Does God exist?

 

God gives us each freewill. You have the choice to believe or not believe. However, scripture makes it very clear that God’s existence is not only obvious, but this knowledge is already in us. Romans 1:19 tells us that when we stand before Him, we will have NO excuse – But God! I didn’t think you existed because……., How could you exist if this happened……    None of the excuses for denying God will work for you on the day you stand before Him.


You will be Without excuse – because it’s in you and God has made it clear to you.

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” Romans 1:19-20

His creation proclaims His existence to the ends of the world. The Day utters speech where not a voice is heard

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world. Psalms 19

Matthew 16:4  Only a wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign 

If you search for Him, you will find Him – that’s a promise from your God and Creator – and when you do, you will be filled with an abundance of peace and joy. You will know your God and His love for you. (I thought it was interesting that these two relevant scriptures are both 19- Psalm 19 and Romans 1:19)

 

 

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God’s Judgments Exodus 20-23 – God’s rules and laws for everyday life

 

The people of Israel were in the wilderness for 3 months and 3 days when God gave Moses the 10 commandments.  After the 10 commandments were given, God gave Moses judgments. These judgments were laws to help the people judge between right and wrong.  These judgments were given for us, for our justice. Some may think these rules were too much, but if you read through them, they were given for our own good and still very relevant today.

I’m only listing a few of  the 50 (plus or minus) , go to Exodus 20-23 for more information on each one

  1. Anyone who sacrifices to any god except the Lord, shall be destroyed
  2. Do not mistreat strangers (only judgment repeated 2x) in this section of scripture
  3. Do not let your enemies dwell in your land
  4. Do not make a covenant with your enemies or with their gods
  5. A sorceress must be put to death
  6. Do not afflict the widow and the fatherless- if you do, God will hear their cries and kill you
  7. Do not charge interest to the poor among you
  8. Do not curse the ruler of your people
  9. Do not circulate a lie
  10. Do not follow the crowd to do evil
  11. Do not delay in your offering, give the 1st to the Lord
  12. You must be holy unto God
  13. Do not distort justice for what or who you favor
  14. Keep yourself far away from false matters and evil
  15. Do not take a bribe, for it distorts justice
  16. Your land must rest every 7 years
  17. You must rest every 7 days
  18. Never mention the name of another god, do not let it be heard from your mouth
  19. Three times a year you shall keep a feast unto the Lord- Unleavened bread, Harvest, Ingathering
  20. Do not use unleavened bread with the blood of His Sacrifice
  21. Do not bow down or serve other gods
  22. Do not do according to the works of those who worship other gods
  23. Anyone who lies with animal must be put to death
  24. A kidnapper must be put to death
  25. Anyone who curses his parents must be put to death
  26. If men fight, and hurt a woman with child and she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall be punished as the woman’s husband imposes on him. But if harm follows, an eye for an eye, life for life…
  27. If an ox kills a person, it shall be stoned (if your animal kills a person..)
  28. If an ox kills a person and the owner knew it had a tendency to do such, the ox and the man shall be put to death (if you have a ferocious dog…… you are responsible)
  29. If a man opens a pit and doesn’t cover it and keep it safe, and someone falls in it, the owner shall make good and repay
  30. If a thief is struck while breaking in and dies, there is no guilt for his blood
  31. If a fire breaks out and catches fire to grain and a field, whoever started the fire must pay for damages
  32. If you watch another man’s goods while he is away and the goods are stolen and the thief is found, the thief must pay double. if the thief is not found, the matter is to be taken to the judges
  33. If you borrow from your neighbor and it is no longer with you, you must pay it back in full
  34. A man who hits and kills another man shall be put to death depending on premeditated circumstances or an accident
  35. If a man entices and lies with a virgin and is not betrothed to marry her, he must pay the bride price whether the father allows him to marry her or not
  36. A Hebrew servant shall be set free after 6 years

If you obey the Lord and His instructions, then the Lord says

He will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. His Angel will go before you and fight for you. Serve the Lord and He will bless your bread and your water. He will take sickness away from you. He will protect you and go before you. 

After the commands and  judgments were given, the Lord called Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and 70 elders to go up and they saw God,  the Holy temple and they ate and drank with the Lord. They must have been in a heavenly realm – amazing to think about! God then called only Moses up  on the mountain to receive the written 10 commandments. Moses told the elders to stay where they were and took Joshua with him. This was about 7 days later that Moses went up and stayed there for 40 days and 40 nights..

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Beware of the Immoral Woman and the seductress Proverbs 2-8

BEWARE of Temptation, Don’t even ponder the thought. (Prov 5)  As a Christian, you are to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, you are not to follow the leading of your flesh. One leads to life and one leads to death.

