Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, “Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?” “The Lone Ranger replies, “I see millions of stars.”
“What that tell you?” asked Tonto. The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, “Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies
and potentially billions of planets.
Astrologically speaking, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically speaking, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically speaking, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.
What does it tell you, Tonto?”
“You dumber than a buffalo . It means someone stole the tent.””
Psalm 91/ “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Hey everybody!! Daggum daggum daggum!!! I’m excited to share this Gold with you today! I had a Son-day surprise ready for you but God keeps supplying so much gold we’ll just have to save it for tomorrow. Kind of going off yesterday’s Gold seeing how when we give up ourselves and our struggles to God, He is so faithful to answer and so powerful that you can throw the word impossible out of your vocabulary with Him. Today I was driving down the road which is my prime time spot I usually do my business with the Lord. So I’m praying and I had some deep worry that had been building up the last few days with my hours being cut back at work, applying for a job in more of a ministry setting, at the moment I was most worried about making it by and what to do next. I don’t know why it took me so long but I finally gave those worries to Him and instead of trying to fix the problem and figure it out on my own like I usually do, I just left it alone. I just felt that the Lord was going to provide, I didn’t know when, where, or how long it would take but God gave me peace about it.
It wasn’t an hour later and my phone rang, it’s my dad/boss, he said someone called out and he asked if I wanted to come in and get some extra hours. What?!?!? My mind is still blown and I’m struggling to put words to it but wow God! Working on a Saturday afternoon wasn’t in my plans and I can’t say I was excited about it but I had just confessed to the Lord what I was struggling with, how I was struggling to believe that He could do it and struggling to take my hands off the wheel. He answered. This may not be the biggest most heaven opening God moment you’ve ever heard of but that’s where I was hit the most. So often in my life I expect to pray like God is a genie in a bottle and before I turn around He is going to open up the clouds, reach down and give me a winning lottery ticket. I’m not saying God isn’t capable of doing huge miraculous things but when we expect Him to do nothing but what seems huge in our eyes then we lose track of all the little moments that God completely and fully breaks through our tiny struggles and leads us into greener pastures.
I guess since God is so big and powerful it’s hard to see Him in the small things but that’s what’s so amazing is that God isn’t just our shepherd when we are walking through the valley of death and at the lowest pit of trouble we could be in, He is our Shepherd in each moment, little, big, medium sized, they are all the same to God because when He shows up so faithfully and you’re able to see just how much He cares for you, fights for you, and is in complete control of not just some but all the situations in our life, God only shows up in big ways because it’s who He is, GOD! That’s been the biggest advantage in seeing God work when me and my wants are out of the equation, when I’m the sheep and He’s the Shepherd, His provision may not be exactly how I planned it, wanted it, or thought it would come and so often when it’s not in my way then I miss out on seeing the blessings and provision God is bringing everywhere in my life. When we’re in the way, we have a tendency to only see God and His work in our lives only when it comes in the way we want it, that’s the thing, it doesn’t matter how we want it or how we think God should do it, He works in His way, He is the Shepherd and He Shepherd’s us in the way He best sees fit for our lives. I hope that makes sense because usually wrapped up in my wants, I would’ve never seen the call to work today as an answered prayer or blessing from God, I didn’t want to go to work because it wasn’t in my plans but that’s the way God provided so it doesn’t what I want because God has given me what I need. I’m sitting here pretty convicted of all the times God has showed up and provided for me and since it wasn’t the way I wanted it and my own selfishness was in the way, my eyes were consumed with me instead of enjoying God’s Shepherding and blessings in my life.
Just wanted to share that with you today with the hope that it can be of some encouragement to you in whatever sized problems you have in your life. God is right there, He is your Shepherd and He is surrounding you with everything you need in this very moment, take ALL of your worries to Him, and He may not answer in the exact way you want but He answers in the way you need. No matter what it is, let it go and step back, the Lord is your Shepherd and you shall not want anything else that you think might put duct tape on your problem, or want to do things your way. THE LORD IS YOUR SHEPHERD and that’s all that matters. He’s got you. Just think, maybe He’s about to call you and give you your provision. He is faithful, He loves you, and He is all you need!
“Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.”/ Psalm 119:105
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.
3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.
4 Lord, do good to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.”/ Psalm 125:1-4
Hope everyone has an awesome weekend! Just ran across these awesome truths from God in Psalms and they have completely changed my week around. It’s crazy when you think about it, some old words, from an old book, from the oldest One of them all, doesn’t sound like life-changing power could come from that right? That’s the cool part it’s not just any old book or random old words, it’s the breath of God, spoken straight from the Creator to me and you with the intention of us looking deeply into the instruction, hope, power, and awesome view of Him, God, the Eternal One and see His heart, His love for us, and His awesome truth that leads us to LIFE in the best of ways. So often I look at God’s Word and read the words He left for us and it’s just words. I’m so often running through life, going off what I got, seeing things how I want to see them, seeing and living in line with the world and putting my trust in things of the world. When I’m looking at these Psalms in my view or how the world would view them, these words don’t mean much. I don’t think these are life-changing promises, but just a pretty poem. It’s easy to skim over these words like they are just that, words. It’s convicting when we experience the other side of this perspective.
When coming to terms that without God, without His presence and power in our lives, we are helpless, hopeless, and incapable of anything good. I came to terms with that this week in what you may think isn’t that big of a deal but if you know me then you’ll get why this was big. I have a slight problem with waking up when I’m supposed to. When I sleep, man I sleep!! A train could go through my room and I wouldn’t budge. It’s nice, don’t get me wrong but when I have life to attend to and things to get up for it’s not so nice then. No matter how many alarm clocks I get or how loud they are, I always seem to find a way to sleep through them while they go off for hours. The worst part about it is with my terrible sleeping habits not helping much, when the day starts off with this lack of structure, it’s hard to start out on the right foot so my whole day is like running after a cheetah, doing everything I can to catch up but never coming close.
Looking at these Psalms this week and being at the point that I know I can’t do anything without God and His guidance in my life. I asked the Lord the other night for help, Lord help me wake up in the morning before I’m supposed to so I can spend some time with you and get my day started on the right foot. That was it, I didn’t do anything but ask God to be the lamp for my feet. GUESS WHAT??? At the sound of the first alarm I was up on my feet without thinking twice, I was in the kitchen whipping up some eggs then it hit me what I was doing and I out loud said, “woah.” From that moment even in what seemed so little, God showed up so BIG like He always does and throughout the rest of the day it wasn’t scheduled out and perfect but after seeing God work so faithfully and watching Him guide my steps into straight paths, I kept coming to Him for everything even on things I would never even think about praying about. I have seen myself fail so many times, watching God succeed and watching His Word reign so true, how could I not look at these next verses from Psalms 125 and feel anything less than secure and at peace in His love. That’s the funny part, all the same stuff was going on in my day but walking it out with the Lord and trusting in His faithfulness that He continued to display over and over again, my day wasn’t perfect by any means but walking in the peace, love and joy that comes when He is the lamp to my feet, that’s about as perfect as it gets.
All that to say, I don’t know what it is for you, what thing you have in your life little or big that seems impossible to defeat, seems like no matter how hard you try you’ll never win. I got good news, you don’t have to keep fighting that battle, dig into the Word and the answers from God will show up all over the place. I thought my situation was just apart of who I was so I thought I could never beat it but we don’t have to believe in ourselves when we have a loving and faithful God right there wanting nothing more than to show us just how much He is in control and He has our backs. These “words” looked a little different when putting myself aside and watching God work so faithfully before my eyes. Everything changes when we take our eyes off ourselves and this world and rest them solely on the Savior. His Word isn’t just words, it’s His Words delivering hope and strength to us when we need it most, life isn’t just a struggle but it’s a life of adventure resting behind the awesomeness of God, His Word is so powerful and life changing and it blows my mind to think one moment of giving up our impossible to God and watching Him makes it look more than possible, our faith and trust in Him just grows and grows and grows because our view of Him is bigger than ever, seeing life through God’s eyes calls us to keep our eyes up and rise up.
