Be ‘Tight’ in The LORD!

Month 1

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Sometimes I think of king David and I am touched. A man who served God in faith; with Goliath it didn’t even start there. While watching sheep he proved his bravery by fighting off the animals that sought to feed on his father’s flock.

I was reading and came across a verse that stated that the troops spoke against king David and sought to kill him. Let us read: “It happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. Now David’s two wives had been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.  Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters.”  1 Samuel 30:1-30

We can see that king David had problems, his people sought to slay him when he had lost his family too. If we read on, we can see that the Isrealites stood down and went to get their families, fighting for them.

We have ‘problems’ that weigh us down. We see from the above that even threatened with death when he lost too was something hard to believe. At times, we may meet problems that weigh us down. Let go, and let God. This has been shared, we share it again and point out that we are blessed to be in the perfect will of God.

There might be things that stress us to no end, did you pray? Take it to The Lord in prayer?

2.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Because we are in Jesus, He is Lord! We cannot say it enough, we learn it, believe it, know it. Jesus is Lord y’all. Because of Him we have peace, success, comfort and we are blessed to have Love in our lives, let Love be a part and parcel of who, what and where we are. Hallelujah!

Psalm 91:5-7

I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.

2 Samuel 22: 4

3.

So, let me ask you a question. Are you a Christian? Easy to answer that; a quick “Yes!” Escapes your lips. Really? What does it mean to be Christian? Are you aware that the name of this ‘dude’ that was here 2000+ years ago is what people are ‘filtered’ or ‘seperated’ on. I guess many will call themselves ‘agnostic’, I guess my nickname for them will be ‘aggies’. There is a reason why we went into all this. I was reading a ‘definition’ of just what it means to be a ‘true’ Christian. And, we read:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son (a part of Him-amazing huh?) in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. We were doomed from birth all because ‘Sin’ was passed down. Jesus then condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, more importantly who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

This is deep, read on:

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires. But those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Again, as has been shared, we have The Spirit within us, this embraces so much. What we think, feel, know, do is known by The Spirit. Even more importantly, we know it and shall give account.

As a quick aside, I thought judging all humanity must take eons. Hmm, I smile, because beyond, time does not exist. We have shared that in the place to be experienced after this, there is no time. Just existence. Where you are is what you experience. For a time, I thought it would only be for a time. Having visited, I realized how wrong I was. Decision is everything. Where will and do you stand?

I read recently a sharing of someone who passed away and came back. Essentially, the same experience as I had, but more so, the first part of my ‘dream’ was not his. He was ‘sick’ and had passed on and being told by The Lord he had seen, he was told it was not his time. In my case, prior to the accident; I had been exceptionally fine-a gym buff to be precise. I was doing awesomely well when I was in the accident and was unconscious when I hit the water of the river below the bridge I had crashed on. This of course is why I had no recollection or knowledge of where I was. Timelessness is a concept hard to understand when we are here alive. In our minds, we grow and age. Then we are no more, to some ‘re-generation’ is a belief. In speaking with someone who believed that fervently, I simply said “Why is it not a widely known of concept. If there were truth to that, it should be a big seller.” For example, wouldn’t billionaires stock up The money, so on the next ‘go-round’ it would be easier? But, I will leave that alone for right now. More important things to discuss.

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

This is an excerpt from The Word. I share: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8

So, a lot is said in the verses above. I promised to ‘share’ less and I think it is a great thing. I am aware that the shares were a little much previously. I have and do apologize.

Yes, let us pray.

Lord, Heavenly Father, Jesus our Savior and Holy Spirit within us. Glory and praise to You. We come before You with thanksgiving for our debts have been paid. Father, we know that You are Love. Yes it has in Your Word been defined. Thank You Lord for the no judgement, patience when I step off the way You have set. Father, I know that so many times I focus on things that are not of You or from You. Father, set my feet on Your path, I am throwing the doors of my heart open to You. Thank You Father for Your Love which is what I Live on. Thank You Father. I commit the rest of my days into Your holy hands. Direct, lead and if You have to push and pull me in the right direction. Lord, I Love You in Jesus’ name, Amen

4.

You are ordained by God to be outstanding in all your undertaking,

Dew of heaven will fall on the seed of greatness inside of you,

Every mountain standing between you and your divine heart desires shall become plain in Jesus name. Amen

Why do we follow The LORD?

