Jul 28, 2009
Roma and Phil at their best…
The artists singing in Gaelic at the start is Aoife Ni Fearraigh. I would appreciate anyone who could translate the hymn she is singing…
This is for all those who struggle through life (for one reason or another)… You are not alone.
May the Blessing of Light be upon you, light on the outside, light on the inside.
With God’s sunlight shining on you, may your heart glow with warmth, like a turf fire that welcomes friends and strangers alike.
May the Light of the Lord shine from your eyes, like a candle in the window, welcoming the weary traveller.
May the blessing of God’s soft rain be on you, falling gently on your head. Refreshing your soul with the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.
May the strength of the winds of heaven bless you, carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean. Sparkling after in the sunlight.
May the blessing of God’s earth be on you. And as you walk the roads may you always have a kind word for those you meet.
May you understand the strength and power of God in a
thunderstorm and winter and the quiet beauty of creation and the calm of a summer sunset.
And may you come to realize that insignificant as you may seem in this great universe, you ARE an important part of God’s plan.
May he watch over you and keep you safe from harm.
I want to know Christ and the power that raised him from the dead. I want to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death. PHILIPPIANS 3:10
Trace the path of this Savior, the God who swapped heavenly royalty for earthly poverty. His bed became, at best, a borrowed pallet—and usually the hard earth. He was dependent on handouts for his income. He was sometimes so hungry he would eat raw grain or pick fruit off a tree. He knew what it meant to have no home.
He was ridiculed. His neighbors tried to lynch him. Some called him a lunatic. His family tried to confine him to their house. His friends weren’t always faithful to him.
He was accused of a crime he never committed. Witnesses were hired to lie. The jury was rigged. A judge swayed by politics handed down the death penalty.
They killed him.
And why? Because of the gift that only he could give.
The Applause of Heaven
Some people question whether the Lord is truly in control. They learn about tragedies in the world and wonder if perhaps God isn’t powerful enough to overcome all evil. Or they encounter what seems like an insurmountable obstacle in their own life and come to the conclusion that His power is limited.
My friend, we certainly don’t understand everything that happens in this life. But we know from Scripture that God has ultimate authority. As Psalm 103:19 says, “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.”
Consider the far-reaching implications of that verse: God has total control in all the universe. He reigns over everything and everyone, and His power surpasses all other strength. The terms omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient are often used to describe Him. In other words, our God is all-powerful, He exists everywhere, and He is all-knowing. This means there is nothing beyond His knowledge or His ability to direct.
And this limitless, unfathomable God, who is unhindered and fully in control, adopts us as His children. What an amazing thought! As we begin to grasp this truth, peace and rest will flood our souls.
If you believe in an all-powerful God, is that idea simply “head knowledge,” or does it affect the way you think and feel? When you realize that nothing happens apart from His awareness, direction, and loving purpose, it becomes possible to lay down fear and truly experience His peace.
“We do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” (Colossians 1:9)
The first verse of a moving hymn titled “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” reads:
Brethren, we have met to worship
And adore the Lord our God;
Will you pray with all your power,
While we try to preach the Word?
All is vain unless the Spirit
Of the Holy One comes down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna
Will be showered all around.
In many of yesterday’s churches, certain leaders would gather while the pastor was preaching to pray for power and clarity in his words, and for responsive listeners and souls changed for eternity. Even a spiritually mature preacher can accomplish nothing of lasting worth without empowerment of the Holy Spirit: “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).
As God’s Word is preached in purity and with spiritual power, we can expect His blessings. The hymn writer used manna, the miraculous provision of food for the Israelites in the wilderness, to symbolize God’s answer to the church’s prayers. How we long for such manna, this all-sustaining provision for every need, this solution to every problem in the ministry, and the fruit that is borne of our labors. How our churches need to return to dependence on intercessory prayer, not on people and programs, for lasting fruit.
God is still in the prayer-answering business. Dare we ask God for manna such as this? JDM
Who is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption.—1 Corinthians 1:30.
CHRIST with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right hand, Christ at my left,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
CHRIST is in all His redeemed, as the soul of their soul, the life of their life. He is the pitying heart and the helping hand of God with every needy, praying spirit in the world. He is the sweet light of the knowledge of God that breaks in upon every penitent heart. He is not only with those who believe in Him and love Him, but also with those who neither believe in Him nor love Him, that He may be to them also Jesus their Savior. The Christ of God is in thy heart, waiting and aiming to get the consent of thy will, that He may save thee. Wherever man is, there also is Christ, endeavoring to free him from the law of sin and death, by becoming Himself the law of the spirit of his life.
In all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food (the lust of the flesh), and that it was pleasant to the eyes (the lust of the eyes), and a tree to be desired to make one wise (the pride of life), she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
When the tempter came to [Jesus], he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread (the lust of the flesh). But he answered, … Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The devil … sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them (the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life). Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan.
In that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation.
Genesis 3:6. 1 John 2:16. Matthew 4:3, 4, 8-10. 1 John 2:16. Hebrews 2:18. James 1:12.
He shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. Leviticus 1:4
Ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. — Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.
He hath made us accepted in the Beloved. As lively stones, … built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. — I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.
1 Peter 1:18,19. 1 Peter 2:24. Ephesians 1:6. 1 Peter 2:5. Romans 12:1. Jude 24,25.