Pride?

HamanPride is a tricky thing! Dr. Mark Virkler said: “Saying anything that God doesn’t say about me is pride.” Who do you say you are? If you’re a child of God, washed by the blood of the Lamb, you are holy, righteous, redeemed, set apart, have a brand new heart, are grafted in, adopted, the Bride of Christ. By His stripes you WERE healed! Think about Haman. He thought he was so much better than Mordecai the Jew, he tried to wipe out the whole Jewish race. In the end, his evil fell on himself and he was hanged on the gallows meant for Mordecai. As Proverbs 16:18 says:  Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

 Let’s look further into what the Bible says about pride.

Ezekiel 16:49 Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. hamoc sleep

Most of us are not far from Sodom’s iniquity and pride; full of food and idleness! In our “fatness” we tend to forget the poor and needy. I know I often spend more money on food and entertainment for myself than on things for the poor; most of the time much more than my tithe to the church!

nature lion south africa whitelion Hosea 7:10 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, But they do not return to the Lord their God, Nor seek Him for all this.

Most of us show our pride in being self sufficient. We eventually remember to call on the Lord to help us, but it’s often not our first instinct.

James 4:1Pride Promotes Strife ] Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

stary eyes In our pride, we tend to hold our desires for pleasure, even our “fight for the right” before our desires for Godly things. There’s so much strife in this world these days! As God’s people, we should be doing our best to deny ourselves and follow Jesus by the Holy Spirit’s leading and His grace.

Daniel 4:37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.

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As you read through the books of the kings (Kings, Chronicles, Samuel) most of the kings were brought down/put down by illness, murder, calamity. Pride led them to glory in their position of kingship and look toward earthly power and pleasures. They left the alters to the false gods on the high places, thinking they were OK because they’d cleared out the Lord’s temple.

Romans 9:19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

You can find out more about Dr. Mark Virkler’s Communion With God Ministries at https://www.cwgministries.org/

I leave you to ponder pride. I’ve found that much of my pride shows up in false humility. Things like: God couldn’t use me the way I am; I couldn’t talk in front of people; I’m just shy; I know God can heal others, but not me…Next time I read Scripture and pridefully think of which neighbor, sibling or friend needs to hear this, I want to remember the following thought:

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The Lord is my Shield

hamoc sleepI begin with a ‘night musing’ I had this week: God turns bad to good, good to great, and great to heavenly excellence! Without the shield of faith, this life is nothing. With these thoughts, I will proceed to look up the shield of the LORD in the Bible. I start with one that’s quite familiar to most Christians:

Ephesians 6:16 ... above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Genesis 15:1b “Do not be afraid, Abram. am your shield[a]your exceedingly great reward.

2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lordis proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

2 Samuel 22:36 “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your gentleness has made me great…”

Psalm 3:3 But You, O Lordare a shield [a]for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.

Psalm 5:12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my [a]strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the [b]horn of my salvation, my stronghold.                                                    30 As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is [a]proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.                                                                                          35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great…

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped.

Psalm 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

Psalm 47:9 …For the shields of the earth belong to our God; He is greatly exalted.

Psalm 59:11 …Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

Psalm 89:18 For our shield belongs to the LORD

Psalm 91:4…His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Psalm 115:9 O Israel, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.

Psalm 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.

Psalm 144:2 …my shield and the One in whom I take refuge.

Proverbs 2:7…He is a shield to those who walk uprightly

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

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I pray these verses help you apply the LORD’s shield and all it entails to your life. May you trust Him alone no matter what comes and may your hope in Him not disappoint as you stand strong in faith. Grab hold of your opportunity to make use of His shield as you humbly deny yourself and your own strength. May you gain the victory won for us in Christ Jesus! Amen

 

 

Another Lie We’ve Believed?

Is that meWelcome to another look into my musings. This week I was listening to Pastor Bill Johnson from Bethel Church in Redding, CA on YouTube titled: Trusting God When You Don’t Understand. He used this Psalm to show the goodness of God toward us, His children.

