Funny if I say The Word is ‘chock’ full of truisms. Amen?
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:8,9
Are you ‘rich’ in The Lord? Actually, my rich means so very much blessings, mercy, foregivess, Love besides which there is none! A vast gap existd between the two! God be Glorified, Amen! Are you rich, or rich in blessings?
It is my hope and prayer that we have all come to see Earthly wealth is great. Heavenly wealth is FANTABULOUS!!! Lay up your goods where moth does not eat or rust, or d3ecay ‘ruin’. I am not saying be content in having none or little, but rather work your ‘butt’ off, pray, lay up your rewards where by The AWESOME Grace of God, we will be! Amen? If I was there I’d want to hear a definitive “Amen!”
“Wow!!! I can’t believe it! I just won the lotto! I cannot believe I’m a millionaire.”
“Taxes, taxes; it’ll go super fast! I’d better introduce you to some “wall street” bankers.”
“I’mbrich buddy, I definitely am not going to pay them to lose MY money!”
“I read something…”
“Ahhhh! Here we go! Some of your religious rubbish again??? Frankly, I’m too rich to care…”
“Well after this, I’m out!!!”
“Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.”
Need I say more???
At first difficult, but dwelling and meditating on The Word makes all the difference.
The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. Psalm 11:4,5
So, what is said about his eyes? In the original tongue it may refer to His reflection on the doings of man. His eyelids “try” as in expression and He judges in Love, Hallelujah!
LORD Hallelujah! We come before You today, thank You for going in and surrounding us with Your Spirit. Where we are wrong, we ask for Your forgiveness. We pray that You help us forgive and Live those around us. LORD start with our immediate families and cause us to radiate Your Love to those around us. Meet us this day at our points of need and be Thou glorified in our Lives in Jesus’ name, Amen
We have defined the word and concept “blessed”, it skipped my mind that I should have quoted the character and gifts of being blessed.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
So now we understand a wee bit more, what to do, how to do, and most of all what happens, Amen
A: “I saw some people who looked disheveled.”
B: “What are you talking about?,
A: “If we give, kinda like Christians are supposed to; people will think we are awesome! I mean giving our time, collecting money??? Giving! That’s what it’s all about! I mean. Let’s do it!”
C: “Don’t you guys think that is wrong…”
B: “Dude, people will know we are kind, it speaks highly of us…”
A: “I mean not many are doing it…”
C:”But why do it in the open…”
B: “Perhaps we will ‘guilt’ others into doing the same.
C: “Don’t you think that is wrong? Everyone does as they see fit and right, what you ‘guilt’ them into doing doesn’t count”
A: “What are you saying???”
C: “Dude! I think it is wrong. Perhaps the Bible can shed some light on it. You know The LORD’s prayer?,
A, B: “Of course!!!”
C:”I knew you’d both say that! What follows?”
A: “Heck! If I know!”
B: Smiling “The Bible!”
A: “Good one dude!”
C: “I can’t say I support or reheat what you are doing. Let me ask you this; have you seen anyone praying out in the open?”
B: “Can’t say I have.”
A: “Hold on now!!! What of the people who ‘catch’ The Spirit in church???”
C: “That is going waaayyu out there. If I must remind you ‘where two or three are gathered in my name I am there in their midst.” It is a Spiritual blow out when believers come together! But not to get off topic; “What do the verses after The LORD’s prayer state?”
A,B: “we answered you!”
C: “Are you with your bibles?,
A,B: “Should we be?”
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
This is number 1 and applies to what you were going to do.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Kinda, what I mentioned!
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
This is the main thing… Store up your rewards where it counts!
About praying like you mentioned “the ‘falling out’ in church.”
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. This I kinda mentioned, store it up where things are awesome!
About praying “go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” This goes for when you give too, kinda like we said above.
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
An example I give was when Daniel was praying for an answer. God sent His Angel with the answer as Daniel prayed, but the Angel was held up and needed to call Micheal the Archangel to care for the trial.
And in so doing we learn “This, then, is how you should pray”
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on Earth as it is in Heaven.
This is done, when Lucifer stepped outside The Will of God, the archangel was cast out of Heaven.
And for our needs, we pray “Give us today our daily bread.”
Definitely being of a lesser form we ask God to forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
As for other things we must do, for answers and to His Glory, we fasting to ask for His splendour to be seen in our Life.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
In so doing, we build up a humongou treasures in Heaven
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Just sting the obvious. So, be cool!
Good Morning! Our prayer for today, tomorrow and each day:
LORD Heavenly Father, have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy Lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom, Amen.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 🈷 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy holy spirit from me. Psalm 51:1-11
Even then in the times of king David The Holy Spirit was known. It was The Holy Spirit that lead the Isrealites out of Egypt. The Holy Spirit Moses convened with. If God in His majesty were to be present; all would pass away before His Glory. Just as Moses asked to see The LORD, do we commune with The LORD as Spirit given freely in Love?
Have a great. God centered day!
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.”
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
(which all refer to things destined to perish with use)–in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?
Once again there is no end! Both new and old testaments, yws! We were placed here with a purpose. Let us fulfil it, learn, focus on the prize. Imagine, there is a prize, The GLORY of God! Keep this in focus and all else fallscway.
His promises are to those who do His will. Ate you doing? Or better yet, I should ask “Are you receiving?” There are a few ministers of The Word that live in exhorbitance. I understand that. BUT, are they and Have they fed the poor, supplied to the needy? Our HUGE example was Jesus. Born to a carpenter as his second ‘adopted’ father. That was His life. We do not read muchvofvit, but can imagine He was tempted with all the gold and riches that he could or would want and by God’s grace, refuted to the dismay of the Spiritual onlookers. Why do I say this? Afterward, hungry, tired and spent, dehydrated beyond belief- Angels came a me and ministered to Him. Hallelujah!
Imagine, hungry, thirsty, weakened beyond belief; we see the temptations he neared. Stones to bread- Hungry as all get out; Jump from the steeple and we can imagine that God would have sent angels to bear Him up. Finally, the hugest and most significant! “Kneel before me and give me obeysance for I am the god of the earth…” he did this knowing that there was a huge audience.
I stress again that after Jesus’ refusal, Satan gave up and went away from a season. We can imagine that during the fast, there were snakes, insects, wild animals. This is something We do not think about. What happened in those 40 days? We are left wondering. He did not share it, but I am sure they were not an easy 40 days and nights.
What He went through then and at the cross at Cavalry should make us eternally greatful. He changed The world! He converted our lives. It doesn’t matter if and or what church you go to. But the decisions surely matter. Recently, I was commenting on a video of a well read and verses imam and a Christian theologian. The I am stated that Jesus did not do any miracles, for the most part I agree, He was human. His Father (our Father) did as He asked to His Glory (The Glory of God).
