A blessing

Good Morning,
Psalms 124:6-7. May the Lord God Almighty deliver your soul, and that of every member of your household from the snare of the fowlers set to terminate your lives; and may He never cause any of you to end this year in the grave, or mortuary in Jesus Christ name. Amen!!!
Today I pray that you will see God in anew way. Our good lord will take over your battle and fight for you and your household, whatever that is between you and your destiny shall be pulled down. The overflowing Grace of God shall seek, find and function in your life in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
Beloved, have a joyful day of Hallelujah in Christ Jesus. Amen!!!

 

Christ-mas

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:1,2

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Matthew 6:15

…and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

John 19:3

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

John 19:19-21

Jesus is referred to as the King of the Jews as we see above at two times in His earthly life: at His birth by the wise men Matthew 2:2 and at His trial and subsequent crucifixion (Mark 15:2). All four gospels record the words “King of the Jews” as part of Pilate’s instructions to the angry mob (Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:9; Luke 23:38; John 19:3) and Pilate’s direct address to Jesus (Matthew 27:11; Mark 15:2; Luke 23:3; John 18:33). It is interesting that only non-Jews used this specific title to describe Jesus, underscoring the truth of John 1:11, which says, “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.”

Traditional Judaism firmly believes that death is not the end of human existence. However, because Judaism is primarily focused on life here and now rather than on the afterlife, Judaism does not have much dogma about the afterlife, and leaves a great deal of room for personal opinion. It is possible for an Orthodox Jew to believe that the souls of the righteous dead go to a place similar to the Christian heaven, or that they are reincarnated through many lifetimes, or that they simply wait until the coming of the messiah, when they will be resurrected. Likewise, Orthodox Jews can believe that the souls of the wicked are tormented by demons of their own creation, or that wicked souls are simply destroyed at death, ceasing to exist.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6). The “no one” He referred to includes Jews and Gentiles. Jews are not saved because they are God’s chosen people, but because they believe in Jesus Christ as their true Messiah. There are many Messianic Jews who have accepted Yeshua (the Hebrew word for “Jesus”) as their Messiah.

However, there is no doubt that the Jews are still God’s chosen people. “For you are a holy people unto the LORD your God: the LORD your God hath chosen you to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers…” Deuteronomy 7:6-

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Once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the Levitical High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the temple and sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice on the mercy seat. Through this yearly act, atonement was made for the sins of all Israel, but the Holy Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70, and for almost 2,000 years, Jews have been without a temple, a sacrifice, and a means of atonement.

Jews, like all of humanity, are commanded to repent and trust the Savior Acts 2:38, and warned that if they don’t repent, they will perish Luke 13:3. Jesus, who was Jewish (see John 4:9), is the promised Jewish Messiah (see John 4:25,26). The disciples were Jewish. Christianity was birthed in the land of the Jews. The first three thousand converts to Christianity were Jews (see Acts 2:41), as well as the next two thousand (see Acts 4:4). The apostle Paul was Jewish (see Acts 23:6), commissioned to testify to Jews about their need for “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (see Acts 20:21). The God of Israel (the Jews) made sure the gospel was offered to the Jews first, before the Gentiles (see Rom. 1:16).

In summarizing, there is so much more to say; but our Lord is our Lord. Take it how you may, but we have been given so much. Think of it; we had absolutely nothing before, now we live with the hope and promise of eternal life.

What is the role of thanksgiving in our walk? Check these out: And we giving joyful thanks to the Father, Who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the Kingdom of light. For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He Loves, in whom we have redemption and forgiveness of sin, Amen Col. 1:12-14 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 It is not always easy to give thanks, but this is the very thing we must do in order to see God’s will accomplished in our lives. This is how we move into higher realms of faith for ourselves, for our city, and for our nation. Y’all, thanksgiving is round the corner, hmm! We can take a study of the history. But, more the so, are we living in thanksgiving? We have discussed this before… Each day should be a day of thanksgiving. First, I was going to share a few 100 verses that deal with thanksgiving, but was overwhelmed! Y’all, each and every day is a key time for thanksgiving. I actually think about it, thanksgiving is just the start for Christmas shopping, the day after “sales galore.” Hold on! Just hold on! Christmas! Hmm, why do we celebrate that? A time for presents, gifts, no? What were we given? What is the name of the holiday? Christmas? Hmm, whose name is cushioned in there? Just saying. A couple of weeks back I had a discussion with a cleric of an alternate religion who asked why I thought Jesus was who He ‘claimed’ to be. I simply stated the obvious… He was one of us while He was here. He asked His Father for all, again He was one of us while He was here. It was afterward that He was elevated to where He is! We can assess this to death… He came, He saw, He suffered, died, was risen by our Father at which time He was elevated to sit at The Right hand of our God- The Father! It can be said that He was a prophet! He was! He spread the news as those before Him, He was sent down for a reason, or even if He was born in the human form/method, He still changed The World! Churches/denominations/beliefs all circle around Him. So, I State again “Thanksgiving?” Our every day, moment, our attitude, belief, drive…it should be our essence! Amen Thanksgiving day, should be an ALL ways. We can and should celebrate it for the always…yes! Awesome having and giving gratitude for all. Jus’ sayin’

His-storically speaking.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:1,2

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Matthew 6:15

…and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

John 19:3

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

John 19:19-21

Jesus is referred to as the King of the Jews as we see above at two times in His earthly life: at His birth by the wise men Matthew 2:2 and at His trial and subsequent crucifixion (Mark 15:2). All four gospels record the words “King of the Jews” as part of Pilate’s instructions to the angry mob (Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:9; Luke 23:38; John 19:3) and Pilate’s direct address to Jesus (Matthew 27:11; Mark 15:2; Luke 23:3; John 18:33). It is interesting that only non-Jews used this specific title to describe Jesus, underscoring the truth of John 1:11, which says, “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.”

Traditional Judaism firmly believes that death is not the end of human existence. However, because Judaism is primarily focused on life here and now rather than on the afterlife, Judaism does not have much dogma about the afterlife, and leaves a great deal of room for personal opinion. It is possible for an Orthodox Jew to believe that the souls of the righteous dead go to a place similar to the Christian heaven, or that they are reincarnated through many lifetimes, or that they simply wait until the coming of the messiah, when they will be resurrected. Likewise, Orthodox Jews can believe that the souls of the wicked are tormented by demons of their own creation, or that wicked souls are simply destroyed at death, ceasing to exist.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6). The “no one” He referred to includes Jews and Gentiles. Jews are not saved because they are God’s chosen people, but because they believe in Jesus Christ as their true Messiah. There are many Messianic Jews who have accepted Yeshua (the Hebrew word for “Jesus”) as their Messiah.

However, there is no doubt that the Jews are still God’s chosen people. “For you are a holy people unto the LORD your God: the LORD your God hath chosen you to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers…” Deuteronomy 7:6-

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Once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the Levitical High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the temple and sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice on the mercy seat. Through this yearly act, atonement was made for the sins of all Israel, but the Holy Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70, and for almost 2,000 years, Jews have been without a temple, a sacrifice, and a means of atonement.

Jews, like all of humanity, are commanded to repent and trust the Savior Acts 2:38, and warned that if they don’t repent, they will perish Luke 13:3. Jesus, who was Jewish (see John 4:9), is the promised Jewish Messiah (see John 4:25,26). The disciples were Jewish. Christianity was birthed in the land of the Jews. The first three thousand converts to Christianity were Jews (see Acts 2:41), as well as the next two thousand (see Acts 4:4). The apostle Paul was Jewish (see Acts 23:6), commissioned to testify to Jews about their need for “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (see Acts 20:21). The God of Israel (the Jews) made sure the gospel was offered to the Jews first, before the Gentiles (see Rom. 1:16).

In summarizing, there is so much more to say; but our Lord is our Lord. Take it how you may, but we have been given so much. Think of it; we had absolutely nothing before, now we live with the hope and promise of eternal life.

WARNING!

Was actually reading and unbeknownst to me came upon a thing that by God’s grace we all partake in, but grave sets us free and I thought I would share. This could be a problem if we do not face it and ensure we definitely do not have it in our lives. I am sure for serious Christians it is not an issue, but as I said at times the verses shared will rub us the ‘wrong way’. But be of good cheer! We are shared with for a reason, we are here for just a ‘season’.

but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

James 1:14-15

A brief ‘break’

This sharing will be based on Joseph, not the step-dad of Jesus, but Joseph son of Bilhah and Zilpah. He was 17 and with his brothers did some things that were not right, he even told his parents Genesis 37:2 “When Jacob’s son Joseph was seventeen years old, he took care of the sheep with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah. But he was always telling his father all sorts of bad things about his brothers.”

To hurry this along, one day he was sent to bring report of how his brothers faired while they watch the flock. When he went to the place they had been, he was told they had moved on, and he went to them. Seeing him coming, the contemplated killing him but he was fended for by his brother Reuben. Who knew that word one way or another would reach their father. They then threw him in a pit to die of starvation. But just then traders were passing by, so they decided to barter him off to the traders.

Again, we haven’t reached the ‘weren’t part yet. In returning home, they soiled his cloak (the multi-colored tunic given him by his father) with the blood of one of their herd and delivered the ‘bad’ news that Joseph had been slain by wild animals.

Joseph was then sold into slavery in Egypt and was purchased by Potiphar “Meanwhile, the Midianites had sold Joseph in Egypt to a man named Potiphar, who was the king’s official in charge of the palace guard.”

In Portiphars home he did well and was promoted. Potiphar liked Joseph and made him his personal assistant, putting him in charge of his house and all of his property. v. 39:4

Not only was he placed in charge but he was a ‘dreamer’.

One day, Joseph told his brothers what he had dreamed, and they hated him even more. Joseph said, “Let me tell you about my dream. We were out in the field, tying up bundles of wheat. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles gathered around and bowed down to it.”

His brothers asked, “Do you really think you are going to be king and rule over us?” Now they hated Joseph more than ever because of what he had said about his dream.

Joseph later had another dream, and he told his brothers, “Listen to what else I dreamed. The sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowed down to me.”

When he told his father about this dream, his father became angry and said, “What’s that supposed to mean? Are your mother and I and your brothers all going to come and bow down in front of you?”

Genesis 37:5-11

Portiphar’s wife became a problem.

Joseph was well-built and handsome,  and Potiphar’s wife soon noticed him. She asked him to make love to her,  but he refused and said, “My master isn’t worried about anything in his house, because he has placed me in charge of everything he owns. No one in my master’s house is more important than I am. The only thing he hasn’t given me is you, and that’s because you are his wife. I won’t sin against God by doing such a terrible thing as this.”

We should note he gave glory to God for what he had. Do we? More so, a lot to learn, he adamantly refused to get involved. See, he might have been killed for doing ‘wrong’, he knew what was right and kept to it strictly. Once again, do we? Moving curtly along.

One day, Joseph went to Potiphar’s house to do his work, and none of the other servants were there. Potiphar’s wife grabbed hold of his coat and said, “Make love to me!” Joseph ran out of the house, leaving her hanging onto his coat.

When this happened, she called in her servants and said, “Look! This Hebrew has come just to make fools of us. He tried to rape me, but I screamed for help. And when he heard me scream, he ran out of the house, leaving his coat with me.”

Potiphar’s wife kept Joseph’s coat until her husband came home. Then she said, “That Hebrew slave of yours tried to rape me! But when I screamed for help, he left his coat and ran out of the house.”

Potiphar became very angry and threw Joseph in the same prison where the king’s prisoners were kept. He could and should have killed him for what he was accused of, but God had greater plans for our ‘dreamer’.

In prison, not was he the ‘dreamer’ but the interpreter of dreams.

One night each of the two men had a dream, but their dreams had different meanings. The next morning, when Joseph went to see the men, he could tell they were upset, 7 and he asked, “Why are you so worried today?”

“We each had a dream last night,” they answered, “and there is no one to tell us what they mean.”

Joseph replied, “Doesn’t God know the meaning of dreams? Now tell me what you dreamed.”

The king’s personal servant told Joseph, “In my dream I saw a vine with three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its grapes became ripe. I held the king’s cup and squeezed the grapes into it, then I gave the cup to the king.”

Joseph said: This is the meaning of your dream. The three branches stand for three days, and in three days the king will pardon you. He will make you his personal servant again, and you will serve him his wine, just as you used to do. But when these good things happen, please don’t forget to tell the king about me, so I can get out of this place. I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and here in Egypt I haven’t done anything to deserve being thrown in jail.

When the chief cook saw that Joseph had given a good meaning to the dream, he told Joseph, “I also had a dream. In it I was carrying three breadbaskets stacked on top of my head. The top basket was full of all kinds of baked things for the king, but birds were eating them.”

Joseph said: This is the meaning of your dream. The three baskets are three days, and in three days the king will cut off your head. He will hang your body on a pole, and birds will come and peck at it.

Three days later, while the king was celebrating his birthday with a dinner for his officials, he sent for his personal servant and the chief cook. He put the personal servant back in his old job and had the cook put to death.

Everything happened just as Joseph had said it would.

Month 8

Month 8

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And The Lord says “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Proverbs 3:1-8

And The Lord says “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Proverbs 3:1-8

We have quite a ‘sharing’ today, but it being a ‘rest-filled’ time, let’s get busy.

Don’t Let Fear Stop You

‘Whom shall I fear?’ Psalm 27:1 NAS

Life’s filled with fear-inducing situations: fear of sickness, unemployment, rejection, other people’s opinions. Left unchecked, fear will steal your inner peace. But as Chuck Swindoll reminds us: ‘David met fear head-on at his front door with two questions. “Whom shall I dread? Whom shall I fear? ” And he slammed the door in fear’s face by declaring, “My heart will not fear… I shall be confident” (Psalm 27:3). Then he walked back into his house, reminding himself how to counteract fear’s attacks.

Prayer: “I have asked from the Lord” (Psalm 27:4).

Vision: “I behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4).

God’s Word: “I meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4).

God’s protection: “In the day of trouble He will conceal me” (Psalm 27:5).

Worship: “I will sing” (Psalm 27:6).

Rest: “Wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13–14).

Determination: “Let your heart take courage” (Psalm 27:14)

Courage isn’t limited to the battlefield… Its real tests are broader… deeper… like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking… enduring pain when the room is empty… standing alone when you’re misunderstood… It can be as simple as saying “No”, as uneventful as facing a mountain of laundry… God’s medal-of-honour winners are made in secret… away from public acclaim.’ When fear nips at your heels, God says, ‘Be strong and courageous!’ (Joshua 1:9 NAS)

Dick Mills writes: ‘Every commandment…comes with the assurance that we can perform it. God doesn’t issue orders we’re not capable of fulfilling… It’s incongruous to say, “I’ve lots of courage but no strength,” or, “I’m a powerhouse of energy but I’m afraid.” Courage and strength were given to you by God. Courage motivates our will, and strength accompanies our effort.’

SoulFood: 1 Th 1–5, Luke 9:46–56, Ps 145:14–21, Prov 4:23–24

Need I say more? This verse spells it out.

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the Earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psalm 37:9-11

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Wow! Again, it flows…Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord and shun evil. Note that;

This will bring health to your body

and nourishment to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth,

with the firstfruits of all your crops;

then your barns will be filled to overflowing,

and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:5-10

Let us go into this day in the hands of our Father. By God’s grace, it will be filled with testimony. Take the time and spend it with God in the quiet time you have. Be blessed folks.

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And we pray- “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”

And we, asking for the mercy of our Father in Heaven are touched to learn what is accurately meant:

mer·cy

ˈmərsē/

noun

1. compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

“the boy was screaming and begging for mercy”

synonyms:leniency, clemency, compassion, grace, pity, charity, forgiveness, forbearance, quarter, humanity; soft-heartedness, tenderheartedness, kindness, sympathy, liberality, indulgence, tolerance, generosity, magnanimity, beneficence

“he showed no mercy to the others”

But we Live in mercy; O will admit that so many have heard it and by God’s grace say it. Now, we know whay exactly is meant.

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. We are truly blessed to have God do all for us, all we have to do is believe and trust and we shall receive in Jesus’ name, Amen

He shall send from Heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth and we shall be raised up. Folks, our conversation is in Heaven. We shall receive grace and be touched with the Glory of God.

Psalm 57:1-3

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We might believe or be moved to say; “Father, Father why hast Thou abandoned me.” In the case we are aware of;”this was said by Jesus on the cross just before He passed. We might see that His trials were many and severe, but He is seated at the right hand of God, The Father.

So many times, we experience things that are too difficult to describe or put into words. I am sure that Jesus could not do so. Even if before the cross was raised a member of the populace were to have interviewed Him; words cannot express the feelings. Frankly, I do not think that He would have been able to. We shared the He was so spent that His cross needed to be borne by someone along the path to cavalry.

Let us skip forward and then go back. He suffered and after passing had a spear stuck In His side. Blood and fluids came flowing from His side. As discussed, this was oedema. Again all His trials should have led to His death. Whipping with a lash that had led pellets? A robe thrown on His shed back and torn off? Even that alone might have killed some. Then a crown of thorns driven into His scalp? We are aware how well perused this area is. There is nothing that He did not undergo for you and me.

Crucifixion is believed to be the worst kind of death that has ever been invented.condemned criminals had to carry their cross to the place of execution. Contrary to what is depicted by artists, Jesus likely only carried the cross-arm (called the patibulum) because the upright post (called the stipes) was generally set in the ground already and was used over and over again since there was a shortage of trees in the area and the Roman‘s did not like spending a lot of time with crucifixions. Jesus carried this heavy beam, which would have been rough and splinter-laden to cause even more pain. It must have been about 7-8 feet long and around one foot wide and at least a half of a foot thick. It could have weighed around 100 pounds or more. The fact that Jesus struggled to carry it and needed help was not due to the weight but because of Jesus’ scourging by the Romans who had beaten Him to a bloody pulp. He would have lost so much blood by the time that He was carrying it that He was unable to make it the entire distance.

I focus on this for many reasons. We are partially aware of what He suffered. Never having researched just what He went through. I must state that He never broke any laws or was wrong in anything He did. We can go back on how He ended up being crucified.

As we have discussed prior, He knew all. Knew exactly what He would endure, and just as shared before he in the garden of Gethsemane was stricken andcsmitten by what was just ahead: And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:44

Let us assess this medically so we better understand it:

Hematidrosis, also called blood sweat, is a very rare condition in which a human sweats blood. The term is from Greek haima/haimatos αἷμα, αἵματος meaning blood and hidrōs ἱδρώς meaning sweat.

Hematohidrosis is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress.Severe mental anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system to invoke the stress-fight or flight reaction to such a degree as to cause hemorrhage of the vessels supplying the sweat glands into the ducts of the sweat glands. It has been suggested that acute fear and extreme stress can cause haematidrosis.

We just took a shortcut to understand just what He experienced. Knowing that He would speak to His Father, demons must have been sent to lull the disciples to sleep. Yes, it was a late hour, but knowing what was coming was the reason He berated them: Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40,41

As we just discussed, their Spirits might have been willing but the flesh which is what is tempted and affected by things/experiences in this world.

We discussed before that our conversation in Spiritual things is in Heaven. (But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20).

Given that He experienced such anguish knowing exactly what would happen. As we discussed:

Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Luke 5:22

There are many examples of His knowing what was said with Him in absentia:

But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there. Luke 6:8

I will give a few more examples, but look them up.

Our thought are not private, our actions less so. As we have shared, we have Angelic companions that have been assigned to us at all times.

Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!

Proverbs 15:11

Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who test the righteous, Who see the mind and the heart; Let me see Your vengeance on them; For to You I have set forth my cause.

Jeremiah 20:12

And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.

Matthew 12:25

But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?

Matthew 22:18

Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?

Mark 2:88

But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he got up and came forward.

Luke 6:8

But He knew their thoughts and said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls.

Luke 11:17

And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

Luke 16:15

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The Heaven’s were stayed at the crucifixion, we can imagine that in seconds the entire Roman army, Rome and all the citizens that stood against Jesus, His teachings and His Life Could have been taken out in a second. What is a worldly weapon against Spiritual armory? Frankly, it doesn’t even register on the template.

Jesus was sent as Man, He died as ‘man’ so that we might be saved/redeemed. There is so much to point out. Let us start here: The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”

– Matthew 27:54

Even the ones who had tried and tested Jesus came to know and accept that very possibly “This man truly was the Son of God!” We discussed prior the stay that was placed on the Heavenly host. This was done for you and me. I cannot help but imagine that in that instance before the trial and torture of Jesus, it could all have beenl ended, I will share how.

We have shared the Jesus knew when He was here on earth just what was said or would happen. Could the entire earth not have been taken away??? Destroyed??? We have discussed and proven that God is Love. Plus God said He would never do that again in the days of Noah.

“Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Genesis 9:8-16

So we had the promise and God’s word is His word for eternity, so the Romans, Jews who stood against Jesus would not be wiped out. I must point out that the Angels were created by God to do His will. In the event that any would stray, we see exactly what happened: “after defeat in a War in Heaven in which the dragon and his angels fought against Michael and his angels, “the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him”

We read specifically:

Revelation 12:7-12New King James Version (NKJV)

Satan Thrown Out of Heaven

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Lucifer (/ˈluːsɪfər/; loo-sif-ər) is the King James Version rendering of the Hebrew word הֵילֵל in Isaiah (Isaiah 14:12). The Vulgate translation uses the Latin word lucifer, but with a lower-case initial,[4] The Hebrew word, transliterated Hêlêl[5] or Heylel (pron. as HAY-lale), occurs once in the Hebrew Bible and according to the KJV-based Strong’s Concordance means “shining one, light-bearer”. The Septuagint renders הֵילֵל in Greek as ἑωσφόρος (heōsphoros), a name, literally “bringer of dawn”, for the morning star. The word Lucifer is taken from the Latin Vulgate, which translates הֵילֵל as lucifer, meaning “the morning star, the planet Venus”, or, as an adjective, “light-bringing”.

Later Christian tradition came to use the Latin word for “morning star”, lucifer, as a proper name (“Lucifer”) for the devil; as he was before his fall. As a result, “‘Lucifer’ has become a by-word for Satan / the Devil in the church and in popular literature”, as in Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, Joost van den Vondel’s Lucifer and John Milton’s Paradise Lost.However, the Latin word never came to be used almost exclusively, as in English, in this way, and was applied to others also, including Jesus. The image of a morning star fallen from the sky is generally believed among scholars to have a parallel in Canaanite mythology.

However, according to both Christian and Jewish exegesis, in the Book of Isaiah, chapter 14, the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar II, conqueror of Jerusalem, is condemned in a prophetic vision by the prophet Isaiah and is called the “Morning Star” (planet Venus). In this chapter the Hebrew text says הֵילֵל בֶּן-שָׁחַר (Helel ben Shachar, “shining one, son of the morning”). “Helel ben Shahar” may refer to the Morning Star, but the text in Isaiah 14 gives no indication that Helel was a star or planet.

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Are we troubled? We can pray:

Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold. Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. Psalm 59:1-5

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And we pray- “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”

And we, asking for the mercy of our Father in Heaven are touched to learn what is accurately meant:

mer·cy

ˈmərsē/

noun

1. compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

“the boy was screaming and begging for mercy”

synonyms:leniency, clemency, compassion, grace, pity, charity, forgiveness, forbearance, quarter, humanity; soft-heartedness, tenderheartedness, kindness, sympathy, liberality, indulgence, tolerance, generosity, magnanimity, beneficence

“he showed no mercy to the others”

But we Live in mercy; O will admit that so many have heard it and by God’s grace say it. Now, we know whay exactly is meant.

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. We are truly blessed to have God do all for us, all we have to do is believe and trust and we shall receive in Jesus’ name, Amen

He shall send from Heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth and we shall be raised up. Folks, our conversation is in Heaven. (Phillipians 3:20) We shall receive grace and be touched with the Glory of God.

Psalm 57:1-3

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We might believe or be moved to say; “Father, Father why hast Thou abandoned me.” In the case we are aware of;”this was said by Jesus on the cross just before He passed. We might see that His trials were many and severe, but He is seated at the right hand of God, The Father.

So many times, we experience things that are too difficult to describe or put into words. I am sure that Jesus could not do so. Even if before the cross was raised a member of the populace were to have interviewed Him; words cannot express the feelings. Frankly, I do not think that He would have been able to. We shared the He was so spent that His cross needed to be borne by someone along the path to cavalry.

Let us skip forward and then go back. He suffered and after passing had a spear stuck In His side. Blood and fluids came flowing from His side. As discussed, this was oedema. Again all His trials should have led to His death. Whipping with a lash that had led pellets? A robe thrown on His shed back and torn off? Even that alone might have killed some. Then a crown of thorns driven into His scalp? We are aware how well perused this area is. There is nothing that He did not undergo for you and me.

Crucifixion is believed to be the worst kind of death that has ever been invented.condemned criminals had to carry their cross to the place of execution. Contrary to what is depicted by artists, Jesus likely only carried the cross-arm (called the patibulum) because the upright post (called the stipes) was generally set in the ground already and was used over and over again since there was a shortage of trees in the area and the Roman‘s did not like spending a lot of time with crucifixions. Jesus carried this heavy beam, which would have been rough and splinter-laden to cause even more pain. It must have been about 7-8 feet long and around one foot wide and at least a half of a foot thick. It could have weighed around 100 pounds or more. The fact that Jesus struggled to carry it and needed help was not due to the weight but because of Jesus’ scourging by the Romans who had beaten Him to a bloody pulp. He would have lost so much blood by the time that He was carrying it that He was unable to make it the entire distance.

I focus on this for many reasons. We are partially aware of what He suffered. Never having researched just what He went through. I must state that He never broke any laws or was wrong in anything He did. We can go back on how He ended up being crucified.

As we have discussed prior, He knew all. Knew exactly what He would endure, and just as shared before he in the garden of Gethsemane was stricken andcsmitten by what was just ahead: And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:44

Let us assess this medically so we better understand it:

Hematidrosis, also called blood sweat, is a very rare condition in which a human sweats blood. The term is from Greek haima/haimatos αἷμα, αἵματος meaning blood and hidrōs ἱδρώς meaning sweat.

Hematohidrosis is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress.Severe mental anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system to invoke the stress-fight or flight reaction to such a degree as to cause hemorrhage of the vessels supplying the sweat glands into the ducts of the sweat glands. It has been suggested that acute fear and extreme stress can cause haematidrosis.

We just took a shortcut to understand just what He experienced. Knowing that He would speak to His Father, demons must have been sent to lull the disciples to sleep. Yes, it was a late hour, but knowing what was coming was the reason He berated them: Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40,41

As we just discussed, their Spirits might have been willing but the flesh which is what is tempted and affected by things/experiences in this world.

We discussed before that our conversation in Spiritual things is in Heaven. (But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20).

Given that He experienced such anguish knowing exactly what would happen. As we discussed:

Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Luke 5:22

There are many examples of His knowing what was said with Him in absentia:

But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there. Luke 6:8

I will give a few more examples, but look them up.

Our thought are not private, our actions less so. As we have shared, we have Angelic companions that have been assigned to us at all times.

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

2 Kings 6:17

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,

and he delivers them.

Psalm 34:7

To be specific on just how He knows and The Heavenly host observe what we do. It once again points out that there is truly nothing out of God’s sight.

So, to help us understand this more:

Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!

Proverbs 15:11

Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who test the righteous, Who see the mind and the heart; Let me see Your vengeance on them; For to You I have set forth my cause.

Jeremiah 20:12

And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.

Matthew 12:25

But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?

Matthew 22:18

Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?

Mark 2:88

But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he got up and came forward.

Luke 6:8

But He knew their thoughts and said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls.

Luke 11:17

And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

Luke 16:15

I will admit that it was fascinating to me; literally to have a guardian Angel assigned to me? I guess it explains why I only ‘visited’ the after-life. One of the things in the Bible that seem so commonplace is the presence of Angels. I look at my own life and I don’t see Angels like they did in the Bible. In fact, I don’t ever think about Angels. Every time I stop and think about them, I find myself fascinated by the fact that I have a guardian Angel. But then I find myself asking, “What are Angels?”

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14.

It took quite a bit for me to understand that there are two planes. I am frankly not sure if one is ‘above’, but many a time, people have been exposed to seeing ‘beings’ from an alternate realm enter or exit into ours.

One of the stories that makes my hair stand on end is that Elijah was taken by what appeared as a ‘storm’ into the next realm. As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 1lElisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two. 2 Kings 2:11,12.

To save time and space, type in “Angels seen” on Google and see what is shared. Again, I try and save time and space.

To get back to our starting point (if you want this expounded on I will be happy to assist you). Jesus at approximately 3 pm said “Father, Father why have You forsaken me.” This is a direct phrase from Psalms in fact Psalm 22:1 says “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

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Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians

3:21

To launch straight in; after His resurrection we see that Jesus belied the laws of human limitations. He was able to appear in locked rooms, disappear and appear at will. And we read a few examples:

Luke 24:36-49;

The earliest report of the post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus is in Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians.

This lists, apparently in chronological order, a first appearance to Peter, then to “the Twelve,” then to five hundred at one time, then to James (presumably James the brother of Jesus), then to “all the Apostles,” and last to Paul himself. Paul does not mention any appearances to women, apart from “sisters” included in the 500; other New Testament sources do not mention any appearance to a crowd of 500. There is general agreement that the list is pre-Pauline – it is often called a catechism of the early church – but less on how much of the list belongs to the tradition and how much is from Paul: most scholars feel that Peter and the Twelve are original, but not all believe the same of the appearances to the 500, James and “all the Apostles”; the most impressive was in two disciples who were moving around and Jesus was with them, spoke about the fact that Jesus was in fulfillment of the scripture. Growing late, the invited Him (this ‘stranger’) to stay with them, He did go sup with them and their eyes were opened after he gave thanks and broke bread. The main point in this sharing is that He left them though the hour was ‘late’.

Luke 24:13-35

In the interest of ‘time’ we could go on. But, the point has been made. When Jesus was taken to the steeple top, now it is not so difficult to understand it. He who physically was unable to do so, was taken by Lucifer. Just how is left to our minds eye. But, it shows that we have to be steeped in The Word.

One thing that is repeated in this sharing is that after His human ‘death’, Jesus was risen in the ‘physical’,  but more so in the Spirit realm where He has been prior to being here as a ‘man’. He was able to ‘enter’ locked rooms:

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

John 20: 19,26

Jesus had the ephemeral task of dying for our sins and teaching the awesome news of what God has done and continued to do for us. Amazing to be here as a Holy King. Alleluia! He had resisted temptation to reach this on the path He was given to trod. Amazingly, He knew His purpose. We have shared, what is yours?

It is sometimes difficult to figure that out, just why were you created? What is your purpose? Each of us has one! We need to seek of The LORD and be thankful and full of gratitude as we wait on Him in faith.

Once again, in that realm (the Spiritual) time does NOT exist. Mainly existence in our state of existence based primarily on the choices we make. I would point out that it can be a fleetingly easy decision to make, a hard one to keep. But, the most amazing thing to be which far outshines any of this life’s riches or boundaries is one of the rewards for staying grounded on and in the promises of God.

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Was brought around to share a verse that we have shared prior.

“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. For our conversation is in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 3:19-20

We experience so many whom have their focus on the wrong things. There are some whose focus is on the wrong thing. This runs it through greed, selfishness, drive for self…these all take authority in their lives. I have to say “You be careful!” Judge not! Pray always! Let your prayers for such lift them up. This is a time/period when you are called to do well for others. We have the attention of our LORD and Saviour, utilize it for good. Do we need things? Place others first, keep them in prayer.

Lord for a reason You placed me where I am. Lord, I see these things and they bring a heaviness to my spirit. Lord, I pray that I judge not and Love much. Your word says that I should believe all things, hope all things and trust all things that are of You. Lord, with the heaviness O feel, give me cause to bring these things to Your presence. As I lift them up, change them that they will and shall be blessed in Jesus’ name. Father, I thank You for today; the blessings, the testimonies and Your glory. Bless me, guide me, lift me up in Jesus’ name. Lord my life is Yours in Jesus’ name. Use me to do Your will in my all, Amen

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The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27

Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

To him belongs eternal praise.

Psalm 11:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 1:7

I set out to do a bible study, one thing came to mind. The fear (knowledge, understanding, respect and more) of The Lord is a start to so many things.

a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.

Fear of the Lord” generally refers to a specific sense of respect, awe, and submission to a deity, while Fear of God suggests apprehension of Divine punishment.

We have ‘shared’ and will once again, there are so many events in The Bible where the presence of God was so overpowering that people essentially were affected and effected. It brings one to their knees. Some examples:

(i) Mary (The sister of Martha who sat at the feet of Jesus after He raised Lazarus from the dead) – An Increasing Appreciation

(ii) Asaph – A New Perspective. Psalm 73 details Asaph’s experience, and the effect upon him of entering ‘the sanctuary of God’, v. 17. The psalm is divided by this verse. In the first sixteen verses, we see a man judging according to man’s estimation; in the closing verses we learn the effect of seeing the same conditions from the presence of God.

