(Written on the afternoon of the Lord’s Day, September 23, 2001)
Imagine a soldier in the service of his country who is given an order. Instead of obeying, he says, “I cannot because I have something else to do.” Or he says, “Let me check with my wife to see if we have other plans.”
As ludicrous as this sounds, was this not Adam’s reason for his dishonorable discharge. And is it not the reason for so many who fail to obey their call to active duty as soldiers of the cross. Our calling on this day of each week is to be in His house of worship to praise Him and to hear His Word, to renew our covenant with Him, and receive His grace for the following week.
In the afternoon of a Lord’s day in 2001, I was thinking of the gift of righteousness, the unspeakable gift of His grace, and the unsearchable riches of Christ (Ephesians 3:8). My heart was quickened in the understanding of our Father’s overwhelming love and His redeeming grace for us (1 John 4:10).
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
2 Corinthians 9:15
We can give to Him only what He has given to us ~ our time and worship, our talents and all this life. The love, the gifts, and fruit of the Spirit ~ all that is from Him ~ when used for His glory, He gives again and again.
Dear Father in heaven, thank you that your grace continues to bring the fruit of the life of Christ in and through us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit today that we may worship you in spirit and truth; to spend this day faithfully with you. Prepare us to serve you this week. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; Fear before Him, all the earth.
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O worship the King all glorious above. O gratefully sing his pow’r and HIs love; Our shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.” Robert Grant 1833 ~ Based on Psalm 104
Unbelievers sometimes ask this question contemptuously, while believers may ask it when overwhelmed by tragedy, trial, and sorrow.
WHERE IS GOD?
Let the Bible tell you.
God is above us.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust.” Psalm 91:1, 4
God is beneath us.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27
God is before us.
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. Exodus 13:21;
God is behind us.
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21
God is around us.
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
God is with us.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 (Scripture Tune)
Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20
God is within us.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 1 John 4:13
Take time to meditate on these references and be assured that whatever your circumstances, if you are His child by the birth of His Holy Spirit, the Lord your God is above, beneath, before, behind, around, with, and within you.
Gracious Father, we thank you for your promise to never leave us, nor forsake you; that your presence with us will bring us through whatever we must endure in this life. We praise you that in Christ, we are filled with your grace and wrapped in your glory, now and forever. In Jesus’ name, we thank you and praise you. Amen.
(If you have read this somewhere else, please let me know. I found this in one of my older journal/notebooks, so I am not positive if it is mine or a copy: I usually note the source of someone else’s work.)
As I continue to study Andrew Murray’s, Humility ~ the Beauty of Holiness, the end of this year seems a good time to share some treasures from this book. We can take into the new year these special truths that can change our thinking and our lives. Considering if we live in pride or humility is to know if we live by the flesh as in the first Adam, or by the Spirit in the second Adam.
Think of the power of sin that was within us before we were born of the Spirit. Then meditate on the following quotes from Andrew Murray. Let us take these with us into the new year as we continue to study the power of the new life, the life of redemption that is ours in our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“Even as we need to look to the first Adam and his fall to know the power of the sin within us, we need to know well the Second Adam and His power to give within us a life of humility as real and abiding and overmastering as has been that of pride. We have our life from and in Christ, as truly, even more truly, than from and in Adam.”
“The life of God, which in the incarnation entered human nature, is the root in which we are to stand and grow. It is the same almighty power that worked there, and from then on to the resurrection, which works daily in us. Our one need (now) is to study and know and trust the life that has been revealed in Christ as the life that is now ours.”
There is no greater blessing than a life of humility; serving the Lord and others.
Gracious Father, we thank you for the new life that is ours in Christ. We praise you that you showed your power in His incarnation, resurrection, and redemption so that we can experience the power of His humility working in us. In Jesus’ name, we thank you and praise you. Amen.
Fran Have This Mind Among Yourselves
Philippians 2:5-11 Music
Music is designed with a melody that runs throughout the whole piece. Other parts add harmony. The melody is the beginning, and the ending. It is what holds the piece together. Lose the melody or make it a monotone—the same tone over and over— and it ceases to be music. Overpower the melody and the music loses its meaning.
Music is a sound that began in heaven with God, our Father and Creator. It is a major means that He provided to help us worship Him—“Holy, Holy, Holy”—one for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Ghost, is sung by the angels in heaven. (Isaiah 6:3 and Revelation 4:8)
Anthems are compositions for music that include all parts —melody, harmony, and sometimes, a descant. A descant is a part that is sung by a higher range of voices. It is not meant to overpower but provide an extra lift to the other parts.
Together all the parts speak to the senses to lift the spirit and the heart toward God.
In Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs we worship with Biblical texts and heavenly music (Ephesians 5:19).
I picture it according to His Word—the melody was begun in heaven with Jesus, His Son—“Holy, Holy, Holy” from the foundation of the world. He would not only be the beginning of music but the melody throughout the span of time here on earth, onward into eternity.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes…”
The melody of heaven was here ~ He was wrapped in our humanity ~
to gather around Him those that would
add the harmony to Himself,
and provide the music for His family,
the music that the Father wanted to hear.
