Today, when I realized I had less than an hour to get ready for Bible Study, I prayed I’d be out the door in forty minutes. Then I decided that would never happen. I immediately repented. Nothing’s impossible to God, (Luke 18:27). God answered my prayer. 🙂
I only puttered in the kitchen today and showed up early for the nearly 90 year old I pick up at her apartment.
This lady worked hard to get out of the nursing home after a major surgery a couple of years ago. A short stay for a mishap earlier this year and then out again.
The 94 year old born again friend of hers really enjoyed the study today. She’d had Bibles to read from in the past.
Our 89 year old explained today that she was in a denominational church for decades. She even taught children about Jesus. She learned Jesus was good, but she never heard the gospel and the chance for salvation all those years in church.
I think the 94 year old may have attended the same denomination. Some denominational churches believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word, some don’t.
If they don’t believe God inspired the various writers, then they’re free to disregard any part of Scripture that doesn’t fit their philosophy.
I intended to write for one denomination and I decided to study their doctrine so I could please the editor with the writing. When the guidelines asked authors not to address God as Father or give Him a masculine gender, I wrote them saying I wouldn’t be sending them a manuscript after all, and why.
So, my 89 year old friend said she thought she was a Christian all those years and tried to be good, but she couldn’t. Not that born again Christians are perfect, but they are new creatures in Christ, as it states in 2 Corinthians 5:17, (NASB): “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (NASB) says, “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I wish I could be perfect now, but that’s impossible in this earthly body. So, I run to Jesus when I mess up and tell Him I’m sorry and then experience His grace and His forgiveness and His peace. Thank You, God!
May He bless you.