How do you say that He Is?

August 30, 2014 at 5:22 am (Devotionals, Poems, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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In every word that the mind does think
Who do you say that I Am?

In every deed that followed your thoughts
Who do you say that I Am?

When those around you point and judge
Who do you say that I Am?

When things seem unfair and your trust is stretched
Who do you say that I Am?

When evil comes your way too provoke
Who do you say that I Am?

When you could cheat or lie to “protect” your cause
Who do you say that I Am?

When your heart is swelled with the pain caused by living
Who do you say that I Am?

When anger steams and boils within
Who do you say that I Am?

When you forgive and when you amend
Who do you say that I Am?

When you gather and when you sew
Who do you say that I Am?

When loving and teaching your children
Who do you say that I Am?

When you balance your checkbooks
When you pay your bills
Who do you say that I Am?

When counting your goods and counting your loss
Who do you say that I Am?

When your training and learning to sharpen your skills
Who do you say that I Am?

When you have wants but see others needs
Who do you say that I Am?

When you think it’s all up to you
Who do you say that I Am?

When you pray, aloud or within
Who do you say that I Am?

When you are tempted to deny your sin
Who do you say that I Am?

When justification for your ways or your cause does knock
Who do you say that I Am?

When you’re asleep or awake
Who do you say that I Am?

When you clock in to toil for things
Who do you say that I Am?

When you are weak and feel challenged and pressed
Who do you say that I Am?

When standing between worry and trust
Who do you say that I Am?

When you look at you and want to build
Who do you say that I Am?

When praise comes your way and people applaud
Who do you say that I Am?

When looking for others to take up your cause
Who do you say that I Am?

In every thought and word and deed
Who do you say that I Am?

When in want or when in need
Who do you say that I Am?

When you work and when you play
Who do you say that I Am?

When you rise up to begin your day
Who do you say that I Am?

Whether beginning or middle or end
Who do you say that I Am?

When you love and tenderly feel
Who do you say that I Am?

When you resent and are treated with ill
Who do you say that I Am?

When you are challenged and called to account
Who do you say that I Am?

When humbled and low while accusations flow
Who do you say that I Am?

When dating or gathering with fellowship love
Who do you say that I Am?

When walking down an aisle to wed
Who do you say that I Am?

When greeting and blessing or saying good bye
Who do you say that I Am?

When being a friend in presence or out
Who do you say that I Am?

When speaking about your neighbors and those that you know
Who do you say that I Am?

When called to honor love at all times
Who do you say that I Am?

When choices seem abundant and options abound
Who do you say that I Am?

When it comes time to say Who’s living or dying in you
Who do you say that I Am?

If you say you Follow Me and give Me your heart
Know that every single day you live is now saying
Who you now say that I Am

Is there anything, any thought, any action, any desire; that you can search out
That if you follow Me; does not say  less about you and more about Me?
How do you live. .. that I Am?

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Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 8

August 28, 2014 at 11:35 pm (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall – pages 37-38

☆ The Significance of God’s Grace ☆ continued. ..

2. The Character of the Conscience

The Follower’s conscience is not only a creature, but it is a weak creature, in constant combat with superior forces. It is a favorite target of Satan, perhaps because he finds it so easily distracted by the cares of this world and so easily pacified by its pleasures. Even the strongest follower will surrender if no help comes in.

Like a crown prince in the cradle, the conscience is helpless to defend itself. Satan would quickly usurp the throne if Heaven did not take the Follower into protection. *To crush the insurrection, God conquers the believers heart and brings His own will into it to govern the conscience. But just as in a conquered city some yield eagerly to the new government while others continuously plot is over-throw, so some parts of our old nature refuse to give up without a fight. For this reason it takes the same power to keep a heart as to win it at first.

We followers have an unregenerate part which is discontented at a change in management. Who among us has not felt the pull of his lower nature, extolling the virtues of self? We balk as much to come under submission to Christ’s scepter as the Sodomites did to submit to Lot’s judgement. We are so stubborn and self-willed that if God did not continually reinforce His newly planted colony in our hearts, the very natives (corruptions) that are left would come out of their dens and holes where they lie lurking and eat up what little good conscience we have. *Our best intentions would be to these devourers as breadcrumbs to birds.

- to be continued. ..
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☆ Questions for further digestion

♡ What conclusions have you previously made about conscience and how it “works” before; do you find have need for altering?

♡ How does God’s grace reflect in giving each a conscience?

♡ What part of the Armor do you see most needed for protection of conscience? Why?

