Go out and will it to be in faith and in the power of God…


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Your season is here.


THIS IS UR SEASON AND TIME OF UNLIMITED SUCCESS. Eccl 3v1.
There is a season and time to every purpose on earth. Esther 2v17-18 was a season and time for Esther who was nobody to become a celebrated Queen. 2Sam 5v1-3 was a season and time for David who was rejected and regarded as nobody to become a great king of Israel. Gen 12v1-2 was a season and time for Abraham who came from a poor and wretched family to move to a land of abundance. I don’t know what the seasons and times in the past gave to u. No matter the ugly experiences and painful season and time u had in the past, ur season and time for uncommon prosperity starts from today in Jesus name. I prophesy to ur life, u hv entered ur season and time for ur uncommon favour in Jesus name. All ur season and time of rejection, hatred, poverty, limitation, setback, frustration, sickness, affliction, disfavor and disappointment ends today as ur new season and time for ur rising and shinning begins today in Jesus name.
Jn 14v18, the Lord’s promise of comforting u starts from today in Jesus name. Good morning and trust God.

I read a post by a fellow blogger, it spoke of many things and led me to share….


Blogging is a ‘new’ artform, years (a decade or so, old – possibly longer.) I started blogging after my near death experience. At the time, I was not aware of what existed.

My story is simple, I was too busy to find, understand or follow blogs before my experience. Even now I would be remiss to state that I have it fully understood. ONE thing strikes a nerve. Blogging is Millenia old! The letters to the congregations Roman’s, Corinthians, the Acts of the Apostles, Ephesians were in a way all blogs in a way! Yes! In those days they were penned on parchment and written in longhand with ink. Now we type or blog.

We can look back over our individual stories and shares. Simply, we can look back and see exactly what was written and it tells a story of what was and is!

The book of Ephesians as a blog starts with a greeting much like a blog!

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

And he rights on. Your words will live forever. It is notable to ensure for posterity that what you write truly embraces who you are! Have a message? If it is key, it will provide tenet for discussion for always.

I truly was led to blogging by The grace of God. In my coma, I had a dream. For those of you who may not have read that far back. I was in a Motor Vehicle Accident with brain injuries and paralysis on my right side.

In my dream, I was given options, two to be specific; “Stay or go.” With a pause, before me was a body of water that I had not noticed at the beginning of my ‘dream’. All I wanted to do was cross it. How? I had and have no idea how I would have done that. Even now having recovered, it is very possible that crossing would have been an end to my Earthly existence. Hence, the pause on my part. Then, with a pregnant pause, thinking it had been a scarce few hours, I stated I would share my experience with supposedly a group of five in the OR and/or staff on the patient ward and/or my office numbering less than 20-30 max.

Little at the time did I know what had actually happened! There was no way to know! I have read of people viewing their own bodies. This was not the case in my experience. There literally was no way to even understand what I (in my dream) had been through. I understand family now! In ways that I could not prior! I read The Word today and was smitten with a share:

This meant so very much! At the time of my experience, I could not understand just what that meant in full. To save space and time, I am sharing a link: https://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org/health-insurance-guide/understanding-medical-bills/

But this does not begin to explain what happened! By The ALL MIGHTY grace of God it was taken care of, Amen. How? I have not the faintest, but significant amounts of assets were transferred out of my name and I was left with nothing, a blessing actually. I had and have everything I need. Yes, my wants at seconds ‘notice’ might not seem met. But my needs are all met, Amen

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

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 ESV

So what does the Bible say about faith? Faith is defined as a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Having faith in the love and sovereignty of God is arguably the most prevalent idea of the Bible. Scripture compels us to have faith in God and the commandments of his Word, following the teachings of the Old and New Testaments. In this collection of scripture passages, you will discover the most significant Bible verses about faith!

Matthew 21:22 ESV 

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.

Romans 10:17 ESV

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Mark 11:22-24 ESV

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

1 Corinthians 2:5 ESV

That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

https://www.ibelieve.com/faith/bible-verses-about-faith.html

 “What is a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)?”

Answer: 
In the English Standard Version of the Bible, Romans 12:3 says, “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” The New American Standard Bible, King James Version, and Holman Christian Standard Bible also contain “measure of faith,” while “measure of faith” is presented as “the faith God has distributed to each of you” in the New International Version and “the faith God has given us” in the New Living Translation.

Right away, two facts are apparent about the “measure of faith”: first, it is the standard by which we correctly appraise ourselves, and, second, it is meted out by God. Because each believer receives his measure of faith by God’s allotment, we are prevented from thinking of ourselves “more highly” than we ought.

Looking at the broader context of Romans 12:3, we notice there is something else given by God. The grace of God is mentioned as a gift to Paul in the same verse, and that same grace is mentioned as a gift to all believers in verse 6: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” So, immediately following his discussion of the measure of faith, Paul speaks of the gifts of the Spirit: prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, and showing mercy.

Recognizing that our measure of faith comes from God prevents pride and encourages “sober judgment.” Each of us should recognize the limits of his or her own gifts. At the same time, we must acknowledge the gifts that others possess and that each believer is divinely placed into Christ as a vital and functioning part of His spiritual Body (Romans 12:4–8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:27). No member should consider himself or herself as superior to any other but should instead recognize that God has placed us just where He wants us with the gifts He has chosen for us (1 Corinthians 12:11).

God has given to each a “measure of faith” to use for Him. This “faith” is the gift from which all the other gifts flow. Faith is the first gift we receive (for justification), and faith is the gift that brings the other gifts of the Spirit into our lives. When a person is born again, God gives him gifts as a new member of the family of God. We receive the gifts according to the measure that God has given us, and we exercise the gifts according to the same measure of faith.

“To each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (Ephesians 4:7). God deals to everyone his portion. Not everyone receives all the gifts, nor is the same gift given to everyone in the same measure. Our sovereign God distributes each gracious gift according to the measure of faith that He has bestowed on us.

We are met at our point of “faith”, Amen

Complex?

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.”
— Matthew 13:31–32

When Jesus said, “If you have faith no bigger than a mustard seed…” (Lk 17:6) he was not saying faith comes in varying quantities, as in 16 oz. sized faith, or 32 oz. or super-sized. Yet, this is how so many religious people have mistakenly understood his words.

It is a mistake easily made.

A quick aside. If your faith starts as small as a mustard seed. Cultivate it and experience its expanse.

As you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in The gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under Heaven. Colossians 1:23

We live through/in/by faith, Amen.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=%23&ved=2ahUKEwjrmJba7ojkAhVwTd8KHaavD4sQwqsBMAN6BAgHEBU&usg=AOvVaw0VTJzWxrN8ZFOD4xbU2nov

For in it the righteousness of God is revealedfrom faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17

Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11

And The LORD has said “But my righteous one shall live by faith,
    and if he shrinks back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38

Faith is The KEY!

So, we ‘blog’? Colossians 1 blogged: “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father.”

Greetings. A ‘blog’ starter? I have read so many blogs. Culinary, wines, travel, literature….What were the Sistren and brethren awaiting? In those times, a letter (much like a blog). These exist today, Amen.

Think though! First; what do you want to express? This is your time to leave a ‘blog’ on the world. There are painters, musicians, cooks, doctors, military personnel, athletes…the list is endless. Who was the first president of your country? The first leader? History! If you think of it actually it is His majesty’s Story. Our Creator in ALL BEAUTY and EXCELENCE, Amen. You have been given a gift – use it. All the composers, creators, founders in art, music, careers, technology will always be remembered! Will you be remembered? For what?

Noone says it has to be lengthy, simply striking enough…

We walk on the edge and view what has sold for millions in different cultures. We could view different genres.

Most expensive photograph?

We could spend eons on this topic…cars?

https://www.boxymo.ie/news/most-expensive-cars-in-the-world.aspx

Food?

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.parhlo.com/20-most-expensive-food-items-in-the-world/amp/&ved=2ahUKEwiPgeHnl4nkAhUkTd8KHcOkD_8QFjACegQIDhAe&usg=AOvVaw3t3keacqquZFMvc1twuiZL&ampcf=1

Yes, yes, yes…blog’s (I would not leave that out!) https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/the-10-most-expensive-blogs-ever-sold/

All I am saying here is leave a taste of you in and for time.

This gets us back to our starting topic, a blogger remembering his roots. I know mine! I was given another chance and I will admit, starting again especially if you contributed to your demise; leaves many heads shaking and questions asked. It is not easy to grow up again, start from scratch. But, it needs to be done – step by step! Painful, frustrating as it may be. Think! In learning to walk, you never remember how many times you fell. What you know is now you walk! A blessing? Of course! But when you do, remember those who cannot walk! See!? Part of life, no? Uhh! A part of your life! There are all grades of sight or vision loss from loss of peripheral, blurry, clouded and blind with a smorgasbord of variations in between. Appreciate God and give thanks daily for what you have, Amen.

To not dawdle on this topic; do you walk, are you in a wheelchair, crutches, Walker, cane, stick, paralysis? You are! Give thanks in all things! We have touched on the Paralympics. The Paralympic Games are organized in parallel with the Olympic Games, while the IOC-recognized Special Olympics World Games include athletes with intellectual disabilities, and the Deaflympics include deaf athletes.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paralympic_Games&ved=2ahUKEwi8noeam4nkAhWinuAKHcqpBKwQFjANegQICxAG&usg=AOvVaw0XuSMxTfaAxtEjxMkQwds2

So, where does that put us?

LORD Heavenly Father, glory Hallelujah to Your Essence for and in each moment of our lives,

Each challenge is a testimony waiting to be shared, You never allow hardships or trials we cannot bear, You Love us LORD, more than words can or could express. Recieve all The glory Father for all You have done and do,

My tomorrow’s are in You and in Your Hand, today I pray that Your will be done in my life in The ALL Mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Father, You are my all, Amen. Father, You Who Art in Heaven, I praise You above ALL I know, have, dream or ever will have, I give You praise as I fall down at Your feet in knowledge of my need and desire of Your fullness in my life, Father, I praise You, Amen

Father I request that here on Earth, You give me a taste of how things are in Heaven, for this is a far cry from Your dwelling place, but here we have a taste of Your glory, Amen

In the sunrises, sunsets, butterfly wings, rustling of leaves, gargle of brooks; flight of birds soaring in the sky, to the strength of cattle in the field. Beauty is of You – Glory Hallelujah, Amen

Lord give us this day our nutrition in spirit and body that You feed our hunger to know You more, Amen

In Heaven, Your Will is done, Father quicken me to always do, say, share and practice Your Word in every moment of my life, and after with You, Amen

Where I have sinned, forgive me as I have learned to let bygones be bygones, Father, those who I have sinned against, forgive me and give me tongue to seek their forgiveness,

Father, glory to Your holy name, for you only allow what we can tolerate and no more, Hallelujah!

Father, protect us and lead us well away from temptation, Amen.

The garden?


In the beginning, when God created the Earth and sky, the Earth was without life and not yet useful for anything. Deep waters covered the earth, and darkness covered the water. God’s Spirit was moving like a storm over the surface of the water. Then God said, “Let there be light!” And light began to shine. He saw the light, and God knew that it was good.

Then God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light “day,” and He named the darkness “night.” There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the first period.

Then God said, “Let there be a space to separate the water into two parts!” So God made the space and separated the water. Some of the water was above it, and some of the water was below it. God named that space “sky.” There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the second period.

Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together so that the dry land will appear.” And it happened.

God named the dry land “Earth,” and God named the water that was gathered together “seas.” And God saw that this was good. Then God said, “Let the Earth grow grass, plants that make grain, and fruit trees. The fruit trees will make fruit with seeds in it. And each plant will make its own kind of seed. Let these plants grow on the Earth.” And it happened.

The Earth grew grass and plants that made grain. And it grew trees that made fruit with seeds in it. Every plant made its own kind of seeds. And God saw that this was good. There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the third period.

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the sky. These lights will separate the days from the nights. They will be used for signs to show when special meetings begin and to show time. They will be in the sky to shine light on the earth.” And it happened. So God made the two large lights. He made the larger light to rule during the day and the smaller light to rule during the night. He also made the stars. God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth. He put them in the sky to rule over the day and over the night. They separated the light from the darkness. And God saw that this was good. There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the fourth day. Then God said, “Let the water be filled with many living things, and let there be birds to fly in the air over the earth.” So God created the large sea animals. He created all the many living things in the sea and every kind of bird that flies in the air. And God saw that this was good. God blessed all the living things in the sea and told them to have many babies and fill the seas. And he blessed the birds on land and told them to have many more babies. There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth produce many kinds of living things. Let there be many different kinds of animals. Let there be large animals and small crawling animals of every kind. And let all these animals produce more animals.” And all these things happened. So God made every kind of animal. He made the wild animals, the tame animals, and all the small crawling things. And God saw that this was good.

The Garden of Eden is considered to be mythological by most scholars. Among those that consider it to have been real, there have been various suggestions for its location: at the head of the Persian Gulf, in southern Mesopotamia (now Iraq) where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers run into the sea; and in Armenia.


In reading, I attempted to determine where the garden of Eden is/was located. As we read His-story we are told that land was separated from water. One contiguous entity; in generations Human DNA has not changed much at all.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/10/genetics-history-race-neanderthal-rutherford/

https://psmag.com/environment/why-your-race-isnt-genetic-82475

https://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/22/science/do-races-differ-not-really-genes-show.html

If we truly have taken the time to observe the continents; time and conditions have caused them to shift when originally, they were one. Pangaea or Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras. It assembled from earlier continental units approximately 335 million years ago, and it began to break apart about 175 million years ago. 

Additional evidence for Pangaea is found in the geology of adjacent continents, including matching geological trends between the eastern coast of South America and the western coast of Africa. The polar ice cap of the Carboniferous Period covered the southern end of Pangaea. Just before the days of the dinosaurs the Earth’s continents were all connected into one huge landmass called Pangaea . … About 180 million years ago the supercontinent Pangea began to break up. Scientists believe that Pangea broke apart for the same reason that the plates are moving today.

History
Continental drift

Having spent a period studying the actual facts of continental drift.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4728368/&ved=2ahUKEwiaso-Xl_vjAhVGdt8KHSbuDOgQFjAHegQIBBAC&usg=AOvVaw3vc7Tnbu4yrPyhECrZjbIM

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2917718/

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2000/10/jews-and-arabs-share-recent-ancestry

It is actually mind boggling to see that ‘race’ is a nonexistent term.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/09/aborigines-the-first-out-of-africa-the-first-in-asia-and-australia/245392/

We speak Africa, I will point out that Moses in escaping punishment for the crime of murder, ran to Ethiopia.

https://ohr.edu/7253

Racism or tribalism was present even in that ‘time’. Zipporah or Tzipora (/ˈzɪpərə, zɪˈpɔːrə/; Hebrew: צִפוֹרָה, Tsippōrāh, “bird”) is mentioned in the Book of Exodus as the wife of Moses, and the daughter of Reuel/Jethro, the priest or prince of Midian.

The story of Moses’s Cushite wife is actually quite cryptic. As you observed, we hear earlier of Moses marrying the daughter of Jethro the Midianite. Yet in the Book of Numbers Moses’s sister Miriam is upset about his having taken a “Cushite” wife. Cush is generally translated as Ethiopia (probably the entire region south of Egypt – see Shemot Rabbah 10:2), a place inhabited by blacks. (See e.g. Jeremiah 13:23: “Can a Cushite change his skin, or a leopard its spots?”) Is this a different wife? And where did she come from?

An important introductory point is that the Midrash states that when Moses fled Pharaoh (Exodus 2:15), before arriving in Midian, Moses escaped south to the land of Cush. (Note that Moses was presumably a young man when he fled Egypt, in Midian he married and had two small children, and he was 80 on his return to Egypt at the start of the story of the Exodus. Thus, apparently, many of his early adult years are unrecorded in the Torah.) Moses first served the king of Cush and then upon his death became king himself, ruling for 40 years. He was given the former king’s widow as a wife but he refused to live with her or worship the Cushite god (Yalkut Shimoni Shemot 168).

With that introduction, I will present some of the explanations given of Moses’s Cushite wife. Most commentators do not follow the Midrash above and assume the woman Miriam was referring to was his Midianite wife, Zipporah. Some explain she was referred to as a Cushite because the nomadic, desert-dwelling Midianites somewhat resembled the Cushites, or that Zipporah herself was unusually dark-skinned or homely (Radak, R. Bechaye, Ibn Ezra, Chizkuni). Others explain it was a type of contrary nickname (Targum, Sifri quoted in Rashi). She was actually strikingly beautiful, and it was customary to give a superior person a less-becoming nickname, so as not to arouse jealousy. The Talmud explains differently, that “Just as a Cushite is distinct in her skin [color], so too was Zipporah distinct in her [good] deeds” (Mo’ed Katan 16b, see also Targum Yerushalmi).

Others explain, based on the Midrash, that the wife under discussion was not Zipporah but the Cushite princess, whom Moses had never lived with (Targum Yonatan, Ibn Ezra alternate explanation, Rashbam, Chizkuni alternate explanation). No doubt unlike his righteous wife Zipporah, the Cushite never embraced the faith and became worthy of joining the nation.

Either way, according to almost all interpretations, the issue was not that Moses took such a wife, but that he had separated from her. (The Midrash gives different explanations how Miriam happened to find out they weren’t living together.) Many of the commentators who understood that his wife was dark or homely explain that Miriam suspected he separated from her because he found her unattractive. In any event, the Torah records Miriam complaining about something else – claiming that they too are prophets. The implication was that she suspected Moses separated from his wife because he believed a prophet is too holy for married life – as the Midrash puts it, “The elders, fortunate are they but woe to their wives!” She objected to this, but God explained that Moses was an exceptional prophet who had to maintain especially high standards.

“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.

(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?A

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and He departed.

And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.” Numbers 12:1

https://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/what-does-bible-say-about-interracial-marriages

In The Word we see the passion of God for those who walk with God, Amen. Above we read that God speaks to many in visions and dreams, but God Spoke with Moses Face to face in Spirit. We have shared that Moses wished to glimpse the blinding, overwhelming and slaying Essence of God Who made the Sun! And Moses was only able to see the rear of The Essence of God, Amen. This is the Man that spoke “Face to face” with God in the spirit. In the physical it is not so!

The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. Exodus 33:11

Yet, “But,” God said, “you cannot see My face, for no one may see Me and live.” Exodus 33:20

We are moved to attempt to site passages of people in The Word seeing forms which are described as The Lord. God made you! And God can take any form He pleases, Amen.

The Bible says that God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14).

This is the only time God became flesh and lived with man. Previously God had assumed a temporary physical form. There are eight recorded appearances in the Old Testament where God took upon Himself a physical form for a short duration. Three times He appeared as a man, once in a burning bush that was not consumed, and four times as the Angel of the Lord. Each time that this occurred it was in an extraordinary situation.

He Appeared To Hagar (Genesis 16:9-13)

Hagar was Abraham’s mistress, the mother of his son Ishmael. Hagar and Ishmael were banished from Abraham into the desert. As they were dying of thirst the Angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar to provide water for the survival of her and her young child. The Angel of the Lord that appeared to Hagar was God Himself:

Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-The-God-Who-Sees; for she said, ‘Have I also here seen him who sees me?’ (Genesis 16:13).

God had a plan for Ishmael and his descendants. Therefore, He personally appeared to spare Ishmael.

God Appeared To Abraham And Sarah At Mamre (Genesis 18:1-33)

Three men appeared to Abraham and his wife Sarah at the plains of Mamre. They had come to inform Abraham and Sarah concerning two matters. The son that God had promised them would be born to Abraham and Sarah the next year, and the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah would be destroyed. One of the three visitors who gave them this information is designated as the Lord:

Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day (Genesis 18:1).

In this same passage this person is called the “Judge of all the earth” (Genesis 18:25). This is a title that belongs to God alone.

God Again Appeared To Abraham On Mount Moriah (Genesis 22:11-14)

God told Abraham to bring his son Isaac to Mount Moriah to be sacrificed. Abraham obeyed and was about to take Isaac’s life when God intervened. The Angel of the Lord stopped Abraham saying:

Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing that you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me (Genesis 22:12).

He called a second time to Abraham:

By Myself I have sworn says the Lord (Genesis 22:15).

In this instance the Angel of the Lord, who called out to Abraham, was God.

The Lord Appeared To Jacob At Peniel (Genesis 32:24-43)

This account has the patriarch Jacob wrestling all night with a man who finally disabled him. The next morning Jacob realized that it was God Himself whom he had wrestled:

And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved (Genesis 32:30).

He Appeared To Moses In The Burning Bush (Exodus 3:2-4:17)

When Moses received his call from the Lord to lead the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage he saw a bush that was burning but not being consumed. A voice came from the bush identifying God’s presence:

God called to him from the midst of the bush and said . . . I am the God of your father-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (Exodus 3:4,6).

Because of the magnitude of the task Moses was about to undertake, God personally appeared to him by means of the burning bush. There is, however, no indication, one way or the other, whether the Lord assumed some type of physical form in the burn.

God Appeared To Gideon (Judges 6:11-24)

Gideon was a man who was called by God to raise an army to defeat the innumerable Midianites. Because Gideon was a timid person God paid him a visit to assure him that all would go well. After the encounter Gideon realized who had visited him:

Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, ‘Alas, O Lord God! For I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face’ (Judges 6:22).

He Appeared To Samson’s Parents (Judges 13:2-23)

The angel of the Lord appeared to a Jewish woman to announce the birth of a son who would deliver the people of Israel. Because of the importance of the mission God personally appeared to her.

When the Angel of the Lord appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah knew that he was the Angel of the Lord. And Manoah said to his wife, we shall surely die, because we have seen God (Judges 13:21,22).

The Lord Was In The Fiery Furnace (Daniel 3:23-29)

The last recorded Old Testament appearance of God in a physical form was to the three young Hebrews in the fiery furnace. Nebuchadnezzar threw the three young men into the furnace because they refused to worship his golden image. God miraculously spared their lives. Nebuchadnezzar was astonished.

Look! he answered, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God (Daniel 3:25).

Summary

Scripture records that on eight different occasions during the Old Testament period God took on a human-like form. Some of these appearances were as the Angel of the Lord. They include an appearance to Hagar – the mistress of Abraham. The Lord also appeared to Abraham and Sarah at Mamre. There was also an appearance to Abraham at Mount Moriah. Scripture also records an appearance to Jacob at Peniel. The Lord made a special appearance to Moses in a burning bush. On this particular occasion Scripture does not speak of any physical form – merely that the Lord appeared. The Lord did appear in a human-like form to Gideon. We also find him appearing to the parents of Samson. Finally, the Lord appeared with the three young Hebrews in the fiery furnace.

These eight brief appearances of God in a physical form teach us several things: When an extraordinary situation occurs God is willing to personally appear. These occurrences set a precedent. Since God appeared on these occasions for a short duration during the Old Testament period it set the stage for Him coming in the person of Jesus Christ to live upon the earth.

We can see that there have been experiences with The Glory of God. Again we learn the promise of God; in a dream (spirit form) Jacob saw The Essence of God from a distance.

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it  stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord f will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” Genesis 28:10-22

It is amazing how The Word is one! We began sharing about the location of the Garden and ended up in the lap of Moses. Hallelujah!

Father LORD, Your Word is one, I give you ALL praise with my head to the ground and with no desire to stand, for I am nought without You. Bless me Father for I have sinned, in my thoughts, in my words, in my heart. LORD place Your Love in me as You have placed Your Spirit within me. Father, I bless you for this day and time. Be glorified in my all, I pray in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Being a testimony of The AWESOMENESS of God, Amen.


Inexplicable, undeniable, unbelievable, a miracle…

So much can be said, yet I only give praise to The LORD, Amen

Allowed back to share, I try and whisper of The glory that surrounds us all!

I have become as a wonder to many,
But You – my El shaddai, my center, my ALL are my strong refuge, in You Lord is my essence, my being, Amen.

Without You LORD, I am lost, I am nothing,
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all the days of my existence, Amen.

Psalm 71:7,8

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We touched on ‘dreams’ recently. What is a ‘dream’?


Amazingly, we are who and what we are. No argument! Every action besides spontaneous reflexes are thought out! To demonstrate this fact –  A reflex is an automatic and often inborn response to a stimulus that typically involves a nerve impulse passing inward from a receptor to the spinal cord and then passing outward from the spinal cord to an effector (such as a muscle or gland) without reaching the level of consciousness and often without passing to the brain.

Our actions are not reflexes , we just stated that. What is an action? To Webster’s we go:

Ac·tion/ˈakSH(ə)n/

noun

  1. The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.”He vowed to take tougher action against persistent offenders”

Synonyms: Steps, measures, activity, movement, work, working, effort, exertion, operation”they recognized the need for local community action “act, take steps, take measures, take the initiative, move, make a move, react, do something”still, there is pressure to take action regarding food labels”

2. A thing done; an act. “She frequently questioned his actions”

Synonyms: Deed, act, activity, move, gesture, undertaking, exploit, maneuver, achievement, accomplishment, venture, enterprise, endeavor, effort, exertion; work, handiwork, doing, creation,performance, behavior, conduct;reaction, response “there can be no excuse for their actions”

We mull over our proposed actions!

What are dreams? Hope’s, ambitions, goals, wants. How do we attain these? We plan! What is a plan?

Plan

noun

A detailed proposal for doing or achieving something. “The UN peace plan”

Synonyms: Scheme, plan of action, idea, master plan, game plan, proposal, proposition, ploy, suggestion, project, program, system, method, procedure, strategy, stratagem, formula, recipe, scenario, arrangement, schedule, agenda; way, means, measure, tactic, tack, plot, device, maneuver, ruse; 

archaic Shift “He had a new plan for raising money”

2. An intention or decision about what one is going to do. “I have no plans to retire”

Synonyms: Intention, aim, idea, intent, objective, object, goal, target, hope, aspiration, ambition

“Her plan was really just to find the hotel”

verb

  1. Decide on and arrange in advance. “They were planning a trip to Egypt” Synonyms: Organize, arrange, work out, think out, design, line up, outline, sketch out, map out, chalk out, draft, prepare, schedule, program, formulate, frame, project, develop, set up, fix up, shape, build, devise, concoct, contrive; plot, scheme,cook up, hatch, brew, mastermind,orchestrate, choreograph; slate;rareexcogitate”plan your route in advance”intend, make plans, aim, propose, mean, be resolved, have in mind, hope, want, wish, desire, contemplate, envisage, foresee, envision, expect; Formal purpose “He plans to buy an apartment in the city”
  2. Design or make a plan of (something to be made or built).”They were planning a garden”
  3. Synonyms:design, draw up a plan of, make a drawing of, draw up a layout of, sketch out, make a map of, map out, make a representation of; plat “There are many things to bear in mind when planning a new garden”

We have an understanding of the difference between a reflex and a plan? A plan can be a reflex, when we are seated in Christ, Amen.

Examples?

Give thanks in ALL things, that is The Will of The Father. ALL things have a season/purpose, Amem. Here we can refer back to the book of Ecclesiastes written by Solomon. The very awesome thing is Solomon’s wisdom, given by The Creator.

Solomon in a “dream“, after praying was asked what he desired. He sprang to answer: “Discernment”. Glory!!!

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a sonto sit on his throne this very day.

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.

We aim to answer our question; what is a ‘dream’? Many authors have preceded me in defining, explaining, assessing the concept ‘dream’. All I aim to do is simply share what I have come to realize.

In my coma, I was in a dream. I dreamed many things. Pointedly, there was no ‘time.’ As I have attempted to explain, there was a ‘Day’ with no beginning and no end. Hours long at the most. Having operative cases in the morning, I sought to ‘wake up.’ Yes! It was the most AMAZING ‘dream’ I ever had! Bar none.

Responsibilities are a key factor in what we do! BIG/MAIN point! Why are you? We could go around/about this many different ways! But a direct answer is called for.

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/i-am-who-i-am

We may ask “Why was I born? Was it only to have trouble and sorrow, to end my life in disgrace?” Jeremiah 20:18

But! https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-are-we-born-sinners-a-bible-study/

In other words, why are we even born if we are only to die some 70 or 80 years later?  Isn’t there more to life than to say, “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die?”  Probably not if you believe the earth was created from a “Big Bang,” that man evolved from amoebas millions of years ago, or that there is no Creator.  Science is even discovering that the universe is getting old. It’s dying, just like man, and it’s not going to last forever.  Something makes us wonder, “Why am I here?” That something is God.

In the beginning God created the heavens, the earth, the humans, and the amoebas. The Bible tells us that God specifically created man and woman in his image and that he desired to have “fellowship” (companionship or friendship) with his creation. He “blessed them” and gave them “rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:1-28). We are here to tend the earth. We are also here for God’s pleasure, which ends up being pleasurable for us—if we know him personally.

There is more to just living and dying. Each person is born in God’s image, which is personable, able to love, to laugh, to feel, and to think. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent (2 Peter 3:9). What is repentance and why do we need it? When the first man Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone (Romans 5:12). Without recognizing that we inherited that sin status and trusting that God made a way through Jesus Christ to change our status through repentance, we can never have a relationship with God; for he is holy and we are sinful. We are here on earth to honor God, to know God, and to share the benefits of this experience with others while on earth so we can ultimately spend eternity in a place called Heaven. We can only do that if we know Jesus as our Savior.

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We have strolled away from our question, but it is all a key part of the answer.

Dreams are a key part of life. Many do not dream, but they tend to focus on our activities in life! Very much so!

Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile. And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. Genesis 41:1-7

The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” Exodus 3:2-3

Acts 7:30-32

“After forty years had passed, AN ANGEL APPEARED TO HIM IN THE WILDERNESS OF MOUNT Sinai, IN THE FLAME OF A BURNING THORN BUSH. “When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I AM THE GOD OF YOUR FATHERS, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look.Judges 7:13-15

When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, “Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.” His friend replied, “This is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp into his hand.” When Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship. He returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the LORD has given the camp of Midian into your hands.”

It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well), and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was, that the LORD called Samuel; and he said, “Here I am.”1 Samuel 3:2-15

But in the same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying,2 Samuel 7:4

The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish me to give you.” Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.1 Kings 3:4-15

Isaiah 6:1-8In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

Ezekiel 1:4-14As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire. Within it there were figures resembling four living beings And this was their appearance: they had human form. Each of them had four faces and four wings.

Then I looked, and behold, a likeness as the appearance of a man; from His loins and downward there was the appearance of fire, and from His loins and upward the appearance of brightness, like the appearance of glowing metal.Ezekiel 8:2

And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God to the exiles in Chaldea So the vision that I had seen left me. Then I told the exiles all the things that the LORD had shown me. Ezekiel 11:24-25

Ezekiel 37:1-10The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”

“However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed.Daniel 2:28

“I saw a dream and it made me fearful; and these fantasies as I lay on my bed and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. Daniel 4:5

Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven;Daniel 2:19

Thus the Lord GOD showed me, and behold, He was forming a locust-swarm when the spring crop began to sprout. And behold, the spring crop was after the king’s mowing. And it came about, when it had finished eating the vegetation of the land, that I said, “Lord GOD, please pardon! How can Jacob stand, For he is small?” The LORD changed His mind about this. “It shall not be,” said the LORD.Amos 7:1-9

Thus the Lord GOD showed me, and behold, there was a basket of summer fruit. He said, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit ” Then the LORD said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel I will spare them no longer. “The songs of the palace will turn to wailing in that day,” declares the Lord GOD “Many will be the corpses; in every place they will cast them forth in silence.”Amos 8:1-6

I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and He said, “Smite the capitals so that the thresholds will shake, And break them on the heads of them all! Then I will slay the rest of them with the sword; They will not have a fugitive who will flee, Or a refugee who will escape.Amos 9:1

I saw at night, and behold, a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees which were in the ravine, with red, sorrel and white horses behind him. Zechariah 1:8

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. Zechariah 3:1

He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it;Zechariah 4:2

And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I answered, “I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.” Zechariah 5:2

Now I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming forth from between the two mountains; and the mountains were bronze mountains.Zechariah 6:1

And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way. Matthew 2:12

Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” Matthew 2:13

While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.”Matthew 27:19

As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;Acts 9:3

A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”Acts 16:9

And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; Acts 18:9

and I saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste, and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about Me.’Acts 22:18

“For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me,Acts 27:23

Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago–whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows–such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man–whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows–2 Corinthians 12:1-4

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,Acts 9:10-11

About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, “Cornelius!”Acts 10:3

On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground…Acts 10:9-17

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands;Revelation 1:12

Are you ‘balanced’?


Do you ‘dream’?


Are you dreaming?
I do not ask that to be ‘fresh’! I actually am asking IF you ARE dreaming?
You have to dream to achieve, then achieve.  In the lack of dreams there is destruction.
This is getting deep real fast!

Tomorrow, what do you want to do? Where do you want to be?

That is a dream!

Make breakfast, go to school, work, exercise… your PLANS are your DREAMS!

My Spirit is open wide to see beyond the ‘words’. Now, by God’s beyond AWESOME grace, I am able to see and understand what is shared.

Take this verse; right quick! Let us tear it down…

God is ABLE, abundantly able to do ALL things, Amen.
God’s Word Created ALL, seen from the unseen. We have shared this before. Ever seen an electron? An atom?

In Science, the exist. In reality they exist. There was NOTHING in the physical! The Word of God, THE GREATEST Artist in Existence EVER!

Spoke atoms into being, charges? Attraction? What we are on the crust of understanding, was KNOWN!

Hard to believe that the seen is from the unseen! A Scientific fact, could we, even if present have believed it? Imagined it?

When the first chapter of the Bible says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27), what is the point? The point of an image is to image. Images are erected to display the original — to point to the original, glorify the original. God made humans in his image so that the world would be filled with reflectors of God — images of God, seven billion statues of God. So that nobody would miss the point of creation. Nobody (unless they were stone blind) could miss the point of humanity, namely, God — knowing, loving, showing God.

The angels cry in Isaiah 6:3, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” It’s full of millions of human image bearers. Glorious ruins. But not only humans. Also nature! Why such a breathtaking world for us to live in? Why such a vast universe? I read the other day (can’t verify it!) that there are more stars in the universe than there are words and sounds that all humans of all time have ever spoken. Why?

“God created us to know him and Love Him and show Him.”

The Bible is crystal clear about this: “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). If someone asks, “If earth is the only inhabited planet and man the only rational inhabitant among the stars, why such a large and empty universe?” The answer is: It’s not about us. It’s about God. And that’s an understatement. God created us to know him and love him and show him. And then he gave us a hint of what he is like — the universe.

The universe is declaring the glory of God and the reason we exist is to see it and be stunned by it and glorify God because of it. So Paul says in Romans 1:20–21:

His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God.

The great tragedy of the universe is that, while human beings were made to glorify God, we have all fallen short of this purpose and “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man” (Romans 1:23) — especially the one in the mirror. This is the essence of what we call sin.

So, why did God create the universe? Resounding through the whole Bible — from eternity to eternity — like rolling thunder is: God created the world for his glory.

Isaiah states it plainly in Isaiah 43:7 (“created for my glory”), and presses home the reality over and over to help us feel it and make it part of the fabric of our thinking:

Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; . . . And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 40:4–5)

I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. (Isaiah 42:8)
Break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel. (Isaiah 44:23)
For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you. . . . I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. (Isaiah 48:9–11)
And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” (Isaiah 49:3)
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:2)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor . . . to give them . . . the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1–3)

Glorify Is Different from Beautify

This is why God created the world — “that he may be glorified.” This does not mean: “that he may be made glorious.” Don’t take the word “glorify” and treat it like the word “beautify.” To beautify means to take a plain room and make it beautiful. We don’t take a plain God and make him beautiful. That is not what glorifying God means.

“We don’t glorify God by improving his glory, but by seeing and savoring and showing his glory.”


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When God created the world he did not create out of any need or any weakness or any deficiency. He created out of fullness and strength and complete sufficiency. As Jonathan Edwards said, “Tis no argument of the emptiness or deficiency of a fountain that it is inclined to overflow.” So we don’t glorify God by improving his glory, but by seeing and savoring and showing his glory (which is the same as knowing, loving, showing).

Or switch to the word “magnify” (so Philippians 1:20, “that Christ be magnified” megalunthesetai). We magnify his glory like a telescope not a microscope. Microscopes make small things look bigger than they are. Telescopes make unimaginably big things look more like what they really are. Our lives are to be telescopes for the glory of God. We were created to see his glory, be thrilled by his glory, and live so as to help others see him and savor him for what he really is — to know, to love, to show his glory.

That is why the universe exists. If this takes hold of you the way it should, it will affect the way you think and feel about everything. Now you know why everything exists. You don’t know everything. There are billions of things you don’t know. But you are never at a loss to know something important about everything. Because you know that everything exists for the glory of God, you know something about everything. And this is one of the most important things you can know about anything. And so to know this one thing — that all things exist for the glory of God — is to know something supremely important about everything. Namely, for what purpose it ultimately exists. That is amazing.

Why This Particular World?

But we can’t leave it here. It’s too general. It’s too disconnected from the specific persons of the Trinity and from the flow of history the way God is guiding it. The question is not just, “Why did God create the world?” but why thisworld? Why these thousands of years of human history with a glorious beginning, and a horrible fall into sin, and a history of Israel, and the coming of the Son of God into the world, a substitutionary death, a triumphant resurrection, the founding of the church and the history of global missions to where we are today? Why this world? This history?

And the short answer to that question is, for the glory of God’s grace displayed supremely in the death of Jesus. Or to say it more fully: this world — this history as it is unfolding — was created and is guided and sustained by God so that the grace of God, supremely displayed in the death and resurrection of Jesus for sinners, would be glorified throughout all eternity in the Christ-exalting joys of the redeemed. Or let’s just keep it short: this world exists for the glory of God’s grace revealed in the saving work of Jesus. This means that Bethlehem is not just a God-centered church, but a Christ-exalting church and a gospel-driven church. For us there is an unbreakable connection between the glory of God, the glory of grace, the glory of Christ, the glory of the cross.

The Glory of God and the Cross of Christ

Now let me show you this from God’s word. We can do it in five steps.

1. The apex — the high point — of God’s display of his own glory is the display of his grace.

“God predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace” (Ephesians 1:5–6). In other words, the glory of God’s grace — what Paul calls “the riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7) — is the highpoint and endpoint in the revelation of God’s glory. And the aim of predestination is that we live to the praise of the glory of this grace forever.

This is the endpoint of his glory, and everything else — even God’s wrath serves this. So Paul says in Romans 9:22–23, “Desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, God has endured with much patience vessels of wrath . . . in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy.” Wrath is penultimate. The glory of grace on the vessels of mercy is ultimate.

2. God planned this — the praise of the glory of his grace — before creation.

“God chose us in him before the foundation of the world . . . to the praise of the glory of his grace” (Ephesians 1:46). Grace was not an afterthought in response to the fall of man. It was the plan, because grace is the summit of the mountain of his glory. And he created the world for his glory. He planned the world for the glory of his grace.

3. God’s plan was that the praise of the glory of his grace would come about through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

“He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ . . . to the praise of the glory of his grace” (Ephesians 1:5–6). This predestination to the praise of the glory of God’s grace happened “through Jesus Christ.” In the eternal fellowship of the Trinity, the Father and the Son planned that God’s grace would be supremely revealed through the saving work of the Son.

Again, Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:9: “God called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” So, before the ages of time began, the plan was for the revelation of the glory of the grace of God specifically through Christ Jesus.

4. From eternity God’s plan was that the glory of God’s grace would reach its high point in the saving work of Jesus on the cross.

We see this in the name that was already on the book of the redeemed before the creation of the world. Before there was any human sin to die for, God planned that his Son be slain for sinners. We know this because of the name given to the book of life before creation. “Everyone [will worship the beast] whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain” (Revelation 13:8).

The name of the book before creation was “the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.” The plan was glory. The plan was grace. The plan was Christ. And the plan was death. And that death for sinners like us is the heart of the gospel, which is why in 2 Corinthians 4:4 Paul calls it “the gospel of the glory of Christ.”

5. Therefore, the ultimate purpose of creating and guiding and sustaining this world — this history — is the praise of the glory of the grace of God in the crucifixion of his Son for sinners.

This is why Revelation 5:9 and 13 show that for all eternity we will sing “the song of the Lamb.” We will say with white-hot admiration and praise, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). We will praise ten thousand things about our Savior. But we will not say anything more glorious than this: you were slain . . . and ransomed millions.

“God created the world to display his glory so that his people might know, love, and show him.”


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So we ask in conclusion, Why did God create the world? And we answer with the Scriptures: God created the world for his glory. God did not create out of need. He did not create the world out of a deficiency that needed to be made up. He was not lonely. He was supremely happy in the fellowship of the Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He created the world to put his glory on display that his people might know him, and love him, and show him.

And why did he create a world that would become like this world — a world that fell into sin, a world that exchanged his glory for the glory of images? Why would he permit and guide and sustain such a world? And we answer: for the praise of the glory of the grace of God displayed supremely in the death of Jesus.

Some Concluding Questions

This means that the ultimate reason for all things is the communication of the glory of God’s grace for the happy praise of a redeemed multitude from every people and tongue and tribe and nation. All things are created and guided and sustained for the glory of God, which reaches its apex in the glory of his grace, which shines most brightly in the glory of Christ, which comes to focus most clearly in the glory of the cross. So I ask:

Is the glory of God the brightest treasure on the horizon of your future? Paul expressed the Christian heart in Romans 5:2: “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Is the glory of grace the sweetest news to your guilty soul?

Is the glory of Christ in your life the present, personal embodiment of the grace of God?

Is the glory of the cross the saddest and happiest beauty to your redeemed soul?

Coming to a week ending. Praise God for going before you, in you and through you, Amen.


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This is the day that the Lord has made and you will rejoice and be glad in it as you step out today The Joy of The Lord will overwhelm you the glory of The Lord will be seen in every area of your life, The favor of God will locate you, The mercy of God will speak for you in Jesus Christ’ name, Amen.

Beloved, I join hands with you this morning and pray that The Grace and Mercy of God will uplift you into your greatness, Amen.

Your feet will not stumble as you go out today, Amen. God will take you to places of honor and watch over your home, business and endeavours, your efforts will not be wasted and you will reap plenty and enjoy the labor of your hands.

Any good thing lacking in your life, God will supernaturally release unto you in Christ Jesus, Amen.

Have a beautiful and rewarding day with songs of Victory of Hallelujah in Dominion with Glory ahead in Christ Jesus, Amen!!!

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