Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.10.20

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

We go into the unknown…

Shalom!

“Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God. With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:19–21, NCV)

Can anyone ever really know someone completely? Can we really know ourselves completely? Based on my own experience my answer would be no. I am not sure how the apostle Paul would answer my questions, but I know what he’d say about knowing Jesus love completely. “Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know,” he writes. But he doesn’t stop there he finishes the sentence, “…but I pray that you will be able to know that love.” For me that is an invitation to go into those factors of Jesus’ love unknown to us at this time.

Paul was trying to tell us “it is not the destination that is most important, it is getting there.” The difference can be illustrated by comparing a car trip to Florida to getting there by airplane flight. There is a huge difference between seeing and experiencing the beauty of our great country while traveling through it rather than seeing it from 30,000 feet in the air. By driving to Florida in a car we get to experience the beautiful scenery, to feel and become part of it that is lacking when at 30,000 feet.

Your probably already are aware of the difference between knowing someone and experiencing them. While both are important perhaps experiencing slightly edges knowing into second place because it is the interaction between knowledge and our life’s journey that creates experience. During my “faith building formative years” when difficulties and adversities would arise I would turn to the scriptures for help however, as I interacted with the knowledge gained through the scriptural experience taught me to turn to God first rather than just the scriptures.

Paul is also telling us when our knowledge of God turns into experience “With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.” From that point our experience goes into action and we find, “I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13, NCV)

I have titled today’s Glory Seed “We go into the unknown” because putting the knowledge we have of Jesus’ love and going on an exploration to experience it more completely our relationship with him will deepen and solidify our relationship with God. And maybe, just maybe will discover and experience ourselves deeper as well.

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

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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"Scriptures marked NCV quoted from The Holy Bible, New Century Version, copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Word Publishing, Dallas, Texas 75039. Used by permission."

**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.10.19

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

Something about you – Something about God!

Shalom!

“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35–36, NLT)

One of the first things we often do when finding ourselves in a storm is to begin putting ourselves into a survival mode. For instance, in the recent hurricanes that ravaged most of our southern states widows were boarded up, sandbags filled, massive evacuation, shelters were set-up emergency services went on full alert, medical facilities were readied. All of which contributed to less impact than in previous years.

However, there are times when storms arise in our personal lives with no warning whatsoever. In 1953 while living at the south end of Port Huron we found ourselves the victims of a tornado. It picked our house up and landed in 12 feet in our front yard. Over the years I’ve forgotten a lot of the details of that fateful morning but the thing that has never left me was seeing our dad look out the kitchen door and seeing the storm coming at us. Almost immediately he put us under the kitchen table where we were when we went for a short flight. Dad was our lifesaver that day.

Dad’s do that! God does that too only on a much larger and more profound way. I was only 7 years old at the time but over those 7 years I developed a deep trust in him and later on many, many times I needed to fall back on the trust that had become a part of my life. Yesterday when I read this morning’s scripture I found myself looking back over the years and rehearsing the different times when God has proven to me to be trustworthy. And the author reminded of my need to never abandon my trust in God. As I read the reading over the second time there was one word missing – Courage! To trust God in a blinding storm takes a great amount of courage, and just as trust comes a little here and a little there so does courage.

“Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor!” (Psalm 107:26–30, NLT)

Yeah! God does that!

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, 2017.10.16

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

Something about you!

Shalom!

“So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:18–20, NLT)

I remember in a Bugs Bunny cartoon many, many years ago Bugs was playing the part of a gangster and saying something like, “It’s curtains for you Rocky.” Then a pair of curtains suddenly appeared on Rocky’s shoulders. I don’t know why that has stuck in the back of my memory but it has. And then when I came across the scripture reading for today I think I’ve discovered why I’ve remembered it. Because the writer in chapter 6 of Hebrews is saying, It’s torn curtains for you ___________________________ (your name)!” If you’ll recall from the Easter Story the instant Jesus died the curtain keeping ordinary people like us from entering the Holy of Holies was torn apart giving us access to the Inner Sanctum of God.

