And the Horse Died?

26 10 2012

‘And the horse…what?”

One of my ‘crazy’ Uncle’s used to tell an old silly story that he grew up in a town that was so poor that it was…

“A One-Horse town… and the Horse died.” 

Horses have been utilized over time to denote humanity’s wealth, strength, abundance, mobility and ability. Isaiah warns us not to rely on the help and seeming strength of anything other than the Lord. Let’s visit the word and we look forward to hearing what you think about this passage.

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
    who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
    and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord. 

Isaiah 31:1 New International Version

At the time of Isaiah’s writing, Egypt was one of the largest and most organized governments known to humanity; therefore the use of their name calls up an image of a high standard to represent man-made governance. Additionally, “horses, chariots and horsemen” are also representative of  well-established military strength.

However, even Egypt had experienced defeats from lesser armies and had sometimes not followed through on pledges to support allied governments during times of war.

Therefore, the Prophet Isaiah is telling us that as the human spirit can be unstable, we need to make the Lord God  our “North Point” on our compass of life. Today, we’d say that the Lord Jesus is our “Default Screen;” so that no matter how many times we are turned on or turned off and even if our systems ‘crash,’ we can know we have a Savior we can trust in and rely upon… The Lord Jesus needs to be our “Start-up as well as our Back-up” plan.

Let us believe along with the Psalmist:

My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.   ~ Psalms 121:2 New International Version

Be Blessed!

FEAR NOT! Part I of II

10 01 2012

Within a short online search, we find the phrase “Fear Not” to be recorded 365 times in the Bible. That’s one ‘fear not’ for every day of the year. Naturally, there are opposing records of 366 times, 62 times and 100 times; all depending on which translation or phraseology one uses. However, for this little missive, we will use the popular 365 times to “Fear Not.”

Faith and fear are equal in their dimension: both demand fulfillment. Both move from the internal and unseen realm and are ultimately expressed in the external or observable realm; even if microscopic.

In my studies of the spiritual roots of disease;  fear shows up repeatedly as an underlying component in most disease equations. As humans, we are equipped for defense from attack biologically (antigens), and physiologically (‘fight or flight’). However, what of the spirit-man? The one thing that nourishes the human spirit is faith:

Hebrew 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

DiagramNow faith is the substance of things~ we could stop right there for a lifetime to drink deeply from that well of understanding. Let’s move further along, “What things?” Things hoped for. {And it/faith is} the evidence of things… What things? Things not seen.  Something I call, “Deep down knowing.” This is my attempt to lightly guide you to think deeply. I do not want to fill you up with what and how I think about anything. In the Psalms, you see the word “Selah” concluding some passages. Loosely the word means, “To pause and reflect.” This is my desire for you, Dear reader.

We are told that the Mayan calendar ends at the year 2012. What if the Mayan that chiseled that calendar decided to put down his tools, stroll off into the sunshine and think about and do some of those things he had written about for so long? I believe 2012 is a time to reflect, regroup and renew our mind through the word of God.

Mic Check:

God spoke the world into being. Throughout Genesis chapter 1, we repeatedly read, “God said.” By verse 27, God made man in His own image and in His own likeness; male and female created He them.” Additionally, the Apostle John points out this very thing as we read in John chapter 1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…

Can we doubt that Divine mind, Divine thought and Divine Word spoke the world into being? Hang in there with me just one moment more, because if we are made in His image and in His likeness; doesn’t that mean we are ‘like’ Him?

Who can deny that any one of us has had a wonderful, inspiring thought and our whole day was brightened by it; just by the expectation of something we look forward to doing or a place we imagine visiting? We walk around ‘chipper’ all day and say really upbeat things that reflect our upbeat mood. Conversely, who hasn’t been around someone who (for no apparent reason) went from neutral to stormy or dejected in their attitude? When they speak, it comes out irritated and grumpy (to say the least).

We see it all the time in little children. Perhaps one child gets a Popsicle and before you can return with another for the other child; the one without the Popsicle is sad, or even angry and yelling. Why? Their faith locked in to believing that they were not getting a Popsicle. They “Feared” that they were being deprived of something they had ‘hoped’ for.

In Genesis chapter 3:1-7 we read that it was actually the suggestion of a “thought” for a false desire and fear of deprivation that Satan peddled his rebelliousness as a “thought” to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Nothing occurred until Eve ‘took up that thought’ by faith and then shared her tainted faith with Adam who submitted.

How does that tie with Fear and disease? Come back for Part Two. Be Blessed

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