Monday, June 27, 2011

~Purely Identified~

  • Part 1 in a series for ladies on P u r i t y

Galatians 2:20 ~  “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”

Jean and Sally have just been introduced. They have been conversing for some time, and have asked all of the normal “get to know you” questions. When Sally asks this all important question… How will it be answered?

Sally ~ “So, what do you do?”

Jean ~ “Well I have a doctorate in neurology. I have been studying and working hard trying to find a better, and more reliable cure for cancer. And I think I’m on to something! How about you?”

Sally ~ “Wow! Umm, well, I am a mother of 5 children… I am a homemaker… I clean the church building every Saturday, umm…

Upon reflection of such conversations, I began to think, “What are these ladies saying?” Which woman do you admire? Why?

Let me start by saying that I’m not condemning all or any of the things either woman said… There we go, got that out there for those who were wondering what was so bad! :) But just think about this for your own sake, and consider what it implies.Also that we do not just identify ourselves by what we say, but also by what we do!

Christ lives in us! Why, then, do we center our talk and lives around, and identify ourselves by, so many other things? Jobs, homes, money, kids, appearance, etc. Really now, what are we thinking? All things we have are gifts from The most kind and gracious Father. EVERYTHING!

If we wrap our identities up in the way we decorate our house, the way we cook, the way we do our hair, are we worthy to be called the daughters of God? What worthless tripe we place our hope in! We will, if we don’t get our priorities straight, become discontented and frustrated just like the world. Suddenly the silliest little things will bother us. We will worry, be anxious, become angry, and bitter. And why? Because we do not REALLY and TRUELY believe that it is He that dwelleth in us. Pluck out your “I”, and replace it with “Thee alone, O Christ!”

Oh sisters! Are you pure? Are you pure in your identity? What worldly and prideful things have you allowed to creep in and steal you true identity? What will you cut off?

Who are you?

By-The-Lily-Pond

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lady Wisdom

 

“Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it. A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.”

Proverbs 9

What, or rather, whom are you seeking today? Do you want to live? How should you seek after this wonderful lady? As for hid treasure! How would you seek for 1 million dollars worth of gold? Seek wisdom like that!

 

Pathway to Wisdom

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wondrous King all Glorious

 

Wondrous King, all glorious,
Sovereign Lord victorious,
O, receive our praise with favor!
From thee welled God's kindness
Though we in our blindness
Strayed from thee, our blessed Saviour.
Strengthen thou,
Help us now;
Let our tongues be singing,
Thee our praises bringing.


Heavens, spread the story
Of our Maker's glory,
All the pomp of earth obscuring.
Sun, thy rays be sending,
Thy bright beams expending,
Light to all the earth assuring.
Moon and star,
Praise afar
Him who glorious made you;
The vast heavens aid you.


O my soul, rejoicing,
Sing, thy praises voicing,
Sing, with hymns of faith adore him!
All who here have being,
Shout, your voices freeing,
Bow down in the dust before him.
He is God
Sabaoth;
Praise alone the Saviour,
Here and there for ever.


Hallelujahs render
To the Lord most tender,
Ye who know and love the Saviour.
Hallelujahs sing ye,
Ye redeemed, O, bring ye
Hearts that yield him glad behavior.
Blest are ye
Endlessly;
Sinless there for ever,
Ye shall laud him ever.

Joachim Neander

I love this hymn! The Lord is worthy to be praised! Do you render to Him the praise due Him? What verses can you think of to go with this hymn? One that comes to my mind is:

Psalm 147:1 “Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.”

and:

Revelation 15:3a,4 “Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”

 

singing

Monday, June 20, 2011

He Restoreth My Soul

He is the Good Shepherd!

Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, will care for us for time and eternity, because he laid His life down for us! He has an investment in the flock that no others have. He is the only honest and true shepherd; the superior shepherd of the sheep. It is He who appoints the other shepherds, His underlings, to guide and protect the flock. Let us thank the Lord for them, and always for the ultimate Shepherd, Jesus Christ!

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:10,11

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Psalm 23

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” John 10:14

“And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” John 9:39

He is your Shepherd!

Do you know Him?

 

shepherd and sheep

Friday, June 3, 2011

When We All Get To Heaven…

                                             We won’t get poison ivy any more!

This day has been an itchy one! HA HA!! I weeded our front flower bed, and guess what?! I have an itchy rash on quite a bit of my skin.

The Lord reminded me to look not on this earth as my home, but to an heavenly! The absence of poison ivy WILL be a blessing, BUT one even greater will be to unite with our Savior to sing His praise evermore!

Thank you Lord for this small trial that helps build endurance, and helps sever my heart from this earth, and look toward Home!

 

But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. -Hebrews 11:16

 

poison ivy

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Oh, The Promises of a Loving Father!

 

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

2Corintians 7:1

What are you doing to show your gratefulness to the LORD for His promises? He calls for us to conform our lives to Christ in holiness, fearing the Lord and departing from evil.

Please post a comment, telling which of His promises means the most to you right now!

One that I am especially thankful for, is that He has promised that He has removed our transgressions from us… AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST!! What a merciful Father!

 

black and white of daisy

Can’t wait to see the promises that you are praising God for!