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It is hard to believe that half of this year has passed. To many it seems that time is passing quicker than it used to. Some attribute this to people being older in years, but likely it has something to do with how much we are trying to cram into our lives. As we do more and more, our lives get more hectic, and we are running in the fast lane. Thus it might make sense to conclude that our perception of time is in the fast lane as well.


We remember the scripture: Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. ~ Ephesians 5:16


If Paul thought the days were evil back then, how would he characterize these days? Thus we ask God to give us particular wisdom in walking out this Christian life in this day, at this time, in His plans.




On this 2nd day of the month, we read this words in Proverbs chapter 2:


When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; ~ verses 10-12


Evil often comes at us cloaked and camouflaged, but it is open and clearly seen of God. May His wisdom and knowledge so envelop and equip us that evil will not hinder us, we do not participate in it, and it has no effect on us. We ask God to deliver us from evil ~ Matthew 6:13




A patriotic tribute as we anticipate the 4th of July:






On this July 4th we are mindful of this verse:


Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. ~ Psalm 33:12


Often we look at this verse and think, "America had better be making the right choice". Certainly this is one valid way to look at it.


But today we come at it from a little different direction and that is: Nations obviously have a God. Which one will we choose?


We can further ask: "Who will do the choosing"? Is it the job of the government or leaders to do it? We certainly believe that leaders are held to a high standard according to the Bible and will answer for their leadership.


Regardless of who would have the ultimate responsibility of speaking for a nation, the duty for us as Christians is crystal clear: We can declare the God of the Bible as the God of America. We have as much right to say that as anyone.


But regardless of the direction of a nation, we are thankful for these words in another Psalm:


Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. ~ Psalm 144:15


If a person does not believe he can speak for the nation, at least he can speak for himself.




When we find that we are doing something good and beneficial, let us "keep it up":


By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. ~ Hebrews 13:15


Jesus said to continue in His word ~ John 8:31


(John 15:9)  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.


(Acts 13:43 KJV)  Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.


(Acts 14:22)  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.


(Rom 11:22 KJV)  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.


(Col 4:2 KJVContinue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;


( (Heb 13:1 KJVLet brotherly love continue.


All of these things we are to continue and as David said, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.




Just a quick note to remind us that we should always do our best - whether it is to the boss, our spouse, our family, our friends, or to God. We all appreciate those around us who are giving their best - they are ones we can count on.


It is good to remind ourselves of this because we all get tired and some things get so routine. Getting this "our best"  attitude or mindset down on the inside will bless us, those around us, and should enhance our Christian testimony.


We could start by just doing something a little extra today for someone else.




Our opening hymn yesterday was an old favorite: Victory in Jesus


It reminds us that Jesus came to bring victory to a fallen world and to the human race that was plunged into darkness. We remember His victory that brought us out of this darkness into His marvelous light ~Colossians 1:13


There is victory to come when this mortal shall put on immortality and death is swallowed up in victory ~ I Corinthians 15:54

In verse 57 of this chapter, we are told that God always gives us the victory through Jesus Christ. If He did that for us, He would certainly want us to walk in that in every possible way we can.


Heavenly Father may we walk more and more in the victory provided in Jesus Christ and give you all the glory in it.




Yesterday we wrote about victory in Jesus in light of the hymn by that name. One of our challenges is to stay "in Jesus" throughout the day - because there is "defeat in the devil" on the opposite side. In the scripture we also have the "world" and the "flesh" which will not bring victory either. The is the other side that we know is out there.


May we continue to gain skill in the "word" and "life" of righteousness ~ Hebrews 5:13 and be fruitful in every good work ~ Colossians 1:10




We just wanted to share a favorite verse: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: ~ II Corinthians 9:8


Reading the entire chapter will bless you even more!




We often do what is necessary to make time for the things that are important to us. This hymn reminds of something very important to make and take time for:

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of Godís children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.



