“Jesus is Praying for You” 11/19/2022 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”  @  https://dbethandrews.wordpress.com

Original post @  https://dbethandrews.wordpress.com/2022/11/09/jesus-is-praying-for-you/

Jesus is Praying for You

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 9, 2022 BY BETH ANDREWS

Perhaps the sweetest words in all the world (after, “I love you, Nana”) are “I’m praying for you.” Oh, what a blessing are the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ. James said, “The prayer of a righteous man [or woman, boy or girl] is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). I am blessed with dear friends and family members who are prayer warriors.

But what strength and peace would be yours if you knew that Jesus was praying for you? That is what He promised Peter just before the enemy put the disciple through a sifter. Jesus said, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail” (Luke 22:31-32). Peter was about to endure perhaps the fiercest trial of his life; Jesus wanted him to know that he would not face it alone. I believe that we can take reassurance in knowing that Jesus does the same for us.

Pay attention to two things here. Jesus prayed before Peter’s trial – He knew what was ahead for his friend. Rarely do you and I know what is about to come into someone’s life – our prayers are most often reactionary. But Jesus knows ahead of time and His prayers are covering us before the trouble ever reaches us.  Also, notice what He prayed for—that Peter’s faith would not fail. Because the most important thing in this life is faith. And Peter learned the value of faith through his trial. In 1 Peter 1 he writes: “Though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may prove genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (v. 6-7).

As a side note, did you notice that Jesus said, “And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32). When. Not if. Jesus knew Peter would turn back – because He was praying for him.

Jesus is praying for you in your hard time. He is praying that your faith would not fail. He is praying that you will be a source of strength for others when you get to the other side. And you will get to the other side, Beloved. Because Jesus is praying for you.

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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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“Almost Upon Us!’ 11/18/2022 Written by Bill Rudge for “Bill Rudge Ministries”

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Almost Upon Us!

NOVEMBER 8, 2022

by Bill Rudge

In 2003, Karen and I were fleeing the California wildfires through a canyon.

The flames were closing upon us, but somehow we escaped. Shortly thereafter,
that canyon was consumed by the fires. In the same way, many prophecies
concerning the end times are close upon us.

For over 40 years I have attempted both to alert and prepare the Body
of Christ for what is coming. End-time prophecies are lining up in this
generation! Just a few more steps and we will be at Revelation 13: unable to
buy or sell without a mark in the right hand or forehead. All that is needed is
a global leader to rise up using available technology to enact total control and
domination, “protecting” us from a global crisis – real or fabricated.

Multitudes of people are wandering aimlessly, caring only for today, and
disregarding what is coming upon this earth – just as in Noah’s day (Matthew
24:37-39
). The many “signs of the times” being fulfilled reveal just how
close we are to Christ’s coming.

This is not a day and age to be lukewarm,
but to remain faithful, know Scripture, have discernment and stand strong as
witnesses for Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word.

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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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“Why does God do what He does ??” 11/17/2022 Written by Elihu Anderson for Elihu’s Corner on Facebook

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“Why does God do what He does ??”

I don’t always understand why God leads me through certain places.

My first impulse is to wonder if I followed Him correctly or if my stubbornness or carelessness got me in trouble (again).

My second response is to contemplate the why.

Why me?

Why here?

Why now?

In good circumstances, those “why” questions are highly appropriate, because I do not deserve to have more than what Jesus enjoyed on this earth. If anyone deserved all the beauty and joy of life, it was Him! He lived perfectly and loved completely, whereas I frequently fall short of the mark.

In difficult times, I should question my choices and assess my heart, but I should also pray, “Help me, Father, to learn the lesson you have prepared for me.”

God had a purpose—a great purpose—for leading the Ancient Israelites through the wilderness. He longed for them to know the peace and joy that comes through trusting Him… yet they failed to learn. I don’t want to imitate their poor example and miss out on the amazing things God wants me to experience.

