Swimming against the currents.
The Courage to Swim Against the Current – Jer. 38:1-13
“A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone
understand his own way?” Proverbs 20:24
- The Lord your God who goes before you will fight for you, just as you saw Him do for you in Egypt. And you saw in the wilderness how the Lord your God carried you as a man carries his son all along the way you traveled until you reached this place.
- The Lord holds his hand.
YIRAH: Which means FEAR
Additional scripture reference:
PARDES: Which means GARDEN
Additional scripture reference:
MIDBAR: Which means DESERT
Additional scripture reference: Isaiah 54:10
Additional scripture reference: Hosea 13:5
MEM: Which means CHAOS
Associated reading:John 6:19American Standard Version (ASV)
19 When therefore they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they behold Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the boat: and they were afraid.
This concludes this series ” seven Hebrew words every believer should know” I hope you learned and enjoyed this series which I decided to share as much as I did.
NEPHESH: Which means SOUL
Associated reading: Psalm 19:1American Standard Version (ASV)
The works and the Word of God.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament showeth his handiwork.
My Prayer/ Commentary:
SHALOM: Which means PEACE
Associated reading: John 14:27American Standard Version (ASV)
RUACH: Which means BREATH
Associated Reading: Genesis 2:7American Standard Version (ASV)
TEFILLAH: Which means PRAYER
Associated reading: 2 Corinthians 13:5American Standard Version (ASV)
My commentary / prayer(TEFILLAH ):
EMUNAH: Which means FAITH
Associated reading: James 2:17American Standard Version (ASV)
17 Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
My commentary : prayer:
HESED: Which means LOVE
Associated reading: Isaiah 54:10American Standard Version (ASV)
Give honor to those to whom honor is owed!” Roman 13:7.
Today I want to start off by giving God almighty all the glory and Honor. Every time we wake up we should be thankful and give glory to the one who has made it possible. Thank you Abba father.
Secondly in light of Veterans Day, I want to thank our beloved service men and women from past and present for their blood, tears, sweat and sacrifices they have made for this country. Thank you for your service from the depths of my heart and soul.
I dedicate this post to our service men and women all over.
My family and friends whom are veterans…. I thank you yet again for your service. What you did/do, not many have the strength, passion, valor or capability to do.
The reason that today you (reading this) and I enjoy the freedom to worship together publicly is because someone fought to gain, preserve, and protect that freedom for us.
The reason that today you and I enjoy the right to free speech is because someone fought to gain, preserve and protect that freedom for us.
The reason that today we have the right to vote because someone fought to gain, preserve and protect that freedom for us.
The reason that today we live in a democratic republic is because because someone fought to gain, preserve and protect that freedom for us.
Please remember Freedom is never free. Freedom is never Free. These selfless mean and women deserve our deep gratitude. So let’s thank God. Let’s pray for our veterans and active troops . Let’s thank Them.
Father God the honor and glory as always goes to you first and foremost. Lord we thank you for the many, many service men and women whom have fought , preserved and protect us. Lord I ask that you cover over each veteran under your wing of protection. May you bless our veterans for all that you have allowed them to do for us. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit Amen.
- I am an ungrateful child of yours.
- I am a selfish child of yours.
- Always wanting more than what you provide.
- Always comparing what others have and wanting it.
- Forgive me dear lord.
- Twice on Sunday he said only one word. Patience.
I want to apologize first to my lord and savior for not writing and blogging about his word, love and mercy.
Second I want to apologize to the readers whom are lifted up when you read the words that the lord inspired me to write.
Since hurricane Harvey I have been campaigning on stop for relief efforts for all in need. Whether by providing information as to where to donate aid, time, monetary donations or goods. I have family whom recently moved to Texas, my heart was heavy, luckily my family do not live within the regions which were affected. Despite that blessing my call towards servitude never falters.
As Christian’s we are called to service. My calling is evermore present right now… the phone is ringing and Lord knows I’m answering any which way that I can.
Then hurricane Irma hit and destroyed Many islands which many of my relatives resides in as well as Florida where I have many relatives as well. Yet again my campaign continued to help any which way I could. Advertising relief efforts, advertising information…. any which way I am able to help I can.
