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Constant Variable - A Devotion

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Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

It is that time of year again, the dreaded science fair project. I have been doing these things ever since I was in school and have continued the exhaustive process throughout all five children’s experiences as well. One can say that we are not to assist our children in the process, and let them do their own work but seriously who is at the store buying the supplies and up into the midnight hours encouraging the young Einstein’s brilliancy – it’s mom and dad. Each project asks a question usually about the difference of cause and effect. Each experiment has three variables – the constant, independent and dependent variable. The young scientist makes a general assumption as to the outcome before conducting the actual experiment called a hypothesis. This is nothing more than a fancy term for a guess. The experiment is conducted using a series of steps to prove or disprove the hypothesis and then come to a conclusion. I have never been much of a fan of science. I dread this time of year. We have asked many questions that the answer did not really seem to affect the outcome of my life. My daughter will haul her experiment presented on a white board to the library for judging and will most assuredly get a good grade despite her lack of overall enthusiasm for scientific experimentation which she clearly inherits from her mother. I will rejoice as we are one more experiment away from high school graduation when I can finally leave science behind once and for all. Hallelujah!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. I am not a fan of science but I do love Jesus Christ. He promises to never be like a man who changes his mind or lies but to remain the constant variable in the life of those who seek to know Him more. He is the same. He does not change. Yet we fail to recognize the significance and importance of such qualities in our race to understand life as we know it rather than eternal life that is our glorious destiny. What if we made Christ the constant variable in our life? We are surrounded by independent and dependent variables. Independent variable is us. When Christ came into our heart and mind, He changed us from the inside out whether we have fully embraced such a change or live according to His Principles. The power of change is now inside of us because He will not change so therefore it is our purpose to do so. There are dependent variables that change because we have changed. Our life begins to represent a new person and new place and other factors in our life become impacted by this change. God wants to change you from the inside out according to His Glory. His Love will overtake you producing a light that shines through your fragile heart and warms the watching world. It is time that we experiment or test the unchangeable constant variable known as Jesus Christ. Test the theory that He is the same yesterday, today and forever until we are confident of the Truth rather than trying our hypothesis. He is faithful. He is true. The Lord does not change. But He wants to change you!

Malachi 3:6-7 (NKJV)
“For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’”

To gently ease into Malachi 3, the Lord points out that “I do not change.” He goes on to remind His People that is why they were not consumed in His Judgment and why He sent them from His Presence rather than leaving them in the Garden of Eden to ultimately die in disobedience. This is evident of God’s Mercy for our life which is probably the number one reason why people do not test the Lord and His Consistency. It is just too difficult to fathom a God who has unfailing and unconditional love that is unchanged despite gross disobedience, selfishness, ignorance and rebellion by His People. Yet the Lord does not change. He invites us to return to Him. Since this passage was written, Jesus Christ came and paid the penalty for the sins and burdens of all mankind making the journey back into righteousness less difficult. However, many people think of grace as an excuse to be disobedient, selfish, ignorant and rebellious because the Lord loves us no matter what. Rather than testing the unfailing love and mercy of God they challenge it on a daily basis because they question its consistency representing a lack of faith and trust in the Lord. The Lord points out our lack of trust as we have “gone away from His Ordinances.” God’s Word is the Way of life. Jesus Christ is the Word of God wrapped in flesh. He is the Way, the Truth and Life. No one comes to Father except through Him. If you do not take that first step, how will you ever prove God’s Love for you?

Malachi 3:8-12 (NKJV)
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the LORD of hosts; “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts.

Too many times Malachi 3 produces fear in the heart of man rather than faith, I want to break this change in the Name of Jesus Christ. Tithing is just one Biblical principle that will open the Windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing in our life. The point is not the sacrifice or offering but the true intention of our heart. If you have a surplus of funds, this verse will not challenge you but if you look at tithing representative of your life rather than money – you will see through what the enemy has used to turn many believers off. Preachers use this verse to produce guilt in the heart of their congregation so that the offering will increase to meet the needs of the ministry. People label this passage “Old Testament” and slather grace over it as an excuse for disobedience. However, God tells the people – “I do not change.” Therefore every truth and principle in the Word of God will still “open the Windows of Heaven” and produce His Blessing in our life. Faith is what opens the window. Faith that if I give any portion of my life to God that His Unchangeable Love and Devotion to me will press it down, shake it together until it runs over making room for more. The problem is we love money which represents the things of this world so much and depend on it so heavily that we are challenged to give away what we work so hard to obtain. Tithing includes our treasure (money, things and resources), talent (what we do every day) and time (the most precious commodity that cannot be reproduced). God is not challenging the people to change but to test His Unchangeability which leads to receivership by faith and trust in Jesus Christ. He not only promises increase to such believers but that He will rebuke the devourer protecting all that belongs to them. I promise that there is so much more to life than money can buy especially once you discover that there are some things money cannot buy like love, joy and peace. They are well worth having but only found in the Consistency of God.

