Friday, October 12, 2018

TESTING

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After a long life I have made up my mind that life it's self
is made of simply one problem after another.  In fact when
things go too well, or smooth for a while - I wonder what is
wrong.

Right off I have to admit that God has always pulled me 
through one way or another.   But here I am again with 
a bunch of problems facing me.  No, I am not worried 
about it because ultimately God will work them out.
But, why can't I have a rest from them now that I am
an old man.  Has there not been enough problems?

I was reading in my Bible this morning in several different
places and three different passages hit me between the 
eyes.  Let me share them with you first, then a word
of encouragement.

"And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations,
knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance:
and perseverance, proven character, ..."
(Romans 8:3,4 NASB)   

"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you
encounter various trials knowing that the 
testing of your faith produces endurance."
(James 1:2,3 NASB)   

"We count those blessed who have endured.
You have heard of the endurance of Job and
have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings,
that the Lord is full of compassion and is 
merciful."
(James 5:11 NASB)   

Now if I did not have a relationship with Jesus 
Christ, these problems might be an effort to make
me get my mind off of my abilities and look to him
for help.  A lot of us will not turn to God until we
are knocked down and can only look up.  Then the
problems are still a blessing.

But I have been walking with God a long time.
[True, not near as close as I should.]  so why do
I still have problems.  The above Scriptures make
it clear that they are to help me endure, to strengthen
me and help me become stronger in my life with
God.  All through life God gives me problems to 
develop me into the person he wants me to be.
For this I should PRAISE GOD.

But consider one more fact.  It is true only of those
who love God.

"And we know that God causes all things to 
work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose."
(Romas 8:28 NASB)   

There you have it.  If I love God, EVERY problem
that comes my way ultimately works for my good.

NOW HOW CAN YOU BEAT THAT?






Thursday, October 11, 2018

TODAY'S PROMISE



"Know therefore that the LORD your God,
He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His
covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth
generation with those who love Him and keep
His commandments;"   
(Deuteronomy 7:9 NASB)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SEARCH ME




A short time back I decided to convert a garlic bed to
a kale bed.  I took a tiller and went through the bed
very carefully and took out all the garlic I could find.

I have been delayed a few weeks from planting the
kale, and it also rained.  Guess what.  A few days ago
I noticed garlic sprouting up all over the bed.

The bucket full of small garlic in the above image is
what I had to dig out - AGAIN.

But, while digging the "fresh" batch of garlic a 
Scripture went through my mind.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way."
(Psalms 139:23,24 NASB)  

I could not help but think that if I ask God
to search me the way the Psalmist did, He would
find more stuff in me than I was finding in that
garden bed.

Frankly, I do not have the "guts" to ask God to
search me out.  I am afraid that He would find 
more than I could handle.

But, on the other hand.   The "Psalm" above was
written by King David.  And you remember that 
David was king because "he was a man after God's
own heart".  David was asking God to show him the
stuff that was in him that was displeasing to God.

Perhaps I should ask God to show me what is 
displeasing to Him in me.  It certainly would 
improve my relationship with Him.





Tuesday, October 9, 2018

TODAY'S QUOTE

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"Forgiving means to pardon the unpardonable,
Faith means believing the unbelievable,
And hoping means to hope when things
are hopeless."
- G.K. Chesterton




Friday, October 5, 2018

BROKEN HEARTED


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When you get as old as I am, you know that more
than once in life, you are going to be broken hearted
over something or other.  Like it or not.

I have been involved some in that social media called
FaceBook.  One of the outstanding things I notice is,
the large number of people that are broken hearted and
spend most of their time whining and complaining.
It seems to be a common thing among humanity.

Is there help?  You bet there is.

I have learned that God in heaven above truly cares
when I am hurting.  I can take my broken heart to 
him and cry on his shoulder about ANYTHING.
He gives me comfort and works things out for my
good.  It may not be over night.  But in his own good
time.

Consider first His promises regarding a broken heart.

"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit."
(Psalms 34:18 NASB) 

"The LORD..........
He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds."
(Psalms 147:3 NASB) 

And one that is of particular interest to my self is
found in the book of Isaiah.  The reason is, that it
is a prophecy about the coming of Jesus Christ into
the world and his purpose or reason for coming.

It starts right off:

"The Spirit of the LORD GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the afflicted;
HE HAS SENT ME TO BIND UP THE 
BROKENHEARTED."
(Isaiah 61:1 [caps mine] NASB) 

Got a broken heart, or a problem to big for
your self.  Consider the invitation that
Jesus Christ himself gave.

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
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."
(Matthew 11:28-30 NASB)

Got a problem?
Take it to Jesus Christ.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

TODAY'S PROMISE



"Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it."
(Psalms 37:3-5 NASB)




Wednesday, October 3, 2018

LOST AND FOUND

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Over the years I have learned to rely on pray a lot.
I have had literally dozens of answers to pray.  Far
too many to be merely chance or luck.

Yesterday I was working on a small carburetor off
of a weedeater or string trimmer or what ever you
chose to call it.  It was about one third the size of
the carburetor pictured above.  It has a extremely
small needle valve hooked to a very small lever
with a extremely small spring under the lever.

The parts were so small that I was working 
with a pair of tweezers.  You of course know
what happened.  The spring flew out from under
the lever and went to who knows where.  I did
see the direction it went, and that was all.

After hunting for a while I again resorted to
praying.  Shortly the Lord helped me to find
the little spring.  So the process started all 
over again.

You guessed it.  The spring flew out again and
I did not even see what direction it went.  So,
I hunted all over the bench and the floor.  Even
getting a light out to be able to inspect things
more closely.  No luck.

Finally I just prayed that God would help me
to see it while I went on working at another 
project there on the same bench.  So after working
a while at the other project, then going to lunch etc.
I resumed working on the other project.

It was easier for me to work on these small
projects on the bench while sitting on a stool.
When after a while I "just happened" to look
down at the floor.  And there right between
my feet was that small spring.

You know that I was thanking God again.