Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.23

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…

The long arm of God…

Shalom!

Storms come! Storms go! Some storms stay! When it comes to the weather that is a partial truth but when it comes to life/living that is completely true to a lesser or greater degree in each one of us. For me the storm that stays is my relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It’s true! The one relationship we humans can count on for peace is always stormy, yet out of our stormy relationship comes Storms of Peace of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If it sounds like I’ve somehow lost a few “marbles” I can assure you I haven’t. Yet me explain how I see our relationship with the Trinity.

There are times when the storms in our relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are created as we experience “things” for which we have no control over. That storm will rage for awhile but it is soon replaced with a bigger one, and that storm is created as the Father seeks to brings us back into a relationship with Him. The scenario I’ve written about in this paragraph has come out of my own experience this past week or so. As you know if you’ve followed the Glory Seed Blog I have pulmonary fibrosis. These past few days I’ve been in what can be called a crisis mode. Which has not only put my wellbeing in a tailspin but also my faith not in God but my faith in my ability to stay connected to Him.

Experiencing the distance between myself and God becoming wider and wider and not being able to stop it is heart breaking to say the least. It’s like voice from out of the storm saying, “God, I don’t trust you anymore.” Yet at the same time I’m praying, “God, strengthen me, help me!” I have no clue as to why God allows our storms to rage out of control but at a time of His choosing suddenly His Peace Storm swallows ours and we experience the Intimacy of God. The Psalmist describes it this way. “He reached down from heaven and took me and drew me out of my great trials. He rescued me from deep waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me—I who was helpless in their hands.On the day when I was weakest, they attacked. But the Lord held me steady. He led me to a place of safety, for he delights in me.” (Psalm 18:16–19, The Living Bible)

The “me storms” and the “God’s Peace Storms” are the ones that don’t go away. While it’s true they are not necessarily an everyday happening they don’t totally go away. I still have pulmonary fibrosis and while the me storm is gone for now and I am living in God’s “place of safety” yet potential storms continue to lurk just over the horizon. But the God I believe in BIGGER and more POWERFUL than any storm any of us can brew up!

“Take my hand,” God says,” and remember there are no limitations on how far My Arm will reach out and pull you back into My Heart!”

“May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.”**

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible, Copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved.”

**2 Thessalonians 3:16, The Living Bible

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.22

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…

Jesus knows…

Shalom!

“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.“But I’m not married,” the woman replied.“All too true!” Jesus said. “For you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now.”“Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet.” (John 4:16–19, The Living Bible)

How does that line go? “Oh, the tangled web we weave when we try to deceive.” I am sure that is not exactly how it reads but hopefully its close enough for you get the idea. And if we have enough “intestinal fortitude” to admit it we’re all guilty to a greater or lesser degree. But the one we deceive or try to deceive is ourselves. Since first reading the twelfth chapter of Romans I have always been impressed by Romans 12:3. “For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3, NET)

When reading it or thinking about my own life I always add the phrase, “not to think more lowly of myself than I ought to think.” While that may not be a problem in your life/living it is in mine. As I look back over my 71 years I can’t help but wonder where I’d be today had I not listened to my own deceiving voice so many times and short changed myself. How many times have I said, “It’s my way not your way God,” and taken not a wrong road but not the right road either?

Did you hear it? Hear what you may be asking. Did you hear my own voice trying to deceive me into regretting all the mistakes I’ve made, trying to convince me because of some of the choices I’ve made I’m somehow a loser. That’s how sneaky we can be with ourselves not only can we deceive ourselves into thinking we’re the most important person in world or we can deceive ourselves into thinking we’re the lowest of the low.

We are, you and I individual, unique, and unrepeated miracles of God! Out of our relationship with God our “mistakes” have been transformed from “points of grace” to “points of glory”

“May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.”**

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible, Copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved.”

**2 Thessalonians 3:16, The Living Bible

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.20

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…

In God we Trust…

Shalom!

“The Lord’s promise is sure. He speaks no careless word; all he says is purest truth, like silver seven times refined.” (Psalm 12:6, The Living Bible)

I am sure you’ve heard the story about the man who fell off a cliff and on the way down he managed to reach out and grab a small tree growing out of the side of the mountain. Immediately he began calling for help. After several hours of getting no response and with his grip beginning to slip he finally asked God for help. From what sounded like the top of the cliff he heard a voice call out, “I come in answer to your pray are you okay? I am here to save you.” Instantly the man found a little more strength and replied, “I am okay but I am starting lose my grip, please hurry and save me. Who are you?” Again the voice called out, “I am God, all you need to do is trust me to save you and let go I will send an angel to catch you.” After several minutes, “God, can you go find someone with a rope?”

Trusting God is one of the most difficult and challenging part of building a solid relationship with him. No matter how many times God has proven himself when we find ourselves hanging on precariously for dear life the thought of trusting God with the outcome ignites a conflagration of fire storms that begin burning away our faith. Yet at the same time as our faith burns away the Holy Spirit replaces it with the Faith of Jesus and then we can find sufficient Faith to believe in the Promises of God and let go.

“Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his wisdom and knowledge and riches! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods! For who among us can know the mind of the Lord? Who knows enough to be his counselor and guide? And who could ever offer to the Lord enough to induce him to act? For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory. To him be glory evermore.” (Romans 11:33–36, The Living Bible)

“May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.”**

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible, Copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved.”

**2 Thessalonians 3:16, The Living Bible

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.19

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…

Trust, Patience, Faith, God’s Way…

Shalom!

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient.” (Romans 5:3, The Living Bible)

“And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” (Romans 5:4, The Living Bible)

Not only is the bible about the past, it is also about the present and the future. “We can rejoice, too when we run into problems and trials for we know they are good for us…” Working with the timelessness of the Holy Spirit Paul brings the past, present and future into one verse. Converging on you and in you in the NOW the Holy Spirit brings to bear your past experiences your now experiences preparing you for future experiences at life/living. (Life is what we have, living is what we do with what we have been given.)

As powerful and relevant verse 3 is along comes verse 4 solidifying the Divine Resources and Blessings for the next day, and the next day, and the next day. ”…each time we use it (patience and trust) until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” I said this before and I’ll say it again, I am not a patient person. “LORD, if you’re going to fix what is broken with me don’t make me wait, now is the time to fix-it so I can move on to the next thing,” God will tell you that is a familiar phrase in my prayer’s. And as usual they are always met with silence which is God’s way of reminding me it’s always his way not my way. Does that have a familiar ring to you?

As time ticks away pealing off the layers of doubt and pride revealing the truth that God’s way IS the right way. And once we swallow our self sufficiency and join God on his pathway… “Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:5, The Living Bible)

“May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.”**

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible, Copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved.”

**2 Thessalonians 3:16, The Living Bible

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.16

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…

Intimacy at its deepest level…

Shalom!

God has planted within each of us the want/desire/need for intimacy. The “trick” is to begin at intimacy’s deepest level, and its deepest level may surprise you. Intimacy then is not primarily a sharing with another. Intimacy starts with being intimate with myself. Intimacy is knowing the core of things myself. Then what I do flows from where I’ve been. But intimacy begins with getting in contact with myself. I have to be in contact with myself before I can donate, give myself or share. It is important to get in touch with our deepest human experiences because that is where God is present to us. Where we are most present, God is most present.” (A Short Course on Prayer by J.J. O’Leary, SJ, emphasis mine)

In order to have and intimate relationship with ourselves we first need to methodically unlock each and every closet we’ve hidden things in. That doesn’t mean as we open them we need post them in “Social Media” for all to see, the majority of our “hidden things” are for our eyes only. It is in the viewing of our “hidden selves” our intimacy deepens. However, once we are exposed to ourselves we need to determine whether further action is needed? For example do we need to seek forgiveness? Do we need to seek further help to overcome something? Do we need to seek support to help us through a difficulty that will not go away?

Speaking from my own experience upon opening closet doors come face to face with the real me and I find there are times when I really don’t like myself and other times when I do. Yet somehow as I face the real me deep in my heart/spirit I can hear Jesus telling me I don’t have to face them alone, that together we will sort through them overcoming what needs to be overcome, overpowering those whose powerful hold on me, forgiving me when I have willfully crossed the line, weakening me where needed and strengthening me where needed.

While it is true becoming intimate with ourselves may create a “fire storm” but as we go deeper and deeper into the inner us the “Winds of the Spirit” increase in power and intensity until suddenly the fire storms are extinguished and in their place come levels of intimacy with ourselves so deep we begin to become intimate with those we need to be and especially with Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. And suddenly our life/lives open to Yahweh’s presence and we find ourselves enveloped by a world of Unparalleled Peace, the Peace of Jesus.

“May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, The Living Bible)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible, Copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved.”

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.15

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…

Into the fury of a hurricane…

Shalom!

As you read this there is a hurricane raging somewhere in your life, or there is one looming on the horizon. It may not be the same as mine. It may not be the same one that rocked your life yesterday. It may belong to someone close to you but because they are a part of your life you will be pulled in anyway. As long as we live in this life there will be hurricanes, but they need not rob us of our peace. Each hurricane is but an opportunity to draw closer to Jesus, the undeniable Master Seaman, the Divine First Responder.

