TEN

“Ten” lists have been so popular that people tend to check them out for the best recommendations and validation on their favorite song, movie, book, vacation spot, and many more. There is probably a “ten” list for anything. An ideal number, ten is—not too much for us to remember, not too little to doubt its credibility. When we say that someone or something is a “ten,” it implies perfection.

The bible also gives us many tens representing God’s authority, completion, and perfection: the ten commandments, the ten plagues in Egypt, the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom to come, and the tithe (tenth), just to name some. Amazingly, there is a perfect set of bible verses to remind us that God will never leave us nor forsake us:

1  Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

2  Deuteronomy 31:8 – It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

3  Joshua 1:5 – “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.”

4  1 Kings 8:57 – “The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us.”

5  1 Chronicles 28:20 – “Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”

6  Psalms 37:28 –  “For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.”

7  Psalms 94:14 – “For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage.”

8  Isaiah 41:17  “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them

9  Isaiah 42:16 – “I will lead the blind in a what that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.”

10  Hebrews 13:5 – “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

These are only ten of the verses in the Bible among thousands of other truths packed into the living word of God. Like true gems, we can hold onto these promises and know with full assurance that the Lord God, Most High, is a promise-keeping God.

Only God is faithful to fulfill His promises. His perfection (being the perfect 10) gives us that assurance. Will you put your trust and rest in anything less?

 

 

Parenting By Faith

It is every Christian parent’s desire to bring up their child in God’s ways.

It is every Christian parent’s desire to teach their child of God’s love and to love Him back with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their strength (Luke 10:27).

While the world has come up with so many ways for parents to rear their children, parents tend to forget and take forgranted that God has already given the best instruction on how to do this.  Systems and methods have been proliferating, seemingly to make parenting easier.  But what is it doing to the children?  Are we cultivating biblical moral values in their lives?

Biblical parenting is God centered, not child centered. Biblical parenting assumes that there are absolutes that must be taught to children. Practically, this tells us that children must be disciplined to conform to God’s direction. The child is ultimately accountable to God. Before God, children do not have the option of deciding that they won’t or can’t obey. This truth is what we must communicate to our children. It is a truth that will not change, even when your children are grown and have left your home.

Read about Parenting By Faith  by Shepherd Press.

Amazing Weakness

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Weakness is a quality this world frowns upon. It is the state or condition of lacking strength. Along with it is the frailty to succeed in school, at work, in ministry or even in personal relationships. In other words, it is not good.

Paul uttered these words after pointing out that he had a thorn in the flesh, it was a struggle for him to live under such harassment from Satan. Paul pleaded three times that his thorn would be taken away. He clearly wanted God to remove it but the Lord allowed it to remain so that Paul would not become conceited. He lived in the brokenness. He gloried in his weakness.

In the same way for the Christian, weakness is a state in which we humbly acknowledge our inability to succeed. It is in this state that we come to God, not of own effort and merit.

Weakness in us is greatness in God.

Weakness in spirit brings forth the declaration of helplessness and surrender, compelling us to step back, allowing God to be who He is, take over, and demonstrate His glory and might. Weakness pulls us down to our knees. Paul certainly was humbled by his weakness that allowed him to say “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (v10).

Weakness in the Christian is the revelation of God’s grace. And in that alone, we can boast.

We boast of our God’s sovereignty and omnipotence. We boast of our Creator’s splendor and might. We boast of our King’s victory and power. In the moment that we allow God to be God, true success is accomplished. The strength and power that God supplies amidst our weakness and limitations bring the ultimate glory to Him and not to us.

Are there things in your life that you are still trying to control, solve, or overcome? Do you have weaknesses or limitations that you cannot accept? Perhaps its time that you hand over the reigns to Him who is truly able, and see how amazing your weakness will turn out to be.