As the Holy Spirit guides me into becoming more and more acquainted with the awesomeness of God and his Beloved Son Jesus Christ, I confess that this whole religious experience enthralls me to dig deeper and deeper. And it is no surprise to me that my search for Truths concerning the mysteries of God are being manifested and are becoming more apparent for me to understand. Hallelujah!
I call your attention to a scripture that in the past, I have stumbled over time and time again. It reads: “The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” Psalms 110:1 and Matthews 44:22
Now I know that most of you guys out there are way ahead of me and have interpreted your own understanding about this verse, but I was confused as to who was Who…until now!
First, David wrote the above words in a Psalms, then Jesus recited those words in the New Testament. As I prayed about those words and their meaning as to the identity of LORD and Lord, a light bulb went on. And I stumbled in the darkness no longer. For many years, I reasoned that JESUS was the LORD and King David was Lord.
W_R_O_N_G ! !
The first LORD refers to God in heaven. The second Lord refers to Jesus who at this time still resides in heaven conversing with His Father. (Jesus is not yet the Christ. It is prior to the time for Jesus to be born of a Virgin and enter the physical world.) The time is…In the beginning…Genesis 1:26
Let’s examine Psalms 110:1 under the supreme invitation of another godly scripture brought to my consciousness by the Holy Spirit: “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.
God’s (LORD) yoke (the harness on his shoulders) is the weight of a sinful worldview under the influence of a Satanic spirit (who had just lost his position in heaven) which is now destined to infiltrate every human being born under the sun. And God is speaking to his Son (Lord) who is Lord over all things created. Evidently, God’s Son, Jesus, is anxious to get on the J-O-B, (that was me thinking out loud) but God restrains Jesus and says…No Son, not yet (that’s me again)…Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies (false teachers, nonbelievers, whore Mongols, evil spirits, etc.,) a footstool for your feet.”
That’s all folks!!!
That’s my message for this week’s blog. Let’s all dig a little deeper in the Word of God. Just maybe he will reveal his motive for blanketing this world-wide pandemic on us all. Just maybe with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can get our act together and become better followers of Jesus Christ.
What say you????
Scripture Lesson:“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and He to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him. Matthew 11:27-28
Many, many, many years ago when I was a little girl, my Daddy used to play a game with me. And I knew exactly the time he was ready to play our special game by the way he approached me. His clues were if he approached me slightly bent over, slowly taking giant steps, wearing a great big smile on his face, and looking me straight in the eyes, that was my clue to stand up straight, with my hands at my side and wait.
The closer he got to me the more his right arm would raise up with his first finger pointing towards my forehead. Then he would gently tap my forehead and say, ‘I live up here…’ next he would run his finger down the middle of my face, neck and chest and poke my stomach and say, ‘You live down here…’ next he would race his finger back the way it came down and say, ‘Come up and see me sometime.’ Then he would pick me up, twirl me around and around and belt out a hearty laugh. Afterwards, he would put me down, swat me on the butt and say, ‘Now go play, Snooky, Daddy’s got to go to work.’
Snooky was my nickname. Daddy gave all his 5 children nicknames. My two sisters were Pheedie, and Cottontop. My two brothers were Headquarters and Duffy. And I was Snooky.
Oh, did I feel special whenever I played that game with my Dad. Oh, did I feel loved. Oh, did I know that my Daddy was the greatest person on God’s green earth!!! And anybody who doubted that and challenged my assessment of him got a bloody noise.
OUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS HOW TO PLAY CHILDHOOD GAMES, TOO!
Today I listened to one of my neighbors (I’ll call her Bea) as she described a foolish situation that she carried out after first being warned to reconsider it. Bea decided after her breakfast that she would walk four blocks to the drug store to purchase some items. She peeked outside and noticed that it was very cloudy. Her Imaginary Friend whispered in her ear and told her to put on a sweater and take her umbrella.
Bea said to herself, ‘Oh, I won’t be long, and I’ll be back before it rains.’ So out the door she went. Just as she had completed walking the third block, she heard a loud thunderclap and instantly felt a down pouring of rain. At the corner was a Quick Stop gas station and she horridly ran inside. Now what am I going to do? she asked Imaginary friend. Complete silence. I should have listened to my first thought, she whispered to herself.
