Lift up your heads...

Mar. 30, 2020

Luke 21:25-28

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh

Mar. 30, 2020

...your redemption draweth nigh

In light of the worldwide pandemic, we need to remind ourselves of the hope we have in Christ. This is not a time to be in doubt, discouragement or despair. Even as Job said while on his bed of affliction "I know my redeemer liveth and He shall be the last one to stand". King David when all he had was plundered by the enemy "David encouraged himself in the Lord" In the words of the songwriter "Do not despair whatever betide God will take care of you" More than ever this is the time to return to our Christian roots and hold on the the anchor of our faith. The word says " Christ in us is the hope of glory" Although it sounds cliche we need to let go and let God do His work in us and through us. As it says in proverbs "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" God is our Heavenly Father and He will most certainly take care of His own children. "I'm not sure I'm His child" you say. In that case all you need to do is repent of your disobedience and cry out to the Lord to save and protect you. The book of acts says "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved". Call out to him from the depths of your heart and He will certainly hear your cry. You may not hear instantly a choir of angels singing, however there is new life birth in your spirit. Lean on the everlasting arms. I'm no expert on Bible prophecy however it looks like the book of revelation is unfolding before our very eyes. Psalm 121 "I lift my eyes to the hills where does my help come from. My help comes from the Lord the maker of heaven and earth" In the words of Charles Spurgeon, a hero of our Christian faith " He who created the stars and called them by name is in no danger of forgetting His own children" Rest assured that His banner over you is love. In closing, in the words of the apostle Paul "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our Faith" and He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it in you" Be sheltered in the arms of God. Amen

Spiritual Worship...

Jan. 25, 2020

Romans 12:1 (AMP)

Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship

Jan. 25, 2020

John 4:24 (TPT)

From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”

Jan. 25, 2020

...and reasonable service

"Worship is not the songs we sing in Church for half an hour on Sunday, it is the life we live throughout the week" Anonymous. Although it is important to lift our voices and praise God together in songs when we gather together on Sundays, true worship is infinitely more important and is a quintessential part of living a victorious Christian life. As stated in Romans 12:1 we need to surrender to God what we do with our body. A person living a sexually promiscuous lifestyle is not truly worshiping God no matter how beautifully they sing. Our songs and our behavior should match. James 3:10-12 " 10 Blessing and cursing come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, it just shouldn’t be this way!11 Both fresh water and salt water don’t come from the same spring, do they? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree produce olives? Can a grapevine produce figs? Of course not, and fresh water doesn’t flow from a saltwater spring either." Another thing we need to watch for is what we say when we are not singing praises to God above. Do we say one thing when we are praising God and the opposite when we are conversing with our friends? This ought not to be. King David said Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer. We have to be careful what we think in our mind, say with our mouth, and do with our body. All three have to line up. Although sometimes our thoughts wander like a runaway train into the enemy's territory, what we spend time thinking about should line up with God's word. 2: Corinthians 10:5 "and every ·proud thing [pretension; exalted opinion; L high thing] that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We capture every thought and make it obey Christ" We need to capture every thought and make it obey Christ. As for our words we need to ensure we speak out what we would want to happen and not what we fear would happen. As we sing praises to God think upon the words of the songs and make a a sincere cry from the depths of your soul to the only wise God. John 6:37 "Everyone whom the Father gives to me will come to me, and I won’t send away anyone who comes to me" Jesus never turns away a repentant soul. Regardless of what we have done or are doing, it is never too late to turn back and cry out to Jesus to deliver us out of the clutches of satan into the hands of a loving Savior. As the old hymn says: Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me and that Thou biddest me come to Thee, O Lamb of God I come I come. Just as I am and waiting not, to rid myself of one dark blot and that thou cleanse me within and without , O Lamb of God I come I come. God longs for the cries of a penitent soul, even though entrenched in sin, for deliverance. Even though Peter cried out when he was drowning the Lord picked him up. We may seem to have gone too far, as the prodigal son, however the shepherd of our soul seeks us out and places us within the Father's house. Song of Solomon 2:4 "He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love" In closing: Psalm 100:2 "Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." Amen

Messiah by Rembrandt 1648

Jesus Loves me...

Jan. 5, 2020

Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee

Jan. 5, 2020

1 John 4:8 (AMP)

...for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.]

Jan. 5, 2020

...this I know

As we start a new decade, let us rest assured in knowing Jesus does indeed love us with an everlasting love as stated in His word. Jeremiah 33:11 ...‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!’. God's love for us does not run out. He loves us no matter what. however, this does not mean we are to test the limits of His love by venturing into the devil's territory. When we deliberately do what is forbidden in His word, we will find ourselves entrapped in the quagmire of deceit and sin and the enemy may entrap us in his web of lies and deception. Let this be the year the prodigal children return to the everlasting Father's house to feast upon His table of goodness and mercy. Psalm 23:5 (CEV) You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. Come and feast at the Father's table this decade. As Jesus was crucified and gave up the ghost,(as it says in the KJV), the veil in the temple was torn and the Holy of Holies was now accessible to one and all. Prior to that, the Holy of holies was accessible only to the designated high priest who had to pour the blood on the mercy seat, on the ark of the covenant, prior to entering in. After Jesus' crucifixion, the blood of Jesus was applied to the mercy seat. Because of that we all have access to the mercy seat where God chooses to communicate with us. Please review the previous posting about the Mercy Seat where I wrote about God choosing to commune with us at the Mercy seat. Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever. (AMP): Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness (graciousness, mercy, compassion) endures forever. God's graciousness, mercy and compassion last for all eternity as we see in the above Psalm. Also: Isaiah 55:1-3 All of you who are thirsty, come to the water!
Whoever has no money, come, buy food and eat!
Without money, at no cost, buy wine and milk!
Why spend money for what isn’t food,
and your earnings for what doesn’t satisfy?
Listen carefully to me and eat what is good;
enjoy the richest of feasts.
Listen and come to me;
listen, and you will live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful loyalty to David.
Come and feast at the table of the Lord. Drink from His fountain of Living water and never thirst again. The Lord will satisfy your hunger with good things. The Lord is extending His invitation to all. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]". The enemy, satan, would like us to be overburdened with the cares of this world, so that we lose focus on the world to come. We are not to fall for this trick of the enemy. Colossians 3:2 says: Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. In closing, rest assured in knowing that Jesus Loves You. He is preparing a table for you. Feast at His table of mercy and grace by returning every one, to the Father's house. Drink of His living water and quench your thirst once and for all. Lay your heavy burdens down and take His yoke upon you. Never forget that God is Love and He loves you very much. Amen

Cleansed

Dec. 13, 2019

Acts 10:15 (CEV)

The voice spoke a second time, “Never consider unclean what God has made pure.”

Dec. 13, 2019

Hebrews 9:22 (MEV)

And according to the law almost everything must be cleansed with blood; without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Dec. 13, 2019

Hebrews 10:17

Then he adds, “I will no longer hold their sins and their disobedience against them.

Dec. 13, 2019

Forgiven

Sometimes the enemy of our souls bombards us with thoughts of unworthiness. We may begin to feel unclean and unworthy of God's love. Although this is partly true, that we are indeed unworthy of God's mercy and grace which was extended to us, yet God in pouring out His mercy and grace has indeed cleansed and made us whole. The blood that Jesus shed on the cross had the power to cleanse our sins and make us clean (forgiven). As Hebrews 10:17 says God will no longer hold our sins and disobedience against us. This does not mean however, that we use our freedom in Christ as a license to sin, or disobey God. It does mean however that in the event that we stumble and do disobey God, we are not to worry, as God has already made a provision for our restoration to right standing with Him. 1 John 1:9 "God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong" We who were once far from the covenant of promise are now brought near to God because of what the blood of Jesus accomplished on the cross. All we need to do is accept what God has offered to us on a silver platter, the forgiveness of sins and adoption into His family as His dearly beloved children. As a song goes, There is one way, and it is God's way, there is one truth, it's in His word, there is one life His name is Jesus, one way one truth one life it's in the Lord. John 14:6 " Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me" This Christmas, accept the gift of forgiveness offered to all through the shed blood of Christ and enter into the family of God. Become part of His sheepfold John 10:27 "The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me." Amen

Mary Mary...

Nov. 24, 2019

Exodus 34:14,17

For thou shalt worship no other god; for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God,
“Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.

Nov. 24, 2019

Matthew 22:37

Yeshua answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Nov. 24, 2019

...quite contrary!

Growing up in a Catholic school I saw Mary to be elevated to the position of a "goddess" People praying to Mary (hail Mary) singing praise to Mary (ave Maria) and worshiping her as if she was on par with Christ. Although Catholic tradition focuses on the worship of Mary, we see in the verses outlined above God does not condone the worship of other gods. As it says in Exodus 34:14 We are to worship no other gods except Jesus. Matthew 15:3 Jesus answered, “And why do you refuse to obey God’s command so that you can follow those traditions you have?" Although traditions in many cases can be harmless, such as turkey for Christmas or ham, when it comes to worship we are to follow God's instruction to the letter. We do not have the liberty to decide who we worship and how we do so. John 4:24 "God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." (TPT) From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.” also when we pray we are to pray to the Father God in the name of Jesus. We do not have the liberty to pray to whomever we want to. Although Mary was highly favored of God and God chose her to bear His son, she is not to be worshiped as an equal to God. Our prayers need to be directed to the Father and not to the mother of Jesus. As we see in the verses from Exodus above God is a jealous God and does not condone the worship of idols. Since He is the creator of heaven and earth He gets to set the rules and we are to obey them. There is a reason why God forbids the worship of other gods. The other false gods are nothing but demons in disguise. We are forbidden to worship demons, not only because God is a jealous God, also because demons are looking to destroy us. Just as a parent warns a child not to drink poisonous substances as it could potentially kill them, God as our Father warns us His children not to worship idols and other gods because it could destroy us completely. God's word is the ultimate authority and He has the final say in our worship, our prayers and in our lives. I closing in the words of Jesus Matthew 22:37 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and all your mind. The Lord is number one in our lives and there should be no number 2. Ensure that Jesus is enthroned in your heart and mind and soul. Amen