Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.08.30

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

The captivating power of God’s Love…

Shalom!

“But thank God! He has made us His captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now He uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.” (2 Corinthians 2:14 NLT)

Anyone who has been an eye-witness to or a recipient God’s Love knows firsthand His Love is so captivating it allures us to follow Jesus on a journey toward victory. Not only is God’s Love captivating it also turns what starts out as bitterness into sweetness. For that past week or so my wife Patti and I have been concerned over an upcoming cardiac catherization for an arterial blockage on the front of her heart. It was discovered in a routine examination for knee replacement surgery. What caused us to be concerned was if the doctor needed to put a stent in the artery her knee surgery would need to be postponed for nearly a year. And her knee could not wait that long.

So, like always do when a crisis crops up we turned it over to God and asked the members of our church to pray for her. She had the procedure this morning and NO stent! While the artery continues to be blocked the doctor told her it would only block again so they sent her home with some new medication and she has been cleared for knee surgery. Of course, she still has one artery blocked but we have every reason to believe not only will the doctor keep his eye on it God will keep His eye on it too.

The Psalmist gives those who have been or will be captivated by God’s Love this promise. “The LORD says, "I will rescue those who love Me. I will protect those who trust in My name. When they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them My salvation.” (Psalms 91:14-16 NLT)

Have you been captivated by God’s Love? Has God removed the bitterness from Your difficulties/storms?

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

Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.08.28

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

God gives His power to us…

Shalom!

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 1:18-20 NLT, emphasis mine)

When I first became acquainted with Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church my first impression was Paul was telling the people God would give His power to those who believe in him. Last night while reading and thinking about it again I discovered I was wrong. Instead of giving us His power as a gift Paul was talking about the power God exercised and exercises ON us who believe. It’s not God’s power we get but the “fruit” of His power.

God gave His power to Elijah this way, "Go out and stand before Me on the mountain," the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 19:11-13 NLT, emphasis mine)

And Isaiah spoke of the power God gives this way, "Look at My Servant, whom I strengthen. He is My Chosen One, who pleases Me. I have put My Spirit upon Him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise His voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle…” (Isaiah 42:1-3 NLT)

Paul wants us to believe in God no matter what happens to us or whatever circumstance life throws at us because when we exercise our belief in God He exerts sufficient power in and on us to endure or calm the mightiest storm. If you want proof just take a long hard look over the past years of your life. I know I’ve looked back on the years of my life.

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

Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.08.25

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

Crossing the point of no return…

Shalom!

Have you ever gone past the point of no return, the point when it the distance to your destination is closer than your point of departure? This morning as I was thinking about life in general the thought occurred to me that same principle can be applied to our lives as well. For example, when Patti and I make the trip from Port Huron, Michigan to Townsend, Tennessee somewhere around Cincinnati, Ohio we cross the point of no return. That same principle can be applied to other areas of life as well, if while driving we ignore a red light the instant we enter the intersection we’ve gone beyond the point of no return and if we’re lucky enough we’ll not cause an accident.

Jesus knew His entire life He had come into the world to die for us, he also knew there would be a point when he would need to decide “do I” or “don’t I” decide to cross the point of no return, a point when he knew there would be no turning back. I am glad Jesus decided to cross it thereby ensuring us the opportunity for eternal life. There are times when life itself takes us beyond the point of no return. A point when we must decide to “go with the flow” or make the decision to choose “not to go with the flow,” this is especially true when the “flow” wants to take us in a wrong direction. On the other side of that “coin” there are times when we must choose to decide to “go with the flow” that is especially true when the “still small voice of the Spirit” calls out to us on behalf of Jesus, “…Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NLT)

What does it mean to rest in Jesus? Normally when we think of rest we associate it with sitting down and doing nothing or going to bed for a good night of sleep. However, Jesus isn’t talking about resting as we understand it, He is asking us to enter into a partnership with Him whereby we experience Him at work in our lives, that means depending on Him to not only carries our burdens but carry us as well. Resting in Jesus is a matter of faith, not faith that Jesus will assume our burdens thus taking them from us but faith that together with Him we will experience Peace. How can you know you are resting in Jesus? I know I am resting in Jesus when I experience the strength to face them head on and with the faith to believe I will not be defeated by them.

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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

Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.08.24

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

A Tribute to Caregivers…

Shalom!

One of most unrecognized and emotionally draining “jobs” in life is that of a Caregiver. Yet Jesus said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13, NLT) Often being a Caregiver is personally costlier than being that of the one receiving the care. I know because never in my wildest dreams did I ever see myself as one needing a Caregiver. Yet on August 23, 2017 I find myself depending on my beloved wife of 49 years Patti Piper.

Patti’s role as a Caregiver is further complicated because I am not the first one to depend on her ability to put herself aside to give care to a loved one, in fact I am the fourth one. Being a Caregiver is further complicated because it is usually the one needing the care that gets most of the attention from others. Often going unrecognized by themselves Caregivers have a special place in Jesus’ heart, ““And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” (Matthew 25:40, NLT)

Writing from the perspective of one receiving care I see Caregiver’s needing recognition not in the form a “Pat on the back” or and “Atta boy or girl” but in the form of encouragement in recognizing their sacrifice by encouraging them to take a day off and get away, “I’ll take over for you while your regrouping yourself.” One of the things we all need to remember like our automobiles Caregivers cannot run on an empty tank. However, unlike our automobiles a Caregivers “engine” is running 24/7.

