Tag Archive | Jesus

Still Small Voice:

1 Kings 19:11-14 (King James Version) Bible Gateway

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Elijah was feeling alone. He was a prophet of God during the reign of an evil King and Queen.

Elijah was not alone. God was with him, and soon, “Elisha” would be a faithful companion.

When I read this verse, I think of ‘the still small voice’ of God, and how He wasn’t in the earthquake, or the great strong wind, or the fire.

Elijah heard that whisper of God, covered his face, and stood at the entrance of the cave he was in.

God asked Elijah what he was doing in the cave?

Then God gave Elijah some specific directions of things he should do.

He would anoint a king and a prophet. He was also told by God that there were 7,000 faithful people who had not bowed their knees to Baal, a false god.

Elijah obeyed God, and did as he was told.

I look for God in the miraculous events, but He is also in the every day events that whisper His presence. New birth, healing, restoration, deliverance, sometimes happen in uneventful ordinary ways over a period of time, unassuming.

The birth of Jesus is an example. He was born in a small stable to people who were not well known, and he chose common fishermen, and men of little renown, to carry His message to the world.

Look for God in the little whispers. Acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

Thank You, God, for this passage of scripture. Help us to hear Your voice, listen, and follow Your commands. I know there are many people who love You, and I pray for Your protection and encouragement. I pray for Your help, and for Your will to be done. It is an encouragement to know that You are with us, and that You are the director of all men. Your purpose will prevail. Amen.

-Dawn-

Throw Off Sin:

 Hebrews 12: 1-3:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

We can get so ‘tangled’ up in sin.

I watched a spider through our kitchen window, one evening. It built a magnificent web. It was a huge ‘popcorn’ or ‘chicken’ spider.

Soon, a fly was trapped in the web, and the spider quickly confronted the captive. He began wrapping him up with a continuous web, until the fly was encased, and completely entangled.

Many people are oblivious to ‘webs’. I am sure the fly was not expecting that sticky web to capture him, but it did. It also brought him to a terrible end.

We need to be aware of our enemy, the devil. He is on the hunt, looking for someone to devour! Once trapped in sin, He makes quick work to encase us in it, and entrap us, making it almost impossible to get out of it.

We luckily have a man of action, who cares enough to rescue us from the devil. Jesus is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Rescuer!  He knows what it is like to be surrounded by His enemies. He endured the cross, He endured opposition from sinners. He also conquered all these things, and is an example, and a mentor, that we can fix our eyes on, so that we do not become weary and lose heart.

He knows how to escape the devil’s web, and is willing to help us, and deliver us from it too.

God’s Word is a great weapon against sin. Psalm 119:11, tell us, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” 

Know your enemy’s tactics, put on your armor, and put God’s Word in your heart. Don’t become weary, keep your eyes on the prize, and remember what Jesus endured for our sake.

Dear God, I am feeling weary. I pray for your strength and help, and keep me from being deceived. Direct my paths, and keep my mind and heart on You, on the joy that is to come. Forgive me of all my sins, and keep me in Your care. Thank You for giving me victory through Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Broken Sea Glass:

mosaics416  Isaiah 53:4,5

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

I am back from a trip to the Pacific Coast, and from my son’s aviation camp.

It was an extraordinary time of reflection, fun, and new experiences.

I was able to walk the beach, enjoy sunsets, take my dog for walks, and look for treasures from the sea, among other things.

I wasn’t aware of ‘sea glass’, before this trip. Sea glass is broken shards of glass that are tossed and turned by the sea. They look ‘frosted’ and their edges are smooth. Their color is usually brought out by the constant abrasion of the sand, sun, and churning of the glass. Cobalt blues, emerald greens, soft whites, browns, and many other colors can be found. Some glass is from rare, old objects, and can be very valuable.

Crafty people make beautiful objects with this glass. Mosaics, mirrors, lights, and concrete are decorated with it.

How can brokenness be so beautiful?

At Communion, broken bread is eaten, in remembrance of the broken body of Jesus. He was ‘broken’ for us. He took our punishment, our sins, our iniquity, and His brokenness brought about something beautiful! — Our salvation and redemption.

Some of us are broken, and it is hard to see the beauty of God’s handiwork in this world. It is very possible that your brokenness is bringing about something very beautiful, and is being used for a greater purpose than you can imagine right now.

Maybe the colors of your tapestry include dark threads of a hard life. Those dark colors are needed, as well as the colorful ones, to bring about the beautiful life that God has planned. Darkness exposes the highlights in a picture. God is a great designer, creator, and builder, and can change brokenness into something beautiful!

Dear God, I thank You that You showed me that brokenness can be beautiful. Many people are broken and wounded, today, and You can sympathize with them, because Jesus was broken, wounded, and bruised too. You raised Jesus from the dead, and He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He didn’t stay broken. He was resurrected, changed, and made immortal. Even the ugliness of death is made beautiful with Your promise that we will be raised up with Christ. Thank You for hope, comfort, and peace. Thank You for everything. Amen. In the Name of Jesus.

-Dawn-

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Carnal or Spiritual; Death or Life:

 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6

Definition of CARNAL from Merriam Webster Online Dictionary:
a :  relating to or given to crude bodily pleasures and appetites
b :  marked by sexuality <carnal love>

God’s Word stands. It is a promise to us. In this verse, we are advised that a carnal mind is death. A mind filled with crude sexual pleasures and appetites is death.

We are bombarded in the news, in movies, in the various forms of media, with people sporting a carnal mind. Even in politics, the message that is forced upon us is that we should live a carnal lifestyle, and accept it. Maybe politicians don’t read or react to God’s Word, but it is clear that this nature and mindset is death.

