Featured

Be blessed. Because we ARE! Amen


For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Philippians 4:13-15

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Philippians 4:13-15

Pray all day?


Without ceasing. How?

You don’t only pray with words. The awesome thing is that The Spirit prays for you with sighs and groans that you cannot compehend. Romans 8:26 says “…The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but The Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Amen.

Praying difficult?

Why is Real Prayer so Hard?

So if real prayer is so wonderful, why is it so hard for me? I’ve been thinking about this question. Here are a few things that have hit me between the eyes:

  1. Real prayer requires time and discipline – Although prayer is a way of life, I also must regularly shut out everything else and spend intense, focused time with just God. But I often yield to the calls of the to-do list or sleep or a thousand other less important things.
  2. Real prayer requires humility – I like to think I’m pretty smart. I can see how my problems could be solved. I know what my future should look like. I even dare to tell God how I think I could serve Him best. I must set aside my foolish pride and humbly go to the only One who really knows best.
  3. Real prayer requires stillness and quietness – The world bombards us with entertainment, emails, news, social media, and more. But all that is just noise and distraction that keeps me from hearing God’s voice. I have to be purposeful in keeping the laptop closed, the TV off, and my heart and mind tuned in to the Creator.
  4. Real prayer requires waiting – I have a hard time waiting on God’s answer. Sometimes He answers right away and other times He wants us to wait. To lean in to listen. He has much to say to us if we will but wait long enough for Him to speak. And sometimes, the answer is in the waiting.
  5. Real prayer requires obedience – If I seek God’s will or ask Him to meet a need and fail to do what He says I essentially cut off that communication. My lack of obedience tells God I don’t believe His way is best. That I think I can do it better myself. Obedience proves my trust and reliance and builds the relationship.

Time, humility, stillness, waiting, and obedience. Real prayer. My sinful human nature fights it. My spirit longs for it. So I’ll keep practicing. And praying.

https://www.kathyhoward.org/5-reasons-real-prayer-is-hard/

https://youtu.be/2wDlbavkouQ

https://youtu.be/7wVTwlm_bbc

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Advertisements

At times we pray like this…


We give God ALL The praises, God is our ALL, our EVERYTHING, Amen.


In song, lift up your Spirit and make a joyful noise unto The LORD, all ye lands. In thanksgiving and praise for all that God does, Amen.

He woke you up this morning, give God all praise, Amen. We are blessed with another chance to blossom and bloom beneath God’s Wings, Hallelujah!

Serve The LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing, for God has put a new song in your heart to sing, Amen.

Know ye that The LORD is God – The Creator of ALL things, both seen and unseen. God has made the Universeand its contents, there is no greater Artist! Amen. We can cry out “who is like unto Thee, O LORD, who is like unto Thee, glorious in praises, who is like unto Thee.” Holy, holy, holy – Amen.

https://youtu.be/WNzru5OTAvI

It is God that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are the people of God, and the sheep of His pasture.

https://youtu.be/6qD_BehgFJk

https://youtu.be/8jvqdc15dD8

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise crying “Hallelujah!” https://www.facebook.com/IBCpromo/videos/10157145090778696/

Ye nations – be thankful unto God, and ble His holy name. https://youtu.be/YazRCv7USHY

https://youtu.be/0V3BqV_mdnY

Heavenly Father, we come before you today, not to ask for anything but humbly giving thanks for all You have done for us. We appreciate You, oh Father, for sending Your Son to die on that old rugged cross to redeem us of our sins.

Thank You Jesus, for enduring so much pain and suffering for our salvation. We pray that we will be blessed with the same kind of strength to endure life for Your sake.

We give You thanks for giving us, and our family and loved ones, health and strength. Oh Lord, thank You for Your unconditional, undying, never-failing, endless Love that graces us each day.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is The Will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 100, be blessed. Go out in peace and return with praises, Amen.

https://christianstt.com/prayer-giving-thanks-lord-grateful-heart/

Humble yourselves before The Lord and God will exalt you.


