Psalm 34:1 I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise.
If you look real close at this verse the psalm doesn’t say I’m happy all the time. Time has taken me to a new place in my garden (my place of spiritual growth). I’ve come to realize that the Christian life isn’t some journey that’s paved with magic, nor is it mundane. When you got saved I hope you didn’t think life was about to get rosy. In the old testament the people there had a pseudo-theology that explained bad times or any kind of misfortune as a sign of divine punishment. All that was left for the person was to either avoid the gods or to strike a bargain with them.
Thank God when Jesus was on earth his ministry was the great refutation of this.
I’ve come to realize that even with a daily relationship with Father God my only qualification in a time of need is that I’m in trouble. What matters to me is Father God is always right there regardless of my troubles and/or needs. As you read on in Chapter 34 you will come across a verse #7 and I quote from the Message Bible “God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.” Because I live Psalms 91 as my covenant with God this verse just adds more impact to my life.
Every time we pray those angels are set up to circle us with protection.
Now here’s my breakthrough; and perhaps it doesn’t work for you and that’s ok. Remember, the Bible tells us to work out our own salvation.
I believe that the “circle of angels” could be you or me along with the heavenly host of angels. I believe that God brings Angel’s unaware into our garden/life.
I’ll leave that thought with you today and we can talk about it more later on.
Paul had a Hugh job on his hands to pass the baton of leadership to Timothy. As I read in 2 Timothy I remember an old story I heard about handing over leadership.
A group from a church had hired a mountain guide to lead them in a summer climb and camp out. One night about supper time the guide told the group I’ve plan a special climb for you all to see the sunset. Frankly the majority of the group wasn’t overly interested in another climb. A good supper had left them slightly lazy and full.
As the group gathered up and started the climb one of the ladies started to fall behind. The guide noticed this and halted the group for a break. He then went to the lady who had fallen behind and ask her to come with him to the front. Once there he said, “You be the leader.” Of course some of the group was really surprised; several had more experience.
As the group started upward again the lady lead them all the way to the top. What a beautiful sunset they got to experience.
Afterwards the lady recalled that she was tired and ready to quit. When she was suddenly thrust into a leadership position one thing changed; she felt responsible. Now that she had people following her she couldn’t give up.
That’s exactly what Paul did to Timothy: ”you are in charge now do it.”
When it’s our turn in life to lead what will we do? Granted you will have all sorts of feelings that conclude you “can’t do it.” Forget all that and throw yourself into the work. God uses “available.”
2Ti 2:15 Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.
Good morning everyone,
I wanted to share with you my thoughts about this guy named Jahoakim who took his penknife and cut up the scripture. He apparently was trying to reduce the word so he could control it. This story comes from chapter 36 in the book of Jeremiah. Scripture according to Eugene Peterson can’t be used. ”It’s the word of God addressing us, calling us to a personal response. The only appropriate answer is to respond with our lives.”
Then I realized I had done just about the same thing the Jahoakim did. Clean across my shelf over my computer is a string of single verses that I have tapped to the shelf edge. There is Jas 1:17, Mat 7:7, Mat 6:8, Mat 6:10, Deu 28:22 and on and on I could go. It certainly made me stop in my tracks and think about what I had done over the years. Peterson says, “wanting to maintain control over our lives, to keep the initiative in our own hands, we chop the word of god into little pieces so that we can control it and maybe even put it to practical use”
I know in history Scripture can be burned, but God’w Word cannot be destroyed.
Hebrews 4:12 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.
Hebrews 4:13 Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it–no matter what.
I’m going back and reading the entire chapter where I took these single verses from. Perhaps I’ll listen and obey better this time.
I guess the same could go for magnets on the ice box and stickers on the bumper ~
Greetings friends, neighbors, and readers throughout the land,
I have a great God Story to share with everyone today. On my birthday, the 13th I had my annual visit to see Dr Lampee, my heart surgeon who did my pacemaker January 2013. The normal tests were done by a Saint Jude tech with all the fancy machinery in the office and then we had our meeting.
Dr Lampee is not your normal heart doctor. Firstly, he’s young at best 40 years of age. He has no grey hair and he’s good looking. What I like most about Doctor Lampee is his willingness to lay it all out on the line with no fluff.
Doc started out by coming into the room with a stack of test results. He looked to Rhonda and said, “we need to have a very serious meeting today.” She drew back and I straighten up in my chair thinking, “God, do you hear him?” I just wanted to make sure that God was alerted to this meeting. I was very happy with myself that my first thoughts were not of death. This time I stayed ahead of the devil and I started to figure out my response. I was standing on God’s promises with everything I had. My ears were wide open.
Doc said, “folks I’ve only been in practice a short while compared to most heart surgeons. However, in all my years of practice I have never seen anyone as sick as Jay the day I did his pacemaker. I had reviewed all his history and his current condition. Frankly, he should have died that day. Than came 64 hours of life support machinery. I remember Rhonda being strong.
Today’s review shows you only one or two very very small A-fibs in the last 12 months. This is nothing but a pure miracle. Congratulations.
I jumped with joy and told Doc, “I’m glad you know my Jesus too.” He nodded and said, see you next year.
This great news clearly points out that “Healing” comes in many ways.
Healing doesn’t mean I have to be out of the wheelchair and walking. Healing means each and every event in my medical history that points to a positive change is a “healing.” I’ve been so close to death in the past 5 years that I could smell the pine box that was ready to receive my body.
I have not been in the hospital since June 2014; that’s a Miracle.
Thank you Father God for healing me your way; allow me to continue to witness and place you the highest on stage.