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Finding Peace in Pandemic

Invisible Physical World

There is an invisible germ that is plaguing our world today, causing panic and pestilence.

Everyone has heard of it.

Very few have seen it.

Many have felt its effect.

Some people are fighting it.

Others are preparing to fight it.

Why? Because, they are waging war on a world invisible to most. Only the people with the right equipment can see it.

Had we been living prior to 1859, when Lois Pastuer proved that bacteria caused fermentation, most of us wouldn’t know anything about germs.

Why? Because you can’t see them.

But, we all know about germs now. We have microbiology and microscopes. We can see them and study them, and with knowledge comes responsibility.

Of course, I am talking of the COVID-19 pandemic that is marching through our world.

I couldn’t help but see some parallels as I was writing the above. Because, there is another invisible germ that has been plaguing this world since the beginning.

Invisible Spiritual World

Everyone has heard of it.

Very few have seen it.

All have seen & felt its effect.

Some people are fighting it.

Others are preparing to fight it.

I am talking about the germ of sin. It starts in the heart, and it causes a myriad of horrible symptoms, with the culmination being certain death.


[12] Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12 KJV

While the spiritual world is invisible to the naked human eye, (just like the microbial world), that doesn’t make it any less real. Every single person in the world is affected by the spiritual world, whether they realize it or not.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

I am a curious person by nature, and I don’t necessarily believe anything anyone tells me unless there is logical proof to follow. But, I am also a born again Christian, and I believe the Bible is the Word of God. Why? Is there logical proof that the Bible is true? Well, there is historical record of how the Bible came to us, and yes, as many say, the Bible was written by the hand of men. But, what I’ve learned through years of searching and looking for the truth about something that I cannot see: God is a Spirit, and as such, he is not contained in the logical order of the things which are seen. He does not have the same set of physical rules that we live by. When he moves among us, he moves by and through men and women who are filled with his Spirit, and he moves in the pages of the Bible. The Bible, which was and is inspired by the movement of his own Spirit.

I came to believe the Bible was true, after reading it and feeling it’s effects on the part of me that I can’t see.

These effects are spiritual. The proof of God is not only logical, it is spiritual.

Death is Certain

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12

I don’t mention the parallels of this virus and the sin curse, to make the virus anything less than it is. It is a big deal. The current pandemic of COVID-19 is scary. There is no doubt about it. Especially for people who are in high-risk categories, but COVID-19 is not eternal. The human soul is eternal, and what makes COVID-19 scary is the possibility of death. Especially scary, is the anticipation of death coupled with uncertainty of what comes next. As more people are dying, and others (myself included) are thinking of their fragile mortality, it’s only natural to focus the attention on the hereafter. Being in a ministry family, as well as being a born-again Christian, I spend alot of my time thinking of and preparing for what comes next- not so much death, rather what comes after death.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:3-7

Once, you have been born again, the fear of death becomes the confident looking forward to everlasting life. Death is then the beginning of eternal life.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:14-18

While, death is a valley I’ve never walked through, I understand that it’s just shadow. On the other side of the shadow is enormous light. With this knowledge comes great peace.

The flip side of this is eternal death. There is nothing peaceful or reassuring about that. If you are an unbeliever, and you are afraid, could I ask you to consider God? You could try reading the *Bible, and asking God to show you the truth.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: Jeremiah 29:11-14a

* I recommend the King James Version.

Peace in Pandemic

The child of God, who spends time daily in prayer and makes reading and studying the Bible a top priority in their life, has a peculiar attribute that cannot be understood by those who are unbelievers: peace. Peace that passes all understanding, and that peace isn’t diminished by outward circumstances.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

To some, it may seem like a little thing. But, when God gives peace in the midst of a panic, or storm, or even death, when peace is not necessarily warranted- peace is big.

I am thankful for that peace. In times like these, especially, it is good to have. If you do not have inward peace, it is available to you. You may not be a believer, but that can change. With repentance and belief in Christ, peace comes. No matter what is raging in the world around us, be it war or pestilence, like the current one we are facing, peace that passes all understanding can keep your heart and mind. But, it only comes through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The children and I are working on studying and memorizing Psalm 91, while we are stuck at home. My sweet 12 year old girl suggested it on Monday for a new passage, and I thought it was very insightful of her. I am including a link, if you would like to download and print this for your own use.


The Unseen Hand

A.J. Sims

Verse 1
There is an unseen had to me,
That leads through ways I cannot see
While going through this world of woe,
This hand still leads me as I go.

CHORUS:
I’m trusting to, the unseen hand,
That guides me through this weary land
When some sweet day I’ll reach that strand,
Still guided by the unseen hand.

Verse 2
This hand has led through shadows drear,
And while it leads I have no fear
I know t’will lead, me to that home
Where sin nor sorrow ere can come.

Verse 3
I long to see, my Savior’s face,
And sing the story saved by grace
And there upon that golden strand
Ill praise him for his guiding hand

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The Tongue

This is a reblog from another blogger: Lydia Potter. I read Lydia’s post this morning and thought it was great and goes along the lines of my recent series, so I decided to share. Up next in my Pleasant Words Series is: Wholesome Words. It’ be been working on it off and on, but there’s a lot to say and I have been super busy. So, I don’t want to rush it too much! I’m glad a came across this to share for this week.

I hope you enjoy Lydia’s post!

The Tongue

By Lydia Potter

The Tongue: What a powerful, but dangerous part of our body even though it is small. Way too often, we let our tongue have the best of us. It seems …

The Tongue
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Look Up Then, My Soul (A Poem)

Look Up Then, My Soul

When the weight of my soul is heavy to bear,

And tear drops now fall where once was no fear;

When I can’t find the words to tell what I feel,

and the thought of tomorrow is dark and unclear;

Look up through the clouds, up through the pain;

Look up past the harsh, unending rain.

There is a river, there is a stream;

there is a pathway to peace and a King.

Who, once gave his life, and once suffered all,

now touched by the sorrow of life’s weary gall.

Oh, perfect King, love’s dearest friend!

I in thy shadow, abide once again.

Surrendered my soul, surrendered my sin,

Ever slowly becoming the image of Him.

Him whom my soul loves, Savior Divine.

He, in great sorrow, gave His life for mine.

I’ll not repine, not in sorrow or death,

In life mourning not, for he is my breath.

Look up then, my soul, do not disquiet;

Thy Savior is near, everything is alright.


Valeria Ellis

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Valentine’s Day: Love It or Hate It?

Hearts Everywhere

Friday is Valentines Day. The stores are full of hearts: heart shaped balloons; heart shaped cards; heart shaped cookies. There are hearts jumping out at me around every corner I turn. Glittering, sparkling hearts; Chocolatey, shiny hearts; They’re so pretty. I’m going to eat some of them, and give some of them away. They’re going to remind me of how much more I could love my family and friends; that I don’t always live up to the true definition of love, or love like Christ. But, the hearts aren’t so bad. Because, they also remind me of how much I am loved. Which, is a whole lot! Plus, I kind of like sitting around eating loads of forbidden chocolate with my family and friends on this sugary day. I really do love Valentine’s Day. There’s lots of joy in loving and being loved.

But, to some, The Valentine’s hearts are sad. To some they’re a reminder of love lost and difficult or painful memories. To some people the hearts are a mocking reminder of bitter failures and mistakes.


Love and Lonliness

“She just wants someone to love her.” These words came up in a conversation I had recently. Sad words, but a lot of people can relate to them.

There are a lot of people who dislike Valentines Day, because they’re alone. They don’t have anyone to “love them.”

Then there are people who have gone through things that have made them withdraw from the ones they love. You can be married or in a relationship, and one or both of you may still feel alone or be withdrawn from each other.

If you’re single this Valentine’s Day, in a relationship, or married and feeling alone somewhere deep inside, please hear me: Jesus Christ is where you will find what you are looking for.”

“Oh, yeah, I hear ya,” you may think passively, as you move on to the next thought. You’ve probably heard what I just said lots of times, if you go to church. But wait, stop. Go back. Think about it for a minute. Can you say that you have ever truly been changed by the touch of the Holy Spirit? Do you feel empty? Are you still searching for something to fill a void inside? Have you been living life without really feeling anything? Just going through the motions? Are you numb from the emotional pain you’ve had to endure?

If you’re searching for a relationship with a human to fill the void inside your heart, you’re searching in the wrong place.

Jesus can fill the emptiness. Jesus can heal the hurt. Jesus can forgive the sin. Jesus can heal relationships. Jesus is more than enough.

Try him. Sit awhile with him in the quiet. Get your Bible off the shelf. Read it and pray, and don’t stop seeking him until you know he has heard your cry. He will answer, and he will fill your lonely, searching soul with love and peace.

Love One Another

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12

There are so many people that need love and encouragement. I probably can’t reach them all, but I know that I can reach the ones in my own home and at least some of the people who live around me.

It’s the second greatest commandment, after all.

29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:29-31

But, love doesn’t always come naturally to us humans. Sometimes its easy to love those around us. Sometimes, its really hard. But, it is still worth it to love, even when its hard.

I am asking the Lord to help me love others as I should. If only I could see through the Savior’s eyes, I would see through the outer façade of my fellow man, and I would probably be a lot kinder to those around me, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

Lord, help me love people,

Because there are lonely people out there,

People who are struggling every day.

People who are broken and hurting,

People who have lost their way.

Love is a free gift.

Let Jesus love through you,

Then you will have the purest joy

The blessed one will be you.


Does Jesus Care

Frank E. Graeff

1 Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song;
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Refrain:
O, yes, He cares – I know He cares!
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares, He cares.

2 Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Refrain:
O, yes, He cares – I know He cares!
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares, He cares.

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Pleasant Words Series Post 3: Kind Words

Kind Words

Good Words. Wholesome Words. Kind Words. Edifying Words. Gracious Words. Forgiving Words.


This is Post 3 In a series of Posts on this topic. To start at Post 1, click here.

KIND, adjective 1. Disposed to do good to others, and to make them happy by granting their requests, supplying their wants or assisting them in distress; having tenderness or goodness of nature; benevolent; benignant.

Choose Kind Words

There is a quote that I used to have on the wall of my office. It went something like this, “You never know what people are going through, and sometimes the people with the biggest smiles are struggling the most. Be kind.” I looked at that quote everyday, and everday, I made the decision when I spoke to someone, on the phone, or face to face, to either be kind or not.

Being kind isn’t hard. A person may have to go out of their way just a little, but kind words are the easiest form of kindness to give, and they really do make a difference to the people they’re spoken to. Kind words don’t cost anything, but their dividends are great. A person who was going to quit something worthwhile, may decide to go on, simply because of a kind word spoken. Someone who doesn’t have a high self-esteem, or who doesn’t see their self-worth, can have their outlook changed by kind words.

Change the World, Be Kind

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Proverbs 31:26

James Murray was a very successful man, and had become rich but he was also known for being very kind to everyone. One day the business men in town asked Mr. Murray to speak to them about what made him successful. He said the number one reason was because he had learned to be kind to everyone, and he told them this story…

There was once a young orphan boy who had to care for himself at a very young age. He was so poor, he often slept outside when it was warm near the town lake. Because he was taking care of himself, often his face was dirty, and he was always used to people, even his teachers, speaking mean to him and being suspicious of him. What are you doing around here you little scamp?! He didn’t have anything to call his own except his dog – Mike. He wasn’t cruel to Mike, but he did speak harshly to him- as people did to him. This made Mike hesitant to come to him. One day the boy saw a little old lady carrying groceries down the street. Suddenly she stumbled and dropped all her groceries in the street. The little orphan boy rushed over to help her up and pick up her groceries. Thank you dear, you are a nice little boy! These were the first kind words the boy ever remembered spoken to him, and it made him feel good! Afterwards, the boy went to the pond, sat and repeated the words to himself, “You are a good little boy.” Then, he looked at his reflection in the pond, and washed the dirt off his face. The boy called Mike, and said, “Mike you are a good little dog.” Even Mike liked to hear kind words! From that moment on, for the rest of his life, the boy determined to live worthy of those kind words: “You are a good little boy!”

Then, with great feeling, Mr. James Murray told the business leaders, “ I was that little boy and that was our town 70 years ago. I know the great importance of being kind to every person… it means so much!”

It’s hard to think that there are people who have never been spoken a kind word to. It’s especially hard to think of the children who are suffering, truly believing the lie that they aren’t important. But, that’s the lie that unkindness whipsers into the heart of people who are treated unkindly. I wonder if the little old lady in the story knew what a difference her words would make in the life of this young man. Her kindness not only lifted the spirit of the young Mr. Murray, but her kindness spread: First, to Mike the dog, and from there to the many people who Mr. Murray’s life touched. We may never know the fruit of our kind words. But, there is always fruit, and it is always good!

Stay Kind

If I decide today that I am going to be kind to everyone from this moment forward, I can expect a battle.

15For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. Romans 7:15-21

I don’t allow for it, but I do it. v.15

I hate it, but I do it. Rom. v.15

I would do good, but I don’t. v.19

I don’t want to do evil, but then I do. v.19

The sinful nature of the human being is outlined in Romans 7, and is the very reason that staying kind will be a battle. But, the sinful nature of human beings is also the reason why Jesus Christ came into this world. This nature is what we can get victory over through him. It’s called sanctification. It doesn’t happen at the point of salvation. Salvation is the free gift of God that we receive when we repent of our sins and believe on the Lord Jesus. Sanctification is the process of what comes next. As ye have therefore received the Lord Jesus, so walk ye in him. I came to Jesus in sorrow over my sins, and I believed that he could forgive them, and in repentance, I turned away from the sin. As a born again Christian, God’s will for me spiritually, is sanctification.

2For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; I Thessalonians 4:2-4

When you receive the Lord as your Savior, he immediately begins the process. He starts to chip away at the old nature, and replace it with the new nature. Thus begins the great and glorious work of the redemption in the heart of man. His goal is to change his children into the image of himself, spiritually. He also wants us to think like him, to look like him, and to talk like him. So, we can represent him in this untoward generation. (With kindness, along with everything else he is.)

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2

But, the Lord will not force sanctification on anyone. Obedience to the Word and the Holy Spirit of God can sometimes be a great struggle. Some people either never pass the first few “tests,” or, they get stuck on some point that they’re unwilling to relent to the Lord, and they never become a mature Christian.

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.” Hebrews 5:12

We can have all the good intentions in the world. We can be totally surrendered to God, and the flesh will still rise up and the old nature will still try to take over. But, the good news is that God has made a way for us to overcome our own flesh and the sin nature that we were born with.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:16-17

It always takes walking in the Spirit of God for us to continue on in good works. Walking in the Spirit is as simple as remembering how you recieved the Lord, and walking every day in that same belief, humility and repentance toward him. 6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Colossians 2:6

Don’t Forget Where You Came From (and Where You’re Going!)

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sin” II Peter 1:5-9

God would have us to grow up in him. He wants us to speak kind words. He sees their importance! We must be diligent to add to our faith! We see in I Peter 5:9 the danger of forgetting what God saved us from. The danger in forgetting is spiritual blindness. We are spiritually blind, if we do not see the damage that our unkind words are doing to ourselves and the ones around us. Kindness is a disposition. It doesn’t only come out in words. It comes out in facial expressions and actions, as well. I am praying God will give me the same grace he gave Mr. Murray. That I will see how wonderful it is to be kind, and God will use me to spread that everywhere I go.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:12-13


Scatter Kind Words All Around You

Author: Fanny Crosby

1 Scatter kind words all around you;
Some heart in its sorrow will stay:
And catching the bright beaming treasures,
Find comfort for many a day.

Refrain:
Then scatter kind words;
They will never be lost;
Remember your mission below;
Scatter kind words,
Scatter kind words,
Wherever, wherever you go.

2 Scatter kind words by the wayside,
Nor fancy your labor in vain;
They come like the beautiful sunlight;
They fall and they cheer like the rain. [Refrain]

3 Scatter kind words to the lonely,
The friendless, the weak and oppressed;
Go scatter kind words to the erring;
In God shall your labor be blest. [Refrain]

4 Scatter kind words all around you;
Perchance, when your mission is o’er,
The seed you have dropped in a moment
May bloom on eternity’s shore. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9937


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Pleasant Words Series Post 2: Good Words

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord; but the words of the pure are pleasant words. Proverbs 15:26

This is post 2 in a series of Posts on this topic. To start at the First Post Click Here.

Pleasant Words

Good Words. Wholesome Words. Kind Words. Edifying Words. Gracious Words. Forgiving Words.

PLEASANT, adjective plez’ant.

1. Pleasing; agreeable; grateful to the mind or to the senses; as a pleasant ride; a pleasant voyage; a pleasant view. Light is pleasant to the eye; an orange is pleasant to the taste; harmony is pleasant to the ear; a rose is pleasant to the smell. How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalms 133:1. This word expresses less than delightful, to the mind, and delicious, to the taste.

Good Words

Isn’t it nice to hear good words? Good words have the power to change things for the good. Have you ever been around someone (or been the someone), who never has anything good to say, but rather uses hurtful words? Backbiting, and gossiping are some examples of using negative words in a way that hurts others. This type of communication doesn’t help anyone! We will find in this study, that good words are the fruit of the heart of a good man (or woman)!

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45

Most of the word types in this series overlap. For instance, edifying words are good words, so are wholesome words and forgiving words. (All of the words in our series fall under the category of Pleasant Words.) But, I want to look deeper, and see what we can pull out of God’s word for each of the specific types of words in this series.

Good Words Defined

Everyone knows what good means. Good is good, right? Yes, but sometimes its “good” to take a look at a word’s definition, especially in bible study. I’ve found that, almost every time I’ve looked up a word’s definition when studying my Bible, there has always been more to it than I originally thought.

The Word Good is defined as: Having moral qualities best adapted to its design and use, or the qualities which God’s law requires; virtuous; pious; religious; applied to persons, and opposed to bad, vitious (vicious), wicked, evil.

So, if we apply the above definition to words, “good words” can be defined as: Words having moral qualities best adapted to their design and use, Moral qualities such as, virtue, piety, and religion, and opposed to bad, vicious, wicked and evil.

Good Words Developed

“Words having moral qualities best adapted to their design and use…”

The Design and Use of Words

God surely designed language and words with a specific use in mind: communication. Words were never intended by the creator to be anything less than good!

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29

So, when words are used in a way that is not what God intends, they are no longer good words.

Moral Qualities of Good Words

“Good Words can be defined as words having moral qualities best adapted to their design and use, Moral qualities such as, virtue , piety, and religion, and opposed to bad, vicious, and evil.”

Virtue

The first moral quality of a good words is virtue. Two of the definitions of virtue are: moral goodness, and excellence; and that which constitutes value and merit. Webster’s 1828 “Virtue ” Definitions 3 & 7.

Good words are words are morally clean, excellent, & valuable.

Piety

The second moral quality of good words is piety. Most times when I’ve heard the word piety, or pious used, it has been in the negative sense of false piety. But, the true definition of the word piety is quite the opposite. In fact, the word pious has become an adjective to describe someone who has religious pride. But, true piety is reverence of God and love of his moral character

Piety: 1. piety in principle, is a compound of veneration or reverence of the Supreme Being and love of his character, or veneration accompanied with love; and piety in practice, is the exercise of these affections in obedience to his will and devotion to his service.

Good words are reverent, obedient & devoted to the service of God.

Religion

The third moral quality of good words is religion. Religion is godliness or real piety in practice. Websters 1828 “religion” definition 2.

Good words are godly.

“And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.” Psalm 35:28

In summary, if our words have the moral qualities (virtue, piety, and religion) that promote good communication, they are good words. They will be morally clean, excellent, & valuable godly words that are reverent, obedient & devoted to the service of God.


Good Words Are Opposed to Evil

“Good Words can be defined as words having moral qualities best adapted to their design and use, Moral qualities such as, virtue , piety, and religion, and opposed to bad, vicious, and evil.”

Think about the effect that good words have on the people around us, but also the effect of words that are, well, less than good. It is a good thing to choose to use good words. The Bible says in the book of James that that tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison, and that no man can tame it.

5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:5-8

We have to depend on God to help us rule our tongue, and use our words wisely. Because, as we read in James 5:8, no man can tame the tongue. But, God can. In the same chapter of James, we can read on and see that it is the bitter envying and strife that resides in the heart of man that is at the root of the untamed tongue. And we can read further (vs.17), and see that God’s wisdom and righteousness is where everything good, (including good words) comes from.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

So, how can we, as children of God, keep our tongues under control, when the Bible clearly says that no man can tame the tongue? How do we speak with God’s wisdom, and not our own earthly wisdom?

The answer is to walk in the Spirit. “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 This chapter in Galatians lays out the difference between living in the flesh and in the spirit, and it shows us that, through God, we can live out the impossible.

“Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” Psalm 34:13

Good Words Deterred

James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil; full of deadly poison.

