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Operating as usual
A while back I read a story of a visiting pastor who attended a men's breakfast in the middle of a rural farming area of the country.
The group had asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast.
"Lord, I hate buttermilk", the farmer began. The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going. The farmer loudly proclaimed, "Lord, I hate lard." Now the pastor was
growing concerned. Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, "And Lord, you know I
don't much care for raw white flour". The pastor once again opened an
eye to glance around the room and saw that he wasn't the only one to
Then the farmer added, "But Lord, when you mix them all together and
bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up that we don't like, when life gets hard, when we don't understand what you're saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits Amen."
Within that prayer there is great wisdom for all when it comes to
complicated situations like we are experiencing in the world today.
Stay strong, my friends, because our LORD is mixing several things
that we don't really care for, but something even better is going to
come when HE is done with it. AMEN
Revival all over this land!
1. Repent of all known sin
2, Forgive everyone and put away all doubtful things.
3. Follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
4. Confess Christ to everyone, that He is Savior.
[09/17/20] Isaiah 46 - Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs (gray) will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?...Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:..Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory."
He is able...
A beautiful Story:
The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. "Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?" Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face. "A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."
As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace. Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere, Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.
Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night as he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?" "Oh yes, daddy. You know that I love you." "Then give me your pearls." "Oh, daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess, the white horse from my collection, the one with the pink tail. Remember daddy? The one you gave me. She's my very favorite." "That's okay, Honey, daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.
About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?" "Daddy, you know I love you." "Then give me your pearls." "Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper." "That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.
A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek. "What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?" Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, "Here, daddy, this is for you." With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure.
So it is with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures. Isn't God good? Are you holding onto things that God wants you to let go of. Are you holding on to harmful or unnecessary partners, relationships, habits and activities that you have come so attached to that it seems impossible to let go? Sometimes it is so hard to see what is in the other hand but do believe this one thing... God will never take away something without giving you something better in its place.
August 25 Daily Devotional
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Sacrifice and Friendship
I have called you friends… JOHN 15:15
We will never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we surrender in every detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender is the most difficult thing for us to do. We make it conditional by saying, “I’ll surrender if…!” Or we approach it by saying, “I suppose I have to devote my life to God.” We will never find the joy of self-sacrifice in either of these ways.
But as soon as we do totally surrender, abandoning ourselves to Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives us a taste of His joy. The ultimate goal of self-sacrifice is to lay down our lives for our Friend (see John 15:13-14). When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, our greatest desire is to lay down our lives for Jesus. Yet the thought of self-sacrifice never even crosses our minds, because sacrifice is the Holy Spirit’s ultimate expression of love.
Our Lord is our example of a life of self-sacrifice, and He perfectly exemplified Psalm 40:8, “I delight to do Your will, O my God….” He endured tremendous personal sacrifice, yet with overflowing joy. Have I ever yielded myself in absolute submission to Jesus Christ? If He is not the One to whom I am looking for direction and guidance, then there is no benefit in my sacrifice. But when my sacrifice is made with my eyes focused on Him, slowly but surely His molding influence becomes evident in my life (see Hebrews 12:1-2).
Beware of letting your natural desires hinder your walk in love before God. One of the cruelest ways to kill natural love is through the rejection that results from having built the love on natural desires. But the one true desire of a saint is the Lord Jesus. Love for God is not something sentimental or emotional— for a saint to love as God loves is the most practical thing imaginable.
“I have called you friends….” Our friendship with Jesus is based on the new life He created in us, which has no resemblance or attraction to our old life but only to the life of God. It is a life that is completely humble, pure, and devoted to God. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition
Bible in One Year: Psalms 119:1-88; 1 Corinthians 7:20-40
WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS
Much of the misery in our Christian life comes not because the devil tackles us, but because we have never understood the simple laws of our make-up. We have to treat the body as the servant of Jesus Christ: when the body says “Sit,” and He says “Go,” go! When the body says “Eat,” and He says “Fast,” fast! When the body says “Yawn,” and He says “Pray,” pray!
from Biblical Ethics, 107 R
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[08/14/20] “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All you fitness buffs, time to exercise!
Exercise strengthens the heart; without it we grow weak and flabby. The same is true of our spirits. I once heard a principal dancer in one of the great Russian ballet companies say: 'If I miss training for one day, I know the difference; if I miss it for two days, the company knows the difference; and if I were to miss it for several days, the audience would notice the difference.' You simply cannot keep in peak form without training: sensitivity, speed, grace, timing all go. We ought not to think that healthy spirits need less fine-tuning than our bodies.
