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Books to consider

called-to-prayera-12-month-guide-to-better-prayerToday I read Revelation 10-14.

I did not find a verse or verses from today’s reading that I felt comfortable writing about.  Revelation is a great mystery to me.  I know some who insist that they’ve figured it out.  They’ll say, “This means this and that means that.”  Maybe to them it does, but not to me.  I prayerfully and faithfully read it annually at the end of December and have yet to have a good understanding of it.

Therefore, I decided to write about two books I purchased this past week.

The first is “Called to Pray,” by Linda Evans Shepherd.  I read this book in two days.  Trust me on this, it had to be very good for that to happen!

This is a book of examples of answering the call to pray.  It resonated with me because it involved people praying for others for reasons unknown to them.  They just felt a need to pray.  The stories in Linda Shepherd’s book involve praying for specific people.

This book includes the rest of the story.  We find out what was going on in the lives of those prayed for and how God stepped in BECAUSE of the prayers of others.

I felt a strong compulsion to pray for others after reading the book.  When God brings someone to my attention I need to realize that it is God’s way of getting my attention to do something.  Someone is in need.  My prayers can be used to meet a need.  Will I do my part?

The other book is called, “A 12-Month Guide to BETTER PRAYER.”  This book is intended to be read a chapter at a time each day of the month.  Chapter 1 will, therefore, be read thirty-one times as will the other chapters depending on the length of the month.

After a brief scanning at the place of purchase, I could see that there were insights to prayer that would be helpful to me.  I plan to read this book each day, Lord willing.

The chapter selections are by the following authors; E.M.Bounds, Charles Spurgeon, Francois Fenelon, Matthew Henry, Andrew Murray, R.A. Torrey, and George Whitfield.

“Lord, there is no substitute for Your Word.  I love Your Word.  I thank You that You have given folks on earth the abilities to write about You and help us to understand You better.  Continue to bless my Bible reading and lead me into Your Truths.  I love You, Father.”

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How much praise do you give Him?

“In a loud voice they were saying: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’”  Revelation 5:12.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Revelation 5-8.

I love Jesus.

Every wonder if your praises were loud enough?

We sing praises to God in church.  In some of the places I’ve worshiped that praise can get pretty loud.  I’m on full volume and I can’t even hear myself!  That’s loud.

But away from church gatherings, how “loud” are my praises.  Better yet, how frequent are my praises?

Does my seeking of God and His Will include a recognition of what He has done?  Do I sound like someone who has no memory?

The angels are praising Jesus for what He HAS done.  I must do the same.  I read of folks keeping prayer journals.  They ask God for things and see how it plays out.

Why not keep a praise journal?  I have done this in the past and have foolishly let it wane.  Letting it wane takes my thoughts off what God has done that blessed me.

“Lord, You are worthy of perpetual praise.  Yet I choose to praise You randomly often overlooking so much of Your doings.  Forgive me.  I have so much to be thankful for.  Open my heart to noticing them.  I need to get that “praising” habit back.  Help me to do just that, I plead.”

The angels praised God loudly.  Ever been accused of doing that?

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Check your baggage!

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.  So be earnest and repent. Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”  Revelation 3:19-20.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Revelation 1-4.

We can call on God wherever we are and in whatever condition we are in.

I think that these verses are referring to misguided believers.  They have baggage that hasn’t been dealt with but God has been dealing with it.  Now they are at a junction where action must be taken.

God is saying to them, “You have some things to deal with before our relationship is restored.”  And beyond that God is saying to them, “Get that done and our relationship will be as tight as can be.”

Many of us are willing to do God’s Will but are unable to do it.  Our inabilities are directly tied to our relationship to God.  Our lives must be clean in His sight.  That which encumbers our relationship to Him must be dealt with BEFORE He can freely use us.

There is New Testament Scripture where those preparing to take communion are told to clean up their lives before they partake.  Today’s Scripture falls into the same parameter.

“Lord, enable me to understand that You want clean vessels to use.  I want to be clean in Your sight.  Help me, Father, to do that.  I love You, Lord.”

Get rid of your baggage before You commune with God.

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God was, and will be, more than we can imagine

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”  Revelation 22:13.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezekiel 42-44, and Revelation 22.

There are Scriptures that I can’t understand.  They’re written in English but that doesn’t help me to grasp them.

In today’s chosen verse God is described as the beginning and the end.  I am left wondering what was before the beginning and what will be after the end.

I won’t be figuring those things out, I suspect.

There is a graspable truth, however.  God is beyond anything I can imagine.  I don’t have the firepower to figure Him out.

I get the sense, in reading Revelation, that John was equally overwhelmed by what he was told.  He wrote what he heard but wasn’t clear as to what it all meant.  I take comfort in that.

God has done marvelous things.  God will do more marvelous things.  My task is to get right what He wants me to do now and in the future.

I saw a remarkable full moon last night.  That was God’s doing.  He gave me the eyesight.  He put the moon in place where I could see it.  And yet, I see through a glass dimly!

“Lord, You are amazing.  Forgive me for ever minimizing Your magnitude.  Nothing overwhelms You.  What You have done and what You will do are beyond my comprehension.  I want to be part of what You are doing now and in the future.  Direct me in that direction, I beg.  I love You, Lord.”

God is more than You can imagine.  Recognize who He is and live accordingly.

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Worship Him only!

“At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!’” Revelation 19:10

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Revelation 19-22.

How easily we attach ourselves to the things of this world.

How easily we put our trust in human beings.

All that stuff is sinking sand. Quicksand, if you will!

I must be worshiping God full-time. There cannot be any other gods before Him.

God is described as a “jealous” God and rightly so. He doesn’t want me putting my ultimate trust in the reliability of things and people. Those things will always provide disappointment sooner or later.

BUT God will never fail. He knows the past, present, and future. He knows the best course of action for me. Why would I be foolish enough to loosen my grip on His input in my life?

How often have I been fonder of the messenger than the message?

How often have I needed to be in a certain setting to feel able to worship God?

God is everywhere. God loves me wherever He puts me. I must seek to do His Will. I must rejoice wherever that puts me.

“Lord, thank You for loving me. Forgive me for even looking at “other” gods. There is no One but You. Prick my conscience when I get distracted to the point of ignoring You. When I am in such a place I need to evaluate why I am there. I turn my life over to You right now. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Are you trusting God or someone/something else?

Still on the road.  Cringing at 1/3’s weigh in.

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Hold onto the eternal

“In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!” Revelation 18:17

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Revelation 15-18.

The end times are going to be really bad for those who have gods other than The God.

They will be holding on to what they feel closest to and be eternally disappointed.

My trust must be completely in God. There can be no competition.

Why trust in “sinking sand?” It doesn’t make sense but how often do I do it. What could I possibly be thinking when I do it?

Let it be noted that the Devil is no undersized adversary. He is active. He knows my weaknesses and will hit those places hard and consistently.

My only hope against the Devil is a 24/7 connection to God. I can’t allow myself to slide away for any time.

I must be practicing the presence of God. As a believer, He is in me as the Holy Spirit. I must recognize His presence and live in the reality of it full-time.

“Father, forgive me for letting go of Your presence in my life. I need You. Forgive me for letting circumstances and environments impact our relationship. I must rightly represent You wherever I am. O Lord, help me! I need You. I need You.”

Is your ultimate trust in anything/anyone other than God?

Still on the road.

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Hanging in there

“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.” Revelation 14:12

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Revelation 10-14.

Good advice for anytime.

Patience. How easy to write about it yet how difficult to live out.

Things need to go my way or I get unsettled.

Problem is that life is full of things not going my way. If I could only remember that the world doesn’t revolve around me. It revolves around God.

If I can wrap my brain around the fact that God’s Ways are the only way I should ever want.

I must commit myself completely to God. I must be willing to do whatever He wants me to do. I must be willing to be happy in the diversions He brings along.

If I am clued into His presence in my life, I will have a constant source of guidance.

