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.

God’s Word is revealed and fulfilled in Jesus, the only One who returns us back to where we belong-

out of the curse of sin and death into the blessing of being restored to our true identity and proper place in the eternal presence

as a beloved member of the family of God the Father!

You did not choose Me. I chose you, and I orchestrated all of this so that you would be sent out and bear great and perpetual fruit. As you do this, anything you ask the Father in My name will be done. (John 15:16)

If I am your Father, then where is My respect from you? And if I am your glorious Master, then where is your fear of Me

From your self-centered oblivion you ask, “How have we despised Your name?” (Malachi 1:6)

In Revelation, we see the outcome which was foretold from Genesis: It is clearly about being in the will of God, the Father –

in the end virtue will be rewarded and vice punished based on your standing in Christ Jesus,

the Son whose obedience brings us back into the full standing of right relationship as true children of God, the Father.

The ultimate covenant curse is exile (separation from God),

and the ultimate covenant blessing is redemption (restoration to God’s saving presence).

Just as through one man’s defiant disobedience every one of us were made sinners, so through the willing obedience of the one man many of us will be made right. (Romans 5:19)

Entering into God’s Presence

For we are not coming, as Moses did, to a physical mountain with its burning fire, thick clouds of darkness and gloom, and with a raging whirlwind. We are not those who are being warned by the jarring blast of a trumpet and the thundering voice; the fearful voice that they begged to be silenced. They couldn’t handle God’s command that said,

If so much as an animal approaches the mountain it is to be stoned to death!

The astounding phenomena Moses witnessed caused him to shudder with fear and he could only say, “I am trembling in terror!”

By contrast, we have already come near to God in a totally different realm, the Zion-realm, for we have entered the city of the Living God, which is the New Jerusalem in heaven!

We have joined the festal gathering of myriads of angels in their joyous celebration!

And as members of the church of the Firstborn all our NAMES have been LEGALLY REGISTERED as citizens of heaven!

And we have come before God who JUDGES ALL,

and who lives among the spirits of the righteous who have been made perfect in his eyes!

And we have come to Jesus who established a new covenant with his blood sprinkled upon the mercy seat; blood that continues to speak from heaven, “forgiveness,” a better message than Abel’s blood that cries from the earth, “justice.”

Make very sure that you never refuse to listen to God when he speaks!

For the God who spoke on earth from Sinai is the same God who now speaks from heaven.

Those who heard him speak his living Word on earth found nowhere to hide,

so what chance is there for us to escape if we turn our backs on God and refuse to hear his warnings as he speaks from heaven?

The earth was rocked at the sound of his voice from the mountain, but now he has promised,

Once and for all I will not only shake the systems of the world,
but also the unseen powers in the heavenly realm!

Now this phrase “once and for allclearly indicates the final removal of things that are shaking, that is, the old order,

so only what is unshakeable will remain. Since we are receiving our rights to an unshakeable kingdom,

we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights his heart

as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe.

For our God is a holy, devouring fire! (Hebrews 12:18-29)

The Hebrew name for Jesus is Yeshua (lit. “God is a Saving-Cry”), which bears and reveals the name Yahweh.
Jesus carries the name and reputation of his Father, Yahweh, within him. See John 17:11.

We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen.
We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created.
For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible,
rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.

He was there before any of it came into existence
and holds it all together right up to this moment.
And when it comes to the church, He organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.

He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—
He is supreme in the end.
From beginning to end He’s there, towering far above everything, everyone.
So spacious is He, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in Him without crowding.
Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—
people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of His death,

His blood that poured down from the cross.
(Colossians 1:15-20)

Marriage and the family are institutions founded by God. They are considered His highest priority for individuals next to personal salvation. They are worth defending in battle.” (Beverly LaHaye)


Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer,

for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious. (Ephesians 6:13)

So be made strong even in your weakness by lifting up your tired hands in prayer and worship. And strengthen your weak knees, for as you keep walking forward on God’s paths all your stumbling ways will be divinely healed! (Hebrews 12:12-13)

So consider carefully HOW JESUS FACED such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls,

so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures.

After all, you have not yet reached the point of sweating blood in your opposition to sin.

And have you forgotten his encouraging words spoken to you as his children? He said,

My child, don’t underestimate the value
of the discipline and training of the Lord God,
or get depressed when he has to correct you.
For the Lord’s training of your life
is the EVIDENCE of his faithful love.
And when he draws you to himself,
it proves you are his delightful child
.”

Fully embrace God’s correction as part of your training, for he is doing what any loving father does for his children.

For who has ever heard of a child who never had to be corrected?

We all should welcome God’s discipline as the validation of authentic sonship.

For if we have never once endured his correction it only proves we are strangers and not sons. (Hebrews 12:3-8)

He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. (Genesis 5:2)


So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)


Jesus answered, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ (Matthew 19:4)


From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ (Mark 10:6)


God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that crawls upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

As the LORD your God has commanded you (Deuteronomy 5:16)

As children of God, the Father, whose elder brother is Jesus Christ, the Firstborn, we share our testimonies with that great cloud of

witnesses who have gone on before us-

What is a Testimony?


