Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.12

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

Encourage! Encourage! Encourage!

Shalom!

Speaking out of my own experience one of the greatest needs we face is encouragement, encouragement, encouragement!

“For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9–11, NLT)

One of the most significant record of acts of blessing Jesus completed in his short life took place on a beach following his resurrection. Days earlier Peter had done the unthinkable he denied knowing Jesus not just once but three times. Peter, the only one who had enough faith in Jesus to walk on water him said, “I do not know him.” Peter, the only one who came to Jesus’ defense by wielding a sword flat out denied knowing Jesus, Peter the rock became Peter the marsh mellow! But Jesus had not intention of leaving him a spongy white ball of sugar, instead Peter would become not only a rock again but this time “the Rock of Gibraltar”.

Encourage! Encourage! Encourage!

Peter’s marsh mellow to rock story goes like this. “After breakfast Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others?”“Yes,” Peter replied, “you know I am your friend.”“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.Jesus repeated the question: “Simon, son of John, do you really love me?”“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I am your friend.”“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.Once more he asked him, “Simon, son of John, are you even my friend?”Peter was grieved at the way Jesus asked the question this third time. “Lord, you know my heart; you know I am,” he said.Jesus said, “Then feed my little sheep.” (John 21:15–17, The Living Bible)

Encourage! Encourage! Encourage!

Jesus was telling Peter to do what my dad told me the first, second, and third time I fell off my two-wheeler, “Get up! Dust yourself off! Get back on and ride!” Like Peter after getting up three times, dusting myself off three times, getting back on three times I rode off never to fall again.

Smile and celebrate you you’ve been… Encouraged! Encouraged! Encouraged!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.07/08

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

THE LIGHT shines in the darkness…

Shalom!

“We glide along the tides of time as swiftly as a racing river and vanish as quickly as a dream. We are like grass that is green in the morning but mowed down and withered before the evening shadows fall. We die beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your wrath. You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and see them all. No wonder the years are long and heavy here beneath your wrath. All our days are filled with sighing.” (Psalm 90:5–9, The Living Bible)

I believe there at times when the Psalmist targeted us in mind when he wrote the Psalms. This mornings scripture especially applies to me with that fresh in my mind I wrote in my journal, “I struggle with the wording “overwhelmed by Your wrath” LORD. Is that what is happening to me? Here’s my take on what it means to be “overwhelmed by Your wrath”. You go into a Stealth Mode where out of Your Vast Love for me You standby offering only Love yet temporary offering yet in a real and powerful way that is a good thing, but WOW! Is it ever painful for me because I am blind to the future and know it only as possibilities. One of our problems is because we are living in a negative environment positivity takes a backseat to negativity.”

Yet within my world of negativity I’ve discovered an invisible Light surrounding me so powerful and piercing darkness cannot extinguish it or deflect it and as I write these words it is DRAWING ME back across the line of positivity and negativity. “I waited patiently for God to help me; then he listened and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path, and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things he did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in him. Many blessings are given to those who trust the Lord and have no confidence in those who are proud or who trust in idols.” (Psalm 40:1–4, The Living Bible)

And finally there’s another powerful and piercing Ray of Light coming from THE LIGHT! “I will keep on expecting you to help me. I praise you more and more. I cannot count the times when you have faithfully rescued me from danger. I will tell everyone how good you are, and of your constant, daily care. I walk in the strength of the Lord God. I tell everyone that you alone are just and good.” (Psalm 71:14–16, The Living Bible)

“When we embrace the darkness yet at the same time refuse to live in it THE LIGHT changes the darkness into a light of hope and love!” I know because that is what is going slowly inside me right now, and so I wait, impatiently but wait never-the-less!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.05

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

Off the wall question!

Shalom!

With the question of which came first the chicken or the egg in mind, think about this question, does anticipation follow hope, or does hope follow anticipation? I know the question is a little off the wall but then I’ve been known to go off the wall sometimes myself. I know the question is probably pointless, or is it? Let’s think about it for a moment as we consider the following scripture. “The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged. For the Lord hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people.” (Psalm 69:32–33, NLT)

I am sure you’ve noticed neither hope nor anticipation is in the scripture yet when you begin to read between the lines both hope and anticipation come alive. “Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.” Let’s try that sentence a couple of different ways.

1) “Let all who hope in God’s help and be anticipating.”Or. 2) “Let all who anticipate God’s help be hopeful.” Which makes more sense? The answer is (from my experience) both of them make sense. I believe you cannot have one without the other, the two of them along with a third word “encouragement” form the Major Blessing from God we call Hope.

