Please welcome our Guest Post Blogger for this 2018 Winter Wisdom Series, Mike Messerli.
I myself have known Mike for over 20 years. He has been a faithful servant of Christ, pastor, and friend to many. He and his delightful wife Joye serve God daily. His children are now blessing them with grands.
By: Mike Messerli
As a kid did you ever get out the encyclopedia and look at the maps of the world? I did. And I was captivated by all these many lands and places, full of people I had never met, surrounded by animals and scenery I had never discovered. I would literally spend hours looking at the maps and dreaming of places I wanted to go one day. Then I discovered something. The legend. It’s a little box somewhere on the map that helps you read the scope and scale of what you are seeing. The legend clarifies the map.
As I read the Bible many years ago I found a legend there as well. It’s a way of clarifying the foundational themes of the Bible and how to respond to them, how to see them. Much like night vision goggles this verse lets you see things you never saw before. Suddenly you discover a clarity that had always seemed to be a cloud before.
Now let me explain. I’m old. I’ve walked with God for way over 50 years now. And, I’m much older than 50. My passion in this half-century of walking with God has been to find him, to see his face. And I’ve found him in his word. The most important thing in my life is this- I want to know God! I want to walk with him, see his face, talk to him and look like him. That’s been my quest. And the legend has cleared my vision to see him more clearly, to find him and become what he designed me to be.
Ok, you’re waiting, aren’t you? What’s the legend? Here it is:
“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
Simply put Job is saying this- wisdom is to fear God, reverence him in a way that listens, bows and responds. And understanding is that response. Understanding says, “because I fear God I will avoid anything that displease him, anything that isn’t like him.” Wisdom is how I see God, understanding is what I do about it.
Wisdom sees God first and then, in light of him I see myself more clearly. Wisdom sees God clearly and then, because of my fear and reverence for him, my responses are affected, my choices change.
I must tell you this legend has changed the way I see everything! It affects my view of God and my view of the world. It clarifies my motives and my responses. And, more than anything else, over time I have noticed I have begun to look more like God in my life. I’m kinder, more loving, patient and bit by bit people are seeing God through me. It’s not because I’m so great, it’s because He is! What has come from wisdom and understanding is a change in me. I am beginning to look a bit more like God.
If you want to go anywhere you have to have a map or an app. You have to have directions. This amazing little verse gives you the essentials of a walk with God. It gives you the legend on how to get to the very place we all want to be…
….in God’s presence.
I hope you gained wisdom from
our Guest Post Writer: Mike Messerli.
read further for information about Mike.
Mike recently retired after 19 years of service as a pastor for a church in the Dallas area.
He is now working as a chaplain for New Century. A Hospice care service.
When asked who he is:
Mike Messerli says he is an old pastor trying to finish well. "I want to live in, walk in, soak in the love of God to such an extent that others are drawn to God because of their encounter with me." 1 Corinthians16:14
Mike plans to retire...
"right after lunch on the day I die! Until then I'm here to serve God, love people and talk about Jesus!"
You can find Mike here on his "Finishing Well Blog":
Thank you Mike for your insight, love of God, and ministry. You are loved and prayed for by many.
Until next week,
Robyn and Biff Cox
Sending you our hope that you make Jesus your ALL.
May Easter Sunday find you in relationship with the wonderful
God who IS, who WAS, and who IS TO COME.
Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey ⏤ riding on a donkey's colt."
John 12:12-19 "The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
Hail to the King of Israel!"
Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:
"Don't be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey's colt."
His disciples didn't understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
Matthew 21:1-6 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of them on ahead.
"Go into the village over there," he said. "As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will immediately let you take them."
This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,
"Tell the people of Israel, 'Look the people of Israel, 'Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey ⏤riding on a donkey's colt.' "
Jesus came into the world after thousands of years of preparation for the Messiah. The life he lived until he turned 30 years old was culminating to his last three years.
Three years. He was in ministry for only three years. His life ended at age 33.
His ministry began with his baptism from his cousin John at age 30 and gained more and more visibility. Jesus didn't call attention to himself, and yet the people listened, they followed, they accepted. Jesus spent his days pointing out ways of life, wisdom of hearts, planting the seed of God's Word deep within, and serving others as He was calling them to follow Him. His life in those three short years gave us enough to get a glimpse of God and to come into relationship with Him.
This coming Sunday, we will celebrate the day the Israelite people accepted Him as their King. But it was short lived acceptance. The waves of people's acceptance doesn't ever have the end say on how our impact will be viewed in life. It didn't have the end say on Jesus' life either.
Jesus is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. He lived. He rode a donkey into Jerusalem. The people cried out "Hosannah" and they laid out palm leaves across the path to keep the dust from gathering around the King's garments. Holy, holy, holy. Jesus is the man, the son of God, the holy one.
May God be glorified in our remembrances of this coming celebration.
Robyn & Biff Cox
I am so thankful that sometimes God puts me in a spot where I realize I am being backed into a corner to be with Him.
1. Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb.
3. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
On Tuesday March 6, I called a God Day.
Have you ever had one of those? For twelve hours I sat with God and just talked and listened.
I haven't done that for while.
Now don't get me wrong, I read and ponder His word everyday. But, there is something about giving an entire 12 hours, 24 hours, three days, a week and be in complete silence with God. Unplugging and retreating into someplace that you can be totally quiet.
This time I was quiet for 12 hours. And God brought me to Psalms 37.
I pondered it all day.
It is not a short Psalm. But I promise if you take the time to read it you will find huge gems of wisdom and beauty, many words of joy and peace, and much comfort from God.
Please take the time to read His words to you.
4. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
5. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.
7. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way. Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will be no more; and you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.
11. But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
12. The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth.
13. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees his day is coming.
14. The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow to cast down the afflicted and the needy, to slay those who are upright in conduct.
15. Their sword will enter their own heart, and their bows will be broken.
16. Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked.
17. For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord sustains the righteous.
18. The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their inheritance will be forever.
19. They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, and in the days of famine they will have abundance.
20. But the wicked will perish; and the enemies of the Lord will be like the glory of the pastures. They vanish ⏤like smoke they vanish away.
21. The wicked borrows and does not pay back, but the righteous is gracious and give.
22. For those blessed by Him will inherit the land.
23. The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way.
24. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is One who holds his hand.
25. I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his descendants begging bread.
26. All day long he is gracious and lends, and his descendants are a blessing.
27. Depart from evil and do good, so you will abide forever.
28. For the Lord loves justice and does not forsake His godly ones; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
29. The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.
30. The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
31. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.
32. The wicked spies upon the righteous and seeks to kill him.
33. the Lord will not leave him in his hand or let him be condemned when he is judged.
34. Wait for the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
35. I have seen a wicked, violent man spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.
36. Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought for him, but he could not be found.
37. Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright; for the man of peace will have a posterity.
38. But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked will be cut off.
39. But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their strength in time of trouble.
40. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.
Be Blessed This week
Still asking God for WISDOM in this daily walk with Him.
Robyn & Biff Cox
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"As Christian workers we must never forget that salvation is God's thought, not man's; therefore it is an unfathomable abyss. Salvation is not an experience; experience is only a gateway into our conscious lives. We have to preach the great thought of God behind the experience." Oswald Chambers.
"We imagine we have to do these things for ourselves; we have not, we have to keep steadily in the light of the Cross, relying on the Spirit of God, then we will live out the life He wants us to live. Whenever we get our eyes off Christ and His Cross and build up on our own experience, "Now God has sanctified me, I am all right," we become betrayers of the very power that saved us." Oswald Chambers
"God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life as we overcome. The strain is the strength. If there is no strain there is no strength. Are you asking God to give you life and liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you will accept the strain. Immediately you face the strain, you will get the strength. Overcome your own timidity and take the step, and God will give you to eat of the tree of life and you will get nourishment. If you spend yourself out physically, you become exhausted; but spend yourself spiritually, and you get more strength. God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute. The temptation is to face difficulties from a commonsense standpoint. The saint is hilarious when he is crushed with difficulties because the thing is so ludicrously impossible to anyone but God." Oswald Chambers
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