Refusal of Wisdom

Here is a Bible example where king Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, refused wise counsel to use good words. Instead, he chose to use grevious words. The results of that decision were not good. Click Here to read the text. I Kings 12:1-19

Rehoboam had just become king. All the congregation of Israel, (even Jeroboam who God had promised in the previous chapter, would reign as king over ten tribes of Israel) came to Rehoboam with a request. They would submit to Rehoboam, and serve him, if he would lighten the yoke of his father, Solomon.

Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee. And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.” I Kings 12:4-5

So, King Rehoboam consulted with the old men, who had been his father’s advisors. Their counsel was to speak good words to the people, and they would be his servants forever.

And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever. I Kings 12:7

The Bible says the King forsook the counsel of the old men, and sought the advice of the young men, who he had grown up with. Bad idea.

10And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. I Kings 12:10-11

Rough Words

And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him. II Kings 12:13-15 His refusal to listen to wise counsel, and his use of rough words had some very bad side effects. The same pattern can be seen today in the life of anyone who uses rough words. As a mother, this is an especially grave thought. To think that my use of rough words with my children can and will produce these effects, if I don’t walk in the Spirit, heed the wise counsel of God, and let the Lord help me control my tongue.

Rough Words Produce a Rend.

So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents. But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. I Kings 12:16-17

The first effect of the use of rough words was that, as God had promised in the previous chapter, the kingdom was rent from the hand of Rehoboam. Jeroboam now ruled over 10 of the tribes of Israel. Leaving Rehoboam with only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. He lost most of his kingdom, as a result of his rough words.

Rough Words Provoke Rage

“Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.” 1 Kings 12:18

Adoram, we find in II Samuel 20:24, had been over the tribute of Israel since the days of King David, Rehoboam’s grandfather. I assume that he was a faithful man, or he wouldn’t have kept his job this long. Adoram’s was a death that should have never happened It wouldn’t have happened, if the king had hearkened to the wisdom of his father’s counselors, and used good words.

Rough Words Provoke Rebellion

“So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.” 1 Kings 12:19

This rebellion was a direct result of the words of King Rehoboam to the people. What a sobering thought! I can quickly see a parallel here to the Christian home. As a mother, the last thing I want to see is my children rebel against my authority or God’s authority. But, I know that the use of rough words, instead of good words is a sure path to that very thing.

Rough Words Produce Religious Ruin

I Kings 12:25-33

From rebellion, the next step down seems to be idolatry. This was true in the Old Testament days, and It’s still true today. Jeroboam led the ten tribes of Israel to worship at the feet of idols, and to forsake the Lord God. And, it all started with grevious, rough words. I know the Bible says the tongue is an unruly evil that no man can tame, and I see why. But, I know one who can tame the tongue of man!

“And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27

Good Words Demonstrated

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:2-12

What better place to for an example of how to use good words, than the author and creator of everything good? Jesus Christ gives us the perfect example and is the only one who ever used nothing but good words. Even when he was chastening or correcting people, his words were good. Which, tells me I can discipline my children with good words, and have a more effective method than if I were to lose my temper in disciplining. It also tells me I can lift others up and help draw others to Christ simply by using good words.

On the flip side I can do a lot of damage by not using good words. If I have bitter envying and strife in my heart, the result will be gossiping and backbiting. If I am not walking in the Spirit, and full of the Word of God, I will be probably be short tempered and impatient. I will most likely be rude to others, and may be unkind to the people I care the most about. The inner man becomes the demeanor of the outer man. If my inner man is not right, my words will tell the tale. And, if my words are rough, eventually they will produce a rend in my relationships with others. My words may even provoke rage, and rebellion in those who they should be ministering to, or even drive them from the very Savior who is everything good and right. Lord, help me to use good words, that will draw others to you, not drive them away from you!

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45


“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Isaiah 52:7


Words Are Things of Little Cost

Author: John George Fleet

Children’s Praise (1871), p.28

1. Words are things of little cost,
Quickly spoken, quickly lost;
We forget them, but they stand
Witnesses at God’s right hand,
And their testimony bear
For us or against us there.

2. Oh, how often ours have been
Idle words and words of sin!
Words of anger, scorn, or pride,
Or deceit, our faults to hide,
Envious tales, or strife unkind,
Leaving bitter thoughts behind.

3. Grant us, Lord, from day to day,
Strength to watch and grace to pray:
May our lips from sin kept free,
Love to speak and sing of Thee;
Till in heav’n we learn to raise
Hymns of everlasting praise.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #832

Fleet, John George, was born in London on the 8th of July, 1818. At 15 years of age he was removed from school to his father’s counting-house, and at 17 he had to undertake, through his father’s death, the sole control of the business, and from that time he followed commercial pursuits. At an early age he joined as teacher in a small Sunday School which his sister had begun in Lime Street, London. His interest in Sunday Schools which was thus awakened led him, with some young fellow-teachers, to found the Church Sunday School Institute in 1843. Of that Institute he was honorary Secretary for 20 years; and for 15 years he was Editor of the Church Sunday School Quarterly. To the hymn-book published by the Institute, The Church Sunday Scho… Go to person page >

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Pleasant Words Series Post 1: Introduction

“The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
Proverbs 16:23-24

Words. Tiny little things. By themselves, they’re pretty insignificant. Words can be used for great good or great evil. But, words get their power from something deeper. What a gift God has given us in the ability to communicate with others! What responsibility! Pleasant Words can change lives, so can unpleasant words. May the Lords help us to see the importance of using our words wisely!

Proverbs 16:24 Farmhouse Style Sign on Etsy

Good Words… Kind Words… Gracious Words…


Recently, a friend of mine, told me about a lesson that she had heard at a ladies meeting several years ago. The lesson was on words, and it had stuck in my friend’s head. She said she could hear the lady teaching, in her sweet little voice saying, “Good Words… Kind Words… Gracious words…” Well, the lesson had made such an impact on my friend, that she was still thinking about it several years later, and wanted some sort of a reminder in her home for her family to use good words. The Good Words Sign Collection in my Etsy shop was born. I couldn’t believe how good the little signs made me feel when I got them all done. Just sitting around in my work area, propped up against the wall, they were like six little illustrations of how good, good words make you feel.

Just having these little signs propped up against the wall in my house, before I gave them to my friend, made me feel so good. And, it got me to thinking, about the positive & negative effects that words can have on our lives. So, I started to study what the Bible has to say about words. I decided I would do a series of blog posts featuring each of the happy little word signs, but first an introduction to the series:

In the Beginning: Words


And God Said

We can see right away, in Genesis 1, that words carry a lot of weight. Especially when they’re spoken by the Divine.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3

The world that we know was spoken into existence by the Word of God, but you don’t have to look very far along down the path of time to find opposition to the Word.

God’s Word was clear: Don’t eat the fruit. You will die, if you eat the fruit.

16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:16-17

Enter The Father of Lies

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

The first time Satan appears in the Bible, he appears in opposition to the Word of God with deceitful words. With lying lips, Satan played his role in the fall of Adam’s race.

1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: Genesis 3:1-4

Sin didn’t enter into the human race by Satan’s words, but it was his words that influenced Eve and then Adam to disobey God, bringing sin and death into the world.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12

Truly, as we see illustrated in creation, and the subsequent fall of man, death and life are in the power of the tongue!

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21

Satan has been using all kind of lies and negative words in the great struggle between good and evil, since the garden of Eden.

As believers, It is our responsibility to use what God gives us for his glory and for good. When we use our words in a negative manner, we are sinning against God. That is a convicting thought for me. I don’t have a problem with going around lying and deceiving others with my words, but I don’t always have gracious, kind, good, wholesome, edifying, or forgiving words on the tip of my tongue. More often, my tongue is sharp and pointed than kind and edifying.

The Heart-Mouth Connection.


For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he… Proverbs 23:7a

Words come from the heart. Words are not just empty little shells, they’re loaded with everything that is going on in the heart of the person speaking them. That’s why they’re so powerful.

The reason Jesus spoke as never a man had spoken before, was because his words came from the heart of God. John7:46 If we as believers, are full of the Spirit of God, as his Word commands us to be, then our words will also be full of his grace.

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” Ephesians 5:18

From the Abundance of the Heart

In Luke 6:43-45, Jesus teaches us that the fruit of the lips, indicates the state of the heart.

43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Luke 6:43-45

One sure way to test your own heart and see if it’s right with God, is to take an inventory of what is coming out of your mouth.

Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. Matthew 15:17-20

Have you ever heard the old saying, “You can tell a lot about a person from their shoes?” It’s true, you can assume some things from looking at peoples shoes. But, you can also tell a lot about a person’s heart from their words.

When you open your mouth, what comes out?

Stay tuned for more discussion on Pleasant Words, and how beneficial they are to the Christian, and everyone around her/him!

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Wonderful Words of Life

Author: P. P. Bliss (1874)
Tune: [Sing them over again to me]

1 Sing them over again to me,
wonderful words of life;
let me more of their beauty see,
wonderful words of life;
words of life and beauty,
teach me faith and duty:

Refrain:
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life.

2 Christ, the blessed One, gives to all
wonderful words of life;
sinner, list to the laving call,
wonderful words of life;
all so freely given,
wooing us to heaven: [Refrain]

3 Sweetly echo the gospel call,
wonderful words of life;
offer pardon and peace to all,
wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior,
sanctify forever, [Refrain]

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The Eleventh Hour

Sometimes it’s hard to put into print, what God has spoken to your heart. I have been struggling with exactly how to start this post, and really how to put it to words. My original title was , “Why did you stop serving God?” Because, that’s the question that the Spirit of God posed to me this week.

It has been more than a year since my last blog post on this site. And the Lord gently asked me this week during our revival meeting at church, “Why did you stop writing for my glory?”

I had my reasons ready. They were good.

1.) It was too hard to get something published on a regular basis, I was too busy.

2.) It wasn’t making a big difference. Only a few people were reading.

3.) Every time I wrote and published something, I suffered a spiritual attack.

One of the last posts I made here, in Feb. 2018 was about discouragement. Yes, I was discouraged, but, that wasn’t the real reason that I stopped writing. The root of the problem was that I hadn’t properly maintained my armor. So, in discouragement, I gave up what I was doing for the Lord.

Ephesians 6:10-19 KJV
[10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. [13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: [18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; [19] And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, …

Anytime you step out to do something for God, you put yourself in the eye of the enemy, and it is imperative to keep your armor strong, if you want to be able to stay in the battle.

Yes, I was discouraged, but, that wasn’t the real reason that I stopped writing. The root of the problem was that I hadn’t properly maintained my armor. So, in discouragement, I gave up what I was doing for the Lord.

Satan wants to make you think you’re disqualified from service, even if you’re not. It’s one of the fiery darts he uses in his attacks againt the kingdom of Heaven. He wants you to think that you cannot make a difference in anyone else’s life. But, in the hands of the master, even the least of all servants can be a great blessing for the Lord.

Don’t Hide Your Talents


The Lord used a couple of passages of Scripture to start speaking to me about this.

The first was the parable of the talents. Matthew 25:14-29. Every time I hear or read this parable, It worries me that I will be just like the one servant that buried his talent in the ground, and didn’t take what his lord had given him, and make more with it. 

Then the Lord showed me in the parable of the Eleventh Hour, that it’s not too late to do what I can in the Lord’s vineyard. Matthew 20:1-16 I want to be faithful to take what the Lord has given me, and make it grow. What God has given me to use for his glory is different from what he has given everyone else, and he doesn’t expect me to do any more for him than use what he’s given me to the best of my ability to serve him in his vineyard, until he comes back.

The Lord impressed on my heart this week how close we are to his coming. Any born again Christian who knows their Bible would agree that we are living in the Eleventh Hour. But, the good news is that the Eleventh hour is not too late to work in the master’s vineyard and still reap the rewards of service!

If no one, but the Lord Jesus ever know what about your work in his vineyard, it doesn’t matter. The master is good, and he will do what is right. If you do what you do for the Savior, and for his glory, then who cares? At least you’ve not buried your talent in the ground!

 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV

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This is an encouragement to Serve the Lord . Wherever you are at in your walk with him, or in your life. You may not think you’re making any impact. So what? Use what he’s given you for his glory and lift him up whatever little bit you can! At least when you stand before him you won’t have buried what he’s given you in the dirt! When light goes into the ground, it can’t be seen. When salt goes into the ground it can’t be tasted or used.

 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. Luke 12:37 KJV

The Lord is Coming, are you ready? Are you watching? Are you serving?

We Will All Stand Before God One Day


And It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgement. Hebrews 9:27

Can you see yourself there? Before God? What have you brought to lay at his feet? Is it years of faithful service? Years of toil and care? Will it survive the fire of God. Will there be gold and silver and precious stones left after the rubble of everything else is burned away?

Can you picture Jesus hanging on the cross, bearing the punishment for your sin? Jesus Christ not only bore the sin of the whole world, he bore your sin personally.

He bore my sin personally.

Go back in time and see him as he stands accused before Pilate, a spotless lamb, found without blemish, and praise his name!

He opened not his mouth in his own defense, but now he is our eternal defense.

Watch as with courage and submission, he who knew no sin, becomes sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, and praise his name!

Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world!

See him as he is beaten and scourged, as he is led like a lamb to the slaughter, yet still, he opens not his mouth in his own defense.

See his as he is lifted up. Look into his battered eyes. See the love. See the forgiveness. See the light of the eternal God, and praise his name!

I say, He is Worthy of our praise, and he is worthy of our service.

The question is not am I worthy to serve him. The question now becomes is he worth the price I will pay to serve him?

Oh Lord! Thou art worthy!

Yes, he is worth it! Every battle I fight to keep pressing on for his glory, He is worth it! Every struggle to stay in the fight for good and right, He is worth it! Every rejection faced on his behalf, He is worth it! Every sacrifice made, He IS WORTH IT!

The eleventh hour is not the time to give up in discouragement and say, “It’s too late, I’ve wasted my day!”

The eleventh hour is the time to dig in your heels and give God your best. After all, hasn’t he given you his best?

Whatever it is you do, if it’s for his glory, it returns dividends. Don’t let Satan deceive you into thinking your work for the king is unqualified.

I made up my mind this week that if God gives me something to say on this blog, I will say it. Because, I want to serve him. I want to lift him up. I want to be a part of fulfilling the great commission.

I didn’t promise God to post once a week, or once a month even,  I promised to write when he speaks to my heart, and gives me something to say.

Press On, Christian!


 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14 KJV

The reasons I gave God for quitting were true, but they weren’t a good enough reason to let my little light stop shining. They weren’t a good enough reason to bury my talents in the ground.

It’s so easy to let the cares of life take over the day, and not take the necessary time to press on for Christ. It takes time to prepare the inner man for service, and if neglected, our spiritual armor, which is necessary for service will not protect us from the battle of service.

But, God’s grace is always sufficient, and he is our strength in weakness. He is our armor in battle, and He is the reason we can and do go on.


Work, For the Night Is Coming

Author: Mrs. Harry Coghill
Tune: [Work for the night is coming] (Mason)
Published in 1051 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

 

1 Work, for the night is coming,
Work thru the morning hours;
Work while the dew is sparkling,
Work ‘mid springing flow’rs.
Work when the day grows brighter,
Work in the glowing sun;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man’s work is done.

2 Work, for the night is coming,
Work thru the sunny noon;
Fill brightest hours with labor –
Rest comes sure and soon.
Give ev’ry flying minute
Something to keep in store;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man works no more.

3 Work, for the night is coming,
Under the sunset skies;
While their bright tints are glowing,
Work, for daylight flies.
Work till the last beam fadeth,
Fadeth to shine no more;
Work, while the night is dark’ning,
When man’s work is o’er.