We discussed Lazarus. Yes, the shortest verse in The Bible is “And He wept.” There was a discussion between Jesus and His Father (now our Father.) Perhaps no one understood the words, but even before He went to see Lazarus raised, He tarried for a while before arriving at the sepulchre. As we read He tarried for God’s Glory.
He then went, and 3 days later Lazarus in the heat of the day even in the sepulchre should have been rotted. But, after praying Jesus thanked God and called for Lazaruse to come forth after the stone had been rolled away.
Yes, Lazarus could hardly move for he was bound which confirms that he was truly dead, or he would not have been placed away dead. So once again I agree, Jesus did not perform It but exhibited the power of His Father.
Even at the feeding of the thousands on the hill with the loaves and fish. He gave thanks to His Father. Once again it was after allowing His Father to work through Him that after death on the cross He was placedcabove all with The name above every name. Imagine, if He had “fallen” for the third temptation, He might have had, but being in human form would have returned where He came from with the world unchanged. A reason to praise The Lord.
Not only this, but to contribute to the input of the naysayers. Before His crucifixion, He knew what it would imply, and wept, sweating drops of blood askingvthay the cup be taken from Him. But, he stated that not His will, but The Will of The Father be done. Another positive was as in the temptations places upon Him by Lucifer, knowing the agony He suffered Angels came and ministered to Him. Amen?
We share this for so many reasons; we have our bit to play. We undergo temptation, hardship, difficulties BUT the promise and expectations of what lies beyond should keep us focused. Am en?
Let me sense an Amen. We are soldiers in and on a war path with many obstacles to God’s Glory. Keep marching in Jesus’s mighty name. Funny enough the next thing he discussed was the name of Jesus which he stated was not his name, the Anglicisation of the name. Right quick key take a look. Etymology. The name Jesus used in the English New Testament comes from the Latin form of the Greek name Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous), a rendition of the Hebrew Yeshua (ישוע), related to the name Joshua. The name is thus related to the Hebrew verb root √yšʿ “rescue, deliver” and one of its noun forms, yešuaʿ “deliverance”.”
And for those who are up in arms about the ‘new’ English word:
Anglicisation (or anglicization, in terms of English spelling differences), occasionally anglification, anglifying, englishing, in this summary refers to modifications made to foreign words, names and phrases to make them easier to spell, pronounce, or understand in English.
I am aware that we have ‘English-cized’ the name of Jesus. But, if and when we call on The name, we get the same results, Amen.
And we can browse that after His worldly experience He was elevated and placed in a special Glory filled place and position.
Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of Heaven.”
And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of Heaven.”
But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”
“That He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the Heavenly places.”
[Put On the New Self] If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Wow! A blessing no doubt, we have been giving understanding, let us remain prayerful in all our ways in Jesus’, Yeshua’s, Ἰησοῦς marvelous name at which every knee shall bow realizing Him as The One who sits at The Right of The Creator, now and for eternity.
Hard times? We can and do pray: Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set You before them. Selah.
Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in Thy truth.
I will freely sacrifice unto Thee: I will praise Thy name, O LORD; for it is good. For He hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen His desire upon mine enemies. Psalm 54:2-7
We are factors of who and what we are. Are you celebrated? Can and so people speaking highly of you? Our part is not backroom or backdoor. Push! I listened to a sermon about what our goal is. To live in peace and strive to be more. In Christ, there are no limits!
We can do pray for excellence (Nothing less) in Jesus’ name.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.
I also watched an ‘argument’ between a pastor and an Islamic clergy of excellence. He spoke and said Jesus did NO miracles and stated that at each incident He spoke and asked God to do all. Fair argument. But, He was sent in the human form. His Father, God does all and did all. He was sent as an example, THE example. Jesus had to undergo all He did until He was crucified. He then was witnessed after a documented death on the cross.
He was starved, beaten, nailed on the cross naked and died. His body was taken down and placed in a sepulchre-documented. For fear that His followers would not ‘steal’ His body, centurions were placed at His grave site. He rose 3 days later, Amen.
The answer was not an argument, He was seen by the disciples fishing, in the upper room where they prayed and so many other places. To prove that He was who he was, He asked the doubting Thomas to stick his finger in His hands and side. This points to so much, there is a blessing where people in faith are made whole.
One reason is that after He was murdered; God (Allah) placed Him on His right. He will judge and is coming again. I state again that people can look at facts and see that when here, He did not do miracles God did. He after going through His life as one of us, He was raised to The right of God, Amen
We have many trials and tribulations; Not one can deny that. In our days one day follows another and we experience new and different things. Many blessings, but O would not be honest of I said “no difficulties”! Brethren, we are on the battleground that makes us tested and true!
I will give a well known example. Bodybuilding; either male or female. Starts somewhere. Protein, vitamins, workouts, supplements of every form. In the end you have a Herculean figure! Was it easy? No! Definitely not. Let me ask a follow up question that I am sure we will and we with no second thought. If Mrs or Mr. Herculean was to hurt themselves working out and sit still; stock still for weeks those Herculean figure would disappear in days/weeks! All the hard work Would be lost! In such a case, keeping active and doing what is prescribed; stretches, minor lifts, pushups, pull ups, Yoga all instruct the body. When they start working out again, the do not have too far to go.
The same applies to the concept of Christianity. We have challenges, we have been told that “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
With this warning we whimp out! Or should we?
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 56:4 NIV
Even in this verse “mere mortals”, Yes! They have NO power in the Spiritual except given them by you know who. We have shared at what Jesus went through, a sinless, innocent ‘man’! All he did was share the gospel and He was beaten, starved and hung on a tree to die! Were there visible detractors in the Spirit? Not in the Spirit, but definitely the fruits of The Spirit were not evident in His trial and execution.
A lot we think what we see or do not see (and known absence) account for our experience. Lets see what was said more than 2000 years ago “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
In sharing this, I was ttouched by what I read. Science supports The Bible.
Science and the Bible
‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ Genesis 1:1 NKJV
To say that true science and the Bible are contradictory is simply not so. If there’s even one chance in a million that God, Heaven and hell are true, wouldn’t you want to know? After all, one day you’re going to die. What then? And furthermore, since our children and grandchildren are increasingly exposed to secular teaching, don’t you want to be able to answer their questions when they come home from school or college, and steer them in the right direction? Well, guess what? The more science advances, the more it’s evident the Bible has been true all along! For the next few days let’s talk about it:
(1) The Bible tells us the earth floats in space. There was a time when people believed it sat on a large animal or giant. Seriously! But fifteen hundred years before Christ, the patriarch Job said, ‘He… hangs the earth on nothing.’ (Job 26:7 ESV) Think about that: you can’t even hang your hat on nothing! The fact is, science didn’t discover that the earth hangs upon nothing until AD 1650.
