Archive for February, 2012

Fully Satisfied Beyond Belief!

February 8th, 2012 No comments

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16).

Has it dawned upon you yet just how good you have it? Let me walk you through this verse of Scripture and see if the lights turn on a bit brighter in your soul.

We are delivered from darkness and brought forth into the light of a lasting friendship – a friendship rooted and grounded in love, and built upon the solid rock of God’s unfailing faithfulness. What more could you want?

gratitudeBut there is more! Not only are we delivered, but we are also exalted; we are “set on high.” Indeed, according to Paul, we are in fact “seated with Christ in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:6). And in this seat of highest honor we share our Lord’s triumph over “all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Eph.1:21)!

But there is more! Throughout the ages our ransomed lives will serve as the trophies of His amazing grace; angels will twirl in wonder at how each one of our lives show forth the exceeding riches God’s goodness.

But there’s more! While we yet live here upon this beleaguered planet, which is filled with devils and flooded with filth, we have unrestricted access into the Throne Room of Heaven. There we may come boldly and call upon the Lord. And He will answer us, and be with us in trouble. He will deliver us, and honor our faith!

But there is still more! Throughout the days of our lives the Lord Himself will satisfy us, and show us His salvation. “Blessed be the Lord, Who bears our burdens and carries us day by day, even the God Who is our salvation and will make our journey prosperous!” (Psalm 68:19, Amplified Bible, and 1899 Douay-Rheims Bible).

What cause have you, my friend, to be anything less than fully satisfied beyond belief!

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Are You in Good Hands?

February 4th, 2012 No comments

“Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge” (Psalm 91:3)

in God's HandsIt’s strikes me as more than a little suspicious that, in the midst of great financial bedlam, the airwaves are flooded with the incessant drone of marketing plans aimed at helping you secure your financial future, so that you may live out your days in a happy place – dancing, golfing, fishing, swimming, laughing and foolin’ around.

It seems that there is a plan or a pill for everything — I guess that’s the new American Dream.

Don’t buy into it, my friend. Put not your trust in princes, for their political prowess is based upon compromise at every point. Rather than govern by the high principles that make for the greatest of people, they opt for the path of least resistance. And that is what make both rivers and men shallow and crooked.

Rest your life in God’s hands alone. Let all your hopes and dreams, your aspirations and plans, your well-being and your future rest securely in His care. And do not allow the prattle of man’s devices to lure you into a lesser allegiance.

Spurgeon wrote, “Assuredly no subtle plot shall succeed against one who has the eyes of God watching for his defense. We are foolish and weak as poor little birds, and are very apt to be lured to our destruction by cunning foes, but if we dwell near to God, he will see to it that the most skilful deceiver shall not entrap us.”

Faith in God constitutes a ground of security at such times when the snare of the fowler and the noisome pestilence ransack any nation.

Are you in good hands? You are if your life is placed in the trustworthy Hands of God. For He will cover you “with His feathers” and His truth will be “your shield and buckler.”

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The Heart of the Matter

February 3rd, 2012 No comments

“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” (Psa 91:2)

Today’s posting will be more personal than devotional. I thought it would be good to use this forum (along with my FaceBook and Twitter pages) to make sure everybody gets this news.

Belinda and I deeply appreciate all the prayers and notes of encouragement that have come over the past few weeks; we feel loved and cared for in extraordinary ways. I wanted to give you an update on where things currently stand with my ongoing heart health issues.

I realize that some who read this now may be hearing about it for the first time, so let me take a moment and bring everyone up to date. In November 2010 I began feeling flu-like symptoms that lingered on and on, getting worse and worse. Finally, In March 2011 I decided to go to my doc and have him give me something potent that would kick this thing.

As I described my symptoms to him, he answered that he thought the problem was with my heart and encouraged me to have a test done that would tell us for sure. The test showed that the left side of my heart had been substantially weakened by some sort of viral infection, and was now only pumping out 20% of its work share. As a result, the major organs were not getting the normal blood flow and began building up with fluids – which caused the flu-like symptoms.

heart bandaidI was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

The treatment is two-fold. First, they have me on medication that helps flush excess fluids out of my system, which relieves the discomfort, pressure and pain created by increased fluid build up. And second, they have me on a medicine that deliberately lowers my blood pressure so that the load passing through the left side of my heart is less of a strain, allowing the muscle to slowly rebuild its strength. We will not know how effective this is for at least three to six months.

