Saturday, December 31, 2005

Come ... let us reason together

Isa 1:18
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

This scripture has reverberated in my brain all of today. No surprise since it is the final day of the year and all that I’ve done wrong is ever before me. A new year, a fresh start is what I’m thinking but ‘old things must pass away’. The last month or so of this year was not the best for me. I messed up and found myself in a sort of limbo, knowing that God could make things right for me but unable to take that step in His direction. Guilt and shame held me motionless. Not that I ignored Him but the ‘elephant in the room’ so to speak went unaddressed. Till now.

These words echo in my soul urging me closer to the throne, loosing my tongue to speak of things previously unexpressed, filling my heart with hope for redemption, for change.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Whither Shall I Go?

Ps 139:7-18
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

This portion of scripture has always been of great comfort to me especially when I think that He’s so far away from me (or am I too far away from Him?). There are times though, when I wish it weren’t so true like when I’m messing up and doing stuff I shouldn’t. Conveniently I wish He weren’t around then to witness my shame. But He is. Even then. It makes me appreciate His forgiveness even more and understand that He truly loves me. I used to think that if people really got to know me maybe they won’t like me or think I’m such a nice person. So it was hard to be myself, warts and all. But in Christ I’ve found acceptance. He loves me in spite of me. I don’t take this as a license to do as I please but when I do fall I'm doubly disappointed. I wish I could go back in time and make the right choices. I know He's there, but it would be easier to go to Him then.

I feel Him so near now and I know it's because I've opened my heart to receive His forgiveness. His blood has washed away the past. There's today and maybe tomorrow. What I do with them, is up to me but no matter what I do, He'll still be there.

Thank you, Jesus.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Words of My Mouth

The title scripture of this blog, Psalm 19:14 is one of the verses of scripture I try to live each day by. It’s right up there with “in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path” and “ whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are good … if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.” I recognize that the battlefield really is in the mind and believe that with the right mind I can live right.

the words of my mouth
The Bible says that the words we speak should minister grace to the hearers.

the meditation of my heart
the Bible also says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. It’s easy to harbour resentment and unforgiveness. It’s even easier to get caught up in “the things of this world”. So guarding our hearts is important so that what comes out of us will glorify God. Then our fruit which is our ultimate testimony will be good fruit.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Two Wolves

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between 2 "wolves" inside us all.

One is Evil. The other is Good.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

I love this story. To me it types the natural man and the spiritual man that are always at war within us. As the old Cherokee said, it is the one that we feed that will win. This is one reason that I try to keep reading and meditating on the Word of God. It keeps me grounded in the Word and better able to be strong in the ways of the Lord.

The purpose of this blog is to share my daily meditations as I read the word of God. I hope to encourage myself, and God-willing, others, as I partake of the sweetness of His Word.