In like a Lion and out like a Lamb?

Well March definitely came in like a lion…now lets just hope that the saying holds true!! I thought it was about time to do a little update of sorts. There hasn’t been all that much going on. I am growing tired of the wind, snow and cold winter air. This winter has been long and cold and I cannot wait for the newness of spring. The arrival of spring often reminds me of new beginnings; and in a sense 2009 has been a new beginning for me in a lot of different ways… some big, and some small, but all have made a difference in my life in some way or another. Nothing new has really come up in the last while. I have been having major cravings for my far away friends. I would like to go visit them soon, very soon! I’m thinking a few days with them would do me a world of good!
Church has been so good lately, I find myself getting impatient for Sunday morning, I’m thinking that’s a really good thing! =] Our pastor has been doing a series of messages on the subject of “God,” it might sound simple but I have learned that Gods ways are so complex and amazing, my eyes have been opened wide, and I find myself in awe of how GREAT and MIGHTY He really is. And to think that here on earth I will never fully understand the complexity of my Savior. I feel so unworthy to be called the child of such a Great King!

Well I think that’s all I have to say right now. Im looking forward to the end of the month, going on a short little trip with mom and dad and my sisters, going away to shop, hang out and relax… I’m really looking forward to it! Well that’s it for now!

Conscience

The dictionary has a few definitions for the word conscience;

– the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual

or:

– the inner sense of what is right or wrong in ones conduct or motives, impelling
on toward right action.

The bible says that God has placed basic principles of His law in every persons conscience, whether that person ever reads the bible or has ever been told anything about God. We can find this in Romans 2:12-16; paying special attention to verses 14 and 15.

12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

There is also such a thing as a “seared conscience.” A seared conscience results when the internal voice is constantly ignored to a point where it is completely dulled so that when evil is done the conscience responds very little or not at all. And I believe that that is a very dangerous place to be.

I believe that when we become a child of God; (after we have repented of the sin in our life and accepted the great gift of Salvation that He offers us) it is so important to maintain a pure conscience. Paul the Apostle expresses this in Acts 24:12-16.

12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city. 13 Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. 15 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. 16 This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

Like Paul I believe that we should always strive to have a pure conscience. If we have an offense before God that we have not acknowledged, we do not have the boldness to go to Him to ask for what we need for our spiritual growth in Him. With a defiled or guilty conscience our desire for closeness with God in prayer, through meeting with other Christians or through studying the bible becomes less and less.

Psalm 32:1-5

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.

When we carry a guilty conscience our ability to talk to others about God is limited because we know that they can point a finger at us in the areas we have not made right. 1 Peter 3:15-17 puts that into perspective.

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

A final point I want to make is that the bible and NOT our conscience is the final guide for living life Gods way. 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 tells us that it is possible for our conscience to indicate to us that nothing is wrong but according to the scriptures there may be something wrong.

3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.

We need to remember that our conscience is limited by the knowledge of the bible that we possess. Therefore the bible is our final guide and God our final judge! If Christ and the biblical scriptures are not your guide then don’t let your conscience be your guide.

January Update!

Well it’s been awhile since I have done and update of any sorts. Life has been rather routine like for me; get up, go to work, come home, eat supper, hang out with the family, and then go to sleep. It seems as though that’s all life has for me right now. I grow tired of it sometimes then I remind myself that I have a good job and a wonderful home and family.

Winter… I don’t have very many words on the subject except that I wish it was over already. I really don’t enjoy winter all that much and look forward to warmth. Winter wouldn’t be that bad, but I live in the North Pole, my igloo gets cold, and my dog sled needs some work.  I can’t wait till all the green stuff will start blossoming again. I miss the colors and sounds of summer.

On a more serious note; these last few months I have realized what is most important to me, and who is most important to me. That’s a difficult place to come to; it has been for me anyways. Friends have come and gone… and I feel that right now in my life I have everything and everyone that I need. I have such great Godly examples in my life, I thank God that He opened my eyes and allowed me to SEE them! My spiritual life has been one huge construction zone these last months and God has been so patient with me while I have been figuring everything out. My bible has become a better  friend. The other day I found myself feeling content with where I was spiritually, I very quickly realized that it was not a good thing. I examined my life and realized that there was so much for me to achieve before I was ever supposed to feel content with where I am spiritually. To be honest I don’t think that we should ever reach that point, there are so many things that we need to obtain as we strive to become Christ like.

So yeah, that’s my little update for now. I know there are a few loyal readers so I wish you all good days and safe winters. Stay on the tracks! Be Blessed.

Masterpiece

A favorite song of mine has a line in it that I love; and I quote

“He took what the world saw as worthless, and created a masterpiece”

By “He” the song means God. God took what the world saw as worthless and created a masterpiece! I think the line says volumes about God and us. I looked up various writings on masterpieces and there was an underlying theme in all the articles; that a masterpiece is the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman. God is our creator and to think that we as humans are His most outstanding work is a thought that goes way beyond my comprehension. As I think of The Lords creation I think of beautiful lakes, mountains, wide variety of unique animals, insects and birds; but we are His masterpiece!

Another important point to remember is that the masterpiece always represents and reflects the artist or the craftsman. As we should be with Christ. I was reading in 1 Peter and came across this scriture;

1 Peter 1:5-11

[5] But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, [6] to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, [7] to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. [8] For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. [10] Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; [11] for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I know that this is not the scripture that is usually that explains Christ like traits but I found a lot of attributes in this scripture that I want to obtain. Traits that would help me achieve more of a Christ like character. From the scripture I picked eight traits that I want to look at a little deeper.

1. Faith – Faith is a strong belief in someone or something, in this case the Faith we have in our Lord and Saviour. Faith can be conviction. It can also be a strong assurance.

2. Virtue – Virtue is moral excellence; goodness.

3. Knowledge- Knowledge is correct insight. I think knowledge in the Christian walk is having discernment according to what we can learn in Gods word; The Bible.

4. Self-control- Self control is self explainable, it can also be defined as self- discipline.

5. Perseverance- Perseverance is bearing up under trials.

6. Godliness- Godliness is a characteristic we develop through devotion to God.

7. Brotherly Kindness- Brotherly kindness is love towards others, and your brothers and sisters in the Lord.

8. Love- Love is “active” goodwill towards others.

I believe that the more we know about Jesus Christ the more we are aware of what you need to strive to achieve to be more like Him.

Never Be…

A statement that a friend of mine shared with me once is a statement that applies to various different things in life and I carry it with me wherever I go.

“Never be compromised for the sake of advancement.”

I think that the quote speaks for itself. I believe that anyone reading that statement can turn it into a very personal examination of their own lives.