Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
You know, a lot of people think they have to transform themselves from their sinful state into this perfect person before they come to God. They believe they must clean up all their sin, on their own no less, before ever talking to God. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
God was talking to Jeremiah here in prison no less, but this applies to all of us. Did you notice the qualifier? We have to call on God.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
While waiting at a stoplight the other day, we noticed a lady walking her dog using the crosswalk to make her way across the street.
5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Jesus Christ is the vine, we are the branches, and our Heavenly Father is the husbandman who trims the branches.
5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
We find such wise words repeated throughout the Bible. Yet, we somehow manage to lean on our own understanding or the understanding of men.
24 “But the word of God grew and multiplied.”
As we walked along the shore of a calm lake the other day, we noticed a large ripple that began to make its way across the lake. As we continued our walk, we discovered a flock of geese were the cause.
15 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,”
16 “And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
So we had a visitor last night. While eating dinner with the door open, we heard this odd sound. At first, my wife thought it was me slurping down my dinner! (I am still not sure if I should be offended.) As it turned out, it was our cat Panther hissing at something she saw outside, so we ran over to take a look.
20 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
Christendom often cites John 3:16 as the key verse that leads to salvation. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
While driving down the interstate a week or so back I saw a billboard that read, “When you die, you will meet God”.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (ASV)
14 “Let all that ye do be done in love.”
At times, we lose sight of this simple and short verse. We become so focused on other aspects of life, we forget about love, or we forget how to apply it to our life, to our family, and friends.