This Beautiful Place

Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted His people;

He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared His holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.  (Isaiah 52:9-10)

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This is what the LORD says:

“Let My people go, so that they may worship Me.”  (Exodus 8:1)

                          This Beautiful PLACE                                            A PLACE to Worship   
 
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The PLACE prepared for her in the wilderness.

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A love song. 

My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;

I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.  (Psalm 45:1)

The voice of One crying in the wilderness,

Prepare the way of the Lord

Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.  (Isaiah 32:1-2)

For Behold the King is Coming!

Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!

The Lord has taken away the judgments against you; He has cleared away your enemies.

The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil.  (Zephaniah 3:14-15)

 

I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.” 

Because of this promise, we may boldly say,

The Lord is my help—I won’t be afraid of anything.
How can anyone harm me?

(Hebrews 13:6)

Protect me, God, for the only safety I know is found in the moments I seek You.  (Psalm 16:1)seal.Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth;
engrave them on a pendant, and hang it around your neck;
meditate on them so they are written upon your heart. (Proverbs 3:3) What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.
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they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
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She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.”

“Don’t quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing. I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you.”    (Revelation 2:10) 

Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth;
    Engrave them on a pendant, and hang it around your neck;
    Meditate on them so they are written upon your heart. (Proverbs 3:3) 

What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.
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They will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.  (Proverbs 3:22)

She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.  (Proverbs 4:9)

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The woman fled into  the wilderness, where God had prepared a place of refuge and safety where she could find sustenance.(Revelation 12:6)

When the dragon realized he had been cast down to the earth, he pursued the mother of the male infant. 

In order to escape the serpent, she was given the two wings of the great eagle to fly deeper into the wilderness to her own special place where she would find sustenance for a time, and times, and half a time. 

Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a raging river that chased after the woman, trying to sweep her away in the flood. But the earth came to her rescue. It opened its gaping mouth and swallowed the river that spewed from the dragon’s mouth. As a result, the dragon was enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children—those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the testimony of Jesus.

And the dragon stood waiting on the sand of the seashore.  (Revelation 12: 13-18)

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Mercy TRIUMPHS over Justice (Judgment!)

The Scripture gives as a law, to love our neighbor as ourselves. This law is a royal law, it comes from the King of kings; and if Christians act unjustly, they are convicted by the law as transgressors.

So let us step boldly to the throne of grace, where we can find mercy and grace to help when we need it most.
(Hebrews 4:16)For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. (Psalm 84:11)

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11)

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

But God deems it His glory and joy, to pardon and bless those who might justly be condemned at His tribunal; and His grace teaches those who partake of His mercy, to copy it in their conduct.

Mercy GLORIES against Judgement! It is a victory cry!

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You have TURNED my mourning into JOY.
Given me beauty for ashes…a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness.

You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. (SoS 4:9)

Hungry and Thirsty for the King’s Love

How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice! (SOS 4:10

Some trust in horses Some trust in chariots I will TRUST in the NAME of the Lord God of Israel
See the NAME is His Authority for us to speak and act and represent Him on earth as it is in heaven. We are His.

Deep Calls Unto Deep

You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.
(SoS 4:12)

I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Friends Eat, friends, and drink; drink your fill of love. (SoS 5:1)

I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My beloved is knocking: “Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.” (SoS 5:2)

I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck/
(Ezekiel 16:11)
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Your song is with me ALL through the night

Still You command Your loving-kindness in the morning.

For He Alone Is Worthy

Those who cling to worthLESS idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. ~Jonah 2:8
The Lord knows those who belong to Him,” and “
Whoever worships the Lord must give up doing wrong.”

In a large house there are not only objects made of gold and silver,
but also those made of wood and clay.
Some objects are honored when they are used; others aren’t.
Those who stop associating with dishonorable people will be honored.
They will be set apart for the master’s use, prepared to do good things. (2 Tim 2:19-21)

Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. ~John 8:35-36

Repent and believe that anything is possible when we cling to Christ.
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As Ruth who left behind her home, family and nation
to follow the Holy One of Israel clinging to her mother in law.
Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself.

As the woman with the alabaster box.
As David’s three mighty men who risked their lives
to fetch him water from the well in Bethlehem.
As Elisha who slew his team of twelve oxen and broke up their yoke
to use as kindling for a feast to follow the Holy One of Israel with Elijah the Prophet.

Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. (Psalm 85:9-12)

 The Spirit and the Bride:  Come. And let everyone who hears these words say, “Come.” And let those who thirst come. All who desire to drink, let them take and drink freely from the water of life.


The Spirit and the Bride: Come.
And let everyone who hears these words say, “Come.”
And let those who thirst come.
All who desire to drink, let them take and drink freely from the water of life.

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Rabbi, we know it is from God that you have come as a teacher;

for no one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him.”  (John 3:2)

God’s Mercies

O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer.

He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.

Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression,

He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.

Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. 

(Isaiah 30:19-21) 

Yeshua said to him, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Way and The Truth and The Life;

no man comes to My Father but by Me alone.”  (John 4:6)

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And He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father– to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS,

and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”  (Revelation 1:6-8)

 

 

For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.  (Isaiah 9:6-7)Image

 

Don’t quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing. I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you.”

(Revelation 2:10) 

See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.  (Isaiah 32:1)

Before Me no god was formed, nor will there be one after Me. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from Me there is no Savior.

I have Revealed and Saved and Proclaimed–I, and not some foreign god among you (Isa. 43:10-11).

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, of all deceit, hypocrisy and envy, and of all the ways there are of speaking against people;  

And be like newborn babies, thirsty for the pure milk of the Word;

So that by It, you may grow up into deliverance. For you have tasted that Adonai is good. 

As you come to Him, the Living Stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to Him, 

you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him through Yeshua the Messiah.

This is why the Tanakh says,

Look! I am laying in Tziyon a stone,
a chosen and precious cornerstone;
and whoever rests his trust on it
will certainly not be humiliated. 

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Now to you who keep trusting, He is precious. But to those who are not trusting,

“The very stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone”; 

also He is

a stone that will make people stumble,
a rock over which they will trip.

They are stumbling at the Word, disobeying it — as had been planned. 

But you are a chosen people,the King’s cohanim,  a holy nation, a people for God to possess!

Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 

Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;

before, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residentsnot to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep warring against you;  but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evil-doers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God on the Day of His coming. For the sake of the Lord, submit yourselves to every human authority — whether to the emperor as being supreme, or to governors as being sent by Him to punish wrongdoers and praise those who do what is good.  

For it is God’s will that your doing good should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 

Submit as people who are free, but not letting your freedom serve as an excuse for evil; rather, submit as God’s slaves. 

Be respectful to all — keep loving the brotherhood, fearing God and honoring the emperor.

 Household servants, submit yourselves to your masters, showing them full respect —

and not only those who are kind and considerate, but also those who are harsh.  

For it is a grace when someone, because he is mindful of God, bears up under the pain of undeserved punishment. 

For what credit is there in bearing up under a beating you deserve for doing something wrong?

But if you bear up under punishment, even though you have done what is right, God looks on it with favor. 

Indeed, this is what you were called to; because the Messiah too suffered, on your behalf, leaving an example so that you should follow in His steps.

He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found on His lips.” 

When He was insulted, He didn’t retaliate with insults;

when He suffered, He didn’t threaten, but handed them over to Him who judges justly.

 He Himself bore our sinsin His body on the stake,so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness

by His wounds you were healed. 

For you used to be like sheep gone astray, but now you have turned to  the Shepherd, who watches over you.  (1 Peter 2)

For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver, the LORD is our King; it is He who will Save us.  (Isaiah 33:22)

Thus says the LORD:

Heaven is my throne, and the earth is My footstool;

what is the house that you would build for Me, and what is the place of My rest?”  (Isaiah 66:1)

And in Mercy shall the Throne be Established: and He shall Sit on it in Truth in the Tabernacle of David, Judging, and Seeking Judgment, and Hastening Righteousness.  (Isaiah 16:5)  Behold, I have given Him for a Witness to the peoples, a Captain and Teacher to the peoples.  (Isaiah 55:4) 

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These are indeed difficult days for the New Jerusalem’s key citizens; their captured loved ones tore the nation apart.

But God has not forgotten those in exile. It is during this period of separation that God writes a love letter to those who were taken to this foreign land.

It is through His servants, the prophets that God is able to communicate with those still held captive in Babylon.

God’s message to them is the same as to those remaining in His Word: do not revolt against Babylon, for this season of judgment will be longer than others are telling you.

In the midst of the struggle, He calls those who are far from home to trust God and His timing

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God’s Word is No Empty Promise

Oh, thank God—He’s so good!
    His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
    Tell how He freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
    from the four winds, from the seven seas.

 Some of you wandered for years in the desert,
    looking but not finding a good place to live,
Half-starved and parched with thirst,
    staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God.
    He got you out in the nick of time;
He put your feet on a wonderful road
    that took you straight to a good place to live.
So thank God for His marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
He poured great draughts of water down parched throats;
    the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.

Some of you were locked in a dark cell,
    cruelly confined behind bars,
Punished for defying God’s Word,
    for turning your back on the High God’s counsel—
A hard sentence, and your hearts so heavy,
    and not a soul in sight to help.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    He got you out in the nick of time.
He led you out of your dark, dark cell,
    broke open the jail and led you out.
So thank God for His marvelous love,
    for His miracle mercy to the children he loves;
He shattered the heavy jailhouse doors,
    He snapped the prison bars like matchsticks!

Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad life,
    your bodies feeling the effects of your sin;
You couldn’t stand the sight of food,
    so miserable you thought you’d be better off dead.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    He got you out in the nick of time.
He spoke the word that healed you,
    that pulled you back from the brink of death.
So thank God for His marvelous love,
    for His miracle mercy to the children He loves;
Offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
    tell the world what He’s done—sing it out!

Some of you set sail in big ships;
    you put to sea to do business in faraway ports.
Out at sea you saw God in action,
    saw His breathtaking ways with the ocean:
With a word He called up the wind—
    an ocean storm, towering waves!
You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out;
    your hearts were stuck in your throats.
You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk,
    you didn’t know which end was up.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    He got you out in the nick of time.
He quieted the wind down to a whisper,
    put a muzzle on all the big waves.
And you were so glad when the storm died down,
    and He led you safely back to harbor.
So thank God for His marvelous love,
    for His miracle mercy to the children He loves.
Lift high your praises when the people assemble,
    shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!

God turned rivers into wasteland,
    springs of water into sunbaked mud;
Luscious orchards became alkali flats
    because of the evil of the people who lived there.
Then He changed wasteland into fresh pools of water,
    arid earth into springs of water,
Brought in the hungry and settled them there;
    they moved in—what a great place to live!
They sowed the fields, they planted vineyards,
    they reaped a bountiful harvest.
He blessed them and they prospered greatly;
    their herds of cattle never decreased.
But abuse and evil and trouble declined
    as He heaped scorn on princes and sent them away.
He gave the poor a safe place to live,
    treated their clans like well-cared-for sheep.

