Which way?

Which way?
What will the result be?
Who is ultimately in control?

At times life’s waves seem to engulf us, surround us, we are swallowed…are we???

YOU WON’T LOSE CONTROL

“And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.. …they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.”
Luke 5: 6-7

When Peter caught a great haul of fish and invited his partners to come to his rescue, soon, both ships were filled and the net were torn.
Soon also, they faced the possibility of having their boats sink in the sea because of the weight of the load of fish they carried. Their ‘miracle’ appeared to be leading to loss and negativity. Can we relate?

There is so much to learn – Amen

In subsequent verses, Peter and his partners brought the ships to shore.
Their boats did not sink and their fish were not lost.

Things may have seemed out of their control, but in the end, things did not go ‘wrong’.

They were may not have been in control of the situation, but they definitely did give up/give in to the situation and lose faith. What are our abilities?
Prayer/Fasting/Singing/Playing an instrument? I am aware this ALL sounds ‘iffy’, but praise The LORD with all you have/can!

Remember Psalms?

Fifty-eight Psalms bear the description mizmor (מזמור; ψαλμός), a lyric ode, or a song set to music; a sacred song accompanied with a musical instrument. Psalm145, and many others, has the designation tehillah (תהילה; ὕμνος), meaning a song of praise; a song the prominent thought of which is the praise of God.

Music played a large part in the life and worship of the people of Israel; “the songs of Zion” and Israel’s singers were famous throughout the world. So, in Psalm 137:3, “Those who carried us off demanded music and singing, and our captors called on us to be merry: ‘Sing us one of the Songs of Zion’ ” (NEB). Sennacherib demanded as part of Hezekiah’s tribute “male and female singers” (as his memorial stele claims).

David had 4,000 Levites trained as singers and instrumental musicians (1 Chron. 23:5), divided into 288 courses under the leadership of Asaph, Jeduthun (also called Ethan), and Heman.

David was an inventor of musical instruments (Amos 6:5), and in the Temple service of later days an impressive orchestral accompaniment was available for Divine worship. Most of them are mentioned in the Psalms. They fall into three groups: stringed, wind, and percussion.

Stringed Instruments
1. The harp: from kinnor, to twang (33:2; 43:4; 57:8; 71:22; 81:2; 92:3; 98:5 (twice); 108:2; 137:2; 147:7; 149:3; 150:3).
2. The psaltery: (a) In the smaller version, probably an eight-stringed lyre. The Hebrew is nebel: a skin bag. The instrument became so called because of its shape (57:8; 81:2; 108:2; 150:3). (b) In the larger version it was a ten-stringed instrument (Heb. asor = ten / nebel) (33:2; 92:3; 144:9). In each of these passages the word “and” should be deleted, leaving “the psaltery, an instrument of ten strings”. (c) In 71:22 there is mentioned a keliy nebel: mg. “the instrument of psaltery”. This means a “prepared” psaltery and probably simply indicates an instrument specially designed for Divine worship.
3. In 68:25 there occurs the word nagan (to strum), rendered as “player on instruments”. Probably a stringed instrument, otherwise unknown, is implied.
4. In 150:4 the word men (plural minnim) is rendered as “stringed instruments”. The word means “a musical chord, as parted into strings”.
Wind Instruments
1. The “trumpet”: the horn of a ram or a goat — the shofar (47:5; 81:3; 150:3).
2. The “cornet”: a slightly different word derived from shofar. “Probably a brass treble wind instrument, with a cup mouthpiece” (98:6).
3. The “high sounding trumpets”, from the Hebrew chatsotserah, so called because of its “quavering note” (98:6).
4. The “organ” (AV): Hebrew uggab — “a reed instrument of music”. A pipe instrument, its exact nature unknown today (150:4).
5. In 87:7 the word chalal is rendered “player on instruments”. The word means, “to bore”, so a wind instrument is probably indicated.
Percussion instruments
1. The “timbrel”: from toph (singular), taphah (plural). It indicates a drum, something like the modern tamborine (68:25; 81:2; 149:3; 150:4). Elsewhere it is also rendered as “tabret”.
2. Cymbals: from tselatsal (a clatter or clanging noise). Found in 150:5 as “loud” and “high sounding” cymbals. Probably quite similar to the modern instrument.

