How shall we be “Blessed?” Do we know what it means? Have you ever wanted, needed, been hungry? What is the opposite of ALL these? Yup! To be “Blessed!” Amen

In a basketball game: Phew!!! (Whistle blow). Foul! “Take a shot, if you get one on you take another.,

Thinking to him/herself “This must be a new side line coach!”

Let us go ahead and read The Word:

Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Philippians 3:16

Hold up! Wait up! That was ‘smooth’ the way things flowed. We have a set of principle’s, rules we have and follow. What we have done-keep doing. What we have learned to do we must keep doing.

I will leave this verse on and in your Spirit. It alone says so very much. Be blessed.

Month 3

Month Three

1.

God is saying to you that your latter dayz will be greater than your former days, you will grow from zero to hero, from grass to grace, from stop to top, from boys quarter to headquarter, God will make you the head and not the tail. You will grow from shame to fame by HIS grace.All your mockers will become your workers and you will move from insult to result. Claim this in The Name of Jesus. What we agree on here on Earth shall be Established in Heaven. Find a Sister or Brother to share with and say Amen together. For where two of you are gathered in Jesus name, He is there in your midst. Agreement time!!!

We recently shared on Love and it’s traits. Is one of them ‘meekness’? Being meek does not mean standing down to bullying, but rather we can commit it all into God’s hands. Pray people! When The Word speaks of being meek what does it mean?

2.

INCORRUPTIBLE BEAUTY

Beauty describes the appealing appearance of someone or something. Apart from natural beauty like that of flowers, most times, beauty is a product of conscious arrangement of things in proper order. For men or women, it is the “outward arranging of the hair, wearing of gold, putting on of fine apparel etc. but after some time, this beauty fades, gets corrupted or out of fashion. Our sharing today speaks of a beauty that is incorruptible, which comes from the inward-man and radiates in and through the life of a Christian. This beauty is borne out of a life of gentleness, submissiveness and a quiet spirit. It does not become corrupted, or out of fashion, rather it attracts people to the Lord through you. It has the capacity of winning people to Christ. 1 Cor. 7:16

Many marriages today are facing challenges because this divine virtue is missing. While it is good to be beautifully adorned, it is better to work on the hidden person of the ‘heart’- thoughts, habits and character. Therefore let us search our hearts and note where we are failing as an individual, husband or wife and be prepared to change our ways. Do you desire a good wife or a good husband? Pray to be one yourself.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to be the person you designed me to be – for I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

3.

So, I wanted to see how many verses speaking the Devine nature of our Father in Heaven. It goes on and on, I simply wanted to share a few with you. Read on, and if you habe more, pass them on to others. If and when we run this rave, we must look back and help those behind and beneath us; This is the true definition of Love.

Do  unto others as you would have them do to you.

Luke 6:31

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Luke 6:35

The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

John 8:13

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good

Romans 12:9

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:31

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:10

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:4-88

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:18-19

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Ephesians 5:25

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Ephesians 5:33

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:14

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 10:12

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Proverbs 17:17

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:16-118

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:8

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.

John 3:116

I love you, LORD, my strength.

Psalm 18:1

Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?” Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

Matthew 22:27-29

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.  For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.  He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.

Deuteronomy 10:12-19

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—  then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you. Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,  so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.  If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him

Deuteronomy 11:13-22

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.  Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth. Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned. We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for?

Song of Songs 8:4-8

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Matthew 6:24

Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37-39

they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.  “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.

Matthew 23:6-8

4.

THE PLACE OF LOVE AND SUBMISSION IN MARRIAGE

Today’s passage is considered the Christian blueprint for marriage, because in it – Paul gave instructions on how marriage should be built in Christ. He compared marriage to a relationship between Christ and the Church. The man should model his love for his wife on the sacrificial love of Christ for His Church for which He gave His life. The woman should submit to her husband even as the Church submits to Christ as its Lord. It is the wives that need love because of their tender hearts.

Apostle Peter explains why the wife should submit to her husband. 1 Pet 3:1-6 Through submission, unbelieving husbands could be won to Christ when they observe their chaste conducts. For any marriage to thrive and succeed as God intended, each party must play their part. In loving and caring for the wife, the husband must be aware that the wife is a weaker vessel. Good relationship is essential because failure to heed God’s command can hinder the prayers of the husband. For all married couples, today’s meditation is a call to reassess your relationships and come to God in repentance for any areas where you are falling short of His standards. For those awaiting marriage, it is important for you to know how well you are to prepare to fulfil your own role in marriage.

READING:  Ephesians 5: 21-33

THOUGHT: Marriage is a responsibility; play your role well.

5.

The Lord reigneth! Blessed be The Rock, may The God of my salvation be exalted!!!

Who remembers this? Any takers? Well, you are well aware by now that I will share! Calling all musicians! We have been given The music book of The Ages. Check this out, in the days after Moses, they had The Tabernacle with The Words of God. At the walls of Jericho, a great noise of praise, blaring of horns, playing of brass and a shout offering to The Lord brought the walls raining down? Wow! What song in and expressed of our hearts accomplish! In Him is found our music, our song! Hallelujah!!!

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. 2 Samuel 22:47

6.

Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. Psalm 97:12

New challenge? Let’s see… Okay, we are supposed to give thanks in all things, right? Lord, thank You, I stubbed my foot on that stone. “Yeah right!” You say. “Lord, thank you that I lost that awesome paring job with benefits.” “Boy, this guy has it right, I am smitten, trampled, had, depressed…I could go on. I wonder what he will say about this…”

Yup! Give thanks The Bible says not in some things or when the going is good; but in all things. Let us break each of the above down (Righteousness, Remembrance of His Holiness’ and giving thanks.)

We have read that the Angels of The Lord encamp around those who fear Him. Let us go back a ‘few’ years to the time of Adam and Eve. If Adam in his excitement at a ‘new’ find, a discovery was running to tell Eve excitedly and stubbed his toe! “Thank God” would have burst from his lips in what ever language they were blessed to speak. For the future, Adam would know just where not to step after that, so he learned. There are so many things that serve as lessons in our lives. That job, that relationship, that car. Mind you we can never say “those kids.” Why? They are a part of you.

7.

We will start something new; we will “1 Corinthians 13” concepts. To review, let us visit:

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Will be better if I list them so that in fact we have the “Mesure it up” list. We in our Lives want to mimic God best we can, we are the gospel to the unbelievers. Do not forget!

List of the characteristics and Person of Love.

Patient, kind, not self conceited, humbe, well behaved (we can and will describe and discuss this),  is self controlled-not being happy at the fall of another; but rather reaching out to help those beneath or below you so that by the grace of God we being brethren are on the same level (I understand that there will be CEO’s, Heads of State, Kings, Queens…) The funny thing is that in the crux of WW II I saw pictures of The Queen of England going out to help others that were victims of a bombing. Now, if The Queen is in that position; how much more we who are not royalty would think of not giving a hand and helping people out. There are CEO’s that are impressive because they break bread with the ‘common man’, in Christian living should we not do the same?

If and when someone blames you for what you are sure you did not do, tolerance is the right response. Hope in The Lord, if in fact Jesus is coming, it might be after we are gone, but we have hope that if He tarry but a while longer; we have hope that we will be in The place of awesome Glory for always.

It hopes in all things in and of The Word, it endures all things. Just what does this mean? People might say, do, think…let them. You will be justified by no other than The Son of God on that day.

And most of all, it never fails! It is. God is!!! Love is of God, God is Love. All the attributes we have outlined. It definitely is something to Live up to. We have been touched by Love, we understand Love. Let us “I Corinthians 13” all our problems away, by placing them at The feet of The Creator.

I tried to sum up all the instances of Love in both The New and Old Testament, Wow! God is Love! Can we separate God from what He is??? The Bible is called ‘The Word of Love’ or was I mistaken? ‘The Word of Who is known as Love’, what a minute! What exactly am I trying to say? You get it.

So The Word of Love is so full of Love that it is hard to cherry pick all the places it says that. For example, The book of Psalms written by king David was the sum total of his experience. We see so much that refers to Love.

In the earlier books, we see God show His nature. Like a true Father, He kept a close eye on His people. Yes, for those who would dare state it. The Isrealites had to work for what they had. Yes, God was always there, except when they turned their backs on Him. (We will touch on this at a future time).

Our verse above says “Give thanks at the remembrance of His Holiness.” Well when we take time to contemplate The holiness of God, we are floored. His Holiness has granted us So much, it is hard to say just how much we care. The Lord reigneth, blessed be the Lord, may the rock of my salvation be exalted. Let us give Him praise people. Lift Him up in and with your Spirits.

Higher, higher, higher; higher Jesus higher. Lower, lower, lower; lower Satan lower

Cast your burdens on to Jesus because He cares for you!

8.

Calling all our ‘resident’ musicians. Be blessed. Something that just slipped my mind is: you know how we refer to kings as “Your Excellency”, names, words…We can refer to our Father is “Your Holiness”; “Your maker of the Universe.” Is more appropriate. But, realizing this when Moses asked “Who should I say sent me?” God’s answer “I am that I am” is most appropriate, words are things of this world. It will be blessed to hear, feel and know the songs of praise in Heaven.

9.

And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.

The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen by God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after he rose from the dead.

And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

Acts 10:30-44

10.

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”

Isaiah 65:24

The above scripture contains a very profound promise from God to His people. The Lord manifested His commitment to fulfilling this promise in today’s Bible reading. Acts 10:44 says,

“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.”

Before Peter finished his sermon, he had not even made any altar call or said any prayer when God poured out His Spirit, and the fire fell on all those hearing his voice. The answer to Cornelius’ prayer came while Peter was still speaking, in consonance with the promise of God in Isaiah 65:24. Do you know that the devil still delays prayers? This is why it is very important for us to be baptized in the Holy Spirit; this helps to expedite answers to our prayers (Romans 8:26). When you pray with your understanding or in a language the devil understands, he can take steps to hinder the answer to that prayer. In Daniel 10:1-14, when Daniel decided to set himself apart to seek God’s face in fasting and prayer, God immediately dispatched an angel to bring him the answer to his request that very day. However, the devil equally sent a principality to block the way of this angel for 21 days, until reinforcement was sent to help him. If you pray in the Spirit, the devil will be thrown into confusion, and he won’t know when the answer to prayer is coming; neither will he know the angel bringing it. In that way, the answer to your prayer is not hindered.

In addition to answering the prayer of Cornelius, God also accepted his offerings. There is nothing as painful as offering something to God and He refuses to accept it. When Cain’s offering was rejected, he was so devastated that he murdered his younger brother (Genesis 4:3-5). On the other hand, when Solomon’s offering was accepted, he received a divine visitation (2 Chronicles 1:6-12). Let me share what I normally do during offering time with you. When the minister says we should lift up our offering to God and pray, l asks God to send down His fire and take up the offering to Himself. So before I drop the offering in the basket, it is already gone. The cheque may be in the basket, but the actual offering has been taken by fire to Heaven. I pray that from today, God will accept all your offerings and sacrifices to Him!

PRAYER POINT:

Father, I offer myself as a living sacrifice to You. Accept me and release Your holy fire on me. Fulfil Your promise by expediting the answer to my prayers and cause my spirit to be in and with Him in all I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

9.

The Davidic line (also referred to as the House of David) (known in Hebrew as Malkhut Beit David (מלכות בית דוד) – “Kingdom of the House of David”) refers to the tracing of lineage to King David referred to many times in the Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament.(1)

I must admit that often I was mistaken in believing that David was only ‘proven’ when he slew Goliath. Great things come from simple begginings. But, in my reading of The Word, so many places it refers to the ‘Line of David.’ We can see this in our reading The Word. More significantly it was pointed out this morning in reading that truly David was chosen way before his time! I will point out what we have already shared on. His brothers were giants of men, ruddy-In essence giants among men.

Let us read and we will see. The prophet that had discourse with The Lord felt that it was the first born of Jesse’s sons that would be blessed.

The LORD said to Samuel:

“Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”

As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice, Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is here before him.”

But the LORD said to Samuel:

“Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,

because I have rejected him.

Not as man sees does God see,

because man sees the appearance

but the LORD looks into the heart.”

In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,

but Samuel said to Jesse,

“The LORD has not chosen any one of these.”

Then Samuel asked Jesse,

“Are these all the sons you have?”

Jesse replied,

“There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said to Jesse,

“Send for him;

we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here.”

Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.

He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold

and making a splendid appearance.

The LORD said,

“There—anoint him, for this is the one!”

Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,

anointed David in the presence of his brothers;

and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.

1 Samuel 16:1B,6-7,10-13

So we see just what occurred. Another point that came to mind was David was not as ‘ruddy’ as his brothers. Even when his brothers had gone to war against the Philistines and Goliath, he was sent to tend the flock. We cancseecfrom reading that he did a complete and honorable job at this, nurturing and feeding and protecting the sheep.

As said above, The Lord said: “Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him.

Not as man sees does God see,

because man sees the appearance

but the LORD looks into the heart.”

I will pause right here and ask; What is in your heart? We have shared that all of our going outs and coming ins are known to The Lord, before Him there is nothing hidden. If we Renner the story of Jonah, he was sent to Nineveh and he disobeyed The Lords commend and attempted to flee. Finally, on a ship in a mighty storm, he was asleep. When awoken, he realized that it was because he had fled from The Will of God and asked to be thrown into the sea. Now point is, no matter where he went, he was observed by The Lord. Even in the belly of the ‘whale’ it was known to God as he was being ‘digested’, just what would happen. There are much easier ways to Live, do God’s will and all will be right with you in Jesus’ name.

Back to our sharing. David even in his humble beginnings had found favor in the sight of God. Are we there yet? Are we doing God’s will as directed in our Lives. We can go on and see what David did, and yes! We should, but all this comes after he has done God’s will in his life!

When Samuel announced him, there must have been dissension among the brothers. Let us move one step forward; at the time of Goliaths presentation as The Philistines hero. Oh! What pride there must have been his height of approximately 9 feet, 9 inches.

One big dude 🙂 To carry armor of 125 lbs or so, and wield a spear/sword/sheild/helmet. We get a good idea. And Saul (who we will discuss) was on The battlefield being challenged daily by this ‘giant’.

A brief recap of history of all that we refer to is:

a.       In 1082 BC, Saul is born.

b.      In Jonathan is likely born around 1067 BC since he is Saul’s oldest son.

                                                                           i.      It is important to note that Jonathan was old enough to lead the defeat of the Philistines at Geba and then singlehandedly defeat them at Michmash with his armor bearer.

                                                                         ii.      So Saul was only 30 years old when he became king, yet he had a son old enough to lead a battle against the philistines.

                                                                        iii.      He would have to be at least 15 years old but not much older than that, given Saul is 30 when Jonathan defeats the Philistines at Michmash.

                                                                       iv.      This would mean that Saul was 15 when he became the father of Jonathan and that Jonathan was 15 when Saul became king.

                                                                         v.      David was about 15 when he killed Goliath some 27 years later. David is born in the 10th year of Saul’s reign.

                                                                       vi.      So here we have the portrait of three 15 year olds.

1.       Saul who became the father of Jonathan at age 15 in 1067 BC.

2.       Then 15 years later, Jonathan who defeated the philistines at age 15 in 1052 BC.

3.       Then 25 years later, David kills Goliath at age 15 in 1025 BC.

4.       Although Jonathan was 45 years old when David killed Goliath, it was probably this youthful valiancy of faith that formed the bond of love the friendship between David and Jonathan.

c.       In 1052 BC, Samuel was 52 years old when he anointed Saul at age 30 year old as king. 1 Sam 13:1

                                                                           i.      Jonathan is 15 years old.

                                                                         ii.      David is not born for ten more years.

d.      In 1040 BC, David is born when Jonathan is about 27 years old and Saul is 42.

e.      In 1025 BC, Saul had been king for 27 years but had failed to obey God twice and is told another will replace him. (David)

                                                                           i.      David is anointed king in Saul’s place in 1025 BC at age 15 years old. Saul is now 57 years old

                                                                         ii.      In 1025 BC, David kills Goliath when he is about 15 years old, the same year he was anointed by Samuel as king.

                                                                        iii.      Jonathan is 42 years old when David killed Goliath and it is now that they first form a friendship.

                                                                       iv.      Samuel lives another 11 years until he dies in 1008 BC, but never sees Saul again.

                                                                         v.      David is hunted by Saul for 15 years until Saul dies in 1010 BC

f.        1025- 1018 BC: David’s time in the Saul’s palace at Gibeah of Benjamin: 7 years

                                                                           i.      This period starts when David killed Goliath in1019 BC

                                                                         ii.      This period ends when David flees Gibeah to seek refuge from Samuel in Ramah in 1018 BC.

                                                                        iii.      The first indication we have of time passing is this passage:

1.       “Therefore Saul removed him from his presence and appointed him as his commander of a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. David was prospering in all his ways for the Lord was with him. When Saul saw that he was prospering greatly, he dreaded him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, and he went out and came in before them.” (1 Samuel 18:13–16)

2.       Enough time had to pass for David to win a few more battles and for his reputation to grow in all of Israel

3.       This may have been 1 – 3 years, but it is hard to tell. It is after this period passed, that David marries Michal at about age 18.

                                                                       iv.      Saul’s psychotic rages began the same day David Killed Goliath when he heard the women praising David for killing 10,000’s and Saul 1000’s. (2)

There is so much more to share but this is to hopefully get you hungry for more. As seen, I did and do have much desire to focus on The Word.

Be blessed!

(2)

http://www.bible.ca/archeology/bible-archeology-maps-timeline-chronology-1samuel-16-20-saul-jonathan-david-1019-1012bc.htm

11.

In a basketball game: Phew!!! (Whistle blow). Foul! “Take a shot, if you get one on you take another.,

Thinking to him/herself “This must be a new side line coach!”

Let us go ahead and read The Word:

Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Philippians 3:16

Hold up! Wait up! That was ‘smooth’ the way things flowed. We have a set of principle’s, rules we have and follow. What we have done-keep doing. What we have learned to do we must keep doing.

I will leave this on and in your Spirit. It alone says so very much. Be blessed.

12.

LADEN WITH CAREER BURDENS?

Memorise:

“For He hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder. ” Psalms 107:16

AND it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear The Word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy Word I will let down the net.

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ Knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him.

Luke 5:1-11

One of the method devised by the devil to impede our forward march on the straight and narrow way is to steal our joy and happiness.

1. To achieve this, our enemy may make use of career burdens.

2. The presence of career burdens might be the reason why you see some person who were not as intelligent as you were during your school days, even those who graduated several years after you did, now far ahead of you career-wise.

3. A fellow under this yoke  may want to hide when he or she come face to face  with an erstwhile junior, who is now better placed.

4. Many years ago, while still lecturing at University of Lagos, a professor applied for an advertised job and was invited for interview, when he got to the boardroom where the interview panel was sitting, he soon discovered that the chairman of the panel was one of his students who had recently graduated.

5. He therefore said to the panel, I am sorry, it seems I came to the wrong room?

6. You are not in the wrong sir replied the ex-student.

7. But he insisted and left.

B. You need to periodically take stock of your career to ensure you are where you ought to be.

1. If you are deeply unhappy at your job because you are not positioned at the level where you ought to be, the devil might be playing fast tricks on you.

2. Are you in a situation where some people you interviewed for employment are now superiors in the same office?

3. Have you been denied your promotions for several years inspite of your hard work, and as a result, not only are your mates now your superiors, even your juniors has become your superiors?

4. If you are experiencing any of these, you might be operating under a career burden from the pit of hell.

5. The aim of this burden is to make you frustrated and disillusioned.

C. Similarly, when your efforts are not receiving commensurate rewards like Peter in our Bible reading today, You might be carrying a career burden.

1. Peter toiled all night long but caught nothing.

2. I can relate with his experience because I love fishing.

3. When I want to relax sometimes, I go fishing with my hook.

4. From experience, within five minutes of casting the hook, a fish is taken; but occasionally, I spend hours without catching a single fish.

5. Not too long, after spending some considerable time, I eventually caught a fish, but while pulling it out, it jumped back into the river, and there was nothing I could do about.

6. You might have failed in your career or business, not because you wanted to fail or because you were lazy: The presence of a career burden might be the cause.

7. In the Name of Jesus, in any way you have been a victim of this wickedness of Satan, you are delivered today. Amen!

8. That burden is destroyed and taken away from you! All you have lost over the years is restored to you this season in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Prayer Point:

I command that every career burden in my life and family be lifted now in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : Exodus 29-30 and Jeremiah 2:20-32

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SATURDAY,  MARCH 25  2017.

TOPIC : ARE YOU GROWING?

MEMORISE : For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. HEBREWS 5 : 13.

READ : HEBREWS 5 : 11 – 14 :

11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : EXODUS 28 & JEREMIAH 2 : 1 – 19.

Attaining maturity in the Kingdom of God is a process that occurs in stages, the first of which is babyhood. When a person becomes born again, he or she has to first learn the basic principles of life in Christ. Believers at this stage are fed with the milk of Gods word ( 1 Peter 2 : 2 ) They cannot take anything hard because they are babies. They depend on others to simplify processes for them. Just like babies in the natural realm, other people must carry them and clean them up; all they do is eat, play and sleep. If you are too dependent on others, you are most likely still in the babyhood stage spiritually, irrespective of your biological age. If you are very selective of the word of God you read, believe and practice, you are a baby. If you are always complaining about other people, what they did and how they did it, you could just be a baby. Spiritual babies are so dependant on the prayers of others. When confronted by the storms of life, if instead of going on your knees to pray, you find yourself pursuing one pastor or prophet around to pray for you, it is because you need to grow up.

Another level of maturity is adulthood. Christians in this stage are mature and no longer depend on milk but eat strong meat. Hebrews 5 : 14 says this about them :

“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

One major difference between those in babyhood and those in the adulthood stage of maturity is their level of discernment. Babes cannot discern anything. Anywhere people erect a signpost and call it a church, a babe will go there to worship. To him or her, every church is a Church of God. On the other hand, adults are more discerning. They are able to test every spirit they come in contact with by comparing the character of such spirits with the Holy Scriptures. They are also able to apply the “fruit test”, for every tree will be identified by the fruit it produces. An adult Christian is able to differentiate between good and evil. He or she can tell who is a servant of God and who is not. Can you call yourself an adult Christian? How sharp is your ability to discern? Are you able to discern between right and wrong? It is amazing that some Christians, who claim to have been saved for several years, still cannot discern between true and false prophets. Are you fellowshipping with people you should not be fellowshipping with? Can you differentiate the Holy Spirit from unclean spirits at any point in time?

PRAYER POINT : Father, grant me grace to grow to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

AUTHOR : PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE.

HYMN 6: DEEPER, DEEPER

1. Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus

Daily let me go;

Higher, higher in the school of wisdom,

More of grace to know.

Chorus:

O deeper yet, I pray,

And higher every day,

And wiser, blessed Lord,

In Thy precious, holy Word.

2. Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit,

Take me deeper still,

Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus,

And His perfect will.

Chorus:

3. Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials,

Deeper let me go!

Rooted in the holy love of Jesus,

Let me fruitful grow.

Chorus:

4. Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus,

Till all conflict past,

Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image

Perfected at last.

Chorus:

5. Deeper, deeper in the faith of Jesus,

Holy faith and true;

In His pow’r and soul exulting wisdom

Let me peace pursue.

Chorus.

14.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel 6:10

We are going to talk about “quiet time” what I learned it as. This servant of The Lord prayed three times a day! Do we have ‘time’ to pray even once? Let us go back and see what his responsibilities were before we go on. Instead of outlining them, I will ask you. What did Daniel do? Huh???

15.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel 6:10

We are going to talk about “quiet time” what I learned it as. This servant of The Lord prayed three times a day! Do we have ‘time’ to pray even once? Let us go back and see what his responsibilities were before we go on. Instead of outlining them, I will ask you. What did Daniel do? “Huh? I am waiting for you to ‘share'” Not so fast! Daniel was?

A. A sprinter

B. A body builder in The Name of The Lord

C. A prophet that told people to serve The Lord

D. A seer for the early Saducees

E. A captive Jew that was brought to a foreign land.

Ok, answer that and Let us move on. What it says is that Daniel prayed three times a day unfailingly. Once again; have you prayed once today?

I will point out that Daniel had a pattern of doing things. A desire to speak to and with The Lord. What I realized is that he never heard the voice of God, or saw anything super natural (I purposely wrote it that way) in essence, He just did as He had always done. I have to ask “What are your prayer habits?” I do not need to know as long as you have one (or two or three)

Daniel knew that the writing was signed. What writing?

A. The hand of God on the wall

B. The law that no honor be given to anything beside the king

The second answer is correct. There was a party of jealous people in the government that knew how important prayer was to Daniel and Chad the king write some law that was contrary to what Daniel did.

Do you have a prayer habit? A thing that keeps you motivated in the spirit?

There is so much to learn here. So much. I will make it brief.

1. Habits are important. Bible led and centered are even more important.

2. We do not need to experience God in the Spirit at this point in time. Amazingly, Danial was one of the Isrealites that were ‘captured’ and brought.

3. He had a very fixed schedule for seeking God’s face.

4. People knew him for his commitment to God and wished to see him at loss for doing what he considered more important than anything else. Even death. I know that is hard to believe.

16.

What does it mean for us to show brotherly love? The Greek term used by Paul, phi·la·del·phiʹa, literally means “affection for a brother.” I guess this is why Philadelphia, US is known As ‘the city of brotherly love.” I purposely used a alas “l” in quoting this saying. We have discussed the attributes and chara’ter of Love. Chech this out.

