Who Are We?

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“What is man, that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart on him, that You should visit him every morning, and test him every moment?” Job 7:17-18

Who are we?

Job asked this with belabored passion after months of being tested of God. “Just who is mankind that You uplift him, set Your heart on him, visit him every morning and inspect him continually?”

I would say mankind is certainly most unique in God’s eye. Stop processing for a minute and think about it. God exalts us above all His earthly creations, giving us power over every living thing. We are His cherished beings. We are accompanied every day with His presence. He hovers over us like a concerned mother, taking note of our status.

Now . . . why would He do all that? He loves us! As we go about our daily lives, perhaps we should use a lot more reciprocity. Exalt Him in our lives, set our hearts on and in Him, commune with Him every day and continually focus our spirits on Him.

How about it? Will you join with us?

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Psalm 148
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

Praise him, all his angels: praise him, all his hosts.

Praise him, sun and moon: praise him, all stars of light.

Praise him, heavens of heavens, and waters that be above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

Praise the Lord from the earth, dragons, and all deeps,

Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

He also exalts the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise the Lord.
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Shalom

OH GOD!

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Scene 1

Mary and Joseph lost track of their son, Jesus, a mere 12 year-old, on the way home from their temple visit in Jerusalem. Frantically searching for three days, they found him back in the temple in deep discourse with the rabbis. Quite distraught, they inquired why he had gone off on his own.

“…I must be about my Father’s business.” LUKE 2:49

Scene 2

While attending a wedding in Cana of Galilee, Jesus’ mother asked him to provide the guests with more wine before the barrel ran dry. “…mine hour is not yet come.” JOHN 2:4

Scene 3

Many years later, a Passover meal has been prepared in an upper room for Jesus and his disciples. Women possibly were present to facilitate the meal, including his mother. She had perhaps bid him “Shalom, my son” as he left the upper room, heading towards his destiny awaiting him in the garden of Gethsemane and later at Golgotha.
Did she remember his words as a child? “…I must be about my Father’s business.” Did she know to some extent what might lie ahead for her son? “…MINE HOUR IS NOT YET COME.” Is this his hour? Mary’s heart and spirit must have shuddered as she trudged home that evening.

Scene 4

A few hours later Jesus was standing before the high priest, arrested after being betrayed by Judas. His hour had come. LUKE 22:15-22, JOHN 18:1-14

Agonizing hours later, amongst the crowds, Mary catches a glimpse of a man struggling to carry a wooden beam that is strapped to his shoulders. This is surely a criminal off to his death on the hill called Golgotha. Surely.  No…wait!  THAT IS MY SON!

He is drenched with blood and sweat, glistening in the hot sun as it streaks down his brow, the remainder of his body one dark red mass. She frantically pushes and shoves those that separate them, but he is still far off. The din from the masses is deafening.

“Crucify him! Crucify him!” “We want Barabbas!”

Scene 5

Breathless and exhausted, Mary scrambles up the hill to the cross that holds her son with a mere three nails. Grabbing the cross to catch her balance, she looks up, trying to make eye contact with her son, one last time. HIS HOUR HAS COME!

The brutal leather-thronged whip has done its god-forsaken work on his head, shoulders and back. A torn mass of bleeding arteries and shredded muscles hang limply from that rugged cross. “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother…” JOHN 19:25

Scene 6

The trial was over, the long agonizing walk to Golgotha concluded, the torture of an innocent man, the Son of God, was almost finished. The King of the Jews had been dethroned. Naked, stripped of all his glory and lifted up for all to see, Jesus looked down, searching. Through blood streaked eyes and excruciating pain, he saw his mother standing by. When Jesus therefore saw her, He said “Woman, behold your Son!” JOHN 19:26

For a few moments, close your eyes and envision this event: a dying son gasping for a glimpse of his mother…a mother in tears and overwhelming heartbreak, peering through the snarled, bloodied hair of her son, trying desperately to make eye contact.

“It is finished.” Bowing his head he gave up the ghost. John 19:30
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Forgetting. . .Remembering

 

 Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy might.  Deut. 6:5

God wants his law in our minds not just on tablets of stone. Grow love for God—love does grow. The Holy Spirit initiates growth—seek it—pray for it—expect it!  True love from God is the human response to God’s perfect and infinite compassion.  If we confess and live the confession of faith, love can be:
Kind
Non-bragging
Non-envious
Not rude
Not proud
Not easily provoked
Thinks no evil
Rejoices not in sin
Bears all things
Believes all things
Hopes all things
Endures all things
Never fails.

Phil. 3:13 … forgetting the things that are behind.

 

Thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee.  Deut. 8:2
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Forgetting ills behind me, the sorrows past and gone,
Forgetting all my wanderings, too sad to dwell upon,
Remembering God’s great goodness, in times of stress and strain,
Remembering His restoring, I praise my God again.
Forgetting all my doubting, which dimmed faith’s vision bright,
Forgetting all the earth-clouds, the darkness, gloom and night,
Remembering God’s bright sunshine, and radiance of His face,
Remembering His long patience, I praise my God for grace.
Forgetting all unkindness which friends and foes have shown,
Forgetting and forgiving the wrongs that I have known,
Remembering God provided, unsought, each faithful friend,
Remembering love’s devotion, I’ll praise Him to the end.
Forgetting my repinings, when disappointments came,
Forgetting all the murmurings, which filled my soul with shame,
Remembering God was ever true to His Holy Word,
Remembering He was faithful, I praise my sovereign Lord.

 

~~A.G.

Change is a’coming!

 

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Happy New Year! A new year is certain to bring forth change, in everything and within all of us. So I thought of writing a post about new creatures.

The newest things on this earth are babies. We even have a contest to award the parents of the baby born closest to the yearly changeover, the New Year’s baby! Sometimes folks have tried to hurry their unborn entry along or delay the birth to match the new time, all to maintain control over circumstances.

We all can look back and remember the scenario of checking out the fingers and toes of our newly born beautiful babies. The digits are counted audibly, first the fingers than the toes. A big sigh of relief is breathed as the babe is given the thumbs up signal. All is well.

2 Cor. 5: Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away and all things become new.

Eph. 4:24-32 and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness…

God has a way of checking out his reborns, ones born of Christ. He looks for signs of change within our spirits. All corruptness or deceitful lusts must leave, as we daily walk with our Lord. A new man will be constantly renewed in the spirit of the mind. Speaking truth replaces lying; sinful anger is replaced by righteous indignation; theft is replaced by honest work; foul language is replace by gracious speech; resentment and wrath give way to kindness and forgiveness.

The old man has gone—Christ has come!

Rise O Lord

Oh God, be Thou exalted over my possessions.

Nothing of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only thou art glorified in my life.

Be thou exalted over my friendships.

I am determined that thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth.

Be thou exalted above my comforts.

Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses, I shall keep my vow made this day before thee.

Be thou exalted over my reputation.

Make me ambitious to please thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream.

Rise, O Lord, into thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health, and even my life itself.

Let me decrease that thou mayest increase, let me sink that thou mayest rise above.

Ride forth upon me as thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the foal of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to thee, “Hosanna in the highest.”

~Prayer of A. W. Tozer

Are We Here Yet?

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Are we ready with some tried-and-true resolutions to spruce up the old BODY?   Weight loss, new job, quit smoking, kick the drugs and booze habit, smile more at the world, spend more time with the family, lean harder on the budget, sock more money away each month . . . These objectives will certainly tidy up our persona for a better year ahead. 

What about our spiritual features?  Are they on extended vacation from the divine practices and nourishment our sacred nature requires?   Hopefully not. The world distracts our focus away from godly nutrition, pleading instead to the louder more sensual intonations of our carnal nature.  Instead of developing a deeper faith in our Creator, we find ourselves tossed about, clinging to life on a slippery slope and being slapped by one fear after another.

Everywhere we look there is turmoil, anxiety, fear, tension, and dread.  What are we to do? Is this what life is all about?  To put it succinctly, NO!

Life is relying on the Lord for strength and sustenance in the physical body AND in the spiritual body. 

Jesus warns us to quit worrying about things that hinder our walk in the spirit. As Christians, we have precious encouragement, “Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring you, for it will take care of itself.” (Matt. 6:34)

What’s He saying here? Do not worry or become over-anxious.  Ok, but why does He say this when all about us are fearful distractions? Are we looking in all the wrong places for help?

He adds:  Matt. 6:33: Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, or if you will be clothed.  Non-believers worry about those things!   “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness…and all your needs will be provided to you.”

In summation, Jesus tells us that God is still in charge of our lives; He knows our every need. “For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things.” (Matt. 6:32b)

What assurance! What RE-assurance! Our heavenly Father knows. Think about it. God is the creator of all things, even us, and planned the world’s itinerary from its beginning onward. And here we are, worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow. “O ye of little faith!” (Matt. 6:30)

Phil. 4:6-7 “May I be anxious for nothing, and in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, may I make my needs known to You; and I know that Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

 

May the melodious wisdom of our Father saturate and strengthen our hearts and minds as we feast on His bountiful promises.  Let us relearn the heart songs of His Word as heavenly lullabies that trickle into our inner realm, releasing our fears and weaknesses. 

Joy to the world; the Lord has come!  Be refreshed!  Be renewed!  . . . By His peace and joy. 

Alleluia and Amen!

 

Inside the Cover

 

 

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Can you tell a book by its cover?

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 This particular book is the greatest tome ever penned.

It is the link between God and man.

Divine instructions it is certain to send;

Love, comfort, and advice are its plan.

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It is a source for daily meditation.

It holds the truth about creation.

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It contains:

Poetry

Drama

Biography

Prophecy

and Salvation.

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What is this book?

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Clue:  it’s “covered” with His Blood.

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Its great theme is the Lord Jesus Christ and His redemption for mankind.

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Answer:  The Bible

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 Taste and see how sweet it is!

Amen!