The Lost Coin

Do we really care if the lost get found?

Who are we serving?  God or self?


Listen! The Lord, the Eternal, the Holy One of Israel says,

Eternal One: In returning and rest, you will be saved.
        In quietness and trust you will find strength.

God invites His people to lean only on Him. If they will just stop their busyness and self-reliance, God will be able to take care of them.

    But you refused.
(Isaiah 30:15)

Last night was dreaming again and although it seemed like many dreams they all were part of one.

This morning, the Lord showed me how the dreams signified my working to earn the right to receive what He had promised was wrong that His Word (Jesus) is a gift which comes by grace and faith in what Jesus accomplished on the cross. 

Jesus fulfilled ALL.  All the law; All the prophecies.   Man could not perform what only God Himself can fulfill. 

We have to believe in order to receive. 

As the fulfillment was two-fold, He paid the debt of sin which comes from rebellion against His law;

He also fulfilled the prophecies which foretell completion, wholeness, healing, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

Six days man is given to labor in parallel to God’s works in creation but the seventh day is holy to the Lord
    The Sabbath was made for the needs of human beings, and not the other way around.

Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.”
Then Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made to serve us; we weren’t made to serve the Sabbath. The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath. He’s in charge!”  (Mark 2:27)
The High Priest Who Cried Out in Pain

Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.  (Hebrews 4:14-16)

So let us step boldly to the throne of grace, where we can find mercy and grace to help when we need it most.

We were made to walk with God so closely that every day of this new life as a born again believe in Jesus Christ

the Living Word of Almighty God the Father is a sabbath rest.

Recreation, Restoration, Revival, Rewards, Recompense are all God’s works which were already completed on the sixth day as God rested on the seventh (sabbath) from ALL His Works.  Jesus was the lamb slain from before the foundation of the world was laid.

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  (2 Peter 1:21)

Or imagine a woman who has 10 silver coins. She loses one.

Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the whole house, and search diligently until that coin is found?

And when she finds it, doesn’t she invite her friends and neighbors and say,

Celebrate with me! I’ve found that silver coin that I lost”?

Can’t you understand?

There is joy in the presence of all God’s messengers over even one sinner who changes his way of life.  (Luke 15:9-10)

And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 18:3)

Who is it He is trying to teach? To whom is He explaining his message?
To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast?  (Isaiah 28:9)

Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 

(Psalm 131:2)

But then something happened: God our Savior and His overpowering love and kindness for humankind entered our world;   He came to save us.

It’s not that we earned it by doing good works or righteous deeds; He came because He is merciful.

He brought us out of our old ways of living to a new beginning through the washing of regeneration; and He made us completely new through the Holy Spirit,   who was poured out in abundance through Jesus the Anointed, our Savior.  

All of this happened so that through His grace we would be accepted into God’s covenant family and appointed to be His heirs, full of the hope that comes from knowing you have eternal life

This is a faithful statement of what we believe. 

(Titus 3:4-8)

In light of all of this, what should we say about our ancestor Abraham?

If Abraham was made right by performing certain works, then he would surely have something to brag about. Right?

Not before the Creator God, because as the Scriptures say,

Abraham believed God and trusted in His promises, so God counted it to his favor as righteousness.”

Now, when you work a job, do your wages come as a gift or as compensation for your work?

It is most certainly not a gift—you are only paid what you have earned.

So for the person who does not work, but instead trusts in the One who makes the ungodly right, his faith is counted for him as righteousness.

Remember the psalm where David speaks about the benefits that come to the person whom God credits with righteousness apart from works? He said,

Blessed are those whose wrongs have been forgiven
    and whose sins have been covered.
Blessed is the person whose sin the Lord will not take into account.

So is this blessing spoken only for the circumcised or for all uncircumcised people too?

We remind you what the Scripture has to say: faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.

So when was the credit awarded to Abraham? Was it before or after his circumcision?

Well, it certainly wasn’t after—it was before he was circumcised.

Eventually he was given circumcision as a sign of his right standing, indicating that he was credited on the basis of the faith he possessed before he was circumcised.

It happened this way so that Abraham might become the spiritual father of all those who are not circumcised but are made right through their faith. In the same way, God destined him to be the spiritual father of all those who are circumcised as more than an outward sign, but who walk in our father Abraham’s faithful footsteps—a faith he possessed while he was still uncircumcised.

The promise given to Abraham and his children, that one day they would inherit the world, did not come because he followed the rules of the law. It came as a result of his right standing before God, a standing he obtained through faith.

If this inheritance is available only to those who keep the law, then faith is a useless commodity and the promise is canceled.

For the law brings God’s wrath against sin.

But where the law doesn’t draw the line, there can be no crime.


This is the reason that faith is the single source of the promise—so that grace would be offered to all Abraham’s children, those whose lives are defined by the law and those who follow the path of faith charted by Abraham, our common father.

As it is recorded in the Scriptures, “I have appointed you the father of many nations.”

In the presence of the God who creates out of nothing and holds the power to bring to life what is dead,

Abraham believed and so became our father.

Against the odds, Abraham’s hope grew into full-fledged faith that he would turn out to be the father of many nations, just as God had promised when He said, “That’s how many your descendants will be.”

His faith did not fail, although he was well aware that his impotent body, after nearly 100 years, was as good as dead and that Sarah’s womb, too, was dead. In spite of all this, his faith in God’s promise did not falter.

In fact, his faith grew as he gave glory to God because he was supremely confident that God could deliver on His promise. This is why, you see, God saw his faith and counted him as righteous; this is how he became right with God.

The story of how faith was credited to Abraham was not recorded for him and him alone, but was written for all of us who would one day be credited for having faith in God, the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the realm of the dead.

He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and raised so that we might be made right with God.
(Romans 4)

 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.
(Psalm 62:1)       

That’s why, as long as that promise of entering God’s rest remains open to us, we should be careful that none of us seem to fall short ourselves.   Those people in the wilderness heard God’s good news, just as we have heard it, but the message they heard didn’t do them any good since it wasn’t combined with faith.

We who believe are entering into salvation’s rest, as He said,

That is why I swore in anger
    they would never enter salvation’s rest,

even though God’s works were finished from the very creation of the world. (For didn’t God say that on the seventh day of creation He rested from all His works? And doesn’t God say in the psalm that they would never enter into salvation’s rest?

There is much discussion of “rest” in what we are calling the First Testament of Scripture.

God rests on the seventh day after creation.

In the Ten Commandments God commands His people to remember the Sabbath day, keep it holy, and do no work.

By letting go of daily work, they declared their absolute dependence on God to meet their needs.

We do not live by the work of our hands, but by the bread and Word that God supplies.

But a greater rest is yet to come when we will be released from all suffering, and when we will inherit the earth.

Jesus embodies this greater rest that still awaits the people of God, a people fashioned through obedience and faith.

If some of us fail to enter that rest, it is because we fail to answer the call.

So if God prepared a place of rest, and those who were given the good news didn’t enter because they chose disobedience over faith, then it remains open for us to enter.

Once again, God has fixed a day; and that day is “today,” as David said so much later when he wrote in the psalm quoted earlier:

Today, if you listen to His voice,
Don’t harden your hearts.

Now if Joshua had been able to lead those who followed him into God’s rest, would God then have spoken this way?

There still remains a place of rest, a true Sabbath, for the people of God because those who enter into salvation’s rest lay down their labors in the same way that God entered into a Sabbath rest from His.

So let us move forward to enter this rest,

so that none of us fall into the kind of faithless disobedience that prevented them from entering.

The Word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart. No creature can hide from God: God sees all. Everyone and everything is exposed, opened for His inspection; and He’s the One we will have to explain ourselves to.

By God’s Word, everything finds a rhythm, a place. It fills, empowers, enlivens, and redeems us.

But it also divides and destroys. It pierces and exposes our disobedience and unfaithfulness.

Since we have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God who has passed through the heavens from death into new life with God, let us hold tightly to our faith.

For Jesus is not some high priest who has no sympathy for our weaknesses and flaws.

He has already been tested in every way that we are tested; but He emerged victorious, without failing God.

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)

There is another witness, too—the Holy Spirit—whom God has given to all who choose to obey Him.
Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be joyful. (Proverbs 16:20)

Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Consider the parable of the prodigal he returned home to his rest

Yet his elder brother remained at home but was not at rest.

 “Go get the fattest calf and butcher it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate  because my son was dead and is alive again.

He was lost and has been found.

So they had this huge party.

 Now the man’s older son was still out in the fields working.

He came home at the end of the day and heard music and dancing.  

He called one of the servants and asked what was going on.  

The servant said, “Your brother has returned, and your father has butchered the fattest calf to celebrate his safe return.”

God’s grace is a gift that cannot be earned

 The older brother got really angry and refused to come inside,

so his father came out and pleaded with him to join the celebration.  

But he argued back,

Listen, all these years I’ve worked hard for you. I’ve never disobeyed one of your orders.

But how many times have you even given me a little goat to roast for a party with my friends? Not once! This is not fair!  

So this son of yours comes, this wasteful delinquent who has spent your hard-earned wealth on loose women, and what do you do? You butcher the fattest calf from our herd!

 The father replied, “My son, you are always with me, and all I have is yours. 

  Isn’t it right to join in the celebration and be happy?

This is your brother we’re talking about. He was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found again!”  (Luke 15:23-32)
From the dream, the Lord was speaking to me on His divine order, His righteous judgement based on believing or rejecting

His gift of grace.  No matter how hard we try we cannot come to that place except by choosing to believe Jesus fulfilled ALL.

From that place of rest is released our greatest potential, our capacity to bear all things for His name’s sake and glory!

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My soul quietly waits for the True God alone
    because I hope only in Him.
He alone is my rock and deliverance,
    my citadel high on a hill;
    I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my significance depend ultimately on God;
    the core of my strength, my shelter, is in the True God.

Have faith in Him in all circumstances, dear people.
    Open up your heart to Him;
    the True God shelters us in His arms.


Human beings disappear like a breath;
    even people of rank live artificial lives.
Their weight is that of a breath in a balance—nothing.
    Added together, they’re still lighter than air.
Do not resort to oppression;
    resist the temptation of ill-gotten gain.
    If you achieve wealth, don’t let your heart get attached.

The True God spoke this once,
    and twice I’ve heard:
That You, the True God, hold all power;
Your love never fails, O Lord,
    for You pay every person back
    according to his deeds.
(Psalm 62:5-12)

God has heard
God is Judge
God will see to it.


Recently, the artist Plumb’s song has been getting alot of airplay, and even though I already had owned this cd for quite awhile, God is speaking afresh to my heart through the lyrics:

“Don’t Deserve You”

You’re the first face that I see
And the last thing I think about
You’re the reason that I’m alive
You’re what I can’t live without
You’re what I can’t live without

You never give up
When I’m falling apart
Your arms are always open wide
And you’re quick to forgive
When I make a mistake
You love me in the blink of an eye

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

You’re the light inside my eyes
You give me a reason to keep trying
You give me more than I could dream
And you bring me to my knees
You bring me to my knees

Your heart is gold and how am I the one
That you’ve chosen to love
I still can’t believe that you’re right next to me
After all that I’ve done

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

I don’t deserve a chance like this
I don’t deserve a love that gives me everything
You’re everything I want

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you
And I don’t deserve you

Writer(s): Tiffany Arbuckle, Matt Bronleewe
Copyright: Songs From The Science Lab, Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing


A Future in God

So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives.

Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing.

You didn’t know any better then; you do now.

As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness.

God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”

You call out to God for help and He helps—He’s a good Father that way.

But don’t forget, He’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.

It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in.

He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge,

God always knew He was going to do this for you.

It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified,

that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.

Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it.

Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,
    its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
    God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.
(1 Peter :13-25)           

And all things, whatever you ask in prayer, BELIEVING, you will RECEIVE.  (Matthew 21:22)

                The endurance and faithfulness of the saints will be tested here.           

Yes, Lord, I KNOW that ALL things are POSSIBLE with You. 

Please grant me the patience and strength to SEE the POTENTIAL in what lies before me.  Amen.

Like in the dream, the dime represents the number “ten” which is God’s Divine Order, Law.
It was impossible for man apart from Christ to keep the Law fully. 

That is why Christ came to not only destroy the works of the devil but to fulfill ALL the Law and ALL the prophecies concerning Him for God was never taken off guard by the devil who is our adversary.

The devil is a thief and a liar and he only comes to steal, to kill and to destroy.
Jesus came that we have life to the fullest!

In Hebrew, “ten” is written as “yod” a closed hand. 


Because ten is also the number of the law, which brings divine order, it signifies, “the works of the law.”

Remember Jesus said that flesh & blood can not inherit the Kingdom of heaven? 

That you must be born again…in Hebrew the number “eight” indicates a new beginning, the new birth in a BELIEVER. 

Nine is visitation and manifests the Holy Spirit’s leading, training, and judgment
(which is learning to discern right and wrong) in the life of the BELIEVER,

and acts as a witness against the UNBELIEVER to EXPOSE the secrets of his heart.)

Ten is the number of divine order being reestablished one way or another through the judgment of the law

(as pictured by the Ten Commandments).

Can’t Hide Behind a Religious Mask

 But Jesus’ primary concern was his disciples.

He said to them, “Watch yourselves carefully so you don’t get contaminated with Pharisee yeast, Pharisee phoniness.

You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town.

I’m speaking to you as dear friends. Don’t be bluffed into silence or insincerity by the threats of religious bullies.

True, they can kill you, but then what can they do? There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being.

Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in His hands.”  (Luke 12:2-5)   

In other words, it MANIFESTS the actual sentence of the law which follows the gathering and presentation of the evidence.  After the Holy Spirit has REVEALED the evidence to EXPOSE men’s hearts (ie. Number “nine”), the Judge REVEALS the law. 

That is, he PRONOUNCES  the sentence (ie. Number “ten”) according to the law.

Ten is the number that PORTRAYS the TIME OF JUDGEMENT when men EITHER RECEIVE

reward or come under divine judgment.  One way or another, the law must be fulfilled and the divine order reestablished.

Jesus replied,

This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent

–that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger.”  (John 6:29)

We who believe are entering into salvation’s rest, as He said,

That is why I swore in anger
    they would never enter salvation’s rest,

even though God’s works were finished from the very creation of the world.  

(For didn’t God say that on the seventh day of creation He rested from all His works?  (Hebrews 4:3-4)   

The meaning of the number ten is based upon the divine law,

because as Revelation 20:12-13
say, “ALL WILL BE JUDGED “according to their deeds.”

When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day

As it was in Noah’s day, repentance is being preached and a call to salvation in Christ Jesus;
As it was in Noah’s day, people are rejecting the message.
They are pronouncing their own sentence.
By believing, one enters in to the rest of God.
By rejecting, one is dead in their sin.

Jesus fulfilled ALL the law and ALL the prophecies.
Jesus at the cross received the law’s judgment for sin and rebellion against God and dealt a death blow to sin and death. 

Our sin and rebellion forever dead and buried and our new life is hidden in Christ Jesus who arose with healing and forgiveness.  Our real life and true identity are yet to be revealed in Him when He returns

for we shall see Him as He is and we will be like He is!
Holy confidence in God as a Father, and awful fear of him as a Judge, agree together;

and to regard God always as a Judge, makes him dear to us as a Father. 

(Matthew Henry ~ 1 Peter 1:17-25)

 May God the Father and the Lord Jesus the Anointed surround you with grace and peace.

This letter begins with praise and thanksgiving to

    God the Father, who blesses us
    Jesus, who redeems us
    the Holy Spirit, who seals us.

Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One,

who grants us every spiritual blessing in these heavenly realms

where we live in the Anointednot because of anything we have done, but because of what He has done for us.

God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world;

He wanted us to live holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, and blameless before Him.

He destined us to be adopted as His children through the covenant Jesus the Anointed inaugurated in His sacrificial life.

This was His pleasure and His will for us.

Ultimately God is the one worthy of praise

for showing us His grace; He is merciful and marvelous, freely giving us these gifts in His Beloved.

 Visualize this: His blood freely flowing down the cross, setting us free!

We are forgiven for our sinful ways by the richness of His grace, which He has poured all over us.

With all wisdom and insight, He has enlightened us to the great mystery at the center of His will.

With immense pleasure, He laid out His intentions through Jesus,

a plan that will climax when the time is right as He returns to create order and unity—

both in heaven and on earth—when all things are brought together under the Anointed’s royal rule.

In Him we stand to inherit even more.

As His heirs, we are predestined to play a key role in His unfolding purpose

that is energizing everything to conform to His will. 

As a result, we—the first to place our hope in the Anointed One—will live in a way to bring Him glory and praise.

Because you, too, have heard the Word of Truth—the Good News of your Salvation—and because you believed in the One who is Truth, your lives are marked with His seal. This is none other than the Holy Spirit who was promised as the guarantee toward the inheritance we are to receive when He frees and rescues all who belong to Him. To God be all praise and glory!

This letter begins with praise and thanksgiving offered to God.

Paul celebrates all the spiritual “blessings” available to all believers in Jesus, the Anointed One.

This means that He is the one through whom God has acted to rescue the world.

But more than that, He is the Lord to whom we belong and the spiritual place where all believers are presently located.

In God’s purpose, heaven has come down to where we live so that we now occupy this wonderful realm where salvation is at work, where God’s truth and beauty are a reality, and where we wait as the rest of His plan is worked out.

This is why, when I heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus that is present in your community and of your great love for all God’s people, I haven’t stopped thanking Him for you. I am continually speaking to Him on your behalf in my prayers.

Here’s what I say:

God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people.

Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You.

Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in.

Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace.

Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance.

Let them see the full extent of Your power that is at work in those of us who believe, and may it be done according to Your might and power.

Friends, it is this same might and resurrection power that  He used in the Anointed One to raise Him from the dead and to position Him at His right hand in heaven. There is nothing over Him. He’s above all rule, authority, power, and dominion; over every name invoked, over every title bestowed in this age and the next.   God has placed all things beneath His feet and anointed Him as the head over all things for His church. This church is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.
(Ephesians 1)


But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you.
He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything.
Those who wait around for Him are the lucky ones.

“Your salvation requires you to turn back to Me
and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves.
Your strength will come from settling down
in complete dependence on Me—
The very thing you’ve been unwilling to do.”

God Takes the Time to Do Everything Right


In the midst of the storms of life, lift up your heads for your redemption draws nigh.

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 mountains
    will 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 sun
    nor dim light of moon will harm you.

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

(Psalm 121)

God Takes the Time to Do Everything Right


 “And then—then!—they’ll see the Son of Man welcomed in grand style—a glorious welcome! When all this starts to happen, up on your feet. Stand tall with your heads high. Help is on the way!”  (Luke 21:28)

God Takes the Time to Do Everything Right

We are surrounded by a culture that demands quick actions.

Whenever problems arise, this mentality can quickly leech over into our walk with God.

The Word promises that our salvation comes through repenting and resting, yet we strive to be acceptable to God on the basis of our works.

When difficulties arise God promises that quieting ourselves before Him and trusting is our Source of strength.

Yet we quickly react to the urgent in our lives and spring to action before finding the place of peace and quiet before God where our trust in Him gives us strength.

God Takes the Time to Do Everything Right


When enemies, trouble, persecution and opposition rise up against the Word that God has planted in our hearts as His holy Seed, our hope, our blessed assurance and confident knowing is in calling on He who is Faithful and True to arise.

For nothing can stand against the LORD.

I believe God wants His people to be a witness of His truth in how we live out our salvation.

We’re to be resting in faith and responding to difficulty in a quiet trust that testifies to the strength of God is us.

When we take the time to be still before God, we will find that His answers for us are much different than the instinctive

reactions we first had.  We also learn that waiting on God in quiet trust results in fruit far beyond what our natural responses

could have accomplished.  God longs to be compassionate and gracious to us, but He requires our trust and yielding to do so.

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(Paul D. Blank, Pastor of Immanuel Christian Fellowship, Manheim Pennsylvania)

Dear Father, help me to learn that my strength is in being still before You and receiving Your provision and heart.

Help me not to react to my circumstances, but instead to find a place of peace in You and to be moved by Your

Holy Spirit.  In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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I will wait for You

I believe in the Word that You promised

I believe that You have heard; You Judge; You will see to it.

Forgive me for being restless and impatient for it is only in You that we live, move and have our being.

Forgive me for not striving for I am not a human ‘doing‘ but a human ‘being‘ created to be about my Father’s business

which is trusting and obeying Your Word as revealed by Your Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus. 


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God Takes the Time to Do Everything Right


God holds me head and shoulders
    above all who try to pull me down.
I’m headed for His place to offer anthems
    that will raise the roof!
Already I’m singing God-songs;
    I’m making music to God.

Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs:
    “Be good to me! Answer me!”
When my heart whispered, “Seek God,”
    my whole being replied,
“I’m seeking Him!”

(Psalm 27:6-9)

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Others too were radiant at what He did for them. Theirs was no downcast look of rejection!

Look to Him and shine,
    so shame will never contort your faces.

(Psalm 34:5)

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Arise, shine, for your light has broken through!
    The Eternal One’s brilliance has dawned upon you.
See truly; look carefully—darkness blankets the earth;
    people all over are cloaked in darkness.
But God will rise and shine on you;
    the Eternal’s bright glory will shine on you, a light for all to see.
Nations north and south, peoples east and west, will be drawn to your light,
    will find purpose and direction by your light.
In the radiance of your rising, you will enlighten the leaders of nations.

Don’t be shy; don’t be doubtful; lift up your eyes and look around.
    They have gathered all around you, eager to come and be close to you.
And your children will come back to this land:
    your sons from the farthest places of wandering,
    and your daughters gently carried home.
And when you see it, your face will glow;
    your heart will race and be filled with joy.

(Isaiah 60:1-5)Image


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O Eternal, show me Your way,
    shine Your light brightly on this path, and make it level for me,
    for my enemies are lurking in the recesses and ravines along the way.
They are watching—hoping to seize me.
    Do not release me to their desires or surrender me to their will!
Liars are standing against me,
    breathing out cruel lies hoping that I will die.

I will move past my enemies with this one, sure hope:
    that with my own eyes, I will see the goodness of the Eternal
    in the land of the living.

Please answer me: Don’t give up.
    Wait for the Eternal in expectation, and be strong.
    Again, wait for the Eternal.

(Psalm 27:11-14)


God puts us through a tough training program because He always goes for the gold!  Some never let the Master get started with the training.  Others don't stay with it long enough to experience that possible high.  Then there are those glowing, radiating participants--spiritually exercised disciples, the mature disciplined ones.

God puts us through a tough training program because He always goes for the gold! Some never let the Master get started with the training. Others don’t stay with it long enough to experience that possible high. Then there are those glowing, radiating participants–spiritually exercised disciples, the mature disciplined ones.


Basic meaning of the word, “disciple”:

“student,” “pupil,” “apprentice,” or “adherent,” as opposed to a “teacher.”

In the ancient world, however, it is most often associated, with people who were devoted followers of a great religious leader or teacher of philosophy.

The Hebrew term for followers is fromלמד which means “to learn” or “instruct.” 