Where Did Bea Go Wrong?
Bea’s first thought was not her own. It was her Imaginary Friend’s guidance. What Bea and a lot of other people don’t realize is that a person’s first thoughts about a decision is their purest thought or their most ‘godly’ thought. And the Imaginary Friend is the Holy Spirit! Jesus said in Hebrews 13:5 that He would never leave or forsake us…not even in our play time. Most conversations that commence in one’s head after the initial thought are the individual’s ‘worldly’ thoughts and ideas. Several Believers trust themselves more than they trust the Heavenly Father!
I trusted my Daddy…Why?…Because He lives up here and I leave down there, and he invites me to come up to see him sometimes.
If only we could think of our Imaginary Friend as our Heavenly Father and follow His advice instead of interjecting our own worldly thoughts, we would be on the road to living a more fulfilling life. We would be equipped to send up more praises and accolades to Christ Jesus. We would be much more appreciative of how He guides and protects us every day. We could allow our petitions and supplications to shape our worries and cares in our prayer lives. That way, we would be wholly dependent on God.
The main reason why you should trust God is written below:
Scripture Lesson:“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'” Matthew 19:14
Have you ever wondered why Jesus performed miracles among the people while He physically walked on this earth? Can you describe the attributes surrounding Jesus’ supernatural acts that distinguished Him from the magicians and sorcerers of His day? Have you ever been a recipient of a miracle from God? And finally, why should these compassionate miracle-working displays of Jesus’ power be so encouraging to us today in this 21st century?
Okay…I get it! What’s with all the above questions? You may ask yourself why do I feel like I’m back in school being taught by an ole spinster school marm, shoving a pop quiz down my throat?
Well, for the answer, let’s start with the past week I have just experienced.
As I sat at my computer, readying myself to start composing my weekly blog post for you, the Holy Spirit interrupted my appeal to Him to guide my creative juices for an interesting subject to blog about. He abruptly reminded me of the three times I had witnessed to friends and family members of how sometimes the Lord uses miracles to increase one’s faith and dependence on Him. The recipients’ expressions of gratitude upon hearing your examples were so jubilant and heartfelt that they went away longing for an occasion to come to know the Lord in that same mannerism.
Oh, how the Lord was magnified as you shared your experiences with others. You gave Him all the praise, honor, hope and glory. And just for a moment, a bewildered soul found hope in the possibility that perhaps the Heavenly Father would also perform a miracle in their lives, too. Thus, rekindling a gleamer of reassurance in their lives.
Yes, God can work a miracle each and every day…but that was not the sole reason why Jesus was sent…
First and foremost, let us remember that Jesus not only performed miracles to show compassion for mankind and to meet their needs; He also performed miracles to affirm who He was in God…the Anointed One sent to redeem mankind and to reconcile him back to God. The holy scriptures reveal in Acts 2:22-24: “People of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a Man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. This Man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.“
(Now, please allow me to share with you a particular miracle that Jesus performed for me while on one of my international mission trips to Nicaragua, Central America, some years ago.)
After about an hours journey of traveling up the side of a steep mountain and passing in and out of moisturous clouds, our American mission team finally arrived at a small isolated village. The inhabitants of the village were expecting us and they greeted us warmly and with great enthusiasm. The women had prepared a luncheon for us which consisted of a large pot of hot rice that had been cooked outdoors in a large tin barrel over an open flame. Our mission tour guide insisted on feeding the children first, and organized our mission team to take turns serving the hot vittles. I was chosen to be the first server.