  The LORD make known to us the path of Life;

   The LORD will fill me with joy in His presence,

    with eternal pleasures at Your right hand Father.

Psalm 16:11

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✍  Today’s message

John 20:1

.  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre

.  20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

🙏  Yesterday was Palm Sunday ; but today the first day of the week, every demonic stone covering your Glory, placed between you and your destiny helper or stand as an obstacle / barricade before  you shall be rolled away in the mighty name of Jesus Christ

6.

PLEASE READ!!!

THE PARABLE OF THE THREE TREES

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.  They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said,

“Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.  I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems.  I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.”

Then the second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship.  I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.  Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”

Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees.   When one came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree,  I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter” and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, “This looks like a strong  tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.”  The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.

One of the woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree so I’ll take this one”, and he cut it down.”

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a  feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay.  This was not at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree.

The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but  this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep.   While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe.  The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said  “Peace” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it.

When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill.

When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you.  If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us.  We just know  that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.

Good pm beloved.

Have a great day and remain blessed.

Shalom

7.

And we sing 😀. This is a song waiting to be sung 💒  Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust. O my soul, thou hast said unto The LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; But to the saints that are in the Earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup, Amen.

Thou maintainest my lot LORD. Thy lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have an awesome heritage in You. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen Psalm 16:1-8

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Let us pray.

    Yes You,

    O Lord, are our Father.

    We are the clay, You are the potter;

    we are all the work of Your hand. Amen

Isaiah 64:8

Lord, Your desire in my Life do seek every moment, Father, You are all I need. You created me and have brought me this fat. Lord, I desire to walk with You. Be glorified Father in and through me. Spread Your Love through me. Thank You for each and every blessing. I tried to count them and I got lost. Father, Hallelujah! I cannot keep numbering, may my mouth grow weary from saying thank You every second. Lord put it in my Spirit. Thank You Lord.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”

    Your face, Lord, I will seek. In Jesis’ name, Amen

Psalm 27:8

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Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was.

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

As we shared, Jesus knew exactly why He was here; his purpose, His future crucifiers. Even that Judas would betray Him. We have shared what this did to Him as the moment drew nigh. But still, when they came to take Him away from the garden at Gethseman, he performed one last miracle. The healing of the ear of one of the party of those who had come to arrest Him.

We remember the song “Everywhere He went, my Lord was doing good.”

“Everywhere He went

He was doing good

Almighty Healer

He healed the leapers

When the cripples saw Him

they started walking

Everywhere He went my God

was doing good”

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?

If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:21-26

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Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

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We can continually assess a mustard seed, but in the days when a good number farmed or were aware, this was what was used to teach.

I am sure we know where I am headed with this.

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? (Jesus expressed His frustration at the early Churches-the disciples in this case, inability to do things in faith.)

And Jesus said “Bring the boy here to me.”  Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed- at that moment.

Afterward, the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

We move right into the next commentary on this in The Word:

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Trulyf I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-25

We follow this by the very same quotation elsewhere, we see it again in Matthew 21:21-22 where Jesus says: “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it shall happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

We are sharing about faith, have it and flourish! All your mountains will be as mole hills and in believing you will be blessed! Amen.

Father Lord, I come before You at this time I give You all Glory, honor and my heart is poured out in thanksgiving. Lord, Hallelujah for faith. Father, work in me the faith to move mountains in Your name and through you. Lord, thank You for Your presence in my life. Lord be glorified in Jesus’ name. To You I give all the GLORY. Be praised Father Lord, Your Spirit is within me, I give You all praise in Jesus name, Amen

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Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

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When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

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I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen

This is not just a verse I am sharing, but a prayer too. We so often realize that The Word is a prayer. Prayer is speaking to God, and by His grace our conversation is answered prayer. In The Word, so many of the prophets prayed without actually hearing or seeing The source of The Voice, but they did not allow that to prevent them from seeking time with The Lord.

The examples are numerous; I will just throw names out and challenge you to recall how they experienced God; Job, king Saul, king David, in the new testament Paul. For this last encounter, we must remember and recollect that Paul was doing what he thought right. Yet God saw Him and met him. This is an example of just what The Lord does and how.

We have testimonies. I say that because our Father is The same Yesteryear, today and for ever, Amen.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in a place of no hope; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Amen.

Thou wilt shew me the path of Life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for ever more and in all my ways. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

Psalm 16:7-11

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“Hmm! You know what?”

“What?”

“I don’t know how to say this…”

“Just go ahead and say it! You are so full of drama!”

“Seriously though. You might say it is in my imagination or I just ‘lucked out'”

“Are you going to tell me? Or should I just leave now? And this better not be one of your Christian claims! I have had them up to here!” And the hand is raised head high to show just how much.

“Let me quiet then. I will keep it to myself, or better yet, you will see.”

The individual then walks away, thinking:”Wow! The bible is The Word of God and the promises so true. I was just reading this morning…Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. I am supposed to have a few memory verses….so that was in ahhh…Psalm 66:20 Yup!”

“My prayer is heard, it means so much; when I pray I may be at a loss for words, but God knows what I need and by His awesome grace, I have all I want and need. Even what I want and have prayed for, it is coming Hallelujah!”

Father LORD, I give You thanks this day. Father go before me in all I do. Direct my path, lead me. Lord, may I do Your will in my all in Jesus’ name Amen.

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Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second in temptation, trials, have needs, wants. It is all For the teaching. A deposit has been made, it is ours.

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

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Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second be in temptation, have trials, needs and wants. Brethren, that is in the here and now. By His grace, by God’s grace we have received the key to Glory, Alleluia. A deposit has been made, on our behalf. We wait with expectant Spirit for the coming of The LORD!

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

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Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must:

(1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’

(3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–706, April 2017

Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must: (1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’ (3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–7

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

So, it is a rather ‘touchy’ subject. But what we can take from this is that just as Angels do not marry. There is no sexual disparity. We see in The Scripture that the angels were seen as beings from a different plane. As much as we use sex to define things in this world we do not see it in The Bible in terms of other worldly beings.

Satan is described in our culture as male. In The Bible it speaks of the majesty of his Spirit. The story of Lucifer’s fall is described in two key Old Testament chapters—Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14.

the king is portrayed as having a different nature from man (he is a cherub, verse 14); he had a different position from man (he was blameless and sinless, verse 15); he was in a different realm from man (the holy mount of God, verses 13,14); he received a different judgment from man (he was cast out of the mountain of God and thrown to the earth, verse 16); and the superlatives used to describe him don’t seem to fit that of a normal human being (“full of wisdom,” “perfect in beauty,” and having “the seal of perfection,” verse 12).

Our text tells us that this king was a created being and left the creative hand of God in a perfect state (Ezekiel 28:12,15). And he remained perfect in his ways until iniquity was found in him (verse 15b). What was this iniquity? We read in verse 17, “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.” Lucifer apparently became so impressed with his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position that he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that belonged to God alone. The sin that corrupted Lucifer was self-generated pride.

I state these things lightly, for in The Word we see not too much attention given to him. Just what we should know. Read this! 2 Corinthians 2:11

So having taken a shortcut to review some of what we shared earlier, we can move on. Satan who was then called Lucifer was neither Male nor Female. It was the definition of beauty and it went to his heart and he believed his was the Heavens. We are all cognizant of overthrows, coupes if we are to call them correctly. If we study the Word, we can see what is said here (for interest of time, I am sharing the site) https://bible.org/seriespage/3-satan-s-part-god-s-perfect-plan

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

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Brethren and Sistren, The LORD lives, in Him we find solace, a place to rest. A place to praise Him for His awesome presence in our Lives. Praise The LORD! Can I get an “Amen”? This is the way it I’d supposed to be, to give Him thanks in all things.

All Thy works shall praise Thee, O LORD; and Thy saints shall bless Thee.

Psalm 145:10

Are you a saint? We’ll bless The LORD O! My soul and all that is within me bless His holy name.

I will sing to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

May my meditation be pleasing to Him,

as I rejoice in The Lord.

Psalm 104:33-34

Sing of God’s Love.

