His Story!

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See Manual!

What manual am I talking about you might ask. Well the only manual that you need to get through this life! The book that you need so much in your life. Well the Bible of course! It is after all His Story!

 

The Bible is such an amazing book. It is filled with stories of strength, love, grace, power and so much more. Swashbuckling, salvation, death, life, judgement! Let’s not forget the people. The broken and morally bankrupt people that God used every day to show His love for mankind!

The people that were flawed. We are all flawed and yet God uses us everyday. We are sinful people and yet God can use us to reveal His glory! Remember He even uses people that don’t believe in Him to reveal His Glory!

The Bible is His Story and His people! The people that He chose to be His people. The people that He created to start this Human Race! We can all trace our lineage back to Adam and Eve! Believe it or not!!

From Adam to Jesus, the lineage is unbroken but also has many branches. Just to name a few…here we go! (This is not an exhaustive list in any way).

Abraham…The Father Of Many              Isaac…(Son Of Abraham) Laughter

Jacob…(Son of Isaac) Supplanter            Judah…(Son Of Jacob) Let him (God) be praised

Jesse…(Son of Obed) Yahweh Exists      David…(Son of Jesse) Well Beloved

Solomon…(Son of David) Peace              Hezekiah…(Son Of Ahaz) Yahweh Strengthens

Manassah…(Son of Hezekiah) Making To Forget      Josiah…(Son of Amon) Yahweh Heals

Shealtiel…(Son of Jeconiah) I Have Asked God      Rahab…(A Prositute) Violence

That is but a small sample of the lineage of Christ. He was born to a sinner and yet he was sinless. He was and still is the only son of the living God! So what does that mean? What sense does it mean? Well let me it explain it thusly.

The bible is His Story. A letter of love from up above. You see the Bible is more than just His Story it is also Our Story! When we take Jesus as our own, we are adopted into the family of God and become one of His children. Romans 8:15 . We have a new standing before him. We can call Him “Abba Father!” We become family with all those that came before us and it is a very big family. Starting all the back to Adam and all the way forward to those take Christ today!

Now what does this all mean to what I have been talking about, well let’s take a peek.

The spirit of adoption – The feeling of affection, love, and confidence which pertains to children; not the servile, trembling spirit of slaves, but the temper and affectionate regard of sons. Adoption is the taking and treating a stranger as one’s own child. It is applied to Christians because God treats them as his children; he receives them into this relation, though they were by nature strangers and enemies. It implies,

(1) That we by nature had no claim on him;

(2) That therefore, the act is one of mere kindness – of pure, sovereign love;

(3) That we are now under his protection and care; and,

(4) That we are bound to manifest toward him the spirit of children, and yield to him obedience. See the note at John 1:12; compare Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5. It is for this that Christians are so often called the sons of God.

Whereby we cry – As children who need protection and help. This evinces the habitual spirit of a child of God; a disposition,

(1) To express toward him the feelings due to a father;

(2) To call upon him; to address him in the language of affection and endearing confidence;

(3) To seek his protection and aid.(*++)

Our God is a loving God. He is a caring God. He runs to the hurt and suffering. He doesn’t sit around and wait for them to come to Him. He gets off his duff and runs to us. Think on the Prodigal Son, a parable about the love and patience of God and the Forgiveness of sins. God is a forgiving God. When we ask for forgiveness, he takes that sin and tosses it as far as the east is from the west and remembers it no more! Why cause he is forgetful dude, no because he chooses to!

So what does this have to do with this hill of beans I call a blog. If you are a Christian then His Story is part of Your Story.  You are called Sons Of God. He adopted you into the His family and all because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Take Jesus as your own and receive him into your heart and because of this, You will run with Giants and I mean Giants.

Giants like Moses, Abraham. Samson, Noah, Matthew, John, Peter and so many more. Those giants of God that are so much your family as much as mine. The were normal frail people that were used but God to continue His Story. They were flawed and yet the were awesome. I guess you could call them Flawsome! Continue your story and His! Spread the Gospel to all who will listen! Worship the One Who Is King Of The Universe! Jesus Christ…He is the biggest Giant of all!!

 

“KEEP LOOKING UP! HIS COMING IS NIGH!”

 

 

(*++) Barnes Notes On The Bible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi, I am Who I am!

First off let me say this. I am a Christian. I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. I am saved in Christ and I am, contrary to popular belief, NOT PERFECT…But I am forgiven. I have the same problems that everyone else has. I am human after all. I get depressed and I get so down at times that I just want to check out of reality for a little while. Now there are those that are gonna say things like:

“Wait if you are saved, then you’re perfect. So how can you be depressed?”

Nope not perfect. I won’t be perfect till I get to be with the Father and receive my reward, whatever that might be.

Or

“If God loves you the way that you say he does, He must not be a very loving God to let you go through the depression.”

God does love me. He sent his son to die for me and for you, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t have tribulation. We are going to have tribulation. (Romans 12:12, Acts 14:22, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:35-37, 1Thessalonians 3:4)

Or

“You must not be as saved as you say you are or Jesus would take away all your problems.”

It doesn’t work that way. I am saved in Christ, but I still live in the world and still have to deal with all the problems that come with it.

So

Yup I have heard them all. We tend to lay blame for our problems at the feet of the one who created us. We shake our fists in the air and yell “Why are you doing this to me?” It’s God’s fault or the “loves you so why” nonsense. We did this, not God. We did this, we had it made in the garden. We lacked for nothing and yet we threw it all away. We blame God and yet it is not His fault. We need a scapegoat and He is the goat to be scaped.