As the children lined up before me, I noticed they did not have a bowl or cup to receive the hot rice in. Then the first child stepped forward and reached into his back pocket and took out a small plastic grocery bag like the ones issued in American grocery stores. I was perplexed and bewildered and thought to myself, Lord, when this hot rice touches this plastic bag it will burst! The Holy Spirit then whispered to me to just fill the bag. I hesitated and the Holy Spirit spoke again, this time more forcefully. Just fill the bag. Reluctantly, I did so. I placed a heaping spoonful of hot rice in the child’s plastic bag. And to my amazement, it did not burst! The child ran off gleefully with his lunch in toe. Neither his bag nor any of the other children’s bag bursted.The moral of the story is this: The Lord reminded me that in all my ‘getting’ I should get an understanding of just how He operates especially with willing souls administering mission duties in foreign lands. A place where everyday conveniences do not exist. In these kinds of circumstances one must have faith in knowing that God and his supernatural ways of providing are at work. And I must confess, that during my ten years of serving as an international missionary, my faith has matured to a doctoral level. The Holy Spirit has taught me how to walk by faith and not by sight! Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help your people to remember that they can pray for a miracle to happen in any phase of their lives…from their smallest concern to their greatest. Just come humbly to the mercy seat and lay their burdens down and leave them there. Please put it in their hearts to prayerfully listen to the lyrics of the song listed below and be encouraged. To God be the glory. Amen!
Scripture Lesson:“Very truly I tell you all who have faith in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14
“Though made of dust, we are uniquely made in the image of God.”
Have you ever wondered why God created the heavens and earth before he created people?
Well, I have!
And of course, I went to the Lord for my answer.
The first thing the Holy Spirit revealed to me in conversation was the fact that; “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein”. (Psalm 24:1)
And the second thing He revealed was that we, mankind, were made in God’s image. (Genesis 1:27)
Is that all you’ve got, Holy Spirit, I asked befuddled. Can You make it a little more comprehensible?
The next thing that happened was my eyes fell upon my library books and migrated along the shelves until finally it landed upon a devotional book I often turn to when I really need to pray with all my might. Written on the first page that fell open to me were these words:
“An old Jewish rabbi once remarked that every person should carry two stones in his pocket. One on which should be written: I am but dust and ashes; while the message written on the other should be: The world was created for my benefit. The rabbi went on to explain that we should use each stone as needed.” (*)
So therein lies my answer. God created the world first and all its splendor just for you and me. And what does that say about us. Well, I’ll tell you. Man is extremely puny. Helpless. Worthless and incomplete. God knew that we would need help, in order that we should survive. So, He created the earth and its fullness to stand at the ready and to infuse our intellect to search for knowledge. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” (Matthew 7:7)
(*) Note: In Touch with God (The name of the devotional journal,)
My prayer for you…
Dear Heavenly Father…the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Please help us to come to the realization that without You and Your provisions, we could do absolutely nothing. We realize that we are wretched and undone. So please help us to be more respectful of the universe and to preserve the environment. Help us to keep our feet on the ground as we obtain vast knowledge on how to safely explore and incorporate the science you allow us to extract from nature. Remind us that we are also a part of science, for we are made of dust. BUT, we are definitely the crown of God’s creation! Please help us to never become a proud and arrogant species, but always to remember our shortcomings and hope in You. We thank You and adore You. We ask all of these blessings in the matchless Name of Jesus…Amen and Amen!
Scripture Lesson:“What is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:4-5)
One day last week, while seated at my puzzle table in the lobby of my 55+ apartment building where I reside, a fellow resident approached the table and haphazardly said to me, “Did you know there is only one place in the Bible where God personally wrote down something?”. I looked up from my puzzling activity and nonchalantly replied, ‘Are you sure about that?’. “Yep! It’s that time when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments,” he continued. ‘Oh, I don’t think you are right about that, my friend. But let’s talk about it later,’ I replied and returned to my puzzle project. So, my friend shuffled his weight from one foot to the other, shook his head in disbelief, shrugged his shoulders, mumbled something under his breath about ‘his knowing the Bible’, and moved on.
About a week later, I was again alone in the lobby at my puzzling activities when along came my ole friend. We exchanged greetings, then I asked him how many fingers was I holding up. He replied four. “That’s right,” I confirmed. “And that’s because there are actually four times that it is recorded in the Bible that God wrote down something for a person.” With disbelief on his face, my friend pulled up a chair and sat down, looking quizzically at me.