(iii) Elijah – A Fearless Testimony. A Fearless Testimony

According to 1 Kings 17.1, Elijah stands fearlessly before the wicked king Ahab because he recognizes that he is in the presence of the Lord God of Israel, He goes into the presence of one who has set himself to kill the prophets of the Lord, 1 Kgs. 18. 13, and leaves untouched and untraceable.

(iv) Moses – A Changed Image. In Exodus 34, we read of the second period of forty days that Moses spent in the mount with the Lord. At the end, we read, ‘Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone’, v. 29. The first part of the statement teaches us that the effect of spending time in the presence of God will not always be apparent to ourselves.

We must stop here and realize that the testimony of Moses goes far beyond this.

A friend loveth at all times…” Proverbs 17:17

Your best friend is the one who knows the worst about you, and loves you just the same, and that best friend is God, the Lord Jesus Christ who sticks closer than a brother. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

The true source, foundation, and example of friendship is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We see that Moses would leave the ‘camp’ and meet and discourse with God.

I’m sure that we would love to know the experience of Adam and Eve. It says that His footsteps were heard and they hid.

I will further note that in His image we were created.

There is ‘wildlife’ to which we bear no resemblance. Yes, some might say that we bear a few similarities with baboons, apes and/or monkeys. They do not possess the ability to think and or do as we do. So, yes! We are created in the image of God

When I think of the Heavenly host, I am in my mind taken to a place where size does in no way account for anything/matter; in fact the more Spiritual minded we are and ‘exercise’ our faith, the ‘bigger’ spiritually we get.

When we are in Heaven, it is a different plane and we do not consume. In The Bible it speaks of ‘healing waters’:  Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. Ezekiel 47:1

We can actually see that there are a ‘ton” of other verses that say the exact same thing, and we read:

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:14

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

Ezekiel 36:25

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

John 7:38

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation

Isaiah 12:3

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.

Isaiah 43:2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

Revelation 22:1

They shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them.

Isaiah 49:10

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I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. Psalm 41:4

Deep, no? Note that it says ‘Soul’, that in essence is you, your Spirit. Who you truly are. We ask God for forgiveness which is freely fine when we intend and actively attempt to avoid it.

Lord, be with me. Forgive me where I have stepped wrong. Fill me with Your Spirit. Heal me Lord, make me complete in Jesus’ name, Amen

We know it, and know it well. Is The Lord truly your Shepherd? What does it mean to lie in green pastures? As a Sheep in His meadows, you can feed off what is so richly provided. You hunger not. Beauty is in still waters, no storms arise or prevail. This truly is a Psalmbof comfort, The Leadership of our Father who is in Heaven, just as is said in this Psalm written before Jesus was here in the flesh, He when here said “Give us this day our daily bread…” Do we not feed in the lusglh pastures? Furthermore, it is restful in His presence…He market me to lie down in the pastures of giving. We can rest in Him, with Him.

When we ask for forgiveness, He restores our souls. I was reading and ranbupon a verse that speaks clearly to this effect:

I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. Psalm 41:4

In His Word there is the path we are to follow, the way of righteousness. In Him truly, we rest at peace lifted to His bosom. The path is made clear, holding His hand, we are led, for His names sake avoiding pitfalls, trembling spots and trevices.

We are blessed, for when we do wrong, He guides us a right with the rod and staff. Thus we can live in comfort knowing that by and through His word and His Spirit within us, we are led aright.

We have those who dtest, despoil and criticize us, as we so His will, in the presence of those who stand against us, He blesses us till it flows And seeing this there bitterness flows, until they come to know Him. So keep believing, trusting and commuting all to Him in prayer and praise, amen.

Thus the valley of the shadow of death holds no menace for The King of glory comes with shining light. By His grace we can see all. As we are led, we know all. We live in the Spirit, worship in the Spirit, and experience Him both in the Spirit and in our physical bodies.

We have our blessings our plentiful, today, tomorrow and for all our ways. It has been said “In The house of The Lord shall we dwell for always.” In all our ways shall we dwell in His presence. The day will come when we behold His glory for always.

If we shed a tear, His hand will remove them. But, I am moved to say they will be tears of joy. In the Spirit, I am awaiting Joy eternal.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23

Need help? What is the problem? What is your main ‘hold-back’? Perhaps you are ‘holding’ on to the wrong thing in the wrong way.

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.

Isaiah 41:13

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:13-14

Even The Word says similar when it doesn’t focus on you specifically, but we can learn from it: “And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.”

Genesis 19:17

It speaks to me, and for those who ‘look back’, the teaching is to move forward and forward alone. “Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:62

I just wanted to share this, possibly you have seen this before. Just wanted to ‘share’. Feel absolutely free to share. Live on in Christ!!! Wow! I guess we have a new saying beside ‘Sharing’!

Once there was a young girl who decided to take a short cut home from school. The fastest way to her house was to cut through an alley. The girl approached the alley way.

She saw a man standing like he was waiting for someone. She said a prayer: “Dear God, please lead me through this alleyway, safe and unharmed. Amen!”

The girl walked through the alley and past the man. Later on that night the girl decided to watch the news. She saw that man had raped and murdered a young girl.

The police said the man told them another girl had passed through the alley 10 minutes before. When they asked him why he hadn’t attacked the first girl, he said that there was a man walking beside her.

God walks with us. We deny His presences but He is always there.

Let’s pray for you together:

1) You’ll find favor with

     someone you don’t expect,

     Amen!

2) You’ll be too relevant to be

     ignored, Amen!

3) You’ll encounter God and

     will never remain the

     same, Amen!

4) The grace for completion

     will come on you, you shall

     be blessed till the blessed

     call you blessed, Amen!

5) The mouth saying ‘Amen’

     to this prayer shall laugh

     forever, Amen!

Very soon, and I say, very very soon, GOD is going to do a miracle and lift you up for GOOD.

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Person A: “Give?, just why should we give?”

Person B: “I know what you mean. What’s your is Yours.”

Person A: “Yeah! I worked for it.”

Someone overheard while passing and stops.

Person C: “I couldn’t but overhear your conversation, I…”

Person B:”You know what? We weren’t speaking to you!”

Person A: “I think I know this guy, isn’t he one of those ‘holy rollers?”

Person B: “Yeah! Always hanging out with those who have none!”

Person C: “I am not being holy, or forthcoming, just overheard you and had a thought.”

Person A: “Well leave us alone, we weren’t talking to you.

Person C: “I’ll be on my way, but first let me share what I was reading just a few minutes ago.”

Person B: “We don’t want to hear it…”

Person A: “Chill dude. Perhaps he has something good or worthwhile to say. I used to go to church with my parents. Who are too serious for me, it’s always Christ this or Christ that. We might as well get some ‘chuching’ from this ‘holy roller.”.

Person B rolls his eyes and sighs audibly. “If it gets too deep, I am out.”

Person C: “Thanks, I just overheard you talking about money. Just one ‘what’s, then I’m out. Have things to do.”

Person B:”Like fast, pray or meet other ‘holy rollers’ I am sure…”

Person A:”Shhhhh!!!!, ok! go ahead.”

Person C: “Not really much, but I will show you what I just read. Kinda funny ‘cos I didn’t think…”

Person B:”Come on!!!”

Person C: “Ok, here goes… Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of ttrouble The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his eenemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. You can findt in Psalm41:1-3”

Person A:”That is deep.”

Person B rolls his eyes.”I’m done, out booooyeezz.”

Person A ignores him. “That was deep. Do you always speak like that?”

Person C: “I try to only speak when addressed, just thought this might be helpful…”.

Person A: “No problem, glad you stopped. Mind if I ask you something?”

Person C:”Go ahead.”

Person A:”Been thinking about a lot. Do you mind praying or me?”

Person

14.

It is amazing how yesterday is yesterday, it needs to stay there. We by God’s grace have much to come. So, we stand on the know of what happens with yesteryears.

Why give? Why show genuine concern? Well first and foremost if we (God forbid) were in that situation, not only would we be grateful to the ‘provider’s, but definitely to The Lord who uses such as these to allow His grace to be shown.

Are we at times driven to ‘help-out’? If we are, it might be The Spirit leading us. Let me state just why and what I was learned:

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. Psalm 41:1-3

Again, this is something that I was led to and had to share. I know we have past looked up the meaning of ‘blessed’, let’s do it again:

bless·ed

blest,ˈblesid/Submit

adjective

1. made holy; consecrated.

noun: For example:

1. those who live with God in Heaven.

Again, these are not my definitions/words but definition found in the dictionary.

Of course it does mean even more or is described more in The Word. But let us say that someone says; “Just what does that mean?” You can then say “In The Bible it means…”, in the dictionary it means…

Father Lord, we thank You for this new day. A time for You to display Your works in my life. Bless me I ask in Jesus’ name. Lord touch me in my places  of need and want. Father if there are those who need and have as Your Word says “Ask and you shall receive.” Lord use me to sew into their lives of that which I have been blessed with. Father, You give so much and I praise You for this. To You, it is as You promised, You speak and it is done. Lord, I come before You today, renew my Spirit, Touch me, heal me, fill me up till I pour forth to those in need; this I decree in The Name of Jesus and I know it is done. Father, thank You for those I Love, touch them. Lord as the grass grows,  allow them to flourish and bring forth fruit. In You I am blessed, thank You Father; in Jesus’ name, Amen

15.

Need help? What is the problem? What is your main ‘hold-back’? Perhaps you are ‘holding’ on to the wrong thing in the wrong way.

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.

Isaiah 41:13

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:13-14

Even The Word says similar when it doesn’t focus on you specifically, but we can learn from it: “And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.”

Genesis 19:17

It speaks to me, and for those who ‘look back’, the teaching is to move forward and forward alone. “Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:62

This leads is straight to: “But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26

This speaks for itself: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

1 Corinthians 9:24

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I frankly cannot be more clear, it has been said over and over through the tears and we have even heard it in passing and yes! We have ‘shared’ it:

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross; scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God

Hebrews 12:2

17.

I am aware that the complexity has been ‘shallow’, by that I mean ‘easy to interpret or understand’, time to move on up. In a way it’s like “The Jefferson’s”; only that it is not to the East Side. (That hopefully made you smile.)

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. Psalm 51:14

blud-gilt’-i-nes:

Found in the King James Version only in Psalms 51:14. The Revised Version (British and American) adds Exodus 22:2,3; 1 Samuel 25:26,33. Ezekiel 18:13 seems to indicate that the phrase does not necessarily signify bloodshed, but any grievous sin which, if it remains, will block God’s favor to His land and people (compare Deuteronomy 21:8; Isaiah 1:15). Psalms 51 is to be interpreted in this light.

My tongue shall sing of the righteousness of our Father. We have received His grace and stand blessed. For our God Reigneth, blessed is The Lord, Let The Lord of my salvation be exalted.

As I said, a little more detail in our ‘sharing’. Let us move forward in and with the goodness of the Lord.

18.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Definition of “peace”

pēs

noun

1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.

“you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusion”

synonyms:tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness; More

2. freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.

We can rest in ease, we have Jesus’ promise. I know Him as a unique part of The God-head; The Holy Tri-unvate, Three in one. God came to save us. He sent a part of Himself. I know that is difficult to grasp. A unique part of God was here. The

19.

Lord Heavenly Father, we thank you for this day, Your wished and desire for our Lives. At this time and by Your grace, my brother wants You in His Life. Thank You for whispering and knocking gently on his door. You alone are Holy. Father at this time he seeks forgivenwas for where he walked and stood wrong, Father forgive him and cause him to be one of Your children as he lets go of the past. Father be glorified today and always in Jesus” name, Amen

Person A: “Wow! That was easy and besides I feel awesome. Thanks man!”

Person C: “It was a pleasure. Hope we see you in fellowship, definitely will look forward to it. Have an awesome time finding out how completely awesome God’s promises are.”

20.

Person A: “Give?, just why should we give?”

Person B: “I know what you mean. What’s your is Yours.”

Person A: “Yeah! I worked for it.”

Someone overheard while passing and stops.

Person C: “I couldn’t but overhear your conversation, I…”

Person B:”You know what? We weren’t speaking to you!”

Person A: “I think I know this guy, isn’t he one of those ‘holy rollers?”

Person B: “Yeah! Always hanging out with those who have none!”

Person C: “I am not being holy, or forthcoming, just overheard you and had a thought.”

Person A: “Well leave us alone, we weren’t talking to you.

Person C: “I’ll be on my way, but first let me share what I was reading just a few minutes ago.”

Person B: “We don’t want to hear it…”

Person A: “Chill dude. Perhaps he has something good or worthwhile to say. I used to go to church with my parents. Who are too serious for me, it’s always Christ this or Christ that. We might as well get some ‘chuching’ from this ‘holy roller.”.

Person B rolls his eyes and sighs audibly. “If it gets too deep, I am out.”

Person C: “Thanks, I just overheard you talking about money. Just one ‘what’s, then I’m out. Have things to do.”

Person B:”Like fast, pray or meet other ‘holy rollers’ I am sure…”

Person A:”Shhhhh!!!!, ok! go ahead.”

Person C: “Not really much, but I will show you what I just read. Kinda funny ‘cos I didn’t think…”

Person B:”Come on!!!”

Person C: “Ok, here goes… Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of ttrouble The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his eenemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. You can findt in Psalm41:1-3”

Person A:”That is deep.”

Person B rolls his eyes.”I’m done, out booooyeezz.”

Person A ignores him. “That was deep. Do you always speak like that?”

Person C: “I try to only speak when addressed, just thought this might be helpful…”.

Person A: “No problem, glad you stopped. Mind if I ask you something?”

Person C:”Go ahead.”

Person A:”Been thinking about a lot. Do you mind praying or me?”

Person C: “It would be a pleasure.”

Person A: “Sometimes, I feel like I have gone ‘wrong’ and my parents had it right. Sorry for the way my bud dressed you down.”

Person C: “No worries.”

21.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Definition of “peace”

pēs

noun

1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.

“you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusion”

synonyms:tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness; More

2. freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.

We can rest in ease, we have Jesus’ promise. I know Him as a unique part of The God-head; The Holy Tri-unvate, Three in one. God came to save us. He sent a part of Himself. I know that is difficult to grasp. A unique part of God was here. The fact is the in Love, God sent a part of Himself to save you and I. I cannot but say it. If and when we speak of Jesus, in effect we speak of God. Yes! God was here.

At the temptation He knew the bible. His word. I thought about this and we have shared it before. Lucifer knew The a word. In stating His word through the eons, His Chief Angel would have known it cold. In our earlier share we said that Lucifer might have had doubts. Let us examine that more closely.

The final temptation was for The Son of God to bend His knee and bow to the Angel He made. We have to understand this. Why would Satan have tried this? Amazingly, I thought why; He being made directly of God has no age, He is.

In Revelations it says he will be thrown into the pit for a thousand years.

It is somewhat of a surprise that he was bound and thrown in by another Angel. We may sometimes ask why He does not exist any more. The answer? You will go on. You have been created and funny enough, there is no ‘expiration’ date. What makes it so deep is that we have the choice of where we will be.

It might give you ‘pause’. But it should; we talked about this before. Your choice is the choice. Where you are going, how to get there. All is in your hands. Yes, after you become a believer, you are in His Hans. We switched leadership and ownership.

22.

It is amazing, no? Mary the mother of our Lord was created exactly for that. Yes, we do not know her childhood. In fact, not many people write, speak or even think of it. We keep our eyes on Jesus. That is where they are supposed trip be. I just want to point out that we were each created with a purpose. To ask bluntly; what is yours? Being an awesome parent? An outstanding engineer? A brilliant cook? An amazing caretaker? A skilled mechanic? Hoe about amazing mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters I truth I can go on.

The early childhood of Mary are attributed to the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of James.

The qualities of mercy, compassion, comforting and counselling have long since been seen as feminine qualities, all of which Mary emanated. They are also the qualities of the future incarnation promised by Christ, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, shall teach you all things” John 14:26

Could it be that he was telling then of the age of the Mother, when the feminine power of God would grace this earth

But what is your function? What are your goals? I am aware that we started this “share” with Mary. But now we focus on You.

Frankly, in studying this I get lost in all the intricacies. For example, there is God-the Father, Jesus-His son, and The Holy Spirit. We discussed the qualities of God the Father settling that in truth He is God. No other way to state it. The qualities of God are Godly; in Heaven I believe there are no sexes. To be clear, no male/female. There are just Spirits and Angels, yes! There are Seraphim and Cherubim; but rather than name each I list them under Angels. Them there are us, we who were created for and with a purpose.

As I said, we should pray about it, seek it and find it.

So much to be said. We will continue along these lines.

Lord Heavenly Father, we praise You with our Spirits. Our adoration comes from with is. You alone are Holy, You alone are Lord, The Most High. Lord we give You honor. You are our God, Leader, Protector, Guide. The source of our Love.

Father, knowing in our Spirits just what that is changes us and gives us The desire to be more like You. Father touch us and make us whole we pray in Jesus’ name. Just as you created Mary to bear Your Son, Father You created us for a reason, Lord lay that reason in our Spirit in Jesus’ name. Even if we know and perfor what we were created for. Lord help us excel at it in Jesus’ name, Amen

23.

Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

– Matthew 26:64

Amazing, to know exactly what will happen; and be willing to stand for it. As we have shared in and when we have am inkling of ‘difficulties’ we definitely avoid them, hopefully altogether, but for you and I Jesus knew what had to be done Jesus gives us a reason to want to be with Him, the definition of Love, just as His Father from who He came. In our word “Like Father, like Son.” At no time is this more true.

To see exactly what happened, we open our bibles: When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Matthew 26:1,2

What exactly is the verse we started with? When we moved to the next here there was a reason: Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.

Again in absentia, Jesus knew just what would happen. We even see that at a time when Jesus graced one who had been healed from leposy, a woman of ill repute had purchased a ‘costly’ jar of ointment which she used to annoint His feet. There was discord among the disciples, but Jesus said “When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.” We are met with the fact that He knew just what would happen.

Amazingly, not a bone in His body was broken. We can go over everything that He endured. It stands as a testimony that not a single bone was broken. I have to point out that the other two they hung with Him, had their legs broken to quicken their passing. However, with all Jesus endured, His passage back to Heaven was a thing that occurred before those who crucified Him made a move to do so.

But the pierced His side with a spear and out came water (from oedema) and blood.

The Roman flogging or scourging that Jesus endured prior to being crucified normally consisted of 39 lashes, but could have been more (Mark 15:15; John 19:1). The whip that was used, called a flagrum, consisted of braided leather thongs with metal balls and pieces of sharp bone woven into or intertwined with the braids. The balls added weight to the whip, causing deep bruising and contusions as the victim was struck. The pieces of bone served to cut into the flesh. As the beating continued, the resulting cuts were so severe that the skeletal muscles, underlying veins, sinews, and bowels of victims were exposed. This beating was so severe that at times victims would not survive it in order to go on to be crucified.

Those who were flogged would often go into hypovolemic shock, a term that refers to low blood volume. In other words, the person would have lost so much blood he would go into shock. The results of this would be

1) The heart would race to pump blood that was not there.

2) The victim would collapse or faint due to low blood pressure.

3) The kidneys would shut down to preserve body fluids.

4) The person would experience extreme thirst as the body desired to replenish lost fluids.

On this, we see that Jesus did state as much when He stated “I thirst”. We can see that it was all a physiologic reaction to what He went through.

Again, He knew. In a quick backstory in the garden of Gethsemane; He knowing exactly what would occur asked if the torture could be passed over Him, but He realized that it was the will of The Father that had to be done.

Stress, beyond comprehension. If and when we have ‘stress’ it amounts to nothing compared to what He went through for us. Even more reason to hold fast to Him in Love and appreciation.

Lord Jesus, I thank You with my entire being and Spirit. Cause me to walk with You, all my ways. What you experienced and went through on my behalf cannot be imagined. Lord, I am not worthy; I give myself to You. Lord, You shed blood on my behalf, died for me. Cause me to live in gratitude in all my ways. Lord, O adore You. Sanctify me Lord in all my ways. I pray in Your name, Amen

24.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Psalm 51:11,12

We have received and in all we do we seek God’s face. If we for any reason lose the faith that we have, even a tax; The Lord will not only renew our passion, our focus but uphold us in and with His will.

Lord Heavenly Father, we come to You this day with thanksgiving, praise and worship for all You continually do for us. We are Yours; bless us, fill us, hold us and keep us focused on Your path. Lord, we start each moment with praise and thanksgiving, thank You for Your Spirit, thank You for Your Love. We are striving to be as You are in the Love we express. Touch our Loved ones with Your Spirit, meet them at their points of need. Father, be Thou glorified in and with every moment of my life. Father, go before me this day and allow me to experience Your fullness in Jesus name, Amen

We Love because he first Loved us.

1 John 4:19

25.

It is amazing, no? Mary the mother of our Lord was created exactly for that. Yes, we do not know her childhood. In fact, not many people write, speak or even think of it. We keep our eyes on Jesus. That is Who we should focus on.

Today, my question is “What were you created for?” Are you meeting your goals? What are your goals? Many of us need to pray on this; to start understanding the why, what that are defined by the where and how we are where we are. Are we where we need to be?

The encouragement today is “Keep truckin’ in prayer, fasting and keep your eyes on Him. The author and finished of your fate.” (I had to change those words around. Seemed appropriate.)

26.

Let us return to the verse “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.” Ecclesiastes 3:15

We have gone over this a number of times. I wanted to point out something that impressed on me. It says “God require that which is past.” Being believers, we are covered with the blood of Jesus that washes the stain of sin away. If we give our lives to Christ it is said “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:a The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 We can say; All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. v.18

So, in progression, there is definitely no regressing. I must say “March on Christian soldiers…”

27.

And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. Ecclesiastes 3:13-17

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Let us assess this, I will start be pointing out something that sticks out with such clarity, it seizes you: “That which is to be hath already been.” Which is to be, if we note it says “Has already been. We just spoke about Joseph and his dreams. Yes, there was a whole lot of doing that was not in his dreams, but they did come to pass. Once again, I will point out that he was in the perfect will of God.

The way the first verse starts is a pointer. We labor so enjoy it. There might be some who purposely hold back, but we are told to enjoy the fruits of our labor. It moves right into the fact that what has been created by our Father in Heaven is and shall exist for ever. That is something to ponder. His works stand as they are, try as we might; there is nothing to be added or taken away. Let’s point something out, with technology the planets are as they are, do we change rhem? The Earth is as it is, do we change or alter its axis? These things are predetermined and shall stay as they are. The planets rotate around the sun, can we change their axis? You see, The Bible points out what development that took its fair share of time has well noted.

It next speaks about judgement, what we will all go though. Just as the planets are as they were created, are we not going to all be gathered for judgement? We have a chance, our decision, to do right by Him, our Father in Heaven, or to do as we will. The thing is that at this present time there are no ‘fouls’ called, but when your number is up, you will stand in report of all your actions. As we pointed out prior, you stand alone and answer alone. So many times people want to point fingers. But, if you are asked why you did So and so, the question is to you not others. If and when they stand up there, they will be asked why they pulled so-and-so to do this or that. They must answer, but when we stand we answer for our works. ‘Nuff said.

Then it speaks of things past, things present and things to come. Everything has a specified time, which is why as we have done in the past; I share the Scripture that points out that there is a time for all.

After reading this we should truly realise that there is a time for all. Be blessed.

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As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”

– Matthew 26:26

And we were asked to continue this in His memory. In many churches today of all denominations; this is done. In face in some denomination it is a major part. If we look back at the gatherings of the early Christians, we see that in Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

Even in this gathering was a testimony, for the interest of space, read on and you will see exactly what happened when a believer fell asleep and toppled from an upper story window.

Acts 2:42-46 describes the early church breaking bread as part of their fellowship: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” The early Christians came together regularly for common meals, which included the breaking of bread. Acts 2:44 refers to them having “everything in common,” and this no doubt included sharing meals together, each one receiving from the others what they needed. Verse 46 describes them breaking bread in their homes.

1 Corinthians 11:23-39 is a good reading on just what and why we continue this today. Jesus underwent so much for us. His skin and flesh were torn and broken by blows with rods and fists, by whippings and scourgings, by thorns, nails, and spears. Though He went through all this, do we realize not a single bone was broken? It truly is deep.

By that ‘brokenness’ of his body we are healed Isaiah 53:5.

I am keenly aware that we might be drifting a bit, but I just wanted to ‘share’.

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This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

“To celebrate growing older”

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

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As Christians in what do we ‘hope’? What do we fervently ‘wish’ for. The definition of ‘hope’ is a ‘doing’ word:

hōp/

a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. As in a feeling of trust. More important the latter definition is a feeling of trust that He who said it will do it. As many times as I say it, if God made the universe and the earth, a good distance from the sun so that we don’t get burned. How much more, we who are but an insignificant speck in His galaxy will ask for something which for Him is literally not even drawing a breath. In times of great need all He did was say it, give His people the desire and strength and it was done.

Recently, we spoke about ‘trials’. Our example was Joseph In the Old Testament; we miss so often his life story. Yes, he had dreams, but even then he could not have attained them. Everything he went through was in preparation for God’s plan.

We might feel that our lives are a ‘mish-mash’ of events. We have many examples in The Word and even in testimonies; which is why we share them. He literally went through all he did because God had a plan for him. If he had a choice, do you think he would have taken that road? In my heart of hearts, I really do not think so, cannot fathom how anyone would.

In a discussion with a believer recently, it was pointed out that God knows just where we will be. It is our job to trust Him totally. I must point out that Yes! We should strive to do what we must, but wait on The Lord for our blessings to roll in.

In the verse I was going to share, it says in short what he just went ovee:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ‭‭

Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NIV

If and when we have ‘hope’ in our Father, we can rest in peace knowing that what is promised is coming down the pike. For dreams as of yet unattained, keep striving. As, just one example of many we see that:

1. He was sold into slavery. Having been born the son of a well to do man with flock and offspring galore.

2. He was ‘owned’ and was attemptedly seduced, thrown in what was in the message described as a ‘dungeon’. Even if it were a prison cell; the lack of family, support, love and care can and will subdue many.

3. He was able to interpret dreams, yet the one person who we dream he interpreted, it says that he forgot about him. But yet in prison, he served his Lord. Doing so even the gaolers allowed him free reign.

We can go over it, but it has been shared already. How many of us would even half undergo what he did? It should be noted that not many would. The key point is that they were merely dreams.

Let me point something out; many of us have dreams. We might not know where they are from, but we pursue them. This is positive, if and when we observe or learn about individuals in high positions, we learn that they had and have a drive. These are examples in our time. Thus, let us hold to the fabric in our hands; even if it currently have little or no worth and work it into something that will shine an example to manym. We in our everyday lives are an example to others.

If anyone had told Joseph that he would ever have made it out of prison. Do you think he would have believed. If anyone had told him that he would be a governor of many people, would he have thought it possible? Thus, we have but one example and as we study on; we will see how many there are and even be sources of inspiration.

31.

The Pharoah then had a dream and none in his court could interpreter. Now, there were brainiacs and well schooled wise men, but they had futility in interpreting. Now, this was Egypt! The NYC of its day. The wine service waiter whose dream had been interpreted recollected Joseph interpreting his dream. But, I have to state a very important fact. Yes, he had dreams when he was younger, he was sold into slavery, then accused of rape. He however never lost his faith in God. Even in prison for a false accusations he interpreted dreams (part of the big plan) now, I will state something that will shock you. Even in prison for greater than 3 years,  The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. Again, 3 years. Do dreams take that long to be fulfilled? Just keep the faith. I cannot say this enough, if in Your hearts you desire what is in God’s Word, hold fast! It is yours. Sometimes our faith is being tested. This young man’s was for years! We read Genesis 40:23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.

He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind. The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.

In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.

Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”

See how time passed. Truly all things are destined by our Father in Heaven. If and when we observe this, it is difficult to realize how patient one could be. This is definitely an example of years of trusting God that a dream might come true.

In jail with no visitors, no family (that were the ones who sold him into slavery). To every intent, he should have been dead. But, let’s go on.

So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows came up—scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt. The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first. But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.

“In my dream I saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk. After them, seven other heads sprouted—withered and thin and scorched by the east wind. The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none of them could explain it to me.”

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream. The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.

“It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.

“And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. 36This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”

Again lots of lessons. The dream interpretation led to his being selected as a ‘man of virtues and wisdom.’ Wait! Are there Time constraints to your dreams and desires? How badly do you want what want? Patience? Anger at how things have gone? Depression? It can all be different.

See, I was all like “I know this story!” But the specifics were above my head.

1. Reuben returning to the dry well he was placed in, realizing then he had been sold.

2. Joseph being bought by Portifar. There were reasons which we realize in reading.

3. His interpretation of dreams. Not only this, but what ‘could’ have happened for what he was accused of.

4. The time it took for everything to come to be.

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.”

Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,d to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt. v.45

See, we can go on, there are so many lessons. But, let’s go on. In Egypt, even having the position he had, he did not even consider going Bach home. I am led to see that he was too busy for the upcoming years. Another 7 years? Better believe it. Lets move on though…

When the famine hit his true family were affected too: “The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food.”

“And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.”

When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.”

We can see that his brothers were affected and came to the NYC of those days to purchase food. The brothers were recognized by Joseph, but of course their brother was ‘dead’ to them.

Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him. So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan also.

Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked.

“From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”

Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected.”

“No, my lord,” they answered. “Your servants have come to buy food. We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men.

His dream starts to come true; do we dream? Time as we see in The Bible is ‘relative’. In saying that I know how and what you feel ‘it is relative’, “To what?” I ask. I understand that Even I speaking am always in a ‘rush’ to do things. So, this serves as an excellent point in story telling to ascertain what is truly important in our lives. A question I have is we have a desired destination. “Which route is the ‘right’ way?” I can ask so much, but would rather you dwell on this pretty well known story that is all of a sudden pointedly poignant in our lives about:

1. Dreams, the attaining of dreams.

2. Submitting to and respecting authority.

3. Having hope and faith even when it seems there is no reason to any more.

We truly have to know what to hope and feel, why to hope and feel, what to hope and feel for.

So, I just wanted to share what we all knew, but didn’t know in its entirety or fullness. Be well and blessed.

Month 9

Month 9

1.

I decided to study and find out as much as I could about Lucifer. Yes, it continues; I just want to be well informed. I try as much as possible to stay in the confines of the bible as nothing else can describe him in truth.

Satan, also called the adversary or the devil, is the enemy of all righteousness and of those who seek to follow God. He is a spirit son of God (something we have spoken about, Yes he was created by God, this in many places is termed a ‘handiwaork’ of our Father.) who was once an angel “in authority in the presence of God” (see Isaiah 14:12-15 How you have fallen from heaven,

    morning star, son of the dawn!

You have been cast down to the earth,

    you who once laid low the nations!

You said in your heart,

    “I will ascend to the heavens;

I will raise my throne

    above the stars of God;

I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,

    on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.[b]

I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;

    I will make myself like the Most High.”

But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,

    to the depths of the pit.). But in the premortal Council in Heaven, Lucifer, as Satan was then called, rebelled against God. Since that time, he has sought to destroy the children of God on the earth and to make them miserable.

Satan persuaded “a third part of the hosts of heaven” to turn away from the Father. As a result of this rebellion, Satan and his followers were cut off from God’s presence.

Heavenly Father allows Satan and Satan’s followers to tempt us as part of our experience in mortality (see 2 Nephi 2:11-14). Because Satan “seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself, he and his followers try to lead us away from righteousness. He directs his most strenuous opposition at the most important aspects of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness. For example, he seeks to discredit the Savior, to cast doubt on the power of the Atonement, to counterfeit the book ‘Revelations’, to distract us from the truth, and to contradict individual accountability. He attempts to undermine the family by confusing gender, promoting sexual relations outside of marriage, ridiculing marriage, and discouraging childbearing by married adults who would otherwise raise children in righteousness.

We know from Scripture that God is omniscient, which literally means “all-knowing.” Job 37:16; Psalm 139:2–4, 147:5; Proverbs 5:21; Isaiah 46:9-10; and 1 John 3:19–20 leave no doubt that God’s knowledge is infinite and that He knows everything that has happened in the past, is happening now, and will happen in the future.

Looking at some of the superlatives in these verses—“perfect in knowledge”; “his understanding has no limit”; “he knows everything”—it is clear that God’s knowledge is not merely greater than our own, but it is infinitely greater. He knows all things in totality. If God’s knowledge is not perfect, then there is a deficiency in His nature. Any deficiency in God’s nature means He cannot be God, for God’s very essence requires the perfection of all His attributes.

First, we should understand that knowing Satan would rebel is not the same thing as making Satan rebel. The angel Lucifer had a free will and made his own choices. God did not create Lucifer as the devil; He created him good (Genesis 1:31).

In trying to understand why God created Satan, knowing he would rebel, we should also consider the following facts:

1) Lucifer had a good and perfect purpose before his fall. Lucifer’s rebellion does not change God’s original intent from something good to something bad.

2) God’s sovereignty extends to Satan, even in his fallen condition. God is able to use Satan’s evil actions to ultimately bring about God’s holy plan (see 1 Timothy 1:20 and 1 Corinthians 5:5).

3) God’s plan of salvation was ordained from eternity past (Revelation 13:8); salvation requires something to be saved from, and so God allowed Satan’s rebellion and the spread of sin.

4) The suffering that Satan brought into the world actually became the means by which Jesus, in His humanity, was made the complete and perfect Savior of mankind: “In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered” (Hebrews 2:10).

5) From the very beginning, God’s plan in Christ included the destruction of Satan’s work (see 1 John 3:8).

Ultimately, we cannot know for sure why God created Satan, knowing he would rebel. It’s tempting to assume that things would be “better” if Satan had never been created or to declare that God should have done differently. But such assumptions and declarations are unwise. In fact, to claim we know better than God how to run the universe is to fall into the devil’s own sin of promoting himself above the Most High (Isaiah 14:13–14).

I can and will say that if created, one has the ability to decide. Our creations don’t always go the way they are meant to. There is so much to ‘absorb’. Satan for one decided on his own to rebel. Possibly God knew that he would. In the third of angels that he convinced to move over to his side, they were cast out of Heaven. We so often night think that why did God allow him to exist? The tree of Life was in the garden of Eden. If man had consumed of it, Was said prior, Adam and Eve would still be here.

There is more to this than meets the eye. Yes, there is very possibly a reason Adam and Eve were sent out and a Angel with a sword was placed at the ‘entrance’. With geography/constant shifting earth; just where would this be. If one could even tell you. Going would definitely be fatal.

What we are supposed to be able to surmise is the word of God is the Word of God. What He says is. And what He has created is. We can go back on our studies and realize that even when God allowed the flood to come in the days of Noah. He still conserved a fragment of the population. Yes, even though we have genes from Adam and Eve, they in turn came from the family of Noah.

Then, we might ask; why did those people go bad too? We need to take a close look.

The Flood story tells how Noah and his three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, together with their wives, were saved from the Deluge to repopulate the Earth. Shem’s name means “name” or “fame”. Through Eber he became the ancestor of Abraham and thus of the Israelites.

Individuals do not have to give in to Satan’s temptations. Each person has the power to choose good over evil, and the Lord has promised to help all who seek Him through sincere prayer and faithfulness.

2.

Reason to be “Just”. I will launch straight in…

“The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me. I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. Psalm 18:20-24

No ‘lolligagging’ understood. Some of my ‘post’s’ were long. This says what it says. If any of you ‘want more’ let me know.

3.

The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

Eccl. 12:10.

Do you find that it is often a challenge to come up with “delightful words”? If so, you may need to enlarge your vocabulary. One way to do this is to take note of how words are used in the Bible. Learn the meanings of unfamiliar expressions. More important, learn how to use words in a way that helps others. Regarding the relationship between God and His Firstborn Son (We just have. To imagine existing for eternity and wanting to share this. Speaking and a “Son” was created). The reason I say this is because in the Scipture it defines God’s creations as the sons of God:

The Nephilim were on the Earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The first mention of “sons of God” in the Hebrew Bible occurs at Genesis 6:1-4.

We have spoken about this before, what God creates is termed an offspring which in our terms is “son” or “daughter”.

We might be a tad bit confused, bit in thinking about this closely, Jesus is called. The Son of God, begotten before time began, there is a distinct difference. If in fact an Angel could have stood in His place… We have already discussed how boisterous in Heaven when Jesus was born man. He was Spirit first and for eternity, before time existed. We read in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. “

We can continue to follow this; when Jesus ascended to Heaven, within days the Holy Spirit was spread freely on man. Just as we are confused or perplexed by the term “Son”, just as He sent His only begotten Son. That term means so much.

Something is begotten when it’s been generated by procreation — in other words, it’s been fathered. A somewhat old fashioned adjective, begotten is the past participle of the verb beget, which means to father or produce as offspring.

True, Jesus existed before time began. But specifically what is meant by ‘begotten’ as we read, it is the product of a union, in this case, infant Jesus was placed in the wombbof Mary.

So many times, I might have been misdirected. Let us see what I mean. Mary was created for this purpose, to bear the essence of God-No other. His stepfather Joseph might have had other legal offspring. But so that people would not ‘talk’, he ‘married’ Mary.

Furthermore, why were the ‘brother and/or Sister’s mentioned in the entire bible

Those who hold this belief reject the claim that Jesus had biological siblings and maintain that these brothers and sisters received this designation because of their close association with the nuclear family of Jesus, and are actually either his cousins or children of Joseph from a previous marriage.

In the 3rd century, biological relatives on account of their connection with the nuclear family of Jesus, without explicit reference to brothers or sisters, were called the desposyni, from the Greek δεσπόσυνοι, plural of δεσπόσυνος, meaning “of or belonging to the master or lord”. The term was used by Sextus Julius Africanus, a writer of the early 3rd century.

“God has given me [Jesus] the tongue of those taught, so that I may know how to answer the tired one with the right word.” (Isa. 50:4) Taking time to meditate on what we are going to say can help us to find the right words. (James 1:19) We could ask ourselves, ‘Will these words really convey what I want to say? What effect will my choice of words have on my listener?’

4.

When I retire to bed every evening ruminating over life, I discovered that:

Sometimes, to succeed in life you need ENEMIES…. Yes!!!

You need people who will mock you, so that you can run to God.

You need people who will try to intimidate you, so that you can be courageous.

You need people who will say “NO” so that you can learn how to be independent…I mean how to do it yourself.

You need people who will disappoint you so that you can put all your trust in God alone.

You need people who will work towards you loosing that job, so that you can start your own big business.

You need people who will sell your ‘Joseph’ so that ‘you’ can get to Egypt and be a Prime Minister in a strange land of captivity.

You need a cruel landlord, so that you won’t be too comfortable in someone else’s house, then you can build your own house on time.

But sometimes, when we are disappointed, we feel very bad and we tend to remain on that spot. Not knowing that the end-point of disappointment is the beginning of your accomplishments.

Understand this, “that every disappointment you once had came with a blessing!” However, it is not everyone that partakes in this blessing that I’m talking about.

You cannot see a new OPEN door while you are still putting all your attention, time and energy in trying to force the closed one to open.

And again I say, “No disappointment can ever come without an attached blessing!”

So, when the disappointment come, thank God for it and tell “HIM” to open your eyes to see the new blessing that HE has for you!

Disappointment is PHASE 1 while accomplishment is PHASE 2.  I doubt if one can jump the protocols.

That is why it is called BREAKTHROUGH Something must BREAK so that you can go THROUGH!

GOD BLESS YOU REAL GOOD!

5.

All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.

Are we called? Do we feel called by The Lord? So many times there are things things that might stand against us; people who will our failure or want to see us fall. There are so many ways to define this, essentially we stand in places at times that we are placed for ‘reason’s.’ Sometimes or decision making ‘habits’. Let me be you for a second (just a second). “Did I pray about this first?”, ” Did I seek the leading of The Spirit”, “Is it in The Lord’s will?”, “Will he be glorified by this action?”. Trust me, we can go on, But running across the verse above leads us to be able to lie back on and in Him. Our Father in Heaven.

So often I am struck by the wholeness of The Bible. Is there a topic that is not covered? Interestingly, when the testimonies of God’s grace and actions in the Lives of His people who have faith. It runs the gamut. Lets take a walk through a few; David and Goliath, I need not say more. But in this case it was faith. He in no way was supposed to win, with faith-He did! Let us look at some of our Goliath’s.

Bill’s, Problems at work, home school, Money…again we can say it ‘all’ without end. They are frankly our ‘Goliath’s’ in our lives, we stand in faith, just as David did. Remember, he was warned by so many; his bothers, King Saul and his men. They most likely watched from a ‘safe’ distance to see how it would end. I am definitely on the same side as the Isreali soldiers; watching and waiting for David to fall. “Poor young fool” they must have thought, felt or even said.

Place yourselves there in your minds eye. You are a ‘fighter’, well known for your prowess in battle. Along comes this ‘young buck’, to be killed by the champion of the Philistines. You would have said “They had best stop that ‘fool’ before he gets slaughtered.” But, to your chagrin they (the King and the officers) let him go! What’s more! “He isn’t wearing armor!!!” “This is going to be fast.” Was most likely the word around camp.

“What is that ‘fool’ doing?”

“What!!! He took stones from the brook?”

“This is sure going to be fast and tragic for his brothers who are with us.”

“Shhh! Not so loud, they are right there, they might hear you.”

“I guess he might think that we will sling a pebble toward that ‘hero’, that for days (weeks even) has taunted us.”

“You no what?”

“What???”

“It’s about time that they kill one of us So that we will accept that they won and…”

“Don’t mean to budge in, but whose house would you best serve in…”

“Guys, guys; he is heading out to meet him (Goliath)”.

“We had best look for his brothers and tell them how sorry we are.”

“You know what? He was too young to even enlist in the army!”

“I didn’t even ask what he used to do”

“Watch his fathers sheep.”

“What? Never fought in a battle?”

“Too young!!!”

“Like I said, fast and furious, we lose!”

In the distance they watched Goliath with a swagger approach David on the battlefield. He turns to his people and says “Look what they sent. A runt!”

On Goliaths side:

“It’s about time we stopped this show of force. We do nothing but parade our champ!”

“You know what? It’s about time this ended!”

“Are there any good-looking Isreqli women you have in mind? We might just go take our pick.”

“See this fool talking! We have been here on the battlefield. The last woman he saw was his wife.”

“Guys, guys. The little unseasoned runt is walking out to meet him.”

“Uhh! What does he have? No weapons???”

“I think the Jewish people sent him to be taken to end this fallacy.”

“Uhh! What’s he doing???”

David then reached into his knapsack, pulled out a stone and put it in his sling.

At that point Goliath laughed. A deep throaty guffaw. “This boy is truly a fool, I am a giant among men!”

As he reached back to choose which weapon would be fasted to behead the useless lad, David placed a stone in his sling. “Does he think…” David let the stone go. Mouths on both sides were agape. Goliath thought he would slap the stone away…

It hit him between the eyes. A quick though came to his rapidly failing thoughts “Was there someone who attacked from a distance while they used this runt to distract…”

He felt a pair of hands. “My nec…” And he was gone.

Meanwhile, David held up the head. The Jewish troops with a resounding roar grabbed their weapons and started attacking the fast retreating Philistines who left their belongings and tents…

You get the idea. Faith does a lot. So much!!! One cannot imagine. Name one thing that you really dream to accomplish. Got it? Well, its about time to “David” it. Our new term for faith in a hopeless situation.

I want to talk about Daniel in the Lions den; Shadach, Mesach and abdenego etc. The testimonies are known. So, I will ask, what is or are your testimonies?

I am aware that David was ‘festooned’ with armour that belonged to King Saul. He could not move! He would have been mowed down. Imagine this, He was on the battlefield, not able to walk straight. He would have been mowed down. But, he wasn’t. What will Your faith accomplish today?

Interestingly, we are to have faith in all our ways; what has that faith done for you? We can have a testimony booth.

Father Lord, we thank You for Your gifts in our lives. Lord, You are our source of gifts. Lord Jesus for Your patience and Love. Holy Spirit, for being here with me. Be glorified in and through me. Lord, in Jesus name, I decree that I am a David to my problems, in Your name, by Your grace, I decree that my problems are taken away by Your grace. Lord, stimulate my Spirit to spread Your word, study Your word and show Your Love in the name of Jesus. Amen

6.

I actually was thinking (remembering the names of my God from when I was growing up, and remembered some of them.

El Shaddai – The Almighty

El-Elyon na Adonai – God in the Highest or the Highest, O Lord

Erkamka na Adonai – We will love you, O Lord

“Almighty God” (‘El Shaddaí). Towards the fourth century a. C., the Jews stopped pronouncing the name of God and replaced it by Adonai, “the Lord”.

Jehovah, …. This is my name for ever; This is my memorial for ever. “(Exodus 3:15, KJV)

“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” – Genesis 22:14 (KJV)

Elohim- The word most often used for God in the Hebrew Bible is Elohim. The word is a topic of frequent theological discussion and defining. But what is often lacking is accurate and detailed information based on the biblical contexts in which the word is found.

7.

I actually was thinking (remembering the names of my God from when I was growing up, and remembered some of them.

El Shaddai – The Almighty

El-Elyon na Adonai – God in the Highest or the Highest, O Lord

Erkamka na Adonai – We will love you, O Lord

“Almighty God” (‘El Shaddaí). Towards the fourth century a. C., the Jews stopped pronouncing the name of God and replaced it by Adonai, “the Lord”.

Jehovah, …. This is my name for ever; This is my memorial for ever. “(Exodus 3:15, KJV)

“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” – Genesis 22:14 (KJV)

Elohim- The word most often used for God in the Hebrew Bible is Elohim. The word is a topic of frequent theological discussion and defining. But what is often lacking is accurate and detailed information based on the biblical contexts in which the word is found.

Lord, thank You for my learning Your name and what You are in different tongues. I thank You for Your mercy and grace. Go before me and my Loved ones today. Bless us and make us whole, complete in you. Lord, where I stood and/or walked wrong, forgive me as I try to learn to forgive others. Lord, you say in Your word that if I am offering my requests up to You and am touched that there is someone I have something against. I should leave the offerings there and go settle my differences, Lord, I cast me thoughts back and each situation that has held back my blessings I let 100% off my plate, and by Your grace in Love do I make it right. Hold me Lord in Your bosom that I may be cloaked with Your glory. Lord, You have said that I should ask, believing and it is so. Lord, I thank You as You go before me today and fill the day with testimony in Jesus name. Thank You Lord, I pray in The name of The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Amen

8.

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Psalm

Psalm 62:7

Salvation: sal·va·tion

salˈvāSH(ə)n/

noun

1. Preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.

“they try to sell it to us as economic salvation”

synonyms:lifeline, preservation

2. In theology: Deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.

synonyms:redemption, deliverance, reclamation

“salvation by way of repentance”

glo·ry

ˈɡlôrē/

noun

1. High renown or honor won by notable achievements.

“to fight and die for the glory of one’s nation”

synonyms:renown, fame, prestige, honor, distinction, kudos, eminence, acclaim, praise; celebrity, recognition, reputation; informalbouquets

“a sport that won him glory”

2. Magnificence or great beauty.

“the train has been restored to all its former glory”

synonyms:magnificence, splendor, resplendence, grandeur, majesty, greatness, nobility; opulence, beauty, elegance

“a house restored to its former glory”

verb

1. Take great pride or pleasure in.

“they were individuals who gloried in their independence”

synonyms:take pleasure in, revel in, rejoice in, delight in; relish, savor; congratulate oneself on, be proud of, boast about, bask in; informalget a kick out of, get a thrill out of

“we gloried in our independence”

We can definitely go on. But being that we all use these words a lot, I felt it was time to ‘look into’ them, so that in quoting, it is accurate. Folks, to God be the glory for the things He has done. With His Son He has saved us, with His power He has reached and received us! To God our El Shaddai be the glory for the things He has done.

El Shaddai (Hebrew: אֵל שַׁדַּי‎‎, IPA: [el ʃaˈdːaj]) or just Shaddai is one of the names of the God of Israel. El Shaddai is conventionally translated as God Almighty but the construction of the phrase fits the pattern of the divine appellations in the Ancient Near East and as such can convey various types of semantic relations between these two words: El of a place known as Shaddai, El possessing the quality of shaddai or El who is also known as Shaddai – exactly as is the case with the names like “’El Olam”, “’El Elyon” or “’El Betel”

When we need a place of rest, it is in His bosom. Hallelujah!

9.

I decided to study and find out as much as I could about Lucifer. Yes, it continues; I just want to be well informed. I try as much as possible to stay in the confines of the bible as nothing else can describe him in truth.

Satan, also called the adversary or the devil, is the enemy of all righteousness and of those who seek to follow God. He is a spirit son of God (something we have spoken about, Yes he was created by God, this in many places is termed a ‘handiwaork’ of our Father.) who was once an angel “in authority in the presence of God” (see Isaiah 14:12-15 How you have fallen from heaven,

    morning star, son of the dawn!

You have been cast down to the earth,

    you who once laid low the nations!

You said in your heart,

    “I will ascend to the heavens;

I will raise my throne

    above the stars of God;

I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,

    on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.[b]

I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;

    I will make myself like the Most High.”

But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,

    to the depths of the pit.). But in the premortal Council in Heaven, Lucifer, as Satan was then called, rebelled against God. Since that time, he has sought to destroy the children of God on the earth and to make them miserable.

Satan persuaded “a third part of the hosts of heaven” to turn away from the Father. As a result of this rebellion, Satan and his followers were cut off from God’s presence.

Heavenly Father allows Satan and Satan’s followers to tempt us as part of our experience in mortality (see 2 Nephi 2:11-14). Because Satan “seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself, he and his followers try to lead us away from righteousness. He directs his most strenuous opposition at the most important aspects of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness. For example, he seeks to discredit the Savior, to cast doubt on the power of the Atonement, to counterfeit the book ‘Revelations’, to distract us from the truth, and to contradict individual accountability. He attempts to undermine the family by confusing gender, promoting sexual relations outside of marriage, ridiculing marriage, and discouraging childbearing by married adults who would otherwise raise children in righteousness.

We know from Scripture that God is omniscient, which literally means “all-knowing.” Job 37:16; Psalm 139:2–4, 147:5; Proverbs 5:21; Isaiah 46:9-10; and 1 John 3:19–20 leave no doubt that God’s knowledge is infinite and that He knows everything that has happened in the past, is happening now, and will happen in the future.

Looking at some of the superlatives in these verses—“perfect in knowledge”; “his understanding has no limit”; “he knows everything”—it is clear that God’s knowledge is not merely greater than our own, but it is infinitely greater. He knows all things in totality. If God’s knowledge is not perfect, then there is a deficiency in His nature. Any deficiency in God’s nature means He cannot be God, for God’s very essence requires the perfection of all His attributes.

Individuals do not have to give in to Satan’s temptations. Each person has the power to choose good over evil, and the Lord has promised to help all who seek Him through sincere prayer and faithfulness.

10.

After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home.

Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away.

So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.

That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus.

The whole town gathered at the door to watch.

So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.

Later Simon and the others went out to find him.

When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.”

So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.

Mark 1:29-39

We see in fact that Jesus was The King of the Jews. He healed and made whole. But, importantly he did not keep it only to Jews. He touched everyone. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick and healed. Not only was she healed, she cooked a meal for them. I am sure this required focus and energy; getting everything just right.

Moreover, I want to point out the the demons in the ‘possessed’ people knew Who He was. We can look back in His-story. There was a meeting of the Angels in God’s presence, where Lucifer appeared and asked to tempt Job, upon whose Spirit, God had encircled. The point here is that after the temptations of Jesus by Lucifer, it was clear that He; though in human form was who they thought Him to be. What meeting do you imagine that the fallen Angels had? To the point that they knew just who he was. Even later they knew who Jesus was and who the Apostle Paul and what authority each had through The blessing of God and The authority that was bequested in faith, we read:  “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.” Acts 19:13-16

We might act in line with the authority given by El Shadai in Heaven. In faith we can step out, If it falters or is lacking, we should take the time to shore it up. 6But when you pray, 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. Matthew 6:6

Lord Heavenly Father, in The Name of Jesus teach me just what You want me to do. In Your Word Jesus says “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Father in The Name of Jesus, allow us to do Your will that You may be glorified. Touch us, inspire us, use us. Lord that we may build up our riches in glory. Lord we feel it in our Spirits when we say that we shall be moving about with a six pack of blessings in Your presence in Jesus’ name, Amen

After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home.

Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away.

So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.

That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus.

The whole town gathered at the door to watch.

So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.

Later Simon and the others went out to find him.

When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.”

So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.

Mark 1:29-39

We see in fact that Jesus was The King of the Jews. He healed and made whole. But, importantly he did not keep it only to Jews. He touched everyone. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick and healed. Not only was she healed, she cooked a meal for them. I am sure this required focus and energy; getting everything just right.

Moreover, I want to point out the the demons in the ‘possessed’ people knew Who He was. We can look back in His-story. There was a meeting of the Angels in God’s presence, where Lucifer appeared and asked to tempt Job, upon whose Spirit, God had encircled. The point here is that after the temptations of Jesus by Lucifer, it was clear that He; though in human form was who they thought Him to be. What meeting do you imagine that the fallen Angels had? To the point that they knew just who he was. Even later they knew who Jesus was and who the Apostle Paul and what authority each had through The blessing of God and The authority that was bequested in faith, we read:  “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.” Acts 19:13-16

We might act in line with the authority given by El Shadai in Heaven. In faith we can step out, If it falters or is lacking, we should take the time to shore it up. 6But when you pray, 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. Matthew 6:6

11.

And we share: “Praise be to the Lord,

for he has heard my cry for mercy.”

In times of need, He is right there, all we need do is call out (even cry out) He hears you.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; not only is He the reason we walk (ambulate in ‘Medical terms’), but God is the source of our rising this and every day. Not only does he cover us from the unknown, but from the known quarry. We might appear as fodder, but we have a God in whose arms we are Lovingly at peace. Hallelujah!

My heart trusts in him, and he helps me.

Each time I realize I am in His grace, I shout Alleluia.

And my heart leaps for joy,

and with my song I praise him.

The Lord is the strength of his people,

a fortress (we dwell in His presence, roundabout we are fortified by His provision under His wings) of salvation for his anointed one.

Psalm 28:6-8

If you are anointed say Amen and continue to exist in the bliss that we only realize in the true presence of God. We are blessed to be blessed!

12.

Do you not realise that you are a temple of God with the Spirit of God living in you?

We proclaim it and do not realize the weight of this ‘statement’, this fact.

The verse then goes on to say: If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy that person, because God’s temple is holy; and you are that temple.

There are many ways by which we can do this: drugs, alcohol, sexual immorality…in truth, let The Spirit be your guide, not the ‘word’s’ of one or many. Weigh your actions by The Word of God. Does it fit in, or do you stuff it to fit? Remember, that which you sow, you shall reap.

There is no room for self-delusion. Any one of you who thinks he is wise by worldly standards must learn to be a fool in order to be really wise.

1 Corinthians 3:16-22.

Let no one deceive [or delude] himself.” If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age it is a delusion, don’t believe it. Many of the Corinthian believers considered themselves to be wise because of their accumulation of knowledge. The city of Corinth was a major center of learning and of Greek philosophy. And they believed they were spiritual because the gifts of the Spirit were at work among them. And this was one of their main problems as a church; they were puffed up with pride and looked down at other believers who they perceived to be inferior to themselves. But in reality they had nothing to be proud about. What they considered to be wisdom was in reality foolishness and what they believed to be evidence of their spirituality (their spiritual gifts) was in reality only evidence of God’s grace and mercy bestowed upon an undeserving people.

Let’s go back to the opening line of verse 18, “Let no one deceive himself”. This passage speaks just as much to believers today as it did back then. What is the deception that we must beware of? It is the deception of measuring our wisdom against the standard of the world.

“If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age . . .” This age refers to that which is temporal and passing away as opposed to that which is eternal.

13.

The Lord is compassionate and merciful: longsuffering and plenteous in mercy.

He hath not dealt with us according to our sins. Hallelujah!: nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. The Lord be praised!

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our iniquities from us.

As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord compassion on them that fear Him

Psalm 103:9-13

In these verses, we can appreciate God as a Father. Let us look at the Love of God as a Mother:

Genesis 1:27 Women and Men created in God’s image

“Humankind was created as God’s reflection: in the divine image God created them; female and male, God made them.”

Hosea 11:3-4 God described as a mother

God: “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I who took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.”

Hosea 13:8 God described as a mother bear

“Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and tear them asunder…”

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 God described as a mother eagle

“Like the eagle that stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young, God spreads wings to catch you, and carries you on pinions.”

Deuteronomy 32:18 God who gives birth

“You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.”

Isaiah 66:13 God as a comforting mother

God: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 49:15 God compared to a nursing mother

God: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”.

There are so many more. My challenge to you today is to find where and what it says about God, He is found in all. We essentially were made in His image.

There are essentially no ‘parts’, we are of one body, and as we come in further understanding of The Word, we are blessed to see that we are ‘one body’: So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

1 Corinthians 12:27

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:12,13

We then see that we are parts of Him, and by His grace, Him in us. So, to our God be glory forever. We should then learn to treat each other well. It is God’s will.

Next we will discuss how the whole Law or should I say, the old law is summarized in the teachings of Christ-Love.

14.

Today, we will have a challenge. We shall state fact. The question is: “Is it from The Word? Or just fact?” That is left for you to figure out.

The Lord is compassionate and merciful: longsuffering and plenteous in mercy.

He hath not dealt with us according to our sins: nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our iniquities from us.

As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord compassion on them that fear him

15.

When my heart was grieved

and my spirit embittered,

I was senseless and ignorant;

I was a brute beast before You Father.

Yet I am always with You;

Father, You hold me by my right hand.

You guide me with Your counsel,

and afterward You will take me into Glory.

Whom have I in Heaven but You?

And Earth has nothing I desire besides You.

Psalm 73:21-25

The Lord your God is with you,

    the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

    in His love He will no longer rebuke you,

    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

Our Lord sings??? We have to realize the He created musical verse, instruments, sound! We are made in the Heavenly peoples image. In this verse, I am sure it his whole Self that sings with Joy. We were rebuked and made the decision to come to Him. Father, be glorified in every second of my existence I pray in Jesus’ name. Hallelujah! Father hold me in Your Loving arms. Make me whole before You in Jesus’ name.

To share a little verse I became aware of was when Paul was ministering, and I share it below:

Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

Acts 19:13-16

So in the Spiritual we should ensure that we have the authority in The Name of Jesus.

16.

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27

“This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long,

This is my story, this is my song,

I in my Savior, I am happy and rested, and I will praise my Savior all the day long.”

Reasons to thank and praise The Lord, our Father:

1. Today.

2. We made it through yesterday. There may/might have been challeges; but here we are. The praises will go up to God, because no matter what; here we are.

3. Tomorrows. All our years to come are in Him. A definite reason to learn to trust God and rest in Him daily.

Lord Father, King of kings and Lord of lords, be praised for today and go before us. Father be magnified in my Life. My all is before you. Be glorified in Jesus’ name. Amen

17. (A bit long)

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27

Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

To him belongs eternal praise.

Psalm 11:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 1:7

I set out to do a bible study on the ‘concept’ “fear”, one thing came to mind. The word “fear” (can mean knowledge, understanding, respect and more) of The Lord is a start to so many things.

Fear: A feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.

Fear of the Lord” generally refers to a specific sense of respect, awe, and submission to a deity, while Fear of God suggests apprehension of Divine punishment.

We have ‘shared’ and will once again, there are so many events in The Bible where the presence of God was so overpowering that people essentially were affected and effected. It brings one to their knees. Some examples:

(i) Mary (The sister of Martha who sat at the feet of Jesus after He raised Lazarus from the dead) – An Increasing Appreciation

(ii) Asaph – A New Perspective. Psalm 73 details Asaph’s experience, and the effect upon him of entering ‘the sanctuary of God’, v. 17. The psalm is divided by this verse. In the first sixteen verses, we see a man judging according to man’s estimation; in the closing verses we learn the effect of seeing the same conditions from the presence of God.

(iii) Elijah – A Fearless Testimony. A Fearless Testimony

According to 1 Kings 17.1, Elijah stands fearlessly before the wicked king Ahab because he recognizes that he is in the presence of the Lord God of Israel, He goes into the presence of one who has set himself to kill the prophets of the Lord, 1 Kgs. 18. 13, and leaves untouched and untraceable.

(iv) Moses – A Changed Image. In Exodus 34, we read of the second period of forty days that Moses spent in the mount with the Lord. At the end, we read, ‘Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone’, v. 29. The first part of the statement teaches us that the effect of spending time in the presence of God will not always be apparent to ourselves.

We must stop here and realize that the testimony of Moses goes far beyond this.

A friend loveth at all times…” Proverbs 17:17

Your best friend is the one who knows the worst about you, and loves you just the same, and that best friend is God, the Lord Jesus Christ who sticks closer than a brother. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

The true source, foundation, and example of friendship is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We see that Moses would leave the ‘camp’ and meet and discourse with God.

I’m sure that we would love to know the experience of Adam and Eve. It says that His footsteps were heard and they hid.

I will further note that in His image we were created.

There is ‘wildlife’ to which we bear no resemblance. Yes, some might say that we bear a few similarities with baboons, apes and/or monkeys. They do not possess the ability to think and or do as we do. So, yes! We are created in the image of God

When I think of the Heavenly host, I am in my mind taken to a place where size does in no way account for anything/matter; in fact the more Spiritual minded we are and ‘exercise’ our faith, the ‘bigger’ spiritually we get.

When we are in Heaven, it is a different plane and we do not consume. In The Bible it speaks of ‘healing waters’:  Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. Ezekiel 47:1

We can actually see that there are a ‘ton’ of other verses that say the exact same thing, and we read:

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:14

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

Ezekiel 36:25

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

John 7:38

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation

Isaiah 12:3

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.

Isaiah 43:2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

Revelation 22:1

They shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them.

Isaiah 49:10

In the time to come, we will not ‘need’ to feed, we will be fed by and on The Glory of God. In the garden of Eden, because they were human, they needed to eat of the land, and they did as do we. To show you what I shared about the presence of God. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden Genesis 3:8

Not only that but Moses saw The Glory of The Lord:

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.”

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 34:18-23

Isn’t it literally amazing and fantastic that Moses was deemed a ‘companion’ of The Lord. But even then, he slipped as we all do and something was taken away from him.

In leading the people of Israel to the ‘promised land’, Moses stepped wrong. Saw the promised land from a distance, but did not set foot there while alive. “I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey” Exodus 3:17. This promise wasn’t specifically to any one person, but the nation as a whole. But it never was a given that God would bring people no matter what. People were expected to obey God.

Moses and Aaron lost the privelege of the entering because they disobeyed God.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them” Numbers 20:7-12.

Moses made two mistakes: He added to God’s command by striking the rock even though God didn’t say anything about it. But worse, Moses said that he and Aaron were bringing forth the water. He did not give God the credit. Because of their sin, they lost the privilege of entering the land of Canaan.

This is an important lesson for all of us. No one is so important that God must save the person. We are all promised a place in heaven. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16. But we are expected to be obedient to God. “For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

As an aside, we see so many places that the number 40 appears in The Scripture. Jesus fasted for 40 days and we read on the rest:

The number 40 shows up often in the Bible. Because 40 appears so often in contexts dealing with judgment or testing, many scholars understand it to be the number of “probation” or “trial.” This doesn’t mean that 40 is entirely symbolic; it still has a literal meaning in Scripture. “Forty days” means “forty days,” but it does seem that God has chosen this number to help emphasize times of trouble and hardship.

Here are some examples of the Bible’s use of the number 40 that stress the theme of testing or judgment:

In the Old Testament, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12). After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30). Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). Moses interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days.

18.

“Mary” the name/word is mention 54 times in 46 verses. This includes every Mary mentions (Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, etc.). There were several women named Mary mentioned in the New Testament because in NT times is was a super popular name for girls/women.

there two different Joseph’s in the Bible?

Joseph is the name of several men in the Bible: Joseph (son of Jacob) in the Book of Genesis, and the tribe named after him. Saint Joseph (1st-century BC–1st-century AD), husband of Mary. Joseph of Arimathea (died 1st-century), according to the Gospels, the man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus.

We can go over names and realize that there is such repetition. But amazingly, there was never a ‘Jesus’ until it was pronounced by His Father.

19.

To focus on one thing specifically; many people have what they serve. Love of money, wealth even food. In all it is called “good living”, though In truth it is living in sin. A verse that closely resembles what we are saying, we have spoken of before:

1 Corinthians 6:10 – “nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Proverbs 15:27 – “Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.”

Even, we can take it a step further:

Titus 1:7 – “For an overseer (Elder of the church), as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain.”

We see that it is ‘advised’ to steer clear of that which trips us up. In reading-

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

Psalm 96:5

It was pointed out that this might have been in the past. But in our time it is the things that take our attention from The Lord. These in essence amount to the gods of cold. They hold/have our attention and our efforts.

If in fact, our Father, our God In Heaven made the earth, the cosmos and all within it. Isn’t it better to focus our time and attention on Him? Just saying. So, as a quick reminder, let us keep our focus on Him.

Father Lord, thank You for this day. For all we have, for all we have been blessed with. Lord, keep my focus on You that I may serve You and only You. Father Lord. I commit this day, this time into Your holy, caring and Loving arms. Touch me, fill me, hold me, complete me. I commit my Loved ones into Your hands in Jesus’ name, Amen

20.

Today’s sharing will be based on Joseph, not the step-dad of Jesus, but Joseph son of Bilhah and Zilpah. He was 17 and with his brothers did some things that were not right, he even told his parents Genesis 37:2 “When Jacob’s son Joseph was seventeen years old, he took care of the sheep with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah. But he was always telling his father all sorts of bad things about his brothers.”

To hurry this along, one day he was sent to bring report of how his brothers faired while they watch the flock. When he went to the place they had been, he was told they had moved on, and he went to them. Seeing him coming, the contemplated killing him but he was fended for by his brother Reuben. Who knew that word one way or another would reach their father. They then threw him in a pit to die of starvation. But just then traders were passing by, so they decided to barter him off to the traders.

Again, we haven’t reached the ‘weren’t part yet. In returning home, they soiled his cloak (the multi-colored tunic given him by his father) with the blood of one of their herd and delivered the ‘bad’ news that Joseph had been slain by wild animals.

Joseph was then sold into slavery in Egypt and was purchased by Potiphar “Meanwhile, the Midianites had sold Joseph in Egypt to a man named Potiphar, who was the king’s official in charge of the palace guard.”

In Portiphars home he did well and was promoted. Potiphar liked Joseph and made him his personal assistant, putting him in charge of his house and all of his property. v. 39:4

Not only was he placed in charge but he was a ‘dreamer’.  One day, Joseph told his brothers what he had dreamed, and they hated him even more. Joseph said, “Let me tell you about my dream. We were out in the field, tying up bundles of wheat. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles gathered around and bowed down to it.”

His brothers asked, “Do you really think you are going to be king and rule over us?” Now they hated Joseph more than ever because of what he had said about his dream.

Joseph later had another dream, and he told his brothers, “Listen to what else I dreamed. The sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowed down to me.”

When he told his father about this dream, his father became angry and said, “What’s that supposed to mean? Are your mother and I and your brothers all going to come and bow down in front of you?”

Genesis 37:5-11

Portiphar’s wife became a problem. Joseph was well-built and handsome,  and Potiphar’s wife soon noticed him. She asked him to make love to her,  but he refused and said, “My master isn’t worried about anything in his house, because he has placed me in charge of everything he owns. No one in my master’s house is more important than I am. The only thing he hasn’t given me is you, and that’s because you are his wife. I won’t sin against God by doing such a terrible thing as this.”

We should note he gave glory to God for what he had. Do we? More so, a lot to learn, he adamantly refused to get involved. See, he might have been killed for doing ‘wrong’, he knew what was right and kept to it strictly. Once again, do we? Moving curtly along.

One day, Joseph went to Potiphar’s house to do his work, and none of the other servants were there. Potiphar’s wife grabbed hold of his coat and said, “Make love to me!” Joseph ran out of the house, leaving her hanging onto his coat.

When this happened, she called in her servants and said, “Look! This Hebrew has come just to make fools of us. He tried to rape me, but I screamed for help. And when he heard me scream, he ran out of the house, leaving his coat with me.”

Potiphar’s wife kept Joseph’s coat until her husband came home. Then she said, “That Hebrew slave of yours tried to rape me! But when I screamed for help, he left his coat and ran out of the house.”

Potiphar became very angry and threw Joseph in the same prison where the king’s prisoners were kept. He could and should have killed him for what he was accused of, but God had greater plans for our ‘dreamer’.

In prison, not was he the ‘dreamer’ but the interpreter of dreams.

21.

Month 7

Month 7

1.

SWEAR NOT…..

James 5:12. But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

Matthew 5:37. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

WHY YOU MAY NOT SWEAR……

Matthew 5:33-36. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thy oaths.

34. But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

35. Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

36. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

YOU HAVE NO REASON TO SWEAR…..

Colossians 3:9. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Ephesians 4:25. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Colossians 4:6. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

MAKE YOUR HEART A BED OF TRUTH….

Proverbs 4:23. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Matthew 15:19. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

DO NOT SWEAR WITH GOD’S NAME…..

Exodus 20:7. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.

Leviticus 19:12. And ye shall not swear by my name falsely,  neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

IT IS A SIN TO SWEAR….

James 2:10. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

UNDERSTAND THESE….

1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God.

MAY YOU BE RAPTURABLE IN JESUS NAME….

Our Prayer…..

1. O Lord my Father, give me grace to honour your name in every thing that I do or say.

2. Holy Spirit of God, help me to speak the truth, everyday and everytime.

3. Power digging pit of death for me, die in your pit.

4. Power struggling to see me injured, to see me wounded, die.

5. Holy Spirit of God, make me relevant beyond my Father’s house.

6. Holy Spirit of God, impress my name in the heart of my helper, so that my help will come quickly.

7. O Lord my Father, arise and put to shame as many that are using your name to defraud your church, your ministers, your people and USA, UK and Nigeria especially in the name of JESUS.

2.

Jesus said to his disciples:

“No one can serve two masters.

He will either hate one and love the other,

or be devoted to one and despise the other.

You cannot serve God and mammon.

mam·mon

ˈˈmamən

noun

wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion. It was taken by medieval writers as the name of the devil of covetousness, and revived in this sense by Milton.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,

what you will eat or drink,

or about your body, what you will wear.

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds in the sky;

they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,

yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.

Are not you more important than they?

Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?

Why are you anxious about clothes?

Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.

They do not work or spin.

But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor

was clothed like one of them.

If God so clothes the grass of the field,

which grows today and is thrown into the fire tomorrow,

will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’

or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’

All these things the pagans seek.

Your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,

and all these things will be added unto you.

Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.

Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

Matthew 6:24-34

3.

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Psalm 51:13

Has The Word been placed in my heart? To proclaim that which is to come? How can one made lowly by his-story gain a foothold? Lord, I believe in You, trust You. Father, I need You. Where there are many who come to my support; Lord it is You I want and need.

In looking back, You have made all things come together to this time. Father, I trust you for more in Jesus’ name I pray. Father, You have said with my tongue I So As confess, and it shall be. Father Lord at this time I seek Your face. I give You all praise and thanks for all You have done. My yesterdays were on your hands as ate my tomorrows. Lord, I commit my Life, My heart, my essence into Your holy, capable hands. Father, this time is Yours in Jesus’s name. Father, thank You for my essence in You, You work through me. Father utilize me to do Your will in Jesus’ name. Where I am lost, bring me out and guide me Lord in Jesus’s name. I thank You for this time, in Jesus’ name, Amen

4.

Ok, so music time again 😁: Do we remember the song we sang in service? The more O read The Word, the more it comes alive! You can ‘live the life’s and not be aware of its extents.

As a youth, I sang this, if someone mentioned that it was part of His word, I would have stood shocked, mouth agape. But thinking about it now I think “Where would they come from.” So, me encouragement for the musicians among us, but even if you can’t carry a note, raise your voice in praise of the source of our salvation!

“The LORD reigneth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

Psalm 18:46

5.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

Rejoice always, for from the heart joy comes, as we are blessed, there is much need to be grateful, pray continually, bringing your requests with joy for the promises apparent in your life. Give thanks in all circumstances both in trial and in grace; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt or disdain, but test them all; hold on to what is good. Reject every kind of evil, and hold on to the blessed promises of our Father in Heaven, Holy is He who sits upon the throne.

2 Thessalonians 5:16-19

Have you prayed today? Offered a word of thanks to our Father. Observe the light of the sun, the gentle breeze and even the strong gales of wind, they are all blessings. For kite flyers, amazing gusts to lift their hobbies up. There are many who might not be as thrilled. But in each and all, there is a reason to give thanks.

In The Kingdom all is with utmost beauty and peace. So as we approach that ‘season’ we have every reason to be glad.

This is the day that the Lord has made;

    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

Our songwriters! Waiting on you! Ring, ring.

6.

If we are blessed or I should say “when we are blessed” do we hide it? I think not. Our blessings and advancements in life are a given as believers. The interesting part is that we cannot deny or hide the fact that we receive blessings. Time to throw off the basket. I am not saying ‘be proud’, but in essence bless others because you have been blessed. In thinking on this fact, it touched on what had already been said:

“Then Jesus asked them, “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed? Of course not! A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light will shine.”

– Mark 4:21

💒So, let your light shine. Jesus’ people come together, let your light shine, share your Love with one another let your light shine. Let it shine, shine, shine; Let your light shine.

Lord Heavenly Father, thank You for this time, bless me, and touch those I Love. Fill me and those close to me with Your Spirit. Where I stood wrong, forgive me, Father much as I ask that You forgive me. Lord thank You for being my example, my guiding light. I Love You Lord, even more than life, I in faith put all these things in Your hands as I move forward. Be with me this day and always I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen

Last week l went to a restaurant. l saw there was a WiFi service, so l asked for the password. The waitress told me eat first, so l placed my order. After eating l asked again for the password, and again, she told me eat first. Feeling frustrated, l ordered black coffee. After coffee, again l asked for the password. They told me eat first. Then angrily, l walked to the restaurant manager and asked for the password. He replied eat first !!! l was about to explode, when I finally saw a sign on the wall indicating “WiFi password…EAT FIRST”.

This shows that most of us are waiting for an answer from God after we have prayed, but we don’t listen to what He is saying to us. Sometimes, the Lord is showing us an open door, but we keep asking for direction, instead of looking at the door He has opened. May the Holy Spirit guide us & open our spiritual eyes to see the answers to our prayers.

Have a blessed day, and may we learn to listen to Him.

7.

I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto Thy word. Accept, I beseech Thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me Thy judgments. My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget Thy law.

Psalm 119:10

In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me. Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. Psalm 120:1-22

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalm 121:1-8

May my tomorrow’s be in Your holy hands Father. Touch me in Jesus’ name, Amen

8.

May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.”

– Numbers 6:26

Amen!

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You,

who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

Psalm 89:15

A ‘Praisilicious’ day. New firsts, definitely we are in the presence of The Most High God. Folks; our God reigns. When we step, he steps with us, granting, guarding and guiding. Grateful we are. I will confess that this is the day The Lord has made! Testimony time!

So folks, let us pray after this manner:

Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done here on Earth, as it is in Heaven. The place of Holiness. Father, we are touched that you hear us speak to and with You.

Lord we ask that You give us this day our daily bread and all we need to glorify Your holy And everlasting name.

Lord, where we stand in the wrong,  forgive us our sins and trespasses, as we forgive our debtors as we allow the past to remain in the past, Lord that as I move forward, I can do it in and with You Father. We are weak in the flesh, Lord renew my Spirit each moment as I remain in You in Jesus’ name. Father, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from every evil: For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever. Amen

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when you fastest, anoint your head, and wash thy face, be bright; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures here upon Earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:9-21

Today’s sharing are words we have heard before. Over and over in all walks of life. It was amazing to see those same words and finally realize where they came from. In the interest of time, let us jump straight in.

A gentle answer turns away wrath,

    but a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,

    but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,

    keeping watch on the wicked and the good. This we must know and hold on to. Our Father’s eyes are everywhere, with him are no secrets? What do you think he does not know?

The soothing tongue is a tree of life,

    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,

    but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

The house of the righteous contains great treasure,

    but the income of the wicked brings ruin.

The lips of the wise spread knowledge,

    but the hearts of fools are not upright.

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,

    but the prayer of the upright pleases him. We are definitely managed to “Keep paying.” In the New Testament it says “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

A quick recap:

– Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Romans 12:12

– Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Philippians 4:6

– But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:6

– Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesians 6:18

– And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Matthew 21:22

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,

    but he loves those who pursue righteousness. (Isaiah 51:1)

Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;

    the one who hates correction will die.

In ‘straying’ off ‘The Path’, there are so many regrets and ‘what if’s’. Thankfully, we learn our lesson and stand a right.

Proverbs 15:1-10

Lord, Your Word says it all, Hallelujah Father, I adore You for this time I spent in Your Word. Lord, give me a hunger and discipline to study and learn it more each moment. Thank You for my day thus far, thank You Father for my tomorrows, Lord may I Live them in your presence, Lord, thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for Your word, thank You for my hunger and desire to know what You have taught since the beginning of time.

In Jesus name, Amen

9.

A ‘lot’ to learn, this ‘sharing’ took me totally by surprise, it is not a teaching we hear to much in Service. But for some reason, I was directed to it. Let’s read:

One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat.

When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.

But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan,* the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.”

Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked.

“A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.

Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.

And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive.

Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.

“I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven,

but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.”

He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”

Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them.

There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers* (much possibly these were the sons of Joseph by another marriage, again we do not know for an absolute fact, But we see just who He considered His mother and brothers-and sisters too) are outside asking for you.”

Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”

Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.

Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Mark 3:20-35

*We have discussed this already: that these brothers and sisters received this designation because of their close association with the nuclear family of Jesus, and are actually either his cousins or children of Joseph from a previous marriage.

In the 3rd century, biological relatives on account of their connection with the nuclear family of Jesus, without explicit reference to brothers or sisters, were called the desposyni, from the Greek δεσπόσυνοι, plural of δεσπόσυνος, meaning “of or belonging to the master or lord”. The term was used by Sextus Julius Africanus, a writer of the early 3rd century.

This takes me straight to Acts 19:14,15: Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?

We learn even more in depth:

And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

Mark 3:24

We on the other hand know that at the cross at Calvary, all the ‘supposed’ siblings (by another extension of the family where not there.) It says: “So Jesus, seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there, said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her into his family. John 19:26-27

I have searched and believe this disciple was John.

We at times are pulled so many different directions. But, keeping focus is definitely a good thing. In this case history is important, but more important is our salvation and living according to and ‘by’ The Scripture.

10.

Are we troubled? We can pray:

Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold. Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. Psalm 59:1-5

O worship the LORD in the beauty of Holiness: fear before Him, all the earth. Psalm 96:9

The Puritan Thomas Watson says it well. “After the fall, the affections were misplaced on wrong objects; in sanctification, they are turned into a sweet order and harmony, the grief placed on sin, the love on God, the joy on heaven.”

11.

Are we troubled? We can pray:

Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold. Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. Psalm 59:1-5

O worship the LORD in the beauty of Holiness: fear before Him, all the earth. Psalm 96:9

The Puritan Thomas Watson says it well. “After the fall, the affections were misplaced on wrong objects; in sanctification, they are turned into a sweet order and harmony, the grief placed on sin, the Love on God, the joy on Heaven.”

12.

Folks, not only is our conversation in Heavenly places Phillipians 3:20. We experience the pure grace of God’s presence. Grace, folks GRACE;  we speak of God’s grace, we mean all the good gifts we enjoy freely in life. There are so many. We could spend a lifetime celebrating them: blackberries, buttercups, moonlight, salamanders, etc. A more summary approach is to affirm that life itself is the fundamental gift, with all its delights. For us, the gift of life includes the wondrous gift of being human, finding ourselves plopped down in the midst of the larger gift of creation. That is the bedrock of grace—creation, life, human being. As humans, we are given a unique place in the created order. The creation stories in Genesis are ways of celebrating this original grace. In the stories, God pronounces all creation, including humankind, very good, that is, full of grace.

We also use the word grace to mean the secondary gifts we perceive in the skill and intelligence of creatures. The gospel says the boy Jesus grew in grace and favor, meaning he began to exhibit his unique personality and potential to contribute to his community. We speak of the beauty of a lion or a dancer, saying they exude an animal grace, discerned in the vitality and fluidity of their movement. When we use the word graceful to describe a creature, it’s because the creature is being expressive of its God-given self.

There is another way of speaking about grace that is more about redemption than about creation. Whereas God pronounced original grace, the other side of the story is when we head off on our own, ignoring the Giver. This headstrong straying we have called original sin, meaning our freedom to choose the not so good, to turn aside from original grace. Ironically, this freedom is itself the most unique grace given humankind by God, the capacity to choose our own way, which must necessarily entail the possibility of choosing poorly. Because we have not always chosen the most graceful path, we have ended up in some miserable, blind alleys along the way. When we grasp our predicament and call for the help we had previously spurned, amazing grace comes to the rescue.

💒”Amazing grace how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now I’m found.

Was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear

And grace my fears relieved.

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed.”

Lord, we praise You this day, go before us in all we do, bless us with joy, peace and fulfillment, Hallelujah! For the testimonies, Lord keep me on the path to you. Bless my memory, thoughts and activities, Lord, where I walked wrong, forgive me as You have graced me to forgive those who have stood against or wronged me. Today is Yours, my actions to Your glory in Jesus name, Amen

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The next ‘sharing’ will be why it is important to listen to our Spirit. There may be much ado going on, but that quit voice tells us What we should so. A lot of times in our hearts we may think that “it just doesn’t make sense.” If and when you do it your way, does it result in positivity?

Our verses today are the reason why the closest man to God in history was ‘promised’ to see the ‘promised land’s. It is just not how we expected him to. He saw it from afar. Why?

In Numbers 20:8, the Lord told Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” Numbers 20:9-11 records Moses’ response: “So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as He commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, ‘Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?’ Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.” The Lord was displeased with Moses’ actions: “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them” (Numbers 20:12).

What did Moses do that warranted such a severe penalty from the Lord? First, Moses disobeyed a direct command from God. God had commanded Moses to speak to the rock. Instead, Moses struck the rock with his staff. Second, Moses took the credit for bringing forth the water. Notice how in verse 10 Moses says, “Must we [referring to Moses and Aaron] bring you water out of this rock?” Moses took credit for the miracle himself, instead of attributing it to God. Third, Moses committed this sin in front of all the Israelites. Such a public example of direct disobedience could not go unpunished. Fourth, it seems that God had intended to present a type of Christ in this circumstance. The water-giving rock is used as a symbol of Christ in 1 Corinthians 10:4. The rock was struck once in Exodus 17:6, just like Christ was crucified once (Hebrews 7:27). Moses’ speaking to the rock in Numbers 20 was to be a picture of prayer; instead, Moses angrily struck the rock, in effect, crucifying Christ again. His punishment for disobedience, pride, and the misrepresentation of Christ’s sacrifice was that he was barred from entering the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12).

So, in our ways it is important to seek guidance first before setting out on the path. So, before setting out this morning seek and find The Lord in your Life, he is right there. Commit your day unto Him and watch it blossom.

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Let us pray:

God I ask You in Jesus’ name bless me with the desires of my heart that is the will of God.  Bless me to prosper, be in excellent health, and cause my soul to prosper consistently in the Word and Ways of God.  Lead, guide, and direct my footsteps.   Give Your angels charge over me to protect and keep me safe from all accidents, evil, hurt, harm, and danger.  Destroy the plans of the enemy of my soul that he has for me.  Let no weapon ever formed against me prosper.  Be with me as a mighty warrior, so my persecutors will stumble, fail, and be thoroughly disgraced.  God all that I have asked of You in this prayer, please do the same for all those I love, care about, and the writer of this prayer.  God honor this prayer over each of our lives today and for always in Jesus’ name.  God Thank You.  Amen.

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Today, we glorify The LORD for the promises we live. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore. But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Psalm 92:5,6,8,10-15

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Words just cannot express the fullness of The Word. Let us take a brief look to start (or complete) the day in a blessed way:

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly” Hebrews 12:22

It was been shared that we each have a guardian angel that has been assigned to us by our Father. I was once ‘silly’ enough to try to ‘imagine’ Heaven! Can you believe that!? God created the Universe, placed Earth a certain distance from the sun, God created life. Heaven has no limits! Where we are ‘concerned’ with ‘space’ there is definitely no consideration for such. In reading The Word, there are different ‘levels’ in the spiritual places. To not go back and review; Lucifer wanted his own kingdom outside the bounds and grounds of God’s creation.

Why??? Let us take a close look at just why.

To find the origin of Lucifer, we turn to the Old Testament. In the Hebrew, the name Lucifer is translated from the Hebrew word “helel,” which means brightness. This designation, referring to Lucifer, is the rendering of the “morning star” or “star of the morning” or “bright star” which is presented in Isaiah. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High’”

Isaiah 14:12-14

We can go back and review this, but the reason I share again is to make the point that there are no limits. When I visited time did not exist. I think I have to go read accounts of others who had the opportunity to see what is, we may not see it yet; but it is! As shared, I thought I had a dream first of the most horrendous nightmare, followed by the most astonishingly beautiful, tranquil, peaceful, wholesome ‘experience’ that I ever had. Even when I think that it was only a ‘dream’ I am moved to want to be in just as awesome (even more so when I know, not think it is a dream) a location.

To make the point quickly, there was no time. I had no concept of what ‘period’ I had been there. In ‘awaking’, I thought it had possibly been (once again) the worst, most ‘depressing’ dream followed by the ultimate in dreams. But, I tarry. The point in this ‘sharing’ is throughout the ages, there has always been ‘hope’ in where we are headed, where we will be.

In saying this, I am moved to the early church; even things at present. People who suffered, were maligned, tortured, killed, imprisoned for their belief in Christ, their ‘hope’. Let us take a look at ‘hope’, so that we too may build upon it.

Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

Psalm 3: 2-6

And we also read:

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory?

    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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 15:54-58

This says so much, we can speak on these for hours. But I will let them sit in your spirits and allow The word of God to minister to you. We have received victory. As shared, our victory has been purchased with the blood of Christ. Think on this point: Jesus already went through all we have to deal with, what we are faced with. As shared, a sinless ‘human’ (yes, we might argue that He was sent from God, part of God.) We can say He was perfect. It is a loss to say that, just as we are tempted (and fall for it at times), Jesus was tempted and overcame the temptations. Jesus actually called him what he is in John 14:30 mentioning that he (Lucifer) is the Prince of this world. We can visit this later.

To not ‘tarry’ too long on this point; He in the 3rd temptation at the time of the 3 temptations was told to ‘bow down’ before Satan to recieve what He wanted. This is deep and we have discussed it. It was riddled with ‘possibilities’. He was sent to be King of all. What Lucifer offered was a ‘shortcut’ to that end. Again, Lucifer is the father of all lies and liars. What he offered would most likely ‘not’ come to pass.

In breaking this down, apparently they were here alone. Just more importantly I point out that things in the spiritual realm are to us, not as ‘simple’ to understand if we do not focus prayerfully on them. Let us review a few things that are pointed out clearly in The Word, we might not have seen this clearly prior. In the ‘physical’ Jesus was spent not have eaten or drank for more than a month. Let me ask you “In the ‘physical’, how was he able to mount the ‘temple’?” Prior to being tempted to “jump”. Yes! We are tald exactly what he said and did. Are we tempted to do things to ‘show’ others that God is God? If we have this feeling, we need to bury our pride in prayer. Key thing to keep in spirit is that we have guardian Angels.

Again, some might say: “At the time of your accident, where was your guardian angel?” I can answer that.

So much has happened since the accident. Being a ‘writer’ previously, I am fully able to ‘write’ fluently as I used to. Being schooled in an Ivy league school, there is the advantage of the past. Our histories are pre-spoken. Yes, there are decisions that are made and define to a huge extent what we do, where and who we are. Just one of thousands of reasons that we are to place all in the hands of God.

its development is well marked. These books described God’s angels as his ministers who carried out his behests, and who were at times given special commissions, regarding men and mundane affairs.

In Genesis 18-19, angels not only acted as the executors of God’s wrath against the cities of the plain, but they delivered Lot from danger; in Exodus 32:34, God said to Moses: “my angel shall go before thee.” At a much later period, we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 91:11: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;” (Cf. Psalm 33:8 and 34:5)

The belief that angels can be guides and intercessors for men can be found in Job 33:23-6, and in Daniel 10:13 angels seem to be assigned to certain countries. In this latter case, the “prince of the kingdom of Persia” contends with Gabriel. The same verse mentions “Michael, one of the chief princes”.

We understand in reading that Satan and his ‘hench angel’s’ in The Word have sat in governance of things on Earth. As believers, our Father made it all and owns it all. Yes, He placed some ‘go between’. When Man was created, we were initially given the keys to ‘govern’ and ‘care’ for this Earth. A thing that was taken from our grips by Lucifer. More importantly, Jesus has placed this in our grasp again. Yes, there is a ‘period’ we must go through. We learn, so that in our final position, we may be learned and wise.

Psalm 37:30; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 4:6,7; Colossians 2:2,3; 1 Corinthians 1:30

We can go on, but I pray that the point is made, and for all we both referred to the Old and New Testaments.

So, our ‘sharing’ is pretty in-depth at this point. Be blessed. And thank you for reading patiently.

Prayer groups are important; let me encourage that. Important to focus on this for so many reasons. I should actually call them ‘thanksgiving’ groups. For we, for so many reasons are to give God thanks in all things.

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Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in my going Out and coming in (my life.)

For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes (at times, we might be ‘hasty’ in our conclusion. But the word underlies that we should wait on The Lord. In plain terms, we need to wait and be patient in Love. The reason I say this is God is Love. I just took the liberty of saying what he is.) nevertheless thou heard the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer of His will. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psalm 31:21-24

Our hope is a real entity. There is no end to our hope. It is made manifest each and every day.

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For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to Face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:12

The Word is full of promises, but this is not a promise, it is a prayer and a knowledge in The Spirit of what shall be. It speaks of many truisms; now we know in part of The Glory in our God. The mysteries we know of in no way compare to the actuality of the experience.

Moreso, this tells exactly how it is; we are known fully. In God’s Kingdom there are no secrets. Our lives are a continued “film-roll’; seconds become minutes, minutes hours, hours days and day years. Our years become a life span. To us, we may feel things are ‘hid’, but then if they came out; would we be proud?

Time to sharpen the blade of our weapons of defense, bear the breastplate of righteousness, Don the belt of faith. To stand fast in and on the field of battle, we should be ready to fight for what we know to be the truth. I was going to say to “fight for what we believe.” But, belief is a light word in our fight, it is the ‘knowledge’ of what is and what is to come.

by them.

If the ax is dull

and its edge unsharpened,

more strength is needed,

but skill will bring success.

Ecclesiastes 10:10

As iron sharpens iron,

so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

“It is given to be polished, that it may be handled; the sword is sharpened and polished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.

Ezekiel 21:11

A thing we cannot forget, but are driven to remember: “My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget Thy law.”

Psalm 119:109

So many times and so much we are reminded of this. Give it back. At least I can say gently, a somewhat complex diatribe ensues:

A.”It wasn’t yours to start with.”

B.”But it was given to me.”

A:”I see where you are coming from, you can say it was ‘loaned’ to you…”

A:”But, it is mine…”

B:”Sorry to interrupt, but what is yours?”

A:”My life, and I can do with it just what I want. Let me give you an example- If I want to be an astronaut, pilot, engineer or doctor, its my choice.”

B:”True that! But when it’s all over, then what?”

A.”Over? What do you mean by over?”

B:”Let me be ‘whistle clean’ clear. If you earned every penny that you dream of; live in a fancy house, have as many cars as you wish, even marry the person of Your dreams…”

A:”Let me stop you there. Can she have a ‘banging no…”

B:”You are getting ‘too into’ this….”

A:”You started it!”

B:”Ok, I’ll give you all that and more. A woman with a ’10’, kids that winbawards in sports, music, academics, theater…”

A:”Mmmhmm! This is getting good!”

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Just wrote this. Awesomely, this is something I am now able to do in and with the time I have been ‘granted’. Good Morning (almost afternoon) Sis. Things are blessed. Just patiently wait on Him. Your path has been determined. Each day O am shown more and more that all is in God’s hands. Keep praying, keep faithing, keep trusting. I am going to do a study of people who did AND kept their faith. Just for starters: Joseph had dreams that he shared. The dreams were null and voided when he was sold to the ‘slavers’, Portifar in Egypt, he was sent to prison (not killed) for lies that were told on/of him, in prison he was placed with the low of the lowly-but kept his faith; Even in prison he was amped up secondary to his practice. Two of the prisoners came to him and jevinterpreted their dreams-they came true. Yet the bearer of the wine for the pharoah ‘forgot’ about him till the pariah had dreams that could not be interpreted by the ‘finest’ minds in the kingdom (I am want to say ‘ the world ‘). Only then was Joseph ‘remembered’ and brought forth. Still, he humbly interpreted what was shown him. Only then was he recommended for the job he had “dreamt” of LONG before. We see just what he went through to get there. In fact, I do not think he was still at that point relying or even thinking the dream was more than a passing ‘dream’. But God had plans for him. If and when he kept the path that he was placed on. Praying, reflecting, meditating (the didn’t have Scripture then) God brought his “dream” to be. Do you have dreams? A dream? Keep it ALWAYS before you with prayer and thanksgiving.

I for one had EVERYTHING that could be desired-position, wealth, skills, training and more. Ever so slowly that ebbed. I was not ‘wise’ enough to place it 100% in the hands of God, but felt that I would be ‘justified’. By doing what??? If you ask me now, I would have to say-absolutely NOTHING! Money and time spent. I should have been saying “time spent in prayer”. Yes, there was prayer. Not as much as there should have been. In truth my heart was not in the right place by any means. It goes on.

The second individual would have to be Moses who became a ‘friend’ to our God! Let us review his activities. We have to be 100% honest; he had a ‘temper’. We are slow to realize this but let me point out three occasions and you will agree with me. 1st when he killed the ‘guard’ that interfered with the two ‘slaves’ that had differences; for which he ran away from Egypt before he was killed. Then he was a ‘shepherd’ for years before he saw the ‘burning’ bush. Second, when he went up the mountain to receive the 10 commandments that we still follow today; the Isrealites had made molten images and worshipped other things that had NOT brought them out or been with them in their period of escape from Egypt. Moses “dashed” the stones in his temper at what they had done. I habe a few things to point out. He had ‘carried’ them down from the mountain. They had been carved on STONE by the hand of God! He ended up dashing them to PIECES in his fiery temper just as He had when he killed the Egyptian over seer so many years before.

Now, the 3rd example is when the Isrealites suffered thirst for lack of water and he was asked by God to “touch” the stone while giving thanks. Once again, he allowed his “temper” to flare and STRUCK the stone rather than TOUCH it as asked.

There are many things he suffered for his temper. For example, he did not set foot in the promised land. That alone was punishment enough. He knew what The LORD had promised. It was his acts that made that an impossibly when it came to his life.

It goes on. God knew that his temper/emotions were ‘ratty’. But, still He Loved him. Imagine, no living person had EVER seen God’s face and lived. We are told that the Heavenly beings were gathered in the presence of God in the book of Job, when God spoke with such pride of Job. Lucifer had been there and had requested God lift His hand of blessing from Job’s house and home.

To move right into this next topic. God had ‘ordered’ that his life not be taken from Job and He lifted his hand. Now, we see just what happened. Belongings, children, wealth, family, health…all taken. Yet, Job remained faithful. ‘Without raiment I came, without raiment I shall return.’ Even his remaining support had asked him to ‘refute’ God and die. But, he remained true to God. As God knew he would and was blessed even more when God blessed him again. Once again placing His borders about Job.

The awesome thing is that was “a mere ‘eye blink’ ago. I learned so much when I was given a peek into the ‘ after life’s. Time does NOT exist. When there with all the positive, just a ‘blink’ goes by in MONTHS on earth. As shared, I was allowed back in what I though was a few ‘seconds’, while in actuality it had been weeks to months.

But, it goes on. If we look at all the people spoken about in the Bible. There is always a period of testing. It actually dawned on me that the words testing and testimony are extremely similar. My prayer is that our testing become testimonies to God’s glory.

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And we pray: 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 (my essence, my support) which thou hast broken may rejoice (my Spirit is lifted in You Father). Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities (in Hos eyes, our Spirit is without fault).

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. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. We pray in The mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Psalm 51:7-12

And we learn: Hyssopus officinalis or hyssop is a(n) herbaceous plant of the genus Hyssopus native to Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Due to its properties as an antiseptic, cough reliever, and expectorant, it is commonly used as a medicinal plant.

There are words to many a song and by God’s grace many more in these verses that we shared. Today’s challenge is to find them and write even more. Be blessed (fulfilled, peaceful and content in His presence and walking engulfed in His rays of everlasting joy and contentment.)

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New York is 3 hours ahead of California but it does not mean that California is slow, or that New York is fast. Both are  working based on their own “Time Zone.”

Some one is still single. Someone got married and ‘waited’ 10 years before having a child. There is another who had a baby within a year of marriage.

Someone graduated at the age of 22, yet waited 5 years before securing a good job; and there is another who graduated at 27 and secured employment immediately !

Someone became CEO at 25 and died at 50 while another became a CEO at 50 and lived to 90 years.

Everyone works based on their ‘Time Zone’,

People can have things worked out only according to their pace.

Work in your “time zone”.

Your Colleagues, friends, younger ones might “seem” to go ahead of you.

May be some might “seem” behind you.

Everyone is in this world running their own race on their own lane in their own time. God has a different plan for everybody.Time is the difference. Obama retires at 55, Trump resumes at 70

Don’t envy them or mock them, it’s their ‘Time Zone.’

You are in yours!

Hold on, be strong, remain positive and prayerful, whilst staying focused on your dreams/purpose and stay true to yourself. All things shall work together for your good.

You’re not late… you’re very much On time! Stay blessed.

You Are In Your Time Zone….

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Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?”

If in fact king David wrote those words, it was in preparation for Jesus to use them. It is awesome that biblical tenets are experienced in our everyday lives.

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