Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Book Of Proverbs Study, Chapter 17

     Today, I wanted to get out of my routine study.  I finally left Genesis, and entered into Exodus.  However, sensing that I needed something upon which to mentally chew, I decided the book of Proverbs was in order!  Seems fitting, as I had purposed to do a chapter a day...A few months ago!
     Today being the seventeenth of the month, I decided guessed it...Read the seventeenth chapter.  Oh my, were there some things upon which to think!  Let us take a gander...

"Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife." 
Proverbs 17:1

...Ahem.  Seems like the Lord was pulling no punches; just getting down to business.  "Yes, Lord, I admit, today, and what seems like too frequently, I create an abode wherein Dear would prefer a dry morsel.  Forgive me, Father."

"He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends."
Proverbs 17:9

     Oh, yes.  I have been all too guilty of repeating a matter, rather than leaving things be.  Surely, there are times when matters need addressed; but, not to every mailbox!  "Again, Lord, Thou art right and I am wrong.  Father, may I have a discerning, charitable heart; not one given to gossip. Forgive Thou me."

"A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool."
Proverbs 17:10

     "Heavenly Father, please grant unto me a heart that is given over to wisdom, rather than foolishness."

"He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD."
Proverbs 17:15

     "Father, truly Your ways are right.  Lord, may I never, never, never, never, never, never, NEVER, be found guilty of this sin!  May my heart and mind be toward the just and the wicked, as You would have it to be."

"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
Proverbs 17:17

     How true, (as if there were ever a question!), this verse is.  I have found out a depth to this verse throughout this past year.  How precious, indeed, are those friends that stayed beside me (and Dear), through one of our roughest journeys so far.  The Lord revealed to me whom He desired for me to hold close to my heart.  He also showed me with whom it was time to have my heart release.  "Precious Saviour, thank You for teaching me some very difficult lessons.  Thank You for being with me every step of the way.  Thank You for refining my "friends list," and adding new ones to my life.  Thank You for teaching me how to be a truer friend/sister/wife/daughter...Thank You."

"He that hath knowledge spareth his words:  and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise:  and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."
Proverbs 17:28, 29

     Oh, my.  Again, the Lord gets right to my heart.  How many times have I "opened mouth, insert foot?" How many times have I became a fool???  "Yea, Lord, again I must confess Thy righteousness and my foolishness.  Father, control my heart, my mind, my mouth.  May I be becoming as a daughter of the One, the True, the Living God!"

     I am so thankful that the Scriptures are alive!  I am so thankful for today's spiritual food.  Indeed, much upon which to meditate. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Until I Went Into His Sanctuary...

Psalm 73
"A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.  (2)  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.  (3)  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  (4)  For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.  (5)  They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.  (6)  Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.  (7)  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.  (8)  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.  (9)  They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.  (10)  Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.  (11)  And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?  (12)  Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.  (13)  Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.  (14)  For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.  (15)  If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.  (16)  When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;  (17)  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.  (18)  Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.  (19)  How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.  (20)  As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.  (21)  Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.  (22)  So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.  (23)  Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.  (24)  Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  (25)  Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  (26)  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  (27)  For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.  (28)  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works."

Saturday, April 5, 2014

2014 April Day Book

Outside My Window:

Is our "Gospel Truck." ;-)

I Am Thinking:

Of how blessed we are, to be in our new home:  the church, the job for Dear, the house, the property...And SO much more! 

I Am Thankful For:

Being saved!

I Am Learning:

That it seems that God has us make "bad" decisions for His glory, and our good.

From The Kitchen:

Is going to be some yummy chicken thighs!

I Am Wearing:

Some comfy Saturday garb. :-)

I Am Creating:

Oh, this and that...

I Am Going:

To enjoy this day off with Dear!

I Am Reading:

The book of Exodus.

I Am Hoping:

To see revival in the hearts of believers.

I Am Hearing:

Dear speaking with one of our Christian brothers.

I Am Noticing:

The peace that is here.

I Am Wondering:

What tomorrow's church service will be like.

I Am Realizing:

Meekness is not easily offended.

Pondering These Words:

"Don't play games with God."

Around The House:

Is a slow progression into a hospitable abode. :-)

One Of My Favorite Things:

Is the joy of sweet Christian fellowship!

A Few Plans For The Week:

1.  Attend church services;
2.  Cook;
3.  Clean;
4.  Spend time in God's Word;
5.  Research all sorts of stuff online...
**Not in any particular order!**

Here Is A Picture Thought I Am Sharing:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Sorrows Of Backsliding, By John R. Rice

     When I look back into my short history, I see a backsliding Christian.  I also see a Christian whose first love was the Lord Jesus Christ; and, those times when He stayed that way in my heart, were sweet, sweet times.  Oh, the hills and valleys of my life.
     Lately, I am reminded of my worthlessness outside of Christ.  My past likes to haunt me.  God allows it, and I believe one of those reasons is so that I would fall at His feet in worship.
     Worship has been a ready practice these days. It seems a day does not pass, wherein I do not do so.  Oh, how worthy He is!
     I know I do not deserve this life He gives me. I deserve nothing.  I know all I have is by His grace, His mercy, and His pity upon me.
     You know, being an obvious backslider for any length of time, brings much reproach upon Christ's name.  It brings intense, soul-deep grief.  Even after repenting under the loving chastisement of my Heavenly Father, the sorrow over the wasted years, wasted everything; the humiliation over giving the enemy cause to blaspheme God's name; the utter disgust over the committed sins... Still come and go in my heart.
     Yet, I also am incredibly humbled over the love and intervention of God!  When I see how He prevented me from total waste; when I see how He kept me from utter destruction; when I see how He let me go only so far; when I see how He uses my failures to spotlight His triumphs... How can I NOT wash His feet with my tears?!?! HE IS DESERVING OF ALL PRAISE, ADORATION, AND LOVE!
     Slipping into sin starts in the mind and heart. I can still recall the moment in time, before I started mixing with those who hate God.  I still recall the Holy Spirit's provocation within my heart, urging me to walk away, before I regretted my actions.  Did I listen?  No.
     Did He give up? NO! He never forced me, but He did allow me a miserable existence, to insure I knew His displeasure.  Oh, how miserable, indeed!  Yes, sin allures and gives pleasure... But, only for a season.
     As the God-haters continued with no real misery, I sure had misery!  I masked it with more sin.  My rebellious flesh-led heart did not want any part with godly repentance!  Back and forth was I with repentance and carnal living... Back and forth.
     Yet, God delivered me!  Though His chastisement was sore, it was profitable!  I finally came out of the hog pen, to be embraced by my Father's arms!
     Have I regressed since then?  Yes. Do I wait as long to get right?  By His grace, no!  I do not want to break His heart as I felt I did in the past!
     Whether it is an outward manifestation, or that sin of which only He and I know, I desire to not become bed-fellows with sin. Backsliding taught me how depraved the flesh is, and how amazing God is.
     Tonight, I read an article by John R. Rice, regarding this issue.  As I am often reminded of my past, I often seek reprieve in the Lord.  It was written so well, I desired to share it with you, (after testifying about it, myself).
     Oh, how I can understand and empathize with David, Noah, Peter, the man who needed church discipline in 1 Corinthians, and Mary of Bethany.

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