Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25–26, NIV
Dear God and our Father, if only we have you, we desire nothing more in heaven or on earth. Body and soul may fail, but you, O God, are the strength and comfort of our hearts and you are ours forever. May we live in your Spirit and may your light shine over us. Touch our hearts and help us understand the greatness of what you call us to. Help us and free us again and again so that we are not bound by fear, even when we must pass through intense suffering. For your hand shall be with us and shall rescue us. Your hand shall bring about good for us and for all the people around us. Our hearts go out to them and we plead for them too, “Lord, send your Savior to all.” Amen.
TODAY’S DAILY DIG
Source: Salt and Light
Blame it on Jesus!!
School was out and I was running out of ideas for “fun day” activities with my son. It was beginning to be quite a bit of a challenge in keeping Marley’s interest. At 8 yrs old, it was easy for him to say how bored he was with my failed attempts at having fun, LOL.
Nevertheless, one morning I came up with “MOVIE DAY”. I decided to transform the TV Room into somewhat of a theatre and we would eat pop corn and watch movies we both loved for the entire day. He went absolutely ballistic with the idea, so it seemed as though I had hit the “mother-load”.
Now Marley has a guinea pig named Jackson, and we had a particular container filled with his pellet food. It so happened, that I also had an identical container for sugar, which happened to be right next to Jackson’s food container. You see where I am going with this right?!?!?
So, while making a cup of tea, being overly excited to get the first movie going, Marley began to call out to me. I was so focused on rushing to get into the “theatre” that I ended up scooping a heap load of Jackson’s pellets and dashed it instantly into the tea…LOL!
Blame Them All!
Immediately, I went on a blaming spree. I blamed Marley for rushing me. The harmless guinea pig, wishing I never bought it. I even went on blaming Marley’s dad for not being around enough, so I won’t have to constantly come up with all these “fun stuff”.
I even had it in my mind to blame God for not having the finances to go on a “proper” vacation. That’s right; I even went as far as to BLAME IT ON JESUS!! Oh my, didn’t that escalate rapidly!?
That’s what you call “zero to 100 real quick” right?!?!?! It was in my mind to blame everyone and everything, beside MYSELF!
I was the one that made the decision to hurry and not be observant. I was the one that placed the two containers side by side. Yet still, I managed to cast blame. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Sort of like what Adam did in the garden. After making the decision to eat the fruit he was commanded not to eat. In Genesis 3:12, Adam told God “It was the woman you gave me, who gave me the fruit to eat!”
Adam was blaming Eve for giving him the fruit, and, by extension, Adam was blaming God for the woman He created for him. He put the fruit in his mouth, chewed it and swallowed, yet still Adam was able to cast blame. It is so easy to see how preposterous it was for Adam to cast blame in that manner. But, we do the same in our own lives.
It’s easier to Remove Ourselves
It’s so easy to blame our abusive parents for our low self-esteem. How about blaming peer pressure for the wrong decisions we make. Or maybe it’s our tough experiences for not doing better in life. It’s so easy to blame everything and everyone, but you can see that it is a nature that traces all the way back to Adam in the garden of his fallen state.
It is one of the aspects of what is called the “Adamic Nature”( In another blog I would go more in detail in terms of the other aspects). God sent His only Son, to die on a cross to deliver us from this very nature. The “Adamic Nature” or the “old man” or the “carnal nature” as the bible would call it, is what you can call the moral depravity of man. Those are just fancy words to say the sinful nature of man.
But Thank God for Jesus!!!!
In the book of Romans we learn that Jesus didn’t just die for us to be forgiven. When he died, He justified us (Romans 1 – 5). He sent us His Holy Spirit to help us, so that by crucifying the flesh daily, He can sanctify us from this wretched “Adamic Nature” (Romans 6).
He also said “ALL things work together for GOOD for those who love Him and are called for His purpose (Romans 8)”.
We can embrace our past rather than regret it. We can allow God to use our past rather than be bound by it!! What an awesome God we serve.
Verse of the Day
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
This statement is both a reminder of God’s glorious grace and also of our need to share that grace with others. Life is such a precious gift, it would be a shame for anyone we know and love to miss out. God gave up the life of his Son so that in finding him, we too could share in his life.
Father of all nations, resurrect in your people a desire to spread your grace to every language, tribe, nation, and people. Empower us with your Spirit so that we will speak the Gospel of Jesus with boldness and respect to a world who does not know him. Use us to help others come to life in the Son! Through the name of Jesus your Son, we pray. Amen.
Praying with Paul: ‘The Good Fight of Faith’
Dear Father, invisible and immortal God,
Guard me that I may guard what you have entrusted to me. Help me to avoid the godless talk and vain reasonings of “knowledge,” (which is not real knowledge) lest I miss the mark as regards the faith.
Give me the courage and strength to flee from all wickedness and to pursue instead righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Help me fight the good fight of faith.
In the name of Jesus and to your glory I lift up this prayer. Amen.
Morning & Evening:
His reign is continual in its duration. It is said, “He shall stand and feed”; not “He shall feed now and then, and leave his position”; not, “He shall one day grant a revival, and then next day leave his Church to barrenness.” His eyes never slumber, and his hands never rest; his heart never ceases to beat with love, and his shoulders are never weary of carrying his people’s burdens.
His reign is effectually powerful in its action; “He shall feed in the strength of Jehovah.” Wherever Christ is, there is God; and whatever Christ does is the act of the Most High. Oh! it is a joyful truth to consider that he who stands to-day representing the interests of his people is very God of very God, to whom every knee shall bow. Happy are we who belong to such a shepherd, whose humanity communes with us, and whose divinity protects us. Let us worship and bow down before him as the people of his pasture.