Psalm 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He [a]knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is [b]gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You [c]ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

he is awed by God Let’s start a reformation: God-good, Enemy-bad. Stop attributing the bad in this world to God. Let’s stop fighting spiritual battles with physical weapons. Remember when the man brought his demon possessed son to Jesus and said the disciples hadn’t been able to heal him? Jesus said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29  Pastor Johnson suggests Jesus at this moment was already full of prayer and fasting from His habit of getting alone with the Father. As Jesus did, let us develop intimacy and power. Let’s sacrifice through worship; giving high praise unto the LORD. Let this be joined with prayer and fasting. May we all dig in to experience Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

May Musings

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Dearest readers, is May always such a busy month for you as it is for us? In our family we currently have one anniversary and 7 birthdays as well as Mother’s Day, spring cleaning, Grandparent’s Day at school… We’re busy planning our garden, moving the raised beds again; this time we’re lining most of them up along our garden fence to give the climbing things a place to climb. We’ve bought our seeds, seed potatoes and onion sets and are deciding which tomato and pepper plants to buy. I spent two evenings moving our compost pile, husband John spent two afternoons moving the compost & soil to the new bed placements after we spent one evening moving the frames from the raised beds. John made frames of plastic wood and we’ve raised/moved them each year we’ve been at this house. Whew! what a job it’s been already and the real work of weeding, feeding, mowing and such hasn’t begun yet! I’m very thankful to get out in the fresh air amid the rainy days we’ve been having.

Crossroads Prison Ministries

Do you have a heart to encourage/minister to those in prison? Do you have an hour or two a week you could sacrifice to mentor a student in the Crossroads Prison Ministry courses? The ministry has recently begun paying postage for the students to send their lessons back to the office and the number of students has multiplied greatly, which makes the need for new mentors great as well.  It takes so little to minister hope and encouragement to those in prison.  I’ve been an Instructor for about 7 years and have gotten much more than I’ve given to these students! To find out more go to: https://cpministries.org/

On another front: yesterday was a big YouTube day for me. First I watched Dan Mohler’s video You can’t stop your mind from wandering so harness it! reminding me to quickly forgive anyone who offends me. Pray for that person because they need it; or else they wouldn’t have hurt you. Also, don’t try to empty your mind; turn to the Lord and fill your mind with God thoughts!

Next was a couple of Kevin Zadai’s  Agenda of angels videos. A couple things stood out from that: first, stop grieving the angels. Your prayers cause Heaven to send out angels to bring the answer to them, but if you doubt- James 1But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. -you cancel out your prayers and the angels can’t deliver what you were asking God for.  (also see Daniel 10:12-14) The second thing that stood out is praying in tongues is what Kevin calls Stealth Language” because the devil can’t understand what we’re praying when we pray/speak in tongues. The Apostle Paul said when we pray in tongues we give thanks well. It also causes you to speak out your destiny. When Kevin was in heaven, the Lord showed him book cases filled with books and many gathering dust. He was told those were books about our lives that hadn’t been accessed and the plans of God for those lives hadn’t been fulfilled because the people didn’t access them.  Listening to these videos, I found a new release to pray/speak in tongues, to stand steadfast in my prayers and to quickly forgive and pray for those I’ve forgiven. I leave you to sort out these musings and ask Holy Spirit to open your understanding. That chapter in James I mentioned above also speaks about asking for wisdom. Until next week:

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Evil exists. And God is not a joke.

Sorry, busy week. I’ll get back to my own blog next Friday; just spoke with a young mother who was also abused as a child; she saw lions coming after her children; found out it was the Lord as a lion, lioness; showed her He’s got them safely in His mouth, nothing can take them away from His safety.

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My therapist recently challenged me to view God as a lion, as C.S. Lewis did in one of his famous works. And when I think of Him as a lion; am I excited about that? Or afraid?

I admitted I am still more afraid of God than I’d like to be. Having all trust broken in my family of origin made trusting God difficult. I know what it is to live vulnerably and helplessly with predators as caregivers — to be hyper vigilant because the fangs could come out at any second. The sense of evil I felt in childhood was also strong. So the idea of drawing close to a lion doesn’t give me the best feeling. Yet, given that God describes HIMSELF as a lion (never mind what a fiction writer once came up with), it became something that I knew I…

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The Deep Love Of God!

