En Gedi: Finding rest in the wilderness!

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Posts Tagged ‘people’

I have not gone…..

Posted by Scott on September 1, 2008

Just letting everyone know that have been taking some time away from writing to study intensely on a couple of bible studies by J I Packer and John Stott….will be back blogging again in a week or so.  Thanks you.

Pressing on in Christ,

Scott

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No Matter How Difficult….!

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

“Christian, no matter how difficult it is for you to bear it, yet the corruptions of your heart (that are not yet crucified) the pride, the selfishness, the impatience, the unfaithfulness, the love of the world….(all of which remain to some degree in the best of Christians) require all trials, afflictions, sicknesses and problems that God (in His kindness) can throw at us.

Such weeds as those that grow in the heart require a ‘hard frost to rot them’!!  The ‘straying bull needs a heavy clog’!!  In the same way, the Christian whom God will keep within His commands and within His place of blessing and service needs afflictions.”   -John Flavel

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God’s Chief Design….!

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

“God’s chief design in killing our comforts is to kill our corruptions!  Sanctified afflictions are afflictions lovingly allowed into the lives of believers by our heavenly Father.  These are prescribed by the Great Physician of our souls for purifying our sinful nature.  God cares far more about our eternal heavenly well-being than He does our temporary earthly one.  For God knows:

o Poverty kills pride!

o Public reproach kills public ambitions!

o Needs kill greeds!

So, yield to the work God is trying to do in your current affliction.  God kills our comforts from no other design than to bless us.  Fall in, therefore, with the gracious design of God.  DOn’t fight it!  Instead, during every affliction, pray and ask God to follow it with His blessing. 

Happy is the man who understand, approves, and heartily concurs with the design of God in afflicting circumstances.”                                                -John Flavel

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Man Does Not Mind A Sovereign God!

Posted by Scott on July 26, 2008

Man does not mind a Soveriegn God as long as He is not Sovereignly setting on man’s own throne. Man does not mind the all loving God who keeps the earth tilted just right, pushes the sun up each morning and draws the curtain with moonlight each night. Man does not mind God keeping watch over His creation when man ask Him too, when he is in distress, but man does not like God to be Sovereign in his personal finances, his number of children, how he lives, what he watches, what he listens to, what he wears, what he eats, who he hangs out with, where he goes, where he lives, where he plays or how he plays, who he marries, what his politics are, the church he attends, the skeletons in his closet, or as Master of his personal throne. No, man really from his own fleeting heart does not like or trust a Sovereign God at all, but it is this great Sovereign God who sets upon His mighty throne in heaven that we preach and it is this Sovereign God we must put our trust in for our very lives!
-Scott Bailey 2008

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-From A Dad:After All the Punishment…God’s Mercy! Micah 7

Posted by Scott on January 2, 2008

 After all the punishment, the refinement, the sifting as wheat…our God desires to stop His wrath and heap upon us His mercy and grace to His elect, His chosen people, the remnant of exiles because of our failed humanity.  Micah 7 is a great conclusion for God’s people.

Whenever we find ourselves in the middle of such a sinful and wicked people, it is necessary to look to our Lord and wait on Him for relief, direction, and restful peace. 

In the events that surround our sinfulness, we must work through the punishing refinement that is necessary until the Lord in His gracious love subdues His wrath and begins to restore us, rebuild us, and expand the borders to which we are now confined.  During this refining period much like silver, all the impurities, the froth are burned away by an intense fire.  This fire brings us to .999% pure.  We will only be 100% pure at the time that our bodies are returned to our souls at the time of Christ second coming when we meet Him in the air. 

In the refining periods of our lives, the world watches with its sneering glow at how the God we claim to worship finishes His work in us.  This is the testimony that we lay hold of in our Lord. In Micah 7 we read the witness account of the world as it sinks to about the lowest point in its history at the time when even fathers and sons could not trust each other, because of the vile sinful wickedness that existed in that day.  In the midst of this time the world was watching to see if the God of Israel would spare His people.  At the height of His wrathful punishing restoration, the aroma of the Lord’s compassion fills the air like freshly blooming roses after a spring rain.  It is so strong that all people in existence in that area of the world could smell it.  His chosen people, the remnant, His elect were the recipients of this compassion.  The Lord’s tremendous unfailing love was blossoming again towards His people.  In amazement the others around witnessed this miraculous love and commented about this great testimony. 

The Lord promises His restful peace and prosperity to return to His people. 

          “I will do mighty miracles for you, like those I did when I

          rescued you from slavery in Egypt.”

