Always reinvent yourself. God has so much for you to do in this life to be sitting waiting for things to happen. Don’t be afraid of the unknown. God has everything covered. All you have to do is take the first step.
But I am too old…He used Zechariah and Elizabeth to have John the Baptist. Luke Chapter 1
But I am not a great speaker… God used the stuttering Moses to lead the greatest exodus of His people out of slavery. Exodus 4:11-13
But I am sickly… God used a sickly man who changed the Roman Empire(Paul the Apostle). 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
I am proof that God can use anyone and I mean anyone! For when I have been weak, he has been strong. I have had the astonishment of seeing what God can do if one lets Him lead! 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
What are you waiting for? Go make the world a better place!!
12 Days & 12 Scriptures – Scripture 7 of 12:
Although we don’t speak of this prophecy as one for Christ’s birth, Our Lord & Savior was born from humble beginnings as a human being. This child that was born in a manger about 2000 years ago would feel the pain as three-quarters of the world does even today. He would grow up poor, his earthly dad would die early in His life. He would have to take on more responsibility at a younger age and because He was the eldest son of a widow.
Later on during his ministry, in the Gospel story of Luke chapter 9:58, this poor King would make a statement, “- Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”-
This Christmas, as we all open up presents and have get-togethers with our loved ones, may we remember that Humble Baby laying in the manger would 33 years later, leave this earth penniless & yet give all of humanity the priceless gift of Salvation.
Who believes our report?
To whom is the arm of Adonai revealed?
2 For before him he grew up like a young plant,
like a root out of dry ground.
He was not well-formed or especially handsome;
we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us. The Prophet Isaiah Chapter 53:
12 Days & 12 Scriptures – Scripture 6 of 12-
Jesus would come and fix the Kingly line of David. He is the Perfect, Wise, Understanding and Strong King of Peace. He is no longer the Prince but the King of kings. The Prophet Isaiah Chapter 11:
1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
3 And He will delight in the fear of the LORD,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
“27 and yet, will God truly reside on earth? Look! Neither the sky nor the highest heaven can contain you! How much less this Temple that I have built!”
The Jewish Scriptures. Book of 1 Kings chapter 8 verse 27 NASB
The Lord is truly amazing. As I took Astronomy for the second time, I did not regret my decision First of all because the first time was in college in 1984.
Professor Andrew Vanden Heuvel’s lectures brought a multi-dimensional perspective. The last time I took the class, I was 18 and going to a secular college. I was just a few weeks into really knowing who God was in my life. Astronomy had always interested me to the point of me buying one of those cheap telescopes and looking up at the heavens.
Even in my ignorance, I knew there was something bigger than me. I was hungry to reach out and touch God. Yet, in none of the lectures at the college I was in , did God make an entrance. No word of His majesty nor of His powerfully active work still being done today was mentioned.
You see, the professor was a secular professor explaining his secular theories to secular kids who really did not want to be bothered by an entity in school. I call the trifecta of what has been going on in America for far too long.
When I finished this class back in ’84, I received a great grade. It left me asking more questions than before I took the class.
Now here is where I will sound old- Back then, I did not know what I know now.
Now let’s fast forward to modern times!!
I just finished taking this Anatomy class at CLI. The instruction was not only as comparable as college courses but it brought home the meaning of Astronomy.
“To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.”
The Jewish Scriptures, Book of Psalms chapter 68 verse 33 NASB
Professor VH said,(sorry for being so informal on your name, but I feel like I personally know you almost to the point of going to your place and cooking you a BBQ!. Plus, if I had to write your full name, I would use up a few hundred words alone!!)
Back to my reflections on the class. This class was much more than the stars and galaxies. I can’t pick one class lecture because it would not do the class justice, just like I can’t just pick one thing I like in the bible because everything comes together in unity to declare God’s incredible majesty and power. But if I could take one lecture it would have to be the perfect number (Week) 7 lecture.
I remember in week 1, Professor VH explained the main reason for the class:
“The amazing universe points to the amazing Creator… The class is all about knowing God…This class is very visual. There are picture galleries of each class to see…that will give you the purpose of course. And that is knowing God and how to know God better through His Son the Word, His scriptures and through nature.
