Bible Ballistics: Pinch Hitter?  11/17/13 Vol. 3 No.01

I’m sure you must be wondering about the title of this week’s article.  As we’ve been looking at God, our source, ‘our first love’  so to speak, it seems to lead right into the reason to give ‘Thanks’, especially at this time of year.

 A ‘pinch hitter’ is “someone who plays in the place of another, or acts as a substitute for someone.”

What does this have to do with Thanksgiving? Every thing, I believe !!!!  As we think of all the ‘things’ that we have to be grateful for, let’s take our minds to the cross.

Jesus took my place!!

He paid my debt!!

He suffered for me!!

He was sin for me and paid the price I owed

to give me the good standing with God

that I could never win,

earn,

achieve,

buy or

accomplish—

He saves those who believe.

Romans 5:1 & 10, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:…. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

John 3 :14-17, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Just a brief reminder of some of the things that Jesus did for us at Calvary. He took my place—my sin– upon himself when he was sinless, and I was not. Only Jesus can save and He does when we come to Him by faith to receive His grace and the salvation it brings.

Romans 5:6-9, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 14:5-6, “Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Romans 81-4, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

John 1:10-14, “ He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

We can be God’s children, be saved from Sin, know God our Father and His only son Jesus.  We can be the children of God rather than the children of wrath when we believe and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Oh, how could we be anymore blessed?

For what could we be more grateful?

So what do I do about it?

Let’s see what the Psalmist has to say about Thanks giving.

Psalm 26:7, “That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.”

Psalm 100:4, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

Psalm 116:17, “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.

Just a few of the ways we can praise and express our gratitude to our Lord Jesus and our Father God.  How about taking some time this week to rehearse the blessing of God in our lives.

Not just material,

but spiritual,

physical,

familial,

emotional……

so many ways He blesses and works in our lives.

THANKS AND PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!

Isaiah 61:11, “For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

We are the voice of praise……let it spring forth.