My Priorities Friday, May 4 2018 

Have you ever wondered how many millions of times The Lord’s Prayer has been prayed? It came upon me just this morning as I was finishing up today’s bible study and prayer time.

Has God ever answered that prayer? I was specifically thinking of that request: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Oh how I wished in my quiet hour that prayer could be answered.

Then, I had to ask myself, “am I praying with expectation of an answer?” Perhaps, I should be living it out myself. I had to evaluate my priorities. What should be my number one priority in this earthly life? Thinking it through the verse Ephesians 5:5 came to mind: “For this you know with certainty, that no [e]immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

And also the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:36-40:

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [a]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

And also 1 Peter 1:16 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Christians are called to be saints. Saints are holy.

Some will argue and say, “How can any man be holy?” or “Aren’t you just trying to return everybody to works instead of grace?”

Be careful that you are not being deceived by partial truth. Christianity is a process. It is made up of steps. We are first washed, justified, regenerated, separated, sanctified, made holy, and made perfect.

How do you respond to these scriptures? Are you uncomfortable? Or are you in agreement? How can you test yourself? Look to 1 John 3:3 : And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

 

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My Rescue Monday, Apr 30 2018 

From my morning bible study today. I had done my P.A.R.T (Praise,
Admit, Request, Thanksgiving) and was beginning my L.M.N.O.P. (Listen, Messages, New Testament, Old Testament, Proverbs when….

Early in the wee hours of the morning, while I was listening for the voice of the LORD, the scales were removed from my spiritual eyes and the wax was removed from my spiritual ears. I saw before me as it were a light hovering over my head in a reflection. I saw movement of a corner that radiated from the aura of the light and out of it slipped slowly a black dark orb that slowly rose to the top of the reflection and out of sight. From my mouth I heard praises of God, Almighty repeating, “Blessed is the LORD, my God and my Redeemer.”

 

And again slowly rising from the right lower corner was now a dark grey orb that floated up and then left, out of the reflection.

 

And again I heard from my mouth, “Jesus, name above all names. Only thou art holy. Only thou art good. My King Jesus.”

 

And again slowly rising from the right lower corner was now a royal purple orb that slowly rose up and then right, out of the reflection.

 

And again I heard from my mouth, “Jesus, King of Kings and LORD of lords, Blessed be the name of the LORD, Jesus.”

 

Then the entire reflection turned the color of royal purple and  pulsated  like a steady heart-beat. And then my own reflection turned a neon purple and I heard from my mouth, “Jesus, thank-you, LORD. Thank-you, Jesus.”

 

The verse came to mind, “I am the light of the world.” and another, “I take away the sins of the world.” So, I sensed within that the orbs leaving were confessed sins. And another verse came to mind, “As far as the east is from the west have I removed your transgressions from you.” And another verse, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

The light was still shining over my head in the reflection. I saw myself just sitting there. I looked down at my bible and read again the Psalm for the day, Psalms 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.

Finding God Everywhere Saturday, Apr 28 2018 

Going back now to the basics let’s begin again in the book of Ephesians chapter 2 verse 10:

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

This verse was given to me in answer to a prayer, namely, “Oh, God, why? Why must I go back to the basics?”

It has to do with our conversation. Take for instance Ephesians 4:29 29 Let no [u]unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification [v]according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Basically, God is saying, it isn’t just what you say but it is when you say it, why you say it, and how you say it. When is “according to the need of the moment”. Why is “so that it will give grace to those who hear”. And finally how is “but only such a word as is good for edification”.

First he begins with what not to do: speaking the old way, the unsaved talk, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth”. As Christians, we think before we speak. We don’t just blurt out anything to hear ourselves talk. We don’t say hurtful and unkind words to have one over on somebody. We don’t gossip. We don’t use foul language. Our speech should be different, very unlike the world.

It has to do with the truth. Take for instance Ephesians 4:25 25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Second he begins with what not to do: speaking the old way, “lying”, “laying aside falsehood”. Then the new way, “speak truth each one you with his neighbor”, then why, “for we are members of one another”.

It is very difficult to have fellowship with a person who doesn’t know the truth from a lie.

Refer to Romans 9:10 for what form of fellowship: 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; [a]give preference to one another in honor;

This is not something that God does for us. Take for instance Ephesians 4:22-24 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old [p]self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new [q]self, which [r]in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

We are to “put on the new man”. The new man has order and control. He is aware of what is proceeding out of his mouth. He controls it. He stops hurtful and shameful words before they ever pass through his lips.

I am speaking to myself here more than any of you.

My Correction Friday, Apr 27 2018 

Today, we depart from the usual form in order to analyze how God corrects us. Turn with me first to the book of Proverbs Chapter 3 verses 11-13:

Proverbs 3:11-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 My son, do not reject the [a]discipline of the Lord
Or loathe His reproof,
12 For whom the Lord loves He reproves,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.