Read the scripture again and try to find the key word to Hope and its three components hope, anticipation, and encouragement. “The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged. For the Lord hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people.” (Psalm 69:32–33, NLT) You guessed it, it’s the second word HUMBLE! I suppose you already know how important it is to be humble but in case you’ve forgotten here’s a reminder. “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” (Matthew 5:5, NLT)

I’ve had many experiences that have helped me in my need to be humble but the most recent one happened yesterday in church. I had been asked to lay my hands on and prayer for an elderly lady with health issues. That posed no problem but then after walking from the back of the sanctuary to where the lady was seated when I got there I was out of breath. Pulmonary fibrosis would not allow enough air in my lungs to breath let alone use my voice. I never realized until that moment how much air it takes to talk.

As I prayed I could hear my voice getting weaker and weaker and at the same time I could feel myself getting dizzy because I wasn’t getting enough oxygen to keep everything going. As I stood there praying I felt my wife push up against my shoulder to offer her support. It was at that point I realized and experienced what real humility is. Humility is when you allow yourself to be supported by someone other than yourself. And it occurs mostly out of necessity, but volunteering is the way to go. Yesterday both Patti and God were my support and I inherited the blessings of both of them, had I pushed them away I would have fallen to the floor.

Humility + hope + anticipation + encouragement = Hope = Blessings!

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16, NLT)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.06.02

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

Make room for God…

Shalom!

“Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God! Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!”” (Isaiah 40:3–5, NLT)

God may not come when we want him to but He’s always on time! You’ve read it on several occasions but I hope you’re not tired of reading it because it is so important to us. As important to us as it is there’s something else that actually may be more important than God being on time – making ourselves ready for the blessings God will bring with him when he makes his grand entrance just at the right time.

The 3 verses in chapter 40 of Isaiah above can be reduced to 4 words. MAKE ROOM FOR GOD! If those 3 verses have a familiar ring it’s because John the Baptist quoted them to the religious leaders when they questioned him. “Make room for Jesus,” John preached!

John the Baptist called people to repentance, repentance is the process of making room for God. When we repent of the things that have separated us from God we are telling God we no longer need those things at the sam timw we are also telling Him how much we need him. We spend most of our lives seeking to be independent only to eventually discover independence is like grabbing a hold of a hand full of water.

Take a few moments and reflect on your life right now. Are you struggling with difficulties by yourself? Are you struggling with a broken or weakening relationship? Are you struggling with financial brokenness? Are struggling with health issues? Are you struggling with self doubt? Are you asking God for help with your struggles? Are you struggling with them on your own? Remember the phrase “God helps them that help themselves” the only way we can really help ourselves is to turn to God and totally depend on him and when we do we are blessed totally. “Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes. He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.” (Isaiah 40:10–11, NLT)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14, ESV)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 20127.05.31

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

Shalom!

“Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you— yes, the sacred vows that I made when I was in deep trouble. That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you— the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma, and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats. Interlude” (Psalm 66:13–15, NLT)

Have you ever seen the movie “The End”? Burt Reynolds starred as a man trying to commit suicide. In the final scene Burt is swimming out into the ocean with the hopes of getting out far enough so he’ll not be able to make it back to shore. As he was swimming he was rehearsing all the reasons he wanted to die. Then all of a sudden he realized he wanted to live and began swimming back to shore telling God he didn’t want to die and began making all kinds of promises. However when he saw he was going to make it back to shore he changed his tune and began blaming God for all the reasons he wanted to die in the first place. While it was suppose to be a comedy it also had a deeper message reminding me to keep my promises/vows to God and not blame him for every little thing that goes wrong.

Psalm 63 is about “payback time” for the Psalmist a time to honor and praise the Father for “bailing” him out. How many of us has God “bailed” out yet we’ve not stopped long enough to offer Him praise and thank you for His blessings? I am guilty as charged! Do you remember this story from the New Testament? “As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:11–16, NLT)

I always wonder what happened to the nine who never returned to thank Jesus for healing them. Perhaps rather than returning to Jesus they went about praising and thanking him to others they met. However, on the other hand maybe they never gave Jesus a second thought and went about their lives until the blessing they received suddenly disappeared. For me one of the most useful tools in the bible is its ability to provide me with an experience but without the actual experience. I have never neglected thanking the LORD on purpose, my neglect has always been an oversight on my part but from now on I am going to take extra care in making sure God gets the praise and thanks He so richly deserves.

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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