How to Apply Life from Words

 

How can I apply the life giving words of Psalm 119:1-8 to my everyday life?  What changes do I need to make in order to establish my life upon the promises of God?

The Living Word, the Word that is able to “penetrate to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and the immortal spirit, and of joints and marrow (of the deepest parts of our nature), exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 (Amplified)

How can I soak in the Life of these words?

We are a blessed people when our way is blameless.  We are blessed when we walk in the Law of the Lord.  We are blessed when we Love.

We are blessed when we observe His testimonies and seek Him with all our heart.  When we walk in His ways, unrighteousness will be far from us.

The reward for obedience is blessing; rich, full, overflowing in our lives.

We wrestle.  We wrestle like Jacob who refused to let go of the Angel of the Lord until he was blessed.  We wrestle with deception, greed, wanting more.  We walk in unforgiveness, fear and shame.

Like Jacob.

We wrestle with our own thoughts, ideals and priorities.  We separate ourselves from our brothers and sisters.  Our family is solitary. Alone.  And our hearts wrestle as we sojourn.  We lay our heads upon the hard rock of fear.  Pleasure and longing for the acquisition of more and better pervade our senses.  We pursue what we hope will satisfy us.

Jesus pursues us.  Jesus is running after us with arms open wide, calling our name in the pursuit.  His plan is to overtake us with His goodness and mercy.  Tangible gifts of grace.

The compassion Jesus had for us far outweighed His love for His own life.

  I can imagine Jesus as He prepared Himself for His goodbyes.  His earthly father had taught Him so much.  Jesus learned early the grace of humility and submission in the carpenter’s shop. 
 
It was in the carpenter’s shop that He wrestled with His emotions.  The pleasure He felt as He ran His hands over the smooth wood, the feel of the sawdust between His toes, the scent of the fresh wood.
 
Within the walls of the shop darkness settled in slowly and Jesus wrestled.  His heart felt the pain of the crucifixion.  The fragrance of the wood filled His senses; the setting sun cast a rosy glow through the shuttered windows.  He loved it here.  He loved His family and knowing the pain they would feel at His death was almost too hard to bear.
 
Jesus turned His face, turned His face toward Calvary and set His face like flint to carry out His heavenly Father’s plan.  He turned His face once more and along the walls of the shop, it was as if He could see our faces.  Ours, radiating with the glory of His love.  The thought of us gave Him strength and once more He turned toward the Cross and this time joy flooded His soul as He imagined you and me today in relationship with Him.
 
His roughened hands had touched, healed and blessed.  Now spikes would pierce them through.  He trusted His heavenly Father’s plan of redemption implicitly.  He would go willingly to the Cross; His blood would pour out and provide life for us.
 
How often He had thought about us.  The time had come.  He kept His heart focused as every step He took brought Him closer to the cross.  The time of goodbye was near.  Mary and Joseph had housed the King of glory, loved Him fiercely and with great abandon.
 
His heart felt it would burst with the grief of goodbye.  His relationships had been deep and true.  He had loved like none other.  He had loved deeply, fully and known no bounds.  His heart was hurting.  His Father knew. The great plan of redemption intensified and once more, the hall of faith revealed our faces.
 
Love would see Him through.  Love would raise Him up on the third day.  Love spilt His blood so we could live!
 

We wrestle with our emotions and the Father knows and understands because He made us.  He wants us to come to Him, to cry out to Him and meet Him in the midst of our despair.

It is in our thought life our sin is birthed.  We wrestle for purity in our thought life and the Father doesn’t want us to ignore or mask our thoughts and feelings, He wants to meet us right in the middle of them so He can minister grace to us in our weakness.

Jesus was perfect. He expressed His emotions perfectly and if we make it a habit to ‘observe’ Him and seek Him with all our heart, we will wrestle ourselves into a place of peace.  A habitation for the Lord where His nature and characteristics rule the roost.

Truly, in the Father’s Keep the ways are the way of holiness, purity, never-ending mercies and steadfast compassion.  All of these are yours as you rest in My embrace and allow My hands to shape you, fashion you and perfect you. You will be no longer fragmented but whole and in peace.  People of integrity with the sanctified spirit, soul and body operating in unison – this is peace; this is the rest in the Father’s Keep.