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Young Love

August 27, 2014 at 2:48 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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1 John 4: 7-10

Beloved friends, let us love one another; because love is from God; and everyone who loves has God as his Father and knows God. Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love. Here is how God showed His love among us; God sent His only Son into the world, so that through Him we might have Life. Here, is what love is: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the kapparah (sacrifice) for our sins.

1 Corinthians 13: 8-10; 12-13

Love never ends; but prophesies will pass, tongues will cease, knowledge will pass. For our knowledge is partial, and our prophecy partial; but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass.

For now we see obscurely in a mirror (His image in us), but then it will be face to Face. Now I know partly; then I will know fully, just as God has fully known me.
But for now, three things lasttrust, hope, love; and the greatest of these is love. Pursue Love!

The conscience whose only pursuit is to know God; that is – that the purpose of one’s desire to be pure is that the obscurity of vision become clearer and clearer to see the Son; no other engine drives the vehicle of passion to conform to His image. The consciousness of self grows old and dies every minute; while the consciousness of God grows as young as the world was being given birth. Young as He is and ever shall be. Youth as we know it is ever a state of growing older; partial. But youth as God does; perpetual. Only as a “child” do we come to know God. As “adults” we can only know of Him. The more we think we know of Him; the further away we become to Him and begin to decay. To know Him; in experience with relationship with Him; our very DNA is changed from decay to Life. .. full of its greatest potential. .. to beget more Life.

He/She who has ears; let them hear. ..

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Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 7

August 25, 2014 at 2:01 am (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Pages 36-37

♢ The Significance of God’s Strength ♢

1. The Nature of the Followers Conscience

Man’s conscience, like that of his physical body, is created by God. It is therefore in its very nature to depend on Him for being and for operation. The capacity to be and act in and of oneself is an incommunicable property of the Deity. It can never be imparted to a creature. God alone is the source and sustainer of all life; it is His constant regenerating power that keeps the conscience alive.

Conscience may be defined as that divine influence at work in man to restrain him from sin. One evidence of its origin is that it always speaks against sin and for righteousness. Therefore, it cannot be the product of our own hearts, which in their fallen state are ‘deceitful above all things’ (Jer. 17:9). God uses the conscience to give some knowledge of His righteousness to all, so that no one can stand before Him on the Day of Judgement and plead ignorance.
(Romans 1) When you become a Follower of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and consecrate yourself – conscience and all – to Him, the Holy Spirit begins in earnest to perfect you in Christ.

It is said when God made the world He ended His work of creation – that is, He made no more new species of creatures. Yet to this day He has not ended His work of Providence. ‘My Father worketh hitherto,’ Christ said (John 5:17). In other words, He continually preserves and empowers what He made with strength to be and to act. A work of art, when completed, no longer needs the artist, nor a house, the carpenter when the last nail is in place. But God’s works on behalf of both the outer and inner man are never off His hands.

If the Father’s work is a preserving one, the Son’s is a redemptive one. Both acts are perpetual. Christ did not end His work when He finished creation. God rested at the end of creation; and Christ, when He had wrought eternal redemption and ‘by Himself purged our sins, lay down *(rested) on the right hand of the Majesty on high’ (Heb. 1:3). From there He continues the work of intercession for the Followers? And thereby keeps him from certain ruin.

– to be continued. ..
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☆ Questions for further digestion

♡ There are certain subjects in which we must have an answer that is steadfast in truth. How would you define conscience in your own words?

♡ Do you see the correlations between the softening of your heart (and/or hardening) as the work of God in your conscience?

♡ How many days of the week are set aside for us to ‘do God’s work’?

♡ Do you see that resting is then the ‘work’ we do on the Sabbath? (Or day of rest as God prescribed from the beginning as part of our directions for living).

☆ Our rest or resting is part of our worship to Him. We rest in His work. Give ourselves to recalling all the ‘work’ He had us do the week prior. .. not our work but His. Work of walking with Him, stretching out to know Him and witnessing to all about the process of our individual experiences of following Yeshua</em>. How He uses our conscience to redirect us when we stray and to enlarge the territory of our understanding of His ways.
This is what witnessing is. .. giving first hand personal testimony, ‘under oath’, if you will, of our alive and active relationship with God. How He ‘works’ in our everyday living to ‘conform us to the image of His perfect Son’ – Yeshua the Messiah! ☆

