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Something in Everything

When you know what to look for, you see it everywhere.

An exaggeration to make a point?

Yes or no, the idea implies its opposite.

The author of the 136th Psalm seems captured by the thought.

26 times in 26 verses he says things like— To him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever (Psa 26:16).

Some Bible translations read,  “His mercy endures forever”.

As many of us have learned over the years, the Hebrew word expresses thoughts of a many-sidedness of layered mercy, goodness, kindness, and faithfulness.

As we think about this song, though, we might bump into a problem that shows up in the middle.

The lyrics of the first nine verses express thoughts that could be true for anyone. But at verse 10, the song evolves into a self-centered nationalistic celebration— seen through the eyes of Jewish history. Only at verse 25, does the author return to everyone and everywhere when he says, “He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.”(Psa 26:25)

So what are we to make of such repetition? Does it really illustrate the idea that when you know what to look for— you see it everywhere? Is there something for everyone here—or not?

Seems to me that the love, kindness, mercy, goodness and faithfulness that is clear in the beginning of the song—and in the first few pages of Genesis— becomes inexpressibly hard to see… until we get to the part of the story where the God who loves the whole world so much that his Son dies on the Eve of a Jewish Passover…

One for all and everything.

When we know what to look for… we see it everywhere.


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    More years ago than I want to try and remember now, a writer and teacher at Fairmont State Teachers College had his opinion published in the college newspaper. He suggested we are all, God. Each one of us are our own “god”.

    A friend who had children attending at the time approached me to write an article in rebuttal and I did.

    When I read Psalms 136:1-26 I read it from the point of an author writing to an Israeli audience. While proclaiming God’s mercy also reminding them of His omnipotent power in having His will accomplished.

    In as far as a Israeli view of National pride, I am also reminded not to let my own pride get in the way of God’s work and will in all the earth.

    Also reminding me that Christianity is something of a sect of Judaism. As in the conclusion that when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior we also adopt all of the Scripture language that produced and brought Christ into our lives.

    I wholeheartedly also accept the fact that accepting life as we are forced to live it sometimes makes us wonder where that mercy is.

    But as Mart has expressed so well “when we know what to look for we see it everywhere.” I have also said for quite a while that “whatever it is we look for is what we find”.

    I find a God who is in control of all events and chooses according to His will and desires. And I have learned that we are not God.

    29 degrees and expecting snow soon.

    Steve

  2. poohpity says:

    I do not see the middle as a “self-centered nationalistic celebration” of the Jewish history but as a character description of God by remembering the historical experiences of the Jews interacting with God and yes those could be applied even today maybe not the same circumstances but with the same God who never changes. The same someone in everything, the one who shows “many-sidedness of layered mercy, goodness, kindness, and faithfulness”.

    But you are right we now see it through the lenses of the Cross so we see it looking backward or in hindsight of what the author of Psalm 136 was saying in his time. The same God just different circumstances so “When you know what to look for, you see it everywhere.”. In my life I see the “many-sidedness of layered mercy, goodness, kindness, and faithfulness” maybe not the experiences of the Jewish Nation but in the experiences of my everyday life. I have learned what look for when my eyes were opened.

  3. poohpity says:

    Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
    even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
    even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
    18
    yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
    19
    The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
    He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    able to tread upon the heights. Habakkuk 3:17-19 NLT

  4. jeff1 says:

    Each of us certainly see God differently but I think that is because I don’t keep fixed on Jesus and when I run into difficulty.

    I say that because I look at the difference in my dad’s walk and mine and I see a big difference and I know now that it was because my dad fixed his sight on Jesus and not on scripture.

    His expectations were that suffering would be a part of his life and why would it not be since Jesus suffered.

    He suffered as much as most people do in their lifetime but it never changed his attitude because he was walking in the light of the truth rather than listening to the superstitions or beliefs of his cultures of his time.

    A gift from God as it is rare to find someone with such a take on life.

    I spent my younger life being influenced by my mum who filled my head with superstitions and my dad would always tell me not to listen because he knew my mum did not have his teaching or Christian upbringing and believed what she was telling me was true.

    After my mother died I grew closer to my dad and discovered he was very much a man who walked the walk as he knew God much better than others I had known who proclaimed to.

    While I was playing God he was following God and so he taught me the difference in doing God’s will and being in ignorance of it.

    It was him that taught me that God’s way is the better way as he was unpretentious in his life and took life as it came without complaining and I am finding that a rare virtue today or maybe it is just that I have stopped hoping to find it.

  5. SFDBWV says:

    Whereas I have already stated, in my opinion, we Christians are a (branch) sect of Judaism. I am reminded as such we are “adopted” into the family and so the promises given to Abraham and his descendants.

    Believing that enables me to feel (understand) that the blessings promised to Israel are also promises to us as well.

    I am also reminded that when we accept Jesus as Lord we accept and believe our “salvation”, the forgiveness for our sins, both things we did knowing them to be sins and things we did not.

    When we get to that point of seeing what lay ahead for us beyond here and now we already know we are not chosen for destruction. Our eternal future is bright and promising. And why? Because God’s mercies endure forever.

    There with their back against the sea and the Egyptian army bearing down on them the Hebrew people thought for that moment that they were doomed. However exactly at the right time God showed up and while the pillars of fire held the Egyptian’s at bay God parted the Red Sea and the Hebrew’s walked across the sea on dry land to the safety of the other side.

    The trap set, when the pillars of fire abated, amazingly the Egyptian army, undaunted by those pillars of fire that held them back, pursued the Hebrew to their own doom.

    They had not seen God in the fire, all they had seen was their prey now in the open; and their lack of vision drown them in their pursuit to thwart God’s plans.

    Pray that God opens your eyes to see Him in everything.

    Steve

  6. Beloved says:

    I admit its difficult to see Jesus in the OT aside from a very few pointed references. That’s what I’m working on now. (Thanks Mart) The repetition of the psalm reminds me of the somewhat ‘self’ centeredness of some of the modern day troubadors. Not all though. We sang a new to me song in church yesterday that made me mindful of biblical psalms, yet ended with ‘Jesus’, reminding me of the hidden message of the ancients now revealed in these last days.

    Still growing in grace. Thank you Jesus.

  7. street says:

    To him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever (Psa 26:16).

    To Jesus who led His people through the wilderness; His love endures Forever.

    this same Jesus who speaks a blessing on His followers like the High in the temple did it for nothing. we meant it for evil but He meant it for good. We receive a blessing when it could never be expected or imagined because of what He has done on our behalf for His great love in which He loved us.

    The ancient mountains crumbled
    and the age-old hills collapsed—
    but he marches on forever.

    John 17:5
    Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

    John 17:22
    [ Their Future Glory ] The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;

  8. Beloved says:

    this same Jesus who speaks a blessing on His followers like the High in the temple did it for nothing.

    Street I’m not understanding this.

  9. Beloved says:

    we meant it for evil but He meant it for good.

    We meant the blessing for evil? Do you mean like to curse others instead of bless?

  10. street says:

    in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

  11. Beloved says:

    Street lest you think I’m being ficitious I’ve been tested and my comprehension is at about 85 percent probably from being dropped on my head as a baby, literally. Mom told me dad like to throw me up over his head and laughing let me fall to the floor. Oh I know God has allowed me to live and I’m so blessed. I have to read and study more than a lot of people but managed to make the dean’s list in college, once, but gave that goal up later for sanities sake, lol. Now I’m old and tired but still love to learn, thank you for being here, you bless me greatly.

  12. street says:

    we meant it for evil but He meant it for good.

    when we disobeyed God our relationship dies. what we did is the opposite of God’s will. yet God changes not. we changed into something else in order to be God which we are not. it’s like Herord, condemning John the Baptist, and Pilot, condemning Jesus, condemning others to justify themselves, a self righteousness caused by deception even though they did not want to. Joseph understood the circumstance and suffering where brought by God’s hand in order to save His family and a people for God. yes his brothers meant it for evil and suffered the consequences of their action with guilt, shame and lose. but Joseph was given back to them with a blessing. fear not.

  13. jeff1 says:

    Our prayer for Holy Communion confesses how it is not about our righteousness or our worthiness.

    These are not just words to me as I struggle in this world and when I take communion I feel strengthened in pleasing God as it reminds me I am cleansed by the blood of Jesus whatever my weaknesses.

    We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord,
    trusting in our own righteousness but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to the gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose nature is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that he may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

  14. street says:

    But at verse 10, the song evolves into a self-centered nationalistic celebration— seen through the eyes of Jewish history.

    to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt……

    to him who divided the Red Sea asunder……

    to him who led his people through the wilderness……

    to him who struck down great kings…….

    and gave their land as an inheritance…….

    an inheritance to his servant Israel.

    as i look at these verses i see a strong king of deception who held that which God loved. as the story unfolds we see a rescuer/deliver enter the picture. an unseen hand behind the scene but a strong and powerful presents. we also see a presents looting the deceivers house. for what purpose? we also see the deceivers influence played out before our eyes too in these verses.

    “Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
    You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
    15
    And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
    he will crush your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”

    His love endures forever
    His mercy endures forever

    graciously granted a new headship. blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

  15. street says:

    pure in heart
    it is not when i am holy or righteous when i see God best. it is when i see myself, as i truly am, a wretch
    Jesus is close to wretch’s because they are closer to the truth than the righteous. Jesus gives wretches hope! He gives us what we need freely and without cost. His yoke is lighter but not as difficult as the former. difficulties, yes. remember He overcame the world and a mountain of sin and lives forever. thinking of the guy who let go of everything to gain a field with a great treasure hidden in it.

    Isaiah 65:1
    [ A Rebellious People ] “I permitted Myself to be sought by those who did not ask for Me; I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’ To a nation which did not call on My name.

    Ruth 1:16
    But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

    Esther 7:4
    for we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed and to be annihilated. Now if we had only been sold as slaves, men and women, I would have remained silent, for the trouble would not be commensurate with the annoyance to the king.”

    Hosea 2:23
    “I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they will say, ‘You are my God!’”

  16. narrowpathseeker says:

    Are we to be looking for signs of Jesus’ return? I am looking for something else but I see the signs we were given for the end, everywhere. What I am looking for is the strength, courage, and determination to rise above myself and become a good example of a Christian, so I can be ready and help others get ready for that day. I am afraid that I have accepted too much of the ways of the world as being OK. Lord have mercy on us all.

  17. street says:

    dear narrow Oswald Chambers deals with some of the issues you brought up today. watching and waiting too.
    nothing to boast in, but Jesus.

    God always works through us when we are unaware of it. but i do think we are aware of His presents. when we are not aware of His presents i think there are two ways He gets our attention a still small voice with drama or the reverse. oh the walk on the road to Emmaus. how things quickly change after walking with Him. even then He went ahead of them. to be followed and looked to daily. the pursuer of love and the discovery of joy.

  18. Beloved says:

    Sorry that was facetious not ficitious@12:43. Like you just said street, I knew God was going to lead me today and did He ever! Thank you

  19. street says:

    My Jesus, my Saviour
    Lord there is none like You
    All of my days I want to praise
    The wonders of Your mighty love
    My comfort, my shelter
    Tower of refuge and strength
    Let every breath, all that I am
    Never cease to worship You
    Shout to the Lord all the Earth, let us sing
    Power and majesty, praise to the King
    Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
    At the sound of Your name
    I sing for joy at the work of Your hand
    Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand
    Nothing compares to the promise I have
    In You

  20. street says:

    When you know what to look for, you see it everywhere.
    sometimes when i look for things, i don’t know why, but they can be right in front of me and i not see them till some one points it out. a time for thankfulness and humility. seems i did not have time for it prior to and i doubt that i thank the person properly and just felt embarrassed. the promise of a helper is one of the greatest promises Jesus ever gave. getting to know this helper is a challenge for me. we are told He will do three things for us. thinking it will be easier when we deny ourselves take up our cross daily and follow Jesus. to do this with dirty feet and the assistance of a helper. ambassadors in a foreign kingdom. i like the idea of plundering this kingdom that is passing away. to be captive to Christ, life and not death. looking for life.

  21. poohpity says:

    When you really stop and think about the big picture and what is really most important in this life, and then study the Bible to see where all of our priorities should be set at in this life – there is one special message and revelation that comes jumping off all the pages of the Bible.

    This one special message and revelation is that God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit are looking to establish and make a direct, one-on-one, intimate, personal relationship with each person He has created.

    For God the Father to go to such an extreme and painful length to get all of us back to Himself shows us only one possible thing – and that one thing is how much our God really, truly, and unconditionally loves each man and each woman He has ever created.

    There is no way that God the Father is going to send down and sacrifice His one and only Son on a cross if He did not have some kind of special, maximum intense, passionate, jealous, all-consuming type of fire love for each person He has ever created.

    So when we become aware of this we can see it in everything and after studying the Bible from start to finish, I believe there is one main reason why the Lord has gone to such extreme and painful lengths to bring all of us back to Himself – and that one main reason is for intimate fellowship.

    I believe the main reason that God created the first man and the first woman was for intimate fellowship. And God was not only wanting intimate fellowship with Adam and Eve, but He was also going to want it with every man and woman that would follow after them.

