Keeping the Blinders On! July 13, 2013Posted by Streim in Bible Study, Life Lessons From the Word, Living in the Real World.
Tags: battle, blinders, Body of Christ, Christian living, darts, Encouragement, Exhortation, friends, God's Faithfulness, Heavenly Father, horses, Jesus Christ, life, Living in the Real World, Love, prayer, Puritan, Serving God, Study
Why do race horses–work horses– farm horses wear blinders? Blinders, or blinkers and winkers, as they are otherwise known, are a part of the tack kit used on many horses. Blinders are small squares of firm leather that attach to the bridle at the side of the horse’s head. They keep the horse’s eyes focused on what is ahead, rather than what is at the side or behind. For many horses, blinders are commonly used in order to prevent the horse from becoming distracted. Horses have peripheral vision, which means they can end up running off course unless they are made to remain focused. Horse that pull wagons… Farming horses can also be predisposed to distractions and if they are pulling a plow or a wagon they might need blinders to stop them from losing concentration on the direction they are supposed to be headed. The blinders cover the rear vision of the horse, forcing it to look only in a forward direction and keeping it on track.
Story is blinders were invented by a preacher. He bet that he could make his horse walk up the stairs in his home, which the horse did without any problems. However, when he tried to coax the horse down again, it refused to move. The preacher then decided to cover the horse’s head and lead him down. This worked and he realized that covering all or part of the horse’s vision could encourage it to take chances it would not normally take. Interesting…
There is much in this life to distract us from following the commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ and living the life God desires us to live; especially in this 21st century.
Many little “… fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16) . Notice it says DARTS; not arrows that we see coming, but all the little things that come flying at us daily.
Personal example. This morning I woke up in quite a bit of pain and the second my feet hit the floor and I grabbed my walker, my supposed ‘good leg’ cramped up and I could barely move. Then I got agitated because 1) my cell phone is not working correctly–they’re putting up new towers 2) the squirrels were hanging upside down on my bird feeders eating all the bird seed 3) and I just sprayed yesterday for bugs on my flowers and vegetables growing out back and this morning I looked and those bugs made a five course meal out of my marigolds! Sadly, I was actually angry at this point. Then, as always is, our gracious loving God spoke softly… pray and spend time with me in my Word. WOW!! I realized I took my eyes off of path of my Lord and was looking at all the distractions around us. I did as He desired and spent the time in prayer and the Word… now I am passing on to you what I learned.
Puritan teacher/preacher Richard Sibbes said “We are only safe when we wisely make use of all good advantages that we have access to. By going out of God’s ways we go out of His government, and so lose our good frame of mind, and find ourselves overspread quickly with a contrary disposition. When we draw near to Christ (James 4:8), in His ordinances, He draws near to us.”
I pray and ask my Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that all of us who are loved and called according to His name, keep our focus on the steps ahead (Psalm 199:105) studying His Word and remembering that we are always in a battle (Ephesians 6:11-12). May you decide to keep your eyes, your concentration, your focus and your heart on our Lord Jesus and our Father in heaven— keeping our spiritual blinders on.♥ Streim
Is Something Missing in Your Armor? July 9, 2013Posted by Streim in God's Word~Our Guide Book, The Power of Prayer, Time for Sharing, Trusting God.
Tags: A.W. Tozer, being still, concerts, Corrie Ten Boom, Exhortation, fervent prayer, Heavenly Father, Hope, Jesus Christ, life, missions, pastors and church leaders, prayer, retreats, spiritual armor
I read in an article this morning written by K.P. Yohannan, founder and president of Gospel for Asia, he shares an alarming statistic. “Studies show pastors spend about 12 minutes in prayer a day, and the average Christian spends on eight. At the same time, they don’t mind engaging at length other Christians activities, such as… concerts, retreats, charity work. Why does prayer come last on our list of priorities? Could it be that the enemy succeeded to convince us that all those other activities are easier and produce better results than prayer? The truth is the devil knows the Almighty God restricted Himself to act on the prayers of His people.” (Read 2 Chronicles 7:14; John 14:13-14)
When our Lord Jesus Christ lived on this earth in human form… prayer was His highest priority!
(few examples–Matt. 26:41 & 53; Mark 6:46; Mark 14: 32 & 38; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:28; John 14:16; John 17:9,15,20)
We need to do the same. We all know the verses about putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6)… however, as you can read for yourself below that the armor needed for our spiritual warfare includes fervent PRAYER for the Church.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
A. W. Tozer said “The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.”
My prayer for each of you who reads this will ask themselves this question “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” (Corrie Ten Boom). May this post bless you and increase your growth in our Lord Jesus Christ. It definitely has impacted me. ♥ Streim
It’s All About You Jesus June 29, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, Music of the Heart, Praise and Worship.
Tags: Heavenly Father, Hope, Jesus Christ, Joy, life, Love, music, prayer
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As I sat this morning solemnly to pray
I had no words; told the Father I knew not what to say.
Within my soul I knew I need not ask for anything
All I needed was to give Him “praise” and sing! ♥Streim
” But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” Hebrews 2:9-12