Being a disciple one must have a willing, listening, and obedient heart.  A teachable heart that follows instructions.

Hearing and doing.

Trusting and obeying.

The Greeks used the term μαθητής to refer to a “learner,” or on a more committed level, an “adherent.”


Discipleship as a Call to Personal Commitment to Jesus

In the Bible, discipline has a positive and essential place in the lives of God’s people.

God had prescribed a way of life for His people. They had to learn how to be obedient.

The process by which God’s people learned obedience was the

discipline of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 11:2 NIV).


Discipline comes from a Latin word “disco” which means to learn or get to know, a direct kind of acquaintance with something or someone. Discipline refers to the process by which one learns a way of life. A disciple was like an apprentice who was learning a trade or craft from a master. Such learning required a relationship between the master who knew the way of life (discipline) and a learner (a disciple). Within this relationship, the master led a learner through a process (the discipline) until the learner could imitate or live like the master.


In the Old Testament, the covenant relationship between God and His people made Yahweh the Master.

Through praise and correction, God led His people.

The goal was to bring His people to a kind of maturity where obedience was the rule rather than the exception.

Parents, judges, kings, prophets, and wisemen worked with God in teaching His people.

Successful discipline resulted in a life pleasing to God.

The earliest setting for discipline was the family (Deuteronomy 6:20-25 ).

(from Holman Bible Dictionary: Discipline)

Not my will but Thine.

So don’t feel sorry for yourselves.

Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as His children?

My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,
    but don’t be crushed by it either.
It’s the child He loves that He disciplines;
    the child He embraces, He also corrects.

God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children.

This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children.

Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God?

We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live?

While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them.

But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best.

At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.  (Hebrews 12:4-11)




God is continuously in the business of making His children into what He wants them to be.

And He knows when and how to answer our prayers to make it happen.

Cutting short that process by answering our prayers too soon or the way we thought He shold

deprives us of His divine perfecting.

God changes caterpillars into butterflies,

Sand into pearls,

and coal into diamonds.

Using Time and Pressure

He’s working on you too.


When we say, “I can’t resolve the problem.

God says, “Trust in Me.”   (Proverbs 3:5-6)

God says,

I will meet your needs

I will teach you.”

I will show you and give you revelation.”

So that you understand the covenant I have made with you.”

Strength from Weakness

Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head,

I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations.

Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees.

No danger then of walking around high and mighty!

At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it.

Three times I did that, and then He told me,

“My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift.

It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.

Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.  (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)


Don’t look for the exit sign


Be a Disciple

It is difficult to persevere, confident of God’s timing and faithfulness, when circumstances scream at us to find the nearest exit door from the place of testing.  One lesson we must learn is that God’s process for maturing us usually runs directly through the wilderness of testing and opposition.

We walk through the valley of the shadow of death to learn about our shepherd’s rod and staff.  Only after the lesson of that valley are walked through does He prepare a table for us in the presence of what opposed us and then the anointing pours over us and the cup of blessing overflows.  (see Psalm 23).

God desires to pour out the full measure of blessing, but not before the desert place has tested our hearts and proven His.  When we try to “run on swift horses” to escape the process designed to teach us repentance, rest, quietness, and trust, God is obligated to send the process swiftly to the next place we run until we finally embrace it and learn His heart.


Remember, God is gracious and longs to show compassion, but He cannot do so if we constantly run for the nearest exit from the place He has determined we will discover it.

Lord, teach me to view my circumstances through Your eyes Help me to rest in You and not run from what I must walk through in order to receive Your anointing and blessing found only in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, Amen.

Shared from Paul D. Blank, Pastor

Immanuel Christian Fellowship, Manheim, PA


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Don’t Throw It All Away

So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.


So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.


If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? This is no light matter. God has warned us that he’ll hold us to account and make us pay. He was quite explicit: “Vengeance is mine, and I won’t overlook a thing” and “God will judge his people.” Nobody’s getting by with anything, believe me.


Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.

It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;
    he’ll show up most any minute.
But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;
    if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.

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

(Hebrews 10:19-39)


The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him,
and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.
Come close to the one true God, and He will draw close to you. Wash your hands; you have dirtied them in sin.
Cleanse your heart, because your mind is split down the middle, your love for God on one side and selfish pursuits on the other.
(James 4:8)
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.
(Psalm 73:28) 
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.  (1 Timothy 2:8)
You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.  (1 Peter 1:22)Image
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God
Our feet are standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem 
–That I may declare Your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in Your salvation.

The LORD said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: ‘Listen to the terms of this covenant and follow them.”

All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.

My loved ones, let us devote ourselves to loving one another. Love comes straight from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and truly knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 Because of this, the love of God is a reality among us: God sent His only Son into the world so that we could find true life through Him. This is the embodiment of true love: not that we have loved God first, but that He loved us and sent His unique Son on a special mission to become an atoning sacrifice for our sins.   So, my loved ones, if God loved us so sacrificially, surely we should love one another. No one has ever seen God with human eyes; but if we love one another, God truly lives in us. Consequently God’s love has accomplished its mission among us.

 How can we be sure that He truly lives in us and that we truly live in Him? By one fact: He has given us His Spirit.

We have watched what God has done, and we stand ready to provide eyewitness testimonies to the reality that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  

If anyone unites with our confession that Jesus is God’s own Son, then God truly lives in that person and that person lives in God.   We have experienced and we have entrusted our lives to the love of God in us.

God is love. Anyone who lives faithfully in love also lives faithfully in God, and God lives in him. 

This love is fulfilled with us,

so that on the day of judgment we have confidence based on our identification with Jesus in this world.  

Love will never invoke fear. Perfect love expels fear, particularly the fear of punishment.

The one who fears punishment has not been completed through love.

We love because He has first loved usIf someone claims, “I love God,” but hates his brother or sister, then he is a liar. Anyone who does not love a brother or sister, whom he has seen, cannot possibly love God, whom he has never seen. 

He gave us a clear command, that all who love God must also love their brothers and sisters.  (1 John 4:7-21)



  “I still remember the way you clung to Me in your youth, in the early days of our union.
        Like a young bride, you loved the vows you made.
    As I led you from slavery in Egypt to your freedom in Canaan, you drew close to Me.
        Even in the barren wilderness along the way, I filled your every need.
In those days, you, Israel, were set apart for Me, the Eternal.
        You were like the first portions of the harvest—devoted and true.
    All who defied this arrangement and ate My portion for themselves were guilty,
        and evil rained down upon them.”  (Jeremiah 2:2-3)

Therefore tell the people:

This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty.  

From the days of your ancestors you have ignored my commandments and have not kept them! Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD who rules over all. “But you say, ‘How should we return?

But you have behaved more wickedly than your ancestors. See how all of you are following the stubbornness of your evil hearts instead of obeying Me.

(Zechariah 1:3; Malachi 3:7; Jeremiah 16:12)


Repentance is a Change of Direction; A Change of Heart

Let Us Go to the Lord’s House!

We are creatures of choice and we have the ability to choose how we will react to any circumstance.

Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. 

Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.  (Psalm 4:25-26)

Choose wisely before taking the first step and as you walk, know that the Lord walks with you when you choose to

align your heart in agreement with His Word and life in alignment with His Will.  His Holy Spirit is given to lead and

guide you into all Truth every step of the Way into Everlasting Life in Christ Jesus, the Anointed One and His anointing.

 If you decide that you’re not willing to serve Him, then today is the day for you to choose whom you will serve. 

…But as for me and my family, we will serve the Eternal.   (Joshua 24:15)

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.

Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness,
    I am not overcome by fear.
Because You are with me in those dark moments,
    near with Your protection and guidance,
    I am comforted.

You spread out a table before me,
    provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies;
You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil,
    filling my cup again and again with Your grace.
 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)

What happens when you come into agreement with
God’s Word, His Spirit and His people

Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.

A Call to Be Holy

Because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;  knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,

but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 

who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory,

so that your faith and hope are in God.

(1 Peter 1:16-21)

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.  (Matthew 5:8)

He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’  (Psalm 89:26)

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.  
But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.  (James 2:1; 9)

Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it. 

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.

For God does not show favoritism. 

As for those who were held in high esteem–whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism–they added nothing to my message.

(Deuteronomy 1:17;10:17; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6) 

Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.  (Colossians 3:25)

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  (Psalm 51:9-11)

And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;

and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.  (Acts 15:8-9)

Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,

but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.” (Acts 10:34-35)


For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love.

(Ephesians 1:4)

For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  (Romans 8:29)

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:

He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.  (1 Timothy 3:16) 

But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also He made the universe.  (Hebrews 1:2)

Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–

(Hebrews 2:14)


Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord!  

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 

Keep these words in your heart that I am telling you today. Do your best to teach them to your children.

Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as something special to see on your hand and on your forehead. 

Write them beside the door of your house and on your gates.

  The Lord your God will bring you into the land He promised to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give to you.

(Deuteronomy 6:4-10)

The Lord will watch over your coming and going, now and forever.  (Psalm 121:8)

To me, one of the most precious scriptures in all the Word of God is Psalm 133.

Verse one says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

There are three Hebrew words that are critical to understanding the power and promise of this verse.

The first is pleasant—the Hebrew word means “musical.”

The second is “dwell”—the Hebrew word means to pitch a tent.

The final word is “unity”—the Hebrew word means agreement.

It is the same word, “echoed,” used in Deuteronomy 6:4 by Moses—“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one.”

By joining in agreement with God’s Word, His Holy Spirit and His people in the city where He wrote His name, you are creating Heavenly music as you pitch your tent in the Holy City together with prophets, priests, and kings of old and releasing God’s prophetic power in your life. That’s amazing!

And it is greatly needed right now.

(Dr. Mike Evans)

“God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, comewhen what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.

 “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God.

Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth.

That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for:

those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship.

God is sheer being itself—Spirit.

Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”  (John 4:22-24)

God’s loving presence has come to all people and not just to Jews.  The truth is, that through Jesus, God is making all people, and not just one chosen nation, clean and whole.

As we let go of the traditions of men, we are letting go of much that divides us from God and one another

So that we can take hold of the commands of God through steadfast faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God.

I pray that we be truly Christ’s disciples–His Holy Spirit our guide and teacher leading us out of dead religious

thinking and traditions.  To walk as Christ did through and past every obstacle on the narrow road that leads to

Real Life that we be no distracted, sidetracked, blindsided in any counterfeit pursuit that seeks to replace complete

confidence in God’s Son (for all of God’s promises are “Yes and Amen” in Christ Jesus).  That nothing or no one separate

us from God’s unfailing love in Christ Jesus.  Amen.

A song of David  for those journeying to worship.

This is a Davidic psalm celebrating the grandeur and significance of Jerusalem and its temple.

It is ironic that Jerusalem means “city of peace” since more battles have been fought over it than over any other city.

 I was so happy when my fellow pilgrims said,
    Let’s go to the house of the Eternal!

(Psalm 122:1)

Then the King will say to those on his right,

Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’  (Matthew 25:34)

We have made the journey, and now we are standing
    within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem! What a magnificent city!
    Buildings so close together, so compact.
God’s people belong here. Every tribe of the Eternal
    makes its way to Jerusalem
Just as God decreed for Israel
    to come together and give thanks to the Eternal.
In Jerusalem, justice is the order of the day because there sit the judges
    and kings, the descendants of David.

Ask heaven to grant peace to Jerusalem:
    “May those who love you prosper.
O Jerusalem, may His peace fill this entire city!
    May this citadel be quiet and at ease!”
It’s because of people—my family, friends, and acquaintances
    that I say, “May peace permeate you.”
And because the house of Eternal One, our God, is here, know this:
    I will always seek your good!

