Posted in Living in Today's World, Praise and Worship, The Joy of His Love

Joyful Submission

Psalm 37: 1-8

1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers , neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed .

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass .

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. 

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil .

Let your cares drive you to God. I shall not mind if you have many of them if each one leads you to prayer. If every fret makes you lean more on the Beloved, it will be a benefit. —Charles Spurgeon

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This time of year seems to provoke everyone, even true believers, to get all “wrapped up in the mess of commercialism” instead of getting “caught up in the joys of eternal love given to us by the One whose birth this time is truly about”.   May you bless others by giving where it means the most… “WHERE GOD LEADS YOU TO GIVE”.  ♥ Streim

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Posted in Lessons from the Holy Bible, The Grace of God

I Did It My Way!

HE DID IT HIS WAY

The demise of King Saul came after he lost favor with God and his son Jonathan found favor;  because Jonathon truly believed the words of the LORD God.  Jonathon and one other person, his armor bearer, with no weapons completely destroyed a garrison of the Philistines. That’s impressive!!  ( read 1 Samuel 13:19 – 14:16 for the complete story)  There is a lot more about Saul and how he conducted himself as the King of Israel, suffice it to say– being tempted and walking head on into sin was the norm for him.  Finally, Samuel came to Saul one last time to give him the instructions/commands of the LORD.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts:  ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.  Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ” 1 Samuel 15:2-3

Did Saul do as told?  Of course not, as we read in 1 Samuel 15:8-9

   “He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.  But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.”

Saul decided, on his own, to keep the good things of the Amalekites for himself but the less useful things he did as the LORD commanded!  How arrogant!  Saul’s PRIDE kept him from  giving heed to the Lord’s words.  Instead  he ignored the LORD God’s command and did what he wanted or what the people wanted.  His faith in the LORD had ceased to be the guideline for his life.  Saul was a man of God at one point, but he lost favor with the LORD because his focus was on Saul!  The sin of the PRIDE OF LIFE did him in!


When the pride of life keeps anyone from following the Lord’s commands~~it is like telling God, “I am my own god and I can do things my way”  Can you imagine anyone who claims to know  Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord thinking like that?   This is happening flagrantly throughout the church today and it burdens my heart deeply.  Jude’s one chapter letter speaks volumes (even with such few words) on this subject of keeping the faith!

1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:  (we are servants, set apart and preserved for God’s purpose)

2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.  (God’s prosperity gifts to us!! )

3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.  (earnestly contend: fight for the truth!!)

4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.  [ungodly men in the church (creeping in unnoticed)  making God’s grace extend to accepting the sin of fornication and denying that Jesus IS THE CHRIST!]  NKJV

The first four verses of Jude’s letter are extraordinary.  They give us insight into what we see happening today.  We’re living in times when multitudes of people are being led astray by men who speak “sweet little lies”, filled with deceit, meant to lead the church down the broad road of destruction.  Why?  Because the “pride of life” keeps us away from God and His Word and thinking we can live this life our way and still please God.  Ask yourself this question    Do I know what I believe; why I believe it and what does God’s Word say about it?   If for any reason you struggle with any part of this question… go before the throne of the One who gave us everlasting life and in humble prayer ask our Almighty God to help you.  And get into the Word!!   Read the Word, heed the Word and then seed the Word in truth, everywhere you go.  I pray that you read the Word with sincerity, daily, for your own spiritual relationship with our Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. ~Streim~