Humble yourselves before The Lord and God will exalt you.
James 4:10

Hum·ble
/ˈhəmbəl/
adjective
1. Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.
“he was humble about his stature as one of rock history’s most influential guitarists”
synonyms: meek, deferential, respectful, submissive, self-effacing, unassertive, unpresuming;
modest, unassuming, self-deprecating,free from vanity, hiding one’s light under a bushel; 
obsequious, sycophantic,servile; 
mim; 
archaicresistless
“her bearing was very humble and apologetic”
2. Of low social, administrative, or political rank.
“she came from a humble, unprivileged background”
synonyms: low-ranking, low, lowly, lower-class, plebeian, proletarian, working-class, undistinguished, poor, mean, ignoble, of low birth, low-born, of low rank; 
common,commonplace, ordinary, simple, inferior,unimportant, unremarkable, insignificant,inconsequential; 
informalplebby;
archaicbaseborn
“she came from a humble, unprivileged background”
verb
3. Lower (someone) in dignity or importance.
“I knew he had humbled himself to ask for my help”
synonyms: humiliate, abase, demean, belittle, lower, degrade, debase, bring down, bring low;
mortify, shame, put to shame, abash,subdue, chasten, make someone eat humble pie, take down a peg or two;
informalput down, cut down to size,settle someone’s hash; 
informalmake someone eat crow
“I knew he had humbled himself to ask for my help”

Humble vs. Humility: Very ‘similar’ word. We ask: “Do they not mean the same?”

Hu·mil·i·ty
/(h)yo͞oˈmilədē/
noun
4. A modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
“he needs the humility to accept that their way may be better”
synonyms: modesty, humbleness, modestness, meekness, lack of pride, lack of vanity, diffidence, unassertiveness
“he needs the humility to accept that their way may be better”
So, I will ask you; “Are they?”

Similar meanings but a world apart. Do you want to be in a setting of glory before The LORD? Let go!

AND let God!

We must fully depend on Jesus, without Him we have nothing, but with Him we have everything. When you don’t have Christ you have no power over sin, Satan, and you don’t truly have life.
The Lord is our strength, He directs our lives, and He is our deliverer. You need the Lord. Stop trying to live life without Him. Repent and put your trust in Christ. If you are not saved please click this link. 
 
What does the Bible say?
1. John 15:4-5 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
2. John 5:19 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”
3. John 1:3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
4. Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
5. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
6. Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
7. Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
 
Reminders
8. Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
9. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
10. Galatians 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
 
Bonus
For it is God Who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13

This knocks my socks off! It IS God Who works in you! We started this share with the knowledge that we are nothing without God – our ALL!

“For The LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”
Deuteronomy 2:7. 

We may by quick to say “That was then, this is now!”
Our God is unchanging! With God, there are no yesterdays, just a continuum.

‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’

2 Peter 3:8–9

We may get caught up in asking the “Why’s?” I will make that simple!

https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/creation-or-evolution-does-it-really-matter-what-you-believe/the-world-before-man-the-biblical-explanation

https://www.openbible.info/topics/reason

We have discussed along these lines previously!

The realization that where and why we are is for a reason is key to living as you were meant to live. You were known, and are known – better than you know your own self!

I tended to ask questions without focusing on where and why the questions were. I was known? Then why…??? You are tested for a reason! To ‘pass’ the test, you come out wiser and better; more advanced than when you went in.
Lessons learned are lessons remembered!

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to Man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but God will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear. 
1 Corinthians 10:13

Victory?
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”
James 4:7-10  (KJV)
See, we end up right back where we started!

Humble yourselves before The Excellency of The Creator of all. If you think on it; there is no other way that it should be.

How are you before rulers? People in authority? Who made them? A Force that they MUST bow to!
I am amazed at the passage of those who may have though that ‘death’ was not in their cards!
Only a minuscule amount of Man can claim to have avoided ‘death’
(Enochand Elijah are said in scripture to have been “assumed” [experienced assumption] into Heaven.)
Moses was ‘buried’ by God?!

God Himself buried Moses, with no grave and no monument that the Israelites could use to create another idol for worship.

