My Confidence Saturday, Aug 25 2018 

The verses for today may be found in the book of Psalms chapter 71 verses 4-6:

Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
    my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
    you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
    I will ever praise you.

And also verses 13-15 in 1 John:

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Ever had an inspiration that filled you up? A knowing? An assurance? And in that instant your mouth could not hold back the praises of Him who saved you? You called upon His name. You trusted. You knew that you knew that you were saved. Even the confidence comes from Him. Even your Faith is a free gift from Him. You think that if in that moment He called you to walk on the water, you could. The power of the Spirit led you deep into places that your flesh could not go.

As Christians, our hope is in Jesus.

 

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Mining for Wisdom Monday, Aug 20 2018 

The verses for today can be found in the book of Job chapter 28:

28 There is a mine for silver
    and a place where gold is refined.
Iron is taken from the earth,
    and copper is smelted from ore.
Mortals put an end to the darkness;
    they search out the farthest recesses
    for ore in the blackest darkness.
Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,
    in places untouched by human feet;
    far from other people they dangle and sway.
The earth, from which food comes,
    is transformed below as by fire;
lapis lazuli comes from its rocks,
    and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
No bird of prey knows that hidden path,
    no falcon’s eye has seen it.
Proud beasts do not set foot on it,
    and no lion prowls there.
People assault the flinty rock with their hands
    and lay bare the roots of the mountains.
10 They tunnel through the rock;
    their eyes see all its treasures.
11 They search[a] the sources of the rivers
    and bring hidden things to light.

12 But where can wisdom be found?
    Where does understanding dwell?
13 No mortal comprehends its worth;
    it cannot be found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, “It is not in me”;
    the sea says, “It is not with me.”
15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
    nor can its price be weighed out in silver.
16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,
    with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,
    nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
    the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
19 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
    it cannot be bought with pure gold.

20 Where then does wisdom come from?
    Where does understanding dwell?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
    concealed even from the birds in the sky.
22 Destruction[b] and Death say,
    “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”
23 God understands the way to it
    and he alone knows where it dwells,
24 for he views the ends of the earth
    and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he established the force of the wind
    and measured out the waters,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
    he confirmed it and tested it.
28 And he said to the human race,
    “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
    and to shun evil is understanding.”

The Light of Men Sunday, Aug 19 2018 

The verse for today can be found in the book of John chapter 1 verse 4: In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Here we have truth.

Simple.

Unadulterated.

It tells us in the book of Genesis that God said, “Let there be light.” And it also says that he separated the light from the darkness and he called the light “day”. And we find in 1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

As children of God, we are children of the day.

It is because of this that we are able to reflect the truth. It is spiritually genetic. As children of the light it is just who we are manifest. Even when we do what is right and good and true, the world cannot see it. John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

They didn’t see it in Christ and they can’t see it in us. They called Him a blasphemer.

In this world you will suffer persecution because he suffered persecution. But we rejoice in tribulation. For we know the truth and the truth has set us free from the law of sin and death.

We were created in the image of God.

Here we have truth.

Simple.

Unadulterated.

In Genesis God said, “Let us create man in our own image.”

God created life. God created light.

Psalm 104

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;
    you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
    he stretches out the heavens like a tent
    and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
    and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers,[a]
    flames of fire his servants.

He set the earth on its foundations;
    it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
But at your rebuke the waters fled,
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
they flowed over the mountains,
    they went down into the valleys,
    to the place you assigned for them.
You set a boundary they cannot cross;
    never again will they cover the earth.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.
16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests;
    the stork has its home in the junipers.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
    the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
    and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
    and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
    and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
    they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then people go out to their work,
    to their labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 All creatures look to you
    to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
    they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
    they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
    they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
    they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
    they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    as I rejoice in the Lord.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
    and the wicked be no more.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise the Lord.[b]

 

 

New Day Dawning Thursday, Aug 16 2018 

This day draws near me,

The LORD is with me,

As I see the dawning light;

Strained from prayer throughout the night,

His voice so gently whispers,

“Come and see,

That the LORD, He is good.

Taste and see, the LORD, He is good.”

When suddenly,

Patterned distractions blind me,

Then I could not see,

I raised my shield in earnest fight,

Wiles of devil taking flight,

For the Word of God my heart displayed,

“With God there is no shadow of turning.”

My heart aflame, His Spirit burning.

For Christ my LORD portrayed,

one so feeble such as me,

could force the devil flee,

For with Jesus at my side,

I was able to abide

and to taste the flavor of the LORD,

and trace the scabbard of my sword.

Jessica May Moore

 

The Work of God’s Hands Saturday, Jul 21 2018 

LORD,

The wonders of your creation are marvelous to behold. The motion, the color, the ever changing and enduring work of your hands is ever before me. My heart rejoices in the beauty of it all; the galaxies, the quiet pools, green pastures, floral landscapes, gently blowing fields of wheat, cherry blossoms, snow on mountain peaks, the moon by night upon the water, raging rivers, deep blue seas, the rocks and rills, my soul perceives, a ray of sun, a poppy field, an ocean view, a forest green, a fall scene, a misty morning, a starry warning, the calm before a storm, a rainbow through the sun, a nebula, the northern lights and a million other sights….

