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Thursday, April 15, 2010

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 9

Isaiah 55:8 says
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Verse 5 of the 119th psalm says
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

and, in the New International Version, verse 5 says
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!

When we go on through the chapter, we can see similar words in verses 10, 12, 20, 33-40, 131, 133, 136 and finally, in 176. We need the LORD to help us follow his precepts because we are not naturally inclined to do so. What makes sense to us can be called senseless by God and what God tells us, sometimes, we can't seem to make sense of. Verse 26 and 30 also address there being a difference in our ways and the LORD's ways. Never forget that He has not left us alone or confused. There are also many verses, like 8, 43, 65, 68, 94, 116, 145, 156 and 169, that show cries out of a need of guidance or/and that He leads.

A lesson for the day: No matter where the path leads and what you need to do, if you're following Jesus, you know it's the right way. God always prevails; therefore, you will also. Verse 71 says, It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 45, 97, 103, 105, 113 and 127 express joy about His laws.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 8

Psalm 119:

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

These verses start off telling of the blessedness of those who keep the LORD's testimonies and continue to speak of seeking Him with the whole heart, then it expresses that they, walking in his ways, do no iniquity and that He has commanded us to keep his precepts diligently. My point is that, not only does God give us commandments but He commands us to keep them diligently and everything is cause and effect. You can't serve unless you serve with your heart and you can't serve from your heart if you didn't know who you are serving so you must seek with your whole heart. To follow God is to flee evil. You can't be walking in two directions at once and you definitely can't serve two masters. If you're serving the LORD, what you do reflects that choice. He protects us through His precepts rather than binding us to a random set of laws. The word of the LORD is above all and God always prevails. I said this morning, it's one thing to claim a faith and another thing to follow it. This coincides because it's about commitment. To do something diligently, you must be committed.

A lesson for the day: Hebrews 4:12 and Isaiah 55:11
People have said today: #theresnothinglike the power of words, images, and sounds to change the way we think about the world. #arts #photos #books
They have said this in honor of National Arts Advocacy Day (today). We know words have power to change many things, even causing life and death, and an even greater power the word of our heavenly Father holds.


Before we move on to the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Beth and the second stanza of Psalm 119, I'd like to encourage you to review the last 7 days of posts and visit the links within each post. You will find valuable information and nice surprises at each.

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 7

Psalm 119

8I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

Psalm 91

1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:



What's the connection??

Sunday, April 11, 2010

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 6

Psalm 119:7 says:

I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.


That verse says that it is His word, His law, His precepts, His judgments, His commandments, His ordinances, His testimonies, His statutes, His way is what shows us what's right. A lot of people have got it backward, wanting some type of change to happen inside and then they will do what's right but once you've accepted Jesus, you've been changed. What needs to happen is we need to do what is says in Romans 12:2 (And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.).




A lesson for the day: It is far better to seek the truth than to seek happiness.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 5

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This reminds me of verses 5 through 7:
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
**The last word in the first line of this post is cut off but should say ''easy,'' the last word in the 1st line of he 2nd image should be ''not'' and the 2nd to last line of this post is cut off but should say ''endureth''

Poem about destiny/grabbing life by the horns

People always think and assume that they can do things the way the want to
But today's the day I've realized I've got to wait in order for this to work
Because, see, I'm tired of being worn out,
Wondering where my life's going to lead me now
I know I've got to take control
And that's it
There's nothing left now that I've finally found out
My head is often filled with thoughts
And I often tell myself I'm wrong for the way I feel
But I know the deal
What I feel is real
My inner voice, my inner dreams
They don't coincide with anything that's happening in my reality
My inner hopes, my inner soul
Reveal a me you've never known
It's the me I want to, need to show
Because it's me and it's my life
I get one chance to do this right
And the only One Who keeps me up is the Lord
One day, one Way
I'm the only one who makes the choice on where I go
And I know where I want to, need to go


I wrote this poem during 2006, toward the end of the year. I was seventeen years old and it relates to the post on Day 4 of Psalm 119. It's clearly about coming-of-age, accepting personal responsibility, facing truth, following the way and living purposely. Failed relationships is what often leads young people to examine themselves and such was the case in the time I wrote the poem. It's that teenage angst (confusion, conflict) that made me write it and I see it when I read it but to God be the glory that when You follow Him, the path keeps moving forward. There are no dead ends in Christ!! He's a Redeemer!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Jesus Walks With Me

To choose a blog title is not something to take lightly. It's the first thing people see, what they remember you by and it's permanent. The reason Jesus Walks With Me is the title for this blog is that Jesus is alive and well and we see Him walking the earth through His people as He works on us, in us and through us!! It is not a narcissistic statement as to say Jesus is walking with me but just to spotlight that Jesus has done so much in my life and that His presence is undeniable!!

God bless you, always!!

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 4

"Grab life by the horns!!" To grab life by the horns is to do exactly what it is you need to and ensure you get exactly where you need to; it's to not let anybody else control your destiny, to not leave it up to them and at their disposal. The only bad thing is if you didn't actually know what you need to do....but Proverbs 3:5-7 and Psalm 37:25-26 tell us that God helps us. We know to trust in Him is one part of following the way. WE'RE not left to our own devices to figure out what life is. He's drawn a map for us to make use of..and every day, we write the stories of our lives in how we live... Yesterday, we went over Psalm 119:1-8. It was about following God's word, just as most of the 119th psalm is. I'd like to point out verse 4:

4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.


To know the sovereignty, holiness, goodness, righteousness, and finality of God's word should be enough to make anyone want to do all He says. However, it is not always so.
God says obedience is better than sacrifice.
The word needs to be walked in. The words need to be walked in.
I got a message in my e-mail inbox with the subject: Jonah
I'm sharing it with you:

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Jonah
John MaiselJonah is a classic story of a man who ran from God because his personal desires became more important than God’s will for his life. Our Father pursues us with tender mercies as well as harsh discipline. Our Lord’s discipline is never because of anger, but it is because He longs to grace us with His will and lead us to His blessings.

As Jonah realized, being in the belly of the whale in the midst of disobedience will help one think clearly about running from God. Jonah 2:2 says, He said: ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help…

If they’re smart, people who run from God and see their lives crushed will cry out to God no matter how bad their situation may become. Jonah was in the whale because God wanted to get his attention.

If you are a child of God and running from what you know is God’s will, God may arrange an impossible situation that will cause you to cry out in your distress.

You would think God would tell Jonah to “stick it.” I would! But the greatest thing about our Father is His desire to always answer us when we turn and cry out to Him.

Can you imagine that? God’s incredible love caused Jonah to say of Him, You brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God.” (Jonah 2:6)

I don’t know where you are now. I hope you aren’t running from what you know your Father wants you to do. If you are, all it takes is for you to say, Father, help me. A loving God will be there in your most painful circumstances. Yes, God put Jonah in the belly of the whale, and yes, God has you in your out-of-control situation. But, He has the pressure on you to get your attention so that you will cry out to Him once again.

Jonah tells us the root of his problem: Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. (Jonah 2:8) We have to unpack this verse next time because it is at the root of all our rebellion and running from the true Lover of our soul.

Blessings are on the way, no matter what pressure you are under, but only if you “cry out” to Jesus.

Oh Lord, do what is necessary to forsake my idols, that I might know the glory of Your grace.


A lesson for the day: God provides His word because of love and the volition of submission to Him prevents admonition and chastisement, and even those are also signs of God's love.

Soles






When we think of Jesus, we think of the soul. Today, people went out to care for the soles of people. TOMS Shoes is an organization that I always support. Here's a blog post of an intern with the company, Sarah Walpert. She says it all:

A Day Without Shoes... could you do it?

As you know, I've been interning at TOMS for about 2 months now. Our biggest initiative in my time here has been the 3rd annual "One Day Without Shoes." What is it? Simply put, a day without shoes. On April 8th, TOMS is challenging people across the world to go a day, an hour, ten minutes, whatever they can, completely barefoot. Now you're probably thinking, "Why would a SHOE COMPANY encourage folks to go BAREFOOT?" Easy. TOMS is not just a shoe company; TOMS is a movement, an advocate for change. We want to raise awareness for the MILLIONS of children around the world who go every day without the luxury of something as simple as shoes.

