The Kingdoms’ Abundance

Part 3 of Kings & Kingdoms, Life in the Kingdom, Continued

DSCF4721“Let the wicked forsake his way,

and the unrighteous man his thoughts:

and let him return unto the LORD,

and he will have mercy upon him;

and to our God,

for he will abundantly pardon.”

 Isaiah 55:7

Do you remember the day the heavenly Father drew you to Himself through the Holy Spirit’s work in your heart.? Maybe, like my daughter, you remember the first time you heard His voice but did not respond positively.

Tears flowed with sobs as the song began to play. My attempts to console her and quiet the sobbing served no purpose. As discreetly as possible I carried my four-year-old daughter into the pastor’s study and shut the door. I sensed the Lord speaking to her tender heart. She didn’t understand nor did I how to explain what was happening. By the time the church service ended her crying stopped and we left by the side door.

Fast forward two years later, we stood side by side as my husband, the pastor, extended a simple invitation to receive Jesus as Savior. No response by anyone, or so I thought.

The amen sounded as my daughter tugged on my sleeve. “Whatcha need, Sis?”

Her wide blue/green eyes showed no unusual emotion as she spoke. “Mama, I asked Jesus to come into my heart and forgive my sins.”

I tried to keep in check the joy bubbling in my heart. “Well, do you believe He did forgive you and now lives in your heart?”

“Well, yes.” She hesitated. “But this wasn’t the first time Jesus spoke to me. I said, no, the first time.”

If you have never received  Jesus’ forgiveness of sin , the question above remains a mystery to you. You are still bound by the guilt, punishment, and power of sin over your life. But your life doesn’t have to stay in captivity. Recognizing your sinful state is the first step.

A parable, a Pharisee and a woman reveal the need and response in both kingdoms.

Luke 7:36-50 relates the whole account. Simon is the Pharisee, the woman a known sinner who desired to show the Lord her love.

Simon, saw only a sinner touching a supposed prophet which caused him to doubt the veracity of Jesus’ identity. For surely He knew what she was if indeed He was a prophet.

“And Jesus answering, said unto him,

Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee…

In God’s Kingdom

“There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:

  • The one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
  • And when they had nothing to pay he frankly forgave them both.

Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?”

In the world’s kingdom

“Simon answered and said,

  • I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.
  • And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.”

This is the way the world looks at forgiveness. The more owed the more we love. We forget that both were unable to pay the debt. Jesus turns Simon’s eyes toward the woman, revealing his own sinful state.

“Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house,

  • thou gavest me no water for my feet…
  • Thou gavest me no kiss…
  • My head with oil thou didst not anoint…
  • but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little…

In God’s Kingdom

  • …but she hath washed my feet with tears,
  • and wiped them with the hairs of her head…
  • But this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet…
  • but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Wherefore I say unto thee,

Her sins, which are many, are forgiven:

for she loved much…

Thy sins are forgiven…

Thy faith hath saved thee: go in peace.”

These scriptures once bothered me for lack of understanding. I wanted to love Jesus like that woman. I didn’t understand at that time my sins put me in as much debt as the woman’s sins. For it was a debt I could not pay. When I understood this, my love for Jesus began to grow and continues today. I needed His forgiveness as much as this woman. It cost Jesus the same to forgive me as it did to forgive her. I needed much forgiveness.

Don’t confuse her actions as her means of forgiveness. They were her outpouring of a heart washed clean from its sin. Jesus made it clear her faith saved her.

Jesus revealed Simon’s lack of devotion showed he didn’t understand forgiveness, nor does the world today.

Jesus “abundantly pardons”.

“…But where sin abounded,

grace did much more abound.”

Romans 5:20.

“And the grace of our Lord was

exceeding abundant with faith and love

which is in Christ Jesus.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation,

that Christ Jesus came into the world

to save sinners of whom I am chief.

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy,

that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering,

for a pattern to them

which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God,

be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 Timothy 14-17.

God’s Kingdom

Final words:

  • We forgive much for we have been forgiven much.
  • We forgive for the Father commands it so.
  • We forgive to live in full fellowship and joy with the Father.

The apostle John writes the following in his first epistle, the first chapter. He writes to believers not yet perfected and needing the dust of the world washed from their feet, not for salvation, but for joy in fellowship with the Lord.

“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,

  • we have fellowship one with another,
  • and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
  • If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

What does Jesus have to say to your heart about forgiveness?

“What Child is This?”

“But he [Jesus] held his peace, and answered nothing.

Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him,

Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

The chief priests and all the council waited for His answer. Would He answer? He had answered  their questions with great wisdom when they had tried to trap Him. But now, now what would He say? If they had believed the scriptures they proclaimed, they could have answered their own query. For they knew the writings of Moses and the Prophets.

