This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!
Isaiah 14:26, Habakkuk 2:3, Isaiah 30:18
“‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD. This is the day I have spoken of.”
People will be continually employed in cleansing the land
“The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go
Suffering Outside the Camp
“Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore.”
Although we might be hated by men, and sometimes feel defeated and downcast,
we know we are deeply accepted by our Beloved Father in Heaven.
Hebrews 13:13, Ephesians 1:6
May God so fill you with the deep knowledge of His love that you will be
willing to suffer outside the camp and stand alone in the Truth if need be.
My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in His presence, freely asking according to His will, sure that He’s listening. And if we’re confident that He’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.
For instance, if we see a Christian believer sinning (clearly I’m not talking about those who make a practice of sin in a way that is “fatal,” leading to eternal death), we ask for God’s help and he gladly gives it, gives life to the sinner whose sin is not fatal. There is such a thing as a fatal sin, and I’m not urging you to pray about that. Everything we do wrong is sin, but not all sin is fatal.
We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin—fatal sin. The God-begotten are also the God-protected. The Evil One can’t lay a hand on them. We know that we are held firm by God; it’s only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the Evil One. And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God—what a gift!—and we are living in the Truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimiles.
1 John 5:13-21
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
Just as Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, we as believers know that if we ask anything in accordance with God’s will, we receive what we ask.
In answer to the sister of the dead man, Martha’s voice of doubt and unbelief–
Jesus looked her in the eye. “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
Then, to the others, “Go ahead, take away the stone.”
They removed the stone.
In Complete Confident Trust, Jesus addressed His Father
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and prayed, “Father, I’m grateful that you have listened to me. I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here I’ve spoken so that they might believe that you sent me.”
Then he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And he came out, a cadaver, wrapped from head to toe, and with a kerchief over his face.
Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.”
“God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh.” -Luke 6:21
God’s blessing comes with worship accompanied by real obedience
“You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls—all of them fattened animals from Bashan. At the sacrifice I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and soldiers of every kind,’ declares the Sovereign LORD.
“I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them. From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God. And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offenses, and I hid my face from them.
“Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name. They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid. When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.”
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
The Reality, Not the Illusion
“One of the most subtle and illusive burdens God ever places on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning others. He gives us discernment so that we may accept the responsibility for those souls before Him and form the mind of Christ about them Philippians 2:5-8
We should intercede in accordance with what GOD SAYS He will give us, namely,
“life for those who commit sin not leading to death.”
(Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost For His Highest“).
Is the character of Christ being formed, developing so completely in you that you desire to do
only the will of the Father? When Jesus looks at you, does He see one who is faithful even unto
the point of death? Only the coward betrays His trust with a kiss and suicide but the one who
really loves, remains faithful to the more excellent way and dies to every selfish desire.
“Who is here? Surely no one else is here
Tell me who cares, no one else appears to
And then there’s You
You lift me up when I am face down on the ground
You harbor me when I need shelter from the crowd
You come around
And life becomes a simple game again
Just to know You just to know You, Lord is why I’m in this world
I’m in this world I’m in
Sometimes I think it’d be easier to die for You than to live for You
But You will stay faithful, Lord
And You will stay true
For now Ill hide myself in You
Who is here? I cannot do this on my own
Are they aware that I am suffering alone I feel alone
Close the door, enter into the secret place
I’m needing more more of strength and more of Your grace
In the secret place
Where life becomes a simple game again
Just to know You just to know You, Lord, is why I’m in this world
I’m in this world I’m in
So when I feel like there is no one for me
I’ll hide myself in You
I know the ending to this so called story
You’re gonna see me through
Just like You always do”
-Paige, “Hide Myself In You”
For you have died to yourselves and your lives are hidden with The Messiah in God.
No one who waits for you will ever be put to shame, but all who are unfaithful will be put to shame.
“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.”
2 Corinthians 1:5
We learn courage when we face danger.
We learn patience when we endure suffering.
We learn tenderness when we taste pain.
Lord, help me to learn comfort through courage.
Help me to see the comfort in suffering.
Help me taste tenderness within pain.
Let me be unafraid to know all these things,
just as I am unafraid to know You. Amen.
“Build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”
David’s Strength Was in His God
In 1 Samuel chapter 30, David and his men arrived back in Ziklag to discover that during their absence, the Amalekites had raided and torn Ziklag to pieces and then burned it down. They captured all the women, young and old. They didn’t kill anyone, but drove them like a herd of cattle. By the time David and his men entered the village, it had been burned to the ground, and their wives, sons, and daughters all taken prisoner.
David and his men burst out in loud wails—wept and wept until they were exhausted with weeping for their wives and children were taken captive by the enemy.
And suddenly David was in even worse trouble. There was talk among the men, bitter over the loss of their families, of stoning him.
But David strengthened himself with trust in his God.
Father, teach me to pray in one accord with other people, sharing their burdens, joys and petitions. Amen.
A Song of Trust in God
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.
Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger.
You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.
Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.
Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
with every breath they threaten me with violence.
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord
And we offer up to You the sacrifices of thanksgiving
And we offer up to You the sacrifices of joy
“Through Jesus therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice
of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name.”
Offering our thanksgiving and praise to God is perhaps, the greatest sacrifice
we can give – especially when things don’t seem to be going our way and our
flesh doesn’t feel like praising and thanking the Almighty.
“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors Me, and he prepares the way so that I
may show him the salvation of God.”
“For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised”
“Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation; and David said:
‘Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all”
2 Chronicles 29:10-11
“Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name”
1 Chronicles 29:13