Yahweh has a special warning for the Shepherds.  My father pointed this particular chapter out for me to look at a day or so ago.  I just got a chance to sit and read this chapter–pretty profound.  I won’t add any further thoughts or reflections.  I’d like for you to read and reflect on God’s words–so much much richness here below for us to take away:

Ezekiel 34 (Amplified Bible)

Prophecy against the Shepherds of Israel

34 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to them, the [spiritual] shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe (judgment is coming) to the [spiritual] shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? 3 You eat the fat [the choicest of meat], and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the best of the livestock, but you do not feed the flock. 4 You have not strengthened those who are weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bandaged the crippled, you have not brought back those gone astray, you have not looked for the lost; but you have ruled them with force and violence. 5 They were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the predators of the field. 6 My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the face of the earth and no one searched or sought them.”’”

7 Therefore, you [spiritual] shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 8 “As I live,” says the Lord God, “certainly because My flock has become prey, My flock has even become food for every predator of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock; 9 therefore, you [spiritual] shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 10 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My flock from them and make them stop tending the flock, so that the shepherds cannot feed themselves anymore. I will rescue My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.”’”

The Restoration of Israel

11 For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My flock and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd cares for his sheep on the day that he is among his scattered flock, so I will care for My sheep; and I will rescue them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed My flock and I will let them lie down [to rest],” says the Lord God. 16 “I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bandage the crippled, and strengthen the weak and the sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong [who have become hard-hearted and perverse]. I will feed them with judgment and punishment.

17 “And as for you, My flock, thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I judge between one sheep and another, between the rams and the male goats [between the righteous and the unrighteous]. 18 Is it too little a thing for you that you [unrighteous ones who are well-fed] feed in the best pasture, yet you must trample down with your feet [of wickedness] the rest of your pastures? Or that you drink clear [still] water, yet you must muddy with your feet [of wickedness] the rest [of the water]? 19 As for My flock (the righteous), they must feed on what you trample with your feet and drink what you muddy with your feet!’”

20 Therefore thus says the Lord God to them, “Behold, I Myself will judge between the [well-fed] fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and gore with your horns all those that have become weak and sick until you have scattered them away, 22 therefore, I will rescue My flock, and they shall no longer be prey; and I will judge between one sheep [ungodly] and another [godly].

23 “Then I will appoint over them one shepherd and he will feed them, [a ruler like] My servant David; he will feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I the Lord will be their God, and My servant David will be a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken.

25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them and will eliminate the predatory animals from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep [safely] in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places around My hill (Jerusalem, Zion) a blessing. And I will make showers come down in their season; there will be [abundant] showers of blessing (divine favor). 27 Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its produce; and My people will be secure on their land. Then they will know [with confidence] that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have rescued them from the hand of those who made them slaves. 28 They will no longer be prey to the nations, and the predators of the earth will not devour them; but they will live safely, and no one will make them afraid [in the day of the Messiah’s reign]. 29 I will prepare for them a place renowned for planting [crops], and they will not again be victims of famine in the land, and they will not endure the insults of the nations any longer. 30 Then they will know [with assurance] that I the Lord their God, am with them and that they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord God. 31 “As for you, My flock, the flock of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord God.

You can also take a look at the Blue Letter Bible to view a commentary on the chapter for more in-depth study if you so choose: Blue Letter Bible.

 

March 26

A friend shared this verse with me the other day: Psalm 107:9.

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

I read it several times yesterday, but this morning it was like a lightbulb came on in my soul. When we are busy working and taking care of the cares of this life, we do not have time to sit and take in what God’s words says to us.  We do not have the time to listen and wait patiently for God to reveal things to our spirit.

Psalm 107:9 was rich with profound meaning including the entire chapter of Psalm 107. My father on January 14, 2021 asked me to read this chapter and mark the chapter in my Bible.

Interestingly enough, this chapter speaks to my soul and will hopefully speak to yours–Psalm 107:

107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.

14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.

20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.

28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;

34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.

36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;

37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.

38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

The Lord takes care of those of us who trust in Him. Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge God and He will take care of us.

The Lord is good and worthy to be praised!  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. May the Lord bless us and keep us.  May the Lord make His Face to shine upon us.  May the Lord give us beauty for ashes. May the Lord say welcome into my rest, and may we hear and know we are greatly loved!

May our Lord say to us here is the key to Kingdom–well done good and faithful servants!

Let us learn to be faithful over a little so He can trust us to rule over a lot in His Kingdom! Yahweh created us in His image to create and produce things of unbelievable beauty.  Let us continually seek and ask God to show us all the gifts He placed within us. Let’s step out in faith and use these talents.  They’re our gifts from God!

God made us to experience peace, joy and happiness. He spoke everything into existence.  We are made in His image and we should speak what want into existence too.  We create what we speak to ourselves each day.

If we are optimistic and loving, we create this for ourselves to experience.

The things that bring us happiness and joy, the things that we want to do and we perceive as enjoyable are part of our giftedness that comes from the Father of lights.

We do not need to pay for our gifts; they are freely given.  They make us who we are: unique and special made in the image of the Almighty.  O taste and see that the Lord is good and worthy to be praised!

This is one of my favorite songs by Cory Ashbury called “Sparrows”  that I will share at the end of this daily word that God put on my heart.  Whenever I play this very special song, the words remind me of the truths found in God’s words to us: we are greatly loved by our Father and Creator in Heaven who brought us into existence!

Like a father and mother that love their only sick child (willing to sacrifice anything to get them well), God loves us even greater than we can ever imagine! Yahweh sent Yeshua to die to pay the penalty for our sin against God so that we can be set free from  sin and Satan and the fear of death: permanent separation from God our Father. Never forget we are greatly loved!  Trust your Father’s words to you found in the Bible. He loves you and made a way for your escape if you are wise enough to listen and obey Him.

We are here for a great purpose, and our job is to search for God with all our hearts to discover our purpose in Him who loves us! We sinned and disobeyed God, which led to separation from Him.  He made a way to bring us back safely into His presence.  Search for Him with all your heart. You will not only discover who you truly are, where you are from and where you are going in the future, but you will discover your Heavenly Father through His words guiding you and His Holy Spirit directing you from within.  

God loves you!  Use your gifts to lead others to know the love of our Father in Heaven–enjoy this song by Cory Asbury titled “Sparrows” (click “Watch on Youtube” below) that reminds me of how much God loves us all!

March 3

A Sister in Christ shared this verse with me this morning after praying for God to anoint me during morning prayer meeting.  I didn’t hear the prayer, but someone who heard informed me.

Read this special verse she shared with me below and may an outpouring of the Holy Spirit touch and breathe new life into your life:

Isaiah 65:24 and it shall come to pass that before you call I will answer and while they are yet speaking I will hear. 

God hears our prayers and answers them.  I’ve seen God do miraculous things in my life.

God hears your prayers and will do miracles for you too.  The secret sauce or ingredient needed is faith.

My father shared this next verse I will share with you in the hopes of helping someone whose son is hooked on drugs in the street.  God wants us to know that we can move the mountains in our life, and my father wants another Sister in Christ to know that she can stand on God’s words to us.  He wants to give her hope to not give up though the situation appears daunting. Let’s take a look at Matthew 17:20 below:

Matthew 17:20
Tree of Life Version
20 And He said to them, “Because you trust so little. Amen, I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

We must learn to possess the faith of a little child. Children up to the age of about six trust their parents every word to them.  They do not doubt their parents. We must become like little children to enter the Kingdom of God.  I will share a little children video to emphasize the verse above.  We are God’s children and we must become humble to learn.  If we think we know it all, we will miss out on the truth through ignorance and pride.  Pride brought down the mighty Lucifer. Listen to the video of Matthew 17:20 from Kids 4 Christ below with a child-like faith.

 

I find that when I pray for the impossible and believe in the improbable that God intervenes and readjust the situations in my life to make the impossible possible. This takes just a little faith in God for Him to detect and we to connect with the Source of life.

This connection via faith brings supernatural power to work out any mountain, challenge and/or hindrance to attain answers from God when we pray.  This does not mean that God will always give us what we want; however, he will give us what is best for us.

God knows the end from the beginning, and He will answer our prayers.  We may need to wait and watch expectantly for our Father to bring things to pass. His timing is not based on our desires.  We should not give up asking and trusting Him to answer speedily on our behalf.  Sometimes answers come years even decades afterwards nevertheless God answers in His timing.

For example I once prayed to attain my first home at the age of about twelve or thirteen to give to my parents for them to retire in and God miraculously gave me a home just before the age of 27.  One criteria I prayed about is that I never wanted to have to rent a home before buying one.  That occurred too and my parents now live in a home paid in full thanks to God’s blessings.  I also have a home thanks to the blessings from God above. God blesses us when we believe His words to us.

When you pray believe and you shall receive–see Mark 11:24 and Matthew 21:22.

Matthew 21:21 and Matthew 21:22

For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you. 

Jesus replied to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have faith [personal trust and confidence in Me] and do not doubt or allow yourself to be drawn in two directions, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen [if God wills it]. And whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you will receive.” 

When God’s Word becomes a light unto our feet and a light unto our path, we become soldiers fighting God’s enemy.

Psalm 119:105
King James Version
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

 

2 Timothy 2:3 AMP

Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

We are soldiers walking in this life fighting a spiritual battle.  We must fight with the word of God and obey God’s words to us to attain the victory over sin and help break the captives free. We know the path to freedom when we walk with the Lord.  He is the captain and He will guide his with the power of His Holy Spirit living within us to the victory in Christ Jesus.

This last passage came to me and struck me with a lot of keen insights.  I will simply share God’s words. May the power of God’s Holy Spirit give you insight into this passage.

 

Psalm 68:7-14
Amplified Bible
7
O God, when You went out before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.
8
The earth trembled;
The heavens also poured down rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9
You, O God, sent abroad plentiful rain;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched and weary.
10
Your flock found a dwelling place in it;
O God, in Your goodness You provided for the poor.
11
The Lord gives the command [to take Canaan];
The women who proclaim the good news are a great host (army);
12
“The kings of the [enemies’] armies flee, they flee,
And the beautiful woman who remains at home divides the spoil [left behind].”
13
When you lie down [to rest] among the [a]sheepfolds,
You [Israel] are like the wings of a dove [of victory] overlaid with silver,
Its feathers glistening with gold [trophies taken from the enemy].
14
When the Almighty scattered [the Canaanite] kings in the land of Canaan,
It was snowing on [b]Zalmon.

  1. Psalm 68:13 Or cooking stones or saddlebags.
  2. Psalm 68:14 I.e. a dark, wooded hill near Shechem.

My Prayer for You:

  1. May God’s peace rest upon you my friend.  
  2. May the peace of God overtake you and may God’s Holy Spirit give you understanding into the mysteries of God.

Lastly, here is a special song on YouTube titled “Travis Greene 2017 Stellar Award Performance feat: Israel Houghton, Jonathan McReynolds…” my sister shared–must watch on Youtube. I thought the lyrics beautiful and the music perfect to share and ponder on the amazing God that created you and me.  We are fearlessly and wondrously made in the image of our almighty God.

 

 

 

February 20

Riches Cannot Heal A Broken Spirit Only God Can Set You Free From Sin, Suffering and the Fear of Death

Are you rich or poor?  It’s not until you realize how poor you are that you will turn to God your Father and Creator who offers you true and lasting riches that gives you peace and joy along with the free gift of eternal life.  Let us take a look at Proverbs 13:7 below:

There is one who makes himself rich,

yet has nothing;

and one who makes himself poor,

yet has great riches.

We must first recognize how poor and desperate and sinful we are before we can turn to God to fight the battle of sin over our life.

We are not ready for the final step of coming to God until we recognize that we cannot fight and win the battle over sin in our life.  We must ask God to fight and win the battle for us.  When we do, He steps in and does exactly what He is waiting on us to do.  We must learn to trust and rely on God for everything.  We cannot win the battle against sin and Satan on our own.  We must turn to God and say forgive me Father and set me free from a life of suffering, bondage and pain that sin causes.  We must specifically ask God to heal us from the inside out and cleanse of all sins and iniquity which is actually against our Creator. When we do this simple act of faith, God not only hears and acts immediately but we become a new creature in Christ. The Holy Spirit is given to us and writes God’s laws on the tablets of our hearts.  When God downloads His character into your computer system by giving you His Holy Spirit, it’s like getting a new computer with a new operating system.  What was once impossible to do is now wonderfully and amazingly possible with this new Spirit indwelling and controlling your spirit.  You truly become a new creature in Christ.  Morris Venden quotes from 2 Chronicles 20:17 stating the following:

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you.

When we stop trying to fight our way to freedom and truth and recognize God will fight for you that’s when you come to God.  God will smile and say, “Now your ready.” Yes our final step in coming to God is to admit that we are helpless and need God’s help to break the chains of sin from our lives. [Venden, Morris, Faith That Works, Feb 12]

January 30

The Oil, The Spirit of God and Wisdom: Key Ingredients To Knowing God

Oil Represents The Holy Spirit

What originally caught my attention in the passage below initially was verse 2 Chronicles 2:10–the 120,000 gallons of olive oil. Oil signifies the Spirit of God like the virgins who had sufficient oil versus the ones who ran out of oil in Matthew 25:1-10.  As a result the foolish ones that ran low on oil could not make it into the wedding banquet–The Story of The Virgins.

Wisdom From God

This reminds us to ask God for wisdom so that we can become effective for God. Solomon is an example of an individual or rather a King that asked God to give him a “listening heart” so he could lead God’s people well, “discerning the difference between good and evil”–see the passage 1 Kings 3:1-15 The Message (Simply beautiful passage).

Ask For Wisdom From God

God says we have not because we ask not–James 4:2-3.  Let’s start asking God to give us the gift of wisdom.  Let’s stop to ask God to give us a vision of what he expects of us so that we can become effective for God.  Thus we can give God glory, and God can delight in us.

Oil Juxtaposed To The Holy Spirit: The Spirit of Wisdom

In looking at the passage of 2 Chronicles 2:5-14, I am reminded that whatever God ask us to do, He has already gifted us with all that we need to accomplish the task.  If there is anything needed, He will provide the rest.  The oil like I said initially caught my attention.  the oil in many places signifies the Holy Spirit.  When you possess God’s Spirit dwelling within you, you are good to go.

Solomon Given Wisdom, Oil, and Necessary Resources To Rebuild The Temple of God

So Solomon has the temple of God built and God has everything needed for Solomon to build Him a temple–2 Chronicles 2:5-14.

5-10 “The house I am building has to be the best, for our God is the best, far better than competing gods. But who is capable of building such a structure? Why, the skies—the entire cosmos!—can’t begin to contain him. And me, who am I to think I can build a house adequate for God—burning incense to him is about all I’m good for! I need your help: Send me a master artisan in gold, silver, bronze, iron, textiles of purple, crimson, and violet, and who knows the craft of engraving; he will supervise the trained craftsmen in Judah and Jerusalem that my father provided. Also send cedar, cypress, and algum logs from Lebanon; I know you have lumberjacks experienced in the Lebanon forests. I’ll send workers to join your crews to cut plenty of timber—I’m going to need a lot, for this house I’m building is going to be absolutely stunning—a showcase temple! I’ll provide all the food necessary for your crew of lumberjacks and loggers: 130,000 bushels of wheat, 120,000 gallons of wine, and 120,000 gallons of olive oil.”

11 Hiram king of Tyre wrote Solomon in reply: “It’s plain that God loves his people—he made you king over them!”

12-14 He wrote on, “Blessed be the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, and who gave King David a son so wise, so knowledgeable and shrewd, to build a temple for God and a palace for himself. I’ve sent you Huram-Abi—he’s already on his way—he knows the construction business inside and out. His mother is from Dan and his father from Tyre. He knows how to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, in purple, violet, linen, and crimson textiles; he is also an expert engraver and competent to work out designs with your artists and architects, and those of my master David, your father. (2 Chronicles 2:5-14 The Message)

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

What God did for King Solomon He can and will do for you and me if we are wise enough to stand still and consider these truths: God is a real and ever-present help in time of trouble and times of blessings. You can read the entire chapter of 2 Chronicles 2 if you desire; Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the chapter is insightful to read below:

2:1-18 Solomon’s message to Huram respecting the temple, His treaty with Huram. – Solomon informs Huram of the particular services to be performed in the temple. The mysteries of the true religion, unlike those of the Gentile superstitions, sought not concealment. Solomon endeavoured to possess Huram with great and high thoughts of the God of Israel. We should not be afraid or ashamed to embrace every opportunity to speak of God, and to impress others with a deep sense of the importance of his favour and service. Now that the people of Israel kept close to the law and worship of God, the neighbouring nations were willing to be taught by them in the true religion, as the Israelites had been willing in the days of their apostacy, to be infected with the idolatries and superstitions of their neighbours. A wise and pious king is an evidence of the Lord’s special love for his people. How great then was God’s love to his believing people, in giving his only-begotten Son to be their Prince and their Saviour. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary.