“Lord, evermore thy face we seek:
Tempted we are, and poor, and weak;
Keep us with lowly hearts, and meek.
Let us not fall. Let us not fall.”
You take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
Our spiritual foes belong to the serpent’s brood and seek to ensnare us by subtlety. This prayer presupposes the possibility of the believer being caught like a bird. The catcher does his work so skillfully that simple souls are soon surrounded by the net. The request is that even out of Satan’s snares the captive may be delivered; this is a proper petition, and one that can be granted: eternal love can rescue the saint from between the jaws of the lion and out of the depths of hell. It may need a sharp pull to save a soul from the net of temptations and a mighty pull to extricate a man from the snares of malicious cunning, but the Lord is equal to every emergency, and the most skillfully placed nets of the hunter will never be able to hold His chosen ones. There will be grief for those who are so clever at net laying; those who tempt others shall be destroyed themselves.
“For you are my refuge.” What a wonderful encouragement is found in these few words! How joyfully may we encounter toils, and how cheerfully may we endure sufferings when we can lay hold upon the strength of the Lord. Divine power will thwart all the endeavors of our enemies, confound their politics, and frustrate their foolish tricks. Happy is the man who has such matchless might engaged upon his side. Our own strength would serve us poorly when trapped in the nets of our cunning enemy, but the Lord’s refuge is always available; we have only to ask, and we will find it near at hand. If by faith we are depending solely on the strength of the mighty God of Israel, then our dependence may become the occasion of our prayer.
Lord, evermore Thy face we seek:
Tempted we are, and poor, and weak;
Keep us with lowly hearts, and meek.
Let us not fall. Let us not fall.
Overcoming All Odds
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
August 19, 2018
…”Because you have prayed to Me….” Isaiah 37:21
Have you ever had your back against the wall so badly that if something didn’t happen to change your situation, you were sunk? King Hezekiah was one of Israel’s greatest godly kings. One of the greatest challenges to his reign came when the king of Assyria threatened to attack Israel and wipe them out. The Assyrians were the local bullies of the region and had wiped out all other enemies in their region.
They mocked the idea of having a God who could save them.
Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you! Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, “The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria” (Isaiah 36:14b-15).
The workplace is full of “Assyrian kings” who mock the idea of a living God who delivers. Without God’s help, Israel would not overcome. Their backs were against the wall. They would be destroyed.
King Hezekiah saved Israel because of one act. He prayed; and because he prayed, God moved on his behalf. In fact, God moved so powerfully that Hezekiah did not even have to fight the battle.
Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning, there were all the dead bodies! (Isaiah 37:36)
The king of Assyria was even murdered by his own sons. Imagine seeing your enemy totally destroyed without one hand raised in battle!
God wants to act on behalf of His children if they will call on Him. One of the motives Hezekiah had in seeking God’s help was “so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God” (Is. 37:20). This is what happened. God was glorified.
God wants to let your workplace know that God is a living God. He can deliver. Seek Him today for the crisis in your life. Keep your motive pure and God will surely answer.
Pride that Leads to Arguments
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
August 19, 2018
“Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned” (Titus 3:10-11).
Have you ever had to deal with a person that just wanted to argue with you, no matter which position they took? This person usually has a strong opinion and draws conclusions quickly, rarely giving credence to other’s viewpoint.
The apostle Paul knew how to deal with such people. Once he saw this pattern, he confronted the person. If they continued, he cut off fellowship. However, if this person happens to be your boss, you will not be able to avoid the person.
The root stronghold of a person who is argumentative is pride and fear. This person is not secure in who they are as a person. They mask their inadequacies through a need to always be right.
I had a business partner once who was deeply hurt by lawyers in a corporate take-over. Ever since that time he was argumentative with every lawyer he had to deal with. One time, I had to confront him and tell him what was behind his behavior. Thankfully, he had the grace and humility to repent and renounce his stronghold of pride, insecurity and fear. We proceeded to finish our project.
When you run into this in the workplace, pray for understanding. Negative behavior is like the warning light on your car dashboard. It’s telling you there is something going on under the hood. Realize this person is in a prison guarded by a root stronghold that has been a part of his/her life for along time. Unfortunately, it usually takes a significant crisis for that person to examine themselves and become free.
Pray that God gives you grace to work with such a person and pray that God will deliver them.
Listening to the Father’s Heart – August 19
by Os Hillman
Son, whatever I set you free from I automatically give you an anointing to set other people free from the very same thing you were a victim to. I not only deliver you from what the enemy has done in your life, but I actually give you an anointing in the area you used to be a victim. I turn that into your ministry. That is your payback to the enemy. Your restitution is to set other people free from the very thing that Satan made you a victim to. All of my kids have this in common. That is one of the many ways I frustrate the enemy’s plans against my kids. What he means for evil and destruction for my kids I turn around and use against him. I think you can see how I have done this very thing in your life. What you were a victim to is now a lifeline for so many. These challenges were used to train your hands for war.
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel. Philippians 1:12
Blessed be the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1
NATIONAL SOFT ICE CREAM DAY
National Soft Ice Cream Day is observed annually on August 19th. Soft service ice cream is the result of air being introduced to the dairy product during the freezing process.
In 1934 on Memorial Day weekend, Tom Carvel had a flat tire on his ice cream truck in Hartsdale, New York. After pulling into a parking lot, he began selling the softened ice cream to vacationers driving by. With amazement, seeing the love that people had for soft ice cream, he concluded that a fixed location selling the new-found dessert was potentially a good business idea. In 1936, Carvel opened his first store on the original broken down truck site, selling his secret formula soft serve ice cream dispensed from his patented super low-temperature ice cream machines.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Go out for some soft ice cream and use #NationalSoftIceCreamDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Soft Ice Cream Day.