Pie Anyone? Friday, Jul 20 2018 

The Holy Spirit gave me a big slice of this…no milk, no sweet cherries, just minced meat that went down hard. Sometimes, I’m wrong and I just have to say, “I’m sorry” and hope the Holy Spirit will heal us with it’s serving. He said, “Without this, there is no true repentance.”

My Contrition Saturday, Jul 14 2018 

The Scripture for today may be found in the book of Isaiah chapter 6 verses 1 and 2:

Heaven Is God’s Throne

66 Thus says the Lord,

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that [a]I may rest?
“For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.
“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

As we come before the LORD this morning let’s be prayerful, mindful, admitting all to Him whatsoever we may find within ourselves to confess. Now at this time, I would caution you against the wiles of the devil for he would seek to convince you that anything you’ve done can’t be all that bad; after all you’re a Christian.

The devil loves to see a Christian fall. He relishes every opportunity to accuse the brethren.

So when you come before the LORD let your attitude be humble. Ask Him to help you to see those things you may have said or done no matter how slight that may have offended a brother or sister. Then go and make amends. Say you are sorry. Ask forgiveness. Show your remorse to them and to God Almighty.

Then when the devil attacks you with regards to it you can tell him, “You are a liar. I trust God’s word which says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9

And remember too, Peter’s admonition in 1 Peter 3:8-12

[d]To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but [e]giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For,

The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Self-Discipline Friday, Jul 13 2018 

The Scripture for today may be found in 2 Peter 1:2-8:

2 Peter 1:2-8 Discipline yourself….examine yourself….test yourself…

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Routine is not godliness. It keeps you in the first “add” which is “add to your faith virtue”; you must graduate on to “and virtue knowledge” through bible study. And then move on to “and knowledge temperance” through prayer. And then move on to “and temperance patience” through waiting on the LORD and watching for his coming. And then move on to “and to patience godliness” through well doing. And then move on to “and to godliness brotherly kindness” through grace and forgiveness to others. And then move on to “and to brotherly kindness charity” through the love of the Holy Spirit within you.

It is not that you no longer have faith when you acquire virtue but rather each is built one upon the other until God is glorified.

My Struggles Thursday, Jun 7 2018 

 

The Scripture for today can be found in the book of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chapter 6 verse 10:

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.

As Christians, we are called to fight in a battle against the devil and his minions. Actually; to be honest, it is a war made up of many battles. It isn’t just a matter of a one-time battle that when it is over you get to go home. No, it is full on warfare that lasts our entire lives. It isn’t some namby-pamby skirmish. Every single day, we are to “put on” the armor of God. We are to “put on” Christ.

Joshua 1:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Only be strong and very courageous; [a]be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may [b]have success wherever you go.

2 Chronicles 32:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him.

Isaiah 35:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”

It isn’t going to do us any good to complain or get discouraged. God does not fight our battles for us, but He does fight our battles with us. We are still called to our duty as Christians. He does not leave us alone on the field of battle. It takes courage to be a Christian.

Perhaps, I should have titled today’s study: “Our Struggles”.

 

 

My Dance Tuesday, May 15 2018 

The Scripture for today can be found in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 4:

A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.

I think that everybody gets down sometimes and the slightest thing makes them cry.

They say that crying is good for you. If nothing else it cleans your sinuses.

When David was seized by the Philistines in Gath he prayed to God:

“You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?

Yesterday, I received an email from my oldest sister that changed my life. She has no idea about this. She had written a few days earlier asking me to find out the information about where our mother had been buried. I am guessing she wanted to visit her grave on Mother’s Day or perhaps for the upcoming Memorial Day. Yesterday, she sent me an email showing that she had researched it herself and forwarded the information to me. I decided to print it out and keep it for future reference. Since I live over a thousand miles from there, I wouldn’t be able to go this year but maybe in the future. When it printed there were two pages. When the second page came out of it, the only words on the page were, “Trust in God.”

Why those three words affected me so profoundly, I may never know. But they did. And as I stood there, I felt the peace of the Spirit of God flow over me. I began to hear music. And it was so sweet and gentle. I just began dancing. I wasn’t worried about where my feet were going or what steps I was taking.

It was then and there that I realized, I’ve lived my whole life never hearing the music. As I was dancing verse after verse came to me: Ephesians 5:18-20

18 And do not get drunk with wine, [a]for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to [b]one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to [c]God, even the Father;

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 19:20 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

He gave up His Spirit to us! It is in us. We have it now! There is no waiting. There is nothing left we can do to add to our salvation. It was done at the cross.

He wants us to dance in the Spirit and praise Him with music.

 

 

 

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