Ever caught yourself thinking about the good old days?


Ever been in a funk and started to flashback to “the good old days”? Ever found yourself in such a place of despair that you start to think about the days gone by with memories that were so great? Ever found yourself facing troubles or trials and looking back and wishing that things could be like they used to be?

Do you realize the “good old days” may have been good, but had you stayed there you wouldn’t have learned or developed or grown to be who you need to become?

Do you realize that the place you are now isn’t a destination but part of the path?

Don’t get stuck there, rather consider what you are to learn so that you will be able to move forward and onward towards who you will become.

Realize that whatever you are going through will be something you will learn from and be able to use it going forward in a powerful and motivational way.

I remember after having an incredible time with many mountain tops watching it all disappear. I remember God speaking to me to start looking for the next thing, but I was “too comfortable” and did see any reason to need to, until it was too late. I remember learning the importance of forgiveness through the trials and troubles which has helped me to be able to relate to people who are going through troubling times. Forgiveness isn’t all about them, it’s about freeing yourself, to be able to move forward and become who God created you to be. I remember a test where I could have gotten bitter and upset again, but from my first experience, my first response was to forgive and not only did that keep me from sliding down a slippery slope, but it also provided an incredible testimony to the team around me.

Today’s reading begins in Job 29 and we see him remembering better days. Remembering how he served others. Remembering how God blessed those efforts. Remembering how he enjoyed it. Remembering how others appreciated him. Looking back at what had been…

So where are you at today? Do need help? Are you wondering where your help comes from? As for me and my how we will serve the Lord! And we know that our help and our hope comes from God!

Today’s continues into Psalms 121 and it goes like this…

He Watches Over You

1A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains— from where does my help come?
2My help comes from Adonai, Maker of heaven and earth.
3He will not let your foot slip. Your Keeper will not slumber.
4Behold, the Keeper of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
5Adonai is your Keeper. Adonai is your shadow at your right hand.
6The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7Adonai will protect you from all evil. He will guard your life.
8Adonai will watch over your coming and your going from this time forth and forevermore.
–from Psalms 121

Put your trust in Him! Going up the mount or at the mountain top, put your trust in God and praise Him! Going down the mountain or into the valley, put your trust in God and praise Him! Consider it pure joy! Remember it rains on everyone!

God is looking to help the sick and the lost. Is that your plan and purpose too? Are you looking to help others that God has brought into your life? Are you walking with eyes wide open to be able to see the need? Are you listening to the stories and the voices to be able to notice the need? Will you be salt and light? Do you realize without contact salt and light don’t have much affect? So will you make an impact on the lives of those around you? Will you allow your salt to spice up the situation, to clean things up, to clear things up. Will you allow your light to clarify, to make visible the reality of what’s going on, to show you the path to walk? We are to be good stewards of what God gives us, so let’s not waste what we have been given, but rather let’s take it and multiply it. Let’s make it about glorifying and trusting in Him rather than allowing fear to keep us from becoming all that He has created us to be.

Today’s continues into Luke 19 where we see Jesus’ interaction with Zacchaeus where we receive the message that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. It continues into the parable of the talents and stewardship and how if we are good stewards more will be given unto us, but if we aren’t even what we have will be taken away. It was getting close to the time to go to Jerusalem for the final stand. So here is how it played out…

28After saying these things, Yeshua was going on ahead, up to Jerusalem.
29When He got near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples,
30saying, “Go into the village ahead. As you enter, you will find a colt tied up, that no one has ever sat upon. Untie it and bring it.
31And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Master needs it.’”
32Those who were headed out found things just as He told them.
33Then as they were untying the colt, his owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34They said, “The Master needs it.”
35Then they brought it to Yeshua, threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Yeshua on it.
36And as He went along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road.
37When Yeshua came near the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began to rejoice. They praised God with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen,
38saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of Adonai! Shalom in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!”
40But answering, Yeshua said, “I tell you that if these keep silent, the stones will shout out!”
41As He drew near and saw Jerusalem, He wept over her,
42saying, “If only you had recognized this day the things that lead to shalom! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
43For the days will come upon you when your enemies will surround you with barricades and hem you in on all sides.
44And they will smash you to the ground—you and your children within you. And they won’t leave within you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
–from Luke 19

When Jesus got to the temple, he saw that people were cheating others and doing business in a way that was bad.

45Then Yeshua entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants,
46saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”
47And He was teaching every day in the Temple. The ruling kohanim and the Torah scholars, even the leaders of the people, were trying to destroy Him;
48but they could not find any way to do it, because all the people were hanging on His words.
–from Luke 19

Today’s reading concludes in Revelation 14. Will you choose to praise God? Will you choose to follow God? What if it happens to be the end of days? Even if you happened to wait till the last moment, will make the decision before it is too late? Which side will you pick? What outcome do you want to have? Even in the end you get a choice! Today’s reading from Revelation goes like this…

A Song for the 144,000

1Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him were 144,000 who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
2And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and the booming of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like harpists playing on their harps.
3And they are singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one is able to learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
4These are the ones who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been redeemed from among mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb.
5And in their mouth was found no lie—they are blameless.

Three Angels with Messages

6And then I saw another angel flying high in the sky, having a timeless message of good news to proclaim to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.
7He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the One who made heaven and earth and sea and springs of water.”
8Another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great— she who made all nations drink of the wine of the fury of her immorality.”
9And another angel, a third one, followed them, saying in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
10he shall also drink the wine of God’s fury, poured full strength into the cup of His wrath. And he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the Lamb.
11The smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. Those who worship the beast and its image and those who receive the mark of his name have no rest day or night.”
12Here is the perseverance of the kedoshim—those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Yeshua.
13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: How fortunate are the dead—those who die in the Lord from now on!” “Yes,” says the Ruach, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”

Time to Harvest the Earth

14Then I looked, and behold, there was a white cloud—and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man. He had a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.
15Then another angel came out of the Temple, crying out with a loud voice to the One seated on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.”
16So the One seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
17Then another angel came out of the Temple in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle.
18Then another angel—the one who has authority over fire—came out from the altar; and he called out with a loud voice to the one holding the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sickle and gather the grape clusters from the vineyard of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.”
19So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the clusters from the vineyard of the earth and threw them into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20And the winepress was stomped on outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress as high as a horse’s bridle for 1,600 stadia.
–from Revelation 14

 

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