Ephesians 5:9-11 (AMP)
For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.

Let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him. If we live to align our life with Jesus Christ who does not change, we will be changed. He is constant so we become the variable who is subject to change. The Lord wants to make our life fruitful and product. He has given us everything we need to prosper beginning before time when God recorded every moment of our life and gave us everything we need to fulfill His Plan and Purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 tells that it is a good plan containing a future and hope. But it is impossible to produce the fruit of the Spirit without the Spirit of God. Jesus Christ offers us His Spirit. (Ephesians 4:22-24) The Spirit is constantly trying to renew our attitudes and actions pertaining to God to convince us that He is worthy of our faith and trust in order to make us thrive now and forevermore. We hold all the cards. Unless we surrender our life in careful obedience to the Word of God relying on the Grace of Jesus Christ when we fail then there is no possible way to step into right standing with the Lord without being totally consumed. By separating ourselves from the things of this world, we are able to move closer to the Lord as His Spirit daily renews our heart and mind to align our thoughts and intentions with Jesus Christ. As the Window of Heaven opens over our life, there is no going back. But we must follow the advice of the prophet inspired by the Holy Spirit that we must “seek the Lord wholeheartedly”. (Jeremiah 29:13) Those who seek the Lord will find Him if they do so with all their heart. But you will not find Him if you do not follow the Way, the Truth and Life – Jesus Christ. He is constant in our life.

Hebrews 9:27-28 (AMP)
And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment, even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.

I believe that if men and women ever truly tested the Unfailing Love and Mercy of God they would never have to be convinced to put their faith and trust in Him. They hang on to sin as a sloppy second because they are unconvinced that anyone could love them as they know themselves. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is constant. He is fixed and unchanging. His Love for you is continuous. He is resolute in mind, purpose and affection for you. He is persistently trying to change your mind about Him and release His Powerful Purpose and Promises into your life. It is His Most Passionate endeavor. The Lord is faithful and unswerving in His Love. He is firm in mind and focus with His Eyes fixed on you. These are all definitions of constant and describe the Lord’s Intentions concerning you. When Jesus went to the Cross – He did not mark a place in time when everything before became null and void. When He looked out over the crowd bleeding and dying on the Cross, it was not those present in body that He had pity for but every living, breathing being that the Father had promised Him. He took care of every sin AND burden concerning us past, present and future. His Purpose was to bring full salvation to those who are “eagerly, constantly and patiently waiting for and expecting Him to come.” Is that you today? You will never know the consistency of Jesus Christ until you become eager, constant and patient in your pursuit of Him and fully expectant that the Lord is coming back for you!

Hebrews 7:24-25 (AMP)
But He holds His priesthood unchangeably, because He lives on forever. Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.

As I prepare myself to dive into the loathsome task of another meaningless science project regarding the evaporation process, I am reminded that challenging the consistency and constancy of the Lord is my privilege that I am invited to do each and every day. A science project is all about teaching young people consequential thinking. It shows them how to problem solve and find the truth. I will never know the faithfulness of God unless I test what I believe about the Lord and discover the truth. Genuineness of faith is not obtained by hearing the Word, it is concluded by receiving the Word and doing something with it. Jesus Christ will never change. His Love for us is proven by His Willingness to surrender His Life for all of mankind. Salvation is what He waits to bring us. The penalty of every sin that we have committed or will ever commit was satisfied on the Cross which means all that is left are His Promises and Blessings for our life. Moving closer into His Presence in righteousness including radical obedience just opens the Window of Heaven wider over our life, but do not look for things like money to fall from it. What He has is so much better including “love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence).” (Galatians 5:22-23) Maybe you are thinking what good is all this to me now? There will come a day when money will not fix your problem, weariness will overtake your soul as the storms of life keep crashing down on you, and you will not find peace in this world. In that moment, the infinite wealth of steadfast faith and confident hope will rise from the foundation of a well-thought out and fully-embraced relationship with Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever will be your saving grace! We know that Jesus Christ is the constant variable in our life. May it constantly be our goal to change and become more like Him!

Romans 12:1-2 (AMP)
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

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