Month 7

Month 7

1.

SWEAR NOT…..

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

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

WHY YOU MAY NOT SWEAR……

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

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

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

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

YOU HAVE NO REASON TO SWEAR…..

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

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

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

MAKE YOUR HEART A BED OF TRUTH….

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

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

DO NOT SWEAR WITH GOD’S NAME…..

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

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

IT IS A SIN TO SWEAR….

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

UNDERSTAND THESE….

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

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

MAY YOU BE RAPTURABLE IN JESUS NAME….

Our Prayer…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.

Jesus said to his disciples:

“No one can serve two masters.

He will either hate one and love the other,

or be devoted to one and despise the other.

You cannot serve God and mammon.

mam·mon

ˈˈmamən

noun

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

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

what you will eat or drink,

or about your body, what you will wear.

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

Look at the birds in the sky;

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

yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.

Are not you more important than they?

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

Why are you anxious about clothes?

Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.

They do not work or spin.

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

was clothed like one of them.

If God so clothes the grass of the field,

which grows today and is thrown into the fire tomorrow,

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

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

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

All these things the pagans seek.

Your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,

and all these things will be added unto you.

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

Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

Matthew 6:24-34

3.

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

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

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

4.

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

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

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

Psalm 18:46

5.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

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

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

2 Thessalonians 5:16-19

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

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

This is the day that the Lord has made;

    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

Our songwriters! Waiting on you! Ring, ring.

6.

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

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

– Mark 4:21

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

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

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

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

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

7.

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

Psalm 119:10

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

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

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

8.

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

– Numbers 6:26

Amen!

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You,

who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

Psalm 89:15

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

So folks, let us pray after this manner:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew 6:9-21

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

A gentle answer turns away wrath,

    but a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,

    but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,

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

The soothing tongue is a tree of life,

    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,

    but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

The house of the righteous contains great treasure,

    but the income of the wicked brings ruin.

The lips of the wise spread knowledge,

    but the hearts of fools are not upright.

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,

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

A quick recap:

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

Romans 12:12

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

Philippians 4:6

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

Matthew 6:6

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

Ephesians 6:18

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

Matthew 21:22

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,

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

Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;

    the one who hates correction will die.

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

Proverbs 15:1-10

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

In Jesus name, Amen

9.

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

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

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

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

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

“A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.

Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark 3:20-35

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

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

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

We learn even more in depth:

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

Mark 3:24

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

I have searched and believe this disciple was John.

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

10.

Are we troubled? We can pray:

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

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

The Puritan Thomas Watson says it well. “After the fall, the affections were misplaced on wrong objects; in sanctification, they are turned into a sweet order and harmony, the grief placed on sin, the love on God, the joy on heaven.”

11.

Are we troubled? We can pray:

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

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

The Puritan Thomas Watson says it well. “After the fall, the affections were misplaced on wrong objects; in sanctification, they are turned into a sweet order and harmony, the grief placed on sin, the Love on God, the joy on Heaven.”

12.

Folks, not only is our conversation in Heavenly places Phillipians 3:20. We experience the pure grace of God’s presence. Grace, folks GRACE;  we speak of God’s grace, we mean all the good gifts we enjoy freely in life. There are so many. We could spend a lifetime celebrating them: blackberries, buttercups, moonlight, salamanders, etc. A more summary approach is to affirm that life itself is the fundamental gift, with all its delights. For us, the gift of life includes the wondrous gift of being human, finding ourselves plopped down in the midst of the larger gift of creation. That is the bedrock of grace—creation, life, human being. As humans, we are given a unique place in the created order. The creation stories in Genesis are ways of celebrating this original grace. In the stories, God pronounces all creation, including humankind, very good, that is, full of grace.

We also use the word grace to mean the secondary gifts we perceive in the skill and intelligence of creatures. The gospel says the boy Jesus grew in grace and favor, meaning he began to exhibit his unique personality and potential to contribute to his community. We speak of the beauty of a lion or a dancer, saying they exude an animal grace, discerned in the vitality and fluidity of their movement. When we use the word graceful to describe a creature, it’s because the creature is being expressive of its God-given self.

There is another way of speaking about grace that is more about redemption than about creation. Whereas God pronounced original grace, the other side of the story is when we head off on our own, ignoring the Giver. This headstrong straying we have called original sin, meaning our freedom to choose the not so good, to turn aside from original grace. Ironically, this freedom is itself the most unique grace given humankind by God, the capacity to choose our own way, which must necessarily entail the possibility of choosing poorly. Because we have not always chosen the most graceful path, we have ended up in some miserable, blind alleys along the way. When we grasp our predicament and call for the help we had previously spurned, amazing grace comes to the rescue.

💒”Amazing grace how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now I’m found.

Was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear

And grace my fears relieved.

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed.”

Lord, we praise You this day, go before us in all we do, bless us with joy, peace and fulfillment, Hallelujah! For the testimonies, Lord keep me on the path to you. Bless my memory, thoughts and activities, Lord, where I walked wrong, forgive me as You have graced me to forgive those who have stood against or wronged me. Today is Yours, my actions to Your glory in Jesus name, Amen

13.

The next ‘sharing’ will be why it is important to listen to our Spirit. There may be much ado going on, but that quit voice tells us What we should so. A lot of times in our hearts we may think that “it just doesn’t make sense.” If and when you do it your way, does it result in positivity?

Our verses today are the reason why the closest man to God in history was ‘promised’ to see the ‘promised land’s. It is just not how we expected him to. He saw it from afar. Why?

In Numbers 20:8, the Lord told Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” Numbers 20:9-11 records Moses’ response: “So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as He commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, ‘Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?’ Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.” The Lord was displeased with Moses’ actions: “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them” (Numbers 20:12).

What did Moses do that warranted such a severe penalty from the Lord? First, Moses disobeyed a direct command from God. God had commanded Moses to speak to the rock. Instead, Moses struck the rock with his staff. Second, Moses took the credit for bringing forth the water. Notice how in verse 10 Moses says, “Must we [referring to Moses and Aaron] bring you water out of this rock?” Moses took credit for the miracle himself, instead of attributing it to God. Third, Moses committed this sin in front of all the Israelites. Such a public example of direct disobedience could not go unpunished. Fourth, it seems that God had intended to present a type of Christ in this circumstance. The water-giving rock is used as a symbol of Christ in 1 Corinthians 10:4. The rock was struck once in Exodus 17:6, just like Christ was crucified once (Hebrews 7:27). Moses’ speaking to the rock in Numbers 20 was to be a picture of prayer; instead, Moses angrily struck the rock, in effect, crucifying Christ again. His punishment for disobedience, pride, and the misrepresentation of Christ’s sacrifice was that he was barred from entering the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12).

So, in our ways it is important to seek guidance first before setting out on the path. So, before setting out this morning seek and find The Lord in your Life, he is right there. Commit your day unto Him and watch it blossom.

14.

Let us pray:

God I ask You in Jesus’ name bless me with the desires of my heart that is the will of God.  Bless me to prosper, be in excellent health, and cause my soul to prosper consistently in the Word and Ways of God.  Lead, guide, and direct my footsteps.   Give Your angels charge over me to protect and keep me safe from all accidents, evil, hurt, harm, and danger.  Destroy the plans of the enemy of my soul that he has for me.  Let no weapon ever formed against me prosper.  Be with me as a mighty warrior, so my persecutors will stumble, fail, and be thoroughly disgraced.  God all that I have asked of You in this prayer, please do the same for all those I love, care about, and the writer of this prayer.  God honor this prayer over each of our lives today and for always in Jesus’ name.  God Thank You.  Amen.

15.

Today, we glorify The LORD for the promises we live. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore. But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Psalm 92:5,6,8,10-15

16.

Words just cannot express the fullness of The Word. Let us take a brief look to start (or complete) the day in a blessed way:

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly” Hebrews 12:22

It was been shared that we each have a guardian angel that has been assigned to us by our Father. I was once ‘silly’ enough to try to ‘imagine’ Heaven! Can you believe that!? God created the Universe, placed Earth a certain distance from the sun, God created life. Heaven has no limits! Where we are ‘concerned’ with ‘space’ there is definitely no consideration for such. In reading The Word, there are different ‘levels’ in the spiritual places. To not go back and review; Lucifer wanted his own kingdom outside the bounds and grounds of God’s creation.

Why??? Let us take a close look at just why.

To find the origin of Lucifer, we turn to the Old Testament. In the Hebrew, the name Lucifer is translated from the Hebrew word “helel,” which means brightness. This designation, referring to Lucifer, is the rendering of the “morning star” or “star of the morning” or “bright star” which is presented in Isaiah. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High’”

Isaiah 14:12-14

We can go back and review this, but the reason I share again is to make the point that there are no limits. When I visited time did not exist. I think I have to go read accounts of others who had the opportunity to see what is, we may not see it yet; but it is! As shared, I thought I had a dream first of the most horrendous nightmare, followed by the most astonishingly beautiful, tranquil, peaceful, wholesome ‘experience’ that I ever had. Even when I think that it was only a ‘dream’ I am moved to want to be in just as awesome (even more so when I know, not think it is a dream) a location.

To make the point quickly, there was no time. I had no concept of what ‘period’ I had been there. In ‘awaking’, I thought it had possibly been (once again) the worst, most ‘depressing’ dream followed by the ultimate in dreams. But, I tarry. The point in this ‘sharing’ is throughout the ages, there has always been ‘hope’ in where we are headed, where we will be.

In saying this, I am moved to the early church; even things at present. People who suffered, were maligned, tortured, killed, imprisoned for their belief in Christ, their ‘hope’. Let us take a look at ‘hope’, so that we too may build upon it.

Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

Psalm 3: 2-6

And we also read:

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory?

    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:54-58

This says so much, we can speak on these for hours. But I will let them sit in your spirits and allow The word of God to minister to you. We have received victory. As shared, our victory has been purchased with the blood of Christ. Think on this point: Jesus already went through all we have to deal with, what we are faced with. As shared, a sinless ‘human’ (yes, we might argue that He was sent from God, part of God.) We can say He was perfect. It is a loss to say that, just as we are tempted (and fall for it at times), Jesus was tempted and overcame the temptations. Jesus actually called him what he is in John 14:30 mentioning that he (Lucifer) is the Prince of this world. We can visit this later.

To not ‘tarry’ too long on this point; He in the 3rd temptation at the time of the 3 temptations was told to ‘bow down’ before Satan to recieve what He wanted. This is deep and we have discussed it. It was riddled with ‘possibilities’. He was sent to be King of all. What Lucifer offered was a ‘shortcut’ to that end. Again, Lucifer is the father of all lies and liars. What he offered would most likely ‘not’ come to pass.

In breaking this down, apparently they were here alone. Just more importantly I point out that things in the spiritual realm are to us, not as ‘simple’ to understand if we do not focus prayerfully on them. Let us review a few things that are pointed out clearly in The Word, we might not have seen this clearly prior. In the ‘physical’ Jesus was spent not have eaten or drank for more than a month. Let me ask you “In the ‘physical’, how was he able to mount the ‘temple’?” Prior to being tempted to “jump”. Yes! We are tald exactly what he said and did. Are we tempted to do things to ‘show’ others that God is God? If we have this feeling, we need to bury our pride in prayer. Key thing to keep in spirit is that we have guardian Angels.

Again, some might say: “At the time of your accident, where was your guardian angel?” I can answer that.

So much has happened since the accident. Being a ‘writer’ previously, I am fully able to ‘write’ fluently as I used to. Being schooled in an Ivy league school, there is the advantage of the past. Our histories are pre-spoken. Yes, there are decisions that are made and define to a huge extent what we do, where and who we are. Just one of thousands of reasons that we are to place all in the hands of God.

its development is well marked. These books described God’s angels as his ministers who carried out his behests, and who were at times given special commissions, regarding men and mundane affairs.

In Genesis 18-19, angels not only acted as the executors of God’s wrath against the cities of the plain, but they delivered Lot from danger; in Exodus 32:34, God said to Moses: “my angel shall go before thee.” At a much later period, we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 91:11: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;” (Cf. Psalm 33:8 and 34:5)

The belief that angels can be guides and intercessors for men can be found in Job 33:23-6, and in Daniel 10:13 angels seem to be assigned to certain countries. In this latter case, the “prince of the kingdom of Persia” contends with Gabriel. The same verse mentions “Michael, one of the chief princes”.

We understand in reading that Satan and his ‘hench angel’s’ in The Word have sat in governance of things on Earth. As believers, our Father made it all and owns it all. Yes, He placed some ‘go between’. When Man was created, we were initially given the keys to ‘govern’ and ‘care’ for this Earth. A thing that was taken from our grips by Lucifer. More importantly, Jesus has placed this in our grasp again. Yes, there is a ‘period’ we must go through. We learn, so that in our final position, we may be learned and wise.

Psalm 37:30; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 4:6,7; Colossians 2:2,3; 1 Corinthians 1:30

We can go on, but I pray that the point is made, and for all we both referred to the Old and New Testaments.

So, our ‘sharing’ is pretty in-depth at this point. Be blessed. And thank you for reading patiently.

Prayer groups are important; let me encourage that. Important to focus on this for so many reasons. I should actually call them ‘thanksgiving’ groups. For we, for so many reasons are to give God thanks in all things.

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Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in my going Out and coming in (my life.)

For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes (at times, we might be ‘hasty’ in our conclusion. But the word underlies that we should wait on The Lord. In plain terms, we need to wait and be patient in Love. The reason I say this is God is Love. I just took the liberty of saying what he is.) nevertheless thou heard the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer of His will. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psalm 31:21-24

Our hope is a real entity. There is no end to our hope. It is made manifest each and every day.

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For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to Face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:12

The Word is full of promises, but this is not a promise, it is a prayer and a knowledge in The Spirit of what shall be. It speaks of many truisms; now we know in part of The Glory in our God. The mysteries we know of in no way compare to the actuality of the experience.

Moreso, this tells exactly how it is; we are known fully. In God’s Kingdom there are no secrets. Our lives are a continued “film-roll’; seconds become minutes, minutes hours, hours days and day years. Our years become a life span. To us, we may feel things are ‘hid’, but then if they came out; would we be proud?

Time to sharpen the blade of our weapons of defense, bear the breastplate of righteousness, Don the belt of faith. To stand fast in and on the field of battle, we should be ready to fight for what we know to be the truth. I was going to say to “fight for what we believe.” But, belief is a light word in our fight, it is the ‘knowledge’ of what is and what is to come.

by them.

If the ax is dull

and its edge unsharpened,

more strength is needed,

but skill will bring success.

Ecclesiastes 10:10

As iron sharpens iron,

so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

“It is given to be polished, that it may be handled; the sword is sharpened and polished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.

Ezekiel 21:11

A thing we cannot forget, but are driven to remember: “My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget Thy law.”

Psalm 119:109

So many times and so much we are reminded of this. Give it back. At least I can say gently, a somewhat complex diatribe ensues:

A.”It wasn’t yours to start with.”

B.”But it was given to me.”

A:”I see where you are coming from, you can say it was ‘loaned’ to you…”

A:”But, it is mine…”

B:”Sorry to interrupt, but what is yours?”

A:”My life, and I can do with it just what I want. Let me give you an example- If I want to be an astronaut, pilot, engineer or doctor, its my choice.”

B:”True that! But when it’s all over, then what?”

A.”Over? What do you mean by over?”

B:”Let me be ‘whistle clean’ clear. If you earned every penny that you dream of; live in a fancy house, have as many cars as you wish, even marry the person of Your dreams…”

A:”Let me stop you there. Can she have a ‘banging no…”

B:”You are getting ‘too into’ this….”

A:”You started it!”

B:”Ok, I’ll give you all that and more. A woman with a ’10’, kids that winbawards in sports, music, academics, theater…”

A:”Mmmhmm! This is getting good!”

19.

Just wrote this. Awesomely, this is something I am now able to do in and with the time I have been ‘granted’. Good Morning (almost afternoon) Sis. Things are blessed. Just patiently wait on Him. Your path has been determined. Each day O am shown more and more that all is in God’s hands. Keep praying, keep faithing, keep trusting. I am going to do a study of people who did AND kept their faith. Just for starters: Joseph had dreams that he shared. The dreams were null and voided when he was sold to the ‘slavers’, Portifar in Egypt, he was sent to prison (not killed) for lies that were told on/of him, in prison he was placed with the low of the lowly-but kept his faith; Even in prison he was amped up secondary to his practice. Two of the prisoners came to him and jevinterpreted their dreams-they came true. Yet the bearer of the wine for the pharoah ‘forgot’ about him till the pariah had dreams that could not be interpreted by the ‘finest’ minds in the kingdom (I am want to say ‘ the world ‘). Only then was Joseph ‘remembered’ and brought forth. Still, he humbly interpreted what was shown him. Only then was he recommended for the job he had “dreamt” of LONG before. We see just what he went through to get there. In fact, I do not think he was still at that point relying or even thinking the dream was more than a passing ‘dream’. But God had plans for him. If and when he kept the path that he was placed on. Praying, reflecting, meditating (the didn’t have Scripture then) God brought his “dream” to be. Do you have dreams? A dream? Keep it ALWAYS before you with prayer and thanksgiving.

I for one had EVERYTHING that could be desired-position, wealth, skills, training and more. Ever so slowly that ebbed. I was not ‘wise’ enough to place it 100% in the hands of God, but felt that I would be ‘justified’. By doing what??? If you ask me now, I would have to say-absolutely NOTHING! Money and time spent. I should have been saying “time spent in prayer”. Yes, there was prayer. Not as much as there should have been. In truth my heart was not in the right place by any means. It goes on.

The second individual would have to be Moses who became a ‘friend’ to our God! Let us review his activities. We have to be 100% honest; he had a ‘temper’. We are slow to realize this but let me point out three occasions and you will agree with me. 1st when he killed the ‘guard’ that interfered with the two ‘slaves’ that had differences; for which he ran away from Egypt before he was killed. Then he was a ‘shepherd’ for years before he saw the ‘burning’ bush. Second, when he went up the mountain to receive the 10 commandments that we still follow today; the Isrealites had made molten images and worshipped other things that had NOT brought them out or been with them in their period of escape from Egypt. Moses “dashed” the stones in his temper at what they had done. I habe a few things to point out. He had ‘carried’ them down from the mountain. They had been carved on STONE by the hand of God! He ended up dashing them to PIECES in his fiery temper just as He had when he killed the Egyptian over seer so many years before.

Now, the 3rd example is when the Isrealites suffered thirst for lack of water and he was asked by God to “touch” the stone while giving thanks. Once again, he allowed his “temper” to flare and STRUCK the stone rather than TOUCH it as asked.

There are many things he suffered for his temper. For example, he did not set foot in the promised land. That alone was punishment enough. He knew what The LORD had promised. It was his acts that made that an impossibly when it came to his life.

It goes on. God knew that his temper/emotions were ‘ratty’. But, still He Loved him. Imagine, no living person had EVER seen God’s face and lived. We are told that the Heavenly beings were gathered in the presence of God in the book of Job, when God spoke with such pride of Job. Lucifer had been there and had requested God lift His hand of blessing from Job’s house and home.

To move right into this next topic. God had ‘ordered’ that his life not be taken from Job and He lifted his hand. Now, we see just what happened. Belongings, children, wealth, family, health…all taken. Yet, Job remained faithful. ‘Without raiment I came, without raiment I shall return.’ Even his remaining support had asked him to ‘refute’ God and die. But, he remained true to God. As God knew he would and was blessed even more when God blessed him again. Once again placing His borders about Job.

The awesome thing is that was “a mere ‘eye blink’ ago. I learned so much when I was given a peek into the ‘ after life’s. Time does NOT exist. When there with all the positive, just a ‘blink’ goes by in MONTHS on earth. As shared, I was allowed back in what I though was a few ‘seconds’, while in actuality it had been weeks to months.

But, it goes on. If we look at all the people spoken about in the Bible. There is always a period of testing. It actually dawned on me that the words testing and testimony are extremely similar. My prayer is that our testing become testimonies to God’s glory.

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And we pray: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones (my essence, my support) which thou hast broken may rejoice (my Spirit is lifted in You Father). Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities (in Hos eyes, our Spirit is without fault).

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. We pray in The mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Psalm 51:7-12

And we learn: Hyssopus officinalis or hyssop is a(n) herbaceous plant of the genus Hyssopus native to Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Due to its properties as an antiseptic, cough reliever, and expectorant, it is commonly used as a medicinal plant.

There are words to many a song and by God’s grace many more in these verses that we shared. Today’s challenge is to find them and write even more. Be blessed (fulfilled, peaceful and content in His presence and walking engulfed in His rays of everlasting joy and contentment.)

21.

New York is 3 hours ahead of California but it does not mean that California is slow, or that New York is fast. Both are  working based on their own “Time Zone.”

Some one is still single. Someone got married and ‘waited’ 10 years before having a child. There is another who had a baby within a year of marriage.

Someone graduated at the age of 22, yet waited 5 years before securing a good job; and there is another who graduated at 27 and secured employment immediately !

Someone became CEO at 25 and died at 50 while another became a CEO at 50 and lived to 90 years.

Everyone works based on their ‘Time Zone’,

People can have things worked out only according to their pace.

Work in your “time zone”.

Your Colleagues, friends, younger ones might “seem” to go ahead of you.

May be some might “seem” behind you.

Everyone is in this world running their own race on their own lane in their own time. God has a different plan for everybody.Time is the difference. Obama retires at 55, Trump resumes at 70

Don’t envy them or mock them, it’s their ‘Time Zone.’

You are in yours!

Hold on, be strong, remain positive and prayerful, whilst staying focused on your dreams/purpose and stay true to yourself. All things shall work together for your good.

You’re not late… you’re very much On time! Stay blessed.

You Are In Your Time Zone….

22.

Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?”

If in fact king David wrote those words, it was in preparation for Jesus to use them. It is awesome that biblical tenets are experienced in our everyday lives.

23.

Month 6

Month 6

1.

Just found another one guys and gals: How shall we be strengthened? Does the Holy Spirit grant us ‘strength’. To lift weights in the gym???? I dunno!!! But I think there is somewhere we can find out… That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; Ephesians 3:16

So, by His grace we are all athletes. Let us run and not look back! If there is a runner by the roadside; help them up!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 1:2,3

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Can we tell what 3:16 this is? Hint? Hmmm, what is that on the ‘end’ of your… Nah! No hints. First one who get a this wins.

2.

Wake up and smell the coffee. Rise and shine; here comes another day. This is deep. Grab your ladders so you can climb out!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 1:2,3

Hmmm! I guess we are supposed to weather the storms! We are supposed to learn things. I guess I thought life could be an ‘easy street’. “Think again knockle head.”

“Hey! Why’d you call me that???”

“What and why d’yoi think you have all these trials?”

“I was thinking I was on the ‘outs’ with God, or Satan was playing ping pong with my whole self.”

“Learn to smile and thank God for all. It is the way to be in good times or bad. You know, He never gives you more than you can handle. But you learn from every situation.”

“You know what? You should be a pastor!,

“Who me??? No way Jose. Uh uh”

“I was just thinking out loud. Any bible verses today?”

“James 1:2,3. Your turn tomorrow dude!”

“Cool, ‘night”

3 .

We have spoken about ‘riddle solvers’; I will just call them ‘Smarty plant’s 😀Well time for another ‘sharing’.

We all know what John 3:16 says. Right? How about we start a quiz on 3:16’s. Not just in the new testament? All tears say “I”. Ok, let’s start with a fairly easy one. This time I will give you the verse. But we will get to a point where I expect you to know. (Whisper goes around the room “Is he serious? My answer to what I happened to overhear. “You had best believe it!”

So where is this from???

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Do not scroll just about yet. What did I

say??? Alright scroll and check your answers.

It says exactly what it says.

Colossians 3:16

4.

We have continually spoken about being blessed. Let’s share yet another fact.

For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. Psalm 37:22

Let us press forward. We shall press toward the mark for the prize of The High calling! Can you sense it in your spirit? We run a race that many have run before. We want to be with our Loved ones for eternity! Let us continue to run this race and keep our eyes focused on what truly matters.

5.

Wow! And I say Wow! Again, read with me:

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Hebrews 7:22

Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

Why is Jesus our Lord and Savior? Not just for what He did, laying His Life out to be trampled on by people what didn’t deserve to be in His presence! He healed the sick, the blind saw, the lame walked, people He even raised the dead! This is not what I want to focus on…

If and when we choose to delight ourselves in The source of Joy (Angels sing His praises continually) When He came to Earth as an Infant, there was so much partying in Heaven that even those in the field tending the sheep saw only a twinkle of the celebration.

And there were shepherds in the same country [they were in the same fields from which David had been called to tend God’s Israel, or flock] abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. [When the flock is too far from the village to lead it to the fold at night, these shepherds still so abide with it in the field, even in the dead of winter.]

And an angel of the Lord stood by them [He stood upon the earth at their side, and did not float above them in the heavens, as he is usually pictured. His standing upon the earth shows a fuller fellowship and sympathy with men–comp. Acts 1:10 ], and the glory of the Lord shone round about them [The Shechinah, or bright cloud, which symbolizes the divine presence ( Exodus 24:16 ; 1 Kings 8:10 ; Isaiah 6:1-3 ; Romans 9:4 ). It was seen by the three apostles upon the mount of transfiguration ( Matthew 17:5 ), by Stephen (Acts 7:55 ), and by Paul– Acts 22:6-11 ]: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy (The party we just mentioned in Heaven)[Christianity is a religion of present joys, and leads onward to joy eternal] which shall be to all the people:

And the Angel said “for there is born to you [born as a gift to us– John 3:16 ] this day in the city of David a Saviour.”

He Lives to Intercede for us!!! He could be minding The Spiritual business, but He having come, experienced and seen what a challenge it is, intercede for us!

“Father ‘so-and-so’ could do with a hand. Can we send an Angel to help them out?”

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:2

There is so much to say and share! But one of the verses in there says it all. Be kind to others for you Mau not know if and when you will see/meet an Angel.

Father Lord, Mighty King Jesus, Your all do I seek. Hallelujah for Your word Father, thank You for Your Love. You touch, heal, fill, feed, embrace us when we open our hearts. Father, in the name of Jesus fill me, Lord may Your Spirit fill me till I overflow. Jesus, thank You for Your constant intercession on my behalf. Lord, You are my all. Holy Spirit thank You for being in my heart and showing me things that I would have missed. Holy trinity, even when I am without, You are my all. My heart goes out to You, embrace me in Jesus’ name, Amen

6.

When God created fish He spoke to the sea, when God was creating trees He spoke to the earth but *when God was creating man He spoke to Himself.*

Take a fish out of the water it will die nd when you take a tree out of the earth, it will die. *In the same way when you take man out of God, he dies spiritually.*

God is our natural environment. *We were created to live in His presence.* Connect to Him because in Him is life.

God bless you.

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SUNDAY 5th MARCH 2017

THEME: HE BEARS BURDENS

Memorise:

Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Read: Matthew 27:27-32

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross

MESSAGE:

In Exodus 1:8-11, a generation of the children of Israel woke up one day and realised they had become slaves in a foreign land. From that moment, their children were born into slavery. Slavery became a burden that was attached to them for hundreds of years. Has something unsavoury been attached to you from birth? The Lord shall separate you from such burdens today in Jesus’ Name! Thankfully, just as there are burdens, there are also burden-bearers. A burden-bearer is someone who sees you carrying some burden and offers to carry it for you, or gives you a helping hand. We see this demonstrated in today’s Bible reading. While leading Jesus to Golgotha where He would crucified, the Roman soldiers made Him carry His heavy wooden cross. Even though He had been thoroughly beaten, was bleeding and was tired, He still had to carry his cross. As they began the journey, Simon of Cyrene came along and he was compelled by the soldiers to assist Jesus in carrying His cross.

Some years ago, we had an experience with one of our domestic workers. Whenever we ask her to suggest a chorus during our family devotion, she would always raise a particular song that says, “The fire is burning the bush but the bush is not consumed, how great is our God.” One day, we curiously decided to find out about this fire she kept singing of. On interviewing her, we discovered that she became a housemaid because her parents were heavily indebted and could not pay. By the grace of God, we paid the debt. The following day, when asked to suggest a chorus during prayer time, she sang a new song which proclaimed “He has done it for me!” If you have carried a burden for so long and the burden gets lifted away, your song will indeed change. The burden-bearer is the one who sees you carrying a burden and empathises with you. He comes to say to you that the load you are carrying is too heavy for you, and then offers to help you. There is no greater burden-bearer than the Lord Jesus Christ! He wants to help you carry any load you are struggling with. Here is His call to you today:

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

Accept His invitation, and call Him for help.

Action Point:

Confess these words to the Lord: Lord Jesus, I answer to Your call, I bring all of my burden to You. I lay them all at Your feet. I ask that You give me rest. Teach my heart to learn to cast all of my cares upon You in faith, and not to live in worry.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR :Genesis 34-35 and Isaiah 51:1-16

8.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; Psalm 107:2

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Ephesians 1:7

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10:10

We have to boldly declare the fact of our redemption. We are not to keep quiet about it.

We have touched on this. We shared that our actions should speak volumes. I in reading came across the verses that say “to shout it out.” May be with actions, let The Spirit lead. But The Word says what it says. So, be blessed and have a fruitful day!

9.

Our God sits over ALL, we do not need to wonder. In our Lgives we should allow the grave, beauty, goodness and all we gain speak for us.

God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness. The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted. Psalm 47:8,9

10.

Our God sits over ALL, we do not need to wonder. In our Lgives we should allow the grave, beauty, goodness and all we gain speak for us.

God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness. The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted. Psalm 47:8,9

They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. Psalm 18:18

We receive blessings as we trust in The Lord. When and if we do, testimonies abound. Hallelujah! Just what does the word say?

He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me. Psalm 18:17-22

11.

We have spoken before about the Spiritual gifts; faith, hope and charity. Having these is the way to Live successfully, that is what the bible says.

And now abideth Faith, Hope, Charity, these three; but the greatest of these is Charity.

1 Corinthians 13:13

When we study the ten commandments, they are all summed up in Love.

Do not have any other god before God. If we Love our God, God alone is our only and true God. This defines Love. Loving The Lord, our Maker from Whom all things flow. So, praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Do not make yourself an idol. We can start to put our trust in man made things, trinkets or ‘religious object’s, it amounts to having an idol. If we truly Love The Lord, nothing stands in the way. It is you straight to God.

Do not take the Lord’s name in vain. We might say “…punish you.” Or “I swear in… Or in the name of…”. If you truly Love, Love comes with respect, thus, respecting God movescus to allow our yes’s to be yes anecour no’s to be no

Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. Did God rest after he created earth. Yes, and it was on the 7th day. I know we have discussed Periods. On and in the 7th period, God rested. In The Word it says God does not slumber, is always keen to our existence. If you Love Him, you will find the time to fellowship with Godvib an inner room, or in a congregation of believers. Show your Love for our Creator, one way we can start is to show our Love, by doing as God did.

Honor thy Mother and Father. Nothing needs to be said, with honor we base it on ‘feelings’ and feelings are based on nothing but Love.

Do not murder. This speaks for itself. Love each other. If you do, this will be the last thing on your Spirit, in Jesus’ name.

Do not commit adultery. What is yours is Yours, what or a person who belongs to someone else is not yours, don’t touch, think of, even dream about. If you do, you do not ‘Love’ the person whose heart is with whom you Connie adultery, even in the sense of thinking about it. Remember, we will give account of even our ‘private’ thoughts on that day. They will not be so ‘private’ then. A good reason to start streamlining our thoughts in genuine Love and respect.

Do not steal. I will leave this on your plate. First one who can relate this to Love wins.

12.

I gave you fare heed. Test time! Who here can design a website for ‘sharing’ scripture, prayer requests, testimonies etc? Just asking. Ok, now to work! Which one is not a 3:16?

A) Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. Galatians 3:16

B) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

C) Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:16

D) This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 3:16

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Let us read a prayer for bed. Alleluia!

I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

Psalm 119: 32-41

Reproach: blame or censure conveyed in disapproval: a term of reproach.

For example: An expression of reproof or censure, to disgrace or discredit.

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Might I ask? Are you bothered? What is troubling you? Or let me put it this way; what can I do to help? Well, let me share what I realized:

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Luke 12:25-26

Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. Beautiful blossoms, we spend so much on bouquets for birthdays, weddings, celebrations. To take it one step further, in funeral parlors. Did you give the person who passed a single flower when they were with us? I will leave that alone and let it be. The wild flowers do not labor or spin yet they bestow their beauty on your senses. (Except those with pollen allergies.)

Ok, now that it has been said (The words to help); What can we do with your life? Well, I should ask what you can do?

What I will do is share some bible veres that address this issue in particular.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:66

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

2 Corinthians 4:8-99

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:55

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

1 John 4:18

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

1 Peter 5:10

You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”

2 Chronicles 20:17

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

1 Samuel 17:45

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

So, it is all in The Word, what we can and should do.

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O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.104:25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan,

le·vi·a·than

ləˈvīəTHən/

noun

(in biblical use) a sea monster, identified in different passages with the whale and the crocodile (e.g., Job 41, Ps. 74:14), and with the Devil (after Isa. 27:1).

a very large aquatic creature, especially a whale.

“the great leviathans of the deep”

a thing that is very large or powerful, especially a ship.

whom thou hast made to play therein These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Psalm 104:24’34

Where do we start this ‘sharing’? It talks of the creations of our Father. And just how they seperate from us are able to grow to such size. It for one is a miracle. A whale for example. That big? I am sure we could go through science books and ‘figure’ out the ‘science’ behind it. But I never thought to do so until I read this. In fact there are so many things we take for granted.

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Increase Your Spiritual teacher’s Effectiveness

‘Preach the Word… correct, rebuke and encourage.’ 2 Timothy 4:2 NIV

Let’s consider some other ways you can help your pastor be more effective:

(1) Understand that it’s your pastor’s responsibility to enlighten you, not entertain you. Writing to Timothy, Paul says, ‘Preach the Word…correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.’ Encouragement we enjoy; correction and rebuke we must learn to accept. ‘The Lord disciplines those He loves.’ (Hebrews 12:6 NIV) Your pastor is God’s instrument for your spiritual growth, not for your entertainment. When you don’t like the sermon, maybe it’s ‘scratching where the real itch is’. Don’t resent the messenger; instead review the message in light of God’s Word. Emulate the Berean Christians who ‘received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.’ (Acts 17:11 NIV)

(2) Talk to—not about—your pastor. If you’ve an issue, you’ve a Scriptural obligation to talk first to the Lord, then personally to your pastor—and always with love and grace (see Matthew 18:15; Ephesians 4:15). Remember, pastors are cut from the same bolt of cloth as you. They forget things, have ‘off days’, make mistakes, and are occasionally insensitive. And a good pastor will receive the truth when it’s spoken in love. They’ll consider your concerns, admit when they’re wrong, and seek to grow by it. On the other hand, talking about your pastor creates strife in the church. Like yeast, it ‘leavens the whole lump of dough.’ (1 Corinthians 5:6 NAS)

Bottom line: ‘Don’t touch [God’s] chosen [ones]’ (1 Chronicles 16:22 CEV) by talking about them behind their back, and don’t give credence to those who do.

SoulFood: Rev 5–9, Luke 13:18–35, Ps 136:1–12, Prov 6:30–31

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I will sing unto The Lord a new song, for He is worthy to be praised.

I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 104:33

So, let us praise Him people, He is worthy of prause. You know what? 🈷”Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what The Lord has done.”

It is the end of a week. Take a moment to look back and adore Him in all His Glory. For those who have ‘excuses’ to complain; you are here, still alive, no? In His name, tomorrows is another day. So let us thank Him for this week.

How did we do on the question yesterd? More to come! Stay tuned.

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Just what we experience. At times we might come to a situation and try to figure it out. Should I? Can I? Must I? Are upper most in our thoughts. Why? I ask. Just why? A good question to ask yourself is “Have I prayed about it?” Might sound like a bit much, but the best way to go about things is to talk with God, Jesus and The Hole Spirit who are right there. They know your situation, they are just awaiting your decision to allow them to act, to guide you. Take the time and learn to lay every situation no matter how petty before God.

🈷What a friend we have in JesusWhat a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear

And what a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer…

The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

Proverbs 22:2-4

Thank You for Your word Father, go before us this day. Be Thou glorified in our Life. Where we are unsure guide us, open our hearts, our selves to be led by You. Where we stand with raw emotion in our heart, Lord lead us to let it go. Thank You for today, we ask that You go before us and cause this to be a day where we feel closer to you in Jesus’ name, Ameng

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We all are aware of this verse. We can quote it without fail. In Sunday school’s the world over John 3:16 is quoted, recited and memorized. Let’s start this way. Anyone know what it says? Ok, ok. So we had takers.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

But folks what comes after that??? Do we even know? Can we recite it? My guess is that so many are clueless to what exactly John 3:17 says. Takers?  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17 Kinda what we have ‘shared’ prior. Let’s go on. If I was there, I’d question you under the glare of a light above your ‘head’ 😀

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:18-21

Question time! Like you thought I’d let that go.

1. Who said this. To whom? Was it Jesus or Paul?

2. Now it gets “hotter” Who was it said to? And why? What was it a response to?

I kinda told you it would get ‘hotter’ in here. So, let’s answer this. Then we shall rev it up a notch. Just a teeny bit for starters.

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At times we dream. Our hopes and wishes are tied up in what shall be. By faith we live in the tomorrows of life. We may be burdened by the present, its challenges and falls;  but our hearts will have a clear understanding of what is, what is to come and in focusing on our Father in Heaven whom we adore and praise, We have a clear understanding of what is to be. This is said best in the book of Psalms: “My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding”.

Psalm 49:3

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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

We hear this often. How true it is. Great advice for parents, care takers and those ‘saddled’ with the care of the young ones. Guess what? I was ‘mos-ying’ along in The Word and came upon this. Had to read it twice to ensure that it was what I learned, had been taught. That my parents had enforced in me.

Little did I know they were acting on line from…Anyone know? Well, coming from me; we are well aware or have a clue of where that comes from. Let’s see if you can figure it out.

A) Mahatma Gandhi

B) A saying of old, passed through the ages. (Most likely this is it)

C) Abraham Lincoln

D) George Bush

E) Proverbs 22:6

Any takers??? Well, I will be checking your answers. The first will get a serving of ‘Rice and Chicken’ 😜

Have a great day.

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Who is The Lord of all? Who defined Love before it existed here on Earth? There was a “Spitualization” before the production of man. God created a period which He termed “Night” as compared with “Day”, He made the stars to shine their light at night. He created Heaven and Earth.

To go back to our word “Spiritualization”, before the world was created, the Heavens were. Before Man was even a shadow in His Spirit, He created all things. He felt there was something missing. There were fish, land animals, birds. And yet there was something missing.

When we cast our minds back to that time, all the Heavenly Spirits were created for a purpose. God created the universe and pondering His tribunal said “On earth there are animals, fish and birds.” And God said “Let us make Man in our own image.”

There were and are angels in Heaven doing what they were created for. (As a little aside, what were you created for?) The main difference between the types of heavenly beings known as cherubim and seraphim is there appearance: cherubim have four faces and four wings, while seraphim have six wings. In the Bible, both the cherubim’s and seraphim’s main role is to sit at the throne and worship God.

God’s Warriors

In just a quick reading of the Book of Revelation and the times in which Israel had sin in the camp, God’s angels carried out His swift judgment but also against those who are evil, as in one “night the angel of the LORD went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere” (2 Kings 19:35).  Imagine how powerful even one angel is!

God’s Worshipers

We are not the only ones who worship God.  The angels of God worship Him, and some do this 24/7–that is, they never stop.  Isaiah caught a glimpse of this when he wrote that “one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory’” (Isaiah 6:3)!  When it was said of God that “when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him,’” which refers to Jesus Christ Who is also God (Hebrews 1:6).

God’s Sent Protectors

There are so many accounts where angels protected the life of someone that it is hard to know where to start, but God says that “he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11).  For Daniel’s protection, “God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions” (Daniel 6:22a).  There are many, many more that I could quote that say essentially the same thing.

God’s Messengers

The word “angel” means “messenger of God.” When the angel went to answer Daniel’s prayer, he went with the answer from God.  When Daniel prayed to God, it took three weeks for his God’s answer to come to him via an angel, as it says in Daniel 10, “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.”  This “Prince of Persia” may have been Satan or one of his chief demon angels.  Gabriel came with a message from God to tell Mary that she was to conceive and give birth to Jesus (Luke 1:26-38).

It gives us a clear picture of why Angels exist. I will say kings in our day and time have their courts. How much more the creator of the Universe. We see that man has stepped wrong and we are suffering for it, but it is factual that in believing, in trusting we have the ultimate promises in our Lives, Hallelujah!

When God created Man, He rested and saw that all was good. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

More so, the Heavens and the Earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Genesis 2:1,2

We are in His image! Yes, we have different bodies. But we are created male and female in God’s image. For so long I tried to figure out just what God would be; but in looking through the Scripture He was both Male and Female. We are created in His image this settles it for me. When Moses asked his constant Guide “who should I say sent me?” God’s answer was “I am that I am.”

“Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.c This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” Exodus 3:13,14

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We read and a verse keeps giving. There are so many places in The Word that it is shown to be exact on ministering to our Spirits. By the way, haven’t I shared that we don the body and exist within, as ‘shared’ we are within. For example in the case that we say “I will do”; who is that “I”? Or “I will do”? When we say “I believe” or “Do not believe.” Who is that who feels this??? We have shared this before, but once again, we as Christians know and believe we are Living within our corporal ‘container’-the body.

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Romans 8:16

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own

1 Corinthians 6:19

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians

Phillipians 2:13

We read and a verse keeps giving. There are so many places in The Word that it is shown to be exact on ministering to our Spirits. By the way, haven’t I shared that we don the body and exist within, as ‘shared’ we are within. For example in the case that we say “I will do”; who is that “I”? Or “I will do”? When we say “I believe” or “Do not believe.” Who is that who feels this??? We have shared this before, but once again, we as Christians know and believe we are Living within our corporal ‘container’-the body.

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Romans 8:16

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own

1 Corinthians 6:19

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians

Phillipians 2:13

Mighty King Jesus, Hallelujah! Our voices ring with Your praise. You have sent The holy Spirit that dwells within us. Thank You Father for leaving us a part of You. We are led, comforted and taken by Your Spirit to every more beautiful heights. Thank You holy trinity; Jesus for standing in our place, Holy Spirit for being in and with us, Father for allowing all things to happen as You will. Father, You know our tomorrows, let us glorify You in our day’s in Jesus’ name, Amen

What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

When we hear the gospel preached, weight it, measure it, if it passes muster then it is acceptable. I will add, pray on it, I know I have not said this before, nut be filled with The Holy Spirit; so that from strength to strength you have an indelible mark of The Spirit as you are blessed and blessed in deed.

That last phrase has a dual meaning; we being a portion of the church of Christ are blessed, and as we set out to do God’s will, we are blessed in our deeds.

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:18-21

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He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. Psalm 62:2

In trusting in The Lord of hosts there is nothing we can call him but out Rock, our source of salvation! Are we truly aware what that means? So many songs are written about this, but take the time to quietly examine what He has done for you.

In times of turmoil, unrest, trial He alone stands Supreme. Our Father is all, to break this down; He knows the thoughts in our hearts, our dreams, our hopes. He hold us when we need the Love, which is always. He is right there, Hallelujah! Our Father is put right at the door, we invite Him in. We are the only ones who turn our backs on Him.

God has purchased our salvation with His son. We are Loved! Imagine you being a parent? You would rather stand in place of your child If they would undergo such a great trial. Imagine! God sent His Son to stand in Your place. We have forgives because our stripes were borne on Christ. When He was put though the trials that led to His crucifixion, there was nothing He had done wrong! He didn’t call himself The King of the Jews. He was called this by others.

Think of it; He was responsible for making the blind see; raising the dead to life, healing the blind, causing the deaf to hear and speak. We can go through His life day by day. Was there for an instant He broke any laws? In displeasure He cast the sales people from the temple where they looked to make a pretty penny, in the house of God. Let me turn this around what would you have done?

In essence He was making things the way they were supposed to be. We can see the Lord and strive to do the same in life. Our goal is to be like Him (Jesus) for the next 24 hours. As said prior; hold doors, smile, share Love. Let people see The Spirit within you. Testimonies will follow.

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O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalm 30:3

How true this is. Words do not come close to describing what The Lord has done. It is a testimony of a testimony of a testimony. To God be the GLORY for the things He has done!!!

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Are we steadfast in The Lord? Do we keep our eyes focused on The Lord with our eyes not drifting from the left to the right?

You will keep in perfect peace

    those whose minds are steadfast,

    because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3

Are we steadfast in The Lord? Do we keep our eyes focused on The Lord with our eyes not drifting from the left to the right?  Keep your eyes on Jesus because He cares for you.

You will keep in perfect peace

    those whose minds are steadfast,

    because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3

When it comes time to worship, we shall do it in Spirit and in Truth. Brethren we are constantly in  ‘prayer-more’s, we talk to God every minute, every second of the day. He holds your hand, follow Him that youight step right. Hallelujah! For we are saved by the act of Jesus.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

And we pray:

But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast ‘holpen’ me, and comforted me.

Psalm 86:15-17

And we take a moment to understand exactly what The Word is saying.

Holpen: From Middle English holpen, yholpen from Old English ġeholpen, past participle of helpan “to help”.

Thank You Father for being my all. Hallelujah Father. Be glorified in and through me I pray in Jesus name, Amen

I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto Thy word. Accept, I beseech Thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me Thy judgments. Psalm 119:107,108

And we pray as we give God the gratitude in our depth; the gratitude of our hearts and Spirit. We wait on The Lord to do all with and for us.

Lord, we thank You and give You praise and honor. Lord, hold me close. Lord in Your word You say I shall conquer all through Christ who strengthens me. Father, In Jesus’ name I come into Your presence. I rebuke all contrary forces that stand against me. Lord be loosed in My Spirit, touch my life. Lord, I need You. I thank You because I can ask for Your mercy and grace through Jesus my Savior, who through You, freed me from the shackles of sin. Father, I praise You. In my life Lord be glorified always, Amen.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. Psalm 107:2 ,3

Lord, Father, Holy Spirit; You are one and we praise You. Go before us this day, make all things new, hold me, comfort me, show me Your Love. Father, I am lying before Thee in worship and adoration. Thank You Father In Jesus’ name, Amen

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At times we are blessed in deliverance/help/blessings and say “O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.” And we sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness. For His anger endureth for ever and we here on Earth but for a moment; in His favour is our Life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

And in prosperity we state that we shall never be moved. Amen in Jesus’ name.

LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled: I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication and He delivered me and set my feet on the rock to stay and now we can shout Hallelujah!!!

Psalm 30:3-7

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We have so many reasons to Love The Lord. Our yesterdays, our today’s and by Him and through Him; our tomorrows. We can then say “O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.”

Psalm 31:23

In our Father is eternal grace. A very brief way to ‘share’ this is once again, time is an earthly concept. We in our will to move on foster impatience and a will to do; so we can be what? I ask with a smile on my face. There are dreams, hopes, goals; we all have them, they may be different for some, but in essence we all look to move forward. In a matter of words “May our tomorrows be better than today”, even our yesterdays.

We have been given the drive to move on up (makes me remember the song “Moving on up, to the East side; we’ve finally got a piece of the pie.” Yes, I watch and watched TV, but the point here is just like the Jefferson’s, we finally have eternal life. There is nothing like it in all creation. The beauty, the peace, the radiance.

This reminds me of Lot in the bible: The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.” Gen 19:1,2

Lot, pressed with kindness and they went with him to his abode. Soon the people of the city gathered requesting the two men that Lot had taken in, he even offered his daughters who had never slept with a man. Yet the men of Sodom refused and insisted that they wanted the ‘men’ for their pleasure. The then attempted to break down the door.

v.10,11 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.

The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.” v.12,13

With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

v.15-17

Amazing, the story goes on, but one reason I shared this is because at the crucifixion of Jesus, God could have sent one or two angels and all of Rome would have been destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrah.

Our God is eternal, He holds life in the palm of His hand. It is awesome to do His will and allow Him to shine on you. Be bless y’all.

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A thing we cannot forget, but are driven to remember: “My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget Thy law.”

Psalm 119:109

So many times and so much we are reminded of this. Give it back. At least I can say gently, a somewhat complex diatribe ensues:

A.”It wasn’t yours to start with.”

B.”But it was given to me.”

A:”I see where you are coming from, you can say it was ‘loaned’ to you…”

A:”But, it is mine…”

B:”Sorry to interrupt, but what is yours?”

A:”My life, and I can do with it just what I want. Let me give you an example- If I want to be an astronaut, pilot, engineer or doctor, its my choice.”

B:”True that! But when it’s all over, then what?”

A.”Over? What do you mean by over?”

B:”Let me be ‘whistle clean’ clear. If you earned every penny that you dream of; live in a fancy house, have as many cars as you wish, even marry the person of Your dreams…”

A:”Let me stop you there. Can she have a ‘banging no…”

B:”You are getting ‘too into’ this….”

A:”You started it!”

B:”Ok, I’ll give you all that and more. A woman with a ’10’, kids that win awards in sports, music, academics, theater…”

A:”Mmmhmm! This is getting good!”

B:”Finally, we can see things on the same level, let me put it another way. Say, with all these things, you fell sick…”

A:”Your point???”

B:”I am sure you will say with ‘all” your money, you’d find a cure. But, ok I’ll give that to you. So, in that case; let’s make it more complicated. Your kids have grown up. Your ‘modelesque’ honey is even more distinguished in her later years..”

A:”ok?”

B:”Is your ‘honey’ younger, same age or older?

A:”Younger of course! What do you think?,

B:”Given. Let’s say you have enjoyed all you worked for…”

A:”Hurry this up, I have a client…”

B:”Won’t take but a minute…”

A:”So???” Says A anxiously pacing. “Your point is????”

B:”That is my point!”

A:”You have frankly lost me.”

B:”Just what I set out to do. See if everything is as you hope it to be in life, what next?…”

A:”So that is the point of all this ‘None Sense??? I’m out…”

B:”You are mekung my point….”

A:”Don’t tell me this is one of your Christian, ‘goody two shoes’ drones. You know what? I am just as Christian as you. Give tithes and all…”

B:If this was a game of b’ball you dribbled right to my net. Now slam dunk…”

A:”I am waiting for your God forsaken slam dunk….Then for goodness sake, whaaaaat?”

B:”You don’t understand how you just played into my basket. You have made the point, you have all you ever dreamt of. Then what??? You die? You get regenerated? You come again? You are dead and gone??? See that is the point I was trying to make. We have choices, we have Lives, we live them as we wish, or as we are driven. We may complain, but when all is said and done; Hopefully things are right as we hoped and/or dreamed. Dude! Be patient, I see you trembling with anger. So, when all is done, my belief is that we go somewhere else and pur being there is based on actions we took when we are here.”

A:”Ok???”

B:”My point is if you see it as a temporary stopping point, there is so much to learn, so much to do. I am aware that you read the bible. What does it say???”

A:”I really only read it in church!”

B:”My point exactly! I used to be that way until…”

A:”You lost your job, house, career…”

B:”Thanks for reminding me! But the main thing is that in the interim, I was able to read and focus on, what is ‘truly’ said about where we have the choice of being after we die. If you have listened, there are two choices:

1. After this, if you follow the 10 commandments, which can be summarized in the quote ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’, if and when we believe it all comes from the same place. Then we honor He from whom it comes.

2. Thus the verse I started with dude! Our souls are continually in our hands, we just have not grasped what that means. It all comes down to decisions. I’m done dude! I have an interview for a job. Think on it and find the time to pray about it. I am out!”

So, let’s get this out of the way ‘rickety-split’.

Seek the Lord while he may be found;

call on him while he is near. This says so much. In the days of plenty, do not shirk where it is from. Our good comes from The Lord. But, even besides this, we may be seeking a ‘true’ meaning to Life. God is The reason. We might have hit a ‘troubled spot’. Hang In there and wait on The Lord. Even before you hit that spot, He saw it coming. At times it is for a much needed lesson, at others it is to test our faith, our resolve. Where do we turn to when things are dire?

And we are told: “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them.” This is to be done in the here and now!

And in letting go, they release all to our God, for he will freely pardon and forgive iniquity, for we serve a God who is Love.

And our God says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”

declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways,

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.”

Isaiah 55:6-12

Now, imagine what it will be like in His presence. Even now, it is hard to imagine “The mountains and hills

will burst into song before us,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.” In His presence all things are possible.

I will touch on a previously mentioned topic. Why? I guess we will see just why. I actually felt that possibly Satan was so ‘powerful’ that he was ‘feared’ in Heaven. The absolute truth is that God created Him. Just as He did us. Angelic beings have a different blessing as an existence. In that plane, things are permanent, but more so, they’re under Gods hands. All I thought was answered in a minute by the following verses: “Then I saw an angel coming down from Heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;  and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.” Revelations 20:1-3

30.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. I was going to leave this speak on its own, but I felt led to point out “sin that so easily entangles”. I am sure we can look back and figure out what so easily entangled us! I should let this sit in And on your Spirits without adding more.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (so many have marked the path that should be taken), by not only purple in our past, in The Word; I am convinced that we see just where to step be Christians of this very day and age. So we in the Spirit should be fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of Faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

31.

Things You Must Overcome:

‘I discipline my body… Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.’ 1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT

The second issue you’ll have to address is your emotions. While they can be a gauge of how you feel and a clue to what needs to be changed in your life, never let emotion alone dictate your decisions.

Ask anyone who has to perform at the top of their game, and you’ll find that much of their time is spent overriding their emotions. However, listening to your emotions to get to the core of what’s bothering you can be a very revealing indicator of your condition.

Consider these two statements:

(1) I don’t feel like working today. Why not? Did you stay up too late last night? Perhaps you need to change your schedule. Are you eating well? Maybe you need to adjust your diet. Not motivated? Talk to God, read His Word, spend time with an encouraging friend, etc. Don’t just sit there, do something!

(2) I’m a little depressed. Are you getting enough relaxation? Have you taken a break lately? Our moods generally swing up after exercise, so start moving and get into shape. You can’t afford to live life based on your emotions. They’ll delay you, stop you, and create detours on your journey to success.

You say, ‘I’m waiting for inspiration!’ As novelist Jack London said, ‘You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.’ Follow Paul’s example: ‘So I run with purpose in every step… I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.’ (1 Corinthians 9:26–27 NLT)

SoulFood: 1 Ki 8–9, Luke 11:29–44, Ps 40:9–17, Prov 6:6–8

Extra for the month:

I definitely have to share what I read in

Prayer and Meditation to Facilitate Clarity and Abundance

After waking from a healthy and restful sleep session, prayer and meditation are crucial for orienting yourself toward the positive. What you focus on expands.

Prayer and meditation facilitate intense gratitude for all that you have. Gratitude is having an abundance mindset. When you think abundantly, the world is your oyster. There is limitless opportunity and possibility for you.

People are magnets. When you’re grateful for what you have, you will attract more of the positive and good. Gratitude is contagious.

Gratitude may be the most important key to success. It has been called the mother of all virtues.

If you start every morning putting yourself in a space of gratitude and clarity, you will attract the best the world has to offer, and not get distracted.

Month 5

Month 5

1.

Prayer warriors are people who are known for regularly interceding on behalf of others before God. To intercede means to come between, so prayer warriors are, in effect, coming between God and the trouble in another person’s life even in Our own life. In essence it is the act of constantly speaking to God about situation(s) and not giving up.

We are even taught in the word that in praying (prayer warring, the answer had been sent as soon as the request was made. But the answer was held up en route. Help was sent and it came through.)

A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. 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. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”

Daniel 10:10-14

And what was done prior to this?

In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. (Daniel 10:2-3 RSV)

Fasting in essence does not imply being ‘unhealthy’, but in prayer refraining from some joys we might be used to at other times. In the 40 days of Lent, things can be given up. TV, a type of food etc a thing that interferes with our time with The Lord. Seek His face and seek it continually. Look to the Lord and his strength; Psalm 105:4

In addition I want to share how we are told/revealed just what will be:
In the third year of Cyrus king of

Persia word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. (Daniel 10:1 RSV)

On the twenty-fourth day of the first month as I was standing on the bank of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with gold of Uphaz. His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the noise of a multitude. (Daniel 10:4-6 RSV)

2.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.  Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.

2 Peter 3:11-15

This is a before 3:16’ing, but in reading thought it should be shared.

3.

Only let us live up to what we have already attained

Phillipians 3:16

Are we 3:16’ing it ok? I wanted to share the latest 3:16. Living up to what we have already attained. In essence ‘backsliding’ is definitely pointed out in this verse.

We have attained the point where we can teach, share, encourage… Keep pressing onward and upward!

🈷 Calling Christian soldiers! marching as to war,

with the cross of Jesus going on before.

Christ, the royal master, leads his armies on:

forward into battle till the fight is won!

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

with the cross of Jesus going on before.

At the name of Jesus, Satan’s armies flee:

on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!

Hell’s foundations tremble at the shout of praise

sing the song of triumph! loud your voices raise!

Like a mighty army moves the church of God:

we are humbly treading where the saints have trod;

Christ is not divided all one body we,

one in hope and calling, one in charity.

Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,

but the church of Jesus ever shall remain;

death and hell and Satan never shall prevail

we have Christ’s own promise and that cannot fail.

Just wanted to share a few verses of a song I used to hear sung. At the time, I did not fully understand it. And it is clearer now. As always still trying to ensure that it is fully understood. Step by step, little by little, no? Keep your eyes forward pressed, back we will not go!

Have an awesome beginning to a blessed, testimony filled weekend.

4.

Relationships

‘Then the Lord God made a woman…and He brought her to the man.’ Genesis 2:22 NIV

Adam lived in a perfect neighbourhood and had a perfect job—one God gave him. It doesn’t get much better than that. Nevertheless he was lonely; something was missing from his life. The Bible says, ‘But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God… made a woman.’ (Genesis 2:20–22 NIV) God recognised Adam’s need for companionship and He met that need. However, this is where some of us acting on loneliness, frustration, or bad advice, rush ahead of God.

There’s a reason one of the nine gifts of the Spirit listed in the Bible is ‘the ability to distinguish between spirits.’ (1 Corinthians 12:10 ESV) When someone comes into your life they don’t just bring their looks, talents, and financial assets; they also bring their spirit. If you’ve ever been around someone with a controlling spirit, a vindictive spirit, a resentful spirit, or a negative spirit, you know why this particular gift is so important. So make yourself a hard jury, one that’s not easily convinced, one that requires concrete evidence before reaching a verdict. And remember that it’s better to lengthen the deliberation process and ensure the decision you make is right, than to reach a hasty conclusion and end up with a broken heart.

You may not feel wise and experienced when it comes to making such decisions, but hear this: it’s not how much you know that arms you with the tools of great decision making, but how much you ask. The first person to ask is God, and the time to do it is before, not after you get into a relationship.

SoulFood: 2 Ki 1:1–4:17, Luke 15:1–10, Ps 112, Prov 7:6–9

16.

3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? Where is this from. Told you it would get more ‘testy’?

Do we know that in The Word it says that God dwells in the temple, we are the temple in this day and age. Gone are the temples built with cedar and stone. The temple of The Most High is you!

I think knowing this in actuality, presses, pushes and leads us to be holy and acceptable. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1

Lord, we thank You for Your glory. Shine on us that we at radiate your glory. We submit ourselves to You to do Your will. Lord in all things we thank and praise You. Teach us to worship You in Spirit and in Truth in Jesus’ name, Amen

17.

Even if a Spirit would be as bold as to wish to refuse bowing to Jesus in honor for what He did and went through for us all, for the Love that He constantly radiates. They will have to admit on bended knee that for them The glorious Son of God did all He has done, not because it was His will or desire but because His Father- God, who is Love itself, sent Him on an errand to redeem man (stand in the place of.) He reversed the ‘falling out’ of the garden of Eden, where we were created to be, and The LORD would come fellowship with man there.

If you have children or a child, you may send them on an errand. So much goes through your mind. You know that despite all you do, you ‘hope’ they will be back. There are things that might hinder them/stand in their way.

But if you taught them well, they should be back home with the very thing that you sent them for.

In the garden of Gethsemane, we see Jesus grief at what He would endure, He knew what he would endure. Such stress that He passed drops of blood from His brow as sweat!- Hematidrosis. Hard to believe, no?

He was sent on an errand, he stepped down from His position and became a lowly, humble man. We read: “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto , even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: Jesus”

Philippians 2:8,9

We understand that He stepped way down. The legions in Heaven were made to look away. Imagine, Jesus had angels minister to Him often:

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from Heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.

Luke 22:39

We read that after the 3 temptations angels ministered to Him: and the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:11

Does the bible not say we have Angels assigned to us as believers? Where were the Angels when Jesus was crucified??? They were asked to stand down!

If you knew that there was a tough gang on the way to the store you sent your child to. Would you not ask them to stand down while your child goes by if they were to undergo a much needed ‘activity’? It is difficult to grasp, almost unbelievable. But, the angels in Heaven were asked to stand down.

Even the prince of the Earth felt he had won in ‘torturing’ and putting Christ to death. Oh! How wrong he was! Jesus as had been spoken went to Hades and it might be said, fellowshipped with ‘lost souls’. 1

Peter 3:18–19 says, “Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison” (ESV). The word spirit refers to Christ’s spirit. The contrast is between His flesh and spirit, and not between Christ’s flesh and the Holy Spirit. Christ’s flesh died, but His spirit remained alive.

Possibly wanting Him to throw in the towel. Jesus had a mission and He was bent on doing exactly what His Father asked Him to do.

First Peter 3:18–22 describes a necessary link between Christ’s suffering (verse 18) and His glorification (verse 22). Only Peter gives specific information about what happened between these two events. The KJV says that Jesus “preached” to the spirits in prison (verse 19). However, the Greek word used is not the usual New Testament word for preaching the gospel. It simply means “to herald a message”; the NIV translates it as “made proclamation.” Jesus suffered and died on the cross, His body being put to death. But His spirit was made alive, and He yielded it to the Father (Luke 23:46). According to Peter, sometime between Jesus’ death and His resurrection Jesus made a special proclamation to “the spirits in prison.”

In the New Testament, the word spirits is used to describe angels or demons, not human beings. In 1 Peter 3:20, Peter refers to people as “souls” (KJV). Also, nowhere in the Bible are we told that Jesus visited hell. Acts 2:31 says that He went to Hades (New American Standard Bible), but Hades is not hell. Hades is a term that refers, broadly, to the realm of the dead, a temporary place where the dead await resurrection. Revelation 20:11–15 in the NASB and the NIV makes a clear distinction between the Hades and the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the permanent, final place of judgment for the lost. Hades is a temporary place for both the lost and the Old Testament saints.

Our Lord yielded His spirit to the Father, died physically, and entered paradise (Luke 23:43). At some time between His death and resurrection, Jesus also visited a place where He delivered a message to spirit beings (probably fallen angels; see Jude 1:6); these beings were somehow related to the period before the flood in Noah’s time (1 Peter 3:20). Peter does not tell us what Jesus proclaimed to the imprisoned spirits, but it could not be a message of redemption since angels cannot be saved (Hebrews 2:16). It was probably a declaration of victory over Satan and his hosts (1 Peter 3:22; Colossians 2:15). Ephesians 4:8–10 also seems to give a clue regarding Jesus’ activities in the time between His death and resurrection. Quoting Psalm 68:18, Paul says about Christ, “when he ascended on high, he took many captives” (Ephesians 4:8). The ESV puts it that Christ “led a host of captives.” The reference seems to be that, in paradise, Jesus gathered all the redeemed who were there and took them to their permanent dwelling in heaven.

All this to say, the Bible isn’t entirely clear what exactly Christ did for the three days between His death and resurrection. From what we can tell, though, He comforted the departed saints and brought them to their eternal home, and He proclaimed His victory over the fallen angels who are kept in prison. What we can know for sure is that Jesus was not giving anyone a second chance for salvation; we face judgment after death (Hebrews 9:27), not a second chance. Also, He was not suffering in hell; His work of redemption was finished on the cross (John 19:30).

This is one of the many reasons we have to come to grips with what The Lord has done. Frankly, we cannot tell it all.

5.
I pray that out of His glorious richese He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heartsh through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in Love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deepk is the Love of Christ (words do not come close to describe this Love. There is nothing in this universe as deep, wide and essential as The Love of Christ for us.) He came down as a Man. He was born a babe and was raised as a stepson of a carpenter. How The Mighty have fallen in stature9. But it was to save you and me.) and to know this Love that surpasses knowledgel—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19

Our 3:16’ing goes on! And I read wonder filled passages here. I will say just where so you don’t go looking. As shown above, this reading is aaa Ephesians.

Very inspirational, no?

14.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We love him, because he first loved us.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
1 John 4 17-21

13.
Lord, Hallelujah! For Your will in my life. In ways I may not reach the yardstick placedcout to rule and judge, but by You is allowance to worship You as I will. Father this and everyday, cause me to be a constant source of glory. Lord, Hallelujah, praises to Your name. You know the heart of me. Father, you know my me inside and out. Within, I can and will glorify You in the privacy of my heart. Father, be Thou glorified in Jesus’ name, Amen

12.
Our prayer for the day. I personally find that The Bible is one, thank God for those moved to find it and to put it together. Wow! I can never get my fill, it lives! In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Amen and Amen
Psalm 31:1-3
We are blessed! Have a wonder filled day.

11.
Jesus said “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Hallelujah!
John 10:14-15

10.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. – (Ephesians 6:12)

I have stated it before we might choose to ignore completely what goes on. I will admit ignorance is bliss. But, knowing and aligning yourself is the way to be wise about things. Ignoring does not make them cease to exist. We are not warring each other, but rather forces we cannot see, in prayer we might be more aware; in tune with what goes on. Let us look at it from an appropriate distance and think long and hard.

9.
In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. Psalm 89:16

How long shall we rejoice in The name, the saving grace of God? What has He done? What does He continue to do? Where are we? Each day is a blessing, another chance to prove and express His pdiligence. Are there moments that we seem overtaken by the events around us? Turn to Him in need and you will leave with gratitude.

Even further, we can examine this point and know that in doing God’s will is there grace and goodness seen. We as His children are blessed when we do as we should. So, let us unfailingly serve Him.

8.
Let us rejoice this day and praise God for all He is doing. By His grace today will be even more full of testimony in Jesus’ name.

Father Lord Alleluia almighty God, before You we come in praise and thanksgiving, we commit this day into Your hands, be glorified in and through it in Jesus’ name. Thank You for my ability to show Love, it was been said “like Father, like child”; Lord allow me to be more like You each day. I thank You Father even as we walk together shine through me Lord in Jesus’ name, Amen

My mind is Yours Lord, fill it, mendcit, mold it to do Your will. Lord, my mind may drift, keep it grounded in You. For every thought that wanders, there is a stay. Keep me fastened in and to You. At this time I come against all thought that does not do you glory. Thank You Father for Loving me despite the ground that I may stand on, near me up Lord, allow me to be used to and by Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen

7.
We have been promised a new Heaven and a new Earth where The LORD will dwell with His creation, and we read:

“Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.” Amen.
– Luke 21:33

“For behold, I create new Heavens and a new Earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.
Isaiah 65:17

And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Hebrews 12:26-27

looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Amem
2 Peter 3:12-13

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.
Revelation 21:1

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the LORD, “So your offspring and your name will endure.
Isaiah 66:22

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;
Hebrews 12:28

And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,
Revelation 21:3

and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
Revelations 21:4

8.

O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.104:25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan,

le·vi·a·than

ləˈvīəTHən/

noun

(in biblical use) a sea monster, identified in different passages with the whale and the crocodile (e.g., Job 41, Ps. 74:14), and with the Devil (after Isa. 27:1).

a very large aquatic creature, especially a whale.

“the great leviathans of the deep”

a thing that is very large or powerful, especially a ship.

whom thou hast made to play therein These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Psalm 104:24’34

Where do we start this ‘sharing’? It talks of the creations of our Father. And just how they seperate from us are able to grow to such size. It for one is a miracle. A whale for example. That big? I am sure we could go through science books and ‘figure’ out the ‘science’ behind it. But I never thought to do so until I read this. In fact there are so many things we take for granted.

We discussed prior Our definition/vision of God. We pointed out that we both male and female were created in His image. I reciewed again the crucifixion. As far as ‘we’d goes, Jesus was a Man. The thing that stands out is our knowledge of the make up of gender, the woman provides a chromosome and the male 1. Resulting is XX for females and XY for males. Amazingle, Mary being a virgin gave birth to Jesus. He was Spiritual before taking human form.

The reason I refer to the crucifixion is that the Romans to further ridicule and put the people to death took their garments John 19:23-24. If he for any reason was ‘questioable’ I am sure we would have read of it.

Now this is much deeper. As we have discussed God in The Word has chacteristics of both a Male and Female. Interestingly, we go back to Moses who asked God. “Who shall I say sent me.” And God’s answer; “I AM that I AM”. Interestingly, Moses was looking for a name. I myself have wondered about what we call Him, and why “God” is used. Rather than spend time on this, you are encouraged to read up on it. The next round of questions may be based on this.

The following excerpt is one of the many I read, but I just wanted to point out that we all have a part of God in us. Yes, we have The Spirit, but we all come from him.

Christians believe Jesus is the ultimate reflection of God, so is God also male? Centuries of European art has taught, normalized and legitimized how to see the Divine. Think of Michelangelo’s renowned mural The Creation of Adam (1512) in the Sistine Chapel, where God is depicted as a buff older white male. Hence, we seldom think when we refer to God as a He, and in fact for many, not using a male pronoun would seem at best strange, at worst blasphemous. But if we insist God is male, then does God possess the ultimate signification of maleness, a penis? And if so, why would God need a penis?

Insisting on the maleness of God ignores the times God is depicted in feminine language; for example, as a mother who would not forget the child from her womb suckling her breast (Is. 49:15) or as giving birth to Israel (Deut. 32:18). These images do not mean God lactates or has a vagina; they are simply metaphors to help us better comprehend aspects of the deity. God is no more She than God is He, for God is beyond gender. This might explain why the Hebrew text (and the Quran for that matter) forbids making any images of God (something Christians have ignored), least we gender the image of Deity, and in the process make gods out of men, or as Mary Daily would remind us: “If God is male, then the male is God”

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Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

Psalm 107:2

Our focus is trying To Be Kind Today

‘A gentle answer turns away wrath.’ Proverbs 15:1 NIV

If you’re an organised, time-conscious, purpose-driven, make-it-happen kind of person you can get upset with incompetence and low productivity in others. And you can end up speaking words that hurt them and don’t bring the result you hope for.

In Proverbs chapter thirty-one here’s how Solomon describes a wise woman: ‘On her tongue is the law of kindness.’ (Proverbs 31:26 NKJV) Speaking kindly to and about others was one of this woman’s core principles. And when you think about it, there’s never any justification for being harsh or unkind in your communication. Certainly not if you’re a Christian!

Hasn’t God been gracious with you? Then extend that same grace to others. The old adage, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,’ isn’t true. Harsh words can impact a person for a lifetime. Many so-called ‘social outcasts’ have been victims of verbal abuse at some point in their lives. They have suffered at the hands of parents, teachers, insecure spouses, and others battling their own emotional issues. If you find you’re prone to speaking harshly to people, pray for God’s help. Whatever it takes, including seeking help from a pastor or counsellor, do it.

The Bible says, ‘He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.’ (Proverbs 16:32 NKJV) Decide today to ‘rule your spirit’ and make kindness a hallmark and guiding principle of your life.

SoulFood: 1 Ki 16:1–18:15, Luke 12:22–34, Ps 66:1–12,, Prov 6:20–22

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Today’s ‘tidbit’!, though in The Word there are no ‘tidbit’s’; just things that can and should be shared.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my Loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Paul had a ‘thorn’ in his side. Exactly what. I cannot sure. Though I am sure that we cam study And find out exactly what it meant. But more so, we cam learn to thank God for our infidelities, out weaknesses for in our weakness; He is made strong! Alleluia!!! Paul sought the Lord a multitude of times,  “And He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” Amen. 2 Corinthians 12:9.10

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What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. James 2:14-19

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. Why? They were Angels once, fully aware of the Glory of God, they were wrongly led by Lucifer.

1 Samuel 15:23

God hates rebellion! He hates the attitude of lawlessness it produces, as well as the crop of wicked fruit that results from it.

The prince of all rebellion is Satan the Devil, also known as “the sum of all moral impurities.” Though we do not see this demon physically, the influence of this arch-rebel permeates our society. We need not look far to see children rebelling against their parents, artists rebelling against the status quo, and fringe groups rebelling against the government.

