The Dust of Broken Promises

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2 Chron. 7:14  If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven  and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 We are living in troubled times, not merely in America but the world over.  Wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines and pestilences and earthquakes in various places, all these are shaking up the dust of promises we have broken between our Creator, almighty God.  He admonishes us to “humble ourselves and pray . . . seek his face and turn from our wicked ways.” 

Humility combined with the fear of the Lord brings honor and life.  

Proverbs 22:4. 

It brings into awareness a true and right relationship with God.  The Bible contains many references regarding humility in the concordance at the end of the book.  Reviewing these examples of how actual people developed a strong union with God may help instill in us this same humility.  They lived moral lives, worshipped God in awe, yet prayed and fasted,  repented of their sins and asked God for forgiveness.

Another source of godly living is following the lives of strong Christian leaders in today’s world.  Listen to their words, watch their actions, and pray for their relationships with God.   We can learn from true followers of Christ as they demonstrate their love for Him.

A minister of the 1900s who vividly expressed a deep and humble adoration through his prayer life was A. W. Tozer:

Lord, I would trust Thee completely; I would be altogether Thine; I would exalt Thee above all.  I desire that I may feel no sense of possessing anything outside of Thee. I want constantly to be aware of Thy overshadowing Presence and to hear Thy speaking Voice.  I long to live in restful sincerity of heart.  I want to live so fully in the Spirit that all my thought may be as sweet incense ascending to Thee and every act of my life may be an act of worship. Therefore I pray in the words of Thy great servant of old, “I beseech Thee so for to cleanse the intent of mine heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee.”  And all this I confidently believe Thou wilt grant me through the merits of Jesus Christ thy son.  Amen.

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,

What a glory He sheds on our way!

While we do His good will, He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.

(~John Sammis)

 

Humble ourselves and admit it . . . we’re broken.  Let’s pray, folks.

National Day of Prayer

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(Picture from http://cathedraloflife.org/prayer-praise)

Come let us join together in prayer and bend our hearts and minds to our Lord God, on this first day of May, 2014. J.E.W.

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Prayer of Adoration: “Therefore You are great, O LORD GOD. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” 2 Samuel 7:22

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Prayer for Forgiveness: “For a mere moment I have forsaken you. But with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment. But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:7, 8

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Prayer for Renewal: “May I defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3, 4

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Prayer for Personal Needs: “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 4:1

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Prayer for Others: “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.” 1 Samuel 12:23

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Prayer of Affirmation: “You demonstrated Your own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

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Prayer of Thanksgiving: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

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Closing prayer: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” 1 Timothy 1:17

(Excerpts from Drawing Near by Boa and Anders)

The Blood in Bud

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The Blood in Bud

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“It’s spotless; that’s the one!”
Bellowed the most High Priests.
The lamb was lifted to the sun
An offering for the feast.

Bleats and bells choked with dust;
The throng gasping in awe.
Behind the veil, the ransom must
Complete the atonement law.

The Priest sprinkled the blood
Upon the altar of God.
Forgiveness appeared in bud,
Dispersing all sins abroad.

The Son’s blood was shed
Heart and spirit forsaken
A life taken in my stead
My soul did finally waken…

God’s love song fills the air:

“Unto you a Savior is born; a Sacrifice offered so rare.
Holy blood the altar adorns–May your souls be reborn!”

M or M

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Matthew 6a:24 “No one can SERVE two masters; for either he will hate the one and will love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.” KJV

Jesus says here that we cannot serve God and mammon. Let’s delve into His meaning so we can apply this wisdom to our minds. What does serve mean? It means to become a servant of, or, become enslaved.  When we serve God or mammon, we are taking care of business for God or mammon.

All right . . . who is God? God is the Creator who made everything in this world. He made people from the dirt of the earth. I’ve heard the expression older than dirt, and now I know how far back that goes! Therefore, God is the Main Man, the head honcho, the Master, number One. He says so Himself in Exodus 3: 1-12. This might be a good place to pause and read all about it! The Old Testament is chock full of exciting discoveries.

Mammon is all about wealth, money, greed, ambition, and/or riches. Oh, that! Yes, that. Right away, we see that we have a dilemma. That little two letter word, or, snaps our attention. How does serving God differ from serving mammon? Serving God entails presenting to Him all our praise, honor, love and adoration as part of our daily lives.

How do we serve mammon? Serving mammon is submitting all our love, praise, honor and adoration to our possessions and achievements. Wealth, money, greed, ambition, and riches become the main reason for getting up every morning. Yes, they do become our masters if we trust in them for our daily needs. We cannot trust in God while we trust in our selves, our money, our possessions, our positions, our anything. We are NOT servants of God if we devote our given time (our life) to anything other than God.

Example: A Boston Red Sox player is at bat. He is there to drive in runs for his team so they can outscore the New York Yankees. Yet, when this same player defensively plays center field and purposely allows a Yankee player to hit a ball past him, he is defeating his purpose. He cannot play for both teams! He cannot serve both the Red Sox and the Yankees. One team has to hold all his attention and devotion or he is not good for either team.

So . . . as servants of God, we also must be wholly committed and devoted to God and to the things of God. We are on God’s team and anything we do to hinder or dishonor this team results in a loss of our usefulness and effectiveness to this team.

In Luke 2:49, Jesus tells his parents that He “must be about His Father’s business.” As children of God, we also have a single purpose in this life. Our hearts, minds, and spirits must always be about our Father’s business. We know we cannot truly serve Him while we are about the business of anything else. We must correct our course daily by communion with our heavenly Father.

“…by the mercies of God, present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Rom. 12:1-2 (ASV)

 ~shalom

 

 

 

 

 

Night and Day

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“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,

But to Your name give glory.

Because of Your mercy,

Because of Your truth.”

Ps. 115:1

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Though I obey your commandments,

live a godly life and speak of You to others,

the glory belongs to You, O Lord.

Because of Your mercy and truth,

I am who I am.

Thank You for saving my soul.

Amen.

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WOMAN REAPING

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“It is good to give thanks to the Lord.

And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

To declare Your loving-kindness in the morning,

And Your faithfulness every night.”

Ps. 92:1, 2

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I will praise You in the morning for keeping me safe during the night;

I will praise You in the evening for another day of blessings.

Because of Your mercy, all things are possible.

Amen.