Why Shoes?
Fact #1: In some developing nations, many children must walk for miles to school, clean water, and to seek medical help
Fact #2: Cuts and sores on feet can lead to infection
Fact #3: Often, children cannot attend school barefoot
Fact #4: In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil
Fact #5: Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes

April 8th is not about selling shoes. It is a day of recognition, of awareness, for those children who are hindered on a daily basis because they do not have something as simple as a pair of shoes. Get involved in something bigger than yourself. I'm going barefoot on April 8th. Will you?

To find a barefoot event in your area, go to www.OneDayWithoutShoes.com and enter your zip code. If there isn't already an event, host one! There is an online toolkit with plenty of materials to get the ball rolling.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 3

I mentioned that "ordinances" only appears once in Psalm 119. Let us examine the verse:

Psalm 119:91
They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.

When I think of 'ordinances," I think of order. God cares about having things in order and about things being in His divine order!

Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is put in order in this psalm.

Today, we will begin to study in the first stanza.

God said He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. The Bible speaks of first-fruits. All things that are first set a precedent and affect what comes after.

**In gematria, aleph represents the number 1, and when used at the beginning of Hebrew years, it means 1000**

א ALEPH

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.


A lesson of the day: If God is first (and He is), His ways are the best and only ways to godliness!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 2

"For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 119:89)

Today, we will focus on how the Word (Jesus) relates to the word. We learned, during day 1, that the word is a big part of Psalm 119 but exactly what does that mean?? Many have been confused. We will talk about the word but for now, we must discuss the living Word.

Brought to us by Apostle George L. Maitland:

We don't believe without faith. We don't faith without a concept, and we don't concept without a precept.

Faith is gifted of God, but before he gives you faith, he provides the precept and the concept.

The really great thing about this is God provides the whole thing. It is his work in us!

We are all gifted with faith, but each in his/her own time.

The Word of God is not the scripture; the scripture testifies of the Word of God. This is a fundamental Christian mistake, one too often spread. The ORIGINAL INTENTION is The Word of GOD. And He came in the flesh, and died, was buried, and resurrected. We are to find our life in Him. The scripture testifies of Him. He is life aionian, in scripture you don't find that life. Only in HIM!!

Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God not the scripture!!

The love of scripture is fundamental just not first.

I hope you enjoyed reading what this man of God has delivered!!

Theme of the day: Servitude begins inside with your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and outward expressions result.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 1

Throughout these forty days, I will share my observations and most of all, Scriptural truths.

Today, we will go through the whole chapter, which is, in fact, the longest psalm and longest chapter in the entire canonized Bible. The King James Version is used.
This is important because it is often viewed as a prayer thanking God for instruction, more specifically, the Torah. The words way(s), law, testimony(ies), precepts, statutes, commandment(s), judgment(s) and word(s) appear all throughout. Ordinances appears once.
  • Twenty-two stanzas long, Psalm 119 is just one of many acrostic poems in the Bible.
Each stanza is represented by another letter of the Hebrew alphabet, in order. Within each stanza, there are eight verses, each beginning with the corresponding Hebrew letter.
  • Ashrei temimei darech = Happy are those whose way is perfect.
The former is what Psalm 119 is referred to as in Hebrew and the latter is a translation.
  • "LORD" is said twenty-four times.
Talking to God, the psalmist asks Him many things, tells Him many things and praises Him.


We will go deeper into these truths and many more in the next 39 days.

A lesson for the day: Remember to never separate the Commander and the commandment.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Forty Days of Psalms

A little over an hour ago, I announced on Twitter that from April 6 through May 15, we will be a place for all to explore Psalm 119.
I am beginning my exploration today, as my dad knows the etymology of these things and I don't.
I joked on Twitter that it (Psalm 119) is the long one. It truly is long at 176 verses.

A few days ago, I posted a message on my Tumblr from the UCG and their message included a link to Free Bible Study Guides. When I visited their site, the verse at the top of the page at that moment was Psalm 119:105 (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.). As I often do, I looked the passage up on a Bible passage look-up site. I opted for the King James Version and started reading. I read it in my Bible. I shared it with friends. Now, I have to delve deeper. I have questions and I see the treasure in this psalm that needs to be grown and flourished in our hearts. It says in verse 11, Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Last night, I thought about the number 40. Forty days and forty nights of fasting, of flooding or of floating around the wilderness, God uses this number to prepare us for things ahead, getting rid of old ways and purging the land, breaking what puffs itself up and increasing those godly traits within. I really view it as a cleansing number.

