Posts Tagged ‘God’s Goal’

Am I fooling myself?

February 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Am I fooling myself? Sometimes, OK, a lot of the time, I say things that are nonsense. When I do, I am fooling myself. I am missing the mark for sure.

So, if I say I don’t miss God’s goal, I am a fool. I miss His goal for me all the time. Might as well fess up.

If we claim that we’re free of missing God’s goal for our life, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. 1 John 1:8

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Is God a liar?

Am I going to lay a stake in the ground, claiming that I have never missed God’s goal for my life?

I could but I would be claiming that God is a liar. Now that is something to think about.

Claiming that would show my ignorance. Do I really want that?

No, I don’t.

If we claim that we’ve never missed God’s goal for our life (sinned), we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God. ~~Apostle John (1 John 1:10)

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Locusts and wild field honey

September 3, 2011 Leave a comment

John paved the way for Jesus. He set the stage. It is all about life-change. We know we have missed the goal that God is mind for us. We need to make it clear that we understand that.  Being baptized with Jesus into death and resurrection gives us a changed life. It is His new plan for us. We can reach God’s goal for us. We don’t have to live a life that misses that. He is in an amaziing mood and gives us this gift simply because He loves us.

Now how great is that?

John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of missing God’s goal for us. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their knowledge of missing God’s goal, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey. Mark 1:4-6

A clean sweep

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

 God has made us a grand promise. And, He is true to His word. We know that we’ve missed God’s goal in our life. He doesn’t see that. He sees Jesus taking that burden off of us. Once we come clean, he completely purges us from that way of seeing things.

I need to remember that and change my mind about how God sees me. I can achieve the goal He has in mind for me. I am His child.

On the other hand, if we admit our we have missed God’s goal for our lives—make a clean breast of  that issue—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive us and purge us of all wrongdoing. 1 John 8-10

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Jesus was not in an election

Before Jesus, the High Priest had to offer up sacrifices to blot out the continuous nature of our missing God’s goal. He also had to do this for himself as well since he missed God’s goal as well. Jesus, God’s son, offered up himself, who never missed God’s goal for his life. God set him aside for this role. He is now our High Priest.  We share in his new plan. It was the perfect plan, perfectly executed. Only Jesus could do it for us.

Jesus wasn’t elected to this position. God, His Father, appointed Him. No populare vote here. No democracy in God’s world. His decision and it was perfect. Thanks be to our magnificent Leader!!

No one elects himself to this honored position of High Priest. He’s called to it by God, as Aaron was. Neither did Christ presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you!” In another place God declares, “You’re a priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:40-16

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No more detours

 Under the old plan, the road could get very bumpy. All curves and careful driving was the order of the day. John came with a new message to get things ready for Jesus. No longer would there be any detours. The way would be straight and easy. It would never again be a problem to see God’s salvation parade.

The main message is that we would be forgiven for missing God’s goal for our lives. That message had never been delivered before. God would no longer judge us. He would forgive us. And Jesus would deliver it to us.

In the fifteenth year of the rule of Caesar Tiberius—it was while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea; Herod, ruler of Galilee; his brother Philip, ruler of Iturea and Trachonitis; Lysanias, ruler of Abilene; during the Chief-Priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—John, Zachariah’s son, out in the desert at the time, received a message from God. He went all through the country around the Jordan River preaching a baptism of life-change leading to forgiveness of missing God’s goal, as described in the words of Isaiah the prophet: Thunder in the desert! “Prepare God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! Every ditch will be filled in, Every bump smoothed out, The detours straightened out, All the ruts paved over. Everyone will be there to see The parade of God’s salvation.” Luke 3:1 -6

A greater YES!! An easy NO!!

January 8, 2011 1 comment

How easy is it to get distracted? Well, some days pretty easy. My enemy sends me a great message. Let’s just talk. Come and meet me. What is my response?

Nehemiah was on a mission from God. He was doing some amazing stuff. It was no small thing. He had almost finished but there was still a few things left to do. How did he respond to the distraction of the enemy? Just say NO!!!

So …. when we are centered in the will of God, may we respond that our Yes to God is more important that anything and be able to say, “No, I cannot come down.”

Now when it was reported to Sanballat, Tobiah, to Geshem the Arab and to the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall, and that no breach remained in it, although at that time I had not set up the doors in the gates, then Sanballat and Geshem sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together at Chephirim in the plain of Ono.” But they were planning to harm me. So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:1-3

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