Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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AUGUST SONNET
Copyright 2017

PRAY FOR JUSTICE.
Do you desire justice?

Have you been a victim of injustice? Were you born a human? All of us are acquainted with injustice. Everyone I know has been trespassed against. At one time or another, someone has slapped us on the cheek, if not literally. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, says to turn the other cheek.

"You have heard that it was said,
'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.
If someone strikes you on the right cheek,
turn to him the other also.
Matthew 5:38-39
It's difficult being the recipient of injustice. Are you good at resisting an evil person? Look how one of Jesus's followers in the olive grove responded to an impending injustice:

 When Jesus' followers saw what was
going to happen, they said, "Lord,
should we strike with our swords?"
And one of them struck the servant
of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.
But Jesus answered,
"No more of this!"
And he touched the man's ear and healed him.
Luke 22:49-51
Jesus willingly went to the cross and laid down His life for us. He has told us blessed are the peacemakers and that love covers a multitude of sins, which it does because He said so. We've heard the saying 'Two wrongs don't make a right.' But have some of us formed an opinion that God doesn't like justice? Have we forgotten that God is just? What can we do? If we cannot strike back, then what can we do? What is another thing Jesus has told us to do? 

PRAY!

Prayer, the weapon of choice, is the sword to use. Look at the parable of the persistent widow in Luke chapter 18. Jesus was telling the disciples to keep praying and not give up, like the widow constantly returning to the judge for justice. He finally gave it to her! People outside of Sodom and Gomorrah were so upset with the sin from these wicked places that they cried out to God (Genesis 18:20-21). God heard them and destroyed the wicked people. 

The LORD will perfect that which
concerneth me.
Psalm 138:8a (KJV)

What a powerful verse! What's in your heart? What bothers you? What concerns you?
Take your hurt, your injustice, the attack on you to God Almighty in prayer through Jesus' name. Plead like the people in the Bible who also dealt with injustices. Learn from them by how they responded to the sin of their day. Then, see what God will do for you. He will perfect it!

We are not helpless. We are actually very powerful, that is, if we exercise the privilege of prayer with faith like the centurion. We can lash back, sort of. Are you a fellow prayer warrior? 

Be merciful to others and pray for justice today to our Heavenly Father who listens.
To others, especially loved ones, offer hope.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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BLACKBERRIES
Copyright 2014


BLACKBERRIES
God's fruit is for the picking ones.

Have you prayed? Have you tried lots of things? Well, why not try prayer?

When he had gone indoors,
the blind men came to him,
and he asked them,
"Do you believe
that I am able to do this?"
"Yes, Lord," they replied.
Matthew 9:28 
Jesus healed the blind men. They gained their sight. Faith is needed when praying. God is able to do what we ask and more. If you don't believe He is, then why continue praying? 

"I tell you, he will see that they
get justice, and quickly.
However, when the
Son of Man comes,
will he find faith on the earth?"
Luke 18:8
It's up to our generation now. Decide to believe in prayer. Decide that you can come into the presence of Almighty God. Cause it's true. Then, enter in. Commit to prayer. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Join with others in prayer commitment. Where two or more are gathered, there Christ is in the midst. He is there, too, in the private room of you alone. You know, you can pray anywhere, anytime and any place.

That is why I did not even
consider myself worthy to come to you. 
But say the word, 
and my servant will be healed.
Luke 7:7
Jesus remarked about the great faith of the centurion. Pray with such faith. Can you trust the Maker of Jupiter, Mars and all the stars? Can you talk with your Creator? Yes! Taste and see that the LORD is good. God's fruit is for the picking ones. Say the word! Get to pickin!

After you've entered in and made requests known, trust God for His answer and timing. Faith is needed when waiting for His reply. Those that wait upon the LORD shall renew their wings, restore their strength, replenish their supplies, gain a right spirit, fill a deep pail and be co-heirs with Christ.

May God fill your pail and give all you need along the trail of your life.
Pray every day to the God of hope.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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NATURE'S PRAYER
Copyright 2017

NATURE'S PRAYER
Do trees rejoice? Is there a plea from animals? Can flowers help us to pray? Are ocean depths answers to prayer?


Then all the trees of the forest
will sing for joy;
they will sing before the LORD,
for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
Psalm 96:12-13
God's judgment brings the end of sin and suffering. God will have his vengeance and destroy the devil, the father of all evil. Finally, there will be justice. The blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, God's Son, covers the sins of those who believe. Because of Jesus, believers have reason to sing for joy like the trees of the forest. Maybe it's figurative. But wouldn't it be cool if it were literal? I don't think it's a far reach for God. If he wants the trees to sing, they'll sing.

As I watched, I heard an eagle
that was flying in midair
call out in a loud voice:
"Woe! Woe!
Woe to the inhabitants of the earth,
because of the trumpet blasts
about to be sounded by the other three angels!"
Revelation 8:13
Here's an eagle that talks, like Balaam's talking donkey in Numbers 22:28. Really? Yeah. I don't think it's a far reach for God. If he wants animals to speak, they'll speak. It makes me wonder if we could hear nature's woes? Can ears be sharp enough to hear warnings from creation? What if we got real quiet? Maybe there are times we don't need to be quiet. Nature lets us know, sometimes violently!  (Read Isaiah 7:18...God whistles for flies and bees! Really? Yeah.)

A voice says, "Cry out."
And I said, "What shall I cry?"
"All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the LORD
blows on them.
Isaiah 40: 6-7
Flowers fall and their end of time translates to the fact that we don't last forever either on this planet. Through prayer, we call upon our Creator for help to the end of our time on Earth. We trust in the Maker of Jupiter, Mars and all the stars, the first trees, animals, people ...and flowers. Remember the promise at the end of Isaiah 40 that encourages us to hope in the LORD.

You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities
into the depths of the sea.
Micah 7:19

Ocean depths drown our sins. God is able to forgive us of our sins. He made a way by sending His Son to die for our sins. Jesus bore our iniquities on the cruel cross. If we confess our sins, He forgives. If we believe in Christ, we are saved.
Yes, trees rejoice! Animals want us to get it right! Flowers help us pray! Ocean depths will drown sins if we ask God to forgive!

Nature's prayer should be our prayer.
We should honor nature's prayer.

The Bible tells us creation has been frustrated, on purpose, by God. Creation groans. It waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. (Romans 8:18-25) Can you hear something? Do you notice details around you? Are you watching and waiting? Are you fervently praying?

Who hopes for what she already has? Hope that is seen is no hope at all. But what we don't have yet, we patiently wait for with hope.