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Sunday, August 30, 2015

I Praise You

     In the 23rd Psalm, we are reminded that the Lord is always with us, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; they rod and thy staff they comfort me."  Because of Him, "my cup runneth over."  
     Thoughout our trials in life it is so easy to get stuck in the valley and caught up in self-pity, yet it would be good to continue to praise and delight in the Lord. 
    
       I Praise You

You, Oh Lord, are the Master,
    Creator of all;
Protector, the One I seek when I stumble and fall.

You, Oh Lord, are the wind,
     The gentle breeze, my peace at night;
The Sun, my joy and my light.

      Oh Lord! Oh Lord! I lift up your name.
      I praise you! I praise you!
      Your love to proclaim.

I shall not want, I shall not fear-
You are my sword and my spear. 

You, Oh Lord, are the mighty Comforter,
        My strength, my hope, the One I trust.
The Father who knew me, molded me from the dust.

You, Oh Lord, are the Cross,
        The Shepherd, the Restorer of my soul;
Deliverer, the Mercy who keeps me whole. 

      Oh Lord! Oh Lord! I lift up your name.
      I praise you!  I praise you!
      Let your Word set me aflame.

I shall not want, I shall not fear-
You are my sword and my spear. 
                                      Mary Crisp Jameson – 8/22/2015

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalms 23:1, 6

 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Stop Sign


Humor:   A policeman pulled over a car, walked up to the driver's window, and asked the man if he knewwhy he was pulled over.
"No," the man replied.
"You failed to stop at the stop sign," the cop explained.
"But I did slow down!" the guy argued. 
The cop shook his head.  “You are required to stop.  That’s why they’re called stop signs."
The man started to get belligerent. “Stop, slow down—what’s the difference?”
The cop pulled out his baton. "I can show you. I'm going to start hitting you with my baton. You tell me if you want me to stop or slow down."

Application:  There is a difference between stop and slow down.  Many people miss the turn in their road because they fail to slow down.  They zoom on pass the turn that would have given them a life of peace, love, and comfort.  When we fail to slow down tin order to listen to the still small voice of God’s direction, and when we fail to trust in that direction we remain in a struggle with ourselves, and we continue to trust in the wrong voice.  If the cop had used that baton on the guy he pulled over  there would have been pain; that is what happens when we go our own chosen way and not allow the voice of God to slow us down. 

Prayer:  Lord, I know you love me.  Nothing escapes you.  Please slow me down and take away my hardships and my pain.

Psalms 115:6 “They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not.”

 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Cornerstone

     The Cornerstone

Behold! The Cornerstone-
My foundation and Him alone;
The strength beneath my wings,
The One I seek with what life brings.
  Let us talk, talk, talk of our mighty Lord,  
  Walking in faith and prayer,
  While telling others-His cross to share.

How great is the bearer of burdens and woes-
Interceding as only He knows?
My hope in days ahead,
My peace from being lead. 
  Let us trust, trust, trust the Master,   
  Casting away our every fear,
  Knowing He listens- is always near. 

The Cornerstone-
My foundation and Him alone;
  Let us love, love, love as Jesus;
  Caring for one another,   
  Letting all become our sister and brother.

What favor and a lifting up?
Blessings over-runneth my cup.
  Let us praise, praise, praise our Lord!
  Glorifying His very name.
Today, tomorrow, He loves the same.
  Shine, shine, shine for His glory,
  Sharing, proclaiming the salvation story.

Behold! The Cornerstone-
A foundation, and Him alone;
A tried stone, a precious stone,
A King upon the heavenly throne.
                                                 Mary Crisp Jameson

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Pray for Peace

     Reba McIntyre has just come out with a new song, “Pray for Peace.”  This song, to me, is a true out-crying for peace around the world and peace within each heart.  The song asks for prayers for our mothers, fathers, children, brothers, sisters, and for ourselves.  It calls for prayers for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. 
     In the midst of the continuing war and beheading of those who proclaim the name of Jesus in a foreign land, we need a worldly circle of people united in prayer.  In the midst of the falling away of families, the legalization and changing of biblical principles away from marriage of one man and one woman, and the killing of unborn infants we need a worldly circle of people united praying to the One who is all powerful and the One who can intercede for us.  We need leaders with discernment, wisdom, and a heart for the people.  We need a worldly circle of people praying to the Prince of Peace. 
     We, here in the heartland of America and around the world, whether in a mission battle or war need, in addition to prayer, preparation.  How do we prepare?  Paul, who himself, is in prison, writes to the saints in Ephesus and tells us.   We are to put on the full armor of God. 
     Envision that armor for a moment:    *
  1.  To help us stand firm we don the “belt of truth.” 
  2.  We put on the “breastplate of righteousness” and
  3.   “fit our feet with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” 
  4.  We then take up the “shield of faith which can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  
  5.  On our head we “take on the helmet of salvation” and
  6.  in our hand we take up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
     Before and after putting on the armor of God we are to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying…”
     By all means join Reba in “Pray for Peace.”  I love this song!

