Month: March 2012

The Angel with the Millstone

 

For the third time in John’s visions, a mighty angel comes on the scene. The other angels so designated (5:2; 10:1) had something to do with a “scroll” or “little scroll” of destiny. The message of the scroll for John had been, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings” (10:11). Now John has done this, and Babylon’s destiny is revealed. Again there is a mighty angel, but the angel plays a somewhat different role. Before, the contrast between the immensity of the angel and the smallness of the little scroll was almost comic. This angel carries a prop more suitable to his size and strength, a boulder the size of a large millstone (v. 21). He throws it into the sea, recalling Jeremiah’s instructions to Seraiah the quartermaster regarding Babylon:

Jeremiah had written on a scroll about all the disasters that would come upon Babylon–all that had been recorded concerning Babylon. He said to Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, see that you read all these words aloud. . . . When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, `So will Babylon sink to rise no more, because of the disaster I will bring upon her. And her people will fall.'” (Jer 51:60-61, 63-64)

The curse on Babylon in Jeremiah’s day is echoed in the words of the mighty angel: With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again (v. 21). The parallel is striking because Jeremiah had written of Babylon’s judgment on a scroll, and a scroll was used to introduce all the judgments in the book of Revelation. Yet Jeremiah’s stone was not like a millstone; it did not take a mighty angel to lift it, and it was thrown into the Euphrates, not the sea. Here the angel takes on the role of prophet and, like the ancient prophets of Israel, prophesies by actions as well as words. It is a new prophetic action, however, not just a reminder of Jeremiah and Seraiah in the time of the exile.

The image of the millstone has yet another source, closer to John’s time than the prophecies of Jeremiah. Jesus said to his disciples that if anyone “shall offend” (KJV) or “put a stumbling block” (NRSV) before one of Jesus’ “little ones,” it would be better for that person “to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck” (Mk 9:42). Rome has not exactly “put a stumbling block” before Jesus’ disciples or “caused them to sin” (see Mk 9:42 NIV). She has deceived the rest of the world instead. But to them she has done something far worse, for in her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth (v. 24). The prostitute in John’s vision was guilty of many crimes and boundless self-indulgence, but what condemns her above all is that she “was drunk with the blood of the saints” and “those who bore testimony to Jesus” (17:6). Because she offended the “little ones” who belong to Jesus, she is thrown into the sea, to sink like a stone and never be seen again.

Like the raven in Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem that could say only the one sad word, “nevermore,” the mighty angel echoes and reechoes (six times in all) the grim refrain that the great city Babylon will disappear, never to be found again (Greek ou me . . . eti). The music of harps and flutes and trumpets will never be heard in you again; no skilled crafts will ever be found in you again; industry, represented by the millstone itself, will never be heard in you again; even lamplight will never shine in you again, and the happy voices of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again (vv. 21-23). With this, the mighty angel reinforces and drives home the earlier lament of the merchants of the earth to Babylon that “all your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered” (v. 14).

Finally the angel speaks of these merchants explicitly, calling them your merchants andthe world’s great men, and implicitly linking them to Rome’s magic spell (Greekpharmakeia) by which all the nations were led astray (v. 23). This mention of magic, or sorcery (compare 9:21, 21:8, 22:15), recalls ancient prophetic denunciations of Babylon (Is 47:9) and Nineveh (Nahum 3:4), the latter linked explicitly to the deception of nations (“the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft”). Magic here, like drunkenness elsewhere (14:8; 17:2; 18:3), is simply an image for the notion that Rome has deceived and corrupted the nations of the world.

Here as throughout the latter half of the book, John is answering the question of the psalmist, “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?” (Ps 2:1). Rome’s crimes are, first, that she has deceived the nations that trade with her (v. 23) and, second, that she has killed Christian prophets and saints (v. 24). These were also the twin crimes of the dragon (12:9-10, 17) and the beast (13:3, 6-7, 12-15), but to John the more serious of the two is the second. Babylon falls like a millstone into the sea because she has shed the blood of God’s people, and (almost as an afterthought) of all who have been killed on the earth (v. 24). The effect of verses 21-24 is to reinforce the conclusion that God has judged her for the way she treated you (v. 20).

 

BibleGateway.com

(http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Rev/Angel-Millstone)

The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel

 

A Little Background

The prosperity gospel, otherwise known as “word of faith,” “name-it-and-claim-it,”  and the “health and wealth gospel”, is a relatively new invention that originated in American Christianity after World War II.  But being popularized by a number of preachers during the 1950s, especially by Oral Roberts and his ‘Expect a Miracle’ television broadcasts, it has spread like wildfire infecting churches the world over.

