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Acts 28:3 "But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire," --  Seems to me we see in this Paul as a humble man and willing to do what is helpful and necessary for all.  Paul, a prisoner, had just led and explained how, though the ship would sink, all two hundred seventy six on board who sailed with him would be saved.  Now, though not a young man, I think he is doing what he can to be helpful by picking up sticks.  It may just be that what Paul said to the Lord when he first meet Him on the road to Damascus “Lord what do You want me to do” was never far from his conscious thought.  Paul’s testimony as one has said is an example of how a Christian should live their life.

A good go along with the blog is the song that follows:

Norman J. Clayton wrote  "Ev’ry Moment of Ev’ry Day"

Only to be what He wants me to be, every moment of every day; Yielded completely to Jesus alone, every step of this pilgrim way:

Chorus: Just to be clay in the Potter’s hands, ready to do what His will commands; only to be what He wants me to be, every moment of every day.

Trusting my Saviour what ever betide, every moment of every day; knowing He’s able and ready to guide, every step of this pilgrim way:

Living for Jesus, surrendered and true, every moment of every day; walking with only His pleasure in view, every step of this pilgrim way.

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Psalms 119:1 – 16

These verses are the first two stanzas of the twenty two stanzas in Psalms 119 and there is so much to draw from that it is not easy to choose what to write about. So much that is instructive about what is instructive.  Such as, law, testimonies, precepts, statutes and commandments.  As I read these verses and listen to the heart cry of the Psalmist, it seems to me he is explaining how from his heart, his whole heart he wants to live a sanctified life as one hymn writer has written, “Nothing between my soul and my Savior.”  This is described as blessedness.  His desire is to not just be a hearer of the Word but a doer.  He prizes the blessedness of knowing and keeping God’s testimonies.  He wants the Lord’s standards to be his standards and also to keep and treasure them diligently less he be ashamed. The things of the Lord are his delight and he wants to meditate on them.  There is just so much more that could be noted.

One of the most repeated words in these verses is the word; ‘Way’ and we can think how the Lord Jesus declared “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Early Christians were described as those who were “of the Way.”  How clearly can it be said of us that His way is our way in ---thought - word - and - deed?

My mother had this in mind when at forty-nine she planned her funeral. From the time her cancer was discovered and her home call, it was only two weeks.   When ask what she wanted said at her funeral she quickly turned in her King James Bible to Ps. 138:8 and chose the hymn “His Way With Thee” by Cyrus Nusbaum.

“Would you live for Jesus and be always pure and good? Would you walk with Him within the narrow road?  Would you have Him bear your burdens carry all your load?  Let Him have his way with thee.” 

Then from II Samuel 22:31, we read these confirming, reassuring words. “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

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