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Running Hard (Expanding on yesterday’s thought)

 

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1 Timothy 6:11-12 (The Message)
11-12But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life, a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.

There are times when is seems that God is blessing everyone around us and we keep getting missed. God knows what is coming and what we will face, and he is making provision for what we need to get through it. We live for the moment, but God lives for eternity.
If we do not learn the lesson when God puts us in the classroom exercise, then we’re going to have to repeat it again until we learn. God wants us to see something! He is trying to teach us something when he are going through trials and storms.

When God provides us with the opportunity to rest, we should take that time. We need it so we don’t get run down and burnt out. God doesn’t bless us just to make us feel good. He blesses us so that we are equipped and prepared for the ministry coming our way.
(Big thanks to Bishop for prompting my mind with his awesome teaching!)

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Ressurection Day

 

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Many will be celebrating "Easter" soon. Chocolate bunnies and painted eggs along with baskets of candy will cause delight in many children as they celebrate.  I do not celebrate Easter, but I do celebrate "Ressurection Day."  The tradition of Easter has long since taken away the reality of the true meaning of that day.  Not to get off topic, but as a side note you may want to research at a later time, Easter is actually named after a pagan holiday. I want to discuss is the seriousness of the crucificiton.  Do you really know what it meant to be crucified? The agony and suffering that is caused by this type of punishment can be understood when seeing or hearing a physician giving the medical aspects of what happens to the body during a crucifiction.  Please read the below description, and remember this all happened to Jesus after he had been tortured relentlessly and had to drag a heavy cross on His already wounded body.

Below is an excerpt taken from cbn.com called “A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ”. Please read it and think on it. Have a blessed ressurection day, knowing that Christ did what he did for your eternity.

The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly, he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms to tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The patibulum is then lifted in place at the top of the stipes and the titulus reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” is nailed in place. 

The left foot is now pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed. The Victim is now crucified. As He slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain — the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves.

As He pushes Himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He places His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet.  At this point, as the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by his arms, the pectoral muscles are paralyzed and the intercostal muscles are unable to act. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get even one short breath. Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, he is able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen.

Jesus experienced hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain where tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. Then another agony begins — a terrible crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.  One remembers again the 22nd Psalm, the 14th verse: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” 

It is now almost over. The loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level; the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissue; the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues send their flood of stimuli to the brain. Jesus gasps His fifth cry, “I thirst.”  One remembers another verse from the prophetic 22nd Psalm: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou has brought me into the dust of death.” A sponge soaked in posca, the cheap, sour wine which is the staple drink of the Roman legionaries, is lifted to His lips. He apparently doesn’t take any of the liquid.

The body of Jesus is now in extremes, and He can feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues. This realization brings out His sixth words, possibly little more than a tortured whisper, “It is finished.”  His mission of atonement has completed. Finally He can allow his body to die. 

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Our Strong Tower

 

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We go through many seasons in life, and sometimes we become “weather worn.” Those seasons that leave their mark on us are the seasons that draw us closer to God, to depend more on Him. Many times, we feel that we are being ripped apart by the gusting wind or frozen solid during the bitter and blustery blizzard. That is when we need to run to our strong tower! Call on the name of Jesus! The season may not leave, but peace will definitely come!

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

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Serve With a Happy Heart

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Colossians 3:23-24

23. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24.  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

We have an inheritance because we serve the Lord!  We may grumble about work, problems or any tasks the need to be completed, but if we do it unto God we will be rewarded!  Try to serve with a happy heart!  God loves a cheerful giver, whether giving in time, talent, money or of our hearts. 

 

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Thought for the Day

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God is God. He is all knowing and all powerful. He knows the end result. Doubt, worry and fear will not stop God’s promise, they only stop your peace! Rest in knowing that God is sovereign. We will have peace through our obedience and trust in God! Pray, read and have the relationship that God desires to have with you! Take your circumstance and put it into God’s hands and let Him take control!

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Build Your Brother Up

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Do not tear your brother or sister down, especially when they receive a word or promise from God. Build them up and celebrate with them in Jesus name! Don’t ever say "Let’s see how long this lasts," or "Let’s see how long you can make this change for." Instead encourage and pray for them each step of the way. We are family after all.

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The Lord Hears

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Psalm 34:6-8

6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles

7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

God is always listening…. just keep your hope & trust in Him and hold on!  He knows what is best for each of us, and what we need to shape our lives.  He is our Potter, forming us to what He wants us to be! It’s easy to forget that once we are in the midst of a trial, that is why getting into the word of God is essential to our Spiritual lives, that’s the only way we can make it. When you read scriptures like the above scripture, you realize "Hey, God is listening…"

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Thought for the Day

 

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Psalm 23:
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
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 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
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 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
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 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
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 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
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 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever

Trust Him!  Let God lead you. He knows what  you are in need of. Relax in the green pastures, drink from the still waters. Even in the worst of times we face, He is there, ready to take us by the hand and comfort us. What a God!  He’s our Shepherd who will keep us safe.

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Thought for the Day

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Oh, that the Lord would let me see everything through new eyes so I could experience everything in a new light. To see things as though I am seeing them for the first time and realize the beauty and worth that many things hold, especially those things I take for granted. To find positive qualities in circumstances or people where I now only see negative. To see the wonder of love and joy in others. I long to see through Jesus’s eyes. 

How much would our lives change, if God gave us new eyes to see through? How much more would our lives change if we could see everything through Jesus’ eyes?