Today, you must chose – life or death?

 But I say to you that whoever looks  at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Matthew 5 

(Take a look at your thought life- the books you read, the movies you see and the shows you watch – is it holy?  Be simple to what is evil and wise to what is good Rom 16:9)

Do not commit adultery (or allow yourself it to  enter your thoughts ) Exodus 20. Mat 5

  1. It destroys your soul
  2. Adultery fills you with dishonor
  3. Your reproach will never be wiped away
  4. It reduces you to a crust of bread
  5. brings fire to your bosom
  6. Makes you guilty
  7. Her house will lead you to death
  8. You will not regain your path
  9. It’s a trap to destroy you
  10. It’s a sin against your own body 1 Cor 6:18
  11. makes you deserving of death Romans 1
  12. you will have no place in the Kingdom of God 1 Cor 6:9-10
  13. It is a deep pit, a narrow well that lies in wait for it’s victims (Prov 23)
  14. war against your own soul 2 peter 2:11
  15. This sin will take over and rule you, reign over your body so you obey it’s sinful lusts Romans 6:12

In Proverbs 5.  God says ” Don’t do it” The Lord watches all your paths, He considers every action you take, He knows your thoughts from afar off. ” Don’t let iniquities trap you, don’t be caught in the cords of sin, without instruction you shall die and go astray”
I have seen people’s lives reduced to a crust of bread because they strayed and chose the wrong path. Teach your children the dangers of falling into temptation. Train your daughter to be holy and pure.

 

My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
Lend your ear to my understanding,
That you may preserve discretion,
And your lips may keep knowledge.
For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey,
And her mouth is smoother than oil;
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death,
Her steps lay hold of hell.
Lest you ponder her path of life—
Her ways are unstable;
You do not know them.

Therefore hear me now, my children,
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Remove your way far from her,
And do not go near the door of her house,
Lest you give your honor to others,
And your years to the cruel one;
Lest aliens be filled with your wealth,
And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
And you mourn at last,
When your flesh and your body are consumed,
And say:
“How I have hated instruction,
And my heart despised correction!
 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,
Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
I was on the verge of total ruin,
In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

 Drink water from your own cistern,
And running water from your own well.
 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,
Streams of water in the streets?
Let them be only your own,
And not for strangers with you.
 Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.
For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman,
And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He ponders all his paths.
 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man,
And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
 He shall die for lack of instruction,
And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. Proverbs 5

In 2013, I heard the Lord say:

You don’t realize that I am watching you. I am watching all of you. Your sinful deeds are all around you, and I, the Lord, see them all. You entertain each other with wickedness and lies and many of you are aflame with lust. Yet, as I watch and listen, not one of you cries out to me. You continue to mingle with godless foreigners and you made yourself as worthless as a half baked cake. Are you for me or do you long for the things of this world? Have they filled your heart so much that you no longer desire me? Haven’t you read the warnings? My people have become lukewarm.
Do you cowardly cringe when you say the name of my Son Jesus? If you deny Him, He will surely deny you before ME. What sorrow awaits those who desert ME. For I sent My only Beloved Son FOR YOU, Yet you consider it as nothing. My fury is about to be poured out like boiling water from an overturned pot. How much longer shall I call out to you?
My heart weeps for you. If you would only open your eyes and see how much I LOVE YOU. You seek me, but you don’t find me. You have looked everywhere but you your sins have weighed you down, you carry them around as ropes tied to you. When will you confess?- for I am an all forgiving God- and Savior. But you don’t admit your wrongs. Have you not heard that there is no sacrifice that will cover your deliberate continual sinning? You don’t cry out to me with sincere hearts.

 Dear Lord, Keep me from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me, then I shall be upright and I shall be innocent from great transgression. In Jesus name,Amen

HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD:

  • For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;  that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,  not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;  that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.  For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.  Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. 1 thes 4:3-8
  •  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. 1 Cor 6: 15-20
  • Do not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person. 1 Cor 5:10

To read more about the warnings and pitfalls of lust: https://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/the-lust-of-the-flesh-the-lust-of-the-eyes-and-the-pride-of-life-is-not-of-the-father-but-is-of-the-world/

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Jacob’s/ Israel’s eternal blessing

In my previous post ” Jacob’s troubles , “all my days have been few and evil” I mentioned some of the great afflictions and troubles that Jacob lived through, HOWEVER – that wasn’t the end. You see, God had eternity planned for Jacob- and He has eternity planned for you. This life isn’t the end.  We are merely pilgrims passing through, this isn’t our home. Everything we see will one day disappear and all that is unseen will remain.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 8:11 that many will come from the east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

What does this mean? It means Jacob, (also according to Matthew 22:32) – is living , for God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – He is God of the living, not the dead

These are great mysteries that we cannot see yet.

Consider the parable of Lazarus and the beggar, when they both died, Abraham was there and alive. He spoke and reasoned with Lazarus after they died. Also on the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah both appeared to Jesus and the 3 disciples. Those who die on earth are not gone forever. They have completed this race, the walk we have on earth.

Many preachers will tell you that something is wrong with  you or your faith if you experience trials and troubles here and earth – and surely we reap what we sow, but if we study scriptures, we will discover that many great men and women suffered much for the kingdom of God. Remember , in all you are going through,  that we look up to God and keep our eyes and thoughts focused on our great hope that lies ahead. God has prepared a place for us, a place where there are no more tears, no more pain, not more death. Keep your eyes fixed on Him and His Son Jesus.

There is one more interesting thing I wanted to mention about Jacob’s life. I believe there are many mysteries wrapped up in the story of Jacob, renamed Israel. Could his story represent the people of Israel and the Son ?

Israel’s son (Joseph), the one who was to save him and the family, was gone from their sight. Israel didn’t believe. They couldn’t see him even though he was  there. When they finally found him in the end, their was joy, repentance (?),  and sorrow for what they had done. The son forgave them, restored them, embraced them and saved them.

This verse from Zechariah 12:10-13:1 comes into my mind as I think of Israel and his son: It is almost exactly the same:

 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.  In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves;  all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness

This verse in Zechariah tells us that there was one. like a son, who was hurt, pierced, like an only son- firstborn (like Joseph)….. their will be mourning (just like Joseph and his brothers) then there will be a great act of forgiveness to cleanse them from their wrongs.

Doesn’t that sound like Jesus, the son, and the Jewish people? We are told that many can’t see or understand this, they have a veil over them- but in Zechariah and Revelation, we learn that this same act that Joseph did for his brothers, will again be done for Israel’s sons.

 

I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.Ps 22:16

 

 

  • Luke 13:28 Psalm 20:1 The Assurance of God’s Saving Work ] [ To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. ] May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
  • Psalm 22:23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
  • Psalm 24:6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah
  • Psalm 135:4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure.
  • Psalm 146:5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
  • Psalm 147:19 He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel.

For more informationSalvation for the Jewish People, Valley of Dry Bones

Today’s lesson: 

1- Keep on keeping on looking ahead to the prize of eternal life that lies ahead, Praise God!  in Christ Jesus.

2-There is a great day ahead for Israel, in fact, it has already begun.

3- Jacob/Israel is the generation who seek Him. You are part of the family of Jacob- Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Truly an amazing blessing. You have all Spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus, Trust in Him. He is with you.

 

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Jacob’s troubles “few and evil have been the years of my life”

Poor, poor Jacob, he had a rough life.
When Pharaoh asked “How old are you?”,  Jacob replied;” “….. few and evil have been the days of the years of my life……..”. He was 130 years old at the time. Sure, he was wealthy, he was blessed in many ways, but he experienced a lot of pain and suffering in those 130 years. Despite his years of troubles,  God promised that He would always be with him.  It didn’t mean life would be perfect or without trouble, but in all he would go through, Jacob knew that the Lord was with him. There is much to learn as we study the life of Jacob. He suffered many hardships but God was always with Him. Life will not always be easy for us and some of us may feel like it’s been a never ending journey of sorrow.
 

Consider the first 130 years of Jacob’s life before he stands before Pharoah and says these words “few and evil have been the years of my life”