Writing from the perspective of one receiving care there are no words that can adequately say, “Thank you Patti for giving up your personal life for me as my Careiver. I know Jesus sees the fruit of your labor and He sends the Holy Spirit as your source of strength. Thank You, my Love.” If you are one like me receiving care please give your Caregiver words of thanks and encouragement. If you are a Caregiver please put your name in the place of Patti and accept my thanks on behalf of Jesus.

If you know a Caregiver I encourage you to reach to them and touch them “fill their tanks” with your support and do what you can to make their “job” easier. Remembering for the most part they are shouldering a great deal of responsibility then they are equipped to handle.

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

Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.08.23

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

Another painful and hard learned lesson…

Shalom!

“You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own.” (Leviticus 20:26, NLT)

Last night I read in Warren Wiersbe’s Commentary on Leviticus titled Be Holy: Becoming “Set Apart” for God that stopped me dead in my tracks wondering could he be talking about me? “Happiness, not holiness, is the chief pursuit of most people today, including many professed Christians. They want Jesus to solve their problems and carry their burdens, but they don’t want Him to control their lives and change their character.” (The BE Series Commentary, p. 15. David C. Cook. Kindle Edition)

“Happiness, not holiness, is the chief pursuit of most people today,” oh my gosh he is talking about me! Somehow, I’ve made Jesus into my personal problem solver. Somehow, becoming like Jesus has been replaced with being physically and mentally fit as a fiddle! But how did it happen? Where did I make a wrong turn? I still love Jesus! I still trust Jesus! I still follow Jesus! I still depend on Jesus!

Ah, ha! That’s it! I still depend on Jesus! But the question is, what is my main reason for depending on Him? Do I depend more on him to make me physically and mentally fit or do I depend on Him to make me spiritually fit (holy)? As I look back over my prayer life the last while I have prayed more for my physical and mental health than I have my spiritual health. Looks like I am in need to change the direction of my prayer life and get back on the right path.

However, if I change the direction of my prayer life and begin seeking holiness or spiritual health mean I should neglect my physical and mental health? I suspect there are those who would yes, your physical and mental health mean little when compared with your holiness. To which I would reply is that is the case why did Jesus go around healing people? Or why did James write, “Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” (James 5:13–15, NLT)

What the Holy Spirit was telling me through this experience my ONE PRIORITY in life is to become as Christlike as I possibly can and, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33, NLT)

So, for me I will change my prayer life to seeking holiness instead of happiness, and who knows maybe I’ll get both. What I can’t figure out is why some of life’s lesson are so painful and hard to learn?

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

Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.08.22

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

In the Eye of the Storm…

Shalom!

“Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked…” (John 18:37–38, NLT)

The truth Jesus was speaking of and Pilate’s answer is found in the book Intimate Moments with the Hebrew Names of God. “Eternal God, Eh-lo-hay Keh-dem, You know my beginning and my end. How my soul is at peace. Thank You for this timeless truth. Thank You that I can trust my life with You; what total peace this gives my soul. I love you and I thank You for loving me.” (p. 21, Orlando, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers)

Ryan Stevenson reveals “this timeless truth” in his song In the Eye of the Storm. If you have about 5 minutes follow the lyrics as you listen to his revelation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB0ReTpA6Gg.

For me Jesus is talking about the Peace that comes out of a relationship with him. Our life “storms” can rage on the surface but in our heart/spirit there is a complete calming empowering us to “damn the torpedoes” and move ahead. In my own life as I move through the “pulmonary fibrosis” storm a battle rages in my lungs but when I look inside I can say, “Thank You that I can trust my life with You; what total peace this gives my soul. I love you and I thank You for loving me.”

Please if you have the chance now or at a time when you do have a few minutes to view Ryan Stevenson’s song please do I am sure the Holy Spirit will speak to you.

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

Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.08.21

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

God knows what you need…

Shalom!

“He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.” (Job 9:10, NLT)

Today is the first day of the rest of your life! (You knew that didn’t you?) And it comes with new obstacles to overcome, new difficulties that have the ability to drain away your spiritual strength. But that’s not all because yesterday’s troubles may still be lingering.

You are no doubt familiar with the following Scripture. I know I’ve used it in the past and because it is such a powerful gathering of letters and words I will continue to use it. “Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28–31, NLT)

You may get tired of struggling, I know I do – but God “does not become tired or need to rest!”

You may question why life comes with struggles, I know I do – but “No one can understand how his (God’s) great wisdom is.” And just because we cannot understand we can be confident God knows what he is doing and where he is taking us.

You may get dead tired and want to quit, I know I do – but “people who trust in the Lord will become strong again… They will run and not need rest; they will walk and not become tired.”

You need to write those promises on your heart not only let them shape your life but also for immediate recall when life becomes difficult, I know I do.

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

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation