A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

I doubt that we need to review examples of living according to the flesh.  It’s sad to see people get caught up in fast living, only to crash and burn in the end – sometimes literally.  Why does God want us to kill fleshly desires when they seem so attractive sometimes?  The answer is simple:  HE LOVES US!  He loves you and me so much – and He knows that those temptations are dangerous to our bodies and souls.  God wants to protect us – body, mind and soul.  We can’t overcome these things alone.  It’s only through God’s precious Holy Spirit that we can turn tail and run away from harm’s way.  He’s not trying to keep us from having fun!  He’s trying to show us a better way to live – and if we belong to Christ, we need to run into His arms and ask Him to show us His way of life.  Only with the Spirit’s help can we make wise choices.A relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit means that we have everything we need to avoid sin and win.  Of course, we have a free will to choose either way – right or wrong.  Nobody has always chosen the right – nobody that I know, anyway.  We’re not perfect all the time, but we know that if we choose badly, we can turn from that bad choice and ask our loving Heavenly Father, through Christ, to forgive us and forget our transgression.

One day I was driving home from work in a terrible rain storm.  I took an unfamiliar route because I was sure the regular route was flooded.  As I drove, I prayed aloud in the car, asking the Lord to protect me.  I was frightened, but confident that God would get me home safely.

There were not many cars on the road I took, which I thought was strange, but I forged ahead.  When there is water on the road, it’s difficult to gage how deep it is – or the condition of the street below.

The next intersection was full of water – the flash flooding was catching up with me… I felt led to make a left hand turn and go to the street just south of the one I was on.  I made the turn and ended up on a street that was a bit elevated and the water was running off.  I had a straight shot home.  I sang praise & worship songs and thanked the Lord for helping me get home.

I was curious about the flooded intersection where I made the turn.  I went back to look at it, and found there was a very large pot hole – and had I kept going straight, I would have gone in the hole and would probably have water in the car.

When we live life waiting for the next big thrill with no regard for the God who just wants to protect us, we end up being a slave to the very thing we thought was such fun at first.  I don’t understand why some folks think that Christians don’t have fun.  We have such fun – it’s just a different kind of fun.   God protects us and His Spirit helps us stay away from sin because all sin does is cause harm.  God doesn’t want us to be harmed – He wants us to be free!  And so we are.

Free from the law…  oh happy condition.  Jesus is mine, oh precious redemption.

A LIFE OF FREEDOM IN CHRIST…  it can be yours!  🙂

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PSALM 10:17 ON 10/17

TL PSALM 10 17 ON 10 17

You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.  – Psalm 10:17 (NIV)

LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. – Psalm 10:17 (NLT)

O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear.  – Psalm 10:17 (ESV)

O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear.  – Psalm 10:17 (NASB)

LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.  – Psalm 10:17 (KJV)

LORD, you have heard the request of the oppressed; you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer.  – Psalm 10:17 (NET)

I’m not typically a translation junkie, but today I just could not settle on just one translation!  I believe there are powerful meanings in certain words.  If we could somehow put all these translations together, wow…  it would be terrific, wouldn’t it?

First we see that the LORD hears.  Only one translation skips the hearing and declares that the LORD knows without hearing first.  Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m encouraged by this verse already!

Then we see that He hears and knows our request, desire and hope.  Again, this makes me smile for sure.  My faith is strengthened right away.

It says that the LORD hears and knows the request, desire and hope of the oppressed, humble, afflicted and helpless.  Have you ever felt any of these?  I sure have.  Aren’t you thankful to God for this truth?

Then the verse varies even more from translation to translation.  The LORD hears and knows the request, desire and hope of the oppressed, humble, afflicted and helpless.  The LORD will make them feel secure, prepare and strengthen their heart, encourage them and hear their cry!

It just gets better…

The LORD hears and knows the request, desire and hope of the oppressed, humble, afflicted and helpless.  The LORD will make them feel secure, prepare and strengthen their heart, encourage them and hear their cry!  He will incline His ear to them and listen to their prayer and comfort them.

