Digging  The  Word

I am digging into God's word everyday because it really is God's word and I want to know what he said.

The Abiding Life

Abiding with Jesus has a lot of benefits for now and eternity.


John 15:7-11  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8  By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.

11  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Today's scripture is a continuation of the study that I recently did in John 15:1-8, in those verses Jesus told his disciples "I Am The Vine." In that lesson Jesus taught the disciples that a real Christ follower is attached to the vine, he is getting his nourishment from the vine and he will be pruned so that he can produce more fruit. (John 15:2,5)

A vine and the branches is just one of the ways that the Bible describes the intimate relationship of a Christ follower. The Bible also illustrates this relationship as a body and its many members (1 Corinthians 12:1-31), a bride and the Bridegroom (Ephesians 5:25-33), and as sheep and the Shepherd (John 10:1-18)

These illustrations show us that abiding is a dependent relationship, the Christ follower must depend on Jesus as well as other believers in order to survive, yet it is still a friendly and intimate fellowship where we live and work together in harmony to please God and advance his kingdom.

The "abiding life" has many benefits, Jesus continues to tell us in today's scripture that abiding in him is the only way to get our prayers answered and it is the only way to live in love and obedience just like Jesus did.

The abiding life has prayers answered

Psalms 66:18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Are your prayers being answered? Does it seem like nothing is happening? Whatever is asked for from a clean heart that is living for God's will and seeking to promote the kingdom is going to get answers.

When we are abiding in Jesus we will ask for the right things, he will keep us from asking for things that we shouldn't ask for, we will pray for the things that please God instead of the prayers that please ourselves. 

The abiding life will live in Jesus love 

Ephesians 3:17 Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong.

"What the world needs is love, sweet love, Its the only thing that there's just too little of" is the lyrics to a song by Dionne Warwick, she saw the problem but she did not know the solution, she didn't know that God's perfect love is what we need to end the love shortage that she saw.

If you feel unloved then check out what Jesus tells us in verse nine, he says that to the same degree that God loves Jesus is the amount of love Jesus has for me, you can't get loved any more that that. What an incredible thought, that stupid dirty sheep that are so unworthy can be loved so much!

The abiding life will obey God just as Jesus did

Luke 22:42 "Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine."

Jesus was obedient to his Father's will  and he expects us to do the same. There isn't any other way to prove your love to him than to see your old sinful ways as detestable and move toward doing the things that please God.

It is very dangerous to think that you can be a Christian and still live in your old sinful, disobedient ways. True repentance sees how detestable our ways are and the cost that was paid on our behalf and it refuses to live that way anymore. Without true repentance we cannot abide with Christ, we will not produce fruit and we will not please God.

Colossians 1:9-10  So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.  10  Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

The "abiding life" is not a supernatural resource that you tap into to fix life's problems and then return to your old carnal ways. Once you have begun to cultivate this deeper communion with Christ, you have no desire to return to the shallow life of the careless Christian, you will remain in Christ through the good and the bad times.

The "abiding life" seeks to glorify God, when people see the fruit of the Holy Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” in us, God will be glorified. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Help me Lord to live the "abiding life." I want to know what pleases you and apply it to every area of my life.

It Helps To Read The Owners Manual

Why don't we spend more time in God's word?

It isn't very often that we pull something new out of the box and stop to read the manual, in our excitement to play with our new toy we think that we already understand what it is and how to use it, usually we do know about it but sometimes we are surprised to learn something good from the owners manual.

People that know about the product the most wrote some things down for you so that you would understand it as well and get a full understanding of the product. We like to get on with life so we toss that information aside.

That's the way we treat God and the Bible. We know about God and church, we know who Jesus is and that we need him for our sin but how much time do you spend really getting to know God? Who are we to think that we have the knowledge that we need to get us through life? Someone that is infinity smarter than ourselves has written a manual to help us and we ignore it.

There cannot be a better author of a "how to" book for how to live than the book that God has written for us and gave to us for free.

