DEEPLY ROOTED IN HIM

February 14, 2019

knock you down

  “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God” (Ps. 92:13).

  Defeat reveals the flesh; testing reveals the Father.

 The inward exercise of Romans Seven and the testing of the wilderness serve the purpose of teaching us what sin in the flesh is, and what is in our hearts; while such special discipline of the Father as Paul’s thorn in the flesh is rather to protect us from the unalterable tendencies of the flesh. The latter is always needed and goes on in one form or other to the end of our course here.

 We belong to another sphere altogether. We have died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). We are like a tree that has its roots in heaven, and its branches down here. No doubt our branches are fretted and ripped by the atmosphere here, but nothing can touch the roots up there. Planted inside the realm of heaven, they flourish outside.

No one can question the right of the Father and the Son to have and to hold the sheep; and if we see what it has cost them to secure us, it cannot fail to give us the most blessed assurance. Much yet may have to be done for us. We shall need support, preservation, discipline. If we are left here a little longer, we shall need the grace, mercy, and forbearance of the Father in a thousand ways, but all that will be needed in the future to keep us from ourselves is small compared with the stupendous cost at which divine love forever secured us.

  “There is more in the Lord Jesus, in the Father, in the Spirit, in heaven to give us rest and peace and joy, than in the whole universe to disquiet, trouble, or grieve us.” -G.W.

  “Heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17).

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Remember Rebekah Grace, her mother passed away today at 88 years of age.

Pray for Caliste Burt. No plan b yet, for the removal of the third brain tumor, they are letting her rest for now while they consult other experts.

Remember to pray for Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression.

Pray for all those that suffer like that, those that suffer in long term suffering will always have bouts with depression.

Pray for Nickie, she is newly saved and she is a real testimony to her non believing family who is doing everything to prove this isn’t real.

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember the Perales family, salvation for all

Remember me in prayer, today was especially rough. 4 more days of this phase of the meds, the side affects have reached there max and I’m not sure today which is worse the cure or the disease.

Remember Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas.

PASS ME NOT BY

February 13, 2019

praying mom

If you have been spending anytime reading the devotions on this site you know I’m a big fan of the old hymns. They are certainly more enduring and inspiring than the 7-11 choruses of today. (seven words sung 11 times).

  1. Pass me not, O gentle Savior,

    Hear my humble cry;

    While on others Thou art calling,

    Do not pass me by.

    • Refrain:

      Savior, Savior,

      Hear my humble cry,

      While on others Thou art calling,

      Do not pass me by.

  2. Let me at Thy throne of mercy

    Find a sweet relief;

    Kneeling there in deep contrition,

    Help my unbelief.

  3. Trusting only in Thy merit,

    Would I seek Thy face;

    Heal my wounded, broken spirit,

    Save me by Thy grace.

  4. Thou the spring of all my comfort,

    More than life to me,

    Whom have I on earth beside Thee,

    Whom in Heav’n but Thee.

Psalms, songs, favorite bible verses, all lead to comfort. They draw us to God; the Holy Spirit embraces us. We feel the love of God and are reminded through these great hymns of His grace, mercy and compassion.

And that the journey we are taking is not often easy, there are burdens, sorrows, troublesome times. The empty-headed pseudo spiritualists of today would have you believe otherwise. The Joel Osteen or Benny Hinn, all that ilk of fake theology, fake promises, send in your $19.95 for the secret of success or happiness. Being told it’s just a matter of faith.

That if you are going through a trial it’s your fault, not the sugar daddy, warm cuddly fake god they are proposing.

As David says in this psalm, there is no victory without a fight. And that our walk is a battle, a war, but God is our fortress.

 Psalm 144 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 144

Of David.

1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock,

    who trains my hands for war,

    my fingers for battle.

2 He is my loving God and my fortress,

    my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

    who subdues peoples[a] under me.

3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,

    mere mortals that you think of them?

4 They are like a breath;

    their days are like a fleeting shadow.

5 Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;

    touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;

    shoot your arrows and rout them.

7 Reach down your hand from on high;

    deliver me and rescue me

from the mighty waters,

    from the hands of foreigners

8 whose mouths are full of lies,

    whose right hands are deceitful.

9 I will sing a new song to you, my God;

    on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,

    who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;

    rescue me from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

    whose right hands are deceitful.

12 Then our sons in their youth

    will be like well-nurtured plants,

and our daughters will be like pillars

    carved to adorn a palace.

13 Our barns will be filled

    with every kind of provision.

Our sheep will increase by thousands,

    by tens of thousands in our fields;

14     our oxen will draw heavy loads.[b]

There will be no breaching of walls,

    no going into captivity,

    no cry of distress in our streets.

15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;

    blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Ok, I’m done ranting, God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt, still no progress on how to treat the third brain tumor. She is in good spirits and is a courageous Christian woman.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and dark depression.

Pray for Pastor Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas.

Pray for Paul C who has been laboring in Puerto Rico rebuilding a hospital after the last group of hurricanes.

Remember the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr. and Rick Jr. all in need of salvation.

