April 26 – This For That

Have Your way Lord, You are the Potter, I am the clay.

THE RIVER WALK

Then the Spirit of the Lord took possession of Gideon. He blew a ram’s horn as a call to arms, and the men of the clan of Abiezer came to him. He also sent messengers throughout Manasseh, Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, summoning their warriors, and all of them responded. (Judges 6:34-35)

Read: Judges 6:1-40, Luke 22:54-23:12, Psalm 95:1-96:13, Proverbs 14:5-6

Relate: “God, if _______ happens then I will do _______.” Fill in the blanks and you will have a very common prayer throughout my younger years. I had a “this for that” relationship with God. The problem is, even if the “this” actually did happen, I would immediately create another “this” so that I could get out of doing my “that”. Call it fear, call it doubt, call it insecurity… whatever it was, I didn’t really want to do what God was laying on my heart but I did need a good excuse…

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Dim Sum – My Jumbo PJs and assumptions

I woke up this morning on my hospital bed feeling I must have lost some weight as my pyjamas seemed outsized to me. On investigation, I found that the nurse had given me Jumbo sized pyjamas instead of the smaller ones I am used to, as she was in a hurry to go off duty yesterday . In reality, I had increased in weight rather than lost weight.

What does the Word of God say about assumptions?

From joynotes.com

Don’t Assume Your Problems Can’t Be Solved
John 6:5-7
When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” (NRSV)
Read about how that problem was solved =>
Miracle of The Loaves And Fishes ~ Jesus Feeds the 5000

(Don’t Assume A Person Won’t Turn To God –

The Story of Rahab The (Former) Prostitute or Harlot

Joshua 2:8-13
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.

When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. “Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.” (TNIV)

Don’t Assume The Worst In Other People
1 Chronicles 19:2-3
“David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. When David’s envoys came to Hanun in the land of the Ammonites to express sympathy to him, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, “Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Haven’t his envoys come to you only to explore and spy out the country and overthrow it?” (TNIV)

Lessons From The Story of Job
A classic example of arriving at the wrong conclusion based on the wrong assumptions is found in the The Story of Job. Let’s be careful not to jump to conclusions even when things appear to be clearly a certain way – For instance, in this story, Job’s friends applied a correct principle in the wrong manner by making the assumption that Job’s suffering came as a result of his sin or disobedience to God.
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May God grant us the wisdom and the patience to resist from making the wrong assumptions about situations we encounter. Amen.

When you’re forming your opinions,
Do it carefully – go slow;
Hasty judgments oft are followed
By regretting – that I know.” — Anonymous
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“He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay.” ~ Isaiah 11:3, NLT
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“…the LORD said to Samuel, Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7, NLT

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” — James 1:19, NIV

“Don’t jump to conclusions – there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.” – Proverbs 25:8, MSG
“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” ~ Luke 6:31, NASB

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Galatians 5:14, ESV

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All God’s children – It will be worth it after all

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Nuggets – Exhorting one another

Exhorting One Another
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13)

The fascinating word rendered “exhort” (Greek para-kaleo) in our text verse, elsewhere translated “comfort,” “beseech,” etc., literally means “call alongside.”

For example, note 2 Corinthians 1:4: “[God] comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” Also look at Paul’s appeal to Philemon: “I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds” (Philemon 1:10). Such words as “desire,” “entreat,” and “pray” are also used.

The unusual importance of the word is pointed up by the fact that its noun form (parakletos) is used as one of the titles of God the Holy Spirit. Jesus said: “When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (John 15:26).

Thus, a Christian who is “called alongside” to comfort a sorrowing friend, to beseech a person to do right, or to exhort him to useful action all in the name of Christ, is in effect performing the same type of service on the human level that the Holy Spirit Himself performs on the divine level. Further, our text would inform us that this type of service—whether done in the context of exhorting or comforting or beseeching—is designed specifically to prevent the one to whom he is “called alongside” from being “hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” And since this is a moment-by-moment danger to the unwary, the ministry of exhortation (or comforting or entreating, as the need may be) is one which must be performed “daily, while it is called To day.” HMM
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All God’s people – The reason I’m standing

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Nuggets – Power in the Ark

Power in the Ark
“And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.” (1 Samuel 5:3)

The Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant, where God met with His people, and set it up in the temple of their god, Dagon. The first night, Dagon fell down before the Ark; the second night, he fell down broken in pieces. On the next day, a great plague fell on the people of Ashdod, and forthwith they sent the Ark away!

Just as Dagon fell before the Ark, which was a type of Christ, so the priests and soldiers, who came to take Jesus away, “went backward, and fell to the ground” in His presence (John 18:6). Similarly, just as the temple of Dagon could hold the Ark no longer than three days, and the whale could only hold God’s prophet Jonah for three days, so the grave could not hold Jesus longer than three days.

The Ark also exhibited its great power both to bless and to curse. It brought death to the Philistines who desecrated it, and even to the Israelites at Beth-shemesh, when they foolishly looked into the Ark (1 Samuel 6:19). However, it evidently brought blessing to the house of the Levite Abinadab, where it stayed for 20 years (1 Samuel 7:1-2), and later to the house of Obed-edom (2 Samuel 6:11).

The same is true of the Lord Jesus Christ and of all who are “in him, which is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:10). The presence of Christ was a blessing to many, but others “besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear” (Luke 8:37). “For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savor of death unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). HMM

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Looking for Wisdom

The internet is full of people who have all kinds of ingenious ideas and my family loves to discover the fantastic creativity displayed on any one of the millions of posts available at any time.

While you can learn a lot of nifty things from a cornucopia of really innovative people, believers need to be careful not to be do-it-yourselfers when it comes to seeking enduring wisdom.  Proverbs 9 identifies the only one source of true wisdom. Verse 10 tells us that “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” So Scripture is expressly clear that wisdom’s source is God Himself.  As we learn to seek Him in the pages of the Bible and rely on the Holy Spirit to help us understand, only then will we begin to develop a holy awe for the Lord which is the fountain of all true knowledge and understanding.

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High Risk of falling!

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Bible verses about falling
God is always working in the lives of Christians. He is faithful. When His children fall He will pick them up and dust them off. He will never forsake His faithful ones and with His mighty right handHe will hold you. He knows what you need, He knows what you’re going through, and He knows your pain. Commit to Him, continue to live by His Word, hold on to God’s promises in your heart and know that in all situations He will help you and with Him you will overcome.
21 Encouraging Bible Verses About Falling

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People who fall the hardest, bounce back the highest. – Nishan Panwar.

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W – Warrior Poets

Shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves – let’s be what He wants us to be.

The Artistic Christian

Warrior Poet

“In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen. And won their freedom.” – “Braveheart”

“Every man dies.  Not every man really lives.” – “Braveheart”

While visiting the William Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland, I was filled with a sense of awe.  These courageous men and their passionate quest for freedom were not just a great story dreamed up by a film producer – they were real men who bled, and died, for the chance to be free.

Since the moment I heard it, I’ve been captivated by the line, “they fought like warrior poets.”  I’ve spent time mulling this over in my mind.  What does it mean to be a warrior poet?  And isn’t this the kind of life we’ve all been called to live?

This is not a new…

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All God’s people – Worth

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