above all the senseless noise”
for our hope is in you alone.” —Psalm 33:22 (NLT)
Could you imagine Eve’s face when she gave birth? She had no mother to tell her about childbirth, no TV shows to watch or textbooks to read. She must have been floored that God used her to make a whole person. Just a thought…
“Cain’s offering represented the attempt at salvation by works, the foundation of all false religion and worship. The fact is that the gap between heaven and earth is so great, so deep, that nothing sinful humans do could ever bridge it. The essence of legalism, of salvation by works, is the human attempt to do just that.
In contrast, Abel’s offering of an animal reveals (however faintly) the great truth that only the death of Christ, the one equal with God (Phil. 2:6), could make the sinner right with God.
Hence, we are given a powerful lesson about worship: all true worship must center on the realization that we are helpless to save ourselves, and that all our attempts at salvation by works are manifestations of Cain’s action here. True worship must be based on a realization that only through God’s grace can we have any hope of eternal life.
Examine your own thoughts, motives, and inner feelings about worship. How Christ-centered is your worship, or might you be focusing too much upon yourself?”
“After the Fall a whole lot of elements that certainly were not there before suddenly appeared. Just like that, in a moment of disobedience, the entire moral fabric of these beings changed. Instead of love, trust, and adoration, their hearts were now filled with fear, guilt, and shame. Instead of desiring His holy presence, they hid from Him. For Adam and Eve, their relationship with God, which surely impacted how they worshiped Him, had been shattered. The close and intimate communion with God they once enjoyed (Gen. 3:8) would now take a different form. Indeed, when God came to them, they “hid themselves” from His presence. So full were they of shame, guilt, even fear, they fled from the One who had created them.
What a powerful image of just what sin did—and still does—to us.
Think about times in your life when some experience, perhaps some sin, made you feel guilt, shame, and the desire to hide from God. How did this affect your prayer life? What did it do to your ability to worship Him with your whole heart? Not a pleasant feeling, is it?”
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 184
Let’s try to define love. I say “try” because if God is love, defining love will be just as difficult as defining God. The word impossible is a better fit…
The definition is recorded in our text for today. Paul’s purpose is to lead us to think about this type of love and compare it with the way we love…
Do not despair if tomorrow these characteristics do not appear in the way you love. Simply come to Jesus, seek Him every day through prayer, and ask him to develop in you the capability of loving with an authentic love, and you will be surprised at the results.” —
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Jesus Christ, p. 183
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” 1 Corinthians 13:4
Extra Credit: Check out 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Praise God! And with a name like that, you bet!
Be blessed :)
A life centered on oneself is often a life full of unrest. The more you look at the clock, the more it seems as if time is standing still, but when you forget about the hours and focus on your work, time flies.
Make today a day more about living with God and of service to others. Do not be afraid of anything; do not despair if the things you have been waiting for have not yet happened. Take Jesus’ words to heart as if they were being said to you: “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:32” —Alejandro Bullon, Finding fulfillment in Christ, p. 181
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 181
“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:32
“What will you do with it? Will you put it away in your shelf of books? Will you put it on the coffee table of your living room as decoration? Or will you open its pages, with a desire to know God’s plan for you?”