When we met Saturday I shared with you Psalm 19:1, "The Heavens declare the glory of God..." Today we got to see a marvelous work of God in the sky. In America many people traveled a great distance to experience this eclipse. Living in Montana gave us a partial view. But, the air grew still, the birds quit singing and eating at the feeder, even the dogs layed down to sleep as everything grew darker and cooler. Funny how everything seemed to bow as darkness shadowed the land. When it was over, the birds came back, along with the temperatures rising and the dogs started barking. Maybe they were complaining because their nap was too short!
The whole thing with the strange changes had me in awe of God. Tears fell easily down my cheeks and all I could do was whisper thanksgiving for my Salvation. Another day when darkness filled the sky; when my Savior was crucified that I might be saved. My spirit is alert as this is time when our hearts should be turning to God in repentance. Every knee will bow. Selah, pause and think about this.
Romans 14:11 says, "For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise]." I wonder how many people were actually thinking about Father God during this marvelous display of His power? Were any lives changed? Did anyone offer the Gospel to those standing nearby? I hope so. Were spiritual blind eyes opened or were they left in spiritual darkness?
Philippians 2:9-11..."Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Praise the Lord Most High!
Psalm 95:6-7 calls us..."O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and supplication]. For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts..." Are you kneeling before The King? Has He got your attention now?
There is a cry going out in our world. Even those who call themselves believers yet have been slack in their worship of God cry out for Truth and Love. Instead, obediance is a thing for the other guy and God's grace is taken advantage of. Churches are dying on the vine. Only those poured out and faithful are producing fruit for His Kingdom. Time only goes forward. We can't look at the past and how wonderful things were in the Jesus Peoples movement or even further back when tents held meetings that spoke the truth with hellfire and brimstone warnings. What does your future look like today?
I am reminded of 2 Chronicles 7:14 where God is calling His people to look at Him and quit sinning while all along saying they believe. How dare we think we can hide from God! Today God is listening for our voices to call out while there is still time. Talking to His people, you and I. "If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land." We have to take the steps toward healing.
Without taking too much more of your time I leave you with this. Lifting up my own heart too. Forgive us Lord Jesus for neglecting this wonderful gift of salvation. Forgive us for blaming others for our sins and not checking our own hearts at the door. Annoint us with fresh oil from Your throne to serve you. Ignite Holy Spirit fire and keep the embers burning in our witness. Make us like You dear Lord. In Jesus Holy Name, amen.
Abundance is...when we enter His courts
Good Saturday morning to you!
With or without can mean any number of things. I can tell you though, each of us, depending on our situation understand these words. This morning as I was getting ready for the day, I thought about how my life represents Christ. You don't hear my voice, you only see my thoughts on a page. As I try to convey my heart I find that I am speechless at times. With all the talk of an eclipse in our nation and what the meaning behind it might be, I am too, thinking about the heavens and all that God created. Speechless.
Once more, King David wrote about the heavens in Psalm 19:1-4..."The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge. There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard. Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, and their sayings to the end of the world. Of the heavens has God made a tent for the sun...". Awesome!
To think that even the stars tell a story without speech, I am in awe of the wonders of God. At first I thought it was strange that after David is talking about the heavens and then in verse 7 seems to turn a corner. But, is he really? "The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple." The Word, Jesus Christ, is perfect. He restores and His testimony is sure to make us wise.
When I think about all the wasted words I have spoken in my lifetime I am ashamed. Only in the last couple of years have I grown in understanding about my words. The book of James in the New Testiment and I were not on happy terms for a long time. I always felt convicted, which made me uncomfortable, but, drawn to read again and again I realized changes were actually happening with my mouth and my faith! Why? Because the law of the Lord was working to bring new life in me! I wouldn't change it for anything!
Our words as you know, can be seen without speaking. Do you know what I mean? Our countenance reflects what is in our hearts and minds. Agree? I am easily read by anyone who looks in my eyes. They may see struggle, defeat, worry, or they may hopefully see joy and contentment and victory. We are a wordless book! No one can see the deep things of our hearts but God alone. This is where we must take all our cares to Him in order to reflect His love and beauty.
Verse 11 says, "Moreover, by them is Your servant warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed); and in keeping them there is great reward." By His great and endless mercy we are not consumed in our sin! We are made blameless by the blood of Jesus and become innocent and clean before Almighty God! The reward is great! I believe that everyone who is changed by the changes in me through Jesus is reward enough. What a mighty God we serve!
