Monday, February 5, 2018

Living to Win - Armor

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." ~ Colossians 3:17
View from Red Bank Battlefield, National Park, New Jersey.

 I often gaze upon this view from my side of the Delaware River. Although I live in southern New Jersey, I'm only a twenty-minute drive from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and consider myself a fan of most Philadelphia sports. You can imagine our excitement last night when the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52.

Even better, Corey Clement, a young man who grew up in the town I live in, was a big part of the win. During one amazing play, Corey took the snap, flipped the football to Trey Burton, who threw it to Nick Foles in the end zone...Touchdown! The Eagles were willing to do whatever it took to win the game. 

To see this amazing play check out this YouTube link. Clement - Burton - Foles Super Bowl 52

What impressed me even more than their stellar game plays were the words of coaches and players alike giving all the 'Glory to God,' in their post-game remarks. Praise God! I hope people all around the country felt as uplifted as I did by their testimony. I hope that in my life I will do whatever it takes to serve God with all my heart and with all my being, with all the assets and gifts he has given me. Yes, I agree with the team, to God goes the glory, whether we win, or whether we lose, I will give God my all in everything that I do.

My Philadelphia skyline photograph is part of Skywatch Friday.

To do my best, every day, in word, in deed, I will put on God's Armor.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." ~ Ephesians 6:10-18

Monday, January 22, 2018

Over the Top!



It is not a sign of weakness to admit that there are times in life that become so 'over-the-top' there is little chance we can function with any degree of serenity. Today, I'll have to admit, there have been moments that have caused me to feel 'over the top.' As is the case for so many of us living in this day and age, it wasn't one particular incident that caused my anxiety, instead, it was the culmination of many moments that birthed a feeling of inadequacy.

I looked up 'over the top' and found a new meaning for the saying. Historically, dating from World War I, the phrase means climbing over the top of the trenches and into battle. What a perfect way to summarize how the day is presenting itself; everything I've been involved in feels like I'm venturing into a battle.

When I found a free moment, I sat down and felt prompted in spirit to sing, 'Near to the heart of God,' by Cleland B. McAfee. I have sung the song many, many times in my lifetime, yet for the first time, the chorus reached deep within me with a truth.
"O Jesus, blest Redeemer, Sent from the heart of God; Hold us, who wait before Thee, Near to the heart of God."
The song became to me, in the midst of anxious moments and feelings of inadequacy, an antidote that brought back a sense of serenity. What a blessing to know that if I ask Jesus to hold me 'Near to the Heart of God, I will enter into that beautiful place of rest and love and be held near to God's heart. Hallelujah and Amen.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Turn the Other Cheek



"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." ~ Matthew 5:39
I appreciate the answer got questions.org gives concerning turning the other cheek. They consider the verse to mean making a conscious choice to take a non-retaliatory attitude. Consider this also, when you turn the other cheek, you look away from the harmful situation, and focus your gaze in an opposite direction. When your thoughts are not engaged in getting even, it's easy to walk away from most bad situations.




Thursday, January 4, 2018

In December of 2017, I decided that instead of only speaking to the Lord during my prayer-time, I would sit in silence for a portion of those moments and listen for His voice. If a thought came to me, a direction, a bit of wisdom, I would write it down. I thank God for meeting me at this time every day through his Holy Spirit. 

Yesterday, after reading through December's pages, I decided that instead of rereading the notebook each day perhaps there would be some benefit in creating a slideshow reminder. This is what I did. Although the insights are born out of my own life's circumstances, perhaps a few of them will speak to your heart too. I thank Podington Bear for his free music downloads through Windows Movie Maker and Free Music Archive. 

 





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