God’s Cross Friday, Apr 14 2017 

Symbol of Suffering

The cross is a symbol of suffering.

Luke 9:23 23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Romans 5:3-4 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Job 36:15 15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering;
    he speaks to them in their affliction.

Psalm 22:24 24 For he has not despised or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.

Today is Good Friday and I am reflecting on the cross of Christ and what He did for me. It is a day of reverence. Do we fast and pray? Confess the Word of God out loud? Do we acknowledge the sin in our lives through confession? Do we study the word? Do we live in faith and not fear? Do we accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Do we renew our relationship with Christ? Do we carry our cross; that symbol of suffering? Do we stop and pray at 3:00 PM when Jesus died on the cross? Do we reflect on the death of Jesus?

Dear LORD,

May we ever remember your sacrifice.

God’s Day Tuesday, Apr 11 2017 

Some believe that everyday is God’s day. When defined as a set 24 hours, this is certainly true, but I’ve been pondering the fact that we know that God lives outside of time and yet he does everything within its’ proper time. This blog post just might blow your mind as I take you to a place you may have never been.

You may have never thought about this in exactly the way I intend to spell it out to you here. Oh, I know, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.

But I also know that, ” with the LORD a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day”,  2 Peter 3:8  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

So imagine for a moment that you could understand the concept of one day stretching out into a thousand years. This is one of those impossibilities that is possible with God. Just like the camel through the eye of the needle.

I can’t help but think that God takes great musings about this pondering of His awesomeness.

Back to “a day”. The best way to understand this is back at the beginning. Genesis 1:4-5

God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Here we see exactly what God is doing. It is the essence of who He is that comes out so clearly. God “sees” what is good and separates it from darkness. Only God is good. Mark 10:18 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. ”

Why do I attempt to explain God to you? Every attempt I make fails miserably. I digress at every turn unable to put forth the meaning my mind so eagerly clings to in this expansion called “today”.

The point I’m trying to make is that every day is important, valuable, priceless, irreplaceable, unwavering in its’ capacity to glorify the God of the universe within the actions of His called and beyond the circumference of His chosen. We cannot contain all that God’s “Day” encompasses.

Only God can truly know his day and what it will be. Will it be full of gentleness, meekness and peace; absent of any need or want or worry? Or, will it be a “Day of Reckoning”? You decide.

God’s Breakthrough Sunday, Apr 2 2017 

Now before you flog me and have me crucified hear me out. I’m writing you to tell you the truth about God. So many of you don’t even believe there is a God. If that is you then this post is for you.

If you do believe there is a God it will be okay for you to read this post because it just might help you to see God from a new perspective. Each person has there own perspective about God and who He is and how he operates. Maybe you’ll identify with mine.

“There is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9

Almost since the beginning of time, man has sought the answer to who is God?

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” John 14:6

Please don’t just skip over this verse because in it are the keys to the kingdom. God is telling us exactly who He is.

First he is the great “I AM.”  Exodus 3:14

Second he is the “Way”. Jesus said this to his disciples to reveal his true identity.  John 14:6

Third he is the “Truth”. It doesn’t say that he is truthful, although He is truthful. It says He is the “Truth”. He is the living breathing truth in each of us. When you are full of truth you are full of Him. The truth isn’t just something you speak, although it is that, it is a goal, a purpose, a “Way” of living. It is your whole focus.

The Scriptures are full of times Jesus said, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you.” That is like saying “Very truthfully, I say unto you.” There is no greater truth than Christ and him crucified. The facts of his life are the truth of your salvation. He is your salvation.

Fourth Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father but by me.” John 14:6 Again He is telling you who God is and how He operates. He operates through Christ. And when you are “in Christ” you have God in you by means of his Spirit.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

He says, “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.” Romans 14:11

It does not say just “Christians”. It says “every knee”.

He says, “I am God Almighty”. Genesis 35:11

Fifth, He is the Life. This life he speaks of is eternal, everlasting, unending, for..EVER.

He says, “I am the Alpha and Omega”. Revelation 1:8

He is.

He is God the Son, God the Father, and God the Holy Ghost. We are made in his image; body, mind, and spirit.

