Let us cleanse ourselves – 2 Corinthians 7:1

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”

2 Corinthians 7:1

My pondering: This verse isn’t a popular one these days in many circles as it requires work. It clearly shows we have a responsibility. Like Paul tells us in another passage, ‘to work out our salvation with fear and trembling ‘. God desires and commands us to work with Him and exercise our faith, then He, and only He, supernaturally enables our holiness to rise and meet His standard of perfection namely by:
leading of the Holy Spirit and the activation of God’s strength thru prayer, praise and thanksgiving plus the Work of Jesus on the cross, grace, mercy, imputation of rightousness and so many other blessings.

Further, it requires us to fear God which is a strong admonishen throughout the Bible. I think this word fear is best described in our culture as respect. God requires us to love and respect Him. Its a fear and respect of His awesome power that created all we see, know and no doubt, much more. He created the whole universe in 6 days. He promises to renovate it all in due time when He purges sin from the world once and for all. CS Lewis sure describes this holy, healthy fear well in the fictional character of Aslon, the lion from Narnia.

So we must work to eliminate the defilement which so easily attracts to our flesh and self. The Bible gives us instruction by being in the light, washing of the water and with the help of our brothers and sisters.

My prayer: I know sure well, by myself, all this is impossible. But by You oh LORD, nothing good is impossible. Help me please!
Forgive me for my sins. I know and claim full well You have, are and shall wash me white as snow.

Cross-references in the Bible

This might be the most amazing data picture you see in a lifetime! It shows the 63,779 cross-references in the Bible. The white bars along the bottom represent each Bible chapter, Gen. 1 – Rev. 22. The line’s color shows the reference’s distance from the other. A cross reference is a scripture that references another scripture. Had the Bible been written by one person or at one time this would still be amazing; however, the Bible was written by 40 authors over the span of 1500 years on 3 different continents.
The Bible is complex, diverse, and intricate, and yet it has one unified message: God lovingly is redeeming all who believe! (From post by John Durham, Pastor of Highland Baptist Church, Waco, TX)

Pondering Psalms 71:20

“You who have made me see many troubles and

calamities will revive me again;

from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.”

Psalms 71:20

My take: David is in despair. It seems as if he is being wronged unjustly, which he very well may be. However, what his pursuers don’t know or care is that David is laying it out before God. God and God only can insert that silver lining behind those dark clouds in each of our lives. There are so many examples of this in the Bible I encourage you to search and think of them and give God His due praise when you spot them.

Just ponder the Cross for a moment. All seemed lost but not. Boom! God showed up and resurrection time!

I think back to my own life and my worst week to date was coupled with my best. Starting on Wednesday Sept 6th, I lost my job, car and wife on three consecutive days but found my Christ on the 4th day. I was in a lowly position and when prompted to look up there He was knocking surely and steadly for me to open my heart. Hope and help flooded in!

My prayer: Good God, help me to learn from Your Word and others while applying Your truths and principles so that I may be able to avoid such consequences. Even then, I know trials will come my way. Help me to keep on keeping on like a noble Christian soldier counting on your Calvary showing up in due time.

Life in abundace

I believe we choose who we are going to partner with. Who we are going to serve. If we choose Jesus, we must do so intentionally, surely and exercise discipline as a sincere disciple.

If we choose to follow the thief, sooner or later, we are the one’s who will be stolen, killed and destroyed.

Sadly, no choice is the same as the wrong choice.

And God of course amps things up, even more than we can imagine! Superabundance!!! To Him be the Glory!

“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

On our own, we are finite. With Him – all possible. Our part of the deal is to BELIEVE and TRUST fully as we are capable. Max is max. For us to have max power we need to simply be a conductor of His infinite power; this to abide (See John 15).

“Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.””

‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:27‬ ‭AMP‬‬

When it comes down the essential, the bottom line we can rest and take comfort and assurance in this statement:

“What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭AMP‬‬

And even beyond that:

“‘Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too difficult or too wonderful for You—”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

This is tried and true:

“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“O for a Closer Walk with God”

“O for a Closer Walk with God”
William Cowper, 1772

O for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heavenly frame,
a light to shine upon the road
that leads me to the Lamb!

Return, O holy Dove, return,
sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn
and drove Thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,
whate’er that idol be,
help me to tear it from Thy throne
and worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark the road
that leads me to the Lamb.