Knowing Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 

Once you know that you know that you know that God is real then your whole paradigm changes. Understanding the God of love is akin to knowing physics and mathematics. It is not a subject for the faint of heart but takes a heart of diligence. You must pursue your knowledge of God and his character with veracity. The study of God is not a wimpy man’s sport. You see, God has the power to change your life; how you think, how you pray, how you interact with others. He changes you from the inside out. He remakes, remolds, and reforms your inner being. He takes your heart of stone and transforms it to a heart of flesh that pumps life into your world, your community, your church, and your home.

The process may take you places that you never thought you would go. It may bring you trials and tribulations you never thought you could endure. You may suffer persecution. If persecution comes, bear it with heroic endurance. You may be shunned by the world. You may suffer the loss of family and friends. You may give all to gain Christ.

But you can count it all but loss for Christ’s sake. Because He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. That means He shows up. He comes. He introduces himself. He shows you his plans. He lays out the map.

Psalm 25:

Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

The really amazing part is He lets us participate in what He is doing. He shows us how to lay hands on the sick so they recover. God is so good.

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Pillar of Salt Saturday, Mar 1 2014 

15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:

19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;

25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

In our lives, we are surrounded by sin every day. There are those whose lives seem revolting because of the depth of their depravity. When someone is abusing you emotionally, physically, or mentally, sometimes the answer is to flee. It is a natural part of our survival instinct that God put into each of us called “fight or flight.”

But this warning holds true even today as it was in bible times. “Don’t look back.”

Because if you do, there will be bitter tears and wailing and gnashing of teeth.

I don’t know your situation, but I do know the consequences of flight. How it pulls your heart away from the ones you’ve loved. How it breaks your heart. You may never know how right you were to flee this side of heaven. Perhaps you saved yourself or your child from certain death.