Ascribe to the Lord

ad973d3689d4ef87288ca7b672333c75This morning I was a little tired and distraught by a night of frustrating dreams. As I started the day, my mind turned to my duty and my desire, which seemed alike – how can I love others today. With uncertainty about how this was to be achieved came more questions regarding my capability and resolve. I had no answers. Then some insight came, “I will leave it all with the Lord.” Be still and see the salvation of the Lord. I will surrender my reasonings, uncertainty, doubt and good intentions.

Turning to Him, I read:

“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: …. Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all Peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.  Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’  Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!  Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Cry out, ‘Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.’  Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said ‘Amen’ and ‘Praise the Lord.’ ” (1 Chronicles 16: 9-17, 23-36)

Thank you God for your word, it is true and works healing and righteousness in our hearts and minds.

Deception and Enlightenment

UnknownWhere did we get this idea that God does not, nor will not, work within and upon His creation of which we are a part? Our physical senses are our primary connection to the world around us, but they are limited to the physical while God is Spirit. The interaction of God in this world is not limited to the physical. Does God make the sun rise and the earth spin on its axis? Does God cause seeds to germinate and plants to grow; animals to live and reproduce? Some will say that these processes happen independently of God. This brings us back to the original question, is the creation self-sustaining? We know Read More »

The Power of Chance

ab1e99750fd30cab5e29c4201ca9a8b5--creation-vs-evolution-darwin-evolutionEveryone seems to agree that in chance there is hidden great power. The theory of evolution is based on chance events that happen randomly over millions of years. This theory is now generally accepted as fact and forms a basis for the origin of species. I was watching a nature show recently that cited certain animal species that evolved to live on land, but rejected it and returned to the sea. Perhaps this explains the large brain and mental capacity of dolphins that breathe air and are mammals like humans. Could they be the missing link? Might humans be the predecessors of dolphins? Did early men slithered upon shore, become upright, become apes, then a portion of them dove back into the sea and evolved into dolphins? Maybe the laughing sound they make is their laughing at us for remaining Read More »

Empty of Power

BylinerCOVER_FINALI’ve read some books and watched some movies lately that got me thinking about worldly perspectives. The book “Three Cups of Deceit”, by Jon Krakauer, is an interesting book about the founder of Central Asia Institute which was organized to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The founder fabricated lies and fake events to concoct a book that would appeal to the good intentions of a guilt ridden public. The founder may have possessed good intentions as well, but the substance and reality was that he secretly robbed and defrauded the public becoming personally famous and wealthy, instead of building and operating schools in Asia. He was slapped on the hand by the liberal government and exonerated in the liberal courts, because we live in a society that exalts good intentions Read More »

Times in This Age

imagesWhat is God about during our time? He is bringing salvation to many, perhaps multitudes. Today is the day of salvation, and it began, perhaps with the coming of spiritual Elijah, John the Baptist, the forerunner of Messiah Yeshua. His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember Read More »

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

george-inness-the-valley-of-the-shadow-of-death“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4.

As I grow older, approaching my 60’s, my thoughts turn more and more to my mortality. It is comforting to note that, if one is a Believer, God has promised to never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).  In Psalm 23 this extends even to when we die as the Lord leads us through the “shadow of death” while comforting us with his rod and staff. The rod and staff were used by a shepherd as Read More »

A Modern World’s Snare

article-2142640-04FD7975000005DC-762_634x405Has this modern world in which we live failed us? Have we missed out on the processes that enable growth in virtue and wisdom? Have the baits of this modern society left us unsatisfied and longing for the substantial, the experience through which depth of meaning are found? The modern world is not just American, but largely world-wide, due to advances in communication delivery, transportation, and technology in general. These are not bad in themselves, but the snares that trap and enslave us are. We can not go back, and I’m not suggesting an Amish approach Read More »

The Opposite Spirit

531-2This is a term I first heard from a friend of mine to describe the ways of God’s Spirit. The Holy Spirit is contrary to our natural inclinations. Yeshua taught us to love our enemies; to give out of our poverty; to turn the other cheek when struck; to forgive those who despitefully treat us; summed up – to lose our life in order to save it. This teaching goes against every natural reasoning and inclination we have, thus it seems “the Opposite way”.

God says to his people, they seek me daily, seem eager to know my ways, ask me for just decisions, and take delight in approaching me. “Why have we fasted, they say, and you have not seen it? Why have Read More »

The Parable of the Laborers

matthew.20.1-16We see in Matthew 20:1-16 the Parable of the Laborers. A landowner went out to hire workers for his vineyard. He first went out early in the morning, and then again at several different times during the day, including one hour before quitting time, and hired more laborers. At the end of the day he paid the last hired the same as the first hired even though the first hired worked longer and during the heat of the day. Matthew 20:13-16 describes the landowner’s Read More »

God’s Way – Led by the Spirit

mt_sinaiI’ve observed some things that disturbed me, things in the church that are based in worldly thinking and the good intentions of men.  Who can discern the way in which the Spirit of God leads? When God led the people of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, Moses was God’s messenger, spokesman, and servant. However, it was clearly God who led the people with a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night and His intention was that each one of His people would hear His voice. (Heb. 8:9; 10:16). At mount Moriah God called the people to come to Him, so they would know His ways. The people refused out of fear and begged that Moses be their intermediary.  (Exodus 20:18-21).

God wants His people to worship Him alone and be free from the bondage, error, and futility of Read More »

Enter the Narrow Way

sycamore_200414A profound spiritual experience seems necessary for one to engage the pathway of truth. Yeshua described it as being born again, which is certainly a profound personal spiritual experience. It happened to Zacchaeus when Yeshua called him out and offered to eat at his house. Having the Son of God accept you, particularly when society has rejected you, is a profound personal spiritual experience. Cornelius experienced it via an angelic visitation that brought about the sharing of the good news of Yeshua, by Peter. Nathanael and all the apostles had profound personal spiritual encounters with Yeshua, but we don’t have anything recorded about Judas having any sort of profound encounter Read More »

A Three Faceted Blessing

joyouly-giving-thanks-2-728What amazing grace and love believers have received, to be called Children of God. (1 John 3:1). It is a theme of our praise to God. I remember years ago someone came up with a bumper sticker that said, “Found it”, meaning that he found eternal Life in Yeshua Messiah, perhaps referring to Matt. 13:44-46 or Romans 10:20. It was popular in the Christian community but unbelievers ridiculed it because they could not understand. Believers can’t stop marveling in the grace and mercy of salvation.

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Spiritual Israel and God’s Promise

gods-chosen-people.png“Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called ‘uncircumcised’ by those who call themselves ‘the circumcision’ (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus Read More »

Discerning God’s Will

f9a287f6f15c70bd6063af2081108ca9George Muller, the man of great faith, said he did not have a gift of faith as mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:9, his was the same faith of any other child of God.  The most convincing explanation of this was that he simply believed that if the work he was doing was God’s work, God would supply it.  This is further supported by the lengths to which he went to establish that a matter was in accordance with God will.  Once a woman offered to rent her house to him for an orphans house.  As he pondered, he observed Read More »

Legacy

imagesThere is an awful lot of legacy software in use by companies throughout many industries.  Legacy software is old software, outdated by current standards, that is still in use.  It may not be the most efficient, fastest, or look slick, but it works and gets the job done, which makes it worth keeping.  A person’s legacy is the gist and meaningfulness of one’s life work.  When I was in my early forties I had a mid-life crisis, I didn’t buy a sports car or Harley, but I longed for meaning, for virtue and significance.  Now some twenty years later I listened to a talk about significance and meaningfulness and I considered Read More »

The Dominion of Darkness

article-2242722-1657FE04000005DC-339_634x474.jpgI’ve been thinking of what could be done to quiet the liars who fill our airways today.  Darkness is the domain of evil, injustice, wickedness, lies, theft, murder, assault, immorality, avarice, malice, hate, tyranny, bondage, oppression, rage, lust and greed.  “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness…” (Rom. 1: 18-32).  “To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land, to deny people their rights before the Most High, to depriveRead More »

Muller’s Experience

refreshed_origAfter George Muller had been sick for a while he related an experience during that period when the Lord helped him in prayer.

