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MONTH 2

1.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

Clay jars were containers created by skilled potters who took raw clay, shaped and molded it as they desired, and then baked the clay until it was hard. They then painted, glazed, or decorated the jars for whatever purpose they had in mind.

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2.

Topic: THE MYSTERY OF THE GOD OF ELIJAH

Text: 2 Kings 2:11-14

• The greatest thing that God gave to man is the power of Prayer.

There is the Science of Prayers

There is the Geography of Prayers.

There is the Chemistry of Prayers.

We will be talking little about it tonight. THE MYSTERY OF THE GOD OF ELIJAH.

2 Kings 2:11-14 “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.”

• The Bible calls God many names. He called Him;

*God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,

*God of all conflict,

*God of all flesh,

*God of grace,

*God of the families of Israel,

*God of Rachel, Rebecca and Sarah,

*God of the Covenant,

*God of glory,

*God of Heavens,

*God of Heavens and earth, *God of hope,

*God of Israel,

*God of Jeshurun,

*God of knowledge,

*God of love and peace,

*God of my life,

*God of mercy,

*God of my praise,

*God of righteousness,

*God of the Rock,

*God of Salvation,

*God of ancient and Consolation,

*God of peace,

*God of the armies of the Israelites,

*God of the Living,

*God of the whole earth, *God of our Fathers, etc.

* If you notice, Elisha did not call any of these names.

===> May the Lord God open our understanding and damage our ignorance, in Jesus’ name.

• You can encounter God in many ways but if you encounter the God of:

* ABRAHAM, those who curse you shall be cursed and those who bless you shall be blessed.

*ISAAC, you experience God who keeps all His promises.

* JACOB/ISRAEL, you experience God that changes destinies and God that respects wrestlers.

*JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, you experience God who is always there for you.

* JEHOVAH-SHALOM, you experience God who gives peace that passes understanding.

* JEHOVAH-JIREH, you experience God who is a provider.

* JEHOVAH-NISSI, you experience God who gives victory.

* JEHOVAH-RAPHA, you experience God the healer.

* I AM THAT I AM, you experience God that when you add all your troubles together, He is more than.

* EL-SHADDAI, you experience one who is more than enough and sufficient.

* ELIJAH: The name Elijah means “Jehovah is God” this name stands out and the Bible talks about the Spirit of Elijah.

He is described as the mightiest of all the Prophets.

*A man as mysterious as a man called Melchizedek in the Bible. Nothing is known about his parentage.

*He is the first Prophet to use famine to punish the enemies of God.

*He is the first Prophet to raise the dead.

*He is the first Prophet to pray for immediate rain from one source.

*He was a no nonsense man. He is God’s surgical knife.

*He is the first Prophet to open the School of the Prophets.

The ministry of Elijah was dramatic and diversitating.

His trademark is FIRE.

He spoke to death and death died.

Elijah’s ministry disputes confrontation, judgement, diversitating impatience with God’s enemies, mass destruction that shows the world who God is.

*He is a prophet of Fire.

*He disgraced the Prophets of Baal at the mount of Carmel.

*He was not an ordinary Prophet.

*He was a man of magnificent strength.

*A man of fervent prayer.

*He was God’s mouth piece.

*God used Elijah to do what no man has done before.

*Elijah was a man of enough is enough.

*He was a man of the mantle;

*A mysterious man.

Elijah taught us that in God, we can arise; no matter our background and do wonders.

– When all your friends have forsaken you,

– When the Lazarus of your destiny has been embalmed and buried,

– When you want to smile but you just start crying,

– When you notice that you have become a beauty buried inside the dunghill,

THERE IS ONLY ONE PRAYER TO PRAY. THAT PRAYER IS CALLING ON THE GOD OF ELIJAH.

WHO IS THIS GOD OF ELIJAH?

He is the:

– God of Heaven

– God of discipline

– God of abundance

– God of prosperity

– God that respects fervent prayers

– God of strategic praying

– God of Holy Violence

– God of stop them before they stop you

– God who promotes from zero to hero

– God who creates a one man army.

** May you find the voice of the God of Elijah today, in the name of Jesus.

• The big truth is this: some miracles will not manifest in your life until you invite the sword of the God of Elijah.

– The God of Elijah is the God of FIRE: Fire burns,

it is powerful,

it is mysterious,

it makes no compromise,

it is very confrontational,

it destroys equally,

it has no respect for gravitational force,

it disobeys the law of matter.

Situations do arise that unless you call on the God of Elijah, you remain as you are.

** I see somebody tonight; what you thought was not possible before, shall give way, in the name of Jesus.

PRAYER POINTS

(HOLY ANGER IS REQUIRED)

1. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise, let my problems die, in the name of Jesus

2. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise, let my story change, in the name of Jesus.

3. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise, let my Goliath die, in the name of Jesus.

4. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise, let my Jordan divide, in the name of Jesus.

DON’T FORGET TO SPEND 10 MINUTES BEFORE YOU SLEEP TO CRY OUT LOUD THIS PRAYER:

“WHERE IS THE LORD GOD OF ELIJAH, LET MY STORY CHANGE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS”.

SHALOM!

3.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

Clay jars were containers created by skilled potters who took raw clay, shaped and molded it as they desired, and then baked the clay until it was hard. They then painted, glazed, or decorated the jars for whatever purpose they had in mind.

To read further see:

We are created. First, there was a purpose before the first sin. And it all changed until Jesus came and purchased us all with His body and blood! Let me ask a leading question that we will answer together. Where is man from? What was he created with? The articles shared above speak of the improbability (scientifically speaking) that man is a follow up of the evolutionary process.

The point we make here is the point we made before, where is man from?

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground,

since from it you were taken;

for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

Genesis 1:19

In the Book of Genesis, the tree of life is first described in 2:9 as being planted with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Hebrew: עֵץ הַדַּעַת‎) “in the midst of the Garden of Eden” by Yahweh Elohim (Hebrew: יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים‎).

We can wonder why we were not tempted to eat of the tree of life. I can see and do believe that this tree has been searched for. But as shared there is an angel set to guard it’s location. So many things are possible but it is necessary to focus on earning our way into eternity.

We have shared on this before, I refer to the second verse that God created Man and Woman in God’s own image. Here on Earth, God created male/female of every species before He created Man. And when He created Man, God allowed him to name all the animals and would fellowship with him, and realized that he needed a mate.

So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribsg and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the ribh he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

Genesis 2:20-22

So, we see that having created the animals, God saw that they needed mates. If we think of it there are few animals that stay true to one another, but it does happen. We have not shared on this yet, but we will discuss the ins and outs of relationships and how to ensure that they are God centered and according to His will in our lives.

The first verse shared above says that our experiences are from The Lord and not from us. Do we see why we need to constantly give thanks and praise Him for all. Folks…Praise the LORD!

We have learned a lot and hopefully have been blessed with it.

Thank You Lord for a day full of testimonies, the fact that we made it home in Your hands. Take the Glory Lord, we praise You. We commit our evenings into Your care now and for always in Jesus’ name, Amen

4.

O wow! Read this!!!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:3 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-10

5.

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or free, we were all made to drink of the one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:13

If and when we believe, we are off the same body and have the same spirit within us. We are truly a family. If your sister asks you for a bite, do you not send her to your fridge for a ‘bite’. If your brother needs a change of clothes, do you not find him the finest pair you have? Why??? This is the weird part. If we were in that situation, that is what we would expect. No??? So, when The Word says “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” It rings a bell.  We are not showing “cha-witty”, hoping that we will be blessed as a result of our giving.

Yes, the phrase “Cha-witty” was written on purpose. Can anyone tell me why? Do we look to outwit our Creator? Are we truly giving from the bottom of our hearts? Are we doing because we are expected to, not because we truly want to? It is important that we examine ourselves and find out just why and what we do is true.

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.

Phillipians 2:13-15

So many times we here the bearers of The Gospel say “Give, give, give.” But why? I will say give with wisdom, If you are led by The Spirit give and give some more! If It is for personal gain and/or benefit, stand down and wait till you have prayed on it and are moved by the Spirit.

Not into world politics, there are some believers who are held in less than pleasant prisons, people being dealt with horrendously. When we think of what we have, we to them are one step closer to Heaven. Really? I would think it the other way around; they are one foot into the afterlife. We discussed this before, it would have been horrendous to be fed to lions in front of leering and cheering crowds thirsty for some bloodshed. By His grace, this has been stopped. But today there are methods that are as ill conceived as those. So, if we hear, learn or know of a case this should be where we step in.

I am aware that there are always needs. Let The Spirit minister to you so that by God’s grace you can and will do what you were sent here to do.

Lord, we thank You for all the denominations. Father, in your name they were created. Lord in Your true worship, may Your will be done. Show us, guide us, lead us to the fellowship that You have intended for us to be a part of. Father, empower us to provide of our sustenance in Jesus’ name, Amen

6.

“That is why…”

“If you look at it this way…”

“Whew! I figured it out…”

“Left to me, this how I’d do it…”

“So many times I’ve…”

There are so many ways we try to ‘figure out’ so much, so many things. I know how this sounds. Stop! Back up!!!

Are you the brains of the group?

“So, why does that group obviously without a Christian best us at each assignment, test, exam???”

I realized something. We are so ‘used to” figuring out the ‘tough stuff’. Really? Let me ask you this ‘brainiac’. What does God look like. Not just that, but I’d there a God? I know we are taking a chance that is factual. Haven’t you been blessed? Something you couldn’t explain occurred? No. As much as you try, you just don’t understand how, why?

Most times or should I say at each occurence you just shrug and say “It just happened, such is life.”

I think one verse sums it up:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

There is at times no answer but God. We decide and strive to lean on The Lord. We put our ‘smarts’ to rest behind His awesome knowledge. I think reading this again and learning in our lives just what is important and how to go about things.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SATURDAY,  APRIL  1  2017.

TOPIC : THE HEALING NAME.

MEMORISE : And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; MARK 16 : 17.

READ : ACTS 3 : 1 – 9 :

1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : LEVITICUS 1 – 3  AND JEREMIAH 5 : 18 – 6 : 5.

MESSAGE  :

There are many great things the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ can do in our lives, one of which is healing. It is unfortunate that many believers today, like Gehazi of old, prefer financial and material gains to the power in the Name of Jesus. They trade the precious Name of Jesus Christ for the ephemeral things of life. It is also highly regrettable that this divinely exalted Name, which God the Father gave to His Son, is being despised by many today. Philippians 2 : 9 – 10 says this about that Name :

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”

Here’s good news for you: every kind of sickness in this world is included among the things that bow at the mention of the Name of Jesus.

Today’s Bible reading shows us one of the reasons why we need to give pre-eminence to the Name of Jesus Christ. Peter and John, two of the Lord’s apostles, were entering the temple at the hour of prayer, and a lame man ( who was born lame ) looked up to them for alms. Although they had no money, but because they knew and cherished that Name, they used its healing power to give what money could not buy to this man. In Acts 3 : 6b, Peter said :

“Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

The result of this effective use of the Healing Name is that a lame man, who never walked all his life, began to walk and to leap! I therefore command every storm raging in your life to be still in Jesus’ Name. Have doctors written off your case? I command that sickness to leave you alone right now in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ.

Beloved of God, I am introducing the Healing Name to you today, and that Name is Jesus. If you have not encountered the owner of that Name, may I introduce Him to you as the Saviour of the spirit, soul and body. Through His Name, He can deliver your ailing body from the grip of any terminal disease. All you need to do is to accept Him as your personal Lord and Saviour. Believe He can heal you, and He will surely heal you by His Name.

PRAYER POINT : Jesus the Healer, I believe in Your Healing Name; please have mercy on me and heal me today through Your Name.

AUTHOR : PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE.

HYMN 2: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

ls 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 your friends despise, forsake you?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he’ll take and shield you;

You wilt find a solace there.

8.

Time passes! Where are all our yesteryears? Remember…if you can. Vaguely…

What were you doing? O! Yes, I’ve got the stunner! What did you have on??? No, no, no, I am not asking about graduations, weddings, festive situations. I ask…hmm! Let me see…can you tell me what you wore 100 days ago? Exactly 100 days prior to you hearing, reading or being asked this.

Doctors and nurses, I am not talking about scrubs 😁! For you, it’s what did you eat for dinner 190 days ago, that is less than a year and a random number. Time flies! We are growing distinguished 😀 that is one way of putting it!

Being ‘the bible guy’s, let us see where this all ties in…

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 See! There was a cause and we are truly blessed, I cannot even begin to share or express how deep this Love is! God, our Father sent a part of Himself to die For you! No greater Love hast a man For his brother than to die in his place! A testimony we are aware of is Christ did not just die for our sins. He went through so much more. I will share it this way; in Heaven the Romans could have been taken in the blink of an eye! Even if there were a flood as in the days of Noah. Angels could or would have come to bear Christ up. He was sent for a purpose, To stand in our place! Think of it, for One without sin, all our sin was taken out on Him.

