Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.03.22

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

Carereceivers…

Shalom!

You’ll not find this in chapter 5 of Matthew but there is reference to it in chapter 13 of John. Blessed are the Carereceivers for they will be a Blessing! “Jesus answered him, “What I’m doing you don’t realize now, but afterward you will understand.” “You will never wash my feet,” Peter said. Jesus replied, “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with me.”” (John 13:7–8, CSB)

Yesterday I wrote about Caregivers today I am writing from my own perspective as a Carereceiver (a word I just made up). In today’s scripture verse Jesus was telling Peter if he couldn’t take care of his needs Peter would have no part with Him. In Mark’s gospel Jesus said something else about the relationship of a Caregiver to a Carereceiver. “When Jesus heard this, he told them, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”” (Mark 2:17, CSB)

It is not those who can care for themselves who need a Caregiver, but those who cannot care for themselves. In a real sense the relationship we have with Jesus is that of Carereceiver to Caregiver. Yesterday I wrote that a Caregiver gives up EVERYTHING, so what does a Carereceiver give up? Like the Caregiver what a Carereceiver gives up can be reduced to one word too, PRIDE. The last time I saw Doctor Artinian Patti pushed me out in a wheelchair I was almost humbled to tears, it had to be, but I still didn’t like it. Here’s another verse you’ll not find in chapter 5 of Matthew: Blessed are they who humble themselves for they will receive the care they need when they need it.

The Blessings Caregivers receive for the most part are below the surface where nobody really sees them, sometimes not even the Caregiver themselves. But if God sees even a Sparrow when it falls will certainly see when a Caregiver goes into action. Carereceivers on the other hand as a rule their Blessings are out where people can see them, like a wife pushing her husband in a wheelchair.

Never in my life had the thought ever occurred to me that one day I would become a Carereceiver but unfortunately that is the path life has lead me down and I am so Blessed to have “my world” filled with Caregivers, some of whom I’ve never seen nor will I ever see them, and then there’s my family, and especially the Lady who has stuck with me for 50 years, Patti, and then there’s God who has stuck with me for nearly 72 years. What I Blessed world “my world” is!

If you are a Carereceiver than try as best you can to thank all of your Caregivers! If you are one in need of a Caregiver don’t let pride get in the way. “Ask and you will receive!”

“The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise

a broken and humbled heart, God.” (Psalm 51:17)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional,2018.03.21

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

Caregivers…

Shalom!

You’ll not find this in chapter 5 of Matthew but there is reference to it in chapter 25 of Matthew Blessed are the Caregivers for they are the Hands and Heart of God. Jesus put it this way, “This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12–13, CSB)

Do you know a Caregiver? For those of us who are married has it ever occurred to you that we you married your spouse you promised to be a Caregiver? I have. Because I’ve been married to one for 50 years. I remember in our Marriage Vows hearing my Father-in-law say, “Patricia do you take Gary to be your lawful wedded husband, in sickness and in heath until death do you part?” Immediately Patti replied, “I do.” At that point Patti became my Caregiver, she promised God, me, her father, and all those that heard her to do so. And I made the same promise as she did, it just turned out she became the Caregiver.

I’ve never been a Caregiver, a Caregivers helper, but a Caregiver no, but after watching Patti being a Caregiver to her parents I can tell you what it cost for one to be a Caregiver: EVERYTHING! They give up their hopes and dreams, they give up their time, they give up their real identity, sometimes they even give up caring for themselves. In case you’re wondering who becomes a Caregiver for a Caregiver the answer is God, God is the only one with enough Love and Compassion to listen intently to the woes of a Caregiver. God is the only one with an overflow of Longsuffering to ensure the Caregiver has just what they need when they need it.

Have you ever considered parenthood as a Caregiver? Parents are you know! Perhaps one of the primary reasons there seems to be a lot of violence in our schools is parents are no longer Caregivers to their children. Then as parents age in many cases the roles reverse, and the children become the Caregivers.

There is only one power in the world that can change a normal person, man or woman into a dedicated Caregiver and that power is the power of LOVE, not just Love between two (or more) humans, but God’s Love. For the most part being a Caregiver is a thankless job, not because the one receiving the care is thankful, but because there are no words to truly express one’s thankfulness for the sacrifice of the Caregivers life.

I think there should be some way of recognizing those like my Patti who give up their lives to take care of a loved one or someone who needs a caring hand. If you are a Caregiver I would say God Bless you, instead I will tell you God IS Blessing you and the day is coming when there will be so many Blessings you won’t be able to contain them all!

“The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise

a broken and humbled heart, God.” (Psalm 51:17)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.03.20

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

From impossible to possible to open…

Shalom!

In the movie “The Bishop’s Wife” starring Cary Grant and David Niven is a scene where the Bishop (David Niven) asks Dudley the Angel (Cary Grant) to prove that he’s an angel by making a desk float around the room. Dudley refuses then turns around walks up to the locked office door turns the doorknob and walks out and shuts the door behind him. Suddenly the Bishop with key in hand realizes what just happened walks up to the door and turns the doorknob only to find it still locked. Shocked the Bishop drops in a nearby chair and stares into the room in disbelief.

Once you get past the humor of the scene a great spiritual truth emerges – locked doors are no match for the Divine – nor are locked hearts – nor is the impossible, impossible to God! There are those who are or will read (with your help) this verse facing the impossible. Perhaps it’s financial, perhaps it’s a broken relationship, perhaps it’s a health issue, perhaps it’s the loss of a loved one, perhaps it’s the burden of caring for a loved one, or perhaps one a many other impossible circumstances.

Doors locked!

Key thrown away!

No hope!

No light!

Only despair!

The impossible, impossible???

Not on your life!

Not as long as Jesus is Savior anyway! Take a gander at these two gems and then believe that with Jesus the impossible IS possible!

“Jesus said again, “Truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the gate. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.” (John 10:7–9)

“After they had severely flogged them, they threw them in jail, ordering the jailer to guard them carefully. Receiving such an order, he put them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose.” (Acts 16:23–26)

One last scripture that dot’s the I, crosses the T, and puts an exclamation point at the end! ““Write to the angel of the church in Philadelphia: Thus says the Holy One, the true one, the one who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and who closes and no one opens:” (Revelation 3:7) Not a member of the church in Philadelphia? Don’t worry Jesus is the Ultimate Doorman he’ll always unlock and open a door for you!

“The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise

a broken and humbled heart, God.” (Psalm 51:17)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.03.19

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

Jesus did it JUST for YOU…

Shalom!

“We have met the enemy and the enemy is us,” I am not sure who first said those famous words, but I believe in them. I remember many years ago sitting in a Sunday school class discussing the Kingdom of God and as I was sitting there I suddenly realized there is only one person on the face of the earth who can keep me from becoming a citizen of God’s Kingdom and that person was me. In my imagination, I saw others taking me to gates of the kingdom and telling me, “This is as far as we can take you, now you must walk into the kingdom accompanied only by Jesus.”

Today as I reflect on my life, I can see the many times I’ve walked as far away from the kingdom as I could get. And now all these years later when I look at the man in the mirror I no longer see myself as an enemy, I see myself as a man with a broken spirit and a humble heart hungering and thirsting for the path of the righteousness of Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he pulled me out of deep water. He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out to a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:16–19)

As Easter Sunday approaches throughout the Lenten Season, I have thought long and hard about Jesus standing outside his tomb then reaching back in and pulling us out one at a time. God’s love for us has been tried and proven to be ultimate and far more powerful and penetrating than any power on earth or hell! We are more than just citizens of God’s Kingdom on Earth we are Children of the Resurrection, we are God’s greatest miracles!

14 days from today we will commemorate the day Jesus’ earthly life ended if he could say anything to us I wonder what he would say. I wonder what scriptures he’d like us to think about. I wonder what he’d want us to do as we prepare ourselves for the ultimate blessing of the Father.

“The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise

a broken and humbled heart, God.” (Psalm 51:17)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional,2018.03.15

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

There are only good, better, best days…

Shalom!

“This came from the Lord; it is wondrous in our sight. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:23–24)

Monday, I wrote about having a bad day, this morning while writing my daily letter to God the Holy Spirit stepped in and scolded and reminded me since I’ve lived 3 or 4 years beyond the life expectancy of a patient with pulmonary fibrosis each day is a gift from God. Here’s a clip from the letter that start it all… Thank you for another day, what I should be doing thanking You for every day I wake up. And I need to drill into my thick skull any day I wake up is a good day! I am sorry for thinking otherwise.