All I have laid out for you is yours. Eat and drink, be filled with righteousness and the fruits thereof.  Drink from the fountain of purity.  Let your ear receive the Word from My mouth, it is food to your spirit, sustaining your soul and strengthening your body.

Go forth in joy and peace; stay leaning against My everlasting arms.  I will keep you from falling. I will cause you to stand in a place of purity; your feet will be securely planted upon the Highway of Holiness and joy and gladness will rain down upon you as showers of blessing from within the Father’s Keep.

Lift up your heads, lift up your hands, for the old has passed away and the new has come.  The joy of Jesus is within you. Everything He has, all of His qualities emanate and radiate from His life and surround you here in the Keep.

Joy is a safeguard for your souls, and here in the Father’s Keep alone it is protected and keeps you strong.  Your willing sacrifice of self is the highest and best offering you can bring, for it is then we are yoked together and walk in perfect  unity.  Joined thus, we walk as one. (Beckoned by the King)

Listening for His heart, Jeannie Pallett

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Shattered but Surrendered

Our recent trip to Edmonton was discouraging, quite sobering and made us realize afresh how frail our lives are.

We were hoping with our appointment with the surgeon that he would tell us robotic surgery would be a piece of cake for Bruce to undergo. This was not the case.

We had prayed that morning.  I had prayed Proverbs 3: 6 “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”  We felt quite well armed as we prepared for the appointment; I had even had a picture of a sparkling shield growing bigger and bigger around us as we spoke the Word of the Lord over our circumstances. Psalm 91: 4 His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

We have continually spoken faith, believed and trusted in God’s Word and so yes, we felt as if our hopes and dreams were being shattered as we sat in the surgeon’s office.  There is just something about being one with your partner. I was able to feel Bruce’s emotions and they were so tangible to me I almost fainted…I choose to laugh about it now, but I saw sparkles that were not from any shield! The room was spinning and the Dr’s voice seemed to be coming from such a long way away….he was intently speaking to Bruce, looking him in the eyes while I was looking around the room wondering what I might be able to throw up in!  As he left his office for a moment, I took advantage of his leaving to wipe the droplets of sweat off my face and neck.  There is no questioning Bruce and I looked green underneath our tans.

However, there are jewels in the journey and those are what I am looking for.  I praise God for keeping us safe in traffic…yep, there was a near miss.  I praise God that He is big enough to deal with all of our questions, our disappointments and the feeling of it not being fair.   For a doctor who swivels his chair up close to his patient and says “if you were my relative I would recommend radiation therapy.”  Words that instilled fear into the two of us even though our hearts are convinced God is with us, holding us by His mighty right hand, and in that handholding blessing is released.

We spent the day in shock and disbelief trying to figure things out...we had a dinner date with my stepdaughter, a woman who has grown into an amazing woman of God. 

She spoke wisdom to her papa, encouraged us, and the most beautiful jewel of all was when she reminded us of verse 5 in Proverbs 3. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  We had forgotten that!!! 

Each time it was necessary, she reminded us to not lean on our own understanding but to trust the Lord with all our heart.  Beautiful jewel.  We fed on the fruit of all that Bruce has poured into her over the years.  I cannot begin to tell you what an amazing blessing she has been to me over the past few months. I could not help the tears from flowing.

Our tears continued on our drive home.  We worshiped and I read the Bible aloud.   I read the first few verses from Matthew 5 in The Message and I would like to share them with you as they spoke volumes to our hearts and caused a fresh flow of healing tears.

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside.  Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him.  Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions.  This is what he said:

You are blessed when you are at the end of your rope.  With less of you, there is more of God and his rule.

You are blessed when you feel you have lost what is most dear to you.  Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

We are committed to climb our mountains with Jesus.  We are at the end of our rope.  We long for people to see the glory of God in us.  We long for the day when every second our days is ruled by His royal law of love.

The diagnosis of cancer is fearful and it makes us feel that we have lost or are losing what is most dear to us.  We are therefore, being embraced by the One most dear to us.  He is so awesome and our eyes will have to stay wide open to see His mighty right hand of blessing at work in our lives.