Not meaning to go back, but Christ beaten nearly to death bore the cross and staggered to Gagulta. So much so, that an innocent bystander was called to aide Him. Not just that, but the proof we need to prove that Christ did it as was revealed centuries before was on the crucifix, the culture was to break the legs to speed up the inevitable. We see that Christ was essentially a dead Lord walking, whay He went through on the cross was foretold.

The reason I state what the standard of the day was, was primarily to show that Jesus did as He knew He was to do. He knew just what would happen, hence his asking God to take the cup of anguish from Him in the garden of Gethsemane. He asked that it be the will of God, not His that would be done.

See what Jesus went through on your behalf?

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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 4:16-18

Amen Sistren and Brethren, and so may it be. To God be the GLORY for always.

O wow! Read this!!! I was moved to contribute my little part…read on:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart (not 99% leaving 1% to chance. Trusting The Lord means you let go, and place all your chips in! Ever seen a gambler who wants to ‘hit it big’? This time we have the assurance that we will hit it big! what we have to do first is to let 100% go and let God!!!); and lean not unto thine own understanding (So often we say “It just won’t happen” or “I think…” What you ‘think’ really doesn’t matter. It is what has been said! Do we see examples? Follow them!)

In all thy ways acknowledge Him (who is He??? Best realize. Going to the Left or Right, North, South, East or West; in all as believers we must acknowledge Him, our Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and what exists within us? But The Holy Spirit), and He shall direct thy paths (In choosing, we might be on a particular bumpy road. In following The Lord, not only on the right road, but it is going the right way.)

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD (what does this give us? The will to desistvans depart from???) from evil.

And in doing so, it shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Honour the LORD with thy substance (all that you are, all that you were created with. Voice, arms, leg, feet, voices…choices), and with the firstfruits of all thine increase give Him praise! So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-10

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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:

12Then 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. 13But 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.

10.

“I don’t believe in God. All this mumbo jumbo. Even these Tele-give-me-money’s. I just can’t deal. Last night I had to flick through the channels to find one worth watching. I mean! You would think one would be free of this stuff.”

“I know what you mean, I have had it up to here…”

“Tell me about it. I just want to warn the bucks. Get paid! If you know what I mean.,

Someone standing aside the two discussing thinks “Wow! A prayer would go a far way with them both. I remember the verse from fellowship. I guess it was right. What was it again?”

“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:1-6

“At least I have them around my neck, sounds like those two don’t. How can I make a difference?,

And a voice deep inside me sai, “Let it be. If and when I desire to touch them I will.,

“Huh? I must be going crazy. Now I’m hearing voices?”

Basically, we see what many of us experience each day. Let is keep it in prayer folks.

11.

I just learned a new term from one of our sharing partners. I will share it….before I do: Doesn’t GMC doing it right? I know you must be wondering about just how much I make in commission from the automotive maker 😀. But rather, the letters stand for a wrong thing. So we can say GMC is doing it wrong, any takers?

Grumbling, Murmuring, Complaining. Let us put a stop to it.

Lord we want to be none GMC followers Jesus’ example. Be with us, help us, guide us in Jesus’ name, Amen

12.

I took on a journey, a question asked. Just who do we worship. Knowing that we have ‘briefly’ touched on this previously. We lay it as our primary search. What and why do we call Him. One point is that God is God, neither ‘Male’ nor ‘Female’. We have touched on this earlier. Male and Female were made in the likeness of Heavenly beings. Earth was a place where man was created, God made us from the ‘dirt’ of the Earth. “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food

until you return to the ground,

since from it you were taken;

for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:19

The Bible says that “Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11), “Enoch was translated that he should not see death” (Hebrews 11:5), and “God took him” (Genesis 5:24), and Moses appeared in the transfiguration with Jesus (Matthew 17:3).

There are those who God took up directly in their earthly form.

But confusing is the words of Jesus: “And no man hath ascended up to Heaven, but He that came down from Heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven”

John 3:13

How then ‘life and death’? Let us explore further. I tried to break it down, But more deftly stated is the following and to follow up, there are the address of the site. Read on!

The Scripture mentions three heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2), not just one!

The first heaven is earth’s atmosphere where birds fly (Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 4:25; 34:20, Lamentations 4:19, Zephaniah 1:3). One of the Hebrew words for ‘heaven’ is shamayim. This same word is translated as ‘sky’ in the Scripture, as can be seen by comparing Genesis 7:3, “fowls also of the air,” with Genesis 7:23, “fowl of the heaven.” The word ‘sky’ and ‘heaven’ are used interchangeably from the same Hebrew word (Psalm 8:8). So the first heaven is synonymous with ‘heights’ or ‘elevations.’

Here are other examples to illustrate the first heaven. Exodus 19:20 says the Lord was on top of Mount Sinai when he called Moses up there, and God describes Mount Sinai as ‘heaven’ (Exodus 20:22, Deuteronomy 4:36). Here, everything above the ground is called ‘heaven’.

Another example of the first heaven is in Amos 9:1-3, where God states that at the time of this judgment, nobody will be able to flee away (verse 1), even “though they climb up to heaven” (verse 2). This “heaven” is defined in the next verse, verse 3, as climbing to the top of Mount Carmel.

Another example is where the Scripture speaks of the “dew of heaven” (Genesis 27:28,39, Deuteronomy 33:28, Daniel 4:15-33; 5:21). The first heaven, from which dew comes, means the atmosphere, where the clouds and the wind roam. Therefore, everything above the ground is called ‘heaven.”

Another Hebrew word for the first heaven is ‘shachaq.’ This same word for heaven (Psalm 89:6,37) is also translated as ‘sky’ or ‘skies’ (Deuteronomy 33:26; Job 37:18; Psalm 18:11), and as ‘clouds’ (Job 35:5; 36:28; Psalm 36:5; 68:34, Pro. 3:20; 8:28).

The second heaven is outer space where the planets and stars exist (Genesis 1:14-17; 15:5; 22:17; 26:4, Deuteronomy 1:10; 17:3; Psalm 8:3, Jeremiah 8:2; Matthew 24:29). Usually the term “host of heaven” or “firmament of the heaven” is used to describe this second heaven.

The third heaven is literally called “the third heaven” in 2 Corinthians 12:2. This third heaven is what Christ calls his “Father’s house” (John 14:2), and both Christ and the Apostle Paul calls it “paradise” (Luke 23:43, 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, Revelation 2:7). This is where God and the heavenly sanctuary exist (1 Peter 3:22). This third heaven is also known as the “heaven of heavens” (Deuteronomy 10:14; 1 Kings 8:27, 2 Chronicles 2:6; 6:18, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalms 148:4), “The heavenly Jerusalem” (Galatians 4: 26; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 3:12), the “kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 25:1, James 2:5), the “eternal kingdom” (2 Peter 1:11), the “eternal inheritance” (1 Peter. 1:4, Hebrews 9:15), and the “better country” (Hebrews 11:14,16). The fact that there are more than one ‘heaven’ can be shown by Psalm 115:16, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S.” There are obviously two different ‘heavens’ being addressed in this one verse.

Since Elijah could not have gone to the heaven of God’s throne, then to which heaven did he go? He was not taken to God’s heavenly throne (as some imagine). He was actually taken into this earth’s atmosphere, the first heaven. There could be no whirlwind in any other place but in the atmosphere surrounding this earth.

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noun

noun: God; noun: god; plural noun: gods; plural noun: the gods

1.

(in Christianity and other monotheistic religions) the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.

synonyms:the Lord, the Almighty, the Creator, the Maker, the Godhead; Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh; (God) the Father, (God) the Son, the Holy Ghost/Spirit, the Holy Trinity; the Great Spirit, Gitchi Manitou; humorousthe Man Upstairs

“a gift from God”

2.

(in certain other religions) a superhuman being or spirit worshiped as having power over nature or human fortunes; a deity.

“a moon god”

synonyms:deity, goddess, divine being, celestial being, divinity, immortal, avatar

“sacrifices to appease the gods”

an image, idol, animal, or other object worshiped as divine or symbolizing a god.

synonyms:idol, graven image, icon, totem, talisman, fetish, juju

“wooden gods”

used as a conventional personification of fate.

“he dialed the number and, the gods relenting, got through at once”

3.

an adored, admired, or influential person.

“he has little time for the fashion victims for whom he is a god”

a thing accorded the supreme importance appropriate to a god.

“don’t make money your god”

4.

informal

the gallery in a theater.

exclamation

exclamation: God

1.

used for emphasis or to express emotions such as surprise, anger, or distress.

“God, what did I do to deserve this?”

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch god and German Gott .

“ELOHIM” (or Elohay) is the first name for God found in the Bible, and it’s used throughout the Old Testament over 2,300 times. Elohim comes from the Hebrew root meaning “strength” or “power”, and has the unusual characteristic of being plural in form. In Genesis 1:1, we read, “In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth.” Right from the start, this plural form for the name of God is used to describe the One God, a mystery that is uncovered throughout the rest of the Bible. Throughout scripture, Elohim is combined with other words to describe certain characteristics of God. Some examples: Elohay Kedem – God of the Beginning: (Deuteronomy 33:27). Elohay Mishpat – God Of Justice: (Isaiah 30:18). Elohay Selichot – God Of Forgiveness: (Nehemiah 9:17). Elohay Marom – God Of Heights: (Micah 6:6). Elohay Mikarov – God Who Is Near: (Jeremiah 23:23). Elohay Mauzi – God Of My Strength: (Psalm 43:2). Elohay Tehilati – God Of My Praise: (Psalm 109:1). Elohay Yishi – God Of My Salvation: (Psalm 18:46). Elohim Kedoshim – Holy God: (Leviticus 19:2, Joshua 24:19). Elohim Chaiyim – Living God: (Jeremiah 10:10). Elohay Elohim – God Of Gods: (Deuteronomy 10:17).

“EL” is another name used for God in the Bible, showing up about 200 times in the Old Testament. El is the simple form arising from Elohim, and is often combined with other words for descriptive emphasis. Some examples: El HaNe’eman – The Faithful God: (Deuteronomy 7:9). El HaGadol – The Great God: (Deuteronomy 10:17). El HaKadosh – The Holy God: (Isaiah 5:16). El Yisrael – The God Of Israel: (Psalm 68:35). El HaShamayim – The God Of The Heavens: (Psalm 136:26). El De’ot – The God Of Knowledge: (1 Samuel 2:3). El Emet – The God Of Truth: (Psalm 31:6). El Yeshuati – The God Of My Salvation: (Isaiah 12:2). El Elyon – The Most High God: (Genesis 14:18). Immanu El – God Is With Us: (Isaiah 7:14). El Olam – The God Of Eternity (Genesis 21:33). El Echad – The One God: (Malachi 2:10). “ELAH” is another name for God, used about 70 times in the Old Testament. Again, when combined with other words, we see different attributes of God. Some examples: Elah Yerush’lem – God of Jerusalem: (Ezra 7:19). Elah Yisrael – God of Israel: (Ezra 5:1). Elah Sh’maya – God of Heaven: (Ezra 7:23). Elah Sh’maya V’Arah – God of Heaven and Earth: (Ezra 5:11).

“YHVH” is the Hebrew word that translates as “LORD”. Found more often in the Old Testament than any other name for God (approximately 7,000 times), the title is also referred to as the “Tetragrammaton,” meaning the “The Four Letters”. YHVH comes from the Hebrew verb “to be” and is the special name that God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM; and He said, thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you… this is My eternal name, and this is how I am to be recalled for all generations'” (Exodus 3:14-15). Therefore, YHVH declares God’s absolute being – the source of everything, without beginning and without end. Although some pronounce YHVH as “Jehovah” or “Yaweh,” scholars really don’t know the proper pronunciation. The Jews stopped pronouncing this name by about 200 A.D., out of fear of breaking the commandment “You shall not take the name of YHVH your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7). (Today’s rabbis typically use “Adonai” in place of YHVH.) Here are some examples of YHVH used in scripture: YHVH Elohim – LORD God: (Genesis 2:4). YHVH M’kadesh – The LORD Who Makes Holy: (Ezekiel 37:28). YHVH Yireh – The LORD Who Sees/provides: (Genesis 22:14). YHVH Nissi – The LORD My Banner: (Exodus 17:15). YHVH Shalom – The LORD Of Peace: (Judges 6:24). YHVH Tzidkaynu – The LORD Our Righteousness: (Jeremiah 33:16). YHVH O’saynu – The LORD our Maker: (Psalm 95:6).

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Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Psalm 150:1

We have shared this previously. Our part in Life is to give God praise, to give Him all we have. You know what? I will tell you a secret…shhh…Come close. Closer…

You had nothing, you didn’t even exist until God gave you life. A spirit which resides in you. Now the exciting thing is that we can and so make decisions; where to go, how to be, in what to believe.  Noone tells you what to believe. You make the choice and will see just what occurs from the decision you make. I know I am supposed to be ‘Loving’ and I am. It would and will be awesome to see brethren and sister giving Glory to God. Imagine, God creared the universe. What a distance to travel as Heaven has no limits.

I will give you an idea how vast. When Jesus was born, Angels celebrated, so much so that shepherds who watched their flock by night beheld a tiny portion of the celebration in Heaven. And an angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.

Although we have discussed this earlier, at the time Jesus died for you and I, the same angels hadn’t aged a day and could have made all the difference in the world (literally) but they were asked to stand down. In Heaven, God’s Kingdom you do as directed and the Angels did.

Lord, Alleluia I give You praise forgiving me my all. Thank You for health, completion of Your Word in my life. Lord I am yours use me to do Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen

“Just why are you always giving thanks? I mean who the check are you thanking? What are you so grateful for anyway? Didn’t you just lose your job?”

“I don’t know how to answer you, bu5 yo7 know that ‘crazy book’ you see me reading all the tim…”

“Yeah, I didn’t want to bring that up. You seem so…into it. I have learned not to ‘bug’ you when you get started.”

“I appreciate that. It definitely says that in all things I should give thanks.”

“But for a job loss???”

“It says ‘give Him thanks in all things'” (give God thanks in all things, not just the testimony filled days. Yes, definitely we will by His grace have countless ones of those. In our trials and temptations, and trouble everywhere; we should never be discouraged, take It to The Lord in prayer.)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good”

I Chron. 16:34

“Taste and see that the Lord is good!”

Ps. 34:8

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him and praise His name! For the Lord is good and His love is eternal, and His faithfulness endures to all generations.” Ps. 100:4-5

Our ‘directions’ are clear; “take it to The LORD in prayer.” I know I have the knack of asking, did you pray yet today? Let us commit our going out and coming in unto The LORD.

Now to our Father (God be praised) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (To put it in current lingo “It blows the mind!), according to His power that is at work within us,

Ephesians 3:20

We, through God have inconceivable might, power to move mountains: Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done”

Matthew 21:21

Isn’t it amazing how it all ties in together? (I know some will say “But of course it does.”) Really? Did you know that I’m being blessed with the time and ability to read The Word. It jumps out and grabs me (way more that the world’s best novel. This was written for The Creator of The universe! No matter how gripping a movie, drama or performance, we are able to sit back in astonishment at the goodness of The Lord.)

Praise Him! O Praise ye The Lord:

Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 150

Lord, we praise The, for all Ye have done, we praise Thee. In our going out and our coming in, we praise The. In my Life, Lord be glorified today and in all my ways. Lord, I thank You for the churches, that by You4 grace, in Your name we gather. Lord be the focal point of every gathering in The Name of Jesus.

Lord there is a people that were yours first, we praise You because You are Love and You being You have given us the hope of glory. I thank Yoo this day For the ability to be called one of Your children. I praise You for all that is coming as long as my trust is in You. Thank You for each  moment of each day as we grow closer to You in time and intimacy, be Glorified in The Name of Jesus, Amen

Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; Psalm 33:18

Let us break this down. What does it mean to ‘fear’ The Lord? This bible says

“perfect love casts out all fear.” So how do we marry this dichotomy? How can we fear God while he expels all fear?

Scripture is full of examples of how fearing God is a positive rather than a negative thing. For example in Genesis 42:18, Joseph wins his brothers’ trust when he declares he is a God-fearing man. It was because the midwives feared God that they obeyed him instead of the authorities by sparing the Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:17). Pharaoh brought disaster on his nation because he did not fear God (Exodus 9:29-31). Moses chose leaders to help him on the basis that they feared God and wouldn’t take bribes (Exodus 18:21) and told the Hebrews that God met with them in a terrifying display of his power so that they wouldn’t sin (Exodus 20:20). The Mosaic Law cites fear of God as a reason to treat the disabled and elderly well (Leviticus 19:14, 32). And lest you think this is only an Old Testament idea, note that Jesus states this stronger than anyone when he says, “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). And Paul says to work toward complete holiness because we fear God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

So it’s clear from these passages, that fearing God is good because it saves us from caving into our own sinful nature. That’s why hearing someone is God-fearing actually makes us trust that person more. If they fear God, they are more likely to keep their word and treat others with kindness. In fact, Romans 3, a classic chapter on sin, says that our chief sin is that we “have no fear of God at all” (Romans 3:18).

So how does fear of God, who is perfect love, take away fear? William D. Eisenhower puts it this way in his article ‘Fearing God” in Christianity Today:

Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God’s function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world …. When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world’s threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world’s equal …. As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal the truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion.

And, of course, the ultimate example of fear and perfect love working together is Jesus Christ. He warned us at every turn to fear God, not men—and he confirmed that in everything about his life and death. He spoke lovingly but frankly to all and didn’t mince words when people needed to face their sin and repent. But he also demonstrated love beyond human understanding when he lived out his words, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).” With love like that, what is left to fear but God?

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King Saul and his host of Army got to the battlefield earlier but David came last to take the victory. It does not matter who got there before you, It does not matter what people are saying about you, Your arrival will break barriers, your miracle will break protocols, your testimony shall last forever. You shall be the most preferred anywhere you go. Power to survive this year shall rest upon you and the name of the Lord shall be glorified. So shall it be in Jesus precious name. Amen. Good morning and have a wonderful day.

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Prayer in times of need:

Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee. Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:14-21

Lord You are all, my meat, me bread, my sleep. Lord I find rest in Thee. Lord, You know my wants and desires, as I walk in You, with You, for You. Be with me, uphold me Lord. Jesus came, a Part of You. Father I praise You for all You have done, in faith I thank You for my blessings. Thank You Father for this day. In my life Lord be glorified always in Jesus’ name, Amen

There is so much we deal with! There is a place to put it. We are not to ‘forget’ it like we are encouraged to do, But rather, trust God, thank Him as even in faith we await what we cannot see.

