Feet to Our Faith

by Mary Beth on January 1, 2018

 

What path will we choose to follow this new year?

How will we live out

our dance of faith and trust in God?

By the goodness and grace of God,

let us aim to put feet to our faith

and join all creation to declare

the glory of God.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes throughout all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. Psalm 19

 

   Together with creation,

and throughout all the Nations

within the priesthood of believers,

 let us move out with the Word of God

to be a faithful voice.

A faithful voice and a faithful witness

to proclaim His name, renown and glory.

For God is our dwelling place through all generations,

establishing the work of our hands each common day

through the life and power of

 Jesus Christ.

The great need of our time is the perseverance of the Saints.

This is no time to be seduced by the world,

or to compromise the will, order and rhythm of God’s counsel and ways.

How do we best aim to daily declare the glory of God?

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 ~Declare the glory of God in our ordinary lives.

As we celebrated the 500th year of the reformation in 2017,

I was deeply inspired by Martin Luther’s bold life as a Augustinian monk,

theologian and apologist.

The Father of the Protestant Church,

a Reformer with his powerful command of language,

and his practical wisdom for our everyday lives-

lived as a servant and steward to reform and call the Church to repentance,

and to return to the gospel.

Luther’s love of the Word of God and the goodness of the ordinary life,

passionately encouraged the priesthood and nobility of all believers.

The focus of clergy no longer as a special class or privileged rights,

is a needed message as much today as it was in Luther’s day.

I am basking in the wonders of God,

for our recent travels last month throughout the country of Germany.

To learn historical details of the great Reformers in the Reformation,

only kindled afresh the flame of God’s Word

and the goodness of our ordinary, common lives.

“The reformers were driven by the glory of God that the final sola
of the Reformation focuses on the divine glory.
With them, we proclaim soli Deo gloria-to God alone be the glory.”  Burk Parsons

 

To declare the glory of God in our ordinary lives,

is to delight in the Word of God.

To taste and see; to trust and obey.

To deeply meditate, linger,

and keep moving in the Word of God.

“For the law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the the LORD are true, and righteous all together. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.”  Psalm 19

 

To learn His counsel which sheds light,

gives stability and sustains us on our God-given paths.

More importantly,

to holistically embrace and live the knowledge and powerful love of Christ,

not only for our hungry hearts, complex lives and relationships

but to be a daily living beacon-

offering a clear conscience and the hope of the gospel throughout our communities.

“Give unto the LORD the glory due His name;
worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 29:2
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~Declare the glory of God as we listen and wait for Him.

During the frigid winter months, I truly enjoy the seemingly

barren transparency within nature.

The beauty of stillness in the country woods,

often will invite me into a quiet reflection;

a chance to listen to the silence.

Our call to walk worthy of the kingdom and to holy living,

is a daily opportunity to declare the character and glory of God.

I need to remind myself often each day,

as my heart will tend to drift,

our Immanuel is with us.

For the Word of God is living and powerful to action,

able to reach intimately into

the intentions and motives that lodge in our soul, mind and spirit.

“For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.”  ~Psalms 48:14

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~Declare the glory of God in whatever we do.

Be it in times of prayer, study in the Word of God,

our family life, work environments, time with friends

or the wonder of worship in creation,

may we gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and declare His praises.

Gaze deeply upon God and His glory-

 all in the face and life of Jesus Christ,

for He is the radiance of the glory of God.

The Reformation still matters today,

with a vital need for the Church

to focus on repentance and the gospel of Christ.

While we enjoy our Prince of Peace,

His presence, and providential purposes in our lives,

let us press on to be His faithful witnesses,

all to the glory of God alone.

“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
                                  the name of the LORD is to be praised.”  Psalms 113:3

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On His Shoulders-The Wisdom of God

by Mary Beth on December 19, 2017

“God has put an eternal difference between light and darkness,
good and ill, which no creature’s conceit can alter;
          and therefore no man’s judgement is the measure of things …”
~Richard Sibbes

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 My previous post,  On His Shoulders

invites us to ponder the office of Christ Jesus

which exists and moves forward in divine judgement,

as the kingdom of grace within us.

A righteous, peaceable government as

Christ’s workmanship within our hearts and lives.

Now within part two, On His Shoulders-

lets ponder together the wisdom of God in Christ.

To order our ways aright.

Scripture speaks to the wisdom from above is first of all pure,

than peaceable, gentle, open to reason,

full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

As Christ sets up His government within our souls,

it’s on His shoulders to guide, teach, and lead us

towards spiritual formation;

to listen, discern and understand with His perspective.

To plead as a humble child for the mercy of God.

For judgement alone will not work a change of heart

to alter the ego.

Grace is needed by the Spirit of God

to alter the bent,

sway of the will and win over our hearts.

For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus.

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid,
which is Jesus Christ.” 
1 Corinthians 3:11
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To look down upon God’s way and live at large,

seeking all liberty to the flesh,

is to turn from life and the whole soul is out of joint.

Only through Christ in His death, burial and resurrection,

are we to receive restoration in all things-

through His office of grace and truth.

Dear sister and brother in Christ,

look to our only hope found in Jesus Christ.

The book of Romans holds a vast supply of encouragement,

especially trusting Christ as the great Shepherd of our souls.

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! 
How unsearchable his judgements, and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been his counselor?”
Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” 
~Romans 11:33-36

 

Wisdom in the Asking

Thank you for this quiet hour,

The bright morning sunrise & light.

In your presence of wisdom and mercy,

Proclaiming all to be.

My heart before your mercy seat,

Vulnerable to seek, wait and rest.

Ardent love, childlike trust,

An abiding purity.

Wisdom in the asking and need

Will be accompanied by faith indeed.

To find silence and solitude speak loud,

Your divine voice in the crowd.

My Lord, how glorious and majestic you are!

From all the earth to the stars

Brilliant, pure beauty and wisdom to soar,

For you my Beloved, I hunger and adore!

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“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love,
so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding
in order that they may know the mystery of God,
namely, Christ,
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” 
Colossians 2:2,3

 


 

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On His Shoulders-Part One

by Mary Beth on November 28, 2017

“Wait patiently, trust humbly, depend only upon,

seek solely to a God of Light and Love,

of Mercy and Goodness, of Glory and Majesty,

ever dwelling in the inmost depth and spirit of your soul.

There you have all the secret, hidden, invisible,

Upholder of all the creation,

whose blessed operation will always be found by a humble,

faithful, loving, calm, patient, introversion of your heart to Him,

who has His hidden heaven within you, and which will open itself to you,

as soon as your heart is left wholly to His eternal, ever-speaking Word,

and ever-sanctifying Spirit within you.

Beware of all eagerness and activity of your own natural spirit and temper.

Run not in any hasty ways of your own.

Be patient under the sense of your own vanity and weakness;

and patiently wait for God to do His own work, and in His own way.” ~William Law

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  ~Isaiah 9:6

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We often reflect on this beautiful verse of scripture during Christmas,

rightly so, but rarely do we ponder its power and purposes within.

“…the government will be on his shoulders.”

 As Christians we are sojourners,

called as God’s people within His purposes,

to be a dynamic and transformed people

by the gospel of Christ for His glory.

“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us,
because he has given us of his Spirit.”
1 John 4:13

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What is this office of Christ,

this wise government which is on His shoulders,

that He so tenderly and mildly establishes upon our hearts,

and in His church?

 

It is a rightful government.

Agreeable to His character to rule in love and peace,

Jesus Christ our Prince of Peace,

gently ushers within souls

a government of righteousness-

administered with wisdom,

conviction, and power by the Holy Spirit.

Through the gospel of Christ,

His wise and well-ordered government establishes by grace,

a foundation of transformational righteousness.

“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
~2 Corinthians 3:16-18

 

It shall be a peaceable government.

Peaceable in the sense of a holy life in righteousness, peace and joy.

Our new nature in Christ,

is at peace with God to surrender and follow our great Shepherd,

as He removes unbelief from our hearts. Isaiah 1

According to His Word,

we align our hearts, souls and entire life with His purposes and plans,

while pressing against compromise and complacency

to love the world and its many pleasures.

“They have a common table, but not a common bed.

They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh.

They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven.”

~Alan Hirsch

 

 By the mercies of God,

the Spirit within us will comfort and bring conviction

to cast oneself into the arms of Christ,

and lay our present state alongside the office of Christ.

The Father has given us to Christ,

and Christ gives us back again to the Father.

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“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. 
They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.”  ~John 17:6,7

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It is an everlasting kingdom.

There shall be no end to the increase of His government,

for the gospel church is the holy hill of Zion, on which Christ reigns.

For God has put eternity in the hearts of men that we may fear Him;

the heart and will of God is all about His advancement

of the kingdom of Christ among men.

What government do you see ruling in hearts?

Is it the zeal of the Lord of hosts?

By and through the Spirit,

the work upon a heart establishes a freedom from self

to reflect the Lords glory.

This is transformation into His likeness; therefore,

our lives speak outwardly a commentary of our inward life in Christ.

Shine His clear, bright light in our dark culture!

Shine biblical truth, sincere love, and a reality of hope

to a culture facing a crisis of conscience!

“The Holy Spirit cannot be located as a Guest in a house.
He invades everything.” Oswald Chambers

 

This peaceable government is also one of judgement and wisdom.

In a previous post Feet to our Faith

I write a similiar view to consider and ponder for our hearts

as we move into the new year.

Ponder a few weighty words and by faith,

rest in God’s mighty hand to accomplsih His workmanship in us

and in the lives of many family and friends.

May our love abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.  Phil.1:9

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“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
 In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. 
In his law the islands will put their hope.” ~Isaiah 42:3,4
“Where Christ establishes his government,
he inspires care to keep the judgement clear and fresh,
for while the judgement stands straight and firm,
the whole frame of the soul continues strong and impregnable.”
The Bruised Reed, Richard Sibbes

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“In that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious,
and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel.” 
~Isaiah 4:2

May the perfect government of Christ be set upon our hearts and in His church!

Merry Christmas to you and yours,

Mary

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