My Shepherd–My Lord!!! Bible Ballistics: BBs #617

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Bible Ballistics: BBs #617     My Shepherd –My Lord!!!

I’d like to share a repost of BBs #389 with you today, as it speaks  the truth of what my heart is standing in today!

Bible Ballistics: BBs  #389   Safe In Your Storm???

When thou passest through the waters,

I will be with thee;

and through the rivers,

they shall not overflow thee:

when thou walkest through the fire,

thou shalt not be burned;

neither shall the flame kindle

upon thee.”  Isaiah 42:2

God never promised that we wouldn’t encounter storms!  But He does promise that He will be with us when we face stormy situations.  He promises to be with us, and Psalmist, David understood who His God was, is and ever shall be:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”   Psalm 23:1

Like David, we can come to know God as the faithful Shepherd, Redeemer and Deliverer, for God never says, “oops”, and He is never caught off guard!  Instead He is our “all in all”, in any and every situation.  (See Colossians 3:11)

Trust in the LORD

with all thine heart;

and lean not

unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways

acknowledge him,

and he shall direct

thy paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

We must simply (though it’s not ‘easy’) trust in the Lord God Almighty and His Son Jesus to direct our steps!!!  I have learned through the years, that when we will trust and obey the clear directions of God, HE absolutely will direct our paths—yet we so often choose to go ‘our own’ way!  But when we choose to walk in His ways, He promises that He will never leave us to walk HIS path alone!

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be contentwith such things as ye have:

for he hath said,

I will never leave thee,

nor forsake thee.

6 So that we may boldly say,

The Lord is my helper,

and I will not fear

what man shall do unto me.”   Hebrews 13:5-6

He has never failed me, and He never will, for He is The God Most High, who cannot lie, and keeps His ‘Word’, all of it!  I’d like to share the first verses of a few of the Psalms from 23-35 (Read them all for yourself!), they all speak to the faithfulness of The God who saves and delivers!  Here are a few for you to ponder today, no matter the storm that you may be facing!!!

The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.” Psalm 25:1

Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.”  Psalm 26:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  Psalm 27:1

True  then—still true today!!!  Amen and Amen!!!

Faithful IS HE Who Promised!!! Bible Ballistics: Vol. 14 No. 20

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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 14 No. 20  Faithful IS HE Who Promised!!!

 

I have a brief word to share with you today—GOD IS FAITHFUL!  If I don’t know anything else, I know that God has been, is, and will continue to be the source of my strength, especially in recent days!

And he said,

It is a light thing that thou shouldest

be my servant

to raise up the tribes of Jacob,

and to restore the preserved of Israel:

I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles,

that thou mayest be my salvation

unto the end of the earth.

7 Thus saith the LORD,

the Redeemer of Israel,

and his Holy One,

to him whom man despiseth,

to him whom the nation abhorreth,

to a servant of rulers,

Kings shall see

and arise,

princes also

shall worship,

because of the LORD

that is faithful,

and the Holy One

of Israel,

and he shall choose thee.”   Isaiah 49:6-7

I am praying for all of you who read this, that God may comfort and encourage you today, and that you may hear The Lord’s voice speaking to you.  No matter where you are or what your circumstances are, may The Spirit of The Living God open your eyes to see HIS Redeemer!  May you know that He cares for you and respond in repentance and faith to His call!

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.”  1 Peter 5:6-7

In recent days I have rested in the faithfulness of this God who cares for you and me; and I am trusting to HIS sufficient provision to do HIS will in and through my life, and yours, for:

God IS who He says HE is—The I AM!

God DOES what He says HE will do—Save us from our sin!!

God NEVER fails—HE IS MY all in all!

God IS still at work, and Jesus IS coming back—for His own!

I truly believe The Lord Jesus’ return is eminent, and I pray that you are ready.

Let not your heart be troubled:

ye believe in God,

believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:

if it were not so,

I would have told you.

I go to prepare a place

for you.

3 And if I go

and prepare a place for you,

I will come again,

and receive you unto myself;

that where I am,

there ye may be also.

4 And whither I go

ye know,

and the way

ye know.

5 Thomas saith unto him,

Lord, we know not

whither thou goest;

and how can we know

the way?”  John 14:1-5

Do you know the way?  I pray that if you don’t, you will turn to Him today—for JESUS IS the way!

Jesus saith unto him,

I am the way,

the truth,

and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father,

but by me.”  John 14:6

I would simply like to leave you with some food for thought, that your confidence may rest in Him today!

Faithful is he that calleth you,

who also will do it.”  1 Thessalonians 5:24

And Jesus said unto them,

I am the bread of life:

he that cometh to me

shall never hunger;

and he that believeth on me

shall never thirst.

36 But I said unto you,

That ye also have seen me,

and believe not.

37 All that the Father giveth me

shall come to me;

and him that cometh to me

I will in no wise cast out.

