Psalm 37

Psalm 37

Delight yourself also in the Lord,

And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Meaning

Devoted yourself to the Lord and He will put upon you the Desires of your heart.

He will change your heart.

John 17:7

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you

Let your heart be changed

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Philippians 4:8-9

Meditate on These Things

Philippians 4:8-9

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Action of Faith

focus on God’s wonders

As I write this morning I have to think about the beauty of God’s creation and enjoy the things that are seen. It’s a beautiful morning just at the beginning of Spring the hills are green , but blue skies and white puffy clouds what a beautiful picture is window that we look through into the world, how often do we recognize God’s Mighty hand in the world about us that we see in his creation the Masterpiece of the beauty that man can only attempt to imitate on canvas do we recognize him and give him thanks and praise for the beautiful days, I look out the front window and I see the dog laying on the hillside just off the porch and I have to smile and laugh and praise God that big beautiful doofus That says upon his chosen throne for the day I look at his gracious Beauty cuz Majestic stature and enjoy his character and I have to praise God for that cat. the horses are eating as if they don’t have a care in the world God’s Mighty creation, each one of them different from the other, not one alike and character stature color Each one of them a gift from God and I thank him for those.

I have to think back at the night before as we had Fellowship Bible study and prayer, just the opportunity alone to get together and fellowship and speak of his word and reach our hands up in prayer to him as he breaks through the strongholds trying to handle us and our progress of Prayer has he breaks me through the threshold of the debilitating pain that was trying to stop me for having focus on the Lord and receiving the Holy Spirit so I can pair have to thank him. are these are things that we think about The things of the world that wants to become a stronghold on us to keep us from enjoying the grace and the glory of God in the presence of him in our lives. Do we look at his creation, do we thank him for giving us His son Jesus Christ and thank do we slow down to listen to the Holy Spirit and thank Him? do we seek his face, can we spend the time to knowing him or are we distracted by the ways from the enemy? remember what it says in Philippians 4:6-9

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:6-9 NKJV

God does not want us to be full of anxiety he says that he is a God of Peace he’s not a god of confusion he is a holy in one and only creator for the beauty in the world that we see and people and animals and landscapes. Do we take time the focus on what is true the Gospel of Jesus Christ what is a memorable the sacrifice of Jesus Christ what is just God’s Mighty hand what is pure God’s pure creation What is lovely the world about us things are good report the work of the Holy Spirit, God’s Mighty power for salvation, for healing, Deliverance . do we look through the virtue of Jesus Christ do we focus on the praiseworthy miracles of God, do we think about his praiseworthy love.

Effective Prayer

                                                   Effective Prayer

 

Keep Asking, Seeking and  Knocking

Matthew 7:7-11

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

SEEK The Strong’s definition = made efforts, kept trying to obtain

The Parable of the Lost Coin

What kind of effort did the woman make to find the Coin.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-9 (NKJV)

8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’

Luke 15:10 (NKJV)

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

This Parable speaks to us as of the manner in which God seeks the Lost who are in need of repentance.

should we not imitate God and seek him in the same manner that he seeks us with diligence Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these  

things shall be added to you.

God want us to seek him

Deuteronomy 4:29 (NKJV)

But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Psalm 27:7-8 (NKJV)

Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice!Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, “Seek My face,”My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek”

And God Sayed

Proverbs 8:17 (NKJV)

I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.

Isaiah 45:22

“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.

Not Lose Heart

Luke 18:1-8  The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

Persevere in prayer

Daniel fasted for 3 weeks while waiting to hear from The Lord. He did not eat any pleasant food he did not eat meat and did not drink any wine Nor did he anoint himself Fasting and prayer go hand in hand

Now we seeing Daniel 12 through 14 that there was opposition to the answer Daniels prayer

Daniel 10:12-14

Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for, from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”

Have Confidence in Prayer

1 John 5:14-15

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Do not Pray in Vain

Matthew 6:7

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Romans 8:27  

Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is,because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

God Knows your Need

Matthew 6:8

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.

Matthew 18:19-20

19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Have Faith Do Not Doubt

Matthew 21:21-22 (NKJV)

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

James 1:6 New King  (NKJV)

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Be anxious for nothing Be Thankful

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Faith is your rear view mirror

David had great faith in the lord, we see this clearly in 1 Samuel 17:37 Moreover David said the Lord who delivered me from the paws of the line in the paws of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this philistine: David had look back to his pass and gave God the glory for his salvation from The Lion and the Bear ( see 1 Samuel 17:34-35)And held it true to his heart and had great faith from it.

Let us not be like the Israelites who have failed to see God’s good works behind them in numbers 14 Has he brought them out of Egypt to the promised land. they saw what was in front of them not seeing what God did behind them, the enemy used their blindness against them and took away the faith and courage. In Numbers 13:-32 By receiving a bad report And not holding on to their faith they lost the gift that God had waiting for them they had to wait on it till the next Generation due to a lack of faith ( numbers 14:22-24) 40 years in the wilderness Famous spend.

Now David, on the other hand, had a different heart and chose to see the good of God in his past and had great faith and courage so great that he ran towards Danger (See first 1 Samuel 17:48) and triumphant over the Philistine Giant and added to his own faith in the Lord. David had stepped out faith.

How important is your faith?

Matthew 21:22   whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

back to groundwork

Back to groundwork
Back to groundwork

Back to groundwork
Building a good relationship with your horse, it takes a fundamental Foundation to build a good relationship with your horse, you cannot enjoy the good pleasures of a ride without having a solid foundation to work upon, in the same manner, we cannot have the good pleasures of a foundation with God unless we have a firm foundation to build upon . let’s take a look at what Jesus says when asked what is the greatest commandment As it says in Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.

Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

You notice that the first that appears that you shall love your God with all your heart all your soul and with all your mind and all your strength, This precedes love your neighbor as you love yourself. for you cannot truly  love your neighbor as yourself Until you learn to love your Lord thy God, you know this here it says you shall love your Lord thy God with all your, let’s look at the word all  this means everything, not just a little bit not just part time, put all everything that is within you ,that’s why this vers ends with the word strength for it takes strength work and effort And commitment to continue your relationship with God, Not works of deeds but works a faithfulness. I’ll have you know those two Mark 12:31 it does not use the word all or strength, what does this tell us: it tells us that if we love your Lord the God he will give us the provision to love our neighbor as ourselves.

James 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Works such as loving Thy Neighbor as a result of our faith a result of the relationship that we have built with God by loving him with all without him there is no works just law. Show me see here 1 comes before the other love thy Lord thy God comes before love thy neighbor as thyself faith columns before works.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

So you ask what does this have to do with the relationship with our horse, Foundation is the answer Foundation comes before good pleasure good ride obedience. groundwork is The First Fundamental Foundation you need on your horse when you have that solid foundation of trust faithfulness and loyalty on the ground that foundation will move to the saddle.                       every horse that comes in for training no matter what training has been put on the horse and how long it’s been under saddle I always go back to groundwork to build or rebuild or correct the fundamental foundations. When I stumbled and fell in my walk with Christ, I did not just get back in the saddle where I was, I went back to the teaching of the word. listen, studied and learn to correct my fundamental foundation in Christ, swallowing my pride and not leaning on my own understanding Recognizing that I missed something and foundational teachings of Christ. It was through those holes in the foundation that my stubble came, resulting in total Destruction of the life that I had built, So let’s not have holes in her foundation with Christ and let’s not have holes in the foundation with our horses and enjoy the good pleasures that God has given us. If we start Bucking in the saddle and being rebellious God will correct us take us back to the fundamentals of groundwork for his good pleasure and Ours, So praise God when he takes you back to the phone none was around work and disciplines you 4 says in Hebrews 12:5 my son do not despise the chastening of the Lord for the Lord chastens whom he loves.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

I was asked 1 day how long do I spend training my personal horses I said a lifetime, every time I hook at leave line to a horse every time I step into a saddle I add something new and refresh something old. like it says in Philippians 6:1 for He Who begins a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ Jesus. we are always in training we are always learning, as long as we are in God’s Arena it is his good pleasure to teach us and the draws near to perfection.

