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Today we look at a familiar verse: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; ... II Corinthians 5:21


How would you ever "make" something to be sin? The quick answer is that man cannot. We have the capacity to commit sin but making something to be sin is a spiritual matter.


Perhaps it will help to include the last part of the verse: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


Do you think we can "make" anything righteous? The quick answer again is no. We can do righteous works that God calls us to, but making something righteous is beyond us.


Consider this verse: For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. ~ Romans 5:19


We cannot work to be righteous. Jesus did the work necessary so that we can be made righteous.

It should be a great relief to know that we do not have to work ourselves into righteousness. It is also a great responsibility to cherish this gift, live it out, and share the news of the righteousness God has provided.




We encourage you to read Isaiah 35 - it has 10 verses. The chapter ends with this rejoicing:


And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


It is interesting that in the chapter, it speaks of the blessing not just on the people but on the land when God's righteousness comes in.


Lord we ask for this blessing on our land as we strive to walk in Your righteousness




In I Samuel 25 we see an interesting story of David and a woman named Abigail who would eventually become his wife. There are a number of lessons to be learned in the story but we focus on one in particular. David had gotten angry with Abigail's present husband whose name was Nabal (check out the meaning of his name).


David's intent was to kill him until Abigail stepped in. We note what David said as a result of that:


And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. ~ I Samuel 25:32-33


David was about to do something to avenge himself. Abigail's words helped him to realize it. We know that we have to deal with things - sometimes confront a situation. But we should never do it as an act of vengeance. We may feel at times that there is not much distance between the two.


But we must resolve not to do things for vengeance or out of spite. As we continue the story we find out Nabal's end without any action from David.


This should be a good example for us - may we always desire to handle things God's way. We would like to settle matters as peacefully as possible.




Having worked with a lot of young people over the years, we are very familiar with the terms "drama" and "issues". We have also found that they do not just pertain to young(er) people.


All of us can make an issue out of anything or dramatize any situation. Certainly things need to be addressed at times, discussed, decisions made, etc.


For those who have been involved with this "dealing with stuff", you know the approach can often make all the difference.


May God grant us great wisdom in this area - to approach every situation desiring to be a blessing, to help, to get a problem solved in the right way, and may Jesus be honored and pleased with the results.






The word "free" is found in the New Testament 44 times. It is used to describe something that is free as opposed to it costing something, and it is used as free as in the word "freedom".


We believe a study on your own of this word will be a great blessing to you.


It may be difficult for us to grasp, but all things of God are given to us freely. Jesus did the work that the things of God might be given to us for free.


We do not say this flippantly but reverently and thankfully. May God guide us into this study and we start with this one verse to meditate on  today.


Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. ~ I Corinthians 2:12


Since the Lord paid a dear price that these thigs may be free to us, He certainly wants us to know what these things are.




Yesterday we started looking at the word "freeĀ“ in the New Testament, We particularly noted the

things of God being free to us. Today we note a  verse regarding free as in freedom:


Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ~ Galatians 5:1


It was the work of Jesus that set us free - not our own works. We are admonished to stay free. In the natural we understand bondage. We see people for example making choices that put them in addiction - slaves to something that rules and dictates their lives.


May we recognize and take seriously the freedom that Christ gives us - not treat it lightly. May God grant us wisdom to see anything that would put us in bondage and steal the liberty that Christ died to pay for.


Thank you Lord for the freedom you give us and the ability to walk it out daily. We pray for the reality of the liberty of Christ for anyone in bondage today.


We encourage you once again to do your own study of New Testament freedom that the Spirit of God may enlighten you in any area that you need.




We continue to look at the word "free" in the New Testament. Many are familiar with the verses at the end of Romans chapter 8, yet we may have overlooked the "free" mentioned here:


What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? ~ verses 31-32.


Here we see freely given to us once again. Keep reading to the end of the chapter for more reasons to rejoice.


May God continue to reveal this truth to us and may we freely receive that we might freely give. Remember the words of Jesus to His disciples in Matthew 10:8 ~ Freely you have received, freely give. May this describe us.




As we continue to look at the word "free" in the New Testament, these verses should enhance our rejoicing:


But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.


Note in these verses we see the word "free" three times and it always comes before another word and that word is "gift". Thus we see "free gift" three times.


Notice also that sin came upon all men. The "all men", which includes all of us, could not help what was happening. We were powerless to stop it. It is the oppression of the devil that came when Adam opened the door. It was forced upon all people.


The righteous and blessing of God through Jesus Christ is for everyone, but it will not be forced upon us - just the opposite from the devil's way of doing things.


Did you note the words in the passage above: they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness


May that describe us today. Lord I thankfully receive Your abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness through Jesus Christ. Help me to walk and live in this newness of life.


Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable (inexpressible or indescribable) gift ~ II Corinthians 9:15


We are thankful once again that it is all free.




In light of our series on the word "free" - we rejoice in this song for the weekend:






We hope the posts on "free" and "freedom" have been a blessing. We know that we cannot do anything to earn or do works in order to merit the things of God, but is there anything we should be doing in regards to all that God has for us? Indeed there is:


We are told to seek!


But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~ Mathew 6"33


Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: ~ Matthew 7:7


Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~ II Timothy 2:15


Consider if you had a son or daughter who was heading toward being an adult and you had so many things for them. You would not expect them just to lay around anticipating that you would shower them with everything you have.


For them to be successful, they will need to know some things. Wouldn't it bless you for them to come and show an interest in everything they could learn, know and do to flow with what you have going on - they want to hook up and be a blessing. You would likely pour everything you have into them.


This is what God's children need to do - we want to flow with the program, learn and grow all we can to be a blessing. We pray this be our desire - to honor the Lord in all of our labors together.


For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~Philippians 2:13


We conclude by saying we seek the Lord that these words might be fulfilled in us:


For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; ~ Colossians 1:9-10




Some of you may be familiar with an old hymn: Give of Your Best to the Master


It reminds us of such verses as:


And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. ~ Colossians 3:17


And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; ~ Colossians 3:23


There are certainly times when we may not know what to do or say. But we can make ourselves available. Lord, I am here to serve today and I want to give You my best - allow me to be a blessing.


Give of your best to the Master;
Give Him first place in your heart;
Give Him first place in your service;
Consecrate every part.
Give, and to you will be given;
God His beloved Son gave;
Gratefully seeking to serve Him,
Give Him the best that you have.




When evaluating anything, a good question might be: What's the purpose?


Finding the purpose of something can often help clarify things - in our own lives especially.


Then we can ask: What is my purpose? - both long and short term.


A purpose helps to direct us, keep us on track, motivate us toward a goal even when difficulties arise. When our purpose is clear we are better able to implement what is necessary to achieve that purpose. If we cannot clarify the purpose or goal, then it is difficult to know what tools to use to bring about a good result.


The scriptures have a lot to say about purpose and how important it is. It outlines the purpose of God in Christ Jesus. Clarity of purpose was something that was first and foremost in the life of Jesus. We note one in particular: "... For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." ~ I John 3:8


Paul stated that his purpose was as open and transparent as his faith, doctrine, and manner of life - II Timothy 3:10. May our purpose in life be so clearly defined.


We say all of this because the term "purpose" is the exact opposite of today's term "whatever". We should not be living in the world of "whatever". For many, of course, this is just a term used today, yet it may indicate a pattern of thinking that will take someone down a wrong road.


We hope this contrast will help us get on with our purpose. We ask God to help us fine-tune it and keep us on the straight and narrow. If you live in the land of "whatever", you will have to settle for "whatever" you get.


Finally, we want to do all we can to make sure that what we purpose to do will have a good result (bear good fruit).




Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13


May this describe the way we believe God and His word. Often our believing is a desperate struggle, yet here, we see that God would have us in joy and peace as we believe and trust Him.


We pray to be filled with such from the God of hope each day.




Recently we did a series on God's grace. While doing it we noticed God's word regarding mercy:


It is new every morning ~ Lamentations 3:22-23


God is rich in mercy ~ Ephesians 2:4


Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ ~ I Timothy 1:2


Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; ~ Titus 3:5


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ~ I Peter 1:3


Remember also that we should show mercy as well. Even when we have to deal with difficult or unpleasant matters, may we endeavor to do it with grace and mercy.





In looking at the word "strong" in the New Testament, it is used for good when applied to believers. As an example we see:


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. ~ Ephesians 6:10


This encourages us to stand in strength when that which is wrong comes against us. There will be opposition and there will be challenges to what we stand for, the message that we bring, and the lifestyle we live. This should not be surprising - we are told ahead of time that it is coming.


Are we taking the time to fortify and strengthen ourselves so that we will be ready? Don Francisco has a song called "Morning Prayer" that describes the scene of a person opening the Bible and studying before going out and facing the day. One verse is as follows:


Protect me from words of the liar

Deceptions that seem they're from You

Meanings You never intended

Give me wisdom to see what is true

And equip me today for the battle

With strength and the armor of light

With the joy of the Victor inside me

To shine through the day and the night


May we face each day so equipped.




A fun song for today - based on Jesus fixing the fish on the beach. Come and dine - let's eat!






For the past two Sundays our foundation scripture has been Proverbs 4:23 ~


Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.


Some translations say "forces of life"


It seems to impact us especially when we look at the negative side and we see the results of hatred, greed, envy, bitterness and lust. Indeed such things often lead to actions that are harmful and destructive.


We can see results on the other side when we see the fruit of the spirit in abundance: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance ~ Galatians 5:22-23


A very practical example would be a husband and wife each guarding their heart against a force that would cause them to be unfaithful. The temptation and opportunity may present itself, but if an emphatic "NO" is the response to it, then thay areworking to guard their hearts.


We understand the concept of shutting the doors to our homes against that which is wrong. May we be just as diligent with our hearts - our innermost being.




An interesting word that we look at today is "urgent". In the King James, we only find it twice and the situations are not pleasant:


And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. ~ Exodus 12:33


Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. ~ Daniel 3:22


It is interesting that the "unpleasantries" had been planned for God people, but God turned them upon the heads of those who were planning the evil. This is one of those "Selah" moments we see in the Bible - pause and consider this.


Often in our lives, the urgent situations involve unpleasant issues that have happened or we are trying to prevent from happening. There can be "good urgencies" but it seems that most are not. They are often the things that are troubling and put pressure on us. May God grant us His wisdom, favor and power when they come up.


May this also be the case when something good has to be acted upon - something that can bring us a blessing. God help to respond in a "good" way and may we have more of these. We are urgently wanting to do something good.




Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: ~ Romans 5:20


May we choose the "grace" side every time - it is the blessing side


That does not mean that we just go along with everything and not say "no" when necessary


For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; - Titus 2:11-12


If we are going to stand on God's grace, then our lives should show forth the characteristics mentioned above.




Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: ~ Romans 5:20


May we choose the "grace" side every time - it is the blessing side


That does not mean that we just go along with everything and not say "no" when necessary


For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; - Titus 2:11-12


If we are going to stand on God's grace, then our lives should show forth the characteristics mentioned above.




As we end the month of August and prepare for the Labor Day Weekend, may we enjoy some bluegrass gospel:












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