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Nature is the Art of God

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” ~ Colossians 1:16

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Sometimes when I’m driving at sunrise or at sunset, I marvel at how beautiful the sky is during these times.  I say to myself, “I’ll bet there’s never been a sunrise or sunset exactly the same.  God’s an awesome artist!”  Of course, that’s an understatement.

When I look at the universe – the sun, moon, stars, and planets; all the beautiful galaxies with their own unique qualities; the colorful nebulae which decorate the vast expanse of space; and even our own planet, Earth, with all its wonder and beauty – I cannot understand how anyone could think that all of this came about by accident!  I mean… how can something possibly come from nothing?  This goes against the laws of science.

Even the most complex of inventions (i.e., cars, computers, even a common wristwatch) could not possibly have just come about by chance.  We all agree that these things had to have had someone design them.  So, why would anyone believe that living organisms – which are exponentially more complex than any of the objects mentioned above – came into existence without a Designer?  Logically and scientifically, this is impossible.

Just something to think about…

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For more information on this topic, I recommend Chuck Missler’s article entitled, “Chance as the Master Architect?”.    Read it online at http://www.khouse.org/articles/2000/256/#resources.

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1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

                                                                       ~ Psalm 23                                                      

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“Picture in your mind a tall ladder leaning against a wall. Now think about your life as a process of climbing that ladder. Wouldn’t it be a tragedy to get to the top of the ladder and find you placed it against the wrong wall? One life to live and you missed it.” *

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The writer of the above quote makes an interesting analogy.  He likens our journeys through life to that of us climbing a ladder; then us having a choice of walls (our spiritual belief system) on which to lean that ladder against; and finally, there being the possibility of one of these walls being the wrong one.  There’s a real ominousness about that whole scenario.

As a Christian, I believe that I’ve chosen the correct wall to lean my ladder against.  Perhaps you feel the same way as a non-Christian.  How can we really know for sure?

In the past, I learned about other religions, and even belonged to a cult for many years, but I eventually came to the belief that Christianity is the only way that we can be assured of having eternal life.  In my article, None of Us are Promised Tomorrow, I explain why I believe this to be true. 

Perhaps you who are non-Christians have preconceived, negative beliefs about Christianity?  Maybe you think that it is difficult to understand?  I encourage you to examine it more and see that it is really very simple and straightforward.   The above-mentioned article explains it in a nutshell.

Whatever belief system we hold, we should really know and understand the reasons why we believe what we believe – not just follow along blindly.  That is so very dangerous.  Even if you consider yourself a Christian, do you know why you label yourself as such?  Is this a decision you made for yourself, or is it just because your parents were Christians and you think that automatically makes you one, also?  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  After a certain age, we are responsible to seek God for ourselves and decide what we are going to believe on our own.  Jesus Himself said that there are many who believe that they are followers of His who, on Judgment Day, will be turned away because “He never knew them.” (Matthew 7:21-23)  What a scary thought!

The bottom line is that none of us knows when our last day on this earth will be.  Some reading this may very well be about to touch the last rung of their ladder of life and not even know it.  This is why we all need to be absolutely sure, without a doubt, that our ladders are leaning against the right wall.  Are you?

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*Excerpt from “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby and Claude King.  For more information about this book, please visit http://www.christianbook.com/experiencing-workbook-knowing-doing-member-updated/henry-blackaby/9781415858387/pd/858387?item_code=WW&netp_id=515622&event=ESRCG&view=details#curr.   (I found the workbook to be the most helpful.)

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From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same – the Name of the Lord is to be praised! 

Let’s Praise Adonai!

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If you don’t know where I’ve been…

…then you can’t know where I’m

coming from.

People have all kinds of things they have to deal with in life.  You never know whether someone has just had a death in the family, a bad report from the doctor — or whatever.  You also never know what kind of childhood some people may have had to endure.  Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Jesus tells us not to judge others. (Matthew 7:1)

The fact is that everyone is going through something or has gone through something in their lives.  And everyone handles things in different ways.  So before criticizing or looking down on others, why not try and see things from their perspective, and then — show mercy and compassion instead.  You never know how that could impact someone’s life for the better.

Just something to think about…

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 1Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

 2The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

 3His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

 4He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

 5He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

 6He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

 7The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

 8They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

 9He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

                                                                                     ~ Psalm 111

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“The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’
So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”  (Exodus 17:8-13)

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“Keep your hands up!”  This was a thought that was strongly impressed upon me as I was washing dishes one morning.  I was going through a very trying time and at that moment I was thinking about everything that was going on and praying to God for a resolution.  Then I heard those words in my mind.

I immediately thought of the story of Moses holding up his hands during a battle against Israel and one of their enemies.  When Moses’ hands were held up, Israel started winning.  But when Moses’ hands got tired and he let them down, the enemy started winning.  Then two other men came and helped him keep his hands up in the air and eventually Israel won that battle.

I perceived that God was telling me that as long as I keep my hands up (i.e., praying to, praising, and worshiping Him — I believe with my hands held high), then He would give me favor in my battles, just like He did for Israel when Moses kept his hands up.

God got me through that particular battle victoriously.  There have been others since then, and He’s always gotten me through.  And I expect there to be more in the future.  I will continue to keep my hands held high to God in an attitude of prayer, praise, and worship to Him – in and out of the spiritual and physical battles that I face.

I hope this encourages you, the reader, to do the same.  Be blessed!

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