Today’s Meditation 2/28/2018

a random verse…

“And they laid the ark of the Lord upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emrods.” 1 Samuel 6 v11

and the word continues

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

and our part according to the word of the Lord-

“I Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

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Joel’s hands at work.

 

What a wonderful day it is when we realize our imperfections are taken by the one who went to the cross for us, Jesus.

A favorite song of mine learned while on Short term missions in Africa years ago went like this-“Jesus love is a bubbling over” and on and on, over and over with the hand motions it went.

Lord, I thank you for the hands of the cross, and pray Lord as I know you do, that beyond the hands is the spirit that lives within that is truly blessed. May your strength be immeasurable in portion as we move on through the journey of this life. We are so very, very, thankful for all that you have done in the hearts of my family. Amen.

Wednesday 2/28/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Meditation 2/27/2018

a random verse…

“Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it and recieved instruction.” Proverbs 24 v32

The gifts of God are beyond measure in so many ways. To understand that we can live in a way that doesn’t have to reward evil for evil means there is hope for our world.

Common understandings in our culture are often taken for granted or thought of as something we came up with ourselves such as these teachings of Proverbs-Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house. Be not a witness against thy neighbor without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done unto me: I will render to the man according to his work. I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down… Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that traveleth; and thy want as an armed man.

now- a perspective to ponder

-work and prepare thyself then build your house.

-do not bring accusations against another person without a real reason, or tell lies against them.

-we do not have to repay evil for evil, or find revenge.

-we see the result of one who’s work is the result of being broken.

-sleep and slumber, or laziness will result in poverty and cause you to want and act as an armed man.

It seems at times in life we go and go the journey becomes long. Another last thought to think on, “the patience of an oyster”. Working on a grain of sand until it becomes a pearl.

Lord, as I see many on our journey working hard, please give them and us the stamina to continue the journey and the patience to enjoy it as we go. We give you all the glory, and honor and praise. Amen

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The wonders of what we see and do not understand except that it is in your hands. 

 

 

Today’s Meditation 2/26/2018

a random verse…

“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter, but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.” Luke 11 v39

Jesus here made a strong point of what is right. As he continued he said, “Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make also that which is within also? But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgement and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not leave the other undone.

There are times when we all wonder just who it is others are trying to impress and for what reasons. The greatest impression we could make on another or others is to have the ability to take care of the outside responsibility’s and go beyond that and live in the right spirit of Christ Jesus and let him work from the inside.

Lord, help us understand your ways as we work to take care of our own responsibilities. As we go into the community of work, school, and other let us work diligently at understanding our commitment and follow through with that. As we walk with you let us understand even more of what true justice is and how it is applied in life and let us share your love as we bring the message of repentance to those we cross paths with. Let us not strive for self righteousness but your righteousness. We pray this for ourselves and for others today as we continue to travel. Amen

Monday 2/26/2018

Today’s Meditation 2/25/2018

a random verse…

“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.” Ecclesiastes 5 v4

It is much better not to make a vow/promise to God than to make one and not keep it. God does not want us to fail. God is a merciful and yet he is the true judge of who we are. He wants us to be able to believe in our ability’s to serve him without great outward pious acting.

During this season of preparation for the Easter Resurrection for me there is a time to work diligently on who I am. Many often refer to this time as Lent, a term I never heard growing up. Nevertheless, I desire to make it a good time of developing a better commitment to my own Christian walk.

In childhood I was taught that every day was a time of commitment to holiness and loving our walk with the Lord. I witnessed that walk by the ministers of the day who would be very clear on who they were and there convictions according to Gods word. In that same time that walk also carried an immanent aura around them of a peaceful and loving place to be.

In day to day living, just as this morning, cream in the coffee or not cream in the coffee? That was my question. The cream in the coffee was far less important that whether or not I had made the commitment for a season not to have cream. Seems silly but in a search for the deeper and more committed me that is where I am. I have decided to try and stick with no cream for a season just to help satisfy that conviction.

As I move on through this time of trying to reach convictions of lifestyle change I can live with, or keep, I am learning the importance of being mindful of what is going on around me.

Lord, help us all to lean on you in our time of difficulties. Help us Lord to understand that we need to do all that we can do-cleaning out our spiritual lives as well as our physical lives of the things that bring harm to us. Lord, as we learn these things let our lives not be so much driven to satisfy legalistically but out of a spirit of the Joy of you living in us-to me, that is understanding true grace. Bless our travels as we move around today and bless our family, our friends, and those we cross path’s with today. Amen.

