Thursday, January 15, 2015

RECEIVING

     My travelling buddy, Carolyn, drove the last five hours of our journey from Ontario, Canada to Colorado, U.S.A. through blowing snow. That was a gift. She also drove most of the rest of the way. We both love driving so maybe my giving up the wheel was a gift to her, but it also gave me time to read school assignments. I was blessed.

     Sometimes it can be hard to receive. In Acts 20:35 Paul quotes Jesus as saying, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (NKJV) Often it is also easier. Our pride doesn't suffer on the giving end. It can when it's our turn to receive. From toddler to adult the familiar response is, "I can do it myself."

     From the moment Adam stepped out of line in Eden the battle was on. His decision gave the enemy the opening to disrupt the loving relationship between Father God and man. Adam knew he was wrong and immediately tried to justify his actions to the One who only wanted to protect him.

     Ever since, we humans have struggled to make things right ourselves -  some through religious exercises, some by good works. Still, the greatest need of our human condition is one we cannot meet ourselves.

     Father never stopped loving us,but guilt and condemnation kept us from receiving His love. What an amazing gift is offered through the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus to each one who can bury pride and be willing to receive.

     In Romans 5:18 Paul says, "as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life." (NKJV) Not only in giving, but also in receiving, there is great blessing. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

ROCK SOLID

     After four months in Colorado I'm still amazed at the huge rocks plunked here and there, and puzzled trying to figure where they came from. Too large to get pushed up to the surface by frost; some not near the base of a cliff they could have fallen from.

     Nothing budges them. They rule. If you want to build something, build around them. They are not about to relocate. If a seedling finds enough soil to sprout in a crevice, the tree it produces also has to find its own way to contend with that boulder.

     I love the way Abraham believed that what God had promised would come to pass regardless of the circumstances he could see; circumstances that said it was impossible. His faith could not be shaken. Romans 4:21 states that he was fully persuaded that God would do what He said.

     On this first day of 2015, let's determine to know in our knowers that God is good; God is love and He loves every individual unconditionally and uniquely. Every promise that He has given us is rightfully and definitely ours. With rock solid faith we can face the new year certain that as we trust in Him we cannot be moved.