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He Rules Over the Affairs of Men

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This morning I spent some time pondering the Exodus. You know the story of the plagues that the Lord poured out on the Egyptians.

Several verses underscore the power, precision and finality of the Lord’s dealings with Pharaoh.

  • “For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two door posts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.” (Ex 12:23)
  • “…for there was no home where there was not someone dead.” (Ex 12:30)
  • “Thus they plundered the Egyptians.” (Ex 12:36)
  • “Now the time that the sons of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And at the end of four hundred and thirty years, to the very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.” (Ex 12:40-41)

This is just staggering — a slave peoples plundered the most powerful nation on the earth at that time. The Lord did this as he said and did it with finality. There was no question Who was and is the God of the universe.

Today, each of us faces questions of Who is in control. What will happen? We don’t know the details but we do know Who is in charge.

Take a moment to thank Him for His watch-care over you.

Maranatha
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What He Did

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I spent some time in Ephesians 1 this morning. Though I’ve read and studied it many times, it still amazes me that the Father has done so many things for us.​

Here is the passage:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

This is such a rich passage. Take a minute to re-read and note everything He has done for you in Christ. Then spend a few minutes thanking the Father.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Experiencing the Love of God

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I was recently asked the question, “How do you experience the love of God?” This is a good question to ponder. I am not sure I had ever really thought about this question. Sure I know he loves me, Christ died on the cross because He loves me and so on. These are intellectual truths that I know, but how do I experience His love for me?

For me there are many ways as I reflected on the question. Here are a few bullet points for me:

  • He hears and answers my prayers
  • He comforts me in my trials
  • He forgives my sins as I confess them
  • He directs my paths and instructs me from His Word
  • I can rest when I reflect on Him and His love for me

What I have shared here are only a few that I have written in my journal. They may or may not be true for you.

May I suggest that you take a minute to ponder this question? How do you experience the love of God?

Maranatha,
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Guest Post: In the Beginning


Guest post from my good friend Pierre.


“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)

The Bible is crystal clear, despite the scriptural assaults of the modern and postmodern (mostly western) world.

“In the beginning God” says the Word of God.

Because God is “in the beginning,” He created heavens, earth, you and me.
Because God is “in the beginning,” He hovered over the surface of the waters to shape a formless and void world.
Because God is “in the beginning,” He spoke and light was and still is.
Because God is “in the beginning,” He is actively shaping, reconstructing and restructuring your life, my life, our lives to fit His glorious plan.

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There was hope yesterday, there is hope today, still there will hope be tomorrow because God is “in the beginning.”

No sphere of life falls out of His sovereign control.
No part of Human History neither.

“In the beginning God” is a great scriptural reminder that we cannot achieve anything by our own.

Paul summarized it this way: “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6, ESV).

Without God we are useless, helpless, hopeless people and unable ministers.

Questions to ponder:

  • Was God “in the beginning” of my day when I woke up?
  • Was God my first thought this morning?
  • Is God “in the beginning” of my service for Him today?
  • Where do I need to stop, to let go and let God…be God “in the beginning?”

Surely it is the sole way to make great impacts and leave a lasting legacy behind.