LOVE IT OR NOT

Most of us have many work experiences in our lives. It was not that we continued to try to “find ourselves” in continuous pursuit, but that perhaps work would find us.

It seems that those who would use the pursuit of money as the main driver are the ones who are most disappointed, and those who simply like “change” run a close second. I must confess that change has always intrigued me, but live a life long enough, and life will often hand you what you appear best suited for and keep you there a while.

If I were to blame anything, it would be that impatience that moves us past God’s voice in the matter. That would be because many of us cannot distinguish His voice from our own. Or, that we had not been counseled to listen for it. That may be true in my case. I found ultimate purpose very late in life as a painter and sometimes writer; now a more dedicated writer and seldom painter

Those of you who have read my earlier blogs may well have counseled me; “perhaps you should go back to painting”… and they would probably be the people who had not seen my paintings,

In any case this has been my life since my retirement twenty-five years ago. It has never been profitable, but it has been hugely fulfilling because God chose to direct me in these pursuits. My art has been basically Christian narrative. My writings have tried to be inspirational. I still don’t know if He meant it to be my “life’s work” but it certainly has made my “life” work.

A favored quote on the subject is by Sharon O’Brian, the noted teacher-writer; it goes; “Writing became such a practice of discovery’, that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning. I wanted to know what I was going to say”.  At first glance this may seem a bit self- important, that one would be so excited to hear one’s voice. I think, if you believe  that God is the author and finisher of our faith, then you believe that it is a joint effort, where you  are only there to supply the paper and dabble with the punctuation.

Alternately, I cannot wait to see what God has to say. Sometimes I listen as I imagine doing in this writing. Often I run off and say something not worth reading when I am alone.

Do not give up looking for God’s purpose in your life. If you hear Him in this very reading don’t just “like it”;  love it enough to believe He is constantly working in us all; in all things we put HIS mind to.

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All God’s people – Closer to Him

I want to be closer to Him

If I draw closer to Jesus He will draw near to me.

His touch is more than I  need

I want to be close to Jesus.

 

He has made me whole and now I can rejoice.

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Nuggets – No Coveting

No Coveting
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:17)

This is the broadest prohibition of the Ten Commandments, spilling over to numerous portions of the Scripture. This commandment gives us three different views of “covet.” The initial commandment (Exodus 20:17) uses the Hebrew word chamad, which means “to delight in.” The repeated commandment (Deuteronomy 5:21) uses the word ‘avah, which translates “to wish for.” And the applied commandment (Jeremiah 6:13) uses the word batsa’, which is “to be greedy.”

There are two classic examples from which we can learn.

In spite of the awesome evidence of the Red Sea crossing, water from the rock, and the manna from heaven, Israel was not satisfied with the Lord’s provision (Numbers 11:7-15). They “fell a lusting” (‘avah) for the old delicacies of Egypt (Numbers 11:4-6). The Lord gave Israel its request for “meat” (Numbers 11:16-31), then sent a plague of judgment (Numbers 11:32-35) on the ungrateful nation.

There is also the tragic example of Achan (Joshua 7). Achan had been warned twice (Deuteronomy 7:25; Joshua 6:18-19) not to crave the riches of Jericho. But he gave into “a delightful desire” (chamad, Joshua 7:21). Achan’s sin brought judgment upon the whole nation (Joshua 7:5-15) until he was executed (Joshua 7:25-26).

God does not tolerate covetousness. The Bible is clear: Those that covet are never satisfied (Psalm 78:23-37) and have leanness sent to their souls (Psalm 106:13-15). May our Lord protect us from giving in to the “lust of the flesh” (1 John 2:16). HMM III

 From the Institute for Creation Research
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Silver Battlements ~ SoS Saturday

If she is a wall,
We will build on her a battlement of silver;
But if she is a door,
We will barricade her with planks of cedar.

Song of Songs 8:9 NASB

The battlements in a castle wall were the openings where the archers would hide and shoot. They look like slits in the walls.

Normally, in Solomon’s day, the battlements would be made of stone, or wood, but the Bride wants to make battlements of silver.

Why silver?

It wouldn’t be practical to use silver in the real world, so we take this to be a spiritual picture.

