Pentecost—Fulfillment of Expectation

On the first Pentecost after Jesus death and resurrection, there was an expectant body of believers, all together in one place. We know that there were at least 120 waiting in expectation. Jesus had promised that he would send the Holy Spirit and instructed them to stay in Jerusalem until they were filled with power from on high.

They could never have imagined how it was going to happen. The sound like the blowing of a violent wind that filled the house where they were sitting; the tongues of fire that came to rest on each of them; the infilling of the Holy Spirit with speaking in other tongues; the crowd that came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.

  • Parthians
  • Medes
  • Elamites
  • Residents of Mesopotamia
  • Residents of Judea
  • Residents of Cappadocia
  • Residents of Pontus
  • Asians
  • Residents of Phrygia
  • Residents of Pamphylia
  • Egyptians
  • Residents of Libya near Cyrene
  • Visitors from Rome
  • Cretans
  • Arabs

All of these heard them declaring the wonders of God in their own tongues!

The wonderful promise of the Holy Spirit was not only for that first body of believers in Jerusalem. The Apostle Peter explained:

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38,39 

Jesus’ words:

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:9-13

In his farewell address to his disciples before going to the cross, Jesus pointed out at least four times about asking and receiving. (See John 14:12-14; 15:5,8; 15:16; 16:23,24.) In the last of these, Jesus said to “ask,” so their joy would be complete.

Have you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Have you asked the Father? The church in Jerusalem waited in expectation.

King David laid his request before God and waited expectantly.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning
I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3

I received a newsletter from David Ingles of Oasis Network in which he wrote about God impressing him with two words, one of them being “expectation.” That struck a chord in my heart and raised a question: What am I expecting?

The church in Jerusalem was expecting the fulfillment of a promise. God surprised them in a big way! They were baptized with the Holy Spirit and power.

I was eight years old when I was praying to receive this promise. I stayed on after church praying and expecting. I was not disappointed! Jesus baptized me with his Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. That was more than sixty years ago. How empowering this gift has been in my life!

Yesterday I celebrated 63 years since I was baptized in water. If I remember correctly, it was even before this water baptism that I had my Pentecost experience. It is for all ages. Just as a child can be saved and baptized in water, a child can be baptized in the Holy Spirit. I was also a child when Jesus called me to be his ambassador to children. How wonderful it is to serve Jesus! And I have been privileged to devote my life to take the Gospel to children.

This Pentecost of 2018 you can wait expectantly and receive the Holy Spirit’s power in your life. Sadly, many are blinded and don’t believe that the Promise is for today. Peter said it clearly, that it is “for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

“How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” said Jesus.

  • Ask, and you will receive.
  • Seek, and you will find.
  • Knock, and it will be opened to you.

What do I expect?

  • Renewed power in my life.
  • The cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit.
  • New opportunities to spread the Gospel.
  • Jesus’ soon return!

Let God hear your voice; lay your requests before him and wait expectantly. If you have not yet been filled with the Holy Spirit, expect the promise to be fulfilled in your life.

Pentecost is the fulfillment of expectation!

 

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A Happy Week

If you are an American you probably know how to pronounce emoji. I thought I did! I’m a naturalized American but I carry with me something that people comment on. They say I have an accent–a Swedish accent!

This beautiful girl had a good laugh. She immediately corrected me on how to pronounce emoji. Swedes have a particular way of pronouncing the “J” and I guess that is what made it sound so funny to her.

My first encounter (that I remember) with the “J issue” was at the boarding school in Tournavista, Peru. We had to submerge in the American culture. A few years prior we had spend half a year in Canada, so English was not unfamiliar, but not something we were good at. One of the boys was James and I remember how they made fun of me because I couldn’t pronounce it.

To pronounce the J you have to put your tongue towards the back of your upper teeth and make an effort to get a clear “hard” sound. In Swedish the J is soft. I can understand that it sounds funny when I say J.

There used to be a joke about singing a song in Swedish: “I have the Joy, Joy, Joy…” That really hits home! Sarah and I joked about the emoJi’s. With a conscious effort I can pronounce it. Someone that can’t say the J right, might be a Swede!

Even if the J wasn’t right, the week was! Sarah and I celebrated her 1oth birthday in Branson, Missouri. It was a happy week for us. Not really a week, but three days– five if you count the travel!

I call it a happy week, because how many grandmothers get to take their 9-year-old granddaughter on a trip and return her as a 10-year old?

