A physician in Family Medicine for the last 35 years, now concentrating on writing and photography. My intention is to encourage and strengthen people in the Lord. In all things I hope to be pleasing to Jesus who has given me so much. The photography is all taken by me. I use a Canon 5D mark 3, and Canon G10.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You. Psalm 51:12 NLT
What a wonderful prayer.
I know the verse says Your (God’s) salvation, and I have put “my” in there. Truly it is God’s salvation of me, but now it is my joy also. This joy struck me as I was praying this morning—God’s salvation, my salvation allows me to commune with Him. That when I pray for people, the mighty power of God will be brought to bear for good in all situations, no matter how dire. Prayer with real purpose is part of the joy of Your (my) salvation. How good is that?!
We celebrate the day that God put His Life into life. The day His infinite power brought everlasting goodness. The day the light of His glory pierced our darkness. The day His ultimate sacrifice infused us with joy. The day hope replaced our hopelessness. The day of our new beginning. The day of music and laughter instead of sorrow. This first day of our forever with Him.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 1 Peter 1:3-4
I look up and see the moon, so familiar I cease to wonder. Today is Good Friday, so familiar I cease to bow.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms,…” Ephesians 1:17-20
On another note, my latest book is now out, “The Arrogant Death of Dr. Jones.” An allegory to show the importance of faith, hope and love.
“There must be some mistake!” Dr. Jones screamed when he felt the sudden crush of a heart attack.
At the peak of his medical career, the heart of Dr. Jones teeters on a knife’s edge between life and death. As the medics administer CPR, he finds himself transported to a gray mist. There he is trapped by his arrogance. His skin burns if he tries to approach the glorious light of heaven. But closing in from the shadows is the horrific stench of hell.
Crying for help, heaven sends three of his former patients. People whom he had discounted as worthless. They become all that separates Dr. Jones from his arrogant death…
God opposes the proud , but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5
Humility is an overlooked essential ingredient in grace.
Without humility, you do not know your desperate need for God’s forgiveness. You remain in denial. – “I’ve done pretty well with my life.”
Without humility, the shame of your life keeps you from grace because you don’t deserve it. – “How could God forgive the unforgivable?”
Without humility, you will not accept God’s grace because you won’t submit to the authority of Jesus in your life. – “I want to be in control.”
Without humility, you’ll want to somehow earn God’s grace. – “I’ve never taken anything I didn’t earn.”
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:8-19 NLT
You can’t generate humility. Even here you have to ask for God’s help.
Jesus forgives me, When I can’t forgive myself. He redeems me when I feel unredeemable. The Lord lights my life with His mercy, When all I deserve is the darkness of my ungodliness. Only by faith can I accept God’s grace and mercy. Which He holds out for me to receive. For the Lord rejoices over my redemption,
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1
Nothing is impossible for God. The Lord guides my steps into righteousness, Even when I can’t see because of my shame, Jesus will rescue me from all my enemies, even when I am the enemy.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. Psalm 98:1
I fall at the feet of Jesus for He has done great things for me. His glory brighter than the sun. His mercy greater than all my shame, His righteousness surrounds me, His love breaks the strongest chains, His faithfulness never fails, His power and goodness are everlasting and will never diminish. His love is better than life, His love gives life to my life.
Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. Psalm 29:1
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6
“I have a delightful inheritance.” One guaranteed by God’s strength, not mine. In that assurance, I rejoice. Through His grace I know I’ll partake in it. By His grace I am brought close to Him. Jesus will never leave me. This knowledge is too wonderful for me. From His grace God fills my day with His goodness. The promise of His grace imbues my tomorrows, with His love and mercy. The joy of my salvation spreads out to eternity. I rest in His peace. What a delightful inheritance.
When life gets you down and living begins to look lifeless—
And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11
The difference between a blessing and a curse is whether it draws us closer to God or leads us away. Grief is considered a curse, but if we draw closer to God through it, then it becomes a blessing. Success is regarded as a blessing, but if it draws us away from God, it is a curse.
I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from You I have no good thing. Psalm 16:2
The reason I sometimes fail to pray Is that God appears to be a long way off. The reality is I don’t comprehend the power and purpose of prayer. The purpose of prayer is to commune with Jesus, to spend time with Him. As I do that, I refresh my awe at His power, love, and mercy. Worship and praise follow when I draw close to God. Humble worship stops me from asking God to tag along in what I want to do, instead I fall at the feet of Jesus and desire to follow Him.
“Come near to God and He will come near to you… Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4:8-10