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“He is your praise and your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Deut. 10:21

Moses spoke these words to Israel prior to their journey into the land of promise. He had placed the tables of stone into the ark as God had commanded, and now it was time for Israel to prove their mettle. “Go in and possess the land which I have sworn unto your fathers.”

Moses exhorted Israel to:

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Fear the Lord

Walk in all His ways

Love Him

Serve Him with all your heart and soul

Keep His laws

Circumcise the foreskin of your heart

Be no longer stubborn

Love the stranger

Hold fast to the Lord.

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The exhortations above sound quite familiar, don’t they? As Christians, we hold to each of them in our daily walk with Christ. Moses was admonishing Israel to remember all that God had done for them and to cling to this great God who brought them out of bondage. We too need this reminder today.

It’s all too easy to interact with God as if He were a sugar daddy or an easy mark. He’s not either. He is the great awesome God of Israel, the great I AM!  Don’t mess with the MAN! Fear Him, respect Him, stand before Him in awe, and esteem Him. He’s number ONE.

Walk in ways that reflect His love and mercy to others. Love Him with that bone-deep, heart-booming passion born from a worshipful spirit. Serve Him heartily, wholly, with all the gusto you can muster. Keep His commandments and you’ll reap your rewards.

Discipline yourself, lean into the yoke and pull hard. Right next to you on the other side is Jesus. Just remember that. Love the stranger among you, for you were once strangers also. Cling fast to the Lord and He will always be with you.

Make it a practice to praise the Lord–with thanksgiving and a humble spirit. Think back to the wondrous moments He lightened your life. Think today of what He is doing for you right this moment.

Praise Him, praise Him, and praise Him, our wonderful Redeemer! Amen.

But God . . .

Do not go around saying that the world owes you a living; it owes you nothing; it was here first. –Mark Twain

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During a practice session a world-famous skier fell, injuring her skull and landing her in a hospital. She struggled to come out of a coma in I.C.U.

A 7-month old baby boy lies in perilous condition with a fever, earaches, and swollen eardrums. He suffers from the ravages of a common yet deadly bacterium.

A faithful follower of Christ suffers from mouth and tongue cancer for months and months, finally succumbing in an agonizing ordeal.

What is life all about? Is God fair? Life is a struggle for most people, always has been, always will be. We are born, live, then perish and return to the dust from whence we came.

A little refresher course on life: God created mankind to worship and fellowship with Him, obey Him and love Him. Our disobedience in the Garden of Eden put the whammy on the obedience aspect. The bond was shattered. We were booted out of the Garden and sentenced with many curses. The entire earth and everything living in it were afflicted. God knew all this would happen yet continued with His program formulated in the beginning, before any thing was. He still loved us, desired fellowship with us, and wanted us to worship and love Him in return. He provided a way to restore mankind’s fellowship with Him and open up heaven’s realm as our spiritual resting place.

Therefore…”God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16

So we continue with the curses but have a conditional reprieve. Physically we shall live with pain, suffering, and evil things but have the option of spending our eternity in heaven or in hell. God gave us a way out– he came down from heaven in the form of a man and became like us. He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins, because no sin was found in Him. He was Messiah, Jesus Christ. He dwelt among us and preached the kingdom of God.

Mankind did not want to hear this and decided to kill Christ. He was sentenced to death as a blasphemer. He sacrificed his life on a wooden cross to pay the penalty for all mankind’s sins. He died and was buried according to the custom of the day. However, three days later He rose from the tomb and overcame the power of death. Thus, He opened the door to heaven to all those who believe that He died for their sins.

So, what is life all about? Life is about being born by the grace of God, living life by the grace of God, dying by the grace of God and spending eternity with Him in heaven . . .by His grace.

Is God fair? He is our Creator. He has made us from the dust of the earth. He has made us to fellowship with Him, love Him and dwell with Him. In order to dwell with Him someday throughout eternity, we must become like Him. Thus, life is a growing process for equipping us for heaven. Growing spiritually while down here on earth is not easy, but grow we must to be fit for heaven.

What happens to us if we are not fit for heaven? We are fit for hell, a decision we make ourselves. It’s called free will. We are free to make our own destiny. God offers us a pardon, a fair exchange for our sins. Jesus Christ is the redeeming factor, our ticket to heaven.

That is a fair exchange in my mind. But what about all the suffering we must go through? Everyone goes through suffering. Not a soul squeaks through life free of suffering. The sad part is– the souls who negate God’s pardon have all eternity to agonize with more suffering, for ever and ever and ever. I’ll take the chastening and guiding rod if that’s what it takes, because I know at the end of that road are the out-stretched arms of Jesus. For ever and ever and ever. In Heaven.

Yes, God is fair. Ask Paul, John, Peter, James, Stephen, Luke, Matthew, Timothy, Mary, Martha, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Thaddeus, Simon, John the baptizer, Mark, Anna, Matthias, Lois, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, Nicolas, Dorcas, Cornelius, Philemon, Barnabas, Lazarus, and trillions more.

“Therefore most gladly, I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor. 12:9

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© 2013 Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

“He is your praise and your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Deut. 10:21

Moses spoke these words to Israel prior to their journey into the land of promise. He had placed the tables of stone into the ark as God had commanded, and now it was time for Israel to prove their mettle. “Go in and possess the land which I have sworn unto your fathers.”

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Moses exhorted Israel to:

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Fear the Lord

·         Walk in all His ways

·         Love the Lord

·         Serve Him with all your heart and soul

·         Keep His laws

·         Circumcise the foreskin of your heart

·         Be flexible

·         Love the strangers among you

·         Trust the Lord

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The exhortations above sound quite familiar, don’t they? As Christians, we hold to each of them in our daily walk with Christ. Moses was admonishing Israel to remember all that God had done for them and to cling to this great God who had brought them out of bondage. We too need this reminder.

It’s all too easy to interact with God as if He were a sugar daddy or an easy mark. NO!  He is the awesome God of Israel, the great I AM! Don’t mess with the MAN! Fear Him, respect Him, stand before Him in awe, and esteem Him. He’s number ONE.

Walk in ways that reflect His love and mercy to others. Love Him with that bone-deep, heart-booming passion born from a worshipful spirit. Serve Him heartily, wholly, with all the gusto you can muster. Keep His commandments and you’ll reap many rewards. Discipline yourself, lean into the yoke and pull hard. Right next to you on the other side is Jesus. Just remember that. Love the stranger among you, for you were once strangers also. Cling fast to the Lord and He will always be with you.

Make it a practice to praise the Lord–with thanksgiving and a humble spirit. Think back to the wondrous moments He lightened your life. Ponder what He is doing for you right this moment. Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him . . . our wonderful Redeemer! Amen.

Shalom

My Tribute

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My Tribute

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© 2013 by Jeanne E Webster.      All rights reserved

 

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Psalm 150

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Praise the Lord!

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Praise Him in the heavens

Praise Him for His power

Praise Him for His mighty acts

Praise Him for His greatness

Praise Him with music

Praise Him with dance

May everything that breathes

Praise the Lord

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Praise the Lord!

Amen

 

NaPoWriMo   Day 30

[This poem–a-day for 30 days has been quite an experience.  Your support has been greatly appreciated and most gracious!  Thank you and God bless!  –Jeanne]

 

Be Blessed

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Psalm 103–Bless the Lord

Worship the Lord, O my soul
And all that is within me
Praise His holy name.
Exalt the Lord, O my soul,
Never forget all His provisions:

He forgives all your sins
He heals all your diseases
He saved you from obliteration
He surrounds you with gentle love and tender mercies
He indulges you with your every need
So your spirit can soar like the eagle.

The Lord ensures fair justice for the tormented.
He revealed Himself to Moses,
His capabilities to the Israelites.

The Lord is full of mercy and compassion,
Composed and abounding in leniency.

He will not always dispute with us in anger.
He has dealt kindly with us and not exacted due punishments.

His mercy for those who trust in Him is higher than the heavens.
He has wiped out our sins completely, as far as the east is from the west.

As our earthly fathers have compassion on us, so does the Lord have mercy.
He knows our makeup and remembers we are made of dust.

The days of mankind are as the grass and flowers of the field,
Flourishing well until the storms pass over and they are no more;
They will not even be remembered.

But God’s compassion is eternal towards those who worship Him
And it also carries forth to their children’s children
Because they keep their promise to Him always.

The Lord’s throne is in heaven and He rules His whole creation.

Angels, worship the Lord with your endowed strength;
Do His will and listen closely to His voice.

Heavenly hosts, worship the Lord, all you ministers that do His will.

All creation, worship the Lord wherever you stand.

Worship and praise the Lord, O my entire being!

“Everything is from the Lord and is therefore… a blessing!” Shalom.

© Jeanne E Webster

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Psalm 34:1-9 Praise to God
copyright Jeanne E Webster

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I will exalt the Lord at all times.
My mouth will always honor His name with praise.
My soul shall shout aloud all the wonders of God,
So those who worship shall hear and be glad.

Oh, lift up the name of God with me!
Let us glorify His name together.
I pleaded with the Lord, and He answered me
And rescued me from all my fears.

Worshipers believed in Him and were radiant;
Their faces shall never be ashamed.
A helpless man cried out in prayer, and the Lord heard him,
And protected him from all his cares.

The angel of the Lord encircles those
Who worship Him and keeps them from danger.
Oh, experience the Lord and see that He is good!
The man who searches for His help will never be forsaken.

Oh, stand in awe of the Lord, you His saints,
For He will never forsake those who revere Him.

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