For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
I can’t get over the power of these words, no matter how many times I read them. The depth of God’s love, the power of His mercy are simply incalculable.
But what means the most to me is that God wants us to recognize that we simply can’t understand how great His love is.
Measuring how high heaven is from earth? It just goes on and on.
How far east is from west? You’ll start over in the east without realizing you’re there again.
And He commands us to show that same depth of mercy and forgiveness to those who’ve wronged us.
God thinks big… doesn’t He?
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Psalm 16:8
The simple truth is that God is reliable. He’s proven faithful time and again to those who trust in Him.
Have a happy week!
While drafting an article for a Christian magazine, I was struck by the rugged nature of the early church. Against all odds, the believers challenged social norms, upended the religious traditions, stymied a pagan empire that spanned the known world, and crushed political opposition.
Who were these warriors?
Ordinary men and women, most of whom couldn’t even write their own name (Acts 4:13). But they possessed the power of the Holy Spirit and, through it, they turned the world upside down.
21st century Christians should look in awe at those early believers. They crossed cultures, conquered resistance with zeal, love and a rugged faith in a miracle-working God. Today, we must also face a world ruled by fear, superstition and, political correctness. Boycotts have become the game of the day as the Bible predicts would happen (Revelations 13:16).
But there are individuals who embody Christ’s answer.
Let us be the warriors that Christ ordained, proclaiming His Word with boldness and faith. Let us challenge the darkness, recognizing we are not weak but strong in Him.
We insist He is alive and prove it by letting Him work His supernatural wonders through us.
Let us be His witnesses, empowered by His Spirit to carry on His life. Fear must be met with faith, darkness with the conquering power of light.
Only then, will the world see God.
And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2
In commemoration of Memorial Day, I believe it’s fitting that we pause and reflect on the theme of sacrifice. The members of our armed forces constantly give of themselves, sacrificing time with loved ones and indeed their very lives to protect the United States of America.
To them, I say “thank you.”
But let us never forget the greatest Warrior of all, whose immortal sacrifice purchased freedom for the entire human race. Blessed be His Name.
To Jesus, I say “thank you,” for it was His sacrifice that made all the difference in my life.
I pray that we will live as this verse instructs us. Loving each day. Giving each day. Sacrificing each day so that someone else can be made free.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37
As an author, I’m well aware of the power that words contain. Despots and dictators have lost their thrones before a few spots of ink on paper. God’s eternal thoughts were breathed into written form, illuminating the way to salvation.
As I fly from one end of the country to the other, and begin my author tour of the Lancaster/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania regions, I feel more constrained than ever to use my words effectively in the service of my God and for the benefit of my fellow man.
Our words can change mindsets, envision the future and immortalize the past. Our words will either empower or enslave; breathe life or destroy it. And in the end, it will be our words that either justify or judge us.
Let us purpose to use them wisely.