Therefore, for the next forty days, Jesus Walks With Me will be searching through Psalm 119!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I Still Stand

I have some education but nothing compares to Your grace, Lord
I've had some life struggles but nothing keeps me from Your plan because You love me, Lord

The only One who I know always hears my words
And cares
Lord, You're the One who's by my side when nobody else is there

I don't have to do anything to try to fit into society
He's got so much more in store for you and me

He's the only Reason I stand
In the morning, I still stand
I was crying
Thought I was on the verge of dying
By my God heard my call and He answered before I could fall
In the morning, I still stand
Though I thought I had no hope,
Jesus let me know
It's not over
So, this morning, I still stand


...


I know I can depend on You
And only You
To see me the whole way through
What lies ahead
What lies around
You keep my feet on the ground
But I'm
Mount up with wings like an eagle

...

Oh yeah, I still stand, yeah
I still stand!


I wanted to share this excerpt of a song I wrote because of what hope ((real/true, eternal hope)) means and how it's shown up in my life. Forever, Jesus has been keeping me. We have to hold on to Jesus and have hope. Even when I felt like I was doomed, He wouldn't let go. Read about hope on our friend, Rev. Dr. James A. Lee's blog, The Joy of Jesus (Church Online) in the post, The Return of Joy of Jesus Cometh.

Another song that has a relevant message is What I Know. Here's some of it:

We can't always see where's the end

But there's light, so bright and strong

Beautiful, shining from within

So keep your faith; it won't be long

I had to find the will and strength

God's been with me all through this thing

He never said it would be easy

He never forsakes; God is with me

Stumbling, tumbling

Crumbling. fumbling

But I can't fall

Over and over again, breaking to begin again

I still stand after all

After all

Jesus, You want me to give it up (give it up)

All the hurt, all the pain, been through enough (through enough)

Lord, You know I want to with all my heart (all my heart)

So, help me to trust in You and give it up (give it up)

I gave it up, I gave it up, I gave it up, I gave it up

You'll have your joy after all

You'll have your peace after all

You'll be able to walk after all

You'll be rid of disease after all

You're not gonna fall after all

You'll be at ease after all

You'll have a new home after all

You'll stand, you and me, after all

Stumbling, tumbling

Crumbling. fumbling

But I can't fall

Over and over again, breaking to begin again

I still stand after all

After all


Enjoy this Resurrection Sunday!!

Please read the resurrection song I wrote at Empty Cross.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Country Justice (1997) Review

Country Justice (1997) celebrated manhood, the familial unit/responsibility to family, love and emotional bond as well as a coming of age learning process and the rebellion, growth and tried and true attitude and traditional methods that go along with it (if it aint broke don't fix it).

Watching this film early this afternoon, I saw the characters stretching to meet new needs and demands due to certain mistakes and tragic circumstances as a result of ignorance. It reminded me of something I read this week about wars, peace and abiding by the law on boundless.org at An Even Dozen, Opposed to Boyfriend's Military Position and Can War Be Justified? The last two questions and answers on "An Even Dozen" said it like this:

Q: I disagree the Office Hours column "Can War Be Justified?" Jesus Christ calls his followers to be peacemakers. If we truly want peace, why should we take up arms?
A: Jesus did say we should be peacemakers, but Paul said rulers are appointed by God to bear the sword in order to execute the wrath of God on wrongdoers. If the Bible is true, both teachings are true. We must reconcile them, not choose between them. Remember, too, that there is no political solution to the problem of sin. Not even a justified war could end all wars — but not even refusing to fight could bring a lasting peace.

Q: I was intrigued by the column about war, but it left the biggest question unanswered. Isn't the soldier's place to follow orders — to "render unto Caesar"?
A: Alas, you've quoted only half of what Jesus said. He didn't say "Render unto Caesar," period; he said "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's" (Matthew 22:21). The Bible is full of instances of right and proper disobedience to unjust commands. For example, the Hebrew midwives refused Pharaoh's command to kill all male Hebrew infants, and God rewarded them (Exodus 1). The Three Worthies refused King Nebuchadnezzar's command to worship an idol, and God saved them (Daniel 3). When the Apostles were told by the Sanhedrin to stop preaching about Jesus, they said "We must obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). God is above all earthly authorities, and must be obeyed no matter what.