The baton has been passed from men like Oral Roberts to Kenneth Copeland, who is often called the “godfather of the prosperity gospel”, to a wide range of false teachers who relentlessly market their wares on Christian television and who seek to draw massive crowds in crusades, at home and abroad.  All sickness is categorized as being of the evil one.  If you’re not prosperous, you are told to examine your life and, above all else, “sow your seed.”

To the solid Christian, we can dismiss, laugh and snicker at the folly of these men and women, who masquerade as heralds of the gospel, but the reality is that they have millions of followers.  And even for those who would not consider themselves followers, there’s the possibility that they have been infected to a certain degree as well.  The prosperity gospel might make more appearances in your church than you might be aware of.

Clarity and faithfulness to the Bible are key at this time.  Pastor Desmond Singh often says of the New Testament writers, “If you can’t understand what they’re saying, look at how they lived.”  Who could believably claim that financial or even physical prosperity was a focus in the early church?

With the exception of John, history tells us that each of the apostles were martyred.  Persecution in the form of stoning, beating, mockery, slander and all sorts of other abuses were often the result of taking a stand for the Lord Jesus in those early centuries.

Contrast what they said and how they lived and died with that of the “false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”  (Matt. 7:15).  While genuine men of God sought out God’s glory and took the oversight of His flock seriously, these false preachers only seek gain at the expense of their followers.

With the prosperity gospel having been exported to Africa, here’s a good summary of some of what passes for Christianity in some parts…  Third world countries, especially in Latin America and Africa, where people are in dire poverty and looking for any hint of relief, have proved to be the most fertile ground.

 

“This is So Transparent – Only a Fool Would Believe It”

Despite the fact that there appears to be a church on every corner, the rate of biblical illiteracy has perhaps never been higher.  A case in point would the fact that a book that is a complete mockery of the Bible and God, entitled “Heaven is for Real“, has risen to the NY Times Bestseller list.  In the book, the young boy (4 years old at the time) sits down for a conversation with the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus helps him with his homework and the angels sing children’s songs.

People simply don’t know the scriptures and often take what they see at face-value.  We should not take it for granted when we have received sound, biblical teaching from a God-called man.  The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians,

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (1:9)

In case it was not crystal clear, Paul says the exact same thing twice in the same chapter.  That’s how important he saw a clear presentation of the true gospel.

In other areas of the New Testament, Paul warns of other Jesuses as well.  Not that there are any but the holy Son of God, but preachers were creating their own versions.  The problem we face today is that people simply are not planted in the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  So, on what basis are they going to discern truth from error?  Simply put, Christians do not know the Biblical Gospel and, therefore, cannot spot a counterfeit.  Even a man faithfully preaching the gospel might be surprised to learn what the members of his church actually believe.  Why?  Because many saints are dabbling in and feeding on religious things that they ought not to.

The Apostle Peter, in warning about false preachers in his day, wrote:

For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. (2 Peter 2:18-20)

Today, Christians generally fail to distinguish between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.  And on close examination, though some scriptures are taken from the New, much of the prosperity gospel focuses on the Old Testament.  Here are a few favourites:

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. (Prov 10:22)

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)

This does not mean that these scriptures are irrelevant, but compare them to the New Testament where, for example, Paul wrote,

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus… (2 Cor 4:8-10)

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (2 Tim 3:12)

There are literally dozens of other scriptures that could be pointed to as well.  But not only can we point to individual scriptures, it is the entire theme of the New Testament.  Prosperity preachers may want to entirely get rid of Peter’s first epistle as it deals, almost exclusively, with suffering in this life.  Some even go so far to declare that the Lord Jesus was rich while He was on this earth, along with His apostles.  What is one to make of the Hebrew ‘hall of faith’ in Hebrews 11?

The Conclusion of the Matter

Anyone who exalts miracles and the supernatural above the truth of God’s word and holiness is a prime candidate for deception.  All the prosperity gospel is is idolatry wrapped in Christian garb.  Regarding deception, the Apostle Paul prophesied:

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess. 2:9-11)

Notice who is responsible for sending strong delusion?  God Himself.  Why?  Because the people, like those referenced in Romans 1, have virtually given themselves over to sinfulness.  ”My God would never do that!”  Well, read the scripture for yourself.  God is holy, just and good.  In Christ Jesus, He gave the best.  What a shame when Christ’s offering for sin is mocked and people use His name as a guise to get what they want.

