Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Strength For The Journey‏

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Our ministry is in the midst of its International Convention.  I'm there.  And so is our guest poster, Todd Parsons.  Today, Todd shares some thoughts on our way, walk, or journey.  And we thought we'd do a double header.  If we're getting extra blessings this week, why shouldn't you?  The second part is another music video.  This one's a little different, as we'll explain after Todd's thoughts.

The labor of the righteous tends to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin, Prov 10:16.

When we believe, trust, rely that the Lord loves us and laid down His life for us, instead of the lie that says He does not love us, we are declared righteous of the Lord. We are placed in Christ. The Lord our God is our strength. The Truth, His Word by His Spirit, is instruction to grow in what we have been given, that our lives will utilize truth and set us apart to walk as His own, under the authority of His kingdom and not that of the lie.

As we feed on the truth of God's Word and His Spirit, we will find strength to journey and adventure in God's way. We will find our souls to be well nourished in God's way. And God's way will be glorious beyond all our expectations...

I noticed here, that the fruit of the wicked tends to sin. We know from Rm.6:23 that the wages of sin is death. The Spirit here, emphasized sin and I see here there is a space for the wicked to change their mind before death is the actual fruit of wickedness...

He is in the way of life that keeps instruction: but he that refuses reproof errs, Prov 10:17.

The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity, Prov 10:29.

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivers from death, Prov 10:2.

Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear (to respect, to admire, and to worship with all that is within me), Your name, Ps 86:11.


Back in my late teens, into my late twenties, jazz radio in New York was defined by a gentleman known as Symphony Sid.  He had a bass voice that was the predecessor to Barry White.  He also had a way of stringing jazz album tracks together in such a way that you knew that's how they were supposed to be combined.  He was the reason some of us stayed up too late, sometimes with hopes of making it till dawn with Sid, even though things like school and work prevented it becoming reality.

One of the tunes Symphony Sid played was a Donald Byrd track titled "Cristo Redentor".  If memory serves, it was written in response to seeing the statue of Christ on the mountain in Rio.  The first recording was on an album that brought together some real all stars of jazz.  There are no words but it does use a choral group.  Whether it was then, when I wasn't walking with God, or now, when I'm 1000% committed to the Lord, this song always gives me a sense of being transported just a little bit closer to God.  I hope it's as much a blessing for you as it is for me.

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