I Love to write for God. Each week, I write messages and share the word of God with anyone who will read what I write. God has always been my inspiration. Even in trouble times, he can get you though anything. This is what my messages are all about.
TRUTH FOR DARK DAYS (Day 2)
The Brevity of Life
Life passes us by a lot more quickly than we imagine. I vividly remember the birth of my first child—and then, it seemed he was a teenager only a few weeks later. Suddenly, we wake up older and we realize that any given moment may be the only moment we have left to live for Jesus Christ because life is very brief.
As we age, our physical and mental abilities fade, old friends pass away, familiar customs which have been routine disintegrate, and our long-held ambitions lose their potential. These realities, though, shouldn’t drive us into despair but stimulate us. There is an opportunity in every day! As Derek Kidner writes, “Death has not yet reached out to us: let it rattle its chains at us and stir us into action.” With the minutes that remain in our lives, we can lift up our eyes and look on the fields, because, as Jesus said, they’re already “white for harvest.” (John 4:35)
The Bible doesn’t encourage us to wait until we graduate or get married or settle down or sort ourselves out or retire to serve Christ. Rather, it encourages us to live in the awareness of what James, the brother of Jesus, says: that we shouldn’t say, “Tomorrow, we’ll go here or go there and get gain and do this and all these things,” but instead respond, “If the Lord wills, we will do this or that” (see James 4:13, 15). We do so because, as James also reminds us, our lives are but “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)
Before the strength in our hands fails us and our teeth, eyes, and ears grow weak, will we choose to live for Jesus Christ? If we wait until tomorrow, tomorrow may be too late. As C. T. Studd once put it, there is
Only one life, ’Twill soon be past. Only what’s done For Christ will last.
 Derek Kidner, The Message of Ecclesiastes, The Bible Speaks Today (Leicester, UK: Inter-Varsity, 1976), 104.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1pe.5.10.NIV
Victory Over Sin When Adam and Eve first disobeyed God and ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden, sin became a part of the nature of mankind. Ever since, humans have been born naturally separated from God because of that sin. Because He is perfect, God simply cannot be in close proximity to sin. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were required to frequently sacrifice an unblemished lamb to atone for sin. The offering had to be perfect to cover the debt of sin - it was the only way a person could stay in right standing with God. Jesus is often referred to as the “Lamb of God”, because His sacrifice on the cross covered the sin of humanity. One of the many miracles of the cross is that it reversed the curse of Adam and Eve’s sin: Just as one act of sin separated all of humanity from God, the sacrifice made by one perfect person covered the sin of all people and made a way for reconciliation. Because Jesus offered Himself for us, we hav
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:49 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.2.49.NIV He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ’ ” Luke 11:2-4 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.11.2-4.NIV