In those dark valleys, when you cannot see the way clearly, God knows exactly where you are and where He is leading you. The “why” may never become clear, but He promised never to leave you nor forsake you. His aim is always for the good of our souls. Whether He is leading you through the darkest valleys or by the sparkling streams, remember to trust Him; He is perfecting you through every step of the journey.

Sometimes, the journey doesn’t make sense, but the Lord has a good purpose.

What kind of questions do you ask when life doesn’t make sense? What has helped you stay the course?

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy

shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

 

Psalm 23:4-6  (ESV)

#scripturewriting

#wildernesslessons

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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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“A Good Witness” 11/16/2022 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org from Spurgeon’s writing

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Posted by Alister Begg   for   www.truthforlife.org  from Spurgeon’s writing

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A Good Witness

 

And you will be my witnesses.

Acts 1:8

In order to learn how to discharge your duty as a witness for Christ, look at His example. He is always witnessing—by the well of Samaria or in the temple of Jerusalem; by the sea of Galilee or on the mountainside. He is witnessing day and night; His mighty prayers are as vocal to God as His daily services. He witnesses under all circumstances. Scribes and Pharisees cannot shut His mouth; even before Pilate, He witnessed a good confession. He witnesses so clearly and distinctly that there is no mistake in understanding Him. Christian, make your life a clear testimony. Be like the stream in which you can see every stone at the bottom—not like a muddy creek where you can only see the surface, but clear and transparent, so that your heart’s love for God and man may be visible to all. You need not say, “I am true”; be true. Do not boast of integrity, but be upright. Then your testimony will be such that men cannot help seeing it. Never, on account of fear of feeble man, restrain your witness. Your lips have been warmed with a coal from off the altar; let them speak as heaven-touched lips should do. “In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand.”1

Do not watch the clouds or consult the wind; in season and out of season witness for the Savior, and if it transpires that for Christ’s sake and the Gospel’s you must endure suffering in any shape, do not shrink, but rejoice in the honor conferred upon you, that you are counted worthy to suffer with your Lord. And find joy also in this—that your sufferings, your losses, and persecutions shall make you a platform from which with more vigor and with greater power you will witness for Christ Jesus. Study your great example, and be filled with His Spirit. Remember that you need much teaching, much upholding, much grace, and much humility if your witnessing is to be to your Master’s glory.

1) Ecclesiastes 11:6

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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“The Holy Spirit will give you the right words at the right time” 11/15/2022 Written by Louis Mize, a good friend

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“The Holy Spirit will give you the right words at the right time”

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist.

Luke 21:15

What a great promise from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself to those of us who love Him. The Person of the Holy Spirit is an all-powerful and remarkable presence in our life. He is always there with us and will never leave us nor forsake us. When you are persecuted for your faith in Christ, or when you are being condemned for teaching or preaching the absolute truth of the Word of God, know most assuredly that God will give you valuable resources to draw from. He will control our mouths and give us wisdom. You see, lots of us exercise our mouth, but often we lack the wisdom of God when we are doing it.

Jesus promised his followers that although they would face persecution, trials, and tribulations, and people would make unfair and false allegations against them, do not give any forethought to how they would answer. He promised that the gainsayers and adversaries of Him will not be able to resist the wisdom of the words that He will place in our hearts, minds, and mouth. It is an awesome promise that the Lord will keep. You and I can thank and praise God. God is our source! He is not the source of His adversaries and those that persecute believers.

