Sometimes life falls apart around us.
It’s good to know God has your back!
We don’t often know what God is doing –
or where He is taking us,
but we know we can trust Him.
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Here’s another installment for the SH Music Gallery:
Enjoy the song and the history behind its creation.
Memory Verse and Devotional: Philippians 4:4-7
Now, here are a few verses rich with meaning. At first blush, comprehending Philippians 4:4-7 is obvious. Understanding the English verbiage is rather straightforward. However, applying each verse conceptionally – in our lives – can present genuine challenges.
4) Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say, rejoice!
5) Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Verse 4 does not present us with any great mystery to what the author is overtly trying to convey. He says, “Rejoice” or “be glad” or “happy” in the – Lord – at all times.
And why shouldn’t we? According to God’s Word, all things work together for good in the lives of Christians (Romans 8:28).
Okay, how can that be true?
Believe it or not… the statement is true because God, Who is all knowing and infinitely powerful, promised such an existence to those that love God and are called according to His purpose! (Romans 8:28)
Therefore, we can live our lives knowing God’s existence and promises warrant our rejoicing – in Him – at all times!
To be able to continually rejoice in the Lord, we the practitioners, must trust the Lord with genuine conviction, in every situation. Such a state of being requires we BELIEVE a few things:
Only a fool would rejoice in all things at all times if God/Jesus were not worthy of such convictions.
True observance to Philippian’s 4:4-7 requires us to walk with the Lord – trusting Jesus – believing Jesus’ commitment towards our wellbeing and that of the Kingdom of God among Men.
So again, the question is presented, how could we/you truly trust Jesus if He did not warrant universal confidence? In other words, if Jesus were not God! I do not believe an intelligent person could trust Jesus’ ability to fulfill such powerful and numerous promises otherwise.
Therefore, if you are having trouble living your life in a state of “Peace and Rejoicing,” ask yourself the following questions:
The questions above appear deceivingly simple. They are not! They are not! They are not!
The above questions profoundly impact the lives of both believers and non-believers.
The answers to the above questions are easily found in God’s Word but require a lifetime of employment.
Here’s a sidebar: if you do not know the Word of God… how can you believe? (2nd Timothy 2:15) You cannot really believe what you do not know.
How do you employ what you do not believe? How do you believe what you do not know? (2nd Timothy 2:15)
I know the remaining three verses, 5, 6 and 7, carry their own volumes of meaning and or depth; however, today’s goal has been to express the individual Christian’s need for trusting who Jesus is as God/Son of God if they want to live a life of Rejoicing and Hope (Philippians 4:7) AND PEACE (verse 7). Primarily, we need to trust Jesus’ role as God/Creator and Savior, as well as, THE upholder of all God’s promises; such is critical to walking successfully and perpetually as a Child of God ~ REJOICING!
So, if you don’t live your Christian life, “Rejoicing,” then maybe you need to get back to the basics of who Jesus really is as Creator of the Universe? (2nd Timothy 2:15 & Colossians 1:15-27)
Or possibly you are not recognizing Jesus’ perpetual presence in your life?
One significant, if not missing, element in the lives of many Christians – those who struggle with fear and uncertainty – which is the anti-rejoicing drug, of course – is how they picture their God inadequate to the needs of the world around them.
Think about it… If in your mind… God is not big enough to handle all the world’s problems at one time… then how could He be big enough to handle your life’s catastrophes?
So, do you need to ask yourself: do I really believe God and His Word, Genesis, chapter 1?
Anyone who has spent time walking with God knows it is not always simple – on our side of the fence.
We trust, we doubt, we fail, we succeed and sometimes all at the same time.
Knowing yourself – way down deep where the moss grows – is not a single step in life but the journey in one.
Here’s a poem written near the end of 2013.
Though vague, it is… you may see a portion of your life’s snuggle in the rhyme?
Far and deep my eyes are trained
Though not on flora, fauna or mountain’s terrain
As if, lake of glass – double paned
Distant reflection whose figures appear inane.
Lost in thought, beyond most deep
Know not what answers my heart doth seek
Seems the deeper I gaze – the shallower my perceptions
From whence I began? – why ask such reflections?
Still, here am I, just I, just me.
Way down deep in this loch is seen
Visage mocks – no answer glean
Just one long breath – beneath the water’s plane
Glass like waters – double pained.
Most cold the glass – both shallow and deep
Elusive peace – Seaport’s Keep
Reflections seen – of cloud filled skies
Murky damp – Life keeps drifting bye.
By: Steven R. Harrel
I know the passage in, James 1:22-24 relates to us being – be doers of God’s Word and not just someone who hears and does not apply the message – BUT – that is not the take-away I’m offering in this poem.
Rather, notice the concept suggested in verse 23… the mirror.
We all have one of those mirrors.
Use yours wisely for the days of our lives are numbered and few.
Be blessed and have a great day in your – Reflections.
I will never forget the day I wrote this song. What a joy of joys filled my soul.
Should I pray you feel that touch from God at only half the strength I experienced His touch…
Then you will remember the love of the Lord brushing your soul.
Be blessed! Enjoy! Rejoice in the love of your Savior with me.
The day it broke with star on high
With royal troupe in route to spy,
A Priest, a King, a Prophet, Prince,
A Counselor, Savior of Divine descent.
Then Angels burst thru cloud and sky,
Proclaiming Christ was born this night,
As shepherds fell in awe and fear,
And angels sang, “Your Savior, Christ is here!”
He lies in the city of Bethlehem,
In straw filled bed lies the Son of Man.
This sign is given for all to see,
This childhood King, who is Prince of Peace
Has come to bring, a time surcease
Release of pain, from bondage’ and chain.
So on to glory for God proclaims
His grace tis born – bringing end to shame;
Singing peace on earth all kindred men
For He is Son of God, Redeemer, Dearest Friend.
Great Prince of Peace forever shall Reign
Majestic, marvelous, magnificent King
Worthier, sovereign there n’er shall be
First babe in manger, sweet Babe of Peace.
His mother’s favor and Father’s dote
Master, Savior, God of Hope
The Word made Flesh New Covenant in He
This hope of Man – is Christ my King!
By Steven R. Harrel
Written Christmas 2011
Slightly modified on these dates: 2013 & 2021
Decades we’ve passed, entrenched in great, deep abiding love.
In joy of life we danced, we sang, loved and drank in Hope’s great inordinate spirit.
Valiantly we fought to keep love and fidelity alive.
Alas, alone, my partner did drink – the soul of my strength, and I did die.
Still on I did plod, seeking an endless hope to enliven said spring.
No partner, no true-heart bearer to save me when I need scream:
Help me! Save me quick, against this muck, held fast, heavy mire, wherein slowly I do sink.Continue reading
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