Reverie can encompass the past, present and future for it is defined as a dreamy meditation. It might involve nostalgia as well as hopes and plans for retirement. However, it often occurs as people try to deal with present events. Reverie might also be a conversation with oneself about the why and how of a situation.
For a Christian reverie can be a valuable tool during one’s daily devotions. As we read scriptures we can ask questions like, “Why did God include this passage and how does it apply to me?” “How could I be more like Jesus in my contacts with others?” “ Have I remembered to pray about a difficult situation?” “Do I have my priorities in the right order?”
During these conversations with ourselves, we will soon discover that the Holy Spirit is there to help us through the difficult and frustrating times ( Rom 8: 14-16). He will lead us (v 14) cry out to the Father for us ( v 15) and testify with our spirit that we are indeed God’s ( v 16). He will also help us in our weakness and voice for us the prayers we cannot express ( Rom 8: 26). The Godhead know each other’s thoughts ( v 27) ( 1 Cor 2: 10-12) and thus the Holy Spirit can intercede for the saints in accordance with God’s will ( Rom 8:27).
Be assured that the devil will often try to interject negative thoughts into our reverie. After all, he did that to Job through his wife ( Job 2:9) through Peter ( Mt 16: 22-23) and even to Jesus during His temptations ( Mt 4: 1-11). He will attempt to persuade us to neglect and discontinue these precious times of reverie and replace them with other time-consuming things.
During our reverie we can meditate on how God used His providence to help us escape physical and spiritual danger. We can reflect on what He is doing for us now. We can remember all the promises of an abundant life here and an glorious life hereafter that He will fulfill in heaven ( Jo 14:1-3) ( Rev 21: 3-4).
Submitted by Jery Bailey
This is the 47th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. This is one of those decisions that has impacted somewhere over 60 million babies in the last 47 years. That number grows by 3000 babies aborted each day in America. This is one of those life decisions that usually negatively impact Moms, Dads, Grand Parent, and many others each day. The scriptures talk about the unborn children.
Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Each of us have been created inside our mother’s womb. All of us. We are all the same in that respect!
Job 31:15 (NIV) 15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers? Wow, what a verse. Those of us who are now living were created just like those who have been aborted!
Luke 1:41 (NIV) 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
The baby leaped in her womb would indicate that the unborn baby could respond to outside stimuli.
This would be either the #1 or #2 leading cause of death in America today depending upon the statistics you are looking at. For every 1000 live births there are 120 abortions. Staggering numbers!
We need to be supporting people and organizations that openly protect the unborn children.
The good news is this: God receives those aborted children immediately into his presence and by his Grace, through the shed blood of Jesus; there is forgiveness for those caught up in this activity.
Continue to pray for the unborn children and their parents.
Blessing to you all.
Chet Wiswell, Elder.
Christmas is an exciting time of the year. There is something special about this specific time that the Christian world remembers the birth of our Lord Jesus. It is hard to say just how many people actually understand the “reason for this season” verses the number who considers it just another Holiday time to be off work. From the Christian perspective we understand the importance and significance of the birth of our Lord Jesus. He left Heaven to live among his creation and finally He laid down his life for us on the cross then after 3 days He was resurrected from the grave and is now at the right hand of God in Heaven.
One verse keeps surfacing: Matt 1:23. We may not understand its significance.
Matthew 1:21-23 (NKJV) 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Immanuel is the first name given to Jesus describing “WHO” he is. Immanuel means “God with us”. How fitting it is to see and know the basic idea of who this Jesus would be. His purpose is to be with us now and through eternity and to have a close relationship with us now as well as through eternity. The message of salvation revolves around our inviting Jesus into our hearts and there he abides with us. It is interesting that the first name given to Jesus means “God with us”. This is God’s ultimate idea for each of us, that he wants a close relationship with each of us through His Son Jesus or Immanuel.
Blessings to each of you as we remember the birth of our Jesus this Christmas season.
Chet Wiswell, Elder
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