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“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,

and between thy seed and her seed;

it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Gen. 3:15.

They would have believed Jesus Christ is that seed of the woman.

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son,

made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law,

that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Gal. 3:4.

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isa. 7:14

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:

When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost…blogchristmas-1010749__340

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: 

for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled

which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

BEHOLD, A VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL,

which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matt. 1: 18,21-23.

They could have heard and remembered the testimony of Simeon, who

“…came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2: 27-32.

Or that of Anna who,

“…gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” Luke 2:38.

Pharisees and Sadducees were likely present when,

“…Jesus…was baptized, went up straightway out of the water,

and lo, the heavens were opened unto him,

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and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

And lo a voice from heaven, saying,

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matt.3:16, 17.

When John the Baptist, imprisoned, sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he was the one to come, were the religious leaders among the multitude when Jesus replied,

“…Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

The blind receive their sight,

and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear,

the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Matt. 11: 4-6.

They could have been. But if the words were not for their ears they have come down through the ages for any who will hear the truth even as Peter declared,

“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Matt. 16: 16.

The quiet is broken. Jesus answers the high priest’s question, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed.

“And Jesus said, I am…

Echoing in their minds resound the words written by Moses,

“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:

and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,

I AM hath sent me unto you.” Ex. 3:14.

 And the words of Jesus in the gospel of John and spoken where all who would hear could hear.

blog tombb796a201f64ff34f04fe09f604ff0ae4--easter-crafts-crafts-for-kids“I am the bread of life…

I am the light of the world…

I am the door…

I am the good shepherd…

I am the resurrection, and the life…

I am the way, the truth, and the life…

I am the true vine.”

“And Jesus said, I am:

and ye shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING ON THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, AND COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” Mark 14: 62.

He is the One the angels announced saying,

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11.

And again the two men in white,

“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11.

Hear John as he explains why he writes his gospel.

“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples,

which are not written in this book:

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;

and that believing ye might have life through his name.” John 20:30,31.

Hear Jesus’ final testimony and plea,

“I am Alpha and Omega,

the beginning and the end, the first and the last…

I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:13,16-17.

What child is this? He is Emmanuel, God with us. He is the Christ, the Son of God bringing hope and life to all who will hear Him. He is our coming King.

Take a moment as you think on the baby lying in a manger and answer for yourself: What child is this?

 

 

 

Young, Old, or Somewhere In-Between? Part 1

 IMG_0574“I write unto you little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake…ye have known the Father.” I John 2:12,13c. “I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning… ye have known him that is from the beginning” 1John 2:13a,14a. “I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one…ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” 1John 2:13b,14b.

Our heavenly Father has something to say to each of us no matter our physical or spiritual age. This is what we will look at today and in the next two posts. Will you have ears to hear?

IMG_0621Mike, our Day Camp chaplain, began the first day challenging the children to offer the strength of their youth in a life devoted to the Lord, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth,” from Ecclesiastes 12:1. Unknown to us the challenge was accepted by an eleven-year-old girl who invited Jesus into her heart. We found this out later in the week during our baptism class when she confessed her new found faith.

Jesus invites children to come hear Him, learn of Him, love Him, seek Him,  receive forgiveness for sin, repent, be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost empowering them to walk with Him.

IMG_0559 “I write unto you little children… Come ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord…Ps. 34;11; I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me…Prov. 8:17; Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they  that keep my ways…Prov. 8:32; Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” Isa. 28:9,10;

“…because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake… Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:38,39.

“…ye have known the Father…But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name…John 1:12; And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father…Gal. 4:6; The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God…Rom. 8:16.

Children need the Lord. When did you first hear of your need for Jesus and the love of God that provided for that need? Or maybe, you don’t know you have need of God’s gift of forgiveness through believing Jesus is God’s own Son who died to take your punishment for sin. He then rose from the dead to guarantee those who do believe will also rise from the dead to life everlasting. If you have not turned to Jesus for salvation from your sin, won’t you do that today?  Come as one of those little children  and know the joy of being born into God’s family.

 

Where to Turn?

 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;

and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Prov. 3:5

Ai’s defeat was as complete as Jericho’s. Joshua built and altar unto the LORD. He read “all the words of the law…”

blog ten comthL1JRHTI7“There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.” Josh. 8:35.

Have you ever experienced a spiritual high?  Israel surely knew that feeling now. The Lord proved Himself faithful and the land He promised was there for the taking. The inhabitants of the land feared them and their God. The whole account is found in Joshua 9.

“And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, they did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors…We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us…because of the name of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt…”

I wonder, did they not also hear about Rahab? Did they not know the Israelites’ God desired mercy?  It seems they only believed death was imminent and they preferred slavery to death.

“And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye?” When I read this I want to cry out, “Joshua, are you not hearing…

“…a word behind thee saying, This is the way, walk ye it it… It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” (Isa. 30:21a;Ps. 118:8,9).

“And the men took of their victuals(provisions) and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD. And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.” The words of Moses the Israelites witnessed earlier commanded, “And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them…” Deut. 7:2. They knew the word but…

“…asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD…And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you…Matt. 24:4; Let no man deceive you with vain words…Eph. 5:6a. Joshua and the princes were deceived. It happened to them and it can happen to us, but doesn’t have to.

“Trust the LORD with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding…Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil… Be not wise in your own conceits… When thou saidest, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”(Prov. 3:5,7;Rom. 12:16b;Ps. 27:8).

“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths…Prov. 3:6; Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you…he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 16:13-14; 14:26b).DSCF4721

May David’s prayer be our own: “Teach me thy way, O, Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies…wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Ps. 27:11,14.

When have you recognized the leading of the Lord in your life? Where did it come from?

Are You Forfeiting Your Greatest Blessing?

Are you blessed with ears that hear? Any who will, can hear these words and be blessed. In fact many who have their hearing refuse to hear, forfeiting their greatest blessing.

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Our word of blessing this week comes from Luke 11:28:

“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”

“…Blessed are they that hear…So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God… Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures… For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world: and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it and knew the grace of God in truth… (Rom. 10:17; James 1:18;Col. 1:5,6).

…the word of God…In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God… While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him… Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified both Lord and Christ…Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said…Men and brethren what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (John 1:1; Matt. 17:5; taken from Acts 2:36-41).

Did you notice in the above scriptures where your ears for hearing are located?  Check it out.

…and keep it…Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go, O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea…. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth, therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed… Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.”( Isa. 58:17,18; James. 1:25; Matt. 7:25).

The greatest blessing is yet to come for those who hear and keep the word of God:

“Blessed are they that do the commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev. 22:14.

I will leave you with a few words of an old song: “Have you heard the joyful sound, Jesus saves, Jesus saves?”

And a prayer: Father, thank you for the living Word that not only spoke your word but lived it out that we might know you. Give us each ears to hear, minds to understand, and hearts to receive your word. For in it is the power that saves.

How has the word of God changed your life?

 

Hearing God Through Friends

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Eph. 5:17.blogreligious-2598299__340

I don’t share much about myself on this blog, for one reason. When the Lord put it in my heart to write here, He meant it to be His blog, pointing others always to Him. It’s my first fruit offering to Him. I believe He may be leading me to start another blog that will first, honor Him but also include personal lessons He has taught me through our journey together,  lessons of life and lessons in writing as a ministry to reach others.  I appreciate your prayers for me in this direction.

With that said, my blog today will be short. For I believe God wants to speak to me through you who have chosen to follow and visit me each day. Life the last few weeks has kept me from visiting your blogs regularly and hearing how God is working in your lives. I am thankful for each one who takes the time to read and/or comment on the scriptures I share each day. I pray for you often. Today, I believe, He wants to speak to me through the word He gives you, whether you are a visitor, a follower or blogger.

I look forward to our time together and to any comments you might want to leave about how God is working His wisdom in you. Thank you and, Lord willing, tomorrow we will resume the topic of wisdom either in the fear of the Lord or in the marriage of wisdom and understanding.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

Donna, or as most of you know me: believe4147.

Have You Heard & Do You Know

“…for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.” John 4:42.

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Have you heard?  “…hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” 1John 2:3-5.

Have you heard? “…it is the last time; and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”1John 2:18.

Have you heard? “…ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I  have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and no lie is of the truth.” 1John 2:20,21.

Have you heard? “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” 1John 2:29.

Have you heard? “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1John 3:2.

Have you heard? “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” 1John 3:4-6.

Have you heard? “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”1John 3:14,15.

Have you heard?  “Hereby perceive we the love of God because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren…And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him…Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”( 1John 3:16; 4:16; 5:1-3).

Have you heard? “…he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us…Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (1John 3:24; 4:13,14).

Have you heard? “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God…We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”1John 4:1,2,6.

Have you heard? “…this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1John 5:11-13.

Have you heard? “…this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1John 5:14,15.

Have you heard? “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1John 5:18-20.

Have you heard? A blessing waits for you if you take the time to list all the Father has made available for you to know. You can be filled with the knowledge of Christ and what you see here is from only one of the sixty-six books of the bible. Think of what you will hear and know studying the other sixty-five books.

What have you heard? What do you know?

The Prophet’s Message

“For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A PROPHET SHALL THE LORD YOUR GOD RAISE UP UNTO YOU OF YOUR BRETHREN, LIKE UNTO ME; HIM SHALL YE HEAR IN ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER HE SHALL SAY UNTO YOU…” Acts 3:22/Deut. 18:19.blogprophet-312156__340

A prophet proclaims God’s word to the people. Jesus said of Himself:

“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”John 12:49-50.

Not only did Jesus speak the word of God to the people, He is the living Word of God proclaiming the Father.

“In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:1,12.

If indeed Jesus is that Prophet spoken of by Moses our responsibility lies in hearing, “all things whatsoever He shall say unto you.” In Matthew 24 Jesus reveals to His disciples things concerning the sign of His coming and the end of the world. He expounds on the message in Revelation and admonishes those who have ears to hear “…what the Spirit saith unto the churches…” He speaks of events occurring in centuries past and are happening in our world today, but says that’s not the end but the beginning of sorrow. After this He states, “…then shall the end come….But of that day and hour knoweth no man…”

Speaking of those in the days of Noah and the coming flood, Jesus says, “…they…knew not until the flood came, and took them all away…” At that time a great separation occurred. The righteous, those who believed the word of God, were saved. Those who did not know the truth until it was upon them perished in the flood.

The Prophet warns, “Watch…Therefore by ye also ready: for in an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Then He concludes with an illustration of the final separation of the faithful and unfaithful.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” Doing? Doing what?

“…give them meat…” “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding…As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby…man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live…Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart…” (Jer. 3:15; 1Peter 2:2; Deut. 8:3b; Jer. 15:16).

“…Blessed is that servant…” “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever…Therefore…be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (Dan. 12:3; 1Cor. 15:58).

What message does the Prophet have for the unfaithful?

“But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, my lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come …in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matt. 24:48-51.

“…that evil servant shall say…my lord delayeth his coming…the lord…shall come…in an hour that he is not aware of…” “…take heed…lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life…so that day come upon you unawares…For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child and they shall not escape.” (Lu. 21:34; 1Thess. 5:3).

The Prophet delivered the message of God. He was and is the message of God. Will you hear Him? He will return to finish the word of God, fulfilling every word spoken. When is the time of the end? I don’t know. But I do know if He delays His second coming for all, He will come for each of us at our appointed time. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Heb. 9:27.

Praying all who read will hear and heed the message of the Prophet, so as to be ready when He comes.

 

 

 

 

What Did They Hear?

“…the shepherds said…Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which…the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” Lu. 2:15b,16.blogchristmas-1010749__340

This is what the shepherds saw, but what did they hear when they looked into the face of God?

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…” Heb. 1:1,2.

Did they hear the seraphim crying out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”(Isa. 6:3).

Did they hear the Psalmist singing of God’s faithfulness? “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations…I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah…Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.”(Ps. 89:1,3,4,27).

Did they hear Isaiah proclaiming who this babe wrapped in swaddling clothes was and what he would do? “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to the opening of the prison to them that are bound: To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn…give…beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”(Isa. 61:1-3).

Did they hear the Lord speak to Moses at the end of forty years of wandering, saying, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him…whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”(Deut. 18:18,19).

Did they hear Abraham reassure his son? “…My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering…And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” (Gen. 22:8,14).

Did they hear Isaiah foretelling the death of the baby the shepherds gazed at? “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth…for the transgression of my people was he stricken.” (Isa. 53:7,8b).

Did they hear David singing of His victory over death? “…my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell: neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Ps. 16:9,10).

Did they hear Daniel reveal the king’s dream of a future day? “…in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever…the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” (Dan. 2:44,45).

Look on the face of the infant lying in a manger and you will see, “…his Son…Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Heb. 1:2a, 3).

“God…hath…spoken unto us by his Son…”  Do you hear the Spirit, the bride, those who have heard? They call out, “…Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely…He(Jesus) which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.” (Rev. 22:17,20).

Heavenly Father, May all who read and hear this, heed the words and know your blessing. Amen and even so come quickly.

He Is Able

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Are there days when you don’t think you can go another step?  Paul’s prayer today is for you…and me, too, and the church of which we are a part.

Paul prayed for the Colossians to be, “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;” (1:11). Take heart. Not only can we go on we can do it with joy.

“Strengthened with all might… “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” “…My strength is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.”(Isa. 41:10; Dan. 11:32b; 2Cor. 12:9b; Heb. 11:32-34).

“…according to His glorious power…” “Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.” “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.” “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”(IChron. 29:12; Ps. 62:11; Dan. 3:17; Eph. 3:16).

“…unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness…” “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”(Ps. 40:1; James 1:4). “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” “Persecutions, afflictions…I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.” (Rom. 8:18; 2Tim. 3:11). “…let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ”Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (Heb. 12:1c,2; 1Pet. 4:12,13).

Praying for each other in the body of Christ, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Eph. 3:20, 21.

Happy Thanksgiving! I won’t be posting tomorrow but will be enjoying with thanksgiving my family.