Source: The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #451


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Choose the Good Part

Luke 10:38-42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her,  Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

CAREFULadjective [See Care.] 1. Full of care; anxious; solicitous.

TROUBLED,   participle passive trub’ld. Disturbed; agitated; afflicted; annoyed


I was reading here the other morning, and as I read the words that Jesus spoke to Martha, I saw myself in his diagnosis of Martha’s condition. Careful & Troubled! Why, that sounds just like me! I call it anxiety- He called it careful & troubled.

I may as well have been standing there complaining to Jesus myself, about Mary’s worship, because as I read his words, they pinpointed the very condition of my own soul.

How many times would I rather worry and fret about the issues of the day, than worship at the feet of the Savior. The one sure place where I can find relief from my anxiety, is at the feet of Jesus. But, so many times it is the last resort. We must not neglect to choose the good part.

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her,  Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

In choosing the good part, Mary was choosing to worship, she was focusing on the eternal, rather than (like Martha) the temporal. And, Jesus said, that good part would not be taken away from her.

Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Are you like Martha? Full of the cares of life? So busy (maybe even serving the Savior?) that you have neglected to sit at his feet? Are you worrying about getting done the things that legitimately need to get done? Are you busy so busy serving, that you have neglected to take the time to worship at the feet of the Master? Stop worrying and trust Him. Stop scheming and trust Him. Stop struggling and trust him. Stop striving and trust him. Trust and worship. Be still and know that he is God.  Don’t neglect the good part!

Oh, that we would choose first the good part! For he will help us with the rest!

Philippians 4:6-8 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

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All Your Anxiety

Author: Edward H. Joy

1. Is there a heart o’erbound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross, each burden bearing;
All your anxiety—leave it there.

Refrain:
All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat, leave it there,
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus!

2. No other friend so swift to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear,
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.

3. Come then at once; delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet,
You need not fear a disappointment;
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.

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Christian Growth, Diacouragement, Faith, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Warfare

Strengthened by His Spirit

Ephesians 3:16 KJV
[16] That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

I’d like to start this blog post by saying, thank you to, Debbie @Blogger Loves the King. Yesterday, she sent me a little note . It was short, but it was a great encouragement to me. I’d also like to thank my sweet friend Rosalyn for always encouraging me.

Since December, I have started to write several blog posts, and had good ideas for several more. But, something hindered me. I was busy during the holiday season and have been busy since. That was my reason for not posting, but there has been something more. I have been discouraged. My discouragement came on slowly, and like an erosion began to slowly eat away at me. “What good are you doing, anyway?” “People don’t want or need to hear what you have to say.” Reminds me of a blog post I wrote not too long ago: Whispers From the Enemy.

A sweet Missionary I knew, who is gone on to Glory now, spoke at a ladies conference in 2007 about this: The Devil’s Yardsale. She told the story about how the Devil was cleaning out his garage in preparation for his yardsale, and came across some old tools he had lying around. One of the tools was discouragement. He decided after some contemplation that, that particular tool was much to valuable for him to get rid of, For he had accomplished so much work with it, and it still had much use left in it.

Satan uses discouragement to shut the mouths of Gods little children. He doesn’t want us to sing the high praises of heaven. He doesn’t want us sharing the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. He doesn’t want us loving others, reaching out to others, or touching other’s lives for the glory of God.

Sing! Write! Encourage! Be friendly! Whatever it is you do, do it for the glory of God!

Don’t let the devil steal your voice. Your story. Your song!

God can use you. But not if you’re defeated by discouragement . Someone, or more than one someone, may need to hear what you have to say.

It’s a lofty subject, and many days I feel very unworthy to take on the challenge of writing about the Lord of Glory. But, if I can point one soul to Christ. If I can help one person remember their first love, it is worth the extra thought. It is worth dodging the arrows the enemy hurls at me every time I gather my thoughts heavenward to put the pen down on his behalf. Yes. Yes! I am unworthy, but, oh, He is Worthy. He is the reason I write.

Corinthians 2:4-5 KJV And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Not because I am eloquent in speech, and full of goodness. Contrary. I am rough and unfinished. I struggle just like everyone else. But, with every struggle I have. There is a man, a God-man, who, if I but ask, lifts my head and takes me by the hand to bring me through the hardest of times. This same Jesus, fills my soul with joy, lightens my eyes and enlightens my mind when I seek him in his book. And he’ll do the same for you.

Let Jesus be your light. Let him be your portion. He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24 KJV
[24] A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

As believers, we have the distinct privilege of being Jesus’ ambassadors in this life! We are his hands, feet and mouth.

1 Corinthians 12:27 KJV

[27] Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

So, go out and encourage someone. Let him live through you! One word can make all the difference. It may be that the Lord uses a simple word from you to strengthen a fellow believer. And , if he uses you, or I to encourage another, how grateful we should be to be useful vessels in the house of our King!

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Onward Christian Soldiers

Words: Sa­bine Bar­ing-Gould, in Church Times, 1865. Music: St. Ger­trude, Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1871

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!

Refrain

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.

At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

Refrain

Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

Refrain

What the saints established that I hold for true.
What the saints believèd, that I believe too.
Long as earth endureth, men the faith will hold,
Kingdoms, nations, empires, in destruction rolled.

Refrain

Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.

Refrain

Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud and honor unto Christ the King,
This through countless ages men and angels sing.

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