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Success Quotes: From the Source of All Wisdom and Understanding: Part 2

OK, here we go with Part 2 of this short series on what the Source has to say about wisdom and understanding. The Source of all Truth, Wisdom, and Understanding, God’s Word. Last time, we looked at the Old Testament. As with Part 1, let’s begin with a quote from Richard.Vincent. Rose.:
“I always thought it was no coincidence that Psalms follows Job. It also can’t be another coincidence that when a Godly man goes through trials like Job … it turns into Psalms … which then turn into Proverbs … words of wisdom to help others …”

Allow me to just repeat a thought I had from part 1, which shows how important Godly wisdom and understanding is in our daily, practical lives. When the LORD is with someone, people around that person know it. We see this all through Scripture. Same with this wisdom and understanding. And, it seems they know where this wisdom and understanding comes from. The Source. They may not have it … but they recognize it.

Now, we look at the New Testament, and we really begin with the Source, Jesus. Remember when Isaiah prophesied that when the Messiah would come, “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding …” (11:6). In one of the first descriptions of Jesus, we see that after the “child grew, He was “filled with wisdom” (Luke 2:40). Yet again, here, in the example of Jesus, we see that when you have God’s favor, the world can see it: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

Jesus, as the source of all wisdom, stated, as He was speaking of persecution which would come before the end times, said, “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist” (Luke 21:15). Yet again, here is another example that with wisdom from God, also comes the boldness to speak the truth. And, we see again, that when someone has the Spirit of God leading them, those around them, the world-even if they are enemies of the Truth-will know it.

Later, at the church’s beginning, when the 12 Disciples were looking for church leaders, they chose “seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business” (Acts 6:3). When you are full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, it will show.

One of these chosen men, Stephen, who was “full of faith and power” (Acts 6:8), would prove this combination would be impossible not to notice-or resist:“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake” (Acts 6:10). Remember what Jesus said about “all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist”?

What did Paul say about the combination of wisdom and knowledge? “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Romans 11:33).

Indeed, “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit”
(1 Corinthians 12:8).

Paul would speak often of the difference between worldly wisdom and understanding, and Godly wisdom:
“For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent … hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:19-20)?

Our prayer for you would be “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5). And, that you would boldly “speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth” (1 Corinthians 2:13)

Two Things: Know Jesus, for He is “Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God … Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom …” (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30).
How much wisdom has God given us? “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence”
(Ephesians 1:8).

Make no mistake where all this wisdom and knowledge comes from: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:17).

Has anyone noticed how, here as the New Testament, and in particular, the New Testament church progresses, that knowledge has “crept into” the conversation?

Why? Know Jesus. Make Him known. Hey … the first word in “knowledge” is “know.”
You want Godly wisdom? You want Godly understanding?
Know Jesus.

Wisdom and knowledge: It always begins with knowing Him: “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). This tells me that, being hid, these treasures are there, all the time, just waiting for you to take the effort-and it is effort-to search for them, and dig them out. In order for His Word, his wisdom, to dwell in you, first you must know Him: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16).

For those of you that say, “Yeah, but how do we get such wisdom?”
Perhaps this is the most amazing aspect of attaining wisdom of all: Just ask:
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

We must be so careful not to let our pride override our humility, once we have gained this wisdom and understanding. Pride in what we know has caused so many to fail. Funny how we forget, when we receive something, that we “received it,” meaning we got it from someone else. We must never, ever, forget Who the Source is.

“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13). In other words, “If you got it, don’t flaunt it.”
Let us ever be mindful of Jesus’ example, that the One who had the most wisdom of all, was the most humble, the meekest of all.

It can’t be just a coincidence that what was said of Moses, the greatest forerunner of Jesus, was “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).  

In closing, we echo Paul’s earnest prayer for you, that first, it is the knowledge of His will for you that you’ll need first: “For this cause we also … do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9).

Blessings,
Ted

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God Knows

We are in the middle of a 2-Part series (of course, part of a larger series) entitled “Success Quotes: From the Source of All Wisdom and Understanding,” and were getting ready to complete Part 2 in the series, when we discovered this, entitled “God Knows” from the “Life References” Blog … it just fits so perfectly into the theme, and also confirms a song I have been listening to, from a CD my niece and her church choir have just released, which includes the song, “God Knows.” God is the Creator, He is everything, all wisdom, understanding, and knowledge belong to Him … He created, and rules over everything … yet … He knows my name … WOW!!! … The reason this is so awesome is because it is true. God knows everything. And, He knows me. He knows and created everything. And, He knows my name! Did I mention, “WOW!!!?”
The amazing thing is that, when researching the “Life References” blog, Bro. Don also has a post that, yes, completely fits perfectly, and “conformationaly” (I may have just invented another new word) into the next post … after Part 2 of the current series …
It strikes me that my introduction is almost as long as the guest post … look around, and enjoy, and feel this post from Bro. Don and his “Life References” blog.
Blessings,
Ted
The Life Project

 

 

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I don’t know how many people there are in the world these days, but the number is in the billions.  They all have their stories, their hopes, dreams, fears and joys; who can know them all?

God does!

It is hard to get one’s mind around, but it’s true; God knows everything about each one of us.  He knows your thoughts, your habits, your little secrets, your hopes and your motives.  He hears your prayers and your cries and your joy; you are never alone.

So many people feel all alone, so many people feel like nobody cares… it is really a sad state because it is not necessary.  God cares about, knows, loves… YOU!

He desires to have a relationship with all of us.  What keeps that from happening?  We do. We need to seek Him out, to let Him in and to give ourselves over to His love…

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Success Quotes: From the Source of All Wisdom and Understanding: Part 1

Today, let’s look at what is written about wisdom in the Old Testament. In this, our latest installment on success, we’ll use this quote from Richard.Vincent.Rose.:

 “It could be said, and sometimes it does appear so, that you can gain success without wisdom. That may be true. But, you sure can’t keep it without wisdom.”

So, I wanted to go to the Source. The Source of all Truth, Wisdom, and Understanding. God’s Word.

While, yes, books and books and books have been, and will continue to be written about wisdom, I wanted to just find out what God’s Word said about wisdom. In a word, lots.  However, there was something new I learned about wisdom. How, so often, here in the Old Testament, wisdom is coupled with understanding.

I noticed something else which really amazed me: How often we see “wisdom and understanding” in the same sentence and thought, but the word “knowledge” is seldom there, in the context of wisdom and understanding.
Let’s face it, “the LORD is a God of knowledge,” (1 Samuel 2:3), but I was surprised at how rarely the word was used at the same time with wisdom and understanding. Often used with wisdom, yes, but still, I was surprised it wasn’t so often there with wisdom and understanding. Perhaps, here’s why:

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it” (Psalm 139:6). Perhaps, so often, we see that pride comes with knowledge, but if we have true wisdom and understanding, we would “have knowledge enough” to not be prideful.

I can’t explain it, but rattling around in my head is the fact that the tree in the Garden was “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” The word “knowledge” first appeared here, early in Genesis. Both the words “wisdom” and “understanding” didn’t appear until late in Exodus. We know pride comes before the fall, and, certainly the Fall of man came there in the Garden. Anyway, there is something there … perhaps for another time, or for you to think about.

 To think back on the Richard.Vincent.Rose. quote, maybe there are a lot of people who have knowledge … but not wisdom and understanding. I know that, in my life, many times I had knowledge (sometimes called “a dangerous thing, right?), but I didn’t have the wisdom and understanding to go with it. Anyway, think about that for a moment, as we move on.

Let look at some Old Testament verses using the word “wisdom.” I was really just going to write about “wisdom,” but found the word “understanding” coupled with it so often, it changed my whole study. Again, you’ll notice how often wisdom is coupled with understanding.

The book of Job has 23 references to “wisdom.”
“But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?”
Job 28:12

The answer comes only a few verses later:
“God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof … And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding …” (verses 23 and 28).

 The book of Psalms backs this up:
“My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding … The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever” (Psalm 49:3,111:10).

I always thought it was no coincidence that Psalms follows Job.

From Proverbs:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (1:7).
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding” (3:13).
The instructions are clear:
“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not … Wisdom is the principal thing … For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it … The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom … In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found … The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom … How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” (Proverbs 4:5, 7, 8:11, 9:10, 10:13, 15:33, 16:16).

Solomon would later write, “For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it” (Ecclesiastes 7:12).

It is amazing that all of this ties in together, when we read Isaiah’s prophecy of Jesus: “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD …” (Isaiah 11:2).
Then, Isaiah, looking much later through time, in chapter 33: “And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure” (verse 6).

Wisdom and understanding is tied together in the life of Daniel: King Nebuchadnezzar saw it: “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm” (Daniel 1:20), as did Belshazzar: ” I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee” (Daniel 5:14).

Man, how true is it that when the LORD is with someone, people around that person know it. Same with this wisdom and understanding. It seems that when someone has wisdom and understanding, people around them know it. And, it seems they know where this wisdom and understanding comes from. The Source. They may not have it … but they recognize it.

Next time, we look at the New Testament.

Blessings,
Ted
 

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Success Notes: Perhaps The Most Important Comma Of All

The other night, I was in the shower, when I received a startling revelation. I can’t be the only one who gets great ideas in the shower.
Maybe because it’s one of the few times, and the few places I can go and be totally alone. And, it is in the shower that I have gotten not only great ideas, but Jesus has spoken to me in profound ways. Allow me to also say that some of the most intense, sincere prayers I’ve ever prayed … was while I was in the shower.
I have pleaded with God, as the water washed my outside, to clean me from the inside. Once, when I was in a quandary over where we were going to find a new supplier, or suppliers, Jesus’ Word came as clearly to me as the words on this page. As I was voicing one of those “I don’t know what to do, what am I going to do” prayers about how or where were we going to find suppliers, His Word came forth, and I remember it as clearly today as when I stepped out of the shower that day:
Jesus simply said, “I’m your supplier.”
I’ve never worried about “suppliers” since that day.

Often, His spoken Word comes to me “from out of nowhere.” I hope that you can say the say thing. God has spoken to me while I was driving (Isn’t that a favorite place to commune with God?), while I was watching a movie, or in the middle of a ballgame. And, of course, often, when I am reading His Word. There is a simple reason for this, Jesus speaking to me in “odd” places … it’s because I have a relationship with Him, and He is with me all the time, and He is on my mind all the time. How many times do you need to hear that you can’t talk with someone whom you don’t have a relationship with? Especially an intimate relationship with. You can’t really speak, and I mean really speak, with someone you don’t know. Jesus said His sheep will hear, will recognize His voice. And, I can honestly say that Jesus is not particular about where He speaks to us at … He will use any means necessary to reach us.  

Anyway, back to the beginning (interesting play on words if you think about it) … I was talking to Jesus, in the shower, and I received a startling revelation. I always say that one of the great prayers ever prayed was Jehoshaphat, when he was surrounded by the enemy, and he prayed that He did not know what to do, “but our eyes are on you.”
So, that was what I was doing, and I stopped short in the middle of a sentence: I said, “I don’t know, Jesus … ” Of course, it was because I was being honest, and I really did not know what to do.
Then, it hit me: I can say “I don’t know, Jesus,” and it can be one of the greatest prayers of all time, the greatest confessions of all time, to be honest enough to bare your heart and admit that you don’t know. That you don’t know what to do. That, in the middle of a conversation (which is what real prayer is), you find yourself saying, “I don’t know, Jesus.” And, let’s face it, how often have we said this after we’ve gotten a clear instruction. We answer, “I don’t know, Jesus.” In other words, we are saying that, even though Jesus has given us the answer, we still question it. What we are doing is questioning our ability … but, really, deep down, we are questioning His ability …

Anyway, back to the profound revelation, which, spiritually brought me to my knees. Here I was praying, in all honestly and sincerity, that I did not really know what to do about this problem I was facing, that “I don’t know, Jesus.”

That’s when it hit me, in mid-stride, if you will: The saddest revelation of all … I thought about those who did not know Jesus … how important that comma was. Maybe, just maybe, in our lives, in the lives of those we know, in the lives of those we don’t know, this is the most important comma of all. Think about the comma:
I know Jesus, and He knows me. Therefore, I can pray, honestly, “I don’t know, Jesus.”
But, what about those who don’t have the comma. Think about it. All they can say is:
“I don’t know Jesus.”

It’s because they “don’t know Jesus.” Think about how important that comma is. I mean, all of eternity rests, depends upon it.

I thank God that I have the comma, and I can use it.
What about those without that comma?

