Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.08.18

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

Look to the Light…

Shalom!

I have divided my life into two different “Lands” one Land I call the “Land of Positivity” and the other Land I call the “Land of Negativity”. Entrance to either Land is gained through our attitude to the situations we face daily. This morning in my Daily Prayer Letter to God (my Journal) with “LORD, I am writing this Letter from the Land of Negativity… Because life has become “heavy” for me the last couple of days I have found myself in the Land of Negativity this morning. To which the Holy Spirit responded with, “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, and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king.” (Psalm 89:15–18, NLT)

When I think of what God’s Call to Worship is on our lives I think of these words, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12, NLT) There is nowhere the light of Jesus does not penetrate the darkest walk in the Land of Negativity because, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:5, NLT) Since there is nowhere the light of Jesus does not penetrate even though I am in the Land of Negativity I walk in “the light of your presence, LORD.” But then that’s nothing new because, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4, NLT)

What I am learning for all this is with our relationship with Jesus when we take occasional trips to the Land of Negativity we personally don’t need to be negative because not only do we have the light from Heaven surrounding us we are also are accompanied by the Holy Spirit. The Psalmist sums the lesson up this way, “For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” (Psalm 84:11, NLT)

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, 2017.08.16

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

“I know God can…”

Shalom!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” (Hebrews 12:1–2, NLT)

Remember this famous Forest Gump saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” Not only is life like a box of chocolates life is also like a Salmon swimming upstream battling swift currents and hungry bears to spawn. There can be no doubt that life can and does at times because of opposition and obstacles make life difficult So, out of His hands-on experience God makes provisions for us. The writer of Hebrews outlines the provisions for us this way, “…let us strip off every weight that slows us down… And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Of the things we need to ”strip off” two of the most dangerous ones are our attitude and pride.

One of faith’s fieriest enemies is our attitude. Remember the children’s story about the little train carrying toys over a mountain for children? “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!” And to his surprise the little train was victorious. When it comes to life we need to adopt and adapt that attitude in our daily life however, we need to change it slightly, “I know God can! I know God can, I know God can, I know God can!” Adopting that attitude gives God everything He needs to see to our success.

Then there’s pride, the stealthy killer, isolating its victim into a single his or her world of one. Pride kicks God out of the center of our world and puts us in His place. One of pride’s strongest supporters is out attitude its battle cry goes something like this, “I know God can but I don’t need Him, I know God can but I don’t need Him, I know God can but I don’t need Him, I know God can but I don’t need Him!”

Both our attitude and pride are beatable but to defeat them are costly because the cost of doing so is the total sum of our lives. The Apostle John in his first letter gives us the key for beating our attitude and pride and opening up the door for the provisions in Hebrews 12:1–2, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4–5, NLT)

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, 2017.08.15

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

Where are you God…

Shalom!

Rubbing her eyes in an effort to wake up Mary Jane rolled over and slowly climbed out of bed. It was Saturday and she did not need to go into work and Saturday mornings were reserved for a jog through the countryside. Usually she was excited about her run but not today the events of the past couple of weeks left her discouraged, depressed, and little hope. “I can feel just as defeated here as I can on my jog so might as well get out of here for a while,” she told herself. 20 minutes later she opened her car door at a local jogger’s path and began her run.

Minutes later, “God,” she began, “it is getting harder and harder for me to believe in you. Life keeps punching the life out of me and you are not helping. Either you don’t exist or don’t give a rip about me. ‘He’ll never give you any more than you can handle,’ I’ve been told over and over I am so tired of hearing those words.” Mary Jane stopped for a moment wiped the tears from her eyes took a slow drink of water then began jogging again.

The more she thought about the dark corridors life had presented her the faster she jogged minutes later she was at a dead run. Seeing a bench, she slowed then dropped on it. Leaned over put her head in her hands and they began crying again. “Why God!” she screamed at the top of her lungs. “If you’re not willing to help me at least don’t make it harder for me!”

Suddenly the path became silent, even the wind had stopped the only sound to be heard were MJ’s soft sobbing seconds later feelings of guilt began settling in her heart. “Oh, my God what am I saying? What caused me to question you? Why have I forgotten the times when you carried me? Can you please forgive me for questioning and dishonoring you? I don’t know what is going to happen but not believing in you won’t help.”

Mary Jane wiped the tears from her eyes one last time. Then jumped to her feet and continued her jog. Seconds later deep inside she heard a quiet yet piercing voice whispering, “Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying.” (Romans 12:11-12 CEV)

Could it be that Mary Jane’s story is your story?

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, 2017.08.14

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

The Journey of a Suspended Moment…

Shalom!

Time waits for no one. The journey through life never stops until your physical life gives way to the eternal. With the very first beat of your heart until its very last beat your life will never stop. Life is like the movement of a river because it twists and turns through the countryside of your life. There are no time outs in the game of life. It does not matter whether your life is filled with happiness or sadness, peace or conflict, love or apathy, joy or hopelessness another day and time will always loom on the horizon.

Time waits for no one, words spoken and felt between a beginning and an end, words that do not speak the whole truth because time waits for the Creator, for his Son, and for the Holy Spirit. Included within the circle of those to whom time waits are those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior, those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life for they walk the journey of eternity.

The prayers of a prophet reach the Throne and God speaks to the prophet of things to come, of things yet to do. A young person with the remainder of his life ahead of him asks for God’s will and God makes his will known. A man dying of cancer bows his head in prayer asking for strength and courage, and the Holy Spirit answers the call. An older couple facing declining health prays for peace in their lives, and the Holy Spirit blesses them with memories. A sinner is suddenly confronted with spiritual death, and Jesus takes him/her to the cross. A person nearly succumbing to evil forces prays for deliverance and a nail scarred hand leads him/her into the Kingdom of God.

There are unseen moments when time becomes meaningless even though the beating of a heart continues, even as life continues to twist and turn. The journey of a suspended moment walks the corridors of eternity where time does not exist. From eternity God reaches into a life and pulls it into timelessness where he ministers to it and then returns it from where it came. A person begins to pray when suddenly their spirit touches eternity and they walk the heavenly realms until the word amen returns them to the present.

The journey of a suspended moment reserved for God to break the time barrier and to touch the lives of those who see the transparency of seconds, hours, days, weeks, and years. The journey of a suspended moment reserved for those lives that are lived in the Heart of God, those whose lives are in sync with the pulse of eternity. The journey of a suspended moment reserved for those tired and weary time travelers who have caught a glimpse of life lived in the Garden of God. The journey of a suspended moment reserved for you, have you walked its hallowed halls hand in hand with Jesus yet?

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, 2017.08.11

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

God is in you for the long haul…

Shalom!

Has one of these thoughts ever haunted you? “O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble? …The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Psalm 10:1, Mark 9:24, NLT) If so the author of Hebrews has some words you can “sink your teeth in,” words to hold you up during your darkest hours. “God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 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.” (Hebrews 6:17–19, NLT)

Mark 9:24 has always intrigued me, how can one believe yet need to overcome unbelief? There are times when trying to understand the scriptures we think the answer has to be deep and hidden and while searching the deep and mysteriousness of God we can miss its simplicity. Take “I do believe, help my unbelief” for instance believe it or not it’s something we’ve all done at one time or another. Let me explain, do any of us have obtained the ultimate level of faith? Do any of us have not seen their faith grow experience by experience? Mark is telling us faith is a “living thing” it lives, it grows, it matures, exercise it and it gets stronger, don’t exercise it and it weakens, it can be deep, it can be shallow, it can get sick, it can die, it can sustain us for the long haul, or it can also leave us “high and dry.”

R.C. Sproul in his book What is Faith writes, “In a real sense, hope is faith looking forward. The word faith carries a strong element of trust. If my hope is based on something God has said will happen in the future, the hope I have for that future promise finds its substance from my trust and confidence in the One making the promise. I can have hope because I have faith in God. Because I can trust the promise of God for tomorrow, there is substance to my hope; my hope is not just a chimera, a fantasy, or a wish projection based on idle dreams. Rather, it is based on something substantive.”

Faith, the power to go beyond the boundaries of time and space. Accompanying you to boldly go into the vastness of time and timelessness of a life lived in Partnership with God.

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, 2017.08.10

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

Embracing the darkness…

Shalom!

“Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday… For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease… Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 91:6, 3, 23:4, NLT)

Over the last couple of days life has taught me a valuable lesson, one I’ll not forget. I found myself running away from the darkness associated with pulmonary fibrosis and everything that goes along with it. It wasn’t that way at first, in the summer of 2011 when I was first diagnosed with it, on a bike ride I received assurance from God not to be afraid that He had my life under control. For the past six years with a few minor adjustments in my life I was okay. But then came last month and as it became increasingly difficult for me to catch my breath thinking somehow God was no longer in control of my life I panicked and pulmonary fibrosis went from a positive force in my life and relationship with Him to a negative force “out to get me”.

Then last night while reading an article titled “Why am I Disabled” in the “Beyond Suffering Bible NLT: Where Struggles Seem Endless, God’s Hope is Infinite”* I read something that opened my eyes to what I was doing to myself and God. “Ultimately, my trust is rooted in God’s character— his goodness and his faithfulness. Although he permitted disability to touch my life, I can rest assured that he will continue to walk with me through this journey. His promises— of eternal life; of a renewed, glorified body; of fellowship with him and his family forever— will be fulfilled. Knowing this gives me hope for the future, joy and peace in the present, and strength for the road ahead.”

It is my sincere Hope and Prayer that you or a loved one are not on a journey with a disease/disability from which there is no return but if you are as difficult as it will be to embrace it and face it head on Trusting God to Light its path with the Light of Jesus and the assurance the difficulties yet to face will be Strengthened by a Love so Complete, Powerful, and Unmatched anywhere in this life or the next! In another part of the same article quoted above we are told how we can be sure of God’s continuing Love and Support. “God’s faithfulness in the past gives us— and me— tremendous hope for the future. If I want to be reassured that it will all work out in the end for me, I need only to look back on key times in my life when God has proven himself faithful.”

In retrospect, there are times when I hesitate to tell my story because there are those who try to “fix” me and that is well and good but there are times we need to leave the “fixing” to God and just give support and encouragement. One of the “things” God calls us to do for Him and each other is to be care-givers and believe what we embrace God Empowers!

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

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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*Joni and Friends Inc.., Beyond Suffering Bible NLT: Where Struggles Seem Endless God’s Hope Is Infinite (Kindle Locations 75472-75475). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.08.09

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

Got a sanctuary?.

Shalom!

This morning as I sat in my chair in our living room my mind drifted about 3 or 4 miles from here to my favorite morning “River Sanctuary” where because of changes in my life I have been unable to spend my early mornings. Immediately the thought occurred to me, “I wonder if God misses me here?” And I countered, “But, God is everywhere so how can he miss you at all?”

Thinking about the possibility God misses me deep inside the thought occurred to me the answer is YES somehow, we had established a special relationship sitting looking out over the river and lake watching the sun come up. That doesn’t mean the only place on earth I had a relationship with God there it simply means sitting by the river bank became a Sanctuary for me – a place where in spite of the world around me I felt safe and secure with God.

I believe that is one of the reasons Jesus would often go to the mountains to be alone with the Father. Jesus’ life was busy. If he wasn’t teaching and preaching about the Kingdom he was healing people. If he wasn’t healing people he was doing other miracles. If he wasn’t doing other miracles he was avoiding the religious authorities. If he wasn’t avoiding the religious authorities he was preparing the disciples for the time when he would return to the Father.

Can’t you see why Jesus needed a Sanctuary where he could be alone with God? Did the Father miss him when he was in the world? Again, just guessing I say YES. As I see it there were times when God wanted Jesus all by himself because God knew life wouldn’t be easy, God knew Jesus would need to be strengthened. While our days aren’t filled with the same activities as Jesus’ never-the-less our lives are spiritually demanding and spiritually depleting and God longs to be alone with us.

Have you, like me unable to return to your Sanctuary? If so then because God is everywhere seek another place. Don’t have a Sanctuary yet? If so then seek one God is waiting for you? The words of Psalmist remind us of the blessings of a God Sanctuary, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.” (Psalm 91:1–6, NLT)

In the words of Tarzan and Gary, “It’s a jungle out there” and God misses you in His Sanctuary. Go to him and be strengthened for what will come.

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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