38 For I came down from heaven,

not to do mine own will,

but the will of him that sent me.

39 And this is the Father’s will

which hath sent me,

that of all which he hath given me

I should lose nothing,

but should raise it up again

at the last day.

40 And this is the will of him that sent me,

that every one which seeth the Son,

and believeth on him,

may have everlasting life:

and I will raise him up

at the last day.”   John 6:35-40

May this assurant truth encourage your heart, for it is as true today as it was when it was written, and ever shall be!  Won’t you look to Jesus today?

Jesus Christ the same

yesterday,

and to day,

and for ever.”  Hebrews 13:8

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven

as he went up,

behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11 Which also said,

Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?

this same Jesus, which is taken up from you

into heaven, shall so come in like manner

as ye have seen him go into heaven.”   Acts 1:10-11

A Holy Life Or A Holey Life??? Bible Ballistics: BBs #616

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Bible Ballistics: BBs #616 A Holy Life Or A Holey Life???

 

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,

be sober,

and hope to the end

for the grace that is to be brought unto you

at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

14 As obedient children,

not fashioning yourselves

according to the former lusts

in your ignorance:

15 But as he which hath called you is holy,

so be ye holy;

16 Because it is written,

Be ye holy;

for I am holy.”  1 Peter 1:13-16

We have talked so many times about living for Jesus, yet it is ever a subject that we ought to remind ourselves of, for we live in a world that is looking for people who are real and genuine in their faith in Jesus.  God calls us to be a reflection of His glory, rather than to be blending in with an evil world.  When temptation calls to your flesh and mine, it is never to lift us up, but to drag us down and tarnish the name of Jesus.  Paul called the Philippian Christians to make a difference.

Do all things

without murmurings

and disputings:

15 That ye may be blameless

and harmless,

the sons of God,

without rebuke,

in the midst of a crooked

and perverse nation,

among whom ye shine

as lights

in the world;”                  Philippians 2:14-15

I would simply like to ask each of us to examine our own heart and life; are we living a ‘holy’ life?  Or have we allowed the world to tarnish and destroy our light and leave the world looking at a “holey” picture, with great gaps in our purity and holiness.

Holy: having a spiritually pure quality; dedicated or devoted to the service of God….

Holey:  an opening through something; gap; a hollow place in a solid body…; a cavity…

Homonyms sound the same but are words with different meanings; this is what life can also be—while many claim to know Jesus, their lives are more “holey” than “holy”!  What about you and me?  Is your/my life in line with the Word of God?  How can you know?  Well, that’s a pretty simple (not easy) thing—you must get into the Word of God!  If you don’t know what God has said, you have no standard of measure by which to judge rightly.  In fact, scripture tells us that very thing!

Study to shew thyself approved

unto God,

a workman

that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing

the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15

So, in conclusion, I pray that we will each examine our heart and life in light of the Word of God; that we will get into the Word so The Word can get into us!  If you’re measuring yourself by the world’s standard there will come a day when that will fail you, yet if you learn to “rightly” divide the Word of God, you can put on “the armor” of God and walk boldly into a world of darkness and corruption with the truth and the confidence of the King who loves YOU!  Yet remember, HIS Word IS the standard!

For the word of God is

quick,

and powerful,

and sharper than any twoedged sword,

piercing even to the dividing asunder

of soul

and spirit,

and of the joints

and marrow,

and is a discerner

of the thoughts

and intents

of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature

that is not manifest

in his sight:

but all things

are naked

and opened

unto the eyes of him

with whom

we have to do.”  Hebrews 4:12-13

As my mother often said:

You can fool all of the people, some of the time!

  You can fool some of the people, all of the time!

  You can even fool yourself!

   But you can’t fool God!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

Walking In The New Or The Old??? Bible Ballistics: BBs #615

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Bible Ballistics: BBs #615 Walking In The New Or The Old???

 

Therefore if any man be in Christ,

he is a new creature:

old things are passed away;

behold, all things are become new. 1

8 And all things are of God,

who hath reconciled us to himself

by Jesus Christ,

and hath given to us

the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ,

reconciling the world

unto himself,

not imputing their trespasses

unto them;

and hath committed unto us

the word of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:17-19

As most of you who follow me understand, we’ve had some long days, and the weariness is showing, but God’s grace has been and continues to be sufficient, and I know it will ever be.  I want to share a brief word with you this morning, and start with a question, “Where are you walking?”  In the recent tragedy of having my daughter murdered, many have asked, “How do you do it (meaning keep on keeping on in faith)?”; and the answer is simple—not easy—but quite simple, I simply know, that I know, that I know, that I know that GOD IS FAITHFUL!  He is good, HE is still God, and He wasn’t asleep when my daughter died!  She made choices, just like you and I do, and the choice she made, the choice to trust the wrong things cost her her life.

