“For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land...”

Deuteronomy 9.4 (-6)

That sounds pretty good!  Basically, “I’ve done the right thing and now God is giving me what I deserve!”  Amen!

But that is only part of the verse... “Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.”

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:26

The object of our faith matters!

Someone who says that they are a born again Christian is saying that they have put their… “faith in Christ Jesus”.  Not in doing “good” things.  Like, being a good person, going to church, giving money to a church or a charity; or saying a lot of prayers, or praying to Mary, the saints, or beads or icons.

If we put our faith in ANY of that, then Jesus is not “the object” of our faith. The object of our faith matters!

“…which thou knowest not.”

Justdontknow 1.1

When I was reading my Bible the other morning this phrase hit me!  At first, I couldn’t figure out why it stopped me in my tracks, because I know this verse very well.  In fact, most Christians know this verse very well!

Actually, we know the first part of this verse well, but the phrase above we may never even think about.  The verse is Jeremiah 33.3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, “which thou knowest not.

“And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying...”

Matthew 5.2

What did Jesus actually teach?  If we ask the average person today what they know about the teachings of Jesus Christ they would probably say: "He taught about love and things like the “Golden Rule – ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’"

But Jesus taught so much more.  Jesus taught many more things that are just as important!

JESUS TAUGHT the truth of God’s love.

“Amnon had a friend…”

2 Samuel 13.3

Be careful being around people who are your age, people who are your “peers”.  Even the secular world is beginning to understand this.  Social pressures from peers have caused a lot of harm for some.  But also, people have a real need for contact and interaction with a range of age groups.  God created families to initially meet this need in our life.  That’s why a godly home is so important!  It sets the foundation for our relationships, and while no family is perfect, God will still help us do the right thing… Not like Amnon…

“backsliding children”

Jeremiah 3:14

Does my grandson need prayer?  In the Bible “backsliding” is a bad thing!

My grandson seems to be “backsliding”.  Should this be a concern?

He’s 6 months old now!

He has started sliding and scooting backwards and sometimes gets himself stuck under the couch a bit!  He thinks it’s the “end of the world”!  Then he squawks and his Mummy or Daddy comes to help him!  Poor little fella!

“…the misery of man is great upon him.”

Ecclesiastes 8.6

Of course, there are many reasons for mankind to be miserable.  But, because this is from the book of Ecclesiastes, where God led Solomon to write with a fair bit of cynicism (scepticism), and even satire at times, let’s stick right to the context here, and let’s just go ahead and ask the question: Why is “the misery of man great upon him”?

Why are we so miserable sometimes?

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”

Genesis 12.1

It is very interesting to see several of the verses from this chapter in Genesis come together…

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country… unto a land that I will shew thee… (then verse 5) and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. (and verse 10) And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt…”

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Sometimes we wonder, “What is God’s will for my life?”  “What does God want me to do with my life?”  And, or we ask, “What does God have next for me in my life?”  Basically, “What IS God’s will for me!?”

Sure, we may be waiting on a few things like that, but for now… “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God”.

While we wait for some things, we can know it’s God’s will for us to be thankful!

“Beloved now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

1 John 3:2

As born-again Christians we can know, that right now - we are the children of God!

“…now are we the sons of God”