Archivo para 27 febrero 2015

27
Feb
15

curse God and die

Another “follow up” appointment today!

The cardiologist’s office is monitoring the blood clots. Although the swelling in my leg continues and there is periodic discoloration and tenderness, the doctor indicated normal progress. The information he provided was reassuring. It is important to rest the leg, keeping it elevated, but the right amount of moving around helps the healing process. No additional scans are customary unless a problem arises.

Every week since leaving the hospital, blood has been drawn to adjust the blood thinner’s dose. Halleluia! I finally get to skip a week of going to the lab having maintained a consistent blood level for a couple weeks.

Job’s wife told him to curse God and die. Would you? It’s in the Bible. Why not? She first asked him if he still retained his integrity. What did she mean?

If you read the previous verses, Job 2:3-5, you’d see that for the second time God commended Job as a blameless and upright man who feared Him, AND even though the devil had tested him, one who maintained his integrity. At this, Satan sets out to attack Job again.

Job did not know the source of his trials, yet he did not accuse God. Unlike Job, we can read the cause of his problems. Do we retain our integrity or do we sin with our mouth?

In Psalm 84, we read in the second part of the 11th verse, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” We also see from Job 1:10 that God has put a hedge of protection around us.

Who, then, is the One that blesses, protects, and provides and who is the one that steals, kills, and destroys (John 10:10)? If we say that the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, are we actually attributing God with the works of the devil?

Don’t let the enemy of your souls deceive you so that you are not able “to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

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25
Feb
15

my glory and the lifter of my head (Psalm 3)

Many there are who say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. vs.2

The situation we’re in may have us downcast. We may feel that we’re of little use! Remember our value. Remember our position.

Selah.

But You, oh Lord, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

The One who lifts our head is the One who restores us to the position He gave us. In Genesis 40, Pharaoh threw his butler and baker in prison for an indicretion. Joseph, in verse 13, told the butler that within three days Pharaoh “would lift up your head and restore you to your place.”

I am reminded of a crippled woman Corrie ten Boom mentions in one of her books. She lived in a country having an oppressive government that was unfavorable toward Christianity and did not allow free speech. Because of her disability, the authorities did not consider her to be any threat, so she avoided their scrutiny. With one finger she typed out Scripture verses freely. Her activities went under the radar.

We may not feel like what we’re doing is of much significance or we may be greatly limited by our circumstances. Our efforts for the Lord may go unnoticed or be hidden like Gideon’s undercover work. That’s okay.

Some of us are so downtrodden or weak we can’t imagine being of much use to God in our condition. Don’t let that stop any of us. Read what Gideon said about himself in Judges chapter six. He hardly thought himself a likely candidate to be used by the Lord. However, God enabled him. Just like God equipped Gideon, He will equip and use us regardless of condition or circumstance.

And the name of the second (son) called he (Joseph) Ephraim: For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” Genesis 41:52

24
Feb
15

#Oswald Chambers Use vs. Value

Oswald Chambers wrote in his devotional My Utmost for His Highest-WOW,that title alone could inspire a post- that our value to God is greater to Him than our use. I think we’ve got that backwards today! Don’t we?

We think that the more we do the more acceptable we are…to whom? We must, right, cuz we load up our “schedules” and are always trying to squeeze in one more thing. And our kids are following in our footsteps.

It’s not a matter of how much we do for God that makes us pleasing to God. It’s not even that we attend all the services at church and give in the offering. We can even be out three or four times a week “evangelizing.” No, that’s not it at all!

Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, which neither have storehouse nor barn, and God feeds them; how much more are you better than the fowls.

We need to know that we are special and dearly loved by our heavenly Father. He loves a brand new Christian as much as a seasoned long-time soldier in God’s army. A pastor is not more valuable than a child in the preschool class.

What about some of the weaker members of the body like some of the older saints, the sick, or the handicapped. Are the important ones those who can go do outreach? What about a young or single mom? Are we going to discount their contribution to the Body of Christ because it does not line up with someone else’s vision for ministry?

“But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not,therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

20
Feb
15

el chay {the living God}

THE ANSWER
Ann, the oncology nurse, called to push the day for my chemo admittance back one more week to March 5.
THE QUESTION
Wednesday night I began seeking God how to prepare myself for next week’s treatment. What weapon(s) would I need to be ready? How would I need to equip myself? After two reactions, it seemed clear that treatment would not be “business as usual” even while in the hospital.

Thursday, I laid the next chemotherapy before the Living God like Hezekiah opened Sennacherib’s threat before the Lord in 1 Kings 19:14.
And Hezekiah received the letter by the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.
Praying, I gave the session scheduled for 2/26 into God’s hands, trusting Him to handle everything. Since I want an undeniable testimony that our God is a healer TODAY, this break is a great opportunity to show He’s moving without a shadow of doubt.

