A Page From My Journals # 5

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Jesus’ words to the 10 lepers who came to Him for healing in Luke 17:14:
“GO and show yourselves to the priests.”

Jesus’ words to the centurion who asked for healing for his servant in Matthew 8:13:
“GO your way; let it be done for you as you have believed.”

When we believe His Word, the work is done. Then as we go on our way and go about our normal lives, continuing to believe Him,  He sees to it that the work comes into manifestation.


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Depending On The Shepherd

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It’s comforting to know that sheep are not expected to take care of themselves. They are expected to be totally dependent on their shepherd. It’s my understanding that when sheep are out grazing and they hear a growl of a predator or something else that frightens them, they do not normally look toward the sound, but to their shepherd. If their shepherd is calm and at rest, they remain at rest as well.

I’m not an expert on sheep, but I know for sure that the Lord wants us to be that trusting. When the enemy approaches with his threats and his frightening sounds, symptoms, and circumstances, we need to look immediately to our Good Shepherd — and to His Word. We know that He and His Word are one, and when that Word says we have the victory over all attacks, we can settle into the rest of faith and watch our Shepherd take down the enemy.

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture! (Psalm 100:3).
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11).

 




 

Back Online – Merry Christmas

 

WHO IS THIS BABE OF BETHLEHEM?
MARY, BABY, LAMB - EDITED

At His birth,
A tiny, helpless child;

At His death,
A lamb so meek and mild;

At the grave,
A conqueror supreme;

At His coming,
Universal King!


Last summer, when I created the new “Radical About Jesus Ministries” website, I took “Hangin’ Out With God” off-line and transferred much of the material to the new website. However, most people who have been interacting with “Hangin’ Out With God” have preferred to stay with this site rather than switch to the new one. That being the case — even though I still need to keep the Radical site for the sake of continuity and connections with other aspects of the ministry — I’ve decided to put this blog back into “active public” status so that the hundreds of followers can continue to interact here the way they have for the past 8 years.

I really want to do what the Lord wants done with all my websites, and if this site can reach out and connect with hundreds of people that the other sites don’t reach, then I don’t want to close that door. So I’ll give it a few months as we begin this new year and see how things go with “Hangin’ Out With God” available to the public again.

Blessings on you, my readers and followers. Hope to hear from some of you soon.




 

Lenten Poems — week 5

JESUS IN GARDEN - NEGATIVE -KAREN'S WHIMSY

O, Lamb of God
So pure, so holy, undefiled,
You came so meekly,
Vulnerable, a tiny child.

You took our sin
And took all of its consequence.
You chose the cross,
And on it your lifeblood was spent.

But for what cause,
When tempted in the garden that night,
Did you still choose
To let yourself be crucified?

You told us, Lord;
If we’d just listen, we would know.
You said, “Because
I love the Father, I will go.”

Lord, work in us
That holy and obedient love,
That we, when tried,
Will speak and act only for God.

 

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(Photo courtesy of Karen’s Whimsy)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Lenten Poems — week 3

CRUCIFIX - FOR YOU - GOSPEL GIFS

Seized and stripped and slapped and spit upon,
Scornful salutations; sorrow; shame;
Satan stalks the Son of God and Son of Man
Scarlet stripes, scalding tears, searing pain;

Search the scriptures, surely they the story tell:
Insatiable evil strikes; the Lamb is slain.

But surely, it’s my sins He bore, my sorrow and shame,
My sickness, my distress, my grief, my pain.

Submitted Sacrifice: He sealed the promise;
Sufficient, He bought me peace with God again.

 

 

 


 

Worship Is The Door

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Worship: it’s the door to peace, power, and pleasures for evermore. Jonah found worship to be his most powerful help in getting back into God’s grace. When he’d deliberately disobeyed the Lord and ended up in the belly of a big fish at the bottom of the sea, he came to his senses and realized how foolish he’d been. When he looked around, everything he saw told him there was no hope for rescue– or any kind of future. But he knew that there was still a God who wanted to save him. So he turned his attention away from his circumstances and away from his own disobedience. Instead, he focused on his God and began worshiping Him. Shortly thereafter, he was cast out of the fish onto dry land, and he got a second chance to live the successful life God has always wanted for him.