When we begin putting the all the pieces of a broken world together it is not very difficult to see how fragile our world is. And when we begin to experience the fragility of the world we can begin to see how fragile we are. Isn’t is reassuring to know, “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”

A heartfelt thank you for all your prayers and support throughout these past few weeks. You truly are a Blessed People!

Crustyism 2017.10.16… My dad always told me to “make hay while the sun shines”, but I say always pray when the sun doesn’t shine because the Son always shines on prayer!

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, 2017.10.09

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

Impatience…

Shalom!

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.” (Psalms 62:5-7 NLT)

Waiting is not my forte. “I wish you would slow down and walk with me,” Patti used to say many years ago. But as it would have it the fickle-finger-of-fate has sense put the shoe on the other foot because now I am the one walking slow. And a fringe benefit of being a victim of the fickle-finger-of-fate I have been forced to adapt my face paced lifestyle to one of patience. My motto has gone from “catch me if can” to “slow down and smell the roses” which goes against our lifestyle in 2017.

Peter in his second letter gives us a little insight in how God can be so patient with us, “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8, NLT) And if it is true we are created in the image and likeness of God is it then not true we have built in us the capacity be patient? I would like to think that is true however, we are taught impatience babies we cry and immediately someone rushes to take care of us. And so, begins our life of impatience unchallenged until the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives with the Gifts that completely change our lives.

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22–23, NLT) There is a tendency to understand patience as standing around or sitting while waiting for things to get better. However, I believe Isaiah has a better way of understanding patience when he writes, “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, NLT) And we know according to chapter 29 of Jeremiah when we seek God he will let us find him and once He lets us find Him waiting then becomes a matter of Hope, Hope not in a solution but Hope that God knows what is best for us and is working it out.

Back in July when I discovered pulmonary fibrosis had gotten worse I went on a 26-day prayer vigil which only increased my impatience resulting in no change. The other day while reflecting on it I became aware that I had sought a blessing from prayer not from God. It is God who ignites the slow burning embers of patience that warm and sustain us until God does what God does best, Bless us according to His ultimate plan for our lives.

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, 2017.10.07

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

But God did…

Shalom!

“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)

In the last 13 days I have only written one Glory Seed it seems that on September 24th while getting ready for church I reach in the closet for a shirt and CRACK! I suddenly “fell off the wall” and the resulting compression fracture left me with the most horrendous pain I’ve ever experienced left me unable to sit up long enough to do much of anything let alone write a Glory Seed. So, I did what every believer in Jesus does when they find themselves 1 step from being a scramble egg breakfast, I prayed, and in response I found myself living the Humpty Dumpty story.

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again… but God could and God did!” I know that’s not the way Mother Goose’s famous poem ended but those who have a relationship with Jesus and live with Him in their heart is how it will end! I know it’s true because He is in the ongoing process of putting me back together again.

While I may not be familiar with your Humpty Dumpty story but I know the same Jesus that is putting me back together again is at the same time putting you back together as well. I hope you’re not like me whose impatient heart beats to my own rhythm and not Jesus’ heart. But I am learning to have patience and trust that Jesus’ because of the promise in chapter 34 of Isaiah. “There the owl will make her nest and lay her eggs. She will hatch her young and cover them with her wings. And the buzzards will come, each one with its mate. Search the book of the Lord, and see what he will do. Not one of these birds and animals will be missing, and none will lack a mate, for the Lord has promised this. His Spirit will make it all come true.” (Isaiah 34:15–16, NLT)

Crustyism 10.06… Jesus came to show that the Cracked can assuredly be un-Cracked!

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, 2017.09.28

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

Isaiah 43…

Shalom!

