What does the Bible say about sin

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:2-3).

In referring to Jesus the Bible says, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29)!

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15). 

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

Sin is that which is contrary to the law of God. Sin is doing wrong, and violating the requirement of what is right. The Bible defines sin as “transgression of the law,” that “all unrighteousness is sin,” and “whatever is not from faith is sin” (1 John 3:4; 5:17; Romans 14:23) There are two forms of sin:

  1. The sin of commission, which is, doing anything forbidden by the law of God.

2.  The sin of omission, which is, not doing what is required by the law of God.

The Bible has much to say about sin. Jeremiah 51:5 states, “their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel,” and 1 John 5:19 says, “The whole world lies in wickedness.”

From the time that Adam and Eve first sinned, people have always been guilty of sin. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of sin God destroyed everyone by a flood, except Noah and his family. In view of the above thought, we can understand and know that, sadly, sin is rampart in our world today.

Young’s concordance lists about 700 references to sin. We can see that the Bible has much to say about sin. Sin is a terrible thing to God, and separates people from Him. The Bible lists sins in Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8, and says sin cannot enter heaven. But God has made it possible for us to be forgiven of sin as we obey Jesus who died on the cross for us.

#bible-study, #sin

God has blessed us with special talents

In the book of Exodus, chapter 31, the Lord was talking to Moses. He gave Moses the instructions on how to build the tabernacle. In verses 6-11 God told Moses he had given special skill to all the naturally talented craftsmen so they could make all the things He had instructed them to make. Then He named the different things. All of it was difficult work, it seemed to me, but the thing that really caught my eye as a seamstress was the job the men had to do in embroidering the priestly garments. As priests, Aaron and his sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar would be set apart from the common people. They were to make a chest piece, an ephod, a robe, an embroidered tunic, a turban, and a sash. These items were to be made of the linen cloth and embroidered with gold thread and blue, purple, and scarlet yarn. I read where the way they got their gold thread was taking gold and beating it flat, then slicing it in thin pieces with which they could use to embroider. This was sewn in with different colors of yarn.

God said he had given special skill to all the naturally talented craftsmen. They were given wisdom by God in order to do their tasks. All of us have special skills. God wants us to use them for His glory. Think about the special talents and abilities that you have and how you might use them for God’s work in the world. A talent must be used or it will diminish. It is like a broken bone. You use it or you lose it.

As a man you may have a good singing voice. You can use this in leading the singing in the services of the church. God has given you this voice to use for Him.

As a lady, you may be a good cook. What better way can you serve God than by preparing a dish and taking it to someone less fortunate? Look for opportunities to use your talent.

As a young person you may feel there is nothing for you to do. Not so! Many young people have the “gift of gab” and a kind word spoken to the elderly by a young person is a prized gift. A kind, “You have on a pretty dress,” “I’ve always admired you,” “I missed you,” can really make a person’s day when spoken sincerely.

Many of us can take a minute to make a telephone call to show we care. We can address a Get Well card and mail it. We can pray for others. We can use the special skills God has blessed us with in His service.

We are not put on earth for our own satisfaction! It was not God’s will to put us here to survive, making a living, do our own thing with our own little family, and attend the services of the church. We were put here for a purpose, HIS PURPOSE. We are here to teach others, to grow His church. We must not face God on the day of judgment and say, “My voice wasn’t good enough,” “I didn’t think they would enjoy my cooking,” “I didn’t know what to say,” or God forbid, “I didn’t have time to call, send a card, visit, or pray.” He has equipped each of us with special skills. Let us do the work He has placed us here to do. Let us sing with fervor, “Here am I Lord, send me.” 

#bible-study, #talents

What does the Bible say about gluttony

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

In speaking of an incorrigible son, and the duty of parents, the Bible says, “And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel                        shall hear and fear” (Deuteronomy 21:20-21).

“Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty” (Proverbs 23:19-21).

“Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons” (Titus 1:12). This word is defined as, “one who eats voraciously, or to excess.”

Much has been said in the media about the problem of obesity in our country among young and old alike, but we may not have seriously noticed what the Bible teaches on the subject.  It is significant that the above Bible verses mention gluttony in connection with drunkards. Instead of “lazy gluttons,” other translations say, “slow bellies” or “idle gluttons” at Titus 1:12.

