As For Me…

“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”  Psalm 17:15

The phrase “as for me” really jumped out at me recently when I heard it in a message, and later read it again. After doing a little research on the phrase as well as thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that when “as for me” is said, it usually means that the person is taking some kind of a stand. For instance, we find Joshua using this phrase in speaking to the people of Israel. Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” In other words, Joshua is saying something like this, “I don’t know about the rest of you, but me and my family are going with God.” To be able to say something like this takes courage and acknowledging the fact that “though none go with me, still I will follow”!

If you haven’t already, you need to realize you CANNOT please EVERYONE! So, why worry yourself over trying to please everyone when you should be striving to please the ONE that matters most, Jesus Christ? Don’t be afraid to take a stand in order to please HIM!

I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, No turning back

Though none go with me still I will follow
Though none go with me still I will follow
Though none go with me still I will follow
No turning back, No turning back

The world behind me, the Cross before me
The world behind me, the Cross before me
The world behind me, the Cross before me
No turning back, No turning back

~ Bethany ~

Faith – D.L. Moody

“I prayed for Faith, and thought that some day Faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But Faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, ‘Now Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God’. I had closed my Bible, and prayed for Faith. I now opened my Bible, and began to study, and Faith has been growing ever since.”  D.L. Moody

         

If We Were a Bible Character – Nabal

If we were a Bible character; our life, men had read.

From the pages of Scripture, just what would be said?

If God were writing our profile today,

To record in His Word; just what would it say?

We read God’s description of Nabal in the same verse where we read his wife, Abigail’s, description last week:

Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.”  I Samuel 25:3

What a sad way to be known by God! When I read this husband/wife description, I often wonder how Abigail was able to maintain her godly testimony with a “churlish” (rude; surly; austere; sullen; rough in temper; unfeeling; uncivil, selfish; narrow-minded; avaricious) husband.  To me, it is an example of the wonderful grace of God!  No matter what circumstance we may face, when we are totally relying on God’s strength and not our own, His grace is all-sufficient!

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  II Corinthians 12:9

~ Rachel ~

Coming Away Full!

“God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.” ~ D.L. Moody

The above quote came to my mind this morning while reading Proverbs 14:6 – “A scorner seeketh wisdom and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.”  The attitude with which we approach God’s Word will determine the outcome. One with a critical spirit will come away empty, but a hungry soul that is truly desirous for wisdom will come away full!  A portion of Matthew Henry’s notes on this are:

“The reason why some people seek wisdom, and do not find it, is because they do not seek it from a right principle and in a right manner. They are scorners, and it is in scorn that they ask instruction, that they may ridicule what is told them and may cavil at it…To those who understand aright, who depart from evil (for that is understanding), the knowledge of God and of his will is easy. The parables which harden scorners in their scorning, and make divine things more difficult to them, enlighten those who are willing to learn, and make the same things more plain, and intelligible, and familiar to them.”

May we always approach God’s Word with humility and a teachable spirit.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”  Matthew 5:6

~ Rachel ~

Only One Life…

“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”  Philippians 2:16

When I read the above verse this morning, I thought of the following poem by C.T. Studd:

Two little lines I heard one day,Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore, When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way, Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call, I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

~ Rachel ~

If We Were a Bible Character – Abigail

If we were a Bible character; our life, men had read.

From the pages of Scripture, just what would be said?

If God were writing our profile today,

To record in His Word; just what would it say?

The above thought was one of our topics of discussion last week as we read the description of Abigail:

“…and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance:…”  I Samuel 25:3

Too often, I’m afraid, we have a tendency to be blinded to our own faults and therefore think much more highly of ourselves than what God thinks. But, it might be a good idea to ask God what HE thinks of us…while being prepared to eat some humble pie.  After all, His opinion is the only one that really matters, isn’t it?

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23,24

~ Rachel ~