What news are we investing time in?

We see and hear the news. Have we honestly been deceived in believing the daily news is of more value than the inspired Word of the God, who Loves and created us all?

With intelligence in technology, and language, and medicine, and law – have we really come to believe we can “live life without God?”

In Literature, we understand the best story has great conflict. Did we forget there’s an enemy that’s out to destroy? Did we forget he hates everyone? Satan deceives the world that God is the “kill joy.” When he, himself is the killer of all joy.

Satan hates. Satan lies. And he’s deceived the world that God doesn’t care.

Our hearts and minds are naturally dark from the fall.

By page 3, in the Book, the Bible, by name – we can clearly see, that God didn’t bring the ruin we often give Him blame.  Where is the curiosity to “check it out for ourselves?” Do we really believe the modern “opinion” of what the Book’s all about.

Did we forget that all the words that flow through our brains is not truth. All the words we read are not fact. Satan hates. And He is in full attack!

The name of “Jesus” is an offense. “Whatever you do, don’t speak of His name.”

Can’t you see the smirk on Satan’s face, when in the name of “Jesus” Satan has to flee.

Run to the Word. Seek refuge in God. Yell at Him if you must. Tell Him your heart. God is big enough to take your pain and your anger.

He sent His Son. Your debt has been paid. Talk to Him about Jesus. Ask Him what it’s all about.

His word will bring healing to your heart.

When we turn in our disaster to His good and precious Word. When we seek Him in brokenness, He won’t turn away,

He hears . . .

He hears . . .

Are you seeking His face? He will pour down on you, His grace.

Satan hates for any to believe. If you get on your knees, he has to flee.

A Book in the Bible, Nehemiah by name, tells a story, that today many can relate. Nehemiah received news about the state of his homeland.

Those who survived the exile . . . are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” Nehemiah 1:3.

Turn and open the pages in the Book. Watch Nehemiah’s response, after receiving news of the day:

 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”   Then I said:

Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,  let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel.” (Nehemiah 1:4-6).

Have we forgotten God is the creator of heaven, and is the great and awesome God?

Have we believed all the words of deception, of  “Big Bang” evolution – even though every day we see that through time all material things break down.

The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – a universal law of decay. Yet book after book fill the libraries today that great systems evolved through eons of time.

Satan laughs through it all. He’s deceived God’s creation.

Back to Nehemiah, and his prayer. Could it be, that God will restore life and hope in the hearts of us all, if we simply open old, and sacred pages:

“I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.  We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations,  but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’” (Nehemiah 1:6-9).

Can we humble ourselves and admit “sin” anymore?

“O God, turn us around. Restore. Restore!”

What medicine ever “tastes” good and is “easy to take?” The remedy of “turning to God and admitting my wrong,” isn’t pleasant,

but that’s when the healing comes. Do hard things.

Can you and I admit that we’ve been unfaithful? That our hearts feel “scattered” and torn. Can you and I receive today, the promise in the return:

but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.” (Nehemiah 1:9).

I pray for a return of the children of God. Let’s pray “Revival.” And believe in our hearts that with God’s “great strength and mighty hand,” He will “gather” His children back and restore.

That the News of God’s Holy Word would be the priority above all things.

“Today, Our Father in heaven, in Whom we pray, and in the name of Jesus, Whom You gave to save, I humble and pray and seek Your face. Will You wipe away all my sin and disgrace? I believe healing, salvation and an outpouring of Your amazing grace. A new creation today, I’ll be. Thank you for gathering me, and setting me free. in Jesus name, Amen.”

 

 

 

 

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God Calls a Meeting

I wrote a piece yesterday for our Word Weaver’s (of Lexington) Meeting in the evening. I called it “A Child Can Teach Many Things.” After time with other writers and gentle critique, I share with you ideas in editing, so you might be encouraged to join us once a month that the words God has put on your heart would be written and shared. And God is in control of all that happens through the process.

God calls a meeting.

