Figure It Out


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During times of life’s struggles and turmoil, it’s natural to first open our arsenal of combative tools. Next we reflect upon our strengths, both physical and mental, and thrust the old “heave ho” at the enemy line. Before we realize it, however, our resources are exhausted and lie grounded like paper airplanes with shredded wings. Relief is not in sight! Our spirit chokes on the “winds of war” and our hands raise into the air, desperately grasping for a reprieve. But where will help come from?

Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts.”

This is our surety: The Lord is our strength and our shield. Our power to combat life’s struggles lies from the gracious auspices of our loving and almighty God. We may ask how this works. It’s simple. Trust Him, with all our hearts.

Believing that He is God, ascertain that He is able to provide all our needs. Who else in this world could do that? I can’t think of anyone or anything else. Not even the strongest person in the whole universe nor all the armies in this universe. If we can’t meet the challenge of combating catastrophes, no matter what we confront them with, what good does it do for us to trust in our OWN understanding? Nothing!

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Do not trust our own understanding. Our intellect, wit, cleverness, or competency have not come forth and rescued us. They give us no comfort. They do not refresh our soul.

But . . . God gives us our daily bread, steadfast love, undeserved forgiveness, leads us in comforting ways, protects us from unforeseen trials, and welcomes us back into His presence when time is no more.

With ALL our hearts . . . believe in God . . . trust in God.



Trust and Obey

by Daniel B. Towner


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.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.


Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.


He is. . . .

He is. . . .
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Do you hear him?
Do you feel him?
Do you know him?
Do you love him?

No matter who you are
No matter where you live
No matter what you’ve done
No matter what you look like

Jesus Christ is calling you
Jesus Christ is seeking you
Jesus Christ is loving you
Jesus Christ is saving you.

He is the Son of God
He is the Messiah
He is the Redeemer
He is the Lord and King.

Answer his call
Open your heart
Repent of your sins
Receive his forgiveness.

Believe he died for your sins
Believe he is the Messiah
Believe he is the Son of God
Believe he is your lord and king.

How about it?
Do you believe . . . in Him?
I’m praying that you do!

Amen

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

Thirty Acres Out in the Boonies

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I always wanted to own about 30 acres of land, way out in the boonies, fenced all around…with lots of animals…chickens, cattle, horses, donkeys, every lost and abandoned dog and cat in the county. I’d give them all good homes and take care of their needs.

I’d have a big garden, plant lots of tomatoes, corn, beans, squash, cukes, spinach, potatoes, peanuts, and all kinds of berries.

Once a week I’d open the gates and let all the hungry townspeople inside so they could take home fresh food. I’d fix a banquet and fill the tables with hearty cooked meals, with enough good conversation to go around for all.

But I’m older now and won’t quite make it to the 30 acres and all the animals. The neighbors will have to care for others the Lord provides.

On the other hand…I’m not too old for the parcel that Jesus has prepared for me. I’m almost old enough! I’m looking forward to it. Maybe heaven has a garden…lots of animals around. I sure won’t need the fencing! Everybody is welcome that knows the Savior, our Redeemer. What a table of splendor will be set out for us weary travelers! “Welcome home, you good and faithful servants.”

Ah…just a touch of heaven…
I can almost see it now…
I hear the rush of angel’s wings …
I sense an old familiar touch on my shoulder…

My touch of heaven awaits me.

Shalom 

Why

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Lord, Why All the Hurtin’?
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A friend of mine just called to say
That her dear mama died.
I heard her words of sorrow, Lord,
And hung my head and cried:

refrain:

Lord, why all the hurtin’?
Lord, why all the hurtin’?
So much in life is painful, Lord,
So hear my prayer tonight.
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I know your angels drew her mom
Home to be with you;
My friend is lost and weary, Lord,
She needs to know you too.

refrain:
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This friend of mine, so full of love,
She just shines, she just shines…
Help her through this sad time, Lord,
For she’s a friend of mine.

refrain:
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I love this friend so very much,
My soul mourns til I cry.
I lie awake alone at night,
Just wond’ring, wond’ring why.

Lord, why all the hurtin’?
Lord, please stop the hurtin’?
So much in life is painful, Lord,
Please hear my prayer tonight.

 

Dusty Road to Forgiveness

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In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he wrote, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do:  forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before…” (Phil. 3:13-14).

Paul’s exhortation is for 0ur ears also. Have we become too comfortable in our apprehended state?  Do we feel that we have arrived merely because of our age or years of service to the Lord?  Does our Christian life reflect maturity in our walk with the Lord?

Sometimes we feel we are on the right highway, yet other times we’re tossed about with the wind.  Christ is so close sometimes we can feel the hem of His garment!  On the other hand, we tremble like children in the presence of unknown paths ahead.  “O ye of little faith!”

Someone has well said:  “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!”  Are we choosing to allow the past to handicap us for our future?  Do our mistakes, our weaknesses from our past still cling to us like festering sores?  If we truly have been forgiven and redeemed by the blood of Christ, the sordid past is long gone, like dust in the whirlwind.

There’s a song along this line:

If I have wounded any soul today,

If I have caused one foot to go astray,

If I have walked in my own willful way,

Dear Lord, forgive!

 

If I have uttered idle words or vain,

If I have turned aside from want or pain,

Lest I myself shall suffer through the strain,

Dear Lord, forgive!

 

If I have been perverse or hard, or cold,

If I have longed for shelter in Thy fold,

When Thou hast given me some fort to hold,

Dear Lord, forgive!

 

Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee;

Forgive the secret sins I do not see;

O guide me, love me and my keeper be,

Dear Lord, forgive!

Amen.

~~C. Maude Battersby

Source: African American Heritage Hymnal #366

 

1 John 2:28 tells us, “And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”

 

Almighty God and Father, grant us this day the strength and courage to remain faithful to You and Your commandments.  Whatever our circumstances, whatever our past, walk with us into our future, because without You, we shall lose our way.  Enable us to keep the faith, run the race, and enter into Your glorious presence with tears of great joy and love for Your loving-kindness towards us.  In Jesus’ name…Amen