Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.10.31

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

HOPE!

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.” (Ephesians 1:18, NLT)

You’ll notice I have put HOPE all capitals and bold face type I’ve done used it that way in order to indicate the “confident HOPE God has given us. “confident HOPE… he has GIVEN…” Those 5 words tell me that without God in Your life there is no HOPE only wishful thinking. While wishful thinking has a place in our lives building our lives on it is “…like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.“ (Matthew 7:26-27, NLT)

The one thing I will always remember my good friend Robert Campbell saying is, “keep HOPE alive.” The apostle Paul not only tells us to keep HOPE alive he is also telling us to discover how God “fits” HOPE into the dark corridors life drags us through. One of the primary functions of HOPE is to be an encourager, the message HOPE instills in us when all seems lost Jesus reminds us, “…I am with you always…” HOPE not only functions as an encourager it is also establishes a solid foundation that will sustain us until emerge into fullness of God’s Light.

There is one more “element” of hope playing a crucial role how I understand how God “fits” HOPE into our lives the Psalmist puts it this way. “I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.” (Psalm 130:5–6, NLT) I’ve never fully realized how important HOPE is to our daily life until recently, I am not saying it was unimportant what I am trying to say is I never fully realized how much I depend on the HOPE God has placed in me.

HOPE! The DNA of God weaved into the intricacies of your DNA!

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, 2017.10.27

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

A doorway called sympathy…

Shalom!

Finally, all of you, have… sympathy…”(1st Peter 3:8)

Some see sympathy as a window – a window where they can view the difficulties and burdens of those less fortunate yet not get involved. However, sympathy is not a window instead; it is a doorway – a doorway through which deeper relationships are created, where needs are met.

Many times, doorways remain only windows and only become doorways when someone walks through them. One of the most powerful stories of someone walking through the doorway of sympathy is recorded in the 11th Chapter of John. “Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept.” (John 11:32 – 11:35 ESV)

When Jesus experienced not only his own sadness at the death of his friend but had sympathy for Mary’s deep-seated pain he sympathized with her and cried. Yet Jesus did not stand and do-nothing sympathy motivated his compassion and. “then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’”(John 11:38 – 11:44 ESV)

Sympathy for Jesus turned to empathy, which then turned to compassion, which then turned into action. There are those this day that will cross your path that will need you to become a part of their suffering. You will probably not be able to give life to the dead, but you can help resurrect dying hope and disappearing dreams.

Perhaps you are the one who stands in need of someone to come to your assistance. If so might I suggest you re-read the account of Jesus’ sympathy for Mary and ask the Holy Spirit to take you inside the story – you can be rest assured, it will!

Jesus ministers the same yesterday, today, and forever!

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 ESV "Are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved."

**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation

Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.10.26

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

Walking on thin ice…

Shalom!

Yesterday I wrote, “I may be walking on “thin ice” but when I read “look at the stone quarry from which you were dug,” I immediately I thought of Jesus reaching back into his empty tomb and pulling us out one at a time.” Jesus’ death on the cross is His gift to us and what God did in the tomb is His gift to us. “But God’s mercy is great, and he loved us very much. Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace. And he raised us up with Christ and gave us a seat with him in the heavens. He did this for those in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4–6, NCV)

Somehow in Jesus’ dark damp tomb God’s Light did the impossible, “He gave us new life with Christ.” Adding further God’s Greatest Miracle / Blessing the apostle Paul writes, “If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new! All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace between us and himself, and God gave us the work of telling everyone about the peace we can have with him.” (2 Corinthians 5:17–18, NCV)

“The old things have gone; everything is made new!” I have never associated this particular sentence with the maladies some of us carry with us on a daily basis until I began writing this Glory Seed. But as I went deeper into what is means to me and you I suddenly discovered the “things” might not be the maladies themselves but newness they become as our lives are built on Jesus’ life. Instead of burdens to be carried they become not only “points of interest” to Jesus but also “rally points” for the Holy Spirit to do what He does best, Bless us!

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

Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.10.24

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

“A tested stone…”

Shalom!

“Because of these things, this is what the Lord God says: “I will put a stone in the ground in Jerusalem, a tested stone. Everything will be built on this important and precious rock. Anyone who trusts in it will never be disappointed.” (Isaiah 28:16, NCV)

For me there is little doubt that Isaiah was referring to Jesus as the “tested stone… precious rock…” 13 chapters later Isaiah once again in prophetic words refer to Jesus, this time as the “rock from which you were cut.” “The Lord says, “Listen to me, those of you who try to live right and follow the Lord. Look at the rock from which you were cut; look at the stone quarry from which you were dug.” (Isaiah 51:1, NCV)

I may be walking on “thin ice” but when I read “look at the stone quarry from which you were dug,” I immediately I thought of Jesus reaching back into his empty tomb and pulling us out one at a time. Our lives are built on the solid rock we know as Jesus and God PROMISES us when we trust in Him we will NEVER be disappointed!

For some of us (including me) those two emphasized words are a stumbling block yet at the same they are prophetic. In my own experiences there have been and are times when I don’t believe them yet when things begin to turn sour I withdraw into myself, yet not far enough to discover the Tested Rock deep in my heart. Yet the Holy Spirit does not let me drift far when suddenly the Light comes on and the words become prophetic and I make the jump from unbelief to belief.

Those two verses from chapters 28 and 51 are verses of Hope, verses to build our lives on! I remember gazing and marveling at the size of Rock of Gibraltar as the USS Newman K. Perry steamed out of the Mediterranean Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean headed home. Now when I think about my life and the uncountable blessing that have come from my relationship with the Rock of Ages makes the Rock of Gibraltar appear as a pebble.

One last thought to think about: “The ways of God are without fault. The Lord’s words are pure. He is a shield to those who trust him. Who is God? Only the Lord. Who is the Rock? Only our God.” (Psalm 18:30–31, NCV)

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

Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.10.23

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

Unity of mind…

Shalom!

“Finally, all of you should be in agreement, understanding each other, loving each other as family, being kind and humble.” (1 Peter 3:8, NCV)

Of all the goals we need to establish and aggressively pursuit needs to be living our lives in God’s Eternal Kingdom, keeping in mind that does not begin at the point our spirits leave this world but here and now. On the other side if that goal is God who has set for himself to pull out all the stops and see it becomes a reality here and now this very day.

Peter had firsthand knowledge of the difficulties of maintaining his place in God’s Eternal Kingdom…

“He ordered James, the brother of John, to be killed by the sword. Herod saw that some of the people liked this, so he decided to arrest Peter, too. (This happened during the time of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.) After Herod arrested Peter, he put him in jail and handed him over to be guarded by sixteen soldiers. Herod planned to bring Peter before the people for trial after the Passover Feast. So Peter was kept in jail, but the church prayed earnestly to God for him.” (Acts 12:2–5, NCV)

“Peter said, “Everyone else may stumble in their faith, but I will not.” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, tonight before the rooster crows twice you will say three times you don’t know me.” But Peter insisted, “I will never say that I don’t know you! I will even die with you!” And all the other followers said the same thing.” (Mark 14:29–31, NCV)

Peter knew from experience that it would take a unified body, mind, and spirit to walk the way of the Kingdom. And from experience Peter also knew as united as he needed to be within himself it was not enough, he knew if he did his part Jesus would do the rest. The people of the church prayed for Peter and Jesus sent an angel to free him. Peter repented of denying Jesus was forgiven and went on to leave an indelible mark on world history.

One of Satan’s loudest battle cries is “Divide and Conquer” yet in spite of his best efforts God has a bigger more powerful plan, “I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me!” (Jeremiah 29:11–13, NCV)

Unity of mind begins with you and through your dedication to find your place God’s Eternal Kingdom and pursuit it with the passion God pursuits you!

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

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

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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**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation