“The Formula for Rejoicing” 1/15/2022 Written by Keith Haney for “THE LIGHT BREAKS THROUGH”

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The Formula for Rejoicing

 ByKeith Haney

DEC 13, 2021

A Brahman of distinction in Western India embraced the Gospel and was baptized. By this act, he lost possession of his houses, his fields, his wells, his wife, and his children. Such was the inexorable law of caste. On being asked how he bore his sorrows, he replied, “Ay, I am often asked that, but I am never asked how I bear my joys, for I have joys within with which a stranger intermeddles not. The Lord Jesus sought me and found me, a poor strayed sheep in the jungles, and He brought me to His fold, and He will never leave me.’’—Journal of Missions.

As we read the apostle Paul’s encouragement in Philippians 4, it invokes a similar puzzling dilemma for the world. How can you be joyful when there is so much broken around you? You have lost so much, so many people. Yet Paul calls us to — “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice!” — may sound like the empty words from a Christmas card, especially today given the times. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! It’s a great time! Everything is fine!

To understand Paul’s words, you need to understand the mess he was speaking to. Because everything is not fine with the Philippian house churches. Outsiders condemn them for their cultural practices. Insiders are bickering. Nor does it help when a verse later Paul adds, “Do not worry about anything ….” Are you nuts? How dare you lecture me, “Do not worry.” When I hear that, I go into worry overload. Maybe there is something I should be worried about I didn’t realize. So, now I have more on my worry plate. The kids are coming. The house is nowhere from being clean. Will the Christmas gifts I ordered arrive on time? Amazon has just moved the delivery date back to after Christmas. I can’t afford a big enough ham. Will the weather cooperate? The cookies aren’t baked, the beds aren’t made. Have I helped add to your anxiousness?

But Paul’s words will make a lot more sense when we realize he wrote this letter from death row.

Paul’s letter was written in Rome around the year A.D. 64, during the time Nero persecuted Christians following a great fire that destroyed much of that city. Tradition holds that Paul was eventually beheaded.

Paul saw his fate coming that is clear by the language of the text. The Greek word translated “Rejoice!” is also the same verb that ends most letters in that era: “Farewell!” Paul’s call for rejoicing in trials with a fatal farewell gives him the street cred to encourage us also to rejoice even amid trials. Paul, in this final farewell, gives instructions to all the members and to use.

Rejoice in the Lord (v. 4)

This joy-intoxicated man could not stress enough the need for and importance of believers to rejoice. But we need to be clear this is not some churchy happy talk. The foundation of the Christian’s rejoicing is in the Lord. There are no reasons for rejoicing without the Lord. Let me say that again, we have no reason to rejoice apart from Jesus. With Him, there is no end to rejoicing.

A Bible commentator shares Paul’s formula for joy. It is summarized by saying we must have:

  • THE CAUSE OF CHRISTas our priority. That cause, of course, includes the fellowship, the furtherance, and the faith of the gospel (1:5, 12, 27).

Because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Phil. 1:5)

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, (Phil. 1:12)

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, (Phil. 1:27)

  • THE CHARACTER OF CHRISTas our pattern. This is the character of sacrificially giving oneself up in the interest of others (2:5–8).

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phi. 2:5-8)

  • THE CARE OF CHRISTas our peace, which the apostle is about to express (4:6–7).

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7)

Joyful Conclusion

When we lay all our agenda items at the feet of Jesus, we can walk away. Paul has indeed given a foolproof formula for joy. This is a reminder to all of us that our lives as Christians should not be filled with anxiety. Even though the world is filled with fear and anxiety. We have something they seek. We can bring our problems and needs to the Lord with the confidence that he cares for them. And His care like His grace is sufficient.

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P.S. (from bruce)     When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“Power” 1/14/2022 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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Power

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The words escaped my lips without thought, “God I am so tired of…” How would you fill in that prayer?  Tired of financial struggles or health problems. Tired of battling family members.  Tired of too many responsibilities. Tired of the struggle against sin. It is so easy to get overwhelmed and feel powerless.  But God wants you and me to know that we are not powerless.  Quite the contrary, as believers in Jesus Christ, we have “incomparably great power (Ephesians 1:19),” power that comes from God.  But do we really understand what that means?

The Bible speaks of God’s eternal power” (Romans 1:20), His “power for the salvation of everyone” (Romans 1:16), “overflowing hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13), and “[God’s ]power made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).  He said that God’s “power is at work within us-[doing] immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20), and “by His power, He [will] fulfill [our] every good purpose and act of faith” (2 Thessalonians 1:11).  “God [strengthens us] with all power according to His glorious might” (Colossians 1:11). And Peter declared: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).

But perhaps the most powerful statement about the power of God is found in Ephesians 1:19-20, where Paul writes about God’s “incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead.”  Stop.  Go back and read that again. The same power that God exerted to raise Jesus Christ from the dead now lives in you and me through the Holy Spirit.  That is the power that will enable you to accomplish everything God has called you to.  Do you have a problem that is bigger than death?  No, and neither do I.  Whatever the problem, whatever the challenge, whatever the work you and I are called to do – in Christ, we have the power we need.

You possess the power to love others, to forgive every wrong, to endure trials and suffering, to fight for justice, to remain firm in the face of opposition, and to be Christ’s light in this dark world. You have the power to resist temptations, turn away from sin, and walk in righteousness.  God’s power strengthens your faith so you can be His hands and feet in a world filled with lost and weary people. His power is real and it is mighty. And it is all yours Beloved. What a powerful promise!

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P.S.  (From bruce)     When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“You will NEVER be forsaken !!” 1/13/2022 Written by Louis Mize, a good friend

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“You will NEVER be forsaken !!”

Let your conversation be without covetousness and be content with such things as you have; for God hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5

Sometimes I get to looking at all the fine things in the world that I can’t afford, and I find myself longing for them. It would be nice to always be able to buy anything you saw that you desired. I often wonder what that would feel like.

God has warned us about the love of money. And He has warned us about the sin of covetousness. It is a sin we are certainly exposed to and vulnerable to its luring. It helps me when my eyes are bigger than my bank account, and my appetite is bigger than my plate, to remember to be content with the blessings God has chosen to grant me. But what really helps me the most is to know that God will NEVER leave me nor forsake me.

This morning in the early days of the year 2022, I thank God for His blessings. They are too many to count! And I ask Him to help me to be content. For you see, real contentment comes with the realization that our God will never leave us nor forsake us! And this is great wealth for the poorest of the poor.

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P.S.  (From bruce)     When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“Do You Know God?” 1/12/2022 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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Do You Know God?

01WednesdayDec 2021

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Reading: Psalm 36:10-12


Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!
 (NIV)*

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 Reflection
Do you know God? Are you well acquainted with Him and His ways? Are you in regular conversation with Him? I ask these questions because in this concluding portion of Psalm 36 David prays, “Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.”

Knowing God is, or should be, the great quest of our lives. This is our raison d’etre—our reason for being. We were created to know and love God. The Garden of Eden was first and foremost a place of communion with God. Yet so often we see ourselves running from God, or ignoring His invitation to draw close.

Jesus gives us this warning“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23).

From Jesus statement here, there appear to be two requirements for entering the Kingdom of Heaven: doing the will of the Father and knowing Jesus. I would argue that truly knowing Jesus helps us to discover and do the will of the Father. If you know someone really well you know what they want—what will please them—without even asking. We need to aim for that kind of intimacy with God.

We come to know the mind of God because we have drawn close to the heart of God through time spent with Him. Two-way prayer and meditation on His word acquaints us with God’s will and His ways—ways that do not change according to the whim of man.

God is not impressed by our prophetic or miraculous powers. He is not impressed by our power over demons. These after all are gifts from Him. God is impressed by our obedience as we seek His face and do His will.

Our God is faithful. He will continue His love to those who know Him. His righteousness will constantly flow to the upright in heart.

Response: LORD God, give me a humble heart that seeks after You. Show me Your ways, O Lord. Give me a hunger for Your word. I want to know You more and more. Help me to do the Father’s will today. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Your TurnHow do you get to know God better? What practices or activities grow your faith and knowledge of God?