Good people see this and are glad;
    bad people are speechless, stopped in their tracks.
If you are really wise, you’ll think this over—
    it’s time you appreciated God’s deep love.

(Psalm 107)

The Songs for the Journey to Worship (Psalm 120–134) are composed for use by God’s people as they traveled from their homes up to Zion to worship God at the temple. Representing their time in exile are songs of lament, heartbreaking testimonies to individuals’ pain when they are crushed by their enemies and separated from God’s blessings.

Finally, Book Five concludes the collection by offering praise and thanks to God, for the story of Israel does not end with its exile and separation; rather, it ends in restoration and hope. Those who edited and compiled the Book of Psalms were relieved to be back in the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—rebuilding their temple and reestablishing their connection with God.

The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this,

both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders.

He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance.

He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped.

Then He started over.

Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion,

He created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.

Christ brought us together through His death on the cross.

The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility.

Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders.

He treated us as equals, and so made us equals.

Through Him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.

That’s plain enough, isn’t it?

You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country.

You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone.

Listen to His Name Echoing in the Halls of your Heart!

ImageThe creation the prophet sees—the new earth—is radically different from the one everyone knows. At some deep level, everyone recognizes that the everyday world is not the world as God intends it; things are not the way they are supposed to be. But God will make everything new again. In that day, the painful past will recede and vanish. Unbridled joy and celebration will eclipse grief and sorrow. Jerusalem, the holy city, will become the center of the world. Long lives will be the norm. Peace will be secure without exception. God’s blessing will settle over all creation. Creation itself, with all its complexities, will be made new. No predator. No prey. Just peace and harmony throughout. This is a world only God can create when He creates it anew.

God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what He is building.

He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation.

Now He’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.  (Ephesians 2:14-22)

Or, to put it another way, you are God’s house.

Using the gift God gave me as a good architect, I designed blueprints; Apollos is putting up the walls.
Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation!
Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ.
Take particular care in picking out your building materials.
Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out.
The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing.
If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over.
But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive—but just barely.  (1 Corinthians 3:9-15)

ImageI’ll give him the key of the Davidic heritage. He’ll have the run of the place—open any door and keep it open, lock any door and keep it locked. I’ll pound him like a nail into a solid wall. He’ll secure the Davidic tradition. Everything will hang on him—not only the fate of Davidic descendants but also the detailed daily operations of the house, including cups and cutlery.

And then the Day will come,” says God-of-the-Angel-Armies, “when that nail will come loose and fall out, break loose from that solid wall—and everything hanging on it will go with it.That’s what will happen. God says so.  (Isaiah 22:21:25)

Jesus:   You know neither God’s Scriptures nor God’s power—and so your assumptions are all wrong. At the resurrection, people will neither marry nor be given in marriage. They will be like the messengers of heaven.

In heaven all will be devoting themselves to praise. It will not be a simple continuation of life on earth.

 A key to this resurrected life can be found in the words of Moses, which you do claim to read:

I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” 

Our God is not the God of the dead. He is the God of the living.

And again the crowd was amazed. They were astonished at His teaching.

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, a group of Pharisees met to consider new questions that might trip up Jesus

A legal expert thought of one that would certainly stump Him.

Pharisees:   Teacher, of all the laws, which commandment is the greatest?

Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’

This is the most important, the first on any list.

But there is a second to set alongside it:

‘Love others as well as you love yourself.

These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”

(Matthew 22:29-40)

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Completing God’s Law

 “Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets.

I’m not here to demolish but to complete.

I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama.

God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet.

Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.

 “Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Law and you will only have trivialized yourself.

But take it seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom.

Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won’t know the first thing about entering the kingdom.”

(Matthew 5:17-20)

 Jesus said,

“I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave.
A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will.
 
The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house.
 
So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.
 
I know you are Abraham’s descendants.
 
But I also know that you are trying to kill Me because My message hasn’t yet penetrated your thick skulls.
 
I’m talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father,
and you just go on doing what you have heard from your father.”  (John 8:34-38)
 

A Son Sees With the Eyes of Faith

 
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 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look.

We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know.

We certainly don’t look at Him that way anymore.

Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new.

The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!

Look at it!

All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and Him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with Himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what He is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives.

God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences

and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.

We’re speaking for Christ Himself now: Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you

(2 Corinthians 5:16-20)

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Faith Translates Us To Being a God-Pleaser!

 War broke out in Heaven. Michael and his Angels fought the Dragon. The Dragon and his Angels fought back, but were no match for Michael. They were cleared out of Heaven, not a sign of them left. The great Dragon—ancient Serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, the one who led the whole earth astray—thrown out, and all his Angels thrown out with him, thrown down to earth. Then I heard a strong voice out of Heaven saying,

Salvation and power are established!
    Kingdom of our God, authority of his Messiah!
The Accuser of our brothers and sisters thrown out,
    who accused them day and night before God.
They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb
    and the bold word of their witness.
They weren’t in love with themselves;
    they were willing to die for Christ.
So rejoice, O Heavens, and all who live there,
    but doom to earth and sea,
For the Devil’s come down on you with both feet;
    he’s had a great fall;
He’s wild and raging with anger;
    he hasn’t much time and he knows it.

(Revelation 12:7-12)

Keep on trusting even until death 

All these people kept on trusting until they died, without receiving what had been promised.

They had only seen it and welcomed it from a distance,

while acknowledging that they were aliens and temporary residents on the earth. 

For people who speak this way make it clear that they are looking for a fatherland. 

Now if they were to keep recalling the one they left, they would have an opportunity to return; 

but as it is, they aspire to a better fatherland, a heavenly one.

This is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.  (Hebrews 11:13-16)

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To Philadelphia

 Write this to Philadelphia, to the Angel of the church. The Holy, the True—David’s key in his hand, opening doors no one can lock, locking doors no one can open—speaks:

 “I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough.

 “And watch as I take those who call themselves true believers but are nothing of the kind, pretenders whose true membership is in the club of Satan—watch as I strip off their pretensions and they’re forced to acknowledge it’s you that I’ve loved.

 “Because you kept my Word in passionate patience, I’ll keep you safe in the time of testing that will be here soon, and all over the earth, every man, woman, and child put to the test.

 “I’m on my way; I’ll be there soon. Keep a tight grip on what you have so no one distracts you and steals your crown.

 “I’ll make each conqueror a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, a permanent position of honor. Then I’ll write names on you, the pillars: the Name of my God, the Name of God’s City—the new Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven—and my new Name.

 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”

(Revelation 3:7 -13)

Judgment and HopeThis is what the LORD says:

“Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Where is the house you will build for Me?”

  What man-made space could provide Me a resting place?
Everything is the product of My hand—My being and My doing—
        that’s how all you see came to be; I made it all.
    Nevertheless, I am interested in and concerned about even just one person
        who is humble and downhearted and trembles at My Word.

(Isaiah 66:1-2)

If we could see things as they truly are, we’d see the universe as one giant temple founded and perfected by God’s hand.

But even the universe with its staggering dimensions—dimensions that stretch the imagination—cannot contain its Maker.

God is greater still.

So how could some house made for Him on earth ever be grand enough, glorious enough, great enough?

It could not; but with all His greatness and power, God still has His eye on us.

What does God want from us if not the best building we can build,

and also the most and best sacrifices and rituals that we can possibly perform?

Simply put, God is looking for people who are humble, broken, and ready to follow what He says. 

Jesus is the All-Sufficient Sacrifice So Freely Given–Christ is the Altar and the Sacrifice that Forever Alters IF we Accept!

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The Wilderness is My Classroom

Look at My Son, study how He did it.  He gave it all for you to be with Me and He gave you His Promised Holy Spirit

as a Seal of My Endorsement, ensuring that I will never leave or forsake you.  The Spirit is given to lead and guide

you into all Truth every step of the Way back Home to me in His Love.  This is my Word to you.  Do not merely listen

to the Word and fail to do it–but do as He says and it will be well with you.  Your obedience is living worship, a

sweet-smelling fragrant offering that is well-pleasing in My sight. 

God desires to bring people like these close and make them safe, but He cannot if they refuse.

His loving purpose is for them to live well, to be well, but He cannot make it so if they choose badly and do what He hates.

So, if you are one who trembles at His word,listen closely to what the Eternal One has to say:

Eternal One: I know that some people, even your own family,
        reject you because you accept Me,
    And they’re saying, “Let the Eternal receive the honor He deserves,
        so that we, too, can know your joy.” But they’ll only know sorrow and shame.
Can you hear it? There’s a commotion in the city,
        great rumbling coming from the temple area!
    Ah, it is the Eternal thundering in to take on His foes.

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Have you ever heard of a woman who gave birth before she went into labor?
        Have you ever seen a woman who delivered a son without feeling a thing?
    Do you think it’s possible for the land to go through labor in an instant,
        or to bear a nation, to be new and strong, in a single day?
    Nevertheless, Zion suffered only a moment
        before she gave birth to her children!
Will I open the womb and not deliver?
        I have made this place labor in terrible pain,
    But do you think I won’t help it give birth?
        That is what I, the Eternal One have to say.

The prophet reflects on the mystery of birth.

Jerusalem, the mother, is about to give birth to a new nation.

God, the midwife, is there to make sure the birth goes well.

Throughout Isaiah’s prophecy it is clear that God has initiated all the things that have happened to Israel and Judah.

The destruction of Jerusalem and her glorious temple,

the decades of exile in a foreign land, and now the return and restoration of Jerusalem are God’s work, pure and simple.

Now all of these events and judgments point to a single moment when Jerusalem will resume its place as God’s chosen city and will open its gates to believing pilgrims. The prophet asks: will God prevent this new birth from happening?

After having brought His people this far, it is unthinkable that God would turn back now.

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Eternal One: So be happy for Jerusalem;
        give her hearty congratulations, whoever holds her dear.
    Take part in this joyous celebration, especially if you remember her grief.
For you are her children, and she is giving you the milk of comfort and peace.
        Drink at her comforting breasts with satisfaction that all will be well.
I will rain down prosperity on Jerusalem, peace abundant on Zion,
        and flood her with wealth from all over the world.
    Like a thundering river, the riches will come down.
        Like a toddler, you’ll be held, carried, nourished, and comforted.
As a mother soothes her child, so I will comfort you.
        And Jerusalem will be so nice, feel so good and safe to you.
When you see what I have in store, it will ease your mind and lift your heart;
        you will flourish like the grass!

Now is the time for Jerusalem to rejoice.

Mourning the fate of Israel and Judah has been a Jewish preoccupation for a long time.

Ever since Assyria came down and took the northern territory captive, the people have been grief-stricken.

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But now that God has announced the Good News,

Mourning is no longer appropriate; it indicates a lack of faith in His plans.

After enduring so many years of grief and desolation,

can God’s covenant people now turn and trust Him to deliver this baby overnight?

Trust and joy belong together.

Zion is like a fertile young woman; she will have all the children that God wills and she desires.

Be happy, the prophet says, and let the celebrations begin.

The Eternal’s power will be clearly evident to His servants;
    but His rage will be unleashed against His enemies.

Look now, the Eternal is coming with a vengeance
    that scorches all His foes with flames of fire;
Whooshing like a whirlwind, His chariots rush with punishing fury.
God comes with fiery anger and flashing sword.
    The Eternal One will execute His judgment,
And many people will die on that day.

Eternal One: Those who perform sanctifying and purifying rituals to serve false gods in gardens, and then proceed to do whatever they see the leader do—eating impure things such as pigs, snakes, and rats—won’t live to do it again.

This is My word to you.

Because I know what and why they do what they do,

The time is coming when I will bring people together from all over the world.

Everyone will come here and have a chance to see and know who I am, in all My weighty significance and splendor. 

I will put a sign among them and send the survivors of My people to Tarshish, Put, and Lud (where those great archers live), from Tubal east of Lud, and Javan, which is near it.

I’ll bring them here from places so far away that they’ve never heard My name, much less had a chance to see My glory.

But they’ll hear about Me, far and wide among the nations. 

And they will bring the surviving members of your family back as if they are a grain offering from all the nations.

They’ll come by every conceivable means—on horse, camel, donkey, or mule, in wagons or litters—they’ll come to Jerusalem,

My holy mountain.

They will be delivered just as the Israelites bring their grain offerings to Me in a clean container at the temple. 

And out of those who return, I will make priests and Levites.

This is My word to you.

 Because just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making
        will go on by My enduring will,
    So your name and the people
        who come from you will go on as well.
 From one month to the next, on Sabbath after Sabbath,
        everyone, every living thing, will come to this holy place
    To honor Me as God of all.
        This is My word to you.
They’ll visit the site where the people who rejected Me lie rotting on the ground,
        crawling with worms that never die on a fire that just keeps smoldering.
    All who see it will recoil at the horrible sight.

(Isaiah 66:3-24)

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 “For when I give the order,
I will shake the house of Isra’el,
there among all the Goyim,
as one shakes with a sieve,
letting no grain fall to the ground.
 All the sinners among my people
who say, ‘Disaster will never overtake us
or confront us,’ will die by the sword.

 “When that day comes, I will raise up
the fallen sukkah of David.
I will close up its gaps, raise up its ruins
and rebuild it as it used to be,

(Amos 9:9-11)

And He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.  (Luke 1:33)

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

9:1-10 The prophet, in vision, saw the Lord standing upon the idolatrous altar at Bethel. Wherever sinners flee from God’s justice, it will overtake them. Those whom God brings to heaven by his grace, shall never be cast down; but those who seek to climb thither by vain confidence in themselves, will be cast down and filled with shame. That which makes escape impossible and ruin sure, is, that God will set his eyes upon them for evil, not for good. Wretched must those be on whom the Lord looks for evil, and not for good. The Lord would scatter the Jews, and visit them with calamities, as the corn is shaken in a sieve; but he would save some from among them. The astonishing preservation of the Jews as a distinct people, seems here foretold. If professors make themselves like the world, God will level them with the world. The sinners who thus flatter themselves, shall find that their profession will not protect them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9.For, lo! He explains how and why the whole nation is not destroyed. I will sift. Israel is to be dispersed among the nations, tried and winnowed among them by affliction and persecution, that the evil may fall to the ground and perish, and the good be preserved. The word rendered “sift” implies “to shake to and fro;” and this shaking shall show who are the true Israelites and who are the false, who retain their faith and cleave to the Lord under all difficulties, and who lose their hold of true religion and assimilate themselves to the heathen among whom they dwell. These last shall not return from captivity. The least grain; Hebrew, tseror, “pebble;” so the Vulgate, lapillus; Septuagint, σύντριμμα,” fragment.” It is used in 2 Samuel 17:13 of small stones in a building; here as hard grain in distinction from loose chaff (Keil). The solid grain, the good wheat, are the righteous, who, when the chaff and dust are cast away, are stored in the heavenly garner, prove themselves of the election, and inherit the promises (comp. Isaiah 6:13; Ezekiel 20:38; Matthew 3:12). Fall upon the earth; i.e. perish, be lost (1 Samuel 26:20).

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Thanksgiving Parade

Thanksgiving for Victory   
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Faith, is the Advance  knowing that God brings the victory.   http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20chronicles%2020:14-30&version=MSG  (See 2 Chronicles 20:14-30)

We endure, seeing that His praise precedes, His presence presides and His glory is our Rear Guard!

 Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision will pursue me
    where I go, always, everywhere.
I will always be with the Eternal,
    in Your house forever.  (Psalm 23:6)

Great sufferings prepares the heart, paving the way for Great Joy!

But I have prayed for you. I have prayed that your faith will hold firm and that you will recover from your failure and become a source of strength for your brothers here.  (Luke 22:32)

It is through the prayers of Christ, that the elect do never utterly fall away from the faith: and that for this cause, that they should stir up one another.

I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in Me
Because of them and their witness about Me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in Me and I in You,
So they might be one heart and mind with Us.
Then the world might believe that You, in fact, sent Me.
The same glory You gave Me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as We are—
I in them and You in Me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That You’ve sent Me and loved them
In the same way You’ve loved Me.
(John 17:20-23)       
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For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.  (2 Peter 2:21)

There is no RETREAT in battle.  We must go forward knowing that God is with us and the battle belongs to the LORD. 

Those that come to God must believe that He is and that He is a REWARDER of those that diligently seek Him. 

But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.  (Hebrews 10:39)

Years ago the Lord had walked me through a great victory over the “ups and downs” that was what I used to call, “life.” 

He walked me through and brought me out

Recently though, the battle has escalated and I referred to it as a “roller coaster ride” yet I am not going to let what
seems, feels, appears LIKE. distance me from God.  I choose to follow the Lord my Shepherd, knowing full well (in advance) that my spiritual domain parallels my physical hiking in the natural.
My life as well as the territory God has appointed me to is full of hills and valleys and yet the
same Jesus who reveals Himself in glorious mountaintop retreats is the same Jesus who drives out demons in the valley. 

There is peace (shalom) far beyond all human intellect, reason, understanding or emotion where Jesus is. 

He promises to never leave or forsake me and I choose to follow the leading of His Holy Spirit for only He is my nourishment, my righteousness.  I am not my own “watering hole” or “food bank” and there is only One Holy Blood Bank, the Lord Himself!  Forgive me for my sin of self-reliance and trust in man and Savior like a Shepherd lead and guide me every step of the way home to the Father in You.  Amen.

I can do all things THROUGH Christ who STRENGTHENS me.   

Faith that overcomes is the faith that endures as seeing the Victorious One. 

Those who are victorious will sit with Me on My throne, just as I was victorious and sat with My Father on His throne.  (Revelation 3:21)

Eternal One (to the people): Stand at the crossing, and consider the ancient path,
        for it is good and it leads to Me.
    Walk on this path, and you will find rest for your souls.  (Jeremiah 6:16a)

Those of us who follow Jesus today come to know Him as that gentle but strong shepherd who guides us through life if we will follow Him.

The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always.
He provides me rest in rich, green fields
    beside streams of refreshing water.
    He soothes my fears;
He makes me whole again,
    steering me off worn, hard paths
    to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name
(Psalm 23:1-3)

He ·gives me new strength (renews my soul).    Psalm 23:3

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  (Psalm 51:10)

In spite of my self, my human limitations, I want to follow Your way, oh Lord my God.  I pray that I may learn that trying to do Your will is PERFECT freedom.  Amen.

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In sanctification, the one who has been born again deliberately gives up his right to himself to Jesus Christ, and identifies himself entirely with God’s ministry to others.
(My Utmost For His Highest)

Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.   Put My yoke upon your shoulders—it might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to Me, your weary souls will find rest.   For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.  (Matthew 11:28-30)

·Thank [Praise] the Lord because He is good.
    His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.
Let Israel say,
    “His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.”
Let the ·family [ house] of Aaron [the priests] say,
    “His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.”
Let those who ·respect [fear] the Lord [Prov. 1:7] say,        

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    “His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.”

I was in ·trouble [distress], so I ·called [prayed] to the Lord.
    The Lord answered me and set me ·free [ in a broad place].
I will not ·be afraid [fear], because the Lord is with me [Rom. 8:31].
    ·People can’t do anything [What can people do…?] to me [Heb. 13:6].
The Lord is with me to help me,
    so I will ·see my enemies defeated [look on my enemy; in triumph].
It is better to ·trust [find refuge in] the Lord
    than to ·trust [have confidence in] people.
It is better to ·trust [find refuge in] the Lord
    than to ·trust [have confidence in] princes.
                         

 

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All the nations surrounded me,
    but I ·defeated them [warded them off] in the name of the Lord.
They surrounded me; they surrounded me on every side,
    but ·with the Lord’s power [ in the name of the Lord] I ·defeated them [warded them off].
They surrounded me like a swarm of bees,
    but they ·died [were extinguished] as quickly as thorns burn.
    ·By the Lord’s power [ In the name of the Lord], I ·defeated them [warded them off].
They [or You] ·chased me [pushed me hard] until I ·was almost defeated [almost fell],
    but the Lord helped me.
The Lord ·gives me strength and a song [ is my strength and song/or might].
    He has ·saved me [given me victory].

Shouts of joy and victory
    come from the tents of ·those who do right [the righteous]:
    “The right hand of the Lord has done powerful things.”
The ·power [right hand] of the Lord ·has won the victory [is exalted];
    with His ·power [ right hand] the Lord has done powerful things.

I will not die, but live,
    and I will ·tell [recount] what the Lord has done.
The Lord has ·taught me a hard lesson [ surely disciplined/instructed me],
    but he did not ·let me die [give me over to death].

Open for me the ·Temple gates [gates of righteousness].
    Then I will come in and ·thank [praise] the Lord.
This is the Lord’s gate;
    only ·those who are good [the righteous] may enter through it [15; 24:3–6].
Lord, I ·thank [praise] You for answering me.
    You have ·saved me [given me victory].

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The stone that the builders rejected
    became the chief cornerstone [Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; Eph. 2:20; 1 Pet. 2:7].
The Lord did this [This is from the Lord],
    and it is wonderful ·to us [in our eyes; Matt. 21:42; Mark 12:10–11].
This is the day that the Lord has made.
    Let us rejoice and be glad ·today [in it]!

Please, Lord, ·save us [give us victory];
    please, Lord, give us ·success [prosperity].
·God bless [Blessed be] the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless all of you from the ·Temple [house] of the Lord [Mark 11:9; Luke 13:35; 19:38].
The Lord is God,
    and He has ·shown kindness to [illuminated; given light to] us.
·With branches in your hands, join the feast [ Bind the feast/procession with branches].
    Come to the ·corners [ horns; Ex. 27:2] of the altar.

You are my God, and I will ·thank [praise] You;
You are my God, and I will ·praise Your greatness [exalt You].

·Thank [Praise] the Lord because He is good.
His ·love [loyalty] ·continues [endures] forever.
(Psalm 118)
           

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Comfort and keep comforting My people,” says your God.
“Tell Yerushalayim to take heart; proclaim to her that she has completed her time of service,
that her guilt has been paid off,  that she has received at the hand of Adonai
double for all her sins.”

A voice cries out:

“Clear a road through the desert for Adonai!  Level a highway in the ‘Aravah for our God!
Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill lowered, the bumpy places made level and the crags become a plain.
Then the glory of Adonai will be revealed; all humankind together will see it, for the mouth of Adonai has spoken.”

A voice says, “Proclaim!”
And I answer, “What should I proclaim?”
“All humanity is merely grass, all its kindness like wildflowers:  the grass dries up, the flower fades,
when a wind from Adonai blows on it.  Surely the people are grass!
The grass dries up, the flower fades;  but the Word of our God will stand forever.”

You who bring good news to Tziyon,  Get yourself up on a high mountain;
You who bring good news to Yerushalayim, Cry out at the top of your voice!
Don’t be afraid to shout out loud!  Say to the cities of Y’hudah,
“Here is your God!  Here comes Adonai Elohim with power, and His arm will rule for Him.
Look! His reward is with Him,  and His recompense is BEFORE Him.
He is like a shepherd feeding His flock, gathering His lambs with His arm,
carrying them against His chest, gently leading the mother sheep.”
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Who has counted the handfuls of water in the sea, measured off the sky with a ruler,
gauged how much dust there is on the earth, weighed the mountains on scales, or the hills in a balance?
Who has measured the Spirit of Adonai?  Who has been His counselor, instructing Him?
Whom did He consult, to gain understanding?  Who taught Him how to judge, taught Him what he needed to know,
showed him how to discern?

The nations are like a drop in a bucket, they count like a grain of dust on the scales.
The islands weigh as little as specks of dust. The L’vanon would not suffice for fuel or its animals be enough for burnt offerings.
Before Him all the nations are like nothing. He regards them as less than nothing.

With whom, then, will you compare God? By what standard will you evaluate Him?
An image made by a craftsman, which a goldsmith overlays with gold, for which he then casts silver chains?
A man too poor to afford an offering chooses a piece of wood that won’t rot, then seeks out a skilled artisan
to prepare an image that won’t fall over.

Don’t you know? Don’t you hear? Haven’t you been told from the start?
Don’t you understand how the earth is set up?
He who sits above the circle of the earth —for Whom its inhabitants appear like grasshoppers —
stretches out the heavens like a curtain, spreads them out like a tent to live in.
He reduces princes to nothing, the rulers of the earth to emptiness.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely their stem taken root in the ground,
when He blows on them, they dry up,  and the whirlwind carries them off like straw.
With whom, then, will you compare Me?  With whom am I equal?” asks the Holy One.

Turn your eyes to the heavens!  See Who created these?
He brings out the ARMY of them in sequence,
summoning each by name.
Through His great might and His massive strength,
not one of them is missing.

Why do you complain, Ya‘akov;
why do you say, Isra’el,
“My way is hidden from Adonai, my rights are ignored by my God”?
Haven’t you known, haven’t you heard that the everlasting God, Adonai, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
does not grow tired or weary?
His understanding cannot be fathomed.
He invigorates the exhausted,
He gives strength to the powerless.
Young men may grow tired and weary, even the fittest may stumble and fall;
but those who hope in Adonai will renew their strength,
they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings;
when they are running they won’t grow weary,
when they are walking they won’t get tired.
(Isaiah 40)
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A song of ascents.  When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.

(Psalm 126:1–2)

And the overcomers are joined together in victory song!
                           
Dear friend, I am praying that everything prosper with you and that you be in good health, as I know you are prospering spiritually.  For I was so happy when some brothers came and testified how faithful you are to the truth, as you continue living in the truth.  Nothing gives me greater joy than hearing that my children are living in the truth. (3 John 1:2-4)

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When God Makes Creation a Classroom            

You can not be truly free until you are free from worry.         

Like Green Lantern, whose will was strong but his light burned brightest when he employed it in the service of others.

His powers increased as he fought through evil’s fear to help others.  

Some people try to hide behind the old adage, “I’m only human” but God who made us remembers we are but DUST.

What is impossible with man is possible only with God.  Miracles happen to those who BELIEVE.     

“The only way to rid ourselves of worry is to supplant it with a much more powerful force.

We need to transform our fears into faith through prayer and by casting all our troubles on the Lord.”

(Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein)

When you turn towards God, you take the same stance as Jesus who set his face as flint towards Jerusalem
and the cross which was the will of the Father who sent him.
 
As we face the truth,  and summon the courage to change, we can take heart  that God is at work in us for He

is the One causing us to will and to do what is pleasing in His sight.

 

Be strong and of good courage for I am with you

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FAITH flows from such a heart

When our will is UNITED as one in the LORD’s will, we are JOINED to an unstoppable force
His love unfailing
His mercy enduring
His truth forever

A Song In The Night

Why should I feel Discouraged
And, Why should the shadows, shadows come
Lord why, Why! should my heart, my heart feel lonely
And long for Heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
Oh yes, I know
He watches over me
I sing
I sing because
I’m happy
Halleugha
I sing
I sing because
I’m free
I’m free
I know
His eye
His eye is on
on the sparrow
oh yes he is
I know
I know he watches over me

(Songwriters: MARTIN, C.D./BARTLETT, GENE/GABRIEL, CHARLES)
 
God’s Covenant Commitment

“‘Master, You are our God, for You delivered Your people from the land of Egypt in a show of power—people are still talking about it! We confess that we have sinned, that we have lived bad lives. Following the lines of what You have always done in setting things right, setting people right, please stop being so angry with Jerusalem, Your very own city, Your holy mountain. We know it’s our fault that this has happened, all because of our sins and our parents’ sins, and now we’re an embarrassment to everyone around us. We’re a blot on the neighborhood. So listen, God, to this determined prayer of Your servant.

Have mercy on Your ruined Sanctuary. Act out of who You are, not out of what we are.

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Turn Your ears our way, God, and listen.

Open Your eyes and take a long look at our ruined city, this city named after You.

We know that we don’t deserve a hearing from You. Our appeal is to Your compassion. T

This prayer is our last and only hope:

“‘Master, listen to us!  Master, forgive us!  Master, look at us and do something!  Master, don’t put us off!
    Your city and Your people are named after You: You have a stake in us!’
(Daniel 9:15-19)        

Does your life feel like a dry and barren desert? Let the streams of God’s living water refresh your soul.

Dare to be a Daniel!

Daniel INTERCEDED like Christ for the land, pouring out his life as water on the dry, weary ground.

For all have sinned.
Forgive us Lord for we have sinned.

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We have been given words and a voice in order to cry out righteously for our generation for our land for the kingdom in this time and place.

Place your life on the altar of Christ’s sacrifice and spend your time here on earth as a living sacrifice as a prayer and fasting of your will for His.

For man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

 

God Has Set Things Right

But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us.

And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in Him. For there is no difference between us and them in this.

Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity He put us in right standing with Himself.

A pure gift.

He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be.

And He did it by means of Jesus Christ.

(Romans 3:21-24)

Dare to BE!

as Daniel
as the Centurion that came to Christ “just speak the Word and my servant will be made whole.”

God sent His Word to heal and deliver from destruction.

Just one little Word fells the devil.

 

 “Count on it: Everyone who had it in for you will end up out in the cold—
    real losers.
Those who worked against you will end up empty-handed—
    nothing to show for their lives.
When you go out looking for your old adversaries
    you won’t find them—
Not a trace of your old enemies,not even a memory.
That’s right. Because I, your God,have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go.
I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’

 

 “Do you feel like a lowly worm, Jacob? Don’t be afraid.
Feel like a fragile insect, Israel? I’ll help you.
I, God, want to reassure you.  The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel.

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I’m transforming you from worm to harrow, from insect to iron.
As a sharp-toothed harrow you’ll smooth out the mountains, turn those tough old hills into loamy soil.
You’ll open the rough ground to the weather,to the blasts of sun and wind and rain.
But you’ll be confident and exuberant, expansive in The Holy of Israel!

 

 “The poor and homeless are desperate for water, their tongues parched and no water to be found.
But I’m there to be found, I’m there for them, and I, God of Israel, will not leave them thirsty.
I’ll open up rivers for them on the barren hills,spout fountains in the valleys.
I’ll turn the baked-clay badlands into a cool pond, the waterless waste into splashing creeks.
I’ll plant the red cedar in that treeless wasteland,also acacia, myrtle, and olive.
I’ll place the cypress in the desert,with plenty of oaks and pines.
Everyone will see this. No one can miss it—unavoidable, indisputable evidence
That I, God, personally did this.  It’s created and signed by The Holy of Israel.


Isaiah 41:11-20

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:43–45)

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God empowers us to speak when we come into Agreement with His Word through the Aid of His Holy Spirit

Aligning us to walk as Jesus did.  Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil

because the Father was with Him in spirit and in truth.  The same Holy Spirit is given to lead and guide us into all

truth. 

 

“Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance;

with divine retribution He will come to save you. … Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.’”  (Isaiah 35:4, 6)

On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took His stand.

He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in Me this way, just as the Scripture says.”

(He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were about to receive.

The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)

(John 7:37-39)

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“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing.

Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”  (Luke 6:38)

“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good,

and the evil person out of his evil treasure [of his heart] produces evil,

for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks [his life proceeds]” (Luke 6:45)

 

“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth” (James 3:13-14).

 

“You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).

 

“Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do
flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).

41-42 “It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

Work the Words into Your Life

 “You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree.

The health of the apple tells the health of the tree.

You must begin with your own life-giving lives.

It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.

 “Why are you so polite with Me, always saying ‘Yes, Sir,’ and ‘That’s right, Sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.

 “If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last.

But if you just use My words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards.

It was a total loss.”

(Luke 6:41-49)

BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

HELMET OF SALVATION

 

BELT OF TRUTH

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I AM LIKE A BIRD ALONE

Seventy Sevens

“While I was pouring out my heart, baring my sins and the sins of my people Israel, praying my life out before my God, interceding for the holy mountain of my God—while I was absorbed in this praying, the humanlike Gabriel, the one I had seen in an earlier vision, approached me, flying in like a bird about the time of evening worship.

He stood before me and said, ‘Daniel, I have come to make things plain to you. You had no sooner started your prayer when the answer was given. And now I’m here to deliver the answer to you. You are much loved! So listen carefully to the answer, the plain meaning of what is revealed:

“‘Seventy sevens are set for your people and for your holy city to throttle rebellion, stop sin, wipe out crime, set things right forever, confirm what the prophet saw, and anoint The Holy of Holies.

“‘Here is what you must understand:

From the time the word goes out to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Anointed Leader, there will be seven sevens.

The rebuilding will take sixty-two sevens, including building streets and digging a moat.

Those will be rough times.

After the sixty-two sevens, the Anointed Leader will be killed—the end of him.

The city and Sanctuary will be laid in ruins by the army of the newly arriving leader.

The end will come in a rush, like a flood.

War will rage right up to the end, desolation the order of the day.

“‘Then for one seven, he will forge many and strong alliances, but halfway through the seven he will banish worship and prayers. At the place of worship, a desecrating obscenity will be set up and remain until finally the desecrator himself is decisively destroyed.’”
(Daniel 9:20-27)

Who are the real winners in life?  How do they take their losses and TURN them into glorious gains?        

They THINK positively–

In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.  (Philippians 4:8)

                        They LIVE positively–And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  (Romans 8:28)

                        They WORK positively–So let us not grow weary of doing what is good; for if we don’t give up, we will in due time reap the harvest.  (Galatians 6:9)

                        They PRAY positively–Moreover, my God will fill every need of yours according to his glorious wealth,

in union with the Messiah Yeshua.   (Philippians 4:19)

Look up at the sky. Take a long hard look.
    See those clouds towering above you?
If you sin, what difference could that make to God?
    No matter how much you sin, will it matter to Him?
Even if you’re good, what would God get out of that?
    Do you think He’s dependent on your accomplishments?
The only ones who care whether you’re good or bad
    are your family and friends and neighbors.
    God’s not dependent on your behavior.

“When times get bad, people cry out for help.
    They cry for relief from being kicked around,
But never give God a thought when things go well,
    when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts,
When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom,
    using birds and beasts to teach wisdom.
People are arrogantly indifferent to God—
    until, of course, they’re in trouble,
    and then God is indifferent to them.
There’s nothing behind such prayers except panic;
    the Almighty pays them no mind.
So why would He notice you
    just because you say you’re tired of waiting to be heard,
Or waiting for Him to get good and angry
    and do something about the world’s problems?
(Job 35:5-15)        
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Get Serious

Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen?

Think again.

They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves.

You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it.

You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.

You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? 

And why not?

Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to.

You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way.

You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way,

flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and His way.

‘And do you suppose God doesn’t care?

The proverb has it that “He’s a fiercely jealous lover.”

And what He gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find.

It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.

So let God work His will in you.

Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there in no time.

Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life.

Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out.

The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious.

Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, His Message, His Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it.

God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?
(James 4:1-12)
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(Matthew 18:21)
Even little sins can MUDDY up our communication system.  We try to get through to God and there’s something in the way. 

It may be an attitude, a spoken word.  God wants these things CLEARED up.

Lord, help me think and live so as to FEED my faith in You.
Help my faith to grow, because with faith, Your power becomes available to me.  Amen.

Even the desert and the solitary place will blossom.
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A David Psalm, When He Was out in the Judean Wilderness

God—You’re my God!   I can’t get enough of You!
I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God,
    traveling across dry and weary deserts.

So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in Your strength and glory.
In Your generous love I am really living at last!
    My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless You every time I take a breath;  My arms wave like banners of praise to You.        
(Psalm 63:1-4)    

You are making a table of food ready for me in front of those who hate me.

You have poured oil on my head. I have everything I need.
For sure, You will give me goodness and loving-kindness all the days of my life.

Then I will live with You in Your house forever.
(Psalm 23:5-6)
       
My soul overflows with satisfaction, as when I feast on foods rich in marrow and fat;
    with excitement in my heart and joy on my lips, I offer You praise.
Often at night I lie in bed and remember You,
    meditating on Your greatness till morning smiles through my window.
You have been my constant helper;
    therefore, I sing for joy under the protection of Your wings.
My soul clings to You;
    Your right hand reaches down and holds me up.

But as for those who try to destroy my life,
    they will descend into eternal shadows, deep beneath the earth.
They will fall by the sword,
    and wild dogs will feast on their corpses.
But the king will find his joy in the True God;
    all who make pledges and invoke His name will celebrate,
    while the mindless prattle of cheaters and deceivers will be silenced.
(Psalm 63:5-11)

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This political background isn’t incidental: it is crucial to the story.

Conquering nations in the ancient world work in various ways.

Some brutally destroy and plunder the nations they conquer.

Some conquer people as slaves or servants.

Other empires allow the people to remain in their land and work as before, but with one major change: the conquered people have to pay taxes to their rulers.

The purpose of a census like the one Luke de-scribes is to be sure that everyone is appropriately taxed and knows who is in charge.

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 “I don’t think the way you think.
    The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
        God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
    so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
    and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
    and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
    producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of My mouth
    not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
    they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

 So you’ll go out in joy,
    you’ll be led into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will lead the parade,
    bursting with song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
    exuberant with applause.
No more thistles, but giant sequoias,
    no more thornbushes, but stately pines—
Monuments to Me, to God,
    living and lasting evidence of God.”

(Isaiah 55:8-13)

Hannah prayed:

I’m bursting with God-news!
    I’m walking on air.
I’m laughing at my rivals.
    I’m dancing my salvation.

 

 Nothing and no one is holy like God,
    no rock mountain like our God.
Don’t dare talk pretentiously—
    not a word of boasting, ever!
For God knows what’s going on.
    He takes the measure of everything that happens.
The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces,
    while the weak are infused with fresh strength.
The well-fed are out begging in the streets for crusts,
    while the hungry are getting second helpings.
The barren woman has a houseful of children,
    while the mother of many is bereft.

 

God brings death and God brings life,
    brings down to the grave and raises up.
God brings poverty and God brings wealth;
    he lowers, he also lifts up.
He puts poor people on their feet again;
    he rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope,
Restoring dignity and respect to their lives—
    a place in the sun!
For the very structures of earth are God’s;
    he has laid out his operations on a firm foundation.
He protectively cares for his faithful friends, step by step,
    but leaves the wicked to stumble in the dark.
    No one makes it in this life by sheer muscle!
God’s enemies will be blasted out of the sky,
    crashed in a heap and burned.
God will set things right all over the earth,
    he’ll give strength to his king,
    he’ll set his anointed on top of the world!

(1 Samuel 2:1-10)

Because hayom, in Ir Dovid, has been born to you a Moshia (Go’el, Savior, Oisleizer), who is Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach HaAdon. [YESHAYAH 9:5(6)]

And this will be HaOt [The Sign] to you: you will find a small child, an infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in an evus. [SHMUEL ALEF 2:34; MELACHIM BAIS 19:29; TEHILLIM 86:17; YESHAYAH 7:14]

(Lukas 2:11-12)

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The Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Jesus

 In the same country there were shepherds in the fields.

They were watching their flocks of sheep at night. 

The angel of the Lord came to them. The shining-greatness of the Lord shone around them. They were very much afraid.

The angel said to them,

Do not be afraid. See! I bring you good news of great joy which is for all people. 

Today, One Who saves from the punishment of sin has been born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. 

There will be something special for you to see.

This is the way you will know Him. You will find the Baby with cloth around Him, lying in a place where cattle are fed.”

 

At once many angels from heaven were seen, along with the angel, giving thanks to God.

They were saying, 

Greatness and honor to our God in the highest heaven and peace on earth among men who please Him.”

(Luke 2:8-14)

 

Do You Feel Like a Lowly Worm?

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 “Do you feel like a lowly worm, Jacob?
    Don’t be afraid.
Feel like a fragile insect, Israel?
    I’ll help you.
I, God, want to reassure you.
    The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel.
I’m transforming you from worm to harrow,
    from insect to iron.
As a sharp-toothed harrow you’ll smooth out the mountains,
    turn those tough old hills into loamy soil.
You’ll open the rough ground to the weather,
    to the blasts of sun and wind and rain.
But you’ll be confident and exuberant,
    expansive in The Holy of Israel!

 

“The poor and homeless are desperate for water,
    their tongues parched and no water to be found.
But I’m there to be found, I’m there for them,
    and I, God of Israel, will not leave them thirsty.
I’ll open up rivers for them on the barren hills,
    spout fountains in the valleys.
I’ll turn the baked-clay badlands into a cool pond,
    the waterless waste into splashing creeks.
I’ll plant the red cedar in that treeless wasteland,
    also acacia, myrtle, and olive.
I’ll place the cypress in the desert,
    with plenty of oaks and pines.
Everyone will see this. No one can miss it—
    unavoidable, indisputable evidence
That I, God, personally did this.
    It’s created and signed by The Holy of Israel.

(Isaiah 41:14-20)

Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.  (Psalm 57:8)

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In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your name forever.  (Psalm 44:8)

It’s Already Been SAID And DONE

It Is FINISHED.”

For what You have done I will always praise You in the presence of Your faithful people.

And I will hope in Your name, for Your name is good.  (Psalm 52:9)

 I didn’t die. I lived!
    And now I’m telling the world what God did.
God tested me, he pushed me hard,
    but he didn’t hand me over to Death.
Swing wide the city gates—the righteous gates!
    I’ll walk right through and thank God!
This Temple Gate belongs to God,
    so the victors can enter and praise.

(Psalm 118:17-20)
 

The word’s getting out on Zion:
    “Men and women, right and left,
    get born again in her!”

God registers their names in His book:
    “This one, this one, and this one—
    born again, right here.”

Singers and dancers give credit to Zion:
    “All my springs are in You!”

(Psalm 87:5-7)

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Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

 

Prayer of Thanks

I will lift You up, O Lord, for You have lifted me up. You have not let those who hate me stand over me in joy. 

O Lord my God, I cried to You for help and You healed me. O Lord, You have brought me up from the grave.

You have kept me alive, so that I will not go down into the deep. 

Sing praise to the Lord, all you who belong to Him. Give thanks to His holy name.

(Psalm 30:1-4)

You did it: You changed wild lament
    into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band
    and decked me with wildflowers.
I’m about to burst with song;
    I can’t keep quiet about You.
God, my God,
    I can’t thank You enough.

(Psalm 30:11-12)

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,  (Psalm 16:9)

My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.  (Psalm 108:1)

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O Eternal One, I called out to You;
    I pleaded for Your compassion and forgiveness:
I’m no good to You dead! What benefits come from my rotting corpse?
    My body in the grave will not praise You.
No songs will rise up from the dust of my bones.
    From dust comes no proclamation of Your faithfulness.
Hear me, Eternal Lord—please help me,
    Eternal One—be merciful!”

 

You did it: You turned my deepest pains into joyful dancing;
    You stripped off my dark clothing
    and covered me with joyful light.
You have restored my honor. My heart is ready to explode, erupt in new songs!
    It’s impossible to keep quiet!
    Eternal One, my God, my Life-Giver, I will thank You forever.

(Psalm 30:8-12)

 

Sing, all you who remain faithful!
    Pour out your hearts to the Eternal with praise and melodies;
    let grateful music fill the air and bless His name.

(Psalm 30:4)

You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance

You have taken away my sorrow

And surrounded me with joy.

(Psalm 30:11)

A Song of Praise

Call out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Be glad as you serve the Lord. Come before Him with songs of joy. 

Know that the Lord is God. It is He Who made us, and not we ourselves.

We are His people and the sheep of His field.

Go into His gates giving thanks and into His holy place with praise.

Give thanks to Him. Honor His name. 

For the Lord is good. His loving-kindness lasts forever.

And He is faithful to all people and to all their children-to-come.

