The Lord is Our Lifeguard (Scripture)


Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.  Psalm 55:22 (NIV)


  • A church sign I photographed in late June 2018 . . . in Greensboro, NC.  I have a lifeguard.  His name is Jesus Christ!  He walks on the sea for me.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!”  And they cried out for fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”  And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.  Matthew 14:25-29 (NKJV)


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Psalm 23:1


“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.   “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

John 14: 1,2,6 (NKJV)


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Trust in the Lord: He’ll Redeem and Deliver

 

 


After (successfully) battling with a medical afflictions myself, I felt it was time -in this season of Lent- to get back to posting.  To God, to Jehovah Rapha, be the glory!

  • If you are a trusting servant of the Lord and have ever faced any trials, these two New Testament verses should speak to your heart.

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New Direction / “Lighthouse” (Gospel)

Here is my thought, this is my plea
Lord let your holy light shine on me.
I wonder will you, hear my prayer
I know I’m not worthy, but I need your care.
Lord shine Your light, shine it this way,
shine it so I can see which way to take.
My faith is in You, to bring me through
I have one question . . .

I wonder if the light
from the lighthouse
would shine, would shine on me.

I wonder if the light
from the lighthouse
would shine, would shine on me.


This video is, I believe, from the 2000 Stellar Awards gospel TV show. This 1999 song -“Lighthouse”- has a distinct energy that perhaps only young, God-fearing Christians can give it! 

These exuberant young people, New Direction, are surely symbols of the ‘reflective light’ that all Christians should be.  God is, by the way, the ‘intrinsic light’ for all his saved children. As I saw this video, a recent Sermon my Pastor gave -on ‘being a light’- came to mind; the reflective and intrinsic light concepts are those of Dr. Rev. James A. Webster (from that Sermon) not mine.

If you’re steadfastly faithful, the Lord’s lighthouse will surely shine on you.  Shine on you.  You have no reason to wonder.  None.  To God be the Glory.

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Rules for ‘Holy Living’ (Scripture)

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.   

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3: 12-14 NIV

  • The rules for holy living (v. 1 – 17) can be found at the link below. After my last post on Godly living, these seventeen verses seemed to be the logical next step.
  • Keep on walking!

Rules for Holy Living

Colossians 3 1-17 – NIV


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8 Pillars of Living a ‘Godly Life’ (Scripture)

  • Faith
  • Goodness
  • Knowledge
  • Self-control
  • Perseverance
  • Godliness
  • Mutual affection
  • Love

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3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(2 Peter 1 NIV)


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The Christ is Right: Go Get Your Prize!

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  •  If you’re certain that a specific action is indeed God-approved, don’t let popular opinion sway you.
  • Just because you embrace the Lord’s ways (Isaiah 55:8, Proverbs 3:5-6) doesn’t mean that others do too.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.   “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.   So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.  (Isaiah 55:8-9,11 NKJV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)


  • Stand firm!   Forget about keeping up with the Joneses, just keep up with Jesus!   Scripture tells us (James 4:1-8 NLT):

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you?   Isn’t it the whole army of evil desires at war within you?   You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it.

You are jealous for what others have, and you can’t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.   And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong — you want only what will give you pleasure.   You adulterers!  Don’t you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God?  I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can’t be a friend of God.  What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, jealously longs for us to be faithful?   He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires.  As the Scriptures say, God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.” 

So humble yourselves before God.   Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.   Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.   Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites.  [Emphasis added]


Points to ponder:

  • Life is simple when you know whose WAYS really count, the Lord’s.  NOT your Own ways.   NOT the ways of Others either; especially if they lack your ‘Christ is Right’ certitude.
  • The Christ is Right!  Get your prize.  Your earthly blessings; your eternal salvation when you receive ‘the crown of life’ up yonder.
 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 NKJV


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Character

In this season of RENEWAL, our character as Christian is on full display – to God and others.   As Joe Quatrone, Jr. notes in this fine post (Romans 5: 3-4), “Paul points out the unique relationship between suffering, perseverance, and character.  The suffering he’s referring to are the trials and difficulties experienced by believers . . . Character is all about who we are and what we’re made of . . . none of us drift into character.  It takes effort; it takes a plan.  Even as Christians, we’re prone to allow the cares of this world to choke out any time” working on our character.  Our ‘Sunday’ awaits.  Are you a Christian of CHARACTER?  Thanks Joe for your insights! Peace be with you, Greg S.

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

suffering-with-hopeWe rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4).

It’s an old story. We would much rather complain about the way things are than make the sacrifice to change it, but character requires sacrifice. Those of us who know the Lord are called to make that sacrifice; we are called to live on a higher plane. Christians, above any other group, should be known as persons of character.

The references to character in the Bible indicate it’s something to be sought after. The Apostle Paul points out the unique relationship between suffering, perseverance, and character. The suffering he’s referring to are the trials and difficulties experienced by believers. He’s assuming, of course, that those who are persecuted would faithfully and courageously endure their persecutions; that they would not break under pressure and deny their faith in Christ.

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