“And I will strengthen Judah and save the tri bes of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.”
I will strengthen them in the LORD, And in His name they will walk,” declares the LORD. (Zechariah 10:12) But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)
Dare to be as Joshua: Take off your shoes, Remember the ground you stand on is sacred, it belongs to the LORD
as does the battle.
Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
Dare to be as Ruth: Her field and family restored by the drop of a shoe. For your Maker is your Husband, the Lord of Hosts His Name. Whatever God joins together let no man tear asunder.
Be still (in the perfect peace that transcends all human understanding by knowing) that He is God; He will be exalted among the nations.
Just as your spiritual foremother, Ruth heeded the wise words of her mother-in-law, Naomi:
Naomi: Now you must wait, daughter. We must wait and see what happens. Be at peace. That man will not rest today until this is resolved.
If ever a landowner needs to lease out his land for money, then his closest relative, called the “kinsman-redeemer,” is supposed to buy the land back for his relative. The same is true if a man has to sell his family members into indentured servitude—the kinsman-redeemer is to buy back the slave. This system reflects God’s relationship with Israel; God continually saves His people from subservience to other nations. Since both Naomi and Ruth are widows without male sons, they are left in poverty. Naomi will have to lease out her husband’s land to support them, and she may eventually have to sell herself and Ruth just to stay fed. By redeeming Elimelech’s land, marrying Ruth, and eventually giving her a son, Boaz keeps the family intact as it would have been had Elimelech or either of his sons survived.
Dare to be as David: The promised throne and united kingdom given by God when God’s twin prophetic Word over
the transfer of leadership came to pass. God hears; God is Judge; God sees to it for He watches over His Word to bring it to pass at His appointed time for nothing can stand against the Lord.
No one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. (1 Thessalonian 4:6)
Keep Calm, God’s Got It COVERED
So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him … And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night?
Keep Crying Out to Jesus, the Righteous Judge
As you send forth your petitions in His Name, He will certainly hear your cry.
LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to You.
Blessed be the LORD my God who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle.
He trains us to go into spiritual warfare for deliverance and promotion are from the LORD.
Even the king’s heart is as water in the Lord’s hands; Surely our times are in His hands.
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)
As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. (Luke 12:58)
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
But we have NEED of patience (persevering, standing fast on God’s Word which is the Way, the Truth and the Life)
For it takes BOTH faith and patience to INHERIT God’s promises.
God is not a man that He should lie. What God promises, God delivers and God is strengthening our standing in Him
as we grow rooted and grounded in His unfailing love.
It is human nature to pray for things to come out all in our favor–whether we deserve it or not. But prayer doesn’t allow that, for it is petition to God.
And His treatment of His creatures conforms to the purity of His innermost nature.
Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,
waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.
For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:12-14)
Father, I come to You with the teachable spirit of a little child for Your leading and guiding into all truth every step of the way. Discipline me according to Your Will that I might walk in obedience to Your Word of Truth.
For those You discipline are Your best students, Your beloved sons and daughters growing in this way in favor with You and man. Keep my heart free of offenses that the spring of forgiveness flow forever unhindered that my feet stand in humble
devotion to all You say. May the grace enable me to speak in wisdom redeeming the time You entrust until that perfect day I stand before You in glory, Amen.
And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground. (Ephesians 6:13)
The prince of Yahweh’s army said to Joshua, “Take your shoes off of your feet; for the place on which you stand is holy.”
Joshua did so.
Remember the redemptive story of ruth?
Normally the city gate is where the business of the city is conducted.
So the kinsman-redeemer took off his sandal and handed it to Boaz. (Ruth 4:7-8)
Consider the outcome of Joseph’s story.
This is the same Joseph who because of his brothers’ bitter envy and murderous jealous, was sold into slavery in Egypt. There, Joseph grew in favor with God and man in the midst of vicious persecution and false accusations at the hands of ungrateful and sinful people. Yet God was with Joseph, and in due time, not only released Joseph but raised him to the second highest place in the kingdom where Joseph was as a father to Pharoah.
Joseph’s brothers began to realize the implications of their father’s death, Joseph’s brothers began to worry.
Joseph’s Brothers: What if Joseph still bears a grudge in some way against us and decides to pay us back in full for all of the wrong we did to him?
So they sent a message to Joseph.
Joseph’s Brothers’ Message: Your father gave us this instruction before he died. He told us to say to you, “Please, I beg you. Forgive the crime of your brothers and the sins they committed against you. They were wrong to treat you so badly.” So please do what your father asked and forgive the crime that we, the servants of the God of your father, committed against you.
Joseph cried when they spoke these words to him. And his brothers approached and fell at his feet.
Joseph’s Brothers: Look! We are your slaves.
Joseph: Don’t be afraid. Am I to judge instead of God? It is not my place. Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good, and through me, He preserved the lives of countless people, as He is still doing today. So don’t worry. I will provide for you myself—for you and your children.