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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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“Our Low Estate” 11/14/2022 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness  continues through all generations." Psalm 100:5 | Scripture sharing,  Scripture verses, Faith

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Our Low Estate

 

08TuesdayNov 2022

Posted by davidkitz in Psalm 136Psalms

Tags  addictionsconvertslow estatetransition

 

Reading: Psalm 136:17-26


to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
and killed mighty kings—
His love endures forever.
Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
and Og king of Bashan—
His love endures forever.
and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures forever.
He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever
 (NIV). *

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Photo by David Kitz

 

Reflection
In recent months I have transitioned from attending an established church to involvement in a new church plant. In many respects, the change has been refreshing. This new church has a clear focus on reaching the lost in our city, specifically those who are trapped in addictions. Almost weekly new converts are coming forward to put their trust in Christ. The church itself is a place of transition, as deadly habits are broken, and the healing power of Jesus is applied to long-festering inner wounds.

 

So how does this connect with our reading from Psalm 136? In his description of Israel, the psalmist makes this statement: He remembered us in our low estate… and freed us from our enemies.

 

We serve a God who rescues us at our lowest point, in our low estate. In our foolish pride, we would never turn to God. But when we hit bottom—when there is no way forward, but up—then we turn to the Lord. You see, Christ has been patiently waiting for us to acknowledge our needs. But Jesus doesn’t rescue the proud. He doesn’t save those who see no need for salvation. He only comes to the humble—those who admit they need a lift from the hole they find themselves in.

 

Sadly, there are many who sit in fine churches that have never discovered their low estate. Actually, they have become experts at hiding it. We all have a secret addiction to sin. Even St. Paul wrote, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19). The only one who can turn us around is Jesus, our Savior. See Romans 7:25.

 

Response: Father God, I admit my need for Jesus, your Son, my Savior. His love endures foreverAmen.

 

Your TurnWhy do we hide our sins rather than confess them? Does pride hold you back?

 

* NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, COPYRIGHT ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA

 

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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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“This Sunday at Church: Not taking things at Church for granted” 11/13/2022 Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “The Domain for Truth”

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This Sunday at Church: Not taking things at Church for granted

November 13, 2022 by SLIMJIM

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Do not take things at Church for granted.

I think we can easily assume things will always be the same at church.  We can easily assume others will always be the ones that set things up for our church to be the way it is.  Things we take for granted; lights turned on; AC working.  Places swept and trash taken out.  Nursery.  Signs.  Bulletins.  Sermons.  Ushers.  Announcements.  Chairs.  Rooms.  Other people.  Pastors. Deacons. Elders.  Members. Kids.  Seniors.  Those with Special needs.  The teaching.  Bibles.  PowerPoints.  Someone counting the offering and running administrative and logistical details.

I could go on.

I think going to church today is worth praying before we set foot on the Church’s parking lot (if there’s somewhere to park praise God for that too!).  Pray to God to let you not take things for granted at your church.

It can be the small things.

Or sometimes it’s the main thing.

In all things…don’t take the church for granted.  May it be seen as a gift from 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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“Moar On Obedience” 11/12/2022 Written by Gabrielle Guthrie for “See, there’s this thing called biology…~insanitybytes”

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Moar On Obedience

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Call me crazy, people often do, but just the same I have come to the conclusion that what lurks at the root of what ails us as Western civilization is actually our unrelenting obedience. Perhaps it is a leftover of authoritarian parenting deeply rooted in our subconscious or perhaps it is a perversion being perpetrated and reinforced under the guise of faith, but regardless we people can be ridiculously obedient……to all the wrong things.

What “wrong things?” The World. The culture. The mainstream news. Our own comfort level. Advertisers. Influencers. Social pressure. Public Health officials. Politicians. Ideologues. Teachers. Cult leaders. Celebrities. So-called “experts.” Fashion trends. Bullies. Drug dealers. Bank accounts. Music videos. Pencils pushers and bureaucrats. Our own perceived virtue. Social status.

Do people even think critically for themselves anymore? Don’t answer that, some realities are best just left unsaid.

I am of the mindset that we shall all answer for our own obedience, for what we choose to obey, and we shall be held accountable for it. Now, there is an abundant amount of grace that is poured out for us, I am just saying that some excuses like, “all the experts told me to” “I was just following orders” or “I had no choice, I was coerced” or “everyone else was doing it” are likely going to be bogus. At the end of the day, they just don’t hold water.