Older Christians used to speak about 'spiritual exercises'; it was a well-chosen expression.
But what are our Spiritual exercises?
1. Worship - The single most important activity of your life is to worship God. You were made for this-to offer your whole life, in all it's parts, as a hymn of praise to the Lord. When the Psalmist says: 'Praise the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me bless His holy name' (Ps. 103:1), he is speaking as a spiritual athlete in peak condition; his entire life is unreservedly directed to the Lord in praise; whole-heartedness of devotion to God is his most obvious characteristic.
2. Knowledge -Being a Christian means possessing eternal life (1 John 5:11), and this in turn involves the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ (John 17:3). Because this knowledge is personal in nature, it is essential for us to 'grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ' (2 Peter 3:18). Paul similarly believed that growth in knowledge was essential and made it a central burden of his prayers of his fellow Christians. Eph. 1:17-19, Phil. 1:19; Colossians 1:9.
How does this growth in knowledge take place? By our understanding and increasing experience of what is taught in Scripture. We must make studying, knowing and understanding Scripture a central part of our personal discipline.
If we are serious about growing as Christians we will not be content with a casual and haphazard knowledge of the Bible. We will study it in a disciplined way.
3. Witness and Service
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Romans 8:14-17 - Heirs of God and Joint-heirs with Christ.
Can you imagine having everything that God has? The One who owns the gold, silver the earth and the fullness thereof. (You can let your mind fill in the blanks of all that belongs to God, The Creator of the World). The rich, the rulers, the kings don't really own anything, they are stewards of what God owns. We must pray that God trust us with what He owns. Be faithful in the little things and take care of what you have today and God will entrust you with the greater riches.
Then begin to think of being a joint-heir with Christ. Now having all that Christ Himself possesses. He has been made unto us Justification. To be in a right standing with God, to be declared cleared of all sin, shame, being justified before God. How about redemption, we don't have enough money in the world to buy our way into Heaven, yet Jesus paid our debt, we can join Christ in that. How about being a son of God. Remember v. 17 said, IF children, then heirs. The right, privilege to become a son or daughter of God, simply by receiving and believing on Jesus. You have to receive it and believe it. He didn't say you had to understand to enjoy the benefit of it. But RECEIVE HIM, oh, thank you Lord and then believe Him. We can enjoy what God has provided and enjoy what belongs to Him. Much more can be said, but allow your mind to think of how blessed you are as a CHILD OF THE LIVING GOD, of A FAITHFUL CREATOR. WE BELONG TO HIM AND HE BELONGS TO US. ENJOY THE RELATIONSHIP AND THE FELLOWSHIP. Also, read I John 1:3
Our Daily Homily - F.B. Meyer
Then shall ye do unto him as he had thought to do to his brother - Deuteronomy 19:19
There is a Nemesis in wrongdoing; evil comes home to roost; what we meditate against others returns on ourselves. They that take the sword shall perish with the sword. The publican who sells drink to debauch sons and fathers, lives to see the drink curse his own family. The man who is treacherous to women lives to see his own sons fall beneath their wiles. Haman erects a gallows for Mordecai, but is hanged upon it himself. Adoni-bezek cut off the toes and thumbs of captive princes, and confessed the rightness of the fate which overtook himself. England imposes opium on China, but presently discovers that it is eating out the heart of her own subjects in India and Burmah. "Whoso causeth the upright to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall. himself into his own pit."
And why is all this? Because God sits behind the slight curtain of the present, judging the acts of men. It is not necessary to wait for the conclusion of the present age to see the sentence inflicted. Now the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, and before Him the nations are gathered. Nineveh, Babylon, Capernaum, Tyre, Pompeii, the power of Spain, the Empire of Napoleon, have already.been condemned to Hades. Now the judgment is set, now the books are opened, now the "Come, ye blessed," and "Depart, ye cursed," are being uttered. God has so made the moral world that the seed of punishment lies hid in each unkind word, each unchristian act; and it is only necessary to give time enough to show that the man who has sown to his neighbor's hurt will reap that hurt in his own life. To every man will be rendered according to his deeds, even in this life.
It's a good time for a miracle!
2 Kings 7:1-20
The need is great, but our God is greater!
Why question because of a lack of understanding, the Lord has spoken, simply believe!
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