Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days–perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion, to the very close and consummation of the age. Amen –so let it be.
“Then I will purify the speech of all people,
so that everyone can worship the LORD together.”
On that day you will no longer need to be ashamed,
for you will no longer be rebels against me.
I will remove all proud and arrogant people from among you.
There will be no more haughtiness on my holy mountain.
Those who are left will be the lowly and humble,
for it is they who trust in the name of the LORD.
The remnant of Israel will do no wrong;
they will never tell lies or deceive one another.
They will eat and sleep in safety,
and no one will make them afraid.”
Sing, O daughter of Zion;
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
For the LORD will remove his hand of judgment
and will disperse the armies of your enemy.
And the LORD himself, the King of Israel,
will live among you!
At last your troubles will be over,
and you will never again fear disaster.
On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be,
“Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!
For the LORD your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
“I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals;
you will be disgraced no more.
And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you.
I will save the weak and helpless ones;
I will bring together
those who were chased away.
I will give glory and fame to my former exiles,
wherever they have been mocked and shamed.
On that day I will gather you together
and bring you home again.
I will give you a good name, a name of distinction,
among all the nations of the earth,
as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes.
I, the LORD, have spoken!”
Zephaniah 3:9, 11-20
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
The last part of the vision of Ezekiel was of a new city, with a new temple. It was to be glorious. And the last words of this verse tell us the name of the city. In Hebrew is is named a compound name of God–Jehovah-Shammah.
He is “The Eternal God who is There.“
Now where is God today? He is HERE! He is the God who is with us.
The fire that left the temple in Ezekiel’s day returned on the day of Pentecost and rested on the heads of men and women who had just become temples of God Almighty.
And now, God is here. He has promised never to leave us. So the next time you feel all alone, remember who He is and praise Him as Jehovah-Shammah–The Eternal God who is here.
The distance around the city shall be 18,000 [4 x 4,500] measures; and the name of the city from that day and ever after shall be,
THE LORD IS THERE.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
Deuteronomy 7:9, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, 2 Timothy 2:13
Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below–you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
Deuteronomy 4:39, Deuteronomy 32:4, 1 Kings 8:23
This is what the LORD says–the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel–to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the fathers’ sins into the laps of their children after them. O great and powerful God, whose name is the LORD Almighty.
I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands.”
Isaiah 49:7, Jeremiah 32:18, Daniel 9:4
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
Psalm 32:7, Proverbs 12:21
Psalm 121, A song of ascents.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
He is the same through the ages. As He was with the servants of old, He is with us today:
“When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.”
“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:15
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your GOD is with you wherever you go.”
When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said,
“The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”
And the LORD said, “I will wait until you return.”
Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.
The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. Then the angel of the LORD touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the LORD disappeared. When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!”
But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”
So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it
The LORD Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.(Judges 6:12-24)
When God speaks it comes to pass. He does not speak in vain for He does not jest or speak lightly. Every Word of God is a pure word, a Promise. When God promises to be with you, He doesn’t abandon you along the way. He is with you through “thick and thin” all the way to the very end.
What God said to Gideon, to Isaiah, To Jacob, To Joshua and throughout time, “I will be with you.” –that is the secret of the overcoming life to those who believe Him and obey His Word.
It puts us in our place — He is the only God and we are His people. We are not all that but He is Almighty, All-Sufficient, All-Knowing. He is to be our All!
ELIJAH THE Tishbite, of the temporary residents of Gilead, said to Ahab, As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew or rain these years but according to My word.
And the word of the Lord came to him, saying,
“Go from here and turn east and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, east of the Jordan.
You shall drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
So he did according to the word of the Lord; he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, east of the Jordan.
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning and bread and flesh in the evening, and he drank of the brook.
After a while the brook dried up because there was no rain in the land.
And the word of the Lord came to him:
“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
So he arose and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her, Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.
And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have not a loaf baked but only a handful of meal in the jar and a little oil in the bottle. See, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it–and die.”
Elijah said to her, “Fear not; go and do as you have said. But make me a little cake of it first and bring it to me, and afterward prepare some for yourself and your son.”
“For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: The jar of meal shall not waste away or the bottle of oil fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.”
She did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days.
The jar of meal was not spent nor did the bottle of oil fail, according to the word which the Lord spoke through Elijah.
After these things, the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.
And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? Have you come to me to call my sin to remembrance and to slay my son?”
He said to her, “Give me your son. And he took him from her bosom and carried him up into the chamber where he stayed and laid him upon his own bed.”
And Elijah cried to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You brought further calamity upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?”
And he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray You, let this child’s soul come back into him.”
And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the lower part of the house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, “See, your son is alive!”
And the woman said to Elijah, “By this I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”
1 Kings 17
COME NOW, you rich people, weep aloud and lament over the miseries (the woes) that are surely coming upon you.
Your abundant wealth has rotted and is ruined, and your many garments have become moth-eaten.
Your gold and silver are completely rusted through, and their rust will be testimony against you and it will devour your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped together treasure for the last days.
But look! Here are the wages that you have withheld by fraud from the laborers who have reaped your fields, crying out for vengeance; and the cries of the harvesters have come to the ears of the Lord of hosts.
Here on earth you have abandoned yourselves to soft prodigal living and to the pleasures of self-indulgence and self-gratification.
You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
You have condemned and have murdered the righteous innocent man, while he offers no resistance to you.
So be patient, brethren, as you wait till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land.
See how he keeps up his patient vigil over it until it receives the early and late rains.
So you also must be patient.
Establish your hearts strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty, for the coming of the Lord is very near.
Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged. Look! The Judge is already standing at the very door.
As an example of suffering and ill-treatment together with patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as His messengers.
You know how we call those blessed happy who were steadfast--who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the Lord’s purpose and how He richly blessed him in the end, inasmuch as the Lord is full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy.
But above all things, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath; but let your yes be a simple yes, and your no be a simple no, so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.
Is anyone among you afflicted–ill-treated, suffering evil?
He should pray.
Is anyone glad at heart?
He should sing praise to God.
Is anyone among you sick?
He should call in the church elders–the spiritual guides. And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name.
And the prayer that is of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Confess to one another therefore your faults–your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins and pray also] tone of mind and heart. The earnest heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available dynamic in its working.
Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months. [I Kings 17:1.]
And then he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops as usual. [I Kings 18:42-45.]
My brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another person brings him back to God,
Let the latter one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save that one’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins–procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert.
Thank You Lord for being with me each day. Thank You for catching me when I fall. Thank You for nourishing me when I thirst. Thank You for healing me when I am sick. And most important, Lord, Thank You for loving me with Your greatness. Amen.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.”
“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
“The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’ But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.
“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”
Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I’m not a good speaker. I’ve never been a good speaker, and I’m not now, even though you’ve spoken to me. I speak slowly, and I become tongue-tied easily.”
The Lord asked him, “Who gave humans their mouths? Who makes humans unable to talk or hear? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? It is I, the Lord! 12Now go, and I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
But Moses said, “Please, Lord, send someone else.”
Then the Lord became angry with Moses and asked, “What about your brother Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He’s already on his way to meet you, and he will be very glad to see you. 15You will speak to him and tell him what to say. I will help both of you speak, and I will teach you both what to do. 16Aaron will speak to the people for you. He will be your spokesman, and you will be like God. Take that shepherd’s staff with you, and use it to do the miraculous signs.”
Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions and be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have; for He ,God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not,
I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down (relax My hold on you)!Assuredly not!]
So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm–
I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me?
The Voiceless Break into Song (Isaiah 35)
Wilderness and desert will sing joyously, the badlands will celebrate and flower—Like the crocus in spring, bursting into blossom, a symphony of song and color.
Mountain glories of Lebanon—a gift.
Awesome Carmel, stunning Sharon—gifts.
God’s resplendent glory, fully on display.
God awesome, God majestic.
Energize the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees.
Tell fearful souls, “Courage! Take heart!
God is here, right here, on his way to put things right
And redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!“
Blind eyes will be opened, deaf ears unstopped,
Lame men and women will leap like deer,
the voiceless break into song.
Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness,
streams flow in the desert.
Hot sands will become a cool oasis,
thirsty ground a splashing fountain.
Even lowly jackals will have water to drink,
and barren grasslands flourish richly.
There will be a highway called the Holy Road.
No one rude or rebellious is permitted on this road.
It’s for God’s people exclusively—impossible to get lost on this road. Not even fools can get lost on it. No lions on this road,
no dangerous wild animals—Nothing and no one dangerous or threatening. Only the redeemed will walk on it.
The people God has ransomed will come back on this road.
They’ll sing as they make their way home to Zion,
unfading halos of joy encircling their heads,
Welcomed home with gifts of joy and gladness
as all sorrows and sighs scurry into the night.