Too often my life drifts along apart from Him. I haven’t abandoned the faith. What I have abandoned is the constant connection to Him. No reason to ever do that. I believe that Satan delights in getting me disconnected from God and knows all of my weak spots.

“Lord, I need You every second. I need an every-second awareness of Your presence within me. Prick my conscience when I get loose from You in any fashion. I love You, Father.”

Avoid getting loose from His presence.

On the road without a scale.  January 3rd will tell plenty!

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He is worthy for sure!

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain.” Revelation 5:12

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Revelation 5-9.

God has taken care of my sin problem. Praise to Him!

I was a sinner destined for an after-life separated from God. Why? Because God is perfect and wouldn’t allow a sinner, as I was, to be with Him eternally.

BUT God loved me, despite my sinfulness, enough to create a way to remove my sins from my life record.

What way? God sent Jesus to earth to pay the price my sins exacted. Jesus died, in my place, on the cross. If I believe I am a sinner, as well as believe that Jesus died for my sins, I am saved from the consequences of my sins.

That certainly makes God “worthy” in my regard! I can assure you that there was no other solution to my sin problem.

Pity those in this world who believe that they can be good enough to take care of their sin problem. No Scripture anywhere even hints of such a thing. We are, however, commanded to be “good” AFTER we become believers. Instinctively we want to be “good” to honor God.

“Lord, I can never thank You enough for dying for my sins. I am unworthy. You are indeed worthy of any praise I can offer. Glory to Your name forever and forever.”

Still away from the discipline of home food.

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He is knocking. Do you hear Him?

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.   So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:19-20

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Revelation 1-4.

If I want God directing my life I MUST be totally available to Him.

There is no time apart. There are no lapses. There are no extended knockings going on.

I need God involved in every part of me. I know full well that being Godly is an ongoing thing. It is not one-and-done.

How important it is for me to be tuned in to Him. To hear Him. To see Him.

It is impossible for me to do this in the crowded world that I often allow myself to enter. Why do I often choose to let the world dominate me. The Bible instructs that I be in the world but not of the world.

Those who interact with me must see evidences of my primary locales. What do I sound like? How do I interact with those in my midst?

“O Lord, I want You every second. I want my life dominated by You. I want the evidence of Your control over me to be obvious in ways that I can’t measure naturally. It may not be words. It may not be actions. But whatever it takes You must be overwhelming my thoughts and behavior. I love You, Father. Come into my life and sup with me, I beg!”

+ On the road.

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Light forever

“There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.” Revelation 22:5

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Ezekiel 42-44 & Revelation 22)

Revelation and heaven are similar to me in that I can’t get my brain around most of the specifics for each as found in the Bible.

This descriptor of heaven, however, is very clear: There will be no night. Imagine that. I think of night as a time for rest but with the body I’ll get I won’t need rest. How different it all is going to be! And how wonderful.

How comforting it is to know that my after-life will be so remarkable. Everything in this world is terminal. Life in heaven is eternal.

Can I look at my life as one that will come to an end? Can I catch a sense of the God-inspired urgency under which I should live?

So many in my midst are detached from God. What am I willing to do to turn them to God? Will I write about it? Will I pray? Will I witness?

I like to think of this blog as my attempt to tell others about God. I know little of the readers but I pray that God will give me the insights needed to spell out the Gospel message in a way that turns hearts to Him.

Sin keeps a person from an after-life with God……and everyone is a sinner. Without something being done we would all spend our after-life separated (in Hell) from God and we’d deserve it. BUT GOD sent His Son Jesus to take the consequences of our sins when He died for them at Calvary. Believe that you’re a sinner. Believe that Jesus took care of your sin problem. Commit your life to Him. Do these three things and you become part of God’s family guaranteed of an after-life with Him in heaven. Do it now!

“Lord, I know so little about You but what I do know is enough to convince a sinner as I am that Jesus died for my sins. My thankfulness for what You did for me convinces me to love You forever with all my heart. You have blessed me. You have comforted me when nothing else will. Glory and praise to You forever.”hwfm-Sept-17

 

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