I have now and in times past found myself in this embarrassing situation of being “instructed” by God. Oh dear me. It reminds me of Paul when he told Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:3 -7

To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

As I urged you [a]upon my departure for Macedonia, [b]remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to [c]pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering [d]the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our [e]instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

How loving and gentle Paul is to Timothy, his son in the faith. That is how God was with me these past few mornings. You see, I was eager to move on to “Macedonia” which is meaning “Land of the Tall men”. I wanted to teach the important stuff to make myself look good. But God wanted me to “linger” in Ephesus where we find “the basics”. Basically, (pun intended) God was telling me I wasn’t ready for Macedonia just yet.

Rather than wallow in self-pity, I thought it best to explain just how God corrects us.

2 Timothy 3:15-17

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

God uses Scripture to correct us.

James 1:20-22

20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all [a]that remains of wickedness, in [b]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

We must not think of ourselves more highly than we ought.

1 John 2:5-6

but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

I stand corrected.

My Weakness Saturday, Apr 21 2018 

The Scripture to which I would like to draw your attention this morning can be found in the book of Romans chapter 8 verses 25-27:

25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Our Victory in Christ

26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the [j]saints according to the will of God.

I admit, I do not always know how to pray. I struggle with forgiving my enemies, those who have not yet been renewed in the spirit of their minds, and the unregenerate. Not that I am holier than thou, but that I have to resign from the pedestal reserved for the judgments of God.

I admit, I do not always know what to confess. I have to pray:

Psalm 19:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be [a]blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

I admit rushing into things. I don’t always think things through before I open my big mouth and stick my little foot in there. I forget that sanctification is a process where we are all on a different journey.

I admit questioning God. I think we can all confess that on occasion.

I often think others should forgive me, but I am oblivious to my own inability to forgive them. Oh wretched woman that I am.

 

Come Back to the LORD-Day 17 Saturday, Apr 7 2018 

Today’s Scriptures are found at Psalms 119:129-136

Pe.

129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul observes them.
130 The unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth wide and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
After Your manner [bg]with those who love Your name.
133 Establish my footsteps in Your [bh]word,
And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.
136 My eyes [bi]shed streams of water,
Because they do not keep Your law.

For we know Psalms 119:105-106

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
106 I have sworn and I will confirm it,
That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.

Come Back to the LORD-Day 16 Friday, Apr 6 2018 

Today’s Scripture may be found at Psalm 119:121-128

Ayin.

121 I have done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Be surety for Your servant for good;
Do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation
And for Your righteous [a]word.
124 Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness
And teach me Your statutes.
125 I am Your servant; give me understanding,
That I may know Your testimonies.
126 It is time for the Lord to act,
For they have broken Your law.
127 Therefore I love Your commandments
Above gold, yes, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything,
I hate every false way.

For we know Deuteronomy 4:29-30

29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice.

Back to the LORD-Day 15 Thursday, Apr 5 2018 

Today’s Scripture is at Psalms 119:113-120

Samekh.

113 I hate those who are double-minded,
But I love Your law.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
I [a]wait for Your word.
115 Depart from me, evildoers,
That I may observe the commandments of my God.
116 Sustain me according to Your [b]word, that I may live;
And do not let me be [c]ashamed of my hope.
117 Uphold me that I may be safe,
That I may have regard for Your statutes continually.
118 You have [d]rejected all those who wander from Your statutes,
For their deceitfulness is [e]useless.
119 You have [f]removed all the wicked of the earth like dross;
Therefore I love Your testimonies.
120 My flesh [g]trembles for fear of You,
And I am afraid of Your judgments.

For we know: Psalm 32:6-7

 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You [a]in a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with [b]songs of deliverance. Selah.

Come Back to the LORD-Day 14 Wednesday, Apr 4 2018 

Today’s Scripture is found at Psalms 119:105-112

Nun.

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
106 I have sworn and I will confirm it,
That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.
107 I am exceedingly afflicted;
[a]Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.
108 O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord,
And teach me Your ordinances.
109 My [b]life is continually [c]in my hand,
Yet I do not forget Your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
Yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts.
111 I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the joy of my heart.
112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, even to the end.

For we know Psalms 138:7-8

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will [a]revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Come Back to the LORD-Day 13 Tuesday, Apr 3 2018 

Today’s Scripture is Psalms119:97-104

Mem.

97 O how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever [a]mine.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
Because I have observed Your precepts.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
102 I have not turned aside from Your ordinances,
For You Yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are Your [b]words to my [c]taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 From Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

For we know Psalms 25:4-5

Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.

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