He’s tugging at my heart.

I’m hungry. I’m tired. My tapestry is unraveling.

I’m seeking, but not finding. There’s a Dead End again.

Where is this place of meeting? Does my heart yearn to go?

My thinking goes amiss. I think, “Before the meeting, I have to do this.”

“I have to get rid of that, but I can’t. I can’t. Or maybe, it’s more like, . . . I won’t.”

Is this how we think? Do we believe, “God doesn’t want to  meet with me, I’m way too lost. I’ve gone too far.”

God calls a meeting, time and time again. Do I continue to run the other way?

Do our minds spin out of control?

God saw me running. So He brought me a 3 year old. To simply watch and listen.

A child’s smile, the skip, the joy, the love. How we’re always changing, but some things never change.

As I was watching a child at play, it was like a first day of spring. It was like a sky with fun, puffy clouds.

I was running from God, so He brought me a child. So I could see with my eyes, something I knew of before. Of forgiveness and grace, gentleness, and noise. Of making a mess, but having a second chance – of two sides of a coin.

God called a meeting and I kept putting it off, until He brought a child in my view.

I heard the song coming from their heart during play, “A,B, C, D . . .” So accomplished and confident. So, I broke in and asked, “What’s your favorite song?”

She began to sing: “Jesus loves me . . .”

I watched a tender faith. I witnessed a confident trust. I knew these words. They were hidden deep down in my heart.

“Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.”

My heart was pierced, that very moment. I forgot what was true.

I forgot what I knew.

As sheep often do.

I left from following the Shepherd. I thought I had to “plow on through.” By myself. On my own.

I became like the prodigal. Hungry, far. With pig slop for food. It was when that child sang,  “Jesus loves, . . . ” That I heard, “Remember Me.”

The child sang, “this I know . . .”

My thought, “No, I don’t know anymore.”

The Lord kept His appointment. He spoke:  “Remember Me.”

Gentle and kind. God used a little child to remind. To remind me it’s not “Do this.” “Don’t do that.”

Simply, “Jesus loves.”

How I forgot.

So, I turned around that moment. That moment was new. Because, in my heart, instead of my back, I turned to face the Lord. Inside my heart was bursting.

I held it all in, but, if I didn’t I would have a face filled with tears.

Immediately, . . .

I felt hope.

Out of a child’s praise, I remembered God’s amazing grace.

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, declares the Lord, . . .” Jeremiah 29:12-14. 

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God calls a meeting.

He’s tugging at my heart.

I’m hungry. I’m tired. My tapestry is unraveling.

I’m seeking, but not finding. There’s a Dead End again.

Where is this place of meeting? Does my heart yearn to go?

My thinking goes amiss. I think, “Before the meeting, I have to do this.”

“I have to get rid of that, but I can’t. I can’t. Or maybe, it’s more like, . . . I won’t.”

Is this how we think? Do we believe, “God doesn’t want to  meet with me, I’m way too lost. I’ve gone too far.”

God calls a meeting, time and time again. Do I continue to run the other way?

Do our minds spin out of control?

God saw me running. So He brought me a 3 year old. To simply watch and listen.

A child’s smile, the skip, the joy, the love. How we’re always…

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Did you see the Son rise today?

Perhaps your body hurts with too much pain.

Or your heart is broken, there’s so much strain.

The sadness has caused your eyes to close.

“Jesus loves me …” in this day, who knows?

The clouds are too thick. Is there a Son rise?

Forever, yes. And not as far as you think.

If you stop, and be still … and open your mind.

Put off the doubt, and a young child do find.

If you are able, sit with a youngster or just watch, the wiggles and squeals for a short while or else:  think back of a sweet memory as far back as you can, and sit in the warmth, to cheer up your soul.

Make thinking ‘on good’ be your new style. Sacrifice some time to offer to God a thankful heart for awhile.

Put off the dark colors for a minute and see, the light, the blues and yellows and pink. The Lord will cover you in His tenderness and get you through the  moments of great sadness.

