So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God gives the increase.
1 Corinthians 3:7
Beloved I with you, God will bless your labour, He will give you abundant rewards for your actions in faith, He will increase you on every side in Jesus Name, Amen
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for The Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from The Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Let Love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that The Lord has promised to those who Love Him.
Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
Chile’/Sistren/Brethren we could go on endlessly!
“However, as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived — the things God has prepared for those who Love Him.
1 Corinthians 2:9
Have you seen? Can you even imagine? Chile’ please! NO one has seen fully! A taste perhaps of timelessness in glory!
Think about it, those here…St. John – a taste!
Revelations offers a “taste”…
Fact! No person who had fully tasted is here! On the mount: Moses and Elijah appeared!
Why did Michael and Satan dispute over the body of Moses in Jude 1:9?
Jude 1:9 refers to an event found nowhere else in the Bible, stating: “But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.'” Why were Michael and Satan disputing about the body of Moses?
No specific reason is given, but several theories have been suggested. One could be that people have a propensity to worship the created things (to include creation), rather than our Creator. Romans 1:25 says people “exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” An example of this happening in the Old Testament is when the Israelite people worshipped the bronze serpent that Moses had made (per God’s instructions, but intended as a symbol not as an idol to be worshiped; see Numbers 21:4–9 and John 3:12–16), rather than God (2 Kings 18:3–4). One of the greatest difficulties that Jesus had with the Pharisees, was their worship of the Law of Moses, rather than letting the Law lead them to their need for a Savior. Perhaps Satan wanted the body of Moses to be available to the people to tempt them into worshipping Moses’ bones rather than God.
Another theory is that Satan, the accuser (Revelation 12:10), was resisting Moses being raised to eternal life because of his prior sins, specifically the one at Meribah that prevented him from entering into the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 32:48–52) or his killing of the Egyptian in Exodus 2.
Let us for a second look at His-story…
Luke 9:29, 30; Matthew 17:1–3; Mark 9:3, 4
“As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah.”
Moses, died in the wilderness before the Israelite people entered into the Promised Land. The story of his death, as recorded in Deuteronomy 34:5, 6, reveals something extraordinary. The Bible says that God Himself buried Moses, and that none of the Israelites were ever aware of his gravesite. This is the first biblical hint that something special awaited Moses after death.
In Exodus 33:20, God tells Moses, “You cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live.” However, earlier, in Exodus 33:11, we read, “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” So, did Moses see God, and if so, how did he live? Also, how does this agree with John 1:18, which says, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son”?
In Exodus 33:18, Moses asks God, “Please show me your glory.” God responds, “‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.’ Then the Lord said, ‘There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.’” (Exodus 33:19–23). So, clearly, Moses never truly or fully saw God.
What, then, does Exodus 33:11 mean by saying God and Moses spoke “face to face”? Since God is spirit (John 4:24), He does not truly have a “face.” Exodus 33:11is simply saying that God and Moses had a close relationship. They were in harmony with each other, just as close friends are. God and Moses were not literally face to face, but their relationship and communication was very much like two people who spoke to one another as close friends would.
A friend? If you had a way to undo what was done, would you?
God had a ‘friend’ in Moses. A FRIEND! Yes, he did wrong and was not permitted to set mortal foot in the promised land. Mind you! In spirit he appeared with Jesus on the mount. So, he was in the promised land but not in the ‘flesh’.
We want to be clear about this…a diatribe from our MAIN share.
Moses is hailed as the leader of the Exodus, the one through whom God delivered His people from Egyptian slavery. To Moses God entrusted the Law. Jesus demonstrated that Moses foreshadowed His own work as the Messiah (John 3:14–15). Moses is listed in Hebrews 11 as exemplary of faith. In Deuteronomy 34 we read that God Himself buried Moses. We are also told that, “since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. . . . For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel” (Deuteronomy 34:10, 12). Yet Moses, for all of his blessings, was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Why not?
In Deuteronomy 32:51–52 God gives the reason that Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land: “This is because . . . you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.” God was true to His promise. He showed Moses the Promised Land, but did not let him enter in.
The incident at the waters of Meribah Kadesh is recorded in Numbers 20. Nearing the end of their forty years of wandering, the Israelites came to the Desert of Zin. There was no water, and the community turned against Moses and Aaron. Moses and Aaron went to the tent of meeting and prostrated themselves before God. God told Moses and Aaron to gather the assembly and speak to the rock. Water would come forth. Moses took the staff and gathered the men. Then, seemingly in anger, Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses struck the rock twice with his staff (Numbers 20:10–11). Water came from the rock, as God had promised. But God immediately told Moses and Aaron that, because they failed to trust Him enough to honor Him as holy, they would not bring the children of Israel into the Promised Land (verse 12).
The punishment may seem harsh to us, but, when we look closely at Moses’ actions, we see several mistakes. Most obviously, Moses disobeyed a direct command from God. God had commanded Moses to speak to the rock. Instead, Moses struck the rock with his staff. Earlier, when God had brought water from a rock, He instructed Moses to strike it with a staff (Exodus 17). But God’s instructions were different here. God wanted Moses to trust Him, especially after they had been in such close relationship for so many years. Moses didn’t need to use force; he simply needed to obey God and know that God would be true to His promise.
Also, Moses took the credit for bringing forth the water. He asks the people gathered at the rock, “Must we bring you water out of this rock?” (Numbers 20:10, emphasis added). Moses seemed to be taking credit for the miracle himself (and Aaron), instead of attributing it to God. Moses did this publicly. God could not let it go unpunished and expect the Israelites to understand His holiness.
The water-giving rock is used as a symbol of Christ in 1 Corinthians 10:4. The rock was struck in Exodus 17:6, just like Christ was crucified once (Hebrews 7:27). Moses’ speaking to the rock in Numbers 20 could have been meant as a picture of prayer. Jesus was “struck” once, and He continues to provide living water to those who pray in faith to Him. When Moses angrily struck the rock, he destroyed the biblical typologyand, in effect, crucified Christ again.
Moses’ punishment for disobedience, pride, and the misrepresentation of Christ’s sacrifice was steep; he was barred from entering the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12). Yet we do not see Moses complain about his punishment. Instead, he continues to faithfully lead the people and honor God.
In His holiness, God is also compassionate. He invited Moses up to Mount Nebo where He showed His beloved prophet the Promised Land before his death. Deuteronomy 34:4–5 records, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, “I will give it to your descendants.” I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.’ And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said.” Moses’ failure at the rock did not negate or break his relationship with God. God continued to use the prophet and continued to love him with tenderness.
And it came to pass as they were going, they went on talking; and, behold, a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and it separated between them both; and Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind as it were into Heaven
2 Kings 2:11
Peter affirms its validity in his epistle, 2 Peter 1:16–18.
Why are these important?
Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2).
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51).
“Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not charge them with this sin.’ And when he had said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:60).
The Bible often refers to the state of death as “sleep.” This is because the dead will actually be “awakened” (resurrected) at the end of time, some, as Gabriel says, “to everlasting life, others to everlasting contempt.”
The Bible says the dead “know not anything” (Eccl. 9:5), they “do not praise the Lord” (Psalm 115:17), and that their thoughts have perished (Psalm 146:4).
What does Jesus say about the dead?
Jesus “said to them, ‘Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.’ Then His disciples said, ‘Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.’ However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead.'” (John 11:11-14 NKJV).
He also said, “This is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day” (John 6:39).
Jesus says the dead really are dead. They are not yet in heaven, nor are they yet in hell. They are “asleep,” awaiting the resurrection “at the last day.”
Why is it important that you know the truth about the dead?
Satan’s first lie was, “Ye shall not surely die.”
Since then, he has convinced many, even sincere Christians, that when you die, you aren’t really dead. If Satan can convince you that the dead are living and are able to communicate with you, he can then begin to use that belief to deceive you out of your eternal inheritance, just like he deceived Adam and Eve out of their garden paradise.
For instance, you might believe that your dead grandmother is visiting you and telling you that your pastor is evil, that any religion is acceptable to God, or whatever else that could turn you from your loving Father, His truth, and His kingdom.
You must know the Word of God and the God of the Word. Diligently read the Scriptures every day and pray regularly so that your connection with Heaven remains secure and your knowledge of The Word/promises that ARE!
Work to show yourself approved, it is The Lord Who gives increase…
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing The Word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
‘Tidbits’ are endless sources of blessings.
We have, because The Lord goes with us wherever we are led. Do His will!
The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
We are rightly dividing The Word, Amen.
Hmm 🤔! What happened then?
“Hide me now
Under your wings
Within your mighty hand
… When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father You are King over the flood!