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Monday, July 15, 2019

"In God We Boast---- All Day Long"

"For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save meBut You have saved us....In God we boast all day long, and praise Your Name forever." (From Psalm 44:6-8)

What, "bow," and, "sword," are you trusting today?

We all have them.  Some have gotten better with them than others.  There is also great difficulty for many to discern between our, "bow," and, "sword," and, "But You have saved us...."  Only Jesus saves us.  Don't be like those seasoned detectives who carry two side arms---------- just in case they lose one.  The vernacular is, "back-up," i.e., if this doesn't work, I can always rely on my clever alternative.  There is none; what appears to be such is a mirage. 

Jesus is our, "Trust," and our, "Boast."  All other, "trust," and, "boast," is "sinking sand."  We have been given intellect, giftings, etc.  They are not, however, our, "trust," nor our, "boast."  Beware that second "gun" in your belt.

Father, in Jesus' Name, I thank You for my "bow" and "sword," but You Alone are my, "trust."  May I only ever, "boast," in You, "....all day long."  Amen. 

When Peter, an 18 year old Norwegian, "heard the call to evangelize China, on that day he not only emptied his wallet into the collection plate, but included a small note with the words, 'and my life.'"

Hebrews 12:2

Friday, July 12, 2019

"....A Wise And Understanding People"

"Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'"  (Deuteronomy 4:6, NIV)

Do they?  Do people say of you and me, "....a wise and understanding people"?

Yet we must point out from today's text that the assessment of, "....a wise and understanding people", does not come from our charisma, or personality, or brilliance, or any such characteristic.  It comes from, "Observe them carefully."  The world's hungry souls are looking for those who, "Observe them carefully." 

As with the Jews, Followers of Jesus are hated just because we are Followers of Jesus.  But Jesus teaches us that there are those in the earth who, "....hunger and thirst after righteousness."  It is these folk from whom we should hear, "....a wise and understanding people."  May I never put a stumbling block in their way.  They are searching, longing, even praying for salvation, deliverance from a hopeless life style, all of which is only in Jesus Christ.  There is truth in the statement that the only Bible many of them have read is you and I.

Father, in Jesus' Name, I pray that those who are "looking for" You will see in me, "....a wise and understanding people."  Amen.

When Peter, an 18 year old Norwegian, "heard the call to evangelize China, on that day he not only emptied his wallet into the collection plate, but included a small note with the words, 'and my life.'"

Hebrews 12:2

Thursday, July 11, 2019

"....That You May Be Strong...And Possess"

"Therefore you shall keep every commandment which I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the land which you cross over to possess."  (Deuteronomy 11:8)

So apparently being, "strong," and going in to, "possess," depends upon, "keep[ing] every commandment."

The Bible teaches throughout clearly that obedience to the Living Triune God, viz., His Words, is for, "our good always,..that you may be strong...and possess."  Earlier in this chapter, our Lord gloriously confirms the way of obedience to His Words:  "So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord."

Join me today in looking for every opportunity we have to obey, "the Words of God," His Words which we daily read, that we affirm, embrace, love and take great delight in, living life in obedience to Those Words of Jesus, the Very, "Word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord."  This is another way of saying that the Triune God knows better how to "do life" than you and I.

Father, in Jesus' Name, I confess that I have been too often like a spoiled child who wants only his way.  Your Words are Your Way.  I so desire, and choose today the path of obedience.  Amen.

When Peter, an 18 year old Norwegian, "heard the call to evangelize China, on that day he not only emptied his wallet into the collection plate, but included a small note with the words, 'and my life.'"

Hebrews 12:2

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

"....You complained in your tents, and said, 'Because the Lord hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the land of the Amorites, to destroy us.'"  (Deuteronomy 1:27)

No, He does not, "hates us."  But when things never seem to go right, some people come to this conclusion.

How quickly they forgot.  There was the Passover.  The "death angel" killed all the first born of the Egyptians, but all those, Jews and non Jews alike, who were literally under the blood were saved, just as you and I are "saved."  Deuteronomy 6:23 says, "He brought us out from there that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers."   Or, "He brought us out...that He might bring us in..."  This is how Jesus "works" in our lives, even thought the "process" is many times hidden from us.

How can one possibly look at the Cross of Jesus and ever utter today's text?!?  Any Followers of Jesus who going through an extremely difficult time, or perhaps has thought that that their whole lives have been nothing but sorrow, disappointment, suffering, etc., need to have written in their hearts the glorious demonstration of John 3:16, HCSB, "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."  Here is the footnote explaining the Word translated, "this way," or in too many translations, "so."  This Word "occurs over 200 times in the NT.  Almost without exception it is an acverb of manner, not degree." 

"....God loved the world in this [manner]:  He GAVE...."  The Love of the Blessed Trinity is a demonstrated love, not a talk love, nor a degree love.  The Jews of our text had forgotten this.  They had forgotten His mighty, demonstrated acts.  But Father, Son Jesus, Holy Spirit had not forgotten them.  This is also true for you and me.  Jesus gave.  Jesus gives.  Jesus, "will never leave you nor forsake you."  If any people reading this think, or have ever thought that God hates them, I declare:  NEVER.  "God loved the world in this wayHe gave," Himself in Jesus.

Father, in Jesus' Name, I thank You for Your demonstrative, continual, eternal Love.  Amen.

When Peter, an 18 year old Norwegian, "heard the call to evangelize China, on that day he not only emptied his wallet into the collection plate, but included a small note with the words, 'and my life.'"

Hebrews 12:2

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