We hold David up as an example, a paragon of virtue and as a type of Christ. And he is – but he is still a sinful human being and even godly men can err. David recognised his own weakness as a sinner; a rebel by nature from birth. But it is a great encouragement and relief to us that we can call upon a loving, merciful God when we mess up.
Of all the things that mankind seeks after, what would be the ultimate quest? What’s the one thing that we all seek, yet know we cannot attain by ourselves?
While life can often feel like a battleground – with all its ups and downs and struggles – we can live with real hope, knowing that one day, we will be with our Lord Jesus when the consummation of all our hopes are finally satisfied.
A friend asked the question, “Is it okay to prune my shrub back hard because it has become unruly and leggy?” I double checked online and then answered in the affirmative. My friend was concerned it would look dead and woody, so I assured them that they will get some nice fresh growth when it grows back.
Does your life need any pruning to encourage ‘fresh growth’?
Explore Further: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPm1d8kBhT30qtoh6uTbg9i2ZVJGePo12
Some Christians question their assurance of salvation based on whether they said the right words when they prayed to receive Christ.
So, what are we to rely upon, and how are we to be saved?
I often refer to the sentiment: “It’s not just pie-in-the-sky when you die; it’s also steak-on-your-plate while you wait.” It may be rather crude and unscientific, but I like the simple way it encourages us to realise that although we know we ought to live with eternity in mind, we also need to understand that life was always meant to be a fulfilling prospect too.
Some excellent material on Worldview:
(1st in a series of short clips on Worldview)
Every year thousands gather to Remember the fallen from wars fought that allow us the freedom we enjoy today. Remembrance is in the heart of God for us humans, because we so easily forget the good things He has done.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
To End All Wars: https://youtu.be/StuOWU4b1to
Mankind’s insatiable appetite for progress, improvement and perfection drives us to seek great achievements in fulfilling that appetite. One can easily become obsessed with things like accumulating knowledge, attaining athletic prowess or taking extreme measures to maintain our youthful good looks. But does this really achieve what it sets out to do…?
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” (Jim Carrey)
Worship can take many forms but the stipulation from Scripture is to worship in ‘Spirit and in Truth’. There is, however a danger of us committing idol worship. There can also be a tendency for us to add something to the simple worship of God. Let’s see what Manasseh, King of Israel did once he realised his mistake…