Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.04.23

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

Standing on the promises of Jesus…

Shalom!

“Jesus called his disciples and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they’ve already stayed with me three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry, otherwise they might collapse on the way.” (Matthew 15:32)

WOW!

What a promise. If we follow Jesus he is unwilling to send us into the world without first providing us with the “stuff” we’ll need.

Have you ever noticed the things we do in the present are for tomorrow?

Take eating for instance. We eat in the present, taste in the present, enjoy the food in the present, and reap the benefits (and / or the curse) of eating in the unfolding hours until we eat again.

Take going to work for instance. We labor in the present for our paycheck the following week.

Jesus knew the demands of being a follower would be very taxing, in fact so taxing that without providing for us first we’d be doomed to failure. Jesus makes provision for each of us to be blessed by the timelessness of the Holy Spirit, which gives and sustains life. One of the unique personalities of the Holy Spirit is its ability to react to multiple situations at a time then bring the past, present, and future into focus on a moment by moment basis thus enabling us to move forward into the future.

Jesus… Don’t face the future without Him!

“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, 2018.04.20

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

Do you need to take a prayer break?

Shalom!

“After he said good-bye to them, he went away to the mountain to pray.” (Mark 6:46)

In his Country Western his song “The Gambler” Kenny Rogers sings of the gambler knowing when to walk away. However, two thousand years before his hit song Jesus was walking away when the time was right!

While Jesus never gambled he knew that there were times when he needed to be alone with God for the tasks that would shortly face him. He walked away so he could pray for his disciples. He walked away when things became too dangerous for him. But when it came face-to-face with his trial and crucifixion he chose not to walk away but instead turned and walked straight into them.

Jesus was a Leader by example what he did with his life is his greatest wish for us to do with ours. There are times when the storms of life are overwhelming, and we need to withdraw temporally which by the way is one of the reasons for attending church on a regular basis. But there are also times when it is advisable to walk straight into some of the storms we face knowing that Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit ensures us that we will never really be alone.

Go ahead walk away, take a prayer break, take a I want to be alone break, get away if you must but remember: “Where can I go to escape your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits, even there your hand will lead me; your right hand will hold on to me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will be night”— even the darkness is not dark to you. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to you.” (Psalm 139:7–12)

“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, 2018.04.19

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

Jesus Blesses!

Shalom!

““Lord,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command. I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this!’ and he does it… Then Jesus told the centurion, “Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that very moment.” (Matthew 8: 8–9, 13)

Jesus blesses!

It is inconceivable that as deeply as Jesus loves us he would not bless us. He loves us so much that he even blesses us when we sin – he blesses us with forgiveness now that’s love!

If it’s to be, Jesus says leave to me!

Right now as you read these words Jesus is giving you gifts of blessings, spiritual blessings yet often those spiritual blessings manifest themselves in ways that we can see and feel. We receive a physical healing. Suddenly we feel at peace even when things are still fuzzy. Suddenly we see a small ray of hope. Suddenly we feel loved and not alone. Suddenly we know how to decide on an important question. And the list of gifts of blessings go on and on.

Yet… If Jesus gave you a blessing and you never opened it would it still be a blessing? A gift that is never opened is always a gift. But when a gift is opened it becomes a blessing.

Before closing repeat after me: “If it’s to be, Jesus says leave to me!”

Happy unwrapping.

“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, 2018.04.18

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

Jesus is willing are you?

Shalom!

“When he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. Right away a man with leprosy came up and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Reaching out his hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matthew 8:1–3)

One of the things I always do when reading a scripture is to identify the most important words for me the time I am reading it. Sometimes I find myself marveling that days or weeks later I can read the same quote and discover the important words have changed.

“I will,” those two words jump right off the page and into the nitty-gritty everyday struggles that are pressing upon me as I type these words. Even before I ask for a blessing Jesus’ voice echoes in my ears, “I will.”

Note: As you continue reading the remainder of this Glory Seed when you see the word “my” or “me” please experience them as yourself, thank you.

“Will you bring peace to my troubled spirit, Jesus?”

“I will.”

“Will you touch and heal the jagged edges of my life, Jesus?”

“I will.”

“Will you bless and look after my children, Jesus?”

“I will.”

“Will you forgive my shortcomings, Jesus?”

“I will.”

“Will you pick me up when I fall, carry me when I am weak, Jesus?”

“I will.”

And my life goes on!

“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, 2018.04.17

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

Do you have a clean heart?

Shalom!

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

For me this is one of the greatest promises of the bible because it says that I Gary Piper will one day be able to see God! For me that is the greatest blessing and journey of all time.

Just think you and I have the chance to SEE God!

But guess what?

The good news is we don’t have to wait! While it is true we’ll not see God in this life as we see each other but we can be eyewitnesses to what God does in our lives and world. Just like we are unable to see the wind, but we can see what effects the winds have we can see God at work in our lives. But before we can do that Jesus reminds us, “God blesses those whose hearts are pure.”