This was a display for all that were watching this love affair between the Lord and His chosen people.  This was in order for God to be mightily glorified and honored in the day of His remnant’s restoration.  All the soulless arrogant people would be shown how insignificant they really are in the light of the larger providential plan of our sovereign Lord. 

In grand amazement the people could only wonder who this God was that put blinders on and pardon the sins of His people.  To their surprise the Israelite’s God did not remain angry for very long nor did He punish them completely for all their sins…His grace is always intervening shortly after His wrath has fallen when His people cry out to Him and call our Lord by name.  In a short period of time they realized all the events that took place was to rebuild His remnant and destroy those wicked proud sinful people who had taken Israel hostage.  They thought they could do as they pleased and get richer and richer off the backs of God’s people, but His wrath would soon fall upon them with no reprieve.  God can and will use people and events for His purposes, both the good and bad.  As this has played out, because God “delights in showing mercy”. 

We finish the story to find God, the almighty one, the sovereign Lord of us all with His arm open wide spreading His faithful and unfailing love out like a table cloth adorning a grand oak table with a feast fit for only the family of the King.  For those of us in the 21st century this promise of faithfulness and unfailing love remains.  This feast is still spread upon His table for us.  Our greatest need as believers is to turn back towards our holy and majestic God.  We will witness the most magnificent transformation in our lives as God pours out His fresh mercies, faithfulness, and unfailing love upon His chosen people.  The Lord wants us to move in the direction of holiness…a purified vessel ready for daily use by our awesome Creator.

 For You, O God, tested us, You refined us like silver.  You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.  You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us to a place of abundance.”  -Psalm 66:10-12

For those of us that are a part of this remnant, His chosen people, we will be refined, purified, and stretched.  However, the promise of God is that our ultimate end is not destruction.  We need to hold onto what God has promised us even though everyone around us including voices in our heads may tell us differently.  Difficulties will come our way…this is a part of the suffering we as believers must endure.  Many times as we march forward as we sense God would have us do, things may get worse before they get better, just count on it.  God is doing a far greater work in us than we could ever imagine.  In just a short time, our sovereign Lord will bring us into that “place of abundance”, as He promises.

Just as the Lord promised Israel He would rebuild their cities and extend their borders, He intends to do the same with us.  Although we may be surrounded by pitch darkness, the Lord will be our light. 

Are we ready to be rebuilt by an awesome God?  Are we ready to have our borders extended beyond our sight?  In the quest for His holiness we will experience His righteousness soon.

-Scott Bailey © 2008

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-From A Dad: Psalm 34:1-22 Promises!

Posted by Scott on December 19, 2007

As I chewed intently on this passage of scripture the promises of God started bubbling forth like suds out of an overfilled washing machine.  The richness of God’s word keeps me in awe most of the time.  Gleaning from each verse that which God intends me to glean is a challenge at times, but Psalm 34 has become a favorite chapter of mine.

Promises

He answers prayer!

He hears our prayers!

He will rescue the righteous!

He guards those who fear Him!

He will bring about joy for those who trust in Him!

He will meet the needs of those who honor Him!

Those who trust in Him will never lack any good thing!

God will bless His people!

God hears our cries!

God is always close to the brokenhearted!

God rescues those that are crushed in spirit!

The righteous will face many troubles!

If you hate the righteous, you will be punished!

God redeems those that serve Him!

Trust in Christ and a free pardon is yours!

As these promises and more penetrate the muscle lining of your heart and dig deep into the crevices of your brain, remember those and look for more promises.  God’s word will never lack power as we use the word to rule our lives and fight away the devilish attacks of our enemy.  Learn to hunt God’s word for each spec of truth and do not turn from it ever!

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007 

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How to Fight the Good Fight by Ray Stedman!

Posted by Scott on November 19, 2007

How To Fight

READ: 1 Timothy 6:11-16, 20-21

Fight the good fight of the faith . . . In the sight of God who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession . . . (1 Timothy 6:12a, 13).

Nothing will help to steel you more for the fight than the vision of God. This is what Paul sets before Timothy. Notice the encouraging things here. First, God is the giver of life.

Do you sometimes feel beaten and dejected, buffeted by more things than you can handle, at the end of your strength? What you need is renewed vigor, vitality, and strength, and that is what you get when you turn to your God and see Him there with you to infuse strength and vitality back into you again. This is the part that prayer plays in our lives. We all have experienced the infusion of new strength and courage from God when we have turned to Him in prayer in a moment of pressure. God is given to us that we might not lose heart when the times of discouragement come. Turn to him as the author of life.

