Enjoy & Merry Christmas,
Enjoy & Merry Christmas,
Yet Scripture includes it, and prophets prophesied about it and it is, in fact, part of the story:
Here is the entirety of Isaiah 55:
a ruler and commander of many nations.
This entire passage of Scripture is about Jesus Christ and the amazing beauty and freedom of His love! That He offers us life, for free, all we have to do is COME! Throughout this passage, God continually invites us to COME to Him and listen to Him. The things He is offering to us as a result of coming to Him are good for us, rich and satisfying!
Sandwiched throughout this chapter are additional verses that we as believers today can take as encouragements to what God is doing and wants to do:
Finally, the beauty of the Truth contained in these verses has the ability to bring powerful changes. "Large cypress trees will grow where thorn bushes were. Myrtle trees will grow where weeds were." Our God is a God of redemption and change. When He replaces things in our lives He doesn't just bring an equal change, He brings a change that far exceeds the junk that was there before. So give Him full access, it is worth it!
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at my church on the book of Ruth. It was a beautiful and humbling time for me. I was blessed by the attendance of a large group of my friends and family. Their smiling and tearful faces in the audience were a true blessing to my heart. I hope that you can take some time to listen to the message that I shared. Click the link above titled "Ruth" to be taken to the podcast. It is also available on my webpage www.forhisglory-alone.blogspot.com in the upper, left-hand corner.
It's also available on iTunes at: http://forhisgloryalone.podomatic.com/rss2.xml
Below is a post I wrote awhile ago, but I needed to read it again the other day. so I thought I would share it again. Enjoy!
This post is dedicated to my former pastor Shane Holden, who plucked his one string guitar, "God loves you, even in your weakness." Hearing that message over and over again and continuing to carry it in my heart continues to peel off layers of blindness.
I was reading through the story of David and Bathsheba the other day. This is a well known story, that we've all heard millions of times. Well, I got to the last verse of this story and a verse, that I never recall hearing before, practically jumped out at me:
PS I received a draft copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins,destitute, persecuted and mistreated—38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
It is hard for me to believe that this series 13 Thoughts for 2013 began way back in January. Little did I know when I started it that the Lord was taking me on a journey and that these verses would be progressive stepping stones for me. The journey through these verses included many tears, sleepless nights and wrestling out these truths in His presence. I hope that I have emerged refined by the process.
This journey is sealed with a truth that is for the ages: Let us make EVERY effort to lead to peace and the edification of others.
As I was finalizing this post, I came across these thoughts found in Tell it Slant by Eugene Peterson, which seal the process that I have been in over the last 6 months:
Prayer accomplishes with us, within our spirits, deep within our souls, what is later lived out in the circumstances and conditions of our obedience. A stiff upper lip won't do it. A fierce resolve won't do it. An exemplary life won't do it.
Prayer goes beneath the surface and penetrates the heart of the matter... When we pray we willingly participate in what God is doing, without knowing precisely what God is doing, how God is doing it, or when we will know what is going on - if ever (pg.237)
May this prayer by Saint Patrick lead you and guide you as you journey on in Christ:
- a work in progress
- intiated and being completed by God
- a making of things right
- being done in joy
“every knee will bow before me;
Every tongue will tell the honest truth
that I and only I am God.”