Tuesday, March 28, 2017

God is Our Refuge and Our Strength

Psalm 48: God is Our Refuge: The Charm of Home

How great is the Lord,
how deserving of praise,
in the city of our God, 
which sits on his holy mountain!

                            Psalm 48:1

The Lord will reign.

In the last days, the mountain of the Lord's house 
will be the highest of all-
the most important place on earth.
It will be raised above the other hills,
and all the people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
                                                            Isaiah 2:2


It is high and magnificent;
the whole earth rejoices to see it!
Mount Zion, the holy mountain,
is the city of the great King!

God himself is your defender.

God himself is in Jerusalem's towers,
revealing himself as its defender.                                                     
The kings of the earth joined forces 
and advanced against the city.
But when they saw it, they were stunned;
they were terrified and ran away. 
They were gripped with terror 
and writhed in pain like a woman in labor.
You destroyed them like the mighty ships of 
Tarshish shattered by a powerful east wind.

We heard of the city's glory,
but now we have seen it ourselves-
the city of the Lord's of Heaven's Armies.
It is the city of the God;
he will make it safe forever.
                                                                   Psalm 48: 2-8

"But those who drink of the water I will give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh bubbling spring within them,
giving them eternal life."
                                                                  John 4:14

They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd.
He will led them to springs of life-giving water.
                                                                  Revelation 7:16-17

The sinners of the world will rebuke this, but the believers of the world know that it is real.

O God, we meditate on your unfailing love
as we worship in your Temple.
As your name deserves, O God,
you will be praised to the ends of the earth.
Your strong right hand is filled with victory.

Let the people of Mt. Zion rejoice. 
Let all the towns of Judah be glad
because of your justice.

Go inspect the city of Jerusalem.
Walk around and count the many 
towers.
Take note of the fortified walls,
and tour all the citadels,
that you may describe them
to future generations.

For that is what God is like.
He is our God forever and ever,
and he will guide us until we die.
                                                             Psalm 48:9-14

In that day the people will proclaim,
"This is our God!
We trusted him, and he saved us!
This is the Lord, in whom we trusted.
Let us rejoice, in the salvation he brings!"
                                                             Isaiah 25:9

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw a holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne saying,"Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever."
                                                               Revelation 21:1-5

We, the believers, are his new holy city.

God is with her she will not fail, God will help her at break of day.
                                                                Psalm 46:5 (NIV)

God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed 
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
                                                      
                                                                Psalm 46:5 (NLT)

You are his holy temple, his new Jerusalem, if you don't know Jesus Christ he is calling to you now.
Pray to him and accept him as your Lord and Savior. 

All glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings

Psalm 48: God is Our Refuge: The Charm of Home

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Priceless Value of Knowing Christ

The Priceless Value of Knowing Christ

An excerpt of a letter from Paul to the Philippians.


Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith. 

                                                               Philippians 3:1

Again, and again, the Lord says put no confidence in humans.

Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For we worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could.  Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!

                                                               Philippians 3:2-4

And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul, that you may live.
                                                               Deuteronomy 30:6 

Paul explains his background.

I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin-a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I hardly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.

                                                                Philippians 3:5-6

The only thing you need to do is to seek Christ Jesus and become one with him, everything else is garbage.

I once thought these things were valuable, but I now consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God's way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

                                                                 Philippians 3:7-11

And this is the way to have eternal life-to know you , the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.
                                                                John 17:3

Pressing toward the goal. 

I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on the one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold onto the progress we have already made. 

                                                               Philippians 3:12-16

Live as a citizen of heaven.

Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.

                                                            Philippians 3:17-21

You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence and the pleasure of living with you forever.
                                                           Psalms 16:11

If you are following along, the Lord is guiding you: 

  • Put no confidence in humans (or it is written, flesh) 
  • Seek Christ Jesus and become one with him (Our Identity in Christ)
  • Persevere
  • Live as a citizen of heaven (resource)



Blessings to you,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Home Sweet Home #315

The Fall of Solomon: The Charm of Home
The Judgement of Solomon (1836) by William Dyce
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I had a in depth continuation of last week's two lessons in, The Fall of Solomon


The Lion of Judah Roars: The Charm of Home
Then I shared instructions on worship in, The Lion of Judah Roars.

There are so many wonderful posts each week, here are a few that I enjoyed.


Homemaking Lessons from Jane Austen


Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes


Are Your Kids a Blessing?
Are Your Kids a Blessing? by Gentle Joy Photography.


Sherry

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Lion of Judah Roars

Instructions on Worship: The Charm of Home


A letter from Paul to early Christians.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, 

There is only one God and one way to get to him.

There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity-the man Jesus Christ. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.

This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. And I have been chosen as preacher and apostle to teach the Gentiles this message about faith and truth. 
In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

Again, modesty matters...

And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things that they do.

God has an order to things.

Women should learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result. But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.

                                                             1 Timothy 2 chapter

* This chapter in the Bible is titled: Instructions on Worship.

