Plotting Against America

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Continue to pray for our Nation.
May God have Mercy on His people
And may the wicked quickly turn from their ways.

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I had a dream 07/04/2014 where I was walking along, not noticing anything out of the ordinary, when my attention was drawn to an area where I was that did not look any different from my surroundings. However as I went towards where I was being drawn, I saw a slit as in a curtain. Had my attention not been drawn towards this, “slit” in material, I would have never seen nor noticed it, it was that well camouflaged. I stuck my head in the slit and saw a big table and there were men dressed in black, some without turbans, but most with. There was an individual in the middle who had a large scroll and when he unfolded it on the table, I could see that it was a map of the United States. I then could see various colored push pins being placed on various locations on…

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July 4th Declaration of Independence – the government derives their powers from the consent of the governed – and those governed have the right to abolish any government that is destructibe

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
  • He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  • He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
  • He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
  • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
  • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
  • He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  • For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
  • He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren

We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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A MESSAGE TO THE NATIONS – the Lord says “YOU NO LONGER KNOW ME”  Jeremiah 1-9 Do you Know my King?

Truth has perished; it has disappeared from their mouth. Jeremiah 7:28b
The people no longer know the requirements of the Lord. Jeremiah 8:7b
They reject the word of the Lord and the scribes lying pen produces falsehood Jer 7:8-9
“YOU LIVE IN A WORLD OF DECEPTION AND REFUSE TO KNOW ME” Jer 9:6

               God told Jeremiah he would be a prophet to the nations. The message was directed at the nation of Judah, but as I read the words, my heart trembles. It’s as if the words are going out today to all the Nations. We have become like Judah, we are all show. “In God we trust” is on our currency. Our children pledge daily that we are “One nation under God” but we refuse to let His name be spoken in our schools. We punish our people for praying publicly to the Lord. We refuse to listen to His words. We have allowed this terrible sin to spread like a disease throughout our country. Prayer is forbidden – who did this? One nation under God we proclaim – like Judah, our face is before Him, but we have turned our backs on Him.

Judah watched her northern sister Samaria, Israel fall to sin and then ultimately destruction. The land was ravaged and the people were taken into captivity. Both Judah and Israel began as a nation under God. They had rulers who had hearts for the Lord. They prospered in everything they did, they were powerful and the nations feared them. Their rulers had supernatural wisdom and protection. The people of the land served the Lord God and honored His sanctuary. (Just like America!) As the years passed, the people became lazy, fat, living in over abundance and luxury. Their hearts had drifted far from God. To make their ways more acceptable, they made up their own ways and contradicted God’s word to fit their new ways and new lifestyles. They still followed the traditions of their ancestors in worship, temple attendance, rituals, etc., but their hearts were far from the Lord. They no longer knew Him. They brought in practices from the nations around them, they told the Lord, “We will go where we want; we will no longer come to You”   and yet in all this, they still proclaimed “ We are innocent, surely the Lord will turn His anger from us for we have not sinned but God told them that their ways were always changing.. They had no heart for the orphan, the oppressed, the hurting, the helpless. In all their luxury and blessings, they had forgotten the Lord. They no longer knew Him. 

They are fat and sleek,
    and there is no limit to their wicked deeds.
They refuse to provide justice to orphans
    and deny the rights of the poor.
 Should I not punish them for this?” says the Lord.
    “Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?
 A horrible and shocking thing
    has happened in this land—
 the prophets give false prophecies,
    and the priests rule with an iron hand.
Worse yet, my people like it that way!
    But what will you do when the end comes? Jer 5:28

    The Lord said “ My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good…. They have contradicted the Lord and said “ It won’t happen, harm won’t come to us; we won’t see sword or faminebut beware!!!! The prophets words are only wind, the Lord’s word is not in them. Hear this; They have eyes, but they don’t see, they have ears but they don’t hear.

 

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A dream:      A year of two ago I had a dream. There was a horrible, wicked and conniving attorney. He was dressed in a dark suit , he had files of paperwork and years of knowledge behind him. I could see Him going back and forth telling another attorney something. He was always behind the people whispering in their ear. He never spoke for them, but he was the behind the scenes man who did all the legwork on the case. He would whisper his findings secretly in their ears, he brought all his arguments to their thoughts. He knew every trick, the way around every argument and knew how to manipulate the words  so they would win the case. It was almost as if he would listen in to the conversation, go do the research, spy on the opposing attorney and report back to his side. He was hard at work behind the scene of this team who was trying to fight for something. He would listen in at the meetings, leave to do research and come back with a hard hitting plan that would undoubtedly win. For each obstacle they faced, this wicked attorney had the ammunition and words to win. He was unstoppable, he knew the plans of the other side and would prepare a case to knock it down before the words were every made known to his side. He was a spirit. No one could see him but me. The attorney and his team thought these ideas were their own, their own intelligence, and their own arguments, but they didn’t realize it was completely orchestrated by this wicked spirit who was giving them all the information and arguments they needed to win the case. The case that I was watching was called Roe vs. Wade, I could hear the attorney’s speaking their names in the meeting. I woke up and felt as if I had been through the entire trial watching this wicked entity scheme and manipulate every word and every argument. This is the enemy our nation is fighting. This is the enemy the world bows down to. Is it in fear? Cowardness? Pride? Or is it that we don’t know our God anymore?
photo from npr. How many babies died today? counter clock

We have made our own ways, we have contradicted God’s laws. Our faces are before Him as we proclaim that we are ‘Christian’ but our backs have turned on our maker. Many of today’s Christians have bowed down to the world and it’s ways. We are lukewarm! Yuck –  we judge, we gossip, we look down on others, we stay in our own little church hierarchy groups, no wonder no one want’s to go to church anymore.  Are we any different than the world – I think worse because we make excuses for our ways under the title of being a christian. I’m not talking to the world – this message is for those who call themselves Christians. We have chosen the World ways instead of God’s ways. We show up at church and our bible meetings just like the people of Judah did over 2000 years ago. We have made our own image of what we think God is and what we think God should and should not accept. Don’t you know that God’s word stands forever? The earth beneath you may disappear, but His words stand forever. He is outside of time, the argument of what year it is, is no different than it was in the past. Sin is sin. That doesn’t change because of the year we are in. Who do we think we are? We are just a speck of time traveler passing through – we think we are so advanced but outside of time – does our year and do our advances really change God’s word?

YOU HAVE NOT LATELY CALLED ME “ MY FATHER” I THOUGHT, SURELY YOU WOULD RETURN TO ME, BUT YOU DIDN’T. YOU DIDN’T RETURN TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART – ONLY IN PRETENSE” but Look!, their ear is uncircumcised so they cannot pay attention. See! They no longer delight in God’s word, they find no pleasure in it. God told them to stop at the crossways and look, ask Him which way to go, but the people shouted “WE WILL NOT LISTEN” , they paid no attention to the Lord’s word. And then YOU COME AND STAND BEFORE ME in My house and say “ We are delivered, so we can continue doing all these detestable acts”, but the Lord says “ I have spoken to you time and time again, but you won’t listen, I have called to you, but you wouldn’t answer

Did you hear that?  Do you hear Him knocking at the door of your heart? I heard Charles Stanley say that we have ignored the Lord’s knocking on our heart for so long, that we no longer hear it. When He wakes you up in the middle of the night – are you too tired for Him? Are you like the bride in the Song of Songs who says – not now, I don’t want to get up out of bed to answer the door – even though I love you? Do you see your bible sitting untouched in the same place and you know God wants you to open it up and read it, but you say – not now, another time? I think there are forces we do not see that fight against our walk with Him. Have you ever walked by a bag of chips , the tv, or the computer and felt that same pull away from it? No – it’s only when we are trying to make time with the Lord – funny how much time we have to be on the internet, facebook, watch tv – but somehow there is never enough time for God – I’m convinced there is some kind of force involved in this. It really doesn’t take much – reach over, pick it up, open it- pray! And read – y ya! That’s it, it’s really not that complicated and it doesn’t take hours out of your day (for some it does) but God just wants you to come back to Him- He loves you so much and I saw Him reaching out to His people – as if each one of you were His only son. So amazing! It cannot be described!

 Secret Key – from Jeremiah 6:10- Delighting in the word of God is the secret to hearing Him, it’s the secret to understanding Him. When the people no longer heard the Lord, they no longer had sound judgement because they did not delight in the Word of God.

   In Corey Russel’s book, Ancient Paths , he says “The crisis of our day is the product of many factors, but the one I want to highlight……is the loss of intimate communion with the Word of God. This fundamental breakdown within the church has now permeated society….Truth has become a matter of individual ideology and preference, subject only to political correctness…… I believe that rediscovering the ancient paths will require us to leave behind our over familiarity with the bible, along with our tendency to discount the words on the page, so that we may truly feel it’s weight again.”

 “THE PRIEST RULE WITH THEIR OWN AUTHORITY, MY PEOPLE LOVE IT LIKE  THIS” This is going on today!!! Do you see it? Do you see it? The churches and the priests make their own rules overriding God’s word. Does anyone see this? We have become like Judah. Each man  has made his own way, we are just like the Israelites  who lived 2500 years ago, we too love it this way.

     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding. Did you ever wonder what that means? We all want understanding, but how can we have the fear of the Lord ? Can  I say, okay, I fear the Lord and boom! I will be given understanding? I have found the key and foundation to the fear of the Lord. It all begins with knowing Him. Knowing Him begins by learning who He is by searching for Him in the scripture, crying out to Him and walking with Him.  This was Judah’s ultimate sin – They no longer knew Him. This is America’s sin today – We no longer know Him.

 Consider the sins of Judah, The Lord called them out on their sins: (do any sound familiar?)

  • Experts in the law NO LONGER KNEW HIM
  • They stopped calling the Lord “My Father”
  • They shouted “We won’t listen”
  • Worshipped the works of their own hands
  • They paid no attention to His word
  • Followed useless idols and they themselves became useless
  • Stopped asking “Where is the Lord?”
  • The priests stop asking “Where is the Lord?”
  • Abandoned the Lord
  • They exchanged God for useless idols
  • Dug cisterns for  themselves that cannot hold water
  • No fear of the Lord
  • Insisted “ I will not serve!”
  • They forgot the Lord 2vs 32, 3:21
  • They were constantly changing their ways
  • Living immoral lives
  • As a woman betrays her lover, so they had betrayed Him
  • They had perverted their ways
  • They refused to accept discipline
  • Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips
  • They refused to return
  • They no longer trembled before Him.
  • The priests rule by their own authority
  • As a well gushes out it’s water, so she pours out her evil
  • They make prophet dishonestly
  • They have treated the people’s brokenness superficially by saying “peace, peace, when there is not peace”
  • They were not ashamed when they sinned, they no longer felt humiliation
  • They refused to ask for God’s guidance
  • They rejected instruction
  • Worshiped and offered sacrifices to the queen of heaven
  • They worshipped idols
  • They defiled God’s house
  • Truth has perished and disappeared from their mouths
  • Lived immorally making excuses for their ways as they walked in and out of the sanctuary with their sacrifices, prostitution, wickedness
  • Their worship was all show, they were fake
  • They lived to deal treacherously and excelled in evil matters, greedy wicked perverted lying sneaky, they didn’t care for the orphan, the widow, no love for others,
  • They did not defend the rights of the needy, oppressed, innocent or helpless.
  • The priests ruled by their own authority and not God’s rule and authority
  • Their ways were now erred because they had forgotten Him
  • They had twisted and contradicted His word Their ways were now erred because they had forgotten Him
  • They were not ashamed
  • Sacrificed their children, their sons and daughters in the fire – something so vile, a thing not commanded, a thought never even entertained by the Lord
  • No one could be trusted
  • Everyone spread slander
  • Friends betray friends
  • No one tells the truth
  • Live in a world of deception and refuse to know Him

 Their Punishment:

(God warned time repeatedly of the punishment that was ahead, He continually called them back. He gave them chance after chance after chance, but there came a day when it was too late. There will be a day for each of us when there will not be a day of second chances. Listen to Him.)
  • Disaster on the land
  • Cities laid waste and in ruins
  • They turned into a degenerate and foreign vine
  • Their sin defiled the land
  • No food, no rain,
  • Destruction, war, death, ruined cities
  • Sword – war
  • Their children, flocks, land, wealth would be consumed by other nations
  • Sickness and wounds
  • You will be driven from His presence
  • Whatever the Lord had given them, will be lost to them
  • Terror
  • The Lord would no longer be with His people
  • Their guilty acts have withheld the Lord’s blessings on them

 What can I do?

  •  KNOW YOUR GOD
  •  STOP AT THE CROSSROADS AND LOOK
  • ASK ABOUT THE ANCIENT PATHS: WHICH WAY SHOULD I GO LORD?
  • LISTEN TO HIM AND FOLLOW HIS LEADING;HERE YOU WILL FIND REST
  • Cut off what is causing you to sin, even if you desire it. The Lord says, “How long will you harbor malicious thoughts in your hearts?” Jer 4:14
  • Acknowledge your guilt in your rebellion against the Lord
  • Seek Him with all your heart
  • Help the widow, the orphan, the oppressed and the helpless – isn’t that what it means to know the Lord
  • Return to Him and He will give you shepherds who are loyal to Him, He will heal your unfaithfulness
  • Remove your idols that stand in the way between you and the Lord
  • Prepare your heart, break up the unplowed ground. Fill  your heart and your mind with God’s word
  • circumcise your hearts, get rid of anything that makes you sin or entices you to trip or His wrath will break out like fire and no one can extinguish it
  • Mourn and repent for your ways
  • Act justly and seek to be faithful and He will forgive you
  • Correct your ways and your deeds
  • Do not trust in deceitful words
  • No longer oppress the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow
  • No longer shed innocent blood
  • No longer bow down and offer sacrifices to the queen of heaven
  • No longer worship your idols
  • Stop trusting deceitful words that cannot help you.

