Jesus Christ: A Personal Lord and Savior
This Sunday we will be looking at Psalm 23. The very first words are striking in their simplicity and in their depth. “A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd”. David very simply and matter-of-factly states that the Lord is his shepherd. David was a shepherd himself. He was herding sheep when Samuel asked Jesse, David’s father, to send for him. David knows what a shepherd’s work entails. He knows that shepherds are not held in the highest regard. He knows that a shepherd’s work is oftentimes dirty work…and yet he says, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “The Lord is my shepherd”. Christian, revel in this truth today. Jesus Christ says “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” If you are in Christ, Jesus Christ is your shepherd and He cares for you and will never let you go.
First Place In Everything
A group of us attended a Men's Conference this past Saturday. We were encouraged to pursue a Christ-centeredness in our lives. One of the points that I have been chewing on these past few days relates to Colossians 1:18b which, speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, says "so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything". We were reminded that we often think in terms of Christ having first place "above" everything. In actuality, rather than "above" the verse says "in"; that is, that Christ would have first place in each area of our lives whether that be family, work, marriage, school, singleness, church, and whatever other area you can list. Christ must be our all in all!
More Thoughts on Sin
As we have been going through Genesis 3 and considering sin, it ought to be clear to us all that the sublety of sin is not exclusive to Genesis 3. It is seen all over Scripture. I am reminded of one text in particular. In 1 Peter 2:11, Peter writes, "Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh which wage war against your soul." There is a quiet, inner war that is being waged on a daily, moment-by-moment basis. It is the battle between the passions of the flesh and your soul. The sublety of sin is seen in the fact that it is happening inside of you and, sometimes, or even, most times, you don't acknowledge it or ignore it. We must be vigilant and understand that sin has a way of lying in wait for you in order to pounce on you when you may not expect it, although it had been warring within you for hours or days or weeks or months or years. Be on the alert, Christian! The battle rages and we must, in complete dependence upon the Lord, fight on! Yes and amen! But...how? Peter tells us to "abstain from passions of the flesh". By the way, these aren't merely sexual lusts. It includes all fleshly desires including those Paul mentions in Galatians 5:19. We must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) and abstain from those things that will only feed the flesh and open us up to the lies of the enemy that get us to question the goodness of God. Abstain, Christian! Abstain! Immerse yourself in the Word of God that thoughts of His Son would captivate your mind and preach to your soul.