Scripture Memorization 13 of 52: Psalm 107:8

 “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”- Psalm 107:8, KJV

Take a moment right now to write down this verse on a piece of paper or a notecard, maybe type it into the notes of your phone, and then under it begin to list the attributes of goodness you see in The Lord and more specifically write down a list of His wonderful works in your life. I find most our prayers are 90-100% ask and often very little if any praise. Today and this week and every week let us praise His goodness and His wonderful works.

Here are few of the things I am praising The Lord for today:

  • Christina, my companion in life, who is one of the hardest workers I know.
  • Christina and the amazing decor she did for HIS Team and in our sanctuary this past Sabbath.
  • Three healthy boys that teach me daily about Jesus’ love for me.
  • Dayton and his commitment to the Bible
  • Landon and his great sense of humor
  • Levi’s helper attitude
  • A successful surgery that has helped me to have a better back than I’ve had in years!
  • The ability and joy of running again
  • The doors that have been opened that have enabled us to purchase a house
  • A great staff to serve with at Spencerville Church
  • My list could go on and on…but those are just a few praises that are owed all to Jesus this week.

 “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”- Psalm 107:8, KJV

 

 

Scripture Memorization 12 of 52: Isaiah 48:18

“Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
    Then your peace would have been like a river,
    and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;” -Isaiah 48:18

This text is one I need to seal in my heart today, and everyday…especially on the days there are struggles it is good to remember that some of those struggles are due to my own poor decisions. Please hear me, not all our struggles are due to our individual poor decisions, indeed some of my struggles are just the corporate poor decisions of all of us. But too often I can place my struggles at another’s feet when in truth I need to examine my own life decisions, my own heart and ask, “am I following the principles God laid out not to control me but to bless me?”

That is one idea from this text….maybe that is the oppressive portion of the text for some…maybe you are already beating yourself up you don’t need that reminder.

The other idea I get from this text then is this…

All that God has established, that many call oppressive rules, are in fact foundations of blessing!

And the language of the blessings is abundant! Like a river, not a stream, not a creek, not a spring, a river.

Not a still lake, not a calm pond, but waves like the sea.

The commandments are wonderful! They are full of abundance for all of us. Walk in them not to earn salvation but because Jesus loves you so much He wants you to have everything, He wants us to have everything we don’t deserve! But by grace we receive through our Savior.

“Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
    Then your peace would have been like a river,
    and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;” -Isaiah 48:18

Scripture Memorization 11 of 52: Isaiah 26:3

 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” –Isaiah 26:3, ESV

To understand Isaiah 26:3 we have to read Isaiah 25:1-Isaiah 26:6 and in those verses what you will discover is that the people are celebrating that God is in charge. He is the ruler. He has overcome enemies and established His authority, He has established His “bulwarks.”

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks. -Isaiah 26:1

In context we can see the perfect peace spoken of in Isaiah 26:3 is established first upon the actions of God that place Him in complete control and authority. But then it also involves an act of the individual, a mind stayed on God because that individual trusts in the authority of God.

Peace then comes through by the work of God establishing His authority and us trusting in, I’d say even submitting to that authority and rulership.

In our modern world this would mean that true peace is not about Jesus establishing earthly powers, but rather about allowing Jesus to establish His “bulwarks” in our hearts and minds. That we trust His authority.

As Charles Spurgeon wrote,

“To be sure that what you are doing is what Jesus would have yon do is peace.”

For those searching for peace through any other means than Jesus, peace will not be found.

It will not be found in the $500 million spent on self-help seminars each year nor in $776 million spent on self-help books. Peace will not be found in the $90 billion spent on alcohol by Americans each year or in the escapism of the pornography industry (450 million viewers monthly in the world).

Peace is also not found in the good things, a spouse, children, a job, or even exercise.

True peace is found in doing life according to the will of Jesus. 

Let us all spend more time in the Word on our knees living in peace.

Plant it in your mind, let it impact your heart, apply it to your life:

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” –Isaiah 26:3, ESV

Fears & Motivations

I embark upon this preparation for the New York City Marathon with a number of fears and motivations.

Start with my fears to get the negative out of the way:

I Can’t Believe I’m Going To Do This Again

“Am I really going to do this?” was the question that swished through my mind as I read an email last week informing me I’d won the lottery. Not the lottery that gives you money, but the lottery to run the 2017 New York City Marathon.

I’ll back-up, in November of 2016 I caught a ride up to New York City slept in a church office…

I’m LEAVING!

So I am finally going to pull the plug on my Facebook account. I have taken several hiatus’ from Facebook in the past always with the intent of rejoining in two weeks, 30 days, 40 days, whatever the case may be. This leave though is not with the intent of coming back.

It will be hard and I’m not going to give the reasons so many give, miss seeing my friends, easy form of communication, etc.. All those may be true, but the real reason it will be difficult for me is EGO!  Facebook is an ego rush. If you don’t agree then why do we 

Scripture Memorization 10 of 52: Colossians 3:16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” -Colossians 3:16

I love this verse because it lays out for us two ways in which the Word of God can be firmly rooted in our hearts.

The first is through teaching and admonishment. The word admonishment in our culture carries a negative connotation. The actual meaning of the word though includes

Scripture Memorization 9 of 52: Philippians 4:19

 “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:19, KJV

Oh that this text would take root in every heart and rid us of the scourge of prosperity theology. Many people are suffering under the delusion that they are not good enough or God does not love them because they do not have all they “want.” They have been told by far too many preachers that God will give them ALL they ask for and desire if they will just be faithful enough.

NONSENSE…

Scripture Memorization 8 of 52: Philippians 4:13

 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13, NKJV

As I begin this post I want to give a special greeting to those reading from the Georgia-Cumblerand Academy Church. I was informed today that I need to be more prompt with these as my friend and GCA Pastor Greg Hudson is linking to them in his weekly church newsletter. So greetings GCA family, miss y’all there in Georgia, cannot believe it was over ten years ago I served in the wonderful Calhoun community.

Now to the text. I would dare say if you are reading this and you grew-up around a church this text is familiar to you. In fact there are probably a great number of you that already have it memorized. If that is you I am so glad you have it memorized, but I want you to un-memorize what has likely been the misapplication of this text you have been taught.

I hate to break it to anyone, this text is not about taking a test and doing well on it.

Scripture Memorization 7 of 52: Luke 12:34

***Late last night it suddenly dawned on me that I had not written my scripture memorization blog for this week. I do apologize for the three day delay!***

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” -Luke 12:34 ESV

The application of this text is very straight forward but easily forgotten so this week let us check in with ourselves and see where our treasure is.

Seven questions to ask yourself to know where your treasure is?

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