The War Of Faith

Speaking about heroes today and in my next 2 scheduled post. I ran across this blog. To me, their heroes of the faith. Won’t you keep them in your prayers.

Unshakable Hope

It is becoming apparent for everyone to see just how fragile the hopes of this world are. It only took a microscopic organism to expose that the hopes of this world don’t deserve our trust.

Mary and I learned this lesson twenty-three years ago when diagnosed with ALS. My health was taken from me, and I lost my career. We sold our home and the family van. Every aspect of our lives, every worldly hope we had, was shaken and crumbled because the motor neuron cells in my brain were dying off.

Hopefully, not to the same extent, but many of you are feeling what we went through so many years ago. Can you see what’s happening?

(God is removing and exposing) “…things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a…

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What Makes a Hero?

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“Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer.

Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:13-16.

What makes a hero?

The CBS News tagline states, “People who make a difference.” CNN writes, “Ordinary people doing extraordinary things to change the world.” Websters Dictionary, explains heroes as those admired or idealized for brave acts, outstanding achievements or fine qualities.

In the face of the pandemic, many heroes according to these definitions are rising to the top. First thoughts turn to the doctors, nurses, researchers, and E. M. T’s who face this each day risking their own health and life. Let’s not forget the caregivers in the nursing homes. If we look close enough, we see the definitions fit our neighbors.

  • To all of these and those not listed, may we join our voices in prayer and thanksgiving for their service.

We’ve looked at the world’s definition of hero, but what about God’s definition? Is it the same? Was Esther a hero? What makes a hero in God’s eyes?

  • Please, share your thoughts: Who is the hero in your life-besides of course Jesus Christ? None compare to Him.

Thank you, for stopping by and may your weekend be blessed with the goodness of the greatest Hero of all time. Praise God, stay safe and bless others.

The Obvious & Not So Obvious

What does God need?

christmas-934181__340The obvious answer echoes through Job’s encounter with God, Asaph’s Psalm, and Paul’s message to the Athenians. He needs nothing for He is “I Am” the self-sufficient One. Job’s conversation with God (found in the last 5 chapters of Job) reveals the might, power, and wisdom of almighty God.

Asaph tells us God provides for Himself, if He needs provision.

“Hear, O my people, and I will speak;

O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burn offerings, to have been continually before me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.

For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beast of the field are mine.

If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Psalm 50: 7-15.

Paul declares the who behind the Athenians unknown God.

“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands:

Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing,

seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” Acts 17: 24-25.

What could the Lord God possibly need He could not supply? When Christ ascended, the glory of the Father ascended with Him until the coming of the Holy Ghost. A physical witness to the glory of God no longer walked among the darkness of the world radiating the light of His glory. By His design, His choice, God needed a witness. As the last order of business before His ascension, Jesus instructed His followers.

“But ye shall receive power,

after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,

and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,

and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8.

Soon the Holy Ghost descended upon the followers gathered, Peter preached a sermon in the power of the Spirit, and the church was born.

God chose the church to be the revelation of His glory through the witnessing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul explained this to the church at Ephesus.

“How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery…Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,

that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ:

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

To the intent that now

unto the principalities and powers

in heavenly places might be known

by the church

the manifold wisdom of God.”

Eph. 3:8-10.

The church, the body of Jesus Christ, now walking the earth bears His image to a lost world.

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,

according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,

and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

And hath put all things under his feet

and gave him to be the head over all things

to the church, which is his body,

the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Eph. 1: 19-23.

  • Creation cries out a witness of its Creator. Mankind rejected it and chose to worship the creation, but a few believed.
  • Jesus Christ, God the Son, came revealing the glory of the Father. The people rejected His testimony and nailed Him to a cross. But some believed.
  • The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ birthed the church to bear witness of His gospel and fill His kingdom. After all what would a kingdom be without people? Many believe. But more perish but not without a physical witness in the church.

In fulfilling His own need, God completed the need of all who will receive the witness of the gospel. He filled us with the knowledge of His love and supplied us with purpose.

And to know the love of Christ,

which passeth knowledge,

that ye might be filled

with all the fulness of God.” Eph. 3:19.

“A new commandment I give unto you,

That ye love one another:

As I have loved you,

that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,

if ye have love one to another.”

John 13:34,35.

“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

My little children, let us not love in word,

neither in tongue;

but in deed and in truth.”

1John 3:17-18.

Jesus told His first disciples, “ye shall be witnesses”. Whose image will our witness bear?

“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee,

but to fear the LORD thy God,

to walk in all his ways,

and to love him,

and to serve the LORD thy God

with all thy heart and with all thy soul…”

Deut. 10:12.

“For you are bought with a price:

therefore glorify God

in your body and

in your spirit,

which are God’s.”

1Cor. 6:20.

How will we fill God’s need?

  • Fear the Lord God – the meaning applied here refers to the feeling of awe and reverence expressed outwardly by…
  • Walking in all His ways
  • Loving Him
  • Serving Him with all the heart and soul
  • Glorifying God in body and spirit because we are His, bought with the blood of Christ to fulfill that purpose.

“Ye are the light of the world.

A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let you light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works,

and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matt. 5:14-16.

Speak Words of Life

All we hear from the world is death and destruction.

  • “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…

If we listen long enough to words of death, they take root in our hearts and breed despair.

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But,

  • “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 

Let’s  speak words of life, Jesus’ words of life.

  • “I am come that they might, have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  John 10: 10.
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
  • “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10: 28,29.

I encourage you to take a moment to listen to the song, “Wonderful Words of Life.” You’ll find it on YouTube. May we each walk in the abundant life God has called us to. If you would like to talk or know how you can know this Lord, please, contact me through email or leave a comment. May our lives be filled with life and hope from the Lord.

Loving God

bloglove-699480_960_720“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” Deut. 10:12,13

“Jesus said unto him,

THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD

WITH ALL THY HEART,

AND WITH ALL THY SOUL,

AND WITH ALL THY MIND.”

Matt. 22:37

“Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.” Deut. 10: 14-15.

“We love him, because he first loved us.”

1John 4: 19

“But God commendeth his love toward us,

in that while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us.”

Rom. 5:8

Your Response:

When, where, or how did you know of Christ’s love for you?

How does the world know God’s children love Him?

What Does God Need? What Do You Need?

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“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,

and meted out heaven with the span,

and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,

and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD,

or being his counsellor hath taught him?

With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him,

and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge,

and shewed to him the way of understanding?

Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,

nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.

All nations before him are as nothing:

and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

To whom then will ye liken God?

Or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

Have Faith in God.
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“To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high,

and behold who hath created these things,

that bringeth out their host by number:

he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might,

for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”

Isa. 40:12-18, 25-26.

Thank you for taking time to read these scriptures. Would you read them one more time? Then go before our Father God and ask Him the two questions: What do you need, Father? What do I need?

May we all be blessed of the Father throughout this weekend as we continue to give Him praise and thanksgiving for meeting our every need.

Only One Nail Will Do

blog temple“And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.” Ezra 9:8

Cyrus, king of Persia, in 539 B. C.“sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom,” encouraging captive Israelites  to return to Jerusalem and build their God a house. After 70 years of Babylonian captivity, a remnant returned. We cannot say for sure, but Ezra could have been among them. His father’s name, Seraiah, appears with Zerubbabel and the other leaders (Ezra 2:2). Ezra is not mentioned by name until 58-60 years after the completion of the temple.

The unfaithfulness of the escaped remnant caused shame and humiliation to overwhelm Ezra’s soul. He prayed but could not even lift his face to the Lord. He confessed their guilt, then remembered God’s mercy. Verse 8 is his praise for the grace of God to bring them back to Jerusalem and “give us a nail in his holy place.”

What was this nail?

Beverly, a fellow blogger at becomingtheoilandwine.com, suggested the gifts God gives His saints for building the body of Christ are the nails. I found it interesting and hope she develops the idea into a post.

My daughter (whom you can visit at heathergreer.com) and I traded thoughts on the matter. She got quiet. Her eyes widened. She smiled. “It’s a mug rack, Mom. We hang mugs on pegs.”

I couldn’t keep the, I couldn’t believe you said that, look hidden. My one-sided grin didn’t help matters but was better than the laugh I held in. But as we looked deeper, I had to eat crow. No, it wasn’t exactly a mug rack. Lamps, cups, and jugs were hung on pegs or nails. But this nail symbolized much more. We found Ezra wasn’t the only one to mention a nail representing something deeper.

Isaiah introduces us to Eliakim who would become the nail to replace Shebna (You can read the whole story in Isaiah 22.

“And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open and none shall shut: and he shall shut, and none shall open…

John the revelator records the following speaking of Jesus.

“I am he that liveth, and was dead: and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen: and have the keys of hell and of death.” Rev. 1: 18; “And to the angel of the church of Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, HE THAT HATH THE KEY OF DAVID, HE THAT OPENETH, AND NO MAN SHUTTETH; AND SHUTTETH, AND NO MAN OPENETH.” Rev. 3:7

Isaiah continues.

And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place: and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.

Ezra 9:8 adds.

“…and to give us a nail in his holy place…”

“To him who overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” Rev. 3:21.

And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.” Isa. 22:21-15.

the glory of his father’s house

“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: 14

“For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

That all men should honour the Son

even as they honour the Father.

He that honoureth not the Son

honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

John 5:20-23.

the offspring and the issue, all vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure,

having this seal,

The Lord knoweth them that are his.

And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ

depart from iniquity.

But in a great house

there are not only vessels of gold and of silver,

but also of wood and of earth;

and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

If a man therefore purge himself from these,

he shall be a vessel unto honour,

sanctified,

and meet for the master’s use,

and prepared unto every good work.”

2 Tim. 2: 19-21.

“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the godhead bodily.

And ye are complete in him

which is the head of all principality and power;”

Col. 2:9-10

My Conclusion.

We have a nail in a sure place. Our nail is Jesus Christ and our sure place is His temple.

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Him that overcometh

will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,

and he shall go no more out:

and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Rev. 3:10-13.

Our God’s power has not diminished.

He created and keeps the heaven’s and the earth by the power of His word.

By His power we are kept in His hands.

By His power He will right all that is wrong.

By the power of His word He will come. He will not tarry.

Is the hope of your vessel hung in the sure place of Jesus Christ, Son of God, crucified, risen and coming again?

If not, your hope will fail you. If so, rejoice.