Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.17

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…

Noah and the Ark – You and Jesus…

Shalom!

Clouds slowly began blocking the sun. The warm summer breeze suddenly started blowing colder and harder. Almost instantly, the temperature dropped 20 degrees. In the distance, a bolt of lightning flashed and exploded into the earth. Seconds later the sound of the explosion thundered and reverberated across the sky. Minutes later the wind increased in intensity and along with it the rain became so intense it was blinding except for the increasing lightning bolts. The accompanying thunder drowned out the pelting rain.

A beautiful warm sunny summer day had suddenly turned into a raging out of control storm and suddenly within the howling wind, the rolling thunder a quiet yet powerful whisper spoke, “The time has come to seal up the Ark.” As the storm raged and flooded the earth safe and at peace inside the inhabitants bowed and thanked God for their safe surroundings.

You’re no doubt thinking I’ve just written my account of the story of Noah and the Ark. In all honesty, Noah’s story entered my imagination but that is as far as it got. What I’ve actually written about are events in our lives. I probably should have written the whispering voice to say, “The time has come to seal your life up in Jesus,” but I didn’t instead what I wanted to do is to illustrate how the stories in the bible can have meaning to us all these years later.

Now if you know the rest of Noah’s story you will also know that you will be safe tucked away in Jesus’ heart until the storm subsides and the results of the flood of adversities drain away. And you will experience firsthand the Safety and Peace of being in Jesus’ heart.

Then, “In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. Then God said to Noah, ‘Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.’” (Genesis 8:13-16 ESV)

Noah and the Ark – you and Jesus – the circumstances may be different but when storms and floods rage in your life the results are the same! However, in reality there’s a great difference between your story and Noah’s. Noah left the Ark behind because the storm and flood subsided – you must never leave Jesus behind because in life (you already know this) storms comes and storms go and the sun always shines on those who are in the SON!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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** 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT, Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.16

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…

An Invitation to Worship the LORD…

Shalom!

“Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of Your presence, LORD. They rejoice all day long in Your wonderful reputation. They exult in Your righteousness. You are their glorious strength. It pleases You to make us strong. Yes, our protection comes from the LORD…” (Psalms 89:15-18 NLT)

In the church I attend before the beginning of our 11:00 AM worship service we have what is called a “Call to Worship” or an “Invitation to Worship” whose purpose is to assist the worshippers in focusing on the LORD and why they are here. However, for those of us who have become alive with Jesus in our hearts we have a built in “Call to Worship” or an “Invitation to Worship” called the Holy Spirit. Not only upon waking up each day but throughout the entire day the Holy Spirit softly beckons to stop for a short period of time and all the Spirit to affix our thoughts on the LORD.

The Psalmist in this morning’s scripture reading points out how we can not only start out our day on a happy note but also maintain it throughout our entire day. That does not mean our day will not have its dark moments that rob us of our happiness because life is what it is. The Psalmist simply reminds us that in spite of what life is, it is not what it can become for those who accept the Spirit’s beckoning and make room for God in their busy day.

There are many definitions of what worship is. My understanding of worship is my response to intimately experiencing God. And every person alive needs at some point in their life to not only experience God, but experience Him intimately. To connect with Him in such a way that we will receive His personal assurance that He is not only our strength but our protection as well. There are those who have trouble believing God is their protection because of the bad things they experience. If God allows the “rain to fall on the just and unjust” then His protection must be at a different level of life. I see that “other level” as our eternal life / salvation granted us upon our acceptance of Jesus as our Savior.

Life and Satan may lead us down some pretty nasty roads, they may try to steal many things, but God will NOT allow them to steal our Eternal Life / Salvation from us. We may be able to give it away but to be stolen from us NO WAY!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

** 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.14

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…

Noah and the Ark – You and Jesus…

Shalom!

Clouds slowly began blocking the sun. The warm summer breeze suddenly started blowing colder and harder. Almost instantly, the temperature dropped 20 degrees. In the distance, a bolt of lightning flashed and exploded into the earth. Seconds later the sound of the explosion thundered and reverberated across the sky. Minutes later the wind increased in intensity and along with it the rain became so intense it was blinding except for the increasing lightning bolts. The accompanying thunder drowned out the pelting rain.

A beautiful warm sunny summer day had suddenly turned into a raging out of control storm and suddenly within the howling wind, the rolling thunder a quiet yet powerful whisper spoke, “The time has come to seal up the Ark.” As the storm raged and flooded the earth safe and at peace inside the inhabitants bowed and thanked God for their safe surroundings.

You’re no doubt thinking I’ve just written my account of the story of Noah and the Ark. In all honesty, Noah’s story entered my imagination but that is as far as it got. What I’ve actually written about are events in our lives. I probably should have written the whispering voice to say, “The time has come to seal your life up in Jesus,” but I didn’t instead what I wanted to do is to illustrate how the stories in the bible can have meaning to us all these years later.

Now if you know the rest of Noah’s story you will also know that you will be safe tucked away in Jesus’ heart until the storm subsides and the results of the flood of adversities drain away. And you will experience firsthand the Safety and Peace of being in Jesus’ heart.

“Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began, the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. Two more months went by, and at last the earth was dry! Then God said to Noah, “Leave the boat, all of you—you and your wife, and your sons and their wives.” (Genesis 8:13–16, NLT)

Noah and the Ark – you and Jesus – the circumstances may be different but when storms and floods rage in your life the results are the same! However, in reality there’s a great difference between your story and Noah’s. Noah left the Ark behind because the storm and flood subsided – you must never leave Jesus behind because in life (you already know this) comes and storms go and the sun always shines on those who are in the SON!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Note: Should you want to go back and review this Glory Seed or if you would like to subscribe so you can receive them in your email you can do so by clicking on this link: Glory Seed Devotional Blog.

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

** 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.13

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…

God Never Fails or Falls…

Shalom!

Let me ask you a very personal question, one you need to answer only to yourself. Have you ever cut yourself off from other people for reasons known only to you, or by circumstances beyond your control? I have on many occasions most of them will remain hidden deep in my memory for as long as I live. The ones I will admit to are those that have come up by circumstances beyond my control. For example, because of physical limitations I have been unable to attend church functions for the past several years. Having said that I do whenever I can attend my home church.

For some reason that has been “hot button” topic the last couple of days and now I think I found the reason why. When we cut ourselves off from others for whatever reason isn’t it the responsibility of the other people to not cut themselves off from us? There is a lot of truth to saying we are living in a throwaway society, but should that include people, especially within our churches?

I am sitting here trying to fathom where I would be now if every time I cut myself off from God (committing sin) God would say, “Ok Gary two can play at that game too.” What happens when God cuts Himself off? That question is answered in chapter 9 of Luke. “As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival. But the people of the village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem. When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. So they went on to another village.” (Luke 9:51–56, NLT, emphasis mine)

Off all the nasty things Jesus could have done the worst thing was He denied them the opportunity to know Him, experience His forgiveness, and experience the totality of His ministry. Honoring their position Jesus just passed them by. The words spoken to Joshua echo across the annals of time and reverberate into our lives all these years later. “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.” (Joshua 1:5, NLT)

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

** 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.10

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…

The Great Hand of God…

Shalom!

This morning’s verse comes curtesy of the late James Ryle author of Rylisms. And is used by permission of his wife. I share it in its entirety because it has touched me in the deeps of my spirit and I would like that for you as well. Pray and believe in the Holy Spirit!

“He has hide me in the shadow of His Hand…” (Isaiah 49:2, NLT)

Too often in our happy charismatic world of blissful faith we fail to realize that shade is as necessary as sunshine. We want blue skies with only occasional puffy clouds, and the clouds should look like bunnies. No wind, at least not enough to mess with our hair; just a gentle breeze, please. Toss in a whole lot of flowers, and add some soothing worship music in the background — and let’s see now, um, oh yes, world peace.

But the truth is that life is much more random than this; much more reckless.

There is simply something indiscriminate about the fickle world in which we live. It rains on the just, and the unjust – literally, and figuratively. Good things happen to bad people; and bad things happen to good people.

Bad people prosper, while good people struggle to get by. Those who do wrong seem to skate by without consequence, while those who do well are often falsely accused and unjustly punished.