“1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
4 Their voice is not heard And their utterances to the end of the world.…”
The Jewish Scriptures, Book of Psalms chapter 19 verses 1-4 19 NASB
As professor VH continued explaining the sheer size of Gas Giants, I realized even that much more how God has a perfect synchronization and order throughout the universe.
When I learned that 1.3 million earths would fit inside the sun, just that in sheer numbers is beyond my scope of imagination. Yet, our sun is not the biggest in the universe:
“We know that the radius of CM is 2100 times larger than our sun’s. So the answer is about 9.3 billion suns can fit inside VY Canis Majoris.”
The above picture is of VY Canis Majoris. The small circle you see in blue, is outlining our sun and also the orbit of the earth.That is simply amazing and incomprehensible to see that our sun is a tiny dot in our galaxy the Milky Way!
Yet I can’t help myself for asking:
“What is a human being, that you make so much of him;
that you set your affections on him,
18 visit him every morning,
and test him continually? …”
The Jewish Scriptures, Book of Job chapter 7 verses 17-18. ISV
“Adonai, what are mere mortals,
that you notice them at all;
humans, that you think about them?
4 Man is like a puff of wind,
his days like a fleeting shadow.
5 Adonai, lower the heavens, and come down; ..”
The Jewish Scriptures, Book of Psalms chapter 144, verses 3-5 The Complete Jewish Bible
What is man? Man is not the center of the universe. At least not in the scheme of the universe. Yet, God thought of men and women as incredibly important. As I sat watching the lecture, I couldn’t help myself. I became joyfully overwhelmed by God’s presence in my life. Instead of me getting sad and depressed on how minute we are in the vastness of space, I rejoiced that the Creator of this universe,the One that has this what seems infinite number of stars and planets, the Lord Himself, has taken time out to speak with me personally.
Even more incredible, that He has sent His Son Jesus, to die a horrible death for me. Me, little ol’ me! An insignificant smaller than a fly human being when you look at the vastness of the universe. Yet, in his ultimate sacrifice, the Son came and like Psalm 144 verse 5 says, God lowered or bowed or bent the heavens to bring His Son Jesus to earth. Our God is so powerful that He can roll up the universe and put it in his pocket! I know what you’re thinking, “ How can Oscar say this? Is God that powerful and big?
Well, just look at the following scripture in Isaiah chapter 40:
12 “Who has measured the waters of the sea
in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens
by the width of his hand?
Who has enclosed the dust of the earth
in a measuring bowl,?”….
…..22 ”He’s the one who sits above the disk of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.
He’s the one who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to live in,”…
The Jewish Scriptures, book of Isaiah chapter 40, verses 12 and 22 ISV
Our God is! Our God is the One that hold the universe in His hand. Our God is the One that thinks of humans as His precious love and joy!
Our God is the One that called you and me from our mother’s womb! He knows us. His Son Jesus saved us. His Holy Spirit guides us. His majesty declares and His presence confirms. He is Our God. Our God is the One that reigns! The universe screams out into sheer delight that God is the orchestrator of all creation. But even more wonderful, He is the perfecter of our faith. The One that will se us through this journey called life. Our God is the One! Suns and planets may begin and end. But They only begin and end with His command. Our God is the one that commands the heavens to move and they obey. There is nothing our God can’t do.
And our God is the One that does all this, just for us, men and women in this tiny, hole in the wall planet called earth. Yet, our God is the One that has called us from here to spread the Good News of His creation and of His love and salvation. Our God is the One, who chose the nation of Israel, the tiniest of nations on this planet. Our God is the One that chose the lesser of brothers from each generation. Our God is the one who chose me, the least among people to proclaim the gospel!
Some may see the vastness of the universe as a negative. But I see God’s glorious fingerprint in the heavens for they declare that Our God is the One!
“This is the Lord’s message: “Now come back to me with all your heart. Cry and mourn, and don’t eat anything! Show that you are sad for doing wrong.”
The Book of Joel Chapter 2 Verse 12 Easy to Read Version
This is the second part of restoring ourselves as a people, individually. You are asking yourselves how could we restore our nation as a whole, individually?
What I mean by this is that we all have to be responsible for our own actions. There is no getting away with the things that we do and then blaming society for the actions.
I have noticed a growing trend in our culture. It makes me feel afraid. We are gradually becoming a nation of takers. This country was founded on guiding morals and principles of strong faith, hard work and personal freedom to achievement. I don’t pretend to be an expert, but I do know when things started getting out of hand.
The years 1962 and 1963 saw a tremendous paradigm shift. These two years were morally cataclysmic. I am sure that the people who wanted and saw the end of prayer and Bibles in the class thought that they had won a moral victory. But what they accomplished was quite the opposite. You see, when people pray together, they join as one and evoke a spirit of humility. This humility is translated into words that agree with one another to invoke to a higher power. In cases where prayer is invoked, we see a sense of fellowship and community.
That sense of community makes it harder for people to cheat or hurt one another because it is hard to do anything wrong to people when they become close to you. Prayer is this and so much more. It is a way to ask God for help and guidance. It builds character, gives you patience and makes you in tune with the God of the universe. When we lose this connection, we are like a plane or ship without a rudder. We will just go in circles or take a nose dive into the vast abyss of life.
We were made as creatures who have an insatiable need to worship the Lord. But we have lost this and, therefore, are feeling the after effects of losing ourselves and our direction spiritually.
Once we lost the ability to pray together in schools, the next common sense step was to get rid of our instruction book on spirituality. It is said that the Bible stands for, “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” and although you may think that is a corny way of putting it, it holds true.
It was 1963 when Bibles started disappearing from our public schools. Again, the person or persons who opposed having them, thought they had won big. But it was the beginning of the end for our nation.
Does this mean that the years before 1962 were better than those that came after? Yes, they were. They may not have been perfect. Kids will always be kids, especially teens. But there was a sense of right and wrong. The Bible gives us instruction on how to act as people. It shows and guides us to do better for ourselves. If people were to read the Bible every day, there would be no excuse to do wrong instead of right.
The Bible lays it out there in plain and simple language. It is a language of love and not hate. It is a language of others instead of me. The Bible can teach you all this and much more.
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. I just can’t imagine why we would need to make an official day of prayer for this country. Every day should be a national day of prayer where everyone comes together in their own time and personal space to lift up our nation and each other. But more importantly, to give thanks and adoration to the Lord of the Bible. The One that can bring us back to where He wants us to be, in complete harmony with Him.
Part 3 of this series will be coming soon. The aftershocks of a Godless society and the effects of not have the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth…
I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. Psalm 22 NKJV
I just read about Christians in Australia who have gotten together and have also asked the rest of the world to pray for our country.
To our fellow Aussie Christian Brethren, I thank You and will come along side of You to pray for Your country and mine:
Lord, I am joining our Australian brethren and lifting up this country. This country that You had Your hand in from its onset. This country that has sent out more missionaries than any other in the history of humanity. You have given us so much and we deserve si little. Lord I want to thank You for Your Providence upon this country and ask that You first and foremost forgive us our sins. I look upon You as our sovereign Lord and Savior. I ask that Your favorable hand be upon this country once again.
Father, we have trespassed against You time and time again and I am included in these trespasses.
I ask that You be graceful merciful with us and that You provide the guidance and protection that we desperately desire and need.
I lift up the leadership in this country and ask that You forgive them for their lack of Godly leadership.
I ask You to forgive us for killing the innocents every day. Lord this last thing I ask mainly because I know that You are the Defender of the helpless and that You are a jealous God, who will protect those that can’t defend themselves.
Lord I ask for my beloved country to come back to You. That our prideful hearts come back to You and that we have such a revival as their never has been.
Lord, I also lift up our Australian brethren whom You have laid in their hearts to pray for my country. I ask that You also protect them and that You have Your hand upon them and bless them.
Father, bring us back to You and may we never forget that You alone are the One that raise Kings up and brings them down.
We love You Lord and we thank You for what You are about to do in this country.
In Jesus’ name, I pray this.