CRACKS: WORTH CONSIDERING, 2/9/22 From Ken Smith<><
Today’s Scripture (From a ministry in Texas that is worth considering.)
“Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns.” Joshua 6:4, NLT
Just a Crack
The city of Jericho, which was surrounded by a huge stone wall so thick that chariots could ride on top, was the last city that stood between the people of Israel and the Promised Land. God told Joshua to have the people march around the walls once a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day. It would not have been so difficult if, while they were walking, they saw a little crack in the wall or a shift in the foundation, but nothing day after day. They didn’t understand it but just kept doing the right thing, and the final time around, the walls came tumbling down. Too often we’ll stay in faith if we see the wall cracking. We’ll keep believing if our boss starts treating us better, if the promotion goes through, if things start to improve. You may not get a sign. You have to keep thanking God even though nothing is improving, keep walking by faith and not sight, and suddenly the walls will come down.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that no obstacle is so high and wide that it can withstand Your touch. Thank You that to bring about Your promises in my life You have called me to walk by faith and not by sight. I will live with a sense of expectancy that You are about to do great things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Peter Harnish Does God play dice with the world? (Another word worth considering.)
Einstein said no. But it has come to be accepted that, before being observed, a subatomic particle exists in an indeterminate state. Only by observing the particle does its “wave function collapse” and the probability become the definite. God created the physical universe as a vehicle for souls to grow spiritually by exercising their free will. If the universe were deterministic, that is, if every cause had one and only one possible effect, then, logically, free will could not exist. It is only by building randomness into the system that God permitted non-determinism and hence free will. The physicist asks how; the theologian asks why. I think it is good to study both.
Ken’s thoughts on the subject. “Exceptional perception, Peter. Only the Holy Spirit could have shown you this as it is spot on. As only with freewill is love really valid. And as GOD is LOVE and wants to help us through freewill to become like HIM and make a family. HE had to include freewill that is not at all manipulated. So that only by and through faith by using our freewill can we find HIS grace to find the straight and narrow path that leads us to HIS eternal dimension. This temporary time dimension that we live in is only a small capsule in the overall picture of creation. But also seems the only nursery for creating the children and family of GOD. After the purposes of our Creator are complete, it will be no more.” Yours, in HIS great love, Ken<><
So at 89 went in for a medical check up. Several years ago I was told that I had kidney stones and one kidney was ½ the size of the other. Today, both the kidneys are same size and no kidney stones. But they then found I have cirrhosis of the liver and can not figure out why? So back to getting the Lord to fix this old bucket of bones once again, We are granted to live 120 yrs. as per Gen.6:3… Abraham and Moses did and God is no respecter of persons, HE loves all of us the same. But a little help in prayer could be good at this time. Also could use some prayer that my wife’s divorce does not cause any damage to the Kingdom of our LORD. But as to her wanting to leave: 1 Cor.7:12-16 & 40. seems to apply. Jesus came to set us all free as we are in HIM and HE is in us. So… this too shall pass. I am pretty much disabled at 89 and she at 70 and is in really good health. So I don’t blame her for not wanting to take care of me for the rest of my time on earth. But none of this is up to me, “and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to them who are called according to HIS purpose. “ Rom.8:28
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Most INSPIRING QUOTES
“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” – Jim Elliot “God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible – what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.” – AW Tozer “God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Christ literally walked in our shoes and entered into our affliction. Those who will not help others until they are destitute reveal that Christ´s love has not yet turned them into the sympathetic persons the Gospel should make them.” – Tim Keller “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.” – Billy Graham “Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It´s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” – David Platt “Satan is so much more in earnest than we are – he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.” – Amy Carmichael “If you are too busy to pray, you are busier than God wants you to be.” – Wanda E. Brunstetter
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