Ready for Rescue?

My devotional this morning found me in Isaiah 48:12-20 in which the Lord, through Isaiah the prophet, is reminding His people of Who He is – the Sovereign Creator of the Universe, on a mission for His people, Israel. As Isaiah reminds them of God’s purpose, amidst their being disciplined under the heavy hand of the Babylonians, Isaiah shares, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit,

“This what the Lord says….If only you had paid attention to my commands,

your peace would have been like a river,

your well-being like the waves of the sea.

Your descendants would have been like the sand,

your children like numberless grains;

their names would never be blotted out nor

destroyed before me.” (Isaiah 48:18-19 NIV)

Oh Lord, that we, too, would pay attention to Your Word and follow Your commands.

The Secret Place

Numbers 6:24-26

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.” (NKJV)
Psalm 91:1-2

“He Will Deliver You”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge; (NKJV)
Psalm 91:3-4a

“His Truth….Your Shield”

His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in the darkness,
Nor  of the destruction that  lays waste at noonday. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:4b-6

“A Thousand May Fall”

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But  it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:7-8

“The LORD….Your Dwelling Place”

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:9-13

“His Love”

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:14-16

The Secret Place: Deliverance, Truth, Shelter, Love!

Richest blessings to you!
Number 6:24-26

Sanctity of Human Life

Although God defined time as we know it, we humans are the ones who navigate physically through it. And as also is the case, we humans live amidst change in this world we inhabit; whereas God never changes!

That being said, this re-post is one I shared several years back, the issues of which are again in the forefront, today, crying for change. May its message resonate again for all of us humans.

And might I also add, that this topic was addressed this morning of the “Sanctity of Human Life” Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at CornerstonChapel.net, with a message that combines both Compassion and Truth. Click here to listen. It is well worth a listen, for those of you who share God’s heart on this subject.

Pro-Choice ….yet, another view

Pro-Choice

A little history:

When I was a child, “choosing” basically referred to such decisions as: selecting which book I might want to read; which game I might want to play; or whether or not I wanted to wash the dishes rather than dry them. In those days, most children simply followed the directions given them by the adults who guided their lives, adults who were older, and dare I say wiser, than they were. (Proverbs 1:8-9).

Then came the tsunami of cultural change….
….mildly at first.

The quiet removal of prayer from our public schools, in 1963, conveniently paved the way for Roe v. Wade ten years later, in 1973. Unthinking and, by then, prayer-less decision-makers, were blind-sided (2 Corinthians 4:4) by the “new” emerging ideas of the day. (Ecclesiastes 1:9).  Those short-sighted decision-makers did not display regard for our Creator (Genesis 1:27), nor give serious forethought regarding the Pandora’s box of choices, and consequences, that would follow. (Romans 3:23)

The results….

….if we are honest, did not necessarily bring freedom but sorrow to all, (Romans 6:23),  starting with the aborted child, and then the mother, the father, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, friends, future spouses, and ultimately society, itself. (See post 7/8/15)

Today….

….if we are willing, we can look with hindsight and examine the outcome and the wisdom of those decisions. Oh, and that we would have foresight and true wisdom to see this whole picture as it is, before settling on choices we have yet to make that will determine the course of our own lives, as well as, their impact on the lives of those near and dear to us.

“So, how is this accomplished?”, you ask.
The never-changing Word of God, the Holy Bible, can guide you.

Proverbs 9:10 states: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom….”

James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” And

Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-26

To hear the “Sanctity of Human Life” message at CornerstonChapel.net, presented on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, combining Compassion and Truth, click here. Worth a listen!

Emmanuel: God With Us

As we enter a New Year, may God’s character, displayed through Jesus, (Emmanuel), be our focus. Psalm 145 helps us to accomplish this. Psalm 145 tells us that:

The LORD IS…
vs. 1KING
vs. 2PRAISEWORTHY
vs. 3GREAT
PRAISEWORTHY
vs. 4MIGHTY
vs. 5GLORIOUS
SPLENDID
MAJESTIC
WONDERFUL
vs. 6AWESOME
GREAT
vs. 7GOOD
RIGHTEOUS
vs. 8GRACIOUS
COMPASSIONATE
SLOW TO ANGER
MERCIFUL
vs. 9GOOD
MERCIFUL
vs. 10PRAISEWORTHY
vs. 11GLORIOUS KING
POWERFUL
vs. 12MIGHTY
GLORIOUS MAJESTIC KING
vs. 13ETERNAL KING
THE LORD….
vs. 14UPHOLDS
RAISES UP
vs. 15GIVES
vs. 16SATISFIES
THE LORD IS…
vs. 17RIGHTEOUS
GRACIOUS
vs. 18NEAR
THE LORD…
vs. 19FULFILLS
HEARS
SAVES
vs. 20is JUST:
PRESERVES all who love Him.
DESTROYS all the wicked.
“…Andvs. 21all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever.”
may this be our meditation and Praise.
Blessed and Peace-filled New year to you!

Some children see Him…

"Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved."  Used with permission.
“Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved.” Used with permission.

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SOME CHILDREN SEE HIM
Some children see Him lily-white
The Baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily-white
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
The Lord of heaven to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
With dark and heavy hair.
The children in each different place
Will see the Baby Jesus’ face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace
And filled with Holy Light.
Oh lay aside each earthly thing
And with thy heart as offering
Come worship now the Infant King
‘Tis love that’s born tonight.

