In Everything Give Thanks??? Bible Ballistics: BBs #463

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Bible Ballistics: BBs #463   In Everything Give Thanks???

 

In every thing

give thanks:

for this is the will of God

in Christ Jesus

concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

We have been talking about God’s faithful care of and provision for us, so I thought we’d spend some time today considering whether our ‘attitude of gratitude’ needs some adjustment. So often we call on God to come to our aid, and that is what He has told us to do, but when He meets that need, do we remember to stop and thank HIM?

My mother taught us to say “please and thank you” as simple courtesy to others we interact with, yet we so often forget to be thankful toward God for all of HIS abundant blessings, which HE pours out on us continually! Often times those blessings aren’t even recognized as HIS blessings in our lives. As I sit here this morning, I can’t help but smile and say ‘Thank You Lord’ for the beauty of your awesome creation—as I watch the sun rise in the sky, as I see the lovely flowers that God has painted so beautifully for our pleasure, for a home that keeps us warm or cool from the elements, and the list could go on.

So I simply want to share some scriptures to help us tune up our “attitude of gratitude” today. Especially as we in the US are celebrating Memorial Day—a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom—what better time to thank the ONE who made the ultimate sacrifice for our sin on Calvary—Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen!

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;”  Ephesians 1:15-16

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

praying always for you,” Colossians 1:3

Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” Psalm 30:4

So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.” Psalm 79:13

O give thanks unto the LORD,

for he is good:

for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,

whom he hath redeemed

from the hand of the enemy;” Psalm 107:1-2

May we each spend some time today thanking God for His goodness, His mercy and His love—that HE IS who HE IS and that He has “redeemed” us from our sin and is preparing us for HIS kingdom, and equipping us to spread HIS Gospel to those we encounter. Have a blessed day sharing your ‘attitude of gratitude’! Amen and Amen!

Still In HIS Care??? Bible Ballistics: BBs #462

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Bible Ballistics: BBs #462   Still In HIS Care???

 

I just can’t seem to get past this idea of God’s sovereign care for us—there is so much going on around us, and I know I constantly need to refocus on my Father’s care, and the care of The Son Jesus—because there is so much need about us on every hand.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,

that he may exalt you in due time:

7 Casting all your care upon him;

for he careth for you.

8 Be sober, be vigilant;

because your adversary the devil,

as a roaring lion,

walketh about,

seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith,

knowing that the same afflictions

are accomplished in your brethren

that are in the world.”    1 Peter 5:6-9

I just love this message from Peter—you remember Peter, the fellow that went around with Jesus and had his “foot in his mouth” much of the time!!! Kind of like me! I’ve often told people “I know what the cause of death will be when I die!” And of course, they ask how can I know that, and I respond with a smile, “I’ll die from ‘hoof and mouth’ disease—for that’s where my foot (or sometimes both of them) is much of the time!” But all jokes aside, Peter is such a blessed example of the grace and faithfulness of our God to grow each of us in grace and mercy—no matter how great our faults, and short-comings may be; or even how often we may hop around with our foot in our mouth, instead of standing firm on solid ground. What we must remember is that our ‘adversary’ is ever in pursuit of God’s children—but just remember that when we walk with Jesus, Satan is a “toothless” lion! Jesus gained the victory at Calvary!! Amen and Amen!

Paul gives us a great word of encouragement to help us stand firm on solid ground, not shaky ground. We must keep our confidence sure as we put on that ‘armour of God’ each day to be prepared for the challenges that we each face continually. Paul’s reminder helps us keep our focus on the Lord and not our problems.

Finally, my brethren,

be strong in the Lord,

and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God,

that ye may be able to stand

against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh

and blood,

but against principalities,

against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness

of this world,

against spiritual wickedness

in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour

of God,

that ye may be able to withstand

in the evil day,

and having done all,

to stand.

14 Stand therefore,

having your loins girt about

with truth,

and having on the breastplate

of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod

with the preparation of the gospel

of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield

of faith,

wherewith ye shall be able to quench

all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet

of salvation,

and the sword

of the Spirit,

which is the word of God:

18 Praying always

with all prayer

and supplication

in the Spirit,

and watching thereunto

with all perseverance

and supplication

for all saints;” Ephesians 6:10-18

Did you notice all the references to “stand”? In Jesus and His strength and power, we can “stand ….withstand ….stand” in the power and truth of who Jesus is! And just so we can make it useable, let’s rehearse what we learn about HIS care and provision for we who belong to HIM! We need to recognize Paul’s clarity in making it clear that we “wrestle”—he didn’t say if, he said, “we wrestle”, not in our own power, but rather the power of God, through Jesus Christ, with the “whole armour of God” about us!

We are called to stand in it, with confidence that with HIS armor on, we will be able to “withstand in the evil day”—and my friends we are there! So suit up and let’s press on with our confidence in our who provides HIS armor to us:

The—

belt of truth—

Jesus ISthe truth”, John 14:6—

breastplate of righteousness—

Jesus’ righteousness imparted to us, 2 Cor. 5:21–

shoes of the Gospel of Peace–

Jesus IS our peace, Romans 5:1-8

shield of faith—

faith in HIS blood, Romans 3:25

helmet of salvation—

Jesus IS our salvation, Acts 4:12

sword of the Spirit/Word of God—

Jesus IS The Word—

The written Word,

The spoken Word,

The living Word, John 1:1-5

So whatever you are facing, my friend, God has you, the problem and the solution in HIS hands! You can rest in Him, trust in Him, and walk in victory with Him, having the “armour of God” as your spiritual wardrobe!!! I pray that this will encourage you today as it does me continually; I also pray God’s wisdom, grace and blessings on your week. Amen and Amen!

 

What Time Is It??? Bible Ballistics: Vol. 11 No.15

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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 11 No. 15    What Time Is It???

 

We’ve been talking a lot about rushing and resting lately, and I’d like to continue in this vein of thought—from a biblical perspective. For without a biblical perspective we don’t have God’s perspective, and that’s how I pray that I/we can learn to view the world. As an old adage says, “Looking through ‘rose-colored’ glasses”, I’d like us to consider whether we are looking at the world with God’s view or the worlds’! Whose ‘glasses’ are we using?

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”   Hebrews 12:1-3

We must make it a priority to keep our eyes “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”. And when we keep our eyes on Jesus, He will enable us to see things through His eyes—to respond appropriately to any and every situation that we encounter. We can walk in the light that Jesus IS and that HE will provide to His own.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

Jesus is that light and HE will light our way, helping us see things as HE sees them, not as the world does—and there IS a difference.

I am the true vine,

and my Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit

he taketh away:

and every branch that beareth fruit,

he purgeth it,

that it may bring forth more fruit.

3 Now ye are clean through the word

which I have spoken unto you.

4 Abide in me,

and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,

except it abide in the vine;

no more can ye,

except ye abide in me.

5 I am the vine,

ye are the branches:

He that abideth in me,

and I in him,

the same bringeth forth much fruit:

for without me ye can do nothing.”   John 15:1-5

Jesus makes it more than clear, that when we walk in the Spirit—His Holy Spirit—we can accomplish HIS work rather than our own; just as Jesus was doing God’s will/work!

But he said unto them,

I have meat to eat

that ye know not of.

33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

34 Jesus saith unto them,

My meat is to do the will

of him that sent me,

and to finish his work.” John 4:32-34

We can choose our own way or God’s! What about you?

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit,

and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh…..

25 If we live in the Spirit,

let us also walk in the Spirit.”    Galatians 5:16 & 25

The problem we fight continually is the battle between our flesh and The Holy Spirit of Christ, which dwells within us! And it is a fight that we can win by the power of God alone. This has always been true and it’s still true now, and when we will walk ‘in The Spirit’, we are not only able to succeed in God’s work, but we can trust to HIS timing, and rest in His perfect grace and provision.

