Glory Seeds Week of July 28, 2014

 

11 - Glory Seeds

Glory Seed Devotional 07/28/2014
A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD

Surrender, who me?

“…Be confident, and never be afraid of anything or get discouraged. The Lord my God will help you do everything needed to finish…” (1 Chronicles 28:20, CEV)

Life is more than winning and losing. Jesus made that very clear when he said, “What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself or waste your life?” (Luke 9:25, CEV) Paul gives us some insight into what life is really all about, “I have fought well. I have finished the race, and I have been faithful.” (2 Timothy 4:7, CEV) There’s a “dirty twelve letter word” that is one of the major factors when it comes to never being afraid, getting discouraged, and finishing the “race” – the word?

Surrendering!

However, as important as surrendering is it is equally important that we not quit. On the surface it may seem that surrendering and quitting go hand in hand but in “God’s Book of How to Live in Life” they are not even close! When it comes to surrendering who or what we surrender to is most important. The Apostle Peter and James offer this insight into surrendering. “Dear friends, you are foreigners and strangers on this earth. So I beg you not to surrender to those desires that fight against you.” (1 Peter 2:11, CEV) “Surrender to God! Resist the devil, and he will run from you.” (James 4:7, CEV)

Surrender to God!

Let’s take a look what the “race” may be. Of course there car races, foot races, bike races, boat races, airplane races, swimming races however when it comes to finishing, the word “race” opens itself up to much more. Are you having difficulty making sense out of what has happened or happening in your life? Surrender to God! Are you thinking of quitting something you’ve really need to complete? Surrender to God! Are you having difficulty in finishing a book your writing? Surrender to God! Have you been told you there’s a chance you’ll not survive the illness that is claiming your life? Surrender to God! Are you at the point in your life when you just don’t want to take another step? Surrender to God!

Jesus once said, “Surrender to me and I will give you rest.” He didn’t say it quite that way but he did say, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30, CEV)

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE!

Gary

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“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” (Psalms 54:4 ESV))

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Scripture marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.

Scripture quotations marked ESV “Are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.



Glory Seed Devotional 07/29/2014
A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD

The Lord opens our understanding…

“The angel showed me a river that was crystal clear, and its waters gave life. The river came from the throne where God and the Lamb were seated.” (Revelation 22:1–2, CEV)

The life you and I are living is God’s life! I am not suggesting you and I are God or even like God what I am saying is the life we are living comes from God to us as a returnable gift. And when this “clay vessel” that encapsulates the life God has trusted to us no longer works we will return to God. However, while no one really knows the day or hour when that will happen we’ve a whole lot of living yet to live!

In order to ensure we have every chance available to live a blessed and glorious life God came to earth in his own “clay vessel” just like yours and mine to show us how it’s done. And the Mighty God even goes one step further to ensure we have every chance to live a blessed and glorious life he gives us each other. Somehow by Divine Design and through the all encompassing ministry and blessings of the Holy Spirit we have been brought together at varying levels to support each other as we make our way through life.

One of the most powerful promises God has given us that applies not only to his “words” but the life he has given us as well is found in chapter 55 of Isaiah. “Rain and snow fall from the sky. But they don’t return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat. That’s how it is with my words. They don’t return to me without doing everything I send them to do. When you are set free, you will celebrate and travel home in peace. Mountains and hills will sing as you pass by, and trees will clap.” (Isaiah 55:10–12, CEV, emphasis mine)

The blessings God has in store for those who truly, deeply, and intimately love him are as numerous as the stars in the heavens but for those who for whatever reason are unable to accept the life God has given them may be in for the surprise of their life. I don’t know about you but I cannot see myself living without God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit nor can I see myself making it through life on my own so in spite of my human frailties I know I am and will be truly a blessed person!

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE!

Gary

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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)

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Scripture marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.



Glory Seed Devotional 07/30/2014
A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD

“Follower of Jesus/Batter UP!”

“Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne! So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won’t get discouraged and give up.” (Hebrews 12:1–3, CEV)

“Batter up!” the umpire calls out. And the batter steps into the batter’s box, takes a few practice swings, then settles in focusing his complete attention on the pitcher who is now in his windup. In the background you can hear someone calling, “Come on batter, come on batter,” then the pitcher let’s go of the grapefruit size yellow softball and another voice sounds off, “Swing batter, swing!”

Believe it or not the batter standing in the batter’s box waiting to hit the ball and the follower of Jesus have much in common. How you may be wondering? Because of two artificial hips I haven’t play softball in over 30 years but I will never forget what it takes to be a success at the home plate putting the ball into play. To be a follower of Jesus there are no health limitations, no age requirements, no gender preference but like the ball player standing at home plate waiting to put the ball into play it requires 110% commitment.

Batters are told to keep their eye on the ball at all times, follow the path of the ball with a keen eye. However, that’s not enough the batter needs to follow the path of the ball not only with keen eyes, but with a keen mind as well. The batter needs to push out of his mind the idea of hitting a home run, or what kind of a pitch the pitcher is throwing. The batter is not there to hit a home run, a single, a double, or a triple the batter is there to hit the ball! When the batter is waiting for the pitch there should be only one thing on his/her mind –the BALL! Whatever the pitch will be or won’t be doesn’t matter – the pitch will be (and every upcoming pitch) will be what it will be and that is what the batter needs to deal with. That is what it means to being 110% committed to getting a game changing hit.