Where gold usually speaks of royalty, silver signifies holiness in the Bible.

A wall is for the most part a defense, but the battlement is the offensive aspect of the wall.

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Bible Daily Devotional – Ezekiel 13 – People may lie

People may lie: Ezekiel 13

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Today’s reading: Ezekiel 13-15.

If you’re like me, you expect the best from people. You expect them to be truthful. That has usually been my experience. But if we’re wise, we know that sometimes people, for different reasons, will lie or tell us things that are wrong. How can we discern the truth of what people say? Ezekiel gives us some pointers.

Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. They say, “The LORD declares,” when the LORD has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled. Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The LORD declares,” though I have not spoken? Ezekiel 13:6-7

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Meet Your Maker – The Vine

Have you ever felt like living the Christian life was just too hard?  I mean, you’re supposed to love everyone, be kind to your enemies, and forgive those who hurt you.  Then there’s the command to give generously, pray continually, live righteously, and sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice.  How is it possible to do any one of those things, let alone ALL of them consistently?  It just seems impossible, doesn’t it?

The good news is that Jesus knew that our tendency would be to read the New Testament and assume His instructions were to be carried out in a similar fashion as the Hebrews tried to carry out the Law from the Old Testament.  He also was aware that if the principles of His teachings were interpreted as a spiritual ‘to-do’ list that are expected to be accomplish on our own, we’d live in a constant state of frustration, disappointment and failure.

vine4So right before He was arrested, Christ gathered His disciples together to give them a brand new picture of how they were supposed to live.  He wanted to make sure that they knew that it wasn’t their responsibility to keep a set of rules. Instead, walking with the Lord should be defined by a relationship to Him.

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. ~ John 15:5

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Commentary on the Epistle of James…Hubert T. Lindsey

The following 6 players contain a verse by verse study on the complete Epistle of James. This verse by verse commentary was recorded by a blind preacher who quotes and teaches most of the Bible from memory. God gave Brother Lindsey a memory of the entire Bible when he was 15 years old.

James is the oldest Epistle written in the New Testament. James is also a blood Brother of the Lord Jesus Christ. This commentary posted by Rick Roehm contains a wealth of Biblical knowledge for all who desire to learn God’s Word in more depth. Brother Lindsey was a spirit filled preacher who loved Christ and humanity.

Before Brother Lindsey died I made a commitment to him that I would carry on this ministry after he went to Heaven. I have done such now for 26 years. These sermons I post via Internet… by the Grace of God were originally on audio cassettes and later transposed to CD format, which later led to uploads on the Internet.

If you care to download these teachings you may freely do so. God Bless you all for the glory of Christ and may the truth of God’s Word prevail.

Brother Lindsey asked me to scatter the knowledge.

James (1)
James (2)
James (3)
James (4)
James (5)
James (6)

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All God’s people – A good and perfect gift

God’s love story is perfect when you have submitted to His plan

Nothing more precious than the gift of one true love

The riches of grace are beyond compare

All praise belongs to Him alone.

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Bible Daily Devotional – Ezekiel 9 – God protects the remnant

God protects the remnant: Ezekiel 9

By Dr Bob Dellinger

https://oneyeardevotional.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/god-protects-the-remnant-ezekiel-9/

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Today’s reading: Ezekiel 9-12.

God always has a remnant, a smaller group among the many he is dealing with, who remain devoted to his word and his way. There was the line of Seth, Noah and his family, Abraham and his family among the Hebrews, Caleb and Joshua among the spies, Elijah and the 7000 who did not bow to Baal, and so on. God has a remnant that he preserves as exiles in Ezekiel’s time. He protects those who are marked as his remnant. He gives Ezekiel a vision of events in Jerusalem to demonstrate his sovereign safeguarding of the remnant.

“Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” Ezekiel 9:4-6

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Urdu Blog No. 204 – Incorruptible Things

Urdu Blog 2014 Incorruptible Things

God has redeemed corruptible man with the incorruptible blood of Jesus. Find what else are incorruptible. Let our eyes be opened to these which will never perish.
Share the knowledge of what are incorruptible secures our hope for eternity with family, friends and associates with this Urdu translation.
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