After spending a time in prayer, my admittance to the hospital has been rescheduled for a week later. With a full month since the last complete chemotherapy, God has to receive the glory for the state of my health!

19
Feb
15

asa v. hezekiah

God can use us phenomenally and commend us for yielding to and trusting Him, but it’s not a one-time-forever consecration. Every day, every decision, every action must be presented on the altar of sacrifice to the Lord.

The Bible records that Asa and Hezekiah, two of Judah’s 20 kings, made some audacious decisions, trusting God. Both of them committed foolish, bone-headed errors as well. How is it one minute we see them doing well, pleasing the Lord and the very next verse making hasty choices based on arrogance or pride?

What are the consequences when pride motivates? Both of these kings became lifted up and looked to other things instead of God. The Lord says in Jeremiah 17:5, “Cursed be the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm.”

“And Asa, in the thirth and ninth year of his reign, was diseased in his feet, until his disease was very great; yet in his disease he sought not the Lord, but the physicians.
“And Asa slept with his fathers; and died…(2 Chronicles 16:12,3).

It was not enough that Asa sought the Lord for help once or twice. He was warned by the prophet Azariah that AS LONG AS HE SOUGHT THE LORD he would be found by Him. Not heeding that warning proved fatal. Maybe his mistake served as a lesson for Hezekiah years later.

“In those days Hezekiah was sick unto death, and prayed to the Lord, and he spoke unto him, and he gave him a sign” (2 Chronicles 32:2).

On several occasions it is noted that King David consulted the Lord for His counsel as a matter of habit before acting. When we take the time to stop and seek God instead of a knee jerk reaction, we can avoid some of our problems.

It is humbling to have to depend on God. We like to have the answers, to handle things ourselves. The results we read about in the Bible of men and women who trusted and sought God should be enough evidence to convince us that through our God we shall do valiently.

He is able to do abundantly above all we are able to ask or think.

18
Feb
15

ISH, Maker/Husband

Although Monday’s follow-up appointment with the pulmonary specialist who saw me in the hospital was not very long, it was encouraging. First of all, I was surprised that he actually seemed familiar with my condition and my case! The fluid that had been drained had not returned with none of the interventions if it had necessary. My breathing was better and oxygen level good. So no more breathing exercises either.

For your Maker is your husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. Isaiah 54:5

We all have a deep desire for a relationship where we understand the inner soul and are completely understood and received in return. The word soulmate is often used for such an ideal romantic connection.

Our Creator and Maker has designed us to have such an intimate involvement with Him. He guards this union with us as SO precious that He refuses to share it with any other. While we may have an association that makes us feel complete, there is nothing that can compare to the satisfaction communion with our Husband/Maker gives.

Our Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, is a perfect protector and a perfect provider. He’ll never leave or forsake you and He’ll never let you down.

17
Feb
15

the chief cornerstone ~ la piedra angular

Many times the Lord puts things in our hearts that He wants us to do. Occasionally, we see a situation that moves us to act. Every now and then we may even read something in the Word and decide to obey it. We can come up with some really good ideas!

King Saul came up with a really good plan, too. He convinced himself that surely God would be pleased by his keeping some animals to offer them to the Lord. Then he took actual disobedience further by stepping out of his area of authority and offering the animal sacrifice instead of waiting for Samuel to arrive. The consequences were far-reaching and irreversible.

When we’re working to build in God’s kingdom, how do we avoid coming up with something that looks like the leaning tower of Pisa? Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:10, “According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let every man take heed how he builds on it.”

Paul carefully put down a solid foundation which he identifies in verse 11 as Jesus Christ. We understand the relationship of firm support at the base of a structure to its strength! We may even be able to relate how essential it is for us to found our efforts on the Lord for them to endure. But, let’s dig in a bit deeper for a clearer picture of the place Jesus occupies in this lowest supporting layer of our spiritual house.

“And (we) are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20). Jesus is the principle part (cornerstone) of the strength (foundation) of our lives or anything we attempt to do.

Each of a cornerstone’s six faces is made up of four equal sides with four right angles, the surfaces perfectly level. The cornerstone was examined and verified prior to installation. Being the chief corner of the foundation causes the foundation to be square. The structure built on such a support will be vertical or plumb, a strong building if proper materials are used (1 Corintians 3:12, 13).

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore, thus says the Lord God,’Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; he that believes shall not make haste (be ashamed).’ God, Himself, prepared and proved Jesus as our very foundation.

When we choose the approved-by-God basis to build our lives on and everything we do, we are effectively building the kingdom and receive eternel rewards. See 1 Corinthians 3:12-14. Or like Saul and the Pharisees, we can choose our own plan or our own way.

“The stone which the builders refused is become the head of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes (Psalm 118:22, 23.