January 24

Heavenly Vision Offer Clear Directions For Living

Paul had a heavenly vision on the road to Damascus in which God gave him clear and emphatic directions: “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” (My Utmost For His Highest Oswald Chambers January 24 th)

12 “While so engaged, as I was traveling to Damascus with the authority and commission and full power of the chief priests, 13 at midday, O King [King Agrippa], I saw on the way a light from heaven surpassing the brightness of the sun, shining all around me and those who were traveling with me. 14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice in the Hebrew dialect (Jewish Aramaic) saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick [repeatedly] against the goads [offering pointless resistance].’ 15 And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 Get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you [to serve] as a minister and as a witness [to testify, with authority,] not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you, 17 [choosing you for Myself and] rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their [spiritual] eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness and release from their sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified (set apart, made holy) by faith in Me.’

19 “So, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but I openly proclaimed first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent [change their inner self—their old way of thinking] and turn to God, doing deeds and living lives which are consistent with repentance. (Acts 26:12-20)

When we become born again (if at all spiritual), we will receive visions too.  We must truly become Christians believing and trusting in God not simply believing we are Christians.  We must go from the faith of a mustard seed to the faith of Jesus Christ. When you truly believe in the words of God and not simply think you believe you are a Christian, your life will change.  God will manifest Himself to you in some spiritual way via visions, a small voice of God directing your way, etc.  When you truly possess the faith to obey God’s voice, you will encounter setbacks like Paul too–we do not fight against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces in dark places.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. (Ephesians 6:12 Amplified)

We are in a spiritual battle for the minds and hearts of God’s children.  When you truly encounter God, a change takes place in your mind, heart and soul.  You want to obey God’s direction for your life.  You will hate sin and everything that displeases God.  You will learn to trust in God and not in your own ways.

The great thing is to learn not to be disobedient to the vision God gives you like Paul said.

Heavenly Presence Fell Upon Me

I remember just before getting baptized tears of remorse for past sins against God kept flowing from my eyes. I didn’t want to be embarrassed with red eyes so I kept wanting the tears to stop and drying them up off my cheeks and eyes.  The Holy Spirit kept convicting me, and I felt remorse for sins against God the Father.  [When you do wrong to others, you do wrong to God.  Just like when you help the least of these Jesus brethren, Jesus says you do it unto Him.  You are helping Christ when you help His brethren in need.] The tears finally stopped about five to ten minutes before my baptism.  I remember Pastor Howard Flynn now deceased said to me as he called me into the baptismal water: “Are you okay?” I shook my head yes.  I will never forget that day the Holy Spirit overcame me and made me sorry for sins.

I truly felt sorry for some sins that were beyond my physical comprehension. It was a spiritual experience that was beyond the normal physical realm like Paul experienced on the road to Damascus.  God’s presence over shadowed me and helped me to see Him and what He wanted for my life: a relationship with Him.  He came to me spiritually when I committed my life to Him via baptism: meaning dead to self will and self rule. I knew full well what I was committing myself to the day of my baptism at age thirty–thought about baptism for over a decade.  I did not go in blindly and I knew once I made the commitment to serve God there would be no turning back.

I must develop a personal relationship with Yeshua and God who lives within me each and everyday to become effective for the kingdom of God.  We must have that personal connection with God like Paul had on the road to Damascus.  God will do for you like He did for Paul and other servants of God in the Bible. We must learn to obey God no matter what.

Oswald Chambers writes that it is not enough to know that Jesus redeemed the world.  You must recognize and know that the Holy Spirit can make all that Yeshua (Jesus) did effective within you and me.  God wants to reestablish a relationship with us. He wants us to become His ambassadors to a lost world to help them return to Him–recall God coming in a cloud to speak to the three apostles and Jesus.

Remember Yeshua on the mount of transfiguration with Peter, James and John.  God came in a cloud with Elijah and Moses to speak to Yeshua and for the disciples to know that God will invade their physical space and speak to them.  The spiritual realm of God will at times intersect with the physical realm and you will know that God is present with you.  There are many such experiences in the Bible of God speaking to humanity. One of my favorites in this season of my life is about the prophet Elijah speaking with God found in 1 Kings 19:9-18 Amplified Bible.

Christians that truly believe in God will obey God’s voice and have an encounter with the living God because they have a relationship with the living God.

Let’s look at Matthew 17:1-9 below and we will end here:

The Transfiguration

17 Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John the brother of James, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And His appearance changed dramatically in their presence; and His face shone [with heavenly glory, clear and bright] like the sun, and His clothing became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus. 4 Then Peter began to speak and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good and delightful and auspicious that we are here; if You wish, I will put up three [sacred] tents here—one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased and delighted! Listen to Him!” 6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.

9 And as they were going down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

 

January 19

This is from my prayer time with God and prayer meeting this morning.  I focused in on 1 John 4:17-19. The pastor shared some verses from Psalm 37 and 40. Touched on Joseph waiting patiently to see his dream fulfilled and Abraham needing to wait on God to receive his son Isaac.  We can trust in God and walk fearlessly in love with our God and our brethren.

Perfect Love Cast Out Fear

17 In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love]. 19 We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:17-19)


Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him;
Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

Cease from anger and abandon wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evil.

For those who do evil will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
10 
For yet a little while and the wicked one will be gone [forever];
Though you look carefully where he used to be, he will not be [found].
11 
But the humble will [at last] inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity and peace. (Psalm 37:7-11 Amp.)

What happens when you wait patiently on God?

David gives us his testimony of God’s goodness when we wait on God.  He says in Psalm 4o:1-11 the follow:

40 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
2
He brought me up out of a horrible pit [of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock, steadying my footsteps and establishing my path.
3
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear [with great reverence]
And will trust confidently in the Lord.
4
Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who makes the Lord his trust,
And does not regard the proud nor those who lapse into lies.
5
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of your wonders,
They would be too many to count.

The prophet Isaiah said that they that wait on the Lord they will renew their strength.

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

Abraham did not wait on God and Ismael was born of Hagar causing conflict with Sarah and her son Isaac.

For Joseph wait patiently from the time he had the dream. He waited 15-20 years before the fulfillment of the dream God gave him.

15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Hebrew 13:15)

 

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9)

A Christian commented, “Be silent to hear the voice of the spirit.”  Another said, “Wait patiently for God knowing that He will make all things knew and He will guide our steps.”  Lastly another said, “We wait in anticipation for what we are to do.”

Prayer

God we want to slow down and embrace the unhurried rhythm of Christ.  We are praying for peace and healing on the lives of those that are sick. We want spiritual healing and a deeper walk with you.  We are praying for those with Corona virus and other illnesses.  We ask that as you heal their bodies that you heal their souls.  We pray for those struggling financially, those who are looking for a job, those who need healing in their marriage.  We pray for peace in our country and ultimately your will will prevail dear Lord.  Dear Lord we do not know what this day has in store but we trust you Lord with the day.  Amen.

January 14

21 “The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.”

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said, “Master, why is it that you are about to make yourself plain to us but not to the world?”

23-24 “Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood! Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.

25-27 “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

28 “You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life.  (John 14:21-28 The Message Bible)

Same verses from The Voice Bible below:

21 The one who loves Me will do the things I have commanded. My Father loves everyone who loves Me; and I will love you and reveal My heart, will, and nature to you.

God becomes flesh and lives among humanity, not just to have a transaction with people and ultimately die, but to continue to be with them and to send His Spirit to be present with believers. So God calls His Spirit-indwelled people to something greater, something more significant: they are here as redeeming forces on this earth; their time here is about reclaiming the things He has created. Believing God has created the entire cosmos and that it is restored in Jesus, the believer’s work here through the Spirit is to say, “This belongs to God,” and to help point out the beauty of creation to everyone. And most of all, to live in it themselves by the power of the Holy Spirit who plants the teachings of the Lord in their hearts.
The Other Judas: 22 Lord, why will You reveal Yourself to us, but not to the world?

Jesus: 23 Anyone who loves Me will listen to My voice and obey. The Father will love him, and We will draw close to him and make a dwelling place within him. 24 The one who does not love Me ignores My message, which is not from Me, but from the Father who sent Me.

25 I have spoken these words while I am here with you. 26 The Father is sending a great Helper, the Holy Spirit, in My name to teach you everything and to remind you of all I have said to you. 27 My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those of this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful. 28 You were listening when I said, “I will go away, but I will also return to be with you.” If you love Me, celebrate the fact that I am going to be with the Father because He is far greater than I am.

January 13

Faith = Trust

Here is an excerpt from Faith That Works by Morris L. Venden :

“He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb. 11:6…Faith was not taking Him at His word. So you come to the definition of faith as Jesus used it.  It is the real definition of faith. One word: trust.  The book Education, page 253, says, “Faith is trusting God.” The premise is Jesus is completely trustworthy.  If you don’t believe that, you don’t know Him yet.  The person who is not quite sure that he can trust Jesus is the one who doesn’t know Him.  Faith comes, not to those who seek it, but to those who seek it not, who seek only to know Jesus.” Faith That Works by Morris L. Venden P.19 Jan 13

This is so true.  I am still on my journey in trusting God.  Some things are easy to trust God such as when God says ask and it will be given to you.  We pray and ask and many of us believe God will answer our prayers…guess what…God answers our prayers… We are ecstatic proclaiming God’s goodness.  Then there are times when we are not willing to trust God when He says to do something we perceive as impossible or scary…safety net is taken away.  Like the bird, God ask you to leave the nest…a place of safety and fly with Him.  Are we able to step out the boat onto the water in the midst of the storm like Peter did when Jesus bid him come.  Are we willing to do all that God calls us to do in the face of stepping out of a perceivably safer space to one that looks unsafe.  Are we willing to walk like Peter by faith trusting God. If we do step out in faith, will our faith sustain us or will we buckle under the pressure like Peter.

22 Immediately He directed the disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while He sent the crowds away. 23 After He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was there alone. 24 But the boat [by this time] was already a long distance from land, tossed and battered by the waves; for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night (3:00-6:00 a.m.) Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. 26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately He spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I! Do not be afraid!”

28 Peter replied to Him, “Lord, if it is [really] You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw [the effects of] the wind, he was frightened, and he began to sink, and he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus extended His hand and caught him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those in the boat worshiped Him [with awe-inspired reverence], saying, “Truly You are the Son of God!” (Matthew 14:22-33 Amplified)

 

 

January 12

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else];
I would rather stand [as a doorkeeper] at the threshold of the house of my God
Than to live [at ease] in the tents of wickedness.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor;
No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

O Lord of hosts,
How blessed and greatly favored is the man who trusts in You [believing in You, relying on You, and committing himself to You with confident hope and expectation].

(Psalm 84:10-12 Amplified)

January 9

Even though You Don’t Know God, He Tells You Who He Is

1. God tells us our history and our future if we choose to listen and believe.  Remember at the very beginning before sin entered this world existed in a perfect state created by a perfect God. Afterwards sin entered and humanity fell from our perfect state with God exhibited in the story of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 1-3 (The Voice Bible)

2. God made King Solomon Wise.  King Solomon the wisest man that ever lived said the past is going to be the future in Ecclesiastes 1:9 below.  In the past humanity existed in a state of perfection.

What has been, that will be;
what has been done, that will be done.
Nothing is new under the sun;
the future only repeats the past. (Ecclesiastes 1:9 The Voice Bible)

So there is absolutely no new thing under the sun…everything we see has been before.

One person may say of some idea,
“Pay attention to this; it’s original!”
But that same idea has already been expressed;
it’s been with us through the ages. (Ecclesiastes 1:10 The Voice Bible)

Ecclesiastes 4:2-3

It struck me that the dead are actually better off than the living who must go on living; and, even better, are those who were never born in the first place. At least they have never had to witness all of the injustices that take place under the sun.

3. God cares about us. Hebrews 2:6-9 reminds us that God loves us:

I have read something somewhere:

I can’t help but wonder why You care about mortals
or choose to love the son of man.
7-8 Though he was born below the heavenly messengers,
You honored the son of man like royalty,
crowning him with glory and honor,
Raising him above all earthly things,
placing everything under his feet.[a]

When God placed everything under the son of man, He didn’t leave out anything. Maybe we don’t see all that happening yet; but what we do see is Jesus, born a little lower than the heavenly messengers, who is now crowned with glory and honor because He willingly suffered and died. And He did that so that through God’s grace, He might taste death on behalf of everyone.

4. God loves us. He loves us now.  He loved us in the past and He will continue to love us in the future not matter what wrong we’ve done. He gave us an opportunity to ask for forgiveness for sinning agains Him. He placed everything under our feet.  We are more than conquerors through Christ who died to save us from our sins.

I can’t help but wonder why You care about mortals—
    sons and daughters of men—
    specks of dust floating about the cosmos.

But You placed the son of man just beneath God
and honored him like royalty, crowning him with glory and honor.
You ordained him to govern the works of Your hands,
to nurture the offspring of Your divine imagination;
You placed everything on earth beneath his feet: (Psalm 8:4-6 The Voice Bible)

 

The birds of the sky and the fish of the sea,
    all the multitudes of living things that travel the currents of the oceans. (Psalm 8:8-9)

O Eternal, our Lord,
    Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth.

When God placed everything under the son of man, He didn’t leave out anything. Maybe we don’t see all that happening yet; but what we do see is Jesus, born a little lower than the heavenly messengers, who is now crowned with glory and honor because He willingly suffered and died. And He did that so that through God’s grace, He might taste death on behalf of everyone.

This message is especially good for those who lost loved ones–see Isaiah 2:9 below:

But as the Scriptures says,

No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard
and it has never occurred to the human heart
All the things God prepared for those who love Him. (Isaiah 2:9 The Voice Bible)

Isaiah 64:4 further emphasizes this point:

Nothing like that had ever happened before—no eye had ever seen,
and no ear had ever heard such wonders,
But You did them then for the sake of Your people, for those who trusted in You.

But as the Scriptures say,

No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard
and it has never occurred to the human heart
All the things God prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Listen to Me, you who already live out what is true and right,
who treasure My instruction within your hearts:
Don’t be afraid of people’s scorn.
Don’t let their dismissive criticism, bitter anger, or hatred get you down. (Isaiah 51:7)

 

It’ll be like that for those the Eternal One ransomed from captivity
to return to Zion, Jerusalem. And they’ll come singing with joy.
Overwhelming, never-ending joy will crown their heads with happiness and delight
while desperation and depression melt away. (
Isaiah 51:11)

 

5. Isaiah 45 Describes Heaven in Great Detail 

45 This is what the Eternal One says to His chosen agent, Cyrus the Persian.

God has a special mission for Cyrus, the Persian emperor: to lead the world and free His exiled people. The Scripture is clear: God, not kings, directs history. Kings—and sometimes their subjects—often need to be reminded of that. The Eternal, the one True God, stands above and behind human history, directing and orchestrating its events.

Eternal One: Not by his hand alone, but with his in Mine,
nations are vanquished, their leaders conquered;
Doors and gates open without a fight
and will not close.

(to Cyrus) I will go ahead of you and smooth the way, lower the heights,
break down bronze doors, and cut through iron bars.
I will give you hidden treasures
and wealth tucked away in secret places;
I will reveal them to you.
Then you will know that I am
the Eternal, the God of Israel, who calls you by name.
For the sake of My servant Jacob, My chosen people Israel,
I have called you by name, made you who you are,
And bestowed an honorable title on you, even though you don’t know Me.
I am the Eternal One; there is no other God but Me,
and even though you don’t know Me, I am preparing you for victory.
I am doing all this so that people all around the world
may know that I alone am the Eternal, the only God.
I form light and create darkness;
I make what is good, happy, and healthy, and I create woe.
I, the Eternal One, make them one and all.
Skies above, open up and let the clouds rain down righteousness!
Let the earth below sprout triumph and justice.
For I, the Eternal, have created them.

How bad it will be for anyone who disputes with the very One who created him!
After all, a human being is nothing more than one clay pot among many.
Imagine the clay saying to the potter, “What do you think you’re doing?”
or “You don’t have the hands for this.”
10 It’s as idiotic as asking a mother or father,
“What are you birthing or begetting?”
11 So the Eternal One, who is the Holy One and Maker of Israel, says,

Eternal One:Are you really going to question Me about what will happen to My children,
or lecture Me about what I should do with the ones I made with My own hands?
12 It is I who made the very ground on which you stand,
I who shaped the human beings who walk around on it.
I pulled the sky and the heavens taut with My own hands,
and organized the army of stars that march across the night sky.
13 So it was perfectly right for me to raise up Cyrus;
I will make his road ahead straight and level,
So that he will rebuild My chosen place, My city Jerusalem,
and set My exiled people free
Without exacting a price or seeking a bribe.

So says the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies.

14 Eternal One: I, the Eternal One, say to you things will change; the wealthy and strong
of your world—Egyptians, Cushites, Sabeans—will come under your control.
Their goods and services, their strongest warriors, will be yours,
deferring to you, as they follow in chains, saying,
“God is with you. There is no other God but yours.”

15 Cyrus: You have kept yourself hidden from others,
but You are indeed God, who saved Israel in the face of great challenges.
16 Those who worshiped others will be humiliated.
Those who craft idols will be embarrassed by their folly.
17 By contrast, Israel can stand tall. The Eternal has given them
a salvation that will never die, and they will never be embarrassed or ashamed.

18 Indeed, He who created the universe—heavens and earth—gave it form and shape.
The Eternal alone set it all in motion;
He didn’t make it a disorganized wasteland but made it a beautiful and comfortable home.

