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“Even if he doesn’t…”

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 3:1-18

 

 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

 Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

 Then the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

 And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,

 that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.

And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.”

Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews.

They declared to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever!

 You, O king, have made a decree, that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image.

 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace.

There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king.

Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?

Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”

 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.

 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.

 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated.

 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

 Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace.

 Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace.

 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”

 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire.

 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them.

Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.

 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.”

Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.  copied from Esword

 

“Even if he doesn’t…” There is so much packed into those words. One, who are we to dictate to God what he will or will not do? He reigns. That said, we rest in his love and his will as living flesh or living spirit. Can we stand with these against the persecution today? Can we be strong even to death? Have the people of God been equipped to withstand the evil that creeps in our land? There is a responsibility to achieve that equipping; it rests upon the leadership; there is also a responsibility to achieve that equipping; it rests with the individual. We have the Word of God readily available and are not dependent upon man to read it to us or explain it to us. We have the Holy Spirit who guides into all truth, sent to provide comfort and understanding. We have no excuse to not be strong, not be equipped. It is time to stop looking to the one hour a week to provide us with the knowledge, spiritual health and equipping for battle and the ability to stand firm. It is time to seek communion with those who desire the full Word of God and to set aside the time to listen to the Holy Spirit as we read and worship the Most High God. Nothing can do more than our alone time with God. Jesus and the prophets knew that. The men and women we read of in the scriptures knew that. Are we any different? Hear the call to worship in spirit and in truth, hear the call to study the Word of God, hear the call to seek his face in this time and place. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

 

“Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.

 

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October 19, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who did what? Careful…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Daniel 2:1-28

In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him.

 Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king.

 And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.”

 Then the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.”

 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “The word from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins.

 But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.”

 They answered a second time and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation.”

 The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm—

 if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.”

 The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean.

 The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”

 Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed.

So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.

 Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon.

He declared to Arioch, the king’s captain, “Why is the decree of the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel.

 And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king.

 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions,

and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.

 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.

 To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”

 Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will show the king the interpretation.”

 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus to him: “I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who will make known to the king the interpretation.”

The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?”

Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked,

but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these:

copied from Esword.

 

All glory is given to God all the time. We are given to know but the knowing is a gift, not something we have created. We cannot take credit, only give credit. When we are given knowledge we are responsible to share it. Again no credit to us for some will receive and some will not. What follows again is the will of God. We can observe the effect his word has on others and in ourselves but we cannot take credit for it. We don’t, in that place, “save” anyone. Our sharing gives opportunities for others to receive salvation and there is gratitude in that. We don’t bring healing to anyone. We are faithful to pray for one another and the gift of healing rests within some of us, but we did not heal. All credit must go to the Lord. We often hear “what we have done for the Lord”-statements. That is dangerous ground. Let God honor us but do not get caught in the web of ‘sounding our own horn.’ Christ warned us in that. Daniel was careful to recognize that he had a gift but it came from God and was at God’s will to activate. “Wisdom and power are His alone…”

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October 17, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Resolve…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Daniel 1

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.

 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility,

 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.

 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah.

 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.

 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs,

and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.”

 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

“Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.

Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.”

So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days.

 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food.

 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

 As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

 At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.

And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king.

nd in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.

And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus.

 

The gift of wisdom and understanding was Daniel’s from the beginning and his resolve was to serve God. For that he was granted health and favor. Daniel’s resolve was to obey God rather than man, even when it looked as if God had turned away, and they were facing death. Can we stand even through judgment? Can we not falter because it seems as if God has turned us over to the enemy? This would be the state many believers find themselves in at this time in the Middle East. How strong is our belief in God and in what he says and does? Will our faith carry us through the dark times because we resolve not to disobey God’s commands? God was faithful to Daniel when Daniel was faithful to God in spite of his circumstances. And this was even in an area of apparent insignificance; the food he ate! Let our food not be the words of humanity but the words of God!

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October 15, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sing Praise…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 30

A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple. I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me.

 O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

 O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.

 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.

 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

 As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”

 By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed.

 To you, O LORD, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy:

 “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?

 Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD, be my helper!”

 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

 

How far have we sunk into the pit? God is able to pull us out. Depression? Wrong living? Burnt conscience? This psalmist was a man of war with all that alone entails. He was adulterous; killed the husband of the wife he committed adultery with. Yet he gives praise to Adonai, God, for pulling him out of hell. He was consumed with grief and depression over the loss of his child, but praised God for the joy that comes in the morning…

 

It does not matter how dark the night is, day dawns with light and the darkness must leave. It does not matter how dark our soul becomes; day dawns with light when the Son of God comes and rises within us. The darkness must leave. Give glory and praise to the one who brings the light to our souls, to our lives. Sing with the psalmist:

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.

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October 9, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Voice of the Lord…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 29

 

A Psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters.

 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.

 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

 The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

 

 

We wrap our whole being around the Lord God for he is worthy of it. He gave us life, he provides for that life all that it needs for the duration of life. For that alone all creation gives him praise. Can we join with the rest of creation and give him praise, honor and glory? Open our eyes that we may see your glory. Fill our heart with praise for you alone, O God.

 

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.” – Jesus quoting the Old Testament – Matthew 4:4 and Deuteronomy 8:3 ” He humbled you, allowing you to become hungry, and then filled you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had ever know, to make you understand that a person does not live on food alone but on everything that comes from the mouth of Adonai.” There is a hunger for this bread in our land today. There is a remnant seeking for more of God than is being revealed in our churches. This hunger will be fed, God promises that. It is not the watered down gospel being presented today; it is the full Word of God as it has been handed down from above. The Word of God does not return empty, it accomplishes what it set out to do. It gives life, spiritual life that supersedes physical life and makes life here more abundant. Have we tasted this bread? Have we tasted this life? Once we have we will want no other.

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

 

 

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October 8, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Larry’s Post

This is a post by a fellow writer and believer.  I found it to be of interest.  The harvest is now,  are we getting the word out, the Word of God?

Status Update

By Larry Grecu

THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES DECISION, OR LACK THEREOF, ON GAY MARRIAGE HAS TREASURED UP WRATH FOR OUR COUNTRY, AND THE JUDGMENT OF GOD IS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES AS A WHOLE! GOD’S WARNING TO ME THIS MORNING AS I WAS AWAKING OCTOBER 7, 2014 This morning as I was waking up, I heard the words “treasuring up,” and I immediately knew that it was referring to something that is being stored up by the United States that is not good. In Romans 2 and the first part of Romans 3, the apostle Paul lays out the seven principles by which God will judge people (individuals) at the end of the millennium. One of these principles is that of “accumulated guilt,” and that principle is based on the truth that the individual will have despised – or deemed as nothing of value – the RICHES of God’s goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God is meant and was meant to lead each individual to repentance. When the individual does not treasure, value, or esteem the RICHES of God – His goodness, His forbearance, His longsuffering – the heart of the individual becomes hard and impenitent (refusing to repent and turn to God) and TREASURES UP for itself WRATH in the day of wrath and revelation from Heaven of the righteous judgment of God. This hardness of heart means that the person’s conscience cannot be pricked, no matter how forcefully or sharply God applies the pressure. There is no compunction, no feeling. The same applies to the United States. The Lord has been applying the goads or pricks to our national conscience, but we have refused His warnings. He has used His goodness and forbearance, and He has been longsuffering. But, we have turned our backs to Him, and now the day of wrath is upon us, and we are racing to judgment. How can I say this? Because these same principles of judgment that are applied to individuals can and will be applied to nations, including the United States of America. God is no respecter of persons (another principle of God’s judgment), and the United States is not going to escape God’s wrath just because people think it will, based upon our past performance. HERE IS THE WARNING OF WHAT IS COMING AND WHY. As most of you are aware, yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declined to hear appeals from five states – Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin – seeking to uphold same-sex marriage bans, thus paving the way for legislation in six other states and setting a course for legislation in a majority of states in the union. As a result of this decision, the judges on the Supreme Court of the United States unknowingly or knowingly added to the Treasury of the United States a sum that will affect every citizen of our country in the not-to-distant future. This Treasury of the United States is not the treasury you might be thinking of. This treasury is not the substantial income that vendors might be thinking they are going to derive by performing homosexual weddings or providing for receptions and honeymoons. The treasures that have now been added to the coffers of the United States by SCOTUS are “the treasures of wrath” reserved for the day of wrath that will shortly be poured out upon the United States. God has continuously been warning our country with smaller judgments in diverse locations, but the day is coming and now is that there is a judgment coming that will affect THE ENTIRE NATION at once. We have gone along in our dream world thinking that God does not see, God does not care, or maybe even thinking that God is dead. I have news for you: He is alive and well, as we will all find that out soon, whether we want to believe it or not. The Word of God warns, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11). There is a place that either the individual or the nation can reach where they come to believe that God is not watching. The judgment has not fallen, the sentence has not been executed, and God has apparently remained silent. But this is all part of the forbearance and longsuffering of Almighty God – what I have described above as the “riches” of God. We have scorned these riches of God’s goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering and have instead chosen to treasure up for ourselves the wrath of God that will be poured out in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. God will be known in one of two ways: either He will be known in His goodness or He will be known in His severity. Apparently, there are those who have decided that as a nation we want to know Him in His severity. “The Lord is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalms 9:16-17). Although the nation will be judged as a whole, I do want you to remember that God’s ultimate judgment will be on the individual at the Great White Throne judgment. There will be NO second chances! Now is the acceptable time of salvation. If you do not know that Jesus Christ died for you while you were yet a sinner, while you were yet ungodly, while you were yet an enemy of God, and while you were yet without strength (to save yourself), then NOW is the time to ask Him to forgive you of your sins. He has paid the price you cannot and could not pay. Now is the time to look to the Cross where Jesus Christ became the Sin-Bearer for your sins, died in your place for your sins and was raised again for your justification (acquittal). God is not willing that any should perish but that all would come to the saving-knowledge of Jesus Christ, our soon-coming King and Judge. You do not have to fear the coming judgment on the United States or the Great White Throne Judgment IF you have made the life-changing decision to believe God for your righteousness. Those who have made this decision have only to look forward to glory, honor, and incorruptibility, life eternal. Beloved, do not delay to make this decision. There is an urgency in my heart that the time is short, and we cannot afford to waste another second of our time. NOW IS THE ACCEPTABLE TIME OF SALVATION! NOW IS THE TIME TO REPENT AND TURN TO GOD, the God who declares righteous the ungodly who believe on Him. He has done for you what you cannot do for yourself. While you were yet a sinner, Christ died for you. You cannot work your own justification (acquittal). It has already been obtained for you. No matter how bad you have been, Christ died for you. Turn to Him. Place your faith and hope in Him, and He will do exceedingly , abundantly above all that you could ask or think!