(Psalm 100)

Who will not fear You, Lord, and bring glory to Your name? For You alone are holy.

All nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed.

(Revelation 15:4)

ImageThe seven angels who had the seven last kinds of trouble came out of the house of God. They were wearing clothes made of clean white linen. They were wearing belts made of gold around their chests.  (Revelation 15:6)  I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues–last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.  (Revelation 15:1)

Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him,

for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”

It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'”

And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”  (Revelation 19:7-9)

ImageFine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

Walking naked

When you get dressed, how do you want the world to see you today?

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Your beauty should not consist in externals such as fancy hairstyles, gold jewelry or what you wear; rather,

Let it be the inner character of your heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit.

In God’s sight this is of great value.

(1 Peter 3:3-4)

When You ascended on high, You took many captives; You received gifts from people, even from the rebellious– that You, LORD God, might dwell there.  (Psalm 68:18)

I Will Extol You, O Lord

Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me; O LORD, be my helper.

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.  (Psalm 30:10-12)
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A time to weep and a time to laugh, A time to mourn and a time to dance.
(Ecclesiastes 3:4)

 

 

Therefore, if you have any encouragement for me from your being in union with the Messiah, any comfort flowing from love, any fellowship with me in the Spirit, or any compassion and sympathy, then complete my joy by having a common purpose and a common love, by being one in heart and mind. 

Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves —

Look out for each other’s interests and not just for your own.

 

Let your attitude toward one another be governed by your being in union with the Messiah Yeshua:

 

Though He was in the form of God,
He did not regard equality with God
something to be possessed by force.
On the contrary, He emptied himself,
in that He took the form of a slave
by becoming like human beings are.

And when He appeared as a human being,
He humbled Himself still more
by becoming obedient even to death —
death on a stake as a criminal!
Therefore God raised Him to the highest place
and gave Him the name above every name;

 

 that in honor of the name given Yeshua,
every knee will bow —
in heaven, on earth and under the earth —
and every tongue will acknowledge
that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai
to the glory of God the Father.

 

So, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed when I was with you, it is even more important that you obey now when I am away from you: keep working out your deliverance with fear and trembling, 

For God is the one working among you both the willing and the working for what pleases Him 

Do everything without kvetching or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure children of God,

without defect in the midst of a twisted and perverted generation,

among whom you shine like stars in the sky, as you hold on to the Word of Life.

If you do this, I will be able to boast, when the Day of the Messiah comes, that I did not run or toil for nothing. 

 Indeed, even if my lifeblood is poured out as a drink offering over the sacrifice and service of your faith,

I will still be glad and rejoice with you all.  Likewise, you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

(Philippians 2:1-18)

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No one who hopes in You will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.  (Psalm 25:3)

Look to Him and shine,
    so shame will never contort your faces.
(Psalm 34:5)

Letter to Laodicea

Write down My words, and send them to the messenger of the church in Laodicea.

“These are the words of the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of God’s creation:

 “I know your works. You are neither cold with apathy nor hot with passion.

It would be better if you were one or the other, but you are neither.

So because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot,

I will vomit you out of My mouth.

You claim, ‘I am rich, I have accumulated riches, and I need nothing’; but you do not realize that you are miserable, pathetic, poor, blind, and naked.

So here is what I suggest you do: buy true gold from Me (gold refined by fire so that you can be truly rich), white garments (to cover you so that you can keep the shame of your nakedness from showing), and eye ointment (to treat your eyes so that you may see clearly).

“Those I love I also correct and discipline.

***Therefore, be shamelessly committed to Me, and turn back.***

Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking.

If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me.

“The one who conquers through faithfulness even unto death I will place next to Me on My throne, just as I Myself conquered and took a place of honor with My Father on His throne.

 “Let the person who is able to hear, listen to and follow what the Spirit proclaims to all the churches.”

(Revelation 3:14-22)
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So what about Judah and Tamar?

And this is the reason he himself gives of her being more righteous than he:

“…because I gave her not to Shelah my son; as he ought to have done, and as he promised he would.”

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old,

‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’

But I say to you,

Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is His footstool,

or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”
(Jesus speaking Matthew 5:33-37)

 

You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you, and you will pay your vows.  (Job 22:27)
I must perform my vows to You, O God; I will render thank offerings to You.   (Psalm 56:12)
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To: God’s people living…that is, those who are trusting in the Messiah Yeshua:

Grace to you and shalom from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.

Praised be Adonai, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah,

Who in the Messiah has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heaven.  

In the Messiah He chose us in love before the creation of the universe to be holy and without defect in His presence. 

He determined in advance that through Yeshua the Messiah we would be His sons —

in keeping with His pleasure and purpose —

so that we would bring Him praise commensurate with the glory of the grace He gave us through the Beloved One.

In union with Him, through the shedding of His blood, we are set free —

our sins are forgiven; this accords with the wealth of the grace   He has lavished on us.

In all His wisdom and insight He has made known to us His secret plan,

which by His own will He designed beforehand in connection with the Messiah 

and will put into effect when the time is ripe

His plan to place everything in heaven and on earth under the Messiah’s headship.

Also in union with Him we were given an inheritance,

we who were picked in advance according to the purpose of the One who effects everything in keeping with the decision of His will, so that we who earlier had put our hope in the Messiah would bring Him praise commensurate with His glory.

Furthermore, you who heard the message of the truth,

the Good News offering you deliverance,

and put your trust in the Messiah were sealed by Him with the promised Ruach HaKodesh

who guarantees our inheritance until we come into possession of it and thus bring Him praise commensurate with His glory.

For this reason, ever since I heard about your trust in the Lord Yeshua and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you. In my prayers I keep asking the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the glorious Father, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will have full knowledge of Him.

I pray that He will give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that you will understand the hope to which He has called you,

what rich glories there are in the inheritance He has promised His people, 

and how surpassingly great is His power working in us who trust Him.

It works with the same mighty strength He used 

when He worked in the Messiah to raise Him from the dead and seat Him at His right hand in heaven, 

far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion

or any other name that can be named either in the ‘olam hazeh or in the ‘olam haba

Also, He has put all things under His feetand made Him head over everything for the Messianic Community, 

which is His body, the full expression of Him who fills all creation.

(Ephesians 1: 2-23)

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For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.
  (Psalm 36:9)

Taste and See the Lord is Good

I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him And saved him out of all his troubles
(Psalm 34:4-6)

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 12:17-21)

You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.”

In Genesis 38 we see the barren mourning widow Tamar turn from waiting for her father in law, Judah, to do the right thing to turn to waiting on the LORD to reveal His plan for her life.  In the process, she was forever changed. 

He truly turned her mourning in joy for He clothed her in
His righteousness as she trusted in His timing for her life’s purpose being fulfilled. 

The Lord turned the barren mourning widow into a joyful mother of twins! 

One whose destiny was born to be an ancestor to Jesus the Messiah.

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It was about this time that Judah decided to leave home, so he parted company with his brothers and went to see Hirah, a fellow from Adullam.  When he was there, Judah laid eyes on the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and slept with her.   She conceived and gave birth to her first son. Judah named him Er.   She conceived again and gave birth to her second son, whom she named Onan.   She then gave birth to her third son, and she named him Shelah.

(Judah was away in Chezib when she gave birth to him.)

Now Judah arranged for Er, his firstborn, to marry a woman named Tamar.  

But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was a particularly wretched human being in the eyes of the Eternal One, and so the Eternal ended his life.

Judah summoned his second son, Onan.

Judah (to Onan):   You know our customs and the duty of a brother-in-law in a situation like this. You must go and marry your brother’s wife and make sure your brother has an heir.

Resentful that any child born in this kind of marriage would not be his, Onan would interrupt intercourse and spill his semen onto the ground whenever he slept with his brother’s wife. That way he would not father a child that would belong to his brother. Onan’s selfish behavior was as wretched as his brother’s to the eyes of the Eternal One; so the Eternal ended Onan’s life like his brother. Judah summoned his daughter-in-law Tamar.

Judah: Tamar, it is best if you remain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah grows up.

Now Judah said this because he was afraid that Shelah, too, would die as his brothers had. So Tamar went and remained a widow with her father.

After losing two sons, Judah thinks Tamar must be a dangerous woman. What he isn’t willing to admit is that his own sons were wicked.

After a while, Judah’s wife (Shua’s daughter) also died. When Judah’s time of mourning was over, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went to Timnah to work with his sheepshearers and enjoy the festivities. When Tamar learned that her father-in-law would be coming to Timnah to shear his sheep, she took off her widow’s clothes, put on a veil to conceal her true identity, and sat down at the entrance to Enaim along the road to Timnah. You see, Tamar harbored deep resentment toward her father-in-law because she knew by this time that Shelah had grown up, but she had not been given to him in marriage as Judah had promised. When Judah passed by and saw her, he thought she was a prostitute because she had her face covered. He decided to proposition her, so he walked over to her by the roadside.

Judah: Come on, I want to have sex with you.

He had no idea she was his daughter-in-law, but she had a proposition of her own.

Tamar: What will you give me in return if I do?

Judah: I’ll send you a young goat from my flock. How about that?

Tamar: Only if you give me something to hold until you send it.

Judah: What should I give you as my personal guarantee?

Tamar: Your personal seal on the cord you wear around your neck, plus the staff you carry.

Tamar knows Judah cannot be trusted, so she asks for two items so personal and unique they can easily be linked to him.

Judah did as she asked and gave her his seal and walking stick. He then went and slept with her, and she conceived his child. Then she got up, took off the veil, and went back home, putting on her widow’s clothes once again.

We want you to walk in the footsteps of the faithful who came before you,

From whom you can learn to be steadfast in pursuing the promises of God.  (Hebrews 6:12)

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Judah kept his word and sent his friend Hirah the Adullamite with the young goat so he could retrieve his seal and walking stick from the woman. But Judah’s friend couldn’t find her anywhere.

Hirah the Adullamite (to Timnah’s elders): What happened to the temple prostitute who was at Enaim by the side of the road?

Elders: We have not seen any temple prostitute here.

Bewildered, the Adullamite returned to Judah.

Hirah the Adullamite: I couldn’t find her, and what’s odd is that the elders claimed they haven’t seen any temple prostitutes around there.

Judah: Well let her keep my things then. If you go back, we’ll be laughed at. I did what I promised. I sent the young goat, and you tried but could not find her.

Approximately three months later, someone told Judah,Your daughter-in-law Tamar has been promiscuous. It’s obvious her business has even made her pregnant.”

Judah: Bring her out and expose her for what she is, and then let her be burned.

As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law.
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Tamar: It was the owner of these items who made me pregnant. Please, take a close look and tell me whose personal seal, cord, and walking stick these are.

When Judah saw them, he realized they were his.

Judah: She is more in the right than I am. I did not keep my word and give her in marriage to my son, Shelah.

Judah didn’t sleep with her again.

When the time came for her to deliver, she discovered she was carrying twins. While she was in labor, one of them put out a hand; and the midwife tied a scarlet thread on it, so she would know which one came out first. But just then he drew his hand back into the womb, and his brother came out first. The midwife had never seen anything quite like this.

