January 22 – Tell Me To Come

Take “if” out of my vocabulary, Lord. Please replace it with “Yes” and let me experience in wonderment who You are. Amen.

THE RIVER WALK

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Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” (Matthew 14:28)

Read: Genesis 44:1-45:28, Matthew 14:13-36, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 4:11-13

Relate: Lord, if it is really You, tell me to come to You walking on the water. It is three AM. I don’t like being up this late but because there is an 8 hour time difference with everyone back in New York, it does happen more than I would care to admit. I was chatting with a friend a bit and that led to reading up a little more on CAIR. A podcast is playing with the fiery, anointed, but not always accurate John Gray is getting me all shaken up on the inside. Next thing I know I am reading up on the prophesies fulfilled by Jesus. I really should be sleeping and am about to shut it…

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Nuggets -Fullness of Blessing

Fullness of Blessing
“And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.” (Romans 15:29)

One beautiful characteristic of life in Christ is its fullness. Jesus Christ is Himself “the fullness of him that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:23), and He does everything to the full! When He fed the multitude, there were 12 baskets left over (John 6:13); when He brought in the miraculous catch of fishes, the nets were so full that they broke, and the boats so full they began to sink (Luke 5:6-7).

First of all, He gives fullness of grace. “And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16). Then comes fullness of joy and peace: “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13).

It is then possible—in fact, we are commanded—to be “filled with the Spirit . . . making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:18-19). Not only does the Holy Spirit indwell us, but so do the Father and the Son, by the Spirit. Jesus said: “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). In this way, the triune God indwells us, and thereby we “know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that [we] might be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

All the fullness of God! In Jesus Christ “dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him” (Colossians 2:9-10), “for it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell” (Colossians 1:19). With the resources of such fullness of blessing available to us, we should be constantly growing “unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). HMM

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All God’s People – Still holding on

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January 20 – Zaphenath-Paneah

Let Your Name be high and lifted up in my life, O Lord I pray, Let Jesus be seen in me. Amen.

THE RIVER WALK

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Then Pharaoh gave Joseph a new Egyptian name, Zaphenath-paneah. He also gave him a wife, whose name was Asenath. She was the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On. So Joseph took charge of the entire land of Egypt. (Genesis 41:45)

Read: Genesis 41:17 – 42:17, Matthew 13:24-46, Psalm 18:1-15, Proverbs 4:1-6

Relate: Names mean something. Well, maybe they don’t mean all that much anymore but they used to. It is rare to hear about a significant name change in our world today. A couple big exceptions are Malcolm X (formerly Malcolm Little and later El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) and Martin Luther King Jr (born Michael King Jr but his father changed both his own name and his son’s after a trip to Germany) For most of us these days, our name is simply something our parents thought sounded nice when we were born or perhaps it is the name of a significant…

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January 19 – The Butterfly Effect

Only to be what He wants me to be, every moment of everyday.
Yielded completely to Jesus alone, every step of this pilgrim way.
Just to be clay in the Potter’s hand, doing what His Word commands
Only to be what He wants me to be.(Norman J Clayton)

 

Amen Lord.

THE RIVER WALK

Butterfly Effect

But Joseph refused. (Genesis 39:8)

Read: Genesis 39:1-41:16, Matthew 12:46-13:23, Psalm 17:1-15, Proverbs 3:33-35

Relate:Joseph refused. The world was changed.

Edward Lorenz was a mathematician and a meteorologist. Quite a few decades back he used one of the earliest computers to create the first model of global weather patterns. His goal was to figure out how to predict long term weather patterns in the hopes that, eventually, we would be able to completely control the weather. One day, when he was going to repeat some of the predictions made the day before he put in the number on his printout .506 rather than the full number the computer had created .506127. The difference in weather predictions ended up being huge even though the variance between the two numbers was about the equivalent of that of a butterfly flapping its wings. This is how the term “Butterfly Effect” was born.

Small changes make huge differences. You…

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Nuggets – The Prosperity of the Ungodly

The Prosperity of the Ungodly
“Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?” (Jeremiah 12:1)

One of the perennial theological problems is the apparent prosperity of the ungodly along with the suffering of the righteous. Why would God seem to endorse such a system?

It has been this way for ages. Some 2,000 or more years before Christ, Job asked essentially the same question as did the prophet Jeremiah in our text above. “Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? . . . They spend their days in wealth, and . . . say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways” (Job 21:7, 13-14). Likewise, the psalmist Asaph complained, “I was envious . . . when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73:3).

The real solution to this paradox is not in this present world, but in the world to come, where hell awaits the ungodly, and heaven awaits those whom God has redeemed through faith in Christ. The fact that a man may prosper materially is not necessarily a measure of God’s approval. The previous economic boom in this country made many men very wealthy, and most of them seem either indifferent or hostile to God, but their wealth is very ephemeral. As David said in another psalm, “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not” (Psalm 37:35-36).

If God does give a few believers material wealth, it is so that they may use it for the Lord and for others, not to pamper themselves. “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but . . . that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to [share]” (1 Timothy 6:17-18). HMM

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All God’s People – Take me to the King

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Unfinished Tasks

My Christmas gift to my mother this year was a handmade quilt. But it wasn’t just another blanket to keep her warm on a cold evening while watching the ballgame. The quilt was the completion of a family heirloom that was started many decades ago. With her characteristically painstaking precision, my grandmother pieced together this fabulous blue “Lone Star” quilt top over 60 years ago. But due to a death in the family, she had to put it away to make time to take care of the home, the farm and to prioritize the many other responsibilities that stood in the way of her completing the quilt. Though she started and finished many other sewing projects after her retirement from the farm and a long career in nursing, she passed away in 2007 without ever getting back to this particular piece.

A few years later, Mom gave me a box of keepsakes from my grandmother’s estate and since she knew that I like quilting too, I became the recipient of the unfinished work. For 6 or 7 more years, it lay untouched in the box that was stored away on a shelf in the basement.  Then, one summer, I had some extra time and decided to get it out to see what could be done to bring the project back to life. After soliciting Mom’s help with laying it out and pinning it up, I started the long process of hand stitching each one of the hundreds of sections. But as homeschool started back that fall and other demands pushed sewing lower on my priority list, the quilt once again lay dormant until this past Thanksgiving. With the goal of completing it as a gift, I once again pulled it out from the corner of the closet, brushed off the dust, and sat down to quilt every night until I finished it four days before Christmas.

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Nuggets – The Danger of Willful Sin

The Danger of Willful Sin
“Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.” (Numbers 15:31)

Under the Mosaic law, there was ample provision for forgiveness of sins committed unintentionally. “If any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, . . . and it shall be forgiven him” (Numbers 15:27-28). However, as in our text, it was altogether different for one who deliberately disobeyed God’s law. One who would so despise God’s commandment was to be put to death.

In this Christian dispensation, many would say that this harshness of God’s law has been replaced by His love. There is abundant pardon for all, since Jesus died for all our sins. Now, all we need is to confess our sins, and He will forgive us (1 John 1:9). But, “if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, . . . He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God?” (Hebrews 10:26, 28-29).

Even assuming this warning applies specifically only to those who have wilfully renounced faith in Christ, the question still remains whether one with true saving faith will wilfully sin against the known will of God, as revealed in His Word. “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). Only God knows the heart, but those “Christians” who deliberately reject and disobey His Word should at least “examine [them]selves, whether [they] be in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5). HMM

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All God’s People – Jesus Never Fails

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