January 2004


What does God know?
Yea Hath God Said?
Hold Me UP
Psalms 71:17
Meeting with the Lord
Grace, What Is It?
The Lord is Good
Children Of The Heavenly Father
Wisdom
Psalms37:23
Psalms 27:13
Psalms 31:15
Deuteronomy 10:12
Praise ye the LORD
Help
The Hope Of The Impossible
Hebrews 4:14
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What does God know?


1 John 3:20 - For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

2 Timothy 2:19 - Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Psalms 24:1 - The earth [is] the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.


This morning I begin the day with questions for us to consider. What does God know? I am not asking what he has done, what he does, or what he will do. The question is what does he know. John says, “God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” What does the all things include? Does God know all mankind and their handy work or is that knowledge in some way limited? Does he know my station in life and what my future holds? Is there any limit to Gods knowledge?

David in the 139th Psalm seemed to believe that God knew all about him. Christ said, “Matthew 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Job said, “Job 34:21 For his eyes [are] upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.” Is there anything that does not pass by the all seeing eye of God?

As for me I am both comforted and fearful of the fact that God does know and see all things. Aren’t we glad that it is all filtered through the blood of Christ?

Friday, January 30, 2004
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Yea Hath God Said?


Genesis 3:1 - The first thing the serpent said to Eve was “Yea hath God said”. Meaning did God really mean what he said. We find that same question being asked today regarding everything the word of God teaches.

Yea hath God said, keep the Ten Commandments?

Yea hath God said; Train-up you children up in the way they should go?

Yea hath God said; bring your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?

Yea hath God said; Let your light so shine?

Yea hath God said, Walk worthy of the vocation?

Yea hath God said, Love our enemies?

Yea hath God said, Love our brethren?

Yea hath God said, be ye doers of the word?

Yea hath God said, be ye separate (different)?

And the list goes on and on. Does God really have a purpose and does he mean what he says or is he just using up ink, paper, and breath?

Thursday, January 29, 2004
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Hold Me UP


Psalms 3:1-3 - LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many [are] they that rise up against me. Many [there be] which say of my soul, [There is] no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, [art] a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Dear Lord, I beg thee this morning to hold me up in the face of my troubles this day. Strengthen me and calm me when I begin to worry. I know that there are troubles that will come with the rising of tomorrows' sun but that day is not here yet. It is now that I need thy grace, thy strength, and thy comfort. Help me O Lord, to remember you are my shield. That it is you that stands between me and those things that would destroy me.

Help me to understand and keep my station in life that I might please thee. Help me to bow my head and see above the troubles and cares of this world and to be reassured of thy strength and wisdom. Help me to remember that it is you that both lifts me up and holds me up.

These things I beg.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004
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Psalms 71:17


Psalms 71:17 - O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

Dear Lord thou hast taught me many things over the few moments of my life.

You have taught me that you are God and that there is no other God.

You taught me that you are a merciful God and you show mercy when mortal man will not.

You have taught me that in your hand is life and that you bless according to your righteousness.

You have taught me you are wisdom and that you are the giver of wisdom.

You have taught me that you are able to in an instant make the hard easy and the easy hard.

You have taught me that you are my help even when I do not see that help is coming from you.

You have taught me that you are my salvation and that without you there is none.

You are my God, my Lord, my Priest, my King, my hope of life have taught me all this and more.

I know that even though you have taught me things many things that there is much more to be learned.

Bless me O God, to always remember that you are the teacher and that I am the pupil.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004
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Meeting with the Lord


Psalms 139:7 - Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

Have you ever heard someone says something along the line of, “I like to be where the Lord is?” Well David says he can’t find a place where he is not. Granted we may not always feel him with us but he is always there. Think of that, there is no place we can go where our Lord is not.

When we are in our darkest hour in our deepest need he is there. When I am doing my best to do the bidding of my Lord he is there with me and when I am at my worst he is there. I ask you, is that not a scary thought? Our Lord and Savior is everywhere, he knows our kindest acts of compassion as well as our deepest and most secret thoughts.

I have asked this question on many occasions, What does God know? In all cases the immediate response is, “everything”. Think of that a God that knows everything and is everywhere all the time. How much safer can you get than that? God is with you all the time ready to deliver you in a trial or take you home to be with him.

The thought I want to convey this morning is that we do not meet with God as in going to where he is because he is with us all the time. His presence may not be felt at all times but he is there just the same.

Monday, January 26, 2004
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Grace, What Is It?


Romans 4:16 - Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Romans 5:15 - But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Romans 11:6 - And if by grace, then [is it] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if [it be] of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
1 Corinthians 10:30 - For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
Ephesians 2:5 - Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:


God speaking to Moses said, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and compassion on whom I will have compassion. God’s mercy and compassion is his grace towards his subjects. Paul in Romans 5:15, speaks of the grace or favor of God not only as a gift but as a free gift. If the favor of God is bestowed upon his subjects as a free gift then the subjects of that gift need not perform any requirements to merit the gift.

If our spouse loves us because of our kindnesses toward them then the price of their love towards us it our kindness. But Grace is the mercy and compassion of an almighty God bestowed on a completely undeserving people. I have always puzzled at this question, What could I, meaning me, possibly do that would cause God to love me and have compassion on me? He knows me inside and out from beginning to end. He knows more about me than I am willing to share. How could I make him love me? I have concluded that it is only by his mercy and compassion that I am allowed to continue to live. It is by his grace that I am allowed to know and love him. I find that I can not justify myself or my actions before him and that I am completely at his mercy.

So what is grace? Grace is the free and unmerited application of God’s mercy and compassion on his undeserving subjects.

Friday, January 23, 2004
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The Lord is Good


Psalms 34:8 - O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.
Psalms 100:5 - For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations.
Psalms 135:3 - Praise the LORD; for the LORD [is] good: sing praises unto his name; for [it is] pleasant.
Psalms 145:9 - The LORD [is] good to all: and his tender mercies [are] over all his works.
Lamentations 3:25 - The LORD [is] good unto them that wait for him, to the soul [that] seeketh him.
Nahum 1:7 - The LORD [is] good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.


Dear Lord thou art good and thy mercies are indeed great. Thou hast been so good to me even in times when my mind and my feet have gone astray. I long O Lord for the day when I can serve thee and not be encumbered with the cares of this world. But I understand that as long as I live in the world these things will be so. I beg thee O Lord, to give me strength in times of my weakness.

Guide my mind and my feet. Give me grace to follow thy lead and not to resist thy leadership that I may willingly please thee.

As we embark on this day keep us O Lord, as thy supreme understanding of our need sees that we have need.

Thursday, January 22, 2004
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Children Of The Heavenly Father


Children of the Heavenly Father Safely in His bosom gather; Nestling bird not star in Heaven Such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish, In His holy courts they flourish; From all evil things He spares them, In His might arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever From the Lord His children sever; Unto them His grace He showeth, And their sorrows all He knoweth.

Tho’ He giveth or He taketh, God His children ne’er forsaketh; His the loving purpose solely to preserve them pure and holy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004
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Wisdom


Proverbs 8:12-21 - I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour [are] with me; [yea], durable riches and righteousness. My fruit [is] better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

The purpose of wisdom is for those who listen to her to have and be able to do what is needed. Proverbs 2:6 Tells us, “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.” Let us all pray for wisdom. Let us all go to the same source for wisdom.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004
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Psalms 37:23


Psalms 37:23 - The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Psalms 37:24 - Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand.
Psalms 119:105 - Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.


The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:”, so we can say that if a man is not good his steps are not ordered, directed, guided by the Lord. We a can also say that if a man fall, stumbles, makes a mistake, that he is not going to be lost to the Lord.

The word of the Lord is a lamp unto our feet and if we follow that light we may stumble in the path but, the Lord is there to help and guide us. I see most of the ordering by the Lord like some of the instruction I received when I was in the military. We were taught from the beginning to keep the pathway to exits clear. On a daily basis that particular instruction may not have seemed important. But when an emergency arose that last thing you wanted to do is have to stop and clear the path to the exit. To this very day I still try to keep the path to the exits clear. It is kind of like remembering when you are up to your neck in alligators that the first job was to drain the swamp.

The word of the Lord is a lamp unto our feet and he does order our steps but we may not always see the importance of his instruction in the moment that he gives it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004
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Psalms 27:13


Psalms 27:13 - [I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Psalms 27:14 - Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.


Some days life seems long and harsh. We may begin to feel ourselves wavering in our faith. David said that he would have fainted if he had not been able to see the goodness of God. Many times just as I begin to see myself and all that I do a failure or that all is against me I see something that reminds me of the goodness and mercy of the Lord. That is God reminding me that I am neither out of his sight nor beyond his reach.

David says when times are ruff and you feel you can’t go on, wait on the Lord. The Lord will strengthen you, just wait upon him. The time may seem long and we may be in some amazement at our suffering but, our Lord is always near. Be encouraged with the thought that our Lord is able to do whatever his will is.

Dear Lord, I beg thee this morning to help us through this day. There will be other days to come but this one must be lived first. Grant us the strength to stand upon thy word and to do as you would have us do. Bless all to greet this day with thanksgiving that you have granted us another day to live in thy service.

Remember O Lord, those who suffer the various infirmities of this life, grant there bodies and minds the strength needed for healing. Remember O Lord, all of thine.

Monday, January 12, 2004
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Psalms 31:15


Psalms 31:15 - My times [are] in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

Psalms 139:7 - Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?


Dear Lord, I know that you are with me even in my darkest hour because thy word has taught me that there is no where I can go that thou are not.

In thy wisdom O Lord, keep me and guide me. Help me to know which way to go in life. Help me to see the snares and avoid the dark corns of life.

Thy word has taught me that the darkest night is as the brightest day unto thee. You O Lord are light, help me to remember that if I find myself in the dark that it is because I have left you not because you have left me.