Even though the Bible makes these plain statements, it also teaches the same thing in principle. For example, the Bible says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (I Corinthians 3:16-17).  And the Bible talks about sinful things and the works of the flesh that would include gluttony in feastings and revelries. Philippians 3:18-19 refers to “enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is their shame –who set their mind on earthly things.” We are not to do anything that would harm our bodies, so gluttony would be included with alcoholic drinking, misuse of drugs, tobacco, and other immoral things.

Gluttony is not a popular subject that is often mentioned, because we are blessed with an abundance of food and we like to eat, but it is a serious matter in regard to us taking care of our health. Many times the problem is not how much we eat, but what we eat.

God gives us instructions about this subject, and all we need to know about life and salvation from sin. Peter says, God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Weight loss, diet books and pills are big business in our world, but as we use these things wisely, let us not forget the teachings of God’s word about these things.

 

#bible-study, #gluttony

What is our excuse

Years ago we talked with Frances Davidson (Mrs. Jerry) Saturday and she told of a man in Guyana who rode his bicycle 13 miles one way from St. Ignatius to Moco Moco to help build the new church building. Christians at Moco Moco were furnishing materials to erect a building and preacher’s home but the labor the Christians supplied without pay. Get the picture. A man wanted to help build the church building and knew his help was needed. He rode his bicycle 13 miles one way and worked all day. At the end of the day he got back on his bicycle for the 13 mile trip home.

Previously I listened to Dr. James Dobson’s program and heard a man speaking that had a bad speech impediment. I had to listen carefully to understand what he was saying. He mentioned how he walks with a limp and was told as a child not to look for a wife that no one would marry him. He was told he would never be a success because of his physical limitations. He has cerebral palsy. He said his sister believed in him and wouldn’t let him give up. Praise God! He is married to a healthy lady and has four healthy children. He told the number of times he spoke this particular year and it was between 500-700 times. He said pretty soon he was going “full time.” The audience cracked up with laughter. He asked the question, “Now if I can do this for the Lord, what is your excuse?”

In other words, what is our excuse for not doing more for the Lord?

How dedicated are we? When we hear of examples like these, doesn’t it make us ask ourselves, “What is our excuse?” Tired? Too busy? Not enough time? Family? Don’t know enough? We are too blessed to be stressed. That came across my desk this past week and it is true, but isn’t it the other way with us…”We are too blessed and we are too stressed.” How foolish we must look to God and to those who ride a bicycle 13 miles one way to labor physically all day in the heat for no pay. How foolish we must look to a man who can hardly walk and talk who grew up hearing he would never amount to anything.

What is our excuse? We have none. Every day let us do one thing for the Lord. Make a visit, a call (to someone you don’t talk to regularly), send a card, say something positive to encourage another, say something about God, read your Bible. 

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

#dedication, #excuses

What does the Bible say about precious things

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“The Word of the Lord was precious” (1 Samuel 3:1).

“A good name is better than precious ointment” (Ecclesiastes 7:1; Proverbs 22:1).

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things…but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

“…given to us exceedingly great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4).

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15).

Precious is defined as something highly priced or prized; valuable, rare, costly, dear, highly esteemed, or loved.

People consider many things in their life which are precious, but the things of a spiritual nature are the most precious.

In addition to the Bible references above, the Bible tells of other things that are precious. For example, Deuteronomy 33:13-16 refers to precious things of the earth and hills that are precious including fruits and produce as precious things of heaven. We read of precious ointment (Matthew 26:7), and that unity is as precious oil (Psalm 133:1-2). Life is precious (1 Samuel 26:21), and God “will make a man more precious than fine gold” (Isaiah 13:12). Wisdom is more precious than rubies (Proverbs 3:15).

So, the Bible uses the word precious in reference to many things. Many things are precious to us but we should consider salvation and the hope of heaven as the most precious thing to us.

The Bible say Christ is precious (1 Peter 2:6-7), and His blood is precious (1 Peter 1:19). Our faith and even the trial of our faith is precious (2 Peter 1:1; 1 Peter 1:7).

Thank God for His precious promises (2 Peter 1:4), to bless us in this life and give us eternal life for eternity in heaven.

