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The Gift of God’s Flawless Word

The Gift of God’s Flawless Word

Psalm 12:6 “And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.”

[Praise you, Lord God, the King of Glory, the Creator of only good, for you are Truth itself; therefore, your words are flawless and pure as newly opened flowers, for you cannot lie. You have revealed your words to your prophets, had them write them down and preserved them through the ages, bringing them to us as a bright light in deep darkness.

With your words you protect us, guide, teach, correct, rebuke, comfort and encourage us. As you are flawless, so are your words. Therefore they are worthy of trust, of praise, and honor through obedience.

Lord, may we value your Word so that all of us may be people of Psalm 1. That is, avoiding walking in the counsel of the wicked, not standing in the way of sinners or sitting in the seat of the scornful.

Instead, may our delight be in the Law of the Lord and may we meditate on it day and night [only fully possible if we memorize it].

Then I pray that you will make us like a tree planted by the rivers of water, which bears its fruit in its season [we can bring forth the fruit of the Spirit as needed].

Its leaves will never wither [for our roots are down into the water of the Word],

And whatever he does will prosper.

This scenario is your desire, Lord, may it be true as we read your Word daily, memorize and meditate on it and obey what we know is right.

The choice is ours:

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the gift of truth

The Gift of Truth

Psalm 12:1 “Help, LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.”

[In spite of how it appears, I praise you, Lord, that you have always reserved for yourself some who are righteous in Christ. You are quietly at work to keep your children strong, to make them truth-bearers, shining the light in love to all around them, to be yeast, salt, and light in society. Help us to be carriers of hope, truth and light to all around us; convict us quickly when we are not.

Psalm 12:2 “Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.”

[This is true of so much of what goes on today: lies about what is right and wrong; lies in political correctness; lies of those who claim to be tolerant but are not; lies we tell ourselves.

But You, Lord God, are the only One we can truly, totally trust to speak Truth. Help us to be truth lovers (loving your Word), truth speakers (especially to ourselves) and truth discerners (in society). We so easily fall into our natural way of complaining. We say to ourselves, “That was terrible, disgusting,” when the truth is, it was disappointing and difficult.” To lie to ourselves about  situations and happenings pulls us down into unhappiness. True thinking lifts  us up, “That was a challenge and taught me a lot!”

Psalm 12:3 “May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, ‘We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips—who is our master?’”

[Yes, Lord, show yourself mighty, expose the liars, bring them to justice; show yourself the true Master. May the deceived be brought into the light and grasp truth. May we not be fooled by anything that is put forth by liars, including lies we tell ourselves.

Shine truth in our lives, Lord, so that we may shine it on others. Convict us quickly of untruth we so readily tell ourselves. Help us to be your truth lights in the world today.]

 

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Sovereign Wonder

The Wonder of a Sovereign God, who in His Sovereignty gives each person a sphere where they can make real, ethical and moral choices. He loves to partner with us!

Psalm 146:10 “The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.”

[Praise you, Lord Jesus, that you are the eternal King, ruling and over-ruling, inexorably moving history to the conclusion that you desire, the end you have ordained–undeterred by the rebellion of men, the failure of believers, or the resistance of the devil.

You reign, for you are the Sovereign Lord,
the all-knowing,
all-seeing,
all-loving
all-good God.

You are worthy of worship,
worthy of honor,
worthy of glory,
worthy of obedience.

So, Lord Jesus, I bow before you now, I eagerly acknowledge your right to rule in my life. I commit myself to give you glory and honor with my mind and mouth.

And I rise up and go forth to obey you this day, with my whole heart, to bring you praise and thanksgiving by doing before men the good deeds you have prepared for me to do. May you be highly honored in my life today. Amen!]

 

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The Gift of Protection

Psalm 146:9 “The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow,”

[You, O Lord, not only see, but act on behalf those who are weak, those whom men are so willing to plunder. You protect, provide and guide the vulnerable, the hurting, the defenseless. I praise you for your graciousness in doing so, for it shows your mercy and love, your justice, your compassion at work in wonderful ways.]

