What if You Didn’t Believe? Then What?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug just interviewed a WWII veteran, for the book.  Fascinating! Look for updates here.

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Welcome Back Lynn Mosher as our monthly guest blogger. She always give is pause to ponder. Tonight is not different. 

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I Had Fainted Unless…

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see

the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

(Ps. 27:13 KJV)

Here we go a-pondering! I love to do this. If you’re a fairly new reader, you’ll soon find out that I love to take apart a verse of scripture…by its definitions. New and deeper meanings are sometimes discovered. Let’s see what we can dig out of this one.

*The above verse in other versions:

NKJV: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

New Living Version: “I would have been without hope if I had not believed that I would see the loving-kindness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

The thing is, “I had fainted,” “I would have lost heart,” or “I would have been without hope” are not in the original. The translators added those words.

In the original Hebrew of the Masoretic Text, it literally says, “Unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.” It breaks off abruptly, as if he had said, “Oh, had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” We are left to imagine what would have happened had he not believed.

Because of the efforts of his numerous and formidable enemies, David knew his only support and deliverance was God. He believed he would see His goodness. And he did.

*Definitions:

The Hebrew word for unless means if not, except, had not, or were it not that.

Believed means to build up or support, to be firm or faithful, to trust, to be true, to uphold, to nourish, to be established, confirm, enduring, etc.

The word for goodness means beauty, gladness, welfare, prosperity, joy, fairness, etc.

*Rewording

Lynn’s Version might say, “Oh, had I not I believed, trusted, and endured to see God’s beauty, welfare, prosperity, and joy!” If we do not believe, how do we see the evidence of God’s goodness?

Doesn’t that remind you of Hebrews 11:1? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not being seen.” (The Received Greek Text)

*Application/encouragement:

Because David sought the Lord and believed in His goodness, he said in an earlier verse, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” (Ps. 27:5 NKJV)

David went on to say in verse 14, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (NKJV)

David’s main message of the whole psalm is wait, hope, and trust in the Lord. So, when you are in the midst of any trouble, always believe and have courage as you wait for the Lord to act on your behalf.

Be encouraged that, in your waiting, the Lord will strengthen you and will hide you in His secret place.

If I had not believed in God’s goodness and His working, deliverance, and love and waited for Him in my life and circumstances, I wonder what would have happened to me? Oh, I shudder even to think about it!

What would have happened to you if you had not believed to see the goodness of God in some trial or circumstance? What will happen in the future if you don’t believe?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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Being a Good Leader Brings on Hope

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.
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It is great to have Taylor Wilkins back as a guest blogger. He is a staff member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His post today concentrates on the importance of all of us being good leaders and the changes it would cause.

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Extending your Reach
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
This is a quote by John C. Maxwell one of the greatest authors on the topic of leadership that the world has ever known. I admire his work as an author, both from the content as well as the sincerity of heart behind his writing. Every time I have listened to John Maxwell speak I can’t help but think of the similarity between King Solomon, the writer of the old testament books of wisdom; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.
I love growing in my ability to lead because the entire heartbeat of good leadership is outward focused. My passion it to change my community for the good. I want to see people flourishing in life, especially the people who are in my sphere of influence. If it’s in my power to pull someone out of a pit, I want to do it! I believe most people actually have that same desire in life, but for some reason it seems like those who actually walk out that lifestyle are few and far in between.
This is where I believe John Maxwell’s quote is so incredibly powerful.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
Changing the world doesn’t happen by accident. It is always an intentional act of love that impacts the world for good, but before you can be intentional you must know the way. King Solomon says in Proverbs that “for lack of vision the people parish.” Without a vision you are destined to parish. You become a wanderer, moving aimlessly through life, you lose your passion for life, and your drive continues to dwindle until you feel you have nothing left. This is one of the gateways to depression, and sometimes the only way out of depression is to get vision for your life, and grab on to something worth living for.
Vision alone doesn’t change the world. It is the people who follow through on their vision that take the first step into the frontier of actually changing the world. When a man or women build up the courage to act on the God given visions of the heart, God is always near! In another Proverb King Solomon writes that “a man plans his ways but the Lord guides and directs his steps.” Taking a step of faith comes from a heart surrendered to  the Lord. When you get to this place then good things are bound to happen, but there is still one final step to get to the place of true magic.
In order to make the greatest impact on the world through your God given vision you must invite others to join you. You must invite people to be a part of your vision. This is why Jesus invited the 12 disciples to follow him before setting out to change the world forever. Jesus demonstrated the walk of a true leader. Jesus set out with vision, he walked out his vision with purest love, and he trained others to do the same.
I believe when great leaders are around, there is always hope! Don’t be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is for you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Never give up hope!

Taylor Wilkins

Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Clothes Tattered and Worn? No Worry.

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Our guest blogger for today, is our most consistent writer we have. She has never missed an assignment and they have all been done by deadline. This dedication shows in her work. Thank you so much Lynn Mosher for being there every month for your readers.

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My Robe is All Scrunched Up!

‟For He has clothed me with garments of salvation

and draped about me the robe of righteousness.”

(Is. 61:10 TLB)

This robe cannot be rented, and it cannot be put on lay-away. It cannot be tried on for a while and, then, taken off.

I have one. God wrapped a covering of deliverance, prosperity, rescue, liberty, safety, welfare, and victory around me as a believer, to cover and clothe me in His garment of rightness, justice, and virtue.

It’s called the robe of salvation. David said, ‟For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” (Ps. 149:4 NKJV)

It is a forever gift…but it was not free. It came with a great price tag to the Giver: the blood of Jesus.

In His pleasure, the Lord clothed me in a robe of spiritual refinement beyond compare, beautifying my soul with heavenly grace. I cannot work to purchase this robe or work to keep it, no matter how hard I try.

Jesus told The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22 about the king who arranged a marriage for his son. When the king went to greet his guests, he spotted a man without a wedding garment.

It was the custom of many countries in Jesus’ day to wear long, white robes at public festivals, weddings, and other occasions. Royalty and the wealthy provided wedding garments for those invited to a wedding. Noblemen also gave a garment to someone they wished to honor.

Refusing to accept or wear the gifted garment was not only the highest insult and deepest disrespect, but, in some countries, also worthy of punishment.

The robeless attendee to this wedding presumptuously entered in his own attire, in his own way, without the garment given him by the king and, therefore, he dishonored the king.

As Christ died to purchase my wedding garment, I cannot enter the heavenly wedding feast without it.

So, what am I to do with this gifted garment? How do I wear my regal robe of righteousness, my beautiful wedding garment..

* inside out?

* backwards?

* upside down?

* thrown over my shoulder?

* dragging it on the ground?

* casually tied around my waist?

* all rumpled and scrunched up?

Do I drag my robe of beauty through the mud of disobedience? Crushed by Israel’s adulterous behavior and attitude, God said to them, ‟You dragged your beauty through the mud.” (Ezek. 16:25a GNB)

What do I do to de-beautify my robe? What is my behavior beneath it? Do I use it to hide under or try to throw it off to misbehave?

In the past, I would sometimes squirm beneath it or struggle to throw it off, to act the way I wanted. But instead, Paul reminded me to ‟Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” (Eph. 4:22-24 NLT)

And I’ve learned to follow Paul’s other advice, ‟Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” (Rom. 13:14 NLT)

When I first tried it on, it felt uncomfortable and scratchy like burlap. It felt as though it didn’t fit right; it was too large.

But now, I’m growing into it! It’s comfy, falling in velvety smooth folds of peace and joy around me. I love twirling around in it and praising the Lord, for He has given me ‟the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Is. 61:3 NKJV)

So, wherever I go and whatever I do, I must remind myself I am clothed with Christ’s presence, with His robe of holiness, and, therefore, I must keep that robe clean and unscrunched!

Do you have a precious robe like this? How are you wearing it? Is it all scrunched up?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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Are You Sonning Yourself?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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It is time for one of our guest bloggers to join us again. Lynn Mosher has inspired people since she joined us as a guest writer. Today is no exception. Thank you Lynn for sharing your love and compassion for others.

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Are You Sonning Yourself?

“I’ve always wanted to be somebody,

but I see now I should have been more specific.”

Lily Tomlin

I love that line. Makes me giggle every time I read it.

We all want to be somebody, someone of worth and recognition, someone accepted and approved. To achieve this, some strive for importance in the field of literature, music, or film, and others in finances or politics. Among other things.

I wonder: in what do they bask themselves to reach that place of somebody-ness? With what do they fill themselves? Self-gratification of applause, power, money, or physical enhancement?

Unbelievers indulge in outward gratification to fill up their approval-and-worth tank. But in what do I, as a Christian, gratify myself? Do I obsess on outward approval? What really fills my approval-and-worth tank?

When I look into a mirror, what do I see? Do I see someone approved by God and deemed worthy? If so, what image do I take with me when I walk away from the mirror?

If Christ “is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4) and spiritual rebirth makes me a new creation in Him (2 Cor. 5:17), and He places His Holy Spirit within me (Rom. 5:5), do I really reveal an approved and worthy image to others? Or have I lost that mirror image?

Sunning on the beach, one will exhibit the effects of absorbing the sun’s rays as a suntan. When I bask in the Lord’s presence, sitting at His feet, I will reflect God’s grace and character as the result of spending time with Him.

Is my approved-and-worth tank filled then, or do I go out and seek the approval of others to fill up my tank?

Am I basking in the Son…Sonning myself? Do others see my Son-tan?

Paul said, “And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.” (2 Cor. 3:18b NLT) The disciple John said it as well, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30 NLT)

If, after spending time with the Lord, I decrease and He increases, I will regard my approval and worthiness as from Him. It will show.

Let’s stop and think about this. I am some body. You are some body. We are the body of Christ. We are approved and worthy just as we are.

So, be sure you get this: you, my sweet friend, ARE some body! You are “accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph 1:6 NKJV) You are a child of God, loved, cherished, approved, and worthy. I pray you realize you are approved and worthy in the Lord.

Have you spent time Sonning yourself?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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