1st Peter 4:8; 1st John 4:7-8

I love it when verses not only match but are numerically linked…

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 ESV
http://bible.com/59/1pe.4.8.ESV

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7‭-‬8 ESV
http://bible.com/59/1jn.4.7-8.ESV

Common denominator =L♡VE.

In Christ’s  love,
Beetle

Tough Times of The Mind Alone

My son shared this devoted Thought this a.m. with me,

A common struggle we share from time to time but conquer in Christ cause we walk by faith not “feelings”.
Alexx writes,

Psalm 13:2 says how long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemies triumph over me? We all get caught up in our thoughts and lost in fits of sorrow from time to time. Though it may not always be the majority of our time spent in these down days when we are in one it can often feel like forever. In our seemingly endless bitter we begin to think negatively of God questioning Him as to why He would do this to us. In this process our enemy, satan, begins to triumph over us and this only adds to our vibes. Though the truth is that God has not abandoned us at all but rather we have abandoned Him wallowing in our sorrow giving satan ample opportunities to twist up our thoughts. The best plan of action here is to take no action, understand that you are upset, realize you are vulnerable, and hold onto Christ as you wait it out knowing things will end.

Thanks son.

Glory to God who always causes us to Triumph & HELP US Continue To CLIMB spiritually EVEN WHEN OUR MIND & FEELINGS Cause US To Feel LIKE WE ARE IN A Dark valley.

Where there is a shadow,  there is a light.
In Christ’s light,
Dad

To read more from Alexx (my son) go to: Pressing Words

Horizontal Gap, Vertical Reach


BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord,

O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits–

Think about Him…
Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities,
Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption,
Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]! [Isa. 40:31.]

The Lord executes righteousness and justice [not for me only, but] for all who are oppressed.

He made known His ways [of righteousness and justice] to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

Think about Him…

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. [James 5:11.]

He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.

He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].

For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart]
that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.

But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, and His righteousness is to children’s children–[Deut. 10:12.]

To such as keep His covenant [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it] and to those who [earnestly] remember His commandments to do them [imprinting them on their hearts].

The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord,
you His angels,
you mighty ones who do His commandments,
hearkening to the voice of His word.

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, all you His hosts, you His ministers who do His pleasure.

Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of His dominion; bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul!
Psalm 103:1‭-‬22 AMP
http://bible.com/8/psa.103.1-22.AMP

Bless God,
Beetle

Skip like a lamb Mr. Nobody (Ro. 12 & Luke 6)

Ro. 12:14-21

Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.

Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy;

share tears when they’re down.

Get along with each other;

don’t be stuck-up.

Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

Don’t hit back;

discover beauty in everyone.

If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody.

Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do.

“I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink.

Your generosity will surprise him with goodness.

Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
Romans 12:14‭-‬21 MSG
http://bible.com/97/rom.12.14-21.MSG

Luke 6
…“Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me.

What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable.

You can be glad when that happens—skip like a lamb, if you like!

Jesus says,
—for even though they don’t like it, I do . . . and all heaven applauds.

And know that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this.

“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.

When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person.

If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it.

If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it.

If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life.

No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior:

Ask yourself

what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them !

If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that.

If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that.

If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.

“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment.

Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang.

Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier.

Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing.

Giving, not getting, is the way.

Generosity begets generosity.”

He quoted a proverb:

“‘Can a blind man guide a blind man?’ Wouldn’t they both end up in the ditch? An apprentice doesn’t lecture the master.

The point is:
to be careful who you follow as your teacher.

“It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own.

(Notice the air bubbles in someone else’s screen protector when your own screen is cracked!)

Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt?

It’s this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of
JUST LIVING YOUR OWN PART.

JUST live your own part.

Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

“If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock.

When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last.

But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation.

When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.”
Luke 6:22‭-‬23‭, ‬27‭-‬42‭, ‬48‭-‬49 MSG
http://bible.com/97/luk.6.22-49.MSG

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.

Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you.

Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God.

No, God brings it all to you.

The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
Romans 12:1‭-‬3 MSG
http://bible.com/97/rom.12.1-3.MSG

In Christ,
Beetle

HOPE (shared by my son)

My son sent me this devoted Thought this a.m.

Psalm 131:3 says Oh israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.

Short, sweet, and to the point this verse lays out just how to live life through the bumps.

There are so many obstacles this world comes up with and ample opportunity for these trials to take a toll on us and yet they do not have to.

Hope is a blessing on a bad day, a glimmer of positivism that no matter how hard things get helps us to hold on.

When there is a reason to hold on and a knowledge of an end to the torment that can be life, suddenly anything can be overcome.

There is an end game to those of us that choose to believe that there is hope in Christ Jesus, forevermore.

To read more from Alexx (my son) go to: Pressing Words

Be Good & Angry (M.A.D.D.)

“How to Be Good and Mad” http://subspla.sh/fce0419👈play Audio

Song, “Let’s Get Upset” by D&K Band comes to my mind (posted at end)

Think for moment, maybe we should be mad, upset, down right angry about certain things and yet, not sin & filled with the JOY OF THE LORD.

The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead can & wants to live inside us.

Notes from:
Overcoming Emotions That Destroy How to Be Good and Mad
(Part 5) Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge
Ephesians 4:26-27 (i encourage you to open your own Bible &  look at all of Ephesians 4)

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NAS)
Be angry, and {yet} do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not
give the devil an opportunity.

Introduction: How to Be Good and Mad
• Anger is a channel to maximize your potential in Christ.
• God’s agenda for your life is for you to trust Him.
• What’s at stake – God gave you this gift of anger to transform your life to make you like Christ.

I. God commands us to express our anger.
Ephesians 4:26a (NIV)

II. God commands us to express our anger appropriately.
Ephesians 4:26b (NIV)

III. Righteous Indignation: How God Used Anger
• Jesus was visibly angry.
Mark 3
• Jesus was verbally angry. Matthew 23
• Jesus was physically angry.
Mark 11

Here is a thought:

If we are not angry about things that anger God, maybe we don’t know HIM as well as we think we do.

👉PLAY FINAL AUDIO IN THIS SERIES 👈

IV. God commands us to resolve our anger before bedtime. Ephesians 4:26c-27(NIV)

Anger Resolution = “Healing the Wound” so good things can happen.

👣Step #1 – Cleanse the Wound
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. (NIV)

HOW?

Confession and repentance of unresolved anger!

If we don’t get the Wound cleaned it will get infected.

👣Step #2 – Treat the Wound
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in
Christ God forgave you.
(NIV)

HOW?

Extend forgiveness and seek forgiveness!
(As far as it depends on you)!

👣Step #3 – Bandage the Wound
Ephesians 5:1-2
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
(NIV)

HOW?

Put the past behind you!

Put your behind in your pants!

-Pumba 🐗

Conclusion – Epilogue
• Insights Gained
• Personal Strategies for Growth
• Theological Implications

DON’T STOP THE MUSIC

Why do i read, study, dig, crush on Christ so hard & share?
Same as The Apostle Paul…
To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Ephesians 4:12‭-‬14 ESV
http://bible.com/59/eph.4.12-14.ESV
And Eph. 4:27…
To not give the devil an opportunity (a foot hold or any advantage)

For more resources, go to LivingontheEdge.org
Copyright © 2011 Chip Ingram and Living on the Edge

The importance of a Father


…Play above music while reading…
Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
Luke 3:23 ESV
http://bible.com/59/luk.3.23.ESV

In Matt 1 we read, as in the front of many “”Family” Bibles, a family tree
Mt
1:1 starts with
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham…

Then goes thru to verse 16…

and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Matthew 1:1‭, ‬16‭-‬17 ESV
http://bible.com/59/mat.1.1-17.ESV

i’ve mentioned before the importance of ‘numerology’ (the study & significance of numbers)  the Jewish people.

i recall reading a book called, The Choosen, a book about two boys growing up and the book goes into great detail about the one boys Jewish culture & faith.

i also recall picking up in Sunday School the significance placed on generational time frames as recorded in Matthew 1…

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Matthew 1:1‭, ‬17 ESV
http://bible.com/59/mat.1.1-17.ESV

God’s timing & prophecy & will being perfect brought us The Christ, The promised Messiah,  at the right time, place, lineage.

What an honor,  privilege & blessings to be alive during a period when, although we have not seen Him we can believe as it was written.

A blessing i do not take for granted.

Take a look at Psalm 100:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord , all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord , he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Psalms 100:1‭-‬5 ESV
http://bible.com/59/psa.100.1-5.ESV

Now Psalm 103:
Bless the Lord , O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.

But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear (respect,  acknowledge, give full credit to) him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord , O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!

Bless the Lord , all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!

Bless the Lord , all his works, in all places of HIS dominion. Bless the Lord , O my soul!
Psalms 103:1‭-‬22 ESV
http://bible.com/59/psa.103.1-22.ESV

Let the music play on…

We are all children of God. He is our creator,  the question is what kind of children will we be…
Obedience or disobedience,
Faithful or unfaithful,
Following or wandering?

His obedience,  submissive child,
Beetle

Another mind set, God’s perspective.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4 ESV
http://bible.com/59/col.3.1-4.ESV

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is
true, whatever is
honorable, whatever is
just, whatever is
pure, whatever is
lovely, whatever is
commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,

think about these things.

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and

the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:6-9 ESV
http://bible.com/59/php.4.6-9.ESV

Motive
Perspective and
Strength are all related.

When i gain God’s view of things i am always made stronger that i am otherwise.

GLORY,
BEETLE