More than Morsels – Believe

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Since the beginning of time humanity has doubted the authority of God and His Word. Satan first sowed the seed of doubt with Eve when he presented the question of God’s authority in the Garden. (Genesis 3:1) Unfortunately, Eve took the bait and humanity has been in turmoil ever since but even then God has a plan for the redemption of sinful man. (Genesis 3:15) With that said, God has provided man with every provision needed and countless reasons to believe in the authority, authenticity, and divine inspiration of His Word; yet man still has only two reasons to object ,or not believe, and sadly these reasons have not changed. As noted, since there are countless reasons to believe, seven of those reasons can find witness in one significant verse and provide testimony to the inspirational authority of God and His voice in the divinely inspired words of scripture in the Bible. Even though there are many significant proofs for each reason mankind can only object with two choices and these have not changed since the beginning of time.

God himself provides witness and testimony to scripture when he declares that: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16) Therefore, since Scripture declares it so and since Scripture is God Breathe; God declares it so. Furthermore, God declares it through His Son Jesus and in eyewitness account through the Disciples, the prophetic Word, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Prophets, the Disciples and the very eyewitness account of His son Christ’s glory as we are given a most inclusive and conclusive truth in inspired scripture:

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses to his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory. “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was every produced by the will of man, but man spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:16-21)

This scripture alone provides substantial reasons to believe in the inspiration of the Bible but there is also the miracle of the Word itself, in prophesy, in history and the proof of numerous authenticated historical and archaeological accounts, eyewitness accounts, in Christ Himself in His fulfilment of His birth, death, burial and resurrection, in His uncounted told and untold miracles, both documented and undocumented, and in Moses and the Law which Christ has also fulfilled. There are overwhelming reasons to believe in the authority of God, the authority and inspiration of the Bible. The angels proclaim it and the even the demons know and yet there are remain reasons for objection in unbelief and rejection which was recognized and experienced by Jesus and unfortunately still exists today. (Luke 2:10, Luke 4:41, Acts 19:15, Matthew 8:28-34)

“Though he had done so many signs before them, the still did not believe in him.”

(John 12:37)

“So Jesus said to him, unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”

(John 4:48)

“Jesus said to him, “Go, your son will live. The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.” (John 4:50)

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

More than Morsels – TRUTH

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More than Morsels

The doctrine of biblical inerrancy is an extremely important one because the truth does matter. This issue reflects on the character of God and is foundational to our understanding of everything the Bible teaches. The issue of distorting the truth is not a new phenomenon. Since the beginning of time, Satan has been using the distortion of truth as a means to deceive man and dethrone God. (Genesis 3)

Not much has changed since the days of Jesus. As Pilate responded to Jesus, when “Pilate said to him, “What is truth”. (John 18:18)   Just as Pilate questioned truth so do many today.

Not much has changed since the days of Paul as he provided exhortation to Timothy regarding the false teachers that were infiltrating the body of new believers. (2 Timothy)

Not much has changed as the world attempts so vigorously to deny and distort the Word of God. Just as the ideology of Darwinism, creationism, and theories of “millions of years”, as many attempt to insert doubt into Genesis and discredit God’s Word. (Charles Darwin, 1859)

Not much has changed as today the church is being infiltrated by false teachers with their process of bible interpretation, teaching and preaching the bible interpretation of “Eisegesis”; the process by which the bible is being manipulated to serve the purpose of man through social and ideological change, while adapting scripture to personal opinions and agendas.

No, not much has changed.

As Christians it is vital to know the truth in the Word of God, knowing that “not much has changed” in the world. Christians are called to “armor up” and equip themselves for battle and for service in God’s perfect and undistorted Truth. They are not to be blinded by whims of the world but mature, and firmly rooted and grounded in God’s Truth.
(Ephesians 6:13-19) (Colossians 1:28-29) (Colossians 2:6-9)

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”(2 Timothy 3:16)

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

(2 Timothy 2:15)

“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy or Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was every produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
(2 Peter 1:19-21)

“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
 
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one, and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”  (Ephesians 6:13-19) 
 

 
As we prayerfully read, study, and reflect in God’s Word let each of us be diligent to the hearing of truth as God “leads us out” through His Word of Truth. Not as Satan attempts to distort man and “lead us into” temptation with ideological ideas and opinions of personal interpretations. ~ Amen.

“The authority of God’s Word is higher than man’s traditions, culture practices, experience, church teaching, philosophy and opinions.” (Bible Doctrine Survey)
 

“This people honors me with their lips,

But their heart is far from me;

In vain do they worship me,

Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men”.

(Mathew 15:8-9) (Mathew 15:1-9)

More than Morsels – Draw Water in Rehoboth

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There are those days when studying God’s Word that certain lessons will just speak their truth and the buckets of living water will simply overflow in abundance.

Spurgeon spoke it best when he said, “It is the voices of our days that will lead us in the years of wisdom.” as he paraphrased a quote from the book of Job. I like Spurgeon’s insight in that quote. The voices of our days are also a gentle nudge and reminder to the measure, or number of our days.

(Psalm 39:4, Psalm 90:12) ~ Amen.

 

In the Book of Job, Elihu is speaking directly to Job when he confidently exhorts:

“I said, days should speak and multitude of years should teach wisdom”. (Job 32:7)

“But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand” (Job 32:8)

 

And it is Paul, who further describes for us the entire purpose of Scripture,

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

And it was St Augustine who best explained the relationship of the old and the new testaments:

“The new lies hidden in the old, and the old is made manifest in the new”.

So we must drink it all and yet there are those times when in just a few words, we are inspired and God blesses us to draw buckets upon buckets of living water.

“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3)

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)

 

Beloved, stay with me today because this is just a small drink of the entire bucket that was poured out in study today, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on how to draw water in the desert.

We all need water to survive; both physically and spiritually. So the water will always draw us. ~ Amen.

“And Isaac dug, again the wells of water that had been dug in the day of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah. And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful n the land.” (Genesis 26:17-22)

 

Did you hear that? The names of the wells? The first Well that Isaac’s herdsman dug was named Esek, which means contention, and the second well, was named Sitnah, which means hostility. These were the Wells of Quarrels. Issac’s herdsman had dug two different wells and both times they were confronted with quarrels. The first was a quarrel of contention. which is an argument of conflict or controversy. Sometimes this can come across in the light of a dispute or a struggle. Has anyone ever said, “I have a bone to pick with you”? This would be called the bone of contention. You want to stay far away from those conversations. They are usually shielded in the light of someone else’s strong opinion.

The second well that was dug; Sitnah, was met with a quarrel in hostility. This type of quarrel is usually an attitude, action, or behavior in unfriendly opposition. Those types of quarrels will usually arise from a grudge, or someone’s unresolved bitterness, or envy. (Genesis 26:14) The best we can do in those times is not react to provocation.

Have you ever drawn water from these wells? I know there have been occasions when I regrettably have either been the source, or the recipient of the quarrel. I have also come to know that the water is bitter and not fit for consumption. It will never satisfy thirst and God does not want us drinking from those wells.

But the third well dug by Isaac’s herdsman was a different type of well. There were no quarrels at that well, and Isaac named it Rehoboth; which means a place of enlarging and flourishing. Isaac said, “For now the Lord made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land”. (Genesis 26:22) There was no quarrel at that well for God made room.

You know what else was poured out in this water? Scripture doesn’t let us know if Isaac’s herdsman responded to the quarrels. It only states that they moved on and dug another well. Sometimes we have to do that – don’t you agree? Just move on from those Wells of Quarrels and keep digging until God says – it is good, just stay here and I will give you an abundance of “living water”. ~ Amen.

Don’t you just love God’s Word? I know I do. Welcome to Rehoboth where God will make room for you and God will make you fruitful. ~ Amen :Y

 

 

More than Morsels – A Conqueror in Setting Temperatures

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Revelation 3:16
So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Did you hear that? Did I, did you, did we, did the Church, did America fall into a lukewarm pool of unbelief?

Cold is just…well cold. It is chilly, cool, icy, frosty, frigid, bitter, biting, or possibly numb. It has been described as emotionally lacking affection or warmth of feeling; unemotional, unfriendly, inhospitable, and unwelcoming. It is unconscious; or it could be dead; or simply going through the motions of un-emotion.

And there are just as many unpleasant words that could describe lukewarm such as tepid, indifferent, halfhearted, apathetic, unenthusiastic, noncommittal, uninterested or how about….just plain distracted or perhaps too busy.

Have you taken your temperature lately? Is it hot, cold, or lukewarm? There is only one correct temperature to choose if you are a child of God; a true follower of Christ. That is the temperature setting of hot. Is your faith on fire? I don’t know about you but that convicts me.

What is your temperature? What is mine or the temperature of Christ’ Church?

What is the temperature of America for Christ?

This is a verse that I don’t need to ponder. For me, just the thought of being spit from the mouth of Christ is sheer angst. It would give meaning to more than mere tastelessness. One can tolerate tastelessness. But to spit something from ones mouth would indicate something tasting disgusting. Christ would then say he is disgusted by lukewarm; and he is “about to spit you out”.

Revelation 3:14-22

And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: “The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
“I know your works, you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of you nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

When I study this scripture I can’t help but think of what was said a few years ago regarding the faith of America. “America is not a Christian Nation”, said Obama. I was stunned in disbelief when I heard this comment, and was appalled at the audacity of these words. I still am.

In this scripture, Christ was speaking to the Church in Laodicea. It is a love letter of warning. When I read and hear this scripture I hear not only a warning to the Church of Laodicea; but also a warning to the Church today, but a warning to America, and a warning to each of us; those who make up Christ’ Church.

I don’t know about you but I never want to be a lukewarm follower of Christ. I never want there to be a doubt where I stand with Him; in my words; in my actions and in my works. Did you hear the words about the one who conquers? The Conquerors will sit with Christ on His throne.

My heart’s desire is to be that of Conqueror. It is my hope; my prayer that it is yours too. But I know that in preparation we need the proper clothing and eyes that are anointed. I know that without being clothed IN Christ we cannot be a Conqueror. In order to stand with Him, we must be fully clothed In Him. It is only then that we can be seated next to Him; as a Conqueror.

“May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the Light, Love and Joy of God’s presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel to Him to fill full of His Spirit and Love.”
~ Andrew Murray

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might”.
Deuteronomy 6:5

Belief – it is More than a Smorgasbord of Morsels

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. (Genesis 1:1)

 

In 1939 the New York World’s Fair followed on the heels of the Great Depression. It was a time of great hope and healing and all eyes were on the future ~ a time of new beginnings. The opening slogan of the Fair expressed that hope with the claim of a “Dawn of a New Day”, and it allowed a glimpse into the world of tomorrow. And the official New York Fair pamphlet read:

“The eyes of the Fair are on the future – not in the sense of peering toward the unknown nor attempting to foretell the events of tomorrow and the shape of things to come, but in the sense of presenting a new and clearer view of today in preparation for tomorrow; a view of the forces and ideas that prevail as well as the machines.”

“To its visitors the Fair will say: Here are the materials, ideas, and forces at work in our world. These are the tools with which the World of Tomorrow must be made. They are all interesting and much effort has been expended to lay them before you in an interesting way. “Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future.”  (Wikipedia)

Beloved, soak in this quoted phrase from the 1939 World’s Fair pamphlet and let us journey through and beyond the Great Depression.

Today, in America we can only read about and perhaps a few vaguely remember the economic times that clouded our country in the Great Depression in 1929–1936. It was the longest, deepest and widest spread depression of the 20th century. But with a limited perspective, a limited worldview, our present generation can merely offer sympathy for the economic condition of our parents, our grandparents during those barren years. In that greatest generation only a few remain who can remember those days. But one need only imagine that to finally leave such an economic state must have been an exciting time bringing with it the exhilarating hope of new beginnings in ~ “the Dawn of a New Day”.

And as with any special celebration there would be an abundance of food and beverage offered, for a price, at the 1939 World’s Fair. What better time to celebrate and introduce these new beginnings than with the unlimited feast of a Smorgasbord. Yes, a Smorgasbord. A word synonymous with choice and individual taste, and so fitting for the new beginnings of the 1939 World’s Fair, and fitting for our generation today. Especially, after one can imagine the many years in a great depression in which food would have been scarce for some, or quite commonly not available at all for many.

So yes, in 1939 it is the “Dawn of a New Day” and this new hope that would be fully celebrated with an abundance of food, and presented in a banquet of choices – a Smorgasbord. And New York highlighted this buffet style table as it was laid out with many small dishes so bountiful in rich foods from which to choose, as many as one wished and as many as one could afford. It is the “Dawn of a New Day” and “Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future”.

 

Beloved, as we continue this journey beyond the Great Depression and beyond the celebration of the 1939 World’s Fair we travel into God’s word; but keep “top of mind” the slogan of the day.

It is the “Dawn of a New Day” and “Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future”.

 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. (Genesis 1:1)

~ In God’s New Beginning, in the Dawn of His Great Day let us journey and reveal what a Great Depression, The Dawn of a New Day, and a Smorgasbord can possibly have in common with God’s word and the very first verse of Genesis. And beloved remember, “Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future.”

 

Yesterday, as I journeyed in God’s word I found myself somewhat burdened in perplexity as to how it is possible for anyone to disbelieve in God, in the totality of what God says in his word? He makes everything so perfectly clear. Throughout the day three thoughts were top of mind.

First of all, the eyes and heart of that belief must be opened to and in the Good News.

A complete belief in the totality of God begins with God and in all that He says about Himself. That belief is rooted in what He says, and in what He accomplished in His sovereign Will through His Son, Jesus, on the Cross, belief in His bodily resurrection, and the belief in His final return. All for His Glory. ~Amen

Secondly, in God’s word we do not get to pick and choose our beliefs ~ like a Smorgasbord. God’s word is more than a banquet, more than a feast, but we must accept all of God’s word, or we accept none. And most importantly, the spirit of God must be present to guide us daily in our lives and in His word. ~ ~Amen

Thirdly, it is free. Yes, free for all. God has already paid the price of our feast through the great sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, and in that day God endowed and endows us with His Holy Spirit. ~~~Amen

With those three thoughts in mind where then would one then begin to accept all?

Beloved, we begin at the beginning, with the very first verse of God’s word. In Genesis 1:1, the very first verse in God’s Book of Beginnings. Beloved, there can be none other than the totality of belief in God, in the God of our creation and His word. It is then and only then do we come out of our famine, out of our great depression, and feast in the totality of the Smorgasbord of God’s word and truly celebrate ~ The Dawn of a New Day”.

And in doing so we remember even all that we did not experience but all that we learned from the past and passing generations ~” Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future”

 

New Beginnings ~ I just love the sound of those two simple words. So exhilarating to breathe in deeply and exhale slowly ~ New Beginnings ~ Amen: Y

 

Enjoy the Banquet of Belief in New Beginnings – it is More than a Smorgasbord of Morsels.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.”

(Job 38:4)

 

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1: 1-3)

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses” (Psalm 33:6)

“to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever”. (Psalm 136:5)

“Thus says God, the Lord,

Who created the heavens and stretched them out,

Who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

Who gives breath to the people on it

And spirit to those who walk in it;

I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;

I will take you by the hand and keep you”. (Isaiah 42:5)

 

“I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, Seek me in vain, I the Lord speak the truth, I declare what is right”. (Isaiah 45:18)

“Men, why are you doing these things” We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.” (Acts 14:15-18)

“The God who made the world and everything in it being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man”. (Acts 17:24)

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.”

(Colossians 1:16-17)

 

“And, You, Lord laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed, But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” (Hebrews 1:10)

“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible”. (Hebrews 11:3)

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created”. (Revelation 4:11)

 

My prayer, my deepest heart’s desire is that you would feast in God’s banquet of belief, and if there is even a morsel of unbelief that you would just pray in blind faith as a desperate Father prayed for his son, “I believe, help my unbelief”. (Mark 9:24) Amen :Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

More than Morsels ~ Disciplined Love in the Tantrums

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More than Morsels

 

“It is hard for you to kick against the goads” (Acts 26:14)

“It is hard for you to kick against the pricks” (Acts 26:14) KJV, NKJV

 

Paul, who is Saul, had the most interesting conversion experience when He met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Have you heard it?

“In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shown around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”   (Acts 26: 12-14)

Beloved, did you hear that? Jesus said, “why are you persecuting (me)”?

So in Saul’s persecution of the Christians, the believers, the followers of Jesus ~ Jesus says, “why are you persecuting me”?

Doesn’t that just astound you ? I don’t know about you but from my perspective that just places the persecution of Christians in a whole new dimension! Beloved, just please soak that in ~ Amen

And if that isn’t enough to just take your breath away, Jesus goes on to say to Saul ~

“It is hard for you to kick against the goads” (Acts 26:14) Jesus is showing His compassion for the “persecutor” Saul.

Breathe deeply ~ beloved, that is the amazing grace, the amazing love that Jesus so often refers, that which He is. The Love of Jesus is not the misuse of word love that is being trampled upon today.

It is not the tolerance of the goads but in the compassion for the persecutors as they resist the goads of God. It is the compassion for those who have yet to surrender to the loving “goads” of God; and how hard it must be to kick against the goads ~ without Him.

As we think about our own “conversion stories” ~ and as we journey on. We all have kicked against the goads, the loving rod and staff of our Savior. But we journey with Him ~ with Jesus and receive the comfort of His Staff. ~ Amen

How hard it must be to kick against the goads ~ without Him. ~ Amen: Y

“Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,

But he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. (Proverbs13:13)

 

More than Morsels – Arise and Eat

More than Morsels

More than Morsels

“And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat”. (1Kings 19:5)

 

Did you hear that? “Arise and eat”. The Word of the Lord just fills my soul and today my journey was travelling in 1 Kings as I sought the rain. The clouds were just bursting and there was so much food to be shared in the feast. Oh beloved, immerse yourself in God’s Word ~ Dance in God’s Rain ~

 

As you journey, you will see how God manifests His glory through the prophet Elijah and the people cry, ….“The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God”. (1 Kings 18:39) And scripture tells us that even though “ the hand of the Lord was on Elijah” he feared the treats of Jezebel and fled for his life.

 

“Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow. Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying “it is enough; now, O lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”  (1 Kings 19:1-4)

 

I don’t know about you but that just stopped me in my trek. Elijah was afraid. The hand of the Lord was on Elijah, he was a mighty prophet of the Lord, a man of great faith and courage – and he was afraid. The treats of Jezebel made Elijah afraid. This resonated as I pondered the many times I have allowed evil and evil threats to make me afraid. And I am sure you have also. Even after witnessing the mighty works of God, knowing His mighty hand is on us, and yet we are afraid. And Elijah was so afraid and so disappointed that he had fled. He wanted to die. He felt worthless – “no better than my fathers”, said Elijah. Fear does that doesn’t it? The fear of Jezebel can succeed to just make us feel worthless – just as Elijah.

But oh Beloved, continue to trek in the Word as we travel with Elijah and witness how God knows our fears, our defeats, and he sends His Angel to nourish us as we are touched with His understanding, with food for our bodies and with food for our souls.

“And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, and angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat”. (1 Kings 19:5)

Did you hear that? Where Elijah slept – the Word tells us twice – under a broom tree. There is much significance to that broom tree – much of God’s depth to ponder for another journey. But perhaps it can describe for us a cleaning, a sweeping, a call to “Arise and Eat”.  A call to stand up to fear through the strengthening and nourishment of God.

“And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again.” (1 Kings 19:6)

Beloved, did you hear where the Angel placed the food? And not just the food: but also the water? The Angel placed the food at Elijah’s head. Did you hear that – the nourishment for Elijah’s body was placed by the Angel at Elijah’s head. And Elijah ate and drank what the Angel had provided and yet was still in need of rest. Have you ever felt like Elijah? I know I have. But did you notice what Elijah did? He lay down again. Oh how the fear had exhausted Elijah. He lay down again. Have you ever felt like Elijah? Have you ever been just exhausted by fear and disappointment? I know I have. And Elijah’s fear and disappointment was serious that he just wanted to sit down and die under the broom tree.

“And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you. And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God. (1 Kings 19:7-8)

God in His mercy did not give up on Elijah and he sent the Angel a second time. God knew the journey was too great for Elijah. But did you notice what Elijah did? He arose. This time Elijah got up. Elijah continued the journey to God in the wilderness. Elijah arose. Did you notice something else about the food? The strength of that food took Elijah forty days and nights through the wilderness and on to the mountain of God

In God’s mercy, we are touched and we are nourished with His food and need not fear evil, as we are provided with His strength, in our Journey. Arise and Eat ~ Amen :Y

 

 

More than Morsels – What’s Bugging You ?

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“For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. (2 Corinthians 4:6)

 

I just love the letters Paul wrote to the early Christians. He was so like a hovering yet loving parent to those in his ministry. You could just sense his urgency in these Letters to ensure that those early Christ Followers in the Church were protected through the knowledge of Christ. He consistently and passionately offered advice to these early followers with loving, yet direct exhortation. You can sense the passion of Paul in his desire to always shine the light of truth.

