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Sons, the report that I hear the people of the Lord spreading isn’t good! If one person sins against another, God will take care of him. However, when a person sins against the Lord, who will pray for him?” — 1st Samuel 2:24-25 (God’s Word Translation)

We have human judges for deciding matters between two people but when the offended party is God, himself, there is no one highter! It’s just not smart to make the God of the universe angry at you!

Once he was mad at you there was no where else to go … until Christ! Jesus loved us enough to satisfy justice on our behalf and bring us into God’s favor.

when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son — Romans 5:10

Who will pray for us?

He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. — Hebrews 7:25 (New Living News Translation)


Sound Bite: Jesus is praying for me!
Prayer: Jesus, you have done what no judge on earth could do, you reconciled me to the God of the Universe! Thank you for continuing to pray for me before the throne! I need it. Amen!

Also See:”Just Too Tense”” – August 9, 2011
— fritz@langgang.com

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Joseph Wept

Joseph’s brothers … sent a message …”Before our father died, he told us to ask you, Please forgive the crime your brothers committed” … Joseph cried when he received this message. – Genesis 50:15-17 (GNB)

Joseph’s family relationships never completely healed. In fact his whole life was a strange mix of joy and sorrow.

So is ours. Some things can’t be fixed, only endured — yet through the endurance comes something obtained no other way.

The apostle Paul wisely decided not to just endure but to embrace these, focused on the results.

And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. – Romans 5:3-4 (GNB)

Difficulties show God is not finished, yet. Our value to him isn’t in what we can do for him, cast off like an old shoe when we’re done. We still have future and God is preparing us for it; changing our character to be able to embrace it.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for giving grace to endure and a living hope for the future.

Sound Bite: I shall not only endure, but embrace God’s character building process!


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The Shield of Faith

[T]ake up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. – Ephesians 6:16

God uses our everyday objects to teach us about unseen things.

Paul, imprisoned for his faith,1 saw soldiers quite often. He advised Christians that they, too, have armour for their spiritual battle. We use our faith like a soldier uses his shield.

This scripture tells us two things:

1) The evil one uses “flaming arrows”; his weaponry pierces and burns – a past or present regret, a perceived fault or character flaw, rejection, isolation, gossip.

2) The burn can be extinguished by faith – faith that Jesus is not just the savior but my savior, faith that all my guilt and flaws as real as they may be or have been are covered by his sacrifice, faith that since he did this when I was his enemy how can he do less now that I am his friend.

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” – Romans 5:10

1 – Ephesians 6:19

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“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. – Psalm 85:10

“Truth” and “Righteousness” don’t naturally lead to “Mercy” and “Peace”.

Truth is, every one of us have done selfish ungodly deeds. Righteousness demands wrongs to be corrected and we don’t have the wherewithal to comply.

We can not bring back the dead, can’t restored ruined reputations, can’t unhurt or put back what we have wasted.

But Christ, Jesus, can and he has. In Christ righteousness and peace “kiss” and make up. He paid for our sin, he can heal the hurt, even take the wrong and work it to every one’s good.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ – Romans 5:1

– fritz

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“For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalm 11:2-3

The accuracy of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, is important in ways not immediately apparent.

Many churches, especially main line denominations, allow “scholars” to teach the Old Testament (especially Genesis through Deuteronomy) are a later compilation of oral tradition, that the Biblical accounts of creation, flood, and such are actually embellishments of some kernel of truth – not “factual”.

What difference could that belief make? A lot!

If the biblical accounts of creation were embellishments of an uninformed world view then there is no foundation to understand the need for Christ’s death on the cross. If there was no real first man, Adam, no first woman, Eve, then Paul is wrong when he writes in the Bible that Christ’s death counteracts the sin which came into the world through that first man1. What would this say of Christ? Only a crazy person would die when there is no actual need.

And if Genesis through Deuteronomy are only a combination of various oral traditions sewn together later by an unknown person then Jesus was wrong (or deceptive) when he told his followers, “Moses said …, – not a very good foundation for faith, if he was wrong or not trustworthy then, how can he be trustworthy now?

Sometimes the best way to bring down a building is to not attack the building but to destroy its foundation.

– fritz

1 – Romans 5
2 – Mark 7:10

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Now that we are friends

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” – Romans 5:10

When God was our enemy he loved us so much he gave Jesus to die for our sins and make us his own.

Now that he is our friend, how can we think he would reject us for our shortcomings and failures?!

It is time for those who have covenanted1 with Christ, to stop looking at difficulties as God’s anger and start seeing them as God’s allowed opportunities to grow up and experience his life in real circumstances.

Seizing this one fact changes us, seasons us, and makes us more like the people we always wanted to be but had no ability to become.

Ever see a child after conquering a major (to them) problem? That’s how children become mature adults! Us too.

– fritz
1 – “Think Covenant” blog post on August 15, 2010

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“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10

God wants to do “much more” than just take us from being enemies to being forgiven. If being “saved” was just about forgiveness this verse would not make sense.

“Salvation” is not something we save up for and wait for like social security, it is a daily experience of the risen1 Jesus; living in the his kingdom now and forever. King David put it this way,

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” – Psalm 68:19

– fritz
1 – See “Resurrection of the Body” (July 6,2010)

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