 

#bible-study, #precious

Be Careful What You Pray For

Someone has said, “Be careful what you wish for.” I’d rather say, “Be careful what you pray for.” As I sit and think back over my years as a Christian, prayer has played an important role in it. Many of you have heard that as a girl I prayed to marry a preacher. I knelt by my bed at night and prayed, “Lord, if I’m capable of being a preacher’s wife, I want to marry a preacher, but if not, just let me marry a Christian.” I didn’t know any boy making a preacher and few who were even Christians. Jerry Humphries was our preacher. In fact, I was the first one he baptized after he moved to Elba, AL. He left to preach in revivals and invited this young man from Alabama Christian to come down from Montgomery and preach in his absence. He was cute but brought his girlfriend with him! I asked them that afternoon while they were spending it with us if they didn’t have some “fine young man they could bring down when they came back and let me meet.” The girl thought for a while, snapped her fingers, and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 54 years! God answers prayers. We’d better be careful what we pray for!

I prayed for my daddy to stop drinking and return to the church. He did! He confessed living in sin 30 years. He later became a deacon in the Elba church and was faithful til death. God answers prayers! We better be careful what we pray for!

I used to paint preacher’s charts on bed sheets. I outlined the letters with stencils and then handprinted them. It took a lot of time. I prayed to be able to do it freehand and faster. God answered that prayer. I was able to outline one in a day. The painting took longer. We’d better be careful what we pray for!

I’ve prayed to be a soul winner for years. While keeping my mother I told the Lord I knew I was asking a lot because I was confined to the house with her, but he answered that prayer. A man and woman came to the house one day to return some money she had borrowed. Her friend remained in the car. I wanted to speak to him. He had been coming to church services with her for a long time. We went out to the car and after the initial greetings I asked him about his salvation. He said, “I’ve never been anything.” It alarmed me and scared me for him. I said, “Oh, let’s set up a Bible study with you and Doug.” He agreed. Doug walked up and we set it up for the next day and I would cook lunch for them. The next day the lady and I stayed at home and cleaned up the dishes while he and Doug went to the building and studied. In about an hour, Doug called and asked us to come to the church building because Ray Medley wanted to become a Christian. God can answer our prayers even when we are confined inside a house! We’d better be careful what we pray for!

Oh, how I love my Lord. He has been so good to me.

#prayer

Epitaphs on tombstones

As I continue reading through my Bible each morning I have been touched by some of the beautiful things written about different people in the Bible. So much so that I have decided to write them down to refer back to later.

It made me think of what might be said about me. Have you ever thought of a quote that might be placed on your tombstone which would sum up your life, or give others a glimpse into your life? 

During the week I saw a picture on FB of a tombstone that tickled me. It had a recipe on the back of the tombstone for Christmas cookies. It happens that the lady had refused to give out her recipe through the years and always said, “Over my dead body.” So, sure enough, the recipe was finally displayed over her dead body on her tombstone. To say the least, she kept her word. 

Now we all have to agree that is funny and we like the humor in it, but on a serious note what is it that might be written on our tombstone? 

I noticed that “Asa was careful to obey the Lord his God.” Uzziah “followed in the footsteps of his father Amaziah, and was in general a good king so far as the Lord’s opinion of him was concerned.” (He later sinned and became a leper.) And another, “King Jotham became powerful because he was careful to follow the path of the Lord his God.” These are all taken from The Living Bible Paraphrased but you can find and think of others as you read your Bible. It’s a fun thing to think about but in summary they were successful as long as they followed the Lord. That is powerful for us to think about and makes one wonder just what might be written on our tombstone one day. May it be of good report.                 

#daily-bible-reading-old-testament

What does the Bible say about temptation?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).

“No temptation has overtaken except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).

“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation” (2 Peter 2:9).

We can be assured that the devil is at work and he tempts everyone. Even Jesus was tempted as stated in Matthew 4:1-11. But how thankful we should be that with God’s help we can resist temptation as stated in the above verses. And when we do yield to temptation that we can be forgiven because of God’s love and the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. The words of a song are encouraging as it states:

“Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; each victory will help you, some other to win; … dark passions subdue. Look ever to Jesus: He’ll carry you through.”