“No sooner had I begun to pray than His Spirit shone into my soul and gave me such a spirit of prayer as I have not enjoyed for many weeks.  He graciously revived His work in my heart.  I enjoyed that nearness to God and fervency in prayer for more than an hour. My soul had been panting for many weeks for this sweet experience.”

I believe this is an experience many believers can relate with, in one fashion or another. Since I am an intercessor like Muller, I find God’s presence in fervent prayer, but I know Read More »

Of Kings and Obscure Men

daniel-interprets-dream-82607-print.jpgGod calls us to be industrious in all we do in life. Romans 12:11 commands Christians to be “Not Slothful in business…”.  Colossians 3:23 states “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”.  Proverbs 14:23 states “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”   In addition, Proverbs 22:29 tells us that “Do you see a man skilled in his work?  He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men”.

The phrase “skilled in his work” is better translated “prompt in his business” or in other words someone who is diligent/industrious.  The Proverbs promise Read More »

The Gospel of John

hqdefaultThere is a movie with this title by The Visual Bible International.  It is outstanding and I watch it again and again.  The words and events depicted are a faithful representation of the book of John in the bible.  The story of Yeshua talking with the Samaritan women at the well is superb, the visual depiction of this conversation is simply powerful in the Spirit.  It is the most direct admission made by Yeshua that He is the Messiah.  Yeshua gives a prophetic word to the woman, who clearly was looking with hope for the coming Read More »

Joseph and Yeshua Sons of Israel

7d34eae1368d5e58a21250b330f12956Joseph is one of my favorite Bible persons, not because I relate with him, but because he is an archetype of Yeshua.  Joseph was loved by his father and was given a multi-colored coat.  Joseph had communication with God and was able to interpret God’s messages to others – He heard and understood God.  Yeshua said He only did and said what Father God did and said. (John 5:19; 8:28).  Yeshua was loved and anointed by Father God with the Holy Spirit that descended as a dove. (Luke 3:22).  Joseph was misunderstood by his family, as was Yeshua.  Joseph suffered unjustly at the hands of his brothers, and by Potiphar as a consequence of his wife’s lies regarding Joseph’s propriety. (Gen. 39: 7-19). Yeshua was Read More »

Seeing People In Truth

old-protestant-cemeteryMy parents were each raised on the farm during the great depression.  Consequently, they shared many customs and perspectives. One was “Decoration Day”, where everyone went to the family grave yard and set out flowers by the ancestors headstones. It was how they observed Memorial Day.  So, this Memorial day weekend, we did the same thing although it was not planned, but sheer serendipity.

We roamed around looking at the graves, trying to make out Read More »

From Start To Finish

Tower-of-Babel3During man’s first thousand years or so mankind honed his wickedness, a turning point began when he decided to build a tower to heaven.  God saw this and out of His great mercy He confused the language of men and separated them across the face of the earth. Over the next  several thousand years kingdoms of men rose up and fought wars in an attempt to rule the entire world, these are enumerated in a vision given to Nebuchadnezzar and interpreted by Daniel, the Prophet of God.  The vision of a statue Read More »

Realizations of Truth

psalm_119_121___daily_bible_verse_by_bible_quote-d9dkxj5You are not good and you cannot be good in any significant and material degree or in
any way that actually matters at all.
You cannot do anything that is good, your good intentions and efforts to do good deeds are insignificant; you can however, forgive those who hurt you and mistreat you, and you can be kind to them or at least not strike back in word or deed.You can not supply for yourself in any complete sense, your immediate wants maybe temporarily mollified, but they can not be satisfied.  Your awareness of your need may be distracted, but the need remains.  For example, you need ample nutritious meals with all sorts of minerals, vitamins, protein, fat, calories, etc.  You can get some candy or ice cream, which will tide you over for a while, but without a continuous supply of food you will starve.

You can not

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What I Need and Need Not

psalms-51-10Sometimes we reach a point where a repurposing of all things not surrendered to God the Father, is necessary. (Rom.12:2). Yeshua described it…”If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matt. 6:23).  If there is to be any encouragement, any love and peace, any satisfaction and rest; then it must come from God and flow to others. (Eph. 2:4,8; Rom. 5:12; Gal.5:13).  My destiny is not contingent on having friends, nor anything others seem to have or desire.  My destiny is dictated by the presence and work of God within my innermost Read More »