Our Hope

January 13th, 2017 by Jason No comments »

I opened my iPad yesterday and for some reason, the Bible app was open to a passage in Job where Job laments that his hope is gone deep into a pit.

My days are over.
My hopes have disappeared.

Where then is my hope?
Can anyone find it?
No, my hope will go down with me to the grave.
We will rest together in the dust!”  Job 17

Somedays, sometimes things feel that way.  I could cling to the no hope line and sit in a bottom of a pit. However, I know there is a hope, and  Job knew as well.

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,

and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body I will see God!  Job 19:25
and what a hope it is!
Let us cling to the hope found in the Messiah. It can get us through the darkest of days and the deepest of pits.

From the Spirit

January 12th, 2017 by Jason No comments »

I’ve been continuing to think about 2 Corinthians 3 as the week has gone by. The value and importance of the new covenant in our lives cannot be under estimated and it can be so hard to grasp.  I’ve been finding myself thinking about the freedom of the covenant that the spirit provides quite frequently. The covenant takes away sin regardless of what you’ve done when you claim the promise of 1 John 1:9.

In that spirit there’s freedom. That’s refreshing and renewing and allows you to get back into the game and continue to do the good works that we are called to do.

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Turn Into His Glory

January 9th, 2017 by Jason No comments »

I’ve documented many times (here, here, here oh and here) that my most favorite verse in the Bible is Matthew 27:51

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split

or maybe Mark 15:38

The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

I’ll take either. It’s the event that I love.  The moment that the new covenant was established.

I think that’s why I was so interested when I was re-introduced to 2 Corinthians 3.  I have read these words so many times about Moses’ veil and how the new covenant has so much more glory. But the part that stood out to me the weekend was verse 16

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

When we turn to the Lord, He is there. There’s no veil hiding a fading glory, but the glory of the Creator, which makes us righteous through a process where we are ‘transformed into the same image’, full of glory.

For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory

I am so thankful for the ministry of righteousness and the life that the Holy Spirit provides.

 

Amazing

January 9th, 2017 by Jason No comments »

When I stop and think about how much love the creator of the world has for us, I am absolutely amazed.

I’m pretty certain it because I know what I have done in my life, the amount of bad and the tiny amount of good, and how fortunate I am that my performance doesn’t dictate the amount of love I receive from the Father.

Wow.  Why?  How?

Why and how does the Father do it?

It’s amazing.

His love doesn’t leave you alone.  It isn’t based on what you do or do not do.  He just loves you. It’s so freeing and it’s so joyful. It’s liberating!  It let you run free and light and climb as high of a mountain that may sit in front of you.

And above all of that, it’s free.  Wow!

It just doesn’t make sense.

And today I am glad I to start today knowing that I have the love of the Father.

Then I compare it to the way I treat others and how I base the amount of love I give out on performance. Sigh. Today, I will try to attempt to reflect that love to those I interact with.  Why would I not?

Friends

January 8th, 2017 by Jason No comments »

Friends are pretty awesome.

I love it when I haven’t seen a friend for months or even years and I can pick up where I left off without missing a beat.  Even though our lives have been in different places, such a strong bond exists and the commitment to each other is so strong that things just pick right back up like the last time we saw each other was yesterday.  There maybe a little bit of background needed to set some context of what’s going on in life, but the trust and the openness and the love for each other still exists.

It reminds of Jonathan and David

After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 1 Samuel 18:1

Sometimes that happens over tacos, sometimes that happens in a text message, sometimes a stop on a long trip and sometimes with a planned time together.  Wherever and whenever it happens.  And it’s incredible!

And then there are those friends that stick with you, no matter what is going on.  Those friends are referenced in the Proverbs

A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
…but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
I recently experienced a friend like this.  And it’s a humbling experience. When you witness an example of the love of our Father right in front of you, you can’t help but be encouraged and be changed.
And isn’t that why we are all here?.  To change?  To continue to get better!  To live in the shadow of the cross; forgiven and free from sin, struggling to be more like the Christ each and every day.
I hope that I will always be a friend that makes others better and sticks with them.  How about you?