Thursday, March 23, 2017

Truth and Tears – Part 2 - Authentic and Pure

Michael reminds us that teaching is not just data, rather, it points to the majesty of God. The exhortation is to not forget the teaching of God. The knowledge of God needs to be constantly in our mind as when Moses gave this final charge to the children of Israel before they entered into the Promised Land:  "When you enter into the promised land and your flocks and your houses multiply, do not forget the Lord thy God." What we truly desire we will never forget. If we forget the Lord, then he will no longer have supremacy in our life.

The Proverbs speak of the ways that the laws of God normally function. These precepts of truth are the way God designed His blessings to flow. Do not let kindness and truth leave you. Bind them upon thy neck write them upon the tables of thine heart. Kindness and truth go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other to reflect the character of God in your life. You will be loved and blessed when you walk with the Lord. Fellowship with the Lord reflects the nature of God Himself and as you walk with Him, God will bless you with those who need to be loved.  
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. This implies total abandonment. Don't lean unto thine own understanding. The question is, "why not?"  The reason is because we are not worthy to build our own lives. We're not in control ...  He is. Our best understanding of the future is no more than a vague hunch. We cannot know value apart from what God says is valuable.  We need to come to this conclusion: "Apart from the Word of God, I don't know."  The human race is in an identity crisis without any frame of reference for truth. The older you get and the more thoughtful you get, the more you realize that the truth is the Word of God and that Jesus Christ is the meaning of the Word. He is the way, the truth, and the life and He alone is our moral compass.

Only God can make your path straight and bring you to your appointed goal. We often wonder, what will it take to get us there? Through the pressures and the tribulations of life, has God left the building? There is a story in the gospels about a storm raging while the disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee. Jesus appeared to them walking on the water. Jesus said, "fear not." The answer to the trials and tribulations of this life is "fear not for the Lord thy God is with you wherever you go." Why do we experience these struggles in life?  It's because God wants to make you a person of joy, yet easily touched by compassion. He wants to make you a man or woman of passion and yet authentic and pure. In order for God to form you into the man or woman of character He wants you to be, He needs to mold you and make you after His will. He wants us to experience the truth of the Word of God to prove the power of God. Through the trial God says, "Give me your weakness, and I will give you my strength."

He continues to teach us through truth and tears. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father. There is no shadow of turning with thee. Thou changest to not, thy compassions they fail not. Great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me.

May God richly bless you!

Your brother in Christ, Michael

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