Posts Tagged ‘Royal’


Deuteronomy 12 (NLT) When you drive out the nations that live there, you must destroy all the places where they worship their gods—high on the mountains, up on the hills, and under every green tree. Break down their altars and smash their sacred pillars. Burn their Asherah poles and cut down their carved idols. Completely erase the names of their gods! Do not worship the LORD your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods. Rather, you must seek the LORD your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored… Your pattern of worship will change. Today all of you are doing as you please, because you have not yet arrived at the place of rest, the land the LORD your God is giving you as your special possession… You must celebrate there in the presence of the LORD your God with your sons and daughters and all your servants. And remember to include the Levites who live in your towns, for they will receive no allotment of land among you… You must eat these in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose. Eat them there with your children, your servants, and the Levites who live in your towns, celebrating in the presence of the LORD your God in all you do… When the LORD your God goes ahead of you and destroys the nations and you drive them out and live in their land, do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’ You must not worship the LORD your God the way the other nations worship their gods, for they perform for their gods every detestable act that the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices to their gods.

I know the question you must ask as did I – Why would a God of love direct His people to cause such destruction to their enemy’s property and idols? Is there no room for secularism in God’s eyes? (more…)

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Acts 12:11, 21-23
Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating”… On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

Today’s chapter was a hard one to read because it spoke about the reality of our Christian faith. As hard as we try to make the Gospel sound appealing, the truth is that in Christ, there will always be persecution because he went against the grain of this world and against Satan and we by following him are doing the same. The murder of James by King Herod and the persecution of the Church (Body of believers) was a reality of the day, yet their numbers grew! As you read the passage above, what do you notice about the difference in Peter and Herod’s response to a situation of praise?

Peter was jailed to be executed and was saved by God’s angel. His response was to glorify God for sparing his life and he went to share the news with his family in Christ. However, in contrast, when Herod received accolades about how he sounded like God and did not refute it, God struck him down. God in his goodness and love saves us from destruction but we in our need for glory often forget to thank God for his exceeding goodness and face the consequences. God reminded me today that he loves me and blesses me and he expects that I live for his glory alone, not mine. My new life is not mine but his and for his glory and I am grateful that he has offered me eternity in his presence which supersedes anything this world has to offer.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Matthew 11:18-19

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.”’ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”

 

I’ve often wondered what could Jesus have done to have been universally accepted as the Son of God? Would being born as a King have helped? Would something as amazing as his arrival on clouds have helped? Would some astounding miracles surrounding him have helped convinced the world of his Lordship? What is is that we as mankind would accept God for being God and given him the love and respect He deserves?

It really does not matter because when our hearts are lost to sin, all we can think about is ourselves, our wants, our needs, our desires and just to have more and more. The need for a savior does not exist and anyone who makes these claims must certainly be crazy! That is what Jesus meant by today’s words. He came from a royal lineage but that dint matter to us, he performed miracles that no magician has ever conceived but it’s barely ever mentioned except in the Bible, he rose from the dead and that dint count either because we dint want to serve anyone else but ourselves. We want a genie in a bottle more than a Lord over our lives whose yoke seems very heavy for us self-centered beings. What would it take for you to realize what you are missing on by living for yourself? What is it that matters to you, the now or the forevermore?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet