Being The Example of Christ

 

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Choices

In Matthew 5:33:

“Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:”

Oaths taken in the name of the Lord were looked upon as binding, and perjury of such oaths was strongly condemned by the law.

By the time of Christ, the Jews had developed an elaborate system of oath-taking, which often formed the basis of actual lying. In other words, there were stages of truth and thus also of falsehood within the system of taking oaths.

Also Ecclesiastes 5:5 “Better [is it] that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” It is better not to make a promise than to make one and not keep it.

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.” But if we’re going to be completely honest here, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Yes, it’s true and that’s because in life we have choices. We can choose to do something or choose to not do one thing. However, in life, all a person has in the world is their word and it means more than a lot of people realize. That’s why it’s so important to keep your word or promises because it reflects on you as a person and what it does to the other person A lot of people have tarnished their credibility with people because their unable to fulfill their word. Below are ways to help you make the right promises, so you can fulfill them.

Be Careful What You Promise

Too often, people speak before they think. They say what’s ever on their mind, especially when they’re in the heat of the moment. However, it’s always wise to think before you speak because you can ultimately promise someone a helping hand or something, which later on, you realize that you can’t simply do for a multitude of reasons. Or, simply, you’ll realize that you really don’t want to do what you promised after all. Before you throw out a promise, take the time to pray about the promise you want to give out.

Get Up and Do As You Promised

People make promises everyday and don’t keep them. Sure, something can pop up unexpectedly or a family crisis, but majority of the time, people don’t keep their promises because they get lazy or suddenly, they realize their afraid or not to do what they promised. When that happens, it’s nothing more than the enemy attempting you to stop from keeping your word because like it says in 1John 2:5 “But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him” The enemy has never kept its mission a secret, to steer people away from the path of the Lord. To some this may seem like a trivial step for the enemy, but remember, a loose thread can unravel an entire garment. So, think before you promise, know what you’re promising and you’ll always be able to keep the promises you make.

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Cathey Lynn

A Shepherd

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A Shepherd: He Oversees Our Soul

August 19, 2017

For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25

Sometimes an employee is offered a promotion and he or she says, “Thank you, but I’m good.” There could be many reasons for such a response, one of which is not wanting the burden of increased responsibility. Supervision and leadership come with a price. Perhaps not everyone wants to pay that price when the opportunity arises. No problem—it’s a matter of priorities and preferences.

1 Peter 5:2

2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;

What might Jesus’ response have been when offered the responsibility of becoming “Shepherd and Overseer” of all the human beings who willingly turned to God in repentance and faith? Fortunately, He said “Yes.” He paid the ultimate price to accomplish the Father’s will and become Overseer of our soul. And what does it mean for us? It means that Jesus Christ is both Shepherd and Overseer of your life—all of it. There is no aspect of your life to which He is not attentive. A human overseer—elder, pastor, boss, supervisor—may disappoint, but Jesus will not.

Put your faith in the One who willingly has said, “I will watch out for his soul; I will oversee her life.”

God’s cause is never in danger; what He has begun in the soul or in the world, He will complete unto the end.

Benjamin B. Warfield

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When Sorrow and Joy Meet

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When Sorrow and Joy Meet

 

As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing (2 Corinthians 6:10).

Sorrow was beautiful, but her beauty was the beauty of the moonlight shining through the leafy branches of the trees in the wood, and making little pools of silver here and there on the soft green moss below. When Sorrow sang, her notes were like the low sweet call of the nightingale, and in her eyes was the unexpectant gaze of one who has ceased to look for coming gladness. She could weep in tender sympathy with those who weep, but to rejoice with those who rejoice was unknown to her.

Joy was beautiful, too, but his was the radiant beauty of the summer morning. His eyes still held the glad laughter of childhood, and his hair had the glint of the sunshine’s kiss. When Joy sang his voice soared upward as the lark’s, and his step was the step of a conqueror who has never known defeat. He could rejoice with all who rejoice, but to weep with those who weep was unknown to him.

“But we can never be united,” said Sorrow wistfully. “No, never.” And Joy’s eyes shadowed as he spoke. “My path lies through the sunlit meadows, the sweetest roses bloom for my gathering, and the blackbirds and thrushes await my coming to pour forth their most joyous lays.”

“My path,” said Sorrow, turning slowly away, “leads through the darkening woods, with moon-flowers only shall my hands be filled. Yet the sweetest of all earth-songs–the love song of the night–shall be mine; farewell, Joy, farewell.”

Even as she spoke they became conscious of a form standing beside them; dimly seen, but of a Kingly Presence, and a great and holy awe stole over them as they sank on their knees before Him.

“I see Him as the King of Joy,” whispered Sorrow, “for on His Head are many crowns, and the nailprints in His hands and feet are the scars of a great victory. Before Him all my sorrow is melting away into deathless love and gladness, and I give myself to Him forever.”

“Nay, Sorrow,” said Joy softly, “but I see Him as the King of Sorrow, and the crown on His head is a crown of thorns, and the nailprints in His hands and feet are the scars of a great agony. I, too, give myself to Him forever, for sorrow with Him must be sweeter than any joy that I have known.”

“Then we are one in Him,” they cried in gladness, “for none but He could unite Joy and Sorrow.” Hand in hand they passed out into the world to follow Him through storm and sunshine, in the bleakness of winter cold and the warmth of summer gladness, “as sorrowful yet always rejoicing.”

Should Sorrow lay her hand upon thy shoulder,
And walk with thee in silence on life’s way,
While Joy, thy bright companion once, grown colder,
Becomes to thee more distant day by day?
Shrink not from the companionship of Sorrow,
She is the messenger of God to thee;
And thou wilt thank Him in His great tomorrow
For what thou knowest not now, thou then shalt see;
She is God’s angel, clad in weeds of night,
With ‘whom we walk by faith and not by sight.’

 

To enlarge the heart is to increase its capacity for sympathy and understanding.

@wearywithsorrow

Cathey Lynn

 

When I Speak Your Name In Prayer

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August 17, 2017

“When I Speak Your Name in Prayer”

 

I’d like to sit you down and tell you everything’s okay
And have the strength enough to pull you through another day
I’d like to help you to believe that this will be all right
And that you will not have to spend another sleepless night

I’d like to hold your hand and wipe the teardrops from your eyes
And help you just to sort things out while you question why
I’d like to try and lift the load and carry it for you
And truly help you understand just what you’re going through

I’d like to have the words to make this trouble disappear
And give you peace of mind so you won’t shed another tear
I’d like to have the magic touch to take away your pain
And help you see the blue sky just beyond this blinding rain

But sometimes what we say or do just cannot be enough
To ease another’s passage through a trail so dark and rough
There is one thing I know will help much more than I can say
And rest assured that I will do it when I kneel to pray

I will take your name before the Father as I seek His face
And ask Him to enfold you in His arms of warm embrace
There’s no one who can comfort you quite like the Father can
And surely carry you across this dark and frightening span

Although, I dearly care for you and want to help so much
I know that what you really need is in the Father’s touch
So, I will take you to the throne and leave you in His care
I know He will deliver, when I speak your name in prayer

@wearywithsorrow

Cathey Lynn

God’s Grace

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Religion tells us we’ll be judged for our sins and collect rewards for our good deeds. God tells us that Jesus was punished for our sins and that knowing Jesus himself is our great reward. One idea leads to walking on eggshells and doing good things to collect heavenly loot. The other idea leads to gratefulness for God’s grace and a new ambition in life—to know Jesus.

Andrew Farley

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God’s Promise

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August 17,2017

From Our Friends at Our Daily Bread

God promises His children a peaceful home in His Kingdom

 

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What every boy, girl, man and woman are longing for! RIGHETIOUSNESS and PEACE on earth as in HEAVEN. Thankful that God writes history in advance! Come quickly LORD JESUS!!!!!

