Psalms 84:10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. ESV #Bible
There is no better place to be than in the presence of God. Knowing that being there, all is right between you and God.
All of our sins have been dealt with by Jesus our Lord. We are forgiven the huge dept caused by our rebellious sins
We can enter in to the presence of God without fear or hesitation and sit at His feet and worship and learn from Him.
Outside is the wickedness of this world and all of those sins that so easily entangle us through the lust of our eyes, and the lust of our flesh.
Outside are all of those distractions and deceptions that when persued simply enslave us and wear us down and discourage us and keep us separated from our Holy Father God.
Even being a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord is majorly better than living in this wickedness and slavery to sin.
But we can enter in with free access into the throne room where our Father God and our Savior Jesus the Christ and our Holy Spirit reside to be worshiped in freedom.
Better one day in the courts of our God than a thousand in wickedness, oh yes.
Romans 1:20 20 For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. (HCSB #Bible)
What if this is true? Better yet, being true what is one left with? Is it in believing or not believing?
To a believer, for one to say they do not believe is to not exist.
If you don't believe in God there is nothing else for you except to be damned in hell, and an eternity in the lake of fire.
To a nonbeliever, the one who believes is considered a fool believing in folklore fairytales, and fables.
I hope you can see the jump the non-believer has to take to not believe when all around him is the unexplainable evidence of a greater force, a power that only a fool can evade, only a fool can deny when it is obvious.
After turning a blind eye to God's Creation the non-believer even takes on the position of God declaring the believer to be a fool.
I believe this is why God has created a place called the lake of fire, to separate the nonbelievers who innately want to be their own God and control their own destiny.
Satan had the same in mind when he declared he wanted to be like God, because their was and is nothing higher imaginable.
We are all left with this decision of our lifetimes, that determines the destiny of our personal lives for eternity.
Not only that, but who we will have a eternal relationship with, Satan or the Creator of all things God Himself.
God has sent His Son Jesus our Savior who has redeemed us from our non belief and rebellious sins. Allowing us to be the sons and daughters of God, adopted right into the Family of God. It's your choice.
Believe, and Jesus will help you in your unbelief.
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Romans 8:28-31 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
One of the mistakes we make is when we view our relationship with God in just our temporal finite existence.
We cannot fit God into our world only. He is the world, no the universe, no God is even above everything that exists and still more that He hasn't been revealed.
What is to love God? For me in the beginning of my relationship with God I loved God by faith in ignorance. As I journeyed further in my life I gained experience with God, being aware of His involvement with me. As I read and studied the Word of God, the Bible. I learned more and more about God, who He is and what He's like. All of this culminated in my increasing love for God. So now I love God because I know Him better, and now I have experience with God in my temporal finite life. Realizing God is all and everything.
To hear "for those who love God all things work together for good" is a reality in my life because I understand God beyond ignorance, and I can trust God further than my existence. I want this "good" and God gives it freely. Not in just this world, but in eternity as well.
The Apostle Paul states "If God is for us, who can be against us?" In understanding who God is, and I know and believe God and who He is. Brings confort to me realizing that God is my eternal Father, and He is for me and not against me, and God wants good for me. So I am at peace in my temporal finite ignorant existence for now. One moment in my future I will be with God and be known as His Son Jesus the Christ is.
So God is for me and He wants nothing but His Good for me. For those who refuse to know God or except Him as God, their fate is communicated in these verses, and also in the Gospel of John.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
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1 Peter 3:3-4 Do not let your adorning be external-
Do you or have you using the way you dress to make a statement?
In today's society we have the phenomenon of tattoos. It is now permeating through all ages and I'm sure for a multitude of reasons. Christians want to proclaim to everyone that they are God's children. Others tattoo the story of their lives on themselves, and still others want the shock value and the statement of individuality, or to fit in with a group.
Weather tattoos or clothing, or jewelry, all are statements of who we are or what we want others to think of ourselves.
The Apostle Peter here is saying what counts with God is who you are on the inside, the one God looks at.
What I have discovered in my life as I get older is that having been there and done that, there are less times I am surprised with unfamiliarity, and I being one who gets excited quickly, especially with my mouth.
As I age I see this gental and quiet spirit in me, and I really like it. I've known and know wonderful Christians who have this wonderful peace inside and I try to strive for that peace inside also.
As Peter says let our adorning be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable beauty. There is only one way we can get this kind of beauty, and that is through the Love of God. That Love is Jesus the Christ, who paid the price for our sins that we cannot pay, through His death on the cross. Then not only are we free from our sins, Jesus restored our relationship with God, even to be God's sons and daughters in the inheritance.
What we are on the outside? It doesn't change who we are on the inside. Only Jesus the Christ can do that. Invite Jesus into your inside, into your heart and recieve the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. That's the dress or tattoo God sees.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
Have you ever despaired of life itself? There was a point in my life when I was in despair, but for all the wrong reasons. It was when I had reached the end of my life in this world apart from or separating myself from God.
I had exhausted all of my desires, wants, and even lust's for what I thought he world had to offer, receiving only the despair of that life.
But God is always about his business accomplishing His Will. God always has a plan for those who serve Him.
When we come to a similar place as Paul describes here. It is a signal or sign to bring us to God. Whether as for me, to come home to my Father in Heaven, or to seek God for answers and direction, the right thing to do is go to God. It might be answering the call of God to come to Him for the salvation of your soul.
The best action to take is to come to God, seeking God in prayer. Jesus has opened the door for the world to come to Him and find rest for our weary souls and become his born again child through His Son Jesus the Christ, escaping the wrath of God coming to all who reject Jesus. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no other way to God, but through Jesus the Saviour of all mankind.
Rise from the dead and come home to God before it's too late.
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