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 GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU." 
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!

http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/issues/issue-29/anguish-and-agonies-of-charles-spurgeon.html 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR7c77kb-6g&feature=youtu.be

Monday, April 9, 2018

Seeing Him Who Is Invisible

After that He appeared in another form unto
the two of them. Mark 16:12

Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing.
Many are partakers of God's grace who have never
seen Jesus. When once you have seen Jesus, you can
never be the same, other things do not appeal as they
used to do.

Always distinguish between what you see Jesus to be,
and what He has done for you. If you only know what
He has done for you, you have not a big enough God;
but if you have had a vision of Jesus as He is, experien-
ces can come and go, you will endure "as seeing Him
Who is invisible." The man blind from his birth did
not know Who Jesus was until He appeared and re-
vealed Himself to him. Jesus appears to those for whom
He has done something; but we cannot dictate when He
 will come. Suddenly He may come. "Now I see Him!"

Jesus must appear to your friend as well as to you, no
one can see Jesus with your eyes. Severance takes
place where one and not the other has seen Jesus. You
cannot bring your friend unless God brings him. Have
you seen Jesus? Then you will want others to see Him
too. "And they went and told it unto the residue, nei-
ther believed them" You must tell, although they do
not believe.

O could I tell, ye surely would believe it!
    O could I only say what I have seen!
How should I tell or how can ye receive it,
    How, till He brings you where I have been?
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

Reader, I thirst for Him. My longing grows to see Him
more clearly. He who is invisible. I pray that He will
become your meat and drink.

Here is a brief biography:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/innertravelers/oswald-chambers.html 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

It Passes Knowledge

The love of Christ, which passes knowledge
Ephesians 3:19

O love divine, how sweet thou art!
When shall I find my longing heart
    All taken up, by thee?
I thirst, I faint, I die to prove
The greatness of redeeming love,
    The love of Christ for me.

Stronger His love than death or hell;
Its riches are unsearchable;
    The first-born sons of light
Desire in vain its depth to see;
They cannot reach the mystery,
    The length, and breadth, and height.

God only knows the love of God;
O that it now were shed abroad
    In this poor stony heart!
For love I sigh, for love I pine;
This only portion, Lord, be mine,
    Be mine this better part.

O that I could for ever sit
Like Mary at the Master's feet!
    Be this my happy choice:
My only care, delight, and bliss,
My joy, my heaven on earth, be this,
    To hear the Bridegroom's voice.
Charles Wesley  (1707-1788)

Reader, go back and look at this poem again.
It is a balm unto your soul...

Friday, April 6, 2018

Then Came a Lion

Then there came a lion. 1 Samuel 17:34

It is a source of inspiration and strength to us to re-
member how the youthful David trusted God.
Through his faith in the Lord, he defeated a lion
and a bear and later overthrew the mighty Goliath.
When the lion came to destroy his flock, it came 
as a wonderful opportunity for David. Had he fal-
tered, he would have missed God's opportunity 
for him and probably would never have been the 
Lord's chosen king of Israel.

Normally we think of a lion not as a special bles-
sing from the Lord but only as a reason for alarm.
Yet the lion was God's opportunity in disguise.
Every difficulty and every temptation that comes
to us, if received correctly, is God's opportunity.

When a "lion" comes to your life, recognize it as
an opportunity from the Lord, no matter how fierce
it may outwardly seem. Even the tabernacle of God 
was covered with badger skins and goat hair. No 
one would think there would be any glory there, yet 
the Shechinah glory of God was very evident unde-
rneath the covering. May the Lord open our eyes to 
see Him in temptations, trials, dangers, and misfor-
tunes. CHP 

Reader, nothing can come into our lives that is not
first passed through our God who surrounds us. In
these last days we have the opportunity to lay down
our lives for the One who laid down His life for us.
Trials seem to be piling up. I do not have a large
readership but almost daily someone tells me that
a blog was helpful. We need one another for lone-
liness is a big thing for many of my readers.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Be Still and Wait

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him
Psalm 37:7

Have you prayed and prayed, waited and waited? Are you 
tired of seeing no movement? Are you at the point of giv-
ing up? Then perhaps you have not waited in the right way, 
which removes you from the right place--the place where 
the Lord can meet you.

"Wait for it patiently" (Rom 8:25). Patience eliminates 
worry. The Lord said He would come, and His promise is 
equal to His presence. Patience eliminates weeping. Why 
feel sad and discouraged? He knows your needs better 
than you do, and His purpose in waiting is to receive more 
glory through it. Patience eliminates self-works. "The 
work of God is this: to believe" (Jn 6:29), and once you 
believe, you may know all is well. Patience eliminates 
all want. Perhaps your desire to receive what you want 
is stronger than your desire for the will of God to be 
fulfilled.

Patience eliminates all weakness. Instead of thinking of 
waiting as being wasted time, realize that God is prepar-
ing His resources and strengthening you as well. Patience 
eliminates all wobbling. "He touched me and raised me 
to my feet." (Dan 8:18). God's foundations are steady 
while we wait. Patience yields worship. Sometimes the 
best part of praiseful waiting is experiencing "great en-
durance and patience...joyfully." (Col 1:11) While you 
wait, "let (all these aspects of) Patience have her perfect 
work." (Jam 1:4), and you will be greatly enriched. CHP

Reader, patience is not a popular concept in our world. All
of us have things that we can't make happen. I am so glad
that Jesus has "patience" and that He lives in me, other-
wise my life would be an ongoing grouch. I just need to
remember to tap into His power.

May you be filled with the knowledge of HIs will in all
wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may 
walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being
fruitful in every good work with increasing knowledge
of God; strengthened with all might, according to His
glorious power, for all patience and long suffering
with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has quaili-
find us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints
in light.  Col 1:9-12

My prayer for you today, dear reader.





Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Depth of His Riches

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and
knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his
judgements, and his ways past finding out.
Romans 11:33

If you ask me how I know that the Lord is present,
since His ways are past finding out, my answer is
that the Word is living and active, and as soon as
ever He entered me, He aroused my sleeping soul,
and stirred and softened and pricked my heart,
that had been sick and hard as stone.

He began to pluck up and destroy, to build and plant, 
to water the dry places and shed light upon the dark, 
to open what was shut, to warm the chill, to make 
the crooked straight and the rough places plain; so 
that my soul has blessed the Lord and all that is 
within me has praised His holy Name.

Thus has the Bridegroom entered into me; my senses 
told me nothing of His coming, I knew that He was 
present only by the movement of my heart. I per-
ceived His power, because it put my sins to flight and 
exercises a strong control on all my impulses. I am 
moved to wonder at His wisdom too, uncovering my 
secret faults and teaching me to see their sinfulness; 
and I have experienced His gentleness and kindness 
in such measure as to astonish me.
Bernard of Clairvaux--The 12th Century

Reader, the rest of the thought in Paul's
stunning verse above is:

For who has known the mind 
   of the Lord?
Or who has first given to Him
   And it shall be repaid to 
     him? (Is 40:13; Job 41:11)

For of Him and through Him and to Him are 
all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen  
Hebrews 11:34-36





Monday, April 2, 2018

Trials That Build Us

Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised
me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites
were there and their cities were large and fortified,
but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just
as he said.  Joshua 14: 12, 13

Extraordinary afflictions are not always punishment 
for extraordinary sins. Sanctified afflictions are spiri-
tual promotions.  Matthew Henry

Some brothers and sisters have met few difficulties, but 
they are spiritually feeble. The explanation is, they have 
not consumed enough Anakim. On the other hand there 
are those who have met difficulty and overcome. They 
are full of vigor. The reason is, that they have fed well on 
Anakim--(their giants.) Every difficulty and every tempta-
tion Satan puts in our way is food for us. This is a divine-
ly appointed means of spiritual progress. The sight of any 
great trouble strikes terror into the heart of those, who 
do not believe God, but those who trust Him say: 
"Praise God, here is some more food!
All our trials without exception, are bread for us, and as 
we accept one trial after the other, we are more and more 
richly nourished and the result is a continuous increase 
of strength.   Watchman Nee

Wow reader! What a challenge for those of us who live
in these times where life seems to change on a dime.
Watchman Nee was not a light weight for his ministry
corresponded to the rise of Mao and he spent the last 20
years of his life in a Chinese prison. Nee died in 1972.
After his conversion, he established numerous churches
and wrote many books. One of my favorites is
The Normal Christian Life. Nee walked the talk. While
in prison he offered to clean the cells of other prisoners.
In this way many were saved. How could he possibly
do this day after day without the understanding that trials
were food for his soul! He couldn't--and neither can we.
In the west we seem to get the drip, drip, drip of discour-
agement in little things, while our brothers and sisters in
other parts of the world face daily hindrances from their
families and religious leaders, not to mention the govern-
ments. Regardless, the enemy wants to muzzle us.

He is risen!
Let's go out and eat snake!

A biography of Watchman Nee
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchman_Nee

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Oh, Hallelujah

I am the resurrection and the life. 
John 11:25

Love's redeeming work is done;
Fought the fight, the battle won:
Lo, our Sun's eclipse is o'er!
Lo, He sets in blood no more.
Hallelujah!

Vane the stone, the watch, the seal!
Christ has burst the gates of hell;
Death in vane forbids His rise;
Christ has opened Paradise.
Hallelujah!

Lives again our glorious King;
Where, O death, is now thy sting?
Dying once, He all doth save;
Where thy victory, O grave?
Hallelujah!

Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head;
Made like Him, like Him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.
Hallelujah!
Charles Wesley  1707-88

Reader, this hymn comes from many Resurrection
Sundays as I grew up. It still brings tears to my
eyes.

Bring back the organ, the brass and the choir!

Friday, March 30, 2018

GOOD Friday

It is finished! 
John 19:30

Hark! the voice of love and mercy
   Sounds aloud from Calvary;
See! It rends the rocks asunder,
   Shakes the earth, and veils the sky:
      'It is finished!'
Hear the dying Savior cry.
  
'It is finished!' What assurance
   Do the wondrous words afford!
Heavenly blessings without measure
   Flow to us from Christ the Lord:
      'It is finished!'
Saints the dying words record!

Finished all the types and shadows
   Of the ceremonial law,
Finished all that God had promised;
   Death and hell no more shall awe:
       'It is finished!'
Saints, from hence your comfort draw.

Saints and angels shout His praises,
   His great finished work proclaim;
All on earth and all in heaven
   Join to bless Immanuel's name:
        Hallelujah!
Endless glory to the Lamb!
                         Jonathan Evans   1748-1809

If we be dead with Christ, we believe that we 
shall also live with Him. Romans 6:8

       

       

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Beholding Him

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of 
the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face 
beholding as in a glass (a mirror) the  glory of the 
Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to 
glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18

Reader, there is so much emphasis on works these days
within the church. We are so busy going from one thing
to another that there is not time to sit before Him with
His Word and ponder to Whom we belong. In chapter
three of Corinthians Paul shares how Moses put a veil
over his face so the people did not see the glory fading.
The law is unable to keep anything. As we wait upon
Him in the secret place, abide in His presence, we are
changed into His image from glory to glory. Then we
can go forth and do His work in His power.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Ask Of Me

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, 
ask whatever you will, and it will be given you. 
John 15:7

Reader, I have always had trouble with this verse. Here
are some comments that I found helpful.

In creation God acts sovereignly and alone. But in the 
unfolding of HIs redemptive purposes, He wills it other-
wise. He chooses to unite with Himself human instru-
ments and share with them the excitement of creativity. 
The incarnation is part of the working out of this plan.

In sending His Son to become a man, God revealed in 
a new way His purpose to limit Himself to working in 
and through a relationship with man. The vital, indis-
pensable part of this working relationship is prayer. 
God communicated His will to the Son in the intensive 
exercise of prayer that occupied so many of our Lord's 
nights in desert places.

This brings us to the basic divine principle in prayer--
that God unites His people with Himself in whatever He 
wants to do, first leading them to pray and then giving 
the thing for which He burdened them to pray.

The same principle is taught by the Lord Jesus in His
Upper Room discourse under the symbolism of the vine 
and the branches. Abiding in Him is the condition He 
established for our asking and His actingWhat had 
been set up.  Arthur Matthews

You see, reader, it all comes back to one word, "abiding."
Jesus says, "without Him, we can do nothing." I wonder
if when we are judged at the Judgement Seat of Christ,
it will be for what Jesus has done through us, His power
not ours?
It is always about Him.
The judgement is not for sins because those have been
paid for.

His Glorious Indwelling!!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

We Are Clueless

But as it is written:
Eye has not seen, nor ear
   heard,
Nor have entered into the 
   heart of man
The things which God has
   prepared for those who love 
Him. 
I Corinthians 2:9

Dear Reader, so many confusing things are going
on in our world today--much of the turmoil is
clearly predicted in God's Word in Daniel, Eze-
kiel, Zechariah, Isaiah, to name a few books in
the Old Testament. However, the storms that
blow affect many of us personally. Sometimes
the pressure hardly lifts from day to day. Psalm
90 written by Moses near the end of his life con-
tains these words:

"We finish our years like a sigh...
The days of our lives are seventy years; and if 
by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it 
is soon cut off, and we fly away..."

