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Statistics can be both fascinating and confusing when the elements change from person to person. Not to get into anything political but we have all been introduced and can agree to the division and mess it causes. One unchanging fact existing from the beginning of time remains constant –  God’s desire to bless his creation.

On the fifth and sixth days of creation God spoke these words after creating all creatures including the first people.

“And God blessed them, saying,

Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas,

and let fowl multiply in the earth …

To the first man and woman the Lord continued –

And God blessed them,

and God said unto them,

Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it;

and have dominion over the fish of the sea,

and over the fowl of the air,

and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Genesis 1:22, 28.

He also provided for all their nutritional needs. In chapter 2, God then set aside a day of rest for them. His first act  after creation was blessing it – giving it his highest good, his favor.

Through this month’s posts, we have been reminded of the Lord’s blessings as we revisited Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. It introduced the Beatitudes. Then the last chapter of the last book of the bible ends with a final blessing.

“Behold, I come quickly:

blessed is he that keepeth the sayings

of the prophecy of this book.”

Revelation 22:7

*The scriptures are salted with approximately 468 verses speaking of blessed, blessings, and bless. Of those 302 are blessed, 67 blessing, and 127 bless. Not all are pronouncements of God’s blessings. Some include people blessing others. Many speak of us blessing God.

Differences exist concerning the actual number of verses in the King James Bible. If the one I read is correct the total would be 31,102. I found it fascinating the middle verses of the bible come in Psalm 103 verses 1 and 2. This Psalm reveals David’s enraptured soul with his Lord. It begins-

“Bless the LORD, O my soul:

and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits:”

David’s praise captures the essence of who the Lord is and all he has done. C. S. Spurgeon describes it best in his commentary on this Psalm.

 “As in the lofty Alps some peaks rise above all others so among even the inspired Psalms there are heights of song which overtop the rest … It is as the apple tree among the trees of the wood, and its golden fruit has a flavour such as no fruit ever bears unless it has been ripened in the full suushine of mercy. It is man’s reply to the benedictions of his God, his Song on the Mount answering to his Redeemer’s Sermon on the Mount.”

Why did David’s song of blessing echo above the mountains? He remembered all the goodness of God poured out on his life. He remembered God’s blessings of –

  • Forgiven sin;
  • healing of all his diseases;
  • redemption of life from destruction;
  • being crowned with God’s lovingkindness and tender mercies;
  • being filled with the goodness of God;
  • given strength;
  • His mercy, grace, righteousness, and faithfulness.

So overwhelmed by his Redeemer, David then calls all to join his song.

“Bless the LORD, ye his angels,

that excel in strength,

that do his commandments,

hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts;

ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Bless the LORD all his works

in all places of his dominion:

bless the LORD, O my soul.”

Psalm 103:20-22

It’s the Lord’s turn. He blesses us on a daily basis if we have eyes to see. Let’s join David in blessing our Redeemer by –

  • Giving him our obedience
  • Hearing his word
  • Doing what brings him pleasure
  • Remembering he rules over all

Let’s commit with C. S. Spurgeon to –

“Let others forbear if they can: “Bless the Lord, O MY soul.” Let others murmur, but do thou bless. Let others bless themselves and their idols, but do thou bless the LORD. Let others use only their tongues, but as for me I will cry, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” “And all that is within me, bless the LORD.” … Half-hearted, ill-conceived, unintelligent praises are not such as we should render to our loving Lord.”

What blessing of praise will you offer the Lord today?


*Statistics gleaned from biblebelievers.com. Written by Nic Kizziah.

Blessings Times Two, Part 2

“Blessed are ye,

when men shall revile you and persecute you,

and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely,

for my sake.”

Matthew 5:11

dscf6859“How can you possibly say, ‘God is a God of love?’” So began the reproach. He used his words in an effort to hurt and try to ease his own guilt and pain.

Another is accused of being self-righteous for speaking truth in love that spoke too closely to the offended’s heart. The accused had no idea of the other’s situation.

One is charged falsely of a crime against the church.

These examples happen all too often and not just at the hand of the world. In fact, we should expect such conduct from those standing in opposition to the Lord. Whether from the worldly or those among the body of Christ, what should be the response and why?