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Distinctives

August 22, 2014 at 4:09 am (Mile Stones) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Recently I embarked on a new way of eating. Diet is a concept set up for temporary experimentation; sadly. This concept of food; what’s good, what is not, is so akin to the concept of sin it quite frankly amazes me. Have you ever googled quotes about sin? How about quotes about animal protein? The main stream of Web-based information is strikingly simular. Weak and paltry at best in helping one get at the heart of the matter. As with all things God leaves plenty of room for us to formulate our own opinions or adopt His as He created all and knows best how to advise how life can be lived to the fullest. Man’s opinions are as countless as the stars. .. with plenty of options to choose from. God’s are simple. .. but not easy. The options are few in order to keep it simple; which we need in all honesty. In man’s mind God is marrow minded. Yet look what He has created! If that’s narrow minded. .. then perhaps man is projecting!?! The most narrow minded God can be comes from man’s mind dulled by his own intellect and pride. We are just lazy, pleasure seeking fools with comfort driven desires to kick God out of the very universe He creates. Praise be to God, we’ll never be able to think and therefore it becomes! Not like Him. In Him the possibilities are endless, apart from Him our thoughts produce vapor and mist!

So. .. this new lifestyle of food consumption has really revealed much in the spiritual nature of my condition. .. perhaps more so than my physical. I begin to understand why diets are so short lived. One cannot begin to deprive the body of the previous poisons it has called “food” without it revealing the true nature of its need and depravity. After a time it becomes a question of “Why do this, with all its ‘misery’ and die anyway?” Ahhhh. .. man’s logic, it stupefies the heart. .. or as God calls it. .. hardens. Discipline is hard. .. endurance with it is down right extenuating! When I began down this road it was exciting and new. I knew in my head that it would be hard but the newness of it for the first 30 days kept me from feeling the difficulties. 60 plus days and I’m still inspired because the body really does begin to reveal the amazingness that God created it to be by now, but the world has shrunk in its options! There are two restaurants we can eat at that adhere to this way of eating. Two! We make our own snacks, meals, condiments. .. everything. The shelves in my cupboards are bare. .. My frig. .. poor little thing, is about to burst at the seams! I miss quickie meals. I miss spending an average of 1-2 hours in my kitchen (including clean up) verses the 4 plus it seems I spend in it now. My forty plus years of living has plenty of recipes to draw from in the “old” ways. I love cooking and cherish creativity in meal making… always have. But the new way leaves me feeling like all the “old” experience helps about as much as if I only spent 10 minutes worth of experience before.  It’s humbling! Do you see the spiritual overtones in the language? The few options the world presents verses before the world was my oyster! The knowledge of the former way being useless to the new! The need to dig deeper to find the source of my discontent verses before the shelves of every aisle at the store held a temporary “fix”. The concept that everything God gives does not have a “shelf life”; its not meant to be kept but consumed and lived! Here’s a real big eye opener! Try to find a product in the grocery store with absolutely no sugar, oil, or dairy! Its like shopping in the store of the heart trying to find one motive without self-centeredness or  self-need! I find God never points me in a direction physically that He doesn’t intend to work most on my heart in His hands!

By now, you are likely either drawing conclusions about the eating style I’m referring to or dying of curiosity! Forgive my vagueness. I’m simply not trying to endorse my food choices with this piece. I’m happy to share if you want to comment/question below but the main ingredient to this dish is not “food”. It’s Life, in the hands of a God who even told us how to eat food for our physical best, as well as made sure that the meal He emphasized was at the heart of our minds and thoughts being emptied for Him alone to fill. .. With His Word. True food. .. is His every direction/instruction.

Do I crave the old stuff? Sure, from time to time. .. but do I really miss it?  No. I miss the ease of the former. .. but I’m learning to love the work of the new. Waiting for that part in the process when it will no longer feel like work. .. it’s joy now but Everlasting joy too! The danger is always how we balance the earn/reward mentality. I could still get sick and die. There’s no promise of cancer free living just because I’m eating right now. A plus B does not equal C in the Kingdom of Heaven. .. not the way we do it. If your physical life is getting your attention. .. God is drawing your real attention to your heart in His hands. Notice this in the parables Yeshua (Jesus) taught with! Its not what the eyes see, and body feels that grants us knowledge. .. it’s been given only to draw our gaze up to His “big screen” of Life! The true question becomes the distinctive: “Am I trying to glorify myself or is my sincere heart for God and His ways to be glorified?”

I praise Him with my whole heart these days that His ways and thoughts are higher and so much unlike mine, yet so humbled that He makes them accessible to me! In the smallest of things He is the biggest of all! And in the biggest of things His simplicity is astounding! I’m in awe of Him! What a mind blowing God we serve! 

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