Making Ammunition In the Trenches

“The characteristics we manifest in our immediate surroundings are indications of what we will be like in other surroundings.”

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Today is Sunday, September 11, 2016. 33 days until Galveston!

Quote of the Day

“What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.” – Leo Buscaglia

Word of the Day

Myrmidon – a loyal follower; especially : a subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly or unscrupulously

Today is No News is Good News Day, a day to turn off the news channels and radio stations, put down the newspaper or Internet news page, and take a break from that which we call “news.” Especially if that so-called “news” creates stress in your life. In other words, today is a good day to relax and not stress about anything.

Well, we made it to the Baptism Party, but we didn’t stay long. We stayed long enough to see the baptisms (there were three), and left. The reason we left was because, while coming into the house where the event was taking place, C did not see the step down about three feet in from the front door and stumbled (she did not fall), which jerked some body parts enough to cause her some pretty serious pain. The step is difficult to see, and she was carrying a pan of food, so she couldn’t very well look down. She warned me about the step, so I didn’t do the same, which is good, because I probably would have fallen, along with the pan of hot green bean casserole that I was carrying. Ah, well. We made it for the important part, at least. And C feels better this morning.

The Rangers won again, last night, beating the Halos 8-5. This eliminated LA from any playoff possibilities and decreased the Rangers’ magic number to 11. They are also still the only team in the AL with at least 80 wins! The Red Sox lost to the Boo Jays 3-2. At least it was close. They remain in first place by one game.

We are getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning. We worship at The Exchange, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach Street, Fort Worth, TX.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.
Psalm 110:5-7

“After completing the work of redemption and judgment, leading his people to victory and leaving his enemies in disarray, Messiah drinks from the brook–a moment of renewal: ‘There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God’ (Psalm 46:4).”

“‘Rise, God, judge Thou the earth in might, this wicked earth redress; for Thou art He who shall by right the nations all possess. For great Thou art, and wonders great by Thy strong hand are done; Thou in Thy everlasting seat remainest God alone’ (John Milton, ‘Rise, God, Judge Thou the Earth in Might’). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

We must think that we get to choose our surroundings. Rather, we need to be completely God’s in any surroundings in which he puts us. “The characteristics we manifest in our immediate surroundings are indications of what we will be like in other surroundings.”

Take a look at that last sentence again. “The characteristics we manifest in our immediate surroundings are indications of what we will be like in other surroundings.” That statement has potential to be quite dismaying. How do we perform the most mundane and commonplace tasks? It takes the power of God within me to do them in his way. The most menial duty, the drudgiest thing (is that even a word?) cannot be done in the name of God unless the power of God is behind it.

Furthermore, take a look at the people God brings into your life. Is it possible that these very people are an indication from God that this is how you behave toward him? (More dismay!) Now, turn around and exhibit to those people what God has exhibited to you!

We think that we will behave properly when the big moment comes. “To talk in this way is like trying to produce the munitions of war in the trenches–you will be killed while you are doing it.” If I do not behave properly the small things, in the daily drudgery of life, neither will I behave properly in the big moments. It’s as simple as that.

Father, I read this, this, this morning, and it causes me to hang my head in shame. Sometimes it seems that I never learn things. Is it possible that you bring people in my life as examples to me? I believe that, sometimes, it is simply to attempt to teach me how to love more like Jesus, and I fail so miserably! Please keep trying, and don’t give up on me! Teach me to love even the most unlovely, even the most annoying (perhaps they are only annoying to me, which says more about me than them). Teach me to love those who don’t love me. Teach me to be more like Jesus!

Come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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