Telling the stories we’ve learned from our lessons as God’s children. These stories are showing us that God is truly in control of all things and why it’s important to obey Him.

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),
“…that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Exodus 20:12)

Obedience and Faith in God’s commands (Word) is also part of the revealed will of God –

in the end virtue will be rewarded and vice punished.

Children and Parents

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Sin always leads to death. Separation from relationship to God leads to death both in spirit and in the natural (physical).

Stepping out of or away from a relationship with the Creator, the Lord of Life,

is stepping out of the BLESSING and stepping into the dominion of darkness, the CURSE of sin and its consequential death.

The authority of the name of Jesus causes every knee to bow in reverence!
Everything and everyone will one day submit to this name—in the heavenly realm, in the earthly realm, and in the demonic realm.
And every tongue will proclaim in every language: “Jesus Christ is Lord Yahweh,”
bringing glory and honor to God, His Father! (Philippians 2:9-11)


But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to show godliness to their own family and repay their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. (1 Timothy 5:4)


Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. (Deuteronomy 27:16)


Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. (Proverbs 20:20)

Taste and See that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man that trusts in him. (Psalm 34:8)

Because of God’s great kindness, Jesus tasted death for everyone in all the world. (Hebrews 2:9)

I’m the only God there is—
The only God who does things right and knows how to help.
So turn to Me and be helped—saved!—
everyone, whoever and wherever you are.
I am God, the only God there is, the one and only.
I promise in My own name:
Every word out of My mouth does what it says.
I never take back what I say.
Everyone is going to end up kneeling before Me.
Everyone is going to end up saying of Me,
‘Yes! Salvation and strength are in God!’” (Isaiah 45:23)

*A banner calls us back to re-align with God’s purpose
We may feel alone, but we aren’t. We are surrounded by an army of witnesses.
They have run the race of faith and finished well. It is now our turn.

We go forward with the VISION even if no one else can see it because we know that God has a plan for us in Jesus

who has gone ahead of us and made a way for us. His name is a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point.

We will sing for joy over your victory, And in THE NAME of our God we will set up our BANNERS.

Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith.
He endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused
on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the throne,
a place of honor. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Jesus quietly whispers, “My Beloved Child, it’s okay! Keep your eyes on the banner. My purposes stand firm, My presence goes with you, My provision is enough for you, and My protection will ultimately bring victory. I am with you and for you. We win!” (Becky Harling)I bless and praise Your name, Jehovah Nissi, You are my banner, my stronghold and You defeat every evil.
Let me be a beacon of hope and light pointing the hurting to You as they see Your victory in my life. Amen

The Great Cloud of Witnesses


As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds.

So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into.

Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination,

for the path has been already marked out before us.

We look away from the natural realm and we FASTEN OUR GAZE ONTO JESUS who birthed faith within us

and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.

His example is this: BECAUSE HIS HEART WAS FOCUSED on the joy of knowing that you would be his,

he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, & now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God! (Hebrews 12:1-2)

May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. (Psalm 20:5)
A banner is raised or displayed to honor and to celebrate.
Banners mark places and honor people, but they also serve as a name badge.

Pray like this:
Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms, may the glory of Your name
be the center on which our lives turn.
Manifest Your kingdom realm, and cause Your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth,
just as it is fulfilled in heaven.
‘ (Matthew 6:9-10)

The Aramaic word for “name” is shema (the Hebrew word, shem),
a word with multiple meanings. It can also be translated “light,” “sound,” or “atmosphere.”

Placing a light, like a lantern, in an enclosed space magnifies that light.
This is the meaning here of God’s name being made sacred and magnified as we focus our lives on Him.

“the LORD is my banner.”
In a worship service, Banners are used for God’s people as a visual tool on which to focus.
They can declare a time of the battle in spiritual warfare, God’s love, His grace, holiness, and power.

On that day, Jesse’s Root will be raised high, posted as a rallying banner for the peoples.
The nations will all come to Him. His headquarters will be glorious. (Isaiah 11:10)
As believers, we understand that Jesus is our banner. We belong to Him and identify ourselves by His name.

You have unfurled a banner for those who revere You, a signal to gather in safety out of the enemy’s reach.
You have given miraculous signs to those who love You.
As we follow You we fly the BANNER (flag of truth), and all who love the truth will rally to it.
(Psalm 60:4)

Because of that obedience, God exalted Him and multiplied His greatness! He has now been given the greatest of all names!

In Philippians chapter 2, Paul describes an extended spiritual family where others line up to become part of this sacred assembly and to make it their home because they feel encouragement and know they are truly loved.

This radical unity and true community come in the fellowship of being one in the spirit of truth

that is only found in The Word who is The Name above all other names.

This is how His joy is made completely fulfilled as we adopt the same mind of Jesus who humbled Himself, became a servant, and suffered the death of the cross. Jesus becomes the example of humility and service, leading to the same unity of brethren as described in Psalm 133, which is the place where God the Father commands The Blessing to flow together over all.

Trust in the Truth

Psalm 61:2

From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].

Matthew 24:35
My words are always true and always here with you. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

Thank You, Lord, for being with me each day where-ever I am. Thank You, Lord for catching
me when I fall. Thank You, Lord for nourishing me when I thirst. Thank You, Lord for healing me when I am sick. And most important, Lord, Thank You for loving me with Your GOODNESS.
Amen

Joshua 21:45
Not one word failed from all the good words God spoke to the house of Israel. Everything came out right.

Joshua 1:9
After the death of Moses the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant:

“Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

Joshua 23:14
Know this with all your heart, with everything in you, that not one detail has failed of all the good things God, your God, promised you. It has all happened. Nothing’s left undone—not so much as a word.

When I come to the END of my self, where-ever I am in the world, God is there.
And from that seeming “DEAD END”, He can create new life, and give new strength.
I never need fear that I have not taken Him along. (Gladis and Gordon DePree)

Matthew 5:18

This, beloved, is the truth: until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter, not one pen stroke, will disappear from the sacred law—for everything, everything in the sacred law will be fulfilled and accomplished.

Isaiah 40:27-31
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me
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Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.

He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.

Proverbs 3:5-12
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.

As little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

1 Kings 3:7
Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child. I do not know how to start or finish.

2 Chronicles 7:12-18
God appeared to Solomon that very night and said, “I accept your prayer; yes, I have chosen this place as a temple for sacrifice, a house of worship. If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people, and my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health. From now on I’m alert day and night to the prayers offered at this place. Believe me, I’ve chosen and sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; my eyes are on it and my heart in it always. As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to my guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel—make it a sure thing on a sure foundation. The same covenant guarantee I gave to David your father I’m giving to you, namely, ‘You can count on always having a descendant on Israel’s throne.

Characteristics of the Last Days

Dear children, the end of this age is near! You have heard that Antichrist is arising, and in fact, many enemies of Christ have already appeared, and this is how we know that we are living in the closing hour of this age. 1 John 2:18

In the Garden of Eden, Eve encountered the doctrines of demons as the serpent spoke to her.
Satan began to lead Eve astray by questioning what God said.
Eve could have simply ended the conversation there, but she continued to talk and opened herself up to deception

as Satan caused Eve to doubt God’s Word was true and that He was faithful to His Word.
This is how subtle Satan leads people astray from the simplicity that God cannot lie and that every Word of God is pure!

Satan is the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning.

Hatred in the heart is akin to murder. (John 8:44)

Doctrines of demons come in as subtle suggestions in the minds of those who turn to Satan to give them what they desire

instead of following God’s Will in His purpose in creating them. Satan (the devil) comes only to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Doctrines of demons exist only to separate people from God and His blessing.

From the mouths of the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet I saw three foul demons crawl out—they looked like frogs.

These frogs are demonic spirits.

As they go into the world,

they perform miracles persuading the kings of the world to gather for the last battle on the great day of God, the All Powerful. Revelation 16:14

But you need to be aware that in the final days the culture of society will become extremely fierce and difficult for the people of God. 2 Timothy 3:1

Above all, you must understand that in the last days mockers will multiply, chasing after their evil desires. 2 Peter 3:3

“At the end of time, some will ridicule the faithful and follow their lusts to the grave.”
Jude 18

They are a nation of idiots, they don’t know enough to come in out of the rain.
If they had any sense at all, they’d know this; they would see what’s coming down the road.

How could one soldier chase a thousand enemies off, or two men run off two thousand,
Unless their Rock had sold them, unless God had given them away?
For their rock is nothing compared to our Rock; even our enemies say that.
They’re a vine that comes right out of Sodom, who they are is rooted in Gomorrah;
Their grapes are poison grapes, their grape-clusters bitter.
Their wine is rattlesnake venom, mixed with lethal cobra poison. Deuteronomy 32:29-33

But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find Him if you’re serious, looking for Him with your whole heart and soul. When troubles come and all these awful things happen to you, in future days you will come back to God, your God, and listen obediently to what He says. God, your God, is above all a compassionate God. In the end He will not abandon you,

He won’t bring you to ruin, He won’t forget the covenant with your ancestors which He swore to them. Deuteronomy 4:29-31

They’ll smuggle in destructive divisions, pitting you against each other—biting the hand of the One who gave them a chance to have their lives back! They’ve put themselves on a fast downhill slide to destruction, but not before they recruit a crowd of mixed-up followers who can’t tell right from wrong.

They give the way of truth a bad name. They’re only out for themselves. They’ll say anything, anything, that sounds good to exploit you. They won’t, of course, get by with it. They’ll come to a bad end, for God has never just stood by and let that kind of thing go on. 2 Peter 2:2-3

The wisdom of this world should never be mistaken for heavenly wisdom;

it originates below in the earthly realms, with the demons. James 3:15

They are liars and knowingly lead others into apostasy.

They have deadened their conscience (they have found a way, in their own minds, to justify their lies.)

Warning! These false teachers may be personable, charming, and persuasive,

but they do not receive their message from the Holy Spirit;

rather, they spout the suggestions of evil spirits, whose work it is to lead people astray.

“Misery will come to the one who lures people away into sin. Troubles and obstacles to your faith are inevitable,

but great devastation will come to the one guilty of causing others to leave the path of righteousness! Matthew 18:7

But we belong to God, and whoever truly knows God listens to us. Those who refuse to listen to us do not belong to God.

That is how we can know the difference between the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit. 1 John 4:6

‘Those who keep their heads on straight will teach the crowds right from wrong by their example.

They’ll be put to severe testing for a season: some killed, some burned, some exiled, some robbed. When the testing is intense, they’ll get some help, but not much. Many of the helpers will be halfhearted at best. The testing will refine, cleanse, and purify those who keep their heads on straight and stay true, for there is still more to come. Daniel 11:33-35

But even so, the Spirit very clearly tells us that in the last times some will abandon the true faith because of their devotion to spirits sent to deceive and sabotage, and mistakenly they will end up following the doctrine of demons. 1 Timothy 4:1
(Such teachings come through hypocritical liars.)

Do you see the difference? Sacrifices offered to idols are offered to nothing, for what’s the idol but a nothing?

Or worse than nothing, a minus, a demon!

I don’t want you to become part of something that reduces you to less than yourself.

And you can’t have it both ways, banqueting with the Master one day and slumming with demons the next.

Besides, the Master won’t put up with it. He wants us—all or nothing. Do you think you can get off with anything less?

1 Corinthians 10:19-22

Don’t be deceived by anyone!
(Deceitful one: an impostor or misleader.)

That day, that amazing day, won’t come until after the great rebellion and the unveiling of the rebellious one.

As the spawn of death, he delights in destruction. 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Differences of opinion are unavoidable, yet they will reveal which ones among you truly have God’s approval 1 Corinthians 11:19

The principalities and powers of darkness, who were clueless about the efficacy of Christ’s crucifixion to realign the universe and initiate a new kingdom under our Lord Jesus Christ.

For if they had, they never would have crucified the Lord of shining glory.

This is why the Scriptures say:

Things never discovered or heard of before, things beyond our ability to imagine—
these are the many things God has in store for all His lovers.

But God now unveils these profound realities to us by the Spirit.
Yes, He has revealed to us His inmost heart and deepest mysteries through the Holy Spirit,
who constantly explores all things. 1 Corinthians 2:8-10

When the Holy Spirit is ruling, speaking, convincing us of truth, there is freedom.
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Lord of the harvest who prepares the workers and the harvest fields,
sending them out into specific places for the reaping of souls. See Matt. 9:38.

When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. John 16:13

Nina – like Ruth, (a life exemplified by Devotion) a Loyal Love.

Ruth is the perfection of laying aside “self” in truly loving one’s “neighbor” which is the second greatest commandment.

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Jesus (quoting Scripture):   Love the Eternal One your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.”  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is nearly as important, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The rest of the law, and all the teachings of the prophets, are but variations on these themes.  (Matthew 22:37-40)

In Ruth’s reply to Naomi, she says to “Press” her not to leave as she affirms to “Press” into Covenant with the family of the Eternal, the One True God.  Through “thick or thin”, we are in this family, together as one in the Lord.

Like Ruth, Nina you are destined to “Press” into the really true and ever-lasting Life through the “Straight and Narrow” Gate.  This is the Gate of Praise that leads us into the very courts of Heaven’s Throne-Room!  Even in the face of adversity, trial, testing, we realize that all of Heaven and Hell are watching how we choose to live.  Will we curse God and die?  Or will we praise the Only One worthy?  For He alone is the Lord of Life!

Nina, you are as Ruth, for you are one that never quits.  You are ever learning and teaching others.  You are gifted to care for people with hurting hearts with your devoted, diligent heart that is seeking God’s face through praise and worship.

Like Ruth, a better day dawning on the horizon!  It is not all about “you” but about blessing the future generations in the care of the castaways and the forlorn and even those who thought they were “all that” because it is bringing into being the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ being made manifest (revealed) in your life serving His purpose.

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It’s judgment time for God’s own family. We’re first in line.

If it starts with us, think what it’s going to be like for those who refuse God’s Message!

If good people barely make it,
What’s in store for the bad?

So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride.

Trust Him. He knows what He’s doing, and He’ll keep on doing it.  (1 Peter 4:17-19)

 

God is Good

Make this discovery real and truly yours.
Say,

Come into my life Today, Jesus.  I welcome You into my life. Today, I begin to live for Jesus. Amen.”

Today, take a portion of Scripture and read until God speaks to you.
Read only until He speaks. Don’t read any more.
Then, ask God why He stopped you at that point.

Ask Him what needs changing in your life,
and then, ask Him what He wants you to do about it.

No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever,
whether of things that fly or walk or swim.

Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them

because I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous God,
punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third,
and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate Me.
But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:4-6)

The Two Foundations

“So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, will be like a wise man–
a far-sighted, practical, and sensible man who built his house on the rock.
(Matthew 7:24)

He’s God, our God, in charge of the whole earth.
And He remembers, remembers His Covenant
for a thousand generations He’s been as good as His Word.
It’s the Covenant He made with Abraham,
the same oath He swore to Isaac,
The very statute He established with Jacob,
the Eternal Covenant with Israel,
Namely, “I give you the land. Canaan is your hill-country inheritance.”
When they didn’t count for much, a mere handful, and strangers at that,
Wandering from country to country, drifting from pillar to post,
He permitted no one to abuse them. He told kings to keep their hands off:
Don’t you dare lay a hand on My anointed, don’t hurt a hair on the heads of My prophets.” (Psalm 105:7-15)

It is the Lord’s Passover 

For I, the Lord, will PASS THROUGH against all the “gods” I will execute judgments– exhibiting their worthlessness and helplessness. I am the Lord.

When I see the blood I shall PASS OVER you, and no affliction shall happen to you to destroy you when I strike the land.

Celebration of the Lord’s Passover

Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord;
throughout your generations you are to CELEBRATE it as an ordinance forever.

A Memorial of Redemption

It is the SACRIFICE of the Lord’s Passover, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians, but spared our houses.
And the people bowed their heads low and worshiped God.

Ordinance of the Passover

It is a night of watching to be observed for the Lord for having brought them out of the land of Egypt; this same night is for the Lord, to be observed and celebrated by all the Israelites throughout their generations.

The Lord’s Supper

As they ate, Jesus took the bread and blessed it and broke it and gave it to his disciples.
He said to them, “This is my body. Eat it.”
Then taking the cup of wine and giving praises to the Father,

he entered into covenant with them,
saying, “This is my blood. Each of you must drink it in fulfillment of the covenant.
For this is the blood that seals the new covenant.
It will be poured out for many for the complete forgiveness of sins.
The next time we drink this, I will be with you
and we will drink it together with a new understanding in the kingdom realm of my Father.” (Matthew 26:26-29)

God’s covenant is relational

We have a rich spiritual heritage.

But even though he (Jesus) was a wonderful Son,
he learned to listen and obey through all his sufferings.
And after being proven perfect in this way
he has now become the source of eternal salvation to all those who listen to him and obey. (Hebrews 5:8-9)

In Christ’s Family

In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free,
male and female. Among us you are all equal.
That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ.
Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,”
heirs according to the covenant promises. (Galatians 3:28-29)

A Godly Heritage

God’s APPOINTED times–Do this in remembrance of our covenant

RELATIONSHIP with Him through the Blood of Jesus.

The most important thing we can give our children and grandchildren is a godly heritage.

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
to know the Word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
I have not been rebellious,
I have not turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting. (Isaiah 50:4-6)

My home is surrounded in beauty;
You have gifted me with abundance and a rich legacy.

I will bless the Eternal, whose wise teaching orchestrates my days
and centers my mind at night.
He is ever present with me;
at all times He goes before me.
I will not live in fear or abandon my calling
because He stands at my right hand. (Psalm 16:6-8)

Therefore know without any doubt and understand that the Lord your God, He is God,
the faithful God, who is keeping His covenant
and His steadfast lovingkindness to a thousand generations
with those who love Him and keep His commandments. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

Taste and See that the Lord is Good

Taste of His goodness; see how wonderful the Eternal truly is.
Anyone who puts trust in Him will be blessed and comforted. (Psalm 34:8)

but just as it is written in Scripture,

“Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him–
who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him,
and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient;
be entwined as one with the Lord.
Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope.
Yes, keep on waiting—for He will never disappoint you! (Psalm 27:14)

So by virtue of the blood of Jesus, you and I, my brothers, may now have courage to enter the holy of holies by way of the one who died and is yet alive,
who has made for us a holy means of entry by himself passing through the curtain,
that is, his own human nature.
Further, since we have a great High Priest set over the household of God,
let us draw near with true hearts and fullest confidence,
knowing that our inmost souls have been purified by the sprinkling of his blood
just as our bodies are cleansed by the washing of clean water.
In this confidence let us hold on to the hope that we profess without the slightest hesitation—
for he is utterly dependable—
and let us think of one another and how we can encourage each other to love and do good deeds. And let us not hold aloof from our church meetings, as some do.
Let us do all we can to help one another’s faith,
and this the more earnestly as we see the final day drawing ever nearer. (Hebrews 10:19)

Out on a “field trip” under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit.  I knew that the Lord had us in this time and place for His reasons but, it wasn’t until nearly returned to the parking, that He showed us.  I had said, “I wished we would have seen some sign of life–an animal or plant, even a butterfly.”  As the word, “butterfly” was yet on my lips, I saw one!

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Here was a lone butterfly alighting right alongside me!  I scrambled to angle in for a photo and was able to snap just two before it flew away out of sight.

The wings when folded made the creature near invisible as it blended in with the background.  I waited until the wings were unfurled to snap my photos.  It was amazing to note that its wings looked like it had been “through a war.”  Yet, here it was, doing what the Creator designed it to be, doing!  Whatever had come against it, had not destroyed its destiny.  It was here, now, for me to learn from.

At home, I learned its name–the Comma Butterfly.

The species has a flexible life cycle, which allows it to capitalize on favorable weather conditions. However, the most remarkable feature of the Comma has been its severe decline in the twentieth century and subsequent comeback. It is now much more widespread and is expanding territory.

I further learned that it was not “battle worn” but rather, is created to appear this way:

The orange and black dorsal (top) side of the eastern comma is similar to that of the closely related question mark, but it lacks the question mark’s hyphen-like line over the three black forewing spots. Also, the dorsal hindwing has a central dark smudge that is missing on another close relative, the gray comma. The hindwing has a ragged edge. Summer adults may have the dorsal hindwing completely dark, while the fall generation is more richly colored. The small white curving “comma” mark on the underside of the hindwing has wide, blunt ends. The underside of the hindwing is mottled with different shades of brown to orange-brown, but it is not heavily streaked as in the gray comma.  Both Question Mark and Eastern Comma wear their names on their wings.

As to why this butterfly was flying solo?

I learned that the female may be taking advantage of a break in bad weather to lay a few additional eggs, or she might be taking advantage of a good site for egg laying.  So this is about the generations to come.

Butterfly Symbolism and Meaning

Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.  

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The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7b

Another walk in the woods with my grandson revealed the hidden message of a pretty white wildflower.  The Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf with a pretty, white flower in early spring.  Bloodroot is also called bloodwort, turmeric, and Indian paint.

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The Bloodroot gets its name from the roots that have blood like juice on the inside. This is by far one of the most popular wildflower perennials around. They are famously known for many different reasons.  From being a medicinal herb to a beautiful flowering perennial. Whatever your reason for wanting this treasure it is sure not to disappoint. The petite white flowers and big green leaves make this something everyone will stop and pay attention too. Also considered a medicinal perennial the Bloodroot grows best in fully shaded gardens. The small attractive flower blooms appear in early Spring. Super easy to grow and low maintenance. Make sure the soil is relatively moist especially on hot Summer days.

This plant is one of many that are reproduced with the help of ants. The ants are attracted to a part of the plant’s seeds called liposomes. Thus eating and then caring back to their nests. The flowers do not produce nectar, but they do provide pollen. So visits from bees are often, they do not use the flower as food.

Growing this unique perennial is easy. They are planted 2-3 inches deep and softly covered with soil. Watering is required for the first week or so and then only when conditions become very dry. The rain will generally provide enough moisture to sustain the plant quite well.

The Bloodroot has been used for commercial purposes as well.

The FDA has approved the use of sanguinarine as anti-plaque and anti-bacterial agents in toothpaste.

Bloodroot is associated with being a strong protector for the home. 

Symbolism of Bloodroot: Love, Protection, Purification. This herb is used to heal wounds and aid with regeneration. It symbolizes healing, strength and growth.

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So that by steadfastness & by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

 

All of nature testifies without ever speaking a word of the awesome glory of God.

Before mountains were born,
    before You fashioned the earth and filled it with life,
    from ages past to distant futures,
    You are truly God. 

   “Indeed, from day one, I am He. No one can wrest another from My hand.
        I make things happen; who can turn them around?”

Psalm 90:2, Isaiah 43:13

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Where once were thorns, fir trees will grow;

where briars grew, the myrtle trees will sprout up.

This miracle will make the Lord’s name very great

and be an everlasting sign of God’s power and love.  Isaiah 55:13

The green leaves of the myrtle tree are a symbol of wellness, prosperity, and abundance.

The myrtle is not mentioned in the Bible until the time of the captivity.

The first reference is in Nehemiah 8:15–

In association with the celebration of the Feast of  Tabernacles.

As an ever-green, fragrant shrub associated with watercourses,

the myrtle is a fitting symbol of the recovery and establishment of God’s promises.

I will make an everlasting covenant with them:

I will never stop blessing them with good things,

and I will put in them a fear and respect of Me

so they will not turn their backs to Me again.”  Jeremiah 32:40

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For God expressed His love for the world in this way:

He gave His only Son

so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction,

but will have everlasting life.  John 3:16

“I tell you the truth:

eternal life belongs to those who hear My voice and believe in the One who sent Me. These people have no reason to fear judgment

because they have already left death and entered life.”  John 5:24

So now, my little children, live in Him, so that whenever He is revealed,

we will have confidence

and not have to hang our heads in shame before Him when He comes.  1 John 2:28

So trust in the Eternal One forever,
        for He is like a great Rock—strong, stable, trustworthy, and lasting.  Isaiah 26:4

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Because the Eternal is good,
    His loyal love and mercy will never end,
    and His truth will last throughout all generations.  

But the unfailing love of the Eternal is always and eternal
    for those who reverently run after Him.
    He extends His justice on and on to future generations

Psalm 100:5, Psalm 103:17

 

Now I ask you, has God rejected His people? Absolutely not! I’m living proof that God is faithful.  God has not, and will not, abandon His covenant people; He always knew they would belong to Him. 

God has preserved a remnant, elected by grace.   Grace is central in God’s action here, and it has nothing to do with deeds prescribed by the law. If it did, grace would not be grace.

In every generation, God makes sure a few survive the onslaught of judgment. The prophets call these the “remnant.” Paul sees himself living in a critical moment as fewer and fewer Jews pledge obedience to Jesus. But the Anointed’s emissary finds comfort in realizing how God’s faithfulness is playing out in his day. If you ever think that you alone are faithful to God, that somehow God has forgotten His covenant promises, think again. He always has a remnant.

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Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant

according to the election of grace.”—Romans 11:5

You have been grafted into Israel and are included in their covenant promises.

You are part of the remnant.

You have been elected by grace to sow seeds of hope during this time of opportunity. (Curt Landry)

Yesterday in texts with a daughter, I shared that our Heavenly Father showed through various Words from others confirming BREAKTHROUGH – “the light at the end of the tunnel”, the battle was already won! 
Came home to learn from a son that our Governor had shut down all non-life essential business.  Further, learned from another daughter that, another state was in worse shut down with even the road travel being closely monitored. From one child, we know that another state is doing taking similar actions as ours. 
BEFORE LEARNING THOSE “TURN OF EVENTS”,
I did share via text with that offspring that I am still BELIEVING
that many SEEDS were PLANTED throughout this attack on our faith
and that they would bear fruit! 
In addition, my birth sister had PREVIOUSLY spoken about all our RELATIVES
that the harvest will come forth—some 30 fold, 60 fold, and others, 100 fold.
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I denounce the works of darkness and declare the light of the Risen Savior
Jesus as LORD of LIFE.
Jesus’ work on the cross destroyed the works of sin and darkness.
He arose with healing in His wings!  He is the Author & Finisher of FAITH!
Those that come to God must believe that He is
AND that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.
The father of the boy infected with a demon came to Jesus and Jesus cast those demons out with a WORD—actually a REBUKE.  Just One Word Scatters the Enemy
What does the Bible mean by rebuke?
Rebuke. If you receive a rebuke, it means that you have been reprimanded, or scolded.
The root comes from the Old French rebuchier
and means “to hack down,” or “beat back.”
rebuke, then, is meant to be critical and to chide —
in today’s terms, a rebuke is verbal smack-down!
His disciples later, in private, asked Jesus why they could NOT cast out
that boy’s demon.  Jesus told them the answer:
Specifically, here is what Jesus told His disciples:
Jesus: “Because you have so little faith. I tell you this: if you had even a faint spark of faith, even faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and because of your faith, the mountain would move. If you had just a sliver of faith, you would find nothing impossible.  But this kind is not realized except through much prayer and fasting.”
Our enemy has been named even though invisible but the Word has already told us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD to the pulling down of strongholds and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
If the enemy is stubborn and inciting panic, fear, etc etc. then we must seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and know that He shall supply all our need according to His riches in Christ Jesus IN GLORY.  He is our NEED and He is our SUPPLY.  He is our SOURCE & our RESOURCE, an ever-present HELP in TIME of NEED.
It is ESSENTIAL that we not waver in spiritual warfare PRAYING and standing on His COVENANT, His Blood Oath Promise, and it must be a STUBBORN STAND AGAINST SATAN who is the author of confusion which is the real enemy in this c-virus confusion!
Our battle belongs to the Lord and victory is the Lord’s yet we are His!
We fight the good fight of faith.  Thus our battle with Satan is SUPERNATURAL by faith in Who God is and that He is Faithful AND True.
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Now we must grow in faith from anything “lukewarm, halfhearted”
and be HOT and WHOLLY HIS in our prayers of FAITH which we know and are confident in HIS WORD even as Jesus scolded, warned the demon in that boy and they evacuated that “host.”
THIS is how we loosen Satan’s (strong)hold by taking hold of the Lord of LIFE!  Amen.
Trust in the Lord, Trust in His power, Trust in His plan, and Stand Firm IN His Promises–
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Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely;
never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.
Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish,
 and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.  (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Sending you this Word of encouragement to Trust in Him and Wait Expectantly for Him.
Praying for all of you AND yours.

What the Lord has been saying

And, when all is said and done, here is the last word: worship in reverence the one True God, and keep His commands, for this is what God expects of every person.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

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Remember when Jesus’ disciples (apprentices) asked him what they must DO?

“So what should we do if we want to do God’s work?”

Jesus answered,

“The work you can do for God starts with believing in the One He has sent.”  John 6:28-29

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I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work  in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put His finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!  Philippians 1:6

True love for God means obeying His commands,

and His commands don’t weigh us down as heavy burdens.  1 John 5:3

How Star Trek Next Generation’s Captain Piccard and the “Resistance if futile, you will be assimilated” threats of the Borg teach about the essential Truth in God’s commands–

God’s command regenerates our true, real, abundant Life as we Rest in His Son and obey His Word (command).