Sacrifice thanksgiving, even though clouds still hang from the sky, somehow, miraculously,

you see the sun rise.

“He, (Jesus) said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Mark 10:13-15.

Can you see you are His child in His arms? He desires to touch and bless you, even now,

even today,

with His love charms of hope and grace always.

 “And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10: 16.

Let us make a ‘Thank offering.’ Oh how beautiful the Son is to our eyes.

“…Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-13.

 

“We’ll understand it better by and by…”

Words have been written, and I dig them up from the past, because through time and ages, they speak – for me, for you –  bringing comfort to last.

God allowed hard times for the man who wrote this hymn – Charles A. Tindley, a ‘prominent, powerful, persecuted American-African. He wrote through the pain in 1851, – not in anger or in hate – but in power and love with faith -of faith in a God Whom he could not see, but with eyes focused and believing on the promise… of eternity!

1.”We are often tossed and driv’n on the restless sea of time, rolling clouds and howling tempests oft succeed a bright sunshine; In that land of perfect day, when the mists have rolled away, We will understand it better by and by. By and by.”

This hymn was written and recorded and often sung, not asking, “Why?, Why God Why?” but instead, “We will understand it better by and by. By and by.”

“By and by when the morning comes, …We’ll tell the story how we’ve over-come; And we’ll understand it better by and by, by and by.”

There is hope and there is trust in a God that is great. There is patience and  quietness and rest while we wait.

2. “Trials dark on ev’ry hand, and we cannot understand, All the ways that God would lead us to that blessed promised land; But He’ll guide us with His eye, and we’ll follow till we die, We will understand it better by and by, by and by.”

Words written of wrestling, yet of surrender to God’s plan. Power is in surrender and taking hold of God’s hand.

“We’ve over-come; And we’ll understand it better by and by, by and by…When the saints of God are gathered home, we’ll tell the story of how we’ve over-come; And we’ll understand it better by and by, by and by.”

We’ll Understand it Better By and By , Charles A. Tindley – tells us why. Perhaps in our present day we should be resurrecting words spoken in  1905!

We are just as, ‘the children of God…’

As we journey, just as the children, the children of God,
who had been slaves – but after the blood was put on the door – the angel of death, passed over.
Everlasting life, life forever starting now and never ending…as we journey just as the children, the children of God.

The enemy is after us, just as the children, the children of God.
But the Red Sea is parted, time and time again, as we journey, just as the children, the children of God.

He leads us out and He feeds us His food, just as the children, the children of God – but they are thirsty on the way, yes, we are thirsty as we journey on, just as the children, the children of God.

But the Rock has been struck, yes the Rock has been struck and the living waters satisfied…but the next thing we know, as the children journey on, yes the next thing we know,
we journey on forgetting the parting of the Sea and the food sent from heaven, and the Rock that was struck which poured out the waters…
we journey on discouraged and doubting His  faithful, upholding Hand, just as the children, the children of God.

They spoke against God and the leader He chose, and complained, “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die?” These were the children, the children of God who were fed each and every day the bread from the skies
and given what was needed at the sound of their cry. These were the children, the children of God.

Do you remember what happened on that day they complained, well, it wasn’t the first time, no, it wasn’t the first, but with  great anger they murmured, on this particular day. Perhaps we should take note, just as they were, we are just like,   just as the children, the children of God.

The Lord sent fiery serpents, with deadly venom to bite- yes, the children were bitten, the children of God – but what child that is loved very deeply by their father, is not disciplined promptly, promptly to save; to save from destruction in going the wrong way?

So they cried out to Moses, back in that day, “We have sinned, We’ve spoken against  our great Lord! Pray that the Lord will have mercy on us and save us from these serpents, please take them away!”

