["...1 In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And he called to him a little child, and set him in the midst of them,
3 and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven...]
It all sounds innocent, excuse the pun, but do we really like to take that seat in the lower end of the table. Do we really want to be the one with the apron on? Do we really want to be the one to ask forgiveness first? I stood praying with the Lord and outlining my fears and my 'to do' list. I was explaining in what areas I wanted him to help me. And at the last clause of my dialogue I said to him or him to me that I hadn't really forgiven someone who would never apologize to me for his or her behavior...
I did not want to put the apron on. Nor did I want to wait on anybody! And the towel around my waist and wash feet? Wonderful communion ceremony but I have my own church and ceremony! No thank you! I did not want to be the first one to serve! But unless I turn and take that apron and get rid of the pride, "Ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of heaven...". Do I need a dictionary or concordance to outline that statement from the Lord? May you be blessed. Amen.
As we prayed for God for insight in this personal problem of fear, loneliness, trouble and personal tragedies, we deliverately took it mind to take it to God word. We want to examine this problem from what God has to say about what may be happening to us! We turn to 2Corinthians 12:7-10,
["... 7 And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch.
8 Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong...]
My mother in handy helping way wanted to clean the garage and donates some our stuff to charity. I thought that was wonderful. She had outlined all she wanted to give up and hers and mine. And I thought nothing of it. I thought of it as a great idea. I went and took a shower. And I don't know why it took me this way, but she only gave away a table I steemed and she kept all her stuff! I thought that was pretty practical in the thought in her vantage! And I was insulted in the Lord the disdain I remember we will have to face from those outside in this life...
And I was ticked off! Then I was so hungry and there was nothing prepared anywhere. And she with her apron on made scrambled eggs and two pancakes and new bottle of syrup she had brought. I did not know where to put my wrath. I started eating and way in the last bite of pancake, I realized that the Lord in his glorious grace took care of me that morning. I thought nothing of it the table 'we' had donated to the poor. And certainly the Lord came through for me this day. And then I knew that the Lord grace was sufficient for me with this 'thorn' that had come upon me...
This is going to be the first attempt to interlude this problem that I think is so prevalent in todays society, life and world. When can one start with such a subject. I confess it. I fear being alone with no one to talk to. We sometime join churches and fellowship so we can be part of something and be alone. Why it seem erroneosly that God is not sufficien for us, who knows everything and can provide everything? Let's start on Revelations and what happens to some who have everything but are poor, wretched, misable, poor and blind...
["...14 And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God:
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art the wretched one and miserable and poor and blind and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined by fire, that thou mayest become rich; and white garments, that thou mayest clothe thyself, and that the shame of thy nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see...]
yes sir and mam! Even when we have everything we can be the most miserable feeling people. And who's to know that we need someone to share our life with. But even those who go in pair, do not feel the company of who know what with that person. It helps but not a complete guarantee! And indeed God says that it is not good for man to be alone. Genesis. But sometimes the desolation can be so intense that we even want to panic when we feel this way. If only God enlighten us to see his glory at all time and never doubt that he always there for us...
In our fallen fragile nature we forget how caring and faithful God is and we doubt that he is taking care us. Our life become a drudery if in all the comforts and amenities. And we feel there in no meaning and confessibly nothing in it for 'me'! Become focused on ourself and how poor and miserable and lack of joy our life is! What happened to the trust and rejoicing? The praise songs? The Hellelujahs!? Sometime our home is prison instead of a haven blessed by God! But it is the final frontier to conquer and explore to what can fill that empty void in my heart, life and mind and soul?...
I had an interview dinner with an unbeliever who happens to be a scientist and very gifted at that! He is Doctor of Engineering at some University. Our conversation was candid and courteous. He candidly said why Religion was false and the bible a figment of men's imagination. I sat with him and ate the tuna sandwich he was going to pay for and I drank two ice teas. It was all wonderful. His conversation facinated me because he was sincere in his stance. No many would sit with such a person and hear him or her disbelieve what the bible says...
But I thought it was no problem to see where people are coming from and their limitations. I thought later. Perhaps I should have been more courteous and attentive. I was not too proud of myself. The argument continued at home with an undeclared war of words. What a disgrace I thought to be in the middle of this! I made a mistake of giving my opinion away! I know what happens to that opinion and what follows to tear me apart! But I confessed to my Lord what a fool I had been and to forgive my indiscretions...