Let’s look at the why first.

There is reward:

“Blessed are ye…”

“for great is your reward in heaven:

for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Matthew 5:12b

“for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:

on their part he is evil spoken of,

but on your part he is glorified.”

1Peter 4:14b

  • You receive God’s highest good for you now and forever.
  • You receive a great reward in heaven – a prophets reward.
  • You receive praise from the Father for you are bringing him glory.

These things are why in persecution we can –

“Rejoice and be exceeding glad…”Matthew 5:12a

 I know. It’s easier said than done. But Jesus tells us our response and shows us.

“But I say unto you,

  • Love your enemies,
  • bless them that curse you,
  • do good to them that hate you,
  • and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

“For even hereunto were ye called:

  • because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
  • that ye should follow his steps:
  • Who did no sin,
  • neither was guile found in his mouth:
  • Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again:
  • when he suffered, he threatened not;
  • but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” 1 Peter 2:21-23

“Then said Jesus,

Father, forgive them;

for they know not what they do…”

Luke 23:34

Imagine with me for a moment. If in the context of being reproached, accused or charged falsely, the ranting ceased for a moment. In that moment you lock eyes with your accuser and pray God’s blessing on the person. You ask God to show you how to extend his goodness in a practical way. What do you imagine the next scene to be?

However the scenario might play out, Jesus gave us an example to follow. He could do it for he kept his eyes on the joy to come. We can do it for he lives in us. We do it for the love he has shown us and the glory that waits.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,

while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,

worketh for us

a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

While we look not at the things which are seen,

but at the things which are not seen:

for the things which are seen are temporal;

but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Christ has left us an example and gives us strength to follow him.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

Jesus mentions two blessings for the persecuted – the kingdom of heaven is theirs where a greater reward waits for them. Why do you think they have a blessing times two?  Could it be their greater need? Or maybe it’s their identification with the suffering of their Lord and enduring until the end? What do you think?

Whatever the reason, remember if you are a follower of Christ you are blessed of the Father.

“who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings

in heavenly places in Christ;”

Ephesians 1:3

 

Blessings Times Two

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:10

It began with Abel, the second born of Adam and Eve. The first born Cain met him in the field and killed him. This is the first account of  the righteous experiencing suffering at the hand of the unrighteous. The Old and New Testaments speak of the many persecuted for righteousness’ sake; Joseph, Jeremiah, Daniel, his three friends, each of the eleven disciples, Paul, and of course at the top of the list Jesus Christ.

Where is the blessing? The testimony of Abel reveals it.

“By faith

Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,

by which he obtained witness that he was righteous,

God testifying of his gifts:

and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

Hebrews 11:4

Abel’s faith in God revealed his righteousness when tested. He received God’s testimony. His example and the others mentioned speak to us today. They encourage us to keep moving forward to keep –

“Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

who for the joy that was set before him

endured the cross, despising the shame,

and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:2

Jesus experienced persecution from the time of his birth until his death. His suffering continues for a time vicariously through his body the church.

“But rejoice,

inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings;

that, when his glory shall be revealed,

ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”

1 Peter 4:13

Peter wasn’t alone in sharing in Christ’s affictions. Paul wrote his and our pain in ministry continue to fill up the sufferings of Christ in the work of the gospel. These bring us into fellowship with Christ’s sorrows.

“That I may know him,

and the power of his resurrection,

and the fellowship of his sufferings,

being made conformable unto his death:”

Philippians 3:10

Christ makes it clear his followers will suffer persecution in this world. For the kingdoms of this world oppose the kingdom of heaven.

  • “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you…
  • Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord,
  • If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
  • if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
  • But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake,
  • because they know not him that sent me.” John 15:18,20-21

It’s not without purpose –

“Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed:

Always bearing about in the body

the dying of the Lord Jesus,

that the life also of Jesus

might be made manifest in our body.”

2 Corinthians 4:9-10

It has reward.

  • We are blessed with a testimony like Abel of faith that bears the righteousness of God.
  • We are blessed to show the life of Christ in a dark world through enduring persecution.
  • We are blessed with God’s grace, glory, and all good things.

“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.

