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Finding Security

Are you thinking about building a new house? Pouring everything you have into a “safe” place? Wanting to fortify your life against fire, flood, whirlwind and earthquake? Yet you have the itch to be free of the worry of building strength that you know can still fail. You realize you will be trapped by putting all your dreams in one jar, and one act of violence in nature or war can sweep it away. Is it possible your true desire is to step away from what your fears say is safe? The alternatives are exciting; perhaps not as risky as they seem.

Have you considered spending instead to give kindness and encouragement to others? In the present emotional climate, most people are afraid of what is ahead, and anger, the secondary emotion, is rising up. It’s result is to stir up more fear. Step away from that hamster wheel. Pick up your phone, call someone and tell them that you appreciate them, and give a specific reason why. Post a positive statement on social media today. Tell the world wide web that you are thankful for your friends out there, and why. When you go to the market, engage your neighbor in the checkout line in cheerful conversation. You have now stepped into the joy of encouragement. Now move forward into a wider circle. Buy an extra jar of peanut butter and donate it to a food bank. Go to a park with a case of bottled water and share them around. I think you are now ready to go wider. Start planning your adventure of giving and encouragement:

1. consider your best talents and how they would fit this new lifestyle.
2. consider what you can sell off or donate to give you the freedom from possessions you need to use you talents for others
3. make a list of places you can serve immediately and start the ball rolling
4. make a list of places you can serve with more experience when you have attained the freedom from safe stuff
5. set a current budget and a goal budget based on your serving prospectus
6. set a timeline of one year to be full swing in your new fearless place and itemize short term goals along that line
7. Start taking care of business today, not tomorrow and you will achieve your goals.
8. keep in mind at all times it is the work that gets you there, not the money

Times are dark, but you have an opportunity in every darkness to bring light to many situations. God is near; ask him every day for help. Hear what he says about shaking that leads to fear and shaking that leads to life:

See to it that you do not refuse him (Christ) who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:25-29

A starting place to find valuable insight into what Christ wants us to do is in the book of Matthew, chapters 5, 6, & 7. After that, John chapters 13-17.

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Seeking Wisdom?

“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!” Psalm 111:10

“”Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7

‘If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”  James 1:5-6

When we concede to God in all things, acknowledging him before any other consideration, he says, this is where wisdom comes from. We must trust God and only God in this matter. There are no alternatives.

Examine the world around you. What is taken for wisdom in the world will be proved to be foolishness instead. For example, you may know someone who stockpiles groceries and household items. They firmly believe they are saving money wisely by buying up all the “deals” in the stores and storing most of what is bought because it cannot all be used immediately. Think of what could happen to the stored items. Fire, flood, wind, theft, moth, rust, and corruption! Foods expire and paper products get damp and moldy. Fourteen bottles of shampoo are a waste of money, even if they were only 25 cents apiece, ($3.50)  if your hair falls out from sickness.  God has promised to provide everything we need for daily life. He will keep this promise faithfully; when we trust him to do it, then we are wise. If we look at someone’s stockpile and think, “I need one of those,” because we fear we will run out of these things, then we are not trusting the Lord.

Fear of the LORD, that is, trusting him completely in all things, is the foundation for wisdom. Jesus Christ is the Rock of our salvation, and we build upward from him. Read Luke 7:46-49. The storms of life cannot shake the Lord. The storms of life easily wipe out what is made by men.

Fools despise wisdom and discipline. It takes discipline to be able to trust God completely. He will bring you through each test to success, but you have to believe he is doing it! Wavering back and forth between what you know the Lord says and what the world around you is saying will just make it harder to get through. Double-mindedness causes more storm tossing.

To know what God is saying about a subject, search the scriptures. Be patient! Even if  your mind is in a turmoil today, listen as you read with your heart, and the Lord will lead you to the truth. Reminder – the scripture in James chapter one says to ASK our very, very, very generous God for wisdom, and he will give it to you. He wants to give it to you.

Thank you, Father God, for your generosity and gifts of wisdom. Thank you for teaching me right disciplines to operate in your wisdom and never be swept away by foolishness again. Bless all who read this now with a desire to trust you completely and seek you today, in Jesus’ Name.

