Relaxing in the fire

There is now no condemnation

There is now no adjudging

guilty of wrong

for those who are in Christ Jesus,

for we now live and walk

not after the dictates of the flesh,

but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 Amplified

As the message renders this:

“All our fateful dilemmas

are resolved.

We no longer have to live

under a continuous,

low-lying grey cloud.

Because we have Christ’s

constant presence

We have Jesus power

in every situation.

The Spirit of life in Christ,

is like a strong wind,

God magnificently clears the air,

He frees us from a fated lifetime

of brutal tyranny

at the hands of the chief condemner

Satan

And his horde of crushing accusers”

So now we can Embrace Condemners

So now we can Accept Criticism

Granted; it’s not easy,

it’s an Acquired Taste

But let it be One of

Life’s Best Pleasures

God uses Critics for our good

God, knows our heart,

God uses critics to see things

in ourselves:

We get a glimpse of our

failings of faith

We detect where we’ve faltered

in practice,

We discover distorted emphases,

We get sightings on our blind spots,

We spy out our areas of neglect

We discern our attitudes

We spot actions contradictory

to stated commitments

But, we also spot strengths

We isolate significant contributions.

So when God uses critics to help us.

Although the criticism is mistaken,

There’s a grace in not leaping

too quickly to our defense.

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The Salvation of our souls

“Though we have not seen Jesus, we love Him;

and even though we do not see Jesus now,

We believe in Christ

and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

for we are receiving the end result of our faith,

the salvation of our souls.”

1 Peter 1:8

The salvation of our soul is not just about where we go when we die.

The word salvation means healing or deliverance at the deepest level

of who we are in the care of God through the presence of Jesus.

Sooner or later, our world will fall apart.

What will matter then is our soul constructed

in His salvation of our souls

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Seizing our Crown

We overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and

the communication of our testimony.

Rev. 12:11

War broke out in Heaven. Michael and his Angels fought the Dragon.

The Dragon and his Angels fought back, but their no match for Michael.

They were cleared out of Heaven, not a sign of them is left.

The great Dragon— this ancient Serpent, the one called the Devil and Satan,

the one who led the whole earth astray— is thrown out,

and all his Angels thrown out with him, thrown down to earth.

God’s voice is saying, Salvation and power are established!

The Kingdom of our God, the authority of His Christ is set!

The Accuser of our brothers and sisters is thrown out,

The accuser who accuses us day and night before God.

We defeat him through the blood of the Lamb and the bold word of our witness…

For the Devil’s come down on us with both feet; because he’s had a great fall;

He’s wild and raging with anger; he hasn’t much time and he knows it.

Rev 12:7-12 the message

When James and John came to Christ with their mother,

They asked Jesus for the best place in the kingdom,

Jesus didn’t refuse their request, but said it would be given to them

if they could do Jesus work, drink His cup, and be baptized with His baptism.

The greatest things are hedged about by the hardest things,

We, find impossible mountains and dense forests and chariots of iron.

Hardship is the price of regaling the crown.

Triumphal accolades and honors

are not woven out of rose blossoms and silken cords,

but of hard blows and bloody scars.

The very hardships that we are enduring in our life today

are given by the Master for the explicit purpose of enabling us to win our crown.

As MacDonald notes: we’re in training time for reigning time

Do not wait for some ideal situation, some romantic difficulty,

Do not wait for some far-away emergency;

but rise to meet the actual conditions

which the providence of God has placed around us today.

Our crown of glory lies embedded in the very heart of these things-

those hardships and trials that are pressing us now,

The hardest things are not those observed by others.

It’s those things down in our secret soul unseen and unknown by all but Jesus,

there are trials we don’t mention,

This is our crown. God help us to overcome, and wear it. —

Adapted remix

We fight the battle,

Faith is the victory

We Fight on!

Tomorrow there’s the song

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Participating In Providence

Our prayers don’t obstruct God’s providence.

Gods plans are what He’s predetermined

God’s designs and methodical unfolding

are what He prompts us to pray about.

Prayer is our means to Gods end.

Prayer is what we do to open our lives to what God desires to do.

Through meditating on Gods Word we can hear His living voice.

