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Everyday Activity

Psalm 91:6-7 “Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the sheep under his care. Oh, that you would listen to his voice today!”

Before  we move from the bed in the morning, we can bow our hearts before our God and worship him. Before we take food, we can bow our hearts and worship him. Before we get in the car or board a bus or walk on a busy path, we can bow our hearts before him and worship him. Before we smile at the fussed lady in line at the grocery store, we can bow our hearts and worship him. Before we call a friend or enemy to complain about some injustice, we can bow our hearts and worship him.

Do you see, beloved in Christ, that every footstep and every spoken word and even every thought is under the care of our great Shepherd.  We do not ever need to take a wrong step or speak a wrong word.  We are fully protected.

Let us always listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit and go with what he says, for he speaks truth. As we practice listening, his voice will come closer and closer to the surface of our thoughts, until we hear him first . . .

A blessed relief to have worship and obedience the normal daily walk with 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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Faith is Being With Christ

Psalm 84:11 says, Jehovah God is our Light and our Protector. He gives us grace and glory. NO GOOD THING WILL HE WITHHOLD FROM THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIS PATHS.

Grace is God’s attitude toward us. He is more than benign or passively merciful. He’s not a laid back God. He is the Lord, mighty in strength and wisdom and His love toward us never dims or fails. Do you remember what Jesus told Nicodemus, the fearful yet believing pharisee? He said that God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.  (Johns 3:16)

Psalms 84 and 85 both reveal that Christ walks before us. He lights the way and protects us from falling off the path of righteousness.

We have to trust Him, though, that He is where He says He is. 

In the trouble we all experience in the world, we get focused on the trouble. We cry out, Oh, Lord! Fix this and fix that! My friend, beloved in the Lord – He has already fixed the problem. Jesus Christ in Person is the remedy.

Faith is focusing on the Lord our God, on His Person, not just what you think He can do, and not on the problem itself.

Faith is turning away from seeking our own justice and saying, Lord, I want to see You today. When we make solving the problem our priority instead of the Lord, then our problems become our idols. 

Faith is looking at Jesus Christ Himself – deep into His eyes and His wisdom and love and power; who He is. Accepting relationship from Him and we are seeking Him first, in relationship toward Him. He is Highest and Greatest; Firstborn. He invites us to Himself before we do anything else. We have nothing to prove and nothing to gain by walking anywhere but directly behind the Lord in the path carved out by His justice. He made us for this, to love and be loved by God. We are the expression of His love and goodness. 

To look for justice in any circumstance is futile. We cannot make one hair on our head black or white. The sooner we look to God, the sooner we know He is the only answer to everything. All true justice comes from God.

Are you locked in a battle you never win? Is it sickness, failure, grief, depression, sitting on the spiritual fence? Sin, darkness, evil? What is your fight? Get away from that today. Use the time you are spending in worry (which is pointless) or trying too hard and getting nowhere. Spend that time one-on-one with Jesus, right now. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else you need will be added into your life. When you trust Jesus Christ to save you, then the Kingdom of God is within you. Christ sends His Spirit to live inside you, to teach you all things, lead and guide you into all truth, and bring you safely Home to God’s eternal heaven.

Remember, your answer is in the Person of Christ. Be with Him. It is the right things to do.

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Forever Complete

When Jesus Christ was crucified, that is, nailed to a cross to die slowly and in great pain, His agony was increased to depths and degrees of which we have no understanding. All the powers of hell and sin were hurled at Him while He hung there. He took it upon Himself and endured all of it for our sake; every bit of it. Not one sliver of evil was left out. It all went on to Christ on the corss. 

Then He cried out, “It is finished!” He knew that He had won the victory. The penalty for all that sin and evil was death. So He chose to die, and after the triumphant shout of victory, gave up His life. Christ knew, though, that His was the power to defeat even death and hell. He rose from the dead. Literally. His physical life came alive by the power of God and He lives today, seated at the right Hand of the Father in Heaven, ever making intercession for those of us who believe in Him. He will come back, and we will also experience this resurrection.

Now hear this: everything undertaken by the Lord is finished and complete. He has never left anything undone. It is finished from the foundation of the world. Recall the scripture: with God, all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) He has even finished and answered our prayers before we make them.  All things are possible because we are complete in Him. (Colossians 2:10) 

Everything we encounter on this earth is a battle. You can’t know what other people are thinkng, and relationships are always a tangle. However, we CAN KNOW the mind of Christ. When we receive Him as Lord and Savior, HE PUTS HIS MIND RIGHT IN US. (I Corinthians 2:16, Isaiah 40:13) Knowing Jesus’ very perfect thoughts, listening to His Spirit tell us what He is thinking, and reaching into His Word, the Bible for wisdom and knowledge, we have everything we need in His completeness and find our lives fulfilled in Him. Our prayers for others will be answered, because we know His will and His ways, and we ask in His Name.

And we are forever with the Lord. ALL things are possible. Amen and amen. (So be it!)

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Election ’08

Responsibility in an election of leaders is an awesome experience. In the United States of America, we have the right and the privilege of choosing who will represent us in government.

In three days, our nation will elect leaders starting at the national level right down to townships and hamlets across the land. 

Christians have greater responisbility in this matter than any other citizen. The United States was formed and founded by God’s design, with initial settlers and leaders being men and women of God who knew Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. These people sought the Lord diligently to make certain His will was the driving force of making this nation come alive. Since these people were living under extreme hardship and wilderness conditions, it was probably a lot easier for them to stay focused on God than it is in our present culture.

If you are a Christian, you know it is easier to follow Christ when you are down than when you have plenty of food on the table and can work from nine to five weekdays and watch football all weekend. Perhaps the Lord has a reason for allowing great financial stress in this country just before a general major election. If we will turn to Him and seek His mind on whom to elect, then USA can regain its righteousness, under God. If we are fat and lazy, we will seek to elect the candidates who promise greater welfare and less work.