    We can see that in everything if we really are looking.

  22. poohpity says:

    God is now waiting with wide and open arms for all of us to approach Him. And what exactly is God waiting for?

    Intimate fellowship, intimate prayer and communication, intimate dialogue and conversations about anything and everything, and intimate sharing of our most personal, private, and secret thoughts.

    Bottom line – God is looking for seekers! God is looking for those who will not be afraid to try and establish a one-on-one, personal, on-fire, passionate, intense, and willing to tell-all and share-all love relationship with Him.

    God is looking for a maximum intense kind of personal relationship with no holds barred. He is looking for on-fire and passionate people who will try and tear into Him, who will try and take a hold of Him, and who will try to understand Him and all of His ways.

  23. poohpity says:

    Now that seems to be the “Something in Everything”!!!

  24. jeff1 says:

    Fight the good fight With all thy might;
    Christ is thy Strength and Christ thy Right.
    Lay hold on life, and it shall be
    Thy joy and crown eternally.

    Run the straight race Thro’ God’s good grace;
    Lift up thine eyes and seek His face.
    Life with its way before us lies;
    Christ is the Path and Christ the Prize.

    Cast care aside; Upon thy Guide
    Lean, and His mercy will provide;
    Lean and the trusting soul shall prove
    Christ is its Life and Christ its Love.

    Faint not nor fear, His arms are near;
    He changeth not, and thou art dear.
    Only believe, and thou shalt see
    That Christ is All in all to thee.

  25. Beloved says:

    Malachi 3:6 King James Version (KJV)
    6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

  26. jeff1 says:

    God asks me to trust Him in a world that is no longer seeking Him and it is in Jesus Name I am secure in my relationship irrespective of my weaknesses past/present/future.

    Lead me to the Rock

    Chorus:
    Oh! Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I
    Lead me to the Rock and there let me lie
    Safe and protected, sheltered and dry
    Cradled in Your arms as the waves crash nearby

    I can’t stand on my own anymore
    I’m losing sight of the distant shore
    I need help from the One I adore
    I cry out from my very heart’s core

    Stability is so hard to find
    My body’s weak, confusion in mind
    Looking in wrong places, peace to find
    Desperate to escape, to unwind

    Please lead me to the Rock
    Lead me to the Rock
    Lead me to the Rock called Jesus
    Lead me to the Rock
    Lead me to the Rock
    Lead me to the Rock called Jesus

    My fading eyesight wanders away
    Dark waters close in with each new day
    The sun has lost its warm healing ray
    Lord, I’m so sorry, I’ll kneel and pray

    My Father, without you, I am lost
    I know how much for Your Son, it cost
    It cost Him, cost You ’cause I was lost
    You’re my Rock, forever, At all cost

    Chorus:
    Oh! lead me to the Rock that is higher than I
    Lead me to the Rock and there let me lie
    Safe and protected, sheltered and dry
    Cradled in Your arms as the waves crash nearby

    Oh! lead me to the Rock
    Lead me to the Rock
    Lead me to the Rock called Jesus
    Lead me to the Rock
    Lead me to the Rock
    Lead me to the Rock called Jesus

    Chorus:
    Oh! Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I
    Lead me to the Rock and there let me lie
    Safe and protected, sheltered and dry
    Cradled in Your arms as the waves crash nearby

  27. street says:

    Something in Everything
    was thinking of a relay race this morning. people are will to pass off the baton to their friends, spouses, co-workers,charity, country or cause. Jesus took notice of this and spoke of it, when people receive each other. in a relay race there are rules to be followed in order to win the price. sounds like defeat already dosen’t it? thinking if i give the baton to Jesus the race is a sure thing. being prideful, i was thinking was there any condition i could attach to the baton to make it better? that creeped me out because to add conditions was to not to give the baton to Jesus, but keep control. in this race of rules, after the baton is passed no strings attached, Jesus says to follow Him. thinking, i just ran as far and as fast as i could and i am tired and thirsty my mussels hurt all over. what will you do?

  28. street says:

    When you know what to look for, you see it everywhere.

  29. Beloved says:

    When you know WHO to look for you see HIM everywhere.

  30. street says:

    Ephesians 1
    17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the [w]knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart [x]may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the [y]saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

  31. Beloved says:

    22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

    All things in subjection, the fullness of Him, fills all in all.

    Captured, under command, complete. The everything of Something. Oh its wonderful being a part of Jesus’s kingdom!

  32. street says:

    But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

  33. Beloved says:

    Alive to Christ yet dead to sin. Do not let sin reign in your mortal bodies. I bear in my body the marks of the LORD Jesus Christ. Yet, again, we are more than conquerors in Him. Street I like your analogy of passing the baton. With dirty feet.

  34. Beloved says:

    No one can ever be good enough or clean enough if Christ died for sinners. (And we know He did because scripture tells us He did.)

  35. poohpity says:

    street, with your baton passing example I see Jesus passing the baton to us so that we can pass the baton of His love and grace to others, so that all can finish the race together. “Something in Everything”

  36. street says:

    Something in Everything
    21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear results. 22 No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

    Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

    14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

    i think you are right steve that Christianity is a sect of Judaism.

  37. poohpity says:

    Judaism and Christianity are as different as the law and grace.

  38. street says:

    grace, creation, came first then the law. just as the law was kept by faith in hope, we too are kept by faith in hope in the law of Christ, Word made Flesh. Emmanuel

    new Headship in Christ. the self-centerness is done away with. we take up a cross daily to counter the flesh we remain in. it’s influence are still active. Paul spoke of dying daily. i can see why living by love instead of the letter could be do able, not by flesh but by a new Spirit. in order to love there must be light and opportunity. to walk in darkness precludes any possibility to love. yet God is not hindered by any of this. thinking of the entire Old Testament here.

    Matthew 7:11
    If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

  39. narrowpathseeker says:

    Street. thank you…I will try to check it out…in what book?

  40. poohpity says:

    Judaism just like any other religion is lived out in the flesh and by the flesh while Christianity is a relationship with the Father through the son with the guidance of the Spirit, it is all relational.

    John 17:19-23 NLT And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.

    20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

    22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

  41. Beloved says:

    When we know what to look for, we see it everywhere.

    Eph. 6:12 the struggle against sin is real, as is the reality of holiness. The fullness of God that fills everything. Death first then comes life.

  42. Beloved says:

    Sunday I sat behind a couple we’ve been praying for about 2 years now as he struggles with cancer. There must have been a leak in his colostomy bag and my first thought was, well, at least it’s not me this time, lol. But then suddenly I pictured Jesus on the cross. I know what happens when a body dies. The sweet smell of death enraptured me. Not pleasant but common to all men and Jesus God and man. Sweet because of the threshold it leads to, eternal life! You get what you look for, comes to mind.

  43. street says:

    Something in Everything
    Isaiah 52:14-15
    Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
    So His appearance was marred more than any man
    And His form more than the sons of men.
    15
    Thus He will sprinkle many nations,
    Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
    For what had not been told them they will see,
    And what they had not heard they will understand.

    Romans 11:31-33

    31 so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. 32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

    33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

  44. street says:

    dear narrow the Chambers reference was for the devotional on the Our Daily Bread site posted daily. in the upper left corner, ODB page, the word Daily is a drop down menu for devotionals. His is the one, My Utmost for His Highest. there is a calendar too to go back to the day in question on his page. no book to buy or check out. sometimes he is hard for me to understand, but most of the time there are bread crumbs to find. i have to put a disclaimer here. devotionals are nice and a great tool, but they can not replace the Spirit or the Word we have been entrusted with. God bless you with Himself. on a side note the devotional can be very long and they break it up over a couple of days. so if you look at one day the day before and after might be connected to it. as mart has shown us in this blog When you know what to look for, you see it everywhere. Something in Everything

  45. jeff1 says:

    Somebody cares and always will,
    The world forgets but God loves you still,
    You cannot go beyond His Love
    No matter what you’re guilty of-
    For God forgives until the end,
    He is your faithful, loyal friend,
    And though you try to hide your face
    There is no shelter any place
    That can escape His watchful eye,
    For on the earth and in the sky
    He’s ever present and always there
    To take you in His tender care
    And bind the wounds and mend the breaks
    When all the world around forsakes…
    Somebody cares and loves you still
    And God is the Someone who always will.

  46. jeff1 says:

    God is stability in an ever changing world as His ways stand the test of time as His ways are love, kindness, mercy, goodness, faithfulness.

    Just close your eyes
    and open your heart
    And feel your worries
    and cares depart,
    Just yield yourself
    to the Father above
    And let Him hold you
    secure in His love-
    For life on earth
    grows more involved
    With endless problems
    that can’t be solved-
    But God only asks us
    to do our best,
    Then He will “take over”
    and finish the rest-
    So when you are tired,
    discouraged and blue,
    There’s always one door
    that is open to you-
    And that is the door
    to “The House of Prayer”
    And you’ll find God waiting
    to meet you there,
    And “The House of Prayer”
    is no farther away
    Then the quiet spot
    where you kneel and pray-
    For the heart is a temple
    when God is there
    As we place ourselves
    in His loving care,
    And He hears every prayer
    and answers each one
    When we pray in His name
    “Thy Will be done”-
    And the burdens that seemed
    too heavy to bear
    Are lifted away
    on “the wings of prayer.”

  47. SFDBWV says:

    “Something in Everything”, “When you know what to look for…we see it everywhere.”

    It struck me this morning about how God seen something in every person He used in Scripture and still to this day uses for His purposes.

    Something of a mystery is what it was that made Enoch so special that God just “took” him? Interesting that Enoch lived 365 years, just how many days are in a year.

    From Noah up through John (the Baptist) God seen something special in each of His prophets, some even before they were born. To my knowledge not a single prophet failed in his duty to God.

    Elijah being taken up to heaven similarly as Enoch for some future use of God.

    Balaam who was not an Israelite was thought of by reginal peoples to be a prophet because of his divination and performative acts, was as far as I have been able to ascertain was never called by God to be a prophet, only used by God in defiance of Israel’s enemies.

    As I think more about it, every single Bible character in all of the story possessed something special in them that God knew He could expound on and use for His work.

    Even for some showing their darker character not only in His use, but as a lesson for us all.

    That is God, but people/mankind is warned about what we see/observe.

    Eve it is said looked upon the forbidden fruit and seen it was “pleasant to the eyes”. How many things do we look upon and see “pleasant to the eyes”?

    Which may bring me to the point of “knowing what to look for”. Such an action will expose our heart.

    Do we see the hand of God in all the things in our lives? Or do we see injustice and struggle leading to disillusionment and despair?

    Yes what we look for is what we find. Yes there is injustice and life is a struggle, but God is also there we need to look for Him there in all of life as well.

    We need to be thankful for what we do have and see/realize that God’s mercies endure forever in our lives as well.

    I have pondered enough for the morning, 21 degrees and cloudy this morning. We have had 29 ½ inches of snow these first 14 days of March. I hope the end of March will prove to be more “spring like”.

    Steve

  48. jeff1 says:

    In my personal life I have seen the hand of God but it is in the guerrilla war of this country that I have found it difficult to see Him.

    My mother said it was the worst type of warfare and she was not wrong.

    The war started for me in 1969 but my mum remembered the history of Ireland’s hatred of the English going back long before I was born.

    The 1969 troubles came to an end in 1998 but those who took part in the campaign have not give up what they see as their right to a United Ireland anymore than those from my community who wish to remain in the United Kingdom.

    There is stalemate in our country because division in both religion and culture have not gone away because the bombs and bullets have. If anything the effects of the war caused more division and hatred resulting in another generation living in turmoil.

    I have learned from this that living in the past is not healthy as that is what is happening in our communities here.

    While I try very hard not to pass on my negative feelings to my children and so do most right thinking parents I am also aware that there are those in both communities who are feeding their’s with hatred.

    In this world we will have tribulation but Jesus has overcome the world.

    My dad always had the right expectations and why he was better than anyone I know at doing adversity because he took it literally that troubles and struggles would be part of the course which means my dad lived in the real world while I did not.

    Jesus and His disciples lived in the real world and it was not a pretty one and so if I am following His ways then why should mine be any different.

    My dad’s favourite artist was Jim Reeves and so when I went out in the car with him I was serenaded with his songs and this one stands out in my mind today.

    This world is not my home I’m just a passing through
    My treasures are laid out somewhere beyond the blue
    The angels beckon me form heaven’s open door
    And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore
    Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you
    if heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do
    The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
    And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

    I have a loving mother just over in gloryland
    And I don’t expect to stop until I shake her hand
    She’s waiting now for me in heaven’s open door
    And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore
    Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you
    if heaven’s not my home Then Lord what will I do

    The angels beckon me From heaven’s open door
    And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

    Just over in gloryland
    We’ll live eternally
    The saints on every hand are shouting victory

    Their songs of sweetest praise
    Drift back from heaven’s shore
    And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

    Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you
    If heaven’s not my home Then Lord what will I do

    The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door
    And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

  49. SFDBWV says:

    This morning we had clear skies and I did enjoy seeing that as I fed the critters, but exactly at 8 am the sky clouded over and it began to snow again.

    Yes life can make us feel like a pretzel twisted one way then another.

    Viv the American Civil War ended April 9 1865, or so it seems. Though the fighting stopped none of the sentiment has ended the divisions in people.

    I look at the Balkan countries and I see extreme hatred and divisions among its peoples and neighbors. Especially between Christian and Muslim.

    I look at Africa and see countries continually in some state of civil or tribal warfare.

    The list goes on and what is it I see?

    The need for Jesus Christ throughout all the world and my prayer is for His return and an end to all the hatred.

    Be at peace Viv, you are greatly loved by the Creator of all things.

    Steve

  50. SFDBWV says:

    While I am thinking about it and have a few minutes I am reminded of one of our nation’s finest acts of forgiveness and mercy.

    After a merciless and bloody campaign of killing each other during the American Civil War, when General Lee, Commanding General of the Confederate Armies, surrendered to General Grant, Commanding General of the Union at the Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia, General Grant simply told Lee to tell his men to lay down their arms and go home. The war and the fighting were over. To let the healing begin.

    I am certain Grant had his orders from President Lincoln as Lincoln wanted the nation to just go back to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    His kindness was returned by an assassination from men who knew nothing of mercy, grace or for that matter, honor.

    People today want to change history and have forgotten the mercy and forgiveness given at Appomattox.

    Steve

  51. poohpity says:

    I heard one of our old Senators say yesterday that in her life in 1st though 12th grade there was no such thing as school shootings but if I was able to ask her some questions I would ask, “did you have prayer and bible reading in school then?” the answer would have been yes. So what I see now or in many other troubled times and the condition of people’s hearts is the absence of God and the place people have made the choice not to include God. But I also know that most media or news organizations only dig to report the bad things in this world when there are so many good things happening around the world but people often would rather focus on the bad parts. It seems when people focus on all the troubles and horrible things happening it causes one’s heart to become bitter, resentful, filled with hate, pessimistism and have a loss of hope.

    As a community of believers we are offered a better way to look at things with a trust in God knowing that things could be worse than they are but we are given the ability to see the good, the right, the pure, the just and the noble things that are worthy of praise, gratitude and thankfulness.

    Which reminds me of the song “Trust His Heart”

    All things work for our good
    Though sometimes we don’t see
    How they could
    Struggles that break our hearts in two
    Sometimes blind us to the truth
    Our Father knows what’s best for us
    His ways are not our own
    So when your pathway grows dim
    And you just don’t see Him,
    Remember you’re never alone

    God is too wise to be mistaken
    God is too good to be unkind
    So when you don’t understand
    When don’t see His plan
    When you can’t trace His hand
    Trust His Heart
    Trust His Heart

    He sees the master plan
    And he holds our future in His hand,
    So don’t live as those who have no hope,
    All our hope is found in Him
    We see the present clearly
    But He sees the first and the last
    And like a tapestry He’s weaving you and me,
    To someday be just like Him

    God is too wise to be mistaken
    God is too good to be unkind
    So when you don’t understand
    When don’t see His plan
    When you can’t trace His hand
    Trust His Heart

    He alone is faithful and true
    He alone knows what is best for you
    God is too wise to be mistaken
    God is too good to be unkind
    So when you don’t understand
    When don’t see His plan
    When you can’t trace His hand
    Trust His Heart

    When you don’t understand
    When you don’t see His plan
    When you can’t trace His hand
    Trust His Heart
    Trust His Heart

  52. Beloved says:

    Steve and Viv this fits what you are talking about it’s from John Piper this morning.

    The Triumph Is Sure
    Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. (Isaiah 25:3)

    Isaiah sees the day coming when all the nations — representatives from all the people groups — will no longer be at odds with Yahweh, the God of Israel and his Messiah, whom we know to be Jesus.

    They will no longer worship Bel or Nebo or Molech or Allah or Buddha or utopian social programs or capitalistic growth possibilities or ancestors or animistic spirits. Instead they will come in faith to the banquet on God’s mountain.

    And they will have the veil of sorrow removed and death shall be swallowed up and the reproach of God’s people will be removed and tears shall be gone forever.

    That’s the setting for understanding the vision of verse 3: “Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.” In other words God is stronger than the “strong people” and he is so powerful and so gracious that in the end he will turn ruthless nations to revere him.

    So the picture Isaiah gives us is one of all nations turned to God in worship, a great banquet for all the peoples, the removal of all suffering and grief and reproach from the nations who have become his people, and the final putting away of death forever.

    This triumph is sure because God is doing it. Therefore we can be certain of it.

    Not one life spent in the cause of world evangelization is spent in vain. Not one prayer or one dollar or one sermon or one letter of encouragement mailed or one little light shining in some dark place — nothing in the cause of the advancing kingdom is in vain.

    The triumph is sure.

  53. Beloved says:

    This song is on my heart today.

    10,000 Reasons
    Bless the Lord oh my soul
    Oh my soul
    Worship His Holy name
    Sing like never before
    Oh my soul
    I’ll worship Your Holy name
    The sun comes up
    It’s a new day dawning
    It’s time to sing Your song again
    Whatever may pass
    And whatever lies before me
    Let me be singing
    When the evening comes
    Bless the Lord oh my soul
    Oh my soul
    Worship His Holy name
    Sing like never before
    Oh my soul
    I’ll worship Your Holy name
    You’re rich in love
    And You’re slow to anger
    Your name is great
    And Your heart is kind
    For all Your goodness
    I will keep on singing
    Ten thousand reasons
    For my heart to find
    Bless the Lord oh my soul
    Oh my soul
    Worship His Holy name
    Sing like never before
    Oh my soul
    I’ll worship Your Holy name
    Bless You Lord
    And on that day
    When my strength is failing
    The end draws near
    And my time has come
    Still my soul will
    Sing Your praise unending
    Ten thousand years
    And then forevermore
    Forevermore
    Bless the Lord oh my soul
    Oh my soul
    Worship His Holy name
    Sing like never before
    Oh my soul
    I’ll worship Your Holy name
    Bless the Lord oh my soul
    Oh my soul
    Worship His Holy name
    Sing like never before
    Oh my soul
    I’ll worship Your Holy name
    Yes I’ll worship Your Holy name
    I’ll worship Your Holy name
    Sing like never before
    Oh my soul
    I’ll worship Your Holy name
    Jesus I will worship Your Holy name
    Worship Your Holy name.

  54. jeff1 says:

    It makes me sad Steve because we go to war in the pursuit of peace only to find that it brings more misery than peace.

    I have given up finding peace in this world, Steve, as my dad fought in the 2nd WW, I lived through the war here and my son fought in the Afghanistan war and so it goes on because man’s way is not God’s way and these wars are proof of that.

    I can know God’s presence when I am seeking Him but the reality of this world is that hatred is as strong a force as love and until this world sees the wrong in that then how can we feel God’s presence in it.

    The need for Jesus throughout the world is seen by those of us who are seeking Him.

    My fear is for those who are not, as Satan, as too big a hold on this earth for my liking but then it’s God’s plan and not mine and so Steve prayer is what is required for hope to be regained and prayer does work because it gives us time to re-evaluate and God does something and I get a glimpse of Him working in the midst of my disappointments and I am strengthened again in knowing His presence is never far away.

    You are such a calming influence, Steve, just like my dad was, I am so much more like my mother and I can remember us saying my poor dad had a lot to listen to when he had all of us to contend with.

    You have stability and strength which was what my dad had and it speaks to me of staying power and I wish I had more of it but then when I think of the Biblical characters that you spoke of and how God used them and so with God anything is possible!

  55. street says:

    the picture fits

  56. Beloved says:

    Dear street I have to tell you that the verses you shared @ street says:
    March 12, 2018 at 3:12 pm brought such healing for me. The cry of my heart for years is that I didn’t feel I belonged in church, didn’t feel good as everyone else. I cried and cried, the release and relief the Holy Spirit brought to me were truly palpable. So much so that I’ve had no PTS symptoms since that day, in church or other groups I’ve been in. Was able to take communion feeling as I really was part of the Body of Christ, and not just an orphan waiting for crumbs of grace every day. This is a very big deal for me. I don’t know you at all, but the Spirit is truly involved in the fellowship of believers. Everyone seeking finds what they are looking for. From the lowest to the highest He died for all. Seek, ask, find. Amen and thank you Street for listening and obeying our Father.

  57. foreverblessed says:

    Joyce, that reminds me of the animation film:
    Little drummer boy.
    You might look it up on you tube, it is quite long. I am talking about the end, where the narrator says:
    “Blessed are the pure in heart.”

  58. foreverblessed says:

    When I read these bible verses Street posted on March 14, 12.34 pm

    For a moment to me it was SO clear: Everybody will see.

    For that whole day I was so thrilled; God is going to save everybody in the end!

    Now when I read it in my own bible, Isa 52:15…..well:

    “So He will sprinkle many nations”

    now I think, it does not say: All nations.

    But yet, in Romans 12:32: He may show mercy to all

    To me Psalm 136 is very very much a Psalm about God who always and always will remain merciful!

    There is no end to His mercy! I do believe that. maybe at some time there will be people who will go to hell, not because God’s mercy is at an end, but because these people need it, to come to their senses. And they will be there as long as it takes to come to their senses.

    God’s love is endless just as His mercy.

    No end to His love, whatever we do does not change His love for us.

    We are practicing a new song: Reckless love.

  59. foreverblessed says:

    Jeff, and Joyce I will post some more, but this is not for you, you are doing fine in your walk with Jesus, learning to surrender to Him, everyday a little bit more.
    So do not worry, nor fear for the love of God is driving out fear!

    But I want to tell about my reservations about that song: Reckless Love

  60. foreverblessed says:

    But I have some reservations with the words, and I feel quilty about having these reservations.

    it is not a matter of God who will not love us any longer, that is not the point, but it is our own heart who may become numb to the urgings of the Holy Spirit, and that state is where Jesus is talking about: sin against the Holy Spirit.
    (Gary would talk about this stuff a lot, I know that there is a point where there is surety: We are always Jesus’ children, and nobody can take us out of His hands, nothing can take us out of His loving embrace)

    Please, Jeff and Joyce, this has nothing to do with you, you are saved and following the Spirit, strugling, but always striving to follow Him. It has only to do with faith in Jesus: Believe in Him that you are righteous in His sight. Pure in heart.

    So bringing up this matter of: The sins against the Holy Spirit, is something sooo delicate, many who are walking with Jesus, feebly, but yet walking, will think: Oh, this is about me!

    We are warned not to quench the Spirit. If you are worried that you have quenched the Spirit, you for sure haven’t. (Billy Graham)

    But this point for me is a very very stern warning not to push anybody to accept Jesus, until their time is ready. So as not to have them accept Jesus too early, and so they may not be so very very convinced this is the Way, and never look back.

    Song of Songs 3:5

    Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field:

    Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.

  61. foreverblessed says:

    Ephesians 4:30-32
    30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

    We are to forgive each other, and not let any bitterness stay in our hearts, we are to throw out the bitter thoughts we have about other people, and give them to Jesus.
    We are to give the cup of our sins to Jesus, so that He has not died for nothing. There is no good we can give to Him, just our shortcomings.Jesus has comne to take them on the Cross, and throw them away, He has not come so that we hang on to our shortcomings.

    It is qa matter of faith! Believe that Jesus has done away with all these wrong things,
    BELIEVE IN JESUS CROSS

  62. foreverblessed says:

    Poohm has come back. I have forgiven Pooh, but she has not said sorry. She just comes back as if nothing has happened.
    So I do take some measures: I do not read her comments.
    Until somebody tells me she has said sorry for blaming all of us, for telling we are a bunch of @#%.
    For saying we are a gang.

    I have forgiven her of saying all of these things, but just going on as if nothing has happened is not what I am going to do.

    May God bless Pooh, lots and lots!

  63. poohpity says:

    Mart, as I was reading Deuteronomy 8-10 Chapter 9 jumped out at me because God was reminding Israel it was not because they were good or righteous that God did what was written in Psalm 136 verses 10-22 it was because of the promise He had made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the wickedness of the surrounding nations that He preformed those miracles of mercy to a rebellious people and undeserving people, Israel. So actually when one thinks about it, it does apply to us as well because Christ died on the Cross for sinners and showed us mercy and grace to a rebellious, undeserving whole of mankind, so there does seem to be a link and a something in there for us today. His Love endures forever and when we know what to look for we see it everywhere.

  64. narrowpathseeker says:

    Good Morning Friends. I have nothing to say other than I am feeling the warmth,love, and inspiring words as well as the peace of the Wisdom being utilized here. Thank you! May all my brotheres and sisters in Christ be Blessed super abundantly today.

  65. narrowpathseeker says:

    sorry…”brothers” not brotheres. lol

  66. SFDBWV says:

    Yes Pearl you are right, what we as Christians are to do is uplift each other, encourage each other, comfort one another and always show the face and nature of our Lord Jesus.

    I once told you I have a journal of Scripture I wrote down when first I brought Matt home from hospital, one such Scripture is Isaiah 58:1-14 KJV with focus on Isaiah 58:9-11 KJV.

    Sort of sounds simple doesn’t it? If we do this God will do that.

    I have found that when we put love in practice we receive love in return, but always be ready, because Satan want’s to spoil every good thing that we do or comes our way.

    Satan is like a barking dog, hard to ignore, but he has no power over us that we don’t give first to him.

    The dog will tire and become hoarse and in time give up.

    All we need do is not give in.

    Isaiah 59:1 KJV, “Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.”

    Steve

  67. Beloved says:

    Seems to me that the love, kindness, mercy, goodness and faithfulness that is clear in the beginning of the song—and in the first few pages of Genesis— becomes inexpressibly hard to see… until we get to the part of the story where the God who loves the whole world so much that his Son dies on the Eve of a Jewish Passover…

    But what do we do with about believers who wound other believers? I listened to a chapel with Ligon Duncan on YouTube about the mission of the church. Mart was right in turning our focus to the death of Jesus. Because Jesus was wounded and betrayed by His own people so will we also be and it’s been a long hard lesson for me to learn that the Divine judgement of God against sin is part and parcel of having a relationship with Him.

    I’ve been hurt but I have also hurt others, my brothers and sisters. That’s where mercy comes in. I learned about God’s mercy because the law told me I fell short. Judgement and mercy go hand in hand it seems to me. God has blessed me with mercy after years of loving judgement and I’m so grateful for His grace. The short years of struggle here are nothing compared to the eternity of living ahead! Blessing the LORD because His mercy endures forever more.

  68. jeff1 says:

    Forever, thank you for you reassurance and encouragement.

    Pooh, I love the song “Trust His Heart” lovely words full of encouragement. Thank you.

  69. Beloved says:

    Foreverblessed I happened on these posts from January and they are good enough for me regarding your earlier post today, ok? Blessings to all in Christ Jesus

    cbrown says:
    January 12, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Foreverblessed, your comments are a blessing. Most of Poohs comments are a blessing also. However when she goes on the offense the best thing to do is leave the room.She hands out criticism easily but does not receive it well.Last night one of the inmates in our study wanted to know how he could learn more about Love and we reviewed 1 Cor 13. I would encourage each person on this board to read the Word of God and be mindful that as Mart said ” when we are allowed to see that we really don’t live by what we can do for ourselves or for one another— but by every word of provision spoken into our lives—on the breath of our God?” Love to each of us.

    poohpity says:
    January 12, 2018 at 10:51 am
    I do wholeheartedly apologize to all for trying to play God in your lives. I wanted you to see that while picking out all my faults, shortcomings and failures that you have many of your own that God has forgiven you for rather than trusting God to do that. He is completely able and does it with more grace than I ever could. I so do apologize because God asked us to love one another in spite of our faults, failures and shortcomings. That same love He showed us should come pouring out to others. Again I am sorry and will leave it up to Him.

  70. narrowpathseeker says:

    Steve, as always the Wisdom you have been granted shines brightly as does the collective fruit of the Spirit of those that seek to lift and encourage each other here.

    As far as knowing what to look for, I am not sure where that is going.. If we are to only look for good in everything then why has the Lord forewarned us about so much…to test spirits, to turn away, to avoid the wide road that leads to destruction..wolves in sheep’s clothing, the signs of the end……if all we see is good, how easy it would be for satan to lure us into his realm of deception. As for me, I see myself quite clearly most of the time as well as seeing most others quite clearly. Asking for mercy for myself and others tends to dominate a good percentage of my prayer time. For the time being that is the best I can do…and hope to do better soon…but I do not think the Lord wants us to sacrifice the fruit we DO have to spirits of darkness. And to that thought I also ask the Lord for mercy if I am wrong.

  71. Beloved says:

    Knowing what to look for…

    Thinking about forgiveness and grace I think if I spend more time looking for Jesus in the scriptures forgiveness comes easier. I’m posting a part of the liturgy that always held much meaning for me even before I met Jesus, ( maybe I was a Pharisee on the brink of revelation, like Nicodemus)?
    Most merciful God,
    we confess that we have sinned against you
    in thought, word, and deed,
    by what we have done,
    and by what we have left undone.
    We have not loved you with our whole heart;
    we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
    We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
    For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
    have mercy on us and forgive us;
    that we may delight in your will,
    and walk in your ways,
    to the glory of your Name. Amen.

  72. Beloved says:

    Dear pooh, I’ve not only forgiven you for your meltdown a few weeks ago but forgotten it. Please forgive me for not loving you as I should. I have hurt you and others here and most of all God. I am sorry and hope for better days, but we’re not home yet so I’m bound to fail if I make a vow here. I will, however, continue to fix my eyes on Jesus who knows the Way is not easy but fruitful eventually by the grace He provides. Joyce

  73. street says:

    One for all and everything.
    When we know what to look for… we see it everywhere.

    32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

    34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

    thinking…. seeking a King of kings and Lord of lords should improve life as a whole as it did the woman at the well. living water, never thirsty again. i wonder how she took the news that her Messiah was crucified? did she understand why? did she hear the good news! her story was so important that it is preserved forever, just as the woman and the 2 cents. just as all sin must be brought to the judgment seat, so to every good work also. all will be dealt with according to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

    31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

    34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

    41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

  74. street says:

    ROMANS 2:1–16
    commentary from Scripture Union
    Passages of Scripture that detail God’s judgment on sin can be counterproductive to holy living if we read them without looking seriously at our own lives. The godly nineteenth-century Scottish minister Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813–1843) once said that he saw in his own heart the root of all known sin. We tend to have special pleading and plentiful excuses when our own lives are examined, but to be extremely critical about the sins of others. In this section Paul invites his hearers to look closely at their own lives and not be judgmental towards those whom God has allowed the self-destruction of their sins.
    Much of what Paul writes in this chapter is directed towards Jewish believers who, before they became Christians, would have had very negative thoughts about Gentile behavior and ethics. Some Christians find it hard to deal with the prejudices of a previous faith and all of us can easily assume that right knowledge is the equivalent of right behavior. These writings communicate truth gently. It is a false understanding of the grace of God and the saving work of Jesus if we think that our behavior is irrelevant to our relationship with God (cf. Rom. 6:1). We need to change.
    These Jewish Christians are now in a congregation with Gentiles, who have never lived by the Jewish Law. Now, however, they have come to faith in Christ Jesus and are living in obedience to him. This is one of the greatest arguments against religious pride. We cannot put anyone outside of God’s salvation purposes.

  75. street says:

    thinking about my own heart and the passage where David numbers the people. I, like David, share the same flesh. my hope is we share the same Messiah. waiting and watching
    seeking knocking and asking.

    Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

    32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

    thinking the elect here.
    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

  76. street says:

    Romans 9:21-23
    21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,

  77. street says:

    32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

    6
    Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
    7
    Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

    8
    In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

  78. SFDBWV says:

    “Something in Everything”, boy is that ever a true statement.

    All last evening the Weather Channel kept flip flopping between the prediction of snow for today between less than 1 inch to 1-3 inches. Their prediction would change every 8 minutes or so.

    This morning earlier when I looked in on the computer it was predicted at less than an inch and now when I sat down again its back to 1-3.

    What I see in such behavior is they don’t know and really should just say so.

    Earlier this morning I started to write a comment and in the course of it I needed to gather Scripture verses and in the middle of writing it I learned something from it and so erased it all and went on to my chores thanking God for His Word.

    It seems that there was something more to see in what I was about to say.

    It didn’t change what I had to say it made it “fuller” and “deeper”. So yes there is going to be “something in everything” especially when we dwell into the Word of God. It just may be that it is a well that goes deeper than we can ever go completely.

    God designed in nature warning signs to alert us and other creatures from dangerous other creatures. “Leaves of three, let them be.” Or “Red and black, step back.”

    There are also warning signs in people that should alert us to danger. This is what discernment helps us do, protect ourselves.

    Twice in Isaiah we are told there is a time when the wolf will lay down with the lamb, and children will be safe with the asp, (Isaiah 11:6-9 KJV) and (Isaiah 65:25 KJV)

    In the meantime whereas we are given discernment to recognize “poison” in other people we are also encouraged to know that Jesus says in Mark 16:18 JKV and Luke 11:19 JKV that He gives us the power over such danger.

    The only harm they can do to us is what power we give to them to do so.

    Sin can be cancerous, so recognize the sin in others, pray for them, avoid them if necessary, but they have no power over you. None. Take the high ground and stand fast on the Rock of our salvation.

    Yes Mart there is something in everything. We only need to look.

    Steve

  79. foreverblessed says:

    You are so right Steve, they ( snakes and scorpions) have no power over us!
    Jesus is our Lord, and Savior!
    Street is saying something about how we treat the outsider, the non-believer.

    But over here we are talking about fellow christians, those who talk about how gracious Jesus has been for us.

    You are so funny Beloved! An apology of January 12 covers alle further misuse of worden?!

    There is a stern warning in James,
    He writes: we all stumble in many ways…
    Does that mean we have to accept course language here?

    The only warning we can give is in James 3:9-12
    Out of the same mouth we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness…
    My brothers this should not be so.

  80. foreverblessed says:

    Typo: that apology from the past covers all future misuse of words ( not worden)

  81. SFDBWV says:

    Sorry that is Luke 10:19 KJV.

    Steve

  82. poohpity says:

    street, very good word spoken this morning. To pay attention to our own sin rather than the sin in others that is exactly the teaching of Jesus. We are warned several times to beware of people who teach things other than what the bible teaches so we are not lead astray but we can not stay away from sinners in a world filled with us so our grace should abound just like Christ’s grace abounded to us. For some who are close to God are more aware of our own sin than those who are further away from God that look for the sin in others first and foremost.

  83. poohpity says:

    Being aware of the many people that we can do good for and be an encouragement rather than looking for the character defaults in others is time well spent.

  84. Beloved says:

    As far as name calling Forever I’ve called myself much worse up until recently. And worse even I believed I was stuck with them. But Jesus has changed all that in the twinkling of an Eye. True dignity only comes from belonging to Him being under His rule and authority.

    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
    O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
    All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
    Praise Him in glad adoration.
    Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
    Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
    Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
    Granted in what He ordaineth?
    Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
    Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
    Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
    If with His love He befriend thee.
    Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
    Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
    Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
    Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.
    Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
    Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
    Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
    Saints with His mercy surrounding.
    Praise to the Lord, oh, let all that is in me adore Him!
    All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him;
    Let the Amen sound from His people again,
    Gladly for aye we adore Him.

  85. cbrown says:

    Good morning all!Beloved,the most amazing thing happened this morning.I struggled with memorizing l Corinthians 13 for several weeks and when I review it in my mind I have had to be very deliberate and often check myself by reviewing it in my Bible.This morning I went through it smoothly and reflected on the truth.Whata blessing. Love to all!

  86. Beloved says:

    Chris what a testimony! Makes me think of the word becoming flesh and dwelling with us. You are blessed and so am I!

  87. Beloved says:

    Thomas Shaffer: He Believes What He Teaches and Lives What He Believes.

  88. Beloved says:

    Guilty guilty guilty, I want to change. This from Max Lucado hits me right between the eyes, so to speak.

    Discarded People
    God calls us to change the way we look at people. Not to see them as Gentiles or Jews, insiders or outsiders, liberals or conservatives. Not to label. To label is to libel. “We have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them” (2 Cor. 5:16 NLT).

    Let’s view people differently; let’s view them as we do ourselves. Blemished, perhaps. Unfinished, for certain. Yet, once rescued and restored, we may shed light, like the two stained-glass windows in my office.

    My brother found them on a junkyard heap. Some church had discarded them. Dee, a handy carpenter, reclaimed them. He repainted the chipped wood, repaired the worn frame. He sealed some of the cracks in the colored glass. The windows aren’t perfect. But if suspended where the sun can pass through, they cascade multicolored light into the room.

    In our lifetimes, you and I are going to come across some discarded people. Tossed out. Sometimes tossed out by a church. And we get to choose. Neglect or rescue? Label them or love them? We know Jesus’ choice. Just look at what he did with us.

  89. street says:

    In this section Paul invites his hearers to look closely at their own lives and not be judgmental towards those whom God has allowed the self-destruction of their sins.

    something in everything

    today has been a gray day for me. as i sat eating dinner i intended to read Psalm 100 to cheer me up. instead i found Psalm 136 as i read i began to see how important this mercy is. everlasting! as i continued to read the next Psalm it speaks of people not receiving mercy. yes receiving good and nice things are great, but how much more not receiving the things that we deserved! humbled by mercy, when you understand others have not been so blessed. a time for silence. a time for intersession. a time for thanksgiving. a time for Praise. mercy continues.

    as think of the post about looking at our lives, i am reminded of David asking who could dwell in God’s Temple and gaze at His Beauty? it seems, He comes to us at the present time. blessed is the soul that welcomes Him speedily and ready when He comes. I will never leave you nor forsake you, is a promise of great comfort for me. His Mercy is Everlasting.

