God led me to an interesting verse recently... "Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us." Micah 5:1
Do you ever read a verse and think "Now where did that come from and what does it have to do with me and my life?" But knowing that all scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking and correcting.. I knew this one had as much value as all the rest and I was certain God led me there.
So I read it again... Marshal your troops really popped out at me and has stuck with me ... other translations say Muster yourself.. gather... prepare... so I did a bit of digging and found that the Hebrew word used here for Marshal is gadad and it means to penetrate, cut, attack, invade.. it can be to cut into OR to cut oneself, to prune... PRUNE! That immediately took me to John 15:1-2 where Jesus says "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful."
For me, I feel God is saying "There is a battle raging and you need to get it together! Get rid of all that excess dead stuff in your life that doesn't serve a purpose or glorify me. Surrender and let me shape you into the person I have planned for you to be as you walk through this battlefield."
I also like the definition included the word Prepare. We need to be prepared for battle everyday. The Word tells us we are in a battle and we also know we have weapons to aid us in the fight:
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Cor. 10:3-4
We need to be in the Word daily... sharpening our swords... making ourselves ready.
Praying your troops are marshaled and you are prepared for the battle... you are in it whether you want to be or not and whether you acknowledge it or not... BUT remember that the victory has been won!
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Stumbled across this today in an article I was reading on prayer and thought it was good... something to we all need to consider....
The question deals with finding time to pray...
Q. How do you find the time?
A. Time isn't found. It's chosen. We all get the same 24 hours a day. No one is too busy. They just busy themselves with different things by their choice. That's the tough news. From the Gospel accounts, Jesus appears to have regularly withdrawn for whole evenings of prayers. Do you think that you are busier than Jesus? I doubt it, so if He had the time, then you should be able to have the time. (from http://thepracticaldisciple.com/ )
Ouch? Yep.. Ouch! Like it or not we make time for the things we want to do and that we deem important. I am praying God moves in our hearts so that we see what is truly the most important.. that we will be like Mary and choose the better thing.. that we will seek first the Kingdom.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Leads us: In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. Ex. 15:13a
Saves us: Turn, O Lord, and deliver me, save me because of Your unfailing love. Ps. 6:4 Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your unfailing love. Ps. 31:16
Keeps us from Being Shaken: For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. Ps. 21:7
And It cannot be Shaken: Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken not my covenant of peace be removed says the Lord who has compassion on you. Isa. 54:10
Surrounds Us: Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trust in Him. Ps. 32:10
Our hope is in it: The eyes of the lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. Ps. 33:18 The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. Ps. 147:11
Rest upon Us: May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put out hope in You. Ps. 33:22
Is Priceless: How priceless is Your unfailing love. Ps. 36:7a
Redeems Us: Rise up and help us; redeem us because of Your unfailing love. Ps. 44:26
Is to be Meditated on: Within Your temple, O God, we meditate on Your unfailing love. Ps. 48:9
Brings Mercy: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love. Ps. 51:1
We trust in it: I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love forever and ever. Ps. 52:8
God Shows it to Us: Show us You unfailing love, O Lord, and grand us Your salvation. Ps. 85:7
Satisfies Us: Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Ps. 90:14
Give Thanks for It: Let them give thanks tot he Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men. Ps. 107:8, 15, 21, 31 (He repeats this 4 times in this Psalm... God is serious about our giving thanks for His unfailing love!)
Comes to Us: May Your unfailing love come to me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your promise. Ps. 119:41
Comforts Us: May Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to Your promise to Your servant. Ps. 119:76
Is with the Lord: Oh, Israel, put your hope in the Lord for with the Lord is unfailing love. Ps. 130:7
Silences our enemies, destroys our foes: In Your unfailing love, silence my enemies, destroy all my foes, for I am Your servant. Ps. 143:12
We desire it: What a man desires is unfailing love. Prov. 19:22
Is Great: Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. Lam. 3:32
Bears Fruit: Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up you unplowed ground for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes and showers righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12