God who sits on High had Himself in 3 distinct parts. The “Son”, The “Spirit” and God. All three are one and the same. Moses in leading the Isreælite from Egypt, had God present. With His first offspring. Think of this in the time He was here in The World, He was literally in Heaven. Hard to understand. But He is everywhere at once. He is here now in and with you. To not startle you, His Spirit Which is Him resides in You. So we can say we have felt God. He is in us. I am sure this is a bit difficult to hear. God is everywhere!

Think about this “The Holy Trinity”. God everywhere, essentially an important part of God came as one of us to suffer as one focus, for reasons knownvwhenvwe take the time to think on what is, it floors you. A part of God came to turn the clock back to before the first sin. Think about this long and thoroughly. We were created to bring joy to God. We discussed Genesis and it says “God made…and saw that it was good.” God made Man and saw that Man was good. Being in the sa?e form as heavenly inhabitants. God created and saw that Man was good.

Confusing yet is that Man was good. We lived as God desired. This was until it was messed up by Satan who had Himself stepped wrong and was cast out of Heaven. We have discussed eternal life. We were forbidden from the garden because with the garden is the tree of Life. To lay it out, there is no ending if you eat of this tree. I am aware of that. However, I would rather earn my by into Eternity by and through His will. There are many scholars that have searched and come up empty. When and if we understand that there is protection of the fruit of this tree by angels, we begin to understand that there is no finding it.

Let me state this, Let us say you set out to discover it and did. Now mind you, all I am doing is pointing a minor fact. If you discovered this and had of it to eat. Then what? So, you live for always. Do you have Love for God? If you do, You have an eternal enemy, that means what it sounds like. If you are for God, you have an enemy for eternity. Wouldn’t you rather play it safe and do as you are supposed to. Enjoy this life with and through Him and eternity in His pesence?

I must admit that I am perplexed by the angels that dared to stand against God. Yes, God is Love, but wrong is not in or of His nature. The angels did wrong so they were cast out of Heaven.

The real essence of this sharing is “do well as you are directed to do” and all will be well. We see those who stood against God and see what they reaped. The devil might ‘own’ what is in The World. But that is very temporary. God created all. God can take away all. Whose side would you rather stand on? A finite, losing side? Or an eternal winning side? All that it takes to make this decision is a decision based on fact.

To continue with the basis for this share. Brotherly love is the type of affection that involves a strong, warm, personal attachment, such as to a family member or a close friend. John 11:36

We do not pretend to be brothers and sisters—we are brothers and sisters.

Matt. 23:8

Our strong feeling of attachment to one another is summed up nicely in these words: “In brotherly love have tender affection for one another. In showing honor to one another, take the lead.”

Rom. 12:10 Combined with principled Love, a·gaʹpe, this type of love promotes close companionship among God’s people. Christianity embraces all believers, no matter what their nationality. Rom. 10:12 As Brothers and Sisters, we have been taught by God to have brotherly affection for one another.—1 Thess. 4:9.

17.

As we shared, when we are learning to tread water. Yup! The waters of trials and even of tribulation. In the latter we are sinking fast. We here a voice inside say “Let go…”

“Too much wind, I didn’t cathe that last part.” Glub, glub, glub…”I’m dying here.I need something, anything to hold on to….Why did I believe those….”

“Let go…”

Glub “These winds are so strong.”

Panic. “I guess this is what they said dying is like. Let me pray! I guess there might be a God, at least that way I will be sa..”

“Let go and let Me….”

“What??? Who is that??? Funny I didn’t hear that with the raging winds. Uhhh! I think they are still ra…”

“Let go and Let me Love you, I have The way, I am the truth and the life…”

“Uh, I heard those words before in church, or was it on T.V., the radio or what??? That makes sense, but how about if I let go and sink?”

Meanwhile all this thinking is going on and a big wave is swelling up behind them. 3,2,1…crash

Too late!

Or is it?

As the last wave hits a second before…”Let me do as the bible says…”

We, observers start sorting through the debris.

“Dude, what exactly are we looking for?”

“Someone went down in that horrific storm.”

They are raking through the rubble to ‘find’ a ‘treat’ to take home.

“Uh! Dude do you see that boat out there?”

“Yeah right, after that storm? You must be outta your mind! I’m committing you…”

“Seriously look!!!”

As his compare looks up true to the word they both look up…

“What kinda clothes did that ‘victim’ we are looking for wear?”

“Uhhh dude we aren’t really ‘looking for’ the victim, we just heard and were keeping an eye out, so we could report it to the authorities…”

“Uhhh! That boat is getting close. Uhhh the clothes on that person look exactly like the victim we were keeping an eye out for…”

“I was thinking this individual must have the same outfit or…”

“I know what you are thinking, how would they be epic and span.”

“Shut up dude!”

Out at sea. “Lord, I see people rifling through the storm that almost had the best of me.”

With nothing but the warmest, most caring voice. “They must think you ‘went down’ in the storm.”

“But you saved me!”

“You trusted me. I Love you.l, now continue your race with forward momentum. I have given you a much needed rest. I am always here, a prayer away. I should say I am right beside you. You reach Out your hand and I grasp it tight.”

So folks. ‘Nuff said. As for me, I think I know who I will trust. Do you?

Thankfully, we kept this short and to the point.

Father Lord, by You, in You and though You. I am supposed to be at a certain place. Lord Jesus, help me reach my goals. As Joshua told the Isrealites, I have Your promises. Lord, help me attain them in Jesus’ name. Lord even when I am not aware what they are; give me a hunger to know exactly what You will for me. Lord, I am not worthy, but say The word and I shall be healed. Lord thank You for Your grace and Your Love in Jesus’ name Amen.

18.

Let us take one step back. Did Joseph not have his ‘beloved’ brothers sell him into slavery? Was Portiphar’s wife not try to seduce him? Was he not thrown in prison? All for a dream to be fulfilled. Did he know that it would ever be? It was just a dream or series of dreams. Did he not stop sharing because even his father of who’s eye he was the apple of; was like “Hmmph!” Again, all he said was “I had this dream.” So, should we dream? Should we strive toward the accomplishment of what has already been given?

Folks! There are so many messages in what is written above. Why do you sit fallow when there exists a World full of promises! Did our Father not create The Universe? It might have been robbed from some; but is this on the now not our inheritance? So many times I am struck be the solidity of The Word; what it says and how it says it.

Funny enough, I am well aware that I said that I would leave this out. But, to God’s grace, I share for a reason; I did not have this understanding of the word prior. Now in simply ‘being’ so much is shown to me and I share. So, that being said; I am sure you have a bible (or two or three) in your house! Available on “cell phones” in this day and age.

We started the 3:16 challenge a few sharings ago. Have we kept up? Really??? What does Genesis 3:16 say? I went to the first book…Do we remember that song? “When you read, you begin with A-B-C; when you count you begin with 1-2-3, when you sing, you begin with Do-Re-Mi…” When we threw the challenge did you think to start from the beginning? I know it was a challenge. Admittedly, the sharing are long and taxing but hopefully rewarding. So, that in each there is at least one thing to take away.

So in the verse above, unlike other times I will not ‘hide’ it in the follow up text but rather say “Thay are the Word of God to someone.” Is it a promise or reality? I am done. I will leave that and let it be. Once again, be sure to glance at your bible now and then. I hope I showed you just why.

Back to our discussion. Are we sitting on The Promises? Waiting for them to present themselves? Just as in the days of the Isrealites when this was written. What where they waiting for? The handvog God to hand them His promises on a silver platter? Uhh, no! We have to go out there and conquer challenges. Did The Lord fight for them, going forth and spreading disarray? Better believe it; even in So many places is it spoken of in The Word that a thing The Lord uses to aide those who believe and trust in Him is nature:

Exodus 9:26, Psalm 78:48, Psalm 148:8, Psalm 105:32, Exodus 9:23, Exodus 9:25, Psalm 18:12

People, I just took a small of the many Scripture that show how The Lord can use even nature to make a HUGE difference

Back to our verse for the now. What has God promised you? I will be so brazen as to say, if given a chance I could not relay even a mere tinkle in the ocean of promise. I will be more clear, there is an ocean of promise. Time to go swimming, and while we learn to doggy paddle before we grow elegant is our swimming, we have armbands, floated and if we need to rest, definitely we can take the time off. Which is advised. Even Olympic athletes take breaks, no? We are running a different race, go into the back room and rest but for a while. The Lord be praised, we can and will find rest in Him in Jesus’ name.

Lord, Heavenly Father, King of kings and Lord of lords. Father I glorify You this and every day. Lord, I will for the rest of my existence here on Earth and in Heaven with You. Father, I know You have stated that what is decreed here on earth is established in Heaven. Father, may I be so bold as to say that I decree here on Earth that by Your grace, Your tender guidance that I in Jesus’ name will be with and in You for eternity. Thank You Father, I place my being prostrate before Thee. Use me Lord. Yes, there are many who do not know You yet. Lord, cause me to be a lamp and show them the path they must take to be with You. Lord, in any way that I have sinned: my thoughts, words, actions forgive me Father. Cause me to say to those that hold things against me that I Love them with The Love of Jesus. No judgement, no self enhancement or proclamation. Lord keep me humble, patient and kind through Your grace Father. Thank You for going before me this day. Father thank You for the testimonies I will share of Your grace, merciful and my blessings in Jesus’ name, thank You Father, amen

19.

Let me ask what Joshua asked the Isrealites:

Then Joshua asked them, “How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has given to you?”

– Joshua 18:3

It has been done, it has been spoken! We can receive it and posess it in Jesus’ name. Too many times we hear “I can’t!” or “I’m unable!” or “It’s just not for me!” Really??? It had been given, just as stated in our verse for the day. Did the Israelites mosey in and ‘cash in’ on The promise

20.

Beloved as the shortness or small stature of Zacheus did not prevent him from having a divine encounter with the Lord Jesus, I pray for you this morning that no power of any shape or force shall impede your forward and upward movement this year. As Jesus collapsed time, turning water to wine in the wedding in Canaan, covering the embarrassment and shame of the bridegroom, this year the Lord shall cover every embarrassing situation in your life, remove your shame, collapse time for you and move you forward with speed. As Elijah outran the chariot of Ahab running on foot, this year you shall pursue, overtake and recover in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Good morning. Its a blessed day.

21.

Awesome! Isn’t it???

He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, …

– Luke 1:69

Our Father, even well before He sent His son knew what ‘line’ He would be of. If we take a look at the Word. So many years prior David (a shepherd boy), looked down on by his older warrior brothers; went out and slew Goliath. Many lessons are in that story. We will but focus on a primary key point. David was in the eye and good graces of The Lord. We will start from when after the defeat of Goliath, he was taken to work in the palace of king Saul.

We remember how king Saul had nothing but contempt and hatred for David and pursued him to kill him. So much so that The Lord put the legions of men in king Sauls army into a deep sleep, but even then David respected whom God had chosen as King of Israel.

We move on; finally with the passage of Saul and his family. David was crowned king. So many wars were fought and won.  king David, then did wrong. He slept with Bathseba, one of his fighting men’s wives and got her pregnant, he did wrong in the sight of God. In his desire to form a ruse, he sent for Uriah, her husband, so he could ‘sleep’ with his wife and think the child was his own. But following the rules of combat, during the period of conflict, there was to be no coupling between even married couples. So he slept outside, away from his wife.

No chance of convincing him that the offspring was his. Then David did the unthinkable, he had Uria h placed in the thick of battle and left to die. Essentially murdering him. As said there is so much to learn. Uriah hearing that her husband had been killed, mourned for him and after the mourning period, David sent for her and took her as a wife.

So much more to learn. We have choices, things are laid out before us and we might be led by a quiet voice on just what to do. Many times, we may decide to go of our own accord as opposed to what we are led to do. Just as in this case. To end the learning point; Nathaniel a prophet then met with king David telling him a parable. David confessed his sin and was forgiven as he stood with much to be taken from him.

“Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.  Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”” 2 Smuel 12:7-14

We are almost done. What then do and can we say about someone who has done so ‘wrong’. The Lord forgives, when He does, He has exalted His words above His name. The creator of the universe? Lesson, though David had sinned grievously, he sought the face of The Lord for forgivess that we would have a hard time giving! Cheating, murder, falling for desire? But we have a God whose Word is placed above His name. So much so that His Son, a part of Him, our Father in Heaven would have a part of God be in the family of king David.

I am aware that this is a bit long, but as promised, so much to learn. Now, I share because there are some among us who feel and think they are not ‘worthy’. Do you realize what Love is, what God is?

We will make it simple:

I.  TRUE LOVE IS PATIENT (makroyumew= to be of a long spirit, not to lose heart) (VS. 4A).

A.  Patient means to be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish

1.       Patient with those who need to grow

2.       Patient with the imperfections of others

3.      Patient when mistakes are made.

II.  TRUE LOVE IS KIND (crhsteuoami= to be kind, use kindness ) (VS. 4B).

A. Kindness means Carrying out acts that demonstrate louingkindness.  (1 Jo 3:18)  “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

(Pr 31:20)  She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

1.       Love seeks ways to demonstrate itself.

2.       Love goes beyond what is “expected”.

·         Example of the Good Samaritan

III. TRUE LOVE DEFENDS (stegw = to protect or keep by covering, to preserve, to cover over with silence )(VS. 7A).

(Pr 10:12) “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.”

(1Pe 4:8)  “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

A. Love does not attack, but defends.

1.       Love attempts to protect and defend.

IV.  TRUE LOVE BELIEVES AND COMMITS (pisteuw = believe , be committed unto )(VS. 7B). (1Jo 3:16)  “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for th-e brethren.”

A.  Love Produces Strong commitment.

1.       Like that of the Apostles of old who were committed to Christ even to the point of being martyred.

V.  TRUE LOVE TRUSTS (elpizw = trust , hope )(VS. 7C)

A.  Trust means assuming the best about Someone, not the worst.

(Heb.5:9) “Beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.

VI.   TRUE LOVE PERSEVERES (upomenw = endure , to preserve: under misfortunes and trials )(VS. 7D).

(Job 13:15) “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.”

(2 Ti 2:10)  Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

A.   Perseverance means staying loyal in bad times as well as the good.

VII.  TRUE LOVE ENDURES – (menw = Abide, continue, dwell, endure,be present, remain, stand, tarry (for),)(VS. 13)

(Ge 29:20) “So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.”

A. ENDURANCE means a refusal to give up or give in.

As always, I have to give honor and respect where and when it is due. I in reading found this and it hit the core definitions.

So, we see that even someone who stepped awrong in respect to God’s laws and will, was considered an ancestor of the family that would raise a part of Him.

It is no small thing. A few times I have stated that God created Mary for that purpose, to be the earthly Mother of a part of Him. We can say in all actuality that God came down and offered a part of Himself for you and I.

Lord, I thank and praise you for your amazing Love for me. Thank you that your Love endures forever. Thank you that your Love is the source of my Love for You and for others. Help me to enjoy Your love today, in Jesus’ name, Amen

For those who might see just what to do, why to believe, Let us pray:

Lord, I stand here before You with nothing, I realize that I bring nothing to the table save for my sin. Lord, I ask for Your forgiveness. Tough me Lord and make me whole. That I may find brother’s and sister’s through You to help me with the walk, so that I may meet You Spirit to spirit in that day and at that time you have scheduled it to be. Than You Lord, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. Psalm 138:2 -3

The Lord our God is true people! Let us give Him praise. He is known by His name Yahweh. Let us take a moment to see where this is from. God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.” (Exodus 3:15)

But the Hebrew would be pronounced something like “Yahweh,” and is built on the word for “I am.”

I read this and it brought tears to my eyes. Everything depends on God. No matter what is is, God created it.

When we have God in our lives, we are richer than rich. This shall all pass away, then what? If you personally have faith that what is promised will  be. We hold on and will never let go.

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I am aware that we have dealt with the book of Johsua, but I’ll say “this is a Josh day!” We read: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Jos 1:8 ESV)

Do you get that??? Not just success. “Good success.” Okay, so we all know what success is, in school an A in a suobject. What then would you call an A+? The extra credit payed off! So how do we get an A++? Is it possible? Well, I have to say we have something to consider, do right by The Word. We have much to consider. For some, not so much to do, But rather an encouragement to continue as you were, even for the A++ step it up! Actually, we are considering an A+++ A standard for all we do.

So, then what are we to do with The Word? We have mentioned it prior “Meditate upon The Word day and night.”orld Let me ask, what is your favorite bible verse? As we did in the past, we encouraged the 3:16 challenge. For favorite verses, we are not considering a John 3:16, for that we are impressed and touched by it. For God so Loved the Wworld that He gave His only begotten Son, to die for you and I, and if you believe you are rewarded with Life eternal.

But we asked 3:16 for other books. So, let us get busy! Want to be prosperous??? Well, you know what to do.

24.

I am aware that we have dealt with the book of Johsua, but I’ll say “this is a Josh day!” We read: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Jos 1:8 ESV)

Do you get that??? Not just success. “Good success.” Okay, so we all know what success is, in school an A in a suobject. What then would you call an A+? The extra credit payed off! So how do we get an A++? Is it possible? Well, I have to say we have something to consider, do right by The Word. We have much to consider. For some, not so much to do, But rather an encouragement to continue as you were, even for the A++ step it up! Actually, we are considering an A+++ A standard for all we do.

So, then what are we to do with The Word? We have mentioned it prior.

25.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

THEME: ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGE?

Memorise:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them.

Deuteronomy 28:11-13

If there is any single word that symbolises Jesus Christ, it is the word, “Change”. While some changes are for good, some others have negative consequences. Encountering Jesus Christ brings positive change to you. Everything about Jesus spells change. The moment He was born into this world, things began to change. Even the old calendar was changed to reflect the years before Christ was born (BC) and the years after (AD). By His virgin birth, He introduced change to the rules of childbirth. This is why  “meno-pause” can become “meno-play”. By the change He brought, we have seen a 56 year-old woman testifying before the people of God with her newborn baby. No wonder Jesus said God can raise children out of stones (Matthew 3:9). Are you trusting God for the fruit of the womb but menopause is telling you that your time is past? Tell it

that because your Saviour and Master, Jesus, stands for change, it cannot stand in your way. Shortly, you shall celebrate with your own baby!

If you are connected to Jesus, you cannot but experience glorious changes in your life. Nothing that He created can stand in your way. If what He created cannot stop you, how then can the evil forces and evil mechanisms that were designed by the hordes of hell stop you? They also answer to Him! Indeed, the moment He walked on water, He not only defied the law of gravity, He also made it respond to His will (Matthew 14:23-27). By this act, the man who said what goes up must come down began to have problems with his postulates. If you encounter Jesus, you go up and stay up. This is why Deuteronomy 28:13 says,

“And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:”

Is the law of gravity affecting your business, ministry, academics, family or spiritual life? I command its downward effect to cease dragging you down from now on! From today you shall go up, and your ascent shall be unstoppable. You shall be the head and stay ahead. Ask for a definite encounter with Jesus today. If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, that is the best place to start.

Key Point:

If you have Jesus, you will be an agent of positive change everywhere you go. Do you reflect this change?

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:

Exodus 22-23

Isaiah 66:1-14

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And we pray this each and everyday:

Have mercy upon me, O God, Heavenly Father, according to thy Lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Father I pray in Jesus name. Amen

Psalm 51:1

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Except for women or Roman dignitaries, persons condemned to crucifixion were scourged prior to being lead to the execution site. A quaterno of four soldiers, supervised by a centurion (the exactor mortis), comprised the crucifixion team. The exactor mortis was responsible for verifying death of the victims, exemplified in the biblical account with Jesus (Mark 15:43-45).

There was no limitation on extent or severity Roman scourging, except the condemned should not be killed prior to crucifixion. The whip used for scourging, referred to as the flagrum or flagellum, consisted of leather strands with lead balls or pieces of bone (goat or lamb talus) sewn into the ends. Beating with a flagrum would cause contusions and lacerations extending to the trunk, arms and legs. The scourging of Jesus was his third beating. Roman soldiers were known to have anti-Semitic feelings and they would have viewed Jesus as a political insurgent, heightening the brutality of their scourging.

The repeated beatings Jesus experienced, finalized with a scourging, exceeds the typical degree of pre-execution torture. The potential effects of this are several, from a medical standpoint. It could have lead to internal organ damage such as pnemothorax (collapsed lung), pleural effusion (fluid around the lung), a possible component of a consumptive coagulopathy (depletion of blood products involved in clotting), as well as greater than usual blood loss making him vulnerable to shock.

Just to go over what Christ endured, I looked up scourgibg and came up with the above. Not only that, but the “crown of thorns” was brutishly driven into His scalp, so we can go on. Jesus went through Hell for us! Yes, I know exactly what I am saying. We were condemned by pre-existing sin and our acts (think of what we were potentially subject to!).

God created a unique part of Himself to represent Him in Heaven, to do as He would do. For the fact that Jesus was created by God, He by definition is called The Son of God, just as in The Word it says that the creations of God-the angels have been called the sons of God Genesis 6:1-8. The difference is this is the first and only begotten Son of God. “begotten not made,” meaning that the Son is not a creature but rather shares in the selfsame nature as the Father. The Holy Spirit is then the life-giving love breathed out between the Father and the Son.

If we read Genesis 6:1-8, there exists a misnomer. The “sons” of God. God did not create Jesus, Jesus is and was a part of God, just the way God was with the Israelites on their exit from Egypt. In essence and factually a part of God came to Earth. We may want to call God Father, Jesus is God, as the Holy Spirit is God in you.

28.

A day never break without a bird singing. I decree that there will always be a joyful song for you to sing each day of your life. You will never lack. Miracle shall take place in your life and testimonies will not cease in your home. Unexpected blessing, divine joy shall locate you today!!!  Good morning my People  and Have a Blessed day.

29.

READING: Colossians 3: 18-25

TOPIC: THE CHRISTIAN HOME

The first institution God founded on earth was marriage (Gen. 2: 18-25) and this is the bedrock of every home. Faith in Jesus Christ not only changes individuals; it also changes homes. Paul addresses family members – husbands, wives, children and servants (vs. 18-22). The home is meant to be a place of joy, happiness, security and comfort; but so many marriages are under pressure, causing homes to dysfunction. Consequently, society is also in disarray.

One of the greatest things we can do as individuals is to help in building godly Christian homes. Paul addressed the various members of the family and pointed out the factors that make for a strong and godly home which are:

1.     Submission of wives to their husbands (v. 18)

2.      Love from husbands to their wives (v. 19)

3.      Obedience of children to their parents in all things (v. 20)

4.      Father not provoking their children (v. 21).

5.      Total obedience of servants to their masters (v. 22).

We must do the above heartily and conscientiously to the glory and praise of God.

PRAYER: Almighty God, crown my home with beauty and peace in Jesus name. Amen.

30.

A little difficult to understand; let me start by saying we are all made in His image, both Male and Female. God is Spirit, the Heavenly host are Spirits. Some have experienced this and them on Earth. I took to thinking in the past as Angels being male or female. They just are. As we are, so are they.

We have spoken about Angels being seen ascending and descending between planes. There has been reason to do so. We each have a guardian angel as believers. Have you thanked God for this?

As we stated in the past “Mighty dread had filled their ‘troubled’ minds, the Angel of The Lord came down and glory shone around.” We are told What was experienced with the sighting of Angels. God created all, each with a purpose. To surround Him with praise an honor. There are different forms. At the entrance to the garden of Eden to guard it against entrance. If the tree of Life is there, oh course many would search for it; though to a dismal end. For Cherubim with flaming swords were placed to guard it.

So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:23, 24)

In Heaven, there is no ‘age’, no ‘time’. Yes, things here on Earth can be seen to be advancing with time. At times we ask and wonder why we do not receive ‘quick-quick’. God’s time is not our time! Plus God sees all we do not see, sees where we shall be and with Knowledge knows what will be. With the creation often world when things went awry, God knew just when things would end. He allowed those who serve Him totally in Spirit and truth to observe the times; this he did with the apostle John and we are told today that it has been attributed to his authorship:

Traditionally, this was often believed to be the same person as John, son of Zebedee, one of the apostles of Jesus, to whom the Gospel of John was also attributed. The early 2nd century writer, Justin Martyr, was the first to equate the author of Revelation with John the Evangelist.

The cherubim were created by God, part of the angelic host who serve God continually. There is no description in the Bible, except when used in decoration. Golden cherubim adorned the Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant, at God’s request (Exodus 25:18-22; 1 Kings 6: 23-28; Hebrews 9: 5) and are mentioned in the visions of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 10; and 11: 22). Nothing more is known about them, but there is no reason to doubt their existence.

We can go and look through Scripture at the ‘description’ of the Heavenly host. One essential thing is that both Male and Female are made in their form. But with different human function. We are of Earth, we must have children, must pro-create; hence the difference between man and woman. We touched on this; God created Animals and saw that it was good. The animals had children, no? It bewildered me that animals have offspring without what man was told would be:

To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.”

Genesis 3:16

“Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.

John 16:21

and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.

Revelation 12:2

The pains of childbirth come upon him; He is not a wise son, For it is not the time that he should delay at the opening of the womb.

Hosea 13:13

Again I point out that we brought it upon ourselves. Amazingly the Heavenly host were all created by God, the maker of Heaven and Earth. I will admit that I was a little confused or ignorant at the billions of guardian Angels there must be. And it came to me; “The creator of Heaven and Earth has a Home in another plain where time or space has no limits, no definition.” We could have a Google of believers there and there would be so much more room to spare. For those of you who think I am referring to the web site:

A googol is 10 to the 100th power (which is 1 followed by 100 zeros). A googol is larger than the number of elementary particles in the universe, which amount to only 10 to the 80th power.

So, it is amazing that all who are there will realize why they are there and give Him the praise that is due God. So, let me ask “Do you want to be a part of this throng of believers?” There definitely is a way, let us pray.

Father Lord we learn so much about You. Your essence, Father You are Love. Thank You for this day, For going ahead of me and being glorified in my actions. Father, take control. Guide me lead me, Father Touch me as I have never been touched before. Thank You for my testimony, Father I want to be in Your presence but realize that You have a plan for me. Father may Your word be on and in my Spirit in the name of Jesus, Amen.

And for those who might not ‘believe’ as of yet:

“Lord, I stand before You convinced that I have not the right to stand before You. You sent Your ONLY Son that He go though all He did for me. He did not deserve to die, for He was sinless. Lord, I ask for Your pardon, Your forgiveness. Lord I five my Life to You, that I may be among them that praise You for all You give them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If You have done this, please go and find a fellowship. Even if it is ‘illegal’ where you are. I am sure there is a group about. Shhh! Just listen and you will be surprised at what you hear. Pray about it and by God’s grace you will discover where you are meant to be.

Have an awesomely blessed day. In Jesus’ name.

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Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel 6:10

We are going to talk about “quiet time” what I learned it as. This servant of The Lord prayed three times a day! Do we have ‘time’ to pray even once? Let us go back and see what his responsibilities were before we go on. Instead of outlining them, I will ask you. What did Daniel do? “Huh? I am waiting for you to ‘share'” Not so fast! Daniel was?

A. A sprinter

B. A body builder in The Name of The Lord

C. A prophet that told people to serve The Lord

D. A seer for the early Saducees

E. A captive Jew that was brought to a foreign land.

Ok, answer that and Let us move on. What it says is that Daniel prayed three times a day unfailingly. Once again; have you prayed once today?

I will point out that Daniel had a pattern of doing things. A desire to speak to and with The Lord. What I realized is that he never heard the voice of God, or saw anything super natural (I purposely wrote it that way) in essence, He just did as He had always done. I have to ask “What are your prayer habits?” I do not need to know as long as you have one (or two or three)

Daniel knew that the writing was signed. What writing?

A. The hand of God on the wall

B. The law that no honor be given to anything beside the king

The second answer is correct. There was a party of jealous people in the government that knew how important prayer was to Daniel and Chad the king write some law that was contrary to what Daniel did.

Do you have a prayer habit? A thing that keeps you motivated in the spirit?

There is so much to learn here. So much. I will make it brief.

1. Habits are important. Bible led and centered are even more important.

2. We do not need to experience God in the Spirit at this point in time. Amazingly, Danial was one of the Isrealites that were ‘captured’ and brought.

3. He had a very fixed schedule for seeking God’s face.

4. People knew him for his commitment to God and wished to see him at loss for doing what he considered more important than anything else. Even death. I know that is hard to believe, but if we are at deaths door secondary to our belief-what would we do?

Funny to say; a lot of people who know what they will see are only too excited to go home. We see it in ailing folk; a smile on their face telling you they will miss you. I can tell you it is but a moment and you will be reunited. There are no ‘day’s’, no ‘night’, no exhaustion. Let me ask you this to make my point. When you sleep do you dream of you sleeping. Your Spirit is awake. Many times we do not remember what we dream about, but it is an awesome way to hear from The Lord. Let us sanctify that time!

Let us pray:

Father Lord, thank You for this day, thank You for Your word, Your promises. Father you have placed Your word higher than Your name. We bless you Father, Son and Holy Ghost with pur Spirits Lord, in truth. Father, there is so much you do in my life, Lord thank You for my life, for today, yesterday and tomorrowe. Lord so praise You. Where I stood wrong, I am ashamed and seek Your forgiveness. Father may I please be given the drive and hunger to need you more; near me; Love You more dearly; follow You more dearly day by day. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Let’s ‘Share’ by month

MONTH 2

1.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

Clay jars were containers created by skilled potters who took raw clay, shaped and molded it as they desired, and then baked the clay until it was hard. They then painted, glazed, or decorated the jars for whatever purpose they had in mind.

To read further see:

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Topic: THE MYSTERY OF THE GOD OF ELIJAH

Text: 2 Kings 2:11-14

• The greatest thing that God gave to man is the power of Prayer.

There is the Science of Prayers

There is the Geography of Prayers.

There is the Chemistry of Prayers.

We will be talking little about it tonight. THE MYSTERY OF THE GOD OF ELIJAH.

2 Kings 2:11-14 “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.”

• The Bible calls God many names. He called Him;

*God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,

*God of all conflict,

*God of all flesh,

*God of grace,

*God of the families of Israel,

*God of Rachel, Rebecca and Sarah,

*God of the Covenant,

*God of glory,

*God of Heavens,

*God of Heavens and earth, *God of hope,

*God of Israel,

*God of Jeshurun,

*God of knowledge,

*God of love and peace,

*God of my life,

*God of mercy,

*God of my praise,

*God of righteousness,

*God of the Rock,

*God of Salvation,

*God of ancient and Consolation,

*God of peace,

*God of the armies of the Israelites,

*God of the Living,

*God of the whole earth, *God of our Fathers, etc.

* If you notice, Elisha did not call any of these names.

===> May the Lord God open our understanding and damage our ignorance, in Jesus’ name.

• You can encounter God in many ways but if you encounter the God of:

* ABRAHAM, those who curse you shall be cursed and those who bless you shall be blessed.

*ISAAC, you experience God who keeps all His promises.

* JACOB/ISRAEL, you experience God that changes destinies and God that respects wrestlers.

*JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, you experience God who is always there for you.

* JEHOVAH-SHALOM, you experience God who gives peace that passes understanding.

* JEHOVAH-JIREH, you experience God who is a provider.

* JEHOVAH-NISSI, you experience God who gives victory.

* JEHOVAH-RAPHA, you experience God the healer.

* I AM THAT I AM, you experience God that when you add all your troubles together, He is more than.

* EL-SHADDAI, you experience one who is more than enough and sufficient.

* ELIJAH: The name Elijah means “Jehovah is God” this name stands out and the Bible talks about the Spirit of Elijah.

He is described as the mightiest of all the Prophets.

*A man as mysterious as a man called Melchizedek in the Bible. Nothing is known about his parentage.

*He is the first Prophet to use famine to punish the enemies of God.

*He is the first Prophet to raise the dead.

*He is the first Prophet to pray for immediate rain from one source.

*He was a no nonsense man. He is God’s surgical knife.

*He is the first Prophet to open the School of the Prophets.

The ministry of Elijah was dramatic and diversitating.

His trademark is FIRE.

He spoke to death and death died.

Elijah’s ministry disputes confrontation, judgement, diversitating impatience with God’s enemies, mass destruction that shows the world who God is.

*He is a prophet of Fire.

*He disgraced the Prophets of Baal at the mount of Carmel.

*He was not an ordinary Prophet.

*He was a man of magnificent strength.

*A man of fervent prayer.

*He was God’s mouth piece.

*God used Elijah to do what no man has done before.

*Elijah was a man of enough is enough.

*He was a man of the mantle;

*A mysterious man.

Elijah taught us that in God, we can arise; no matter our background and do wonders.

– When all your friends have forsaken you,

– When the Lazarus of your destiny has been embalmed and buried,

– When you want to smile but you just start crying,

– When you notice that you have become a beauty buried inside the dunghill,

THERE IS ONLY ONE PRAYER TO PRAY. THAT PRAYER IS CALLING ON THE GOD OF ELIJAH.

WHO IS THIS GOD OF ELIJAH?

He is the:

– God of Heaven

– God of discipline

– God of abundance

– God of prosperity

– God that respects fervent prayers

– God of strategic praying

– God of Holy Violence

– God of stop them before they stop you

– God who promotes from zero to hero

– God who creates a one man army.

** May you find the voice of the God of Elijah today, in the name of Jesus.

• The big truth is this: some miracles will not manifest in your life until you invite the sword of the God of Elijah.

– The God of Elijah is the God of FIRE: Fire burns,

it is powerful,

it is mysterious,

it makes no compromise,

it is very confrontational,

it destroys equally,

it has no respect for gravitational force,

it disobeys the law of matter.

Situations do arise that unless you call on the God of Elijah, you remain as you are.

** I see somebody tonight; what you thought was not possible before, shall give way, in the name of Jesus.

PRAYER POINTS

(HOLY ANGER IS REQUIRED)

1. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise, let my problems die, in the name of Jesus

2. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise, let my story change, in the name of Jesus.

3. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise, let my Goliath die, in the name of Jesus.

4. Where is the Lord God of Elijah, arise, let my Jordan divide, in the name of Jesus.

DON’T FORGET TO SPEND 10 MINUTES BEFORE YOU SLEEP TO CRY OUT LOUD THIS PRAYER:

“WHERE IS THE LORD GOD OF ELIJAH, LET MY STORY CHANGE, IN THE NAME OF JESUS”.

SHALOM!

3.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

Clay jars were containers created by skilled potters who took raw clay, shaped and molded it as they desired, and then baked the clay until it was hard. They then painted, glazed, or decorated the jars for whatever purpose they had in mind.

To read further see:

We are created. First, there was a purpose before the first sin. And it all changed until Jesus came and purchased us all with His body and blood! Let me ask a leading question that we will answer together. Where is man from? What was he created with? The articles shared above speak of the improbability (scientifically speaking) that man is a follow up of the evolutionary process.

The point we make here is the point we made before, where is man from?

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground,

since from it you were taken;

for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

Genesis 1:19

In the Book of Genesis, the tree of life is first described in 2:9 as being planted with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Hebrew: עֵץ הַדַּעַת‎) “in the midst of the Garden of Eden” by Yahweh Elohim (Hebrew: יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים‎).

We can wonder why we were not tempted to eat of the tree of life. I can see and do believe that this tree has been searched for. But as shared there is an angel set to guard it’s location. So many things are possible but it is necessary to focus on earning our way into eternity.

We have shared on this before, I refer to the second verse that God created Man and Woman in God’s own image. Here on Earth, God created male/female of every species before He created Man. And when He created Man, God allowed him to name all the animals and would fellowship with him, and realized that he needed a mate.

So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribsg and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the ribh he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

Genesis 2:20-22

So, we see that having created the animals, God saw that they needed mates. If we think of it there are few animals that stay true to one another, but it does happen. We have not shared on this yet, but we will discuss the ins and outs of relationships and how to ensure that they are God centered and according to His will in our lives.

The first verse shared above says that our experiences are from The Lord and not from us. Do we see why we need to constantly give thanks and praise Him for all. Folks…Praise the LORD!

We have learned a lot and hopefully have been blessed with it.

Thank You Lord for a day full of testimonies, the fact that we made it home in Your hands. Take the Glory Lord, we praise You. We commit our evenings into Your care now and for always in Jesus’ name, Amen

4.

O wow! Read this!!!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:3 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-10

5.

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or free, we were all made to drink of the one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:13

If and when we believe, we are off the same body and have the same spirit within us. We are truly a family. If your sister asks you for a bite, do you not send her to your fridge for a ‘bite’. If your brother needs a change of clothes, do you not find him the finest pair you have? Why??? This is the weird part. If we were in that situation, that is what we would expect. No??? So, when The Word says “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” It rings a bell.  We are not showing “cha-witty”, hoping that we will be blessed as a result of our giving.

Yes, the phrase “Cha-witty” was written on purpose. Can anyone tell me why? Do we look to outwit our Creator? Are we truly giving from the bottom of our hearts? Are we doing because we are expected to, not because we truly want to? It is important that we examine ourselves and find out just why and what we do is true.

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.

Phillipians 2:13-15

So many times we here the bearers of The Gospel say “Give, give, give.” But why? I will say give with wisdom, If you are led by The Spirit give and give some more! If It is for personal gain and/or benefit, stand down and wait till you have prayed on it and are moved by the Spirit.

Not into world politics, there are some believers who are held in less than pleasant prisons, people being dealt with horrendously. When we think of what we have, we to them are one step closer to Heaven. Really? I would think it the other way around; they are one foot into the afterlife. We discussed this before, it would have been horrendous to be fed to lions in front of leering and cheering crowds thirsty for some bloodshed. By His grace, this has been stopped. But today there are methods that are as ill conceived as those. So, if we hear, learn or know of a case this should be where we step in.

I am aware that there are always needs. Let The Spirit minister to you so that by God’s grace you can and will do what you were sent here to do.

Lord, we thank You for all the denominations. Father, in your name they were created. Lord in Your true worship, may Your will be done. Show us, guide us, lead us to the fellowship that You have intended for us to be a part of. Father, empower us to provide of our sustenance in Jesus’ name, Amen

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“That is why…”

“If you look at it this way…”

“Whew! I figured it out…”

“Left to me, this how I’d do it…”

“So many times I’ve…”

There are so many ways we try to ‘figure out’ so much, so many things. I know how this sounds. Stop! Back up!!!

Are you the brains of the group?

“So, why does that group obviously without a Christian best us at each assignment, test, exam???”

I realized something. We are so ‘used to” figuring out the ‘tough stuff’. Really? Let me ask you this ‘brainiac’. What does God look like. Not just that, but I’d there a God? I know we are taking a chance that is factual. Haven’t you been blessed? Something you couldn’t explain occurred? No. As much as you try, you just don’t understand how, why?

Most times or should I say at each occurence you just shrug and say “It just happened, such is life.”

I think one verse sums it up:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

There is at times no answer but God. We decide and strive to lean on The Lord. We put our ‘smarts’ to rest behind His awesome knowledge. I think reading this again and learning in our lives just what is important and how to go about things.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SATURDAY,  APRIL  1  2017.

TOPIC : THE HEALING NAME.

MEMORISE : And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; MARK 16 : 17.

READ : ACTS 3 : 1 – 9 :

1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : LEVITICUS 1 – 3  AND JEREMIAH 5 : 18 – 6 : 5.

MESSAGE  :

There are many great things the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ can do in our lives, one of which is healing. It is unfortunate that many believers today, like Gehazi of old, prefer financial and material gains to the power in the Name of Jesus. They trade the precious Name of Jesus Christ for the ephemeral things of life. It is also highly regrettable that this divinely exalted Name, which God the Father gave to His Son, is being despised by many today. Philippians 2 : 9 – 10 says this about that Name :

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;”

Here’s good news for you: every kind of sickness in this world is included among the things that bow at the mention of the Name of Jesus.

Today’s Bible reading shows us one of the reasons why we need to give pre-eminence to the Name of Jesus Christ. Peter and John, two of the Lord’s apostles, were entering the temple at the hour of prayer, and a lame man ( who was born lame ) looked up to them for alms. Although they had no money, but because they knew and cherished that Name, they used its healing power to give what money could not buy to this man. In Acts 3 : 6b, Peter said :

“Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

The result of this effective use of the Healing Name is that a lame man, who never walked all his life, began to walk and to leap! I therefore command every storm raging in your life to be still in Jesus’ Name. Have doctors written off your case? I command that sickness to leave you alone right now in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ.

Beloved of God, I am introducing the Healing Name to you today, and that Name is Jesus. If you have not encountered the owner of that Name, may I introduce Him to you as the Saviour of the spirit, soul and body. Through His Name, He can deliver your ailing body from the grip of any terminal disease. All you need to do is to accept Him as your personal Lord and Saviour. Believe He can heal you, and He will surely heal you by His Name.

PRAYER POINT : Jesus the Healer, I believe in Your Healing Name; please have mercy on me and heal me today through Your Name.

AUTHOR : PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE.

HYMN 2: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

ls there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge-

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Do your friends despise, forsake you?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he’ll take and shield you;

You wilt find a solace there.

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Time passes! Where are all our yesteryears? Remember…if you can. Vaguely…

What were you doing? O! Yes, I’ve got the stunner! What did you have on??? No, no, no, I am not asking about graduations, weddings, festive situations. I ask…hmm! Let me see…can you tell me what you wore 100 days ago? Exactly 100 days prior to you hearing, reading or being asked this.

Doctors and nurses, I am not talking about scrubs 😁! For you, it’s what did you eat for dinner 190 days ago, that is less than a year and a random number. Time flies! We are growing distinguished 😀 that is one way of putting it!

Being ‘the bible guy’s, let us see where this all ties in…

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 See! There was a cause and we are truly blessed, I cannot even begin to share or express how deep this Love is! God, our Father sent a part of Himself to die For you! No greater Love hast a man For his brother than to die in his place! A testimony we are aware of is Christ did not just die for our sins. He went through so much more. I will share it this way; in Heaven the Romans could have been taken in the blink of an eye! Even if there were a flood as in the days of Noah. Angels could or would have come to bear Christ up. He was sent for a purpose, To stand in our place! Think of it, for One without sin, all our sin was taken out on Him.

Not meaning to go back, but Christ beaten nearly to death bore the cross and staggered to Gagulta. So much so, that an innocent bystander was called to aide Him. Not just that, but the proof we need to prove that Christ did it as was revealed centuries before was on the crucifix, the culture was to break the legs to speed up the inevitable. We see that Christ was essentially a dead Lord walking, whay He went through on the cross was foretold.

The reason I state what the standard of the day was, was primarily to show that Jesus did as He knew He was to do. He knew just what would happen, hence his asking God to take the cup of anguish from Him in the garden of Gethsemane. He asked that it be the will of God, not His that would be done.

See what Jesus went through on your behalf?

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Amen Sistren and Brethren, and so may it be. To God be the GLORY for always.

O wow! Read this!!! I was moved to contribute my little part…read on:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart (not 99% leaving 1% to chance. Trusting The Lord means you let go, and place all your chips in! Ever seen a gambler who wants to ‘hit it big’? This time we have the assurance that we will hit it big! what we have to do first is to let 100% go and let God!!!); and lean not unto thine own understanding (So often we say “It just won’t happen” or “I think…” What you ‘think’ really doesn’t matter. It is what has been said! Do we see examples? Follow them!)

In all thy ways acknowledge Him (who is He??? Best realize. Going to the Left or Right, North, South, East or West; in all as believers we must acknowledge Him, our Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and what exists within us? But The Holy Spirit), and He shall direct thy paths (In choosing, we might be on a particular bumpy road. In following The Lord, not only on the right road, but it is going the right way.)

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD (what does this give us? The will to desistvans depart from???) from evil.

And in doing so, it shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Honour the LORD with thy substance (all that you are, all that you were created with. Voice, arms, leg, feet, voices…choices), and with the firstfruits of all thine increase give Him praise! So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-10

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we can and should take all unto The Lord in prayer. Remember the song “Are ye weak and heavy laden? Burdened with a load of care? Take it to The Lord in prayer!” No matter what we go through, experience, want, desire…The Lord knows all. While we are still praying He is answering. Remember the song: “Are we weak and heavy laden? Take it to The Lord in prayer.”?

Here is the song to remind you of the words:

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised

Thou wilt all our burdens bear;

May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,

There will be no need for prayer—

Rapture, praise, and endless worship

Will be our sweet portion there.

I have a testimony. I was sleeping and just as I was about in my dream to ‘step wrong’, I awoke. I know this might not sound like a testimony, but it is. It is key to be lined up with the will of God and not steer clear to the right or left. If it is something we desire, it is given. I will state that If we desire what is not in His will, it is our decision to pursue it, we might and end up seeing just what in that case will happen.

An example, we who have waited ‘Oh! So long’ for an answer to a prayer. We know that it is in God’s will for us. God has said “While you are still praying, I am answering.”

Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

We have an example. What I realize is that every word is written for a reason and included in The Word. If you can imagine, at the temple in those days, there were the writings passes down through time. In synagogues we still see the same In this present day and age. We can see just what I mean; when Daniel prayed and sent a request before The Lord, it was answered as he spake:

12Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

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“I don’t believe in God. All this mumbo jumbo. Even these Tele-give-me-money’s. I just can’t deal. Last night I had to flick through the channels to find one worth watching. I mean! You would think one would be free of this stuff.”

“I know what you mean, I have had it up to here…”

“Tell me about it. I just want to warn the bucks. Get paid! If you know what I mean.,

Someone standing aside the two discussing thinks “Wow! A prayer would go a far way with them both. I remember the verse from fellowship. I guess it was right. What was it again?”

“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.” Proverbs 3:1-6

“At least I have them around my neck, sounds like those two don’t. How can I make a difference?,

And a voice deep inside me sai, “Let it be. If and when I desire to touch them I will.,

“Huh? I must be going crazy. Now I’m hearing voices?”

Basically, we see what many of us experience each day. Let is keep it in prayer folks.

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I just learned a new term from one of our sharing partners. I will share it….before I do: Doesn’t GMC doing it right? I know you must be wondering about just how much I make in commission from the automotive maker 😀. But rather, the letters stand for a wrong thing. So we can say GMC is doing it wrong, any takers?

Grumbling, Murmuring, Complaining. Let us put a stop to it.

Lord we want to be none GMC followers Jesus’ example. Be with us, help us, guide us in Jesus’ name, Amen

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I took on a journey, a question asked. Just who do we worship. Knowing that we have ‘briefly’ touched on this previously. We lay it as our primary search. What and why do we call Him. One point is that God is God, neither ‘Male’ nor ‘Female’. We have touched on this earlier. Male and Female were made in the likeness of Heavenly beings. Earth was a place where man was created, God made us from the ‘dirt’ of the Earth. “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food

until you return to the ground,

since from it you were taken;

for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:19

The Bible says that “Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11), “Enoch was translated that he should not see death” (Hebrews 11:5), and “God took him” (Genesis 5:24), and Moses appeared in the transfiguration with Jesus (Matthew 17:3).

There are those who God took up directly in their earthly form.

But confusing is the words of Jesus: “And no man hath ascended up to Heaven, but He that came down from Heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven”

John 3:13

How then ‘life and death’? Let us explore further. I tried to break it down, But more deftly stated is the following and to follow up, there are the address of the site. Read on!

The Scripture mentions three heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2), not just one!

The first heaven is earth’s atmosphere where birds fly (Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 4:25; 34:20, Lamentations 4:19, Zephaniah 1:3). One of the Hebrew words for ‘heaven’ is shamayim. This same word is translated as ‘sky’ in the Scripture, as can be seen by comparing Genesis 7:3, “fowls also of the air,” with Genesis 7:23, “fowl of the heaven.” The word ‘sky’ and ‘heaven’ are used interchangeably from the same Hebrew word (Psalm 8:8). So the first heaven is synonymous with ‘heights’ or ‘elevations.’

Here are other examples to illustrate the first heaven. Exodus 19:20 says the Lord was on top of Mount Sinai when he called Moses up there, and God describes Mount Sinai as ‘heaven’ (Exodus 20:22, Deuteronomy 4:36). Here, everything above the ground is called ‘heaven’.

Another example of the first heaven is in Amos 9:1-3, where God states that at the time of this judgment, nobody will be able to flee away (verse 1), even “though they climb up to heaven” (verse 2). This “heaven” is defined in the next verse, verse 3, as climbing to the top of Mount Carmel.

Another example is where the Scripture speaks of the “dew of heaven” (Genesis 27:28,39, Deuteronomy 33:28, Daniel 4:15-33; 5:21). The first heaven, from which dew comes, means the atmosphere, where the clouds and the wind roam. Therefore, everything above the ground is called ‘heaven.”

Another Hebrew word for the first heaven is ‘shachaq.’ This same word for heaven (Psalm 89:6,37) is also translated as ‘sky’ or ‘skies’ (Deuteronomy 33:26; Job 37:18; Psalm 18:11), and as ‘clouds’ (Job 35:5; 36:28; Psalm 36:5; 68:34, Pro. 3:20; 8:28).

The second heaven is outer space where the planets and stars exist (Genesis 1:14-17; 15:5; 22:17; 26:4, Deuteronomy 1:10; 17:3; Psalm 8:3, Jeremiah 8:2; Matthew 24:29). Usually the term “host of heaven” or “firmament of the heaven” is used to describe this second heaven.

The third heaven is literally called “the third heaven” in 2 Corinthians 12:2. This third heaven is what Christ calls his “Father’s house” (John 14:2), and both Christ and the Apostle Paul calls it “paradise” (Luke 23:43, 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, Revelation 2:7). This is where God and the heavenly sanctuary exist (1 Peter 3:22). This third heaven is also known as the “heaven of heavens” (Deuteronomy 10:14; 1 Kings 8:27, 2 Chronicles 2:6; 6:18, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalms 148:4), “The heavenly Jerusalem” (Galatians 4: 26; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 3:12), the “kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 25:1, James 2:5), the “eternal kingdom” (2 Peter 1:11), the “eternal inheritance” (1 Peter. 1:4, Hebrews 9:15), and the “better country” (Hebrews 11:14,16). The fact that there are more than one ‘heaven’ can be shown by Psalm 115:16, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S.” There are obviously two different ‘heavens’ being addressed in this one verse.

Since Elijah could not have gone to the heaven of God’s throne, then to which heaven did he go? He was not taken to God’s heavenly throne (as some imagine). He was actually taken into this earth’s atmosphere, the first heaven. There could be no whirlwind in any other place but in the atmosphere surrounding this earth.

ɡäd/

noun

noun: God; noun: god; plural noun: gods; plural noun: the gods

1.

(in Christianity and other monotheistic religions) the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.

synonyms:the Lord, the Almighty, the Creator, the Maker, the Godhead; Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh; (God) the Father, (God) the Son, the Holy Ghost/Spirit, the Holy Trinity; the Great Spirit, Gitchi Manitou; humorousthe Man Upstairs

“a gift from God”

2.

(in certain other religions) a superhuman being or spirit worshiped as having power over nature or human fortunes; a deity.

“a moon god”

synonyms:deity, goddess, divine being, celestial being, divinity, immortal, avatar

“sacrifices to appease the gods”

an image, idol, animal, or other object worshiped as divine or symbolizing a god.

synonyms:idol, graven image, icon, totem, talisman, fetish, juju

“wooden gods”

used as a conventional personification of fate.

“he dialed the number and, the gods relenting, got through at once”

3.

an adored, admired, or influential person.

“he has little time for the fashion victims for whom he is a god”

a thing accorded the supreme importance appropriate to a god.

“don’t make money your god”

4.

informal

the gallery in a theater.

exclamation

exclamation: God

1.

used for emphasis or to express emotions such as surprise, anger, or distress.

“God, what did I do to deserve this?”

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch god and German Gott .

“ELOHIM” (or Elohay) is the first name for God found in the Bible, and it’s used throughout the Old Testament over 2,300 times. Elohim comes from the Hebrew root meaning “strength” or “power”, and has the unusual characteristic of being plural in form. In Genesis 1:1, we read, “In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth.” Right from the start, this plural form for the name of God is used to describe the One God, a mystery that is uncovered throughout the rest of the Bible. Throughout scripture, Elohim is combined with other words to describe certain characteristics of God. Some examples: Elohay Kedem – God of the Beginning: (Deuteronomy 33:27). Elohay Mishpat – God Of Justice: (Isaiah 30:18). Elohay Selichot – God Of Forgiveness: (Nehemiah 9:17). Elohay Marom – God Of Heights: (Micah 6:6). Elohay Mikarov – God Who Is Near: (Jeremiah 23:23). Elohay Mauzi – God Of My Strength: (Psalm 43:2). Elohay Tehilati – God Of My Praise: (Psalm 109:1). Elohay Yishi – God Of My Salvation: (Psalm 18:46). Elohim Kedoshim – Holy God: (Leviticus 19:2, Joshua 24:19). Elohim Chaiyim – Living God: (Jeremiah 10:10). Elohay Elohim – God Of Gods: (Deuteronomy 10:17).

“EL” is another name used for God in the Bible, showing up about 200 times in the Old Testament. El is the simple form arising from Elohim, and is often combined with other words for descriptive emphasis. Some examples: El HaNe’eman – The Faithful God: (Deuteronomy 7:9). El HaGadol – The Great God: (Deuteronomy 10:17). El HaKadosh – The Holy God: (Isaiah 5:16). El Yisrael – The God Of Israel: (Psalm 68:35). El HaShamayim – The God Of The Heavens: (Psalm 136:26). El De’ot – The God Of Knowledge: (1 Samuel 2:3). El Emet – The God Of Truth: (Psalm 31:6). El Yeshuati – The God Of My Salvation: (Isaiah 12:2). El Elyon – The Most High God: (Genesis 14:18). Immanu El – God Is With Us: (Isaiah 7:14). El Olam – The God Of Eternity (Genesis 21:33). El Echad – The One God: (Malachi 2:10). “ELAH” is another name for God, used about 70 times in the Old Testament. Again, when combined with other words, we see different attributes of God. Some examples: Elah Yerush’lem – God of Jerusalem: (Ezra 7:19). Elah Yisrael – God of Israel: (Ezra 5:1). Elah Sh’maya – God of Heaven: (Ezra 7:23). Elah Sh’maya V’Arah – God of Heaven and Earth: (Ezra 5:11).

“YHVH” is the Hebrew word that translates as “LORD”. Found more often in the Old Testament than any other name for God (approximately 7,000 times), the title is also referred to as the “Tetragrammaton,” meaning the “The Four Letters”. YHVH comes from the Hebrew verb “to be” and is the special name that God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM; and He said, thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you… this is My eternal name, and this is how I am to be recalled for all generations'” (Exodus 3:14-15). Therefore, YHVH declares God’s absolute being – the source of everything, without beginning and without end. Although some pronounce YHVH as “Jehovah” or “Yaweh,” scholars really don’t know the proper pronunciation. The Jews stopped pronouncing this name by about 200 A.D., out of fear of breaking the commandment “You shall not take the name of YHVH your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7). (Today’s rabbis typically use “Adonai” in place of YHVH.) Here are some examples of YHVH used in scripture: YHVH Elohim – LORD God: (Genesis 2:4). YHVH M’kadesh – The LORD Who Makes Holy: (Ezekiel 37:28). YHVH Yireh – The LORD Who Sees/provides: (Genesis 22:14). YHVH Nissi – The LORD My Banner: (Exodus 17:15). YHVH Shalom – The LORD Of Peace: (Judges 6:24). YHVH Tzidkaynu – The LORD Our Righteousness: (Jeremiah 33:16). YHVH O’saynu – The LORD our Maker: (Psalm 95:6).

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Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Psalm 150:1

We have shared this previously. Our part in Life is to give God praise, to give Him all we have. You know what? I will tell you a secret…shhh…Come close. Closer…

You had nothing, you didn’t even exist until God gave you life. A spirit which resides in you. Now the exciting thing is that we can and so make decisions; where to go, how to be, in what to believe.  Noone tells you what to believe. You make the choice and will see just what occurs from the decision you make. I know I am supposed to be ‘Loving’ and I am. It would and will be awesome to see brethren and sister giving Glory to God. Imagine, God creared the universe. What a distance to travel as Heaven has no limits.

I will give you an idea how vast. When Jesus was born, Angels celebrated, so much so that shepherds who watched their flock by night beheld a tiny portion of the celebration in Heaven. And an angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.

Although we have discussed this earlier, at the time Jesus died for you and I, the same angels hadn’t aged a day and could have made all the difference in the world (literally) but they were asked to stand down. In Heaven, God’s Kingdom you do as directed and the Angels did.

Lord, Alleluia I give You praise forgiving me my all. Thank You for health, completion of Your Word in my life. Lord I am yours use me to do Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen

“Just why are you always giving thanks? I mean who the check are you thanking? What are you so grateful for anyway? Didn’t you just lose your job?”

“I don’t know how to answer you, bu5 yo7 know that ‘crazy book’ you see me reading all the tim…”

“Yeah, I didn’t want to bring that up. You seem so…into it. I have learned not to ‘bug’ you when you get started.”

“I appreciate that. It definitely says that in all things I should give thanks.”

“But for a job loss???”

“It says ‘give Him thanks in all things'” (give God thanks in all things, not just the testimony filled days. Yes, definitely we will by His grace have countless ones of those. In our trials and temptations, and trouble everywhere; we should never be discouraged, take It to The Lord in prayer.)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good”

I Chron. 16:34

“Taste and see that the Lord is good!”

Ps. 34:8

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him and praise His name! For the Lord is good and His love is eternal, and His faithfulness endures to all generations.” Ps. 100:4-5

Our ‘directions’ are clear; “take it to The LORD in prayer.” I know I have the knack of asking, did you pray yet today? Let us commit our going out and coming in unto The LORD.

Now to our Father (God be praised) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (To put it in current lingo “It blows the mind!), according to His power that is at work within us,

Ephesians 3:20

We, through God have inconceivable might, power to move mountains: Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done”

Matthew 21:21

Isn’t it amazing how it all ties in together? (I know some will say “But of course it does.”) Really? Did you know that I’m being blessed with the time and ability to read The Word. It jumps out and grabs me (way more that the world’s best novel. This was written for The Creator of The universe! No matter how gripping a movie, drama or performance, we are able to sit back in astonishment at the goodness of The Lord.)

Praise Him! O Praise ye The Lord:

Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 150

Lord, we praise The, for all Ye have done, we praise Thee. In our going out and our coming in, we praise The. In my Life, Lord be glorified today and in all my ways. Lord, I thank You for the churches, that by You4 grace, in Your name we gather. Lord be the focal point of every gathering in The Name of Jesus.

Lord there is a people that were yours first, we praise You because You are Love and You being You have given us the hope of glory. I thank Yoo this day For the ability to be called one of Your children. I praise You for all that is coming as long as my trust is in You. Thank You for each  moment of each day as we grow closer to You in time and intimacy, be Glorified in The Name of Jesus, Amen

Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; Psalm 33:18

Let us break this down. What does it mean to ‘fear’ The Lord? This bible says

“perfect love casts out all fear.” So how do we marry this dichotomy? How can we fear God while he expels all fear?

Scripture is full of examples of how fearing God is a positive rather than a negative thing. For example in Genesis 42:18, Joseph wins his brothers’ trust when he declares he is a God-fearing man. It was because the midwives feared God that they obeyed him instead of the authorities by sparing the Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:17). Pharaoh brought disaster on his nation because he did not fear God (Exodus 9:29-31). Moses chose leaders to help him on the basis that they feared God and wouldn’t take bribes (Exodus 18:21) and told the Hebrews that God met with them in a terrifying display of his power so that they wouldn’t sin (Exodus 20:20). The Mosaic Law cites fear of God as a reason to treat the disabled and elderly well (Leviticus 19:14, 32). And lest you think this is only an Old Testament idea, note that Jesus states this stronger than anyone when he says, “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). And Paul says to work toward complete holiness because we fear God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

So it’s clear from these passages, that fearing God is good because it saves us from caving into our own sinful nature. That’s why hearing someone is God-fearing actually makes us trust that person more. If they fear God, they are more likely to keep their word and treat others with kindness. In fact, Romans 3, a classic chapter on sin, says that our chief sin is that we “have no fear of God at all” (Romans 3:18).

So how does fear of God, who is perfect love, take away fear? William D. Eisenhower puts it this way in his article ‘Fearing God” in Christianity Today:

Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God’s function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world …. When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world’s threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world’s equal …. As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal the truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion.

And, of course, the ultimate example of fear and perfect love working together is Jesus Christ. He warned us at every turn to fear God, not men—and he confirmed that in everything about his life and death. He spoke lovingly but frankly to all and didn’t mince words when people needed to face their sin and repent. But he also demonstrated love beyond human understanding when he lived out his words, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).” With love like that, what is left to fear but God?

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King Saul and his host of Army got to the battlefield earlier but David came last to take the victory. It does not matter who got there before you, It does not matter what people are saying about you, Your arrival will break barriers, your miracle will break protocols, your testimony shall last forever. You shall be the most preferred anywhere you go. Power to survive this year shall rest upon you and the name of the Lord shall be glorified. So shall it be in Jesus precious name. Amen. Good morning and have a wonderful day.

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Prayer in times of need:

Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee. Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:14-21

Lord You are all, my meat, me bread, my sleep. Lord I find rest in Thee. Lord, You know my wants and desires, as I walk in You, with You, for You. Be with me, uphold me Lord. Jesus came, a Part of You. Father I praise You for all You have done, in faith I thank You for my blessings. Thank You Father for this day. In my life Lord be glorified always in Jesus’ name, Amen

There is so much we deal with! There is a place to put it. We are not to ‘forget’ it like we are encouraged to do, But rather, trust God, thank Him as even in faith we await what we cannot see.

‘Faith’ is the substance (the actuality) of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen. In this case we can “Hebrews 11” It; our new catch phrase.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11: 1-3

It goes further in stating the occurrences in the history of the world that by faith were done. So Faith on brethren and sistren. 😀

16.

Hmmm! I was thinking of this weeks saying. I came up with one. You know how you meet someone first thing in the morning and say “Good Morning”? Or in Nigeria we used to say “Goo Morring Sah!” In other words “Good Morning Sir!” In French, “Bonjour!” as in Good day; in Spanis: “Buenos días!”

That’s about it for my grasp of foriegn…Wait! What am I thinking??? O speak Yoruba a Nigerian tongue- “e kaaro”

Point made I think! So what is the point??? We have spoken about Moses’ communion with God. It should be our goal, want and desire, so how about is we wish brethren and sistren (my word 😜) a “Moses day”? If we all aim for that it would mean so much. Going to tell an ‘untruth’? Would Moses have done that? We are left with so many examples: “So many rivers to cross” (a song from when I was younger) but in the here and now, it is factual! God parted the Red Sea and they walked on dry ground!

They were hungry and Manna fell from the sky (and meat too in the form of birds). Moses in his faith was taken care of. It is The Lord’s express will that we be taken care of too. So wishing someone a “Moses day” is much better than wishing them a “Good day.” No?

So, I will kick it off: Have a Moses life in Jesus name, Amen

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So, I decided to stay off the bible today (not away from-no way!!!) Was sent this by a friend. My bestie from “primary school” 😀 thoughts it was appropriate. Delete this preamble and think of sending it to your true friends, and be sure to stay in touch. Your prayer partners they are! People to agree with in The Spirit (told you the Bible was not too far 😜)

*THIS IS HOW FRIENDSHIP BREAKS*

“`Both friends will think that they are too busy

They will not contact each  other thinking it may be disturbing

As time passes, both will think… “let the other contact me”

After a while, each will think… “why should I contact first?”

Here, your love will gradually be converted to pride

Finally, without contact, the memory becomes weak

They forget each other…

One day they will meet and blame one another

So, let’s keep in touch, my dear friend

I don’t wanna be one of those kind of friends

So here I am saying,

I miss you! And hope that all is well with you?

Life is no fun without FRIENDS.

Hmmm! Can we Love friends? I guess so, so let us find The Love, respect and caring! To close, let us 1 Corinthians 13 It!

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Need I say more? Actually, I didn’t say it, it was written well before my time and yours.

For everything there is a season, and la time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to mdie;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to odance;

a time to pcast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to rrefrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to slose;

a time to keep, and a time to tcast away;

a time to utear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.

I had nothing to do with this truism. In fact, it can be found in Ecclesiastes 3:1–8

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“Was that wrong?…”

“Did I do wrong?…”

“….I never do! ‘Cause I’m a good Christian! God bless you brother/sister, for pointing that out, but I’m good…”

This conversation could go on for ever. There are ‘excuses’ made and they call on the name of The Lord, not for forgiveness-but to prove them right. And we remember: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

This verse means so much!!! Is The Glory of God attainable? The answer is NO!!!

I apologize for going back, but a human who saw God in this world was Moses. Not in all His Glory, but from His back. But Moses didn’t always do what was ‘right’. Godctold him to touch a rock when the people (God’s people) cried out in thirst. He struck the stone and was punished for it. We are keenly aware that people lived as long as The Lord willed anfcgave them grace to. Moses though he had been revealed to prior his ‘sin’ of taking credit for ‘finding water’ saw the promised land but did not set foot in it .

And that is backed up by The Scripture, when Jesus said:

“I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

– Luke 5:32

“Think” is the key word. Let us ensure that we are as we should be y’all to the Glory of God.

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For those of you who do not remember, let us go back. Not as far back as Goliath, but fast forward to David on the roof of his palace and saw Bathseba bathing, he sent for her and seduced her, she became pregnant. David then started unfurling the silk tapestry that was his life. Not only did he scheme for the husband of Bathseba to be murdered, but he did the unspeakable. We can follow it through in  2 Samuel 11. I make a point, we see all his battles that he won with and for the Lord (too many to name.) He ran from Saul, was chanced to slay him but refused to do so 1 Samuel 26: 5-25. He did this for though Saul sought to slay him He had been the anointed.

Why do I bring all this up? We can see and appreciate the awesome good in David’s life. He misspelled and was punished for it. But God’s word, He puts above His name and He said David would be a father of nations.

We read his words in Psalms, we read of his life in 2 Samuel and Kings, books in the bible. Let me ask you this. Can God look proudly upon you??? Are we striving to attain that?

Do we help those in need? Or are we ‘too busy’? I can ask so many questions, but I will let your heart speak to you. There are so many examples of people in the bible who simply did what they feel they were sent here for and they make sure to hold God’s word first in their lives.

An example? Job! God was proud of him and said as much in the community of Angels Yes, Satan was among them and stated fact; One day the angelsa came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. “The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”

It does not say that as soon as he left the presence of God, he struck Job, and we can read: “One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” vv. 13-16

Here I will point out that one of the messengers said “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants.” I repeat, “The fire of God.” What we miss is the accounting this to be “Of God.” Things in the spiritual when viewed from the ‘worldly’ sense can be misconstrued; much like the bearer of the message.

If we experience or encounter situations that cannot be explained. Let us take it to The Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden?

Burdened with a load of care?

In sharing this, I am reminded of a song we sang when young:

What a Friend we have in Jesus,

  All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

  Everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

  O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

  Everything to God in prayer!

2

Have we trials and temptations?

  Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged,

  Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful

  Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness,

  Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3

Are we weak and heavy-laden,

  Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—

  Take it to the Lord in prayer;

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

  Take it to the Lord in prayer;

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

  Thou wilt find a solace there.

I read that and it speaks to me, just as I hope and pray it speaks to you. Wow! This was a rather long sharing, but a simple lesson can be learned: David-the man of God, committed a vile couple of sins, and The Lord forgave him. We have so much to learn, try reading it over.

Wow! The bible is better than any novel! Question: “Who was Solomon’s father?”, who was Solomon’s mother? Even further for you ‘smarty pants’, who were Solomon’s siblings? I am definitely not going to mention the last question; feel free to look it up. Amazingly, some of the books in the bible were written by Solomon. To bring to your memory: “Song of Solomon”, written by who?

Wait! I know what question I have: “What happened to David and Bathseba’s child?

We can see how it is all tied together? An awesome read! I can ask so many questions! Read up!!! Let me show you how we can do this, I will ask something about a movie scripted so very long ago:”who was the main actor (male) in ‘Gold Finger’? If you got that one, there is definitely more of a different kind coming your way!

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Let us pray:

Lord, Be merciful unto me, O my 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.

Psalm 57:1

We pray much like The Lords announced. Can you remember what he did? For those who do, awesome! Let us continue to walk in His desire as we are blessed to walk nearer and nearer to Him.

22.

As you rise from your bed this morning, the land you walk on today will produce blessings, the sky above you will release happiness over your life, the breeze around you will blow peace, every step you take will bring fulfilment. May He who raised Heaven without pillars and built the universe without bricks bless, protect and sustain you now and forevermore . In Jesus Mighty name. Amen.

*GOOD MORNING

23.

Christ Is In You

I will give unto thy house a new heart and renew a right Spirit within you.

Let us come onto The Lord with thanksgiving,

Let us enter His courts with praise!

We will say this is the day that The Lord has made,

We will rejoice for He has made us glad!

‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.’ Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV

When God said, ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you,’ you could call it ‘a spiritual heart transplant’. Tara Storch understands this miracle. In 2010 a skiing accident claimed the life of her thirteen-year-old daughter, Taylor. What followed for Tara and her husband, Todd, was every parent’s worst nightmare: a funeral, a burial, a flood of questions and tears.

They decided to donate their daughter’s organs to needy patients. And few people needed a heart more than Patricia Winters. Her heart had begun to fail five years earlier, leaving her too weak to do much more than sleep. Taylor’s heart gave Patricia a fresh start in life. Taylor’s mum had only one request: she wanted to hear her daughter’s heartbeat. She and Todd flew from Dallas to Phoenix and went to Patricia’s home, where the two mothers embraced for a long time. Then Patricia offered Tara and Todd a stethoscope.

The question is: when they listened to the healthy rhythm, whose heart did they hear? Did they not hear the still-beating heart of their daughter? It indwelt a different body, but the heart was still the heart of their child. And when God hears your heart, does He not hear the still-beating heart of His Son?

Paul said, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.’ (Galatians 2:20 NKJV) The apostle sensed within himself not just the philosophy, ideals, and influence of Christ, but the person of Christ. Christ moved in—and He still does. ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory.’ (Colossians 1:27 NKJV)

SoulFood: Jer 18–21, Luke 20:27–40, Ps 6, Prov 8:32–33

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I was really inspired by this:

A boy asked his father “Dad, how big is GOD?” Looking up at the sky his father saw an airplane and asked his son, ” How big is that airplane?” The boy responded,” it’s small Dad! You can hardly even see it!”

Then the father took his Son to an airport hanger. Standing in front of one of the airplanes, the father asked, ” and now how big is this airplane?” The boy responded,” Oh Daddy, this plane is enormous!” At this point, the father said to him,” that’s how it is with GOD!

“How big HE is, depends on the distance between you and Him!” The closer you are to Him, the bigger HE is in your life!”

GET CLOSE TO CHRIST!

Good Morning

25.

To be kind is to be God-like

‘That… He might show… His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.’ Ephesians 2:7

The Bible says: ‘God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the Heavenly realms… that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.’

Ephesians 2:6–7

God sent Jesus from Heaven to earth, so that we can leave earth one day and go to Heaven. This is evidence of God’s kindness, even to those who aren’t yet believers.

Beyond that, enjoying the presence of Christ in Heaven will remind us of God’s great kindness for all eternity. God places so high a premium on kindness that He never wants us to forget it. So if you want to be ‘godly’ you must endeavour to be kind.

Sometimes Christians are so committed to the tenets of their faith that they come across sounding harsh, and end up turning people off. Be careful; you can have the right doctrine—and the wrong spirit! God’s grace attracts people, it doesn’t repel them.

In The Lion and the Mouse, Aesop said, ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, ever is wasted.’ It costs to be unkind, but it pays to be kind. So take every opportunity today to be kind to others. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.’ The apostle Paul puts it like this: ‘Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves.’ Romans 12:10

Today remember that to be kind is to be godly.

SoulFood: Jer 14–1,7, Luke 20:20–26, Ps 69:19–36, Prov 8:30–31

26.

Ok. So I think I became like a broken record. The words of the song, I by God’s grace heave penned. Stil to be put to music. Let’s get humming, strumming, thumping or whichever, whatever. The Lord be praised.

Sing to The Lord He has done great things,

Our voices cry out, our Spirits are raised to Him,

Oh! Let me Shout Hallelujh!

Praise God for saving me.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, Jesues lifted me (2×)

Hallelujah, Hallelujah Jesus lifted me,

Oh! Glory Alleluia, Jesus lifted me

Our Father has so many names, I can and will call Him Father,

Father to You be all the Glory

Jehovah Jireh, my Provider

Jehovah Nissi, always here

Jehovahshalom

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength

How can we tell of His goodness?

Too plentiful to recount

For He pours forth blessing

They rain from the sky

In His kingdom, the meek shall be Kings

All under Jesus, our Savior

27.

We can sit with a grin like no other.

Person A: “Look over there haven’t you noticed that individual is always smiling?”

Person B: “Yeah! Maybe they just got a raise!”

Person A: “Not possible! I heard them talking about cuts. We are cutting way back.”

Person B: ” Perhaps they don’t know that fact”

Person A:”Well! They are always smiling or seem happy with something.”

Person B: “Possibly just got married. Wait until stuff hits the fan.”

Person B: “Wrong dude! I didn’t tell you, but I was invited to their 10th wedding anniversary.”

Person A: “They have been married that long??? Wow! I guess that was the card I threw out that was on my desk! Sorry I didn’t even think of opening it, I thought it was junk mail!”

Person B: “You are lucky you didn’t come. Religious fanatics they are. I mean it was fun and all, but it seemed they prayed for everything! Before eating, after eating, before I left. Heck! Before I left. Definitely has kept me from going back.”

Person A: “Were you invited back?”

Person B: “Not really! I just thought…,

Person A: “Did you send a thank you card for the invite? Or even take a gift….”

Person B: “No!”

Person A: “See!!! I wouldn’t invit you if it were me…”

Person B: “Wait!!! Actually, I remember why..”

Person A: “Why???”

Person B: “I was in shock!!!”

Person A: “From?”

Person B: “Remember when I took that week off last year?”

Person A: “That I picked you up from the hospital? Yeah! You’d best get a ‘loved one’ right quick, I always seem to be bailing you out!”

Person B: “Well I was in shock…”

Person A: “Remembering it was such a bad time, I didn’t even know you were coming from the party at their house! You just stated you were driving, got broken down on the railway track, just as the train was coming…”

Person B: “I know! The reason I called in is because I was in shock. Though I have never told you or anyone for that matter. I saw the train coming and for some reason, I was no longer there! It seemed like some hand had lifted me and the car. Thectraib passed by…I never even had a scratch on the car…”

Person A: “Were you drunk? I don’t remember you Bing tipsy.”

Person B:”Nope! They don’t and didn’t serve alcohol at their house….”

Person A: “To get back to this…”

Person B: “I am sorry, still get the hibby Jibbies…”

Person A: “You never told me any of this…I thought…”

Person B: “I spent that week seeking a psychiatrist that would or could explain my ‘blanking out’ or how I could have made it across…”

Person A: “I remember, a good Samaritan…”

Person B: “Yeah one of the holy rollers at the party picked me up and took me to the hospital. That is why I had to call you to pick me up.”

Person A: “I remember you told me that at the shop they not only found out you had a problem with the fuel line, but the battery was dead…”

Person B: “Let’s not talk about this…”

Person A: “I am almost done…Didn’t you say that they had prayed for and with you before you left?”

Person B: “The more the reason that I decided not to speak to them any more. I mean if they had booze, I would have stayed longer and not been caught on the tracks.”

Person A: “But wouldn’t that mean you’d be driving tipsy?”

Person B: “I guess, the mechanic told me that I had been with the problem for some time and that it was bound to have occurred regardless, just a matter of time…”

Person A: “So I guess it is good that it happened where it did and when it did?”

Person B: “Can we stop talking about this?”

Person A: “I get it now. So, you mean with the shock you never remembered to say ‘thank you’ for the party?

Person B: “Like I said ‘too much shock'”

Person A: “To end it all, what DoD the shrink say?”

Person B: “That is why I stopped going! One I saw last seemed to be nice and all, till I found out they were a religious fanatic! The reason I say that is because during a session, the therapist said “that is a miracle!”, “A miracle???? The miracle is how I must have driven through…”

Person A: “Wasn’t the car broke down and still brokenveven when it was towed?”

Person B: “Now you get it..Why I decided to figure it out…”

Person A: “And were you?…”

Person B: “That is why I have left it alone all this time…”

Person A: “But I don’t get why…”

Person B: “Can we just leave it well alone?”

To point something out, the Chrstian  co-worker had Joy, joy in the Lord. Joy that will last them forevermore. Just why he had the smile on his face all the time. Person B, had called them “Holy rollers”, is that possible why he had never gone back? Funny, it was a miracle, this could have happened any time, any place. It was after the individual was prayed for before leaving plus it was one of the brethren that took them to the hospital. Many lessons to learn here.

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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: Isaiah Isaiah 26:3,4

Wow! Hallelujah!!! We know The Lord by so many different ways “Jehovah Jireh, Nissi, Rapha…”, Yahwe, Father, God, I am….

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

And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. Exodus 6:3

That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. Psalm 83:18

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: Isaiah 26:4

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

I was pleasantly please to see that in reading I saw The Lord referred to as Jehovah. I guess I knew that He was, but to actually see it and know it, is something else, A blessing!

But our sharing is not on this but rather on what is when we keep our focus stayed on God. Perfect peace, how do we describe it? Nothing to worry about (it is all in His hands), Silence (We have heard and learned of quiet time)

Shall we experience His strength for the now? Or for Always? Meditate on this and understand that you are blessed.

29.

We are told a secret that is well known. We are a big family! In The Word it calls many “The sons of God”. In the Spirit realm there is no male/female. If you think of it, when people in The Bible saw Angels, that is just what they are. In the following verse we, if we meditate on it will realize what is meant.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” John1:12

Behold, what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. 1 John 3:1

We see that so many times in The Scripture: Genesis 6:2, Genesis 6:4, Job 1:6, Job 38:7, Romans 8:14

We can see that I have included a vast array of verses.

The creations of God are referred to as the sons of God. When God created The Earth, He made first the animals, so they could procreate and He saw that it was good; to follow came life of every kind. Then, He said at the ending of this Worldly creation, let us make man in our Own image. It might sound a bit off to some, he placed His Spirit within us.  In making Man, He made man in His image to have authority over the Earth.

We were animals too. But, in His image. Yes there are animals of all sorts, but He made one to be Lord of all His creation. I am well aware that there are baboons, monkeys etc. Do they think? Can they communicate with such finesse as we do? I am sure many an animal lover will wish to offer. Yes, they communicate, But with as many words, ability to do all as the caretakers of the Earth?

For those who beg to differ, we are made in His image. The opportunity to exist for always was there. It has been taken away, our days have been numbered, we can make a choice. We shared on this prior, in the time of Methuselah, man lived hundreds of years (multiple) which is but a breadth with God. It is so amazing that He knows exactly what will happen. A part of Him knows neither the time or conditions that will signal the end. Let me explain it this way. If you were going to plunge off a cliff into a body of water far below, you would think it, know it; now if your heart had a say, or your bones with the risks involved, would they take the plunge. My belief is no.

Just so, Go’s knows the hour, even His heart (Jesus) does not know the hour or time. Being that our creator knows all. We must be wary and be ready. If it were in the middle of you doing what you should not be doing, do you think you will be taken? This alone is reason that we should live as directed.

Can you imagine a place ruled by Love? The peace, the beauty, the serenity. I smile When I say The Love, but I do not have to say that because it has been said God whose domain that is, is Love.

I think the point is made. Be blessed in and through Jesus’ name Amen

30.

As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one.

– Luke 4:40

Impressed? I will share something:  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12

Greater works??? Jesus healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, healed the sick, Hallelujah! We can go on, but for the sake of time, I will move on.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

A brief story I will share shows what authority we yield in faith.

“And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.” Acts 19:11-17

We can see that in believing, we have been given the authority in The Name of Jesus to do so and much more in prayer and fasting and seeking The face of The Lord.

I have to admit that I smile when I view this in my minds eye. The spirit within the sick man said “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” We can do things through and of Him, but without, we are powerless.

In ending, I will share this:

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:18-20

Lord I thank you for Your word, we as believers through You have been given so much. In Your name we have authority. Lord, allow us to learn Your way, to yield Your word like a flaming sword so that in faith we may wield the sword of faith. Thank You for the difficulties in my way. Lord, I know they are at times placed so I may learn from them. Lord all that is placed in me and in my way, I come against in The Name of Jesus. Lord, strengthen me Father that I may walk with and in You holding me up. Father, be glorified in Jesus name, Amen

Learning is important

Nice line from Ratan Tata’s Lecture- in London

👉1.

Don’t educate

your children

to be rich.

Educate them

to be Happy.

So when

they grow up

they will know

the value of things

not the price

👉2.

“Eat your food

as your medicines.

Otherwise

you have to

eat medicines

as your food”

👉3.

The One

who loves you

will never leave you

because

even if there are

100 reasons

to give up

he will find

one reason

to hold on

👉4.

There is

a lot of difference

between

human being

and being human.

A Few understand it.

👉5.

You are loved

when you are born.

You will be loved

when you die.

In between

You have to manage…!

If u want to Walk Fast,

Walk Alone..!

But

if u want to Walk Far,

Walk Together..!!

Six Best Doctors in the World-

1.Sunlight

2.Rest

3.Exercise

4.Diet

5.Self Confidence

&

6.Friends

Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy healthy life

If you see the moon ….. You see the beauty of God ….. If you see the Sun ….. You see the power of God ….. And …. If you see the Mirror ….. You see the best Creation of GOD …. So Believe in YOURSELF…..   .

We all are tourists & God is our travel agent who

already fixed all our Routes Reservations & Destinations

So!

Trust him & Enjoy the “Trip” called LIFE…

Be ‘Tight’ in The LORD!

Month 1

1.

Sometimes I think of king David and I am touched. A man who served God in faith; with Goliath it didn’t even start there. While watching sheep he proved his bravery by fighting off the animals that sought to feed on his father’s flock.

I was reading and came across a verse that stated that the troops spoke against king David and sought to kill him. Let us read: “It happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. Now David’s two wives had been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.  Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters.”  1 Samuel 30:1-30

We can see that king David had problems, his people sought to slay him when he had lost his family too. If we read on, we can see that the Isrealites stood down and went to get their families, fighting for them.

We have ‘problems’ that weigh us down. We see from the above that even threatened with death when he lost too was something hard to believe. At times, we may meet problems that weigh us down. Let go, and let God. This has been shared, we share it again and point out that we are blessed to be in the perfect will of God.

There might be things that stress us to no end, did you pray? Take it to The Lord in prayer?

2.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Because we are in Jesus, He is Lord! We cannot say it enough, we learn it, believe it, know it. Jesus is Lord y’all. Because of Him we have peace, success, comfort and we are blessed to have Love in our lives, let Love be a part and parcel of who, what and where we are. Hallelujah!

Psalm 91:5-7

I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.

2 Samuel 22: 4

3.

So, let me ask you a question. Are you a Christian? Easy to answer that; a quick “Yes!” Escapes your lips. Really? What does it mean to be Christian? Are you aware that the name of this ‘dude’ that was here 2000+ years ago is what people are ‘filtered’ or ‘seperated’ on. I guess many will call themselves ‘agnostic’, I guess my nickname for them will be ‘aggies’. There is a reason why we went into all this. I was reading a ‘definition’ of just what it means to be a ‘true’ Christian. And, we read:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son (a part of Him-amazing huh?) in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. We were doomed from birth all because ‘Sin’ was passed down. Jesus then condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, more importantly who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

This is deep, read on:

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires. But those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Again, as has been shared, we have The Spirit within us, this embraces so much. What we think, feel, know, do is known by The Spirit. Even more importantly, we know it and shall give account.

As a quick aside, I thought judging all humanity must take eons. Hmm, I smile, because beyond, time does not exist. We have shared that in the place to be experienced after this, there is no time. Just existence. Where you are is what you experience. For a time, I thought it would only be for a time. Having visited, I realized how wrong I was. Decision is everything. Where will and do you stand?

I read recently a sharing of someone who passed away and came back. Essentially, the same experience as I had, but more so, the first part of my ‘dream’ was not his. He was ‘sick’ and had passed on and being told by The Lord he had seen, he was told it was not his time. In my case, prior to the accident; I had been exceptionally fine-a gym buff to be precise. I was doing awesomely well when I was in the accident and was unconscious when I hit the water of the river below the bridge I had crashed on. This of course is why I had no recollection or knowledge of where I was. Timelessness is a concept hard to understand when we are here alive. In our minds, we grow and age. Then we are no more, to some ‘re-generation’ is a belief. In speaking with someone who believed that fervently, I simply said “Why is it not a widely known of concept. If there were truth to that, it should be a big seller.” For example, wouldn’t billionaires stock up The money, so on the next ‘go-round’ it would be easier? But, I will leave that alone for right now. More important things to discuss.

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

This is an excerpt from The Word. I share: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8

So, a lot is said in the verses above. I promised to ‘share’ less and I think it is a great thing. I am aware that the shares were a little much previously. I have and do apologize.

Yes, let us pray.

Lord, Heavenly Father, Jesus our Savior and Holy Spirit within us. Glory and praise to You. We come before You with thanksgiving for our debts have been paid. Father, we know that You are Love. Yes it has in Your Word been defined. Thank You Lord for the no judgement, patience when I step off the way You have set. Father, I know that so many times I focus on things that are not of You or from You. Father, set my feet on Your path, I am throwing the doors of my heart open to You. Thank You Father for Your Love which is what I Live on. Thank You Father. I commit the rest of my days into Your holy hands. Direct, lead and if You have to push and pull me in the right direction. Lord, I Love You in Jesus’ name, Amen

4.

You are ordained by God to be outstanding in all your undertaking,

Dew of heaven will fall on the seed of greatness inside of you,

Every mountain standing between you and your divine heart desires shall become plain in Jesus name. Amen

Why do we follow The LORD?

  The LORD make known to us the path of Life;

   The LORD will fill me with joy in His presence,

    with eternal pleasures at Your right hand Father.

Psalm 16:11

5.

✍  Today’s message

John 20:1

.  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre

.  20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

🙏  Yesterday was Palm Sunday ; but today the first day of the week, every demonic stone covering your Glory, placed between you and your destiny helper or stand as an obstacle / barricade before  you shall be rolled away in the mighty name of Jesus Christ

6.

PLEASE READ!!!

THE PARABLE OF THE THREE TREES

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.  They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said,

“Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.  I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems.  I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.”

Then the second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship.  I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.  Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”

Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees.   When one came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree,  I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter” and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, “This looks like a strong  tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.”  The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.

One of the woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree so I’ll take this one”, and he cut it down.”

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a  feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay.  This was not at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree.

The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but  this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep.   While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe.  The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said  “Peace” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it.

When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill.

When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you.  If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us.  We just know  that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.

Good pm beloved.

Have a great day and remain blessed.

Shalom

7.

And we sing 😀. This is a song waiting to be sung 💒  Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust. O my soul, thou hast said unto The LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; But to the saints that are in the Earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup, Amen.

Thou maintainest my lot LORD. Thy lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have an awesome heritage in You. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen Psalm 16:1-8

8.

Let us pray.

    Yes You,

    O Lord, are our Father.

    We are the clay, You are the potter;

    we are all the work of Your hand. Amen

Isaiah 64:8

Lord, Your desire in my Life do seek every moment, Father, You are all I need. You created me and have brought me this fat. Lord, I desire to walk with You. Be glorified Father in and through me. Spread Your Love through me. Thank You for each and every blessing. I tried to count them and I got lost. Father, Hallelujah! I cannot keep numbering, may my mouth grow weary from saying thank You every second. Lord put it in my Spirit. Thank You Lord.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”

    Your face, Lord, I will seek. In Jesis’ name, Amen

Psalm 27:8

9.

Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was.

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

As we shared, Jesus knew exactly why He was here; his purpose, His future crucifiers. Even that Judas would betray Him. We have shared what this did to Him as the moment drew nigh. But still, when they came to take Him away from the garden at Gethseman, he performed one last miracle. The healing of the ear of one of the party of those who had come to arrest Him.

We remember the song “Everywhere He went, my Lord was doing good.”

“Everywhere He went

He was doing good

Almighty Healer

He healed the leapers

When the cripples saw Him

they started walking

Everywhere He went my God

was doing good”

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?

If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:21-26

10.

Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter and may be colored from yellowish white to black.Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimetres (0.039 to 0.079 in)

We can continually assess a mustard seed, but in the days when a good number farmed or were aware, this was what was used to teach.

I am sure we know where I am headed with this.

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? (Jesus expressed His frustration at the early Churches-the disciples in this case, inability to do things in faith.)

And Jesus said “Bring the boy here to me.”  Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed- at that moment.

Afterward, the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

We move right into the next commentary on this in The Word:

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Trulyf I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-25

We follow this by the very same quotation elsewhere, we see it again in Matthew 21:21-22 where Jesus says: “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it shall happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

We are sharing about faith, have it and flourish! All your mountains will be as mole hills and in believing you will be blessed! Amen.

Father Lord, I come before You at this time I give You all Glory, honor and my heart is poured out in thanksgiving. Lord, Hallelujah for faith. Father, work in me the faith to move mountains in Your name and through you. Lord, thank You for Your presence in my life. Lord be glorified in Jesus’ name. To You I give all the GLORY. Be praised Father Lord, Your Spirit is within me, I give You all praise in Jesus name, Amen

11.

Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

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Energy‎: ‎1,964 kJ (469 kcal)‎

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When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

12.

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen

This is not just a verse I am sharing, but a prayer too. We so often realize that The Word is a prayer. Prayer is speaking to God, and by His grace our conversation is answered prayer. In The Word, so many of the prophets prayed without actually hearing or seeing The source of The Voice, but they did not allow that to prevent them from seeking time with The Lord.

The examples are numerous; I will just throw names out and challenge you to recall how they experienced God; Job, king Saul, king David, in the new testament Paul. For this last encounter, we must remember and recollect that Paul was doing what he thought right. Yet God saw Him and met him. This is an example of just what The Lord does and how.

We have testimonies. I say that because our Father is The same Yesteryear, today and for ever, Amen.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in a place of no hope; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Amen.

Thou wilt shew me the path of Life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for ever more and in all my ways. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

Psalm 16:7-11

13.

“Hmm! You know what?”

“What?”

“I don’t know how to say this…”

“Just go ahead and say it! You are so full of drama!”

“Seriously though. You might say it is in my imagination or I just ‘lucked out'”

“Are you going to tell me? Or should I just leave now? And this better not be one of your Christian claims! I have had them up to here!” And the hand is raised head high to show just how much.

“Let me quiet then. I will keep it to myself, or better yet, you will see.”

The individual then walks away, thinking:”Wow! The bible is The Word of God and the promises so true. I was just reading this morning…Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. I am supposed to have a few memory verses….so that was in ahhh…Psalm 66:20 Yup!”

“My prayer is heard, it means so much; when I pray I may be at a loss for words, but God knows what I need and by His awesome grace, I have all I want and need. Even what I want and have prayed for, it is coming Hallelujah!”

Father LORD, I give You thanks this day. Father go before me in all I do. Direct my path, lead me. Lord, may I do Your will in my all in Jesus’ name Amen.

14.

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second in temptation, trials, have needs, wants. It is all For the teaching. A deposit has been made, it is ours.

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

15.

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second be in temptation, have trials, needs and wants. Brethren, that is in the here and now. By His grace, by God’s grace we have received the key to Glory, Alleluia. A deposit has been made, on our behalf. We wait with expectant Spirit for the coming of The LORD!

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

16.

Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must:

(1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’

(3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–706, April 2017

Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must: (1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’ (3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–7

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

So, it is a rather ‘touchy’ subject. But what we can take from this is that just as Angels do not marry. There is no sexual disparity. We see in The Scripture that the angels were seen as beings from a different plane. As much as we use sex to define things in this world we do not see it in The Bible in terms of other worldly beings.

Satan is described in our culture as male. In The Bible it speaks of the majesty of his Spirit. The story of Lucifer’s fall is described in two key Old Testament chapters—Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14.

the king is portrayed as having a different nature from man (he is a cherub, verse 14); he had a different position from man (he was blameless and sinless, verse 15); he was in a different realm from man (the holy mount of God, verses 13,14); he received a different judgment from man (he was cast out of the mountain of God and thrown to the earth, verse 16); and the superlatives used to describe him don’t seem to fit that of a normal human being (“full of wisdom,” “perfect in beauty,” and having “the seal of perfection,” verse 12).

Our text tells us that this king was a created being and left the creative hand of God in a perfect state (Ezekiel 28:12,15). And he remained perfect in his ways until iniquity was found in him (verse 15b). What was this iniquity? We read in verse 17, “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.” Lucifer apparently became so impressed with his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position that he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that belonged to God alone. The sin that corrupted Lucifer was self-generated pride.

I state these things lightly, for in The Word we see not too much attention given to him. Just what we should know. Read this! 2 Corinthians 2:11

So having taken a shortcut to review some of what we shared earlier, we can move on. Satan who was then called Lucifer was neither Male nor Female. It was the definition of beauty and it went to his heart and he believed his was the Heavens. We are all cognizant of overthrows, coupes if we are to call them correctly. If we study the Word, we can see what is said here (for interest of time, I am sharing the site) https://bible.org/seriespage/3-satan-s-part-god-s-perfect-plan

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

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Brethren and Sistren, The LORD lives, in Him we find solace, a place to rest. A place to praise Him for His awesome presence in our Lives. Praise The LORD! Can I get an “Amen”? This is the way it I’d supposed to be, to give Him thanks in all things.

All Thy works shall praise Thee, O LORD; and Thy saints shall bless Thee.

Psalm 145:10

Are you a saint? We’ll bless The LORD O! My soul and all that is within me bless His holy name.

I will sing to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

May my meditation be pleasing to Him,

as I rejoice in The Lord.

Psalm 104:33-34

Sing of God’s Love.

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations” Psalm 89:1

Lord, we thank You and bless Your holy name. We are nothing before You, but Father You have Loved us. Lord shed and spread Your Love in our Lives and Father let it be known that we are yours by our walk. Keep us steadfast as our day goes by. Thank You for all You have blessed us with. Father be magnified! Holy Soirit, Hallelujah! Thank You for Your presence in my life. Father, I bless You for another testimony filled day. Thank you for healing me, thank You for Your completeness in Jesus’ name, Amen

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Kinda amazing, that  the word Christian comes from ‘Christ follower’, to His example they will flock. We are Christ believers, followers of His example. Jesus is/was God in the flesh and He radiated Love every where He went. We should in no way be concerned with divisions that exist between denominations- we all serve one God.

Let God speak through you; want to be used by Him? Allow His presence to radiate from you. We have a prayer point in that.

Lord Heavenly Father, use me this day to bring Your Love, Your comfort to those in need of It. Touch me, fill me, heal me that I may do Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen

Don’t Let Complaining Creep In for

‘The Lord… has heard your grumbling against Him.’ Exodus 16:7

When you complain, God takes it personally. It shows a lack of faith in His Word that says, ‘God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love [Him] .’ Romans 8:28

Every thing save none. Think of it, lost your job, apartment, house, family member, Loved one… The LORD causes it all to work out for good. We must learn to thank Him in all circumstances. It is most amazing that He knows just what will happen in all situations. It is amazing that if we jump back a few steps when Jesus was told that Lazarus was ill, He stayed where He was; that God might be Glorified. Yes, if he went right back when they told Him, He could have raised Lazarus up. But He waited for days before He set out.

We might think this was weird. The human form of Jesus “wept” John 11:35 (the shortest verse in The Bible) and there is reason, seeing the weeping and mourning at the loss, Jesus wept. Aren’t we surprised that God in the person of Jesus openly wept? When He knew what He would undergo at Cavalry He experienced in His form bleeding from the sweat glands. A more intense form of weeping in respinse to a physical trauma. We see that He cared for the family; Mary, Martha and Lazarus- we can Imagine how though He knew just what would happen Jesus wept!

The Bible says that when ‘Pharaoh…let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way.’ (Exodus 13:17–18 NLT) God sees the end from the beginning, and He’s leading you in a roundabout way! Once you accept that, you can stop complaining.

When we ask why God tests us or allows us to be tested, we are admitting that testing does indeed come from Him. When God tests His children, He does a valuable thing. David sought God’s testing, asking Him to examine his heart and mind and see that they were true to Him (Psalm 26:2; 139:23). When Abram was tested by God in the matter of sacrificing Isaac, Abram obeyed (Hebrews 11:17–19) and showed to all the world that he is the father of faith (Romans 4:16).

In both the Old and New Testaments, the words translated “test” mean “to prove by trial.” Therefore, when God tests His children, His purpose is to prove that our faith is real. Not that God needs to prove it to Himself since He knows all things, but He is proving to us that our faith is real, that we are truly His children, and that no trial will overcome our faith.

When Israel grumbled, ‘the Lord’s anger blazed…and…He destroyed some of the people.’ Numbers 11:1

Dr Dale A. Robbins writes: ‘They refused to trust Him to provide, protect, and direct their lives…The whole premise of Christianity is Jesus becomes the “boss” of our circumstances. We’re in His hands. If believers complain, it becomes an accusation against the Lord to whom we’ve trusted our lives, and He “[hears] all your complaints against Him.”

Exodus 16:8

When you go through tough times, don’t resort to complaining. Praise God in spite of what’s happening. ‘Be thankful in all circumstances.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Thanksgiving is the opposite of complaining. It expresses appreciation for everything God has done and what He promises to do, and shows confidence that He’s in charge. The psalmist said, ‘Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and… in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.’ Psalm 50:14–15

Gratitude—not grumbling—motivates God to work on your behalf.

SoulFood: Jer 36:27–40:16; Luke 22:14–23; Ps 25:8–15; Prov 10:1–3

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I am not going to fill in the blank spots, rather encourage you to ‘keep up’. We are starting off at a snails pace pending when we gallop at ‘full engines.’

This is a verse that had much application in our lives. Do we show much Love?

We have been over a few of the million (literally) reasons to be grateful; you are partaking in this ‘sharing’, no?

Father Lord, I praise Your holy name. Father, allow me to be graced with Your presence. I thank You for going before me. Thank You for the testimonies that I can and will share about how awesome You are. In realizing Your awesome presence, I see why those You Love say “fear The LORD.” Lord, You alone be praised. I realize that there may be what I consider points of importance, but in Your sight, You wonder why I did not bring them to You. Cause me Lord to lay everything before You. Alleluia Father. At points where I stood in judgement, Lord, allow me to let those go. Father, in Your grace, I want to think, Love and be filled with Your Spirit. Lord all who have wronged me, I let it go much as You have let my sins go. Lord I forget in Jesus’ name. Lord, I thank You for going before me Father in Jesus’ name, Amen

Good Morning, we woke up this morning Testimony 1. We prayed this morning, Testimony 2. We are setting about our tasks, testimony three, our Loved awoke too, Testimony 4. If we are fasting, Testimony 5, If we eat breakfast Testimony 6. I just wanted to point out the innumerable reasons to give God thanks. I know I have said it before and sound like a ‘broken record’, but our testimony is ours and ours alone. How many people went to sleep and didn’t get up? We might have so much bothering us, but The Lord has it in His hands if we place it in His hands. So, Lord I thank You for in my moment of need I can call on You, praise You, magnify You. Lord, I thank You for being there and for the testimonies to Your awesome power in and on my life I see. Lord, be glorified in my Life all ways. My needs I praise You for, me wants, Alleluia Father, my life is a testimony to You. Father, I give You all praise in Jesus’ name, Amen

“I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

– Luke 7:47

Ok! Let us start this challenge like this:

1. Who made the comment? About who?

2. What were the person(s) doing?

3. Do we feel that our sin is ‘Less’ than other people(s)?

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The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations.

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The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations. But, we must remember:

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

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Even further we read;  The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. Psalm 33:13-15

Can we say “that person has it all, or “that person is ‘luckier’ than me”. Yes, I admit that some are born in a position we do not find ourselves. But do the have a different heart? What are your goals? What do you desire? Seek it in and through The Lord.

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Happy Friday, month ending. Time flies! First quarter done already! I guess that’s what it means to grow older.

‘Mr. Bible’ is at it again. Spreading The Word. And prayer comes with it too.

Welcome to this beautiful month to come (Spring is here) so it is my prayer that you have Spring in your step in Jesus name, Amen; the last day of the month and of the first quarter of 2017. All glory be to God and I am happy and elated this day because you and I are still standing.

As it’s impossible for the wicked ones to withheld this month of March to end today, so also it will be impossible for them to withhold the promises of God over your life in the mighty name of Jesus. The Lord will hasten the manifestation of His Word upon your life, Amen. Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

Your period of endless waiting is over. “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Daniel 10:12,13

Your expectations for this season and beyond shall not be cut off. Your breakthrough and miracles shall come earlier than expected in Jesus Mighty Name.

The Assured Word of the Living God shall speak goodness, favour and mercy into your life. You shall fulfill your destiny. You’ll never be cut short in your prime. You’ll never fall short of the GLORY of God. Your life will glorify the Name of the Lord. Your enemies will never have dominion over your life.

No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. Isaiah 54:7 Every evil device aimed at you and your household shall go back to the sender in Jesus Name.

Have a blessed day and beautiful weekend. And definitely a wholesome month, and as we walk along the path to glory, may He put a song in your heart to sing. “O! Glory Hallelujah!” Shalom!

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We have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

27.

We can and should take all unto The Lord in prayer. Remember the song “Are ye weak and heavy laden? Burdened with a load of care? Take it to The Lord in prayer!” No matter what we go through, experience, want, desire…The Lord knows all. While we are still praying He is answering. Remember the song: “Are we weak and heavy laden? Take it to The Lord in prayer.”?

Here is the song to remind you of the words:

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised

Thou wilt all our burdens bear;

May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,

There will be no need for prayer—

Rapture, praise, and endless worship

Will be our sweet portion there.

I have a testimony. I was sleeping and just as I was about in my dream to ‘step wrong’, I awoke. I know this might not sound like a testimony, but it is. It is key to be lined up with the will of God and not steer clear to the right or left. If it is something we desire, it is given. I will state that If we desire what is not in His will, it is our decision to pursue it, we might and end up seeing just what in that case will happen.

An example, we who have waited ‘Oh! So long’ for an answer to a prayer. We know that it is in God’s will for us. God has said “While you are still praying, I am answering.”

Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

We have an example. What I realize is that every word is written for a reason and included in The Word. If you can imagine, at the temple in those days, there were the writings passes down through time. In synagogues we still see the same In this present day and age. We can see just what I mean; when Daniel prayed and sent a request before The Lord, it was answered as he spake:

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

Daniel 10:12,13

Always there is ‘so much’ swirling around us: responsibilities, work, school, bills, health, transport…How can and do we make it work???

I can be a witness, in fact I am a witness. I have stated that I will steer clear of what I started with. But each day is a testimony. I shared what happened earlier. We are in the palm of God’s hand. God is aware of everything that goes on in our lives. No matter how small the tendrils. He is there, we have shared this before, but here it is essential:

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Revelations 3:20

Wow! Sup with The Lord? The disciples at the last supper supped with The Lord, they were in an upper room and we have all seen paintings, we have seen the Michel Angelo painting. To imagine beside what the picture shows, in what they thought was a ‘private’ time with The Lord, they would have been reclining, giving a sense of ‘taking it easy’. No pressing throngs, people wanting, needing healing, deliverance and all. So, they would have been half lying, half seating as was the custom of the day. We are aware of the discussions that took place, in essence ‘familial banter’.

The most reproduced religious painting in history, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous depiction of the Last Supper, shows Jesus and the disciples sitting upright at a table as people do today. The truth, however, is that chairs (which were no doubt expensive) were not used AT ALL during Jesus’ final Passover meal with his disciples.

Based on Jewish law and tradition, those who observed Jesus’ last celebration of the Passover reclined around a low, long oval table. Each person would be lying on their left side and leaning on their left arm, with their feet behind them and their heads facing the table. This would mean that all those located on the left side of the table would have the front of their bodies somewhat facing the end of the table. Each of the disciples had a pillow to place under their left arm. This eating position during a meal like supper allowed the right arm to be free to use for eating.

Jesus’ saying “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.” Matthew 26:23 We get an idea of the banter. Again as shared earlier, He knew just who and he even gave him leave.

“Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.””

Matthew 26:25

Again we have wandered into The Word. I am aware that we started off saying that all we are faced with, He knows. Even before we say it. So, speak volumes! You have a ready ear.

Lord Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for this day. You are in my life as my personal Lord andWe have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

Savior. Father my heart is Yours, use me to do Your will. Bless me, fill me, direct me. Father You are my all, beside You there is none, beside You I have nothing. Hallelujah for my testimonies that continue with each passing second. Thank You for the fullness  You give. Father, today is Yours. Guide me, lead me, protect me along Your path. Father, You said as I pray, You have answered. Teach me to pray and be filled with Your Spirit. Father, once again in and through Your grace, cause me to spill over and touch those in my life. My Loved once and even those I pass on the street, Father, in You I look for fullness of Spirit. Today and each day, be glorified in my Life. Jesus’ Hallelujah for coming to save me, I was cumbered with a load of care and You have relieved me of all my worries and incapacities. Lord, I lay them at Your feet. I cannot ever find a friend so faithful who will all my sorrows bear. Lord, I praise You and to the best of my ability I Love you. Lord I need You. Hold me,”touch me, move me. Holy Spirit You are in me, thank You for waking me up this morning, be praised. Father it is You in all Your forms that I pray to. Thank You. I am touched, blessed and filled with Your Spirit. Hallelujah Father. Thank You ever so much for today’s testimonies in Jesus’ name, Amen

28.

God, we pray for all those who have suddenly lost employment. There are many. We ask you to first give them peace and a settled confidence. Their natural response is to shock and then fear, and to begin questioning their abilities, the past accomplishments and their future prospects. Give them your encouragement today, and do so through surprising ways, both directly from your Spirit and through other people who come across their path. Build them up, as this situation has torn them down. Remind them of past victories, and awaken new dreams for their future. Give them – today – divine appointments with people who may be key in opening a new future for them. Give them hope; lighten their step; lift the anxiety from their body; give them sleep and an unexpected joy. God, you intend us to have a purposeful life. You give us work assignments to accomplish because you designed us to help you create and sustain your creation. We are not made for idleness or sloth. We need meaningful work. So for all those who have lost a job, today bring them one step closer to a new direction. Show them any areas in their own character that need to change in order for their destiny to be realized. Then give them the wisdom and power to make those changes, by your Spirit. Today is a new day with new possibilities. Let nothing stand in the way of your purposes in the lives of those who, without your assistance, cannot find their next course. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Matthew 6:28-33

And we know that for those who Love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

29.

To continue where we left off, we were talking about king David and his fault in desiring and taking what was not his. To state again his wrongful actions, he had Bathseba’s husband killed by the enemy. But in every sense, it was him.

And now we contini.e.:

“‘Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”’ 2 Samuel 12:7

I am challenging you to go read what was said prior to this and what king David’s response was.

Can you imagine the courage and integrity it took for Nathan the prophet to challenge king David? Again, challenge king David with just what?

Most of us tend to avoid confrontation because we fear being disliked and rejected. But when you avoid confrontation it often makes things worse. By hiding his sin, David was robbing himself of the blessing of the Lord. Looking back, he wrote: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my… prayer.”

Psalm 66:18–19

The tiny growth you don’t want to deal with now can end up becoming a cancer that consumes you in the future. That’s too high a price to pay. If you love (and I use the lower case “l”) someone, you will take your courage in your hands and confront them in Love.

Confrontation is an opportunity to help develop that person—provided you do it respectfully and with their best interest at heart.

Here are ten guidelines to help you confront someone in a positive way:

First and foremost, pray about it, seeking The Lord’s will.

1) Do it ASAP.

2) Address the wrong action, not the person.

3) Address only what the person can change.

4) Give them the benefit of the doubt.

5) Be specific.

6) Avoid sarcasm.

7) Avoid saying ‘you always’ and ‘you never’ because they are not true.

8) When it’s appropriate, tell them how you feel about what was done wrong.

9) Give them a plan to fix the problem.

10) Affirm him or her as a person and as a friend.

The Bible says, ‘The Lord corrects those He loves.’ Proverbs 3:12 and we must remember that we have not always been right. And more importantly, we might not be. Want that person to correct you in and with Love? Show Love first. Remember, we are The gospel, let others see it in us.

So if you Love someone, you’ll confront them in the right way. (With and in Love)

SoulFood: Jeremiah 25–27, Luke 21:1–11, Ps 72:1–11, Prov 9:1–6

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30.

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalm 40:2

We stand in awe at those The LORD has selected. We are all here for a reason. Have you truly found yours? We can look at all the people in The Bible that The LORD used, they all had a beginning. This of course has made me wonder about Mary the Mother of Jesus. She was born for a purpose, her history is not as important, but would be an awesome place to start in tracing the descendants of Mary. We know or have been told Mary was of The house of David. Thousands of years before when David was but a wee lad watching the flock. God knew what and where he would be and moved him for so.

Look at it this way; what would you do if challenged with a Goliath of troubles? Will you really believe? Trust that God truly is in charge? That He has your best interests at heart? It is a testimony, our Lives and what we do with them. I know we have pointed out just what the testimony is for your today: wake up, getting ready, setting out, classes, work it goes on and on, like I always point out, there are some who cannot or will not ever be able to say, sign or mouth it that would have been able to do so yesterday. Your being up is a testimony!

Father Lord, I thank You for each of us has a path that is determined by You. Father, thank You for arranging my life that I may live it in Your will. Father all the blessings that I see, allow me to give praise at every moment. Father, I am not worthy, but You Love me. Thank You for my today, my yesterdays and Hallelujah for the tomorrows to come. Father, I give You all praise, Yours is all the Glory. Father, yes there might be a source of challenges in this world, but you O! Lord are The source of solutions. I commit me today, tomorrow and forever into Your hands in Jesus’ name, Amen

31.

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.

We have to be cognizant of the importance of this period. I share because it is something I noticed by ‘chance’. With The Lord, there is no time, we have time in our system, culture, world. We cannot take ‘time’ to The LORD, but rather pray for His will to be done In our lives. Amen.

Let us Praise THE Lord, Amen

Month 1

1.

Sometimes I think of king David and I am touched. A man who served God in faith; with Goliath it didn’t even start there. While watching sheep he proved his bravery by fighting off the animals that sought to feed on his father’s flock.

I was reading and came across a verse that stated that the troops spoke against king David and sought to kill him. Let us read: “It happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. Now David’s two wives had been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.  Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters.”  1 Samuel 30:1-30

We can see that king David had problems, his people sought to slay him when he had lost his family too. If we read on, we can see that the Isrealites stood down and went to get their families, fighting for them.

We have ‘problems’ that weigh us down. We see from the above that even threatened with death when he lost too was something hard to believe. At times, we may meet problems that weigh us down. Let go, and let God. This has been shared, we share it again and point out that we are blessed to be in the perfect will of God.

There might be things that stress us to no end, did you pray? Take it to The Lord in prayer?

2.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Because we are in Jesus, He is Lord! We cannot say it enough, we learn it, believe it, know it. Jesus is Lord y’all. Because of Him we have peace, success, comfort and we are blessed to have Love in our lives, let Love be a part and parcel of who, what and where we are. Hallelujah!

Psalm 91:5-7

I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.

2 Samuel 22: 4

3.

So, let me ask you a question. Are you a Christian? Easy to answer that; a quick “Yes!” Escapes your lips. Really? What does it mean to be Christian? Are you aware that the name of this ‘dude’ that was here 2000+ years ago is what people are ‘filtered’ or ‘seperated’ on. I guess many will call themselves ‘agnostic’, I guess my nickname for them will be ‘aggies’. There is a reason why we went into all this. I was reading a ‘definition’ of just what it means to be a ‘true’ Christian. And, we read:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son (a part of Him-amazing huh?) in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. We were doomed from birth all because ‘Sin’ was passed down. Jesus then condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, more importantly who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

This is deep, read on:

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires. But those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Again, as has been shared, we have The Spirit within us, this embraces so much. What we think, feel, know, do is known by The Spirit. Even more importantly, we know it and shall give account.

As a quick aside, I thought judging all humanity must take eons. Hmm, I smile, because beyond, time does not exist. We have shared that in the place to be experienced after this, there is no time. Just existence. Where you are is what you experience. For a time, I thought it would only be for a time. Having visited, I realized how wrong I was. Decision is everything. Where will and do you stand?

I read recently a sharing of someone who passed away and came back. Essentially, the same experience as I had, but more so, the first part of my ‘dream’ was not his. He was ‘sick’ and had passed on and being told by The Lord he had seen, he was told it was not his time. In my case, prior to the accident; I had been exceptionally fine-a gym buff to be precise. I was doing awesomely well when I was in the accident and was unconscious when I hit the water of the river below the bridge I had crashed on. This of course is why I had no recollection or knowledge of where I was. Timelessness is a concept hard to understand when we are here alive. In our minds, we grow and age. Then we are no more, to some ‘re-generation’ is a belief. In speaking with someone who believed that fervently, I simply said “Why is it not a widely known of concept. If there were truth to that, it should be a big seller.” For example, wouldn’t billionaires stock up The money, so on the next ‘go-round’ it would be easier? But, I will leave that alone for right now. More important things to discuss.

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

This is an excerpt from The Word. I share: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8

So, a lot is said in the verses above. I promised to ‘share’ less and I think it is a great thing. I am aware that the shares were a little much previously. I have and do apologize.

Yes, let us pray.

Lord, Heavenly Father, Jesus our Savior and Holy Spirit within us. Glory and praise to You. We come before You with thanksgiving for our debts have been paid. Father, we know that You are Love. Yes it has in Your Word been defined. Thank You Lord for the no judgement, patience when I step off the way You have set. Father, I know that so many times I focus on things that are not of You or from You. Father, set my feet on Your path, I am throwing the doors of my heart open to You. Thank You Father for Your Love which is what I Live on. Thank You Father. I commit the rest of my days into Your holy hands. Direct, lead and if You have to push and pull me in the right direction. Lord, I Love You in Jesus’ name, Amen

4.

You are ordained by God to be outstanding in all your undertaking,

Dew of heaven will fall on the seed of greatness inside of you,

Every mountain standing between you and your divine heart desires shall become plain in Jesus name. Amen

Why do we follow The LORD?

  The LORD make known to us the path of Life;

   The LORD will fill me with joy in His presence,

    with eternal pleasures at Your right hand Father.

Psalm 16:11

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✍  Today’s message

John 20:1

.  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre

.  20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

🙏  Yesterday was Palm Sunday ; but today the first day of the week, every demonic stone covering your Glory, placed between you and your destiny helper or stand as an obstacle / barricade before  you shall be rolled away in the mighty name of Jesus Christ

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PLEASE READ!!!

THE PARABLE OF THE THREE TREES

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.  They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said,

“Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.  I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems.  I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.”

Then the second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship.  I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.  Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”

Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees.   When one came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree,  I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter” and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, “This looks like a strong  tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.”  The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.

One of the woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree so I’ll take this one”, and he cut it down.”

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a  feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay.  This was not at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree.

The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but  this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep.   While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe.  The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said  “Peace” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it.

When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill.

When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you.  If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us.  We just know  that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.

Good pm beloved.

Have a great day and remain blessed.

Shalom

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And we sing 😀. This is a song waiting to be sung 💒  Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust. O my soul, thou hast said unto The LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; But to the saints that are in the Earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup, Amen.

Thou maintainest my lot LORD. Thy lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have an awesome heritage in You. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen Psalm 16:1-8

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Let us pray.

    Yes You,

    O Lord, are our Father.

    We are the clay, You are the potter;

    we are all the work of Your hand. Amen

Isaiah 64:8

Lord, Your desire in my Life do seek every moment, Father, You are all I need. You created me and have brought me this fat. Lord, I desire to walk with You. Be glorified Father in and through me. Spread Your Love through me. Thank You for each and every blessing. I tried to count them and I got lost. Father, Hallelujah! I cannot keep numbering, may my mouth grow weary from saying thank You every second. Lord put it in my Spirit. Thank You Lord.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”

    Your face, Lord, I will seek. In Jesis’ name, Amen

Psalm 27:8

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Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was.

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

As we shared, Jesus knew exactly why He was here; his purpose, His future crucifiers. Even that Judas would betray Him. We have shared what this did to Him as the moment drew nigh. But still, when they came to take Him away from the garden at Gethseman, he performed one last miracle. The healing of the ear of one of the party of those who had come to arrest Him.

We remember the song “Everywhere He went, my Lord was doing good.”

“Everywhere He went

He was doing good

Almighty Healer

He healed the leapers

When the cripples saw Him

they started walking

Everywhere He went my God

was doing good”

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?

If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:21-26

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Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter and may be colored from yellowish white to black.Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimetres (0.039 to 0.079 in)

We can continually assess a mustard seed, but in the days when a good number farmed or were aware, this was what was used to teach.

I am sure we know where I am headed with this.

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? (Jesus expressed His frustration at the early Churches-the disciples in this case, inability to do things in faith.)

And Jesus said “Bring the boy here to me.”  Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed- at that moment.

Afterward, the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

We move right into the next commentary on this in The Word:

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Trulyf I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-25

We follow this by the very same quotation elsewhere, we see it again in Matthew 21:21-22 where Jesus says: “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it shall happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

We are sharing about faith, have it and flourish! All your mountains will be as mole hills and in believing you will be blessed! Amen.

Father Lord, I come before You at this time I give You all Glory, honor and my heart is poured out in thanksgiving. Lord, Hallelujah for faith. Father, work in me the faith to move mountains in Your name and through you. Lord, thank You for Your presence in my life. Lord be glorified in Jesus’ name. To You I give all the GLORY. Be praised Father Lord, Your Spirit is within me, I give You all praise in Jesus name, Amen

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Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

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When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

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I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen

This is not just a verse I am sharing, but a prayer too. We so often realize that The Word is a prayer. Prayer is speaking to God, and by His grace our conversation is answered prayer. In The Word, so many of the prophets prayed without actually hearing or seeing The source of The Voice, but they did not allow that to prevent them from seeking time with The Lord.

The examples are numerous; I will just throw names out and challenge you to recall how they experienced God; Job, king Saul, king David, in the new testament Paul. For this last encounter, we must remember and recollect that Paul was doing what he thought right. Yet God saw Him and met him. This is an example of just what The Lord does and how.

We have testimonies. I say that because our Father is The same Yesteryear, today and for ever, Amen.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in a place of no hope; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Amen.

Thou wilt shew me the path of Life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for ever more and in all my ways. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

Psalm 16:7-11

13.

“Hmm! You know what?”

“What?”

“I don’t know how to say this…”

“Just go ahead and say it! You are so full of drama!”

“Seriously though. You might say it is in my imagination or I just ‘lucked out'”

“Are you going to tell me? Or should I just leave now? And this better not be one of your Christian claims! I have had them up to here!” And the hand is raised head high to show just how much.

“Let me quiet then. I will keep it to myself, or better yet, you will see.”

The individual then walks away, thinking:”Wow! The bible is The Word of God and the promises so true. I was just reading this morning…Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. I am supposed to have a few memory verses….so that was in ahhh…Psalm 66:20 Yup!”

“My prayer is heard, it means so much; when I pray I may be at a loss for words, but God knows what I need and by His awesome grace, I have all I want and need. Even what I want and have prayed for, it is coming Hallelujah!”

Father LORD, I give You thanks this day. Father go before me in all I do. Direct my path, lead me. Lord, may I do Your will in my all in Jesus’ name Amen.

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Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second in temptation, trials, have needs, wants. It is all For the teaching. A deposit has been made, it is ours.

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

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Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second be in temptation, have trials, needs and wants. Brethren, that is in the here and now. By His grace, by God’s grace we have received the key to Glory, Alleluia. A deposit has been made, on our behalf. We wait with expectant Spirit for the coming of The LORD!

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

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Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must:

(1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’

(3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–706, April 2017

Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must: (1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’ (3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–7

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

So, it is a rather ‘touchy’ subject. But what we can take from this is that just as Angels do not marry. There is no sexual disparity. We see in The Scripture that the angels were seen as beings from a different plane. As much as we use sex to define things in this world we do not see it in The Bible in terms of other worldly beings.

Satan is described in our culture as male. In The Bible it speaks of the majesty of his Spirit. The story of Lucifer’s fall is described in two key Old Testament chapters—Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14.

the king is portrayed as having a different nature from man (he is a cherub, verse 14); he had a different position from man (he was blameless and sinless, verse 15); he was in a different realm from man (the holy mount of God, verses 13,14); he received a different judgment from man (he was cast out of the mountain of God and thrown to the earth, verse 16); and the superlatives used to describe him don’t seem to fit that of a normal human being (“full of wisdom,” “perfect in beauty,” and having “the seal of perfection,” verse 12).

Our text tells us that this king was a created being and left the creative hand of God in a perfect state (Ezekiel 28:12,15). And he remained perfect in his ways until iniquity was found in him (verse 15b). What was this iniquity? We read in verse 17, “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.” Lucifer apparently became so impressed with his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position that he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that belonged to God alone. The sin that corrupted Lucifer was self-generated pride.

I state these things lightly, for in The Word we see not too much attention given to him. Just what we should know. Read this! 2 Corinthians 2:11

So having taken a shortcut to review some of what we shared earlier, we can move on. Satan who was then called Lucifer was neither Male nor Female. It was the definition of beauty and it went to his heart and he believed his was the Heavens. We are all cognizant of overthrows, coupes if we are to call them correctly. If we study the Word, we can see what is said here (for interest of time, I am sharing the site) https://bible.org/seriespage/3-satan-s-part-god-s-perfect-plan

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

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Brethren and Sistren, The LORD lives, in Him we find solace, a place to rest. A place to praise Him for His awesome presence in our Lives. Praise The LORD! Can I get an “Amen”? This is the way it I’d supposed to be, to give Him thanks in all things.

All Thy works shall praise Thee, O LORD; and Thy saints shall bless Thee.

Psalm 145:10

Are you a saint? We’ll bless The LORD O! My soul and all that is within me bless His holy name.

I will sing to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

May my meditation be pleasing to Him,

as I rejoice in The Lord.

Psalm 104:33-34

Sing of God’s Love.

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations” Psalm 89:1

Lord, we thank You and bless Your holy name. We are nothing before You, but Father You have Loved us. Lord shed and spread Your Love in our Lives and Father let it be known that we are yours by our walk. Keep us steadfast as our day goes by. Thank You for all You have blessed us with. Father be magnified! Holy Soirit, Hallelujah! Thank You for Your presence in my life. Father, I bless You for another testimony filled day. Thank you for healing me, thank You for Your completeness in Jesus’ name, Amen

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Kinda amazing, that  the word Christian comes from ‘Christ follower’, to His example they will flock. We are Christ believers, followers of His example. Jesus is/was God in the flesh and He radiated Love every where He went. We should in no way be concerned with divisions that exist between denominations- we all serve one God.

Let God speak through you; want to be used by Him? Allow His presence to radiate from you. We have a prayer point in that.

Lord Heavenly Father, use me this day to bring Your Love, Your comfort to those in need of It. Touch me, fill me, heal me that I may do Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen

Don’t Let Complaining Creep In for

‘The Lord… has heard your grumbling against Him.’ Exodus 16:7

When you complain, God takes it personally. It shows a lack of faith in His Word that says, ‘God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love [Him] .’ Romans 8:28

Every thing save none. Think of it, lost your job, apartment, house, family member, Loved one… The LORD causes it all to work out for good. We must learn to thank Him in all circumstances. It is most amazing that He knows just what will happen in all situations. It is amazing that if we jump back a few steps when Jesus was told that Lazarus was ill, He stayed where He was; that God might be Glorified. Yes, if he went right back when they told Him, He could have raised Lazarus up. But He waited for days before He set out.

We might think this was weird. The human form of Jesus “wept” John 11:35 (the shortest verse in The Bible) and there is reason, seeing the weeping and mourning at the loss, Jesus wept. Aren’t we surprised that God in the person of Jesus openly wept? When He knew what He would undergo at Cavalry He experienced in His form bleeding from the sweat glands. A more intense form of weeping in respinse to a physical trauma. We see that He cared for the family; Mary, Martha and Lazarus- we can Imagine how though He knew just what would happen Jesus wept!

The Bible says that when ‘Pharaoh…let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way.’ (Exodus 13:17–18 NLT) God sees the end from the beginning, and He’s leading you in a roundabout way! Once you accept that, you can stop complaining.

When we ask why God tests us or allows us to be tested, we are admitting that testing does indeed come from Him. When God tests His children, He does a valuable thing. David sought God’s testing, asking Him to examine his heart and mind and see that they were true to Him (Psalm 26:2; 139:23). When Abram was tested by God in the matter of sacrificing Isaac, Abram obeyed (Hebrews 11:17–19) and showed to all the world that he is the father of faith (Romans 4:16).

In both the Old and New Testaments, the words translated “test” mean “to prove by trial.” Therefore, when God tests His children, His purpose is to prove that our faith is real. Not that God needs to prove it to Himself since He knows all things, but He is proving to us that our faith is real, that we are truly His children, and that no trial will overcome our faith.

When Israel grumbled, ‘the Lord’s anger blazed…and…He destroyed some of the people.’ Numbers 11:1

Dr Dale A. Robbins writes: ‘They refused to trust Him to provide, protect, and direct their lives…The whole premise of Christianity is Jesus becomes the “boss” of our circumstances. We’re in His hands. If believers complain, it becomes an accusation against the Lord to whom we’ve trusted our lives, and He “[hears] all your complaints against Him.”

Exodus 16:8

When you go through tough times, don’t resort to complaining. Praise God in spite of what’s happening. ‘Be thankful in all circumstances.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Thanksgiving is the opposite of complaining. It expresses appreciation for everything God has done and what He promises to do, and shows confidence that He’s in charge. The psalmist said, ‘Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and… in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.’ Psalm 50:14–15

Gratitude—not grumbling—motivates God to work on your behalf.

SoulFood: Jer 36:27–40:16; Luke 22:14–23; Ps 25:8–15; Prov 10:1–3

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I am not going to fill in the blank spots, rather encourage you to ‘keep up’. We are starting off at a snails pace pending when we gallop at ‘full engines.’

This is a verse that had much application in our lives. Do we show much Love?

We have been over a few of the million (literally) reasons to be grateful; you are partaking in this ‘sharing’, no?

Father Lord, I praise Your holy name. Father, allow me to be graced with Your presence. I thank You for going before me. Thank You for the testimonies that I can and will share about how awesome You are. In realizing Your awesome presence, I see why those You Love say “fear The LORD.” Lord, You alone be praised. I realize that there may be what I consider points of importance, but in Your sight, You wonder why I did not bring them to You. Cause me Lord to lay everything before You. Alleluia Father. At points where I stood in judgement, Lord, allow me to let those go. Father, in Your grace, I want to think, Love and be filled with Your Spirit. Lord all who have wronged me, I let it go much as You have let my sins go. Lord I forget in Jesus’ name. Lord, I thank You for going before me Father in Jesus’ name, Amen

Good Morning, we woke up this morning Testimony 1. We prayed this morning, Testimony 2. We are setting about our tasks, testimony three, our Loved awoke too, Testimony 4. If we are fasting, Testimony 5, If we eat breakfast Testimony 6. I just wanted to point out the innumerable reasons to give God thanks. I know I have said it before and sound like a ‘broken record’, but our testimony is ours and ours alone. How many people went to sleep and didn’t get up? We might have so much bothering us, but The Lord has it in His hands if we place it in His hands. So, Lord I thank You for in my moment of need I can call on You, praise You, magnify You. Lord, I thank You for being there and for the testimonies to Your awesome power in and on my life I see. Lord, be glorified in my Life all ways. My needs I praise You for, me wants, Alleluia Father, my life is a testimony to You. Father, I give You all praise in Jesus’ name, Amen

“I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

– Luke 7:47

Ok! Let us start this challenge like this:

1. Who made the comment? About who?

2. What were the person(s) doing?

3. Do we feel that our sin is ‘Less’ than other people(s)?

22.

The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations.

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The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations. But, we must remember:

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

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Even further we read;  The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. Psalm 33:13-15

Can we say “that person has it all, or “that person is ‘luckier’ than me”. Yes, I admit that some are born in a position we do not find ourselves. But do the have a different heart? What are your goals? What do you desire? Seek it in and through The Lord.

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Happy Friday, month ending. Time flies! First quarter done already! I guess that’s what it means to grow older.

‘Mr. Bible’ is at it again. Spreading The Word. And prayer comes with it too.

Welcome to this beautiful month to come (Spring is here) so it is my prayer that you have Spring in your step in Jesus name, Amen; the last day of the month and of the first quarter of 2017. All glory be to God and I am happy and elated this day because you and I are still standing.

As it’s impossible for the wicked ones to withheld this month of March to end today, so also it will be impossible for them to withhold the promises of God over your life in the mighty name of Jesus. The Lord will hasten the manifestation of His Word upon your life, Amen. Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

Your period of endless waiting is over. “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Daniel 10:12,13

Your expectations for this season and beyond shall not be cut off. Your breakthrough and miracles shall come earlier than expected in Jesus Mighty Name.

The Assured Word of the Living God shall speak goodness, favour and mercy into your life. You shall fulfill your destiny. You’ll never be cut short in your prime. You’ll never fall short of the GLORY of God. Your life will glorify the Name of the Lord. Your enemies will never have dominion over your life.

No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. Isaiah 54:7 Every evil device aimed at you and your household shall go back to the sender in Jesus Name.

Have a blessed day and beautiful weekend. And definitely a wholesome month, and as we walk along the path to glory, may He put a song in your heart to sing. “O! Glory Hallelujah!” Shalom!

26.

We have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

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We can and should take all unto The Lord in prayer. Remember the song “Are ye weak and heavy laden? Burdened with a load of care? Take it to The Lord in prayer!” No matter what we go through, experience, want, desire…The Lord knows all. While we are still praying He is answering. Remember the song: “Are we weak and heavy laden? Take it to The Lord in prayer.”?

Here is the song to remind you of the words:

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised

Thou wilt all our burdens bear;

May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,

There will be no need for prayer—

Rapture, praise, and endless worship

Will be our sweet portion there.

I have a testimony. I was sleeping and just as I was about in my dream to ‘step wrong’, I awoke. I know this might not sound like a testimony, but it is. It is key to be lined up with the will of God and not steer clear to the right or left. If it is something we desire, it is given. I will state that If we desire what is not in His will, it is our decision to pursue it, we might and end up seeing just what in that case will happen.

An example, we who have waited ‘Oh! So long’ for an answer to a prayer. We know that it is in God’s will for us. God has said “While you are still praying, I am answering.”

Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

We have an example. What I realize is that every word is written for a reason and included in The Word. If you can imagine, at the temple in those days, there were the writings passes down through time. In synagogues we still see the same In this present day and age. We can see just what I mean; when Daniel prayed and sent a request before The Lord, it was answered as he spake:

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

Daniel 10:12,13

Always there is ‘so much’ swirling around us: responsibilities, work, school, bills, health, transport…How can and do we make it work???

I can be a witness, in fact I am a witness. I have stated that I will steer clear of what I started with. But each day is a testimony. I shared what happened earlier. We are in the palm of God’s hand. God is aware of everything that goes on in our lives. No matter how small the tendrils. He is there, we have shared this before, but here it is essential:

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Revelations 3:20

Wow! Sup with The Lord? The disciples at the last supper supped with The Lord, they were in an upper room and we have all seen paintings, we have seen the Michel Angelo painting. To imagine beside what the picture shows, in what they thought was a ‘private’ time with The Lord, they would have been reclining, giving a sense of ‘taking it easy’. No pressing throngs, people wanting, needing healing, deliverance and all. So, they would have been half lying, half seating as was the custom of the day. We are aware of the discussions that took place, in essence ‘familial banter’.

The most reproduced religious painting in history, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous depiction of the Last Supper, shows Jesus and the disciples sitting upright at a table as people do today. The truth, however, is that chairs (which were no doubt expensive) were not used AT ALL during Jesus’ final Passover meal with his disciples.

Based on Jewish law and tradition, those who observed Jesus’ last celebration of the Passover reclined around a low, long oval table. Each person would be lying on their left side and leaning on their left arm, with their feet behind them and their heads facing the table. This would mean that all those located on the left side of the table would have the front of their bodies somewhat facing the end of the table. Each of the disciples had a pillow to place under their left arm. This eating position during a meal like supper allowed the right arm to be free to use for eating.

Jesus’ saying “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.” Matthew 26:23 We get an idea of the banter. Again as shared earlier, He knew just who and he even gave him leave.

“Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.””

Matthew 26:25

Again we have wandered into The Word. I am aware that we started off saying that all we are faced with, He knows. Even before we say it. So, speak volumes! You have a ready ear.

Lord Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for this day. You are in my life as my personal Lord andWe have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

Savior. Father my heart is Yours, use me to do Your will. Bless me, fill me, direct me. Father You are my all, beside You there is none, beside You I have nothing. Hallelujah for my testimonies that continue with each passing second. Thank You for the fullness  You give. Father, today is Yours. Guide me, lead me, protect me along Your path. Father, You said as I pray, You have answered. Teach me to pray and be filled with Your Spirit. Father, once again in and through Your grace, cause me to spill over and touch those in my life. My Loved once and even those I pass on the street, Father, in You I look for fullness of Spirit. Today and each day, be glorified in my Life. Jesus’ Hallelujah for coming to save me, I was cumbered with a load of care and You have relieved me of all my worries and incapacities. Lord, I lay them at Your feet. I cannot ever find a friend so faithful who will all my sorrows bear. Lord, I praise You and to the best of my ability I Love you. Lord I need You. Hold me,”touch me, move me. Holy Spirit You are in me, thank You for waking me up this morning, be praised. Father it is You in all Your forms that I pray to. Thank You. I am touched, blessed and filled with Your Spirit. Hallelujah Father. Thank You ever so much for today’s testimonies in Jesus’ name, Amen

28.

God, we pray for all those who have suddenly lost employment. There are many. We ask you to first give them peace and a settled confidence. Their natural response is to shock and then fear, and to begin questioning their abilities, the past accomplishments and their future prospects. Give them your encouragement today, and do so through surprising ways, both directly from your Spirit and through other people who come across their path. Build them up, as this situation has torn them down. Remind them of past victories, and awaken new dreams for their future. Give them – today – divine appointments with people who may be key in opening a new future for them. Give them hope; lighten their step; lift the anxiety from their body; give them sleep and an unexpected joy. God, you intend us to have a purposeful life. You give us work assignments to accomplish because you designed us to help you create and sustain your creation. We are not made for idleness or sloth. We need meaningful work. So for all those who have lost a job, today bring them one step closer to a new direction. Show them any areas in their own character that need to change in order for their destiny to be realized. Then give them the wisdom and power to make those changes, by your Spirit. Today is a new day with new possibilities. Let nothing stand in the way of your purposes in the lives of those who, without your assistance, cannot find their next course. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Matthew 6:28-33

And we know that for those who Love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

29.

To continue where we left off, we were talking about king David and his fault in desiring and taking what was not his. To state again his wrongful actions, he had Bathseba’s husband killed by the enemy. But in every sense, it was him.

And now we contini.e.:

“‘Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”’ 2 Samuel 12:7

I am challenging you to go read what was said prior to this and what king David’s response was.

Can you imagine the courage and integrity it took for Nathan the prophet to challenge king David? Again, challenge king David with just what?

Most of us tend to avoid confrontation because we fear being disliked and rejected. But when you avoid confrontation it often makes things worse. By hiding his sin, David was robbing himself of the blessing of the Lord. Looking back, he wrote: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my… prayer.”

Psalm 66:18–19

The tiny growth you don’t want to deal with now can end up becoming a cancer that consumes you in the future. That’s too high a price to pay. If you love (and I use the lower case “l”) someone, you will take your courage in your hands and confront them in Love.

Confrontation is an opportunity to help develop that person—provided you do it respectfully and with their best interest at heart.

Here are ten guidelines to help you confront someone in a positive way:

First and foremost, pray about it, seeking The Lord’s will.

1) Do it ASAP.

2) Address the wrong action, not the person.

3) Address only what the person can change.

4) Give them the benefit of the doubt.

5) Be specific.

6) Avoid sarcasm.

7) Avoid saying ‘you always’ and ‘you never’ because they are not true.

8) When it’s appropriate, tell them how you feel about what was done wrong.

9) Give them a plan to fix the problem.

10) Affirm him or her as a person and as a friend.

The Bible says, ‘The Lord corrects those He loves.’ Proverbs 3:12 and we must remember that we have not always been right. And more importantly, we might not be. Want that person to correct you in and with Love? Show Love first. Remember, we are The gospel, let others see it in us.

So if you Love someone, you’ll confront them in the right way. (With and in Love)

SoulFood: Jeremiah 25–27, Luke 21:1–11, Ps 72:1–11, Prov 9:1–6

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30.

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalm 40:2

We stand in awe at those The LORD has selected. We are all here for a reason. Have you truly found yours? We can look at all the people in The Bible that The LORD used, they all had a beginning. This of course has made me wonder about Mary the Mother of Jesus. She was born for a purpose, her history is not as important, but would be an awesome place to start in tracing the descendants of Mary. We know or have been told Mary was of The house of David. Thousands of years before when David was but a wee lad watching the flock. God knew what and where he would be and moved him for so.

Look at it this way; what would you do if challenged with a Goliath of troubles? Will you really believe? Trust that God truly is in charge? That He has your best interests at heart? It is a testimony, our Lives and what we do with them. I know we have pointed out just what the testimony is for your today: wake up, getting ready, setting out, classes, work it goes on and on, like I always point out, there are some who cannot or will not ever be able to say, sign or mouth it that would have been able to do so yesterday. Your being up is a testimony!

Father Lord, I thank You for each of us has a path that is determined by You. Father, thank You for arranging my life that I may live it in Your will. Father all the blessings that I see, allow me to give praise at every moment. Father, I am not worthy, but You Love me. Thank You for my today, my yesterdays and Hallelujah for the tomorrows to come. Father, I give You all praise, Yours is all the Glory. Father, yes there might be a source of challenges in this world, but you O! Lord are The source of solutions. I commit me today, tomorrow and forever into Your hands in Jesus’ name, Amen

31.

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.

We have to be cognizant of the importance of this period. I share because it is something I noticed by ‘chance’. With The Lord, there is no time, we have time in our system, culture, world. We cannot take ‘time’ to The LORD, but rather pray for His will to be done In our lives. Amen.

To God be THE Glory!!!

Month 1

1.

Sometimes I think of king David and I am touched. A man who served God in faith; with Goliath it didn’t even start there. While watching sheep he proved his bravery by fighting off the animals that sought to feed on his father’s flock.

I was reading and came across a verse that stated that the troops spoke against king David and sought to kill him. Let us read: “It happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. Now David’s two wives had been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.  Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters.”  1 Samuel 30:1-30

We can see that king David had problems, his people sought to slay him when he had lost his family too. If we read on, we can see that the Isrealites stood down and went to get their families, fighting for them.

We have ‘problems’ that weigh us down. We see from the above that even threatened with death when he lost too was something hard to believe. At times, we may meet problems that weigh us down. Let go, and let God. This has been shared, we share it again and point out that we are blessed to be in the perfect will of God.

There might be things that stress us to no end, did you pray? Take it to The Lord in prayer?

2.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Because we are in Jesus, He is Lord! We cannot say it enough, we learn it, believe it, know it. Jesus is Lord y’all. Because of Him we have peace, success, comfort and we are blessed to have Love in our lives, let Love be a part and parcel of who, what and where we are. Hallelujah!

Psalm 91:5-7

I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.

2 Samuel 22: 4

3.

So, let me ask you a question. Are you a Christian? Easy to answer that; a quick “Yes!” Escapes your lips. Really? What does it mean to be Christian? Are you aware that the name of this ‘dude’ that was here 2000+ years ago is what people are ‘filtered’ or ‘seperated’ on. I guess many will call themselves ‘agnostic’, I guess my nickname for them will be ‘aggies’. There is a reason why we went into all this. I was reading a ‘definition’ of just what it means to be a ‘true’ Christian. And, we read:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son (a part of Him-amazing huh?) in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. We were doomed from birth all because ‘Sin’ was passed down. Jesus then condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, more importantly who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

This is deep, read on:

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires. But those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Again, as has been shared, we have The Spirit within us, this embraces so much. What we think, feel, know, do is known by The Spirit. Even more importantly, we know it and shall give account.

As a quick aside, I thought judging all humanity must take eons. Hmm, I smile, because beyond, time does not exist. We have shared that in the place to be experienced after this, there is no time. Just existence. Where you are is what you experience. For a time, I thought it would only be for a time. Having visited, I realized how wrong I was. Decision is everything. Where will and do you stand?

I read recently a sharing of someone who passed away and came back. Essentially, the same experience as I had, but more so, the first part of my ‘dream’ was not his. He was ‘sick’ and had passed on and being told by The Lord he had seen, he was told it was not his time. In my case, prior to the accident; I had been exceptionally fine-a gym buff to be precise. I was doing awesomely well when I was in the accident and was unconscious when I hit the water of the river below the bridge I had crashed on. This of course is why I had no recollection or knowledge of where I was. Timelessness is a concept hard to understand when we are here alive. In our minds, we grow and age. Then we are no more, to some ‘re-generation’ is a belief. In speaking with someone who believed that fervently, I simply said “Why is it not a widely known of concept. If there were truth to that, it should be a big seller.” For example, wouldn’t billionaires stock up The money, so on the next ‘go-round’ it would be easier? But, I will leave that alone for right now. More important things to discuss.

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

This is an excerpt from The Word. I share: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8

So, a lot is said in the verses above. I promised to ‘share’ less and I think it is a great thing. I am aware that the shares were a little much previously. I have and do apologize.

Yes, let us pray.

Lord, Heavenly Father, Jesus our Savior and Holy Spirit within us. Glory and praise to You. We come before You with thanksgiving for our debts have been paid. Father, we know that You are Love. Yes it has in Your Word been defined. Thank You Lord for the no judgement, patience when I step off the way You have set. Father, I know that so many times I focus on things that are not of You or from You. Father, set my feet on Your path, I am throwing the doors of my heart open to You. Thank You Father for Your Love which is what I Live on. Thank You Father. I commit the rest of my days into Your holy hands. Direct, lead and if You have to push and pull me in the right direction. Lord, I Love You in Jesus’ name, Amen

4.

You are ordained by God to be outstanding in all your undertaking,

Dew of heaven will fall on the seed of greatness inside of you,

Every mountain standing between you and your divine heart desires shall become plain in Jesus name. Amen

Why do we follow The LORD?

  The LORD make known to us the path of Life;

   The LORD will fill me with joy in His presence,

    with eternal pleasures at Your right hand Father.

Psalm 16:11

5.

✍  Today’s message

John 20:1

.  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre

.  20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

🙏  Yesterday was Palm Sunday ; but today the first day of the week, every demonic stone covering your Glory, placed between you and your destiny helper or stand as an obstacle / barricade before  you shall be rolled away in the mighty name of Jesus Christ

6.

PLEASE READ!!!

THE PARABLE OF THE THREE TREES

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.  They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said,

“Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.  I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems.  I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.”

Then the second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship.  I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.  Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”

Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees.   When one came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree,  I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter” and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, “This looks like a strong  tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.”  The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.

One of the woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree so I’ll take this one”, and he cut it down.”

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a  feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay.  This was not at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree.

The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but  this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep.   While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe.  The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said  “Peace” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it.

When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill.

When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you.  If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us.  We just know  that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.

Good pm beloved.

Have a great day and remain blessed.

Shalom

7.

And we sing 😀. This is a song waiting to be sung 💒  Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust. O my soul, thou hast said unto The LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; But to the saints that are in the Earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup, Amen.

Thou maintainest my lot LORD. Thy lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have an awesome heritage in You. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen Psalm 16:1-8

8.

Let us pray.

    Yes You,

    O Lord, are our Father.

    We are the clay, You are the potter;

    we are all the work of Your hand. Amen

Isaiah 64:8

Lord, Your desire in my Life do seek every moment, Father, You are all I need. You created me and have brought me this fat. Lord, I desire to walk with You. Be glorified Father in and through me. Spread Your Love through me. Thank You for each and every blessing. I tried to count them and I got lost. Father, Hallelujah! I cannot keep numbering, may my mouth grow weary from saying thank You every second. Lord put it in my Spirit. Thank You Lord.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”

    Your face, Lord, I will seek. In Jesis’ name, Amen

Psalm 27:8

9.

Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was.

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

As we shared, Jesus knew exactly why He was here; his purpose, His future crucifiers. Even that Judas would betray Him. We have shared what this did to Him as the moment drew nigh. But still, when they came to take Him away from the garden at Gethseman, he performed one last miracle. The healing of the ear of one of the party of those who had come to arrest Him.

We remember the song “Everywhere He went, my Lord was doing good.”

“Everywhere He went

He was doing good

Almighty Healer

He healed the leapers

When the cripples saw Him

they started walking

Everywhere He went my God

was doing good”

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?

If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:21-26

10.

Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter and may be colored from yellowish white to black.Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimetres (0.039 to 0.079 in)

We can continually assess a mustard seed, but in the days when a good number farmed or were aware, this was what was used to teach.

I am sure we know where I am headed with this.

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? (Jesus expressed His frustration at the early Churches-the disciples in this case, inability to do things in faith.)

And Jesus said “Bring the boy here to me.”  Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed- at that moment.

Afterward, the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

We move right into the next commentary on this in The Word:

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Trulyf I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-25

We follow this by the very same quotation elsewhere, we see it again in Matthew 21:21-22 where Jesus says: “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it shall happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

We are sharing about faith, have it and flourish! All your mountains will be as mole hills and in believing you will be blessed! Amen.

Father Lord, I come before You at this time I give You all Glory, honor and my heart is poured out in thanksgiving. Lord, Hallelujah for faith. Father, work in me the faith to move mountains in Your name and through you. Lord, thank You for Your presence in my life. Lord be glorified in Jesus’ name. To You I give all the GLORY. Be praised Father Lord, Your Spirit is within me, I give You all praise in Jesus name, Amen

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Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter and may be colored from yellowish white to black.Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimetres (0.039 to 0.079 in) in …

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When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

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I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen

This is not just a verse I am sharing, but a prayer too. We so often realize that The Word is a prayer. Prayer is speaking to God, and by His grace our conversation is answered prayer. In The Word, so many of the prophets prayed without actually hearing or seeing The source of The Voice, but they did not allow that to prevent them from seeking time with The Lord.

The examples are numerous; I will just throw names out and challenge you to recall how they experienced God; Job, king Saul, king David, in the new testament Paul. For this last encounter, we must remember and recollect that Paul was doing what he thought right. Yet God saw Him and met him. This is an example of just what The Lord does and how.

We have testimonies. I say that because our Father is The same Yesteryear, today and for ever, Amen.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in a place of no hope; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Amen.

Thou wilt shew me the path of Life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for ever more and in all my ways. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

Psalm 16:7-11

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“Hmm! You know what?”

“What?”

“I don’t know how to say this…”

“Just go ahead and say it! You are so full of drama!”

“Seriously though. You might say it is in my imagination or I just ‘lucked out'”

“Are you going to tell me? Or should I just leave now? And this better not be one of your Christian claims! I have had them up to here!” And the hand is raised head high to show just how much.

“Let me quiet then. I will keep it to myself, or better yet, you will see.”

The individual then walks away, thinking:”Wow! The bible is The Word of God and the promises so true. I was just reading this morning…Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. I am supposed to have a few memory verses….so that was in ahhh…Psalm 66:20 Yup!”

“My prayer is heard, it means so much; when I pray I may be at a loss for words, but God knows what I need and by His awesome grace, I have all I want and need. Even what I want and have prayed for, it is coming Hallelujah!”

Father LORD, I give You thanks this day. Father go before me in all I do. Direct my path, lead me. Lord, may I do Your will in my all in Jesus’ name Amen.

14.

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second in temptation, trials, have needs, wants. It is all For the teaching. A deposit has been made, it is ours.

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

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Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second be in temptation, have trials, needs and wants. Brethren, that is in the here and now. By His grace, by God’s grace we have received the key to Glory, Alleluia. A deposit has been made, on our behalf. We wait with expectant Spirit for the coming of The LORD!

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

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Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must:

(1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’

(3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–706, April 2017

Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must: (1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’ (3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–7

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

So, it is a rather ‘touchy’ subject. But what we can take from this is that just as Angels do not marry. There is no sexual disparity. We see in The Scripture that the angels were seen as beings from a different plane. As much as we use sex to define things in this world we do not see it in The Bible in terms of other worldly beings.

Satan is described in our culture as male. In The Bible it speaks of the majesty of his Spirit. The story of Lucifer’s fall is described in two key Old Testament chapters—Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14.

the king is portrayed as having a different nature from man (he is a cherub, verse 14); he had a different position from man (he was blameless and sinless, verse 15); he was in a different realm from man (the holy mount of God, verses 13,14); he received a different judgment from man (he was cast out of the mountain of God and thrown to the earth, verse 16); and the superlatives used to describe him don’t seem to fit that of a normal human being (“full of wisdom,” “perfect in beauty,” and having “the seal of perfection,” verse 12).

Our text tells us that this king was a created being and left the creative hand of God in a perfect state (Ezekiel 28:12,15). And he remained perfect in his ways until iniquity was found in him (verse 15b). What was this iniquity? We read in verse 17, “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.” Lucifer apparently became so impressed with his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position that he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that belonged to God alone. The sin that corrupted Lucifer was self-generated pride.

I state these things lightly, for in The Word we see not too much attention given to him. Just what we should know. Read this! 2 Corinthians 2:11

So having taken a shortcut to review some of what we shared earlier, we can move on. Satan who was then called Lucifer was neither Male nor Female. It was the definition of beauty and it went to his heart and he believed his was the Heavens. We are all cognizant of overthrows, coupes if we are to call them correctly. If we study the Word, we can see what is said here (for interest of time, I am sharing the site) https://bible.org/seriespage/3-satan-s-part-god-s-perfect-plan

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

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Brethren and Sistren, The LORD lives, in Him we find solace, a place to rest. A place to praise Him for His awesome presence in our Lives. Praise The LORD! Can I get an “Amen”? This is the way it I’d supposed to be, to give Him thanks in all things.

All Thy works shall praise Thee, O LORD; and Thy saints shall bless Thee.

Psalm 145:10

Are you a saint? We’ll bless The LORD O! My soul and all that is within me bless His holy name.

I will sing to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

May my meditation be pleasing to Him,

as I rejoice in The Lord.

Psalm 104:33-34

Sing of God’s Love.

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations” Psalm 89:1

Lord, we thank You and bless Your holy name. We are nothing before You, but Father You have Loved us. Lord shed and spread Your Love in our Lives and Father let it be known that we are yours by our walk. Keep us steadfast as our day goes by. Thank You for all You have blessed us with. Father be magnified! Holy Soirit, Hallelujah! Thank You for Your presence in my life. Father, I bless You for another testimony filled day. Thank you for healing me, thank You for Your completeness in Jesus’ name, Amen

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Kinda amazing, that  the word Christian comes from ‘Christ follower’, to His example they will flock. We are Christ believers, followers of His example. Jesus is/was God in the flesh and He radiated Love every where He went. We should in no way be concerned with divisions that exist between denominations- we all serve one God.

Let God speak through you; want to be used by Him? Allow His presence to radiate from you. We have a prayer point in that.

Lord Heavenly Father, use me this day to bring Your Love, Your comfort to those in need of It. Touch me, fill me, heal me that I may do Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen

Don’t Let Complaining Creep In for

‘The Lord… has heard your grumbling against Him.’ Exodus 16:7

When you complain, God takes it personally. It shows a lack of faith in His Word that says, ‘God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love [Him] .’ Romans 8:28

Every thing save none. Think of it, lost your job, apartment, house, family member, Loved one… The LORD causes it all to work out for good. We must learn to thank Him in all circumstances. It is most amazing that He knows just what will happen in all situations. It is amazing that if we jump back a few steps when Jesus was told that Lazarus was ill, He stayed where He was; that God might be Glorified. Yes, if he went right back when they told Him, He could have raised Lazarus up. But He waited for days before He set out.

