Fair Fight or Not, Still Gonna Fight

The Apostle Paul, under the influence of God’s Spirit wrote,

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! 

The world doesn’t fight fair. 

But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will.

 The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.

 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6 MSG

http://bible.com/97/2co.10.3-6.MSG

The world doesn’t fight fair. 

But we don’t live or fight our battles that way. We’ll fight but not the way the world fights.

 While women weep, as they do now,

I’ll fight

While little children go hungry, as they do now,

 I’ll fight

While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, 

I’ll fight

While there is a drunkard left, While there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight-I’ll fight to the very end! 

-William Booth

Fight Back (by D&K band): 

EXTRA- 

On May 9, 1912, going on 107 years ago, The Salvation Army’s founder, General William Booth gave his final, most distinguished address to a packed crowd of 7,000 Salvationists at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Booth’s final words sum up the heart of The Salvation Army’s mission and vision and his own 60-year ministry:

“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight, I’ll fight to the very end!”

My Art

Doodling during  class, or church actually helped me listen better. I never imagined it would help relax my mind and bring focus but it really does.

Now I dabble in doodling to help take my mind off chronic pain & put it someplace else.

I have a page here in my blod dedicated to my different forms of art: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/stories-poems-and-art/

In this post I wanna capture some of my smaller pieces. Most, if not all, I give away so I want to use this as a place to look back at some things I’ve done.


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Morning Fog

There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.
Psalm 19:11‭-‬14 MSG

http://bible.com/97/psa.19.11-14.MSG

Headline (Florida Man)

As humans it is common for us to misunderstand & sometimes be misunderstood.

Understand this, as I recently searched “Florida Man” headline, I came across some weird, mucked up shtuff!

Here are some examples when God has been pulled into or even blamed, or given false credit for some people’s personal misbehavior.

These are actual headlines from newspapers, believe it or not.

Florida Man Threatens to Kill Man With ‘Kindness,’ Uses Machete Named ‘Kindness’

Florida Man Who Drove Ferrari Into Water Said, ‘Jesus Told Him To’

Rattlesnake-carrying Florida Man Claims to be ‘Agent of God’

What state are these men from? Florida? No, they live in the state of confusion!

Although aware of my own humanity & human behavior around me I choose to not forcus on human nature but rather I’ll keep putting my focus on The Supernatural God, praying as King David prayed,

“This is what makes you so great, Master God ! There is none like you, no God but you, nothing to compare with what we’ve heard with our own ears. And who is like your people, like Israel, a nation unique in the earth, whom God set out to redeem for himself (and became most famous for it), performing great and fearsome acts, throwing out nations and their gods left and right as you saved your people from Egypt? You established for yourself a people—your very own Israel!—your people permanently. And you, God , became their God.”

2 Samuel 7:22‭-‬24 MSG

http://bible.com/97/2sa.7.22-24.MSG

DcTalk song “Supernatural”

https://youtu.be/W3MSiKBYRlM

Say it with Music (Love, Love, Love by Sidewalk Prophets)

It goes deeper than just religion

Realer that reality television
Truer than the pages of a fairytale
It’ll happily ever never fail

It’s better than your good intentions
A lot more honest than a politician
It’s worth more than the money in your pocket
It won’t back down, no one can stop it

Love love love
Love love love
Love love love
Goes that far
Love love love
Love love love
So love love love
With all your heart

You can find it where the children play
It’s in the coffee shops and the alley ways
You can see it in the stars above
And when you think you can’t, you can with love

So take it out to the weak and lonely
Take it out to the outcasts too
Give it away to the tired weary
When you give it away, it comes back to you

Love love love
Love love love
Love love love
Goes that far
Love love love
Love love love
So love love love
With all your heart

Read about a man who came in to this world
Loving every man, woman, boy and girl
Hung out with some folks that would make you stare
Saying come as you are, you’re welcome here

Spent His life with the least of these
Died on a cross between two thieves
And on the third day the stone rolled away
He beat back death so we could say

Love love love
Love love love
Love love love
Goes that far
Love love love
Love love love
So love love love
With all your heart

It’s a great big hug for all those haters
Even broke through the dark side of Darth Vader
It’s like the air we breathe, we all need it
Oh, yeah
Even Chuck Norris can’t defeat it

Love love love
Love love love
Love love love
Goes that far
Love love love
Love love love
So love love love
With all your heart

Songwriters: Ben Mcdonald / David Frey / David Douglas Frey / Matthew West / Matthew Joseph West

Love, Love, Love lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Music:

https://youtu.be/XVUpmdCH8MI

A Man Named Job With 1 Job

I’m always amazed when I read the book of “Job”, not necessarily by all the harsh thing suffered by Job but, by how he kept his faith in God even when his “would be godly” friends told Job it was his fault for all that suffering.

 It is the end result, not the manure that caused the growth that I focus on.

Perhaps the greatest part from God’s word is at the end of the book…

Job answered God : “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. 

You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’

 I admit it. I was the one. 

I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. 

You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’ 

I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”
Job 42:1‭-‬6 MSG

http://bible.com/97/job.42.1-6.MSG

When it comes down to living in this life I believe that we have 1 Job, like Job, and that is to simply put our lives in God’s hands.

When you get to know true, faithful believers you’ll see the common bond, that as we trust Him fully we can rest assure that He will show us a clear picture; even if that picture seems blurry right now, eventually we are able to see He has a plan and will bring everything into focus.

Here is a New Testament verse to cling to:


Song, “Carry The Cross” by Degarmo & Key 

Lyrics: 

Carry the Cross Lyrics

Would you dare to walk upon the water
Would you dare to step into the fire
Would you give away your wealth
Would you risk your very health
Would you sacrifice your heart’s desire
Children of faith say yes
They give their very best
Carry the cross
Dare to follow in his footsteps
Carry the cross
Choose the path of most resistance
Heaven’s the home of the brave
Through Christ they conquer the grave
Carry the cross

Will you make your bed among the lions
Will you yield your heart and bare his cross
Will you gladly sacrifice, just to gain eternal life
Will you count it gain to suffer loss
Children of faith know how
To conquer in His power

Suana Effect

In a Suana you sit & wait, allowing  the environment to change you. 

There is a verse from God warning & advising us, “don’t conform to this world but BE TRANSFORMED.”

Consider with me for a moment, how that transformation can be allowed to take place simply by the environment we are in. 

I recommend, no matter where you are, to allow your mind to go to that place. Wander into that environment where you acknowledge God’s presence is all around you.

 I find time alone with Christ extremely helpful. The greatest thing is that, now matter where I am, He is there! I don’t need internet connection, an electrical hook up, to face a certain direction or to literally get down on my knees. He is not hindered by walls, clouds or our meager means of communication. I call to Him without a spoken word, just allow my thoughts to be read and a smile comes to my face as He reminds me that He has been before me, behind me, by my side & inside of my heart, my soul the whole time.

Then, when in the community & company of others i try to let His Holy Spirit, that i’ve surrendered to & allowed (simply asked) to fill me, overflow into whatever environment i am in.

I’m still amazed that this happens all by just asking God The Father, through what God The Son has done, to allow God The Spirit to fill me.

My child, my child why are you striving? You can’t add one thing to what’s been done for you. I did it all when I was dieing.

Rest in your faith My peace will come to you. -Jesus

(From song by Keith Green arrangement by Phil Laeger below)
Amen! 

https://youtu.be/OGFtIL4Zm1Q

No? The Answer Is No? (Notes from my personal Journal)

Day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan “When God Says No”. Link for plan: http://bible.com/r/Pt

Here is what I read for today, with my personal notes in italics:  

WHEN GOD SAYS NO 

Walking Forward in Fath

Walking?! I wish! O.k. metephorically walking, i can do that. Let me read on…

I’ve been there. I’ve prayed on my knees until the carpet permanently imprints its knobby pattern in my skin. I’ve cried out with my face to the floor, begging God to give me the miracle.

And then. And then. And then.

The “no” hit me with the breaking force of a hurricane, and there I was. Stranded on a path I didn’t recognize, headed down a road I didn’t ask to journey.

Oh yeah, I’m familiar with hurricanes. I’m 51 and have lived most of my life in FL. I can identify with that, waiting for the storm to hit, pass & then recover from it. I also remember what it’s like trying to stand when my feet have fallen asleep & now, well now, I can rarely stand at all, ever. Many times I am in pain just laying here & I cry, dear Lord, this isn’t me. I’ve always been active. However, accidents happen & now I need help accepting the results of that crash…Perminant nerve damage in my spin, partial paralysis. I’ll read on:

The paralyzing thoughts came, like Job’s friends, to say, “Why are you here? What did you do wrong?”

But, I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. And I believe Paul when he writes that “affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.”

I believe too.

So, I get up. I shake my frozen legs. And with the power that comes from Christ alone, I take an aching step forward down this strange path. 

For me this is literal but also figurative as I stuggle with “paralyzing thoughts”. I recall Romans 8, read it again & 

let God be God. 

He literally has my back, my spin, my guts, and most importantly, my soul in His hands. He helps me see beyond the temporary things, situations & circumstances. I read on:

The farther I walk, the easier it becomes because my muscles grow stronger than I knew they could. At times, I still have to dig in and scale the mountainside, but the view from where I stand is lovelier now than it ever was on the easy path.

God is with us. Right here, right now. I surrender to the reality that my physical hurting, pain & all of our problems are no indication of His presence. He never leaves us. As a matter of fact, when we encounter various trial, temptations, trouble & anguish we either search harder for Him or push Him away in anger but He is always A wireless call away. In more than a click of a mouse He is here.

 This written plan for today comes with a short audio…

 

Listen to prayer

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When all is said & done I know I can rely on God & take Him at His word:

Todays Verses: Romans 5:1‭-‬11 NIV

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 

Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 5:1‭-‬11 NIV

http://bible.com/111/rom.5.1-11.NIV

Glory to God, beetle

-EXTRA-

This reminds me of another, much shorter, post I wrote:👉 And God Said No 👈◀click those words for that devoted thought.

Test, Trials & Exams

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV

http://bible.com/111/1co.10.13.NIV

Jesus told us in this life we’ll have trials, temptations & hard times; but, to be of good cheer because He overcame this world and if we put our trust, out lives, in His hands we too will overcome this world.

The Psalmist, in prayer, asked God to examine his heart. 

For me life isn’t about the struggles and how we feel bullied & beat up at times, it is about how we deal with those trying times. 

When pushed to the edge I just have to hold on tighter to my faith in CHRIST. May you seek, find & cling to this same Living hope found in Jesus.

For Christ sake, beetle

Going To God Only

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my concerns,
Psalms 139:23 MEV

http://bible.com/1171/psa.139.23.MEV

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Psalms 139:23 KJV

http://bible.com/1/psa.139.23.KJV

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Psalms 139:23 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.139.23.NLT

This verse takes me back to a short allegorical story I wrote, ‘THE MAZE” 

The Maze

I woke up one day and heard a voice saying,
“You HAVE to get past the maze to make it to a better place.”
For years I wandered in this huge maze between here and heaven. I was told that there is only one way to get to the very end, “you must get past the maze or die in the maze, forever lost.”


One day, finally, I looked up and heard a voice and saw a hand reaching down.

The voice called, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one gets to the end, where my Father is, but through me (Jn. 14:6).”
I went to grab His hand but as I extended mine HE PULLED ME UP (Jude:22-23 Ps. 18:16-17).
Once on top of the walls of the maze I looked back down and realized what I was just saved from.

I heard Him say, “Follow Me, my name is Jesus.”

I followed His steps as He walked across the top edges of this huge labyrinth. I could see Heaven from where we were but then

I stopped and said, “Wait, we can do this?”

Jesus smiled and answered, “With me all things are possible (Mt. 19:26).”

“But Lord, I thought we had to go through that maze and find our own way. I thought that it was up to us to find out if the arrows on the ground and the sign posts on the wall were right. I thought we had to follow the others who said they knew the way and maybe even run into a few dead ends or even a few walls. I was under the impression that…”

“Hush”, He interrupted, “Do you want to do it your way or mine?” (Is. 55:8-11)

With a smile I answered, “You know my heart, Lord.”

He smiled back and chuckled , 


“I also know your head.”


Then He went on to explain, “You were told you have to get past the maze. I’ve already been through it and conquered it, now you can follow me, above it all. Just follow me closely, every step.”

I continue, to this day, to follow Christ as He leads me, not down inside the maze, not through the maze but across the top, above the maze where He walks. He is above it all.

He is leading me past this world of confusion to the other side.

Occasionally He has me hold His strong and mighty hand to reach down for one who is struggling down in the Maze. When they are pulled up they see that it was actually Christ who pulled them up and that we now share the same journey.

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Let Him lift you up, pull you out, and set your feet on higher ground. Follow Him. He knows the way. He is The way.

The Holy Spirit laid this on my heart to share with others. I hope it helps clarify

God’s grace for you. ~Tom “beetle” Bailey

Another vision by William Booth below:

God is not a crutch, he is a full stretcher, can’t even limp into heaven without HIM God is not a crutch, he is a full stretcher, can’t even limp into heaven without HIM.

The original writing includes some videos at the end. If interested go to: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/above-all-else-the-maze-below/

Go with God, beetle