Eternal One: I am the Eternal One, and there is no other god who exists.
19 I didn’t whisper in secret or mumble in the darkness;
I didn’t say to Jacob’s children:
“Look around the desert and try to find Me.”
No, I am the Eternal One. I will speak clearly what is right and true.

20 Come, come. Gather around, all who survived among the nations.
They have no idea what a real God is
As they coddle their wooden idols,
and pray to worthless images that cannot save them.
21 Go ahead, talk among yourselves. Present your case.
Now, who declared what would happen long ago?
Who predicted how these events would turn out at this time?
Was it not I, the Eternal One? There is no other God but Me.
I alone am the righteous God and Savior. There is no other.

22 So turn your back on those idols and your face to Me.
I will save you, wherever you are, to the ends of the earth,
For I am God. There is none other.
23 I make this solemn vow; I have spoken a word—
faithful and true—and it will not return; it will be done.
My words have wings; they will be accomplished;
every knee will bow down to Me.
Every tongue will swear allegiance to Me.

24 They will say of Me, “Only by the Eternal One shall I see things through.
Only by God shall I go with integrity and strength through life.”

6. For it is written,

“As I live, so I promise,” says the Lord, “every knee will bow down to Me.
Every tongue will confess to God.” (Romans 14:11)

7. So when His name is called,
every knee will bow,
in heaven, on earth, and below.
11 And every tongue will confess
“Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord,”
to the glory of God our Father! (Philippians 2:10-11)

 

8. Those who know that God is the source of life, integrity, and strength live lives marked by confidence and a calm assurance.

Now all those who burned with anger against God
will come to Him and be shamed.
25 Through the Eternal, all the descendants of Israel
will be vindicated and made glorious within the world.

 

9. This letter begins with praise and thanksgiving to

  • God the Father, who blesses us
  • Jesus, who redeems us
  • the Holy Spirit, who seals us.

Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One, who grants us every spiritual blessing in these heavenly realms where we live in the Anointed—not because of anything we have done, but because of what He has done for us.God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world; He wanted us to live holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, and blameless before Him. He destined us to be adopted as His children through the covenant Jesus the Anointed inaugurated in His sacrificial life. This was His pleasure and His will for us. (Ephesians 1:3-5)

10. Paul knows the people in Colossae are facing many religious and philosophical options, none of which are neutral. Notice Paul doesn’t say, “Just add Jesus to what you already believe,” or, “Factor Jesus into your philosophy,” or, “Include Jesus in this or that ritual.” The claim that “Jesus is Lord” does not allow that. If Jesus is Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of all creation, then all other teachings must give way. All people must bow before Him and only Him.

So it comes down to this: since you have been raised with the Anointed One, the Liberating King, set your mind on heaven above. The Anointed is there, seated at God’s right hand. Stay focused on what’s above, not on earthly things, because your old life is dead and gone. Your new life is now hidden, enmeshed with the Anointed who is in God. On that day when the Anointed One—who is our very life—is revealed, you will be revealed with Him in glory! (Colossians 3:1-4)

11. Paul tells them the key to remain unified is to show compassion and forgiveness toward one another.

12 Since you are all set apart by God, made holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a holy way of life: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Put up with one another. Forgive. Pardon any offenses against one another, as the Lord has pardoned you, because you should act in kind. 14 But above all these, put on love! Love is the perfect tie to bind these together. 15 Let your hearts fall under the rule of the Anointed’s peace (the peace you were called to as one body), and be thankful.

16 Let the word of the Anointed One richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another. Sing the psalms, compose hymns and songs inspired by the Spirit, and keep on singing—sing to God from hearts full and spilling over with thankfulness. 17 Surely, no matter what you are doing (speaking, writing, or working), do it all in the name of Jesus our Master, sending thanks through Him to God our Father.

12. For Paul it isn’t enough just to believe the right things. Right belief always produces right living. The gift of salvation demands that we put into practice the character of our King. Just as we take off and throw away old, worn-out clothes, we must strip off certain attitudes and actions of our old selves. Since our lives have been made new in Him, things like sexual immorality, greed, anger, lies, and the rest must find no place in us. But it is not enough to strip off the old; we must put on the new. And that new creation has many qualities of Jesus: compassion, gentleness, and humility; putting up with each other, forgiving each other, and above all, loving each other. These are the ways of Jesus, so they must be our ways too. (Colosians 3:12-17)

13. May the Lord flood you with an unending, undying love for one another and for all humanity, like our love for you, 13 so that your hearts will be reinforced with His strength, held blameless and holy before God, our Father, when our Lord Jesus, [the Anointed, the Liberating King,] appears along with all His holy ones. [Amen.] (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)

14. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15 Paul said,

What a beautiful, dramatic transformation! This is Paul’s progression from spoon-feeding people better moral choices to trusting them to live by love according to the conviction of the Spirit, their guide to becoming active participants in the kingdom of God. Paul is acknowledging that there is a power at work that is much greater than his pen. In fact, the same Spirit that inspires Paul’s words in these letters is teaching the believers in Thessalonica to live as true believers and teaches us still today.

13 Brothers and sisters, we want you to be fully informed about those who have fallen asleep in death so that you will not be overwhelmed with grief like those who live outside of the true hope. 14 Here’s what we believe: since Jesus died and rose again, in the same way, God will bring with Jesus all who have died through Him. 15 For we can say all this to you confidently because it is the word of the Lord: we who are still alive and left behind when the Lord comes will not precede those who have fallen asleep in death.

14. Matthew 19

15. Transfiguration

Matthew 17

Six days later, Jesus went up to the top of a high mountain with Peter, James, and John. There, something spectacular happened: Jesus’ face began to glow and gleam and shine like the morning sun. His clothes gleamed too—bright white, like sunlight mirroring off a snowfall. He was, in a word, transfigured. Suddenly there at the top of the mountain were Moses and Elijah, those icons of the faith, beloved of God. And they talked to Jesus. …

 

16. In Revelation 6: 9-10 John gives us a glimpse into the future: Heaven.

The breaking of the seals releases the four riders and a series of disasters and plagues. Even though what follows appears to be extreme violence unleashed against the earth and its inhabitants, there is a limitation to what follows. Death and Hades have the authority to kill, but their authority extends only to one-fourth of the earth. The slaughtered souls cry out for vengeance, but they will have to wait a little longer until more martyrs are killed for their testimony.

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the heavenly altar the souls of those murdered for holding fast to the word of God and their testimony. 10 They cried out in a great, singular voice.

Murder Victims: How much longer, O Lord, the holy One, the true One, until You pronounce judgment on the inhabitants of the earth? Until You avenge our blood?

After I heard about these who would be sealed, I looked and saw a huge crowd of people, which no one could even begin to count, representing every nation and tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and waving palm branches. (Revelation 7:9)

17. Revelation 7:13-16 we see people clothed in white that came from the earth–24 elders,

One of the Elders (to me):13 Who are these people clothed in white robes, and where have they come from?

John:14 Sir, surely you know the answer to your own questions.

One of the Elders: These are coming from the time of great suffering and affliction. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb, cleansing them pure white.

15 Responding out of a heart filled with praise, they congregate before the throne of God
and constantly worship Him day and night in His temple.
The One seated on the throne will always live among them.
16 They will never be hungry or thirsty again.
The sun or blazing heat will never scorch them,

18. 24 elders in Revelation chapter 5 or 7 reveal some hidden truths:

Revelation 5

Revelation 7

19. 1 Corinthians 15:35 What is man that…How are the dead raise up and with what body do it come…that which you soweth not that body that shall be…God giveth a body as it pleaseth Him.

35 Now I know what some of you are thinking: “Just how are the dead going to be raised? What kind of bodies will they have when they come back to life?” (1 Corinthians 15:35)

20. This is great Chapter…Read The Whole Thing…God brought us–2 Corinthians 5

The fact is that in this tent we anxiously moan, fearing the naked truth of our reality. What we crave above all is to be clothed so that what is temporary and mortal can be wrapped completely in life. The One who has worked and tailored us for this is God Himself, who has gifted His Spirit to us as a pledge toward our permanent home.

In light of this, we live with a daring passion and know that our time spent in this body is also time we are not present with the Lord. (2 Cor. 5:4-6)

This tells you the same thing again…If our earthly house…we are confident…used it twice

21. The One who has worked and tailored us for this is God Himself, who has gifted His Spirit to us as a pledge toward our permanent home. (2 Cor. 5:5)  here…

To put it another way: if we have been united with Him to share in a death like His, don’t you understand that we will also share in His resurrection? (Romans 6:5)

22. Job 14:7-12

23.  Matt 16:15-20

24.  2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

25. Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God, a sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship. (Romans 12:1)

January 6

Clothed in Christ

Here is a quote that I received that conveys the essence of the Christian walk:

Feed on Christ, and then go and live your life, and it is Christ in you that lives your life, that helps the poor, that tells the truth, that fights the battle, and that wins the crown.”

–Phillips Brooks

God works through each of us to help others find their way home to joy, peace, love and everlasting beauty.

 

Today’s morning prayer meeting focused on Isaiah 61 and Ephesians 3:16.

God will put His laws in our heart. He will give us His spirit. It will help our flesh.

Learn the word of God. It will keep you. Write them on the table of your heart. It will be a source of rejoicing everyday.

With His righteousness, He cleanses you of all unrighteousness.

May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], (Eph. 3:16)

May God grant each of us a little of His glory. God will strengthen our inner man. What is the depth height…that we may be filled with His Spirit. We wear the garment of salvation. We continue to love. All He does is ask to dwell in our heart. Only we can believe and allow Him in.

Don’t focus on your faults and shortcomings. What we need to do is focus on what He has done for us. He gave His life so we can have eternal life.

Remember He sent His Holy Spirit to spend time with us everyday. We let His spirit in and we become His workmanship. The makes us that new creature. We can get eternal life.

Everyday we realize we are clothed with His Spirit of righteousness. He makes us whole and with the gift of eternal life.

Remember that Jesus (Yeshua) covers us with His robe of righteousness. God wraps us with the robe of His righteousness.

So I encourage us to dwell on the righteousness. It’s so beautiful to see yourself wrapped in the robe of righteousness! Remember don’t focus on the shortcomings, focus on the righteousness!

 Prayer

  1. We pray today for those who need peace, suffer with Covid-19, need healing, require heart surgery/surgery, suffer from Parkinson Disease and other debilitating diseases including Rheumatoid Arthritis, must overcome hypertension, suffer from COPD*, need safety, battle divorce, and work in hospitals and have to work among Covid 19 patients in hospitals spilling out onto parking lots.  
  2. I thank God for medical staff that are provided with hotels to live in to avoid infecting their family members.  
  3. I pray for safety for those Christian brothers and sisters and those lost in our world.  
  4. May they come to see the light and find “The Way” through Yeshua (Jesus Christ) death on the cross for our sins… in this world of darkness and ignorance led by Satan.  
  5. May they find their way back to God their Father and Creator of all living things and nonliving things.
  6. May God’s peace and Spirit rest and empower you all today.
  7. Peace and blessings to you all. I ask all these things in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) precious name. Amen.  

*[Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing]

Isaiah 61 Amplified Bible

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed and commissioned me
To bring good news to the humble and afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted,
To proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captives
And freedom to prisoners,
2
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance and retribution of our God,
To comfort all who mourn,
3
To grant to those who mourn in Zion the following:
To give them a turban instead of dust [on their heads, a sign of mourning],
The oil of joy instead of mourning,
The garment [expressive] of praise instead of a disheartened spirit.
So they will be called the trees of righteousness [strong and magnificent, distinguished for integrity, justice, and right standing with God],
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
4
Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins,
They will raise up and restore the former desolations;
And they will renew the ruined cities,
The desolations (deserted settlements) of many generations. 
5
Strangers will stand and feed your flocks,
And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.
6
But you shall be called the priests of the Lord;
People will speak of you as the ministers of our God.
You will eat the wealth of nations,
And you will boast of their riches.
7
Instead of your [former] shame you will have a double portion;
And instead of humiliation your people will shout for joy over their portion.
Therefore in their land they will possess double [what they had forfeited];
Everlasting joy will be theirs.
8
For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery with a burnt offering.
And I will faithfully reward them,
And make an everlasting covenant with them.
9
Then their offspring will be known among the nations,
And their descendants among the peoples.
All who see them [in their prosperity] will recognize and acknowledge them
That they are the people whom the Lord has blessed.
10
I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has covered me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom puts on a turban,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord God will [most certainly] cause righteousness and justice and praise
To spring up before all the nations [through the power of His word].

January 1

Prayer Meeting For The New Year: God Hears and Answers

God Hears and Answers

Daniel reminds us that God hears our prayers and answers us. Michael was sent to respond to Daniel’s prayer, but demonic forces attempted to stop him…As a result, the wicked forces hinder him for twenty one days. This reminds me that God hears and answers our prayers.
We need to believe God’s words to us in Daniel 10:10-13 specifically to better understand the spiritual realm. In addition, these verses convey that we are considered beloved and special to God: God loves us.

10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Yes, God hears our prayers and immediately acts. Thus, God answered right away.  Nevertheless, it took 21 days for them to be answered.

Amazingly, we (children of Yahweh) are precious to God.

Your Testimony of How God Hears and Answers

Can you share a word of praise and worship with others of God’s goodness each day? If yo do, you will win lost souls with both your testimony and the blood of the lamb: Yeshua (Jesus Christ).

God Hears Our Prayers When Under Spiritual Attack

The Devil and evil forces will attack those of us that love the Lord; however, we must fight with the whole armor of God to defeat the Devil. Paul warns us in Ephesians 6:10-12 of the following:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

God will fight the battles for us, and we will win.  However, we must prepare ourselves for spiritual battle to attain victory.

We must follow the lead of God via the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit Leads Us To Pray And Get Victory

Someone dear to me shared that they found a book titled Lead Me Holy Spirit and purchased to study with another friend.

King David

David reminds us in Psalm 31:14 of the following:

 But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.

God is an amazing God!…speaks to us in the big things and small things. We thank Him for leading us last year.

The Love of the Lord never ceases…everyday is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in God.

David says in Psalm 119:57 the following,

Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.

Trust God’s Words

Are you ready to obey and believe God’s words to us?

Paul says in Philippians 1:6 that God will complete the work He started in you.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The Prophet Jeremiah Testifies of God’s Goodness

Jeremiah 33 (read the whole chapter) says call unto me and I will show you great and glorious things.

6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.
9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it. (Jeremiah 33:6-9)

Prayers

1. Remember, God’s love never fails us. Father praise your name because you are the only God. Dear Holy Father breathe your Holy Spirit upon each and everyone of us. God thank you for your Holy Spirit. We have the hope of glory for eternal life. To your Holy Spirit I commit our life to you. Let your Holy Spirit flow into our life every day. May your Holy Spirit settle on us everyday. Give us faith for everyday Lord Jesus.

2. Lord God fill us with your Spirit and your power. God continue to protect us and uphold us in your right hand. No matter what is going on, may we keep our eyes on you. Father we thank you for the church body…ministering to others that don’t know who you are. That our walk will have a relationship through you. God continue to mount us up with wings like eagles. Bless our leaders, all our ministers, from the children to the elders…I lift them up in Jesus. Amen.

Zach Williams – Chain Breaker (Live from Harding Prison)

December 31

Prayer Meeting this morning started off with a question: What are you thankful for…(reflecting back on this year and previous years)?

Someone  said,

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt 6:33)

Then they went on to list the blessings of discipline in seeking God early in the morning and how this has enriched both their spiritual and physical life.

Another person a single parent talked about how her nineteen year old daughter likes to learn about God and complies with Godly suggestions she makes in the home.  She mentioned starting a prayer and reading of God’s word with her daughter in the morning and in the evening.  She mentioned that they are now starting off with Psalm 119 a very long chapter in the Bible (a great chapter to read)–Psalm 119.

The pastor starting off the prayer meeting reminded us of verse 4 in Psalm 23.

Yea thou I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil… (Psalm 23:4)  We recognize that God’s hand was with us (in 2020 and previous years).

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Growing up I’m reminded of how I recited prayerfully Psalm 23 from memory for years; I need to do so again daily.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Next he pointed out  Psalm 34… a very good chapter to read and emphasized specifically Psalm 34:1-7  to memorize.

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

The pastor continues, I will bless the Lord at all times…Yes there have been some challenges in 2020.  We look at our circumstances and feel like we have something to complain about.  We know our response is I’m still going to bless God. His praise shall continue to be in my mouth.

:19 David says many are the afflictions of the righteous but God delivers them out of them all.  The Lord redeems the soul of the righteous…God is not done working in our home…in our communities…let’s step into the new year with a words of praise…We want to step into 2021 with praise for the goodness of God.  Though we go through tribulation this year, we know that God will get us through.  We place this new year in your hands God.

This song by Hezekiah Walker just started playing in my head.  So I added it below titled: “Every Praise”.

