Where Shall I Dwell?

July 24, 2014

The Lord keeps placing the following scripture on my heart so I decided to share it.  Blessings to you.

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Psalm 91 King James Version (KJV)

 

91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.


Hope On A Rainy Monday

July 21, 2014

Deuteronomy 11:14-16

14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.

16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.

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I’m Forgiven

July 15, 2014

If we truly accepted our own imperfection, I mean TRULY, and lived with gratitude knowing how loved and forgiven we are, surely we would be less judgmental and more accepting, forgiving, and loving of one another?

 


Rise With A Song And A Prayer

June 28, 2014

How we feel does not need to rule the day.  Hope is within us.  Pray with me . . . Lord, I give my all to you and ask that you enable me to reflect your joy and hope on this day and always. Amen

In you, Lord my God,

    I put my trust.

Psalm 25:1


Morning Inspiration

June 20, 2014

Meditate on this:

James 1:6
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

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Whom Will You Serve?

June 17, 2014

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Joshua 24:15
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My Jesus Robe!

June 13, 2014

Or “What have I got to wear?”

Matthew 22

King James Version (KJV)

“22 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

I can still remember the first time I heard this story.  I wondered why this poor guy who apparently didn’t have proper clothes was being thrown out.  Afterall, I thought, they invited anyone who would come to partake of the feast once the original invitees rejected the invitation.

Ah, but the tradition at that place and time was for the guests to be given proper robes to wear and thus these who were at the feast were truly, in some cases to be sure and likely many cases, enjoying a feast as they never had before and with those robes on, it was rather a level playing field, was it not?

In public school I sometimes felt out-of-place if my family couldn’t afford to provide fancy designer jeans for me to wear but only “no name” jeans which were just as functional but not as “trendy” and popular.  When I went to a Christian school with uniforms, none of us stood out as the “different” one for our attire.

So, what does all this tell us about Jesus?  What’s up with this ousted wedding guest?  Clearly, he rejected the provided robe and insulted his host greatly, thus he was evicted from the feast.  Jesus came to us in human form in such amazing love for us.  We are flawed yet He suffered our punishment.  We are wrapped in His love and our troubles are His troubles.  Our flaws and faults and weakness mean nothing when we invite Him as our personal Lord and Savior.  We are robed and reflect His love and all the rest is gone away.  Our sins forgiven and eternal life won for us.  We simply choose to be robed in Him and He takes on all the rest.  He, in fact, already have given us this gift.  We simply must accept it.

Are you going to the wedding feast?  Don’t worry about your faded slacks, your patched and worn cotton dress.  Your robe is waiting.  


Ask ANYTHING

June 13, 2014

Originally posted on Another Red Letter Day:

Ask Anything

Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. – John 16:23 NASB

I have always loved the amazing ‘anything’s and ‘everything’s in Jesus’ language. But this one really struck me last night as we studied John 16, because it seems out of place here.

For one thing – it’s not even a whole verse (not that Jesus spoke in verses and chapters – but someone, somewhere, thought that it should not stand alone. Many translations have it near the end of a paragraph that speaks about the sorrow the boys would be feeling as…

…they stood by and gaped from the side lines as the Jews – the Romans – the Father puts Jesus to death. Their hearts would break as this One who they trusted – they believed – they abandon all to follow – would…

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His Mighty Power

June 11, 2014

Originally posted on Revelations In Writing:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. – (Ephesians 6:10)

We are not called to buck up, suck it up, and stand up in our own strength, but rather, we are called to be strong in Christ. In order to be strong in His power, we must recognize that we have reached the end of our own. When we are weak, His strength is at the ready – available and waiting for us to call on Him to be in charge. As we place our trust in Him, He is given room to move, as only Christ can do. His power is made perfect, when our ego is out of the way.

Lord, without You,His Mighty Power

we’ve no strength at all;

for You alone,

hear each time we call.

You are patient,

as You hear each word;

faithful and kind,

with all that is heard.

You grant…

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Anchored By His Word

June 4, 2014

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29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”   Matthew 14:29-36

 

I just heard a young veteran, a born again Christian, speak of his time in Afghanistan.    He was injured badly there, losing both legs as he did his job . . . securing a building without knowing he was standing on a bomb.

He said that he didn’t feel the pain and thus didn’t have fear of losing his legs.  He said that he felt the Holy Spirit within him and felt assured he would go on and life would be good.  Maybe different but good and perhaps better than before.  Then he heard his buddies around him speaking of how bad he was and how they’d never seen such a dreadful injury.  His fear came then.

In the quote from Matthew’s gospel, we hear of Peter walking on water and his ultimate sinking into it as he looked to the wind  . . . now, having heard this young man speak, the question becomes what made Peter lose his faith and begin to sink?  What made him look to the wind and not to his Lord?  Was it perhaps the sounds of his friends in the boat who were worried about him and perhaps calling out in fear “here, Peter, grab this rope and we’ll help you back into the boat!”

Peter’s situation, storm or no storm, was unchanged.  He WAS able to walk on water toward his Lord and yet in that same situation and set of circumstances Peter also quickly began to sink.  We know the ending . . . Jesus was there and had a plan.

Jesus still does.  When Peter saw the storm and heard the cries, he surely saw an impossible situation.  It was NOT impossible though.  We know why.  How often do we Christians who know Jesus still use words which rather than reflect our faith, instead cause us or someone near to sink?  The storm was still there yet the outcome was entirely different . . . Jesus words versus human words of fear.

I often wonder if my mess is because I missed something Jesus told me.  Did He let Peter sink for listening to cries of human fear and the sounds of the wind?  No, Jesus saved Peter.  He spoke to the fear and the weak faith gently to teach and not to condemn!  You?  Me?  We are no different from Peter.  We speak in faith but we also speak in fear.  Jesus has His hand out to us.


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