Some of the benefits of reading the Bible:

✔  Our patience in difficult times would be maintained (Acts 20:32; Ephesians 4:1-3)
✔  Our contentment would increase (1 Timothy 6:6, Philippians 3:8, 4:11)
✔  Our relationships will improve (Matthew 22:37–39, Philippians 2:3–4, 1 Corinthians 13:4–8)
✔  Our peace would multiply (Philippians 4:6-9; Psalm 85:8)
✔  Our love would be stirred as well as our joy (Hebrews 10:24; Galatians 5:22-23)
✔  We can desire more for our Creator (Psalm 31:23; Psalm 73:25; Deuteronomy 6:5-9)
✔  We can learn what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 3:3-4, 5:17)
✔  We can learn how to change our destiny after life on earth is through. (John 3:16, 1 John 5:13-15 )
✔  We can live with purpose (Proverbs 19:21, Colossians 1:20, Jeremiah 29:11, 1 John 2:17)
✔  We get equipped for doing good things (2 Timothy 3:14-17, 1 Peter 2:2; Ephesians 3:3-5, 16, 17)
✔  The Bible equips us to be competent counselors (Romans 15:14; 2 Timothy 3:16)

We need to be "digging the word" everyday so that God's book can have a meaningful effect on our lives.

I Am Beautiful

Stop laughing, it's true!


James 1:18  He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

Check out for yourself how "Beautiful" we all are:

Days will come when you don't have the strength
When all you hear is you're not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart they'd see too much

You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His
You're beautiful

And praying that you have the heart to fight
Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you've held inside so long
And they are nothing in the shadow of the cross

Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You're the one He madly loves
Enough to die

All of the struggles we have are nothing in the shadow of the cross, all of the doubts and self esteem issues should be nothing when we think about who loves us and what he did to show it.

We are his prized possession that he was willing to pay the highest price to obtain.

How much more beautiful could we possibly be?

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

You offer hope when our hearts have hopelessly lost our way.


Wonderful, merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men
Oh, You rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost our way
Oh, we've hopelessly lost the way

You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we're falling before Your throne

God's Undeserved Kindness

Romans 3:22-25  We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

23  For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.  24  Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins.

25  For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. 


Do You Really Know Jesus?
Church membership, small groups and even faith doesn't mean you really know Jesus.

I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life
Jesus answers important questions that have eternal consequences.

Following Jesus
Following keeps on happening one step at a time no matter what happens.

Do You Really Know Jesus?

Church membership, small groups and even faith doesn't mean you really know Jesus.


John 14:7-11  If you had really known Me, you would know who My Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!"  8  Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."

9  Jesus replied, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don't know who I am? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father! So why are you asking Me to show Him to you?

10  Don't you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak are not My own, but My Father who lives in Me does His work through Me.  11  Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen Me do.

Do you know Jesus? I mean really know him? It isn't a strange question. There was a time in the United States when just about everybody knew who Jesus is but those numbers have slowly declined. But just because they knew who he is doesn't mean that they really knew him as a close personal friend.

The Bible tells us that in Jesus' small group they didn't all know him and some of them knew him better than others. We saw recently that Judas didn't get it at all and he wasted three years of his life living a lie. The other disciples didn't really know him fully or they wouldn't react to situations the way they did.

Philip proved that he didn't really know when he asks Jesus "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus has been with them for all this time telling them that he is God (John 10:30-33) and yet they are still confused.

Philip is the same guy that Jesus asked “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” (John 6:5) If he really knew Jesus he wouldn't have any doubt that Jesus could feed them even if there wasn't a basket of bread and fish.

I cannot criticize Philip for what he didn't know, I have to ask myself if I really know Jesus, does the average church attender or small group participant really know Jesus? What level of intimacy is my relationship to Jesus?

The average person in Jerusalem may have had physical or factual knowledge of who Jesus is but it didn't have an affect on their life. Even the people that were against Jesus had this much knowledge of him but because they stopped there and didn't go any further in their relationship with him, out of ignorance they came to the wrong conclusion about him.

We need to know Jesus deeper through a relationship built on faith or else we will be in danger of forming the wrong opinion about him. This is the depth of knowing that scripture refers to between Adam and Eve in Genesis 4:1 and this is the depth of relationship that Jesus uses in John 17:3.

