Monday, November 26, 2012

MADE NEW


He Who is seated on the throne said, 
"See! I make all things new."


Can you imagine a world where everything is brand new? New bodies...no more aches or pains. The earth will be made new...no hatred, wars or destruction. Relationships...without strife, separation or unforgiveness.

Thank you, God, that the time will come when you will wipe away every tear.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Crowned With Goodness


You crown the year with your goodness,
your tracks overflow with richness.
The desert pastures drip water,
the hills are wrapped with joy,
the meadows are clothed with flocks
and the valleys blanketed with grain,
so they shout for joy and break into song.

Psalm 65:11-14 Complete Jewish Bible

How Great Is Our God!

O my soul, bless God!
God, my God, how great you are!
beautifully, gloriously robed,
dressed up in sunshine,
and all heaven stretched out for your tent.

Psalm 104:1-2 Message

Friday, November 23, 2012

Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend


 Daddy would have been 90 years old this week and Mother would have been 83 on December 2. When my brother and sister asked me to suggest a song for Daddy's funeral years ago, I remembered this hymn that was one of his favorites. If MawMaw and PawPaw could pass along a message to their children, grandchildren, and now their great-granchildren, I think it could be said in the words of this song.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Way of Peace

People ask, why does the Bible tell us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem? It seems there has been continual conflict there.

The only answer I can give is that Jesus is our Peace.

The forerunner of Jesus Christ was John the Baptist. I was so moved by the prophetic words that his father, Zacharias, spoke over him when John was only eight days old. We are also forerunners because Jesus is coming again.

“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.
Luke 1:76-79 NASB

Father God,
We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We pray for the Palestinian people and the Jewish people. We pray Thy kingdom come! Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Peace I leave with you,
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

Jesus did not say these words lightly. He spoke tenderly to his friends on the evening he was betrayed, illegally tried, beaten - knowing he would be crucified the next day.

I cannot understand suffering: His suffering, our suffering, and the suffering of the innocent.

Neither can I comprehend Jesus' undying love.

 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

One and Only God

The LORD will be king over all the earth,
 and in that day the LORD will be the only one,
 and His name the only one.
 Zechariah 14:9

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dwell in the Shelter

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1

I heard about a woman in the war zone who told a reporter, "Oh, yes, we have a bomb shelter, but we use it for storage. It is packed with bicycles and all sorts of things we don't need. But if the escalation continues, we may have to clean it out and start using it."

I couldn't help but think about Psalm 91. We have to DWELL in the shelter to be protected.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Disappointment or Divine Appointment?

I was thinking about the twelve spies who went in to check out the land for the Israelites (Numbers 13). Only Joshua and Caleb had faith that God would keep His promise and see them through. What the other ten spies said about the land was true: There were giants in the land and walled cities and many obstacles to overcome. The people allowed themselves to be scared to death - literally.

Caleb said, "Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.”
Numbers 14:9

I can see that there are rough times ahead for us in America. But our enemies will be "bread" for us. Maybe they will be "carbs" that energize the Church to BE the Church.

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work."
John 4:34

Jesus has chosen us to be here during this time in history for a divine purpose. Let's not be consumed with fear, even though the trials are real and the disappointments great.

Jesus promised: "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name." John 15:16




Monday, November 12, 2012

Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth!

Father Abraham Had Many Sons

We call Abraham "father" not because he got God's attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn't that what we've always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, "I set you up as father of many peoples"?

Abraham was first named "father" of faith and then became a natural father as well because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life with a word and make something out of nothing.

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn't do but on what God said He could and would do.

God Himself said to him, "You're going to have a big family, Abraham!"

Kathie Walters

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Nations


Jesus carried the sins of the world upon His shoulders.
I know, beloved, that He can carry you.

As we were worshiping this morning at church, I could just picture Father's heart toward His Son, as He hung on the cross, never once cursing or condemning those who beat Him and ridiculed Him and called for His death, but loving them and forgiving.

I could imagine Father saying, "My Son, I will do anything for you."
And Jesus answering, "Give Me the nations!"

Jesus has done His part. Now it is up to man to receive His gift of pardon for sin, and new life.

The Word tells us that it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. God is pouring out His Spirit. His glory covers the earth as the waters cover the seas.

Father, thank You for the gift of Your only Son. Thank You for Your lovingkindness and tender mercy. Thank You for your patience. The Kingdom of Heaven is near. May we fall on our knees before You in grateful reverence. We join with Jesus in asking for the nations to know Him as Lord and King.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What to do?

"When someone asks us to pray for them, if possible, stop and pray on the spot. Recognize that we, the church, are the hands and feet of Christ. Be faithful in the small things. Refuse the fear of man and the fear of taking a risk. Protect your life from busyness. You are only anointed to do what God calls you to do."
Steve Sampson, Discerning and Defeating the Ahab Spirit




Monday, November 5, 2012

Overwhelming Peace


God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.
I'm an open book to you;
even from a distance,
you know what I'm thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I'm never out of your sight.
You know everything I'm going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you're there,
then up ahead and you're there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can't take it all in!

Psalm 139:1-6 Message

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Government


There is a lot of talk in the news about government shut-down, government protests, big government, and one world government. It is comforting to know that God revealed to the prophet Isaiah 2,800 years ago Who is in charge of government.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

Saturday, November 3, 2012

When These Pictures Develop...

I've had many experiences in my lifetime. Some good and some bad, and though the events are history, the memories have stayed with me. I even have photographs of some of them.

Before the digital age, we had a polaroid instant camera, so we wouldn't have to wait overnight to have the film developed. Yet, even as great as instant pictures were, in certain conditions, some were blurry or dark.

The Lord showed me how this was like the memories of my life. Not all of them have been developed yet. Not all of them make sense now. Not all of them are pleasant.  Some I want to hide, and others I wish I could forget about.

But God says in His Word that He has never left us or forsaken us. At the end of my life, and sometimes along the way, I'm going to see something different about those memories....


When these pictures develop...

I'm going to see JESUS standing there with me in every one!

We can ask Jesus to show us where He was in our memories. No matter how alone or forsaken we may have felt at times, Jesus has always been right there, causing all things to work together for our good, watching over us. He wants us to know that even in present and future struggles, He is right here with us. All we have to do is call upon His name and believe that He is our helper.

Written by my son, Cameron Hill

“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you,"
So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5 NLT

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