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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

"Leave Every Event to His Gracious Disposal" Ezekiel 33-34, I Peter 5

"Humility preserves peace in the church.
Pride disturbs it." M. Henry
Humble yourselves and wait.
In His due time, not "fancied" scheme of time.
What difficulties cannot be met by His Power, His Wisdom, His Goodness?
Be humbled under His Hand.
Cast all your cares, even the worst day of your life 11/26/18.
All means all.  The cares about your family and your ministry and your everything.
And Matthew Henry even mentions: "the torturing of the mind."
"Leave every event to His wise and gracious disposal...
God's counsel is right...
Refer all to God's disposal...
the Golden Mines of all spiritual comfort and good are wholly His...
will He not furnish what is fit for us?"
We just need to lay that care, even the very worst Tuesday night 11/26/18 cares of my life.
The consideration of what others suffer should encourage me to bear my share in this affliction.  
Paraphrased thoughts of Matthew Henry

Monday, November 26, 2018

"No One Can Hurt Your Grace" Ezekiel 27-29, I Peter 3

Seek peace.
Pursue doing what is right.
"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?" I Peter 3:13
No one can do you any real harm.
No one can hurt your grace.
The grace shines brighter and brighter on that path. Proverbs 4:18
There was someone who could have harmed my body, but didn't.
But all the evil things done to us physically still work together for our good. Rom 8:28.
Right is right.
Pursue right.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

"His Arm Makes Me Really Rich!" Ezekiel 18-19, James 4

God jealously longs for the spirit He has caused to live in you.
Longs for you.
Come near to Him and He will come near to you.  James 4:4-8
Just when we think we cannot stand anymore, He's there.
When it is too far with God
to the utmost of the tether
"then the cup of trembling shall be put into his hand." M.Henry.
God begins.
And all our prayers going up for mercy are in full tilt.
Though others may be cruel; we wait for God.
"The trouble we are in cannot hurt us, shall not ruin us...
be our arm every morning with continual supplies of
Strength and Courage from You." M.Henry
As the day, so let the strength be
Thank you this Thanksgiving Day
for being our arms
for being by our side in our little distresses
for the promise of Wisdom and Knowledge and Strength.
Stay upon Jehovah.
This is the stability of our times.
May we not live disturbed by distress or
unhinged at home or work.
Wisdom is the true treasure in this world.
We are surrounded by seriously good people.
May we all contribute to what makes a nation really rich.
Wisdom and Strength.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

"Suffering In The Room" Jeremiah 37-39, Hebrews 3

There is suffering in the room.
In my room.
In your room.
Fix your eyes on
The Master of the House.
The Glorious One Who
has built all things.
  The Apostle.
Who worked miracles then.
Who works miracles now.
Consider Him in your suffering and stead.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

"New Age for Humankind" Song of Solomon 1-3, Galatians 2

"The faithfulness of the Messiah has already opened relationship with God to all people. Gal 2:16. It is the incredible faithfulness to the ways of God that has opened a whole new age for humankind." Matthew Henry. Our lives hang in the balance between three events:  The Past and what has already happened - a new age with our names written in the Book of the Lamb; The Present Temporal World and what is already set in motion - purchased by the Blood of the Lamb; and the Future Slain Lamb rises in Victory and we live to praise.  Called before the foundations of the world. We live. Appointed. Purchased. Praising.

"Everything hangs on being in the 3 scenes.
Past:  Appointed.
Present:  Purchased.
Future: Praising." John Piper.  

Saturday, September 22, 2018

"Sow Morning & Evening" Ecclesiastes 10-12

Eccl 10:14 The answer is not holding your tongue but holding to God.
Eccl 11:6 So
Sow your seed in the morning.
Sow your seed in the evening.
You never know!

Words multiply.
People divide.

Friday, September 14, 2018

"Stay, Settle, Steady the Forces of Water" Proverbs 19-21

In the Lord's Hand, the good and bad kings' hearts are like rivers of water that God turns. Proverbs 21:1. 
The kings who hold all the power of our government.
The kings who wield the mightiest knowledge.
The kings who boast supreme importance in our world.
If God can turn their hearts,
God can turn mine and those over me.
He did it for Barrett on the first day of college. Pr 21:1.
He will do it for me on the last days of my career.
All of our hearts are in His Hands. We just don't know it, don't live it.
My God will stay, will settle, will steady the force of water
flooding like Florence out of control in my life.
He is the Great Gardener making the channels of water turn.
Turn, I pray! For Your Glory!
Take the forces of water in my life this day, O God,
and bound those rivers of water to flow great pleasure, great profit,
full of goodness, and grace, and clemency, and kindness.  Amen.