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Time With God

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
*Bend Your ear to me and listen to my words, O Eternal One; hear the deep cry of my heart.

Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
*Listen to my call for help, my King, my True God; to You alone I pray.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
*In the morning, O Eternal One, listen for my voice; in the day’s first light, I will offer my prayer to You and watch expectantly for Your answer.

-Psalm 5:1-3 (KJV, *VOICE)

You woke up in the morning, rested or not rested.  Your life is before you, starting with today.  If you are a coffee drinker, you will turn your machine on and begin to make your first cup.  It might be light or dark out.  You might be the first one up, or your home may already have the sounds of the ones who awoke before you.

It does not matter if you have a farm or live in the White House.  You hav…

Walking Wounded

When (And it happened that) Abram was ninety-nine years old Yahweh appeared to Abram. And he said to him, “I am El-Shaddai; (God Almighty) walk before me and be blameless so that (and) I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you exceedingly (very, very)".  Then Abram fell upon his face and God spoke with him...

...And Abraham fell upon his face and laughed. And he said in his heart, “Can a child be born to a man a hundred years old ("to a man one hundred years old can he be born?"), or can Sarah bear a child at ninety? (“can ninety-year-old Sarah bear a child?)" And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” ...

 ...And they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “Here, in the tent.”  And he (Yahweh) said, “I will certainly return to you in the spring (at that time of life), and look, Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the doorway of the tent, and which was behind him.  Now Abraham and…

Walking Before God

When Abram was ninety-nine years old Yahweh appeared to Abram. And he said to him, “I am El-Shaddai; walk before me and be blameless so that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you exceedingly.”
-Genesis 17:1 (LEB)

I looked up Genesis 17:1 in ten translations and looked at David Guzik's commentary, and decided that I liked the Lexham English Bible the best.  In the LEB, we have, "Yahweh", "El-Shaddai", and "Walk before me and be blameless".
Instead of Yahweh, most other translations have, "The Lord".  I believe "Yahweh" here in this story is fitting, because that is God's proper name, that means Lord.  Why not have the name, rather than what the name means?  And "The Lord" means the "I AM"(Ex. 3:15).

This verse starts out with Abram's age of 99.  He is still Abram, without the "ha".  These Yahweh encounters are going to result in a name change of  his name (Gen. 17:5);…

Worshiper and Servant of God: Obadiah

When Jezebel killed the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah took one hundred of them and hid them, fifty each in two caves. He supplied them with food and water.
-1 Kings 18:4

(This is a re-post from 2013, edited and added to.)

Obadiah means "worshiper of Yahweh" or "servant of Yahweh".  In the Hebrew, the word is abad-Yah. which means both to worship and to serve God.  The Biblical idea of worship is linked with serving: serve God, worship God; or serve other gods, worship other gods.

When we hear the name Obadiah, we might think of his book, in the Minor Prophets.  He was a Prophet.  But, the first Obadiah mentioned in scripture, in 1 Kings, was living during the time of Elijah, Ahab, and Jezebel.  It was a time of apostasy among God's people.  Ahab and Jezebel were terrible, evil rulers. 

Obadiah was a courageous hero, who hid and fed one hundred authentic prophets.  It is fitting that his name meant "Servant of Yahweh" or "Worshiper of Yahweh",…

Pray, Knowing That Your Father Knows What You Need

“When you pray, don’t be like hypocrites. They love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners so that people will see them. I assure you, that’s the only reward they’ll get. But when you pray, go to your room, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you.

“When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words, as the Gentiles do. They think that by saying many words they’ll be heard. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask. -Matthew 6:5-8 

(This is a re-post from 2012.)

I recently had something to pray about that was knocking me down inside.  As I went to prayer, I remembered what Jesus taught us, that Father already knows, but to pray anyway.  Jesus says to pray, knowing that Father knows.

Jesus says that we do not need to inform God.  But Jesus' disciples pray.  God already knows, but wants our prayers, in secret, with few words, and he w…

Make Way For The King (re-post)

Mighty gates, lift up your heads!
Ancient doors, rise up high.
So that the glorious King can enter. 
-Psalm 24:9

(This is a re-post from 2013)

Make way for the King

God is calling Christians everywhere to make way for the King.  God is calling Christians everywhere to open their hearts and let Christ reign in their hearts.  God is calling Christians everywhere to stop trying to live for Christ and instead, let Christ live through them.

Transformation and Intimacy With God

The normal Christian life is one of transformation.  But transformation takes cooperation in the believer.  The normal Christian life is one of intimacy (into-me-see) with God, where we walk with God and gaze upon God, without hiding our brokenness; and God transforms us.

Growth Through Body Life

The normal Christian life is a life of "one-another", where we confess our sins to each other and receive forgiveness from each other and give encouragement to one another.  We love one another and we bear each others bu…

Fasting From The World To Find The Kingdom, part 2 (re-post)

(This is a re-post of the third and fourth posts I wrote on fasting, from 2012)
“Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?  Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life?  And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth.  But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these.  If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith?  Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘Wha…

Fasting From The World To Find The Kingdom, part 1 (re-post)

(This is part one of a two part re-post of four posts from 2012)

“And when you fast, don’t put on a sad face like the hypocrites. They distort their faces so people will know they are fasting. I assure you that they have their reward.  When you fast, brush your hair and wash your face. Then you won’t look like you are fasting to people, but only to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees in secret will reward you.   -Mathew 6:16
Jesus mentions fasting, in the sermon on the mount, in Matthew, chapter 6:  He says, “and when you fast..."  Jesus gives instruction to his disciples on how to fast differently than the super-religious people of the day.  The purpose of fasting, like all kingdom activity, is to bring our lives into alignment with heaven.  God rules and reigns in heaven, without restriction.  In fasting, we seek God's rule and reign in our whole being.
I got the idea that we can fast from the world to find the kingdom of God.  This was p…

Rest and Burnout Series, parts 7 & 8 (re-post) Suffering, Restoration, and Rest & Moving In The Opposite Spirit of Cynicism

(These are parts 7 & 8 of a series I did on rest and burnout in 2012.)

Part 7
Suffering, Restoration, and Rest
I will restore (repay) to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. -Joel 2:25 (ESV)
It is hard to rest when we focus on our losses, disappointments, and unfulfilled dreams; but we must.
What about all this lost time?  Why do we have to wait for our promises?  Not to have what we have dreamed about and been promised is a loss and we keep losing time in the time between the times.
But God is the great restorer.  The whole Bible is a story of restoration.  God is all about restoration.
While you wait, God is upgrading you in many areas; stretching you and maturing you: enlarging your heart.  God walks beside you in your losses, when you are betrayed, passed over, and hurt.  You are growing in faith, hope, and love.  You are learning deeper and deeper forgiveness and grace.  You must cho…