Satan personifies rebellion. It was Lucifer’s rebellious action that saw him tossed out of heaven and renamed Satan, Adversary:

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God [angels]; I will also sit [rule] on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north [God’s government]; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. (Isaiah 14:12-15)

Lucifer, “Light Bringer,” rebelled against the laws of God, thus he rebelled against God Himself. Desiring independence from God’s legislation, he tried to depose God and become the sovereign ruler of the universe. Great chaos and destruction resulted among the heavenly bodies and on earth (Genesis 1:2) when God “cast [him] as a profane thing out of the mountain of God” (Ezekiel 28:16).

Because of his rebellion, we are today experiencing its evil fruit. Notice how Isaiah describes the reaction of people who will look back upon Satan’s career after God finally binds him forever in the Lake of Fire:

Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying, “Is this the man [Hebrew ish, male, individual, person] who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?” (Isaiah 14:16-17)

These people are describing the effects of Satan’s rule on this earth now!

John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Should We Obey the Laws of Our Government?

Proverbs 13:10

When God says, “By pride comes only contention,” He means that this kind of pride has not a single good fruit! Not even one! Lucifer’s pride brought him into contention with God, two-thirds of the angels, the demons who now submit to him and billions of deceived humans who do not resist him. Surely, the demons are a squabbling bunch held together only by Satan’s power and their united hatred of God and His children. This has occurred because they deceived themselves into thinking more of themselves than they ought, which perverted their judgment in other areas of life.

Isaiah 14:12-15

“Lucifer” means “Light-Bringer” or “Day Star.” Ezekiel calls him “the anointed cherub who covers,” which means he was one of the chief angels whose wings covered God’s throne in heaven. He is specifically shown to be a created being, possibly the most beautiful, wise, and perfect of God’s creations.

But this mighty angel grew proud and vain in his beauty. He began to become envious of God’s authority over the universe, and over maybe millions of years, he schemed to induce other angels to support him in an attempt to overthrow God. When he finally led one third of the angels (Revelation 12:4) to war against God in heaven, God cast him and his angelic troops back to the earth (Luke 10:18).

Doesn’t it bother you that Satan has deceived the whole world? He has, on three occasions, openly made a move to replace GOD and the kingdom of GOD. Two of his moves have miserably failed, and this third move he is making at this very hour shall soon fail as well.

Satan’s first attempt to overthrow GOD was in the Garden of Eden, when Satan asked Eve, “Hath GOD said?” Genesis 3:1-3 states, “Now the serpent [Satan] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD GOD had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath GOD said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman [instead of rebuking and rejecting him] said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden.” But GOD said, regarding the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden, “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” When GOD says “lest ye die,” HE isn’t saying death is a brief, minute thing. HE means death is an eternal death to the soul for a man or a woman, an eternity in the flames of Hell, an eternal death. The fact of this matter is identified throughout both Old and New Testament Scripture.

In Revelation 12:9, Satan is identified as the great dragon. “And the great dragon was cast out [of Heaven], that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.” Satan knew that by deceiving Eve, he would condemn the entire world.

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Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

Sing unto The Lord a new song:

Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. Psalm 33:3,4

Sing Unto The Lord a New Song

Bless Him, praise Him

Lift Him higher

All you chosen generation

Dance and celebrate

(Repeat)

If you lift Him high

He will draw us

Nearer ever closer to Him

Day by day

If you lift Him high

He will draw us

Nearer ever closer to Him

Every day.

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We are blessed in The Word to read testimony of a time past.But each an everyday we by His grace have testimonies that will be shared in time to come. This I know for I decree it in Jesus’ name, it is my understanding that it is established in Heaven, the high place. Hallelujah!

Lord, we thank You for Your word, for all You do. We are within Your care. Lord, hold us close in Your Spirit as We do Your will. We are touched that Your mercy endures forever. Lord, we thank You for Your awesomeness is for Eternity. Thank You for holding us close. Blessis, heal us, forgive us as we forgive those who have wronged us. Lord, be a focal point in pur lives in all we do; we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

For His mercy edureth forever! We see and experience so many blessings in our lives. Let us see what The Word says:

To Him who alone doeth great wonders: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him that by wisdom made the Heavens: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him that made great lights: for His mercy endureth for ever: The sun to rule by day: for His mercy endureth for ever: The moon and stars to rule by night: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for His mercy endureth for ever: And brought out Israel from among them: for His mercy endureth for ever: With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him which divided the Red sea into parts: for His mercy endureth for ever: And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for His mercy endureth for ever: But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him which led his people through the wilderness: for His mercy endureth for ever. To Him which smote great kings: for His mercy endureth for ever: And slew famous kings: for His mercy endureth for ever: Sihon king of the Amorites: for His mercy endureth for ever:

Psalm 136:4-18

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Question time! Who said this, about whom was it said and what happened?

nb This time no hints or clues, if you know it, please feel free to say.

Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

In fact, those who get it right will be ahead of all others.

Epaphroditus played a key role in biblical history, even if his name is not immediately recognizable. He is mentioned by name twice in the book of Philippians, one of Paul’s Prison Epistles. Epaphroditus is the one who delivered the original manuscript of Philippians to its original recipients, the church in Philippi.

Paul was under house arrest in Rome, and the church in Philippi desired to send Paul what we might call a “care package.” The Philippian believers gathered supplies and sent them to Rome by the hand of one of their own, a man named Epaphroditus.

Epaphroditus faithfully delivered the gift from his home church and then went above and beyond the call of duty. In his fervor to serve the Lord by serving Paul, Epaphroditus became seriously ill and, in fact, almost died. God graciously granted Epaphroditus health, and Paul sent his friend back home with the newly penned book of Philippians. This is part of what Paul wrote: “I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me” (Philippians 2:25–30).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When the famine hit. His true family were affected to and came to the NYC of those days to purchase food. The brothers were recognized by Joseph, but of course their brother was ‘dead’ to them.

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In the parable of the master who went away leaving a portion of His belongings with those who served him, they were used in different ways. There were three who received gold, and they used in different ways.

The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

The third in turn had buried his one bag of gold and said “‘Master,’ ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’”

Point! There are many of us who receive salvation in such a way that it is worth so much, they in turn go out and share the good word, winning so many to the Kingdom. If it is a person whose ‘parent’s or ‘family’ were believers, they might miss the true worth of salvation. For others the way prior might have been lined with so many thorns that even moving would have been difficult, so they truly appreciate salvation and it’s characterisecs.  The Master is not here, but they share, possibly they do not make any more, but it depends on those they did business with. In some cases the returns are such that words fail at describing how bountiful it is. Do your examples; your life win implore converts? I guess I just gave it away, we are the ones that have been ‘left’ to ‘win’ as many as we can to The Kingdom. The awesome thing is that it is so glorious there that we end up getting ‘naught but’ Love when they realize just what you did. So, will it not be awesome to do as we ‘know’ we are supposed to.

The verses we are referring to are in Matthew 25 which is chock full of parables, so enjoy as you read

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Matthew 25:21

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Shall we pray? Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

Psalm 6:2

I am weary of saying how amazing The Word is. The Lord provides. If and when we decide to trust Him wholly in all we do, we can lean fully on Him

It is a place of fullness, Hallelujah! At this point I have to sing a song that was placed in my Spirit. “Hallelujah! For The Lord God omnipotent Reigneth!” There is none before Him, beside Him (well, Jesus is seated at His right in glory); what I mean is there is no being with such power and might. We shared it prior, you see Him and die as a Human. Amazing, Moses saw His glory pass by and only glimpsed Him from the rear. For if we see His face, we die.

Amazing that we shall be with Him, in His presence. We were able to share a bit ago about the awesomeness of our God. Funny, we call God a Him. We are made in His image, but we are male and female. Females were created to have offspring. They care for them, raise them, nurture them with their partners, but again it is the combination of both that leads to such positivity. So I say with knowledge that He who is with a name that is not known to us is known as Our Father in Heaven, but has all the qualities that both Male and Female have. So, God is awesome!

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Our next ‘sharing’ is from Paul’s letter to the Philipians. He says “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”

Brothers and Sisters, our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:18-21

We are led to be taught the same things that the early disciples learned. Our discourse is in and of Heaven. Yes, we are here, but allow your Spirit to be above all things earthly (see this means exactly what was taught, that our passions are in things to come). These passions, our conversation should be of things that are beyond what we experience.

Faith goes a far way in this. We may be experiencing burdens; cast your burdens on to (unto) Jesus for He cares for you.

I said this off the top of my heart only to go look it up, and voila “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

Wow, The Word is one! Be blessed in all you do.

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An excellent read and it was extremely touching; much like Revelations it read, but it was a lesson given by Jesus. A little long, but hang in there. This time I am not paraphrasing or adding in text. I just want you to receive the blessings that I got from it. So, let’s read:

“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time.

“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

“Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,

    and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from the sky,

    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.  The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matth 24:4-51

Thank you for staying tuned. A lot taught and stated. We need to pray always and submit ourselves to the will of God. Dense reading, read it again; share it if you will. But, it stands as a distinct warning and notice of things to come.

Lord Heavenly Father, we have the Prince of Peace to comfort us. We ask You for strength and focus, that we may stand in this end time. Just when it will occur, we do not know, neither Your Son, but keep us watchful as we wait in Your glory. Lord, cause our lives to be beacons to our Loved ones, allow us all to be together in Your presence in Jesus’ name, Amen

20.

An awesome share; read and have a wonder filled day. I know I have sent quite a few, but I am blessed so I just had to bless. Feel free to share.

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Life is not about finding the right person, but creating the right relationship. It’s not how we care in the beginning, but how much we care till the very end.

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Some people always throw stones in your path. It depends on what you make with them; a Wall or a Bridge? – Remember you are the architect of your life.

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Search for a good heart, but don’t search for a beautiful face, coz beautiful things are not always good, but good things are always beautiful.

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It’s not important to hold all the good cards in life, but it’s important how well you play with the cards you hold.

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Often when we lose all hope & think this is the end, remember God and pray, it’s just a bend, not the end.’ –

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Have faith and have a successful life. One of the basic differences between God and humans is, God gives, gives and forgives. But the human gets, gets, gets and forgets. Be thankful in life…

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If u think it is your alarm clock that woke you up this morning, try putting it beside a dead body and you will realise that it is the Grace of God that woke you up.

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21.

To put it plainly; I was so many things. Had been so many places. Material things were of no issue, I must say; “I had no wants.” This was until I was in such a horrible accident, and everything fell apart; I lost my job (a paycheck no more), my house was sold and all the material things given away. I had nothing but my depression to keep me company.

Truth be told, I realized that all my past relationships were not based on The Word of God. Yes, they were what they were (fun), but let me ask “when does a person show their true colors?” There is no reason to wish and or hope. When something is real; you know in Your Spirit. No secrets, no runarouds, no shortcuts. Truth becomes truth- undiluted. Funny enough, a hard swallow at first, but a ‘part of your being’ as you live The Word.

Any testimonies? Raises? Promotions? Grades? Anniversa? Birthdays? Praise The Lord God All Mighty!!! God is worthy to be praised. Just think, we with billions of Christians will say “In the city of The Lord, in the mountains of His holiness.” Don’t you look forward to that ‘time’ (non-ending mind you. Time ceases to exist) when we are with The Lord, our God.

In reading The Word it says in Revelations 21- “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’b or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (verses 3,4). Tears??? Of joy!!! Alleluia!

I realized that the less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. As you change (hopefully for the better) your associations will change. It is called growing. An associate who does not climb climb with you, will expect you to crawl with them. Success is about impatience; frankly being impatient and awaiting changes, improvement or support from people spending time expecting ‘life’s to do it for them. In truth, does it ever? You have to get up and do. Even a winning lotto ticket needs to be bought, no?

I learned today that a mirror reflects your face, it is ‘friends’ who truly reflect what and who a person is. Think about it? What is important to your friends? Work? Truth? Partying? Finding easy ways? Again, you can be seen in the people you choose to hang out with. What is your reflection like? Hard work? Focus? Desire to succeed?

Are you spending and evening with ‘acquiatances’ or investing it with Loved ones? The reason I use the capital “L” is multifactorial. A noun is written with a capital first letterm. There is nothing like Him in this entire Universe, we should then call Him G-O-D. But, I will ‘bring it down’ and we can and will refer to Him as we have been taught though Yah-weh, the God of the Israelites, whose name was revealed to Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH) called the tetragrammaton.

I can go on, and will. But let’s us end this here. We will continue by God’s grace.

Forgetting the yesteryears and looking forward to the blessed tomorrow’s.

Lord, we give You thanks for this day Father. It is Yours, guide us, lead us, surround us with Your glory. Hallelujah Father, we thank You for being all You are in our Lives. Be glorified in our words, thoughts, actions and deeds in Jesus’ name, Amen

22.

Kinda watch out “For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.”

– Matthew 24:24

Today we may see signs and wonders. Measure them up, weigh them and sift them out. Guesses are as good as fact, But our God knows all. Stand steadfast to His word and weigh things in The Spirit before embarking I’d a journey that might end up futile. Are those promises just as the Word proclaims them to be?

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:5 NIV

23.

Like I said prior “musicians among us”. As always I ran into a well known verse:  “O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1

So, I think the ‘challenge’ is out there: write. I don’t think there will be any end to what can be written. Hope you have had an awesome day.

24.

If we read this in continuity it says quite a bit; but for today’s sharing I have ‘piece-mealed’ it. You definitely are invited to read The Word.

The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Psalm 9:15,16, 18, 19

In there are two words I deleted Higgaion and Delay, in looking these up they are in Ps. 92:3 where it means the murmuring tone of the harp. In Ps. 9:16 it is a musical sign, denoting probably a pause in the instrumental interlude. In Ps. 19:14 the word is rendered “meditation”; and in Lam. 3:62, “device.”

So in today’s share, we are in a wonderful place. Even those who we are moved to be ‘trodden’ upon by, or people who make naught of us; have their part coming.

Of course in no way should we stop showing Love and praying for them; their conversion will be a testimony and definitely to God’s glory. So, keep praying people; and have a blessed day.

25.

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

Matthew 2:1,2

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

Matthew 6:15

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

John 19:3

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

John 19:19-21

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

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(For many walk, of whom The Apostle Paul told us, and now tells us even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) We need to learn where we place our minds and what stays our thoughts.

For our conversation is in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, we grow old and feeble; Even If we be athletes in our prime, we have ‘bodies’ that deteriorate with time. It has been taught that our true self is Spirit, we pointed out that you say “I”, who are you? I am aware of the argument; if you were decrepit and lying on a hospital bed you would still say “I”. Who and what are you?

The thoughts all come from within, within what? Yes, you might say “They are in my head.” Whose head? So, you have a head, arms, legs and so on. But for example if you do not have those things any more. You to the rest of the World are a specimen, but you are you. Understandably emotionally shaken by all that occurred to get you there, but you are you; no?

And we read in follow up of the verse that we started; “That our Spirit may be fashioned like unto his glorious body (which in fact is Spirit, I know that Jesus rose in body to Heaven, observed by many witnesses; what this means literally, we shall see. To end this Enoch and Elijah were taken up to Heaven in the body. The bible says though in Enochs case the bible says “God took him”, but it does not explicitly say whether he was alive or dead, and it does not say where God took him. ) according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:18-21

27.

In reading, it came to me that in the same way the entire bible is truly one continuous testimony of the power, Love and Justice of our Father. These verses are linked, let us quickly ‘go through’ them. We start with the first quotation; Matthew 18:18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will bee bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.” Moving right along in and when we agree in Spirit it is a done deal, (“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in Heaven. Matthew 18:19)   Hallelujah! We can know and believe that is so among believers, so is the Spirit of God able to bring it all to pass. We had just discussed the ‘limitations’ of Satan. Yes, He has ‘henchmen’ working with him. He can only be one place at a time. In our recent study, we noted this; for at the temptation of Jesus, there he was. We had even compared this with the Angel Gabriel who was sent to inform Mary of her soon to be Child by the Spirit of God.

I have to say “Hail Mary full of grace, The Lord My God is with the, blessed is the womb and the fruit of your womb Jesus.”

This finally means so much, blessed is the fruit of your womb-Jesus. And to follow that we ask for her to speak to her Son on our behalf. I am aware, I am off topic, but we will return to this in the near future. In the meantime we can look up https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Rosary

Our verses then refer to what we should do. It says that we should cast down imaginations and everything that raises itself against the knowledge of God. Essentially, we are told we can bind these and know they are bound in Heaven.

And what else are we asked to do? To keep our minds focused on The Lord our God. Amen.

28.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

let all the people of the world revere him.

For he spoke, and it came to be;

he commanded, and it stood firm.

The Lord foils the plans of the nations;

he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.

From heaven the Lord looks down

and sees all mankind;

from his dwelling place he watches

all who live on earth—

He who forms the hearts of all,

who considers everything they do.

No king is saved by the size of his army;

no warrior escapes by his great strength.

A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;

despite all its great strength it cannot save.

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

His eyes 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. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

This for the most part was derived from Psalm 33:8-22 as said The Word is one. Have a blessed day.

29.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Why we must have and be full of J-O-Y (Jesus, Others, Yourself) because in H-O-P-E: Hope Opens Pathways into the Everlasting. P-A-T-I-E-N-T: Pray As Time In Effectively Nurturess Trust.

Brethren, we must be faithful in prayer. Have an awesome day. Before we go:

Father Lord, into Your hands I commit this day, Father thank You for the upcoming testimonies, move me to share them so that others will believe. I commit those I Love into Your hands. Father, meet them at their points of need, cause them to come to a knowledge of You. Lord, even I stand to learn, let them teach through and for You. My colleagues at work, bless and make whole, Lord help me be Your tool to witness to them even in little ways. Thank You as gratitude fills my heart for just how awesome You are. Thank You Father in Jesus’ name, Amen

30.

Let us start to ‘tear’ this down; “The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men (This should give us either a reason to be exceedingly glad or fearful. For even what we think is known to Him. Yes, our actions are what count, but to be as we should is key.)

From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike (can we, should we believe and trust? That Sister, Brother, Congrgation member has exactly what you have, yes! Their testimony might be different; but more important is how they took/received the pushes and pulls of Life); he considereth all their works. There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.” (‘Strength’ means not much to our Father in Heaven. Neither are the number of troops, facility or tendency of artillery, sheer numbers, frankly, that can make as many ‘advances’ as they want, our Father ‘chuckles’. Our God allows us to decide the ‘what, where, how’s. We cam do so, He determines the extent of all.) It is amazing that God who observed in the days of Noah, watched as the populace faced other directions-not Him. Our Father watched as Lives from the union of what he created (Angels, or as referred to in The Scripture ‘The sons of God’) and humans mated. In fact, they took who they willed. The world truly became a place that was stepped aside from His will. We spoke about this before, nowadays by God’s grace we do not have these among us. We will return to this to study it in a bit later.

Psalm 33:13-16; Genesis 6

Look to the Lord and his strength;

seek his face always.

Psalm 105:4

We might think we are able, it all is good until…then we realize that it is not will. There is His way. I have to say “It is God’s way or the bye-way.” This has so many meanings it is quite daunting. So many times we come up things that we can do, most likely because we saw someone doing it. But what exactly is their story?

In high school, there was always this kid who came first or at least in the ‘units’ (meaning 1st through 9th place- performance wise in a class of 40). What was his story? I stayed up (I went to school in the northern part of Nigeria, a boarding school in fact) and tried my best. I am still in touch, but he was a day student; meaning he was there for classes and that was it. To be honest, I never quite figured it out. The point I am making is that it is good to look around, but have your own goals, your own way of pursuing your dreams.

In the verse above, our resilience is a blessing. My challenge is ‘Let others see you doing well and use you as an example’ in turn we have the greatest example that ever was-Jesus.

I will be naughty and ask, have you healed anyone lately, caused a blind man to see, raised the dead??? See, Jesus said “Greater works than these you will do.” John 14:12

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

I know that we re-visit some verses. To delve right in; ” 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

We are fashioned with the ability to have passion and to seek with passion. To be rained upon bountifully as we do God’s will. We can go back and look at ‘The Promise book’s-The Bible. What is written in there is ours, we just need to ask in faith and we have. Hallelujah!

As we go into the next period, let us state what is fact. That pur lives are bountiful, our Father is awesomely giving and we are special in His sight.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5

The importance of faith. Our prayer is

Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Psalm 33:22

Our faith is important, it is a huge part of who we are, what we do. There is nothing that determines our goals like faith. “Will you get there/it?” We can answer in faith, knowing that by God’s grace we shall.

I know we have spoken about this before, ‘faithing’ it becomes the way we live. Trusting God becomes our centerpiece.

Father Lord, thank You for all You do. At this time I commit my faith into Your hands. If I can believe it, It is. Thank You Father. Lord, I commit this day into Your holy hands. Thank You for all I have. In my Life Lord be glorified. Lord, thank You for taking care of my issues, with You there is no mountain insurmountable. Thank You for faith, Lord allow my faith to grow. I commit those You have placed in my Life for Your cause, bless them Lord, meet them at their points of need. Where I can do better, school me Lord. Allow me to let go of all things in the past, our journey is ongoing. Help me focus only on You. This time is blessed as I spend it with You. Allow me to learn to speak with You all ways, in times of need, in times when Your glory shines on and through me. Lord, You alone are holy, You alone are God, fill me with Your Spirit in Jesus’s name, Amen

Awesome teaching today; I was reading and it all came to me in a flurry. In my ‘dream’ there was nothing that distinguished male from female; I just was me. I understand that it is a bit difficult to understand, we had shared about the sons of God who took mates of whom they chose and defied definitions. This was in the time of Noah. But, to continue on our path there were Sadducees that tested Jesus, they asked that if a woman had a husband who died and had brothers who in turn married her to ‘continue’ his line. They asked whose she would be when they arrived in Heaven. His answer speaks volumes:

“Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.

Month 4

Month 4

1.

It is “Promise” time again. You are aware that we could do this for days, even years. I am throwing out a challenge find 365 promises and share. Not with me, but with other believers in your circle. Just as you receive this, you can send out. My challenge in the first to 365 wins. You can use those we have shared, but there are so many more.

As I study the Scripture I am astonished at the length, breadth and depth of the content for us! Let’s get to it, this was shared in the Old Testament, as I have learned God is the same now as He was then and will forever be. (Note, no great floods that would or could wipe out mankind, He made a solemn promise and has kept to it. See the rainbow? In science it is the lightening reflected in its component colours.

Rainbows happen when sunlight and rain combine in a very specific way. The beams of sunlight separate into the colors we see in the rainbow as they enter a raindrop. Sunlight is actually made up of different colors that we don’t usually see. When a beam of sunlight comes down to Earth, the light is white.

And we share; God had said

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

I have to pause here, we recently shared a post about a theology class student, who did not believe in God. On the last day of classes asked the Professor if he thought he would ever believe in God. The Professor said “No, I do not Think you will find Him. But He will find you.” Time went by And the lecturer would think of the student who had nought to day positive. One day many years later after the student had graduated. He showed up on the Professors office with a big grin. He looked awfully thin. The chemotherapy from a malignant metastatic Lung CA, had taken its toll. He was many pounds lighter; hos full head of hair which was the longest the Professor had ever seen on those days had all but fallen out secondary to the chemo.

The Professor was in shock; but the ex-student told a story of how he had searched for God And not found him. He then gave up trying. Many things came to mind. We as Christians know how to ask for help when we need it. But do we so freely give thanks And praise where  and when it is due? We have ‘shared’ that we must “give thanks always” Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

The young 20 something year old told a story of what had happened to him. He said: “My Dad was reading a paper and so told him that I wanted to speak with him. The paper came down an inch or so. And I said the words I had never spoken “I Love you Dad”” He went on to describe how they talked the night through even though his father had work the very next day. He continued to relay his story, it had been a whole lot easier with his Mom and sibling. Then, he said it “The God I had been searching for was right there!” He just had to get a few things right in his life. He was invited to speak in the class but passed on before he could.

Now, there are so many things to grasp on to in that ‘sharing’, but most of all, he is in a much better place. Peace being all around, beauty and no tears (maybe of Joy, but a Father who is Love will wipe away every year.)

“And I will be found of you” when you seek me with all your heart”, saith the LORD:  “I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you”; “And I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised us up prophets in Babylon.” Jeremiah 29:11-15

As I always say, “A lot to be learned from this.”” Read it, understand it, Live it.

2.

Just ‘sharing.’ If moved, share it with someone or people that you pray for.

I so much Love you that is why I decided to pray this prayer from the bottom of my heart. Continue to say AMEN until u get tired (if you do.) Let us start with this ‘Amen’ means:

a·men

äˈmen,āˈmen/

1. uttered at the end of a prayer or hymn, meaning ‘so be it.’

noun

From now till everlasting, I pray with YOU……..

You shall be great……………………………….. *Amen*🙏🙏

You shall be fruitful. …………………………….. *Amen*🙏🙏

You shall be victorious …………………………

*Amen*🙏🙏

You shall be celebrated………………………. *Amen*🙏🙏

You shall be successful ……………………….. *Amen*🙏🙏

You shall be favored ……………………………. *Amen*🙏🙏🙏

You shall be blessed with and in abundance…….

*Amen*🙏🙏

You shall be prosperous…………………. *Amen*🙏🙏

You shall have joy. ……………………………….. *Amen*🙏🙏

You shall have peace beyond limits. ………….

*Amen*🙏🙏🙏

You shall make it …………………………. *Amen*🙏🙏

You shall testify………………………………….. *Amen*🙏🙏🙏

You shall be lifted high beyond falling……

*Amen*🙏🙏

You shall excel in all that you do………….

*Amen*🙏🙏

You shall be called Wonderful ………………

*Amen*🙏🙏

Where the road is thirsty for flesh and blood, you and your loved ones will not go there. ………………………………………….,………… *Amen*🙏🙏

The evils that will happen will not know your dwelling place…………………………………………………….*Amen*🙏🙏

Death messengers will not know your address. ……………………..

*Amen*🙏🙏

The miracles in the year shall locate your household……,…..,……….

*Amen*🙏🙏

Your heart desires will not be cut-Short ………………………..

*Amen*🙏🙏

I will not cry because of you. …………………………………………………

*Amen*🙏🙏

I pray with u, your best picture will not be used for RIP ……………………………………… . *Amen*🙏🙏

The peace of the Most High God shall locate you and your entire household…….  *AMEN*🙏🙏🙏🙏

If moved and Praying for others, share. In fact let us make this really powerful. Before you share (If you will) say a special prayer for the person you will send it to. Think of all your past conversations, what they want, need. More importantly if they are that important you will want to see, be with them in eternity. So let us turn this around and form a ‘prayer-link’s. Folks, if you desire blessings talk to God. A willing prayer partner you have. Get busy as you are led. Be blessed y’all. Prayer time!

3.

“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Luke 22:19-30

In this we are taught what the characters of a good leader are. It is pointed out by The King of glory. We remember the song “Who is The King of glory, what shall we call Him, He is Emmanuel the promise of ages.” Isn’t it amazing how the King of glory was held captive for nine months? I know some of you are thinking “They arrested Jesus for nine months?” I should say “Duh? Think about it.” He was sent to be Man, to teach and die for all. He was in the womb for nine months. Hard for anyone to grasp. Nine months! If we being ourselves were asked to do that, I am sure we would refuse.

We pointed out above that Jesus knew exactly who would betray Him. I have to ask, if you were in His shoes, wouldn’t you have done ‘a little something’ to prevent it? I say this because we already saw and read how in the garden of Gethsemane, he was so distraught that He bled from His sweat glands-hematohidrosis. (We can look that up) Frankly, He knew exactly what and when it would happen. Such was His being distraught that even asking Godcif the cup could be passed over Him, He submitted to it for you and I.

The purpose of this short (albeit longer than intended ‘sharing’ is just that we in positions of authority should be humble.)

We already “Galatians 5:22+’d” it. Be blessed y’all.

4.

This definitely goes on! Read this and be blessed. In our time there are Managers, Directors, CEO’s, Presidents, king’s and Rulers all with their own time and role. We may ask who is greater; we have been taught that as the greater, we should serve. How else will we show what needs to be done. It is much easier to sit in a position of authority and look down as the throng of workers strive to impress us.

As a head, let me ask you “How did you start? Where did you start from? How were you taught?” Yes, the answer may be “I did amazingly well in school.”, “I was just lucky.”, “My intelligence.” Frankly it could go on and on, there is no answer that can be considered ‘right’s.

I know you are wondering just where I am going with this. In nowhere else but The Bible, an argument broke out amongst the Disciples. So many things were heartedly discussed who would betray Him, who the greatest was and so on. Let us read and we can briefly touch on it.

“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Luke 22:19-30

In this we are taught what the characters of a good leader are. It is pointed out by The King of glory. We remember the song “Who is The King of glory, what shall we call Him, He is Emmanuel the promise of ages.” Isn’t it amazing how the King of glory was held captive for nine months? I know some of you are thinking “They arrested Jesus for nine months?” I should say “Duh? Think about it.” He was sent to be Man, to teach and die for all. He was in the womb for nine months. Hard for anyone to grasp. Nine months! If we being ourselves were asked to do that, I am sure we would refuse.

We pointed out above that Jesus knew exactly who would betray Him. I have to ask, if you were in His shoes, wouldn’t you have done ‘a little something’ to prevent it? I say this because we already saw and read how in the garden of Gethsemane, he was so distraught that He bleeds blood from His face!

5.

If He ate, wouldn’t you be blessed to serve Him? Yes! Our God is The King of kings and The Lord of lords. Shall we ‘wait’ upon Him? Whew! The tips in blessings would be out of this world literally in every way!!! Hallelujah! We’d yell when bowing away from the table. He would be at The head of the table, Jesus to His right and just as it says in the bible there would be saints galore around the table.

To wait on that table means you are in the presence of the most glorious presence in the universe! Let us look forward to that day! Even if you missed your spiritual step and stumbled, not that you would He would stretch out His Glory filled arms and wrap them around you! Glory to God.

There are such awesome times coming, it is hard to stay patient. Let us pray it up! Yet there are things that need to be done. Did you witness to your family? Believing is just the start. Know anyone who has backslidden? Pull them up! In Heaven they will thank you. Even if they are unapproachable, put it in prayer. Perhaps they have a spot that you cannot fill or touch. The Lord can and will. All we have to do is ask.

Ok! A long time outta The Word. Let us dive in with A huge splash!

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psalm 37:11

We are called to be meek. Just what is that?

MEEK

mēk/

adjective

quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.

“I used to call her Miss Mouse because she was so meek and mild”

synonyms:submissive, yielding, obedient, compliant, tame, biddable, tractable, acquiescent, humble, deferential, timid, unprotesting, unresisting, like a lamb to the slaughter; quiet, mild, gentle, docile, lamblike, shy, diffident, unassuming, self-effacing.

Can we do this? My challenge is to find a situation where you practice being meek. Not insisting on your own way, or wanting things done your way now! I think this is a good place to start. Folks! I just thought about it, names deleted or not even included! It’s testimony time. Y’all have my address, so bring it on!

6.

Good morning.

May today be all you need it to be. May the peace of God and the freshness of the Holy Spirit rest in your thoughts, rule in your dreams tonight, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest Himself today in ways you have never experienced before. May your joy be fulfilled, your dreams be closer and your prayers be answered. I pray that faith enters a new height for you; I pray that your territory is enlarged. I pray for peace, healing, health, happiness, prosperity, joy and a true and undying love for God. IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST THE MOST HIGH, AMEN!

7.

According to the Gospel of John, the Pharisees, in an attempt to discredit Jesus, brought a woman charged with adultery before him. Then they reminded Jesus that adultery was punishable by stoning under Mosaic law and challenged him to judge the woman so that they might then accuse him of disobeying the law. Jesus thought for a moment and then replied, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” The people crowded around him were so touched by their own consciences that they departed. When Jesus found himself alone with the woman, he asked her who were her accusers. She replied, “No man, lord.” Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.”

I happened to see this as a movie which I shared. Brought tears to my eyes for so many reasons. they were so quick to judge. Much easier to judge thanvadmit we are at fault; No? It is shocking that the crowd dragged the woman and threw her against the wall while they caught Jesus comment. They wanted blood and to judge Him, by trying Him. We can imagine that we just looked down and scribbled in the dirt till every one of them had dispersed. All He said was “He who among you is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” And all people dispersed. Then He stood up and said to the woman “Go and sin no more.” A myriad of thoughts ‘befell’ me.

1. Where was the man that she had committed fornication with? What was the ‘punishment’ for the man?

2. As things go in this day and age; aren’t the both to blame? What one did, the other did too.

3. If the woman was married, where was her husband?

What Jesus said, teaches us a lesson. We are all with sin-thoughts, words, actions, desires etc. We are so quick to judge others. Why don’t you start by judging yourself? By doing this, by God’s grace, the world will be a better place.

7.

We will take a break and look at a ‘side note.’

#SadButTrue Series

1. Realize this: No matter what you say and how you say it, SOME people will never get it. That’s not your fault! #SadButTrue

2. No matter how pure your motives are, SOMEBODY will still accuse you of ill intentions. Stay pure anyways. #SadButTrue

3. No matter how humble you are, somebody will still consider you proud. Stay humble, anyway. #SadButTrue

4. No matter how generous you are, somebody will still call you “selfish”. Remain generous, anyway. #SadButTrue

5. Some of your greatest pains will come from those you gave the most pleasure.#SadButTrue

6. Some of your greatest disappointments will come from those you gave your best appointments. #SadButTrue

7. Some of the worst things you’d hear about yourself may come from those you speak the best of. #SadButTrue

8. Not everyone in your ship is paddling in the direction of your dream destination. Discernment is key. #SadButTrue

9. Loving people sometimes means feeling used by them.

#SadButTrue

10. If you fall for the temptation to take an eye for an eye, you’d be blinded to the bounties God has in store. #SadButTrue

11. Sometimes, doing the right thing ends up making you look like a fool. #SadButTrue

12. Tough as it seems, any evil done against you can become a seed for your promotion. It depends on your response. #SadButTrue

13. I’d rather appear foolish now and see the wisdom of God unfold than appear wise now and turn out a fool later. #SadButTrue

14. Promotion doesn’t come by fighting for your rights but by being faithful in doing what is right. #SadButTrue

15. Those who will enjoy true promotion must be willing to forgive freely, forgive quickly and forgive wholly. #SadButTrue

16. Those who will relish true promotion must be willing to serve many for free!

#SadButTrue

17. Read with caution: Sometimes, to see what God can do, you have to be willing to stop what you can do. #SadButTrue

18. Without God’s sign off, your biggest step can turn out to be your biggest mistake. #SadButTrue

19. Pain has a higher potential to toughen you up than pleasure does. #SadButTrue

20. Problems are easier to solve than people. #SadButTrue

21. Many people will celebrate you only as long as your advancement doesn’t exceed their expectations of you. #SadButTrue

22. Some people get close enough to you just to find something bad about you to broadcast to the world. #SadButTrue

23. Some people are quiet when you’re succeeding but quick to point out your failures.

#SadButTrue

24. Some people are in your life for a reason. Some people in your life would prefer to see you in prison. #SadButTrue

25. Love your enemies. Pray for them that ‘despitefully’ use you. That hasn’t changed. #SadButTrue

26. Hating those who hate you makes them your leaders, since you’re following their footsteps. #SadButTrue

27. Rather than react to the situation. Respond to your revelation. #SadButTrue

28. When people show you who they REALLY are, show them who God is- Good! Always do them good. #SadButTrue

29. We don’t do to people what they’ve done to us. We do to them what God’s done to us. We love them. #SadButTrue

30. Believe the best even when you’re going through the worst. #SadButTrue

31. Keeping a grudge is like keeping garbage you can’t use, yet it’s taking up space and no one is paying you rent. #SadButTrue

32. Malice is a demonstration of your faith in the pain caused you in the past. It keeps you stuck. #SadButTrue

33. Rather than perpetuate pain. Promote peace, stir up joy and spread love. #SadButTrue

34. They hurt you? Don’t hold it against them. Hold them up in prayer. #SadButTrue

35. Some people may think this post is targeted at them. No. Everyone alive will need one of the points at some point. #SadButTrue

36. Forgiving people is not just a good idea. It’s a GOD idea. Actually, more than an idea. It’s an instruction. #SadButTrue

37. How you respond to a situation can be more important than the situation. #SadButTrue

38. Your ability to overlook an offense determines the degree of dominion you’d exercise over many other things. #SadButTrue

39. Wisdom will help you solve problems. A large heart will help you accommodate people. You need both. #SadButTrue

40. When all is said and done, let the love of God in your heart pour through your daily walk. Peace to you. #SadButTrue

8.

Patience might be a bed of thorns at times. We must remember that is one of the fruits of The Spirit. Yes, there are trials and tribulations, hardship and difficulties; I would not be truthful if I or anyone denies these. My eyes have seen The Glory of The Lord, and when we see it we shall rejoice.

🈷Mine eyes have seen the glory

of the coming of the Lord;

he is trampling out the vintage

where the grapes of wrath are stored;

he hath loosed the fateful lightning

of his terrible swift sword;

his truth is marching on.

There are times when the hand that keeps us down is no more. Give God the praise! Waiting and seeking His face is what we need to do for now and all our ways.

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Psalm 37:29-36

What must we do to retrieve what is ours? What we have been promised? Let us “Galatians 5:22” it!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

These again have no law. Have we seen an arrest for peace, forbearance or gentleness? The fruit of the Spirit are these and more.

What we shall not do is outlined in The Word of our Father Who is in Heaven, lane we pray the He supply us with His blessings now and in all our ways.

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

Romans 14:1-23

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:1-5

We are going to have church here! There are quite a few more veres that advice on our lives;,in fact I can point you right to the bible these things are written. I understand that some are too ‘busy’ to find the time to read even a here or two. It is my prayer that they will find the time to be blessed by this.

Father, Lord we thank You for the gift of The Spirit. Your Spirit Lives in us and through us we are shown to be believers; holding and trusting You. Father Alleluia, we thank You for going ahead and bringing the testimonies to be in my Life. Lord, be glorified today and for always. I stand before You Lord, teach me to forgive those who have sinned against me, Lord let me function me to let the past stay right there-in the past. Lord, today I step out with You. Bless me and make me while Father in Jesus’ name, Amen

9.

If He ate, wouldn’t you be blessed to serve Him? Yes! Our God is The King of kings and The Lord of lords. Shall we ‘wait’ upon Him? Whew! The tips in blessings would be out of this world literally in every way!!! Hallelujah! We’d yell when bowing away from the table. He would be at The head of the table, Jesus to His right and just as it says in the bible there would be saints galore around the table.

To wait on that table means you are in the presence of the most glorious presence in the universe! Let us look forward to that day! Even if you missed your spiritual step and stumbled, not that you would He would stretch out His Glory filled arms and wrap them around you! Glory to God.

There are such awesome times coming, it is hard to stay patient. Let us pray it up! Yet there are things that need to be done. Did you witness to your family? Believing is just the start. Know anyone who has backslidden? Pull them up! In Heaven they will thank you. Even if they are unapproachable, put it in prayer. Perhaps they have a spot that you cannot fill or touch. The Lord can and will. All we have to do is ask.

Ok! A long time outta The Word. Let us dive in with A huge splash!

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psalm 37:11

We are called to be meek. Just what is that?

MEEK

mēk/

adjective

quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.

“I used to call her Miss Mouse because she was so meek and mild”

synonyms:submissive, yielding, obedient, compliant, tame, biddable, tractable, acquiescent, humble, deferential, timid, unprotesting, unresisting, like a lamb to the slaughter; quiet, mild, gentle, docile, lamblike, shy, diffident, unassuming, self-effacing

“they called her Miss Mouse because she was so meek”

10.

Patience might be a bed of thorns at times. We must remember that is one of the fruits of The Spirit. Yes, there are trials and tribulations, hardship and difficulties; I would not be truthful if I or anyone denies these. My eyes have seen The Glory of The Lord, and when we see it we shall rejoice.

🈷Mine eyes have seen the glory

of the coming of the Lord;

he is trampling out the vintage

where the grapes of wrath are stored;

he hath loosed the fateful lightning

of his terrible swift sword;

his truth is marching on.

There are times when the hand that keeps us down is no more. Give God the praise! Waiting and seeking His face is what we need to do for now and all our ways.

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Psalm 37:29-36

What must we do to retrieve what is ours? What we have been promised? Let us “Galatians 5:22” it!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

These again have no law. Have we seen an arrest for peace, forbearance or gentleness? The fruit of the Spirit are these and more.

11.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DDEVOTIONAL

Extra Long. Please sit down comfortably ane read, or on your way to and from work.

THEME: CONSPIRACY & FORNICATION

MEMORISE:

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18

READ: Job 5:12-14, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

14 They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (KJV)

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Exodus 1-3 and Isaiah 58:13-59:15

MESSAGE:

A conspiracy can be defined as a secret plan by a group of persons to do something unlawful or mischievous. Whenever you agree or partner with one or more persons to do something against God’s express word or will, you are guilty of conspiracy. The attitude of the Holy Spirit towards conspiracy is clear from His judgement against Ananias and Sapphira, who conspired to test Him with their lie (Acts 5:1-11). Ahithophel and Absalom also engaged in conspiracy against the Lord’s anointed, King David (2 Samuel 15:12). They paid for this sin with their lives, and they both died similar deaths through hanging (2 Samuel 17:23, 2 Samuel 18:9-14). Do you know that many people still conspire to lie to the Holy Spirit today? When auditors are visiting some churches, their pastors will connive with accountants to present doctored records. On arrival, when the auditor asks the accountant if the books presented are the actual financial records, they would affirm that they are. That is conspiring to lie to the Holy Spirit! Those who engage in conspiracy often die together, just like it happened to Ananias and Sapphira, Absalom and Ahithophel, and Korah, Dathan and Abiram (Numbers 26:9-10). This is where married couples need to be extremely cautions. If your spouse is going the way of destruction, never follow him or her. Do all you can to deliver him, but if the fellow refuses, let him or her take the evil step alone. Are you engaged in a conspiracy to defraud your employer or government? It’s time to pull out of such schemes and repent.

In like manner, the Holy Spirit hates adultery and fornication. Why? It is because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. You are His dwelling place. Adultery separates God from His temple. It keeps God outside His throne in your heart. Some people erroneously think that they can fornicate without affecting the presence of the Holy Spirit in them. No way! How can you expect the Holy Spirit, whose personality is defined by holiness, to dwell in a body yielded to filthiness? The Bible in James 4:4 says,

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Fornication strips the glory of God away from you and clothes you in rags and shame. There is nothing glorious about sexual sin. It never adds anything to you; rather, it always takes away your prized possessions. Repent and flee fornication daily! Whatever separates God from you is something to resist by all means!

ACTION POINT:

Confess and repent of any form of conspiracy or sexual sins you are involved in. Break away from every form of relationship that facilitates these.

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

For our musicians:

HYMN 9: ON THE HILL AWAY

1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

the emblem of suffering and shame;

and I love that old cross where the dearest and best

for a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

and exchange it some day for a crown.

2. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

has a wondrous attraction for me;

for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above

to bear it to dark Calvary. Refrain

3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

a wondrous beauty I see,

for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

to pardon and sanctify me. Refrain

4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;

its shame and reproach gladly bear;

then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,

where His glory forever I’ll share. Refrain

12.

We, I am sure have heard of the story of the woman who wiped Jesus’ feet with het hair and ointment. Do we know who exactly she was?  (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) We see that this anointing happened again. When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. Luke 7:36-38

Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Jesus knew exactly what would occur, we see it in His words.

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was. The disciples must have wondered why exactly He tarried “That the Father might be glorified.” He said to His disciples.

One thing that is very scarce in the bible is Jesus crying. We know He Loved Lazarus and his sisters. But, looking at it from the human perspective, He was touched. Jesus wept John 11:35 (The shortest verse in the bible.) It gives meaning to the phrase, the depth of emotion.

Then the Jews said, “See how he Loved him!” Some who stood aside faulted Him for not coming sooner.

One of the most powerful prayers followed suite.

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

Lazarus, still bounty with the burial cloths came out when he was called. The BIG lesson. Faith moves mountains.

13.

Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,  where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:17-19

Melchizedek is a role of King and priest. We have a “friend” in Jesus! In The Word He is both a King and He acts as our go between to God.

I will admit that I was a little perplexed till I read and learned and thus share with you.

Melchizedek, Melkisetek, or Malki Tzedek, is the king of Salem and priest of El Elyon mentioned in the 14th chapter of the Book of Genesis. He brings out bread and wine and blesses Abram and El Elyon.

The priesthood of Melchizedek is a role in Abrahamic religions, modelled on Melchizedek, combining the dual position of king and priest.

Melchizedek is a king and priest appearing in the Book of Genesis. The name means “King of Righteousness” – a name echoing kingly and priestly functions. He is the first individual to be given the title Kohen (priest) in the Hebrew Bible.

Amazingly, we can and do sing “What a friend we have in Jesus”

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear

And 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.

14.

TOPIC : STILL KEEPING OLD PALS?

MEMORISE : And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. EPHESIANS 4 : 24.

READ : EPHESISANS 4 : 17 – 24 :

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : EXODUS 4 – 6 AND ISAIAH 59 : 16 – 60 : 7.

MESSAGE :

An encounter with Jesus Christ is such a powerful experience that it can bring about a change of name ( Mark 3 : 16 ). This change of name indicates a change of destiny. His power of transformation changes you from a sinner to a saint ( Romans 1 : 7 ). There is no greater change than that of a changed life made possible by the redeeming power in the blood of Jesus Christ. If you were known as a night crawler before encountering Jesus, you will become known as a more responsible person after encountering Him. The truth is, if you really encounter Jesus Christ, you will lose most of your old friends because it would be difficult for them to relate with the new you. They won’t understand you anymore, because you won’t talk the way you used to talk, drink like you used to drink or even dress the way they dress. Following a definite encounter with the person of Jesus Christ, what you like and hate will change, so much so that if you fail to leave your old friends, they will be the ones to desert you. If you say you are born again, and all of your old pals still feel comfortable around you, your salvation is most likely not genuine.

Before I became born again, I had many friends, some of whom were sailors. When they returned from their trips, they brought me assorted alcoholic drinks. Therefore, when my friends wanted to drink alcohol, they would visit me because they knew I would have a lot in store. They sometimes said they could not pass by the house of the king without saying hello to the king. I never knew I was king of alcohol in those days. However, after my conversion, when my old friends visited me, I would offer them soft drinks. They would protest, saying that I already knew the choice alcoholic drinks they normally enjoyed, but I simply told them that I did not stock such anymore. Consequently, I lost most of my friends, but today, God has given me like-minded, godly people as replacements. Have you truly encountered Jesus? What changes have you noticed in your life? Are you still keeping all your old friends, or have they observed the changes in your life and dumped you? Sometimes, some people are afraid of losing their old friends, and as a result, they do everything to hide their new found faith from them. This is unacceptable in the Kingdom of God. The reality is that if you have met Jesus, you are linked to the greatest Friend anyone could ever have. You should be proud of that and let all your friends know about it. If you are ashamed of Him here on earth, He too will be ashamed to talk about you in Heaven ( Mark 8 : 38 ).

ACTION POINT : Some people have bars in their houses. If you are truly saved, such bars should not accommodate any alcoholic drinks. Get rid of that alcohol!

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👌👌 *An awesome message!!!*.

A rich man looked through his window and saw a poor man picking something from his dustbin … He said, Thank GOD I’m not poor.

The poor man looked around and saw a naked man misbehaving on the street … He said, Thank GOD I’m not mad.

The mad man looked ahead and saw an ambulance carrying a patient … He said, Thank GOD am not sick.

Then a sick person in hospital saw a trolley taking a dead body to the mortuary … He said, Thank GOD I’m not dead.

Only a dead person cannot thank God.

Why don’t you thank GOD today for all your blessings and for the gift of life … for another beautiful day.

*What is LIFE*?

To understand life better, you have to go to 3 locations :

*1. Hospital*

*2. Prison*

*3. Cemetery*

🏥 At the Hospital, you will understand that nothing is more beautiful than HEALTH.

🔐 In the Prison, you’ll see that FREEDOM is the most precious thing.

💐 At the Cemetery, you will realize that life is worth nothing. The ground that we walk today will be our roof tomorrow.

*Sad Truth* :  We all come with *Nothing* and we will go with *Nothing* … Let us, therefore, remain humble and be thankful & grateful to God at all times for everything.

Michael Jackson died few years ago they call him late Jackson; Yaradua died few years ago they call him late Yaradua; Mandela died few years ago they call him late Mandela, But since 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ  died and no body not even the devil called him late Christ .. Glory be to God in the highest !.He lives!!! He reigns!!!!! He rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So much to learn therein;

1. Life after death.

2. Great artists have existed before it was documented.

3. The Glory of God, our Father.

4. A testimony, just as we have even today.

Amazing that Matthew who was not with them writes of what they saw. Even being present must have been awe inspiring, a thing glorious to behold. So much so that they who were present fell down trembling. A voice was heard, even the voice of God.

I have to wonder how God fellowshiped with Adam and Eve. They would have known of His presence in the garden of Eden. It says they hid when they heard His presence. I am directed to the meeting of the Angels meeting with God when He spoke with pride about His child Job. In my mind; boy! Must that have been great!!! So many people on Earth and His eye caught one, who was fulfilling His will while he lived here on Earth. To be pointed out by God!!! Oh my! Can we say that God is proud of us? I know full well that it is at times difficult, but let us go back and review all job did. He worked hard! He had flocks, people working under him, farms, crop, houses, land. I must point out that it was possible that he was one of the richest people of his time. For many reasons; no matter what he did, he put God first.

When I say this; I want to ensure that it is taken appropriately. Job had a few children. So everything worked just fine. When God spoke with pride; Satan was there and pointed out that his opulence was because God had placed a wall of protection about him. I will point out that when we do as God wills there is a wall of protection about us. Just as Job did, we must have goals. He did, he wanted to ensure that he worked hard and well and left plenty for his children. Has God built a wall around you? I must ask.

The reason I state this is we have as believers all been granted a guardian angel. Brings a few things in our Spirits. We are constantly seen, not here in this plane; but our observers are on a different plane. We have spoken about our lives being on constant record; thoughts, actions, feelings. If we are met with a challenge, our reaction is what our reaction is. It might be the correct one or incorrect, time will tell. But this is why we have stressed to place each and every day into God’s hands and let The Lord lead us as He wills.

Now, the testimony of what was see. And experienced.

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun (The Glory of God cannot be described with words), and his raiment was white as the light (again we are told that a heavenly light encircled Jesus. Onbbright days can we look directly into the sun?). And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him (we have pointed out that duringcJesus’ fast for the 40 days, there were things that He might have taken care of in The Spiritual plane). Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.”

While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, “Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.”

And his disciples asked him, saying, “Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?” And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they wished. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.” (As we shared, Jesus knew whay exactly He would face. This is why He was agrieved before his trials leading to His crucifixion and death in the flesh occurred.) Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.  (The testimony.)

Matthew 17:1-18

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In just a ‘little while’, we have to remember years in our life is a mere second to God. Yes, the Isrealites were His first “sheep”, a nation called to serve Him. We are now His sheep! A little while may be years to us. To Him yesteryear Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Bless God that they did not eat of the tree of Life! Or we’d still be walking or existing with Adame, Eve, Moses, Elijah and all. They are today, in a different plane. They chose to serve Th3 Lord and they served Him truly with heart and Spirit.

God told Abram to get up and go; he did and The Lords promise was fulfilled in his life. It is interesting that all the bible characters are represented as Caucasian, though the events in the bible took place in what we know know as the ‘Middle East’. Africa is represented too; when Moses ran from Egypt he adjourned in a place we no know as around Ethiopia.

Even his wife was not ‘fair-skinned’.

Zipporah or Tzipora (/ˈzɪp.ər.ə/ or /zɪpˈɔːr.ə/; Hebrew: צִפוֹרָה, Modern Tsippora, Tiberian Ṣippôrā ‘bird’; Greek: Σεπφώρα, Sepphōra; Arabic: صفورة‎‎, Ṣaffūrah) is mentioned in the Book of Exodus as the wife of Moses, and the daughter of Reuel/Jethro, the priest or prince of Midian and the spiritual founder and ancestor of the Druze. In the Book of Chronicles, two of her descendants are mentioned: Shebuel, son of Gershom, and Rehabiah, son of Eliezer.

the people are known for their black skin. We know this because of Jeremiah 13:23: “Can the Ethiopian [the same Hebrew word translated “Cushite” in Numbers 12:1] change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.” Attention is drawn to the difference of the skin of the Cushite people.

Cush “is used regularly to refer to the area south of Egypt, and above the cataracts on the Nile, where a Black African civilization flourished for over two thousand years. Thus it is quite clear that Moses marries a Black African woman.”

In response to Miriam’s criticism, God does not get angry at Moses; he gets angry at Miriam. The criticism has to do with Moses’ marriage and Moses’ authority. The most explicit statement relates to the marriage: “Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman.” Then God strikes Miriam with leprosy. Why? Consider this possibility. In God’s anger at Miriam, Moses’ sister, God says in effect, “You like being light-skinned Miriam? I’ll make you light-skinned.” So we read, “When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow” (Num. 12:10)

God says not a critical word against Moses for marrying a black Cushite woman. But when Miriam criticizes God’s chosen leader for this marriage God strikes her skin with white leprosy. If you ever thought black was a biblical symbol for uncleanness, be careful; a worse white uncleanness could come upon you.

I have done tons of research on this and God made us all Asian, Indian, African, Caucasian in His eyes; we all are equal. In fact, having a medical background the blood taken from one can be given to another with no ill effects. Essentially we are all the same inside.

Though I have stated that I will steer cleat of my experience, in my ‘dream’ after my accident I frankly cannot remember that anyone or thing appeared as a ‘nationality’ all the other individuals I saw from afar were just as they were, I cannot remember any difference in race and/or color. I guess I should see if currently my dreams specify color or just the ‘nature’ of

the person.

But back to what we were talking about

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We are blessed with fullness of days. There is Joy, find it and grasp it. Hold on tightly; for You are Loved. And we pray (as children of our Father we are able to pray the exact same prayer as king David. We made it ours, for God is The same Yesteryear, today and for always!) It is quite a blessing as we look to when time will cease and we will be in His presence for always. It is hard to imagine that Adam and Eve were not created to die, but that was changed. The impressive thing is that the tree of Life was in the garden, yet they did not eat of it. They at the time did not have the understanding that we do in this time:

Your people shall joy in Thy strength, O LORD; and in Thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!21:2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.21:3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.21:4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. Psalm 21:1-4

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Now we can begin tearing it down to bits bare bones. Hallelujah!

He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. Psalm 55:18-20

Verse 18. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle. In the midst of war the Lord can keep a man as safe as in the time of peace, and in extreme perils preserve him from danger. He that depends upon God in the time of trouble, albeit he had an host against him, yet hath he more with him when God is with him, than can be against him. David Dickson.

Verse 18. For. The for implies the reason why God interposed to deliver him; namely, because of the general principle that God ministers relief when his people come to an extremity. A. R. Fausset.

Verse 18. There were many with me. This is doubtful whether it be meant of foes or friends. If of foes, it may be resolved thus: for with many (with a great multitude) they were fighters with me. If of friends, it may be understood of God’s angels, that in a great number were with him, pitching camp for his aid ( Psalms 34:7 ); as Elisha said, “Many more are with us than with them.” 2Ki 6:16-17. The Chaldee explains it, “For in many afflictions his word was for my help.” Henry Ainsworth.

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Now, I hope to make some sense to the single women out there:

10 COMMANDMENTS FOR SINGLE LADIES👩

1. Never fail to pray before saying yes to a man. Don’t be in

a hurry to get married.

☝If you rush in, you may rush out with a lot of injuries!

2. Discover Your Purpose before marriage.

☝Go To School Or Learn a trade.

☝Don’t wait for a man before you start living.

☝Add value to yourself and leave a good life.

3. Don’t run after a man because of his money, cars connection, position, talent, or family background.

☝Marry a man base on the conviction of the Holy Spirit and Love.

4. Develop a healthy eating habit.

☝Don’t be too fat that single men begin to think you are married.

☝It takes discipline to do that.

5. Dress well: First Impression counts.

☝Don’t expose any of your private part for men to see otherwise you might only attract a player not a responsible man.

6. Don’t beg or force a man to marry you.

☝You are too precious to do that.

☝And don’t try to hook and keep a guy with sex or unwanted pregnancy.

☝Many ladies who do that end up in shame and regrets.

7. Your character is your marriage.

☝ It makes a man want to spend the rest of his life with you.

☝So Work on your character.

☝Beauty is not everything.

☝If it is all you have, you’ll lose your place to someone more beautiful and more matured than you.

8. Never fail to learn how to cook good food.

☝Men usually love a woman who feed them with good food because one of the easiest way to a man’s heart is through good food.

9. Never fail to read at least 20 books about marriage and

family before your wedding.

☝The marriage you don’t prepare for will confuse you when you get there.

☝Attend marriage seminar and premarital counselling before marriage.

10. Never fail To Give Your Life to GOD before Marriage.

☝A Marriage Without GOD Is Bound To Experience Marital Crisis.

I hope am making sense here? PLEASE TAKE IT SERIOUS IS THE 10 COMMANDMENT FOR ALL SINGLE LADIES.

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Cast your burdens onto Jesus, for He cares for you. As always, reading and it stuck out. Where are our musicians?

-Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

A promise. Our promise for all our ways in Jesus’ name, Amen

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I will admit that I didn’t know where to start. The whole book is full of truisms that affect us daily. We will start here: So I say, walk by and in The Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. Life is about balance, therefore keeping our lives in balance demands that we know and understand what effects and affects the balance. The flesh and the Spirit are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. A bit difficult to understand. To place it as plainly before you as can be done. Be led by The Word. We at times have what is known as ‘consience’, the ‘inner-self’ speaks to us. At times it may be difficult to hear just what it says, but allowing ourselves to be led by The Spirit is unfathomable peace.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Galatians 5:16-26

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Be willing to pay the price

‘I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.’ Nehemiah 6:3 KJV

Success usually comes at the end of struggle; if it came easily, everybody would be experiencing it. When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts, reduced prices, or ‘special deals’. The value of anything is determined by the price you’re willing to pay for it. And when you truly value something, you won’t easily jeopardise it because you remember what it cost you. What are you afraid of today? Failing? Your concern should be the opposite—regret that you didn’t try.

Are you afraid of criticism? Face it, as you move upward in life certain people will resent your success; that’s true whether you’re arrogant or not. We all want to be liked, but at some point you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘How much am I willing to forfeit in order to be liked and accepted?’ Nehemiah, the builder of Jerusalem’s walls, said, ‘I am doing a great work, so…I cannot come down.’ Any time you defer to the opinion of people instead of the will of God, you are ‘coming down’. Stay up on the wall! Keep laying bricks—or whatever God has called you to do.

Advancement often brings isolation and criticism, and God may be grooming you right now for a new level of blessing by exposing you to both. Can you handle it? Not everybody can. But if you’re the kind of person who can’t sit on the sidelines and watch while others play the game—go for it! God will reward every step of faith you take and every sacrifice you make.

SoulFood: 2 Ki 7–9, Luke 16:1–18, Ps 135, Prov 7:21–23

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James 3:16 No truer words concerning ourselves and others have been uttered. There are in The Word tons of truism, this affects our daily life.

It says: For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Let us strive to be wholesome in The Spirit. Talking everything through first with Christ our Savior, praying it through so we stand with both feet firmly planted, then in humility seeking the heart of those we have wronged or those who have wronged us.

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Do we know where the song “If I had the wings of a dove…” is from??? Any takers? I will remind you be stating the lyrics below:

If I had the wings of a dove

If I had the wings of a dove

Well, I would fly, fly away, fly away

And be at rest

If I had the wings of a dove

If I had the wings of a dove

Well, I would fly, fly away, fly away

And be at rest

Oh, since I have no wings, since

I have no wings, since I have no wings

I’m gonna sing, sing, sing,

Since I have no wings, since

I have no wings, since I have no wings

I’m gonna sing, sing, sing…

The interesting thing is that it was sung by Bob Marley. Remember?

So, I was reading and chanced upon the words; guess where???

horror has overwhelmed me.

I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!

I would fly away and be at rest.

I would flee far away

and stay in the desert;

I would hurry to my place of shelter,

far from the tempest and storm.”

Psalm 55:6-8

There are so many lessons. It was a very popular reggae song. God uses all kinds of people. I have to ask; did you know where the song came from? Let us not tarry on that fact, but rather we have discussed ‘music’s. There are so many places The Word says ‘Sing to The Lord’:

I will sing to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

Psalm 104:33

Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

Psalm 33:1-3

Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

Psalm 96:1-2

But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You.

Psalm 5:111

Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; Declare among the peoples His deeds.

Psalm 9:11

We can go on, there are quite a few 64 to be precise and I am still searching for more. So, once again the challenge is raised. Do we have musicians among us? There were singing groups growing up one of which in Nigeria was “The Beacons.” Are we ‘too busy’ to open our hearts and give our Father and our Lord praise?

I am just sending out some encouragement for the slumbering musicians in each and every one of us. Sing to the Lord!

Righteous

Ruler of the heavens

Holy holy our God

Sovereign

Lord of all creation

Holy holy our God

Every tribe and tongue

Lift your voice as one

He is greatly to be praised

Sing to the Lord

Oh my soul

Let the heavens

Shout for joy

Great is our God

Great is our God

Nations come and

Bow before Him

Holy holy our God

Angels…

And yet another! Calling our inner musicians! You do not have to be in the choir. Just sing!

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We are still on or 3:16 jaunt. So why do we not go back and start from Genesis? I found it disturbing but explicit. And we read:

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Genesis 3:16

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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 3:16

be·get

bəˈɡet/

verb

1. (typically of a man, sometimes of a man and a woman) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction.

“they hoped that the King might beget an heir by his new queen”

synonyms:father, sire, have, bring into the world, give life to, bring into being, spawn

“he begat a son”

2. give rise to; bring about.

“success begets further success”

synonyms:cause, give rise to, lead to, result in, bring about, create, produce, generate, engender, spawn, occasion, bring on, precipitate, prompt, provoke, kindle, trigger, spark off, touch off, stir up, whip up, induce, inspire, promote; literaryenkindle

“violence begets violence”

So, when I read this. God begat Jesus. Yes we know there are ‘sons’ of God in Heaven. To create is seperate from beget.

cre·ate

krēˈāt/

verb

bring (something) into existence.

“he created a thirty-acre lake”

synonyms:produce, generate, bring into being, make, fabricate, fashion, build, construct; More

cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions.

“divorce only created problems for children”

synonyms:bring about, give rise to, lead to, result in, cause, breed, generate, engender, produce, make for, promote, foster, sow the seeds of, contribute to

“regular socializing creates good team spirit”

Jesus is a ‘part’ of God The Father. To create is different. We were created each with her or his purpose. Have we found them out yet?  More to come.

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Let us go through this, I know there is quite a bit to learn. We ‘share’ the Word, no excuse to forego the gathering of the Spirits in a place And giving God the glory! But learn, we must.

And they say, How doth God know? To start off, this is the voice of the unbelievers and a simple answer from The Word is God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that he is every where, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all, yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right

step and every by step. He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward, what company we walk with. When I am withdrawn from all company, thou knowest what I have in my heart. There is not a vain word, not a good word, but thou knowest from what thought it came, and with what design it was uttered. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God. We cannot by searching find how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. Such thoughts should restrain us from sin.

(Ps 139:7-16)

And is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Psalm 73:11-28

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Why do we rest in Him? We stand awed by Jesus! His Father??? It goes without saying that words could never express the reverence we have for His awesomeness. Once again words fail me.

As for God, his way is perfect:

The Lord’s word is flawless;

he shields all who take refuge in him..

Psalm 18:30

The Lord makes firm the steps

    of the one who delights in him;

though he may stumble, he will not fall,

    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 37:23-24

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Why do we rest in Him? We stand awed by Jesus! His Father??? It goes without saying that words could never express the reverence we have for His awesomeness. Once again words fail me.

As for God, his way is perfect:

The Lord’s word is flawless;

he shields all who take refuge in him..

Psalm 18:30

The Lord makes firm the steps

    of the one who delights in him;

though he may stumble, he will not fall,

    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 37:23-24

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Go By The Book

‘Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.’ Hebrews 10:35 NKJV

How long should you keep praying and believing God for the answer? Until He tells you differently. In other words, go by the book! ‘Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.’ (Hebrews 10:35–36 NKJV) Many of God’s promises have timelines, and you need long-distance faith to receive them. The word endurance pictures a runner determined to reach the finish line. You say, ‘But I’m not sure what God’s will is.’ His will is revealed in His Word, and that’s what you must believe and speak over your situation. To say otherwise is to contradict God.

Abraham stood on God’s promise that he’d be the father of many nations when there wasn’t a shred of evidence to prove it. For twenty years he looked up into the night sky believing, ‘Lord, You said my children would be as numerous as the stars. I don’t know how You’re going to do it for I’m a hundred years old and my wife, Sarah, is ninety. But I’m going to believe You anyway.’ When you pray that way, you risk looking foolish in the eyes of others.

But receiving the miraculous often involves looking ridiculous, like Jesus telling the disciples to fill wine pots with water or rubbing clay in a blind man’s eyes. But the guests at the wedding in Cana drank the finest wine, and the blind man went home seeing. Why? Because they obeyed the word Jesus gave them. So the word for you today is: go by the Book.

SoulFood: Acts 24–26, Matt 3:1–17, Ps 94:12–23, Prov 11:16–18

Get Busy!

Bible Study Month 5

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

– Joshua 1:8

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Watch out! Lots of learning to come!🚫 Caution!!! This might be too hot to handle!!!

The LORD by wisdom hath founded the Earth (knowing this it is breathtakingly awesome to see the sheer beauty of a soft rain shower; a rainbow on bright days; a mountain you scale to look back and wonder how you made it up, but give Him praise that you did; a trip that you were fill of questions about, and each answer falling where you believed it’d fall despite conditions…we could go on folks, but let us continue with The Word.)

By understanding hath He established the Heavens. By His knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. (Amazing weather that keeps the world a blessing. How many of us have experienced see? Show of hands. Isn’t it at first annoying to have those drops on your shoes, car, clothes??? Next time tale a good feel (you thought I would say “look” at the basic essential that it is, we are not plants, thus it is hard to understand how essential. Rain can be a downer, the plants need water; dew gives it. Another reason to give praise!)

Sister\Brother, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid (‘Sweet Sleep’ is yours- promised Mmmhmmm!): yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet (told ya). Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh (for we are held close in Love.) For the LORD shall be thy confidence (we have a confidence that is from the Creator of the Universe), and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due (we have an awesome Life in Him), when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

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THEME: LIFTING SPIRITUAL LOADS

Memorise:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

Mark 1:23-27

Besides physical and material burdens, the devil also weighs people’s lives down with marital burdens. He does this in order to prevent them from actualising God’s plan and purpose for their lives. A person who is weighed down by a heavy load cannot think of moving forward. Mark 5:25-34 tells us the story of the woman with the issue of blood. According to Mosaic Law, the fact that her blood kept flowing continuously implied that she was permanently considered to be unclean. She was therefore ostracized from society. In that state, no man dared come near to propose to her. Even if a man was brave enough to marry her, she had very slim chances of bearing children. Hannah also faced a marital burden as she battled with barrenness, which her mate used in taunting her. She never planned to be barren but barrenness attached itself to her until the Burden-Bearer stepped in. Are you laden with a marital burden? Is there no peace in your home? Is the enemy turning your spouse against you because of the delay in conceiving? Have you been weeping quietly because of the marital burdens you are forced to bear? This season, the Burden-Bearer will intervene in your situation and turn things around for good!

Moreover, some people are battling with spiritual burdens. Today’s Bible reading tells us of a man in the synagogue with an unclean spirit. Although this man was regularly attending church, a demon was still living inside him. He was like a time-bomb waiting to explode. He did not like what he was carrying, but he could not do anything about it until he met Jesus. Compared to the mad man of Gadara, his case was even tolerable (Mark 5:1:20). He would come to church, sit in the crowd, and yet nobody knew what he was going through. Many years ago, while visiting my mother, some people brought a man who looked almost normal to me. To demonstrate what was wrong with him to me, he simply scratched his head and brought out a cockroach. He dipped his hand into his hair again and another insect came out. He put his finger inside his ear and I could hear the sound of a motorcycle. After a short exhortation, I simply asked him to give his life to Jesus, and he did. I then called on the Burden-Bearer to intervene. When he returned two weeks later, everything had changed. Have you been secretly battling with some spiritual burdens? The Lord will deliver you today! Whatever is responsible for that strange burden in your life, I command it to return to where it came from. You are free from today!

Prayer Point:

Every strange burden in my life and family, the word of the Lord is against you; lose your grip now and return to your source in Jesus’ Name!

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:

Exodus 15-16

Isaiah 63:15-64:12

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“I will lead the blind on roads they have never known; I will guide them on paths they have never traveled. Their road is dark and rough, but I will give light to keep them from stumbling.”(CEV)

Psalms 119:105 tells us,

“By His words we can see where we’re going; they throw a beam of light on our dark path.”

Jeremiah 33:3 gives us direction on how to receive spiritual clarity. Listen,

“Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.

“The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to himwho is weary.”

Isaiah 50:4

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

– Joshua 1:8

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Good Morning all, we are blessed to be up. Check this out; some are hurting because their loved ones have passed-pray for them, offer comfort and support. Get them to understand that this life here is a microcosm of eternity. If and when we commit all to The Lord we are ‘made’ for eternity. As we have stated prior a new beginning is here, we can call it a new day and not even realize that it is a blessing. You woke up! You are out and about, did you thank God yet? Did you have time (just a few seconds to thank The very reason you are here?) What have you been blessed with? What do you still ‘desire’? Know this- Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Again, this is just to share, we touched on a few things and we will touch on more. I am aware that time is ‘precious’; so let us move on.

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Philippians 3:2-3

Concision:

(alternatively brevity, laconicism, terseness, or conciseness) is the art and practice of minimizing words used to convey an idea. It aims to make communication more effective by eliminating redundancy without omitting important information.)

cir·cum·ci·sion

ˈsərkəmˌsiZHən

noun

1. The action or practice of circumcising a young boy or man.

2. The action or practice of circumcising a girl or young woman; female circumcision

It is awesome to be born anew in Christ, an excellent definition: A new way of being; much like in the past it is ascribed to both men and women. We have a new life in Christ-old things are passed away (Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  2 Corinthians 5:17)

Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.

We will be quoting from 2 Corinthians 5

So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. vv 9,10

Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to others conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to other believers, but are giving ourselves an opportunity to take pride in ourselves, so that we can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for other believers.

2 Corinthians 5:11-12

Folks, we are having “Chech” as some would call ‘Church’, breaking down the Word of God.

Are we in need or ‘want’ of any thing? Take it to The Lord in prayer.

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 carsinceritycious 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.

Lyrics by Joseph M. Scriven

Told you ‘Chech’ time. Well, I know busy day ahead. Be blessed!

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

– Joshua 1:8

Prayer requests should openly be shared with our sisters and brothers in Christ.

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“How much do you want to make?”

“Is it a good dral?”

“Well…uh…I…ahhh. Look, you make money, so why the worry?”

“So it’s not totally legal?”

“Boy! Who said anything about being legal. Just fast and a sure thing in your pocket!”

“Dude! I’ll pass on this one. In face I don’t think I’ll deal with you again. I have morals.”

“Whatever! You are the one missing out and you’ll be sorry…”

This imaginary meeting is between two blokes, one a Christian practising to make his decisionscworthwhile. Might be that he list a bit of moolah. But, who’s counting. He has his pride and correctness. The awesome thing is if he was a real fella he would be rewarded.

Look at what and wht I shared that ‘little’ drama.

The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

Psalm 18:20

‘Nuff said. Be blessed.

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There were two Samaritans that made it into the scripture. Question time! Who were they and why important? What did the original good Samaritan do? What was the difference between the Jewish people, the Samaritans and the gentiles?

As we discussed the questions are not ‘hat’s but challenging. This time I will recount the testimony of the good Samaritan. He was on his way and saw a victim, many passed him by, but the good Samaritan stopped helped him and took him to the equivalent of a total care in and said he would pay as much as was needed. This was a parable and should help you understand the relationship between the Jewish people and the Samaritans.

We have more to answer! More so,  knowing this, Jesus born of the family of king David, and thus considered a Jew by many (wrongly so); sent His disciples into the city. He knows all and asked a woman of Samaria for a drink of water, we can see what transpired in John 4:7-42.

The narrative falls into three major segments: First, there is the explanation as to why the Lord happened to be passing through Samaritan territory (vv. 1-4). Second, there is the actual exchange between Jesus and this strange woman (vv. 5-26). Finally, there is the effect that ultimately was produced as a result of this incident (vv. 27-42). Let us consider each of the segments in some detail.

Let us then be aware that we were the Samaritans or the unbelievers destined for eternal separation from The Lord. The message He shared opened the doors for us, and His death on the cross sealed the goodness and Love of the Lord.

So in essence, one was a parable and having understood what it was based on, we see just why I said the Word has two Samaritan’s. The parable and the actual. So let us find out where we are. Be blessed.

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And we pray:

Lord Heavenly Father, might King Jesus, Holy Spirit within me, Hallelujah! Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to Thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for Thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after Thy precepts: quicken me in Thy righteousness. Let Thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even Thy salvation, according to Thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in Thy word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in Thy judgments. So shall I keep Thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek Thy precepts. I will speak of Thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in Thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto Thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in and on Thy statutes. Remember Thy word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for Thy word hath quickened me. The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from Thy law. I remembered Thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself. Amen.

Psalm 119:37-52

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There were two Samaritans that made it into the scripture. Question time! Who were they and why important? What did the original good Samaritan do? What was the difference between the Jewish people, the Samaritans and the gentiles?

As we discussed the questions are not ‘hat’s but challenging. This time I will recount the testimony of the good Samaritan. He was on his way and saw a victim, many passed him by, but the good Samaritan stopped helped him and took him to the equivalent of a total care in and said he would pay as much as was needed. This was a parable and should help you understand the relationship between the Jewish people and the Samaritans.

We have more to answer! More so,  knowing this, Jesus born of the family of king David, and thus considered a Jew by many (wrongly so); sent His disciples into the city. He knows all and asked a woman of Samaria for a drink of water, we can see what transpired in John 4:7-29.

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Good Day! Hope you all slept well yesterday. Tried some of the ‘challenges’ set forth? Thought I’d share what has been shared with me. We have the same mind that so long ago, The Son of God had-The mind of Christ. Get set for some new (hopefully it is an old habit encouragement), folks keep trucking.

What I usually say at the end: Be blessed!

Good Thinking (I hope this is both a compliment and pathway.)

‘We have the mind of Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV

In his book, Thinking for a Change, Dr. John Maxwell gives us eleven different types of thinking; to each we’ve added a Scripture:

(1) Big picture thinking. The ability to think beyond yourself is required in order to process ideas from a ‘faith’ perspective (Ephesians 3:20).

(2) Focused thinking. The ability to think with clarity on issues by removing distractions and mental clutter (Philippians 3:13–14).

(3) Creative thinking. The ability to break out of the box and explore ideas and options in order to experience a breakthrough (Isaiah 54:2–3).

(4) Realistic thinking. The ability to build a solid foundation on facts, to think with certainty (Luke 14:28).

(5) Strategic thinking. The ability to implement plans that give direction for today, and increase your potential for tomorrow (Proverbs 19:21).

(6) Possibility thinking. The ability to unleash your enthusiasm and hope, to find solutions for even seemingly impossible situations (Matthew 19:26).

(7) Reflective thinking. The ability to revisit the past in order to think with understanding (Psalm 1:1–3).

(8) Questioning popular thinking. The ability to reject common thinking and accomplish uncommon results (Isaiah 55:8–9).

(9) Shared thinking. The ability to include others who can help you think ‘over your head’ and achieve greater results (Psalm 133:1–3).

(10) Unselfish thinking. The ability to consider others and their journey, to think with collaboration (Romans 12:10).

(11) Bottom-line thinking. The ability to focus on results, in order to reap the full potential of your thinking (Matthew 25:14–30).

Let’s add: (12) Spiritual thinking. ‘We have the mind of Christ.’ One God-given thought can change your life!

SoulFood: 2 Ki 24–25, Luke 18:18–30, Ps 116:1–11, Prov 8:8–9

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Do you know how special you are to God? Do you realize that He loves you more than anything else? I think people have a hard time really understanding God’s love for them. I noticed in the Word of God that He went to great lengths to explain His love, but we fail to see it.

He says we are the apple of His eye (Deuteronomy 32: 9-10); He explains that if we obey His Word, then we–including our children–are promised long life (Deuteronomy 12:28); He is our Good Shepherd who knows us (John 10:14); He says He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); He shares that it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom because He calls us friends (Luke 12:32); He promises that He will give us everlasting life if we believe in Him (John 3:16); and He will answer our prayers. The list is endless concerning the things that God has done for us and will continue to do for us.

I have a photo album that says Grandma’s Brag Book. In it are pictures of my granddaughter when she was little. Whenever I have shown it to family or friends, I have said, “Look how adorable she posed!” or “Isn’t that a cute face?” That is how God’s Word is — full of Him bragging on us.

We love Him because He first loved us and gave His Only Son to die for our sins (1 John 4:10). Think about it. Jesus was blameless and sinless, yet He allowed man to crucify Him so that He might take our place. He laid down His life for us so that we would inherit eternal life. It doesn’t get any better than that! Truly, that is ultimate love. It takes a sacrificial love to die in the place of another.

God is love Himself. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, yet He was not satisfied because He desired fellowship. He gave us this opportunity to receive Him into our hearts or to choose the world instead.

We can’t even love Him until we find out about what He did for us at the cross, and even then we often find that we take Him for granted. If you love someone, you talk to that person and want to spend time with that person. Your desire will be to develop a relationship, so you will need to cultivate it. God is the Lover of our souls. We should draw near to Him and begin that personal relationship with Him.

For even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall to pieces, My love won’t walk away from you, my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart. The GOD who has compassion on you says so. — Isaiah 54:10, The Message

When we come into the throne room to thank Him, and when we come into worship to praise His name, these things please our heavenly Father so much. Let’s do it more often because He loves us and wants our love in return.

Copyright Cathy Irvin. Used by permission.

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Calling musicians! This song you outta know well. We will write lyrics to as of yet unsung and unwritten as of yet songs and as I challenged put them all to awesome use in giving praise to God from Whom all our blessings flow.

We bring our sacrifice of thnksgiving, we bring our sacrifice of praise.

We bring the sacrifice of praise

Into the house of the Lord.

We bring the sacrifice of praise

Into the house of the Lord.

And we offer up to You

The sacrifices of thanksgiving;

And we offer up to You

The sacrifices of joy.

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. Psalm 96:8

“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High;

Psalm 50:14

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,

1 Timothy 1:12

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.

Romans 1:88

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:17

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

Hebrews 13:15

always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

Ephesians 5:20

you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

2 Corinthians 1:111

Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

Daniel 6:10

I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among a mighty throng.

Psalm 35:118

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Then I had the leaders of Judah come up on top of the wall, and I appointed two great choirs, the first proceeding to the right on top of the wall toward the Refuse Gate.

Nehemiah 12:31

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Are You Resisting A Rest?

‘Come away… and rest a while.’ Mark 6:31 NRS

Following Jesus should energise you, not leave you feeling burned out. Jesus preached to farmers who used oxen to plough their fields. They also lived by religious rules that didn’t permit you to relax and experience God’s love and grace. So Jesus told them: ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you… and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’ (Matthew 11:28–30 NLT)

Jesus had more to do than any of us, yet He never seemed to do it in a way that severed the life-giving connection with His Father, or interfered with His ability to show love when it was called for. He regularly withdrew from the rat race in order to pray (which is a lesson. When have you held up on the hustle and bustle of everyday life to take the time to spend with the Lord? We spoke about practise making perfect. Are you practising to let go and let God?)

Even when His disciples returned, flushed with success from a busy time of ministry, He told them, ‘Come away… and rest a while,’ because as Mark records, ‘Many people were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.’ (Mark 6:31 NRS) Constant hurry is the mark of an un-prioritised life—a sure sign that second and third things have become first things. This is a lesson for all; list the priorities in your life. Go ahead! I think and do it; find the time in your busy schedule to take 10 minutes to write your schedule; andI  bet you may “right” your schedule. It really doesn’t matter what others are doing. What really matters is what you are doing. Want to be well rested AND in His will? You know what needs done.

I will not take it upon myself to schedule your day. But, I can suggest one thing-A super amazing way to start the day is with prayer. Doesn’t have to be long or complicated, A thank you Lord, go before me today, be exalted in my going out and coming ins. Where a mis-stepped, I ask for your forgiveness. Where I have things (name them) held against (name them), show me Your Love and by Your grace make it right, in Jesus’ name, an Amen decrees it in Heaven and here on Earth.

If and when you have kids, we are God’s children. He Love’s us more than words could ever state. We have children, we Love them. A quick in the shower prayer to add: Lord thank You for my rising, as this water hits me, may my family feel Your Love. I standvinvthe gap for them and commit their days into Your Loving hands. Father, I thank you for sending Your guardian Angels to watch, over and be with us with each and every step. Lord I thank You for when we see each other again, we will have much need to thank and praise You, in Jesus’ name, Amen

If you have a spouse hopefully they rose when you did and where able to start the day right (with prayer and a peck-yeah I won’t say kiss with morning breath. Waga! We used to call it in Nigeria) If they are not believers, is your example good enough. Will they develop a Love for God watching you. Let me state it this way, when we get to Heaven by and through God’s grace, we will Love (big “L” on purpose.) ever one we see. But do you not want to see the Love of Your Life for eternity?

We will talk on this at a later date, and I will share it with married or soon to be married couples. In ‘sharing’ we have youth, so hold fast, we will touch on that.

On our topic above, we spoke of the disciples and for Love of Christ, the lack of rest or food, for all the throngs of people. Not only did God command us to rest every seventh day, He told Jewish farmers to let their fields rest every seventh year so they’d produce better harvests. The problem is we want microwave maturity… to exchange wisdom for information and depth for breadth—but it doesn’t work that way. Depth comes slowly. Following Jesus can’t be done at a sprint; you can’t go faster than the One who’s leading.

As we shared short to start and you will see that it will become more in-depth as you ‘mature’. Be blessed

SoulFood: 2 Ki 21–23, Luke 18:1–17, Ps 19, Prov 8:6–7

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So many times we are discouraged; were you steered clear and still went the wrong way. To define it: “discouragement, regret, a desire/want for better, did God know I was going to do this?” Discouragement comes a mile a minute; we stand ‘spanked’ by the knowledge of what we did. What and how do we do what we are supposed to do next?

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

– Deuteronomy 31:8

We are aware of the first sin. Man and woman had been told what not to do. Easy enough, no? Let us take a quick look at that. The man and woman did as they were supposed to until the most cunning of animals put doubt in her mind. Did or could animals speak in those days?.or just communicate? Adam was created first. He had the ‘time’ to name all the animals and species on the earth. Every tree, plant and animal. Time did not exist yet. How did Adam communicate with animals, at first though God Himself would come an fellowship with him, He and the Heaveny host realized that he would need a partner. So Adam was sedated (😙) (Much like in surgery) a rib was taken out of him and woman created to be his partner in all they did. (We have And will discuss the ins and outs of this.)

How then was there communication? Man had been in the garden, named things fish, birds of the air, animals etc I would imagine that it took a great while. We in this day and age communicate with our pets, horses, even elephants and they understand just what we want from them. So, it is not too hard to imagine Adam communicating with species.

Now, we are back to where we were. How did the serpent communicate with Eve? We can imagine from our experience. Something does not have to speak, for example when men go to a place of ill-repute the women don’t speak; all the do is dance. Imaginations and desire run amok and wild.

So we imagine the serpent might have slithered up the forbidden tree and itself allowed the Eve to see it bite the fruit and start to think “If that serpent can eat of the tree, why can’t I. God didn’t say the fruit was deadly, just that we would have even more knowledge.” A lot of things come to mind, thought would have assailed her. All of a sudden we see exactly where she was. The individuals or individual who wrote this story essentially touched on these things. Havingn done this, she gave the fruit to Adam. We can imagine the conversation. “Love, this is just what God said we should not eat, I ate it and have not died, but my eyes have been opened, now I know things I did not know before. I guess that’s why we were asked not to eat of that tree.” This would have been the beginning of a long conversation.

I will point out that very possibly the serpent who was described as the most cunning of all the animals must have known the difference between good and evil. It was not told to stay away from the fruit of the tree, why would it then be called the most ‘cunning’ of all the animals? Nowadays we have snakes and the crawl about, we do not consider them to be ‘cunning’. To be specific, I had a python once, it would want to keep warm and wrap itself around me. I can tell many stories about this, but I wish to stay on our current line of thought.

So many times, I have thought long and hard about this. Yes, the serpent was the most cunning; why? If we cast our minds to think of it, it may have fed on the fruit of that tree. It was not ‘cunning’ just knowledge filled at what it should and should not do.

So many times we think that Satan possessed the serpent. Many things could have happened as we have laid out. We think and act on our thoughts. The serpent must have simply eaten. Coming to think of it, it did not communicate (much like the dancers we pointed out) but simply eatenbof the tree and the woman would have seen but and been tempted to do the same.

Now, I hope this starts to make sense. Just as we started off, the thoughts of our minds, our actions should and must be in line with The Word of God. We are simply told what to do and what ‘not’ to do. When Eve ate of the apple and convinced Adam to do the same, God had simply said “Of every tree you may eat but of the tree of eggood and evil, you may not eat.” Pretty simple, No? Really???

Check this out:

Ten Commandments List

You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall make no idols.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Keep the Sabbath day holy.

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet.

Do we truly keep these? Be honest. Let’s go on:

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Ant these are just a few from Matthew. Let us go on:

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, “Feed my lambs.” (16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, “Feed my sheep”. (17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, “Feed my sheep.”

John 21:19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

John 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

We will continue though I hope my point is made. Just as Eve was given a commandant and stepped wrong, the Israelites-the first nation of Godcstepped wrong many a time. When Moses went up into the hills to be given the 10 commandments on stone, the Israelites made their own none living very artificial gods of silver and gold. What are our gods? Money, influence, property? Realize that all is temporary. We are here but foe a micro-second in eternity. Even Elisha who met with Jesus on the mount with the three disciples (you can go back and scroll through this). Was here but for a fraction of time in the history of the world. In the past we had people (living beings) who lived for 600-900 years. Again our lives are but a mere fraction of these. Even now we admire centenarians (it is amazing), but it was the normal in those days. Abraham had a son and still climbed mountains in his 90’s; what did he do, eat? Well for one it was not our carbonated soda. But we have to look at life, we now are living longer than pur ancestors, there are quite a few things we do: run, yoga, gym, walk, eat healthy etc. But again in the olden days, people lived a lot longer. Think on this.

Let us return to our new testament do’s and don’t’s.

Romans 6:11-13 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Romans 11:17-18 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (18) Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

1 Corinthians 5:4-5 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, (5) To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincere Love.

14.

I do not have to ‘go it alone’, struggles are a past tense if and when I am willing to Live in the here and now. “Boy! That was hard, I gave up…” Our words when we do it alone. One gem lies in the rubble! Your ability to ‘do it’ does not lie with you! I know something I have ‘known’ for quite a while: “I can do all this through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I do not really know what the issues are. Do you see a way out??? Commit it onto The Lord who is watching and waiting for you to ask, to seek His face. He stands at the door and knocks, waiting for you to open the door and let him in.

We read “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:222

What do we have that ‘crushes’ the Spirit? Bad news, challenges, Loss (of any kind; a loved one/a family member-who should one and the same), a job (was it really in the perfect will of God?). I am moved to say there are many in the ‘permissive’ will of God. We do, there is nothing intrinsicallycally wrong or bending the rules. But, lessons need to be taught. There are so many things that meet this definition.

We have been given a set of rules/instructions. Let’s take a brief look. Waking up and not praying; excuse- I woke up too late, I have too much to do. Really? The day is The Lords! Remember the song “This is the day that the Lord has made?”

Let us take a quick look, learn and feel it out (uhh! Musicians!!! I will just stop asking. Mmmhmmm!)

This Is The Day

Just clap your hands like this

Just clap your hands like this

Yeah, let’s wake up the church with this old school jam

Shout to the Lord in here

You know that He’s good and His mercy endureth forever

And the people of God said, they said what

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

Now we serve notice to depression, confusion

All manner of evil and every sickness

You came in to bind but you cannot stay

’cause the people of God we ain’t havin’ it

It’s a good day, even though I cried last Tuesday

And I was out of cash by Friday

No matter what comes next, I’m gonna stand up

And give him the praise ’cause this is the day

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made

I will rejoice, I will rejoice

And be glad in it, glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made

I will rejoice, I will rejoice

And be glad in it, glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

As I look back over all the years that I made it through

I can’t imagine where I’d be now if it wasn’t for you

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

But I’m so glad that I can say, I will rejoice

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

Lift your voice in this place and bless Him.

There is a lot to learn Mr Hammond wrote this. What I thought was a more ‘simple’ version, but in going over this there were so many stories and learning points.

15.

Testimony time. Psalm holds it all. The atoeo of Joseph. A testimony really. Talk is cheap and The Word is Gold:

He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron. Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom. Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

Psalm 105:17-24

king David was well read. So should you be. Have an awesome day.

Value Your Friends

‘It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with his girls… in someone else’s field you might be harmed.’ Ruth 2:22 NIV

Kristin Armstrong writes: ‘If you have godly girlfriends, love and nurture those relationships as though your life depends on them—because it does. Everything is better when you “go with His girls”… Life is safer, more authentic, longer lasting, and just plain more fun. God created women to rely on other women. I’m blessed by girlfriends who lift me when I’m low, level me when I’m high, and show me the face of God on a daily basis through compassion, humour, strength, and unconditional love. May you cultivate and enjoy the same.’ And not only do women need friends, men do too.

One of the first things God said in the Bible was, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone.’ (Genesis 2:18 KJV) Solomon writes, ‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.’ (Proverbs 17:17 NKJV) Poet William Carlos Williams wrote: ‘When trouble comes your soul to try, you love the friend who just “stands by”. Perhaps there’s nothing he can do—the thing is strictly up to you. For there are troubles all your own, and paths the soul must tread alone. Times love cannot smooth the road, nor friendship lift the heavy load. But just to know you have a friend who will “stand by” until the end, whose sympathy through all endures, whose warm handclasp is always yours—it helps someway to pull you through, although there’s nothing he can do. And so with fervent heart you cry, God bless the friend who just “stands by”.’

SoulFood: 2 Ki 18:17–20:21, Luke 17:20–37, Ps 11, Prov 8:4–5

MY WIFE, WHO HURT YOU IN YOUR PAST?

He had a deadline to beat. So he came home late when his family was asleep. He went into the kitchen, warmed up his dinner that the wife had cooked. Matoke with beef stew. In a few minutes he was done and went to sleep, exhausted.

In the morning, him and his wife got up. After the shower, wearing robes, it was time to prepare for the day.

“You think I am your house help? What is this? How many times must I tell you to never leave utensils unwashed? I wake up to an unwashed plate in the kitchen sink. Can’t you even wash after yourself? Must I always clean up after you? Are you a baby? And you used my favourite plate that I keep for visitors, can’t you even use the many other plates I bought? Agrrrr you’ve ruined my morning. I am so sick of being married to a man who can’t even follow simple instructions” his wife shouted at him.

“What is this all about?” He asked looking at her surprised.

“What is this all about?” She ridiculed him. “Stop acting like you don’t know. This is about the mess you left in the kitchen last night”

“Is this really about the dishes? Are you seriously talking to your husband like this because of a plate?” He asked shocked.

Their six year old child walked in on them in the kitchen.

His wife looked at the child then sneered at him and said, “We’re getting late. The kids are getting late for school”

He gently grabbed her hand to lead her to the bedroom.

“My love, we need to talk” he told her.

“We don’t have time! You have a deadline, I have an early morning meeting at work. The kids need to get to work. Stop rushing me” she reluctantly said.

“Kids, prepare for school. Mommy and I will have a chat, join you, have breakfast then we’ll leave” he told their three children.

“But dad we’ll get late for school” said their first born.

“You’ve never been late. But today, there will be no harm getting to school slightly late. Don’t worry, I will personally talk to your teachers” he said.

“Woop woop! You are the coolest dad” cheered their naughty second born jumping on to the sofa turning on the TV.

The couple walked inside their bedroom. Closed the door.

He got her to sit on their bed and he knelt next to her, placing his hand on her lap.

“We’re getting late” she said with a cold tone.

He rubbed her waist and said, “Shh, it doesn’t matter, this is important. I don’t want us to get caught up living life that we fail to address issues”

“So there is an issue?” She asked.

“Yes, my dirty plate on the sink” he said.

“Don’t worry, I will wash it” she said trying to get up out of the bed.

He pressed her down to make her remain seated.

He looked deep into her eyes as if searching for her soul. She felt naked before him.

“My wife, who hurt you in your past?” He asked.

“What do you mean?” She questioned.

“For the years I have married you, I notice you are easily irritable, you have this temper, this bitterness, this fear that erupts out of petty things” he spoke.

“Oh, so you’re saying I am petty? You think my reaction over what you did last night is petty? You think I am petty?” She erupted, sneering at him.

“See what I mean?” He said.

Silence.

“I am not saying you are petty, I am saying you are easily angered. I am saying that your response to my dirty plate was cold and harsh, all you could have done is correct me with love, but instead, you attacked me, you crushed me over a dirty plate, you fought me over a thing. Why are you this angry?” He continued.

Silence.

“No one is born angry and irritable. Anger, a hot temper is something we acquire as we live. It is our reaction to the circumstances that push us to fear, defensiveness and confusion. We acquire an angry temperament from our upbringing and the pain we collect along the way. So I want you to look inside you, your past and tell me, when did you start being so angry?”

Silence.

“My love, open up to me. Let me in to the darkest corners of your past. Show me your scars. Who did this to you? Who introduced you to bitterness? When you open up, you release the pain and healing will start; but when you hide, when you pretend, when you act like you are OK, when you wear a fake smile; healing will evade you and you will take it out on your loved ones. You will find yourself shouting at me and the kids, taking out your frustration on us”

Silence.

“Racism, fear, tribalism, fear, anger; all those are taught. All of us are born in the image of God and then the darkness of life creeps in through events and we become fearful and angry. Who did this to you? Who taught you how to be angry? Who made you feel like you have to fight alone, like no one is on your side?”

She began to cry.

She broke down in tears.

He hugged her. She broke down even more.

“I was raped. I was raped by my cousins. I was just a young girl” she opened up.

She let him inside her darkest thoughts. Told him of how she was raped, her abortion when she was seventeen that she did because she couldn’t face her parents, her questions about her father who was largely absent when she needed a father figure, how she was sexually harassed at work by her boss and no one believed her. She opened up about her fake friends, who were there only to use her until the day she chose to ride solo. She opened up about how she gave her body to a man who claimed to love her, only for the man to end up cheating on her and making her feel unworthy and not beautiful enough. She opened up about her struggle with self esteem, the nights she cried to sleep. She opened up about how she made mistakes that ended up costing her time, money and peace of mind, her struggle with porn and alcohol while she tried to project an image of a Godly woman yet she felt God was angry with her. She opened up about the nights she’d wake up naked in bed with a man she didn’t love and how that made her angry with herself. She opened up about the five relationships she got into thinking they would last. The first one she was used, the second one she was physically abused, the third she was rejected because the man’s parents didn’t approve of her tribe, the fourth she was cheated on, the fifth she was dumped the night before her wedding. She opened up about all her baggage”

He listened.

He wiped her tears.

“My love, that is alot for one person to go through. Thank you for opening up to me. It will help me to love you better. When you open up, you release the burden. I now know better about where you are coming from” he told her.

“I have never told a soul all these things” she said clinging on to him.

“If you don’t tell me, who will you tell? Darling, this is what love is about. Taking your past, walking with you today and building with you our tomorrow. Many people think marriage changes things but actually marriage reveals things. In marriage that is when issues become unearthed. People use marriage as a cover up thinking it is a magic wand that will change lives. But when marriage is done in honesty, marriage become a place of healing because where there is love there is healing. With the help of God, my love will silence your fear, my love will redeem back your view of sex, my love will tell you the men you were with before me were wrong. I will show you that you are a Queen deserving of the best of love. Love will heal you. Instead of taking things out on me, let me be love to you. My love, stop fighting alone, stop fighting your inner wars alone. That was then, this is now. You have me. You are married to a man who has your best interest at heart. No more fear, no more anger. OK?” said he.

He wiped her tears.

“My love, that is alot for one person to go through. Thank you for opening up to me. It will help me to love you better. When you open up, you release the burden. I now know better about where you are coming from” he told her.

“I have never told a soul all these things” she said clinging on to him.

“If you don’t tell me, who will you tell? Darling, this is what love is about. Taking your past, walking with you today and building with you our tomorrow. Many people think marriage changes things but actually marriage reveals things. In marriage that is when issues become unearthed. People use marriage as a cover up thinking it is a magic wand that will change lives. But when marriage is done in honesty, marriage become a place of healing because where there is love there is healing. With the help of God, my love will silence your fear, my love will redeem back your view of sex, my love will tell you the men you were with before me were wrong. I will show you that you are a Queen deserving of the best of love. Love will heal you. Instead of taking things out on me, let me be love to you. My love, stop fighting alone, stop fighting your inner wars alone. That was then, this is now. You have me. You are married to a man who has your best interest at heart. No more fear, no more anger. OK?” said he.

16.

I do not have to ‘go it alone’, struggles are a past tense if and when I am willing to Live in the here and now. “Boy! That was hard, I gave up…” Our words when we do it alone. One gem lies in the rubble! Your ability to ‘do it’ does not lie with you! I know something I have ‘known’ for quite a while: “I can do all this through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I do not really know what the issues are. Do you see a way out??? Commit it onto The Lord who is watching and waiting for you to ask, to seek His face. He stands at the door and knocks, waiting for you to open the door and let him in.

We read “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:222

17.

I do not have to ‘go it alone’, struggles are a past tense if and when I am willing to Live in the here and now. “Boy! That was hard, I gave up…” Our words when we do it alone. One gem lies in the rubble! Your ability to ‘do it’ does not lie with you! I know something I have ‘known’ for quite a while: “I can do all this through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I do not really know what the issues are. Do you see a way out??? Commit it onto The Lord who is watching and waiting for you to ask, to seek His face. He stands at the door and knocks, waiting for you to open the door and let him in.

We read “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:222

What do we have that ‘crushes’ the Spirit? Bad news, challenges, Loss (of any kind; a loved one/a family member-who should one and the same), a job (was it really in the perfect will of God?). I am moved to say there are many in the ‘permissive’ will of God. We do, there is nothing intrinsicallycally wrong or bending the rules. But, lessons need to be taught. There are so many things that meet this definition.

We have been given a set of rules/instructions. Let’s take a brief look. Waking up and not praying; excuse- I woke up too late, I have too much to do. Really? The day is The Lords! Remember the song “This is the day that the Lord has made?”

Let us take a quick look, learn and feel it out (uhh! Musicians!!! I will just stop asking. Mmmhmmm!)

This Is The Day

Just clap your hands like this

Just clap your hands like this

Yeah, let’s wake up the church with this old school jam

Shout to the Lord in here

You know that He’s good and His mercy endureth forever

And the people of God said, they said what

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

Now we serve notice to depression, confusion

All manner of evil and every sickness

You came in to bind but you cannot stay

’cause the people of God we ain’t havin’ it

It’s a good day, even though I cried last Tuesday

And I was out of cash by Friday

No matter what comes next, I’m gonna stand up

And give him the praise ’cause this is the day

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made

I will rejoice, I will rejoice

And be glad in it, glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made

I will rejoice, I will rejoice

And be glad in it, glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

As I look back over all the years that I made it through

I can’t imagine where I’d be now if it wasn’t for you

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

But I’m so glad that I can say, I will rejoice

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

Lift your voice in this place and bless Him.

There is a lot to learn Mr Hammond wrote this. What I thought was a more ‘simple’ version, but in going over this there were so many stories and learning points.

In fact, of course I should have looked in The Word first! Wow, silly me!

This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

Like I have said, lots of songs to be written, uplifting and bible based. Hallelujah! What I think I will do is ‘write’ a song and the challenge will be to the person who first puts it to music. I guess in that case emails need to be traded and I am not sure If we are ready to do that yet. Which is why I suggested a web site. (Any builders?)

When I was abroad, there was a phenomenally gifted person who played so many instruments, it was nothing short of a supernatural blessing.

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

– Joshua 1:8

18.

Beware of Pride!

‘Pride goes before destruction.’

Proverbs 16:18

Think about the things we become proud over: the home we live in, the car we drive, the diploma hanging on our wall, the people we mingle with, and the position we hold. When you’ve worked hard to get to where you are, look out for pride! Paul asks, ‘Who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?’

1 Corinthians 4:7

So what should you do?

(1) Examine your belief system about who you are, what you have, and what you can do. Jesus said, ‘Without Me you can do nothing.’ (John 15:5 NKJV) Remind yourself: ‘I’m just the glove; God’s the hand that fills it.’ That’ll help you to keep your perspective right!

(2) Focus more on others than on yourself. The saying—‘When a person is all wrapped up in themselves, they make a pretty small package’—is true. ‘Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.’ (Philippians 2:4 NKJV)

(3) Respect and value everyone you meet regardless of their social status, race, gender, or other distinguishing factors. When you walk in humility, people respect you and receive your input, and they don’t suspect you of having selfish motives. The Bible says: ‘These… things the Lord hates… a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.’ (Proverbs 6:16–19 NKJV) Today, beware of pride.

SoulFood: 2 Ki 16:1–18:16, Luke 17:11–19, Ps 115, Prov 8:1–3

19.

So many times we are discouraged; were you steered clear and still went the wrong way. To define it: “discouragement, regret, a desire/want for better, did God know I was going to do this?” Discouragement comes a mile a minute; we stand ‘spanked’ by the knowledge of what we did. What and how do we do what we are supposed to do next?

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

– Deuteronomy 31:8

We are aware of the first sin. Man and woman had been told what not to do. Easy enough, no? Let us take a quick look at that. The man and woman did as they were supposed to until the most cunning of animals put doubt in her mind. Did or could animals speak in those days?.or just communicate? Adam was created first. He had the ‘time’ to name all the animals and species on the earth. Every tree, plant and animal. Time did not exist yet. How did Adam communicate with animals, at first though God Himself would come an fellowship with him, He and the Heaveny host realized that he would need a partner. So Adam was sedated (😙) (Much like in surgery) a rib was taken out of him and woman created to be his partner in all they did. (We have And will discuss the ins and outs of this.)

How then was there communication? Man had been in the garden, named things fish, birds of the air, animals etc I would imagine that it took a great while. We in this day and age communicate with our pets, horses, even elephants and they understand just what we want from them. So, it is not too hard to imagine Adam communicating with species.

Now, we are back to where we were. How did the serpent communicate with Eve? We can imagine from our experience. Something does not have to speak, for example when men go to a place of ill-repute the women don’t speak; all the do is dance. Imaginations and desire run amok and wild.

So we imagine the serpent might have slithered up the forbidden tree and itself allowed the Eve to see it bite the fruit and start to think “If that serpent can eat of the tree, why can’t I. God didn’t say the fruit was deadly, just that we would have even more knowledge.” A lot of things come to mind, thought would have assailed her. All of a sudden we see exactly where she was. The individuals or individual who wrote this story essentially touched on these things. Havingn done this, she gave the fruit to Adam. We can imagine the conversation. “Love, this is just what God said we should not eat, I ate it and have not died, but my eyes have been opened, now I know things I did not know before. I guess that’s why we were asked not to eat of that tree.” This would have been the beginning of a long conversation.

I will point out that very possibly the serpent who was described as the most cunning of all the animals must have known the difference between good and evil. It was not told to stay away from the fruit of the tree, why would it then be called the most ‘cunning’ of all the animals? Nowadays we have snakes and the crawl about, we do not consider them to be ‘cunning’. To be specific, I had a python once, it would want to keep warm and wrap itself around me. I can tell many stories about this, but I wish to stay on our current line of thought.

So many times, I have thought long and hard about this. Yes, the serpent was the most cunning; why? If we cast our minds to think of it, it may have fed on the fruit of that tree. It was not ‘cunning’ just knowledge filled at what it should and should not do.

So many times we think that Satan possessed the serpent. Many things could have happened as we have laid out. We think and act on our thoughts. The serpent must have simply eaten. Coming to think of it, it did not communicate (much like the dancers we pointed out) but simply eatenbof the tree and the woman would have seen but and been tempted to do the same.

Now, I hope this starts to make sense. Just as we started off, the thoughts of our minds, our actions should and must be in line with The Word of God. We are simply told what to do and what ‘not’ to do. When Eve ate of the apple and convinced Adam to do the same, God had simply said “Of every tree you may eat but of the tree of eggood and evil, you may not eat.” Pretty simple, No? Really???

Check this out:

Ten Commandments List

You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall make no idols.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Keep the Sabbath day holy.

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet.

Do we truly keep these? Be honest. Let’s go on:

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Ant these are just a few from Matthew. Let us go on:

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, “Feed my lambs.” (16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, “Feed my sheep”. (17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, “Feed my sheep.”

John 21:19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

John 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

We will continue though I hope my point is made. Just as Eve was given a commandant and stepped wrong, the Israelites-the first nation of Godcstepped wrong many a time. When Moses went up into the hills to be given the 10 commandments on stone, the Israelites made their own none living very artificial gods of silver and gold. What are our gods? Money, influence, property? Realize that all is temporary. We are here but foe a micro-second in eternity. Even Elisha who met with Jesus on the mount with the three disciples (you can go back and scroll through this). Was here but for a fraction of time in the history of the world. In the past we had people (living beings) who lived for 600-900 years. Again our lives are but a mere fraction of these. Even now we admire centenarians (it is amazing), but it was the normal in those days. Abraham had a son and still climbed mountains in his 90’s; what did he do, eat? Well for one it was not our carbonated soda. But we have to look at life, we now are living longer than pur ancestors, there are quite a few things we do: run, yoga, gym, walk, eat healthy etc. But again in the olden days, people lived a lot longer. Think on this.

Let us return to our new testament do’s and don’t’s.

Romans 6:11-13 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Romans 11:17-18 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (18) Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

1 Corinthians 5:4-5 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, (5) To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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In life, some may walk, others may run, but remember the Lord gave the tortoise and the horse the same days to reach Noah’s ark. Your journey might be rough and tough but you will definitely get to your destination.

Jacob looked at Joseph and saw a good son! The ten brothers looked at Joseph and saw a useless dreamer! The travellers looked at Joseph and saw a slave!! Potiphar looked at Joseph and saw a fine servant!! Potiphar’s wife looked at Joseph and saw a potential boyfriend! The prison officers saw in Joseph a prisoner! How wrong were all of them! God looked at Joseph and saw a Prime Minister of Egypt in waiting!! Don’t be discouraged by what people see in you!! Be encouraged by what God sees in you!! Never underrate the person next to you because you never know what the Lord has deposited in that person. Your maid may be a Chief Executive Officer in waiting for a company which shall employ your child. Your garden-boy may be a president in waiting. (Remember David got the anointing of becoming a King while he was a simple child herding sheep. Esther was a simple orphaned girl yet she was a Queen in waiting). Let’s share God’s love and make the world a better place to live. Show that love by sharing this message with those you love.

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW PEOPLE SEE YOU, IT MATTERS HOW GOD SEES YOU

God is God:

🏽He doesn’t care about *age*, no wonder he blessed Abraham.

🏽He doesn’t care about *experience*, no wonder he chose David.

🏽He doesn’t care about *gender,* no wonder he lifted Esther.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your past*, no wonder he called Paul.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your physical appearance*, no wonder he chose Zacchaeus

(the shortest one).

🏽He doesn’t care about *fluency in speech* , no wonder he chose Moses.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your career*, no wonder he choose Mary Magdalene; a prostitute.

All I know is that my God never changes

🏽He never made *a promise he wouldn’t keep*👌🏾

He never saw *a person he wouldn’t help*👌🏾

🏽He never heard *a prayer he wouldn’t answer*👌🏾

🖼He never found *a soul he wouldn’t love*👌🏾

🏽He never found *a sinner he wouldn’t forgive*👌🏾

This is the kind of God I would like to commune with every day the moment I wake up. I strongly recommend Him to you.

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In The name of Jesus we decree here on earth and in this house that “all within” shall be made whole to The Glory of God. Father Lord we thank You for health, wellness and fullness. I thank You for Mommy who at the time of my accident sought Your face and You came through. Hallelujah! We ask You this one thing and believe You will cure her and make her full and whole. Lord bless her till her cup runner over and she continues to be a blessing to others. We thank You for healing Father. Thank You for Daddy, his Life and coming to know You closer each day. By Your grace and in Jesus’ name, I decree that we shall all be in Your presence together. Thank You for Love. We commit all the members of this family into Your blessed hands. Lord thank You that we are together. Lord bind us together with cords that cannot be broken we ask You in Jesus’ name. Lord thank You for family, thank You for Love. Use us, touch us, bless us Father in Jesus’ name. We come before You and ask that as we reach out You may give testimonies in our Lives that speak of Your majesty Father, in Jesus name, Amen

I got to thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus. He prior to His being ‘arrested’ in the garden of Gethsemane was a bit upset that the disciples He took with Him were asleep. This because He knew all that would transpire. That Peter would deny Him 3 times, He was even awe inspiringly precise. He said “you will have denied me three times before the cpick crows”? Awesomely specific, no? When He suffered

On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, `God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'”

– Mark 14:27

Top o’ the day to you. A few things as we start our day. Even Jesus did not know when He would return. He knew and promised that He would. No one knows the day or the time, that is why it is beat to be prepared at each moment, each second. Some chance it “I know He is not calling us home at this time, I can do this, I will just ask for forgiveness when I am done.” A very wrong opinion and concept. One, the important thing to note is that the complexity is that we will be judged on what we do, not when, how or why we do it. Our thoughts are an open book, time to line them up with The Word, using it as a guide. You like that person? Wait until you are legally together. This might come as a surprise, disappointment/shame, we are what we do.

That is a complex but simple statement. If we are right-eous (follow me), we do right. When we are sin-ners, we dwell in wrong. Why do they not call it wrong-ers? I have no idea, English is English. Was here when we got here, will be here when we leave; if The Lord tarried.

“The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.”

Deuteronomy 29: 29

Have a bless-ed day (😜)- A day full of wonder-filled unexpected surprises, gifts, and full-fillment in The Lord.

I got to thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus. He prior to His being ‘arrested’ in the garden of Gethsemane was a bit upset that the disciples He took with Him were asleep. This because He knew all that would transpire. That Peter would deny Him 3 times, He was even awe inspiringly precise. He said “you will have denied me three times before the cpick crows”? Awesomely specific, no? When He suffered Hematohidrosis (stress caused bleeding from the sweat glands), He knew exactly what would happen.

We have to realize that He did this for you and me. I know there might be some who say, “this guy is fixated on the crucifixion.” Let me ask “Why are you doing as well as you are? Why do you have the hope of glory? Just why did He who had Angels at His beck and call, not just call fire down from Heaven and wipe out all of the Roman empire?” We have And do discuss promises, why are they important? Essentially, we can hold on, claim and have those because Jesus went through knowingly what He did for you and I.

On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, `God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'”

– Mark 14:27

So we may ask what we can do to show appreciation for what He has done. A lot of times it is taught by raising fear in a congregation of listeners. No fear here today. It is a wonderful thing that the same bible we read says we should “Give thanks in all things… ” Let me ask, “Have you given thanks today?” We have discussed this before; a new day to accomplish what we have not accomplished yet. As we pointed out prior; no floods, no falling trees, the biggest one-no death! We have been given a chance to continue pursuing our dream.

Let me ask “Where do you want to be tomorrow or someday? What are you working toward?” As an economist perhaps the CEO position, A Doctor-maybe the head of Department, as a fool’s a world reknoned expert in a division, as a cleaner-an individual that does an outstanding job, as a salesperson someone who could sell a leaf to a tree full of leaves, a nurse-excellence… We could go on and on, but I hope you get the idea.

We have dreams and goals, where do they come from? What do we do when we attain them? That is the question today. Where do you want to be? What do have to do to attain it? Start somewhere, somewhere small and move on up. even starting somewhere small is a start. What do we do when starting? Have we prayed and commited our day, our way into God’s hands?

I am aware that many have spouses, significant others. The Love cannot be described, share with them the dependence you have on God. They of course are party to all You have (well, I will be silly here; they are party to half, no? If you are no more they get everything) So why not start what becomes a blessed habit? We have heard the saying “the family that prays together, stays together.” No? Well, let us start praying together.

I will point out a few benefits, then I will be done:

1. You open up to God about all, advantages, disadvantages in your life. We have been promised so much when we pray. Yes, we can and at times should go into the inner room and pray. But it is a great way to share. I will point out that just as God is your Father, he is theirs as well. What you share with Him, can be shared with the person in your life. We term them significant other or ‘mate’s. How significant. Just what is shared? How much do you keep to yourself? Why? What would happen If you shared ‘that’? Wouldn’t they get to know you better? Your thoughts, your fears, the advantages in your life? The positives, the negatives? What makes you smile? What makes you cry?

We are trending on a topic that we will address soon. But, that has at least been shared. So start somewhere, even If you don’t know where to start. “Honey, can we do something new?” Is a good place to start. “Thank you Lord for today. Be with us tonight and go before us tomorrow. In Jesus’ name, Amen” That is it! A good place to start, and by His grace, you build on that and soon you can share all: fears, hopes, accomplishments and I am sure start building a Loving, tied together, open, and blessed relationship. Based on no one or nothing but God.

2. Want to do something? Anything at all. A good place to start is to pray about it. While ‘growing up’, even if we did not have an awesome relationship with our parents. You had to eat or you wouldn’t be here. Think on that for a moment.

You had a bottle or ‘milk’ from somewhere, no? Even if not your biological parents. Someone who’s responsibility it was to raise you. A nanny, a child care individual. We have a nurture in God. We are created in His image. Yes, baboons look like us, can communicate. But in essence are they us? We can walk, talk, think, speak or at least understand what is being communicated, shop, cook etc. Do they or any other ‘animals’ have these skills?

So in their image we are and were created. Mind you, we are unlike any other species. When Jesus was born, as we said prior, the gates of Heaven were open and the angels came down. Do we remember the song:

1.While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

all seated on the ground;

the angel of the Lord came down,

and glory shone around,

and glory shone around.

2.”Fear not!” said he, for mighty dread

had seized their troubled mind.

“Glad tidings of great joy I bring

to all of humankind,

to all of humankind.”

3.”To you, in David’s town, this day

is born of David’s line

a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,

and this shall be the sign,

and this shall be the sign:”

4.”The heavenly babe you there shall find

to human view displayed,

all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,

and in a manger laid,

and in a manger laid.”

5.Thus spake the seraph and forthwith

appeared a shining throng

of angels praising God on high,

who thus addressed their song,

who thus addressed their song:

6.”All glory be to God on high,

and to the earth be peace;

good will henceforth from heaven to earth

begin and never cease,

begin and never cease!”

This tells the story that The Bible tells us. So, in their image we are made.

The point??? Both Male and Female are made in The Heavenly beings likeness. We have called God a Father, but God is as much a Mother.

And:

For the interest of time I just included the links, but as we have shared, the qualities in both men and women are mirrored in God.

Point? Just as we relate to a mother/father we can and do relate to God.

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I am aware that we have taken a few paths, but hopefully they are all tied together.

Let us pray real quick, then we are done.

Father Lord, we give You thanks for this day, our ability to thank You, appreciate You, realize from Whom we get all we have. Thank You for the blessings, thank You for the trials. In Your Word it says that I will not be tried greater than I am able to bear. Thank You for my strength, for the drive You have given me Lord. I can run like a horse, fight like a lion, be as pristine as a butterfly. Thank You Lord for blessing me with all these attributes. Lord may I never sting like a bee, bless me to be more like Jesus each and every day, Lord every moment, be though glorified in my Life, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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OBEDIENCE AND MIRACLES

MEMORISE:

His mother saith unto the servants, whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. John 2:5

READ : John 2:1-12

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 9-10 &

ISAIAH 61

MESSAGE:

Besides sowing seeds, obedience is another key factor that can trigger a miraculous harvest in your life. May the Lord grant you the grace to obey Him completely in Jesus’ Name! To enter into this realm of the miraculous, all you need to receive is the divine directive, and immediately you comply with it, you will have your miracle. In our Bible reading, Jesus and His mother were invited to a wedding in Cana of Galilee. At some point, they ran out of wine. His mother came to tell Him of their need, but He simply said it was not yet time for a miracle. Pre-empting Jesus, maybe based on experience, Mary told the servants present to wait on Him, receive any instruction from Him and carry it out to the letter. Later, the Lord instructed them to fill up some water pots with water. The servants thought of arguing with Him that what was needed at the party was wine and not water, but remembering Mary’s strict instructions to do whatever He asked them to do, they complied. Therefore, Jesus asked them to fetch some of the water and serve the chairman of the wedding feast. Again, they wanted to argue, but recalling what Mary said, they obeyed. They took it to the chairman but prepared a ready-made answer should he taste it and ask why they served him water. However, on their way, the water became wine.

One lesson from this story is that God searches for certain attributes in people before giving them their desired miracles. If you want a miracle, you must approach God in faith (Hebrews 11:6). Also, if there is no divine instruction or word from God backed up by total obedience from man, that miracle may never see the light of day. Before performing a miracle, God searches to see whether there is any word of His to honour by this miracle. In other words, if no prophetic word, word of revelation or promise of the Scripture is available concerning the situation, seeking for a miracle in such a case could lead to disappointment. No wonder the Psalmist in Psalm 138:2 said

“I will worship toward thy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

In addition, if you truly desire a miracle, you must first crave to be acquainted with the God of miracles. Our God is a God of relationship. He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24, John 15:15). He can sustain His relationship with you even to generations after you depart from the earth. Lastly, after God has given an instruction, nothing short of total compliance is required to trigger your miracle. To get a miracle, God has His part to play, and so do you. How well are you playing your part?

PRAYER POINT:

Father, send me a word that will usher me into a miraculous harvest.

AUTHOR: Pastor E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 7: O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED.

1. O Jesus, I have promised,

To serve Thee to the end;

Be Thou forever near me,

My Master and my Friend;

I shall not fear the battle

If Thou art by my side,

Nor wander from the pathway

If Thou wilt be my Guide.

2. Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,

In accents clear and still,

I dare not trust my judgment:

Thy way shall be my will;

Oh, speak to reassure me,

To hasten or control;

Oh, speak, and make me listen,

Thou Guardian of my soul.

3. O Jesus, Thou hast promised

To all who follow Thee

That where Thou art in glory

There shall Thy servant be;

And Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end;

Oh, give me grace to follow,

My Master and my Friend.

4. Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,

And in them plant mine own;

My hope to follow duly

Is in Thy strength alone.

Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,

Uphold me to the end;

And then in Heav’n receive me,

My Savior and my Friend.

Brainiacs! Where is this from? Definitely still ‘playing’ the 3:16 ‘game’.

3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

I haven’t forgotten our 3:16 challenge! Have you been keeping up? I am sure some of you must have thought “Whew, so glad that’s over!” Is it? Hmmm! Not really. So let’s get to it. I know you must have thought I would stick to the New Testament; Not!!!

So, can anyone recite what Psalm 3:16 says??? I am waiting…

Aha! You found out there is not a psalm 3:16. Good, you are getting HOT!

Today for the new ‘sharing’, I decided to go back where No one expected: Zephaniah. But it is full of ‘covering’, rich and fulfilling promises. 3:16 says

On that day

    they will say to Jerusalem,

“Do not fear, Zion;

    do not let your hands hang limp.

Having the New promise, given by Jesus and all He experienced that is us, it speaks to. So, do not let your hands hang limp at your side raise them and praise The Lord. (If you are driving;”wait till you get home. Double reason at that time to give Him praise. Your guardian angel who was assigned to you.)

At this time, I will ask if any of you has seen an angel? Yes, most likely we have but not known it. Just thought I’d ask.

Now, the reason we were 3:16’ing The Word was to encourage reading, understanding and teaching (“me, me, me!!! I know the answer!”). It’s about time. If you read 16, how about 17? It is stock full of knowledge, blessings and promises.

The Lord your God is with you,

    the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

Told you that I was just getting you to read more. That is all for now. Be blessed.

I got to thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus. He prior to His being ‘arrested’ in the garden of Gethsemane was a bit upset that the disciples He took with Him were asleep. This because He knew all that would transpire. That Peter would deny Him 3 times, He was even awe inspiringly precise. He said “you will have denied me three times before the cpick crows”? Awesomely specific, no? When He suffered Hematohidrosis (stress caused bleeding from the sweat glands), He knew exactly what would happen.

We have to realize that He did this for you and me. I know there might be some who say, “this guy is fixated on the crucifixion.” Let me ask “Why are you doing as well as you are? Why do you have the hope of glory? Just why did He who had Angels at His beck and call, not just call fire down from Heaven and wipe out all of the Roman empire?” We have And do discuss promises, why are they important? Essentially, we can hold on, claim and have those because Jesus went through knowingly what He did for you and I.

On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, `God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'”

– Mark 14:27

So we may ask what we can do to show appreciation for what He has done. A lot of times it is taught by raising fear in a congregation of listeners. No fear here today. It is a wonderful thing that the same bible we read says we should “Give thanks in all things… ” Let me ask, “Have you given thanks today?” We have discussed this before; a new day to accomplish what we have not accomplished yet. As we pointed out prior; no floods, no falling trees, the biggest one-no death! We have been given a chance to continue pursuing our dream.

Let me ask “Where do you want to be tomorrow or someday? What are you working toward?” As an economist perhaps the CEO position, A Doctor-maybe the head of Department, as a fool’s a world reknoned expert in a division, as a cleaner-an individual that does an outstanding job, as a salesperson someone who could sell a leaf to a tree full of leaves, a nurse-excellence… We could go on and on, but I hope you get the idea.

We have dreams and goals, where do they come from? What do we do when we attain them? That is the question today. Where do you want to be? What do have to do to attain it? Start somewhere, somewhere small and move on up. even starting somewhere small is a start. What do we do when starting? Have we prayed and commited our day, our way into God’s hands?

I am aware that many have spouses, significant others. The Love cannot be described, share with them the dependence you have on God. They of course are party to all You have (well, I will be silly here; they are party to half, no? If you are no more they get everything) So why not start what becomes a blessed habit? We have heard the saying “the family that prays together, stays together.” No? Well, let us see…

I am aware that we have taken a few paths, but hopefully they all come together.

Let us pray real quick, then we are done.

Father Lord, we give You thanks for this day, our ability to thank You, appreciate You, realize from Whom we get all we have. Thank You for the blessings, thank You for the trials. In Your Word it says that I will not be tried greater than I am able to bear. Thank You for my strength, for the drive You have given me Lord. I can run like a horse, fight like a lion, be as pristine as a butterfly. Thank You Lord for blessing me with all these attributes. Lord may I never sting like a bee, bless me to be more like Jesus each and every day, Lord every moment, be though glorified in my Life, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

We have discussed this earlier, but I read it again, If in Faith we are as we ought to be, our journeys end is the beginning of existence in Glory! In Faith that is an expected end! So, we can take this awesome verse as it is written.

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He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the Earth.”

Psalm 46:10

Yes! Let us in our silence acknowledge our God, our All. If you want to or not, He will be exalted in all the Earth. To be blessed gives us reason to recognize that our God is all we need. Praise Him!

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Go By The Book

‘Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.’ Hebrews 10:35 NKJV

How long should you keep praying and believing God for the answer? Until He tells you differently. In other words, go by the book! ‘Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.’ (Hebrews 10:35–36 NKJV) Many of God’s promises have timelines, and you need long-distance faith to receive them. The word endurance pictures a runner determined to reach the finish line. You say, ‘But I’m not sure what God’s will is.’ His will is revealed in His Word, and that’s what you must believe and speak over your situation. To say otherwise is to contradict God.

Abraham stood on God’s promise that he’d be the father of many nations when there wasn’t a shred of evidence to prove it. For twenty years he looked up into the night sky believing, ‘Lord, You said my children would be as numerous as the stars. I don’t know how You’re going to do it for I’m a hundred years old and my wife, Sarah, is ninety. But I’m going to believe You anyway.’ When you pray that way, you risk looking foolish in the eyes of others.

But receiving the miraculous often involves looking ridiculous, like Jesus telling the disciples to fill wine pots with water or rubbing clay in a blind man’s eyes. But the guests at the wedding in Cana drank the finest wine, and the blind man went home seeing. Why? Because they obeyed the word Jesus gave them. So the word for you today is: go by the Book.

SoulFood: Acts 24–26, Matt 3:1–17, Ps 94:12–23, Prov 11:16–18

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In life, some may walk, others may run, but remember the Lord gave the tortoise and the horse the same days to reach Noah’s ark. Your journey might be rough and tough but you will definitely get to your destination.

Jacob looked at Joseph and saw a good son! The ten brothers looked at Joseph and saw a useless dreamer! The travellers looked at Joseph and saw a slave!! Potiphar looked at Joseph and saw a fine servant!! Potiphar’s wife looked at Joseph and saw a potential boyfriend! The prison officers saw in Joseph a prisoner! How wrong were all of them! God looked at Joseph and saw a Prime Minister of Egypt in waiting!! Don’t be discouraged by what people see in you!! Be encouraged by what God sees in you!! Never underrate the person next to you because you never know what the Lord has deposited in that person. Your maid may be a Chief Executive Officer in waiting for a company which shall employ your child. Your garden-boy may be a president in waiting. (Remember David got the anointing of becoming a King while he was a simple child herding sheep. Esther was a simple orphaned girl yet she was a Queen in waiting). Let’s share God’s love and make the world a better place to live. Show that love by sharing this message with those you love.

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW PEOPLE SEE YOU, IT MATTERS HOW GOD SEES YOU

God is God:

🏽He doesn’t care about *age*, no wonder he blessed Abraham.

🏽He doesn’t care about *experience*, no wonder he chose David.

🏽He doesn’t care about *gender,* no wonder he lifted Esther.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your past*, no wonder he called Paul.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your physical appearance*, no wonder he chose Zacchaeus

(the shortest one).

🏽He doesn’t care about *fluency in speech* , no wonder he chose Moses.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your career*, no wonder he choose Mary Magdalene; a prostitute.

All I know is that my God never changes

🏽He never made *a promise he wouldn’t keep*👌🏾

He never saw *a person he wouldn’t help*👌🏾

🏽He never heard *a prayer he wouldn’t answer*👌🏾

🖼He never found *a soul he wouldn’t love*👌🏾

🏽He never found *a sinner he wouldn’t forgive*👌🏾

This is the kind of God I would like to commune with every day the moment I wake up. I strongly recommend Him to you.

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To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:27

We are chosen to be The Gospel to those who do not yet believe. There are many that we want to be with us when we go home. Keep them in prayer and witness to them with our every day; to make the ever lasting in the hereafter.

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The LORD by wisdom hath founded the Earth; by understanding hath he established the Heavens.

Proverbs 3:19

Let us break this down. The Earth is as it is, beauty beyond belief when you take in the beauty in its form the waves at sea, the clouds that glide in the sky, the sun, the moon, even those we Love. We cannot but stand in awe at all we have.

Hold on! Wait a second, let us go back to Genesis. Verse 1 in the first Chapter says: In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. vv 2,3  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

This he did with all He created. Could Angels have lived on earth? I think of It and for reasons that you will see soon, Heaven is a most wondrous place, filled with goodness and grace!!!  I want to show you a little more and you will begin to understand.

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1: 9,10

It goes on. The Heavens were created as was the earth and He saw they were good. Now time does not exist out of this plane we are in. We are limited by time. Now if you were to build a house (I will call it a mansion) Money is no hindrance, you have it all. Here on Earth in the billions; how would you construct it? Pools, courts, flower beds etc. Look in Hollywood and you will get an idea of what sprawling is. We are a tad bit ignorant of the fact that The Home of our Almighty Father who made Earth and Heaven is incomparable to any thing we can imagine. I am at a loss for words.

The creator of Heaven and Earth has a Home in Heaven. He made the concept of money. Gold was found in the ground and mined for, so are diamonds and all sorts of gems in the dirt!!! How do you think Heaven is??? If you find invaluable goods in the dirt here on Earth, Heaven is incomparable.

Why then did I put the verse first??? Read it carefully and think. The creator of Heaven and Earth saw what was created was good and God created more. As O said Angels could have been sent to inhabit Earth, God created animals first and then He created a guardian for His creation of the same nature of the animals but in His form. I have no idea if Heavenly host have arms and legs, but when in the Bible it speaks of Angels:

Jacob had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the Earth, with its top reaching to Heaven, and the Angela of God were ascending and descending on it.  Genesis 28:12

The story of Abram see in Angels walking as men. Interestingly it says God spoke to him, there were three ‘men’ seen at a distance and ran and prostrate. Now these were ‘man like’ and delivered a message. Genesis 18:1-19

We also read Joshua 5:13-14; Mark 16:5 for examples. They do not exist as only ‘man Luke’s but in the leading of the Isrealites out of Egypt there was what is described as God leading His people, here we see that the form is not a constant thing: By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

Exodus 13:21

Let us continue for another few references:

Other times, angels appeared not as humans, but as something other-worldly, and their appearance was terrifying to those who encountered them. Often, the first words from these angels were “do not be afraid,” because extreme fear was such a common reaction. The keepers of Jesus’ tomb became as dead men when they saw the angel of the Lord (Matthew 28:4). The shepherds in the fields in Luke 2 were “sore afraid” when the angel of the Lord appeared and the glory of the Lord shone around them.

As for physical characteristics, angels are sometimes described as winged. The images of cherubim on the ark of the covenant had wings that covered the mercy seat (Exodus 25:20). Isaiah saw winged seraphim in his vision of the throne of heaven, each one having six wings (Isaiah 6:2). Ezekiel, too, saw visions of winged angels. Isaiah 6:1-2 depicts angels having human features—voices, faces and feet.

Our point is that The LORD by wisdom hath founded the Earth; and by understanding hath He established the Heavens.

This is akin to a game of cards (Lord forgive me). Let me in my wisdom create the Earth, He saw it was good and by understanding hath he established the Heavens.This is so deep, I will allow you to mull this over.

God created Earth and saw it was good. Where He is the established head in Heaven??? Remember what we said about the households of the rich and famous? If you have everything your house would be so fantastic!!!

And it says that by understanding He has created the Heavens! Practice here on Earth and create Your dwelling place!!! My, my, my… It goes without saying that we are in for a HUGE amazing swoon at the magnificence of Heaven.

Seeing what money gets you here on Earth; imagine the dwelling place of He who created Earth and Heaven. Plus He has had time to make it as He wills. You talk of perfection? There is no place on Earth as Opulent as Heaven, and so you get and even more in depth concept:

op·u·lent

ˈäpyələnt

adjective

ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish.

“the opulent comfort of a limousine”

synonyms:luxurious, sumptuous, palatial, lavish, lavishly appointed, rich, splendid, magnificent, grand, grandiose, fancy;

wealthy.

“his more opulent tenants”

synonyms:wealthy, rich, affluent, well off, well-to-do, moneyed, prosperous, of means, of substance; informalwell heeled, rolling in money/dough, rolling in it, loaded, stinking/filthy rich, made of money, in clover, (living) on easy street; datedin the chips

“an opulent family”

Just so we can get a ‘picture’ in our Spirits of what it will be like.

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Words just cannot express the fullness of The Word. Let us take a brief look to start (or complete) the day in a blessed way:

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly” Hebrews 12:22

It was been shared that we each have a guardian angel that has been assigned to us by our Father. I was once ‘silly’ enough to try to ‘imagine’ Heaven! Can you believe that!? God created the Universe, placed Earth a certain distance from the sun, God created life. Heaven has no limits! Where we are ‘concerned’ with ‘space’ there is definitely no consideration for such. In reading The Word, there are different ‘levels’ in the spiritual places. To not go back and review; Lucifer wanted his own kingdom outside the bounds and grounds of God’s creation.

Why??? Let us take a close look at just why. To find the origin of Lucifer, we turn to the Old Testament. In the Hebrew, the name Lucifer is translated from the Hebrew word “helel,” which means brightness. This designation, referring to Lucifer, is the rendering of the “morning star” or “star of the morning” or “bright star” which is presented in Isaiah. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High’”

Isaiah 14:12-14

We can go back and review this, but the reason I share again is to make the point that there are no limits. When I visited time did not exist. I think I have to go read accounts of others who had the opportunity to see what is, we may not see it yet; but it is! As shared, I thought I had a dream first of the most horrendous nightmare, followed by the most astonishingly beautiful, tranquil, peaceful, wholesome ‘experience’ that I ever had. Even when I think that it was only a ‘dream’ I am moved to want to be in just as awesome (even more so when I know, not think it is a dream) a location.

To make the point quickly, there was no time. I had no concept of what ‘period’ I had been there. In ‘awaking’, I thought it had possibly been (once again) the worst, most ‘depressing’ dream followed by the ultimate in dreams. But, I tarry. The point in this ‘sharing’ is throughout the ages, there has always been ‘hope’ in where we are headed, where we will be.

In saying this, I am moved to the early church; even things at present. People who suffered, were maligned, tortured, killed, imprisoned for their belief in Christ, their ‘hope’. Let us take a look at ‘hope’, so that we too may build upon it.

Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

Psalm 3: 2-6

And we also read:

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory?

    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:54-58

This says so much, we can speak on these for hours. But I will let them sit in your spirits and allow The word of God to minister to you. We have received victory. As shared, our victory has been purchased with the blood of Christ. Think on this point: Jesus already went through all we have to deal with, what we are faced with. As shared, a sinless ‘human’ (yes, we might argue that He was sent from God, part of God.) We can say He was perfect. It is a loss to say that, just as we are tempted (and fall for it at times), Jesus was tempted and overcame the temptations. Jesus actually called him what he is in John 14:30 mentioning that he (Lucifer) is the Prince of this world. We can visit this later.

To not ‘tarry’ too long on this point; He in the 3rd temptation at the time of the 3 temptations was told to ‘bow down’ before Satan to recieve what He wanted. This is deep and we have discussed it. It was riddled with ‘possibilities’. He was sent to be King of all. What Lucifer offered was a ‘shortcut’ to that end. Again, Lucifer is the father of all lies and liars. What he offered would most likely ‘not’ come to pass.

In breaking this down, apparently they were here alone. Just more importantly I point out that things in the spiritual realm are to us, not as ‘simple’ to understand if we do not focus prayerfully on them. Let us review a few things that are pointed out clearly in The Word, we might not have seen this clearly prior. In the ‘physical’ Jesus was spent not have eaten or drank for more than a month. Let me ask you “In the ‘physical’, how was he able to mount the ‘temple’?” Prior to being tempted to “jump”. Yes! We are tald exactly what he said and did. Are we tempted to do things to ‘show’ others that God is God? If we have this feeling, we need to bury our pride in prayer. Key thing to keep in spirit is that we have guardian Angels.

Again, some might say: “At the time of your accident, where was your guardian angel?” I can answer that.

So much has happened since the accident. Being a ‘writer’ previously, I am fully able to ‘write’ fluently as I used to. Being schooled in an Ivy league school, there is the advantage of the past. Our histories are pre-spoken. Yes, there are decisions that are made and define to a huge extent what we do, where and who we are. Just one of thousands of reasons that we are to place all in the hands of God.

its development is well marked. These books described God’s angels as his ministers who carried out his behests, and who were at times given special commissions, regarding men and mundane affairs.

In Genesis 18-19, angels not only acted as the executors of God’s wrath against the cities of the plain, but they delivered Lot from danger; in Exodus 32:34, God said to Moses: “my angel shall go before thee.” At a much later period, we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 91:11: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;” (Cf. Psalm 33:8 and 34:5)

The belief that angels can be guides and intercessors for men can be found in Job 33:23-6, and in Daniel 10:13 angels seem to be assigned to certain countries. In this latter case, the “prince of the kingdom of Persia” contends with Gabriel. The same verse mentions “Michael, one of the chief princes”.

We understand in reading that Satan and his ‘hench angel’s’ in The Word have sat in governance of things on Earth. As believers, our Father made it all and owns it all. Yes, He placed some ‘go between’. When Man was created, we were initially given the keys to ‘govern’ and ‘care’ for this Earth. A thing that was taken from our grips by Lucifer. More importantly, Jesus has placed this in our grasp again. Yes, there is a ‘period’ we must go through. We learn, so that in our final position, we may be learned and wise.

Psalm 37:30; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 4:6,7; Colossians 2:2,3; 1 Corinthians 1:30

We can go on, but I pray that the point is made, and for all we both referred to the Old and New Testaments.

So, our ‘sharing’ is pretty in-depth at this point. Be blessed. And thank you for reading patiently.

Prayer groups are important; let me encourage that. Important to focus on this for so many reasons. I should actually call them ‘thanksgiving’ groups. For we, for so many reasons are to give God thanks in all things.

Chapter 10

One thing that stands out and that I was reminded of – a KEY point “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who Love Him, those who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Not in ‘some’ things, but in ALL things.

Everything in your life will work out exactly as God has promised as long as we put our faith, our hope in Him, allowing it to be manifest through Him and to His glory! We were created for a purpose! Is it not so that individuals with ‘worries’, ‘concerns’, ‘questions’ can and will see the example that is worked through your?

“Wow!I guess this ‘God thing is true….better get me some….” We have been called! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!!! I remember a song when I was growing up “Jesus’ people come together, let your light shine. O let it shine, shine, shine. Come on and let your light shine!” Are you allowing the awesome presence of God that bestows you with a glow to shine through you?

We can go in the scripture and see just what it says about ‘allowing people to see God in you.’ I will admit, I just spoke with my Mom about growing up with her and my Dad, she kept a ‘firm’ hand in making us go to church. You would think that in boarding house when away from home in school, there would be reason to ‘skip’ this ‘un-cool’ thing, but I remember going to church. Even though I was ‘young’ it made a difference.

More so, we briefly discussed her father who met his maker a long while ago. I said if I had seen him in my ‘dream’ , not knowing I was actually post-accident, I think I would have wanted to stay. It dawned on me that God truly knows all. If I had seen him, I would have thought it an amazingly ‘weird’ dream. I definitely think of it often, if given the chance to choose once again, which way would I go?

I actually at the beginning of my recovery read a book written by a Christian who drove out of town to attend a meeting for church planning activities. On the way back home, he was in a Motor vehicle accident and was pronounced. Yet, a Christian stopped left his car while ‘rescue crew’s were trying to ‘figure out’ what could be done. The corpse was covered, he went as led and prayed for Him. In turn he was given a choice. He was sent back, yes recovery was filled with challenges-but he wrote about it.

Funny enough Paul wrote to the ‘Churches’ as did the other apostles. In this day and age we have ‘digital media’, a much faster way to disseminate information. Technology is awesome, there are reasons that it can be used for wrong; but in essence that is ‘life’.

Let us review just what The Word says:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5

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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Jeremiah 29:11-14

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

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

Psalm 118:6-9

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …

Psalm 23:1-6

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Ephesians 6:11

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:25

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. …

2 Corinthians 4:8-18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Romans 8:18

For we walk by faith, not by sight. I am hoping that this shed light on that topic. In ending this diatribe something was brought to my spirit. A question and a challenge!

“Have you commanded the morning since your days began,

And caused the dawn to know its place,

That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,

And the wicked be shaken out of it?

Job 38:12-13

So, in faith we can do so much.

The Word

Bible Study Month 5

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

– Joshua 1:8

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Watch out! Lots of learning to come!🚫 Caution!!! This might be too hot to handle!!!

The LORD by wisdom hath founded the Earth (knowing this it is breathtakingly awesome to see the sheer beauty of a soft rain shower; a rainbow on bright days; a mountain you scale to look back and wonder how you made it up, but give Him praise that you did; a trip that you were fill of questions about, and each answer falling where you believed it’d fall despite conditions…we could go on folks, but let us continue with The Word.)

By understanding hath He established the Heavens. By His knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. (Amazing weather that keeps the world a blessing. How many of us have experienced see? Show of hands. Isn’t it at first annoying to have those drops on your shoes, car, clothes??? Next time tale a good feel (you thought I would say “look” at the basic essential that it is, we are not plants, thus it is hard to understand how essential. Rain can be a downer, the plants need water; dew gives it. Another reason to give praise!)

Sister\Brother, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid (‘Sweet Sleep’ is yours- promised Mmmhmmm!): yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet (told ya). Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh (for we are held close in Love.) For the LORD shall be thy confidence (we have a confidence that is from the Creator of the Universe), and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due (we have an awesome Life in Him), when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

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THEME: LIFTING SPIRITUAL LOADS

Memorise:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

Mark 1:23-27

Besides physical and material burdens, the devil also weighs people’s lives down with marital burdens. He does this in order to prevent them from actualising God’s plan and purpose for their lives. A person who is weighed down by a heavy load cannot think of moving forward. Mark 5:25-34 tells us the story of the woman with the issue of blood. According to Mosaic Law, the fact that her blood kept flowing continuously implied that she was permanently considered to be unclean. She was therefore ostracized from society. In that state, no man dared come near to propose to her. Even if a man was brave enough to marry her, she had very slim chances of bearing children. Hannah also faced a marital burden as she battled with barrenness, which her mate used in taunting her. She never planned to be barren but barrenness attached itself to her until the Burden-Bearer stepped in. Are you laden with a marital burden? Is there no peace in your home? Is the enemy turning your spouse against you because of the delay in conceiving? Have you been weeping quietly because of the marital burdens you are forced to bear? This season, the Burden-Bearer will intervene in your situation and turn things around for good!

Moreover, some people are battling with spiritual burdens. Today’s Bible reading tells us of a man in the synagogue with an unclean spirit. Although this man was regularly attending church, a demon was still living inside him. He was like a time-bomb waiting to explode. He did not like what he was carrying, but he could not do anything about it until he met Jesus. Compared to the mad man of Gadara, his case was even tolerable (Mark 5:1:20). He would come to church, sit in the crowd, and yet nobody knew what he was going through. Many years ago, while visiting my mother, some people brought a man who looked almost normal to me. To demonstrate what was wrong with him to me, he simply scratched his head and brought out a cockroach. He dipped his hand into his hair again and another insect came out. He put his finger inside his ear and I could hear the sound of a motorcycle. After a short exhortation, I simply asked him to give his life to Jesus, and he did. I then called on the Burden-Bearer to intervene. When he returned two weeks later, everything had changed. Have you been secretly battling with some spiritual burdens? The Lord will deliver you today! Whatever is responsible for that strange burden in your life, I command it to return to where it came from. You are free from today!

Prayer Point:

Every strange burden in my life and family, the word of the Lord is against you; lose your grip now and return to your source in Jesus’ Name!

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:

Exodus 15-16

Isaiah 63:15-64:12

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“I will lead the blind on roads they have never known; I will guide them on paths they have never traveled. Their road is dark and rough, but I will give light to keep them from stumbling.”(CEV)

Psalms 119:105 tells us,

“By His words we can see where we’re going; they throw a beam of light on our dark path.”

Jeremiah 33:3 gives us direction on how to receive spiritual clarity. Listen,

“Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.

“The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to himwho is weary.”

Isaiah 50:4

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

– Joshua 1:8

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Good Morning all, we are blessed to be up. Check this out; some are hurting because their loved ones have passed-pray for them, offer comfort and support. Get them to understand that this life here is a microcosm of eternity. If and when we commit all to The Lord we are ‘made’ for eternity. As we have stated prior a new beginning is here, we can call it a new day and not even realize that it is a blessing. You woke up! You are out and about, did you thank God yet? Did you have time (just a few seconds to thank The very reason you are here?) What have you been blessed with? What do you still ‘desire’? Know this- Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Again, this is just to share, we touched on a few things and we will touch on more. I am aware that time is ‘precious’; so let us move on.

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Philippians 3:2-3

Concision:

(alternatively brevity, laconicism, terseness, or conciseness) is the art and practice of minimizing words used to convey an idea. It aims to make communication more effective by eliminating redundancy without omitting important information.)

cir·cum·ci·sion

ˈsərkəmˌsiZHən

noun

1. The action or practice of circumcising a young boy or man.

2. The action or practice of circumcising a girl or young woman; female circumcision

It is awesome to be born anew in Christ, an excellent definition: A new way of being; much like in the past it is ascribed to both men and women. We have a new life in Christ-old things are passed away (Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  2 Corinthians 5:17)

Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.

We will be quoting from 2 Corinthians 5

So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. vv 9,10

Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to others conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to other believers, but are giving ourselves an opportunity to take pride in ourselves, so that we can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for other believers.

2 Corinthians 5:11-12

Folks, we are having “Chech” as some would call ‘Church’, breaking down the Word of God.

Are we in need or ‘want’ of any thing? Take it to The Lord in prayer.

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 carsinceritycious 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.

Lyrics by Joseph M. Scriven

Told you ‘Chech’ time. Well, I know busy day ahead. Be blessed!

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

– Joshua 1:8

Prayer requests should openly be shared with our sisters and brothers in Christ.