 Are you called to be a gatekeeper?
Do they hear your voice?
I want you to think about this – if the world doesn’t hate you yet, are you really stepping out?  Jesus said blessed are those Who are persecuted for His name sake. Rejoice in the world’s rejection of you,  you will be blessed. The Lord will be with you, these words you can trust. The World hates Him, does it hate you? Have you made your own ways? Your own rules? Your own god? If you are trying to make everyone happy by changing God’s ways to suit the people around you, you have become just like these evil priests in Judah. They didn’t not heal the people, they only covered the wound with false words. Stand up, Be strong and courageous. You weapons are mighty before God to defeat every wicked entity that comes against God’s people. Stop following the crowd and be ready for extreme persecution, for the Lord is about to shake things up, but remember this – in Him and in Him alone is victory – wether life or death, it doesn’t matter – all that matters is that He is glorified. We look forward to that day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amen

Three Secret Keys - may God give you understanding:

  1.  Do you fear Him? – That’s the key to understanding
  2.  Do you know Him? – That’s the key and foundation to the fear of the Lord
  3. Do you delight in His Word? – That’s the key to hearing Him

Hear the Word of the Lord:   

“I will pour out my terrible fury on this place. Its people, animals, trees, and crops will be consumed by the unquenchable fire of my anger.

 “But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.  From the day your ancestors left Egypt until now, I have continued to send my  My servants, the prophets—day in and day out. But my people have not listened to me or even tried to hear. They have been stubborn and sinful—even worse than their ancestors.

 “Tell them all this, but do not expect them to listen. Shout out your warnings, but do not expect them to respond. Say to them, ‘This is the nation whose people will not obey the Lord their God and who refuse to be taught. Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips Shave your head in mourning, and weep alone on the mountains. For the Lord has rejected and forsaken this generation that has provoked his fury.’ Jer 6

You have brought this punishment upon yourself by abandoning the Lord your God. Your own evil will discipline you.Think about it and see how evil and bitter it is to abandon the Lord your God and to have no fear of Me. Even if you wash with lye and use a great amount of soap, the stain of your sin is still in front of Me. Jeremiah 2

If they had known the Father, they would have known the Son.

 Jesus said “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” 
Luke 10:22

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The Beatitudes: Matthew 5 Amen and Amen!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matthew 5

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When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength Isaiah 41,43

This song reminded of a dream, I was standing in the midst of a great ocean with no strength left, but God was there taking me by the hand. I overcame every raging storm before me and deadly waves as if they were nothing. The Lord strengthened me and lifted me up. This dream gave me understanding to the verse in Isaiah, 41:10; “The Lord renews my strength”. May God give you hope and understanding in this amazing promise.

 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

          The word wait in this verse is the Hebrew word Quvah. Quvah means to bind together of strings made on a cord or bound primitive root, to bind together by twisting.  The verse still is correct in using the word wait, but the Lord explained this verse further to me in a dream I am sharing here. It probably didn’t make sense to say those who cord or bind with strings on the Lord shall renew their strength, but I can explain it further. I suddenly understood this verse after the dream I had-  when I read the hebrew meaning that replaced the word wait- quvah- I jumped for joy! I got it! It’s like finding ancient buried treasure. I hope you find joy in this revelation as well :)

        I had a dream…….

         I was standing on the sand before a great ocean. As I looked out onto the waters, I could see stepping-stones on top of all the waters. I knew that I was to walk a straight path on these steps across the waters. Although there were other stepping-stones around me to the right and left, I knew the straight path before me was the best way to go and the way I was supposed to go. Above my right hand was bound cord or rope that was my help. It height went up to the heavens and was always there for me to grab on to for help or strength as I walked through storms and trials.

stepping stones on ocean with my path prepared. Deeper and darker watersI began to walk upon the stones that were on the water.  Upon each stone were words or writing in another language that I did not understand. I knew each stone represented a trial, test, or tribulation, but I did not know the language written upon the stone. (it was written in black and looked Arabic or Hebrew)

the deeper I got, the darker and more rought and choppy the waters became.

As I started out along the shallow waters, my walk was easy. I stepped upon each stone and kept on and on as I walked further out to sea. I knew above me was a cord/rope/ bound string that came from heaven. At the end of this cord/ rope was a round attachment so that I could hold on to it in order to receive my help and strength . It seemed to follow along side of me.This rope/ help was always next to me, always close enough for me to grab on to.

 Sometimes I held on to this help I had available, but other times I just wanted to walk on my own strength. The further I walked out to sea, the more intense and trying the trials and tests became. When I continued to walk on my own strength, I could not move. I stood and struggled and struggled to get further, to get to the next stone, but it was like wrestling a wall. When I reached up and held on to my Help from Heaven, I walked as if there were no trial. I could easily walk in peace through each storm and test as if there were none.
However, many times I wanted to go on my own. I would let go at times and try to walk in my own strength. There I was, in the middle of a dark and stormy ocean. I stood with dark skies above me and raging waves fighting me. I said to God: “Why can’t I just walk on the water without these trials? It would be so much easier if I could just walk on water” with that, I lifted my arm, grabbed on to the help the Lord gave me and kept walking easily again.
The stones were a a light beige, round, smooth with writing on them. The stepping stone covered the waters and the stones got further and further apart as I went further. I had walked very far out into the sea. I could not longer see land and the waters were getting dark and the waves were getting ferocious and terrifying.  The trials and tests that I walked upon became stronger and too big for me. I tried to fight them on my own, but I realized that when I tried to get through these trials on my own, I sat there longer. I couldn’t move further. I would fight and wrestle to get to my next stepping stone, but my strength was no match, and my strength was for nothing. I had to keep reminding myself to reach up and take the help that was there for me. When I would reach up and grab my help from heaven, I was reneewed and strengthened and could easily walk forward over m,y troubles as if it were nothing. I knew I had to keep going- for there was land ahead- even though I was in the middle of the ocean and had a long way to go. There was always hope ahead, there was alway help by my side. I wouldn’t be there forever.     

  I realized that is the way it is here on earth. We wrestle and struggle with our problems, our trials, our tribulations- to no avail. It is worthless to struggle on our own. We are weak without the Lord. Reach out and grab your help from above. It’s right there for you. Put on your weapons of warfare, they are before you. Fall on your knees before Him, He waits for you.

He gives you strength and Power:

  • Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Is 41
  • Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! Ps 27:14
  • When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. Isaiah 43
  • Wait on the Lord, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land… But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him. Ps 37
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4” 13
  • Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
  • Wisdom strengthens the wise More than ten rulers of the city. Eccl 7:9

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 In 2 Samuel 22, David wrote:
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.
 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies. 
When the waves of death surrounded me,
The floods of ungodliness made me afraid
The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. 
In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry entered His ears.
He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters
He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me;
For they were too strong for me
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the Lord was my support. 
He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.
“The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. 
For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not wickedly departed from my God. 
For all His judgments were before me;
And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.

But those who (cling to the Lord) wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 41 30

Qavah to wait, to cling to:  learn how to wait on the Lord. Hebrew word “קוה” (qavah).  The literal meaning of the word is “to bind together like a cord.”making a rope (cord) by twisting or weaving (binding) thin threads together to form the rope.

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A prayer of hope, a prayer of praise, a prayer for direction, a prayer for strength in troubled times

O Lord God of Heaven and Earth,

In danger, I will hide beneath your wings
In fear, I will trust in you
In despair, I give my burdens to you.
In my sins, you purify me
In brokenness, you restore my joy.
In troubles, you rescue me each time.
In hard times, you give me more than enough
I will not be disgraced.
In discouragement, I will hope in You
I will praise You again.
If I stumble, you keep me from falling
You hold me by my hand.
If I have gone astray, you show me the right way
You point in the direction in which I am to go.

   O God, I praise you. You are my King and my God. You knew me before the foundation of the the earth, you know me by name. How beautiful are your laws. Your unfailing love covers me as a shield. You alone are Holy and Righteous. Let all the earth praise your Great name. For in my distress you heard me, You lifted me out of raging waters. You are my refuge and my High tower of safety. I will shout to you with joyful praise. You are my refuge and my strength, my ever-present help in times of trouble.

Lord, my troubles overwhelm me, my enemies surround me and bring trouble. Confuse my enemies O Lord. Confuse and frustrate the plans of the wicked, for wickedness has filled my land, truth and righteousness are no longer found and everything is falling apart. But I will call on my God- The Lord who rescues me- The God who has ruled forever will rescue me. Lord, look upon the threats and those who speak against you and your laws. I will no longer worry about the wicked, I remember that they will soon fade away. Grant your servants with all boldness to speak your Word by stretching out your hand to heal and that signs and wonders may be done through your name of your Holy Servant Jesus.

Lord, may your face shine upon your people. Arise O lord and rescue us. Slap all our enemies in the face for victory comes from you O God, Bless your people. You are my light and my Salvation, why should I be afraid? I will remain confident in You. Teach me how to live O God. Lead me along the right paths. I will wait patiently for the Lord. I will be brave and courageous for you O God. Yes, I will wait patiently for You. You are my Rock and my Safety, my Strength and my Shield. I trust in you with all my heart. You strengthen me and fill me with joy.

Lord, answer my cries in my times of trouble. Strengthen me according to your word. May your name keep me from all harm , send your help from the sanctuary to rescue me and strengthen me from your Holy Mountain. May you grant us our hearts desires and make all our plans succeed. Lord, answer the people’s prayers. Lead me in the right path, O Lord, and make your way plain for me to follow. Bless me, indeed, and enlarge my territory that your hand would be with me and that you would keep me from evil that I may not cause pain to anyone.

Thank you Father for your Holy Spirit, for saving me and dwelling in me. Thank you for your unconditional love, your tender mercies and for faithfully keeping your promises. I know that with you, O God, I can overcome every obstacle, with you, O God, I can do all things through Christ Jesus. I can face each day with joy and victory no matter what comes my way. I stand unshakable because you are with me. No matter what trials may come my way, I stand unshakable because You are My God and in You I trust. I give my burdens to you, O Lord and I know you will take care of me. I trust in you to save me, so why should I be afraid?

Your promises are true and trustworthy, standing forever. You help those who trust in You. You will grant the desires of those hearts who delight in You. You causes those who trust in you to live in safety and prosper.  You give all those who fear your name all their needs.  Who are we that you should consider us? Your grace and love over us is too infinite for us to understand. Thank you for your unfailing love.

If I have gone astray or drifted from your laws, show me the right path. Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a loyal spirit within in me. Do not banish me from your presence. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and make me willing to obey you. For your instructions are my joy, they are perfect and revive my soul. Cleanse me from my hidden faults and keep me from sin and don’t let them control me. I put my hope in you.

I will not fear when troubles come.  I will not fear when earthquakes come or when mountains crumble into the sea. I will wait patiently for You, my God, I will stand still before Your presence, for You, My God will be honored in every nation and throughout the world. The Lord of Heavens armies is here among us, praise His name, and the God of Israel is our Fortress forever. In you O God, I trust,

In the name of Jesus, the Holy Son of God, I pray  Amen
Psalms  3, 4, 5,6,7,19, 20, 27,28,35, 51,56, Acts 4, 1 Cor 3

 

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My Grace is sufficient, His Grace is enough 2 Corinthians 12

“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    What does it mean that God’s grace is enough? I’ve heard people say this repeatedly over their life conditions and sicknesses as if they were given a life sentence for misery. When the Lord spoke this to Paul, He wanted Paul to know that He (The Lord God) was in control over everything. Paul had not been abandoned by the Lord in this trial, but he could rejoice and boast in this weakness, because it is here when Paul was weak,  that God was strong.  Let every part of your life glorify God – the good times and the struggles. When we are weak, God is strong . When we’ve fully given God the reign/ reins to our life and when pride is forced out of our heart, we will finally see that it is God who must be glorified in all things.

BITTER OR BETTER? IT’S UP TO YOU
I believe that life struggles have 1 of  2 outcomes: they can make us  better (stronger, change us, better us and give us an opportunity to help) others or make us bitter (destroy us with bitterness, anger, anxiety and resentment). The choice is yours. You have the power to control your mind and your thoughts. Philippians 4:8 tells us and commands us to fix our thoughts and think of things that are “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”

 When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-4

 The Lord wants you to know that in whatever circumstance you are in:

  • He has your today, your tomorrow and your future in His hands (So stop worrying! Cast fear and worry out of your mind)
  • Today is 100% in His control of today and everyday (Trust in Him)
  • Tomorrow is already taken care of so you don’t need to worry, fret or dread
  • He will pull you out of stormy waters
  • He is your refuge, your high tower and your safety
  • He hears your cries to Him

Charles Spurgeon said that this thorn in the flesh was about destroying pride in Paul. Pride may have wanted to creep into Paul’s heart. That would make sense, not only for Paul but for each one of us. Pride is the sneakiest of all sins, it creeps in unawares without the victim knowing. Perhaps this thorn did keep Paul’s heart in check.  When we consider Paul’s upstanding life (on his own account) his family heritage (Benjamite) and his authority before his conversion, he was a powerful and famous man. His life suddenly changes with a meeting with the Lord Jesus, supernatural events, visions, healings and  visit to heaven – that could send a person today on a pride trip, don’t you think? Maybe or maybe not. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our knowledge, fame, and favor among people (and maybe God) that we no longer have an open door to learn new truths.   When pride slips in the teaching, it can ruin the message. Pride is seen by everyone but the one who has it. It’s invisible but seen, it’s silent but heard.

 Charles Spurgen December 8, 1872 “A thorn in the flesh”  He (Paul) had been taken into the innermost part of the third Heaven—into that secret Paradise where Christ dwells with His perfected saints! He had entered into the nearest communion with God possible to a man while yet in this life. Should he not feel somewhat exalted? Surely exultation must fill that man’s bosom who has been brought within the veil to see his God and to hear the unutterable harmonies! It was natural that he should be exalted and it was not unnatural that he should stand in danger of being exalted above measure! Devout exaltation very rapidly degenerates into self-exaltation. When God lifts us up, there is only one step further—namely our lifting up ourselves—and then we fall into serious mischief, indeed.
I wonder how many among us could bear to receive such revelations as Paul had? O God, You may well, in Your kindness, spare us such perilous favors! We have neither head nor heart to sustain so vast a load of blessing. Our little plant needs not a river to water its root—the gentle dew suffices—the flood might wash it away. How many has God blessed in the ministry for a little while, or, if not in the ministry, in some other form of service? But, alas, how soon have they swollen with conceit and have become too big for the world to hold them! Puffed up with vanity, the honor put upon them has turned their brain and they have gone astray into gross folly, sheer vanity, or defiling sin…….He who thinks he is humble is probably the proudest man in the place. But there are some men in whom self-consciousness is so uppermost and so evidently powerful that you can see it in almost everything they do. It is their struggle, if they are Christians, to keep it down—but it will come up in the form of being very easily annoyed because they are overlooked in some good work—or in being easily irritated because they fancy that somebody is opposing them when that somebody never thought of them.
Beloved, above all things it is dangerous for a Christian to be exalted above measure, for if he is he will rob God of His Glory and this is a high crime! The Lord has said, “I will not give My Glory to another.” To give God’s Glory to graven images is bad, but to usurp it for ourselves is by no means better. I see no difference between the worship of a god of stone and the worship of a god of flesh. Self is as degrading an idol as Juggernaut or Kalee. God will not honor that man who retains honor for himself. The meek He will exalt, the proud He will abase. Self-exaltation is equally evil to the Church with which the man associates and the more prominent he is, the more pestilent is his sin…..Suppose Paul to have been lifted up—he would have been of small use to the Gentile Church afterwards. He would have sought himself and not the things of Christ! And very soon Paul would have become an object of parties and the leader of a sect—the cry of, “I am of Paul,” would have been sweet music to him and he would in all ways have encouraged those who adopted it—and a schism would have been the result. Had he been exalted above measure, he might have become a rival rather than a servant of Jesus. He might have disdained his lowly office and have aspired to lord it over God’s heritage. We might have heard of him as a right reverend father in God rather than as the servant of Jesus Christ and His Church. THORN (Spurgeon cont.) The Apostle says, “There was given to me a thorn.” Note that—”a thorn.” If the English word expresses the exact meaning—and I think it is pretty near it—you need not be at a loss to understand the simile. A thorn is but a little thing and indicates a painful, but not a killing trial—not a huge, crushing, overwhelming affliction, but a common matter— none the less painful, however, because common and insignificant. A thorn is a sharp thing which pricks, pierces, irritates, lacerates, festers and causes endless pain and inconvenience. And yet it is almost a secret thing—not very apparent to anyone but the sufferer. Paul had a secret grief somewhere, I know not where, but near his heart, continually wherever he might be, irritating him—perpetually vexing him and wounding him. A thorn, a commonplace thing such as might grow in any field and fall to any man’s lot. Thorns are plentiful enough and have been since Father Adam scattered the first handful of the seed. A thorn—nothing to make a man unbearable or give him the dignity of unusual sorrow. Some men boast about their great trials and there is something in feeling that you are a man greatly afflicted. But a thorn could not drive even this wretched satisfaction. It was not a sword in the bones, or a galling arrow in the loins, but only a thorn, about which little could be said.
Everyone knows, however, that a thorn is one of the most wretched intruders that can molest our foot or hand. Those pains which are despised because they are seldom fatal, are frequently the source of the most intense anguish— toothache, headache, earache—what greater miseries are known to mortals? And so with a thorn. It sounds like a nothing—”it can be easily removed with a needle”—so those say who feel it not and yet how it will fester! And if it remains in the flesh it will generate inconceivable torture. Such was Paul’s trial—a secret smarting, incessantly irritating, something—we do not know what.It was a thorn “in the flesh”—in the flesh. He was not tempted in the spirit—it was in the flesh. I suppose the evil had an intimate connection with his body. Many as the leaves of autumn have been the guesses of learned men as to what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was. Almost every disease has had its advocates. I was particularly pleased to find that Rosenmuller thought it to be the gout [Brother Spurgeon suffered from severe gout]—but then other critics think it to be weak eyesight, stammering, or a hypochondriac tendency. Richard Baxter, who suffered from a very painful disorder which I need not mention, thought that the Apostle was his fellow sufferer. One Divine is of the opinion that Paul endured the earache and I generally find that each expositor has selected that particular thorn which had pierced his own bosom
 

LK,TM,UL 

You are surrounded by His lovingkindness, tender mercies and unfailing love  When we fully understand the great depth of God’s grace, we know that we are on the Path He has prepared for us. I imagine it like this- a large supernatural cloak of the Lord’s Tender Mercies, Loving Kindness and Unfailing love that covers me. (TM, LK,UL)

1-He surrounds you with unfailing love.The Lord wants us to trust in His UNFAILING LOVE for us. His unfailing love protects us, leads us, covers us, rescues us, pursues us, is better than life, lasts forever, supports us, teaches us, silences our enemies, came through Jesus Christ

  •  Exodus 15:13“With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home
  • Exodus 20:6But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
  • Psalm 13:5But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
  • Psalm 21:7For the king trusts in the Lord. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling
  • Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life
  • Psalm 40:11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me
  • Psalm 63:3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
  • Psalm 94:18 I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
  • Psalm 119:64 O Lord, your unfailing love fills the earth; teach me your decrees
  •  Psalm 143:12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant
  • John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

2- He surrounds you with Tender Mercies. He crowns you with Tender Mercies and He surrounds you with Tender Mercies that always protect you.

  •  Psalm 103:4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
  • Psalm 119:77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight.
  • Psalm 40:11Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
  • Psalm 69:16Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

3- He surrounds you with Lovingkindness. His lovingkindnes preserves you and is always with you.

  •  Psalm 26:3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth
  • Psalm 40:11  Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me
  • Psalm 42:8  Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
  • Psalm 119:159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thylovingkindness
  • Hosea 2:19  And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

The Grace of God

If the Holy Spirit lives in you, you can be assured that you are covered under Grace of God. The Lord wants you to know and understand that:

  • He will get you through today and tomorrow
  • All you need is His grace – that is knowing that His unfailing love, tender mercies, loving kindness covers you
  • Don’t let the enemy fill you with fear, doubt, worry and hopelessness- you have been set free ; ”For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord (in you!) is, there is freedom.2 Cor 3:17

In a previous post on God’s Grace, I found, according to scripture, that grace is like a current or pathway that the Lord God has us on to keep us safe. We are the apple of His eye and He leads us to the life He has planned. He will turn your sorrow to gladness and crown you with everlasting joy. Psa56:8:  “You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”  Though tough times may surround you, lift your head up for your redemption draweth nigh. Don’t let mans words fill you with fear and dread, trust in God. God’s word is always true. (romans 3)   In your weakness, God will show Himself strong. Your sorrows will turn to joy and the troubles of today will soon be gone as He carries you though each day.

David’s prayers during tough times: 

David had many struggles as Paul did. David always found a way to praise God even in the worst of circumstances. In death, in fear, in life, in rejection, in hiding, in despair – David would cry out for help, remember and recite God’s promises while praising the name of the Lord.

David’s prayer during storms and trials   (from Psalm 42-43,142-143)

  1. Remember the Lord: He is your strength. He is your help. He is faithful and righteous
  2. Meditate on all His works and His words
  3. Muse on all the Works of His hands
  4. Praise Him, enter His gates with thanksgiving.
  5. Cry out to Him
  6. Declare His Good works
  7. Pour out your heart to Him
  8. Lift up your hands
  9. Take Shelter in Him

HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD:    

  • Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.  For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, Romans 15:5  Romans 15:4 Matthew 5:4 
  • The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Ps 27:14 Ps 9:9
  • Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all Ps 34:17-19
  • Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: Is 26:3-4 Psalm 147:3 Ps 55:22
  • But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.Isaiah 40:31,
  • Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. James 4:10, 1 Peter 4:12, 5:7, 2 Peter 2:9

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 3:3 Ps 40:1-3

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Song of Songs – A story of a Love that you may understand how wide, how long, how high and how deep His love is for YOU!

 

           There are many schools of thought on the Song of Solomon.  Some say it’s no more than a love story between King Solomon and a Shumannite woman, others say it is a love story between Jesus and the Church, or a story of a woman who rejects the advances of the king and marries who she is vowed to, and some say it has underlying messages retelling the entire story of the bible(https://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/song-of-solomon-tells-the-bible-story-beginning-to-end/ ).  It is interesting to note that the Jewish people read the Song of Solomon each Passover. They are taught that is a love story between the Jews and their God.  That being said, it would make sense that this book is also a book of the love of Jesus for us; His Church. However, some words in the Song of Songs really throw me off and yet other words seem almost symbolic of Christ.
      Some words/phrases symbolic of Christ in Song of Solomonfragrances mentioned: Myrrh and Frankincense, the door (Jesus is the Door –Revelation) “He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love”, leaping upon the mountains, My beloved is mine, and I am his. coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense. 4:7And there is no spot in you 4:15 A fountain of gardens,  A well of living waters 5:4 My beloved put his hand by the latch of the door 5:7 They struck me, they wounded me; altogether lovely, set me as a seal upon your heart, and the mentioning of a fig tree when ripe.

    The Song of Solomon ‘in words alone’ is a love song between a King and his bride, but woven throughout the words of this song is a message of love for you.  This Song of Solomon is actually a love letter to you from the Lord.  You see, His love for you is so immeasurable, so indescribable, so wide and so deep that we cannot understand how much He loves us.  He knew that we could understand this love between king and his Bride- we can describe that love, read it and understand it. Now take that love the King and the bride had for each other and multiply it to infinity— and there we have the Love God has for you- a Love so wide, so deep, so great- a love indescribable and immeasurable- so much that He sent His only begotten son that whosoever would believe in Him should be saved.  That is what the Lord wants you to know as you read this Song of Solomon.  

    And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me. But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion.  God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever (His love endures forever is written 42 in the bible)
Eph 3:18-19, Ps 59:10.85:15, Is 30:1, 1 John 5:10, 1 John 4:9-11, Ezra 3:10, 1 John 4:8-10

Three things I found interesting about this King and his bride:
1-They chased after each other, ok, maybe “chase” isn’t the correct word, but they both went out looking for each other. She went out searching for him and he would come to find her and visit her. SS 2:1 I sought him, but I did not find him and SS 2:4 I found the one I love.

      This relationship required them both seeking each other out. The bible says all day long the Lord opens up His hands calling us- He is always calling us, always seeking us, always knocking. But are we seeking Him? All day long he’s knocking at our hearts, do you hear it? Charles Stanley said that He knocks all day long, but when we’ve ignored that knock on our heart for too long, we don’t even notice it anymore. He’s knocking, He’s calling.  The bible tells us what to do:
       Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.  The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise if anyone seeks God.  Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” Is 55:6, kAct 17:27, Ps 105:4,2 Chron 15:2, 1Chron 28:9, 16:11, Ps 14:2, Matt 7:8, John 6:27,

2-         They both praised each other and expressed their love to each other. She praised him and he expressed his love to her as he spoke. The bible is a love story to you from your Creator, and surely you know how much He loves you when you stop and think about what Jesus did for you. What is our part? We need to Praise Him and express our love back to Him just like the Bride in Song of Solomon did.
          Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deedsPraise the Lord, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel .. All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise him.  With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?” Why am I discouraged ?Why is my heart so sad ?I will put my hope in God !I will praise him again—my Savior and my God.   They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!”  The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him… And from the throne came a voice that said,“Praise our God, all his servants ,all who fear him ,from the least to the greatest.1 Chron 16:9, Ps 22:23, 22:26, 33:1, 42:5, 42:11, joh 12:13, eph 1:14, Rev 19:5

3-She didn’t want to get out of bed when he called. When she finally got up to answer the door, she had missed that opportunity, “I was asleep but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking.”

 I opened to my lover,
      but he was gone!
      My heart sank.
   I searched for him
      but could not find him anywhere.
   I called to him,
      but there was no reply.
  The night watchmen found me
      as they made their rounds.
 They beat and bruised me
      and stripped off my veil,
      those watchmen on the walls.SS5:6-7

How many times have you heard Him at your door and didn’t answer? When He calls you are you too busy? The Shumannite didn’t want to get out of bed to get the door….. he calls you to spend time with Him all day and in the night, are you too tired to get up or do you answer the call?  He is calling, He is knocking at your door-answer it and call on Him before it’s too late. Don’t miss any opportunity. And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened luke 11:6-10

           Now is there another story of the Israelites in the SOS? Perhaps! Solomon was a wise man and skilled in riddles and wisdom. There just might be more to this that the eye can see. I’ve read through this book over and over this week until I could finally figure it out and I did see a lot of symbolism in reference to the story of Egypt and the redemption of Israe.  (click here for my discoveries:  https://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/song-of-solomon-tells-the-bible-story-beginning-to-end/)  I even found it up to the prophets and ending with the King saying “Call to me, I want to hear your voice”, and the woman’s last words “Come Back Quickly”.  Sounds like the Lord’s call to us and us waiting for His return. This would take the writing of a book to explain, so I’ll stop here and keep it brief.

There is so much more to this study, here are a few subjects I found is Song of Solomon that require more study:

1-There Is No Spot In  you4:7 7 You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.This verse would certainly explain the bride of Christ. By His Blood we have been make clean. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west ps 103:12

2- Study of Shumannites in the bible: 2 Kings 2:17-21 Abishag the Shumannite, another beautiful girl chosen for King David, and 2 Kings 4:8-17 A shumannite called a “great woman” who would make sure the prophet Elisha always had a place to stay when he passed through her town, taking care of him and giving him food.

