Daily Archives: November 28, 2013

Looking for Him

 Hebrews 9:28
“Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation” 

This is our hope. He to whom we have already looked as coming once to bear the sins of many will have another manifestation to the sons of men; this is a happy prospect in itself. But that second appearing has certain peculiar marks which glorify it exceedingly.

Our LORD will have ended the business of sin. He has so taken it away from His people and so effectually borne its penalty that He will have nothing to do with it at His second coming. He will present no sin offering, for He will have utterly put sin away.

Our LORD will then complete the salvation of His people. They will be finally and perfectly saved and will in every respect enjoy the fullness of that salvation. He comes not to bear the result of our transgressions but to bring the result of His obedience; not to remove our condemnation but to perfect our salvation.

Our LORD thus appears only to those who look for Him. He will not be seen in this character by men whose eyes are blinded with self and sin. To them He will be a terrible Judge and nothing more. We must first look to Him and then look for Him; and in both cases our look shall be life.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

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The Benefits of Praise

Ephesians 1
Praise helps us honor, worship and give maximum glory to the only one who deserves it. Eph.1:1
Praise helps us fully appreciate and appropriate God’s grace, goodness and peace. Eph. 1:2
Praise helps us gain a greater awareness of how enriched we are through God’s blessings Eph.1:3
Praise helps us complete God’s primary purpose for creating us. Eph. 1:3
Praise helps us live lives that are blameless, pure, and wholly devoted to God. Eph 1:4
Praise helps us understand our inherited entitlements in Christ. Eph. 1:5
Praise reminds us of our wonderful redemption, deliverance and salvation in Christ Eph.1:7
Praise helps us see how everything in life is created and held together around Christ. Eph 1:10
Praise helps us appreciate how we were made God’s heritage and accessed His power. Eph1:11
Praise helps us appreciate the surpassing greatness of His power for us who believe. Eph. 1:19

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
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The God of Second Chances

Luke 15:24
“For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found’ so they began to celebrate

Perhaps one of the most memorable and heart touching stories of grace and forgiveness is recorded in Luke chapter fifteen. It’s what we’ve come to know as the story of the Prodigal Son. This young man demanded his inheritance while his father was still alive, spent it all on riotous living, and found himself dirty, destitute, and despairing. As despicable as pigs were to Jews, this young man took a job taking care of pigs and eating their food just to stay alive. He came to his senses.

“How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death. I will set out and go back to my father and say to him,  ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’So he got up and went to his father. Luke 15:17-20.”

And where was his father? He was panning the horizon, hoping for a sign that his boy might return home. While “he was still a long way off,” the father spotted his son on the horizon. Filled with compassion, he picked up the edges of his robe and ran. He didn’t wait for his son to come to him, grovel at his feet, and beg for forgiveness. No, as soon as the father caught a glimpse of his son, he dashed toward his boy, smothered him with kisses, and welcomed him home. 

If you remember, not everyone was happy when the prodigal son returned. His big brother resented the fact that he was given another chance. And you know what? There will be those who resent the fact that we get another chance as well.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

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