  90. street says:

    Sin can be cancerous, so recognize the sin in others, pray for them, avoid them if necessary, but they have no power over you. None. Take the high ground and stand fast on the Rock of our salvation.

    to me sin is such a destructive force. it destroys everything that is good, every relationship, every heart and every mind. destroying the body and eventually the soul of man, made in the image of God. people draw back from the thought of cancer or HIV. not so much with other things. recognizing the peril is sometimes hard because of darkness. it is at the forefront of Jesus life to confront sin. salt and light come to mind, but the one thing that really sticks in my mind is what Jesus asked His Disciples to do. you give them something to eat! like a mom who knows people get run down and need to be restored. food is health, how much more so when the food is from heaven? to be shared with grace and mercy, love and truth. given out of the abundance we have received. grace and mercy be upon His disciples.

  91. jeff1 says:

    When we feel we have nothing left to give
    And we are sure that the “song has ended”-
    When our day seems over and the shadows fall
    And the darkness of ngiht has descended,
    Where can we go to find the strength
    To valiantly keep on trying,
    Where can we find the hand that will dry
    The tears that the heart is crying-
    There’s but one place to go and that is to God
    And, dropping all pretence and pride,
    We can pour out our problems without restraint
    And gain strength with Him at our side-
    And together we stand at life’s crossroads
    And view what we think is the end,
    But God has a much bigger vision
    And He tell us it’s only a bend-
    For the road goes on and is smoother,
    And the “pause in the song” is a “rest,”
    And the part that’s unsung and unfinished
    Is the sweetest and richest and best-
    So rest and relax and grow stronger,
    Let go and let God share your load,
    Your work is not finished or ended,
    You’vw jus come to “a bend in the road.”

  92. street says:

    He makes me to know Joy

    to fully know Joy, in God’s Sovereign plan, He makes us know sorrow.

    looking for the day the tears are removed in His Presents.

    my rags are removed like the High Priest and Righteous vestments are given.

    Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. 4 He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.” 5 Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the Lord was standing by.

    6 And the angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying, 7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here.
    8 Now listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you—indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch. 9 For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. 10 ‘In that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘every one of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and under his fig tree.’”

  93. street says:

    thinking how Jonah sat under a vine that only comfort him a little while.
    thinking of the verse….
    even if He slay me I will trust in Him.
    for He is good and His love & mercy is everlasting.
    for if He had not redeemed us we would have become like Sodom and Gomorrah.

  94. street says:

    28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.

    born again, living water, bread from Heaven, New Wine
    “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

  95. Beloved says:

    The first shall be last and the last first. Yet in Christ there is neither jew nor greek, male/female slave or free. But Christ is all in all,the fullness of Him who fills all things. Something for everyone.

  96. street says:

    Lord I come to You
    Let my heart be changed renewed
    Flowing from the grace
    That I’ve found in You

    Lord I’ve come to know
    The weaknesses I see in me
    Will be stripped away
    By the power of Your love

    Hold me close
    Let Your love surround me
    Bring me near
    Draw me to Your side
    And as I wait
    I’ll rise up like the eagle
    And I will soar with You
    Your Spirit leads me on
    In the power of Your love

    Lord unveil my eyes
    Let me see You face to face
    The knowledge of Your love
    As You live in me

    Lord renew my mind
    As Your will unfolds in my life
    In living everyday
    By the power of Your love

  97. jeff1 says:

    From Sunday morning reflections.

    Wonderful, Merciful Saviour
    Precious Redeemer and Friend
    Who would have thought that a Lamb could rescue the souls of men
    ooh, You rescue the souls of men.

    Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
    Spirit we long to embrace
    You offer hope when our hearts have hopelessly lost our way
    ooh, we’ve hopelessly lost the way

    Chorus:
    You are the One that we praise
    You are the One we adore
    You give the healing and grace
    Hearts always hunger for
    ooh, Our hearts always hunger for

    Almighty, Infinite Father,
    Faithfully loving your own
    Hear in our weakness you find us
    Falling before your Throne
    ooh, we’re falling before your Throne

    Chorus:
    You are the One that we praise
    You are the One we adore
    You give the healing and grace
    Hearts always hunger for
    ooh, Our hearts always hunger for
    ooh, Our hearts always hunger for

  98. Beloved says:

    Beautiful thoughts in song street and Viv. Fallng before His throne we are lifted up as on the wings of eagles, soaring above the fray. Eagles don’t flap their wigs the wind carries them along, as the wind of the Holy Spirit does. Never quite knowing where he’s going next but worth the watching for. Will it be joy, repentance, sadness, grief or? Not my will but yours LORD. Give me eyes to see what’s often right in front of me.

  99. Beloved says:

    Viv I think wars are made for plunder, caused by selfish self interest, greed, lust power and control.

  100. jeff1 says:

    Beloved, I expect there are more honourable reasons but unfortunately the ones you mentioned are also part of it.

    I had the privilege of going on a trip to Ypres in Belgium and visiting the battle grounds and memorials. I participated in the Act of Remembrance which takes place every evening at 2000 hrs at the Menin Gate Memorial.

    It brought home to me the horrors of war and also how man’s ways are not God’s ways but it is a humbling pilgrimage to make in honour of so many who lost their lives in the war that was to end all wars but sadly man’s pursuit of peace is very different to God’s which will be a lasting peace which is beyond understanding in this world where there is always conflict of some kind.

    God of love-Forgive! Forgive!
    Teach us how to truly live,
    Ask us not our race or creed,
    Just take us in our hour of need,
    And let us know You love us, too,
    And that we are a part of You….
    And someday may man realize
    That all the earth, the seas and skies
    Belong to God who made us all,
    The rich, the poor, the great, the small,
    And in the Father’s Holy Sight
    No man is yellow, black or white,
    And peace on earth cannot be found
    Until we meet on common ground
    And every man becomes a brother
    Who worships God and loves each other.

  101. Beloved says:

    Viv it does sound like a very moving experience. Death is hard to take. Yet common to all. So thankful for the hope we have in Jesus!

  102. Beloved says:

    Psalm137 you can feel the pain of the loss of home of the Jews. War is never nice yet God is involved which is a good reminder our real home can never be plundered. Waiting here.

  103. jeff1 says:

    I can remember loving this song which was popularised by Boney M and the lyrics are adapted from the texts of Psalms 19 and 137 in the Hebrew bible which I didn’t know then. The Melodians’ original version of he song appeared in the soundtrack album of the 1972 movie “The Harder They Come”.

    By the rivers of Babylon
    There we sat down
    Ye-eah, we wept
    When we remembered Zion.

    By the rivers of Babylon
    There we sat down
    Ye-eah, we wept
    When we remembered Zion.

    When the wicked carried us away in captivity
    Required from us a song
    Now, how shall we sing the Lord’s song
    In a strange land

    When the wicked carried us away in captivity
    Required of us a song
    How shall we sing the Lord’s song
    In a strange land

    Let the words of our mouth
    And the meditation of our heart
    Be acceptable in thy sight
    Here tonight

    Let the words of our mouth
    And the meditation of our heart
    Be acceptable in thy sight
    Here tonight

    By the rivers of Babylon
    There we sat down
    Ye-eah, we wept
    When we remembered Zion

    By the rivers of Babylon
    There we sat down
    Ye-eah, we wept
    When we remember Zion.

    By the rivers of Babylon
    (Dark tears of Babylon)
    There we sat down
    (You got to sing a song)
    Ye-eah, we wept
    (sing a song of love)
    When we remember Zion
    Yeah yeah yeah

    By the rivers of Babylon
    (Rough bits of Babylon)
    There we sat down
    (You hear the people cry)
    Ye’eah, we wept
    (They need that all)
    When we remembered Zion
    (Ooh, have the power)

  104. Beloved says:

    Good morning Viv, I found the song on YouTube, I’d never heard it before. It has a solemn message.
    I think it’s interesting how this Psalm137 follows 136 with it’s repetitive “His love endures forever”. It’s hard to think that God would destroy His own people but idolatry is a serious matter to Him. Yet a remnant remained to be rescued by the sacrifice of His Son to which we are privileged to know. Yes, truly His love endures forever. Amen.

  105. poohpity says:

    As for “Something in Everything” some wars have been in the best interest of mankind at large. If evil people were left to continue in their evil of oppression and genocide then freedom and peace would not be possible in this world of sinners and darkness would take over. When respect for life or liberty have failed. The final war when God puts the evil forces of darkness that reigns in this world in that fiery pit for eternity will there be no more need for any wars and peace will reign.

  106. Beloved says:

    24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
    War on earth is real and destructive, not so in the Kingdom of God.

  107. jeff1 says:

    A Prayer for Peace

    Our Father, up in heaven,
    hear this fervent prayer:
    May the people of all nations
    be united in thy care,
    For earth’s peace and man’s salvation
    can come only by thy grace
    And not through bombs and missiles
    and our quest for outer space . . .
    For until all men recognise
    that “the battle is the Lord’s”
    And peace on earth cannot be won
    with strategy and swords,
    We will go on vainly fighting,
    as we have in ages past,
    Finding only empty victories
    and a peace that cannot last . . .
    But we’ve grown so rich and mighty
    and so arrogantly strong,
    We no longer ask in humbleness-
    “God show us where we’re wrong”. . .
    We have come to trust completely
    in the power of man-made things,
    Unmindful of God’s mighty power
    and that He is “King of Kings” . . .
    We have turned our eyes away from Him
    to go our selfish way,
    And money, power and pleasure
    are the gods we serve today . . .
    And the good green earth God gave us
    to peacefully enjoy,
    Through greed and fear and hatred
    we are seeking to destroy . . .
    Oh, Father, up in heaven,
    stir and wake our sleeping souls,
    Renew our faith and lift us up
    and give us higher goals,
    And grant us heavenly guidance
    as war threatens us again
    For, more than guided missiles,
    all the world needs guided men.

  108. foreverblessed says:

    Jeff, I join you in your prayer for peace!
    It was St Patricks day lately.
    We were in Ireland almost 10 years ago, and visited Bru-Na-Boin.
    An ancient site, built for the winter sun lowest point. Sunset or sunrise ( I do not remember)
    St Patrick was in the surrounding hills, and lit Eastern fires on these slopes. To show to the druids that it is Jesus by Whom we are saved.
    Not by the host of sun moon or stars, neither by all kinds of gods.
    Patrick was a courageous man!
    His Lord was Jesus.

    It is also around these hills that William of Orange fought that famous battle.

    But I pray for peace between the cathlics and protestants!

  109. poohpity says:

    The line in your prayer Viv says it all, “For until all men recognize that “the battle is the Lord’s” And peace on earth cannot won.” then why aren’t Christians busy doing the will of God and sharing the Gospel so more people will come to the Lord? But aawww even knowing the Lord has caused people to war against each other living in this fallen world. How often do Christian’s alienate each other and carry hate towards each other and boast about being a Christian when that behavior shows they actually aren’t following the lead of Jesus at all?

    Where would our world be if Hitler was left to annihilate all the Jews by genocide, that is just one. Here in our country it took a war between the north and the south to be the beginning of the fight against slavery. I do not know anyone who likes wars or the damage they cause but sometimes the ends justifies the means.(Numbers 31:3)

  110. poohpity says:

    What if God rather than sending earthquakes, pestilence or famine chose war to enact His hand in a matter wouldn’t it be just and right? Sometimes fire has to be fought with fire ask any fireman about that.

  111. poohpity says:

    For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
    2
    A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
    3
    A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
    4
    A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
    5
    A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
    6
    A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
    7
    A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
    8
    A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.

    11
    Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

  112. jeff1 says:

    St Patrick’s day is celebrated here on the 17th March but just like most things here politics has taken over and it is now celebrated by Roman Catholics here more than Protestants as it is the tri-colour that those celebrating wear and offend those of my denominations whose flag is the Union Jack.

    It is no longer about the gospel of Christ because when politic’s are involved it gets messy and I have learned that there is a time and place to celebrate the gospel and St Patrick’s day isn’t one of them and that is not a reflection on St Patrick but the times we live in.

    The battle here is not about God but about religion and how one religion wants to Lord it over the other and I don’t see God in that equation.

    When I was part of the mess I did see God because I convinced myself that God was on the protestant’s side but my dad always knew that God doesn’t do sides and that is because he knew to fix his eyes on Jesus and he would be his guide in a world as messed up as this one.

    Having lived in a divided community I have learned over the years that those of the Roman Catholic community are very superstitious but in a conversation with my Rector the other week he informed me that many in our own community are superstitious too as he has discovered in his visits to his parishioners which did surprise me.

    When communities live in as close proximity as ours do it is not surprising that there is cross marriages and perhaps that explains why today it is not unusual to find such thinking among all denominations.

    My mother was superstitious and filled my head full of it but my father was not and so I had a very confusing childhood and why I get so confused in my head today.

    What confused me more was that many of my mothers beliefs came to pass and yet no matter what my head tells me it is my heart tells me that it was my dad who knew God’s ways and when you have a head as messed up as mine then you tend to listen to your heart.

    Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
    Open the eyes of my heart
    I want to see You
    I want to see You

    open the eyes of my heart, Lord
    Open the eyes of my heart
    I want to see You
    I want to see You

    To see You high and lifted up
    Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
    Pour out Your power and love
    As we sing holy, holy, holy

    Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
    Open the eyes of my heart
    I want to see You
    I want to see You

    Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
    open the eyes of my heart
    I want to see You
    I want to see You

    To see You high and lifted up
    Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
    Pour out Your power and love
    As we sing holy, holy, holy

    To see You high and lifted up
    Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
    Pour out Your power and love
    As we sing holy, holy, holy

    To see You high and lifted up
    Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
    Pour out Your power and love
    As we sing holy, holy, holy

    Holy, holy, holy
    We cry holy, holy, holy
    You are holy, holy, holy
    I want to see You

    Holy, holy, holy
    We cry holy, holy, holy
    You are holy, holy, holy
    I want to see You

    Holy, holy, holy
    We cry holy, holy, holy
    You are holy, holy, holy
    I want to see You

    (Repeat 5 more times)

  113. Beloved says:

    Something for everyone.

    I was reading some of Billy Grahams bio and was reminded of the child like faith he had. Not that he didn’t make errors in judgement at times but he learned from them and pursued his purpose in this life, to preach the gospel. Faithful and true to the end he was and focused solely on the cross. Thinking that that focus, like a child on its father, is something everyone can attain to if so desired. You must become like a little child Jesus said.

    Not my will but Yours be done.

    LORD may the meditations of my heart and the words from my mouth be pleasing and acceptable to You today. In Jesus name, Amen

  114. Beloved says:

    Dear street, I am very happy to tell you that my pts symptoms are finally withdrawing. My thinking is becoming clearer with the past receding into my past. Perspective is everything!!! Focusing now on relearning the tenants of the faith and leaning more about this wonderful but not so safe God I serve and adore. Great is His faithfulness, even to old age. His timing is always perfect. No more need for secular counselors, even those claiming to be Christian I’ve known but teach another gospel. Thank you for your humble presence here may God bless you greatly.

  115. jeff1 says:

    Thinking Beloved what you said:

    Not my will but Yours be done

    Perhaps the most powerful prayer is the Lord’s Prayer.

    Our Father, which art in heaven.
    Hallowed be Thy Name.
    Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done
    in earth, As it is in Heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation;
    But deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom, The power, And the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

  116. street says:

    As we think about this song, though, we might bump into a problem that shows up in the middle.

    Give thanks to the Lord
    Give thanks to the God
    Give thanks to the Lord
    to him who alone does great wonders

    to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
    to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
    swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea
    him who led his people through the wilderness
    him who struck down great kings
    gave their land as an inheritance
    an inheritance to his servant Israel

    thinking of the general and the specific, or National.
    it is personal, no question there.
    this mercy is indeed great in regard to sinful, self-centered, man. it’s when you switch gears from self to God and back again it gets difficult. requiring a mercy that last forever. seeing what God has done to our peers is a humbling experience and distressful. knowing full well i deserved even less. the cross is not so much a burden in light of the Lords great gift of mercy and love. fullness and joy in His presents. a joy that remains. seek ask knock.

  117. street says:

    dear beloved, i have noticed your personal comments and very glad you are doing well. like bloggers and the writers on ODB one hopes for bread crumbs and even being a blessing in the mix. i have to remind you of paul exhortation in Corinthians, 5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

    keep your eyes on the Word made flesh, walk humbly with His Spirit. hold onto what you have received, a love, from heaven, that can not fail.

    thinking of peter paul barnabus and mark and all the things they have gone through with each other…. i just have to say Wow! not much different today…..He knows the Way, follow closely. the late rains are wonderful too! His mercy is everlasting!

  118. Beloved says:

    Caution received, thank you street. Best to keep my eyes on Jesus yes. Yes the latter rains are just as good as the early I believe. So thankful now for those that were faithful to sow into my life, and I can finally have peace with them as well as with myself, knowing finally I am made in the image of God and not evil. Takes my breath away but His breath still keeps me perservering. Wonderful memories merciful savior!

    Something in everything.

  119. Beloved says:

    I didn’t mean to put “memories” in there.

  120. Beloved says:

    Viv when we pray the LORDS prayer as you already know we are praying for all believers which thrills my soul every time. Thy will be done in my life and others also. Thinking of my journey thus far and how this prayer has been answered for me, but I still have a lot of self-will to grind through as do others. Putting off putting on as Paul said, it’s a process. Jesus fills the whole earth, His glory revealed in us and everything and I’m awestruck.

  121. Beloved says:

    Sometimes when I’m feeling especially exasperated in knowing how to get through to someone I pray LORD your will be done in that person’s life. In your time not mine. Things sure have changed since the first century AD. But we know Christ fills all so we are more than conquerors. Patience makes me think of Viv. You’ve got it and you bless me also!

  122. Beloved says:

    Things ‘havent’ changed.

  123. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you Beloved, for your testimony!!!
    ! one for the Father
    ! one for the Son
    ! one for the Holy Spirit

  124. jeff1 says:

    Beloved, getting to know God is mind boggling and because of my instability I am often too overwhelmed to speak and just stay silent and be at peace. The difficulty is that the world exhausts me and I struggle with keeping up in daily living but I have a son who lives with me and while he can be exasperating he is also very sensitive and caring and I am blessed to have him.

    I also enjoy a short spell working in a charity shop every week and I help our Rector printing and distribution the Parish News every month. I believe God makes a way for us whatever our predicament and its when I am seeking Him that I see it but distractions come and once again I feel distant from Him but God finds away to comfort us and so it is not about the difficulties but how God provides a way through them because He doesn’t forsake us and when I am with like minded people I feel secure in that knowledge and why it is good to belong to a church and community which offers this.

    I believe we live in difficult times as I know my family are not seeking God but I have seen prayer work in my son’s life and that tells me God is trustworthy and all here regardless of what differences we have are assurances of a better world to come when we will all see things clearly.

    God has been patient with me all his life and so it is my time to be patient in waiting and thank you for all your encouragement in helping me to be.

    In this world I walk alone with no place to call my home
    But there’s One who holds my hand
    The rugged road through barren lands
    The way is dark, the road is steep
    But He’s become my eyes to see
    The strength to climb, my griefs to bear
    This Saviour lives inside me there

    In Your love I find release
    A haven from my unbelief
    Take my life and let me be
    A living prayer my God to Thee

    In these trials of life I find
    Another Voice inside my mind
    He comforts me and bids me live
    Inside the love the Father gives

    In your love I find release
    A haven from my unbelief
    Take my life and let me be
    A living prayer my God to thee
    Take my life and let me be
    A living prayer my God to thee

  125. Beloved says:

    When we know what to look for, we see it everywhere.

    Good morning all. Now isn’t that the crux of the matter, knowing what to look for? Revelation of the kind that our great God reveals about Himself, the triune of God we grapple with seems lifelong for some of us. Pursuing God is a worthy venture though. Through deep valleys and mountain tops He seems to be everywhere. It seems that Everytime I think I have my hands on Him He wriggles away from my grasp, then surprisingly I discover He has laid hold of me!!! Oh ever present never failing God of love, how great thou art!

  126. Beloved says:

    Philippians 3:12

    NKJV – 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me

  127. jeff1 says:

    Sorry, I meant to write God has been patient with me all my life.

    Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,
    Christ be behind me, King of my heart.
    Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
    Christ be above me, never to part.

    Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,
    Christ be all around me, shield in the strife.
    Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,
    Christ in my rising, light of my heart.

    Christ be in all hearts thinking about me,
    Christ be on all tongues telling of me.
    Christ be the vision in eyes that see me,
    In ears that hear me Christ ever be.

  128. SFDBWV says:

    Reading over Marts comments again and since the first time, I seen a problem, or at least a problem from my view.

    Quoting Mart’s comments; “As we think about this song, though, we might bump into a problem that shows up in the middle.” “But at verse 10 the song evolves into a self-centered nationalistic celebration- seen through the eyes of Jewish history.”

    Why is this a problem Mart?

    Take out the language, the inspired language, of Jewish history from every other chapter and verse of our Bible and what do you have left?

    Very little information.

    Remember Jesus was born a Jew into the middle of Jewish history and in fact the culmination of Jewish prophesy, by mostly all Jewish prophets.

    Sorry buddy something don’t ring well with me in the idea that there is a problem in the middle of Psalms 136.

    Steve

  129. poohpity says:

    I know that seeing God’s love, kindness, mercy, goodness and faithfulness in the middle of that Psalm may be hard to see unless we fully realize that after seeing all those miracles that God did for Israel knowing that they would still rebel and turn away from Him can we plainly see the continued love, kindness, mercy, goodness and faithfulness to a faithless nation. He did not wait for them to see the nature of their wrongs just as Christ died before people saw the nature of their wrongs nor did they have to admit to them and ask for mercy but He did it anyway.(Romans 5:8)

    People usually want to say they want to be like Jesus except when it comes to forgiving someone who does not deserve it or does not admit when wrong like Jesus did for us. We are supposed to forgive because we have been forgiven by God not for any other reason. Seeing the very nature of God in that forgiveness does our own hearts good and leaves off expecting anything from anybody. If we can see that Something in Everything we come to a fuller understanding of God’s grace.

    God knew that the people would turn away from Him but yet still came as that One for all and everything.

  130. poohpity says:

    So seeing the middle of that song as it applies to Israel it might as well be our story as well because although we read and see mighty miracles and changed lives we often do not believe nor are we grateful for what we do have or for what Christ accomplished on that Cross for ALL.

  131. poohpity says:

    Even after experiencing all those incredible acts of God saving Israel they still complained about they did not have rather than being thankful and grateful for what they did have. Doesn’t that sound a bit like people in general?

  132. jeff1 says:

    It is not surprising that a younger generation are turning away from the Churches today as this is an extract from the BBC News.

    It is not just the horrific abuse but the cover up’s in reporting the abuse that is shocking among people who proclaim to know God.

    Its stories like these which are happening world wide that let us see that being a Christian needs much more than words as our responses do effect others and that does reflect how other’s see God today as the survivors of abuse will not see anything to be grateful to God for if his representatives on earth are anything to go by.

    The most Reverend Justin Welby told the independent inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse that it was “horrifying” to read the evidence from survivors.

    “I have learned to be ashamed again,” he said.

    The three week hearing is looking into the Diocese of Chichester, where dozens of clergy have been accused of abuse.

    Mr Welby said “To read the transcripts, to read the evidence, to meet the survivors, is horrifying to a huge degree, because you see the extraordinary and atrocious willingness to turn a blind eye to things going very seriously wrong and entirely damaging human being for their whole lifetimes.”

    He added “I want to put on record again- I don’t know how to express it adequately – how appalled I am and how ashamed I am of the Church for what it did to those who are survivors and are coping with this.

    “The apologies are fine, but you have got to find ways of making it different and we have got to do it as soon as possible.”

    Questioned by the counsel to the inquiry, Fiona Scolding QC, the archbishop was asked what he could do to stop the “abuse of power that we seen parading through these doors”.

    Mr Welby said bishops and other members of the clergy were given training, which was “quite clear” that if a safeguarding issue was not reported it was a disciplinary matter.

    “Nobody can say its not my fault… I’ve heard about a problem, but, oh well, it was someone else’s duty to report it,” Mr Welby said.

    This is not an acceptable human response, let alone a leadership response.

    “If you know a child is being abused, not to report it is simply wrong.”

  133. Beloved says:

    Good morning all, I was just reading Nehemiah9 and am struck by how the Isrealites many times in their confession of sins reiterated about the forgiveness grace and mercy of God as in v.17 But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry and rich in unfailing love. God has not changed even today. Something in everything indeed. I think focusing on Him is more than enough to keep us from focusing on those around us and their faults and shortcomings. Something in everything. Thinking if they had not focused on the fire from God they would not have heard God’s voice in the desert. Maybe they would not have started grumbling if they trusted God more. But in God’s great mercy, forgiveness and love while slow to anger He never abandoned them or us! Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever! Something for everyone forevermore. Amen!

  134. Beloved says:

    Thank you Mart for giving the Holy Spirit time to let these truths sink into my heart.

  135. street says:

    thinking about the problem in the middle of the Psalm.
    if there is grace and mercy there must be a problem somewhere? i don’t see a problem on God’s side of the relationship between Himself and His people.

    everlasting!

  136. SFDBWV says:

    Optimist-pessimist…One sees a glass half full the other half empty.

    I am in full agreement with Mart in that what we look for is what we find.

    What we look for though may expose more of our heart than we realize.

    While here for our purposes of looking deeper into our mutual faith, most of what we discuss relates to the Bible and what it may have written.

    However the same applies to the remainder of our time away from “Bible studies” or scriptural conversations.

    Whatever it is that interests us is where our attention is focused.

    One thought that comes to mind is that seeming simple statement, “for His mercy endures forever.”

    Looked at this way, whomever God shows mercy to it is forever. He never takes back His mercy, His forgiveness is forever.

    This view gives credibility to the belief that once we receive salvation it is never taken away from us.

    For me I have always thought no one can lose their salvation, but there are some who would argue with me and have right here on BTA considering that belief.

    However when I look at life there are a lot of suffering and “injustice “and some could easily argue where is God’s mercy demonstrated in these illustrations?

    Leading to that tried and true statement that we live in a broken world and that perfect world hasn’t arrived yet.

    Saying or even believing that don’t relieve people from the misery some are forced to endure all of their lives.

