Some Wisdom From Brother Bill
Today is a new day to bless our Lord, the giver of life. Eternal and abundant to any and all who ask. No man or woman ever stood so tall as one who spoke from their knees.
Are you faced with something and the world is saying, "Give up, you'll never make it!" Remember what Gabriel said to Mary, "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!"
One of the things that has frustrated the 'church' has been the concept of heaven. First..Heaven IS Heaven because that's where God is! Heaven should not be our goal, not an objective to reach, but a place where we will FIND our goal. In Psalm 122:1, the Word says: "I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." Ok, that's good for the OT, but where IS the house of the Lord? That's right, we are the house of the Lord if we have the right goal. God is building a house...we are the material.
What are some PROPER objectives in our life?
1..To KNOW God is moving in the earth.
2..To KNOW God is building his house.
3..To BE a living stone.
4..To be a PART of the house..on top of, between and under other stones.
When we stop trying to build God's house all by ourselves, God begins to build in us.
There are no LONE RANGERS in the Lord's house. Aren't you glad we are family.
Scripture always strikes me as true to life. It never glosses over unpleasant facts. The Bible helps each of us understand and deal with our problems because it frankly discusses the problems of those who have gone on before us.
King David, for example, started out well for the Lord. He zealously served God as a young man. Even when he had to run for his life month after month, he remained true to God's commandments.
But as David reached middle age, he encountered three perils that caught him off guard (2 Samuel 11). Each of us will also face these same perils at some point in our pilgrimage through this world. If we fail to respond properly to these perils, we will experience what psychologists call a "midlife crisis."
What are these perils? The first is the peril of growing weary. David experienced this weariness after years of fighting against the enemies of Israel. Instead of attacking the Ammonites with his army, as he should have, David decided to stay home one spring and relax in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 11:1).
Weariness hits when you've been out in the working world some ten, fifteen, or twenty years. Maybe you've been married for just as long. Life becomes routine, and weariness easily convinces us at this point to take it easy for a change.
Second, with weariness comes the peril of carelessness. No one wakes up Monday morning and says, "Hey, I think I'll wreck my marriage today." But how often we hear of Christian couples who separate after ten or twenty years of marriage. Why? Because they were careless.
Third, with carelessness comes the peril of confusion. David failed to follow the spiritual compass of God's Word and the guiding of the Holy Spirit. He inquired about a certain woman, and before the night was over he committed adultery (2 Samuel 11:3 4).
When you are young, you know just where you want to be when you reach forty. Then you get there and feel trapped by your responsibilities, your job, and your marriage. What do you do when Satan offers you a tantalizing change of pace? How should you respond to the perils of middle age?
Take a few moments and read 2 Timothy. It's a very short letter. In this epistle the apostle Paul explains how to avoid a midlife crisis. "Timothy," Paul says, "don't give up. Persist. Shun youthful lusts. Be steady. Continue in the things you have learned. Fulfill your ministry."
As you read 2 Timothy, write down all the ways to resist Satan's temptations to relax and become careless spiritually. Also observe the images Paul uses to describe this steadfastness--a single-minded soldier, a disciplined athlete, a hard-working farmer, a faithful workman, a persistent fighter, a never-say-quit runner.
When you face the perils of weariness, carelessness, and confusion--whether or not you are middle-aged--don't pray for an easier life. Pray instead to be a stronger man or woman of God.
I wrote this to you some months ago but I somehow feel some one of you need to remember JUST WHO YOU ARE. If you will, please read this along with your Bible today.
God Bless you all and have a great day. God made it just for you.
Faith is a gift of God. It is born of god but there are times when we must step out in blind trust. Trust His nature, His character, His wisdom -- all without seeing or understanding the whys and hows...and that's tough when you're scared, frustrated or sick.
Now here's another thing to think about since it's almost Spring and time for cleaning out the tent. If you can walk from Egypt to Israel in 8 days...why did it take 40 years for Israel to arrive in Canaan??????
answer... It only took God one day to get Israel out of Egypt...but it took 40 years to get the Egypt out of Israel.
The word Babylon means confusion. This is world talk, not God talk. God does not want us in the state of confusion nor does he want us to be double minded.
Someone once said: Blessed is he who expects nothing from his friends for he shall not be disappointed. When we look to friends and/or relatives we sometimes hear, 'Sure, we'll help you...pray!'
The word Jehovah means Covenant Keeper -- Promise Keeper. Jehovah Jirah -- provider. Eight times in the 121st Psalm the word Jehovah is used. (In the Hebrew it is Jehovah, in English it is rendered Lord or He) The Psalmist reminds us that our help is not coming from someone coming over the hill but from the Lord God Jehovah. Eight times that's the Promise Keeper doing what He does best. Aren't you glad that He is the light to your path...that he never takes a vacation, he's never closed for the 'week-end', neither day or night is He ever away...that He is Jehovah Nissi, our banner and our covering, that He is Jehovah Shammah...Always there. He is El Shadai -- The Almighty God and he or she who trusts Him fully...will find Him fully true.