So Moses, the Eternal’s servant, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Eternal had said. He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.  Moses was 120 years old when he died, but his eyesight hadn’t failed and his strength hadn’t diminished.
Deuteronomy 34:5-7 

We have shared that God knows all. Where is there such a site?

The Kaaba, also referred as al-Kaʿbah al-Musharrafah, is a building at the center of Islam’s most important mosque, Al-Masjid Al-Ḥarām, in the Hejazi city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred site in Islam. 

Yet; Most world religions point to Moses as a key figure.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/sacred/wfaprophets.html&ved=2ahUKEwiF1_b3y47hAhWPc98KHbNGAXQQFjAJegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw22mWapKU81BX8InmHMJUh3

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.ancient.eu/amp/1-14009/&ved=2ahUKEwiF1_b3y47hAhWPc98KHbNGAXQQFjALegQIBBAB&usg=AOvVaw07Nb7mm3KmuMEmT-gjSLl8&ampcf=1

http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/umages/IMLS_religion_exhibit/3f_home.html

Pretty outstanding! Something I am moved to share is that there is testimony that two ‘beings’ recognized most likely by Art and what was discussed were seen with Jesus on the mountain in the transfiguration.

Once on the mountain, Matthew 17:2 states that Jesus “was transfigured before them; his face shining as the sun, and his garments became white as the light.” At that point the prophets Elijah and Moses appear and Jesusbegins to talk to them.

These were individuals who lived humble lives. In the case where passion superseded the overwhelming Presence of God, results were to the glory of God.

Moses Disobeys God
In the first month all the people of Israel arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. There was no water for the people, so they came together against Moses and Aaron. They argued with Moses and said, “We should have died in front of the Lord as our brothers did. Why did you bring the Lord’s people into this desert? Are we and our animals to die here? Why did you bring us from Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain, figs, grapevines, or pomegranates, and there’s no water to drink!”
So Moses and Aaron left the people and went to the entrance of the Meeting Tent. There they bowed facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. The Lord said to Moses, “Take your walking stick, and you and your brother Aaron should gather the people. Speak to that rock in front of them so that its water will flow from it. When you bring the water out from that rock, give it to the people and their animals.” So Moses took the stick from in front of the Lord, as he had said. Moses and Aaron gathered the people in front of the rock, and Moses said, “Now listen to me, you who turn against God! Do you want us to bring water out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and hit the rock twice with his stick. Water began pouring out, and the people and their animals drank it.
But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe me, and because you did not honor me as holy before the people, you will not lead them into the land I will give them.”
These are the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites argued with the Lord and where he showed them he was holy.
Exodus 20:1-13

We look at this again from another angle:

Moses is hailed as the leader of the Exodus, the one through whom God delivered His people from Egyptian slavery. To Moses God entrusted the Law. Jesus demonstrated that Moses foreshadowed His own work as the Messiah (John 3:14–15). Moses is listed in Hebrews 11 as exemplary of faith. In Deuteronomy 34 we read that God Himself buried Moses. We are also told that, “since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. . . . For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel” (Deuteronomy 34:10, 12). Yet Moses, for all of his blessings, was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Why not?
In Deuteronomy 32:51–52 God gives the reason that Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land: “This is because . . . you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.” God was true to His promise. He showed Moses the Promised Land, but did not let him enter in.

The incident at the waters of Meribah Kadesh is recorded in Numbers 20. Nearing the end of their forty years of wandering, the Israelites came to the Desert of Zin. There was no water, and the community turned against Moses and Aaron. Moses and Aaron went to the tent of meeting and prostrated themselves before God. God told Moses and Aaron to gather the assembly and speak to the rock. Water would come forth. Moses took the staff and gathered the men. Then, seemingly in anger, Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses struck the rock twice with his staff (Numbers 20:10–11). Water came from the rock, as God had promised. But God immediately told Moses and Aaron that, because they failed to trust Him enough to honor Him as holy, they would not bring the children of Israel into the Promised Land (verse 12).