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations” Psalm 89:1

Lord, we thank You and bless Your holy name. We are nothing before You, but Father You have Loved us. Lord shed and spread Your Love in our Lives and Father let it be known that we are yours by our walk. Keep us steadfast as our day goes by. Thank You for all You have blessed us with. Father be magnified! Holy Soirit, Hallelujah! Thank You for Your presence in my life. Father, I bless You for another testimony filled day. Thank you for healing me, thank You for Your completeness in Jesus’ name, Amen

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Kinda amazing, that  the word Christian comes from ‘Christ follower’, to His example they will flock. We are Christ believers, followers of His example. Jesus is/was God in the flesh and He radiated Love every where He went. We should in no way be concerned with divisions that exist between denominations- we all serve one God.

Let God speak through you; want to be used by Him? Allow His presence to radiate from you. We have a prayer point in that.

Lord Heavenly Father, use me this day to bring Your Love, Your comfort to those in need of It. Touch me, fill me, heal me that I may do Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen

Don’t Let Complaining Creep In for

‘The Lord… has heard your grumbling against Him.’ Exodus 16:7

When you complain, God takes it personally. It shows a lack of faith in His Word that says, ‘God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love [Him] .’ Romans 8:28

Every thing save none. Think of it, lost your job, apartment, house, family member, Loved one… The LORD causes it all to work out for good. We must learn to thank Him in all circumstances. It is most amazing that He knows just what will happen in all situations. It is amazing that if we jump back a few steps when Jesus was told that Lazarus was ill, He stayed where He was; that God might be Glorified. Yes, if he went right back when they told Him, He could have raised Lazarus up. But He waited for days before He set out.

We might think this was weird. The human form of Jesus “wept” John 11:35 (the shortest verse in The Bible) and there is reason, seeing the weeping and mourning at the loss, Jesus wept. Aren’t we surprised that God in the person of Jesus openly wept? When He knew what He would undergo at Cavalry He experienced in His form bleeding from the sweat glands. A more intense form of weeping in respinse to a physical trauma. We see that He cared for the family; Mary, Martha and Lazarus- we can Imagine how though He knew just what would happen Jesus wept!

The Bible says that when ‘Pharaoh…let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way.’ (Exodus 13:17–18 NLT) God sees the end from the beginning, and He’s leading you in a roundabout way! Once you accept that, you can stop complaining.

When we ask why God tests us or allows us to be tested, we are admitting that testing does indeed come from Him. When God tests His children, He does a valuable thing. David sought God’s testing, asking Him to examine his heart and mind and see that they were true to Him (Psalm 26:2; 139:23). When Abram was tested by God in the matter of sacrificing Isaac, Abram obeyed (Hebrews 11:17–19) and showed to all the world that he is the father of faith (Romans 4:16).

In both the Old and New Testaments, the words translated “test” mean “to prove by trial.” Therefore, when God tests His children, His purpose is to prove that our faith is real. Not that God needs to prove it to Himself since He knows all things, but He is proving to us that our faith is real, that we are truly His children, and that no trial will overcome our faith.

When Israel grumbled, ‘the Lord’s anger blazed…and…He destroyed some of the people.’ Numbers 11:1

Dr Dale A. Robbins writes: ‘They refused to trust Him to provide, protect, and direct their lives…The whole premise of Christianity is Jesus becomes the “boss” of our circumstances. We’re in His hands. If believers complain, it becomes an accusation against the Lord to whom we’ve trusted our lives, and He “[hears] all your complaints against Him.”

Exodus 16:8

When you go through tough times, don’t resort to complaining. Praise God in spite of what’s happening. ‘Be thankful in all circumstances.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Thanksgiving is the opposite of complaining. It expresses appreciation for everything God has done and what He promises to do, and shows confidence that He’s in charge. The psalmist said, ‘Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and… in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.’ Psalm 50:14–15

Gratitude—not grumbling—motivates God to work on your behalf.

SoulFood: Jer 36:27–40:16; Luke 22:14–23; Ps 25:8–15; Prov 10:1–3

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I am not going to fill in the blank spots, rather encourage you to ‘keep up’. We are starting off at a snails pace pending when we gallop at ‘full engines.’

This is a verse that had much application in our lives. Do we show much Love?

We have been over a few of the million (literally) reasons to be grateful; you are partaking in this ‘sharing’, no?

