Friday, April 20, 2018

Eagles Wings

Descend from the crest. Song of Songs 4:8

Bearing the burden of crushing weight actually gives 
Christians wings. This may sound like a contradic-
tion in terms, but it is a blessed truth. While endur-
ing a severe trial, David cried, "Oh, that I had wings
of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest." Ps 55:6
Yet before he finished his meditation, he seems to
have realized that his wish for wings was attainable,
for then he said, "Cast your cares on the Lord and
He will sustain you." Ps 55:22
The word "burden" is described in my Bible commen-
tary as being "what Jehovah has given you.The 
saints' burdens are God-given, leading us to wait on 
Him. And once we have done so, the burden is trans-
formed into a pair of wings through the miracle of 
trust, and the one who was weighted down "will soar 
on wings like eagles." Isa 40:31 
Sunday School Times

Reader, there is something to back up these really
ridiculous claims. King David wrote Psalm 23 when
he was exiled from Jerusalem because his very own
son had betrayed him. It seems to be a process for
most of us. David could not have written these words
at the beginning of his trials with Saul, but he learned
to lean on God and wrote psalms of pain which con-
tained words of praise. Psalm 23, written in the cruci-
ble of anguish is the best known psalm today.

The Lord IS MY Shepherd.
I shall not want...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

To Live is Christ

For me, to live is Christ...  Phil 1:21

A Christian is one who has become spiritually alive
from the dead. The presence of spiritual life within
him is the one fundamental thing that distinguishes
him from the unregenerate world about him.

This spiritual life is not native to us, nor can it be de-
veloped out of anything we have or are by nature. It 
must be given to us. So God has given us eternal life
"and this life is in His Son, "through whose posses-
sion of us when we believed on Him we were born 
from above; "not of blood, nor of the will of the 
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God"; by which 
we have become a "new creation" in Christ, thereby 
made "partakers of the divine nature."

The life of the Christian, therefore, is the life of Christ
within us through the Holy Spirit. It is not a life simi-
lar to His, it is His life. This is shown by the fact that 
what we receive in the new birth is not only "everlast-
ing life, but also "eternal life."  For while everlasting 
life has no end, yet it may have a beginning; but eter-
nal life has neither beginning nor end.

Now the Triune God is the only one in the universe 
who has eternal life. The only way He can give us e-
ternal life, therefore, is to possess us with His own life, 
through Christ, by the Holy Spirit.This is one thing 
Paul meant when he said, 
"To me to live is Christ." 
This is a mystery that is too high for us. We can none 
of us understand it, but we can believe it.  JE Conant

Reader, Think of the Tabernacle of old where Life
and glory came down to dwell. The covering of the
Tabernacle was dark, but, oh, the inside was explod-
ing with light. When we come to Christ we are put
into Him and He is put into us. It is way beyond my
understanding. I hope you take the time to ponder
this blog. It has taken me years to realize a little bit
of what I have IN CHRIST.

For God so loved the world that He gave his only
begotten Son that we might not perish, but have
eternal life. John 3:16

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lost Hope

We had hope. Luke 24:21

I have always been so sorry that the two disciples walk-
ing on the road to Emmaus did not say to Him, "We still 
hope" instead of "We had hope." The situation is very 
sad, because in their minds it is over.

Oh, if only that had said, "Everything has come against
our hope, and it looks as if our trust were in vain. Yet
we will not give up, because we believe we will see 
Him again." Instead, they walked by His side, declar-
ing their shattered faith. Jesus had to say to them, 
"How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe!
From 'Crumbs'

Reader, the exciting thing to me is that Jesus showed
Himself to these disciples and to Thomas. Yes, it would
have been wonderful if their faith had not failed, but our
loving Lord knows our frame and He is tender even
when we lose hope. I find that when my faith is faltering,
He comes with something that brings me back to Him-
self and to the truth that He can be trusted because--
Jesus Never Fails.

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Sacrifice of Praise

Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
Hebrews 13:15

An inner-city missionary, stumbling through the trash
of a dark apartment doorway, heard someone say, "who's 
there, Honey?" Lighting a match, he caught sight of 
earthly needs and suffering, amid saintly trust and peace. 
Calm, appealing eyes, etched in ebony, were set within 
the wrinkles of a weathered black face. On a bitterly cold
night in February, she lay on a tattered bed, with no fire, 
no heat, and no light. Having had no breakfast, lunch, or 
dinner, she seemed to have nothing at all, except arthritis 
and faith in God. No one could have been further re-
moved from comfortable circumstances, yet this favorite 
song of the dear lady played in the background.

Nobody knows the trouble I see,
Nobody knows but Jesus;
Nobody knows the trouble I see--
Sing Glory Hallelu!

Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down,
Sometimes I'm level on the grown',
Sometimes the glory shines around'--
Sing Glory Hallelu!

And so it continued: 
"Nobody knows the work I do, 
Nobody knows the griefs I have,"
until the last verse rose:

Nobody knows the joys I have,
Nobody knows but Jesus!
Sing Glory Hallelu

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crush;
perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not
abandoned; struck down but not destroyed" 
2 Corinthians 4: 8,9
It takes these great Bible words to explain the joy
of this elderly black woman
William C Garnett 

Reader, this blog causes me to push the pause button.
We sing the verse above and try to put a good face
on the broken TV or the latest news, or a misunder-
standing. Maybe I should put the verse at the top of
the blog on my mirror or refrigerator...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Feeling Depressed?

My grace is sufficient for you. 2 Corinthians 12:9

The other day I was riding home after a hard days work. 
I was very tired and deeply depressed, when quickly, and 
as suddenly as a lightning bolt, the verse came to me: 
"My grace is sufficient for you."When I arrived home I 
looked it up in the Word, and it finally came to me this way: 
My response was to say, "Yes, Lord, I should think it is! 
Then I burst out laughing.

Until that time, I had never understood what the holy laugh-
ter of Abraham was. This verse seemed to make unbelief 
totally absurd. I pictured a little fish who was concerned a-
bout drinking the river dry, with Father River saying, 
"Drink away, little fish, my stream is sufficient for you." I 
also envisioned a mouse afraid of starving after seven 
years of plenty, when Joseph says to him, "Cheer up, little 
mouse; my granaries are sufficient for you." Again, I ima-
gined a man high on a mountain peak, saying to himself, 
"I breathe so many cubic feet of air each year, I am afraid 
I will deplete all the oxygen in the atmosphere. "But the 
earth says to him, "Breathe away, filling your lungs forever; 
my atmosphere is sufficient for you."

O people of God, be great believers! Little faith will bring 
your souls to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven into 
your souls.  Charles H Spurgeon--1833-1892

Reader, I did some research and discovered that this great
preacher had physical, spiritual and emotional difficulties
all of his life. I have posted a small part of this story below.
If you look to the left at other articles, you will find more
about his life, but not his the struggles in his life. It is com-
forting to me that many of those we think so perfect, have
many issues such as depression which was true of Spurgeon.
So take heart discouraged one, it is God in you that makes
all the difference! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

More Than You Know

Though John never performed a miraculous sign, 
all that John said about this man was true.
John 10:41

Perhaps you are very dissatisfied  with yourself. You 
are not a genius, have no distinctive gifts, and are in-
conspicuous when it comes to having any special a-
bilities. Mediocrity seems to be the measure of your 
existence. None of your days are noteworthy, except
for their sameness and lack of zest. Yet in spite of 
this you may live a great life.

John the Baptist never performed a miracle, but Jesus
said of him, "Among those born of women there is no
one greater." (Luke 7:28) His mission was to be "a wit-
ness to the light." That may be your mission and mine.
John was content to be only a voice, if it caused people
to think of Christ.

We are doing more good than we know. The things we 
do today--sowing seeds or sharing simple truths of
Christ--people will someday refer to as the first things
that prompted them to think of Him. For my part, I will
be satisfied not to have some great tombstone over my
grave but to know that common people will gather there
once I am gone and say, "He was a good man. He never
performed any miracles, but he told me about Christ, 
which led me to know Him for myself. George Matheson

Reader, the purpose of the Church is "To make Christ
known." I am asking God to give me opportunities to
share Him who loves each one I meet. The news is not
very good these days and we do not know how much
time we have on earth--and Jesus could come for His
bride at any time. That alone is motivating me to be-
come more proactive in sharing my faith with strangers.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The River of Life

He who believes in Me...out of his heart will flow
rivers of living water. John 7:38

A river touches places of which its source knows
nothing, and Jesus says if we have received of 
His fullness, however small the visible measure
of our lives, out of us will flow the rivers that 
will bless to the uttermost parts of the earth. We
have nothing to do with outflow--"This is the 
work of God that ye believe..." God rarely allows
a soul to see the blessing that he is.
Oswald Chambers

Reader, living water flowing is dependent on our
continual 'believing.' Jesus also said that the work
we do which is pleasing to God, is tied into believ-
ing. Faith in our God is the foundation for every-
thing we do here on earth. The part that makes me
smile is that God does not let us see the impact of
our lives. That too is a walk of faith!

Glen and I listened to this tonight and it might be
of interest to you. The current drone technology
is way beyond the toys we play with. Billy Crone
is a pastor in Las Vegas who has studied this sub-
ject for many years.