Archive for the ‘Cross’ Category

The famous Abraham Lincoln had a favorite joke: “If we consider the tail of a lamb as a leg, how many legs would a lamb have?” — His answer: “Four, considering it one doesn’t make it one!”

Except….whatever God considers is just that!

God considered something for Abraham:

Abraham “believed the Lord, and God counted it to him as righteousness”. — Genesis 15:5-6

God considered Abraham righteous though Abraham had done and continued doing some pretty stinky things! God considering him righteousness was all that was required!

King David, too! He wrote:

“Blessed is he whose sin is covered unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity.” — Psalm 32:1-3a

The word imputeth means to consider. He wrote about those to whom the judge of the universe looks at and says, “Not Guilty!” That is a blessing!! Where do you get that?!

The Bible says

“It was not written for [Abraham’s] sake alone … but for our sake also, unto whom it shall be reckoned (considered), who believe on him that raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification. — Romans 4:23-25

Joining our lives to Christ enters us in that consideration.

So, If We consider five (5) unrighteousness men in a room as righteous, how many righteous men are in the room? — Five, if they have given their lives to Christ, God considers it so!

— fritz

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[God] said, “Number the congregation of the People of Israel by clans and families … The tribe of Reuben numbered 46,500 … Simeon 59,300 … Gad 45,650 … Judah 74,600 … Issachar 54,400 … Zebulun 57,400 … Ephraim 40,500 …. Manasseh 32,200 … Benjamin 35,400 …Dan 62,700 … Asher 41,500 … Naphtali 53,400.

[Then God] said, “The People of Israel are to set up camp circling the Tent of Meeting and facing it. Each company is to camp under its distinctive tribal flag. To the east toward the sunrise are the companies of the camp of Judah, Issachar next to them, Zebulun next to them. South are the companies of the camp of Reuben, Simeon, Gad. To the west Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin. To the north Dan, Asher, and Naphtali” — Numbers 1:1 – 2:34

Someone pointed out that from above, with all the people numbered and camped around God’s tent as directed, it all formed a giant cross pointing East.

Do the math and see for yourself!

The cross has always been God’s plan for humanity’s redemption!

“Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot … was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” – 1st Peter 1:18b-20

— fritz@langgang.com

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“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” – Genesis 3:6

This story isn’t about the fruit (it could have been any forbidden thing) and it wasn’t about the woman (the man was right there watching in silence); the point of the story is about control.

The desire for control over their lives and destiny brought misery through poor choices and unseen consequences — just as it does today.

It takes human acts of yielding control to undo the damage. Christ yielded control, obtaining by the “fruit” (results) of the “tree” of the cross what was lost by the fruit of the tree in the garden. We yield control by taking our desires, ever so strong, and submitting them to God and his word, trusting he has our best interest at heart.

Prayer: “Jesus, thank you for coming to earth, putting on humanity, and dying on the “tree” of Calvary so I can put on Christ and live in your kingdom now and always. Amen

Sound Bite: “Jesus, put on humanity and lived here so I can put on Christ and live there.1

— fritz@langgang.com
1 – Galatians 3:27, Romans 13:14

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“Those who are not genuinely convinced that the only real bargain in life is surrendering ourselves to Jesus and his cause, abandoning all that we love to him and for him, cannot learn the other lessons Jesus has to teach us…

Not that he will not let us, but that we simply cannot succeed.

If I tell you that you cannot drive an automobile unless you can see, I am not saying I will not let you, but that you cannot succeed even if I do.”1

– Dallas Willard

1 – Renovation of the Heart, pg 71

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