Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Faith More Precious Than Gold


                                                       Shining For Jesus
                                                           
 Hymn Lyrics


Shining for Jesus everywhere I go,
Shining for Jesus in this world of woe;
Shining for Jesus, more like Him I grow;
Shining all the time for Jesus.

Shining all the time, shining all the time;
Shining for Jesus, beams of love divine;
Glorifying Him every day and hour;
Shining all the time for Jesus.

Shining for Jesus when the way is bright;
Shining for Jesus in the darkest night;
Shining for Jesus, making burdens light;
Shining all the time for Jesus.




That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1peter1:7

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
Zechariah 13:8-9



Tuesday, July 26, 2011



 

I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid;
I will rid the land of evil beasts,
and the sword will not go through your land.
Leviticus 26:6
This is the scripture the Lord gave to me on July 5th after I recieved a call from my doctor informing me that I need to have a breast biopsy. It has been a roller-coaster of emotions since then. Lately I am often found saying aloud the words of 2 Timothy 1:7... For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. & 2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
I awoke Monday morning to the sweet aroma of the annointing oil placed upon my forehead on Sunday at church..I was greatly moved during worship and raised my hand up to the Father and was comforted by His Spirit. I 'll have the biopsy on Thursday the 28th. 
 I haven't read anything from the book of leviticus in a long time; I knew the moment I read the words that the land mentioned here is referring to my body. Until last week there was a possibility that I may not need the biopsy, but I knew from reading this scripture that I would, because the removal of evil beasts from the land was a reference to the biopsy (which, by the way, the surgeon told us she would remove all of the areas in question during the biopsy since they are so small). I knew this was a confirmation. The last verse (and the sword will not go through your land), Well, I asked the surgeon all the "what-ifs" & she said there would be surgery and radiation if necessary..I am believing there will be no further surgery. Please pray for me as I undergo the biopsy and then await the phone call with the results.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Are you seeking happiness?


                                                                        
The Pastor said something very interesting Sunday; the sermon was about John 13, where Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist and proceeded to wash the disciples feet even amidst their protests  demonstrating what sort of servants we are to be. I know that Jesus isn’t necessarily asking us to wash feet, but He is telling us we are to have a heart of service to others. Pastor said,” there are only two kinds of service, self service and self-less service and there is no in-between.” I found this to be very profound.

I have never had my feet washed , but I am reminded of the humility of getting your feet washed as I remember when I was a young girl, my grandma had type 1 diabetes, and I would regularly wash her feet and trim her nails as she said I was the only one who would do this without hurting her. Although she enjoyed my doing this for her, she would sometimes make statements like: “Oh I'm so sorry you have to do this for me, I hate asking this of you.” But I didn’t mind it because I loved her very much and knew she needed to care for her feet properly.

As the pastor spoke, my eyes wandered over to verse 17 15For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
, isn’t this what everybody wants; to be happy? I realized that in order to be happy serving others, we must love the person whom we are serving, and see them as God does. If we don't, then we will feel only dread or perhaps resentment when we serve others. God doesn't want us to feel obligated, but honored to serve.




Not long ago I did a post entitled: Are you seeking holiness? I guess you could say this post is part 2 of that one, because I have come to realize that the happiness Jesus is promising to us in verse 17 comes from a heart full of a holy love for those whom God sends us to serve.  Lord help us to say: I am happy to be His child and your servant!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Get off that fence!

It's time to get off this...
Matthew 6:2424No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.


And get behind this!


A mighty fortress is our God,

"God is our Refuge and Strength, a Very Present Help in Trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
"The LORD is My Rock, and My Fortress, and My Deliverer; My God, My Strength, in Whom I will trust; My Buckler, and the Horn of My Salvation, and My High Tower" (Psalm 18:2).


A bulwark never failing;

"In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks" (Isaiah 26:1).


Our helper He amid the flood

"So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His Glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him" (Isaiah 59:19).

Of mortal ills prevailing.

"He will keep the feet of His Saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail" (1Samuel 2:9).


 


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

God will make a way

The rocky bridge to safety I built in the garden pond

 

1 Corinthians 10:13


13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.



This morning I had the unpleasant chore of removing two little frog bodies from my garden pond.  We have had to do this with chipmunks recently also.

So I decided I had better build an escape route for them with rocks.  As I began to build my rocky bridge, I took into consideration certain things, I placed the largest heaviest rock first so that there wouldn’t be a collapse, then as I proceeded to pile rock upon rock , I became uncomfortable from the sun beating on my back & then became a bit shaky as I realized I had forgotten to eat breakfast. Being so uncomfortable I decided that what I had built so far was sufficient; however, when surveying my work, I realized that although the larger frogs may be able to climb to safety, it was not high enough for the smaller ones to be able to leap to safety, so I began to pile on a series of small flat rocks to create steps.
( can you tell I spent some time on this?)
 Once having done this I realized that there wasn’t adequate support from the top to anchor these lightweight rocks down, so I placed a larger rock on top and thinking now of the heavier chipmonks who, when panicked will be climbing and possibly knocking down rocks from above, I made sure the whole thing was stabilized from top to bottom.

While I was working on this I  thought about how God makes a way for us in our times of trouble, when we are in danger of drowning in the waters of temptation and trials.
Our bridge to safety


He loves us so much, that when he provides our way out, he has taken into consideration everything about us from our smallness and weaknesses, to our height and form.
I don’t love these little creatures that are placed in my care like God loves me, yet I care enough to make a way for them in their trouble. What dawned on me then, is the fact that God never gets weak, or hungry, tired, or too hot while He is making a way for me.  Then I thought about the foundation rock and ultimately the security and stability of the bridge that I am climbing across to escape from certain death. Jesus is that bridge He is THE WAY. 
John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Reflection on Psalm 34

Psalm 34

1I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
11Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
20He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

This is one of my favorite Psalms. It is so encouraging;  I especially like how verse 19 says that the righteous shall have many afflictions, but God gives us His promise to deliver us from ALL of them. AMEN!
Also in verse 5 we are told that "they looked unto him and were lightened; and their faces were not ashamed."  This passage tells me that my LORD will remove all heaviness from my heart and I will not be ashamed.... which explains why inVerse 2 "My soul shall make her boast in the LORD. the humble shall hear therof, and be glad"!  So how do we get to this point in our walk with the LORD?.. It's simple:
13Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

And if we stumble, if we fall:
18The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

I know that whenever I fail it breaks my heart to know that my Heavely Father is disappointed in me. And I looked up the definition of contrite:
con·trite/kənˈtrīt/ [Adjective]
Feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt
So..

I will keep my tongue from evil, and my lips from speaking guile. I will depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. And when I miss the mark ( & I know that I will ); I will cry out to my Father who is near to me because my heart is broken because of my sin, and He will save me because I am remorseful about my guilt. My heart will not be heavy any longer and I will not be ashamed. Thus, sin has no power over me. AMEN & AMEN!

Friday, July 8, 2011

God's Sunset


















This was the skyline over the lake last Sunday, July 3rd. Just before the fireworks began.
I was actually disappointed when the fireworks covered this beautiful sky.
Man can not come anywhere close to what God can create!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Can You Walk On Water?

Peter walking on water
(Mat.14:22)


Most of us are familiar with the story; Jesus sends His disciples off in a ship while he goes into the mountains to pray; after a while the small ship becomes caught in a storm at sea.  Jesus then appears to them walking upon the surface of the water; as He approaches, the disciples are fearful because they think they are seeing a ghost.  Jesus assures them not to be afraid for it is Him.  Peter, ever the impulsive one, asks Jesus:
"If it is really you, then ask me to come out to you on the water".
(gotta love that Peter)...Peter starts out with great faith, In fact it took a lot of faith to even ask the Lord to call him out in the first place. I can relate to that kind of faith because I have said "Here am I Lord, use me"; but what happens next is truley an amazing display of faith , remember what FAITH is:
 Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1-3 (in Context) Hebrews 11 (Whole Chapter)
When Peter literally steps out in faith he is creating a reality from something not seen and making it evident to all who are witness to it. That is faith in action, that is what is possible through Faith in Jesus.
But what happens next is something that I think we can all relate to unfortunately; Peter takes his focus from Jesus (the goal), and becoming aware of his circumstances, starts to sink; he cries out to Jesus and  immediately is delivered. The Lord's first response was to immediately save Peter from his circumstance; 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him,    And then He makes this statement: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
So, Why don't we all walk on water? what stands in our way? How much faith do we actually have and use? Jesus said: Matthew 17:20
...  for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 17:19-21 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)


 Wow! A mustard seed is really really small, so Jesus is saying that if my faith is really really small, I can command a mountain to move, in fact NOTHING will be impossible for me! 
If someone were to ask me how much faith do I have, I may be inclined to say I have a little bit of faith, but if that is true, then no matter my circumstance, nothing is impossible for me as long as I can keep my focus on Jesus and not on the circumstance.  I can, in essence, re-create the reality of what I see & percieve around me, effecting a result according to the will of God in my life.
(because no matter what we want to happen, it is ultimately dependant upon the will of God for us.) 
So, what stands in our way? Doubt. Doubt is the barrier that we build when we take our eyes off of the Lord even for a moment. I believe Jesus exemplified the endless possibilities that we are created to be capable of.
I don't think I've met anyone on earth yet, apart from Jesus, who has actually moved a mountain or walked on water, so I don't think I have met anyone who has any measure of faith who has never doubted.

 ..So, Jesus is asking, Why do you doubt?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

LIVING WATER

Water; I'm drawn to it, and so are you. The effect of water on our health is well documented. But not just water, moving water. Moving water, whether from a waterfall, or water simply sprayed from a yard hose, generates something called
negative ions. You can read more in detail here: http://www.health-benefit-of-water.com/negative-ions.html .
 This effect that moving water has on us reminds me of how Jesus says He gives us living water:

John 4:10
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.John 4:9-11 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter)
John 4:11
The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
John 4:10-12 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter)
John 7:38
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:37-39 (in Context) John 7 (Whole Chapter)


And in the old testament God refers to Himself as the fountain of living waters.

Jeremiah 2:13
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 2:12-14 (in Context) Jeremiah 2 (Whole Chapter)
Jeremiah 17:13
O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.
Jeremiah 17:12-14 (in Context) Jeremiah 17 (Whole Chapter)

 And God promises a day when ...

Zechariah 14:7-9

King James Version (KJV)

7But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
8And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

Revelation 7:17
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Recently I visited a Lake Michigan shoreline. I have always been drawn to places like this, even though I don't particularily like to swim, nor am I a boat enthusiast; I still am drawn to the water, and the lasting effects on my mood and even on my physical health can linger for days afterward.
So I got to thinking about the encounter the Samaritan woman had with Jesus at the well.  I re-read this story in John chapter 4, with a new perspective.  Jesus is offering the woman a gift ..
10Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
This gift will last for eternity..14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Well then, I began to imagine myself encountering Jesus in that way. Suddenly I can understand the force that draws us to the Lord is the response our dry thirsty spirit feels to the life giving energy of the fountain of Living Water. much like how we are drawn to moving water, only a hundredfold!..Our mortal bodies can not live for long without water..Our spirit can not live without Jesus!

For more scientific info on this subject: http://www.spartafit.com/nutrition/water.php


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