This was the sunrise this morning. This picture does not even do it justice. There were shades of aquamarine and light blue that are not even showing up in the picture. Each new day there is a very unique sunrise. Each one painted by a loving Heavenly Father, who likes to bless us with beauty. Not only does He paint us a new sunrise every morning, but His mercies are also new every day. Praise the Lord!!! Whenever there is a spectacular sunrise, I think of that first Resurrection Day morning. All of creation had to have been rejoicing that He was no longer dead, but ALIVE!!!
I was talking to a friend recently that felt really wretched because of things in her life. She was a born again believer though. If you have asked the Lord to forgive you of your sins and accepted that free gift of salvation He offers, then when God looks at you, He does not see wretchedness, He sees righteousness. It is not our righteousness, but He looks through the blood of Christ that covers us and sees Christ's righteousness in us.
I have talked to many people who feel that accepting Christ is just a means to escape hell. We do escape hell if we accept His gift, but we are also redeemed, bought with a price, and no longer our own. We now belong to Him. We should be asking Him what He wants us to do with our life. We should be in His Word every day seeking to know Him better. People tend to overlook the verses that say that those who follow His commandments are His disciples. They think they can pray a prayer and then do whatever they wish and still have an automatic ticket to heaven. They don't even know what His commandments are. They dabble with things that are better left alone. Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. They watch things on TV or in the movies that are vile. Ps 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: They rebel against their authorities (parents, teachers, employers, gov't) 1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. These are just a few samples of commandments and instruction that we are given in the Bible. Let's all commit together to read more of His Word this coming year. There are many schedules you can get on line to read through the Bible in a year. As we let the Holy Spirit teach us, we will draw close to the Lord in a whole new relationship. We will be blessed beyond belief!!! There is great joy in that relationship. It is not a hard, ugly place to walk as some seem to think. Try it!!!