A Brand New Day!


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Psalm 103:12 (BBE)
12  As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our sins from us.

Philippians 3:13-14 (AMP)
13  I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14  I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

Tradition has it that many on New Year’s day make resolutions, plans and goals that they have for the upcoming year. By making resolutions we admit that in the past we have not lived up to our expectations and desire to make a change for the upcoming year. We reflect on what we wanted to do the past year, and make a promise to ourselves and others that we will attempt to do better this coming year. Many make a resolution to diet or exercise, some may plan on being a better parent or spouse, some may plan to make a career change or seek higher education, some may wish to make major lifestyle changes or relocate to another place, whatever the goal, resolutions by nature, indicate that we are not 100% satisfied with were we are in life.

Paul made this sentiment clear when writing to the Philippians in chapter three. He was resolved to learn more about Christ and to become more like him even to the point of sharing in the sufferings of Christ being conformed to Christ even in death. Paul, although he was accomplished in society did not regard his social standing as anything to boast about but rather tossed that aside as garbage when he came to Christ. He valued a relationship with Christ to be of more value then any earthly gain or status. Paul wanted to be associated with Christ to such a degree that he would actually suffer and die like Christ because of his faith in Christ.

Paul’s resolution stands in stark contrast to today’s resolutions because the focus of Paul was on the here-after and not the here-and-now. Paul chose to aim for and attempt to imitate one who was greater than he. He wanted to be like Christ. Paul admitted that he had fallen far short of his lofty goals repeatedly, and yet he held onto the hope that there was going to be a new day, another opportunity to try again to reach his goal. He had set his heart on which way he wanted to go, and although he had been knocked off course numerous times, he brushed off the failures and continued onward and upward.

One of the greatest gifts of Christ is the gift of forgiveness, Jesus came to erase our pasts and give us a new future, a new hope, another chance to do better. Although many observe a new beginning once a year, Christ gives us a brand new start every morning. His faithfulness is renewed each day, his forgiveness wipes out our failures of the past and we are given a clean slate to try yet again. He erases our mistakes and casts them into the sea of forgetfulness and does not hold them up to us as a constant reminder nor torment us with all our weaknesses and shortcomings. Jesus loves us enough to wipe away all our failures giving us a new start each and every day.

So then why not take today and thank God for giving you another opportunity to get it right and then, like Paul, take aim at the higher calling and press toward the goal of being more like Christ today. Take it one day at a time and do not fret if you come up short because the Lord has a new day in store for you as the morning sun rises.

Psalm 118:24 (GW)
24  This is the day the LORD has made. Let’s rejoice and be glad today!

Happy new day!

Is 2013 The Year of the Snake?


So the Lord God said to the snake, “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all the wild or domestic animals. You will crawl on your belly. You will be the lowest of animals as long as you live. I will make you and the woman hostile toward each other. I will make your descendants and her descendant hostile toward each other. He will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14-15 (GW)

The Snake

Mine is the wisdom of the ages.
I hold the key to the mysteries of life.
Casting my seeds on fertile ground,
I nurture them with constancy and purpose.
My sights are fixed.
My gaze unchanging.
Unyielding, inexorable and deep,
I advance with steady, unslaked gait,
the solid earth beneath me.

I am the snake.
By Theodora Lau

English: Chinese for "Snake"

English: Chinese for “Snake” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to the Chinese zodiac 2013 ushers in the year of the snake. This after the year of the Dragon sets us on a course, according to the Chinese, of good fortune but to those of the Christian west one could draw the opposite conclusion.

To the Chinese, the Snake would be most content as a teacher, philosopher, writer, psychiatrist and fortune-teller. In truth there are many snakes in our society. They are present in every sector of society but are best identified in the areas of academia, politics, the media, and the arts. They weave their way through these institutions leaving in their wake confusion and destruction, and yet they seem to excel and advance undeterred. The poet put it succinctly when he penned the above verse.  The snake has been around since the beginning of time and will exist until the end of time. In the meantime the snake has a focused purpose and will not be deterred. With patient persistence the snake will weave and twist and wiggle its way into every dark corner of society, and lay its eggs of deception along the way.