Now Maria…..oh María…. you finished off what Irma started and now, because of you I haven’t had a good nights rest. I can’t complain I have it better off compared to my island folks, compared to my paisanos. My heart is heavy. Still haven’t heard from many relatives. Many are without power, without food, without water, without their shelters.
As I write this I fight back tears which I thought I no longer thought I had any left.
I fight back the worry of my family.
It had been a month and things are not looking well.
Pray for all the islands please.
Help anyway you can.
I have moments where I just start writing.
Words come to my mind and I just have to pen them to paper.
If I don’t I loose it.
So on the train the other day, thinking and while i was thinking these words just kept coming.
Lo and behold this poem came about.
Hope you enjoy this.
I was recently having a discussion with a colleague on how do you teach a child to pray?
How do you answer those “religious questions” with the children?
My first response was well, you need to read up on it first, study it so that you are not giving the kids wrong answers. Its the same thing I tell my husband. I have studied and restudied the Bible, with that being stated that does not mean that I know every finite detail of the Bible, I am comfortable enough to be able to answer specific questions. When I myself am unsure or uncomfortable I read the Bible, research the topic and ask questions.
So for my friend I found Bible Versus to use as an example as to do a short prayer using God’s own words.
For Instance Psalms 17:8:
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings. Amen.
I replaced the word me from the scripture with the person or persons I am praying for. Reinforcing the prayers using Gods own words, which are Holy Texts.
- Keep our children as the apple of your eye; hide our children under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our parents as the apple of your eye; hide our parents under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our siblings as the apple of your eye; hide our siblings under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our nieces/ nephews/ God children as the apple of your eye; hide our nieces/ nephews/ God children under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our families as the apple of your eye; hide our families under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our Pastors as the apple of your eye; hide our pastors under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our church as the apple of your eye; hide our church under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our friends as the apple of your eye; hide our friends under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our islands 🇵🇷🇬🇩🇹🇹 as the apple of your eye; hide our islands 🇵🇷🇬🇩🇹🇹 under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
- Keep our country 🇺🇸 as the apple of your eye; hide our country 🇺🇸 under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
Here are other known scripture prayers and similar examples:
- Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
ex: Here you can replace the Heal me to: Heal Ms. Smith, O Lord, and Ms. SMith will be healed; save Ms. smith and she will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Add to it. I pray that you provide guidance, love, understanding for Ms. SMith’s family during this difficult time. etc.
- “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3
ex:Dear Lord who is faithful, please provide the strenght for Jane doe in her time and need so that you can give her the protection from the Evil one.
- “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
ex: God whom is our refuge and strenght, I ask that you be the refuge and strength for my friend xxx, who is in need of ever present help in her troubles.”
Here are other versus which can be used as prayers adding in the person or persons your are praying for:
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
- Psalm 29:11 – The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.
- Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
- Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those who minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
- Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
- Romans 15:13 – 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.
- Isiah 57: 19 creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”
- Mark 5:34 New International Version (NIV) 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
- Mark 6:56 New International Version (NIV) 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
- Luke 8:48New International Version (NIV) 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
- Isaiah 58:8New International Version (NIV) Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13)
This prayer is the true classic. Most of us have said this prayer and could likely recite it right now. But there’s much more to this model that Jesus gave us than rote recitation. This is a prayer with real power: God’s kingdom coming, God’s will being done, all that we need for the day. It’s truly power packed. So, take a closer look at what it teaches:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
Jonah’s Prayer for Salvation (Jonah 2:2–9)
We may never be swallowed by a great fish, but we can still experience the shame and regret that Jonah felt after he ran from God. The prophet’s plea to the Father provides a poignant scaffolding for our own prayers of repentance. And remember that God heard and answered this humble, honest prayer:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
David’s Prayer for Deliverance (Psalm 3)
This one was a tough choice because the Psalms are stuffed full of cries and petitions. If you ever want a primer for prayer, you can’t go wrong with this wisdom book. But we chose Psalm 3 because it provides a concise portrait of crying out to God in the midst of great stress. David’s words are no less relevant to our modern workplace and lifestyle as they were to his battles:
Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.