His voice is alive and powerful,

His voice is sharp and piercing

As we pray Gods Word He performs His will

The initiative is of God

It is of God’s own [free] will that He gave us birth

[as sons] by [His] Word of Truth James 1:18 | AMP

The response is from us through our prayers

Prayer is our reply to God’s asking us to seek His face and presence

Praying is our receiving of what God has determined to do for us

Jesus is always knocking at our hearts door.

He’s constantly wants access to our inner person.

God sought our first parents as they hid in the bushes

(to flush them out of their unresponsive seclusion)

So God reaches out to us for an intimate individual relationship.

We’re exhorted don’t refuse Him.

We receive Him as our royal guest,

We receive Him as our deepest friend

We receive Him as our constant companion.

And we listen to Him in His word

as He listens to us in our praying His word

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He feels each individual pain

I’ll make a list of all GOD’s gracious dealings,

Everything GOD does deserves our praise,

He is intricately generous in His bounties to us,

God has poured out His goodness and grace on us

Each of my family members have felt His love

For Jesus lavishes His Compassion

through His extravagant mercy.

God is infinitely faithful and would never betray us.

He’s our moment by moment Savior

In each and every trouble,

as the troubles that trouble us trouble Him too.

There’s no predicament where He won’t help us

Through His peerless love and pity He saves us.

As He tenderly rescues us and carries us

Through His path for us to His wonderful presence

Isaiah 63:7-9 individualized

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The Psalms is our prayer journal

Through the psalmists words

we can express with this

select poet as He Shepard’s

our thoughts guiding our words

He directs our expressions

by over and over exposing

his feelings out before God.

He pinpoints with passion,

He articulates by venting

his inner emotions.

He progresses through each

Impression with ruthless honesty

in God’s presence.

The beauty and power of prayer

Is that Jesus loves our feelings

and embraces each one.

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Kiss us with the kisses of Your lips

These things happened

to them as examples

They were written down

as warnings for us,

on whom the culmination

of the ages has come.

1 Cor. 10:11

From the beginning of time

We hear God in Scripture

He’s showing His caring love

but we also His corrective love.

His caring love is seen

As He comes near

He in a compassionate voice

walks up to us

asks questions of us

gives direction to us

provides provision for us

and He surrounds in protection.

His corrective love

We God communicating

in the bio sketches of individuals,

we hear our Lords voice

in the lives of ancient families

We see God’s sovereign control

In the rise and fall of Nations.

We see those many

Who turn their backs

on God’s caring love

Who drift off into

destructive behavior.

God provides them

God provides for us:

He His riches of grace in Christ.

When we fail to possess

all our possessions in our Lord

we’re then vulnerable

to the snares and traps

of the enemy of our souls.

If we falter

If we’re pinned to the mat

in our wrestling match

with the forces of evil darkness

We get corrected

We’re plunged into enemy captivity

We experience the losses

We endure the damages.

We study God’s voice through

patriarchs,

judges,

prophets,

poets,

kings,

apostles,

pastors

and teachers.

We hear His cautions

We feel His warnings

We ponder these lives

We meditate on His dealings

Each page of scripture

Is a fountain of life

Each word is vital to define

Each phrase of His voice

Is echoing God’s volumes

about our Saviors compassion

Our Lord Jesus love for our soul

And we muse on Him

And in adoring awe we cry

O love that will not let us go

We rest our weary soul in thee

We owe our life to You

Christ! You are

the fulfillment of the ages

You are the Ancient of days

You spoke everything

into existence

And by Your voice all things exist

You began all things

You’ll end all things

You wrote this first phrases

of life “by in the Beginning God”

You”ll soon write the final lines

displaying the wages of sin

and demonstrating eternal life

through Your glorious return

even so come Lord Jesus

In Your caring love

In Your corrective love

As righteousness and love

As justice and peace

Kiss each other

Kiss us with

the kisses of Your lips

Your love is superior

to everything this world

has to offer

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Eyes to the sun

Surviving in the extreme storm

We will dwell again in His shade.

We will flourish like the grain.

We will blossom like a vine.

Hosea 14:7

Last night it dropped down

to 28 degrees.

The plants in our garden are

bowing down in the frigid chill.

Our previously admired blooms

are constricted by ice.

