His way

HIS WAY

God bade me go when I would stay  

Twas cool within the wood

I did not know the reason why

I heard a boulder crashing by  

Across the path where I stood.

He bade me stay when I would go;  

Thy will be done, I said.

They found one day at early dawn,

Across the way I would have gone,  

A serpent with a mangled head.

No more I ask the reason why,  

Although I may not see The path ahead,

His way I go; For though I know not,

He doth Know, safe paths for me.  

And He will choose           

The Sunday School Times

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Angelic Assistance

Assistance against Evil

God has promised to send angelic assistance when we face attacks from supernatural realms.

It makes sense. Satan & the demons are supernatural beings—so are God’s Angelic armies.

We need supernatural help in our conflict with supernatural enemies.

God controls all power & He wants us strong in Jesus.
So we’re to take everything the Master has provided for us,
His weapons are the only effective articles to battle with.
By using them we’re able to stand up to everything the Devil throws at us.
This is a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his demons.

God’s Word is our indispensable weapon.
Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.
We Pray hard & long. We Pray for others.
We Keep our eyes open.
We Keep each other’s spirits encouraged so that no one droops, falls behind or drops out.

In Psa. 91: 11–13, the composer describes 3 specific activities of the angels on our behalf.

The Angels are given “charge” of us Ps 91:11

The term “charge” is from the Hebrew tzawa, which means

“to appoint, install, give command of.”

The Lord has actually appointed angels—
heavenly guardians—
to give us aid when attacked by supernatural forces

Jesus says in Matthew 18:10 “Watch that you don’t treat a single one of these
childlike believers arrogantly. You realize, don’t you, that their personal angels
are constantly in touch with their Father in heaven?
The Message

In Acts 12:15 when Peter was sprung from prison by strong Angels he knocked on the door
Of the place the believers we’re praying.
A lady came to the door then ran back to the room where they were praying
they wouldn’t believe her, they dismissed her, the disregarded her report.
They said she was crazy, but. She stuck by her story, insisting.
They still wouldn’t believe her and said, “It must be his angel.”
All this time poor Peter was standing out in the street, knocking away.

Angels “guard” us in all our ways
The Hebrew word shamar means “to keep, watch over, observe, preserve, take care of.”

Angels are overseers of God’s people. Like silent sentries, they stand guard over
those who seek refuge in the Lord, preserving our steps.

Angels “bear you up” in their hands Psa. 91:12
The verb nasah actually means “to lift, to carry, take up.”

When used figuratively in reference to a person, it means “to support, sustain.”

In the context of Psalm 91, the angels see to our mental, emotional & spiritual needs
so that we will not be overwhelmed by the deception of the devil & his minions

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Death be not proud

“Death, be not proud, though some have called you

Mighty & dreadful, but you are not so;

For those who you think you overthrow

Die not, poor Death, nor can you kill me

From rest & sleep, which but your pictures be

Much pleasure; then from you much more must flow

And soon our best with you do go

Rest of their bones & soul’s delivery

You are slave to fate, chance, kings & desperate men

And do with poison, war & sickness dwell

And poppies or charms can make us sleep so well

And better than your stroke; why swell you then?

One short sleep past, we wake eternally

And death shall be no more; Death, you will die.”

by John Donne

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Excel in inadequacy

It is odd that we can excel in feelings of inadequacy & wallow at the weight
of our problems as gigantic impossibilities.

Then Jesus draws near with His voice through His Word.

He says we are complete in Him,

He reassures that He is the head of all principality & power:

He has all the power & all the needed solutions are supplied in His grace.

We can give everything to Him.

He says: Because we have kept the word of His patience,
He also will keep us from the hour of temptation,
which shall come upon all the world

We feel inadequate but when we keep His Word in front of us,
When we see how patiently He cares for us, our inadequacy is swallowed in Him.

The Word of His patience is Him faithfully surrounding us with Himself.

He patiently knocks at our hearts door asking us to open up to Him.

Keeping His Word of patience is hearing Him & allowing Him in,

We let Him carry our burdens,
We let Him take our inadequacies
We let Him take each problem.

He is our adequacy & we are complete in Him.
We are awed by His patience.

He tells us
Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you:
You’re to be a prophet to the nations— that’s what He has in mind for us.

But we say,
Wait, Master, Look at us. We don’t know anything. We inadequate!

But GOD says: Don’t say, ‘you’re inadequate,
He’ll tell us where to go & we’ll go there.
He’ll tell us what to say and we’ll say it.
Don’t be afraid of a anyone. He’ll be right here with us, looking after us.

GOD reaches out, He touches our mouth & He says,
Look! I’ve just put My words in your mouth—hand-delivered!
See what I’ve done? I’ve given you a job to do among others!

