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Sky Links, 6-28-13

Before they call, I will answer;
while they are still speaking, I will hear.
Isaiah 65:24

Everyone is waiting for something.  We get tired of waiting and we wonder why it is taking so long.  We might ask what is wrong with us.  I was very encouraged by this post, My Times Are In Thy Hand, by Janet Peterson.

“My times are in Thy hand…”Psalm 31:15. One thing I’ve learned is that God doesn’t always work on our timetable.  In fact, HE rarely does.  But in a single moment, God can change your life!  All throughout Scripture, we see examples of how God was working behind the scenes and instantly turned things around for HIS people.  Scripture tells us HE is the same yesterday, today and forever which means HE can instantly turn things around for you, too!
Beloved, you may be going through some difficulty today, but be encouraged because your times are in God’s hands...more here I also was encouraged by Janet Peterson 's word from the previous day, on prayer, called Flip The Switc…

Contentment

God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all contentment in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.



There is constant bickering between people whose minds are ruined and who have been robbed of the truth. They think that godliness is a way to make money!  Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have.

I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance.
-2 Cor. 9:8, (CEB, ESV); 1 Tim. 6:5-6, Phil. 4:11(CEB)

Contentment Defined

Contentment, in the Bible, means sufficiency in God.  It is defined as:
Self-sufficiency, self-satisfaction or independence: used of the Spirit-filled Christian – having all they need within & throug…

Magnificent Torah

The law of the Lord is perfect.
  The law of the Lord is perfect.
    The Lord’s Instruction is perfect.
      The instructions of the Lord are perfect.
        The revelation of God is whole.

Reviving the soul.
  Refreshing the soul.
    Reviving one’s very being.
      Reviving the soul.
        And pulls our lives together.


The testimony of the Lord is sure.
  The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy.
    The Lord’s laws are faithful.
      The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy.
         The signposts of God are clear .

Making wise the simple.
  Making wise the simple.
    Making naive people wise.
      Making wise the simple.
        And point out the right road.


Psalm 19:7 ESV, NIV, CEB, NLT, & MSG 
The Torah, God's instructions, God's directions, the revelation for how to live from God; is magnificent.  It will revive and refresh you.  It will pull your life together.  It is trustworthy and clear.  It will make you wise.

James calls it the perfect l…

Living in Freedom

In every way, then, speak and act as people who will be judged by the law of freedom. -James 2:12

Have you ever wondered how to behave?

You are a Christian, so what does that mean as to how you live your life?  The book of James deals with these kinds of questions.  We are Christians, but we are becoming Christ-like.  We might need some help, some guidance; and that's what the book of James is.

Keep the whole law

After a discussion of favoritism and class-ism or class warfare, James enjoins us to fulfill the royal law of loving our neighbor as ourselves.  James then reminds his readers that they need to keep the whole law.  You can not pick and choose where you will obey and disobey.

The law of freedom

Then James makes the statement that in every way, we should speak and act as people who will be judged by the law of freedom.  What does James mean by this and was it only applicable to his original audience?

The word judged means evaluated

Our sin, past, present, and future; has bee…

Plans

The Lord saw that humanity had become thoroughly evil on the earth and that every idea their minds thought up was always completely evil.

To people belong the plans of the heart, but the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord.
All the ways of people are pure in their eyes, but the Lord tests the motives.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

People plan their path, but the Lord secures their steps.

Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.

Plans are firmed up by advice; wage wars with good guidance.

The plans of the diligent end up in profit, but those who hurry end up with loss.

My plans aren’t your plans, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my plans than your plans.

I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.

-Genesis 6:5, Provers 16:1-3,  19…

Sky-links, 6-8-13

Let another person praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
-Proverbs 27:2


I am an introvert.  We love people too, but get drained by interpersonal interaction and need to recharge.  Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz), wrote an article called, How To Avoid a People Hangover, that was good.

In the church today, we have people in all sorts of places on the spiritual growth continuum.  We have pre-Christians, or people who belong, but don't yet believe; and we have believers, who don't belong.   There are also converts who are not disciples.  M. Guy Muse, wrote on The Difference Between Converts and Disciples.

If you are searching for a church, you might ask the question, "what kind of ministries do you offer?"  Sounds like a fair question.  But, we do have a consumerist culture that we are a part of and we can also approach life that way, which is really not the Biblical way of life.  The Bible tells us how to relate to God and how to serve o…

Declaration of In-Dependence

(I have revealed your name to the people you gave me from this world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.) 

Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.
-John 17:7 (& 6)

Are you in dependence on God? Jesus was and we are meant to be. Jesus emphasized his dependence on God. Every thing Jesus said and did pointed to God.  Jesus was inspired by his father.   The Father's words and deeds Jesus spoke and did.

Jesus' disciples also are dependent on God.  If you are a Christian, you are dependent on God.  Everything you have been given comes from God.  He gives you the good things and he allows the bad.

In the blessing, in the good, help me to steward it.  In the trial, in the bad, I am looking for the grace, as a gift in the midst of the tough time.  Or, I am asking,  "where is the upgrade I need of more Christlikeness?"

Jesus revealed the Father.  Jesus shows us what God is like.  Do you want to know what God is…