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Throwback Thursday: The Power of God

 

 

THE POWER OF GOD

 

“For He says to the snow, ‘fall on the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength.”

Job 37:6 (NKJV)

I listened to the TV reporter standing on an overpass where two major interstates crossed. There was little traffic in Atlanta, Georgia because the city had basically shut down. It is hard to believe that God could bring such a standstill to the southeastern U.S. with just some snow and ice. The previous week’s snow had trapped motorists on interstates because the southern states were not equipped to handle it. Now, with this second storm dropping ice and snow, people heeded the warnings and stayed home. The number of homes without electricity was in the millions.

Here in Virginia, it was mostly snow. We did not lose power, and I enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation. Some shelves in the stores were bare since trucks were unable to replenish the products which had been snatched up prior to the storm.

Imagine the coming judgments of God if this happens with a snow/ice event. Without a doubt, I am saved, and I will not be here during the Great Tribulation. If reporters are able to broadcast, what will people do when they hear the reports of the sea turning to blood (Rev. 8:8)? What will they do when the earth quakes, the sun turns black, and the stars fall to earth (Rev. 6:12-13)?Even if you die before the time of these judgments, are you aware that hell is real and if you are not saved that is where you will spend eternity?

Jesus Christ died to pay the sin debt for believers. He gives the free gift of salvation when you repent of your sin with a sincere heart. When God saves you, your life will be forever changed. You will hate sin, and you will love the things of God. The power of God will be at work in your life. Best of all, your eternity will be spent in heaven.

Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your gift of salvation. I am a sinner. I need Your forgiveness, and I need salvation. I turn my back on my sin, and I want to live for You. Please save me and be my Lord and Savior. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 10:28, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, 1 John 1:9.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Do you have a personal relationship with Him?

THE POWER OF GOD“For He says to the snow, ‘fall on the earth’; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength.”

 

Job 37:6 (NKJV)

I listened to the TV reporter standing on an overpass where two major interstates crossed. There was little traffic in Atlanta, Georgia because the city had basically shut down. It is hard to believe that God could bring such a standstill to the southeastern U.S. with just some snow and ice. The previous week’s snow had trapped motorists on interstates because the southern states were not equipped to handle it. Now, with this second storm dropping ice and snow, people heeded the warnings and stayed home. The number of homes without electricity was in the millions.

Here in Virginia, it was mostly snow. We did not lose power, and I enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation. Some shelves in the stores were bare since trucks were unable to replenish the products which had been snatched up prior to the storm.

Imagine the coming judgments of God if this happens with a snow/ice event. Without a doubt, I am saved, and I will not be here during the Great Tribulation. If reporters are able to broadcast, what will people do when they hear the reports of the sea turning to blood (Rev. 8:8)? What will they do when the earth quakes, the sun turns black, and the stars fall to earth (Rev. 6:12-13)?Even if you die before the time of these judgments, are you aware that hell is real and if you are not saved that is where you will spend eternity?

Jesus Christ died to pay the sin debt for believers. He gives the free gift of salvation when you repent of your sin with a sincere heart. When God saves you, your life will be forever changed. You will hate sin, and you will love the things of God. The power of God will be at work in your life. Best of all, your eternity will be spent in heaven.

Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your gift of salvation. I am a sinner. I need Your forgiveness, and I need salvation. I turn my back on my sin, and I want to live for You. Please save me and be my Lord and Savior. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 10:28, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, 1 John 1:9.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? If not, why not repent of your sin, and call on Him to save you?

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

If not, why not repent of your sin, and call on Him to save you?

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Guilt to Grace

 

GUILT TO GRACE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

So Judah acknowledged them and said, “She has been more righteous than I, because I did not give her to Shelah my son.” And he never knew her again.

Genesis 38:26 NKJV

She felt deceived, used, and disrespected. Her future seemed dismal and hopeless. She had done the right thing, but where did it get her? Now, she devised a plan.

This was Tamar, the oldest of the great, great… great-grandmothers in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:4).

Tamar was a Canaanite. Although the Jews were forbidden to marry Canaanites, Judah and his sons did. Judah gave Tamar to his eldest son, Er, to marry.

Er was wicked, and God killed him before Tamar conceived a child with him.

Judah acted according to their custom, and he gave his second son, Onan, to Tamar to raise up an heir for his brother. Onan married Tamar, but he refused to help her conceive an heir to his brother, Er. So, God killed him.

One son remained, Shelah, and Judah feared the Lord would kill him also. At Judah’s request, Tamar remained a widow in her father’s house waiting until Shelah was grown.

Tamar realized Judah did not intend to give her his last son, so she disguised herself as a prostitute. She waited in the place where Judah would pass by. Covered in a veil, Tamar was unrecognizable, and Judah had relations with her. Judah offered to send her a goat from his flock, but Tamar shrewdly requested a pledge: Judah’s signet ring, cord, and staff.

When Judah sent the young goat to the harlot, his men could not find her. No one recalled a prostitute in that area because Tamar had returned to her widow clothes in her father’s house.

Judah received word that Tamar was pregnant, and he ordered the men to burn her. When they brought Tamar out, she revealed the items Judah had given her declaring they belonged to the father of her child.

Judah acknowledged they belonged to him as well as his wrong-doing. Tamar bore twins, and the oldest, Perez was a great-grandfather to the Messiah.

Can you believe these are the ancestors of Jesus Christ? A deceptive father who unknowingly slept with his daughter-in-law, and Tamar played the harlot.

Only four women are mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy, and Tamar is first. She is a portrait of God’s grace. Grace that says you can never stoop too low. Grace that says all can be forgiven. Grace that says your sins have been washed white as snow. Grace that says you are part of the family. Grace that exchanges honor for shame. Grace that chooses to forget the sins. God’s grace blots out guilt.

No matter who you are. No matter what you have done. You are welcomed into the family of Jesus when you genuinely ask Him to be your Lord and Savior. Grace awaits you today.

Lord Jesus, thank You for loving us enough to include guilty sinners in Your family tree. This demonstrates to the world that You truly give grace to the repentant sinner. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Genesis 38.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Does doubt ever cause you to question God’s love? Tamar’s story along with the others in Matthew’s genealogy prove there is no limit to God’s grace.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.