“On the same night, there were shepherds with flocks of sheep in the field. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them”
~ the music and the worship were about to begin.
“And the glory of the Lord shone round about them with good tidings of great joy”
~ the prelude ~ the introduction to the first anthem of true worship.
“To all people—unto you is born a Savior, Christ the Lord”
~ the music begins.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest”
~ the descant.
“And on earth peace.” Luke 2:7-14
Christ Jesus, our Lord, is the melody of heaven, the melody of life, as God has composed it, and plays it for us by His Spirit and through His Word.
“I will declare thy name (the Father) unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. Behold, I and the children which God hath given me.” (Hebrews 2:12-13)
~ the harmony of His family. Now He has a full choir.
The Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs that we learn throughout our childhood are the anthems that are carried into heaven with us, as we join that celestial choir. Others are added along the way as He gives us a repertoire. The only soloist is the one who carries the melody—Christ, Himself.
As we live by the Spirit and walk by the Spirit, He opens our ears to hear the melody and to follow Him. Our off-keys and monotones are tuned to harmonize with other voices. And walking humbly with Him in the obedience of faith, loving the Lord, our God, and our neighbor, we are surrounded by the heavenly overtones echoing His praise in heaven and earth. In our devotion to Christ, He opens our hearts to hear compositions we have never heard or sung before, especially during the difficult circumstances of life.
I pray that we know the Lord as our strength and song (Exodus 15:2).
I pray that we would experience “the new song” as He fills us with His Spirit (Psalm 149:1).
On the Lord’s Day, we go to His House with a great expectation of hearing the melody—a strong and sure foundation for our worship—hearing the other parts, and the distant sound of the descant of the angels in affirmation that our worship is accepted.
I pray that each day we will practice our singing, individually, and in family worship, so that we are prepared for worship on the Lord’s Day—all in preparation for the great day when we see Him and praise Him in all His glory with the angels.
Our Father has composed the music
and directs the choir.
Let us sing with full hearts
to His glory and our joy.
The LORD of hosts:
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
Fran ~ Lord’s Day 9/23/07 (Article from Waiting Is Not A Game ~ Articles and Stories of Faith. Unpublished)
There are 4664 verses in which the word ALL is found in the Bible. We scrolled through these and prayed the Lord would point out the most important ones. This was not easy, but I felt I needed some insight into this word and how it is used. It is a little word packed with truths of our Lord through whom we live and move and have our being.
If there was one word that summed up the words of life it would be this one.
This is an extensive list and could serve as one Word of Life, so we suggest before you scroll through these references, ask the Holy Spirit to stop you where you need to read whole verses. We will publish a page on this blog for this list of Words of Life, so as to make it easier to reference in the future.
The Old Testament H3606
Strong’s defines ALL kol kōle, the whole, the whole of, any, each, every, anything, totality, everything.
In Noah’s day, we see the Lord’s rule over His creation. “And all flesh died that moved upon the earth” Genesis 7:21 “the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt,” Exodus 12:29
In Sodom and Gomorrah, He destroyed “all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities” Genesis 19:25
Then we see some of those verses which relate to the Lord’s relationship with His people, from the Old Testament beginning with His promise to Abraham “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3;Genesis 28:14
He promised, if they obeyed and kept His covenant, “then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:” Exodus 19:5
They were to “teach the children of Israel all the statutes” Leviticus 10:11 “All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth” Psalm 25:10
He has “forgiven and covered all the sin of His people Psalm 85:2
“All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.” Psalm 75:10
“The Lord preserveth all them that love Him, but all the wicked will he destroy.” Psalm 145:20
New TestamentG3956 Strong’s defines ALL, pas pä’s individually ~ each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything; and collectively ~ some of all types
All in Man “He knew all men.” John 2:24
“For all have sinned” Romans 3:23 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man falleth away:” 1 Peter 1:24 “For all that is in the world is of the world.” 1 John 2:16 “All unrighteousness is sin:.” 1 John 5:17 “we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10 “judgment upon all, to convince all that are ungodly of all their ungodly deeds and of all their hard speeches” Jude 1:15
“all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” Revelation 1:7
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; andall these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
“the Father had given all things into his hands” John 13:3
“All things were accomplished.” John 19:28
“He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” Acts 17:25
“In all these things we are more than conquerors.” Romans 8:37
“all things work together for His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“He delivered him up for us all… with him also freely give us allthings?” Romans 8:32 “Who shall subdue all things unto himself.” Philippians 3:21
“And he is before all things, and by himall things consist.” Colossians 1:17
“in allthings he might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18 “appointed heir of all things.” Hebrews 1:2 “upholding allthings by the word of his power,”Hebrews 1:3
“for whom are all things, and by whom are all things,” Hebrews 2:10 “all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him.” Hebrews 4:13 “above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:” 1 Peter 4:8 “given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” 2 Peter 1:3 “allthese things shall be dissolved… be in all holy conversation and godliness,” 2 Peter 3:11 “in Christ, all things are new.”2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:22;Revelation 21:5 “Prove all things.”1 Thessalonians 5:21 “every man temperate inallthings.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 “Do allthings without murmurings and disputings:” Philippians 2:14 “count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:” Philippians 3:8