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“We are Chosen by God” 1/11/2022 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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“We are Chosen by God”

 

John 6:44…  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (NKJV)

Many people, when asked if they thought they were going to heaven, say they believe they are morally good most of the time…and since their good outweighs their bad, God will open the gates of heaven and invite them in, when they breathe their last…

And there are people whose religion has taught them that Purgatory exists…  And unless they commit a mortal sin, they will die and go to Purgatory until God hears the prayers of the deceased person’s friends and family…and they will eventually be aloud into heaven…  This teaching my friends, is NOT in the Bible…   Look at Reference Number 1. below for a short explanation of the difference between venial and mortal sins…

And then there are some who go to church every week, and believe all the good works they have done for the Lord will surely get them past those pearly white gates of heaven when they breathe their last… They visit old age homes bringing Communion to those who can’t get out to church…   Unfortunately (and most sadly), Jesus tells them Himself that this false belief will have Jesus telling those who want to enter heaven that they will be not only be turned away, they will spend eternity separated from God in a not so nice place…  [Open 2. In References Below for a good description in Jesus’ own words in…Luke 16:19-31…what being sent to Hades for an eternity will be like – (eventually named hell in Revelations)]

Here is the scripture telling those who worked so hard to get into heaven, that their good works for Jesus will sadly have Jesus telling them to go away, because He never knew them as His “born again”, redeemed children.  This is perhaps the most chilling piece of scripture in the Bible for people trying to earn their way into heaven…

Matthew 7:22-23…   Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’  (NKJV)

People have these false beliefs on how to get into heaven, because they don’t know the truth God wants all people to understand…  This truth is found only in the Holy Bible, which is God’s inerrant Word, which has never been proven to have any false statements in it…  The opening scripture has Jesus teaching us that God must first draw in an unbeliever, before they can enter heaven…  And anybody first drawn in by God will always be accepted into heaven…

John 6:44…  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (NKJV)

This teaching is called the Effectual calling by God, and it is called so because God’s calling is effective at bringing unbelievers into heaven by God’s grace alone, through saving faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ…   There are several other pieces of scripture confirming it is totally God’s decision on who will be born sheep, and who will be born goats… The sheep get into heaven, and the goats do not… [See 3. In References Below for the biblical answer as to what sheep and goats are, as seen in scripture in the Parable of the Sheep and Goats, in…Matthew 25:31-46…]

The Bible also teaches us that all we have to do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we will be saved…

Acts 16:31…  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”  (NKJV)

We read the same thing about just believing in Jesus to be saved, in this most well known piece of scripture, in…

John 3:16…   For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.   (NKJV)

These two thoughts (it is all God’s work, and we must seek the Lord for salvation) on how someone becomes a Christian in God’s eyes seem to oppose each other…  One says it is all God’s work for an unbeliever to be saved by first being drawn in by God…  There is no way we can earn our way into heaven ourselves, unless we are first drawn in by God…John 6:44…  (The effectual call)  The opposing thought is that all we have to do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we will be saved…

My friends both of these statement are true…  It is a mystery that I don’t believe we will never truly understand this side of heaven…  We have to seek and find the Lord Jesus Christ after we understand and obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   And yet we are dead in our trespasses (See Ephesians 2:1, and Colossians 2:13) , and will never be able to seek and find the Lord, until we are first drawn in by God Himself…   The Holy Spirit quickens our heart and gives us the ability to seek and find the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, when we seek Jesus with ALL of our heart, mind, soul, and strength…

Most people are offended when they are told there is no way they are going to heaven unless they are first drawn in by God…  But my friends, this is what God’s Word teaches us…

One thing is for sure…  If we don’t know God, and obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ before we die, we will be forever separated from the Lord and punished with everlasting destruction…

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9…    in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,  (NKJV)

I hope today’s post gives you a idea of what being “Chosen by God” as clearly stated in the Bible is all about…  See P.S. below for a presentation of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…  See 4. In References below, for 12 pieces of scripture about being chosen by God…  See 5. Below in References for more about being chosen by God to be sheep…

Gracious God and heavenly Father, Your Word is living an powerful (Hebrews 4:12)…  I pray Your Word would touch every heart reading todays post, and that you would draw in those that do not yet know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior…  May they seek and find Jesus to change them and bless them with eternal life in heaven with You…  And for Your redeemed, “born again” children, I pray they would live Christ-centered, Spirit-filled lives in obedience to Your will for them…  Once they realize that everything that happens in their lives You mean for their good (Romans 8:28), I pray that their faith and trust in You will grow stronger and stronger as the months and years go by…  Bless each and every reader today with Your riches blessings…  I ask for these life altering changes in our lives to occur, in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce

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  1. Venial and mortal sins…  https://www.dummies.com/religion/christianity/catholicism/mortal-and-venial-sins-in-the-catholic-church/

  2. Jesus’ description of Hades (Called Hell in the end of times)-  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16%3A19-31&version=NKJV

  3. Sheep vs. Goats description-  https://www.gotquestions.org/parable-sheep-goats.html

  4. https://www.christianquotes.info/top-quotes/top-12-bible-verses-about-being-chosen-by-god/

  5. https://redeeminggod.com/john-10_26-jesus-choose-his-sheep/

P.S.    When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“OH LORD, IT’S MONDAY! AND THERE’S NO TRANSFORMING GRACE” 1/10/2022 Posted by Pastor Randy Burbank for “Kingdom Pastor”

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OH LORD, IT’S MONDAY! AND THERE’S NO TRANSFORMING GRACE

Posted on December 20, 2021 by Pastor Randy

According to progressive theology, there is no need for grace that transforms us for the following reasons:

  • God loves us just the way we are

  • God wants us to love Him just the way we are

  • God wants us to love others just the way they are

  • (Sounds good so far, right?)

  • Because God loves us just the way we are and because we love others just the way they are, He blesses and sanctifies the way we are

  • That loves erases the idea that we have been infected with sin–i.e. changes that sin into holiness without us changing a thing, other than being loving

  • We are free to keep living the way we have been as long as we love others

  • Loving others must include accepting, condoning, approving, AND blessing their sin of choice

  • The only parts of the Bible that are accurate and relevant are those verses that talk about unconditional love

  • Jesus died on the Cross so that WE can determine what is right or wrong, as long as we love

Therefore there is no such thing as Transforming Grace. Why would anyone ever need to change, to be transformed? Right? Just embrace love and be loving–that’s why Jesus died on the Cross. This sounds like a simple solution to all the human problems today. And yet, even those who have embraced Progressive Theology continue to be unhappy, suspicious, and angry at everyone who doesn’t agree with them.

And the Monday Morning Attitude continues to overwhelm people. The primary reason. . .scratch that. . .the only reason we dread another week is because we have failed to be transformed by God’s Grace or we have forgotten that God’s grace HAS and IS transforming us. As long as we are unwilling to allow His Grace to work on us and in us, then each week provides us only with more misery, disappointment, and heartache.

Thankfully God’s Grace is Transforming us. Grace means God has been working to change us, is working to change us, and will continue to work on changing us until we are exactly who HE made us to be! Each week, each day, each hour, each minute, and every second God is working to make us whole and complete. The problems you are facing are moments where God’s Transforming Grace shines! The fears, anxieties, even failures–God’s Grace is at work to make us stronger, livelier, healthier, and confident.

When we open ourselves to God’s Grace and allow His Grace to change us–then we can say: Good! Lord, it’s Monday! What shall we do together?

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Romans 12:1-2

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“God of the Unexpected” 1/09/2022 Written by Nancy Ruegg for “From the Inside Out”

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God of the Unexpected

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Imagine tagging along with the disciples during Christ’s ministry, listening to his teaching, watching his encounters, witnessing his miracles. 

One day your group encounters two blind men along the roadside in Capernaum.  The sightless men cry out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” Jesus touches their eyes, and instantly the two men can see (Matthew 9:27-31)After a collective gasp, everyone bursts into cheers and joyful laughter.

On a second occasion outside the town of Bethsaida, some people bring another sightless man to Jesus.  Perhaps he’s heard what happened to the two blind men of Capernaum, because he too begs Jesus to touch him and heal his blindness.  But that’s not what Jesus does.  Instead, he spits on the man’s eyes and then puts his hands on him. 

Even a second touch is added to restore this man to full sight (Mark 8:22-26). Amidst the celebrating for this miracle you wonder, Why did Jesus spit on this man’s eyes when one touch healed the blind man in Capernaum?

On a third occasion as Jesus and your entourage leave Jericho, you encounter yet another blind man, Bartimaeus.  Will Jesus touch him and/or spit on the man’s eyes to heal him?  Neither. Jesus simply speaks to the beggar and his sight is restored (Mark 10:46-52). Your bewilderment grows deeper still.

And then while in Jerusalem, Jesus heals a fifth blind man.  By now you’ve given up trying to predict what the Master might do.  Even so you blink in surprise as Jesus spits on the ground, makes a bit of mud, spreads it on the blind man’s eyes, and instructs him to go wash in the pool of Siloam (John 9:1-9). You catch yourself before throwing your hands up in disbelief as Jesus demonstrates one more way to heal sightless eyes.

You’ve now witnessed five men healed of blindness by four different methods.  The evidence speaks for itself:   

The Son of God is unpredictable.

The Old Testament provides proof that God the Father also acts in unexpected ways.  You may remember when he:

  • Raised up two humble shepherds to positions of leadership[1]
  • Spoke to one of his prophets through a donkey[2]
  • Made the sun stand still[3]
  • Used a blind slave to kill thousands of Israel’s archenemies[4]
  • Allowed another prophet to be swallowed by a big fish[5]

Numerous other examples from scripture could be cited to prove:

Our God is unconventional.

Even today he proves his penchant for the unexpected.

A few weeks ago our daughter H., a school psychologist, relayed to us a story about a student she worked with last year. We’ll call her Emma.  After frequent interactions, H. and Emma developed an easy rapport, the girl was making good progress, and H. grew to care deeply for her.

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But this fall as school resumed, she learned Emma had moved to Florida.  Not wanting the girl to lose momentum, H. called the new school and asked to speak to the psychologist there.  She hoped to offer some helpful background about Emma and set the tone for continued progress.

Imagine her surprise when the gentleman who answered the phone turned out to be Andrew __________, a colleague who’d been part of the same master’s program as H. at Florida State University.  Out of just twelve students in that program, Andrew just happened to be the one to oversee this little girl who’d won our daughter’s heart.  And Andrew assured H. he’d take good care of Emma.

Time and again our God has proven . . .

. . . He is full of surprises.

I for one take great delight in a Heavenly Father who mystifies me by his unpredictability, wows me with his unconventionality, and takes my breath away with his surprises. 

How about you?

Please share in the comment section below an example from your own experience of “a wonder that cannot be fathomed.” Let’s . . .


[1] Moses, Exodus 3; David, 1 Samuel 16

[2] Balaam, Numbers 22

[3] Joshua 10

[4] Samson, Judges 16

[5] Jonah, Jonah 1

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

 

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

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“The Mighty Strength of the Lord” 1/08/2022 Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”

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The Mighty Strength of the Lord

NOVEMBER 1, 2021

 

 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10 (NIV).

Christians are both servants and soldiers. So as we seek to honor Christ in our homes and the world at large we need to draw on “the mighty strength of the Lord” Ephesians 6:10 (CEV).

Why do we need “the mighty strength of the Lord”?  Because the evil powers that seek to steal, kill and destroy (cf. John 10:10) will attack us when we’re living our everyday lives at home and elsewhere.

Fighting the devil … When we put on the armor of God to defend ourselves “against the devil’s tricks” (Ephesians 6:11) we’re protected for a purpose; to stand firm in the truth, be righteous, share the Good News, be faithful, engage with God’s Word, and pray in the Spirit (cf. Ephesians 6:13-18).

Faith in Christ isn’t easy. We’re surrounded (in both the seen and unseen world) by the enemies of Christ. These enemies are hell-bent on our calamity – waging war against us for a single end – to undermine and incapacitate our Christ focused work and worship. But the victory is ours! God enables us to defeat these enemies through the power of His Spirit in us (cf. 1 John 4:4). We’re made strong by the all-sufficient Lord to fight the good fight of the faith (cf. 1 Timothy 6:12).

This is the Good News. God is our Deliverer! We can face the foes lurking in the shadows surrounding our lives. Yes, without Christ we are weak, but with Him we are strong. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. For the One who is in us is more powerful than the one who is in the world (cf. 1 John 4:4).

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“Wonder of Wonders” 1/07/2022 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org

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Wonder of Wonders

 

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.’

John 7:37

 

Patience had her perfect work in the Lord Jesus, and until the last day of the feast He pleaded with the Jews, even as on this last day of the year He pleads with us and waits to be gracious to us. The long-suffering of the Savior is truly admirable as He bears with some of us year after year despite our insults, rebellions, and resistance to His Holy Spirit. Wonder of wonders that we are still in the land of mercy!

