“Broken Down House” April 16

 

Broken Down House - Paul Tripp compares living in our world to life in "a broken down house" where none of us is guaranteed a problem-free life. Neither are we guaranteed all the time we would like to accept or reject the gospel. "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." We're not even guaranteed tomorrow!Paul Tripp compares living in our world to life in “a broken down house” where none of us is guaranteed a problem-free life. Instead, the plumbing doesn’t work, the roof leaks, and things don’t work right.

Neither are we guaranteed all the time we would like to accept or reject the gospel. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” None of us are guaranteed tomorrow!

 

Today’s Readings:
Joshua 21 & 22
Psalm 46.7-11
Proverbs 14.12-13
Luke 13.1-22

 

Broken Down House

 

Luke 13.1-22:

No Guarantees

 

Verses 1-5:

1There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

Certainly, there are laws of sowing and reaping and we shouldn’t think we can live any way we desire without consequences. Galatians 6.7-10:

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

But even when we desire to live righteous lives, we should remember that we live in a world that Paul Tripp compares to “a broken down house” where the plumbing is bad, the roof leaks, and things don’t work right. Our world, our bodies, and even our minds, have been damaged by the effects of sin in the earth. Things happen: disease, natural disasters, and calamities of every sort. None of us is guaranteed a problem-free life. In fact, we’re not even guaranteed tomorrow!

And when it comes to God gracious gift of salvation through the gospel, neither can we take it for granted. It’s a dangerous thing to bank our eternity on the fact that we were raised in a Christian home or we’ll get our lives right after we’ve had our fun.

2 Corinthians 6.1-2:

1 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

If you’re not sure you have a right relationship with Him, please don’t think you’ll always have another opportunity.

Even as believers, we have no guarantees. Let us live everyday as fully and as mindfully as if it was our last.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Joshua 21 & 22:

On Being Lights to the World

 

I found it interesting that the Levites were given cities in the territories occupied by the other tribes rather than isolated in their own territory. This enabled them to be examples to the people, but also put a responsibility on them to live upright lives.

Like us, their walk was to match their talk. Paul said we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5.20), lights in a dark world (Phil. 2.15), and that our goal in life should be to please God (2 Cor. 5.9).  Continue reading

April 7 “Are you desperate for God?”

Are you desperate for God, thirsty for His truth? Or is He just something you check off your to-do list?

desperate for God

Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 3 & 4
Psalm 42.1-5
Proverbs 13.17-18
Luke 9.1-17

Deuteronomy 3 & 4:

Keep your eyes on Him

The Nation of Israel was about to enter the Promised Land by crossing over the Jordan River. As they went, they were to keep their eyes on the ark, which represented the presence of God. Once again God would supernaturally allow them to cross over on dry land.

We, too, are to keep our eyes on God, trusting Him to lead us and guide us through the difficulties and battles of life.

Isaiah 43.2:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you
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