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Worship…with me

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Philippians 1:9-11

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.(ESV)

(Study notes from the ESV)Phil. 1:9–11 The first petition in Paul’s prayer is that God would cause the cardinal Christian virtue of love to abound more and more, and that it would be accompanied by knowledge and all discernment, so that the Philippians’ love would find expression in wise actions that would truly benefit others and glorify God. As Christians grow in their understanding of what it means to follow Jesus, they will increasingly be able to affirm and practice what is excellent. Such joyful obedience to God will give them the confidence of being found pure and blameless when Jesus returns. This does not imply instantaneous spiritual perfection but rather an increasing likeness to Christ. But fruit of righteousness is not produced in the believer’s own power. Because that fruit comes through Jesus Christ, it will result in the glory and praise of God.

As I studied through this section, and read comments and discussion at Philter48, I was reminded of how often we stop at the “pure and blameless” section and count ourselves OUT!  Through the worlds eyes, we are not pure and blameless..endless grudges have been held against us, and some with good worldly reason. Praise God that HE is not like the world!  The difference between willful or presumptuous sin and transgressions are life changing to one who may be carrying reproach of sins past.  Pure and blameless is being free from willful, repetitive sin. You know the kind..the one we look at and know in our heart of hearts that it would be wrong for us to do it, and we run right in delighting in the forbidden. Not only once, but since we repented, we feel okay about doing it again and again, with all intention of one day laying this thing down.  (Let me just give this warning..God is not a fool, and forgive you HE will, right after that whoopin’ you are asking for..HE will make sure you do not forget what defiance in the face of our Almighty King will bring  you.) We will battle with sin, that everyday sin, someone made you angry, and your tongue got away (not repetitively), when we cry out to the LORD to help us forgive, we repent that we know we are unforgiving, unloving…the things that we go through while learning and growing in HIM.  Those are sin as well, but God has seperated sin and willful sin…We learn obedience, and although something is sinful and totally appeals to us we decline, no willful sin.  There is freedom in this for me.

Psalm 19:13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

Pauls prayer is beautiful, and one we all need to apply to ourselves as well as others.. Love, knowledge, discernment, pure and blameless, what is excellent, fruit of righteousness..through Jesus Christ all to HIS Glory!

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two paths…seeking HIS Righteousness

twopathsSeems like I have been looking at these paths forever but in reality it has been 8 weeks.  Spiritually speaking.  Since walking on the path seeking HIS face, and HIS righteousness…the path keeps getting smaller.  Along with that, people tend to be left behind, and more believing God is needed. God will take care of those who are not going with, and God also calls me to follow after HIM.  The paths up to this point have been much easier for me to discern direction.  I am sure although I believe my road is extremely narrow, that it can become more narrow.  At the same times, I recieve warnings from other believers that this may be deception.  My only answer to that is…I need to believe GOD, and if I choose in error, I am still believing GOD, and HE will have to rescue me, and I believe that HE will.  Still not wanting to turn away Godly advice.  Are you starting to understand my dilema? 

I have come to this…

*Jesus is the way..and all men come to the Father through him. (John 14:6)

*My deepest heart cry is to know HIM more and love HIM more.  (Phillipans 1:9-11)

*fear of the LORD is sometimes interpretted as a critical spirit. Fearing the LORD is better than what men say. (Jeremiah 32:39)

*Walk by faith and not by sight.(Hebrews 11:1 )

*waiting for HIM to say “this is the road, take it.”   (Isaiah 30:21)

Last question for today..HOW does this verse play in to all that I am thinking? This is where I continue to come back to, and the verse that seems to be tucked in the back of my mind. ..

Isa 35:8 (NASB) — A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it {will} be for him who walks {that} way, And fools will not wander {on it.}

Two paths…feeling the pressure to choose, and yet I want HIM to tell me. What HE speaks to me is…”Believe ME”..

(Update- I choose today, and I am believing God that HE is always faithful, and will finish the work HE has started in me and through me.  Thank you all for your great encouragement, and prayers! love you)

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Philippians Study 1:1-9

I have recently started a new study with Philter48. There is lots to offer there for everyone. Although it is in the beginning stages, it has been a blessing.  (Please don’t let the word “forum” scare you off..its very easy to move through, and the discussions are wonderful!)

Studying Philippians, I am glad to tell you that I am going slowly through it, and happy with that. My hunger for the Word is growing, and I just don’t want to miss anything God has for me. Here are some highlights that spoke to me…

Phil.1:1 I found it interesting that Paul addresses this letter to the “saints”, “overseers” and “deacons”.  For some reason he felt the need to write it this way. The mystery to me is  why? “Saints” pretty much covers all believers.  Well, they couldn’t say he didn’t mention them, and he had thier attention as well.

Phil 1:3-5  Interesting. The joy and love that Paul felt for these people, because of thier love for the LORD, and the way they also spread the Good news, the Gospel. There is nothing wrong with us feeling this same kind of love for each other, and I am sure that this is what I am experiencing here in Blogville with my Christian brothers and sisters. It is amazing, and what an awesome gift from God.

Phil 1:6  Seems to me that the ones who are spreading the Gospel seem to need reminded ( I know I do) that God has started a change in us and HE will finish it. No doubt! HE does not fail at what He sets out to do, HE doesn’t become tired or bored, HE has a plan and HE finishes it! Thank you Jesus!

Phil 1:7-9 Paul has written the most awesome prayers, I love to look and read and apply them.  This one is near to my heart, and I have prayed tons for things that he called out that he prayed for the Philippians.

We need to rememeber that all saints are saints, all part of a well oiled machine needing each other to function in the area and gifts that God has given us. To love each other and find that love in the saints sharing the Gospel just like us, God truly does bind our hearts together. And to pray for each other, and also for ourselves.  These are some of the things I pray for..to have a righteous fear of God, because through it HE promises wisdom, to know God more, to love HIM more, and to not be decieved, protection from the evil one. (why else would we need to be reminded that HE will finish the work HE has started in us)

Stay tuned..hahaha I will be posting again on next tuesday what I rest on in the next section.  Love to hear what you think of Philippians 1:1-9, and would love to see you at Philter48  (Carl Kroboth, Dale Hill, Brian Swan, and Michelle  are all going to post also this week..checkout the Philippians Study at Philter48 )

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Direction

Direction for me is usually (should be always) concerned with the way of the LORD. The only place with true direction is the Word of God. Its flawless, and will stand even when everything else falls. Amazing! I have heard different ones say..How can one know the way of the Lord? Granted you can not know conclusively, but you can know! Rejoicing in a search I did in my ESV. Search “the way of the LORD” -292 verses. No doubt HE is trying to give us some answers we want, we just need to look for them.
I used to be a Qualilty Manager, and everything was built to specifications laid out by the customer. All our drawings (or most) came with what is called a Datum. In other words no matter what dimension I was looking at it needed to always be in line or in reference to the Datum that was called out on the print. That is how I am seeing my life and walk with the LORD. God’s truth is the datum, and all things that I consider to be truth of GOD are in line with HIM, so all my life directions are being built on HIS truth. Don’t know if that makes sense to you, but makes me rejoice!
The Word of GOD=Truth. just my thoughts on a Sunday Afternoon..

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Storm Stories-Overcomer-Refuge

Noreaster is hosting a month of Storm Stories, today is my day to write for him.  But if you want to read it, you got it..you need to go there and read.  Please read the other posts while you are there and check in throughout the month.  I am very excited and encouraged about what has begun, and what will be presented there…so just do it!  It easy..just click on the pic “Storm Stories” ..see wasn’t that easy!

I believe that God is my refuge, my hiding place, my strong tower, and always with me.  Sounds kind of big headed, but seriously the Bible says its true, so Truth it is!  When you are caught in a storm (and yes you will), remember who goes there with you.  Peace and love…see you over at the Noreaster’s!

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