We might think this was weird. The human form of Jesus “wept” John 11:35 (the shortest verse in The Bible) and there is reason, seeing the weeping and mourning at the loss, Jesus wept. Aren’t we surprised that God in the person of Jesus openly wept? When He knew what He would undergo at Cavalry He experienced in His form bleeding from the sweat glands. A more intense form of weeping in respinse to a physical trauma. We see that He cared for the family; Mary, Martha and Lazarus- we can Imagine how though He knew just what would happen Jesus wept!

The Bible says that when ‘Pharaoh…let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way.’ (Exodus 13:17–18 NLT) God sees the end from the beginning, and He’s leading you in a roundabout way! Once you accept that, you can stop complaining.

When we ask why God tests us or allows us to be tested, we are admitting that testing does indeed come from Him. When God tests His children, He does a valuable thing. David sought God’s testing, asking Him to examine his heart and mind and see that they were true to Him (Psalm 26:2; 139:23). When Abram was tested by God in the matter of sacrificing Isaac, Abram obeyed (Hebrews 11:17–19) and showed to all the world that he is the father of faith (Romans 4:16).

In both the Old and New Testaments, the words translated “test” mean “to prove by trial.” Therefore, when God tests His children, His purpose is to prove that our faith is real. Not that God needs to prove it to Himself since He knows all things, but He is proving to us that our faith is real, that we are truly His children, and that no trial will overcome our faith.

When Israel grumbled, ‘the Lord’s anger blazed…and…He destroyed some of the people.’ Numbers 11:1

Dr Dale A. Robbins writes: ‘They refused to trust Him to provide, protect, and direct their lives…The whole premise of Christianity is Jesus becomes the “boss” of our circumstances. We’re in His hands. If believers complain, it becomes an accusation against the Lord to whom we’ve trusted our lives, and He “[hears] all your complaints against Him.”

Exodus 16:8

When you go through tough times, don’t resort to complaining. Praise God in spite of what’s happening. ‘Be thankful in all circumstances.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Thanksgiving is the opposite of complaining. It expresses appreciation for everything God has done and what He promises to do, and shows confidence that He’s in charge. The psalmist said, ‘Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and… in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.’ Psalm 50:14–15

Gratitude—not grumbling—motivates God to work on your behalf.

SoulFood: Jer 36:27–40:16; Luke 22:14–23; Ps 25:8–15; Prov 10:1–3

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I am not going to fill in the blank spots, rather encourage you to ‘keep up’. We are starting off at a snails pace pending when we gallop at ‘full engines.’

This is a verse that had much application in our lives. Do we show much Love?

We have been over a few of the million (literally) reasons to be grateful; you are partaking in this ‘sharing’, no?

Father Lord, I praise Your holy name. Father, allow me to be graced with Your presence. I thank You for going before me. Thank You for the testimonies that I can and will share about how awesome You are. In realizing Your awesome presence, I see why those You Love say “fear The LORD.” Lord, You alone be praised. I realize that there may be what I consider points of importance, but in Your sight, You wonder why I did not bring them to You. Cause me Lord to lay everything before You. Alleluia Father. At points where I stood in judgement, Lord, allow me to let those go. Father, in Your grace, I want to think, Love and be filled with Your Spirit. Lord all who have wronged me, I let it go much as You have let my sins go. Lord I forget in Jesus’ name. Lord, I thank You for going before me Father in Jesus’ name, Amen

Good Morning, we woke up this morning Testimony 1. We prayed this morning, Testimony 2. We are setting about our tasks, testimony three, our Loved awoke too, Testimony 4. If we are fasting, Testimony 5, If we eat breakfast Testimony 6. I just wanted to point out the innumerable reasons to give God thanks. I know I have said it before and sound like a ‘broken record’, but our testimony is ours and ours alone. How many people went to sleep and didn’t get up? We might have so much bothering us, but The Lord has it in His hands if we place it in His hands. So, Lord I thank You for in my moment of need I can call on You, praise You, magnify You. Lord, I thank You for being there and for the testimonies to Your awesome power in and on my life I see. Lord, be glorified in my Life all ways. My needs I praise You for, me wants, Alleluia Father, my life is a testimony to You. Father, I give You all praise in Jesus’ name, Amen

“I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

– Luke 7:47

Ok! Let us start this challenge like this:

1. Who made the comment? About who?

2. What were the person(s) doing?

3. Do we feel that our sin is ‘Less’ than other people(s)?

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The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations.

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The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations. But, we must remember:

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

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Even further we read;  The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. Psalm 33:13-15

Can we say “that person has it all, or “that person is ‘luckier’ than me”. Yes, I admit that some are born in a position we do not find ourselves. But do the have a different heart? What are your goals? What do you desire? Seek it in and through The Lord.

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Happy Friday, month ending. Time flies! First quarter done already! I guess that’s what it means to grow older.

‘Mr. Bible’ is at it again. Spreading The Word. And prayer comes with it too.

Welcome to this beautiful month to come (Spring is here) so it is my prayer that you have Spring in your step in Jesus name, Amen; the last day of the month and of the first quarter of 2017. All glory be to God and I am happy and elated this day because you and I are still standing.

As it’s impossible for the wicked ones to withheld this month of March to end today, so also it will be impossible for them to withhold the promises of God over your life in the mighty name of Jesus. The Lord will hasten the manifestation of His Word upon your life, Amen. Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

Your period of endless waiting is over. “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Daniel 10:12,13

Your expectations for this season and beyond shall not be cut off. Your breakthrough and miracles shall come earlier than expected in Jesus Mighty Name.

The Assured Word of the Living God shall speak goodness, favour and mercy into your life. You shall fulfill your destiny. You’ll never be cut short in your prime. You’ll never fall short of the GLORY of God. Your life will glorify the Name of the Lord. Your enemies will never have dominion over your life.

No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. Isaiah 54:7 Every evil device aimed at you and your household shall go back to the sender in Jesus Name.

Have a blessed day and beautiful weekend. And definitely a wholesome month, and as we walk along the path to glory, may He put a song in your heart to sing. “O! Glory Hallelujah!” Shalom!

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We have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

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We can and should take all unto The Lord in prayer. Remember the song “Are ye weak and heavy laden? Burdened with a load of care? Take it to The Lord in prayer!” No matter what we go through, experience, want, desire…The Lord knows all. While we are still praying He is answering. Remember the song: “Are we weak and heavy laden? Take it to The Lord in prayer.”?

Here is the song to remind you of the words:

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised

Thou wilt all our burdens bear;

May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,

There will be no need for prayer—

Rapture, praise, and endless worship

Will be our sweet portion there.

I have a testimony. I was sleeping and just as I was about in my dream to ‘step wrong’, I awoke. I know this might not sound like a testimony, but it is. It is key to be lined up with the will of God and not steer clear to the right or left. If it is something we desire, it is given. I will state that If we desire what is not in His will, it is our decision to pursue it, we might and end up seeing just what in that case will happen.

An example, we who have waited ‘Oh! So long’ for an answer to a prayer. We know that it is in God’s will for us. God has said “While you are still praying, I am answering.”

Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

We have an example. What I realize is that every word is written for a reason and included in The Word. If you can imagine, at the temple in those days, there were the writings passes down through time. In synagogues we still see the same In this present day and age. We can see just what I mean; when Daniel prayed and sent a request before The Lord, it was answered as he spake:

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

Daniel 10:12,13

Always there is ‘so much’ swirling around us: responsibilities, work, school, bills, health, transport…How can and do we make it work???

I can be a witness, in fact I am a witness. I have stated that I will steer clear of what I started with. But each day is a testimony. I shared what happened earlier. We are in the palm of God’s hand. God is aware of everything that goes on in our lives. No matter how small the tendrils. He is there, we have shared this before, but here it is essential:

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Revelations 3:20

Wow! Sup with The Lord? The disciples at the last supper supped with The Lord, they were in an upper room and we have all seen paintings, we have seen the Michel Angelo painting. To imagine beside what the picture shows, in what they thought was a ‘private’ time with The Lord, they would have been reclining, giving a sense of ‘taking it easy’. No pressing throngs, people wanting, needing healing, deliverance and all. So, they would have been half lying, half seating as was the custom of the day. We are aware of the discussions that took place, in essence ‘familial banter’.

The most reproduced religious painting in history, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous depiction of the Last Supper, shows Jesus and the disciples sitting upright at a table as people do today. The truth, however, is that chairs (which were no doubt expensive) were not used AT ALL during Jesus’ final Passover meal with his disciples.

Based on Jewish law and tradition, those who observed Jesus’ last celebration of the Passover reclined around a low, long oval table. Each person would be lying on their left side and leaning on their left arm, with their feet behind them and their heads facing the table. This would mean that all those located on the left side of the table would have the front of their bodies somewhat facing the end of the table. Each of the disciples had a pillow to place under their left arm. This eating position during a meal like supper allowed the right arm to be free to use for eating.

Jesus’ saying “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.” Matthew 26:23 We get an idea of the banter. Again as shared earlier, He knew just who and he even gave him leave.

“Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.””

Matthew 26:25

Again we have wandered into The Word. I am aware that we started off saying that all we are faced with, He knows. Even before we say it. So, speak volumes! You have a ready ear.

Lord Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for this day. You are in my life as my personal Lord andWe have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

Savior. Father my heart is Yours, use me to do Your will. Bless me, fill me, direct me. Father You are my all, beside You there is none, beside You I have nothing. Hallelujah for my testimonies that continue with each passing second. Thank You for the fullness  You give. Father, today is Yours. Guide me, lead me, protect me along Your path. Father, You said as I pray, You have answered. Teach me to pray and be filled with Your Spirit. Father, once again in and through Your grace, cause me to spill over and touch those in my life. My Loved once and even those I pass on the street, Father, in You I look for fullness of Spirit. Today and each day, be glorified in my Life. Jesus’ Hallelujah for coming to save me, I was cumbered with a load of care and You have relieved me of all my worries and incapacities. Lord, I lay them at Your feet. I cannot ever find a friend so faithful who will all my sorrows bear. Lord, I praise You and to the best of my ability I Love you. Lord I need You. Hold me,”touch me, move me. Holy Spirit You are in me, thank You for waking me up this morning, be praised. Father it is You in all Your forms that I pray to. Thank You. I am touched, blessed and filled with Your Spirit. Hallelujah Father. Thank You ever so much for today’s testimonies in Jesus’ name, Amen

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God, we pray for all those who have suddenly lost employment. There are many. We ask you to first give them peace and a settled confidence. Their natural response is to shock and then fear, and to begin questioning their abilities, the past accomplishments and their future prospects. Give them your encouragement today, and do so through surprising ways, both directly from your Spirit and through other people who come across their path. Build them up, as this situation has torn them down. Remind them of past victories, and awaken new dreams for their future. Give them – today – divine appointments with people who may be key in opening a new future for them. Give them hope; lighten their step; lift the anxiety from their body; give them sleep and an unexpected joy. God, you intend us to have a purposeful life. You give us work assignments to accomplish because you designed us to help you create and sustain your creation. We are not made for idleness or sloth. We need meaningful work. So for all those who have lost a job, today bring them one step closer to a new direction. Show them any areas in their own character that need to change in order for their destiny to be realized. Then give them the wisdom and power to make those changes, by your Spirit. Today is a new day with new possibilities. Let nothing stand in the way of your purposes in the lives of those who, without your assistance, cannot find their next course. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Matthew 6:28-33

And we know that for those who Love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

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To continue where we left off, we were talking about king David and his fault in desiring and taking what was not his. To state again his wrongful actions, he had Bathseba’s husband killed by the enemy. But in every sense, it was him.

And now we contini.e.:

“‘Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”’ 2 Samuel 12:7

I am challenging you to go read what was said prior to this and what king David’s response was.

Can you imagine the courage and integrity it took for Nathan the prophet to challenge king David? Again, challenge king David with just what?

Most of us tend to avoid confrontation because we fear being disliked and rejected. But when you avoid confrontation it often makes things worse. By hiding his sin, David was robbing himself of the blessing of the Lord. Looking back, he wrote: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my… prayer.”

Psalm 66:18–19

The tiny growth you don’t want to deal with now can end up becoming a cancer that consumes you in the future. That’s too high a price to pay. If you love (and I use the lower case “l”) someone, you will take your courage in your hands and confront them in Love.

Confrontation is an opportunity to help develop that person—provided you do it respectfully and with their best interest at heart.

Here are ten guidelines to help you confront someone in a positive way:

First and foremost, pray about it, seeking The Lord’s will.

1) Do it ASAP.

2) Address the wrong action, not the person.

3) Address only what the person can change.

4) Give them the benefit of the doubt.

5) Be specific.

6) Avoid sarcasm.

7) Avoid saying ‘you always’ and ‘you never’ because they are not true.

8) When it’s appropriate, tell them how you feel about what was done wrong.

9) Give them a plan to fix the problem.

10) Affirm him or her as a person and as a friend.

The Bible says, ‘The Lord corrects those He loves.’ Proverbs 3:12 and we must remember that we have not always been right. And more importantly, we might not be. Want that person to correct you in and with Love? Show Love first. Remember, we are The gospel, let others see it in us.

So if you Love someone, you’ll confront them in the right way. (With and in Love)

SoulFood: Jeremiah 25–27, Luke 21:1–11, Ps 72:1–11, Prov 9:1–6

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Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalm 40:2

We stand in awe at those The LORD has selected. We are all here for a reason. Have you truly found yours? We can look at all the people in The Bible that The LORD used, they all had a beginning. This of course has made me wonder about Mary the Mother of Jesus. She was born for a purpose, her history is not as important, but would be an awesome place to start in tracing the descendants of Mary. We know or have been told Mary was of The house of David. Thousands of years before when David was but a wee lad watching the flock. God knew what and where he would be and moved him for so.

Look at it this way; what would you do if challenged with a Goliath of troubles? Will you really believe? Trust that God truly is in charge? That He has your best interests at heart? It is a testimony, our Lives and what we do with them. I know we have pointed out just what the testimony is for your today: wake up, getting ready, setting out, classes, work it goes on and on, like I always point out, there are some who cannot or will not ever be able to say, sign or mouth it that would have been able to do so yesterday. Your being up is a testimony!

Father Lord, I thank You for each of us has a path that is determined by You. Father, thank You for arranging my life that I may live it in Your will. Father all the blessings that I see, allow me to give praise at every moment. Father, I am not worthy, but You Love me. Thank You for my today, my yesterdays and Hallelujah for the tomorrows to come. Father, I give You all praise, Yours is all the Glory. Father, yes there might be a source of challenges in this world, but you O! Lord are The source of solutions. I commit me today, tomorrow and forever into Your hands in Jesus’ name, 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 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.

We have to be cognizant of the importance of this period. I share because it is something I noticed by ‘chance’. With The Lord, there is no time, we have time in our system, culture, world. We cannot take ‘time’ to The LORD, but rather pray for His will to be done In our lives. Amen.

Chapter 1

“Hey! I should really do that this way! If I do…”

“Time and time again, this has worked…so I should definitely…”

“The ‘answer’ is by doing it exactly like…”

So many times, we are smarter than the situation. Brighter than the ‘occurences’. We can…we try…we think; just what exactly? As a Christian, did you pray about it first? Did you put it before The LORD? It is amazing that our galaxy is so vast, we essentially have only started to peel at the surface. Spaceships, space trav5el, technology….the list goes on and on.

Let me point something out. We are right here. As we have shared Earth is the ‘right’ distance from the sun! There is oxygen which is essential for life. If you ‘think’ about it even the moon lacks oxygen and that is the closet ‘distant’ planet or object. To further break this down, everything is on an axes. Planets, stars etc.

Where did oxygen come from? I am sure that ‘evolutionists’ will fathom some unthinkable equation or guess, at best an estimation. So, why doesn’t any other planet have what we have?

I am sure that ‘

evolutionists’ will say “Everything lined up perfectly.” Really?

Let us take a look at what we call God’s book. I didn’t make that up. We have the Bible which essentially gives us a vision into how things came to be. So many times, I am limited by my ‘view’ of life from this aspect: space, time, what we have, don’t have, want, need, hope for. Essentially, ‘life’ in a nutshell. I will be so brazen to say “After ‘life’ then what???”  Once again the evolutionists ‘reign supreme’ on this notion. ‘Recycling’ they might call it. Let me state one thing… If we were recycled, wouldn’t there be more than a few ‘recallecting’ their ‘former’ lives? I will not doubt that there are a few who state that they can ‘remember’. Let me state it this way. There is an alternate existence, a parallel ‘place’, inhabited by a ‘drove’ of creations. Don’t you have your drive? What you were created for? Sometimes we think/feel it is to bring ‘joy’ to parents. Come again! How about the ‘unwanted offspring’, the mistakes, the ‘uh-oh’s’? They were allowed to be for a reason. To state something that becomes more factual by the day, my existence is/was for a reason. I went to school, did Medicine; became a Doctor etc. I tried to do everything I could to be ‘happy’, ‘satisfied’, ‘complete’. To do what I promised not to do; I was ‘made’ to go to church by my Mom. There I learned so much ‘against’ my ‘better judgement’. The fact that there is Love, a source of Love. The definition of Love, is Love; God is Love.

Let us 1 Corinthians 13 it and see what exactly this means: Love is patient; let us go back in history of the world, there are so many people who have tried things. God gives them a chance to do them ‘right’ through Him and with Him. So many times we are on the wrong foot. God is PATIENT and allowscuscto find the way that has been pointed out. Let us further break this down. Examples! Just what to do, not do, try, not try. Others in our short history have tried that. It has either worked or doesn’t work. In reading the bible, I came across many ‘rulers’ after king David who did not do things right, and they did rule for a whilem. God was and is patient; giving endless opportunity to come to the knowledge which is God. This explains why it is the first description of God. Through His-story, patience has reigned supreme.

Love is kind; just what does this mean? Kind? To establish this kindness as defined means “allowing others to have their way”, It means “giving selflessly”. There are so many times in history that we (as humans) have gone the way we ‘willed’ and wanted to; and were allowed. At this time, I will give two HUGE examples Lucifer in all his beauty and grace was placed at the epicenter of God’s creations. He was given exemplary ‘allowance’ to do as he willed. Above all other Spirits but God. This got to him and he fell. Thinking that what was granted him could be factual. He thought he would take. All we need do is read the denoted scripture and realize just what happened. Lucifer was and is a “prince” of this world. Mind you, Christ is King. He earned the Title, by being tortured, mangled and killed by the ‘men’ led by the prince of this world.

Let us further examine this. Jesus is a part of God. In creating the world, God created and saw that it was good. He created more and more and saw that it was good. Now, timelines, we cannot be sure of. But in Heaven, the fall of Lucifer the archangel at the time came before the creation of man. How do I know? In the Garden, Lucifer influenced what was. We have discussed this prior. Did serpents speak? Or was it just by seducing, by eating the fruit of the tree of ‘ good and evil’? We are not sure, but the serpent was the most ‘wily’ of all the creatures and had been used to ‘tempt’ man (Eve) by what he did. In essence, the fruit ‘spoke’ to Eve and looked ‘tempting’ enough to try knowing “good from evil”. This in itself should give us ‘knowlege’, we know what we should and should not do, no? So in essence the effect of the fruit of the tree is still with us today. More so, God in His exquisite awesomeness, would leave Adam and Eve to ‘tend’ the garden and return to ‘fellowship’ with them in the cool of the evening. This brings so many things to light. God did and does give us a chance to decide just what we shall do.

In both Adam and Eve’s case He allowed them to decide (wrongly though) that the would eat of the fruit of the tree of good and evil. Let me point an amazing thing out; who was there that they covered their nakedness? With one other person there, there was nothing to be ashamed of. Let us further break this down. Animals who had seen them all their existence in the nude? We can thing about animals today. With no other people, who would they have been ashamed to be naked in front of? This goes to explain in part why it was called the tree of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.

But, more so it definitely explains why The Father allows us to do what we will. With the hope that we do right.

Love does not envy, if someone has. Be proud for and of them. So many times we gain and a set of eyes (or more) are on us, determining how they can get what we have gotten. Other peoples experience is a great lesson. Reather than envy, we should ask humbly and work at it so that we can have. More so it is the fact that God, who made the Universe, in His goodness allowed Man to have wisdom does not ever envy. But rather is proud of with trust in Him and His ability to provide. Yes, an example; God was proud of His creation Job and spoke of him with glowing words. So much so, that Lucifer who was at the gathering of angels asked if it wasn’t for the wall around Job that God had set in place that didn’t cause Job to serve the Lord uniquely. It was ‘suggested’ that God remove His ‘fence’ from around him and see Job fall. All God asked was that his life Be spared, and everything was taken. Including his health. But still Job held on to The LORD and His promises. A true ‘child of God’. Are we? When things ‘do not go ‘right’ are we encouraged to ‘hold on’, to ‘believe’, to ‘have faith’. Most amazingly, we have all seen good and know just what it entails. Haven’t we had a ‘ good meal ‘, an awesome snack, snooze, or trip to a destination? Well. We get the idea, and this is made possible by the grace of God. We cannot understand ‘goodness’ until we have experienced it. Essentially, this is what some of us experience when we admit how ‘awesome’ life is.

Chapter 2

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43

Where did Jesus go for the period of 3 days after he was crucified?

Very little is said in the Bible of where Jesus was and what he was doing during the three days, but here’s what we do know:

He promised the thief on the cross that they would be together in paradise after death. (Luke 23:39-42)

It says paradise. Let us define this:

par·a·dise

ˈperəˌdīs/

noun

(in some religions) heaven as the ultimate abode of the just. Again this is the ultimate goal of the just.

It should be noted that inn the period post crucifixion Jesus did not go to The Father, but definitely was ‘somewhere’. Performing the work that He had been given took precedence over all. He was sent to witness. We see that in His time on earth so many came to know Him and believe. In The Word that follows after His ascension into Heaven so many gave their lives and came to believe

synonyms:heaven, the kingdom of heaven, the heavenly kingdom, Elysium, the Elysian Fields, Valhalla, Avalon

“the souls in paradise”

the abode of Adam and Eve before the Fall in the biblical account of the Creation; the Garden of Eden.

noun: Paradise

synonyms:the Garden of Eden, Eden

“Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Paradise”

an ideal or idyllic place or state.

“the surrounding countryside is a walker’s paradise”

synonyms:Utopia, Shangri-La, heaven, idyll, nirvana

“a tropical paradise”

bliss, heaven, ecstasy, delight, joy, happiness, nirvana, heaven

When Mary recognized him in the garden after his resurrection, he told her that he had not yet been to heaven. (John 20:15-17 ) From this we can deduce that Heaven, where God is, is something distinct from Paradise, where Jesus had been while he was dead.

While he was dead and in paradise, he “went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” (1 Peter 3:18-20) This shows that he wasn’t simply laying around relaxing, but continuing his ministry on the other side, preaching the gospel to sinners just as he had in mortality.

To answer this I have spent time Going over Scripture. I admit not much is said. The souls in between their human death and the final judgement were in my view- given a chance. I will admit that this was a one time chance. If and when spirits of people who had not heard The Word of God. Think of this-Goliath who faced David was most likely never preached “God”. This goes to so many nations, tribes and people. It gets complex quickly.

The question is where was Christ for those 3 days? I am aware that in the ‘afterlife’ there is no time. Spirits are where their acts determine they will be.

We are made for God, by God, we have shared earlier that you should speak to your creator to ensure that you are where you were destined and designed to be. I will share a quick scripture that explains a lot:

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of Heaven and Earth, having discussed this they are together-for Earth was created with all within it and God saw that it was ‘good’. God does not live in temples built by human hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole Earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. All has been determined; your existence, as we have pointed out, it is dependent on your ‘decision’ follow Him or choose to believe God does not exist

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’b As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:24-28

We might ‘decide’; hopefully correctly. Which is why prayer is encouraged with each step.

In their hearts humans plan their course,

but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9

Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 This verse is so very important. Can anyone guess which verse is shorter in Scripture? It is just as important because it shows how a portion of our Father dealt with loss of a Loved one. (I know we have a few heads shaking. We are all Loved!) In His ministry there were people Jesus related with that went a step ‘beyond’. Even their reactions. The sister of Lazarus who sat at his feet to spend the time basking in His Glory was reprimanded by her sister.

Mary and Martha were real women, not illustrations in a parable. They lived with their brother, Lazarus, in Bethany, a small village within easy walking distance of the old city of Jerusalem via the Mount of Olives. John records that “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus” and wept at Lazarus’ death. (John 11:5, 32–36.)

We read of Mary and Martha on only three occasions, each of which reveals different facets of their characters.

Together, They Learned of the Savior

We are first introduced to Mary and Martha in the book of Luke. The story related there has probably produced the feeling that somehow Martha is not the spiritual equal of her sister Mary. Jesus and his disciples have come to Judea from Capernaum. “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.” (Luke 10:38.) We are not told whether Jesus knew the people in this particular household. Perhaps he was already acquainted with them, because there seems to be some familiarity as Jesus and Martha communicate with each other.

For years I have mistakenly assumed that Mary sat at Jesus’ feet while Martha worked in the kitchen. Not so. In verse 39 Luke carefully explains that Martha “had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His word.” (Luke 10:39; italics added.) They both sat there to hear the words of eternal life from their Lord.

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