O LORD of hosts,

blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

Psalm 84:11

We should not be surprised if we are called upon to suffer persecution. In fact, Paul tells us this in his letter to Timothy.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus

shall suffer persecution.”

2 Timothy 3:12

What should our response be?

  • Look to Jesus.
  • Rejoice we have been counted worthy to suffer. (More of this in the next post)
  • Look to the reward.
  • Know with Paul and with the three Hebrew children in the fire, God will deliver.

“but out of them all the Lord delivered me.” 2 Timothy 3:11b

“If it be so, our God whom we serve

is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace,

and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.”

Daniel 3:17.

  • Resolve to stand with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

“But if not, be it known unto thee, O king,

that we will not serve thy gods,

nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Daniel 3:18

  • Finally, do as Jesus instructed his disciples and
  • keep on speaking the word without fear.
  • We are children of a heavenly kingdom whose builder is our King.

“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light:

and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

And fear not them which kill the body,

but are not able to kill the soul:

but rather fear him

which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Matthew 10:27-28

I admit, I have suffered little persecution in this world. During this writing, I’ve felt very unworthy to handle the subject. May we remember always to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.

The blessing of the persecuted holds two blessings. How blessed do you want to be?

More on that next time. Until then choose blessing.

The Blessing of Cleanliness

“Blessed are the pure in heart:

for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

“Grandma, Grandma, can we, uh? Can we, is it okay?” What grandma could say no to those sweet pleading faces. They wanted to hunt for hidden treasure. Gold and precious rubies filled their imaginations as they grabbed a water hose (the ground was hard), shovels, hoes, even a big kitchen spoon.

While I finished some chores inside, they found the perfect place to dig – Grandpa’s  garden spot. After all, the dirt was already loosened. When I checked on them they were covered in mud. Not a hint of cleanliness could be found nor could gold or rubies.

My grandsons and my niece serve well as a picture of a Pharisee turned inside out.

Jesus made this declaration.

“Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy, and iniquity.” Matthew 23:28.

Mud covered hearts void of purity before God.

“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” Matthew 15:8

These men exemplified the exact opposite of the, “pure in heart.”

The pure in heart belong to those who knows the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ. Sin no longer remains in the pure heart for Jesus dwells there.

“I am crucified with Christ:

nevertheless I live;

yet not I,

but Christ liveth in me:

and the life which I now live in the flesh

I live by the faith of the Son of God,

who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

“But now being made free from sin,

and become servants to God,

ye have your fruit unto holiness,

and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22

The pure in heart before God live in his highest good for them. We live free from the penalty of sin and its power over us. We live in the holiness of Jesus Christ and the sure hope of everlasting life. When you think it can’t get any better, listen to this.

“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.”

1 John 3:2

There is no higher good than to be known as God’s own child and in pureness of heart we will see Jesus. If you’re wondering what constitutes a pure heart, it begins with receiving Jesus into your heart believing he is the Christ the Son of God who was born of a virgin, suffered death on the cross for our sin, then rose the third day to give us life.

Then Jesus describes a pure heart as the one that –

“Shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul,

and with all thy mind

… and…

shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Matthew 22:37,39

The pure heart has no room for hatred. It only has room for loving God above all else and loving others.

My grandsons and niece had to scrub awhile to get every nook and cranny clean. I’m not sure the clothes ever got free of grime. But this I am sure of – the blood of Jesus Christ is abundantly sufficient to cleanse completely the sin from our lives and make us pure within. For He took our sin upon himself to secure our purity before the Father. Who could refuse such love as this?

“Blessed are the pure in heart; 

for they shall see God.”

One day we shall see him face to face. Until then, may others see him in us.

Hunger’s Blessing

“Blessed are they which

do hunger and thirst after righteousness:

for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6

bloghomeless-55492__340Did you know 40 million tons of food are wasted in the United States each year. That means 80 billion pounds of our food source or between 30 – 40% is tossed each year. The U.S. is the global leader in food waste. These statistics gleaned from Recycle Track System at rts.com are astounding when we think of those going hungry. It is to our shame.

To be the most wasteful by logic means we must also be the leader in food production – we have more to waste. Those who are hungry appreciate the value of a meal. Our abundance often breeds ungratefulness. Our  bodies may not hunger but in our abundance often our soul becomes lean. It is true of the physical and of the spiritual.

In the United States we have the word of God available in so many translations we don’t know which to choose. Once chosen it often goes to waste sitting on the coffee tables. And we wonder why we grow weak when faced with the trials of life. Often we pick and choose what we will taste of God’s word – we want the sweet and not the meat. Then when trouble comes we are left faint.

I’ve heard it said when someone is starving there comes a time the person no longer recognizes hunger – the need for food. Too long we’ve been picky eaters of the word or fasting completely from it. We cannot know the blessing of hunger for we have forgotten the blessing of being filled. Instead of filling our spirits with the righteousness of Christ we have filled ourselves with self-righteousness which is no righteousness at all. Our spirit is starving and we remain unaware.

Hosea’s word to Israel bears our attention.

“Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because

  • there is no truth,
  • nor mercy,
  • nor knowledge of God in the land.
  • By swearing, and lying,
  • and killing, and stealing,
  • and committing adultery,
  • they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
  • Therefore shall the land mourn,
  • and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish…

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:1-3,6

Here his words and pray to be hungry for the righteousness of Christ to reign in each of God’s children. Then let’s hear how to receive the filling our spirit needs.

Isaiah chapter 55 tells us how to once again walk in the blessing of spiritual hunger and reap its deserts.

“Ho, every on that thirsteth, come ye to the waters…

Jesus told the woman at the well –

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him

shall never thirst:

but the water that I shall give him

shall be in him a well of water

springing up into everlasting life.”

John 4:14

Jesus fully satisfies our thirst for life with a well of water that never runs dry.

Isaiah continues –

…hearken diligently unto me …

Incline your ear, and come unto me:

hear, and your soul shall live…

Jesus spoke to another woman and said,

“blessed are they that hear the word of God,

and keep it.” Luke 11:28

Isaiah continues the Lord’s invitation –

eat ye that which is good,

and let your soul delight itself in fatness…

Jesus told the Jews –

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven:

if any man eat of this bread,

he shall live for ever;

and the bread that I will give is my flesh,

which I will give for the life of the world…

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.”

John 6:51; John 10:10b.

Jesus fills our need for life abundantly – now and forever.

It’s time to hunger for the righteousness of Christ and know the blessing of being filled with his Spirit. Thanksgiving will abound and even the mountains and trees will join our rejoicing.

“For ye shall go out with joy,

and be led forth with peace:

the mountains and the hills

shall break forth before you into singing,

and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Isaiah 55:12.

Keep in mind it is necessary to know hunger pains before receiving the reward of being filled. Pray for the hunger only Christ can fill.

Strength for Today – Hope for Tomorrow

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:5

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With the appearance of January 1st comes many new year’s resolutions. I’m guessing getting our bodies fit and strengthened ranks high on the list. Many are even into body building sagging muscles into chiseled bulked up muscle. The apostle Paul redirects our focus when we read Ephesians 3:16.

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,

to be strengthened with might

by his Spirit in the inner man…”

It’s time to strengthen our inner being, our spirit, by exercising the strength of the meek. That’s right. Meekness is strength not weakness.  It is the strength to do what’s right in the right attitude when wronged or  suffering the trials of life.

The apostle Peter gives us a good example of the meek.

“Finally,

  • be ye all of one mind,
  • having compassion one of another,
  • love as brethren,
  • be courteous;
  • Not rendering evil for evil,
  • or railing for railing:
  • but contrariwise blessing;
  • knowing that ye are thereunto called,
  • that ye should inherit a blessing.” 1Peter 3:8-9

The easy thing to do when wronged is to get even. My grandkids and I often played pranks on one another. They thoroughly loved “getting Grandma.” While they stood laughing, I’d come alongside with a sly smile and a twinkle in my eye and say, “You never know when. You never know how. But you know it’s coming.” It took them some years before they realized those words were my way of repaying their tricks. Rarely did I follow through with anything but my words kept them watching. It was a fun game but not a good witness of meekness.

Meekness reveals itself in self-control based on faith in God who rights all wrongs against his children and promises his highest good for us – his blessing.

