God’s Hiding Place Friday, Sep 22 2017 

Job 22:14 ‘Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see;
He walks on the [a]vault of heaven.’

The LORD inhabits the praises of His people.

50 “Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the nations,
And I will sing praises to Your name.

Psalm 108:2-4King James Version (KJV)

Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.

For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reaches unto the clouds.

Psalm 91 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him.

1 Chronicles 16:9-11New International Version (NIV)

Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
11 Look to the Lord and his strength;
    seek his face always.

1 Chronicles 22:18-19New International Version (NIV)

18 He said to them, “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has he not granted you rest on every side? For he has given the inhabitants of the land into my hands, and the land is subject to the Lord and to his people. 19 Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the Lord.”

Psalm 27:7-9New International Version (NIV)

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.

When we worship God it ushers in His Holy Spirit. He is not hiding. It says that those who seek Him will find Him.

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Momentary Lapse Saturday, Sep 16 2017 

Momentary Lapse

 

This phrase is usually used for a mental condition where one is normally quite normal but for some misfire or other in the brain there is a momentary lapse of memory. It’s like reaching for the brass ring on a merry-go-round but being not quite able to reach it. I was nowhere near the proverbial ring when I was a kid but that isn’t the topic of discussion at present.

Having this momentary lapse, I can’t quite remember what it was I was going to tell you at present. I mean it just disappeared into thin air. Though I tried to grasp it here and there it just wasn’t anywhere.

I got the feeling, I might remember what I forgot but then forgot that I couldn’t remember. I’m sure you’ve had times like this. It sometimes helps to go back to where you were when you first had the thought because thoughts tend to linger where they were created. If that doesn’t work you can just resign yourself to the fact that you are getting older and older people forget more.

Now what were we talking about?

Oh yes, I remember, memory. Whose memory was it we were discussing?

And so, goes the day of the proverbial little old lady as she goes from task to task never really finishing anything but always busy. She can’t remember if she had an appointment that day or not or if she did who it would have been with. Was it the doctor or the dentist or the optometrist? Faces start to look strange to her like, “what was that kids name, again?” As she reaches toward him and snaps out, “Boy, boy, come here.” Then when he gets to where she is rocking in her chair she can’t remember why she called him.

To top it all off she is shocked when he says, “I love you, Grandma.”

God’s Face Sunday, Sep 10 2017 

Nobody can ever remove himself from the eyes of God because God is omnipresent.

In the book of Genesis it is said that man was made in the image of God.

Yet we think in terms of meeting God face to face at the end of this life for the purpose of being judged whether we were bad or good.

How do you face the prospect of death? Which one of these conditions are you in right now? Are you ready?

When you look into a mirror, what do you see? What do other’s see when they look into your face? When Jesus comes again will you be ready? Is He your God? Have you praised God for His free gift of salvation? Have you entrusted your soul to Jesus Christ?

If you have, you are not afraid of death. You are ready to meet your maker face to face. “Peniel”. This is the name of the place where Jacob wrestled with God and lived to tell about it. It means “Face of God.”

The only way to receive eternal life is to receive Jesus Christ. Being good isn’t enough. The law was given for the purpose of showing us how exceedingly sinful we are, and leads us to Christ the propitiation for our sin.

I pray you will accept Him.

God’s Grace Friday, Aug 25 2017 

Now here we have a topic of the utmost importance. Understanding the working’s of God’s grace in our lives is to possess the keys to the kingdom.

In order to fully explain the meaning and implication of this topic it is imperative that I use some form of analogy or word picture. His grace is like the oars of a rowboat. Without the oars, the rowboat wanders aimlessly driven by the wind and weather.

In fact the strength to row the boat comes from God as well. Philippians 4:13 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

It is by grace that we have been saved through faith-Eph2: 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God provides the map of the voyage as well. Proverbs 19:21 21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,  but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

He provides the purpose of the voyage. Ephesians 1:8-10 With all wisdom and understanding, he[a] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

He provides the means and the wherewithal. 1 Timothy 6:17b but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

He built the rowboat, “our bodies”.  Colossians 1:16-17

16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

His Word is our lamp. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.

His grace is glorious, free, and rich. Ephesians 1: to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

He has given me grace to share with you this blog about His attributes.

