Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry


Wally Fry

What would happen?

I wonder what would happen if we really did believe God would do what He said He would. Great food for thought here from Beth Herring. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy!

I slipped into a church yesterday to worship while I’m away from home. Just upon entering the sanctuary, I could feel it. The Spirit was so sweet in that place. Services hadn’t started yet and people were just beginning to gather and the atmosphere was already so precious and so inviting. The quiet of those few moments enveloped me and I could feel the presence of the LORD.

The praise team began to play and the place just exploded with worship. True, uninhibited worship. The mighty and powerful presence of our God was heavy and yet light at the same time. It was the kind of service where tears flowed only because of the wonderful Holy Spirit being evident and present. I was transported to a place of intimacy with my LORD and I could feel His much needed touch deep in my soul.

They begin to sing these words:

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Nothing is Too Hard for Him

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Jeremiah 32 

This was a dire time for the nation of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. The Armies of the Chaldean King Nebuchadnezzar were at the gate, and Jeremiah himself was in prison in the palace of the King of Judah, Zedekiah for of all things, delivering the prophesy of the impending doom of the kingdom to Zedekiah. In the midst of all of this, Jeremiah was instructed by the Lord to buy a piece of real estate! If there was ever a seller’s market, then Judah this time was it; the long term return on real estate purchases was projected to be poor.

If we read through the entire story, we can learn that the Lord wanted Jeremiah to buy this land to show that he himself believed God’s promised to return His people to the land. Jeremiah, however, did not understand at the time. So, he did something we can all do with our God; Jeremiah asked why. Here are just some quick thoughts for the day.

First, Jeremiah had already obeyed God by faith, and completed the transaction God had instructed him to. God expects that of us, friends. If he asks us to do something, then expect us to act even if we don’t understand the whys or the reasons. Jeremiah’s question came after his obedience.

Notice, though, that even though the prophet questioned God openly and honestly, He never lost sight of just who he was talking to. He acknowledges up from that God can, and will, do whatever He wants for His own reasons. He goes on to recount fully to God many of the great things God had done for the nation of Israel. In other works, Jeremiah began his petition with worship of God.

Finally, Jeremiah had to continue on in much faith. God, of course affirmed all Jeremiah had already said; nothing is too hard for Him. He further confirmed that the destruction and captivity of Judah would not be stopped. As in many cases before, our Lord ended this encounter with a great promise; this was God’s promise to gather His people and restore their nation.

We know now that 70 years later God did just that and restored the Nation of Israel. We can know today that God has yet again restored the Nation of Israel. This is no small thing friends. God can, indeed, still do what He wants, when He wants and how He wants. He also continues to make promises, and some of His promises have yet to be fulfilled. So, when the world around us seems to be descending into chaos, we must never lose hope. God has not broken a promise yet, and has no plans to start now!

The Meal…and the Aftermath

Giving Thanks-Psalm 100

Psalm 100 is a great one. Okay, they are all great, but right about now it seems extra great!

So, just what should we be thankful for? The answer is all things whether good, bad or indifferent. Did you put your feet on the floor this morning under your own power? Give thanks. Were you only able to open your eyes and look up at the ceiling? Give thanks.

Thank Him for the fact that we are even here. Remember that little verse, In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth?If He had opted not to do that, we would not even be here.

Obviously, thank Him for the blessings in our lives. Food, clothes, jobs, family and this list goes on and on. If we believe what we say we believe, then we have to acknowledge they all came from God. Remember this?

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

Thank God for the not so seemingly blessed things. In other words, thank Him for the trials. They likely have a purpose, even if we don’t understand it. Again let’s go to the Book of James:

James 1:2-4  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Finally, the thing for which we should be most thankful is the gift of salvation God offers through His Son Jesus Christ. Did you know that God loves you? Did you also know that without His Son we are all doomed? Did you know that the famous John 3:16 actually doesn’t stand alone but has some very important information following? Read and see:

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

God loves us with all of His divine heart. If fact, He loves us this much; knowing from eternity past we would be rebellious sinners, He made away for us to be saved anyway:

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Yes we have all failed Him and we are all sinners by nature and choice:

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

The outlook is grim, “For the wages of sin is death“, but God made us a solution,”but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” That was all Romans 6:23. It’s easy, confess your sin, repent of it, and ask for His salvation. It’s that easy. Who can be saved? See Romans 10:13,For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

I would say that is something to be thankful for; that is, if you have it. If not, you can today, just read above my friend.

Let’s go back to our Psalm briefly.

Psalm 100

 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

How do I follow God’s will?

Learning and following God’s will is a vital part of our Christian lives, it is also a very difficult part. Great thoughts here from Chris Weatherly. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy!

Chris Weatherly

She rolled over with her eyes still bleary. Half awake with her mind still foggy from falling asleep so early on the couch, she heard a noise that pricked her consciousness into high gear. It was that blasted phone “Who is texting me?” she thought while finally grabbing her phone that wouldn’t stop beeping.

“Not him! Don’t respond to him. Texting back will just get you in trouble. It always does.” Despite her little pep talk, she found her fingers subconsciously respond to his question, “I’m not doing anything. What are you doing?”

A few texts later she found herself fully dressed, keys in hand, and ready to go his place. “You don’t want this.” A little voice in her head told her. With a start of the car and the radio on full blast she drowned out that little voice. Never to hear from it again……until the next morning…

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Friends, when you get up in the morning and feel like your body is falling apart, remember that some day you will get a new one. 

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