Reason and Emotion

June 29, 2012 at 6:22 am (Remodeling the Mind)

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah 🙂

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The great persecution that is soon to come upon the Church

June 29, 2012 at 2:17 am (WSGD Newes)

The great persecution that is soon to come upon the Church.

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One Look from the Lord! (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

June 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm (Remodeling the Mind)

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One Look from the Lord!
June 28

And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? (Judges 6:14)

What a look was that which the Lord gave to Gideon! He looked him out of his discouragement into a holy bravery. If our look to the Lord saves us, what will not His look at us do? Lord, look on me this day and nerve me for its duties and conflicts.
What a word was this which Jehovah spoke to Gideon! “Go.” He must not hesitate. He might have answered, “What, go in all this weakness?” But the Lord put that word out of court by saying, “Go in this thy might.” The Lord had looked might into him, and he had now nothing to do but to use it and save Israel by smiting the Midianites. It may be that the Lord has more to do by me than I ever dreamed of. If He has looked upon me, He has made me strong. Let me by faith exercise the power with which He has entrusted me. He never bids me “idle away my time in this my might.” Far from it. I must “go” because He strengthens me. What a question is that which the Lord puts to me even as He put it to Gideon! “Have not I sent thee!” Yes, Lord, Thou hast sent me, and I will go in Thy strength. At Thy command I go, and, going, I am assured that Thou wilt conquer by me.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah 🙂

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A Waiting Question

June 28, 2012 at 12:35 am (Mile Stones, Thoughts to Ponder)

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I am struggling lately. Many mornings and evenings have come and gone…with a basic discontent I haven’t felt in a long long time. Having spent the better part of the last five years at Yeshua’s (Jesus) feet, learning the difference between self-analysis and yielding to Psalm 139; specifically verses 23-24 –

Examine me, God, and know my heart; test me, and know my thoughts. See if there is in me any hurtful way, and lead me along the eternal way.

I found myself again getting stuck in the “structure” of trying my way yet desiring to really know His.
His answer…so simple, yet revealing little corners where dross and impurities had yet to be extinguished from my mettle, if you will.

I find Abba almost always starts with simple sounding questions. But upon a sincere pondering of them…they grow.

Abba: Why is it so hard for you to disappoint friends, family, and “horizontal” beings – but you find it easy to disappoint Me?

The first thought I have is, “I seem to struggle with this alot!” Second, “Am I ever gonna get this one down?” Whatever ‘getting something down’ means! I proceed to move into the “fog” as I like to call it in pondering His examination. All of Psalm 139 becomes a light. The “fog” for me is a time of “resting” in His question…really waiting for the honest answer. It takes a while; on one front to battle the urge to analyze myself, label things, and put them in my nicely formatted folders; on the other to resist the temptation to “relige” my way out of His scrutiny. Relige is short for seeking a religious formula that has either worked in the past or even a new way to methodically find the end of the rabbit hole I am traversing; using scripture, and many other “safe” methods all connected to God to do so. I have an abundance of resources at my disposal! Its really hard to just sit and wait for His voice alone to pull up those things in my heart that will lead to the source of my discontent, and therefore where He is yet again healing a pattern of thinking that is hurtful to Him and leads to death instead of the eternal way.

Heres a few more verses fro Psalm 139 that shined down upon my fog.

Adonai, You have probed me, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I stand up, You discern my inclinations from afar, You scrutinize my daily activities. You are so familiar with all my ways that before I speak even a word, Adonai, You know all about it already.

Somehow it either brings me great comfort to know how well He knows me, or great discomfort. The latter is usually a signal that I am headed down the right trek. Oddly enough, in the past I thought the opposite. If I was uncomfortable, I would turn away and say “God doesn’t want me to be uncomfortable with Him, that must be the enemy”. Yet as time alone with Him, truly wanting to know Him, has taught me: it is where I am uncomfortable with Him the most He seeks to turn on its head, reveal why, cast out the fear of Him by revealing who He REALLY is so as to lay waste to the discomfort forever!

So I submit to waiting for Him to show me why lately I have felt so apathetic to His knowing me. He begins with His question. I wait. He tells me to write this post. I obey, and wait some more :-).

Most post have a nice “ending” to them, or at least a small wrap up and a promise of a Part 2 :-). But an ending such as this is odd. (I laugh, Adonai is known best for His oddness, lack of doing things the way we would) so I will sign off, with an inkling that He will indeed bring me back to inviting you here, to either wait with me some more…or for His exciting conclusion!

Until then please pray Psalm 139 for and over me, as I wait to both know Him better, and answer His question aright to do His will, and bring Him, alone the glory.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah 🙂

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Thank Him; Dwell Acceptably (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

June 27, 2012 at 4:21 am (Remodeling the Mind)

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Thank Him; Dwell Acceptably
June 27

Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence. (Psalm 140:13)

Oh, that my heart may be upright, that I may always be able to bless the name of the Lord! He is so good to those that be good, that I would fain be among them and feel myself full of thankfulness every day. Perhaps, for a moment, the righteous are staggered when their integrity results in severe trial; but assuredly the day shall come when they shall bless their God that they did not yield to evil suggestions and adopt a shifty policy. In the long run true men will thank the God of the right for leading them by a right way. Oh, that I may be among them!
What a promise is implied in this second clause, “The upright shall dwell in thy presence!” They shall stand accepted where others appear only to be condemned. They shall be the courtiers of the great King, indulged with audience whensoever they desire it. They shall be favored ones upon whom Jehovah smiles and with whom He graciously communes. Lord, I covet this high honor, this precious privilege. It will be heaven on earth to me to enjoy it. Make me in all things upright, that I may today and tomorrow and every day stand in Thy heavenly presence. Then will I give thanks unto Thy name evermore. Amen.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah 🙂

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