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2/7/2013

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God Never Makes Mistakes

"As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him." (Psalm 18:30)

Have you ever tried to make it through a whole day without making a mistake, a wrong decision? When I was little I used to try so hard not to do anything wrong – not to sin – all day long. Of course, it didn't take long before I did something wrong and sinned. Don't you wish you could just decide to be perfect – and then not mess up? Well, you and I can't do that, but there's Someone that never messes up.

God never makes a mistake; He never sins! The verse I quoted above tells us that God's words can be trusted. What God says has been "tried." That means His word has been tested and proved. Isn't it nice to know that we can trust what God says because He never makes a mistake? He has never made a mistake in the past and will never make one in the future. Even though we make mistakes, we know that God never will and that He can help us make fewer mistakes in the future.

When you mess up, just ask God to help you not make the same mistake twice. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." That includes doing the right thing. With God's help you can make changes in your own life. Just trust the One who never makes a mistake!

God is perfect: He never sins, and He never makes mistakes.

My Response:
» Do I trust God to help me obey Him, or do I try to do right on my own?
» Do I trust that God will do what's best, or do I sometimes think that He's planned things badly?






Truth In Real Life

Elizabeth Prentiss

“To love Christ more – this is the deepest need, the constant cry of my soul.”

“How dreadfully old I am getting! Sixteen! Well, I don’t see as I can help it.” These words are the first lines in the popular book Stepping Heavenward, written by Elizabeth Payson Prentiss. Born a “pastor’s kid” on January 15, 1815, Elizabeth was the youngest daughter of Edward Payson – a great revival preacher during the 1800s.

More than any other hobby, Elizabeth loved to write and found several opportunities to publish her work. She began writing for the press when she was just sixteen, for instance; and as an adult, she wrote the famous hymn “More Love to Thee, O Christ!” – which is still sung in churches today. Verse one of the hymn begins:

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Stepping Heavenward was published in 1869 as a work of fiction; but all of the events in the story actually came from Elizabeth’s personal life. Elizabeth recognized that true joy is the result of living for Christ and loving others. By 1992, over 100,000 copies of the book had been sold, and countless more have been sold since then.

Samuel Rutherford was one of the preachers whom Elizabeth admired most. He once said, “Faint not; the miles to heaven are but few and short.” No doubt his words influenced Elizabeth to title her book “Stepping Heavenward.

What are you doing to prepare for heaven and eternity? When was the last time you really stopped to think about your eternal life after this temporary life? Are you preparing for your first meeting with Jesus Christ?

Matthew 25:13 – “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”


Description of God

The King of Salem
Hebrews 7:2 – "To whom* also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation 'King of righteousness,' and after that also 'King of Salem,' which is, 'King of peace.'"
(*This verse is describing Melchizedek, whom most Bible scholars believe was a "Christophany," a pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus Christ on Earth.)

 

Question & Answer

QDoes God want us to remember His sacrifice for our sins on the cross?

AYes. God commands us to do so through the Lord's Supper. 1 Corinthians 11:24 – And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

 

BIG Christian Word

Repentance - (re-pen-tuns)

Repentance is a sorrow for sin and a true desire to turn from sin and walk in obedience to Christ. Faith and repentance must come together. Repentance is an understanding that sin is wrong, realizing and accepting the teachings of the Bible regarding sin and making a personal decision to give up the sin. (Acts 2:38) Then Peter said unto them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 3:19) "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."