Peace in a World of Chaos

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.” Psalm 37:1&2 KJV

I don’t know about you, but news reports of political unrest in Venezuela and Ukraine, as well of Christians fleeing from Iraq because of conflict between national religious factions there, has caused me to turn to God and His Word more than ever! How many times have these verses and others such as these my pastor has shared with us all at church recently, and which reveal that God is in control of governments, leaders, and political scenes brought peace to my heart. Proverbs 8:16, Gen. 18:25, and Rom. 8:26-28, KJV And, again, the verses following 1&2 of Psalm 37 – “ The Lord knoweth the days of the upright (Those who are trusting in Him) and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time …”. Isn’t that good?

I believe in these days we should be sharing God’s word with one another – verses that God has given us to encourage our hearts. So that we, as coals of fire, won’t fade away and grow cold and fearful, but cause each other to burn more brightly in this dark world where so many need the light.
I love this challenge from a poem by Annie Johnson Flint:

“ … as sometimes a flame we find, clear shining through the night;
So dark we cannot see the lamp, but only see the light –
So may I shine, His Love the flame,
That men may glorify His Name.”
fjs

The Desire of Your Heart

“Thou openest Thine hand and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.” Psalm 145:16

 Could I ask you a personal question on this cold winter morning? What, right now, is the desire of your heart? Is there something you’ve been asking God for that has not yet materialized? Is there a deep need in your life that does not seem to be fulfilled? Or, is there a friend or loved one you’ve been lifting up before the Lord without evident results? What about the promises of God to hear and answer prayer? The psalmist, David, once said, “Oh that I knew where I might find Him.” Many a time he was at the point of quitting. Was it because God did not care or did not find some of David’s needs significant enough to bother with? Or, does God “open His hand” to some believers and not to others? Does He open His hand to some desires and not to others?

How can we be assured that God is going to satisfy the desire of our hearts? Because when David wrote these words, he was inspired and directed by the Holy Spirit. The Word of God can be trusted! Why do I have doubts, then? Because my finite vision is limited. When David couldn’t find God, it was not because God was not there. It was because David was focusing on his needs, not on God. At that moment God was not His all in all. His needs were. Therefore He could not be satisfied.

What do you need? “A little talk with Jesus” – an open Bible before you – a looking up to your Savior and your Father-God as a little child looks up into her mother’s eyes and is satisfied just knowing she is there. Her mother is all-in-all to her. Her heart is satisfied. Precious believer, give up your shortsighted time schedule and “perfect” idea of how the prayer should, or could be answered confess your impatience to a loving, God. Acknowledge that you don’t really know how or when this prayer should be answered and that it really is not as important as being with and trusting Him who does all things well. (Mark 7:37) In other words, I must not try to read this verse another way, but believe that He truly “Openeth His hand and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.”

 Above all, Thy Will

Above all thy will, O, God for me;

Whatever Thou dost choose.

In Christ I am more than conqueror,

Even when I must lose.

Dearer than all art Thou to me,

Jesus, Thou Son of God.

Nor would a lesser path I tread

Than that which Thou hast trod.

FJS

 

 

Snow from Heaven

 “As the rain cometh down and the snow from Heaven … so shall my Word be that goeth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Is. 55:10&11 KJV

 

As I watched soft, giant snowflakes coast steadily to the ground, thoughts of a gentle creator’s ways with us soothed my harried mind. We usually associate the above verses with reaching out to the lost and trusting God to use His word to speak to their hearts. Fellow believers and Christian leaders are provided of God for our help. But, in the midst of our temptations and trials, His word should be our FIRST source of comfort and strength!

 Is. 6:20 (KJV) says, “Come my people, enter into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.”This is a time to listen to Him while we are in a position to readily hear His “still small voice”. His word was written for that purpose – to share His thoughts with us – wonder of wonders! Yes, he uses His Word to comfort and to strengthen, but also to warn, to convict and to direct. Just as the snow can be at times gentle and soft, so it can be cold, hard-driven and terrible. He creates the cold before whom no man can stand (Ps. 147:17 (KJV), and He is in control of our lives as well. In what area do you need help? Comfort, strength, warning, direction, conviction – enter into thy chamber and take time to seek Him out. He will meet you there.

The Day We Fight Back: Protest NSA Surveillance on Your Blog

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Today, a broad coalition of interest groups, websites, and people around the world are joining together to fight back against government surveillance. We’re supporting the “Day We Fight Back” on WordPress.com and have created a banner that you can easily add to your WordPress.com blog to get involved, too.

The “Stop NSA Surveillance” banner shows support for this important cause and provides a link to a page of resources to help visitors to contact members of the US Congress to support much needed anti-surveillance legislation. For more information, please visit thedaywefightback.org.

How to add the banner to your site

Here’s how to add the banner to your site in three steps:

  1. In your WordPress.com dashboard, go to Settings  Protest NSA Surveillance.
  2. Click on the checkbox labelled Protest Enabled.
  3. Click on the Save Changes button for the change to take effect.

The banner will remain on…

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