  • spends months fighting with twin brother before he’s born
  • grew up as 2nd best compared to Esau, Esau was Isaac’s favorite son
  • Hated- Brother wants to kill him – Jacob runs away from family in fear of his life
  • Deceived – Tricked by uncle Laban – Works 7 years for Rachel, the one he loves, only to be tricked by uncle Laban and wakes up with her sister, Leah, instead
  • Deceived – Forced to work another 7 years for uncle Laban for Rachel
  • Deceived- Uncle Laban changes his wages 10x
  • Not treated fairly -works 6 more years (20 in total) for uncle Laban for livestock
  • Affliction: Jacobs reply: There I was! In the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night, and my sleep departed from my eyes.  Thus I have been in your house twenty years; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.  Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.”
  • Fighting -married to 2 sisters who are in constant competition, so much he gets angry with Rachel
  • Hated- by Laban’s sons and Laban seems extremely jealous and angry with him when Jacob leaves
  • Sorrow-Accidently curses his wife Rachel, the one he loves, to die
  • Pain- Gets in an all night wrestling match with the Lord/Angel of the Lord
  • Pain- Lord throws his hip out of joint, he walks the rest of his days with a limp
  • Fear- confronts his brother Esau in great fear, but his life is spared
  • Sorrow- Wife Rachel soon dies after the words spoken over her to die, as she gives birth to Benjamin
  • Sorrow- His father , Isaac, dies soon after Rachel
  • Disgrace/Humiliation-His first-born son, Reuben sleeps with his wife, who was Rachel’s servant. This was the ultimate disgrace to Rachel’s grave, an act by Leah’s family
  • Disgrace – His 2nd and 3rd sons Levi and Simeon deceive a city and ruthlessly murder all the males which greatly upsets and disturbs Jacob
  • Aggravation- His older sons bully his young son Joseph, by Rachel. You can imagine the constant fighting and upset between the 10 brothers against Joseph and the discord that Jacob had to endure.
  • Deep Sorrow- Jacob’s beloved son, Joseph, is killed by a wild animal – or so he thinks..His very own sons wanted to kill Joseph but decide to sell him as a slave
  • Jacob has lost the love of his life, his father and his beloved son-
  • Famine- at age 128-130 a great famine comes upon the land and he and all his family are about to die.
  • Deceived -at age 130 finds out that his sons lied to him and actually sold Joseph as a slave 23 years earlier
  • Death at age 147

Let’s be clear – Jacob’s life and some of his decisions weren’t so great. ( he stole, lied, deceived, his wife Leah was unloved so…., he also fought with God and man) However,  he was a man fully blessed by God even though, from our worldly view, he didn’t seem to be. God always protected him and was there along his walk of life.

 
Despite all these troubles in his life, he was blessed 2x by his father Isaac, his mother was given a prophecy over him before he was born, he received the birthright and the Lord visited him many times to tell him that He would always be with him. You would think that with all the worldly troubles and sorrow that Jacob faced, that his life was not blessed, but not so.
Words spoken as prophecy over him to his mother:

“Two nations are in your womb,
Two peoples shall be separated from your body;
One people shall be stronger than the other,
And the older shall serve the younger.”

His blessing from Isaac (stolen from Essau)

Let peoples serve you,
And nations bow down to you.
Be master over your brethren,
And let your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you,
And blessed be those who bless you!”

After he’s been blessed by his father, he blesses him again before he leaves to see uncle Laban:
 “May God Almighty bless you,
And make you fruitful and multiply you,
That you may be an assembly of peoples;
And give you the blessing of Abraham,
To you and your descendants with you,
That you may inherit the land
In which you are a stranger,
Which God gave to Abraham.
Blessed by God on the way to uncle Labans house:

“I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac;
the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.
 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth;
you shall spread abroad to the west and the east,
to the north and the south;
and in you and in your seed
all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go,
and will bring you back to this land;
for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

God helps Jacob again:

Then the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, ‘Jacob.’ And I said, ‘Here I am.’  And He said, ‘Lift your eyes now and see, all the rams which leap on the flocks are streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted; for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.

and again before he meets Essau,
So Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.  When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is God’s camp.” And he called the name of that place Mahanaim
 then again when he was alone before he met Esau:
   He wrested with God, demanded a blessing, was given a new name “Israel” for he struggled with God and men and prevailed. and the Lord Blessed him  there, in Peniel, for Jacob “saw God face to face, and my live is preserved”

God speaks to Jacob again:
Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.

  Life won’t always be perfect, but we have a future hope that is perfect. Don’t let life’s problems bring you down or make you fee like God isn’t with you. Consider the life of Jacob, Joseph, Job, the prophets, Jesus, the disciples and many more- God was with them even in their troubles, sorrow, pain and affliction. God see’s- that’s what he told Jacob. Whatever you are going through, trust in the Lord. He is with you, let this hope give you peace and rest.
     Despite his tragedies, Jacob is reunited again with Joseph at age 130 and lives the next 17 years with his family to see Joseph’s sons. He learns the truth of what Leah’s sons did to Joseph but interestingly enough, during the final blessings/curses over the 12 sons, this sin isn’t mentioned by Jacobs as others are – like Rubens betrayal and the murderous acts of Levi and Simeon
 
Isaiah 40:27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?

Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.

(Jacob – had Joseph when he was 88-91 years old. Joseph was 17 when his brothers sold him. Jacob saw Joseph again at age 130 and died at age 147. He was about 66-76 when he ran away from his brother Esau to go to Laban’s house.)

