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Y’all…The Word (Essence of The Father – Hallelujah!!!) NEVER changes!!! AMEN.


We have shared SO many things about this period. Yes, HOPE remains and strong hope!

Thanks giving? Why?

“God Inhabits the Praises of His people” – Psalm 22:3 KJV

We think we stand divided! No matter who or where we are we pray to ONE Essence. The Creator!

We try and search for other ‘life’! On Earth people are made in The Likeness of the spiritual.

“In God’s Image” we are made. Genesis 1:27

What is the imago Dei?

We believe the image of God is not so much something that man has as something that man isHumankind was created to be a graphic image of the Creator — a formal, visible, and understandable representation of who God is and what He’s really like. Piper writes,

The imago Dei is not a quality possessed by man; it is a condition in which man lives, a condition of confrontation established and maintained by the Creator. … The imago Dei is that in man which constitutes him as him-whom-God-loves.

Did sin remove the image of God?

No. Man’s fall into sin didn’t destroy or remove the image of God. It disfigured it.

The New Testament confirms that God’s image isn’t lost by pointing out that all people, not just Christians, “are made in the likeness of God” (James 3:9, ESV).

So, what was the effect of sin when it comes to the image of God in man? As theologian Wayne Grudem explains,

Since man has sinned, he is certainly not as fully like God as he was before. His moral purity has been lost and his sinful character certainly does not reflect God’s holiness. His intellect is corrupted by falsehood and misunderstanding; his speech no longer continually glorifies God; his relationships are often governed by selfishness rather than love, and so forth. Though man is still in the image of God, in every aspect of life some parts of that image have been distorted or lost(Systematic Theologyp. 444, emphasis added).

The image of God is what makes man human; man could not lose the image without ceasing to be what he is. Moreover, it’s only because man keeps his image of God — even in a broken or distorted form — that man is redeemable and worth redeeming. Without it, God would have had no reason to send His Son to die on our behalf.

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-qa/what-it-means-to-be-made-in-the-image-of-god/

Many times I have encountered this question of “How is Heaven? What will happen?… etc

First,I will point this out to get this out of the way…

1. Sex is one of the best thing on the planet.

2. Heaven is full of the best things we can imagine.

We can read further here.

https://www.covenanteyes.com/2019/04/01/why-there-is-no-sex-in-heaven/

So, how come angels came looking like (Wo)Mam – Human?

We will start with the basics: in God’s creation, as it has been revealed to us, there are two types of beings with free will: humans and angels. As St. Thomas Aquinas might have posited in scholastic terms: Men and angels are not just different in degree, they are different in kind. That is, humans are not angels, angels are not humans, nor can one ever become the other. Angels are created by God in the supernatural realm (the invisible or spiritual realm), while men are created by God in the natural realm (the visible or physical realm). If a human being moves from the natural realm to the supernatural realm of heaven, he becomes a saint, not an angel.

When an angel falls from the realm of glory, as, for example, the angel Lucifer did, he becomes a “fallen angel” or “demon.” Man can become neither a demon nor an angel, as it is neither who, nor what, we were created to be. A human being’s essence is that of a human person with a human nature, an angelic being’s essence is that of an angelic personage and an angelic nature.

http://thedialog.org/featured/angels-on-high-gods-messengers-are-spiritual-beings-with-free-will/

Presently, we are beneath angels – who are supernatural. We are ‘natural’ beings… As Human, Jesus was made less than angels.

https://www.desiringgod.org/labs/god-became-human

The Word of God became man, that thou mayest learn from man how man may become God.” “s/he who listens to The Lord, and follows the prophecy given by Him, will be formed perfectly in the likeness of The teacher—made a god going about in flesh.

https://www.openbible.info/topics/jesus_christ_fully_man_fully_god

We can learn so much more. Listen and read below…

https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_806.cfm

To address current occurences, covid-19:

https://www.eacourier.com/ask-a-pastor-is-the-current-covid-19-pandemic-addressed-in-scripture/article_603ad3cc-6eec-11ea-bec4-5b685b1f9411.html

We will ‘touch’ on Scripture after we lay the groundwork in Science (though it is the other way around!)

Being thankful helps you bond.Research by U.S. psychologists Sara Algoe and Baldwin Way indicates that gratitude also can lead to better relationships. The explanation may be connected to increased production of oxytocin, sometimes called the “bonding hormone” because it fosters calm and security in relationships.

https://www.lifetothefullest.abbott/en/articles/why-giving-thanks-is-good.html

What is the meaning of giving thanks to God? noun. the act of giving thanksgrateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.

An expression of thanks, especially to God.

A public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.

A period set aside for giving thanks to God.

Are we in that “period”? Yes! We should always be. You woke up this morning! Testimony 1!

  • 1 Chronicles 16:34: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
  • Colossians 3:15: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
  • Colossians 4:2: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
  • 1 Corinthians 1:4: “I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”
  • 2 Corinthians 9:11: “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
  • 1 Timothy 4:4-5: “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
  • Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • Jonah 2:9: “But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
  • Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”
  • Psalm 50:14: “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.”

Praise?

  • 1 Chronicles 16:23-26: “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.”
  • 1 Chronicles 29:13: “And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”
  • Hebrews 13:15: “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”
  • Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
  • Psalm 56:4: “In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
  • Psalm 69:30:”I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.”
  • Psalm 95:1-3: “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”
  • Psalm 100:4: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
  • Psalm 107:8-9: “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
  • Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:”Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Covid-19? No different! You praised God when times were good! Trials? Praise God more…

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.

Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

https://bible.org/seriespage/1-how-live-praise-even-trials

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—  my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

Psalm 9:9-10 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 34:10b Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Isaiah 26: 3-4 Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.

1 Chronicles 16:11  Seek the LORD and his strength;  seek his presence continually!

Psalm 32:7-8 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Exodus 33:14 My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Psalm 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.

Isaiah 30:15 In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.

Don’t Worry Or Fear, Find Your Strength In Him

It can be so easy to give into worry, fear and despair, but with Him we can find strength, and look forward to wonderful things.  He gives us hope!

Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Psalm 145: 18-19 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strengthand my song; he has become my salvation.

God Gives Us A Spirit Of Strength And Power

Through faith in Christ we are given a spirit of power, love and discipline, and for that reason we have nothing to fear.  We can hold onto his promises and be confident that he’ll see us through even the darkest of days.

https://www.prayerandpossibilities.com/20-bible-verses-about-praising-god-in-hard-times/

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Psalm 138:3 When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.

Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Psalm 112: 1, 7-8 Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid.

Psalm 91:1-2 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.”

Psalm 112: 1, 7-8 Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid.

Hard Times May Come, But He’s There With Us Through Them All

Though we aren’t promised an easy life, we are told that Christ will be there with us when we believe in Him, that he won’t give us more than we can handle with His help,  and even our hard times can be used to glorify God.

2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

Philippians 4: 12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . . . I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

1 Peter 5: 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Hebrews 4:16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Deuteronomy 31:6,8 Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.

 Strength In Christ Our Lord And Savior

As the verses above illustrate, we’re told to call on Jesus Christ, and that he will hear us and give us strength, hope and a grace sufficient to carry us through.  He will be our ever present help when we’re in need, and he can give us a peace that passes all understanding.  For me that’s extremely encouraging.

We could and will go on, I simply want to remind us of what has been shares always!

– God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1-3

– Do not grieve, for the joy of The Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

– The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

https://youtu.be/Wz305fYOu3s

https://youtu.be/Y2raS4RlxB4

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
     We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
     We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
     We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
     We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
     We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
     We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
     We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decisionmakers,
     We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
     Grant peace.
     Grant comfort.
     Grant healing.
     Be with us, Lord.

Amen.

A bit long, but encouraging.

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

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