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Alone

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August 18, 2017

Alone

(Deuteronomy 32:12).
No strange god”: Moses makes clear that God alone carried Israel through all its struggles and victories, thus depriving the people of any excuse for apostasy from the Lord by interest in false gods.

When the fire or smoke, lifted from the tabernacle and moved, the people followed. He was their God, and they were His people. There were no false gods among

“The hill was steep, but cheered along the way
By converse sweet, I mounted on the thought
That so it might be till the height was reached;
But suddenly a narrow winding path
Appeared, and then the Master said, ‘My child,
Here thou wilt safest walk with Me alone.’
I trembled, yet my heart’s deep trust replied,
‘So be it, Lord.’ He took my feeble hand
In His, accepting thus my will to yield Him
All, and to find all in Him.
One long, dark moment,
And no friend I saw, save Jesus only.
But oh! so tenderly He led me on
And up, and spoke to me such words of cheer,
Such secret whisperings of His wondrous love,
That soon I told Him all my grief and fear,
And leaned on His strong arm confidingly.
And then I found my footsteps quickened,
And light ineffable, the rugged way
Illumined, such light as only can be seen
In close companionship with God.
A little while, and we shall meet again
The loved and lost; but in the rapturous joy
Of greetings, such as here we cannot know,
And happy song, and heavenly embraces,
And tender recollections rushing back
Of pilgrim life, methinks one memory
More dear and sacred than the rest, shall rise,
And we who gather in the golden streets,
Shall oft be stirred to speak with grateful love
Of that dark day when Jesus bade us climb
Some narrow steep, leaning on Him alone.
“There is no high hill but beside some deep valley. There is no birth without a pang.”
–Dan Crawford

 

I would rather walk alone on that rugged narrow path with the Lord because only he alone can hold my weak and frail body on his ever lasting arm.

@wearywithsorrow

Cathey Lynn

3 Ways To Speak Life

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August 17, 2017

3 Ways to Speak Life

 

“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:25-32

There always seem to be drama in teenage girls lives
Sometimes the drama is because of a misunderstanding. Sometimes it’s because of a social media post. Sometimes it could be because of a guy.
More often than not, the drama is directly tied to words. And believe me, there are all sorts of word-related offenders: a hastily sent email, a group text gone wrong, a sarcastic remark in the hallway, a rumor that’s passed along thoughtlessly—we could go on and on.
If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of one of those things, you know how much it can hurt. But sometimes, we’re the ones who do the hurting, and sometimes it can he from two people hurting each other and not always in words but actions, which was my case. I understand why it happens. We’re always looking for ways to feel connected to other people—to feel accepted and “safe”—so when the enemy dangles bait that gives us a chance to be a mocker as opposed to mocked, to be the scorner instead of scorned, we can feel tempted to lunge at that seemingly tasty morsel. So we start a rumor, share some gossip, roast the new girl or boy and we act like it’s all in good fun. After all, the bait look delicious, right?
But don’t be fooled, that bait is a trap. And that trap will hook you and hold you for longer than you ever intended to stay there and believe me I’m eating my fruits. I made a terrible decision 3 years ago and just at the moment before I made that choice God quickened me at that very moment to tell me it was not going to turn out good for me. Even though I was betrayed and trusted by someone that I knew I shouldn’t have, even though he tore me down and wounded me, rejected me all I could think about was hurting him back. I will always grieve over those decisions I made and not trusting God that he’s decision was the right one.
That’s why it’s critical to use our words well. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (ESV). So every time we speak, we are choosing life or death.
Let me repeat that.
Every time we speak, we are choosing life or death.
We can build up, encourage, love, and support. Or we can tear down, wound, hate, and reject.
So, I just want to offer three quick suggestions that will hopefully remind us of how important it is to speak life today:
1. Every single person is made in the image of God. Every. Single. One. It’s good to remember that before we share the latest rumor or pass along “news” that’s really none of our business. The person you’re tempted to talk about is precious in God’s sight. Choose your words carefully.
2. Empathy changes how we respond. Instead of firing off a sarcastic remark, take ten seconds to really think about how the other person feels—and how you feel when people are unkind to you. Think about the possibility that what you and the other person really need is a conversation, not an argument.
3. It’s so much more rewarding to create a culture of honor and esteem than it is to settle for a culture of mean. And if you’re tempted to think the culture can’t be any different—that you can’t make a difference—then stand up for someone who’s having a tough time. You’ll see what an impact even one person can have.
Give grace. Speak life. Your words are more powerful than you know they not only wound the other person but they cause deep wounds to your on soul!