When it rains it pours! I am not sure you’re familiar with that phrase or not. I first became familiar with it on a box of Morton Salt (I think it was anyway) but over the years I discovered it can also apply to our lives. And it rain and poured in our lives as recently as this past Sunday! Patti had her right knee replaced two weeks ago tomorrow (prayers work because she is doing wonderful) and then Sunday the 24th I was reaching in the closet to get my Sunday-go-meeting clothes and SNAP! And something snapped in my middle of my back, it took my breath away and put me on my knees, and the rain turned from a gentle rain to a full-blown rainstorm. So, Monday and Tuesday all I did was sit in my chair and to nothing. Then yesterday Patti insisted I find out what happened and my son and daughter-in-law hauled me to the ER to find I had a compression fracture,

Does anyone remember the slogan for Ipana Toothpaste? It went “you wonder where the yellow went you brush your teeth with Ipana Toothpaste.” I didn’t do-nothing Monday and Tuesday like I said because God didn’t immediately come to take my pain away I prayed, “You wonder where God went when gentle rain turns to a full-blown rainstorm?” If you’ve ever had an experience where it seemed God was a million miles away you already know He was so close couldn’t see Him. Because that was where He was for me Monday and Tuesday why it just gave us the “stuff” to endure rather than fix my pain is beyond me, but after eating a little “crow alacarte” I thanked Him for His presence with me the past 3 days and throughout the healing process.

The entire experience has left me wondering why I temporarily keep forgetting the promise in the early verses of Isaiah 43. “…Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:1–2, NLT)

“God, I promise to do better at remembering the next time! Amen.” Gary…

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, 2017.09.23

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

A special message from James Ryle…

Shalom!

September 22

There is A Calling On Your Life

“Called by God.” (Heb_5:4 KJV)

I was invited to speak at a historic church in the North East, a church that was facing a defining moment in their long history. I realized that showing up and simply preaching a sermon would not be the thing to do – they were desperately needing a word from God, and they were fully expecting me to bring it. I could sense what the Lord was stirring me to say, and on the plane ride to my destination I took a napkin and wrote down these words.

“There is a calling on your life; a purpose that God has assigned to you. Thus, you can make a difference. However, this calling is not uncontested. To answer it one must be ready to contend for it against challenges great and plenty. The key will be in keeping your heart open and responsive to God. In the end a great work will have been wrought, and a lasting legacy endowed with the grace of God. Shudder, therefore, at the thought of saying no.”

Sunday arrived I preached a message about answering the call of God upon our lives, and during the sermon I took out the napkin and read what I had written to the congregation. It was a dramatic moment. I could tell immediately that the Lord was speaking to many.

Perhaps He is speaking to you even now.

There is a call of God upon your life; a purpose He has for you; an assignment for which you are uniquely suited. Your life matters. You can make a difference in some way that counts. There are no inconsequential people – and certainly this is true of you. History is upon us now in its full measure, and the time has never been more certain than now for men and women to answer the call and deliver the goods.

However, you must know that there is an enemy engaged in war against your soul. The call on your life, and you answering it, pose a great threat to this enemy. Thus, he will oppose you in every way – seen and unseen; subtle and spectacular – so as to turn you from your call, deter you from your cause, and diminish your life’s effectiveness and potential. Do not cooperate with him! Fight the good fight to become the man and woman God created you to be, to fulfill the purpose for which you were born, to achieve the goal toward which you press. Submit yourself to God and He will exalt you. Resist the devil, and he will flee!

Open your heart to God and let Him fill it with His Spirit. He will give you the desire to go the distance once you decide to do so. He will honor your dedication by granting you success day by day — here a little, there a little — until at length a great work will have been achieved in you and through you for others. He will garner your determination with His supply of strength, so that no weapon formed against you will prosper, no lie spoken against you will prevail, no bandit sent to rob you will succeed, and no word or work you do will fall ineffective to the ground. You will triumph as He takes hold of your hand and secures your labors in His Name.

Even now as you read these words the Lord makes this offer to you.

“Here am I, Lord; send me!” This was how Isaiah responded. Won’t you follow his example and do the same? After all — there is a calling on your life.

Note: Used with permission of the wife of James Ryle. For more Rylism’s click on the following link: http://www.truthworks.org/category/rylisms/

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

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: http://www.gloryseeddevotionals.org.

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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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