John 17:3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

The apostle Paul mentions a deeper knowing of Jesus in his letter to the Philippians. This deeper knowledge of Jesus causes your perspective of worldly things to change.

Philippians 3:8-10  Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ  9  and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God's way of making us right with Himself depends on faith.  10  I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death,

The value of knowing Christ and holding him above any other love in this world is pretty radical. Paul was educated, he had position in the religious system and he was known for being a devout Jew that obeyed the law but none of this was important to him after he received a deeper knowledge of Jesus.

We can be too much like Paul, we know enough about Jesus to make us dangerous, we can come to some radical opinions about him and do some stupid things. We can value our own ability and our social status above the value of knowing Jesus better and allowing him to be in control.

Perfect Unity

John 14:19-21  Soon the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me. Since I live, you also will live.  20  When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.

21  Those who accept My commandments and obey them are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, My Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal Myself to each of them."
The Holy Spirit, the Son, and the Father takes up residence in the life of a believer!  This is such an incredible thought! Jesus will send the Holy Spirit to be our Advocate, he will live within us and help us know the truth so that we can live in unity with the three persons of the trinity. (John 14:16-17)

John 17:23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

I need to go beyond just knowing Jesus and take it to a deeper level. The burning desire of every believer ought to be to know God better, to know Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I mean really KNOW them and be a real follower of Christ.

I should be diligent to be "Digging the Word" so that I might know and I should allow what I know to affect the way that I live. Once I began to cultivate this deeper communion with Christ it made me hungry for more, I have no desire to return to my previous shallow life being a careless Christian.

I need to remember Jesus words at the beginning of John 14 and realize that I can live with a heart that isn't troubled if I have faith and if I live it out my faith in obedience to his commands. (John 14:1)


I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life

Jesus answers important questions that have eternal consequences.


John 14:3-9  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with Me where I am.  And you know the way to where I am going."

"No, we don't know, Lord," Thomas said. "We have no idea where You are going, so how can we know the way?"

Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.  If you had really known Me, you would know who My Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!"

Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."

Jesus replied, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don't know who I am? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father! So why are you asking Me to show Him to you?

This post jumps right into Jesus' classroom, he has been teaching his disciples their final lessons before his death, these lessons will have to sustain these guys through the dark days ahead. The disciples have already had their world turned sideways and their perspective on the Messiah has been challenged, they have more questions and doubts than ever.

The beginning of John 14 is a very popular portion of scripture and with good reason. this may be the climax of everything that Jesus has taught them in the past three years, some of life's most important questions are answered here.

Jesus told them in the previous verses to not doubt him and don't be upset by what is about to happen. If they trust in God the Father then they can trust in the Son as well and then Jesus tells them that they have very good reasons to do so. (John 14:1-2)

I Am The Only Way To God

Jesus is going ahead of the disciples to get a place ready for them and he promises that when everything is ready he will come and get them. Thomas had to speak up and ask how they would know the way to where he is going, Thomas wants to get there so logic says that he needed to know more information.

Thomas didn't realize that the journey is a spiritual one, Jesus wasn't going to a physical location so getting there wasn't something that Thomas needed to do for himself, he didn't know that Jesus would come back and personally escort him there when it is time.

I Am The Only Source Of Truth

What is truth? The question that Pilate asked during Jesus' trial is an important one for each of us to answer. Some say truth is a power trip used by some to control the masses, to some, truth is subjective and based on preference or opinion, others believe truth is a popular consensus created by the culture.

Truth is far more than facts. It’s not just something we act upon. It acts upon us. We can’t change the truth, but the truth can change us. It sanctifies (sets us apart) from the falsehoods woven into our sin natures.

Absolute truth is unpopular and inconvenient, absolute truth is demanding, you don't get to decide what is right. If something is absolutely wrong then your only decision is whether you are going to do right or do wrong. I don't get to redefine what absolute truth is going to be. Our society and the church has distorted the truth of scripture and adopted new teachings on social issues but God hasn't changed his mind.

I Am The Only Giver Of Eternal Life 

Death has been defeated and my faith gives me peace and joy! If the only thing you did was believe on Jesus so that you won’t go to hell, then you are missing out on the everlasting life the Lord wants to have with you right now. Eternal life is not just a destination to go to after you leave this world, it is also a relationship to be enjoyed now, it is a relationship that begins in this world that keeps on growing until we experience it eternally in heaven.