Even though we feel we are in the fire, and it is hot, it is cool to our God.  Just as He fellowshipped with Adam in the cool of the day, so He fellowships with us.  He loves us, He came to save us. He is the Consuming Fire and He has come to us to burn out all impurities in our lives

As Bruce sang to the Lord, he began to get a fresh picture of the holiness of his God.  He drew nearer in worship.  He saw that the closer he came to the holiness of God the impurities in his life would fall away.  Seeking the Lord and drawing close to Him would cause God to draw close to Him and sickness and disease would have no choice but to fall away.

He feels very humbled.  His heart’s desire is to worship, to see the beauty of His holiness and to draw near and then nearer still. The most important thing of all to him is the holiness of his God.

Next week we will find out when his appointment for an MRI and radiologist is.  Will you stand with us in prayer asking God to constrain the cancer within the prostate?  We do not understand why we must go through this fiery trial; we do understand that we choose to surrender to God.

Though we feel shattered, in our surrender to Him there will be a lifting up.

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The Promise of Peril

Days of difficulty, days of peril, we hear all about this whether it be in our own backyard or halfway across the world. Wherever we are, whenever we are, in 2 Timothy 3:2 Paul promises one thing: perilous times will come.

A description is given of society’s attitudes and it is as if Paul is warning us that these are the attitudes and attributes of peril itself. Let’s take a look at what he says about us:

  1. we will be lovers of ourselves

  2. we will be lovers of money

  3. we will be boasters

  4. we will be proud

  5. we will be blasphemous

  6. we will be disobedient to parents

  7. unthankful

  8. unholy

  9. unloving, unforgiving, slanderers

  10. lacking self control, brutal, despisers of good

  11. traitors, headstrong, haughty

  12. lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

  13. having a form of godliness but denying the power of God

Did you see it? Tucked away, right in the middle of these characteristics that are obvious and clearly unappealing to us is one simple word: UNTHANKFUL

Unthankful – most all of the other attributes that are listed, we can read and think so easily , “no, that doesn’t apply to me” – “oh no, I would never be like that!” – “unholy? heavens no, I’m a good person”, or ” a money lover? I’m just trying to get ahead”.

The rubber met the road this morning for today, November 8,2011 at 8:11 a.m. I saw for the very first time unthankful. I cannot tell you how many times I have read these same verses and not seen.

Sometimes we need to start small. Sometimes we need to start with just one thing and practise being faithful in it. When we are faithful in the small, seemingly insignificant things we will find that more is added to us.

Once we begin to practise being thankful, I believe God will give us eyes to see how much He has blessed us with. When we see how many ways and how lavishly and richly God provides for us…

When we see that God has provided for us in every crisis, every time of need…

When we see our bulging closets… our fridges, freezers, cupboards stocked with edibles, dainties, snacks…

When we see the overflow in our bank accounts… when we see that we have never begged for bread, never been forsaken…

When we see the Blood dripping red over our lives, when we see the plenty that we have been blessed with… and see those shivering in the cold… see those begging for bread… see those who have not the warmth of a home, a bed… have not a warm blanket…

Something as simple as “Giving Thanks” will begin the turn of the tide. The tide of dripping red will flow mightily as we love not ourselves, love not our money, boast not in the works of our hands, but humbly bow at the foot of the Cross. Thankful.

Thankful for the Blood that cleanses us from all unrighteousness. The Blood dripping red gives us grace and power to see with heart wide open.

To live with arms wide open, arms outstretched, hands filled with worldly goods to meet the needs of another. Dripping red in the giving.

Living to love, living to give. Giving with grace and humility… Can you see the red staining everything we have, everything we do?

We have centered on the obvious, we have centered on the things we can see and taste and feel. We have centered on the obvious and missed the most important of all.

The Giving of Thanks. The following of the pattern Jesus laid out for us.

Jesus in the crowd of thousands, looking up to His Father, gave thanks, broke bread and all ate and were satisfied.

Jesus, in the face of crisis, gave thanks. The Garden of Gethsemane received His seed of thanks and we, His children have become His Garden of Grace.

Give thanks with a grateful heart. Let it become more than a song we sing. Give thanks and name and count your blessings. Give thanks and be present in each moment. Give thanks for all that God has given. Give thanks and begin giving out. Let the tide turn. Let your hands drip red. Let the red bring healing, compassion, mercy, grace, … everywhere the red drips.

Give thanks. Name that for which thanks are given. Count them all up to find you have more than enough to give away. Give thanks… now give.

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