here blessing us! Let’s praise him for his goodness!” God pleads with us to turn to him and seek after him, in good times and in bad. Not only will we find him; he will return to us and walk with us.

My Prayer…

O God, please forgive us for seeking our own way. We confess that we have wandered from your ways. Even while the Bible is so readily available to us, we often squander the opportunity to hear you speak from the Word. Even when we have so many opportunities to praise you and pray to you, you sometimes only hear from us when we have gotten ourselves into insurmountable problems. Father, I confess that I have let my relationship with you slip and that I have not pursued your presence in my life as much as I could. Please be with me and all your Church as we seek you and your presence daily in our lives! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Malachi 3:7 — "Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty.