Teaching Me On the Trail – [Minute Message]

So I posted the other day about how I can get upset when “my agenda” seems to be pushed aside by people or events.

Talk about TeachingMyHeart!

I traveled up to some of our corporate offices in Portland, Maine this week.  It was the second time in as many months and not something my family or I are used to.

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Passion Week

Palm tree leaves. Close up.

 

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday.  It was the day we celebrate Jesus entry into Jerusalem with crowds crying out to Him for salvation and deliverance.

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
“Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

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Fruit Inaction?

[J]oy, peace and patience.

 

Fruit collage

 

In a recent small group session we discussed ways we can see how David fit into God’s greater plan, including some of David’s Psalms.  King David is credited with over 70 psalms, almost half of the psalms in the Bible.  In one of his first, Psalm 59, David tucks a clause in that struck me.

 

O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress.
Psalm 59:9 ESV

 

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God Gives Examples of Manliness

My mind understands manhood backwards. I’ve grown older thinking much of what I saw around me as “manly” was the definition of “being a man.” It isn’t necessarily.

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Against what do you measure manliness?
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Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, defines the characteristics and behaviors of men and His definition is unchanged in the face of my predecessors’ or my contemporaries’ thoughts, feelings on the matter or choices.

God gives examples of courage and steadfastness in Daniel as he went into the lions den or when Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach) & Azariah (Abednego) were thrown into the fiery furnace in Babylon.

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Our Definitions May Differ

Dictionary definition of the word faith.

 

I believe in a personal, engaged, all-powerful, God who is alive, aware and refers to Himself within His creation.  I believe the garden of Eden was His first example and  Judaism was another.  I believe He is and has been demonstrating that we, humans, as His creation will chose sinfulness rather than Him that no matter what options He gives us; we will choose to turn our backs on Him and reject Him.

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The Fullness of Time

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But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. –
Galatians 4:4-5 NASB

 

I don’t know any details of God that He hasn’t shared with everyone but I take the clause here “… in the fullness of the time ….” to apply to history.

Jesus was born when God, the Father, planned; not before, not after; His birth wasn’t hastened or postponed by anything.

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Another Demonstration of God's Patience

Romans 10:21 But as for Israel He says, “ALL THE DAY LONG I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS TO A DISOBEDIENT AND OBSTINATE PEOPLE.” (NASB – sent from CadreBible) God’s patience is beyond comprehension. As someone who has lost faith with others at times or expressed my frustration even when another person may be trying diligently but still not succeeding, I am impressed with God’s patience even to a person or a people who are disobedient or obstinate towards His authority & commands.

As other passages in the Bible point out I was in that group & sometimes still choose to return to that designation. I have and continue to experience the patience of God.

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Hope & Patience

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (NASB – sent from CadreBible)

I’m trying to have & demonstrate more patience & love. There are numerous passages but this one had escaped my recognition until I re-read it again this morning. How great a picture of the attitude I should have: “… with perseverance … wait[ing] eagerly ….”

I suppose “… with frustration … stomping my feet and whining ….” probably isn’t analogous.

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