Though many mourn the loss of loved ones during this pandemic.  We should all remember especially during difficult times that God loves us.  If we are not able to praise Him in this storm or chapter in our life know we will joyfully praise Him again. He is the storm calmer–bigger than any storms we face. We want you to know brothers and sisters, He is with us in the storms of life.  He promised never to leave us or forsake us: Hebrews 13:5.  and yes He loves you Psalm 36:7Romans 8:31-32  1 John 4:7-8.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers us out of them all! (Psalm 34:19)

We may not always understand God’s ways because His ways are higher than ours–Isaiah 55:8-9  We should continue to trust in Him for our strength.  When we do not seem to know how to carry on, know He will be our strength.

We should continue to stay healthy and keep our health–pray in the spirit daily. [Remember, to pray in the Spirit you need to be baptized.] This is a gift of God…He gives us His Holy Spirit to help us conquer sin and death! To God be the glory!

Prayer

1. Dear Father we pray that everyone is faithful,…breathe your Holy Spirit on everyone everyday–soften their hearts so they can hear your still small voice.  No matter what happens we know and pray that you will take us into Heaven–nothing (including physical death) can separate us from you. We trust and adore you.  We know that you are a victorious God.  Peace be still and know that He is God.  Father we are just so thankful. We pray your Spirit over everyone.  Let us not be weary…we will pray and thank you until we make it back home in Heaven. Thank you Father…bless your Holy Name.

2. We thank you Lord God…I will thank the Lord at all times and your praise shall be continually in my mouth.  You always open the doors.  I thank you for everyone…I lift up those that are sick.  I thank you Lord God for the word.  In the name of Jesus…thank you for everyone…I praise you and I honor you.

3. Lord I thank you for the highs and the lows.  Lord as we step into a new year I just want to invite you to journey with us…We thank you Father.   Father we are praying that you will let your Holy Spirit move through us…We thank you for hearing everyone.

4. Dear Father you are an awesome God.  Though things look bleak today with the passing of loved ones, the pandemic at it’s height and a new strain on the loose, Father God we will not fear.  We will trust in you and you alone.  Our only hope is in you.  For this we are grateful to know you the true and Living God.  May you continue to watch over us and protect us, send your angels to strengthen those of us in suffering and may your Holy Spirit indwell and comfort those experiencing physical and/or mental pain.  Let your still small voice speak so gently to them and let them hear you say, “I love you. I love you. I love you.”  Thank you Father for loving us.  Like a father protects his children and a mother protects her young, Father thank you for protecting us.  We will follow you wherever you lead! Praise your Holy Name: Yahweh.  May your will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven.  Amen.

 

December 28

Self-Control (Temperance)

Notes from a 6 am morning prayer line with some of my own thoughts and reflections.

Sometimes everything goes well and at other times everything does not. I sometimes have to ask God to fix my face so it matches His word. Galatians 5:22 is the scripture highlighted. When the Holy Spirit controls us, he will produce the fruits of the spirit. Self-control (temperance) is the last one. It calls for discipline instead of impulse.

Temperance means the following:

  1. moderation in action, thought, or feeling : restraint.
  2. habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions.
  3. moderation in or abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance (self-control): against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:22-26)

The enemy does not want you and me to meet our goals for the new year. Let’s stay disciplined and crucify the flesh. Let’s walk in the spirit and power of God to attain victory.

  • What calms you?
  • What helps you to stay in control?

What calms me is taking everything to God in prayer…especially reading God’s words in the Bible.
What keeps me in control is reflecting on what went wrong and having a plan for the next time. At work in the past sometimes I would respond to comments of coworkers and things would get challenging. I have learned to hold my tongue and not respond. This helped me tremendously to not fall for the bait Satan may set for me.

I’ve discovered that God is faithful and will not give us more than we can bare.

Holding my tongue rather than speaking up impulsively saved me many headaches. The self-discipline to control one’s self can change the course of your day, years and life.

Let’s meditate on the fruits of the spirit, submit our lives to God each day and ask Him to do His work through us.

God fill us with your Holy Spirit so we can bring every aspect of our life under your control—let us be a conduit of your Holy Spirit.

 

 

  • Here are two other verses dealing with self-control (temperance): Acts 24:25 and 2 Peter 1:6:

24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.

25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. (Acts 24:24-25)

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; (2 Peter 1:6)

  • My brother shared this lovely song below after I shared the reflection above. So I added it here for all to enjoy: Eva Cassidy–People Get Ready.

https://youtu.be/bzLd2MDAHK8

December 27

Trusting in the Living GOD Rather Than Riches Part 2

Smooth Deceits in Our World

We hear all this contemporary social justice rhetoric and activism, which sounds good on the surface, but this does not support the Living God. It’s rooted in anger, spiritualism, etc. and not rooted in love and the words of God.

In Isaiah 30 the prophet Isaiah warned the people speaking the words from God:

7 For the Egyptians (western nations) shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, …

9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:  

10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophecy deceits:

11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

So God says the following to His people (including you and I today) in Isaiah 30:12-15:

12 “Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye (you) despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:

13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

14. And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.

15 Fur thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye (you) be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye (you) would not.

What is God saying here to us today? We are to rest in Him, trust in Him and attain peace in obedience to His words to us; however, we do not return or listen to God. We do not put our confidence and trust in God.  We put our trust in our riches and in the tradition of this world.

Dr. Cain Hope Felder explains in The Original African Heritage Bible an interesting perspective I never read before below:

Smooth Deceits–Prophetic writings distinctly parallel what is happening with African/Edenic people today. ‘For the Egyptians shall help in vain’ (v.7). Whether referring to Egyptians then or Western societies today, all of their supposed efforts for Africa’s upliftment and development have been in vain, or deceitfully implemented to exploit Africa’s resources and to oppress Africa’s people.  As the African/Edenic Hebrew Israelites fell further from God they continually sought to hide themselves from having to face the absolute truth of their responsibility to their God and the creation.  Thus they cried unto “the seers, see not; and to the prophets, prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (v.10) They were willing to hear lies to maintain their quest for pleasure, materialism, sex, and all elements contrary to the laws of God…Africa/Edenic people [including us today] wanted a deliverer to guide them to a better life in Egypt (America)…They had helped to build the treasure cities of Egypt (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York), and strongly felt that they had a right to enjoy a very modern and advanced Egyptian society after shedding their blood, sweat, and tears.–30:7-14” [The Original African Heritage Study Bible, King James Version, 2007, Judson Press Publishers, p.1033, bottom of page 1032]

I’ve heard one or two African Americans say I’m not going back to Africa, we built this country here in America.

God had Moses to lead His people the Israelites enslaved for four hundred years out of Egypt (slavery).  We must look away from this world and turn to God to lead us out of bondage to sin and slavery here in the land of Egypt (slavery). Like the Egyptians killed the Israelites and worked them to death, many of us work long hours and collapse with diseases and illness under the pressure.  Our hope and dreams have become a shadow quickly fading and collapsing all around us–many die from plagues (Covid 19, etc.), loss of work, loss of shelter, loss of hope: depression.

How many of you today around this world feel confused and depressed during this pandemic?  God is bigger than your problems and can solve each and everyone of them!

God says in that great day when He returns, “that the great trumpet (the sound of war) shall be blown, and they (God’s children) shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria (America, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or other places in our world), and the outcast (African-Americans, Blacks, Africans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Venezuelan, other ethnic groups) in the land of Egypt (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Venezuela, Jamaica, etc…), and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount of Jerusalem.

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye (you) be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye (you) would not. (Isaiah 30:15)

Let us listen and obey God’s voice so that in quietness and in confidence we can attain strength to part the Red Sea (problems in our lives).  God is offering each of us a way of escape if we will heed His voice.

He will and has made a way of escape by Yeshua Jesus’ death on the cross at Calvary.  We just need to find our strength in Him and not in the riches of wealthy nations in our world.

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye (you) be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:… (Isaiah 30:15)

God is your provider: let your strength rest in Him and Him alone!  Do not trust in your money and let it be your God, but you ought to trust in God the creator of all.

[Final thoughts from my brother Isaiah 9:6:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.]

I hope you take the time to ponder what I’ve written here–both parts 1 and 2.  It’s not about race, color, ethnicity or what nation you are from.  It’s about freedom from sin and the ability to find true and lasting peace, joy and riches in the presence of God who loves you! It is about learning the truth that can set you free.  Please prayerfully ponder these questions below and seek answers in the Bible and from God:

  • Should we seek strength from riches of this world?
  • Should we chase after the American dream that for many has already turned into a nightmare?
  • Why should you chase after Elohim: Yahweh?
  • In whom do you trust: God or money?
  • How do you place your trust in God?
  • How do you make it into Heaven?
  • How long would you like to live and what quality of life do you wish to have?
  • God has given you a plan and way of escape.  Are you willing to follow God’s plan for your life or are you willing to risk trusting in the ways of this world?

 

 

December 26

Trusting in the Living GOD Rather Than Riches Part 1

Should we seek strength from Western Nations (Rich nations), etc.? Should we chase after the American dream or should we chase after Elohim: Yahweh? In whom do you trust? In what God do you trust?

In the Pauline epistle to Timothy (I Timothy 6:9-10), Paul offers this cautionary warning to the believer:

I Timothy 6:9-10: “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

[This does not mean one cannot, or should not, seek to be financially wise, prudent, even prosperous or independent, but one must be careful to keep a Godly order of priority.  ALL blessings, financial and other, flow directly from the hand of God. He giveth and taketh away.  We are to worship the Living God first and put His will first, and not seek after Mammon as a substitute (false) god.  Mammon cannot satisfy.  God can (and will).  He calls each of us to different stations in life.  Some high and some low.  We must bend to His will if we wish to truly prosper in a Biblical sense.  Serving and placing Him at the center.  In order to do this, we must seek Him, daily.  It is a daily decision. Seek Him first…before looking at the stock market, or the business reports, or the financial indices or the bank balances.  Then in all those other things, enter in with a Godly perspective.  See Matthew 6:33-34 (“seek ye first the Kingdom of God and…ALL these other things will be provided unto you…”)]

Isaiah 27:5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.

Step 1:  “let Him take hold of my strength.”

Step 2: “that He may make peace with me.”

Step 3: “He shall make peace with me.”

How do we take hold of God’s strength? Why do we take hold of God’s strength?

God says that we do so that we may make peace with God.  God promises that when we follow through on steps one and two that step three will become fulfilled: we shall make peace with God.

Who would like to make peace with God?  This is the season for peace and joy.  This peace brings joy to those who make peace with God.

In making peace with God, what does the Holy One of Israel expect of us?

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; and you would not.  (Isaiah 30:6)

Let’s not have God Almighty say to us that we refused to listen–that we are stiff-necked people.  Let’s listen to Elohim and find everlasting peace and joy.

What this world offers is quickly fading and will not last.  When they say you will see sudden destruction, this world is quickly fading.  The ways of this world are like a shadow; it’s not real…nor does it last…it will all come down in destruction.

So we need to wake up from our slumber and the propaganda that we were taught.  Let’s study for ourselves and learn the truth: what God says to us. Do not repeat history and make the same mistakes of many of our predecessors.

The Holy Bible is our book of our history with our God.

We do not need to seek understanding in others lies.

We need to look to the books God gave us written by His prophets inspired by our God Himself.

We do not need others to teach us.  We need God’s words to teach us.  Let us look to God’s words below (and see our story in our predecessors lives repeating again and again–let us wake up and not repeat their errors.)

“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:” (Isaiah 30:1)

God continues, “That walk to go down into Egypt (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles for example today) and have not asked at my mouth (did not seek God’s face to help them make their decisions); to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh (rather than in God), and to trust in the shadow of Egypt (illusions of America and western nations that’s fleeting..won’t last)! (Isaiah 30:2)

God continues talking to us today saying, “Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh (our leaders today) be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., or name your state/city) your confusion.” (Isaiah 30:3)

Let us skip down to Isaiah 30:6-11 where God says the following:

6 “…The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them” (has the western nations profited the Africans in Africa/Eden or Black African-American in America or Vietnamese in Vietnam or others in many lands afar…)? Have we learned the truth about history? Have we learned the truth about why each of us are here and about our Creator?  Though I speak about African/Edenic people,  this applies to each of us of every ethnicity.  We are all one and children of the Living God.

 

 

In Isaiah 30 the prophet Isaiah warned the people speaking the words from God:

7 For the Egyptians (western nations) shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, …

9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:  

10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophecy deceits:

11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

So God says the following to His people (including you and I today) in Isaiah 30:12-15:

12 “Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye (you) despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:

13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

14. And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.

15 Fur thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye (you) be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye (you) would not.

What is God saying here to us today? We are to rest in Him, trust in Him and attain peace in obedience to His words to us; however, we do not return or listen to God. We do not put our confidence and trust in God.  We put our trust in our riches and in the tradition of this world.

Dr. Cain Hope Felder explains in The Original African Heritage Bible an interesting perspective I never read before below:

Smooth Deceits–Prophetic writings distinctly parallel what is happening with African/Edenic people today. ‘For the Egyptians shall help in vain’ (v.7). Whether referring to Egyptians then or Western societies today, all of their supposed efforts for Africa’s upliftment and development have been in vain, or deceitfully implemented to exploit Africa’s resources and to oppress Africa’s people.  As the African/Edenic Hebrew Israelites fell further from God they continually sought to hide themselves from having to face the absolute truth of their responsibility to their God and the creation.  Thus they cried unto “the seers, see not; and to the prophets, prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (v.10) They were willing to hear lies to maintain their quest for pleasure, materialism, sex, and all elements contrary to the laws of God…Africa/Edenic people [including us today] wanted a deliverer to guide them to a better life in Egypt (America)…They had helped to build the treasure cities of Egypt (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York), and strongly felt that they had a right to enjoy a very modern and advanced Egyptian society after shedding their blood, sweat, and tears.–30:7-14” [The Original African Heritage Study Bible, King James Version, 2007, Judson Press Publishers, p.1033, bottom of page 1032]

I’ve heard one or two African Americans say I’m not going back to Africa, we built this country here in America.

God had Moses to lead His people the Israelites enslaved for four hundred years out of Egypt (slavery).  We must look away from this world and turn to God to lead us out of bondage to sin and slavery here in the land of Egypt (slavery). Like the Egyptians killed the Israelites and worked them to death, many of us work long hours and collapse with diseases and illness under the pressure.  Our hope and dreams have become a shadow quickly fading and collapsing all around us–many die from plagues (Covid 19, etc.), loss of work, loss of shelter, loss of hope: depression.

How many of you today around this world feel confused and depressed during this pandemic?  God is bigger than your problems and can solve each and everyone of them!

God says in that great day when He returns, “that the great trumpet (the sound of war) shall be blown, and they (God’s children) shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria (America, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or other places in our world), and the outcast (African-Americans, Blacks, Africans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Venezuelan, other ethnic groups) in the land of Egypt (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Venezuela, Jamaica, etc…), and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount of Jerusalem.

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye (you) be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye (you) would not. (Isaiah 30:15)

Let us listen and obey God’s voice so that in quietness and in confidence we can attain strength to part the Red Sea (problems in our lives).  God is offering each of us a way of escape if we will heed His voice.

He will and has made a way of escape by Yeshua Jesus’ death on the cross at Calvary.  We just need to find our strength in Him and not in the riches of wealthy nations in our world.

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye (you) be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:… (Isaiah 30:15)

God is your provider: let your strength rest in Him and Him alone!  Do not trust in your money and let it be your God, but you ought to trust in God the creator of all.

[Final thoughts from my brother Isaiah 9:6:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.]

I hope you take the time to ponder what I’ve written here–both parts 1 and 2.  It’s not about race, color, ethnicity or what nation you are from.  It’s about freedom from sin and the ability to find true and lasting peace, joy and riches in the presence of God who loves you! It is about learning the truth that can set you free.  Please prayerfully ponder these questions below and seek answers in the Bible and from God:

  • Should we seek strength from riches of this world?
  • Should we chase after the American dream that for many has already turned into a nightmare?
  • Why should you chase after Elohim: Yahweh?
  • In whom do you trust: God or money?
  • How do you place your trust in God?
  • How do you make it into Heaven?
  • How long would you like to live and what quality of life do you wish to have?
  • God has given you a plan and way of escape.  Are you willing to follow God’s plan for your life or are you willing to risk trusting in the ways of this world?

 

 

December 26

Trusting in the Living GOD Rather Than Riches Part 1

Should we seek strength from Western Nations (Rich nations), etc.? Should we chase after the American dream or should we chase after Elohim: Yahweh? In whom do you trust? In what God do you trust?

In the Pauline epistle to Timothy (I Timothy 6:9-10), Paul offers this cautionary warning to the believer:

I Timothy 6:9-10: “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

[This does not mean one cannot, or should not, seek to be financially wise, prudent, even prosperous or independent, but one must be careful to keep a Godly order of priority.  ALL blessings, financial and other, flow directly from the hand of God. He giveth and taketh away.  We are to worship the Living God first and put His will first, and not seek after Mammon as a substitute (false) god.  Mammon cannot satisfy.  God can (and will).  He calls each of us to different stations in life.  Some high and some low.  We must bend to His will if we wish to truly prosper in a Biblical sense.  Serving and placing Him at the center.  In order to do this, we must seek Him, daily.  It is a daily decision. Seek Him first…before looking at the stock market, or the business reports, or the financial indices or the bank balances.  Then in all those other things, enter in with a Godly perspective.  See Matthew 6:33-34 (“seek ye first the Kingdom of God and…ALL these other things will be provided unto you…”)]

Isaiah 27:5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.

