When God Makes Creation a Classroom
You can not be truly free until you are free from worry.
Like Green Lantern, whose will was strong but his light burned brightest when he employed it in the service of others.
His powers increased as he fought through evil’s fear to help others.
Some people try to hide behind the old adage, “I’m only human” but God who made us remembers we are but DUST.
What is impossible with man is possible only with God. Miracles happen to those who BELIEVE.
“The only way to rid ourselves of worry is to supplant it with a much more powerful force.
We need to transform our fears into faith through prayer and by casting all our troubles on the Lord.”
(Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein)
Be strong and of good courage for I am with you
FAITH flows from such a heart
When our will is UNITED as one in the LORD’s will, we are JOINED to an unstoppable force
His love unfailing
His mercy enduring
His truth forever
A Song In The Night
Why should I feel Discouraged
And, Why should the shadows, shadows come
Lord why, Why! should my heart, my heart feel lonely
And long for Heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
Oh yes, I know
He watches over me
I sing because
I sing because
His eye is on
on the sparrow
oh yes he is
I know he watches over me
(Songwriters: MARTIN, C.D./BARTLETT, GENE/GABRIEL, CHARLES)
God’s Covenant Commitment
“‘Master, You are our God, for You delivered Your people from the land of Egypt in a show of power—people are still talking about it! We confess that we have sinned, that we have lived bad lives. Following the lines of what You have always done in setting things right, setting people right, please stop being so angry with Jerusalem, Your very own city, Your holy mountain. We know it’s our fault that this has happened, all because of our sins and our parents’ sins, and now we’re an embarrassment to everyone around us. We’re a blot on the neighborhood. So listen, God, to this determined prayer of Your servant.
Have mercy on Your ruined Sanctuary. Act out of who You are, not out of what we are.
Turn Your ears our way, God, and listen.
Open Your eyes and take a long look at our ruined city, this city named after You.
We know that we don’t deserve a hearing from You. Our appeal is to Your compassion. T
This prayer is our last and only hope:
“‘Master, listen to us! Master, forgive us! Master, look at us and do something! Master, don’t put us off!
Your city and Your people are named after You: You have a stake in us!’
Does your life feel like a dry and barren desert? Let the streams of God’s living water refresh your soul.
Dare to be a Daniel!
Daniel INTERCEDED like Christ for the land, pouring out his life as water on the dry, weary ground.
For all have sinned.
Forgive us Lord for we have sinned.
For man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
God Has Set Things Right
But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us.
And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in Him. For there is no difference between us and them in this.
Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity He put us in right standing with Himself.
A pure gift.
He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be.
And He did it by means of Jesus Christ.
Dare to BE!
as the Centurion that came to Christ “just speak the Word and my servant will be made whole.”
God sent His Word to heal and deliver from destruction.
Just one little Word fells the devil.
“Count on it: Everyone who had it in for you will end up out in the cold—
Those who worked against you will end up empty-handed—
nothing to show for their lives.
When you go out looking for your old adversaries
you won’t find them—
Not a trace of your old enemies,not even a memory.
That’s right. Because I, your God,have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go.
I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’
“Do you feel like a lowly worm, Jacob? Don’t be afraid.
Feel like a fragile insect, Israel? I’ll help you.
I, God, want to reassure you. The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel.
I’m transforming you from worm to harrow, from insect to iron.
As a sharp-toothed harrow you’ll smooth out the mountains, turn those tough old hills into loamy soil.
You’ll open the rough ground to the weather,to the blasts of sun and wind and rain.
But you’ll be confident and exuberant, expansive in The Holy of Israel!
“The poor and homeless are desperate for water, their tongues parched and no water to be found.
But I’m there to be found, I’m there for them, and I, God of Israel, will not leave them thirsty.
I’ll open up rivers for them on the barren hills,spout fountains in the valleys.
I’ll turn the baked-clay badlands into a cool pond, the waterless waste into splashing creeks.
I’ll plant the red cedar in that treeless wasteland,also acacia, myrtle, and olive.
I’ll place the cypress in the desert,with plenty of oaks and pines.
Everyone will see this. No one can miss it—unavoidable, indisputable evidence
That I, God, personally did this. It’s created and signed by The Holy of Israel.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43–45)
God empowers us to speak when we come into Agreement with His Word through the Aid of His Holy Spirit
Aligning us to walk as Jesus did. Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil
because the Father was with Him in spirit and in truth. The same Holy Spirit is given to lead and guide us into all
“Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution He will come to save you. … Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.’” (Isaiah 35:4, 6)
On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took His stand.
He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in Me this way, just as the Scripture says.”
(He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were about to receive.
The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)
“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing.
Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” (Luke 6:38)
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good,
and the evil person out of his evil treasure [of his heart] produces evil,
for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks [his life proceeds]” (Luke 6:45)
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth” (James 3:13-14).
