A Fresh Word Through the Ages

When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, “It is talking to me, and about me.” Soren Kierkegaard

The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.   The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. Psalm 19:7-8

“No other Book has had a greater impact and influence on the course of human history than God’s word.”  It is a lamp unto our feet.  It is power, and authority.  This love sonnet contains the eternal truths of God written to restore and transform mankind.

John Quincy Adams once said, “So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society.  I have for many years made it a practice to read thought the Bible once every year.”

God told Joshua upon his commission to take the nation of Israel into the promised land to “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.  Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 NLT.

God commanded Joshua to meditate on His word daily.   It is the same for us.  Our mighty God wants us to dig deeply into His word daily so we can experience Him more fully.  Sink into the word, cover your bodies, spirits and souls with the life-giving Word of God.  Make it a priority stay in His word for it is life unto our very life.

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Breaking Bad

After my prayer and meditation I began writing in my journal about a family whose father’s health is declining rapidly, and the situation did not appear hopeful.  I wrote, “This is a hard time.”  Then I was struck almost immediately by the word “hard,” and I thought how often  we label something bad, or look at painful images.  “It’s a bad day;  This is a bad report; I got up on the wrong side of the bed; I’m having a bad hair day.”  Or we watch shows like, “Breaking Bad, Desperate Housewives (I know it’s been cancelled), Basketball Wives, Revenge, Scandal, Hell’s kitchen, I Hate My Teenage Daughter”.  Our language is sprinkled with words that pull us down, and not lift us up.  We say, “This is horrible!!” with exaggerated gestures and raised voices.  It is no wonder our attitudes and behaviors reflect the current culture.   We are like that double minded man who is unstable in all his ways, because he is being tossed around by everything around him.

I’m not saying we should not define tragedies.  I am saying our daily language needs some refinement.  Philippians 4:8-9 asks us to meditate on the things which are of good report, and the God of peace will be with you.  Peace of mind will evade us, if we constantly bombard our minds and speak language that does not reflect the God of peace.

I challenge you to avoid using those words that do not reflect the God of peace, and only use words that lift up the name and character of our Lord Jesus Christ for one day.  Let’s go for “Breaking Good, instead of Breaking Bad.”

Abundance

Oshkosh, Wisconsin      Photo Credit: Denise L. White

 

 

Peer at the clear light of God. Isn’t it wonderful? He provides everything needed for true life-real life. Not the shallow water of despair and futility, but the radiant life which strengthens, embraces, creates and stirs our hearts toward goodness and light-toward God.
John 10:9-11 [New American Standard Bible] states, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
There is one condition to having an abundance life, and it is through the doorway of Christ. Being with Him you find eternal life with the [only]Person who offers you everything both now and forever.
Attempts made at trying match what God offers doesn’t measure up. There is nothing this world offers which compares with amazing treasures awaiting those who enter through the door with Christ. Henry David Thoreau once said, “What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”
The abundant life is only available in the awesome, magnificent presence and power of God.
Go ahead! Peep in.

Thou Shalt Love

We shall love you O God. Dr. Howard Thurman in his book, Meditations of the Heart wrote,… “There must be for me a deep sense of relatedness to God.”  This connection in our soul and spirit should open us up to, as he puts it “more and more springs of energy and power, which will enable me to thread life’s mysteries with life’s clue,” and by doing so you and I give ourselves totally to love in God.  Then loving myself, my neighbor as myself, and loving God creates energy and power.  You become tender without being soft; gracious without being ingratiating; kind without being sentimental, and understanding without being judgmental.  Loving becomes an integral part of you and what you are. You hold onto life with the strings or bands of love that do not contributes to hate or being unloving. You study how to be a reflection of God’s love.  

 Psalm 48:9 reads “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.”

With meditating on Love-Divine, you shall love God, yourself and your neighbor. Amazing,isn’t it?