Step 1:  “let Him take hold of my strength.”

Step 2: “that He may make peace with me.”

Step 3: “He shall make peace with me.”

How do we take hold of God’s strength? Why do we take hold of God’s strength?

God says that we do so that we may make peace with God.  God promises that when we follow through on steps one and two that step three will become fulfilled: we shall make peace with God.

Who would like to make peace with God?  This is the season for peace and joy.  This peace brings joy to those who make peace with God.

In making peace with God, what does the Holy One of Israel expect of us?

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; and you would not.  (Isaiah 30:6)

Let’s not have God Almighty say to us that we refused to listen–that we are stiff-necked people.  Let’s listen to Elohim and find everlasting peace and joy.

What this world offers is quickly fading and will not last.  When they say you will see sudden destruction, this world is quickly fading.  The ways of this world are like a shadow; it’s not real…nor does it last…it will all come down in destruction.

So we need to wake up from our slumber and the propaganda that we were taught.  Let’s study for ourselves and learn the truth: what God says to us. Do not repeat history and make the same mistakes of many of our predecessors.

The Holy Bible is our book of our history with our God.

We do not need to seek understanding in others lies.

We need to look to the books God gave us written by His prophets inspired by our God Himself.

We do not need others to teach us.  We need God’s words to teach us.  Let us look to God’s words below (and see our story in our predecessors lives repeating again and again–let us wake up and not repeat their errors.)

“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:” (Isaiah 30:1)

God continues, “That walk to go down into Egypt (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles for example today) and have not asked at my mouth (did not seek God’s face to help them make their decisions); to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh (rather than in God), and to trust in the shadow of Egypt (illusions of America and western nations that’s fleeting..won’t last)! (Isaiah 30:2)

God continues talking to us today saying, “Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh (our leaders today) be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., or name your state/city) your confusion.” (Isaiah 30:3)

Let us skip down to Isaiah 30:6-11 where God says the following:

6 “…The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them” (has the western nations profited the Africans in Africa/Eden or Black African-American in America or Vietnamese in Vietnam or others in many lands afar…)? Have we learned the truth about history? Have we learned the truth about why each of us are here and about our Creator?  Though I speak about African/Edenic people,  this applies to each of us of every ethnicity.  We are all one and children of the Living God.

 

11/19/20 Thursday

My focus is the connection between the gospel and salvation.  My father brought this connection to my attention a couple of weeks ago.  I believe he said there are about twenty eight verses connecting salvation to the gospel.  I pulled a few verses that caught my attention and some just connected to salvation.

Salvation Tied to the Gospel

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, (Ephesians 1:13)

By Their Transgression Salvation Came to Gentiles

I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. (Romans 11:11)

For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:10)

And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God. (Philippians 1:28 Amplified)

Salvation Comes Through Sanctification by Both The Holy Spirit and Faith in the Truth

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:15)

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

 

11-18-20 Wednesday

:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” “Look, Peter replied, “we have left everything to follow you. What then will there be for us? Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, in the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel…(Matthew 19:26-28).

11-14-20 Sabbath

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

When I awoke this thought came to me: Satan  programs us from when we are very young to stick to his program throughout our life.  The programing starts when you first enter preschool or kindergarten.  So you are fearful.  Fear and shame are not of God.  So when you feel shame and/or fear, you are under Satan’s program for your life.  When you feel joy and peace (true contentment in relationship with Yahweh), you are on the narrow path following and obeying Yahweh’s plan for your life.

The process of breaking free from the programing of Satan (truly slavery to sin) requires the art of spiritual warfare.  During this process you will find yourself in a battle between choosing to obey God and choosing to obey sin.  The Holy Spirit will require that you die to self-will and will convict you of sin leading to shame, but you will grow more and more into the character of Christ.  The Holy Spirit will empower you from within when you get baptized and commit your life and way of life to obeying and believing in Yahweh.  God will intervene and save you when He hears you say these magic words:

God please forgive me of all my sins committed and help me overcome all sins in my life…I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save me from all my sins.

God will intervene to come to your rescue sending His Holy Spirit to help you conquer sin, Satan and the power of death over your life.

This is the moment when you say,

 God I submit my life to you.  I trust and believe in your words to me.

God will move Heaven and earth to save you, but the conditions are set.  You must follow your rescuers battle strategy to escape.  You cannot attempt to save yourself or you will fail.  God cannot help those who do not believe and follow Him out of this hell we have found for ourselves in here on planet earth.

Life looks good, but all that glitters isn’t gold as the saying goes.  One day you will discover that you need help, and you must remember the way of escape and meticulously follow the spiritual railroad and obey the voice and dictates of the Holy Spirit leading you. You must believe in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) words sent by Yahweh our Creator to help you escape from sin, shame, fear and death: separation from Yahweh our Creator.

When we are in right relationship with Yahweh, we discover true and lasting peace even in the storms that come into our life.  We know and trust He will hear and come to our aid when we cry out for help in prayer.  We’ve personally seen God in action in our lives like Daniel in the lions den.  We had a front row seat as they say.  We feel peace because we experienced His power to transform and renew our lives day by day over the years.  We experienced supernatural victory and enlightenment walking with Yahweh.

Yahweh calls us to continue to grow in Him and break free of the programing that limits our God given ability to create and co-create with Him. We are made in the image of God.  Yahweh does not walk in fear.  Yahweh possess love, joy, peace, patience and long-suffering.  He suffers when He sees His children made in His image walking in a program that separates them from Himself and will ultimately lead to our demise.

Let’s make a decision to look at Satan’s programing in our life and back track and set up a new program each day for our life based upon what Yahweh says that we are in Him. Let’s diligently work to believe and obey Yahweh: follow His programing for our life! Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is our example sent from above like Harriet Tubman in the Underground Railroad to set the captives free!

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

 

11-10-20

Salvation is intricately linked to the gospel.  The gospel is linked to the Ten Commandments of love–check this out and see for yourself.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, (Ephesians 1:13)

11-8-20 Sunday

7 Reminders to Acquire: Love and the Holy Spirit

  1. I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. (Psalm 116:1) Has Yahweh answered your cries for help to set you free from bondage to sin, suffering and Satan (death)? Has anyone said you are too religious?  The children that love the Lord are not lukewarm Christians, but they are on fire for Yahweh. God speaks to them and they have a relationship with God–study the life of the prophet Elijah. And it came to pass after many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.”  (1 Kings 18:1) Yahweh hears our voice and we hear Yahweh’s voice: speaking to our spirit and written in His words: the Bible.
  2. If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three: (Deuteronomy 19:9)  God blesses those who obey His commandments: His Love Commandments. I’m reminded of Psalm 1:1-3: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
  3. But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Joshua 22:5) How do you cleave unto God?  Do you take time to ask God for the things that you desire? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. (James 4:2) We need to ask, seek, knock on the door to gain the desires of our heart from Yahweh. We do not know Him because we do not seek to know Him with our whole heart.
  4. And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: (Nehemiah 1:5)
  5. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5)
  6. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. (2 Corinthians 6:4-10)
  7. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

10-29-20 Thursday

Salvation’s Link to the Gospel Which Promotes the Commandments of God

How do you acquire salvation?

Salvation is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Your statutes. Psalm 119:155

Salvation Links to the Gospel Which Promotes God’s Commandments or Laws or Words

I rejoice at Your word,
As one who finds great treasure. Psalm 119:162

The Benefits of Loving the Laws of God

Those who love Your law have great peace;
Nothing makes them stumble. Psalm 119:165

I hope and wait [with complete confidence] for Your salvation, O Lord,
And I do Your commandments. Psalm 119:166

How to Get God to Help You

Let Your hand be ready to help me,
For I have chosen Your precepts. Psalm 119:173

Salvation Links to What?

I long for Your salvation, O Lord,
And Your law is my delight. Psalm 119:174

We Live to Praise

Let my soul live that it may praise You,
And let Your ordinances help me. Psalm 119:175

I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
Seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments. Psalm 119:176

My reflection for today is to focus in on Psalm 119 the longest chapter in Psalms.  The chapter my father prayed and God led him to today.  He waited and asked God for many years to send him a white dove to let him know that his name is written in the Lambs book of life.  Today he called me at 8:50 am excited because he saw a white dove right outside his kitchen window perched on the wall 15 feet from him.  The dove looked right at him and stayed on the brick wall or metal fence for four hours in sight of his window.  The bird was healthy and vibrant.  My father said he had prayed for God to send him this white dove for seven years.  God answered his prayer today.  He asked for a sign of a dove because a dove came down on Jesus when He was baptized–when I get an opportunity I will upload a picture.

Friends let’s continue serving and praising God for His faithfulness and love towards us.  May God save your souls and give you supernatural peace that the world does not understand.  In these times of stress and fear, God offers those who obey Him safety and comfort despite the storms in this life.  He is a source of refuge my friends.   You can trust in Him.  Submit your life to Him daily for He cares for you.  Remember with God on your side you are too blessed to be stressed! God loves you!

10-23-20

How Much Longer Can We Exist Before We Self-Destruct Under Sin?

The Time of This World Age is Rapidly Ending

Like in Noah’s day they were marrying, working, drinking, working and enjoying life and like then we are fast approaching an unstoppable surge that will destroy all life left unprotected in the path.  Outside of the protection of God, the surge will destroy all life impacted.  Friend this is the day that you are fortunate enough to hear this truth.  We must not continue down this path knowing this surge is coming and is right around the corner.  The hand writing is on the wall.  The pandemic is symptomatic of our rapidly declining world that will get worst before the quick and faithful return of Christ.

Our civilization is imploding under a world run by Satanist bent on destruction.  The selfish steal, kill and destroy out of greed.  They seek more money, more power, more control.  The pandemic will bring in the one world government with controls set in place that you and I will not be able to buy or sell unless we have the mark of the beast: Satan.

Bill Gates vaccine ingredient has an unusual and surprising name: an enzyme called LUCIFERASE.  LUCIFERASE is what makes Bill Gates implantable vaccine work–a vaccine ID.  Without it, you cannot work and thus cannot buy or sell–Bill Gates Vaccine Ingredient Says it All : An Enzyme Called LUCIFERASE is What Makes Bill Gates Implantable Vaccine Work — VACCINE ID

We must all read the Bible for ourselves and ask God for understanding because humans running this world under the dictates of Satan will lead you and me astray.  We must seek the truth for ourselves and ask God to lead us to the truth.

Revelation talks about the end time plagues

Signs of Yeshua’s Soon Return Matthew 24:4-14

4 Jesus answered, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. 5 For many will come in My name [misusing it, and appropriating the strength of the name which belongs to Me], saying, ‘I am the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ and they will mislead many. 6 You will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish and the time of unprecedented trouble].

9 “Then they will hand you over to [endure] tribulation, and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will be offended and repelled [by their association with Me] and will fall away [from the One whom they should trust] and will betray one another [handing over believers to their persecutors] and will hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will appear and mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures and bears up [under suffering] to the end will be saved. 14 This good news of the kingdom [the gospel] will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come.

Friend Yeshua died to pay the penalty for your sins and my sins.  We must repent of our sins against God and turn away from a life of sin by getting baptized symbolizing the death to the flesh and living a new spiritual life for God empowered by the Holy Spirit God will give you.  This Holy Spirit will renew a right spirit within you so that you can walk righteously before a Holy Creator: Yahweh.

This walk will challenge you, but you will overcome.  That is you will overcome if you do not look back yearning for your old way of life.  The times are perilous and Yahweh is soon coming to make changes.  The signs of change are here and none can mistake the changes occurring rapidly in front of us.

Dangerous Times Ahead

Matt. 24:15-28  “So when you see the [b]abomination of desolation [the appalling sacrilege that astonishes and makes desolate], spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the [c]reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains [for refuge]. 17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things that are in his house [because there will not be enough time]. 18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 19 And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 Pray that your flight [from persecution and suffering] will not be in winter, or on a Sabbath [when Jewish laws prohibit travel]. 21 For [d]at that time there will be a great tribulation (pressure, distress, oppression), such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will [again]. 22 And if those days [of tribulation] had not been cut short, no human life would be saved; but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened. 23 Then if anyone says to you [during the great tribulation], ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and they will provide great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones). 25 Listen carefully, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out there, or, ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms [of a house],’ do not believe it. 27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming [in glory] of the Son of Man [everyone will see Him clearly]. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the [e]vultures will flock together.

Yeshua’s Glorious Return

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not provide its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And at that time the sign of the Son of Man [coming in His glory] will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth [and especially Israel] will mourn [regretting their rebellion and rejection of the Messiah], and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory [in brilliance and splendor]. 31 And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet and they will gather together His elect (God’s chosen ones) from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

The Prophetic Parable of the Fig Tree

Matt. 24:32-46 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its young shoots become tender and it puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so you, too, when you see all these things [taking place], know for certain that He is near, right at the door. 34 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, this generation [the people living when these signs and events begin] will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

36 “But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man (the Messiah) will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be [unexpected judgment]. 40 At that time two men will be in the field; one will be [h]taken [for judgment] and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken [for judgment] and one will be left.

Be Prepared For Yeshua’s Soon Return

42 “So be alert [give strict attention, be cautious and active in faith], for you do not know which day [whether near or far] your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: If the head of the house had known what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore, you [who follow Me] must also be ready; because the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give the others [in the house] their food and supplies at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that [faithful] servant when his master returns and finds him doing so.

10/16/20

Choose Whom This Day You Will Serve

Yeshua (Jesus) buys the believers spiritual freedom.  Thus through Yeshua’s death, we have been set free from bondage and sin: slavery to Satan.  Now that we are set free from the sins of this world, we must no longer enslave ourselves and/or serve men/worldly things in this world–(veresebyversecommentary.com, 1 Cor. 7:21-24).

21 Were you a slave when you were called? Do not worry about that [since your status as a believer is equal to that of a freeborn believer]; but if you are able to gain your freedom, do that. 22 For he who was a slave when he was called in the Lord is a freedman of the Lord, likewise he who was free when he was called is a slave of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price [a precious price paid by Christ]; do not become slaves to men [but to Christ]. 24 Brothers, let each one remain with God in that condition in which he was [when he was] called. (I Corinthians 7:21-24 Amplified Bible)

Our identity in Yeshua does not rest on our worldly status or situation, but our identity rest in knowing that we are children of Yahweh.  God call all who believe the gospel and trust in Him to freedom.  What does that freedom look like?  How can we discover this freedom?  No matter the circumstances you find yourself in, know you are free from fear, death and the concerns of this physical world.  Why you may ask?  You and I are free knowing that God provides for us and that we need not worry nor walk in fear.  Fear kills, but love gives life.  So as children of a loving God, we trust and obey Him knowing that He watches over us. We can depend on Him to provide what we need.  Sometimes we say we believe but our actions show fear and doubt.

How can we step beyond the things that limit us into the wildest and adventuresome ways of living freely in Yeshua?

8/3/20

Ponder These Truthful Nuggets

The Poor

1. The ministry of Yeshua teaches us to primarily devote ourselves to those whose material needs did not suffice to promote daily comfort and support of human survival.  Yeshua stands out the most regarding His teaching about the poor: “When I was an hunger (beggar) you gave me meat” (Matthew 25:35).  Cain Hope Felder says, during the time of Yeshua (Jesus), and even to this present day, the misfortunate and poor, “widows, the handicapped (people with disabilities), the ill and destitute were the most oppressed, discriminated, forgotten and socially downtrodden.” [Cain Hope Felder The Original African Heritage Study Bible, 2007 Judson Press, Jesus Christ and the Poor (The Bible, the Poor, and the Black Church) paragraph 1, found before page 1582.]

Nothing really changed, the same problems exist today for the poor.  What concerns me the most is elderly abuse.  Those who are old, lacking sufficient resources, lonely souls and suffering with various ailments: mental, physical and/or spiritual suffering.  My heart goes out especially to these poor, elderly and disabled souls.

 

Yeshua Handed Over to Gentiles (Roman Authorities)

2. Then Yeshua took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon.  They will scourge Him and kill Him.  And the third day He will rise again.” (Luke 18:31-33)

Jerusalem represents the climax of Yeshua’s life.  Jerusalem stands for the place where Yeshua achieved His Fathers will for His life.  This remains the purpose for which He came to planet earth. [My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald Chambers, August 3] Yeshua said, “I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30)

Safety and Security

3. “He only is my rock . . . my defense; I shall not be moved” (Psalm 62:6)..

“A rock conveys the idea of an encircling guard, as that of a mother watching her child who is learning to walk; should the child fall, he falls into the encircling love and watchfulness of the mother’s care” writes Oswald Chambers.

“The Lord is my rock,” my encircling guard. Where did the Psalmist learn this truth?  In the school of silent waiting upon God.  The Rock of Ages is the great sheltering encirclement; we are watched over by the Mother-guardianship of God. 

“I am El-Shaddai,” the Father-Mother God.  He is my high tower and my defence.  The Lord Himself is our inviolable place of safety, writes Oswald Chambers. [The Quotable Oswald Chambers, 2008, Oswald Chambers Publication Association, P. 239]

 

7/24/20

Solomon the wisest man that ever lived warned us of the following:

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 3:5)

That means that we must watch what we spend our time focused upon.  Satan can have someone say one thing that can impact the course of our life.  Also, the television, movies, internet, books, educational systems, etc are are weapons used by our enemy Satan to program our minds on how to think.  We need to instead spend more time in our Bibles to allow God’s words to program our minds.

