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Moses

“And Moses said unto the Lord …I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?”

  • Exodus 4:10-11 KJV

Telling God our limitations is a bit silly, and can actually be just an excuse.

Explaining all the details to God doesn’t do him any good, he already knows.  If there is something holding you back or causing you problems, instead of telling God all the little details, exactly what you want him to do about it, and waiting until he does what you told him, ask him fix it his way and show you what he wants you to do next.

 

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Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me! – Matthew 14:29-30 (MESSAGE)

It was night and the weather was storming! The disciples were in danger, barely making any progress, barely staying afloat when Jesus comes walking by on the water on foot. They were terrified thinking it was a ghost, wouldn’t you?

Peter sceptically said, “If you’re for real then let me do it, too!”

“Come on!”, Jesus said and Peter walked on water. Metaphorically so do we.

Events and problems swarm around us threatening to capsize and drown. Jesus is there, barely visible through the haze, undisturbed by the commotion. He’s not a ghost, not a make-believe deity. He tell us we can be safe with him through it all — all we have to do is abandon our trust in the boat and go with him.

When walking with him, however, don’t expect the wind to stop or the water to thicken. Keep focused on his call and his care; it’s all there for the asking.

— fritz

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Sennachrib

Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, the LORD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? — Isaiah 36:18-19

The Bible tells of when a foreign king came to conquer Jerusalem under the reign of king Hezekiah.

Hezekiah was a good king and trusted God, encouraging his people to do so, too. The enemy tried to get them to give up by blurring the lines between their faith and that of others, saying they are all the same and all just as weak.

The same mantra is heard today — trying to get us think all faiths are the same, just as potent, just as weak.

They are not.

The Bible tells of God’s secret place, unknown by many.1

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty … Surely he shall deliver thee … – Psalm 91:1-2a

That secret place has always been in Christ. The Old Testament saints trusted in the coming Christ who would save them, just as we look back to that same Christ who saves us. As Jesus said,

“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. — John 8:56

Ours is a living faith in the living God and his Christ

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. — Revelation 11:14-16

— fritz

1. See Also: A Secret Society (but Anyone Can Join) — March 12, 2010

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No Sweat

Some find it too ludicrous to believe the God who keeps the universe running would be interested or even have the time to be concerned with the desires and feelings of an insignificant individual human being. That’s because we have too small a concept of God.

He is so big and good and amazing he can care for my feelings, wants to hear my ideas and hopes, and listens to my prayer and the same from every human that has ever or will ever live, AND keep the universe running — All without breaking a sweat!

“I am the high and holy God, who lives forever. I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who are humble and repentant, so that I can restore their confidence and hope.” – Isaiah 57:15 (Good News Translation)

Sound Bite: God is big enough to care for me.
— fritz

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Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. – Deuteronomy 31:6

My professor of Prayer and Spiritual Life at Asbury Seminary had a saying that has stuck with me over the years:

“I may not know what the future holds,
but I know who holds the future
and He holds my hand” – Dr. Thomas A. Carruth, 1979

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A Scripture for Bikers

Honda CH250

It is always good to memorize scripture, and here is a good one:

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. — Jude 1:24-25

— fritz@langgang.com

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And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto [Moses’ birth mother], Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it. – Exodus 2:9

Moses mother was paid to nurse her own child while others were loosing theirs and living in poverty.

Even in the worst environments, the most unjust laws, and in spite of evil intents of wicked people God offers divine exceptions by faith so that we not only survive but thrive.

Prayer: Help me, Father, to not be afraid or give up hope but to look for your divine exceptions and trust your care. Amen.

Sound Bite:I shall, by God’s Grace, live and thrive in the 20 of the 80/20 rule

– fritz@langgang.com

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