Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings. Keep My commands and you will live; guard My teachings as the apple of your eye.
Psalm 17:8 – Proverbs 7:2
“Do not touch my chosen people, and do not hurt my prophets.” Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all yours will die.” So Abimelech gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who molests this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.
1 Chronicles 16:22 – Genesis 20:7 – Genesis 26:11 –
1 Chronicles 16:23
“Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”
This is My beloved bride what you do to her, it is as if you have done it unto Me.
To the Church in Philadelphia
“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” The Lord knows those who are His.
Mark 14:6, 2 Timothy 2:19
Imagine the King of Kings and Lord of Lords coming to your defense in this manner. How would you feel, knowing His love for you. His affection, His pleasure with your life?
This woman stepped out and anointed Jesus’ head. She poured out a year’s worth of wages, before she knew what His response would be!
Sing with joy, you childless women who never gave birth to children. Break into shouts of joy, you women who never had birth pains. “There will be more children of women who have been deserted than there are children of married women,” says the LORD. He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD. All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.
Isaiah 54:1, Psalm 113:19, Isaiah 54:13, Acts 2:39
She thought it was going to be a beautiful act of obedience, and she knew it was on her heart to do it, but what would He think? How would He respond? She didn’t know, yet she chose to walk in extravagant obedience. She made the choice to step out and Jesus called it, “beautiful.”
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Am I willing to be misunderstood by a few, to know the pleasure of my Lord? The fruit that obedience produces in our lives is always sweet, yet it remains a challenge. Which side of this story will I be on? Will I be one of the ones who deem Him worthy? Or will I join those who criticize out of misunderstanding, fear and jealousy?
Let’s choose faith and obedience today, and be amazed at what the Lord does through our simple acts of faithfulness.
Father we ask in the name of Jesus for boldness, strength and passion to walk in devotion toward You today. We ask for opportunities to model obedience and devotion to You so that others might recognize the reality of Your Lordship in our lives. We love You and we thank You for Your devotion to us in spite of our shortcomings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
(shared from Mark Buckwalter, Lancaster, PA)