‘Faith’ is the substance (the actuality) of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen. In this case we can “Hebrews 11” It; our new catch phrase.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11: 1-3

It goes further in stating the occurrences in the history of the world that by faith were done. So Faith on brethren and sistren. 😀

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Hmmm! I was thinking of this weeks saying. I came up with one. You know how you meet someone first thing in the morning and say “Good Morning”? Or in Nigeria we used to say “Goo Morring Sah!” In other words “Good Morning Sir!” In French, “Bonjour!” as in Good day; in Spanis: “Buenos días!”

That’s about it for my grasp of foriegn…Wait! What am I thinking??? O speak Yoruba a Nigerian tongue- “e kaaro”

Point made I think! So what is the point??? We have spoken about Moses’ communion with God. It should be our goal, want and desire, so how about is we wish brethren and sistren (my word 😜) a “Moses day”? If we all aim for that it would mean so much. Going to tell an ‘untruth’? Would Moses have done that? We are left with so many examples: “So many rivers to cross” (a song from when I was younger) but in the here and now, it is factual! God parted the Red Sea and they walked on dry ground!

They were hungry and Manna fell from the sky (and meat too in the form of birds). Moses in his faith was taken care of. It is The Lord’s express will that we be taken care of too. So wishing someone a “Moses day” is much better than wishing them a “Good day.” No?

So, I will kick it off: Have a Moses life in Jesus name, Amen

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So, I decided to stay off the bible today (not away from-no way!!!) Was sent this by a friend. My bestie from “primary school” 😀 thoughts it was appropriate. Delete this preamble and think of sending it to your true friends, and be sure to stay in touch. Your prayer partners they are! People to agree with in The Spirit (told you the Bible was not too far 😜)

*THIS IS HOW FRIENDSHIP BREAKS*

“`Both friends will think that they are too busy

They will not contact each  other thinking it may be disturbing

As time passes, both will think… “let the other contact me”

After a while, each will think… “why should I contact first?”

Here, your love will gradually be converted to pride

Finally, without contact, the memory becomes weak

They forget each other…

One day they will meet and blame one another

So, let’s keep in touch, my dear friend

I don’t wanna be one of those kind of friends

So here I am saying,

I miss you! And hope that all is well with you?

Life is no fun without FRIENDS.

Hmmm! Can we Love friends? I guess so, so let us find The Love, respect and caring! To close, let us 1 Corinthians 13 It!

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Need I say more? Actually, I didn’t say it, it was written well before my time and yours.

For everything there is a season, and la time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to mdie;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to odance;

a time to pcast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to rrefrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to slose;

a time to keep, and a time to tcast away;

a time to utear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.

I had nothing to do with this truism. In fact, it can be found in Ecclesiastes 3:1–8

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“Was that wrong?…”

“Did I do wrong?…”

“….I never do! ‘Cause I’m a good Christian! God bless you brother/sister, for pointing that out, but I’m good…”

This conversation could go on for ever. There are ‘excuses’ made and they call on the name of The Lord, not for forgiveness-but to prove them right. And we remember: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

This verse means so much!!! Is The Glory of God attainable? The answer is NO!!!

I apologize for going back, but a human who saw God in this world was Moses. Not in all His Glory, but from His back. But Moses didn’t always do what was ‘right’. Godctold him to touch a rock when the people (God’s people) cried out in thirst. He struck the stone and was punished for it. We are keenly aware that people lived as long as The Lord willed anfcgave them grace to. Moses though he had been revealed to prior his ‘sin’ of taking credit for ‘finding water’ saw the promised land but did not set foot in it .

And that is backed up by The Scripture, when Jesus said:

“I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

– Luke 5:32

“Think” is the key word. Let us ensure that we are as we should be y’all to the Glory of God.

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For those of you who do not remember, let us go back. Not as far back as Goliath, but fast forward to David on the roof of his palace and saw Bathseba bathing, he sent for her and seduced her, she became pregnant. David then started unfurling the silk tapestry that was his life. Not only did he scheme for the husband of Bathseba to be murdered, but he did the unspeakable. We can follow it through in  2 Samuel 11. I make a point, we see all his battles that he won with and for the Lord (too many to name.) He ran from Saul, was chanced to slay him but refused to do so 1 Samuel 26: 5-25. He did this for though Saul sought to slay him He had been the anointed.

Why do I bring all this up? We can see and appreciate the awesome good in David’s life. He misspelled and was punished for it. But God’s word, He puts above His name and He said David would be a father of nations.

We read his words in Psalms, we read of his life in 2 Samuel and Kings, books in the bible. Let me ask you this. Can God look proudly upon you??? Are we striving to attain that?

Do we help those in need? Or are we ‘too busy’? I can ask so many questions, but I will let your heart speak to you. There are so many examples of people in the bible who simply did what they feel they were sent here for and they make sure to hold God’s word first in their lives.

An example? Job! God was proud of him and said as much in the community of Angels Yes, Satan was among them and stated fact; One day the angelsa came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. “The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”

It does not say that as soon as he left the presence of God, he struck Job, and we can read: “One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” vv. 13-16

Here I will point out that one of the messengers said “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants.” I repeat, “The fire of God.” What we miss is the accounting this to be “Of God.” Things in the spiritual when viewed from the ‘worldly’ sense can be misconstrued; much like the bearer of the message.

If we experience or encounter situations that cannot be explained. Let us take it to The Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden?

Burdened with a load of care?

In sharing this, I am reminded of a song we sang when young:

What a Friend we have in Jesus,

  All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

  Everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

  O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

  Everything to God in prayer!

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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.

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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.

I read that and it speaks to me, just as I hope and pray it speaks to you. Wow! This was a rather long sharing, but a simple lesson can be learned: David-the man of God, committed a vile couple of sins, and The Lord forgave him. We have so much to learn, try reading it over.

Wow! The bible is better than any novel! Question: “Who was Solomon’s father?”, who was Solomon’s mother? Even further for you ‘smarty pants’, who were Solomon’s siblings? I am definitely not going to mention the last question; feel free to look it up. Amazingly, some of the books in the bible were written by Solomon. To bring to your memory: “Song of Solomon”, written by who?

Wait! I know what question I have: “What happened to David and Bathseba’s child?

We can see how it is all tied together? An awesome read! I can ask so many questions! Read up!!! Let me show you how we can do this, I will ask something about a movie scripted so very long ago:”who was the main actor (male) in ‘Gold Finger’? If you got that one, there is definitely more of a different kind coming your way!