We, just as Jacob was blessed, have been blessed by the Lord in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.Eph 1:3

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Put on your Armor Today- Eph 6, How to really put on your armor

Taking Up the Whole Armor of GodSometimes we  get so wrapped up in  the study of spiritual warfare that we forget to apply it properly to our lives. We may imagine it is on us, we may pretend to put it on each morning, but this isn’t pretend and this isn’t only about how we think.  To put on our armor of protection and to have our Sword in our hand,  we need to walk a certain way. We must be doers of God’s word, not just a hearer of God’s word.

Some of us wake up, pretend our super Christian armor is on us, and head out the door. We listen to filthy music, get on the phone and start to gossip, grumble about life, worry and fret over worst case scenarios, curse at people who can’t drive or park, we lie, use filthy words, steal, cheat, have horrible thought lives and make excuses for sins in our life – wasting time on social media and hours of filthy ungodly entertainment. Who are we kidding? Surely, ourselves.

Today I wanted to REMIND you to protect yourself from the devils attacks and lies that try to pull you away from the Lord , to get you suited up in full armor and have your Sword ready.

Live today in God’s righteousness and peace. Stay away from evil- watch your words, your thoughts, your actions.  Let all you do today glorify God. What are you listening to? Don’t gossip! Don’t start arguments, forgive others and do all you can to live in peace today.

Righteousness and Peace have kissed each other! Ps 85:10
Yes! That is your supernatural protection – you chose it by the way you live.

How do you live in peace and righteousness? You must know the truth, that is God’s word. Open it up today and begin to hear and be lead by the Spirit of Wisdom and Truth.This truth will also build your faith. You will know and understand that no weapon formed against you shall prosper and every word or attack that comes upon you will not prosper for this is the heritage of the saints of the Lord.

And…for those of you who are under attack and trials now, God says to put your trust in Him fully. Tell Him what you need and the Lord promises to put a guard of great peace around your heart and mind as you trust in Him. – See! That is part of your shield and your helmet-God’s word is what you can trust and hope in.

Your protection and your weapon are based on God’s word- and prayer.

Live a godly life based on God’s word and you will have the protection you need today. Don’t fool yourself and think you can keep living in sin, causing problems, fighting with others and living in other nonsense and then pretend to put on put on your armor. It doesn’t work that way.

Directions: Pray! Behave! Believe! Read and Meditate on God’s word- read it, speak it, believe it, live it!

I read  this early this morning, this is good scripture to think and meditate on today
Proverbs 4  

 Get wisdom; develop good judgment.
    Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.
 Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
    Love her, and she will guard you.
 Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!
    And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.
 If you prize wisdom, she will make you great.
    Embrace her, and she will honor you.
 She will place a lovely wreath on your head;
    she will present you with a beautiful crown.”

My child, listen to me and do as I say,
    and you will have a long, good life.
 I will teach you wisdom’s ways
    and lead you in straight paths.
 When you walk, you won’t be held back;
    when you run, you won’t stumble.
Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go.
    Guard them, for they are the key to life.
Don’t do as the wicked do,

    and don’t follow the path of evildoers.
 Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way.
    Turn away and keep moving.
 For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day.
    They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble.
 They eat the food of wickedness
    and drink the wine of violence!

The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
    which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like total darkness.
    They have no idea what they are stumbling over.

 My child, pay attention to what I say.
    Listen carefully to my words.
 Don’t lose sight of them.
    Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
 for they bring life to those who find them,
    and healing to their whole body.

 Guard your heart above all else,
    for it determines the course of your life.

 Avoid all perverse talk;
    stay away from corrupt speech.

 Look straight ahead,
    and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
    stay on the safe path.
 Don’t get sidetracked;
    keep your feet from following evil.

 

Yes, Amen….Don’t get sidetracked.

Walk in peace and righteousness today, decide to fill your heart and mind with God’s word and whatever you do….guard your lips, your feet and your heart from all evil. Yes, be simple to what is evil and be wise to what is good.

 

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It’s DAY ONE of the Rest of my Life! I will proclaim the Lord’s truth and It will not return void (Isaiah 55)

I will praise the Lord my Rock 
For His Mercy Endures Forever
In my storms, in my trials, in my troubles, in my pain
I will lift up my voice to my Lord
How Great is my God!
You are trustworthy O Lord

You  ride the heavens to help me
and Your excellency in the clouds
Your love for me is too great to understand

He is El Shaddai – The Almighty God
He is YAHWEH-JIREH The Lord who provides
He is YAHWEH-RAPHAThe Lord who heals me 

Every day I will praise you
Every day I will worship you
Everyday I will meditate on Your great works
I lay aside every weight and the sins that try to ensare me.
I will run with endurance the race before me,
I keep my eyes on my Savior Jesus and I will not be ashamed