“But the LORD is my defence;

and my God is the rock of my refuge.”

Psalm 94:22

“Seeing it is a righteous thing with God

to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

And to you who are troubled rest with us,

when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed

from heaven with his mighty angels.”

2 Thessalonians 1:6-7

When trials of life or testing come our way, the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for forty years provide a good example of the lack of meekness. Their grumbling and railing against God evidenced their deficient trust in the word and power of God. This one generation failed to receive the inheritance of the land and all the good things God had promised. Only two trusted and received his blessing of inheritance.

God’s highest good comes in our inheritance and only the meek receive it.

“Knowing that of the Lord

ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:

for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Colossians 3:24

“being justified by his grace,

we should be made heirs

according to the hope of eternal life.”

Titus 3:7

You might think this inheritance benefits us after we die. Truth tells us we inherit a land, a kingdom. That kingdom lives in our heart for as the children’s song says, “The King has his residence there.” What belongs to the King we have inherited and one day we will live in the fulfillment of our eternal inheritance. For today –

Ephesians 1 tells us all things will be gathered as one in Christ

“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance…”

I encourage you to read all of Ephesians chapter 1 and count the blessings of the meek – those who have found peace with God and peace in the trials of life. It may not add to your physical stature but it will definitely build spiritual muscles. Join the ranks of the meek and be blessed with your inheritance.

Blessings for the New Year

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;

 because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings…”

Isaiah 61:1

IMG_0621Many hope for a better year than the one coming to a close. We are ready for some good tidings. Jesus says in Luke’s gospel he is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s scripture concerning good tidings.

“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,

BECAUSE HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL

TO THE POOR;

HE HATH SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED,

TO PREACH DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES,

AND RECOVERING OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,

TO SET AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED,

TO PREACH THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

(4:18-19)

Jesus closed the book and told the waiting audience,

“This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

Luke 4:21

The good tidings find meaning in the gospel – the good news – the blessing of God upon our lives. What about you? Do you want God’s blessing on your life for the coming year? If so you desire to receive God’s highest good for your life. Jesus outlines that good for us as he begins to preach to the poor.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit –  

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10

“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3,4

Before we can receive the blessing of God we must understand we have nothing to offer him. We come to him, “poor in spirit”. We need a new spirit, one born from above.

Jesus explained it to Nicodemus when he said,

“Verily, verily, I say unto thee,

  • Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…
  • Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
  • That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
  • and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  • Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.” John 3:3,5-7

To receive the blessing of God hear the good tidings. Jesus became poor to give us the riches of God – his highest good for us. When we humble ourselves before the Lord, we recognize our greatest need –  forgiveness of sin. He bought our forgiveness with his death. Paul tells us in Galatians 4, when we receive this blessing, God adopts us as his children.

“And because ye are sons,

God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son

into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Wherefore thou art no more a servant but a son;

and if a son,

then an heir of God through Christ.”

(4:6,7)

Now that is good news transcending anything the world can throw at us.

  • God is our Father.
  • Jesus is our Redeemer.
  • We have an inheritance for the kingdom of heaven is ours.
  • We’ve been made rich in Christ Jesus.

I’m hoping to share other blessings over the next few posts. It’s a good way for us to start the New Year with encouragement. Hope you will join me. And thank you for blessing me with your visits and the words you write for our Savior’s glory. As you continue to bless others may you be blessed.


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Sharing My Blessing

The following post is borrowed with permission. I believe it holds a blessing for us all but I received a double blessing for it was written by my grandson. So I received a double blessing, the truth within the post and the testimony of Elijah’s faith.

I don’t normally post, as I normally don’t have anything I feel is worth saying. But tonight I do. I absolutely love this song. It’s part of Crowder’s newest album and it’s easily one of my two favorite songs from it (especially the acoustic which is this link). YOUTUBE.COM

Crowder – Official Acoustic for “Hundred Miles,” from the album I KNOW A GHOST. Get I KNOW A GHOST here: https://crowder.lnk.to/iknowaghostyd

Last Saturday I showed my grandma Kay this song and she asked me a simple question in response: how do we glorify God most?

My initial gut thought the generic Christian answer: by living for and in Him. By following the path God has set for us.

However, God showed me a different answer tonight as I did my nightly bible reading/study.

I listen to songs and videos as I do my studying as it helps me focus and often times brings up new questions and thoughts. Tonight I was listening to the video “the serenity prayer” by the Skit Guys Which sparked the thought.

First, the question isn’t “How do we glorify God most?”. To get the full scope of the question is has to be asked like this: “How do we glorify most Him who is glorified in of Himself? How do we glorify Him most who is already the most glorified?”

blog fathers-day-822550_960_720And it’s about what we do in response and because of Him. I now firmly believe that we glorify Him most in our letting go. He is most glorified in us when we completely let go of everything and run to and grasp onto Him with as much determination as we humanly can. When we hold onto His hand like a child holds onto their parents. The pride a parent is supposed to feel when their child runs up to them with open arms and holds onto them without letting go is only a absolutely microscopic fraction of what God, our Abba Father, must feel when we do the same with Him. That’s how we glorify Him most.


Father, may we most glorify you today by letting go of all that is not of you and clinging always and only to your strong hand.

Now, my question is: What holds us back from glorifying our God? What are we holding on to that He wants relinquished?

“He Is Here”

DSCF4224“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.” Psalm 66:16.

The Lord gave me a song in the night, He is Here. If I knew how to include a video here I  would include it but I don’t so I encourage you to google “He is Here” song lyrics and hear the Gaither Band sing it. I believe you will be blessed.

After listening to the song, I turned to my scripture reading in Psalm 66 and knew I had to share my blessing with all who would “Come and hear…what he hath done for my soul.”

He has saved me.

He took my judgment of death and gave me life.

He has made me His own child. I call him, Father.

He has put a song in my heart.

He loves me with an everlasting love and has poured out His mercy and grace upon me.

He has given me his Holy Spirit. He dwells with me.

He has given me the desire of my heart. He is my desire and my good reward.

He hears my prayers.

He leads me daily in the paths of righteousness.

He supplies all my need according to his abundance and goodness.

This by no means is a comprehensive list. Only a beginning.

“God be merciful unto us, and bless us: and cause his face to shine upon us;” Ps. 67:1

He is. He does. He has.

What will you declare the Lord has done for your soul?

 

 

 

The Lamb’s Blessing & You

“…and when he had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb…And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”Rev.5:8,9.blogearth-11595__340

The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world is a personal Savior. He came for all and He came for one. He sees the whole and each individual part.

“…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood…” We visited this truth in yesterday’s blog, “The Lamb’s Blessings Cont’d”. So here I’ll summarize what came to mind.

The Lamb:

  • wounded for…our transgressions
  • bruised for…our iniquities
  • took our chastisement for peace upon himself
  • He became our sin, so we could become His righteousness
  • He became our curse, redeeming us from the curse
  • His death and resurrection became the fulfillment of our blessing in Abraham, receiving the Holy Spirit
  • He tasted our death

I say our, for all these blessings come to all who believe. But take a moment and change the our to my.

“…out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation…And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice… Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities… Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as one, And to thy seed, which is Christ… (Gen. 22:18; Acts 3:25,26; Gal. 3:16).

When I view my site, I always check the countries representing my viewers and followers. And I see the truth of this blessing. The gospel reaches around the world. Christ tells us before the end comes every nation will hear.

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matt. 24:14.

 Many believe this means Christ will not rapture His church until this is fulfilled. I’m not convinced as to when the rapture will occur. I do know it will happen. But I am persuaded that during the great tribulation period the gospel will be preached one last time.

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Rev. 14:6,7.

It will be too late for those who have already chosen to take the mark of the beast and worship him and his image. Here is the judgment of the Lamb.

“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever…”Rev. 14:10,11.

Here is your blessing of the Lamb:

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also… Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”( John 14:3; Rev. 22:7).

Praying you have received the Lamb and know His blessings are yours.

One blessing I enjoy is looking at the various countries representing my viewers.  If you are free to comment, What country are you viewing from? And what do you believe about the Lamb?

One day space and time will not separate us who have received the Lamb. We will have an eternity to share our stories of Him as we experience the fullness of His blessings.