What is There To Look Forward To?

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What a crazy last couple of weeks.  Lots of illnesses, tragedies, accidents, evil acts, etc… so many life hurts moments for so many.  During a conversation with a loved one the statement “this world is going to hell” was made.  As well as “it just seems like there is not anything to look forward to”.  These two sentences have resonated with me all week.

There is a lot of truth in these words.  It is true that the world is going to hell and the only way to avoid eternal death and punishment is through Jesus.  “God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16  No matter how “good” we think we are we have all fallen short of God’s standard, perfect and sinless.  God knew that as soon as his creation became broken by sin.  He planned and offers the remedy to cover all our imperfections, Jesus.

Lack of sleep and continual bad news had me in quite a funk this week.  It is hard not to sin when physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.  My attitude and words have not been what they should.  Why? Because I am human and I fall short.  As a Christian the only difference in me than the rest of the world is that I know I fall short and need saving.  I need God’s forgiveness of my sin through his Son.  By giving my life to Christ he dwells within me (the Holy Spirit) and there is conviction when I am focusing on myself and not on God and others.  By God’s grace I have eternal life to look forward to.  There may come a point where there is such devastation that there literally is nothing on this earth and in life to look forward to other than how magnificent heaven will be.  Other parts of the world and some in our own country can’t even look forward to getting another meal.  When we have given our life to Jesus we do indeed ALWAYS and FOREVER have something to look forward to.

I am Always Right

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I love the little teaching moments throughout each day. Sometimes the teaching moments are for the kids, sometimes for my husband and me, most of the time they are for the entire family. Our youngest child has always been a bit on the argumentative side quick to try to prove her mother and father wrong. Many times she is indeed correct leaving my husband and I no choice but to humbly concede that yes you are right and we are wrong. Young memory verses the over forty club memory. Tonight I was simply walking through the house singing a song. I got to the part of the song that says “Holy is the Lord” and the little dear immediately scolded that the words are “Holy is the Lamb”. I replied with, “No dear daughter I am 100% sure I am right on this one.” Proceeding to the computer I pulled up the lyrics on line. She refused to look upon the screen as I pointed and read “Holy is the L-O-R-D” due to her denial I then proceeded to play the video of the tune so that her ears would reveal the true lyrics. Loud and clear it was very evident that the word was Lord and not Lamb! We continued with our friendly banter as each time the word Lord was sung I belted out the most obnoxiously sung “LORD” I could muster. Remaining in denial I offered to contact Hillsong and let them know that Cora says that their lyrics are incorrect. Our crazy fire turned to mom stating that “part of maturing in life is to learn how to admit when you are wrong”. She still kept smiling in her stubbornness clinging to her denial of wrongness. It tends to be a game between us that ends with huge bear hugs.

What a powerful sin nature we are all born with. Admitting when we are wrong and asking for forgiveness seems to be one of our greatest challenges to overcome! The first step toward freedom in Christ Jesus, to true joy, peace, and hope is to admit that we are wrongful sinners. To realize that there is nothing we can do to correct our own wrongs. Jesus has the only power to forgive us of our sins. To fill the gap that sin creates between us and our having a relationship with God. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”