Seeking The One Who Created Us

Psalm 42:1-11 KJV

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

[2] My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

[3] My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

[4] When I remember these things , I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

[5] Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

[6] O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

[7] Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

[8] Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

[9] I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

[10] As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

[11] Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

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A GREAT Revival is Coming to America 2017-18 (are you in?)

I have watched this young man’s take on things going on around us off and on over the years. Sometimes in the past he would get a little too radical for me and I would not watch his short clips. Then suddenly he would show up in my feed again. So, yes, off and on watched but always way more secular perspective.

Over the last several months I had begin to catch a video here and there and often (on the occasions I did watch), I began to notice a difference in the way he spoke about things. Subtle changes. He started slowly introducing God without being over the top. I began to find it interesting and began to wonder if he was for real. Some comments people would tell him to keep it going, finish telling the truth. Tell people about Jesus Christ, how to take steps to get saved. Slowly he would get a little bolder. Now, with the following he has he received flack from a lot of folks who didn’t want to hear even the smallest things. He began to do videos starting off with “This will be a talk about getting your life right and might contain scriptures so if it is not your thing then don’t watch this. I will do a news update later”.

I just smile when I can see someone that the Lord God is using for His good purpose! Someone that many wouldn’t have expected. He is the Potter and we are the clay…mold us and make us what You may! Thank You Jesus for all You have done and for all that You will continue to do!

Feeling Like You Don’t Belong?

Be thankful! Stick with the word and seek God always and understanding will be given to you. Here, in this scripture we have understanding as to why we might feel like we don’t belong.

1 John 3:1-3 KJV

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

[2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

[3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Power

1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

We will look at 3 kinds here. (This is my 2 cents worth so, take it as such.)


What is power?

  • Money
  • Knowledge
  • Control

Is power good or bad?

  • I think money can be good or bad. Depends on whose hands it is in and if used to help others or used for bribery, drugs, or anything not of God’s purposes.
  • Knowledge is once again dependent upon where you obtain it, what kind you obtain. Is it the knowledge of God or some type of worldly knowledge?
  • Control of anyone apart from self control is bad. We should never in anyway try to control what another thinks or does as long as they are capable people and not in need due to disabilities but even then you would only help t h em make decisions but not in controlling things. (You know what I am trying to say here.)

Does man desire power?

  • Evil or carnal men desire all the money they can obtain. A godly man would accept money to serve God with by helping those in need and therefore glorifying God.
  • Carnal man may or may not seek knowledge. A godly man seeks the knowledge of God.
  • Carnal man seeks to control others only for evil purposes whether he realizes it or not. I think most of us do this in some form and often unknowingly simply by trying to control a situation that could cause us to be more uncomfortable if we don’t control it. Even that is wrong. Self-control is the only control we should practice.

Valley of Weeping

Are you in the valley today? Are you on the mountain top? Are you on your way down from the top of the mountain and feel yourself heading at a high rate of speed into that valley of weeping that we all detest? Maybe you are climbing out of the valley after a season, and you have been strengthened and are hiking back up the mountain and you are feeling strong and happy and healthy! Wherever you are, God is with you!

Psalms 84:11

[11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalm 84:1-12 KJV

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

[2] My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

[3] Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

[4] Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

[5] Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them .

[6] Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

[7] They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

[8] O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

[9] Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

[10] For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

[11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

[12] O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.


Commentary taken from my study bible.

84:1, 4 The writer longed to get away from the bustling world to meet God inside his dwelling place, his holy Temple. We can meet God anywhere, at any time. But we know that going into a church building can help us step aside from the busy mainstream of life so we can quietly meditate and pray. We find joy and strength not only in the prayers, music, lessons, and sermons but also in fellowshiping with other believers in a special place.

84:5-7 The pilgrimage to the Temple passed through the barren Valley of Weeping. No specific valley has been identified. The “weeping” may have been a symbolic reference to the times of struggles and tears through which people must pass on their way to meet God. Growing strong in God’s presence is often preceded by a journey through barren places in our lives. The person who loves to spend time with God will see his or her adversity as an opportunity to experience God’s faithfulness even more deeply. If you are walking through your own Valley of Weeping today, be sure your pilgrimage leads toward God, not away from him.

84:11 God does not promise to give us everything we think is good, but he will not withhold what is permanently good. He will give us the means to walk along his paths, but we must do the walking. When we obey him, he will not hold anything back that will help us serve him.

Tired and Can’t Take Another Step?

Stress has a way of taking its toll on all of us. Do you ever wish you were the ever-ready bunny? You know, the one that takes a beating but just keeps on going?

Well, I have to be re-charged! Only my King of Kings and Lord of lords can do that for me. He and He alone gives me strength when I have no strength left. Just as I think I am toast, done, stick a fork in me done, that is when I am at the end of ME and the beginning of Him who created me!

Thank You Jesus for all You provide for me. I am not worthy of the hope that You continually allow me to see, and that strengthens my faith and my spirit and my walk with You! Thank You Jesus for never letting go of me even when I am certain that this just might be the time that You do.

Thank You Jesus for always being faithful to Your word! We are so used to the lies of this world, being told we are nothing, hearing whispers saying we are NOT good enough. BUT, GOD, my Creator, Sustainer, Great Physician, Judge, Saviour, Protector, Mighty One, Fortress, First and the Last, Beginning and the End, Alpha and the Omega! The I AM! You and You alone strengthen me and cause me to soar on the wings of eagles! Your name will I praise forever and ever! Amen!

Philippians 4:13 KJV

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Pray for Understanding

Hebrews 6:4-6
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Commentary

This verse has some weight. This is strong language in the context of a warning about falling away from faith in Jesus Christ. It is my belief that in order to “fall away” a person must reject Jesus Christ as the necessary way to right relationship with God. More context confirms that these Christians have come from a Jewish background, and some of them are returning exclusively to a belief system founded upon religious practices, turning away from Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone of their faith in God. This kind of hardness of heart, shields them from recognizing that they have a need to repent, and that Jesus Christ is THE centerpiece and THE atonement for that restorative entrance into right relationship with God. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

Focus On What Matters (not on what you see)

My verses the last couple of weeks to sort of meditate on, or focus on are. Verse 13 is my favorite of these! In a world full of distress I cling all the more to my Blessed Hope…Jesus Christ! What else is there? Nothing else matters and no one, no storm, no enemy, no wickedness can take that from us! HALLELUJAH!
Titus 2:12-15
12. Teaching us that denying ungodliness andworldly lusts, we should live soberly (meaning seriously), righteously (God’s righteousness and not our own self righteousness -such a fine line ), and godly, in this present world;
13. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14. Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Not because the works are required for salvation but because we desire to serve Him.)
15. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

In verse 13, meditate for a little while on the meaning of ‘looking for’

Part of Speech: verb

Outline of Biblical Usage:

  1. to receive to one’s self, to admit, to give access to one’sself

    1. to admit one, receive one into intercourse and companionship
    2. to receive one (coming from some place)
    3. to accept (not to reject) a thing offered
  2. to expect: the fulfilment of promises

Dear Father in Heaven-Why?

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
(Mat 5:45 KJV)

We have all seen them.  The horrible pictures.  The rain that came so fast.  They expected some rain yes but THIS?

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So much loss.  So much tragedy.  So much pain.  If you did not lose a loved one then the rest is just stuff right?  Sure, as long as it was not your stuff.  Right?  We know that is the truth.  Be thankful.  While it might be the truth, when you are in the middle of this you are sad.  Maybe you lost all your family photo’s.  Maybe you lost everything except your life, like Job.

So, again we ask why?

Job 37:10-16

By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
(Job 37:10 KJV)

Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:
(Job 37:11 KJV)

And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.
(Job 37:12 KJV)

He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
(Job 37:13 KJV) 

(Here the Lord gives us 3 possible reasons.  ‘I personnnally found for his land interesting’.)

Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
(Job 37:14 KJV)

Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
(Job 37:15 KJV)

Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
(Job 37:16 KJV)

I see these last 3 verses and think…  Do we notice when the sun shines on us and the temperature is that perfect 75 degrees?   Do we notice when everything is going perfect?  Do we notice when we buy and buy more and more things?  Do we give thanks in all of the good things ALL of the time? 

God is good ALL the time.  When it rains it comes on the just and the unjust.  We all should look within and see if we have any house cleaning to do.  I for one know I always so.  After taking a personal inventory and doing some personal repenting, maybe just maybe it would do us some good to notice all of the beauty that surrounds us most days.  The butterflys that we watch land on a beautiful flower.  The hummingbirds looking for some sugar.  Sit in a quiet place and listen to the birds sing.  Go to a park and watch children play.  Learn to enjoy some of the simple things God surrounds us with on most days.

Thank you LORD God!  Thank you for helping us to look up into the heavens.  Look up and just shout THANK YOU JESUS!  For you are an Awesome God and YOU are so very worthy of more than all of our complaints.  Thank You!!!  We praise your Holy name!

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