Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beulah Land



Isa 62:1  For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
Isa 62:2  And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
Isa 62:3  Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
Isa 62:4  Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah:(H1166) for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. (H1166)
Isa 62:5  For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. (KJV)

The Hebrew word translated Beulah (H1166) is the same word for married. the ESV Bible uses the word married for (H1166)

Isa 62:4  You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; (H1166) for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. (H1166) (ESV)

The ERV Bible is more a paraphrase, but it gets the message across.

Isa 62:4  You will never again be called 'The People God Left.' Your land will never again be called 'The Land God Destroyed.' You will be called 'The People God Loves.' Your land will be called 'God's Bride,' because the LORD loves you, and your land will be his.(ERV)

Beulah land is Jerusalem after the second coming of the Messiah. It also refers to New Jerusalem. (Thy land shall be married to the LORD). This verse ties in with the description of New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Not Forsaken


If we are one of God's covenant people; Israel or Christians, then he will not forsake us. The blood of Jesus washes away our sins and reproach. Jesus was feeling forsaken on the cross bearing our sins, so the fear of being forsaken was dealt with on the cross as were our sins and curses. He will never leave or forsake us who trust in Jesus.
 
Deu 4:31  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. 
 
1Sa 12:22  For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
 
Psa 27:10  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
 
Psa 71:9  Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
 
Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
 
Psa 22:1  To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 

Mat 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Mat 27:47  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
Mat 27:48  And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
Mat 27:49  The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Mat 27:50  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 
 
2Co 4:8  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2Co 4:9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2Co 4:10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2Co 4:11  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
2Co 4:12  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
2Co 4:13  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
2Co 4:14  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 
 
Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 
 

Be comforted knowing that in Christ we have overcome this world and are citizens of Heaven. He loves us with an everlasting love.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Your Confession


Luk 12:8  Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 
Luk 12:9  But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 
Luk 12:10  And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. 
Luk 12:11  And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 
Luk 12:12  For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. 

Tomorrow is Easter, when we are to remember that Jesus went to the cross to shed his blood and to die in our place, and He arose from the grave on the third day. I confess that Jesus is my Lord and savior. Some will not come to Jesus because they are afraid of what those in the world will say. Our concern should be what pleases God. Water baptism is a symbol of our being buried with Christ and coming up from the grave into new life. Have you been baptized? This is a place to confess before men and the angels that you believe in Jesus Christ and trust him for your salvation.

Those who cannot say that Jesus is Lord may be forgiven, but if they continue in unbelief and refuse to see him as he is; the Lord and savior, then they are resisting the power of God for salvation. Do not resist God by denying Jesus and the wooing of the Holy Spirit. To receive Jesus as Lord and savior requires submission to the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit will continue with you to show you all truth and he will speak through you in times when you cannot speak for yourself. Letting the Spirit of God speak through you is to submit to the will of God. Study his word and pray and follow his Spirit so that your life will be a positive confession of the power of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

Mat 28:1  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 
Mat 28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 
Mat 28:3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 
Mat 28:4  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 
Mat 28:5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 
Mat 28:6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 
Mat 28:7  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.



Friday, April 14, 2017

Knowledge shall be increased


Dan 12:4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. 

Daniel was given  visions of the end, to be sealed in a book until the end times. The time of the end is described as many running to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
I see people restless, running here and there seeking escape. Those who come to Jesus will find their peace with wisdom and understanding from the LORD. Many others will be restless and worried. They will be running around not knowing what is coming, but having a sense that something is about to happen. Liberals will see their politically correct thinking no longer is the norm. Truth will be hated along with those who know their God. All who have faith in something are thought to be religious fanatics. Looting, rioting and lawlessness will increase. Knowledge of technology will increase making the world events known as they happen. There is no safe place to be.

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Ti 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
 


In all this confusion and breakdown of morality will the church be a light to the darkened world? Jesus asked a question of the church in the end times.

Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
 

Some established churches will fail spiritually as they stray from God's truth. With the increase of knowledge there is more distractions of entertainment and the events of the world. The challenge is to increase in knowledge of the Holiness of God. We must stay in the word of God and pray without ceasing. We came to Jesus one by one and we increase in him personally. Gather with others of faith, but do not neglect your personal increase in the kingdom of God. Do not follow those who are going to and fro without direction. Do not listen to the false teachers. Be established and strengthened as you build your faith on the rock that is Jesus.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Grayheaded and good to be alive


Psa 71:15  My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. 
 
Praise the Lord all day every day, for we do not know how many days we have left. Redeem the time and seek the kingdom of heaven first and exalt Jesus, always.

Psa 71:16  I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
Psa 71:17  O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
Psa 71:18  Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
 
 

Truly, my strength and power is from the Lord. It is he who gives me life, He is my strength and my life. The barber likes to show me old man gray hair, but although my eyes are weaker, my walk less steady, and my voice gets choked up at times, still the Lord is mighty and in him I am strong.I will  Praise his name all day long and with my horn I will make a glad noise with others praising his name. Praise the LORD Jesus lives! 


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Full of Light



Luk 11:33  No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
Luk 11:34  The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
Luk 11:35  Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
Luk 11:36  If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
 
Meditate on this verse; I love to see God's word and to bring it into my heart and yet I know also that satan would bring his demons into darkness, any darkness that I harbor in my  mind and soul. The Holy Spirit is greater than the spirits that inhabit the darkness."This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine", a child's song and a song for an innocent heart. Lord, help me to keep my heart in your light. My eyes love your beauty in creation, in your word. The world has perplexing news and darkness, but greater are you than the world. Help me to be the light and a friend to those in need.
 

We have two eyes and the light of the body are the eyes, when the eye is single, focused together on the light of God, then the whole body, soul and spirit are in the light. Beware of the wayward eye. Our vision determines our future. Have eyes of hope, spiritual vision to direct you. Lord give me your light and the ability to bring your light out to others. I love this hymn; " Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace."  Lord, in the midst of darkness I cry out the name of JESUS. You will be my light and my deliverer, you are always with me. My eternal dwelling place is with you, you are my light.



Friday, April 7, 2017

Hear the word of God, and keep it


Luk 11:27  And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
Luk 11:28  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
 
A woman caught up with emotion wants to bless Mary for bringing forth Jesus. He corrects her and says, "Yea rather blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it".  Mary was special having been chosen as the birth mother of Jesus. She had found favor with God.
 
Luk 1:30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luk 1:31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
 
 
However, Jesus always existed with the Father in heaven, and the  taking on of a human form was to bless us by being the atonement for our sins. Mary can't save us, but the blood of Jesus saves us through faith. Jesus is our mediator, the Great High Priest. Our connection to him also allows us to go directly to the Father in prayer. Some pray to Mary or the Saints, but this is not in God's word. We are to hear the word of God and keep it.
 
Jesus did honor women, even those who had immoral lives and even some with demons. By his power he removed the demons and gave the least of women his care and purpose for coming. They were saved by faith in him. The woman at the well is one example; he shared his truth with her.
 
Joh 4:23  But 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.
Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Joh 4:25  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Joh 4:26  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
 
 

Hear the word of God, and keep it and tell others that Jesus is the way to the Father in heaven. As a saved soul by faith in Jesus, God Almighty is my father and Jesus is my Lord and Savior. Mary and all the saints are brothers and sisters in God's family.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Reserve that wedding day


Eph 1:13 (Jesus)  in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, - in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14  which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise of his glory.


When I was in business as a photographer, a big part of my business was wedding photography. When a bride to be would come to me to reserve her wedding date, she would need to know the date and time of the wedding and then put a deposit, an earnest payment to reserve her wedding date. I also would have her fill out a wedding contract so that she and the photographer would have a binding agreement as to the event.  If the wedding was canceled a month or more before the date, then the deposit or retainer would be returned to the bride.

Using this as a metaphor, when we come to Jesus in good faith, he gives us the Holy Spirit, a retainer or earnest on the inheritance of eternal life. Jesus is the bridegroom and the church, those who are born again, are given a gift, a wedding ring of sorts, a pledge, a contract, a new covenant. He purchased us with his shed blood. He loves us and wants us to be with him in fellowship with God the father. The Holy Spirit is our love connection to him. We make promises, but when God makes a promise it is true and he never breaks a promise. The contract, the covenant has been written with his blood. He promises to love us, to never forsake us and to share his inheritance in glory with us. One thing different from the wedding contract is that we do not know the date or the time of his coming. We are to be prepared
for his coming at any time.