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying,

Not by might,

nor by power,

but by my spirit,

saith the LORD of hosts.”     Zechariah 4:6

Oh, what a wonderful promise fulfilled by the indwelling Holy Spirit given to us by the work of Christ Jesus at the cross.

Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 By whom also we have access by faith

into this grace wherein we stand,

and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

3 And not only so,

but we glory in tribulations also:

knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

4 And patience, experience;

and experience, hope:

5 And hope maketh not ashamed;

because the love of God

is shed abroad in our hearts

by the Holy Ghost

which is given unto us.”    Romans 5:1-5

We can “glory in tribulations” because we know who we arein Jesus’, and that His Holy Spirit is ever helping us know God’s will and God’s ways, and to walk in HIS peace! The “peace of God, that passeth all understanding”! We can truly learn to trust to, and rest in “His Time” in all things! And while it’s not easy, it is doable! Amen and amen! All by the power of God’s Holy Spirit!

Solomon shared this truth with us in such a beautiful way:

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:”     Ecclesiastes 3:11a

God’s timetable may not always match our expectations, but that’s what trust is all about—knowing that HE is GOD, and I am NOT! Ouch! Sometimes what looks good to us now, may not be the best for us and/or those around us.

For man also knoweth not his time:

as the fishes that are taken in an evil net,

and as the birds that are caught in the snare;

so are the sons of men snared

in an evil time,

when it falleth suddenly upon them.

13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun,

and it seemed great unto me:”    Ecclesiastes 9:12-13

We aren’t always able to discern between appearance and what really is! But praise God Almighty, HE can and does see all things, and HE is at work on our behalf with one goal in mind, to conform us into the image of our Lord Jesus. So, I simply want to close with one of my favorite passages from Romans, and tell you that for years I never knew that there was a verse ‘29’! God isn’t erratic or unfeeling—all those things that come into our lives, and their timing are in the hands of our loving God with one purpose in mind! All that He sends, allows, and permits to come into our lives is to make us more like Jesus—no ‘ifs’, no ‘ands’, and no ‘buts’! Remember HE makes all things “beautiful in his time”—not mine! I hope this will minister to you this week as it has to me in recent days. Faithful is HE that has promised—and if you have been born again, HE is at your side!!!

And we know that all things

work together

for good

to them that love God,

to them who are the called

according to his purpose.

29 For whom he did foreknow,

he also did predestinate

to be conformed

to the image of his Son,

that he might be the firstborn

among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate,

them he also called:

and whom he called,

them he also justified:

and whom he justified,

them he also glorified.

31 What shall we then say to these things?

If God be for us,

who can be against us?”   Romans 8:28-31

IN HIS TIME!!!!

In HIS Care??? Bible Ballistics: BBs #461

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Bible Ballistics: BBs #461   In HIS Care???

 

Humble yourselves therefore

under the mighty hand of God,

that he may exalt you

in due time:

7 Casting all your care

upon him

for he careth for you.

8 Be sober,

be vigilant;

because your adversary the devil,

as a roaring lion,

walketh about,

seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist stedfast

in the faith,

knowing that the same afflictions

are accomplished in your brethren

that are in the world.”    1 Peter 5:6-9

As we face this beautiful Friday, where are you focused? Are you overwhelmed by the circumstances that surround you? Are you grieving over a loss? Are you tired and weary of the battles that have been raging about you? Well, my friend, I have good news for you—YOU are not alone, and God cares about every moment of your day! We all have times when we just need to be reminded to keep on:

Casting all your care

upon him

for he careth for you.