So, you see, it all comes back to Him. We can be like the stars and never speak before an audience yet, our lives can touch many. We might be without the means to communicate through internet someday, not too far off, and yet, we will still have a witness! Don't be afraid to tell your story by your kindness whether in passing through a grocery store or having a cup of coffee with a new friend. Take every opportunity while we have them. Make it evident!
Most of all I make this my prayer. Make it yours too. Psalm 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditaiton of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer." In Jesus name. Amen.
Now, if you are here for the first time, come to Jesus and give Him your life. He gave His for you. Place all your cares at His feet and let Him take you to new places of freedom and joy as a redeemed child of God. Give Him glory and lift up praises of thanksgiving to Him all through the day. He will never leave you. Let Him win the battles you are facing today. Walk into fresh life eternally His. In Jesus matchless name, amen.
Remember to read daily God's love letter and take it personally. Then share it where ever you go with whom ever you meet; with or without words. Time is short. Make today the day of new beginnings. May God bless you till we meet again. Here, there or in the heavenlies! Sincerely yours.
Abundance is...I have evidence, His Word
Good morning friends!
After the difficulties with my blog all things are working again. I am so thankful! Waiting for them to clear up the problem was a bit frustrating though. As you get to know me you will see that waiting is tough sometimes. I want to forge ahead, sometimes at my own hurt. I am learning that it is not worth the consequences! I trust that Holy Spirit is doing a good work in me...and you.
Do you remember King David as he hid in a cave with all those displaced guys? rThey were rough and ready to take Saul out so David could take his rightful place as King. I see I am not the only human on the planet dealing with waiting. We have the words that David wrote; a prayer. One to teach and guide us and how to apply truth to our personal journey.
He begins with "Unto You, O Lord, do I bring my life..." Psalm 25:1. A great place to start the day! That is where each of us have to come. Our hearts pliable in the hands of the One Who made us. We know that God will not disappoint us, our enemies will not get the victory. As we look to Him and trust and wait patiently for Him we are assured, aren't we? Verse 4 says, "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths." That is a plea for direction. Where do you turn for direction today? Are you assuming you have it all under control? Well, without Him we can do nothing. I am kept in a position of needing Him. Good. The rememdy may look like what I need is healing or financial provision but, a need is a need and He does see. Could be that what I need is to focus on Him and wait for His answer. Father knows best!
Verse 5 says, "Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long." Or, in most cases, longer. We only have one day at a time. Why not ask Him what is next in This day? Remember one step at a time?
I am thankful for Father's gift through Jesus Christ and the seal of Holy Spirit on my life. Are you? The Gospel is one of peace to those who are called according to His love. Waiting? In this case...don't wait! Take your heart and all it's burdens to Jesus right now and find that truth that He will not disappoint you! His love never fails! Read the whole 25th chapter and let the Word of God enrich you with understanding and power.
Certain words were highlighted for me today. The Lord's mercy and steadfast love, His goodness (v.7). He instructs us in the way (v.8). He leads the humble and teaches (v.9). His paths are mercy and truth and faithfulness for those who keep His commandments (v.10). He pardons my iniquity and guilt (v.11). Reverently fear and worship the Lord (v.12). And, the list goes on! Take time to notice and appreciate the words of King David. Making his prayer your prayer...while you wait.
The more time I spend in God's Holy book the fastest time seems to fly! For instance, I nearly burned the bread in the oven by not hearing the timer! My laundry is sitting in the dryer, probably wrinkly by now! For now, I really think this is more important. This goes to say for my times of waiting too. Priorities are something that I am learning on this journey.
I hope that Father God reveals His love to you in a special way. That, Holy Spirit will show you areas that maybe, you need to be more teachable in. The empowering of Jesus Christ will enrobe you as you take the time to seek His face. Fear and worship the Lord. Trust Him will all of your heart's concerns. Will you? I say, "Yes Lord".
Abundance is...happening while I wait!
Good morning Christ followers!
What a day we have been given! Near or far away the voice of truth goes out like the breezes over ocean waves. I loved the time I spent at the coast of Oregon. Those couple of years filled my senses with the all the beautiful sights, sounds and smells. My soul woke up there.
My spirit this morning is aroused as well, as though that same breeze blew through my bedroom window. Awareness of something to come fills my soul. My eyes automatically look up to the sky. I have a longing to see my Lord and King! We don't know the day or the hour, but, we will see Him!The only way I know to experience His presence is to walk right in with worship and praise; a heart full of gratitude.
