Friday, July 30, 2021

Time to Seek the LORD


Google image. This reminds me of my daddy plowing 
corn and cotton fields. 

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. 

Hosea 10:12 KJV

Hosea preached and prophesied to the Jewish nation and Israelites, in particular. Israel had grossly corrupted themselves with idolatry and many sins against God. Hosea warns them of the consequences of their sins and calls them to repentance.


In these words, we hear the eternal themes of sowing and reaping, and of repentance.


In the days of Jesus and the Apostles, repentance is a recurring part of the Gospel message. Indeed, John the Baptist came preaching repentance.


In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:1,2).


Jesus began his earthly ministry preaching repentance.


From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is a hand (Matthew 4:17).


Repentance—a change of mind or purpose--is no less urgent today than it has ever been. What must be our response to this message? 


Break up your fallow ground. The hardened barren ground of our hearts needs to be cleared of the thoughts and attitudes that prevent the good seeds of God’s Word from springing up in fruits of mercy. We need to turn away from sinful behaviors that reap chaos and learn to live according to the Lord’s ways.


It’s time to seek the LORD until he comes and rains righteousness upon you. Not some half-hearted, double-minded search, but one fueled by a sincere firmly held decision to search for God until He is found. As Christians, we must make our stand with the Lord and fulfill our calling to be the light of the world, showing the way to truth and love, peace and mercy.  The public spirit and public life in general, art and entertainment, and institutions, even our churches, are under a corrupt cloud of darkness. The only realistic hope for ourselves and for stemming the evil tide is to seek the Lord while He may be found. 


I leave you with this Scripture on the eternal law of reaping and sowing from Paul’s letter to the Galatians:


Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting  (Galatians 6: 7-8). 


Sow in righteousness, and trust that you shall reap the fruits of mercy and life everlasting. 

Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God (Psalm 146:5 ISV).

My granddaughter reading books
by my friend Kathleen Ruckman.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Christian Influence: Light of the World

Lighthouse near Beauford, SC

Ye are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14a



Jesus Christ is speaking to his disciples.  He calls them light. He ordained this to be. Light. That pure, penetrating element with power to reveal all the truth hidden and obscured beneath a cloak of darkness. 


Recall Jesus said He was the light. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12


So that light shining through us as Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ comes from the Source of all Light.  Our light shining will exhibit the spirit of Jesus. 


Would we ever be so bold to identify ourselves as light? Jesus said, we are the light of the world.


Had He said, the earth, we might have been able to narrow our influence’s focus on wherever our feet might tread.  Having specified, the world, our Christian influence is meant to radiate light like the stars and enlighten the world.


Keep in mind, the world is Satan’s domain. Under Satan’s influence, the world is made of systems built on God’s earth, systems of society, religion, civilization, that rarely or never take into account Jesus Christ and His gossip of the Kingdom of God. 


Jesus says we are to be the light in those places.


And the devil, taking him (Jesus) up into a high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. Luke 4: 5-7 KJV


The devil attempted to buy out Jesus, not unlike the manner in which he had tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden, and not unlike the way he entices men and women today to worship him rather than God.


Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’Luke 4:8


Hold fast to Him so that you may become blameless and pure, Children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. (See Philippians 2:15)

My son with his little nephew (my grandson) picking strawberries

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Pruning Time


Every branch of mine that bears no fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:5

    Gardening is one of my simple pleasures. The plants, shrubs, and trees in my yard reward our collective and my unskilled efforts. I rely on help from the family and a monthly guide for my geographical region written by horticultural experts. My principal dilemma is when and how best to prune the shrubs and trees. Dead branches and wayward limbs and shoots that weaken the energy of the plant and retard its growth must be removed. When pruning is properly done at the right time, the plants produce healthier blossoms and fruit. I am rewarded by a beautiful thriving garden.