(2) The Bible tells us the earth is composed of atoms. ‘By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen are not made of things which are visible.’ (Hebrews 11:3 NKJV) Only in recent years has science discovered that everything we see is composed of things we can’t see—namely, invisible atoms. Yet the Bible, written more than two thousand years ago, said it was so. Now, the Bible doesn’t need science to prove that it’s true—it just so happens that it does.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who Love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
– Romans 8:28
Have to state again: Do you Love The LORD? Are you called according to His purpose? And having you started fulfilling this? I know the ‘purpose’ has been mentioned many tines; let us discuss it.
Even another verse pertains to this-waiting!
“For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.”
Romans 8: 19
king David wrote this and its pertinence to the times reveals so much. Being blessed from on high he lived as most of us do. He made mistakes, but sought the face of The Lord!
A message from God: At times as we pray we receive. The transgression of the wicked resides in their hearts. There is no fear of God before their eyes. In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good. Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.
Your love Lord, reaches to the Heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, Your justice like the great deep.You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing Love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights. For with You is the fountain of Life; in Your light we see The light.
Continue your Love to those who know You, Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
May the foot of the proud not come against me, Amen.
Nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
By Your grace, I see and By Your grace see how the evildoers lie fallen; thrown down, not able to rise! Amen
We are sharing promises: Our God hath shewn His people the power of His works, that He may give them the heritage of the heathen.
We may currently have blessings; are there those above us not following The way? Wait on The LORD and you shall be blessed with The giving of His way.
Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit, are you patient? How patient? It takes a load to be patient, but we shall be rewarded for our patience with His Glory, Amen
God is not slow but is desiring that none fall aside. Give Him praise.
“Are you in love?”
“love or you mean Love?”
“I saw you with…”
“Ah, ah, ahhh! Don’t go there; not even…”
“But you were smiling…”
“I am always smiling! I essentially am in unbelievable Love! And in case you don’t heart in my voice; the “L” is positively hear it, that I’d a capital “L””
“I have fallen head over heels in Love with The LORD! Oh! What He has done for me, how He set me free!!! Alleluia, Hallelujah! I am blessed!”
“Do I call you pastor now?”
“Don’t be silly. Let me share a “whisper” of why!”
“His work is honourable and glorious: and His righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered in all our ways, Amen. The LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He hath given meat unto them that fear Him: He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He hath shown His people the power of His works, that He may give them the heritage of the heathen. The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure.”
And we are let in on what ‘verity’ means:
A true principle or belief, especially one of fundamental importance.
“The eternal verities” – Truth.
“irrefutable, objective verity”
Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
Romans 6: 18
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
I lately learned that a few of us can recite verses cold. Others ahhh! Not so much, but…“But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22
You, I am sure know what I’m going to say…ok! Which are you? Hear The Word and forget? Even if it is awesomely inspiring in service or fellowship or mass. Do we remember? What was the Scripture they read last sermon?
I will be honest and tell you what I do. After service, I go into my private space and recollect what was shared. I write it down. Now, I know time is scarce for many. Personally, by The Grace of The Almighty God, I am busy working BUT on the ride to and from work-time to pray, meditate on The Word, be silent and receive, as much as it sounds improbable; be still and ministered to by The Spirit. Had a hard day? Stressful? Difficulties? Take it to The LORD in prayer. No better time than soon after it happens, so???
A lot of time, we get lost and search for…a way to go. Hmm! Who knows? I have shared this; if He knows you, your experiences and habits. How many times has God seen this experience? How many people have asked for His assistance? How many people have gotten His guidanc and affection? Amazingly in His-story; countless! How many people are currently on the Earth?
The awesomely amazing thing is God is both a Father AND a Mother! Let us check this out:
Mind you, we do not call God a Mother or Father alone, we in Love and respectcall Him God, our Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, our ALL. But let us take a look, but before we do, with Male and Female are made in His image. We have discussed this prior. Possibly Man in Creation supposed to care for earth was created like Angels with no need for a mate.
He was put to sleep and a rib taken. It is not said if anything else was done. We live on Earth and in creation, Godcsaw that things were good. Animals in their making procreate to continue their species, Man was made as a career of the Earth and when The Heavenly host saw that he needed a partner, he was placed to sleep, a rid taken and Eve created.
Eve was to be Adams co- manager and they would procreate as earthly beings do.
Again, we are so lucky, Adam and Eve though they were able did not have knowledge yet to eat of The tree of Life.
Now, we have discussed this and rather thanvsearch, we have the key to eternal Life in His presence! Doing His will.
Let me make this ‘simple’. In all known situations, there police which keep the law, senators, chiefs and rulers who write the laws, at the head lies a president, dictator, ruler, king, Boss…. If we do not do their will, we will be imprisoned, break the law in a big way- executed. This same thing applies to what we discuss, BUT our head ‘Honcho’ is Love defined, is patient and does not will for anyone to fall by the wayside. So we as humans have been given time and possibilities. I am hoping that this is not the first time you are hearing this. But, you have a choice, the choice literally of a lifetime.
Prais is Your lifestyle, thanks is Your response. Faith is in knowledge, hope in God’s Glory to be revealed; Amen
We are, hear, feel and do for The LORD! We are blessed to break it down, we have. To believe in Godciscto faith him, though we see testimonies round about. What is you it testimony? A job, healing, marriage, a surgery? I could ask any thing. But what would you testimony be? What is it?
Some may feel ‘shafted”, but gyou are awake and alive-start there. Many times our walk does not Glorify The LORD.
Many things shall happen in our days.
And we read:
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? A lot comes as a result of impatience.
Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” So, they say, in a way they are right, But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the Heavens came into being and the Earth was formed out of water and by water. By The Word of The LORD, and By Hid Word they can be extinguished.
The Earth and its being were created by these waters, also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed by the same Word the present Heavens and Earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. To hear and not believe makes ones who refuse to acknowledge The Creator defined by this.
But do not forget this one thing, dear brethen: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. To understand this is to be knowledgeable in this. Even when we hear “God is slow in His promises.” The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
We can now understand this with advances in knowledge. There is the ‘solar system’; a question I pose is if it all goes awry, many will say “Science has gone crazy!” An excuse will be “The univere is berserk!”
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 2 Peter 3:3-12
I was reviewing this time and time again and was led to write what I was shown. Everything that exists in ‘reality’ will be no more. A new Heaven and a new Earth will be created to His GLORY. Once again, we have the option to choose or continue in our way.
The “song-ster” strikes yet again! Boo! I got you 😉
Check this out:
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.”
A lot of things can be breathtakingly horrendous; scary to put it lightly. Danger, tragedy, lifetaking sorrow. But,”we have a place to run!