“Now, what I am about to say will depend on your level of faith. Who do you say that Jesus is?” I asked him. “I believe in John Chapter One,” my friend said. “Yes, but do you believe that Jesus is God incarnate?” “Yes he replied. “Well, was there any time in scripture where Jesus kneeled down and wrote something?” I continued. “Oh, yes! When He challenged those guys that brought a prostitute to Him.”
“Okay. That’s one. Now what about Daniel? What character traits do you recall about him? “That’s right!” my friend exclaimed. There’s a story about something being written on the palace wall of King Belshazzar where a banquet was being held, and that only Daniel could interpret.” “Right! And that’s number two,” I said. “And don’t forget, the Ten Commandments were written down for Moses…twice!” I continued in an amplified voice. “That makes four times in all that God wrote something down for people!” I concluded.
Moral of the story…
While Christians are on this earth, they will no doubt have numerous opportunities to witness or testify to others about their perceived knowledge of the written Word. May I suggest that you guard against being too hasty or dogmatic about your perceived knowledge. Always tread lightly when recalling absolute Truths. And when correcting someone who thinks of themselves as being an ‘expert’ in biblical knowledge, wisdom and understanding of God’s holy word, tread with caution…pray first and foremost.
I am glad to report that my additional information to my friend was well received and the exchange of information has truly drawn us closer together. Who knows, there may be additional times in the Bible where God wrote something down that I, too, missed. Please send me a head’s up if I did. I would love to receive your comments. For I am an approachable vessel of godly messages that I receive from other sisters and brothers in Christ.
My Prayer for you…
Precious Jesus, I thank You for sending my way so many opportunities for new bits of insight that is in fact given to me as my trials that make it possible for me to be a more powerful witness for You. It is my earnest desire that You help me to show others through my positive responses and thoughtful ways just how much I love You and Your holy Word. Amen.
Scripture Lesson“Each one should use whatever gift he (or she) has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. So that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.” I Peter 4:10-11
Have you ever been elevated to a position of leadership when your audience or subjects were composed of persons older than yourself, who were far wealthier, accomplished, prestigious or deserving of that same position? Were you made to feel intimidated because of this? Did it effect your leadership ability and cause you to treat certain people differently than others? Such as categorizing people into groups and effecting your judgement of others impartially? Or being reluctant to institute certain directives that could further the positive accomplishments of your assigned duties?
Be honest! Face the music! Admit your frustrations!
Why? Because if you make a concerted effort to bring your burdens and cares to the Lord Jesus Christ and leave them there, He has the power to deliver comfort, wisdom, reassurance and peace to your soul. There are so many biblical scriptures recorded on this subject in the New Testament that can be used as your guide, if you will just avail yourself to them. Following is a verse that mostly reveals this truth:
1 Peter 1:17 “And remember that your heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge you with perfect justice for everything you do; so, act in reverent fear of him from now on until you get to heaven.”
Not everybody lives by that verse.
Let’s review the godly requirements listed above in order to receive this confidence. First, you must be in active communication with the Father through practicing a regular prayer life. Second, you must trust the Father’s judgement. And third, you must carry out your acts of duty knowing that you, too, will be judged on how you impart them.
There was a time in my life when I found myself in a precarious position that fostered envy and strife. Back in the day of deep segregation towards minorities, and when I had just graduated from high school and had finished an additional two-year secretarial course, I was hired as a clerk/typist at the General Motors car division headquarters building in Detroit, Michigan. At that time, my typing skills were 90 wpm, and my Greg shorthand skills were 140 wpm. My supervisors in the typing pool, acknowledged my sharp and fast skill abilities and often ‘loaned/assigned’ me out to other departments whenever they needed extra help; but never allowed me to be considered for promotion to a higher paying clerical position mainly because of my race.
Usually, a clerk/typist/stenographer with half of my skill abilities was promoted out of the typing pool in less than 24 months of being hired to a higher paying position in the company. But my superiors detained me for more than six years in the typing pool for no other reason than the color of my skin.
