Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.12.01

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

Alone! Never!

Shalom!

God is calling you into the undiscovered territory of life! Perhaps you are facing a life without a loved one. Perhaps you are facing a life altering decision. Perhaps the words from your doctor, “I’ve some bad news for you.” Perhaps you need some expensive medication yet cannot afford it. Or perhaps the monster of fear in another form has reared up and has you standing still.

If I’ve hit a familiar cord with you then I also have some words of encouragement for you, words from thousands of years ago yet just as fresh and powerful as the God who spoke them. Words that do not spell out in great detail how God will go about blessing you but never-the-less words that will strengthen and prompt you to take another step. “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NLT)

There are times when fear grips us we’d like to know how God will bless us before we place our trust him and follow him. Yet what we need to remind ourselves it’s not the blessings God will give us that are important IT IS THE PRESENCE OF GOD THAT IS MOST IMPORTANT!

“…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” The most important thing you’ll do today is to plant those 11 words in your short-term memory because you will face them at least once today. Or if not someone who crosses your path today will need to feel them through your words of encouragement.

There are times when I would really like to paint (with words) pictures of how God will bless you through the adversities you face but I can’t the only thing I know for sure is God, through the Holy Spirit accompanies you even through the darkest valleys.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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** 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT 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.

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.29

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

God is fore-knowledgeable…

Shalom!

“Life is a mystery. Who knows what triumph or tragedy lies on the horizon? God does. God is not bound by time as we are. He knows your personal future. He knows your personal future. He is the only one who can guide you safely and securely through your life.” (Page 75 Hearing Gods Voice Kindle Book, by Richard Blackaby)

When asked who he was John the Baptist said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” I will be borrowing John’s experience and using it to help us understand how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. First off, the voice calling crying out in the wilderness is the Holy Spirit. Secondly, the wilderness is the day-to-day circumstances and adversities that happen come without notice or fanfare weighing us down. “He knows your personal future, through His foreknowledge God Blesses us in the present through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Blackaby still writing about God’s foreknowledge adds, “He knows your personal future.” That is especially meaningful for me not only about what the future holds for me but what it also holds for Patti (my wife). There is a great deal of Peace in knowing God has a personal interest in each and everyone of us. Nothing today, nothing tomorrow, nothing in all our tomorrows gets past God! In some mysterious way God is present with all of us and at the same time present with each one of us individually.

The quote finishes with, “He is the only one who can guide you safely and securely through your life.” I think the main objective of Blackaby was to let us know that we too can have a form of foreknowledge, that God is present to us and in us. Paul also gives us insight into having our own foreknowledge. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, ESV)

Crustyism 1.4… The future may be a closed book to you, but to God it is open and He continues to write it!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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** 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT 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.

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.28

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

God is working you toward victory…

Shalom!

When they came into Samaria, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men, and let them see.” The Lord opened their eyes and let them see that they were in the middle of Samaria. When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Master, should I kill them? Should I kill them?” Elisha answered, “Don’t kill them. Do you kill everyone you take captive in combat? Give them food and water. Let them eat and drink. Then let them go back to their master.” So the king prepared a great feast for them. They ate and drank, and then he sent them back to their master. After this, Syrian troops didn’t raid Israel’s territory anymore. (2 Kings 6:20-23 GW)

Normally we view this Old Testament story from the eyes of Elisha’s servant who one moment see’s an overwhelming army surrounding them and seconds later a host of chariots and flaming swords surrounding the enemy. But this morning I’d like to us see the story from the eyes of the enemy who instantly were blinded and led by Elisha into the presence of the army of Israel.

One minute you stand at the entrance of victory, you stand tall and strong against smaller and weaker odds and you begin thinking about celebrating your assured victory. Then suddenly the light goes out and you find yourself stumbling in total darkness wondering what will happen to you. If you think I just described the Syrian army you’re only partially write because I just described life in 2017 for many of us.

Life has an uncanny way of turning assured victory in to the potential to be a great defeat yet just as the eyes of Elisha’s servant were opened and just like the Syrian army had their eyes opened not to defeat but to the victory of God you too can embrace the victory of God. One of the bible stories that describe the delayed victory of God (the delayed victory that will be yours) is found in chapter 45 of Genesis. “Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?’ His brothers could not answer him because they were afraid of him. ‘Please come closer to me,’ Joseph said to his brothers. When they did so, he said, ‘I am Joseph, the brother you sold into slavery in Egypt! Now, don’t be sad or angry with yourselves that you sold me. God sent me ahead of you to save lives. The famine has been in the land for two years. There will be five more years without plowing or harvesting. God sent me ahead of you to make sure that you would have descendants on the earth and to save your lives in an amazing way. It wasn’t you who sent me here, but God. He has made me {like} a father to Pharaoh, lord over his entire household, and ruler of Egypt.’” (Gen 45:3-8 GW)

Just like in the story of Joseph and his brothers God is already working in your future preparing a great blessing when your calendar and God’s Calendar meet. Love God. Have faith in God. Trust God. Look for God not just in the light but in the darkness as well.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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** 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT 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.

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.27

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

Christmas, a time for living in the Spirit…

Shalom!

The Christmas season is not only about the birth of Jesus traditionally it is also giving and receiving. Christmas season occurs at two levels first it occurs at a spiritual level and secondly it occurs at a secular level. Exchanging gifts at the spiritual level consists of God giving us the gift of His Son Jesus and we in turn give our lives to God. The apostle Paul writing in Romans gives a good illustration of giving the gift of self to God this Christmas and God’s gift to us.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:5–6, ESV, emphasis mine)

We give God the gift of our minds of the things of the Spirit. God gives us the gift of Life and Peace!

But the giving of gifts by God does not stop there because God keeps on giving and giving and giving. For instance, “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:10–11, ESV)

One of the gifts that come to us when the Spirit takes up residence in our hearts brings the ability to know God in our mortal bodies. We are able to experience God is our day-to-day living! When storms wreak havoc on our lives we can experience Peace and Comfort in the midst of any storm.

One of God’s favorite hymns starts out like this, “Take my life and let it be consecrated LORD, to Thee!” He never gets tired of hearing You sing it, and he does care if you sing life chalk on a chalkboard like me. Just Sing, Sing, Sing, Sing!

You better watch out, You better not cry, Better not pout, I’m telling you why Jesus Christ is coming to YOU!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.23

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

Thanks, Giving…

Shalom!

Today in the United States of America is Thanksgiving Day, a day set aside for families to gather around the dining room table and not only share a meal together but to also remember the blessings they’ve enjoyed over the past year. Last night as we watched Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Sally, Lucy, and friends rehearse the first Thanksgiving. The first thing that became apparent there were no Thanksgiving Day Parades, no NFL Football Games, no glitz and glamor, no early Black Friday sales only a hand full of survivors and some Native American Indians gathered to share in a meal together. And give Thanks to God for the lessons learned from their Red Brothers and Sisters that helped them make a life in the New World.

One of my favorite bible verses comes at the end of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians and it reminds me not only of the life of my family but also the Pilgrims that first winter that took almost half of the people who first touched America and the summer. Paul wrote, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11–13, ESV)

I have traveled across the Atlantic Ocean by water in the safety of the USS Newman K. Perry DD-883 nearly 300 feet long not like the pilgrims in a 110-foot wooden ship powered by the winds at the mercy of the open sea with its breaker waves. When I think about the 102 passengers on the Mayflower I think about their faith and trust in the LORD, and their hunger to worship God in the way they needed to. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” I wonder if Miles Standish read those words to the people in his charge?

This Thanksgiving is a special one for me because it may be my last one and I am more thankful then ever not only for the love of my family and friends but also Thankful to a God who has over the course of my life pulled out all the stops and blessed me beyond my expectations. And like Paul, the Pilgrims, each one reading this and myself, “We can do all things through Him who strengthens us!”

In case you’re not sure about how to really say, “Thank You, God” then let the Psalmist tell you how. “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:1–5, ESV)

Happy Thanks, Giving from Patti and Gary Piper!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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** 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT 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.

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.22

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

On Being Faithful…

Shalom!

“…but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”” (1 Peter 1:15–16, ESV)

I hope Peter doesn’t mind if I take his challenge to us and rewrite them to address another phrase of our continuing commitment to God. “…but as he who called you is Faithful, you also be Faithful in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be Faithful, for I am Faithful.” I had a co-worker who always said, “Get a good calculator because that is the only thing you can count on.” He was WRONG, and it might mean being dead wrong! Calculators maybe able to solve complex math problems but they offer little help when it comes to solving complex life and death problems! My response to my co-worker, “Get God in your life because you can always count on Him even when calculators die!”

How can we be faithful to God in a world filled with the shadows of doubt, in a world where it seems as if the “good guys” come in last and the “bad guys” come in first? I would like to say it’s simple, but I can’t because it isn’t simple it will cost you everything this world offers you. The Psalmist tells us we can be faithful because God is faithful. “I MUST perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.” (Psalm 56:12–13, ESV, emphasis mine)

As I think about my life now that it’s slowly winding down and I can’t help but reflect and wonder have I always been faithful to God, and the answer of course is NO! But I am not alone because “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23, ESV) How then can we who have failed in our responsibility of being faithful to God be faithful to God? The answer is found in chapter 11 of John, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”” (John 11:25–26, ESV) Never in my life has a scripture meant more to me than this one. It provides me the incentive and encouragement to face what yet lies a head for me.

“Yes, Jesus I believe You are the resurrection and I also believe You are the Light of my life!”

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in

every situation. The Lord be with you all.” **

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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** 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT 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.

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.11.21

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

Trust-ability…

Shalom!

“Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD–how long? Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.” (Psalms 6:2 – 6:4, ESV)

“My bones are troubled…” As I limp my way through life that really has a familiar ring to me. In retrospect I can honestly say, “Thank Jesus for troubled bones.” Because had it not been for troubled bones my relationship with Jesus would never have deepened to the extent it has and will continue to deepen.

Because Jesus has ministered to me though my troubled bones, I KNOW Jesus will minister to my troubled soul. What’s my biggest Jesus blocker? Impatience! But because I can no longer walk at a fast pace He continues to discipline me to have patience and I am getting better.

How about you? What maladies have or are troubling you? Whatever they are – no matter how devastating they may seem the ministry of Jesus will turn lumps of coal into spiritual diamonds. I know this to be true from personal experience and because, “The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.” (Psalms 6:9, ESV) What Jesus did for David He does for me and what He did for me He’ll do for you!

Jesus wants to bless you in ways that may not seem clear you however, you only need to place your trust in him. The good news is Jesus gives us trust-ability therefore all we need is to trust Him!

“O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.**

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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**Psalms 62:8

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