Do we sing to The Lord?
In the Bible and throughout the ages, God’s people have praised, worshipped, and expressed their deepest sentiments to God by raising their voices in song to Him. Many of us consider the times we sing together to the Lord on Sundays or in other larger gatherings as times of praise and worship. Singing with others when we come together as the church is a wonderful and important part of our Christian lives.
But many more moments remain in our life that we can fill with singing thanks and praise to God. We don’t have to wait for a certain day or setting to sing to Him. In fact, singing to the Lord on our own in the private moments of our everyday lives can yield some marvelous benefits for us. We’ll look at just five in this post.
1. Singing to contact God and enjoy His presence
From the moment we wake up in the morning until we go to sleep at night, our lives are filled with things to do, responsibilities to fulfill, and matters that occupy our minds. We may want to spend some time with Jesus in the mornings, but thoughts and anxieties can flood our mind before we even get started. We can counteract this problem in perhaps an unexpected way: by opening our mouth to sing to the Lord.
Singing to the Lord helps cut through the haze of sleep or the crowd of cares in our mind, and ushers us into our spirit, where we contact Christ. As we sing a hymn like Just As I Am, for example, our hearts can be warmed, our thoughts quieted, and our hearts directed to Christ to enjoy His presence at the start of our day.

2. Singing to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly
In Colossians 3:16 Paul exhorted the believers in Colossae to do something particular:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.”
Things like our job, education, family, goals, hobbies, etc., take up space within us. But what about God’s Word? This verse tells us that singing with grace in our hearts to God is one way we can let the Word dwell in us richly.
Throughout the centuries, inspired believers have written thousands of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Their hymns, rich with spiritual experiences and full of biblical truths, can help us let the word of Christ dwell in us. For example, let’s say we feel condemned and even wonder if we’ve lost our salvation. But when we remember hymns like Why Should I Worry, Doubt and Fear?and Blessed Assurance, we can sing their precious lines to remind ourselves of the unchanging truths of our redemption and forgiveness in Christ.
We can also sing the Scriptures themselves, just as they are, using a familiar tune to sing a verse to the Lord. For example, though you might have to stretch some words out or squeeze some in, you can use a folk tune like Michael Row the Boat Ashore to sing Matthew 11:28 to the Lord:
Come to Me—all who toil
And are burdened,
And I will give you rest.
Hallelujah!
We can also sing Scriptures that someone else has put a tune to, such as this one for 2 Timothy 3:16.
We can even create a tune of our own. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or musically correct. It’s just a simple means to help us sing the Word of God, something between us and the Lord that lets His Word abide in us.
A verse we enjoy in the morning can remain in us all day long as we sing our verse-songs to the Lord throughout the day. This may take some practice, but singing the Scriptures is an enjoyable way to let the Word fill us.
3. Singing to spontaneously praise and worship the Lord anywhere, anytime
At times an unspeakable thankfulness or inexpressible praise can well up within our being, and we find our words alone aren’t enough to convey the depth of our feeling to the Lord. At such times, singing can provide the perfect outlet for our worship to Him. And we don’t have to wait for a certain time or place; we can sing to the Lord right then and there!
Let’s say we’re taking a walk, reflecting on what the Lord has done for us, and we’re filled with a sense of thankfulness. We can express our thanks to Him right away with a song that puts words to our feeling. We might sing the lines of Charles Wesley’s well-known hymn, “O for a thousand tongues to sing, my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace.”
If we can learn and memorize a good number of hymns, we’ll be better able to sing them anytime throughout our day. Even just learning a few short choruses and singing them to the Lord can enrich our walk with Him. Websites like hymnal.net have thousands of songs, with both their music and words, posted for us to learn and enjoy. And, again, we can always compose our own!
4. Singing to enrich and deepen our personal walk with Christ
Christ wants to have a personal, affectionate, and intimate relationship with each of us, and singing helps us open our heart to Him in a way that’s sometimes difficult using just words. By singing we can tell the Lord all that’s in us, whether it be our sadness, needs, or fears, or our appreciation, love, and consecration to Him. Singing helps us contact the Lord in a deeper way with our whole heart. For instance, a hymn like Thy Mighty Love can really touch our heart and help us open to Him.
As Christians, we have a wonderful treasury of hymns written by believers who have experienced the Lord in a deep way, and singing their hymns can help us grow in our relationship with Him. Their songs can inspire us, show us more of Christ and what He is to us, become our own prayers to Him, and enrich our experience and enjoyment of Him.
5. Singing to be filled in spirit
In Ephesians 5:18-19, Paul instructs the believers,
“Do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and psalming with your heart to the Lord.”
Paul tells us to be filled in our regenerated spirit instead of being drunk with wine in our physical body. When we sing with our heart to the Lord, we can be filled in spirit with our rich and wonderful Christ. We may find even ourselves filled to overflowing, effortlessly sharing God’s Word to the people around us.
Developing a singing life
It’s good to remember the Bible doesn’t say, “Sing with a beautiful voice” or even “Sing on key.” In fact, the Word tells us to “make a joyful noise” to the Lord (Psalm 98:4). God just wants us to open our mouth and sing to Him not as a form or ritual, but with our hearts. No matter how we sound, when we sing to Him, God is happy, and we are filled with joy.

Beloved, hear God’s prophetic word: you may not be in control but you won’t lose control. You may not be in charge of what is going on around you, but God says, things won’t turn against you. The tide may seem to be turning against your interest, but in the end, nothing will go wrong. People may make arrangements to truncate your destiny, but God says, no matter how hard they try, you will be unscathed and you won’t lose control.

Peter got a word from Jesus, and there was no way his ship was going to sink in Jesus’ presence. If you are connected to Jesus, He won’t allow the tide to turn against you when you are not in control. When Jehovah is involved in your life, even when the enemies of your destiny appear to be on the brink of winning, God won’t let them win.

Don’t lose sleep whenever you are not directly in control of any situation. God says, you may not be in control, but you won’t lose control.

Pray With Me: Lord, I may not always be in control, but I won’t lose control, in Jesus’ name!

A long share…Sing to The Lord! Sing your way out of hardship, sing your way out of oppression, depression, lack…

Yes! I know there are hearts that are not with me! “I am not a singer!”
Hmm! Does God know your voice?

“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.”
1 John 5:14

“I cried to Him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, The Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast Love from me!”
Psalm 66:17-20

“We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to him.”
John 9:31

“For the eyes of The Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer. But the face of The Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12

To sum it up, read this sharing:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/god_hears_us

Our His-story starts when Jesus came! Essentially, He came to start ALL again! As The early people of The nation of Israel, we are a family, Amen.

Brothers and Sisters! We by God’s grace will all exist together in God’s presence! We will be there because we believe! No other ‘human layered’ depth of ‘practices’.

We are all aware (most of us anyway) of the song: “What a friend we have in Jesus…”

Wow! What does a friend do:

1. I am trustworthy.
2. I am honest with others.
3. I am generally very dependable.
4. I am loyal to the people I care about.
5. I am easily able to trust others.
6. I experience and express empathy for others.
7. I am able to be non-judgmental.
8. I am a good listener.
9. I am supportive of others in their good times.
10. I am supportive of others in their bad times.
11. I am self-confident.
12. I am usually able to see the humor in life. I am fun to be around.
These I garnered from sites online, there are many more but I wish to point out fact. IF Jesus was just a prophet, would the temple elders sought a way to kill Jesus?

We can go back over time and see how prophets have been treated. Many names are forgotten in history, but ONE name that has stood the test of time has been Jesus!

https://thelife.com/jesus-impact-the-world

https://christnow.com/12-ways-jesus-changed-the-world/

https://www.drivethruhistory.com/historical-influence-of-jesus/

What were/are the basic tenets of His ‘Ministry’?
• God Loves us.
• Love each other.
• People have unique value.
• The Kingdom of God has come to Earth.
• God will judge us in the end.
• God forgives those who ask.

Are we lost? Don’t be! Feel free to ask, I am sure one of those ‘religious nuts’ are around. Ensure that their unspoken message is clear. Invite them to a private place and ask away.
It is my sincere prayer that you see the value of their word and by God’s grace, we shall ALL be together, Amen

Bible verses related to Jesus As A Friend from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance

John 15:15 – Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:14 – Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

James 2:23 – And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Proverbs 18:24 – A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

1 John 3:1 – 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.

Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Philippians 2:1-30 – If [there be] therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies…

Romans 5:8 – But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 4:8 – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.

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