Thursday, January 23, 2020

MINDFUL!


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Sunday, January 21, 2018

MINDFUL!

Ps 8:3-4
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

           The Psalmist asks contemplatively why God would even notice us. The Hebrew word is zakar and it means “to mark; to pay attention to; to meditate upon.”

           Warren Wiersbe said: "Man" in verse 4 is enosh, "weak man," and "son of man" is "son of adamah — son of the earth, earth-born" (Gen 2:7). Both titles emphasize the weakness and frailty of humankind.

           The Sun rules the day and hides much of the heavenly handiwork of God. The question was asked while looking up at the night sky. The Psalmist has the feeling of both immensity and intimacy. He whispers and God replies, “I’m here!” To the Psalmist, God was a companion around the campfire while he watched his sheep, but the concept baffled him. Why?

           The answer to David’s question says much more about God than it does about man. David had already concluded that man was unworthy of God’s attention. The answer is that God is a marvelous Being full of both terror and grace. He is worthy of our attention and worship.

Awesome God! Thank you for finding me, marking me, and paying intimate attention to me. AMEN

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

THE CONFLICT OF FLESH AND SPIRIT!


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

THE CONFLICT OF FLESH AND SPIRIT!

Gal 5:16-17
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Rom 7:15
15 For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled, bewildered]. I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [which my moral instinct condemns].
AMPLIFIED

           Why do we have such a difficult time living the spiritual life and obeying God’s wishes? When such an one as Paul had conflict, how can we hope to do better? The fact is that every believer experiences this struggle. We want to serve God but we yield to the longings and desires of the flesh instead. It is so frustrating that Paul groaned, “O wretched man that I am!”

Paul does not mean "the body." The human body is not sinful; it is neutral. If the Holy Spirit controls the body, then we walk in the Spirit but if the flesh controls the body, then we walk in the lusts (desires) of the flesh. The Spirit and the flesh have different appetites, and this is what creates the conflict. (Warren Wiersbe)

A crucifixion is necessary to solve the problem. Paul describes it in  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.”

Perhaps that is what happened to Enoch of old! Perhaps he became so spiritual that the flesh just fell away. All we know is what the Bible tells us.And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Gen 5:24

Dear Lord, like Paul, I sense the struggle of the two natures. One is rebellious and sensual while the other has a great desire to connect with you and walk with you. Please capture me and hold me today. I yield myself to your control. AMEN

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

HE OPENED NOT HIS MOUTH!


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

HE OPENED NOT HIS MOUTH!

Ps 38:11-15
11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

Isa 53:7
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53 has both traditionally and obviously referred to Jesus at His trial before Pilate but have you also read Psalm 38? We humans have been given two possible responses to extreme challenges – fight or flight. Jesus chose neither.

Jesus knew what His tormentors did not! He knew there was a purpose, a process, and a product of his suffering. To defend himself would have been to condemn everyone else. To live would have delivered the sentence of death to others. To refuse the pain would have been to insure eternal suffering for those He came to redeem.

Pilate, on the other hand, did not even know what he thought he knew. We see this in the following verbal exchange.

John 19:10-11
10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

Eph 4:31-32
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Thank you, Lord, for foregoing your own defense so that I could avoid condemnation. AMEN