Search me, O God, and see my heart;
show me if there is any wicked way in me
 lead me according to Your way everlasting life
Anoint me O God in the Highest heaven with the oil of gladness
Pour out your peace upon my mind and heart

Who are you O Great Mountain that tries to stand in my way? 
For you shall become a plain before me

By You, O God, I can run against an army,
By my God, I can leap over a wall
The Lord is my shield!
He arms me with strength 
He makes my way perfect 
He sets me on high places
He teaches my hands to make war
so my arms can bend a bow of bronze

Today, when I hear Your voice,
I will not harden my heart as they did in the wilderness
Blessed be the Lord my God
and the Rock of my Salvation
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Let all heaven and earth praise Your Name
Praise God in the highest heavens and
Praise be to the Lamb who is worthy

 

Speak out God’s word and His praises from your heart. Fight off and bind up the enemies that try to destroy your heritage in the Lord. God’s word is a sword, let His praises fill the heavens and earth.

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Everyday I will proclaim your Truth- Spiritual Warfare

Every day I will bless You
Your greatness is unsearchable
I will declare your mighty acts
I meditate on your splendor
The Lord upholds all who fall
and raises up those who bowed down
My eyes look expectantly for you
I wait on the Lord

I will be vigilant and watchful
For I know my enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy
I will man the fort
Watch the road
Strengthen the flanks
My shield is lifted up
I am strong in the Lord
Never wavering, never doubting
The Lord is my strong tower

My Sword flashes the power of Your might
You protect me on every side
Set a ring of fire around me on every side as you did
for your people
Crush and destroy my enemies
Is not your word like a hammer
to crush evil to pieces and into fine dust ?
You have chosen me and I bless Your name forever!

Speak His truths out loud, it shall be a sword for you that crushes your enemies and fights in the heavens for you. 

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Woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil on their beds ! Micah 2

Woe to those who devise iniquity
And work out evil on their beds!
At morning light they practice it,
Because it is in the power of their hand,

They oppress a man and his house
A man and his inheritance. Micah 2:1-4

God sees everything, nothing is hidden from Him. He sees the wicked and evil intentions people have for others. Hidden motives, they claim to be your friend, they say they wish you well, perhaps they are your own family members, they hug and kiss you with kind words just as Judas kissed Jesus  They lie awake in the night scheming, they wake up and bring their thoughts to life. Their intention, which God see’s clearly, is to take what is not theirs. In their greedy hearts, they devise plans to steal a man’s inheritance and wish disaster on their family.

The bible was written to instruct us, correct us, guide us into righteousness , warn us, prepare us, convict and help us in every way. There isn’t a scripture or book in the bible without God’s divine hand of instruction for us.Although Micah was writing concerning Jerusalem and Samaria, there are many lessons and warnings applicable for us today .  May God open your eyes to see and ears to hear  and understand.

I found Micah to be fascinating and relevant for the present time- so listen carefully.

Watch out- many who call themselves brothers and sisters in Christ are NOT

There are people who secretly devise evil and wickedness against others ,  they use the sweetest words and countenance to fool you. Even more shocking, they assemble with us in our Christian house as a brother or sister in Christ, but they devise evil in their hearts. Yes! They worship God and sing his praises while they work iniquity. They may fool us, but they don’t fool God. The bible says that God turns his head from them and will not hear their prayers or cries for help.

But why? Why would anyone wish evil on other or hate the righteous?
In Proverbs 29:27, the righteous are hated, abhorred and an abomination to the wicked:

An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright is the way an abomination to the wicked. 

In 2 Cor 2:15-16, we are a stench of death to those who are perishing….

 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.

Watch out! Don’t think you can get away with mixing your ways and God’s ways

There are wicked, unrighteous and vile people among us- in our houses of worship and our ‘Christian communities’. They worship with us, pretend with their works, knowledge and words, but secretly, they are wolves in our midst. They don’t truly honor and obey God. Many have made their own ways, own laws and have backslidden so far they no longer see truth. Many times they have mixed truth with lies. This isn’t anything new, it’s written all through scripture. In fact, in Jeremiah, 2500 years ago,the women were worshiping the Queen of Heaven and worshiping God. God continued to warn them, but they would not listen. I found it very interesting that the women refused to stop because they said since they started worshiping and praying to the queen of heaven, all was well with them – their prayers were answered. The bible tells us that when we pray to anyone or thing other than God (idol) we are actually praying to demons.   I’ve had people tell me how their prayers were answered when they prayed to a statue of their saint and their prayer was answered.  Be careful!  You are praying to demons and surely they like it and will do all they can to pull you further and further from God. They hate you and want to destroy your soul. Did Jesus die for nothing? We pray to God in Jesus name. You can’t  pick both.

