Be guilty of a poor and humble spirit…

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.

Isaiah 66:1-6

Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?

 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

 “He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck; he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers pig’s blood; he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. These have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations;

 I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring their fears upon them, because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, they did not listen; but they did what was evil in my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.”

 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: “Your brothers who hate you and cast you out for my name’s sake have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy’; but it is they who shall be put to shame.

 “The sound of an uproar from the city! A sound from the temple! The sound of the LORD, rendering recompense to his enemies!

 

 

Let us have a poor and humble spirit. Let us tremble at his word. A poor and humble spirit has an accurate sense of who God is and who they are. A person of poor and humble spirit can be led by His Spirit for theirs does not get in the way. Their pride, will and spirit is not seen as greater in their own eyes. Their conversation gives the truth to this. Those with a poor and humble spirit have few spoken ‘I’s, ‘me’s, and ‘mine’s. The name God identified himself by is the only “I am”. Those with a poor and humble spirit have submitted their will to the knowledge of the greatness of God–who He is and what He does. Are we little gods, running about with our own plans? Reread what God says; these are brothers and sisters, they are in the church.

 

“…Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: “Your brothers who hate you and cast you out for my name’s sake have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy’; but it is they who shall be put to shame. …”

 

Be aware, be alert, know God and follow Him only.

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No joy in punishment…

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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Isaiah 16:6-14

 We have heard of the pride of Moab—

 how proud he is!—

 of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;

 in his idle boasting he is not right.

 Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,

 let everyone wail.

 Mourn, utterly stricken,

for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth.

 For the fields of Heshbon languish,

and the vine of Sibmah;

the lords of the nations

 have struck down its branches,

which reached to Jazer and strayed to the desert;

 its shoots spread abroad

 and passed over the sea.

  Therefore I weep

with the weeping of Jazer

 for the vine of Sibmah;

 I drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh;

for over your summer fruit and your harvest

 the shout has ceased.

  And joy and gladness are taken away

 from the fruitful field,

 and in the vineyards no songs are sung,

 no cheers are raised;

 no treader treads out wine in the presses;

 I have put an end to the shouting.

Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,

 and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.

 And when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.

 This is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in the past.  But now the LORD has spoken, saying, “In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble.”

There is no joy in punishment.  There is sorrow at the wrong doing and pride of those who practice evil or turn from God to themselves.  We are given many detailed visuals of how much pride and arrogance displeases our God.  Create in us a right heart and a right spirit, O God…

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It is time to pray…

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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Isaiah 13:9-18

“Behold the day of the Lord comes,

    cruel, with wrath and fierce anger,
To make the land a desolation
    and to destroy its sinners from it.
For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
    Will not give their light;
the sun will be dark at its rising,
    and the moon will not shed its light.
I will punish the world for its evil,
   and the wicked for their iniquity;
I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant,
  and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.
I will make people more rare than fine gold,
   and mankind than the gold of Ophir.
Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,
   and the earth will be shaken out of its place,
at the wrath of the Lord of hosts
   in the day of his fierce anger.
And like a hunted gazelle
   or like sheep with none to gather them
Each will turn to his own people, 
   and each will flee to his own land.
Whoever is found will be thrust through,
   and whoever is caught will fall by the sword.
Their infants will be dashed in pieces before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
   and their wives ravished.
Behold, I am stirring up the Medes against them,
   who have no regard for silver
   and do not delight in gold.
Their bows will slaughter the young man;
   they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb;
Their eyes will not pity children.

When the Spirit of God leaves men become savages.  Total destruction and evil follow the absence of God.  Can we take note of this as we see growing opposition to even a mention of God in our society?  It is worth looking at the effects of atheism upon other nations to understand the direction we are headed in our effort to be tolerant of all.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousnesss…  It is time to pray without ceasing.

 

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No good from pride…

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.

Isaiah 13:1-8

  The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

  On a bare hill raise a signal;

cry aloud to them;

wave the hand for them to enter

 the gates of the nobles.

  I myself have commanded

my consecrated ones,

and have summoned my mighty men

to execute my anger,

my proudly exulting ones.

 The sound of a tumult is on the mountains

as of a great multitude!

The sound of an uproar of kingdoms,

of nations gathering together!

The LORD of hosts is mustering

a host for battle.

  They come from a distant land,

 from the end of the heavens,

the LORD and the weapons of his indignation,

to destroy the whole land.

  Wail, for the day of the LORD is near;

as destruction from the Almighty

it will come!

 Therefore all hands will be feeble,

and every human heart will melt.

 They will be dismayed:

pangs and agony will seize them;

they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.

They will look aghast at one another;

their faces will be aflame.

This day of the Lord is not pleasant for it comes with judgment.  We should take note that the judging is done by God not any man, woman or child.  Can we get to a place where we no longer take offense at one another, but like Jesus with Peter, recognize we each are tools in the hands of the Almighty God and we serve His purpose?  Better to search and see what He is teaching us through others.  When we are the ones being used, better to just walk away and let the Spirit of the Lord complete the work than to try to become like God and understand the whys and wherefores.  Simply be willing workers for Him, obedient in all ways.  Those who will learn and grow will; those who choose to take offense have allowed pride to get in the way of the Spirit in their lives.  All the judgment we read of in scripture can be traced back to a prideful heart.  O may we learn humility, true humility that allows us to be taught and grow more like Jesus each day.