Amen

Saturday, January 10, 2004
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Deuteronomy 10:12


Deuteronomy 10:12 - And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Ecclesiastes 12:13 - Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.


Dear Lord, as the complications of this life confront me help me to remember to keep my eyes upon thee. Guide me and keep me from my greatest enemy, which most of the time is me, that I would be able to serve thee and thee alone.

Satan stands ready to encourage me with great things that I should do to serve my Lord and give him glory. When the simple truth is that I am to love thee and do thy will.

Thy word has taught me that my work without thy blessing is nothing. I beg thee that I would be able to consider thee first in all that I do. And that thou would bless me to separate things that I desire that are pleasing in thy sight and those that are not. I beg for strength to follow after those things that please thee rather than those things which would simply entice the mind.

Help me to understand my duty so that I can give diligence to doing what is mine to do. I beg thee O Lord, to lift me from my ignorance and shine a light in my path so I can walk in thy ways.

Amen.

Monday, January 7, 2004
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Praise ye the LORD


1.) Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

2.) Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.


Psalms 18:3 ...

I will call upon the LORD, [who is worthy] to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Let us lift our voices to an almighty God who is worthy to be praised.

Monday, January 5, 2004
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Help


Psalms 22:19 - But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
Psalms 38:22 - Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.
Psalms 40:13 - Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
Psalms 70:1 - [Make haste], O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD.
Psalms 109:26 - Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:


We all need help of one sort or another. In these scriptures David mentions three things that he needs help with; his strength, his salvation, and his deliverance. And he tells the Lord that he needs the help right now he says, "make haste".

There was urgency in David's request for help from the Lord. When we go to the doctor in pain we do not tell him to take his time because we feel the need is great. We want the doctor to make the pain go away as soon a possible so we can get on with our daily life. And in most cases we are not to proud about what we will let a doctor put us through to give us relief. David says, "O save me according to thy mercy:".

In asking for help David did not plead his case for being a good man because he knew that he was not and the mercy of God are applied according to the righteousness of God not according to our want. Not according to what we are but according to who we are. We are able to ask the Lord to make haste in helping us in our daily problems because we are his children. And as his children we are in need of our father's love and care.

May the Lord help us to realize that we are all in need of his mercies all the time.

Sunday, January 4, 2004
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The Hope Of The Impossible


Matthew 19:26 - But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


To believe in God is to be able to hope for that which is impossible. Belief in God is what enables us to believe that this world and all that we know was spoken into existence. Belief in God enables us to believe that there was a flood that covered the earth and that only eight souls survived. Belief in God enables us to believe that the Red Sea was parted and that Moses and the Israelites walked across it on dry land. Belief in God enables us to believe that God borned himself of a virgin without the help of man. All these things are impossible with man yet God in his power has done all these and more.

With God hope is not maybe something will happen. With God hope is desire with expectation. With God hope is desire for the impossible with the expectation of its accomplishment being done by God himself. With God hope is the belief that the impossible can be done with the knowledge that God has already done the impossible.

The scripture teaches us that there are no limits with God with the exception that He can not lie. But there are limits on what our desires should be. We are told in the scriptures to set our affection on things above. That tells me that we are to desire those things which are glorifying to God. That means we are to set limits on ourselves and not desire of him those things that are not glorifying to God and in turn are not edifying to us.

Believing the impossible is possible with God also comes with the understanding that God not only can do the impossible but that he also knows that which is impossible with us. That means that he knows what we need and when we need it.

So can God really do all things? Yes. But does that mean that God is going to do all things? No.

This morning maybe the real question is; What is possible without God?

Saturday, January 3, 2004
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Hebrews 4:14


Hebrews 4:14 - Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.

Hebrews 4:15 - For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.

Hebrews 4:16 - Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


What a wonderful comfort. Jesus the Son of God is our priest and he not only knows of our infirmities but was tested by infirmities just as we are. So when we pray to him for comfort and aid his mercies shown to us are not from a position of detached sympathy but from empathy.

We are told to come more boldly to the throne of grace because of Christ's understanding of our need. Understanding that God not only knows of my pain and sorrow but has experienced pain and sorrow himself gives me greater confidence that he understands what I need in blessings and mercy. Even when I am in trouble because of my own sin, I know that my Lord is merciful because, after he had been crucified he said for give them for they know not what they do.

Our Lord was "in all points tempted" as we are and did not sin in any temptation. He set an example that we are instructed to follow knowing that we will not be able to keep ourselves from sin as he did. We are instructed to strive for perfection but, as one of my Air Force supervisors explained to me, "There is a big difference between striving and achieving." In this case the difference is Christ himself. We are not instructed to achieve perfection, we are instructed to strive for it. And as the troubles of life besiege us we are instructed to "come boldly to the throne of grace". Why? Because the throne of unmerited favor is where mercy is found. Blessings are issued not because we deserve them but because we need them.

As we start this day let us remember that blessings come based upon Christ's understanding of our need, not what we deserve or want.

Thursday, January 1, 2004
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