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You Are a God Who Acts on Behalf of Those Who Wait on Him

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
-Isaiah 64:4 (NIV)
I am curious, and I anticipate what you will do.   I have to intentionally bring to mind and come to the realization again that you do things.   You are a God who acts on behalf of those who wait on him.
I have waited on you and I have seen you act on my behalf.   You are doing it again right now and I believe you will continue to do so.   And I will continue to trust you, wait on you, and put my faith in you.
My life is a testimony of your goodness, your acts, your blessings, comfort, and nurture.   I rest and am activated in your grace.   I productively live my life, waiting for and anticipating your actions.
My life is filled with awe and wonder at you.   I marvel at your wisdom, love, and power.   The only possible response to knowing you is worship.
I praise you, long for you, and weep before you.   All my heart belongs…

Weakness and Rest

I call to You from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength.
Lead me to a rock that is high above me.

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.
-Psalm 61:2 & 62:1
I just got back to work from a week of vacation.  When we have a vacation, we rest from or normal work, but some of us do other work or even make recreation into work.  Have you ever gone on a trip, that was supposed to be fun and enjoyable, only to feel more tired than when went you left?
I am still learning to rest.  When I have time-off from my normal work schedule, there are many things I want to do.  I think that is a good thing, but I just have to rest after I do them.
For me, physical tiredness affects my mental state.  It is not well with my soul, when I am exhausted.  When I am tired, I am vulnerable to being grouchy and seeing the world through grey glasses.
I remember being at a Saturday leadership meeting and there was a man there who led a significant ministry in California, and h…

How Long Lord?

How long, Lord?  Will you forget me forever?
  How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
  and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
  How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes,    or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say,    “I have overcome him,”    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
  my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
  for he has been good to me.
-Psalm 13 (NIV)

How Long Lord?

The cry of our hearts is often, "How long, Lord?"  How much longer will I have to wait?  How much longer until God does something?

Suffering 
The Bible teaches that we will suffer.  If you don't get that, then you might try to avoid suffering, at all costs.  We might run from suffering, avoid it, deny it, seek to bypass it; or interpret it as punishment.  "How long, Lord?", asks God to get us through, and in th…

In Pain and Sadness I Cry To You Lord

Listen to my words, Lord,
  consider my lament.

Hear my cry for help,
  my King and my God,
  for to you I pray.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
  in the morning I lay my requests before you
  and wait expectantly.
-Psalm 5:1-3 (NIV)
In pain and sadness,
I cry to you Lord.   I am tempted to blame others or shame myself.
Instead I turn to you.   For you are my salvation.
I am lonely and tired,
restless and anxious.   But you are my rest:
my home, and my place.   In you I put my hope.
My vision has faded,
and I do not hear.   It feels like everyone is opposing me.   But in you I put my trust.
Again I receive your forgiveness
and seek to live in your grace.   To you I yield.   I know you love me,
and I love you back.
This is where my life began,
and where I will live from again today.   For out of you flows my life.   All that is fulfilling and joyful comes from you.
When I am tempted to blame others,
selling myself as being right.
When I am tempted to bash myself with shame,
a…

This Love of Mine It Happens All The Time

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 3:10-14 (NIV)
How's your love life?  

My grandparents would always ask me that when I was first going to college.  I was usually taken aback by that question, because my love life was not very good in those days.  My heart was messed up.  I was actually very sad, because of my estrangement from the Lord and lack of direction in my life.
I did not know how much God love…

Glorify God

I have glorified you on earth by completing the work you gave Me to do.  Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed...

...I ask for them.  I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours.  Everything I have is Yours and everything You have is Mine, and I have been glorified in them...

...I have given them the glory You have given Me.  May they be one as We are one.  I am in them and You are in Me.  May they be completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.  Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am.  Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world's foundation.
-John 17:4-5, 9-10, and 22-24
The gospel message is that Jesus saves and you now get to live in him.

Are you glorifying God with your life and are you doing the work God has given you to do?  Did you know that the good ne…

Jesus Reveals God & Christians Reveal Christ Who Reveals God

I have made your name known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.
-John 17:26 (NIV)

Question: What is a Christian?

