Wednesday, March 28, 2012

For My Dear Little Nephew~

 

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14

Robert Edward Lee Cutler

My brother Bryant and sister-in-law Kathryn are expecting a son on July 4th 2012, Lord willing! Children are a blessing from the Lord.  Here is a prayer that comes to my mind when thinking of children…

A Christian Home

O give us homes built firm upon the Saviour,
Where Christ is Head, and Counsellor and Guide;
Where ev'ry child is taught His love and favor
And gives his heart to Christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that tho' his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side!

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho' days be dark and grim.

O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be Thou the center of our least endeavor:
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share

I pray for you, dear little Robert, daily, and I pray for your parents. May the Lord give them great wisdom as they raise you in the nurture and admonition of the Lord! May you be a shining light in our family and church for the disappointment of God’s enemies and God’s glory! I did some research today on your names meanings, I will share my findings with you. I pray that you will live up to your name!

Robert: Abiding in God ~ May you ever abide in and walk with God.

“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 15:5

Edward: Guardian of Happiness ~May you ever be joyful in the Lord and delight in Him!

“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” Psalm 32:11

Lee: Gracious ~ May you be a gracious man, loved by God and all good men!

“He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.” Proverbs 22:11

Cutler: You carry on your family’s name. May you bring honor to your father and mother for the glory of God!

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1

Praying for you~

Love,

Aunt Brytni

~If you would like to see updates about Robert, Go Here ~

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sheer Joy!

 

I am so full of rejoicing this morning, that even the bird singing sweetly in the tree fails to render adequate praise to our Master! Though I had 1000 tongues, I couldn’t exalt Him highly enough! His name is above every name! Most importantly, I am His and He is mine! Halleluiah! Rejoice with me brethren, for praise is comely for the upright! We are washed in His blood, covered in His righteousness, therefore are we upright. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, His abundant mercy, He saved us.

He gives us each new day, and fills those days with new mercies. His compassions fail not. GREAT is His faithfulness, and He is our exceeding great reward! O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!

I have a song in my heart and on my tongue this day, sing it with me for sheer joy in and of Him!

“Come, Christians, join to sing,

Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King;
Alleluia! Amen!
Let all with heart and voice,
Before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice.
Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high,
Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky;
Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend;
To us He’ll condescend;
His love shall never end.
Alleluia! Amen!

Praise yet our Christ again,
Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain;
Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven’s blissful shore,
His goodness we’ll adore,
Singing forevermore,
Alleluia! Amen!”

Christian H. Bateman, 1843

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Do You Talk to the Lord?

 

“Pray without ceasing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

I like to talk. Do you? I can talk to anybody, including myself! We tell people about our troubles, our blessings, our good times and bad, our struggles, our triumphs, etc. We might even say we are thankful to the Lord for such-and-such or we hope the Lord will help us with so-and-so. But do we take our praises and complaints to Him? Do we talk to Him? Yes, it is true that He knows before hand what we need or what we are thankful for, but that doesn’t negate our duties to Him.

1stly we should praise Him! Thank Him verbally, not just in front of others, but privately to “just” Him. If someone gave us a gift would we tell everyone else but them how thankful we are for it? Would we think “Oh, they know that I am thankful to them.” Well, maybe sometimes we do, but that isn’t right! We would (or should) thank our benefactor. Well, in the same way, for the same reasons, (except amplified because He has done WAY more for us than anyone else has/could/can do) we should thank Him “to His face”.

Then there are our cares and complaints… He tells us to cast our cares on Him. He cares for us and we can show Him our faith and trust in Him by telling Him our troubles. David gives us many great examples in the Psalms of both praising and “complaining” to the Lord. Did God not know what David was thankful for or worried about before hand? Of course He knew! Did that stop David from telling the Lord? NO!

Thirdly, if we are still thinking we aren’t obliged to take all to the Lord in prayer, we are commanded to! That’s right COMMANDED! He demands our prayers! Look at the verse quoted above, it doesn’t sound like a suggestion to me. Here are some more verses about prayer:

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.” James 5:13

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:8

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;” Colossians 4:2

There are so many verses about prayer that I’ll only quote these few. here are a few praises and cares of David’s for examples. Notice the first is a prayer that the Lord will hear his prayer!:

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.” Psalm 143:1

“Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5 –Amen!

“Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.” Psalm 17:7

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.” Psalm 51

I had to put the whole of Psalm 51 here. I love it! What an example of prayer! There is confession, repentance, requests and praises! Notice that David tells the Lord what the Lord requires (behold Thou desirest…). You might think that silly and unnecessary at first, but it reminds me of when in the military someone is given orders, they repeat back what they have been ordered so their officer knows they understand and got the message! Brilliant! David was wise, we would do well to emulate him.

Let us pray without ceasing brothers and sisters! It truly is sweet, as the favourite hymn of a friend of mine says!

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight.
This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise
To seize the everlasting prize,
And shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!

William W. Walford –1845

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Another Blessing!

 

Another friend reminded me of a precious promise of our Lord’s via Skype… Thank you Sarah! Here is the verse she reminded me of:

1 Corinthians 10:13

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

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A Blessing!

 

A friend sent me some verses via Skype this week, and it encouraged me so much I wanted to publish them on here:

“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” Psalm 33:18-22

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Monday, March 12, 2012

What are you Leaning on?

 

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

Proverbs 3:5-7

What do we place our trust, hope and confidence in? What do we lean on for support, guidance, understanding and strength? Ourselves? NO WAY! We should place our hope and trust in, and get our strength and understanding from, the LORD!

Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain:
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms

 

Elisha A. Hoffman

 

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Come Quickly Lord Jesus!

 

Today I am thankful for the hope of the coming day of our Lord Jesus Christ! This is short, but it is what I am rejoicing in today! We will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, after those who are dead arise first, then we shall be changed! We shall be given incorruptible bodies, that don’t get sick, don’t have defects, don’t deteriorate and DON’T SIN! We will praise our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ the Righteous for ever and ever! Thank you Lord!

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Revelation 22:20

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Questions of Self Examination:

 

We should examine our hearts and our lives according to God’s Word, frequently and honestly. Less than full honesty here is self-deceit and forgets an omniscient God.

The lack of fruit in a life is a bad thing (II Pet 1:9; John 15:2; II Cor 5:17).

The Questions:

Am I enjoying my first love of Christ (Rev 2:4)?  Or am I cold and dull?
Am I a hot, cold, or lukewarm Christian (Rev 3:15-16)? Shall He spue?
Are my conversations spiritually minded most of the time (Rom 8:5-9)?
How much time, effort, priority, and importance do I place on my spiritual duties?
See the time, effort, and priority in physical transformation (I Co 9:24-27).
Am I very sorrowful for all the sins I commit?  Or are some “little sins”?
Do I have areas of life over which I am defensive and protective?
Did I pray this week for God to search and know me (Ps 139:23-24)?
Do I hate evil?  Does all evil really get my spirit angry?  (Prov 8:13).
Do I have any bitterness, grudge, offence, envy, or anger with/against others?
Can I imagine that anyone might have an outstanding grudge with me?
Might a parent, sibling (not my case but: or spouse) have scars of ancient wounds I could erase?
Is there a brother or sister I should reconcile with before communion (Matt 5:21-26)?
Revival and preparation for Jesus Christ requires family unity (Mal 4:5-6).
Is your marriage perfect?  In your spouse’s eyes?  In God’s?  (I Pet 3:7).
Were you content with your husband/wife completely all week?
Did I watch any evil this past week (Ps 101:3; Rom 1:32)?
Did I guard all my thoughts?  Did I justify any?  Did I confess?
Did I use my job simply as a means to support my pursuit of God?
Did I show brotherly kindness to other members of my church in any way last week?
Did I read my Bible with the intent of knowing and finding God?
Did I pray this week and ask for the Holy Spirit or a spiritual revival?
Did I commit adultery with my mind? Murder with my heart or lips?
Did I get angry and sin?  Did I let the sun go down on my wrath?
I need to be a John the Baptist and Elijah with a “take no prisoners” attitude.
How holy am I?  How content?  How godly?  How spiritually minded?
What habits do I still have in my life that the LORD would cut out?

Let us examine ourselves, and repent!

Lord be merciful to me, a sinner!

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I ran across an outline for a sermon on this subject today, and thought this was so beneficial that I wanted to post the questions on here! I hope you gain as much as I have from this examination tool.