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So here’s one for thought…

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Life is like a camera…

Focus on what’s important,

Capture the good times,

Develop from the negatives,

And if things don’t work out, take another shot.

 

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

Faith
In the code of chivalry, “faith” means trust and integrity, as a knight in shining armor i must always be faithful to word and promises, no matter how big or small they may be.

Faith: a: allegiance to duty or a person, loyalty,  fidelity to one’s promises, sincerity of intentions, firm belief in something for which there is no proof complete trust, something that is believed especially with strong conviction;

Faith is currently in the top 1% of lookups and is the 103rd most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com.. How interesting that this word increased significantly in lookups over the past seven days. God’s timing!

Samantha Ruebel posted that everyone has faith in something.  Even atheists have faith. The Bible teaches to have faith in God. The world teaches to have faith in oneself. Evolutionists have faith in Darwinism although no one has ever seen evolution in progress. Christians have faith in God though no one has seen Him face to face.   Not all faith is religious, although the strongest faiths usually are. I have faith that tomorrow will come.  I can not prove it until then but I have faith that it will be there.  I have faith in my God because I DO see evidence of Him. I see all the wonderful things He has created and I see answers to prayers.   I see addicts overcome their addictions. I see people full of hate accept Christ and learn to love.  “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”…and YES that is a Bible quote but it is also a perfect definition of faith.

These words come from Hebrews 11:1. i wanted to include it in today’s post from the Message just for some clarity. But i could not find a place to cut it off and while it is long it is worth reading every word. For me my every thought today will begin with the words “BY FAITH” and so i’ll begin by saying “By Faith i hope you will read all of this and not just brush it off as something you’ve already done and already know.

Hebrews chapter 11 – The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

3 By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

4 By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.

5-6 By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

7 By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.

8-10 By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.

11-12 By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions.

13-16 Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them.

17-19 By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac.” Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar.

20 By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau.

21 By an act of faith, Jacob on his deathbed blessed each of Joseph’s sons in turn, blessing them with God’s blessing, not his own—as he bowed worshipfully upon his staff.

22 By an act of faith, Joseph, while dying, prophesied the exodus of Israel, and made arrangements for his own burial.

23 By an act of faith, Moses’ parents hid him away for three months after his birth. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree.

24-28 By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them.

29 By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned.

30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat.

31 By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God.

32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.

39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

Generosity
For me sharing what’s valuable in life is not just giving away material goods, but my time, attention, wisdom and energy — the things that i believe create a strong, diverse community.

Generosity: readiness or liberality in giving. freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character.

There are two things that i love about today’s post. The first is that i love studying different topics in the Bible. It  helps to be specific about an area i want to improve in my walk with God. The second is generosity. The Bible is clear that i am to be generous to others. It says that it is better to give than receive.

Timothy 6:17-18 As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.  [Charge them] to do good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal and generous of heart, ready to share [with others],

Matthew 10:42 says, And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.

The words “because he is My disciple” captures my attention. It does not say because he is a “Christian” nor does it say because he is a “good” person. “My disciple” is specific and leaves the idea open that there are people who will give a cup of cold water for other reasons. i can only imagine what some of those reasons might be and then there a few that i have more than just imagined, i have done them myself.

He, who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives  without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.~ Jeremy Taylor

That is a quote for me, as i have to often given readily just because i could and recently became aware as to why. i want to be wanted, so i give, and i shared about that in past posts so i won’t go there again. Self-Sacrifice is the essence of generosity.

i close with Luke 19:8 as a practical application for me to consider, “So then Zacchaeus stood up and solemnly declared to the Lord, See, Lord, the half of my goods I [now] give [by way of restoration] to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone out of anything, I [now] restore four times as much.”

 

 

i posted about the seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi and now i ’m posting the seven Knightly Virtues. i know it’s a little dated as we don’t have knights today, but… but i think that inside every man is a desire to be a knight in shining armour and inside every woman is the desire to be rescued by a knight in shining armour, that is if she hasn’t been already.

“The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed- It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.”   William Shakespeare

Too much mercy… often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.”   Agatha Christie

Mercy – my words and attitude can be painful weapons in this world, which is why i as a knight in shining armor exercises mercy in my dealings with others, creating a sense of peace and community, rather than engaging in hostility and antagonism.

Mercy – compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence.

We have a powerful and merciful God. He knows i have fallen short of His glory, but His mercy is incredible. That is why as a disciple i need to always be aware of His love and His mercy. A day shouldn’t go by without my praising God. i may be barely able to comprehend His mercy, but i know that it is there.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

“Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, “here, my poor man”, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself. It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver. Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.”   Swami Vivekananda

Worship without sacrifice.” – Psalm 51:16-17 For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it; You find no pleasure in burnt offering. My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” ― A.W. Tozer

“If there is no laughter, Jesus has gone somewhere else. If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church: it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis. If there is no celebration, there is no real worship.”  ― Steve Brown

“Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can’t contain Him. Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?” ― Francis Chan

Many enter the chamber (garden) to meet God while they are still emotionally out of breath. Silence and solitude, listening to God and meditation all take time………….. time some are not willing to give.

i am going to close out these posts with these final words regarding each of these seven deadly sins.

“i must do today what others will not do so that tomorrow i can do what others can not.” i must “worship with sacrifice” today in a way that others will not, so that tomorrow i can do what others can not.

Commerce without morality – “So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.   I will strike her children dead.  Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.  (From Revelation 2:22-23)”

Commerce without morality means conducting business without any sense of right and wrong and ethics.

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. – Henry  David Thoreau

In day-to-day commerce, television is not so much interested  in the business of communications as in the business of delivering audiences to  advertisers. People are the merchandise, not the shows. The shows are merely the  bait. – Les  Brown

A basic principle of the “Christian” moral life is that every person is made in the image of God. He gave me an immortal soul and through the gifts of intelligence and reason enables me to understand the order of things established in his creation. God has also given me free will to seek and love what is true, good, and beautiful. Sadly, because of the fall, i suffer the impact of sin, which darkens my mind, weakens my will, and inclines me to sin. Baptism delivers me from sin but not from its effects—especially the inclination to sin. Within me, then, is both the powerful urge toward the good because i am made in the image of God, and the darker impulses toward evil because of the effects of sin.

Christ’s dying and rising offers me new life in the Spirit, whose saving grace delivers me from sin and heals sin’s damage within me. Thus i speak of the value, dignity, and goal of human life, even with its imperfections and struggles. Human life, as a profound unity of physical and spiritual dimensions, is sacred. It is distinct from all other forms of life, since it alone is imprinted with the very image of its Creator.

Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life

GROWING IN PEACE – Peace is living in the complete wholeness of God

Many disagree with my belief that it is possible for me to live without sin being a part of my daily life. Regardless, my belief from studying the word is that it’s a very real possibility. It’s not a goal for my flesh as though i would have accomplished some great thing, but it’s a goal for God’s glory and honor. To accomplish it is as though God glorifies Himself.

i might concede that it’s not practical or probable. When God made me new, He purified my heart. Then i would say that i am sinless from the time i got saved until my first sin after that. i get the feeling that i devalue God when i routinely confess to Him that my heart is full of sin and utterly evil, when/He has brought it out of that state AND of course living in obedience to His word.

The fact that Adam, Moses, Abraham, and anyone else you want to name did not live their lives without sin does not discourage me in any way. While it is true that the only man to do so is Jesus i take that as encouragement. Just because it hasn’t been done by anyone other than Him… well no one had ever flown before, there were no automobiles before, there were “no” a million other things before, but that did not stop people from trying and succeeding.

i was given this verse to argue against my view. 1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. At first read you would think that says it all? It doesn’t! This cherry picking the word, one verse pulled out of context to make a point.Go and read the entire chapter for yourself.  i believe it even makes the case for my belief stronger.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMP) 13 For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken me and laid hold on me that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to me that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let me be tempted and tried and assayed beyond my ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation HE will [always] also PROVIDE the way out (the means of escape to a landing-place), that i may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.

The 12 Steps are just one way, the way for me, that He has provide as my way out of a life controlled by sin.

Romans 7. We have the old man slung around our necks until we become glorified, until then we will have a battle to beat our flesh into submission to the Law of God. That’s absolutely correct i have to battle, beat my flesh into submission to the law of God.

Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life

GROWING IN PEACE – Peace is living in the complete wholeness of God

Okay… i’m taking a deep breath for two reasons, one is that today’s post is really long and the other is because i am bringing this series of posts to a close. That does not mean that it ends for me, only that i will occassionaly post on my progress and possibly do so from a different blog. i just got a comment today that said the person became bored with the series and so they removed me from their daily blog list. I’m sorry, but this blog is not really designed for just reading, it is more of a record, a journal for my families recollection when i am gone. If anything else, it is written for stirring up, so as to get shared participation. It had been my hope that just one would comment that they would join in with me and walk with me through these 12 steps. That was not the case and so i must move on. i must do today what others will not so that tomorrow i can do what others can not. The commenter also said they had read the past few days and found them worthy of their time so i am back on their daily blog list. Huuuuuummmmmm?

Since the start of this series, i have found many versions of the 12 step program. People use it and then find ways to personalize it. i have personalized it several times. This was my first attempt.

B.I.K.E. – Build a better life, Introducing God as the focus, Know my purpose and core values, Effectuate the Word

Build A Better Life This is the over-all purpose, that my life would be better than it currently is with this addiction controlling me.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” – William W. Purkey

I – Introduce God As The Focus – this is where the 12 steps begin by changing my focus from my addiction to God.

Colossians 3:2 And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

My outer collapse takes place because my inner experience cannot sustain it.” – Gordon MacDonald

     Step #1- Honesty: Admit I’m broken

Romans 7:17 – But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.”

“To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.” – Charles Dickens

     Step #2 – Faith: Develop faith

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of the things [i] hope for, being the proof of things [i] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” – Max Lucado

     Step #3 – Decide: Who’s in charge

Matthew 11:29 – Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

“Crying is all right in its own way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.” – C.S. Lewis

K is – Know Your Core Values And Purpose

The secret to achieving inner peace lies in understanding our inner core values – those things in our lives that are most important to us-and then seeing that they are reflected in the daily events of our lives.” — Hyrum W. Smith

     Step #4 – Fearless: Moral Inventory

Lamentations 3:40 Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God.

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.” – Steve Maraboli

     Step #5 – Confess: To God, Ourselves, Others

1 John 1:9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

“Never do anything that you can’t admit doing, because if you are that ashamed of whatever it is, it’s probably wrong.” – Ashly Lorenzana

     Step #6 – Forgiveness: Ask God, Ourselves, Others

Luke 17:3-4 Pay attention and always be on your guard [looking out for one another]. If your brother sins (misses the mark), solemnly tell him so and reprove him, and if he repents (feels sorry for having sinned), forgive him. And even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and turns to you seven times and says, I repent [I am sorry], you must forgive him (give up resentment and consider the offense as recalled and annulled).

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

     Step #7 – Transform: My Character

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

“Most people in America, when they are exposed to the Christian faith, are not being transformed. They take one step into the door, and the journey ends. They are not being allowed, encouraged, or equipped to love or to think like Christ. Yet in many ways a focus on spiritual formation fits what a new generation is really seeking. Transformation is a process, a journey, not a one-time decision.” – David Kinnaman

Effectuate The Word

     Step #8 – Relationships: Thorough Examination

Ephesians 4:2-3 Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.

“Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.” Francois Fenelon

     Step #9 – Reconciliation: Make Amends

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.

“Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth having, even if the parting has to come sooner or later.” – Alice Munro

     Step #10 – Growth: Mature Relationships

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Andy Rooney

 B.I.K.E – Build a better life, Introduce God as the focus, Know my purpose and core values, Effectuate the Word

     Step #11 – Awareness of God

John 14:26 But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward with the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence. – Og Mandino

     Step #12 – Service

1 Peter 4:10 Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help.

“From now on, any definition of a successful life must include serving others.” George Bush

Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life

THE END!

Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life

GROWING IN PEACE – Peace is living in the complete wholeness of God

Step 12 – i am to serve others by sharing what i have learned.

As i said yesterday i would have said that i have a huge jump-start on step 12 because i am always serving others, one way or another. It’s what Ann Marie and i do. But as i continue in my FEARLESS moral inventory, this verse came to light and i was left asking questions as to if that’s true of me.