Finally, due to outside political pressures, and the good insight of a godly human relations department manager at GM, I was promoted out of the typing pool and assigned to work as secretary to a junior executive of General Motors. As it turned out, I worked in an open office area with 3 other secretaries who clerked for their own executive. However, the other secretaries disallowed me to interact with them and did not share the norms of their inner circle office environment with me. Nevertheless, because the executive I clerked for was the senior executive among the other 3 executives, my boss set the standards for office protocol, assignments and office clerical duties. Guess what…that made me the distributor of those duties.
You can imagine how my assignment responsibilities were received by the other 3 secretaries in the open office area. When the secretaries did not perform their work that I re-assigned to them to do that would benefit their bosses, the girls lied and said I never gave them their assignments or that I was incompetent in my directions or even challenged my authority to engage them. Eventually, I was called into my bosses’ office and reprimanded. He told me if I could not perform my duties in supervising the other people, he would have to get somebody else to do my job who could.
Now, what my boss did not know about me was that I was a praying sistah! My prayers had finally lifted me out of the original typing pool where I had languished for six years and elevated me to my current position as secretary to a junior executive. And if he thought that I had lost trust in my Savior’s judgement and had become weak and timid in executing my authority, he was badly mistaken. Before leaving his office, I had assured him I had a plan that would produce positive results in a matter of weeks as to how the otter offices would perform in a positive and productive manner that he would be proud of.
Well, for weeks thereafter, I emerged myself in reading 1st and 2nd Timothy and found encouragement in the words of wisdom Paul imparted to young Timothy. I prayed and asked God to empower me like he did Timothy. God reminded me that there is great gain in performing my duties with godliness and in contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. So, you, young woman of God, just know that I am a lifter of heads, and just as I lifted you out of your earlier predicament six years ago, I can do it again. Have faith, walk upright, and wait on the Lord.
Honestly, within one week after I continually prayed that prayer and waited on God, the Holy Spirit entered the work force and softened the hearts of those other people in the office and they overcame their opposition to me and in due time, all went well. I never held their prior conducts against them nor showed impartiality. When my boss and the other executives openly complimented me on my office skills and expertise, I received them gracefully and without braggadocio. Those early employment years were rough, but with the Lord’s help and presence, I made it through. God reassured me that he was no respecter of persons, nor did he have favorites. Thank you God for being a heart fixer and a mind regulator!
My prayer for you: “Dear Lord, thank you for making us children of the light who will from this day forward do what is good and right and true: Help us to expose sin in the workplace and be willing to work on our own relationships with other people in an impartial mannerism. In the precious Name of Jesus I pray. Amen!
Scripture Lesson:“You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth). Ephesians 5:8-9
Sometimes, the Bible doesn’t make since. It takes on the characteristics of being an ‘oxymoron‘! Ooops! Be careful sister blogger. You may be treading on dangerous grounds.
Let’s carefully look at the meaning of ‘oxymoron’. Basically, an ‘oxymoron’ is a set of contradictory words placed together in a sentence or a thought. It’s usually a descriptive term (an adjective followed by a noun or pronoun). For example, in Revelation 1:8 it reads: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. In another place, Jesus invites us to live the ultimate oxymoron: celebrate suffering: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 4:4 And yet, in another place: “It is better to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35b.
Now, tell me; don’t those three examples above sound a little confusing? Yet there are hundreds more examples in God’s word that mimic those truths and require deliberate prayer and intervention of the Holy Spirit to gain a deeper and meaningful understanding. And that’s what I have been praying for all this week…in all my getting, Lord, give me an understanding of thy Word! (Proverbs 4:7)
Take a look at the list below of terms the Holy Spirit placed in my spirit that are covered throughout the pages of both the Old and the New Testaments, and considered to be classified as an oxymoron or a paradox concept:
Love and hate. Good and evil. Live and die. Rich and poor. Strong and weak. Heaven and Hell. Up and down. Young and old. Male and female. Right and wrong. Give and take. God and Satan. Jews and Gentiles. Lion and Lamb. Pride and Humility. Wisdom and Foolishness. War and Peace. Revelation and Hidden. Just and Unjust. Peace and Enmity. Weak and Strong. Save and Destroy.Love and Hate.
So, the benefits of studying oxymorons or paradoxes in God’s Word is so that our reward will be, if we remain in Jesus and the Father’s Word remains in us, we will be able to ask Him for anything and have the confidence that He will give it to us. And when we can recognize in Scripture that the message is written with the use of oxymorons, we will be able to pray God’s word back to him with a clearer understanding and application. You will then be studying to show yourself approved…rightly dividing the Word of God. The key is to make God’s word your words.
My prayer for you….
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us heavenly knowledge by the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. Oh Lord, it is our heart’s desire to remain steadfast and unmovable in your Word. And, Most Holy One, we thank you for giving us your promise to honor the things that we ask in your Name. Continue, Holy Spirit, to teach us just how to use your Bible to honor all your precepts correctly, so that we will all be built up spiritually and able to share in all your many blessings that you have promised us.” Amen!
Scripture Lesson:“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” John 15:7
How often do you wish you could operate in the same mindset as Christ? The older I get, the more I wish I could be more and more like Jesus each and every day. Why? Because I truly believe that this octogenarian is more apt to see Him face to face sooner than later. So now you can see, like a little child, why I implore Him to order my steps in His word on a minute by minute basis.
That is why for this week’s blog I decided to have a little conversation with God on the subject of giving. As I was examining my life, I wondered if my habits towards giving were in line with God’s concept of giving. The Holy Spirit challenged me in my mind if my giving was truly by grace. If that was the case, then, I was in concert with God’s attitude towards giving. This trend of thought caused me to search the scriptures on ‘grace‘. And what I was reminded of is just how magnanimous God’s grace is:
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9
And the companion scripture for the above mentioned one is the following:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Begotten Son that whoever believed in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
It is because of those scriptures sited above, that many people believe that God’s method of giving far surpasses any mortal’s expression of giving hands down. In other words, God gives whether you deserve it or not. God’s giving which is by grace is not about Karma! Karma is all about getting what you deserve. Grace is all about getting what you don’t deserve!
We live in a society of ‘getting’, that calls for the judgment of someone else:….I deserve this…You owe me that…You promised me…
If we are walking by faith, God teaches us through scriptures, that all that mankind deserves is death, and that, in and of itself, bears no hope for restitution; except by the blood of his resurrected Son Jesus the Christ.
So, the Holy Spirit continued instructing me by whispering, My child, spiritual growth does not happen over night. You grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, and you have passed the test. Keep on searching and depending on the Lord and encouraging others to do the same. For with grace, it will allow your giving to transform other’s desires, motivations and behavior.
Therefore, My Beloved, always remember when you give to others, make sure it is in the attitude of love and not based on merit…that is, whether that person deserves it or not…let God be the ultimate Judge.
Scripture Lesson: “For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who (unselfishly) gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.” Titus 2:11-14 (Revised Standard Version)
Did you know that if you replace “W” with “T” in “What, Where and When”, you get the answer to each of them? How cleaver…don’t you think? I bet you never thought about this riddle. Well, you are not alone. I never thought about it either. This riddle was sent to me by a very dear friend. And it caused me to have a little conversation with God.
I live in Texas and we rarely have severe winter weather conditions. But today, in the Dallas area, everybody is hunkered down due to a little ice flakes on the ground and highways. Also, due to the clouds, it is a little dim outside, too. When I examined my emails this morning, I read where the management staff in my senior apartment building will be closing the office early today, due to the weather conditions. This is serious, guys. I can’t blame them because already the TV news outlets are reporting highway accidents on the road. A deadly pileup of over 160 vehicles caused six deaths and untold injuries.
So, I decided to lift up an emergency prayer to the Lord:
“Dear Heavenly Father, I praise you for the change of seasons, for it is important to the scientific ecology concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments. I realize if it were not for the change in seasons, we would have a hard time breathing, combating diseases and existing on this planet. I also realize, Dear Jesus, that because in this area, the citizens are not accustomed to driving and exercising caution under bad weather conditions, they often take chances and exercise dire judgments that causes fatal accidents. It is during these times that I pray that You will be a Lamp unto our feet (on the accelerator) and a light unto our path (the icy road conditions).” For if You do My Father, it will make it possible for us to pursue our life’s journey joyfully and safely in this chaotic world. (Biblical quote from Psalm 119:105)
Unexpected weather conditions can also give us an opportunity to think. Exactly what is it that we need to think about? Read on…
WHAT – That we are our brother’s keeper.
