But when the line of communication with God closes, wham–the fiery darts
of Satan strike!
I pray that I may see, that I may know, that I may feel You in all things, Lord
and that I may give thanks each and every time for I know You are always with me,
in all things Lord. Amen.
God Speaks to Job
Then the Lord spoke to Job from a whirlwind and said,
“Who is this ignorant person
saying these foolish things?
Prepare yourself for an attack!
Get ready to answer the questions I will ask you.
Turn from Evil
To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead;
for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
For, “THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS,
MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT. (1 Peter 3:8-10)
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and He will avenge you. (Proverbs 20:22)
Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:28)
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. (Romans 12:17)
We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it. (1 Cor. 4:12)
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate;
when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. (1 Peter 2:21; 23)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.
(Romans 8:28; 30)
The light shines in the darkness and it is not overcome.
the Blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
Paul knows that the real battles and dangers we face are not against flesh and blood.
The enemies we see are real enough,
but they are animated by spiritual forces of darkness that stay strategically hidden from view.
These powers often reveal themselves in institutional evils—genocide, terror, tyranny, and oppression—
but the weapons needed to combat them are not earthly weapons at all.
What is needed, Paul advises, is to stand firm in God’s power and to suit up in the full armor of God.
Although the devil and his demon armies are destined for destruction, they are serious threats now
and must be resisted and beaten back. For Paul, the best offensive weapons we have are the word of God and prayer.
Pray always. Pray in the Spirit. Pray about everything in every way you know how!
And keeping all this in mind, pray on behalf of God’s people.
Keep on praying feverishly, and be on the lookout until evil has been stayed.
but a prickly reply spikes anger.
The words of the wise extend knowledge,
but foolish people utter nonsense.
The Eternal can see all things;
His gaze is fixed on both the evil and the good.
A word of encouragement heals the one who receives it,
but a deceitful word breaks the spirit.
Fools refuse their parents’ guidance,
but sensible children accept correction.
Great treasure may be found where the right-living make their home,
but trouble awaits the wicked at every turn.
When the wise speak, knowledge spreads far and wide,
but fools care nothing about such matters.
When the wicked offer sacrifices, they disgust the Eternal,
but the prayers of those who do right are a pleasure to Him.
The lifestyle of the wicked is repulsive to Him,
while those who do right delight Him.
Harsh punishment is waiting for those who reject the path of life,
and those who hate correction will die.
The grave and destruction are fully exposed before the Eternal;
how much more does He know the thoughts of Adam’s children!
Those who mock others don’t like being corrected,
so they keep their distance from the wise.
A warm, smiling face reveals a joy-filled heart,
but heartache crushes the spirit and darkens the appearance.
Those who have understanding hearts hunger after knowledge,
but those with no understanding feast on foolishness.
The poor and oppressed suffer hardship day after day,
but those with kind hearts continually feast.
It is better to live with less and honor the Eternal
than to have riches and carry the burdens that come with them.
Better to eat only vegetables served lovingly
than a fattened ox served hatefully.
A hot-headed person stirs up trouble,
but one with patience settles a fight.
Lazy people walk a path overgrown with thornbushes,
but those with integrity travel a wide, level road.
A wise child makes his father happy,
but a foolish man despises his mother.
Foolishness brings sheer joy to those who have no sense,
but people with insight steer a straight course through life.
Plans fall apart without proper advice;
but with the right guidance, they come together nicely.
There is great joy in having the right answer,
and how sweet is the right word at the right time!
For the wise the road of life climbs up steep grades
in order to avoid the slide down to the grave.
The Eternal splinters the house of the haughty,
but He secures the property of widows.
It is ironic that we may have more to fear from the proud and powerful than from the poor and needy.
Those who have want more, and so they take it. Oh, maybe they won’t pick your pocket or break into your home.
Their ways are more subtle and more effective.
As James, Jesus’ brother, wrote, “Isn’t it the rich who step on you while climbing the ladder of success?
And isn’t it the rich who take advantage of you and drag you into court?” (James 2:6b).
James isn’t describing all the rich, of course, but many have made their fortunes off the backs of others.
God is the One who can protect the poor, the One who can reduce the grand houses of the haughty to splinters.
The thoughts of the wrongdoers repulse the Eternal,
but kind words are pure pleasure for Him.
Those who take illegal gains injure their families,
but those who refuse a bribe will live in peace.
The right-living think before they speak,
but wrongdoers simply spew evil.
The Eternal stays far from the wrongdoers,
but He listens to the prayer of the right-living.
Bright eyes and a cheerful expression bring joy to the heart,
and good news revives the spirit and renews health.
Those who learn from the lessons of life
will join the others who are wise.
Those who disregard discipline sabotage themselves,
but those who are open to correction gain understanding.
Reverence for the Eternal is the first lesson of wisdom,
and humility always precedes honor.
And this Word of Confirmation from my spiritual brother—
People, on the other hand, deal with all kinds of darkness – both on the outside and also inside of ourselves.
That is where our greatness lies. Angels may be beings of light, but only human beings can take darkness and turn it into light. Only people can overcome evil desires, extend kindness when tempted not to, and use the physical world for spiritual purposes.
Today, remember that you are greater than the angels. When tempted to do something wrong, choose to do what is right.
When faced with darkness, choose light.
Our greatness lies in our weaknesses . . . and our unwavering commitment to overcome them.
With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
Founder and President (International Brotherhood of Christians and Jews)
“The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
But we will bless the LORD form this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.”
As apples of gold in a silver setting so is a word FITLY spoken.
I think of Malchus, whose ear Peter cut off THINKING to DEFEND JESUS
Jesus didn’t need any defending for that purpose Jesus came.
Jesus healed Malchus’ ear…permit (suffer) even this.
Suffer (permit, forbid not) the little children to come unto Me for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Gold is the trying of our faith, silver are the Lord’s WORDS tried in the EARTHEN FURNACE purified 7x.
7 = SPIRITUAL PERFECTION<COMPLETION, SABBATH-REST, in Christ…7×70 = forgiveness as the FATHER SENT JESUS SO JESUS SENDS US OUT (Jesus initially sent 70) AND there were 70 on the mountain top with Moses YET EDAD & MEDAD PROPHESIED IN THE CAMP
WHERE THEY REMAINED BEHIND BUT NOT LEFT OUT.
Remember Joshua was zealous and thought it should not be but Moses corrected
his thinking..his perception, his view (discernment) by saying
that he wished that they ALL WOULD PROPHESY, speak as the LORD DIRECTS!
This is what the Holy Spirit is speaking, revealing to me NOW.