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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If You Want a Miracle, Ask

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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 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. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others.

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Welcome back our Australian guest writer Dennis Booth. He teaches us about miracles today. Thank you Dennis.

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Have you ever felt that miracles or a miracle were for other people but not yourself?

Why? Because other people seemingly not only are the beneficiaries of a miracle but sometimes miracles plural…..yet you have wanted one and wanted it for some time but nothing has happened.

Well I was lucky enough to listen to a man by the name of Brian Pickering in church today and what he said I think caught the spirit of all who were in the congregation because at the end he invited those who wished for a miracle so he could pray for them.

Well 90% of the church went forward!

They went because Brian, who just happens to be the Australian Prayer Network convenor, told the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand and the way he told it, it resonated strongly with everyone who were possibly hearing it in a different way and it grabbed their attention.

You see sometimes we pass over scripture because we seemingly have heard it or read it all before but sometimes God will show us something we missed and sometimes he does that by using someone like Brian to point out what we need to hear and see.

Basically it was this… Brian is of the belief that that miracle of the feeding would not have been possible for a few reasons that we may have not thought about previously.

Firstly the five thousand had to be there….they were available…..and there would have been no miracle had they not been present.

Secondly the disciples were asked by Jesus to feed them but they said they only had a few loaves and two fishes BUT Jesus said to them to give what they had to Him…..there would have been no miracle had they not given ALL…..the holding back of any would have gone against Jesus’ request.

So they were totally and radically obedient because those five loaves and two fishes were all the disciples and Jesus had left to eat.

Then Jesus asked God to turn that into enough to feed all and the miracle happened but when all were fed there was more left than the disciples had originally handed to Jesus.

So there is the message for us all.

If we want a miracle in our lives we have to make ourselves available to Jesus; that is be in His presence either in church, in prayer in a prayer group….ask for the miracle and ask what Jesus would want of you then be totally obedient because you may not only get your miracle but more than you realise.

This is not a magic elixir, nor is it some magical way to get what you have missed previously.

It is acknowledging that the Jesus of Old Testament times is very much the Jesus of today and like he performed miracles then He does so today.

Dennis Booth

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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When We Face Hopelessness, What Next?

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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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What follows is the best post ever by my dear Australian friend, Dennis Booth. We both are going through more afflictions than we want, but with his faith we find hope. With his perseverance, we trod on and also keep the faith. Thank you so much for sharing Dennis, I know this was hard to write.

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In today’s world many say we are seeing greater signs of the end but there are many who just want what is happening to them to end…and Christians are not immune to a feeling of helplessness.

But I want to give you one verse of scripture from the Bible’s New Testament that I hope will help those who can see no light at the end of the tunnel.

Romans 12:12 written by Paul the Apostle says this: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.”

Now let’s be honest here…how many going through an affliction feel joyful about it and how many who started out in prayer have stopped fearing it has not or is not working.

Well I want you to turn that passage of Paul’s around to this…”Be faithful in prayer, patient in affliction and be joyful in hope.”

Now I am not adding to or taking away from scripture just suggesting the same words but putting it in an order that will suggest the following:

Firstly, prayer is so important at the time an affliction begins and during because God wants to hear from you because when He does He knows you (a) believe in Him (b) believe that prayer works (c) that He can do something about your affliction.

Let me also add that prayer and the reading of Psalms (in particular) can bring a peace over a perplexing situation.

Secondly, being patient in affliction is not easy, particularly if it involved physical pain but I do not believe God being the God of love would ask anyone not to seek medical help that would help physical distress and I also believe that God’s timing has a purpose that we do not always understand.

So the more the affliction goes on the more you pray and the more you read God’s Word but then we come to the final part…”be joyful in hope.”

If you are faithful in prayer and continue you in it in affliction you will draw nearer to God that I can tell you from personal experience.

And somewhere within this experience you will feel inwardly that God is indeed working and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. …it is as if an innate sense is telling you that no matter what everything will be alright.

Does that mean all will survive their affliction? I would prefer to say their affliction will end but I will also say there is in all cases if you have done all three within this passage a light at the end of the tunnel.

So look for the light…do not concentrate on what is dark!

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Do Not be Afraid- God

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Just saw some thoughts from Max Lucado.
“Yes, storms will be coming your way. Yes, winds will howl, but you have a choice. Will you listen to God, or listen to the storm? Will you heed the promises of scripture, or the fury of the storm? Israelites just trusted scripture enough to escape Egypt. Promised land dwellers, on the other hand, made the Bible their “go-to book,” for life.”
Joshua 1:9 says it all for those who worry and face fear. “I have not commanded you to be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
The phrase, “Do not be Afraid,” is said many times in the bible. There must be something there don’t you think?
So, are you faced way too many stormy days? Do you feel overwhelmed with the world? Do you feel lost and alone?
Go will be with you wherever you go. It says so in scripture.
I had my doubts at times. I felt I was on an island alone taking on the world. Then I was reminded, again, that God is at my side and He will take on the burdens I carry.
Turn your worries over to God. Let Him guide your paths. Relying on someone else is not a weakness. It is wise to have someone, who is strong and cares so much for you, to take on this not so friendly world for you.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all….never, ever, give up!
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