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 Faith, God, Satan, survive thrive

Too Comfortable

Oh my, it has been a while since I’ve written, and our God, our very good and very gracious God has been nudging me. First with unexpected new members to our site. Welcome! Everyone is so welcome! Everyone’s comment are welcome as long as they’re sincere and not hostile. Second, of my old friends, whose still with me? I hope all of you! Doing this daily will be a practice I have to get back into but I’ll work at it.

How else has He been nudging? His words of course. Today’s reading, Mark 4 (ESV), the Parable of the Sower:

13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?

14The sower sows the word.

15And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.

16And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

18And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

20But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

At first I had to pause at my guilt. Life is how Satan interferes with my relationship with God. By that, I get so caught up in what I must focus on in order to get through a day that I get to bed at night realizing I’ve not placed God first yet taking comfort knowing he’s kept me protected. Shame on me.

Wait – wrong. Talk about allowing Satan to interfere. Yes, I’m too comfortable in my relationship with God. Yes, I do not spend enough time in prayer, journaling, reading, preaching, teaching, meditating or singing with or about Him. Yes, I forget to put Him first, to give Him credit, to ask for His guidance, and to care for my neighbors. But, Satan, I have not forgotten my God and you cannot take away this girls faith.

You’ve not succeeded in interfering with my relationship, you’ve just succeeded in confusing me for a short time to recognize I’m in a season of rest. Just as all living things God created, His human creations have seasons and our rest seasons allow us many things. We gain perspective, strength, and insight. Many times we gain determination. Time for you so shoo. Just as the trees appear to be waking up already, it seems this season is passing. Wonder what’s next?

Blessings to you all.