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Revelation vs Resolution

Happy New Year!  As the calendar rolls to a new year, we flip through the photos, whether it be of puppies, sunset images or as I just hung mine, photos of tropical islands. The empty squares indicating days yet to be lived, those 12 pages can either propel us or paralyze us.

The change of the New Year has traditionally become a re-setting if you will of our life compass. We evaluate the past and plan for the future. For some of us, this means sitting down and writing out our Resolutions. Money to be made, exercise routines, diet plans, buy that new house, get that promotion, clean out those closets, get organized and the list goes on, don’t get me wrong, these are all a good plan of attack, (yet there is more).  A New Year’s Resolution can be defined as ‘a firm decision to do or not do something, a course of action designed with the intent to keep a vow.’ Statistics claim, one in three Americans makes a New Year’s resolution of some sort, yet only about 75% of these folks stick to their goal for at least … a week.

Have we considered that instead of a resolution to do better, get more, and perhaps try to be something other than we are, that we seek … revelation? As we stand at the door of 2019, may we take pause and truly position ourselves to seek a fresh revelation of our God – as we read through our Bibles we see new qualities of His character that cause us to be in awe of Him. That is my plan, that is my goal. Making a firm decision to take action to learn and accept more of His love, trust His hand and bow more in gratitude of His mercy and grace.

I pray over us as Paul did, “I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Amen) – Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)

From our home to yours, a hardy blessed Happy New Year.

In Him, DeDe & Mark (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)

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Revelation vs Resolution

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As the calendar takes on a new year, we flip through the photos, whether it be of puppies, golf images or as mine hangs proudly, tropical scenes of white sandy beaches. The empty squares indicating days yet to be lived. Those 12 pages can either propel us or paralyze us.

The change of the New Year has traditionally become a re-setting if you will of our life compass. We evaluate the past and plan for the future. For some of us, this means sitting down writing out our Resolutions. Money to be made, exercise routines, diet plans, buy that new house, get that promotion, clean out those closets, get organized and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, these are all a good plan of attack for the New Year. A New Year’s Resolution can be defined as ‘a firm decision to do or not do something, a course of action designed with intent to keep a vow.’  Statistics claim, one in three Americans make a New Year’s resolution of some sort, yet only about 75% of these folks stick to their goal … for at least … a week.  Head hung, shoulders slumped.  Sigh.

Have we considered that instead of a resolution to do better, get more, and perhaps be something other than we are, that we seek … revelation? As we read through our bibles this year, may we see new qualities of God that cause us to take pause and be in awe of Him. May we see areas He wants growth in our lives 1471456328750…yield and surrender.

As we stand at the door of 2017, may we truly position ourselves to seek a fresh revelation of our God. Making a firm decision to take action to learn more of His love, trust His hand and bow more in gratitude of His mercy and grace.  We ask, INVITE You Lord, show us.

I pray over us as Paul did, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Eph. 3:14-21

From our home to yours, a hardy blessed Happy New Year.

In Him, DeDe & Mark ( “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)

 

 


Resolution vs A Loving Revelation (A 2016 Read)

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As the calendar takes on a new year, we flip through the photos, whether it be of puppies, golf images or as mine hangs proudly, beautiful images of South Carolina sent to us by my step-dad. The empty squares indicating days yet to be lived, those 12 pages can either propel us or paralyze us.

The change of the new year has traditionally become a ‘re-setting’ if you will of our life compass. We evaluate the past and plan for the future. For some of us, this means sitting down writing out our Resolutions. Money to be made, exercise routines, diet plans, buy that new house, get that promotion, clean out those closests, get organized.  Don’t get me wrong, these are all a good plan of attack for the new year. A New Year’s Resolution can be defined as ‘a firm decision to do or Calendarnot do something, a course of action designed with intent to keep a vow.’  Statistics claim, one in three Americans make a New Years resolution of some sort, yet only about 75% of these folks stick to their goal … for at least … a week.  Head hung, shoulders slumped.  Sigh.

At the launch of the new year many in the church have a new (or renewed) goal of reading the Bible through from front to back, (minus the Concordance of course, and YES, there are good things to be found in Leviticus)!  A great plan!  I feel compelled to challenge us in our reading this year.  It can be stated in one word, ‘Hesed’.  The term is one of the most important in the vocabulary of the Bible, intrenched deep in theology.  Used some 250 times in the Old Testament, yet carries through embodied in Jesus Christ.

I have been studying this word for the past few years, I am amazed and humbled in the process.  Hesed, ‘hay-said’ (Hebrew) Lovingkindness and most commonly translated as ‘mercy’.  Other words to describe hesed: Steadfast love, grace, faithfulness, strength, justice, goodness and devotion.  When unpacking all this, each word is tagged with ‘Our God.’  One commentary says, “It is difficult, if not impossible, to precisely convey the full meaning of the term with just one English word or phrase.”  Our God.

God says of Himself: “And He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love (‘hesed’) – and faithfulness.” Ex. 34:6

His HandAn interesting point, Biblical usage speaks of hesed as “doing, showing, or keeping.” Yet, even with all this action, it is listed as a noun, I might add, a PROPER noun, this aspect of God features His CHARACTER.  He is a doing, showing and keeping God!

Three elements interact within hesed – strength – steadfastness – love.  It not only is a matter of loyalty but also of mercy, not only of obligation but one of generosity.  It operates within the context of covenant and relationship. (read that again) Our God interacts with us with hesed as His motive, relationship the context, and covenant His promise.  Hesed implies personal involvement and commitment in a relationship beyond the rule of law. One scholar likened it to marriage, a GOOD marriage, ‘I am bound to you by law, but I stay and honor because of love.’  Our God.

King David penned, “Don’t remember my youthful sins or transgressions; but remember me according to your grace (hesed) for the sake of your goodness, Adonai.” – Ps. 25:7  (Complete Jewish Bible)  David KNEW!  He knew of God’s lovingkindness, His mercy, His grace!

ALLLL this to say, (You knew there would be bible study!)  have we considered that instead of a resolution to do better, get more, perhaps be something other than we are, that we seek … revelation? As we read through our bibles this year, may we see anew God’s gracious character, full of mercy and love, so much so that He sent His covenantal promise in His Son Jesus.

As we stand at the door of 2016, may we truly position ourselves to seek a fresh revelation of our God. Making a firm decision to take action to learn more of His love, trust His hand and bow more in gratitude of the mercy He extends by withholding what we deserve and the grace He freely gives with His favor spilling all over us.

I pray over us as Paul did, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted Usand established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Eph. 3:14-21

From our home to yours, Happy New Year, be blessed beyond …

In Him, DeDe & Mark ( “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” ~ Heb. 10:24)

Geeky Resources:  Strong’s Hebrew Concordance, Complete Word Dictionary of the stack of study booksOld Testament, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old Testament, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts, Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. (and other various ones I forgot to write down)  Bible Translations referred to: NIV, KJV, NASB, NLT, HCSB, AMP, ESV, CJB, YLT, Interlinear

 

 


Revelation Vs Resolution

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As the calendar takes on a new year, we flip through the photos, whether it be puppies, golf images or as mine hangs proudly … Tropical sandy beaches. The empty squares indicating days yet to be lived, those 12 pages can either propel us or paralyze us.

The change of the new year has traditionally become a ‘re-setting’ if you will of our life compass. We evaluate the past and plan for the future. For some of us, this enfolds sitting down writing out our Resolutions. Money to be made, exercise routines to be eventually avoided, diet plans for hopes of a ‘new me’, buy that new house, get that promotion, start that new reading plan. Don’t get me wrong, these are all good plans of a attack for the new year. However, have we considered that instead of a resolution to do better, get more, perhaps be something other than we are, that we seek … revelation?

Recently I have again revisited ‘grace’ and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Grace, not only is it a most beautiful word, but a powerful element within the Kingdom of God. Paul uses it in many greetings and closing words, “… grace and peace be yours in Christ Jesus…” I will not share the potentially boring geeky religious or theological information to pack our heads with more ‘stuff’, but I will do as the Holy Spirit has with me recently, massage your heart with God’s love.

Grace, ‘unlimited kindness and mercy of God freely given to the undeserved.’ Now if THAT does not spark something within  you, then let me say it again in a different way and personalize it.

GRACE, the absolutely free expression of loving kindness and favor of God given to me when I do not deserve it. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God…”  When I make a mess of things or do not have it in me to go on, or my footing is somewhat not sure, or the next moment of my life needs to be lived … He is. His love for me, protects me, guides me, sustains me and opens doors for me. He gives me wisdom beyond my own intelligence, understanding that amazes this old gal and basically He is all that I am not.  His plan, (or might I risk saying) His resolution for me is found in Jesus Christ,  I can not NOT be anything but victorious. Grace.

Faith puts us on the tracks of grace. Remember in the Indiana Jones movie, when Jones is indianajoneslastcrusadestepoffaithin pursuit of the ‘holy cup’ of Christ?  (Play short movie clip now in your mind) In the journey, he travels through tunnels and passages ways and ultimately comes out only to find a HUGE ravine between he and the entry way to the cup. Soon he has the revelation that the ravine is ONLY a deceitful image. Taking a handful of sand, he tosses it across the ravine to find a clear path to the cup.  He stands, extends one leg, closes his eyes and by faith take that first step across.

I know this is a poor and perhaps silly illustration, but for me, faith is picking up the sand and tossing it across our ravines … grace is the ability to walk across and keep walking. Daily there are many forms of ‘ravines’ to be crossed… DAILY He is there to get us through to the other side with an unbroken and immense supply of more grace. Jesus says “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9) How many of us are weak? How many of us this last year have grown tired in spirit and soul?

As we stand at the door of 2015, may we truly position ourselves to seek a fresh revelation of Jesus. Learn more of His love, trust His hand and bow more in gratitude of the mercy He extends by withholding what we deserve and the grace He freely gives with His favor spilling all over us.

I pray over us as Paul did, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and alohathe fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 13:14)  The divine Trinity at Their best!

From our home to yours, Happy New Year, be blessed beyond …

In Him, DeDe & Mark ( “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” ~ Heb. 10:24)

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