What if You Didn’t Believe? Then What?

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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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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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Do You Need a Door to Open?

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Please welcome back Lynn Mosher. She is our second Sunday guest author. Due to some problems we have moved her to tonight. Thank you Lynn for your uplifting, and inspiring post.

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When You Get Close Enough

I love things that are automatic, like automatic faucets, hand towels, hand dryers. What makes them function is a person’s nearness to the mechanism. Or getting close enough to activate it.

Automatic store doors are great. They swing open when you get within a certain distance of them, as a sensor discerns a person’s nearness. Get close enough…and they open!

The other day, hubs and I were shopping in Michael’s craft store, getting a few goodies for me. One of my good days to be out. As we stood at the designated sign for waiting, hubs recognized a customer, from the back, at the register ahead of us, a great, old friend and photographer who was getting a few supplies.

Hubs called out to him. After shaking hands and voicing warm greetings, we wanted to chat and catch up since we had not seen each other in quite some time. So, when we finished at the register, the three of us stood out of the way, sort of, but the only place to stand was by the automatic door.

As we stood there having a grand time, we were too close to the door, so it kept opening and closing, opening and closing, opening…

Things like this stick in my noggin and then God drops in His treasures on top of it.

The automatic door made me think God has doors like this. The opportunity of any door opening depends on how close we get to the Lord and His will.

Each door will swing open on its heavenly hinges when we approach it and the sensor is our obedience. When we get close enough…it opens! But we have to draw near.

James said, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8 NKJV) and then that door will open.

Whatever door we need opened, it is our duty to obey God’s word; His work is to cause the door to swing open when we get to it in His timing. This is an if-then fundamental.

Some of the many if-then principles the Bible gives us are…

* “Obey My voice, and [then] I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.” (Jer. 7:23 NKJV)

* “If you abide in My word, [then] you are My disciples indeed.” (John 8:31 NKJV)

* “If anyone keeps My word [then] he shall never taste death.” (John 8:52 NKJV)

* “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:29 NKJV) ** (all emphases mine)

Do you need a door to open? That door is none other than Jesus, “I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7 NKJV) When you get close enough, He opens.

Will you draw close to sit at His feet, to be close enough to the throne of God, to obey His will, in order to have your door of hope turn on its hinges?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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Are You Poor in Spirit? Rejoice!

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Are You Poor in Spirit? Rejoice!

 

” Blessed are the poor in spirit, for

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:3 (NKJV)

The poor in spirit…

What does “poor in spirit,” mean? The word poor in Greek means to crouch, a beggar (as cringing), pauper, asking arms, needy, and lacking in anything.

The one who is poor in spirit is lowly in heart, convinced of his or her spiritual poverty and pleads as a beggar to God to be replenished.

The poor in spirit one has emptied himself or herself of all pride, selfishness, and ambition through humility, gratitude and submission to God.

…are blessed…

Blessed in Greek means happy, supremely blest, fortunate, well off, and that which is the highest good.

…for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

The Greek word for kingdom means royal power, kingship, dominion, rule, the territory subject to the rule of a king.

Without recognizing one’s lack of spirit, one cannot realize God’s fullness. 

Grace cannot be poured out to one oblivious of his or her necessity for it. The poor in spirit have the fulfillment of heaven’s kingdom dominion.

The one who is poor in spirit is blessed with the kingdom abundance of riches. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)

Scripture tells us that we share in God’s kingdom because we are His children,

“For {God’s} Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that were are God’s children. And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering.” (Romans 8:16-17 NLT)

Are you poor in spirit? Then shout because you are blessed. The riches of Christ are yours. The kingdom of heaven is yours. Hallelujah!

FROM HIS FEET, LYNN

http://www.lynnmosher.com

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