We once knew the three r’s as reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmatic. Today they stand for rest, relaxation, and renewal.
In bygone days we were admonished to practice the three r’s, and so today, with all that is going on in our world it is prudent to practice the three r’s of this day and age.
“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest…” Matthew 11:28
“Be still (relax) and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (parenthesis mine)
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:2
If we close our eyes for a moment we are apt to see these new three r’s on the blackboard of our minds and renew ourselves with rest and relaxation.
Today’s post is a repeat and can be referred to as “an oldie, but a goody”. It is God’s advice for a good life. Happy Sunday.
Drink the living water……….John 4:10
Eat the bread of life……….John 6:35
Wear the full armor of God……….Ephesians 6:11
Rest in Jesus……….Matthew 11:28
Breathe in the Holy Spirit……….John 20:22
Do Not Worry……….Matthew 6:5
(Laugh often) A cheerful heart is good medicine…………..Proverbs 17:22 (brackets mine)
There is power and then there is power. The most powerful people are those who use their power for the good of all, not for their own self aggrandizement.
Most of us don’t feel that we have any power over anything until something catches our attention to prove otherwise. In my case it was the Bible’s many scriptures introducing me to my power. Please read on.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; Acts 1:8 NIV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..Ephesians 3:20 NIV
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength. Proverbs 24:5 NIV
…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance …Colossians 1:11
And then there is my poem:
“All Things Are Possible”.
All things are possible
To those who believe
To those who have faith
As a small mustard seed
All goals can be reached
All dreams can come true
When you call on the Power
Inherent in you
All life can be lived
To the fullest extent
All wishes fulfilled
As you know that He meant
All things are possible
To those who believe
To those who have faith
As a small mustard seed.
And so, the moral of today’s post is to own your power.
Do Not Worry – Matthew 6:25-27 NIV
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Reading the above scripture led me to repost the following formula for easy living. Happy Sunday.
Drink the living water – (John 4:10)
Eat the bread of life – (John 6:35)
Wear the full armor of God – (Ephesians 6:11)
Rest in Jesus – (Matthew 11:28)
Breathe in the Holy Spirit – (John 20:22)
Give up the worry habit – (Matthew 6:25) (This one really taught me a lot!)
Laugh often – (Proverbs 17:22)
Psalm 37 was brought to my attention on an evening TV program last week but I just got around to reading it yesterday and a few things stood out for me. It seems God’s advice for today’s world and the last two weeks in particular is not unlike that of David’s time. See for yourself:
David writes, Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. (v.1,2)
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (v.7)
But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. (v.11)
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; (v.16)
The wicked borrow and do not repay…(v.21)
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him he could not be found. (v.35,36)
These verses are written in the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. They are not only thoughts for a Sunday but for any day.
There are some people who think they are ruling the roost but look what Revelation 12:7-9 tells us:
And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
More food for thought on a Sunday or any day.
The world is full of beautiful people. Last Wednesday evening I had the opportunity to spend time with some of the most beautiful people I know. They are the epitome of caring, kindness, goodness, generosity, selflessness. Not a week goes by that these people are not expressing one or more of these attributes to someone, somewhere, at some time.
On that Wednesday evening, a friend and I were the recipients of this couple’s generosity. We were treated to dinner out and a concert featuring Handel’s “Messiah” which has been performed by many musical companies around the world. The only thing I really knew about the “Messiah” was the “Hallelujah” chorus, one of my favourite pieces of music.
In 1741 George Frideric Handel took something like fifty-two scriptures from the Holy Bible and put them to music, resulting in one of the most renowned musical compositions ever written. The work is breathtaking. Hallelujah!
Wednesday evening was bitterly cold and slippery but the warmth and concern of our benefactors made this a non-issue. I have never felt so warm and safe in such cold weather, despite the fact that I wore non-tread boots and no hat.
As I said, the world is full of beautiful people, and I am thankful to know these friends who inhabit my little corner of the world.
After experiencing the “Messiah” I have to include its composer George Frideric Handel in that group.
Life would be less beautiful without the composers of beautiful music and those who bless others with beautiful deeds. Thank you, God, for beautiful people.
To me, it is astounding what we hear when we open ourselves to listening for more than life’s day-to-day babble. “Faith comes by hearing” are not empty words.
Chapter Twenty-Two – The Still Small Voice
Not long after the first experience, which inspired my resignation from my job at the hospital, I received some spiritual literature in the mail that was very thought- provoking. To this day, I don’t know what that material was, but one passage in particular prompted me to contact a dear friend who was in a life-threatening situation at that precise time. She was experiencing an extremely toxemic pregnancy.
It was her mother who answered my call, and told me that my friend, Anna, was in hospital at that moment, in grave danger of losing her life, and also the baby she was giving birth to……
….and after the fire a still small voice….(1 Kings 20:12 KJV)
Tomorrow – The Gift of Faith – A Lesson in Believing