Are You Obedient Like A Dog?

Are You Obedient Like A Dog?

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 12.16.05 PMIf you have ever spent time with a well-trained and good-natured dog you can understand the joy they bring to us in their obedience. The situation seems to be quite the opposite when you encounter a dog that is lacking in proper training. The same is true for human beings. When we make a profession of faith but lack obedience to Christ it creates an atmosphere similar to the wild dog. People tend to remember the crazy behavior and abrasive experience and it takes quite a while to repair the damage of disobedience.

2 John 1:6 says, “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” When we walk in obedience to Christ and follow His commands we are truly showing the love that He demands of us. When we truly understand the teachings of Jesus and are obedient to them, we can genuinely walk in truth with the love of Christ. Are you obedient like a dog?

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Have You Been Redeemed Like A Shelter Pet?

Have You Been Redeemed Like A Shelter Pet?

Several years ago I visited a local animal shelter with the intention of finding a dog to take home with me.  I had a very specific dog in mind and scoured the Internet to see if any were available on the shelter’s website.  I found the breed I was looking for and decided to go check it out.  When I got to the shelter the dog I came to see was as disinterested in me as an animal could be.  It wasn’t really the dog I had in mind either, and I was looking for something quite specific.  My intention was to find a boxer that was full blooded and that had a white coat.  After I put the disinterested mix-breed dog back into its kennel a friend of mine came around the corner with the perfect dog.  I immediately fell in love with him and have him to this day.  He was the most energetic and loving white boxer I had ever seen and we hit it off immediately.    This animal knew that he had been bought with a price and paid me back in his love and loyalty to me.

Did you know that Jesus Christ bought you with a price?  Isaiah 44:22 says I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.  I don’t know what caused my furry friend to end up in the shelter, but had I not intervened and redeemed him, his future would have certainly ended in his untimely demise.  The same is true for us as followers of Jesus Christ.  Had Jesus not stepped into history and intervened on our behalf redeeming us from our sins, we would most certainly die in our sins.  Jesus purchases us with a price, redeems us and we are required to pay him back with our loyalty, devotion, love and obedience.  Just like with my dog, this isn’t a hard thing when you know your master loves you and chose you specifically.  Have you been redeemed like a shelter pet?

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Is Your Life A Mess?

Did you know that outside of Jesus your life is a mess?  The good news is that Jesus died to save us from sin and death.  How cool is that?  This illustration with my dog shows that grace, which really means unmerited favor, is something we didn’t earn by being good but something Jesus gives us freely as we accept him! SUBSCRIBE!

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Merry Christmas from Catching Creation!  Thank you to everyone that has subscribed to the youtube channel, watched a video, read a blog post, liked a facebook status and etc.  You guys rock!  Lets remember the real reason for the season as we celebrate Christmas!  Jesus gives us the only gift that truly lasts, our salvation!

Are You Being Led By A Leash?

Are you being led by a leash? When I walk my dog I have to put him on a leash.  It is not something I do to punish him but it’s actually to protect him from himself and other outside forces like cars and people.  If it were a perfect scenario, I would prefer him to walk beside me untethered and on occasion he is able to do so when there is sufficient room to roam and no urban hazards.   The same is true with God’s law.

God’s law isn’t here to punish us; in fact it’s quite the opposite.  God’s law gives us an awareness of our sinfulness (Romans 7) as well as the standard to which we are to strive to live up to (Romans 3).  God’s law operates like the leash I put on my dog.  Seeing that we are commanded not to murder, covet and etc we know that these things are wrong and they give us parameters to live up to.

We can’t use the law, however, to earn our salvation because our own righteousness is like filthy rags as said by the prophet Isaiah.  We are to wear the righteousness of Christ because he is the fulfillment of the law.  He is our righteousness and the freedom that we have and through his perfection. His sinlessness puts us in right standing with God as we accept him and humble ourselves to his lordship.

So just like when I use my authority to lead my dog by his leash I am doing so out of love for his wellbeing and safety because I see the dangers that he is oblivious to.  The same is true for our heavenly father.  He sees throughout history the things that cause humanity to stumble into sin and he lovingly gives us his holy law for us to abide by so that we can avoid those pitfalls.  The question is, can you trust God to lovingly lead you, even if he pulls your “leash” and steers you somewhere you in your shortsightedness don’t want to go?  Are you being led by a leash?

 

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Swimming with my furry buddies

Today I got the chance to take my two dogs, Randolph a 7 year old white boxer, and Raleigh a 6 month old boxer/hound? mix to Belew's Lake for a Memorial Day weekend swim.  It was so much fun.  Raleigh didn't know what to expect and excitedly attacked and lunged at the breaking waves on the shore.  I was also able to allow my nearly 3ft Savannah Monitor the chance to "swim" in our bathtub the day before.  I put together a quick mash up of the experience with my cell phone camera so please forgive the lack of quality and enjoy some frolicking swimming dogs.  I do believe that our heavenly Father also enjoys seeing us happy and enjoying life like I enjoyed seeing my animal buddies enjoying their swims.  

 Proverbs 17:22 says "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."  Lets not live in denial of our circumstances BUT let's live in the joy of knowing our heavenly father works all things for our good and that this too shall pass, whatever your THIS is.  Let's try to enjoy life like the animals in this video and pray that the Lord is pleased with the way we are carrying out our lives.  God is good, and He loves you!