The Jesus Code: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 17 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?” (Psalm 24.3).

 

In Psalm 24 David asked some very important questions. Hawkins begins:

“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?” (v. 3). And no sooner did he ask, he provided the answer: “He who has clean hands and a pure heart” (vv. 3– 4). This brief psalm is not simply one of celebration and commemoration, but also one of examination and anticipation. David took a backward look, an inward look, and a forward look.

This Psalm looks back to the return of the Ark to Jerusalem after being in the hands of their enemies and then sitting in the home of Obed-Edom for three months after David’s first misguided attempt to bring the Ark home.

But we shouldn’t just look backward as we contemplate this Psalm. We should also look inward. Hawkins goes on:

“Clean hands and a pure heart”— do you meet those qualifications? Can you ascend this hill? Can I? No mortal can do so. The qualification is twofold: one must possess clean hands and a pure heart. But my hands, representing my outward life, are not clean. I have sinned, and my actions and words fall far short of our holy God’s righteous demands. And my inner life, my heart, is far from pure: like everyone, I have discovered that my own “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17: 9). How will you and I ever be able to ascend the Lord’s hill, much less “stand in His holy place”? We will be able to ascend the hill of the Lord because of the one Person in all of history who met these qualifications: the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of glory.

And finally, we should look forward:

This psalm also points to Jesus’ triumphant return to Jerusalem. One day He will return, set foot on the Mount of Olives, walk down its rocky slope, cross the Kidron Valley, then ascend Mount Moriah, enter through the Eastern Golden Gate of the city, and, from Jerusalem, establish His reign over the earth. The watchmen on the gates will shout, “Who is this King of glory?” (v. 8). To which we, who are coming with Him, will reply, “The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! (vv. 8– 9). And the King of glory shall come in!” Through the gates and into the city once again Jesus will come, our conquering King of glory.

So, “Who may ascent into the Hill of the Lord?” You and me if we have opened up our hearts and received the King of glory and His finished work on the cross.

 

Next week’s question is: “How can a young man cleanse his way?” (Psalm 119.9).

Last week’s question: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11.3). Read it here.

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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Sin is Crouching at the Door!

 

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A lot had happened since God created the world and said, “It is good.”

Adam and Eve had been given their mandate from God, including the one “thou-shalt-not.” God had instituted marriage. Adam and Eve had chosen to rebel against God and His command. Fear and blameshifting had entered the picture along with the sin of rebellion. And finally, God had pronounced the curse resulting from sin, along with a hint at His plan of salvation.

In Genesis 4 we get a snapshot of life outside the Garden and a firsthand look at the downward spiral to which Adam and Eve had opened the door. (You can read more of this post at A Look at the Book.)

 

The Jesus Code: “Ignorance & apathy” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 16 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11.3).

The first paragraph of this chapter says it all:

A news reporter once asked someone, “What are the two greatest problems facing America?” The man replied, “I really don’t know— and I really don’t care!” And there you have it, the two greatest problems facing our nation: ignorance (“ I don’t know”) and apathy (“ I don’t care”). No two single factors are working harder to destroy the very foundation of our nation than ignorance and apathy.

The author goes on:

George Washington entered the office of the presidency with these wise words: “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” In 1796 he left office with this farewell: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.” Sadly, our first president would not recognize his nation today.

Hawkins goes on the talk about those pillars, listing four that are crumbling before our eyes:

  • The Pillar of Dignity (self-respect, respect for others and respect for human life, including the life of the unborn).
  • The Pillar of Devotion (to God, home & country).
  • The Pillar of Duty (the strong American work ethic has been replaced by an entitlement mentality).
  • The Pillar of Decency (vulgarity, obscenity, nudity and pornography are accepted with hardly a whimper opposition).

Hawkins ends with this:

Our neighbors to the north and south— Canada and Mexico— were discovered by explorers looking for gold and dominion. But the American settlers were looking not for gold, but for freedom to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were in search of God, not gold. They came to the New World, as stated in the Mayflower Compact, “for the glory of God and advancements of the Christian faith.”

King David’s question needs to be asked again today: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

 

Next week’s question is: “Who may ascent into the Hill of the Lord?” (Psalm 24.3).

Last week’s question: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14.14). Read it here.

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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The Jesus Code: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” + LINKUP

 

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Chapter 15 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14.14).

As the author points out, most, if not all of us, have asked the question at one time or another, “Is there more than just this life? Is heaven real or is this all there is?”

Job had just lost everything and he wondered out loud, “Was it all for nothing?”

Job answered his own question in chapter 19.25-27:

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
27 Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

Hawkins says, Job’s answer was positive, pointed and personal:

  • Positive – “For I KNOW that my Redeemer lives.
  • Pointed – “… my Redeemer lives … and after my skin is destroyed .. I SHALL SEE GOD.”
  • Personal “MY Redeemer live.”