We must remember that “godliness with content is great gain.”  In this life we are told to bear a cross – an instrument of execution, where the old man (you) must die so that Christ may come alive.  How this contrasts with the gospel of prosperity.  In the prosperity gospel, where is repentance, turning from sin, contentedness, focus on others, sacrifice and dying to self?  Nowhere to be seen.

It is another gospel.

But in the prophets of Jerusalem
I have seen a horrible thing:
they commit adultery and walk in lies;
they strengthen the hands of evildoers,
so that no one turns from his evil…
(Jeremiah 23:14)

Holding nothing back, the Lord says through the prophet:

“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’”

The truth of the gospel may not generate the numerical response that a fleshly, pandering false gospel does. But this has ever been the case.  We must build our lives on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, holding to the scriptures as our guide.

 

*”The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel” found on The Midnight Cry blog:

http://www.themidnightcry.com/2011/07/the-dangers-of-the-prosperity-gospel/

 

Proverbs 16:18 “A Change Of The Heart”

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  Proverbs 16:18

A mother is a figure of comfort and strength.  To become a mother of whom God can be proud of, we must first become a woman that God can be proud of.  Becoming a woman after Christ’s heart starts just there; with a change of heart.  The world teaches girls at a young age to be independent and (to the extreme) ‘man haters’.  A change of heart is one of the most difficult challenges, but one that we as mothers, we will learn to do often.

Here in Proverbs is an awesome example of why pride has no place in a mother’s heart.  Pride needs to be replaced with compassion.  Don’t get me wrong here, being proud and standing your ground as opposed to disciplining your child are two different things.  Showing a loving compassion for your child is the same thing that we ask God to show to us.  Being a mother of God is to walk with a heart of Christ.  A heart of love and compassion.  For, where would we be, if our Father didn’t love us and show us compassion?

Worshipping God In Truth

     Jesus says in John 4:24,

 “God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”  

We must worship God in truth.  Since His word is truth, we must worship Him according to His word.  Here the Lord is telling us that everything we do in worship, we must have God’s divine approval.  Truth is not arbitrary.  Truth for one person is the same as truth for the next.  God has not spoken in unclear ways.  

      God has specified in the Bible the acceptable way He is to be worshipped.  He is not to be worshipped according to the evil and vain imaginations and devices of men.  Whatever that is not commanded in scripture in our worship to God is forbidden if we are to worship God in truth.  God is not obligated to accept our worship just because we offer it to Him.  We dare not substitute what we want for what God has commanded if we want to please Him and go to Heaven.  

     There are many who think it really doesn’t matter what we believe or do in religion, just as long as we are sincere and follow our conscience.  But if it doesn’t really matter what you believe, then it doesn’t matter if you even believe at all.  This is absurd.  This philosophy exalts our conscience above the word of God.  This makes our conscience our only guide and ignores what God says in the Bible.  This philosophy originated with man and not with God.  This is telling God we are going to worship Him the way we choose and we don’t really care what He has to say.  Every man then becomes his own authority thereby eliminating the authority of God, the Bible.  This attitude must greatly hurt the one who gave His life for us.

     Many people want to do what they think best and what seems right to them.  We are warned not to do this in Proverbs 14:12,

 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”  

According to what God says we can loose our soul by doing what seems right in our own eyes.  God’s word is no longer our guide, but it has been replaced with creed books, disciplines, manuals, confessions, etc.  Men want to do things their way and as it seems right in their own eyes.  Please consider the consequences of being deceived by error.  What a pity it will be to stand before the Lord on Judgment Day having been fooled into accepting the unlawful religions of the denominational world.  What a terrible fate to believe error to be truth only to be lost for all of eternity.

     The philosophy of doing what seems right in our eyes has vastly altered the way people attempt to worship God.  They rationalize that God will accept it.  People can rationalize away just about anything they want if they work at it hard and long enough, and because of this people worship God in ignorance.  Just as the apostle Paul told the Athenians in Acts 17:23 (KJV), 

“Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship.”

     The average person in religious matters takes many things for granted.  He finds religious groups practicing something and he decides what the majority does must be right and acceptable to God.  The Bible says the majority of people are going to be eternally lost.  Jesus says in Matthew 7:l3-14,

 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” 

So we don’t want to depend on the majority to determine what is right for us and follow them.  If we do we will also end up being lost in the eternal fires of Hell.

     Many people never stop to ask, is it scriptural and is this what God wants?  They believe that just any kind of worship they give will be acceptable to God.  There are a lot of false teachings today that are being passed off as the truth.  The main reason for all the religious division that we see in the world today is man will not accept God’s word as final authority.  Man is going to do it his own way.  The Bible contains our only instructions on how to please God so we can go to heaven.

     God has always told man how He is to be worshipped.  God is the only one who has the right to determine how He is to be worshipped.  He will only accept that which is in harmony with His prescribed will.  God instructs us how to worship Him acceptably through His word in the Bible.  In Ephesians 5:17 we read, 

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” 

If we are the least bit concerned about where we will spend eternity, it is wise to know what the will of the Lord is so we can do it and be pleasing to Him.  We are accountable for what we believe and practice.  Our eternal destiny hangs in the balance of how we treat His truth.

     In every age God has specified how He is to be worshipped.  He says to us in 2 Peter 1:3,

 “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us.” 

God in the New Testament has given to us all things we need to know that pertain to life and godliness so we can worship Him acceptably, in spirit and in truth.  God has always made it plain and emphatic that the only worship that is acceptable to Him is only that which is in accordance with His will.

God Bless You from an Irish Leprechaun

I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me in the my life time and told me how lucky I am because I am Irish and I was born on St. Patricks Day… Usually I just let it go and reply kindly with a “Yes, I am truly blessed!”  But then my children started giving luck all the glory instead of the True reason for the wonderful things that are happening in our lives.
So I decided to take a look at the differences and permently put an end to all of this “luck talk” in our home…

Lucky: adj. Happening by chance, especially if desired result happens.

“By chance”…if we are lucky it means God has no power, Jesus died for nothing and everything happens by accident. Luck has no hope, luck doesn’t love, luck doesn’t forgive, luck doesn’t redeem us from ourselves.

I’m tired of luck…so lets move on…

Blessed: Verb. To bestow good of any kind upon. (Someone actually has to do the blessing)

Sounds kind of like luck doesn’t it…but God blesses us. God loves, God forgives, God brings us hope. We are blessed. I am blessed. If nothing else happens in my entire life, I’m blessed..because I have hope, I have a home that is not of this world.
We were put in this world for a reason, for a purpose. Nothing ever happens by chance and the world needs to know where our hope comes from. We’re not lucky, we’re BLESSED!
“He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God He is my mighty rock my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, Oh People; pour out your hearts to Him for God is our refuge.” Psalms 62:6-8

Exodus 3:4 (Taking Notice of The Burning Bushes Around You)

The years of the life of Moses are remarkably divided into three forties: the first forty he spent as a prince in Pharaoh’s court, the second a shepherd in Midian, the third a king in Jeshurun; so changeable is the life of men, especially the life of good men. He had now finished his second forty, when he received his commission to bring Israel out of Egypt. Note, Sometimes it is long before God calls his servants out of that work which of old he designed them for, and has been graciously preparing them for. Moses was born to be Israel’s deliverer, and yet not a word is said of it to him till he is eighty years of age. Now observe,

I. How this appearance of God to him found him employed. He was keeping the flock (tending sheep) near mount Horeb, Exod. 3:1. This was a poor employment for a man of his parts and education, yet he rests satisfied with it, and thus learns meekness and contentment to a high degree, for which he is more celebrated in sacred writ than for all his other learning. Note, 1. In the calling to which we are called we should abide, and not be given to change. 2. Even those that are qualified for great employments and services must not think it strange if they be confined to obscurity; it was the lot of Moses before them, who foresaw nothing to the contrary but that he should die, as he had lived a great while, a poor despicable shepherd. Let those that think themselves buried alive be content to shine like lamps in their sepulchres, and wait till God’s time come for setting them on a candlestick. Thus employed Moses was, when he was honoured with this vision. Note, (1.) God will encourage industry. The shepherds were keeping their flocks when they received the tidings of our Saviour’s birth,Luke 2:8. Satan loves to find us idle; God is well pleased when he find us employed. (2.) Retirement is a good friend to our communion with God. When we are alone, the Father is with us. Moses saw more of God in a desert than ever he had seen in Pharaoh’s court.

II. What the appearance was. To his great surprise he saw a bush burning, when he perceived no fire either from earth or heaven to kindle it, and, which was more strange, it did not consume, Exod. 3:2. It was an angel of the Lord that appeared to him; some think, a created angel, who speaks in the language of him that sent him; others, the second person, the angel of the covenant, who is himself Jehovah. It was an extraordinary manifestation of the divine presence and glory; what was visible was produced by the ministry of an angel, but he heard God in it speaking to him. 1. He saw a flame of fire; for our God is a consuming fire. When Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt was promised to Abraham, he saw a burning lamp, which signified the light of joy which that deliverance should cause (Gen. 15:17); but now it shines brighter, as a flame of fire, for God in that deliverance brought terror and destruction to his enemies, light and heat to his people, and displayed his glory before all. See Isa. 10:17. 2. This fire was not in a tall and stately cedar, but in a bush, a thorny bush, so the word signifies; for God chooses the weak and despised things of the world (such as Moses, now a poor shepherd), with them to confound the wise; he delights to beautify and crown the humble. 3. The bush burned, and yet was not consumed, an emblem of the church now in bondage in Egypt, burning in the brick-kilns, yet not consumed; perplexed, but not in despair; cast down, but not destroyed.

III. The curiosity Moses had to enquire into this extraordinary sight: I will turn aside and see, Exod. 3:3. He speaks as one inquisitive and bold in his enquiry; whatever it was, he would, if possible, know the meaning of it. Note, Things revealed belong to us, and we ought diligently to enquire into them.

IV. The invitation he had to draw near, yet with a caution not to come too near, nor rashly.

1. God gave him a gracious call, to which he returned a ready answer, Exod. 3:4. When God saw that he took notice of the burning bush, and turned aside to see it, and left his business to attend it, then God called to him. If he had carelessly neglected it as an ignis fatuus—a deceiving meteor, a thing not worth taking notice of, it is probable that God would have departed, and said nothing to him; but, when he turned aside, God called to him. Note, Those that would have communion with God must attend upon him, and approach to him, in those ordinances wherein he is pleased to manifest himself, and his power and glory, though it be in a bush; they must come to the treasure, though in an earthen vessel. Those that seek God diligently shall find him, and find him their bountiful rewarder. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. God called him by name, Moses, Moses. This which he heard could not but surprise him much more than what he saw. The word of the Lord always went along with the glory of the Lord, for every divine vision was designed for divine revelation, Job 4:16-21; 32:14-15. Divine calls are then effectual, (1.) When the Spirit of God makes them particular, and calls us by name. The word calls, Ho, every one! The Spirit, by the application of that, calls, Ho, such a one! I know thee by name, Exod. 33:12. (2.) When we return an obedient answer to them, as Moses here, “Here am I, what saith my Lord unto his servant? Here am I, not only to hear what is said, but to do what I am bidden.”

Sometimes God chooses to speak to us though a burning bush, and sometimes it’s a still small voice.  Either way, we must be able to hear Him.  We must be willing to listen, even to a burning bush, because sometimes (with some of us hardheaded, stubborn folks) it takes something as out of the ordinary as a talking bush for us to realize God has something to say…

God’s Masterpiece

 

Have you ever sat and really looked at God’s handiwork? Isn’t it amazing? You can see the starlit sky at night. The stars seem to shine like diamonds. Or have you ever watched the heavens at dawn when it looks like a blazing orange canvas? Even when the stormy days come and they are filled with gray skies, torrents of rainfall, and winds sway the trees like they are dancing, it is a sight to see the wonders of God’s artistic hand.

I couldn’t help from daydreaming the other day as I gazed out my window. I watched the lightning and heard the thunder. The rain was so heavy you could hardly see the shapes of the trees. The Creator of the universe created all that artwork. Our minds are captivated at the wonders of God’s creation. Flowers bounce back after torrents of rain. Birds and squirrels even sit in the trees as if to watch what is happening around them. Yet in all this beautiful scenery there is something greater.

His greatest masterpiece is you and me. Wow! When the Lord created the heavens and the earth, He rested and said all that He made was good. Yet, something was missing… us. So He made man in the image and likeness of Himself. Man and woman were created to have fellowship with God. We weren’t the afterthought in creation. We were the special finishing touches. He longs for the day when he shall gather His children and we shall be with Him for all eternity.

The Lord dropped a thought in my heart. He loves us so much he chose not to live without us at the beginning of creation nor when He went to the cross! We are His greatest work of art, so valuable that He says we are the apples of His eye.

For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. He says we are His workmanship (Zechariah 2:8).

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

Next time you look in the mirror, see what God sees and cherish your time on this earth. Take time to tell Him how much you love Him and all He has done for you. Try not to take life for granted, but rather value it. I see the tiny newborn baby who looks for someone to hold it and take care of it. I am glad that their mother chose not to abort them. Then I think of the sick and elderly people, and how they look to the Lord to help them.

The point I am trying to make is that you are the most prized possession God has. You are His masterpiece. What matters most to Him is you. He loves you.