” We are his workmanship.” Ephesians 2:10

“We were made to worship Him”. John 4:23

When God breaks through and reveals himself to you, it is no small thing. See how he revealed himself to Saul on the road to Damascus.  He says, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me.” Acts 9:4.

 

God’s Camouflage Saturday, Mar 25 2017 

On occasion I like to write about God’s actions in my life. Well, yesterday and the day before he showed up big time. You know those word puzzles where if you look at the words one way they say one thing but if you look at them another way they something else? It is a way to hide something in plain sight. It’s like when Jesus taught his disciples using parables. Everyone could hear the words he was saying but not everyone really heard what he was saying. The meaning behind his words was lost to them because of their perspective.

In the book of Proverbs chapter 25 it says: It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
    to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
    so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

Remove the dross from the silver,
    and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,
    and his throne will be established through righteousness.

Yesterday, when I went to get my mail, I came upon a small white feather. It was all fluffy and light. I picked it up and took it as a sign that He was with me. Then in the mail there was a check from the imaging company that had done my mammogram last summer for hundreds of dollars. That is when I remembered the day before the cellular telephone company I use returned the payment I had made this month into my checking account. Combined the total was over $500.

Most people would write this off as a coincidence. But God knows our every need. God is a God of details. I choose to believe that He is my Jehovah Jireh. He takes great joy in being my provider, my king. He does the same for my city, my state, and my nation. His throne will be established through righteousness.

The meaning of the parable is this: Telephones represent communication. Mammograms represent health care. God is at work with congress to lower the cost of health care. For many people when they pulled the health care bill it was devastating for others it was a good thing. I choose to believe the word that says, “As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.” And “remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.” And “remove the dross from the silver and the silversmith can produce a vessel.” I choose to believe that God’s hand is draining the swamp.

God’s Kiss Monday, Mar 20 2017 

Psalm 119:132-134New International Version (NIV)

132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
    let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may obey your precepts.

In the fullness of your love, I am so in love with you, Jesus. I honor and glorify your holy name.

Father, you are holy.

You are righteous.

You are good.

You answer my prayers. You know my heart.

By the blood of the Lamb and by the word of your testimonies, I overcome. Raise up an army of lovers; willing to fight to the death.

Face to face; I want to see you, LORD.

1 Thessalonians 5:25-27 25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

Your love is like a room full of precious jewels. When it is just me and you I can’t remember life without you. In your presence, LORD, I am lost in the warmth of your smile. Your love is like a ray covering my soul. The kisses from above give me strength. Your love is like the ocean.

1 Peter 5:14 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

God’s Way Saturday, Mar 11 2017 

Lord, Thank-you for the eternity you have placed in my heart. Thank-you, LORD, that you: teach me your way everlasting, are a light unto my path, are the way, are the truth, are the light. Thank-you for your presence, LORD.

Thank-you for the flaming sword that guards the way to life eternal. Your way is holy and righteous. Direct me to do what is right. Make straight paths for my feet. May my deeds bring you glory, Father. Help me to settle matters quickly with my adversary. Bring sound judgment here. Bring me your heart of compassion. Give me food to feed your sheep. That none should perish in my path.

Thank-you for your Spirit that teaches me all things.

I receive your free gift of salvation. I receive you.

I will seek you early in the morning. Come to the garden. I hunger for you. You are life.

Glory, Jesus, to your name. I cry out to you. I lift my heart, my hands, my life. On my knees, I pray. I am secure in you. You are Most High. In you there is mercy, enduring mercy, forever. Your Way is right. I worship you.

I enter into your rest, LORD. I accept your peace. I accept your terms. I accept your promises. I accept your will. I accept your plan. Thank-you, for being my God. Jesus, have mercy on me. You are perfect in all of your ways. You are holy. You are the name above all other names.

God’s Hold Saturday, Feb 11 2017 

Sometimes, when my grandson is ill with a cold or flu, I just like to hold on to him. We rock together and I sing or tell him stories. Many times he says, “More stories”. I will tell story after story. Or other times he says, “Rock-a-by-baby” which tells me he wants me to sing another lullaby. All the while he keeps his eyes fixed on my face.

That’s just how it is with God.