*Ephesians 6 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Washed In The Blood

     When we join together in faith with Christ and become saved, Christians are instilled to do good works.  We are always to love one another.  Good deeds are profitable for man.  Good works glorify God.  Yet, our good deeds are not what saves us.  Our deeds will always be stained with our sinful nature.   Titus 3:5 tells us, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." Then in Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."  God is the One who can wash us “white as snow.” 
     What truly saves us is the belief in the Son of God.  I can always reference back to John 3:16.  This is a scripture that is, by no means, taken out of context.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 
 

      Washed In The Blood

Oh, be washed.
Oh, be washed.
Be washed in the blood of the Lamb!
My deeds won’t save me.
My deeds won’t save me.
Be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

When I meet my Savior,
  my deeds won’t save me.
My deeds won’t save me.
They’ll go up in flames,
  sizzlin’ higher, higher, higher
  in the hot, hot fire.
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

My deeds won’t save me.
They’ll burn, burn, burn,
  churn, churn, churn.
My deeds won’t save in the reconciling hour,
Yet, I’m washed by His cleansing power!
Oh, I'm washed!  I'm washed!
  I'm washed in the blood of the Lamb!

My deeds won’t save me,
  They’re much too stained,
  I’m so ashamed.          
They’ll go up in flames,
  sizzlin’ higher, higher, higher
  in the hot, hot fire.

They’ll burn, burn, burn,
  churn, churn, churn.
As the flames go higher
  they’ll burn, burn, burn,
  churn, churn, churn from the hot, hot fire.

Oh, be washed.
Oh, be washed.
Praise God!  I'm washed in the blood of the Lamb!
                                     Mary Crisp Jameson

 

 

 

 





 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Shark Tank

     Anyone who has ever watched “Shark Tank” on television is familiar with how entrepreneurs enter a room through two double doors to a panel of business “sharks” eager to dash their hopes and dreams of obtaining support or make some type of offer. Some of those entering the doors to access the Shark Tank panel come completely unprepared and are left at the mercy of listening as each panel member says, “I’m out.”  There are times when offers are made, but the entrepreneurs reject the offer because it does not fulfill the objectives they consider would make them successful.  And, if Kevin O’Leary, otherwise known as Mr. Wonderful, has made the offer and been rejected, the entrepreneur leaves the room with the echo of Mr. Wonderful’s words, “You are dead to me.”
     How sad it will be when we enter the presence of the mighty Lord of Hosts and give an accounting of what we have achieved if it has not been for the glory of God and belief in the grace, the cross, and the Son of God.
     To reject God, you will surely be left with, “You are dead to me,” or as scripture tells us, “depart from me for I never knew you.”
     

Matthew 7 
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Revelation 20
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
    
     It would be good to remember and receive John 3:16-18 to ensure your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life.  No amount of preparation for success will open the doors of life if you have not accepted Jesus as your Saviour. 
6 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Grace -Death Overcome!

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

     What wonderful insight the above verse gives us.  How many of us who live in warm homes, having achieved success and wealth, would freely give up all we have worked for in order to help someone else. Yet that is what Jesus did.  He wanted to provide everlasting life more than He wanted comfort. 

     He was rich beyond measure.  His home was built with walls garnished with all manner of precious stones”.  Yet He gave it up to be born, even laid in a dirty cattle trough as a babe and then raised in a lowly carpenter’s home when He could have been a King.

     The street was pure gold, as it was transparent glass”, yet He gave it up to walk the dusty roads to heal and teach.  He chose to be a pilgrim in a wicked land; a land where He was sought with human intent to discredit and kill Him.

     He gave up the greatness of His glory as those in heaven proclaimed, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is and is to come” in order to be rejected by men; to be ridiculed and laughed at as a crown of thorns was placed upon His head. 

     He gave up a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal to be spit upon, degraded, and nailed to a cross to die in agony and take the sins of all mankind upon himself.   

     In return for His sacrifice all He asks is found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

     So what is in store for us if we believe?  Riches galore!  Everlasting life!  A home garnished with all manner of pecious stones, streets of pure gold, a heavenly host of angels proclaiming God’s glory, a pure river of water of life!      

Matthew 6:19-22a  "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,…"