We turned to the subject of marriage and who calls the shot in a home. I should of seen it coming! My freind and I disagreed on matters but I forgot the cost of being right at the expense of loosing someone to the darkness. I thought if I was as shrewd a leader as I thought of myself I should keep my wisdom to myself when being right is not the goal, but to keep the peace. I couldn't log in to a Christian site with my heart so upset! How clever the wily devil was in crafting this argument to keep me away from the keyboard...
But I fought. I confessed my mistake to God and asked him to have peace and share it abroad! So I guirded my breeches and set myself to a subject to meditate upon. And I thought now, like I had started to think this afternoon, how pleasant to the heart is to have peace! So I decide to tell others, you about my mistake and wise it is to keep it to myself sometimes. Solomon said that there's a time for everything, to collect and to tear apart. But this was the time of peace...
I've been in the war path to long! Sometime I wish it was all over! No more explanations, acclamations, accusatoin or sharp discussions. But that day will be when the wily one is in bars of hell. But if I do my part I can have a foretaste of that peace right now. At least in some figment of my imagination...!
I wonder if the Lord has a lottery everytime I ask him for the title for a new blog! Now I picture myself the captain of a big ship crossing the deep seas, keeping an eye for reefs, rocks and trouble. Then the Lord pick the back-ground, all the volumes and giant captains who have written books and books on chistianity and inspiration. Then my ship looks like raft made of poles stranded together...And then the Lord picks the horizon how I depend on him to help me put everything together I feel on a life raft or handing on to piece of wood that happens to float on water...!
Many of us have to renew our membership in this site to continue blogging. I picture that crossing the straight of Magelan at the souther tip of south america! We know it's no trouble, but it has to be done to continue to surf the open seas of blogging! You prayers on this on this matter please! We open our subject in the worky seas of Ephesus. Revelations 2:1-4,
["...1Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love...]
Perhaps I would begin to boast of all the seas and oceans I traveled in the word. And the sharks and whales I took on and defeated! And how great a navigator I am in directing my ship, the gift of the Lord! But do I really have like the first appreciation for the voyage, like the first maiden voyage of this great ship the Lord has pictorially put me on? Have I forgotten the delighted smile I had when I received my first captains' hat and navigating orders? Is my ship just a boat and not navigating machine of great might and glorious capacity to proclaim the the truth and take it foreign ports in far, far forsaken places on this ship can come to...?
Easy as she goes! as we weather the storms and troubles! the Lord is at the helm! and he we guide us through the deep waters! to designated port of call- his glorious Kingdom...!
Have ever have that happen to you? When someone takes you to the limit? Maybe the limit of you faith? The limit of you love? The limit of you trust? The limit of you belief? Maybe to the limit of being able to forgive something or someone? And you know it's a trial when you begin to get in these areas spoke of! Sometimes I tell the Lord I couldn't write one more blog! But he says, "Have you really reached the limit of your gift?..." And for certain those who have a tender care for other come to the twi-lite zone of their charity!...
And that when we discover that we are human and fragile! Not all mighty like we thought we were all the time! Paul says to be sober with limit of grace of gift the Lord has given you! Paul certainly confesse to being weak! He complained for his weaknes, then he defended his weakness, saying he was stronger when he was weak! But let put all this aside and look into God's word. Romans 5:1-5,
["... 1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us...]
Paul outlines to the Church at Rome the trajectory of the wisdom of being weak! And he said it has to do with sufferning and being disoriented at time and not knowing where to turn. But then it is when our God magnifies himself and cares for us in magnificent ways! And we are told to rejoice in that weakness and suffering...
Was it think or can't think. I was so distracted from a problem in the family that I couldn't concentrate on anything or blogging! But I would think that is trivial matter?! Making typos, stumbling and tumbling, not a great start for me! But I decided to sactify my Lord God in my heart and what ever problem I'm having, like being penniless and my daughter stranded here in Texas with the kids and can't get back home to Nebraska. I'm comforted that I feared this would happen and it did no matter how much I planned and budgeted...
But were are happy for the good times. We've done a lots of thing this visit. I recieved a notification that my Premier Membership will expire in the near future. I like the believe the Lord God has done so many thing with that gift. And that why I decide to continue today, even if I didn't know the title for the message. Just to keep the gift sharp and giving. Since I think we've said what we like to say, we'll ask God to continue with this blog and open the altar heaven and dispense us nourishment for today to face our poverty...
["... 6And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
7And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands...]
And looking back how wonderful it was when the Lord sent the angel of heaven, smote us on the side, raised us up and wella, the chains fell off our wrists. Even when I take off my heavy watch, I feel relieved and wonderful!
["...1For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:
2But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
3For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
4But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
5For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
6Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ...]
And this completely a different subject, so we ask God how will this help us face our poverty!? And so we speak that when God delivers us, we can become transparent. We really do not have to impress anyone with flattery or hidden way of things. We are open and tell it all and plainly. And the fianal test of our character is to seed to bring glory to God and not anyone else in particular. There is deliverance that we can be just free and ourselves, away with the yoke to have to dissimulate and pretend someone or somebody were are not, but just human and fragile...
At this time in the morning, very early at the break of dawn, is God's word good at this time? When we feel not so right or in the mood or spirit? We turn to Luke 17:7-10, for a little parable and what it says,
["...7But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
8And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
9Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
10So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do...]
Does God thank us just when we've done or think we've done what is expected us? Do I write when I'm feeling good? Do I give when I feel generous? Do I forgive when I'm kind? And or do I believe God only when it's convenient? Just obeying God is not pennant winner. God wants that extra mile on our commitment, or charity, our devotion, our trust, our faith, and our love! It's when we go out of our way it is when that God really guirds himself and set us to the table to eat!
I was making a call to someone to visit that person but I did not know the good number. I asked for it but was brushed away, "I'm busy...!". I got a hold of the house tel number and dialed and as I waited hopefully patienty for the phone to ring 20 times, I looked at two pennies stacked together on my coffee table. And took them and stared at them, tumbled them and tossed them. I could write a blog about this. I don't know if it was for the person who did not answer the phone or these two poor widow mites, as I coined them...
Perhaps we giving out of our abundance and the Lord said to the decipiles he was not impressed with that. I really needed to reach this person. I wanted to eat at her house. She is my sister anyways! I roamed about the pantry for ideas to cook! There was cheese in the ref. I could eat a cheese burrito? Nay! I just brood in my predicament and wait for a real meal. And it may never come! When the widow made her call to heaven, she got an answer and the rich did not...
Perhaps this widow cashed in her meager living for a real meat, trusting that God was able to abound if she gave what was left of her life! At this point we ask God to finish this blog for us! We turn to Romans 8:18-21,
["...18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God...]
Perhaps this widow made the call, and cashed in her life of suffering for future glory. And how often have we repeated what she did even in this life? Today again! And the creation will delivered by the sons of God! When the son and daughter play with truth everybody is blessed, even the whole created world! The lies perpertuated by satan and his emmissaries corrupt the whole nature of the created world and even we our nature is corrupted by Satan! That's why we still sin after we know better! It's our nature and this corruption!...
But evertime we proclaim the true things, the blessing come down like rain on everyone! The word of God breeds only fruit the benefit us and those who help us. But even the mountains are blessed and the clouds. Far fetched hum? The whole creation will be delivered that is what the bible says. Have you made your call to heaven? Pehaps you want to cash in your two mites life for the real meal awaiting those who make the call...!
26Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
28Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?...]
Perhap we thought we sought Jesus for the prosperity he brings us! And certainly is not sin to be prosperous. Perhaps like myself wanted a miracle from God and to deliver me and he has always done that! Perhaps we ask him for something that are important and even urgent and of necessity? We often implore God like I do, I need this and I need that! But Jesus answered this crowd with thus, John 6:29,
["...29Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent...]
Perhaps we want to do more? And add to that? Perhaps a rite? A chant? A ritual? And we ask God to open the altar in heaven, I often call it the bar in heaven and give us one for the road. In John 17:6 Jesus tells the father something or two, about us,
["...6I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word...]
This is quite a mouthful for one-liner! And in the end it say that we have kept his word, God's word. Now Jesus is the Word of God. When we keep God's word, we keep Jesus and there's no shortcuts to this! God says or namely Jesus, that if God's words truly abide in us, then we are truly the decipiles of Jesus and thus he says that we will know him the truth and his word, and he and his word and truth, for he is the Truth, will set us free. And he says that if he sets us free we shall be free indeed...