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Anything but, “This!”

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Thursday, September 24, 2009   9:30 a.m.

Dear Diary,

What is your “this”? “I can take anything, Lord, but this!” “This” my fiery trial. “This” my heart’s disappointment. “This” my hope deferred. Lord, I don’t understand why “this” has been allowed? Isaiah 28:29 says, “This also cometh from the Lord…” When something bad happens we are quick to ask the question, “Lord, why did “this” happen?” Then the answer comes, “That Christ be glorified.” Why is “this” or “that” allowed? We must remember, all is of the LORD. Job says, “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10). When bad things happen we need to remember, all is of God. And also remember “This too shall pass.” II Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Our troubles and trials, our “this,” if you will, are given to us for our sanctification. So whatever your “this” is, remember, “This also cometh from the Lord.” Isaiah 28:29

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Where is Your Jerusalem?

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009   4:55 a.m.

Dear Diary,

I’ve been reading the Book of Luke. Luke 18:31 says, “…Behold, we go up to Jerusalem…” Jesus knew death awaited Him at Jerusalem, but still he went. Paul knew death awaited him at Rome, but still he continued. Stephen knew martyrdom was eminent if he continued to speak about Jesus, but still he spoke. Peter knew his end would be certain death by another’s hand, but still he preached. Where is your Jerusalem? If we are true believers we all will have one. We must be willing not only to live for Christ, but also to die for Christ: die to our wants, die to our will, die to ourselves. Paul said, “I die daily.” (I Corinthians 15:31). Your Jerusalem may not be a literal place, but it will be a literal struggle. A struggle of dying to self, a willingness to give up all for the cause of Christ. God wants our absolute surrender, our unreserved obedience, our total abandonment of all else but Him. We all are on our way to Jerusalem, and we must continue on, no matter what awaits. Our motto needs to be, “I, too, go up to Jerusalem.”

Thought for Today:  “True and abiding consolations ye will not fine except in entire abandonment, and in the love which loves the Cross. He who does not welcome the Cross, does not welcome God.” (Madame Guyon 1648-1717).

Are You in a Cloud?

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Friday, September 11, 2009   4:10 a.m.

Dear Diary,

I drive a 40 foot school bus. Yesterday morning the fog was so thick I could hardly see anything in front of me. While I was driving I was thinking, “How cool to be driving through a cloud. Even in a cloud, God sees us. Are you in a cloud today? Is fog hindering your vision? If so, listen closely, for God is there. Every time in scripture when there was a cloud God was in it. God was in the cloud leading the Israelites. He was in the cloud over Mt. Sinai. God was in the cloud that filled the temple. He was in the cloud of the transfiguration, and He was in the cloud which Jesus ascended up into heaven. Some times our circumstances look like clouds and the fog is so thick we can’t see two feet in front of us. It is then we must learn to listen for the voice of God. If we trust and have faith, God will lead us through; for God is always in the cloud.

Thought for Today: “And there was a cloud that overshadowed them and a voice came out of the cloud saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.” (Mark 9:7).

Going to China

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009   4:25 a.m.

Dear Diary,

When I was a child I used to say, “I’m going to China!” I would have lasted a week. When I married Marvin I would say, “I’m going to China, and you’ll have to come find me.” Well, I never did go to China, but Hudson Taylor did. He lived back in the 1850’s. He was 22 years old when he first landed in China. As a young man before he left for China he determined in his heart that it would be God, and God alone, who would supply his needs. He worked for a pharmacist. But the pharmacist keep forgetting to pay him. Several weeks went by and he still hadn’t been paid. Most of us would have gone to our boss and told him that he forgot to pay us our wages; but, not Hudson Taylor. He only prayed about it and asked God to remind his employer to pay him. He had to prove that his needs would be met by prayer, and prayer alone. Weeks and months when by until he was going to be evicted from his apartment, when his boss said,”Oh Hudson, I owe you your wages.” Once Hudson’s prayer was answered that God would supply his needs through prayer and prayer alone, he said, “Now, I can go to China!” That was the type of faith needed to survive in China. (Hudson Taylor, A Man Who Believed in God)

The Most Terrible Words

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009  4:40 a.m.

Dear Diary,

We had an Evangelist come to our church who said, “In a congregation of this size (which was about 500) only one-third are truly saved. Three-fourth will go out into eternity thinking they were saved only to hear the most terrible words ever spoken, “I never knew you: depart from me…” (Matthew 7:23). They were depending on some prayer they prayed, some church they joined, some baptism, or some man-make religion. But if there was no fruit or change in their life it was not real. It was phony. And the consequences are eternal and rereversible. II Timothy 3:5 says, they have “the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” Jesus died on the cross so that they would never have to hear those terrible words. But the irony of it all is that it will be Jesus, Himself, who will raise His hand and say, “I never knew you: depart from me…” (Matthew 7:23). And the nail prints in His hands will speak louder than any sermon ever preached.