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Let us pray:

Lord, Be merciful unto me, O my God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in Thee: yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

Psalm 57:1

We pray much like The Lords announced. Can you remember what he did? For those who do, awesome! Let us continue to walk in His desire as we are blessed to walk nearer and nearer to Him.

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As you rise from your bed this morning, the land you walk on today will produce blessings, the sky above you will release happiness over your life, the breeze around you will blow peace, every step you take will bring fulfilment. May He who raised Heaven without pillars and built the universe without bricks bless, protect and sustain you now and forevermore . In Jesus Mighty name. Amen.

*GOOD MORNING

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Christ Is In You

I will give unto thy house a new heart and renew a right Spirit within you.

Let us come onto The Lord with thanksgiving,

Let us enter His courts with praise!

We will say this is the day that The Lord has made,

We will rejoice for He has made us glad!

‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.’ Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV

When God said, ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you,’ you could call it ‘a spiritual heart transplant’. Tara Storch understands this miracle. In 2010 a skiing accident claimed the life of her thirteen-year-old daughter, Taylor. What followed for Tara and her husband, Todd, was every parent’s worst nightmare: a funeral, a burial, a flood of questions and tears.

They decided to donate their daughter’s organs to needy patients. And few people needed a heart more than Patricia Winters. Her heart had begun to fail five years earlier, leaving her too weak to do much more than sleep. Taylor’s heart gave Patricia a fresh start in life. Taylor’s mum had only one request: she wanted to hear her daughter’s heartbeat. She and Todd flew from Dallas to Phoenix and went to Patricia’s home, where the two mothers embraced for a long time. Then Patricia offered Tara and Todd a stethoscope.

The question is: when they listened to the healthy rhythm, whose heart did they hear? Did they not hear the still-beating heart of their daughter? It indwelt a different body, but the heart was still the heart of their child. And when God hears your heart, does He not hear the still-beating heart of His Son?

Paul said, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.’ (Galatians 2:20 NKJV) The apostle sensed within himself not just the philosophy, ideals, and influence of Christ, but the person of Christ. Christ moved in—and He still does. ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory.’ (Colossians 1:27 NKJV)

SoulFood: Jer 18–21, Luke 20:27–40, Ps 6, Prov 8:32–33

24.

I was really inspired by this:

A boy asked his father “Dad, how big is GOD?” Looking up at the sky his father saw an airplane and asked his son, ” How big is that airplane?” The boy responded,” it’s small Dad! You can hardly even see it!”

Then the father took his Son to an airport hanger. Standing in front of one of the airplanes, the father asked, ” and now how big is this airplane?” The boy responded,” Oh Daddy, this plane is enormous!” At this point, the father said to him,” that’s how it is with GOD!

“How big HE is, depends on the distance between you and Him!” The closer you are to Him, the bigger HE is in your life!”

GET CLOSE TO CHRIST!

Good Morning

25.

To be kind is to be God-like

‘That… He might show… His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.’ Ephesians 2:7

The Bible says: ‘God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the Heavenly realms… that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.’

Ephesians 2:6–7

God sent Jesus from Heaven to earth, so that we can leave earth one day and go to Heaven. This is evidence of God’s kindness, even to those who aren’t yet believers.

Beyond that, enjoying the presence of Christ in Heaven will remind us of God’s great kindness for all eternity. God places so high a premium on kindness that He never wants us to forget it. So if you want to be ‘godly’ you must endeavour to be kind.

Sometimes Christians are so committed to the tenets of their faith that they come across sounding harsh, and end up turning people off. Be careful; you can have the right doctrine—and the wrong spirit! God’s grace attracts people, it doesn’t repel them.

In The Lion and the Mouse, Aesop said, ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, ever is wasted.’ It costs to be unkind, but it pays to be kind. So take every opportunity today to be kind to others. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.’ The apostle Paul puts it like this: ‘Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves.’ Romans 12:10

Today remember that to be kind is to be godly.

SoulFood: Jer 14–1,7, Luke 20:20–26, Ps 69:19–36, Prov 8:30–31

26.

Ok. So I think I became like a broken record. The words of the song, I by God’s grace heave penned. Stil to be put to music. Let’s get humming, strumming, thumping or whichever, whatever. The Lord be praised.

Sing to The Lord He has done great things,

Our voices cry out, our Spirits are raised to Him,

Oh! Let me Shout Hallelujh!

Praise God for saving me.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, Jesues lifted me (2×)

Hallelujah, Hallelujah Jesus lifted me,

Oh! Glory Alleluia, Jesus lifted me

Our Father has so many names, I can and will call Him Father,

Father to You be all the Glory

Jehovah Jireh, my Provider

Jehovah Nissi, always here

Jehovahshalom

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength

How can we tell of His goodness?

Too plentiful to recount

For He pours forth blessing

They rain from the sky

In His kingdom, the meek shall be Kings

All under Jesus, our Savior

27.

We can sit with a grin like no other.

Person A: “Look over there haven’t you noticed that individual is always smiling?”

Person B: “Yeah! Maybe they just got a raise!”

Person A: “Not possible! I heard them talking about cuts. We are cutting way back.”

Person B: ” Perhaps they don’t know that fact”

Person A:”Well! They are always smiling or seem happy with something.”

Person B: “Possibly just got married. Wait until stuff hits the fan.”

Person B: “Wrong dude! I didn’t tell you, but I was invited to their 10th wedding anniversary.”

Person A: “They have been married that long??? Wow! I guess that was the card I threw out that was on my desk! Sorry I didn’t even think of opening it, I thought it was junk mail!”

Person B: “You are lucky you didn’t come. Religious fanatics they are. I mean it was fun and all, but it seemed they prayed for everything! Before eating, after eating, before I left. Heck! Before I left. Definitely has kept me from going back.”

Person A: “Were you invited back?”

Person B: “Not really! I just thought…,

Person A: “Did you send a thank you card for the invite? Or even take a gift….”

Person B: “No!”

Person A: “See!!! I wouldn’t invit you if it were me…”

Person B: “Wait!!! Actually, I remember why..”

Person A: “Why???”

Person B: “I was in shock!!!”

Person A: “From?”

Person B: “Remember when I took that week off last year?”

Person A: “That I picked you up from the hospital? Yeah! You’d best get a ‘loved one’ right quick, I always seem to be bailing you out!”

Person B: “Well I was in shock…”

Person A: “Remembering it was such a bad time, I didn’t even know you were coming from the party at their house! You just stated you were driving, got broken down on the railway track, just as the train was coming…”

Person B: “I know! The reason I called in is because I was in shock. Though I have never told you or anyone for that matter. I saw the train coming and for some reason, I was no longer there! It seemed like some hand had lifted me and the car. Thectraib passed by…I never even had a scratch on the car…”

Person A: “Were you drunk? I don’t remember you Bing tipsy.”