 

October 8, 2014 Posted by | call to action, encouragement | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Heart of the matter…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 26

 Of David. Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.

 Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.

 For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.

 I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.

 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.

 I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O LORD,

 proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.

 O LORD, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.

 Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,

 in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes.

 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.

 My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the LORD.

 

Let us purpose to live a blameless life. In him we are perfect, for he sees us as we are, he knows our hearts, and we are covered by the precious blood of Christ. The Holy Spirit resides in us; we are redeemed. Not of our own doing, but thankfully it is the work of God within us bringing us to his perfection. God does not look upon us as we look upon each other. As David well knew; God looks on the heart. He knows if it is right with Him.

 

“search my mind and heart,” is a phrase David uses more than once. We too can pray; search us , our mind, our heart. We too can ask for the cleansing he brings. Let us “wash our hands in innocence and walk around the altar of God lifting our voices in thanks and proclaiming his wonders.”

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October 5, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The God we Trust…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 25

  Of David. To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

 O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.

 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

 Make me to 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 long.

 Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

 For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.

 Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.

 His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land.

 The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.

 My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.

 Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.

 Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.

 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.

 May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

 

This is a prayer that strengthens the soul in conflict. It can be prayed for those who face severe persecution on a daily, even hourly basis. Let us meditate and memorize these lines for a defense in our own trials and times of trouble. God is our strength, his grace and mercy provides our salvation first from the penalty of sin, death, and also from the evil that comes against us in all its various forms. All his ways are grace and truth. He teaches those who seek him; he provides for them; he relates intimately with them. Let us trust him alone.

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My Tattered Veil

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This is powerful…

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It always hung in our bedroom.

From our first apartment to our last home I used my exquisite wedding veil as a focal point in our sacred, holy place.  A hand-made gift of tatting lace with our names and the date of our wedding, alongside our wedding picture, completed the memorial.  Throughout our years it was a special place in our home.  Many days through many years I lingered by the picture, fingering the embroidery on the veil.  Remembering…

Seeing how young we were and so completely inexperienced in life, the photographer captured our joy laced with hope.  My best friend played Debussy and my sister sang, “Savior, Like a Shepherd, Lead Us.”  My grandfather led us in our vows to one another.

We. meant. every. word.

After the divorce I had no idea what to do with the veil or my dress.  I strongly doubted my daughter would ever…

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A Prayer…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Psalm 19

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,

which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

 

This is who he is and what he does. Let us pray with the psalmist;

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

 

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September 30, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , | 1 Comment

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