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Greater Grace Needed

Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.  Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning”?  But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.”  So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair.  Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.-James 4:4-10 (New English Translation)

I believe that we need more grace.  God has in store greater grace than any carnal, worldly desire that we have.  God's grace is more satisfying than the world and is what we need.  God wants to satisfy our deepest desires…

He'll Be Coming Round The Mountain

Listen! It’s my lover: here he comes now, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.  My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.
-Song of Solomon 2:8-9a

I heard the song in my heart that, "He'll be coming round the mountain when he comes."  Can you hear him coming?

A move of God is coming.  Awakening, revival, or times of refreshing.  It's coming and He is coming.

The way God comes could be described as leaping, dancing, and spinning.  We know God is not human, but God is a person, three persons; and we can only describe God and his movements in human terms and words.  Bible writers probably saw and heard things that they could not adequately describe, so, for example, in Ezekiel and Revelation we read, "like a"(1).

To see and hear him coming, you will have to look and listen.  Today, you can hear him coming.  Tomorrow, you will hear his voice.  The following day (the third day), you will see him.

To hear, you must listen, so listen.  You will h…

Pride

Look now (Behold), I will make you of little importance (I have made you small) among the nations; you will be (are) totally (very) despised.Your proud heart has tricked you (The wickedness of your heart enticed you) — you who live in the cracks (clefts) of the rock, whose dwelling (habitation) is high above.  You who say in your heart (to your self), “Who will bring me down to the ground (earth)?”  -Obadiah 3 CEB & (The Complete Jewish Bible)

Proud people are deceived people.  The price that arrogance pays is deception.  The proud heart is self-righteous, it does not need to bow down to God because it is self-sufficient. 

We see pride as arrogance, superiority, presumption, and sense of entitlement.  The proud person rejects the truth.

The Holman Bible Dictionary defines Pride as:
Undue confidence in and attention to one's own skills, accomplishments, state, possessions, or position. Pride is easier to recognize than to define, easier to recognize in others than in oneself…

Sharing Food is The Heart of God

Don’t grieve a hungry person, and don’t make a person in dire straits angry.
You should not despise the hungry soul, and you should not aggravate a poor man in his need.
-Sirach 4:2 (CEB & CPDV1)

A number of years ago, there was a young man I would see on the corner, who was asking for hand outs.  One day, as I was giving him a drink of water; a middle-aged man with a pony-tail, driving an older Mercedes coupe, called out to me from his car window, "don't give him anything, I know him and he is a ____."

If you had to boil all sin down to one common denominator, I think it would be pride.  Pride is always looking for a way to look down on others.  Pride always says, "I am God".

The person following Christ and saved by Christ has walked away from the life of pride.  Jesus humbled himself to come to earth to save mankind.  Christ followers humble themselves before God and in this life with other people and do not look down on others.  Many people who are in C…

Shut Up and Sing!

Sing praises to God! Sing praises! Sing praises to our king! Sing praises.  -Psalm 47:6

Sing.  Shut up and sing.  Sing if you love the Lord.  Sing if you have problems.  Sing.  We need to sing more.  I'm convinced of this.  It's spiritually healthy.  It's Biblical.  Sing.

Are you depressed?  Sing.  Sing praises.  Sing the truth that you may not feel or believe.  When you sing the truth, your spirit will say, "amen", and affirm the truth that God is good, no matter what; and whether you expect it or not, there will be a building up inside you that will drive out depression.  

When we pray, "thy kingdom come", we better get ready to start praising next.  Sing it.  The presence of the King will make you want to sing praises to him.  Sing praises.

Singing praises brings God's presence.  If you have not noticed this, take notice.  I know God is omnipresent and I know God's Spirit is already here.  But, God's manifest presence increases when we…

God's Secret, Hidden People

(The children) of Elam 1,254.  -Ezra 2:7

Do you feel hidden?

The name Elam means secret or hidden.  Do you feel like you are on the shelf, not being used by God?  Maybe you are part of God's secret agents.

God has people who are in secret.

I have this idea that God has His attention on secret people.   I believe that God has rewards for secret people coming.  You may feel on the shelf, but you are actually hidden for a special purpose.  God has you in reserve.

The number one thousand, two-hundred, and fifty-four; tells us God's plan for his hidden, secret, and in reserve children

One thousand speaks of recompense.

Recompense means that you will be compensated or made amends to, due to harm or loss you suffered. In Genesis 20:16 is the story of Abimelech recompensing Abraham and Sarah.

Two speaks of fellowship, partnership, and co-laboring (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

There are hidden people who have felt like they are "going it alone", who are about to be joined by someone.  …