    All of which leads me to this concept that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and that there is a vast difference between knowledge and wisdom.

    We are not going to come to too many concrete conclusions concerning God as He is more than we can ever expose or understand.

    And so as is written in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

    His mercies endures forever.

    20 degrees and still dark.

    Steve

  137. poohpity says:

    Where is God in suffering and injustice? I guess where He has always been in His mercy right there with us to go through those things. Things are never as bad as they could have been. For those who are in a relationship with God know He is near to the brokenhearted and have experienced His presence during the suffering and injustices.

    Where was God when people decided to live life their own way and never listen to God except to blame Him for all the bad and evil in the world and not stopping it? The same place He has always been. When from the very beginning He warned people what would happen if they made the choice to do things their way and not His. He was still here but people did not seek or search for Him until calamity befalls them and some not even then.

    Evil, injustice, suffering happens when people do not want God in their lives and have no room for Him. Most, not all, of suffering usually is because of our own behaviors, things we decided to do on our own then want God to fix it and sometimes He does but sometimes He helps us through it so we come out the other side without anger, bitterness, hatred and rage.

    His mercy is shown most often in not destroying us and starting all over again as He did with the flood instead He sent Jesus to suffer injustice for us so that we knew we could come to Him and experience His great love in a relationship. Now that is everlasting mercy that we do not deserve.

    Only those without an accurate estimate of themselves think they deserve His mercy while in reality we are shown mercy everyday of our lives for those who see themselves clearly and therefore see what an great kindness, mercy, faithfulness and forgiveness as it really is. We just do not get what we really deserve at anytime. Hallelujah!

  138. poohpity says:

    O Lord, I will honor and praise your name,
    for you are my God.
    You do such wonderful things!
    You planned them long ago,
    and now you have accomplished them.
    2
    You turn mighty cities into heaps of ruins.
    Cities with strong walls are turned to rubble.
    Beautiful palaces in distant lands disappear
    and will never be rebuilt.
    3
    Therefore, strong nations will declare your glory;
    ruthless nations will fear you.

    4
    But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord,
    a tower of refuge to the needy in distress.
    You are a refuge from the storm
    and a shelter from the heat.
    For the oppressive acts of ruthless people
    are like a storm beating against a wall,
    5
    or like the relentless heat of the desert.
    But you silence the roar of foreign nations.
    As the shade of a cloud cools relentless heat,
    so the boastful songs of ruthless people are stilled.

    6
    In Jerusalem, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
    will spread a wonderful feast
    for all the people of the world.
    It will be a delicious banquet
    with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat.
    7
    There he will remove the cloud of gloom,
    the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.
    8
    He will swallow up death forever!
    The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears.
    He will remove forever all insults and mockery
    against his land and people.
    The Lord has spoken!

    9
    In that day the people will proclaim,
    “This is our God!
    We trusted in him, and he saved us!
    This is the Lord, in whom we trusted.
    Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!”

  139. poohpity says:

    Here are some of the things that people suffered just because they has faith.

    Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,[d] and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

    39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

    So where was God when they went through these things? Right there with them.

  140. poohpity says:

    So is it really about pessimism or optimism? No but about no faith and having faith, seeing “Something in Everything”!

  141. Beloved says:

    James 1:12
    God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

    I was thinking how we are all just a stone’s throw away from death at any given time. Our life is a prize awaiting that crown of life. Looking at life half full or empty is a choice as said earlier depending on your personality I think. James says God blesses those who PATIENTLY endure testing and temptation. I guess we never know when that stone will land but we should be ready at all times to give the reason for our hope I Peter 3:15 anyway.

  142. street says:

    the other day i heard a teaching on the woman at the well.
    it occurred to me that there was a progressive revelation going on between the two. at first the woman sees that Jesus is a jew. then she becomes aware that He is a teacher. after this point all bets are off and disagreements end when she perceives Jesus is a Prophet. most people who understand who and what a prophet is stop arguing with the Prophet. Jesus doesn’t even respond to these observations, but declares that He is the One she is looking for! her Messiah. at this point the revelations to the woman ends. Jesus did not feel it necessary to reveal Himself as God at this point. the thing that made me wonder was when the woman quit arguing with the Prophet, with teachers yes. we have so much more in front of us, even though the woman had everything in front of her, yet was hidden for a little while. at what point do i stop looking and arguing? at this point a righteous Job said,” My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.
    6
    Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.”

  143. street says:

    17 Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.

    18 One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”

    19 She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

  144. jeff1 says:

    God isn’t there in our sinfulness as no one can tell me that those clergy who abused children did so in the sight of God.

    It isn’t hard to see the why the world is messed up today as sin is still very much part of a fallen world.

    That I am more part of the mess than I am the solution could say that I am more a pessimist than an optimist or it could be that in the cold hard light of day I am recognising I can never get it that right and so therefore the rightful judge of mankind is God and therefore the right response is to worship Him as God of the universe and that is because it is His rightful position not because I as a believer say so but because it is the truth of the gospel.

    No one can change the truth but it is only those seeking God are seeing glimpses of Him but it is those glimpses that give us hope and encouraged faith in that we are not wrong in trusting God in pursuit of a better world to come where justice and mercy will prevail because sin will be no more as Jesus will be recognised as King of the universe for like minded people who want a better way than this world can offer.

  145. poohpity says:

    Have to disagree with you Viv, God does see all sin, so He is there. I did not say He says it is OK but God does not hide from us in our sin but the opposite we hide from God because of our sin then blame others for it.

    And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

  146. Beloved says:

    Dear Viv, you struck a note with me about God being present in our sin. My apologies for this very personal rabbit trail off topic. My first counselor led me through a 3 1/2 year weekly exercise of praying for buried memories then he would say Jesus is there comforting the hurting child. I said I couldn’t see him and he said he could so I started envisioning Him there picking up or holding the child in the memory. I have to say sometimes my “vision” of Jesus was just as scary as my dad, but he convinced me Jesus was really there and wanted to help me. ( I was a new believer at the time). Eventually I had to ask myself this, if Jesus was there why did He allow it to happen and not stop it in the first place? My conclusion was that God was impotent and arrogant at times and that everything I’d been told by my parents was true, that I was only conceived because of rape therefore a damaged bastard child beyond repair (why would an impotent God care for a mistake anyway?) And that my purpose was to bring pleasure to men only… And to be scorned by my mother and the rest of the world. True story.

    Like the woman at the well it’s been a long process for me to finally trust and see that my sins are all forgiven though the devil likes to bring up things from time making me cry GUILTY! But the devil only attacks those that belong to God so I cling closer to Him than ever before.

    Yes Viv God was there in our sinfulness while He hung on the cross centuries ago now. What a privilege and blessing to live in a time of grace. His mercy endures forever.

  147. poohpity says:

    God has given us the abilities to stop abuse and stand up for the rights of those who have experienced it, sadly many remain silent and do nothing. He has given us the ability to stop homelessness, hunger and to be a comfort to those suffering but it seems many just talk a good talk and do nothing. God has provided everything we need to do good as well as the desire to do it. So when one says why hasn’t God done anything maybe the better question should be why haven’t I done anything.

    “Do Something” Matthew West

    I woke up this morning
    Saw a world full of trouble now, thought
    How’d we ever get so far down, and
    How’s it ever gonna turn around
    So I turned my eyes to Heaven
    I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
    Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
    People living in poverty
    Children sold into slavery
    The thought disgusted me
    So, I shook my fist at Heaven
    Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
    He said, “I did, yeah, I created you” (now listen)

    If not us, then who
    If not me and you
    Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yeah
    If not now, then when
    Will we see an end
    To all this pain
    Oh, it’s not enough to do nothing
    It’s time for us to do something

    I’m so tired of talking about
    How we are God’s hands and feet
    But it’s easier to say than to be
    Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
    It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
    Well, I don’t know about you
    But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
    I don’t want a flame, I want a fire and
    I wanna be the one who stands up and says
    “I’m gonna do something”

    If not us, then who
    If not me and you
    Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yes it is, come on
    If not now, then when
    Will we see an end
    To all this pain
    Oh oh, it’s not enough to do nothing
    It’s time for us to do something

    We are the salt of the earth
    We are a city on a hill
    We’re never gonna change the world
    By standing still
    No, we won’t stand still
    No, we won’t stand still
    No, we won’t stand still
    No

    If not us, then who
    If not me and you
    Right now
    It’s time for us to do something
    If not now, then when
    Will we see an end
    To all this pain
    It’s not enough to do nothing
    It’s time for us to do something
    It’s time for us to do something

  148. Beloved says:

    Like the woman that washed Jesus feet with her hair she did what she could.

  149. street says:

    He has given us the ability to stop homelessness, hunger and to be a comfort to those suffering but it seems many just talk a good talk and do nothing.

    as i think of this, it is my understanding that only God can give life to a dead heart. born again comes to mind. also thinking of well that can only give good water or bad water. not both from the same well. a tough place to be when doubt abounds. remembering that what goes into the ground does not come out the way it went into it. change and growth, slowly over time. a gift of great generosity from the Father, Himself.
    remembering the Puritans praying for the gift of tears. thinking of mary and Jesus in the garden, she weeping and thinking He’s a gardener. even tears can distort our perception. God does promise to be near the broken and the contrite. when she heard His voice…..it changed everything! making all things new comes to mind. God still speaks, best through His Son, and in His own Words. they are One.

  150. jeff1 says:

    Pooh and Beloved, my wrong thoughts are sinful so how can I blame my sin on others unless I am denying that I have wrong thoughts.

    Also we confess our sins to God when we attend worship and seek His forgiveness and accept that we are forgiven as we trust ‘Jesus’ as been crucified for our said sins.

    I am accepting that it is my sins that separate me from God as I have tried to keep God’s commands but failed so it is nothing to do with another’s sin.

    I can think others sins are worse than mine but it is not for me to judge as I do not know what God is doing in others which is why I trust God as overall judge of mankind in dealing with sin and the consequences of it as God does know best.

    I cannot see God present during the act of sin as it is the waywardness of the person committing it and not God’s will for them.

    It is God that sees the hearts of men and understands their motives as our hearts can be deceitful above all else and why we cannot judge each other.

  151. narrowpathseeker says:

    I just got so excited when I saw an swwagner post and clicked on it without realizing it wasn’t on this subject. I saw posts from Gary, Tracy, Bruce, and so many others and I was so delighted to see Gary commenting again!! It had only been a couple of days since I checked in here…how did I miss so much?!!! Anyway as I scrolled up to find out where it all began, I finally saw March 3 2014 on one post!!! That was when I had moved here to NC and I had packed up the pc and wasn’t on much at that time. I was very disappointed. I miss them!! I am praying for them to be safe,healthy, joyful and at peace…especially Gary as I believe he was very hurt when he left. Th

  152. Beloved says:

    God still speaks, best through His Son, and in His own Words. they are One.

    I will remember this the next time I decide to let someone else tell me what God is saying to me. Thanks. Scripture and those trained by it are great guides through the myriad voices in the world. I do wish Jesus spoke to me more often but when He does it’s earthshaking for me. He’s mostly quiet when I speak to Him, I get lonely in His silences, but that’s where faith grows.

  153. Beloved says:

    Viv God does not desert us when we sin. He waits like a good Father for us to turn to him so He can run to get us, like in the prodigal son story. We must be born again, born from above, not what we do but what Jesus did for us.

    Change only comes through and by Him. Ask seek knock and the door to eternal life will be opened. By Jesus Himself.

  154. Beloved says:

    1I am a rose of Sharon,
    a lily of the valleys.

  155. jeff1 says:

    I shall agree to differ Beloved because I think God turns away from us when we sin but that is not the same as saying He deserts us as that is not what I am saying but sin is too awful for God to watch as He is a Holy God and His ways are beyond us and why we cannot truly understand Him in the flesh.

    Trusting God is our purpose on earth and the rest is His work as it is He who changes us to do His will and it is He alone that knows what is His will for us is, and not us.

  156. Beloved says:

    Think about Jesus (God) willingly entering into yours, mine, and the whole worlds sin when He went to the cross. He entered into sin, became sin for us even, in order to break the power sin held over us. God Himself suffered and died. Yet rose again with the promise of eternal life to all who received Him, Jesus, as LORD of our lives. Amazing powerful grace done mercifully for sinful man. We are free to choose Holiness as we’ve been released from bondage to sin. But He promises to never leave us or forsake us. Even when we sin.

  157. poohpity says:

    Did God turn away from Adam and Eve when they sinned, no He called out to them? The evil One would have us believe that our sin turns God away from us but God came for sinners. Jesus was the only person alive who never sinned and He made the choice to eat and drink with sinners not with the religious people who thought they were without sin.

    Matt 9 –When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”…

  158. poohpity says:

    The definition of holy means set apart just like our God is Holy– set apart– there is no other god like God. Hence 1 Peter 1:16 Be holy as I am holy, in other words be set apart as I am set apart.

