Good morning, beloved,
In the night, I listened to a new program for me with Susie Larson called, Live the Promise. I get posts from Susie frequently on Facebook, loving her morning and evening prayers. In the mail yesterday, I received a package from a dear friend, which included four wonderful CDS..one was Aaron Shust‘s latest. Her program featured an interview with him. It was not lost on me the coincidence.
What resonated so strongly with me was the reminder, faith that is based on our feelings can never be trusted. Faith built on what we know to be true, i.e., God‘s Word, is our firm and solid foundation.
Our feelings change, what we think, what we see…I am reminded that is not our basis of truth.
Light, space, zest—
So, with him on my side I’m fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.
2 When vandal hordes ride down
ready to eat me alive,
Those bullies and toughs
fall flat on their faces.
3 When besieged,
I’m calm as a baby.
When all hell breaks loose,
I’m collected and cool.
4 I’m asking God for one thing,
only one thing:
To live with him in his house
my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
I’ll study at his feet.
5 That’s the only quiet, secure place
in a noisy world,
The perfect getaway,
far from the buzz of traffic.
6 God holds my head and shoulders
above all who try to pull me down.
I’m headed for his place to offer anthems
that will raise the roof!
Already I’m singing God-songs;
I’m making music to God.
7-9 Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs:
“Be good to me! Answer me!”
When my heart whispered, “Seek God,”
my whole being replied,
“I’m seeking him!”
Don’t hide from me now!
9-10 You’ve always been right there for me;
don’t turn your back on me now.
Don’t throw me out, don’t abandon me;
you’ve always kept the door open.
My father and mother walked out and left me,
but God took me in.
11-12 Point me down your highway, God;
direct me along a well-lighted street;
show my enemies whose side you’re on.
Don’t throw me to the dogs,
those liars who are out to get me,
filling the air with their threats.
13-14 I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness
in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God!
Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again:
Stay with God.
Do you think David saw God? Visibly saw God? Or perhaps was David holding onto the truth that His God was near. His God was protecting him. Keeping him. Holding him, therefore, he could be fearless. Even though he is surrounded by enemies, he is calm. Friends, that does not come from looking at the world through our own eyes. It is putting on the lense of truth and declaring, I am not afraid because God is with me!
No matter how noisy life can be, peace can be found. No matter how busy, God can be found. He sings praises to his God. We can sing praises! We can look to God for our present and future and know that we can…
Stay with God. I can think I know what is going to happen. I can think on how I will react to getting my head shaved for surgery. Or what the epileptologist will say on behalf of Danny today. These thoughts do not bring peace. However, if I work with the understanding of Scripture, peace.
So I encourage you, no matter how bleak things appear, hope is here. God is here. Immanuel…God with us.
Pray on, pray on…
- Psalm 27. A Prayer Of Praise And Of Faith (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- He Is (1woman2women.wordpress.com)
- Are You Listening? (terry1954.wordpress.com)
- Words of Comfort… (150knots.org)
- Give Me Words To Speak (amorycannon.com)
- Free Downloads from Focus on the Family (faithfulprovisions.com)
good afternoon, friends,
We had a party this afternoon and now we are home, fans blowing, enjoying air conditioning and I’m thinking about this study. Kids are playing with toys, reading books…some quiet in the house. God knew how much we needed to be at a church that could be community for us and He brought us to a new church. I’m reflecting on the lightness it has brought my spirit to come home. Watching my kids run around a church like I used to do at their age, pitching in to clean and help feels as natural as being at home, watching Joshua settle in with the men, these are all gifts to my heart and mind. Going to a mega church was wonderful for many reasons. I listed so many during my time on this blog but what J and I realized was how much we missed community at church.
God knows what we need. He cares for every single one.
This afternoon, as I look at the next day of Precepts, this day is a full concentration on light. Would you like to come along? Pshaw, of course you would!
15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
- light of the world: me, you, us. :) (your witness for God)
- lamps don’t go under tn Or “a bowl”; this refers to any container for dry material of about eight liters (two gallons) capacity. It could be translated “basket, box, bowl” (L&N 6.151).: they go on stands (candlestick) and give light (to shine) to the house
- our light needs to shine before men (Light requires an organ adapted for its reception (Mat 6:22). Where the eye is absent, or where it has become impaired from any cause, light is useless. Man, naturally, is incapable of receiving spiritual light inasmuch as he lacks the capacity for spiritual things, 1Cr 2:14. Hence believers are called ‘sons of light,’Luk 16:8, not merely because they have received a revelation from God, but because in the New Birth they have received the spiritual capacity for it.)
1Kings 11:36 Yet to his son I will give one tribe, that David My servant may always have a light before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put My Name. Well, light in this instance God has blessed David with the knowledge that he will never be without an heir on the throne in Jerusalem. This word light used here actually means tillable or untilled or fallow ground. Interesting, isn’t it? God is saying this ground will always have the roots of David. :)Psalm 27: 1 The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? This word, light: light of day, light of heavenly luminaries (moon, sun, stars),day-break, dawn, morning light, light of life, Jehovah as Israel‘s light. This is beautiful, isn’t it? God is our light, our morning light, our light. My breathing gets easier just thinking of this.Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. God’s Word, declare it, friends! Make this your day that His Word shall become your lamp to your feet..and a light to your path..check out this picture. May His light, His Word guide you home.