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“How much do you want to make?”

“Is it a good dral?”

“Well…uh…I…ahhh. Look, you make money, so why the worry?”

“So it’s not totally legal?”

“Boy! Who said anything about being legal. Just fast and a sure thing in your pocket!”

“Dude! I’ll pass on this one. In face I don’t think I’ll deal with you again. I have morals.”

“Whatever! You are the one missing out and you’ll be sorry…”

This imaginary meeting is between two blokes, one a Christian practising to make his decisionscworthwhile. Might be that he list a bit of moolah. But, who’s counting. He has his pride and correctness. The awesome thing is if he was a real fella he would be rewarded.

Look at what and wht I shared that ‘little’ drama.

The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

Psalm 18:20

‘Nuff said. Be blessed.

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There were two Samaritans that made it into the scripture. Question time! Who were they and why important? What did the original good Samaritan do? What was the difference between the Jewish people, the Samaritans and the gentiles?

As we discussed the questions are not ‘hat’s but challenging. This time I will recount the testimony of the good Samaritan. He was on his way and saw a victim, many passed him by, but the good Samaritan stopped helped him and took him to the equivalent of a total care in and said he would pay as much as was needed. This was a parable and should help you understand the relationship between the Jewish people and the Samaritans.

We have more to answer! More so,  knowing this, Jesus born of the family of king David, and thus considered a Jew by many (wrongly so); sent His disciples into the city. He knows all and asked a woman of Samaria for a drink of water, we can see what transpired in John 4:7-42.

The narrative falls into three major segments: First, there is the explanation as to why the Lord happened to be passing through Samaritan territory (vv. 1-4). Second, there is the actual exchange between Jesus and this strange woman (vv. 5-26). Finally, there is the effect that ultimately was produced as a result of this incident (vv. 27-42). Let us consider each of the segments in some detail.

Let us then be aware that we were the Samaritans or the unbelievers destined for eternal separation from The Lord. The message He shared opened the doors for us, and His death on the cross sealed the goodness and Love of the Lord.

So in essence, one was a parable and having understood what it was based on, we see just why I said the Word has two Samaritan’s. The parable and the actual. So let us find out where we are. Be blessed.

7.

And we pray:

Lord Heavenly Father, might King Jesus, Holy Spirit within me, Hallelujah! Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to Thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for Thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after Thy precepts: quicken me in Thy righteousness. Let Thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even Thy salvation, according to Thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in Thy word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in Thy judgments. So shall I keep Thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek Thy precepts. I will speak of Thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in Thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto Thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in and on Thy statutes. Remember Thy word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for Thy word hath quickened me. The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from Thy law. I remembered Thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself. Amen.

Psalm 119:37-52

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There were two Samaritans that made it into the scripture. Question time! Who were they and why important? What did the original good Samaritan do? What was the difference between the Jewish people, the Samaritans and the gentiles?

As we discussed the questions are not ‘hat’s but challenging. This time I will recount the testimony of the good Samaritan. He was on his way and saw a victim, many passed him by, but the good Samaritan stopped helped him and took him to the equivalent of a total care in and said he would pay as much as was needed. This was a parable and should help you understand the relationship between the Jewish people and the Samaritans.

We have more to answer! More so,  knowing this, Jesus born of the family of king David, and thus considered a Jew by many (wrongly so); sent His disciples into the city. He knows all and asked a woman of Samaria for a drink of water, we can see what transpired in John 4:7-29.

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Good Day! Hope you all slept well yesterday. Tried some of the ‘challenges’ set forth? Thought I’d share what has been shared with me. We have the same mind that so long ago, The Son of God had-The mind of Christ. Get set for some new (hopefully it is an old habit encouragement), folks keep trucking.

What I usually say at the end: Be blessed!

Good Thinking (I hope this is both a compliment and pathway.)

‘We have the mind of Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV

In his book, Thinking for a Change, Dr. John Maxwell gives us eleven different types of thinking; to each we’ve added a Scripture:

(1) Big picture thinking. The ability to think beyond yourself is required in order to process ideas from a ‘faith’ perspective (Ephesians 3:20).

(2) Focused thinking. The ability to think with clarity on issues by removing distractions and mental clutter (Philippians 3:13–14).

(3) Creative thinking. The ability to break out of the box and explore ideas and options in order to experience a breakthrough (Isaiah 54:2–3).

(4) Realistic thinking. The ability to build a solid foundation on facts, to think with certainty (Luke 14:28).

(5) Strategic thinking. The ability to implement plans that give direction for today, and increase your potential for tomorrow (Proverbs 19:21).

(6) Possibility thinking. The ability to unleash your enthusiasm and hope, to find solutions for even seemingly impossible situations (Matthew 19:26).

(7) Reflective thinking. The ability to revisit the past in order to think with understanding (Psalm 1:1–3).

(8) Questioning popular thinking. The ability to reject common thinking and accomplish uncommon results (Isaiah 55:8–9).

(9) Shared thinking. The ability to include others who can help you think ‘over your head’ and achieve greater results (Psalm 133:1–3).

(10) Unselfish thinking. The ability to consider others and their journey, to think with collaboration (Romans 12:10).

(11) Bottom-line thinking. The ability to focus on results, in order to reap the full potential of your thinking (Matthew 25:14–30).

Let’s add: (12) Spiritual thinking. ‘We have the mind of Christ.’ One God-given thought can change your life!

SoulFood: 2 Ki 24–25, Luke 18:18–30, Ps 116:1–11, Prov 8:8–9

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Do you know how special you are to God? Do you realize that He loves you more than anything else? I think people have a hard time really understanding God’s love for them. I noticed in the Word of God that He went to great lengths to explain His love, but we fail to see it.

He says we are the apple of His eye (Deuteronomy 32: 9-10); He explains that if we obey His Word, then we–including our children–are promised long life (Deuteronomy 12:28); He is our Good Shepherd who knows us (John 10:14); He says He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); He shares that it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom because He calls us friends (Luke 12:32); He promises that He will give us everlasting life if we believe in Him (John 3:16); and He will answer our prayers. The list is endless concerning the things that God has done for us and will continue to do for us.

I have a photo album that says Grandma’s Brag Book. In it are pictures of my granddaughter when she was little. Whenever I have shown it to family or friends, I have said, “Look how adorable she posed!” or “Isn’t that a cute face?” That is how God’s Word is — full of Him bragging on us.

We love Him because He first loved us and gave His Only Son to die for our sins (1 John 4:10). Think about it. Jesus was blameless and sinless, yet He allowed man to crucify Him so that He might take our place. He laid down His life for us so that we would inherit eternal life. It doesn’t get any better than that! Truly, that is ultimate love. It takes a sacrificial love to die in the place of another.

God is love Himself. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, yet He was not satisfied because He desired fellowship. He gave us this opportunity to receive Him into our hearts or to choose the world instead.

We can’t even love Him until we find out about what He did for us at the cross, and even then we often find that we take Him for granted. If you love someone, you talk to that person and want to spend time with that person. Your desire will be to develop a relationship, so you will need to cultivate it. God is the Lover of our souls. We should draw near to Him and begin that personal relationship with Him.

For even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall to pieces, My love won’t walk away from you, my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart. The GOD who has compassion on you says so. — Isaiah 54:10, The Message

When we come into the throne room to thank Him, and when we come into worship to praise His name, these things please our heavenly Father so much. Let’s do it more often because He loves us and wants our love in return.

Copyright Cathy Irvin. Used by permission.

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Calling musicians! This song you outta know well. We will write lyrics to as of yet unsung and unwritten as of yet songs and as I challenged put them all to awesome use in giving praise to God from Whom all our blessings flow.

We bring our sacrifice of thnksgiving, we bring our sacrifice of praise.

We bring the sacrifice of praise

Into the house of the Lord.

We bring the sacrifice of praise

Into the house of the Lord.

And we offer up to You

The sacrifices of thanksgiving;

And we offer up to You

The sacrifices of joy.

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. Psalm 96:8

“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High;

Psalm 50:14

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,

1 Timothy 1:12

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.

Romans 1:88

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:17

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

Hebrews 13:15

always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

Ephesians 5:20

you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

2 Corinthians 1:111

Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

Daniel 6:10

I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among a mighty throng.

Psalm 35:118

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Then I had the leaders of Judah come up on top of the wall, and I appointed two great choirs, the first proceeding to the right on top of the wall toward the Refuse Gate.

Nehemiah 12:31

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Are You Resisting A Rest?

‘Come away… and rest a while.’ Mark 6:31 NRS

Following Jesus should energise you, not leave you feeling burned out. Jesus preached to farmers who used oxen to plough their fields. They also lived by religious rules that didn’t permit you to relax and experience God’s love and grace. So Jesus told them: ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you… and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’ (Matthew 11:28–30 NLT)

Jesus had more to do than any of us, yet He never seemed to do it in a way that severed the life-giving connection with His Father, or interfered with His ability to show love when it was called for. He regularly withdrew from the rat race in order to pray (which is a lesson. When have you held up on the hustle and bustle of everyday life to take the time to spend with the Lord? We spoke about practise making perfect. Are you practising to let go and let God?)

Even when His disciples returned, flushed with success from a busy time of ministry, He told them, ‘Come away… and rest a while,’ because as Mark records, ‘Many people were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.’ (Mark 6:31 NRS) Constant hurry is the mark of an un-prioritised life—a sure sign that second and third things have become first things. This is a lesson for all; list the priorities in your life. Go ahead! I think and do it; find the time in your busy schedule to take 10 minutes to write your schedule; andI  bet you may “right” your schedule. It really doesn’t matter what others are doing. What really matters is what you are doing. Want to be well rested AND in His will? You know what needs done.

I will not take it upon myself to schedule your day. But, I can suggest one thing-A super amazing way to start the day is with prayer. Doesn’t have to be long or complicated, A thank you Lord, go before me today, be exalted in my going out and coming ins. Where a mis-stepped, I ask for your forgiveness. Where I have things (name them) held against (name them), show me Your Love and by Your grace make it right, in Jesus’ name, an Amen decrees it in Heaven and here on Earth.

If and when you have kids, we are God’s children. He Love’s us more than words could ever state. We have children, we Love them. A quick in the shower prayer to add: Lord thank You for my rising, as this water hits me, may my family feel Your Love. I standvinvthe gap for them and commit their days into Your Loving hands. Father, I thank you for sending Your guardian Angels to watch, over and be with us with each and every step. Lord I thank You for when we see each other again, we will have much need to thank and praise You, in Jesus’ name, Amen

If you have a spouse hopefully they rose when you did and where able to start the day right (with prayer and a peck-yeah I won’t say kiss with morning breath. Waga! We used to call it in Nigeria) If they are not believers, is your example good enough. Will they develop a Love for God watching you. Let me state it this way, when we get to Heaven by and through God’s grace, we will Love (big “L” on purpose.) ever one we see. But do you not want to see the Love of Your Life for eternity?

We will talk on this at a later date, and I will share it with married or soon to be married couples. In ‘sharing’ we have youth, so hold fast, we will touch on that.

On our topic above, we spoke of the disciples and for Love of Christ, the lack of rest or food, for all the throngs of people. Not only did God command us to rest every seventh day, He told Jewish farmers to let their fields rest every seventh year so they’d produce better harvests. The problem is we want microwave maturity… to exchange wisdom for information and depth for breadth—but it doesn’t work that way. Depth comes slowly. Following Jesus can’t be done at a sprint; you can’t go faster than the One who’s leading.

As we shared short to start and you will see that it will become more in-depth as you ‘mature’. Be blessed

SoulFood: 2 Ki 21–23, Luke 18:1–17, Ps 19, Prov 8:6–7

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So many times we are discouraged; were you steered clear and still went the wrong way. To define it: “discouragement, regret, a desire/want for better, did God know I was going to do this?” Discouragement comes a mile a minute; we stand ‘spanked’ by the knowledge of what we did. What and how do we do what we are supposed to do next?

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

– Deuteronomy 31:8

We are aware of the first sin. Man and woman had been told what not to do. Easy enough, no? Let us take a quick look at that. The man and woman did as they were supposed to until the most cunning of animals put doubt in her mind. Did or could animals speak in those days?.or just communicate? Adam was created first. He had the ‘time’ to name all the animals and species on the earth. Every tree, plant and animal. Time did not exist yet. How did Adam communicate with animals, at first though God Himself would come an fellowship with him, He and the Heaveny host realized that he would need a partner. So Adam was sedated (😙) (Much like in surgery) a rib was taken out of him and woman created to be his partner in all they did. (We have And will discuss the ins and outs of this.)

How then was there communication? Man had been in the garden, named things fish, birds of the air, animals etc I would imagine that it took a great while. We in this day and age communicate with our pets, horses, even elephants and they understand just what we want from them. So, it is not too hard to imagine Adam communicating with species.

Now, we are back to where we were. How did the serpent communicate with Eve? We can imagine from our experience. Something does not have to speak, for example when men go to a place of ill-repute the women don’t speak; all the do is dance. Imaginations and desire run amok and wild.

So we imagine the serpent might have slithered up the forbidden tree and itself allowed the Eve to see it bite the fruit and start to think “If that serpent can eat of the tree, why can’t I. God didn’t say the fruit was deadly, just that we would have even more knowledge.” A lot of things come to mind, thought would have assailed her. All of a sudden we see exactly where she was. The individuals or individual who wrote this story essentially touched on these things. Havingn done this, she gave the fruit to Adam. We can imagine the conversation. “Love, this is just what God said we should not eat, I ate it and have not died, but my eyes have been opened, now I know things I did not know before. I guess that’s why we were asked not to eat of that tree.” This would have been the beginning of a long conversation.

I will point out that very possibly the serpent who was described as the most cunning of all the animals must have known the difference between good and evil. It was not told to stay away from the fruit of the tree, why would it then be called the most ‘cunning’ of all the animals? Nowadays we have snakes and the crawl about, we do not consider them to be ‘cunning’. To be specific, I had a python once, it would want to keep warm and wrap itself around me. I can tell many stories about this, but I wish to stay on our current line of thought.

So many times, I have thought long and hard about this. Yes, the serpent was the most cunning; why? If we cast our minds to think of it, it may have fed on the fruit of that tree. It was not ‘cunning’ just knowledge filled at what it should and should not do.

So many times we think that Satan possessed the serpent. Many things could have happened as we have laid out. We think and act on our thoughts. The serpent must have simply eaten. Coming to think of it, it did not communicate (much like the dancers we pointed out) but simply eatenbof the tree and the woman would have seen but and been tempted to do the same.

Now, I hope this starts to make sense. Just as we started off, the thoughts of our minds, our actions should and must be in line with The Word of God. We are simply told what to do and what ‘not’ to do. When Eve ate of the apple and convinced Adam to do the same, God had simply said “Of every tree you may eat but of the tree of eggood and evil, you may not eat.” Pretty simple, No? Really???

Check this out:

Ten Commandments List

You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall make no idols.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Keep the Sabbath day holy.

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet.

Do we truly keep these? Be honest. Let’s go on:

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Ant these are just a few from Matthew. Let us go on:

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, “Feed my lambs.” (16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, “Feed my sheep”. (17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, “Feed my sheep.”

John 21:19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

John 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

We will continue though I hope my point is made. Just as Eve was given a commandant and stepped wrong, the Israelites-the first nation of Godcstepped wrong many a time. When Moses went up into the hills to be given the 10 commandments on stone, the Israelites made their own none living very artificial gods of silver and gold. What are our gods? Money, influence, property? Realize that all is temporary. We are here but foe a micro-second in eternity. Even Elisha who met with Jesus on the mount with the three disciples (you can go back and scroll through this). Was here but for a fraction of time in the history of the world. In the past we had people (living beings) who lived for 600-900 years. Again our lives are but a mere fraction of these. Even now we admire centenarians (it is amazing), but it was the normal in those days. Abraham had a son and still climbed mountains in his 90’s; what did he do, eat? Well for one it was not our carbonated soda. But we have to look at life, we now are living longer than pur ancestors, there are quite a few things we do: run, yoga, gym, walk, eat healthy etc. But again in the olden days, people lived a lot longer. Think on this.

Let us return to our new testament do’s and don’t’s.

Romans 6:11-13 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Romans 11:17-18 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (18) Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

1 Corinthians 5:4-5 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, (5) To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincere Love.

14.

I do not have to ‘go it alone’, struggles are a past tense if and when I am willing to Live in the here and now. “Boy! That was hard, I gave up…” Our words when we do it alone. One gem lies in the rubble! Your ability to ‘do it’ does not lie with you! I know something I have ‘known’ for quite a while: “I can do all this through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I do not really know what the issues are. Do you see a way out??? Commit it onto The Lord who is watching and waiting for you to ask, to seek His face. He stands at the door and knocks, waiting for you to open the door and let him in.

We read “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:222

What do we have that ‘crushes’ the Spirit? Bad news, challenges, Loss (of any kind; a loved one/a family member-who should one and the same), a job (was it really in the perfect will of God?). I am moved to say there are many in the ‘permissive’ will of God. We do, there is nothing intrinsicallycally wrong or bending the rules. But, lessons need to be taught. There are so many things that meet this definition.

We have been given a set of rules/instructions. Let’s take a brief look. Waking up and not praying; excuse- I woke up too late, I have too much to do. Really? The day is The Lords! Remember the song “This is the day that the Lord has made?”

Let us take a quick look, learn and feel it out (uhh! Musicians!!! I will just stop asking. Mmmhmmm!)

This Is The Day

Just clap your hands like this

Just clap your hands like this

Yeah, let’s wake up the church with this old school jam

Shout to the Lord in here

You know that He’s good and His mercy endureth forever

And the people of God said, they said what

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

Now we serve notice to depression, confusion

All manner of evil and every sickness

You came in to bind but you cannot stay

’cause the people of God we ain’t havin’ it

It’s a good day, even though I cried last Tuesday

And I was out of cash by Friday

No matter what comes next, I’m gonna stand up

And give him the praise ’cause this is the day

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made

I will rejoice, I will rejoice

And be glad in it, glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made

I will rejoice, I will rejoice

And be glad in it, glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

As I look back over all the years that I made it through

I can’t imagine where I’d be now if it wasn’t for you

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

But I’m so glad that I can say, I will rejoice

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

Lift your voice in this place and bless Him.

There is a lot to learn Mr Hammond wrote this. What I thought was a more ‘simple’ version, but in going over this there were so many stories and learning points.

15.

Testimony time. Psalm holds it all. The atoeo of Joseph. A testimony really. Talk is cheap and The Word is Gold:

He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron. Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom. Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

Psalm 105:17-24

king David was well read. So should you be. Have an awesome day.

Value Your Friends

‘It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with his girls… in someone else’s field you might be harmed.’ Ruth 2:22 NIV

Kristin Armstrong writes: ‘If you have godly girlfriends, love and nurture those relationships as though your life depends on them—because it does. Everything is better when you “go with His girls”… Life is safer, more authentic, longer lasting, and just plain more fun. God created women to rely on other women. I’m blessed by girlfriends who lift me when I’m low, level me when I’m high, and show me the face of God on a daily basis through compassion, humour, strength, and unconditional love. May you cultivate and enjoy the same.’ And not only do women need friends, men do too.

One of the first things God said in the Bible was, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone.’ (Genesis 2:18 KJV) Solomon writes, ‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.’ (Proverbs 17:17 NKJV) Poet William Carlos Williams wrote: ‘When trouble comes your soul to try, you love the friend who just “stands by”. Perhaps there’s nothing he can do—the thing is strictly up to you. For there are troubles all your own, and paths the soul must tread alone. Times love cannot smooth the road, nor friendship lift the heavy load. But just to know you have a friend who will “stand by” until the end, whose sympathy through all endures, whose warm handclasp is always yours—it helps someway to pull you through, although there’s nothing he can do. And so with fervent heart you cry, God bless the friend who just “stands by”.’

SoulFood: 2 Ki 18:17–20:21, Luke 17:20–37, Ps 11, Prov 8:4–5

MY WIFE, WHO HURT YOU IN YOUR PAST?

He had a deadline to beat. So he came home late when his family was asleep. He went into the kitchen, warmed up his dinner that the wife had cooked. Matoke with beef stew. In a few minutes he was done and went to sleep, exhausted.

In the morning, him and his wife got up. After the shower, wearing robes, it was time to prepare for the day.

“You think I am your house help? What is this? How many times must I tell you to never leave utensils unwashed? I wake up to an unwashed plate in the kitchen sink. Can’t you even wash after yourself? Must I always clean up after you? Are you a baby? And you used my favourite plate that I keep for visitors, can’t you even use the many other plates I bought? Agrrrr you’ve ruined my morning. I am so sick of being married to a man who can’t even follow simple instructions” his wife shouted at him.

“What is this all about?” He asked looking at her surprised.

“What is this all about?” She ridiculed him. “Stop acting like you don’t know. This is about the mess you left in the kitchen last night”

“Is this really about the dishes? Are you seriously talking to your husband like this because of a plate?” He asked shocked.

Their six year old child walked in on them in the kitchen.

His wife looked at the child then sneered at him and said, “We’re getting late. The kids are getting late for school”

He gently grabbed her hand to lead her to the bedroom.

“My love, we need to talk” he told her.

“We don’t have time! You have a deadline, I have an early morning meeting at work. The kids need to get to work. Stop rushing me” she reluctantly said.

“Kids, prepare for school. Mommy and I will have a chat, join you, have breakfast then we’ll leave” he told their three children.

“But dad we’ll get late for school” said their first born.

“You’ve never been late. But today, there will be no harm getting to school slightly late. Don’t worry, I will personally talk to your teachers” he said.

“Woop woop! You are the coolest dad” cheered their naughty second born jumping on to the sofa turning on the TV.

The couple walked inside their bedroom. Closed the door.

He got her to sit on their bed and he knelt next to her, placing his hand on her lap.

“We’re getting late” she said with a cold tone.

He rubbed her waist and said, “Shh, it doesn’t matter, this is important. I don’t want us to get caught up living life that we fail to address issues”

“So there is an issue?” She asked.

“Yes, my dirty plate on the sink” he said.

“Don’t worry, I will wash it” she said trying to get up out of the bed.

He pressed her down to make her remain seated.

He looked deep into her eyes as if searching for her soul. She felt naked before him.

“My wife, who hurt you in your past?” He asked.

“What do you mean?” She questioned.

“For the years I have married you, I notice you are easily irritable, you have this temper, this bitterness, this fear that erupts out of petty things” he spoke.

“Oh, so you’re saying I am petty? You think my reaction over what you did last night is petty? You think I am petty?” She erupted, sneering at him.

“See what I mean?” He said.

Silence.

“I am not saying you are petty, I am saying you are easily angered. I am saying that your response to my dirty plate was cold and harsh, all you could have done is correct me with love, but instead, you attacked me, you crushed me over a dirty plate, you fought me over a thing. Why are you this angry?” He continued.

Silence.

“No one is born angry and irritable. Anger, a hot temper is something we acquire as we live. It is our reaction to the circumstances that push us to fear, defensiveness and confusion. We acquire an angry temperament from our upbringing and the pain we collect along the way. So I want you to look inside you, your past and tell me, when did you start being so angry?”

Silence.

“My love, open up to me. Let me in to the darkest corners of your past. Show me your scars. Who did this to you? Who introduced you to bitterness? When you open up, you release the pain and healing will start; but when you hide, when you pretend, when you act like you are OK, when you wear a fake smile; healing will evade you and you will take it out on your loved ones. You will find yourself shouting at me and the kids, taking out your frustration on us”

Silence.

“Racism, fear, tribalism, fear, anger; all those are taught. All of us are born in the image of God and then the darkness of life creeps in through events and we become fearful and angry. Who did this to you? Who taught you how to be angry? Who made you feel like you have to fight alone, like no one is on your side?”

She began to cry.

She broke down in tears.

He hugged her. She broke down even more.

“I was raped. I was raped by my cousins. I was just a young girl” she opened up.

She let him inside her darkest thoughts. Told him of how she was raped, her abortion when she was seventeen that she did because she couldn’t face her parents, her questions about her father who was largely absent when she needed a father figure, how she was sexually harassed at work by her boss and no one believed her. She opened up about her fake friends, who were there only to use her until the day she chose to ride solo. She opened up about how she gave her body to a man who claimed to love her, only for the man to end up cheating on her and making her feel unworthy and not beautiful enough. She opened up about her struggle with self esteem, the nights she cried to sleep. She opened up about how she made mistakes that ended up costing her time, money and peace of mind, her struggle with porn and alcohol while she tried to project an image of a Godly woman yet she felt God was angry with her. She opened up about the nights she’d wake up naked in bed with a man she didn’t love and how that made her angry with herself. She opened up about the five relationships she got into thinking they would last. The first one she was used, the second one she was physically abused, the third she was rejected because the man’s parents didn’t approve of her tribe, the fourth she was cheated on, the fifth she was dumped the night before her wedding. She opened up about all her baggage”

He listened.

He wiped her tears.

“My love, that is alot for one person to go through. Thank you for opening up to me. It will help me to love you better. When you open up, you release the burden. I now know better about where you are coming from” he told her.

“I have never told a soul all these things” she said clinging on to him.

“If you don’t tell me, who will you tell? Darling, this is what love is about. Taking your past, walking with you today and building with you our tomorrow. Many people think marriage changes things but actually marriage reveals things. In marriage that is when issues become unearthed. People use marriage as a cover up thinking it is a magic wand that will change lives. But when marriage is done in honesty, marriage become a place of healing because where there is love there is healing. With the help of God, my love will silence your fear, my love will redeem back your view of sex, my love will tell you the men you were with before me were wrong. I will show you that you are a Queen deserving of the best of love. Love will heal you. Instead of taking things out on me, let me be love to you. My love, stop fighting alone, stop fighting your inner wars alone. That was then, this is now. You have me. You are married to a man who has your best interest at heart. No more fear, no more anger. OK?” said he.

He wiped her tears.

“My love, that is alot for one person to go through. Thank you for opening up to me. It will help me to love you better. When you open up, you release the burden. I now know better about where you are coming from” he told her.

“I have never told a soul all these things” she said clinging on to him.

“If you don’t tell me, who will you tell? Darling, this is what love is about. Taking your past, walking with you today and building with you our tomorrow. Many people think marriage changes things but actually marriage reveals things. In marriage that is when issues become unearthed. People use marriage as a cover up thinking it is a magic wand that will change lives. But when marriage is done in honesty, marriage become a place of healing because where there is love there is healing. With the help of God, my love will silence your fear, my love will redeem back your view of sex, my love will tell you the men you were with before me were wrong. I will show you that you are a Queen deserving of the best of love. Love will heal you. Instead of taking things out on me, let me be love to you. My love, stop fighting alone, stop fighting your inner wars alone. That was then, this is now. You have me. You are married to a man who has your best interest at heart. No more fear, no more anger. OK?” said he.

16.

I do not have to ‘go it alone’, struggles are a past tense if and when I am willing to Live in the here and now. “Boy! That was hard, I gave up…” Our words when we do it alone. One gem lies in the rubble! Your ability to ‘do it’ does not lie with you! I know something I have ‘known’ for quite a while: “I can do all this through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I do not really know what the issues are. Do you see a way out??? Commit it onto The Lord who is watching and waiting for you to ask, to seek His face. He stands at the door and knocks, waiting for you to open the door and let him in.

We read “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:222

17.

I do not have to ‘go it alone’, struggles are a past tense if and when I am willing to Live in the here and now. “Boy! That was hard, I gave up…” Our words when we do it alone. One gem lies in the rubble! Your ability to ‘do it’ does not lie with you! I know something I have ‘known’ for quite a while: “I can do all this through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I do not really know what the issues are. Do you see a way out??? Commit it onto The Lord who is watching and waiting for you to ask, to seek His face. He stands at the door and knocks, waiting for you to open the door and let him in.

We read “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:222

What do we have that ‘crushes’ the Spirit? Bad news, challenges, Loss (of any kind; a loved one/a family member-who should one and the same), a job (was it really in the perfect will of God?). I am moved to say there are many in the ‘permissive’ will of God. We do, there is nothing intrinsicallycally wrong or bending the rules. But, lessons need to be taught. There are so many things that meet this definition.

We have been given a set of rules/instructions. Let’s take a brief look. Waking up and not praying; excuse- I woke up too late, I have too much to do. Really? The day is The Lords! Remember the song “This is the day that the Lord has made?”

Let us take a quick look, learn and feel it out (uhh! Musicians!!! I will just stop asking. Mmmhmmm!)

This Is The Day

Just clap your hands like this

Just clap your hands like this

Yeah, let’s wake up the church with this old school jam

Shout to the Lord in here

You know that He’s good and His mercy endureth forever

And the people of God said, they said what

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

Now we serve notice to depression, confusion

All manner of evil and every sickness

You came in to bind but you cannot stay

’cause the people of God we ain’t havin’ it

It’s a good day, even though I cried last Tuesday

And I was out of cash by Friday

No matter what comes next, I’m gonna stand up

And give him the praise ’cause this is the day

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made

I will rejoice, I will rejoice

And be glad in it, glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made

I will rejoice, I will rejoice

And be glad in it, glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

As I look back over all the years that I made it through

I can’t imagine where I’d be now if it wasn’t for you

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

Why your favor rests upon me I could never explain

But I’m so glad that I can say, I will rejoice

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

And the people of God said, yeah

Lift your voice in this place and bless Him.

There is a lot to learn Mr Hammond wrote this. What I thought was a more ‘simple’ version, but in going over this there were so many stories and learning points.

In fact, of course I should have looked in The Word first! Wow, silly me!

This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

Like I have said, lots of songs to be written, uplifting and bible based. Hallelujah! What I think I will do is ‘write’ a song and the challenge will be to the person who first puts it to music. I guess in that case emails need to be traded and I am not sure If we are ready to do that yet. Which is why I suggested a web site. (Any builders?)

When I was abroad, there was a phenomenally gifted person who played so many instruments, it was nothing short of a supernatural blessing.

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

– Joshua 1:8

18.

Beware of Pride!

‘Pride goes before destruction.’

Proverbs 16:18

Think about the things we become proud over: the home we live in, the car we drive, the diploma hanging on our wall, the people we mingle with, and the position we hold. When you’ve worked hard to get to where you are, look out for pride! Paul asks, ‘Who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?’

1 Corinthians 4:7

So what should you do?

(1) Examine your belief system about who you are, what you have, and what you can do. Jesus said, ‘Without Me you can do nothing.’ (John 15:5 NKJV) Remind yourself: ‘I’m just the glove; God’s the hand that fills it.’ That’ll help you to keep your perspective right!

(2) Focus more on others than on yourself. The saying—‘When a person is all wrapped up in themselves, they make a pretty small package’—is true. ‘Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.’ (Philippians 2:4 NKJV)

(3) Respect and value everyone you meet regardless of their social status, race, gender, or other distinguishing factors. When you walk in humility, people respect you and receive your input, and they don’t suspect you of having selfish motives. The Bible says: ‘These… things the Lord hates… a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.’ (Proverbs 6:16–19 NKJV) Today, beware of pride.

SoulFood: 2 Ki 16:1–18:16, Luke 17:11–19, Ps 115, Prov 8:1–3

19.

So many times we are discouraged; were you steered clear and still went the wrong way. To define it: “discouragement, regret, a desire/want for better, did God know I was going to do this?” Discouragement comes a mile a minute; we stand ‘spanked’ by the knowledge of what we did. What and how do we do what we are supposed to do next?

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

– Deuteronomy 31:8

We are aware of the first sin. Man and woman had been told what not to do. Easy enough, no? Let us take a quick look at that. The man and woman did as they were supposed to until the most cunning of animals put doubt in her mind. Did or could animals speak in those days?.or just communicate? Adam was created first. He had the ‘time’ to name all the animals and species on the earth. Every tree, plant and animal. Time did not exist yet. How did Adam communicate with animals, at first though God Himself would come an fellowship with him, He and the Heaveny host realized that he would need a partner. So Adam was sedated (😙) (Much like in surgery) a rib was taken out of him and woman created to be his partner in all they did. (We have And will discuss the ins and outs of this.)

How then was there communication? Man had been in the garden, named things fish, birds of the air, animals etc I would imagine that it took a great while. We in this day and age communicate with our pets, horses, even elephants and they understand just what we want from them. So, it is not too hard to imagine Adam communicating with species.

Now, we are back to where we were. How did the serpent communicate with Eve? We can imagine from our experience. Something does not have to speak, for example when men go to a place of ill-repute the women don’t speak; all the do is dance. Imaginations and desire run amok and wild.

So we imagine the serpent might have slithered up the forbidden tree and itself allowed the Eve to see it bite the fruit and start to think “If that serpent can eat of the tree, why can’t I. God didn’t say the fruit was deadly, just that we would have even more knowledge.” A lot of things come to mind, thought would have assailed her. All of a sudden we see exactly where she was. The individuals or individual who wrote this story essentially touched on these things. Havingn done this, she gave the fruit to Adam. We can imagine the conversation. “Love, this is just what God said we should not eat, I ate it and have not died, but my eyes have been opened, now I know things I did not know before. I guess that’s why we were asked not to eat of that tree.” This would have been the beginning of a long conversation.

I will point out that very possibly the serpent who was described as the most cunning of all the animals must have known the difference between good and evil. It was not told to stay away from the fruit of the tree, why would it then be called the most ‘cunning’ of all the animals? Nowadays we have snakes and the crawl about, we do not consider them to be ‘cunning’. To be specific, I had a python once, it would want to keep warm and wrap itself around me. I can tell many stories about this, but I wish to stay on our current line of thought.

So many times, I have thought long and hard about this. Yes, the serpent was the most cunning; why? If we cast our minds to think of it, it may have fed on the fruit of that tree. It was not ‘cunning’ just knowledge filled at what it should and should not do.

So many times we think that Satan possessed the serpent. Many things could have happened as we have laid out. We think and act on our thoughts. The serpent must have simply eaten. Coming to think of it, it did not communicate (much like the dancers we pointed out) but simply eatenbof the tree and the woman would have seen but and been tempted to do the same.

Now, I hope this starts to make sense. Just as we started off, the thoughts of our minds, our actions should and must be in line with The Word of God. We are simply told what to do and what ‘not’ to do. When Eve ate of the apple and convinced Adam to do the same, God had simply said “Of every tree you may eat but of the tree of eggood and evil, you may not eat.” Pretty simple, No? Really???

Check this out:

Ten Commandments List

You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall make no idols.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Keep the Sabbath day holy.

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet.

Do we truly keep these? Be honest. Let’s go on:

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Ant these are just a few from Matthew. Let us go on:

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, “Feed my lambs.” (16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, “Feed my sheep”. (17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, “Feed my sheep.”

John 21:19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

John 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

We will continue though I hope my point is made. Just as Eve was given a commandant and stepped wrong, the Israelites-the first nation of Godcstepped wrong many a time. When Moses went up into the hills to be given the 10 commandments on stone, the Israelites made their own none living very artificial gods of silver and gold. What are our gods? Money, influence, property? Realize that all is temporary. We are here but foe a micro-second in eternity. Even Elisha who met with Jesus on the mount with the three disciples (you can go back and scroll through this). Was here but for a fraction of time in the history of the world. In the past we had people (living beings) who lived for 600-900 years. Again our lives are but a mere fraction of these. Even now we admire centenarians (it is amazing), but it was the normal in those days. Abraham had a son and still climbed mountains in his 90’s; what did he do, eat? Well for one it was not our carbonated soda. But we have to look at life, we now are living longer than pur ancestors, there are quite a few things we do: run, yoga, gym, walk, eat healthy etc. But again in the olden days, people lived a lot longer. Think on this.

Let us return to our new testament do’s and don’t’s.

Romans 6:11-13 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Romans 11:17-18 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (18) Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

1 Corinthians 5:4-5 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, (5) To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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In life, some may walk, others may run, but remember the Lord gave the tortoise and the horse the same days to reach Noah’s ark. Your journey might be rough and tough but you will definitely get to your destination.

Jacob looked at Joseph and saw a good son! The ten brothers looked at Joseph and saw a useless dreamer! The travellers looked at Joseph and saw a slave!! Potiphar looked at Joseph and saw a fine servant!! Potiphar’s wife looked at Joseph and saw a potential boyfriend! The prison officers saw in Joseph a prisoner! How wrong were all of them! God looked at Joseph and saw a Prime Minister of Egypt in waiting!! Don’t be discouraged by what people see in you!! Be encouraged by what God sees in you!! Never underrate the person next to you because you never know what the Lord has deposited in that person. Your maid may be a Chief Executive Officer in waiting for a company which shall employ your child. Your garden-boy may be a president in waiting. (Remember David got the anointing of becoming a King while he was a simple child herding sheep. Esther was a simple orphaned girl yet she was a Queen in waiting). Let’s share God’s love and make the world a better place to live. Show that love by sharing this message with those you love.