The most intense issue of this campaign, however, is not money. It is the righteousness and morality of America. You have not heard this discussed very much in debates or particularly the news media, except for the rampant assumption that change means allowing what God calls sin as acceptable behavior. Do you want to put your money into taxation which does not allow you representation, because a few special interest groups would control the government? Christians are not radical extremists to be stomped out so fornicators and murderers and haters of Israel can have their way. Christians are the backbone and providers and main body of worker bees of this nation. 

THINK what God will do to an America where His people chose against Him out of some kind of emotional reaction to any particualr candidate, regardless of that candidate’s moral stand. Do you really think He will let a nation He designed for His purposes to go unpunished when it seeks to rebel against Him in every way? 

The present election is a choice between pleasing God and pleasing men. Research what all candidates you must consider are saying. Do they love God, or do they propose changes which demostrate their disregard of Him? Even at the local level, this is important. Town councilmen may have an ungodly agenda which ripples out to your county, state, and nation. 

Search the scriptures if you are unsure what God thinks about a subject. Don’t assume anything. Pray about everything. Ask the Lord what He would have you do, and LISTEN and OBEY what He says. 

We are on the edge of change, no matter who gets elected where. Let’s obey God and be certain we have participated in the changes He would bring about. We must PRAY that men and women are elected who will seek the Lord.

God bless you as you pray and vote.

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When You Are Empty

A prayer that you . . .

 

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  Ephesians 3:18-19 

Think of this, that God’s love and presence has SIZE: breadth, length, depth, and height. If it has substance, then it can fill you up. Now that you know this, you can reject emptiness when it strikes and reach for the love of Christ. He is love, and He fills you up to total capacity and even overflowing. 

Now, out of your overflow, others will see God’s love, and you will be so busy loving from your endless supply that the emptiness has no more place in your life.

Like all spiritual life, this takes some practice. Yet God is eternally patient, so don’t gve up! Keep asking, seeking, and knocking (Matthew 7:7-8) God’s purpose and plan for your life, and all the things you need to do it. God is faithful, and He will always answer your desire to spread the love around.

Father, today I pray for persons who will read this blog, and all the other blogs where you are honored. I thank you for the readers, each one. I thank you especially for the one who struggles with emptiness and has a little bitterness against believing your Word and what I have written. Will you place your hand on that one’s head right now, Lord, and bless him with you almighty touch. Let the tears and laughter flow to cleanse his mind and and emotions. Teach this one whom you love so dearly to know you and the fulness of your love and power to have godly life. I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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Living In Christ

According to the scriptures, to live in Christ is the opposite of living “in the world.” Hmmm. Anyone confused by that? Since we are living on planet Earth, don’t we have to live in the world even if we are Christians? Aren’t we going to have to compromise somewhere, sometime? We know the world is full of wickedness. We know we are going to run into evil pretty much every day – or it will run into us.

Did Jesus live in the world without compromising? Yes, he did. He came as and remained as the sinless, spotless Lamb of God throughout his life, and on the cross. How else would he be able to bear the sin of the whole world when the Father placed it upon him, to be our sacrifice for our sin, for all time? He had to be perfect. The tiniest compromise would have made him imperfect, and unavailable for God’s plan of salvation for mankind. Only God himself could complete that plan, so he sent his Son.

When I listen to God’s plan to save us with my spirit, I get it, praise the Lord. If I listen with my mind only, it’s just a big boggle. Knowng this makes it clear why speaking the gospel to unbelievers must be baptized in prayer, asking God to reveal the truth to them. Well, that’s off the main point of this blog post; consider it a free point!

To live in Christ requires Christ living in us. Yes? You agree? When we are saved, the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Christ, literally moves in and takes up residence in our hearts. One way we recognize his presence is that now we can understand the Bible and it is definitely living and active in us. The Holy Spirit teaches us and comforts us and speaks to us whatever he hears the Father saying. We can ask for information and listen to the Spirit of God for an answer. He lives in us so we can live in Christ.

What about compromises; that is, living with one foot in the world? Suggestion: read the epistle of First John, toward the end of the New Testament. There is great wisdom in that book about not compromising, and the consequences if we do. It explains how to know which people are truly in Christ, and who is not in Christ.That is good help for forming relationships among people, because if you hang out with the wrong people, you will certainly compromise with evil to maintain those loyalties. Those people can be your own family members, and then you need to get more of Jesus living through you to handle being with them but not compromise with them. Some people go to jobs every day where there is enormous temptation to compromise Christ to fit in. It can get scary.

Christ is perfect. If we knowingly compromise on any little thing, we are shutting him out. If we sin unknowingly, he will lead us to repentance, because he does not want us to be alienated from himself in any way. God will provide new strength every time a temptation arises to act like antichrist to fit in to this world. We have the ability to discipline thoughts so that every one is filtered through the eyes of God. This discipline comes about by learning God’s Word, the Bible, and prayer. If you can make the effort to turn on the television, you can make the effort to turn it off and open your Bible instead.

We abide in Christ by the power of his own Holy Spirit living inside of us. The power of his Word opens our minds and hearts to know truth from lies; light from darkness. We can practice knowing God’s presence at all times. It does take practice, but why would anyone who has come to know the Lord not want to get as close with him as possible, despite our living conditions? We can live in God’s heavenly kingdom, right here on earth. He says so. Remember the Lords Prayer? “Your kingdom come; your will be done . . . on earth as it is in heaven. Right here and right now.

John 16:22: And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
23: And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24: Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25: These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
26: At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28: I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
29: His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
30: Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
31: Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
32: Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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