@wearywithsorrow

Cathey Lynn

Audience With The King

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August 17, 2017

Audience With The King

I love George Mueller. I ran across this story and wanted to share. It reminds me of the story in Mark 9:24. The father of the suffering youth reflected on the want of power in the disciples; but Christ will have him reckon the disappointment to the want of faith. Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Also Luke 22:32 when Jesus prayed for Simon. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

 

I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me (Acts 27:25).

I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, “The last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. We had George Mueller of Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty-four hours and never left it. George Mueller came to me, and said, ‘Captain I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon.’ ‘It is impossible,’ I said. ‘Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down into the chart-room and pray.'”

“I looked at that man of God, and thought to myself, ‘What lunatic asylum can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this.’ ‘Mr. Mueller,’ I said, ‘do you know how dense this fog is?’ ‘No,’ he replied, ‘my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life.'”

“He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers, and when he had finished I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder, and told me not to pray. ‘First, you do not believe He will answer; and second I BELIEVE HE HAS, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.'”

“I looked at him, and he said, ‘Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get audience with the King. Get up, Captain and open the door, and you will find the fog gone.’ I got up, and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday afternoon, George Mueller was in Quebec for his engagement.”

 

If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine,
In the sweetness of our Lord.

 

O Lord, thank you for my faith. Sustain it. Strengthen it. Deepen it. Don’t let it fail. Make it the power of my life, so that in everything I do, you get the glory as the great Giver. Amen.”

@wearywithsorrow

Cathey Lynn

The Power of Patience

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August 16, 2017

In waiting, I waited, for the Lord (Psalms 40:1-6,

Waiting is much more difficult than walking. Waiting requires patience, and patience is a rare virtue. It is fine to know that God builds hedges around His people–when the hedge is looked at from the viewpoint of protection. But when the hedge is kept around one until it grows so high that he cannot see over the top, and wonders whether he is ever to get out of the little sphere of influence and service in which he is pent up, it is hard for him sometimes to understand why he may not have a larger environment–hard for him to “brighten the corner” where he is. But God has a purpose in all HIS holdups. “The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord,” reads Psalm 37:23.

On the margin of his Bible at this verse George Mueller had a notation, “And the stops also.” It is a sad mistake for men to break through God’s hedges. It is a vital principle of guidance for a Christian never to move out of the place in which he is sure God has placed him, until the Pillar of Cloud moves.

When we learn to wait for our Lord’s lead in everything, we shall know the strength that finds its climax in an even, steady walk. Many of us are lacking in the strength we so covet. But God gives full power for every task He appoints. Waiting, holding oneself true to His lead–this is the secret of strength. And anything that falls out of the line of obedience is a waste of time and strength. Watch for His leading.

Must life be a failure for one compelled to stand still in enforced inaction and see the great throbbing tides of life go by? No; victory is then to be gotten by standing still, by quiet waiting. It is a thousand times harder to do this than it was in the active days to rush on in the columns of stirring life. It requires a grander heroism to stand and wait and not lose heart and not lose hope, to submit to the will of God, to give up work and honors to others, to be quiet, confident and rejoicing, while the happy, busy multitude go on and away.

It is the grandest life “having done all, to stand.”

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Cathey Lynn