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Archive for August, 2011

Wisdom to see

Psalms 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  
The natural eye once saved like an artist has to grow in wisdom, knowledge, n discernment. A new artist will pain n draw pictures that deserve praise now but would be rejected later. Consider how that a painter after maturity looks with disdain at their early immature attempts at art. The original effort deserved applaud n still has its place of reverence. How ever it is not the painting that has changed but the maturity of the eye n ability of the artist. Likewise when We get saved our eye n ability needs maturity to fully appreciate the works of God We partake. Further if properly grown our discernment for truth n sight to identify deception gets better. God grow us up so We can teach others also.

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When Passion dies

Genesis 25:31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.  25:32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 

When new believers sell out for Christ or show great zeal sometimes other believers state that in time they will calm down. Such was said of D. L. Moody n he did not quell his spirit to conform to the mold of others. Instead such sentiment urged him forward to give his life for Christ. Fear of others opinions or fickle love often sources the death knell for Passion in the cause. Esau craved food n his own life more than his birthright n in a foolish moment gave up divine placement in the providential plan of God for a morsel of cabbage stew. At such moments We need an intervention from God to draw our meditations away from the carnal to the higher calling of God. When George mueller, a new  Christians attention fell on a young lady believer. He left his passion and the missionary zeal God had given him. He had good reason to believe she would not n could bot follow him on his missionary path. For weeks his heart ached w love for her n his prayer life had no power n bible study became rote. However a young man, Herman ball, heir to great wealth gave up his inheritance to become a missionary among the persecuted polish Jews. Such commitment n passion refocused muellers heart. God keep me from esaus waste n give me muellers direction. Cause my hunger to be more for u than for earthly things.

Unity n awe

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Awe. Awe is what u feel when overwhelmed w amazement n adoration at the God who considers u. Just think how he weaves his church family together. Just as in the first church there were family kinships. James, john sons of zebedee were first cousins of Jesus. Likewise in local churches there are family ties. The first church had people from the same or similar trade, background, political leaning, n aspirations. Such a makeup can be grounds for closeness but also can cause division. Peter n Matthew had less n common. In fact just abt everyone hated tax collectors. Judas, he and Simon the zealot were too political for pragmatic Nathaniel or skeptical Thomas. N they all agreed that Jesus picked women from the wrong side of the tracks to assist in ministry. Ur church is no different. The people God has brought together could not get along at a political rally or football game n yet when Christ functions as head the body fits together. One beam rests upon another. Load bearing walls carry the weight. Gifts glorify n edify. Words build up n lives exemplify. God is honored n the body strengthened. Ministry happens n the gospel shines as a light from a light house n the local church functions as it should. She is a lighthouse on the shore. Some ship needs guidance, some lost sailor needs hope. Go and be a beam, a load bearing wall, a shining serving light. Let Jesus be the head n u be the part God joined. Join together n experience the awe.

Temple Architect of life

I Kings 6:1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon ‘s reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.

Just think about God, his work through the centuries n your very life. How intimately ur life binds itself among the billions of threads that We call lifes events. How carefully sculptured r the answers to prayer that God privileges ur life n mine to experience. The choices made by ur parents to be married or to have a child, the perfect blending of dna, personality, spiritual gifts, opportunities, jobs, experiences to create u are amazing. It becomes mind boggling as u consider the billions of events that one different choice, an accident, a chance thought whereby someone lingered when they should have gone could have made great differences. How simple a different path could have unfolded. Yet here u r. Just as a architect designs plans, someone else far across the land hews stone, another planes wood, and yet someone else spins cloth God used many people, places n things to bring ur life n ur day about. For the temple, somebody dug gold n silver ore from the heart of the earth, another made glass. Somebody hauled freight while another loaded materials upon a barge. Furthermore someone was taught in school to read prints, another learned brick masonry. One day, at an appointed time, the gifts, supplies, tools, workers, n design were all in place. The work began. Likewise, at the right moment all the necessary things were in place for you to become. And great news the same God designs ur answers to meet ur needs. Furthermore he has brought u to this very place, n time, with these people, in this hour to begin to work his work. Someone has the blueprints. Another lays down a brick lathering it with mortar. Another person drives nails while yet others paint or sew. Gods design is right. He makes no mistake, no design flaw. U were made for this day. Serve him in holiness n w gladness. It is ur time. U r his temple of praise.

Simple worship

I Kings 8:54 And it was so , that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.  

Something simple is wat We need. The humility n grace seen in the knee bent face down position of this great king should humble us. No exotic fanfare, electronic gadgetry, fancy synthetic computer drawn PowerPoint is required. To approach God properly in prayer n worship requires the humble, contrite brokeness he has always drawn towards. Solomon knew it. George mueller the prophet of prayer knew it. A. T. Pierson in his biography details, that In fact at a simple service, in a humble home, mueller saw a child of God kneel n pray to God. It so singularly impressed him that salvation was wrought in his heart that selfsame hour. His life of debauchery, hatred, Lieing, theivery all turned on that moment. He had never before witnessed simplicity in worship, brokeness, or humility towards God. From that point on his life became a life of  simple prayer n faith so profound most Christians cannot attain it. Yet his life of faith n prayer knew the simplicity n humility of simply believing God, taking him at his word n acting upon it. Such simple services were doubtless held in john marks home in the upper room. No cathedral acoustics. No stain glassed masterpieces ornately graced the room. From peter’s mother in laws home to Martha,Mary or Simon the lepers home worship was simple. The word was taught, songs were sung n prayers made. Testimonies of grace, reports of salvations n persecutions were the norm. What is ur approach towards God like? How does ur worship compare to the simplicity of the early following of the nazarene? Let us return to worship in spirit n in truth. Such worship pleases him.devotions

Thank God for teachers

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Thank God for ur teacher.

In all of Gods plan there is room for teachers. In the beginning he taught Adam n eve. From the earliest peoples to the school of the prophets God has established teachers. In the synagogue to the temple there were teachers. When he founded the church, he gave teachers. He gives us disciplers to teach us as mentors in our lives. Even his holy spirit n himself are said to teach us m guide us in truth. I am glad God has given some a heart to teach. I thank God for teachers today.

He leadeth me, o blessed thot

Psalms 139:5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

He leadeth me

What a blessed thot the old hymn sings. Likewise David the shepherd psalmist harmonizes. Wrap ur mind around that fact. God leads us. He marks the places before us. Ps 23 speaks of the preparation of food for the sheep among the wolves, the selecting of still waters, green grass and the finding of the righteous paths. Our God has to go before us to make preparations. Although he goes before he also goes behind. The good shepherd knows the wolves sneak up behind to grab the weak n sickly lambs n he works the hinder parts of our paths as well. His watchcare n faithfulness protects us when We are unaware. He also scoops us up in his arms when We need lifting into his presence. Our existence, our very identity is bound up in him. We move at his hand. We should become so intimate with him that at a nod, a word n even just a look We respond. Paul says We not only have our existence in him but our very life is owed to him for he gave us his breath. Psalm 139 expresses Paul sentiment well. He is before us, n behind us. He is all around us. He is our maker, our shepherd, savior, God n king. Today have u fear? Know he is before u. Have u hurt? know he heals u. Are the wolves closing in? He protects u. Do u need correction? Know he sees n will punish. Are u hungry? He will feed u. Do u need to be stopped before u rush headlong into danger? He will lay his hand upon u. Do u need direction? It is he that leadeth u.