Dear one, take heart and look at what God has
promised us:

And God will wipe away every tear from their 
eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow,
nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for 
the former things have passed away. Then He
said, "Behold, I make all things new..."
Revelation 21:4, 5





Sunday, March 25, 2018

We Rejoice in Hope

...we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, through whom we have gained access by
faith into this grace in which we now stand...
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:1, 2

Every Christian is justified by faith and has peace
with God--therefore he rejoices in hope of the glory
of God. It simply cannot be otherwise. It is true of
you, too. Since Christ has justified you for time and
eternity, since He has established peace between you
and God for time and eternity, then He will also give
you the glory of God when in due time He presents
you with all His own, having neither spot, nor wrin-
kle, nor any such thing. You may look forward to
this day with joyful expectation.  Paol Madsen

Reader, All is due to Christ alone. This is how Paul
knows that the Romans also, though personally un-
known to him, could rejoice in hope of the glory of
God.
REJOICE!  His coming in glory is closer than what
we can comprehend...



Friday, March 23, 2018

Consider it Pure Joy!

Rejoice in the Lord always. And again, I say, re-
joice! Philippians 4:4

It is a good thing to 'rejoice in the Lord.' Perhaps
you have tried it but seemed to fail at first. Don't
give it a second thought, and forge ahead. Even
when you cannot feel any joy, there is no spring
to your step, nor any comfort or encouragement
in your life, continue to rejoice and 'consider it
pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds,' 
( James 1:2) regard it as joy, delight in it, and God 
will reward your faith. His Holy Spirit will sustain 
you in your bold advance and fill your heart with 
gladness and praise. You will find that your heart 
is exhilarated and refreshed by the fullness within.  
Selected

Be filled with the Spirit...Sing and make music in 
your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:18-19

Let us sing even when we don't feel like it, for in this 
way we give wings to heavy feet and turn weariness 
into strength. John Henry Jowett

Reader, do you know that you can sing before the
Lord with tears streaming down your face? Yes,
you can!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Red Flag

Kept by the power of God. 1Peter 1:5

You have remained true to God under great and in-
tense trials, now beware of the undercurrent. Do not 
be morbidly introspective, looking forward with 
dread, but keep alert; keep your memory  bright be-
fore God. Unguarded strength is double weakness be-
cause that is where the "retired sphere of the leasts"
saps. The Bible characters fell on their strong points,
never on their weak ones. Oswald Chambers

Reader, We let God handle the big problems but we
want to handle the small stuff ourselves. We cannot 
live out the Christian life in victory if we are discon-
nected from the vine. Have you ever said, "Not to
worry, I've got this?" Well, for the Christian it is a
red flag!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Readiness

God called to him...And he said, 'Here am I.'
Exodus 3:4.

Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. 
A ready person never needs to get ready--he is 
ready. The burning bush is a symbol of every-
thing that surrounds the person who is ready, 
and it is on fire with the presence of God Him-
self. Oswald Chambers

Reader, we are told to be ready when the call
of God comes to depart this earth where we
will meet our Savior and be forever with the
Lord. All signs point to our leaving soon. I
see in scripture that we are to be alert for His
coming and ready to leave at any moment.
You don't have to pack a bag, but it might be
wise to be reconciled to each person as much
as in your ability, and to forgive.

"Now when these things begin to happen, 
look up and lift up your heads, 
because your redemption draws near."  
Luke 21:28

Check out 'what things' Jesus is speaking about
in that Luke 21.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Do You Love Me?

Breakfast is over and Peter walks with Jesus by the
sea. They talk. You have read the conversation but
probably you have not understood that the word in
Greek for 'love' is not what we translate as love in
English. Here is what Peter heard.

...Oh Simon Peter, son of Jonas, are you Loving
(Agapeo, pure unselfish love) Me greater than
these? He said to Him emphatically Yes, Lord,
You Know that I affectionately love (phileo, bro-
theraly love) You. He said to Him, You must feed
my lambs.

He said to him, again, the second time. Oh Simon
Jonas, are you Loving (agapeo) Me. He said em-
phatically Yes, Oh Lord, You know that I affection-
lately love (phileo) You. He said to him, You must
shepherd My sheep.

He said to him a third time, Oh Simon Peter, do 
you affectionately love (phileo) Me? Peter was 
made grieved, because He spoke to him a third 
time, are you affectionately loving (phileo) Me? 
So then he spoke to Him, Oh Lord, you know all 
things. You know that I affectionately love (phileo) 
You. Jesus said, Feed My sheep. John 21:15-17 
From the Greek translation, The Pure Word.

Reader, only God can love with pure unselfish love.
The pain in Peter for his denial of his Lord was
great and when Jesus asked Him to go for a walk
with Him, his heart sank--at least most of us are in
fear after such failure. Peter was totally incapable
of using the agape word in response to Jesus' ques-
tion. It is interesting to me that Jesus came down to
Peter's level in the third question. Denial is such a
terrible thing, but Agape Love Itself, covers and
blots out that which we cannot move. Peter was
given the opportunity to affirm his love for Jesus
three times which matched the three times that he
denied his Lord.

You, dear reader, are loved with pure, unselfish love
just as Peter was. It is only His agape Love within
that is able to love, agapeo, others unselfishly. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Breakfast

But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood
on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it
was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, "Children,
have you any food?" They answered Him, "No."
And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right 
side of the boat, and you will find some."So they 
cast, and now they were not able to draw it in be-
cause of the multitude of fish. Therefore that dis-
ciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the 
Lord!" 
Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, 
he put on his outer garment and plunged into the 
sea.  John 21:4-7

This scene takes place after the resurrection. The dis-
ciples had seen Jesus a few times and He told them He
would meet them in Galilee. So, off they went, still in
shock over the crucifixion and unsure of anything, es-
pecially the future. Peter was weighed down by his de-
denial and so... they went fishing.
Now when Peter heard that it was the Lord...He 
plunged into the sea. 
This discouraged faint hearted man LOVED His Lord.
He couldn't wait to be with him. However, don't you
think that when He arrived he was speechless? Guess
what the resurrected Jesus was doing?  He was making
breakfast! A warm fire, a hot breakfast on a cold morn-
ing by the sea. So ordinary, so everyday. No trumpets,
no choirs, no pomp--just friends gathered together for
a simple meal.