Well, I’d better get on. I now have a girl watching a Barbie movie. A boy in front of Narnia…so to dinner prep I go. Blessings and light…Pray on.
Good morningish, beloved,
My apologies for the late start today, I was ambushed by a crusher of a migraine around 2am and have felt the effects until recently. So very grateful to be in my parents’ house overnight, as you can imagine this is making my achy head more bearable. We came to help with the garden yesterday. Some good things came yesterday and today, we have Danny’s MEG date (Magnetic Electroencephalogram) and EEG in hospital all scheduled for the second week of July. Also, we are very close to the family out-of-pocket maximum for our insurance. So, we are thinking of all that we should carry out medically…before the end of the year! My brother, who just got his Master’s, got the job he was hoping for today in his town! My nieces and nephew are coming into town in three wake-ups as my kids like to say. :) So good things to focus my eyes on, all gifts from the King of Kings…you are reading these thoughts, this is His blog. He is teaching, I am learning. And I get to share His Word, it’s all good. So rich.
Last night, in the middle of the night, God gave me a precious song I haven’t heard in a very long time. A must share with all of you…
Here are the words:
To the King who gave everything for me
Who’s body crucified high on Calvary’s tree
Who’s redemptive blood makes way for me
I now give everything
To the King who came in the form of a child
All-powerful God, and yet, so mild
Who’s obedience shows the way for me
I humbly come to Thee
To the King alone I will give my life
To the King I will sing both day and night
To the lamb of God who has paid the price
To the King alone I will give my life
To the King, the one true royalty
Though King, He has befriended me
But greater still! He lives in me!
I give Him everything
I mean seriously…Greater still, He lives in me! I give Him everything!
Well, day two in the teachings of the Word on righteousness, ready to dive in with me? (BTW, have you seen that Steven Curtis Chapman has a new CD out and he remade Dive? My husband missed the beat…I kinda liked it with a nautical feel..)
Anyway, back at it, sorry,
Jeremiah 9:1 Oh, that my head were waters and my eyes a reservoir of tears…(boy do I know how he feels…but that’s not the verses…ok, that was heretical..)
9: 23 Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches;
24 But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.
Let’s glory in this:
- That he understands and knows Me (personally, practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character)..
- That I AM the Lord: who practices loving-kindness (covenant word!), judgement, righteousness in the earth..
- In these things I delight (of God, to delight in, have pleasure in, to be pleased to do)..
Don’t glory in this:
- Your wisdom
- Your skill as a person
- Your might
- Your power
- Your riches (physical gratification and earthly wealth) (temporal satisfactions..)
Let’s look through some of the men of Scripture:
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to beholdand gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider,and inquire in His temple.
5 For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.
6 And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.
6 I spread forth my hands to You; my soul thirsts after You like a thirsty land [for water]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
7 Answer me speedily, O Lord, for my spirit fails; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit (the grave)
Isaiah: Isaiah 6:
In the year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train filled the [most holy part of the] temple.
2 Above Him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two [each] covered his [own] face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew.
3 And one cried to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!
6 Then flew one of the seraphim [heavenly beings] to me, having a live coal in his hand which he had taken with tongs from off the altar;
7 And with it he touched my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity and guilt are taken away, and your sin is completely atoned for and forgiven.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
6 Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon.
8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please andpurpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Moses: Exodus 33:
7 Now Moses used to take [his own] tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting [of God with His own people]. And everyone who sought the Lord went out to [that temporary] tent of meeting which was outside the camp.
8 When Moses went out to the tent of meeting, all the people rose and stood, every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses until he had gone into the tent.
9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the door of the tent, and the Lord would talk with Moses.
10 And all the people saw the pillar of cloud stand at the tent door, and all the people rose up and worshiped, every man at his tent door.
11 And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the [temporary prayer] tent.
12 Moses said to the Lord, See, You say to me, Bring up this people, but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You said, I know you by name and you have also found favor in My sight.
13 Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favor in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people.
14 And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.
15 And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here!
16 For by what shall it be known that I and Your people have found favor in Your sight? Is it not in Your going with us so that we are distinguished, I and Your people, from all the other people upon the face of the earth?
Paul: Philippians 3:7-14
7 But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [[a]one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.
8 Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),
9 And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.
10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[b]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
11 That if possible I may attain to the [[c]spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) andmake my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.
13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
How about that for a spiritual punch in the arm today? Amen. Amen. Amen. :) Well, beloved of God as my study so aptly says today, “what makes you different? What is it about you that brings pleasure and glory to God?” (p.43 SOTM)
Memory verse practice: Matthew 5:6 Blessed and fortunate and happy and [g]spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God [h]enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be [i]completely satisfied!
Pray on, friends. Pray on.
- Incredible God – Incredible Praise! (ministerlp.wordpress.com)
- Read It Here, Sunday June 3, 2012 (graceblog.wordpress.com)
- An Urban Ministry Exegesis of Nehemiah (part 3 of 6) (christopherscottblog.typepad.com)
- My strength, my song, my salvation (dailymedit.wordpress.com)
- Something to Boast About! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)
- LORD – Majestic is His Name (faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com)
- King of Kings, and Lord of Lords (leadmeintheeverlastingway.com)