Jesus promises us that He will make us a “new creature…IN Christ”, and while Donna had given her heart to the Lord several years ago, she had fallen into some old habits and choices.  When God saves us, He calls us to be reconcilers of the world to Jesus—not compromisers in that world which Jesus died to saved us from.  What about you?

Are you “going back” to a place that isn’t where God would have you be?  Are your associations leading you away from the God who loves you?  Are you turning to a substance instead of the creator of the universe who saved you?  Are you settling for a bottle of wine as your comfort rather than the ‘lover of your soul”, Jesus, who gave His life for you to have “abundant life”—not just “getting by” life?  Are you searching for significance in poor relationships, substances, busy-ness, or greed?  You know the answers to these questions.  I simply leave you some food for thought.  May God speak to your heart. God will not violate your will, but when we heed HIS voice, He will direct our steps!

Hath a nation changed their gods,

which are yet no gods?

but my people have changed their glory

for that which doth not profit.

12 Be astonished,

O ye heavens,

at this,

and be horribly afraid,

be ye very desolate,

saith the LORD.

13 For my people have committed two evils;

they have forsaken me

the fountain of living waters,

and hewed them out cisterns,

broken cisterns,

that can hold no water.”  Jeremiah 2:11-13

It’s your choice; will you walk in “newness of life” drinking “living waters”; or will you settle for “broken cisterns” of your own making?  Are you being a “reconciler” or a “wrecker”?

I pray that God will speak to your heart today.  I love you—God loves you—take it to JESUS!   Amen and Amen!

 

Our Hope Is In Jesus–Always!!! Bible Ballistics: Vol. 14 No. 19

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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 14 No. 19 Our Hope Is In Jesus—Always!!!

 

The thing that I want to share with you all today, is very simple—my/our hope is truly IN Jesus!  Regardless of the tragedy that our family has experienced in these past weeks, I know that God is still God, God is still good, and I still trust Him!  People have asked how we can go on, and our answer has ever been and ever will be—our confidence is IN JESUS!  He is the King of kings and Lord of Lords, and we pray that our lives will ever help others know that Jesus cares about them/YOU.  I’d simply like to share a few passages of scripture that I pray will encourage your heart today no matter where your life-journey has taken you.  Jesus is still in the life-changing, soul-saving business and He loves you more than you can ever imagine.  In fact, HE came, lived, died and rose again to save sinners just like me!  And I pray that HE is knocking at your heart’s door today!  Open the door and HE will come in to YOU!

Behold,

I stand at the door,

and knock:

if any man hear my voice,

and open the door,

I will come in to him,

and will sup with him,

and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh

will I grant to sit with me

in my throne,

even as I also overcame,

and am set down

with my Father

in his throne.”  Revelation 3:20-21

Paul paints a most glorious picture of our hope in Jesus in his letter to the Romans, let’s peruse those words, and may they sink into your heart and bring you to HIS 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.

6 For when we were yet without strength,

in due time

Christ died for the ungodly.

7 For scarcely for a righteous man

will one die:

yet peradventure

for a good man

some would even dare to die.

8 But God

commendeth his love toward us,

in that,

while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us.

9 Much more then,

being now justified by his blood,

we shall be saved

from wrath

through him.

10 For if, when we were enemies,

we were reconciled

to God

by the death of his Son,

much more,

being reconciled,

we shall be saved

by his life.

11 And not only so,

but we also joy

in God

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

by whom

we have now received

the atonement.” Romans 5:1-11

Oh, how those words ring in my ears and my heart—one of my favorite phrases in all of scripture: “But God” loves you and sent Jesus to Redeem you, save you, and transform you into “the image of His Son”.  And how do we walk in Him?  Let’s see what the Psalmist has to say—what GOD has to say!

Fret not thyself

because of evildoers,

 neither be thou envious

against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down

like the grass,

and wither

as the green herb.

3 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.

8 Cease

from anger,

and forsake

wrath:

fret not thyself

in any wise

to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off:

but those that wait upon the LORD,

they shall inherit the earth.”  Psalm 37:1-9

Amen and Amen—may we keep our eyes on the One who gave Himself that we might have “abundant life”!

Be merciful unto me, O God:

for man would swallow me up;

he fighting daily

oppresseth me.

2 Mine enemies

would daily swallow me up:

for they be many

that fight against me,

O thou most High.

3 What time I am afraid,

I will trust in thee.

4 In God

I will praise his word,

in God

I have put my trust;

I will not fear

what flesh can do unto me.”  Psalm 56:1-4

And my total confidence in the promise of God have been, are and ever will be my eternal hope!!!  He is The God who never changes, and never lies!

Let your conversation

be without covetousness;

and be content

with such things as ye have:

for he hath said,

I will never leave thee,

nor forsake thee.

6 So that we may boldly say,

The Lord is my helper,

and I will not fear

what man shall do

unto me.”  Hebrews 13:5-6

May you find the hope that God alone can and will give to YOU!

Amen and Amen!!!