  159. street says:

    Pooh and Beloved, my wrong thoughts are sinful so how can I blame my sin on others unless I am denying that I have wrong thoughts.

    your not alone jeff on this one. i always wonder where the Holy Spirit goes when face with such thoughts or actions that don’t seem so right after the fact. paul spoke extensively on this subject from personal experience. even on the fact we remain in sinful flesh?! God’s way are set up to build faith(trust), hope, and love even in a wilderness.
    when it comes down to the wire the only thing that counts is Jesus assessment of our lives. peter faced this when asked the 3rd time,” do you love Me?” he could not longer prove or say anything other than the truth. “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” we can hide and deceive ourselves, but we can not hide from Him. the deception of self will not last very long in the presents of the Holy Spirit. the grace and mercy of God, in Christ Jesus, is far better than dust, even when faced with dust. it is also difficult to be a living sacrifice and not a dead one mentioned Romans 12. the song that mentions the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
    In the light of His glory and grace. knowing what to look for and seeing Him everywhere. guess it could end up being a great kill joy or a great comfort and delight. God promised one thing for sure to bruise the head of the serpent. no one will ever follow him again. we’re not home yet but i understand it is finished. as we get older we seem to walk with a limp too. some how i don’t think Caleb ever walked with a limp. thinking of farm animals being released into the fields in the spring. how they display joy. getting out of the barn, from winter. the barn was for protection and spring is around the corner.He reigns from heaven above
    With wisdom, power, and love
    to be conformed to the image of His Son

  160. Beloved says:

    Hebrews 12:14 ?

  161. street says:

    1 Peter 1:16 Be holy as I am holy, in other words be set apart as I am set apart.

    r c sproul did a chalk board demonstration to explain holiness. he draw a line across a blackboard. above the line he wrote God and below the line he wrote creation. he mentioned we were closer to worms than we were to God.

    as i mention this i am reminded of Ephesians 2: 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God “raised” us up with Christ and “seated” us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
    i highlighted two words in order to show the tense of the verb…..past tense. look at were believers are!!!!is it any wonder when we take our eyes off the truth that we get into trouble. we are told to guard our hearts!

    6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. go buy that field. i say this with ease now, but i know tomorrow i will have to deny myself, take up my cross, and follow by faith. the grace and peace that are in Christ be with you.

  162. Beloved says:

    OK street you have to speak Jr high English to me so I can understand what you mean in your comment to myself and pooh, thanks.

  163. Beloved says:

    So we are positionally situated with Christ as believers, but our flesh is still being conformed/ transformed?

  164. Beloved says:

    Seated not situated.

  165. Beloved says:

    Just Call Him “Jesus” by Max Lucado
    It was about to begin – God’s plan for humanity, crafted in the halls of heaven and carried out on the plains of earth. Only holiness could have imagined it. Only divinity could have enacted it. Only righteousness could have endured it.

    And once the plan began, there would be no turning back. The Creator knew it. The Son knew it. And soon, earth itself would witness heaven’s majesty alighting on the planet.

    When God chose to reveal himself to mankind, what medium did he use? A book? No, that was secondary. A church? No, that was consequential. A moral code? No. To limit God’s revelation to a cold list of dos and don’ts is as tragic as looking at a Colorado road map and saying that you’d seen the Rockies.

    When God chose to reveal himself, he did so through a human body. The hand that touched the leper had dirt under its nails. The feet upon which the woman wept were calloused and dusty. And his tears … oh, don’t miss the tears … they came from a heart as broken as yours or mine ever has been.

    So, people came to him. My, how they came to him! They came at night; they touched him as he walked down the street; they followed him around the sea; they invited him into their homes and placed their children at his feet. Why? Because he refused to be a statue in a cathedral or a priest in an elevated pulpit. He chose instead to be Jesus.

    There was not a hint of one person who was afraid to draw near him. There were those who mocked him, were envious of him, and misunderstood him. There were those who revered him. But no one considered him too holy or too divine to touch.

    There was not one person who was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected.

    Remember that the next time you find yourself amazed at your own failures.

    Or the next time acidic accusations burn holes in your soul.

    Or the next time you see a cold cathedral or hear a lifeless liturgy.

    Remember. It is man who creates the distance. It is Jesus who builds the bridge.

  166. Beloved says:

    Apologies street, @9:32 I didn’t realize you were quoting Jeff, but thought you were speaking to me which is why it made no sense at the time. Threads can be very confusing to follow sometimes.

  167. poohpity says:

    street on the 9:32 pm comment you said, “my wrong thoughts are sinful so how can I blame my sin on others unless I am denying that I have wrong thoughts.” I never said to blame sin on others even in our thought life so that is not a true statement. What I did say was that with Adam and Eve they did not take responsibility but instead chose to blame rather than admit what they did.

    In Ephesians 4 Paul talk about grieving the Holy Spirit which means bringing sorrow to the Holy Spirit but it does not say that the Holy Spirit leaves us or turns His back on us. There is always a way out by confessing what we are thinking or did and being grateful for the forgiveness, mercy, kindness, grace of God. BUT God does not turn away from those who are His even when we sin, that is how people act but not God, so we can be assured of that. God knew what we were going to do even before we do it and still went to the Cross for us to cover our sins past, present and future. (Eph 4:30-32 NLT)

    We never, in this life, are without sin. We will sin less but never be sinless because now after accepting Christ are given the freedom to choose not to sin. Paul talks about that in Romans 7.

  168. poohpity says:

    Beloved, I really enjoyed that truth filled teaching of Max Lucado, he really understands God’s grace and can put it into beautiful words and that I envy. Sometimes what I say comes off as harsh when in reality I just want to share the love, forgiveness, mercy, kindness of our God towards us but fail often miserably, that is why I point people to read the bible rather than listen to what I say. Thank you for sharing that piece.

  169. poohpity says:

    The oohh sooo very important part for those who think God separates Himself from us because of sin was, “Remember. It is man who creates the distance. It is Jesus who builds the bridge.”

  170. poohpity says:

    NOTHING can separate us from God’s love.

    What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

    35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

    38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 NLT

  171. Beloved says:

    Yes Pooh I hear your heart for God and do understand. I was just thinking I wish I had the presence of Jesus in me to where people would be drawn to Him through my life, but it seems we are only to be road signs pointing the way, which requires deep humility and killing off of the flesh including personality, good works, physical attractiveness, talent etc. I feel like I’m on the ground floor of faith trying not to slip down to the basement but I do know that only Jesus has access to the elevator buttons so I rest in that precious assurance, as do you and many others here.

  172. Beloved says:

    I think sometimes being very zealous whatever the cause can be off-putting. Deadly even as I think of Paul’s vocation before he met Jesus personally. He knew the scriptures better than most so his reading and knowledge were lethal to Christians until that powerful encounter on the road to Damascus.

  173. Beloved says:

    Zeal for Christ required Pauls death also.

  174. Beloved says:

    Wonderful, Merciful Savior
    Selah
    Wonderful, merciful Savior
    Precious Redeemer and Friend
    Who would have thought that a Lamb
    Could rescue the souls of men
    Oh, You rescue the souls of men
    Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
    Spirit we long to embrace
    You offer hope when our hearts have
    Hopelessly lost our way
    Oh, we’ve hopelessly lost the way
    You are the One that we praise
    You are the One we adore
    You give the healing and grace
    Our hearts always hunger for
    Oh, our hearts always hunger for
    Almighty, infinite Father
    Faithfully loving Your own
    Here in our weakness You find us
    Falling before Your throne
    Oh, we’re falling before Your throne
    You are the One that we praise
    You are the One we adore
    You give the healing and grace
    Our hearts always hunger for
    Oh, our hearts always hunger for
    You are the One that we praise
    You are the One we adore
    You give the healing and grace
    Our hearts always hunger for
    Oh, our hearts always hunger for

  175. jeff1 says:

    God not only is our Salvation but He is our deliverance as you have said so yourself Pooh, while I am in the flesh I cannot be sin free.

    God intended it that way so that no man cannot judge another because that is man’s weakness to look and say my sin is not as great as another’s sin while the truth is only God can judge all sin.

    I live in a country where I hear Protestants saying those Catholics never leave mass because they have so many sins to confess and I said to my friend and what do you think they are saying about us but I find that people believe what they want to believe but that doesn’t change God’s truths as God is well aware of men’s weaknesses.

    I have seen what it is like for one religion to want to Lord it over the other and it doesn’t matter which religion is doing it, its still wrong, but some people want to be right more than they want God to be just.

    God is the only One I can trust to be just as He doesn’t differentiate when it comes to sin while human nature is very different and cannot be objective in looking at it.

  176. street says:

    The law teaches us how much we sin—and the more we recognize our sinfulness the greater our realization of the extent of God’s grace. The person who is forgiven much will love much.
    We have around us so many indications of the continuing role of evil in this world that the message of this passage, ROMANS 5:12–21, will always challenge us to see clearly the abundance of the riches of grace that God has poured out on us in Jesus: the free gift of salvation; the Spirit within us and the daily relationship with God in Christ; the certain hope not only for our personal future but also for the world. All of this speaks of the reversal of the fall and the preparations for the new heaven and earth at his coming (Isa. 65:17; Rev. 21:1).
    Scripture Union

  177. street says:

    i don’t think Paul died at all, he had his address changed. i believe he is one of the 24 Elders mentioned in Revelation. sorry not on topic.

    25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

    one of satan’s tools is the fear of death, the denial of death, or the promise of life with himself, you have more time to decide. i am sure there are others. light, truth, and love will keep you far from his foolishness.

  178. Beloved says:

    Regarding zeal
    Luke 9:24

  179. poohpity says:

    Viv, I can not remember anywhere in scripture it tells us to judge the sin of another in fact quite the opposite to just look at the sin in our own lives, that was not what I was saying I was saying that God does not separate Himself or hide from us because of sin which is what you said, “because I think God turns away from us when we sin.” That is what the evil one would have one believe but it is not true. So why believe a lie when we can believe in the truth when believing the lie keeps us away from God?

  180. Beloved says:

    Even though our first parents believed a lie God still sought them out. He’s always seeking the lost :-)

  181. foreverblessed says:

    This past week was the week of HOPE.

    I had to think of the song:
    Jesus, Hope of the Nations.

    And, ofcourse, the HOPE for us personally.

    Whatever may seem impossible on the human side, is possible in Christ. His Life in us changes us, however slow it may seem: never give up on what He can do in us!
    Words for you, Jeff.

    ( I had seen some Patrick music performed in churches, and now I understand the strange green color of the windows, and the red scarfs. That was the three color!
    But Patricks part in christening, not only Ireland, but the western part of Europe as well. Monks trained by him where missionaries on the mainland. It is really an encouraging story!)

  182. Beloved says:

    Forever I too love all the seasons of remembrance we celebrate during the year but Easter is always my favorite!

    Tell Me The Stories of Jesus

    1 Tell me the stories of Jesus
    I love to hear;
    Things I would ask Him to tell me
    If He were here:
    Scenes by the wayside,
    Tales of the sea,
    Stories of Jesus,
    Tell them to me.
    2 First let me hear how the children
    Stood ’round His knee,
    And I shall fancy His blessing Resting on me;
    Words full of kindness,
    Deeds full of grace,
    All in the love light
    Of Jesus’ face.
    3 Into the city I’d follow,
    There take my stand,
    Waving a branch of the palm tree
    High in my hand;
    One of His heralds,
    Yes, I would sing
    Loudest hosannas,
    “Jesus is King!”

  183. Beloved says:

    Sorry this is off topic but if someone says, it’s ok you don’t have faith I have faith enough for you isn’t that deception?

  184. jeff1 says:

    I am quite sure it is not in scripture to judge others sin Pooh, but that doesn’t stop people doing it as I have seen all too often because religions often have a greater influence on people than they should have.

    Christ has saved us from ourselves because we are not capable of pure thoughts or a pure heart without Him and so the consequences of our sins separate us from God while we are in the flesh.

    I will suffer the same in this world as others do because of the consequences of my own and others sin and why God tells us not to make this world our home but I do believe I am going to heaven when I die and that is because I trust God’s word that He will never forsake me and I know it in my heart as well.

    In this world we will have tribulation but Christ has overcome the world and so we know our home is in heaven but not because we are faithful or our good works but because God is faithful to us and that is the truth of the gospel should any man boast.

  185. SFDBWV says:

    The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:9 KJV and Luke 11:2 KJV both state we are to forgive those who are indebted to us.

    I am not going to copy out here all of the Scripture verses that tell us to recognize sin for what it is nor how then to relate what we discern in relationships with people.

    You simply cannot observe people around you without making a judgement call as to their behavior. To think we are not allowed to is just absurd.

    The whole of the Biblical stories are about people and their failures. We see their failures as judgements between right and wrong. Everyone needs a Savior, a Redeemer, forgiveness, everyone.

    And so we have Jesus.

    Satan is a liar, a deceiver and a thief. I have judged him as such because of what I have learned from Scripture. Am I then guilty of judging another?

    Satan twists the truth and uses deception as a means of stealing your joy and disrupting your peace.

    Stand fast on the Rock of our salvation, the Word of God and do not let another twist Scripture in order to tell you how to think.

    The relationship we seek is between us and God, not between us and those who tell us not to judge as they judge us for believing we do so.

    18 degrees under a starry sky.

    Steve

  186. Mart DeHaan says:

    Am going to move Steve’s comment to the next post.

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