God’s Power Friday, Dec 15 2017 

It is important for us to understand the power of God Almighty. Without the knowledge of His power our faith grows dim. Without the knowledge of His power our praise grows silent. We can but whisper faintly.

I love what Jehoshaphat said in 2 Chronicles 20:6 …“O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.

I love Ezra 8:22  “The hand of our God is [c]favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake Him.”

And Job said, 12:13 “With Him are wisdom and might;
To Him belong counsel and understanding.

Job 27:10 “Will he take delight in the Almighty?

Will he call on God at all times?
11 “I will instruct you in the [a]power of God;
What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 “Behold, all of you have seen it;
Why then do you [b]act foolishly.

Daniel said:

19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven; 20 Daniel said,

“Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever,
For wisdom and power belong to Him.
21 “It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
He removes kings and [a]establishes kings;
He gives wisdom to wise men
And knowledge to [b]men of understanding.

Jesus said:  69 But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”

Jesus has power:  38 [a]You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, [b]and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

The Gospel has power: 18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who [b]are perishing, but to us who [c]are being saved it is the power of God.

The Holy Spirit has power: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Kingdom of God has power: 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in [b]words but in power.

Faith has power: so that your faith would not [b]rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

This power is in us: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.

For God has not given us a spirit of [a]timidity, but of power and love and [b]discipline.

His power protects us: who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

By power we praise God for all things: 11 Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they [a]existed, and were created.”

 

 

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God’s Blessing Thursday, Dec 14 2017 

The Lord Exalts the Humble.

113 [a]Praise [b]the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the Lord is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations;
His glory is above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord our God,
Who is enthroned on high,
Who [c]humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in heaven and in the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the needy from the ash heap,
To make them sit with [d]princes,
With the [e]princes of His people.
He makes the barren woman abide in the house
As a joyful mother of children.
[f]Praise [g]the Lord!

One week from today will be the 38th anniversary of the night my barren womb gave birth to a son. Praise God with me for the joy of being a mother in this season of remembering all the blessings our God bestows on us.

God’s Blessings of Redemption Thursday, Nov 30 2017 

Ephesians

The Blessings of Redemption

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus [a]by the will of God,

To the [b]saints who are [c]at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before [d]Him. In love [e]He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the [f]kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In [g]Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He [h]lavished on [i]us. In all wisdom and insight He [j]made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His [k]kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration [l]suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things [m]in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 [n]also we [o]have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in [p]Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In [q]Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also [r]believed, you were sealed in [s]Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is [t]given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and [u]your love for all the [v]saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the [w]knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart [x]may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the [y]saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

God’s Forgiveness Tuesday, Nov 28 2017 

Psalm 32New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Blessedness of Forgiveness and of Trust in God.

A Psalm of David. A [a]Maskil.

32 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered!
How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit!

When I kept silent about my sin, my [b]body wasted away
Through my [c]groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My [d]vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. [e]Selah.
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
And You forgave the [f]guilt of my sin. Selah.
Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You [g]in a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with [h]songs of deliverance. Selah.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.

The Widow’s Oil Wednesday, Nov 8 2017 

2 Kings 4:1-7

Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to [a]Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not one vessel more.” And the oil stopped. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

Now the reason I bring you this story this morning is because last night, I had a dream where I was attempting to put some left over oil I had into suitcases in order to take them out. But when I put the suitcases upright the oil ran out onto the table.

I believe that this section of scripture holds the key to the interpretation of my dream.

Oil is representative of the Holy Spirit. It is my custom each morning to spend time in prayer, in the Word, and studying the bible. As I told you in earlier posts that the Lord had told me at the very beginning of this year, 2017, He would be my teacher and I no longer needed to purchase study guides from other people. He said, “It is just you and Me, kid.”

At the beginning of the year, I was pastoring a community group where all that He had been teaching me I was able to share, give, distribute to others. But after the summer break, we did not start the group up again but instead, I just continued my practice of morning quiet time.