Father Lord, I praise Your holy name. Father, allow me to be graced with Your presence. I thank You for going before me. Thank You for the testimonies that I can and will share about how awesome You are. In realizing Your awesome presence, I see why those You Love say “fear The LORD.” Lord, You alone be praised. I realize that there may be what I consider points of importance, but in Your sight, You wonder why I did not bring them to You. Cause me Lord to lay everything before You. Alleluia Father. At points where I stood in judgement, Lord, allow me to let those go. Father, in Your grace, I want to think, Love and be filled with Your Spirit. Lord all who have wronged me, I let it go much as You have let my sins go. Lord I forget in Jesus’ name. Lord, I thank You for going before me Father in Jesus’ name, Amen

Good Morning, we woke up this morning Testimony 1. We prayed this morning, Testimony 2. We are setting about our tasks, testimony three, our Loved awoke too, Testimony 4. If we are fasting, Testimony 5, If we eat breakfast Testimony 6. I just wanted to point out the innumerable reasons to give God thanks. I know I have said it before and sound like a ‘broken record’, but our testimony is ours and ours alone. How many people went to sleep and didn’t get up? We might have so much bothering us, but The Lord has it in His hands if we place it in His hands. So, Lord I thank You for in my moment of need I can call on You, praise You, magnify You. Lord, I thank You for being there and for the testimonies to Your awesome power in and on my life I see. Lord, be glorified in my Life all ways. My needs I praise You for, me wants, Alleluia Father, my life is a testimony to You. Father, I give You all praise in Jesus’ name, Amen

“I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

– Luke 7:47

Ok! Let us start this challenge like this:

1. Who made the comment? About who?

2. What were the person(s) doing?

3. Do we feel that our sin is ‘Less’ than other people(s)?

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The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations.

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The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations. But, we must remember:

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

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Even further we read;  The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. Psalm 33:13-15

Can we say “that person has it all, or “that person is ‘luckier’ than me”. Yes, I admit that some are born in a position we do not find ourselves. But do the have a different heart? What are your goals? What do you desire? Seek it in and through The Lord.

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Happy Friday, month ending. Time flies! First quarter done already! I guess that’s what it means to grow older.

‘Mr. Bible’ is at it again. Spreading The Word. And prayer comes with it too.

Welcome to this beautiful month to come (Spring is here) so it is my prayer that you have Spring in your step in Jesus name, Amen; the last day of the month and of the first quarter of 2017. All glory be to God and I am happy and elated this day because you and I are still standing.

As it’s impossible for the wicked ones to withheld this month of March to end today, so also it will be impossible for them to withhold the promises of God over your life in the mighty name of Jesus. The Lord will hasten the manifestation of His Word upon your life, Amen. Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

Your period of endless waiting is over. “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Daniel 10:12,13

Your expectations for this season and beyond shall not be cut off. Your breakthrough and miracles shall come earlier than expected in Jesus Mighty Name.

The Assured Word of the Living God shall speak goodness, favour and mercy into your life. You shall fulfill your destiny. You’ll never be cut short in your prime. You’ll never fall short of the GLORY of God. Your life will glorify the Name of the Lord. Your enemies will never have dominion over your life.

No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. Isaiah 54:7 Every evil device aimed at you and your household shall go back to the sender in Jesus Name.

Have a blessed day and beautiful weekend. And definitely a wholesome month, and as we walk along the path to glory, may He put a song in your heart to sing. “O! Glory Hallelujah!” Shalom!

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We have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

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We can and should take all unto The Lord in prayer. Remember the song “Are ye weak and heavy laden? Burdened with a load of care? Take it to The Lord in prayer!” No matter what we go through, experience, want, desire…The Lord knows all. While we are still praying He is answering. Remember the song: “Are we weak and heavy laden? Take it to The Lord in prayer.”?

Here is the song to remind you of the words:

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised

Thou wilt all our burdens bear;

May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,

There will be no need for prayer—

Rapture, praise, and endless worship

Will be our sweet portion there.

I have a testimony. I was sleeping and just as I was about in my dream to ‘step wrong’, I awoke. I know this might not sound like a testimony, but it is. It is key to be lined up with the will of God and not steer clear to the right or left. If it is something we desire, it is given. I will state that If we desire what is not in His will, it is our decision to pursue it, we might and end up seeing just what in that case will happen.

An example, we who have waited ‘Oh! So long’ for an answer to a prayer. We know that it is in God’s will for us. God has said “While you are still praying, I am answering.”

Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

We have an example. What I realize is that every word is written for a reason and included in The Word. If you can imagine, at the temple in those days, there were the writings passes down through time. In synagogues we still see the same In this present day and age. We can see just what I mean; when Daniel prayed and sent a request before The Lord, it was answered as he spake:

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

Daniel 10:12,13

Always there is ‘so much’ swirling around us: responsibilities, work, school, bills, health, transport…How can and do we make it work???

I can be a witness, in fact I am a witness. I have stated that I will steer clear of what I started with. But each day is a testimony. I shared what happened earlier. We are in the palm of God’s hand. God is aware of everything that goes on in our lives. No matter how small the tendrils. He is there, we have shared this before, but here it is essential:

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Revelations 3:20

Wow! Sup with The Lord? The disciples at the last supper supped with The Lord, they were in an upper room and we have all seen paintings, we have seen the Michel Angelo painting. To imagine beside what the picture shows, in what they thought was a ‘private’ time with The Lord, they would have been reclining, giving a sense of ‘taking it easy’. No pressing throngs, people wanting, needing healing, deliverance and all. So, they would have been half lying, half seating as was the custom of the day. We are aware of the discussions that took place, in essence ‘familial banter’.

The most reproduced religious painting in history, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous depiction of the Last Supper, shows Jesus and the disciples sitting upright at a table as people do today. The truth, however, is that chairs (which were no doubt expensive) were not used AT ALL during Jesus’ final Passover meal with his disciples.

Based on Jewish law and tradition, those who observed Jesus’ last celebration of the Passover reclined around a low, long oval table. Each person would be lying on their left side and leaning on their left arm, with their feet behind them and their heads facing the table. This would mean that all those located on the left side of the table would have the front of their bodies somewhat facing the end of the table. Each of the disciples had a pillow to place under their left arm. This eating position during a meal like supper allowed the right arm to be free to use for eating.

Jesus’ saying “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.” Matthew 26:23 We get an idea of the banter. Again as shared earlier, He knew just who and he even gave him leave.

“Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.””

Matthew 26:25

Again we have wandered into The Word. I am aware that we started off saying that all we are faced with, He knows. Even before we say it. So, speak volumes! You have a ready ear.

Lord Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for this day. You are in my life as my personal Lord andWe have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

Savior. Father my heart is Yours, use me to do Your will. Bless me, fill me, direct me. Father You are my all, beside You there is none, beside You I have nothing. Hallelujah for my testimonies that continue with each passing second. Thank You for the fullness  You give. Father, today is Yours. Guide me, lead me, protect me along Your path. Father, You said as I pray, You have answered. Teach me to pray and be filled with Your Spirit. Father, once again in and through Your grace, cause me to spill over and touch those in my life. My Loved once and even those I pass on the street, Father, in You I look for fullness of Spirit. Today and each day, be glorified in my Life. Jesus’ Hallelujah for coming to save me, I was cumbered with a load of care and You have relieved me of all my worries and incapacities. Lord, I lay them at Your feet. I cannot ever find a friend so faithful who will all my sorrows bear. Lord, I praise You and to the best of my ability I Love you. Lord I need You. Hold me,”touch me, move me. Holy Spirit You are in me, thank You for waking me up this morning, be praised. Father it is You in all Your forms that I pray to. Thank You. I am touched, blessed and filled with Your Spirit. Hallelujah Father. Thank You ever so much for today’s testimonies in Jesus’ name, Amen

28.

God, we pray for all those who have suddenly lost employment. There are many. We ask you to first give them peace and a settled confidence. Their natural response is to shock and then fear, and to begin questioning their abilities, the past accomplishments and their future prospects. Give them your encouragement today, and do so through surprising ways, both directly from your Spirit and through other people who come across their path. Build them up, as this situation has torn them down. Remind them of past victories, and awaken new dreams for their future. Give them – today – divine appointments with people who may be key in opening a new future for them. Give them hope; lighten their step; lift the anxiety from their body; give them sleep and an unexpected joy. God, you intend us to have a purposeful life. You give us work assignments to accomplish because you designed us to help you create and sustain your creation. We are not made for idleness or sloth. We need meaningful work. So for all those who have lost a job, today bring them one step closer to a new direction. Show them any areas in their own character that need to change in order for their destiny to be realized. Then give them the wisdom and power to make those changes, by your Spirit. Today is a new day with new possibilities. Let nothing stand in the way of your purposes in the lives of those who, without your assistance, cannot find their next course. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Matthew 6:28-33

And we know that for those who Love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

29.

