Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.09.22

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

Is it Rust or Trust…

Shalom!

“What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking to the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 31:1 NLT)

The words of Isaiah echoes across the eons of time and have significance for each of us today. I know there’s a 99.9999% chance none of us look to Egypt to help but we may at times turn and trust in our careers, our bank accounts, our cars, our possessions, but Isaiah is telling us no, no, no trust in God.

I completely understand how hard it is to place our trust in God, who we cannot see when there are so many things we can see that offer us peace and prosperity. Yet as history testifies everything the world offers us is temporary at best. I remember my dad telling me. “In life you need to start at the bottom and work your way up.” While that must be true to a certain extent this carries more truth, “In all circumstances in life it is better to start at the top with God then at the bottom.”

As hard as it is to believe in trusting an invisible God the Psalmist offers us this ray of hope not as a probability or a possibility but as a sure thing. “I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” (Psalm 121:1–8, NLT)

Crustyism 1:3: The world spells trust “R-U-S-T”, the Holy Spirit spells trust T-R-U-S-T. Do you want to RUST or TRUST?

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

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.09.21

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

God’s Greatest Miracle…

Shalom!

“Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” (Romans 12:3 NLT)

The Apostle Paul cautions us not to think of ourselves more important than we should think but, on the other hand we should not think of ourselves more unimportant than we should.

When we allow ourselves or we allow others to make us feel unimportant we begin a 3D downhill slide of depression, despair, and disappointment. Unimportance is one of the most powerful forces we face in our daily lives coming from a variety of sources – employers, co-workers, people with whom we share the roadways with, families, our failures, health issues, careers.

I remember while at a Navy facility in Philadelphia of seeing a poster that went something like this: “If you want to see how important you are then stick your hand in a bucket of water and the space left when you pull it out is how important you are.” Wow! I thought (then) how profound. Today however, I think how stupid! Because there are people in my life who are no longer here that had they not been in my life I would have turned out very differently! In fact my parents are so important I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.

Here is the most important life/living factor in our lives. God felt us so important he sent is Son into our lives to save us from self-destruction. If you think about the delicate balances in our world and universe you can see there needs to be a delicate balance between importance and un-importance in our lives. Today in your communications with God ask him to help you discover the proper balance of importance and un-importance then ask him to help you achieve that balance.

Individually and corporately WE ARE God’s Greatest Miracles!

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

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.09.20

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

Staying surrendered, part two…

Shalom!

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NLT)

I remember many years ago when the Holy Spirit re-ignited the seed of faith implanted in me because of my godly parents reading, “Christians don’t have problems, they pray them away.” Wow! That’s for me I heard myself saying, but it didn’t take long for me to experience the fallacy of those words. And as a result, I suppressed the Holy Spirit’s attempts to get me to drop to my knees and surrender to God. Yet the more problems that cropped up the more persistent the Holy Spirit became. But slowly over the years the Holy Spirit began making headway.

I was sure I’d surrendered completely until late June and Early July when pulmonary fibrosis took a turn in the wrong direction. “We’ve done all we can, there’s nothing else can be done,” the doctor told Patti and me. It was then I realized I was still holding out and found myself praying, “LORD God, take me, take all of me,” And then in spite of the conflict that continues to rage in my “outside life” my “inner life” rests in the Peaceful Wings of the Holy Spirit.

Andrew Murray in his book Absolute Surrender provides us with the encouragement we need to stay surrendered no matter what life throws in our pathway. “A life of absolute surrender has its difficulties. I do not deny that. Yes, it has something far more than difficulties: it is a life that with men is absolutely impossible. But by the grace of God, by the power of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, it is a life to which we are destined, and a life that is possible for us, praise God! Let us believe that God will maintain it.”

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

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Glory Seed Devotional 2017.09.19

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

Staying surrendered…

Shalom!

All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live.

(All to Jesus I surrender verse 1)

God has Set his sights on YOU and He will not quit until He has YOU not just a part of YOU but all of YOU! And He started even before YOU were born. He started in a cow barn with the birth of Jesus, And the day YOU were born He intensified His passion for 100% YOU! A.W. Tozer in his book Knowledge of the Holy offers this hint at only a part of lies ahead for YOU when YOU wave the white flag and surrender all to Him.

“How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in His heart. For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years. God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves. For those out of Christ, time is a devouring beast…”

The easy part of surrendering our lives to the Divine is surrendering. But once the surrendering part is over next comes the hard part, staying surrendered! But when it comes to the point when we want to take our white flag back the words of Peter urge us to stay surrendered. “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” (1 Peter 1:6–7, NLT)

All to Jesus I surrender
Make me Saviour wholly Thine
Let me feel the Holy Spirit
Truly know that Thou art mine.

(All to Jesus I Surrender verse 3)

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

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.09.18

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

A healthy fear of the dark…

Shalom!

