Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ANXIETIES ... OR ... YIELDING ?







Passover Meditation 
for The 2017 Preparation Season
to commemorate
The Great --- and FINAL ---Passover

 " CHRIST  our PASSOVER
is Sacrificed for us,
therefore,
let us keep the feast... "
Romans 5
+  +  +

JESUS  said,
" All authority is given unto ME+
in Heaven and in earth."
Matthew 28:18


 LET US PRAY:

O GOD our FATHER,

Blessing and Honor and Glory and Power belong unto THEE and to Thy HOLY SON+ JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOR+ Who+ loved us and gave His+ Life for us... that I might love HIM+ and give my life , in love, to HIM+.

My life belongs to THEE+ . Forgive me, O LORD, for not giving it over to THEE+ as I should.

Forgive me, O LORD, for with-holding my "all" from THEE+, for "protecting" my interests instead of DOING THY+ WILL at all times.

THOU lookest upon the inner man as well as the outward behaviors. I can hide nothing from Thine Eye, for ...

 THOU Who 
created the eye,  
shall HE not see ?

Forgive me of harboring anxiety and thus, un-belief. I think I must work out everything on my own, overlooking  Thy+ willingness to help me ... if I submit my life unto THEE+.

THOU+ ALONE can bring forth victory in those things on this earth which are so important to my heart, both in relationships and in temporal matters. 

I cry to THEE+ to help me root out anxieties that accompany my grasping what  I want --- be they friendships, positions, or material goods.  I know this grasping causes the sin of unbelief to bring oppression into my soul.

Change me, O LORD. Make Thine interests become mine; I know all my interests are in clear view before THEE+. 

Help me to value what is most important to THEE+. 

Help me to turn from those things THOU+ dost hate.

Turn my heart to things ETERNAL of Thy+ Kingdom; remove from me my love --- and anxieties --- over things temporal.

I know THOU+ wilt allow me to have whatsoever draws me closer to THEE+ , O Righteous SAVIOR+ JESUS CHRIST  because THOU+ art my happiness.

Therefore, O Gracious LORD, I yield "my" interests unto THEE+.

And with that, I yield to THEE+ all things --- and all persons --- causing me anxiety, concern, and worry. Even all those nameless anxieties floating around inside of me, I bring under Thy+ LORDSHIP.

LORD, I believe
help THOU+ mine unbelief !


With all the thanksgiving and praise that is within me, I BLESS THY+ HOLY NAME, LORD JESUS !

+   +  +
THOU+ hast turned for me
my mourning into dancing:

THOU+ hast put off my sackcloth,
and girded me with gladness;

To the end that my glory
may sing praise to THEE+,
and not be silent.

O LORD my God,
I will give thanks unto THEE+ 
for ever.
Psalm 30: 11-12


Amen and amen.

JESUS CHRIST

" WHO+
gave Himself+ for our sins,
that HE+ might deliver us
from this present evil world,
according to the will of GOD
and our FATHER. "
Galatians 1:4


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Struggles to OBEY ?







PASSOVER MEDITATION
for The 2017 Preparation Season
to commemorate
The Great --- and FINAL --- Passover

 " CHRIST our PASSOVER
is Sacrificed for us,
therefore,
let us keep the feast... "
Romans 5
+  +  +

JESUS said,
" All authority 
is given unto ME+
in Heaven and in earth."
Matthew 28:18




LET US PRAY:

O Heavenly FATHER, I thank THEE that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD...  even all the beings in the Heavens, all beings and creatures upon this tired earth, and all beings under the earth.

Forgive me, O LORD, for my own struggles to obey, for my struggles to forgive, for my struggles to issue love to my enemies. Yes, even my struggle to issue love to those who love me.

How long, O LORD, must I be "ever learning" yet never able to put into PRACTICE Thy+ Truths without a struggle ?

I cry to THEE+ to help me put Self upon Thy+ Cross before the battle to obey begins.  Help me to grow into JOYFUL obedience... that kind of obedience that DELIGHTS to obey instead of reluctantly knowing that I "must" (sigh) obey THEE+, O LORD .

Therefore, I humble my Self to Thy+ LORDSHIP, even in these small matters that affect my soul and spirit.

Then perhaps, in due season, it may be said of me also, " The effectual , fervent prayer of  a righteous man availeth much."

THOU+ hast turned for me
my mourning into dancing:

THOU+ hast put off my sackcloth,
and girded me with gladness;

To the end that my glory
may sing praise to THEE+,
and not be silent.

O LORD my God,
I will give thanks unto THEE+ for ever.
Psalm 30: 11-12


JESUS CHRIST the LORD

" WHO+ 
gave Himself+ for our sins,
that HE+ might deliver us
from this present evil world,
according to the will of GOD
and our FATHER. "
Galatians 1:4


Monday, March 27, 2017

CHRIST Our PASSOVER







PASSOVER MEDITATION
for The Preparation Season
to commemorate
The Great --- and Final --- Passover
~ 2017 ~

 " CHRIST our PASSOVER
is Sacrificed for us,
therefore,
let us keep the feast... "
Romans 5
+  +  +

JESUS  said,
" All authority is given unto ME+
in Heaven and in earth."
Matthew 28:18




LET US PRAY:

O GOD our Heavenly FATHER, I thank THEE and praise THEE for sending us a SAVIOR+ Who+ is CHRIST the LORD ... the ONE+ Who+ saves me from my Self.

Forgive me, O LORD, for not yielding to Thy+ Authority. In so many ways --- starting with food and drink, to sleep times, and even dress --- I have not followed Thy+ leading, O CHRIST.

My ear has been deaf, my eye turned elsewhere, my feet chose my own way  when I wanted to indulge Self.

I have not yielded my tongue to THEE+ many times. And worse, the thoughts of my heart have oftentimes not come under Thy+ Authority.

I cry to THEE+ to come and rule and reign over this world, yet I  myself push away Thy+ Rule over me... even in these little, inconsequential matters that have nothing to do with the state of the world.

Or... perhaps, DO these matter
more than I realize,
O LORD ?

Therefore, I humble my Self to Thy+ LORDSHIP, even in these small matters that affect my soul and spirit.

Grant me cleansing from my Self-indulgent ways.  Help me to focus my entire being on pleasing THEE+ now. 

Then perhaps, in due season, it may be said of me also, " The effectual , fervent prayer of  a righteous man availeth much." 

+  +  + 

THOU+ hast turned for me
my mourning into dancing:

THOU+ hast put off my sackcloth,
and girded me with gladness;

To the end that my glory
may sing praise to THEE+,
and not be silent.

O LORD my God,
I will give thanks unto THEE+ for ever.
Psalm 30: 11-12


JESUS CHRIST

" WHO+ gave Himself+ for our sins,
that HE+ might deliver us
from this present evil world,
according to the will of GOD
and our FATHER. "
Galatians 1:4