This life is full of trouble. Earlier Job had said just as surely as the fact that sparks fly upward (5.7). But as the author points out, one day, “Whatever takes the joy out of life will be gone forever for those who can say, ‘I know that my Redeemer lives!’”

Can you answer Job’s question like he did: positively, pointedly and personally?

 

Next week’s question is: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11.3).

Last week’s question: “Should such a man as I flee?” (Nehemiah 6.11). Read it here.

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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The Jesus Code: Have you let fear or loss of focus derail you? + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 14 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “Should such a man as I flee?” (Nehemiah 6.11).

Nehemiah had what may have been considered a cushy job in Babylon, but he had a heart to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls that had been destroyed and were still in ruins.

He started out well and after six weeks he was closing in on the finish line, but when the end was in sight, an enemy sought to derail him. Hawkins writes:

Sanballat— Nehemiah’s longtime nemesis— and his deceitful friends made a final attempt to derail him. They sought to trick him into a meeting that was designed to get him off on a side street. “Come, let us meet . . . in the plain of Ono” (Nehemiah 6: 2) was their invitation. 

Many of us have gotten off on a side street. Sometimes in our careers or perhaps in our marriages. And other times in our ministries. We started out with a great plan or goal, but the enemy came along and distracted us.

Nehemiah, however, refused to get distracted. He sent Sanballat a message, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” (v.3).

When Sanballat realized he had failed to distract Nehemiah, he tried another tactic: the threat of danger. He sent a secret informer who said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you; indeed, at night they will come to kill you” (v. 10).

But Nehemiah responded, “Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!” (v. 11).

The author goes on:

In contrast to Nehemiah’s perseverance, we live in a day when we see a lot of men and women fleeing, running out on responsibilities and opportunities and away from risks. This escapism takes all kinds of forms. Too many wish with the psalmist, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Psalm 55: 6). Guess what? You don’t have any wings! You can’t just fly off. You can’t run out every time things don’t seem to go your way.

How about you? Have you allowed yourself to get sidetracked? Do you need to refocus on the purpose you had when you started your blog or other ministry? Do you need to recommit to your marriage or some other endeavor? Is there some area where you have let fear or escapism take over?

Let me know in the comments.

Next week’s question is: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14.14)

Last week’s question: “Why are we sitting here until we die?” (2 Kings 7.3). Read it here.

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Blessings,
Donna

 

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Mondays Making Your Home Sing Mondays The Beauty in His Grip What Joy is Mine/Monday Musings A Proverbs 31 Wife Darling Downs Diaries The Art of Homemaking Mom2Mom Linkup
Tuesdays Rich Faith Rising Unite Linky Cornerstone Confessions Titus 2 Tuesday Teaching What is Good Time Warp Wife Solo Deo Gloria Sisterhood More of Him Testimony Tuesday
Wednesdays A Wise Woman Builds Her Home Juana Mikels Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesdays A Little R & R Whole Hearted Home So Much at Home Mom’s Morning Coffee Women with Intention
Thursdays Serving Joyfully/Thriving Thursdays 3-D Lessons for Life/Thought Provoking Thursdays The Deliberate Mom/Shine Blog Hop I Choose Joy
Fridays A Look at the Book Christian Mommy Blogger Fellowship Fridays Blessing Counters Missional Women Faith Filled Fridays Faith & Fellowship Bloghop Grace & Truth Linkup
Saturdays Still Saturday The Weekend Brew
Sundays Spiritual Sundays Sunday Stillness

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“Recognizing the Process of Sin”

LIVING BETWEEN THE ALREADY & THE NOT YET – Part 3

 

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Several weeks ago I started this series, “Living Between the Already and the Not Yet.” “The already” is who we are in Christ and have been since the day that He saved us. The “not yet” is who we will be when we stand before Him faultless, in other words, when we are like Him.

The first post was “5 Ways God Finishes His Work in Us” based on Philippians 1.6. In it I said that God is progressively changing and growing us as we learn to:

  1. Count it all joy when we encounter tests & trials.
  2. Accept His discipline.
  3. Keep the two great commandments.
  4. Overcome evil with good.
  5. Trust in His sovereignty.

In the second post, I talked about “Responding to Difficult People.” We all have one or more of them in our lives, whether it’s a child, a family member, a spouse, a co-worker or someone else.

I used a simple counseling diagram we call the “Y-chart,” to demonstrate how responding God’s way results in peace and blessings and how our load in life gets easier. But when we respond our own way, it results in tribulation and distress (anxiety, fear, worry, stress, depression) and life gets harder.

 

RECOGNIZING THE PROCESS OF SIN

In this post I’m going to talk about the process of sin: how it works, why we fall into its snares, and how we can avoid it.  Continue reading