Habakkuk found that worship was his most power friend when he looked all around and found that the trees weren’t bearing fruit, the flock weren’t bearing offspring, and everything looked like there was no hope for the land of Israel. But, knowing that salvation from all that looked hopeless lay in His God – and that what God’s Word said was more real and more reliable than what he saw in the natural – He worshiped God and called for the rest of the nation to do the same – knowing that as they worshiped, they were releasing God’s hand to bring life and productiveness back into their situation.

And talk about power in worship: let’s not forget Paul and Silas, in the depths of a Philistine prison, who decided that nothing in their circumstances could outweigh the loveliness and the faithfulness of their God. As they chose to worship Him, rather than bemoan their current, temporary physical situation, the power of God moved with such force that it broke up the earth and the building where they were being held captive. And not only were they set free – but the jailer and his family were liberated from their hell-bound lives into a blessed relationship with God for eternity.

Eternity is what it’s really all about. God wants us to have blessed lives while we’re on this earth, but He’s even more concerned that we have the blessing of living and creating with Him for all of eternity – enjoying the priceless, indescribable pleasures that we find in His presence. Psalm 16:11 tells us, “ … in Thy presence is fullness of joy. At Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Worship heads us in the right direction for eternity. But while we’re here on the earth preparing for that eternity, as we worship Him, God says (Psalm 22:3) that He will literally inhabit our praises. And were He is, we’ll experience peace, power, and pleasures forevermore.

 

I Am My Beloved’s

 

HEART RIVER TRQUS BRIGHT“I am my Beloved’s, and His desire is toward me”  

(Song of Solomon 7:10)

Jesus loves you, and His desire is toward you. That word toward is very significant here, because most people who love someone have a desire for them — rather than toward them. And, in truth, Jesus does desire to have you for His own, but that’s only so that He can give you everything He is and everything He’s accomplished for you. He wants you to have everything He has. And He’s already paid the price for you to possess it. You don’t have to do anything to earn all that He has for you. The only requirement on your part is that you receive Him into your own spirit (your own heart) and make Him Lord of your life. Once He’s in that position, He can begin pouring into you all that you need and all that will make your life blessed and successful now — and throughout eternity.

In Ephesians, chapter 1, the Word of God tells us that God accomplished total victory over every force of evil through Jesus’ work of redemption, and when He raised Jesus from the grave, He gave Him absolute, eternal power and authority over every person and thing in the entire universe. Then the Word says that when God did that, He was exercising the “greatness of His power toward us.”  It was all done for us. You see, God’s power is always moving and working to bring us good. It’s always toward us. The truth is that if you become a child of God — by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord — you just can’t get away from God’s power working good for you.

Men and women for generations have sought high and low for some kind of religion that would satisfy them. They’ve studied one religious system after another and experimented with their various tenets and practices. But not one — not one single religion on the face of the earth — can offer man a total deliverance from his own base nature and from the evil that exudes from that nature. Not one of those religions can offer a fresh start, free of charge, and a nature purified and changed into the nature of the God who created us in the first place. Every religion out there tells us that we, somehow, have to do something, to earn a better life and a better eternity. We have to work at it, and then may not obtain our goal in the end after all.

But Christianity is NOT a religion. True Christianity is simply the Father God loving His own children, and being loved by them. It’s a family, pure and simple. Every parent who is worthy to be called a parent is constantly aware that he loves his child more than his own life, and his constant desire is toward his child — to meet his needs, heal his wounds, and bless him with gifts. And God is no different. That’s His desire as well. And through Jesus, the first Son, He calls all of us into His loving arms, desiring us to receive His love and become sons and daughter as well, so that He can exert His power toward us for good.

If you know this wonderful Father, you know what I’m talking about. But if you do not yet know Him, today can be your day. He already loves you, His desire is already toward you. Call out to Jesus and let His exceeding great power work a total regeneration in you today — and for eternity.

 

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