Book of Rememberance

Malachi 3:16

Filled with The Fruits of Righteousness

In Philippians 1:11 Paul prays an awesome prayer!     May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the Honour and Praise of God that His Glory may be both manifested and recognized.

The Fruits of righteousness – coming through Christ Jesus…… how does this take place in our lives? How can I become a person filled with the fruits of righteousness?

In searching for answers to this very topic I was lead to Hosea 10:11-12.

Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke on her fair neck. 1)I will drive Ephraim, 2)Judah must plow, and 3)Jacob must break up the ground. Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until He comes and showers His righteousness on you.

1) One Hebrew meaning of Ephraim is fruitful as in Genesis 41:52 “because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering” Joseph second son was therefore named Ephraim.

The message is God HIMSELF will drive our fruits, direct us in fruitfulness. We know we can not bear good fruit on our own – we need to hang onto the vine and then we will produce the fruit glorifying to Him. (John 15)

2) Judah Shall plow – this is very exciting! We know Judah is praise in Hebrew but one English meaning of plow means to make a way (example plow through a book, plow through the snow) Our Praise literally Makes A Way!!!

Plowing in the agricultural definition is to turn up soil and prepare for seed. We learn in Luke 8:11 that our hearts are the soil and the seed is the word of God.In Hebrew the word plow means to hold peace! If our hearts are full of turmoil…this is particularly important as Hebrews 12:14 and 1 Peter 3:11 tells us to hold and pursue peace!!

In short Holding our peace is to plow and praise is the tool for plowing!

3) Jacob shall break his clods – clods means lump of soil/clay. Of lesser dignity/value.

All the hard stuff in our hearts need softening, breaking up. Jacob means supplanter in Hebrew – to take the place of something else. So good soil needs to be plowed by peace and praise to break up hard soil (hearts) and replace or supplant it with soft hearts instead. God Himself will accomplish this supplanting in our hearts.

Ezekiel 11:19 God says And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God]

God wants to replace things in our hearts of lesser dignity with fruits that will be growing in soft soil, plowed by praise!

………..TO BE CONTINUED………

Other things are needed for growing good fruit besides good, soft soil. But for today I will leave it here. Meditate on what God wants to do in our hearts, consider the breaking up and supplanting of all the clumps and the work that goes into plowing through clay and hard soil.

I suspect this is exactly what is taking place in my own life right now. My heart is very hard, cold, hurt and broken. But through it all God is continually softening it, churning it and breaking all the clods. As He does this I will cry through the agony but I also am determined to continue to lift His Holy name! Praise Him through it all and know that He will accomplish all the needs to be done and bring me through. He is Worthy of all Honour, Praise and Worship!

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Long-Suffering

In Gods Word, he often times warns us, admonishes and even promises us that we will face times and situations of long-suffering. I wonder how many of us actually take time to let that sink in? I know I never did! I read it as one word “long-suffering” and chalked it up to being the same or similar to patience. (which by the way the amplified bible says is only produced by pressure – yikes!)

If you have never asked the Lord for patience before consider yourself smart haha its a rough ride cause the only way for us to gain more patient is by…you guessed it – waiting! I have prayed that “very spiritual” prayer before “Lord help me to be patient”, then I got the slowest lines possible when I was in a rush, and other similar pressures.

But Long-suffering. This is different! This is particularly hard, whereas patience causes annoyance and then you make it through, long-suffering requires extended patience and the pain is seemingly unbearable at times (though it does tend to end right before my breaking point – God is good!) I realized that half my problem is in my view to this word it is not long-suffering but loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong-suffering! Who knows how long? could be a week that seems like a year or could be a yr or even more! The suffering I am currently facing is good for me, but man does it ever hurt, God wasnt kidding! it is long and it is suffering.

Whats your story ? do you have a tale of long-suffering to share? How did/do you deal? what gives you the hope to push through?

I was in the midst of a particularly painful night,  when God spoke to me at 330am with a verse that I have read several times and never applied to my own life. Psalm 22 verse 14-15 from the amplified. Most know this as the psalm from the cross. but can it also apply to our own lives? the Lord leads me to believe so.

Ps. 22:14,15 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, it is softened with anguish and melted down within me. My strength is dried up like a fragment of clay pottery, with thirst my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and you have brought me into the dust of death. (ref. John 19:28)

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The Game With Minutes

Those of you who enjoy reading  may recognize this from Frank Laubach. It is inspiring to say the least and as he reveals in his letters about his dissatisfaction with his own relationship with God, I too find myself in this same predicament. I am charged by his writing about this experiment to keep Jesus in our minds one second of every minute. He is correct in his assumption that we need  people from all over the world, in various situations, jobs and places to share their journeys. Franks question he posed years ago is sticking with me since reading his book about a hundred times these past 2 yrs.

“Is it possible for anyone and everyone to “pray constantly” as Paul instructs, and to walk moment by moment guided but the Lord as Jesus Himself did while he lived on earth?” (paraphrased)

As of now it seems impossible! Insurmountable! I’m having a hard time doing it hour by hour! But all things are possible with God! and I do believe His heart is in this one! I too will strive for more of Him in my life, and determine to know and DO His Will as perfectly as I possibly can. I am determined to have as much of Jesus as He is willing to give me!

Its going to take time, investment of time! But I know it will be worth it, and the intimacy I hope expectantly to experience with Him is the reason I write this! I have a terrible memory, and I would love to look back one day and read these and marvel at the changes, progression and record one Glory to the next!

This is my Journey, As of now it is my sole (soul) adventure, hopefully to be joined by others in time.

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“Posting”

Can I call this “wording?” …..possibly just “posting”?

I hate the word blog, it just sounds yucky…

This is taking far more work and much longer than I anticipated! Navigating this is so hard for me – but thanks to Chris – a heroic supporter I am semi- up and running! Yay!

My goal tomorrow is to post about my current situation as far as my walk with God

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The First One!

Nothing very deep or exciting on this one. But its a fun start to a possibly quickly passing phase for me…. or something more!

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