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Purity only found in Christ

Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.- Heb 9:14

 

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Without trusting in Christ for your cleansing and purification, you would be too unworthy to even say a praise of Adoration to God, much less expect a prayer to be heard and acted upon by the Holy Creator God. Seek Jesus Christ as the very Son of God, and his salvation offered by his pure holy blood shed in love for you. Know Christ and you will know God. Jesus said, "I and the Father are One" - John 10:30 God is Father, Son and Spirit.  One God in essence, 3 in person-hood.

 

 

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Little green men and God.

Now this may sound odd or random, but it's how things work in my mind at times. Due to things going on in a persons life, God uses scripture to teach us what may seem like random truths, but truth nonetheless, because it somehow applies to the world around you. In my meditation and study on James 1 today, I see an application of truth I've never really noticed or thought about in this way.

James 1:17-18 says this. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures." It's the last sentence that strikes me with this truth. You see God is informing us as he has before in many ways that we are the pinnacle of his creation. The most important. The center of the universe as it were,  not as in physically the center, but as in everything in the vast cosmos is all aligned  the way it is for a reason, for one most glorious creation of God; Mankind. We are created to bring God great pleasure and glory unlike any other of his creation. We are as this verse says the first fruits of his creation, not the first thing he created, but the reason he created everything that is. As you read through scripture, and the law of Moses, you see how God used the term first fruits to mean the very best and most choice and highly prized of something. It is the most important and most celebrated. Jewish first fruit celebrations as well as in many other cultures, are times of celebration and joy over long expected choice harvests that bring us pleasure. With God, we who are people redeemed by faith in Christ, are the choice first fruits among humanity the children of promise, offspring of Abraham. But even in greater context we come from among humanity to whom all are offered this sweet call of fellowship with our Creator to be united in loving oneness with him as a beautiful adorned Bride of God. The implications of this truth are great. This means there is no greater more highly created beings in the universe. We are the "it" of all creation. Could God have created life on other planets and created other advanced life forms and human-like civilizations? Sure. But did he? Scripture seems to say no, even right here. Everything created in this cosmos was all designed for a purpose.  To support and provide for the creation and development of God's first fruit. You.   That's how important you are to God. You have eternal worth.

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So are there intelligent aliens out there that humanity will discover some day. Scripture seems to say no. The pursuit of them leads to demonic driven idolatry in a desire not be satisfied with God. Every super nova, every black hole, or quasar and every planet, moon, star or galaxy, is all where it is to maintain for a time the fine tuning of the universe to support life on earth; and most importantly Gods greatest creation, you and me. This should encourage you as you study the vastness and complexities and size of the cosmos, and see God made it all for you.

For more on this topic, I highly suggest reading some of the more advanced discussions between science and faith and how all truth is God's truth at www.reasons.org or visiting this link for more on extraterrestrial life.  http://www.reasons.org/Search?q=extraterestial+life

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The Great Discovery, adapted from Valley of Vision, Puritan prayers

Glorious God, I bless you that I know you!

I once lived in the world, but was ignorant of its Creator,

Was partaker of your good will, but did not know the Provider.

I was blind while enjoying such light,

was deaf to the spiritual, with voices all around me,

I understood many things, but had no knowledge of your ways,

I saw the world, but I did not see Jesus.

O happy day! When in your love's sovereignty you did look on me, and called me by grace!

Then did my dead heart begin to beat,

My darkened eye glimmer with light,

My dull ear catch the echo of your voice,

And I turned to you and I found you...

A God ready to hear and willing to save!

100_0420Before, I did find my heart at war with you, cursing my own spirit,

Then did I fall at your feet and hear the thunder of your law,

'The soul who sins must die',

But when grace made me to know you,

And to admire a God who hated sin,

Your terrible justice held my will submissive.

My thoughts were as knives cutting my mind...

But then you came to me in silken robes of love,

And I saw the Son dying that I might live!

In that death I found my all!

My soul does sing at the remembrance of that peace;

The gospel melody brought a sound unknown to me before...it reached my heart...and I lived...

Now never to lose hold on Christ or his hold on me.

Grant that I may always weep at the glory of mercy found,

and to tell others as long as I live,

That you are a sin pardoning God,

Taking up the irreverent and the ungodly, and washing them from their deepest stain of sin.

O glorious God; Father, Son and Spirit, thank you for in me giving freely your salvation!  I owe all to you. Amen.

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