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Elijah – a man with a nature like ours…. and…bird watching…

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 – Journaling

Sounds like the birds are practicing for American Idol! It’s the time of year for setting up their boundaries and they fly wildly past my view and then sit on limbs and answer each others’ call. For fun, I sometimes personify their conversations – like, “say, you are all wet, where did you take a bath?” – “Where did you get that big piece of suet?” And when several arrive at the feeder or bird bath, they “fight” over who goes first. There is a hierarchy.

I am commanded to observe the birds of the air, so, I do. ( Mt 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and [yet] your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?) The thing I am to contemplate is that they do not toil or spin in saving up for their future which will be provided; but, sometimes, I wonder about all their fluttering about. I have a good view of wrens building a nest in one of the birdhouses Bob made. I like wrens. Sure, they make a mess at the feeder, but when it comes to building their house, they get very particular and throw any twig out that doesn’t make for a neat nest. Or they drop twigs and sticks that are too wide for the entrance. They fly at jet speed up to the opening, attempt to land, and get pushed back to try again and again. I love it!

This morning I listened to an informative sermon on the internet concerning Elijah. I can paste the outline here for you. It is long. You may be tempted to skip through it. I hope not. Notice how verses are put together from throughout the Bible to shed light on the basic verses. (This was part 1 from a series of 3.)

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

According to FB Meyer:

Gilead lay east of the Jordan: it was wild and rugged; its hills were covered with shaggy forests; its awful solitude was only broken by the dash of mountain streams; its valleys were the haunt of fierce wild beasts”

James 5:16-17 “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous…

Luke 1:17 “He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

2 Kings 1:7-8 Then he said to them, “What kind of man was it who came up to meet you and told you these words?” 8 So they answered him, “A hairy man wearing a leather belt around his waist.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”

Matthew 3:4 And John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

1 Kings 16:30,33 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. 33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

1 Kings 16:31-32 And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

Deuteronomy 7:3 “Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons.

1 Kings 18:4 For so it was, while Jezebelmassacred the prophets of the LORD,

1 Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

1 Kings 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

1 Kings 19:14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

1 Kings 21:25-26 But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 26 And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijahthe Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Deuteronomy 11:16-17 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; 17 And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

Deuteronomy 28:15,24 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: 24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

Luke 4:25 “But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land;

James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

1 Kings 18:2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab; and there was a severe famine in Samaria.

Genesis 27:28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

1 Kings 18:5 And Ahab had said to Obadiah, “Go into the land to all the springs of water and to all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, so that we will not have to kill any livestock.

Acts 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

1 Samuel 2:12,17, 22 Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD.

17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD. 22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Amos 3:2 “You [Israel] only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities

Jude 1:14-15 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 “to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

“It is the false prophets who cry, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace,” who were ever the popular orators. “Speak unto us smooth things” (Isa 30:10) is always the demand of the crowd, and those who refuse to yield to this clamour and instead faithfully preach the Truth, are dubbed “pessimists” and “killjoys.” AW Pink

Luke 6:26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Other pages from this site about Elijah:  https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/i-was-fed-like-elijah/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/ramblings-of-my-mind-enduring-headaches/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/

There are more.  Elijah must be a favorite of mine.

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May 2, 2012 Posted by | Elijah, Fervent prayer, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

Reminder post from this past October…

These are note cards that I made for myself from one of Nancy Missler’s books.  I have personalized them.  I sorely needed the Lord’s reminder of them today—perhaps you, too.  my love and thanks for each of you!

Note Card 1:

Romans 12: 1-2

“Father, walk through me and expose anything that needs to be dealt with. Cleanse me from hidden and secret faults. Let them not have dominion over me. Is there any way of pain in me? (means any way I am causing pain to my Lord, as well as my “fellowman.”) Lead me in Your age-lasting way.” Ps. 19:12-13; Ps. 139:23-24

Note Card 2:

Deny myself, take up my cross and follow Him!

Includes: denying “justified feelings,” rights, frustrations, offenses, hurts.

I count all thiings but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord.

Read Phil 3:8-15

If anyone comes to me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers, sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple! Lk. 14:26  (This list does not include “husband.”)

Note Card 3:

Be willing to obey God’s will – no matter what! (Getting up and doing what God has called me to do.)

“At Thy Word, I will” – Lk. 5:5

“As there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also.” 2Cor. 8:11

Read Phil. 2:5-9

Note Card 4:

TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE! 2 Cor. 10:5,6

i.e. – self-centered

negative doubts of God

anything ungodly

Think on these things: true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue, praiseworthy. Phil 4:8

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Here is the second set of note cards that I use.  These are not necessarily needed daily like the ones above – but could be while you and I overcome long-held, deep resentment of sin.

Card #1:

Recognize, acknowledge, experience the negative thoughts, emotions, desires (the SELF) that just occurred. Do not vent nor stuff them! Give them to God. Ask Him to expose what is really going on inside me. What are the root causes?

Get alone with God! You will contaminate others. (This will prevent sin to accumulate.)

Do not confront until I am clean!

To experience my real thoughts and feelings is crucial. It helps me recognize exactly what to give to God. This must be done for peace to return. Feelings must not be bottled up. We cannot give feelings over to God if we don’t know what they are.

Ask God to expose them. Feel them – Then – Give them to Him! I will be healed.

Note Card #2:

Confess and repent of all the Holy Spirit has shown me. By faith, unconditionally forgive anyo9ne who has wronged me.

(To acknowledge that what we have done has quenched God’s Spirit in us is critical. I need to confess “ownership” of these thoughts and emotions and choose to turn around from following them.)

Example: “Father I confess I am depressed. I own these emotions. I confess I have chosen to entertain and follow these morose feelings over what You would have me to do – give them back to You – and it has quenched Your Spirit in me. That is sin. I now choose to turn around (repent) from following what these things are telling me to do and choose instead to follow You.”

Forgive others of their sins. Mk. 11:25,26; Lk. 23:34

Note Card #3:

Give all these things over to God! God does not take them – I must willingly hand them over.

I am giving “alms” – love gifts – with no strings attached.

Longstanding strongholds may become a spiritual battle. Don’t give up.

Keep a journal of this adventurn with God.

Note Card # 4:

Read God’s Word – Replace Lies with Truth!

Wash with the water of the Word – Eph. 5:26

“In my distress I called upon the Lord…He heard my voice out of His temple…He bowed the heavens, and came down…” Ps. 18: 6, 9

SING! SING AND PRAISE GOD!

August 21, 2011 Posted by | Fervent prayer, Pages from my journal, Prayer | Leave a comment

Fervent prayer, part 6…

There is more to know about Luke 18:1-8, concerning the bothersome widow whom the judge avenges of her enemies because she just might get into a boxing match with him. (If you are lost in this statement, you will need to read the other entries concerning these verses, especially part 5.) I’ll print these verses from the Amplified and add my own observations and comments:

Luk 18:1 ALSO [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up). (Building upon His instructions in chapter 17 about the day of the Son of Man’s revealing, our Lord begins with His purpose for this dissertation – always pray for the Lord’s avenging and NEVER look or turn back, as did Lot’s wife! {17:32})

Luk 18:2 He said, In a certain city there was a judge who neither reverenced and feared God nor respected or considered man. (He compares Himself to a severely different judge than Himself – designed to help us understand the Judge with which the elect has to deal.)

Luk 18:3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, Protect and defend and give me justice against my adversary. (In Psa 68:5 “A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation” God calls Himself a “protector of the widows.” This widow is on praying ground!)

Luk 18:4 And for a time he would not; but later he said to himself, Though I have neither reverence or fear for God nor respect or consideration for man, (This earthly judge is again compared to the elect’s heavenly one, as one who delays. And what a miserable judge he is – not fearing God, not respecting man. Verse 7 answers v. 4.)

Luk 18:5 Yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will defend and protect and avenge her, lest she give me intolerable annoyance and wear me out by her continual coming or at the last she come and rail on me or assault me or strangle me.

Luk 18:6 Then the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says! (Go back and reread and consider what this unjust judge says because the soon-coming righteous Judge will be the opposite to His chosen-out ones who keep praying as this widow did.)

Luk 18:7 And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? (Let me put Vine’s definition of “cry” here for you: 1. To utter a loud voice; to speak, call or exclaim with vehemence; in a very general sense. 2. To call importunately; to utter a loud voice, by way of earnest request of prayer.)