There beauty and delicate

fragrance are pushed into a

wintertime hibernation

Winter is merciless,

Our flowers droop in shock,

There petals are choked by a

savage frosty strangulation.

There glory has departed.

Just to make things interesting

our thermostat is being finicky

I bought an inexpensive

replacement at Home Depot

but am puzzled with how to

replace the old with the new

Past failures in repairing stuff

makes me frozen in action

I’m unable to help my

fragile flowers until a new

resurrection in the spring sun

There are so many challenges

in our life

We need

the sun of righteousness to

rise with healing in His wings

“But for us who fear His name,

the sun of righteousness will

rise with healing in His wings;

and we will go out and skip

about like calves from the stall.”

Mal. 4:2

because of the tender mercy of

our God, by which the Dawn

will visit us from on high

Luke 1:78

For the Lord God is a sun and

a shield; the Lord gives grace

and he gives glory; our God

withholds no good thing from

all who walk with Him

Psalms 84:11

The light of the moon will be

as bright as the sun, and the

light of the sun will be seven

times brighter…on the day

that the Lord binds up the

brokenness of His people and

heals the wounds He inflicted

Isaiah 30:26

Then the lame will leap like

a deer and the mute tongue

will shout for joy. For waters

will gush out in the wilderness,

and streams in the desert.

Isaiah 35:6

Arise, shine, for Your light

is come, and the glory of

the Lord rises on us

Isaiah 60:1

Our Lord will restore our health

He will heal our wounds,

declares our LORD,

although they call us

an outcast, for whom

no one cares

Jeremiah 30:17

Nevertheless, I will bring to

you health and healing,

and I will my people and

reveal to you the abundance

of peace and truth.

Jeremiah 33:6

For we will go out with joy,

we will be led out with peace:

the mountains and the hills

will break out before us

into singing, and all the trees

of the field will clap their hands…

Isaiah 55:12-13

He gives us power to endure

through communion with God,

but we’re in danger of being

crushed by a heavy chill

of difficult trials

We lean on Christ

He’s promised

“I will strengthen you” Isa 41:10

Katherine Lee Bates writes:

Yesterday’s Grief

The falling rain of yesterday

is ruby on the roses,

Silver on the poplar leaf,

and gold on willow stem;

The grief that fell just yesterday

is silence that encloses

God’s great gifts of grace,

as time will never trouble them.

The falling rain of yesterday

makes all the hillsides glisten,

Coral on the laurel and

beryl on the grass;

As grief that fell just yesterday

has taught the soul to listen

For whispers of eternity

in all the winds that pass.

O faint of heart, storm-beaten,

this freeze will shine tomorrow,

Flame within the columbine

and jewels on the thorn,

Heaven in the forget-me-not;

though sorrow now is sorrow,

Yet sorrow will be beauty

in the magic of the morn.

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It Is Good

With each new day and in

every situation is there’s a

new opportunity for us to have

a transforming experience through

a preoccupation with Jesus.

“When we continually immerse

ourselves in the glory of Christ,

a virtue will flow from Him to

repair all our decays and

to transform all our declines

to renew a right spirit within us.

The Spirit of our Lord will cause

us to abound in all His truth…

He will fix our soul to His object

which is suited to give us delight,

peace and satisfaction.…

When our mind is filled with

thoughts of Christ and His glory,

when our soul cleaves to Jesus

with intense affections, our

spiritual weakness is cast out,

The oppression of our disorder

will fade as our soul engages in

encouraging view of Christ and

His glory;

Everything about our Lord Jesus

has a constraining power to

lift us above our present affliction.”

Adapted in a remix of John Owen

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THE BLUSTERY POMP OF POLITICS OR WATCH FOR LOW HANGING LIMBS

As I outline 2 Samuel 15 -20 the news is blaring and Biden is bloviating

It reminds me of Thomas à Kempis words

“We Are Weary with Reading and Hearing Many Things

O God our Truth, make us one with You in eternal love.

You are all we want and desire.

Let all of us keep silent before You.

Speak to us, You, and You alone”

Jesus spoke and said:

The wind blows where it wishes, and we hear its sound,

but we don’t know where it comes from or where it goes.

So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

The Psalmist reports:

He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth.

He sends lightning with the rain and brings the wind from His storehouses.