 

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How to Handle Snakes

A small child found a snake in some tall grass. It was lying still, quiet in the sun. The child didn’t know anything about snakes, and he was very interested in seeing one so very close up. He decided to pick it up and look it over. Now, this particular snake was not poisonous, but when the child picked it up, it immediately bit him and then slithered out of his grasp and away across the grassy field. The child screamed. His daddy was close by and came to him. The child kept screaming and screaming and his daddy could not even hold him. “It bit me! It bit ME!” the child screamed, as he writhed and kicked and turned red from anger and hurt. “I HATE it!” His daddy could do nothing for him in that rebellious state. Finally, after several minutes, the child wore out from screaming and then his daddy took him in his arms and examined the bite mark, which had not even broken the skin, and then he quietly carried the child to their house. They sat down in a rocking chair on the porch, and the daddy rocked and rocked the child until he was calm. Then they just sat there together, the father holding the son, resting together.

The next day, the daddy took the child to a book store and they bought a book about all the creatures who live in grass and pond and ground. Each day they studied the book until the little boy understood the ways of small creatures, and how they protect themselves. He learned about being safe around wild things. He learned that it is always safest to ask his daddy first before picking up something he does not know about yet. And he learned many other things as well, for after they read together, the daddy would speak to him about many other things, teaching him his own wisdom.

No matter where we go in this world, we will find snakes in the grass. Some will be poisonous, and some harmless. Before we pick one up, we should know how to handle it so that it is not afraid and does not bite.

Have you listened to your Heavenly Father today, learning his wisdom? Are you able to discern the manner of creature you see in the grass upon which you walk?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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Emotional Lions In Your Den

There is a story in the Bible of Daniel, prophet of Israel in the courts of King Nebuchudnezzar in Babylon. Daniel has the king’s favor, and has a high position of authority despite being a slave. Daniel’s enemies trick the king into making a law to exclude Daniel. When a decree goes out that the king must be worhsiped, Daniel, who worships God alone, cannot do this, so he is thrown into a den of lions to be killed.  God causes the lions’ mouths to be shut and they do nothing to Daniel. After spending the night with the lions, Daniel is removed and the king causes his enemies and their families to be thrown into the den instead.

We know that Daniel trusted God completely, no matter what the outcome. He would still have been trusting God if the lions had attacked and eaten his body. Daniel knew God, and knew that he had God’s favor, so even if he died, he would still be with God.

Think for a moment about what Daniel might have felt about his situation. It isn’t likely he just calmly, without emotion, walked calmly through these circumstances. What would you feel? Some suggestions of emotional reactions are terror, panic, anger, confusion, even sickness.  The thing to remember is that no matter what he was feeling, Daniel still trusted God. You can review his life prior to that event, and see that trusting God was a habit and practice of Daniel’s. He chose to follow God and did not allow anyone or anything to alter his choice. It is very clear that God greatly honored Daniel throughout his life for his steadfastness.

God is supremely faithful. When we choose Him, He will move heaven and earth to keep us in the center of His will.  God is all-wise, all-knowing, and all-powerful. He knows we cannot do anything His way, which is perfect, without His help, so He sent Jesus Christ to pay for the sin in us that prevents us from doing things His way. Then when we accept the sacrifice of Jesus as our payment for sin, God places His own Spirit in us so that we have His power and desire to do right.

Being overcome by emotion, such as fear or anger, is not a sin. God made us in His image, and He is very emotional. When we hold on to the emotion instead of holding on to God, then that emotion has taken His place in our circumstances, and then we are sinning, because the emotion is replacing God in us.

We can trust God to save us from our emotions so that we can see His will clearly and remain on track. Daniel surrendered himself to God, and God shut the lions mouths so that Daniel was not killed. Also consider that when Daniel appealed to God and the lions mouths were shut, Daniel no longer had any reason to be afraid of what he was experiencing.

When you are confronted by some circumstance, such as trouble at work, false witnesses, sickness, etc., submit to God and He will lift you up. You may spend a night in the lions’ den, but you will always, always be rescued when you trust God. The rescue will bring to bear the mind of Christ is you, and if the circumstance must continue, you will be able to endure it.

Reject letting emotions be in control; choose to trust God.

