“Look, I am coming soon, bringing My reward with Me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’S love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children–His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation. You, O LORD, reign forever; Your throne endures from generation to generation.
Psalm 103:17, Luke 1:50, Lamentations 5:19
How we love to “play God” in other people’s lives–especially in those for whom we are diligently praying.
But God wants US to change—to release them to Him for HIS will.
Be driven by the awareness that through Jesus Christ any person can be transformed into a beautiful person.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” For it is by faith that we walk and not by sight. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?
Matthew 4:4, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Romans 8:24
“I am the bread of life…This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made, that was made.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
John 6:48, John 1:1-3, 14
Enoch walked with God . . .And Abram journeyed,…. He did not stay long in the mountain between Bethel and Hai, but moved from thence, and kept on journeying in the land of Canaan. For he looked for the city which has the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Genesis 5:24, Genesis 12:9, Hebrews 11:10
Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life. As a man thinks in his heart so he is.
Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 23:7
If we have mistakenly set our heart on something other than God, we too need to return to the Lord with all our heart and direct our heart to Him.
King David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). As he made preparations to build the temple, he gave this admonition to the people: “Now set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God.”
1 Chronicles 22:19
Remember God’s servant Moses! Moses did everything just as the LORD commanded him.
Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
Hebrews 3:5, 4
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older he will not depart from it.
My sheep hear My voice and follow Me; the voice of another they will not follow —Jesus
Lord, you are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name,
for in perfect faithfulness You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.
By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them.
God not only delivered Moses but placed him in the palace where he was raised as a prince of Egypt, trained in the ways of the world yet suckled at the breast of Jochebad whose name means, “the glory of God.”
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2 Corinthians 4:18, Hebrews 11:1
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. The Lord isn’t slow to do what He promised, as some people think. Rather, He is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to Him and change the way they think and act.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2 Peter 3:9
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. And that you should not lose heart, but that you would be imitators of those who by faith and patience have become heirs of The Promise.
Galatians 6:9, James 5:7, Hebrews 6:12
It is painful work to get in step with God and to keep pace with Him— it means getting your second wind spiritually. In learning to walk with God, there is always the difficulty of getting into His stride, but once we have done so, the only characteristic that exhibits itself is the very life of God Himself. The individual person is merged into a personal oneness with God, and God’s stride and His power alone are exhibited. It is God’s Spirit that changes the atmosphere of our way of looking at things, and then things begin to be possible which before were impossible. Getting into God’s stride means nothing less than oneness with Him. It takes a long time to get there, but keep at it. Don’t give up because the pain is intense right now— get on with it, and before long you will find that you have a new vision and a new purpose.
No one who waits for you will ever be put to shame, but all who are unfaithful will be put to shame. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Psalm 25:3, Isaiah 40:31
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
As Moses learned to wait on the Lord. For His ways and thoughts are much higher than ours. Our times are in His hands.
The same God that drew Moses out of the waters into the hands of the daughter of the world’s ruler (Pharaoh) also nursed and raised him at the breast of God’s daughter (Jochebad which means the Lord of Glory!)
It was God who placed Moses in the palace of the world’s power but it was for instruction in how to escape the season of
the tempting pleasures of sin for the spacious abundance of God’s everlastingly free life.
GOD PLACED MOSES in the palace but NOT for what Moses thought at that time…Moses abused the power
—which is the WORLD’S WAY not God’s. God’s purpose of placing Moses there was to TRAIN him for SENDING him back God’s Way and God’s Authority. IN GOD’S TIME!!! DUE TIME.
Like being pregnant, you don’t want the baby to come early!!! That would be dangerous.
Likewise the SPIRITUAL BIRTHING the purpose God has placed in our hearts!!!
WAIT ON GOD.
LETTING GO OF ALL THAT HINDERS THE FLOW OF GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE–LET NOTHING GET IN THE WAY!
Do Not Worry
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Cultivate Inner Beauty
The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty. What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.
Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as “my dear husband.” You’ll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious and unintimidated.
1 Peter 3:1-6
It is the inner beauty in truly being free to serve the Lord with joy and gladness that DELIGHTS and PLEASES the LORD.
It is the joy of Jesus’ saving grace that enlightens and enables with His resurrection power and everlasting life. He enlarges
our capacity to bear all things with sweet enduring faith for His name’s sake and glory. Christ in us is the hope of God’s
glorious kingdom coming into fruition on earth as it is in heaven. We run in the way of His commands as He enlarges
our understanding. As we let His light shine brightly through us others see His good works and give all glory, honor and
praise to the King!
We were created not to be small-minded but big-hearted children of God. A blind man sees with his heart.
Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
Romans 12 The Message (MSG)
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us! As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likeness
1 Corinthians 13:12, Psalm 17:15
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
1 Timothy 2:1, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
(Jairus’ daughter) in order that you may know the hope to which He
has called you (Lazarus), the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.”
Who may go up the Lord’s mountain?
Who may stand in His holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart
and does not long for what is false
or lie when he is under oath.
This person will receive a blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from God, his savior.
This is the person who seeks Him,
who searches for the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
Let us return to the LORD with all our heart, and direct our heart to Him. Let us set our mind and heart to seek the Lord our God. In the uprightness of our heart let us direct our hearts toward God.
“For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ”
2 Corinthians 4:6
In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain; but Moab will be trampled in their land as straw is trampled down in the manure.
They will stretch out their hands in it, as swimmers stretch out their hands to swim.
God will bring down their pride despite the cleverness of their hands.
He will bring down your high fortified walls and lay them low;
He will bring them down to the ground, to the very dust.”
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. Hebrews 1:3