This is Only a Test—It’s Only a matter of Time! Faith Perseveres and Stands the Test of Time
Remember Joseph who had big dreams from an early age? Yet his brothers despised and sold him out.
In bondage in Egypt, Joseph was entrusted with his master’s possessions yet the “lady of the house” had other
ideas and sought to ‘have Joseph” for herself. But Joseph had God’s Word as a Seed growing deep within his
heart and knew that one must Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Joseph understood that we are not our own; that we are created to bring glory
and honor to our Father in heaven. So Joseph did not fall into sin but instead was thrown into prison for obeying the LORD
and rebuffing the temptation.
Appearances are deceptive and misleading for FROM what seemingly appeared hopeless place, Joseph ended up in a better position than he could have ever hoped or imagined beyond his wildest dreams! God’s ways are not our ways and neither are
His thoughts ours. We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we may prove what His good and acceptable Will is.
Remember David? He was called, chosen and anointed to be the leader to unite God’s people yet it was many years before
God’s Word was fulfilled. David lost everything and nearly his own life yet the Lord restored all.
Yet David wrote Psalm 144 which encourages God’s children in revealing the Source of Strength—
Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock
Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle;
My lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)
God is strengthening and hardening us to difficulties so that we may be transformed into His likeness as we go through the fire which is designed to remove every trace of the hardness of heart that is naturally “human” and bring forth His divine
radiance from a heart that is tender and reflects His glorious nature.
He is teaching us the true worth of life and the value only found in Prayer and Praise!
No matter where you are, whether comfortable, irritable, God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you always having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8) Celebrate God no matter the
place or position whether on the highest mountain top or rock bottom in the deepest valley.
Remember the man with the son who threw himself into the water and fire seeking relief in release?
Lord we believe, help our unbelief!
We are learning to stop seeing all as “lost” but know that the lost are found in Christ!
“There is hope for your future”, declares the LORD, “and your children shall come back to their own country.”
Paul’s test for spiritually immaturity:
Do you argue? Do you compare yourself to others? Are you jealous?
Answer “yes” to any of these, then you are spiritually immature.
My job was to plant the seed, and Apollos was called to water it. Any growth comes from God, so the ones who water and plant have nothing to brag about. God, who causes the growth, is the only One who matters. The one who plants is no greater than the one who waters; both will be rewarded based on their work. We are gardeners and field workers laboring with God. You are the vineyard, the garden, the house where God dwells. Like a skilled architect and master builder, I laid a foundation based upon God’s grace given to me. Now others will come along to build on the foundation. Each serves in a different way and is to build upon it with great care.
There is, in fact, only one foundation, and no one can lay any foundation other than Jesus the Anointed. As others build on the foundation (whether with gold, silver, gemstones, wood, hay, or straw), the quality of each person’s work will be revealed in time as it is tested by fire. If a man’s work stands the test of fire, he will be rewarded. If a man’s work is consumed by the fire, his reward will be lost but he will be spared, rescued from the fire.
Don’t you understand that together you form a temple to the living God and His Spirit lives among you?
If someone comes along to corrupt, vandalize, and destroy the temple of God, you can be sure that God will see to it that he meets destruction because the temple of God is sacred. You, together, are His temple.
Don’t let anyone deceive himself. If any one of you thinks he is wise in matters pertaining to this world, he is going to be really disappointed. In fact, one must be deemed a fool by worldly standards in order to become truly wise because the wisdom of this rebellious and broken world looks like foolishness when put next to God.
So it stands in Scripture, “He catches the wise in their deceitful plotting.”
And the Scriptures add, “The Lord knows the highest thoughts of the wise, and they are worthless.”
So there is no reason for anyone to boast in human leaders. You already have it all. So whether it is Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life or death, the present or the future—it all belongs to you. You belong to the Anointed One, and the Anointed One belongs to God. (1 Corinthians 3:6-23)
And so you are no longer called outcasts and wanderers but citizens with God’s people, members of God’s holy family, and residents of His household. You are being built on a solid foundation: the message of the prophets and the voices of God’s chosen emissaries with Jesus, the Anointed Himself, the precious cornerstone. The building is joined together stone by stone—all of us chosen and sealed in Him, rising up to become a holy temple in the Lord.