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
Psalms 56: 3
Make sense? Pray without ceasing or season! There is no “appropriate” time to pray. Any time is THE time. Check this out:
Father, our Father Thou art in Heaven, Thy Kingdom O Lord come, Thu will be done. Hallelujah! For me fear, You have my back in Jesus’ name, Amen
See, that was easy. 4 seconds or less-right? Let us glorify Him!!!
And we pray:
Have mercy on me, O God, because of Your unfailing Love. Because of Your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. In Jesus name, Amen
– Psalms 51:1
A challenge? Hmmm! Let’s see…. Something we should be doing.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Matthew 22:37 (NIV)
And we say: “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 106:48
And we must “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the children of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” Amen Philippians 2:14,15
Do we have a song at heart? There are thousands in The Word, Amen
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Do we praise Him? Our hands, arms, voices, our entire being should be raised to Him! Let us rejoice before The LORD! Can I hear an Amen.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You.
Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; Declare among the peoples His deeds.
Can I hear a voice of praise? We have an amazing, inestimable, grave filled God that is Love. Amen.
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. Psalm 5:11
So much to learn from The Word. The Isrealites stand as a key example of all that can occur when we do not do The will of our Father in Heaven. Let us study the ensample they Ser. Remember our Lives now and in the time to come are His-story in Jesus’ name. Amazingly, we in our ‘little’ way can make a GRAND difference, Amen?
New International Version (NIV)
Warnings From Israel’s His-story written by Paul to the church in Corinth:
“For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”
We should not commit sexual immorality, with this it is easy to ‘fall’ into the deep abyss prolonging and ‘physical’ need . We are new creations, the old is passed away, all things are become new.
We will continue along this path and learn more from His-story, Amen.
We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. (Numbers 25:9) At times we play ‘games’ with The Word. I have to remind you that The Word is His-story. Just as there were those in the first ‘family’ of God who misstepped and paidcdearly. I will point out what comes to my Spirit. Quite a few examples really, some of which we habe discussed. Moses, a man of God-chosen before birth had a temper (He killed the Egyptian overseer of the Israeli workers), it is obvious that he had a temper. But amazingly, he was chosen by God to lead the people of Is real out of Egypt to the promised land. I know you are wondering where this fits in. Godcasked him to touch the rock with his staff and water would come out for the people of Israel who complained sorely and wished the had not left Egypt, Moses angry at the audacity of the people to complain struck the rock in a temper, and that is why he did not set foot in the promised land.
Second example is Moses after receiving the 10 commandmentscreturned to observe the Isrealites carousing and carrying on in ways that would make us blush We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10
“Jesus commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about Him (All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. Acts 10:43):
Isaiah 7:14—Isaiah prophesies that a pure young woman will give birth to God’s son.
Matthew 1:18–23—Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled.
Isaiah 9:6—Isaiah prophesies that Jesus Christ will come as a baby; Jesus is described by several names.
Micah 5:2—Micah prophesies that Jesus will be born in Bethlehem.
Matthew 2:4–6—The scribes knew that Bethlehem was the prophesied birthplace of the Messiah.
Luke 1:26–31—A virgin named Mary will be the mother of Jesus Christ.
That everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power when He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of The Majesty on high,
Who is this who comes from Edom, With garments of glowing colors from Bozrah, This One who is majestic in His apparel, Marching in the greatness of His strength? “It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
“Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.
noun/plural noun: Gentiles
A person who is not Jewish.
Awesome, we are Gentiles by birth, but children of God in faith, we have been formally adopted into The Family! “Forward Christian soldiers marching as to war. With the cross of Jesus Who is gone before….” My challenge is to see what the rest of the song says and take it to heart. So, much in so many forms of The Word!
We go on with the root gospel:
For they heard them speaking in tongues-Another term for glossolalia.
Also we can read: http://www.christianbiblereference.org/faq_tongues.htm
And praising God. This we do not need to define.
Also: Hebrews 7:25
Then Peter said, “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.”
Send out your light and your truth;
let them guide me.
Let them lead me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you live.
There I will go to the altar of God,
to God—the source of all my joy.
I will praise you with my entire being, lifting my voice in adoration of Your Love
O God, my God!
Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever.
Have an awesome God filled day!
For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised in the cities of The LORD and the mountains of His holiness: He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the Heavens. Honour and majesty are before Him He is LORD of all: strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come into His courts with praise for these are the days The LORD has made.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him, all the earth. Psalm 96:4-9
Just being in His glory, to be bathed in His Love is all we need. All else follows suite by His grace. Learn to be in Him, Blessed, fulfilled and whole, granted His unfathomable Grace, Hallelujah!
Having discussed prior, I wanted to point out the exact reason man was driven out of the garden of Eden. We spoke of the search for the garden for good reason. And we read: The LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east sidee of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
I have a secret! Ahhh! Keep this very PUBLIC!!! Ooops! Did I say that??? Hmm! I guess I did. How do we cross into The Courts of The King? Our public secret?
Enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
Psalm 100:4 (NIV)
Rejoice always for we are blessed beyond comprehension, pray without ceasing, here I must say “pray without season.” Prayer is an always ‘thing.’ Give thanks in all circumstances, in trials we must give thanks because we ‘learn’; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
Paraphrased by God’s grace and to His glory in Jesus’ name.
Very seldom I ‘borrow’ a particularly uplifting ‘share’ by someone else. This definitely is in line with what we have shared. May it bless you too. Amen
You Can Change
‘Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.’ Isaiah 54:2 NKJV
The desire to change is the key to growth in any area of life. Most of us desire improvement, yet at the same time we resist change. But you can’t have one without the other! Change is possible only if you want it badly enough.
As Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express, observed: ‘You are the way you are, because that’s the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you’d be in the process of changing right now.’ Change is never easy. It takes lots of time, tremendous amounts of energy, perseverance, and—of course—desire. But the desire to change must translate into a decision to change. And you must make that decision day after day.
It’s said that Earl Weaver, manager of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, was unhappy with a decision by the umpire so he charged out of the dugout and yelled at him, ‘Are you gonna get any better, or is this it?’
If you want to change, you must ask yourself a similar question. Are you going to keep working and trying to get better, or is this as good as it gets? The Bible puts it like this: ‘Enlarge the place of your tent; and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.’ Pay close attention to the words enlarge, stretch, lengthen and strengthen. What do they have in common? They all require commitment and persistence.
That’s what it takes to change your life. And the good news is that with God’s help, you can do it—starting today.
Deep beyond our understanding or ability to grasp:
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:16 (NIV)
So many things can and should be drawn from this; family members, loved ones, colleagues and friends….you may be the one God had sent to be an example.