Reader, this chapter of John moves me almost to tears
every time I read it. The King of Kings, the Creator
of the universe, the resurrected One, is fixing breakfast
on the shores of Galilee where it had all started three
years ago. There is so much in this passage so take
time to ponder it in this glorious resurrection time of
year!






Friday, March 16, 2018

Insights in the Light

While ye have light, believe in the light
John 12:36

We all have moments when we feel better than
our best, and we say--"I feel fit for anything; if 
only I could be like this always." Those mo-
mets are moments of insight which we have to 
live up to when we don't feel like it. We must
bring our commonplace life up to the standard
revealed in the high hour. 

Never allow a feeling which was stirred in you
in the high hour to evaporate. Act immediately,
do something, if only because you would rather
not do it. We have to learn to live in the grey 
day according to what we saw on the mount.
Oswald Chambers

Reader, this blog is an example. After the first
four months I decided I had had enough and I
quit. It soon became apparent that this project
was not my idea. In the grey days I have to go
back to the moment when it was clear that this
was God's plan--not mine. I have been blogging
for six years...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Failure to Pay Attention

But the high places were not taken away out of
Israel; nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect
all his days.  2 Chronicles 15:17

Asa was complete in his external obedience; he was
right in the main but not entirely right. The fact that
it does not matter much to you may mean that it mat-
ters very much to God... Is there something over 
which you have not obeyed? Is there anything in 
your life about which He has caused you to doubt?
Whenever there is doubt, quit immediately, no mat-
ted what it is. Nothing is a mere detail.
Oswald Chambers

Reader, is there anything that God is nagging you
about? Many years ago I got hooked on a "Christian"
Soap Opera. I planned my day around each episode.
There was a check in my spirit but I was stuck and
continued. I went on a retreat with a dear friend who
asked me a question. "Jane, is there anything in your
life that God wants out?' In the silence and stillness
and the darkness of the cabin, I felt a physical pres-
sure on my body. God pinned me down. I quit.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Living Bible

Today I opened the Living Bible and read through
Isaiah 53 which was written 700 years before the
birth of Jesus Christ.

...how few believe it!
Who will listen?
To whom will God reveal his saving power?

In God's eyes he was like a tender green shoot, sprout-
ing from a root in dry and sterile ground. but in our 
eyes there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make 
us want him. We despised him and rejected him--a man 
of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned 
our backs on him and looked the other way when he 
passed by. He was despised and we didn't care.

Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed 
him down. And we thought his troubles were a punish-
meant from God for his own sins! 
But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. 
He was chastised that we might have peace; 
He was lashed--and we were healed! 
We are the ones who strayed like sheep! 
We, who left God's path to follow our own. 
Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one 
of us...   

And when he sees all that is accomplished by the an-
guish of his soul, he shall be satisfied; and because of 
what he has experienced, my righteous Servant shall 
make many to be counted righteous before God, for he 
shall bear all their sins. Therefore I will give him the 
honors of one who is mighty and great, because he 
poured out his soul unto death. He was counted as a 
sinner, and he bore the sins of many, and he pled with 
God for sinners. Isaiah 53: 1-6; 11,12

Reader, we commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection
of our Lord in just two weeks. It is not too soon to ponder
what our precious Savior did for us when He went to the
cross and became sin for us.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My Part #4


You may wonder, "I believe God loves me but what is my 
part in all of it?"

Here is your answer:
"The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of 
temptations and to reserve the unjust under pun-
ishment for the day of judgement." 2 Peter 2:9

The Lord knows your struggle. He is touched with the 
feelings of your infirmity. To you it looks hopeless--
but God knows exactly when and how he will deliver 
you. Thank God, he didn't leave it up to us! Our part 
is simply to acknowledge that our own efforts are use-
less. We must submit to the Spirit of Christ in us--to 
call upon him in trust, crying out, "Lord, I can't do it, 
but you can. I turn it all over to you."

I want to give you one of the most important passages 
in all the Bible. It concerns this necessity of trusting 
God's love as a means to being delivered.

Behold what manner of love the Father has be-
stowed upon us, that we should be called children 
of God! Therefore the world does not know us, 
because it did not know him. Beloved, now we are 
the children of God; and it has not yet been re-
vealed what we shall be, but we know that when 
he is revealed, we shall be like him, for we shall 
see him as he is. And everyone who has this hope 
purifies himself, just as He is pure.  (1 John 3:1-3) 

Jesus has the power to purify us. And that power is a-
vailable to us only as we rest in knowing we are chil-
dren of God--that He loves us. You may have spent 
weeks, months, years doing battle for your sin. You 
may have gritted your teeth and promised both God 
and yourself, "I will beat this thing. I will win!" NO! 
Talk to your Father today. Take look at that life-
sucking habit that holds you, and let faith pour out 
of your heart: "Oh, Lord, my powerful Savior, I know 
you love me. And you have all the power need. I am 
weak, helpless. But I trust in your power to cast out 
this evil thing. Lord, I need a miracle of deliverance. 
You are going to set me free!"

Then listen for him to speak. When he speaks to you, 
the inevitable result is always peace. Claim your mir-
acle--by the hearing of faith, not by the power of the 
flesh. Your Father loves you. Now love Him back as 
a son or daughter. Amen! David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson wrote The Cross and the Switchblade
many years ago. It is the story of a young preacher
boy that God sent to NYC to preach to the gangs. He
was a country hick and only God could have used him
to minister to and bring to salvation these hardened
teens. He started a ministry called, 'Teen Challenge,'
where many have found Christ, gotten off of drugs and
stayed out of prison. 

Reader, this is the end of the series. If you are just read-
ing the fourth one, go back to #1 and see what you have 
missed. David's message is life changing, because our
God changes our lives--only some Christians don't know
it! Many walk in failure and guilt. I am reminded as I
write these blogs, of God's great power on my behalf.

Here is a brief bio of David Wilkerson
https://worldchallenge.org/david-wilkerson

Monday, March 12, 2018

Power Through Love #3

The greatest release of power and faith possible
is to be totally convinced God loves you.

In all things we are more than conquerors 
through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor 
uncircumcision avails anything, but faith 
working through love.  Gal 5:6

In these two verses, Paul connects our victory
with God's love for us. Indeed, this whole
concept of sanctification is all about love.

Paul says the life of Christ was released in
him through a faith that worked by love:
I have been crucified with Christ; 
it is no longer I who live, 
but Christ lives in me; 
and the life which I now live by the faith 
of the Son of God, who loved me and gave 
Himself for me.  Galatians 2:20 (Darby)

Paul also says this:
God loved you even when you were 
dead in sins. 
And now that you trust his love, 
he gives you resurrection power. 
But God, 
who is rich in mercy, 
because of His great love with which He
loved us
even when we were dead in trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ. 
Eph 2:4,5
David Wilkerson
worldchallenge.org--get the whole paper!

Reader, if we could but grasp the unconditional
love of God, the word, "why" would disappear
from our vocabulary.

We see through a glass darkly, 
but then face to face. 1 Cor 13:12

My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is perfected in weakness.
2 Cor 12:9

Friday, March 9, 2018

He Lives Within #2

Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is
in you?  (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Jesus is the only victor over sin, flesh and the devil.
And God sends forth the Spirit of this mighty warrior
to be our sanctifier.  Do you think God would justify
us but then leave us totally powerless against the prin-
cipalities and the powers of darkness? Do you think 
he says to us, "I consider your righteous by your faith 
in the accomplished work of my Son, Now, go--resist 
sin and fight the devil as best you can. I'll give you cre-
dit for good effort?" No, never!

Christ did not do battle with the devil, defeat him, re-
turn to the Father and then quit on us. He did not 
merely say, "I did my part. Now, you do yours." No,
our blessed Savior ascended to heaven with a blood-
stained banner of total victory over all the power of
the enemy. His spirit empowers us in all battles with
the flesh and the devil. "Now to him who is able to
do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask 
or think, according to the power that works in us. 
(Ephesians 3:20.)

We reign in life only when we allow the Spirit of Christ
to live his life in and through us. "For if you live ac-
cording to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit 
you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live."
(Rom 8:13) All power over sin, flesh and the devil lies
in the indwelling Spirit of Christ: 
"That he would grant you, according to his riches 
in glory, to be strengthened with might through his 
Spirit in the inner man."  (Eph 3:16)
David Wilkerson
worldchallenge.org

Reader, ponder these scriptures--and then rest in the
finished work of the cross!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Gift of Righteousness #1

For if by the one man's offense death reigned 
through one, much more those who receive 
abundance of grace and the of the gift of 
righteousness will reign through the One, 
Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:17

Sanctification is the Spirit of Christ in us...Plainly
stated: God has already made us 'just' (or right) in 
His eyes, and that is a wonderful holiness. But now 
He is bringing this holiness down to our practical 
lives. This is the work of the Spirit of Christ in us--
to conform us to what God already sees us to be.

In the verse above, the Greek word for 'reign' means
'to rule from a foundation of power.' When Paul talks
about 'reigning in life,' he's talking about having ru-
ling power over sin--not just in heaven but in this life.
We are to reign over every demonic power, every lust,
every principality that comes against us. That is true
sanctification.

Yet another powerful truth is contained in this verse:
'Those who receive abundance of grace and the 
gift of righteousness'. Here Paul called righteousness 
gift. It is something given to you, put in your posses-
sion--something you can feel and touch. 
David Wilkerson
worldchallenge.org

Reader, we recently received a newsletter from the
Pulpit Series put out by Gary Wilkerson. It is so full
of truth that I want to share it with you bit by bit.
Through Jesus Christ we are given an ABUNDANCE
OF GRACE and the GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!
WOW!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Forgetting What is Behind

...One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and 
straining toward what is ahead, I press toward 
the goal to win the prize for which God has called 
me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13-14

It is never wise to live in the past. There are, indeed,
some uses of our past which are helpful, which bring
blessing. We should remember past mercies, that we
may have confidence in new needs or trials in the
future. We should remember past comforts, that there
may be stars in our sky when night comes again. 

But while there are these true uses of memory, we 
should guard against living in the past. We should 
draw out our life's inspirations not from memory, but 
from hope; not from what is gone, but from what is yet 
to come. Forgetting the things which are behind, we 
should reach forward to those things which are before.

Reader, to live in the past is to, perhaps, lose hope for
the future. Jesus said He could "do nothing because of
their unbelief. " It is especially difficult when one faces
loss. We become grounded, turkeys instead of eagles.
Our eyes should be on the goal...to win the prize for
which God has called me heavenward. Paul wrote
these words from prison while facing death. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Wonder

For God so loved the world, that he gave His only 
begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him 
should not perish, but have everlasting life.  
John 3:16

Tell me what it means to perish, and enable me to
grasp the thought of a life that is eternal. Measure
for me the abyss of man's wickedness and guilt dur-
ing all the ages of his black and hateful history, that 
I may realize in some degree what that world is 
which God loved. Then, pausing for a moment in 
wonder at the thought that such a world could be 
loved at all, hasten on to speak of love that gave the 
Son. And when you have enabled me to know this 
love which cannot be known, for it passes knowledge, 
press on still and tell me of the sacrifice by which it 
has measured and proved itself--His Son, His Only-
begotten Son. 

And when you have achieved this, I turn again to the 
words of Christ, and I read that it was GOD who so 
loved the world, and I crave to know Who and What 
God is. When I come to know that it was GOD who 
loved, that GOD was the giver, and GOD's Son the 
gift, I stand as a wondering worshipper in the pre-
sence of the Infinite, and confess that such knowledge 
is too high for me.     Sir Robert Anderson

Reader, John 3:16 is one of the first verses learned in
childhood. But it is not a verse for children, but for the
one who desires to press into the God who loved the
Cosmos, Satan's world, so much that He gave His all.
One thing is missing in the Christian world today:
WONDER. We can be so glib, thoughtless even, when
it comes to the Holy things of the Spirit.

Monday, March 5, 2018

He Sees; He Knows; He Cares

Your heavenly Father knows.
Matthew 6:32

A visitor at a school for the deaf was writing ques-
tions on the board for the children. Soon he wrote:
"Why has God made me able to hear and speak,
and made you deaf?"

The shocking sentence hit the children like a cruel
slap on the face. They sat paralyzed, pondering the
dreadful word, "why?" And then a little girl arose.

With her lip trembling and her eyes swimming with
tears, she walked straight to the board. Picking up 
the chalk, she wrote with a steady hand these pre-
cious words."Yes, Father, for this was your good 
pleasure." (Matt 11:26) What a reply! It reaches up 
and claims an eternal truth upon which the most ma-
ture believer, and even the youngest child of God, 
may securely rest--the truth that God is your Father.

I still believe that a day of understanding will come 
for each of us, however far away it may be. We will 
understand as we see the tragedies that today darken 
and dampen the presence of heaven for us take their 
proper place in God's great plan--a plan so overwhel-
ming, magnificent and joyful, we will laugh with 
wonder and delight. Arthur Christopher Bacon

Reader, we prayed for the persecuted church today.
Every Believer must look at life from the perspective
of eternity--which is forever...