The reason Country Justice reminded me of those words on Boundless is that "Grandpa" Clayton Hayes enlisted several friends and their families to help him illegally transport his grandson around the state, even trying to leave the state, in order to protect little Mathew from being put into the custody of his biological dad, "Ray," who raped Clayton's teen-aged granddaughter, Emma Baker. Ray only really learned he had a child when Clayton attempted to adopt the baby so that Mathew could receive the health coverage he needed to live.

Through the way they cooperated and worked together for the child, we witness years of hard work paying off, not because Clayton worked in the coal mines 40-50 years but because he developed and maintained good relationships while doing it. His character was built in the process and he became a "rock," as Emma often referred to him. In fact, the film starts with her talking about him and ends with her talking about him as well. She started with, "His strength is what my mama ran away from. His strength is what kept me alive." She ended speaking about how a man as genuine and strong as he is surely worth holding onto.

This struck me, on one hand, because of the beauty from the love shown throughout and on another hand, because it has now become an even rarer thing to find such kinds of men (not that they can't be but that they aren't). Christian music artist Sho Baraka has just come out with an album, Lions & Liars, with a song titled, "Revolutionary Died." Here's a clip where he speaks of what I just stated.



See, apart from God, it is impossible to be the leader of a man that any man can potentially be. Even in Country Justice, the sign outside of their church claimed, "What's missing in the ch rch?" The answer would be "u," which would be read to mean you. Also, in one scene, Reverend Collins went to Clayton's house to deliver an envelope of cash. Clayton wanted to refuse but the pastor said something like, "I didn't do it for you, you old sinner. It's for the baby." This is important because it acknowledges that there's a difference between being good and being godly.

The pastor of the church did a lot to help with the efforts to assist baby Mathew being kept safe. The congregation was truly unified. Do you know one like it??

Lastly, to tackle the perspective of maternity, this young lady was fighting for her son's well-being to keep him from his dad, the man who took a "perfect"ness that he perceived in her and robbed her of innocence. At first, Emma did not even want to give Mathew legally to her grandfather, who she loved and respected, because it'd mean that he'd no longer legally be hers so there's no way she'd let his father take him (still, it wasn't her who took the child away on the run. She woke up and they were just gone. Her fighting for him was simply in the court room). When she realized she had no other way, as a mother, she chose to sign the adoption papers. She'd still be his mom and take care of him but the health care plan that her grandfather had been "paying into for 43 years" would be able to provide for her son who had severe asthma.

This was what her attorney/lawyer spoke about to the judge in the custody hearing between her and the child's father that resulted from Ray petitioning for custody when he refused to sign the adoption papers over to Grandpa. He had rights "to the child" but had no business pursuing sole custody but since Emma didn't pursue rape charges for fear of talking about it for months in court, he was able to do that instead of possibly being behind bars. (My only issue with this movie is in this, that they often followed what felt right as opposed to what was right but it was always because of a teenager so it is to be expected to some degree which is why it can be considered a coming-of-age movie.) How many young ladies today have the opportunity to show their maternal instincts in this way?? They are told to have sex and to abort. They are told it is their body and their choice on whether to bring a life into the world or terminate it. Even in the film, her grandfather said something about having the child being her choice but I'd hope he meant raising not birthing. Either way, it is horrible, the way motherhood is treated these days. Speaking of health care, who's been praying that this agenda to help increase the bloodshed on this country through child abortion be ceased??

I saw another movie this week where a man came back for his child after serving ten years and two months behind bars for the rape charges the mother did charge against him. So, this man was put away but when he came out, still had rights "to the child" and thus, used those rights to get to the mother and try to kill her, all the while brainwashing her friends and their son. I don't recall the name of it but I see a running theme here on legal justice, parental custody rights and protecting yourself and your child as best you can (and a restraining order isn't good enough but it's something L0L).

We just left women's history month but it will soon be mother's day and soon after, father's day. Let's celebrate that through enlightenment, which means awareness and understanding. If you haven't already, notice the sub-header for this blog, "Life enlightenment in Christ" and always be enlightened.

Psalm 119:105 (King James Bible)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Are You Listening??



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