When we elevate obedience itself to idol status, to the epitome of all virtue, and equate it with righteousness, with morality, as if it is the end all and be all of the good behavior, we have made a grave error. The fruits of that error seem self-evident to me in the world around us today. Rather than standing up against evil, we lecture others about the need for tolerance and compassion. Rather than fighting injustice, we pride ourselves on our pacifism and mumble rubbish about all sides being equal.

I came to this conclusion while standing on the blue x on the grocery store floor six feet apart from everyone, wearing my mask of compliance, struggling not to smile at anyone, not even in my imagination least they suddenly all fall dead.

I am most fortunate to have a long and pervasive abuse history. I am actually laughing, but I assure you, I can immediately spot the lie behind, “just comply faster and harder so we can get things back to normal again.”

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Obedience actually means “to listen.” Without the renewal of our minds, we cannot listen, we cannot hear. Without the ability to test the spirits, we can’t know who or what we are obeying. Without Christ in our lives, we have no ability to discern who or what to obey in the first place.

A good chunk of the population does not understand this truth which is why it is often so maddening to read or listen to pastors who insist on proclaiming obedience as if it were the highest of all virtues. People not only start to think they must now earn grace, but the very act of obedience also becomes a labor, a chore, with little or no thought about who or what they are obeying. The next thought is, I’ve earned my wages, I now demand my paycheck. Then real life happens and they walk away from faith because what they were sold was built on a lie. It doesn’t work because it isn’t true.

The Bible says, “my yoke is easy, my burden is light.” So if one is sweating out this obedience thing, struggling to get it up a hill, it is likely not of God. Something else is affixed to that load. Are you attempting to obey the expectations of others? Are you trying to earn a favor? I have no idea, I just know the Bible says “light and easy.” So if it’s heavy and hard, something has gone all awry. Set those rocks down at the foot of the cross and let the Lord repack that load for you.

 

Original post found @ https://insanitybytes2.wordpress.com/2022/10/06/moar-on-obedience/

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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 Ultimate Pleasure” 11/11/2022 Written by Nancy Ruegge for “From The Inside Out”

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Long ago in Sunday School, our teachers taught us proper respect for God.  The rules of reverence included:

  • Be quiet and solemn in worship
  • Bow your head, close your eyes, and fold your hands to pray
  • Always treat God’s house with the utmost respect

The first rule proved the most difficult to keep. I failed many a Sunday. My legs wanted to swing, my hands wished for crayons and paper, and my eyes longed for a book. Would the sermon ever end?!

Years later I came across the Westminster Shorter Catechism, a collection of 107 questions and answers explaining the Christian faith. The list began with, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer shocked me.

The first part made perfect sense. Paul made it clear: “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).  But the second part caught me off guard.

Enjoy God?

His blessings and benefits certainly brought me joy. But God himself? How could I enjoy Someone who’s invisible?

Over time I’ve discovered that, although God deserves the utmost reverence and respect, we need not always be solemn. We can laugh and sing for joy in his presence (Psalm 68:3 MSG).

In fact, enthusiastic praise of God, especially in the company of others, is an invigorating way to enjoy him–reveling in who he is—our God of goodness, grace, and love.

We can also celebrate what he’s done—supplying our needs, guiding the way, and surprising us with gifts we didn’t even ask for.

While we’re worshiping, we can lift our hands toward God (Psalm 63:4), augmenting our connection to him. Even hands placed palms up on the lap can add to our enjoyment.

Steve and I learned this posture from one of his seminary professors. After a teaching session on prayer, Dr. Stanger instructed us to place our hands in our laps, palms up.

We sat in silence for a few moments, and suddenly I felt a tingling in my hands! Was the Spirit of God actually holding my hands as we prepared to pray?!

Dr. Stanger explained: the pressure on the backs of our hands caused the phenomenon.   But wasn’t it wonderful to imagine God gracing each of us with his personal touch in this way?

Yes, supremely delightful!

We can also take the celebration outside and enjoy God as Creator and King of the universe. For example, look to the sky and contemplate the galaxies of stars. Smile at him in wonder because of their incomprehensible magnitude and indescribable beauty. Consider too, they’re all under his control.

Another way to enjoy God is to delight in his scripture. We can proclaim appreciation to him for the strength, comfort, and peace his Word provides, as well as those passages that bring joy to our hearts (Psalm 119:111).

Those of us who like to write find great pleasure in composing journal entries, poetry, personal psalms, and more, addressed to God, as a way of expressing our delight in him.

Sarah Young, the author of Jesus Calling, has inspired some of us to follow her example and go a step further: record thoughts or impressions we receive from God as we wait and listen in his presence (Psalm 25:5; 85:8).

In these ways and more God has made it possible for us to continually enjoy him.

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Dare I say it?  Is it too irreverent? You are FUN, God! I love spending time with you, rejoicing in you, celebrating your works, reveling in your presence, and taking delight in our mutual communication.

What a glorious privilege you’ve granted us, Father, to nestle close to you and experience the fullness of joy forevermore!

(Psalm 100:1-2; John 10:27; Psalm 65:2; Isaiah 40:11; Psalm 16:11)

(Revised and reblogged from March 15, 2015, while I recover from Covid. My husband tested positive last Wednesday; I succumbed on Saturday. Symptoms have been uncomfortable but tolerable for both of us; we’re on the mend! ‘Will try to write a fresh post for next week.)

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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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“Why Am I Angry?” 11/10/2022 Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”

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What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? James 4:1 (NIV)

 

People spar and scrap all the time. There are price wars between retailers, custody battles between parents, and gang warfare in our cities. There are disputes over fishing rights and quotas, road rage, shootings in schools, brawls at sporting events, race riots, political demonstrations, physical abuse in our homes, and protests about everything from the dumping of toxic waste to the disparity in wages between men and women.

But what’s the cause of conflict? Why are people angry? The outer war is due to an inner war. Disputes with others are because of conflict with self. The reason for “fights and quarrels among you . . . come from your desires that battle within you” James 4:1.

That bears some consideration. If you’re sparring with someone, they may not be at fault, but you may be. It may be because of the “desires that battle within you.” Desire is at the root of discord, division, and dissension. And what are these desires? James identifies three: uncontrolled desire, unfulfilled desire, and selfish desire.

  1. Uncontrolled desire. The K.J.V. states that the source of internal conflict is the “lusts that war in your members” James 4:1b. The Greek word for lust is hedonon, from which “hedonist” and “hedonism” are derived. It refers to the gratification of the sensual and natural desires. This is the war between the flesh and the conscience – the desire to pursue every whim, passion, and promise of sensual satisfaction.
  2. Unfulfilled desire. “You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight” James 4:2a. People want recognition, power, respect, and other unfulfilled desires. Folk lash out, explode into ruinous action, and occasionally commit murder, because their lusts aren’t satisfied. Conflict occurs when it’s all about me and not really about Him.
  3. Selfish desire. “You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures”James 4:2b-3. Selfish desires lead to wrong actions and wrong prayers. “Warren Wiersbe says, “Sometimes we use prayer as a cloak to hide our true desires. ‘But I prayed about it!’ can be one of the biggest excuses a Christian can use. Instead of seeking God’s will, we tell God what He is supposed to do; and we get angry at Him if He does not obey. This anger at God eventually spills over and we get angry at God’s people.”

 

Thus fights and quarrels exist because people refuse to look into their own hearts and see the battle raging within. But it needn’t be that way. Examine your heart. Confess uncontrolled, unfulfilled and selfish desires. Be filled with the Spirit. And ask God to control your anger.

 

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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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