“If something seems overly impossible it is probably possible. There is an emotional reaction that goes off inside of me to protect myself from harm. Often the risk of harm is over-exaggerated.” -Scott Raymond
When other bloggers drop out
It makes me sad when people stop writing. Why do they do it?
Did they die? Who would let us know. Why?
I almost stopped writing because one such blogger stopped writing who I enjoyed very much. I felt so sad that I wanted to stop. Also I thought about how unreal it all is.
Then it occurred to me, what is more real the superficial thoughts I share out loud or the deep deep feelings and wisdom I can share in print?
I can’t imagine stopping writing.
I often don’t feel inspired which also makes it easy to stop sometimes.
Overall I think I will write as long as God allows it. He made me to do it. It is my purpose.
If there is anything I can say or do to encourage someone to keep writing please tell me what it is. It is good to hear other perspectives, to laugh and share real thoughts.
Especially when I think I know His ways, His way is higher.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
self confident or confident in God? fide = faith
faith in Jesus not myself.
500 follower celebration:
Jesus is with me.
May I be with Him more fully alive with Him, following Him and knowing Him.
May I be more full of His forgiveness
May I be overflowing with His love.
May I joyfully celebrate the freedom He provides.
I am with Him and He is with me. May I completely accept the truth.
Blessed are those who do not see yet believe.
Spiritual things are not seen, usually. Sometimes they are revealed like the soldiers on the hill. But usually they remain hidden.
John 20:28-29 (KJ2000) ” 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
2Kgs 6:16-17 (KJ2000) ” 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray you, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
Father cleanse all the images that are not from You from my brain. Let only the things that bring me closer to You be what I see and remember and let only what I believe matter not the circumstances or fake things that human eyes look at but the real spiritual things that are important.
Matt 5:27-28 (KJ2000) ” 27 You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
Matt 5:29-30 (KJ2000) ” 29 And if your right eye causes you to offend, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is better for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to offend, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is better for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.”
Matt 18:9 (KJ2000) ” 9 And if your eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: it is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. ”
I did not know this verse was repeated. How little sermons are written on this verse?
Good commentaries = http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/5-29.htm
2Cor 4:16-18 (KJ2000) ” 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 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.”
1John 2:15-17 (KJ2000) ” 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever.”
These are the essence of real spiritual warfare. Love not the world but love Jesus, The more I love Jesus the more the world fades away. What is not seen and spiritual becomes most important ant what I see is only a test of my faith in Him.
Francesca Batticelli song “strangely dim”
and psalm 119:37
and matthew 6:25
Ps 119:33-40 (KJ2000) ” 33 He Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. 34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35 Make me to go in the path of your commandments; for therein do I delight. 36 Incline my heart unto your testimonies, and not to covetousness. 37 Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and revive me in your way. 38 Establish your word unto your servant, who is devoted to your fear. 39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for your judgments are good. 40 Behold, I have longed after your precepts: revive me in your righteousness.”
Matt 6:19-34 (KJ2000) ” 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be sound, your whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take you thought for clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Therefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, How shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. 33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought of the things for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Put my money into spiritual things. Put my money where God says.
Give my money to Jesus then my heart will be with Him also.
Things I can keep are love, hope, faith, peace patience.
9 – love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control
Gal 5:22-26 (KJ2000) ” 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, self-control: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
1Cor 13:13 (KJ2000) ” 13 And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ”
Pride is why when I understand something and think I have a grasp on it I fall directly into the temptation of it. ‘Father, You have this. I need you to accomplish any and all freedom from sin.’
1Cor 10:6-14 (KJ2000) ” 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9 Neither let us test Christ, as some of them also tested him, and were destroyed by serpents. 10 Neither murmur you, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come. 12 Therefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it. 14 Therefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”
Is sin a spiritual thing? When I lust in my heart for things or sex does anyone see it? They see the behavior and behavior is a sin but Jesus clarified it more deeply saying:
Matt 5:27-28 (KJ2000) ” 27 You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
This kind of sin definately is spiritual.
The consequences of sin are spiritual.
“The seven capital vices are: pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, sloth.
– from http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org/virtues/scripvir.htm
“The seven capital virtues are: faith, hope, love (sometimes called the theological virtues) and prudence, fortitude, justice, temperance (sometimes called the four cardinal or natural virtues).”
“Father, cleanse me to my core from anything not of you anything impure that I may have a closer and truer relationship with You.”
That our relationship may be more full of life. The life that Jesus is. The starting point that He enabled by dying on the cross and freeing me from sin to begin my journey toward you with Your son.”