Psa. 135:7

God fixed the weight of the wind and measured out the waters

when He set a limit for the rain and a path for the thunderbolt,

Job 28:25

lightning and hail, snow and clouds, powerful wind fulfilling His word

Psa. 148:8

For behold, He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind,

and reveals His thoughts to man,

the One who turns the dawn to darkness and strides on the heights of the earth,

the Lord, the God of Hosts, is His name.

Amos 4:13

For he commands, and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves thereof.

Psa. 107:25

Fire, and hail; snow, and vapor; stormy wind fulfilling His word

It is politically stormy right now as wind is blowing everywhere

In 2 Samuel 15-20 we see

A very stormy time for David politically and paternally.

His son Absalom is working at the politics of pomp.

He got chariots and horses and fifty men to run in front of him in a pompous parade

No one had Chariots in Jerusalem. God said don’t increase your horses and chariots

David said in his poetic inspiration some trust in chariots and some in horses

but we should be trusting in the Lord.

Psa. 20:7

Samuel warned about the dangers of having a king “like all the nations,”

he emphasized such a king would have chariots and horsemen to run

before his chariots 1 Samuel 8:5, 11

Then Absalom started into THE POLITICS OF PROMISES 2 Sam 15:2-4

Absalom wanted to be great

The pursuit of greatness is inconsistent with Jesus Christ who made Himself

of no reputation.

The cult of celebrity is tricky and showing up with a gaudy chariot and designer

clothes is a contradiction to Jesus word where He says:

But you shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you,

let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that serves.

Luke 22:26

As I outlined in 2 Samuel this news channel was blaring blustery wind as background.

Biden is blurry in his Constant breezy demagoguery

It appears factious and misleading and blustery

Absalom fostered discontent to David’s kingdom to position himself

in the minds of others as the potential answer to their unhappiness.

This is the politics of promises.

Absalom positioned, early in the day, to intercept any who were

looking for their issues to be resolved.

Absalom targeted those who were bringing their cases for a decision by the king.

A “dispute” was a case by an individual who was seeking redress for some wrong

Absalom was sowing the idea that the hope for justice in the land lay in

a new source of justice, namely King Absalom rather than King David.

Saying

“I will give [them] justice” means

“I’ll declare in their favor.”

An amazing promise!

Every litigant would get

the decision they wanted.

Modern politician promise lower taxes, increase entitlements

Politics of promises pretends to be concerned for our needs and desires

They promise whatever it takes to get the individuals on board.

WHATS THE CLEAR INTENT – 2 Sam. 15:5,6

THE POLITICS OF PLEASING v. 5

5 And it was so, that when any man came near to him to do him obeisance,

he put out his hand, and took him, and kissed him.

Absalom’s politic was a strategy of charm

Absalom was behaving like the king! His kisses were insincere affection

6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king

for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

The remarkable thing about Absalom-style politics is that it works.

It worked for him.

Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel” (v. 6).

Absalom worked on “all of Israel” with his strategy to arouse the affection

and support of the people. He was a success in tricking the people.

It was a deception.

Politics Absalom-style can succeed, but those who fall for it are duped people.

TAKING POWER ABSALOMS WAY vv. 7–12

His campaign to “steal” the hearts went on for four years (v. 7).

He had an ability to wait for the right time to carry out his long-harbored intentions.

So where’s the wind blowing in our present political climate?

… Why the big noise, all you politicians and political junkies?

Why all the mean plots, you groveling politicians?

Political-leaders push for position,

Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks for their new administration,

The God-deniers, the Christ-defiers:

The plan is to get free of God! Erase Jesus Christ! Silence the voices of challenge

God is breaks out in scorning laughs

He views all this political presumption as hilarious;

God can in a flash shuts everyone up and everything down

There’s a King above every king

that ever lived

He’s above every pompous politician?

His warning is Worship GOD in adoring embrace,

Celebrate in trembling awe.

Kiss Christ!

Give Him all our affections.

Stuff can explode at any moment,

The only thing we won’t

regret is voting for Jesus! …

Every prayer of Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven is a vote for Christ

Psalm 2:1-12 Remixed

And don’t drive your pompous chariot under low limbs.

Your hair may get caught in the limb snag and a fiery dart can end your parade

Politics milks our mind

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