Morning Direction From Scripture 1-18-19

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It is you alone who are to be feared.
    Who can stand before you when you are angry?
From heaven you pronounced judgment,
    and the land feared and was quiet—
when you, God, rose up to judge,
    to save all the afflicted of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,
    and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[c]

11 Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;
    let all the neighboring lands
    bring gifts to the One to be feared.
12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
    he is feared by the kings of the earth. Psalm 76:7-12

What is the judgment of God about?

Evening Meditation 1-17-19

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It is you alone who are to be feared.
    Who can stand before you when you are angry?
From heaven you pronounced judgment,
    and the land feared and was quiet—
when you, God, rose up to judge,
    to save all the afflicted of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,
    and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[c]

11 Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;
    let all the neighboring lands
    bring gifts to the One to be feared.
12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
    he is feared by the kings of the earth. Psalm 76:7-12

What does the fear of God look like?

Share Your World 1-14-19

Well I finally got here this week! There have been moments where I wondered if I would be able to squeak it in but HERE I AM SHARING MY WORLD AT LAST!!!

Melanie has asked some really deep questions this week and I have endeavored to answer them below. You can see how other contributors worked their way through by clicking the underlined link above.

  1. You’re walking in a forest and you find a black suitcase.  Inside it is one millions dollars and a piece of paper, stained in blood and bearing the single word “Don’t!”  Would you take the suitcase home or leave it?                                                                                                                                                                                  Ummm, No! Taking the suitcase is a sure-fired way to get serial-killed! I am not taking that suitcase anywhere. I am hightailing it out of the woods, calling the police, waiting for them to arrive and then I am leading them to the suitcase in the woods. I don’t want any part of a murder suitcase.
  2. Imagine you lapsed and cheated on your partner. You feel horrible and you know you’ll never do it again, because the feeling is so awful. Would you confess?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Wow! Now this is a hard one to answer. I have worked with too many people in just this situation to know that anyone can know what he or she would do definitively. I would hope I have the fortitude to do it myself, but honestly without help few can carry and conquer the fear. I would also say there is no such thing as “You know you will never do it again.” Situations like this are one of the best arguments for building healthy supportive relationships around yourself throughout life. Such Moments need strong friendships to survive in anything resembling health.
  3. Would you live your life differently if nobody ever judged you for anything you did?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I live in the knowledge that I will be judged by God. His mercy covers me and I will be found holy, not having a righteousness of my own but having one given me by my Savior.
  4. W ould a fly without wings be called a walk? No? What would you call it?             Dead!

Morning Direction From Scripture 1-17-19

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God is renowned in Judah;
    in Israel his name is great.
His tent is in Salem,
    his dwelling place in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows,
    the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.[b]

You are radiant with light,
    more majestic than mountains rich with game.
The valiant lie plundered,
    they sleep their last sleep;
not one of the warriors
    can lift his hands.
At your rebuke, God of Jacob,
    both horse and chariot lie still. Psalm 76:1-6

What does a rebuke from God look like?