It strikes me how often I’ve heard that “Jesus came for the common man.”
Let’s add that Jesus also came “for the comma, man.”

It all goes back to the five-word phrase that is the real, true reason for success:
“Know Him. Make Him known.”

I think we need to get out of a spiritual coma, and pray that God will lead us, use us, embolden us, to get that comma added to as many lives as possible.
There are just so many people who need that comma. They need us, they are the ones searching for us, to lead them to knowledge of that comma.
They need the comma. They need to know Jesus. And, we need to know Him more.

We need the comma in the middle of life’s greatest sentence.

Blessings,
Ted

 

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Heroes of the Faith/Success: The Kind Of Guys I Want To Be

Soldiers Praying in CircleThese are the kind of guys:
I want praying for me.
I want praying for my country.
I want fighting for me.
I want fighting for my country.
I want representing me.
I want representing my country.

These are the kind of guys:
I want to see.
I want my country to see.
I want the world to see.
I want God to see.

God has already seen them.
I, now, have seen them.
You, now, have seen them.

soldiers prayingI look at this picture, and I see:
What they see
Is what I see.
What They know
Is what I know.

These are the kind of guys:
I want to see on the battlefield.
I want to see come home.

These are the kind of guys I want to see:
As neighbors.
As friends.

These are the kind of guys
I want to see.
These are the kind of guys
Who represent me.
These are the kind of guys
I want to be.
These are the kind of guys
I want the world to see.
These are the kind of guys
I want to be.

These are the kind of guys
I want to see.
These are the kind of guys
Who know about liberty.
And freedom.
And, from where it comes.
Huge Group-Soldiers PrayingThese are the kind of guys
We need more of.
These are the kind of guys
Who bow to look above.
These are the kind of guys
I want to see.
These are the kind of guys
I want to be.

Blessings to you all,
Ted

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Success: Notes and Quotes

God doesn’t need our help. I think He is more than capable of handling things on His own.
He doesn’t ask us to do things for His benefit, but for our benefit.
Often, it’s not to help Him.
It’s to help us.

God will never call us to do a job, without supplying everything needed to do that job.
I put it this way:
Where God guides,
God provides.

And, oh, by the way, God doesn’t really need our money. He already owns everything. Giving is just that: Giving. Is it really more blessed to give than receive?
A question for another time, but if you really think about why it is more blessed to give than receive, then you are well on the way to the answer. It’s not a question of what’s in your wallet, but what’s in your heart. Your giving will follow your heart. And, God doesn’t need a paper trail. He knows who gives. And, who doesn’t. He also knows who can’t, but wants to. And, He knows who can, but doesn’t want to.
And, oh, by the way, more often than not … what we need to “give to the Lord” has nothing to do with money.

Obedience is still better than sacrifice.

Wait … I’m just checking the list of shared principles we jotted down and shared in a previous post, which the great Bible heroes shared: Let’s see: Faith, humility, courage, obedience, perseverance, patience, they spoke boldly, they listened. Let’s see. I’m trying to see if any of these had anything to do with how much money they had. Let’s see: God used all of these great heroes in a mighty way, and it had nothing to do with how much money they had. Does this mean that God can use me, in a mighty way, even if I don’t have a lot of money? It seems that God is more interested in what’s in our heart, than in what’s in our wallet.

Too many times, we are more interested in what is in God’s hand, than in what is in His heart.

There is a phrase I’ve heard many times “Out in the world.” I remember the first time that I heard this phrase, I think it was in reference to a particular church, and how much “money they had.”
Then, the last time I heard this phrase, I was in a Hardware store, and there was a discussion about, of all things, professional wrestling, and in particular, the owner of a particular wrestling organization. The exact same phrase was used to describe how much money this man has.
I wanted to, on both occasions, just yell out, how wrong these people were … that one of the great lies is just that … a lie … that it’s not true … here it is … I’d like to dispel this rumor right now:
“No one has more money than God!”

The question is never, “What can you do for me?”
It should always be, “What can I do for you?”
Which reveals a servant’s heart-Jesus’ heart.
If you want to be like Jesus, then be like Jesus.

Not to be served, but to serve.
I put it this way:
Serve To Soar
To Soar, Serve

I understand the thinking behind the phrase, “What Would Jesus Do?” One day, we’ll share the story behind how that all originated.
I think, however, and this may not sell as many bracelets, or bumper stickers, or become such a catch-phrase “out in the world” as WWJD, but I think, that many times WWJD is not the real question:
The real question is: WWJWMTD
We know what Jesus did.
How great a prayer it is when we pray, “Jesus, what do you want me to do?”
“What Would Jesus Want Me To Do?”
Did we just “come up with another one?”

(Please note post/publication date of 5/6/13)

Blessings,
Ted

 

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A Message To All: President Ronald Reagan

We hold to our promise to share only good news here, to never
“air” any political views … to provide a platform for praise,
not politics.
As you know, we often feature quotes from U.S. Presidents, and try to feature great quote collections on occasion. We will be doing more of that in the future, as the response to quotes is always encouraging.
A friend just sent us this short video of excerpts from Ronald Reagan speeches, where President Reagan talks about Jesus, the Bible, faith, and prayer-and their place in American history and our daily lives. Carol was playing this, and I was in another room, but I recognized the voice …
Please enjoy this video, and remember that this was not that long ago, it was in our country, it was addressed to the American people, and this was our President … speaking while in office …

 

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Jesus: Of Rock and Role

Well, it started with me working on a new poem about Jesus being the Rock … Then, I started to investigate the story behind the great Gospel hymn “Rock of Ages.” … Then, I never knew just how many Scripture verses specifically call God “the Rock,” culminating with Paul’s declaration “that Rock was Christ.”

In studying the Scriptures, one thing really stands out:
The “Role” that the “Rock” plays is the most important fact in your life.
I can say with total confidence that if your life has the “Rock” as its foundation, if you are grounded in the Rock, that makes all the difference-especially when those cold, hard winds of life try to blow you away. The old Gospel hymn is right: If you don’t stand on “Christ the Solid Rock, all other ground is sinking sand.”

After just having gone through a tremendous time of pain, mourning, and grief, I can tell you with the most realistic certainty that, without Jesus, how could we make it through? Plain and simple: We can’t.
Is your “house,” your life, built upon the Rock? What “Role” does the “Rock” play in your “house?” in your life?  

Here are the verses declaring the “Role” of “The Rock:”

Deuteronomy 32:4   He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

 Deuteronomy 32:15   But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

1 Samuel 2:2   There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

2 Samuel 22:2   And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

2 Samuel 22:3   The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

 2 Samuel 22:32   For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

2 Samuel 22:47   The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

2 Samuel 23:3   The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

 Job 28:10   He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.

Psalms 18:2   The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 18:31   For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
 
Psalms 18:46   The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

Psalms 27:5   For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalms 28:1   Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

Psalms 31:2   Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

Psalm 31:3   For thou [art] my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Psalms 40:2   He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalms 42:9   I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Psalms 61:2   From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalms 62:2   He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

Psalms 62:6   He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 
(Note this is one of few times which an exact Scripture is repeated, word for word, in the same chapter).

Psalms 62:7   In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Psalms 71:3   Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

Psalms 78:35   And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

Psalms 89:26   He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

Psalms 92:15   To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Psalms 94:22   But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

Psalms 95:1   O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
(Ever notice that all of the altars were made out of rock? They were, yes fire-proof.)

Isaiah 17:10   Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:

Isaiah 51:1   Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

Matthew 7:24   Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
(This really begs the question:  Is your house, is your life, built upon the Rock?)

Matthew 7:25   And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
(This is what happens when you build your house, your life, upon the Rock.)

Luke 6:48   He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
(You might say His Role is the Rock.
What role does the Rock play in your life?)

Romans 9:33   As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

1 Corinthians 10:4   And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Now, that is what I call “Old Tyme Rock and Role!”

Blessings,
Richard.Vincent.Rose.

 

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Heroes Of The Faith: David Brainerd

David Brainerd on horsebackDavid Brainerd: The very name brings so many images to mind. Courage, bravery, faith, prayer, service, and unselfishness. I have no doubt I should have mentioned prayer first. A man who devoted so much time to prayer and intersession. No wonder there were so many miracles. There are so many stories of his miraculous missionary ministry. A life devoted to prayer, and so often alone and against all odds, he effectively brought
the Gospel where it had never been heard before, to peoples whom language he did not even know. So many stories and images. His suffering and service, while battling terminal illness, giving his life to preach the Gospel. No wonder his favorite message, his favorite Bible passage, was Isaiah 53. Here in New England, and especially “down” in southern New
England, it seems every Pastor has a favorite David Brainerd story.

My own personal favorite, and I will paraphrase as best I can from memory, was when David Brainerd was scheduled to preach to a large group of Indians, and as was usually the case, he did not know, nor speak their language. His interpreter showed up completely and totally, “falling down” drunk, almost unable to speak coherently. But, there was no one else available who spoke both English and the Native Indian language.
Somehow, the interpreter managed to stay awake and standing long enough to stammer through the message. What happened? God’s Word was so powerful that many, many of the Indians came forward to accept Christ as their Savior and Lord.
David Brainerd preachingMy first knowledge of David Brainerd came through the many references made to him in E.B. Bounds’ many books on prayer. David’s story, and the stories about his life as missionary, astounded me. Please be advised, that any book about his life and his work, will fill you with the same amazement, and encouragement. In fact, I would go so far as to say that any one that is planning and wanting and willing to serve others on Christ’s behalf, regardless of the office or capacity, should read all he can about the life of David Brainerd, and especially his diary, which he devoutly kept throughout his missionary life. Both his Diary and Journal (which he kept from June 19,
1745, to June 19, 1746) are full of ministry and miracles that read like The Acts of the Apostles. The Life and Diary of David Brainerd has had a life-transforming effect upon many, motivating them to become missionaries, evangelists, preachers, and people of prayer and power. John Wesley said, “Let every preacher read carefully over the life of David Brainerd.” He is remembered not only as the great Apostle to the North American Indians, but also as a chief source of inspiration in the lives of thousands who have been challenged from ease and selfishness to lives of holiness and sacrifice, as they have prayed and wept over his Journal.
Everyone should read about David Brainerd. Everyone. Oh, and then compare your hardships to his. He is called “The pioneer of modern missionary work.”
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards=Phillip HowardMost of the biographies condense like this:
Missionary to the American Indians in New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania. Born in Connecticut in 1718, he died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-nine, on October 9, 1747, while staying at the home of Jonathan Edwards, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Jonathan Edwards preached his funeral sermon and published the diary which David had kept. David Brainerd’s life reached out and touched the whole world, challenging more people into Christian service than perhaps any other man that ever lived. The mere mention of the name, Brainerd, automatically triggers the mind to think of dedication in a way that perhaps has never been equaled. His ministry to the Indians was contemporary with Wesley, Whitefield and Edwards as they ministered to the English-speaking people during the period called in English and American history the “Great Awakening.” Brainerd’s centuries-spanning influence for revival is positive proof God can and will use any vessel, no matter how fragile and frail, if it is only sold out to souls and to Jesus. “His story,” said J. M. Sherwood, “has done more to develop and mold the spirit of modern missions, and to fire the heart of the Christian Church, than that of any man since the apostolic age.”

“We should always look upon ourselves as God’s servants, placed in God’s world to do His work; and accordingly labor faithfully for Him. Let it then be your great concern, thus to devote yourself and your all to God.”

David Brainerd was born in Haddam, Connecticut on April 20, 1718, the sixth of nine children of Hezekiah and Dorothy (Mason) Brainerd. His father was a local justice of the peace, and both David’s parents were Christians. His father died when he was nine, and the death of his mother in March, 1732 brought additional great grief to 14 year old David. By 1739, he was setting aside whole days of secret fasting and almost
incessant prayer as he strove for acceptance with God. On July 12, 1739, at 21 years old, he returned to his secret place of prayer, where God spoke to him as the day dawned, and he had a glorious salvation experience.

From his youth, David Brainerd was frail and sickly. By August, 1740, he was weak and spitting up blood. Consumption or tuberculosis of the lungs was the plague of colonial New England, and would plaque David every day thereafter, for the rest of his life. He was very intelligent, and would attend Yale for a time. On April 19, 1741, Ebenezer Pembertson visited Yale and gave a stirring address about missionary work to the Indians. The next day, on his 23rd birthday, Brainerd vowed “to be wholly the Lord’s, to be forever devoted to his service.”
David Brainerd-A Love for the Lost by Brian CosbyOn July 29, 1742, he was licensed to preach as a Presbyterian at Danbury, Connecticut. Brainerd’s first sermon was on July 30th at Southbury, Connecticut, using I Peter 4:8 as his text and his first message to the Indians was soon after, on August 12, near the Connecticut-New York border. He traveled as an itinerant preacher for several months. David would travel over 15,000 miles on horseback, often in great pain. He preached from place to place that first winter, then served as a supply preacher at East Hampton, Long Island, New York for six weeks. On his last Sunday there, March 13th, although he could hardly stand up, he preached for an hour and a half. The next day, he left for work among the Indians. He said later, “I never, since I began to preach, could feel any freedom to enter into other men’s labours and settle down in the ministry where the gospel was preached before.” He felt he had to preach where Christ was not named nor known. He left for his life’s work March 25, 1743.

Here is one story of many, this one from his first visit to Indian tribes on the Forks of the Delaware River: Arriving the night before he would begin his work, he camped just outside the Indian settlement. He did not know, until the next morning (when he safely entered the Indian village) that he was being watched by warriors who were sent to kill him that night. The warriors made their move, approaching David’s tent, when they saw their target, on his knees, praying. Then, they saw a rattlesnake crawl up to David’s side, and lift up his head to strike. David did not even see the snake, even when the rattlesnake’s forked tongue almost touched his face. Then, suddenly, for no reason, the snake froze, and then quickly slithered away into the woods. David had no idea he was inches from sure death-one way or the other. However, the Indians ran back to the village and proclaimed that “The Great Spirit is with the paleface!” And, they gave David Brainerd a prophet’s welcome.
His short life with the Indians would be full of miraculous interventions of God on his behalf, and of the great ministry and revivals that would follow.
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan EdwardsHe was frequently in distress for lack of suitable food, exposed to hunger and cold, lost in the forests, caught in storms with no shelter available, obliged to ford raging streams and to spend the night in the woods, in peril from wild beasts and wild savages. He realized, however, that he had at most a year or two longer to live, and concluded, after much struggle of soul, that he should “burn out to the last” as a traveling missionary. Falling on his knees in his resignation, he cried: “Farewell friends and earthly comforts; farewell to the dearest, the very dearest of them all. I will spend my life to my latest moments in caves and dens of the earth, if the kingdom of Christ may thereby be advanced.”

After five years of arduous travel, manifold hardships, and almost constant pain, David Brainerd, spitting blood and almost delirious with fever, stumbled down the road to Northampton to die in the home of Jonathan Edwards. He was not yet 30, but he had no regrets. “Now that I am dying,” he exclaimed, “I declare that I would not for all the world have spent my life otherwise!”

From his diary: “Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service, and to promote Thy kingdom.”
The last words written in his diary, on Oct. 2, 1749: “My soul was this day, at turns, sweetly set on God: I longed to be with him, that I might behold his glory. I felt sweetly disposed to commit all to him, even my dearest friends, my dearest flock, my absent brother, and all my concerns for time and eternity. O that his kingdom might come in the world; that they might all love and glorify him, for what he is in himself; and that that blessed Redeemer might “see of the travail of his soul, and be satisfied! Oh, come, Lord Jesus, come quickly! Amen.”

The 53rd chapter of Isaiah was exceedingly precious to David Brainerd. When preaching to the Indians, his favorite theme was Isaiah 53. And, when he came to the end of his life, the last entry he made in his Diary contained a quotation from the 53rd chapter of Isaiah.

His last words were “He will come, and will not tarry. I shall soon be in glory; soon be with God and His angels.”

 

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote Collection

Martin Luther King Spotlight
After spending a great deal of time studying the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I have gained even more respect and admiration for his person, and his work. Two things about him have really struck me, as I’ve listened to his speeches and interviews: How great a speaker he was, and perhaps even more, how brave, how courageous he was-and had to be, every day. Let’s also remember that, yes, he was a Pastor. And, a father. And, a husband. And … a brother.
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Martin Luther King shirtsleeves
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King giving speech
“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.”

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

The time is always right to do what is right.”
Martin Luther Kind-Hands on podium
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

“A right delayed is a right denied.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
Martin Luther King, Jr in front of Lincoln Memorial
“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”

“War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.”

“Seeing is not always believing.”

“The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”
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