God at Work

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Philippians 2:13
For it is God which worketh in you
both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

A father and his young son returned home after a trip to the grocery store. The son loved being with his dad and wanted to hlep him finish the chore. In fact, he wanted to carry the largest bag–which was much too heavy for him–inside. The father had a simple solution. He put the bag in his sons’s arms and them picked him up and carried both inside.

What a lovely picture of how our Heavenly Father works with us. He loves our willingness to take on any assignment. But He knows what we can and cannot do in our strength. When the load is too heavy, the assignment too big. He honors our willing spirit by lifting us up and allowing us to do His work. He empowers us to accomplish more than we can in our own strength.

Do all you can — but realize it is God’s ower working through you that makes the difference.

The Lord doesn’t promise to give us something
to take so we can handle our weary moments.
He promises us himself.
That is all.
That is enough.
Charles Swindoll

Cast Not Away

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Hebrews 10:35-36
Cast not away therefore your confidence,
which hath great recompence of reward.
that, after ye have done the will of God,
ye might receive the promise.

Cast not away therefore your confidenc

Your liberty of access to God;
your title and right to approach his throne;
your birthright as his sons and daughters;
and the clear evidence you have of his favor, which,
if you be not steady and faithful, you must lose.

Do not throw it away,
neither men nor devils can take it from you,
and God will never deprive you of it if you continue faithful.
There is a reference here to cowardly soldiers,
who throw away their shields, and run away from the battle.

This is your shield,
your faith in Christ,
which gives you the knowledge of salvation;
keep it, and it will keep you.

Clarke’s Commentar

For Consider Him . . .

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Hebrews 12:1-3

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured
such contradiction of sinners against himself,
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

FOR CONSIDER HIM . . .
Attentively observe and analyze every part of his conduct,
enter into his spirit, examine his motives and object,
and remember that, as he acted, ye are called to act;
he will furnish you with the same Spirit,
and will support you with the same strength.
He bore a continual opposition of sinners against himself;
but he conquered by meekness, patience, and perseverance:
he has left you an example that ye should follow his steps.
If ye trust in him, ye shall receive strength;
therefore, howsoever great your opposition may be,
ye shall not be weary:
if ye confide in and attentively look to him,
ye shall have continual courage to go on,
and never faint in your minds.
Clarke’s Commentary

The Name and Fame of Jesus

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“There is salvation in no other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Act_4:12).

There is only one name that opens heaven’s doors and God’s heart—the name of Jesus. There is only one name that breaks the power of sin and sets the captive free—the name of Jesus. There is only one name worthy of all praise, and deserving of your allegiance—the name of Jesus.

Early on in His public ministry the name and fame of Jesus spread like a prairie fire on a windy day. People all throughout the region—rich and poor, king and commoner, Jew and Gentile—all heard of Him; for His fame was ever-increasing.

His death on the Cross did not have the effect the rulers of the day had hoped. He rose from the dead and His followers became invincible in their faith—so much in fact that in ever-widening circles the number of disciples increased vastly in Jerusalem; and many of the Jewish priests were themselves converted as well.

Paul the Apostle, a few years later wrote, “Finally, dear brothers, as I come to the end of this letter, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and triumph wherever it goes, winning converts everywhere as it did when it came to you” (2Th_3:1, Living Bible).

Jesus Christ!
He is peerless in His exaltation,
unrivaled in His Lordship,
incomparable in His grace,
invincible in His power,
unassisted in His work as Redeemer,
matchless in His mercy,
adored in His glory
and worshipped in the beauty of His holiness.
In His birth is our significance.
In His life is our example.
In His death is our forgiveness.
In His resurrection is our hope.
In His Second Coming is our consummate glory!

Isaiah spoke for us all when he said, “Lord, Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts” (Isa_28:8, NIV).

Friends, we live in a fallen world where hostilities toward God run high and hot. For this reason we must become men and women of vision, passion, discipline and risk—laying ourselves out for the high honor of one Name alone…the name of Jesus.

It is a bold act in a day when all other names are exalted but this One, and to associate with this One is scandalized with every argument the mind of man can muster. But when all is said and done, and the debris of man’s fallen empires lays in shamble at Heaven’s door — Jesus will be there to welcome you, saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
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With All Prayer

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Ephesians 6:18
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Praying refers to the state of the spirit as well as to the act.

With all prayer – Refers to the different kinds of prayer that is performed in public, in the family, in the closet, in business, on the way, in the heart without a voice, and with the voice from the heart. All those are necessary to the genuine Christian; and he whose heart is right with God will be frequent in the whole. “Some there are who use only mental prayer or ejaculations, and think they are in a state of grace, and use a way of worship far superior to any other; but such only fancy themselves to be above what is really above them; it requiring far more grace to be enabled to pour out a fervent and continued prayer, than to offer up mental aspirations.” Rev. J. Wesley.

And supplication – There is a difference between prayer, and supplication. Some think the former means prayer for the attainment of good; the latter, prayer for averting evil. Supplication however seems to mean prayer continued in, strong and incessant pleadings, till the evil is averted, or the good communicated.

