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Monday, November 20, 2017

OUR ROCK & OUR REDEEMER

“Come, let’s sing joyfully to the Lord. Let’s shout happily to the rock of our salvation. Let’s come into his presence with a song of thanksgiving. Let’s shout happily to him with psalms.” - Psalm 95:1-2 God’s Word Translation
     These are the opening verses of this anonymously written Psalm, which are obviously for the exuberant worship of the Lord. There is a time to worship in silence, basking in the majesty that is God and there is a time when we should shout praises to him. He is worthy both to be boisterously praised and honored in quiet.
     I’d like to hone in on the title “rock of our salvation”. A rock is seen as immovable. Foundations are typically made of stone. They don’t shift and become unsteady. If God is anything he is steady and remarkably consistent. Our moods and dispositions change constantly based on our circumstances or how others are treating us. God never changes. Ever. He is indeed the rock that saves us and never takes that salvation away. We may turn from it and walk away as I have known some to do, but God does not reject us.
     It’s a peculiar thing that mortal man will go to an arena and scream himself hoarse for his favorite sports team, yet would never think of shouting praise to the Lord. I suppose they wouldn’t feel that would be dignified or reverent. God delights in our praises; make no mistake about that. I don’t think for one second that heaven will be a quiet, mausoleum-like venue. I think the air will be thick with the worship of our one true King. Until next time, walk with the Lord and be a blessing!

Resources: www.biblegateway.com; The Life Application Study Bible.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

REFLECTING HIS TEACHINGS

“Blessed is the person who does not follow the advice of wicked people, take the path of sinners, or join the company of mockers. Rather, he delights in the teachings of the Lord and reflects on his teachings day and night.”
Psalm 1:1-2 God’s Word Translation
     There are plenty of people who make fun of God and those who follow him. Ignorance appears to be bliss to them, but in reality, ignorance just confirms their own death sentence. Some people will never come to the light. They will never yield to anything or anyone whom they perceive want to control them.
     I once heard a comedian tell the story of when he was walking down a crowded sidewalk in New York City and happened to tell someone to “have a nice day”, to which the man spun around and replied loudly, “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!” As funny as it may sound, that pretty much is the crux of it with some folks.
     Believers in Christ do best when they follow the instructions for living laid out in the Bible. We should delight in God’s teachings and carry them in our soul, heart and mind each day. That is how we perform God’s will for our life and become a wonderful blessing to those around us. As they see us in all our flawed wonder, living for something far greater than themselves, they may just want to be a part of what we are portraying. God does the saving; we are the conduits. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resources: www.biblegateway.com; The Life Application Study Bible.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Quote from Confucius ...

This falls under the category of "truth is truth no matter where you happen to find it".



Thursday, November 16, 2017

OPEN MY EYES LORD

“Uncover my eyes so that I may see the miraculous things in your teachings.” - Psalm 119:18 God’s Word Translation
     There are so many times that we don’t see the obvious in our lives. Whether Christian or not, we either don’t because we don’t want to see or we don’t see because we haven’t developed the spiritual eyesight to see. God can remedy that. All we need to do is ask him to help us see things as he does.
     Walking a Christian walk is serious business. It’s not just about having sins forgiven and spending eternity in heaven. It’s also about living like Christ this side of heaven and utilizing the gifts God gave you to the glory of our King and the expansion of his kingdom.
     There is absolutely nothing that the Lord cannot do on our behalf if we believe he can and then have the patience to wait for that thing to materialize. In spite of some theologians insistence that miracles were for a past age, God never changes so what he did back in Bible times he is still more than able to do right now. Ask God to become more real to you. Ask him to remove your blinders so you can begin to see that which only the spiritual eye can see. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

LIVE HIS WORD

“You have commanded that your guiding principles be carefully followed.”Psalm 119:4 God’s Word Translation
     There is more to life as a believer in Christ than just faith and belief. That’s where it all starts, but if you are going to live a spiritually prosperous life in this dying world you will need a standard to follow.  This particular translation has the verse in what I would consider a more correct rendering. Some translations almost treat this verse like it’s a suggestion or something we ought to do. This translation uses the word “commanded” which properly shows us the authority of God. Since he created us from dust he has authority over us, if we are willing to submit to him. He doesn’t force himself or his will on anyone. In the age of grace, we find ourselves in God’s favor. That doesn’t lessen his authority or the fact that he has commanded that his principles be followed, but it does allow us to choose whether to serve him or not.
     If you are serious about living a Christ-like life you must divest yourself of those worldly things that encumber you and invest in that which will usher you into eternity with the Lord. His words are faithful and true. They are the standard that you can count on to guide you thru the mazes of life. Read his word. Live his word. Seek his guidance. Listen to his Holy Spirit. It’s what the Lord expects from all of us who call ourselves Christ’s followers.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: www.biblegateway.com; The Life Application Study Bible.

NOTE: It is thought that this longest Psalm was written by Jewish priest and scribe Ezra.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quote re: an act of kindness ...


      Aesop was a Greek story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Thanks is …


* Gratitude – we need to have an attitude of gratitude.
* Appreciation – what or who do we appreciate the most?  No matter what any man has done for you, God has done more.
* Thanksgiving – we have a day set aside to give thanks … however, every day is thanksgiving for the Christian or at least it should be.
* Credit – give credit where credit is due
* Recognition – recognize to whom you owe all your blessings, even your very life
* Acknowledgment – publically acknowledge the greatness of Almighty God
* Gratefulness – be grateful for all you have, not bitter regarding all you don’t have.  No matter what your situation is, it could always be much worse.  God knows what He’s doing and will never let us down." 
rlkeller