Psalm 37:15 – Over the Hill?

I have been young, and now am old… —Psalm 37:15

Now that I’m seventy years old,  some might say I’m “over the hill.” “Over the hill” is an expression of someone who reaches a turning point in their life when they are “past his prime.” They can no longer do the things they did when they were younger. Well, I may not be able to do everything I did when I was younger, but I still can do most of the stuff I used to do. It just takes me a little longer to get it done.

I recently read the following comment from Joseph Parker’s 25 volume set, The People’s Bible (1885–1895).

If for a few years we grow towards strength, we soon turn the growing point, and go down into old age and weakness, that we may know ourselves to be but men. Life is a great triumph up to middle age, because the man may be always well; he may grow
in strength and in prosperity, and he may represent himself as a successful fowler; but after that grey hairs are here and there upon him, and he knoweth it not, and presently men may say as he passes by, “He stoops a little more; his memory will begin to be a little blurred and clouded, and though he can keep good reckoning, yet he must trust to paper more than he ever trusted before.”

   I can definitely relate to this. Can anyone else say “Amen” to this besides this “old disciple” (Acts 21:16)?

“Amen?” or “Oh me?”

What Stimulates Your Brain’s Neurons?

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. —Psalm 122:1

Martin Lindstrom is one of the world’s best brand building experts. He is the author of the groundbreaking book: Buyology: The Truth and Lies About Why We Buy.  His research helps corporations like Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Red Bull to market their products so people will be motivated to buy them. Time Magazine called him one the “World’s 100 Most Influential People.”

This week I read about a fascinating experiment Lindstrom did using an MRI. This experiment lead him to the conclusion that smartphones have become akin to a best friend in the lives of many people. When the subjects of his experiment heard their phone ring, their brains “fired off” neurons in the area associated with feelings of love and compassion.   Lindstrom said, “It was as if they were in the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend, or family member.”

It got me to thinking:  How many Christians have a closer relationship to their cellphones than they do to the Lord Jesus Christ. How many neurons in your brain associated with love get “fired off” about spending time with Jesus in prayer, Bible study, or going to church (Ps. 122:1)!

Jesus is a better friend than any smartphone! No one loves or cares for you more than Jesus.  If you pay more attention to your smartphone than you do to Jesus, your phone has become an idol in your life.

THANKSGIVING: CONFESSION AND CONVICTION

Thanksgiving:  A time for CONFESSION and CONVICTION

When I think of the many blessings of God in my life, I must CONFESS two things: (1) I am thankful for all the good things God has sent my way.  And (2) I’m thankful for all the things He wisely withheld from me.  Though I may not have all the things I would like to have, neither have I had to face all the things I would not want to face.

When you count your blessings, be sure to thank God for all the things you have missed as well as the blessings you have received.
I am also CONVICTED.  When I consider all God has done for me, I am convicted how little I have done for Him!  And what little I do for Him, I only do by the grace He has given me (1 Pet. 4:11). Every good thing in my life I owe to Him.  I have nothing to glory in.  Freely I have received—So I should also freely give (Mt. 10:8). As David prayed, “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee” (1 Chron. 29:14).

Anyone who is truly thankful should (1) CONFESS he is not worthy of the least of God’s benefits (Gen. 32:10) and (2) be CONVICTED at how little he actually thanked the One who made it all possible.
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say “thank you?

HELPING GOD

“We are labourers together with God…” 1 Cor. 3:9

“They went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working WITH THEM…” — Mark 16:20

God doesn’t work alone. God has chosen to do His work through men. What an awesome truth that we help God to accomplish His work.  Meroz was cursed “because they came not to the HELP of the Lord…” (Jud. 5:23).

While I was a college student at Midwestern, I remember hearing Dr. Paul Vanaman, one of my professors, tell about a time he was interviewed  by a local newspaper upon the completion of their new church building.  The reporter remarked, “Pastor Vanaman, the Lord has certainly built a beautiful facility here on this property.”  Dr. Vanaman responded, “You should have seen this property when God had it all by Himself.  There were only trees, bushes, weeds, and dirt.  It would still look like that if we never bought it.  Yes, God built up this church facility, but He needed some help. He didn’t do it alone. He did it through men working with Him.”

Amen!   Nothing much will change until we work with God to accomplish what He wants done (Rom. 10:13-15).  Ministries will never be started… buildings will never be built… missionaries will never be sent… souls will remain lost.

Let’s get to work and work with God.  We are His co-laborers!

Becoming More Like Christ

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image —1 Corinthians 3:18

When I behold the Lord Jesus Christ…

…as the ROCK, I will be steadfast.

…as the KING, I will be submissive.

…as the LAMB, I will be sacrificial.

…as the LIGHT, I will shine.

…as the BREAD, I will be satisfied.

…as the LION, I will be strong.

…as the TRUTH, I will be sure.

…as the WORD, I will be studious.

…as my GREAT HIGH PRIEST, I will be sympathetic.

…as the CAPTAIN, I will be a soldier.

…as the GOOD SHEPHERD, I will be safe.

as JUST, I will be sincere.

…as the AMEN, I will be confident.

…as the TRUE VINE, I will abide.

On a wall near the main entrance of the Alamo is a portrait with this inscription: “James Butler Bonham—no picture of him exists. This portrait is of his nephew, Major James Bonham, deceased, who greatly resembled his uncle. It is placed here by the family that people may know the appearance of the man who died for freedom.”

No literal portrait of Jesus exists either. But the likeness of Jesus should be seen in all who behold Him and follow Him.

KEEPING LOOKING UNTO JESUS!

Leading from Redemption to Spiritual growth…