“You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).
“Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).
41-42 “It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
Work the Words into Your Life
“You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree.
The health of the apple tells the health of the tree.
You must begin with your own life-giving lives.
It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.
“Why are you so polite with Me, always saying ‘Yes, Sir,’ and ‘That’s right, Sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.
“If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last.
But if you just use My words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards.
It was a total loss.”
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
HELMET OF SALVATION
BELT OF TRUTH
I AM LIKE A BIRD ALONE
“While I was pouring out my heart, baring my sins and the sins of my people Israel, praying my life out before my God, interceding for the holy mountain of my God—while I was absorbed in this praying, the humanlike Gabriel, the one I had seen in an earlier vision, approached me, flying in like a bird about the time of evening worship.
“He stood before me and said, ‘Daniel, I have come to make things plain to you. You had no sooner started your prayer when the answer was given. And now I’m here to deliver the answer to you. You are much loved! So listen carefully to the answer, the plain meaning of what is revealed:
“‘Seventy sevens are set for your people and for your holy city to throttle rebellion, stop sin, wipe out crime, set things right forever, confirm what the prophet saw, and anoint The Holy of Holies.
“‘Here is what you must understand:
From the time the word goes out to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Anointed Leader, there will be seven sevens.
The rebuilding will take sixty-two sevens, including building streets and digging a moat.
Those will be rough times.
After the sixty-two sevens, the Anointed Leader will be killed—the end of him.
The city and Sanctuary will be laid in ruins by the army of the newly arriving leader.
The end will come in a rush, like a flood.
War will rage right up to the end, desolation the order of the day.
“‘Then for one seven, he will forge many and strong alliances, but halfway through the seven he will banish worship and prayers. At the place of worship, a desecrating obscenity will be set up and remain until finally the desecrator himself is decisively destroyed.’”
Who are the real winners in life? How do they take their losses and TURN them into glorious gains?
They THINK positively–
In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8)
They LIVE positively–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. (Romans 8:28)
They WORK positively–So let us not grow weary of doing what is good; for if we don’t give up, we will in due time reap the harvest. (Galatians 6:9)
They PRAY positively–Moreover, my God will fill every need of yours according to his glorious wealth,
in union with the Messiah Yeshua. (Philippians 4:19)
Look up at the sky. Take a long hard look.
See those clouds towering above you?
If you sin, what difference could that make to God?
No matter how much you sin, will it matter to Him?
Even if you’re good, what would God get out of that?
Do you think He’s dependent on your accomplishments?
The only ones who care whether you’re good or bad
are your family and friends and neighbors.
God’s not dependent on your behavior.
“When times get bad, people cry out for help.
They cry for relief from being kicked around,
But never give God a thought when things go well,
when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts,
When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom,
using birds and beasts to teach wisdom.
People are arrogantly indifferent to God—
until, of course, they’re in trouble,
and then God is indifferent to them.
There’s nothing behind such prayers except panic;
the Almighty pays them no mind.
So why would He notice you
just because you say you’re tired of waiting to be heard,
Or waiting for Him to get good and angry
and do something about the world’s problems?
Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen?
They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves.
You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it.
You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.
You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you?
And why not?
Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to.
You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way.
You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way,
flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and His way.
‘And do you suppose God doesn’t care?
The proverb has it that “He’s a fiercely jealous lover.”
And what He gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find.
It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”
So let God work His will in you.
Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there in no time.
Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life.
Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out.
The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious.
Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, His Message, His Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it.
Even little sins can MUDDY up our communication system. We try to get through to God and there’s something in the way.
It may be an attitude, a spoken word. God wants these things CLEARED up.
Lord, help me think and live so as to FEED my faith in You.
Help my faith to grow, because with faith, Your power becomes available to me. Amen.
A David Psalm, When He Was out in the Judean Wilderness
God—You’re my God! I can’t get enough of You!
I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God,
traveling across dry and weary deserts.
So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in Your strength and glory.
In Your generous love I am really living at last!
My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless You every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to You.
You are making a table of food ready for me in front of those who hate me.
You have poured oil on my head. I have everything I need.
For sure, You will give me goodness and loving-kindness all the days of my life.
Then I will live with You in Your house forever.
My soul overflows with satisfaction, as when I feast on foods rich in marrow and fat;
with excitement in my heart and joy on my lips, I offer You praise.
Often at night I lie in bed and remember You,
meditating on Your greatness till morning smiles through my window.
You have been my constant helper;
therefore, I sing for joy under the protection of Your wings.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand reaches down and holds me up.
But as for those who try to destroy my life,
they will descend into eternal shadows, deep beneath the earth.
They will fall by the sword,
and wild dogs will feast on their corpses.
But the king will find his joy in the True God;
all who make pledges and invoke His name will celebrate,
while the mindless prattle of cheaters and deceivers will be silenced.