Our job is to pull up & tear down, take apart & demolish through prayer
And then start over, building & planting with His creative Word

Jeremiah 1:5-10

God knows the number of our hairs

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We seek His presence

Politicians of Nations & Kingdoms are placed into power & operate by God’s appointment,

It is not by their own authority that they raise up in power.

It’s not their clever tactics in their campaigning nor is it their self aggrandizing lies & deception

Sure they devour each other in scheming for ascendency & popularity

They want to be in charge. They want to call the shots. They exploit. They ridicule.

They blame. They find fault. The stir up discontent. They want to extend their territory.

They want to raise in popularity. They want the polls to register in their favor.

We find this peculiar, since we think our present political scene is processed by political vote.

The problem is not who votes but who counts the votes. Are we victims then?

Nope, Gods sovereign purposes are & will is achieved.

He let’s various ones obtain power & wealth. It’s the mystery of His appointments.

Nations rise & fall. Diseases comes & then He leads us to healing. Wars continue.

In it all our God is working & would have us trust in Him & pray.

Even in our failures & feelings of overwhelming defeat & stretched emotions we seek His presence

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Why doubt

Why would we ever feel doubt?

Would we ever come to a spot in life where we throw up our hands?

Then say inside, in our deep feelings:

We dont trust You; would we say that to God?

Are these the places where God becomes real?

Is this the spot where we stand barefoot by the burning bush of our life—as God’s Spirit—

Gently deals in our: will nots & our, I can’t’s?

Aren’t these our odd resistances?

God is real! Gods reality is infinitely above our reality

We feel the hurts, the bruise, the spots of defeat. The fears of coming disasters.

But God has His special touch, He moves in our sight, He brings His sound, His scent—

then we see the aching reality that God is more of a reality then we ourselves

all that’s around us that we thought was so impending & impactful is not anything really

but passing mist & shadows.

Yes it may seem Harder than it was ever meant to be & yet, the only way we could come

Whenever I find myself in the company of doubts, I know I am on Holy ground.

I want to take off my shoes & stand there for a while.

The ground starts to stink, it feels like muddy sludge,

There’s no way I’m going to let this feeling swallow me

This can’t take over

I do believe, God is always working. He’s doing in us,

He is working through & around us, all things together for our good

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Bumping into inadequacy

We constantly are bumping into areas of inadequacy.

It becomes a haunting consciousness.

But it’s only that we would cling to Jesus the one who alone is adequate.

We worry over things beyond our control but again we must find security in Jesus control.

We fear failure, which plunges us instantly into collapse.

We recoil, realizing God rewards faith not fears.

We may cop a wrong attitude toward others; it eats up our insides with resentment & guilt.

Stunned with loss of health & energy we realize God would have us learn His love

At times it appears His love develops only in the swamp of the distracting & unlovely.

We study God’s adequacy, ability & achievements over & over.

We write about it, pray it, say it & mouth it at every situation.

But saying it & believing it are worlds apart.

We must learn it & live it in the trenches of our challenges

This is where Jesus would be to us what only He can be. Not I but Christ.

PSALMS 30

REASONS FOR PERSONAL PRAISE V.1-3

RESCUED FROM: THE POWER OF DESPAIR

We will extol you,O LORD; for you have lifted us up

THE PAINS OF DISLIKE

and have not made our foes to rejoice over us.

THE PRESSURE OF DISEASE V.2

O LORD my God, I cried to You & you have healed us.

THE PERMANENCE OF DESTRUCTION V.3

O LORD, you have brought up our soul from the grave:

You have kept us alive, that we should not go down to the pit.

REASONS FOR PUBLIC PRAISE V.4-5

RESCUED TO: HIS PURITY V.4

Sing to the LORD, we believe in Him, give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.

HIS PATIENCE V.5

For His anger endures but a moment; in His favor is life:

HIS PEACE

weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

RUIN FOR PRECARIOUS PRESUMPTION V.6-7

WE FEEL GREAT

And in our prosperity we said, we shall never be moved.

WE FORGET GRACE

LORD, by Your favor You have made our mountain to stand strong:

WE FIND GRIEF

You did hide Your face, and we were troubled.

REQUESTS FOR PHYSICAL PRESERVATION V.8-10

OUR APPROACH

We cried to You, O LORD & to the LORD we made supplication.

OUR APPEAL

What profit is there in our blood, when we go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise You? shall it declare Your truth?

OUR ANGUISH

Hear, O LORD & have mercy on us: LORD, be our helper.

RELIANCE FOR PRICELESS PRIVILEGE V.11-12

OUR GREAT CHANGE

You have turned for us our mourning into dancing:
You have put off our sackcloth & dressed us with gladness;

OUR GLORIOUS CHALLENGE

To the end that our glory may sing praise to You & not be silent.

O LORD our God, we will give thanks to You for ever.

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