In Him you are being built together, creating a sacred dwelling place among you where God can live in the Spirit.
For the worship leader.
A song of David, the Eternal One’s servant,who addressed these words to the Eternal after He had rescued him from Saul and his other enemies.
This Davidic psalm is also found in 2 Samuel 22. It expresses gratitude to God for saving him.
1 I love You, Eternal One, source of my power.
2 The Eternal is my rock, my fortress, and my salvation;
He is my True God, the stronghold in which I hide,
my strong shield, the horn that calls forth help, and my tall-walled tower.
3 I call out to the Eternal, who is worthy to be praised—
that’s how I will be rescued from my enemies.
4 The bonds of death encircled me;
the currents of destruction tugged at me;
5 The sorrows of the grave wrap around me;
the traps of death lay in wait for me.
6 In my time of need, I called to the Eternal;
I begged my True God for help.
He heard my voice echo up to His temple,
and my cry came to His ears.
7 Because of His great anger, the earth shook and staggered;
the roots of the mountains shifted.
8 Smoke poured out from His nose,
and devouring fire burst from His mouth.
Coals glowed from Him.
9 He bent the heavens and descended;
inky darkness was beneath His feet.
10 He rode upon a heavenly creature,[a] flying;
He was carried quickly on the wings of the wind.
11 He took darkness as His hiding place—
both the dark waters of the seas and the dark clouds of the sky.
12 Out from His brilliance
hailstones and burning coals
broke through the clouds.
13 The Eternal thundered in the heavens;
the Highest spoke; His voice rumbled [in the midst of hail and lightning].[b]
14 He shot forth His arrows and scattered the wicked;
He flung forth His lightning and struck them.
15 Then the deepest channels of the seas were visible,
and the very foundations of the world were uncovered
At Your rebuke, O Eternal One,
at the blast of wind from Your nostrils.
16 He reached down His hand from above me; He held me.
He lifted me from the raging waters.
17 He rescued me from my strongest enemy,
from all those who sought my death,
for they were too strong.
18 They came for me in the day of my destruction,
but the Eternal was the support of my life.
19 He set me down in a safe place;
He saved me to His delight; He took joy in me.
20 The Eternal One responded to me according to my goodness;
I kept my hands clean, and He blessed me.
21 I kept the ways of the Eternal
and have not walked away from my True God in wickedness.
22 All His laws were there before me,
and I did not push His statutes away.
23 I was blameless before Him;
I kept myself from guilt and shame.
24 That’s why the Eternal has rewarded me for my right living;
He’s rewarded me because He saw my hands were clean.
25 You are loyal to those who are loyal;
with the innocent, You prove to be innocent;
26 With the clean, You prove to be clean;
and with the twisted, You make Yourself contrary.
27 For You rescue humble people,
but You bring the proud back in line.
28 You are the lamp who lights my way;
the Eternal, my God, lights up my darkness.
29 With Your help, I can conquer an army;
I can leap over walls with a helping hand from You.
30 Everything God does is perfect;
the promise of the Eternal rings true;
He stands as a shield for all who hide in Him.
31 Who is the True God except the Eternal?
Who stands like a rock except our God?
32 The True God who encircled me with strength
and made my pathway straight.
33 He made me sure-footed as a deer
and placed me high up where I am safe.
34 He teaches me to fight
so that my arms can bend a bronze bow.
35 You have shielded me with Your salvation,
supporting me with Your strong right hand,
and it makes me strong.
36 You taught me how to walk with care
so my feet will not slip.
37 I chased my enemies and caught them
and did not stop until they were destroyed.
38 I broke them and threw them down beneath my feet,
and they could not rise up again.
39 For You equipped me for battle,
and You made my enemies fall beneath me.
40 You made my enemies turn tail and run,
and all who wanted my destruction, I destroyed.
41 They looked everywhere, but no one came to rescue them;
they asked the Eternal, but He did not answer them.
42 I beat them to sand, to dust that blows in the wind;
I flung them away like trash in the gutters.
43 You rescued me from conflict with the peoples;
You raised me up to rule over nations.
People who did not know me have come to serve me.
44 Strangers come to me, afraid.
As soon as they hear about me, they serve me;
45 Strangers who have lost heart
come fearfully to me from behind their high walls.
46 The Eternal is alive! My Rock is blessed,
and exalted is the True God of my deliverance—
47 The God who avenged me
and placed the peoples under me,
48 Who rescued me from all my foes.
Truly, You raised me up above my enemies
and saved me from the violent ones.
49 For this I will praise You among the nations, O Eternal,
and sing praises to Your name.
50 He is a tower of salvation for His king
and shows His enduring love to His anointed,
to David and his descendants forever.
Many people fear death; perhaps it’s the idea of the unknown that stirs the imagination. Death is the great enemy that stands before believers; but through Jesus’ own death and resurrection, the power of death is broken. Paul uses the gentle image of the faithful being asleep as a new perspective on the finality of death. One minute you close your eyes to this world; the next you are celebrating with Jesus and experiencing the resurrection of the body. Those sleeping will not even miss a moment; it will all happen in the blink of an eye.
Now, brothers and sisters, you don’t need further instruction from us or anyone else for that matter regarding how the seasons and times will play out. That’s because you know the truth well enough. The day of the Lord will race onto the scene and surprise us like a thief in the night. People will be going about their business chanting, “All is well! All is at peace!” and in the next moment, ruin and destruction will suddenly seize them as labor pains grip a woman about to give birth; for them there will be no escape. My brothers and sisters, it will be different for you. You do not dwell in the darkness, so that day will not surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light. You are sons and daughters of the day. We are not created of night, nor are we owned by darkness. So then let’s not give in to sleep or wander around in a stupor as some do, but let’s stay awake and in control. You see, sleepers sleep through the night, and drunkards drink the night away; but since we belong to the day, we should stay sober and in control, covered with a breastplate of faith and love and a helmet of the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us, His chosen, to face His wrath but to be the heirs of salvation through our Lord Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, who died for us. So regardless of whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. So support one another. Keep building each other up as you have been doing.
Brothers and sisters, we ask you to show appreciation to those who are working hard among you and those who are your leaders as they guide and instruct you in the Lord—they are priceless. When you think about them, let it be with great love in your heart because of all the work they have done. Let peace live and reign among you.
Brothers and sisters, we strongly advise you to scold the rebels who devote their lives to wreaking havoc, to encourage the downcast, to help the sick and weak, and to be patient with all of them. Make sure no one returns evil for evil, but always pursue what is good as it affects one another in the church but also all people. Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. (This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed.) Don’t suppress the Spirit. Don’t downplay prophecies. Take a close look at everything, test it, then cling to what is good. Put away every form of evil.
So now, may the God of peace make you His own completely and set you apart from the rest. May your spirit, soul, and body be preserved, kept intact and wholly free from any sort of blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus the Anointed. For the God who calls you is faithful, and He can be trusted to make it so.
Brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Greet one another warmly with a holy kiss. Here is my charge to you before the Lord: have this letter read to all our brothers and sisters [in the faith]. May the grace of our Lord Jesus, God’s Anointed, be with all of you.
Paul knows the healing power of touch.
When members of a loving community embrace, the hardest days are easier and no one feels alone.
(1 Thessalonians 5)
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.(Psalm 34:18)
But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs…For these things were done, that the Scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of Him shall not be broken. (John 19:33-36)
He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken. (Psalm 34:20)
The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken. (Psalm 34:17-20)
The Hebrew word for peace in this scripture is shalom. It basically means “nothing missing, nothing broken,” or wholeness in every area of your life—spirit, soul and body.
Walking in Truth
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1).
The Favor of God shows up…
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14)
Again, remember David—Psalm 27 is a song of David.
