Ever have the thought cross your mind “If I were God...”? Did you think "Here’s what I would do..."? I’ll do it because it should be done! You know what I speak of. Some person does some despicable thing and his life seems undisturbed. Someone else having done comparatively little or nothing seems to have a truck load of trouble dump on them.
Many of God’s promises are amazing. In Matthew 6, verses 25-34, he who seeks the kingdom of God first is promised that “these things” (food, clothing, and shelter) will be provided. God gives us the promise of rest and relief if we bring our burdens to Him in Matthew 11:28-30. But in Romans 8:32 He promises us more than this- He promises us “all things”! I love things that include the word “all.” All-time greatest, all-inclusive resort, all-you-can-eat buffet.
“Hey, I’m just bein’ honest here,” or “I’m goin’ to tell it like it is,” more often than not are ways of setting up the fact that we are about to say something unflattering or unkind that we shouldn’t be saying at all as Christians. With that in mind, I would like to offer a thought with a minor book review.
Bible doctrines are much like a globe. When you change your vantage point, the globe obviously does not change, but you see something different. Similarly, as I have grown older - as I have encountered peaks and valleys - I have seen new facets of many biblical gems. Some recent challenges my friends have faced have made me reconsider all that immutability truly means. I have seen a pastor friend lose his father to suicide; I have seen a young lady...
God’s grace is connected with His power … and He is far too strong to ever let me go (1 Peter 1:5)! His gracious commitment to me when I commit my soul to Him precludes my past sins and all my future sins (Phil. 1:6). God agreed to save me when I was 12 yrs old – even though I hadn’t even committed the bulk of my sins yet. He knew what I was going to do, and still He graciously saved me from my sins. Just as my acts of goodness cannot count toward my salvation, neither can my acts of sin and selfishness count against it. I was saved by grace, and grace is always victorious over sin (Ephesians 2:8-10)!
Did you know that more people believe in heaven than hell? Even if they do not believe in the actual existence of the place, almost everyone has their own concept. Some people believe it’s where all the “cool people” go, and that only fuddy-duddies go to heaven. They laugh and joke about the wild parties that take place, and that the “real” party won’t start until once they arrive. Others believe we are living in hell now and that our only escape is by death into heaven. Still others believe that hell is just an exaggerated expression that people use to curse with but that it is not an actual place.