Pray for Barbara D, cancer, several spinal and hip fractures, a bad heart, and in need of Salvation.

Pray for Steve H, and the hunt for a great pastor.

Remember me in prayer, still waiting for the doctors to come up with plan b for mass in my chest. I’m in a great deal of pain. So any grammar mistakes in the devotion is due to drugs not ignorance of grammar.

RELIEF

February 4, 2019

Well, it’s 2pm on a Sunday and your cell phone is telling you it’s your doctor, you’re going to pick it up.

“Hey” he says; “I just wanted to call you and tell you it’s not cancer, yes there is a mass in your right breast, but let’s treat it with some super antibiotics and go from there.”

It takes a moment to get an answer out, “ok”.

So this makes the 14th time a conversation with my doctor started with “this may be cancer.” It also makes 14 times we’ve heard the doctor say; “it’s not cancer”.

2 weeks ago I was sure I was dying, between the pain and the hot flashes, sweating through my clothes in a couple of minutes, to freezing and chills.

So no real diagnosis, but just knowing there will be no chemo or radiation is a big relief.

So, I’ve had 4 tumors cut out of me, one as large as a plum. But always benign. So I’m very thankful for all the prayers and I’m sure the doctors will eventually figure out what’s wrong with me. Now if I just don’t get run over with a cement truck because the driver had a heart attack. (that really happened to an acquaintance of mine.

Please keep Caliste Burt in prayer, surgery went badly. She’s still in ICU. Doctors are trying to keep her from having severe brain damage.

Remember Olivia in prayer, going to full term with her baby.

Cherry P, praying that she is not dragged back into a lifestyle by old friends. And that she adjusts her lifestyle to the present situation.

Remember Paul K, two cysts on his pancreas. He’s already lost half a kidney to cancer.

Remember Steve H, and the hunt for a pastor.

Pray for Steve G, a car wreck from 50 years ago has begun to really show up in his bones from all the breakage.

Pray for Jim H, 15 years ago, vehicular manslaughter charges filed. Dropped by a grand jury. The grandson of one of the victims started stalking him. Lots of racial tension. It’s basically blackmail or extortion.

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the school of hard knocks

January 30, 2019

boxing

  “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

  Our Father often uses our failure to foster and fortify our faith.

  “Faith is dependence upon the Father. And this God-dependence only begins when self-dependence ends. And self-dependence only comes to its end, with most of us, when sorrow, suffering, affliction, broken plans and hopes bring us to that place of self-helplessness where we throw ourselves upon our Father in seeming utter helplessness and defeat. And only then do we find that we have learned the lesson of faith; to find our tiny craft of life rushing onward to a blessed life of fruitfulness and service undreamt of in the days of our fleshly strength and self-reliance.”

  “The divine counsel shall stand, and the divine good pleasure shall be accomplished. What relief for the heart amid rebuffs and disappointments! The Father will perfect that which concerns His own; and even where there are mistakes and failures, as alas! there are in abundance with all of us, His rich grace abounds over all, and actually takes occasion from our very mistakes to shine out all the more brightly—though, assuredly, the mistakes must produce their own painful and humiliating consequences.

It is the remembrance of this which alone can give calm repose in the midst of the most discouraging circumstances. If we take the eye of faith off the Father, our souls must soon be overwhelmed. It is our privilege to be able, in our little measure, to thank our Father in view of everything, and take refuge in His eternal counsels, which must be made good despite all the unbelief of the Christian, and all the malice of Satan.

  “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith groweth exceedingly” (2 Thess. 1:3).

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Remember Caliste Burt, upcoming brain surgery, with some big complications.

Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Pray for me, spent the day at the VA being poked and prodded, have to go back Friday to get a ct scan, found a ‘mass’ in my upper chest and under my arm. They are going to put me on some heavy antibiotic to see if its an infection of my lymph nodes, while they wait for all the tests to come back. I’m on some pretty heavy pain killers so if some of these devotions have some quirks chalk it up to the meds.

Pray for Tim S, reloaded some hot stuff for an old revolver, pretty much blew up the gun and part of his hand. They are hoping to repair as much of the hand as possible.

Remember the Perales family, Norma, Rick Sr, Rick Jr, they need salvation

Pray for Tom T, lets just say he’s struggling with some addictions.

Remember Cherry P, wonderfully saved, incredible changes, but is dealing with downsizing everything as she goes from high paying bad job to working as a receptionist, we trying to get her to go entrepreneur and reinvent herself.

  “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27).

  The Holy Spirit baptizes us into the Lord Jesus, and fills us with Him.

  “The one spiritual baptism positions the believer ‘in Christ’ (Rom. 6:3, 4; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:12), and into His Body (1 Cor. 12:13). Since this position in the Lord Jesus is unchangeable, and eternal, the baptizing work of the Spirit is not repeatable. One ‘in Christ’ positionally, can never again through all eternity be ‘out of Christ’ positionally, as that position depends wholly upon the efficacy of the finished redemptive work of the Son, and does not hinge upon human merit or faithfulness.

The filling with the Spirit, on the other hand, is repeatable (Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 9:17), and is, in fact, a continuous process, as it conditions variable experiences, and has nothing whatever to do with immutable position. Christian position is effected by the baptism of the Spirit at the moment of the new birth. Christian experience is affected by the filling with the Holy Spirit. One effects our position, the other affects our condition.

 

The Holy Spirit gives a living knowledge; His light is the light of life; He is the ‘Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.’ We see the Father and the Son as seeing us. When we behold them by the ministry of the Spirit it is as beholding us with infinite love, and bestowing upon us the blessings of grace. We know because we are known. ‘Thou Father, Thou Son, seest me’ is the immediate consciousness of the soul, when there is spiritual perception of the Father. In other words, love, petition, listening to the Father’s voice, receiving the love and peace of the Lord Jesus, fellowship, are invoked in this knowledge.

 

  “The communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 13:14).

 

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Pray for “gramps” a neighbor of my son that has become a grandfather to him. ‘gramps’ is in horrible, never ending pain. And shared with us that he cannot go on any longer, the pain has brought with it great depression. He is a Christian, but is in so much pain he can’t imagine lasting any longer. I can relate because I suffer from chronic pain and know the effects upon me mentally as well as physically. Pray that in pain he sees the handiwork and beauty of God and a focus that some will never know.

This Ground

December 4, 2018

  “Ye have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).

  When we rely upon and cater to the old man, that ground produces “the works of the flesh” (Gal. 5:19–21). But as we abide in the risen Lord Jesus, that new ground of our position, His life will be manifested in “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22, 23).

 God’s Word declares that we are ‘dead indeed unto sin,’ but nowhere does it say that we are dead in ourselves. We shall look in vain within to find death there. We have died to sin; not in ourselves, but ‘in Christ,’ and our death with Him is as sure as His death, and since we died with Him it is impossible for His death to be certain and ours uncertain.

 We were crucified with Him because we were in Him (Gal. 2:20). We are raised in Him (Eph. 2:6); we are complete in Him (Col. 2:10); we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Him (Eph. 1:3); the entire work regarding us is not done in us but in the Lord Jesus—the Father has done all in His Son. If you stand on the ground of what the Lord Jesus is (abide), you will find in your growth that all that is true of Him is becoming true of you; but if you remain on the ground of what you are in yourself, you will find that all that is true of the old man is true of you in life and walk.

The purpose of Paul, in Romans Six, is to show how completely the believer is identified with the Lord Jesus when ‘He died unto sin.’ To enter fully into the meaning of that death is to see that He has emancipated us from any further dealings with our old master, sin. The believer is privileged thus to take his position in the risen Lord Jesus, who is now ‘alive unto God.’ From that ground he is henceforth to regard sin.

  “Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty with which Christ hath made us free” (Gal. 5:1).

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We have a really long prayer list today

Pray Andrea and Todd, finances

Karey P, salvation

Olivia, lyme’s disease, this can be as bad as any cancer

Richard Perales, SR and Jr. salvation

Stan R, stomach cancer

Sherrie, our prodigal girl

Paul C our prodigal guy

Mel L, Parkinson

Charmaine, alcoholism

Randy H, finances

Terry K, sever arthritis

Larry D, dementia

Sally H, burn out, emotionally, mentally, everyway

Jeff H, newly married and found out he has an STD, wife is denying anything

Virginia Mc. Wants to go home to Jesus.

Matt W, severe upper respiratory infection

Whew. Forgive me if I forgot any one.

dark days

August 17, 2018

rainy-sleepy-snoopy-peanuts

“For you have had the privilege granted you on behalf of Christ—not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf” (Phil. 1:29, Wey.).

  The Father prepares His sufferers, by means of their sufferings.

  “I believe in perpetual favor with God, but I do not believe in unbroken sunshine here. On the contrary, ‘we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake.’ I say this that you may not think it strange when the collar which you have rightly accepted becomes trying or difficult to you; for surely if it be service it must be so; the servant must be more or less a sufferer.”

  “The Lord grant you to be so assured in heart of His interest in you, that daily you may more and more answer to His pleasure; and not be in any way cast down because you apparently do so little. The fragrance of His name is a crown of glory to the greatest invalid.”

  “‘Unto you is given on the behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake’ (Phil. 1:29). Yea, ‘if we suffer, we shall also reign with him’ (2 Tim. 2:12). The gracious gift of suffering is as distinct and specific a gift as any other of God’s gifts. But this gift transforms the blessed recipient more surely perhaps than all the others into resemblance to Himself, and is for this fellowship, the highest, greatest, noblest of them all.”

  “We naturally shrink from trials and sorrow, but when we find ourselves enjoying the resources that are in our Father, to which our trials have caused us to have recourse, we remember no more the path of affliction which led us thereto.”

  “The child of God is ever in the light, though not always in the sunshine.”

  “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him” (2 Tim. 2:12).

How different a message than what we hear from our popular authors and TV talking heads, that because they are false messengers. It will always be our lot to suffer sometime in some way. Think how oft you pray when in pain versus that shiny day.

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