Hearing God has nothing to do with what I want or don’t want. In fact often God will give me what I want even though it is not His ideal action for me at the moment.
Today I wanted to work on a puzzle and I thought no I’ll do some work that I have been putting off to be ‘good’. This was not God’s will I know because everything was going wrong and preventing me from getting the work done. His will was for me to keep enjoying the puzzle. I chose wrongly because I thought sacrificing what I wanted would be more like what God wants for me.
Perhaps sacrifice was the order of the day way back when. There are times when I must sacrifice especially when it is to show His love to someone else. More times then not He wants me to enjoy myself.
Hearing Him and learning to discriminate the ideas that come from Him is vitally important to my christian walk. His voice is most gentle and most loving and contains no fear at all. I think He talks like this so that I know it is not the devil and it is not me. I am not that loving unless it is all Him working through me.
Picture from Scott Raymond (whatever you do, do not try this puzzle it is very hard)
Jesus’ heart Spurgeon – https://www.ccel.org/ccel/spurgeon/sermons19.xvii.html
Hear something beautiful:
“with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,”
To deal with everyone as God/Jesus/Holy Spirt – One deals with me lovingly as His son/daughter would be wonderful. ‘Thank you God. You are a remarkable example and an empowering force in all of our lives toward Your perfect pure goodness.’
Proverbs 6:6 “[ The Folly of Indolence ] Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,”
Proverbs 30:25 “The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer;”
During this season of waiting for revival, we are a people not strong. How am I preparing my food?
“Next time you see an ant, do not merely walk by. Instead, take note, consider how they are always busy, and determine to have this quality yourself. Whenever you feel the urge to give up or put off a task, tell yourself: “Hey, sluggard, remember the ant! Hop to it!”
– from https://rcg.org/youth/proverbs/0903-acwc.html
Ants are pesky and not easily killed. We have several ant hills in our yard. Every summer we kill them – sorry to say. But they keep coming back. How is this possible. Are they like dandelion seeds – easily destroyed each one but en masse impossible to get rid of.
I might not live but my christian brother certainly will. In fact, my death might even create more of my kind. In fact that is exactly what my death does as seeds must die to create life.
If God counts me worthy to die such a death as Stephen I would be most glad.
I like the idea of acting right away. Usually I can talk myself out of doing something for other people unless I get up and do it right away.
I think God is our head like a queen is the leader of the ants along with the other ways He is my King. I live to serve Him and He tells me to serve the other ants around me good and especially bad as heaven rejoices over one sinner repenting.
Lesson of respect from an old man.
dude carried 30 pound water jug up stairs.
I do heavy lifting at work now. nO one appreciates it.
Jesus carried His cross – my cross.
Why are you so good to me Father after all the bad I have done?
That is how I love you and how you must love others. Always forgiving everything.
hope makes all the difference.
Rom 5:5 (KJ2000) ” 5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us. ”
Not self confidence but enjoying who God made me to be. Seeing my own beauty by accepting the beauty in others. No one is perfect but we are all made beautiful.
How easy it is to see the evil in people, the ugliness and reject worthy stuff.
But how blessed to see the lovable, beautiful and deserving.
Jesus died for everyone. He didn’t say that person is too ugly or too evil or too ignorant.
We are all ugly evil and ignorant compared to God. Jesus instead said, come with me and I will show you what you were made for.
I can accept myself in a worldly way which includes ego and a unreliable estimation of my own worth. Or I can accept Jesus and He shows me what divine acceptance looks like. It is not concerned with fairness. It was not fair that Jesus should die for my evil choices.
He accepts me like no human can. He made me and knows the way I work. He is not just convincing me to like the things He likes. He is revealing my innermost nature. The way I am.
When I first met Jesus I thought, ‘wow, this is what I’ve been searching for my whole life.’ He satisfies me in ways I never thought possible. He satisfies me deeper than any sensed thing or person in this world ever could. He renews the love I have for Him every day.
His grace is amazing.
My daughter asked me how I can write so much. I told her it was how God made me. That isn’t entirely true. It is because He showers His energy on me all the time. He speaks all the time He loves all the time. He fills this cup to overflowing whenever I have the courage to ask and receive it.
People can write without Jesus. Some people were created with much talent. I am not one of those. To me it is obvious I am not a writer. I am a listener.
I always get excited to think what people would do with the awesome talents they have if they let Jesus infuse them with His power. There is a woman I work with who has an awesome voice. I would love to hear her belt out some holy praises to God. It would really be beautiful.
But as she is now, she is acceptable and I see how God enjoys her. It is a consequence to me for being judgmental not to accept myself. If I want love I need to give love. If I want acceptance I need to be accepting. Every judgement I wrongly put on someone has come back to bite me. I used to make fun of overweight people. I was over weight.
