En Gedi: Finding rest in the wilderness!

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Posts Tagged ‘psalm’

“Truffles from Heaven” Moms Conference!

Posted by Scott on February 14, 2010

 

If you live in the North Dallas area please pass the word on about this great conference for moms. You can register online at Mom2Mom Ministry of Stonebriar Community Church!

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The Rock that will not move!

Posted by Scott on October 23, 2009

“The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer.; my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my Shield and the horn of my Salvation, my Stronghold.”  -Psalm 18:2

-God is my rock that cannot be moved.

-God is my fortress that cannot be penetrated by any human invention.

-God is my deliverer in times when it seems impossible.

-God is a refuge of rest and revival.

-God is a shield that covers me from above my head to my feet that no one can go through, over or around.

-God is my salvation!

-God is the stronghold of strongholds who will not let me go when the winds of the storms of life rage past me.

Who is this God?  This God is God Almighty, the Prince of Peace, the Everlasting Father, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ my Savior, the Faithful, the True, and the Lamb of God! This is the God I serve and put my trust in.

“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”  -Revelation 17:14

Who is this King of Kings and what will He look like one day?

“…there before me was a white horse, whose rider is Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. he has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven follow Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron sceptor,’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”  -Rev 19:11-16

That describes the Lord I serve.  Nothing whimpy, feminine, or sissified about my King. He will return someday as conqueror and ruler over all.

 

Scott Bailey (c) 2009

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I sit in this pit and wait!

Posted by Scott on October 10, 2009

Adapted from Psalm 130

“Lord, I am down here in this deep dark pit, can you hear me?

My voice is weak and my heart even weaker, can you hear me, Lord?

I hope you can hear me as I cry out to you for mercy and forgiveness!

Lord, if you keep score of all my wrongs without mercy who can ever survive?

But Lord, I know you are full of forgiveness and mercy.

You are to be feared, because You are the Almighty God!

So, I sit here in this deep dark pit, reading Your Word, patiently waiting.

It is in my Lord’s Word I am hoping to find peace and comfort always.

 

Every morning I wake up anticipating what You will do that I can be a part of.

I do this every single morning, watch and wait for You!

 

People, rest assured all hope is in the Lord.

In the Almighty God is a love unimaginable!

In the Almighty God is a love that never ceases!

In Him, is a restoring love that never grows cold!

 

Everyone, our Lord and Savior will restore His own.

All of our sins will be forgiven, be patient, be repentful!

God will hear your cry from any dark pit you find yourself in!”

-by scott bailey (c) 2009

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A New Year 2009 Vision For You!

Posted by Scott on January 10, 2009

“May the living God, who is the portion and rest of the saints, make these our carnal minds so spiritual and our earthly hearts so heavenly, that loving Him and delighting in Him may be the work of our lives.” -Richard Baxter (late 1600’s)

I pray that anyone really serious about living before our heavenly Father in a holy manner will take this prayer to heart by Richard Baxter. His desire for a holy life before God was so strong it is expressed deeply in that prayer. Matthew Henry put it like this, “The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.” In other words, there is no better way to gain victory over sin long-term than to develop a distaste for sin, because of “the superior satisfaction in God”. This requires daily mortification of our sins…kill the sin in our lives anyway the Spirit gives us strength to do so. May this be the Christian’s true work…the true business of our life.

John Piper puts it this way, “God remains gloriously all-satisfying. The human heart remains a ceaseless factory of desires. Sin remains powerfully and suicidally appealing…Feast on God.” “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8.   The hope and prayer for this new year is that each of us will find ourselves desiring God more and more each day. Desiring a rich and joyful relationship with Him that surpasses all that we have ever heard or read to this time in our lives. Can we take an old foundational creed and adjust it or tweek it just a bit (from John Piper’s book “Desiring God”).

“The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever.”

May we each enjoy in our Lord beyond the scope of our thoughts, prayers and dreams in 2009.

Pressing on in Christ,
Scott B.

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Powerful Testimony on Suffering!

Posted by Scott on May 30, 2008

Jeremiah 29:11 says:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

click here for video Wretch Testimony!

 

sent to me by a good friend of mine Bill Saunders!  By the way…I am not Bob Schuller fan, but he does not say much really, so, this guys testimony is still entact.  Watch and listen!

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Caveman Living!

Posted by Scott on May 24, 2008

A 15 pound spear zooms by his head with such force it created wind as it landed deep inside the palace wall.  As the young man realized the spear was meant for him, he jumped up and ran out of the palace without saying anything.  Sweat drenching his body, dust swirling up behind him, his heart pumping so fast he could see it pounding through his clothes, the young man continues to run for the mountain area outside of town.  As he begins to slow down, still exhausted from the threat to his life and the vigorous run he just made a young David comes to a cave to hide out for a while until the threat on his life has subsided.

Upon entering the dark cold depths of the cave, David finds a place to fall to his knees.  Still weeping, confused as to why the King was trying to kill him and trying to catch his breath in between his thoughts David cries out,

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.  It is in You my soul take refuge.  It is here I will take my refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.  I am here crying out to You, my God Most High, to my God who fulfills His purpose in me.  It is You, Lord, who reaches down from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me.  You, my Lord, send Your love and faithfulness.  I am in the midst of lions here.  I am among ravenous beasts.  These men whose teeth are like spears and arrows, whose tongues are like sharp swords telling lies about me.

Be exalted, Elohim, above the heavens, let Your glory be over all the earth.  When these liars spread a net for my feet, I was bent over in distress.  These beast dug a pit in my path for me, but they ended up in the pit themselves.

Jehovah, my heart is steadfast towards You.  I will sing and make beautiful music.  Awake my soul, Awake you harp and lyre!  I will awaken the dawn with my praise in music to my God.  I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations.  I will sing of you among the people.  Great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Be exalted, Elohim, my Adonai.  Above the heavens, let Your glory be over all the earth.”

At this point, I am sure a young and totally spent David, fell further to the ground to rest.  Men, we find ourselves on run sometimes.  Hopefully not literally as David did, but in our lives we will find ourselves in the middle of being on the run within ourselves.  People accusing us falsely.  Others after us.  Some claiming to be our brothers in Christ not being truthful to us.  Many in the church not coming to our aid at all, but actually causing life to be worse than better.  Bill collectors calling because we have found ourselves in a financial disaster with no vision of a way out.  Possibly you are a commission income person with little to no prospects for income in the future that you can see.  Guys, we can find ourselves in different corners of this life with spears hurling at our heads, but what will we do? 

If we are truthful about our situations, we will understand that God is leading us to a special cave he has designed just for us.  It is there we find refuge and security.  It is in this quiet cave that we are able to gather our thoughts again and the ability to set quietly and hear God speak.  It is in this cave that some decisions are made about our situation.  Will we retreat further into self-pity and allow ourselves to become depressed over it?  Will we become so angry about our enemies attacks or it could even be anger with God for allowing us to be in that situation?  In this case we might even try to get revenge upon our assailant.  This usually only leads further down into a dark hole and sin that crushes all of our hopes and dreams.  However, there is a third approach we can take to our time as a caveman.  Stop and think for a moment who it is who lead us into the cave?  God was the orchestrator of this entire event.  In this cave He has a purpose for us there.  Something we are to learn that we would not learn in posh, easy living, is allowing circumstances to evolve in our lives that pushes us directly towards a downfall and ultimately into a cave for refuge, where we find our God waiting.

This third approach is found in Psalm 57.  As we read the account, which is the crying out to God that David did earlier in this article, although David was in distress and rightly so, he simply would not let himself get angry or depressed…he praised and worshipped God.  David was thankful to God for His deliverance of him.  He thanked God for reaching down out of heaven to save him.  He praised Elohim, our Supreme Faithful Master, for His faithful, loyal love to him.  This kind of reaction to such a dire situation is the healing we men need.  It is the encouragement that springs forth new life to our weary souls.  It is in taking a situation that was so near death and glorifying our God with it that helps us to catch a glimpse of how huge our God really is and little we really are.  Yet, in our tininess, God still stoops down to save His chosen ones. 

Guys, throughout this life, we will find all shapes and sizes of spears hurled at us.  How are we going to react to it?  I have a small tin plaque on my wall in the closet at my home.  On it is a quote from John Wayne “Courage is when you are scared to death and you still saddle up anyway”.  In this cave, gentlemen, we may be scared sometimes.  We may find ourselves trembling a bit from fear.  However, we must force ourselves with the power of the Holy Spirit to turn towards our heavenly Father, cry out to Him for fresh new mercies each morning, and saddle back up to ride another day.  This cave is not our home, guys.  This cave is our university…it is our special place of learning from God Himself through His word.  The cave experience is a place that helps us to bounce back in order to face the enemy that would like to destroy us on a daily basis.  Our families deserve for us to become a caveman for a while.  It is to their benefit we go through these times.  Is it easy?  I should say with a resounding “NO” it is not easy.  I would not pray to go through it again, however, I would not take a million dollars for the education received while in that cave.

As David was in the middle of one of his most life changing, distressing times of his life, he  chose to honor, praise and glorify God.  I want to point out 10 ways David reacted to his disastrous situation.

