In the language of God’s originalchosen” people, 4 = Daleth which means “door.” Jesus said, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9).

God the Father’s house (Beth) has a door (Daleth) whose name is Jesus by which you can go out or come in. The door can be closed or open. If the door is open, man can see another world. God designed us to live with the door open, which means that we will experience strife in our lives, rather than closing the door to avoid conflict. People live in a world of warfare and conflict, both within ourselves and against nature. Daleth symbolizes a world of opposition between good and evil, life and death, justice and injustice.

1 Corinthians 16:9, New American Standard Bible (©1995)
for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries is the same as God says to Cain in Genesis “If you do not do well, sin is crouching at your door; and its desire is to master you, but you must master it.”
Cain didn’t listen to the Lord. The sin of anger mastered him, and he killed his brother.
Remember how Jesus defined His “family?” Who ever obeys His Father’s will. PERIOD. END OF DISCUSSION. NO ROOM FOR DEBATE OR CRAFTINESS.

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.


Hebrews 13:8 (New International Version, ©2010)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. The warning, one more time: “If you do well, surely you will be accepted, but if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door and its desire is to master you, to consume you, to rule you. You must master it by depending on the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to keep you free from its power.”

Daleth represents “this world in this time.” It covers the physical side of our world, which exists within the time dimension. So that it is plain to understand the four-dimension concept, here are other examples:

o Four directions (north, south, east, west)
o Four elements (earth, air, fire, water)
o Four kingdoms (animal, vegetable, mineral, spiritual)
o Four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter)
o Four DNA genomes (A, G, T, C)
o Four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)

Through TIME, who is the Fourth Man?

Let me tell you who He is in every book of the Bible.

In Genesis He is the Seed of the Woman.

In Exodus He is the Passover Lamb.

In Leviticus He is our High Priest.

In Numbers He is the Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night.

In Deuteronomy He is the Prophet like unto Moses.

In Joshua He is the Captain of our Salvation.

In Judges He is our Judge and Lawgiver.

In Ruth He is our Kinsman Redeemer.

In I and II Samuel He is our Trusted Prophet.

In Kings and Chronicles He is our Reigning King.

In Ezra He is our Faithful Scribe.

In Nehemiah He is the Rebuilder of the Broken Down Walls of our human life.

In Esther He is our Mordecai.

In Job He is our Dayspring from on high and our Ever-Living Redemmer.

In Psalms He is the Lord our Shepard.

In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes He is our Wisdom.

In the Song of Solomon He is our Lover and the Bridegroom.

In Isaiah He is the Prince of Peace.

In Jeremiah He is the Righteous Branch.

In Lamentations He is the Weeping Prophet.

In Ezekiel He is the Wonderful Four-Faced Man.

In Daniel He is the Fourth Man in the burning fiery furnace.

Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion

Who is the Fourth Man?

In Hosea He is the Faithful Husband, forever married to the backslider.

In Joel He is the Baptizer with the Holy Ghost and Fire.

In Amos He is our Burden-Bearer.

In Obadiah He is the Mighty to Save.

In Jonah He is our Great Foreign Missionary.

In Micah He is the Messenger of Beautiful Feet, of carrying the Gospel.

In Nahum He is the Avenger of God’s Elect.

In Habakkuk He is God’s Evangelist, crying, “Revive thy work in the midst of the years.”

In Zephaniah He is the Savior.

In Haggai He is the Restorer of God’s Lost Heritage.

In Zechariah He is the Fountain Opened in the House of David for sin and uncleanness.

And in Malachi He is the Sun of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings.


Who is the Fourth Man?

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

In Matthew He is the Messiah.

In Mark He is the Wonder-worker.

In Luke He is the Son of Man.

In John He is the son of God.

In Acts He is the Holy spirit.

In Romans He is our Justifier.

In Corinthians He is the Gifs of the Spirit.

In Galatians He is the Redeemer from the curse of the law.

In Ephesians He is the Christ on Unreachable Riches.

In Philippians He is the God Who Supplies All Our Needs.

In Colossians He is the Godhead Bodily.

In ! and II Thessalonians He is our Soon-coming King.

In I and II Timothy He is our Mediator between God and Man.

In Titus He is our Faithful Pastor.