Hannah’s Prayer of Praise (1 Samuel 2:1–10)
When Hannah received the child she begged God for, her first instinct is to praise the One who provided. She wants to thank Him for His greatness and His deliverance. Too often we pray before receiving, but then forget to pray after God answers. Let this prayer guide you in thanks:
“My heart exults in the Lord;
my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in your salvation.
“There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble bind on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life;
he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and on them he has set the world.
“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
for not by might shall a man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces;
against them he will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
Here are some things to consider when Praying:
1. Address God’s rightful place as the Father
2. Worship and praise God for who He is and all that He has done
3. Acknowledge that it is God’s will and plans are in control and not our own
4. Ask God for the things that we need
5. Confess our sins and repent
6. Request protection and help in overcoming sin and satan’s attacks on us
I will end with the serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Harvey Weinstein has been much of the talks lately. Many are coming out whom have been directly affected by Harvey, and many more are coming out whom have been affected by others. You and I have all seen the way they have been coming out. #MeToo.
The Me Too movement as you know came about as a response and to bring awareness to the situation at hand since the Harvey Weinstein controversy. Since the first post about this situation “more than 53,000 people had left comments and thousands of women had declared “Me Too,” sharing their stories of rape, sexual assault and harassment across social media, including some for the first time.”
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
I too included a “me too” post for the very first time. I have never shared my story, but I have undergone sexual assault and harassment. It took a lot for me to even write those two words because it meant admitting to myself that I am a victim of assault. I never reported my assailants, nor would I at this point. One of them is deceased, the other was really young when he did so. I was young myself and did not know how to talk about or process what I endured. My post also shows my family a truth about my past which I never wanted to discuss, never have discussed with them, nor do I have any intentions to further discuss with them nor my spouse.
Some may have seen it, some may have not. Those two little words I wrote in solidarity for being victimized, but any further elaboration up to that point was not going to be given. Many though chose not to admit their assaults or harassment in this movement. Many are still unable to handle such memories or just want to bury their past deep down to the bottoms of the oceans. I do not blame them.
Reminder that if a woman didn’t post #MeToo, it doesn’t mean she wasn’t sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don’t owe you their story.
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) October 16, 2017
I commend the women whom have been able to share their stories in public. They are stronger than I am for sharing their stories along side their Me Too.
As I write this I can vividly see the faces of the two whom have harassed/assaulted me in my past. I can vividly see where I was, what I wore, What was said and what happened after the fact. I cringe at the memory. I feel repulsed by myself.
I couldn’t add more than those two words.
My family follow me on social media.
I didn’t want to disclose more than I did.
Saying me too, I said more than I ever did since my first encounter.
As mentioned earlier one of the assailants I was told passed away. Died too young. Died in a hit and run accident in Florida. It was horrendous to hear. I never wished either of the two any wrong. I forgave them both. Though I am scarred by the memories…I forgive them each time I think of it. The one who passed away shouldn’t have died the way he did. He was on his way to get milk for his infant. I cried at the news. Like I said I did forgive him. In person at that. (though I did leave him with a black eye and a few scratches to the face at our encounter).
Sometimes we are victimized not by strangers but people we know and associate with. Sometimes its a relatives. I thank God in my case neither are relatives. They were people I have known though. People I didn’t think would do such a thing.
What I ask is that Mothers of boys, lets teach our sons to respect women. Lets raise our boys not to harass or assault anyone. Teach our children boundaries. Teach our children respect overall. Teach our children “personal space”. Teach our children how would you feel if you were in those shoes? Teach our children what If it were me your mom or sibling that this had happened to. We need to make things personal in order to assess our feelings accordingly. We need to hold ourselves accountable for our own actions.
Mothers of daughters, teach your daughters to speak up. Teach your daughters to defend themselves. I may not have been able to speak up or do something the first time. The second time I did fight back. I did not turn the other check like the bible says, and I have asked for forgiveness in that. I did defend myself. I did not report to any authorities of anything nor did I file complain. I probably should have.
Remember to please not judge those victimized. No one ever asks to be raped, harassed or assaulted. It’s not something that one says Hi, I’m here, Pick me, Choose me, attack me?
It is hard.
Here are affiliated articles on the #metoo movement.:
- the atlantic
- An activist, a little girl and the heartbreaking origin of ‘Me too’
- Incredible Image Shows How the #MeToo Movement Spread Around the Globe
- Why the #MeToo Moment Is Liberating, Dispiriting, and Uncomfortable All at Once
- Two moguls down. And the #MeToo movement is just getting started
- The ‘Me Too’ Campaign Was Created By A Black Woman 10 Years Ago
- For Some Sexual Assault Survivors, Harvey Weinstein News Can Be Triggering
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
As with all that I do, let us end in a prayer.
Father God I thank you for another day to speak about a topic which is not spoken about often enough. Lord you are my stronghold, in the good times and in my times of trouble. Lord you are the stronghold to the many women whom have been victimized during the years. I once again come before you and seek forgiveness for my transgressions on the issues I mentioned above and I forgive those whom have caused harm to my person. God you know the situation that occurred, you know how it has affected me and why I choose not to disclose more than I did. Lord I still want to forgive my transgressors and once again ask for forgiveness for my transgressions. Lord I ask you provide strength and guidance to the many victims whom have yet found an outlet or confide in someone to discuss their circumstances and experience. May they find refuge in you so that they too can forgive and move forward. I know it is hard my Lord, but with you all things are possible. Amen.
David C. McCasland
At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Philippians 2:10
Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé. They are all so well known that they need only one name to be recognized. They have remained prominent in history because of who they were and what they did. But there is another name that stands far above these or any other name!
Before the Son of God was born into this world, the angel told Mary and Joseph to name Him Jesus because “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), and “he . . . will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Jesus didn’t come as a celebrity but as a servant who humbled Himself and died on the cross so that anyone who receives Him can be forgiven and freed from the power of sin.
The apostle Paul wrote, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).
In our times of greatest joy and our deepest need, the name we cling to is Jesus. He will never leave us, and His love will not fail.
Jesus, You are the name above all names, our Savior and Lord. We lift our praise to You as we celebrate Your presence and power in our lives today.
I am adding a special prayer to the end of this article:
Father God I thank you for everything you do in my life. I thank you for the blood of Jesus that washed away my sins and saved me from damnation. God I thank you for the love and protection you offer my family and loved ones. The world may know the names of Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé for their achievements and advancements in their fields of expertise, but your name will be righteous and superior above all names. Thank you father.- Amen
I am currently reading a book which brought me back to this scripture. I can’t recall how many times I have read this verse and it wasn’t until reading the first chapter of this book I was like oh snap…. the answer is here. I need to read more and pray more.
The book I’m reading is:
I am going to share some clips from the book. Just so you can grasp my aha moment. Though based on my own reflections of the word and my writings I did understand where the author is going with.
First let’s look at the following:
I am thankful that my church has many, many prayer warriors among the congregation. I am thankful on the emphasis of not only studying the word, living the word to the best of our carnal abilities to ensure our spiritual walk is as pure as possible, but also the importance of prayer. We pray often. We open and close our services in prayers, we pray before reading the word, we pray for liberation. During the alter call we all stand united in prayer for those in need of prayers. We have a set day where we have prayer services. We know prayer is important. We pray for one another in our times of need. We pray for one another when things are going well. We pray for others we do not know just because we were stirred up to pray.
Not all churches have emphasis in prayer. Some focus more on learning. Some focus more on praise and worship. Though we do those as well. We also pray. We encourage each other to pray.
As the excerpt from the book indicates many churches are not lit by the fire of God because of the lack of prayers from the congregants. Now I don’t want to judge or critique what other churches do or don’t do, because I am guilty of skipping a prayer here and there as well. Some people seek the refuge of the church to pray for them in their time of need…. yet they get upset when there are no results. How are you supposed to get results if your not praying as well?
