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03/03/2013 / Ruth Perry

From the “desert” into the presence of God

We had an evangelist in our church long years ago compare the erection of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament to Jesus, our Spiritual Tabernacle today. (Exodus 40:13-35). I would like to share his thoughts with you.

The courtyard had one opening; a screen type enclosure. That opening was always facing east. In the New Testament Jesus is considered the Eastern Gate. The only access to God’s presence now is through Jesus Christ.

The first Stop: The altar in the front part of the courtyard. No one could come into God’s presence with sin in their life. Just like coming to the Old Testament tabernacle’s altar, this is still the first step. Today we confess our sins to Jesus, our altar of the spiritual tabernacle, so we may be in God’s presence.
“He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” Revelation 21:7. The scripture goes on to mention some things that won’t be in heaven.

Second Stop: The Laver or the ‘washing of water’ as it says in verse 30. Today this is the reading of the Bible, the word of God. We need to read and live the inspired Word to cleanse our heart, soul and mind.

Third Stop: The first room before the Holy Place. A lamp stand was placed here. It was lit at all times and was the only light in the room. Jesus Christ says that today, we are the light of the world through Him. (Matthew 5:14-15) Directly ahead of the lamp stand is the altar of incense; a sweet smelling aroma. There’s something about a Christian that has a sweet aroma about them.

Fourth Stop: Go past the veil – The ark is in here. No sunlight– No candlestick– yet so bright with God’s presence one couldn’t see. Only the high priest could enter once a year. The ceiling was 90’ high. Two veils stretched from ceiling to floor. All can now go to Jesus since He rent the veil in two as He yielded up His spirit into heaven. Matthew 27:50-51

Jesus is now our Great Intercessor! “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Hebrews 4:14

PRAYER LIFTS THE BURDENS OFF OF US AND GIVES THEM TO GOD!

This is going to be my last blog. The Lord has given me several new things to work on and I feel I do not have time to do my blog justice at this time.

I want to thank all who have followed my blogs. If I can leave you with just one thought to help you in your Christian walk, remember to think positively – “As he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” (Philippians 4:13)

02/24/2013 / Ruth Perry

A WORTHY WALK

I received the most beautiful letter from a friend. I had confessed to her some things that were happening in my life causing me to become discouraged in my Christian walk, and she wrote this just to encourage me. I would like to share it with you. It has some poignant thoughts that I think will help all of us.
“The Christian walk is a worthy walk — a different walk. But most of all it is a loving walk. When one walks in love, he is no longer negative or neutral; he is a positive element of blessing in the world.” Ephesians 4: 1-3, paraphrased

“When one steps out of love, he steps out of the environment of God and into the environment of the adversary. When one acts outside of love, he acts in harmony with the enemy. He puts himself in a place where he has no defense and the adversary has the mastery.
As long as one walks in love, Satan has no dominion over him. When he acts outside of love, he weakens the faith element within himself. Our faith will be unconsciously measured by our love walk. When we walk by faith, we become independent of circumstances. When we walk in love, we walk in the realm of the Father’s protection and we walk in His wisdom.
We have God’s faith reproduced in us by His living word. By His nature, faith is imparted to us. We have more faith in the ability of God to heal, to give courage and strength to meet life’s problems than we have in the adversary to thwart the purpose of God in us.”
“I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
I thank God for friends as this one who reached out to help me when I needed encouraged. She truly is walking the worthy walk of a Christian. Thank you!
Words To Live By: CHARACTER IS LIKE THE FOUNDATION TO A HOUSE…IT’S BELOW THE SURFACE

02/16/2013 / Ruth Perry

“I’M AN ATHEIST!”

“I am going to be away from my computer this weekend so I am writing the blog a day early this week. Have a blessed day!”

