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God’s Overwhelming Victory

I recently meditated on Psalm 18 and was shown how God’s victory completely overwhelms our foes.

Through much prayer and help from the Lord, I recently overcame a long-standing besetting sin.  A few days ago I meditated on Psalm 18 and was completely shocked and overjoyed to find how completely God helps us to overcome our enemies.

(All Bible quotes are taken from the King James Version)

Psalm 18 is a Psalm of David.  At the beginning of the Psalm David praises the Lord as…

“my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower”  v.2

Then David introduces the enemy.

” I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.  The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.  The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.”  vv.3-5

Later in the Psalm David says that his enemy is too strong for him.  I take that to mean, left to himself, he would be continually defeated, just as I was trying to fight my sin on my own.  But when David prayed, God responded to David because He loved him, just as He now loves me.

“He heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.  …  The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.  Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.”  vv.6,7 and 13,14

The Lord, Almighty God, was angry!  Not angry at David, but at David’s enemy!  God acted out of love for His servant, as the ultimate protector.  And the Lord is David’s rescuer as well.

“He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.”  v.16

And so, the Lord delivered David.

“He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”  v.19

And now I see God as a warrior God, and how totally David is able to vanquish his enemy when god is fighting for him.

“He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.  Thou

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Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.  Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.  I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.  I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.  For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.  Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.  They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.  Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.”  vv.34-42

I have always known that Jesus gives victory over sin, but until I read this I always had a slight fear that the sin could rise up again and put me right back where I started.  Now I understand the extent of the power I am given over my old sins.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  Jn 8:36

And Hallelujah, by the power given me by the Spirit of God, I am FREE!

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June 8, 2018 Posted by | Repentance, Sanctification, Victory Over Sin | , , | Leave a comment

Called

I was born in 1953.  I was born again in 1980.  I am now 65 years old and have been a believer for 38 years, for nearly two-thirds of my life.

I have been a steady reader of the Bible ever since I first believed and have read the Gospel of John literally dozens of times.

A few days ago I began reading John again and in the very first chapter, I had a mostJohn1_43 remarkable experience.  As I read John 1:43 it was as if the text changed as I read it and the end of the verse actually read, “John, follow me”.  Now, I have read this passage many times as well as the ones about taking up one’s cross and following Jesus, but this was a truly unique experience.  As soon as I read it, I knew that God was speaking to me, and I knew that this was not an invitation or a suggestion, but a command.

Follow Me.

I don’t know what this all means, and I don’t know where it will lead.  But I do know one thing.  It is time to stop doing things that I think will make God happy and start doing what He said.  Follow.

May 11, 2018 Posted by | Christian, Follow Jesus, Jesus | , , | Leave a comment

In Loving Memory

2016-02-14 14.16.21 IN LOVING MEMORY

On July 8, 2000, Alice and I drove to Esparto CA, a small town near Sacramento, and purchased a white
miniature poodle named Cindy. Cindy was about 13 months old at the time and was originally bred as a show
dog.

 

When her owner brought Cindy out to us, we instantly fell in love with her and began a love affair that
lasted nearly 16 years. On the way home to our home in San Jose, we decided to change her name to Tiffany.

 

Yesterday, after a decline in health that lasted some time, Alice and I knew that it was time to say
goodbye to our loving little companion, February 25, 2016.

 

And today, we drove down to Royal Oaks, to the Loving Pet Cemetary of Monterey Bay and had her cremated.

 

Yesterday morning started like any other day with Tiffany and Suri playing while I made their breakfast,
and then, while I was eating mine, Tiffany jumped down from the couch she likes to sleep on. As she landed
on the floor, she seemed to stumble, and immediately her walking was hindered. I was very concerned and
asked Alice to keep an eye on her while I was at work.

 

2016-02-26 17.30.31But two hours later I got a call at work, “John, Tiffany can’t walk!”, Alice blurted out between sobs.

 

An hour later, Tiffany was at the vet, and barely an hour after that, we got the sad news that there was
nothing that he could do, and recommended that we put her out of her pain.

 

So, at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon, Tiffany received a large dose of a sedative drug and fell asleep in
Alice’s arms.

 

And today, less than 24 hours after we said goodbye to our baby, we began our drive home from Royal Oaks
with a little walnut box that contains all that remains of our sweet, sweet, loving Tiffany.  Tiffany always loved to ride in the car, so today, she rode home in her mommies lap, next to her heart, for one last time.

 

Neither one of us has yet to wrap our minds of the events that took place in a period of just 28 hours,
barely more than a day.

 

So, let me ask you a question. Is there someone in your life that you have been meaning to tell that you
love them, but somehow haven’t gotten around to it?

 

Tell them now! Just 24 hours can change everything you thought was the status quo. Even a brief instant,
a car crash, a heart attack, anything, can take that opportunity away forever.

 

Or maybe there is that someone who needs to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, but you keep putting it
off. Can you really afford to put it off any longer?

