TODAY

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Today
I awoke
To rich life found in grace,
Strong faith that abides
And promise that makes me whole.

Today
I arose
With fresh hope in my heart;
New thoughts on my mind
and feelings I’ve never known.

Today
I composed
A glad song full of joy,
To sing of great love
And mercy that ever grows.

Today
I will give
An offering of true praise
To honor the One
Whose compassion fills me so.

Welcome

This blog is dedicated to expressing all of the good things of God.  It is specifically christian on purpose.

If you’re thinking, “Oh no:  Religion!”  Relax.  To quote a saying from the Jesus Movement, “Christianity:  Not a religion, a relationship.”  This is about knowing the loving god.  It is not about “do’s and don’ts,” doctrine  or dogma (sorry dogs!)  Do feel free to raise contravercial topics; just be respectful.  Please refrain from name calling, criticizing specific people and crude language.  Thank you.

 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”  1 Peter 1:3

 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

THE STRONG TOWER

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”  Proverbs 18:10

I remember the first time I read this verse:  I was in college.  It was so encouraging and comforting to me!  I lived in fear at that point in my life; something that has gone away as God has healed my soul.
I enjoyed this Scripture for a long time, until I started worrying about whether I’m righteous enough to run into the Strong Tower.  The answer, of course, is yes.  Jesus has made me righteous because I belong to Him.

Here is a bit of word study:
The Name…Shem or Suwm.
Carries the idea of definite and conspicuous position
set, ordain, establish, found, appoint, reputation, fame, glory
I have often heard that the “name” of God refers to His character and identity; far deeper and broader than how we usually think of this word.

of the Lord is a strong tower
Migdal `oz
An elevated structure that is mighty, solid and well, strong.
When the people in Solomon’s time heard this word, they knew that it refered to a place in a city where the people could take refuge during an attack.

The righteous Tsaddiyq
righteous (as justified and vindicated by God;) righteous (in conduct and character)
right, correct, lawful

run into it  Ruwts
dart, move quickly, hurry

If there is one thing I have learned in my faith walk, it is to run to God sooner rather than later – really good plan; saves me from all sorts of trouble!

and are safe  Sagab
To be too high for capture; to be in a place that’s so high, it’s secure.

When I read this, I think of the verses that say we are seated in the heavenly places with God.  Yeah, that seems high enough to be out of the reach of enemies, not accessible for capture and secure!

So, if I rephrase this proverb, it would be something like:
The very nature of God is an elevated, strong, mighty place; those made righteous by Jesus dart hurriedly into it and are too high for capture, since they are out of reach.

How wonderful is that!

YOUR HEART

Give Jesus your heart – your whole heart:  All you believe, look to for filling and comfort, adore, value, serve and trust.  Do this every time you are tempted to look to someone or something else.
What will happen is:
*Every idol will fall to the ground
* circumstances will bow to Him.
*You will experience God’s presence and power like never before

My challenge is to people of all ages, nationalities and walks of life; those who have not yet invited Jesus into their hearts; long-time believers; everybody in between.
Faith is a journey; belonging to Jesus is a relationship.  While there is one moment of giving a life to Him, there are many points of further healing and commitment, just as there are many times when couples heal and recommit themselves to each other in marriage.

“What is this thing about idols?”
I’m glad you asked!
Most of us think of them as ugly stone relics or shrines to the god or goddess of “whatever.”
In reality, an idol is anything, person, place, principle, thing, activity or power that we serve, trust in, worship or look to, other than God.  That could be money, romance, work, worries, fears, self helps…  You get the point, yeah?
The problem is, none of these things work; they’re dead.  They take us away from the only One who gives and sustains life, hindering our relationships with Him.

When we turn to God, however, trusting in Him, resting in His presence and giving Him our full attention, all of the blessings that He has for us are poured into our lives, until we overflow with His goodness.

Give Jesus your heart, all of it:  Watch lies, fear, doubt, depression, worry, fatigue and every other dark thing fall away;  receive love, joy, peace, wholeness, prosperity, truth, light and all of the fullness of God’s Kingdom.  Find solutions to circumstances that you didn’t even know about or think of; come to know the Lord more intimately and discover who you really are in Him.

KISSES

Jesus my love;
The One who loves me,
You shower me with kisses
Till I sing endlessly.

You fill my soul
With sweet, joyful song;
I delight in Your presence,
Where I live all day long.

Oh Lord of life,
My friend and brother,
I kiss You with my worship;
I will serve no other.

To You alone
Do I give my heart;
For Your affection draws me;
We’ll never be apart.

Jesus my Love,
The One who loves me,
Draw me closer each moment,
Till I know Your glory.

ONLY JESUS

When God looks at you and me,
It’s through loving eyes
That perceive all and know us fully;
From whom nobody hides.

In His gaze is such delight,
His expression sings
Of deep affection and love so bright,
We soar on eagle’s wings.

When God shows us how to be,
It’s with greatest care
That wants our best without injury;
Blessing beyond compare.

When we put our trust in Him,
Jesus makes us whole.
Spiritual eyes are no longer dim;
We give Him all control.

Jesus is the only Way;
He’s the only One
Who redeems and saves us so we may
Share His Heavenly home.

DECLARE

In the past couple of years, I have learned about the importance of declarations.

Unlike affirmations, which are usually meant to convince us of something that is not yet true, declarations are all about proclaiming the truth of God’s Kingdom.

Here are some verses to encourage you in this:

 

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.  1 Chronicles 16:24

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Psalm 19:1

I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. psalm 22:22

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15

Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Psalm 71:17

I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. Psalm 82:9

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:3

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2:9

 

All praise and glory to God!

JESUS, MY SOURCE AND GOAL

Arms of love are opened wide,
Inviting me to come in;
To know the way of truth and light,
Since I have been born again.

“Come, dear one, and be refreshed
Partake of My Heavenly food,
That heals your soul and warms your breast;
That teaches you I am good.”

In God’s Presence I am filled
His abundance strengthens me.
My doubts dissolve, all fears are stilled;
I have been healed and set free.

As I live and work each day,
I have everything I need
To reflect His glorious way;
In attitude, word and deed.

Not in my own strength, but His,
Do I love and serve Him so.
The Alpha and Omega is
Jesus, my Source and my Goal.

HOPE

“If we aren’t overflowing with hope we are believing a lie.”
“What you believe about a problem is more important than the problem.”  (Steve Backlund, Global Legacy)

“Hope is the expectation that something good is going to happen. That there is a future that makes the present trials and troubles worth going through.
There are many things that the world offers that give false hope, like a marriage that excites only to bring greater disappointment.  God is the only sure hope. He is faithful. He has a good future for us. He knows what we need and what we want. It is warfare to let go of those things that we have hoped in apart from God.1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life
to come.  I think that physical training would include most things that we classify as working up ourselves.”  (Kent Hug, Pastor of New Hope)

If there is one thing I have learned about hope in the past few years, it’s this:
Hope is built on the knowledge that God is good and we can trust Him to pour His best into our lives, even when circumstances say otherwise.  It’s always all about God, not us, our abilities, circumstances or any other entity.  To hope in any person, place, thing or power other than god is idolatry.  He is the Only Source and Goal; the Alpha and Omega.