(Psalm 122;2-9)


The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.  TO HIM BE GLORY FOR EVER AND EVER.  AMEN  (2 TIMOTHY 4:18)

As Christ spent one-fourth of His recorded ministry dealing with the enemy; let this be a Word of warning to us, as

Christ’s followers, to be constantly alert that we open our minds not to Satan but to God our Father who is in heaven.

And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.  (Acts 10:38)

Jesus:   The truth is that the Son does nothing on His own; all these actions are led by the Father.

The Son watches the Father closely and then mimics the work of the Father. 

The Father loves the Son, so He does not hide His actions. Instead, He shows Him everything, and the things not yet revealed by the Father will dumbfound you.  

The Father can give life to those who are dead; in the same way, the Son can give the gift of life to those He chooses.

The Father does not exert His power to judge anyone. Instead, He has given the authority as Judge to the Son.

So all of creation will honor and worship the Son as they do the Father.

If you do not honor the Son, then you dishonor the Father who sent Him.

 I tell you the truth: eternal life belongs to those who hear My voice and believe in the One who sent Me.

These people have no reason to fear judgment because they have already left death and entered life.

 I tell you the truth: a new day is imminent—in fact, it has arrived—when the voice of the Son of God will penetrate death’s domain, and everyone who hears will live.

You see, the Father radiates with life;

and He also animates the Son of God with the same life-giving beauty and power to exercise judgment over all of creation. Indeed, the Son of God is also the Son of Man. 

If this sounds amazing to you, what is even more amazing is that when the time comes, those buried long ago will hear His voice through all the rocks, sod, and soil and step out of decay into resurrection.

When this hour arrives, those who did good will be resurrected to life,

and those who did evil will be resurrected to judgment.

 I have not ever acted, and will not in the future act, on My own. I listen to the directions of the One who sent Me and act on these divine instructions. For this reason, My judgment is always fair and never self-serving. I’m committed to pursuing God’s agenda and not My own.  (John 5:17-30)



For the worship leader. A song of David.

Psalm 68 is a hymn describing God as a Divine Warrior,

marching from Sinai through the wilderness to make His home in Jerusalem.

May the True God rise up and show Himself;
    may those who are united against Him be dispersed,
    while the people who hate Him run away at the sight of Him.
As smoke disappears when it is blown by the wind,
    may You blow away Your enemies forever.
As wax melts in the presence of fire,
    may the wicked heart melt away in God’s presence.
But may those who are righteous rejoice
    in the presence of the True God—so may they be glad and rejoice.
    Yes, let them celebrate with joy!

 Sing songs of praise to the name that belongs to the True God!
    Let your voices ring out in songs of praise to Him, the One who rides through the deserted places.
His name is the Eternal;
    celebrate in His glorious presence.

The True God who inhabits sacred space
    is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.
He makes a home for those who are alone.
    He frees the prisoners and leads them to prosper.
Yet those who rebel against Him live in the barren land without His blessings and prosperity.

O True God, when You led Your enslaved people from Egypt,
    when You journeyed with us through the wilderness,


The whole world trembled! The sky poured down rain
    at the power of Your presence; even Mount Sinai trembled in Your presence,
    the presence of the True God, the God of Israel.
You sent a heavy downpour to soak the ground, O True God.
    You refreshed the land—the land Your people would inherit—when it was parched and dry.
 Your covenant people made their homes in the land,
    and because You are so good, You provided for those crushed by poverty, O True God.

The Lord gives the word;
    there are very many women ready to tell the good news:
 “Kings who lead the armies are on the run!
    They are on the run!
And the woman who stays at home is ready, too,
    ready to enjoy the treasures that they’ve left behind!”
When they lay down among the campfires and open the saddlebags, imagine what they’ll find—
    a beautiful dove, its wings covered with silver,
    its feathers a shimmering gold.

When the Almighty scattered the kings from that place,
    it was snowing in Zalmon.

 O Mount Bashan, you mighty mountain of the True God;
    mountain of many peaks, O Mount Bashan.
 Why are you so jealous, O mountain of many peaks,
    when you look at the mountain the True God has chosen as His dwelling place?
    The Eternal will surely abide on Mount Zion forever.

The chariots of God are innumerable;
    there are thousands upon thousands of them.
The Lord is in their midst, just as He was at Mount Sinai.
    He has come into the holy place.
When You ascended the sacred mountain,
    with Your prisoners in tow, Your captives in chains,
    You sat in triumph receiving gifts from men,
Even from those who rebel against You, so that You, the Eternal God, might take up residence there.
Blessed be the Lord
    who carries our heavy loads every day,
    the True God who is our salvation.


We know our God is the God who delivers us,
    and the Eternal, the Lord, is the One who saves us from the grip of death.

The True God will certainly shatter the skulls of those who oppose Him;
    He’ll smash the hairy head of the man who continues on his sinful ways.
The Lord said,
    “I will bring the enemy back from Bashan.
I will bring them back from the deepest parts of the sea,
So that you may plant your feet in their blood
    and your dogs may lick up their portion of the foe.”
The solemn march in Your honor, O True God, has come into view;
    the march that celebrates my God, my King, has come into the sanctuary.
 The singers went first, and the musicians came last
    between rows of girls who played tambourines.
 Come, let us gather to bless the True God
    and to praise the Eternal, He who is the fountain of Israel, the source of our life!
 Look! There are the rulers of Benjamin, the youngest in the lead.
    A great crowd follows
The princes of Judah,
    the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

 [Your God is the One who has given you strength];
    show Your power, O True God, as You have done for us.
 Because of Your magnificent temple in Jerusalem,
    many kings will line up to bring You gifts.
Reprimand the beasts in the tall grass,
    the herds of bulls that are with the people’s calves,
Trampling over the pieces of silver.
    He has driven out the people who love to be at war.
 Ambassadors will come from Egypt;
    the people of Ethiopia  will reach out their hands to the one True God.

Let all the kingdoms of the earth sing to the True God.
    Sing songs of praise to the Lord.


To Him who rides high up beyond the heavens, which have been since ancient times,
    watch and listen. His voice speaks, and it is powerful and strong.
Attribute power to the one True God;
    His royal splendor is evident over Israel,
    and His power courses through the clouds.
O True God, You are awesome from the holy place where You dwell.
    The True God of Israel Himself
    grants strength and power to His people.

Blessed be our God!

Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up

(Psalm 68)
Where God has given steadfast hope, He expects there should be a steady, regular walk and conduct.
(Matthew Henry)
God’s blessings follow you and await you at every turn:

    when you don’t follow the advice of those who delight in wicked schemes,
When you avoid sin’s highway,
    when judgment and sarcasm beckon you, but you refuse.
For you, the Eternal’s Word is your happiness.
    It is your focus—from dusk to dawn.
You are like a tree,
    planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry.
Your fruit ripens in its time;
    your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun.
No matter what you do, you prosper.

For those who focus on sin, the story is different.
    They are like the fallen husk of wheat, tossed by an open wind, left deserted and alone.
 In the end, the wicked will fall in judgment;
    the guilty will be separated from the innocent.
Their road suddenly will end in death,
    yet the journey of the righteous has been charted by the Eternal.

(Psalm 1)


Contempt of Court

ImageAnd I will strengthen Judah and save the tri bes of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.”
(Zechariah 10:6)

 I will strengthen them in the LORD, And in His name they will walk,” declares the LORD.  (Zechariah 10:12)  But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.  (1 John 1:7)

 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.  (1 John 1:8) 

ImageShouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?

(Matthew 18:33) 

Dare to be as Joshua:  Take off your shoes, Remember the ground you stand on is sacred, it belongs to the LORD

as does the battle. 

Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

(Joshua 6:1)

Dare to be as Ruth:  Her field and family restored by the drop of a shoe.  For your Maker is your Husband, the Lord of Hosts His Name.  Whatever God joins together let no man tear asunder. 

Be still (in the perfect peace that transcends all human understanding by knowing) that He is God; He will be exalted among the nations. 

Just as your spiritual foremother, Ruth heeded the wise words of her mother-in-law, Naomi:

Naomi:   Now you must wait, daughter. We must wait and see what happens. Be at peace. That man will not rest today until this is resolved.

If ever a landowner needs to lease out his land for money, then his closest relative, called the “kinsman-redeemer,” is supposed to buy the land back for his relative. The same is true if a man has to sell his family members into indentured servitude—the kinsman-redeemer is to buy back the slave. This system reflects God’s relationship with Israel; God continually saves His people from subservience to other nations. Since both Naomi and Ruth are widows without male sons, they are left in poverty. Naomi will have to lease out her husband’s land to support them, and she may eventually have to sell herself and Ruth just to stay fed. By redeeming Elimelech’s land, marrying Ruth, and eventually giving her a son, Boaz keeps the family intact as it would have been had Elimelech or either of his sons survived.

Dare to be as David:  The promised throne and united kingdom given by God when God’s twin prophetic Word over

the transfer of leadership came to pass.  God hears; God is Judge; God sees to it for He watches over His Word to bring it to pass at His appointed time for nothing can stand against the Lord.

No one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.  (1 Thessalonian 4:6)

Keep Calm, God’s Got It COVERED

So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night?

Keep Crying Out to Jesus, the Righteous Judge


As you send forth your petitions in His Name, He will certainly hear your cry.

LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to You. 

Blessed be the LORD my God who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle.

He trains us to go into spiritual warfare for deliverance and promotion are from the LORD.

Even the king’s heart is as water in the Lord’s hands;  Surely our times are in His hands.

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”  (Luke 11:13)

As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.  (Luke 12:58)

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.  
(Romans 8:33)
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

(Ephesians 1:7) 

But we have NEED of patience (persevering, standing fast on God’s Word which is the Way, the Truth and the Life)

For it takes BOTH faith and patience to INHERIT God’s promises.

God is not a man that He should lie.  What God promises, God delivers and God is strengthening our standing in Him

as we grow rooted and grounded in His unfailing love.

They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”  (Revelation 6:10)

It is human nature to pray for things to come out all in our favor–whether we deserve it or not.  But prayer doesn’t allow that, for it is petition to God. 

And His treatment of His creatures conforms to the purity of His innermost nature.

Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,


For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.  (Hebrews 10:12-14)


ImageFather, I come to You with the teachable spirit of a little child for Your leading and guiding into all truth every step of the way.  Discipline me according to Your Will that I might walk in obedience to Your Word of Truth.

For those You discipline are Your best students, Your beloved sons and daughters growing in this way in favor with You and man.  Keep my heart free of offenses that the spring of forgiveness flow forever unhindered that my feet stand in humble

devotion to all You say.  May the grace enable me to speak in wisdom redeeming the time You entrust until that perfect day I stand before You in glory, Amen.

 And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground.  (Ephesians 6:13)

The prince of Yahweh’s army said to Joshua, “Take your shoes off of your feet; for the place on which you stand is holy.”

Joshua did so.

Remember the redemptive story of ruth?

Normally the city gate is where the business of the city is conducted.

Boaz went to the city gate and he sat down.
Now in the old days of Israel when this story was playing out, land was redeemed and property was transferred legally when a man involved in the sale removed one of his sandals and gave it to the other. This was how contracts were sealed in Israel. 

So the kinsman-redeemer took off his sandal and handed it to Boaz.  (Ruth 4:7-8)

Consider the outcome of Joseph’s story. 

This is the same Joseph who because of his brothers’ bitter envy and murderous jealous, was sold into slavery in Egypt.  There, Joseph grew in favor with God and man in the midst of vicious persecution  and false accusations at the hands of ungrateful and sinful people.  Yet God was with Joseph, and in due time, not only released Joseph but raised him to the second highest place in the kingdom where Joseph was as a father to Pharoah.