This is so important what happens next, because we’re just as these children, yes, we’ve all been bitten in some form or another – we’re just as these children, these children of God! So, God said to Moses, “Make a serpent out of brass and set it on a pole and every single child who’s been bitten , who looks up at this pole, will find themselves forgiven, healed and whole.” These were the words to the children, “Thus saith the Lord.” These were the words to the children, they were commanded to ‘LOOK’!

To think that an ‘uplifted serpent’ could cure all their ills. From the prince of the tribe to  the poorest of them still, “Just look to the serpent lifted on the pole-that is your cure!” instructed the Father to the children, the children of God.

It didn’t much matter the man holding the pole, that wasn’t the focus to make the children whole. Oh no, just the serpent lifted on the pole, that was the focus, that was the cure on that day back then, for the children who were bitten, the children of God.

The pole is lifted, Jesus came to die- He took the curse on Himself and died on the cross. So, just as the children, the children of God, we must not worry about the man holding the pole, instead we must focus and look on Him who has died. He is our Savior, He has given us life…

just as the children, oh yes, just as the children, the children of God.

I have been bitten, and you have been too. Let us look to the serpent lifted on the pole, let us look to Jesus – that we would be whole. Let us look EVERY DAY, for He is the way, yes, He is the way the truth, and the life. Please dear children, let us learn from God’s children, ’cause we are just like them, the children of God.

We’ve been bitten by sin, ALL of mankind, but God has provided deliverance complete and sure, when we admit we’ve been bitten, when we believe their is hope and when we call out to Jesus, He then makes us whole! Read the old stories, they are written to teach, ’cause we’re just as the children… just like them it’s true, just as the children, the children of God!

“And Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should no perish, but have eternal life. 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. for God sent not his Son intot he world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved! (John 3:14-17, KJV, exclamation point, mine!)

Let us turn our attention, let us ‘look to Him who was pierced’

 

 

 

“this will turn out for my delvierance through your prayers…”

Can I gather as many brothers and sisters in the Lord together at this time to pray for my friend Jenny?

I know there is so much going on, and we have a lot of directions we are going in, but please can I persuade  you to pray for my friend who is in room 609 at the hospital at this time. You see, Jenny is paralyzed from the neck down. But this did not happen yesterday.

Still a mystery over the causes of her present state, more than 5 years ago, Jenny found herself overnight, paralyzed.

We can spend a lot of time talking about how extremely difficult EVERYTHING became after this moment, (more than 5 years ago!),not only for herself, but her three girls and her husband. But at this time, I would like to share with you her words to me today, as she is now in the hospital because of difficulties finding 24 hr. home-health care nurses for her care.

Jenny said to me today, “I know that all the delay is for God’s purpose. He is going to do something amazing. I believe God is going to heal me and I am going to walk out of this hospital!”

Jenny believes in her heart that God has told her that He is going to heal her and she will walk again!

Here’s the part that includes you and me-

I believe we are to believe with her and to pray. We read today words from Philippians that say Jenny’s heart,

“Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body…” Phil1:18-20.

Other scripture confirmed her heart to me just today as well,

Zechariah 9:12, “Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; This very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you.”  And Zechariah 10:12, “And I will strengthen them in the LORD, And in His name they will walk.”

Jenny has always believed that God would heal her. Her muscle tone should have atrophied, but it has not. She has more faith than anyone you have ever met.

Just like in the day of Esther, I feel we need to rally around Jenny’s hope and confidence that God will do this. Shall we pray:

“Lord God, in the name of Jesus we come and we pray for Jenny.  We thank you for giving her the gift of faith in believing You especially at this time for healing of her body.  There is nothing that is impossible with You dear Lord.  We have read of so many testimonies from the Bible of healing and we ask together with like minds that You, who are all power and might, would heal our sister in You.

Have mercy Lord, and bless Jenny with healing. In Jesus name, Amen.”

It is time for our faith to increase, thank you for joining and praying for Jenny. Her eyes are on the Lord and her expectation is in Him and Him alone. Thank you so much for joining me in prayer for my friend.