This Series is one that has been sitting before me for a bit of time, brought to mind by several men, but most pointedly by an individual who has quite a few more miles down the road than I do. As is often the case, needed a set images to match the Series, which is where this first image comes into the picture. Needed something strong, bold and attention getting – for the first verse of Scripture in this Series is BOLD:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:10 | King James Version
Very clearly identified in verses 10 through 17 came eight phrases, that as they were considered formed and every other word structure that follows right through with the removal of a, an, the, etc. for keyword sequencing! For example, with verse 10:
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Am not trying to change the Bible here at all – but making it personal does this to it:
Create my heart, God; renew my spirit.
In essence that is exactly what we are asking Him to do, to Create our Hearts – both yours and mine! Talk about JUMP off the page, a crying David over his GROSS sin against His God, gives us a really CLEAR understanding of David’s desire to be close to the God of All Creation. In asking God to create his heart, it is already known that what was being asked for was a heart of wanting to be perfect before His LORD.
The eight verses clearly present these “every other word” combos:
- Create and Renew
- Presence and Spirit
- Restore and Uphold
- Teach and Convert
- Deliver and Sing
- Open and Shew
- Sacrifice and Offering
- Broken and Contrite
While the images are one thing for this Series, my challenge to you is to see the Every Other Word challenge presented in this passage of Scripture – it is just simply amazing… May each one of us be willing to follow David’s footsteps in getting before the Throne of Glory in asking the God of Glory for forgive us each and rebuild us daily into what He would have us be! It is in us that are the World to be His mouthpiece and our actions, doings, goings… are what they really hear.
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The challenge for today, with a group which can be identified with high regard, is about who we Remind each other of and the Influences we have on other people. Those two words are the focus (1) Reminders – those who have impacted, changed, enhanced us and (2) Influences – the flowing from us into others as God the Holy Spirit has allowed the waters of His Holiness within each of us as Christians. The realization that is desired to be conveyed today is that no matter where you are in your Christian walk, having NO consideration of your age or any apparent difficulty experienced, we have the ability and responsibility to share Jesus Christ the Saviour with all whom we have the opportunity.
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37-38 | King James Version
This verse shows us that once we have Believed on Jesus Christ as our Saviour, as the Scripture has said (God’s Word), then everything that we do should flow out of us as unto the Lord.
“For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14:8 | King James Version
This Series looks at the life of Timothy, that we might see both the Reminders and the Influences that Paul the Apostle had upon him throughout Timothy’s life. But before we look at those, we need to carefully consider three words from the verse above, “unto the Lord/LORD.” That tied in with John 7:37 and 38 above, gives us a picture of what Christ would have each of us to do – every thing that we do should have the tell-tale sign of being done as though it were being done for/to the Saviour directly. Others should be able to tell the difference between how the world reacts and how we act towards others – especially when we think no one is looking – God the Father is always looking, the Son of God our Saviour is always present and the Holy Spirit resides in us as we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Bearing in mind that thought, we are never alone…
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This Series began as a challenge presented to our fellas in our Men’s Prayer Time on Saturday evenings. To be honest with myself, God the Father and everyone, Micah was a book read through several times as part of reading the entire Bible over the past couple of years — nothing stuck out to me either time… This time it has been different because it was presented in the following manner…
Place yourself all those years ago, the time and period that these Scriptures were written, Micah the Prophet was in the exact same type of irreverent society that we find ourselves in today. This Series has bite to it, so be careful to understand where we are today as a society and Believers. The first seven verses of Chapter 7 record for us the following realities shared in both times being considered, then and now:
- Looking for something once available, now not there
- Traps are commonplace in daily life
- People making decisions based on reward, not standards
- Every day activities have repercussions, cause pain
- Internal turmoil drives people not to rely on or trust family
- We make enemies of our own households
Then we come to verse seven (7) of Micah 7, which states:
“Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”
Micah 7:7 | King James Version
Micah using the word “will” said, he would “look unto the LORD”, “wait for the God of my Salvation” and “God will hear me”. He said then what we should be saying now EVEN stronger, I know what He did, my God can hear me and I know that Someone who can do something about it! Oh how many times have we left God out of the picture until we are in such a predicament that we have now where else to turn? Would not it have been much easier and more simple if we’d have gone to Him FIRST when we realized that it was a challenge or problem bigger than we are?
Because of what I know about God the Father, the relationship so graciously and mercifully granted by the Lord Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we can indeed put a “Therefore” in front of all three of those statements, knowing they are TRUE and RIGHT and POWERFUL. Indeed we can “look unto the LORD”, “wait for the God of my Salvation” and that “God will hear me” as a child of the King! What an AWESOME promise that we as Christians need to rekindle within and a INCREDIBLE challenge for us to put forth before a lost and dying world that has NO idea what the Bible is “there-fore”!!!
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