Good morning, friends,
Thankful Tuesday. I’m so thankful for all of you who read these meanderings and walk with me whether with comments, or prayer, or both. May God richly bless you for your faithfulness to His Word and praise Him who…
20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). Ephesians 3 AMP
Today, we head down to Rush Medical Center. Two of my kids have appointments with the neurologist. My girl will, hopefully, be allowed to wean off her seizure meds. My boy needs further evaluations and a new plan. I will have my ct scans after the appointment. I am hoping to talk with my neurologist by phone as well to come up with a plan for me.
A big day.
God gave me a wake-up call yesterday. Listening to Janet Parshall yesterday, my brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering persecution at the hand of governments across the world. Your brothers, your sisters in Christ are giving everything for the sake of the Gospel. So when I read the passages and study these Greek words and such, I am reminded, my body, my health, yes that is difficult, but it is nothing compared to Farshid Fathi. Farshid has been held by the Iranian government for 695 days..
Farshid, a Christian convert from Islam, was charged with “acting against national security through membership of a Christian organization, collection of funds, propaganda against the Islamic Regime by helping spread Christianity in the country,” and sentenced to six years of imprisonment on March 5, 2012. Though the charge is for his Christian work, authorities tried to cast his activities as political offenses. ( persecution.com)
Or Alireza Seyyedian is a 37-year-old former Muslim who has been a Christian since 2006. Last year, security forces confiscated his computer during a raid on his apartment. Authorities then discovered video of Alireza’s baptism in Turkey on the computer. In December 2011 he was sentenced to six years in prison, for crimes against national security and propaganda against the regime. (persecution.com)
So we see our circumstances, our distresses and we have tunnel vision. We forget about the world around us and focus our attention completely on our problems.
Remembering the persecuted church, remembering our family, especially during this time to be thankful. Become an advocate for the persecuted church! Write letters to the prisoners. Petition officials. Involve your children. Involve your church. Our worldwide family needs your prayers, needs your words, needs your action.
6 [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations,
7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed. 1 Peter 1 AMP
So let’s look up some of these words in the Greek and dig.
Trials (peirasmos)-adversity, affliction, trouble: sent by God and serving to test or prove one’s character, faith, holiness
The root word of peirasmos is peirazō which means “to try, make trial of, test: for the purpose of ascertaining his quality, or what he thinks, or how he will behave himself.”
We endure our trials, our temptations and not only does this test prove our character to God, who btw, already knows. Friends, it proves to us where we are weak, where we need to submit, where we need to humble ourselves. In the car ride on Friday, when the world felt like it was crashing around me, I endured a trial. Not well at first, but Joshua stood in the gap and prayed me through. His strength was a gift from God and his encouragement. So rather than spinning that to seem like God is out to tag us, look at it from a different perspective.
Proof-“the proof (of your faith),” AV, “the trial;” where the meaning probably is “that which is approved [i.e., as genuine] in your faith;” The root here is dokimē: proving, trial, approved, tried character,a proof, a specimen of tried worth.
Our brothers and sisters around the world are being tested, tried, persecuted and their prayer requests? That they may stay strong and hold faithfully to the Word of God.
In our struggles, we have a choice. Will we hold faithful? Will we stand strong?
Pray on. Pray on.
Good evening, dear friends, Today has been a rough day, physically, for me. I woke up very early and began praying for all the prayer requests I could think of…I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this earlier! I do not ponder my own circumstances when I focus on the King and the concerns that have been shared with me. I am deeply honored to have someone divulge their requests. I then turn them over to my God of the Angel Armies. I have been so blessed by this song, I’m including it again. :)
Prayer is so powerful. We have such power to stand behind each word we utter in prayers to our loving God. Can you grasp it? You are stressed about your circumstances, your finances, your …. and someone shares their request with you and all of a sudden the focus is off yourself!! Hold onto the promises of God and pray them back to Him.
“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 AMP
Friends, if you are praying on behalf of others and also for your own needs..what room can Satan have if you are in the throne room of God? If you are praying for the people in your life that drive crazy, steer yourself to the King. Lift up the election. Lift up the President. The leaders of our country. Your church. Your pastor, his wife..the persecuted church. In this season I am in, I finally understand this idea that Paul shares:
Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be happy in your faith…happy? For some reason that word, happy, makes me wonder so I looked it up in the Strongs Concordance..check this out..
1) to rejoice, be glad
2) to rejoice exceedingly
3) to be well, thrive
To be well, to thrive in your faith..think of a seedling, planted well, watered accurately, sun pours down…that plant is going to thrive! So how can we be thriving in our faith? Paul gives us some ideas.
Have a glad heart continually..to me, this is a huge challenge when I hit days that are hard right now. And this is where Paul says, be unceasing in prayer. Pray perseveringly..what word is that? adialeiptōs–without intermission, incessantly, without ceasing..To me, that means, to have joy is to be in constant communication with our Father who art in heaven. That brings joy.
Another that brings joy, in everything, give thanks! Give thanks for this head stuff? Yes. Give thanks for the challenges? Yes, because ultimately it will work out for God’s glory and our joy. Does it make sense logically? Maybe not. Yet we are told this is God’s will for our lives. And God’s will put His Son on the cross, why? For our deliverance, our salvation, our joy..did God like doing this? Of course not, He doesn’t like to see His children suffer, but we see only part of the tapestry. He sees the whole.
Give thanks, He has the whole world in His hands. Remember that kids’ song? He has it all.
Jesus revealed that will in His life here on earth. We can be glad…we can pray…we can give thanks..and somehow our world doesn’t look so bleak.
So, beloved, pray on. Pray on.
Good morning, beloved,
Thank you for all of your prayers for me on Thursday. I am deeply grateful for your words and your comfort.
According to this neurologist, at this point in the diagnosis process without having an MRI in hand, they believe I have vestibular migraines. This is a fancy way to say, I have migraines with vertigo and inner ear issues. So a new medicine, MRI scheduled and physical therapy are the next steps.
I have reflected on the past weeks as I have been unable to do any of my normal activities to consider what the Lord is doing in my life. Concurrently, I have studied Job and realizing that much of what is happening is occurring in the heavenly realms…which I am not privy to. The Lord did not give Job the picture that we have of his life.
I have watched the priorities of my life change. I have pondered in my mind verses. Praying so much more. Watching the Lord work in ways that if I had been in my normal schedule, I would have missed. I have learned to a greater degree how critical it is to think in my speech, love first. My brain is always moving at a fast pace but so has my mouth in days past. So if the Lord is breaking yokes in my life, setting me free of chains..who am I to say that this is not all part of His perfect plan? To set me free…
To listen carefully. To watch. To respect in my tone and in my words.
Then a dear friend sent me this verse…
6 [Rather] is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke?
7 Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house—when you see the naked, that you cover him, and that you hide not yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and blood?
8 Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am.
Lord, I expectantly want to hear from You! In the quiet of this morning, I cry to You. Father, I cry out on behalf of our nation. I pray for each Christian who is beginning their day with you. May we repent of our sins. May we seek Your mercy and Your grace. Confessing it all and laying it at the foot of the cross…we respond to You. May we be in a place of listening for Your voice.
- to loose the bonds of wickedness
- undo the bands of the yoke
- let the oppressed go free
- break every enslaving yoke
- divide my bread with the hungry
- bring the homeless poor into your house
- when I see the naked, I cover him
- not hide myself from the needs of my own flesh and blood
Lord to You we cry, as Your beautiful sun pours through the trees, enlighten me. Show us. May we not be blind to the needs of our neighbors. May we not walk by the homeless man holding the cardboard sign. May we give hope as darkness encroaches on every side waiting to steal Your hope. As You have rescued us from darkness, may we hold our hand out, rescuing the next who so desperately needs Your rescue. May we be the hands and feet of Jesus, because we long for the next verses to come alive in our time.
God’s promises if we do the list:
- Then shall your light break forth like the morning…
2. …your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily
3. your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity]
4. the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard…
While I have written this post, the sun has broken through the trees. Just like the photo above. My heart is at peace. I pray for you as you read this that your soul will be stirred to action. That as you go about your day, you ask Faithful God to show you ways that you can end the suffering of a soul, bring hope to this dying world one soul at a time, get out of your own head and serve as He has called us. Covering the naked, feeding the poor, opening your home…hard words to type, hard to do yet the freedom for you is priceless. For me.
The last verse in this group holds so much promise and hope.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I am.
When I call…the Lord will
When I cry…
Oh beloved, hold tight to His Hand. He will guide you to serving, loving, and bringing hope. He will give you the energy. The wisdom. The resources. You only need ask.
Pray on. Pray on.
- On restoring and being restored (diggingformyrrh.wordpress.com)
- Do You Ever Find Time to Rest? (work4christ.wordpress.com)
- Quiet Your Heart (aviesplace.wordpress.com)
- Justified by Faith (loopyloo305.com)
- Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest (bummyla.wordpress.com)
Good morning, beloved!
This is one of the few mornings where I sit ready to start typing away and my brain and the typing are not matching up. Don’t give up on me yet, yesterday was a doctor day for Joshua. We walked away with one x-ray, med refills,adjustments to his foot inserts and a diagnosis, hopefully, for his fingers. Noah was also scheduled for his surgery at the end of the month. God, tho, is teaching me to walk in the moment. What do I mean? I can only do what is in front of me. God takes a step and I prayerfully follow in His steps. (not perfectly) So after a lovely lunch date with my hubby, we came home to some happy children ready for the movie Brave.
So gaze upon the truth of God’s Word. Let’s grab God’s hand and ask Him to show us , teach us and lead us. Let’s begin with Matthew 5:13
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.
Jesus talked about Christians as salt two other times in the NT. This is a metaphor (remember high school?) A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
34 Salt is good [an excellent thing], but if salt has lost its strength and has become saltless (insipid, flat), how shall its saltness be restored?
35 It is fit neither for the land nor for the manure heap; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him listen and consider and comprehend by hearing!
49 For everyone shall be salted with fire.
50 Salt is good (beneficial), but if salt has lost its saltness, how will you restore [the saltness to] it? Have salt within yourselves, and be at peace and live in harmony with one another.
Salt is an excellent thing.
We are the salt of the earth. Have salt within yourselves. Be at peace. Live in harmony.
Yet if salt loses its saltness…not good for anything. Cannot be restored. Not for land. Not for the manure heap. Throw it away.
What is Jesus talking about? Let’s look at some information on salt.
1) salt with which food is seasoned and sacrifices are sprinkled
2) those kinds of saline matter used to fertilise arable land
3) salt is a symbol of lasting concord, because it protects food from putrefaction and preserves it unchanged. Accordingly, in the solemn ratification of compacts, the orientals were, and are to this day, accustomed to partake of salt together
4) wisdom and grace exhibited in speech
In my encyclopedia searches, finding good references for the information I’ve spent a little more time, ahem, then I should. So, I need to sign off for the moment. I’m going to come back lata. ;)
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Good afternoon, friends,
Sipping my iced coffee from my home brew, yum-o, and looking around for some ideas and surfing the web, as it has been said. Yet, my study calls me back. I’m not very far in reading the Journals of Jim Elliot, one idea that calls to me, this passion for studying the Word. I love Jim’s passion for the Word. He writes frequently of His love of the Word and I’m wishing he would give me context for his ideas that he gathers from his study. He comes up with (listen to me as if he is in the same room with me) these very intriguing thoughts about Abraham and others but come back to the Hebrew, come back to the context, can you support what you are saying, Mr. Elliot?
I am getting out my Bible and my blb.org to read along in my next time with his journals. ;) Friends, when we read books, listen to messages, hear ideas, however great they sound, bring it back to the Bible, to the context of the verses surrounding and the original words in Hebrew and Greek. Now, I’m in no way suggesting Mr. Elliot was off base, he was learning and I just am very careful to use filters. I want to encourage you to do the same.
I’d like to finish my day in my study, so join me, won’t you? We were at a splash park today with our friends today. MELTING. So , now, air conditioning and with the aforementioned drink in hand, lets dive in. Please read this morning’s post first and then join us if you haven’t already.
10 Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (for being and doing right), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
11 Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.
12 Be glad and supremely joyful, for your reward in heaven is great (strong and intense), for in this same way people persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The reasons for this persecution are:
- for righteousness’ sake (for being and doing right)
- also saying false things against you on MY account
- being a prophet who was before you
The persecution upon Christians is a blinded, angry attack fueled by the roaring lion satan. None of the persecution is justified, it is because you are a child of the King, yet you should not be surprised by these persecutions. Jesus says what to those who are persecuted:
- Blessed are you
- Enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous
- Happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions
- Be glad
- Supremely joyful
- For your reward in heaven is great and this, friends, jumped out at me: STRONG AND INTENSE!!
Wow! Strong and intense, your reward? It’s not just great but its so amazing, the words are…strong and intense.
Check out these next truths with me:
27 Only be sure as citizens so to conduct yourselves [that] your manner of life [will be] worthy of the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, so that whether I [do] come and see you or am absent, I may hear this of you: that you are standing firm in united spirit and purpose, striving side by side and contending with a single mind for the faith of the glad tidings (the Gospel).
28 And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponentsand adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.
29 For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake not only to believe in (adhere to, rely on, and trust in) Him, but also to suffer in His behalf.
30 So you are engaged in the same conflict which you saw me [wage] and which you now hear to be mine [still].
18 If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19 If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you.
20 Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master [is not superior to him]. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours.
12 Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand]
8 Do not blush or be ashamed then, to testify to and for our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for His sake, but [with me] take your share of the suffering [to which the preaching] of the Gospel [may expose you, and do it] in the power of God.
Pray on, beloved. Pray on.
Good morning, beloved,
My living room looks a little bit like a bomb went off. Organization in process should be the sign somewhere. I’m releasing some old school books that I no longer need. Gaining some shelf space, rethinking my space up here. Every year I rethink my bookshelves to help me with school and every year school gets a little bit more organized. A little bit. :) Joshua and I also finished the movie last night…and I think that might be a movie for my shelves. (See I make room for new?) I never have seen, I mean never have seen such a powerful movie to me personally. I see my own life. Joshua sees our son. I see our son. Yet, the whole movie, the healing..well, if you want to see it, I won’t give anything away. Now, here is what is interesting, I’m trying to read the book. Gag. Blech. Barf. Not really a book yet for my shelves. Ahem.
Well, Lord, here I am. Another day, another chance to be a servant to be in Your will, to read Your Word, to study. Thank you for Your Word..we open it now…bless our time Lord. We love You so Much.
Matthew 5: 5 Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
Meek(praÿs this is a root word): denotes “gentle, mild, meek;” for its significance see the corresponding noun, below, B. Christ uses it of His own disposition, Mat 11:29; He gives it in the third of His Beatitudes, Mat 5:5; it is said of Him as the King Messiah,Mat 21:5, from Zec 9:9; it is an adornment of the Christian profession, 1Pe 3:4. Cp. epios, “gentle, of a soothing disposition,” 1Th 2:7; 2Ti 2:24.
from the blb.org: Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time (Isa 41:17, Luk 18:1-8). Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will (Gal 5:23).
When things hit yesterday in my own life, my response was to think of my own rights, how it wasn’t fair, and it took me a bit to get the computer out and start listening to the music and opening the Word. Then asking for prayer. The meek are “wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend against injustice”…friends, when things begin to unravel in your life, what is your life? Do you ask God why? Do you begin the blame game? Or do you lift your hands and ask for more love, for more strength? We need to trust not in ourselves and our interests but in God’s goodness and His control in the lives of His beloved. Us. Don’t keep spending all your time focused on yourself. Good grief. You and I are not that interesting, are we?
Pray on, beloved. Pray on…
- The might of the meek… (wonderingpilgrim.com)
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (spendomai.com)
- The Meek Win (genesisone.wordpress.com)
- Message of the Beatitudes – Three – Meek (pastorswifelife.com)
- A Case for Meekness (saintlysages.wordpress.com)
Good morning, beloved,
What a sunset last night! What a sunrise this morning! After a day of raining on and off, it was good to see the sun down with such glory! I spent the afternoon in my bedroom. I wasn’t in trouble. I was sorting clothes. Again. And then I hear my neighbor and here she comes with bags upon bags of clothes for our family…God bless her. She insists on not letting me thank her. A single Mom…who has adopted me. Who am I? She has brought me clothes, blankets, books, and she just keeps coming and I just keep hugging on her. I keep on praying for her. Will you join me? Her name is Michelle and her son, Jake..
5 Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time andseizing (buying up) the opportunity.
6 Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a question to you].
I’ve thought on Michelle a lot. I’ll be honest with you. She talks a lot about being a Christian. I am praying for her and looking over at her house a whole lot. And these are the verses of the day on Biblegateway…interesting. Look with me at some of the Greek?
God cares how I live before my neighbors, for that matter with my family, friends…yet especially with those who do not know Christ intimately. He wants me to make the most of the time. In fact to seize it, buy it up!
Let your speech at all times be gracious…charis..of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues. .
Amen! At first glance it seems as tho Paul is saying it’s up to you, Cara..but the Greek comes through strong…exerting His holy influence, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases…
This is His work. This is His heart. And I need to show up and be willing to help, open the door, invite her in.
Pray on, friends. Pray on.