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Joshua 22-24, Luke 12:1-31

“Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.”

And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.” Joshua 23:23-24

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. Luke 12:8-9 

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15 

Israel promised to serve and obey the Lord. Joshua knew they wouldn’t be able to follow through. A monument served as a witness and reminder of their intentions.

I feel like a poster child for salvation. I love the Lord my God with all my heart. My mind, soul and strength, however, lag a bit behind.

I know God sent his only Son Jesus to take the punishment for all of my imperfections. The cross testifies to how high a price the Savior paid to cancel our sin debt.

In the Scriptures, Jesus cautions that worldly cares will trip us up. Wishes for do-overs pepper many of my days. When I fall, I’m quick to point out the One who covers my sins, but my conscience still ends up bruised. The scabs of life make me long for heaven more every day.

“O to grace how great a debtor I am daily constrained to be.”

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Robert Robinson 1735-1790

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUhU0HgTq94 

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

yicareggie

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Deut. 15; Ps.102; Isa. 42; Rev. 12

Monday brought the unexpected. I couldn’t make sense of it. Scenarios were perplexing.

“I feel like I’m up against this invisible enemy,” I said to my husband. I explained what happened while he helped clear dishes. The invisible enemy, like an elephant in the room that no one discusses. I spoke of it hesitantly. It felt foreign.

And though I wasn’t trying to piece scripture into this puzzle of life, I felt myself craving the release I read of in Deuteronomy: wouldn’t it be so wonderful if sin and wrong-doing could be canceled like a seven-year-debt? Wouldn’t it be freeing to know there’s an end to grudges and slates could be wiped clean? Debt and poverty held new meaning. In a wealthy world, spiritual poverty cripples, emaciates, kills.

3 For my days vanish like smoke;
my bones burn like glowing embers.
4 My heart is blighted and withered like grass;
I forget to eat my food.
5 In my distress I groan aloud
and am reduced to skin and bones. Psalm 102:3-5 (NIV)

I am reminded of debt-free living. I am reminded of who nourishes and strengthens.

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)

There is no devil-dragon walking down my street this morning. Yet a battle ensues. Some days, I feel war weary. Spiritual warfare, sin, debt … awkward pairings in a world that doesn’t recognize them. But I do grasp there are movements greater than me: that gossip slays, grudges crush, that snubs and slights slash and tear, that unforgiveness festers and rots. An enemy, for sure, tries to force me down with burden upon burden so I will stumble, fail, under the weight of my own weakness.

“I am forgiven in Christ Jesus,” I whisper on a car ride to the store. I say it again. Is this how one gives it to God?

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;” Revelation 12:11a (NIV)

Debt, canceled.

Father, your word tells me who I am and what has been done on my behalf. I am a debtor, bankrupt in this world without you–running up charges in spite of myself, unable to repay on my own. I could not stand without you. You wipe slates clean; you give freedom to the slave; you do not crush the bruised, but give life–everlasting. I am so grateful.

Courtney (66books365)

 

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1 Chronicles 3, 4; Hebrews 9; Amos 3; Psalm 146,147

This passage of Hebrews gives me an incredible reminder of just exactly what Christ’s death was able to accomplish for me.

This passage begins by detailing the extreme measures that were required for someone to even come close to God’s presence.  Elaborate rituals, tabernacles and preparations had to be adhered to in order to just somewhat draw near to the place God resided…and even under those strict guidelines and rules only a few ever had even the slightest bit of chance to engage it.  The presence of God was thought to reside in a completely different world than the common man.

To even gain some asemblance of relationship with God, rituals of blood needed to be performed over and over and over to possibly give a mere penance of what the cost of our sin weighed.  The image becomes one of a desperate gambler trying to pay off their bookie one penny at a time uttering the words…“just give me a little more time to get the rest!”  It’s never enough and the debt can never get paid that way.

We then encounter the second half of Hebrews 9 and see that there is a single and final way to have this debt of sin paid in full.  It isn’t through ritual…it isn’t through tabernacles…and it isn’t through our effort.  Christ came to eliminate our shortcoming with His greatness and perfection.  Christ came to break down the barriers that kept relationship with God out of reach.  Christ came to offer the blood that only needed to be spilt once…and once for all.

“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:12

Dr. J. Vernon McGee hits this verse right on the head in his commentary of Hebrews.  He says:  “The emphasis of this verse is upon the contrast that Christ entered once into the Holy Place and obtained eternal redemption.  The Israelite priests went in continually, and they got a temporary sort of thing.  Only Christ went in once and obtained eternal redemption.  This now puts the authority and the importance upon the sacrifice of Christ, and it reminds us that the life of Christ never saved anyone.  You can follow His teachings and think you are saved, but, my friend, His teachings never saved anyone.  It is the death of Christ, it is His redemption that saves.”

His death and His blood bridge the gap I can never span on my own.  I can try with all my good deeds and good intentions, but ultimately it was solely up to His work for me…all else are mere pennies towards my debt.

Let it be said by me…

“Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

While I live I will praise the Lord;

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”

Psalm 146:1-2

 

~chefdave11

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