Let me share a few pictures.

This was the highlight, to go swimming in the pool. Sometimes there were other children she could play with and other times just a grandmother looking on. I would have loved to jump in the pool with her but I have some issues with my feet so it was not recommended.

One evening two little boys (1 & 2) were having so much fun watching Sarah jump in the pool. Every time she jumped in they laughed at their heart’s content. Such a simple thing to make little boys happy! It made us all happy!

That was not the boat we had a ride on. We rode the DUCK! Those are old army vehicles that can drive on land and in the water. Sarah got to drive it for a bit and also have a picture taken with the Captain.

Another adventure was to visit the Titanic. But we were not allowed to take pictures, so no photos here. Everybody that visits gets to be one of the passengers. I was a sophisticated First-Class lady. Sarah got to be a little Swedish girl. Both of us survived!

This we don’t have in Fort Gibson! Andy’s Frozen Custard! That was our dessert on Thursday. There is no Olive Garden either. So that’s where we had dinner.

Three days go by quickly. Especially when you have to combine vacation with work! It was the week to finish off the Adventures in the Desert series in Spanish. We call it The Great Escape in English. Have you visited  MX1414.wordpress.com  to read the stories?

Sarah asked me why I always have to work? I told her it’s because I’m the boss. Then she had a brilliant idea. Why don’t I ask my artist Absalom to be the boss? Yes, why don’t I? That week he was away on vacation celebrating his birthday. This week and the next my assistant Cristina is on vacation. She and her sisters are visiting a friend in Mexico. So I guess the boss will have to continue being the boss.

To tell the truth I felt a little overwhelmed. But thinking of the thousands of children that are waiting for the story every week gives me energy to go on. But I am taking a break! These two weeks that Cristina is gone we will have no story in Spanish. That is a break! But the English will continue.

My biggest problem right now? To find someone to cut the grass outside my house. The man who cut it for me last summer had his equipment stolen, so obviously he is not cutting grass. Someone gave me a name for a company that cuts grass, the man came, gave me a quote, and promised to come back the next day. That was 10 days ago. I have called and called but get no answer. I had the phone number for another man, but I can’t find it. The grass is growing so tall that no one might even want to cut it! How I wish I was my “old” self that could move around freely. Every time these thoughts cross my mind, I thank God that I still have my feet. Some people are even born without feet!

I’ll be back. Hopefully, by then, my grass will be cut!

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Peace over Jerusalem

May 14th, 2018! This is an historic day. The state of Israel celebrates it’s 70th Anniversary in modern times.

Through Trinity Broadcasting Network I am watching the establishment of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. This is exciting! From the times of King David Jerusalem has been the capitol, even if not always recognized.

I urge you, as I did in a blog some weeks ago, to pray for Jerusalem, to pray for peace.

This is not a political blog. But I recognize what the Bible teaches about Israel. And I know that if we bless Israel, God’s blessings rest upon us.

Peace over Israel! Peace over Jerusalem!

 

 

 

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My Cinco de Mayo Day

A sprinkle of snow in April

Hi Friends,

That is about all the snow we had this year. I live in Oklahoma, USA, and there was not much snow to talk about. Contrary to Iceland, where one of my nephews lives. He posted a picture of lots of snow there this month, calling it a madness. One of his sisters commented on the picture, “You chose voluntarily to move there!” His mother had a more empathetic comment, “I’m sure it will be summer by Christmas!”

Today was exciting. Cinco de Mayo, springlike weather, and celebration of my granddaughter Sarah’s birthday at a beautiful park in Muskogee.

This will be a photographic blog (if the flies leave me alone. They are circling like hogs around me!). I managed to take a few pictures.

I honor my Mexican friends, with an authentic “sombrero,” that I received from one of “my” Sunday school teachers. Some of you might remember that a Mexican family visited me at Christmas 2016. Pilar, the mother, represents the thousands of views my story page in Spanish has had from teachers in Mexico.

Mexico is highest on the list!

The Birthday Girl and I

I situated myself at a table, put up my feet so the swelling would not be so bad, and sat there looking and listening. Sarah and her friends played and had fun.

I had an adorable visitor. Ezra made my day! He came to show me a turtle he had picked up. At the moment of the photograph the little creature had hidden his head.

The very first story I wrote in English was about a little turtle. Here is the link if you would like to read it. You have to scroll down close to the very end.

https://mx1414.wordpress.com/stories-for-children/

Talking about stories, this adorable boy had a little notebook and was writing a story. I guess he came to me because I wasn’t busy. Everybody else was either talking in clusters or playing. He let me read the story!

Sarah –the Birthday Girl– came around and suggested to me that I “publish” the story. “You can edit it!” she said. She has a lot of faith in her grandmother!

Ezra, busy like a reporter

I’m sure Ezra is writing away to finish his story. He said he was going to continue on his way home. One of the chapters is about Bubber. Bubber! Who is Bubber? My daughter has two Bubbers!

Bubber Senior is my favorite boy in all the world, my grandson David.

Bubber Junior is the most recent addition to the family, my daughter’s lap-dog.

From my sitting position I managed to get a few cute pictures of Bubber and Ezra’s sister Evelyn. Bubber was having the time of his life licking away on her face. Sorry to say that it ended with Bubber biting her chin. That’s how little puppies are!

A Cinco de Mayo kiss

Brianna, my teen-age granddaughter had baked the goodies. Her mother hung the camera around her neck and told her to take lots of pictures.

This is all I have. And, of course, one of a tree. I love trees.

If you are in another part of the world, cold weather is on the way. Take heart! That means that by Christmas, summer will be on the way. But not in Iceland, even if my sister has that notion!

In the Andes Mountains where I grew up, we didn’t have the change of seasons. If it rained, people would say, “It’s winter today!” Next day, we might have summer.

My Cinco de Mayo day was fun. Preparing this blog brought it up a notch!

I wish you blessings!

Request: Would you pray for Pastor Juanita in Tecate, Mexico. She is diagnosed with cancer. Pilar and the entire congregation love their pastor. Let’s join them in asking God for healing for Juanita.

 

 

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No “comparisonitis” for me

I thought our pastor was kidding with us in the service this morning. He presented the word “comparisonitis” to us in a message about living the life we love. I had to go home and check with the dictionary. Yes, it is a word, meaning “the compulsion to compare one’s accomplishments to another’s to determine relative importance.”

I don’t have this syndrome, the compulsion of comparing myself to others. I am very busy living the life God has given me so there is no time for such an “itis.” But I must confess that envy crosses my mind when I see pictures or reports of my friends who still have their spouses. But it’s only a fleeting thought. Envy cannot stay. That would make life miserable! It would be some kind of “comparisonitis.”

I hope you love the life you live, because you’re not going to get another one. Learn to do the best.

Only one life, it will soon be past.
Only what is done for Christ will last.

I am happy with my life because I get to work for Jesus. Nobody makes me do what I do. I have no time-clock I must punch. There is no pay-check to collect, only the satisfaction of working for Jesus.

For every story or lesson I upload on-line, I raise my hands towards heaven and smile as I say, “This is for you, Jesus. I offer it with all my love. Use it for your glory.”

You can do something similar. Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord. Read Colossians 3:17 to see what the Apostle Paul had to say. Whatever we do, in word or deed, let’s do it as unto Jesus. Then we don’t have to suffer of “comparisonitis,” because we just do our part and rejoice for the place where God has stationed us, for the responsibilities he has ordained for us.

On March 19 I wrote about MX1414.wordpress.com. That’s the page that has the stories for children. This week the Bible story was about Moses encouraging the people of Israel not to fear the Egyptian army because God would fight for them. Those were the words God used to inspire me to start my ministry page in English.

This is the word God gave me:

This is what I remind myself every day:

I have a plaque that I see every time I look up from the computer. I’m reminded to “Be still,” to trust the Lord. To be happy for my life and not let any “comparisonitis” in.

One of the points our pastor brought out was about an attitude adjustment. Whatever we’re suffering of that is a good advice.

A bad attitude is like a flat tire,
you can’t move on until you change it!

You don’t love what you do? You don’t like your life? The best solution? Pray about it!

Here is one of Paul’s triads, maybe the best one, written to the church in Thessalonica (see 1 Thess 5:16-18):

  1. Be joyful always
  2. Pray continually
  3. Give thanks in all circumstances

That is the will of God in Christ Jesus. See? God wants you to be happy! If you are not happy, pray about it. In your prayers, give thanks! You can’t pray and give thanks without something happening inside of you. Joy will come!

I don’t want to tire you with my little talk about “comparisonitis.” I thought it was a bogus word, and it wasn’t! I don’t want to have it in my vocabulary. I want to be happy with what I have. When that “itis” thing wants to show its ugly face, I’ll just look up at my plaque. Here is the reminder once more:

May you be happy in Jesus! Have a super glorious week!