Then, as Paul points out, there is the encouragement of the example of Jesus. Do you find it hard to admit your Christian faith at times in certain groups? Then think of Jesus, “who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession.” Pilate examined Jesus and found no fault in Him. Then Pilate asked him a question, and Jesus’ answer determined whether He would live or die. Pilate was anxious to set him free if he could because he recognized Jesus to be a righteous, innocent man whom the chief priests had delivered up for jealousy.

“Are you the king of the Jews?” (Matthew 27:11), Pilate asked Him. Jesus could have said no, but thereby He would have denied that He was the Messiah; He was the king of the Jews. Had Pilate set Jesus free, the Jews would then have charged him with befriending a traitor to Caesar. Answering yes would seal Jesus’ fate. He knew it, but He answered with the strongest affirmative Hebrew idiom: “Yes, it is as you say” (Matthew 27:11b). That cost Him His life.

Paul is reminding Timothy, “There will be times when you will have to say no; you will want to say yes, and everybody around you wants you to say yes. There will be times when it will be embarrassing to admit you are a Christian, but remember Jesus. He set the good example; he was the ‘faithful witness’ (Revelation 1:5) to the truth.”

Lord, teach me to fight, knowing that You are the giver of life. By Your Spirit who lives in me, grant me the same courage to be a faithful witness that Jesus demonstrated.

This daily devotion was inspired by one of Ray’s sermons. Please read “O Man of God!” (or listen to the audio file  Listen to Ray) for more on this portion of scripture. \

-Scott Bailey 2007

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-From A Dad: Saving the Boys! Proverbs 2:1-11

Posted by Scott on October 20, 2007

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  To save our boys we need to give them excellent role models to immolate.  Once they are given the proper role models they will then know how to have a good marriage and how to be a good father.  These are the fathers of tomorrow we are raising, guys.  As a dad I need to be a strong biblical role model for them.  My boys need to see me as their dad reading his bible, praying, serious at times, laughing at other times, helping other people, serving, living according to the bible, doing what is right even if it is a hard choice, and so on.  I deal with speed, stops signs, seat belts and red lights all the time when the kids are in the car with me….this is an area I am working on….ha…ha…ha!

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”           -Proverbs 2:1-5 NIV

We as dads have such a short time with these boys.  To bring them up to be strong respectable men.  My oldest son is 14 years old.  He thinks himself to be a man and ready to make manly decisions.  As much as I would like to think he is ready I know he is not.  So, with the 4 years I have left I have alot of training sessions to work on with him.  As his dad I must instruct him in the ways of the Lord even if he does not seem to listen.  I cannot beat it into him, but God’s word must be presented to him every chance God gives me.  I found the other day five goals to saving our boys by Steve Farrar as their father it is my job to model for them the importance of:

*knowing and obeying Jesus Christ

*knowig and displaying godly character

*knowing and love my wife

*knowing and loving my children

*knowing my gifts and abilities, so I can work hard and effectively in an area of strength, rather than weakness and contribute effectively to the lives of others and have a little fun at the same time.

“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”           -Proverbs 2:6 NIV

If I as these boys dad will be faithful to God’s word and fill my boys up on His word I can rest assured it will not return void when they are adults and have families.  He guards the path of the righteous and protects the trail of those faithful to Him.  Our boys need to hear this often.  We need to remind these boys of God’s divine hand upon their lives and that He is working His plan in their lives.  For most boys now days they never hear that God even cares for them much less that He has a plan for their lives.  Proverbs 2:10 tells us that “wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”  It is this “pleasantness in God” that us dads need to desire for our boys to understand and experience.  If they can have a deep loving relationship with Christ early on, they will have a fighting chance as a successful father and husband in their adult years.  Without the Lord in the very center of their being they have no chance.  Success is defined here as raising upstanding kids and staying married to the same gal for all their lives….does not matter about the money, homes, cars, or retirement accounts.  All that matters is that when we enter heaven and our sons and daughters enter heaven God can say of us “Well done my good and faithful servant, enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”  If that is not our goal for ourselves and our kids, then what other goal could we have?

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

 

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-His Glory Our Aim, a quote by C.H. Spurgeon

Posted by Scott on October 9, 2007

spurgin_2.jpg     This is another great quote by Charles Spurgeon.  I have grown to enjoy his sermons, stories, quotes, and biography.

“He who makes God’s glory the one and only aim before which all other things bow themselves, is the man to bring honor to his Lord.”

Psalm 29:2 says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.”

I would encourage all the dads to look into the history of many of the great men of God.  In this way, it can produce an overwhelming desire to know the God of these men as their lives truly was a reflection of the Lord they served.  These men’s lives pointed people to Jesus not to themselves.  If you run onto anyone that the draw is to themselves and not God, stop the study and reading of that individual.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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