I believe the dream is telling me that in order to be able to “use” my oil, I must “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few”; that is to say there are still “empty vessels” i.e. those without Christ, that He has ordained that I should “fill”.

I appreciate any comments you would like to make to add to this interpretation as the Spirit gives them to you.

 

 

God’s Healing Tuesday, Oct 3 2017 

God is our only hope.

1 Corinthians 6:13

13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

Psalm 103:3-4

who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion.

Job 5:26

26 You will come to the grave in full vigor,
    like sheaves gathered in season.

1 John 3:21-22

21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

Matthew 11:6

6 “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

James 5:15

15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

“We must have way down deep in our hearts a settled resolve to serve God better than we ever have before.” Maria Woodworth Etter

 

My Journey-“Set out” From Sin. Tuesday, Sep 26 2017 

Now I don’t know a lot about your journey with God but as for me, I see a parallel between the journey of the Israelites through the wilderness and my own journey through my Christian walk.

Based upon Numbers 21:1-5

When Arad (wild ass) was conquered. That was me alright.

They went by Way of Atharim.  (by way of the spies.) This is kind of like peer pressure. Somebody else went first. I just followed like a sheep.

The Israelites utterly destroyed the Canaanites (International Traders). I was a graduate of the school of “everybody is doing it.”

So they called the place Hormah (Devoted to Destruction) I didn’t know it at the time but I was on the wrong path. Not that Christianity was wrong but my approach to it.

Then they “set out” from Mt Hor (mountain) by way of the Red Sea, to go to the land of Edom. (Red) Edom was the land of Esau. Esau means “Doer”. This is the part of the journey where I was determined to climb the mountain of salvation by doing all I could for Christ. I was leader of the youth group, volunteered at the local nursing home, read my bible, said my prayers, you know the drill. Remember red is a very “visible” color. It can be seen from far away. It means STOP look at me.

Based upon Numbers 21:6-9

Right about now in the trip the Israelites get miffed at Moses about the food and water situation and the LORD sent “fiery serpents” among the people and they bit the people, so many people died. It says in the notes of my NIV version: God used venomous snakes to punish the people for their unbelief and complaining.

The people came to Moses (He Who Draws Out)  and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

As a new Christian when I got into trouble I went right to my pastor for prayer. A pastor draws us out of the world and into the kingdom of God.

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

This is where the symbol for doctors came from.  Doctors are called in when you are physically sick. Pastors are called in when you are spiritually sick. The note in my NIV says When the bronze snake was hung on the pole, the Israelites didn’t know the fuller meaning Jesus Christ would bring to this event. Jesus explained that just as the Israelites were healed of their sickness by looking at the snake on the pole, all believers today can be saved from the sickness of sin by looking to Jesus’ death on the cross.

They traveled to Oboth (Dragons) and camped at Iye-abraim (Ruins of crossing over) in the wilderness which is opposite Moab (of his father), to the east. I don’t know about you but it seemed to me as a new Christian the Devil (Dragon) attacked me even harder whenever I tried to do what I thought was the Christian thing to do. When I tried to change myself I would see my old life (ruins of crossing over) and think about how easy it was before I was saved just like the Israelites thought when they remembered Egypt. They had all the food and water (fun and folly) they wanted there. Going back is not an option but the “opposite Moab” (of his father). I had a new Daddy (ABBA).

From there they “set out” and camped in Wadi Zered (Valley of Luxuriant Growth of Trees) It took 38 years to get from the beginning to Wadi Zered which is also called the valley of Willows. Willows have deep roots. Deep roots imply deep waters. The rivers of living waters are in the hearts of every believer. (Holy Spirit) Remember Jesus said to the woman at the well, “if you would have asked me I would have given you living waters.”

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

 

God’s Visions Sunday, Sep 24 2017 

The Promise of the Spirit

28 [p]It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all [q]mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. 29 “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

 

Do you have visions? Dreams? Do you know what they mean? Do you know why you have them?

Have you ever wondered, “what on earth does this mean?”