Today I discovered some quotes by the famous Oswald Chambers in The Quotable Oswald Chambers compiled and edited by David McCasland. Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) said to “shut out every consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only- My Utmost for His Hightest.” His book is considered one of the most inspired and popular religious writings.

Here are some quotes that you can ponder and reflect upon below:

Our Lord said ‘Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.’ But remember when it is that our speech reveals what is in our heart, viz., when we are brought to a sudden crisis and the whole nature expresses itself.  The majority of us are much too cunning to express what is in our heart until we are brought to a crisis; then the true state of our heart is out instantly.  [The Quotable Oswald Chambers, Oswald Chambers Publications Association, Ltd. 2008, p. 267

Never believe what people tell you about themselves. There is only one person in a thousand who can actually tell you his or her symptoms; and beware of the people who can tell you where they are spiritually.  I mean by that, never be guided by what people tell you; rely on the Spirit of God all the time you are probing them.

Unless you are out amongst the tremendous facts of God’s revelation in the Bible, unless you know how to take breezy walks through that Book (Holy Bible), unless you know how to walk up and down that country and take in the air of God’s hills and get thoroughly robust and continually change your walk amongst those facts, you are sure to catch the diseases of the souls you are dealing with.

Dealing with souls is tenfold more dangerous than dealing with bodies.  Unless you are in a healthy, vigorous condition with God, you will catch the disease of the soul you are dealing with instead of helping to cure it.

Do not get confused because when you have to face backsliders you find you cannot deal with them as you deal with any ordinary sinner.  Their hearts are frozen, they are not convicted of sin, they are absolutely dull and dead towards all God wants.  They will tell you quite mechanically, “Oh yes, I once knew God, I did experience this and that, but I deliberately stepped aside.”  The process may be gradual, but the backsliding condition is reached by forsaking God and taking up with something else.

When you come to deal with backsliders, one of the greatest dangers is that they spread their disease more quickly than any other.  The presence of one backslider is a peril to a whole community.

Never sympathize with a soul whose case makes you come to the conclusion that God is hard.  God is tenderer than anyone we can conceive of, and if a man cannot get through to Him it is because there is a secret thing he does not intend to give up.  It is impossible to deal poetically with a case like that; you have to go right down to the root of the trouble until there is antagonism and pain and resentment against the message.

If God is going to give you power, christian worker, to work for the cure of souls in their worst form, among the “two-faced” and the hypocritical, remember, first He will give you such an insight into the possibilities of your own sinfulness,  and then such a comprehension of the marvels of His grace and wonderful salvation that you will have all the subtlety Nathan had.  You will not be silent; you will speak out.

You cannot be sure that the man you are dealing with will always be the same; at any second he may alter.  You see someone set on a line you know to be wrong, but remember, at any second the universe of his desire may change.  To remember this will bring a tremendous hopefulness and cure us of our unbelief about any life.

If you get your little compartment of texts, and search them out and say, “I know how to deal with this soul,” you will never be able to deal with it; but if you realize your absolute helplessness and say, My God, I cannot touch this life; I do not know where to begin, but I believe that Thou canst do it,” then you can do something.

I recommend you check out this daily devotional: My Utmost for His Highest.

7/18/20

How do we fulfill all righteousness?

Baptism–Step 1: Water next Holy Ghost & Fire

In Matthew 3:14 John says to Yeshua (Jesus), “I have need to be baptized of you, and comest you to me?”

Yeshua responds in verse 15: “…Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.”  John baptizes Yeshua in water.

Yeshua went straightway out of the water.  The heavens were opened unto Him. He saw the spirit of God descending like a dove upon Him.  He heard a voice from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I’m well pleased.” The Holy Spirit can come down upon us at baptism when we decide to follow Yahweh.

During my own baptism, I experienced a supernatural God. I vividly remember on May 2002 at the age of 30 waiting in an upper room at the second story level for my pastor to finish preaching on the stage below me.

While listening, I felt an overwhelming remorse that led me to tears.  It was supernatural. I kept drying my face wanting to stop the tears, but the thoughts of remorse and sadness for past sins against God overtook me. I didn’t want my pastor to see me crying.

I sat waiting in a room next to the baptismal pool of water.  I listened to the entire sermon upstairs while talking to God in my Spirit. I couldn’t shake the sense of sorrow for sins against God. The Holy Spirit made me feel the depth of pain my sins caused God.  I felt the Holy Spirit interceding between God and me at that moment. I told God sorry multiple times with tears rolling down my cheeks.

26 In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. 27 And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27 AMP)

When Pastor Flynn entered the baptismal water, I entered.  He asked if I was alright.  I said yes. My eyes must have been still slightly red from shedding tears throughout most of his forty minute or so sermon. 

Baptism is sacred to me and I did not take that step lightly, but I waited until I felt committed to serving God–that means never looking back at my old way of life.

Of course I failed, but I discovered success was only a prayer away. One day I listened to a sermon by Charles Stanley and I followed his suggestions.  That was another life changing moment.

I prayed asking God to remove all sins from me, help me to walk sin free and walk righteously and holy before Him each day. The Holy Spirit just took over my life molding me into the character of Yeshua–an initially painful process as the Spirit cuts out our stony heart and removes out of our lives all things that causes us to stumble and sin.

Next the Holy Spirit allows us to discover peace and joy in a supernatural way–a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Yes if we ask God, He can help us conquer all sins in our life. My favorite Bible verse is John 14:14:

14 If you ask Me anything in My name [as My representative], I will do it.

15 “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.

The Role of the Holy Spirit (Comforter)

16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— :(John 14:14-16 AMP)

 

7/10/20

Romans 12 KJV

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.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

7/2/20

Psalms 1:1-6 KJV

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1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

“Blessed is the Man Who Walketh Not in the Counsel of the Ungodly–These Psalms” in the Bible “are the expression of the spirit of God and they take man to a higher understanding. African knowledge of God is expressed in” in the following below:
  1. proverbs
  2. short statements
  3. songs
  4. prayers
  5. names
  6. myths
  7. stories &
  8. religious ceremonies
[Cain Hope Felder, PhD The Original African Heritage Study Bible, Judson Press 2007, p. 841]

Psalm 2:1-12

Here are some additional things to ponder.  Those who disobey and refuse to walk in love will suffer due to their disobedience and sin.
  1. How to be blessed? 
  2. Why do the heathen rage?

The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed.

2 Why are the Gentiles in a confusion of voices [in turmoil against God],
And why do the people devise a vain and hopeless plot?
2
The kings of the earth take their stand;
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and His Anointed (the Davidic King, the Messiah, the Christ), saying,
3
“Let us break apart their [divine] bands [of restraint]
And cast away their cords [of control] from us.”
4
He who sits [enthroned] in the heavens laughs [at their rebellion];
The [Sovereign] Adonai scoffs at them [and in supreme contempt He mocks them].
5
Then He will speak to them in His [profound] anger
And terrify them with His displeasure, saying,
6
“Yet as for Me, I have anointed and firmly installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
7
“I will declare the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son;
This day [I proclaim] I have begotten You.
8
‘Ask of Me, and I will assuredly give [You] the nations as Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth as Your possession.
9
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall shatter them [in pieces] like earthenware.’”
10
Now therefore, O kings, act wisely;
Be instructed and take warning, O leaders (judges, rulers) of the earth.
11
Worship the Lord and serve Him with reverence [with awe-inspired fear and submissive wonder];
Rejoice [yet do so] with trembling.
12
Kiss (pay respect to) the pure, so that He does not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled and set aflame.
How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] are all those who take refuge in Him!

[Psalms 2 Amplified with some modification for clarification of meaning–see bottom of this link for additional clarification]

 

 

6/29/20

Sometimes life seem turbulent and the route we should take uncertain.  Well God is always here for us to direct our course when we seek Him and ask.

  1. Often we must just start off with faith that He hears us.
  2. Then we pray trusting that He does.
  3. Lastly we thank God for hearing our prayers while waiting to hear from Him. I often thank God for his answers to my prayer in advance.

These verses below remind me that God will direct our path:

10 All Adonai’s ways are lovingkindness
and truth
to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your Name’s sake, Adonai,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is this man who fears Adonai?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose. (Psalm 25:10-12 Tree of Life Version)

"I AM" (Yahweh) will instruct you in the way you should walk (choose).
“I AM” (Yahweh our Heavenly Father) can and will direct our path if we seek His assistance.

6-27-20

McBride

Heaven is God’s Throne

My eighty year old father went to his little alter on June 25th (his fifteen year anniversary of his baptism) in prayer aware that Heaven is God’s Throne.  He asked God to help him basically run this last leg of his race well.  He shared that God led him to Isaiah 66 when he turned his Bible three times in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Let’s look at a few verses from Isaiah 66 below:

Yahweh will Repay His Adversaries

Heaven Is God’s Throne

This is what the Lord says,

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where, then, is a house that you could build for Me?
And where will My resting place be?

“For all these things My hand has made,
So all these things came into being [by and for Me],” declares the Lord.
“But to this one I will look [graciously],
To him who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who [reverently] trembles at My word and honors My commands.

Isaiah states that Yahweh says that “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool.  We will not fully understand who God really is until we understand and accept what He tells us in His words to us.  Yahweh is enthroned in Heaven and the earth is under his command–truly, the earth is His footstool! [Enduring Word, ISAIAH 66 – REJOICING IN GOD’S ULTIMATE VICTORY

In Acts 7:48-56 Amplified Bible Stephen quotes Isaiah 66:1-2 and shares his insight of what Heaven appears like just before transitioning out of his fleshly body at the point of his death by stoning.

48 However, the Most High [the One infinitely exalted above humanity] does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet [Isaiah] says,

49 Heaven is My throne,
And the earth is the footstool for My feet;
What kind of house will you build for Me?’ says the Lord,
Or what place is there for My rest?

50 Was it not My hand that made all these things?’

 

51 “You stiff-necked and stubborn people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are always actively resisting the Holy Spirit. You are doing just as your fathers did. 52 Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who proclaimed beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; 53 you who received the law as ordained and delivered to you by angels, and yet you did not obey it!”

Stephen Put to Death

54 Now when they heard this [accusation and understood its implication], they were cut to the heart, and they began grinding their teeth [in rage] at him. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit and led by Him, gazed into heaven and saw the glory [the great splendor and majesty] of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Look! I see the heavens opened up [in welcome] and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

My father went on to say that Isaiah 66:4-6, 23 and 24 stood out for him.

Isaiah 66:4-6

So I will choose their punishments,
And will bring the things they dread upon them
Because I called, but no one answered;
I spoke, but they did not listen or obey.
But they did evil in My sight
And chose that in which I did not delight.”

Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble [with awe-filled reverence] at His word:
“Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for My Name’s sake,
Have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy.’
But they will be put to shame.

“The sound of an uproar from the city! A voice from the temple!
The voice of the Lord, providing retribution to His enemies.

All these bad things happen to us because when God calls we don’t answer.  God said I spoke but they did not listen or obey.

God also says, But they did evil in My sight
And chose that in which I did not delight.”

In the future knowing Heaven is God’s Throne, God describes the future below in Isaiah 66:23-34:

23 “And it shall be that from New Moon to New Moon
And from Sabbath to Sabbath,
All mankind will come to bow down and worship before Me,” says the Lord.

24 “Then they will go forth and look
Upon the dead bodies of the [rebellious] men
Who have transgressed against Me;
For their worm (maggot) will not die,
And their fire will not go out;
And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.”

God says like they chose to do things their own way, He would choose their delusions.  God’s people continued to disobey God’s words so God gave them strong delusions.

Thessalonians 2:11-12 Because of this God will send upon them a misleading influence, [an activity of error and deception] so they will believe the lie, 12 in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe the truth [about their sin, and the need for salvation through Christ], but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness.

They continued to walk in their sin and rebellion against God.  As a result, God sent them strong delusions to believe a lie.

When we look to God recognizing that Heaven is His throne, we will come to establish a relationship with the living God who will guide us into righteous living that brings true and lasting peace that will and does surpass all understanding.

 

 

6-14-20

Together in Unity

Psalm 33:1 A Song of degrees of David.  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Social distancing is the opposite of Psalm 33:1.

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

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I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:1-6 KJV)

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. (John 17:11 KJV)

 

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:21-23)

 

Wait on the Lord

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

The sick is weak.  If they are sick, they cannot mount up.  The term that they that wait means to bind together.  To gather together they that wait on the LORD.  They are moving together.  The secret of renewing their strength is that they are doing it together–Social Distancing, the Three Angels’ Messages, and the Right Arm of the Gospel.

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (Revelation 12:14)

The church in the dark ages was a united church; therefore, they could mount up with wings of an eagle.

What happened to that woman?

Division in the church cause the rise of Mystery Babylon because they never completed the reformation–Social Distancing, the Three Angels’ Messages, and the Right Arm of the Gospel, 1:13.

 

Delight in the Lord and Ride Upon the High Places

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of theLord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 58:14)

What does God mean that you will ride upon the high places of the earth?

And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. (Psalm 18:10)

  1. To Fly, You Have to Wait on the Lord.
  2. Meaning: The Church must be unified.
  3. Meaning the Church must be Healthy in order to Fly! [Social Distancing, the Three Angels’ Messages, and the Right Arm of the Gospel-1:15:17]

Why are we talking about flying?

 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, (Revelation 14:6)

To fly represents swiftness: a quick work.

The angel represents the church of God.  They are the ones that are flying.

Unity is the strength of the body of Christ; division is the weakness of the body of Christ.  LORD help us to get rid of this division.  Let’s abolish this attitude of separation in the church–social distancing.  Satanic plot to divide and conquer God’s people.  Then the gospel will go around the earth rapidly and then the end will come.

Lord help me not to spread these viruses going around in the church. The virus of separation and jealousy and hatred and anger in the church to die because when it does we will be about our Father’s business.

Run to Win

Hebrews 12:1 …let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness… 2 Timothy 4:6

6-13-20

By McBride

Yeshua (Christ) is the Wisdom Spoken of by Solomon–Christianity.com

What is the difference between a wise son and a foolish son? [www.easyenglish.bible,

“The proverbs (wise words) of Solomon”]

 

Proverbs 10:17 reminds us:

He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

Proverbs 10 Contrast Virtues and Vices

Wisdom

  1. A wise son maketh a glad father.
  2. Righteousness delivereth from death.
  3. The hand of the diligent maketh rich.
  4. He that gathereth in the summer is a wise son.
  5. Blessings are upon the head of the just.
  6. The wise in heart will receive commandments.
  7. He that walketh uprightly walketh surely.
  8. The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life.
  9. Love covereth all sins.
  10. Wise men lay up knowledge.
  11. The labor of the righteous tendeth to life.
  12. He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction.
  13. He that refraineth his lips is wise.
  14. The tongue of the just is as choice silver.
  15. The lips of the righteous feed many.
  16. The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

 

Foolishness

  1. A foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
  2. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing.
  3. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand.
  4. He that sleepeth in the harvest is him that causeth shame.
  5. Violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
  6. A prating fool shall fall.
  7. He that perverteth his way shall be known.
  8. Violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
  9. Hatred stirreth up strife.
  10. The mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
  11. The fruit of the wicked tendeth to sin.
  12. He that refuseth reproof erreth.
  13. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin.
  14. The heart of the wicked is little worth.
  15. Fools die for want of wisdom.
  16. He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

 

As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.” Proverbs 10:25

 

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. Proverbs 10:28 KJV

 

The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. Proverbs 10:29

 

The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. Proverbs 10:30

 

The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.  Proverbs 10:31

 

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.   Proverbs 10:32

 

 

 

 

6-1-20

By McBride

Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things. I’ve told you in the past and I’m telling you again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit God’s kingdom. But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There are no laws against things like that. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and desires. If we live by our spiritual nature, then our lives need to conform to our spiritual nature. (Galatians 5:19-25)

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred. (Ephesians 4:30-31)

But now, put off all such things as anger, rage, malice, slander, abusive language from your mouth. (Colossians 3:8)

So get rid of every kind of evil, every kind of deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander. Desire God’s pure word as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation. Certainly you have tasted that the Lord is good! (1 Peter 2:1-3)

4. Galatians 5:19-25

5. James 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?

 

 

 

5-27-20

By McBride

H.R. 6666 demonstrates Satanic influences at work.  The time is very short.  Covid-19 represent a clear red flag of the times we live in.  Get prepared now because Jesus is coming very soon.

The world is shifting by those in power to set the stage to fight against God and destroy humanity. GMOs in our food, fluoride in our water and 5G making us sicker.  Man-made bioweapons cause targeted diseases throughout the world.

Jesus will return very soon.  He said He will not judge us.  His word, the gospel, will judge us.  Our life need to line up with the gospel–not man made religion/tradition.

We will either meet or miss the mark.  What we do today can save a life tomorrow.  We will all make an account for our life.

King Jesus will say whatever you did for the least of these my brethren, you did for me–[The Original African Heritage Bible, 2007, Judson Press Publishers, pg. 1582 (the back of this page not numbered].

