The Rest of Victory


There is nothing

No circumstance,

No trouble

No testing —

That can ever touch me until, first of all,

It has gone past God

And past Christ,

Right through to me

If it has come that far,

It has come with great purpose,

Which I may not understand

at the moment —

But as I refuse to become panicky

As I lift my eyes up to Him

And accept it as come from His throne

For some great purpose of blessing

to my heart,

No sorrow will disturb me,

No circumstance will cause me to fret

For I shall rest in the JOY

Of what my Lord is,

That is THE REST OF VICTORY.

Mrs. Baugh’s Bible — Treasure 3

Quote


This beautiful old King James Bible, tattered and torn, filled with wonderful clippings, quotes and writings. I look forward to sharing all of them with you over the next few days, and maybe weeks.

Tucked snuggled between the pages of Exodus 12 were yellowed clippings of the following quotes:

PALOMINO —

Tradition says that the golden Palomino horse, an ancient breed, came from the Lost Kingdom of Atlantis, and was found by Phoenician navigators on the Portuguese Islands.

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There is an old English proverb: “Live amongst nightingales and you will sing; live amongst wolves and you will howl.”

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“The nearer I approach the end.” said Victor Hugo, “the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the worlds which invite me.”

Mrs. Baugh’s Bible — Treasure 2, The Book of Romans


Continuing with the legacy and treasures I found in Mrs. Baugh’s Bible, I discovered this quote from the Poet Coleridge written in blue ink script —

Romans

“Coleridge calls ‘it’ the most profound work in existence”

Reading this quote piqued my curiosity and I wanted to learn more about Romans. In my seeking however, I have discovered other facts that were also interesting.

(Click on the link below to see these other interesting facts.)

Interesting Facts About Romans

I have often heard of Romans as the Roman Road to Salvation, since Paul clearly defines what is required to receive Salvation.

All Are Sinners

Romans 3:10

“As it is written, there is none righteous, not even one…”

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Sin Brings Death But Through Christ We Have Eternal Life

Romans 5:12

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

We are to Confess and Believe

Romans 10:9-10

“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth confesses, resulting in salvation.”

Romans 10:13

“For whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Mrs. Baugh’s Bible and It’s Legacy Messages – Treasure 1


In my post entitled “Edith’s Bible” dated 4/2/12, I wrote about the first old Bible that I purchased for $1.00 in an estate sale. The woman who had owned this particular was named Mrs. M. Baugh. Today I was unpacking boxes that have been stored since our move almost two years ago.  One of the boxes held my old bible collection.

As I gently unpacked each one, I recalled its story of how I came to own it. When I picked up Mrs. Baugh’s tattered edge bible I carefully turned the pages finding yellow, tattered clippings, underlined verses, quotes and turned down pages. I decided then, that I must share these delightful, once cherished, tidbits. This post will be the first of several as I share with you Mrs. Baugh’s spiritual treasures.

Treasure 1

3rd Chapter of John

5th Chapter of Matthew (IMPORTANT)

John 3

1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

22After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

24For John was not yet cast into prison.

25Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying.

26And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

27John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

28Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

29He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

30He must increase, but I must decrease.

31He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

32And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

33He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

35The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

36He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Matthew 5

1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

31It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Holy


Holy is a beautiful word, that when spoken resonates with it’s meaning of being set apart, unique, unlike all others, a purity unlike anything experienced in the secular world. Only in our spiritual lives can we even begin to perceive the true and full meaning of Holy.

Discovering the attributes of God is an adventurous journey. One of my favorite attributes is the fact that God is Holy. A stop by Isaiah 40:25 reveals that there is none other like Him. God is unequal to any other being. He and He alone is the Holy One. God’s holiness is not found in what He does. It is who he is.

God’s holiness is spoken of throughout scripture. Studies of Leviticus 19:2; Psalms 47:8; Psalms 48:1; Isaiah 6:3 and Revelations 3:7 are but a few of the many verses in scripture that speak of God’s holiness. God’s holiness is the source from which all His other attributes flow – His eternal nature, His goodness and His Grace, as well as His many other attributes.

God’s holiness not only fuels His other attributes, but God’s holiness separates Him from sin. Because of His holiness, He is incapable of even the slightest hint of untruth, injustice, impurity, or questionable use of power. Therefore, His holiness also emphasizes His stark contrast to the sinfulness of humanity who have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

Each of us know good and righteous people who strive to avoid sin. We have watched great spiritual men of God, such as Billy Graham, and look up to them as our spiritual leaders. We honor Christian women who have lived their lives seeking to Christ-like. Ruth Graham and Beth Moore leap to mind. Yet in comparison to the Holiness of God, all of us, including these great spiritual leaders, do not compare to the Holy One – God.

SCRIPTURE

Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
 For you alone are holy
All nations will come and worship before you,
 for your righteous deeds have been revealed.

Revelations 15:4 (NLT)

Prayer

Lord, I am humbled and awed by your Holiness. It is difficult for my human mind to truly grasp the purity of You. Give each of us greater insight into the fullness of Your Holiness. Give each of us a growing desire to know You more intimately with each passing day.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

God is Good


How would you define a person described as being “good”? Would this be someone who doesn’t break the law; someone who doesn’t use foul language; someone who is honest and has high moral convictions; or someone who does nice things for other people? All of these might apply to a good person; however, even the best person still has some faults.

One of the attributes or characteristics of God is his goodness. In Genesis 1:31a we see that God is the originator of all things good when we read

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” (NKJV)

There is no other source of goodness outside of God. He is the sole source. Authors confirmed this fact for us in Psalms 16:2 –

“O my soul, you have said to the Lord, You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from you”

and in Psalms 119:68 –

“You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes”. (NKJV)

The goodness of God is absolute. His purity is sure. There is not even a hint of evil in God. God is never less than good. If he were to be, then he would no longer be God.

Jesus confirms God’s goodness in Matthew 19:16-17 which reads,

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life” So He said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is God. But, if you want to enter into life keep the commandments.”

So although we may know good people, none of us are totally good. We are all sinners by nature and daily we must choose between good and evil thoughts and/or actions. As Christians we are to strive to be Christ like, but all of us sin to some capacity every day. None of us are totally pure in thought and deed. Only One is good, pure and that One is God.

It is out of his goodness that God chooses to bless us even when we may fall short and be undeserving of his unmerited favor. It is out of his goodness that God begins a “good work in us”. (See Philippians 1:6)

Scripture

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life” So He said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is God. But, if you want to enter into life keep the commandments.”

Prayer

Oh God, help us to be observant each day of Your goodness in our lives and in our world.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Change


Ironically, change is one of the few constant things in life. Some changes are gradual and other times we can watch things change almost before our eyes. With the passing of time we age and those around us age as well. Our homes, our cars, our bodies begin to show signs of age as time passes. Our jobs change as the people we work with change or as our leadership change. The people we associate with in our life change. Hopefully, we change as we grow wiser after we experience various life events and choices.

Change is good; however, it sometimes will bring loss or confusion. Change is often uncomfortable as we seek to adjust to the parent or spouse with Alzheimer, the loved one who has become chronically or terminally ill, the change in our job situations or just daily changes that occur in life.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that there was someone in your life who would never change? Someone who would ALWAYS be there, who could ALWAYS be counted on, who would be the same when you are five years old and still be the same when you are eighty-five years old?

There IS someone — God. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the same God that spoke the world into creation. He is the same God that spoke and the Red Sea parted for the Egyptians. He is the same God that protected David as he slew Goliath. He is the same God that caused the Virgin Mary to give birth to a son. He is the same God that healed the sick and who raised Jesus from the Tomb. He has not changed since before the beginning of time.

We can always count on God to be the same regardless of the circumstances in our life. I don’t know about you, but knowing that the God I worship is the same God of those in Scripture, to know that He is unchanging even after all these years, is a genuine comfort and strength as I face the never-ending changes of life.

SCRIPTURE

For I am the LORD, I do not change; … Malachi 3:6a

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for being constant, unchanging, always the same. It is so comforting to know that the God of the great names in scripture is the same God we serve. We rejoice that we can always count on you in our life to be there to see us through each day. In thanksgiving we want to praise You, to honor You and to glorify You Oh, Lord!

In Jesus Name,

Amen