This is the last day of our year. As we look forward to this new year may I leave us to ponder the old song of the faith which says, “I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world’s delight; Things that are higher, things that are nobler These have allured my sight.” O Lord let these higher things have the sight of all my affections. The song goes on to say, ” I am resolved to follow the Saviour, Faithful and true each day; Heed what He sayeth do what He willeth He is the living way.” We might ask our self how can we make such a resolve? The answer is in the chorus of the song which says, ” I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free; Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee. May HE be all our resolve in 2009.
I have been musing on the 70 resolves of Jonathan Edwards. There was two things that accompanied each resolve. One was to recognize his inability to do them unless God did it through him. The second was the desire to do all to the glory of God. His life’s verse was ” Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. I wondered in my meditation, how does one do all to His glory? There are three Bible definitions for glory. May they help us answer our question. One Is the weighty overwhelming presence of God. Edwards wanted all he did to invite the manifested presence of God. The second meaning of glory is, to lift in the highest of adoration and praise. All he did was to lift up the Lord, even in the mundane of eating and drinking. The third was to bear the impression or image of another. All that Edwards did he wanted it to enhance the likeness of Christ in his life. May our aim be “SOLI DEO GLORIA”, to the Glory of God Alone.
I am back musing from the motel today. We are at East Hendersonville Baptist this week. The Lord has turned my heart to the story our Lord told in Luke 9: 59-61. When I first read them I thought our Lord is a hard task master. He wouldn’t let a potential follower go bury his father or another say good by to his family. A closer reading reveals the true reason. As we quote it here notice the high lighted section. And He said unto another Follow Me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. It is that me first mentality he puts down. Let us in 09 put to death this me first mentality.
I have often wonder if Christmas should come first and Thanksgiving second. May be everyday should be Thanksgiving, in light of Paul’s words, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift”. I had a wonderful Christmas at different times we saw our three sons and wonderful daughter-laws. Our 10 grandchildren or truly grand. We found out number 11 will be a boy. My! My! how much I have to be thankful for.
The verses today are from own morning devotion. They are Genesis 4:25-26 which says, And Adam knew his wife again and she bare a son, and called his name Seth:For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son: and called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord. It is here we have the gospel in a nut shell. I see that there is blood shed in the person of Abel. This blood produces Seth a blessed seed. Seth’s name means substitute, in the place of, or in the stead of. This seed is a great picture of Christ who gave us a beautiful salvation. Seth’s son was named Enos which means mortal. Because of the blood it opened a new and living way that man can call on the Lord. My how this Bible is a “HIM BOOK”. It is not a hymn book, but a book were we see HIM everywhere.you look, why He is way over in Genesis the book of beginnings. It may even cause you to sing.
This is one of the titles of our Lord in the Bible. It reminds me of the words to my favorite Christ song. ” O beautiful star of Bethlehem Shining far through shadows dim Giving the light for those who long have gone Guiding the wise men on their way O beautiful star of Bethlehem Shine on O beautiful star the hope of grace For the redeemed, the good and the blessed Yonder in glory when the crown is won Jesus is now the star divine Brighter and brighter He will shine O beautiful star of Bethlehem Shine on” May you have a blessed Christmas. Thanks for your visits to this site.
We look today at Luke 2:36-38 which says, And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but severed God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of Him to all that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. I see her proclamationin the word prophetess.( the teller of hard sayings) I see her practice in this story. She served with fasting and prayers. My how I thank God for those old prayer warriors. I see her perception. While severing she saw the redeemer. There is great blessings for those who hang around the house of God all their life.