A couple of days ago we mentioned II Corinthians chapter 9 and today we note verse 10: ~ Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)


It is interesting that we see something similar in Isaiah 55:10 ~ For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:


Both emphasize seed and bread to us. The verse in Isaiah is a very familiar one (the Word of God goes forth and does not return void) and we see a verse of rejoicing for this provision in Isaiah 55:


For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. ~ verse 12


This verse should describe us when we understand II Corinthians chapter 9!




But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, ~ Jude 1:20


In looking at this verse, the emphasis is often on "praying in the Holy Ghost". Or we may look at "building up yourselves".


Each would be a wonderful study, but today we look at the words: "your most holy faith". Is that the way we look at our faith in Jesus? Or would we classified it as, "Well this is just what I believe".


We also remember these words from Peter: Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: ~ II Peter 1:1


Thus our faith is described as "most holy" and "precious". When we consider that our faith is what changed our destination from hell to heaven, we realize this description is quite appropriate.


... and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. ~ I John 5:4


Thank you Lord our my precious faith.




Most Sunday school classes for children and youth groups emphasize memorization of scripture. Let us not stop this practice just because we are adults. We still note:


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. ~ Psalm 119:105


Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~ Psalm 119:11


These two areas are usually considered very important - not sinning and seeing the path clearly.




Yesterday our opening hymn was: Sitting At The Feet Of Jesus. We share this version from the Gaithers. As the song says, may we be found there every day.






He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. ~ Psalm 103:10


We see that Jesus was dealt with regarding our sins, and Jesus was rewarded according to our iniquities. Now we have the opportunity to be dealt with according to His sacrifice, and rewarded according to His righteousness.


O let us praise His Name!




From Jude 1:24-25 we share Don Francisco's musical version:






Physical growth is something that just naturally happens in us. Development, on the other hand, takes effort, planning and diligence.


Spiritually we are told to desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow thereby ~ I Peter 2:2


We further learn that we need to go beyond the milk of the Word in order to develop and mature. Thus we need effort, planning and diligence in this area as well.


May we recognize this in every area that we might be vessels of honor, fit for the Master's use. ~ II Timothy 2:21




An interesting scripture about grace in the Old Testament:


Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. ~ Zechariah 4:7


Please read the whole chapter to see the entire concept and to blessed. Suffice it to say that Zerubbabel had run into problems. What would we do: rebuke the devil?, bind principalities and powers?, ask God why this is happening to me?, call a special meeting for prayer and fasting? ...


There is nothing wrong with anything in the list above yet God gives us a little insight into the power of grace and speaking it forth in regards to a situation. Here is something for us to meditate on and gain greater understanding.


In whatever situation we find ourselves, we can ask God how we can use, partake of, and demonstrate the grace of God. If God's grace was sufficient for Paul in all he dealt with, surely it can work and make an impact on whatever we are dealing with.


There is nothing wrong with shouting Grace!




It is interesting how some things have not changed:


But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. ~ Matthew 11:16-19


Today, as in the time when Jesus was on the earth, we see the professional critics - people who can find fault with anything.


Yes we can challenge, critique, and say that something is wrong. But we should do it with a motivation to improve a situation, help someone,  or offer a good and better alternative.


Anyone can criticize something or someone. As Christians we should be looking for the Godly and proper thing to present and implement - and be willing to help get it done if we can.




Wonderful words to live by and go to church singing:






As we consider our world today, we might describe it with words like: in turmoil, in crisis, unstable, uncertain, erratic, and untrustworthy.


Yet these terms should not describe us. We want demonstrate the opposite because we are rooted and grounded in the Rock of our salvation - Jesus Christ. We thank God for strength and stability in our inner man.


As the body of Christ we should be quick to help each other when needed as we all confront these negative things - they are a part of the world we live in.


Jesus said the storms would come - therefore we must build our houses on the Rock so that it will stand.




Sometimes it is the short and simple truths that have the greatest impact on us:


Holy Bible, Book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.




Powerful words that we should take time to meditate on:


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16


This is more than something we mentally picture or imagine ourselves doing - though there is nothing wrong with that. It might be the place most of us start.