The snake can not be compromised with, nor can one negotiate in good faith with a snake since they will take both sides of an issue and slither their way around any obstacle that opposes their purpose and plans for society. One can not trust a snake. The way of the snake is never straight but always crooked.

2013 is also the Year of the Water Snake, described as unpredictable. When its body moves forward, it ungulates, thus making it difficult to tell which direction it is going. Which personally I find disturbing. It is difficult to tell exactly where the snake is leading you or for that matter where it came from. Since it will willingly take both sides of any issue it is almost impossible to entrap the snake in any ideological debate, since the snake has no problem twisting and winding itself into any distortion necessary to advance and avoid capture. This constant weaving and dodging to the uninformed may look like intellectual debate and positioning, but to those who really understand the ways of the snake will see it as what it is twisted distortions.

The evil-doers are strange from the first; from the hour of their birth they go out of the true way, saying false words. Their poison is like the poison of a snake; they are like the adder, whose ears are shut; Psalms 58:3-4 (BBE)

According to Chinese Astrology, the Year of the Snake person is a smart person. They think of clever schemes in a cold calculating way. They are always maneuvering to advance those schemes. Like a river that twists and winds its way through a canyon, the snake will weave around any obstruction that restricts its path toward its goal. This Chinese zodiac animal sign represents people who are loners and use others to achieve their aims and goals.They present their goals as worthwhile for humanity be most are solely for the gain of the snake.

Because 2013 is the year of the snake it is possible, in all the cold, calculated, clever advancing the snake does, it may become arrogant in its own craftiness and become complacent. They might just drift along thinking it will happen – from business ventures to relationships to political success. Ignoring the pulse of society means problems could arise and blow up in their face.

Do not count on that however, since the snake has an uncanny ability to spot opportunities and exploit them to their benefit. This is why snakes are usually very wealthy and successful.

But I have a fear, that in some way, as Eve was tricked by the deceit of the snake, your minds may be turned away from their simple and holy love for Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 (BBE)

The snake has a certain allure (sleek, sexy, powerful, hint of danger) to some people – those people not put off by the dangers that snakes can have. Be careful that you are not overtaken by the snake’s supposed charm and charisma. These are disarming characteristics of the snake which want is to overcome opposition. The snake is not your friend and as such should be approached with caution and skepticism.

How best do you deal with the snakes in society? The only sure-fire way to end the advancement of the evil schemes of the snake is to crush them. Expose every crooked deal, and expose every lie to the knowledge of the truth. Take the straight and narrow path and do not allow yourself to drawn into a verbal debate with the serpent who has proven himself to be far craftier then your average person. Immerse yourself in the love of God and surround yourself with the gospel of the truth of God’s word. Only through the light of the scriptures and the illumination of the Holy Spirit‘s guidance will you be able to avoid the deceptions of that ancient serpent.

Although 2013 is supposed to be the year of the snake 2015 is to be the year of the sheep. Take heart, and do not grew weary in doing well. God knows how to deliver His people from the snares of the fowlers and the lying schemes of the snakes.

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But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

Along for the journey

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Happy New Year


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Random Ramblings from the Resident Raptor

Phillipians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” —Edith Lovejoy Pierce

“Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.” Henry Ward Beecher

The ‘Journey Across the Sky’ continues.” We have not yet reached our destination, nor have we yet achieved our objective. We have only yet to become what we can be, and we have yet to accomplish all that we can accomplish through Christ. I, like Paul, can state most assuredly that I have yet to apprehend but I shall forget the past with it’s successes and loses and strive toward even greater goals, aim even higher, and soar to even greater heights than thusly achieved. As we set our sights on things above rather than on things of this earth, then surely we can hope for the best that God has to offer all those who put Him first. Here’s to 2010 and the challenges it brings, and the rewards it contains, and the joys it offers. May your 2010 be blessed indeed!

Onward and upward in Christ! Soar on!

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

Along for the journey

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