As Christians, our branches are in the True Vine, Jesus Christ. Could anything be more needful to us as part of the body of Christ than pruning by the Master Gardener? For a season, trials and suffering serve to perfect us. We read in Romans 5: 2-5:

…we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

    As God prunes away the useless and the sinful things that draw our focus and strength away from Him, the fruits of the Holy Spirit, such as love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) – sprout forth and grow. Beautiful fruit indeed. Renewed fellowship and joy awaits as well.

Dear God, help us not despise your pruning but trust in your loving care. May the fruits of the Holy Spirit grow in abundance in our lives and bless the body of Christ. Amen.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Divine Standard: Holy and Blameless

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You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 ESV


The disciples must have been surprised by these words of the Lord Jesus Christ, for the standard He sets before them is God Himself. Jesus doesn’t say tryto be perfect: He says be ye perfectas your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Jesus enjoins them and thus, all believers, to imitate God’s perfect kindness, mercy, and holiness.

Impossible indeed, but with God all things are possible (See Matthew 19:26). Besides, Jesus wouldn’t tell his disciples to be perfect if it were not possible. Through one man, Adam, the curse of sin entered the world. Through Jesus’s life and sacrificial death on the Cross, He took away the sins of the world.


Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29 ISV


Through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, forgiveness of sins, redemption, right standing with God is available to all those who believe in Him. By His grace, we can grow in unity with Him when we endeavor to keep his commandments and honor Him as the Lord of our lives. 

When asked which is the greatest commandment, Jesus speaks right to the heart of the matter.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22: 37-40. ESV

Does it seem the whole of God’s moral law is comprised in these commandments? Although this seems like an unreachable ideal, it stands nevertheless as the ideal to which we must aspire. Our relationship with God is a process which works itself out in the details of our lives. Endless opportunities avail themselves for us to conform to the image of Christ in our thoughts, words, and deeds. A believer’s heart transformed into a heart of love, seeks God’s will, identifies with His interest in others, and extends His love and mercy to the world around him.

I encourage you to have confidence in God. The Apostle Paul said, He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.(See Ephesians 1:4

Can we presume to seek perfection? How can we not when Christ gave so much?


My granddaughter Evie, November 2020.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The Evidence of Things

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26 KJV 

 Faith drops the letter into the mailbox and relies on its reaching its destination. Faith sits in the dentist’s chair and trusts it is for his good. Faith plants the bulbs and waits for blooms in due season. In each case, the outcome is out of our hands, but we’ve taken the first step. We’re put our trust in some unseen operation to accomplish something that we cannot accomplish for ourselves. Faith is the action that sets it all into motion. 

 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 KJV 

 Faith is irrelevant to feelings or impressions, or even improbabilities. Faith takes God at His word and believes Him to be true and unchanging. God can work in my life when I commit myself to Him. When I hand my petitions over to Him, confident in His infinite wisdom and power, He brings about whatever is good in His sight. If you are a Christian, you already have faith. Pray with the faith you have. Ask God to increase your faith. 

 Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! (See Mark 9:24) 

 Abide in Him, trust Him, and you’ll see the evidence of things hoped for. 

 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13a ERV

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Helping Hurting Hearts

My Daddy's Bible

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. Proverbs 12:25 KJV 

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 NIV 

Throughout the Proverbs, Solomon has much to say about the power of words to bring comfort. He likens them to silver, refreshing water, food, medicine, and a tree of life. Good words bring good to others and lift the hearts of those weighed down with depression or worry. 

I am reminded of the inscription written in the front of my daddy’s little black bible. It reads as follows:

    People need from us nothing so much as good cheer and encouragement. Life is hard for most of us and needs inspiration. The best friendship is that which inspires us to do better, to do our best. 

The tiny New Testament was a gift from his Sunday school teacher, signed sincerely in 1937. Her heart-felt words left a wise and enduring message. 

Someone near you could be blessed by your words of good cheer and encouragement. You never know the impact your words might make on a person’s day, on a person’s life. They may bring sweetness to that soul and heal a hurting heart. Maybe your words will even soften a sin-hardened heart and make it ready to receive God’s redeeming grace. Be ready to speak healing words to hurting hearts. 

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

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