“And one day I ran to the City of Refuge. Though guilty I was, I found shelter in the blood He shed for me. I was condemned but God showed mercy, and on Calvary God built a City of Refuge for me.” – Song, “City of Refuge”
The Old Testament is filled with imagery of the Lord Jesus Christ. Foreshadows of His coming and His work that would be accomplished on the Cross of Calvary are found all over the thirty nine books of the Old Testament. One of the less known pictures of God’s grace and Christ forgiveness is that of the cities of refuge described in Numbers thirty five.
"Remember the goodness of God in the frost of adversity.” – Charles H. Spurgeon
“The goodness of God is infinitely more wonderful than we will ever be able to comprehend.” – A.W. Tozer
I am probably the most forgetful person that has ever lived. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is a fairly accurate description of me. My wife can tell me something, and it is almost as if she never told me, because I forget. About a year ago I installed a shelf in my bedroom beside the light switch so I would have a place to put my keys and wallet. Every day I would go through the same routine, “were are my keys and wallet”? My wife would help me look, and after about ten minutes we would find them in some obscure place. If I put my keys on the shelf I will not lose the, and if I put my wallet on the shelf I will not lose it. It sounds simple, but I often forget to put them there, and we rush down the same scenario again. My younger sister always said I acted like an eighty year old man, and I believe I have the perfected the art of forgetting like one (no offense if you are eighty and still sharp as a tack).
“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” – Winston Churchill
“This will not be a campaign of half measures, and we will accept no outcome except victory.” – George W. Bush
There is something serene and beautiful about turning dirt and planting something. Much of the Bible was written by and to an agrarian society, and there is so much benefit in understanding the intricacies of farming. In our back yard, we have the privilege of planting almost a quarter acre personal garden. In this plot of land, we have planted corn, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers, squash, melons, peas, beans, and so much more.
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu
“With God life is an endless hope. Without God, life is a hopeless end.” – Bill Bright
There is nothing quite like seeing a burden lifted. I am no animal lover, but my heart does ache when I see dogs and cats malnourished and mistreated. Often the disposition of these animals is fear and aggression because they have only known hurt and pain. To see an animal rescued from a deplorable situation and placed into a good home is a heartwarming thing. Where once they looked on everyone with suspicion and fear, they now welcome everyone with warmth and love only a rescue could display.
“We cannot rely on God’s promises without obeying His commandments.” – John Calvin
“God’s promises are to be our pleas in prayer.” – Matthew Henry
God is sufficient to provide for what He has promised. There have been dozens of promises that God has made, and every promise made has been fulfilled by God. He never fails and He never has to say, “I couldn’t”. We as Christians have been given exceeding great promises from God, and we should rest in the reality that He will accomplish ALL that He said He would do.
“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” – Erich Fromm
“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Greed can turn your heart from truth faster than just about anything. We have a clear truth presented in the New Testament that “…where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:21. If you want to know what you value the most in life, see
“Discouragement is not from God” – Ignatius of Loyola
“Disappointments will come and go, but discouragement is a choice that you make.” – Charles Stanley
Discouragement is a sin. Yep you read that correctly, and you can go back and read it again if you need to. Better yet, I will say it again, discouragement is a sin. Don’t take my word for it, just look at the Scriptures and you will see revealed God’s attitude about discouragement clearly explained.
“If you had known me then, the way I was before, then you’d understand why I can’t hold back the tears. Now my life is so different since I gave it to the Lord, and I want to give Him glory while I’m here. I stand before you knowing that it’s only by His grace that I am just what I am today. I’m a trophy of grace, a display of His love. I’m part of the results from the Old Rugged Cross that was stained with His precious blood. Though I’ll never understand why He died in my place, just look at me today because I can say I’m a trophy of grace” – Song, “Trophy of Grace”
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Sir John Dalberg-Acton
“Power is dangerous. It corrupts the best and attracts the worst. Power is only given to those who are prepared to lower themselves to pick it up.” – Ragnar Lothbrok
In the classic tale of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien attempts to draw a parallel between power and corruption. An all-powerful ring, the one ring, allures those who desire power only to corrupt them and drive them crazy. This is most vividly depicted in the sulky creature Gollum. His body has been twisted as well as his mind, he desires nothing but the ring, and his entire life is bent on its power. The power of the ring drives Gollum to do some atrocious things, and eventually even claims his own life. Though leadership is not wrong, the pursuit of power can be a dangerous trek to tread.
“If you give God the right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you. God’s experiments always succeed.” – Oswald Chambers
“Faith always trumps fear”
Faith is one of the greatest attributes any child of God can have. Faith – believing God enough to act upon His commands. Hebrews 11:1 gives us the clearest definition of faith in the Bible, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” A casual reading of Hebrews eleven would show that faith is not grabbing at straws or some whimsical wish, but rather quite trust in a revealed promise of God. I am thankful that God has not left us in the dark on His will, plan, and intentions. Graciously, God has given us the Word of God which communicates God clear expectations to us. You want to have faith, start reading the Word and then do the Word.