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Miracles Sunday, Aug 20 2017 

God’s Miracles

 

We can choose to concentrate upon the desires of the flesh until we finally give into temptations, or we can choose to be born again. It is a miracle. We cannot change by ourselves. Only the God of creation can regenerate us into new people, a saved people, a living people. Almighty God recreates us anew. He is the one who does it all. We have only to receive from Him his perfect unconditional love.

So many times, people choose not to take God up on his offer of salvation because they have pride and want to be able to contribute to their own salvation by doing something before they come to God for a little assistance.  It won’t work.

Man has absolutely nothing to do with his own salvation. When he is born again he is regenerated, changed, made anew. The eternal God does the work. We are finite. We are very small. We are incapable of saving ourselves. We can’t even understand what is happening to us as God regenerates us.

Listen to the voice of God when He speaks to your heart, “Come”.  Answer the call. “Do you want to be saved?”

Approach God with reverence and godly fear. He is the God of holiness, and of power. Your breath is in His hands. Take off your shoes from off your feet. Humble yourself before you are standing before him at the end of your life. Accept His offer of salvation. Be ready to listen, be afraid to look. Quiver. Stand trembling in the presence of the Almighty God. Put your hands over your face because he is kind, pure, and holy. There is no hope for any of us until we are silenced and shamed before a holy God. “God, be merciful to me a sinner.”

Cast yourself as you are before him. Listen to His message of deliverance.  That he loves you with an everlasting love. He wants to make you his child, to put a new heart, a new mind, a new desire, a new purpose in you. Yield yourself to it.

Do you want to be saved? Amen.

 

God’s Unity Wednesday, Jul 12 2017 

I would like to draw your attention to a very important fact and that fact is this; if you being a Christian are in unity with “the world” you’ve got a problem. Indeed you have a problem that you may not even be aware that you’ve got. You may be asking me, “How do you know that this is a problem? What proof have you of it?”

The Word is my proof. Paul says in his second epistle to the Corinthians in Chapter 6 verse 14: 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

Jesus himself said it in John 17 verse 16: 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

What does all of this have to do with God’s Unity?

Before we can discuss this topic you need to know what you are to be in unity with. So let us now get on with it, the topic at hand, God’s Unity.

It is and always has been God’s overall purpose for man. It says this in the book of Ephesians chapter 1 verses 9-11: he[a] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen,[b] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

So there you have it. Proof. Right there in black and white. God’s whole plan is unity. He is weaving a tapestry of our lives together as Christians thread by thread. With great carefulness, skill, intricacy he is weaving each thread. And we are the threads. You are a part of something bigger than yourself. You are God’s workmanship. It says so in Ephesians chapter 2 verse 10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

You’re not in this alone. I am in it with you. And you are in it with me. We together “in unity” working to will and to do his good pleasure. That is the mystery of God’s plan. That he is able to conform us. It says so in His Word in the book of Jude last verse: 24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

When God finishes his work, He intends to be glorified in it and by it.

God’s Freedom Sunday, Jul 9 2017 

Isaiah 61:1-3

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor     and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,     and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty     instead of ashes, the oil of joy     instead of mourning, and a garment of praise     instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness,     a planting of the Lord     for the display of his splendor.

When we are in Christ, all of these promises apply to every aspect of our lives, “health-physical”, “salvation-spiritual”, and “freedom-mind and emotions”. The devil will try to blind you to the truth because he does not want you to be what God has already made you. “Free indeed”.

During my bible study, today, every single place I referred to brought up the word, “freedom”. Joyce Meyer’s talk was titled “Can you help me find freedom?” The Abide prayer was on “freedom”. The Mysteries of God study was on “freedom”.  The Life Project study was on “freedom” and used the above verses to illustrate the point. To me this was a way for the Holy Spirit to say to me, “This is me, I am confirming that this is what I want you to see today in the Word.”

Verse 1: We are each anointed for our gifting. (Mine is financial wellness.)

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. (I am anointed to tell the good news “to the poor”. This is poor health, poor as in “unsaved”, and poor as in “debt ridden”.)

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners.

He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted. (bring financial wellness)

To proclaim freedom to the captives (debt ridden.)

And release from darkness for the prisoners. (light of truth on your financial situation).

Verse 2: Why he sent me?

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor     and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

He has sent me to tell you that now is the time. We are in the year of the LORD’s favor. The day of vengeance has come against the devil who has blinded believers. To comfort (The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. All-that means you too. Who mourn- or who are saddened by their burden of debt.)

 

Verse 3:  …continued reasons and ultimate purpose: To the glory of God.

    and provide for those who grieve in Zion— (make a way out) to bestow on them a crown of beauty (to give)     instead of ashes, (messed up finances, illness, unsaved) the oil of joy (fruit of the Spirit)     instead of mourning, (burden of debt, sickness, sin) and a garment of praise (thankfulness)     instead of a spirit of despair. (hopelessness) They will be called oaks of righteousness, (In Christ we have his Righteousness)     a planting of the Lord (we have a seed sown in our hearts that will bear much fruit both now and in the kingdom to come)     for the display of his splendor. (TO THE GLORY OF GOD. WE GLORIFY GOD THROUGH ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES INCLUDING HEALTH, SALVATION, AND FREEDOM. In Christ, we are “free indeed!”)

In all things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

 

Manna Tuesday, Jul 4 2017 

Ice wings feathered across the morning light.

Only one last chance to see the right.

By God’s grace we’ll fly beyond the veil,

And see the mist of morning’s descending quail.

God’s provision, manna to the soul.

And meat within the vision of the bowl.

Let us honor God our Lord true.

His lessons learned on cue.

And let not our rapture dim

The love of God within.

For by His grace we honor Him.

Collide our questions in His view

As His love we renew.

Each new day our hearts ascend

To the Lord; our forever friend.

 

God’s Conviction Thursday, Jun 8 2017 

Now, I understand if you do not want to read my blog today based upon the title. After all, who wants to be convicted? Why don’t I just blog about something more palatable?

Because, I am not blogging my own thoughts but the thoughts of Him who sent me.

First, I must explain the difference between conviction  and  condemnation. Let me expound upon this difference from scripture. Romans Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 For we know, brothers and sisters[a] loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

This conviction that comes to you when you read the Word was foretold by Christ himself: Luke 5: 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

And He keeps coming everyday. As you read the Scriptures and pray. He comes, He teaches, He admonishes, He convicts us of our sin, He corrects us.

The difference, dear reader, is that the devil condemns us daily before God. But Christ convicts us of sin so that we might repent of it. It is the Holy Spirit within you that is continually reminding you of the standard set out by the Word.

How can you tell the difference whether you are being condemned or convicted they feel so much the same? That is a good question and it is good to know this. With condemnation there is no solution, no answer, no remedy. But with conviction God makes a way of escape via repentance. The blood of Christ is the remedy, the answer, the solution.

Christ is a gentleman. He is not going to drag you to the foot of the cross to confess today. The devil would have you think “What’s the use? My sins are too grievous.”

But Christ says, “Come, all you who have labored and are heavy laden and I shall give you rest.” Tell Him. He listens. He answers prayer. He heals. He gives you power to overcome. In His name, I pray it all for you now.

 

 

God’s Strength Tuesday, Jun 6 2017 

The verse that comes to mind when I set out to write to you about God’s Strength comes from the book of Philippians: Philippians 4:12-14New International Version (NIV)

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

Another verse that comes to mind is : John 16:33New International Version (NIV)

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In Philippians 4:13 we are told where our strength comes from; through him. And in John it does not say you might have trouble it says, “you will have trouble.”

Just look about you: everywhere you look….trouble.

Paul reminds us in Philippians that we are not always in trouble every minute as he expounds by saying, “I know what it is to have plenty.” Now, we know that having plenty is not a problem. But as he continues he expounds an alternative situation; ” I have learned to be content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Have you ever been hungry? Unless you have been you may not know just how difficult this verse becomes. How can one be content in the midst of hunger or thirst?

It is because Paul knows the LORD Jesus Christ. He trusts him. He is completely free of worry because he knows that the LORD will provide. He was able to do “all things” through Christ.

Look at the list of what Paul suffered: 2 Corinthians 11: 23 I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

We too are going to face “troubles.” It is up to us to be prepared. To study His Word now so that when the times come we will be ready. The time to study the Word is not when we are in the middle of some trial or temptation. No! It is now. We must study to show ourselves approved. God gives us His strength for a purpose. Jesus Christ is our strength.

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