Good, Good FatherGood Friday to you, my dear readers! Did you know that “Three out of four Americans don’t believe that God loves them.”? (quote from Kyle Winkler; info@kylewinkler.org) In this time of remembering Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, the ultimate display of God’s love for us incarnate, let’s pause and think about the quote I just shared.

If a person doesn’t believe God loves them, how will they believe He wants them to be healed and whole? How will they understand why Jesus had to die for our sins while we were yet sinners? How can they joyfully follow where He leads? How can they freely give tithes and offerings? How can they truly love themselves or others? Let me share some Scriptures that impressed me this week.

Psalm 50:7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak,
O Israel, and I will testify against you;
am God, your God!
I will not [b]rebuke you for your sacrifices
Or your burnt offerings,
Which are continually before Me.
I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.

I break in here to acknowledge: God created every living animal, person, plant and tree; the earth and all that is in it. He doesn’t NEED anything from us, but because He is the epitome of LOVE, He wants our company; wants to love us and have a relationship with each and every one of us.

12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God thanksgiving,
And pay your vows to the Most High.
15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
And to him who orders his conduct aright
I will show the salvation of God.”

His Love EternalGuess what? From the moment Adam and Eve severed their relationship with God the Father, He has used blood to repair that relationship. We think of blood in terms of death, but how does God see it?

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

atonement

noun

atone·​ment | \ ə-ˈtōn-mənt  \

Definition of atonement

1reparation for an offense or injury SATISFACTION a story of sin and atonement He wanted to find a way to make atonement for his sins.
2the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ

The first blood was shed to prepare animal skins to cover Adam & Eve’s nakedness; to give them life to cover their relational death. The next blood I want to point out is the blood of Abel, the first person murdered. His blood cried out from the ground to God; it was his life calling to Father God. On the first Passover, the blood of the lambs and goats was shed to bring life to the Israelite’s first born. Next I want to look at the blood of Jesus.

John 6:53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

In Hebrews 9, Apostle Paul speaks about how the blood was used for remission of sins; atonement for the soul. Jesus Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, used of God to wipe out all sins, even what the blood of animals could not cover. (see Leviticus).  This takes us back to John 3

John 3: 14 …as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,15 that whoever believes in Him should[c]not perish but have eternal life.16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

he thinks of meSo, God out of love for all of us, came down in the form of a human baby; fully God/fully man. This perfect sacrifice was God-Father/Son/Spirit’s- idea from the beginning. The eternal love relationship among the parts of the Godhead created humans to join in that love relationship. Through doubt, disbelief and disobedience, we all mess up and can’t believe God could love us as we are. We try to buy the grace Jesus gave freely as part of the Zoe life He talks about in John 10:

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Did you know there are churches that refuse to have blood mentioned in their midst, especially sung in their hymns? Did you know most of the hymns that speak about the blood were written during the Azusa Street Revival in the early 1900’s? During that move of God, the people gained a revelation of the blood of Jesus, grace, and the heavy presence of the Lord. Even back then there were many who did not want to hear about the blood of Jesus, grace, or the tangible presence of God. Let’s press in ever closer to the relationship that’s available with the Creator of the Universe, one of the precious things we gained through the blood of Jesus Christ. He IS a good, good Father, and YOU are loved by HIM! Experience it yourself, then share it with others who need to know the hope you’ve found in Him, the freedom in His love.

Is that me(from a song a friend wrote) ‘Friday’s here, but Sunday’s coming. Friday’s here, but the story doesn’t end! He who was crucified has now arisen and His glory days will be forever without end!’ Spread the good news far and wide and let’s join together to change the statistic quoted at the beginning of this post.

 

Another Look At The Meaning Of Tolerance

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Here’s a very important topic covered by my fellow blogger Victor put in an excellent way. So much is being toted as “tollerance” in our society; do we REALLY know what it means??? Check out Victor’s post via Another Look At The Meaning Of Tolerance

Catch you again on Friday morning!happy nerd