Friday, September 23, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

An Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient God.
Alex Abraham

MTC of Dallas, Farmers Branch, Texas
11.On that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old;12 in order that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name, says the Lord who does this.

Amos is sharing his fifth and last prophecy with Israel which is about the judgement of God to those who continue to not repent. Despite recognizing God’s sovereignty and power, the very same Israelites who were brought out of Egypt by God, are turning their hearts from the Lord and living apart from Him.

In Amos' prophecy, the Israelites are attempting to hide themselves from God, from the depths below, to the heavens above, from the bottom of the sea, to the top of Mt. Carmel.

Many of us are blessed to say that we know and love the Lord. At some point in our lives we have made a conscious decision to accept the gift of salvation that comes from Jesus. However, as we age and go through new life experiences, it is easy for us to let our firm grasp of faith and devotion to God slowly out of our hands and into our closets where it is hidden away. Yet, we continue to sing the same songs of grace and mercy while living a life contrary to the Gospel we have believed.

God’s judgement is a very real thing. It is not an easy idea to think about or accept, but it clearly states in Amos’ prophecy in chapter 9 what happens to those who continue to hide from the Lord and choose not to repent.

When we walk down a path that is not of God, it is easy for the devil to convince us to stay on that path. To continue indulging in the sin we have found ourselves in because the shame the devil has attached to confessing to God is not worth the redemption we are close to receiving. We continue to acknowledge the truth, but sheepishly try and hide the sin in our lives deep where we think God cannot find it.

Hebrews 4:13 reads, “Nothing in creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”


It is time that we face our Creator and verbally confess and repent of our wrongdoings to Him. No matter how far we attempt to stray from the Lord He is there and ready to accept us back into His arms. He is able to forgive us of the things we never thought we would let ourselves do.

PRAYER

Father, help us to come to You in our weaknesses and sins knowing that You are greater. Help us to remember the great warmth Your presence brings to our life and be able to know that when we fall, You are there to catch us. Empower us to stop dabbling in sinful pleasures that take us further and further away from You. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:11-12