Sunday, December 6, 2009

Food For Thought

We read in the book of Joshua how the walls of Jericho fell flat after they were compassed about seven days. God had declared that He had given them the city. Faith reckoned this to be true, so they began their march around the walls using their only weapon that which indicated triumph - a ram's horn! Unbelief might have prayed this kind of prayer, "Oh Lord, make the walls totter just a little, or loosen a few stones so that we may have a sign that Thou art going to answer our prayer and then we will praise Thee." Prudence might have said, "It is not safe to shout until the victory is actually won, lest the Lord be dishonored before the people and be greatly humiliated." This would not have been faith at all. They acted on the authority of God's Word and shouted the shout of faith before there was a sign of encouragement, and the Lord accomplished the rest. It is after we make a full commitment that "He will bring it to pass."
How many walls of difficulty would fall flat were we to simply march around them with shouts of praise? As we compass walls of praise, the Lord has promised to "compass us about with songs of deliverance."

There is a legend which tells of two angels who come from Heaven every morning and go on their rounds all the day long. One is the Angel of Requests. The other is the Angel of Thanksgiving. Each carries a basket. The one belonging to the Angel of Requests is soon overflowing, for everyone pours into it great handfuls of requests; but when the day is ended, the Angel of Thanksgiving has in his basket only two or three small contributions of gratitude. -

Mrs. Charles E. Cowman. Streams in the Desert Volume 2

Blessings to you,


Cindy said...

Great post! Love the last story. It is so true, we fear being humiliated and for God to be humiliated in front of our friends or others. We don't need more faith, we need to use it.

Debbie said...

This was really good Kymber and of course so true. Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Debbie

Denise said...

Nice post.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Boy that hits too close to home! I need to be more mindful to praise God for the good things He has accomplished, the little things that make life go smoothly each day. Thanks, Kymber...



Beginner said...

One of the contributions in the basket of the Angel of Thanksgiving may belong to me, because I try my best to thank God daily for my blessings.

I did contribute to the Angel of Requests basket this past Friday though, and the request was answered. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Kymber, I hope the pressures that you have imposed on yourself recently can begin to ease a bit.

ann said...

that sounds about like have you been>? i have missed you so much.i am doing wonderful now.....ann

Cathy said...

Thanks for that reminder to always praise and thank the Lord.

Clif said...

Great message. Thanks for sharing it.

Charlotte said...

Great post, Kymber. I for one needed it today. Thank you.
Blessings and have a wonderful week.

Ginger said...

Thank-you for sharing this today, it is something I needed to read today.
God Bless,

Lisa said...

Oh Kymber! I am convinced that Faith shouts the victory, before the victory. And Thanksgiving brings the victory. Thank you for a wonderful post!

Kathy said...

Those are great thoughts, Kymber. Isn't there a scripture that talks about, (paraphrased, I'm sure) with our God we can leap over walls....? I'm sure I need to look that one up, but praise brings down walls, it opens doors, and it cleans windows! : ) Have a great week.

RCUBEs said...

Just resting after work last night and just want to say have a great weekend to you. That is sad but perhaps true, that the angel with the Thanksgiving basket had lesser load. But even sadder, when someone has no faith. Yet, is quick to put those "requests" then, blame God for no result.

Take care sister. Your post is "soul food". God bless.

A Little Of This And That said...

I've used Mrs. Cowman's Streams in the Desert (1) since 1999 and wouldn't want to ever be without it.

Meredith said...

Thank you for sharing this with us.

The Muse said...

a tattered horn
shabby and worn
lay cast aside
neglected ~ untried.
then one day
an angel did play
upon its brass tone
in heaven's home.

miracle of miracles

the sweetest sound
echoed across heaven
and earth all around.
that tattered horn
shabby and worn...
announced Jesus's birth...
on this Christmas morn.

Love The Muse

Crown of Beauty said...

Psalm 32:7 is a verse that God spoke clearly to me two days before my husband passed away last year. And that morning as he was breathing his last, I was amazed to hear the familiar verse again. The comfort of those words surrounded me like a song of deliverance.

I was reminded of that today as I read this post!

Yes, a thankful heart will really do us good!