Tuesday, June 25, 2019
So I, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation], 2 with all humility [forsaking self-righteousness], and gentleness [maintaining self-control], with patience, bearing with one another in [unselfish] love. Ephesians 4:1-2
This blog has been writings and studies of my pen. Doyle and I studied together for years and I have put those studies on paper with my pen. With age, and some more than others, memories begin to fade. My precious Doyle is slowly entering that stage of life. I assure you the meaning of scripture is still alive in him. He may not remember the verse or quote it accurately, but the meaning is alive in him. Now I would like to introduce to you my loving husband, Doyle. The next two weeks are from his pen. My love deepens each day for him and his sweet, spiritual nature that covets God’s Word. I share with you a devotional he gave to Crown Financial Ministry many years ago.
“A few years back Charlsey and I were putting together our thoughts for The Lenten Season, I had been considering what Jesus had prayed, in John 17:22 “And the glory which you gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.” I realized that Jesus was praying this for all believers. One of the first sermons our Pastor at the time had presented to us was on this [Scriptural] prayer. I asked him to repeat to me the description he stated for glory. He stated, “Visible Splendor.”
“At times since then, I have seen glimpses of “Visible Splendor” in the faces of those in church. It is most visible on the faces of those who are really into God’s Word (especially my wife, Charlsey). I believe we experience this splendor from the choir as they deliver an unusually beautiful song. I do not know your thoughts, but to me, there is splendor in a sermon well delivered, which brings worship for our Lord.”
“Please explore with me this thought. How can you and I experience the glory Jesus has given us through the Father so that we may be one with Him as He is one with the Father? Humility! If any prayer is ever answered would not Jesus' prayer for us be answered?Please hear as I read from Andrew Murray’s book “Humility.”
“We speak of the Holiness movement in our times, and praise God for it. We hear a great deal about seekers after holiness and professors of holiness, of holiness teaching and holiness meetings. The blessed truths of holiness in Christ, and holiness by faith, are being emphasized as never before. The great test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us”. “ (The End)
Because of our humanness and imperfection, it is difficult (not impossible) for us to totally humble ourselves. “Self” gets in the way. Yet without humility, do we lean to the impossible when we do not humble ourselves? This is the one thing needed to allow God’s holiness to dwell in us and shine through us…. His “Visible Splendor” …… The Glory of God!!
The problems and savagery of the world would end, if we would each release self and live Ephesians 4:1-2 in total humility.
 Ephesians 4:2 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.
 Howard Dayton, Co-founder of Crown Financial Ministries and Founder of Compass – finances God’s way, encouraged the reading of Andrew Murray’s book “Humility.” Howard Dayton is the epitome of humility.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
“12For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.” --Hebrews 4:12
Yes, the Word of God is like a two-edged sword. Ask anyone who has repented and fallen before the Cross of Jesus and asked for forgiveness of their sins. I have and it was very painful; God’s Word cut me to the quick. My soul was penetrated to “both joints and marrow.” As it says in Romans 3:22-24, “....since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...."
Jack Hayford wrote in a study article, “The absolute authority of the Bible over our lives is based in our conviction that this Book does not merely contain the Word of God, but that it is the Word of God in its sum and in its parts.” The mature Christian believes Psalm 19:7, “The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless) restoring and refreshing the soul; The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.”
Anyone from the 1960s now understand the profound societal change. Our country changed from the Gospel of Jesus Christ to “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). II Timothy 4:3-4 says, “…. they will turn their ears away from the truth…...” We believe the truth is in God’s Word.
We have often wondered when Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). Will He?
From an article by Billy Graham long ago, “A revival among Christians could change the whole process of history and reverse the immoral tide.”
We cannot help thinking our enemy (devil, Satan, or whatever you call this fallen angel) is rejoicing that he has us fighting and falling away from the Word of God.
I am one of the fortunate ones; I was raised in a loving home with loving parents and a loving older brother. They lived God’s Word and I wrote in my Bible beside Proverbs 17:27, “My Daddy.” It says, “He who has knowledge spares his words; and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.”
The only way we can stabilize ourselves and this Nation is to receive God’s Word. God gave us His Great Commandment in Deuteronomy 6:5 and He went on to say, “These Words, which I (God) am commanding you today, shall be written on your heart and mind. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children….” (Deuteronomy 6:6-8).
Let us pray that the mature Christian (Luke 8:15) will rise and proclaim (loud and clear) the Word of God, and those who defile the truth of HIS Word (Titus 1:15) will hear the call of God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
“16 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; 17 so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” --2 Timothy 3:16-17
We believe in the infallible Word of God. That it was God breathed to guide us and direct our paths. The Word of God is complete and sufficient to completely answer anything we need to know about eternal salvation or practical wisdom concerning relationships, morality, character, finances, and conduct. The one requirement is obedience. We have never sought an answer that we did not find the answer in God’s Word.
One Core Value of Compass – finances God’s way, is the obedience of God’s Word. “If we are not obeying God’s Word, we will be unable to accurately understand and apply it and unable to teach others.” We stand on that truth!
We must realize our faith in God’s Word does not deny the reality of difficult times, circumstances even tragedies, it declares the power of God in the face of all that can happen here on this earth. I quote Roy Hicks, “When facing great challenges, do not permit your lips to speak unbelieving words.” “We cannot help what we see and hear, but our refusal to speak doubt and fear will keep our hearts more inclined to what God can do, rather than to what we cannot (Proverbs 30:32).”
We are to live a life exemplifying God’s Word. We refuse to be led astray by politics, unbelievers, and false gods. We speak with integrity who we are in Christ Jesus. Jesus confirms that every word of Scripture is given by God, every truth is to be held in reference, and that the Scriptures are eternal and credible. We grow as we model God’s Word…...Jesus was conceived by the Spirit; He is the living Word of God. The Spirit working within Him brought forth the fruit of good character (Luke 2:52).
To confess our faith in God’s Word, we are saying we believe in the promises of God and humbly stand before our God our Father; Your Word is truth, we worship You for your love, goodness, mercy, and kindness.
Let us pray in thanksgiving for God’s Word.