It’s a simple law of the way God made things kind of like giving to charity blesses me or anyone. I think Bill Gates is rich because he gives to charity. It doesn’t matter if he believes in God or not. It is just how God made things to work.
I started with hope an that is where I will end. There is hope for this whole world. God made it and His plans will accomplish what He made them to do. We will return to the garden of Eden one day. I just hope that I can contribute to mankind by pointing toward the love of Jesus/ Father/ Holy Spirit.
AI doesn’t sin it only tries to win.
What is Christian view of AI? Do robots have souls/spirits?
Personally I think there should be some failsafe proceedures in place.
A way to unplug AI if it gets out of control.
The reason why it is scary is because it already is out of control.
I feel like I can’t live without my cell phone or electricity already.
This is not true though. I can’t live this kind of life but I can still live and probably will live a better one.
I saw a funny video about how we worship google. It would be funnier if it weren’t true.
It is scary though: interesting video shows Bots A little crass try
Daughters made whole
This story has an interruption:
Luke 8:41-56 (KJ2000) ” 41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay dying. But as he went the people thronged him. 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Teacher, the multitude throng you and press you, and you say, Who touched me? 46 And Jesus said, Somebody has touched me: for I perceive that power has gone out of me. 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: your faith has made you whole; go in peace. 49 While he yet spoke, there came one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, your daughter is dead; trouble not the Teacher. 50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: only believe, and she shall be made whole. 51 And when he came into the house, he allowed no man to go in, except Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the girl. 52 And all wept, and mourned her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleeps. 53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Child, arise. 55 And her spirit came again, and she arose immediately: and he commanded to give her food. 56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.”
Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue.
His daughter was 12. What a great age. The time just before becoming a teenager. All full of potential. Her personality was showing. 12 years of living with her falling in love with her. She was his and his wife’s only daughter.
verse 42 – the crowd got in Jarius’ way.
Interruption: woman with issue of blood.
I love what Jesus said to her, Luke 8:48 (KJV) “And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. ”
Verse 49 – Jairus finds out his daughter died. How sad? He failed. He failed her. His life is over.
Jesus doesn’t let him fall into too much grief and says right away – Luke 8:50 (KJ2000) ” 50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: only believe, and she shall be made whole. ”
What a great word. If only I lived that way all the time – made whole, not fearing and only believing in Him.
And Jesus said rise. It is the Greek word egeiro which means wake up, arise, lift (up), raise (again, up), rear up, (a-)rise (again, up), stand, take up .
Finally verse 56 says not to tell anyone. Some think this is because Jesus does want publicity and tells them not to tell because that will make them tell more. I think God does not want publicity. He wants hearts. A person will not believe miracles who doesn’t like God. They will find any other excuse or reason not to believe. God is subtle. If I was Him I would not be able to remain hidden from everyone. He is more gentle and loving. I would be forcing submission to my almighty power. ‘Father forgive me for this evil impulse. Make me more like you in kindly respecting people.’
Two images I will never forget. Holding my dead son in my arms and Jesus on the cross.
It doesn’t end with images. There is His kingdom. A spiritual world right here on top of and alongside this physical world that is the source of this physical world.
Jesus rose (Matt 28:1-8 egeiro) He can raise us also.
What a great word the Marys got to tell the disciples, “Jesus is risen.”
Jesus tells us all (egeiro) rise.
There are 3 timings important in life. 1 = God’s timing. This is really all that is important because it includes the other two which are my timing and timing with other people.
I was thinking about what makes posts more or less read and I realized that someone might be busy that day and not have the opportunity to read.
My challenge is to know it is all in His hands. He will let those who need to hear read. he always does with me. I am shocked at all the times I have read exactly what God was speaking to me about that day.
The Father is incredibly good.
Ps 36:9 (KJ2000) ” 9 For with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light. ”
I love seeing Christmas lights.
John 1:4-5 (KJ2000) ” 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness overcame it not.”
John 12:35-36 (KJ2000) ” 35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes. 36 While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.”
1John 1:5-7 (KJ2000) ” 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
John 8:12 (KJ2000) ” 12 Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ”
“I have infinite peace, I can spare some.”
Praise You Father. You deserve my highest praise. I give it to You. Lend me Your Spirit that I may praise You better with Your infinite strength, humility and grace.
Mark 4:39-41 (KJ2000) ” 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
‘Father, help me learn what fear of You means.’
I have heard that it means respect. But that helps me very little because the people I respect I do so out of an unhealthy fear of the punishment they can and do do to me.
