His Work.

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

Republished from: http://www.theburningheart.com

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When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what is man, that you think of him? What is the son of man, that you care for him? Psalms 8:3-4

In the above photograph provided by NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft in 2013, we see Saturn in the foreground and way, way behind it we see a blue speck highlighted by an arrow, otherwise we would miss it. I’m sure you may have guessed by now; that this little blue dust mote is the planet Earth. It is you and me. It is our home. Think of the billions of people that are alive right now, upon that little blue dot. Think of the endless magnificence of the universe, with billions of galaxies containing billions of stars.

And . . . There we are . . . lost in insignificance.

But . . . Not to the heart of God.

No, we are not lost to Him. It is His way. What is exalted will be brought low. What is humbled will be exalted. What mankind sees as incredible is nothing in God’s sight. What mankind sees as worthless is invaluable to God.

You are invaluable to God.

He would trade all the stars in the firmament of the heavens for you. Indeed, He would trade His very self for you. For your freedom. For your liberty from the slavery of sin and your deliverance from the grave.

In truth, God has done just that, sending His only begotten Son as a ransom for you and for me. Men worship many things and they give their souls away for what will, one day, be lost. But, God, not wanting us to be lost in the insignificance of these ‘things’ has offered us Life!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5

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View from Spacecraft ‘Voyager 1’ as it leaves our Solar system. The arrow points to our Earth.

His Blessings, Ron

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

To Intercede Is To Love.

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

“So he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.”       Hebrews 7:25,26

Perfect holiness, unapproachable Majesty.  This is the Holy One of Heaven.  Throughout history, men have cowered before the thrones of earthly kings.  Being called before an absolute ruler was not usually a good thing.  The commoner’s life was held at the whim of one man, seated on a throne of consolidated power.  And, as history teaches us, few of these rulers were of noble character.  Being brought before such a man was terrifying, considering the power he had over the lives of his subjects.  So, men would quite naturally give the king their utmost respect. 

In considering this, think of what it will be like to stand before the throne of the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, the one called ‘The King of kings and the Lord of lords’.  Think of what it will be like for the person who has shaken his fist in defiance at God and has despised everything that the Holy One considers true and beautiful. That moment before that Throne will be a moment of abject terror such as one has never experienced before, when the realization dawns upon that person that they have spent their life, (given to them by God), defying Him.

But, the Word of God tells us that: “God is Love.” (1 John 4:8).  The Lord, who is unapproachably holy, the One who is completely undefiled by sin, has made a way for you and me to approach Him.  Indeed He has made a way for us to dwell with Him; even, amazingly, to be His children!

It is because He is Love that He has done this thing.  His glory is absolute just as His love is absolute.  In fact, His glory is His perfect love.

This is where intercession comes in.  To intercede.  This is the definition: “To plead on another’s behalf; To act as a mediator in a dispute; To intervene between two parties with a view to reconciling the differences.”  

Allow me to simplify and expand the definition from God’s viewpoint.  It means to stand in the gap and take the punishment that was meant for someone else; it means to take their place and allow the wrath against sin that was meant for the other person to be poured out on another in order to satisfy a Holy God. 

This is the other, Son of God.  This is Jesus.  This is what He freely chose to do out of His love for you and for me.  God’s perfect righteousness must be satisfied.  Rather than satisfy it by judging, condemning and punishing us, He chose to place all of these things upon His Son Jesus.  The Word of God says that: “He became sin who knew no sin, that, we might become the righteousness of God in Him!” (2 Corinthians 5:21)  This means simply, that Jesus took the guilt, shame and punishment for our sin upon Himself, that all who believe in Him may not perish but have everlasting life!  It is only by faith that we can receive this gift.  Even our faith is a gift of God.  All we have to do is ask!

And, please, always remember . . . He ever lives to make intercession for us!  That means today, at this very moment, if you have fallen into sin, Jesus is standing in the gap for you, showing His Heavenly Father that the price has been paid; that you are His purchased posession; that He will complete what He has begun in your life!

His blessed love upon you, Ron

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

Giving Your Life Away . . .

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.”    John 12:24  (Jesus speaking)

Jesus had thirty three years on this planet.  The first few years were spent fleeing to Egypt and living in hiding there from the wrath of Herod.  The rest of his years, except for the last three, were spent at the hard labor of carpentry.  It  is indicated by scripture that he lost his earthly father at an early age and had to take over the responsibility of providing and caring for his family.  What I think about often is that he also had the inner knowledge of the shortness of his earthly life and what he must face at the end of that life.  A hard life and the cross at the end of it!

When he spoke of laying his life down for others, it wasn’t a play on words, it wasn’t symbolism, it wasn’t a parable, it was the truth of his life.  It was the reality that he chose because he loved you and because he loved me.

Now, getting back to that grain of wheat.  Jesus is saying to us, if we live our lives for ourselves, at the end of it we will have nothing.  If we give our lives away to be used by God for His glory and to bless others, at the end of it we will have a whole field full of the eternal fruit of our sacrifice.

He is comparing the life lived selfishly to a hard, dry kernel of wheat which in the end, produces no fruit.  He is contrasting that selfish life with a life that dies to self and lives for the Lord, for His Kingdom and for others, which ends with a new beginning: Eternal Life! 

When the grain of wheat (you and me!) choose the way of Jesus, the way of sharing God’s love, grace and mercy with others, a bountiful harvest is ahead!  It is our choice.  The outcome of those two choices couldn’t be more appallingly different.  Let’s commit together, today, to following Jesus.                     

His love and grace, Ron