Back to Micah 2……

As Micah proclaims, there are those who lie awake at night devising evil. They lie on their beds and when the morning sun arises, they bring these thoughts to action because they have the power to do so. They are greedy and never have enough, they are not content with what they have and they do everything they can to get more, more, more and more- stepping on anyone along the way. They try to steal a man’s inheritance and oppress a man and his family

However, to God’s people: You wait and cling to the Lord. For the Lord is against this wickedness and is devising disaster. No longer will your enemy walk upright in their pride and haughtiness as they scheme to take your heritage and what is your blessing.

So many different thoughts to take from here on Micah…… Remember to pray for your enemies – this brings you a blessing. Also do not return insult for insult. Wait on the Lord and He will make all things right. The verses above say that God brings disaster on those of evil scheming, but He also is saddened to see the wicked perish. He patiently waits for the wicked to turn from their ways. The entire book of Revelation is chance after chance to turn back to God, but some will not and instead will turn and curse Him.

These people walk in a false spirit – a lying spirit- who falsely divines and seek diviners, sorcery, magic -and provoke God to anger, they have no inheritance in God’s kingdom, it was sin punishable by death, they sell themselves to do evil instead of obeying the Lord.

If you walk in these ways, you must stop and repent. Do as the people in the New testament did and destroy everything that has to do with witchcraft, sorcery, magic and calling on the dead. DONT BE FOOLED, God is not mocked, for whatever you sow, surely you will reap. Galations 5:20 and more…

Listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit

I noticed something lately about opening my ears to hear the leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s easy to fall of the track and take a wrong turn. We can so easily make excuses to do things we know we shouldn’t.  It’s exactly how the devil worked in the garden, he mixed truth and made it seem okay- he still does that today. Often times I will want to do something or say something and Ill either know I shouldn’t or I am unsure. At this point, if I begin to reason within myself why its okay and it’s not a sin – sure enough – If I find myself reasoning to do something, it’s something the Holy Spirit doesn’t want me to do.  God wants to lead you in all you do, stop to pray and ask for His direction. He will lead you.
–If you find yourself reasoning and arguing with yourself about whether or not to do or not do something – you might be trying to argue for your own desires and not God’s.–

Learn a spiritual lesson :

As we read these verses, we can see a spiritual battle lesson in this. Just as people deceive and scheme disaster against you, there are spiritual authorities in high places that have the same plan of defeat for you – to rob you of your inheritance of a child of God. These spirits want to destroy your life and your joy, filling us with wrong thoughts of fear, worry, anxiety, defeat and lies. YOU must stand up in this battle with the Word of God as your hope and your anchor (Your Sword). God will fight for you, He will strengthen you and He will send His warring angels to fight for you. However, you must not be a coward. Understand who you are in Christ, Your authority in Him and the Power of the Holy Spirit in you. Let that truth strengthen you.

No weapon formed against you shall Prosper

No wicked words or curses  risen up against you shall prosper

This is your true and trustworthy heritage in the Lord
You belong to a Great a mighty God
A Great Warrior is He

Well, I planned to write more on the amazing finds on Malachi, but it seems I took off with this verse from Micah2:1-4 . Learn a lesson from it historically, spiritually and literally in your life:

Woe to those who devise iniquity,
And work out evil on their beds!
At morning light they practice it,
Because it is in the power of their hand.
 They covet fields and take them by violence,
Also houses, and seize them.
So they oppress a man and his house,
A man and his inheritance.

 Therefore thus says the Lord:

“Behold, against this family I am devising disaster,
From which you cannot remove your necks;
Nor shall you walk haughtily,
For this is an evil time.
 In that day one shall take up a proverb against you,
And lament with a bitter lamentation, saying:
‘We are utterly destroyed!
He has changed the heritage of my people;
How He has removed it from me!
To a turncoat He has divided our fields.

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A Prayer for America

Lord,

Thank you for your hand of protection over this great country and for making us a country that considers you the God we trust. Look down and see our Nation, many are hurting and we have become divided. May your peace and healing be upon us, once again bring us together as one great Nation under God.  Lord, I ask you for you to bring peace and hope to those angry, hurting, confused and protesting. Brings us peace and bring us together. May you put hope in their hearts.

Heal the hearts of Americans and fill us with great hope, knowing that you are in charge of all things. You raise up leaders and you take down leaders.  You have called us to be a nations of righteousness and justice

Fill our youth and young Americans with godly wisdom to know right and wrong. Guide President Elect Donald Trump along paths of righteousness and surround him with godly advisers.  Give him strength and godly wisdom  in all he does.