In Philemon He is a Friend that Sticketh Closer that a Brother.

In Hebrews He is the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant.

In James He is the Great Physician.

In I an II Peter He is the Chief Shepard who soon shall appear with a crown of unfading glory.

In I, II, and III John He is Everlasting Love.

In Jude He is the Lord Coming with Ten Thousands of his Saints.

And in revelation He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Luke 2:7, And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Jesus was both rejected/despised and accepted/esteemed of men when He first came but when He returns it is He who will be either rejecting or accepting us solely on whosoever has publicly confessed Him as their Lord and Savior in this age/time.

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.

Jesus the Way to the Father

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

Come now; let us leave.

At Jesus’ first coming, the enemy was striking down children even as he has attempted in every chronological generation…Hitler and in our time-period, the unborn aborted even as the Egyptians slaughtered Moses’ generation.

A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH, WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN; AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE.” Matthew 2:18 as foretold by the prophet, Jeremiah in Jeremiah 31:15

Yet the mother, even as Eve who had pain in childbirth, is the Bride of Christ who is co-laboring with Him in holy travail, interceding and weeping over the tribe, her children, and with them weeping over the fallen destiny of Israel, and over the calamities about to come upon the land.

In Jerusalem, there is the Dominus Flavit Church on the Mount of Olives. The Church, built in the shape of a teardrop, signifies Jesus weeping over Jerusalem from Matthew 23 where Jesus said, “Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often I wanted to gather your children as a hen gathers her young under her wings. But you would not.”

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.


Isaiah 53:11, He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation

Micah 5:2, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” is the common three-generation descriptive title of God. God Himself declares it to Moses at the burning bush when revealing His name, “I AM“:

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” (Ex. 3:14, 15)

God promised Abraham that after 400 years He would deliver Israel, “…in the fourth generation.” A generation in the Bible is normally 40 years long. However, here a generation is 100 years (4 x 100 = 400 years). Since Abraham received his promised child when he was exactly 100 years old, this is the measure of that generation, or God’s standard. Romans 9, “…but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” At the end of this age of God’s Grace in Christ Jesus, we have the end-time generation that “will not pass away until all these things have taken place.” (Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32). People read this and wonder, “Well, how long is a generation?” Forty years seemed to be a good Bible answer. However, just as people were when Jesus first came, nit-picking and squabbling over deep issues and missing the point, so it is with His second coming — the heart of the matter is how does Jesus define a “generation” because just how He defined His “family“, His ways are higher than ours and does not have to mean a specific number of years. It means a group of people at a given age throughout all the ages in time which God has given to people everywhere to seek Him as Father, Lord and Savior.

Who Is The Fourth Man?

In the New Testament, “The God and Father of our Lord Yeshua Messiah,” FULFILLS the Old Testament, “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” This is because Messiah is, of Himself, the last or fourth part (4 x 100 years) of the three-generations phrase (i.e., after, “…God of Jacob,…”). Furthermore, He is of Himself, the entire 400 years as symbolic of a 40-year generation (times 10). Jesus says of Himself as it is written in Revelation 22:13 New Living Translation (©2007),
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:16 and in Wesley’s Notes,

“So the last shall be first, and the first last – Not only with regard to the Jews and Gentiles, but in a thousand other instances. For many are called – All who hear the Gospel; but few chosen – Only those who obey it. Matthew 9:30; 22:14.”

Here in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is talking to a crowd. The religious “leaders” are forever wanting to trip Him up on some legal technicality or snare Him in a loophole in the Law and even His closest follower squabble among themselves right on up to the night before His crucifixion on which one is more important than the other -they never ease up or “get it” fixating on the deep issues while overlooking the pure and simple Truths. Jesus was God’s Word fulfilling all things, including: the Sabbath, the devil, signs, miracles, YADA! Finally, in the midst of all of this, someone tells Jesus that His mother and brothers are standing outside waiting to talk to him. Jesus replies, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” He points to the disciples and says, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus goes straight to the heart of the matter, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”

Let us not miss the boat, or the ark of God’s Covenant in Christ Jesus by missing the point in a literal definition but seek God’s perspective.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
1 Peter 11 Peter 2:9
and, Matthew 22:14, For many are called, but few [are] chosen. What is God’s definition on “chosen?

2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and Revelation 17:14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.

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conflict-of-thrones-prayer-projectTHIS WEEKEND—GLORY TRAIN NASHVILLE WITH JAMES GOLL!
7pm Friday, 9:30 am Saturday. On the weekend entering Rosh Hashanah, lets see His Throne of Glory established! Worship by Jamie and Jonathan Fitt of PTOD with special guest James Nesbit and others. 

Nashville—Awakening to a Train Whistle
Greetings from Music City. I awoke early this morning to the sound of a distant train whistle, the words of Bob Jones tumbling through my mind. “Any time you hear a train whistle just say this in your thinking, “I’m on that train, I’m on God’s glory train! My future is in His glory train and that’s where I’ll abide with Him!”

Bob’s word continues with an amazing promise that has defined our faith for every city. But it seems especially strong for Nashville, in a way I simply cannot explain. I guess it’s just now time.

And all of my time down here…

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an even higher vision. Yeshua, vaved to a cross that was violently pegged into His covenant land. Yeshua, resurrected and crowned. Redeeming the nations with His covenant love and governmental authority. Yeshua, whose Throne is again being staked into the very ground of Jerusalem.This time to be seen as Israel’s Messiah. For Israel and the nations, truly A VAV THAT IS CROWNED.A Throne of Glory.Tears are filling my eyes and heart again. You cannot make this up. And from Washington to Washington to Jerusalem, Thrones of Glory are blossoming as your VAVs of covenant are crowned.Truly, NO KING BUT JESUS!

Source: 5777: God is Crowning Your Vav with His Glory and Government!

Friends and fellow Americans, “Your success as a family… our success as a nation… depends not on what happens inside the White House, but on what happens inside your house.” I pray these wise words of Barbara Bush should resonate with us, our nation has always and will always depend on the moral fiber of our families, nothing more, nothing less. God bless, America, and America, bless God!

Source: Don’t give Trump so much credit, America

Job: I was naked, with nothing, when I came from my mother’s womb;
        and naked, with nothing, I will return to the earth.
    The Eternal has given, and He has taken away.
        May the name of the Eternal One be blessed.  (Job 1:21)

Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking.

    The Voice was and is God.
This celestial Word remained ever present with the Creator;
His speech shaped the entire cosmos.
Immersed in the practice of creating,
    all things that exist were birthed in Him.  (John 1:1-3)

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God created everything out of nothing

God Confronts Job

Have You Gotten to the Bottom of Things?

And now, finally, God answered Job from the eye of a violent storm. He said:

 “Why do you confuse the issue?
    Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about?
Pull yourself together, Job!
    Up on your feet! Stand tall!
I have some questions for you,
    and I want some straight answers.
Where were you when I created the earth?
    Tell me, since you know so much!
Who decided on its size? Certainly you’ll know that!
    Who came up with the blueprints and measurements?
How was its foundation poured,
    and who set the cornerstone,
While the morning stars sang in chorus
    and all the angels shouted praise?
And who took charge of the ocean
    when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb?
That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds,
    and tucked it in safely at night.
Then I made a playpen for it,
    a strong playpen so it couldn’t run loose,
And said, ‘Stay here, this is your place.
    Your wild tantrums are confined to this place.’  (Job 38:2-11)

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It’s God’s Spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty One, that makes wise human insight possible. The experts have no corner on wisdom; getting old doesn’t guarantee good sense.

God takes away our fear through the faith that He gives us.

How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust,

And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

(Psalm 40:4)
He who gives attention to the word will find good,

And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.  (Proverbs 16:20)

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD.

(Jeremiah 17:7)

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The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

(Psalm 119:103)

God’s Fulfilling Love

In this way, love is made perfect among us,

so that we should have boldness on the Day of Judgment.

For just as He is, so also are we in this world. 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.

For fear has to do with punishment,

and the one who fears has not been made perfect in love.  (1 John 4:17-18)

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Look! He is coming with the clouds, in glory. He will capture every eye, Even of those who pierced Him through. All the nations of the earth will be pierced with grief when He appears. Yes, may all this be done according to His plan. Amen.

The Wind Ran Out of Breath

Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.”

They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it.

And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping!

They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”

Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!”

The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass.

Jesus reprimanded the disciples:

“Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”  (Mark 4:35-40)

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“You of little faith,” Jesus replied, “why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was perfectly calm.

But Jesus rebuked the demon. “Be silent!” He said. “Come out of him!”

Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without harming him.

The followers came to Jesus when He was alone.
They said, “Why were we not able to put the demon out?”
Jesus said to them, “Because you have so little faith.
For sure, I tell you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to over there,’ and it would move over.
You will be able to do anything. 
*But this kind of demon does not go out but by prayer and by going without food so you can pray better.”  (Matthew 17:19-21)

*by nothing but by prayer and fasting…Jesus (quoting Deuteronomy):

It is written, “Man does not live by bread alone.

Rather, he lives on every word that comes from the mouth of the Eternal One.”

(Matthew 4:4)

 

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God, the Eternal One, who made the starry skies, stretched them tight above and around; Who cast the shimmering globe of earth and filled it with life; who gives breath and animates the people; Who walks and talks with life-giving spirit has this to say: Eternal One: I am the Eternal One. By righteousness I have called you. I will take you by the hand and keep you safe. You are given as a covenant between Me and the people: a light for the nations, a shining beacon to the world. You will open blind eyes so they will see again. You will lead prisoners, blinking, out from caverns of captivity, from cells pitch black with despair.

And I pledge that I will pour out a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy

on the family of David and the citizens of Jerusalem.

As a result, they will look upon Me whom they pierced,

they will grieve over Him as one grieves for an only child,

and they will moan and weep for Him as one weeps for a firstborn son. 

On that day, the grieving in Jerusalem will be as great as the pagans’ grieving ritual honoring Hadadrimmon on the plain of Megiddo each year.

We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint,

but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody.

Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham,

“I set you up as father of many peoples”?

Abraham was first named “father”

and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do:

raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway,

deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do

but on what God said he would do.

And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples.

God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”  (Romans 4:17-18)

Jesus (quoting Deuteronomy): It is written, “Man does not live by bread alone.

Rather, he lives on every word that comes from the mouth of the Eternal One.”

(Matthew 4:4)

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But if your eye is clouded or evil, then your body will be filled with evil and dark clouds. And the darkness that takes over the body of a child of God who has gone astray—that is the deepest, darkest darkness there is.

True Wisdom Comes from God

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life,

doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.

But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart,

don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.

For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom.

Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.

For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition,

there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure.

It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others.

It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace

and reap a harvest of righteousness.  (James 3:13-18)

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But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Make straight paths for your feet, so that the lame will not be debilitated, but rather healed. Pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the fruit you reap leads to holiness, and the outcome is eternal life.  (Romans 6:22)

So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification.  (Romans 14:19)

Remember, man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds

out of the mouth of God…DEMONSTRATE Your ways, O Eternal One.
    Teach me to understand so I can follow.
EASE me down the path of Your truth.
    FEED me Your word
    because You are the True God who has saved me.
    I wait all day long, hoping, trusting in You.  (Matthew 4:4, Psalm 25:4-5)

Make me hear of Your faithful love in the morning,
    for I trust in You.
Teach me how I should walk,
    for I offer my soul up to You.  (Psalm 143:8)

He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—

to Him be the glory and power forever and ever! Amen.

 

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Lord, I will persistently carry out my spiritual exercises every day. I want to always strive for peace and maturity in Christ Jesus, Amen.

 

For the worship leader. A prayer of David to the tune “Silent Dove in the Distance,” when the Philistine oppressors seized him in Gath.

Psalm 56 brings to mind the time when David fled from Saul and sought help from the Philistines, his former enemies (1 Samuel 21:10-15)

In his time of panic and fear,

David found courage in trusting God to do

what could not be done by human power and ingenuity alone.

Show mercy to me, O God, because people are crushing me—
    grinding me down like dirt underfoot—all day long.
    No matter what I do, I can’t get myself out from under them.
My enemies are crushing me, yes all day long, O Highest of High,
    for many come proud and raise their hands against me.
When struck by fear,
    I let go, depending securely upon You alone.
In God—whose word I praise—
    in God I place my trust. I shall not let fear come in,
    for what can measly men do to me?
All day long they warp my words;
    all their thoughts against me are mangled by evil.
They conspire, then lurk about.
    They eye my every move,
Waiting to steal my very life.
Because they are wicked through and through, drag them out.
    In Your just anger, O God, cast them down!

 You have taken note of my journey through life,
    caught each of my tears in Your bottle.
    But God, are they not also blots on Your book?
Then my enemies shall turn back and scatter
    on the day I call out to You.
    This I know for certain: God is on my side.
 In God whose word I praise
    and in the Eternal whose word I praise—
 In God I have placed my trust. I shall not let fear come in,
    for what can measly men do to me?

 I am bound by Your promise, O God.
    My life is my offering of thanksgiving to You,
 For You have saved my soul from the darkness of death,
    steadied my feet from stumbling
So I might continue to walk before God,
    embraced in the light of the living.

After God moved Saul aside, He made David king in his place.

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If You do, I promise to teach rebels Your ways and help sinners find their way back to You. Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By THIS, I will know that God is for me.

God had this to say about David:

“I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after My own heart.

He’s the kind of king who will rule in ways that please Me.”  (Acts 13:22)

In his time of panic and fear, David found courage in trusting God to do

what could not be done by human power and ingenuity alone.

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Even when you think you have good intentions, He knows your real motives. Whatever you do, do it as service to Him, and He will guarantee your success.

All the ways of a man are pure in his OWN eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits.

Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established.  (Proverbs 16:2-3)

After the Fall, God chose a New Way to let His children help Him rule the earth.

It is THROUGH intercessory prayer.

We must never forget that God is Sovereign; but all through the Bible, we find Promises

that when we pray, He will act.

In prayer, we move the Hand that moves everything in the world.

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The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

 I will use these weapons against every rebel who remains
after I have first used them on you yourselves and you surrender to Christ.The trouble with you is that you look at me and I seem weak and powerless,

but you don’t look beneath the surface.

Yet if anyone can claim the power and authority of Christ, I certainly can. 

I may seem to be boasting more than I should about my authority over you—

authority to help you, not to hurt you—but I shall make good every claim.

(2 Corinthians 10:6-8)

 Last of all I want to remind you that your strength

must come from the Lord’s mighty power within you.

Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe

against all strategies and tricks of Satan.

For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood,

but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world,

those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world;

and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.

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May God give peace to you, my Christian brothers, and love, with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May God’s grace and blessing be upon all who sincerely love our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Just as the Eternal makes a covenant with David, so He will not remove David’s offspring from the Jerusalem throne, as long as David’s sons follow the Lord.

So use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks,

and when it is all over, you will still be standing up.

But to do this, you will need the strong belt of truth and the breastplate of God’s approval. Wear shoes that are able to speed you on as you preach the Good News of peace with God. 

In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 

And you will need the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—

which is the Word of God.

Pray all the time. Ask God for anything in line with the Holy Spirit’s wishes.

Plead with Him, reminding Him of your needs,

and keep praying earnestly for all Christians everywhere. 

Pray for me, too, and ask God to give me the right words

as I boldly tell others about the Lord.  (Ephesians 6:10-19)

 

 

 

 

 

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A giant nearly ten feet tall stepped out from the Philistine line into the open, Goliath from Gath. Goliath stood there and called out to the Israelite troops, “Why bother using your whole army? Am I not Philistine enough for you? And you’re all committed to Saul, aren’t you? So pick your best fighter and pit him against me. If he gets the upper hand and kills me, the Philistines will all become your slaves. But if I get the upper hand and kill him, you’ll all become our slaves and serve us. I challenge the troops of Israel this day. Give me a man. Let us fight it out together!” When Saul and his troops heard the Philistine’s challenge, they were terrified and lost all hope. Enter David.

Each morning and evening for forty days, Goliath took his stand and made his speech.

 For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening*

the Philistine giant strutted before the armies of Israel.

Enter David.

“Who does he think he is, anyway, this uncircumcised Philistine,

taunting the armies of God-Alive?”

David Accepts the Challenge 

Yet David’s BROTHER had false accusations!

The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver of the whole world.

He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,

“Now have come God’s victory, power and kingship,
and the authority of his Messiah;
because the Accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them day and night* before God,
has been thrown out!

“They defeated him because of the Lamb’s blood
and because of the message of their witness.
Even when facing death
they did not cling to life. (Revelation 12:9-11)

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Don’t let anyone think little of you because you are young. Be their ideal; let them follow the way you teach and live; be a pattern for them in your love, your faith, and your clean thoughts.

Then David said, What have I now done? Is there not a **cause?

** For his father’s sending was a just occasion,

and also he felt himself inwardly moved by God’s Spirit.  (1 Samuel 17:29)

 Adonai is my light and salvation;
whom do I need to fear?
Adonai is the stronghold of my life;
of whom should I be afraid?

(Psalm 27:1, a Psalm of David,

A psalm of fearless trust in God.  

Don’t you remember when you didn’t amount to much in your own sight,

but you were made the leader of the tribes of Israel?

Wasn’t it the Eternal One who anointed you king over them?

He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others.

But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.

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Is there not a *** cause?

David answered, “You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day God is handing you over to me. I’m about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there’s an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that God doesn’t save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to God—he’s handing you to us on a platter!”

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“I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with Me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from Me you can’t do a thing. Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up. “If you remain united with Me, and my words with you, then ask whatever you want, and it will happen for you. This is how My Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be My talmidim. “Just as my Father has loved Me, I too have loved you; so stay in My love. If you keep My commands, you will stay in My love — just as I have kept My Father’s commands and stay in His love. I have said this to you so that My joy may be in you, and your joy be complete. “This is My command: that you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, I chose you; and I have commissioned you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever you ask from the Father in My name He may give you. This is what I command you: keep loving each other! “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would have loved its own. But because you do not belong to the world — on the contrary, I have picked you out of the world — therefore the world hates you. Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you too; if they kept My word, they will keep yours too. But they will do all this to you on My account, because they don’t know the One who sent Me. “If I had not come and spoken to them, they wouldn’t be guilty of sin; but now, they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done in their presence works which no one else ever did, they would not be guilty of sin; but now, they have seen them and have hated both Me and My Father. But this has happened in order to fulfill the words in their Torah which read, ‘They hated Me WITHOUT A CAUSE (for no reason at all).’ 26 “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father — he will testify on my behalf. 27 And you testify too, because you have been with me from the outset.

Don’t owe anyone anything — except to love one another;

for whoever loves his fellow human being has fulfilled Torah

For the commandments, “Don’t commit adultery,” “Don’t murder,” “Don’t steal,” “Don’t covet,”and any others are summed up in this one rule:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Love does not do harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fullness of Torah. (Romans 13:8-10)

And who is my “neighbor?”

for CAUSE – Legal DefinitionOf an action, such as the termination of a contract or a relationship of employment, that it is based on a breach, misfeasance, or other inappropriate action of the other party.But God is calling us to step in to the GAPto build up the BREACHto be as Jesus who prayed,”Father forgive themfor they know notwhat they have done.”Not because of who I amBut because of what You’ve doneNot because of what I’ve doneBut because of who You areI am Yours(Who Am I – Casting Crowns)

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Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation awaiting

those who are in union with the Messiah Yeshua.  Why?

Because the Torah of the Spirit, which produces this life in union with Messiah Yeshua,

has set me free from the “Torah” of sin and death. 

For what the Torah could not do by itself,

because it lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate,

God did by sending his own Son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one [but without sin].

God did this in order to deal with sin,

and in so doing He executed the punishment against sin in human nature, 

so that the just requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled

in us who do not run our lives according to what our old nature wants

but according to what the Spirit wants. 

For those who identify with their old nature set their minds on the things of the old nature, but those who identify with the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  Having one’s mind controlled by the old nature is death,

but having one’s mind controlled by the Spirit is life and shalom.

For the mind controlled by the old nature is hostile to God,

because it does not submit itself to God’s Torah — indeed, it cannot.

Thus, those who identify with their old nature cannot please God.

But you, you do not identify with your old nature but with the Spirit —

provided the Spirit of God is living inside you,

for anyone who doesn’t have the Spirit of the Messiah doesn’t belong to Him.

However, if the Messiah is in you, then, on the one hand, the body is dead because of sin; but, on the other hand, the Spirit is giving life because God considers you righteous.

And if the Spirit of the One who raised Yeshua from the dead is living in you,

then the One who raised the Messiah Yeshua from the dead

will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

So then, brothers, we don’t owe a thing to our old nature that would require us to live according to our old nature. For if you live according to your old nature, you will certainly die; but if, by the Spirit, you keep putting to death the practices of the body, you will live.

All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear;

on the contrary, you received the Spirit,

who makes us sons and by whose power we cry out, “Abba!” (that is, “Dear Father!”).

The Spirit himself bears witness with our own spirits that we are children of God;

and if we are children,

then we are also heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with the Messiah —

provided we are suffering with Him in order also to be glorified with Him.

I don’t think the sufferings we are going through now

are even worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us in the future. 

The creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed; 

for the creation was made subject to frustration — not willingly,

but because of the one who subjected it.

But it was given a reliable hope that it too would be set free

from its bondage to decay and would enjoy the freedom

accompanying the glory that God’s children will have. 

We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning

as with the pains of childbirth; and not only it,

but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,

groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons —

that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free. 

It was in this hope that we were saved.

But if we see what we hope for, it isn’t hope — after all, who hopes for what he already sees? 

But if we continue hoping for something we don’t see,

then we still wait eagerly for it, with perseverance.

Similarly, the Spirit helps us in our weakness;

for we don’t know how to pray the way we should.

But the Spirit himself pleads on our behalf with groanings too deep for words;

and the one who searches hearts knows exactly what the Spirit is thinking,

because his pleadings for God’s people accord with God’s will. 

Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together

for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with His purpose;

because those whom He knew in advance,

He also determined in advance would be conformed to the pattern of His Son,

so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers; 

and those whom He thus determined in advance,

He also called; and those whom He called, He also caused to be considered righteous;

and those whom He caused to be considered righteous He also glorified!

What, then, are we to say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

He who did not spare even His own Son, but gave Him up on behalf of us all —

is it possible that, having given us His Son, He would not give us everything else too?

So who will bring a charge against God’s chosen people?

Certainly not God — He is the one who causes them to be considered righteous! 

Who punishes them?

Certainly not the Messiah Yeshua, who died and — more than that — has been raised,

is at the right hand of God and is actually pleading on our behalf! 

Who will separate us from the love of the Messiah? Trouble? Hardship? Persecution? Hunger? Poverty? Danger? War?

As the Tanakh puts it,

“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long,
we are considered sheep to be slaughtered.”

 No, in all these things we are superconquerors, through the One who has loved us. 

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, neither powers above nor powers below,

nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God

which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:23(22)

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Are there still some among you who hold that “only believing” is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the demons believe this too—so strongly that they tremble in terror!

Are there still some among you who hold that “only believing” is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the demons believe this too—so strongly that they tremble in terror!

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life.

It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”

God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.

We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children.

And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!

We go through exactly what Christ goes through.

If we go through the hard times with Him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with Him!

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times.

The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next.

Everything in creation is being more or less held back.

God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment

into the glorious times ahead.

Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.  (Romans 8:15-21)

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

 

I will send great troubles upon them—all the things they feared, for when I called them, they refused to answer,

and when I spoke to them, they would not hear. Instead, they did wrong before my eyes and chose what they knew I despised.

Hear the words of God, all you who fear Him, and tremble at His words:

Your brethren hate you and cast you out for being loyal to My name.

“Glory to God,” they scoff. “Be happy in the Lord!” But they shall be put to shame.  (Isaiah 66:4-5)

Who has performed these deeds and accomplished this purpose?
Who calls each generation into being from the first on down?

It is I, the Eternal One your God.
I am the first.
And to the very last, I am the One.  (Isaiah 41:4)

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.  Please answer me: Don’t give up.     Wait for the Eternal in expectation, and be strong.     Again, wait for the Eternal.

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.
Please answer me: Don’t give up.
Wait for the Eternal in expectation, and be strong.
Again, wait for the Eternal.

But for those in covenant with God, there’s nothing to fear. This is The Good News; in Christ’s ascension and Satan’s defeat, God’s covenant people have God’s answers to their prayers.   Christ’s Kingdom cannot be overturned and His Word endures forever; unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build.  The will of God is not founded upon the caprices of man but fulfilled in the obedience of the Son of God who lay down his life as the Son of Man and then arose with healing in his wings for whosoever will believe and receive His ever-lasting resurrection life.  This is His story not just man’s history; it is the outworking of God’s plan to redeem and restore His scattered people. It was God who sent His disobedient covenant partners into exile; it will be God who brings them back home.

    Look, everyone who hated you and sought to do you wrong         will be embarrassed and confused.     Whoever challenged you with hot-headed bluster         will become as if they never were, and nevermore will be.     You may go looking for them, but you won’t find them;         because those who tried to fight with you will become as if they never were.   After all, it is I, the Eternal One your God,         who has hold of your right hand,     Who whispers in your ear, “Don’t be afraid. I will help you.”  So don’t be afraid, Jacob, though you are nothing but a worm.     People of Israel, you little bug, you have nothing to fear. Eternal One: I will help you. I am One who saves you,         the Holy One of Israel.  I will turn you into a formidable threshing sledge         with brand new sharp blades that will mow down entire mountains         and turn the hills into chaff.  You will separate value from waste, and a great wind         and a strong storm will take away what is useless and unimportant.     You will take joy in the Eternal.         You will glow with pride in the Holy One of Israel.

Look, everyone who hated you and sought to do you wrong
will be embarrassed and confused.
Whoever challenged you with hot-headed bluster
will become as if they never were, and nevermore will be.
You may go looking for them, but you won’t find them;
because those who tried to fight with you will become as if they never were.
After all, it is I, the Eternal One your God,
who has hold of your right hand,
Who whispers in your ear, “Don’t be afraid. I will help you.”
So don’t be afraid, Jacob, though you are nothing but a worm.
People of Israel, you little bug, you have nothing to fear.
Eternal One: I will help you. I am One who saves you,
the Holy One of Israel.
I will turn you into a formidable threshing sledge
with brand new sharp blades that will mow down entire mountains
and turn the hills into chaff.
You will separate value from waste, and a great wind
and a strong storm will take away what is useless and unimportant.
You will take joy in the Eternal.
You will glow with pride in the Holy One of Israel.

Therefore, brothers, just as you learned from us how you had to live in order to please God,

and just as you are living this way now, we ask you — indeed, united with the Lord Yeshua, we urge you —

to keep doing so more and more. 

For you know what instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Yeshua. 

What God wants is that you be holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality, 

that each of you know how to manage his sexual impulses in a holy and honorable manner, without giving in to lustful desires, like the pagans who don’t know God. 

No one should wrong his brother in this matter or take advantage of him, because the Lord punishes all who do such things — as we have explained to you before at length. For God did not call us to live an unclean life but a holy one.

Therefore, whoever rejects this teaching is rejecting not a man but God, indeed, the One who gives you the Ruach HaKodesh, which is His.

Concerning love for the brothers we do not need to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other; and you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do it even more.

Also, make it your ambition to live quietly, to mind your own business and to earn your living by your own efforts —

just as we told you. Then your daily life will gain the respect of outsiders, and you will not be dependent on anyone.

Now, brothers, we want you to know the truth about those who have died;

otherwise, you might become sad the way other people do who have nothing to hope for.

For since we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, we also believe that in the same way God, through Yeshua,

will take with Him those who have died.

When we say this, we base it on the Lord’s own word:

we who remain alive when the Lord comes will certainly not take precedence over those who have died. 

For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a rousing cry, with a call from one of the ruling angels,

and with God’s shofar;

those who died united with the Messiah will be the first to rise;

then we who are left still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air;

and thus we will always be with the Lord. 

So encourage each other with these words.

(1 Thessalonians 4)

And those who are wise—the people of God—shall shine as brightly as the sun’s brilliance,

and those who turn many to righteousness will glitter like stars forever.  (Daniel 12:3)

And let us not get tired of doing what is right,

for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.  (Galatians 6:9)

And they will be Mine on that day when I, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, make My unique treasure—which is the kingdom of Israel. I will have pity on them as a man has pity on his son who serves him.

And they will be Mine on that day when I, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, make My unique treasure—which is the kingdom of Israel. I will have pity on them as a man has pity on his son who serves him.

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