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Whoever Serves Me

Whoever serves me must follow; and where I am,
my servant also will be. My Father will honor the
one who serves Me. John 12:26

Precious words! May they be engraved on our hearts,
forever. Then shall we be steady in our course, and
effective in our service. We shall not be distracted or
unhinged by the thoughts and opinions of men.

It may happen that we shall get very few to understand 
us or sympathize with us--few to approve or appreciate 
our work. It matters not. The Master knows all about it. 
C H Mackintosh

Reader, I get into trouble when I look for approval from
others! He will honor us, but it may not be until heaven.
I can wait...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New Life

...I will tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence 
of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Luke 15:10

We cannot convey the Living Water to another heart
without being watered ourselves on the way. There 
is no joy more exquisite than the joy of leading a 
soul to Christ. Is is like the mother's strange intui-
tive rapture over her newborn baby.

The other day a precious friend passed through the 
gates of Heaven a few minutes after her baby was 
born. Out of her agony she gasped her last words, 
"How is my baby?"

Beloved, do you know the ecstasy of feeling the new 
life of an immortal spirit sweeping through your 
veins, as you kneel by the side of one just born to 
die no more, placed into your Savior?

You may know this joy, and every Christian ought to 
know it a hundredfold. It is the joy of angels, setting 
harps of heaven ringing, and surely it were strange 
if it were not the higher joy of ransomed saints.
A B Simpson

Reader, long ago I was researching the spiritual needs
of patients at an hospital. As I interviewed a number
of people, one or two stand out. There was a woman
in her early twenties who came into the hospital ex-
tremely sick from the treatment of the cancer, not the
cancer itself. Both the family and the patient thought
she was dying from cancer. In a room filled with e-
quipment--the utility room--,  I had the opportunity
to
share the Gospel with her and her response was pure
joy. I told her that the angels were rejoicing. She
looked up and said, "Have a blast!" She walked on air--
and so did I.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Peaceful Stagnation

I came across this quote from AW Tozer:

The cost of quitting will be a life of
   peaceful stagnation.
We sons of eternity just cannot afford
   such a thing.

I have a beautiful friend who is challenged at every
level and yet, and yet, who is persevering and bear-
ing fruit.

Reader, God gives life to us because He has a plan
for every season. Old age may not to be the "golden
years"promised, but God wants us to be fruitful,
"even into old age." I find that to be challenging at
times...but, I am a "daughter of eternity!"

Monday, February 26, 2018

Death Comes

He is dead
I am stunned, incredulous.
A strapping man of 63
There must be some mistake.
A clot to his lung.
Gone without saying goodbye to his wife.
What about eternity?
He was a man of action, a man who lived
   in the visible. He had no need for God, an
   invisible God.

Reader, I am in shock.
A man I texted about eggs has suddenly slipped
    into eternity, unprepared, not ready.
He intimidated me.
I did not speak of what I know.
Why should I go where I was not wanted?
Why indeed...

Bits from Psalm 90
A thousand years in Your sight are like
   Yesterday when it is past
    Like a watch in the night...
In the morning they are like
   Grass which grows up,
In the morning it flourishes
   And grows up,
In the evening it is cut down
   And withers...
We finish our years like a sigh...
The days of our lives--
   Soon cut off, and we
   Fly away...

So teach us to number our
   Days,
That we may gain a heart of 
   Wisdom. 

Death Comes

He is dead
I am stunned, incredulous.
A strapping man of 63
There must be some mistake.
A clot to his lung.
Gone without saying goodbye to his wife.
What about eternity?
He was a man of action, a man who lived
   in the visible. He had no need for God, an
   invisible God.

Reader, I am in shock.
A man I texted about eggs has suddenly slipped
    into eternity, unprepared, not ready.
He intimidated me.
I did not speak of what I know.
Why should I go where I was not wanted?
Why indeed...

Bits from Psalm 90
A thousand years in Your sight are like
   Yesterday when it is past
    Like a watch in the night...
In the morning they are like
   Grass which grows up,
In the morning it flourishes
   And grows up,
In the evening it is cut down
   And withers...
We finish our years like a sigh...
The days of our lives--
   Soon cut off, and we
   Fly away...

So teach us to number our
   Days,
That we may gain a heart of 
   Wisdom. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Exceeding Great Promises

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and 
precious promises, that through these ye might
be partakers of the divine nature... 2 Peter 1:4 

We cannot too highly value and appreciate heart 
hunger for the Word. It is the Spirit of Truth. We 
may have been born again without knowing much 
of the Bible, but we certainly are not going to grow 
to any extent apart from a careful and persistent 
study of the Word of God. Yes, the maturing believer 
is a Spirit-dependent student of the scriptures.

Christian progress is not a question of attainting to
some abstract standard, or of pressing through to a 
far-off goal. It is wholly a question of seeing God's 
standard in God's Word. You advance spiritually by 
finding out what you really are (in Christ), not by 
trying to become what you hope to be. That goal 
you will never reach, however earnestly you may 
strive.

It is when you see you are dead unto sin that you 
die to it (daily); it is when you see you are risen that
you arise; it is when you see you are a new creature 
in Him that you (progressively) grow. Seeing the ac-
complished fact in the Word determines the pathway 
to the realizing of that fact. The end is reached by 
seeing, not by desiring or working. The only possi-
bility of spiritual progress lies in our discovering the 
truth as God sees it; the truth concerning Christ, the 
truth concerning ourselves in Christ. Watchman Nee

Reader, I continually come back to the truth that I
am IN Christ. There are far more scriptures depicting
what we have IN Christ than scriptures which speak
of His being in us. It was not until I began to under-
stand this that I began to grow in hope and faith.




Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Joyful Sound

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they
shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.
Psalm 89:15

The joyful sound!

Souls that are called by the sound of the gospel--how 
joyful does it render them. The trumpets of the Gospel 
do to the soul as the harps of David did to Saul--they 
drive away the evil spirit of sorrow, sadness, and des-
pair.

Rejoice, Christian! God the Father is your Friend; God 
the Son is your guarantee for good; God the Spirt is
your Guide and comforter--be of good cheer, your sins
are forgiven!

Consider also: The angels are your guardians, you are
the temple of God. God will make all things work to-
wether for your good. These are the spiritual blessings
reserved for the believer. Joyful sound! How reviving!
How ravishing  Cotton Mather

If you have no joy in your religion, there's a leak in
your Christianity somewhere. Billy Sunday

Reader, have you heard the joyful sound????

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Can He Rescue You?

Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God whom you 
serve continually, been able to rescue you?  Daniel 6:20

We find the expression "the living God" many times in the Scrip-
tures, and yet it is the very thing we are so prone to forget. We 
know it is written "the living God," but in our daily life there is 
almost nothing we lose sight of as often as the fact that God is 
the living God. We forget that His is now exactly what He was 
three or four thousand years ago, that He has the same sovereign 
power, and that He extends the same gracious love toward those 
who love and serve Him. 

Be assured, if you walk with Him, look to Him, and expect help 
from Him, He will never fail you. As an older believer who has 
known the Lord for 44 years wrote: "God has never failed me. 
Even in my greatest difficulties, heaviest trials, and deepest po-
verty and need, He has never failed me. Because I was enabled 
by God's grace to trust Him, He has always come to my aid. I de-
light in speaking well of His name.
George Mueller

Reader, who else can say that they have a "living God?" None of
the other religions can point to a resurrected god, who continues
to live. Our Jesus is unique and above all other gods!
Billy Graham went home to be with Jesus after 99 years here on
earth. Only a moment really. But, he will spent eternity with his
family and friends in a place he already loved--heaven. His God
was/is a living God. I am so encouraged today by this fact: He is
a living God to me!

Teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of
   wisdom. Ps 90:12

And let the beauty of the 
   Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our
   hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our
   hands. Ps 90:17

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

More Than Conquers

In all these things we are more than conquerers through
him who loved us. Romans 8:37

This is more than victory. This is a triumph so complete 
that we not only have escaped defeat and destruction
but also have destroyed our enemies and won plunder
so rich and valuable that we can actually thank God for
the battle. How can we be "more than conquerers?" We 
can receive from the conflict a spiritual discipline that 
will greatly strengthen our faith and establish our spiri-
tual character. Temptation is necessary to establish and 
ground us in our spiritual life. It is like the fierce winds 
that cause the mighty cedars on the mountainside to sink 
their roots more deeply into the soil. Our  spiritual con-
flicts are among our most wonderful blessings, and the 
Adversary is used to train us for his own ultimate defeat. 
It is possibe for us in our spiritual life, through the victor-
ious grace of God, to turn completely around the things 
that seem most unfriendly and unfavorable. Then we will 
be able to say continually, "What has happened to me 
has really served to advance the gospel."Philippians 1:12
From Life More Abundantly

Reader, the attacks that are the most destructive in the
West are not from the world but from our brothers and sis-
ters within the church. It is so important that when we are
hit we go to God for wisdom and for the love that is
needed. Today in my reading of the Psalms I found this:

The one who offers thanksgiving as his
   sacrifice glorifies me:
   To one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God. 
Ps 50:3


Monday, February 19, 2018

Form Despair to Joy

My power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12: 9

Each year World Magazine chooses a Daniel of the year.
This year its cover is a full page picture of Joni Eareckson
Tada. She is sitting in a wheel chair, her arms and hands in
braces, but I am drawn to her radiant face. Fifty years ago,
at the age of 17, Joni dove into shallow water and broke her
neck. Suddenly this active teenager was in a small room at
the hospital on a striker frame which allowed the nurses to
turn her side to side. When she realized that God was not
going to heal her she fell into deep despair, even asking her
friend to take her life. She couldn't walk, eat by herself, get
dressed or blow her nose without help Finally Joni prayed,
"God if You won't heal me or let me die, then show me how
to live."

Fifty years later she says this about her unanswered prayers,
"It sounds incredible, but I would rather be in this wheel
chair knowing Jesus as I do, then be on my feet without
Him. That glorious but awful, beautiful but sad, terrible by
wonderful, day I broke my neck--because look what God
has done."

Joni came to embrace God's sovereignty in her suffering
and she founded a ministry, Joni and Friends, that has helped
hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities here in the
US and around the world. She has written dozens of books
promoting life instead of death.

In 2010 Joni was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and
endured surgery and chemotherapy which weakened her all
ready frail bones. A new door opened to constant pain. Many
days Joni tells God. "I don't have the strength for this, but
You do. I can't do quadriplegic today. I cannot do it without
You." She has learned to boast in her weakness.

God has not passed her by. She says, "Thank you Jesus for
Your "no" to physical healing. It's meant that I am depending
more on your grace, its increasing my compassion for others
who are hurt and disabled...It has strengthened my hope of
heaven, and it's made me love you so much more...And I
would not trade it for any amount of walking."

Reader, Joni is a vibrant example of "victory in Christ." She
has surrendered to that which cannot be changed and lives
a full impactful life--even at age 67. Glory to God!

The article on Joni appeared in the November 25, 2017 issue
of World Magazine







Friday, February 16, 2018

Never Alone

Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on You and
in Your Name we have come...  2 Chronicles 14:11

"We rest on Thee" our Shield and our Defender!
   We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
   "We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go."

Yea, "in Thy Name," O Captain of salvation!
   In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
   Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

"We go" in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
   And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing;
   "We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go."

"We rest on Thee"--our Shield and our Defender!
   Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
   Victors--we rest with Thee, through endless days.
Edith G Cherry

Reader, many of you are heavily burdened and feeling
alone. My heart is troubled by the intensity of change--
a never before swiftness that leaves me breathless. I
came across this hymn, one I sang with  such feeling
when in college, where I was facing previously un-
known challenges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfvFWQaKm2M


Thursday, February 15, 2018

My Eyes Have Seen You

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. 
Job 42:5

Do let us realize, dear friends, that there is a great difference
between knowing God by hearing and knowing Him by see-
ing. Job confessed that his knowledge of God in the past had
come by hearing; which is to say, that it had been indirect,
and informational in character and therefore not been inti-
mate, personal and experiential enough. It had been more
a mental than a spiritual knowledge. Such a knowledge is en-
tirely inadequate, since it puffs up a person instead of bring-
ing him low. Knowing God only by hearing makes one into
a somebody, but knowing Him by seeing reduces one to a no-
body. And this was trulyJob's experience. Through the Lord's
painful dealings, he has at last seen God.Through the Lord's
affliction he has come into a very close and personal encoun-
ter with Him. Stephen Kaung

Reader, I hit bottom when the stress in my life was so great
that the dormant Lyme disease became a game changer. I sat
in my recliner and re-read mysteries because my brain had
turned to mush. I did very little in the way of ministry for the
next five years. (But in that death like experience the website
and blog were birthed) During those years my faith went
from my brain and into my heart.
You can read my story here:
The Crucible of Lyme Disease
http://hisvictoriousindwelling.com/story.php?id=8


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Prophecy In The News

The past ten days or so many things have been in the news
from different parts of the world. For those of us who are
looking for the Lord's coming, events in the Middle East
are certainly heating up. Syria has within its borders: Iran,
Turkey and Russia. The areas surrounding Damascus have
been hit in recent weeks by rockets from Israel. The city is
only 35 miles from the Golan Heights, Israel's border, and
Iran is arming the southern area of Syria but particularly the
areas around and within Damascus. This city is mentioned
many times in scripture beginning with Genesis 14:15. It is
the oldest continuing city in the world. Isaiah 17: 1 says this:

The oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus 
is about to be removed from being a city, and it will 
become a fallen ruin.