Mat 25:6  But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.

Rev 3:11  I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no one take thy crown. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

VINEGAR


Psa 69:21  They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
 
This verse was fulfilled on the hill of Calvary.
 
Mat 27:34  They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
Mat 27:35  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
 
 
They offered Jesus vinegar mixed with gall a bitter drug before they crucified him. They offered him vinegar again without gall just before he gave up his spirit.  He was offered first bitterness and refused it, then later the vinegar alone was offered to him and he did drink of it.
 
Joh 19:28  After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
Joh 19:29  Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
 
 
Jesus in a human body suffered for us and took our sins in his body to the cross. He had no bitterness or guile for within him was the Living Water of the Holy Spirit.
 
Earlier at the feast of tabernacles Jesus offered the people Living Water.
 
Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
 
 

Lord God may I not be full of bitterness, but allow your Living Waters to flow from my heart to others. In Jesus name, amen.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

ZEAL


Psa 69:7  Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.
Psa 69:8  I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.
Psa 69:9  For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
 


Compare this Psalm of David to these new testament verses:

Luk 21:16  And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
Luk 21:17  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
Luk 21:18  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luk 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.
 


Non Christian family members separate from fellowship with those in Jesus. Being a Christian is not a popular thing at this time in our nation. I see atheists removing crosses and religious words like the ten commandments from public land. They should not get away with this. Our nations capital has many scriptures written on walls and monuments including the ten commandments, because we were a religious people; Jews and Christians serving the same God. Islam was never a part of our heritage. Progressives have removed God and the Bible from public schools and replaced them with humanism and godless evolution. Women's rights are nothing more than taking the life of babies in the womb. Humanist morality has allowed gay marriage to further tear down God's sacred family structure.

Joh 2:17  And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. 

Jesus showed the zeal of God's house of prayer and worship. He tipped over the money changers trays and tables and set the doves free. The house of God should not be a place of greed or marketing. Many TV religious shows are just always pleading for money and selling their wares or books. This is a distraction from the holiness of God. Jesus is coming back soon. It is a time to prepare for His coming.


Rev 22:11  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.
Rev 22:12  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
 



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Make a Friend


Pro 25:21  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 
Pro 25:22  For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. 

These verses are referred to in Romans 12.

Rom 12:19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 
Rom 12:20  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. 
Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. 

If your enemy is hungry, feed him, if thirsty, give him something to drink. This will be like heaping coals on his head. Now some say the coals are an act of giving someone a fire starter as there were no matches. That is really stretching this story. He was not given coals actual coals upon his head, but spiritual coals. It was meant as conviction of wrong doing and a possible rethinking of the relationship with the one who gave him kindness; food and drink. 

If we are to bring a person who is an enemy of God to repentance and to a better disposition towards hearing our message, it is better to be kind, to show that we mean the person no harm. It is God he should fear and God that may take vengeance. If we do well we are not under condemnation. If he repents and comes to Jesus he then becomes a friend with Jesus Christ and his followers. Our loving concern is better than strife, anger and evil doing. He may still continue to hate you and your message, but that is on them, not you. We want to see them saved and escaping wrath and hell. Wrath belongs to God and so does salvation and a new life for those who trust in him and Jesus the savior from sins. May we put away hurt and vengeance and put on love and a burning desire to save the lost.



Monday, March 27, 2017

Borders, walls and praise


Isa 60:18  Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. 

Looking forward to the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ in Israel, there shall be no more violence in the land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. This description of walls of salvation and gates of praise can be experienced in the true church of Jesus Christ. The church should be a secure place of salvation and praise.

Psa 24:7  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 
Psa 24:8  Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 
Psa 24:9  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 
Psa 24:10  Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. 

Even now Jesus is wanting to come into your heart. Open the gate of your heart, let Jesus into the inner walls of your protection. 

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 
Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 
Rev 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 

Salvation has come to your house. Your body has become the house of the Lord as you receive the King of glory. His Spirit dwells within your house and it has become the temple of the Lord. Salvation has come by the power of God through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We die daily to the flesh and follow him in the spirit of truth lifting up Jesus with praise and thanksgiving. His kingdom is now in the hearts of his spirit filled people of faith. Jesus is Lord of my salvation.




Sunday, March 26, 2017

Arise and Shine


Isa 60:1  Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
Isa 60:2  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Isa 60:3  And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Isa 60:4  Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
Isa 60:5  Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee
 
Jesus, the light of God has come and his church has been born. Each new believer is to arise out of the darkness and shine the truth of God's redemption and new life. By grace we are saved by faith in Jesus who died or our sins. (Eph 2:8)
 
This scripture also can be applied to Israel seeing and receiving their Messiah at the second coming of Christ and His Millennial reign on earth. Gentiles will be drawn to the light of Christ's coming and there shall be a gathering together of Jews and Gentiles.
 
There already is a physical gathering of Jews to Israel; however  the gathering together of Jews and Gentiles had started at the beginning of the Church. The wall of separation of Jew from Gentiles has come down for those who are become one spirit filled people by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There are not diverse gods and many ways to God. There is but one God and one way, through Christ Jesus. (John 14:6)
 
Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
 
 

Let your light shine in this sin darkened world, so that others may see Jesus and be saved.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Where is thy faith?


Luk 8:22  Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
Luk 8:23  But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
Luk 8:24  And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
Luk 8:25  And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
 
 
Jesus asked "Where is your faith?" Didn't they come to him? Perhaps this was more in reference to their great fear. For as long as Jesus is with us, we should not fear. Jesus could walk on storm tossed waters. 

Mat 14:24  But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 
Mat 14:25  And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

 And he spoke to the water and wind and they were calmed. What manner of man is this? A man who is both human and God. Jesus the human in the boat was asleep. God the Spirit, does not need to sleep. Jesus was fully man and fully God. He could speak with the authority and power of God and still experience the life of a human who came from heaven. As we are humans, not from heaven, but from Adam, we have been accustomed to this physical life of material things. I think Jesus was wanting them to have faith in God and spiritual truth. Several times when I was in trouble, for example, in a car out of control, I have yelled the name of God or Jesus for help and his angels kept me from harm. Our faith is to trust God the Father, Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit. This is to have faith that God cares for us. If we see Jesus only as a man, our faith is not placed on the true Lord and Savior. Faith and trust keeps fear away.
 

Luk 12:31  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Luk 12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 


Friday, March 24, 2017

LORD JAH


Psa 68:4  Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. 
 
The word for God here is JAH, it is only found here. It is the same word used for LORD. The Strongs concordance number is H3050 for the KJV Bible. The word LORD is used 49 times and in two verses He is named LORD Jehovah.
 
Isa 12:1  And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
Isa 12:2  Behold, God (EL) is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isa 12:3  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isa 12:4  And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
Isa 12:5  Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
Isa 12:6  Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
 
 

 
Isa 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isa 26:4  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
 
Jesus is Lord, lesser perhaps in position of authority to the Father, but one with him. Jesus is Lord of our salvation. All authority has been given to Him and he will deliver all to the Father.
 
1Co 15:21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1Co 15:27  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.  
 
I like the knowledge that he will deliver his own saved people to the Father. We will all be a big family of God with Christ Jesus married to His Church. He will share all things with us,  his Spiritual Bride. What a fellowship, what a glory divine, leaning on the everlasting arms. Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Believe and accept this with the trust of a child.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blessings of Rain


Psa 68:9  Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary. 

It rained a good rain again yesterday. That long drought has been changed in one year to an overflowing of abundant water. This too is our blessing from God a spiritual overflowing. A friend from church came to visit my wife who is confined to bed. She brought a book that I had heard of before."The Book of Mysteries", by Jonathon Cahn. Daily readings full of insights from the LORD. One of the first lessons was to have an open mind and heart to receive from God. Open up to new possibilities. a closed vessel cannot receive, but an open one can contain a river. Like the abundant rain, I love the flowing of the river of God, the Living waters. It is not only to be kept, but also to pour out to others.