Then remembering Psalms 118 I took it upon myself to change it slightly and promise the LORD… “This is the day the LORD has given me I will enjoy every minute of it!” For me there is what I consider a line (similar to the Mason Dixon Line) dividing a life lived in the “land of positivity” or in the “land of negativity” and it seems in our world today the “law of gravity” is in favor the land of negativity constantly pulling us downward.

While there is a great deal of workings behind the scene our perspective and imaging (imagination) on life plays a huge part in what side of the “line” we experience. I believe when we give our lives over to Jesus and the Holy Spirit becomes the wind beneath our “wings” we can view and experience all of life as we soar above the land of positivity. I know that does not change the circumstances pulling down on us, but what it does is overpower the forces of negative gravity and allows us to soar on wings like eagles.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Has the land of negativity got a hold on you? If so, turn on your imaging (imagination) and feel the lifting winds of the Holy Spirit and join me in proclaiming there are only good, better, and best days!

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.03.14

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

Soaring on the Wings of the Holy Spirit

Shalom!

I am going to ask you a question, then I am going to answer it for you. Are you able to fly all by yourself with no outside help? “No, I can’t fly without help! Where you going with that question.” Well, actually I am not going anywhere but you are, you are going soaring on the Wings of the Holy Spirit. “Youths may become faint and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30–31)

That reading in Isaiah since finding it has been one of my favorites but I come across another one in Exodus that hints as why God carries us on the Wings of the Holy Spirit. “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” (Exodus 19:4) By the way you might make a note we usually refer to the Holy Spirit as a Dove but in Isaiah the Spirit is referred to as an Eagle.

I like the reading from Exodus because if we are familiar with the exodus story from Egypt by Moses and the Israelites you’ll understand it is a little more descriptive of why God will fly us on the Wings of Eagles. I am not suggesting any of us will spend 40 years in a desert, but we will have “stuff” that we’ll not be able to endure or overcome it on our own.

I am sure at some point you’ve become familiar with the Poem “Footprints in the Sand” I am not going to quote the entire reading only the last verse because it too tells of us being carried yet it is also a promise. “He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."

I want to make one last point in his book Daniel Bush, Undefended: Discovering God When Your Guard Is Down pages 13, 14 gives his own story of being carried. Where is the current of the Spirit running? To which point on the compass is the Spirit of Christ bidding you to come and know him this day? During the months before my move east to China, I clung to the promise the Lord had confirmed on that dark night—“I’ll not drop you.” At the end of myself and the start of his power, I awoke to his presence active in the recollection of and reliance upon his promise, which strengthened and empowered both my thoughts and actions.”

And remember what God did for Daniel Bush, Moses, and the Israelites He’ll do for you and I as well.

Happy Soaring!

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.03.13

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

Bad days may but the Rock will make things right…

Shalom!

For me yesterday was a bad day. Pulmonary Fibrosis ganged up on me and got the better of me. There was a time when I would not admit that to anyone, I didn’t want anyone to know my faith faltered at times. Even now it is hard for me to admit it, yet life has taught me there is only one Rock and it isn’t Gary Piper. Because Jesus is my Rock my temporary lapses of faith are only short lived. And in my letter to God (I write one every day) I found myself learning a valuable lesson one I’ll never forget.

The bible tells us Jesus knows our pains and sufferings because He too experienced pain and suffering. Yesterday I found myself writing this: “The thought occurred to me a few minutes ago that You really do know what it’s like to struggle for a breath. Instead of pulmonary fibrosis You had a cross! Perhaps pulmonary fibrosis is my cross, and honestly, I am not doing a good job at bearing it, am I? I am so glad I have You to talk to Jesus, this is one of those times when I need You to talk back to me and encourage and give me the strength to keep on keeping on.” As I read what I wrote I am convinced it was the Holy Spirit that put the words in my mind to type, through the Holy Spirit Jesus did talk to me.

It will only be through Divine Intervention with a miracle will pulmonary fibrosis ever get any better, but experiencing Jesus struggling to breath will encourage and strengthen me in my struggles.

Reading the bible lifts me up and encourages and strengthens me every time I dive into it with both feet. And you already know this, but I am going to remind you anyway, Jesus also talks to us through the bible as well. If you’re having a bad day or even if you’re having a good day here’s a quote from Him this morning: “God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil. Selah” (Psalm 46:1–3)

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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