What is life and peace?—To be spiritually minded.

Here are some of the definitions for spiritual:

1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not material; supernatural: spiritual power.
2. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul: spiritual guidance; spiritual growth.
3. Not concerned with material or worldly things: led a spiritual life.
4. Of or belonging to a religion; sacred: spiritual practices; spiritual music.
The Words of Jesus in Matthew 4:4: 
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoeverthings are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoeverthings are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

It is important what we think. It leads to life and peace, or death.

Let us be Spiritually minded, and have life and peace!

Dear God, I pray that You would help me to think on good, lovely, honest, virtuous, praiseworthy, and ‘just’ things. Fill my mind with spiritual songs. Help me to meditate on Your Words. Keep me from evil thoughts and a carnal mind. Thank You for Your forgiveness, love, and mercy. In the name of Jesus, amen.

-Dawn-

I am going to be gone for a week, but will return, God willing, with some stories of my adventures.

May God be with you all and may He encourage you in your faith.

What are the Requirements?

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:26,27

Every two years, I have to get a physical to keep up my Class A CDL Driver’s License.

Two years went by really fast since the last time I saw a doctor.

In a Department of Transportation physical, your eyes are checked, your hearing, blood pressure, blood sugar, and you are checked for color blindness. Your liver is checked for swelling, and you are asked many questions about previous health conditions on a form. You are asked about any substance abuse or mental problems.

You have to meet all the requirements, or else you cannot drive a vehicle over 26,000 pounds on the Interstate.

I met all the requirements, and won’t have to have another physical for a couple years!

What are the requirements of true religion?

We are to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world! It is difficult to live in this world, without being affected by the sin in it.

Each day we need to put on the full armor of God, and have His Holy Spirit within us, so that we can extinguish all the fiery darts of the evil one. It is not easy to pass the true religion test. We are offered forgiveness when we fail.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!

With God’s Spirit in us, there is a doctor in the house, and He is the greatest Physician of them all!

Thank You, God, for giving us the armor we need to live in this world. You have given us salvation, faith, righteousness, truth, and peace. You have given us Your Word, which is the sword of the Spirit. With this armor, and Your great help, we can extinguish those fiery darts that the evil one throws at us. I pray that You would give me a right Spirit within me, to be wise as a serpent, but gentle as a dove. Help me to not be deceived. I pray for Your guidance in helping others. There are many widows and orphans, and this world needs Your help. I pray for Your presence, and for the means and the wisdom to know how to help those who are in distress. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Life is Short!

You have made my days like handbreadths; for you, the length of my life is like nothing.” Yes, everyone, no matter how firmly he stands, is merely a puff of wind.

Psalm 39:6 (Complete Jewish Bible)

This life on earth is very short, merely a puff of wind in the face of eternity.

God’s design before Adam and Eve sinned, was for man to live forever.

Can we really see the enormous consequence of the first sin, of disobedience to God’s Word? It ushered in death, sin, sorrow, and separation from God. From the time we are born, our mortal clock is ticking, and time is running out.

Our bodies will die, but our souls are eternal. We will either rise to be raised with Christ, or we will die in our sins, separated from God, forever.

Sometimes, there are only two choices we get to make.– Either we are slaves to sin, or slaves of righteousness; either we are saved, or condemned; either we are forgiven, or not forgiven. Sometimes ‘gray’ areas are not allowed, and there are absolutes.

There is only one way to the Father, God, and that is through Jesus Christ.

In our earthly bodies, this life is short, but in our spiritual souls, eternity is a very long time.

Dear God, life on this earth is short. We are dying from the time we are born. Our earthly bodies will perish, but thank You fro the gift of life through Jesus, for our eternal souls. Thank You for redemption through Jesus Christ, and for Your grace, love, and mercy. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Then Peter, Filled with the Holy Spirit:

Power

I am inspired to read the accounts of the early church in Acts 3 and 4. Peter and John give an account of what happened at the temple in Jerusalem, one day:

Peter and John go to the temple at three in the afternoon, and come upon a lame beggar, who is asking for money at the temple gates.

With the power of God in him, Peter heals the lame man. It is interesting to note that this is what he tells the beggar:

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

This is followed by Peter’s action:

Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

This is followed by the lame man’s action:

He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

The people who witnessed this event also reacted to it.

10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

From that point, a lot of things happen. Peter is able to explain that it wasn’t his power that healed the lame man, but that it was by the power of Christ, who they put to death, but Who God raised from the dead.

The temple leaders, the Sadducees, had Peter and John thrown in jail, but many men believed what the two had spoken, and they were counted with the five thousand Christians who believed in Jesus.

Here is the amazing response Peter gives to the leaders and rulers of Jerusalem, when he is given the opportunity to speak:

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed,10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead,that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

This story is helpful to us as Christians, today!

The leaders realize that Peter and John are unschooled, ordinary men.

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

The man who was healed is standing before them, and the rulers are undecided of what to do with Peter and John.

They decide to release them with the warning not to speak to anyone about Jesus:

17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

Peter and John truthfully tell the leaders that they cannot do that:

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

I really love the response from Peter, that we need to do what is right in God’s eyes, and listen to Him. I also love how he states that they cannot help speaking about what they have seen and heard.

Dear God, help us to put these words in our hearts. Help us to be so close to You, that we cannot help speaking of what we have seen, read, and heard. I pray that we would have Your power in us to make a difference in this world, and that we would obey You, and listen to You, and do what is right. Keep us from temptation, deliver us from evil, and help us to be good ambassadors, proclaiming Your glory! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-