Honesty Rules

Writing this blog, I committed to give something true of myself almost daily, while honoring God.  It’s really a stretch to give out and not hold back.  The old tendency to hide doesn’t fly here.

We heard an honest testimony from a man in a Christian rehab, rare.  He had nothing to hide, nothing to lose, nowhere to go but up.

“Sincerity means that the appearance & the reality are exactly the same.” Oswald Chambers in “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount.”

Prov 19:22, “What is desired in a man is kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar.”

Hard Hearted

Lord Father, I’m sorry for being hard hearted, that’s why I detect it in others.  They are judging others based on worldly standards.  I’m glad I’m softer now (Ezekial 36:26).  That’s what You want, for us to be aware of Your desire in every situation.  And to see them as You do, love them, admonish them if needed.  Treat them with kindness.

Ezekial 36:26 (NIV) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

 

The Poor

…you have with you always, says Jesus, in Matthew 26:11, but you don’t always have Me.

My son said, it’s not whether the guy holding a cup in his hand to collect change is right or wrong, it’s are you love to him?  Do you give him money, buy him a meal or judge him?  Our actions will be our responsibility.

Psalm 41:1, “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.”

Job 29:11-12, “When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.”

Proverbs 19:17, “He that has pity upon the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.”

Leviticus 23:22, “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of your field when you reap, neither shalt you gather any gleaning of your harvest: you shalt leave them to the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.”

These two instances are based on the law in Leviticus:

Leviticus 23:35, “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.”

Ruth 2:15-16, “As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you” Jesus said in Matthew 7:12.  There’s the old adage, there but for the grace of God go I.

True Stories

Keep repeating the Words of the Bible & they’ll give you life.  They’re God’s Words so they keep making life, recreating.

But when you repeat gossip it might not be true & there’s no life in it.  The story keeps the person or circumstance in the same position & there’s no vision or change.  Mind your words to be life-giving.  Refuse to repeat stories that are death-giving. (Is it true, is it kind, is it edifying?)

The power of life & death are on the tongues, Prov 18:21

I give you abundant life, says Jesus in John 10:10

How sweet are Your Words to my taste!  Psalm 119:103

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Prophetic Act

Taping scripture to the edges of the work computer screen.  Where years before praying that God’s Word would rise above all other teaching & be exalted in town.

Proverbs 31:26, “She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”

James 2:8 (NIV), “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.”

What Bible scripture would you like to be made true?

 

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Two or Three are Gathered

Lumque did a ‘dad’ thing for me, took time out of his busy day to help a stranger.  When he allowed me to pray for him, he said, ‘We all need God; look at the world.”

Jesus says, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Dear Jesus, You were there that day, please repay Lumque 100 fold for the act of kindness he gave, protect & bless him and his family and bring increase.  Dear Lord, please bless all the Dads and restore families, in Your Name.

 

The Scarf

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver,” says Proverbs 25:11.  She told me about Martha loaning her the scarf on their way to a group dinner.  How loved she felt, how moved.  Like “apples of gold” was her gift received.
Years later, I received this kindness in the shape of exotic handcreme.  Before service, Martha pulled out the crimped foil tube that her daughter had given her, only sold in Europe.  A covering for dry, raw winter hands.