All of God Jesus came to “fulfill all righteousness.” Matthew 3:15
“All power” was given unto Him.’ Matthew 28:18
“The Father hath committed all judgment to the Son.”John 5:22
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; ” John 6:37
“above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion.” Ephesians 1:21
“all things under his feet,..head over all things to the church.”Ephesians 1:22
“Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:23
“He is Lord of all.” Acts 10:36; to all that call upon Him.” Romans 10:12 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:6
“Christ is all, and in all.” Colossians 3:11 “God worketh all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:6 “all the promises of God in him” 2 Corinthians 1:20
“the God of all comfort;” 2 Corinthians 1:3
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;” Colossians 1:19
“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:9
“All scripture by inspiration of God,” 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul declared “all the counsel of God.” Acts 20:27
“high priest in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15“
Holiest ofall;” Hebrews 9:3 “the Judge of all,” Hebrews 12:23 “the God of all grace,” 1 Peter 5:10 “God shall wipe awayall tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17;
God Working All in Man “offence of one judgment upon all men to condemnation; righteousness of one the free gift upon allmen unto justification of life.” Romans 5:18 “The gospel preached to all the world.” Matthew 24:14
“redeem us from all iniquity,” Titus 2:14 “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us fromall sin.” 1 John 1:7 “forgiven all trespasses;” Colossians 2:13 “But wisdom is justified of all her children.” Luke 7:35
“All that believe are justified.” Acts 13:39
“The Spirit of truth will guide into all truth.” John 16:13
“blessed withall spiritual blessings:” Ephesians 1:3 “allwisdom and prudence;” Ephesians 1:8 “strengthened with all might, unto allpatience.” Colossians 1:11
“filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:19
“able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,” Ephesians 3:20 “glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages” Ephesians 3:21
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesian 6:18
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Colossians 3:17
“all baptized into one body, all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13 “That all may be one.” John 17:21
“all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 “sanctified are all of one:” Hebrews 2:11 “one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.” 1 Corinthians 10:17 “all of one mind,” 1 Peter 3:8 “all joy and peace in believing,” Romans 15:13 “count itall joy when ye fall into divers temptations;” James 1:2| “all the law is fulfilled in one word,..love thy neighbour as thyself.” Galatians 5:14
“abound in love one toward another, and toward all men,: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 “Abstain fromallappearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Ephesians 5:9
“Preach the word; with all long suffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2 “shewing all meekness untoall men.” Titus 3:2 “Casting all your care upon him.” 1 Peter 5:7 “giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;”2 Peter 1:5 “a crown of righteousness, unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Revelation 22:21
Dear Father in heaven, how can we begin to understand all things about you and ourselves except you reveal and fulfill the promises you have made in and through Jesus, your dear Son. By your Holy Spirit use this post now and in the future to make your Words of Life known to us, your children. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Fran Whether Therefore Ye Eat or Drink ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31
(The following was somehow deleted from my last post. So, I add it here as a second part.)
I have been asked during these last traumatic years how I handle the stress. Unless there is time for a broad explanation, I simply say what I continue to say every day ~ “The Lord is good.” But that is an overall statement that only reveals the surface of who He is and does in His goodness. The root of His goodness is hidden in His Word, and through its fruit and seed, planted in the mind and heart of His children.
As a child, Sunday School was not a regular attendance for our family, but Vacation Bible School was a big deal for me. I loved memorization; I still do, along with meditation and prayer. I don’t remember any of the fun we may have had with activities, cookies and Kool-Aid, but I remember the memory cards that were treasures to me. While I can’t recall all the verses I learned, one has stayed in my thoughts, rooted in my heart and borne fruit over the years. I do not remember the lessons connected to the Scriptures, but God’s Word proves true by itself. It is alive and powerful and produces His life in those to whom He gives it. If I had no other of the seed of His Word, it would have been enough. He has planted much more, but this one has borne its fruit many times over.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
I did not understand these words as a child. If I had, life would have been much easier; I would have made different choices and I may not have suffered all the stress and caused the stress that I did. Believing that our heavenly Father is a sovereign God who planned all things for us and brings us by His own power to do His will, I live today as witness of His grace and goodness; His producing the fruit of His own Word from the seed He plants.
As a child, I was open to His Word, desiring to please Him, but the stress-makers of this world had their part in shaping my life to sin and rebellion against Him. Nevertheless, in His sovereignty and providence He has proven the power of His Word over my nature of sin. He has brought me through many trials and temptations, failures and mistakes, losses and traumas by His victorious truths and promises. When I stumble still, He is always there to raise me up and keep me, reminding me of His grace and power to take whatever is laid upon me and to give it to Him. He enables me to cast my burdens upon Him. His grace is sufficient, His strength in my weakness, so that I can be content even in my infirmities (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
Dear Father in heaven, continue to draw us to Christ through the power of your Word and Spirit. Write your words on our minds and in our hearts and activate them in those times you have chosen, to prove your love and your great and precious promises. Enable us to abide in you and your Word to abide in us, to know your presence at all times. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.