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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Through the course of time . . . there is hope

What will happen through the course of time?

If man is able to ‘have his own way’. If society and culture force to be ‘the word for today’

What will happen through the course of time? If man chooses to leave accountability to God Our Father? To take prayer out of schools. To change the text-books. To make ‘new rules?

Just read the news.

But a Book has been ‘more than written.’ It is alive and full of power. It’s breathed out by God, believed by many. But culture would have you never open it’s pages, that you might be confused and in darkness through the hours of the ages.

Dear children, society has cared for itself and not you. Culture screams loud for ‘their way is right’, “Out with God, and who is Jesus? We are smarter than ‘religion’ we have our own light!”

So, what will happen through the course of time, when this  central thought is in the university and schools? What will happen when we leave the Creator and believe apes are our ancestry, and we’ve evolved by chance. What will happen when only man’s thoughts . . . make up the rules?

Just read the news.

“What’s going on? What’s wrong with this place?” Dear children, in our pain, let us again ‘Seek His Face.’ Yes, turn our attention away from the news. Let us take our ears from society’s views. Let us, one by one, heart by heart in weakness and pain, hear once again what our Father in heaven says:

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God . . . The voice of one crying the wilderness says, “Prepare the way of the LORD; . . . Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth;

The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (1) This is the good news. These words are true.

But there is more, so much more: The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?”

“All flesh is grass. And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers and the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” These words are written, these words are sound. In Isaiah 40 verses 6 – 8 – they are found.

But what do they mean? to me and to you? We must go to the Father and pray and seek Him:

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span. . . Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His counselor has taught Him? With whom did He take counsel,and who instructed Him, And taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, and showed Him the way . . .

Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales . . . to whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him? (2)

Don’t let society or the culture lie any more. Don’t you hear Jesus knock on your door? “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (3)

From this moment on, take hold of His hand. Today, we will call out His name and weep in His arms. He has cared for you and me before we were born. He was, He is, He is to come. He is Jesus, and He desires to call us all His own.

O how He loves you and me, O how He loves you and me,
He gave His life, what more could He give?
O how He loves you, O how He loves me,
O how He loves you and me.

Jesus to Calv’ry did go, His love for mankind to show;
What He did there bro’t hope from despair:
O how He loves you, O how He loves me,
O how He loves you and me.(4)

 

(1) Isaiah 40:1-5.

(2) Isaiah 40: 12-18.

(3)Isaiah 41:10.

(4) Oh how He loves you and me

“Don’t speak of the news, speak of the hymns.”

We are to ‘think on these things:’ “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,…whatever things are of good report!” (Exclamation point, mine. Philippians 4:8).Please children of God, we have to keep our eyes on God and remind each other these things, especially TODAY! God suggests, “Speak to one another in psalms and hymns”- there’s a time for news and there’s a time for psalms and hymns!

“This is my Father’s world; He shines in all that’s fair; In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere. This is my Father’s world; I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.” (This is My Father’s World, Maltbie Babcock).

We need to stay ‘safe’, not only physically,children of the Lord, both young and older, but spiritually and mentally as well! God knows what His children need. He is our Father in heaven. He is in control: “This Is My Father’s World”! Don’t just listen to the news,Jesus has told us Himself, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

A hymn was penned in the 1800’s by Maltbie Davenport Babcock, and published in a book in 1901,but perhaps it is even more powerful in meaning and depth TODAY in 2014!

“This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget, That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.”
“This is my Father’s World; the battle is not done; Jesus, who died, shall be satisfied, And earth and heav’n be one.”

Today, No matter WHAT is going on, God is speaking to His children, ” to rejoice in the Lord is not tedious, for me…it is safe!” So open the Psalms as well!

Even if you are moving fast or surrounded by concrete and cars, this hymn brings you to a ‘green pasture’ with ‘still waters’. Yes, our Shepherd is ‘making’ us to ‘lie down in pastures of green’ to slow down and take a look at these words penned for ‘such a time as this’, even if we only get past the first phrase: “This is My Father’s World!” Yes, God is in control even today!

So, the first phrase of the hymn reminds us that God is on the throne. Our thoughts then begin to lift above the mire and above fear and for some, panic about the news of the day. God desires we speak to one another in Psalms, because He knows what His children need. We need faith in God: “The earth is the LORD’s and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”( Ps. 24:1). We belong to Him.

‘Be Still and know’, even if it’s not a ‘green pasture-perhaps a subway, or a school or even an office chair, or at the kitchen table, ask the Lord to give you His news.Psalm 24: “The earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? OR who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol…”
Who is this? Who has clean hands and a pure heart?Is this good news? Yes! None other than Jesus. He is the only One with clean hands and a pure heart! There is none righteous, no not one, Romans 3 tells us!  Then we need a Savior and He has come for us, He has paid our debt in full, and though we have hesitated – NOW is the day for salvation.
Today! “This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah Psalm 34:6.
The hymn again, verse 3:
“This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget, That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.”
“This is my Father’s World; the battle is not done; Jesus, who died, shall be satisfied, And earth and heav’n be one.”
That is how the old hymn reads.

“Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. who is this king of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.”(Ps. 24:7,8).
Jesus has overcome the world! He is victorious, alive and in heaven and we who choose to believe on Him and the sacrifice He made will follow Him right through those doors! “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And lift them up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.”Psalm 24:9).

And we will follow our King of glory. “This is my Father’s world; He shines in all that’s fair; In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere. This is my Father’s world; I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.”

And in those mighty and powerful hands, He took the nails which I deserved; but He overcame this world and because of believing in Him, we can too!

If the news gets you stressed, pick up His word and a hymnal, you’ll be BLESSED!