Midwife: What a breach you’ve made here, little one!

So the child was named Perez. His brother followed, the one with the scarlet thread on his hand. He was named Zerah.

 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Philadelphia, write: ‘Here is the message of HaKadosh, the True One, the one who has the key of David, who, if he opens something, no one else can shut it, and if he closes something, no one else can open it. “I know what you are doing. Look, I have put in front of you an open door, and no one can shut it. I know that you have but little power, yet you have obeyed my message and have not disowned me  Here, I will give you some from the synagogue of the Adversary, those who call themselves Jews but aren’t — on the contrary, they are lying — see, I will cause them to come and prostrate themselves at your feet, and they will know that I have loved you.   Because you did obey my message about persevering, I will keep you from the time of trial coming upon the whole world to put the people living on earth to the test.   I am coming soon; hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown  I will make him who wins the victory a pillar in the Temple of my God, and he will never leave it. Also I will write on him the name of my God and the name of my God’s city, the new Yerushalayim coming down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name.   Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities.”’

(Revelation 3:7-13)

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you:

Compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.

Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.

Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.

And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.

Never be without it. 

Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.  (Psalm 5:2)

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For the dedication of the temple.

I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.  (Psalm 30:1)


I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.  (Psalm 34:1)

I cried out to Him with my mouth; His praise was on my tongue.  (Psalm 66:17)

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever.  (Psalm 145:21)

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His.  (Daniel 2:20)

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,  (Psalm 1:1)

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I Will Exalt You, My God, the King
I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 
Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.  (Psalm 145:1-2)
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The wedding garment represents God’s righteousness. This is a concept explained on several occasions in both the Old and New Testaments. Isaiah described our righteousness as filthy rags (Isa 64:6) and God’s righteousness as “garments of salvation” and “robes of righteousness” (Isa 61:10) where the acquisition of these qualities is likened to clothing given us at a wedding.

 

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.  For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels (Isa 61:10).

In Revelation 19 the church has been prepared as a bride having been clothed in white linen, representing our righteousness.  But as in Isaiah 61:10, the righteousness symbolized by the clothing is given to the bride, not purchased or earned.  Paul said that ours is a righteousness that comes to us through faith (Romans 3:21-22).

 

The fact that a guest is thrown out into the darkness for not wearing wedding clothes indicates these last minute guests are required to be clothed in “garments of salvation” as well.   Rev. 16:15 tells us Tribulation believers will have to “keep their clothes with them.” In other words they’ll be responsible for maintaining the righteousness they will have been given by obeying God’s commandments and remaining faithful to Jesus (Rev. 14:12).  Only the Church has been promised the gift of eternal security.

 

Therefore the guest who was escorted out had been a Tribulation believer who was now trying to gain entrance to the banquet in his own clothing, having lost or discarded the “garment of salvation” he’d been given.  He was hoping to gain entrance to the kingdom in his own righteousness, which as Isaiah said, is like filthy rags in God’s sight.

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lamed-hey (vindication)…the Lord had given HIS Word on vindication it is Psalm 26. 

It IS THROUGH HIS REDEMPTION.

Vindication (35) Lamed (authority) and HEY (means “what comes from”)

When there is an unresolved question or dispute among men, a ruling is necessary from a higher authority. 

The idea of vindication carries with it some sort of CLOSURE, or conclusion.

VINDICATION = CONCLUSION

NOW IS The time of vindication for all who retain hope of the promise.
GOD VINDICATES OUR FAITH.  GOD DOES WONDERS.

Miracles happen to those who believe.

New wine poured into New wineskins; God is giving  new hearts to receive His new wine.  He is turning the water into wine.

Being NOBLE minded = receiving the Word with eagerness, and examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things are so.  Study to show yourself
APPROVED a work man that rightly divides the Word of Truth.

Scriptures VINDICATE.  We are vindicated by  receiving the Word of Truth.  We are the good soil that produces even up to 100-fold.
We desire to know the Truth as David, said “Your Word I have hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.” 

 
As Mary, “be it unto me according to Your Word.”
We don’t question the Word, we examine it we draw closer to it.
We desire to KNOW the TRUTH.
You shall KNOW the TRUTH & the TRUTH shall make you FREE.

Those who are vindictive & jealous will NOT be vindicated (declared innocent).

The Truth will stand up and deliver us.

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Tearing Down Barriers

In 2 Cor. 10:6,  the Bible says to punish all disobedience (to vindicate all who hear amiss.)

If we fail to realize we have been delivered from accusation through Christ, we will allow our rights as God’s children to be violated.

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair.

But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will.

The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.

Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

(2 Corinthians 10)

We must be faithful and persevere as Abraham and Sarah with the long-awaited promised son.
Who the Son sets free is free indeed!

Not be as Abram was with Sarai and Abimelech
or as Isaac was with Rebeccah because then we cause others to be UNFRUITFUL (barren); perhaps our fear or self vindication results in our own seasons of barrenness (unproductive, unfruitfulness)?

The FRUIT of the vine, the NEW wine is where the blessing and vindication are both contained—
Come Thou long-awaited Jesus born to set Thy people FREE.
Jesus asks the question when He returns will He find faith?

VINDICATION

The LORD is our DEFENSE.

Definition of ATONEMENT

The reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ
the reparation for an offense or injury :  Satisfaction Guaranteed.
 

All obstacles to reconciliation with God are removed through His sacrifice. Atonement is achieved through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah of God.

 
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of His glory.

But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin,

yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.

if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

LIKE THE ONE THIEF ON THE CROSS!

It is finished”  = CONCLUSION

 The earth and all that’s upon it belong to the Eternal.

    The world is His, with every living creature on it.
With seas as foundations and rivers as boundaries,   He shaped the continents, fashioned the earth.

Who can possibly ascend the mountain of the Eternal?
    Who can stand before Him in sacred spaces?
 Only those whose hands have been washed and hearts made pure, men and women who are not given to lies or deception.
The Eternal will stand close to them with blessing and mercy at hand,   and the God who redeems will right what has been wrong.
These are the people who chase after Him;
    [like Jacob, they look for the face of God] 

City gates—open wide!     Ancient doors—stand back!
    For the glorious King shall soon pass your way.
Who is the glorious King?    The Eternal who is powerful     and mightily equipped for battle.
 City gates—open wide!     Ancient doors—stand back!
    For the glorious King shall soon pass your way.
 Who is the glorious King?     The Eternal, Commander of heaven’s army,     He is the glorious King.

It is impossible to please the Lord without faith and faith works by love.

As David consoled and prayed for Bath-Sheba AND she conceived and bore Solomon!

Solomon whose name was Jedediah “Beloved of God.”

As Jesus said to Peter “if you love Me, feed My lambs, feed My sheep

Love the unloved — Step into the gap be as the Good Samaritan

Greater love has no man than this–to lay down one’s life for a friend.

Step into the gap for those who can’t stand up

(this is why we are upright to stand with God for others by walking with Him in truth).

Intercede = Stand in the gap.

As Jesus did on the cross, “Father forgive them for they know NOT what they are doing.”

Conclusion = “It is finished

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And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement

(Romans 5:11)

 God, in your grace, have mercy on me; in Your great compassion, blot out my crimes.
  Wash me completely from my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my crimes, my sin confronts me all the time.

Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil from Your perspective;
so that You are right in accusing me  and justified in passing sentence.

True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.
 Still, You want truth in the inner person; so make me know wisdom in my inmost heart.

Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear the sound of joy and gladness, so that the bones You crushed can rejoice.
Turn away Your face from my sins, and blot out all my crimes.

Create in me a clean heart, God; renew in me a resolute spirit.
Don’t thrust me away from Your presence, don’t take Your Ruach Kodesh away from me.
 Restore my joy in Your salvation, and let a willing spirit uphold me.
Then I will teach the wicked Your ways,and sinners will return to You.

Rescue me from the guilt of shedding blood, God, God of my salvation!
Then my tongue will sing about Your righteousness —
Adonai, open my lips; then my mouth will praise You.

For You don’t want sacrifices, or I would give them; You don’t take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; God, You won’t spurn a broken, chastened heart.
In Your good pleasure, make Tziyon prosper; rebuild the walls of Yerushalayim.
Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then they will offer bulls on Your altar.

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Don’t fear, O soil; be glad! rejoice!
for Adonai has done great things.
Don’t be afraid, wild animals;
for the desert pastures are green, the trees are putting out their fruit,
the fig tree and vine are giving full yield.
Be glad, people of Tziyon! rejoice in Adonai your God!
For He is giving you the right amount of rain in the fall,
He makes the rain come down for you,
the fall and spring rains — this is what He does first.
Then the floors will be full of grain and the vats overflow with wine and olive oil.

 “I will restore to you the years that the locusts ate, the grasshoppers, shearer-worms and cutter-worms,
my great army that I sent against you.
MYou will eat until you are satisfied
and will praise the name of Adonai your God,
who has done with you such wonders.
Then My people will never again be shamed.
You will know that I am with Isra’el and that I am Adonai your God,
and that there is no other.
Then My people will never again be shamed.

(Joel 2)

 “Here is the sort of fast I want —
releasing those unjustly bound,
untying the thongs of the yoke,
letting the oppressed go free,
breaking every yoke,
 sharing your food with the hungry,
taking the homeless poor into your house,
clothing the naked when you see them,
fulfilling your duty to your kinsmen!”

  Then your light will burst forth like the morning,
your new skin will quickly grow over your wound;
your righteousness will precede you,
and Adonai’s glory will follow you.

 
(Isaiah 58:6-8)
 

  The Spirit of Adonai Elohim is upon me, because Adonai has anointed me to announce good news to the poor.

He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim freedom to the captives,
to let out into light those bound in the dark;
to proclaim the year of the favor of Adonai  and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn, yes, provide for those in Tziyon who mourn, giving them garlands instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a cloak of praise instead of a heavy spirit,
so that they will be called oaks of righteousness planted by Adonai, in which he takes pride.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins, restore sites long destroyed;
they will renew the ruined cities, destroyed many generations ago.
Strangers will stand and feed your flocks, foreigners plow your land and tend your vines;
 but you will be called cohanim of Adonai, spoken of as ministers to our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations, and revel in their riches.
Because of your shame, which was doubled, and because they cried, “They deserve disgrace,”
therefore in their land what they own will be doubled, and joy forever will be theirs.
“For I, Adonai, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offerings.
So I will be faithful to reward them and make an eternal covenant with them.”
Their descendants will be known among the nations,
their offspring among the peoples; all who see them will acknowledge that they are the seed Adonai has blessed.

I am so joyful in Adonai!
My soul rejoices in my God, for He has clothed me in salvation,
dressed me with a robe of triumph, like a bridegroom wearing a festive turban, like a bride adorned with her jewels.
For just as the earth brings forth its plants, or a garden makes its plants spring up,
so Adonai, God, will cause victory and glory to spring up before all nations. (Isaiah 61)

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 “Sing, barren woman who has never had a child! Burst into song, shout for joy, you who have never been in labor!

For the deserted wife will have more children than the woman who is living with her husband,” says Adonai.
  Enlarge the space for your tent, extend the curtains of your dwelling; do not hold back, lengthen your cords,
make your tent pegs firm.
 For you will spread out to the right and the left, your descendants will possess the nations
and inhabit the desolated cities.
Don’t be afraid, for you won’t be ashamed; don’t be discouraged, for you won’t be disgraced.
You will forget the shame of your youth, no longer remember the dishonor of being widowed.
 For your husband is your Maker,
AdonaiTzva’ot is His name. The Holy One of Isra’el is your Redeemer.
He will be called the God of all the earth.
  For Adonai has called you back
like a wife abandoned and grief-stricken; “A wife married in her youth cannot be rejected,” says your God.
 “Briefly I abandoned you, but with great compassion I am taking you back.
  I was angry for a moment and hid My face from you;
but with everlasting grace I will have compassion on you,”says Adonai your Redeemer.
“For Me this is like Noach’s flood. Just as I swore that no flood like Noach’s would ever again cover the earth,
so now I swear that never again will I be angry with you or rebuke you.
For the mountains may leave and the hills be removed, but My grace will never leave you,and My covenant of peace will not be removed,”
says Adonai, who has compassion on you.

 “Storm-ravaged [city], unconsoled,I will set your stones in the finest way, lay your foundations with sapphires,
  make your windows shine with rubies, your gates with garnet, your walls with gemstones.
All your children will be taught by Adonai; your children will have great peace.
  In righteousness you will be established, far from oppression, with nothing to fear; far from ruin, for it will not come near you.
 Any alliance that forms against you will not be My doing; whoever tries to form such an alliance will fall because of you.
it is I who created the craftsman who blows on the coals and forges weapons suited to their purpose;
I also created the destroyer to work havoc. No weapon made will prevail against you.
In court you will refute every accusation. The servants of Adonai inherit all this;
the reward for their righteousness is from Me,”

says Adonai.  (Isaiah 54))

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LIKE THE WOMAN WITH THE ISSUE OF BLOOD (RESTORED!)

 

The trial, probation, and times of testing in the wilderness teach us that it is a dry, weary BARREN place yet this is the same place Jesus where passed the test and to which His Bride finds rest and refreshing; the same place where  the children of Israel complained against God and died yet the LORD brought their children through the same wilderness into the Promised Land.  They learned that the Rock was with them even in the middle of a wilderness place and to them was revealed, the water that flowed from the Rock (Jesus). 

The generation that arrived the other side Jordan with Joshua and Caleb knew that the LORD was with them no matter

how difficult or far the destination seemed; He was their Way, their Truth and their Life.

“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.  (Job 23:10)
 
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 

(1 Peter 1:7)  I shall come forth purified, when my trial is over. 

Praise from the Great Multitude

Saying,

“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

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?”

I 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.

(Revelation 7:12-14)

God is in control.

Remember, it was when Job was tested and was proven faithful, God granted him more than he had ever had.  

Thank  God for giving us His Word (Jesus) who is the Author & FINISHER of our faith.

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Ask Him to allow me to show His strength through the gift that He had given me; then put  it all in His hands. 

The End is already in His hands

But we must walk in agreement and alignment with His Word, Will by the Holy Spirit.
Reliance and Perseverance as the mines hold the raw material which must be excavated, forged and purified.

Again, my loved ones, do not seek revenge; instead, allow God’s wrath to make sure justice is served.

Turn it over to Him. For the Scriptures say, “Revenge is Mine. I will settle all scores.”  (Romans 12:19)

As I turn, not to myself, but to God, letting go of this world, and its deceitfulness, I am freed to receive double for my trouble:  SO GOD GETS THE GLORY NOT MAN!

OUT OF YOUR BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER

JESUS IS WITH US ALWAYS EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE

LET THE RIVER FLOW!

HIS WORD AS IN ISAIAH 55 DOES NOT RETURN TO HIM VOID (EMPTY)

 Blessing and Vindication 

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children–(Psalm 103:17)  LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in Your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.  (Psalm 143:1)  In Your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn Your ear to me and save me.  (Psalm 71:2) 
May my supplication come before You; deliver me according to Your promise.  (Psalm 119:170)

For You alone are Faithful and True
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A battle broke out in heaven.

Michael, along with his heavenly messengers, clashed against the dragon.

The dragon and his messengers returned the fight,  but they did not prevail and were defeated.

As a result, there was no place left for them in heaven.

So the great dragon, that ancient serpent who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world,

was cast down to the earth along with his messengers. 

Then I heard a great voice in heaven.

A Voice:

Now the salvation and the power
        and the kingdom of our God
        and the authority of His Anointed One have come.
    For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
        who relentlessly accuses them day and night before our God,
        has been cast down and silenced.
By the blood of the Lamb
        and the word of their witnesses,
        they have become victorious over him,
    For they did not hold on to their lives, even under threat of death.
Therefore, rejoice, all you heavens;
        celebrate, all you who live in them.
    But disaster will befall the earth and the sea,
        for the devil has come down to your spheres,
    And he is incredibly angry
        because he knows his time is nearly over.

When the dragon realized he had been cast down to the earth, he pursued the mother of the male infant. 

In order to escape the serpent, she was given the two wings of the great eagle to

fly deeper into the wilderness to her own special place

where she would find sustenance for a time, and times, and half a time.  

Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a raging river that chased after the woman,

trying to sweep her away in the flood. 

But the earth came to her rescue.

It opened its gaping mouth and swallowed the river that spewed from the dragon’s mouth. 

As a result, the dragon was enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children—those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the testimony of Jesus.

 And [the dragon]stood waiting on the sand of the seashore.  (Revelation 12:7-18)

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A song for those journeying to worship.

 I look up at the vast size of the mountains—from where will my help come in times of trouble?
 The Eternal Creator of heaven and earth and these mountainswill send the help I need.

He holds you firmly in place; He will not let you fall.
    He who keeps you will never take His eyes off you and never drift off to sleep.
What a relief! The One who watches over Israel never leaves for rest or sleep.

The Eternal keeps you safe,so close to Him that His shadow is a cooling shade to you.
Neither bright light of sunnor dim light of moon will harm you.

The Eternal will keep you safefrom all of life’s evils,
 From your first breath to the last breath you breathe,
    from this day and forever.

(Psalm 121)

 

BE strong and courageous; do not be afraid!  But with us is the LORD our God, to HELP us to fight our battles.

And remember, the battle BELONGS to the LORD!

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“Listen to Me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am He; I am the First and I am the Last.”  (Isaiah 48:12)

“I am the Aleph and the Tav, HaRishon (The First) and HaAcharon (The Last),

HaReshit (The Beginning) and HaTachlit

(The Ultimate).” 
In the Messiah He chose us in love before the creation of the universe to be holy and without defect in His presence.

(Ephesians 1:4) 

 

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But the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal.

(Romans 9:31)  Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.  (Romans 10:3)

The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but He loves those who pursue righteousness.  (Proverbs 15:9)

For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?  (Psalm 18:31)

Salvation for Zion

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,

Who seek the LORD:

Look to the rock from which you were hewn And to the quarry from which you were dug.

Look to Abraham your father And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain;

When he was but one I called him, Then I blessed him and multiplied him.

(Isaiah 51:1-2)

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This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet,

I will open my mouth in parables,
I will say what has been hidden since the creation of the universe.”

(Matthew 13:35)   This is what the LORD says– Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:

I am the First and I am the Last; apart from Me there is no God.”  (Isaiah 44:6) “Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD–with the first of them and with the last–I am He.”  (Isaiah 41:4)

“See now that I Myself am He! There is no god besides Me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of My hand.”  (Deuteronomy 32:39) 

Truly He is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.  (Psalm 62:2)

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I Will Sing Of His Love Forever!

I shall also set his hand on the sea And his right hand on the rivers.  He will cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.  I also shall make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.  (Psalm 89:25-27) 

The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!

Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations —no longer will there be any curses. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. Night will no longer exist, so they will need neither the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because Adonai, God, will shine upon them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever.

 

Then he said to me,

These words are true and trustworthy: Adonai, God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must happen soon.

 

 “Look! I am coming very soon. Blessed is the person who obeys the words of the prophecy written in this book!

 

Then I, Yochanan, the one hearing and seeing these things, when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am only a fellow-servant with you and your brothers, the prophets and the people who obey the words in this book. Worship God!

 

 Then he said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy in this book, because the time of their fulfillment is near.

 

 “Whoever keeps acting wickedly, let him go on acting wickedly;
whoever is filthy, let him go on being made filthy.

“Also, whoever is righteous, let him go on doing what is righteous;
and whoever is holy, let him go on being made holy.

 

 Pay attention!” [says Yeshua,] “I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done. I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

 

How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city! Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I, Yeshua, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic communities. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Let anyone who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let anyone who is thirsty come — let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge.”

 

I warn everyone hearing the words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. And if anyone takes anything away from the words in the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the holy city, as described in this book.

 

“The one who is testifying to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’

Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!

 

May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!

(Revelation 22)

So if you were raised along with the Messiah, then seek the things above, where the Messiah is sitting at the right hand of God.

Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth.

For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 

When the Messiah, who is our life, appears, then you too will appear with Him in glory!

(Colossians 3:1-4)

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  “So don’t be anxious, asking, ‘What will we eat?,’ ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘How will we be clothed?’ 

For it is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. 

But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 

Don’t worry about tomorrow — tomorrow will worry about itself!   (Matthew 6:31-34)

We are not seeking knowledge but to Know the One who is Faithful and True. 

And to know even as we are known.

The Way of Wisdom

Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.  (Proverbs 9:9-11)

We walk by faith not by sight for appearances are deceiving and designed to mislead.
 

Consider Job: he didn’t know why he was tested; it was to shut the devil up!

Silence the accuser!

 
Blessings come to those who read and proclaim these words aloud; blessings come to those who listen closely and put the prophetic words recorded here into practice.
 
The finale is approaching.  (Revelation 1:3)
 
Run To the Battle!  For the Battle BELONGS To the Lord!
 

And the LORD answered me:Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.  (Habakkuk 2:2)

Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with His mighty strength! 

Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary.  For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.  So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist,  put on righteousness for a breastplate,

and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom.

Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. 

And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; 

as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.  (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.  (Galatians 3:13)

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.  (Ephesians 3:20)

Lord Jesus, help me to welcome difficulties.  Let them test my strength and build my character as I draw these from You.  Amen.

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God will reveal His righteousness in you that will enlighten you to walk in persevering faith according His Word.

As you come into Agreement with His Word, you are in proper Alignment to receive revelation given by His Holy Spirit whose purpose is to lead and guide you into all Truth.

A Call to Repentance

Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces;
    now He will heal us.
He has injured us;
    now He will bandage our wounds.
 In just a short time He will restore us,
    so that we may live in His presence.
Oh, that we might know the Lord!
    Let us press on to know Him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
    or the coming of rains in early spring.

(Hosea 6:1-3)

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 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  (2 Corinthians 5;20)

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