Yesterday as we mourned the passing and celebrated the life of Roger Bilderback I could not help but think of the verses in Isaiah that I had shared with Roger and the family during his last days. Here they are.
The Lord Is My Strength and My Song
Isaiah 12 You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.
2 “Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day:
“Give thanks to the Lord,
call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted.
5 “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.
6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
I was also thinking much about this verse in Isaiah.
Isaiah 33:2 O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you.
Be our arm every morning,
our salvation in the time of trouble.
Today I continue to pray for the family and friends and asking God for His comfort and that each one of us would consider eternity and if we have salvation in the way the God see salvation1.
If I can help in away as you deal with your loss please reach out to me.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
1 God wants us to see we have all sinned. He wants us to admit to our own sin. He wants us to reach out to Him, to Jesus as the only way. He wants us to surrender to Jesus as LORD and Savior and follow and obey Him. (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:9; John14:6; Acts 4:12; John 14:23,24)
Sorry, I told you I would share a second thought on the Ice Bucket Challenge and have not got to it. I’ve been quite busy and let it slip. I do find it interesting that the movement has run its course but that is not what I wanted to share. Well, it kind of is.
It was amazing to watch the movement spread so fast. The crowd grew very fast and spread like a dry hay fire. That was a good thing for ALS. Hopefully some good research will come out of it. Here is the problem with something like this. People do not really think about what they are doing. They simply follow the crowd.
This points us to three thinks we should think about:
- It would be great to see the gospel, revival, and salvation spread like the Ice Bucket Challenge did.
- In our spiritual lives we do not want to burn out. We don’t want to be really on fire for the LORD and then drag our spiritual feet (heart). That is why it is so important to be in a “church crowd.” We need to be in the Word, in prayer, and in fellowship. How are you doing on that?
- We don’t want to just follow the crowd without thinking. We know that most of the crowd is not going to follow Jesus and this is an old problem. We see this warning in Bible times. At least 135 times the word “crowd” is used in the Bible, and most of those times the crowd is going the wrong direction.
See what is written in Acts, Acts 5:29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! (NIV) and in Acts 4:19 But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God (NIV)
So please stop and really consider what you are following and, if you are a leader, stop and think where you leading others. We are accountable to God.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine.
WOW! I am completely impressed with the brilliance behind the marketing of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Can you remember anything growing and spreading this rapidly, other than some bad flu bugs? I cannot. This has brought to mind a lot of thoughts but I want to talk about the two I cannot seem to let go of.
As worthy as this cause is, there is one that is greater then ALS. Think if the challenge was to spread and see the gospel explode across not only the internet but to all the people of the world. Here is what I see the symbols being:
Ice bucket – the washing of the Word over people, in other words, the sharing of the truth from the Bible on the gospel and salvation. So instead of pouring a bucket of ice water over your head, please open a Bible up to and read Exodus 20:1-171. Then Romans2 and read the following verse 3:10-12, 23; 6:23; 10:9,10. Then take just a moment and read Titus 3:5-73. In Exodus we see the law and that we cannot measure up to it. An example would be verse 16 in Exodus 20 says do not lie. If you have lied once, even a little tiny “white lie”, we are lairs and we have all lied at one time or another. Romans tells us we have all sinned but that Jesus died for our sins to allow a way for us to be saved if we will believe and accept (receive)that Jesus is the only way and the only LORD (John1:12; 14:64).
Donation – it is a choice to accept the challenge. You either deny that Jesus is LORD or you accept and receive Him as LORD, you either donate your life to God or against God. (Side note: to those looking to give the money hopefully you are giving to your local church who is a good steward of money to the spreading of the gospel)
Call out – you intentionally go and share the gospel with three others.
Now that could have a WOW factor!
Think about it that instead of millions of people hearing and giving to ALS (again a worthy cause) they gave their lives to Jesus.
Please read the verses below that go with what is written above. The second thought that I have had on this will come later this week.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,
1Summarized it #1no other God’s; #2 no idols; #3 don’t swear; #4 one day a week is for the LORD and rest; #5 honor your parents; #6 don’t murder; #7 no sex outside marriage; #8 don’t steal, don’t take what is not yours; #9 don’t lie including “little white lies #10 don’t covet, don’t want what is not yours
2 Romans10-12 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, Romans 3:23-24 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, not even one.” Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 10:9-10 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
3 Titus 3-7 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
4 John1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, John14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
At Marshfield Jim Sauter, Jr rolled out a new car and they were searching for speed. What was cool was when THE Jim Sauter (Sr) came to the pits and I got to watch the team and Mr Sauter work on the car finding speed. They found a bunch and had an ok race, I am sure they would have liked a better finish. But to me that is one of the cool things about racing, that is, watching fathers and sons work together and being together in the garage and at the track. Watching the dad teach what he knows and watching the son learn from the dad. It is great when you see the proud dad and the son that looks up to the dad where there is honor, respect, and love going both ways.
Surprise! Back to it again. God is telling his kids to listen to Him again. God is reminding us to listen to Him and our earthly fathers too. Proverbs 5:7 And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. The word “depart” is “cuwr” which can be turn away or better thought of as turn off. How does it work to turn off the spotter? Not so well. It is much worse to turn off your parent but even worse than that is to turn of God and not listen to Him.
God gives or continues this long warning against the adulteress women. Guys, whether we are young or old, we need to pay attention to this warning and gals need to do the same. I debated if I should just have you read this and not take it line by line like we have. I decided we would continue to look line by line. Proverbs 5:8-12 8 Keep your way far from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you give your honor to others
and your years to the merciless,
10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11 and at the end of your life you groan,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
12 and you say, “How I hated discipline,
and my heart despised reproof!
See the first statement God makes? KEEP YOUR WAY FAR FROM HER! Guys and gals don’t get drawn into sexual impurity. It leads to disaster. I echo the warning to all sides. We talked about our feet a couple weeks ago, and where we go, and what we walk into. See the warning? Don’t get drawn in! It is about choices. God continues and lets us know what some of the things are that can go bad if we are not on our guard.
Next is a powerful Scripture example. It is the example of confession. Look at this example. Proverbs 5:13-16 13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.14 I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation.” 15 Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. 16 Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets?
Are you listening to your teachers in the LORD? If a guy takes the time to show you the fast way around a track, and then you decide you know better and run a different line that doesn’t work, is that smart? Of course not. The better thing is to listen to those sharing truth and knowledge and follow and obey God and His Word.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine and see you at a local race track soon,
“How can you like racing? All those guys do is drive and turn left over and over again. It is so boring. They are just going in circles” I have heard that from several people and you know they just don’t understand what all goes into racing and they cannot appreciate the smells and noises that and the hard work that goes into this fun sport. When I think of the statement of just turn left and doing it over and over it helps me with the perspective of God’s echo effect and we are back at it.
We are to Chapter Five and we are right back to the ongoing echo. Proverbs 5:1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding. We have seen the “my son(s)” over 10 times and it would be easy just to pass by and ignore it at this point but we should never ignore the LORD. There is a reason behind every word He wrote down for us. Let’s stop and pay attention. Two words in the original language are interesting to look at. One is attend, “qashab”. It has been used often and means to be attentive or to hear with intent to act upon. The second one is incline, “Natah”. It is to bow down. So when we look at this we can conclude that one way to bow and worship the LORD is to be attentive to His Word. So have you been in the Word this week? How is your worship outside of church, with your family, alone with God? Last week I challenged some guys to have a plan. We were talking about prayer but it is just as important to have a plan to be in the daily Bible reading. I give you the same type of challenge. Would you read you Bible a little each day this week? If you need a place to get started read Psalm 96 and Psalm 99. I would take one and read it every day for a couple of weeks or even for the next month. Ask God to show you His truth each day and increase your awareness of Him and worship.
Again we are shown a little more of what we get out of listening and obeying God. Proverbs 5:2 that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. We see here that there is a correlation between hearing the Word, wisdom and knowledge.
The next section is a warning which we see a bunch of times in Proverbs. This one and several others are on men with women. It does go both ways but this time God warns this way. Listen to Proverbs 5:3-6 3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, 4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; 6 she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it. See how direct God is on this? Guys, we are responsible for obeying this warning and being alert and aware. I hope you take it seriously.
We went camping this week and we were given a piece of paper with 13 “rules”. Most ended with “violators will be evicted and no refund.” We obeyed the rules and had a great time together as a family. What a good reminder of how things are with God. God wants to bless us with eternal life as heirs in His family (as we saw earlier in Proverbs) but if we don’t want to agree and obey He will let us have our way and be separated from Him and in hell for eternity. What is your choice?
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine and see you at a local race track soon,
I have purposefully waited and prayed about the Kevin Ward Jr. / Tony Stewart incident. I don’t know what was going on in either one of their hearts or minds but please consider this:
We never now when our last breath will be taken so we need to know we are saved and have found salvation the way God sees it. Salvation on God’s terms includes seeing our own sin (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23), not someone elses sin; Taking responsibility for our sin; repenting (turning) from sin (Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19) understanding that there is only one way and that way is only in and through Jesus (John 14:6); agreeing He, Jesus, is LORD (Romans 10:9,10) and and crying out to Jesus to save (Romans 10:13).
We do pray for the Ward family, friends, and others at the track, including Tony. It is hard to know what exactly to pray so we are just lifting this up to the LORD.
Can I help as you deal with this? Please contact me.
See you at a local track soon and have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,