The Broken Piece

Reflection on Life

I recently ordered something online and when I received it it had a broken piece. Somewhere along its journey it broke due to the bumps along the way. I tried my best to fix it and put it back together, but to no avail. This is life. Somewhere along the journey of life you were bumped, pushed, damaged, and have broken pieces. You may have tried to fix them the best way you know how, but couldn’t. The glue you used wasn’t strong enough, but the one who sets us free (John 8:36) can fix anything and His name is Jesus. He wants us to bring all of our broken pieces to Him so He can make us whole again.

Related Scriptures:

Psalms 51:17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalms 147:3  He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Master Builder

As I watched the builders building a new home outside my window I was reminded of Psalms 127:1 which states, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” The scripture made me think about our spiritual house that the LORD has built.

We know that building a physical house is a process that includes different stages. Our spiritual house also is a process and includes different stages. I wanted to focus on two of the stages in the process. First off you need a good foundation because without it how will the house stand. Our foundation is Jesus Christ as stated in Isaiah 28:16, Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Luke 6:47-48 states, Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:  {48} He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”

The next step in building a house is the framing. Framing is fitting together the pieces to give a structure support and shape. Our spiritual house also is framed as stated in Ephesians 2:18-22, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  {19} Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  {20} And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  {21} In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  {22} In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

As a believer isn’t it great to know that the LORD has built our house (spiritual) and we know that the house the LORD builds is safe, protected, built to last, and can’t be destroyed.

If you are living life trying to build your own house (spiritual) in vain and trusting in yourself or other gods that don’t live, see, hear, or talk and would like the Master Builder, the only true living God, Jesus to build your house all you have to do as stated in Romans 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Related Scriptures:

Psalms 61:3  For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Psalms 4:8  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 18:10  The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Psalms 18:46  “The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.”

Jeremiah 10:10  But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

John 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.


All Scriptures are KJV only.

The Dross

(Proverbs 25:4) “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.”

What is dross? The King James Bible Pure search software defines dross as:

DROSS, n. [G.]

1. The recrement or despumation of metals; the scum or extraneous matter of metals, thrown off in the process of melting.

2. Rust; crust of metals; an incrustation formed on metals by oxidation.

3. Waste matter; refuse; any worthless matter separated from the better part; impure matter.

When I read Proverbs 25 verse 4 I realized this is exactly what God does to our life. He removes all the scum which is anything that prevents us from being like Jesus. Our trials and tribulations are used to separate our worthless and impure parts and changes us into something beautiful and acceptable by God.

I’m thankful to God for removing the dross from my life, I can definitely see the change. I tell Him everyday that I’m so glad that I know Him. I celebrate you LORD God for there is none like you.

Related Scriptures:

(Malachi 3:3)  And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

(Job 23:10)  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

(Psalms 44:8)  In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

(Psalms 19:14)  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

(Psalms 111:1) Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

All scriptures are KJV only.

His Expression of Love

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is approaching for those that celebrate that day. You know roses are red, violets are blue, you love me, and I love you. The day where lovers express their love for one another with temporary gifts. Expression of love is great and God is love (1 John 4:16) and He showed His love for us by giving us the gift of eternal life through His son Jesus. John 3:16-17 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  {17} For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Praise God that His expression of love is not temporary, but eternal.

 

Related Scripture:

(2 Corinthians 9:15) “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”

(John 15:13) “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

(Romans 5:8) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

(Titus 3:4-7) “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  {5} Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  {6} Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  {7} That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

(1 John 4:9-10) “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  {10} Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

All scripture is KJV only.

Rest on Thee

Since my post on Asa’s Perfect Heart I have been reciting Asa’s prayer daily because it is such a beautiful prayer that shows total trust and faith in God.

(2 Chronicles 14:11) “And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.”

The words in the prayer that has drawn my attention is rest on thee. What does it exactly mean to rest? The King James Bible Pure search software defines rest as:

1. Cessation of motion or action of any kind, and applicable to any body or being; as rest from labor; rest from mental exertion; rest of body or mind. A body is at rest, when it ceases to move; the mind is at rest, when it ceases to be disturbed or agitated.

2. Quiet; repose; a state free from motion or disturbance; a state of reconciliation to God.

3. That on which any thing leans or lies for support, to stand on; to be supported by; as, a column rests on its pedestal.

4. To lean; to trust; to rely.

It’s a new year with all new expectations and desire for change. I do know just because it’s a new day in a new year that means nothing when it comes to the condition of your mind and life. Expectations and change should start with resting on Jesus. Resting on Jesus means to fully trust Him. First you must believe that He is great enough, strong enough, or capable to support all of your weight. The weight of all the cares and burdens of this world. The weight of all the disappointments and hurts. The weight of insecurity and rejection. He is more than enough to handle everything that you are carrying, so let it go, start fresh and give it all to Him. As He takes each weight off of you and you begin to focus (Isaiah 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee) and fully rely on Him because you know that He isn’t going anywhere and you can finally be able to just rest.

Matthew 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

All scriptures are KJV only.

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Shoelaces

Remember when you were a little kid and you didn’t know how to tie your shoelaces? Your mom or dad would have to tie them for you because if not you would run off and eventually trip and fall possibly hurting yourself. As time passed you started to learn to tie them on your own, but you noticed the shoelaces never looked the same as when your parents tied them. They were always neat and even, but yours was messy and uneven and sometimes came right apart.

In life there are shoelaces and we can call them the shoelaces of life. We have tried over and over to tie them perfectly, but can’t quite do it. We end up trying to walk or run and yes we may be able to manage not stumbling for awhile, but eventually we fall. It is the same as when we were a little kid we still need help tying our shoelaces, but this time the only one that can tie them perfectly is Jesus.

Let Him tie your shoelaces of life He promises He will not let you fall.

(Psalms 55:22) “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

(Psalms 29:11) “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”

(Isaiah 41:10) “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

All scriptures are KJV only.

Asa’s Perfect Heart

I must say after finishing my study on the different southern kingdom kings in the Bible I find Asa to be one of the most interesting. The Bible says that his heart was perfect and he did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God (1 Kings 15:11,14; 2 Chronicles 14:2). Asa removed the sodomites out of the land and all idols that his father Abijah made. He removed his mother Maachah from being queen because she made an idol in a grove. He took away all the altars of the strange gods and the high places. He also broke down the images and cut down the groves.

Asa had great faith in God and this passage from 2 Chronicles 14:9-12 shows how much faith he had in God to deliver them from their enemies; ” And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.  {10} Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.  {11} And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.  {12} So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.”

I loved his dedication to the LORD. Asa gathered Judah, Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon to form a covenant. The covenant was to seek the LORD God with all their heart and with all their soul, and to follow the law and commandments.  If anyone would not seek the LORD God they would be put to death. They swore with a loud voice and rejoiced. They had sworn with all their heart and sought him with their whole desire, so the LORD had gave them rest for 10 years. There was no more war until the 35th year of his reign.

In his 36th year in reign Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and instead of king Asa seeking the LORD for help  he relied on the king of Syria to help him (Asa sent silver and gold out of the treasures of the LORD to give to the king of Syria to break the alliance he had with king Baasha). Hanani the seer came to king Asa and told him because he had relied on the king of Syria and not sought the LORD he had done foolishly and will have wars from now on. Hanani reminded him of the past battles with the Ethiopians and the Lubims which were great in number, but God delivered them into his hands.  Asa was very angry and put Hanani the seer into prison. If Asa can call on God and recite this prayer for help in a past battle {And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.} then how can he not call out to the LORD his God in this battle?

In his 39th year in reign Asa was diseased in his feet until the disease was exceeding great and he sought not the LORD for help, but the physicians (2 Chronicles 16:12). Once I read this I was so puzzled as to why he wouldn’t seek the LORD for help to heal him. The LORD that he made a covenant with to seek with all his heart and soul. The LORD that delivered him from many battles, nothings too hard for Him.  How can someone go from having great faith in God to deliver him from many battles and not trust Him in his own affliction?

We know God to be a healer. (Deuteronomy 32:39-40) “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.  {40} For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.”  (Luke 4:40) ” Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.” (Hebrews 13:8) “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Asa had a perfect heart, yet I think Asa’s faith wavered which caused him to seek help from man instead of the LORD his God. When we see a great obstacle/challenge sometimes we try to fix it ourselves instead of seeking God for help. We forget the previous obstacles/challenges He has delivered us from. I also think Asa was angry at God for being punished with the constant wars.  When the consequences manifest from our wrong decisions we wrongfully get angry at God for allowing them to happen. I think his anger caused him not to ask God for healing. Why do you think Asa didn’t ask for healing?

We can all take these words and remember them from Asa’s prayer from 2 Chronicles 14:9-12,  “It is nothing with thee to help.”  In other words there is nothing too hard for Him, just ask.

(Jeremiah 32:17) “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”

 

Reference Chapters : 1 Kings Ch. 15,16 and 2 Chronicles Ch. 14, 15,16.

All scriptures are KJV only.