Folks who have journeyed some miles along Life’s uneven road will tell you that it is one of the great works of faith to see the darker seasons of life as the shadow of God’s hand. Rather than being far from us in those desperate moments, He is in fact so close that we are hidden in the shade caused by His nearness.

Sometimes God lifts us up to a great and noble purpose, wherein we find usefulness and fulfillment in virtually everything we touch. Other times He holds us back from high activities, even against our strong desires, and let’s light shine in other places while shadows pass over our own estate.

In the balance of things, we may at length come to see and appreciate that these are truly the greater moments of life. For in these hidden moments a deeper work is being accomplished that means far more to God than anything we may achieve when the band is playing, and the sun is shining.

Sometimes this is for our protection. For have you never lit a flame on a windy day? And did you not cup your hand in some manner to protect the flame from the fray? Might not God being, doing the same with you? Once the fire is lit, and the fuel is supplied, and the flame strong — then come, O wind and blow! For now, you will but make the fire even bigger!

Yet, for the moment, until the time is right, the Lord must hide the flame in the shadow of His hand.

There are mountains, and valleys there is daytime, and night, there is laughter, and tears this in this thing we call Life.

There are moments of fame, seasons of quiet there is fire in our bones, chilling respite.

There are times when we fly, times when we fall. The Great Hand of God at work in them all.

years ago, G. H. Morrison, one of the Churches uncelebrated heroes, wrote, “It is the glory of God to hide a thing, and there are many choice places to hide them. He hides silver and gold deep in the heart of the mountains, rubies and diamonds down in the belly of the earth, and pearls in the depths of the sea. But His children, far more precious to Him than all things — them He hides under the shadow of His hand!”

Maybe, dear friend, might this be where the Lord has you right now?

May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.09

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…

Some of God’s Do’s and Don’ts…

Shalom!

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, NLT) I don’t know about you but some of God’s Do’s on the surface seem impossible. Like, come on how does one be joyful when their world is crashing down around them? And it’s not only about being joyful it’s also about being thankful as well?

Personally, when my world came crashing down around me I’ve tried going the joyful and thankful journey but nothing changed and it seemed as if I was the same old Gary with the same old troubles. However, it only seemed that way because deep inside I wasn’t because I was discovering that when all else fails just Believe. Believe in what? No, it’s not a question of what but a question of who as explained by the apostle Paul. “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19–22, NLT)

Believe in who? The Holy Spirit, the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son in our dispensation, that’s who. Then upon believing in the Holy Spirit next comes believing in what? The prophecies, that’s what. What prophecies? These are but a sampling of the many prophecies pertaining to holding on to what is good.

  • “Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35, NLT)
  • “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NLT)
  • “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7, NLT)

Being joyful and giving thanks during our difficult times has little to do with our circumstances instead it’s about who we are becoming under the auspices of the Holy Spirit and our responsibility is to simple Believe in the only one who can turn the night to day, conflict into peace, weaknesses into strengths, and lemons into lemonade.

When all else fails just Believe.

May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.07

Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing God…

A Tender heart…

Shalom!

“Finally, all of you, have… a tender heart.” (1st Peter 3:8 ESV)

How hard is it to have a tender heart these days?

Hard!

That’s right, hard and here’s why.

“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” (2 Timothy 3:1–5, NLT) And then there are reasons that are unique to your own life.

Hard as it is or as hard as it seems to be nevertheless as Christians we are called and empowered to be –Tender Hearted People or THP’s. As a THP one thing you need to remember that with Jesus things are not always what they seem to be, the rich are poor and the poor are rich – the strong are weak and the weak are strong – to lose ones life it to gain life. Therefore, with Jesus having a tender heart is available for the asking. The Prophet Ezekiel prophesied, “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” (Ezekiel 36:25–27, NLT)

A quote from the Book of James lends itself for timely advice for us THP’s. “…you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” (James 4:2–3, NLT) James’ advice is simply, ask not for your own benefit but for the benefit of others and you will receive.

From one THP to another – May the Spirit of Tenderheartedness as illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus bless you each and every moment of not only today but every day.

May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation

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