Joseph’s brothers began to realize the implications of their father’s death, Joseph’s brothers began to worry.

Joseph’s Brothers: What if Joseph still bears a grudge in some way against us and decides to pay us back in full for all of the wrong we did to him?

So they sent a message to Joseph.

Joseph’s Brothers’ Message: Your father gave us this instruction before he died. He told us to say to you, “Please, I beg you. Forgive the crime of your brothers and the sins they committed against you. They were wrong to treat you so badly.” So please do what your father asked and forgive the crime that we, the servants of the God of your father, committed against you.

Joseph cried when they spoke these words to him.   And his brothers approached and fell at his feet.

Joseph’s Brothers: Look! We are your slaves.

Joseph: Don’t be afraid. Am I to judge instead of God? It is not my place.   Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good, and through me, He preserved the lives of countless people, as He is still doing today.  So don’t worry. I will provide for you myself—for you and your children.

This same sentiment is expressed in Paul’s letter to the Romans (8:28). God can take even the meanest intention and make it work for good for His devoted followers.

So Joseph reassured them and continued to speak kindly to them.

(Genesis 50:15-21)


This is our standing with God through Jesus Christ.

The Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly with Him.

How can two walk together unless they agree? 

And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

(Luke 18:3)

Remember David’s story how is father-in-law who was the ruler of his nation sought to kill him.  Jealous rage turned

vicious insanity yet David waited on the Lord’s deliverance and promotion.  When David’s own men turned against,

David turned to the Lord in repentance.  This is the heart of worship, a heart that delights to do the Father’s will

trusting in His timing.

This same David penned Psalm 110:1–

The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”  

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  (Romans 12:17)

and do not give the devil a foothold.  (Ephesians 4:27)

Our God alone possesses almighty power and infinite love.

Christ is the way and the truth.

And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth. And the believing soul will be more desirous to be taught the way and the truth of God, in order to walk therein, than to be delivered out of earthly distress.

Those who set not the Lord before them, seek after believers’ souls; but the compassion, mercy, and truth of God, will be their refuge and consolation. And those whose parents were the servants of the Lord, may urge this as a plea why He should hear and help them. In considering David’s experience, and that of the believer, we must not lose sight of Him, who though He was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through His poverty might be rich.  (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on Psalm 86:8-17)

Only in God’s strength can we effectually contend against either our spiritual or our temporal foes.

If, however, we ask Him for strength,H is strength will be “sufficient for us” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The Pulpit Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010 by BibleSoft, inc., Used by permission
Fig. [for an argument or a case] to have no support. You may think you’re in the right, but you don’t have a leg to stand on.
My lawyer said I didn’t have a leg to stand on, so I shouldn’t sue the company.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

not have a leg to stand on

to have no support for your position The company settled the lawsuit because they did not have a leg to stand on.
Psalm 11 is a Davidic psalm expressing trust in the Eternal as a refuge and fortress for those who do what is right.
David spent many years struggling first with Israel’s first king, Saul, then with the neighboring nations, and finally against the rebellion led by his son Absalom.

The Lord—a Safe Place

In the Lord I am safe. How can you say to me, “Fly away as a bird to your mountain? For look, the sinful raise their bow.

They make their arrow ready on the string to shoot in the dark against the pure in heart. 

If the base of the building is destroyed, what can those who are right with God do?

The Lord is in His holy house. The Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes see as He tests the sons of men. 

The Lord tests and proves those who are right and good and those who are sinful.

And His soul hates the one who loves to hurt others. 

He will send down fire upon the sinful. Fire and sulphur and burning wind will be the cup they will drink. 

For the Lord is right and good. He loves what is right and good. And those who are right with Him will see His face.

Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and He will avenge you.

(Proverbs 20:22)  Therefore this is what the LORD says: “See, I will defend your cause and avenge you.”  (Jeremiah 51:36)

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.  (Psalm 33:5)

As for me, I will be vindicated and will see Your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness.

(Psalm 17:15)  For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish.  (Psalm 37:28)

In civil proceedings there are two main ways in which contempt is committed:


  1. Failure to attend at court despite a subpoena requiring attendance. In respect of the High Court, historically a writ of latitat would have been issued, but now a bench warrant is issued, authorizing the tipstaff to arrange for the arrest of the individual, and imprisonment until the date and time the court appoints to next sit. In practice a groveling letter of apology to the court is sufficient to ward off this possibility, and in any event the warrant is generally ‘backed for bail’—i.e., bail will be granted once the arrest has been made and a location where the person can be found in future established.[citation needed]
  2. Failure to comply with a court order. A copy of the order, with a “penal notice”—i.e., notice informing the recipient that if they do not comply they are subject to imprisonment—is served on the person concerned. If, after that, they breach the order, proceedings can be started and in theory the person involved can be sent to prison. In practice this rarely happens as the cost on the claimant of bringing these proceedings is significant and in practice imprisonment is rarely ordered as an apology or fine are usually considered appropriate.

The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth.  (psalm 94:1)

ImageRestore us, O God; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved.  (Psalm 80:3)
Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your unfailing love.  (Psalm 31:16)
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. (Psalm 45:7)


Jesus Will Judge the World

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. The people of every nation will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left.


 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me into your home. 36 I needed clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’


“Then the people who have God’s approval will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and take you into our homes or see you in need of clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’


 “The king will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me.’


 “Then the king will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me! God has cursed you! Go into everlasting fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels! I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me into your homes. I needed clothes, and you didn’t give me anything to wear. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t take care of me.’


“They, too, will ask, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or as a stranger or in need of clothes or sick or in prison and didn’t help you?’


 “He will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you failed to do for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do for me.’


“These people will go away into eternal punishment, but those with God’s approval will go into eternal life.”


If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.


(Romans 12:18-20)

It is Mine to avenge; I will repay.

In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”  (Deuteronomy 32:35)

Dare to be as Ruth who obeyed instruction and laid down covered by the hem of Boaz’ robe waiting for the shoe to be cast over her (which signaled the complete redemption of her family in Israel).

Dare to be as David who obeyed the Lord’s servants and messengers and touched not the Lord’s anointed King Saul even though Saul was being willfully disobedient and rebellious against God’s commands.

Dare to be as Joseph, who like Christ Jesus, grew in favor with God and man in the midst of all that is ungrateful and unholy in sinful human nature.  For his obedience, Joseph like Christ Jesus, was seated in the place of authority.

Dare to be as Joshua who obeyed the Lord’s messenger and received what was promised.  Not one word of the Lord failed;

all was accomplished that was promised.

Dare to be an overcomer!  Be not overcome by evil; but overcome evil with good.  Pray for those who persecute you that you may be mature sons and daughters of your Father in heaven.

Praise from the Great Multitude

Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.“(Revelation 7:13-15)

God has heard

God will judge

God will see to it


just a FLESH wound


But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart even before I was born and had called me by His grace

(His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased

To reveal (unveil, disclose) His Son within me so that I might proclaim Him among the Gentiles (the non-Jewish world) as the glad tidings (Gospel), immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood [did not consult or counsel with any frail human being or communicate with anyone].  Galatians 1:15-16

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.  (Romans 8:13) 

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.  (Romans 6:11)

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—   
This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
(Galatians 3:13; Matthew 8:17)


This is what the LORD says:Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD.”
(Jeremiah 17:5)

With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.    (2 Chronicles 32:8)  
When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. (Deuteronomy 20:1)
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.  ( Psalm 118:8)
Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?   (Isaiah 2:22)

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.  (Romans 6:22)

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?  (Romans 6:16)

For one who has died has been set free from sin  (Romans 6:7)

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’       
 (2 Chronicles 20:17)

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous.            (1 John 3:7)

God told the serpent:

Because you’ve done this, you’re cursed,
    cursed beyond all cattle and wild animals,
Cursed to slink on your belly
    and eat dirt all your life.
I’m declaring war between you and the Woman,
    between your offspring and hers.
He’ll wound your head,
    you’ll wound his heel.”  (Genesis 3:14-15)
Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His son? Surely you know!        (Proverbs 30:4)

Worldly wisdom may promise the good life, but it leads to chaos and destruction every time. Ultimately true wisdom comes from God.   


For it was Adam (MAN) who was first created, and then Eve. (WOMAN)
And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.  (Colossians 2:15)

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.    (John 12:32)   

But I am afraid that just as EVE was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  (2 Corinthians 11:3)


On Earth As It Is In Heaven

As I looked, a great sign appeared in heaven:
A woman came into view clothed in the radiance of the sun, standing with the moon under her feet, and she was crowned with a wreath of twelve stars on her head.
She was painfully pregnant and was crying out in the agony of labor.
 Then a second sign appeared in heaven, ominous, foreboding:
A great red dragon, with seven crowned heads and ten horns. 
The dragon’s tail brushed one-third of the stars from the sky and hurled them down to the earth. The dragon crouched in front of the laboring woman, waiting to devour her child the moment it was born.

She gave birth to a male child, who is destined to rule the nations with an iron scepter.
Before the dragon could bite and devour her son, the child was whisked away and brought to God and His throne.
The woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place of refuge and safety where she could find sustenance for 1,260 days.

While the great red dragon does his best to destroy and devour Him, God has another plan.
Since then, the dragon and his minions have done their best to harangue and persecute the woman’s children. But again he does not have the final word.

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)


Remember this! He led His people out singing for joy;
    His chosen people marched, singing their hearts out!
He made them a gift of the country they entered,
    helped them seize the wealth of the nations
So they could do everything He told them—
    could follow His instructions to the letter.

(Psalm 105:43-45)

 O remnant of Judah: The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, has plainly told you, you leftovers from Judah, ‘Don’t go to Egypt.’ Could anything be plainer? I warn you this day that you are living out a fantasy. You’re making a fatal mistake.       

(Jeremiah 42)

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
There is no other foundation that can be laid.
All other ground is sinking sand.
The Lord is my Rock and my Salvation, I shall not be moved!
Blessed be the Lord my Rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle!
For the battle belongs to the Lord!       

Without Good Direction, People Lose Their Way

Take your stand with God’s loyal community and live,
    or chase after phantoms of evil and die.

God can’t stand deceivers,
    but oh how He relishes integrity. You can be very sure the evil man will not go unpunished forever.

And you can also be very sure God will rescue the children of the godly. 

(Proverbs 11-21)

To learn, you must want to be taught. To refuse reproof is stupid.

The Lord blesses good men and condemns the wicked.

Wickedness never brings real success; only the godly have that. (Proverbs 12:1-3)

 The wrongdoers are overthrown—no one is left!
    But the house of the right-living remains strong.  (Proverbs 12:7)


Everything that has been fathered by God overcomes the corrupt world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: Our faith.    (1 John 5:4)

God said to Moses: “Why cry out to Me? Speak to the Israelites. Order them to get moving. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea: Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground.” (Exodus 14:15-16)

  For it is IN HIM that we live we move and have our being!


Prayer is living out God’s words.  It is putting faith into action.  Faith works by love. 
We love because God first loved us so much that He was not willing to leave us abandoned. 
He sent His Son that whosoever believes shall not perish but have everlasting life.

For this purpose Jesus was sent to destroy the works of the devil.

Where do you think your fighting and endless conflict come from?

Don’t you think that they originate in the constant pursuit of gratification that rages inside each of you like an uncontrolled militia?  You crave something that you do not possess, so you murder to get it.

You desire the things you cannot earn, so you sue others and fight for what you want.

You do not have because you have chosen not to ask.  

And when you do ask, you still do not get what you want because your motives are all wrong—because you continually focus on self-indulgence.   You are adulterers.

Don’t you know that making friends with this corrupt world order is open aggression toward God?

So anyone who aligns with this bogus world system is declaring war against the one true God. 
 Do you think it is empty rhetoric when the Scriptures say, “The spirit that lives in us is addicted to envy and jealousy”?

 You may think that the situation is hopeless, but God gives us more grace when we turn away from our own interests. That’s why Scripture says,

God opposes the proud,

 Let your adornment be what’s inside—the REAL you, the LASTING beauty of a gracious and quiet spirit,

in which God delights.  This is how, long ago, holy women who put their hope in God made themselves beautiful:

by respecting the authority of their husbands. 

Consider how Sarah, our mother, obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him “lord,”

and you will be her daughters as long as you boldly do what is right without fear and without anxiety.

In the same way, husbands, as you live with your wives, understand the situations women face as the weaker vessel.

Each of you should respect your wife and value her as an EQUAL HEIR in the gracious gift of life.

Do this so that nothing will get in the way of your prayers.

Finally, all of you, be like-minded and show sympathy, love, compassion, and humility to and for each other— not paying back evil with evil or insult with insult, but repaying the bad with a blessing. It was this you were called to do, so that you might inherit a blessing.

 It is written in the psalms,

If you love life and want to live a good, long time,
Then be careful what you say.
    Don’t tell lies or spread gossip or talk about improper things.
Walk away from the evil things in the world—just leave them behind, and do what is right,
    and always seek peace and pursue it.
For the Lord watches over the righteous,
    and His ears are attuned to their prayers.
But His face is set against His enemies;
    He will punish evildoers.

Why would anyone harm you if you eagerly do good?
Even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you will receive a blessing.
Don’t let them frighten you. Don’t be intimidated, but exalt Him as Lord in your heart.
Always be ready to offer a defense, humbly and respectfully, when someone asks why you live in hope. Keep your conscience clear so that those who ridicule your good conduct in the Anointed and say bad things about you will be put to shame.  (1 Peter 3)

So that the Word of God will not be dishonored.

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.  (1 Timothy 2:11)
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

    Warnings about the Adulteress

She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home

So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
(Ephesians 4:7; 11-12)
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
(1 Timothy 2:8)

So submit yourselves to the one true God and fight against the devil and his schemes. If you do, he will run away in failure.
Come close to the one true God, and He will draw close to you.
Wash your hands; you have dirtied them in sin.
 Cleanse your heart, because your mind is split down the middle,
your love for God on one side and selfish pursuits on the other.

Since the beginning, our loving Creator has been pursuing us, drawing us closer to Him.

He invites us to move closer to Him so we can be fully His.

Now is the time to lament, to grieve, and to cry. Dissolve your laughter into sobbing, and exchange your joy for depression.  Lay yourself bare, facedown to the ground, in humility before the Lord; and He will lift your head so you can stand tall.

My brothers and sisters, do not assault each other with criticism. If you decide your job is to accuse and judge another believer, then you are a self-appointed critic and judge of the law; if so, then you are no longer a doer of the law and subject to its rule; you stand over it as a judge.  

Know this—there is One who stands supreme as Judge and Lawgiver. He alone is able to save and to destroy, so who are you to step in and try to judge another?

Listen carefully, those of you who make your plans and say, “We are traveling to this city in the next few days. We’ll stay there for one year while our business explodes and revenue is up.”   The reality is you have no idea where your life will take you tomorrow. You are like a mist that appears one moment and then vanishes another.  It would be best to say, “If it is the Lord’s will and we live long enough, we hope to do this project or pursue that dream.”   But your current speech indicates an arrogance that does not acknowledge the One who controls the universe, and this kind of big talking is the epitome of evil.   So if you know the right way to live and ignore it, it is sin—plain and simple.


This is the Message from God, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your prayer. He says,

If you are ready to stick it out in this land, I will build you up and not drag you down,

I will plant you and not pull you up like a weed. I feel deep compassion on account of the doom I have visited on you.

You don’t have to fear the king of Babylon. Your fears are for nothing.

I’m on your side, ready to save and deliver you from anything he might do. I’ll pour mercy on you.

What’s more, he will show you mercy! He’ll let you come back to your very own land.’  (Jeremiah 42)

Blessed is He who Fears the Lord

Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments. 

His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.  (Psalm 112:1-3)

Because God staked His claim in me and my family on the execution stake in Christ Jesus we are freed in body soul and spirit to be made right with God the Father through the blood of Jesus the Son.  We are no longer beggarly orphans adrift to wander this world but we are true born again sons and daughters of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is the Prince of Peace–not the so-called “peace” of this passing world’s system but the SHALOM, the whole man the whole salvation for ever in Jesus Christ!  We are co-heirs in Christ Jesus!

My love won’t walk away from you,
    My covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.”
    The God who has compassion on you says so.”

For your Maker is your bridegroom,
    His name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,
    known as God of the whole earth.
You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief,
    and God welcomed you back,
 Even if the mountains heave up from their anchors,
        and the hills quiver and shake, I will not desert you.
    You can rely on My enduring love;
        My covenant of peace will stand forever.

So says the Eternal One, Whose love won’t give up on you.

This promise stands to God’s covenant people: nothing can happen to them unless God wills it and makes it so.

Only if they invite it will destruction come.

Throughout this time of rebellion and punishment God makes it clear that they hold their fate in their own hands.

And if they haven’t understood the message, God tells them who will do the nation-building—an unworldly restoration.

He says that He provides the raw materials; He creates the tools and provides the skills with which the builders build.

He alone is responsible for restoring the nation.

And no matter what charges the adversary may concoct, God will not be put off.

Even though Israel rebelled and was unfaithful at one time, that is in the past.

The future is sure: God’s faithfulness to His covenant, His enduring love for His people, will stand for all time.

So the challenge goes out from the prophet to God’s people—speaking on God’s authority—to align themselves with God, accept Him as God, and they will surely win.

Every one of your children, the people who call you home,
        will be students of the Eternal; oh, they’ll be so happy and live in peace!
 This time, you will be founded and grounded
        on right thought, speech, and action.
    And no one will trouble you, abuse or oppress you;
        you will know no fear and have no worries.

(Isaiah 54)   

 Eternal One: Hard to believe, but it shall be so.
        The captives will be taken from the hand of the mighty,
    And the spoil of war will be rescued from the tyrant.
        I will liberate them from their captors and contend with your enemies.
    I will save your children.  (Isaiah 49:25)

Teach Your Children!

But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.

The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you.”

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.

Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the LORD.

The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.

(Image14:5, 102:28; 127:4; 128:4; Proverbs 20:7)

Pray for the SHALOM (peace) of Jerusalem
for Jerusalem above is our home
They will prosper that love her.
Beloved I desire above all things that you prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers.   


 Are you so foolish? Do you think you can perfect something God’s Spirit started with any human effort?  

Have you suffered so greatly for nothing—if it was indeed for nothing? 

You have experienced the Spirit He gave you in powerful ways.

Miracle after miracle has occurred right before your eyes in this community, so tell me: did all this happen because you have kept certain provisions of God’s law, or was it because you heard the gospel and accepted it by faith?

Paul primarily focuses on the efficacy of the death and resurrection of Jesus as the foundation of the church and of a right relationship with God, but he also correlates this with the presence of the Spirit. If the Spirit is working among the outsiders, it shows that they aren’t really “outsiders” when it comes to membership in the people of God. Paul supports this by showing how the presence of the Spirit is none other than the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham. However, the Spirit only came through Abraham’s descendant, that is, the new covenant with God is mediated by Jesus and the Spirit, not the law.

You remember Abraham. Scripture tells us,Abraham believed God and trusted in His promises, so God counted it to his favor as righteousness.” Know this: people who trust in God are the true sons and daughters of Abraham. For it was foretold to us in the Scriptures that God would set the Gentile nations right by faith when He told Abraham, “I will bless all nations through you.” So those who have faith in Him are blessed along with Abraham, our faithful ancestor.

Listen, whoever seeks to be righteous by following certain works of the law actually falls under the law’s curse.

I’m giving it to you straight from Scripture because it is as true now as when it was written:

Cursed is everyone who doesn’t live by and do all that is written in the law.

Now it is absolutely clear that no one is made right with God through the law because the prophet Habakkuk told us,

“By faith the just will obtain life.” The law is not the same thing as life formed by faith.

In fact, you are warned against this when God says, “The one who observes My laws will live by them.

I am trying to tell you that  the Anointed One, the Liberating King, has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. It was stated in the Scriptures, “Everyone who hangs on a tree is cursed by God.”  This is what God had in mind all along: the blessing He gave to Abraham might extend to all nations through the Anointed One, Jesus; and we are the beneficiaries of this promise of the Spirit that comes only through faith.

My dear brothers and sisters, here’s a real-life example I can give you:

With a last will and testament, when all the property is accounted for, the document is signed, witnessed, and notarized; and afterward no one can make changes to it.  In a similar way, God’s promises established a binding agreement with Abraham and his offspring. In the Scriptures, it is carefully stated, “and to your descendant” (meaning one), not “and to your descendants”  (meaning many). Therefore, in these covenant promises, God was not referring to every son and daughter born into Abraham’s family but to the Anointed One to come.   What this all means is that the law given to Israel comes along some 430 years after the promise made to Abraham; so it does not invalidate the covenant God previously agreed to or in any way do away with His promise.  You see, if the law became the sole basis for the inheritance, then it would put God in the position of breaking a covenant because He had promised it to Abraham.

Throughout this argument, one critical question remains: why would God give the law if it would not bring His people into a right standing with Him? Couldn’t God have found a better way of doing this? It isn’t as if the law is a bad thing or a mistake that God needs to correct. It has a good purpose, but a limited one. It never supplants God’s promise to Abraham. Rather, the law keeps sin in check until the time is right for the saving justice that comes through faith in Jesus. The law serves as a tutor or a schoolmaster, revealing our great need for salvation and pointing everyone toward Jesus.

Now you’re asking yourselves, “So why did God give us the law?” God commanded His heavenly messengers to deliver it into the hand of a mediator for this reason: to help us rein in our sins until the Offspring, about whom the promise was made in the first place, would come. A mediator represents more than one, but God is only one. “So,” you ask, “does the law contradict God’s promise?” Absolutely not! Never was there written a law that could lead to resurrection and life; if there had been, then surely we could have experienced saving righteousness through keeping the law. But we haven’t. Scripture has subjected the whole world to sin’s power so that the faithful obedience of Jesus the Anointed might extend God’s promises to everyone who has faith. Before faith came on the scene, the law did its best to keep us in line, restraining us until the faith that was to come was fully revealed. So then, the law was like a tutor, assigned to train us and point us to the Anointed, so that we will be acquitted of all wrong and made right by faith. But now that true faith has come, we have no need for a tutor. It is your faith in the Anointed Jesus that makes all of you children of God because all of you who have been initiated into the Anointed One through the ceremonial washing of baptism  have put Him on.   It makes no difference whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a freeman, a man or a woman, because in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, you are all one. 

Since you belong to Him and are now subject to His power, you are the descendant of Abraham and the heir of God’s glory according to the promise.  (Galatians 3)

Satan’s battle plan against believers is just the opposite of his battle plan for nonbelievers.
With nonbelievers, Satan is on the DEFENSIVE, trying to keep them in his kingdom.
But Satan is attacking believers to attempt to make them ineffective in their battle to get those lost souls out of his dark domain into the kingdom of God’s light.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 4:19, “…Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

As we follow Jesus we are not made ineffective but are made fishers of men for Jesus is the
Way, the Truth and the Life; no man comes to the Father but through Him!

He sent His Word to heal and deliver from destruction.


Thank God! Pray to Him by name!
    Tell everyone you meet what He has done!
Sing Him songs, belt out hymns,
    translate His wonders into music!
Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs,
    you who seek God. Live a happy life!
Keep your eyes open for God, watch for His works;
    be alert for signs of His presence.
Remember the world of wonders He has made,
    His miracles, and the verdicts He’s rendered—
        O seed of Abraham, His servant,
        O child of Jacob, His chosen.

He’s God, our God,
    in charge of the whole earth.
And He remembers, remembers His Covenant—
    for a thousand generations He’s been as good as His word.
It’s the Covenant He made with Abraham,
    the same oath He swore to Isaac,
The very statute He established with Jacob,
    the eternal Covenant with Israel,
Namely, “I give you the land.
    Canaan is your hill-country inheritance.
When they didn’t count for much,
    a mere handful, and strangers at that,
Wandering from country to country,
    drifting from pillar to post,
He permitted no one to abuse them.
    He told kings to keep their hands off:
Don’t you dare lay a hand on my anointed,
    don’t hurt a hair on the heads of my prophets.”
(Psalm 105)

It’s just a flesh wound
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring;

He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.  (Genesis 3:15)


Christ fulfills through his victory over Satan the wonderful promise here spoken.
See also Isaiah 9:6; Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31; Rom. 16:20; Gal. 4:4; Rev. 12:17.

The story of humanity’s sin begins with a tree and ends on a tree:

first, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; and finally, the cross on which Jesus dies.

The first tree offers fruit that leads to death, but the second offers a death that leads to eternal life.   

In God’s plan to restore a fallen and disfigured world, Abraham became the father of all of us, the agent of blessing to everyone. Jesus completes what God started centuries before when He established Abraham’s covenant family.

Those who put faith in Jesus and call Him “Lord” become part of Abraham’s faith family.

Because God is gracious, loving, and merciful, men and women from every corner of the earth are not only declared right, but ultimately are made right as well. It happens through God’s actions—not our efforts—in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus who was crucified for our misdeeds and raised to repair what has been wrong all along. So the promises of God made long years ago are being realized in men and women who hear the call of faith and answer “yes” to it.

Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King. Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory. And that’s not all. We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate God’s goodness. And hope will never fail to satisfy our deepest need because the Holy Spirit that was given to us has flooded our hearts with God’s love.


When the time was right, the Anointed One died for all of us who were far from God, powerless, and weak.  

Now it is rare to find someone willing to die for an upright person, although it’s possible that someone may give up his life for one who is truly good.   But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—the Anointed One died for us.   As a result, the blood of Jesus has made us right with God now, and certainly we will be rescued by Him from God’s wrath in the future.   If we were in the heat of combat with God when His Son reconciled us by laying down His life, then how much more will we be saved by Jesus’ resurrection life? 

  In fact, we stand now reconciled and at peace with God. That’s why we celebrate in God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed.

 Consider this: sin entered our world through one man, Adam; and through sin, death followed in hot pursuit.

Death spread rapidly to infect all people on the earth as they engaged in sin.

God’s gift of grace and salvation is amazing. Paul struggles to find the words to describe it. He looks everywhere around him to find a metaphor, an image, a word to put into language one aspect of this awesome gift. One of those is “reconciliation.” There is hardly anything more beautiful than to see two people who have been enemies or estranged or separated coming back together. When Paul reflects on what God has done through Jesus, he thinks about reconciliation. Before we receive God’s blessing through His Son, we are enemies of God, sinners of the worst sort. But God makes the first move to restore us to a right relationship with Him.

Before God gave the law, sin existed, but there was no way to account for it. Outside the law, how could anyone be charged and found guilty of sin?   Still, death plagued all humanity from Adam to Moses, even those whose sin was of a different sort than Adam’s. You see, in God’s plan, Adam was a prototype of the One who comes to usher in a new day.    But the free gift of grace bears no resemblance to Adam’s crime that brings a death sentence to all of humanity; in fact, it is quite the opposite. For if the one man’s sin brings death to so many, how much more does the gift of God’s radical grace extend to humanity since Jesus the Anointed offered His generous gift. His free gift is nothing like the scourge of the first man’s sin. The judgment that fell because of one false step brought condemnation, but the free gift following countless offenses results in a favorable verdict—not guilty. If one man’s sin brought a reign of death—that’s Adam’s legacy—how much more will those who receive grace in abundance and the free gift of redeeming justice reign in life by means of one other man—Jesus the Anointed.

So here is the result: as one man’s sin brought about condemnation and punishment for all people, so one man’s act of faithfulness makes all of us right with God and brings us to new life. Just as through one man’s defiant disobedience every one of us were made sinners, so through the willing obedience of the one man many of us will be made right.

When the law came into the picture, sin grew and grew; but wherever sin grew and spread, God’s grace was there in fuller, greater measure. No matter how much sin crept in, there was always more grace. In the same way that sin reigned in the sphere of death, now grace reigns through God’s restorative justice, eclipsing death and leading to eternal life through the Anointed One, Jesus our Lord, the Liberating King.  (Romans 5)



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)

Unity in the Body
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Therefore it says,
(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? (Ephesians 4)

Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, because when you live in the Anointed One, Jesus, a new law takes effect. The law of the Spirit of life breathes into you and liberates you from the law of sin and death. God did something the law could never do. You see, human flesh took its toll on God’s law. In and of itself, the law is not weak; but the flesh weakens it. So to condemn the sin that was ruling in the flesh, God sent His own Son, bearing the likeness of sinful flesh, as a sin offering. Now we are able to live up to the justice demanded by the law. But that ability has not come from living by our fallen human nature; it has come because we walk according to the movement of the Spirit in our lives.

If you live your life animated by the flesh—namely, your fallen, corrupt nature—then your mind is focused on the matters of the flesh. But if you live your life animated by the Spirit—namely, God’s indwelling presence—then your focus is on the work of the Spirit. A mind focused on the flesh is doomed to death, but a mind focused on the Spirit will find full life and complete peace. You see, a mind focused on the flesh is declaring war against God; it defies the authority of God’s law and is incapable of following His path. So it is clear that God takes no pleasure in those who live oriented to the flesh.

The power of sin and death has been eclipsed by the power of the Spirit. The Spirit breathes life into our mortal, sin-infested bodies—thanks to what Jesus has done for us. By sending His Son in “the likeness of sinful flesh,” God judges sin finally and completely. The sins of the world are concentrated and condemned in the flesh of Jesus as He hangs on the cross. So now there is no condemnation remaining for those who’ve entered into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
But you do not live in the flesh. You live in the Spirit, assuming, of course, that the Spirit of God lives inside of you. The truth is that anyone who does not have the Spirit of the Anointed living within does not belong to God. If the Anointed One lives within you, even though the body is as good as dead because of the effects of sin, the Spirit is infusing you with life now that you are right with God. If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you.

As Paul ponders the story of redemption, he finds in the family unit a beautiful image of what salvation means. Those who enter into God’s salvation are adopted into God’s family. Before we receive the gift of God’s grace, we are homeless orphans searching for some place to belong. But now all that has changed. The Father reaches out through His Son to all those orphaned by sin and death, and He brings them into His family. We are adopted into His forever family and fully enfranchised as His heirs.

So, my brothers and sisters, you owe the flesh nothing!
You do not need to live according to its ways, so abandon its oppressive regime. For if your life is just about satisfying the impulses of your sinful nature, then prepare to die. But if you have invited the Spirit to destroy these selfish desires, you will experience life. If the Spirit of God is leading you, then take comfort in knowing you are His children. You see, you have not received a spirit that returns you to slavery, so you have nothing to fear. The Spirit you have received adopts you and welcomes you into God’s own family. That’s why we call out to Him, “Abba! Father!” as we would address a loving daddy. Through that prayer, God’s Spirit confirms in our spirits that we are His children. If we are God’s children, that means we are His heirs along with the Anointed, set to inherit everything that is His. If we share His sufferings, we know that we will ultimately share in His glory.

Now I’m sure of this:
the sufferings we endure now are not even worth comparing to the glory that is coming and will be revealed in us. For all of creation is waiting, yearning for the time when the children of God will be revealed. You see, all of creation has collapsed into emptiness, not by its own choosing, but by God’s. Still He placed within it a deep and abiding hope that creation would one day be liberated from its slavery to corruption and experience the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that all creation groans in unison with birthing pains up until now. And there is more; it’s not just creation—all of us are groaning together too. Though we have already tasted the firstfruits of the Spirit, we are longing for the total redemption of our bodies that comes when our adoption as children of God is complete— for we have been saved in this hope and for this future. But hope does not involve what we already have or see. For who goes around hoping for what he already has? But if we wait expectantly for things we have never seen, then we hope with true perseverance and eager anticipation.

A similar thing happens when we pray. We are weak and do not know how to pray, so the Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words. Don’t you know that He who pursues and explores the human heart intimately knows the Spirit’s mind because He pleads to God for His saints to align their lives with the will of God? We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. From the distant past, His eternal love reached into the future. You see, He knew those who would be His one day, and He chose them beforehand to be conformed to the image of His Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of a new family of believers, all brothers and sisters. As for those He chose beforehand, He called them to a different destiny so that they would experience what it means to be made right with God and share in His glory.

So what should we say about all of this? If God is on our side, then tell me: whom should we fear? If He did not spare His own Son, but handed Him over on our account, then don’t you think that He will graciously give us all things with Him? Can anyone be so bold as to level a charge against God’s chosen? Especially since God’s “not guilty” verdict is already declared. Who has the authority to condemn? Jesus the Anointed who died, but more importantly, conquered death when He was raised to sit at the right hand of God where He pleads on our behalf. So who can separate us? What can come between us and the love of God’s Anointed? Can troubles, hardships, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger, or even death? The answer is, absolutely nothing. As the psalm says,

On Your behalf, our lives are endangered constantly;
we are like sheep awaiting slaughter.

But no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us
For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.


Your BREAKthrough is LIFEthrough the Spirit

It’s All About His Love–

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.

The one who fears is not made perfect in love (1 John 4:18)

Praise the Lord for His mercy endures forever; Praise the Lord for His love never fails!

The Eternal One’s reach is not so short that He cannot save you.
His ear is not so deaf that He cannot hear you.  (Isaiah 59:1)

And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.
Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil,
for God was with Him.  (Acts 10:38)
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
(John 3:34; 1 John 2:20)
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
(1 Peter 4:8)  
His banner over me is love.   
May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests. 
(SoS 2:4;Psalm 20:5)

I Break Hard Rocks With PATIENCE

But you prophets who have a message from Me—
    tell it truly and faithfully.
What does straw have in common with wheat?
    Nothing else is like God’s Decree.
Isn’t my Message like fire?” God’s Decree.
    “Isn’t it like a sledgehammer busting a rock?

(Jeremiah 23:28-29)

“For I am ready to set things right, not in the distant future, but right now!  I am ready to save Jerusalem and show My glory to Israel.”  (Isaiah 46:13)

Today is the Day of Salvation!

Today if you hear My voice, harden not your heart!

    Wisdom—or the Way to Hell

 A wise son listens when his father tells him the right way, but one who laughs at the truth does not listen when strong words are spoken to him.   Fighting comes only from pride, but wisdom is with those who listen when told what they should do.   (Proverbs 13:1; 10)

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
(Proverbs 28:26)   
Turn from your foolish way, and live. Walk in the way of understanding. (Proverbs 9:6)

            For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.   (Titus 3:3)
                The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!   (Psalm 111:10)

I am the Lord All-Powerful. So don’t depend on your own power or strength, but on My Spirit.”
(Zechariah 4:6)

Eternal One: The Redeemer will come to make Zion right again,
        to rescue those of Jacob’s holy line who turn their backs on wrongdoing.

This is what the Eternal One declares.

Eternal One:   This is My covenant promise to them:  My Spirit, which rests on and moves in you, and My words, which I have placed within you, will continue to be spoken among you and move you to action. And not only you, but so it will be for your children and their children too. And so on through the generations for all time.  (Isaiah 59:20-21)
A Good Name More Desirable than Riches           

The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace. (Proverbs 3:35)

Good Comes to the Person Who Honors the Lord

Praise the Lord! How happy is the man who honors the Lord with fear and finds joy in His Law!

His children will be powerful in the land. Each family who is right will be happy.
Riches and well-being are in his house. And his right-standing with God will last forever.
Light rises even in darkness for the one who is right. He is kind and has loving-pity and does what is right.

Good will come to the man who is ready to give much, and fair in what he does.  

He will never be shaken. The man who is right and good will be remembered forever.
He will not be afraid of bad news. His heart is strong because he trusts in the Lord.
His heart will not be shaken.
He will not be afraid and will watch those lose who fight against him.
He has given much to the poor.
His right-standing with God lasts forever. His horn will be lifted high in honor.

The sinful man will see it and be troubled and angry. He will grind his teeth and waste away. The desire of the sinful will come to nothing.  (Psalm 112)

The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of the LORD will fall into it. Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him. He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.  (Proverbs 22:14-16)   
Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.
(Proverbs 15:21)

   What the wicked construct finally falls into ruin,
    While the roots of the righteous give life, and more life.  (Proverbs 12:12)

One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.
(Proverbs 14:16)        Image

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.  (2 Timothy 3:16)

If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it
    how shortsighted to refuse correction!  (Proverbs 12:1)

Point your kids in the right direction—
    when they’re old they won’t be lost.

The Lord disciplines everyone He loves.
    He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as His child.  (Hebrews 12:6)
God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out.

While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them.
But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best.
At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain.
Later, of course, it pays off handsomely,
for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.

So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet!
Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall,

So no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!

Work at getting along with each other and with God.
Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God.
Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity.
Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent.
A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time.
Watch out for the Esau syndrome:
 trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite.
You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—
but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.  (Hebrews 12:10-17)

A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.
(Proverbs 29:15) Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death. (Proverbs 19:18)

Teach a child how to follow the right way;
    even when he is old, he will stay on course.   

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)

Because You are with me, I fear no harm.
        Your rod and your staff give me courage.  (Psalm 23:4)

MAY anyone who fears the Eternal be shown the path he should choose.       


His soul will NOT only live in goodness, but his children will inherit the land.

 God also says:

When the time’s ripe, I answer you. When victory’s due, I help you.
I form you and use you to reconnect the people with Me,
To put the land in order, to resettle families on the ruined properties.
I tell prisoners, ‘Come on out. You’re free!’ and those huddled in fear,
‘It’s all right. It’s safe now.’
There’ll be foodstands along all the roads, picnics on all the hills—
Nobody hungry, nobody thirsty, shade from the sun, shelter from the wind,
For the Compassionate One guides them, takes them to the best springs.
I’ll make all my mountains into roads, turn them into a superhighway.
Look: These coming from far countries, and those, out of the north,
These streaming in from the west,  and those from all the way down the Nile!

 I will liberate them from their captors and contend with your enemies.
    I will save your children.
 I will turn your enemies’ violence back on themselves,
        and they will suffer their own atrocities:
    They will feed on their own flesh and drink their own blood like wine.
        Then every person on earth will know for certain that I, the Eternal, am your Savior.
    I am your hero, the strong One of Jacob from whom you come.
        I will rescue you, whatever the price.

Look up, look around, look well!  See them all gathering, coming to you?
As sure as I am the living God”—God’s Decree—
    “you’re going to put them on like so much jewelry,
    you’re going to use them to dress up like a bride.

You’ll know then that I am God.  No one who hopes in Me ever regrets it
(from Isaiah 49)
The Picture-Story of the Foolish Son Who Spent All His Money

And Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons.  

The younger son said to his father, ‘Father, let me have the part of the family riches that will be coming to me.’

Then the father divided all that he owned between his two sons.   Soon after that the younger son took all that had been given to him and went to another country far away. There he spent all he had on wild and foolish living.   When all his money was spent, he was hungry. There was no food in the land.   He went to work for a man in this far away country. His work was to feed pigs.  He was so hungry he was ready to eat the outside part of the ears of the corn the pigs ate because no one gave him anything.

 “He began to think about what he had done. He said to himself, ‘My father pays many men who work for him. They have all the food they want and more than enough. I am about dead because I am so hungry.  I will get up and go to my father. I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am not good enough to be called your son. But may I be as one of the workmen you pay to work?”’

 “The son got up and went to his father. While he was yet a long way off, his father saw him. The father was full of loving-pity for him. He ran and threw his arms around him and kissed him.  

The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am not good enough to be called your son.’

But the father said to the workmen he owned, ‘Hurry! Get the best coat and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet.  Bring the calf that is fat and kill it. Let us eat and be glad.  For my son was dead and now he is alive again. He was lost and now he is found. Let us eat and have a good time.’

 “The older son was out in the field. As he was coming near the house, he heard music and dancing. 

He called one of the servants and asked what was happening.

The servant answered, ‘Your brother has come back and your father has killed the fat calf. Your brother is in the house and is well.’ The older brother was angry and would not go into the house. His father went outside and asked him to come in. 

The older son said to his father, ‘All these many years I have served you. I have always obeyed what you said. But you never gave me a young goat so I could have a supper and a good time with my friends.   But as soon as this son of yours came back, you killed the fat calf. And yet he wasted your money with bad women.’

 “The father said to him, ‘My son, you are with me all the time. All that I have is yours.  It is right and good that we should have a good time and be glad. Your brother was dead and now he is alive again. He was lost and now he is found.’” (Luke 15:11-32)

ONLY those who stand in awe of the Eternal will have intimacy with Him,
    and He will reveal His covenant to them.
PERPETUALLY my focus takes me to the Eternal because He will set me free from the traps laid for me.
(Psalm 25:12-15)       

May the Eternal’s answer find you, come to rescue you,
When you desperately cling to the end of your rope.
May the name of the True God of Jacob be your shelter.
May He extend hope and help to you from His holy sanctuary
    and support you from His sacred city of Zion.
(Psalm 20:1-2)

The Solution Is Life on God’s Terms

Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life.

Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God!

Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God.
Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what He is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.  (Romans 8:5-8)

Open your eyes, you will see God at work in your life.
Open your ears, you will hear God’s voice.

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs.

But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs.

These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance.

That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother.

We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along.

If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter.

He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.

He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
(Romans 8:22-28)

Lord I pray that I may have a listening ear so that I shall hear You.
Lord I pray that I will have a waiting heart so that You may come to me and show me new avenues of love through the power of Your Holy Spirit who leads and guides me into all truth every step of the way in life Amen.

Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.  (Psalm 143:8)
Psalm 25
A song of David.

ALWAYS I will lift up my soul to You, Eternal One,
BECAUSE You are my God and I put my trust in You.
    Do not let me be humiliated.
    Do not let my enemies celebrate at my expense.
CERTAINLY none of the people who rely on You will be shamed,
    but those who are unfaithful, who intentionally deceive,
    they are the ones who will be disgraced.
DEMONSTRATE Your ways, O Eternal One.
    Teach me to understand so I can follow.
 EASE me down the path of Your truth.
    FEED me Your word
    because You are the True God who has saved me.
    I wait all day long, hoping, trusting in You.

GRACIOUS Eternal One, remember Your compassion; rekindle Your concern and love,
    which have always been part of Your actions toward those who are Yours.
 Do not HOLD against me the sins I committed when I was young;
    instead, deal with me according to Your mercy and love.
    Then Your goodness may be demonstrated in all the world, Eternal One.

IMMENSELY good and honorable is the Eternal;
    that’s why He teaches sinners the way.
 With JUSTICE, He directs the humble in all that is right,
    and He shows them His way.
 KIND and true are all the ways of the Eternal
    to the people who keep His covenant and His words.

 O LORD, the Eternal, bring glory to Your name,
    and forgive my sins because they are beyond number.
MAY anyone who fears the Eternal
    be shown the path he should choose.

His soul will NOT only live in goodness,
    but his children will inherit the land.
ONLY those who stand in awe of the Eternal will have intimacy with Him,
    and He will reveal His covenant to them.
 PERPETUALLY my focus takes me to the Eternal
    because He will set me free from the traps laid for me.

QUIETLY turn Your eyes to me and be compassionate toward me
    because I am lonely and persecuted.
RAPIDLY my heart beats as troubles build on the horizon.
    Come relieve me from these threats.
SEE my troubles and my misery,
    and forgive all my sins.
TAKE notice of my enemies.
    See how there are so many of them
    who hate me and would seek my violent destruction.
Watch over my soul,
    and let me face shame and defeat
UNASHAMED because You are my refuge.
May honor and strong character keep me safe.
    VIGILANTLY I wait for You, hoping, trusting.

Save Israel from all its troubles,
    O True God.
(Psalm 25)

In Matthew 25:14-28

Jesus provides a picture of the coming reality of the kingdom of heaven.

As they approach the time of His sacrifice, Jesus makes sure the disciples know that soon it will be too late; the door of opportunity will close, and for many the door will remain shut.

He gives them another image of the same reality to bring the picture into focus.

Once they were bridesmaids waiting for their bridegroom; now they are slaves waiting for their Master.

This time they are given responsibilities that will be rewarded.

The blessings of the Kingdom bring risks along with the benefits.

Jesus:  This is how it will be. It will be like a landowner who is going on a trip. He instructed his slaves about caring for his property.  He gave five talents to one slave, two to the next, and then one talent to the last slave—each according to his ability. Then the man left.

Promptly the man who had been given five talents went out and bartered and sold and turned his five talents into ten. 

And the one who had received two talents went to the market and turned his two into four.

And the slave who had received just one talent? He dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money there.

Eventually the master came back from his travels, found his slaves, and settled up with them.  The slave who had been given five talents came forward and told his master how he’d turned five into ten; then he handed the whole lot over to his master.

Master:   Excellent. You’ve proved yourself not only clever but loyal. You’ve executed a rather small task masterfully, so now I am going to put you in charge of something larger. But before you go back to work, come join my great feast and celebration.

Then the slave who had been given two talents came forward and told his master how he’d turned two into four, and he handed all four talents to his master.

Master:   Excellent. You’ve proved yourself not only clever but loyal. You’ve executed a rather small task masterfully, so now I am going to put you in charge of something larger. But before you go back to work, come join my great feast and celebration.

Finally the man who had been given one talent came forward.

Servant: Master, I know you are a hard man, difficult in every way. You can make a healthy sum when others would fail. You profit when other people are doing the work. You grow rich on the backs of others.   So I was afraid, dug a hole, and hid the talent in the ground. Here it is. You can have it.

The master was furious.

Master: You are a pathetic excuse for a servant! You have disproved my trust in you and squandered my generosity. You know I always make a profit!   You could have at least put this talent in the bank; then I could have earned a little interest on it!   Take that one talent away, and give it to the servant who doubled my money from five to ten.
(Matthew 25:14-28)

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?

If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger?

The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way!

Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.  (Romans 8:31-39)
Lord Jesus, today I seek to work with You in our Father’s business. 

Holy Spirit fill me to overflowing as I seek to give and not withhold the blessing You pour forth.
May I be a faithful steward of the sacred gifts You have entrusted so that others may come to see and know You are the Way, the Truth and the Life; that no man comes to the Father but through You.  Amen.

We want you all to continue working until the end so that you’ll realize the certainty that comes with hope  and not grow lazy. 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 6:11-12)



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