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March Forth on March 4th—one more reminder

March 4, 2020


Today’s date speaks a command—March Forth—on March 4th. The two words form an imperative sentence that encourages us to march forth into victory. . . today!

In a previous blog post, I discuss this unofficial holiday that has been created by Deborah Shouse, noted writer, speaker and creativity coach, who invites individuals to march forth into their lives, take on new experiences, and celebrate their accomplishments. Most remarkably, I am currently teaching an online writing course with a grammar component for North Carolina College of Biblical Studies.

This blog post is a revision of one of the original entries posted on March 4th. In looking at the Bible, we find a similar expression to “march forth” in Psalm 68:7 (Amplified Bible):

O God, when You went forth before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness—Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!—

We find a related verse in Psalm 45:4

In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.

Now thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ and makes manifest the sweet savor of His knowledge by us in every place. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

In the military we hear the command “Forward March. “Forward “ is the preparatory command whereby the individual shifts weight to the right foot before stepping out smartly on the left foot with on the command “march.”

As believers we find that we can follow the command to “Forward March” in four areas: Family Life, Finances, Favor, and Faith:

Forward March in Family Life, as we recognize that God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to dwell (Psalm 68:6), and we pray the prayer of Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

In addition, we “Forward March in Finances”:

God’s desire for His people is health and well-being:3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. The blessings of the Lord makes us rich and adds no sorrow with it. We are blessed that we might be a blessing.

Moreover, we also Forward March in Favor:Where sin did abound, grace (favor) did much more abound.—We are blessed and highly favored in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 9:8 tells us:

And God is able to make all grace (favor) abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Finally, we Forward March in Faith, as we move from—Faith to Faith—Victory to Victory. We follow in the footsteps of faithful Abraham, our Father, the father of Faith. Like Abraham, we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Romans 4:20-21 describes the “Father of Faith” in this way:

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

And so, we march forth on March 4, 2020, as we “Forward March” in four areas: Family Life, Finances, Favor, Faith.

An appropriate song to close out this blog entry is “Moving Forward” by Israel Houghton:

March Forth on March 4th

March 4, 2015

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The fourth day of March is the only day of the year that is a expressed as an imperative sentence given as a command: March Forth! An Examiner.com article discusses this unofficial holiday that has been created by Deborah Shouse, noted writer, speaker and creativity coach, who invites individuals to march forth into their lives, take on new experiences, and celebrate their accomplishments.

A similar expression to “march forth” is found the Amplified Bible in Psalm 68:7:

 O God, when You went forth before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness—Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!—

Psalm 45:4 also uses a similar verb::

In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.

Today is a day that speaks a command—March Forth—on March 4th. Today we will follow the command of the Lord and march forth into victory. . . today.

Now thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ and makes manifest the sweet savor of His knowledge by us in every place. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

In the military we hear the command “Forward March. “Forward” is the preparatory command whereby the individual shifts weight to the right foot before stepping out smartly on the left foot with on the command “march.”

As believers we find that we can follow the command to “Forward March” in four areas: Family Life, Finances, Favor, and Faith:

Forward March in Family Life, as we recognize that God sets the solitary and places them in families, and we pray the prayer of Ephesians 3:14-21

14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

In addition, we “Forward March in Finances”:

God’s desire for His people is health and well-being:

3 John 2

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

The blessings of the Lord makes us rich and adds no sorrow with it. We are blessed that we might be a blessing.

Moreover, we also Forward March in Favor

Where sin did abound, grace (favor) did much more abound.—We are blessed and highly favored in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 9:8 tells us:2

And God is able to make all grace (favor) abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Finally, we Forward March in Faith, as we move from—Faith to Faith—Victory to Victory. We follow in the footsteps of faithful Abraham, our Father, the father of Faith. Like Abraham, we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Romans 4:20-21 describes the “Father of Faith” in this way:

20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

And so we march forth on March 4, 2015, as we “Forward March” in four areas: Family Life, Finances, Favor, and Faith.

An appropriate song to close out this blog entry is “Moving Forward” by Israel Houghton:

2013: Taking a new look at “The Number 13”

January 1, 2013

The year 2013 provides an opportunity to see "The Number Thirteen" in a different light.

The year 2013 provides an opportunity to see “The Number Thirteen” in a different light.

Last night during a New Year’s Eve celebration at my church, Equip U Ministries, Columbus, Ohio, I was asked to share a poem that I had written related to “The Number Thirteen,” as we entered 2013. Earlier in 2012, I took a look at the number 13 with a different view and noted that thirteen can be a transitional number.  Although it is generally regarded as a number of rebellion and disorder, we also recognize that the number 13 occurs between 12—representing governmental order and 14—representing spiritual perfection symbolized in the number 7—established or doubled.  Apostle Eric Warren had also mentioned that the number could be seen as a transitional number in one of his earlier teachings. The essence my new perspective is expressed in the following poem:

The Number Thirteen

And so faith, hope, love abide [faith–conviction and belief

respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope–

joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation;

love–true affection for God and man, growing out of

God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest

of these is love.

 1 Corinthians 13:13

It [thirteen] occurs first in Gen 14:4, where we read “Twelve years   

they served Chedorlaomer, and the thirteenth year they REBELLED.”

Hence every occurrence of the number thirteen, and likewise  

of every multiple of it, stamps that with which it stands in connection

with rebellion, apostasy, defection, corruption, disintegration,

revolution, or some kindred idea.

E.W Bullinger

Number in Scripture   

Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance

God always speaks, even numbers reveal His design.

With brand new eyes I now look at the number thirteen:

What does this so-called “unlucky number” really mean?

When I seek the mind of Christ to properly align

My thoughts to conform with the Word of God, line upon line,

I no longer see rebellion or misdirection

But a symbol of transition, moving toward perfection.

The love of God no expanse on earth can ever confine,

For God removes blindness to reveal His perfect will.

Christ in you, in me, is no longer a great mystery

But shines as in a mirror for those with eyes to see

That each promise in the Word of God He will fulfill.

I must awaken from slumber and walk as the wise

To view the whole of life with newly enlightened eyes.

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For the New Year’s Eve service I wore and Christmas gift from my wife, a Tommy Hilfiger “rugby shirt” with bright red and black stripes with the bold number “85” in white with white stitching on the front of the shirt. Someone later pointed out that 13 is the sum of 8, representative of a “new beginning” and 5, symbolic of “God’s grace and favor.” Conceivably, what I was wearing reinforced the message that I was speaking regarding a different view of “The Number Thirteen.”

 The Number 13 and the Concept of the Lagniappe:

As someone who loves language, as one who is said to be a “wordsmith,” I was once asked, “What is your favorite word?” After briefly considering the question, I responded “lagniappe” and smiled broadly.  The ever-present, easily accessible Merriam Webster’s online dictionary offers this definition:a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase; broadly: something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure.” Generally the term refers to “a little something extra, an unexpected treat, a blessing, a delightful surprise.”

My most memorable definition of the word occurred during my first visit to New Orleans where the term is frequently heard. When my wife and I were taken out to dinner at one of the fine restaurants of renown, I said, “What a delightful lagniappe!” Our host then shared this humorous definition of the concept offered by comedian and chef Justin Wilson, who spoke with a thick Cajun accent:

“You go to the baker, and you buy one dozen ‘cookie.’ When you go home, you count the ‘cookie,’ and you got thirteen ‘cookie.’ Thirteenth ‘cookie,’ that’s lagniappe.”

Mark Twain Lagniappe Quote

Here is another instance of the number thirteen, as in a “baker’s dozen” that can be seen as  being a “good number” that brings blessings rather than one that supposedly brings “bad luck.”

In reflecting upon my favorite word, I was inspired to write the following poem which I revised for this blog entry:

Lord of the Endless Lagniappe

 You will show me the path of life;

 In Your presence is fullness of joy;

 At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 Psalm 16:11

 

 

In His presence God reaffirms and confirms once more

That the Lord God is good and that His mercy endures.

Abundant favor and boundless blessings I explore.

The unfailing Word of God strengthens and reassures:

A bountiful table is daily set before me,

Each so custom designed and prepared with me in mind,

Each a unique savory foretaste of eternity.

As I seek to do His will, I know that I shall find

The strength to lead and faith to follow the Lord each day.

The God of all comfort ever surrounds and upholds

Me in peace by the strength of His right hand, as I pray.

Unspeakable joy floods my soul, as glory unfolds.

God releases what the enemy seeks to entrap:

So gracious and kind, the Lord of the endless lagniappe.

May this New Year of 2013 overflow with the goodness of God, “The Lord of the Endless Lagniappe, ” for He alone is able to make all grace abound toward us that we always, having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work.