September 9th, 2014
I was reading in Isaiah today and it struck me that here it speaks of our clothing like Paul in Ephesians speaks of our armor. Isaiah speaks of our strength like Paul speaks of mighty power. Then I decided to look and see how tightly these two passages correspond.
Isaiah tells us to put on our garments of splendor; Paul tells us to put on our full armor. What a splendid and beautiful thing to put on. We are supposed to free ourselves of the chains around our necks: is that similar to laying down our burdens (Matt.11:25-30)?
Our feet are fitted with with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Isaiah says they are beautiful because they take us to places to spread the good news. The verse that got to me the most was Isaiah 52:12:
But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
This is another place that tells us why we do not have any armor on our backs. I was always taught that we were not to retreat and that is true, but it is also because God our Father has our back.
Who better to have your back than Him?
May 29th, 2014
"I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again, and that's my belief. I still don't know what 'Christian' means. I'm a follower of Christ, but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness."
I agree with Sherri, I believe and yet I keep making mistakes. It is like the apostle Paul said in Romans 17 "I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me." I still strive to do good at every turn. I often do well too but I as Paul, I fail so much of the time. I am so thankful we serve a forgiving God.
January 13th, 2014
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,