The punishment may seem harsh to us, but, when we look closely at Moses’ actions, we see several mistakes. Most obviously, Moses disobeyed a direct command from God. God had commanded Moses to speak to the rock. Instead, Moses struck the rock with his staff. Earlier, when God had brought water from a rock, He instructed Moses to strike it with a staff (Exodus 17). But God’s instructions were different here. God wanted Moses to trust Him, especially after they had been in such close relationship for so many years. Moses didn’t need to use force; he simply needed to obey God and know that God would be true to His promise.

Also, Moses took the credit for bringing forth the water. He asks the people gathered at the rock, “Must we bring you water out of this rock?” (Numbers 20:10, emphasis added). Moses seemed to be taking credit for the miracle himself (and Aaron), instead of attributing it to God. Moses did this publicly. God could not let it go unpunished and expect the Israelites to understand His holiness.

The water-giving rock is used as a symbol of Christ in 1 Corinthians 10:4. The rock was struck in Exodus 17:6, just like Christ was crucified once (Hebrews 7:27). Moses’ speaking to the rock in Numbers 20 could have been meant as a picture of prayer. Jesus was “struck” once, and He continues to provide living water to those who pray in faith to Him. When Moses angrily struck the rock, he destroyed the biblical typology and, in effect, crucified Christ again.

Moses’ punishment for disobedience, pride, and the misrepresentation of Christ’s sacrifice was steep; he was barred from entering the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12). Yet we do not see Moses complain about his punishment. Instead, he continues to faithfully lead the people and honor God.

In His holiness, God is also compassionate. He invited Moses up to Mount Nebo where He showed His beloved prophet the Promised Land before his death. Deuteronomy 34:4–5 records, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, “I will give it to your descendants.” I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.’ And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said.” Moses’ failure at the rock did not negate or break his relationship with God. God continued to use the prophet and continued to love him with tenderness.

Sisters…


Let’s get busy…


Get fed, you are Loved by Nothing more than Love, Amen. Love must be Love, Amen. Hallelujah for The LORD Jedus, Amen.

Exodus 15:2:

“The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”

1 Chronicles 29:12:

“Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”

Zephaniah 3:17:

“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Nehemiah 8:10:

“Then he said to them, ‘Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’”

Psalm 8:2:

“Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.”

Psalm 18:1-2:   

“I love you, O LORD, my strength.The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 27:1:   

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 37:39:  

“The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.”

Psalm 46:1-3:   

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”

Psalm 71:16:

“With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.”

Psalm 119:28:

“My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!”

Psalm 138:3:

“On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.”

Isaiah 12:2:   

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Isaiah 40:28-31:

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for 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.”

Habakkuk 3:19:

“GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.”

Matthew 6:34:   

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 19:26:

“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

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.”

Acts 1:8:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

2 Corinthians 4:16:   

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10:

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Ephesians 3:16:

“That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.”

Ephesians 6:10:   

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”

Philippians 4:13:

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

2 Timothy 1:7:

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Let me politely point something out…


If there were a court judge and a citizen (plain ordinary citizan) continued incessant emails, phone calls and letters secondary to a frank wrong that was done to them; such an ‘offense’ even in the eyes of a ‘self focused’ judge would be moved to assign one of his juniors to research the case, its issues and validity.

Mind you, it this magistrate was self absorbed with importance, her or his ‘peace of mind’ would be set asunder by the ‘onslaught.’ Sound familiar?

How can I pray without ceasing? Praying without ceasing is a biblical term found in the Apostle Paul’s first letter to Thessalonica: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, KJV). The Greek word “without ceasing” means continuous action. Therefore, “praying without ceasing” means to pray continuously.

How to pray without ceasing — a heart attitude

  • How does one pray continually? We cannot always be on our knees. With the daily demands on our busy lives, we are fortunate to kneel in prayer even a few minutes each day. However, the context of this passage gives us a clue. This passage focuses on heart attitude. “Rejoice always” is an attitude of joyfulness. Giving thanks in everything also requires a mental attitude of thankfulness. How do we rejoice and give thanks? Through prayer! Therefore, effective prayer is a proper heart attitude: a mental outlook of joyful thanksgiving. It expresses itself throughout the day with silent prayers of vital communication with the LORD.

  • Maintaining a healthy relationship requires communication. Always be “on line” with God so when the Spirit moves you to pray, you can instantly agree with Him. The Holy Spirit prays for us with inexpressible groans (Romans 8:26). When in agreement with the Spirit, we are praying continuously. The heart attitude of praying without ceasing means an ever-open heart to the Lord’s leading.

  • If we are praying without ceasing — even while driving, changing the baby, washing dishes, or running a lawn mower — we can be open to the leading of the Spirit when He urges us to pray for something or someone. At that time, we can agree with God and make a mental note to add that concern to our later prayer time.

  • Praying without ceasing doesn’t take the place of time alone in prayer with God. However, it is a joyful experience to unite with the LORD who lays burdens on our hearts. We can’t always stop and kneel, but our heart attitude can still be “praying without ceasing.”

Praying without ceasing is sometimes really difficult when it seems like God is not answering…

Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And The Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly.

However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the Earth?”

Luke 18:1-8

Faith! To God be The glory! We touch on this again! Y’all we live by faith and not by sight, Amen.

Ask and you shall recieve! Seek and you shall find, Amen. Matthew 7:7

And we tie it all together with this parable:

A Friend Comes at Midnight

And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Luke 11:5-13

We are known, Amen. The Creator of the Universe sees ALL, Amen. Just what is meant by Universe?

The physical Universe is defined as all of space and time (collectively referred to as spacetime) and their contents. Such contents comprise all of energy in its various forms, including electromagnetic radiation and matter, and therefore planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space.

This is what is seen! We have touched on the unseen… So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

We can tear this down. With a mind on a Science bend, we are made up of unseen bits – electrons, protons, neutrons, isotopes…how did they come together? So many theorems abound. IF it is/was totally by chance, on all the other planets? We have telescopes – The Hubble for one and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), it will be 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, and is tipped to be fully operational within the next three years. (This was written in October 2019).

But to focus on fact, we are yet to find a species in a seemingly endless Universe like we are. As we read The Word, we are Created in God’s image, we are here temporarily to learn to appreciate existence. Yes! Many challenges, so many. You were created for a purpose, with a reason! Find it!

We started this share with the reason to ask and keep asking. Knock and keep knocking! You want to go in? Don’t stop knocking! There is Someone in there!

https://www.openbible.info/topics/keep_on_knocking

https://youtu.be/bY0sXll5tsY

Right quick, let us pray:

Almighty God, our Father Who art in Heaven, You See all and Know all things, Amen. We lay our faults, weaknesses and sin at Your Feet. LORD, we ask to be cleansed with The blood of Jesus, Amen.

We desire to be white as snow in Your eyes. Wash us Lord, watch us Father, we commit our every step into Your Hands LORD, Amen.

Your Will be done in our lives, Amen. LORD, direct the desires of our hearts, Amen. We desire to be under You, covered by Your Wings of grace, Amen.

Go before, in, around, behind, be over us, support us, possess us LORD we ask in Jesus’ name, Amen. Lord we decree in The name of Jesus that You shine through us, Amen

Missing something?


https://youtu.be/EcCYuEc4Oz4

https://youtu.be/myzQ7FJLyCE

Our Father, Who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done,
Here on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Where do we start? Wow! This is the way Jesus taught us to speak with The Creator! I want to say “kneel before Him!” Many a time, we are in public places, in Spirit get in line and submit yourself to The Creator, Amen.

An aside. Moses spoke with God “face to Face.” We may misunderstand the concept; God is not HuMan that God would have a Face. But, rather Spirit to spirit, Moses asked that he would/could see God…

Then Moses said, “Now, please show me Your glory [God’s Manifest Presence].”

The Lord answered, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will announce my name, “The Lord,” so you can hear it. I will show ·kindness [favor] to anyone to whom I want to show ·kindness [favor], and I will show ·mercy [compassion] to anyone to whom I want to show ·mercy [compassion]. But you cannot see My Face, because no one can see Me and live.

