Perspective

A mind-changing experience

What is there about a sonogram that changes the mind of many a woman considering an abortion?

This technological window into the womb makes it so very evident that what is living, moving, and growing inside the mother IS HER BABY, not mere fetal tissue.

Seeing it as God does

The Hebrew word for child (ben) is frequently used in the Bible of those who have been born, but also of the pre-born twins Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:22).

The same Greek word for baby (brephos) is used of John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:41, 44) and of Jesus after His birth (Luke 2:12, 16).

What does that tell us about how God views children in utero?

And how should we see them?

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“What Have I Done?”

”No man repented of his wickedness, saying, “What have I done?” . . . . Were they ashamed because of the abominations they had done? They certainly were not ashamed, and they did not know how to blush . . .” (Jeremiah 8:6, 12).

Repentance involves coming to grips with our sin.

“What have I done?”

Have we had this soul-deep conviction of sin?

Repentance involves a sense of shame.

Those in Jeremiah’s day “did not know how to blush.”

Many today are way past blushing.

If someone lovingly confronts them, their reaction is defiance.

Repentance involves a major shift in thinking and behavior.

Repentance is a mind-change leading to a life-change (Luke 3:8-14; Acts 26:18, 20).

Repentance means humbling ourselves (Luke 18:9-14).

What we need is “a broken and contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17).

And that’s the kind of heart that God can bless!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Holding True

Talking the talk . . . .

“All that the LORD has spoken we will do!” (Exodus 19:8; 24:3, 7).

Israel made this pledge only weeks before worshiping the golden calf (Exodus 32:1-35).

Similarly, Peter denied he would deny Christ, then denied Him anyway (Matthew 26:31-35).

Though Peter stumbled badly, he repented thoroughly.

Have we ever talked a good religion but failed to follow through?

Walking the walk

If we have confessed Christ and been united with Him in baptism, let’s hold true to our confession! If we’ve fallen short like Peter, let’s turn back before our hearts grow cold.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9),

God is faithful. Let’s reflect His faithfulness!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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“Open My Eyes”

What we can’t see

With the Aramean army surrounding them, Elisha’s servant cried, “What shall we do?”

“Do not fear,” Elisha assured him, “for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

Then “the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:14-17).

Believers today cannot now see the wonderful things being done for them behind the veil (Hebrews 1:14; 4:14-16; 7:25; 12:22-24).

What we can see

But we can say with the psalmist, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your law” (Psalm 119:18).

Because Christ’s new covenant far surpasses the old, we have greater wonders available to us than the psalmist had under the law.

“Open my eyes . . . .”

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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No Builder?

I don’t know who built the house where we live.

What would you think if I said, “I didn’t see this house being built. For all I know, it wasn’t built—it just happened”?

Would you think I had taken leave of my senses?

A house evidences design. “Design demands a designer.”

A house is a fairly complex thing. But how does its complexity compare with that of the universe?

Consider the following sentence, composed of two statements:

“For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4).

Should anyone have any problem believing the first statement? The second?

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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“Will wonders never cease!”

Awed

During Jesus’ ministry “. . . the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing . . .” (Matthew 15:31).

Now enthroned in indescribable glory, He is beyond sight but never beyond reach (Hebrews 4:14-16).

Focused

Knowing what awe can lead to, Satan uses such distractions as daily worries, sin’s pleasures, material pursuits (Luke 8:14)—anything to keep our eyes off Christ!

Addressing believers, Paul wrote, “Set your minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth . . . . When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2, 4).

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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