We must ask our self daily, how are we helping the least of these our brethren? God says what we do for the least of these our brethren we do unto Him.

5-26-20

By McBride

The Righteous Will Live By Faith–Applying God’s Words To Their Life

God told the prophet Habakkuk that the righteous will live by faith.  How does the righteous live by faith?

We need to move from theory to application of God’s words to us.  We need to trust God by trusting His words.

Habakkuk couldn’t understand why  God allow His people to continue in sin without chastisement.

Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. Habakkuk 1:2-3

What does God say?  God is raising up a wicked group of people, a violent nation: the Chaldeans (Babylonians) to discipline Judah.

Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not their’s.

They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.  

10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.  (Habakkuk 1:5-10 KJV

God told Habakkuk that the wicked and violent nations and people will increase their riches by receiving loans from creditors. Then one day these creditors will cause the wicked and violent nations to drink of the cup of wrath and indignation of God.

The prophet then understood it is better to live by faith and remain patient in silence: for God shall never forsake the righteous. [The Original African Heritage Bible, 2007, Judson Press Publishers, pg. 1327]

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 KJV)

Habakkuk contains three chapter.  You can click and listen: Habakkuk 1-3 KJV.

No matter what circumstances we face always remember: all things work together for good for those who put their trust in God–Romans 8:28.

How do you put your trust in God? You believe His words.  We must move from theory to application.

 

5-11-20

The Cross We Carry Lead Us to Our Way of Escape From Sin, Suffering and Death

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We must all deny ourself and obey the will of Yahweh by carrying our cross like Yeshua carried His cross.  Though Yeshua wished to protect himself from the suffering at Calvary, He obeyed the will of Yahweh. We all would like to avoid the cross, but the cross of obedience leads to true blessings.  So we must remain strong and courageous doing Yahweh’s will for our lives on behalf of the lives of others.  We must not seek to disobey God and spare ourselves from the burdens we must carry.  We cannot and should not run from our cross.  We must obey Yahweh like Yeshua demonstrated for us.

Save thyself, and come down from the cross. (Mark 15:30) We must all carry our cross just like Yeshua carried His cross. What does it mean by cross? Cross figuratively means “exposure to death, i.e., self-denial”–The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Thomas Nelsons Publishers, 2010, page 233, #4716.

God will allow us to go through trials and testing, but He promises to carry us through.  So you of little faith be strong and very courageous!

 

Learning to Exhibit True Christian Love

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. (2 Peter 1:7)

and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. (2 Peter 1:7 Amplified Bible)

Amen!

 

Like Mother Like Daughter; The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

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Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. (Ezekiel 16:44 KJV)

“Behold, everyone who uses proverbs will use this proverb against you: ‘Like mother, like daughter.’ (Ezekiel 16:44 Amplified)

 

Seek God on Your Knees and You Will Find Rest For Your Weary and Battered Spirit

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 KJV)

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. (Matthew 11:28 Amplified) 

Amen!

 

Have you ever felt tired after spending time in church.  I have felt so tired that I had no energy to connect and hear the voice of God.  I would assist teaching a health class three times a week, fix breakfast for the church members once a month and after service fall out in my home in sheer exhaustion.  I had to pull away and recharge to spend time with the Lord.  When we believe God’s word and rest in His truth, we obey His words to us.  Then we discover a peace that surpasses all understanding. 

 

5-10-20

God forbid.  How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer there in?  (Romans 6:2)

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  for he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  (Romans 6:6-8)

5-9-20

By McBride

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Step 1: Questioning God

Habakkuk name in Hebrew means “an embracing and unfolding faith in God.” God wants us to develop and grow in our faith in Him.  The book starts off with Habakkuk the prophet questioning God.  How many of you have questions for God?  That’s how you come to develop a relationship with Yahweh our Creator.  You start by asking God questions.

 

First Question to Yahweh

The prophet Habakkuk said to Yahweh the following in Habakkuk 1:2-4:

“2 O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.” (Habakkuk 1)

Did you hear Habakkuk’s questions?  What did he ask God? 

Habakkuk asked,

“O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! … Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance?” (Habakkuk 1:2-3 KJV)

The Amplified Bible says it clearer below:  

2 O Lord, how long will I call for help
And You will not hear?
I cry out to You, “Violence!”
Yet You do not save.

3 Why do You make me see iniquity,
And cause me to look on wickedness?
For destruction and violence are before me;
Strife continues and contention arises.

 

Have you ever cried like the prophet Habakkuk and felt God isn’t hearing you?  Think back to that moment in your life.

 

Yahweh Requires Us to Communicate In The Spirit

The truth is God hears us.  We just don’t know how to hear Him.  We need to believe His words to us so we can learn the technique required to hear God. 

God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. In John 4:23-24 Johns writes the following:

23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

  God is not necessarily going to stoop down to our level and talk to us face to face in flesh form.  He did so when He sent Yeshua to die on the cross for us all to cover our sins. 

Yawheh gave us the truth in His words to us and wants us to come to His level to connect spiritually with Him.  He wants to raise us to a higher consciousness where we are aware of His spiritual presence with us. 

So yes God does hear us when we strive to obey Him.  We, however, often lack faith in God’s word and consequently in God Himself.  Basically we don’t believe Him.  We do not believe His words in the Bible He gave to us. 

Thus, we limit God’s impact in our lives.  We do not trust in Him.   We do not obey Him.  His words to us make it very clear that He hears us when we obey Him. 

 

Step 2: Yahweh Hears and Answers

Let’s take a listen at what God says to Habakkuk about sending a wicked nation to conquer His people who worship pagan gods.  The wicked nation overtake God’s people by the authorization of Yahweh Himself.  The wicked nation suddenly thinks their power to conquer comes from their pagan god and God becomes offended in Habakkuk 1:5-11.

5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not their’s.

7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.

10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.

11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

The amplified Bible in Habakkuk 1:11 says it this way:

“Then they will sweep by like the wind and pass on.

But they will be held guilty,

They [and all men] whose own power and strength is their god.”

Our power and strength comes from Yahweh!

Then Habakkuk responds to God (Habakkuk 1:12-17 & 2:1)

Habakkuk 1:12-2:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Prophet’s Second Question

12 Are You not from everlasting,
Lord my God, my Holy One?
We shall not die.
Lord, You have appointed them for judgment;
O Rock, You have marked them for correction.
13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil,
And cannot look on wickedness.
Why do You look on those who deal treacherously,
And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours
A person more righteous than he?
14 Why do You make men like fish of the sea,
Like creeping things that have no ruler over them?

15 They take up all of them with a hook,
They catch them in their net,
And gather them in their dragnet.
Therefore they rejoice and are glad.
16 Therefore they sacrifice to their net,
And burn incense to their dragnet;
Because by them their share is [a]sumptuous
And their food plentiful.
17 Shall they therefore empty their net,
And continue to slay nations without pity?

The Just Shall Live by Faith

I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.

God answers Habakkuk–click to read. Habakkuk 2:2-20 NKJV

Habakkuk’s Prayer and Hymn of Faith–click to read. Habakkuk 3 NKJV

 

 

 

By McBride

5-6-20

Why did Yahweh create us?

How did He originally create us to live on Earth?

What changes can we make to align our lives according to Yahweh’s plans for us?

Listen to Psalm 104 to seek some understanding.

 

By McBride

4/27/20

Yeshua is Coming Quickly With a Reward

IT IS WRITTEN “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4 KJV)

How do you overcome this world?  We overcome by doing the following: 

 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: 

  1. Fear God, and
  2. keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  

For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.  (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV)

How do you receive blessings from Yahweh? Why should you seek Yahweh’s blessings?

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Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and whosoever maketh a lie. (Revelation 22:14-15)

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. (Revelation 22:11)

Yeshua (Jesus) says, “And, behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be. (Revelation 22:12)

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By McBride 

4/25/20

Inspire

I shared 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV below with my almost eighty year old mother today. 

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: ( 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)

My mother a stroke victim for over twenty years said, “That’s a nice one! Trust in the Lord. Lean not unto thy own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him and He will direct our path.”  

All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; (2 Timothy 3:16 Amplified)

Sometimes I like to compare the amplified to the King James version.

Inspiration in Greek meansNesh-aw-maw” which means a puff of wind, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration or inspiration–located at 5397 in [The Strong’s New Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible].

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The day prior, I shared another verse with the word inspiration found in Job 32:8 KJV with my mother.

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. (Job 32:8 KJV)

She immediately said, “That sounds beautiful!

Those profound words written in the book of Job give keen insight into how God reveals himself to selected individuals who search for Him with all their heart, mind and soul and seek to walk with Him in righteousness.  The Amplified Bible says,

“But there is [a vital force and] a spirit [of intelligence] in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.

God comes to those who seek Him and persist in getting to know Him.

How many of us read and treasure God’s words?  Do you value to written word as divine inspiration coming from God?  The words of God are written to educate us in righteousness.  How many of us have experienced the inspiration of the Almighty giving us divine understanding.

 

God Spoke To Me

I experienced such a moment when the Spirit of God told me three times to go back into my comatose grandmother’s room.  I was arguing with the Holy Spirit.  I complied after the third command to go back into my grandmother’s room that I had just left. At the same time I am thinking whose voice am I hearing telling me to do something I didn’t want to do. I knew it wasn’t my voice because it wasn’t me.  I later figured out God was speaking to me.

I went back into the room.  I remember screaming three times that grandmother was dead.

As a five year old there was no way for me to know that; however, God helped me to connect and communicate in the spirit realm very different than the physical realm!   It’s sort of like a two dimensional picture of a ball–say a painting of a colorful ball versus a three dimensional ball–one you can actually hold in your hand and play with.  That’s the best way that I can explain the spiritual realm compared to the physical realm I experienced.

I knew my grandmother died because the Spirit of God told me.  Sure enough my grandmother’s spirit departed her body.  My mother immediately checked, but she was already dead.  What’s even more incredible was that seven minutes or so prior I couldn’t tell if grandma was dead or alive.  She looked dead.  My mom walked me into her room and put a mirror to her nose and explained to me that the mist and vapor on the mirror reveals she is alive and breathing.  So my mom left with her mirror.  She went into the living room to converse with the many visitors that came to visit knowing grandmother was back home from the hospital.

What was even more so incredible was the telepathic communication grandmother and I experienced before she died.  We talked back and forth in the spirit.  My mouth didn’t move.  I stood at the foot of her bed close to the doorway by the wall.  She spoke to me and I spoke to her.  This went on for several minutes.  Finally she said to take care of everyone.  I said I would.  We said goodbye to each other.  I left the room and her spirit left her body.  Not even a minute later I was back in her room–perhaps a half a minute at most.

As soon as I left my grandmother’s room, I see adults standing in a big circle filling up the living room.  I thought to exit the house through the front door, but people blocked the path out.  I thought of leaving through the kitchen through a side door, but there were too many people blocking that exit.  So I looked and considered going into my parents room, but the door was shut and I thought I didn’t want to go in their either.  I stood their frozen not knowing where I should go.

Immediately I heard a soft but distinct voice saying go back into your grandmother’s room.  I said, I just came out of there.  The voice immediately and louder and more urgent said go back into your grandmother’s room.  I said but I just came out  of there.  I don’t want to go in was my though.  Then the third time the voice spoke commandingly and insistently to me.  I knew I had to go and I went immediately into the room.  As I stepped in the door and looked at my grandmother, I knew without a doubt in my mind that she was dead.  Her life and the spirit of God that helped her to breath was no longer in the room.  I knew she wasn’t there.  Her body was there but that wasn’t her.  She was gone.

I screamed “Grandma is dead!”  My mom screamed back softly, “Grandma is sleeping.”

I screamed even louder “Grandma is dead!”  My mom screamed back “Grandma is not dead.”

I screamed a third time “GRANDMA IS DEAD!”  She came running in with the mirror and immediately she said “Grandma is dead!”

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Her spirit is gone.  She is no longer present.  She is risen.

Meanwhile unknown to me my father was on both of his knees with both hands raised in the air by his bedside.  He said God if my mother will come out the coma, let her stay alive.  If she will die in a coma, suffer and starve to death, please immediately take her home.  Before my dad got the last part of his prayer out, he said he heard the voice of an angel say two times that his mother had died.  He said “Thank you God for immediately answering my prayer!”

I later told my dad fifteen years later that I screamed grandma’s dead three times not an angel.  That’s when he heard my side of the story after I heard his side of the story.

God is an amazing God! If you haven’t experienced His divine Spirit at work, you should seek to discover God.  I suggest you search for Him with all your heart and that is the way you will discover this amazing God I have known from a very young age.   So when I write, I write with confidence because I know what I am saying is true! God inspires us to know Him and become like Him.  God will inspire you too to know Him and to become like Him too.  You need to seek Him with all your heart, mind and soul!

What are some steps you can take today to get to know this amazing God I just described to you at work in my life at the age of five?

 

By McBride

4/24/20

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. (Job 32:8 KJV)

“But there is [a vital force and] a spirit [of intelligence] in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding. (Job 32:8 Amplified)

 

 

 

By McBride

4/20/20 

“Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.” Psalm 73:1

“For the Lord our God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” Psalm 84:11

5. “Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed.” Amos 5:14

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Praise For The Lord’s Goodness Psalm 

1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:

2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

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4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

5 O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.

6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

8 But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.

9 For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

11 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.

12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

15 To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (Psalm 92 KJV)

 

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2

 

 

 

 

 

Treading Water Til Jesus Comes

Sisters from the South sharing Scripture, spiritual gifts, and simple words to soul survive.

 

 

 

 

By McBride

4/18/20

Finding Rest For Your Spirit: 5 Steps to Finding God

Questions to Ponder

Pride where does it come from?  

Do you want to have peace that surpasses all understanding?

Do you ever ask God why you have to deal with these challenges you face in your life? 

God calls us to repent and change sinful habits so we ought to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit of Yahweh.

How can you find the peace?

Who Powers Up Your Life?

 

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How does your body stay powered up for 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 years without electricity like a computer or car?  Why doesn’t it break down like your car after 10 or 20 years?  Is their a mechanic working from within us that we are not aware of?

Although you may not consider their are invisible cells throughout your body that compose you, microscopic cells too small to see compose various parts of your body.

God makes the trillions of cells that compose you.  The red blood cells in your blood carry invisible oxygen into and carbon dioxide gases out of the trillions of cells that compose your body. God makes the trillions of cells in your blood and in your body to receive food.  Your digestive system breaks down the food we eat into microscopic particles and allow the nutrients to become absorbed through villi in the intestinal tract.  From the intestinal tract the nutrients cross into the blood through the circulatory system.  The blood the source of life carries these nutrients and gases in and out the cells to feed our cells which make up our visible bodies.  Though we cannot see our cells with the visible eye, we do know that all these things occur day in and day out, year in and year out for a lifetime.  God is the source of life not electricity from our walls.  God powers us up from the inside out.

When you align your life with God, you will find peace.  God makes the millions of actions simultaneously happen within your body.  He has his Spirit keeping you alive.  He gave you a spirit to walk with Him.  God orders our steps like He orders the systems within our bodies.

What Happens When Your Spiritual System Malfunctions and You Can’t Hear God’s voice?

There is a disconnect between your spirt and God’s Spirit.

You need to talk daily with God and obey His voice–don’t fight with God.  God wants you to walk righteously with Him. You may choose to walk contrary to the way God designed you to connect with Him.

Do you need to stop fighting and resisting God?

When you learn to obey His still small voice, you will discover the presence of God within.  You will understand how to attain inner peace.

Your spiritual system will function the way God designed you to function when properly and spiritually aligned with your Creator: walking in love and righteousness.   Thus our spirit will find God and peace within.

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Joy Comes From Recognizing God’s Voice

Have you ever heard the still small voice of God and not realize that it’s God’s voice you hear in your head?  (John 21:4)

Have you ever caught nothing when you worked hard all day? (John 21:3)

Have you ever felt unsuccessful in your work?

 

When you listen to the voice of God, you become successful.  God will bless the work of your hands–Psalm 1:1-3.

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1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

I repeat, listen to God’s voice and you will become successful in your work.  God will lead and order your steps each day. 

 

Responding To God’s Voice Brings Abundance 

Peter was in a low point after the crucifixion of Jesus.  He felt that he had deserted God–completely failed God.  Remember he denied Christ three times like Jesus said that he would–Matthew 26:75.  So he returned to fishing his original trade–John 21.

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Then Jesus spoke to Peter and some of the other disciples after his resurrection from the dead.  When he realized that it was Jesus, he was so excited that he ran through the water to Jesus.

Before Jesus filled up Peter’s net with fish, Peter obeyed the voice of Jesus.  Jesus told him “cast out your net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find.” (John 21:5-6) Peter obeyed the commands of Jesus despite the fact that they had fished all night and caught nothing.  When he listened to the voice of the resurrected Christ, he miraculously caught one hundred fifty three fish and the net didn’t break. The number 153 is a significant number.  Research and find out the meaning of 153 here in the BibleJohn 21:11.

Jesus had already been crucified so Peter and the other disciples saw the resurrected Christ in spiritual form.

