Ozark Christian Living

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Gotcha and the GOD-eze

August 22

"I will pay THEE my vows, which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble."   Psalms 66:13-14

"... do you have a pressure sensitive prayer life?"


Is your relationship with your CREATOR marked by a fickle indifference which only embraces HIM when trouble comes calling?  In other words, do you have a pressure sensitive prayer life?  Ever notice how fluent we are in GOD-eze amidst the gotchas of life?  Religious verbiage 'made for Hollywood' flows freely from our face when we're cornered; but how easily we forget when the storm blows over and HE has delivered us, again.  Could the whole of your account in Heaven be summarized as: foxhole faith, hospital humility, car wreck Christianity, or jailhouse JESUS?  Is short term spiritual loss reputed of you?   

"Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward."  In spite of our aversion to it, trouble must be held in high esteem by the child of GOD.  It is as natural as breathing, and nearly as common.  "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn THY statutes."  Rarely is there a time when we are any more right with GOD, than when the waves of adversity are swamping our vessel.  While crossing to new coastlines in HIS will and service, the choice is yours, you can join the panic up front, bailing out the bow, or rest with HIM peacefully in the stern.  "And HE was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake HIM, and say unto HIM, MASTER, carest THOU not that we perish?  And HE arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." ... and Hallelujah! ... in the back with HIM, not only is there no need of anxiety; but the peace there also breeds a commensurate, and reverent silence.

"Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the LORD thine oaths: but I say unto you, swear not at all ... But let your communication be, yea, yea; nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil."  'You have my word on it' ... must become our mantra in prayer with GOD and our reputation with man regardless of the outward pressure to the contrary.  A person who neglects to do what he\she says only compounds their trouble.  One who cannot keep their word, will not keep their household, their family, their career, or their respect.  A person of this repute will ultimately ante up his\her life. 

"THY vows are upon me, O GOD: I will render praises unto THEE."

For Love of Country
 Samuel Colgate  (1822-1897)
(heir to the Colgate toiletries fortune)
"The condition of those nations without a CHRIST, contrasted with those where CHRIST is accepted, reveals so marked a difference that no arguments are needed.  It is an object lesson so plain that it can be seen and understood by all."

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