 

 

 

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Israel is Blooming

It was a starry night. Abram, the man chosen to be the father of the Jewish nation, was looking up into the sky, counting the stars. But that was impossible!

No one can count the stars; they are as numerous as the dust on the earth. The greatness of the universe and its Creator are unfathomable.

How Abram knew God, the story does not tell, but that is not important. God knew Abram! And God chose him to start the nation by which he would bless the earth.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3

From this man’s offspring would come the Christ. And in Christ, the Blessing of Abraham has come to the Gentiles, and that means everyone that is not a Jew. (See Galatians 3:13,14.)

Abram believed the promise, but it took 25 years for it to be fulfilled. He was 100 years old when he received the promised son. Sarah, his wife, was 90. By this time God had changed his name to Abraham, Father of a multitude.

What if Abraham got to visit Israel at this time? How interesting for him to see the 70th Anniversary celebrations. Why only 70? They have been scattered. Now they are celebrating the proclamation of the state of Israel. What if Abraham could have looked into the future on that starry night? But he didn’t need to. He believed God and was inducted into the Hall of Faith Gallery (Hebrews 11), among the people whom God was not ashamed of (see verse 16).

Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, was given this promise:

And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 28:13,14

All the families of the earth would be blessed. Fore sure, we are blessed in Jesus!

In Genesis 32:28 we read about the name change. God gave Jacob the name Israel.

The Bible is the story of this family, called the people of God. They are God’s chosen people. But the chosen people were not a “choice” people. There were many ups and downs, and constant rebellion against God. They did not want to be a “choice” people, a separated nation. Israel wanted to be like everyone around them. Through his prophets God warned them, but to deaf ears.

Miracles upon miracles were performed for God’s chosen people.

  • The miraculous exodus from Egypt
  • The parting of the Red Sea
  • Forty years of manna in the desert
  • Building of the Tabernacle
  • The cut-off of the waters of the Jordan
  • The fall of Jericho
  • The sun stood still for a day at the word of Joshua
  • Defeat of Midian with 300 men armed with trumpets and torches
  • Defeat of a giant with a slingshot and a stone
  • King Solomon, wisest and richest man
  • Building of the Temple

Their history has been woven with some dark colors. They have been scattered to the north and the south, to the east and the west.

At the “fullness of time” came Jesus (see Galatians 4:4). He divided history in BC and AD (before Christ and after Christ). Not only history, but for everyone who accepts Him as Lord and Savior, there is a before Christ and after Christ.

Israel, the chosen people of God, do not accept Jesus as the Messiah. They are still waiting…

Israel has reclaimed what is rightfully theirs, what God gave to Abram.

The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, 15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. 17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” 18 So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks[a] of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord. Genesis 13:14-18

On May 14, 1948 David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel as a nation. The successive generations have re-established themselves in their ancient homeland. The desert has bloomed! They have come back from the north and the south, from the east and the west.

Ancient cultures and empires have come and gone. Israel has been scattered but they have kept their identity. They are God’s people and he blesses those who bless Israel, and those who dishonor Israel God will curse. That’s why we stand for Israel!

Look up at the starry skies. Bless the God that blessed Abram. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

In the signs of the end of the age (See Matthew 24) Israel takes center stage.

From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Matthew 24:32-35

The fig tree, Israel, is blooming! Jesus is near, at the very gates. Are you ready to meet the Lord?

Blessings to you!

Blessings and SHALOM to Israel!

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Having a Different Spirit

I didn’t know this morning how my “spirit” would be tested. Caleb from the Old Testament is one of my favorite Bible characters. I love his enthusiasm and optimism. I love that at age 85 he felt just as strong as when he as a 40-year-old went to explore the land of Canaan. While there, he fell in love with a mountain area, and he asked Moses if he could have that as inheritance. But he had to conquer it!

How could he feel just as strong at 85 as when he was 40? It probably was thanks to the manna diet! I’m talking about a man who spent 40 years in the desert, eating manna. No variety in his diet. The same thing every day! But it was bread from heaven! You can read about it in Exodus 16. God would not feed his people any kind of food. That “dew” that covered the ground every morning must have contained every kind of nutrient the body needed to stay strong and healthy.

Moses ate manna. Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated” (Deut. 34:7). I wish I had the eyesight of Moses! And his vigor! It was the desert air and the manna diet! The manna “was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey” (Exodus 16:31).

The story that I’ve worked on this week is about the spies that Moses sent to explore the Promised Land. I asked the Lord to give me a word for the teachers. That is my standard request on Thursday mornings. That’s when the words “a different spirit” stood out. God himself said those words about one of the spies.

But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. Numbers 14:24

What was this “different spirit” about? Caleb “wholly followed the Lord.” That’s the kind of people we need to be.

My hero Caleb returning with sample grapes.

When the spies came back, ten of them discouraged the people. Caleb and his friend Joshua were the only ones that believed that God would be with them to conquer the land. When the people heard the bad reports of the faithless spies they cried the entire night! They wanted to choose another leader and go back to Egypt! And about Joshua and Caleb… they wanted to stone them!

God was tired of the grumbling people and punished them by having them wander for 40 years in the desert, until the unbelieving generation had died.

But his servant Caleb, because he had a different spirit and followed God fully, would go into the Promised Land, and his descendants would possess it.

So, here is the story of the strong 85-year-old:

Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart.

“But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God. And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’

“And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.

“So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.”

Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel. Joshua 14:6-14

How was my “spirit” tested? It’s being tested as I’m writing. I got ready to dive into all the files I needed to prepare for uploading the story. Guess what? I couldn’t open them!

My assistant had her computer updated and cleaned and the person helping her installed another version of the program we work with. It’s complicated. She should have been at her home office, so we could resolve this, but she was in some distant suburb in Lima running an errand. (Lima has some 10 million people so there are distances to conquer!) I’m glad God is helping me to keep my cool. That’s what I mean by my “spirit” being tested.

Have you ever tried to work with someone thousands of miles away? We only look at each other through Skype and things that challenge my “cool” come up from time to time. Now I feel sorry for all the teachers across Latin America waiting for their story. This might take some time for us to resolve.

How would Moses have handled it?

“Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3). That’s the “spirit” he had. He was humble. And he had a very special relationship with God. When his brother and sister spoke up against him, this is how God answered:

 And the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” Numbers 12:5-8

God punished Miriam with leprosy. Did Moses tell her, “Good for you. You deserve it. Why did you complain? Suck it up and go on with life as a leper.” No, he prayed for her. That’s the kind of “spirit” he had!

What about Daniel?

How did he handle his problem-situations? In the worst of moments, when his fellow-workers had tricked the king into making a decree that whoever prayed to someone else than the king for thirty days would be thrown to the lions, he prayed!.

When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. Daniel 6:10

The king had been tricked. He knew what kind of a man Daniel was. When Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions, the king declared, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” (Read the complete story in Daniel 6.)

Daniel slept well that night. The lions kept him warm!

A good night’s sleep for a cool guy.

But the king could not sleep. He didn’t eat, and he wanted no diversions.

Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”

Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. Daniel 6:19-23

How about Joseph?
What kind of “spirit” did he have?

Joseph was treated unjustly by his envious brothers. They sold him as a slave. “The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master” (Genesis 39:2). But there he was accused of making sexual advanced to his master’s wife. What a horrible thing for an honest young man like Joseph! And he was put in prison.

But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed. Genesis 39:21-23

After interesting turn of events, he ended up in the king’s palace, advising the king about his strange dreams. When Joseph suggested to the king that he find a man as his administrator the coming years, Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” (Genesis 41:38).

That, my friend is the key! We need to have the Spirit of God in us.

How did God describe David?

“[God] raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will’” (Acts 13:22).

O, to be a man/woman after God’s heart!

“I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him” (Psalm 89:20).

Today we can be anointed with power by the Holy Spirit.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8

How was Paul’s “spirit”?

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24

The only thing that mattered to Paul was to finish the race and the ministry. Once a zealous young man persecuting the followers of Christ, he was now zealous follower of Christ, unto the end.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

What about Abraham?

He was a man who was called a friend of God (James 2:23).

There is so much to say about this obedient servant of God. Paul wrote about walking in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had (see Romans 4:2-12).

But now, my friend, I can do something about my weekly story. My assistant is back from her outing, and she has saved all the files in a new format. Instead of starting in the morning to work on getting them ready, I will start now, in the evening.

We’ll talk some more another time. Keep the thought about what “spirit” you have. We want a different spirit, one that honors Christ in whatever circumstance.

We need to explore some of the Bible women with a different spirit.

I’m glad I kept my cool.

Blessings!

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