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Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matt 4: 4.  It is true, God’s words are powerful. The universe and all of life in it came into being at his word.

SCRABBLE & BABBLE   If you play scrabble, then a good knowledge of words will stand you in good stead.  Some of the highest scoring words used in competition have been bezique, muzjiks, caziques and quixotry.  But what do they mean?  Unless you can understand or have a use for unusual words there isn’t a lot of benefit in knowing them, except of course, for use in Scrabble. Great writers can use words to create pictures that transport us to another time and place.  Think of Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien … don’t their stories seem so real?  And when you see their books adapted for the screen, are the characters and places as you have imagined them?  Good authors craft their words to create a picture in our minds of the places they describe, so you can see, hear, smell and almost touch what they write about, and feel the emotions of the characters?  And what about newspaper journalists, … can they persuade you to their point of view, just using the written word?
One or two words in themselves can create pictures.   A current favourite of mine is argie bargie, and what does it conjure up in my mind – a mob of little Jack Russell Terriers chasing a lure, all wanting to be in front, all jockeying for position and all giving the other dogs ‘the eye’!  Originally the words were argle bargle, which meant to argue.  Nowadays argie bargie suggests a bit of push and shove.
     
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A song. A Psalm of David. ‘My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sin g amd make music with all of my soul. Awake harp and lyre!…for great is your love.’ Psam 108: 1 – 4.
    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – remember when that word hit the airwaves in the film Mary Poppins!  And can you say it backwards?  And how about this word— pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis It is a real word and refers to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of very fine silica particles specifically from a volcano, and is also the longest word in any English dictionaries. Words describe diseases, but can also cause dis-ease – ever had a bout of motor-mouth or foot-in-mouth syndrome!   I blush now as I think of the times I wish I had ‘zipped-the-lip’! IN GEAR James Chapter 3: likens the tongue to an unbridled horse.  An unbridled horse can be controlled by the rider, but it requires a fully submissive horse, fully listening and fully obedient.  Does that describe your tongue, fully in control?   It doesn’t describe mine, especially when I am tired or in a situation I don’t want to be in.  My tongue certainly needs my full attention whenever it is in gear. I’m glad that God’s Word has words like love, grace, forgiveness; words we can all understand and don’t need to look up in a dictionary or google on the web to find out what the heck they mean.  (What does google mean?) I like the fact that their meaning doesn’t change as with some of the words in current use today.  I suspect that Gay/Gaynor is no longer used as a girl’s name.  I’m glad and relieved, that justified still means that my standing with God is ‘just-as-if’ I had never sinned.
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‘But the word of the Lord stands forever.’
1 Peter 1: 25 
I also like God’s definition of forgive, to ‘cease to demand punishment’, and that when He says He has forgotten the sins of those who come to Him for forgiveness, means He is ‘unable to remember’ what they are talking about.   This seems to be the only time we can say we remember more than God.  Perhaps we should come in line with God’s definition when it comes to remembering our sins? What power and hope is found in God’s Word … the Word itself is Life, Jesus is the Living Word of God and as we read He reveals himself to us.  When we know Him, then we know we can believe the promises His Word gives each of us.
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‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.’Psalm 119: 10. When we are at a loss to know which way, God through his word will say, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’
Just how lucky we are to have God’s Word available to us, to read whenever and wherever we choose.  There is nowhere else to find the answer to life’s purpose. Judy Pitt, Jamestown, South Australia.
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THE WAITING GAME

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Entering a restaurant and being waited on is sheer luxury.  Chefs cooking delicious food and waiters or waitresses bringing it to the table is sublime. The waiters fill your glasses, fetch the coffee, enquire if the food is to your liking, are you happy with the service. Your every need is anticipated. One feels important, very special and affluent.

My husband Bruce, and I have just celebrated our sixty-sixth wedding anniversary by have dinner at a local restaurant.  Separated from the crowd in an alcove, we dined with our son and daughter-in-law.  We were waited on, congratulated and fussed over.

Recently, the camera flash of revelation went off as I sat in church musing on what was being said and done. There are a number of Bible verses that urge us to wait on God.
My understanding of waiting on God was to spend hours, days in prayer, reading the Bible all the time, mind blank, just waiting. Waiting on God in this fashion, I was led to believe would bring about miracles, revival, healing, moving God to answer my prayers. I found this kind of waiting on God hard work and dismally failed.  No wonder it was a struggle. When compelled to do something, it becomes legalistic and dead, in the end, one fails.

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What if there was another meaning to waiting on God similar to the waiters and waitresses? Waiting on him in praise and adoration.  Delighting myself in his presence, seeking out his every need, fussing over him, as it were.  Psalm 37: 4 and 7 say, ‘Be delighted with the  Lord…Rest in the Lord…’

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Don’t you yet understand? Don’t you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary.’ Isaiah 40: 28

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I became excited and worshipped him. I mused on the love that God had for me.  I was both enthralled and awed at his love that overlooked my rebellion and insistence on independence.  I waited on God, fussed over him, cared for him, listened to him.  Waiting on God was never so easy and sweet.

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In olden times, Israelite priests were forbidden to wear woolen garments next to their skin. Fine linen garments must be worn. Linen was a type of God’s grace. Woolen garments caused sweat and perspiration was a type of self-effort. ‘they must not wear anything that would cause them to perspire.’ Ezekiel 44:18, 19, LB.
It is clear that God hates the self-effort of his people. He denounces our efforts to make ourselves acceptable in his sight by calling our righteousness a dirty rag.  For us to be righteous and meet God’s requirements of holiness and purity we must accept Jesus ‘Christ.

My first understanding of waiting on God was mostly self-effort. I wanted to please God but it was out of duty. I waited on God because I was told to not because I wanted to. There is a difference.

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‘The more you trust Jesus and keep your eyes focused on him, the more life you have.’

Joyce Meyers

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The camera flash showed another way to wait on God and please him.  Praise, worship, adoration, and thanksgiving was the way. Offering praise, thanksgiving, and rejoicing is proof that we have accepted what Jesus has done for us and that pleases God.

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We can wait on God washing clothes, doing dishes, eating a meal. We can leave the bustle of life and be quiet, set ourselves apart to bless him, thank him and adore him. This way of waiting on God is effortless.

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Let me close with the scripture that set off the question of waiting on God, ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.’ Isaiah 40: 31 LB.