Archive for July 2019

The Hunger

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6, NASB)

I had an extra day off work, and I wanted to enjoy it to the fullest. One of the best parts of having the day off is getting to stay up late the night before. So I watched TV to my heart’s content. I lay around instead of taking that walk I needed. And I ate whatever I felt like eating.

By the time I went to bed, I felt bloated, guilty, and restless. I had learned again what I should have already known: self-indulgence is not the path to happiness.

What’s more, satisfying the needs of our bodies does not satisfy us.

Yes, we are physical creatures. In a sense, we are children of this earth. Our bodies are made of its elements. We are sustained by its resources and are dependent on them for life – water, food, and air. Even our concepts of pleasure and beauty are largely shaped by this earth. And when we die, our bodies return to the elements from which we were formed. Physically, we are children of this earth.

But we are more than that. We are more than this weak, dying body. Life is more than a sensory experience. Happiness is more than making our bodies as comfortable as possible.

We indulge ourselves. We make life as easy as we can. Or we make it as stimulating as we can. Pleasure . . . ambition . . . they add interest to life, for a while. They can be pleasant distractions, some for longer than others. But always the emptiness returns, the “is that all there is?” feeling. We hunger for something greater, something deeper, something truly fulfilling . . . something lasting.

We hunger to reach all the way to the roots of our existence. We hunger for our Father, our Mother.

We hunger for God.

We don’t want to think of it that way. We want to look at the need a “rational” way and come to a more human solution. But the fact is that we hunger for something more than this sea of humanity has to offer, more than it can know. We hunger for our Creator. We hunger to know Him and be known by Him, to understand, to rise to all that we can be, to find our place . . . forever.

We grasp for fulfillment, and fulfillment can only be found in the One that created us from Himself. Fulfillment can only be found in all that He is and all that we can be in Him.

If you’re searching for meaning, for purpose, for soul-deep satisfaction, for all that life should be, search for the Source. Search for Him.

You’ll discover that He has been searching for you all along . . . searching for His child. And you’ll discover that finding Him is as close as a single, honest prayer.

God is a gardener at heart.
He delights to grow things from tiny seeds.
Look at your life and
the lives of those who are following Him.
It’s like a stroll through His garden.
What is He growing?
Isn’t it beautiful?

Hymn: Growing in God

Christ in Psalm 45

As the Bride of Christ,
we are to have
His heart and
His mind and
burn with the passions that drive Him.
To a familiar tune.

Recording
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O Bride of Christ, look to your Bridegroom,
The King of Kings, God’s holy Son.
Your highest good, your joy, your glory:
To live and breathe in Him as one.

O Bride of Christ, His throne is justice,
His throne is truth and glorious light.
His reign is peace and holy freedom.
Join Him and burn for truth and right.

O Bride of Christ, His heart is kindness.
With every breath He gives Himself.
His love is rich, eternal treasure.
O give your days to nothing else!

O Bride of Christ, He is your future.
Eternal joy is now begun!
He is the dawn of love’s perfection.
Walk in His light till we are one.

by Ken Bible, © 2018 by LNWhymns.com.

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Prayer 5

Monday –      The Blind Man of Jericho
Hymn: From These Depths, O Lord (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Come Like Jesus
Hymn: We Are Children (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – God Answers Prayer
Hymn: Almighty God Is Near! (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Stay Alert and Pray

Friday –          Listen for His Word
Hymn: Is There Any Word from the Lord? (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Speak, Lord
Hymn: Here I Am (recording) (printed)

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When God Calls

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8, NASB)

The old adage says, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. Apparently Abraham didn’t believe that. When Almighty God called him to leave his home and extended family—the comfortable, the familiar, the secure, the “bird in the hand”—he obeyed. He didn’t know where God was taking him, but he followed anyway.

His obedience was the outward evidence of an inward faith. He had met Sovereign God, the Creator, the Lord of heaven and earth. Once Abraham had encountered Him, nothing else mattered. God’s reality was motivation enough. God Himself had called. Abraham obeyed. Since he believed in this Being who spoke to him, what else would he do? It was by faith that Abraham obeyed (Hebrews 11:8, NASB).

Abraham’s situation is not unique. Almighty God comes personally to every believer. He calls each of us. He makes demands. He makes promises.

He points to a new path and commands us to leave the life we have known and begin a new one. We don’t know where our new life, our new path, will take us. But if we believe the One who is calling—if we believe He is who He says He is—what else would we do but bow and obey? How else could we respond but to follow wherever He leads us?

For a time, God may isolate us
from every other source of supply
but Himself.
It can be frightening.
But what an amazing privilege!
Almighty Creator God is looking into our eyes,
one-on-one,
face-to-face, saying,
“I am God your Father.
I love you.
You can trust Me.”

Hymn: I Only Want to Walk in You

Pursue Love

A hymn based on
1 Corinthians 13,
the love chapter,
set to a classical melody.

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Love, love fills life with music.
Live in love, and its fruits will grow.
Love gives the heart its endless wealth;
From heaven it flows.
Love frees us from the burdens
Selfish hearts always bear.
Love turns from wrong
And suffers long
With joy it’s glad to share.

Love, faithful and unfailing,
Bears so much, yet its strength endures.
Love, pressured through the night, will grow
More patient and pure.
See, time is slowly stealing
All the treasures we hold,
But loss is gain,
For love remains
Our God’s eternal gold.

by Ken Bible, © 2009 by LNWhymns.com.

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Prayer 4

Monday –      Ask #1

Tuesday –     Ask #2

Wednesday – Ask #3
Hymn: Seeds of Prayer (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    I Am Asking, Father
Hymn: I Want to Know You (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Reshape My Desires
Hymn: Lord, Life Becomes More Simple (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Come Humbly
Hymn: You Are Holy; I Come in Silence (recording) (printed)

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How to Be Sure about God

Genesis 1; Psalm 8; Isaiah 40:12-31

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:1-6a, NASB)

We cannot have a casual relationship with God. He claims to be Creator, sovereign Lord of all reality, Father, Redeemer, and Fountain of Life. If His claim is false, we should ignore Him along with all the other fakes and fictions in our world. If He is who He says He is, He is the reality that shapes every other reality. We owe Him everything, and more. There is no halfway. He is All-in-all, or He is nothing.

Since God is the ultimate question, how can we know that He exists? How can we be sure about Him? Our entire lifespan is a mere moment in time. We perceive and understand so little of reality, and He is by His very nature beyond our senses and imaginings. If we could completely encompass Him with our perceptions and expectations, we would be God, not Him.

Any objective observer of the human situation would come to this conclusion: understanding all reality is beyond human ability. It is beyond our perspective, beyond our brevity, beyond our wisdom, beyond the blindness and smallness of our self-centered pride. We can only know a Sovereign, transcendent God as He intentionally reveals Himself to us and as we respond by trusting Him.

That is the path to knowing God that is laid out in His Word, the Bible. What is our proof or evidence for the things we cannot see? Faith is our proof. Faith is our evidence. Faith is our assurance (Hebrews 11:1).

Creation itself nurtures this faith in what is beyond our senses. All its vastness, its matter, its detail, its pattern and order, came from nothing. It truly is a creation. Everything we see came from what we cannot see (Hebrews 11:3). Creation is but one of many testimonies God has provided, one of many signposts pointing to His reality (Other signposts include His written Word, His Spirit speaking within, the testimony of other human beings, and the man Christ Jesus).

But there is no objective proof that makes faith unnecessary. Our ultimate decision is always this: do we trust God or not? That decision is God’s design. To come to Him, we must realize our smallness and dependence, then trust Him as our Creator, Father, and Lord. To know Him, we must humbly acknowledge Him for who He is and acknowledge ourselves for who we are. Until then, we are foolishly exalting our small selves above the greatness displayed all around us. That can never lead us to the truth. The truth begins with God, not with us. Certainty requires our humble, trusting commitment to Him.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10, NASB)

But further, how can we frail and flawed creatures ever hope to please such a God or fellowship with Him? We please Him the same way we come to know Him: by faith—that is, by humbly, simply, actively trusting Him (Hebrews 11:2, 4-6a).

We are blind until we trust God.
He works His mightiest wonders right in front of us—
creation,
Jesus Christ, and
the glories of life in Him—
and we see nothing.
Trusting Him opens our eyes to His magnificence.

Hymn: Transcendent God

Christ in Psalm 40

Jesus Christ Himself is
all the salvation described in
Psalm 40.
He lifted us out of the mire,
set our feet on a rock, and
put a new song in our mouths.
The hymn is set to a familiar tune.

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You rescued me in Christ,
Established me in Christ.
A new song fills my joyful heart –
A song of praise to Christ!

What wonders You have done!
What life completely new!
What love and peace by simple faith!
Lord, who compares to You?

Christ came and gave and died
To do Your perfect will.
I take my cross and follow Him
My calling to fulfill.

My trust is all in Christ.
My holiness is Christ.
My light, my strength, my highest goal
Is all and only Christ!

by Ken Bible, © 2018 by LNWhymns.com.

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Monday –      Teach Me to Pray
Hymn: Teach Us to Pray (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Prayer in Gethsemane
Hymn: A Garden in the Night (BOYLSTON) (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Praying Like Christ

Thursday –    Christ Prays with Me

Friday –          Surprising Examples
Hymn: We Thank You, O Lord! (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     A Model for Prayer
Hymn: Only You (recording) (printed)

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