Exodus 33:18-20

So, we can and do speak with God.

https://www.christianquotes.info/top-quotes/18-powerful-bible-quotes-talking-god/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2016/05/17/top-7-bible-verses-about-talking-to-god/

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14

Human beings are relational. Created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), our Father desires a personal relationship with us (John 3:16). The all-transcending, omnipotently sovereign God (Isaiah 46:9) is incredibly personal. He is aware, present, and compassionately involved in every detail of who we are (Psalm 18:30116:5). God does not require us to grow into a different version of ourselves in order to gain access to Him (Micah 7:18-19). He is here . . . now (Joshua 1:8-9); He hears us when we speak, especially to Him. (1 John 5:14) He faithfully holds true to His promise to be close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18) and to love us unfailingly (2 Peter 3:9).

God desires our communication with Him. The biggest stretch of our faith is perhaps the inaudible moving of our God. Present-day people claim to hear from God via dreams. He probably isn’t going to light a shrub on fire in our front yards to get our attention as He did through Moses and the burning bush. Yet, because of Jesus, His presence is no less palpable. How do we ignite conversation with our Almighty God? Through prayer. Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we can talk to God and He back to us. Prayer teaches us how.

Is Talking to God the Same as Praying?

Prayer runs alongside worship in regard to the different ways in which we express our faith. Carefully memorized prayers repeated religiously, journaled thoughts, silent sacred moments with God, and hearts poured out through song all grab God’s attention. Our Father’s focus is on the content of the conversation more so than the delivery.

The invisible presence of our all-present God fuels the radical part of our faith. Talking to Him in the car, out on a run, in a church sanctuary or Bible study full of heads bowed. We can talk to God anywhere, anytime. In the real and raw life moments that leave us speechless, the gift of salvation flexes its most important muscle: The Holy Spirit.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” –Romans 8:26-27

Now, we can get started!

Here on Earth as it is in Heaven.

How is it in Heaven?

According to a popular teaching today, Jesus was saying that we should pray that the way things are in Heaven is the way they should be on the Earth.

Put another way, we can deduce God’s will for the Earth by looking at His will for Heaven. Is there sickness in Heaven? Absolutely not. Consequently, there should be no sickness on Earth. Is there depression in Heaven? Absolutely not. Consequently, there should be no depression on Earth.

But is this what Jesus was actually teaching?

To be perfectly clear, I believe that healing and health are God’s ideal will for His people, based on the teaching of Scripture. 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.christianpost.com/amp/real-meaning-of-on-earth-as-it-is-in-heaven-michael-brown.html

https://youtu.be/uxTc98K9OeU

Why was Lucifer and his legion sent forth from Heaven? From the spiritual to the natural. Fallen angels!

https://youtu.be/yK3zumP2W3s

Here on Earth as it is in Heaven.

How is it in Heaven?

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D4GsoQRqnwV4&ved=2ahUKEwjH0KXFlqvlAhWlTN8KHUzKA0IQwqsBMAB6BAgEEAQ&usg=AOvVaw226ufMn50OctgNSANYqAuB

https://youtu.be/PhbMMBYijNM

We are taught to speak with God: “Here on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

How is it in Heaven? This would take eons…

Be there! Amen.

I was meditating on king David…


His trials and temptations, he stood firm! Where do I start?

A slight build he was blessed with. The youngest son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people-in-the-bible/story-king-david-goliath/

We may look at David’s earlier days. Too slight to be placed in any ‘formidable’ occupation, he watched Jesses’s sheep. Yet, God used this to train him, Amen

As we read, David was not royalty, being Loved of The LORD in his humility he was led to do things that at the time had no meaning or reason. We are all born with reason, it is for us to pray for guidance and direction.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=%23&ved=2ahUKEwjdt7zEmaLlAhVnplkKHcJtCZkQwqsBMAF6BAgHEAk&usg=AOvVaw0VTJzWxrN8ZFOD4xbU2nov

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=%23&ved=2ahUKEwjdt7zEmaLlAhVnplkKHcJtCZkQwqsBMAB6BAgHEAQ&usg=AOvVaw0VTJzWxrN8ZFOD4xbU2nov

There was a reason for his learning the harp… He used it to calm king Saul. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+16%3A14-23&version=CEV

       King David was a devoted man of God. From a little shepherd boy, he became a king that was loved and hated by many. He was known as a man who loved his enemies and would never rise up against anyone who wanted to murder him. To learn about this great king of Israel, continue reading.