“Surrender your anxiety!
Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.
I am the God above all the nations,
and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth.”   Psalm 46:10

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God’s commands are not complicated, they are simple enough for even a child shall lead.

God’s command penetrate the corruption and holy control, alt, + delete the enemy’s viral attacks on your body, soul, and spirit as you are being re-boot (regenerated) in Christ.

But even though he was a wonderful Son, he learned to listen and obey through all his sufferings.  Hebrews 5:8

Within the past 18 hours, the Spirit of the Living God, that same Holy Spirit that regenerated Jesus Christ, God’s Son from the dead was speaking all these words as one into my spirit…that, in Genesis, the work of Creation was declared finished.  Jesus was the already slain from before the foundation of the earth were laid out by God in creation.  The Cross was foreseen as a “Well done, finished work” in Christ.  Our work is to simply believe and obey His Son who was sent to heal and deliver from the curse of sin and death that we may be regenerated to the completed, finished work of God through faith in Who He is and His Word sent.   

First Scripture that I read this morning, “Be still, AND know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10.

That was where the Lord had me pray during the night before dawn!

This one Word is our said for today!  It ties to others which as I am led to share–

From that verse Psalm 46:10, there was a reflection
from a lady named Hannah Whitall Smith***:
“Learn to LIVE in REST.  In the calmness of spirit it will GIVE, your soul will REFLECT,
as in a mirror, the beauty of the Lord;
and the tumult of men’s lives will be calmed in your presence,
as your tumults have been calmed in His presence.”
Yesterday towards evening it kept returning to me that we are like the disciples
who worked in the sea and thought they knew more about their work than Jesus.
Jesus was in so at Rest in the Father’s work that he slept as they crossed over.  Nothing
that the Adversary, the devil could muster up to strike fear or panic could divert Jesus
from finishing the Father’s work.
Jesus already told his disciples that they were crossing over to the other side.
AND THE LEGION OF DEMONS KNEW IT AND BELIEVED IT!!!
Why should we fear when we have His Word?  The demons were afraid!
This is what Jesus’ disciples said,
 “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!”
That demon-infected one man’s corrupted work was to obstruct any from passing that way.  In fact, the moment the boat touched shore and Jesus’ feet touched land,
the LEGION of demons knew it was time to vacate the premises as their host was about to be healed and delivered that he might finish the work that God created for him in Christ Jesus.  That one man preached the Word of God to the region of Decapolis–
that was a league of ‘ten cities’ of business.

From the regeneration of that one life, many lives were healed and delivered from

the curse of sin and death by the Word of God sent in the person of Jesus Christ.
Now where do we see that number 10 again?  IN THE WORD OF GOD!!!
 (Dan 2:31-35, 40-45; 7:7-8, 19-24 ; Rev 13:1-2; 17:3, 7, 12-16 ).
Satan knows what’s coming and hence, his panic attacks are intensifying
as he seeks to obstruct or divert the plan of God.  In Revelation 12, we see the End and how our Adversary (Satan) is watching on the sea shore (earth).
Remember, Satan fell to the earth–read Revelation 12.
But there are 10 days of TESTING too!!!  Daniel 1:12 and Revelation 2:10 tell us this.
These all reference BEING FAITHFUL.
God is FAITHFUL and when Jesus returns will He find faith
(those remaining faithful to Him).
THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE GIVEN TIME TO REPENT
AND ENTER IN TO THE REST OF GOD
(THE FINISHED WORK OF GOD’S WORD, HIS SON, JESUS THE CHRIST).
The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
we see God gives TIME to repent (return, regenerate in Christ Jesus, His finished work)
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you?
Does this mean nothing to you?
Can’t you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
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Let us pray this way, that we are turn (repent) and rest, obedient to His command to be re-set into His image of how He created and designed to BE in His Word sent–
Christ Jesus before the foundations of the earth laid and before corruption through the Adversary (Satan) sought to destroy that beautiful image (blueprint/design) and, that,all the negative sinful fearful worrisome “stuff” is deleted as we are reboot in Christ’s image, the Finished work of God.

I denounce the works of Satan that they are aborted and

I declare the FINISHED work of Jesus Christ

and He finishes what He starts.  Amen

So we conclude that there is still a full and complete “rest” waiting for believers to experience.  Hebrews 4:9

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***”In 1870 Hannah Whitall Smith wrote what has become a classic of joyous Christianity, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life.

The title barely hints at the depths of that perceptive book.

It is no shallow “four easy steps to successful living.”

Studiously, the writer defines the shape of a full and ABUNDANT LIFE hid in God. Then she carefully reveals the difficulties to this way

and finally charts the results of a LIFE ABANDONED TO GOD.

What is the Christian’s secret to a happy life?

It is best summed up by her chapter entitled “The Joy of Obedience.”

Joy comes through OBEDIENCE to Christ, and joy results from OBEDIENCE to Christ. Without OBEDIENCE joy is hollow and artificial.”

~Foster, Richard J. Celebration Of Discipline, p.192. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988

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