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Walk humbly before our God…

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.

Ezra 9:8-15

 But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant and to give us a secure hold within his holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our slavery.  For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem. 

“And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments,  which you commanded by your servants the prophets, saying, ‘The land that you are entering, to take possession of it, is a land impure with the impurity of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations that have filled it from end to end with their uncleanness.  Therefore do not give your daughters to their sons, neither take their daughters for your sons, and never seek their peace or prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good of the land and leave it for an inheritance to your children forever.’  And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserved and have given us such a remnant as this,  shall we break your commandments again and intermarry with the peoples who practice these abominations? Would you not be angry with us until you consumed us, so that there should be no remnant, nor any to escape?  O LORD, the God of Israel, you are just, for we are left a remnant that has escaped, as it is today. Behold, we are before you in our guilt, for none can stand before you because of this.”

It is a fearful thing to break the commands of God…  It is good to know that when we humble ourselves and beg forgiveness, praying for salvation from the penalties that are just, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.  What a God we serve!

 

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Children of light…

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.

Colossians 3:1-17

 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

 

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.   In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.   But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.  Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 

 

 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,   bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

How shall we live?  With compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiving with love, allowing peace to rule with the word in us teaching and admonishing, singing songs and giving thanks to God, this is the picture drawn of genuine believers.  Does the description fit us?  Time to reflect and search our hearts, minds and souls.  Time to ask of ourselves, if we were the person crossing our path what would they see, experience of us? Is there light?  Is there salt?  Or do we carry the opposites of these descriptors?  Help us Lord this day to exhibit the list of traits that say we are your children, children of light not darkness.

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Another Award Post

Wednesday, September 26, 2012                                        

10:10 AM

I am honored.  A thank you to Holly from  Holly Michael’s Writing Straight  for the Reader’s Appreciation Award.  For those who enjoy the inspiration from great photography a visit to her blog is a must.

The rules for this award are: Post seven interesting things about yourself, Nominate 5 people who in turn will post on their page the award with the link to the giver, Let them know about the nomination. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

Instead of seven things about myself, here’s seven of my favorite musical statements, which should tell something about me. ( Borrowing this from you, Holly.)

1.  I have personalized this verse:

I delight in the law of the Lord

and in this law I meditate day and night

I am like the tree planted by streams of water

it yields fruit in season, its leaf does not wither

all that I do will prosper.

2. Oh God,  You are my God

And I will ever praise You

Oh God, You are my God

And I will ever praise You

I will seek You in the morning

And I will learn to walk in Your ways

And step by step You’ll lead me

And I will follow You all of my days  – Rich Mullens  http://youtu.be/yF2pSvB-ztI

3. When I am down and, oh my  soul, so weary;

When troubles come and my heart burdened be;

Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,

Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;

You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;

I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;

You raise me up: To more than I can be. – Selah  http://youtu.be/2DorNUsi5LE

4. Kyrie Eleison, Lord God Have Mercy

Have mercy on me o God in your goodness

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin

Restore to me the joy of your salvation

Christe Eleison Christ have Mercy – ?  I have it done by Integrity Worship Singers and could not find it online.

5.  At the foot of the cross

Where grace and suffering meet

You have shown me Your love

Through the judgment You received

And You’ve won my heart

Yes You’ve won my heart

Now I can

Trade these ashes in for beauty

And wear forgiveness like a crown

Coming to kiss the feet of mercy

I lay every burden down

At the foot of the cross

At the foot of the cross

Where I am made complete

You have given me life

Through the death You bore for me

I’m laying every burden down

I’m laying every burden down – Kathryn Scott  http://youtu.be/F359YqwKyk4

6.  He hath shown  thee

Oh man

What is good and what the Lord requires of thee

But to do justly

And to love mercy

And to walk humbly with thy God. — Maranatha Singers, Micah 6:8  http://youtu.be/CIJIqwCIPcw

7.  Open the eyes of my heart Lord,

Open the eyes of my heart,

I want to see You. I want to see You.

To see You high and lifted up,

Shining in the light of Your glory.

Pour out Your power and love,

As we sing holy, holy, holy.

Holy, holy holy. Holy, holy, holy.

Holy, holy, holy, I want to see You. – Paul Baloche  http://youtu.be/qPzrXxnKoSQ

And now I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this award:

  1. Greenlightlady  http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/cat-calling/  a blog combining pics and story with scripture to present a powerful message.
  2. WatermyflowersLord http://watermyflowerslord.wordpress.com/    Water my flowers Lord  a blog that encourages and inspires.  SR
  3. A miniature clay pot   http://aminiatureclaypot.wordpress.com/  a blog by a women who was in the theatre in Colorado that was shot up by a gunman.       Mary with a smile.
  4. Biltrix  http://biltrix.com/   Biltrix a group of five writing for Catholic evangelism and in the fight against abortion.
  5. Adoptingjames http://adoptingjames.wordpress.com/   a blog written by someone who wants to adopt and for those who have or are adopted.  Some really good reading here.

Finally I want to thank Holly Michael’s Writing Straight  again for this nomination.  gracie