To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV)
A Change of Seasons
I have been active in ways some others merely dream of
Seasons which may be long and arduous!
Changes are evident, and I enter therein.
I am officially in a change of seasons…
I came from a season where God was making known his will…
And I worked tirelessly to find His Will and do it. I became an instrument of
His grace—doing everything in my power to share His message…for a season.
Now I find myself in a “change of seasons.”
I cannot accomplish the same feats as before…
Disability has limited my efforts, but I am not forsaken
By the God of my youth…he has accommodated me!
I am now receiving His grace in a different way.
Where I used to be the messenger, I am now the receiver.
I used to work tirelessly to serve, now my strength wanes…
But He upholds my strength and fortifies me. I was
Strong, now I am dependent upon Him and His Grace.
I have truly changed…the season has changed…I am still useful to Him!
Inspired by Psalm 100
I have wandered place to place
Seeking God’s redeeming grace
Wanting to make a difference, in case…
Redemption could be earned in that place!
But it can’t be earned, you know
You can’t be washed white as snow
Thròugh your efforts or your dough…
Jesus only runs that show! Don’t you know?
Redemption is free, for you and me.
He paid the price…Nice!
Simply accept His gift to you, and
Realize there is nothing to do…
He loves you…inspired by Psalm 100!
Quoting from the General Epistle of James:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of , who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8 NKJV)
I know a lot of people who are long on sarcasm, but short on compassion. These “wise guys” as I call them lack understanding regarding other people. Not everyone acts decently and wisely all the time. This does not qualify them for ridicule, but rather more kind treatment. In this way, they will learn from their misdeeds.
Because wise guys do not show understanding to others, they do not learn the true source of wisdom and understanding. Those who seek wisdom from God will receive understanding and thus treat others with compassion…Golden-Rule style. God’s way is better than the practice of ridicule!
Determine which way you will live, and you will reap benefits from God accordingly.
Prayer: God, help me to be more Christ-like…a wise man, not a wise guy!
Prepare for God’s Arrival
“Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem, but also make it very clear That she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of—forgiven! She’s been punished enough and more than enough, and now it’s over and done with.” (Isaiah 40:1-2 MSG)
This expression of comfort means a lot to me. Jesus is coming soon…not to judge us, but for fellowship!
Prayer: Lord, help me to put the appropriate value on forgiveness and your companionship.
In the third chapter of the Gospel according to Mark, we find an interesting discourse regarding the practice of doing good.
Then he went back in the meeting place where he found a man with a crippled hand. The Pharisees had their eyes on Jesus to see if he would heal him, hoping to catch him in a Sabbath infraction. He said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand here where we can see you.”
Then he spoke to the people: “What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?” No one said a word. He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out—it was as good as new! The Pharisees got out as fast as they could, sputtering about how they would join forces with Herod’s followers and ruin him. (Mark 3:1-6 MSG)
We fall into rules and regulations that are man-made, not God- made. Staying close to Jesus and His word helps us avoid this hypocrisy! Remember Romans eight? There is no condemnation to those who walk, not according to the flesh (man made rules, self righteous actions, etc.), but walk according to the Spirit, (following Christ’s example of bearing the burdens of others).
Prayer: Jesus, help me to keep the goal in view…Caring for others in the fashion that You care for us.
Deitrich Bonhoffer used to say that the Psalms were the prayerbook of the Bible. In Psalm 150, we see the Spirit of prayerful praise, uttered with every word.
Try repeating this passage back to God several times today and see if it doesn’t lift you up…
1Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.#
Praise ye…: Heb. Hallelujah
2Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.#
4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.#
5Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Long enough, GOD — you’ve ignored me long enough. I’ve looked at the back of your head long enough. Long enough I’ve carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain. Long enough my arrogant enemies have looked down their noses at me.
Take a good look at me, GOD, my God; I want to look life in the eye, So no enemy can get the best of me or laugh when I fall on my face.
I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms— I’m celebrating your rescue. I’m singing at the top of my lungs, I’m so full of answered prayers. (Psalm 13:1-6 MSG)
I find myself feeling the way the Psalmist does in this passage on occasion. It is NOT appropriate for me to feel sorry for myself and to exhibit these negative thoughts. God has blessed me beyond anything I deserve! I have found that He is absolutely faithful…sometimes, even when I am not!
Prayer: LORD…Help me to keep my attitude
Right. Thank you for loving me and intervening in my life. I love you for that!
Thank GOD! He deserves your thanks. His love never quits. Thank the God of all gods, His love never quits. Thank the Lord of all lords. His love never quits.
Thank the miracle-working God, His love never quits. The God whose skill formed the cosmos, His love never quits. The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations, His love never quits. The God who filled the skies with light, His love never quits. The sun to watch over the day, His love never quits. Moon and stars as guardians of the night, His love never quits. The God who struck down the Egyptian firstborn, His love never quits. And rescued Israel from Egypt’s oppression, His love never quits. Took Israel in hand with his powerful hand, His love never quits. Split the Red Sea right in half, His love never quits. Led Israel right through the middle, His love never quits. Dumped Pharaoh and his army in the sea, His love never quits. The God who marched his people through the desert, His love never quits. Smashed huge kingdoms right and left, His love never quits. Struck down the famous kings, His love never quits. Struck Sihon the Amorite king, His love never quits. Struck Og the Bashanite king, His love never quits. Then distributed their land as booty, His love never quits. Handed the land over to Israel. His love never quits. (Psalm 136:1-22 MSG)
I John 4:15-16
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. [NKLV]
God Loves You!
Never question God’s great love, for it is as unchangeable a part of God as is His holiness. Were it not for the love of God, none of us would ever have a chance in the future life. But God is love! And His love for us is everlasting.
The promises of God’s love and forgiveness are as real, as sure, as positive, as human words can make them. But, like describing the ocean, its total beauty cannot be understood until it is actually seen. It is the same with God’s love. Until you actually possess true peace with God, no one can describe its wonders to you.
Yes, almighty God, I have felt the consolation of Your love!
I John 4:7-8 (KJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In the First General Epistle of John, we are told of the nature of love and challenged to love some who might seem to you to be “unlovable.” If we don’t have love, John asserts, we do not have God in us! This is why I have a hard time accepting the so-called Christian-based hate groups. I am confident that John would agree, if you “hate” or persecute those who worship differently than you, you do not know God! If you go out of your way to make it difficult for others, you do not know God! Love is not like that, hatred is.
We need to reexamine our motives in all areas of our life, to see if it is love-based or some other agenda. Compare the scriptures to see if your brand of “love” shows God shining out from the center.
I am writing this blog after suffering several medical setbacks, and I feel like I am approaching my former condition. I intend to resume regular blogging soon. Therefore, all comments, pro or con will be appreciated. Please feel free to open up…
Thank you and special thanks to our Father.