All week I have been drawn to 2 Corinthians, chapter 4. I have been specifically drawn to verse 4 which says,

“In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)  

 

I don’t know about you but that verse just blows me away. As I read these words it was difficult for me to express in writing and in simplicity; the complexity of what Paul was saying to these early followers. Sometimes the Word of God cannot be shared in single verses. Sometimes there needs to be the knowledge of the entire Book, or Chapter in order to maintain the integrity of the context. I was finding 2 Corinthians 4 to be one of those Chapters.

But I just could not move away from this passage this week. This was really starting to “bug” me.

In the South we have the warm months of late spring and summer. During those times when you turn on your porch light after sunset, you will almost immediately be treated to an aerial display of dozens, if not hundreds, of flying bugs. The artificial light of the porch lights, lanterns, campfires, headlights. and other various artificial sources attract all varieties of moths, flies, beetles, and all sorts of other insects. If you have ever been in the midst of this attack you can relate very well to this experience. If the lights stay on long enough the surface area will be covered in insects. And after a while these insects will be joined by frogs and other insect predators patiently waiting; just hanging around in the darkness to take advantage of the easy pickings.

Unfortunately for the insects, their attraction to artificial light is a cruel trick caused by our cultural innovations in various light sources. The night flying insects were not created to navigate by artificial light. They were created to fly by the natural light of the moon. And by keeping the moons reflected light at a constant angle, the insects could naturally maintain a steady flight path and a straight course.

The artificial lights interfere with an insect’s ability to detect the moonlight. The artificial light can appear brighter, and radiate their light in multiple directions. Once an insect flies close enough to a light bulb, it attempts to navigate by way of the artificial light, rather than the moon. And since the light bulb radiates light on all sides, the insect simply cannot keep the light source at a constant angle, as it does with the moon. It attempts to navigate a straight path, but ends up caught in an endless spiral dance around the bulb.  The artificial light creates an endless spiral dance around the bulb as the predators are waiting.

Just as God created us to live by His perfect light source; to navigate a straight path –   Sin cast us into the endless spiral dance around the bulb; the artificial light source which is Satan. We believed the lies of Satan as he disguised himself as the angel of light. But God brought the true light out of the darkness and we are given the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. In His great mercy, God shines this knowledge in our hearts.   Beloved, when you are being “bugged” by the artificial light sources of Satan and his world, you are encouraged to read God’s Word and pray the spirit to guide you in His perfect truth and shine His Light in your heart. ~ Amen :Y

Do not lose heart                                (vs1)

Refuse to tamper with God’s Word.             (vs 2)

Satan blinds the eyes of unbelievers  (vs 4)

Satan is the artificial Light                (2 Corinthians 14)

The light of the Gospel is Christ        (vs 4)

The Light shines in darkness             (vs 6)

 

Illuminate yourself in God’s Word ~ Amen :Y

 

 

More than Morsels – Jonah – Not Just a Whale of a Tale

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“And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle”. (Jonah 4:11)

As a child I had heard the story of Jonah and how in his attempt to run from God was swallowed by a great fish and lived in its belly for three days. That in itself is an amazing story but it only skims the surface of truth in this Godly “whale of a tale”. Have you ever read the book of Jonah? Not just read – but slowly soaked in the word? Recently I took another look at Jonah and was, once again, amazed at the depth of the Word of God. God’s Word is astounding and much more than a mere morsel or fish tale. Allow God to delight you in His word and take a plunge; get hooked; get caught up in the amazing four chapters of Jonah. You will experience wisdom beyond the depths of the sea and once again, be astounded and blessed by God’s Word.

Last year you may have read the news reports of the destruction of the Tomb of Jonah on July 24, 2014, reportedly by ISIS. I found this interesting since all three religious faiths of Christians, Jews, and Muslims have an acknowledgement of the prophet Jonah. I also found it interesting that this tomb is reportedly located in the former capital of Nineveh. This was the very town where Jonah was sent by God to preach so they might repent and be saved. Jonah did not want God to save Nineveh. But with some Godly persuasion, Jonah preached in Nineveh, the people repented and were saved from destruction.

Now reportedly Jonah’s tomb is destroyed. Do you think Jonah stayed in Nineveh after he preached there?

Do you think God cares about the destruction of Jonah’s Tomb; a “High Place” of worship?

I am not sure, and I suppose that is a story for another day, but I thought it was very interesting that this event took place. How about you – do you find this interesting?

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,” (Jonah 1:1)

Whoa…we are just getting started. Take a breath before the plunge. Did you hear that?

“The Word of the Lord came to Jonah”.

Have you experienced the Word of the Lord?

“The son of Amittai”.  The meaning of Amittai is “my truth”.  (Hebrew – Strong’s Hebrew 573)

Have you experienced God’s Truth?

Vessels Ministry FishersAnd Jesus also speaks of the sign of Jonah and the great fish in His word:

“For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Mathew 12:40)

Heavenly Father, thank you for the richness of your Word and the depth of Wisdom in its Truth.
~ Amen :Y

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33)

More than Morsels – It’s All About Bob

More than Morsels

More than Morsels

 
As a child I grew up listening to stories taught from the Bible in Sunday School. I learned about God and the Creation of the Earth, the Heavens, the Sun, Moon and Stars, Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, the Serpent Satan, the Tree of Good and Evil, Cain and Able, Noah and the Ark, the Animals of Two, the Rain and the Rainbow, Abraham, Sarah and Isaac, Jacob and Esau and the soup, Jacob’s ‘Ladder, Isaac and Rebekah, Joseph and his coat of many colors, Joseph’s Dreams, Joseph’s Brothers, Joseph in Eqypt and the Famine that brought his family to Eqypt.

It never occurred to me that these stories were not anything but truth. There was a God and He loved me. I never once doubted God’s Word. (My biggest concern was trying to understand how I could ever love God more than my Mother.) I said my prayers at night – “Now I lay me down to sleep – I pray the Lord my soul to keep – If I should die before I wake – I pray the Lord my soul to take.” I said Grace at mealtime – “God is Great – God is Good – Let us the thank Him for our food – by his hand we all are fed – Give us Lord our Daily Bread” – Amen. I was Saved, I was Baptized, I was a Christian, and life was good.

It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that I even heard the word Atheist. I met my first Atheist in the workplace. Bob, and I considered Bob a friend of mine. I liked Bob and he seemed nice enough. Bob even looked like an ordinary guy. Bob just didn’t talk a lot. So I naturally assumed it was because Bob was an Atheist. We never discussed that fact. Honestly, I simply could not wrap my head around how anybody could not believe in God. That was in 1979. I was so naïve and oh my goodness it has become amazingly clear how a worldview has changed. I now wonder if Bob ever heard any Bible stories. As I mentioned, we didn’t talk about our beliefs. I did mention that Bob was a friend of mine. So how many other beloved people – like Bob – do you think never heard about Genesis, or the stories of truth taught in Sunday School. The many Bible stories that would build out and bind their faith?

I am of the very strong opinion that Genesis is perhaps the most important book of the Bible. Without knowledge and belief in the Book of Genesis the remaining Books in the Bible are seemingly pointless. Genesis sets the entire foundation for all of God’s Word and biblical history. Genesis is more than a religion, more than a denominational faith , more than a fairy tale. Genesis is a documented history of truth that even children understand. ~ Amen: Y

Genesis – The Mind of a Child and the Binding of Faith

Genesis 1:1 The Creation of the World

Genesis 1:3-29 “And God said” – God spoke all into existence

Genesis 1:31 “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

Genesis 2:7 “then the Lord God formed the man of dust”

Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him the garden of Eden”

Genesis 2:19 “the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens”

Genesis 2:22 “the Lord god had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.”

Genesis 3 The Serpent, Sin, and the Fall of Man

Genesis 3:15 The Curse and the Announcement of the Gospel

Genesis 4 Cain and Abel

Genesis 5:28 Noah is Born

Genesis 6:19 The Animals of Two

Genesis 7 :11 Noah, the Ark and the Rain

Genesis 9:13 God’s Covenant with Noah and a Rainbow

Genesis 22 Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac

Genesis 24 Isaac and Rebekah

Genesis 28:10 Jacob’s Dream – Jacob’s Ladder

Genesis 29 Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

Genesis 37 Joseph’s Dreams

Genesis 37:12 Joseph’s Brothers

Genesis 42 The Famine and Eqypt

Genesis 46 Joseph Brings His Family to Eqypt

It is my belief that the theories of Darwinism have done much to damage the truth of God in Genesis by creating doubt and unbelief in the minds of our children. It is of great Significance how the truth of God and His creation can unfold in the simplicity of belief through the remembrance of stories in the mind of a child. God assures us that His Word does not return void, and although it is not our purpose to “save souls” – that is God’s job. It is our purpose to share His Word in discipleship. I still think about Bob –

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Isaiah 55:10-12King James Version (KJV)

10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.