1 Peter 4:7-11 Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. This is a work in progress in alignment with steps 8 thru 10 Living “IN” peace with others. Love makes up for practically anything.

Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: Here’s where it gets a little shaky. if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. With all honesty (FEARLESS moral inventory) that’s not always the case. i somehow, many times manage to mingle in my words with a few of God’s words, not always but more than i care to. Hind sight is a great tool.

Then to many times i help and it’s even heartily, but it’s me and not necessarily God. Why one might ask? Simple self. When i get to big for my britches i think i spill out into an other wise good God opportunity. “Let it be God’s” and that’s the rub, because i prefer to be in control. Example, many small churches come to the campus and have very little money. i most of the time make a way for them to be there by charging little or next to nothing. After months or even years of  Ann Marie and i having to believe for our finances due to charging them to little they then give up and quit. On the surface that would seem like a God story but many of the times it was not. They could have better spent the finances in outreach. But because i stepped in and used my faith they missed the opportunity to trust God instead of Ann Marie and ed. It’s not that i want recognition, but i often think i know best, i miss the purpose, and because i do want to help, especially the underdog, what i do gets in the way of God.

“That God’s presence will be evident in everything, that He’ll get ALL the credit.” Someone might perceive that it’s God when in fact it’s ed just doing what ed does.

That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life

GROWING IN PEACE – Peace is living in the wholeness of God

Right Perspective as i shared yesterday is very important but today i am increasingly aware that Right Position is of equal importance.

Perspective: the state of existing in space before the eye: the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it.

Position: status or standing, to put in a particular or appropriate position.

There is another word that must be put in front of these two words, RIGHT, (in accordance with what is good, proper, or just, that which is morally, legally, or ethically proper). Perspective and Position, Right Perspective who God is! Right Position- Who i am, in Him!

If i were a glass half full kinda guy then i have perspective but it’s not the best or right perspective… FOR ME.

Elijah offers what i see as the perfect example of right position. i have studied this chapter many times and missed this.

1 King 17:1 And then this happened: Elijah the Tishbite, from among the settlers of Gilead, confronted Ahab: Some background about tis man. First Elijah means Yahwee is my God. The history of this great man is introduced very abruptly; his origin is hidden in obscurity. He is said to be a Tishbite. Who was his father, or from what tribe he came, is not known. Further he seems to have been the prophet of Israel, as he never prophesied in Judah. Many think he was born of a miraculous birth. Others believe that he had no earthly parentage; that he was an angel of God, united for a time to a human body, in order to call men back to perfect purity, both in doctrine and manners.

“As surely as God lives, the God of Israel before whom I stand in obedient service, Now that’s a right position! Elijah does not walk into town and declare a thus says the Lord to get the job done or insinuate some authority. He is the authority! He knew he had it and used it. Used it not for his personal gain but for the Glory of Yahwee, his God. Think about it for a moment, he has never been heard of before, he is a stranger, in this land and to this king, but definitely no stranger to God. He declares “as surely as God lives”! In my past i have declared thus saith the Lord, thankfully not in many years, but i do not ever recall declaring “as surely as my God lives.”

There is authority in those words, and he says, just in case you don’t know who i am declaring alive, it is the God of Israel. He is leaving no room for doubt about where his authority is coming from. Then he says, “before whom i stand in obedient service.” Elijah is speaking from the right position:(status or standing, to put in a particular or appropriate position). The whole reason for this series and my engagement in the 12 steps is to put myself in that very position.

This is the ed translation. Look king, my God does not deserve to be treated the way you and your people are treating Him. i am declaring that you put a stop to it. I will not tolerate my God being treated with such disrespect. And here is what is to be done about it… “the next years are going to see a total drought —not a drop of dew or rain unless I say otherwise.” Unless i say otherwise? Unless Elijah says otherwise? yes, and i checked several translations to see if this was right. Elijah’s position was one of authority in his God, Yahwee. There is no thus saith the Lord, no God told me, it’s simply, unless I say otherwise. Elijah knew that God would do His part and actually stop the rain.

Right Position – Who I am – and knowing it as surely as my God lives. i have always thought that i knew who i was in God better than most… all i needed to do is look at this one man to know otherwise.

The entire 11 steps thus far are guiding me to find the right perspective and the right position as God intends for me.