But it is more than a mental exercise or mental imagery. It is reality for us spiritually.


May God open the eyes of our understanding (Ephesians 1:18) that we might know the reality and the experience of being with Him at His throne of grace. May we also receive and benefit from the mercy and grace that is promised.




Yesterday we wrote about our "minds" in seeing ourselves coming before the throne of grace. Much is made of the mental realm these days - visualizing, keeping a good thought, etc.


While keeping a good thought in general is better than a bad thought, do not let visualization take the place of actualization - especially if it is something good. As one person put it - thinking about eating a nice, juicy steak is not the same as actually eating one.


Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: ~ Colossians 1:12


Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; ~ Hebrews 3:1


Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. ~ II Peter 1:4


May we indeed be partakers in the things of God and not just spectators imagining we are "in the game"




There is short and powerful line in a song that says: I live life to bless You


It would be hard to say it better. What a statement to say to the Lord each morning, and what a challenge to live out each day.


May those 6 words be the reality in our motivation and in our daily demonstration.




Many are familiar with the story of Absalom and the unique surroundings of his death. In the same chapter that describes this scene, we read this verse:


For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured. ~ II Samuel 18:8


This was evidently a large battle and whatever exactly the "wood" was, it was quite effective. Note the familiar next verse that might give us a clue:


And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away. ~ verse 19.


It not only appears that Absalom was caught by the hair but the tree jerked him up higher than he was. Our imaginations would likely run wild picturing him struggling and yelling.


Much is left to the imagination when we consider these verses, but it is clear that it would be best for "the wood" to be on our side.




Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross.


Sometimes we feel inadequate in our witness and sharing the gospel. This song reminds us that our words and actions can demonstrate where we stand very effectively.


Though we may not say everything as well as we would like, and words sometimes fail us; may we consistently show that we stand with Jesus. That is a great testimony and witness.




One of our songs yesterday was "Encounter (with God)". One line says: In Your presence we bow, as we pour out our hearts"


That should be one description as we come before God - pouring out our hearts. Whether it is at church or in our prayer closet, it is more than just showing up. It is demonstrating to Jesus that He is most important and we desire Him more than anything. Such a statement might even be an act of faith to begin with. But we can start by telling Jesus it is what we desire and where we want to go.


May we indeed pour out our hearts (both the good and the bad) before Him and desire the He be pleased with us. Thank you Jesus for Your mercy!




A short scripture reference from our sermon Sunday:


And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: ~ Luke 22:31


Thank God for the next verse that begins with the word "But":


But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. ~ Luke 22:32


Simon (Peter) had no clue what the devil was up to or the trap that was being set. But Jesus knew it and knew what to do.


We know Peter rejoiced when the answer to Jesus' prayer became evident and we should rejoice too knowing that:


Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. ~ Hebrews 7:25


Thank you Jesus that You are praying for us that we might be saved to the uttermost!




A song based on Psalm 32:7 ~ May our heavenly Father grant this as we need it:


You are my hiding place, You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance, whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You, I will trust in You
Let the weak say I am strong
In the strength of the Lord


What a blessing that we do not have to face troubles in just our own strength.




As we come to the end of this month (the 31st), we remember Proverbs 31 and the emphasis on women of good character and ethics.  We know that considering verse 10: Who can find a virtuous woman... that women would likely want to scream: Who can find a virtuous man !!!???


While we know the question is very legitimate and we do not know why the chapter just seems to target women, we offer this perspective. We know the book of Proverbs particularly emphasizes living in wisdom and righteousness before the Lord. As the book concludes, women and proper conduct are described.


This indicates the powerful position that women hold and how much impact their conduct has on society. When verses 10-31 are put in a New Testament/Christian context, we can clearly see the impact women can have for good and promotion of the things of God.


Since these verses show God's will concerning the conduct of women, men would be very wise to do all they can to help women fulfill these standards. Any man trying to do the opposite will find himself on the wrong side of God very quickly.


Modern translation of Proverbs 31: "You Go Girl!"





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