The Path Light

Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

A lighted path along the pier.

31. December 2013 11:09
by Michael Dickerson
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End of the Year

31. December 2013 11:09 by Michael Dickerson | 0 Comments

 I am always happy to come to the end of the year, it is a chance to looks back and recall to mind all the amazing blessings that the Lord as done for me. It is also a chance to look forward to new and exciting opportunities for the future. Along with all this, I must admit that I have one smaller occurrence that always brings a smile to my face on the morning of 12/31/20XX..

Bibe

That is the finishing of the yearly Bible reading plan that my wife and I have been doing for the past several years. We always end in Malachi Chapter 4, and the way the bible ends the Old Testament and starts the New Testament on that one page just brings a smile to my face. We of course read the Old and New Testament through the year, but the final reading is always Malachi 4 on the last day of the year. It just feels like a great completion every year.

Happy New Year!

13. August 2013 16:01
by Michael Dickerson
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Jesus said...

13. August 2013 16:01 by Michael Dickerson | 0 Comments

In Luke  21:13-15 Jesus talks about a scenario where we, when being persecuted are not to meditate on what to say in these scenarios. But He, as in Jesus will give us a mouth of wisdom and what to say at that time. 

Luke 21:13-15


13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer
15For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
 

I love this scripture, because here we find one of those cool harmony of the gospel style connection scriptures that are in the bible. These scriptures can bring mystery to some, but revelation to others. The scripture that this connects to is in Mark 13:11 in which Jesus says it is the Holy Ghost that will bring these things to your memory and give you what to say. 

Mark 13:11 

11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 

A new believer or first time reader of the bible may wrestle with these two scriptures, saying to themselves, could it be that Jesus is the Holy Ghost, the very person that will give you a mouth to speak and bring all things to your remembrance? Or perhaps they will wrestle with these two scriptures as a contradiction. Yet, no contradiction, it is exactly as Jesus said, because Jesus is that same Holy Ghost who will lead you into all wisdom and will give you a mouth to speak. 

Praise the Lord.

 

27. May 2013 14:06
by Michael Dickerson
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Tempted and delivered.(Now with Satire)

27. May 2013 14:06 by Michael Dickerson | 0 Comments

 

 

In Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus was tempted by Satan, and through this temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, I feel like there are some really great clues and patterns to look for when Satan or our own sinful flesh comes to tempt.

 

1. Jesus was tempted with provision. 

Matthew 4:3

3. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 

Jesus had been without food for a while and was hungry. Satan wanted Jesus to turn a few stones into bread. The loose Path Light translation of the temptation would go like this. Satan said.. Paraphrasing "because after all you never know when the Lord is going to provide for you. You could die out here in the wilderness." What a liar! Outside of this certain time I am sure it was fine for Jesus to turn stones into bread. But in the context of making a way for yourself versus trusting God for your provision it would have been a sin. There is always a temptation for me to do things in a way that will provide a guaranteed provision, at least I think :-) instead of trusting God for what He has said. 

Jesus said:

Matthew 4:4

4. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

 

2. Jesus tempted with presumption and self-will. 

Matthew 4:5-6

5. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 

Again the following is a loose Path Light Translation.. Satan said. "Hey do whatever you want to do, God will protect you, after all you’re the man right? Listen Jesus your covered in mercy and grace right?" Lair!

 

Jesus said:

Matthew 4:7

7. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 

3. Jesus tempted with power, and a side step to the cross. 

Matthew 4:8-9

8. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 

A very very loose translation :-) Satan said. "Listen Jesus, can I call you J-man for short? No?.. How about big JJ No?.. Ok if you will worship me I can give you all this you see before you, AND you don’t need to go to the cross. What do you say power, fame and friends just a little worship and all is yours." This sounds all too familiar Satan the liar trying to get Jesus and us to do things the wrong way and promising great reward and pleasures. Satan wants to be in the place of God in our lives as well, this tactic has not changed at all. Remember after Jesus was raised from the dead, all power was in His hand and all the kingdom that was shown to Jesus at this time was not owned by Him paid in-full. Satan, What a Liar!

 

Jesus said:

Matthew 4:10

10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

Jesus comforted by angels:

Matthew 4:11

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

 

 

 

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5. May 2013 09:22
by Michael Dickerson
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Fearfully and wonderfully

5. May 2013 09:22 by Michael Dickerson | 0 Comments

 Psalm 139:14 

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 

 

 

This scripture is astounding. I noticed that after the revelation of the knowledge that you and I have been fearfully made by God, you also see that God's works are marvelous and that it is something that your soul recognizes as a fact. This bit of knowledge also unlocks a lost piece of understanding that suddenly snaps into place and brings a certain level of completeness in Christ. I also love this part of the scripture that goes on to say my soul knows right well, as if to say this is plain stuff, and we know it. Deep inside we know. Praise God!

31. March 2013 12:21
by Michael Dickerson
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He is risen!

31. March 2013 12:21 by Michael Dickerson | 0 Comments

Fear not, for Jesus is risen! Fear not we have no tomb to visit, fear not we have a risen savior. Such good news, that is still just as powerful on this day as it was then. Jesus was who he claimed to be.

Matthew 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Praise the Lord. Happy Easter.