The writer of Hebrews writes, “We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete… So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won’t get discouraged and give up.”

Enough said!

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE!

Gary

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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)

Note: Should you want to go back and review this Glory Seed or if you’d like to subscribe so you can receive them in your email you can do so by clicking on this link: http://gloryseeds.wordpress.com/.

Scripture marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.



Glory Seed Devotional 07/31/2014
A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD

Peace and Security are Spelled – G-O-D!

There are times when life becomes like an out of control merry-go-round moving faster and faster turning life into a mixture of runaway emotions wrecking havoc on our search for peace and security we so passionately hunger for. Our first inclination might be to reach for the brass ring in hopes of regaining control of our lives but deep inside is a faint voice calling out with unmistakable clarity and authority as we tune out the noisiness of our runaway emotions we hear…

“The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe. When you are in trouble, call out to me. I will answer and be there to protect and honor you. You will live a long life and see my saving power.”” (Psalm 91:14–16, CEV)

The morning of November, 4, 2013 my wife and her best friend Bonnie left to spend some time personal shopping together. Shortly after they left I began to experience pain in my chest and shortness of breath. Little did I know I was having a heart attack. I remember thinking at first it wasn’t a heart attack after all I’d just had bypass surgery to prevent a heart attack. Thinking it was just a delayed reaction to the surgery I began taking the medication I was given to ease the pain I also sat down and tried breathing exercises.

Nothing worked!

Several hours later (at least it seemed like it) Patti and Bonnie returned home minutes later I was on my way to the hospital. A short time later the ER doctor told me I was having a heart attack and suddenly life became an out of control merry-go-round. I remember Patti asking me what the doctor told me and with tears welling up in my eyes I simply said, “He said I was having a heart attack.” Minutes later while not really acquainted with the 3 verses above the Holy Spirit brought them alive and I then felt the presence of the Jesus and knew instantly God was looking after me.

There’s a excellent chance your circumstances differ greatly from mine but one thing will never be different and that is the blessings and promises of Psalms 91:14-16! So if you are now where I was last November think long and hard on these words and don’t reach for the brass ring instead reach out for the extended hand of Jesus.

“The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe. When you are in trouble, call out to me. I will answer and be there to protect and honor you. You will live a long life and see my saving power.”” (Psalm 91:14–16, CEV)

AMEN!

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE!

Gary

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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)

Note: Should you want to go back and review this Glory Seed or if you’d like to subscribe so you can receive them in your email you can do so by clicking on this link: http://gloryseeds.wordpress.com/.

Scripture marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.



Glory Seed Devotional 08/01/2014
A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD

The Journey of a Robin

The journey of a robin began before the concept of time ever came into being; it had its beginning in the mind of the Creator. But before the robin journeyed on the earth the Creator first had to prepare a place for its arrival. So he took a dark formless void and filled it with the earth. Next he brought forth thick green forests, peaceful meadows covered with grass and wild flowers. Then he brought forth on the face of the earth all creeping things, bugs, and flies and other things to sustain the life of the robin. The Creator saw that the earth was ready for the robin, and thus began the journey of a robin. But he couldn’t stop with the robin for his greatest creation was yet to come. Seeing that all things he created were good he began the final phase of his plan and he brought forth humans to take dominion over all that he had created, and so it was.

The real journey of the robin would lie unseen from eyes that are always open yet do not always see. One sunny afternoon many centuries later on a crowded hill as a young man was speaking to a large gathering of people the journey of a robin was re-visited. Because somehow through the process of time the ways of life set down by the Creator in the Garden of Creation had been lost. And the Creator had sent his only Son into the world so the world would be able to once again walk the way of the Garden, to once again place its hand in the hand of the Creator.

“Look at the robin with its beautiful red breast, it does worry its life away, it does not sow, reap, or store food it depends solely on the Creator to provide everything it needs to live. When the storms of winter come and the robin can no longer stay it then follows the wings of the Spirit to places of safety where it waits for spring to return. And when the warm winds of spring bring life back to its home the Spirit leads the robin home, home to fulfill its destiny,” the Son of God paused briefly and then continued.

As he paused he was carried by the timelessness of the Holy Spirit into the future to once again point out the journey of a robin to someone who was not on that hill long ago. That person is you, sometimes on your journey through life worries build up that can cause you to lose focus on the one from whom all your blessings come. Suddenly the worries become so heavy and so dark the journey becomes unbearable and the Light of Life is no longer seen. And recklessly you wander through life blind to the Creator, searching in vain for the power to bring all your worries to an end.

On and on you go until suddenly from out of nowhere a robin comes into view and you hear a still small voice saying, “Look at the robin with its beautiful red breast, it does not worry its life away, it does not sow, reap, or store food it depends solely on the Creator to provide everything it needs to live. When the storms of winter come and the robin can no longer stay it then follows the wings of the Spirit to places of safety where it waits for spring to return. And when the warm winds of spring bring life back to its home the Spirit leads the robin home, home to fulfill its destiny. Bring your worries to me and with the light of heaven judge them against eternity and put them at peace with me.”

Amen!

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE!

Gary

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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)

Note: Should you want to go back and review this Glory Seed or if you’d like to subscribe so you can receive them in your email you can do so by clicking on this link: http://gloryseeds.wordpress.com/.

Scripture marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.

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About Crusty the Christian

I am a Christian writer. I write Devotionals and I write Christian fictional stories of Jesus Christ. My books can be found on www.lulu.com/gpiper.
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