Eternal One: This is the way: here is rest for the weary. I am showing you rest.
But they wouldn’t listen to Him.
And so the word of the Eternal One to them will be just as they said:
“Command after command. Command on top of command.
Rule after rule. Rule on top of rule. A little here, a little there.”
But they’ll go and fail. They’ll fall back, broken and trapped, and be taken away by another people.
Let this be a warning, the Eternal’s Word to you sarcastic jokesters, you leaders in Jerusalem.
For you have made an audacious claim:
Leaders: We have made a pact with death; we’ve made a deal with the grave.
When the scourge of disease and doom comes our way, they won’t touch us.
Death and the grave will pass us by
for our fraud disguises us, and deception is our shield.
So the Lord, the Eternal, has this to say:
Eternal One: See here, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone—
a cornerstone, chosen and precious—for a firm foundation.
Whoever trusts in it will never be disgraced.
Justice will be the line by which I lay out its floor plan,
and righteousness will be My leveling tool.
A hailstorm will pulverize and wash away the fraud and deception behind which people hide,
and floodwaters will overrun their hiding place.
Then your pact with death and the grave will be annulled.
When the scourge that you fear comes along,
It will find you and pummel you down.
Whenever it does come your way, it will grab you.
It could be anytime—morning, noon, or night.
To fathom its message will be sheer terror.
The bed is too short to stretch out and the blanket is too small
for you to hide in or pretend you are not here.
For the Eternal will stand as He did at Mount Perazim
and shake it all up as He did in Gibeon Valley,
To accomplish whatever it is that God wills to accomplish—strange deeds indeed.
So don’t keep laughing it off, or your chains will be made even stronger.
For I heard from the Lord, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies,
that an absolute end has been determined for the whole earth.
Pay attention! Listen well; take care to hear my words.
Does a farmer constantly plow and turn the soil to plant his seed?
No, of course not.
When he’s leveled and tilled the soil,doesn’t he plant each seed according to its specifications?
He scatters the dill, sows the cummin, plants the wheat in rows,
puts barley and spelt where they grow best.
God instructs and directs the farmer in how best to manage the land.
For dill isn’t threshed with a sledge, and you don’t roll a cart over the cummin.
Dill is properly beaten free with one kind of stick, and cummin with another.
Similarly, you have to grind grain to have flour for bread, but you don’t grind it endlessly.
When the wheel on the cart and the horses go over the grain, you must be careful not to crush it.
The Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, is the source of such wisdom.
His advice is wonderful.
Dare to believe—to trust that God is faithful AND true and that our times are in His hands!
Dare to stand obedient no matter what others do–stand your ground for it is holy and God has called you to His Kingdom for such a time as this!
God is with you, a very present help in time of need.
Lord, I know that You are ALWAYS with me, I know that You LOVE me and that Your love never fails. Nothing can stand against the
LORD so I stand in spirit and truth in all things making my life Your temple twenty-four hours a day. Teach me to open my doors of communication with You and never shut them. Help me to be available to others whenever they need me to pray Your will for them.
God wants us to succeed.
As He was with Moses, He was with Joshua and not one of His PROMISES failed!
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 1:1-9)
God’s grace and mercy are available moment by moment to help us guard our lives against foolish living and not let sinful thoughts and ways lead us into pits of despair. God restores us into relationship to walk with Him in spirit and in truth to bring glory to His name throughout the earth as it is in heaven; that the whole world will hear of His saving love. Amen.
So let the ashes fall wherever they land
Come back from wherever you’ve been
To the foot of the cross
To the feet of Jesus,
The feet of Jesus
(“Who You Are”, lyrics by Unspoken)
“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.
He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” (Malachi 4:1-6)
Rest in this place oh Father Rest in this place oh Son
Make us one like you are (6x)
And everything that takes away from this union let it fall to the feet of jesus and everything that takes away from openness let it fall to the feet of Jesus
this is our refuge this is our fortress this is a place where we can hide under the shelter of the Most High
(“Open Up the Earth” lyrics by Jason Upton)
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18)
“You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” (v.22)
Parable of the Persistent Widow
… now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8)
for your Maker is your Husband, the Lord of Hosts, His name.
Father to the fatherless is the Lord in His holy habitation!
Do not be preoccupied but be wise redeeming the time for the days are evil.
Not entertaining demons who set up strong holds against the knowledge of God but study to show yourself approved, a workman
rightly dividing the Word of Truth by maintaining a close relationship with your Father through the Holy Spirit and the Word of Truth.
Strongholds lead to bondage, confusion and oppression which only result in disease, disorder and destruction.
Dear Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Forgive me for not keeping You as number One in my life. Forgive me for allowing the works of the flesh and the things of this world to creep in and dis-place You as the God of my life. I make You Lord of my life, now and forever more, and I promise to follow the instruction of Your Word by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen
TEAR DOWN EVERY IDOL
(even as Gideon who name means “cutter“)
NOT MAKING MARKS IN YOUR FLESH OR CUTTINGS FOR THE DEAD!
Satan, in the Name of Jesus, I bind your spirit of whoredoms according to Matthew 18:18 that PROMISES, “…whatsoever you shall BIND on earth shall be BOUND in heaven.” I refuse to allow your paltry imitations of deity to dominate my life. I denounce your idols and rebuke you in the Name of Jesus.”
LIFT JESUS HIGHER
Thank You, Father, for LOOSING me from the gods of this world. According to Matthew 18:18 that STATES, “…whatsoever you shall LOOSE on earth shall be LOOSED in heaven.” I loose the Holy Spirit of Almighty God in my life. Help me to keep my priorities straight in these confusing days so that I will be able to please You and accomplish Your Will in my life. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Amen.
Invitation to the Needy
“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. (Isaiah 55:1-2)
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.” (Luke 17:26)
It takes BOTH faith and patience to inherit God’s PROMISES!
—Occupy Until I Return; ‘Do business until I come back.’
Before his departure, he called 10 of his servants and gave them each about three months of wages. “Use this money to buy and sell until I return.” (Luke 19:13)
SILVER & GOLD HAVE I NONE
BUT SUCH AS I HAVE
GIVE I TO YOU
IN THE NAME OF JESUS OF NAZARETH
RISE AND WALK!
THIS IS OUR REFUGE—THIS IS OUR SHELTER—
THE TABERNACLE OF GOD IS WITH MEN
HE WILL BE THEIR GOD AND THEY WILL BE HIS PEOPLE.
THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND TABERNACLED AMONG US
WE HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY AS THE ONE & ONLY
IN THAT DAY THEY WILL NOT NEED THE SUN OR MOON BECAUSE THE LAMB IN THEIR MIDST IS THEIR LIGHT.
THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION WHOM SHALL I FEAR?
For the Lord has CHOSEN Zion; He has DESIRED it for His DWELLING, saying,
‘This is My resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned for I have desired it.‘”
On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley. (Zechariah 14:4, see also Acts 1:11)
Then the SURVIVORS from ALL the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
Many peoples will come and say,
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the Temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.’