From my childhood into my early adulthood I was afraid of the dark but over time conquered it. And now that I am entering senior adulthood I have a healthy fear of the dark. What I mean by a healthy fear of the dark is when my life becomes darkened by circumstances beyond my control I turn control over to someone who has ultimate control of my life, God. And then God begins not only take control of the situation He also turns His Light on us as illustrated in the scriptures. “God constantly encourages us to trust Him in the dark. “And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” (Isaiah 45:3, NLT)

What intrigued me about what Isaiah was saying was this, “And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches.” What are the hidden treasures available to those who trust God? As I became a “Treasure Hunter” I found these hidden diamonds: “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4, NLT)

And the diamonds get bigger and more valuable: “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”” (John 8:12, NLT)

And last but not least: “Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him?” (James 2:5, NLT)

Crustyism 1.2: When life gets dark don’t look for a light switch, instead look for God.

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

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.09.14

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

Lookback Thursday…

Shalom!

PEACE…

March 19, 2006

You are on the journey of peace perhaps you think you have a choice you don’t. From the moment, you take your first breath until you take your last you will never stop seeking peace, never. All the riches in the world and all that those riches can bring will still leave you hungering for peace.

From a world that uses Peace Keeping Forces as a way of seeking peace we cry out, what is peace. In response to our question God gives us the life of Jesus to illustrate the contrast between peace as the world understands it, and peace as the He means it to be. To seek peace means to go beyond looking for a place to rest our weary bodies it means seeking a place to rest our souls. To seek peace is to go beyond seeking riches from the world it means seeking a rich relationship with your Heavenly Father. To seek peace is to go beyond seeking for worldly power it means tapping into the power of the Prince of Peace.

There are two final destinations awaiting our journeys end. One will be peaceful built by Jesus Christ when he died on the cross, it is called the Mansion of Peace, and your room will be ready where you will experience peace beyond what the world can give. The other destination will be anything but peaceful.

From this day forward seek peace from the Author of Peace while it may still be found, for the day will come swiftly when peace will no longer be within your reach. Jesus says, “Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it will be opened unto you.”

A Prayer for Peace…

Heavenly Father, it is with much sadness that we pray for peace, sadness because peace has always been available to us. Yet for eons of time our world has sought peace only to find fleeting glimpses of it. Many times we have prayed for world peace and failed to see that world peace begins with individual peace. We are further saddened because so many people in our world have not been introduced to the Prince of Peace, and so many who have only a surface contact with him.

But Lord we look beyond our sadness and we pray in hope and we pray with the vision given to us and lived through us by your Son Jesus Christ. This hope and vision is burned into our whole being through the power of your Holy Spirit, that same Spirit that links each of us, one with another. That same Spirit that plants deep within us the hungering for the peace that passes all understanding.

We pray in faith believing that respect and understanding for each other are the only ways to silence weapons of war. We pray in faith believing that powers and principalities of the world are powerless when confronted by the awesomeness or your Power. We pray that your Holy Spirit might unify us so we can stand ready to grasp the hand of Jesus and show the world what true peace really is. AMEN!

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

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2017.09.13

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

Shadows and nomads…

Shalom!

Chapter 11 of Hebrews is noted for its powerful insight on people who displayed verse 13 a little sampling of the inner power faith accomplished in their lives. “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.” (Hebrews 11:13, NLT)

Yesterday we discovered that we are merely moving shadows, Hebrews 11:13 strongly hints that we are “foreigners and nomads here on earth” just passing through headed for the Promised Land better known as heaven. When we think of Psalm 39:4-7 and Hebrews 11:13 together we can begin to see they offer us insight into Hope (Psalm 39) and Faith (Hebrews 11).

There are two things that with the help of the Holy Spirit become apparent when we “read between the lines.” First wherever there is a shadow there is a light creating it. When the Light of Jesus shines on us it not only illuminates the path in front of us but creates out of our lives a moving shadow. The second thing that becomes apparent deals with a promise not received. There are three major promises given us by God one promise tells us God loves us unconditionally, we are promised God will never leave us alone, we are also promised we will inherit eternal life if we truly believe and accept Jesus as our Savior. I am sure we can add to the list for now those three will suffice.

On the other side of the promises made to me are the things God has NOT promised me. And at the top of that list is God never promised me a trouble/storm free life. It has been a while since I’ve heard the song “I never promised you a rose garden” sung my Lynn Anderson but when I do I always think maybe God is the writer of that song.

Yet just when I think about all the troubles/storms has not prevented the Holy Spirit also reminds me God loves me unconditionally, I am promised God will never leave me alone, and I am also promised because I have truly accepted and believe in Jesus I am destined for the Promised Land after this life. One of my favorite songs “The Road to Zion” contains some words I cling to like a shipwrecked survivor clings to a piece of floating debris. “Sometimes it’s good to look back down, we’ve come so far, we’ve gained such ground, but joy in not in where we’ve been joy is who’s waiting at the end.”

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

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