February 26, 2016 Posted by | In Memory, Mourning | , , | Leave a comment

Could This Happen In Your Church?

A pastor transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service. Only 3 people said hello to him, most looked the other way. He asked people for change to buy food because he was hungry. Not one gave him anything.

He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was told by the ushers that he would need to get up and go sit n the back of the HomelessManchurch. He said hello to people as they walked in but was greeted with cold stares and dirty looks from people looking down on him and judging him.

He sat in the back of the church and listened to the church announcements for the week. He listened as new visitors were welcomed into the church that morning but no one acknowledged that he was new. He watched people around him continue to look his way with stares that said you are not welcome here.

Then the elders of the church went to the podium to make the announcement. They said they were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce you to our new Pastor.” The congregation stood up and looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle.

That’s when all the clapping stopped and the church was silent. With all eyes on him….he walked up the altar and reached for the microphone. He stood there for a moment and then recited so elegantly, a verse from the bible…..

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he introduced himself as their new pastor and told the congregation what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and bow their heads in shame. “Today I see a gathering of people here but I do not see a church of Jesus. The world has enough people that look the other way. What the world needs is disciples of Jesus that can follow this teachings and live as he did. When will YOU decide to become disciples?

He then dismissed service until the following Sunday as his sermon had been given.

August 11, 2015 Posted by | Christian, God's Word, Jesus | , , , , , | 2 Comments

A New Journey – Trusting His Word

I met with an old friend and co-worker today to discuss the possibilities of doing contract work, which is new to me.  Up until now I have only worked full-time.  He was able to share many insights and to get me thinking about thing I have not considered before.  I am sure his comments will be valuable as my job search gets underway in earnest.

 

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August 27, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Faith, God's Grace, God's Word | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A New Journey – Tongues, Really?

Holy-Spirit-Fire-in-RedAs I write in this journal, I guess that I should try to define what this journey is all about.  Where is it headed, for instance?

 

But that’s just it, I don’t know exactly where it is headed, but I do know Who is directing it, my Lord, Jesus.  Literally, the only one I would trust with the direction of my life.

 

I see this journey, and what I hope to journal, as being split into two areas.  First, there is the physical aspect, which began last Thursday when I worked my last day on my job and will continue at least until I find other employment or learn of the Lord’s purpose otherwise.  But then there is the spiritual aspect which began earlier, even before my salvation, and will continue until the day I meet the Lord face to face.

 

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August 21, 2014 Posted by | Baptism, Christian, Holy Spirit | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A New Journey

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(See journal index at the end of this introductory post)

A little over five years ago I was laid off during the peak of the recession.  I was out of work for sixteen months, finally landing a job in August 2010.

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August 19, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Faith, Godliness | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

My Testimony

Hi, I want to share about a few events from my past that you may find useful.

As a teenager, I began experimenting with life, with doing things my way rather than how my parents taught me.  At fifteen, I began smoking cigarettes, and then experimenting with alcohol at sixteen. By the time I was eighteen I was using marijuana, and a year later, I was using heavier drugs, mostly LSD and cocaine, but I had experimented with others as well. I was also becoming sexually active and had developed an addiction to pornography.

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May 26, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Discipleship, Faith | , , , , , , | 21 Comments

If I Firmly Believed…

Church Building“If I firmly believed, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences the eternal destiny of others, then religion would mean everything to me. I would cast away earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as folly, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I would labor in its cause alone. I would take thought for the morrow of eternity alone. I would esteem one soul gained for heaven worth a life of suffering. Earthly consequences would never stay my hand nor seal my lips. Earth, its joys and its griefs, would occupy no moments of my thoughts. I would strive to look upon eternity alone and on the immortal souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable. I would go forth to the world and preach in season and out of season, and my text would be, “What shall it profit man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?”

–Written by a professing atheist in 1787

If we are in Christ, we should share His burden for the lost and be moved out of our pews in Church and into the streets or wherever the lost are found.

April 26, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Evangelism, Faith, Great Commission | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Good Friday Reflections

Today is Good Friday, the day when Christianity traditionally remembers the passion and sacrifice of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

I have been pondering some of the circumstances that occurred around this time. First, after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, a Jewish council decided to ignore this most notable miracle and plotted to kill Jesus instead.

I thought, how tragic it is that the council could be so caught up in their own self-interest that they would decide on this course of action rather than seeing events for what they were.

And then, there was a string of events that occurred while Jesus was on the cross: The earth was darkened for three hours, and when He died there was a great earthquake. And most notable of all, the Temple veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies, was torn in two.

One might think that someone might take this as a sign maybe that something unusual, even unique, had just taken place.

But no, these events were ignored, and blind self-interest was the order of the day.

And I wonder, am I guilty of blind self-interest? And if I am, how would I know?

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139: 23-24

April 18, 2014 Posted by | Christian, Faith, Good Friday | , , , , | Leave a comment