1 The Eternal is my light amidst my darkness
and my rescue in times of trouble.
So whom shall I fear?
He surrounds me with a fortress of protection.
So nothing should cause me alarm.
The psalms provide us with a way to think about and pray through the various threats we face.
Our enemies today may not be the same as in biblical times, but they are no less real.Consider the threats on the horizon. Some may be national. Others may be more personal.
Still they come to surround us and destroy us if they could only get the chance.
The reality is there are times when our enemies appear to have the upper hand and our cause is lost.
But wait and listen to the psalm! All is not lost because, ultimately, God is our light and salvation. The darkness will lift, and our Savior will come. He will settle all scores, and we will live in the beauty of His presence.
2 When my enemies advanced
to devour me alive,
They tripped and fell flat on their faces into the soil.
3 When the armies of the enemy surround me,
I will not be afraid.
When death calls for me in the midst of war,
my soul is confident and unmoved.
4 I am pleading with the Eternal for this one thing,
my soul’s desire:
To live with Him all of my days—
in the shadow of His temple,
To behold His beauty and ponder His ways
in the company of His people.
5 His house is my shelter and secret retreat.
It is there I find peace in the midst of storm and turmoil.
Safety sits with me in the hiding place of God.
He will set me on a rock, high above the fray.
6 God lifts me high above those with thoughts
of death and deceit that call for my life.
I will enter His presence, offering sacrifices and praise.
In His house, I am overcome with joy
As I sing, yes, and play music for the Eternal alone.
7 I cannot shout any louder. Eternal One—hear my cry
and respond with Your grace.
8 The prodding of my heart leads me to chase after You.
I am seeking You, Eternal One—don’t retreat from me.
9 You have always answered my call.
Don’t hide from me now.
Don’t give up on me in anger at Your servant.
You have always been there for me.
Don’t throw me to the side and forget me,
my God and only salvation.
10 My father and mother have deserted me,
yet the Eternal will take me in.
11 O Eternal, show me Your way,
shine Your light brightly on this path, and make it level for me,
for my enemies are lurking in the recesses and ravines along the way.
12 They are watching—hoping to seize me.
Do not release me to their desires or surrender me to their will!
Liars are standing against me,
breathing out cruel lies hoping that I will die.
13 I will move past my enemies with this one, sure hope:
that with my own eyes, I will see the goodness of the Eternal
in the land of the living.
The Day of the Lord
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5) –to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me. (Acts 26:18)
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:4; 3)
Isaiah 1:19 says, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.“
God can do something with a person who has a willing heart. In fact Psalms 25:12-13 in The Living Bible promises that when you fear the Lord, “God will teach you how to choose the best. You shall live within God’s circle of blessing….”
They did not thirst when he led them through the wilderness. (Isaiah 48:21)
They thirsted not in the desert, when He led them out: He brought forth water out of the rock for them, and He clove the rock, and the waters gushed out.
Webster’s dictionary defines faithful as “full of faith, believing, strong or firm in one’s faith, firmly adhering to duty, a true fidelity, loyal, true to allegiance, constant in the performance of duties or services.”
II Chronicles 16:9 says God is looking for faithfulness, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him….” The Hebrew word for perfect there means “loyal, devoted, dedicated, faithful.“
Psalm 63, A song of David while in the wilderness of Judah.
1 O True God, You are my God, the One whom I trust.
I seek You with every fiber of my being.
In this dry and weary land with no water in sight,
my soul is dry and longs for You.
My body aches for You, for Your presence.
2 I have seen You in Your sanctuary
and have been awed by Your power and glory.
3 Your steadfast love is better than life itself,
so my lips will give You all my praise.
4 I will bless You with every breath of my life;
I will lift up my hands in praise to Your name.
5 My soul overflows with satisfaction, as when I feast on foods rich in marrow and fat;
with excitement in my heart and joy on my lips, I offer You praise.
GIVE THANKS to the LORD for what HE has DONE!
The Scripture plainly says you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7).
If you desire to be a receiver, you have to be a giver.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).
Let the REDEEMED of the LORD, SAY “SO!“
“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” (II Corinthians 4:13).
Foundation for TRUE Success in LIFE
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success“
By yourself you’re unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
My feet are planted on this ROCK and I will not be shaken. Your praise is always on my lips; Your Word is living in my heart!
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith“
But celebrate this: God selected the world’s weak, the foolish to bring shame upon those who think they are strong, wise; likewise, He selected the world’s weak to bring disgrace upon those who think they are strong. (1 Corinthians 1:27)
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees. (William Cowper)
When I am weak, You make me strong for the eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)
Does He not see my ways and count my every step? (Job 31:4)
STAND in the WATER and TOUCH the FIRE!
Thanks Giving FIRES up our faith!
But when I tell myself, I’ll never mention Your name
PATIENCE IN PERSECUTION
For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
GO, REST HIGH ON THAT MOUNTAIN —-
God sometimes allows us to be CHANGED from an active to an inactive PERSON. But instead of folding up in our confinement, we can take advantage of the OPPORTUNITY to become a POWERFUL INTERCESSOR!
Worry is sin to a BELIEVER.
Lord I BELIEVE, help my unbelief!
Thank You Lord, I believe You fulfill Your purpose for me. All my children will be taught by You and they will have unlimited SHALOM.
You will increase me more and more, me and my children. There is no greater joy than that my children are walking in the TRUTH.
Open the eyes of my heart that I might see wondrous things from Your law.
IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS!
I know that You never leave or forsake me and that Your Holy Spirit is given to lead and guide me into all TRUTH every step of the WAY home to You in Christ Jesus.
It’s one thing to SAY that we TRUST GOD and another to manifest OBEDIENT faith through Thanks Giving!
But as Scripture says: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
(1 Corinthians 2:9-10)
REMEMBER IT TAKES BOTH FAITH AND PATIENCE TO INHERIT GOD’S PROMISES!
THIS IS GOD’S MESSAGE!
“This is God’s Message to Zerubbabel: ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,’ says God-of-the-Angel-Armies. ‘So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you’re nothing but a molehill. He’ll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!’” (Zechariah 4:6)
Blessings for Obedience
It is a fearful thing to promise God obedience and break that promise.
The Road to Life Is a Disciplined Life
The number one law of receiving is don’t quit! Stay with the Word. Stay with what God has told you to do. Even if you make a mistake, repent and get back on track. That’s faithfulness. It’s part of the prosperous life because “a faithful man shall abound with blessings.” (Proverbs 28:20)
The blessings reflect God’s primary intention toward us: to bless and not to curse.
When the Lord reveals His glory and character to Moses (Exodus 34:6–7), He declares at length that He’s a God of love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness, and only then adds that He will never allow injustice.
ROCK OF AGES CLEFT FOR ME!
The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ. To base our forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive our sin and reinstate us to His favor is through the Cross of Christ. There is no other way! (My Utmost For His Highest)
But the thing that awakens the deepest fountain of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven his sin. Paul never got away from this. Once you realize all that it cost God to forgive you, you will be held as in a vise, constrained by the love of God. (My Utmost For His Highest)
The earth is the LORD’s & the fullness thereof!
The LORD set the earth upon the foundations of the waters.
OUT OF THE ASHES WE RISE!
THE LORD WILL REBUILD
The world is being shaken in these last days. TIME is short. Please help us to bring Jesus to this lost and broken world!
As I looked, a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman came into view clothed in the radiance of the sun, standing with the moon under her feet, and she was crowned with a wreath of twelve stars on her head. She was painfully pregnant and was crying out in the agony of labor. Then a second sign appeared in heaven, ominous, foreboding: a great red dragon, with seven crowned heads and ten horns. The dragon’s tail brushed one-third of the stars from the sky and hurled them down to the earth. The dragon crouched in front of the laboring woman, waiting to devour her child the moment it was born.