We might have pronounced his role exceedingly, but most of the books in the new testament where written by Paul. On seeing The LORD on the way to Damascus. Ananais who was to take him in, in whose house he tarried for 3 days, was told that in spreading The Word he would be met with profound resistance.
Ananias (/ænəˈnaɪəs/ AN-ə-NY-əs; Ancient Greek: Ἀνανίας, same as Hebrew חנניה, Hananiah, “favoured of the LORD”), was a disciple of Jesus at Damascus mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible, which describes how he was sent by Jesus to restore the sight of “Saul, of Tarsus” (known later as Paul the Apostle)
And we read: “In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.””
Are we embarrassed? Do we suffer? Ignomy or regret? Are we sorry we have chosen permanently by His grace to follow Him rather than turn away?
LORD Heavenly Father we come before You today in the name of Your Son-Jesus,
Lead us, guide us, bless us-that we may fulfill You desire for us,
Father, in our going out and coming in, be Thou glorified in the name of Jesus,
Father, bless us with strength to resist the pull of these temporary things about us,
in our Lives LORD be glorified always. Amen
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. Habakkuk 3:18
The LORD favors hymns of praise. When we sacrifice our will, our time of ourselves to Him; Blessings are poured out! Praise Him! Sing to His GLORY! It is an awesome thing to rejoice in praise and thanks for the creator of the Universe.
Realization set in when with God giving victory, He made the sun stand still. “Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies. Is this not written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of Heaven, and did not hastened to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded a voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.” (Joshua 10:12-14).
What may be the dominant view of philosophers today is that he is temporal but everlasting; that is, God never began to exist and he never will go out of existence. He exists at each moment in time. Tasting of the cessation of time at times has its doubters, but we are blessed to know that the concept of time, though it means everything to us here, ‘time’ does not exist in existence after life on Earth.
In Daniel 10, we read and can understand with heavenly beings there is no ‘time’. More pointed is that the moment the thoughts came to Daniels mind, God had sent his answer. I point out that he kept praying and partook of a special fast as described. We at times may be moved to do such to the GLORY of The Father, Amen!
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war.a The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.
At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.
On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.
I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.
A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.
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.
There is so much to learn from this. Prayer, fasting, standing our ground in faith. We do not know what the hold up is, an awesome reason to pray in The Spirit is written: “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:24-26
Those two verses were included on purpose. The first talks about faith. It is defined as knowing we poseess what we have not seen as yet, but believing It is so, through Jesus our LORD.
The second verse is the meat of this discussion “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Alleluia!
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the Earth. Psalm 96:1
In researching this, I ran accross the most beautiful descriptions if our Father:
“Praise the Lord, my soul.
Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty.
The Lord wraps Himself in light as with a garment; He stretches out the Heavens like a tent and lays the beams of His upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds His chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds His messengers,
flames of fire His servants.
He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
But at Your rebuke the waters fled,
at the sound of Your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains,
they went down into the valleys,
to the place You assigned for them.
You set a boundary they cannot cross;
never again will they cover the Earth.
He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.”
The Word is so full of beauty, amazing descriptions of our Father, we are humbled to be in His presence. We cry Hallelujah with our faces to the ground. He reigneth, our God reigneth for always!!!
What He has spoken is! What Hecwills will be. We give Him GLORY and honor. Lord, Heavenly Father, be Glorified. You alone are HOLY, you ALONE are God. Father we cry unto Thee with sighs and moans from a brow beaten Spirit. LORD uphold us, Father be glorified in and through us, we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen
How are we blessed? Just in feeling and knowing; The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. In wisdom shall we seek His will. The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, they focus on self and not on The LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words, music to God’s ears maybe they be blessed in Jesus’ name.
He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house, Amen; but he that hateth to receive a bounty that is given by man of unbelief shall live and prosper in The name of Jesus. The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:24-29
Encouragement comes from all sides: Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
Psalms 5: 3
Let’s us know when and how to live right.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
What did Jesus say on the cross at Cavalry? Quite a bit in His weakened state. We shared that he was dehydrated, beaten, barely able to drag Himself, talk less of the cross on the way to cavalry. But, beaten, near death, essentially crippled with torment; He remembered The Word in crying out to His Father (Not ours yet at that time.) What did He say and where is it featured?
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
This says so much! I was reading a testimony this morning of two men that had their fortunes told (in no way is this right.) The first was told that he was destined to be ‘king’, the second that he would be a ‘nothing’. The first squandered his time on revelling. The second decided that since he was going to be a ‘nothing’, that he’d best go farm and save up for when he ‘became’ a nothing.
The story gets interesting. The ‘nothing’ farmer stored up quite a large number of goods while the future ‘king’ had none. We can figure out what happened. I really do not need to say more, But I will finish it all the same.
A famine broke out and there were many deaths. Since the first man had stored up for himself. He sold his goods to the ailing towns people. His ‘friend’ too, the people then elected him king, his friend, the proposed king had to serve him.
Now, this is a bit “tricky” to assess; but let’s go ahead and ‘tear it up.’ The first who was to be king, did everything wrong. Did not pray, did not commit his way rob the Lord, and did not work toward the revelation. The second man in his will to outdo the prediction; worked diligently to prevent that from being his destiny.
I know full well that some may say “the diviner got it mixed up!” And I will agree, that is what I thought first. But the reality of and in our lives overtook me!
There are a myriad of promises in The Word, but and and they come with a strict condition that should be filled/fulfilled first. And we read:
” Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
This might cause brow raising, but I will lay it out weary from doing what? Weak from doing what? Lying around?? Being lazy or working till the thought of another step seems impossible. But Isaiah 40:29-31 says: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
In remembering this verse, there are conditions too. Again, we are not sitting still and/but/if we do we are doing it before The LORD!
We will go a bit further, but there is a condition for each and every one. I will add that even in the throws of agony, there is a source of redemption, a God of mercy!
And we read yet again:
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?”
I just wanted to remind you where it started. To know The Word and its conditions takes time. Some are awesome with memory, others not so much. But a good story reminds us of so much.
Let me ask you this; “What and where was your favorite vacation?” See? I asked something that is difficult to forget, no? The only reason you may have difficulty is that so many may be considered ‘great’. Just the same way that so many bible promises are great! But they come with conditions. If we follow all the conditions we can “Resist the devil and he will flee from you!!!” But wait!!! Does this come with a condition? I dunno, let us look it up:
” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Just saying, it is so amazing and awesome that each promise comes with a condition. No? We could go on and on, but I will challenge you to find your favorit one and go from there. You do not need to memorize the location. Just what it says. When Jesus recited what had been written He didn’t say “As the prophet Isaiah said….” He just quoted it. So there was a lot of knowledge. Let us be smart!
One person asked what the last movie I had seen was, frankly I couldn’t remember; there are and were more important things on my mind. Just saying.
Ok, let us move on-almost done!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, (condition) for I am your God (how does He become your God? We have to accept Him first! Again, a condition! Not so very clearvthisctime, but it is there!). I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Just saying!!! It follows!
“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
This reminds me of four-titude, when Shadrach, Masach, and Abdenego were thrown into a fiery furnace so hot that the flames slew those who took them near. Awesomely, their “ties” melted away and not three but four forms were seen in the furnace! (Now you see that it was not a mispelling!) All did was trust God and refuse to bow before the graven image. Do we follow suite with the crowds? Or do we stand firm in our belief? Just asking.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing Love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” Why? Once again we are His children. Just saying.
We could go on and on and on….but as I said my challenge is to see and find your favorite promises and work to establish them in your life.
“Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You.”
Do we give Him GLORY? Do we give Him praise? Do we give alms/donations/our used items to those with none? A lot of times there may be hesitation at ‘supplying’ the funds for a new ‘past time’s for those in ‘authority’. Pray before you give, if led-give directly! Your blessings are His money. You have been blessed, bless others! The more you bless, the more you will be blessed. Phillipians 4:19 says “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
How much Glory you ask: Exodus 33:18
“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.”
That is Glory! No one can see it and live??
“So that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.”
Who without checking first will know what book this came from? Just asking, and nope! It has not been hidden on this page or the next.
Wow! And Wow! We are a ‘praising’ people. You know why? God has done awesome things for us!!! We have been redeemed! Does anyone know what that means? Jesus coming changed eternity! Imagine, in a timeless place He went and shared the gospel for 3 days. If you can imagine, even Goliath heard-and maybe for the first time! Like I said timeless. There is no figuring how long or why, just that the spirits were there. Along comes this Spirit (The Son of God sharing The Gospel for 3 days) there they could either reason or stay as separated from The Truth as they were when they were alive. It was revealed that the anguish, torture, despair might have caused them not to sense His message! Stubborn here, stubborn there! But, those that sensed, sensed for awesome goodness. Imagine, Jesus was here on earth and people killed HIM! They hung Him on a tree, naked!!! There, there is no nakedness. Just spirits in eternal agony. I point to the very parable shared by Jesus of the two men; one a beggar who sat at the outer gate of the rich man who supped and dined in elegance not even paying mind to the beggar that took what scrap he could have from the ‘waste’ the rich man dined on. When he arrived in hell, he gazed and saw the beggar in elegance in the bosom of Abraham and asked if he could be sent across the great divide to dip his finger in water to quench his thirst.
Remember, it is said in The Word that the trees bear fruit constantly and rivers flow freely with qualities unspoken-healing, fulfilling, full of GLORY. Flowing through the heavens! And a drop was asked for!
Now, again I stress that Jesus went as He did here to share, people here murdered Him!!! What would they have done in this timeless place with horrors unspeakable? 3 days!!! How many do we think listened, heard, or felt? I am aware that not many have been led to think about this. But I point out 3 days!!! A message was shared if it was heard Hallelujah! I guess we shall by God’s grace find out if Goliath was one who heard.
The key thing is that we not be so ‘caught up’ in and with ‘Life’ that we miss The message. Much as has been shared, it is a roll of The dice, better to be absolutely safe than eternally sorry.
The verses we were going to share before I got caught up were:
“That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Our prayer: God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us; Amen.
Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for Thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon Earth. Amen.
Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee.” Amen
A quick word of prayer:
Lord, for all You have done we give You praise and Glory. For the 3 days You were among those vanquished and in torment, we praise You; for You returned with a heavy Spirit, joyful to see Your Loved ones but heavy all the same. Lord, we praise You that by God’s grace we are in His Loving arms; we accept Him, strive to Love Him as we ought. At times there may be difficulties but we praise You that each one of us has a guardian Angel. In Your Father’s Word, they in position are as we are. If it is Your will, can we say “Good morning or Good night”? We definitely owe You thanks for all they do. Be Glorified Lord, a spirit laden Hallelujah! At times it is ‘difficult’ to be here, but in Your Grace and in Your powerful name-Jesus we decree that each day Your will and The will of our Father be done in our lives. We pray in Jesus name, Amen
After being led to write the above without any preconceived notion or opinion; Curiosity gripped me and I of course did research and found and read the following. The internet is great! Ahh! Before I get carried away, I will leave it at that.
Again, I cannot vouch for the writings, but it brings a whole new light to the 3 days.
I am quickened to say that some “intelligence” speak vain things. Yes, we In faith do as The Scripture says, it is difficult to understand why some do not hold on. They might have started out “prayer warriors”; but ended up “prayer worries”; saying “Can it be true….” What do you wait for? God is patient as only the creator can be. We have read God is Love, but He is patient. Love defines all! This is the center of all we do. Simply “be like God.” Impossible I know, which is why He sent a key part of Himself in Jesus to change His-story.
To further look at some of the essential facts that make us who and what we are and what we live, let us wander into The Word.
Peter broke it down when he said: “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water.”
2 Peter 3:2-5
With God, there is no time. He was in the beginning and will be for always. Many say “since the beginning of time.” I will state that runs ignorant of the presence and power of our God. To state “He is” is more definitive.
We speak of the creation of the world! How long has it been? Many things confuse us! Dinosaurs??? We have the bones to confirm that they were. Drawings or paintings? I do not think they were in the time of man. Many arguments stand against this: Man was learning to draw, to represent things in his environment. Then why inventories do we not ‘hear’ of how ‘fierce’ they were?
Ok, so the saber-tooth tiger still existed, we drew and documented. Frankly, the people our last paragraph speaks about fail to see the thick pool of mud they wade in. We have spoken about placing your bets. We likened the Kingdom of God to more than winning the lottery for a billion dollars (to be honest, the taxes would be horrendous, plus the “well-wishers”, I could go on!) But actually Heaven, where The Creator of the universe is cannot be described. I have spent many a time searching for a description. In fact let us take a look, I will start with The Bibles descriptions:
To move on to studies of its existence:
The apostle Paul was “caught up to the third heaven,” but he was prohibited from revealing what he experienced there (2 Corinthians 12:1-9).
If a third heaven exists, there must also be two other heavens. The first is most frequently referred to in the Old Testament as the “sky” or the “firmament.” This is the heaven that contains clouds, the area that birds fly through. The second heaven is interstellar/outer space, which is the abode of the stars, planets, and other celestial objects (Genesis 1:14-18).
The third heaven, the location of which is not revealed, is the dwelling place of God. Jesus promised to prepare a place for true Christians in heaven (John 14:2). Heaven is also the destination of Old Testament saints who died trusting God’s promise of the Redeemer (Ephesians 4:8). Whoever believes in Christ shall never perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
The apostle John was privileged to see and report on the heavenly city (Revelation 21:10-27). John witnessed that heaven (the new earth) possesses the “glory of God” (Revelation 21:11), the very presence of God. Because heaven has no night and the Lord Himself is the light, the sun and moon are no longer needed (Revelation 22:5).
In reading Revelations, all pass away and a new Heaven and a new Earth are created. No indistinction between the two. I have to say Hallelujah! Above we read in the shared posts that the first heaven is where birds fly, the second heaven was where Paul in his vision was blessed to see. The third Heaven is where God dwells. I cannot fathom The GLORY! God supplies Light all ways. Amen and Amen.
Reading the words of saint Peter there is an understanding that strikes me. Yes, there are saints that recorded their visions of the ‘ after life’, but more significantly it is a wonder to read his words:
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.”
2 Peter 3:8-11
To start off, what so many have experienced “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8. It is awesome that he notes this, More so, he was that we should not be ignorant. It is difficult to understand or catch a hold, an understanding of. What I refer to is the activity of those who have caught a glimpse of where we go. Coming back, it seems like only ‘a second’ went by, but here we are conscious of the time.
We will take a look, but realize that we might pray and pray… Fact? God’sctime is best.
I could go on, but what I am touched by is the similarity in most of the experiences. I say ‘most’ because as an MD; there are possibly narcotic induced ‘realmic’ influences. To actually see and/or read medically proven exits is my goal. Again I simply list them for your chance to peruse. BUT!!! That is not what this is about. We are just discussing what we as individuals must do to ensure that we are where we aim to be.
I am keenly aware that the existence of an existence of reactions to medications exist. But in individuals without medications onboard it is harder to explain or reason. Especially in cases where there was a recorded cardiac or ‘mental’ silence. I say this because there are EEG’s and the readings can and should be enumerated. I apologize for this waxing medical, but that is who I am.
Person A: Uhh! Why do you always say “Praise The Lord”? Don’t you ever get tired of it? You sound like a broken record!
Person B: Just what is a broken record? Being ‘modern’, I really don’t know.
Person A: You frustrate me!!! It is just a way of speaking! It means repetitive! You are always like “Praise The Lord!” Even when bad things happen. What is up with that???
Person B: You have asked me not to discuss “God” with you!
Person A: But this is one of my pet peeves with you.
Person B: Even though I know you hate preaching, I will share some verses with you, ok?
“According to Thy name, O God, so is Thy praise unto the ends of the earth: Thy right hand is full of righteousness.”
If you don’t praise Him, thank Him, Love Him; you might be in the minority!
Person A: That was a ‘lucky here’s maybe they shared it in church on Sunday!!!
Person B: Ok! Get a pen, I will point it out. Write quick, I don’t have time to waste!
Person A: Don’t go having an attitude with me! I was just asking you a question!
Person B: I apologize, just a tad frustrated at your attitude…. Here goes…The Bible is full of praise of God. … Praise him forever and ever. (Daniel 2:20) Sing to the LORD!
Person A: Uhhh! I don’t have a ‘good’ voice…
Person B: Sorry to interrupt, but let’s go on…
We proclaim how great you are
and tell of the wonderful things you have done.
Praise the Lord, all people on earth,
praise his glory and might.
(1 Chronicles 16:28)
God is wise and powerful! Praise him forever and ever.
Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! He rescues the oppressed from the power of evil people.
Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!
Praise him—he is your God, and you have seen with your own eyes the great and astounding things that he has done for you.
Praise the LORD who has given his people peace, as he promised he would.
(1 Kings 8:56)
The LORD is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will sing about his greatness.
I will tell of the LORD’s unfailing love; I praise him for all he has done for us. He has richly blessed the people of Israel because of his mercy and constant love.
Those who preach must preach God’s messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
(1 Peter 4:11)
Uhhh! After each verse I told you where to find it. So, I hope that makes a difference.
Person A: You are always so ‘happy’ and seem content. Could I get that too??? Just asking. Do you take a shot, drink or smoke something???
Person B: I get my ‘high’ from The LORD!
Person A: You think I can get some?
Person B: If you are serious, let us pray.
Father LORD we thank You for our Savior Jesus Christ,
realizing that in thought, feeling and action x here has been in the wrong,
we come before You on x’s behalf
Asking for Your forgiveness, LORD through You make x whole, give x Your joy and fullness,
make x hunger and thirst for Your word, in Jesus’ name, Amen
Person A: Thank you so very much. I feel different.
Person B: A few things I have to give you. Do you have a bible?
Person A: Now that you gave me ‘homework’, I was going to ask you.
Person B: Definitely something I was going to give you. Alright! Later.
1. Made holy; consecrated.
a title preceding the name of a dead person considered to have led a holy life, especially a person formally beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.
“the Convent of the Blessed Agnes”
synonyms:holy, sacred, hallowed, consecrated, sanctified, ordained, canonized, beatified.
We can say: “A blessed place”
Endowed with divine favor and protection.
“blessed are the meek” We shall discuss this shortly.
synonyms:favored, fortunate, lucky, privileged, enviable….
“a beautiful city, steeped in history and blessed with huge sandy beaches”
Blessed; plural noun:
1. Those who live with God in heaven.
A key reason we defined it is what follows:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Amen
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. This is key, what we exhibit shall be done to us, Amen?
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. What we must be to be define
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 5:3-12 (KJV)
Our morning prayer:
O LORD, draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of Your hands, You shall destroy them, and not build them up. But Father as we stand before You, build us up, sanctify and bless us according to our deeds. Fill our needs according to Your riches in endless GLORY. Go before us, with us, surroundcus that we may magnify You in thought, words and deeds, we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen Psalm 28:3-5
Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. Psalm 28:6
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
“The LORD is my Shepherd I shall not want…” Hallelujah! Psalm 22:1
In 2005, townspeople in Gevas, Turkey, watched in horror as one sheep jumped to its death, and then 1,500 others followed over the same cliff. When the villagers, whose livelihoods depended on the flock, reached the bottom of the mountain, they found a billowy white pile of death. Some 450 sheep were lost, but amazingly 1,000 survived. As the pile grew, the dead bodies cushioned the fall of other sheep.
How did this accident happen? The shepherds responsible for protecting the flock had left the sheep on the mountain to eat breakfast, and then the fleeces started to fly.
The importance of a shepherd is inversely proportional to the intelligence of the animal being shepherded. Dogs, for example, manage to survive fairly well without human oversight. Dolphins do even better. Sheep, on the other hand, don’t have the good sense not to jump off a cliff. They need a shepherd to survive.
The fact that Scripture compares God’s people to sheep ought to humble us. We need godly shepherds to lead, feed, and protect us from the world and from ourselves. We are irrefutably sinful (and often stupid) creatures willing to throw ourselves off cliffs of self-destruction. This truth, however, can tempt shepherds to overstep their role. Sometimes the most difficult part about pastoral ministry is knowing what is not our responsibility.
After the Resurrection, Jesus restores Peter and tells him three times to “feed” or “tend” his sheep and concludes with an allusion to his eventual martyrdom. Peter seems less than thrilled with this assignment, because he immediately asks Jesus about John’s calling. The Lord rebukes him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:22).
The Lord being out strength and shield keeps in His Loving arms. We have shared that by His grace, we can sidestep any temptation for He has provided a way for us, Amen.
Above, we see that sheep without a shepherd are irrefutably lost! How blessed we are to have One who stays by our side protecting, nurturing, Loving, caring and assisting with even the small things that need doing. He is always there. Just a “Thank you Jesus!” Away. We have every reason to give thanks.
Lord, we bless you,
we thank You and glorify you,
Thank You Lord,
an Hallelujah! Bursts out from my Spirit,
You are my all,
You are my Everything,
by Your grace, this a time of praise,
a time of worship,
thank You Holy Spirit,
Jesus I bow down to The King of kings and Lord of lords,
In You, are blessed
we Lovingly commit ourselves anew into Your Loving arms
thank You for going before, with and in me this day, to Your glory
where I mistepped I ask for Your foregivess
LORD help me live within Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen
Let me ask you a question. Are you anointed? I am not asking if oil has been poured over you or on your head.
Just what does anointment mean?
Why do I ask?
The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
Let us see what this denotes.
In Holy Scripture, is either,
I. Material–with oil –or–
II. Spiritual–with the Holy Ghost.
And many of us have been anointed, cloves of flame did not rest on our heads, but we received His Spirit.
Anointing the body or head with oil was a common practice with the Jews, as with other Oriental nations. (Ruth 3:3 ; Micah 6:15 ) Anointing the head with oil or ointment seems also to have been a mark of respect sometimes paid by a host to his guests. Luke 7:46 and Psal 23:5
It was a rite of inauguration into each of the three typical offices of the Jewish commonwealth.
a. Prophets were occasionally anointed to their office, (1 Kings 19:16) and were called messiahs, or anointed. (1 Chronicles 16:22; Psalms 105:15)
b. Priests, at the first institution of the Levitical priesthood, were all anointed to their offices, (Exodus 40:15 ; Numbers 3:3) but afterwards anointing seems to have been specially reserved for the high priest, (Exodus 29:29 ; Leviticus 16:32) so that “the priest that is annointed…” (Leviticus 4:3) is generally thought to mean the high priest.
c. Kings. Anointing was the principal and divinely-appointed ceremony in the inauguration of the Jewish Kings. ( 1 Samuel 9:16 ; 10:1 ; 1 Kings 1:34 1 Kings 1:39 ) The rite was sometimes performed more than once. David was thrice anointed.
d. Inanimate objects also were anointed with oil, in token of their being set apart for religious service. Thus Jacob anointed a pillar at Bethel. (Genesis 31:13 ; Exodus 30:26-28)
Ecclesiastical: Anointing with oil is prescribed by St. James to be used for the recovery of the sick. (James 5:14 ) Analogous to this is the anointing with oil practiced by the twelve. (Mark 6:13)
And we roll into the Spiritual annointing
In the Old Testament a Deliverer is promised under the title of Messiah, or Anointed, (Psalms 2:2 ; Daniel 9:25 Daniel 9:26) and the nature of his anointing is described to be spiritual, with the Holy Ghost. (Isaiah 61:1) see Luke 4:18
In the New Testament Jesus of Nazareth is shown to be the Messiah, or Christ or Anointed, of the Old Testament, ( We can/should refer to John 1:41 ; Acts 9:22 ; Acts 17:2 Acts 17:3 ; Acts 18:4 Acts 18:28) and the historical fact of his being anointed with the Holy Ghost is asserted and recorded. (John 1:32 John 1:33 ; Acts 4:27 ; 10:38 ) Christ was anointed as prophet priest and king.
Spiritual anointing with the Holy Ghost is conferred also upon Christians by God. (2 Corinthians 1:21) “Anointing” expresses the sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit upon Christians who are priests and kings unto God.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is our strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.
We see why we went through all of that. If any questions feel free to ask.
We spoke already about “blessing” The LORD. It in a manner of speaking is giving Him The GLORY due Him, it in its own way Is a form of worship. So to speak, we can bless His Majesty and the beauty of His ways.
So to speak, I was blessed to read this:
Bless the LORD (give magnificence to), O my soul (our Spirit, for in Spirit shall we be in the form of the Angels that worship Him.)
We cannot forget all His benefits! For God forgives all our iniquities; It is God Who healeth all our diseases and infidelities when we walk in faith, Alleluia!
The LORD redeemeth our life from destruction; Our Father in Heaven crowneth us with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Amen and Hallelujah! The LORD satisfieth our mouths with good things, Amen and Hallelujah!
In trust our youth is renewed like the eagle’s, Amen
In God we find strength; let us read and then say a quick word of prayer.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. Psalm 118:9-17
Our God reigns in Majesty, our God reigns! He has deliverd us, He rules and reigns supreme over all. In my times of need, in my times of joy; in my times of lack- I will praise His name! For we are to give thanks in all things. Amen
Father LORD, we magnify Your awesomeness, You are our everything. We praise You for all that comes before us, we march behind You to victory in Jesus’ name. Hallelujah! With You, we need not fear, for Your rod and staff protect me. Recieve my praise Father LORD in all I do. Be Thou glorified in my thoughts, actions and emotions. Be Thou glorified Father. We bless You for always being before us, we strive toward You in Your glory we are bathed with peace, joy, contentment and victory over all who and what comes before us. Thank You LORD in Jesus’ name, Amen
Give thanks in all things. We are learning, no? We shared that no temptation will befall you above that which you are able to overcome. We all make mistakes; things that make us sorry, dwell in regret, wallow in self pity. But, hold on!!!
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
And we shall overcome. That is a part of the song written in MLK’s time, appropriate for this, no?
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
That hits us hard; “Give thanks in All circumstances???” Yup, that is what The Word says.
As shared, we were created with a purpose. “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. :
1 Thessalonians 5:9,10
The verses before explain this more succinctly: “For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”
1 Thessalonians 5:7,8
And we remember:
“He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.”
“Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE “BREASTPLATE” OF RIGHTEOUSNESS””
Love is the greatest command of all, we can list faith, hope and Love which is “Love for God”-first which leads us into all the. rest of the fruits of The Spirit. Amen