I realized as I was talking to the Lord and thanking Him for this and that that my gratitude was for the things He has given me. That is fine. But, suddenly I realized that I hadn't spent time thanking Him for what was most important and that was not the things I am blessed with but His gifts of love, mercy, grace, patience, forgiveness and more. Yes, I want those praises to come first as I begin the day. I am thankful for Who Jesus Christ is and what He means to me. Salvation, eternal life and constant, abiding fellowship!
How many of you have memorized scripture? I have a bit of trouble doing this now, but was pretty good at it as a child. Psalm 100 was one of the first 'long' ones I learned for sunday school. Today, I am draw to read it in the Amplified version for more clarity. Here it is. "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!" Notice all the exclamation here! This is not a sit down to rest sort of Psalm. It is a get up and dance one!
"Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture." Yesterday we talked about being precious in His sight. Do you see this today in a greater way? I sure do! Recognize The Lord is God! And, yet, we are called His! Wonderful! Exclaim it then!
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!" Say so to Him. Talk to Him. When someone gives me a gift I want to tell them how much I appreciate their caring and generosity. Why then do we forget to thank with sincerity our precious Lord for the wonders of His love? The more we look into scripture the easier this will come. We see the reflection of Father's love through the Word, Jesus Christ.
"For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations." Everlasting, faithful and true through every generation. His gift goes on and on. The world says that God is not good. But, as His children we know this to be a lie don't we? God is good! All the time we can have this assurance as we come often into His courts with praise.
Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it." Matthew 7:13-14.
If you are wondering if you have found the narrow gate this morning, talk to Jesus. Tell Him that you want Him to live in your heart. Ask Him to fix you because you know you can't do this yourself. Set your heart before Him to cleanse you. You are now redeemed by the blood of the Lamb! He took your place on that cross so that you can spend eternity with Him. Now, you have entered the narrow gate and can come into His courts with praise! Thank you Lord Jesus, amen.
While it is today, take time; the only time you might have and bless His name with thanksgiving and praise. Abba Father, thank you for bringing many into Your family today. Help each one reading Your Word today know, without a doubt, that they belong to You. Thank you in Jesus name, amen.
Abundance is...I am eternally His
Good morning precious ones!
What do you feel in your soul when you say these words, "I am precious in His sight." This morning, these words have been repeated over and over in my mind. The result is that I believe it! The more I speak, say it out loud, the stronger I feel. So, why not let Holy Spirit be the One to esteem us and encourage us instead of trying to hear what other people would say?
What makes us precious? I believe there is only one way to find this out; to seek the heart of God. Romans 8:16..."The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God." First and foremost. If we were called before a judge about the character of another person we would give witness of what we know. Holy Spirit witnesses, testifies that we belong to God. If you don't think you can stand before The Judge take time right now to enter into His lovingkindness. Psalm 36:7..."How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings."
To be precious we have to take refuge with The Precious. We find that even unto death we are precious. Psalm 116:15..."Precious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones)." From before we were born till the day we die. Read all of Psalm 139 and see His care in forming you. Then read Ephesians 1:4..."Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love."
This is so far above what I can comprehend! Amazing that God eternal knew me from the foundation of the world and chose me, saw me, kept me from then to this very moment! Is there any god made that can take the place of Almighty God? NO! I pray that today whether we have a stony path or a grassy path that we each could say, "I am precious in His sight."
You may be facing an unknown diagnosis, waiting for that phone call that could change everything. You might be alone, feeling forsaken by family and friends because of what you believe. You could be like I was dealing with depression and constant lies from the enemies mouth. As often as you come to the Lord Jesus with all of it, I can promise you that He will always remind you of your worth to Him. As a prisoner chained to a wall the apostle Paul listened to the voice of Holy Spirit reassuring him that he is precious to God. What did he do to respond? He lifted up his voice in praise. It may have started in weakness but as he sang his voice grew stronger. We can be like that!
So, today, take the words, "I am precious in His sight." Make them your own! As you speak you too will feel the strength of the Lord flowing into your situation. It's okay to let the tears fall down your cheeks. It's okay to begin with a whisper. Just begin. Remember this, "But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ (the Messiah), like that of a [sacrificial] lamb without blemish or spot." He is precious so you can know you are precious. Agree?
Abundance is...I am precious in His sight!