“but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”

[Praise be to you, Lord, that you actively intervene to block the desires of the evil one as he seeks to work through evil people. You seem to let them prosper for a while–as Hitler did for twelve years–but then you bring them low.

I think of the many times in my life that you intervened and prevented people, police, politicians and public prosecutors from ruining my life. You intervened and brought good out of evil “The Lord is my rock and my fortress; whom should I fear?”

Lord, act quickly against such evil desires and evil men; foil the plans of the nations and thwart the purposes of the people; bring instead your desires to pass.]

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Psalm 146:8b

Psalm 146:8b, “…the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,”

[You, Lord, in your tender love, reach out to all those who are depressed, discouraged and disheartened by the burdens by life as Satan, along with sin and its consequences, beat them up, beat them down, bring them low.

But you, Lord Jesus, offer them hope, grace, love, forgiveness, encouragement, guidance, strength, and protection. You offer–but they have to accept. Sadly, many continue to choose being bowed down because they refuse to bow before you, preferring bondage to your marvelous message of mercy and love.]

“the LORD loves the righteous.”

[You love the world and all in it (John 3:16). And you especially love the righteous, those who have accepted your offer of pardon, who then receive the righteousness of Christ, imputed through your mercy and grace.

You delight in your children–stubborn and rebellious as we often are. You see us standing in Christ, sinless, forgiven, pure and complete. Your vision of what we are going to be is what fills your thoughts; your great love for us never ceases as you move us towards maturity in Christ.

So, in the midst of the turmoil of life, in you we can rest, because of your rich, ever-flowing love. And out of that love we can serve you and others, needing nothing in the line of recognition or acclaim, for what we have in your love is enough.

May we delight your heart today, Lord Jesus, in faith, obedience and praise, shining the light of your love to all those around us who are frozen in the grip of sin.]

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More Autobio

It was 2001 and now that we were unified as a team we could begin to use the bookstore to hold seminars in an attempt to find spiritually interested people.

Looking for subjects that interested people in general, we had sessions on handling stress, on what it means to be wise, on women’s issues, on parenting and on the seven secrets of happiness, among others.

Since our meeting room at the bookstore was small, we held these “first level” public seminars in a nearby hotel and made the content general in nature. That way no one could accuse us of trapping them into a spiritual presentation.

At the end of the seminar we would then invite those interested to attend an additional, nonpublic discussion of the same subject from a biblical perspective. This worked well to identify those with any spiritual interest.

By the time we discontinued the seminars, there had been hundreds who had attended our events. The largest one took place when the author of the book “Five Languages of Love” came and spoke at two large gatherings. Along with the good exposure to truth and the sale of books, we were pleased to hear that a marriage was saved, although the couple did not come to Christ.

Drawing from the experience of others who were also holding spiritaul events in the city, we notified the appropriate desk at the authorities headquarters each time we had plans to hold a seminar.

They would send plain-clothes men to attend each of our public events. “For protection,” they said. “For observation,” we thought.

We later learned that as a business we did not need to notify them, but now that we had, we were on their radar screen. We would later reap the negative consequences of that, all of which the Lord would allow for His good reasons.

On my birthday, 2001

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The Gift of Sight

Psalm 146:8 “…the LORD gives sight to the blind….”

[Praise you, Lord, that this is true both physically and spiritually. Spiritual sight is by far the more important one, for if we can see spiritual Truth now, even if our physical eyes are blind, we will see physically in heaven.

Praise you that your desire is to take away the natural veil over each person’s eyes (2 Cor. 3:13-16), to allow them to see the spiritual reality of being sinners, of being under condemnation and of standing before you, the Righteous One, without hope of relief from their own efforts.

Then you give them the bright dawn of hope in your provision of pardon and release, of cleansing and transformation so they can become your beloved children! That’s really eye-opening truth!

I love John’s comment about this in 1 John 3:1 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE!”]

What a tremendous reality! And incredible privilege to belong to the Creator of the heavens, the earth and all that is in them.

Let us ever be thankful for this great gift being able to see what He’s done for us!

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The Gift of Freedom Part ll

Satan uses all of his powers to oppress, control, and in the end to crush us like the car in the picture below, killing all he can.

But You, Lord Jesus, have made a way out of this prison of oppression, opening the door to the cell of hopelessness. You have called us to step out of the darkness of fear into the light of your Love, into the rich and warm relationship with you where our fears can be washed away in the river of your forgiveness and goodness, your grace and glory. You don’t want to crush us, but to transform us and make us like new, like the second car below.

Through your great work and sacrifice, Lord Jesus, you provided all we thirst for: in you we belong, in you we have competence, in you we have significance, security, acceptance and approval.

In you there is the certainty of your shepherding us through every dark valley of life into the wonder of your everlasting dwelling in Heaven. You have provided all that is needed for us to follow you into and in freedom: Your “divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life…” (2 Pet. 1:3).

You, Lord Jesus, are the great Deliverer, the mighty Shepherd, the everlasting King. Because of your goodness you are worthy of endless honor, praise and exaltation; you are worthy of all obedience, glory and thanksgiving.

I praise you for your constant, deep, compassionate and lovely presence in my life, guiding me every step of the way; convicting me of the next sin so I can be set free from it; drawing me on to greater surrender; protecting me from my own foolishness; guiding and empowering me to live more and more worthy of you.

So, I lift you up, praise your Name and exalt your Word above all things. Use me today to bring honor to your gracious and glorious Name by giving thanks in all things.

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The Gift of Freedom

Psalm 146:7b “The LORD sets prisoners free….”

[Right from the beginning of our lives we are all imprisoned by sin in the web of Satan. Everyone is ensnared in the devil’s sticky strands of lies, fear and violence.

Just being born into a broken and twisted world results in quirks and knots in our personalities that bring problems, difficulties, and oppression.

Then our upbringing and family culture with fallen parents instill further dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, and desires into us. And our culture’s worldview, with its unhealthy internalized values of materialism, selfishness and pride lock us into destructive feelings, desires and goals.

All these lead us to emotional pitfalls, to accepting false answers to the great human thirst for love and approval, for significance and security, for fulfillment and belonging. These wrong answers then produce fear: fear of man, fear of the future, fear of failure, fear of pain, loss and hurt. Satan uses all of these to oppress, control, and in the end, he wants to crush us, killing all he can.

Yes, we are born into the land of the dying, living in the kingdom of darkness where we were blind, deaf and cut off from God.

But Jesus, in His great love, came into the kingdom of darkness and shone the light of truth, grace and mercy. He by His death and resurrection opened a door in the wall of evil, making it possible to move into the Kingdom of light.

For those sinners who choose to enter, he qualifies them to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of light! (Col. 1:12-13)

He has called us to freedom through truth and He himself is Truth. What a gift! Let us use it wisely and with thankfulness.

 

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The Gift of Beauty leads us to Worship

 

You are yourself beautiful, O Lord.
You are lovely in goodness, graciousness and gloriousness.
You are righteous and just, positive and pure. .
You are kind, compassionate, forgiving and long suffering.
You are present, protecting, all seeing and caring.
You uphold all who are bowed down.
You deliver from the oppressor.
You heal the broken-hearted.
You guide the lost and save the sinner.

You are:
The God of goodness,
The Elohim of eternity,
The Shepherd of salvation,
The Father of faithfulness.

Therefore, you are worthy of worship, praise, glory and honor. So I bow before you now in awe, praising you in gratefulness. I rise up in your joy to exalt you in thankfulness and obedience.

May you be glorified today in my thoughts and actions, words and reactions, O Great and Mighty, Lovely and Lavish , O Just and Joyous Jesus!

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