VIDEO On the Rising … 2021

BLOOMS AND T

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”… Jeremiah 33:3

When we intentionally praise God …..and offer thanksgiving to Him during a difficult time, our praise becomes our testimony.

It shifts our focus away from our problems and moves us to meditate on the nature and character of God Himself.

Intentional Praise reveals a FAITH that believes IN GOD’S GOODNESS above any sorrows we may face….

We see now..how we began seeding our path….leading us to face many completions….

Into each crevice of misery…we planted a promise of Hope…

We became more flexible and agile in the energy of the not knowing…

The strength was born from the gentleness of the flow we created..

Where you invest your Love….you invest your Life…..

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Thank you to all that visit the Garden..

It is my honor to share Gods Beauty..in the bloomings and in the thorns of life…it is with a grateful heart ….that I seed this garden.

May you dare to create an amazing adventure in this New Era of your Life…

May God Bless You….

Happy New Beginnings..Happy New Age..in this New Year ….

Namaste’

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The Wonderful One

There before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. Revelation 4:2

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion return to Oz with the broomstick that empowered the Wicked Witch of the West. The Wizard had promised, in return for the broomstick, that he would give the four their deepest desires: a ride home for Dorothy, a brain for the Scarecrow, a heart for the Tin Man, and courage for the Cowardly Lion. But the Wizard stalls and tells them to come back the next day.

While they plead with the Wizard, Dorothy’s dog Toto pulls back the curtain, behind which the Wizard spoke, to reveal that the Wizard isn’t a wizard at all, he’s just a fearful, fidgety man from Nebraska.

It’s said that the author, L. Frank Baum, had a serious problem with God, so he wanted to send the message that only we have the power to solve our problems.

In contrast, the apostle John pulls back the veil to reveal the truly Wonderful One behind the “curtain.” Words fail John (note the repeated use of the preposition like in the passage), but the point is well made: God is seated on His throne, surrounded by a sea of glass (Revelation 4:2, 6). Despite the troubles that plague us here on earth (chs. 2–3), God isn’t pacing the floor and biting His nails. He’s actively at work for our good, so we can experience His peace.

By:  David H. Roper

Reflect & Pray

What do you fear today? How does it help you to know that God controls the troubles that surround you? How can you better trust and surrender to Him?

I’m grateful, God, that I can count on You to walk with me through everything. Thank You for Your peace.

Sunday Reflection: The Lord Guides Us

To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.

Have you ever encountered a rule that seemed confusing or unnecessary? Often in situations like those, what we lack is context—a deeper understanding. Sometimes the Lord’s wisdom can feel frustrating or confusing, too. But chances are, we simply need more insight and time. That’s why a regular discipline of reading and meditating on Scripture is so essential. Alongside prayer and consistent worship, the ongoing intake of God’s Word is the foundation of our growth in Christ.

We need time to get to the point of understanding what it means to be free in Christ while simultaneously submitting to Him. Becoming spiritually mature is a lifelong process, and there are no shortcuts. Wherever you are in your faith journey, remember there is still room to grow in Christlikeness. And that requires both intention and attention, as you take steps each day to seek Him. The Lord knows just what you need to keep moving. All you have to do is ask.

Think about it
• Our understanding of freedom in Jesus grows over time. In your own journey, which moments taught you the most?

•  What does it mean to “take care” with regard to your liberty in Christ, as Paul puts it (1 Corinthians 8:9)?

His Divine Logistics

“And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.” (2 Chronicles 14:11)

Asa was one of the better kings of Judah (great-grandson of Solomon), and his prayer is a beautiful model of how a servant of God can pray when all the human odds are against him. Asa’s army consisted of 580,000 foot soldiers, whereas the invading Ethiopians had a million-man army with 300 chariots. Yet “the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa” (2 Chronicles 14:8-9, 12), and his prayer prevailed.