I met with the doctor Wednesday, April 13, and he was very encouraged with my progress. He told me that patients with this diagnosis are placed in four categories. Cat #4 is seriously ill, with not much chance at improving. Cat# is significantly impacted by the condition, able only to function at basic levels. Cat#2 is improving but still somewhat slowed by the condition. Cat#1 is showing no real effects of the condition, even though it still exists.

The doc told me that when I came to see him I was in Cat#3; but since treatment began, I am now in Cat#1. That’s a good thing.

All that to say — I feel fine. I can tell that I still do have limits, and I need to pace myself so that I don’t push the edges too far. But, over-all, things seem to have taken a turn for the better. I will keep you updated as I learn new facts.

Again, thanks for your prayers and kind support for Belinda and me during this wonderful opportunity, where we all get to see the Lord work in ways that leave us amazed!

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him will I trust!” (Psalm 91:2)

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Keep Me Safe Till the Storm Passes By

February 2nd, 2012 No comments

“I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’” (Psalm 91:2).

Many are unaware that Moses was not only the Lawgiver, but also a prolific Poet in his own right. And as the Ten Commandments tower above all other laws that have ever been written, perhaps The Song of Moses (which we know as Psalm 91) stands peerless among the songs and poems of all other men.

Simon de Muis, renowned Christian Hebrew scholar from the 1800’s, wrote of Psalm 91, “It is one of the most excellent works of this kind which has ever appeared. It is impossible to imagine anything more solid, more beautiful, more profound, or more ornamented. Could the Latin or any modern language express thoroughly all the beauties and elegancies as well of the words as of the sentences, it would not be difficult to persuade the reader that we have no poem, either in Greek or Latin, comparable to this Hebrew ode.” (from Spurgeon’s Treasury of David)storm passes over

Psalm 91 comes into an even sharper focus if you bear in mind that Moses wrote it on the night of the first Passover, as he and all those who had marked their doors with the blood of a lamb were kept safe while the Destroying Angel passed over the land of Egypt executing the final blow in the series of awful plagues that were unleashed against Pharaoh’s rebellious pride.

One cannot but wonder if the God of Heaven still holds in His arsenal such devastating weapons as He used in the plagues against Egypt – pollution of the water, demonic defilement of the land, incurable diseases upon the people, depletion of natural resources, loss of vision and hope, and an end of future generations.

And, if He still holds such weaponry in hand, at what point does He decide to unfurl His banner of War against those Nations today that flaunt their arrogance in His face?

We do know that a Day is coming upon this beleaguered Planet when Heaven and Hell collide in catastrophic battle – and those who are marked by God will be preserved, as in the first Passover. May you and I be counted in that number!

The old Gospel standard by Vestal Goodman may best sum up our sentiments –

“In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there’s no hiding place.
‘Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

“Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.”

Let’s follow Moses’ example — “I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’”

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The Secret Place of the Most High

February 1st, 2012 No comments

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).

shadow of the almightyThere were many games we played as children: Dodge Ball, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Simon Says (now known as “American Idol”), Red Rover, Hopscotch, and many others. Of them all, Hide n’ Go Seek remains one of the universal favorites to this day. There is just something special about finding the perfect hiding place; a place where you can see, but not be seen; a place no one would ever even think to look. A place that always causes you to emerge as the winner.

We have just such a hiding place in God!

“You are my hiding place,” wrote David. “You protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyous songs of salvation.” (Psa 32:7). The imagery of this recurrent theme fills much of his writings. Elsewhere David said, “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” (Psa 27:5).

David gives a proven word of promise for all those who fear the Lord, who trust in Him before the eyes of a disbelieving world — “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” (Psa 31:20).

He knew this from his own personal experience when he fled for his life from insane Saul, and found God’s presence in the cave – “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusts in You: yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” (Psa 57:1).

In the darkness of the mountain cave, David found the nearness of God’s presence. Could it be that the darkness you feel surrounding you even now may in fact be the very shadow of His wings. It is the perfect hiding place!

Why not make this your confession today – “How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. (Psa 36:7, and Psa 61:3-4).

Do it, and your soul will dwell at ease.

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