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This is for those of us who know that God hears and knows our request, desire and hope.  We feel oppressed, have been humbled along life’s way, leaving us afflicted and helpless.  We know that God will restore our security, prepare and strengthen our hearts, encourage us and hear us when we cry.  We trust that He will tilt His head, which inclines His ear so He can carefully and intently listen to our prayer.  After we have prayed, we know without a doubt that God has comforted us and restored our sense of purpose so we can keep serving Him in whatever way He desires. 

THROUGH GOD'S EYES

Somebody needs to praise God for Who He Is…    🙂

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

TL 9-10 WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

9-10 TIMING

Today is WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY.  Christians are not immune from the feelings that everyone has.  We do have a friend to lean on – Jesus.  There are circumstances that seem overwhelming for all of us and everyone, even Christians, face challenges.  Jesus loves us so much.  Did you know He prays to the Father for us?  That’s huge!

Even though I’ve been a Christian for over 40 years, there are still some rough patches in life.  I can look back on those times and see how the Lord guided me through to the other side.  I don’t see how things will work out, but my Savior is already there and He knows how it will all resolve.

If you are considering ending your life, let me tell you – God sees your struggle and if you will pray to Him, He will help you through your situation, believe me!  God’s timing is not our timing.  His timing is perfect –  and we need to have faith and trust Him with our lives.  We are not our own, but belong to God.  It needs to be His decision to end our lives, not ours.

Every life is precious to God – yours and mine are no exception.  If you need a friend today, please send me a friend request on facebook!  Don’t go this life alone – please.  Life is tough enough, but to cut yourself off from civilization is not the answer.  Friend me – I’m a good listener.

I had dreams for my life too – they didn’t work out like I planned, but life is worth fighting for!  Believe today that God has a plan for your life and trust Him to use it for His glory.  Our Father knows the desires of your heart – and mine.  He knows what we want, but more importantly, He knows what we need.

I pray that we will learn to listen more closely to His prompting as we go through life.  Sometimes we just have to exercise our faith until we finally get through the dark passages and see the light of a new day.  I am in the palm of God’s mighty hand – and so are you.  ❤

 

 

 

MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE DAY

TL 1-13 MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE DAY

1-13 YOU KNOW MY DREAM
We all have dreams.  Today is MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE DAY!!!  Maybe there is one small, attainable dream that you can make come true today.  But God knows all about that big dream – you know the one.  That’s the one that you think may not happen, but you have entrusted it to God’s hands and backed away.  It’s the dream with a prayer attached that goes something like this:

Dear God, You know the desires of my heart and the wish that lives deep in my spirit.  I’m working toward making this dream come true as much as is humanly possible, but it feels unattainable.  Your Word tells me that all things are possible with God – so Lord, I’m claiming that promise and asking for You to help me do this.  I’m laying my big dream at Your feet and taking my hands off.  I’m backing away as I sing praises to You because I know You make paths where nobody else can.  Your provision is so much better than what I could get for myself.  You not only care about the needs in my life, but the dreams and desires I have as well.  I know You will make a way for me, but if it doesn’t happen it’s only because something better for me is waiting.  I will wait for Your perfect timing with joy in my heart.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

How badly do you want that dream to become a reality?  What are you willing to do to achieve a goal?

My seventh-grade football team had just been soundly trounced.  Our opponent was a bunch of raging kids from an Oklahoma City Salvation Army shelter.  Their helmets didn’t match.  Some wore jeans.  The kid across from me had put his number on his shirt in masking tape.  But when we snapped the ball, that kid hit me so hard, my left shoulder still hurts when it rains.  After the game, my dad told me, “Boy, you just got a lesson in the power of desire.  The difference between winners and losers is that winners do things that losers just don’t want to do.”  If I want something bad enough, I better be willing to work however hard is required.  If not, a boy with a taped-on number might take it away.  – Phil McGraw, PhD

Cinderella says a dream is a wish your heart makes, and nobody knows your heart better than God.  The tough part about putting a dream in God’s hands is the waiting.  It’s tempting to rush God’s perfect timing.  I’ve done that in my life a few times and it was always a major life event.  God showed me a couple of times that I should have waited on Him instead of rushing ahead.  Patience is really not my strong suit.  The good news is, as I get older I’m building character and learning lessons.  I’m much more patient than I used to be.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  – Henry Stanley Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street, 1940

May God richly bless you as you lay your dreams at His feet and wait for Him to help you make them come true.  Wink!   😉