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Ya Soknim Has Gone To Be With Jesus

June 25, 2011 1 comment

Our dear sister has gone to be with her Savior this past Wednesday, the 22nd.  As some of you know, she was not doing well and battling several infections.  This was not her home though and she is now whole and beautiful in the arms of Jesus!  Pray, pray, PRAY for Vibol and their 4 children!  This has been a very difficult time for Vibol after just losing his father late last year and now his wife.  Pray that the Lord would hold him up, keep him strong and that Vibol would be encouraged and strengthened through this time.

There is a link to the Phnom Penh Post:  Ya Soknim

Also, a picture of the two of them before the acid attack:  GoReconcile

SHEAR DELIGHT

I want to talk to you about the “delights of your heart”. We can determine what a person takes pleasure in by their habits. Remember that habits are passed on to those who watch our lives We are always communicating what is important by the way we live.

As I was reading through the first five chapters of Genesis, I realized that Adam was setting a precedent for every generation that followed him. Through disobedience (not listening carefully enough to obey), sin produced a strange kind of behavior with Adam. Up to Genesis 2:25, the  “sound of the Lord God walking in the garden” was a delight to Adam.  Sin changed this delight to fear causing Adam and Eve to “hide themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Gen. 3:8). Notice the influence Adam had on his wife so that they “hid” together.

Let’s look at the next generation. Cain is influenced by the sin of his parents and kills Abel, his brother, out of envy because Abel found delight in offering what was acceptable to God. Both Adam and his son Cain could have found comfort, safety and delight in the presence of
God, but like his father, Cain blames God for hiding His face from Cain. He imposed on himself the idea of being a “fugitive and a wanderer on the earth…” (4:14).

How let’s go down the road a few more generations. God replaces the generation of Abel with Seth. From Seth came several generations until we get to Enoch (Gen. 5). Twice in verse 22 and 24 we read that ” Enoch walked with God…”.  Now here is the point I want us to make in this.  Enoch found his delight in the presence of God and God was delighted in Enoch!  So great was God’s pleasure in Enoch’s delight that He had to permanently put Enoch in His presence – out of this world.  Now that is unspeakable delight!

David concludes Psalm 16 by saying, “You make known to me the path of life; “in your presence there is fullness of joy (delight); at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11).  Hebrews adds that Enoch was aware before God took him that he “pleased God” (Heb. 11:5).  Of such “the world is not worthy” (v.38).

Where do you spend time and in what is your “delight”?  Are you fearful of God’s presence? Is unconfessed sin and pleasure of this world causing you to “hide” and preventing you from enjoying the “fullness of joy”?   How are you influencing others; the next generation? Do they see your “delight in the presence of the Lord”?

“…find rest under the shadow of Christ, ah, this is great delight.  Lord, evermore may I be filled with this joy!” By Robert Murray McCheyne.

Learning the joy of this *DELIGHT*,

Tempting Distractions

June 9, 2011 2 comments

Do you every have “tempting distractions”?  Let me explain what I mean.  A “distraction” is anything that will draw me away from what God wants me to do right now.  There many things that are not sinful in and of themselves, but they do not contribute to or lead me to fulfill God’s will for me at this moment.

I have been reading through the book of Nehemiah and in chapter six he models for us the way to remain focused on what God has called us to do.  Often “distractions” come from other people who have a different agenda for us than what God’s will is.  It’s not that people aren’t important, they are.  Some can be “enemies in disguise”. But we must be discerning (1 Thess. 5:21).  In the case of Sanballat and Tobiah, they heard about the progress of God’s work through Nehemiah and want him to leave (stop) this critical work to have a “meeting”.  Notice Nehemiah’s answer: “And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”” (Nehemiah 6:3).

There are other “distractions” besides people.  I find myself allowing small things to turn my attention off what the Lord wants me to do.  Time has many robbers!  Because of the days we live in, Paul says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17).  The will of God for us is more important than anything else in life!

So what is the “test” that will tell me whether something is a “distraction” or not?  I am learning to ask myself the question; ‘is this the will of God and will it please Him?’  Over and over, Paul was concerned about what would “please” the Lord, his Master.  (See 2 Cor. 5:9; Gal. 1:10; Eph. 5:10; Col. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:4; 4:1; 1 Tim. 2:3; 2 Tim. 2:4).

Because Nehemiah would not let anything “distract” him from the work God had called him to, he became a model and motivation for others, what was broken was restored to God’s plan, the word of God was given its proper place, and the worship of God was restored.

Where do we begin in restoring an undistracted heart?  “Mary…sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching.” (Luke 10:39).  “Martha was distracted with much serving.” (v.40).  I am convinced that in the presence of Jesus we discover what is important to Him.   It will be very different from what man’s agenda is.  Let us seek to live “undistracted” for the will and pleasure of God!!