Posted in Christ, Commandment, Disciple, Faith, God, Hymn, Prayer, Psalm, Satan

Faith, An Acapella Thing

I know from previous writings, most of you don’t visit me for knowledge, for facts that is, but it is part of the gig. As students of Christ, we’re instructed to never stop learning. As disciples of Christ, we’re instructed to demonstrate Him in our behaviors and words; behaviors and words which teach others.  I promise, just a few “facts” before I ramble.

In the Old Testament (using the NIV today) the word faith is only mentioned 16 times the Old Testament; in the New Testament 254! What a shift of priority! My thought, God walked with His people in the Old Testament. They saw Him, in the Garden, the flaming bush, angels, splitting river, manna and many other ways. Physically, He was real to them. Even in the quiet times, when people could not see or hear Him, He was always walking with the faithful, like Enoch and Noah.

Enoch walked faithfully with God;   Gen 5:24

Noah was a righteous man, … he walked faithfully with God.    Gen 6:9

Jesus, while real baby, child and man for 33 years, after his crucifixion and resurrection, He was not real to the people (at large). He was a fulfillment, hope fulfilled. I hope we must proclaim!!

He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Psalm 40:3

What is your song? What song aches within you? What stirs you? Does it make you stop and remind you that you are not doing what you want to be doing?

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.     Romans 7:15

Does your song pull your heart into the feeling of a warm blanket where you feel safe and secure? Where it reminds you of the moment you were running to a neighbor, terrified of the mother’s boyfriend and they greeted you with open arms and a warm meal? Or the time you were terrified that your drunken parent was going to do it again so you ran away for awhile to hide, and the neighbor who knew you were there left lights off and didn’t tell? Or the time you cowered underneath a stairwell not knowing if another moment of breathing was worth it and suddenly a breath of fresh air comes over you and you meet God!  That is was It Is Well With My Soul does for me as well as Amazing Grace.

I pray that your faith, the well in your soul that fosters your foundation of strength, is deep and wide, that you know who keeps your thirst at bay and nourishes you. We’ll spend more time on faith. Tell us your faith story. I’ll be sharing more of mine.

Be Blessed

Posted in Christ, Commandment, God, Seek Christ

Before me

           I love you! ♥♥♥♥                                          That’s my favorite!!!! 🤗🤗🤗                                   Did you see that!😍😍😍😍😍😍                      I have to have it now! 😱😱😱                             

Time to be honest with yourself, your the only one your talking too, how many times have you said the the things above about how many things? Myself, for the first three, I’ve lost count, the last one, I’m fortunate to not have to fight that temptation. Temptation?

Our chaotic world with its confused set of values and understandings encourages us to chase things, to expect them. We’re told we deserve them, what it is it is our right. To be extremely brass here, and I apologize in advance if I offend you, I call bullsh__.

WHAT!!!!!! This is a Christian blog. It is, but it’s written by an honest, forthright Christian who calls things like it is. I am both a Saint and a sinner. I strive to do what is right as a person while know I am saved as a believer in Christ. At this moment, I’m laughing because this is not the post I had intended to write today, something I shared with a friend last night, what I intend is very rarely where I end so whose really writing this.

Let’s get back to the world of chaos. The English language has one word for love. We love ice cream, ice cream, our pets, our kids, boy/girl friends, spouses, flowers, cars, music, etc., etc., etc., (as the king would say … some of you get that one (LOL)). We have our favorite car, outfit, vacation, game, toy, and so on. We won’t dive into the did you see that one because there might be children reading this. Whatever IT is, it must be NOW.

Anyone arguing with me? I didn’t think so. I’m not judging. Confessed it. So where do we go from here. We go to the beginning. The first commandment.

“You shall have no other gods before me.”   Exodus 20:2 ESV

This means two things for us. First, God is first, period, seems obvious, easy to do (say). Second, get our priorities straight, not so obvious and not so easy. Look at what you love, is it good and right and honorable? Is God first? What are you favorites? Does shopping online for your favorite toy take you away from what you love? Are you putting it first? Late at night, when others are asleep and you are on your computer or watching TV, are you watching that, taking away from your self-respect, the respect of your significant other, and putting your love in question? Do you really have to have it NOW? What will happen to you if you don’t get it now?

These are hard questions to answer and go through. It’s hard to look at yourself and be honest with the planks in your eyes (Matthew 7:3-4) but it is necessary. As we work on this, and we will always work on this, we also have to learn about being content. But I’ve said enough today so I’ll leave you with God’s words to reflect on. Be blessed.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:10 ESV

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. Romans 12:2 ESV