Even Christians do it. I have, jokingly of course. “Someone up there doesn’t love me!” We call out to God and cry that it is his fault and it’s not. Now why are I so on this “His fault” line. Cause well it’s true.

I am who I am. I am a flawed human being! I am saved by grace and living in the love of the Lord. I love being a Christian. They say that being a Christian is a ball chain thing. I am a slave to the King and nothing could be further than the truth. Since I took Jesus as my own, I have had all the freedom that I so love. Jesus is a not a ball and chain but rather He is a chain breaker, a prison shaker and a pretty awesome Saviour!

There is no such thing as a perfect Christian today. We are flawed. All we can do is do the best that we can and serve the Lord and spread His gospel. If we all do that then our Lord will be known around the world and be worshiped! We are to be Christ like and as hard as we try, we won’t be able to . Christ is Perfect! We are not!

You are loved. Loved by a loving God. Loved by a Saviour that gave his life for you. So when someone says “aren’t you perfect?” You can say!

not perfect

“Keep Looking UP! His Coming Is Nigh!”

42 Years!

1976, the year I made the most important decision in my life. No it wasn’t done to please anyone. I wasn’t forced into it. I didn’t go unwillingly. In fact truth be told, I did it for reasons at the time I didn’t understand.

1976, I was 16 years old. I was lost and confused. I didn’t have a girlfriend. I was too homely for a girl friend. I didn’t have a lot of friends at the time. I had a few but not as many as you would think. I was an awkward teenager. I was tall and gangling. I was the guy that girls avoided at the prom. “Eww no dancing with him! He’s ugly”

1976, I was invited to church by none other than my sister Nancy. Yes it’s her fault! I started to go and felt something like I had never felt before. Then I met the man that would become my best friend. He would be my best man at my first wedding. He would be the brother that I never had and the friend that was not afraid to smack me upside the head. He was the one that taught me how to play the guitar.

1976, the year that would send me on a collision course with the family that would become my second family.  I was proud to call them Mom and dad. He always seemed to accept it grudgingly but he would smile when I called him Dad.

1976, I came to know the greatest love that had ever lived. I found the one person who would love me for me, scars, warts and all. He willingly died for me. He did not cause he had to but because he wanted to..but..yes there is a but!

1976, I went though all the confirmation classes. I went through it all.  I even got baptized into the United Church of Canada but ya know something. I spoke the words but meant none of it. I said the words but knew I would never go through with them. Some say that it was wrong and it may have been that way but I think that If I had not done it then I would not have had my meeting with the Lord!

1976, So I went through the motions. I played the good Christian like a lot of people do from time to time. I played the roll well but I didn’t play it well enough. Jesus saw straight through me.

1976, Christmas Eve. The day that I let my defenses down. I had a conversation with the Lord. A very pointed conversation. I was convicted and convinced that I was not living the life He wanted me to live! Let me tell you about it.

I was 16 and it was Christmas eve. My mom and step dad had gone down to Niagara Falls and had brought me back this crucifix. So I hung it on my wall, facing my bed and there it hung. I didn’t think another thought about it. So Christmas Eve comes and I am sleeping. I wake up to see this bright light in my bedroom. Some dumb ass was shining his headlights into my room. I looked around and saw a light coming from behind the cross. I thought that was nice of my step dad to put a light behind it. So I went back to sleep.

The light persisted. I sat looking at it in my bed and then my eyes widened as I saw the head move. The head looked down at me and said “Do You Love Me?” I said “Yes Lord?” and the response I got was “Then why do you do the things that you do?”

“I don’t know.” was my only reply.

The response was something I was not expecting. “I love you.”

“I love you too.” was my response. I was shocked. I was a sinner. Even after taking Jesus as my own, I was still the same person I was before. I was still swearing and doing all the bad things that I did before.

I went back to sleep but the light persisted still. I looked at the Cross and the same words came to me. “Do you love Me?”.

“Yes.” I said.

“Then why do you do the things that you do?”

“I don’t know.” was my response.

I went back to sleep. The light persisted. I was getting annoyed. I opened my eyes and looked at the Cross.

“What do you want from me?”

“YOU!” was the response that I got.

I sat there. He wanted me. A broken individual that had no intention of doing the things that I had promised all those months ago. He didn’t want my money or anything else I had. All he wanted was me. I was dumbfounded. No one wanted me. I was a useless human being. I was a liar yet Jesus wanted me. I crumbled.

Christmas eve 1976, I took Jesus as my own and I even though I have fallen off the path and gone different ways into the wilderness, Jesus has always wooed me back to his righteousness.

It’s been 42 years that I have walked with God! I am not the perfect Christian. There is no such creature. Jesus was the only perfect person that walked this earth. He was so perfect that He let Himself be crucified for my and your mistakes!

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am “Not Perfect…Just Forgiven!”. I make mistakes everyday. I take His name in vain and He reminds me that I am not to do that. He doesn’t yell rather gently reminds us of who He is!

If you don’t know the Jesus that I know, then maybe it is time that you did. He is free for the taking. He won’t expect you to do anything that you don’t feel comfortable with. Jesus loves you. Just like He loves me. Not cause He has to but because He wants to. We are not worthy of His love or His sacrifice.

None of us are worthy but through the shedding of His blood. Take Him as your own and you will not be disappointed!

 

“Keep Looking UP! His Coming Is Nigh!”