ONLY ONE GOD!

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. —Habakkuk 2:14

What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! —Habakkuk 2:18

            It is a fact that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” We are told in Matthew 24:14 that “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Also in Matthew 28:19-20 we are told to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”   And again we are told in Acts 1:8 that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Yes, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”

            Yet there are those who make idols, gods of their own imagination. These are not always made out of wood, stone, metal or some other substance, but can just be an intellectual idea, a god made up in my mind to suit one’s own desires. Usually this is a god of love, which God is (I John 4:7-8), but usually people don’t like the idea that God also is a God of justice, of punishment, of wrath— which He is (John 3:18; 36; II Thessalonians 1:5-11). Unlike man, these characteristics are held in perfection and are carried out perfectly as only God can. Man also wants god to be a universalist— that He accepts everyone and that everyone will go to heaven. But this is a misunderstanding of the nature and holiness of God (Habakkuk 1:12-13).

            Are you trusting God as He is revealed to us in His Word, the Bible or are you trusting a god of your own imagination?

Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.   Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. —Psalm 146:1-5

            Christmas 2020— Christmas = Christ- mas = Christ- celebration. Are we celebrating the body and blood of Christ— the birth, but also His death and resurrection– for that is why He came. Let us reflect on that this year.

Dear Father I so thank You that You gave us the Gift of Your Son, Jesus, that we could be forgiven and have eternal life. Out of great gratitude may I live faithfully for You for the rest of my life. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUxI-ynsTnM&list=UUf1NPIFOBwzTLVQiEDnq4Cw&index=6

 

FIRST CHRISTMAS

 

And on that night

that starry, starry night

the angels sang in the sky

Blessed be the Son

of the virgin born

whom reigneth from on high

 

He came to save the world from sin

but the world, it did not know

This One who came to save their souls

would serve them here below

 

He taught and healed and told them

secrets from above

Gentle, He was , this Lamb of God

with infinite wisdom and love

 

Truth was He and so He taught

to all that would come near

Many believed and followed Him

this One who knew no fear

 

Others were angered to hear such things

with which they didn’t agree

He knew to Pilate He would go

but still He would not flee

 

“To die my Lord,” the disciples said

“can this be really true?”

Jesus answered, “Yes, My flock

this is what I must do.”

 

You see My Friends to be with Me

I first must die for you

I’ll take your sins upon Myself

and give you life anew

 

But do not fear or shed a tear

for I will rise again

Victorious, I will be

over the grave and over sin

 

A cross was given to the Son of Man

to carry on His own

Rejected by His people Israel

his identity is still unknown

 

At Calvary He was crucified

suffered in the midst of thieves

Yet still, in all that torment

He could continue to answer pleas

 

“Jesus, remember me in Your kingdom”

the voice of a thief did say

The Son of God did answer

“You will be with Me in Heaven this day”

 

“Why have You forsaken Me?”

Jesus, of the Father, did ask

All our sins were upon Him

in that moment of His sacrificial task

 

His followers scattered, confused and scared

Christ’s words they didn’t recall

While the religious leaders of that day

sealed the tomb to ensure His fall

 

A short time later, first day of the week

out of the grave He arose

He appeared to many who believed in Him

since then the faith still flows

 

Jesus ascended into Heaven

to the glory He knew before

He promised to be with us always

if only we would open the door

 

-ted white 1982

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