Today I am reading Leviticus 17:1-18:30, Psalm 27:1-3, Proverbs 10:9 and Mark 4:21-41.
First, I would ilke to start off admitting that I have been negligent in my Bible reading. I know that this is something between God and myself, but I really wanted to put it down here as well.
This morning I woke up and something changed. Instead of simply bringing my computer out to the table, I brought it and several books out to the table. I brought my Bible, Shepherd’s Rod 2008, John Paul Jackson’s “Inheriting the Fullness of God’s Names” and “I AM – 365 Names of God”. I also brought out “My Utmost Devotional Bible”. The problem I have with getting into the Word is that I feel like I need to start over at the beginning every time. My devotional Bible has a reading for every day and goes through the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs with a devotion by Oswald Chambers. I have yet to make it though all the way. I get going and then stop. The problem is that when I get to it again, I feel as if I need to start over at the beginning, which discourages me from moving ahead. Today was different. I struggled but decided I would simply move on from the bookmarked point. I’m glad I did.
I have not been feeling well lately. Oh, physically and emotionally I’m fine. I just feel this storm brewing and I know it’s because of the upcoming elections. The media has stirred up so much anger and hatred in the Obama camp that if McCain wins, there’s going to be much unrest. I have been praying for peace to abound in this country, that civil unrest does not occur. But my heart is heavy with the knowledge of how divisive our country has become. The hatred flung back and forth is sickening.
Anyway, this is what I read from Oswald Chambers, taken from reading 55 and originally taken from “Place Help”.
The incident recorded in Mark 4:35-41 is not an incident in the life of a man, but in the life of God as man. This man asleep in the boat is God incarnate. Jesus had said to the disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side” but when the storm arose, instead of relying upon Him, they failed Him. The actual circumstances were so crushing that their common sense was up in alarm, their panic carried them off their feet, and in terror they awoke Him. When we are in fear, we can do nothing less than pray to God, but our Lord has the right to expect of those who name His Name and have His nature in them an understanding confidence in Him. Instead of that, when we are at our wits’ end we go back to the elementary prayers of those who do not know Him, and prove that we have not the slightest atom of confidence in Him and in His government of the world: He is asleep – the tiller is not in His hand, and we sit down in nervous dread. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in a crisis they are the ones upon whom He can rely. A great point is reached spiritually when we stop worrying God over personal matters or over any matter. God expects of us the one thing that glorifies Him – and that is to remain absolutely confident in Him, remembering what He has said beforehand, and sure that His purposes will be fulfilled.
Now, this is not saying we are not to come to Him with our concerns. But, we are to think on how He has shown Himself strong in our lives before and remember that He will never leave us or forsake us. We are to stand on faith, knowing that He provided before, He will provide again.
So, I will remember that although these are going to be turbulent times, my refuge in in Christ alone. Proverbs 18:10 reminds me that the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
I know that God is not up in Heaven, pacing back and forth and wringing His hands in worry over what’s going on here. He IS, however, counting on His Church to be praying and interceding for this country and that God’s will be done here and that His Kingdom come. After we have done that, we need to rest in the knowledge that He is in control. And no matter what happens, no matter what ticket this country decides they want in power, God loves us, His Name is a strong tower and the righteous will run to it and be saved. Our Savior is not a political party nor is He the president of the United States. Our Savior is God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.
I cannot go into detail of what I’ve been having to deal with. Suffice it to say, it’s not personal. 😉
But just as I finished reading an e-mail about something that I will have to deal with but usually gets me out of my rest, I checked my Google Reader and saw a new blog from Leonard Jones.
It’s a simple message, but timely and I receive it from the Lord as a sign that things can only get better.
I crocheted a scarf I named Aube Nouvelle.
After looking at the colors, it reminded me of a sunrise and the name New Dawn seemed to fit. Since the designer of the scarf named her design La Mer, I thought I’d stick with the French theme.
As I was writing up a card to go with the scarf, I did a quick search on Bible Gateway for new dawn. The bible verse I was originally thinking of was Isaiah 60 but the verse that came up was Isaiah 62. Interesting because I just posted on this chapter, today. I think this chapter and that song are for the person who gets this scarf. 🙂
I’ve posted watchmen on your walls, Oh Jerusalem
Day and night they keep at it, praying, calling out
Reminding God to remember
They are to give Him no peace
Until He does what He said
Until He makes Jerusalem famous
As the city of praise
God has taken a solemn oath
An oath He means to keep
Never again will I open your grainfield barns
To your enemies to loot and eat
Never again will foreigners drink the wine
That you work so hard to produce
Know the farmers who grow the food
Will eat the food and praise God for it
And those who make the wine
Will drink the wine in my holy courtyards
Walk out of the gates!