Luk 18:8 I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth? (Unlike the unjust judge, our Lord is not delaying His avenging. He desires that none should perish but all come to the deeper knowing of the Lord’s purpose from creation to the new creation in Christ Jesus. When He comes, will He find the faith that pleases God as this widow had? No. But, will I or you be the one who prays: “Even so, Lord Jesus, come!”)

June 29, 2011 Posted by | Fervent prayer | Leave a comment

Fervent Prayer, part 5…

Our Colorado kids were here all last week and they were delightful.  The times with them just get better and better.  Our son is in “remission” from his Chron’s disease.  He – and Lesa, too – painted pottery at our GRANDdaughter’s friends’ birthday party.  I had a long discussion with Robert about prophecy and the Kingdom. 

Sarah had a week-long celebration of her 16th birthday – literally!  She is our only GRANDchild.  Her mom planned a whole week of events she thought Sarah would enjoy.

Somehow I have injured my back, right leg, and both shoulders.  It is terrifying pain and robs my mind of clear thoughts.  I know of no “fixes” short of surgery and pain meds with side effects that are not worth the temporary “help” they might provide.  I suffer and wait upon the Lord.

I wanted to tell you one more thing about fervent prayer and Luke 18:1-8.  After doing a word study of this portion of scripture, I found that the Amplified version is quite accurate for these verses.  Please pay attention to verse 5:

Yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will defend and protect and avenge her, lest she give me intolerable annoyance and wear me out by her continual coming or at the last she come and rail on me or assault me or strangle me.

Look at the intensity of this widow’s request!  Now, that’s FERVENT! – “rail on me – assault me – strangle me.”

The Greek word for this expression is only used in one other place in the N. T. : 

1Co 9:27  But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].  (Amp.)

See it?  In KJV, it is “buffet.”

Now, can you put “fervent” in perspective and define it?  This is a severe discipline for our prayer life – yea, ALL of our life.  Are you fervently praying?

June 27, 2011 Posted by | Fervent prayer | 1 Comment

Fervent prayer, part 4…

 And He spake a parable unto them to this purport that it is necessary, that men ought on all occasions to pray, and not to give up; (Companion Bible)

This is a good translation. Following a word study, I like the phrase, “to this purport that it is necessary…to pray on all occasions.” “Purport” means, “intention.” One intends to pray on any and all occasions. Last time our Colorado kids were home, Robert was grilling out for us and fell off the porch with a loud “hummpf” sound as it knocked the breath out of him. Joy’s eyes filled with tears immediately and I took her hand and began praying aloud. I don’t know if anyone even noticed us because of the confusion. It just came “naturally” to immediately pray upon this occasion during the chaos of the moment. But the purpose of this parable is in the last phrase – “not give up.”

Faint” is the KJV word that means “to loose, release, to relax, to enfeeble.”The Concordant Literal Version uses “become despondent” as its translation and I like this one best, as I am most likely to become despondent. I have done this lately – despondent – thinking there was something too hard for God to do! Or, that there was something He would not do and I would have to endure with no hope. I had given up asking, seeking, and knocking about this particular matter. And, I had plenty of reasons for giving up! 50 years – wasn’t that enough. That’s half a century, don’t ya’ know!

That word for “pray” is always used as prayer to God – it is restricted to prayer offered to God, having regard to the power of Him Who is invoked and giving prominence to personal devotion.

HE IS ABLE – I PRAY IN THE ATTITUDE OF WORSHIP – AT ALL TIMES AND OCCASIONS – OVER AND OVER AND OVER – NEVER GIVING UP FAITH!

The prayer of the woman in this parable just has one request – “revenge me of my enemy.” Luk 18:7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Luk 18:8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find FAITH on the earth?