Now back to this scripture. I am going to enter the excerpt from the boon that made me say oh snap … my aha moment. Sometimes we need to see things in a different light or perspective to fully be able to see. So once again …. spoiler alert…
Of course I believe in what the word says. But this young man, who according to this story was new in his walk, new in his faith, new in the seminary just realized something. God’s promise, is limitless. Though we know this. The key to this absolute limitless power is prayer.
So yes we should pray more. We should pray a whole lot more. We need to also maintain our faith, since the author noted the access to this promise God gave us is dependent on faith and prayer.
I think this will be my next craft project for my next TShirts.
We need to:
We need to have faith and pray before we can receive our promises and blessings.
We need to remember the enemy trembles when we pray. He is also the reason why we are distracted and can’t pray the way we would prefer or as often as we want.
God I know your power is limitless. I know and have witnessed your greatness first hand. Lord I have heard and seen you answer my prayers first hand. I know of the importance. I have more power than I realize. If I entrust all my faith in you, pray harder, prayer firmer, pray in faith, pray at another level which I am currently not at, I know the blessings will be even more bountiful than what they are. Lord I don’t want to be a mediocre Christian. I don’t want to be lukewarm. I want to be on fire in your presence my lord. Thank you for your promise and the secret with your promise. Amen
God knows your thoughts before you can utter one word. He knows your intended actions before you move an ounce. He knows your heart, better than you do.
When it’s our turn to stand before our creator, we will be judged thoroughly for everything we did.
We will be held accountable for everything we were not held accountable here on earth. You will be judged for your thoughts, your actions, your heart and intentions. Though here in the flesh we may have perceived or led others to believe a certain thing about ourselves, in front of God it’s a whole other story. He can read you like a book. He wrote it after all. Here is a friendly reminder that we will be rewarded based on our own merit, not anyone else’s. Your salvation is based on you, your deeds, your actions and your intentions. Your salvation is not based out of any other individual.
Father God thank you for this reminder. That you are the keeper of all that I do. That I will be held accountable for all my actions and my hearts nature. If I have sinned dear lord I ask you for forgiveness once again. I ask that you help me not only be a better person than I am today, but to grow even more closer to you than I am today. Amen.
There can be no hero without a villain. There can be no understanding of plenty without scarcity. There can be no salvation without dire circumstance. If you are at the edge of a sheer cliff, if your harvest is weeds, your herds are missing, your den has lions, then you are ripe for a saving hand.
No safe and steady person needs a rescue. But no secure person will have the pleasure of being swept off their feet by the God of the universe either.
If Jesus is the hero you’ve been praying to come, He will. He came to save the lost; He said so. So be on the lookout. Stay hopeful. There is a joy not in your pain but in your hope, in the expectation that God will come through with His magnificent plan. We can take joy in knowing that in His own way, in the best way, God will rescue what has been lost. He will sweep us off our feet and place us on top of our circumstance.
◦ Most of us don’t find our loss in figs, vines, and olives. What is the equivalent for you today?
◦ How would you like God to sweep your troubles away? Hand over those expectations and ask him to rescue you in whatever way he deems best
◦ When God has helped you with your losses, and swept your troubles away, have you shown gratitude?
◦ Have you been able to remain faithful and joyful in God throughout the events in your life?
I have seen and been grateful for the many times God has swept away my problems, my troubles, my burdens and My worries. There have been times where I did not leave it in his hands to handle my situation at his timing. Those circumstances led to me learning the hard way that no matter what, I need to always keep my faith and trust in him. That despite my circumstances, I always put my faith and trust in him to sweep my troubles away. While I wait I remain praising him. While I wait not seeing the fruits of my labor, I trust in him more knowing the reward will be far better than I can anticipate at that precise moment. My problems may not be lack of figs, lack of crops or lack of fruit, but the relevance in this scripture is true despite what problem one is facing.
Father God I humbly thank you for constantly sweeping my problems away. I thank you your love, your mercy, your compassion and your help at all times. I know some circumstances can be readily fixed quicker than others, I know your timing is precise and I will trust in you wholeheartedly knowing that you always provide what is best for me. I will keep faith in you, keep praising you, keep loving you and most importantly trusting in you. Amen
These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. John 5:39–40
Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby writes of the “uncanny ability of experts to get things hopelessly, cataclysmically wrong.” A quick glance at recent history shows he’s right. The great inventor Thomas Edison, for instance, once declared that talking movies would never replace silent films. And in 1928, Henry Ford declared, “People are becoming too intelligent ever to have another war.” Countless other predictions by “experts” have missed the mark badly. Genius obviously has its limits.
