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Archive for July, 2011

We don’t have to look very far to see that we are in dire need of a miracle in our nation.  We all know something is seriously wrong.  And we certainly are not in short supply of recommendations or opinions by professionals and politicians on how to repair what is wrong.  Nor do we lack vehement critiques at our nation’s attempts to address our ills.  And still we are struggling to come up with solutions.

God has an answer…

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.” Psalm 127:1

The denial of God keeps us right where we are: laboring in vain, watching in vain.

“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD” 2 Chronicles 20:3-4.

Remember Jehoshaphat?  He “feared and turned his attention to seek the LORD…”  Could it be that simple?

O no, God isn’t going to serve our ends … this is much, much bigger than saving the American Dream.  The LORD is calling us to set ourselves to seek Him.  Let’s do it, even now.

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Daring Faith

Hebrews 13:15, “Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.”

When we are in the throws of our greatest trial, praising God seems like a daring, audacious act of faith.  Some might even find it absurd to praise God in the middle of suffering.

Well, on this side of eternity, it appears daring.  On the other side, it’s all quite natural and consistent with reality.  And if right now we could see clearly that other side – where thanksgiving and praise is offered up continually to God – we would most certainly join in the chorus.

Praise is the expression of our faith in a trustworthy God.  Of course, why would anyone want to praise God in the middle of tribulation unless they trusted Him?  But if they trusted Him, then praise is the outward expression of their trust.  O what a magnificent, awesome journey we are called to in this life!

Several years ago the Lord brought this truth to light, “When you can’t praise Him for what He allows, praise Him for who He is and in praising Him for who He is, you’ll discover how to praise Him for what He allows.”

Circumstances are such that I am getting many wonderful opportunities to practice daring, audacious faith in the light of the reality of God’s kingdom.  Just think: we get to practice the privilege of praise today!  Onward, dear one!

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Dr. John Stott arrived Home in Heaven, safe and sound on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.  He died at the age of 90.   How grateful I am for men and women – past, present and future – who hold to the truths of God Word and proclaim those truths to the world.  Let’s keep going … to the praise of His Glory!

To listen to one of his most recent messages, go to:

http://www.billygraham.org/articlepage.asp?articleid=8057

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The Lord is Faithful and True.  What He says He will do He will actually do.  The things He said will happen will actually happen.  A simple word search this morning took me to Revelation…

Re 3:14 – “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this…

Re 19:11 – And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it {is} called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

Re 21:5 – And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Re 22:6 – And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true“; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place.

We can trust His Word, because He is Faithful and True.  And this same God, so long ago, gave these words to His prophet Isaiah, “They will not hurt or destroy in all My Holy Mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters over the sea” Isaiah 11:9 (ASV).  What He says He will do He will actually do.  We get to walk in the knowledge of that today, by faith!  Wow!

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From the writings of Lilias Trotter:

“As an eagle…fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings–so the Lord alone did lead him” Deuteronomy 32:12

“Fluttereth over–the early stages of faith are reaching upward, like the eaglets for their food when the mother-bird is overhead.  It is an older faith that learns to swing out into nothingness and drop down full weight on God–the broken-up nest of former ‘experiences’ left behind–nothing between us and the abyss but God Himself.  Trained faith is a triumphant gladness in having nothing but God–not rest, no foothold–nothing but Himself.  A triumphant gladness in swinging out into that abyss, rejoicing in every fresh emergency that is going to prove Him true.  ‘The Lord alone’–that is trained faith.” End quote.

In your circumstances, in your abyss, He will prove Himself true.  He will do it! Let’s go for “trained faith” today!  No matter how deep the abyss, let’s swing out to Him. Yahoooooo!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Amen!

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Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge —
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” ESV

God’s Word is so powerful!  I’m standing on it…

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