There are two things that must be attended to in prayer.
1. That it be in every time, season, or opportunity;
2. That it should be in or through the Spirit – that the heart should be engaged in it, and that its infirmities should be helped by the Holy Ghost,

Watching thereunto – Being always on your guard lest your enemies should surprise you. Watch, not only against evil, but also for opportunities to do good, and for opportunities to receive good. Without watchfulness, prayer and all the spiritual armor will be ineffectual.

With all perseverance – Being always intent on your object, and never losing sight of your danger, or of your interest. The word implies stretching out the neck, and looking about, in order to discern an enemy at a distance.
Clarke’s Commentary, edited

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Hope and Quietly Wait

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It is good that a man should both hope and
quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:26

It is good that a man should both hope
Hope is essentially necessary to faith;
he that hopes not, cannot believe;
if there be no expectation,
there can be no confidence.
When a man hopes for salvation,
he should not only waft for it,
but use every means that may lead to it;
for hope cannot live,
if there be no exercise.
If hope become impatient,
faith will be impossible:
for who can believe for his salvation
when his mind is agitated?
He must therefore quietly wait.

Clarke’s Commentary

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Love is of God

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Love is of God;
and every one that loveth is born of God,
and knoweth God.
–I John 4:7.

We may, if we choose, make the worst of one another.
Every one has his weak points;
every one has his faults:
we may make the worst of these;
we may fix our attention constantly upon these.
But we may also make the best of one another.
We may forgive, even as we hope to be forgiven.
We may put ourselves in the place of others,
and ask what we should wish to be done to us,
and thought of us, were we in their place.
By loving whatever is lovable in those around us,
love will flow back from them to us,
and life will become a pleasure instead of a pain;
and earth will become like heaven;
and we shall become not unworthy followers of Him
whose name is Love.
A. P. STANLEY.

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another,
if any man have a quarrel (or “complaint”) against any:
even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
–Colossians 3:13.

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When You Find . . .

When you find an old blog, February 22, 2013,
and it makes your heart hurt with pride;
reposting is necessary.

In just five minutes. Tell me all about what your mama did that made her yours….

go

my mama took care

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when we were small

mama took care of us

Mondays she washed our clothes
Tuesdays she ironed
Wednesdays she mended

I don’t remember if she had a special task for the other days

she once said, “I really enjoy caring for my family.’

dinner was ready the minute daddy came home

as we grew older she continued to care

a tape measure was taken to the thrift shop
to measure inseams and skirt lengths

accounting was kept for daddy’s business

as we grew older, still

she worked at home in the evenings
and in the public during the days

when she and dad owned motels,
business decisions were jointly made
she was an equal partner

when retirement came
she reaped for her labors

when Alzheimer came
she continued to care
I could not count the times I heard

‘I’m sorry.
I don’t understand what you are trying to tell me.
It is the Alzheimers that is causing the problem.
Let’s try again later.”

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“We will take care of each other because we love each other.”

today cancer grows in the brother that lives with mama

yes, you’re right, she’s caring

my mama cares so much, it makes my heart ache with pride.

I love you, mama

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To bring up to date
today the brother’s cancer is in remission
yet she still cares
as he deals with the aftermath of treatment and surguries
my heart still aches with unending pride.
I will forever love you, mama.

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Hold My Hand

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I the Lord have called thee in righteousness,
and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee.–Isaiah 42: 6.

I do not ask my cross to understand,
My way to see;
Better in darkness just to feel Thy hand,
And follow Thee.
Adelaide A. Proctor

O keep my soul, and deliver me:
for I put my trust in Thee.–Psalm 25: 20.

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Delight in the Law of the Lord

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Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

from Clarke’s Commentary

But his delight is in the law of the Lord
his will, desire, affection, every motive in his heart,
and every moving principle in his soul,
are on the side of God and his truth.
He takes up the law of the Lord as the rule of his life;
he brings all his actions and affections to this holy standard.
He looketh into the perfect law of liberty;
and is not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the word;
and is therefore blessed in his deed.
He not only reads to gain knowledge from the Divine oracles,
but he meditates on what he has read,
feeds on it; and thus receiving the sincere milk of the word,
he grows thereby unto eternal life.
This is not an occasional study to him;
it is his work day and night.
As his heart is in it,
the employment must be frequent,
and the disposition to it perpetual.

All-Sufficient Grace

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Psalm 138:3
In the day when I cried Thou answeredst me,
and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

It is not that I feel less weak, but Thou
Wilt be my strength; it is not that I see
Less sin; but more of pardoning love with Thee,
And all-sufficient grace. Enough! And now
All fluttering thought is stilled; I only rest,
And feel that Thou art near, and know that I am blest.
F. R. HAVERGAL.

Psalm 138:7-7
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
thou wilt revive me:
thou shalt stretch forth thine hand
against the wrath of mine enemies,
and thy right hand shall save me.
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me:
thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever:
forsake not the works of thine own hands.

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Work Together

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Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together
for good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose,

How wide is this assertion of the Apostle Paul! He does not say, “We know that some things,” or “most things,” or “joyous things,” but “ALL things.” From the minutest to the most momentous; from the humblest event in daily providence to the great crisis hours in grace.

And all things “work’—they are working; not all things have worked, or shall work; but it is a present operation.

At this very moment, when some voice may be saying, “Thy judgments are a great deep,” the angels above, who are watching the development of the great plan, are with folded wings exclaiming, “The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.” (Ps. 145:17)

And then all things “work together.” It is a beautiful blending. Many different colors, in themselves raw and unsightly, are required in order to weave the harmonious pattern.

Many separate tones and notes of music, even discords and dissonances, are required to make up the harmonious anthem.

Many separate wheels and joints are required to make the piece of machinery. Take a thread separately, or a note separately, or a wheel or a tooth of a wheel separately, and there may be neither use nor beauty discernible.

But complete the web, combine the notes, put together the separate parts of steel and iron, and you see how perfect and symmetrical is the result. Here is the lesson for faith: “What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.”
—Macduff

Today Is Your Day

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Psalm 78:7
That they might set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments:

Memory and hope are meant to fit us
for work in the flying moment.
Both should impel us to the keeping
of the commandments of God;
for both yield motives which should incline us thereto.
A past full of blessing demands the sacrifice
of loving hearts and of earnest hands.
A future so fair, so far, so certain, so sovereign,
and a hope that grasps it, and brings some of its sweet fragrance
into the else scentless air of the poor present,
ought to impel to service,vigorous and continual.
Both should yield motives which make such service a delight.
Alexander MacLaren

Philippians 3:14
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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A New Name for a New Man

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Acts 13:9
Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, . . .

He was educated at the highest levels in both law and theology.
He was an international traveler,
aware and sophisticated in the ways of the world.
A young leader with all the right connections,
he was climbing the career ladder at a rapid pace.
Devout
Respected
Even feared.
But he was a man at war with himself.
He was Saul.

On his wat to Damascus, a trip where he planned to strike a violent blow against this new branch of the Jewish faith what was spreading like wildfire he encountered the risen Christ.He was struck blind and jesus spoke to hime in an audible voice: “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?” Acts 22:7

From that moment, ther persecutor became a preacher:
the man who was roiling inside with turmoil came to inner peace.
Saul was remaned by God Himself and became Paul.
Meeting the risen Lord chanes everything.
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2Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.

He Cares for You

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1 Peter 5:7
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Peter tells us, ”Cast all your cares upon Him,”

The word he uses literally means “to be continually casting.” In other words, this is not a one time thing; no, we are to make it the habit of our daily lives.

The phrase “casting your cares” literally means “to throw upon another.” In this case, the other is God Himself. Peter is saying that we must throw our cares upon God. Indeed, HURL them, so as to get them as far away from ourselves as possible! We are not talking slow-pitch softball here. HURL it with everything you got in you!! Think of a catapult and you get the picture.

This is the secret of humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God.

The proud hold tightly to the cares of this world, deeming themselves sufficient to handle things on their own. But, we humble ourselves by “casting our cares upon the Lord” — by hurling the weight of the world onto His strong shoulders, and finding our place of rest in His loving care

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Let’s look at the word he uses for “care.” It literally means “the distractions created by fear, worry, anxiety and dread; distractions that pull us in several directions at the same time.”

Take all these things — fear, worry, anxiety, and dread — bundle them together and throw them upon God; and keep throwing them over and over until they finally leave your hands and rest solidly upon His shoulders. Otherwise they will pull you apart; tear you to pieces!

And here is the singular truth that makes it all happen — “He cares for you!”

1. “HE cares for you.” — This is Almighty God we are talking about here; not some junior angel whose been handed your case. No, God Himself, the King of Glory, the Lord of Host, the Alpha and Omega; He who sustains all things by the word of His power; the Omnipotent God — your Heavenly Father. HE cares for you.”

2. He CARES for you.” — He is affectionate in His regard for your estate. He holds you in His heart, and looks with kind intentions upon your life, and good will toward your soul and well-being. He CARES!”

3. He cares FOR you.” — He is not passive, but active. He’s not thinking about doing it when He gets around to it — He’s on top of it right now! He has already stepped in on your behalf and undertaken the cause of blessing you in bouldless ways. And He is doing it FOR you; so you don’t have to try and do it for yourself!”

4. He cares for YOU!” — Yeah, that’s right — YOU! Sure, He cares for all the saints and great champions of yore; and for all those who are serving Him mightily in today’s world — the spiritual news-makers and world-shakers, devil-busters, kingdom-builders, and soul-savers. But you’re not overlooked in all this. NO! A thousand times NO! “He cares for YOU!”

Rylie edited to shorten

Psalm 139:10
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

Being lead by and held by God’s right hand we can be sure of God’s concern for us –
in our fears for our tommorrows and our regrets of our past.

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