Get the road ready for the people
Build the highway
Get at it
Clear the debris
Hoist high a flag
A signal to all the people
Yes, God has broadcast to all the world
Tell your daughter Zion, Look, your Savior comes!
Ready to do what He said He would do
Prepare to complete what He promised
This comes from Jonathan Helser’s album, “The Reward”. AWESOME music.
We had a worship service last night. We tapped into the Morningstar webstream for their outbreak service.
Jonathan Helser led worship last night and it was very powerful. It was interesting seeing those that came out to the service last night enter in. At first, I didn’t want to stand up and worship as I usually do because no one else was. But then I just couldn’t help it any longer and HAD to stand. I’m so glad that we were able to tap into that and that the kids and I went. Hubby’s up at Morningstar this week for The Furnace worship conference. Not that it’s any question that I would miss out on an opportunity to meet at church and worship, but you never know.
Anyway, it showed me that you don’t need a live band, music that you know or a lot of people to have an awesome worship service.
I look forward to see what else the Lord is going to be doing.
We are tapping into the Morningstar webstream again on Friday night for the Jason Upton Concert. I’m really expecting God to do some awesome things with those who show up that night.
I do know that He loves me. A friend requested that if someone had a word from the Lord for him, he sure could use it because he’s been feeling quite down lately. I wanted to get a word for him, so I sought the Lord. I looked at my verse of the day on my page. Although this is a word for all, of course, I wanted something more. I found something that I thought was for my friend and sent it to him.
During that time, I received 2 e-mails from friends. They were the sort of e-mails that are sent out to a bunch of people – the sort of e-mails I usually just skim through and delete. But today I read them. And I felt the Lord speaking to me through them.
I think that since I had been so focused on hearing from the Lord on behalf of my friend, the Lord is opening my eyes to His love all around me. Even though today is Monday, I have yet to make my bed, my kids are arguing and I have not started school today, there is a joy in my spirit and an excitement about what today will bring.
My prayer today is that the Lord will continue to open my eyes to His goodness and love for me and for all who are in need of it.
May your day be blessed. May you allow the Lord to reach out and capture your heart. May your ears be open to the wonders and mysteries He longs to share with you. May your heart be open to others that they may see the love of God in you.
I’ve been reading the book of Judges. It is interesting to read how the Israelites would follow the Lord under one judge, but then go back to worshiping false gods under another. And the Lord looks on that like adultery. His anger would burn against Israel and He would deliver them into the hands of their enemies. And after a few years, they would cry out for deliverance.
In Judges 10:14-16, the Lord responds to the cries saying, “Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress.” The children of Israel admit that they have sinned and deserve whatever the Lord will do to them, but they plead for deliverance. They then put away the foreign gods and served the Lord. And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.
So, because the Lord had a covenant with them and because they were His chosen people, He could not turn from them. Even though His anger burned hot against them for turning from Him to false gods. When they finally came back and served Him, He could no longer endure their misery.
I take comfort in knowing that when I put my trust in anything but Him, I can still return and He will not be able to endure my misery. The knowledge also helps me to not want to turn from Him and serve Him even more. Think about it. God’s soul could no longer endure their misery. His love is so great that when His children turn back to him, He is not able to endure their misery. THAT’s the God I want to serve.
The Lord caused Gideon to do something that made the Midianites angry enough to come against Israel to fight. Remember that the Midianites had forced them out of the land into caves and ruined crops and killed their animals.
The Lord had Gideon bring together men to fight the Midianites, but said that the 32,000 that were there were too many. He brought the numbers down to 300 so that Israel would know that this was done by the Lord’s hand.
The army gathered around the countless men of the Midianites and Amalekites and did as the Lord had said. This caused the enemy to turn against themselves.
I take from this that no matter what comes against us, no matter how difficult things may seem, if we seek the Lord and do what He tells us, no matter how strange it may seem, He will prevail.
God does not look at outward appearances or even our physical strengths (or lack of them). He searches to find those whose hearts are open to Him so that He can work through them.
Gideon stated that he was the “weakest in Manasseh and the least in my father’s house.” So of the thousands of Israelites, God chose someone who said that they were the weakest in their tribe, the least in their family. He didn’t choose the one who looked like he could whoop some, well, you know what. He didn’t chose one who was great in his tribe or family. He chose Gideon. And I think this is why. In Judges 6:13, we see that Gideon is questioning why war has come to Israel, why they have become impoverished, why the nations are rising up against them, when they should be the ones taking the land. He questioned. He rememberd the stories from his fathers about the Lord’s miracles and the Lord bringing them up out of Egypt.
Seek the Lord, remember his promises, remember what He has done in our lives and in the lives of those that went before us. He uses those who seek His face and remember His deeds.
I want to be used by God.