a loving friend can stick closer than family

Exodus 26:30 (Inside Out)


Read: Exodus 26:1-27:21, Matthew 25:1-30, Psalm 31:1-8, Proverbs 8:1-11

Relate: Fine linen, goat hair, ram skin, goat skin, frame, support, gilding. This is the order of what God speaks about to Moses regarding how to build the tabernacle. It is pretty much the opposite order I would notice it. First thing I would see would be the outer curtain and all the gold. Then I would notice its structure and finally, only after I have entered in, would I notice the thing that God began with.

We tend to work backwards, starting with the outside and working our way in. First change your appearance, then lets deal with your behavior. Now that we’ve got those squared away lets start working on cleaning out that mind. OK, now that you look good, act good, and think right, now we’ll start digging into the heart. God, in building the Tabernacle started with the inside then worked out. God, when building us does the very same thing.

React: It is easy to change my appearance. I already did it at least once today. Showered, shaved, changed and I’m a new man. Give me 20 minutes on Halloween and I can be anything you want. It takes a bit more work to try and change my behavior. I really have to work at it, but it can be done. With effort and self discipline, over time I can start acting like a fine upstanding citizen. (Question though, what’s the fun in that?) Almost impossible is trying to get me to change my mind. Over long periods of time it does happen. Through a single argument, debate, or piece of information… not a chance. The thing that is impossible, though, is changing my heart. Only God can do that. It is a good thing that is exactly what He does and that is how He works.


God, I give You my heart. Do with it as You will. Change and mold me as You know best. I want to be a tabernacle for Your dwelling. So often I look at myself and at others from the wrong direction. Help me to see how You see and respond the way You responded. Don’t let me get caught up with behavior and appearance issues, let me guard and shelter my heart and the hearts of those You have placed in my life.


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I Have No Friends. No One Likes Me.


Friends can destroy one another, but a loving friend can stick closer than family. (source)
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What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

How you can do Great things in your life


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Imagine a life without a mirror, would you know what your face looked like? No! maybe partially because you would probably be able to see your face or looks on other surfaces other than the conventional mirror we have today. Maybe on the surface of murky waters in the bright sunshine of the day, or maybe on a glass somewhere in the CBD as you go about your business of the day, or maybe even on the screen right on your phone/laptop, when the LCD is off-but without any of these mirror objects that show you your appearance, you would not have a clue of who you are. The mirror has helped you to always remember what you looked like today compared to yesterday. One thing I bet is that you now look different. If not, then maybe u are one of the exceptions and you are somewhat unique and special.


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In the previous post I said you are one ambitious child. In it I wrote about greatness and how to be great, by taking from a principle I took from the bible verse in Mathew 20:20-33. Jesus taught that you have to serve many to be great but “how exactly do you serve?” Is the question of the day. There is one principle that I want you to adopt for 2015 and your life beyond, until you die. If you take this and use it, I can guarantee that you will be great, and at least have an impact on someone in your circles at least. That is greatness, impacting someone other than yourself. We often think that being great is being like the big, high-flying rich guy or leader of a nation, or sports star, or most talented. How wrong! If it were so then the world would be lopsided. Why? because there has to be a balance. Not all of us would be big otherwise there would be no one to cater for the seemingly small needs. Some cater for great needs and others cater for seemingly small needs in a great way. No doubt if they did it at a large-scale they would end up being great. Life is progressive, you are born and you grow from small to tall, and at some point you become old and big. That’s the balance of nature. That is why they are big and seemingly small people in the world. But they aren’t, they are just serving a small need in a great way. Forgive my redundant wording!


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As I share with you the principle, I want you to start thinking of where you actually fall in this chain. Believe you me, I saw this in the spirit of God in me, I had to share it with you. It has divine blessing if you apply it as it is and I’m very sure you won’t miss the mark.


