Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Thoughts to My Self

Next time you are arguing your point remember -

        Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous boastful or proud or rude.  It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged... Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love.   1 Cor. 13:4-5 & 13

Greatness doesn't force itself on others.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Thy Kingdom Come

When I begin to feel discouraged I boldly proclaim His promises over my life with thanksgiving.

           I thank You Father that You said I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!  
           I thank you Father that You said That You ALWAYS lead me in triumph through Jesus!  
           I thank You that You said that You are for me so who can be against me; and You are with 
          me so whom shall I fear?!

As I speak these things to God, my soul and the spiritual realm - GOD arises in my heart and the enemy trembles! Everywhere I place my foot  the spiritual realm shakes with the weight of His Word - for the Kingdom of God has come on the scene!  For you see, when you walk with God - you do not walk alone.        

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Terebinth of God - Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sittieth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law he doth meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

There is nothing in creation with quite the same solemn beauty as an ancient tree?   They are one of those creations of God that command reverence. My Dad once told me, "If I didn't know God I would worship a tree." And throughout history many people have. What makes them even more amazing to me is that we know this majestic giant started as a small seed.
  Resurrection power is in that seed. The power that creates this unshakable giant is in that tiny seed. Each one of us start with a seed. Miracles are in that seed. Events that can change history are in that seed. Perhaps there is something to Jack and the Bean Stalk, who traded all he had for some magic seeds.

It is no coincidence that in the Bible descendants are called seed. Jesus himself came to earth  as a seed in the womb of Mary. After returning from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit, Jesus begins his ministry by quoting Isaiah 61. "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3)"
 Jesus came not only to save that which was lost, broken, and bound, but to transform us into trees of righteousness. This word tree or ayil in the Hebrew has a 4 fold meaning:
                                                              1. a ram
                                                                        a. ram as food
                                                                        b. ram as a sacrifice
                                                                        c. ram as the red-dyed ramskin of the tabernacle

                                                                2. column or pillar
                                                                3. a strong man or leader
                                                                4. and finally tree.
You might think what does a ram have to do with a column. But volutes on the columns  of that day often had a spiral or scroll shape that resembled a ram's horn and often this Hebrew Word for ram was used to describe the whole column. I think it is interesting to note the symbolism behind that part of the meaning of the word ayil. In the 4 fold definition, ram is the first meaning listed and the only one subdivided. It is subdivided into ram as food, ram as a sacrifice, and ram as the red dyed ram skin  used for the tabernacle. These allusions when applied to us as these ayil of righteousness are beautiful.  First, Jesus said I am the Bread of Life. This is my body take it and eat. In the same way we are to be that food to a starving world. We are to feed His sheep. Second we are called to be living sacrifices. Third, the red dyed ram skin is a picture of our fleshly body redeemed, transformed by the blood of the Lamb in order to make a habitation for the living God, a place for His glory to dwell and manifest. The layers of deep meaning behind every jot and tittle of the Word astound me. Even small details, such as the capital of a column, or the type skin used in the tabernacle are imbued with profound symbolism.
The Hebrew word ayil is further defined as a column or pillar, and also a strong man or leader. Lastly ayil has the meaning of tree and particularly the terebinth tree. Which was regarded by many in that time as a sacred tree. Many mighty men of the Bible such as Abraham had encounters with God under a terebinth tree. Further study of this tree brings to light certain qualities that should characterize a believer's life. May we be these sacred trees of righteousness.
All this might and mystery begins with a seed, faith as a mustard seed, or as Isaiah calls it, "the planting of the Lord."  This seed of greatness is within us. The very kingdom of God is in this seed. May we protect it, nurture it, and see it grow as we delight in His Word and meditate on it day and night.  As I think again about my Dad's words, "If I didn't know God I would worship a tree," I pray that when people stop to rest beneath my shade, that they will encounter God also.  

Monday, July 29, 2013

What I Am

"And Joseph dreamed a dream and he told it to his brethren and they hated him yet the more." 
                                                                                                                            Genisis 37:4


                                                    Many tell me
                                                    I can not be a king.
                                                    And it is not as if I want to be,
                                                    but how can I not be
                                                    what I Am
                                                    has called for me to be.

                                                   They tell me
                                                   the world is much too large
                                                   and I am but an ant.
                                                   But they forget
                                                   that to my God
                                                   the world is a grain of sand.

                                                  The ox and eagle, lion and man
                                                  come together in my hands
                                                  and I soar above the thoughts of man
                                                  and courage roars in me.
                                                  The dream is a yoke placed on the ox
                                                  who plows the world to bear His crops.
                                                  And I the man lift up my hands
                                                  to God who made it be.

                                                  Courage! Courage!,
                                                  Brave and free,
                                                  to be what I was be,
                                                  to accomplish all I hope and dream
                                                  through God
                                                  Who made it

                                                                                               by Sherry Fauscett

Friday, July 26, 2013

His Banner Over Us - Ps. 60 :4

Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of truth. Selah.

When I read this verse I am reminded of Moses when he lifted up the rod of God on Rephidim as the Israelites were battling Amalek. When the Israelites saw the Rod of God lifted up in Moses' hands, they began to triumph in the battle. When Moses tires and lowers the Rod, the enemy began to overcome the Israelites.  The word banner in verse 4 above actually means - something lifted up, a standard, a signal pole or a sign.  This verse also says he has given us a banner to be displayed because of Truth. I think that banner is Truth. Just like that Rod of God is Truth. Just like Jesus is the Truth.  Jesus said in   "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me."  I am my Beloved's and He is mine. His banner over me is love. They will know we are Christians by our love. If we can lift up a life of sacrificial love, then the enemies will be defeated in the lives of those around us. Love is not some insipid emotion. Unrelenting, sacrificial love is the most powerful thing on earth.  One of my favorite descriptions of Jesus is " The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory full of grace and truth.  When people look at our lives what do they see written on the banner? I want mine to say, "Love because of Truth."

Friday, July 19, 2013

I am Legend - John 17:26

"I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them"

There is a movie called I Am Legend with Will Smith where he sacrifices himself to cure and save an infected world.  Though not one of my favorite movies (I'm not a zombie fan,) I love the title.  As I am getting older, words like legacy and legend hold my thoughts captive.  Webster defines legend as - a story coming down from the past; one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable. Or as a person or thing that inspires legends. What will be the stories told of my life? Will there be any stories? What will I leave behind of significance. What will be my legacy? What will my life stand for? Another type of legend is on a map. It explains symbols and thus helps people find their way.  Will my life make it easier for someone to find Christ and find their way in life? David prays in Psalm 71:17-18 "O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy marvelous works. Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have declared thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come." I always got so caught up in the idea that David wanted to reach his generation that I never quite noticed the "and thy power to everyone that is to come," part. David was praying to be a legend.  In John 17 Jesus prays with all his disciples one last time and says,  "I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them" (vrs.26.) "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me" (vrs.21.) Jesus desires to make us the stuff of legends -  that the world may believe.

Lord, May your words be fulfilled in my life and the lives of my children. May I truly be a Light like You that lights the hearts of men, a light that will shew the Way to a world that is lost - "that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Shadow of His Wings - Psalm 57:1-3

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me; my soul trusteth in Thee: yea, in the shadow of they wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. I will cry unto God most High; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.

 At the end of the Lord of the Rings movie, The Return of the King, after Frodo and Sam have thrown the ring of power into the fiery lava of Mount Doom. They are stranded on a rock as molten flames flow around them, overcome with exhaustion and on the verge of death. Then from the heavens enormous eagles swoop down and carry them beneath their outstretched wings to safety.  What a beautiful picture this is of God's redeeming love.  Only a Rock saves them from being overcome by the burning lava flowing around them. How many times in my life have I been lying on that same Rock on the verge of collapse while the flames of fiery trials sought to overcome me. And every time God sent His mercy and His Truth to lift me above the situation. His Word would snatch me from the clutches of Mount Doom and take me to a place of rest in Him.