 

#bible-study, #temptation

Let the words of my mouth be pleasing

It is so easy to let things slip from our mouths. Sometimes words come out in a way in which we did not mean. That’s true whether we are writing or speaking.

This week I was reading a post on FB and read a reply written when just for a moment I felt a tinge, a little disappointment, a little heartbreak. Though I don’t know the person posting except through FB, I thought that he didn’t really mean for his comment to come across as it did.

The song we sing, “Angry Words, Oh let them never from the tongue unbridled slip. May the heart’s best impulse ever check them ere they soil the lip,” reminds us to watch what we say and especially in anger.

The Bible cautions us to not let the sun go down on our anger (Eph. 4:28). Have you ever had someone angry with you and they carried that anger for days? Anger hurts the one who is angry probably more than the one to whom they are angry. 

Again the Bible says, “Be angry and sin not” (Eph. 4:26). Wonder how many of us can claim that scripture when we get angry? 

The prayer above, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my God and my Redeemer,” should be a prayer that we pray regularly. 

I often say that we should accept people where they are and work with them from that point. It’s easy to be critical of someone and turn them off in our minds. If we look deeper and see where they are and accept them from that standpoint our chances of making a difference in their life is much greater. Some people don’t know the love of God and we must find a way to share Him with them by word, deed, or pen. Someone has said, “Never write anything you wouldn’t want the other person’s mother to read.” Better than that we might add “that we don’t want our Lord to read.” He sees and knows all things.

#speech

What does the Bible say about examining ourselves

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

Examine yourself as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

To examine is to inspect or inquire into, to scrutinize with care. We are to examine or test our lives in light of the teaching of the Bible with an earnest desire to strive, as best we can, to conform our lives as the Bible teaches to the example of Jesus. To be “in the faith” is to be faithful to the Lord (Revelation 2:10).

Often we are tempted, or face situations to make decisions to determine if something is right or wrong. The following “tests,” by an unknown writer, should be helpful to us.

* The Scriptural test: Does the Bible endorse it or is it expressly forbidden by God’s word?

* The personal test: Will doing this make me a better or worse Christian?

* The practical test: Will the results of my doing this be desirable?

* The universal test: If everyone should do this, would it improve or degrade society?

* The stewardship test: Will my doing this constitute a waste of talent God gave me?

* The character test: What will be the influence of my moral and spiritual stamina?

* The family test: Will it bring discredit and dishonor to my family, and will it embarrass them?

* The publicity test: Will I be willing for friends, fellow Christians, the elders, and the preacher to know?

* The common sense test: Does it agree with just plain every day, ordinary, and common sense?

* The fairness test: Is it honest, and is it practicing the golden rule? (Matthew 7:12)

In short, what would Jesus do? As often shown by WWJD! (1 Peter 2:21; 1 Corinthians 9:27)

#bible-study

What does the Bible say about thanksgiving?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4).

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5).

“Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:12).

In the above verses, and many others, we are taught to be thankful unto God for his manifold blessings, as we realize that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). Thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks to others, but especially to God, as prayers are offered as we express gratitude. Thanksgiving further signifies an acknowledging and confessing, with gladness, the benefits and mercies, which God bestows on all.

We are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. This reminds us of the early settlers of our country and for the blessings of God in their bountiful harvests. For many years there was no regular national Thanksgiving Day, but many people promoted the idea including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who proclaimed the last Thursday in November, 1863, as “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” Congress ruled that after 1941 the fourth Thursday of November would be observed as Thanksgiving Day, and would be a legal federal holiday.

Our thanksgiving should be continued throughout the year as long as we live. Let us never be like the pig eating acorns, but never looking up to see from whence they come! Ingratitude is a terrible sin, and so unnecessary as Jesus taught in Luke 17:12-19, when the ten lepers were cleansed and only one returned to give thanks.

 

#bible-study, #thanksgiving

What does the Bible say about God’s goodness?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth” (Exodus 34:6).

“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).

“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).

“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God, on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22).

The goodness of God means His kindness, benevolence, generosity, grace, mercy, compassion, etc.

The goodness of God is seen in the wonderful ways He provides for us. God “makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). God’s goodness is stated at James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” God provided for our salvation in the gift of His Son Jesus and in Him we enjoy all spiritual blessings” (Ephesians 1:3).

Psalm 31:19 refers to God’s goodness by stating, “Oh, how great is your goodness.” In repetition the song states, “God is so good…He’s so good to me. I love Him so…He’s so good to me.” Surely we can all express our appreciation for the goodness of God by stating, “I know that God is good, because He has been so good to me.” God is good in His greatness, and great in His goodness all the time.

As Romans 2:4 states, the goodness of God should lead us to repent and obey God. But let us not forget the severity of God in that He is strict in His requirement of obedience.

 

#bible-study, #goodness-of-god

What does the Bible say about the miracles of Jesus?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31).

“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. “ (John 21:25).

John sent disciples to ask Jesus if He was the Messiah, and Jesus told them, “Tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Luke 7:22).

People marveled when they saw the miracles of Jesus saying, “even the winds and the sea obey Him” (Matthew 8:27). They were amazed and said, “We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:12). The Bible says, “they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!” (Luke 5:26).

What is usually referred to as miracles, are also called signs, wonders, and mighty works. The Old Testament tells of miracles, as well as miracles performed by followers of Jesus, but more were done by Jesus than others.

Jesus performed miracles to show that He was the Son of God. His disciples performed miracles to confirm their teachings, and that they were doing God’s will (Mark 16:20).

As noted in the verses above, Jesus did miracles to convince us to have obedient faith in Him that we might be saved from sin and have eternal life in heaven.

As Jesus stated, “I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

 

#bible-study, #jesus-miracles

Promises are like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken

As children we made promises to our friends about different things. Throughout the years we no doubt have promised to do things, and whether or not we have kept those promises is only for us to know. Mama always said, “Promises are like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken.” 

I was reading in Genesis recently about Noah and the flood. God made a promise to Noah and to all of us that He would never destroy the earth by water again. He not only said that orally but He backed up His promise with a sign, or a bow in the sky as the Bible says.

I remember standing on the hillside outside mother’s house during the 1990 flood of Elba, Alabama. I watched the water surrounding her house and across the street as far as the eye could see. It was rolling like a mighty river toward town. The sound I shall never forget. For a moment I was frightened. Where would we go if the water kept rising? I tried to think of the highest place even outside of the small town of Elba, and then I remembered God’s promise. 

“And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth” (Gen. 9:9-11)

It is a beautiful promise of God and please read on through verse 17. God made a promise to Noah and all of us and he sealed that promise with a beautiful bow (rainbow). He said He would look upon the bow and remember the everlasting covenant (promise) between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

How beautiful is that? How beautiful is the rainbow we see in the clouds and always marvel at its beauty? How beautiful is it to know that it is evidence of a living God who made the promise to all of us. That is a promise He has never broken nor will it ever be broken. We can believe the promises of God about the rainbow, salvation, and eternity. His promises are not like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken. We can indeed stand on the promises of God.

#bible-study, #flood, #promises, #rainbow

What does the Bible say about the Christian’s real home?

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20)

By faith Abraham, “waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God…These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 3:10, 13).

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).

This world in which we live in the flesh is not the Christian’s real home. We are just strangers and pilgrims passing through this world. It may be easy for us in America with all God’s blessings to forget that this earth is not our home. When we are fully convinced that our lives on earth are temporary; that heaven awaits those who faithfully serve the Lord; then we will put God first in our lives. (Matthew 6:33)

When we think on the wonders and glory of our beautiful mansion in heaven, compared to our home on earth, it should help us overcome the infatuation that we obviously have so many times with earthly possessions.

Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

“Seek those things which are above…set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).

To think on the words of songs like the following should certainly be helpful:

“This world is not my home, I’m just a passing thro’; my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.”

“Earth holds no treasures but perish with using, However precious they be; yet there’s a country to which I am going: Heaven holds all to me.”

“Here we are but straying pilgrims; here our path is often dim; but to cheer us on our journey, still we sing this wayside hymn.”

“On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand, and cast a wishful eye, to Canaan’s fair and happy land, where my possessions lie.”

Now is the time to prepare for your real homecoming.

 

#bible-study, #home, #homecoming