New year, new years resolutions. Do you guys have any? I found it funny that a poll I once found said that new years resolutions are the biggest money makers for a gym, March and April coming in second as people want their beach bodies for the summer. I can't remember where I saw it, probably pinterest somewhere;). The intention is super duper great! Unfortunately, research polls say that 67% of gym memberships bought go to waste. That means out of roughly 131,700,000 memberships in the US, 88,239,000 go unused or out of the $21,800,000,000 revenue for fitness centers in the US $14,606,000,000 is wasted. CRAZINESS!!!
*If that is your resolution, please don't get offended, go get some, be a rebel and get'er done!
Lets not let these statistics be true for the Christmas spirit of recognizing The LORD Jesus. As the new years resolutions start to wear down and the sensitivity and tangibility of the holidays and celebration of Jesus Birthday start to fade, don't push Jesus off as a fad like the gym memberships.
I always read my bible through every year so my new years starts off with scripture. I always had since the birth of my Buddy, 12 years ago this year. This year though I have found the desire to not just read The Word through but I am journaling Him. Yes, it will probably take two years but hey, He is well worth my time:) I am super excited and have barely made it through to Genesis 3 but oh man is The Word good!
I want to wish a super happy new year for you all and may your blessings to The LORD be rich and full and make Him smile:)
"Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD:
though your sins have stained you as scarlet, they shall become white as snow;
though they are as easy to see as the color crimson, you can become white as wool"
So, I never quite understood this scripture. I would read through it but my understanding never really grasped it. I always assumed it meant that we were invited to discuss or debate a matter with The LORD, to settle. But when it is fallowed up with the talk of sins (and colors), that didn't quite make sense to me. But, it hit me this week, so I had to do a word study and that's when...BOOM! My kiddos knew something was up because I did my super excited "ooh" noise and got antsy. They always come running and wait for me to calm down for the news;) My buddy will have his bible on hand to take notes and get excited with me. My beautiful is more like her daddy and will be there to learn but calm me down and just smile. I love my babies!
Anyway, back on track...We can't debate! That would mean that we can convince The LORD about our sins or change His mind, if we can debate against it with Him. For I am The LORD and I do not change-Malachi 3:6 and Not by works, so that no man can boast-Ephesians 2:9 expressly says that that is not gunna happen.
So, what is this saying? The Hebrew root word for reason here is dabar daw-bar': to arrange. In speaking: to pronounce, tell or teach. It would be in the same context if we were planning a hunting trip with our kids. You would, of course, put them through hunters safety to explain what to expect for what will happen. I am super excited about this. That's what happened! No, not a hunting trip, lets continue.
What is going on here is that the LORD is sitting them down to clear things up. Proclaiming to them what is going to happen; what has been arranged. He is saying you can't reason with Me, it's already done! That though our sins have stained us deep (crimson/red), He has or we shall (past participle event of something that has happened, though it technically hadn't happened yet, super cool!) be made white or pure. He was giving a heads up that He already knew and decided before hand that the cross was already going to happen:)
So, I had to share this with you cause I thought it was amazing!!! What love!!! He knew He would have to die and suffer such a death but decided we were so important that we are worth it! He foreknew what we would be like and what it would cost Him but that we were well worth the cost!!! I hope you found it exciting too!!! You are worth the ultimate cost to the Creator of EVERYTHING, the King who has EVERYTHING yet wants YOU!!! Have a great week:)
"God saved us and called us to be holy, not because of what we had done, but because of his own plan and kindness. Before the world began, God planned that Christ Jesus would show us God's kindness." 2Timothy 1:9
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)