She gave birth to a male child, who is destined to rule the nations with an iron scepter. Before the dragon could bite and devour her son, the child was whisked away and brought to God and His throne. The woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place of refuge and safety where she could find sustenance for 1,260 days.
The sign that appears in the vision is of a celestial woman who gives birth to a son. While it’s possible this could refer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, it is also possible this is a symbol of God’s chosen people. The faithful remnant of Israel is the womb that carried the Lord and delivered Him to the world. While the great red dragon does his best to destroy and devour Him, God has another plan. Since then, the dragon and his minions have done their best to harangue and persecute the woman’s children. But again he does not have the final word.
A battle broke out in heaven. Michael, along with his heavenly messengers, clashed against the dragon. The dragon and his messengers returned the fight, but they did not prevail and were defeated. As a result, there was no place left for them in heaven. So the great dragon, that ancient serpent who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, was cast down to the earth along with his messengers. Then I heard a great voice in heaven.
A Voice: Now the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of His Anointed One have come.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who relentlessly accuses them day and night before our God,
has been cast down and silenced.
By the blood of the Lamb
and the word of their witnesses,
they have become victorious over him,
For they did not hold on to their lives, even under threat of death.
Therefore, rejoice, all you heavens;
celebrate, all you who live in them.
But disaster will befall the earth and the sea,
for the devil has come down to your spheres,
And he is incredibly angry
because he knows his time is nearly over.
When the dragon realized he had been cast down to the earth, he pursued the mother of the male infant. In order to escape the serpent, she was given the two wings of the great eagle to fly deeper into the wilderness to her own special place where she would find sustenance for a time, and times, and half a time. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a raging river that chased after the woman, trying to sweep her away in the flood. But the earth came to her rescue. It opened its gaping mouth and swallowed the river that spewed from the dragon’s mouth. As a result, the dragon was enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children—those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the testimony of Jesus.
And the dragon stood waiting on the sand of the seashore.
This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me. Colossians 1:26-29)
And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17-19)
Let God’s Wisdom and Truth PREVAIL together with His unfailing Love!
“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.” (Isaiah 62:1)
Crucified LAID behind a STONE.
Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, He is RISEN just as He SAID!
“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.” (Psalm 129:2)
To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But You, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit. (Jonah 2;6)
A Full Life in the Emptiest of Places
“If you get rid of unfair practices,
quit blaming victims,
quit gossiping about other people’s sins,
If you are generous with the hungry
and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,
Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness,
your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.
I will always show you where to go.
I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
a gurgling spring that never runs dry.
You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again.
“If you watch your step on the Sabbath
and don’t use my holy day for personal advantage,
If you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy,
God’s holy day as a celebration,
If you honor it by refusing ‘business as usual,’
making money, running here and there—
Then you’ll be free to enjoy God!
Oh, I’ll make you ride high and soar above it all.
I’ll make you feast on the inheritance of your ancestor Jacob.”
Yes! God says so! (Isaiah 58:9-14)
YOU MAKE ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR MY GOOD!
God says in Rom 2:13, “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” Profession means nothing but condemnation unless one lives their profession.
You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe and tremble, but wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” Beloved, dead faith is no faith at all, it is idle and lying talk. It is a lying profession, and is the same caliber belief all the demons of hell have. Genuine faith is alive. Genuine faith works the righteous works of God. Genuine faith obeys God’s ten commandment law of love. The Bible warns us in James 1:22-25 to, “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” God’s law of love is the law of liberty to those who hear it and obey all its precepts. The obedient child of God is especially blessed of God. Remember beloved the words of Jesus in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” The Word further warns us in 1 John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” Finally we find it declared in 1 John 5:2-3, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.”
You must be one of God’s faithful watchmen giving a loud cry lifting up your voice showing God’s professed people their transgression and sin. God calls you to love Him and obey all the precepts of His Ten Commandment Law of love and liberty. You are called of God to be a “Repairer of the breach” warning all both in the world and especially in Christendom to cease living in sin, and obey by the grace of God His law of Love?
(from God’s FINAL CALL and WARNING)