Duty of Humans

So Jesus appears to us too from the invisible spiritual realm like he did for Peter.  He provides the food.  He prepares the food, and we consume the food like He did for Peter and the other disciples.  He is our source of food and the source of our life both physical and spiritual.  We must depend on him.   We must learn to trust in Him–(John 21:10-19).

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it… Deuteronomy 30:10-20 KJV

Our work on this earth is to learn to obey the voice of Yahweh:

1) listen and accept the words of God,

2) hear and turn (repent) from sin and sinfulness,

3) apply the words of God to our life by obeying the voice of God (His Ten Commandments spoken down the mountain and written on tablets of stone),

4) attain wisdom equivalent to obtaining

5) the Holy Spirit given by God leading to eternal life

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5 KJV)

God hears our voice when we pray to Him.  King Solomon asked God for wisdom and God gave him wisdom in (I Kings 3:9-11):

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

 

Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.

14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. (1 Kings 3:12-14 KJV)

When you acquire wisdom,  you obtain the Holy Spirit of God (or it’s a prerequisite to obtaining the Holy Spirit) in my humble opinion. (Proverbs 2:1-11)  That’s wisdom in a nutshell.

 

For [skillful and godly] wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. (Proverbs 2:10 Amp)

5 Steps to Finding God–Proverbs 2:1-5 

Proverbs 2:1-3   Look at the meaning of the words vertically (downward).  I color coded to help you see something remarkable.

First Three Steps

  1. Accept My words

  2.  Turn your ears

  3. Applying your heart

 

  1. (Verbs) Accept, turn and apply God’s words

  2. My (God’s word), Your (ear), Your (heart)

  3. Words, (goes into) ears, (from ears the words goes into your) heart

     

    Verb (Accept, Turn Apply)   (My:God/Your:You)    (Word to Ears to Heart)

:1       Accept                                                       My                                     words

:2       Turn                                                          Your                                   ears

:3       Applying                                                   Your                                  heart

The first words above are action words.  Two parts to God communicating with us: the head and the heart.

What is also important is to know that people can have a head knowledge of God but can have a hard heart.  If a professor who teaches theology lack heart knowledge of God, they are using their own human understanding.  They know the words, but their is a disconnect  between the head and heart: human knowledge without wisdom of the word.

Five Key Steps To Knowing God

Verb (Accept, Turn Apply)   (My:God/Your:You)    (Word to Ears to Heart)

:1  Accept                                      My                             words

:2  Turn                                         Your                           ears

:3  Applying                                Your                            heart

:4  Search                   (with all Your mind for)        Wisdom

:5  Understand                           Your                           God

 

 Overcoming This World Requires Spiritual Warfare 

We don’t look on the physical troubles that we can see now.  Fix your gaze on things you cannot see: Yahweh.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

 

Our life has to be controlled by what we see in the Bible.  The Bible conveys examples that we must remember to help us overcome the challenges we face.  We must recall the testimonies of the prophets and people of God that came before us.  The tactics that Satan used on them are the same tactics Satan will use on us today.  So we must know the battle manual of spiritual warfare and understand the words God sent to us to overcome and become victors in this fight.

We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood says the Apostle Paul.  We wrestle against wicked spiritual forces. (Ephesians 6:12)

The Art of Spiritual War

In Ephesians the Apostle Paul breaks down our military weapons at the disposal of Christians in Ephesians 6:10-18 below:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20 KJV)

Claiming His Many Precious Promises

You can find peace knowing God is in control of your life and claiming His many precious promises to give you hope through the darkness.

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4 KJV)

9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

(Psalms 91:9-11)

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

Who or what powers up your life?  Is Duracell Battery, electricity, God or the Energizer?

How can knowing the five steps from Proverbs 2:1-5 help you to discover lasting peace?

How do you quiet the inner fears from catching Covid-19?

 

 

By McBride

4/17/20

Death To Sin Leads To Life and Eternal Joy In GOD’S Presence

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The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. (Deuteronomy 24:16) Deuteronomy 24 King (KJV)

God is a loving God, but sin makes him very angry.  He knows sin causes separation between Himself and us His Created people.

How does God feel about sin?   Why is sin not acceptable? What are the repercussions of sin in your life today? Let’s head backwards in time approximately 6,000 years ago when Cain killed his brother Abel. The Lord said to Cain the following:

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? Gen 4:9

Cain’s disrespectful attitude appeared, and I see that same spirit of utter disrespect prominent in many young people today.  They show absolutely no reverence for their teachers, parents nor their classmates.  They act as if they can say and do whatever they please without consequences.  The result if they do not change will result in dire consequences for them.  The path they’re heading down leads to hell: a place of suffering and pain and ultimately death.

When you question them, they want to respond by questioning you.  I am talking about elementary children: eight, nine and ten year olds.  Such lack of respect leads to suffering because they do not know how to discipline and control themselves.  

So when Cain questioned God, God simply said that his brother’s blood was crying out to Him.

And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.  Gen 4:10

You see life is in the blood, and the blood possesses the spirit of the living God–notice Abel’s voice spoke through the blood on the ground.  When that spirit is poured out in the shed blood, that spirit speaks to the Creator that gives it life.   The spirit actually cannot die unless God takes the life of the spirit being away.  

Abel’s blood spoke because the blood possesses the spirit of the Living God.  The blood gives life.  The shed blood results in the shedding of the life.  Your spirit being actually is found in your blood.  This is something I discovered.  

Let’s continue to look at the interaction between Cain and God.  Cain could speak back, but God spoke truth to Him by telling Cain exactly what he did and what the result of His actions would cause him.  After God said Abel’s blood crieth to Him from the ground,  He told Cain he is cursed from the earth.  The earth would not protect him or bless him.  Basically the sun would scorch him from above so he couldn’t farm and wouldn’t want to farm.  If he did try to farm, the earth would not provide food for him. Thus, he would not be able to farm and produce sustenance for himself and his family.  

And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; Gen 4:11

So God drives Cain off the face of the earth–edge or away from the center of the action.  

He is left a fugitive and vagabond–a criminal wanted dead. Cain is rejected and separated from his family left always on guard and despondent.  He becomes fearful because of his sin that someone would find him and slay him. So God makes him different with a unique marking.  Thus, no one who found him would kill him.  Let’s listen in on this conversation between Cain and God immediately following his sin:

When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.  Gen 4:12-14

Notice Cain is fearful and worried.  His sin left him in this state. He’s suffering.  Notice Cain is driven out from the face of the earth and driven out from the face of God.  Cain now thinks everyone that finds him will want to murder him so he now has no peace.  Cain knows God nor the earth will help him.  He is forced to leave his family and God to live off the face of the earth and away from everyone he knows–like a prison.

Sin is harmful.  When children sin, there should be consequences right away.  We are not to let children think it is ever okay to sin.  When we think it is okay to sin and that we are getting away, we continue to sin.  This results in dire consequences.  So we must discipline young children when they do wrong right away so they learn not to sin. 

Likewise we adults must see the pain and suffering we bare are a direct consequence of sins we allow into our lives.  We must repent and ask God for forgiveness so we can see God’s face one day once again and be allowed back into the presence of the Spirit of the LIVING GOD.

Do you feel cursed or blessed on the earth?

How many of you are living like Cain away from the face of God or are you living in the presence of God?

How many of you are anxious and worried away from the face of God or peaceful in the presence of God?

How many of you are in distressed and scared not knowing what the future may hold or at peace and confident knowing your living in the presence of the Creator? 

How many of you live quiet lives of desperation or do you live in peace with plenty?

Would you like to discover how to live in the presence of God once again?

God says reject sin and live. What are your sins? What do you need to reject?

What must you change or get rid of in your life?

What has the Holy spirit convicted you of?

Do you feel guilt and shame about something?  

What is the Holy Spirit constantly asking you to do?  

Are you listening?  

What must you do to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit?

Write and comment on what you will do to obey the voice of God’s Holy Spirit.  Also comment on one or more of the questions, I like to read comments from my readers.  Thank you for reading and may God richly bless you.  If you were blessed, please share and bless someone you know–thanks again and please come back. I’ll have another word from God to share.

 

 

 

 

 

By McBride

4/16/20

To show forth your loving kindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night, (Psalm 92:2)

 

By McBride

4/15/20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die.  The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  Ezekiel 18:20

 

 

By McBride

4/14/20

Rejoice in the Lord Today for God is Wonderful!

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:6-9 KJV) Philippians 4:6 KJV

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God Laughs Likewise We Should Imitate Our Father (Psalm 37:1-3)

1 (A Psalm of David.) Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

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

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

 

Let’s take our burdens to the Lord today for God cares for us.  Allow the peace that surpasses all understanding to rest upon you.  Dwell on, speak and meditate on positive words that will encourage your heart from the words of God today.  Remember all things work for good for those who trust in God.  Lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.  Smile and laugh, laughter is good medicine.  

The grace of our Lord Jesus christ be with you.  My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.  Amen. (I Corinthians 16:23-24)

 

By McBride

4/13/20

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. (2 Corinthians 9:6-9)

Let us pray and ask God concerning all that we do.  Let’s pray and give as the Lord leads.  Pray and seek the Lord daily.

 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (John 14:14)

 

 

By McBride

4/12/20

 

Unseen Devils Cause Us To Speedily And Fearfully Move Through Life

 

Today I prayed asking God to lead me to a Bible passage for the day.  I feel God led me to this verse below:

And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time? (Matthew 8:29 KJV)

Read Matthew 8:28-34 King James Version (KJV)

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How Do You Break Free From Torment In Your Life?

 

The Hebrew word for torment is behalah (beh-haw-law) meaning panic, destructionterror and/or trouble. Behalah comes from the root word bahal (baw-hal) meaning to tremble inwardly (or palpitation), i.e. figuratively be (cause, make) (suddenly) alarmed or agitated; by implying to hasten anxiously: trouble.  It also means haste, afraid, vexed, amazed, hasty, affrighted, dismayed, hastily, thrust him out, rash, speedily, speedy, and/or vexThe New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible page 34, #928 and #926.

This describes most of us in our American culture moving about speedily from home to work and work to home each day.  People are troubled by Covid-19 and frightened.  They are alarmed and agitated.  We live and move in a culture overrun by demonic influences.  This is not unique to Americans; sin affects us all.

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Unseen Devils Cause Us To Speedily And Fearfully Move Through Life—Destination Death!

 

Tears can give us telescopic like vision says Leroy Brownlow.  Tears may help us to see the condition that sin results in: panic/destruction.  As long as we accept and tolerate sin in our life, we hastily and speedily destine ourselves along a path ending in terror and death.  We move through our lives like pigs rashly running over a cliff to their death without time to stop, to reflect and to change course to save their lives.

In Today Is Mine by Leroy Brownlow he writes about the power of tears to give us insight into our troubled lives if we stop and think deeply about our life, condition and state of mind.

Tears are a universal language.  They often tell what words will not express.  Sincerely shed, they are not willing water from a hydrant to be turned on and off at will, but rather the natural droplets from a heart too full to be contained.  Tears are the language of the heart, and where there is a heart, there can be a tear.

Watery eyes have been known to see what clear eyes could not detect.  When your plight seems so hopeless that you can’t see your way through, take another look through your tears.  They may prove to be telescopic. (Today Is Mine by Leroy Brownlow, 1972, April 12)

The Bible talks about the benefits of tears too.  Tears can move us to reach out to God who reaches down to save us from sudden unsuspecting coming destruction just in time.

In Psalm 126:5 David writes, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

Won’t you sow some tears today? Wouldn’t you like to find joy and peace?

Won’t you sow some tears today?

 

I am reminded of another verse that says in Proverbs 18:12 the following:

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

 

Humble yourself before your Creator, shed some tears on your knees and ask God to forgive you of all your sins. When God hears your sincere cry for help, He will help you remove sin from your life.

God will help you become dead to sin: eradicate sin from within you.  He will take out your stony heart and give you a new heart of flesh.  He will give you His Holy Spirit who will write His’ laws on your heart.  You will discover true joy and peace that comes when God breaks the chain of sin and Satan from off of your life.

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Laughter Cometh In The Morning

You will no longer be captives of sin.  You will become set free from sin and death.  You will sing for joy David writes:

PSALM 126

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.

The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

 

 Whom the Son sets free this day through His blood shed at Calvary is indeed free!

 

Finally meditate on these words of the Apostle Paul who intimately knew pain and suffering :

Romans 6:9-11

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Won’t you humble yourself before your Creator, he has been waiting patiently for you to return to Him.  He loves and wants to free you.

 

Moral Dominion By Oswald Chambers

 

April 11, 2020

Today I joined into a telephone Sabbath lesson by phone–most members spoke from the east coast, but I’m in sunny California.  I jotted some notes down to help me and you see and encounter the presence of Yahweh: our Creator.  You’ll hopefully learn how to truly see Him. 

Did You Know The Creator Can Live In You and Guide You?

Let’s take a look at the first passage I noted to see how God guides us through His written words below: 

23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; in so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  (Matthew 24:23-27)

When Yeshua (Jesus) returns, every eye shall see Him.  So does this mean we have to wait until Jesus return to know Yahweh (God the Father) and seek His presence? 

God sends His angels and His Holy Spirit to help us–thoughts and questions to ponder below:

 

God’s Angel Sends The Everlasting Gospel To The World: The Good News Of The Coming Kingdom.

Are you worthy to stand on God’s Holy Mountain with Him?  

Are you worshiping self (Satan) or God?

How are you suppose to lead your life and others?

God leads by example–follow Yeshua’s example.  

We are resting in Christ.   We were created on the sixth day.  The seventh day we rested with and in Christ. We spend time with God face to face (Sabbath)–forming relationship with God.  

What does sanctify mean? 

Sanctify means to set apart for a holy purpose (make holy)–set aside. Only God can make you holy–spending time with God on the sabbath (resting in and with him) leads to holiness.  He makes us holy by His Spirit He gives to us because we believe (trust in) Him.  I trust Him, and I walk with Him.  Rest implies more Godly work: putting our full confidence in God.  No work in ourselves, but we work in God. In order to do God’s will, we must come to know God, trust God, love God and to establish a relationship with God. We must worship God and not ourselves (Satan).  This will often require some painful changes in our life. Sometimes we have to ignore the voices of others to obey the voice of God. We cannot depend on others to lead us, we must rely on Yahweh to guide us.

What’s required for us to truly  worship God?

Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

10And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:

11And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

12And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbathfrom doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 58:9-14) Isaiah 58:13-14 speaks of a mindset. If we…, then.. call upon you to ride upon the high places.  When people see us, they will want to know your God.  That’s  the testimony of the prophets in the Pentateuch.When Nebuchadnezzar saw the three Hebrew boys, he said the fourth is like the Son of Man. Isaiah 58 talks about those who honor God’s sabbath. 

 

We are to demonstrate God’s Spirit.

Resting In Christ

  • take my burden, my burden is easy and light
  • we are one in Christ
  • my strength is made perfect in weakness 
  • we find completeness in Christ
  • we find completeness in His identity
  • We rest in Christ
  • He sent the 70 out and called them to rest awhile
  • John imprisoned, killed, Yeshua tells them to rest awhile
  • Yeshua living word, living bread, heavenly manna to go another week
  • His presence bring refreshing
  • True rest and peace is not possible without walking with Christ
  • Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord and He opens the sea

 

Four Meaning For The Word Day

  1. A day can be a morning and evening,
  2. a thousand years,
  3. 24 hours, day time,
  4. an indefinite period of time “in that day”

4 different definitions of a day

Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

Idea is that God created  the heavens and earth in a particular period or era: day (an indefinite period of time).

 

We fell into sin and now must become reconnected to God again through Jesus’ death.  He paid our sin penalty so we can rejoin the family of God.

  1. You can click the link to read Revelation 14:1-20 and
  2. Psalms 104 (Read the whole chapter)

 

The Creator Can Live and Guide You

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By McBride April 9, 2020

Eternal Blessing For God’s People

During this pandemic many hearts suffer from fear.  This lead many to react with hostility.  Your answer to all your problems rest in establishing a relationship with your Creator/Father.

When you reach out to Yahweh to ask for His forgiveness for the sins you’ve sinned against Him, He will hear and respond.  He will speak to your heart and bring peace to your soul.  He will let you know He loves and forgives you.  He will bring you lasting joy and peace when you walk daily with Him.

How do you walk with God?

You can walk with God daily through the reading of His words in the Bible and through prayer.

Yahweh’s Abundant Favor–Psalm 65

Focus: Psalm 65:2-3

Yahweh Forgives Our Transgressions and Removes Them From His Sight

O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

When we repent and ask for forgiveness, Yahweh hears our prayers and forgives us.  We must pray with a sincere heart.  Yahweh knows our hearts and He will respond when He hears a heartfelt cry for help.

Choose Life By Fleeing Sin–Isaiah 65

Focus: Isaiah 65:8-9

Would You Like To Live With Joy, Peace And Abundance, Inherit Eternal Life  And A Place In Yahweh’s Kingdom?

Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
You can choose life or death.
10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
11 But ye are they that forsake the Lord, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not. [Isaiah 65:10-12]

In God’s Holy Kingdom 

21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord. [Isaiah 65]

Pray and read His words to start your day and to end your day.  Find a place that’s quiet and close your eyes in prayer and make time to silence your mind to listen to His still  small voice.

Be Holy For I Am Holy

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