God is…

in my B90X reading plan, i started reading psalms yesterday…just wanted to write down the phrases that were used when referencing who God is…

rock
shield
fortress
strength
stronghold
deliverer
support
rescuer
faithful
guide
King
hope
merciful
victorious
alive
avenger
savior
kind
creator
redeemer
help
mighty
holy
trustworthy
near
worthy
shepherd
provider
creator
good
instructor
gracious

i’m glad to be connected to a God like that.

you can’t fool god

i, along with a few others, am reading through the gospels in 40 days.  in matthew 25 i came across this passage that i’ve read many times, but this time something new stuck out.

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

if i was a shepherd, i would hope that it would be very easy for me to distinguish between a sheep and a goat.  i imagine it’s the same with God.  those who aren’t living for Him are not fooling Him.  He knows a goat when he sees it.  i pray that my life is lived in such a way that it is obvious that Jesus lives in me.

is what you’re saying beneficial?

Jeremiah 23:32 says this:

Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord.  “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them.  They do not benefit these people in the least.” (emphasis added)

God seems to be using Jeremiah to call out a ton of false teachers and prophets.  They’re all over the place, pretending to be sent from God.  In verse 28 of the same chapter, God urges those have His word to speak it faithfully.

Notice, though, that in verse 32, God specifically calls out one of the weaknesses of the false prophets.  It doesn’t help anyone! God’s Word is always beneficial.

If we’re truly teaching God’s word.  It’s gonna help someone.  Is what you’re saying beneficial?

what my phone can do

my phone is awesome.  it’s an iPhone.  at any moment i can:

check my email

pay my phone bill

check my bank statement

make a car payment

update my twitter/facebook status

track my weight loss

read the Bible

check the weather

keep up with the latest football games

listen to music

check the latest woot.com ‘shirt of the day’

and oh…send text messages and make phone calls.

it’s pretty great.

but if i’m not careful, i am proned to be more concerned about my phone than i am about how close i got to looking like Jesus today.  dang.  that hurt.

just thought i’d remind myself of that.

Ypsilanti

I recently moved to Ypsi.  I am loving it more and more.  why?  that’s for a separate post.  for now i will leave you with this pic…i’m on the roof, the sun is setting, and i’m reading 2 Kings.  i’m kinda hating that in 2 months i won’t be able to do this (due to michigans bad habit of getting cold).  i’ll enjoy it while i can

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what i’ve read lately

psalm 119:135 – make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees (TNIV)

i find that I want the first part (God’s favor on my life), but I tend to ignore the second part (learning God’s ways). i wonder if the first part comes without the second part?

psalm 119:45 – i will walk about in freedom, for i have sought out your precepts (TNIV)

it seems that in order to walk in freedom (and one could argue, have God’s favor), i must be seeking God’s “precepts” … his ways, not mine.