Last Saturday a Drone was sent into Israel from deep in
Syria. Israel took it out and then sent four F-16's to bomb
airstrips, and weapons etc in specific areas that they had
been watching. One of the F-16's was shot down, but the
pilots ejected over Israel and are recovering in a hospital.

Are we seeing events leading up to the Ezekiel 38 war
when nations will come into Israel for its destruction but
God will intervene? It is not my purpose to go into detail,
but I will highlight some of the verses from the beginning
of Ez 38.

Behold, I am against you....And I will turn you about, 
and put hooks in your jaws, and I will bring you out...
many peoples with you...In the latter years you will 
come into the land...of unwalled villages, whose inhabi-
tants have been gathered from many nations...

Consider that these nations--Persia (Iran), Gog, Magog
(Russia and perhaps Central Asia), Tubal, (Turkey),
Ethiopia (Sudan) and Put (Libya)--in this chapter are
currently in the Middle East or in North Africa. Sudan
has recently invited Russia in to help them; Russia is
still very involved in Syria. Ezekiel 38 is coming alive
for something in the near future. Hours, days, months,
years?

If you watch only the regular news channels in the US,
you will miss a lot of what is taking place in other parts
of the world. The world does not circle around memos!
Here are three sites with videos on You Tube to give you
a perspective of what is going on not just in this country
but especially in the Middle East with Israel at the center.

The first one is a report from an Israeli who lives just
15 miles from where the F-16 came down. Amir Tsarfati
is a Messianic Jew who looks at the news and then looks
at scripture. His informative update came out on
Saturday.  Start at 4 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uSXMRzk3uk

The second report was given on Sunday by JD Farag who
is a Christian Palestinian and a Pastor in Hawaii. (So, you
see, we have a balanced report!) Start at 2 min.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a7C7tHG-ZY

The third report was posted on Sunday also and it is given
by a lawyer, John Haller, and is an hour long--of course--
but he covers some misconceptions about the indictments
and a few other things locally and towards the end of the
video, he gets into the Middle East.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrYTcJLiuXQ&list=PLrk7WfFbW8MJaFeZp3gOkw26MtQiexRbr&index=1

(These videos had from 20,000 to 40,000 hits in the first
48 hours.)

But when these things begin to take place, 
straighten up and lift up your heads, 
because your redemption is drawing near.
Luke 21:28

Hallelujah! Come, Lord Jesus




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Comfort My People

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Isaiah 40:1

God comforts us not to make us comfortable but to 
make us comforters. John Henry Jowett

The world is full of hurting and comfortless hearts.
The training for those who would comfort is afflic-
tion and hardship. It may not be obvious at first
glance but our pain can bring hope to others.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all
Comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so
that we may be able to comfort those who are in
any affliction...   2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

Reader, true comfort is hard to find. People want to
fix you! Job had something to say to his friends:

"...Sorry comforters are you all. Is there no limit 
to windy words?" Job 16:2, 2

The problem with Job's friends was two fold:  First
they did not know God and secondly they had not
suffered!

Lord, deliver me from such 'comfort.' But, also take
what I have learned through suffering and make it a
balm to my brothers and sisters in Christ.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

New Twist

For God so loved the world that He gave His only be-
gotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should 
not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Reader, this was one of the first verses that I memor-
ized and is perhaps one of the best known verses in
the Bible. But recently we bought another New Testa-
ment that has translated each verse using the exact
Greek. It took 22 scholars 20 years to get to the point
of publication. Below I have jotted down the message
given in Greek for John 3:16.  I was shocked at what
I read:

Because, God has Loved in such a manner Satan's
world, so that He Gave His Son, the Only Begotten
Risen Christ, in order that whoever is Continuously
by his choice Committing for the Result and Pur-
pose of Him, should not perish, but definitely should 
by his choice, be continuously Having Eternal Life.
(Committing means in the Greek, putting your entire
being under the orders of another.)

Continuously by Choice, committing...for the purpose
of Him? Should not perish? By choice be continuously
having Eternal Life?

So, I would add to the verse at the top--Whosoever
continuously believes by choice should not perish
but have--now--eternal life.

There is only One who is Eternal and that is Jesus--He
has no beginning and no ending. When we by choice
ask Him to dwell within us we are put into Him who is
eternal and so we have now eternal life.
Us in Christ;
Christ in us.

As I study the verse from The Pure Word Bible I realize
that faith, trust and action are ongoing for the one who
believes, truly believes that Jesus is the Way, the Truth
and the Life. A Life of faith is an active life.

The Website for The Pure Word
http://www.thepureword.com

A funny thing happened with Friday's post. The word
'slavery' appeared in the title. So far I have had 107 hits
from the Russian Web Crawlers. Sad to say that the
crawlers do not read the text.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Slavery To Righteousness

Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in
slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wicked-
ness, so now offer them in slavery to righteous-
ness leading to holiness. Romans 6:19

It is ourselves that God wants. No gift of money,
time, service, or talents will meet the yearning of
His heart for ourselves. For God is love, and love
would above all things have the heart. Thus surren-
der is a transaction between Redeemer and re-
deemed, and whatsoever falls short of the sacred
gift of a yielded heart falls short of all. 

Even the heart of the poorest and most degraded 
shrinks from money when it needs love. How much
more so with the Lover of our souls. Silver and 
gold, time and talents, ministry, and service, are
acceptable to God as an accompaniment of surren-
der, but never as an evasion of it.

There are those who will give wealth, time and 
effort, but how in their secret hearts have never
yielded themselves to God. When in the silence
and secrecy of their own communion which God, 
this issue rises before them, they tremble and 
grow pale, and shrink back from this definite trans-
action with God. And yet if God is to be all to us, 
we must yield all to Him. James McConkey

Reader, here in the west we are busy to the point where
it is hard to stop and commune with a friend. Even now
I have a list of friends from Christmas that I need to
contact by phone. Our Lord wants our love, our atten-
tion to Himself more than He wants our service. He
wants our service to be an overflow of relationship an
outflow of surrender. The men and women of the 19th
century understood how surrender, trust and time,were
intertwined into their Christian walk.