“Sealed Each in God’s Pew”, a worship poem from L.Willows

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Sealed Each in God’s Pew

This moment’s bequest
of a hearts’ full dare,
words spoken in hush,
they‘ve been sent-
they’ve been gone There.

Into the vast of
God’s heavenly might,
cast before All
with full faith
and loves bright.

These are not wishes,
they part from my veins.
Living and walking,
streams running forth new.
Set into Your Promise,
sealed each in God’s Pew.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Psalm 69:13
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.
At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.

Hebrews 10:19
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.

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Hebrews 11:1, commentary by John Wesley

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Notes by John Wesley on Hebrews 11:1
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The definition of faith given in this verse, and exemplified in the various instances following, undoubtedly includes justifying faith, but not directly as justifying. For faith justifies only as it refers to, and depends on, Christ. But here is no mention of him as the object of faith; and in several of the instances that follow, no notice is taken of him or his salvation, but only of temporal blessings obtained by faith.

And yet they may all be considered as evidences of the power of justifying faith in Christ, and of its extensive exercise in a course of steady obedience amidst difficulties and dangers of every kind.

Now faith is the subsistence of things hoped for, the evidence or conviction of things not seen – Things hoped for are not so extensive as things not seen. The former are only things future and joyful to us ; the latter are either future, past, or present, and those either good or evil, whether to us or others.

The subsistence of things hoped for – Giving a kind of present subsistence to the good things which God has promised: the divine supernatural evidence exhibited to, the conviction hereby produced in, a believer of things not seen, whether past, future, or spiritual; particularly of God and the things of God.

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“Abraham’s Patient, Heavenly Pilgrimage by Faith” from B. Hoekstra’s Day by Day Grace

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Day by Day Grace with Bob Hoekstra (Blue Letter Bible)
Abraham’s Patient, Heavenly Pilgrimage, by Faith

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. (Hebrews 11:13-14)

We looked at Sarah’s testimony in Hebrews previously (in the meditation on God’s promises on August 8). Now, we will move on to consider a strategic facet of Abraham’s testimony regarding his obedient, earthly sojourn, by faith. Therein, we saw him traveling through life on earth as an alien, a stranger (in the world, but not of it). Now, we will see Abraham’s patient, heavenly pilgrimage, by faith. His previous testimony concluded with this pilgrimage theme: “For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Early in the present continuing testimony, the two themes are coupled. “They were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” A stranger (sojourner) is one who does not belong to the given locale. The pilgrim is one who is marching toward a given spiritual destination.

Abraham and his family (Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob) were promised the land flowing with milk and honey. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises.” They did not personally possess the promised land. Yet, they lived with a sense of guaranty that God would fulfill His promises: “but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them.” They fully accepted the certainty that the Lord would someday give that land to their seed. Meanwhile, they confessed that they were content to live as strangers concerning this world and as pilgrims anticipating the world to come: “and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

Now, the pilgrimage aspect of Abraham’s testimony (and his family’s) is emphasized. “For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.” As the years passed and the promised land was not given to them, their hearts yearned for a true, lasting, eternal homeland. “For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.” God wants to develop this perspective of heavenly pilgrimage in our hearts as well. “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). The Lord wants us to set our daily course toward heaven, rejecting earthly cravings that diminish spiritual vitality.

Father God, You have fulfilled so many promises for me here on this earth. I praise You and thank You for such loving grace. Still, my heart yearns for that which heaven alone can provide. Thus, I press on as a pilgrim, bound for my homeland above.

Bob Hoekstra © 2018 Day by Day Grace

“Keep them Shepherded, Father, in the might of Your Care”, a prayer from LWillows

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Father, take my brother and sister into the might of your care,
Praying I bid you bathe Holiness there.
Send Light before them as they journey through mission yours,
Walk as a Shepherd ahead in hours that come before tomorrow doors.
You alone carry us all. You are the strength that we draw from, as dew for the morn.
Be our stillness. Be our path. Hear this prayer. Let love be the joining of faith in you sworn.

Father, lift my brother and sister in the holiness of your might.
Fix your gaze upon them with the favor of love, tender kindness, comfort bright.
Hold them in your arms this night, let rest under stars comfort hearts delight.
Wrapped in your promises; Far away but near in You, Dear Lord we all pray.
Wrap my brother and sister in the might of the Kingdom’s Light.

Shepherded, guided and kept in your sight.

© 2018 Linda Willows

Art of August D. Turner titled “Shepherd and Flock”

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

Micah 5:4 And He will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God And they will remain, Because at that time He will be great To the ends of the earth.