Sunday, January 29, 2017

What the Lord Did For Me

Exodus 13:8-9 - And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, "This is done because of what the LORD did for me when I came up from Egypt. It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt."

Oh, how I love the Word of the Lord! Even in the Old Testament we see the signs of what He does for those, to those, who want to know Him and of Him. These verses are referring to a feast Israel was to observe each year at the same time as a remembrance of what God did for them. By His power, setting them free from Egyptian captivity. They were in bondage. They couldn't have done it without Him. 

Likewise, if anyone has received Christ, they know what the Lord has done for them. If Egypt is a type of the world, that individual has been brought up out of it. He has been lifted up from out of the world to become God’s children. One always looks up to or for God. If we approve of someone, we look up to them. If we have fallen down, we arise. If we have gone to sleep, in the morning we get up. It's a new day. So we look up to Him, we receive a new life, it's a new day.

When someone has received Christ, His law, or His Word and His Spirit, become part of us. He imparts wisdom to us through these. They hold a special meaning for us. The Old Testament law has been replaced by God's grace; however, it is important to know the laws, what is right and wrong, what God's punishments are for disobedience and the promises for obedience. But He also knows it is impossible for us to keep those laws to the letter and we cannot strive in any way to keep laws, whether His or a church's, to please Him, so He sent His Son that by Him and through Him we are made righteous, when we receive Him, when we call on His name to save us, forgive us for our sins.

When one receives Christ it is by His strong hand. Elsewhere in the Word it is said that He first chose us; we did not, on our own, choose Him. It's not by being raised by godly parents or going to church or determining we will be a good person. It is by His strong hand...and His Spirit...that we felt His power and a desire to know Him more. It is then that He brings one out of Egypt, or out of the world, where our thoughts are not the thoughts or inclinations of the world anymore. We see where our thinking was skewed and how the world tells us one thing but God tells us the opposite...and we believe it. What seemed good at the time is now "evil." We recognize how the world is upside down.

And for these thoughts and voicing to others we know we might be ignored. We will lose friends. Division in families will occur. And we have to be reminded that this will happen if we choose to hold steadfast in our belief of the truth of God and His Word. So be it. But, hallelujah, if one person...just one...might want to know more about Him and seek Him and allow Him to enter their heart. I'd love to see that happen...just once. I know what the Lord has done for me...and continues to do. 

If one doesn't know the Lord and reads this, I know the thought, how arrogant, might come to mind. But I'll tell you, as a friend said recently, we cannot possibly convey this idea of what has happened to us to someone who doesn't know the Lord. No one can know what has transpired within another person's heart, soul and mind. But praise God...

**this can be for anyone.***

It's what God would want. He calls and calls but sometimes we don't hear or we don't want to believe. But He will still continue to call.  

My prayer is that all would heed His call if they hear.

Philippians 3:8-9 - Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith...

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