God has an order to things and it hasn't changed since this passage was written. The world has changed and guess who has changed your mind.

Satan, who is god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

                                                              2 Corinthians 4:4 

The lion has roared-so who isn't frightened? 
The Sovereign Lord has spoken-so who can refuse to proclaim his message?
                                                              Amos 3:8

But Peter and the apostles replied, "We must obey God rather than any human authority."
                                                                                        Acts 5: 29


All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Fall of Solomon

The Fall of Solomon: The Charm of Home
The Judgement of Solomon (1836) by William Dyce

King Solomon is described in the bible as the wisest man that ever lived. 

In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt. 
                                                                1 Kings 4:30

Let's back up and tell the story of Solomon and how he came to be wise.

King Solomon was the son of Israel's King David and his wife Bathsheba. He became king right before King David died and these were King David's final instructions to his son.

Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all that you do and wherever you go. If you do this, then the Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, 'If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all of their heart and soul, one of them will also sit on the throne of Israel.'
                                                             1 Kings 2:3-4

King Solomon had a good start as king.  The Lord blessed him and appeared to him in a dream.

That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, "What do you want? Ask and I will give it to you!"
Solomon replied, "You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.

"Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, but I am like a little child who doesn't know his was around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. 
                                                          1 Kings 3:5-9

God grants Solomon the wisdom.

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, "Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies-I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or will ever have!
                                                       1 Kings 3:10-12

So Solomon seemed set up for the perfect reign.  Being gifted by God like no other and with God on his side how could he fail? King Solomon even erected the first temple ever to the Lord thy God and it was beautiful.

So Solomon finished building the Temple of the Lord, as well as the royal palace. He completed everything he had planned to do. The the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had done before at Gibeon. The Lord said to him,

"I have heard your prayer and petition. I have set this Temple apart to be holy-this place you have built where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.  

                                                           1 Kings 9:1-3

With great power comes great responsibility.

"As for you (Solomon), if you follow me with integrity and godliness, as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations, then I will establish the throne of your dynasty over Israel forever. For I made this promise to your father, David: 'One of your descendants will always sit on the throne of Israel.' 
But if your descendants abandon me and disobey the commands and decrees I have given you, if you serve and worship other gods, then I will uproot Israel from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I will make Israel the object of mockery and ridicule among the nations. And though this Temple is impressive now, all who pass by will be appalled and gasp in horror. They will ask, 'Why did the Lord do such terrible things to this land and to this Temple?"  
And the answer will be, 'Because his people abandoned the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and they worshiped other gods instead and bowed down to them. That is why the Lord has brought all these disasters on them.'"
                                                             1 Kings 9:4-9

So God is true to his word. He has always stated that there should be no other gods before him.

"You must not have any other god before me."
                                                             Exodus 20:3

He will always be with you if you obey.

"If you listen to what I tell you and follow my ways and do whatever I consider to be right, and if you obey my decrees and commands, as my servant David did, then I will always be with you."
                                                              1 Kings 11:38

In Solomon's story though, this is not what happens...

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh's daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, "You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods." Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.
                                                            1 Kings 11:1-3

The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who appeared to him twice. He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the Lord's command. So now the Lord said to him, "Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my decrees, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants. But for the sake of your father, David, I will not do this while you are still alive. I will take the kingdom away from your son. 
                                                             1 Kings 11: 9-12

God many times over in the bible warns of your sin being generational.  If the parent sins and does not repent and turn to God, their sin will be passed on to their children.

'The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected-even children in the third and fourth generations.'     
                                                              Numbers 14:18

What does God say about sin?

"Do you think I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. However, if righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things and act like other sinners, should they be allowed to live? No, of course not! All of their righteous acts will be forgotten, and they will die for their sins."
                                                              Ezekiel 18:23-24          

Only God is worshipped.
And even King Solomon fell into sin.

"Wasn't this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?" I demanded. "There was no King from any nation who could compare to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But even he was led into sin by his foreign wives."
                                                               Nehemiah 13:26

You must worship only the Lord your God. He is the one who will rescue you from all of your enemies.
                                                               2 Kings 17:39

So, the lesson in this story is even King Solomon "the wisest man that ever lived" fell into the trap of sin.  
Could it also happen to you?

What do you worship? Would God approve?  

Your set apart from the rest of the world to live in godliness, to be holy.  You must never abandon the Lord.
What are you putting before the Lord?

Your body is a temple unto the Lord.  Our Savior Jesus Christ has made it possible for the Spirit of the Lord to live in you.

Don't you realize that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
                                                                  1 Corinthians 6:19-20               
Blessings to you,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings                                            

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Home Sweet Home #314

Living to Please God: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared, Living to Please God.

Modest: The Charm of Home
Then I shared Modest, where I examine how my thinking suffers when not aligned with God.

There are so many wonderful posts each week, here are a few that I enjoyed.
Kitchen remodel

How to connect with your teen
How to Connect with Your Teen from A Mama's Story. 

DIY Nursing Necklace
Nursing Necklace DIY at Little Treasures. 

Sherry

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