The Bible has many such examples: Abraham (Genesis 14:1-16); Gideon (Judges 7:7; 8:10); King Hezekiah (2 Kings 19:14, 19, 35). Before King Saul gained a great victory over the hordes of the Philistines, it was the courageous testimony of Jonathan, his son, that led the way. “It may be that the LORD will work for us,” he had said, “for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6). Later, David won many battles against all odds, including his personal victory over Goliath (1 Samuel 17:40-49). The servants of the Lord do not need a majority to prevail in the battle against sin and Satan, for “if God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). That is the key, of course. We must not beseech the Lord to fight on our side. He will be for us if we are first on His side!

This was the message of the prophet Azariah to the godly King Asa: “The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you” (2 Chronicles 15:2). Political power, military might, financial resources—all are futile. “Our help is in the name of the LORD” (Psalm 124:8). HMM

The Need for Solitude

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. —Matthew 14:23

Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. It wears us out by multiplying distractions and beats us down by destroying our solitude, where otherwise we might drink and renew our strength before going out to face the world again.

“The thoughtful soul to solitude retires,” said the poet of other and quieter times; but where is the solitude to which we can retire today? Science, which has provided men with certain material comforts, has robbed them of their souls by surrounding them with a world hostile to their existence. “Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still” is a wise and healing counsel, but how can it be followed in this day of the newspaper, the telephone, the radio and the television? These modern playthings, like pet tiger cubs, have grown so large and dangerous that they threaten to devour us all. What was intended to be a blessing has become a positive curse. No spot is now safe from the world’s intrusion.   OGM125-126

Lord, help us somehow to escape today and retire to solitude, even if only for a brief time. Amen.

Dying to Live

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey…? —Romans 6:16

For all God’s good will toward us He is unable to grant us our heart’s desires till all our desires have been reduced to one. When we have dealt with our carnal ambitions; when we have trodden upon the lion and adder of the flesh, have trampled the dragon of self-love under our feet and have truly reckoned ourselves to have died unto sin, then and only then can God raise us to newness of life and fill us with His blessed Holy Spirit.

It is easy to learn the doctrine of personal revival and victorious living; it is quite another thing to take our cross and plod on to the dark and bitter hill of self-renunciation. Here many are called and few are chosen. BAM010

The meaning of self-denial is not an infliction of personal torment nor penance, but it is simply the giving up of the very principle of living for ourselves. It is completely changing the direction of our being and will, so that no longer in any sense do we act with reference to how anything will affect us, but our one thought is how it will affect God or others. WL128

Holiness As the Will of God

Titus 2:14

We are told over and over again that God wants His people to be pure and that purity in their hearts is the very central idea and end and purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If it is not so, I am utterly deceived.

In justification of this I have selected summing-up texts. “The will of God is your sanctification” (1 Thess. 4:3 KJV). There is, however, a sense, and an important sense, in which sanctification must be the will of man. It must be my will too, and if it is not my will, the divine will can never be accomplished in me. I must will to be sanctified, as God is willing that I should be sanctified.

“He gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14 KJV). And again, “Every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He is pure” (1 John 3:3 KJV). Now, I say these are summing-up texts, and there are numbers of others to the same effect to show that the whole end and purpose of redemption is this: that He will restore us to purity; that he will bring us back to righteousness; that He will purge our consciences from dead works to serve the living God.

Now, I say, if this be not the central idea of Christianity, I do not understand it. This is not a sitting down and sentimentalizing and thinking of Christ in the heavens. It brings Him down, to all intents and purpose, into our hearts and lives here. These epistles represent a real, practical transformation to be accomplished in you.

I tell you, without it, you will not be able to die in peace. You will want to be cleansed before you can venture into the presence of the King of kings. You will want a sense of beautiful, moral rectitude and righteousness spreading over your whole nature, which will enable you to look up into the face of God, and say,

“Yes, I love You, I know You, and You know me, and love me, and we are one. I love the things You love, and desire the things You desire.”

You will want that, and nothing less, to die with. And why not have it? Why not let God work it in us? He can do it, and He promises to do it. Will you say,

“Be it unto me according to Your Word?” (Luke 1:38 KJV).