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August 30th, 2015

Our Redeemer is Strong

“Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name. He will surely plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth, but unrest to the inhabitants of Babylon.” Jeremiah 50:34 (ESV)

Our redeemer is strong! He pursues us and rescues us, calling us to repentance and dependance as an act of worship to our God, Who alone is worthy of praise! What is He rescuing us from? Why has He redeemed us? Certainly, you and I have no need to be rescued from a foreign national power in order to fulfill a Zionist prophecy in which we will be restored to our land of promise. We are, however, in bondage to sin and subject to this same wrath about which we read in the latter part of Jeremiah. Our offense before the Lord in rejecting His provision and worshiping created things demands His judgment; so, He is saving us from Himself in a way.

How can God be both redeemer and judge? That is the beauty of the character of God. Yes, He is righteous. Yes, He is just. Yes, He is Holy. But He is also merciful. He is also loving. He is also gracious. He is composed of all of these traits in their perfect and balanced form. His character demands justice but it also allows for redemption, but on His terms! Our redeemer is strong in that He alone can break the bondage of sin, having overcome all of its affects in the person and work of Christ. Do not be a slave to sin any longer. Do not let a foreign power, as it were, rule over your life. Run to the Lord, the light of our salvation, and find freedom from that which oppresses you!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Character of God, Jeremiah, Redemption.
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August 30th, 2012

Their Redeemer is Strong!

“Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name. He will surely plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth, but unrest to the inhabitants of Babylon.” Jeremiah 50:34 (ESV)

Our redeemer is strong! He pursues us and rescues us, calling us to repentance and dependance as an act of worship to our God, Who alone is worthy of praise! What is He rescuing us from? Why has He redeemed us? Certainly, you and I have no need to be rescued from a foreign national power in order to fulfill a Zionist prophecy in which we will be restored to our land of promise. We are, however, in bondage to sin and subject to this same wrath about which we read in the latter part of Jeremiah. Our offense before the Lord in rejecting His provision and worshiping created things demands His judgment; so, He is saving us from Himself in a way.

How can God be both redeemer and judge? That is the beauty of the character of God. Yes, He is righteous. Yes, He is just. Yes, He is Holy. But He is also merciful. He is also loving. He is also gracious. He is composed of all of these traits in their perfect and balanced form. His character demands justice but it also allows for redemption, but on His terms! Our redeemer is strong in that He alone can break the bondage of sin, having overcome all of its affects in the person and work of Christ. Do not be a slave to sin any longer. Do not let a foreign power, as it were, rule over your life. Run to the Lord, the light of our salvation, and find freedom from that which oppresses you!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 235:  Jeremiah 49-50)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Character of God, Jeremiah, Redemption.
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June 11th, 2008

Real Temptation (2)

“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.” James 1:13-14 (NIV)

God is holy and God is love.

The nature of God will not allow temptation to be an instrument of heaven. God cannot be tempted by evil because God is holy. As John MacArthur affirms, “God is aware of evil but untouched by it, like a sunbeam shining on a dump is untouched by the trash.”

God is not the originator of temptation. God does not tempt anyone because God is love. In His love, God does not initiate temptation, but God will allow temptation to come into a person’s life. The temptation provides the opportunity to choose the righteous path and to bring honor to God through the proper response.

When we choose to give in to temptation, we believe that it is the best option at that moment. Satan’s goal is to get us to doubt God’s Word and to doubt God’s best.

  • “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden”?’” Gen 3:1 (NIV)

God cannot be tempted by evil. God does not tempt anyone. How will you choose to respond to the temptation that God allows into your path? Will you take God at His Word and trust Him?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Character of God, Holiness, Love, Serpent, Temptation.
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January 18th, 2008

Omnipotence

“I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.” Psalms 63:2 (NIV)

God is all-powerful. There is nothing God cannot do. Someone once asked me, “Can God make a rock so large that even He cannot lift it?” My response is that God would not make a rock that He could not lift because that would go against God’s nature and character. Weigh this reality, God is omnipotent. There is nothing God cannot handle. There is nothing God cannot solve. There is nothing God cannot remedy.

  • “You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” Psalms 77:14 (NIV)
  • “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)
  • “‘Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.’” Luke 1:36-37 (NIV)

What giant are you facing? Do you believe that God is more powerful than your giant? Moses placed his trust in the power of God as he stood between the approaching Egyptian Army and the Red Sea. David placed his trust in God’s power as he stood before the towering giant, Goliath. Daniel rested in God’s power as he read between the lions. You can trust in God’s power to sustain you in seasons of uncertainty and deliver through seasons of adversity.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, January 18th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Attribute of God, Character of God, Gad's Nature, Omnipotence.
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