I Can Not Stay

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Monday, July 21, 2009   4:40 a. m.

Dear Diary,

Sometimes I awake at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and get up just so I can write what the LORD has laid upon my heart. Someone once said to me, “Why do you get up so early to write? It’s not like you have a job, it’s supposed to be fun.” The answer is, I write not for fun, nor even for the sake of writing; I write because it is my calling. If I do not get up and write what the LORD has laid upon my heart it becomes a burning in my soul which can only be quenched by doing so. Jeremiah was prophesying all that the LORD had told him to prophesy. But then he felt like he was deceived by the LORD because no one listened, and he was constantly beaten and thrown into prison. So Jeremiah became angry at the LORD and said, “I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more his name.” (Jeremiah 20:9). So he quit speaking about the LORD, nor did he mention his name. But then he said, “But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” (Jeremiah 20:9). That is the way my heart is. I can not stay, I must speak His name; I must study His word, for they are a burning fire within me.

Now is the Time

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009   4:10 a.m.

Dear Diary,

Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) was one of the influential preachers of his time. On Sunday October 8, 1871, he preached a message to a large congregation. At the end of the sermon he told the people to go home and ponder on the message. He gave them a specific verse to meditate on and said that next Sunday they would look at it again. That night the Great Chicago Fire happened and half of those people died. Moody said he learned a valuable lesson that Sunday. He learned that he must bring the people to a place that they must make a decision for Christ every Sunday. (Christianheritagefellowship.com) Each of us must make a decision for or against Christ. When Christians speak to a lost soul they need to press them to the point of a decision. It they leave them undecided they will go about their way and the seed that was planted will be ravished by the cares of this world. Who knows if that will be the last chance they will have to make a decision for Christ. II Corinthians 6:2 tells us, “Now, is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation.

 

Die-Hard

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Monday, July 13, 2009   4:10 a.m.

Dear Diary,

We’ve all heard of the Die-Hard battery, but few of us know where the name came from. Colonel Sir William Inglis of the British army lived from 1764-1835. On May 16, 1811, he led the 57th regiment on the heights behind the Albuhera River. He shouted out to his men, “Die hard, my men, die hard!” Therefore, his regiment was nick-named the Die-hards. (Gold by Moonlight, p.189). That’s exactly what God says to us, Die hard, Christian, die hard! “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (II Timothy 2:3). “For he is the minister of God to thee for good…” (Romans 13:4). We are in a battle. A spiritual battle. For “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against power, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual  wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12). Therefore God tells us to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11). May we be die-hards who never give up, never give in, ever fighting for truth and right, in the army of the Lord. Die hard, Christian, Die hard.

Mountain Stone Pine

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Monday, July 6, 2009  4:05 a.m.

Dear Diary,

In Amy Carmichael’s book “Gold by Moonlight,” there is a picture of a Mountain Stone Pine. In the middle of the night a fierce storm swept over the mountainside and broke the stone pine tree. Though the pine tree lay twisted and broken, it was still deeply rooted. Amy Carmichael wrote, “This broken Mountain Stone Pine tree shows ‘God’s children of tempest’ who shall be found unshaken in the morning” (P. 189). Has there ever been a fierce storm of turmoil and unrest that swept through in the middle of the night; and, in the morning, all you were left with was a broken and battered mind and body? The winds of stress and turmoil can sometimes  be tremendous. But God is the Lord of the wind and rain. It is He who calms the storm. No matter how twisted or broken you may be, your faith must remain deeply rooted. As this Mountain Stone Pine tree remained deeply rooted, we, too, must be “‘God’s children of tempest’ who shall be found unshaken in the morning.”

God’s Army

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009   6:00 p.m.

Dear Diary,

When we think of God’s army we think of a host of angels, which is God’s army. But Joel 2:25 tells us of another army of God. It is an army of worms. It says, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I send among you.” (Joel 2:25). All nature is God’s army. He sends the locust and worms and caterpillars to destroy and tear down. He calls His army of insects, grasshoppers and hornets to chase His enemies. “Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from you, be destroyed.” (Deuteronomy 7:20). Even the flies and bees are part of God’s army. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.” (Isaiah 7:18). II Samuel 18:8 tells us, “…and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.” All the earth, with its trees and grass, swamps, lakes and insects are God’s army. Who can stand against Him, for all nature is at His beckoning call.