Monthly Archives: March 2008

The Glory of Israel…

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I am reading 1 Samuel 15 today and in verses 24-29 Saul is speaking to Samuel about his sin. Saul was supposed to destroy the Amalekites completely, but he allowed the people to spare the king Agag and the best of the livestock to sacrifice to the Lord. Samuel said,

Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.

Saul admits his sin to Samuel, but asks that Samuel come with him and pardon his sin so that he can worship the Lord. Samuel refuses to go and turns away. Saul grabbed Samuel’s robe, tearing it.

So Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neigbor, who is better than you.

Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.

I am so glad that the Lord is not like man, and that He hasn’t changed His mind about me. I know that in my imperfect way, I change my mind all the time and say that I have the right to do so. But, the Lord makes His decrees and keeps His promises.

Thank you Lord for your unchanging grace for me, a sinner. You are my Lord and Saviour and I will ever praise You.

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Never miss a blessing…

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I received an email from our local homeschool association here about a family that had lost everything in a house fire. I immediately felt a strong feeling of sadness for them and that I needed to do something for them. And then the doubts and fears started to creep in. First came the thought that by now others had already donated whatever they needed. Then I was afraid to call and ask if I could help. Then came the oh well, I can’t do anything anyway. I don’t know if they would want used clothing. The shameful thoughts rolled on and on. And then I remembered a saying that I had read long ago in a book about missionaries. The married couple in this book said that they always said yes when they were asked to do something because they didn’t want to miss the blessing. Imagine that. I am blessed in giving to others. So, I emailed back that I had some things I could donate and almost immediately I felt at peace, knowing I had done the right thing, finally. It doesn’t matter if they already have enough, maybe they do. But I know that the Lord had placed that burden on my heart for that family and I am so glad that I listened. I received a response right away that they were so grateful for the donation and would come by to pick it up.

Thank you Lord for helping me to listen to You, and I pray for that family that lost all of their worldly possessions. I know they have You and each other, and that is a great blessing indeed.

Even in the small things…

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How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.  Psalm 36:7

I am so thankful that the Lord loves even me. I see myself as one of the low among men for sure, but I know that He has unfailing love for me. He can use me, I am so grateful. I pray that I wont let the little things in life cause me to faint.

Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me. Psalm 35:1

Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” Psalm 35: 3b

The battle is the Lord’s. He has already won.

Immediately….

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“And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’

Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

Going a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.

Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.

They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach.”  Mark 1:17-21 NASV

Jesus performed all His miracles immediately. He called His disciples, and they came immediately. There was no waiting, the men He called (Peter, Andrew, James and John) that day left their nets and followed Him. When Christ performed miracles of healing, it was immediate. The lame could walk and the blind could see, immediately.

Immediately. Jesus brought Simon, Andrew, James and John to Capernaum and immediately on the Sabbath He went to the synagogue and began to teach. Mark 1:21 Jesus Christ knew what He was called to do. His life was not spent waiting around for the authority of men to give Him permission. And yet, that is what I do. I wait. Wait to teach until someone tells me I have the right. Wait to share the gospel, hoping for a sign. I have already received permission from the Lord.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

Has Christ Ever Let Me Down?

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I have been reading again from a book that is a compilation of Amy Carmichael’s work.

Sometimes I catch myself getting down. Why are you cast down oh my soul? I know that there is no reason. Amy Carmichael has explained what this really is and I hope I can really take it to heart.

When I have a sad countenance, what I am really saying to everyone around me, including my children, is that I can’t absolutely trust the Lord. Oh, how that took my breathe away! I am easily caught in this snare, especially when I am struggling with wanting to eat something or buy something.

And the other question I have to ask myself in these times: Has Christ ever let me down? No, He never has and never will.

I pray that I won’t forget this needed lesson, to absolutely trust the Lord and remember that He has never let me down.

Songs of Victory…

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“Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing.” Exodus 15:20

“It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments.” 1 Samuel 18:6

The people of Israel sang their songs of victory and danced and played instruments as the warriors returned from battle. The imagery of these scenes are colorful and full of expressive joy, I wish I could be there to see it.

Do we praise the Lord and celebrate when God brings us spiritual victory? I tried and tried to come up with a time that we as a family might have done that, let alone just me. Tomorrow is a day of victory, and in the churches there will be songs and musical instruments being played as we celebrate our Lord and Saviour. I look forward to the day when our King comes to take us home. He will reign forever and ever. Amen.

Good Friday…

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“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.” Matthew 27:50-51

“When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.” Matthew 27:57-60

The full depth of how this day makes me feel, I don’t think I could ever impart. We read this today together and talked about everything that happened to Jesus on this day. There are so many good lessons to be learned by Christ’s example, we spent about an hour talking about it. I really appreciated how the kids were affected by the words and that they really meant something to them.

When I think about the ending of that day, the stone being rolled in front of the entrance, it has a sense of finality. He finished the work on the cross that He came to do. And now, His disciples sit and wait. Wait for what? Did they remember His promise that He would rise again? The Pharisees certainly did, as they demanded a guard be placed in front of His tomb. I don’t think they did remember, they were so downcast. When the women came to the eleven disciples to tell them the good news, they thought it was nonsense.  The day that the stone was rolled in front of the tomb, was a day that reminds me of how I felt when my sins were heavy upon me. But on Resurrection Day, that day is filled with rejoicing, like the day that He wiped my sins away. He is Risen!