Song of Solomon 4 (blog by me)

Song of Solomon 4 continues this beautiful expression of love culminating in verse 7 with these words, “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” In this context, we can see that the one person is admiring the physical beauty of his lover. However, we can remember that sometimes Scripture holds dual meanings especially in reference of the coming Messiah. It was presented in a veiled way that was only later understood with the explanation of the resurrected Jesus Himself (see Luke 24:27). It’s possible that “no flaw in you” refers to the unspoiled, sinless life of Jesus Christ, who was compared to an unblemished and spotless lamb (see 1Peter 1:18-19). 1John 3:5 states, “You know that [Jesus] appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.” It’s not that He wasn’t tempted; it was that He chose not to sin out of love for His Father (Hebrews 4:15). In this knowledge, we can rest assured He understands our temptation and know that He understands exactly what we are going through. He is our perfect example.

Skipping ahead to verse 15, we see reference to “a well of living water.” Where have we heard that before? Of course it is when Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (see John 4). In John 4:10, Jesus encouraged her to ask Him for “living water.” She is confused by His offer, but He goes onto explain the living water results in eternal life (John 4:14). Later, Scripture reveals that the living water is the Holy Spirit (John 7:39). The Holy Spirit is what Jesus promised to His disciples would be even better than if He were still physically with them again. In this way, the Lord can be with all who believe simultaneously giving us power and praying for our individual needs. See the advantage God has given to those who believe? He is with them guaranteeing His promises!

If you have not put your faith in Jesus Christ to pay for your sins, isn’t it time for you to trust in Him? When you make that choice, you too will have a Helper in the form of the Lord’s Spirit living inside of you—guiding you into the light of eternity. What a gift from above! God is good!

Hypocrisy of the Church (blog by me)

Pastors are having affairs. People in the church are lying and gossiping. Christians tell others not to sin, but they are guilty of sin themselves. It’s enough to make you sick, but don’t let it keep you from getting to know Christ. He did not die on the cross to gather up a kingdom of perfect people. He came for sinners, and they do not become sinless the moment they trust in Christ. In His own words in Mark 2:17, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

If you are tempted to fall into a trap of rejecting the truth because of hypocritical Christians, I have a message for you: Jesus says to look to Him and not to His people. His people will stumble a million times, but Jesus lived a perfect life. He is not guilty of hypocrisy. Your first step to living a life washed clean in the sight of God is accepting Christ as your Savior. Then you will begin the slow process of being refined. You too may stumble, but He will leave the rest of His flock to come after You. Jesus died to pay for Your sins. What a waste it would be for His precious blood to be spilled and for you to miss out on eternal life because you did not accept His invitation! Forget other people and your perception of the Lord that has been built on sinful Christians for a moment and just focus on just Jesus. Do you see a loving Friend with an outstretched hand? Are you ready to take it?

Pray with me. “Father, I confess I have not been open to getting to know You because of my perception of the church and Christians. The truth is my relationship with You has nothing to do with them. It is between You and me. I believe You are the Son of God who died on the cross to pay for my sins. You will raise me to eternal life in heaven with You because I trust You. Thank You for being a loving God. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”

Come (prayer for the unsaved by me)

We pray for the salvation of loved ones today,
that they would gain supernatural wisdom,
and learn You are the truth, the life, and only Way,
You love them and welcome them into Your kingdom.

Let them look and see our faces are radiant,
For we know You and we behold Your glory,
We testify that You are life’s sweet, pleasing fragrance,
Open their ears to truly hear our true life story.

Lead us to the house of God with shouts of joy,
You will lead, and we will follow Your voice,
We will sing praises as part of Your envoy,
Eternally, we’ll worship You and forever rejoice.

Come, all those who are weary and heavily burdened,
Come to the One who binds the wounds of the hurting.

Spiritual Traps (blog by me)

Since creation, men and women have been tempted to do wrong against God and others. James 1:13 tells us God does not tempt us to do evil, but we know the Enemy of our souls does tempt us. The first time we sin, we feel conviction. The second time, it is a little less. After the sin has become a habit, we no longer even think it is wrong.

Nearly everyone of us can identify with some spiritual trap. One is pursuing money as a main goal in life. Another is rebellion against authority and God. Yet another is sex outside of marriage or other forms of sexual perversion. Drunkenness and/or drug use is yet another spiritual trap. Dabbling in the occult, witchcraft (regardless of intent), and New Age practices are some others. Trusting in other religions is one more, and this is not an exhaustive list.

All of these spiritual traps lead us away from God. They are types of unfaithfulness. God has the power to deliver people from these traps if they call on Him. If you are stuck in one of these sins, confess your sin to God and call on the Name of Jesus Christ for deliverance. God is waiting for you to call on Him. Do it today!

Questions for the Not-Yet-Christian (poem by me)

Do you enter a marriage with “I have an open mind”?
Don’t you instead begin it by excluding others?
Don’t you and your spouse sign on the dotted line?
When you commit to the Lord like you did your lovers?

You should be leaping fences—not sitting on them!
The double-minded are like a reed blowing in the wind,
Don’t you know His love is like a thousand gem?
Stop dragging your fee and let your new life begin!

Who has trusted in the Lord and regretted his way?
If you’re going to do it at all, do it full send,
Don’t waste another second of another day!
Whether you know it or not, Christ is your truest friend.

Why shouldn’t you commit your life to Him too?
Hasn’t He already laid down His life for you?

“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”—Matthew 7:8