Answers might be, "one who is born again", "one who is saved through Christ from their sins", "a believer in Jesus Christ", "a Christ follower", "a disciple of Christ", or, "someone who goes to church".

I define a Christian as someone who is in Christ and Christ is in them.

They have been born again as a second birth, a birth from above, a "start-over in their spiritual life". They are being saved from their sins. They were not just saved at a point in time, in their lives; but they began their salvation life at a time, and continue to be saved. Salvation is an event and a process.

Believers in Jesus Christ, Christians, are known by their love. They are disciples, learners and doers, of Christ which is demo…

Living in Mercy

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
-Hosea 6:6

I was thinking about where we will live in the future and the idea came to me that God wants us to live in Mercy. Merced, in Central California means mercy. They named it Merced because the explorers had gone for 40 days without finding water before finding water in Merced.

Mercy is God's steadfast love. It means caring for those who are hurting. The disposition of caring is compassion. God is compassionate, merciful, and gracious. Living in mercy means receiving God's mercy and being merciful.

Go figure out what this Scripture means: "I'm after mercy, not religion.' I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders." Kingdom Come.
-Matthew 9:13 (The Message)

-The post was originally published in 2009.

Trade The Weight of Your Troubles for The Weight of God's Glory

Cry out to, call upon, pray to, call on me, or call for help

Whenever you are in, in the day of, or in time of trouble.

I will deliver, help, and rescue you.

Then, you will or shall, honor me, glorify me, or give me glory.

-Psalm 50:15 (CEB, ESV, MSG, CEV, & NLT*)

God wants us to trade the weight of our troubles for the weight of His glory.  God loves to deliver his children over and over, again and again.  God wants his children to live in awe of Him, giving him glory and honor, daily.  

But we must do something.  We must cry out to God when troubles or adversities come into our lives.  Deliverance and giving glory to God on a daily basis are not automatic.  Joseph M. Scriven wrote about this in his famous hymn:
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.Are you missing out on the peace of God? …

The Cow Jumped Over The Moon: Glorious Joy

You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
-1 Peter 1:8-9
I have an idea that God wants to give us joy that not limited.  I have a thought that the joy that God has in store for us, in this life, is something that seems impossible; but He is going to give it to us anyway.  I believe that God has unrestricted happiness available, that we get to live in.
I believe that God has unlimited delight for us, that he wants us to have now.  I believe that joy is going to be the story, the fragrance, and the personality of God's people.  I believe that a door is opening, for people, to walk into the unlimited space of delight.
I believe that God wants to take us into unrestrained happiness.  People who thought they could never be happy will be surprised.  People who thought that the Bible only gave us theory and tr…

My Life is Written on The Palms of Your Hands

Look, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.

Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began. God, how difficult Your thoughts are for me to comprehend; how vast their sum is! If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up, I am still with You. -Isaiah 49:16, Psalm 139:16-18
Do you know that God has you?  God is very cognizant as to what you are going through.  God knows all about you and your life.
Do you know that God cares about you?  God cares about us as individuals.  God knows about the trial or trouble, the joy or jubilation that you are living in right now.
God knows if you are bored, frustrated, depressed, or suicidal.  God is intimately acquainted with each one of our lives and each one of us as unique individuals that he has created.  God knows and God cares.
The Bible reminds us of this fact, and I am glad it does, because …

Sing A New Song

Sing a new song
-Psalm 33:3, 96:1, 98:1, 149:1; Isaiah 42:10; Revelation 5:9, 14:3; Judith 16:13

Have you sung a new song lately?  It is good to celebrate what God has done for us and others, in the past.  We never want to lose the heritage, and the awareness that we are part of God's whole story (His-story), that goes through the two testaments of the Bible, and into our present time.

The same God that is worshiped by us today, is the one God that all the believers in history have worshiped.  But, each new time has new songs that come from the hearts and lips of people being newly touched: saved, healed, delivered by God.

New songs are continually being written.  But will we hear them and join in and sing them?

Imagine if, when you grew up, that your parents and grandparents celebrated the birthdays and anniversaries of your deceased great, great grandparents; but not their own or yours.  Imagine that, your parents and your parents always told the stories of your great, great gr…