I believe the way to a pure heart begins with coming face to face with our own impure heart. King David wanted another man’s wife and arranged the death of a valuable friend to make it happen. King David did what was wrong in the sight of the Lord, he began a ME filled life. He polluted his own heart and came face to face with his own impure heart. He knew he was breaking God’s heart. David loved God and even though his heart was impure SAW God at work in his life and prayed, “God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of your salvation to me and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit. Then I will teach the rebellious your ways, and sinners will return to you. Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God— God of my salvation— and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.” (Psalm 51:10–14)

Because God knew David prayed out of pure intentions. God created a pure heart in David. God created a pure heart in David to teach God’s ways to us so that you and I can know that through our relationship with Jesus we too with pure intentions can have a pure heart.

The bible tells us that God loved us first while we were yet sinners. God loves us for who we are. God’s greatest desire is that we love him first when we do he will then bless us then through a pure heart God says, “Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)

Often when reading the quote above from Isaiah I am left wondering what it is that God is asking me to see. Our first notion is to begin looking for the “things” he’s doing. For instance, if we’re experiencing health issues we begin looking for a healing, if we’re experiencing financial issues we begin looking for an increase in income, a decrease in expenses, or help from family or friends. While the new thing God is doing may include those “things” God is asking us if we can see him at work in our lives.

“God, create in me a pure heart! Amen!”

“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, 2018.04.13

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

Discovering the knowable God…

Shalom!

You are God’s greatest masterpiece!

“And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.” (1 John 4:16) “Lord, you are my portion and my cup of blessing; you hold my future. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:5–6)

LORD You are OUR portion and OUR cup of Blessing; You hold OUR future. The boundary lines have fallen for US in pleasant places indeed, WE have a beautiful inheritance.” Paul writing to the Ephesians identified the “beautiful inheritance.” “He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ as a plan for the right time—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him. In him we have also received an inheritance, because we were predestined according to the plan of the one who works out everything in agreement with the purpose of his will,” (Ephesians 1:9–11)

“In Him we have also received an inheritance…” Is Paul saying Jesus is our inheritance or his he saying within Jesus’ legacy lies our inheritance? My first thought was Jesus was our inheritance, however the verse reads “In Him…” So then if our inheritance is in Jesus’ legacy what do you suppose it is? In seeking an answer we’ll find ourselves “up to our neck” in the “heart” of God. If we were prioritize our list of answers at or near the top would be this, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16–17)

It doesn’t take a “rocket scientist” to figure out that Jesus is telling us God Loves us so much He wants us to spend eternity living with Him that He “pulled out all the stops” by sending Jesus to see that we receive our inheritance at the right time. A few verses later Paul tells us the Holy Spirit is our down payment on our inheritance. In other words the Holy Spirit is supposed to not only keep us in touch with God, but also the Source whereby God Blesses us with the necessary “stuff” to see we receive the fullness of our inheritance.

God, I am Your greatest masterpiece!

“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, 2018.04.12

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

Discovering the knowable God…

Shalom!

Have you ever come face-to-face with God? I am willing to bet (if I was a betting man) you have, and more than once too. I am willing to bet when you read the following 2 verses from Psalm 8 a smile will break out on your face and you’ll say, “Yup!” “When I observe your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place, what is a human being that you remember him, a son of man that you look after him?” (Psalm 8:3–4)

So many times when we seek/search for God we look and expect Him to show Himself in a magnificent and powerful display of divine power. Yet as the Psalmist writes of his encounter with God it was simply looking into the night sky and suddenly in the silence and beauty of the mysteriousness of the night sky God pulled down the curtain and stood in front of a human man.

I remember one morning while vacationing in the Smoky Mountains I walked out in the early morning standing in the backyard of our cabin from out of the distance I heard a woodpecker hammering on a tree and suddenly I was standing in the presence of God. Yet because of my spiritual immaturity at that time I wasn’t permitted to see Him as the Psalmist did but He spoke loud and clear to my spirit telling me to continue deepening my relationship with Him. That experience changed the course my life and taught me the value of continually deepening my relationship with Him.

Some may think God is to mysterious to get to know. One of the reasons may stem from God getting a bad rap, For example many will ask, “If God is a loving God why is there so much injustice in the world?” Or, “If God cares for my family why hasn’t He gotten us out of this slump we are in?” In some circles persons asking those questions would say, “There is no real answer, it’s just a matter of faith that God is in control.” While there’s an element of truth in that answer the real answer is Jesus Christ, in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is every thing we can understand about God. “Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9) Jesus IS an un-deplete-able resource for knowing God.

The Psalmist has the last word. “Lord, our Lord, how magnificent is your name throughout the earth!” (Psalm 8:9)

“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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