It’s Christmas afternoon and I’m going to share a few words with my family this afternoon since we are not having a church service this Sunday.
As Christians we are quick to remind ourselves and anyone who will listen that JESUS is the Reason for the Season – yet, have you ever considered that from Jesus point of view that He might say something different.
The Reason for the Season from Heaven’s point of view would be YOU…yes, I said you.
He left Heaven and came to earth for YOU.
He hung on the cross for YOU.
Yes, YOU are the Reason for the Season from Heaven’s point of view!
Christmas Morning early my family and I rolled out of Tustin headed to Midland, TX where my parents live. After spending 4 days completely off the grid, I’m starting to anticipate my return home and being past the Holiday season. The downtime was much needed…and even though we are not leaving until Thursday…I’m already putting together ToDo list and planning for several meetings upon my arrival back home.
Training for the NICA MTB Team that my son races with, Foothill Dirt, starts next week. Last year was his first year on a Mountain Bike and he spent all of his last season learning the ropes, but in several races following NICA he placed well. We anticipate 2016 being a great season with several upgrades on his race bike along with his discipline in training. For those who are interested in following along, we would like to invite you to follow along on his blog @ www.sheldonpryor.com
After my wife got off work, Sheldon headed out for a bike ride up Jamboree and then Deb headed out the door after him on her bike. I was going to just chill until they got back and then go have dinner, but a post on FB by a pastor friend in Texas who had just got back from a run convicted me of laziness…LOL…and so I changed into my biking kit and was out the door for a short ride. Now I will enjoy my pizza a little better. 🙂
Psalms 12:6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times
Having heard from God, David is reflecting on God’s trustworthiness…
- The purity of God’s person assures the purity of His promises. God is not like some men who often speak rashly what they cannot perform, and deceitfully what they never intend: but all God’s words are pure from all manner of dross; from all manner falsehood, fraud, or uncertainty. There is no mixture of hypocrisy or flattery in His words. His promises are not vain and empty. He is holy and true in all His promises, therefore they shall infallibly be fulfilled.
- It has been suggested that the language does not mean that the furnace was actually made out of earth, but that the furnace was erected on or in the earth. It may refer to some structure near the mines where ore would be purified from dross before it was removed.
- The word “seven” in the Scripture denotes a complete or perfect number, and is often used to denote frequency. The idea here would seem to be that that the process was repeated until the silver became entirely pure.
David was reflecting that the words of the Lord are perfectly pure. There is no mixture of falsehood or deception in it’s promises. God’s words are trustworthy, true, and lasting, they are eternal. This was the confidence of the Psalmist, and it must be our confidence as well.
This is one of the reasons that we need to spend more time in the Word of God – when we read, study, and obey it we are building solidly and the results will endure the testing fire.
1 Cor 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away:but my words shall not pass away
Parents pour a love for God, Truth and godly living into your children. Give them the best education you possibly can, but don’t forget to talk to them about basics of godly living. Teach them the value of hard work, godly relationships, and conducting themselves as a Christian in their business dealings. Speak to them openly and honestly about loyalty, faithfulness to the house of God, love for ministry, and supporting the Kingdom of God through returning tithe and giving offering. Don’t just assume they will get it…pour it into them…and years from now, when you see the blessings of God on their home and the favor of God at work in their life you’ll know they heard the words you spoke and saw the actions you modeled.
Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The man with a thankful heart will always have much to be thankful for. Let your Monday be a day of thanks giving….
All boats leak: sometimes we make the mistake of ignoring the big leaks, the ones that threaten our journey. More often, though, we’re so busy fixing tiny leaks that we get distracted from the real goal, which is to go somewhere. ~ Seth Godin
Sustained negativism is highly calorific nourishment for pride. ~ D.A. Carson