AT THE LAMB’S HIGH FEAST

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For my readers—I just posted At The Lamb’s High Feast–when I wrote this I must have been in the wrong window so it got posted on my header bar on the blog http://www.simplemeditationswordpress.com –so in your e-mail you will probably receive this title with nothing in the blog itself. Please go to my blog http://www.simplemeditationswordpress.com and click on the title At the Lamb’s High Feast on the header bar and then you will be able to read it. Sorry for the problem.

I hope you will take the time to read this one–it explains the connection between the Jewish holiday of Passover and the Christian one of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday(Easter). God Bless:)

I also realize now that when you get this post all you have to do is look at the header bar on top and click on the title At the Lamb’s High Feast:) Sorry–My less then tech savvy side is definitely showing with this one:)

DID YOU THINK TO PRAY?

 

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I thought I would continue on the topic of prayer today. I know I need to be reminded of it daily. It is so easy to get caught up in the fast flowing crowded sidewalks of life and neglect the most important thing that I can do. Sometimes I feel like my prayers are ineffectual, and weak, and though I know God promises to hear my prayers I don’t often feel “prayer worthy.’

Yet without prayer God will accomplish little in our lives and the lives of others. If we neglect to pray we neglect the most important part of our day. I know it is hard to get up early and pray and stay awake:). I know–I am not that much of a morning person. But that does not mean you can’t commune with God on the drive to work.  There are times during the day when you sit down to rest and that is a good time to pray as well. Don’t feel like going through a long prayer list? Just pray and thank God for Who He is and what He has done and what He will do. Commune with Him daily and guess who reaps the benefit? You of course:)

First I wanted to add this little funny in here–I’m sure you’ve heard all the talk about the new movie ‘Noah.” I haven’t seen it and probably won’t. Different people have differing view points on it but I think this news story I found speaks for itself –perhaps–”The PREMIERE SHOWING OF ‘NOAH’ WAS CANCELED–AFTER–THE THEATER FLOODS!

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Yes in Exeter, England—-the ice machine broke—apparently it was a large ice machine:)

 

Now for our hymn today—-This  hymn has  much practical advice about when we should pray and why we should pray.

 

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Ere you left your room this morning, Did you think to pray?

In the name of Christ the Savior,

Did you sue for loving favor,

As a shield today?

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When you met with great temptation, Did you think to pray?

By His dying love and merit.

Did you claim the Holy Spirit

As your guide and stay?

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When your heart filled with anger, Did you think to pray?

Did you plead for grace, my brother,

That you might forgive another

Who had crossed your way?

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When sore trials came upon you, Did you think to pray?

When your soul was bowed in sorrow,

Balm of Gilead did you borrow,

At the gates of day?

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Oh how praying rests the weary!

Prayer will change the night to day;

So in sorrow and in gladness,

Don’t forget to pray.

                    Mrs. M. A. Kidder 1820-1905                           W. O. Perkins 1831-1902

PRAYER IS THE CHRISTIAN’S VITAL BREATH

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Prayer is the life breath of the Christian life. It is our communication with our Heavenly Father. Our conversation with Jesus the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is a great privilege that only a blood washed believer can experience. By Blood washed I mean–to have confessed one’s sins to Jesus and asked forgiveness. His blood is the cleansing flow that takes away our sin and gives us an inner relationship with Him. His blood that He shed on the cross initiates us into the family of God.

Let’s look at what Scripture says about prayer–”Prayer without ceasing.” I Thess. 5:17 The time is always right to pray.

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning. O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and I will look up.” Psalms 5:3 A good way to start the day! Looking up rather than down:)tumblr_kw1pb26tNf1qazfomo1_500

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray—-” Psalms 55:17

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem—” Psalms 122:6–Yes this is something that we, Christians, need to be reminded of; especially  as Israel faces many challenges in the Middle East today.worship14

 

We must remember to pray for others—I Samuel 12:23  ” –God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you–”

 

Jesus set an example for us–”And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” He expressed His need for that close communion with His Father in order to do His Father’s will. Can we do less?

In Luke 18:1 Jesus says–”Men ought always to pray and not to faint.” He welcomes our prayers and we may ask for something as often as we need.

 “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto  God.” Phil. 4:6   bridgetoenlightenmentjpg

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:6 What a wonderful privilege we have to be able to come boldly before Him to pray for ourselves and others.

 

I Think the hymn writer in this case says it better than I can:) This is a hymn that I have never sung but it’s words are certainly true and beautiful.

 

“PRAYER IS THE SOUL’ S  SINCERE DESIRE”      fountain_pen_by_tuende2

Written by James Montgomery a newspaper man who was asked to write a hymn about prayer to contribute to a book. Montgomery said years later that he received more praise for this hymn than anything else he had written. As a writer this speaks to me. I want my writing to encourage and to help others.  Writer’s write. We are word crafters, charmed by a sentence or a phrase. In spite of our human efforts; God knows what He can use best.  One thing we can be sure of is that, when we are walking in close fellowship with Him, He will bring results to the words that are ultimately a gift from Him.

Many years after he had retired, Montgomery  continued to conduct family prayer meetings in his home. At the end of one of these meetings he retired to his room. The next day he was found unconscious on the floor and later he passed into his Lord’s presence.

“Prayer is the Christian’s “watchword at the gates of death; he enters heaven with prayer.”

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Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,

Unuttered or expressed,

The motion of a hidden fire

That trembles in the breast.

 

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,

The falling of a tear,

The upward glancing of an eye,

When none but God is near.

 

Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice,

Returning from his ways,

While angels in their songs rejoice

And cry “Behold, he prays!”

 

Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,

The Christians’ native air,

His watchword at the gates of death;

He enters heaven with prayer.

 

O Thou, by whom we come to God,

The Life, the Truth, The W;

Lord, teach us how to pray!

James Montgomery   1771–1854

HOLD THE FORT–OUR GREAT COMMANDER APPROACHES

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HO! MY COMRADES!

SEE THE SIGNAL,

WAVING IN THE SKY!

REINFORCEMENTS NOW APPEARING

VICTORY IS NIGH.

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“HOLD THE FORT FOR I AM COMING,” JESUS SIGNALS STILL’

WAVE THE ANSWER BACK TO HEAVEN, “BY THY GRACE WE WILL.”

 

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SEE THE MIGHTY HOST ADVANCING,

SATAN LEADING ON;

MIGHTY MEN AROUND US FALLING,

COURAGE ALMOST GONE!

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SEE THE GLORIOUS BANNER WAVING!

HEAR THE TRUMPET BLOW!

IN OUR LEADER’S NAME WE’LL TRIUMPH

OVER EVERY FOE.

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FIERCE AND LONG THE BATTLE RAGES,

BUT OUR HELP IS NEAR;

ONWARD COMES OUR GREAT COMMANDER,

CHEER, MY COMRADES, CHEER.

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“HOLD THE FORT, FOR I AM COMING,” JESUS SIGNALS STILL;

WAVE THE ANSWER BACK TO HEAVEN, “BY THY GRACE WE WILL.”

PHILLIP PAUL BLISS

 

HOLD THE FORT

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Today it seems like the powers of darkness are bearing down upon us. In America our Christian freedoms are being challenged and in other countries Christians are suffering severe persecution at the hands of the enemy.

There is an account in II Kings 6: 13-18 about Elisha and his servant. Elisha’s servant rose up early in the morning and to his horror he observed a host of warriors with horses and chariots surrounding the city. The servant cries out to Elisha,   “Alas my master! what shall we do?” All looked hopeless. But Elisha prayed that his servant’s eyes would be opened to see beyond the realm of the physical. What the young man saw must have truly amazed him. The mountain before him was full of horses and chariots of fire all around them. Next, those heavenly hosts don’t even have to do battle with the enemies forces; because Elisha prays and the  enemy armies are smitten with blindness so that they could not find their way to harm Elisha.

God protects Elisha. As believers our protection comes from the God of heaven.

As we watch the world’s stage before us  grow dark and rumble with the chariots of a coming war; Jesus promises He will return for His Church and Rapture her out. As the hands of a clock slowly move upon the hour our victory of Satan and his dark forces becomes more and more eminent.

The song I’d like to share with you today is “Hold the Fort.”

It was written by Phillip Paul Bliss who lived from 1838-1876. He grew up in a log cabin in Pennyslavania. He received no formal education but that of his mother who taught him the Scriptures. He loved music and when he heard a piano for the first time at the age of 10 he was inspired.

At 11 years of age he left home and worked at timber camps and sawmills. During this time he pursued his education whenever possible.

At age 18 he became the headmaster of a school in New York. During the summer months he worked on the farm. A year later he began to focus on music. He received some formal training and became an itinerant music teacher.

At the age of 31 he joined D.L. Moody in Chicago and became a missionary singer. Five years later he felt called to “win souls.”

Two years later he and his wife were traveling on a train that crashed into a ravine as the bridge collapsed. He survived the wreck but when the carriages caught fire he returned in an effort to free his wife. Neither of their bodies was ever found. Of the 160 passengers on the train 92 perished. Philip and his wife left behind two sons. One was four years old and the other just a year.

Phillip Bliss served for a short time in the Union army during the Civil War. He wrote the song “Hold the Fort” after hearing Major Daniel Webster Whittle narrate an experience in the American Civil war.

 

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RESOLVED WITH A PURPOSE

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The word RESOLVED means –FIRM DETERMINATION–

Often in our Christian walk it will take firm DETERMINATION to stay the course. It is so easy to be distracted by the world’s attractions. We look around us and are enticed to follow another path than the one that Jesus would have us to tread.

The path of success and fame is enticing. The sparkling path to pleasure and enjoyment calls to us.  The Road of wrong attitudes of the world– that  we don’t need boundaries in our lives– just come and enjoy the fruits that materialism can afford us. Feast the eyes upon forbidden things. No one, who is human, will deny that sin has pleasure for a time. But the twisted pathway of sin will lead us to sure heartache and destruction.

Our effectiveness as believers depends on our COMMITMENT to our Lord and Savior.  The road to eternal riches is a road we must RESOLVE to put our feet upon every day. It is a constant upward climb but well worth the effort. Often our path will be intersected again and again by the other roads therefore we must RESOLVE–we must PURPOSE–not to be tempted off the course that Jesus has mapped for us.

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In the King James Bible the word often used for resolved is “purpose.” David purposed in his heart to serve God. IN Acts 11:23b we find Barnabas encouraging the believers at Antioch–”that with PURPOSE they would cleave unto the Lord.”

The hymn I’d like to share with you today is “I AM RESOLVED”

It was written by Palmer Hartsough . He lived from 1844-1932. He anointing was music. We see that in his life as he begins as a music teacher and ends belonging to a music company. He also became an ordained Baptist minister along the way.

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I am resolved no longer to linger,

Charmed by the world’s delight;

Things that are higher,

Things that are nobler,

These have allured my sight.

 

I am resolved to go to the Savior,

Leaving my sin and strife;

He is the true One,

He is the just One,

He hath the Words of Life.

 

I am resolved to follow the Savior,

Faithful and true each day;

Heed what He sayeth,

Do what He willeth,

He is the living way.

 

I am resolved to enter the Kingdom,

Leaving the paths of sin;

Friends may oppose me,

Foes may beset me,

Still will I enter in.

 

I will hasten to Him, Hasten so glad and free;

Jesus, Greatest, Highest, I will come to Thee.

Palmer Hartsough                                                  James H. Gilmore