Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Saved by the blood

9:22 p.m. Today's project was to meditate on a miraculous delivery of the armies of Israel, Judah, and Edom from their mutual enemy the Moabites. II Kings 3:16-18 says,

Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. And he said, "Thus says the LORD: 'Make this valley full of ditches.' For thus says the LORD: 'You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain,; yet the valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle and your animals may drink.' And this is a simple matter in the sight of the LORD: He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand."

It seemed like an unbelievable directive from God, but the ditches were dug, as they left the results to God. That takes the kind of faith noted in Hebrews 11:1.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Last night, our Mary Kay unit watched "Facing the Giants," a Christian movie about the faith of  a football team that took them all the way to the state championship. We later shared about belief in what God has said despite what the devil throws at us, what I described as

  • disappointment
  • discouragement
  • disparagement
  • disillusionment
If we linger mentally on those arrows shot at us, we will experience defeat in any and every area of our lives. But God is greater than the greatest outside threat, or our worst inner weakness!

The people arose the next day, verse 20 tells us and this is what they discovered when they had given the grain offering--the land was filled with water! But even more amazing, the sun shining of the water made it look like blood to the enemy Moabites, so they presumed that the the three kings' armies had turned on each other and killed themselves. So the Moabites rushed in to collect the spoil, and were killed.

An illusion of blood defeated Israel's enemy. But the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross for you and me, and all of the world's people was 100% real, as for the whipping and spitting He withstood on His way to the cross. His shed blood made it possible for people everywhere to join the family of God as born again children of God.

But each person must make the decision to accept Christ's offer of salvation, confess his sins, believe that the Son of God will forgive his sins, and ask for that forgiveness, to be saved and have the assurance that you will spend eternity in heaven with God!

Won't you make that decision today? Please let me know!!

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