2/25/2018

Today’s Meditation 2/24/2018

a random verse…

“Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name, But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, an I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” Jeremiah 20 V9

As the extreme trails of Jeremiah pressed upon him because of his stand on the word and how he witnessed the word being continually ridiculed or mocked he seemed to grow weary and said he would not “make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name,”. He found in his going that this would not work because the word of the Lord was in his heart “as a burning fire shut up in my bones,” and he grew tired of his own tries of restraint and could not hold back. He “heard the defaming of many, fear on every side.” and saw that some was waiting to prevail and take revenge on him.

He was moved forward realizing “But the Lord is with me as a mighty and terrible/awesome one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper; there everlasting confusion shall not be forgotten.”

Jeremiahs trials did not end, at times they grew even harder yet he remained with the word of the Lord God.

Lord, we know there is  much to know about life that is as yet not know to us. We know your mercies and strength are good because we have seen them in our own lives even as we have seen and experienced the travails of many. I thank you for your word and help me to be continual in my working to hide your “word in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” I know Lord that as your word is in my heart, my desire to share that will increase by you to others. May all be blessed, in your name. Amen

Saturday 2/24/2018

 

 

Today’s Meditation 2/23/2018

a random verse…

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgement with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” Luke 11 v31

The queen of Sheba came to see-understand what all she had heard about Solomon. This was her conclusion-“Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgement and justice.” Solomon had been blessed by the Lord most significantly in his life with “wisdom and understanding.”

His blessing’s of the Lord brought prosperity not only to himself but brought contentment to the nation of which he led. The word says “Happy are thy men, happy are thy servants, which are continually before thee and hear thy wisdom.”

Leadership skills are not only developed in knowledge of books but come when the “knowledge of the truth” is sought after. That “knowledge of truth” is a right relationship with Christ Jesus. Leadership with that brings a better understanding of circumstances we deal with daily and will also bring the wisdom of how to best deal with them.

There are even times when we must just learn to trust God. Mountains are climbed one step at the time.

One who is greater than us will one day bring judgement and true justice to this world. There will be no more ability to sew confusion among people and right will prevail.

Lord, be with us this day, for we know our hope is in you. We know Lord it is not a false hope because it is of your mercies we are not consumed. Your compassion’s do not fail us. We are so very, very thankful for all that you do. Let your grace be applied this day in forgiveness and strength. Amen

Friday 2/23/2018

Today’s Meditation 2/22/2018

a random verse…

“One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.” John 4 v41

Along life’s highway there are all kinds of views.

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That what seems at times so far away is a lot closer than you think. As I set this morning thinking of where the rode may take us next, a place came up that brought great memories. The old boarding house in which God allowed me once again to turn my life around. It was in a small town called Albany, Ill. along the Mississippi River. You see, yesterday came to us again another opportunity to go all little farther on this journey of ours.

Continuing a little longer in my morning meditation and prayer I received a message with a link from my daughter. The you tube video is around the eternal message of Christ brought by Billy Graham and is called “So Loved” by Mathew West. This was perfect timing. You see, in that boarding house room back in 1992 as I was watching a Billy Graham crusade an evangelist David Rings was sharing his story and the word. The spirit of God moved once again in my life closing a long stretch for me which seemed always going into an endless place of despair. I had work, I had money, I had family, I had friends, I just didn’t have the right walk with Christ Jesus that I so desired. Somehow the enemy of the cross had convinced me it was no longer possible. You see, I had been away from the church and my true walk with God for over twelve years. God reached into that room that night with me sixteen hours away from home and alone. He blessed my life beyond measure, and that has not stopped. There has been knocks and bumps along the way, it’s still good. Thank you Lord, I am so very, very thankful for all that you have done for me and my family. Lord, I thank you for the spirit of the Gospel that you gave to Reverend Billy Graham and how he shared that with so many. My life has been blessed, my children’s lives have been blessed, and my grandchildren continue to be blessed by the message of when You Lord Jesus are with us, and with open arms to receive us, no matter the difficulties we have seen.

Lord, I thank you for the rain today. I thank you Lord for the Son that shines even on a rainy day. Amen

Thursday 2/22/2018