1. He asked for mercy from God.

2. He took refuge in the shadow of God.

3. He cried out for God to fulfill His purpose in him even in the midst of his trial.

4. He recognized that his salvation comes from God.

5. He praised God for His steadfast and faithful love to him.

6. He puts the attackers and accusers on God’s shoulders.

7. David breaks out in praise and worship to God rather than self-pity or revenge.

8. He sets his mind on the things of God rather than his distressing situation.

9. David stresses the faithfulness and loyal love of God upon him even in this dire event in his life.

10. David trusted in his God-Elohim rather than in his own strengths and ability.

Men, we need to remember something about this entire event…it is not forever.  David did not dwell in this cave forever.  He’s become one of the greatest kings ever.  He was a man after God’s own heart.  He was a fierce warrior in times of war.  He was a great leader for Israel.  However, his caveman experience was necessary so that he would lean hard upon God rather than himself.  We need to learn to do the same.  In our times of horrible distress, we must lean hard upon God, take refuge in the shadow of His wings.  Be eager to grow spiritually in the faith through the word of God.  Be still and know that He is God.  Rather than fighting our situations, whatever they may be, we need to embrace it and seek the light of the glory of God’s face. 

As we are able to see the light at the end of the cave we are in, we will find our lives forever changed.  Hopefully, the change will be a good one.  We are men fighting in the trenches everyday.  We have to fight it seems to provide for our families sometimes at a great sacrifice, but take courage in our Lord, saddle up and face our lives with the assurance that God is with us.  Ride out with praise and honor to our Almighty God and know that no matter the outcome of the situation, God is still great…God is still Almighty…God is still Sovereign…God is still reigning upon His throne.  Nothing we do and nothing we say changes our Adonai.

-Scott Bailey 2008

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True Believers Cannot Lose Their Salvation…!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

Kevin Williams presents a great message on the security of the “true” believers.  He expounds on the fact that not all calling themselves believers are not really “true” believers.

Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.”

-John 6:64-66

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Kevin Williams-True Believers…

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Christian-God Only Has Love and Peace for you!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

A great audio of Kevin Williams preaching God’s love for His elect!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

-Jeremiah 29:11

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Christians, God Only Has Love & Peace Towards You! Kevin Williams

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The Gospel!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

Jonathon Sims preaches John 3:16 in the simple Gospel!  This video last about 10 minutes.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

-John 3:16 (NIV) 

 

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The Land of Disappearing Children-Japan!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

“The Land of Disappearing Children” — Japan’s Population Crisis

by Al Mohler, Jr.

The nation of Japan faces a devastating population crisis. The crisis, however, is not a problem of too many people living in Japan, but too few. Japan, with several other nations close behind, faces what we might call a population implosion.

Indeed, Japan has experienced 27 consecutive years of declining birth rates. Within just a few short years the nation will experience massive social problems and a complete breakdown of economic activity.

In previous eras, this kind of population loss would be explained by war or some natural catastrophe such as famine or the plague. None of these explanations is relevant to Japan’s experience, however. As a matter of fact, the population of Japan actually grew during World War II, only to start falling in the early 1980s.

As The Washington Post reports:

The number of children has declined for 27 consecutive years, a government report said over the weekend. Japan now has fewer children who are 14 or younger than at any time since 1908.

The proportion of children in the population fell to an all-time low of 13.5 percent. That number has been falling for 34 straight years and is the lowest among 31 major countries, according to the report. In the United States, children account for about 20 percent of the population.

Japan also has a surfeit of the elderly. About 22 percent of the population is 65 or older, the highest proportion in the world. And that number is on the rise. By 2020, the elderly will outnumber children by nearly 3 to 1, the government report predicted. By 2040, they will outnumber them by nearly 4 to 1.

The numbers tell the story. Almost a quarter of Japan’s population is 65 and older; only 13.5 percent are children. The inescapable conclusion is that there will soon not be enough Japanese to keep Japan functioning as a nation, society, and culture.

The paper calls the reality “a slow-motion demographic catastrophe that is without precedent in the developed world.” Looking ahead, the paper assured its readers that it was not overstating the case. Indeed, “The economic and social consequences of these trends are difficult to overstate.”

The Japan Center for Economic Research predicts that Japan will lose 70 percent of its workers by mid-century. Japan may now be the world’s second-largest economy, but it cannot retain that status with a population in severe decline.

A society that stops having children is like a healthy person who simply decides to starve himself.  This is an act of the human will, not a natural calamity.

The population explosion prophets are still warning of a population crisis to come, but they got the story almost perfectly backward when it comes to nations like Japan.  Russia and several other European nations face similar crises.

Babies are a clear sign of cultural confidence and cultural health.  The Washington Post describes this crisis as “Japan’s disappearing children.”  Those words do describe Japan’s predicament — and this crisis will not disappear.

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