Mercy expressed herself most plainly, for Jesus “cried,” which implies not only the loudness of His voice, but the tenderness of His tones. He entreats us to be reconciled. “God making his appeal through us,” says the apostle, “we implore you on behalf of Christ . . .” What earnest, pathetic terms are these! How deep the Father’s love that causes Him to weep over sinners and, like a mother, to tenderly call His children to Himself! Surely at the sound of such a cry our willing hearts will come.

Provision is made most generously: Everything that man needs to quench his soul’s thirst is available. To his conscience the Atonement brings peace; to his understanding the Gospel brings the richest instruction; to his heart the person of Jesus is the noblest object of affection; to the whole man the truth as it is in Jesus supplies the purest nourishment. Thirst is terrible, but Jesus can remove it. Even if the soul were utterly famished, Jesus can restore it.

Proclamation is made most freely, that every thirsty one is welcome. No other distinction is made but that of thirst. Whether it be the thirst of greed, ambition, pleasure, knowledge, or rest, he who suffers from it is invited. The thirst may be bad in itself, and not be a sign of grace, but a mark of inordinate sin that longs to satisfy itself with deeper lust; but it is not goodness in the creature that brings him the invitation—the Lord Jesus sends it freely and without respect of persons.

Personality is declared most fully. The sinner must come to Jesus—not to works, ordinances, or doctrines but to a personal Redeemer who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree. The bleeding, dying, rising Savior is the only ray of hope to a sinner. Oh, for grace to come now and drink, before the sun sets upon the year’s last day!

No waiting or preparation is even hinted at. Drinking represents a reception that has no special requirements. A fool, a thief, a harlot can drink; our sinfulness is no barrier to the invitation to believe in Jesus. We need no golden cup, no fine china, in which to convey the water to the thirsty; the mouth of poverty is welcome to stoop down and drink of the life-giving stream. Blistered, leprous, filthy lips may touch the stream of divine love; they cannot pollute it but will themselves be purified. Jesus is the fount of hope. Dear reader, listen to the dear Redeemer’s loving voice as He cries to each of us, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”

Devotional material is taken from Morning and Evening, written by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org. Used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“LIFE’S MARATHON” 1/06/2022 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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LIFE’S MARATHON

Posted on January 3, 2022 by atimetoshare.me

“Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter.”   Charles Lindbergh

There is nothing wrong with setting goals.  By planning our futures we’re being wise stewards of our time and talents.  We start at an early age, learning to tie our shoes or ride a bike.  When we begin school, we soon discover that we don’t achieve without knowledge.  Our parents often remind us that we aren’t working up to our potential.  As we become teens we start thinking about relationships and where they will go.  Young adulthood sets our minds on college and future plans.

Once we leave the educational system, reality sets in – and I’m not talking about the kind you see on many of today’s television shows.  We find that the goals we’re setting may be unattainable.  We run into roadblocks that slow down the race.  We get beat up by disappointment, failure, desperation, hopelessness.

As we run through our middle ages, we find that we may never achieve the goals we originally set.  We eventually give up even trying.  By the time we reach the senior years it doesn’t really seem important to set goals anymore.  We may wonder. “What’s the use?”   The main achievement on any given day for some is to merely get out of bed.

When we run a race alone it can be extremely difficult.  That may be why marathons are so popular. “Misery likes company,” they say.  During the training process however, we’re often on our own.  Running on a daily basis, watching our diet, training our minds to focus on the goal – are all things we must do alone, our focus can turn inward and we often lose sight of the final destination.  We may become obsessed with getting physically ready and train for weeks or months in advance. We put all of our attention into what WE can accomplish by our own actions, rather than asking for help.

Look forward to the final destination, while keeping these things in mind:

The race is being run daily.  Look at each day as an opportunity.

  • We are not alone.

  • Plan each step for the future with the knowledge that there will be road blocks.

  • The Word of God, the Bible is our manual for how to live.

  • We can do all things with God’s intervention.

  • The prize has already been won.

  • Our victory is assured through Jesus, Christ.

Dear Father in heaven, I’ve already won the prize through Your forgiveness.  As I run through the rest of the race continue to nourish me through Your Holy Word. Help me realize that You are right there beside me – encouraging, lifting me up, supporting me and giving me the final victory.  Keep my vision focused on You and Your amazing grace and use me to share that wonderful message with others.  Amen!

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P.S. (from bruce)  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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