      David’s birth date is unknown. Many people say that he was born before 970 B.C. David was the eighth and the youngest son of the man Jesse from the tribe of Judah. He was also a descendant of Ruth the Moabite. As a child, David was a shepherd in the little town of Israel, Bethlehem.  He would care for his father’s sheep and protect them. If any beast came to attack or devour his father’s sheep, David would use his slingshot and kill it. One day while in a pasture tending his father’s sheep, the prophet Samuel anointed him as king while pouring oil on his head. David was anointed king because the temporary king, Saul, would always disobey God. But besides his job as a shepherd, he was very talented at playing the musical instrument, the harp. David’s talent was used one day when Saul felt that an evil spirit was bothering him. David’s music pleased King Saul, so Saul kept him in his service to play music for him. But besides his skill for tending sheep and his talent as a musician, he also contained courage. He is well known for killing he philistine giant, Goliath of Goth. After doing this extraordinary act, King Saul placed him as commander over the army of Israel. This was a highly great position. But David was so successful in battle that Saul became jealous and tried to murder him. David had many chances to kill Saul but he said he would never raise his hand against Gods anointed. Soon enough, King Saul and his son, Jonathon (a loved friend of David) was killed in a battle against the philistines. David was very sober and mourned deeply. After this, David became king. David and his men of 600 then captured the city, Jerusalem, and he became king over it and all Israel. But besides all of David’s victories and accomplishments, he had many weaknesses and downfalls. He had committed a very bad crime by killing a man and taking his wife, while God had blessed him with anything he desired. Because of this terrible crime that King David committed, God said that trouble would never leave his household. This crime resulted in the death of his two sons, Amnon and Absalom, and the rape of his daughter, Tamar. Eventually, King David grew old and had to stop fighting. David constantly felt cold and could not get warm. At this point, Adonijah, David’s oldest son declared his self, king. However, David had promised his wife, Bathsheba that her son, Solomon would be king after him. So, he told the prophets to go out in the streets and anoint Solomon to be the next king. He wanted everyone to see. David’s last words were for his son Solomon the new king. He told him to always follow God, obey him, and to repay everyone with kindness, even if they did him wrong. One of David’s accomplishments was the book that he wrote, included in the bible. It is the book of Psalms. It is a book that included words from his heart and words from God. King David died after 40 years as king in Israel. Loved and hated by many, he was buried in Jerusalem, which is called the City of David.

      In conclusion, King David was a well-known king. When people rose up against him, he repaid them with kindness. He wrote the book of Psalms and he was a very talented musician. As a child he showed forth courage by killing the giant, Goliath. King David will always be remembered because of his courage, accomplishments, and his talents. He was a role model to everyone because we can learn from him to repay evil with good.

Every trial was for a reason! Saul though he sought to capture David and kill him was placed directly in David’s hands, yet he was moved by The Spirit not to lay a finger against The LORD’s annointed.

David has two opportunities to kill King Saul, and both times he refuses to kill his arch enemy or allow his men to do so. Why? These accounts reveal something we need to learn about anger, pride, revenge, humility, and submission to the Lord’s will. It contains some profound lessons taught against the background of the violence of the Late Bronze Age.

This is a long and complex lesson. If you’re teaching it, you might want to divide it into two lessons.

David Hides in the Wilderness of En Gedi (24:1-2)

Chapter 23 closed with Saul coming very close to capturing David, only to be called away to defend Israelite cities against the marauding Philistines. Now Saul is back with an army 3,000 strong.

He has learned from his spies that David is hiding out in the Judean Desert in the rocky fortresses above the oasis of En Gedi or ‘Ein Gedi on the west bank of the Dead Sea. David’s men are in a rock formation known then as the Crags of the Wild Goats,[98] a natural stronghold, honeycombed with caves, that is easy to defend against attackers.