Bring back truth and your Word to our schools and the hearts of our children. Let our youth no longer be swayed and brainwashed by books and professors, but give them a mind of wisdom and truth. Raise up your laws in our land and raise up those who love you into positions of leadership so we can live lives that please you.

Bless our land , bless our country, bless our people and in return let us turn from our wickedness and live lives that please you.

Raise up new leaders to reform our prison system  and release those unjustly imprisoned.  Give us a heart for those in prison, for the widow and for the poor.

Reveal every secret thing, every scheme and every plot – let everything be revealed.  Let every hidden thing be revealed.

Heal our inner cities , the families and the youth. Protect the children from violence , from drugs and restore the families. Put up your mighty angelic army at our borders, even the borders of our cities to stop all drugs and violence. Release those who are addicted when they cry out to you and restore our lives to blessings and not curses- that we would repent and turn back to you.

I pray for all the children that live in cities of violence, I pray for their protection, that they would prosper in You in all they do. Stop the violence and crush any wicked scheme that comes against your people. Only you have the answers , give them hope, direction,  a road to prosperity and hearts of love for you.

Restore our education system and let every American know that all knowledge, understanding and wisdom begins with YOU.

Protect our nation and borders from the influence and entrance of Islam and Sharia law, let every wicked tactic be halted in Jesus name. Crush the hate they have for Americans and crush the hate they have for homosexuals. Lord, teach us to treat people of other faiths and beliefs with Love.  Raise up the righteous voice to save those who have fallen from your word and let it fall on hearts for salvation.

Restore Holiness among us.

Open the eyes of America to see the power media has had over us, give us wisdom to know truth. Open the eyes of our young to know right from wrong and the power not to be swayed by mans words, but to understand truth.

God bless president Trump and all his advisers

Give us peace among the nations and love for Israel, to protect her and  her people.

Protect our troops and bring our men and women home safely.

Heal and watch over all our veterans. Bring healing and restoration to each one, and all those who suffer, Lord, I ask that you would make them whole. Hear their cries and bring them justice.

Surround President Trump with wise men that will bring our country out of debt, wise men to know how to deal with foreign nations in peace.

Hear the cries of the poor and deliver them. Help our economy and give us a hope for our future.  Send wise advisers to help us with our healthcare system  and send new healing medicines for cancer and other sicknesses,  for which there is no hope.

For every woman considering abortion, please stop her and give her hope. Bless all her ways as she trusts in you. Raise up godly sons to live righteously

Turn the hearts of those who  are hurting, confused and angry to a heart of hope

Crush any hate we have for others. Let us no longer be divided  by the color of our skin, or our the parties we belong to. Lord let us no longer see black and white – but men and women created in Your Image, whom you love very much. If there is any injustice, let it be revealed and bring justice. Stop the unjust killings and if there be any wickedness or hatred, reveal it and crush it in Jesus name. Protect our police officers and if there be anyone abusing their power, reveal it to all and step in to stop the violence.

Give us a heart and love for the suffering and the disabled, show us how we can help them.

God Bless Hillary Clinton and give her healing. Guide her and her family back to you and fill her heart with peace and a new joy You found only in Christ Jesus.

Open our eyes to the sin of our land, the shed blood of the innocent, our immoral ways,  our violence and how we have all gone according to our own ways, and not Your ways. Turn our hearts back to you.

Forgive us for shaming you and so quickly fallen away, for we have not taught our children day and night as you commanded us, our words are full of filth, our ways are perverse before you, lusts of life have taken over, we are entertained by filth and violence and there is little or no love in our hearts to other people.  Change us O God, for lives are blessed and peaceful when we follow you.

Stop the influence of witchcraft and violence on our youth, raise up new talent that creates new shows  and movies that entertain with godliness and humor that is not offensive to you.

Raise up news stations and journalists that deliver truth and aren’t swayed by money, fear and power.

Let us consider our ways  and how we have grieved your Holy Spirit.

Restore us O God and guide us, According to your word.  Protect this nation and bring peace upon all the people.  May you reign once again over this great Nation you have given us, for Nothing is impossible with you – nothing is impossible with you.

Let all the world know that Jesus is the only way to salvation,  keep us far from pride and haughtiness but remember always to treat each other with love, blessing those who curse us and loving those who hate us.

God give us strength and bring us back to you. What was divided, make us one again. Thank you for this new hope, I am confident in you, O Lord.

Bless our Nations O God, Restore us back to you

In Jesus name, I cry out to you to hear me and answer our prayers.

Amen

 

 

Don’t fret over what you see and hear – have faith. If you are bothered or upset, pray to God  and he will surely answer you.

 

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