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How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life

May 01-15 Devotionals

How Then Shall We Live? (Ezekiel 33:10, KJV)

The Meaning of the Number: 5 


May 01 – When You’ve Been a Guron

May 02 – The Greek Word, “Katartizo” a “curing or mending” Word

May 03 – Seeing the Invisible God – Queen Victoria and the Blind Sculptor

May 04 – Stamp Eternity on My Eyeballs – Jonathan Edwards

May 05 – The Settled Word

May 06 – Therefore, Let Us Not Sleep

May 07 – Elbert Hubbard and the Sinking of the Lusitania in 1915

May 08 – Struggling? Learn from a Curious Boy, an Old Wise Man and a Cocoon

May 09 – A Living Sermon – St. Francis of Assisi and the Young Monk at the Portiucula

May 10 – A Mother’s Heart – Mary Kept all These Things in Her Heart

May 11 – Secret and Dissembled Flavors of His Affection

May 12 – God Breathed – Sarai to Sarah – Abram to Abraham – Letter “H” in Hebrew

May 13 – In the Midst of an Earthly Trial?

May 14 – I Have Chosen Thee in the Furnace of Affliction

May 15 – A Generation of Christian Mothers Change the Face of a Society in 12 Months

May 16 – Be Angry and Sin Not

May 17 – The Two Who Live Within You – The Inner and Outward Man

May 18 – Troubles, Which Are Without Remedy

May 19 – No Man is Able to Pluck Them Out of My Father’s Hand.

May 20 – The Chief Pang of Most Trials


GEMINI (The Twins). The twofold nature of the King. May 21–June 21


1. LEPUS (The Hare), or THE ENEMY trodden under foot.

2. CANIS MAJOR (The Dog), or SIRIUS, the coming glorious Prince of Princes.

3. CANIS MINOR (The Second Dog), or PROCYON, the exalted Redeemer.


May 21 – He is No Idle Husbandman

May 22 – He Will Make Them Still Waters For You

May 23 – Prize Inward Exercises, Grief’s and Troubles

May 24 – Things That Internally and Externally Vex Thee

May 25 – Every Purpose Under the Sun

May 26 – A Man’s Lack of Discipline in His Life is His Own Punishment

May 27 – Mercy From the Lord – A Mother Visits Napoleon

May 28 – He Permits for the Purification and Beautification of Thy Soul

May 29 – Twenty Nine Knives – Cyrus the King Brought Forth 29 Knives

May 30 – Reserved in the Treasures of His Deep Counsels

May 31 – Denying the Wisdom of God

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The Meaning of the Number: 5

The Meaning of the Number: 5


The number 5 is seen throughout the Bible relating to power and Divine grace.


5 kinds of animals were sacrificed under the Old Covenant Law of sacrifice: goats, sheep, cattle, pigeons and doves (Genesis 15:9; Exodus 29:38; Leviticus 1:1-17; 3:1; 4:3, 14, 23, 28; 5:6-7)


God changed Abram's name to Abraham by adding the letter/number five to his name (Genesis 17:5).


God changed Sarai's name by adding the same letter/number with the value of "grace" to form the name Sarah (Genesis 17:15).  


Abraham and Sarah were transformed by grace to become the parents of a family from which the Messiah would be born


The Tabernacle was measured in multiples of five (Exodus 25 - 27)


There are 5 books of the Torah (first 5 books of the Old Testament)

Words to Think About…

"Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. "


(Matthew 25:2)

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May 01

When You’ve Been a Guron

Be not conformed to this world.” – Romans 12:2


One day, Guron’s master came to him with the news that he would be gone for awhile. Guron, perplexed at the news, asked his master what he  should do while he is gone. His master told him, “Wait and pray for my return by the side of this mountain.


Guron being a good disciple said, “Master, I will wait for your return.


Guron went up the mountain with only one possession, a blanket. He set his direction towards the city. As time passed, Guron continued to do as his master had asked. One night, Guron was awakened by a rat  chewing on his blanket. This continued night after night, and the stench from his blanket became unbearable.

Guron decided to head down into the city to find another blanket. As he approached, the city elders met him shouting, “Its Guron the holy man, get him anything he wants!


Guron replied, “My needs are simple. I only require a new blanket.


The elders immediately said, “Get Guron the most beautiful blanket that we have.


Guron went back up the mountain satisfied with his new blanket, but  unfortunately, this did not solve the problem. The rat returned to chew on his new blanket. The next morning, Guron quickly went back down into  the city. As he approached the city he was once again met by the city  Elders, with the words, “Its Guron the holy man, get him anything he wants!


Guron told them that his needs are simple. He needed another blanket  because the rat kept chewing on it in the night. The Elders said, “Get Guron a new blanket, and the best rat catching cat we have.


This solved the problem with the blanket, but the cat was continually  hungry, and needed to be fed. He was constantly meowing for food. The next morning, Guron made his way back down into the city. When the city  Elders saw him approaching, they again came to him with the words, “Its Guron the holy man, get him anything he wants!


Guron said, “My needs are simple. I am so thankful for the new blanket, but the cat you gave me requires milk and I have none. The Elders said, “Get Guron the best milk cow that we have!


The elders watched as Guron walked back up the mountain with another  blanket, holding a cat, and pulling up a cow behind him with a rope. This seemed to work for a while, but the cow began to wander, and Guron spent his time attending to the cow and the cat. Again, Guron headed  down into the city the next morning, and again, he was met by the city Elders with the words, “Its Guron the holy man, get him anything he wants!


Guron said, “Thank you for the blanket, the cat and the cow, but the cow continues to wander and I cannot care for it.


The city Elders, seeing where this was going, said among themselves, “We must build Guron a fence.” Another suggested that Guron would need a barn. And another suggested that Guron would need a place to stay to take care of the barn; the  ideas went on and on. As time passed, Guron became a great trader of goods and he became quite successful, fat, and wealthy.


One day, Guron was out walking around his estate admiring all that he had  built, when off in the distance, he saw a man approaching. Guron  quickly made his way towards the man, and walking up to the man, looked  him in the eye and confidently offered, “What can I sell you? What would you like to buy?


Then his Master sad at what he was seeing, said to Guron, “Have I been gone so long that you don’t recognize me?


Have you been a Guron?


I remember telling this story to a 10-year-old boy one day, while he was at work with his mother. I saw a tear in his eye when he said to me,  “I’ve been a Guron too.” Jesus’ instruction for us upon  leaving was for us to watch diligently and wait expectantly for His  return, (Mark 13:33). If he came today, how many of us are ready, waiting for His return? My prayer is that none of you would be caught  chasing cows, collecting more blankets, or caught up in the process of building empires that we do not even recognize the times we are living  in are quickly approaching the return of Jesus at an hour that no man knows.

Words to Think About…

<>–GREAT MERCY–<>


Spurgeon says, “God’s mercy is so great, that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time, and then gives great favors and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God.


John Bunyan also tells us, “It must be a great mercy, or no mercy: for little mercy will never serve my turn.


<>–COURAGE IS–<>

Courage is simply not just one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest  reality.” – C. S. Lewis

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May 02

The Greek Word, “Katartizo” a “curing or mending” Word

Here’s a great word for you from the Greek language of the New Testament. The word is “Katartizo” (kat-ar-tid’zo – (#2675 in the Strong’s Concordance). It is used in Galatians 6:1; “Brethren, if any man be overtaken (or caught up) in a fault (or trespass), ye which are spiritual, Katartitzo (restore) such a one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” We are limited in the English language for the translation of this word.


The essence of Katartitzo is that of a “curing or mending” word. Like a surgeon would set a broken limb, a fisherman mending a torn net, a king equipping a warrior with weapons, it means to give to someone something that is missing, or something that they lack. It is executing a repair or reviving something so it can be effective again. Katartitzo is an encouraging word. 


The idea of this verse is the process of confronting a guilty person who has been tripped or has fallen. The goal in the confrontation is to restore (katartitzo) that person. It’s to be done in the spirit of “meekness, temperance, and gentleness” (Gal 5:22, 23). So many times we see brethren caught in a sin, and in our zeal of confronting them and drive them to a place where restoration is impossible. This verse teaches us that we are to confront in a spirit of gentleness, lest we also be tempted. Put yourself in their shoes, for next time it could be you. The purpose is to restore not cripple.


Our goal should be to create a “mending” home for our children and loved ones in a world where shattered and broken homes are all around us. Katartitzo, great word isn’t it?


This generation of people are divided over politics, religion, morality and personal hurts which has destroyed many families. 


The next time you find yourself in a situation where a friend or family is overtaken in a fault, Here is your remedy and what God wants us to do; “Brethren, if any man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore (katartitzo) such a one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1

Words to Think About…

<>–ON RECONCILLIATION –<>


 God Has Given Us The Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-21)


1. The Prodigal Son – Restored!


2. The Suffering of Job – Restored!


3. The Lost Sheep – Restored!


4. The 1 who left the other 99 – Restored!


5. Peter, denied His Lord 3 times – Restored!


6. Gomer, runaway wife of Hosea – Restored


7 David, murderer, adulterer, man after God’s own heart – Restored!


8. Me – Restored!


“And I (God) will restore unto you the years the locusts have eaten….”


 Joel 2:25

May 03

Seeing the Invisible God – Queen Victoria and the Blind Sculptor

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May 03 Devotional

May 4

Stamp Eternity on My Eyeballs – Jonathan Edwards

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May 04 Devotional

May 05

Crowns in the Bible



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May 5 Devotional

May 06

Therefore, Let Us Not Sleep

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May 06 Devotional

May 07

Elbert Hubbard and the Sinking of the Lusitania in 1915



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May 08

Struggling? Learn from a Curious Boy, an Old Wise Man and a Cocoon

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” – 3rd John 4


There was once a holy man who was sitting starring intently into what  he was holding in the palm of his hand. A young boy who had passed by  the man earlier in the day noticed the man still seated in the same place staring intently at what he was holding in his hand. Curious, like most boys his age, he approached the man to see what he was looking at…


The man was holding a butterfly cocoon. He told the boy that he was  going to watch the miracle transformation of this cocoon into a butterfly…The boy’s interest heightened. Excitedly, He asked the man if he could have the cocoon. The holy man looked at the young boy with wisdom and said; “I will give you the cocoon under ‘one’ condition.”Anything!” said the boy shouted.


The man told him, “when the cocoon starts to shake, and the butterfly struggles to get out, under NO circumstances are you to help it.” The boy agreed, took the cocoon and found a spot to sit and wait for this miracle of life.


After a short while, the cocoon started to move, then shake, it started to open, then the boy saw that the butterfly was struggling to  get out… he panicked… and then helped the butterfly by opening part of the cocoon. This beautiful butterfly flew straight up into the sky….then… fell straight down onto the ground dead.


The boy picked up the butterfly, and ran back to where the man was  still seated…In tears, he showed the man the dead butterfly… The man said, “You helped it didn’t you?”


The holy man explained to the young boy that the butterfly  strengthened its wing through its struggle to get out of the cocoon. By helping it, its wings didn’t develop to be strong enough to survive.


I like this story. As parents, there will be hard times when we have to let our children struggle, so they can develop their own wings for when they go out and fly on their own in this world. Doesn’t the Lord do  the same with us?  He sees us in our struggles and probably wants to step in and help us when He sees us struggling. In times when you struggle in this life and there seems to be no end or reason for your struggle, remember the lesson the little boy in our story learned. By allowing you to struggle in your present situation the Lord may be developing and strengthening your wings for His purpose and to help carry you through this life.


Words to Think About…

<>—A MOTHER’S WORDS—<>


“From the time that, at my mother’s feet, or my father’s  knee, I first learned to lisp verses from the sacred writings, they have  been my daily study and vigilant contemplation. If there be any thing  in my style or thoughts to be commended, the credit is due to my kind  parents in instilling into my mind an early love of the Scriptures.”


– Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Writer of Webster’s Dictionary


“The heart of the Gospel is that we must die with Christ  in order to live with Him. And that means signing over to God our  desires, our dreams, our hurts. All that we are, or will be.” 

– Keith Green (1953-1982) Christian Singer Song Writer


“When Jesus takes your hand, He keeps you tight. When Jesus keeps you tight, He leads you through your whole life. When Jesus is through your life, He brings you safely home.” 


– Corrie ten Boom (1903-1972) Nazi Holocaust Survivor, Writer

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May 09

A Living Sermon – St. Francis of Assisi and the Young Monk at the Portiucula

“A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” – Eccl. 3:7



One day St. Francis of Assisi said to one of the young monks at the Portiuncula, “Let us go down to the town and preach!”


The novice, delighted at being singled out to be the companion of Francis, obeyed with great enthusiasm. They passed through the main streets, turned down many of the byways and alleys, made their way into the suburbs, and at great length, returned by a circuitous route to the  monastery gate. As they approached the gate, the younger man reminded Francis of his original intention.


“You have forgotten, Father, that we went to the town TO PREACH!”


“My son, ”Francis replied, “We HAVE preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We have been seen by many; our behavior has been closely watched; it was thus that we have preached our morning sermon. It is of no use, my son, to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk.”


How many people do you think you preached a sermon to this week  without ever saying a word? St. Francis was known to have instructed his pupils to “Preach the gospel always and if necessary, use words.” The call of a Christian is to be a light in this world. Jesus told us we are not of this world, yet how many times do our lives just blend in with that of our contemporaries? If we are not causing some kind of stir in life because of our walk with the Lord, we our probably not walking the road that we talking.


Often times, when I think back to the people in my life who have had  the most impact, it was those who acted in the way of love. It was my grandfather who took me fishing when I needed a loving father; it was a teacher who spent extra time with me after school just to talk to me; it was a woman in my church group who was just a phone call away during a time of great crisis in my life. Yes, I knew each one of them was a Christian, but they never spoke a word of the gospel aloud to me, they were just kindness realized in the flesh. Somewhere in their efforts, I came to know the goodness of God, and later, when others spoke to me of the Lord, I recognized Him in the memories of what I had already known.  It was real to me. The desire to walk as He walked, became mine.


Christian, this week, walk in the examples of love we have been given, and remember that we may be preaching a sermon to others without even knowing it.


Words to Think About…

<>–THOUGH YOUR SIN BE AS SCARLET—-<>


In Biblical time a Hebrew woman would take a white cloth and dip it into a dye to make a crimson or deep red garment. After leaving the  garment to dry in the sun, she would again dip the already stained  garment into the crimson dye to make the very fiber of the garment  stained permanently. In Isaiah 1:16 it is recorded, 

Thou your sin be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” 


The literal translation of this verse can be read; though your sin be as scarlet, (double dyed, permanently stained), I will wash you white as  snow.


What a beautiful illustration of the cleansing power of Jesus Christ in the life of a sinner. Is there a sin that stains you? Take it under the cleansing blood of Christ this very moment and feel the stain of your sin (though double dyed) will be washed as clean as fresh white snow.


<>—HUSBAND, THE MEANING OF–<>


The word “Husband” literally means “The band of the house,” the support of it, the person who keeps it together, as a band keeps together a sheaf of corn.


“He that refraineth his lips is wise.”


– Proverbs 10:19


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May 10

A MOTHER’S HEART

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered [them] in her heart” – Luke 2:19


When Benjamin West, (1738-1820) the first American-born painter to study abroad, was a little boy, he sketched roughly the outline of his infant sister’s face as she lay in the cradle. His mother saw his genius, if not skill, in the sketch, and with a natural mother’s pride, kissed her boy. “That kiss,” said the renowned artist, “Made me a great painter.”


In this verse in Luke 2:19, it is recorded that Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. It is not recorded in the Bible the “things” that Mary pondered in her heart. The word, “Pondered” is used only one time in the New Testament in this verse. The word in the Greek means to converse within oneself., “to throw together,” to make war against,” of meeting in order discuss. 

Did the mother of Jesus experience that she treasured in her heart. Was it the time the angel appeared to her and spoke life into her womb?  Or, was it the first time she wiped the tear off the check of her  savior son? Maybe it was the time that she watched him take his first steps, knowing that he would one day have to walk away from her to a destiny that she could only tremble to imagine. I wonder what it was like to hear her child’s first words when she knew it was the same Jesus  who was there at the dawn of time, speaking things into existence.  


Mary was a mother who was chosen to raise the God man as a baby, then toddler, child, adolescent, and ultimately a man. She was chosen to encourage him, to see his genius, and speak it out to him. It was she who would most certainly shape his feelings as a person. How was it that the same Jesus that held the secrets of the heavens and the earth, had to be taught to write his first letters. Yet, he did, in all its simplicity, begin the fullness of his humanness in her arms.  They were the same arms that would also cradle his body after his crucifixion. The same hands would again touch his pierced side after the resurrection. Who can begin to imagine the breath and depth of her experience.  So much had to be kept treasured and cherished in her heart because it was just too divine, too human, all at the same time.


God gives each mother special “things” to ponder in their hearts about each of her children. These are things that are too precious to descend into mere words. A mother’s heart was made to love in the reflection of God’s love. There are no words to describe the fierceness of it, the depths of it, nor the limits of it.  Although it is not a perfect love, it is a mirror of divine love. 


Your mother’s voice is the first voice you ever hear – even before you are born. As a newborn baby, you know your Mother and prefer her above anyone else. Cherish your mother and be sure she knows that you love her and appreciate everything she does for you. Time is short, like a vapor. Love your mother before time is gone. If your mother has already gone on before you, take the time to recall memories of her. Share these memories with your family so that she will live on in your hearts.


Lord Shaftesbury, who spent most of his life trying to improve the  lives of the poorest and most oppressed people in Britain, in 1842, said  this about mothers. “Give me a generation of Christian mothers, and I will undertake to change the whole face of society in twelve months.”



Words to Think About…

<>–The Promise of Long Life–<> 

     

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” 


– Exodus 20:12


    <>–ROCKING DESTINY–<>  

    

“The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny.”


– South African Proverb


“The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life-long. Perhaps when you are dead and gone your prayer will be answered.” 


– D. L. Moody


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May 11

All That David Did Was Good, Except for the Matter of…

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May 11 Devotional

May 12

God Breathed – Sarai to Sarah – Abram to Abraham – Letter “H” in Hebrew

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May 12 Devotional

May 13

Let Your Words be as Jewels

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May 13 Devotional

May 14

I Have Chosen Thee in the Furnace of Affliction

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May 14 Devotional

May 15

A Generation of Christian Mothers Change the Face of a Society in 12 Months




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