Tax information had all been gathered. I worked diligently to be certain all the papers were in order before taking them to my preparer. After giving him the papers and sitting patiently in the chair next to his desk he began talking—and talking—and talking!
He touched on about ten or fifteen subjects within the next 20 minutes. My mind was being “filled” with all his little pieces of learned wisdom! All of a sudden, he swings around in his chair and not looking at me but in the direction of something over my head he proclaimed, “I’m an atheist!”
I was dumfounded and at a loss for words. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. His eyes even took on a ‘wild’ look when he said it. I hate to admit it but I was little afraid at that point. All the while my mind was thinking, Should I say something?
After this proclamation to his attentive party of one, he turned back around and continued putting numbers into the computer. All the while continuing to give me more information from his life’s experiences, including but not limited to; his medical problems, his love for animals, his hatred for his father, his wife’s stupidity, his smoking problem, his lobbying efforts…… get the picture? On and on it went – for an hour!
When he finished and handed me the copies, I thanked him and immediately started walking to the door. He got up and followed me, the entire time still talking. When I got to the hallway I said thank you again and made a hurried exit across the hall to the ladie’s room. Hoping against all hope he would not follow me in there!
My frustration came later when I was sitting in my vehicle wondering, why didn’t I speak up? Then it was just like God was telling me, “He had no intention of receiving, he was in the broadcasting mode.”
God did put it on my heart to write the young man a letter. So when I got home I did exactly that. Afer telling him I was a Christian and a few other things, I told him that I had just spent one hour in his office listening to him talk and that I would really appreciate it if he would reciprocate and give me one hour of reading time from my devotional book, “What If”. I said the book consisted of some God moments in my life’s experience as a Christian. Then concluded that I would pray for him.
The Bible clearly tells us to go into all the world and preach the gospel in Mark 16:15. Granted, my world doesn’t consist of too many people since I live in a rural area, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have the responsibility to tell of Jesus whenever I do get the opportunity. I just pray that this young man will allow God to enter his mind when he reads any part of the book with the scriptures that are quoted in it.
At the bottom of my letter I wrote my email address so he can contact me if he so wishes. Of course he has my address because he prepared my taxes. Please pray with me that God will be able to work in this proclaimed atheist’s heart.
Word To Live By: WE ARE ALL FACED WITH A SERIES OF GREAT OPPORTUNITIES BRILLIANTLY DISGUISED AS IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS – Cheri Widman

02/10/2013 / Ruth Perry

GREAT ATTITUDES – GOOD DEEDS

The key to the book of Titus is to do good deeds; but not for earning salvation. “God saved us according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” (Titus3:5-6) In verse 14 he says we should also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, that we may not be unfruitful. Read John 15:1-11 to see what Jesus says about his followers bearing fruit.
An evangelist who visited my little church in mid-Nebraska long years ago told us of different attitudes of the Bible. He said we should have the attitude of love in serving God; the attitude of love in understanding God’s people.
The Bible talks about different types of attitudes. The evangelist mentioned four.
1. The “Disguised Attitude”: I Peter 2:1-2 “Therefore putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander…..long for the pure milk of the word that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” The disguised attitude is also explained in James 1:26.
2. The “Unfaithfulness Attitude”: II Peter 2:14-15 “Having eyes full of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; forsaking the right way they have gone astray.” We can also have spiritual adultery when we begin having other ‘gods’ in our life. This would be anything we place before God.
3. The “Superiority Attitude” or “Attitude to be Noticed”: Matthew 9:11-13 “When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, ‘Why is your Teacher eating with the tax-gatherers and sinners?’ But when He heard this He said, ‘It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means; I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.”
4. The “Attitude of Complete Trust in God”: This is true commitment. I Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”
Any attitude other than the fourth attitude is the wrong attitude.
Follow the Lord by faith and trust. Moses says in Deuteronomy that secret things belong to the Lord our God. We don’t always understand why God allows things to happen but if we trust in God fully, He will take care of us. Praise The Lord!
IF YOU CAN’T BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU RECEIVE, BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU ESCAPE!

02/03/2013 / Ruth Perry

ONE DAY AT A TIME

“Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
This scripture has been my lesson for the month of January! Talk about stressful. There was some dreadful dental work, estranged family relations, and new responsibilities at church just to name a few. I would go to God in prayer, ask Him to calm my anxieties and then I would take them all back with me when I finished praying! Psalms 55:22 says to cast your burdens on the Lord and He will sustain you. And you’ll notice He doesn’t finish that verse by adding– “but take them with you when you’re finished talking to Me.”
I told a friend not too long ago that I wasn’t a worrier and couldn’t figure out why people worried so much about something they couldn’t control. Well, guess what, folks. My turn came and I didn’t handle it as well as I thought I would! So much for “practicing what I preached!” (Sorry, Peggy) I don’t worry a lot but I realize now I do more than I thought I did! Worry is actually doubting God and I’m sure that doesn’t make God pleased with us!
It’s ironic how we can rationalize our actions, isn’t it? I’m just being concerned; other people worry.
Now that the stressful circumstances are all over (for now) I look back on the month and chastise myself for not trusting God fully to take care of my problems. None of them turned out to be “bigger than life; doom and gloom” as the devil had me believing. There is a good reason why God put this verse in the Book of Psalms. He knows we can’t handle our problems on our own. If we seek first the kingdom of God as it says in Matthew 5:33 He will take care of our everyday troubles.
God’s name is I AM. Not ‘I Will Be’! He is in the present—this is where He will protect us. When the future becomes the present He will be ready and waiting to carry us if we need carried.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” It seems so simple in writing but a wee bit more difficult to put into action.
The words to a song goes “One day at time, Lord, that’s all I’m asking of You”, when actually that’s all God is asking of US!

WE NEED SOME CLOUDS IN OUR LIFE TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

01/27/2013 / Ruth Perry

WHICH WAY AM I GOING?

Raise your hands if you like your GPS unit as much as I do. I love those things! For those of you who don’t have one yet or could care less about having one, GPS stands for global positioning system. It’s a unit that can fit on the dash or windshield of an automobile and when you put your destination into its computer system it will give you directions on which route you need to follow to get to that destination.
Recently on our trip to California my little Bossy Bessie as I affectionately named her, proved essential. I think I’d still be driving in Salt Lake City if I had not had one in the vehicle!
On the first day of our journey I set the GPS unit to give me directions for the first round of our trip. I really knew how to get to my first night’s destination without the use of this device but I wanted to see how it worked so I set it up and placed it on my dashboard. I took so many alternate routes within the first hour of our trip that the GPS could not even recalculate itself by the time I reached the end of only fifty miles of traveling. I knew several shortcuts getting to the main highway so I took them instead of using the directions that Bossy Bessie was giving me. I had to eventually reset the GPS so she could give me an updated and corrected destination.
This is the same confusion we Christians can cause if we don’t live our lives according to the Bible’s instructions. You may not realize it but there is always someone watching your life. We are ambassadors for Christ and therefore need to consistently live our lives according to God’s word. Keep positive. We need to set our GPS (God’s positional system) towards heaven and live as though our lives depended on it!
Don’t send a mixed message to those who are looking to you for spiritual help. Keep standing on the promises God gives us throughout the Bible. Prayer and Bible study will keep our witness true. Peter says in I Peter 4:11 that “Whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies.” We are never alone. God will always supply us with strength to keep serving Him!
The book of Hebrews was written to inform and encourage the Christians who were being persecuted for their belief. This is a good book to read when you need encouragement.
“Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:35-38

“IF GOD IS THE CAPTAIN OF OUR FATE, OUR BOAT MAY ROCK, BUT IT WILL NEVER SINK!” (Jessie Brown, Cypress Inn, TN)

01/20/2013 / Ruth Perry

GET OUT OF THE BOAT!

Isaiah 40:31 is a favorite scripture to the Christian. “Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
Our Sunday school class just finished a book teaching us to get out of our comfort zone and be productive for God. The author included this scripture in the last chapter of his book and I would just like to share some this chapter with you.
The book is entitled, “If You Want to walk on Water, You’ve Got to get Out of the Boat”. The author’s name is John Ortberg. Matthew 14:25-32 tells the story of Peter getting out of the boat.
Isaiah 40:31 mentions soaring with the eagles. But God also has missions for us that may require running or only walking. When we’re soaring things are great spiritually. We are productive for God and our life’s work is flooded with strength and wisdom beyond our ability. We’re soaring.
But this is not always going to be the case. There are times when we will only run but not be weary. This is when we feel the challenges in our Christian life. Even though we aren’t soaring we still feel God’s pleasure in our obedience. We continue to faithfully serve, obey, give and pray. We’re still running.
Then the time comes when we are only walking but not fainting. We’re still trusting God but not seeming to be so productive. We are barely hanging on to our faith but we won’t let go. We just keep obeying God – one foot in front of the other. Even though we may stumble, we refuse to give up. We’re still walking.
Mr. Ortberg goes on to say that “walking with God is more than soaring.” He compares Isaiah’s verse to times when Jesus soared, ran and walked.
In John 11:38-44 we read where Jesus was transfigured in front of some of his disciples and spoke with Moses and Elijah. Jesus was soaring!
In Mark 3:4-7 Jesus was running but not becoming weary. He was frustrated with His disciples; He faced opposition from the religious leaders; He wept over Jerusalem’s defiance, but Jesus kept on running.
In Matthew 27:27-35 Jesus wasn’t running when they put the cross on His bruised and bleeding back. He stumbled and fell as He walked, so another man was forced to carry His cross. Life was hard for Jesus, but Jesus was still walking—to the cross—for us.
The last paragraph of the book reads: “We each have the opportunity of a lifetime to get out of the boat and walk with God. No matter how much we know about God, or how much we have experienced with Him, getting out of the boat is still a big step. There’s always risk and the possibility of failure, but it’s the only way we’ll ever get to soar!”
I am so glad I signed up for this Bible study. And I would personally like to thank our teacher, Roger Holder and his assistant and wife, Peggy Holder. You were actually “getting out the boat” (your comfort zone) to teach this elective class and I want you to know how much I appreciate you both for doing it!
Folks, nothing in our life is guaranteed. Do not base your comfort and enjoyment on what could be gone tomorrow. Only God and His word will last forever. Soar! Run! Walk! Get Out of the Boat!

THE REWARDS FOR BEING FAITHFUL TO GOD ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD!