Inspiration

Psalm 130 – A song of ascents.

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

After reading this Psalm the other day I copied it into my prayer journal but substituting America for Israel:

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.
America, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem America from all their sins.

Given everything we see in the media deriding and even attacking those who want to hold fast to Biblical principles…

Given the moral direction our nation is headed…

Given the threats of enemies both foreign and domestic…

Given the growing hatred and intolerance of those who don’t share the same ideology or views…

…could this prayer be any more appropriate?

Inspiration (Part 2)

Earlier today I posted a verse from Psalm 121:

From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

-Psalm 121:1-2

I also prayed for those who were struggling and posted a few words of encouragement. Little did I know that I would need that same prayer and those same words today…

I found out today that a man that I respected deeply, a man I worked with for ten years and a man who had encouraged me and helped me to find Jesus as my Lordand Savior passed away. He was a great spirit who was always positive and always cheerful despite so many health issues. The only time I ever saw C upset or cranky was when his blood sugar tanked. He was diabetic. When he almost didn’t make it through a kidney transplant he was busy consoling others. When he had to quite driving because of his declining health we all knew how much that hurt him he still smiled. He loved his cars and driving them. When a lost young man was struggling to find himself he showed, by example, what a man should aspire to be. He wasn’t perfect. But he was forgiven and touched by Grace. As long as I can hold true, stay on the narrow way and make it through the small gate I will see him again on the other side.

I never told him how much he influenced me. I never told him how much I respected him and even admired him. There is a lesson there.

God bless you C. You will be missed…until we meet again.

Inspiration

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
-Psalm 119:10-16

When I abide by the words of this Psalm I am a better man in every way. Nevertheless, I frequently give in to temptation; temptation to be lazy, temptation to focus on the things of this world instead of Him…

Christians are not perfect. In fact, there is no guarantee that any given Christian is any better than anyone else in the world. But by accepting the sacrifice Jesus made for us, we commit ourselves to working to emulate Him in every way. We continually strive to be better, more Christlike, individuals. To be better than we would have been without Him.

To be frank, if Christians were perfect we wouldn’t need the Grace and forgiveness of Christ. I have heard folks say that they cannot be Christians because they are too bad, evil, sinful, or broken.  I have heard folks say that they have done things that are unforgivable but that is EXACTLY the reason He came and sacrificed Himself for us; because no one is that bad, evil, sinful or broken…

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

-Mark 2:17

Paul persecuted Christians before his conversion. He was personally responsible for the torture and death of many who followed Jesus and not only was he saved but God used him to spread the word throughout Asia and Europe.

As long as we can accept Jesus as our Savior and repent (turn away) from our sins any of us can be saved…even you…even me…

And for that, I can never be grateful enough.

God Bless

Sing For Joy To The Lord!

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.

-Psalm 95:1-3

Waiting on Wonderful Wife I opened my bible to read a bit and this was the passage. It touched me so much that I wanted to share it. I think we could all stand a little more rejoicing in our lives. God bless each and every one of you and may the joy of the Lord be you.

Amen.

A Need For Revival

There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
-2 Timothy 3:1-5

As I read this the other day, I thought how perfectly Paul described the people of this nation at this time all in a letter written almost two thousand years ago.

Yes, I realize this description could have applied to many nations at different times including the people of Israel, Greece, and Rome. No, I don’t necessarily believe that the existence of these traits in our nation indicates that we are the approaching the biblical end times.

It does mean (to me) that we are a people, a nation, in need of revival. We, as a nation, need to turn our lives and attention back to God, back to what is right and just instead of focusing on maximizing our individual pleasure, power and wealth. It may not be the “last days” that Paul spoke of in this letter to Titus but if we don’t turn our country around it may well be the last days of this nation.

Pray for our leaders (even those you don’t agree with), pray for our people and for revival…for a turning back to God and to what is right and just.

Why Do I Think Prayer Is Prepping?

Every week I publish a post detailing what I prepped over the course of the last week. Sometimes these are long and detailed when I have accomplished a lot. Sometimes they are pretty short. Generally, the first topic on this list details what I am doing to be a better Christian and to get closer to God. Some have wondered what this has to do with prepping or being prepared.

I have mentioned why I include this several times over the years but I thought it was an important enough topic that it deserved its’ own post. In fact, I may even make it a “page” as well just to make sure it is always easily referenced.

So, here goes, “why do I consider my walk with God to be part of my preparedness plan?”

There is a strong probability that each of us will face some sort of disaster over the coming months and years. It may be a flood, hurricane, earthquake, civil unrest or a job loss but the chances are something disastrous is likely to occur at some point. That is the fundamental reason we all spend precious time and resources to prepare.

On the other hand there is a 100% probability that every single one of us will die. As much as we hate to hear it or think about it we will all die. It could be due to an automobile accident, heart disease, terror attack or even slipping in the bathtub but it will happen. The younger you are the less likely you are to really believe this. You may know it at a conscious level but deep down young folks (I know I was one once) really believe they are immortal. Death is the one disaster that each and every one of us should prepare for because it will happen to each and every one of us…

With this in mind the most important bit of prepping I can do is to make sure I am right with God. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and if I accept that sacrifice and accept Him as my Lord and Savior I will live with Him eternally in Heaven. That means spending time in His Word to get closer to Him, spending time with Him in prayer and trying to live my life in accordance with how He would want me to live it. None of these things are requirements for salvation but, for me, these are things I want to do in order to get closer to Him. No other prep can lead to eternal life so it is by far the most important prep of all.

The second most important thing I should do to prepare for the 100% probability of my earthly demise is to make sure I am right with the people I love. I don’t write about this preparation very often at all. Most of it is just a little too personal to share on the InterWebz. Making sure I treat those around me properly, with love and respect, definitely factors into my walk with God. I want to treat everyone with love and respect but I feel a little higher level of obligation for my family, especially my grandkids. To be right (as I see it) with them I need to make sure I teach them all I can to help them find God and also to be successful in their lives. I also want to leave a little something behind to help them get started in their lives and I do occasionally mention this in my posts. I also want to make very…very…very sure that no matter what happens to me or to one of them they absolutely know how much I love them and how much they have meant to me.

That’s it. In a nutshell that’s why I post things like that as part of my preparations.

God Bless.