My relationship with God should grow closer and closer while I am here even though it can never become what it will be when I am in his presence without my sin nature and the cares of this world getting in the way.

The Promise From God

Galatians 3:16-17, 29  God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn't say "to his children, " as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says "to His child"--and that, of course, means Christ.

17  This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking His promise.

29  And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God's promise to Abraham belongs to you.
God's promise to Abraham is still in the process of being fully realized, the promise that through the Messiah all of the true descendants of Abraham would be blessed, Jesus has begun the work that will be completed in each of us when we cheat the grave and arrive in the presence of God the Father.

I am so unworthy and completely undeserving of the promise that God made to Abraham, just as Abraham didn't do anything to gain the approval of God, I am at least as bad as he was. 

God's Promises - Psalm 12:6, 71:22, 91:4, 119:140, 145:13

Eternal Life In John's Gospel - John 1:29, 36, 3:14-16, 5:25-25, 10:9, 10:17–18, 11:25, 14:9, 19

I have a place in my Father's house that he is preparing for me. I don't have to figure out how to get there because he will personally escort me there! Thank you Lord for your amazing love that has prompted you to do so much for me. 

Faith Brings Peace And Joy

Faith in Jesus gives me peace with God and the greatest joy!


Romans 5:1-11  Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.  2  Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory.

3  We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  4  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

We all face situations that make us ask "Why?" Our hearts can become troubled when God doesn't make sense to us. In my previous post I looked at Jesus concern for his disciples and how they would handle the emotions that could be overwhelming after he is crucified. Jesus taught his disciples that they should not let their hearts be troubled by the events that would soon take place. (John 14:1)

Today in Romans 5 I am following up with some of the verses that I discovered during my study for the post "Why?" Paul taught the Romans a similar lesson about the impact that faith has on your state of mind and your happiness.

Without faith we are condemned by God because of our debt of sin but thanks to God he has made it possible for us to be justified and be made free from sin by Jesus work on the cross. Now I am God's friend just like anybody that I read about in the Bible.

Paul Teaches The Romans About Faith - Romans 1:17, 3:22-31, 4:5, 9:30, 10:10

Faith has always been necessary to please God, before Jesus came Abraham's faith was in what God was going to do through the Messiah, our faith now is in what he has done through Jesus.

My Eternal Hope

Romans 15:13  I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
My hope that comes from God and the work of Jesus accomplished on the cross gives me complete joy! An issue that I had no ability to overcome has been handled in the only way possible. Now all of my other problems seem very small in comparison to the sin problem that God has solved, the joy of that thought spills over into every area of life, all of my other cares are nothing in comparison.

How believers maintain peace:

Through remaining in Christ - John 15:4-7, 16:33
Through living by the Holy Spirit - Romans 8:6, 14:17-19; Galatians 5:22
Through obedience to God’s word - Joshua 1:8-9, Psalm 119:165-167
Through prayer and meditation - Philippians 4:6-9, Psalm 1:1-3; Isaiah 26:3

-Dictionary of Bible Themes on BibleGateway.com

Thank you Lord for faith that brings me to a peaceful relationship with you! I know that I will not be disappointed because I have the Holy Spirit in me as proof that our relationship has been restored for eternity. (Romans 5:5-11)


Don't let your heart be troubled when Jesus doesn't make sense to you.


John 13:36-38  Simon Peter asked, "Lord, where are You going?" And Jesus replied, "You can't go with Me now, but you will follow Me later."  37  "But why can't I come now, Lord?" he asked. "I'm ready to die for You."  38  Jesus answered, "Die for Me? I tell you the truth, Peter--before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know Me.

Life is so difficult and seems out of control, things do not add up and we cannot make sense of what is going on, we have all been through those times when you just want to scream at God and ask him if he really knows what he is doing. That is the situation these eleven men find themselves in.

Not too long ago Jesus caused quite a stir when he raised Lazarus from the dead, they must have thought that the coming Kingdom was about to be established, instead Jesus leaves the crowds and takes them to a village in the desert, these guys were never able to figure out what was going to happen next.

Why are we out here?

This couldn't have made any sense to the twelve disciples. They didn't realize that even as the religious leaders were purifying the people in preparation for Passover they were simultaneously plotting Jesus death. (John 11:54-57)

As Passover drew near Jesus went back towards Jerusalem and stopped in Bethany where he had dinner with his friends. While they were at the dinner Mary came into the room with expensive perfume that she used to anoint Jesus.

Why is Jesus talking about his burial?

They could have had a church fund-raiser and used the money to help the poor. They all blindly went along with Judas and agreed that this was a big waste of money. (John 12:1-8)

Now this is more like it they must have thought as they walked on toward Jerusalem and saw the crowds running out to meet them as they sang their praises for the arrival of the Messiah. But instead of capitalizing on the momentum and taking charge he is deeply troubled and starts to pray. (John 12:29)

Why is Jesus talking about defeating Satan?

This crowd just wants somebody to make today a better day and improve the outlook for their future. Get rid of the burden that the Romans had them living under. Obviously Jesus was opposed to the plan that the crowd was pushing for and his kingdom was a disappointment to them.

Why is everything not as we thought?

There was so much chaos and unanswered questions on that day. Isn't he the Messiah? We just gave him a Messiah's welcome when he came into the city. Isn't the Messiah going to live forever? (John 12:34-36)

We thought that Jesus was our leader and now he is acting like our servant and washing our feet! What do you mean that you are going somewhere and I have to stay here? We thought that our small group was solid but now we have learned that one of us has been living a lie and Jesus tells us that the rest of us will all desert him.

Why would Jesus treat us this way?

 In the middle of all of the turmoil that the disciples are going through, none of them had much thought for the emotions that Jesus was feeling. He was with his small group yet he was all alone. None of them showed any interest in Jesus' suffering and offer up any comfort.
"Now My soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to Your name."
We gave up three years of our life for him and now he is leaving? They had to wonder how safe they were because Jesus enemies also hated them. Would they be the next to die?

Despite the feelings that Jesus had, his deep sorrow and grief, nobody else notices! Yet he is so in touch with their feelings and he is so concerned with their ability to cope with the circumstances even though he knows that they will desert him later that same night.

Don't Be Troubled

John 14:1-3  "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me.  There is more than enough room in My Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with Me where I am.
When your heart is troubled Jesus calls on us to have faith in him and his promises, "you cannot see God but you believe in him therefore believe in me even though you won't be able to see me anymore." A lot of confusion about what was going on was due to their misconceptions about the Messiah which are getting blown away but they still needed to know that their faith was not in vain. (1 Peter 1:8)

They still had every reason to believe in God and in his son Jesus. They had every reason to believe that they have a home in heaven that is being made ready for them and when it is ready he will come back for us. You only prepare a place for someone if you are confident of their arrival, we don't have to worry about getting their on our own, Jesus himself will come to get us and escort us into the Father's house.

Victory In Jesus: Romans 8:35-37, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Hebrews 13:6, 1 John 5:4-5

Don't let your heart be troubled when Jesus doesn't make sense to you. Faith in God and in Jesus is the cure for a troubled heart, believers should be the most peaceful people but in reality we are not much different from the rest of the world, usually this is due to a lack of faith. If you're discontent, worried, anxious, or otherwise in need of comfort, the reason can be that you don't trust Jesus as much as you should.

We do what the disciples did, we have all of the same confusion and questions, we focus on our problems and trust in their power to wipe us out more than we trust in God. We know that our ultimate future is very bright. When we arrive at our father's house he will take care of all the hurts and the needs of his children, there won't be any unmet needs and no wanting for anything.
Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne. Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won't become weary and give up. 
Just like Jesus looked beyond the present sufferings to his future glory, we should keep our eyes on the higher purposes of God and realize that these troubles that we have in this present world are very temporary. (Romans 8:18).

Thank you Lord for caring for me, help me to realize the impact of that, since I know you care for me I know that I can trust you for every situation that I don't understand. Help me to grow in faith so that I won't let my heart be troubled when you don't make sense to me.

I Don't Deserve You

I don't deserve your love but you give it to me anyway!

You're the first face that I see
And the last thing I think about
You're the reason that I'm alive
You're what I can't live without
You're what I can't live without

You never give up
When I'm falling apart
Your arms are always open wide
And you're quick to forgive
When I make a mistake
You love me in the blink of an eye

I don't deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can't get enough
You're everything I need
And when I walk away
Take off running and come right after me
It's what you do
And I don't deserve you

You're the light inside my eyes
Give me a reason to keep trying
Give me more than I could dream
And you bring me to my knees
You bring me to my knees

Your heart is gold and how am I the one
That you've chosen to love
I still can't believe that you're right next to me
After all that I've done

I don't deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can't get enough
You're everything I need
And when I walk away
Take off running and come right after me
It's what you do
And I don't deserve you

2 Chronicles 5:13 The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words:

“He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”

At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord.

Psalms 86:5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.

Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

You Are Mine!

I'm amazed that I am yours and you are mine!

Nothing in this world
Nothing in this whole wide world
Could ever take me from your hand
Even if I run away
And I don't have the strength to make it back home
I know that you will guide me

Cause you are the one who picked me up
Brushed me off and called me loved
You showed me I am yours

You are mine
Jesus, you are mine
I know that I'm unworthy
Completely undeserving
I'm amazed, I'm amazed
That I am yours
And you are mine
You are mine

Even when I can't feel you
Even when my soul is crying out
And it looks like I have nobody

Lord, you'll be the one to pick me up
Brush me off and call me loved
Yes, I know that I am yours

And you are mine
Jesus, you are mine
I know that I'm unworthy
Completely undeserving
I'm amazed, I'm amazed
That I am yours
And you are mine

I am home, I am home
I am home here with you
I am home, I am home
I am home here with you

Oh, Jesus I am home, I am home
I am home right here with you
I'm blessed to call you... mine
I'm amazed that you are... mine

I know that I'm unworthy
Completely undeserving
I'm amazed, I'm amazed
That I am yours
Oh, I'm amazed
I'm amazed
That I am yours
And you are mine
You are mine

Are You Amazed?

Psalm 139:1-6, 17-18 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.  You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.  You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.  You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!  18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

An all knowing God who is totally pure and completely knows me and how impure I am still loves me !

On my best day I am never close to deserving what God has given to me! It is amazing that he knows me and he still wants me!

If you are not amazed by God's love and his huge desire to have a relationship with you then there is a big problem. If he isn't that amazing to you then you don't understand just how good he is and just how bad you are.

Thank you Lord for your amazing love!

Real Christ Followers

The imitations can be so close to the real thing that you might be surprised.


Matthew 7:20-23  Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.  21  "Not everyone who calls out to Me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter.

22  On judgment day many will say to Me, 'Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.'  23  But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God's laws.'

In my previous post "Living A Lie" we saw that all of the disciples were deceived into thinking that Judas was one of them. Everyone in the room at the Last Supper was shocked except for our Savior, Satan had produced such a superb counterfeit Christ Follower to the point that the eleven guys that Judas was in a small group with didn't have a clue.

Christianities true value can be seen in the number of cheap imitations that there are. Counterfeiters do not waste their time producing pretend copies of something that isn't real and very valuable, a lot of effort goes into making false cash or precious gemstones or even imitation of expensive medication but nobody is making fake versions of cheap things with little value.

That's one of the ways that Satan proves to us that Christianity is valuable and real. Other religions do not have a problem with fake versions, nobody has ever seen a false Buddhists or a fake Hindu, I know that Christ and his teachings are extremely valuable because of all of the effort that Satan puts into making counterfeits.

You even heard it from our president, “Well, there were Christians a thousand years ago who slaughtered Muslims.”  Those weren't Christians, by the way, those were false Christians who belonged to a false Christian system, but that’s the kind of strategy that goes on all of the time surrounding Christianity.

-John MacArthur "Traits of a True Believer"

There is a lot of talk about being a Christian, many funerals do the injustice of labeling someone a Christian when their isn't any real evidence, what a tragedy that is! The people that attend such a funeral will understand a false gospel and feel comfortable about their eternal relationship with God.

So how do we know who the true Christians are?  Who are the true followers of Christ? If Judas was able to trick eleven guys in his small group then how can we be sure about our own small group?

It is difficult for us to know because the heart is where the real change has to take place. Anybody can put some effort into changing the outside, I can follow the rules and do what is expected of a Christ follower for long enough to fool anybody, but real transformation comes from the heart.

Ezekiel 36:25-27  "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.  26  And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you.

I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.  27  And I will put My Spirit in you so that you will follow My decrees and be careful to obey My regulations.

A new heart and a new spirit has to come from God, the inner spiritual transformation has to work its way out to the outer physical transformation, too often we try to change our exterior with the hopes that it will sink inward. The Bible tells us that is the wrong direction.

Heart Issues: Acts 15:9, Romans 2:29, 2 Corinthians 4:6, 2 Timothy 2:22, Hebrews 10:22

From the inside a new creation comes about from nothing, just as the whole universe was created by God from nothing. The new creature looks outwardly toward Christ instead of inwardly toward self. The old things are replaced with new things that are full of life and the glory of God.

Empty Words: Psalm 55:21-23, Proverbs 26:23-25, Ezekiel 33:31-33, James 2:15-16, 1 John 3:18-19

We have all heard the parable of the two builders that built their own homes, they might have the same architect, same floor plan and they were probably in the same neighborhood because they both weathered the same storm but without a solid foundation they will have drastically different outcomes.

Spiritual activity without a proper foundation is the easiest way to seem like you have been changed by the gospel, you don't have to dig or pour a footer, you just pick a place and start building, your house may resemble the true believers around you but without the proper foundation it is all going to fall. (Matthew 7:20-27)

Examine Yourself First: 1 Corinthians 11:31, Matthew 7:4-5, Romans 2:1,

Real followers of Jesus have a new birth, a new heart and new desires, they are Spirit led and obedient to God's Word. Real followers of Jesus are strangely different, what they hated before are the things that they love, going to church and studying God's Word are no longer a chore. All of the stuff the world loves is seen as garbage and so they strive to die to their old way of life.

Ye call Me Master and obey me not,
Ye call Me Light and see me not,
Ye call Me the way and follow me not
Ye call Me Life and desire me not,
Ye call Me wise and acknowledge me not,
Ye call Me fair and love me not,
Ye call Me rich and ask me not,
Ye call Me eternal and seek me not,
Ye call Me gracious and trust me not,
Ye call Me Noble and serve me not,
Ye call Me mighty and honor me not,
Ye call Me just and fear me not,
If I condemn you, blame me not.
It may sound like a long checklist of things to look for in someones life but it can all be summed up with the word love. It's that thing that Jesus said that we should be known for and since the world is pretty good at love that means that we will have to be really extreme at showing love in order to be set apart from the rest. (John 13:35)

These are the clues that somebody is a real follower of Christ. They have experienced a new birth, received a new heart, and enjoy new desires. All of these things make them a totally different person than they used to be.

Plenty of "good" people will end up in hell for eternity without God. Living a moral and descent life may fool your pastor, your friends or even your small group but it isn't going to fool God.

Your good works, church attendance, baptism, Bible study or prayer time isn't going to keep you from hearing Jesus say "I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God's laws."

Where You Are

There's no one I love more than You!

I lived
Heart on a wire
Hand in the fire for so long
But You've shown me better
A new kind of love
It's ever the one I want

I'm lifting you higher, higher
There's nothing that I'd rather do
A sweet elevation of praises
There's no one I love more than You

I never knew a love like this before
The kind of life that I cannot find on my own
I've seen the world but I have never been so sure
That I want Your heart
God, I just want to be where You are
Where You are
I just want to be where You are

Your love, like nothing I've seen
My wildest of dreams don't come close
Life never no better than living like this
I cannot resist You Lord

And after all this time with You by my side
I can't imagine what it'd be like on my own
I've made up my heart, this love is all I've got
And You're the only one I know worth living for

A sweet elevation of praises
There's no one I love more than You

Draw Near To God

Hebrews 4:16 - Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 7:25 - He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 11:6 - Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who draws near to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.