The name “Ein Gedi” means “spring of the goat,” referring to the wild goats that populate this rugged area. Ein Gedi and its year-round stream is one of four major springs in this otherwise parched eastern portion of the Judean Desert. The area includes a steep cliff or escarpment that falls more than 2,000 feet (625 meters) from the plateau of the desert (at about 650 feet, or 200 meters, above sea level) to the Dead Sea (at 1,388 feet, or 423 meters, below sea level).

David Spares Saul’s Life in the Cave (24:3-7)

 “[Saul] came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself.[99] David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, ‘This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, “I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.”‘” (24:3-4a)

We have no record of such a prophecy prior to this, though it was obviously known to David’s men.

David’s band is completely silent as David stealthy creeps up to where Saul is probably now resting in the privacy and cool of the cave. Saul’s 3,000 men are outside; he is vulnerable.

“Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.” (24:4b)

David’s action has considerable significance. Taking a portion of the royal robe could have been interpreted in that time as a transfer of power from Saul to David. In addition, David’s action may have rendered Saul’s robe — Saul’s visible sign of kingship — non-compliant with requirements of the law by removing tassels from its corner (Numbers 14:38-39; Deuteronomy 22:12). That’s why David is “conscience-stricken,” since by voiding Saul’s claim to kingship in this way, he is moving against “the Lord’s anointed.” He has to explain this to his men, who are bent on killing Saul when they have this chance. Many of them are under Saul’s death sentence, just like David is. The temptation to kill Saul is almost overpowering.

 “[David] said to his men, ‘The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.’With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.” (24:6-7)

If David had indeed killed Saul in the cave, he and his 600 men would have had to face Saul’s troops outside the cave. But these troops would have been leaderless — and many of them realized the validity of David’s claim to the throne. Probably David himself  had led some of these troops when he had been one of Saul’s generals.

Could David have gotten away with killing Saul and claiming the throne? Probably. But David’s refusal to attack Saul isn’t based on strategic or even moral grounds. It is based on the profound respect that David has for Yahweh — the fear of the Lord. God, David reasons, has put Saul into the kingship. For David, rebellion against Saul is tantamount to rebellion against the Lord himself who has anointed Saul.

David Asserts His Loyalty to Saul (24:8-15)

 David waits to confront Saul until the king and his bodyguards are some distance away. Then he prostrates himself before the king. He waves a piece of the king’s robe, and indicates that he could have killed Saul except for his own conviction:

“I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the LORD’s anointed.” (24:10)

David is not silent. He publicly accuses Saul of wronging him by trying to kill an innocent man, and calls upon Yahweh’s justice to prevail.

“May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. As the old saying goes,

  ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’
  so my hand will not touch you.” (24:12-13)

The point of the proverb he quotes is that, if David were an evil doer, Saul would have been long dead. David continues with heavy sarcasm:

“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?” (24:14)

The phrase “a dead dog” denotes self-abasement or self-disparagement, as in 2 Samuel 9:8 — an object of insignificance.[100] The flea, too, is an image of insignificance, in the same way that a mustard seed is figurative of tininess.[101] David says something similar in 26:20 when he takes Saul’s spear and water jug while he is sleeping. His point is that Saul is squandering vast national resources fielding an army of 3,000 men to hunt down someone who is no threat to him or to the kingdom — a loyal citizen. David closes his case with an appeal to God’s bar of justice.

“May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.” (24:15)

http://www.jesuswalk.com/david/05_david_spares.htm

Each moment was Known before it occured, yet The LORD simply observed the workings of his heart AND David was blessed for it!

Many may say “What David did with Bathsheba…” We serve LOVE! Amen. We are Known, better than we know ourselves! Case in point…

The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.  The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,  but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.  I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.  Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.  You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”

After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.

On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”

David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”

He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord Loved him!

We serve a beyond AWESOME God, indescribably holy, forgiving, a God of perfection – Amen. GLORY HALLELUJAH!!!

In closing, the challenge is to discover who is said here that The LORD Loved?!

God is Love! Is God proud of you?

He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he Loved. Psalm 47:4

because The LORD disciplines those He Loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Proverbs 3:12

https://www.recklesslyalive.com/are-you-proud-of-me/

%d bloggers like this: