Psalm 95 : 2 NGB
Let us come before His Presence with Thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
May 12, 2017\
My cousin sent me a very pointed commentary made by Ben Stein on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary. I feel strongly that this commentary is well stated and focuses on the problems and the increasing moral degradation of society.
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
In light of recent events–terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school .
The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with, ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Today’s Notes May26, 2014
Today’s Call to Prayer
I found a call to prayer in Psalms today that actually supports my calling:
Psalm 67 : 1-4 Call to Prayer
1- God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us,
2- That Your way be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
3- Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
4- Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth.
I believe we have all seen and heard of events, proposals and demands to remove God and Prayer from politics, public displays and schools.
I believe our nation’s founding fathers are rolling and tossing in their graves as they hear the words “In God We Trust” are to be removed from our government buildings and even our nation’s coinage and currency. To exclude ALL prayer from public schools yet allow same sex marriages is not what Christians seek much less find in the bible (God’s word to each of us).
Here at my website, I am seeking to encourage people to pray more…more often…and with others.
I am attempting to encourage other Christians to be more open about what they believe.
The National Rifle Association, Anti-Gun Organizations, Green Peace, Save the Whales and hundreds of additional organizations acquire millions of dollars the spend millions to promote their beliefs; to sway people, society and our government and its operations and legislative agenda to their end. They do well in their efforts.
My objective, within my website, is to spark individual Christian thinking and motivate people to pray.
I believe being more open to Christian beliefs will result from MORE PRAYER.
This is why I am publicly exposing those around me with “Don’t Delay…Pray!!!
I offer a few simple items at the “Planting Seeds” Page that a willing Christian may utilize in preparing others in the secular society to begin to think God is truly near and ever present and wishes to hear from us via PRAYER.
April 27, 2014
Thou believest that there is one God;
thou does well:
The devils also believe, and tremble James 2:19
I quote this bible verse with prayer in mind.
My question is… What is Prayer?
Reading Webster’s dictionary prayer may be defined as:
a- “an address (as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought”
b- an earnest request or wish
Reading words from Octavius Winslow in his book “Morning Thoughts”, he declares that prayer is actually a multiple part concept.
a- The purpose : Spiritual Communion of spiritual life in the soul of a man with his/her
divine Author – God. (Exodus 33:9 and 33:11)
b- Who is The object? : It is to be Jehovah, the Lord of heaven.
c- The Medium: Our Lord Jesus Christ.
d- the Author of Prayer: The Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:26)
Several supporting verses:
4- I sought the Lord, and He heard me;
And delivered me from all my fears.
5- They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
6- This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7- The angle of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.
Exodus 33:9 and 33:11
9- …and the Lord talked with Moses.
11- So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
For we do not know what we should pray or as we ought,
But the Spirit Himself makes intersession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered.
12- Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may do good?
13- Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14- Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and preserve it.
15- The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous.
And His ears are open to their cry.
Prayer: The outgoing of the divine life in the soul is its nature, Jehovah its object, the Lord Jesus its medium and the Holy Ghost its author.
The Blessed Trinity
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
All to frequently, we take only the “Big Things” to God in prayer. We confess the “Big Things”, and too, pray thankfully for the “Big Things” in our lives.
In Luke 12:7 we are reminded that God has numbered even each hair on our head. How all knowing is our Father in heaven!
Luke has illustrated this knowledge of our Father so that we might know that He is concerned in the most insignificant part of each of us. No matter how trivial an event we may experience or thought or feeling we may have, He cares. This is positive affirmation of the all knowing, loving and faithful Father we have.
Our human comprehension of the Father is sorely inadequate. His omnipotence to too high for our human mind. However, we may learn more, possibly comprehend more, through our prayers and meditations that reach out to God in the smallest of ways.
I believe Don’t Delay…Pray!! will aid all who seek to share each and every aspect of our lives with God.
“It is good for me to draw near to God.”
In his book “Morning Thoughts”, Octavious Winslow 1 presents his thoughts about drawing near or just our desire to be close in the presence of God as follows:
The more any object is to us a source of sweet delight and contemplation, the more strongly do we desire its presence, and the more restless are we in its absence. The friend we love we want constantly at our side; the spirit goes out in longings for communication with him; his presence sweetens, his absence embitters every other joy. This is precisely true of God. He who knows God, who with faith’s eye has discovered some of His glory, and, by the power of the Spirit, has felt something of His love, will not be at a loss to distinguish between God’s sensible presence and absence in the soul. Some professing people walk so much without communion, without fellowship, without daily, filial, and close communion with God; they are so immersed in the cares, and so lost in the fogs and mists of the world; the fine edge of their spiritual affection is so blunted, and their love so frozen by contact with worldly influences and occupations—and no less so with cold, formal professors—that the Sun of Righteousness may cease to shine upon their soul, and they not know it. God may cease to speak, and the stillness of His voice not awaken an emotion of alarm.
A more strange thing would happen to them if the Lord were suddenly to break in upon their soul with a visit of love, then He were to leave them for weeks and months without any token of His presence. Art thou a professing child of God? Content not thyself to live thus; it is a poor, lifeless existence, unworthy of thy profession, unworthy of Him whose name thou dost bear, and worthy of the glorious destiny towards which thou art looking.
Thus may a believer test the character of his love. He in whose heart divine affection deepens, increases, and expands, finds God an object of increasing delight and desire, and communion with Him the most costly privilege on earth. He cannot live in the neglect of constant, secret, and precious fellowship with his God, his best and most faithful friend.
1Octavious Winslow (1808-1878)
Ordained pastor 1833.
His Reformed convictions were established, as a prolific writer, in over forty books.
Winslow was not bound to any denomination. Though, he did cling to the Puritan theology.
In his book “Morning Thoughts”, he presents an experimental knowledge of the precious truths of God.
More today about Consolation:
In her book Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignation Spirituality, Margaret Silf, she expresses her view of Spiritual Consolation.
An experience of Spiritual Consolation happens when our hearts are drawn toward God.
We can feel that our heart is beating in harmony with the heart of God.
Consolation is the experience of a deep connectedness to God and we feel in our being a sense of peace, serenity and joy.
This comes from God and not ourselves
First, to express their gratitude by a constant, loving effort to fulfill and accept God’s will in all the small details of life – normal responsibilities, faithfulness to conscience and to Church teaching, acts of kindness and mercy, etc
Make sure the gratitude doesn’t stay at the level of pure emotion, but also overflows
Let us be thankful.
I know it is all too frequently difficult to find joy and be thankful every day.
We are hammered with problems at home, work and even when we play.
Sometimes we may never feel really thankful for anything.
I believe, thankfulness exits in our lives even at our most trying times.
In Psalm 95, we are instructed to joyfully come into His presence with Thanksgiving.
How are we supposed to do this?
Some of have lost jobs. Some have been told they have a serious illness.
Simpler things also make life difficult to be joyful and thankful.
Perhaps you have a neighbor that threatened you because you parked on his grass. Maybe you find you’re overdrawn on your checking account and the bank fee has cost you $30.00.
Simple or huge, life presents difficulties that may ruin any person’s day.
I present to you a concept I only recently have heard explained much less given a name.
2 Thessalonians 2:16 states : “Now may the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”
Perhaps my experience may help explain this concept.
Years ago, while at church camp, each morning we participated in a “Prayer Walk”. Each individual could go to any place on the property for prayer time and meditation.
Whether I walked to a secluded wooded area or down the slope from camp to Crystal Lake’s shore, in the quiet solitude I prayed. Yet, usually my prayers went blank.I stopped thinking.
In the stillness I truly felt like Jesus was right by my side or (usually) looking down upon me. There was a great feeling of serenity. I was not alone. I now believe this was the consolation of God’s Grace beaming down upon me. This was not a “special” source of miraculous incite, knowledge or divine inspiration. I was not to be singled out to be anyone special to the world or to preach to the world.. Jesus and Our Lord God simply wanted to let me know they love me just as I am. It was a form of communication no great revelation. It was simply Grace shown or given to me.
Please don’t think I am attempting to say I am special. It is not intended to get you a seat closer to God in Heaven. It not intended to give you stature with other believers.
This radiating Grace is available to all. It is given freely to those that seek the presence of our Savior Jesus Christ.
It is simply for each individual to enjoy Grace with God.