To continue where we left off, we were talking about king David and his fault in desiring and taking what was not his. To state again his wrongful actions, he had Bathseba’s husband killed by the enemy. But in every sense, it was him.

And now we contini.e.:

“‘Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”’ 2 Samuel 12:7

I am challenging you to go read what was said prior to this and what king David’s response was.

Can you imagine the courage and integrity it took for Nathan the prophet to challenge king David? Again, challenge king David with just what?

Most of us tend to avoid confrontation because we fear being disliked and rejected. But when you avoid confrontation it often makes things worse. By hiding his sin, David was robbing himself of the blessing of the Lord. Looking back, he wrote: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my… prayer.”

Psalm 66:18–19

The tiny growth you don’t want to deal with now can end up becoming a cancer that consumes you in the future. That’s too high a price to pay. If you love (and I use the lower case “l”) someone, you will take your courage in your hands and confront them in Love.

Confrontation is an opportunity to help develop that person—provided you do it respectfully and with their best interest at heart.

Here are ten guidelines to help you confront someone in a positive way:

First and foremost, pray about it, seeking The Lord’s will.

1) Do it ASAP.

2) Address the wrong action, not the person.

3) Address only what the person can change.

4) Give them the benefit of the doubt.

5) Be specific.

6) Avoid sarcasm.

7) Avoid saying ‘you always’ and ‘you never’ because they are not true.

8) When it’s appropriate, tell them how you feel about what was done wrong.

9) Give them a plan to fix the problem.

10) Affirm him or her as a person and as a friend.

The Bible says, ‘The Lord corrects those He loves.’ Proverbs 3:12 and we must remember that we have not always been right. And more importantly, we might not be. Want that person to correct you in and with Love? Show Love first. Remember, we are The gospel, let others see it in us.

So if you Love someone, you’ll confront them in the right way. (With and in Love)

SoulFood: Jeremiah 25–27, Luke 21:1–11, Ps 72:1–11, Prov 9:1–6

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30.

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalm 40:2

We stand in awe at those The LORD has selected. We are all here for a reason. Have you truly found yours? We can look at all the people in The Bible that The LORD used, they all had a beginning. This of course has made me wonder about Mary the Mother of Jesus. She was born for a purpose, her history is not as important, but would be an awesome place to start in tracing the descendants of Mary. We know or have been told Mary was of The house of David. Thousands of years before when David was but a wee lad watching the flock. God knew what and where he would be and moved him for so.

Look at it this way; what would you do if challenged with a Goliath of troubles? Will you really believe? Trust that God truly is in charge? That He has your best interests at heart? It is a testimony, our Lives and what we do with them. I know we have pointed out just what the testimony is for your today: wake up, getting ready, setting out, classes, work it goes on and on, like I always point out, there are some who cannot or will not ever be able to say, sign or mouth it that would have been able to do so yesterday. Your being up is a testimony!

Father Lord, I thank You for each of us has a path that is determined by You. Father, thank You for arranging my life that I may live it in Your will. Father all the blessings that I see, allow me to give praise at every moment. Father, I am not worthy, but You Love me. Thank You for my today, my yesterdays and Hallelujah for the tomorrows to come. Father, I give You all praise, Yours is all the Glory. Father, yes there might be a source of challenges in this world, but you O! Lord are The source of solutions. I commit me today, tomorrow and forever into Your hands in Jesus’ name, Amen

31.

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27

Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

To him belongs eternal praise.

Psalm 11:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 1:7

I set out to do a bible study on the ‘concept’ “fear”, one thing came to mind. The word “fear” (can mean knowledge, understanding, respect and more) of The Lord is a start to so many things.

Fear: A feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.

Fear of the Lord” generally refers to a specific sense of respect, awe, and submission to a deity, while Fear of God suggests apprehension of Divine punishment.

We have ‘shared’ and will once again, there are so many events in The Bible where the presence of God was so overpowering that people essentially were affected and effected. It brings one to their knees. Some examples:

(i) Mary (The sister of Martha who sat at the feet of Jesus after He raised Lazarus from the dead) – An Increasing Appreciation

(ii) Asaph – A New Perspective. Psalm 73 details Asaph’s experience, and the effect upon him of entering ‘the sanctuary of God’, v. 17. The psalm is divided by this verse. In the first sixteen verses, we see a man judging according to man’s estimation; in the closing verses we learn the effect of seeing the same conditions from the presence of God.

(iii) Elijah – A Fearless Testimony. A Fearless Testimony

According to 1 Kings 17.1, Elijah stands fearlessly before the wicked king Ahab because he recognizes that he is in the presence of the Lord God of Israel, He goes into the presence of one who has set himself to kill the prophets of the Lord, 1 Kgs. 18. 13, and leaves untouched and untraceable.

(iv) Moses – A Changed Image. In Exodus 34, we read of the second period of forty days that Moses spent in the mount with the Lord. At the end, we read, ‘Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone’, v. 29. The first part of the statement teaches us that the effect of spending time in the presence of God will not always be apparent to ourselves.

We must stop here and realize that the testimony of Moses goes far beyond this.

A friend loveth at all times…” Proverbs 17:17

Your best friend is the one who knows the worst about you, and loves you just the same, and that best friend is God, the Lord Jesus Christ who sticks closer than a brother. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

The true source, foundation, and example of friendship is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We see that Moses would leave the ‘camp’ and meet and discourse with God.

I’m sure that we would love to know the experience of Adam and Eve. It says that His footsteps were heard and they hid.

I will further note that in His image we were created.

There is ‘wildlife’ to which we bear no resemblance. Yes, some might say that we bear a few similarities with baboons, apes and/or monkeys. They do not possess the ability to think and or do as we do. So, yes! We are created in the image of God

When I think of the Heavenly host, I am in my mind taken to a place where size does in no way account for anything/matter; in fact the more Spiritual minded we are and ‘exercise’ our faith, the ‘bigger’ spiritually we get.

When we are in Heaven, it is a different plane and we do not consume. In The Bible it speaks of ‘healing waters’:  Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. Ezekiel 47:1

We can actually see that there are a ‘ton’ of other verses that say the exact same thing, and we read:

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:14

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

Ezekiel 36:25

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

John 7:38

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation

Isaiah 12:3

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Isaiah 43:2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

Revelation 22:1

They shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them.

Isaiah 49:10

In the time to come, we will not ‘need’ to feed, we will be fed by and on The Glory of God. In the garden of Eden, because they were human, they needed to eat of the land, and they did as do we. To show you what I shared about the presence of God. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden Genesis 3:8

Not only that but Moses saw The Glory of The Lord:

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” Exodus 34:18-23

Isn’t it literally amazing and fantastic that Moses was deemed a ‘companion’ of The Lord. But even then, he slipped as we all do and something was taken away from him.

In leading the people of Israel to the ‘promised land’, Moses stepped wrong. Saw the promised land from a distance, but did not set foot there while alive. “I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey” Exodus 3:17. This promise wasn’t specifically to any one person, but the nation as a whole. But it never was a given that God would bring people no matter what. People were expected to obey God.

Moses and Aaron lost the privelege of the entering because they disobeyed God.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them” Numbers 20:7-12.

Moses made two mistakes: He added to God’s command by striking the rock even though God didn’t say anything about it. But worse, Moses said that he and Aaron were bringing forth the water. He did not give God the credit. Because of their sin, they lost the privilege of entering the land of Canaan.

This is an important lesson for all of us. No one is so important that God must save the person. We are all promised a place in heaven. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16. But we are expected to be obedient to God. “For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

As an aside, we see so many places that the number 40 appears in The Scripture. Jesus fasted for 40 days and we read on the rest:

The number 40 shows up often in the Bible. Because 40 appears so often in contexts dealing with judgment or testing, many scholars understand it to be the number of “probation” or “trial.” This doesn’t mean that 40 is entirely symbolic; it still has a literal meaning in Scripture. “Forty days” means “forty days,” but it does seem that God has chosen this number to help emphasize times of trouble and hardship.

Here are some examples of the Bible’s use of the number 40 that stress the theme of testing or judgment:

In the Old Testament, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12). After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30). Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). Moses interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days.

We have to be cognizant of the importance of this period. I share because it is something I noticed by ‘chance’. With The Lord, there is no time, we have time in our system, culture, world. We cannot take ‘time’ to The LORD, but rather pray for His will to be done In our lives. Amen.

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