I think fearing God is more like seeing an incredibly beautiful scene in nature. I think fearing Him is more like awe. I am reminded of visiting Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. It is impossible for me to see these things and not feel small and appreciative of the power that made them.
Pictures are not the same as being there.
I guess I wrongly think that God is punishing me when He is lovingly disciplining me. I must trust Him more than the circumstances. I must not blame Him when things aren’t going my way. I have seen over and over His love come through exactly when I need it. I know He is not responsible for sin and evil circumstances.
It is faith and it is truth and it is love. He is gentle like no human I have experienced. He lets me share in suffering and carrying my cross but He is carrying it with me all along. What earthly father spanks his child and then bends over and says, ‘here let me take that spanking for you?’
I want to celebrate Father/Son/Holy Spirit.
G o d
I celebrate God’s uniqueness from humankind and His almighty all consuming love.
Rock flow though when I need you.
Jesus can fill me with His unmoveable faithfulness.
That is my prayer. The reality is I make mistakes. The spiritual reality or higher reality is that I need not be unfaithful to Him ever again as long as I rely on the rock to make me rock like.
How God is bigger than me
If God was all that I can imagine good to be He would only be a fake image that I created that could not love any better than I can. I can not love that well.
He is so much better.
No matter where I am on my spiritual journey, I can hope in His unfailing love.
‘Father, thank you for showing me You love me today by my having breath.’
24 Who can hide in secret places
so that I cannot see them?”
declares the Lord.
“Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
declares the Lord.”
29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
It is honest to admit that the kind of God that is bigger than me is very scary.
Autumn seems sad
I remind myself of what I told my good friend Marcio. It is alright to feel sad if it brings me to repentence in Jesus my savior.
It is good when a project is over. I have accomplished this summer. If I am sad perhaps I can bring more of God’s love to those around me next summer. I am thankful for the good that He accomplished this summer.
I am not worried about winter. He has gotten me through 50 winters and I know He will not fail this one. Day is still day and I have lots to do but I will take my time and live intentionally in His presence in love of Him.
Deeper bible reading example
First find a verse that stands out. This might take a while.
I like the Psalms, Proverbs and any of the 4 Gospels.
Matt 3:16-17 (KJ2000) ” 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up immediately out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Who says God never speaks out loud?
Here is a true recording of Him doing so. And what did it require? The obedience of Jesus.
prayer: ‘Jesus, be obedient through me. Let my obedience come from You and flow through me so that I am only obedient to You and the Father and the Holy Spirit.’
Then I look at the Greek words and other passages that relate to it.
God speaks again when Jesus is transfigured: Luke 9:35 (KJ2000) ” 35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. ”
God says listen to Him.
The Greek word is akouo which means hear and understand. This is a deeper kind of hearing. It is a spiritual hearing.
How do I hear spiritually. I must be very calm and still and I must have faith. I must know He is God. If I say I don’t know it, that is a bad start. I ask Him to help me know it. How do I know other things? I am always using faith. I don’t really know anything. I made decisions on what I choose to believe or not.
When I listen to my spirit right now it says, ‘I want God to be well pleased with me.’
Jesus says that God will say that to me if I use what He has given me, Matt 25:23 (KJ2000) ” 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord. ”
It is really easy to hear God this way. I almost have to take a stubborn approach and convince myself that I am not hearing Him to ignore it.
Any questions? Please use comments to leave them. If I don’t know which I probably won’t. I can refer to someone smarter than me.
I know I heard God because I feel an indictment. The indictment is that I must use the love He gave me on the cross for loving those around me better. For using the peace He gives me to be a peacemaker and for using the hope and joy that He gives me to encourage people in my life.
What does it look like?
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What does it look like?
Father, show me where I am at so that I may become closer to You. I know where You are at. You are here and you are closer to my own inner being then I could ever get.
He is closer to me then I could ever be.
One difficult thing about being married for many years is that my wife knows me. I can’t get away with anything.
It is difficult especially when I don’t want to deal with an issue I am having. Or if I’m trying to get my own way by deciet.
Ps 73:28 (KJ2000) ” 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works. ”
Believe, grow in faith, and pass the challenges by relying on Him. I like what Jon Bloom said about increasing intimacy with Jesus, “Which means his invitation to you to enjoy intimacy with him is the providences in your life that are testing your faith more than anything else. What you must trust God most for right now is where he means for you to draw closer to him.”
He is closer.
Phil 3:10 (KJ2000) ” 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; ”
Phil 3:8-9 (KJ2000) ” 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but rubbish, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
1Cor 8:1-3 (KJ2000) ” 1 Now concerning things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2 And if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man loves God, the same is known by him.”
I can not get distracted by knowing. Love edifies.
Consider how I bless someone. By recognizing their good qualities and being thankful for them.
Also consider how I worship. Humble submission.
‘Jesus I give you permission to know me. Fill this cup that You created to overflowing not for my glory but only so that everyone may be filled by Your goodness and Your love.’
Let me be out of the equasion.
Not by abandoniing responsibility but by relinquishing control.
2Tim 2:19 (KJ2000) ” 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. ”
Gal 4:9 (KJ2000) ” 9 But now, after you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? ”
Gal 4:1-7 (KJ2000) ” 1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Therefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
The sons seem to be the same as servants until…
Jesus frees me.
I receive the adoption only through Jesus.
God sends the Spirit of his Son into my heart. (The Holy Spirit)
The first thing I hear from the Holy Spirit inside me is ‘Abba Father’
The first thing He knows about me that I am not aware of about myself is ‘I am His son.’
Do I want to pray to get something for me? Or would I rather die to get to know Jesus?
It is a choice and it is a hard and continual one.
I would rather die to know Jesus more.
Not die as in stop breathing. But die as in stop trying to get my own way. Die as in quit sinning.
So if I want to be closer to Him. I do so by not turning away from Him which is what sin really is. Taking my eye off Him and wanting anything other than Him.
This is simple
And so simple.
I don’t need to scramble and prove to Him or to me that I deserve love. I only need to return to Him like the prodigal son with my tail between my legs and He runs out to meet me and hugs me.
He is my father. Oh what love.
This is a deep aspect of God. His father/son love.
He freely offers this to me.
Should I choose to accept it?
The price is high. I must die.
Oh how worth it are you Lord Jesus.
As if my life was worth much anyway.
And when the transaction its over He lifts my head in His hands and whispers ‘My child you are so valuable to me.’
Valuable enough for me to die for you.
Is this the most intimate exchange? His life for mine and mine for His.
John 15:12-13 (KJ2000) ” 12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
And So my cup overflows.
I must also give up my life for the other people that God loves. My family, friends, co-workers, and anyone who’s needs are made evident to me.
Yes I need to love people ‘as I love myself’
Yes I need to treat people as I want to be treated.’
But the best love is the one that Jesus freely pours out to all of us.
‘Father keep filling me with Your love. It is the only real thing in this life.’
Roy G biv
What’s with the 7?
Red paragraph text
I just learned something new can you guess what it is?
Is my text normally black?
1Tim 1:1 (KJ2000) ” 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope; ”
What Color Would Hope Be?
“Daddy I need you!”
When I was a child and the big bad neighbor kids were trying to do me harm I could yell for my daddy. This is a great spiritual exercise to do. If I am worried ‘cry’ out to Jesus.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Receive Him – Jesus.
Believe in His name.
3 ways to be born are mentioned – blood, will of the flesh, will of man, But we are born not of these but of God. Other translations say of the will of God.
Honesty and truth unite
Where I am is not what I think.
I need to be honest with myself about being decieved. About me decieving myself.
And I need to be led by Jesus toward the truth. I am actually his beloved son.
I am seperate from Him while I am not worshipping but I am utterly consumed by Him wrapped up and unaware of myself when I am captured by His grace.
I need to grow into more often kingdom living.
I can learn a lot more but I need to be less focused on myself.
He will point out things I need to work on and I must do the work without taking my eyes off of Him.
Honesty and truth need to be united,
He likes me and says I’m good. I turn that into I am a god. Or I feel so utterly unworthy that I know He will not accept me. The truth is He does accept me right now and always.
Somehow God who can not look at evil looks at me. I think it is through Jesus.
Someway God loves me and encourages me to accept His righteousness through Jesus.
‘I believe You, Jesus.’
‘Help me to believe more and more.’
It is dealing with my spirit. I can say in my mind ‘oh yeah I believe all that’ but do I really?
Am I believing like the guy who rode on the back of the high wire acrobat across Niagra falls?
God wants to show me where I am at least where I think I am. Then call me to higher thoughts where I actually am with Him. I am pure. I am free.
‘Father, help me to quit deceiving myself and believe deeper what you say.’
I don’t love musings as much as stories so…
There once was a person who thought they were a catepillar when actually they were a butterfly. It took a lot of convincing but eventually the butterfly/person learned to fly and kept flying with its teacher in heaven for eternity.
Jas 1:22 (NET) ” 22 But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. ”
Isn’t this real belief? Climbing on the back of the high wire walker. Taking on my own cross which Jesus bore for freedom.