Huge waves driven by hurricane force winds lift your fragile life high into the stormy sea. Standing tall at helm you desperately steer away from the hurricane but in the darkness you become disorientated and lose your bearings. Hovering very close the spirit of doom holds you and begins to slowly squeeze away what little strength and motivation you have. Suddenly a bolt of lightning flashes across the sky momentarily illuminating what seems to be certain death. Viewing the eerie scene instantly your determination to go on is renewed and valiantly you struggle against the raging storm. But with each flash of lightning, with each roar of thunder your resolve weakens and is carried away by the winds.

Suddenly from deep inside the hurricane a faint voice calls out, “I tell you these things, so you will know in me you may find peace. In this world hurricanes will seek to subdue you and you will have troubles, but lift up your heart for I have overcome the world.” The voice is quickly stilled as the hurricane lashes out harder and harder relentlessly seeking to pull you into its death grip. In spite of your resolve to go on you continue to weaken as you desperately fight and your eyes begin to sting from the constant pounding of the rain and wind.

The voice a second time penetrates the noise of the pounding waves, the howling wind, and rolling thunder, “Come to me all you who are ravaged by the hurricanes of life and you will find smooth sailing. Put your eager craft in my hands and I will guide you into the eye of the hurricane where you will find rest, where you will find peace, where you will find me.” Reluctantly you take your hands away from the helm and the hurricane continues to rage but instantly you can feel the presence of another person standing behind you and suddenly you can feel arms encircling you. With precision maneuvering beyond what you’ve ever experienced your fragile craft begins to twist and turn with the hurricane as it is guided by the Master Seaman. No longer are you rocked back and forth, up and down, no longer does the raging sea pose a threat.

“I have come so you may life, and have it abundantly,” the Seaman whispers to you. In distance there is a faint light and with each turn of the helm it gets brighter and brighter. Suddenly the wind begins to subside and waves disappear, the dark storm clouds dissipate and sun begins to shine and the sea becomes calm and the water becomes like a mirror reflecting the warm rays of the sun. You begin to feel peace such as you have never felt before and your strength begins to build rapidly.

A forth time the voice sounds out, “It is finished.” Suddenly you are alone standing at the helm as you look over your shoulder you can see that hurricane still rages behind you. It is then you notice a man standing on the water waving at you, your eyes are drawn to the scars on his wrists and the man disappears into the hurricane going on another rescue.

“May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, The Living Bible)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible, Copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved.”

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.13

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…

God is not far-fetched!

Shalom!

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19, LEB)

I want to build on Paul’s insight into our lives (bodies) as a “temple of the Holy Spirit”. However, I need to warn you first I am going to take a promise from God found in the Old Testament out of context and stretch it to the breaking point and beyond, prayerfully with the endorsement of the Holy Spirit. After the completion of the Temple God appeared to Solomon in a dream and told him. ”…then if my people will humble themselves and pray, and search for me, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land. I will listen, wide awake, to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and sanctified it to be my home forever; my eyes and my heart shall always be here.” (2 Chronicles 7:14–16, The Living Bible)

As I’ve already stated I am taking God’s promise to Solomon and stretching it way beyond the Old Testament so it becomes a promise in your life today. I know you are not Solomon and I know you haven’t overseen the building of a magnificent Temple for the LORD God. But I do know you’ve taken Paul at his word and have been instrumental in building your life into a temple for the Holy Spirit to take up residence. And I know God has every intention of carrying out his promise given to Solomon in your life as well.

It may seem a little far-fetched after all how can the Holy Spirit be a resident in your life and mine at the same time. And we have a tendency to doubt and question things that are far-fetched. Take for instance the cartoon character Detective Dick Tracy and his two-way wrist radio. “On January 13, 1946,the 2-Way Wrist Radio became one of the strip’s most immediately recognizable icons, worn as a wristwatch by Tracy and members of the police force…” (Wikipedia, emphasis mine) I remember as a kid hearing people talk about how far-fetched a two-way radio small enough to fit on a wrist was, yet now 71 years later it’s not far-fetched at all, it’s now a reality. If you think God and his promises are far-fetched you don’t know God like I know God! I will admit humankind (including yours truly) has come up with some far-fetched concepts of God.

One last thing to think about… God is so far-fetched he tried to tell us he came to earth as a newborn baby named Jesus! Is there anything more far-fetched than that?

“May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, The Living Bible)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible, Copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved.”

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