Jesus had a great brother who did great things


Jesus brother James, wrote something in His divinely inspired book of the bible, the Book of James, and this something is about ‘doing’. Right now you hear when you read, but there is something that you must do to complete the balance of nature. It must have run in the family somewhere because Jesus Christ was great, and so was His brother James because here he wrote:


“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:21-27 (New King James Version bible)


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Be doers of the word, not hearers only


After learning you have to do! You learn the theory then you do it. If you accepted the principle in the previous post, ‘one ambitious child’, the principle to serve others to be great. You may as well take this one on board and apply and serve many in your life. In order to serve many people you have to do what you learn here or elsewhere. This is what will get you to a point of greatness. Meeting someone else need that is other than yourself. Be a doer of God’s word and you undeniably earn back what you have done to others and for others. Do the principle of greatness or ambition, serve others. That is what you should be doing by now, if you read the previous post.


Doing great is like facing a mirror and remembering what you look like


“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”

If you don’t apply what you learn, you will not be great, you will not meet someone else need which is other than yours. You will have failed because if you do not do nothing will happen. Doing is inherent. Each one of us, have helped someone at some point in their life. At may seem small what you did, but in heaven God sees it and says you have done great.

When It comes to the implanted word of God, you will be great if you did. You read it above, now what is left is to do what it says. To be great you have to serve and serve you have to do.


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It’s not about the high-flying thing

Great people only serve a small need on a wide scale, that is why they are great. Jesus Christ was great because He served the smallest needs of the people on a wide scale. By dying for us and forgiving our sins, each individual had a seemingly small need, to be forgiven of his/her sins. Imagine each individual, in the world and the number of sins they carried and the number of sins we carry today. Jesus paid a price for them. In the previous post I said, greatness comes at a price. Jesus Christ paid that price.


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Rich people are great because they saw the small need and served it by creating something and then using it to serve the need of many people, businesses are great because of that too. Talented individuals show their talent for many to enjoy, that is why they are great stars. Countries that are great, are great because of this principle of helping many other countries, or the population of their own land. So hear me, take that small need that you always complain about and do what you learnt to solve it but do it with the heart of serving, paying the ransom for many, as Jesus Christ did. Law and behold, you will be great as you impact more and more people. The numbers will eventually increase with time.


This is how you do great things ambitious child, you do! By applying the word of God this way into your everyday life, you automatically become great in heaven too. By not doing, there will be no greatness on earth and neither in heaven. No one will be impacted by this word you just learns. Even worse, you will forget what God requires of you.

My next post is about doing by faith. You may be wondering what faith really is. Faith is acting or doing by conviction. To be great you have to serve, to serve you have to do and to do you ha e to act out of faith. Why faith?

Read James 2:14-26; “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?” source; click here


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“To say the least, share with someone you love, and in seconds you will be great”…maybe their smallest need is to hear this!


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Judge This


judge-thiswho saw a man leaving and said to him, “Show us how to get into the city, and we won’t hurt you.” (source)


John 18:22-24 (Where Is The Justice) / December 12, 2014 / Daily Walk:

Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded.Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?”
Then Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the high priest. (John 18:22-24)
Read: 1 Corinthians 4:1 – 7:40
Relate: In Matthew 5:39, Jesus commands, “If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” But here in his own trial, it appears that He doesn’t follow His own maxim. Annas asks Him what He has been teaching. Jesus responded that He’s been teaching the same thing, publically, all along. Ask anybody.” At this the guard slaps Him for being disrespectful to the high priest (who isn’t really the high priest). Jesus’ response: “If I said something wrong, prove it. If not, why the attack?” Jesus did not turn the other cheek but rather spoke out against the injustice, the illegality of what the guard just did.
React: There are three valid responses to this which all show that there is no contradiction between what Jesus is saying and what He does. The first of these is that in Matthew 5 Jesus is talking about personal, man to man, relations. Even though lawsuits and court are mentioned, His focus is on a person’s relationship with another person. If someone wants to take you to court, settle the matter before you get there. (Matthew 5:25) If they do sue you and demand the shirt off your back, give them your coat as well. (Matthew 5:40) These are person to person responses, not directives for what to do when at a trial. Matthew 5 does not over Jesus, or any of us, exercising our legal rights when we do find ourselves in a legal situation.
The second thing to note is that Jesus didn’t respond with violence. He didn’t return strike with strike. He did nothing to stop the blow and He did nothing to retaliate. All He did was question the validity of the action against Him. As Matthew Poole writes, “Our Savior could easily have revenged himself upon this officer; but, to teach us our duty, he only gently reproves him, and lets him know that he did not behave himself as one ought to do in the face of a court of justice.”
The third thing to keep in mind is that Matthew 5:39’s turning the other cheek is itself a demand for justice. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr among many, many others took their cue for nonviolent resistance straight from the Sermon on the Mount. When you are going the extra mile with the soldier’s pack, you are causing him to break the law. A Roman soldier is only allowed to force someone to carry his pack a total of one mile. By going further, you are getting him in trouble. But what is he going to do, take it back through violence? Then again, he will be getting in trouble. There is no way out for him. When you give the man who took the shirt off your back your cloak as well, you are in effect stripping down before him. Now by jewish law he, because he saw your nakedness, is unclean. You have effectively interfered with his ability to come before God until he has gone through ceremonial purification. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, basically, they have backhanded you. That is how you would strike a slave or a social inferior. By offering the other cheek, you are basically saying, “I will not retaliate but neither will I allow you to regard me as inferior. If you must strike me, you will punch me as an equal not slap me like a slave.”
From this perspective, the way I read Christ’s question fits quite well. He addressed the guard person to person, questioned him rather than retaliating, and that question was in effect, “where is the justice in what you have done?” That policeman, and Jesus, and everyone else present all knew that the guard was wrong in striking Jesus. Jesus, in turn, made sure everyone knew that the injustice was not unnoticed and that He took exception to it.
Respond:

God, let me be a voice of justice. Even in an illegal, kangaroo court that was a prelude to Your torture and death, You still spoke truth. Help me to live my life following the example You set. When I am wronged, help me not to retaliate, but help me neither to simply roll over and take it thereby devaluing myself, the perpetrator, and the God I serve. Help me to speak rightly and proclaim justice even when I am trapped in the most unjust of situations. In all things let me bring glory to You.

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So I searched and I searched



And this is the promise that He has promised us: everlasting life. (source)


I heard it was the end
But Heaven was near
So I searched and I searched
And eventually came here
But it was too late
The door was now closed
“What did you expect”
Asked the God I opposed

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The door was now closed

My near ones have fallen away, and my close friends have forgotten me. (source)


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Always keep an open mind


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Cain and Abel both offered sacrifices to God. But Abel offered a better sacrifice to God because he had faith. God said he was pleased with what Abel offered. And so God called him a good man because he had faith. Abel died, but through his faith he is still speaking. (source)


Love will find a way


You have come to Jesus—the one who brought the new agreement from God to his people. You have come to the sprinkled blood that tells us about better things than the blood of Abel. (source)

Never spend time with people who don’t respect you.

Each Step I Take

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William Elmo Mercer was born 2/15/1932 at Pollock, Louisiana.  He wrote his first song, “A Glimpse Of Jesus” at 14 which was later published by John T. Benson Publishing Company of Nashville, TN.  At 19 he wrote “Each Step I Take” which was recorded by 100s among whom was George Beverly Shea. Many years later in crusades in South Korea he discovered it was favorite there.  He played the piano at Park Avenue Baptist Church (Nashville) over 38 years, he and wife, Marcia, traveled in music evangelism visiting all 50 states across some 30 years.  Elmo wrote over 1,600 songs.

Each step I take my Savior goes before me And with His loving hand He leads the way

And with each breath I whisper I adore Thee Oh what joy to walk with Him each day

Each step I take I know that He will guide me To higher ground He ever leads me on

Until some day the last step will be taken Each step I take just leads me closer home


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