Proverbs 4:25-27 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
    fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[a] paths for your feet
    and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
    keep your foot from evil.

If we look to God our Father in heaven, we see Jesus with his hand on us gently guiding us on our way toward heaven.

Philippians 3:12-14 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

If we look to that which is heavenly and dwell on what is pure, high, and of God then our destination is sure.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Today, dwell only on that which leads to heaven, and nothing that doesn’t.

Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

God’s Three Mountains Thursday, Feb 9 2017 

When it came time for Jesus to fulfill the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
    righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

He began at the city of Bethphage which means “house of unripe figs.” This is the town at the slope of the Mount of Olives. The Mount of Olives, meaning “olive tree”, where came the “anointing oil”, is the middle peak of a row of three mountains on the east side of Jerusalem, flanking the valley of Jehoshaphat which means “YAHWEH has judged”, which is part of the Kidron valley, which means Very Black, Full of Darkness. The peak to the north was called Scopus which means “lookout.” The peak to the south is Mount Mashkit or “Mount of Corruption.”

So like Jesus on the cross between two thieves, stand today, God’s three mountains as a reminder that he came though we were not ready (unripe) to suffer our judgment. To break through our blackest darkest moments and to lookout for us while we were yet full of corruption.

Matthew 21:1-11

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Galilee means “rejoicing” and “son of circle or age.” Nazareth means “branch or shoot.” Though some believe it means “to scatter or sow”.

Even now, we rejoice at the coming of the LORD, the Anointed One.

 

God’s Harvest Tuesday, Feb 7 2017 

In our side yard, we have a compost bin. In it, we put table scraps, potato peelings, egg shells, and other biodegradables. My husband is a master composter. Early in the spring we use the compost to build up our raised garden boxes before we plant the herbs, strawberries, and vegetables each year. Some of you may already know that there is nothing like home grown herbs and vegetables. Right now there are parsley, chives, and cilantro ready to harvest.

In the spiritual kingdom, we plant righteousness to get a harvest of unfailing love.

Hosea 10:12 Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.

When you sow something, you add water, sun, and time before you can reap. You have to give up something to get something. You don’t get the harvest right away. You have to wait upon the LORD.

God rains blessings on us so we can give of our fruits to bless others. God loves a cheerful giver.

Breaking up the unplowed ground is confessing our sins to soften our hearts to be able to receive the good God has for our lives. You have to sow before you can harvest. We give God our “garbage” and he turns it into something productive. If you keep planting in the same soil your harvest diminishes. But if you “break new ground” or plow a fallow field your harvest increases. So if there is a part of your life that you have not yet given to God you have the perfect opportunity to open it up to the LORD. Let him have it all.

Jesus said in Matthew 13:23 “But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”

There is nothing like the harvest that comes from an act of kindness or goodness or compassion or love.

God’s Redemption Thursday, Feb 2 2017 

My first knowledge of the word redemption came off of the bottom of store coupons which gave the written promise, “redeemable for 1/20th of 1 cent.” Even as a child, I knew that we received coupons every week in our newspaper. So I sat down and cut coupons. After the first twenty my fingers were getting tired. So I turned to redeeming bottles which at that time were five cents for the small ones and ten cents for the big ones. Then I caught on to the idea of going door to door. At one house I would say, “Could you donate an egg for the poor?”  And at the next house I would say, “Would you buy an egg for a quarter for the poor?” Of course, I was the “poor”. That didn’t last too long before one of my neighbors taught me the meaning of the words, “No Soliciting.”

I understood the idea of exchanging.

Imagine my shock and horror when I learned that Jesus had to die to redeem us from our sins. Well, that seemed a bit drastic to me. I just don’t know if I would be willing to give up my life to save someone let alone the whole world. I always imagined the agony of crucifixion and thought, “How cruel!”

It wasn’t very long before my own sins began to weigh heavy on my heart and I began to think, “Maybe it is like the coupons, it’s too hard to redeem yourself.” So, I went forward in church to accept Jesus as my redeemer. You had to say it out loud back then in front of God and everybody so everybody knew you were a sinner. Then they dunked you under water the following Sunday and it was cold. I had to go under twice because my toe popped up the first time.

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

 

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