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June 12, 2011 Posted by | Fervent prayer | Leave a comment

Fervent prayer, part 3…

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Lk. 18:1, KJV

I have looked at this verse in other versions. Here are a few:

Luke 18:1 And he was speaking a parable unto them, as to its being needful for them always to pray, and not be faint–hearted; – Rotherham

Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart. – Net

Luke 18:1 And He spake a parable unto them to this purport that it is necessary, that men ought on all occasions to pray, and not to give up; – Companion Bible

Luke 18:1 And he spake also a simile to them, that it behoveth us always to pray, and not to faint, – Young’s Literal

Luk 18:1 ALSO [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up). – Amplified

This parable and the one that begins in verse 9, tells us the reason and explanation first. That’s unusual. Most are explained at the end. Well, there is more to learn from the last verses, also, in this one. Let me paste the 8 verses here:

1, And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2, Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3, And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4, And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5, Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6, And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7, And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8, I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? KJV

This parable begins with the primary conjunction, “and,” meaning, “continuing.” The Lord is continuing from chapter 17. (When you are studying, keep in your mind that chapter divisions are man-made for convenience – so are verses.) What’s in chapter 17?

A pharisee had commanded to the Lord a question: “ 20, And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21, Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within (in your midst) you.

Oh, and I just love what happens next! Our Lord continues, 22, And he said unto the disciples,

Only disciples are being addressed!

Stay tuned….

 

June 9, 2011 Posted by | Fervent prayer, Prayer | Leave a comment

Fervent prayer, part 2….

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint. – Luke 18:1b

Here’s the way this verse looks with my limited study of it: The phrase, “men ought” is included in this English phrase of this verse as, “to this end, that men ought.” So we will need to review the whole verse, which is, And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. “To this end, that men ought” is “dei” in the original – one little word. That’s it, “dei.” Hmmm…let me do a little research on this word, “dei.” Thayer Definition:

1) it is necessary, there is need of, it behooves, is right and proper

1a) necessity lying in the nature of the case

1b) necessity brought on by circumstances or by the conduct of others toward us.

1c) necessity in reference to what is required to attain some end

1d) a necessity of law and command, of duty, equity

Part of Speech: verb (in this verse, it is in present tense, infinitive mood – The Greek infinitive mood in most cases corresponds to the English infinitive, which is basically the verb with “to” prefixed, as “to believe.” Like the English infinitive, the Greek infinitive can be used like a noun phrase (“It is better to live than to die”), as well as to reflect purpose or result.)

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: third person singular active present of G1210 (“dei” comes from “deo” – let’s take at look at it, also.)

G1210deō

Thayer Definition:

1) to bind tie, fasten

1a) to bind, fasten with chains, to throw into chains

1b) metaphorically

to bind, put under obligation, of the law, duty etc.

So, the word, “men” has been supplied by the translators, as well as “ought.” “Ought” would indicate subjunctive mood – which is a maybe or maybe not situation.
Dei” is in infinitive mood which is used with the prefix, “to;” and can reflect purpose or result.

Ah, ha—-that means that this parable our Lord tells to ears that can hear in this chapter has purpose and intent. I think that because this is in 3rd person, that it indicates that praying (according to the upcoming parable) is being emphasized as an absolute requirement; especially to be joined with perseverance.

June 8, 2011 Posted by | Fervent prayer | 1 Comment

Fervent prayer…

Fervent prayer…

The first verse in this morning’s reading of The Daily Light, by the Bagster family, was Luke 18:1; and I know the last half of that verse by heart so that it has a welcome into my thoughts at any moment. However, today I needed the “jolt” of this verse to drive to the center of my circumstances and thoughts and set up a permament vigil there. Here is the portion of the verse printed in this day’s reading: “Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” The purpose of praying is to offset the results of “losing heart.” And, how might “lose heart?” –by persisting, perseverance, prevailing, being vigilant, and continuing! (All of those are key words used in the rest of the verses of Daily Light for today.) Here, let me paste them all:

JUNE 7
MORNING

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. — Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all per-severance and supplication for all saints.

I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. — As a prince hast thou power with God and with men. — Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.

[Jesus] went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

LUKE 18:1.  Luke 11:5 8.  Eph. 6:18. Gen. 32:26,28.  Col. 4:2. Luke 6:12.

(You can tell I used different versions for my words.) I studied out the words, put them back into context, and applying them to my daily walk and life is needful and most wonderful!

More later, Lord willing. Back to dentist today. There 3 hours yesterday, cleaning and checkup today.

June 7, 2011 Posted by | "Daily Light", Fervent prayer | Leave a comment

   

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