Person B:”Nope! They don’t and didn’t serve alcohol at their house….”

Person A: “To get back to this…”

Person B: “I am sorry, still get the hibby Jibbies…”

Person A: “You never told me any of this…I thought…”

Person B: “I spent that week seeking a psychiatrist that would or could explain my ‘blanking out’ or how I could have made it across…”

Person A: “I remember, a good Samaritan…”

Person B: “Yeah one of the holy rollers at the party picked me up and took me to the hospital. That is why I had to call you to pick me up.”

Person A: “I remember you told me that at the shop they not only found out you had a problem with the fuel line, but the battery was dead…”

Person B: “Let’s not talk about this…”

Person A: “I am almost done…Didn’t you say that they had prayed for and with you before you left?”

Person B: “The more the reason that I decided not to speak to them any more. I mean if they had booze, I would have stayed longer and not been caught on the tracks.”

Person A: “But wouldn’t that mean you’d be driving tipsy?”

Person B: “I guess, the mechanic told me that I had been with the problem for some time and that it was bound to have occurred regardless, just a matter of time…”

Person A: “So I guess it is good that it happened where it did and when it did?”

Person B: “Can we stop talking about this?”

Person A: “I get it now. So, you mean with the shock you never remembered to say ‘thank you’ for the party?

Person B: “Like I said ‘too much shock'”

Person A: “To end it all, what DoD the shrink say?”

Person B: “That is why I stopped going! One I saw last seemed to be nice and all, till I found out they were a religious fanatic! The reason I say that is because during a session, the therapist said “that is a miracle!”, “A miracle???? The miracle is how I must have driven through…”

Person A: “Wasn’t the car broke down and still brokenveven when it was towed?”

Person B: “Now you get it..Why I decided to figure it out…”

Person A: “And were you?…”

Person B: “That is why I have left it alone all this time…”

Person A: “But I don’t get why…”

Person B: “Can we just leave it well alone?”

To point something out, the Chrstian  co-worker had Joy, joy in the Lord. Joy that will last them forevermore. Just why he had the smile on his face all the time. Person B, had called them “Holy rollers”, is that possible why he had never gone back? Funny, it was a miracle, this could have happened any time, any place. It was after the individual was prayed for before leaving plus it was one of the brethren that took them to the hospital. Many lessons to learn here.

28.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: Isaiah Isaiah 26:3,4

Wow! Hallelujah!!! We know The Lord by so many different ways “Jehovah Jireh, Nissi, Rapha…”, Yahwe, Father, God, I am….

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Genesis 22:14

And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. Exodus 6:3

That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. Psalm 83:18

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: Isaiah 26:4

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

I was pleasantly please to see that in reading I saw The Lord referred to as Jehovah. I guess I knew that He was, but to actually see it and know it, is something else, A blessing!

But our sharing is not on this but rather on what is when we keep our focus stayed on God. Perfect peace, how do we describe it? Nothing to worry about (it is all in His hands), Silence (We have heard and learned of quiet time)

Shall we experience His strength for the now? Or for Always? Meditate on this and understand that you are blessed.

29.

We are told a secret that is well known. We are a big family! In The Word it calls many “The sons of God”. In the Spirit realm there is no male/female. If you think of it, when people in The Bible saw Angels, that is just what they are. In the following verse we, if we meditate on it will realize what is meant.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” John1:12

Behold, what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. 1 John 3:1

We see that so many times in The Scripture: Genesis 6:2, Genesis 6:4, Job 1:6, Job 38:7, Romans 8:14

We can see that I have included a vast array of verses.

The creations of God are referred to as the sons of God. When God created The Earth, He made first the animals, so they could procreate and He saw that it was good; to follow came life of every kind. Then, He said at the ending of this Worldly creation, let us make man in our Own image. It might sound a bit off to some, he placed His Spirit within us.  In making Man, He made man in His image to have authority over the Earth.

We were animals too. But, in His image. Yes there are animals of all sorts, but He made one to be Lord of all His creation. I am well aware that there are baboons, monkeys etc. Do they think? Can they communicate with such finesse as we do? I am sure many an animal lover will wish to offer. Yes, they communicate, But with as many words, ability to do all as the caretakers of the Earth?

For those who beg to differ, we are made in His image. The opportunity to exist for always was there. It has been taken away, our days have been numbered, we can make a choice. We shared on this prior, in the time of Methuselah, man lived hundreds of years (multiple) which is but a breadth with God. It is so amazing that He knows exactly what will happen. A part of Him knows neither the time or conditions that will signal the end. Let me explain it this way. If you were going to plunge off a cliff into a body of water far below, you would think it, know it; now if your heart had a say, or your bones with the risks involved, would they take the plunge. My belief is no.

Just so, Go’s knows the hour, even His heart (Jesus) does not know the hour or time. Being that our creator knows all. We must be wary and be ready. If it were in the middle of you doing what you should not be doing, do you think you will be taken? This alone is reason that we should live as directed.

Can you imagine a place ruled by Love? The peace, the beauty, the serenity. I smile When I say The Love, but I do not have to say that because it has been said God whose domain that is, is Love.

I think the point is made. Be blessed in and through Jesus’ name Amen

30.

As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one.

– Luke 4:40

Impressed? I will share something:  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12

Greater works??? Jesus healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, healed the sick, Hallelujah! We can go on, but for the sake of time, I will move on.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

A brief story I will share shows what authority we yield in faith.

“And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.” Acts 19:11-17

We can see that in believing, we have been given the authority in The Name of Jesus to do so and much more in prayer and fasting and seeking The face of The Lord.

I have to admit that I smile when I view this in my minds eye. The spirit within the sick man said “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” We can do things through and of Him, but without, we are powerless.

In ending, I will share this:

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:18-20

Lord I thank you for Your word, we as believers through You have been given so much. In Your name we have authority. Lord, allow us to learn Your way, to yield Your word like a flaming sword so that in faith we may wield the sword of faith. Thank You for the difficulties in my way. Lord, I know they are at times placed so I may learn from them. Lord all that is placed in me and in my way, I come against in The Name of Jesus. Lord, strengthen me Father that I may walk with and in You holding me up. Father, be glorified in Jesus name, Amen

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To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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