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Harvest of Righteousness

Galations 6:9 – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Sometimes we can’t see the harvest.  We struggle and falter and wait and pray and seek God and work hard and willingly at what we know to do, and all the while, we are wondering if there will ever be a harvest we can see and feel. The life that we live by faith in Christ doesn’t make sense because the rewards all seem to be posted in heaven and where is the encouragement for here on earth?

The key to living in the Kingdom of God while walking among plain men is to seek and do what pleases God. There is a built in lie in man that we can’t please God and that to get ahead, we have to please men. Once this lie is broken, we can recognize the power of God in us. We can do all things according to the righteousness of Christ Jesus. Then we see a continuous harvest.

Here is a simple prayer to help you find the truth:

Father, I ask you to renew my mind to understand what your Spirit is saying to me today. I want to please God and yet walk fearlessly among men. Show me your way, for my desire is to walk in it. In Jesus’ Name. Thank you.

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Are You In Trouble?

Our greatest defense for a troubled mind or a troubled spirit is the peace of God.

Meditate upon the Word of God to facilitate His peace to come upon you . . .

Psalm 46:10 BE SILENT AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD! I WILL BE HONORED BY EVERY NATION. I WILL BE HONORED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

Philippians 4: 4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.


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The Service of Worship

Scriptures pertaining to this blog: Psalms 2 and 3, and epistle of I John, 1 and 2.

When we worship, we bow before God and serve Him. Reverence and trembling are the position of our souls. To worship like this means we are before God and focused on Him. We anticipate His every gesture and nuance so that we can obey Him. Picture in your mind a king who has servants gathered around him. These servants have no duty other than to anticipate and fulfill every gesture and nuance the king makes, and every word he utters expressing a desire or command. In doing this , the servants become so tuned in to the king that most of the time they do not even need to wait for him to say, “Bring me my cup.” The cup is already prepared, and when the king lifts his head to speak for it, the servant has it ready and waiting at his elbow.

A worshiper studies the One he worhsips, bows before Him, and serves Him intimately so that he is ready to obey the slightest signal. Many commands and precepts are learned so that the worshiper does not even need to be told what to do.  He trembles to think he might miss doing what his Lord wants him to do.

Yet in the context of worshiping God, in Christ Jesus, we are nots slaves from fear. We are beloved children, serving for love of the Master. This is the same love that God gave us when He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.  Christ served us! He showed us how to worship. 

Since our bodies cannot always remain bowed, the reverence we have for God moves in our spirits, then we submit our bodies to Christ which is our service of worship (see Romans 12:1-2). Our hearts and minds are cast to see and hear Jesus Christ first, before anyone else, including ourselves. How can we get to this place? PRACTICE. Yes, it really is that simple. Just like learning to play guitar. You read the book, you apply what the book says to do, and you learn to do it. To worship God and do whatever He desires for you to do, read His Book, study how He does things, apply this to your own life, and you will get better and better at being like Christ.

Also take refuge in the Lord, so you may accomplish all that you see and hear is His desire for you. Yes! God protects His children an worshipers! Jesus Christ protected us from death and hell by going to the cross for us. He literally put His life ahead of ours to lead us to safety.

When we serve Him, our adversaries increase. This makes life very hard. However, Christ sustains us through these experiences. The adversaries stalk and prowl, serving satan because they do not serve God. However, we can rest in the assured protection of the Lord. He manages our enemies, and they can go so far and no further. Even if we are called to make the ultimate sacrifice of human death, our victory over our enemies is already complete. We are going to heaven, friends, to the very throne room of God Almighty, where we can wait upon Him face to face! God smites and shatters His enemies, and blesses His own people.

In serving Christ, I John 1:1-4 says that our joy is made complete in telling other about Him. We tell others about worsiping Him, but also about having fellowship with Him. Fellowship and worship do go completely together.  A king’s best friend is his closest servant. One is not complete without the other. Worshiping God and fellowshiping with Him means we are in the Light. We can see. The cleansing blood of Christ is in the Light. To sin is to step away from the Light and be blinded by darkness. We are cleansed by the blood so that we can stay and walk in Christ, in love, and worhsip and serve Him and have joy because we are obvious servants of His. 

Today let us worship God by learning about Him in His Word and in being still before Him, listening and praying. Let us submit our bodies and our minds and hearts to him and see that we are standing in the Light of His countenance. Be aware of His presence. The Holy Spirit is anointing us continuously to know and do these things.

God bless you.

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