God gives us dreams and visions for His purposes. As we see in Genesis:

Jacob Moves to Egypt

46 So Israel set out with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel [a]in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there.

Sometimes God uses them to call us to our ministry as in 1 Samuel:

The Prophetic Call to Samuel

3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord before Eli. And word from the Lord was rare in those days, [a]visions were infrequent.

It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well), and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was, that the Lord called Samuel; and he said, “Here I am.” Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he [b]answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. So the Lord called Samuel again for the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli discerned that the Lord was calling the boy. And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” 11 The Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 In that day I will carry out against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them. 14 Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

15 So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. But Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16 Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.” 17 He said, “What is the word that He spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the words that He spoke to you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the Lord; let Him do what seems good to Him.”

Sometimes God uses them to warn us of things as in the book of Job:

Job 4:12-14New American Standard Bible (NASB)

12 “Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it. 13 “Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, 14 Dread came upon me, and trembling, And made [a]all my bones shake.

The world doesn’t want to hear about your visions as in the book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 30:9-11New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For this is a rebellious people, false sons, Sons who [a]refuse to listen To the [b]instruction of the Lord; 10 Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”; And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us [c]pleasant words, Prophesy illusions. 11 “Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, [d]Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

There are those who listen to the world’s request and speak of false visions, they are the false prophets as in the book of Lamentations:

14 Your prophets have seen for you False and foolish visions; And they have not exposed your iniquity So as to restore you from captivity, But they have seen for you false and misleading [b]oracles.

Prophets have visions as in the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, and Zechariah.

God’s Eyes Saturday, Sep 23 2017 

When you look at the back of a dollar bill there is a circle to the left with a pyramid in it. At the very top of the pyramid is an eye peeking through. That is the “all seeing eye of God.”

Around the circle are the Latin  words “Annuit Coeptis Novus Ordo Seclorum” which mean: “Undertakings The New World Order clan.”

This is a part of the Great Seal of the United States.

In the very center above the “one” you will see “In God We Trust”.

In the book of Luke chapter 16 we find:

15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves [a]in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable [b]in the sight of God.

God’s eyes are capable of peeling back the layers of our hearts as if they were an onion. He sees right through to our true motives.

When Peter and John were before the Sanhedrin being questioned about their speaking in the name of “Jesus” it says in Acts 4:19-20:

19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

As Christians we are called to “heed God”.

Now what does this mean? Well, it means that it is right “in the sight of God to give heed to Him rather than to man”. When God sees what we are doing he puts it into our hearts to either continue if it is His good will and pleasure or to STOP if what we are doing is bad. i.e. the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

And finally in the book of Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 13 it says:

13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

It is what God sees in our hearts that puts Him into action; to either convince or convict. He is the one who makes the changes in us as a part of our “new birth”. It is the resurrected Christ that is doing the work in us. But there is more than that. He is doing the same thing to every converted Christian in the entire world. And it is this combined work that changes nations so seek after the living God.

The fate of our world is in the balance.

As of the year 2017 there are 7,530,103,737 people living on earth and God has numbered all 1,129,515,560,550,000 hairs give or take 50 thousand being pulled by frustration.

Conclusion: Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1:6New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

God’s Hiding Place Friday, Sep 22 2017 

Job 22:14 ‘Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see;
He walks on the [a]vault of heaven.’

The LORD inhabits the praises of His people.

50 “Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the nations,
And I will sing praises to Your name.

Psalm 108:2-4King James Version (KJV)

Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.

For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reaches unto the clouds.

Psalm 91 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him.

1 Chronicles 16:9-11New International Version (NIV)

Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
11 Look to the Lord and his strength;
    seek his face always.

1 Chronicles 22:18-19New International Version (NIV)

18 He said to them, “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has he not granted you rest on every side? For he has given the inhabitants of the land into my hands, and the land is subject to the Lord and to his people. 19 Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the Lord.”

Psalm 27:7-9New International Version (NIV)

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.

When we worship God it ushers in His Holy Spirit. He is not hiding. It says that those who seek Him will find Him.

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