Another blessing was that a handyman working through our church ministry installed a roofing roll of non slip walkway for our wheelchair ramp. Thank you Lord for blessings from above flowing out of your people as the abundant rain and living waters. Make me a blessing too LORD.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Are You Able?

Pro 24:30  I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
Pro 24:31  And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
Pro 24:32  Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
Pro 24:33  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
Pro 24:34  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
 


My parents had retired and moved from southern California, 600 miles north to a ten acre ranch. They had come from a dairy farm in Arkansas to California during the depression. My father had worked hard at many jobs, was a carpenter and skilled laborer. Now it was time to retire, but not from work. They made a big garden, had fruit trees, raised cattle, a pig, chickens, ducks and geese. They shared from their abundance with my family. They kept the ranch in great shape.

Old age came to where they were no longer able to grow a garden. They could no longer tend to farm animals. There was a handyman that would come to help them do small fix it jobs. They gave him meat and produce for compensation. He was more useful to them than their distant sons.They were just far enough away from us that we could only visit on weekends. My mother was always given to hospitality, offering coffee, tea, cookies, pie and cake. They were very special. Towards the end of their life she would forget to offer coffee, but on the day she died there was a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough in the refrigerator. Mom died at 86, having worked hard along side of dad and giving care to his 200 lb frame, caring for him and feeding him until the end of her life. Pop had dementia, he no longer knew his family. and lived to the age of 89. They both worked hard all of their lives and had received a blessed life. They were in no way slothful, but sometimes people get to where they cannot keep up their property, they were no longer able. 

There are other people who have never worked never taken care of anything. I feel sorry for these. What of spiritual applications to these verses? Have we neglected the things of God? Do we pray and read the Bible. Do we withdraw from fellowship with the family of God?  Have we started something and walked away from it? Do we have understanding? If so, we can get things as they should be, back in order.  Is our spiritual life" grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down."

As the parable of the sower of the seed, have we grown only to allow weeds and thorns, the cares of this life to choke out our faith and service to God?

Mat 13:22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Mat 13:23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
 


Keep going, serving and following Jesus until we are with him forever.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Too humble or too proud?



Joh 16:22  And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 
Joh 16:23  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 
Joh 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. 

We are to pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus. Sometimes I have trouble asking a person of authority for anything. Is this humility or pride? I think in our nation there is a lack of respect for authority. We like to be free, but when facing a judge we can be humbled. How many times are we offended by the performance of someone in authority. We may ask, "He does not care for my needs" and when we are forced to go to one in authority we may be fearful and humble. Criticism from a pew is easy, but what about praying for the one in authority? It is hard sometimes to submit to a rascal in authority. Can we do all in Jesus name with a clear conscience? Even Nehemiah overcame fear to approach his king at the prospect of being refused and killed. Because God was in Nehemiahs request, the king gave him authority to go rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

LORD God, Father, I ask you in the name of Jesus for mercy, for health for my family.  I ask for your love to be poured out through us for others. I receive the promise of peace and Joy in the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Victory over self


Gal 6:3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 
Gal 6:4  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 

Being lifted up with pride and thinking we are better than others, seeking praise from the world, amounts to nothing. We are to find our work to do and with a clear conscience serve the LORD and we are to exalt him in our work for him.

Gal 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 
Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. 

If we do well, we will be rewarded by the LORD. Seek to do good to others, especially those of faith who need encouragement or help. A clear conscience and walking in the Spirit leads us to the way of victory in Christ Jesus. Find your place in the ranks of the army of God, marching to his commands.

2Ti 2:1  Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 
2Ti 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 
2Ti 2:3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 
2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Where is the LORD?


Job 23:3  Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! 
Job 23:4  I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. 
Job 23:5  I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. 
Job 23:6  Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. 
Job 23:7  There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. 
Job 23:8  Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 
Job 23:9  On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: 
Job 23:10  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 

Job in his great suffering cries out to the LORD, Oh that I knew where I might find him! Job knows in his heart that if he can make contact with the LORD that he would receive strength. Like Job, even when we do not see the LORD or feel his presence, yet he knows where we are and what we are doing. We are to continue as Job, in faith, for when he has tried you, you shall come forth as gold.


1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 


Deu 4:29  But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.