This same sentiment is expressed in Paul’s letter to the Romans (8:28). God can take even the meanest intention and make it work for good for His devoted followers.
So Joseph reassured them and continued to speak kindly to them.
This is our standing with God through Jesus Christ.
The Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly with Him.
How can two walk together unless they agree?
And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
Remember David’s story how is father-in-law who was the ruler of his nation sought to kill him. Jealous rage turned
vicious insanity yet David waited on the Lord’s deliverance and promotion. When David’s own men turned against,
David turned to the Lord in repentance. This is the heart of worship, a heart that delights to do the Father’s will
trusting in His timing.
This same David penned Psalm 110:1–
The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. (Romans 12:17)
and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:27)
Our God alone possesses almighty power and infinite love.
Christ is the way and the truth.
And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth of God, in order to walk therein, than to be delivered out of earthly distress.
Those who set not the Lord before them, seek after believers’ souls; but the compassion, mercy, and truth of God, will be their refuge and consolation. And those whose parents were the servants of the Lord, may urge this as a plea why He should hear and help them. In considering David’s experience, and that of the believer, we must not lose sight of Him, who though He was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through His poverty might be rich. (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on Psalm 86:8-17)
Only in God’s strength can we effectually contend against either our spiritual or our temporal foes.
If, however, we ask Him for strength,H is strength will be “sufficient for us” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
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not have a leg to stand on
The Lord—a Safe Place
In the Lord I am safe. How can you say to me, “Fly away as a bird to your mountain? For look, the sinful raise their bow.
They make their arrow ready on the string to shoot in the dark against the pure in heart.
If the base of the building is destroyed, what can those who are right with God do?”
The Lord is in His holy house. The Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes see as He tests the sons of men.
The Lord tests and proves those who are right and good and those who are sinful.
And His soul hates the one who loves to hurt others.
He will send down fire upon the sinful. Fire and sulphur and burning wind will be the cup they will drink.
For the Lord is right and good. He loves what is right and good. And those who are right with Him will see His face.
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and He will avenge you.
(Proverbs 20:22) Therefore this is what the LORD says: “See, I will defend your cause and avenge you.” (Jeremiah 51:36)
The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love. (Psalm 33:5)
As for me, I will be vindicated and will see Your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness.
(Psalm 17:15) For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 37:28)
In civil proceedings there are two main ways in which contempt is committed:
- Failure to attend at court despite a subpoena requiring attendance. In respect of the High Court, historically a writ of latitat would have been issued, but now a bench warrant is issued, authorizing the tipstaff to arrange for the arrest of the individual, and imprisonment until the date and time the court appoints to next sit. In practice a groveling letter of apology to the court is sufficient to ward off this possibility, and in any event the warrant is generally ‘backed for bail’—i.e., bail will be granted once the arrest has been made and a location where the person can be found in future established.
- Failure to comply with a court order. A copy of the order, with a “penal notice”—i.e., notice informing the recipient that if they do not comply they are subject to imprisonment—is served on the person concerned. If, after that, they breach the order, proceedings can be started and in theory the person involved can be sent to prison. In practice this rarely happens as the cost on the claimant of bringing these proceedings is significant and in practice imprisonment is rarely ordered as an apology or fine are usually considered appropriate.
The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth. (psalm 94:1)
Restore us, O God; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved. (Psalm 80:3)
Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your unfailing love. (Psalm 31:16)
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. (Psalm 45:7)
Jesus Will Judge the World
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. The people of every nation will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left.
“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me into your home. 36 I needed clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then the people who have God’s approval will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and take you into our homes or see you in need of clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“The king will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me.’
“Then the king will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me! God has cursed you! Go into everlasting fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels! I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me into your homes. I needed clothes, and you didn’t give me anything to wear. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t take care of me.’
“They, too, will ask, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or as a stranger or in need of clothes or sick or in prison and didn’t help you?’
“He will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you failed to do for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do for me.’
“These people will go away into eternal punishment, but those with God’s approval will go into eternal life.”
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.
“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”
In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” (Deuteronomy 32:35)
Dare to be as Ruth who obeyed instruction and laid down covered by the hem of Boaz’ robe waiting for the shoe to be cast over her (which signaled the complete redemption of her family in Israel).
Dare to be as David who obeyed the Lord’s servants and messengers and touched not the Lord’s anointed King Saul even though Saul was being willfully disobedient and rebellious against God’s commands.
Dare to be as Joseph, who like Christ Jesus, grew in favor with God and man in the midst of all that is ungrateful and unholy in sinful human nature. For his obedience, Joseph like Christ Jesus, was seated in the place of authority.
Dare to be as Joshua who obeyed the Lord’s messenger and received what was promised. Not one word of the Lord failed;
all was accomplished that was promised.
Dare to be an overcomer! Be not overcome by evil; but overcome evil with good. Pray for those who persecute you that you may be mature sons and daughters of your Father in heaven.
Praise from the Great Multitude
Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.“(Revelation 7:13-15)
God has heard
God will judge
God will see to it