My dear Blogger friends,
I am watching television and I am so very tired of the hate some people have for others.
We have a pretty good worldwide Blog that fortunately so far being a Christian leaning Blog, has not started a War of words because the meanness out there is terrible.
I want to tell you all, Christians Muslims Hindu Jew whatever you believe in I do not care.
I will treat you with love and respect,
God Bless you,
Promises Concerning the Flood
Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. (Gen_9:11)
The history of the great flood in Genesis is a striking illustration that our God is a God of promises. The cause for the flood was the exceeding sinfulness of man. “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen_6:5). God set forth His plan to deal with this problem by a promise of judgment. “So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth’ ” (Gen_6:7). Thus, through promise, judgment by floodwaters became a certainty.
Along with a promise of judgment, God made a promise of deliverance, a promise of grace. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Gen_6:8). This grace was available through the promised ark of protection. “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark” (Gen_6:18). Noah trusted in the Lord’s plan and provision and was thereby preserved from judgment. “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did” (Gen_6:22). Then, the Lord promised Noah (and all humanity) that a judgment of floodwaters would never again destroy mankind. “Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Additionally, God established by promise a sign for this covenant. “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” (Gen_9:12-13).
These promises concerning the flood (and God’s “ark of salvation”) are a picture of Jesus being our “ark of eternal salvation.” Peter wrote of the flood and the ark: “The longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water” (1Pe_3:20). Then, he likened Noah’s rescue through the ark and the floodwaters to our rescue through Christ and the waters of baptism. “There is also an antitype [a prefiguring] which now saves us, namely baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1Pe_3:21). When we identified by faith with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (which is the significance of water baptism), Jesus became our “ark of salvation,” whereby we are brought to God (rescued from the judgment due our sins).
Now, every rainbow can remind us of God’s faithfulness to keep His promises of salvation.
Lord Jesus, I rejoice in You as my ark of safety from judgment for my sins! Please remind me at the sight of every rainbow that You keep all of Your promises of salvation, Amen.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is. dead also.” — Jas_2:26.
JAMES IS described as “the Lord’s brother” in Gal_1:19. He was surnamed “the Just,” and was much respected beyond the limits of the Christian Church for his saintly life. While St. Paul deals specially with doctrine, James is concerned with practice; Paul expounds the wonderful significance of Christ’s death and resurrection; James expounds the teaching of our Lord, especially in the Sermon on the Mount. Paul insists on faith as the means of justification before God; James lays stress on the works to which faith must lead.
It seems likely that James had seen Paul’s Epistles, for he uses so many of the same phrases and examples, and probably set himself to combat those who abused the teaching of the great Apostle. There were plenty in his time who believed about Christ, and prided themselves in the orthodoxy and accuracy of their creed; and James maintains that this is not sufficient to save the soul.
As far as orthodoxy goes, no creed can be more absolutely orthodox than that held by evil spirits. Repeatedly, during our Lord’s life, they acknowledged that He was the Holy One of God, but their belief had no effect on their character; it only filled them with fear and dread Jas_2:19).
“Faith without works is dead.” It is good to test ourselves. We must see to it that our heart is pure and our way absolutely transparent. In our dealings with those around us, we must always seek to realize our highest conceptions of love and duty. Even when our efforts of goodwill and affection are not reciprocated, we must never lower the high standard of our action, but always keep before us the conception of our Saviour’s life in the Home at Nazareth. Be merciless to yourself, but always merciful to others, always bearing the burdens of those around you, always moderating your pace to the weak and weary, as Greatheart did for the pilgrims. Even Rahab was justified by a faith which wrought itself out in beautiful and unselfish action (Jas_2:25; Heb_11:31). Remember our Lord’s words in Mat_7:20-21.
Help us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to add to our faith, brotherly kindness, and pardon the unkind word or impatient gesture; the hard and selfish deed, the failure to give kindly help where we had the opportunity. Enable us so to live that we may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow and need, and add to the sum of human happiness. AMEN.