                                           – Alfred Burt, 1951

Mary’s Boy Child

Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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MARY’S BOY CHILD

Long time ago in Bethlehem,
so the Holy Bible say,
Mary’s Boy Child, Jesus Christ,
was born on Christmas Day.
“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
they saw a bright, new shining star,
and heard a choir from heaven sing,
the music came from afar.
“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“a new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.
Now Joseph and his wife, Mary,
came to Bethlehem that night.
They found no place to bear her child,
not a single room was in sight.
But but-and-by they found a little nook,
in a stable, all forlorn.
And in a manger, cold and dark,
Mary’s little Boy Child was born.
Trumpets sound and angels sing,
listen to what they say,
That man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas day.
 – Jester Hairston, 1956

Savior, Christ (Messiah), Lord…Life!

My devotional this morning focused on the passage in Luke 2:8-14, in which we read about the announcement of Jesus’ birth by an “angel” of the Lord to “shepherds living in the fields”.

As often happens when I return to a Scripture passage that I’ve read in the past, new insights pop out off the page for me. In this reading, I was struck, anew, by the contrasts in this setting of the announcement of Christ’s birth.

First: An “angel of the Lord” appearing, and…

Second, and more strikingly: shepherds “living in the fields”.

Those of you who love camping out (living in the outdoors) can readily identify with this setting, as can those of you who may find yourselves in a place where camping out is not a choice but a necessity.

What struck me so strongly in this new visit to Luke 2:8-14 is that those “living out in the fields”, presumably, a part of the “humbler” crowd on a social scale, were actually those best equipped to consider, (or even dare to venture over to), a visit to a stable to witness a phenomenon taking place in human history!

When you’re out camping, the odds are that you are not in your best attire, nor does that really matter in such a setting; but rather, your priorities are realigned and what truly matters in life is magnified – “Life” – and that is your real focus.

Surely, the God of heaven knew this and therefore, His introducing the Savior, the Messiah, and Lord, (i.e., true Life), to the world would more easily and readily be accomplished by those living a simpler, less sophisticated, yet prioritized lifestyle. Enter in, the shepherds.

Think about it, would someone, checking into their city lodging for a week’s worth of celebration, necessarily consider visiting a humble stable, as they were settling in and unpacking their belongings in preparation for the days ahead?  Probably not, as many other things would (and did for many) enter in to distract them from doing so, i.e., from witnessing and experiencing this New Life.

So often do we experience distractions of many kinds in our daily lives, as did others in generations past, which detour us, as well, from experiencing the phenomenon of the life given to us by our Savior. (John 10:10)

My first point, which actually has now become my second, is that it was an “angel” that “brought good news” to the shepherds and through them, subsequently, to the world. What the angel did reflects the depth of the meaning of the word “evANGELize”, thus creating a word picture for simply “sharing the good news” of the birth of our “Savior”, “Messiah”, and “Lord” (Luke 2:11).

That is my desire, and may it even be yours, as well!

“I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  I am the good shepherd.” – Jesus (John 10:10-11)

Merry Christmas and God bless!

Number 6:24-26

Who Is Jesus?

The Word

“In the beginning was The Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (NIV)  John 1:1-5

 So, Why Does That Matter?

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (NIV)  John 1:14

 Why is That Important?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)  John 3:16

 Jesus is…

…The Word; God; Light; Life; Grace; Truth; Love; Eternal Life!

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-26



…will He really find faith…?

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The Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)

Oh, the love of Jesus! The great, great, LOVE of Jesus.

Truly, all we like sheep have gone astray, drawn by distractions that lead us away from Him.  YET, the Great Shepherd persistently and patiently seeks US out.

The two characteristics we observe in the widow in the parable in Luke 18:1-8 are persistence and patience.  In many ways, these traits reflect the character of God, in Whose image we are created, and Whose love for us never ends.

As we grow and mature in knowing Him through His Word, we become aware of God’s character, often expressed through Jesus and the stories (parables) He shared.  Those story lines are always captivating.  The purpose of each is for us to notice/understand the character trait(s) taught.  And…the ultimate lesson in each is to practice those trait(s) in our walk with Him, in this case, persistence and patience.

Help me, Lord, to become more like You in my character.  And, help me to be a teachable student.

Is This Where We Are?

Wisdom shouts in the street,

She lifts her voice in the square;
At the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
At the entrance of the gates in the city, she utters her sayings;
“How long, O naïve ones, will you love simplicity?
And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing,
And fools hate knowledge?”
Proverbs 1:20-22 (NASB)

Will We Listen?

“Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.”
Proverbs 1:23 (NASB)

Or… Endure the Consequences

“Because I called, and you refused;
I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention;
And you neglected all my counsel,
And did not want my reproof;
“I will even laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your dread comes,
When your dread comes like a storm,
And your calamity comes on like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come on you.
“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me,
Because they hated knowledge,
And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
“They would not accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.
So They shall eat of the fruit of their own way,
and be satiated with their own devices.”
Proverbs 1:24-31 (NASB)

…Of Waywardness and Complacency

“For the waywardness of the naïve shall kill them,
And the complacency of fools shall destroy them.”
Proverbs 1:32 (NASB)
 

Or… Experience Safety and Security

“But he who listens to me shall live securely,
And shall be at ease from the dread of evil.”
Proverbs 1:33 (NASB)

Will we listen?

“….IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES,
AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS,
THEN I WILL HEAR FROM Heaven, AND WILL FORGIVE Their SIN AND
HEAL THEIR LAND.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NJKV)