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Thursday, September 26, 2019

"Summon All Your Strength" Nahum 1-3

The Lord is Good.
A Stronghold in the day of trouble.
He knows those who take refuge in Him.
Nahum 1:7.
That's it.  All I have to do is climb into His arms.
So, how do you do that.
Especially this day, when people have been so rude,
so high and mighty on themselves, so disrespectful,
and the hardest one of all---so dismissive of me.
When anyone scatters my thoughts, my character. . .
"Man the fortress.
Watch the road.
Strengthen your back.
Summon all your strength."
For the Lord will restore you and yours.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Whitewashed lives & lies Ezekiel 13-15

Hopes of peace, not help up by the Word of God, cheat our friends from facing what is in their soul. Ezekiel 13:10. The false prophets seduced the people. The prophets whitewashed the greatness of their sin. “Peace” to all. The prophets threw around their and covered over the weaknesses with “untampered mortar” that will fade and flake and disintegrate under the next storm. Peace sounds better than troubles. And this, you can live behind whotewashed walls.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

"What To Do When Troubles Load on Top of Troubles" Jeremiah 42-45

Jeremiah prophecies to Baruch, to Bev, to Holly, to Jenny, to Drew, to Marc, to Nancy, to David, to Reid, to Kelly, to all those people suffering who serve Him faithfully. To all those people who still trust Him in the darkest difficult most trying of days. This prophecy is for you not just for Baruch who sunk when under the scrutiny of the King. Baruch was doing what was right and good and true---this scholar wrote and read the rolls of Jeremiah to the whole city. The king didn't like it. Sentenced Baruch to prison. Baruch didn't like that. So, here is God's word through Jeremiah to Baruch and to all of us. God's response: Seek not great things for yourself.  Jer 45:5. All those great things we expected. The sweet solid relationships with people whom we adore that is not happening right now. The beautiful ministries where we so want to be used that doesn't feel like that isn't happening either. The connections; the careers; the friendships; the finances; the dreams; the dilemmas. Here is our support---Jeremiah 45:5---seek not great things for yourself. God takes notice of what is happening. Be content for life is more than food. And those thickly flying arrows adding grief to Baruch's sorrow, to your sorrow. Loading the troubles upon troubles. Baruch thought he would be "known" by reading the scroll not "banished." And he wanted to be excused not enrolled in prison based on good behavior like Joseph. Why? Jeremiah even sympathized and listened to Baruch but couldn't see beneath the reasonable request of Baruch.  Jeremiah didn't know what to say to comfort Baruch.  Couldn't see like God could. It seemed to be a reasonable request to save him from jail time after he did a task so noble. Beneath it all, Baruch was flailing in his faith because what he really wanted was the honor that came from this world. In His mercy, God showed him himself. God, in His Providence, is showing us who we really are way down deep and what our trust and honor is placed in. So, re-set your mind. There is no continuing city here. And, if our lives are continued, it is solely for the opportunity to glorify God in this world and get ready for that better city.  So, if you are reading this, this prophecy is for you.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

"Afflictions: Stripping Providences" Proverbs 24-26

Summer of 2019 I've been reduced to great straits.
I've been stripped by a Good Hand of Providence and it hurts.

Saying #25 - If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength. There is a more excellent way!  Proverbs 24:10. If you're fainting/ sinking/ dejected/ despondent/ impatient and unable to bear your sufferings, your moral compass will be terribly tiny. Small Strength is what this Bible calls it. You will be known by adversity. Don't raise the white "resolution flag"! Bear up under your sufferings, Bev. Let the Word do His Work in you.

Saying #27 - Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again. Proverbs 24:16. 7---that perfect number. Be of good courage! Sincere souls fall in this life over the stones of adversity in our path more than people every acknowledge on social media. Pick yourself up and go on your merry way with great care and even faster speed.

Gill calls the adversity to bear up:
bodily afflictions
stripping providences
reduced to great straits
undelivered wants
violent persecution from men.

Our times are in His Hands.
Afflictions and prosperity both appointed by God.
This too shall pass.
Afflictions are but a day, but a short time, and yet we want to faint under them.
Especially when they are of sheer number:
done to us in anger
no view of pardon on the horizon
under the hidings of God's face
unanswered prayers
slow painful deliverance.

May we not be remiss in getting wisdom when sinking.
Take Courage.
Be of Good Courage. 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

"A Soul Formed by the Word" Proverbs 7-9

What's the answer for my great need?

Watching and Waiting at Wisdom's Gate.
Count me present.
Your attendance is your happiness.
You don't have to wait long. Just knock.

"Blessed are those who listen to Me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting daily at my doorway.
For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord. Proverbs 8:34-35

"The word of God is two-fold and so is wisdom; for a word without wisdom is of no value, and wisdom without a word is of little use. Divine revelation is the word and wisdom of God---pure religion, undefiled, is built upon it. Well worthy of acceptance. Proverbs 8:1-2.

Wisdom cries aloud from the whispers to the clamors of conscience. Christ is in our hearts and He is in this Word. This Word revealed to us, in us. "It is the soul formed by the word. It is Christ formed in the soul." MH

Gal 4:19 - that Christ be formed in me, in you. 

Saturday, July 27, 2019

"How Solomon's Son Did Not Follow His Dad's Wise Word" Proverbs 4-6

“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live." Proverbs 4:4
Solomon writes not only to his one and only son but to yours, to all sons. 
There have been a lot of sons who have obeyed this admonition, but not Solomon's own son, Rehoboam, and that gives much insight.  Even the wisest who have walked, fully human, birthed sons who would not follow.  Solomon does refer to his own father's teaching, known to that generation.  David taught him to cherish Wisdom in his youth, in his battle, in David's last words.  
"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs 4:23.
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you." Proverbs 4:25.
Put your blinders on and walk straight.
Read the Word.
Receive the Word.
Imbibe the Word, 
like the land drinking up all the oft falling rain.  

Friday, July 26, 2019

"Someone Is Here in This Word" Proverbs 1-3

These proverbs are written by the wisest of men.

Yet, even Solomon had to wrestle with Wisdom.

It wasn't poured into his head through a sieve, through a spout.

It was delivered by His Maker, through his work.

Gaining wisdom.

Understanding words.

Receiving instruction.

Doing what is right and just and fair.

Giving prudence to the simple.

Giving knowledge to the young.

Adding learning to the wise.

Giving guidance to the discerning.

Understanding proverbs.

Proverbs 1:1-6

Wise words from a wise man seeking this all of his life.
There is Someone greater here than Solomon.
There is Christ found in these proverbs.
Christ is The Living Word.  
Breathed on to this page.