The enemy of our souls is always trying to tell us that we are alone and hopeless, but God has already declared that “he careth for you”! One of the things that I have always found helpful is rehearsing the blessings of God. While we can’t control the future—but our God can and does—we can go over the blessings and goodness of God in our own lives. I keep a journal, and sometimes I pull out one of the old ones and go over the things that God has done, simply to remind myself of HIS faithful provision and care for me! And God never changes, even as the Proverb reminds us, “Remove not the old landmark”, in part a reference to remembering the past to learn from it and be blessed by what God has done with it, because HE is also working in your “today” and mine!

And I said,

My strength and my hope

is perished

from the LORD:

19 Remembering mine affliction

and my misery,

the wormwood

and the gall.

20 My soul hath them still in remembrance,

and is humbled in me.

21 This I recall to my mind,

therefore have I hope.

22 It is of the LORD’S mercies

that we are not consumed,

because his compassions

fail not.

23 They are new every morning:

great is thy faithfulness.”    Lamentations 3:18-23

They are new every morning”—and that is true for you and me—today! So whatever you’re facing this morning, remember to keep “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” for “he careth for you”!

Amen and Amen!!!

Do You Need Rest??? Bible Ballistics: BBs #460

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Bible Ballistics: BBs #460   Do You Need Rest???

 

Ever have one of those times when your body, soul and mind just feel “weary to the bone”? I think we all have those times, and you may be experiencing one today, so I thought we’d just spend some time today reminding one another of the source of our strength—and it’s not in this flesh—this tired, weary flesh!

Trust in the LORD,

and do good;

so shalt thou dwell in the land,

and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD;

and he shall give thee the desires

of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD;

trust also in him;

and he shall bring it to pass.

6 And he shall bring forth

thy righteousness

as the light,

and thy judgment

as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD,

and wait patiently for him:

fret not thyself

because of him

who prospereth in his way,

because of the man

who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”    Psalm 37:3-7

Psalm 37 is one of my favorite Psalms—it’s so plain and simple yet not always easy to practice, but when we will pursue the things we see here, we will find God’s peace and presence to be sufficient to whatever we are facing. We must simply set our minds on “things above”!

Trusting HIM—

Delighting in HIM—

Committing everything to HIM—

Trusting HIM to bring ALL together in HIS time—ouch!

Resting IN HIM—even when we can’t see the way!

Even Paul reminds us that living life for Jesus, and with Jesus isn’t easy—the road will get long and sometimes hard, but our God is faithful to us, and we must faithfully pursue HIS ways, His times and HIS provision, regardless of how things “look”!

And let us not be weary in well doing:

for in due season we shall reap,

if we faint not.

10 As we have therefore opportunity,

let us do good unto all men,

especially unto them

who are of the household of faith.”    Galatians 6:9-10

And this reality is so important that Paul told not only the Galatians about this issue, but the Thessalonians also.

But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”     2 Thessalonians 3:13

And how do we do this when our strength is gone? When our energy leaves us in the middle of “undone” stuff? When our resources have run out before the need?

I will love thee, O LORD,

my strength.

2 The LORD is

my rock,

and my fortress,

and my deliverer;

my God,

my strength,

in whom I will trust;

my buckler,

and the horn of my salvation,

and my high tower.

3 I will call upon the LORD,

who is worthy to be praised:

so shall I be saved

from mine enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3

And as we remember who is “worthy to be praised”, and keep our eyes on HIM, remembering all these provisions of our God, then we can overcome and be “saved from mine enemies”! Especially when our enemies are weariness, tiredness, pain, sorrow, self-doubt, confusion……our God is standing ready to be our:

Strength—

Rock—

Fortress—

Deliverer—

Strength in Whom we trust—

Buckler—

Horn of our salvation (the strength of our Salvation)—

High Tower (of safety) in every trial and storm!!!

So mull it over, my friend, God has you and HE has all your circumstances, and HE never says “oops”! I’ve found Him ever faithful and therefore I invite you to join me today and let’s shout it out:

I will call upon the LORD,

who is worthy to be praised:

so shall I be saved

from mine enemies”!

Amen and Amen!!!