VIDEO What Would Jesus Do 2?, The Woodcarver

Apr 23, 2014

This is very inspirational. What would Jesus DO 2??? Peace to all

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Immutable Bond

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:16

When a baby is desired, it is easy for the parents to go to great lengths preparing for the child’s arrival. After spending more than a decade investing in the life of their child, the transition to adulthood often sneaks up on parents.

Just as we pray for God’s wisdom in handling the tantrums of toddlers and the complexity of teenagers, we need His grace to let go. We will no longer know what they had for dinner or what time they came home last night, but we can trust that His bond with them is deeper than ours. He loved them before we knew of their existence or even existed ourselves.

Letting go does not mean a lack of connection. While our children will now have their own expectations and thoughts on how we interact, we can continue to encourage them through life’s challenges and celebrations. As we remember our own immutable bond with our Creator, we have the courage to trust Him with the people we value and love most.

We cannot all argue, but we can all pray; we cannot all be leaders, but we can be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer.
Charles H. Spurgeon

Eternal Security: Can We Be Sure?

1 John 5:1-13

Our loving heavenly Father wants us to know with certainty that we have eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ. What assurances do we have that we are permanently secure?

God’s love. One reason we can be sure of never-ending salvation is our heavenly Father’s unconditional love. At the cross, He demonstrated just how much we mean to Him: He sent His Son to die so that we might have eternal life (1 John 4:9-10).

Christ’s life and death.
Because Jesus was without sin, He qualified to serve as our substitute and take our place on the cross. By dying for us, He paid for all our sins and finished the work necessary to secure our salvation (John 19:30).

Jesus’ promise.
We have our Lord’s assurance that we will spend eternity with Him. He promised that we can never be separated from Him and that no one can snatch us from His hand (John 10:28). He has gone ahead to prepare a place for us and will return to bring us there (John 14:2-3).

The indwelling Holy Spirit. Another assurance of eternal security is the presence of God’s Spirit within each believer. The Holy Spirit acts as a seal, guaranteeing that we belong to the Lord and serving as a pledge of our future in heaven with Him (2 Cor. 1:21-22).

The Word of God is filled with His promises that those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior will spend eternity with Him. If you struggle with doubt, then meditate on Scripture and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into a biblical understanding of your salvation.

Absolute Trust

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” (Job 13:15-16)

The patriarch Job was, according to God’s own testimony, the most perfect and upright man in all the earth (Job 1:8), yet he was subjected to the most severe testings that anyone (except Christ Himself) ever had to endure. He lost all his great possessions and his large family in a single day, then was afflicted for months on end with a most loathsome and painful disease. He lost the respect of all who had once honored and followed him, and was even accused by his closest friends of being a wicked sinner and arrogant hypocrite. Worst of all, the God whom he had loved and faithfully served all his life had apparently completely ignored his prayers for deliverance or even for understanding of what was happening to him. Finally, a presumptuous young religionist related what he (falsely) claimed was a divine message that even God had accused Job of sin and hypocrisy.

Yet, despite all this, Job never once lost his faith! “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,” he insisted. “For I know that my redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25), and “he also shall be my salvation” (today’s verse).

What an example has been provided us by this ancient patriarch, whose knowledge of God’s Word, God’s love, and God’s great salvation through faith in Christ was only a small fraction of what we know now, with God’s complete revelation before us. The apostle James well reminds us of “the patience of Job,” probably the greatest example of all “the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience” (James 5:10-11). We can, like Job, know that He who created us deserves absolute trust. HMM

He’s Pleased

Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am. —John 17:24

Gerhard Tersteegen wrote a song.

Midst the darkness, storm and sorrow, One bright gleam I see. Well I know that blest tomorrow, Christ will come for me.

And then he writes six stanzas and the last four lines are these:

He and I in that bright glory, One deep joy shall share. Mine to be forever with Him, And His that I am there.

Did you ever stop to think that God is going to be as pleased to have you with Him in heaven as you are to be there? The goodness and mercy of God, the loving kindness of the Lord—it’s wonderful! He can bring us into such a relationship with Him that He can please us without spoiling us. He pleases us, and He’s pleased when we’re pleased. And when we’re pleased with him, He’s pleased….

Thank God, thank God! Let us praise the lovingkindness of God forever, for of His goodness there is no end. Amen!

How amazing to know that You take delight in me, Lord! I delight in my communion with You. Amen.

Lord of All Beauty

They shall see the glory of the Lord; and the excellency of our God. (Isaiah 35:2)

Think with me about beauty—and about this matchless One who is the Lord of all beauty, our Savior!

God has surely deposited something within our human beings that is capable of understanding and appreciating beauty—the love of harmonious forms, appreciation of colors and beautiful sounds.

Brother, these are only the external counterparts of a deeper and more enduring beauty—that
which we call moral beauty. It has been the uniqueness and the perfection of Christ’s moral
beauty that have charmed even those who claimed to be His enemies throughout the centuries of
history.

We do not have any record of Hitler saying anything against the moral perfection of Jesus. One
of the great philosophers, Nietzsche, objected to Paul’s theology of justification by faith, but he
was strangely moved within himself by the perfection of moral beauty found in the life and
character of Jesus, the Christ.

We should thank God for the promise of heaven being the place of supreme beauty—and the
One who is all-beautiful is there!

His presence will be most realised by those who are most like him

His presence will be most realised by those who are most like him. If you desire to see Christ, you must grow in conformity to him. Bring yourself, by the power of the Spirit, into union with Christ’s desires, and motives, and plans of action, and you will be in fellowship with him. Remember His presence may be had. His promise is as true as ever. He delights to be with us. If he doth not come, it is because we hinder him by our indifference. He will reveal himself to our earnest prayers, and graciously suffer himself to be detained by our entreaties, and by our tears, for these are the golden chains which bind Jesus to his people.