The Destruction of Sennacherib
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.
Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,
That host with their banners at sunset were seen:
Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown,
That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.
For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;
And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,
And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride;
And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,
And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail:
And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,
The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown.
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;
And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword,
Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!
I give my heart to You, my dear Master,
Not just a part for You, my dear King.
Following You in light or in darkness,
Humbly I give to You everything.
When I can’t see the path that’s before me,
When I by faith must cling to Your hand.
Help me to trust Your infinite wisdom,
Blessing Your name for what You have planned.
Wherever You lead me, I know You are there.
Wherever I go, Wherever you lead.
Your hand will protect me. You’ll meet every need.
~The Wilds Thanks Be to God CD
Day 5: I Hate Boundaries
“If we want to embrace our boundaries— and even grow to love them —we’ll have to get this idea out of our system that rules are bad…The truth is, we need the law [boundaries]to protect ourselves from our bad behavior.” ~pg. 22
Romans 13: 14, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
1 Corinthians 6: 12, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
1 Timothy 4: 7b, “exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”
James 4: 6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
1 Peter 1: 14-16, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
The assignment for today is to “choose two or three Bible verses from today’s lesson to memorize. Write the Bible verses on index cards so you can refer back to them.” ~pg. 24
Raveling, Barb (2013-12-23). Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study (p. 22-24). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.
I really appreciate the emphasis that the author puts on Scripture and renewing your mind for lasting change. If we want to follow Christ, He tells us to deny ourselves. The areas of self-denial vary from person to person. What may be a struggle for one may not even be a temptation for another. I often have wrestled with the fact that this whole area of struggle for me is so unfair. I seem to look at food and gain weight. Why me? The answer to that is not important. This is an area that God has called me to self-denial if I am going to be a good steward of HIS temple.
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This furlough has not gone as expected, but I know the events are not a surprise to God. Although some things have been difficult, I am grateful for the Lord’s timing that has allowed me to be stateside at this time. I have been on a long blog break and that probably needs to continue. I would like to post some about the Taste for Truth Bible study that I have been doing. If nothing else, it keeps me accountable. =) I’ve also been working on the author’s newest study The Renewing of the Mind Project. I’m excited that my Sunday School class will be doing this as a summer study. I recommend this book to anyone!!! It helps you take Scripture Meditation to a whole new level. Thank you for your patience. I will do my best to drop by from time to time over the summer. My plans are to return to Japan sometime in August, if the Lord wills.
It wasn’t my intention to take a blogging break right now, but I need one. I have a lot of things going on and need to eliminate a few things from the schedule. Feel free to peruse past posts. =) I’ll be back as soon as I can! Have a great day!
Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
~William O. Cushing