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW PEOPLE SEE YOU, IT MATTERS HOW GOD SEES YOU

God is God:

🏽He doesn’t care about *age*, no wonder he blessed Abraham.

🏽He doesn’t care about *experience*, no wonder he chose David.

🏽He doesn’t care about *gender,* no wonder he lifted Esther.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your past*, no wonder he called Paul.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your physical appearance*, no wonder he chose Zacchaeus

(the shortest one).

🏽He doesn’t care about *fluency in speech* , no wonder he chose Moses.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your career*, no wonder he choose Mary Magdalene; a prostitute.

All I know is that my God never changes

🏽He never made *a promise he wouldn’t keep*👌🏾

He never saw *a person he wouldn’t help*👌🏾

🏽He never heard *a prayer he wouldn’t answer*👌🏾

🖼He never found *a soul he wouldn’t love*👌🏾

🏽He never found *a sinner he wouldn’t forgive*👌🏾

This is the kind of God I would like to commune with every day the moment I wake up. I strongly recommend Him to you.

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In The name of Jesus we decree here on earth and in this house that “all within” shall be made whole to The Glory of God. Father Lord we thank You for health, wellness and fullness. I thank You for Mommy who at the time of my accident sought Your face and You came through. Hallelujah! We ask You this one thing and believe You will cure her and make her full and whole. Lord bless her till her cup runner over and she continues to be a blessing to others. We thank You for healing Father. Thank You for Daddy, his Life and coming to know You closer each day. By Your grace and in Jesus’ name, I decree that we shall all be in Your presence together. Thank You for Love. We commit all the members of this family into Your blessed hands. Lord thank You that we are together. Lord bind us together with cords that cannot be broken we ask You in Jesus’ name. Lord thank You for family, thank You for Love. Use us, touch us, bless us Father in Jesus’ name. We come before You and ask that as we reach out You may give testimonies in our Lives that speak of Your majesty Father, in Jesus name, Amen

I got to thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus. He prior to His being ‘arrested’ in the garden of Gethsemane was a bit upset that the disciples He took with Him were asleep. This because He knew all that would transpire. That Peter would deny Him 3 times, He was even awe inspiringly precise. He said “you will have denied me three times before the cpick crows”? Awesomely specific, no? When He suffered

On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, `God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'”

– Mark 14:27

Top o’ the day to you. A few things as we start our day. Even Jesus did not know when He would return. He knew and promised that He would. No one knows the day or the time, that is why it is beat to be prepared at each moment, each second. Some chance it “I know He is not calling us home at this time, I can do this, I will just ask for forgiveness when I am done.” A very wrong opinion and concept. One, the important thing to note is that the complexity is that we will be judged on what we do, not when, how or why we do it. Our thoughts are an open book, time to line them up with The Word, using it as a guide. You like that person? Wait until you are legally together. This might come as a surprise, disappointment/shame, we are what we do.

That is a complex but simple statement. If we are right-eous (follow me), we do right. When we are sin-ners, we dwell in wrong. Why do they not call it wrong-ers? I have no idea, English is English. Was here when we got here, will be here when we leave; if The Lord tarried.

“The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.”

Deuteronomy 29: 29

Have a bless-ed day (😜)- A day full of wonder-filled unexpected surprises, gifts, and full-fillment in The Lord.

I got to thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus. He prior to His being ‘arrested’ in the garden of Gethsemane was a bit upset that the disciples He took with Him were asleep. This because He knew all that would transpire. That Peter would deny Him 3 times, He was even awe inspiringly precise. He said “you will have denied me three times before the cpick crows”? Awesomely specific, no? When He suffered Hematohidrosis (stress caused bleeding from the sweat glands), He knew exactly what would happen.

We have to realize that He did this for you and me. I know there might be some who say, “this guy is fixated on the crucifixion.” Let me ask “Why are you doing as well as you are? Why do you have the hope of glory? Just why did He who had Angels at His beck and call, not just call fire down from Heaven and wipe out all of the Roman empire?” We have And do discuss promises, why are they important? Essentially, we can hold on, claim and have those because Jesus went through knowingly what He did for you and I.

On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, `God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'”

– Mark 14:27

So we may ask what we can do to show appreciation for what He has done. A lot of times it is taught by raising fear in a congregation of listeners. No fear here today. It is a wonderful thing that the same bible we read says we should “Give thanks in all things… ” Let me ask, “Have you given thanks today?” We have discussed this before; a new day to accomplish what we have not accomplished yet. As we pointed out prior; no floods, no falling trees, the biggest one-no death! We have been given a chance to continue pursuing our dream.

Let me ask “Where do you want to be tomorrow or someday? What are you working toward?” As an economist perhaps the CEO position, A Doctor-maybe the head of Department, as a fool’s a world reknoned expert in a division, as a cleaner-an individual that does an outstanding job, as a salesperson someone who could sell a leaf to a tree full of leaves, a nurse-excellence… We could go on and on, but I hope you get the idea.

We have dreams and goals, where do they come from? What do we do when we attain them? That is the question today. Where do you want to be? What do have to do to attain it? Start somewhere, somewhere small and move on up. even starting somewhere small is a start. What do we do when starting? Have we prayed and commited our day, our way into God’s hands?

I am aware that many have spouses, significant others. The Love cannot be described, share with them the dependence you have on God. They of course are party to all You have (well, I will be silly here; they are party to half, no? If you are no more they get everything) So why not start what becomes a blessed habit? We have heard the saying “the family that prays together, stays together.” No? Well, let us start praying together.

I will point out a few benefits, then I will be done:

1. You open up to God about all, advantages, disadvantages in your life. We have been promised so much when we pray. Yes, we can and at times should go into the inner room and pray. But it is a great way to share. I will point out that just as God is your Father, he is theirs as well. What you share with Him, can be shared with the person in your life. We term them significant other or ‘mate’s. How significant. Just what is shared? How much do you keep to yourself? Why? What would happen If you shared ‘that’? Wouldn’t they get to know you better? Your thoughts, your fears, the advantages in your life? The positives, the negatives? What makes you smile? What makes you cry?

We are trending on a topic that we will address soon. But, that has at least been shared. So start somewhere, even If you don’t know where to start. “Honey, can we do something new?” Is a good place to start. “Thank you Lord for today. Be with us tonight and go before us tomorrow. In Jesus’ name, Amen” That is it! A good place to start, and by His grace, you build on that and soon you can share all: fears, hopes, accomplishments and I am sure start building a Loving, tied together, open, and blessed relationship. Based on no one or nothing but God.

2. Want to do something? Anything at all. A good place to start is to pray about it. While ‘growing up’, even if we did not have an awesome relationship with our parents. You had to eat or you wouldn’t be here. Think on that for a moment.

You had a bottle or ‘milk’ from somewhere, no? Even if not your biological parents. Someone who’s responsibility it was to raise you. A nanny, a child care individual. We have a nurture in God. We are created in His image. Yes, baboons look like us, can communicate. But in essence are they us? We can walk, talk, think, speak or at least understand what is being communicated, shop, cook etc. Do they or any other ‘animals’ have these skills?

So in their image we are and were created. Mind you, we are unlike any other species. When Jesus was born, as we said prior, the gates of Heaven were open and the angels came down. Do we remember the song:

1.While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

all seated on the ground;

the angel of the Lord came down,

and glory shone around,

and glory shone around.

2.”Fear not!” said he, for mighty dread

had seized their troubled mind.

“Glad tidings of great joy I bring

to all of humankind,

to all of humankind.”

3.”To you, in David’s town, this day

is born of David’s line

a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,

and this shall be the sign,

and this shall be the sign:”

4.”The heavenly babe you there shall find

to human view displayed,

all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,

and in a manger laid,

and in a manger laid.”

5.Thus spake the seraph and forthwith

appeared a shining throng

of angels praising God on high,

who thus addressed their song,

who thus addressed their song:

6.”All glory be to God on high,

and to the earth be peace;

good will henceforth from heaven to earth

begin and never cease,

begin and never cease!”

This tells the story that The Bible tells us. So, in their image we are made.

The point??? Both Male and Female are made in The Heavenly beings likeness. We have called God a Father, but God is as much a Mother.

And:

For the interest of time I just included the links, but as we have shared, the qualities in both men and women are mirrored in God.

Point? Just as we relate to a mother/father we can and do relate to God.

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I am aware that we have taken a few paths, but hopefully they are all tied together.

Let us pray real quick, then we are done.

Father Lord, we give You thanks for this day, our ability to thank You, appreciate You, realize from Whom we get all we have. Thank You for the blessings, thank You for the trials. In Your Word it says that I will not be tried greater than I am able to bear. Thank You for my strength, for the drive You have given me Lord. I can run like a horse, fight like a lion, be as pristine as a butterfly. Thank You Lord for blessing me with all these attributes. Lord may I never sting like a bee, bless me to be more like Jesus each and every day, Lord every moment, be though glorified in my Life, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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OBEDIENCE AND MIRACLES

MEMORISE:

His mother saith unto the servants, whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. John 2:5

READ : John 2:1-12

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EXODUS 9-10 &

ISAIAH 61

MESSAGE:

Besides sowing seeds, obedience is another key factor that can trigger a miraculous harvest in your life. May the Lord grant you the grace to obey Him completely in Jesus’ Name! To enter into this realm of the miraculous, all you need to receive is the divine directive, and immediately you comply with it, you will have your miracle. In our Bible reading, Jesus and His mother were invited to a wedding in Cana of Galilee. At some point, they ran out of wine. His mother came to tell Him of their need, but He simply said it was not yet time for a miracle. Pre-empting Jesus, maybe based on experience, Mary told the servants present to wait on Him, receive any instruction from Him and carry it out to the letter. Later, the Lord instructed them to fill up some water pots with water. The servants thought of arguing with Him that what was needed at the party was wine and not water, but remembering Mary’s strict instructions to do whatever He asked them to do, they complied. Therefore, Jesus asked them to fetch some of the water and serve the chairman of the wedding feast. Again, they wanted to argue, but recalling what Mary said, they obeyed. They took it to the chairman but prepared a ready-made answer should he taste it and ask why they served him water. However, on their way, the water became wine.

One lesson from this story is that God searches for certain attributes in people before giving them their desired miracles. If you want a miracle, you must approach God in faith (Hebrews 11:6). Also, if there is no divine instruction or word from God backed up by total obedience from man, that miracle may never see the light of day. Before performing a miracle, God searches to see whether there is any word of His to honour by this miracle. In other words, if no prophetic word, word of revelation or promise of the Scripture is available concerning the situation, seeking for a miracle in such a case could lead to disappointment. No wonder the Psalmist in Psalm 138:2 said

“I will worship toward thy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

In addition, if you truly desire a miracle, you must first crave to be acquainted with the God of miracles. Our God is a God of relationship. He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24, John 15:15). He can sustain His relationship with you even to generations after you depart from the earth. Lastly, after God has given an instruction, nothing short of total compliance is required to trigger your miracle. To get a miracle, God has His part to play, and so do you. How well are you playing your part?

PRAYER POINT:

Father, send me a word that will usher me into a miraculous harvest.

AUTHOR: Pastor E. A. ADEBOYE

HYMN 7: O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED.

1. O Jesus, I have promised,

To serve Thee to the end;

Be Thou forever near me,

My Master and my Friend;

I shall not fear the battle

If Thou art by my side,

Nor wander from the pathway

If Thou wilt be my Guide.

2. Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,

In accents clear and still,

I dare not trust my judgment:

Thy way shall be my will;

Oh, speak to reassure me,

To hasten or control;

Oh, speak, and make me listen,

Thou Guardian of my soul.

3. O Jesus, Thou hast promised

To all who follow Thee

That where Thou art in glory

There shall Thy servant be;

And Jesus, I have promised

To serve Thee to the end;

Oh, give me grace to follow,

My Master and my Friend.

4. Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,

And in them plant mine own;

My hope to follow duly

Is in Thy strength alone.

Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,

Uphold me to the end;

And then in Heav’n receive me,

My Savior and my Friend.

Brainiacs! Where is this from? Definitely still ‘playing’ the 3:16 ‘game’.

3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

I haven’t forgotten our 3:16 challenge! Have you been keeping up? I am sure some of you must have thought “Whew, so glad that’s over!” Is it? Hmmm! Not really. So let’s get to it. I know you must have thought I would stick to the New Testament; Not!!!

So, can anyone recite what Psalm 3:16 says??? I am waiting…

Aha! You found out there is not a psalm 3:16. Good, you are getting HOT!

Today for the new ‘sharing’, I decided to go back where No one expected: Zephaniah. But it is full of ‘covering’, rich and fulfilling promises. 3:16 says

On that day

    they will say to Jerusalem,

“Do not fear, Zion;

    do not let your hands hang limp.

Having the New promise, given by Jesus and all He experienced that is us, it speaks to. So, do not let your hands hang limp at your side raise them and praise The Lord. (If you are driving;”wait till you get home. Double reason at that time to give Him praise. Your guardian angel who was assigned to you.)

At this time, I will ask if any of you has seen an angel? Yes, most likely we have but not known it. Just thought I’d ask.

Now, the reason we were 3:16’ing The Word was to encourage reading, understanding and teaching (“me, me, me!!! I know the answer!”). It’s about time. If you read 16, how about 17? It is stock full of knowledge, blessings and promises.

The Lord your God is with you,

    the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

Told you that I was just getting you to read more. That is all for now. Be blessed.

I got to thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus. He prior to His being ‘arrested’ in the garden of Gethsemane was a bit upset that the disciples He took with Him were asleep. This because He knew all that would transpire. That Peter would deny Him 3 times, He was even awe inspiringly precise. He said “you will have denied me three times before the cpick crows”? Awesomely specific, no? When He suffered Hematohidrosis (stress caused bleeding from the sweat glands), He knew exactly what would happen.

We have to realize that He did this for you and me. I know there might be some who say, “this guy is fixated on the crucifixion.” Let me ask “Why are you doing as well as you are? Why do you have the hope of glory? Just why did He who had Angels at His beck and call, not just call fire down from Heaven and wipe out all of the Roman empire?” We have And do discuss promises, why are they important? Essentially, we can hold on, claim and have those because Jesus went through knowingly what He did for you and I.

On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, `God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'”

– Mark 14:27

So we may ask what we can do to show appreciation for what He has done. A lot of times it is taught by raising fear in a congregation of listeners. No fear here today. It is a wonderful thing that the same bible we read says we should “Give thanks in all things… ” Let me ask, “Have you given thanks today?” We have discussed this before; a new day to accomplish what we have not accomplished yet. As we pointed out prior; no floods, no falling trees, the biggest one-no death! We have been given a chance to continue pursuing our dream.

Let me ask “Where do you want to be tomorrow or someday? What are you working toward?” As an economist perhaps the CEO position, A Doctor-maybe the head of Department, as a fool’s a world reknoned expert in a division, as a cleaner-an individual that does an outstanding job, as a salesperson someone who could sell a leaf to a tree full of leaves, a nurse-excellence… We could go on and on, but I hope you get the idea.

We have dreams and goals, where do they come from? What do we do when we attain them? That is the question today. Where do you want to be? What do have to do to attain it? Start somewhere, somewhere small and move on up. even starting somewhere small is a start. What do we do when starting? Have we prayed and commited our day, our way into God’s hands?

I am aware that many have spouses, significant others. The Love cannot be described, share with them the dependence you have on God. They of course are party to all You have (well, I will be silly here; they are party to half, no? If you are no more they get everything) So why not start what becomes a blessed habit? We have heard the saying “the family that prays together, stays together.” No? Well, let us see…

I am aware that we have taken a few paths, but hopefully they all come together.

Let us pray real quick, then we are done.

Father Lord, we give You thanks for this day, our ability to thank You, appreciate You, realize from Whom we get all we have. Thank You for the blessings, thank You for the trials. In Your Word it says that I will not be tried greater than I am able to bear. Thank You for my strength, for the drive You have given me Lord. I can run like a horse, fight like a lion, be as pristine as a butterfly. Thank You Lord for blessing me with all these attributes. Lord may I never sting like a bee, bless me to be more like Jesus each and every day, Lord every moment, be though glorified in my Life, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

We have discussed this earlier, but I read it again, If in Faith we are as we ought to be, our journeys end is the beginning of existence in Glory! In Faith that is an expected end! So, we can take this awesome verse as it is written.

25.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the Earth.”

Psalm 46:10

Yes! Let us in our silence acknowledge our God, our All. If you want to or not, He will be exalted in all the Earth. To be blessed gives us reason to recognize that our God is all we need. Praise Him!

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Go By The Book

‘Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.’ Hebrews 10:35 NKJV

How long should you keep praying and believing God for the answer? Until He tells you differently. In other words, go by the book! ‘Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.’ (Hebrews 10:35–36 NKJV) Many of God’s promises have timelines, and you need long-distance faith to receive them. The word endurance pictures a runner determined to reach the finish line. You say, ‘But I’m not sure what God’s will is.’ His will is revealed in His Word, and that’s what you must believe and speak over your situation. To say otherwise is to contradict God.

Abraham stood on God’s promise that he’d be the father of many nations when there wasn’t a shred of evidence to prove it. For twenty years he looked up into the night sky believing, ‘Lord, You said my children would be as numerous as the stars. I don’t know how You’re going to do it for I’m a hundred years old and my wife, Sarah, is ninety. But I’m going to believe You anyway.’ When you pray that way, you risk looking foolish in the eyes of others.

But receiving the miraculous often involves looking ridiculous, like Jesus telling the disciples to fill wine pots with water or rubbing clay in a blind man’s eyes. But the guests at the wedding in Cana drank the finest wine, and the blind man went home seeing. Why? Because they obeyed the word Jesus gave them. So the word for you today is: go by the Book.

SoulFood: Acts 24–26, Matt 3:1–17, Ps 94:12–23, Prov 11:16–18

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In life, some may walk, others may run, but remember the Lord gave the tortoise and the horse the same days to reach Noah’s ark. Your journey might be rough and tough but you will definitely get to your destination.

Jacob looked at Joseph and saw a good son! The ten brothers looked at Joseph and saw a useless dreamer! The travellers looked at Joseph and saw a slave!! Potiphar looked at Joseph and saw a fine servant!! Potiphar’s wife looked at Joseph and saw a potential boyfriend! The prison officers saw in Joseph a prisoner! How wrong were all of them! God looked at Joseph and saw a Prime Minister of Egypt in waiting!! Don’t be discouraged by what people see in you!! Be encouraged by what God sees in you!! Never underrate the person next to you because you never know what the Lord has deposited in that person. Your maid may be a Chief Executive Officer in waiting for a company which shall employ your child. Your garden-boy may be a president in waiting. (Remember David got the anointing of becoming a King while he was a simple child herding sheep. Esther was a simple orphaned girl yet she was a Queen in waiting). Let’s share God’s love and make the world a better place to live. Show that love by sharing this message with those you love.

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW PEOPLE SEE YOU, IT MATTERS HOW GOD SEES YOU

God is God:

🏽He doesn’t care about *age*, no wonder he blessed Abraham.

🏽He doesn’t care about *experience*, no wonder he chose David.

🏽He doesn’t care about *gender,* no wonder he lifted Esther.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your past*, no wonder he called Paul.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your physical appearance*, no wonder he chose Zacchaeus

(the shortest one).

🏽He doesn’t care about *fluency in speech* , no wonder he chose Moses.

🏽He doesn’t care about *your career*, no wonder he choose Mary Magdalene; a prostitute.

All I know is that my God never changes

🏽He never made *a promise he wouldn’t keep*👌🏾

He never saw *a person he wouldn’t help*👌🏾

🏽He never heard *a prayer he wouldn’t answer*👌🏾

🖼He never found *a soul he wouldn’t love*👌🏾

🏽He never found *a sinner he wouldn’t forgive*👌🏾

This is the kind of God I would like to commune with every day the moment I wake up. I strongly recommend Him to you.

28.

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:27

We are chosen to be The Gospel to those who do not yet believe. There are many that we want to be with us when we go home. Keep them in prayer and witness to them with our every day; to make the ever lasting in the hereafter.

29.

The LORD by wisdom hath founded the Earth; by understanding hath he established the Heavens.

Proverbs 3:19

Let us break this down. The Earth is as it is, beauty beyond belief when you take in the beauty in its form the waves at sea, the clouds that glide in the sky, the sun, the moon, even those we Love. We cannot but stand in awe at all we have.

Hold on! Wait a second, let us go back to Genesis. Verse 1 in the first Chapter says: In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. vv 2,3  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

This he did with all He created. Could Angels have lived on earth? I think of It and for reasons that you will see soon, Heaven is a most wondrous place, filled with goodness and grace!!!  I want to show you a little more and you will begin to understand.

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1: 9,10

It goes on. The Heavens were created as was the earth and He saw they were good. Now time does not exist out of this plane we are in. We are limited by time. Now if you were to build a house (I will call it a mansion) Money is no hindrance, you have it all. Here on Earth in the billions; how would you construct it? Pools, courts, flower beds etc. Look in Hollywood and you will get an idea of what sprawling is. We are a tad bit ignorant of the fact that The Home of our Almighty Father who made Earth and Heaven is incomparable to any thing we can imagine. I am at a loss for words.

The creator of Heaven and Earth has a Home in Heaven. He made the concept of money. Gold was found in the ground and mined for, so are diamonds and all sorts of gems in the dirt!!! How do you think Heaven is??? If you find invaluable goods in the dirt here on Earth, Heaven is incomparable.

Why then did I put the verse first??? Read it carefully and think. The creator of Heaven and Earth saw what was created was good and God created more. As O said Angels could have been sent to inhabit Earth, God created animals first and then He created a guardian for His creation of the same nature of the animals but in His form. I have no idea if Heavenly host have arms and legs, but when in the Bible it speaks of Angels:

Jacob had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the Earth, with its top reaching to Heaven, and the Angela of God were ascending and descending on it.  Genesis 28:12

The story of Abram see in Angels walking as men. Interestingly it says God spoke to him, there were three ‘men’ seen at a distance and ran and prostrate. Now these were ‘man like’ and delivered a message. Genesis 18:1-19

We also read Joshua 5:13-14; Mark 16:5 for examples. They do not exist as only ‘man Luke’s but in the leading of the Isrealites out of Egypt there was what is described as God leading His people, here we see that the form is not a constant thing: By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

Exodus 13:21

Let us continue for another few references:

Other times, angels appeared not as humans, but as something other-worldly, and their appearance was terrifying to those who encountered them. Often, the first words from these angels were “do not be afraid,” because extreme fear was such a common reaction. The keepers of Jesus’ tomb became as dead men when they saw the angel of the Lord (Matthew 28:4). The shepherds in the fields in Luke 2 were “sore afraid” when the angel of the Lord appeared and the glory of the Lord shone around them.

As for physical characteristics, angels are sometimes described as winged. The images of cherubim on the ark of the covenant had wings that covered the mercy seat (Exodus 25:20). Isaiah saw winged seraphim in his vision of the throne of heaven, each one having six wings (Isaiah 6:2). Ezekiel, too, saw visions of winged angels. Isaiah 6:1-2 depicts angels having human features—voices, faces and feet.

Our point is that The LORD by wisdom hath founded the Earth; and by understanding hath He established the Heavens.

This is akin to a game of cards (Lord forgive me). Let me in my wisdom create the Earth, He saw it was good and by understanding hath he established the Heavens.This is so deep, I will allow you to mull this over.

God created Earth and saw it was good. Where He is the established head in Heaven??? Remember what we said about the households of the rich and famous? If you have everything your house would be so fantastic!!!

And it says that by understanding He has created the Heavens! Practice here on Earth and create Your dwelling place!!! My, my, my… It goes without saying that we are in for a HUGE amazing swoon at the magnificence of Heaven.

Seeing what money gets you here on Earth; imagine the dwelling place of He who created Earth and Heaven. Plus He has had time to make it as He wills. You talk of perfection? There is no place on Earth as Opulent as Heaven, and so you get and even more in depth concept:

op·u·lent

ˈäpyələnt

adjective

ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish.

“the opulent comfort of a limousine”

synonyms:luxurious, sumptuous, palatial, lavish, lavishly appointed, rich, splendid, magnificent, grand, grandiose, fancy;

wealthy.

“his more opulent tenants”

synonyms:wealthy, rich, affluent, well off, well-to-do, moneyed, prosperous, of means, of substance; informalwell heeled, rolling in money/dough, rolling in it, loaded, stinking/filthy rich, made of money, in clover, (living) on easy street; datedin the chips

“an opulent family”

Just so we can get a ‘picture’ in our Spirits of what it will be like.

30.

Words just cannot express the fullness of The Word. Let us take a brief look to start (or complete) the day in a blessed way:

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly” Hebrews 12:22

It was been shared that we each have a guardian angel that has been assigned to us by our Father. I was once ‘silly’ enough to try to ‘imagine’ Heaven! Can you believe that!? God created the Universe, placed Earth a certain distance from the sun, God created life. Heaven has no limits! Where we are ‘concerned’ with ‘space’ there is definitely no consideration for such. In reading The Word, there are different ‘levels’ in the spiritual places. To not go back and review; Lucifer wanted his own kingdom outside the bounds and grounds of God’s creation.

Why??? Let us take a close look at just why. To find the origin of Lucifer, we turn to the Old Testament. In the Hebrew, the name Lucifer is translated from the Hebrew word “helel,” which means brightness. This designation, referring to Lucifer, is the rendering of the “morning star” or “star of the morning” or “bright star” which is presented in Isaiah. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High’”

Isaiah 14:12-14

We can go back and review this, but the reason I share again is to make the point that there are no limits. When I visited time did not exist. I think I have to go read accounts of others who had the opportunity to see what is, we may not see it yet; but it is! As shared, I thought I had a dream first of the most horrendous nightmare, followed by the most astonishingly beautiful, tranquil, peaceful, wholesome ‘experience’ that I ever had. Even when I think that it was only a ‘dream’ I am moved to want to be in just as awesome (even more so when I know, not think it is a dream) a location.

To make the point quickly, there was no time. I had no concept of what ‘period’ I had been there. In ‘awaking’, I thought it had possibly been (once again) the worst, most ‘depressing’ dream followed by the ultimate in dreams. But, I tarry. The point in this ‘sharing’ is throughout the ages, there has always been ‘hope’ in where we are headed, where we will be.

In saying this, I am moved to the early church; even things at present. People who suffered, were maligned, tortured, killed, imprisoned for their belief in Christ, their ‘hope’. Let us take a look at ‘hope’, so that we too may build upon it.

Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

Psalm 3: 2-6

And we also read:

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory?

    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:54-58

This says so much, we can speak on these for hours. But I will let them sit in your spirits and allow The word of God to minister to you. We have received victory. As shared, our victory has been purchased with the blood of Christ. Think on this point: Jesus already went through all we have to deal with, what we are faced with. As shared, a sinless ‘human’ (yes, we might argue that He was sent from God, part of God.) We can say He was perfect. It is a loss to say that, just as we are tempted (and fall for it at times), Jesus was tempted and overcame the temptations. Jesus actually called him what he is in John 14:30 mentioning that he (Lucifer) is the Prince of this world. We can visit this later.

To not ‘tarry’ too long on this point; He in the 3rd temptation at the time of the 3 temptations was told to ‘bow down’ before Satan to recieve what He wanted. This is deep and we have discussed it. It was riddled with ‘possibilities’. He was sent to be King of all. What Lucifer offered was a ‘shortcut’ to that end. Again, Lucifer is the father of all lies and liars. What he offered would most likely ‘not’ come to pass.

In breaking this down, apparently they were here alone. Just more importantly I point out that things in the spiritual realm are to us, not as ‘simple’ to understand if we do not focus prayerfully on them. Let us review a few things that are pointed out clearly in The Word, we might not have seen this clearly prior. In the ‘physical’ Jesus was spent not have eaten or drank for more than a month. Let me ask you “In the ‘physical’, how was he able to mount the ‘temple’?” Prior to being tempted to “jump”. Yes! We are tald exactly what he said and did. Are we tempted to do things to ‘show’ others that God is God? If we have this feeling, we need to bury our pride in prayer. Key thing to keep in spirit is that we have guardian Angels.

Again, some might say: “At the time of your accident, where was your guardian angel?” I can answer that.

So much has happened since the accident. Being a ‘writer’ previously, I am fully able to ‘write’ fluently as I used to. Being schooled in an Ivy league school, there is the advantage of the past. Our histories are pre-spoken. Yes, there are decisions that are made and define to a huge extent what we do, where and who we are. Just one of thousands of reasons that we are to place all in the hands of God.

its development is well marked. These books described God’s angels as his ministers who carried out his behests, and who were at times given special commissions, regarding men and mundane affairs.

In Genesis 18-19, angels not only acted as the executors of God’s wrath against the cities of the plain, but they delivered Lot from danger; in Exodus 32:34, God said to Moses: “my angel shall go before thee.” At a much later period, we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 91:11: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;” (Cf. Psalm 33:8 and 34:5)

The belief that angels can be guides and intercessors for men can be found in Job 33:23-6, and in Daniel 10:13 angels seem to be assigned to certain countries. In this latter case, the “prince of the kingdom of Persia” contends with Gabriel. The same verse mentions “Michael, one of the chief princes”.

We understand in reading that Satan and his ‘hench angel’s’ in The Word have sat in governance of things on Earth. As believers, our Father made it all and owns it all. Yes, He placed some ‘go between’. When Man was created, we were initially given the keys to ‘govern’ and ‘care’ for this Earth. A thing that was taken from our grips by Lucifer. More importantly, Jesus has placed this in our grasp again. Yes, there is a ‘period’ we must go through. We learn, so that in our final position, we may be learned and wise.

Psalm 37:30; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 4:6,7; Colossians 2:2,3; 1 Corinthians 1:30

We can go on, but I pray that the point is made, and for all we both referred to the Old and New Testaments.

So, our ‘sharing’ is pretty in-depth at this point. Be blessed. And thank you for reading patiently.

Prayer groups are important; let me encourage that. Important to focus on this for so many reasons. I should actually call them ‘thanksgiving’ groups. For we, for so many reasons are to give God thanks in all things.

Jus’ sayin’

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 there are Angels with flaming swords to prevent all who would enter therein.

There are ‘explorers’ who have sought this place, if it exists. Yes, God may have at first placed it here. The unbeaten fruit is the question that has new or man for all time. Is it??? Or is it not? We are aware of certain inexplicable ‘mysteries’ that surround us this day and age. I will leave that well alone.

In the garden was the tree of life. What we will discuss was Adam and Eve not partaking of the tree of life. That would have changed life as we know it even more. Yes, things here are ‘physical’ in the Spiritual everything is different. We go back to the book of Genesis, on Earth God dirt created all other living forms prior to creating a keeper of call in His form. Yes, in His form but with Earthly attributes.

I am made aware of this secondary to my experience. In our dreams, we do not have a physical body. But we see ourselves. Unlike a dream where everything is ‘controlled’, time, place, conditions. Where we are in our dreams is controlled. More so, when we dream we have the possibility of being drawn into ‘not so awesome places.’ Think about it, in your dreams do you express Love? No judgement, unfettered belief in all things? Basically, are your dreams 1 Corinthians 13 material?

More so, when it comes to Spiritual life, Yes! We must seperate it from the physical. Think- dreams! Just what are they? Many people who have had a dream which they believe to be from God, called “spiritual dreams,” know how frustrating they can sometimes be. These dreams are often full of intimidating and bizarre symbolism which leave us scratching our heads asking, “Lord, what in the world are you trying to tell me through this?!”

As one who has long been fascinated by this subject and who has been interpreting dreams for many years I want to share with you some guidelines which will greatly help you in interpreting your dreams and the dreams of others.

The most common mistake is to interpret our spiritual dreams literally. Often a woman will dream of being raped. This most often represents not a criminal act which is soon to occur, but rather an emotional or spiritual robbing of something near and dear to the person. Dreams are very cryptic and symbolic in nature and we must be careful to know when to take an element literally and when to see it as representative of something else.

Be aware that individuals can sometimes represent types of people rather than themselves. For example, you repeatedly dream of the same person from your high school days they could be representing a certain type or class of person (the wild party girl, the neglected social outcast, etc.). God will often use a person you have strong opinions of (negative or positive) to represent types of sin or types of generations or age groups He’s directing you to minister to. The valedictorian of my senior class represents my generation, and she appears in my dreams every few years when God is communicating messages to me on this subject. When I dream of Amy Clark I know I immediately have part of the dream de-coded.

Always interpret the dream within the overall context of the emotion you felt upon waking. For instance, one person may dream of standing in the midst of rushing water which is rising higher and higher. Two people can have that same dream and one awakens terrified of drowning while another has total peace. The water in one dream may represent impending doom and judgment while in the other it represents the power of the Holy Spirit. One has to analyze their emotional reaction to the dream. When you are first awakened are you excited, empowered, scared, or confused? If you are just confused with no overtly positive or negative impression then you’ll realize that this third guideline doesn’t help you and you’ll be glad this article was free! No seriously, this just means you’ll have to struggle a little harder to arrive at the dream’s meaning, but you can still decode it with a little time and prayer.

There are no universal standard meanings for the symbols in your dreams. Besides a few common symbols that are universal, we each have our own unique “dream vocabulary” that we get the joy of discovering over time. We all seem to have particularly unique symbols for the demonic realm. In my mother in law’s dreams they’re alligators, in others’ dreams they’re snakes, in mine they’re bearded, tattooed men on motorcycles! It’s a long story – don’t ask. For someone who grew up with dogs that were treated like family members, dogs in their dreams could represent safety and divine oversight. For a person who was mauled as a child and is terrified of dogs today, the presence of a dog in their dream could be indicative of danger or an attack from the enemy. The same holds true for common objects, colors, animals, or geographic locations. Every person’s dream vocabulary is unique and has to be gradually discerned.

I hope these four guidelines will help you in better interpreting your dreams. But these guidelines will be useless if you don’t record your dreams. Be sure to keep a notebook next to the bed or a recording device for later dictation and record the dream immediately upon awakening. Rest assured that when you ask God for wisdom in interpreting your dreams, He will provide it. Also be encouraged that He has gifted some in the Body of Christ with a specific gift of dream interpretation and they can be very helpful for especially difficult dreams.

Chapter 7

Judgment Day Will Be A Great Day For You

‘In this world we are like Jesus.’ 1 John 4:17 NIV

Will you get into Heaven because you are worthy? No, you’ll get there because Jesus, the One in Whom you’ve placed your trust, is worthy! ‘As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the Day of Judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.’ (1 John 4:17–18 NLT)

On the Day of Judgment earthly wealth won’t matter. Physical beauty won’t be factored in. Fame will be forgotten. You might stand next to Napoleon or Julius Caesar, but you won’t be asking them about Waterloo or Brutus. All eyes will be on Jesus. Those who ignored Him will hear the words, ‘Depart from Me.’ (Matthew 25:41 KJV) But for those who accept Him as their Lord and Saviour there need be no fear. ‘We can face Him with confidence because we live like Christ here in this world.’

Think about that! God sees you the way He sees Christ—worthy and accepted. And since you’re ‘in Christ’ you can view Judgment Day the way He does—with confidence. Does Christ fear judgment? No, a sinless soul needn’t. Does He fear death? No, the giver of life wouldn’t. So should we who are ‘in Christ’ fear judgment or death? Not at all: ‘In this world we are like Jesus.’ So Judgment Day will be a great day for you and me b6 God’s grace and mercy!

We serve Love! And Love sees into the hearts of each of us. An easy thing to understand when you are standing as you ought to stand. Yes, there will be many ‘mistakee’ made, we are viewed by Love, so the essence is to rise up in Him if we fall. We have a hand to hold on to. An essence to guide us.

I will ask a quick question; “what have we been given that makes it so much easier to stand in God’s awesome grace?” A grace that has no earthly or ‘other worldly’ comparison? What appeared above the heads of those who locked themselves away on the day of Pentecost?

Yes, we have a power, a force within us that cannot be put into definition. We have The Holy Spirit. Sent after Jesus’ left. Hallelujah! We have within us what we habe been promised- A guide, a comforter, a power beyond what we have ever experienced. You are unique! Have and do you realize that?.

As we go through this day and beyond; we Have much to be grateful for! Did you say good day and thank You to The Holy Trinity as of yet this morning? Have an awesome day in Him.

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