Only one Person is completely reliable, and He had strong words for some so-called experts. The religious leaders of Jesus’s day claimed to have the truth. These scholars and theologians thought they knew what the promised Messiah would be like when He arrived.
Jesus cautioned them, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.” Then He pointed out how they were missing the heart of the matter. “These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39–40).
As another new year gets underway, we’ll hear predictions ranging from the terrifying to the wildly optimistic. Many of them will be stated with a great deal of confidence and authority. Don’t be alarmed. Our confidence remains in the One at the very heart of the Scriptures. He has a firm grip on us and on our future.
Father, whenever we are troubled or alarmed, help us to seek You. We commit this coming year and all it holds to You.
Knowing the future is uncertain; knowing the One who holds the future is a sure thing.
This article is true, we have the truth in front of us within the very scriptures we read, yet we don’t listen because of the uncertainties that arise. Many “experts” are out there to this day making projections, doing studies and analysis, low and behold beg each claim to predict outcomes they have no authority to predict. Though as the article mentions they speak with such certainty and authority that one can easily believed the predictions being foretold. Only God knows the day and the hour of events to unfold. No one else. Not even these “experts”. Continue to lean with confidence in the word and the evidence it presents forth. Trust in God. Do not be deceived by the experts.
Father God I thank you for your love and understanding . I thank you for your words that have been transcribed for us to get to know you, to understand you and to help us build a better relationship with you. You are the alpha and the omega. Only you know what the future holds. Though many experts can seem certain, I know for a fact only you have the authority to tell of the future, an authority that none of these so called experts have. Help me, and those reading this article to be constantly reminded that no one has authority over you.
David H. Roper
It is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16
My father’s dusty, heeled-over, cowboy boots rest on the floor of my study, daily reminders of the kind of man he was.
Among other things, he raised and trained cutting horses—equine athletes that move like quicksilver. I loved to watch him at work, marveling that he could stay astride.
As a boy, growing up, I wanted to be just like him. I’m in my eighties, and his boots are still too large for me to fill.
My father’s in heaven now, but I have another Father to emulate. I want to be just like Him—filled with His goodness, fragrant with His love. I’m not there and never will be in this life; His boots are much too large for me to fill.
But the apostle Peter said this: “The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ . . . will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10). He has the wisdom and power to do that, you know (v. 11).
Our lack of likeness to our heavenly Father will not last forever. God has called us to share the beauty of character that is His. In this life we reflect Him poorly, but in heaven our sin and sorrow will be no more and we’ll reflect Him more fully! This is the “true grace of God” (v. 12).
Father God, we want to be just like You. Help us to grow more and more like You each day!
Through the cross, believers are made perfect in His sight.
What a touching article on fitting ones fathers shoes. We all have had individually in our lives, whether it’s our parents, a relative, a teacher or someone you admire that we wish to be like them. As the author noted he came to the realization of whom he really should follow, even though those shoes are waaay tooo biiiig for any of us to fill. Have you heard of the phrase we must be Christlike? That’s what he is referring to in this article. To try to be one and like the father one must follow in the steps of Christ. Those are really big shoes to fill. We face temptation and sin our every waking second. We battle these temptations and trials which at times are meant to throw us off course. Other times they are meant to bridge you closer to your creator.
Father God I thank you for setting an example in Jesus for us to follow to be close and one with you. Father I know I am a sinner and I ask for forgiveness for my sins & offenses I may have made. I know you are pure, and I am not. I ask again for forgiveness for my ever sinnjng nature. I ask for strength to handle my temptations and trials. I ask for knowledge to discern what steps you need me to take. I ask for patience, for I have not much. I ask for you to continue to love me, for I love you, and will forever love you too. I thank you for all that you do. For I want to see you and be beside you at my appointed hour. Amen.