P.S

Matthew 6:33-34

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The art of riding

the art of horse back riding is about feel , balance and timing. Feeling the horse with you hands, legs and seat. Maintaining a center of balance on the horse. Having the right timing and action to control your horse .

While working with your horse you should be able to feel the amount of pressure in your reins what I refer to as feeling the bit and the response of the horse to the given pressure in the bit, slowly applying more as needed and then releasing the pressure as the the horse give to the bit no pulling , jerking and and hanging on to the horses mouth .

Testimony of a Horse

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When starting a new horse here at the ranch we use a well seasoned horse as part of our training team. We will let the seasoned horse give his testimony to the new horse, letting him know that we are not going to harm him and that there is a greater purpose to his existent other than setting in a pen eating hay. The seasoned horse needs to be calm and quite, patience and faithful to his master and gives control over to and listens for the master’s commands, only applying pressure to the new horse when he is told to. In doing so he will bring many new disciplined and obedient horses to the ranch. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus has given us the great commission to go and make disciples of all nations. To do this we need to be a Testimony of Christ.

What is your testimony?

Do you display the fruits (Galatians 5:22-24) of the spirit in your day to day walk? Do the people around you know that you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ?

Like the seasoned horse we need to give our testimony. The horse teaches there are greater things ahead and to have faith in the man at the rains. A good horse is a testimony to his master and we need to be a testimony to God. We need to show Gods nature though our actions. It is time to give in to the rains and let God take control and be a good testimony.

Notes:

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Galatians 5:22-24 (NIV)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

Saddle Up

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.For no one can lay any foundation
other than the one already laid,
which is Jesus Christ. 1
Corinthians.3:11
When we get ready to ride we
first saddle up the horse. This
becomes the firm foundation from
which we can work for the ride may
get a little rough.
There are many jobs you can do from horse back. Some of these jobs
require you to tie on to a firm foundation such as roping a steer to
be brand or treated. Without the saddle seated firmly on the horses
back it is easy to be pulled off your horse which can result in great harm to the rider. So when we saddle up we check our cinch, belly strap, and breast collar to make sure that the
foundation that we are going to be working from is firmly seated.Is your foundation in Christ firmly seated? Have you checked your cinch recently? Much like the saddle in which we work from
God has given us a foundation for our daily life which is His Word, and a Helper to help us check our cinch which is the Spirit. We are
told to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and much like the saddle there are many parts of the armor to keep your
life foundation firmly seated so that we may be ready for any thing. We may get a little shook up but will not have unnecessary harm brought to us. So take the time and check your cinch daily.
Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and
in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor
of God, so that you can take your stand against
the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not
against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of
this dark world and against the spiritual forces
of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore
put on the full armor of God, so that when the
day of evil comes, you may be able to stand
your ground, and after you have done
everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with
the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness
that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In
addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,
with which you can extinguish all the flaming
arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of
salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all
occasions with all kinds of prayers and
requests. With this in mind, be alert and always
keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Putting On The Spurs

spurs01The Bible tells us to spur one another on toward love and
good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 What does it mean to
spur? What does spur mean to you? We use spurs while training
and working a horse. Not as a means of punishment or to be
pushy, but as a means to encourage and move the horse.
The term “to spur” means to encourage one to push on. We
want to encourage the horse to move a specific way, so that it
can navigate the path we need to take. I call my spurs
“Directional Control Devices”.
Our words to one another should be like a spur in a horse’s
side. Not to abuse or hurt, but to encourage people to do good
and love one another for the glory of God. Can we make our
voices Directional Control Devices, to encourage those
around us so that we may help them take the narrow trail? So
let’s all strap on a pair of spurs and guide one another onto the
narrow trail up the mountains.
Hebrews 10:24-25
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting
together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging
one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Trainers Thoughts: Bill

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