Posted in Listening To God, Living in Today's World, The Gospel, The Grace of God

Sound Biblical Doctrine vs. Man-Made Doctrine (the 1 st. “G” word)

When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil (as we saw in the last post) they immediately KNEW they were naked! (Genesis 3:7-8)

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”  So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”  Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”  To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”  Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.  In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”  And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.  Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.  Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”–  therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man…  Genesis 3:9-24a

The “G” Word:  GOD’S GRACE

What impresses me here is God killed innocent creatures, shed their blood and made clothing to cover man’s sin!   I believe this “shedding of innocent blood” is the first Biblical account of the Eternal Holy God Almighty GRACE.  Grace: showing unmerited favor toward man.

In every book of the Old Testament we read of those who loved and obeyed God offering blood sacrifices for various reasons.  Examples:  to thank God for provision of needs; to ask forgiveness of sins; when seeking wisdom from the LORD.   To ask for ‘grace’!  God’s grace leads us to the one TRUE Gospel which is next in the series.  In the nest several posts, we will examine the Biblical (God’s) view of the Gospel and man’s sinful way of altering it to make it more palatable for people.

Thomas Goodwin, a Puritan theologian said it very well!  “Grace” is more than mercy and love, it super adds to them. it denotes, not simply love, but the love of a sovereign, transcendly superior, one that may do what he will, that may wholly choose whether he will love or no. There may be love between equals, and an inferior may love a superior; but love in a superior, and so superior as he may do what he will, in such a one love is called grace: and therefore grace is attributed to princes; they are said to be gracious to their subjects, whereas subjects cannot be gracious to princes. Now God, who is an infinite Sovereign, who might have chosen whether ever He would love us or no, for Him to love us, this is grace.”

“Grace began the day man fell into sin” © Streim 

Praying you will read the Word daily, searching for the truth in these times when so much “false” ideas are being read, preached and taught.  It is only by searching the Word and having a quiet personal time in prayer daily that we are able to hang onto “hope that lies within us…”  Sending love to my blood bought adopted brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe and to those who are searching for the Truth that sets us free from the penalty of sin!  ♥Streim

Posted in Living in Today's World

Keeping the Blinders On!

Why do race horses–work horses– farm horses wear blinders?  Blinders, or blinkers and winkers, as they are otherwise known, are a part of the tack kit used on many horses.  Blinders are small squares of firm leather that attach to the bridle at the side of the horse’s head. They keep the horse’s eyes focused on what is ahead, rather than what is at the side or behind. For many horses, blinders are commonly used in order to prevent the horse from becoming distracted. Horses have peripheral vision, which means they can end up running off course unless they are made to remain focused. Horse that pull wagons… Farming horses can also be predisposed to distractions and if they are pulling a plow or a wagon they might need blinders to stop them from losing concentration on the direction they are supposed to be headed. The blinders cover the rear vision of the horse, forcing it to look only in a forward direction and keeping it on track.

Story is blinders were invented by a preacher.  He bet that he could make his horse walk up the stairs in his home, which the horse did without any problems.  However, when he tried to coax the horse down again, it refused to move. The preacher then decided to cover the horse’s head and lead him down. This worked and he realized that covering all or part of the horse’s vision could encourage it to take chances it would not normally take.  Interesting…

There is much in this life to distract us from following the commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ and living the life God desires us to live; especially in this 21st century.

Many little “… fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16) .  Notice it says DARTS; not arrows that we see coming, but all the little things that come flying at us daily.

Personal example.  This morning I woke up in quite a bit of pain and the second my feet hit the floor and I grabbed my walker, my supposed ‘good leg’ cramped up and I could barely move.  Then I got agitated because 1) my cell phone is not working correctly–they’re putting up new towers 2) the squirrels were hanging upside down on my bird feeders eating all the bird seed 3) and I just sprayed yesterday for bugs on my flowers and vegetables growing out back and this morning I looked and those bugs made a five course meal out of my marigolds!  Sadly, I was actually angry at this point.  Then, as always is, our gracious loving God spoke softly… pray and spend time with me in my Word.  WOW!!  I realized I took my eyes off of path of my Lord and was looking at all the distractions around us.  I did as He desired and spent the time in prayer and the Word… now I am passing on to you what I learned.

Puritan teacher/preacher Richard Sibbes said “We are only safe when we wisely make use of all good advantages that we have access to. By going out of God’s ways we go out of His government, and so lose our good frame of mind, and find ourselves overspread quickly with a contrary disposition. When we draw near to Christ (James 4:8), in His ordinances, He draws near to us.”

I pray and ask my Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that all of us who are loved and called according to His name, keep our focus on the steps ahead (Psalm 199:105) studying His Word and remembering that we are always in a battle (Ephesians 6:11-12).   May you decide to keep your eyes, your concentration, your focus and your heart on our Lord Jesus and our Father in heaven— keeping our spiritual blinders on.♥ Streim