WHERE – There is room at the cross for everyone.
WHEN – Then we must always be slow to anger and demonstrate patience in every circumstances
Every one goes through dark experiences in their lives and it is during those times that we must hole fast to the teachings of Christ Jesus, be strong and unmovable in the precepts of our Lord and Savior. So, please, demonstrate your faith by exercise patience and be courteous to your fellow motorist. No matter who you are, remember to say a little prayer every time you leave your house and position yourself behind the wheel of your automobile. Do not allow foul language to proceed from your mouth as you travel down the road. Stay safe this winter and hold up the blood stained banner for the Lord.
Scripture Lesson:If anyone considers himself religious and does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. (James 1:26)
I learned something this week. Yes, my eyes were opened to a new perspective on the Bible. I grew up knowing, believing and respecting the teaching that the Bible was the infallible Word of God; but this week, as I read Leviticus, Chapter One in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit showed it to me as a Road Map for court etiquette.
You will recall that I have mentioned in past blog writings, that I am an early riser and often I connect with a semi-large group of believers who gather at 5:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. every weekday morning on the telephone for Bible study and prayer time. Our mission, led by an assistant clergy of my church, is to read one chapter from four different books of the bible (three chapters from the O.T. and one chapter from the N.T.).
As the spirit leads, with thanksgiving, any person is allowed to ‘wrap a prayer around’ any verse that reminds them of God’s goodness. Boy oh boy, does this exercise start my day with holy ecstasy, jubilance and solace. The spirit runs high and by the end of the session, our leader closes out our time together by asking for prayer requests which he lifts up to the Lord.
All those who read and study the Bible know that God’s word is new and fresh every morning. His word is also a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our pathway. Since God likes things done in order, he gave the Levitical priests strict instructions on how to hold court at the tent of meeting (the tabernacle).
As I read and meditated over the first chapter of Leviticus, and saw how God wanted Moses to instruct the people as to how they were to bring their offering to the Lord, the Holy Spirit showed me that the same procedure required in the days of old are being lived out today in our court system in the twenty first century.
The first lesson I learned from the scriptures was that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Three classes of society are mentioned in the following verses. And the offering that was required of them had to be killed and its blood was to be shed. The person (sinner) who brought their offering to the priest (a forerunner of Jesus Christ, the High Priest Who was to come) had to lay their hand on the head of their burnt offering.
Lev. 1:3 “If the offering is a burnt offering from the ‘herd’”,….The filthy rich people that owned the larger animals like oxen and cattle with hides.
Lev. 1:10 “If the offering is a burnt offering from the ‘flock’”,….The middle class people that owned smaller animals like sheep and goats, chickens, etc.
Lev. 1:14 “If the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of ‘birds’”,…The poorer class of people without means and who would have to catch and kill their offering.
NOW, LET’S LOOK AT WHAT OUR COURTS REQUIRE…
All witnesses arraigned in our court system must place their hand on the Bible and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The example given in scripture shows that each society class of people owes their survival and good fortune to God (WHO IS TRUTH) and by placing their hand on the head of their prize possession (herd, flock or bird), they are indebted to Him and just as He gives, He can take it away. Don’t forget, the Old Testament requires that the offering must be drained of its blood and completely burn up at the ceremony’s conclusion.
CHRIST JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD FOR US!
Perhaps, if you are familiar with the Book of Leviticus, you might think that I have really taken the meaning of Chapter One to the limit. But that’s alright. I just like to try and relate every word of God’s revelations to my life today and make it relevant. I trust you do the same. So many of my friends love to read and discuss the New Testament but shy away from the Old Testament. For me, the more I understand the Old Testament, the more God reveals himself to me in the New Testament.
See you next week. Please leave me your comment on how you relate to the Old Testament Scriptures.