 3- You are God’s bride: “I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.) 2 Cor 11:2 Mat 25:1-10, Rev21:2- 9

4-The Marriage: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. Rev 19:7, 9

5-The Word Chamber-“He brought me into His chambers” Throughout the old testament the word chamber was a place to hide, a private place, a place for the king. (sounds like theSecret Place, the Holy of Holies)

6- Flock:  Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘ I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. Matt26:31, Luke 12:32, John 10:16

6-Fragrances – given to Jesus at His birth and before His death
 

 
JONI EARECKSON TADA “When I approach the Lord in prayer, I relate to Him in different ways. Occasionally I talk with Him as my elder brother, which He is. If I’m under spiritual attack, I’ll go to Him in prayer as the Captain of my soul. He is my friend when I want to pour out my heart. I even have single friends who look up to the Lord as their husband, as it says in Isaiah 54:5. Lately, I’ve enjoyed relating to my Savior as the lover of my soul. And when I want to tell the Lord how much I adore Him, I use the language of love in theSong of Songs. This beautiful book of the Bible is more than just a love poem; it’s a picture of the love relationship between the Bridegroom and His bride. From your heart, tell Jesus that He is the fairest of ten thousand. Praise Him for being altogether lovely. Let Him know that His love is better thanwine. He is the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley.” (From “Women’s Devotional Bible” and “Diamonds in the Dust” )

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Grace defined – Are you under the Real Grace of God or have you lost your way? I

Grace: Kharece/Charis (gr): meaning merciful kindness by God, favor, exerting His Holy influence upon souls, turns us to Christ, keeps, strengthens, and increases us in Christian faith, knowledge, affection and loveliness, good will, loving kindness, benefit, gift of grace, thanks, rewards, graciousness of manner or act – abstract or concrete literal figurative or spiritual especially the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life including gratitude.

   A popular definition of Grace that we hear so often ” free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessing.  It is free undeserved gift of God through Jesus Christ……..

but that’s only the beginning…….

Grace is part of the new covenant between God and man. When the law was in effect, sin and death reigned, but now,  through the redemption of blood in Christ Jesus, we are offered a new covenant under Grace. Grace is first received by faith in Christ Jesus when we believed. This grace justifies us, causes us to do good works, strengthens us, makes us an heir to God’s family and leads us into eternal life. God’s grace reigns over His people making us servants of God and no longer a servant to sin. The law was something man strived to do, but under grace, we are lead and directed into good works, obedience and eternal life. Grace is a driving force, it’s like a current of air, a pathway or a direction in which we go. Grace is walking in Step with the Holy Spirit of God. Grace leads us or creates a path on which we live a life pleasing to the Lord God.

After much study of the scripture on Grace, I’d like to give you two analogies on what Grace is like-

1-     Grace is like a mighty current of air or pathway that causes you/ leads to go in the right direction. It is a gift from God through Jesus Christ that leads you to eternal life. The Holy Spirit is the driving powerful force causing you to move along this path that is a righteous path before Almighty God. We know that the Holy Spirit is referred to (at times) as a breath or wind, and here, I have found that grace is actually the current. A current is the movement along which the air (electricity, water or air) flows. It is a force or movement in which wind moves through the flow. Wind is moving air, it is doing the moving. A current with no wind doesn’t exist, and wind always flows along the current. Can we put these together as an analogy of Grace and the Holy Spirit? I think so. We are told that grace gives us the ability to do good works so grace is our driving force along the righteous path.

2-     Grace is like tracks and pathway of a railroad. You see, you are the train off the track- then you accept the terms of the covenant by Faith in Christ Jesus and you are put on the tracks to newness of life. The tracks, or Grace, have a right path for you to go ahead in and helps you from falling off. The force and power of the train is the Holy Spirit always leading you in the right direction. However, you still have your own free will – to listen and obey the Spirit or go after your own lusts and desires. If you choose to go your own way and live a life contrary to the Spirit of God, you are OFF the tracks – you are no longer on the right path and are no longer under God’s grace. God will not be mocked. He is far from the wicked. (it’s in the bible)

God’s grace leads us into obedience and good works. We do fall, stumble and trip at times, even falling into temptation – but God’s grace is there to lift us up, strengthen us and establish us- knowing we did wrong, we repent, we turn and we get back on that track, always thanking God for His Grace. But if you choose to completely and intentionally leave the path destined by God for you and choose to live a wicked life, you have wandered far, far from God’s grace.   If you are living a life of sexual sin, idolatry, covetousness, or the sins listed in the verses below, you are not under the grace of God. You may have received God’s grace when you believed, but you did not allow or follow the direction it was leading you. Instead, you choose your own way and turned from God’s grace. God hasn’t changed. He will not be mocked. People may make their excuses to sin, but come judgment day, there will be no excuses.

Accepting God’s grace is accepting His covenant, it’s like a marriage. You accept the terms – that Christ died for your sins and to follow His leading and His ways. If you think you can accept God’s grace and go your own way, you are not under God’s grace – no matter what any preacher tells you. The bible is specific in this, if you choose to live an unacceptable sinful and immoral lifestyle; you are not under the protection and guidance of God’s grace. It’s like a woman who accepts a wedding ring from her groom but turns to live an immoral lifestyle.   Grace leads us to eternal life and makes us heirs of God’s family. If you choose to live an unrighteous lifestyle, you are no longer under God’s grace:

Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-20   No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.  Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body] and in your spirit, which are God’s. The verse above tells us specifically that the following people will not inherit (not be an heir or part of the royal family) the kingdom:

  • Those who lie and cheat
  • Those who do not live righteously
  • Pornos- translated as Fornicators, a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, those who defile themselves with others, those who do not honor the marriage bed, male prostitutes (also see Eph 5:5, rev 21:8)
  • Idolaters- those who worship others gods, any Christian who participates in the feasts of the heathens (g1496 greek), a covetous man, a worshipper of money (Rev 21:8)
  • Moichos- translated as adulterers- adulterer, one who is faithless towards God, ungodly, friends with the World.
  • Oute: translated as homosexual, a male who submits his body to unlawful lewdness, effeminate man, untypical feminine qualities of a man, improper relations between men and boys (g3120 greek)
  • Arsenokoites translated as sodomites; one who lies with a male as a female, those who abuse themselves with mankind, those who defile themselves with mankind g733 
  • Kleptes – thieves , embezzlers, false teachers out for their own gain, those who break and steal
  • Pleonektes – greedy, covetous, always wanting more, never content with what they have, want what others have – and idolater
  • Loidoros – reviler – one who speaks with an abusive language with hate, insulting to others, one who hurts and destroys others with their speech
  •  Harpax – extortioner, robber , one who destroys, also used to describe wolves in sheeps clothing
  • Akathartos – unclean person, lewdness, unclean in thought and life, demonic (Eph 5:5)

  Do you really think you stay covered under God’s amazing grace when you reject His leading and His ways? The law was made for these people described above so that they would see their iniquity before God, repent, turn back to righteousness and find Mercy under almighty God. Grace doesn’t give us an open door to live against God’s rules, but Grace is another door that you are welcome into through Jesus Christ. Grace turns you back on the narrow road that you must continue walking on. God’s Grace is a gift, a beautiful ornament that makes you beautiful. This wonderful grace causes you to do good works. 

Look at Ephesians 5  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them
We must

  • Walk in love
  • Be followers of God
  • Becoming saints by staying away from fornication, uncleanness and covetousness
  • Stop all foolish or filthy talk, vulgar joking, improper talk
  • Not allow the wrong teachings and words of others to trip you with vain words and teachings that are empty and void of truth

What does inherit the kingdom mean?  This means you are one of God’s children, an heir to the kingdom of the Lord God and His Son Jesus Christ. It gives you access to your true home, your Father’s house- the Kingdom of heaven. Dire warnings are given to us warning of the requirements of this Holy family. There is a lake of fire and brimstone for those who are not part of the God’s kingdom.

Who will end up in the Lake of fire and Brimstone?  Revelation 21:8 and 22:15 give us clear understanding and warning about WHO WILL NOT inherit the kingdom “ But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” :

  • Deilos :The fearful: the timid, faithless , cowardly Christians under persecution, apostates, those who run from the gospel in fear of the world and man
  • Apistos: unbelieving, do not trust in God or his word, Christians who reject true faith
  • Bedelysso: abominable, stench, detest, to be despicable
  • Phoneus: one who murders
  • Pharmekeus: sorcerer, one who uses magical remedies, drugs, spell potions, poisoner, drugs that poison
  • Pseudes – all those who lie, deceitful, false
  • Idolotaters
  • Sexually immoral
  • Murderers
  • Unbelieving

The first example of grace in the new testament is Luke 1:30

“Mary found favor (charis/grace) in God’s eye”

What did Mary do with this grace and favor from God? Did she use it as a ticket under His favor to have her own way?

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” This is the first example we are given of Grace and our actions and duty under God’s grace should be the same way Mary responded “I am the Lord’s servant”

Think about this: You can’t have grace without faith and grace leads you into good works. Grace leads you into obedience so God’s laws and the our requirement to be holy don’t disappear, but now you have a supernatural force that helps you and leads you into obedience. Do you see how all three tie together?  We need faith, but faith alone doesn’t save us. Faith without works is dead. You may say, well I can have good works without faith”, but remember that you can do all your deeds and charity and good works, but if you don’t have love – you are just a noise maker. Even then, works don’t save you. So what in the world do we need to be saved?

I like the way Paul presented Salvation:
PAULS Steps of Salvation WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF ACTS:

1-BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST- FAITH
2-CONFESS YOUR SINS AND REPENT
3-TURN BACK TO GOD- He wants you to SEEK HIM
4-BE BAPTISED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST-WASHING AWAY YOUR SINS
5-PROVE IT BY THE WAY YOU LIVE
6-GET RID OF ALL SIN AND WICKEDNESS
7-WATCH OUT FOR FALSE TEACHERS AND WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

What pulls people away from God’s grace?

According to the parable of the Seeds in Mark 4 and Luke 8, new Believers and those who hear the word of God have 6 routes of destruction that turn them away from the Grace of God:

  1. Satan – he steals the word from their hearts so they no longer believe
  2. Temptation -Problems/trials/ tribulations :Allowing our Problems to pull us away
  3. Persecution for believing in God’s word
  4. Worries of this life
  5. Lure of wealth and  riches
  6. Desires and pleasures

Is a Lukewarm christian under the grace of God? A Christian under the grace of God is promised life eternal and and heir to God’s family. A lukewarm Christian is spewed out of His mouth, so a lukewarm Christian is not under the Grace of God. Even if you have good works and call yourself a Christian, you haven’t yet decided whose side you are on – the World or God? HOWEVER! God calls that one to repent and come back, read Revelation 3 :

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.21 To him that 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

Stop Planning your excuses before God because YOU WILL HAVE NO EXCUSE

But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.[i]
 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.  Romans 1

More on Grace to come…………………………………………….

 

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HGTV cancels Christian brothers for their beliefs – Contact HGTV MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series.”

CONTACT : HGTV AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Believers Rally After HGTV Cancels Reality Show Starring Christian Twin Brothers Who Oppose Abortion, Homosexuality, Divorce

Photo credit:USmagazine 5-8-14

Source: Christianpost.com BY LEONARDO BLAIR , CP REPORTER
May 8, 2014|1:04 pm

Christian viewers of the Home & Garden Television (HGTV) are now up in arms after the network announced Wednesday that they have “decided not to move forward” with a reality show called “Flip It Forward” starring conservative Christian twin brothers David and Jason Benham who are openly opposed to abortion, homosexuality and no-fault divorce.

The episodes of the show were expected to reflect the brothers’ experience in flipping houses for profit and helping other families do the same “with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way,” according to MSNBC.

HGTV made the announcement via social media just one day after Right Wing Watch highlighted their views in a report.

In response to HGTV’s decision, the Benham brothers said efforts seeking to paint their views as hateful are misinformed or untrue in a joint statement Thursday.

“The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ’s light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying,” said the brothers.

“Over the last decade, we’ve sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views,” they explained.

“We were saddened to hear HGTV’s decision. With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it,” they ended.

Christian fans, however, have not taken HGTV’s decision lightly.

Faith Driven Consumer — the group behind the IStandWithPhil.com movement which played a key role in the return of Phil Robertson to Duck Dynasty after he was suspended indefinitely from the show for his views on homosexuality, is now throwing their weight behind the Benham brothers.

“Following the sudden cancellation of the upcoming HGTV series “Flip It Forward’ simply because the stars of the show, brothers David and Jason Benham, hold a biblical worldview on the issues of life and marriage, Faith Driven Consumer is announcing a brand new grassroots campaign called #FlipThisDecision to return the show to the network’s fall lineup,” said the group in a release Thursday.

“This is pure intolerance, discrimination, and bullying toward those who hold to widely held and legitimate views. HGTV’s rash actions hold no place in America’s rainbow of diversity,” said Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer and Certified Brand Strategist.

“Whether people agree or disagree with the Beham’s faith-driven perspective is beside the point; the Benhams have a right to have those views and to be treated equally with those who hold to other viewpoints. This is the very definition of tolerance,” he said.

As news spread of the decision Thursday, Christian viewers flocked to HGTV’s Facebook page and peppered it with comments protesting the decision and threatening to boycott the network.

“Not only will I boycott HGTV but I will boycott every sponsor until they drop HGTV. I will email or call each one. If Christians do not stand up to discrimination then those Christians are a BIG part of the problem,” wrote Maryanne Linkes.

“Very disappointed in HGTV for allowing all groups to be represented EXCEPT CHRISTIANS! You’ve lost a viewer because you’re more concerned with being politically correct than actually helping people,” said Terry Bruce Vogenthaler
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Hear the brothers side: Network kills Benham twins TV show.  Canceled reality show stars: HGTV knews about our religious beliefs “We were saddened to hear HGTV’s decision. With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals,” it read in part. “If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.” In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Jason and David Benham said HGTV has been aware of their religious beliefs for over a year. “They found some things on the Internet that we said that could easily be misconstrued, and so they said ‘you know what let’s talk about it’,” David said. “‘What do you guys really feel? What do you believe?’ And Jason and I met face to face with one of the executives, and after that meeting they said ‘you know what there’s not a drop of hate in these guys hearts’.Article source: www.wbtv.com By Chris Dyches - email

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