Eyes up and Rise up.
This is a piece of Old Gold that I had sent out awhile back but I’m excited to share it with you and I pray it can be an encouragement to you today!
Matthew 5:16/ “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
1 Corinthians 15:33/ “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Being a Christ-like example for others is something that I’ve personally struggled with and when put around bad situations the struggle becomes even bigger. In the world we live in, we are going to be put around bad associations or bad situations at some point or another. Sometimes I see myself as being more of a closet light, just a little light that barely gets seen while the rest of the house is dark. The Lord doesn’t want us to be closet lights. He has blessed us with the power of the Holy Spirit, so we can walk out His teachings from the Word and put them to use in any situation especially the bad ones. When we are trusting and walking in that power, we are too powerful to just be the closet light, He gives us the power that brings light throughout the whole house no matter how dark it is. Associating with people who also have the power is iron sharpening iron but that doesn’t mean we should shy away from the dark places cause that’s the chance to show how strong His light is. Jesus spent the majority of His ministry associating in the darkest of places cause when Jesus walked in the house, the house was LIT. We can have the faith of a closet light and barely shine, or we can have the faith of the power, in Jesus, making any house, situation, crowd of people LIT from how bright His light is shining through us. Let’s make it LIT!!!
“For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”
When I was growing up in church, I was always in and out, hearing what I wanted to hear and not really paying attention to a lot of the Word brought forth by the men of God in front of me. Through the years, there was one thing that always stood out and it took me a lotta years of going my way to see the truth and power behind it. There was a pastor that preached several years at my church growing up that would always make everybody stand when he read the Scripture during the service. Preacher Jimmy is what everyone called him, the man that baptized me in a horse trough while our church was being rebuilt. He would say, “everyone stand in reverence to the reading of God’s Word.” I never had a clue why we stood but it makes a whole lot more sense these days than it did then.
After digging into God’s Word and the impact that the powerful truths found in each verse has had, there is still days where even though I send these messages out, I find myself picking out verses that fit for the day. There are still a lot of days where I fail to pick up the Word and look intentionally into what the Lord has for me. These verses in Psalms show the magnitude of just how powerful God’s Word is; “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm,” By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”
Think about that for a minute. We have access to the Word of God, the same God and same voice Who spoke all of this around us, me and you into existence. How powerful is His Word and how awesome is it that He left us so much of His Word of truth to live by, learn from, and grow closer to Himself. It’s crazy thinking about all the days I fail to dig into His Word, not just pick it up, find something that sounds good and roll with it but really digging into His Word with deep intentions. Digging into His Word like it’s all I got, like my life depends on it because honestly when our word is compared to His, our life really does depend on what He has spoken to us. Noticing the power sitting right in front of me, I wonder how I can so often overlook it’s importance in my life and the fact that the truth and promises He’s left for us in there holds such chain breaking, life-changing power, bring hope when there isn’t any and continually showing us just how much we need God’s presence in our lives. It makes a lot of sense now when I think about why Preacher Jimmy asked us to stand because His Word deserves our upmost reverence and priority. With the new year here and so many resolutions being made, I’m making a challenge to myself and you also that we make a point to dig deeper each day into God’s powerful Word. Making Him the center of everything we do and standing firm in the voice He has in our lives. Just think, if everything was created at His Word, what can His Word change in our lives? What addictions, struggles, or worries can He completely turn the tide of in our daily walk with Him? It’s crazy to think of the possibilities because there is no limit to what He can do!
Now, today, and each day moving forward, “lets stand in the reverence to the reading of God’s Word.”