Purpose…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 3

19“Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. 20For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. 21But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”

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God is glorified.  The believer does what is right.  The believer does what is true.  What is right?  What is true?  Following Christ is both right and true; he is the light that came from God and his coming glorifies God.  The purpose of a cup is to hold a drink so the drinker may be refreshed.  The potter spends the  time, invests his efforts to have a vessel that will hold a drink so the owner may be refreshed.

The believer is created , all mankind was created with the purpose to love and glorify God the Creator, to fulfill his wishes.  The believer knows his Father’s will and knows his own purpose; for as David declares, he spends time searching God’s spoken words written down for the believer.  The cup that refuses to hold the drink is destroyed for it does not fulfill its purpose.

Those who prefer darkness, refusing the light, rejecting the Christ, Son of God sent to bring light, are refusing to fulfill their purpose.  They do not bring God glory and so the sentence, the judgment, remains on them.  Those who come to the light fulfill their purpose, glorify God.  Not only that, the light enters them and as Christ is light so they become light to the rest of creation.  And God is glorified.

Pray – How happy are those whose way of life is blameless, who live by the Torah of Adonai.  How happy are those who observe his instruction, who seek him wholeheartedly!  They do nothing wrong but live by his ways. Psalm 119:1

Repent – I repent for the days spent in the darkness of night with no light.  I repent for those in this nation who continue in darkness.

Ask – You laid down your precepts for us to observe with care.  May my ways be steady in observing your laws.

Yes – Then I will not be put to shame, since I have fixed my sight on all your ways.  I thank you with a sincere heart as I learn your righteous rulings.

Source; John and Psalms

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Praying for the Mid-east conflicts

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 1 How  blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand in the way of those who practice evil, don’t sit where scoffers sit!  Instead, their delight is in Adonai’s commands.  They meditate day and night on His word, not the word of humanity.  They are like trees that are planted by streams— they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, and everything they do succeeds. This is our promise and we ask it for the believers in the Mid- east at this time. Not so the wicked, who are like chaff that is driven by the wind.  For this reason the wicked won’t stand up to the judgment, nor will those who practice evil stand at the gathering of the righteous.  For Adonai watches over the way of the righteous,  whose righteousness is in Christ Jesus, but the way of the one who practices evil is doomed. And do by your Word, Lord, we stand against the actions of the practicers of evil in the Mid-east today.  We call on your Spirit to do Your Will in that place; releasing the captives, protecting the innocent and avenging the oppressed.

the pain of the innocent

the pain of the innocent

Matthew 4:4,7,10,17 and 20 “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.”  “Do not put Adonai your God to the test.” “Worship Adonai your God, and serve only him.”  “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of God is near!” “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 5:3,4 “How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.  How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.   Words to meditate upon.  Words to keep when rising up, going down, at home, in the way, on the hand, on the forehead, on the doorway…immersed completely in his word.  These words can be applied to the events all around us that are contrary to God’s word in prayer and His power will be released as we continue to pray.  As Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses and the battle was to the people of God so let us raise the plight of believers and the innocent before the throne. The battle is not only physical, but also spiritual.  Let us not be weary to pray and the victory will be the Lord’s.   If you’ve been to the cross… See you at the throne…

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transformed…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Colossians 1:11-20

 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,

 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,   in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.   And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.   And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.   For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

So, in Christ we see God our Father and Creator.  And light is spoken once again into the darkness; a darkness that crept over the face of earth as mankind turned their backs on  God to go their own way.  So as we  turn back through Christ, light enters our world once more.  And now we speak in spiritual terms.  This light transcends all other light.  It illuminates the soul and we grow as spiritual beings in Christ.  In this we become transformed into overcomers of all that the darkness tries to throw at us.

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Can we…?

Ezekiel 24:

Again, in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, write down the name of the day, this very day—the king of Babylon started his siege against Jerusalem this very day. 3 And utter a parable to the rebellious house, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“Put on a pot, set it on,

​​And also pour water into it.

4 ​​Gather pieces of meat in it,

​​Every good piece,

​​The thigh and the shoulder.

​​Fill it with choice cuts;

5 ​​Take the choice of the flock.

​​Also pile fuel bones under it,

​​Make it boil well,

​​And let the cuts simmer in it.”

6 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“Woe to the bloody city,

​​To the pot whose scum is in it,

​​And whose scum is not gone from it!

​​Bring it out piece by piece,

​​On which no lot has fallen.

7 ​​For her blood is in her midst;

​​She set it on top of a rock;

​​She did not pour it on the ground,

​​To cover it with dust.

8 ​​That it may raise up fury and take vengeance,

​​I have set her blood on top of a rock,

​​That it may not be covered.”

9 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“Woe to the bloody city!

​​I too will make the pyre great.

10 ​​Heap on the wood,

​​Kindle the fire;

​​Cook the meat well,

​​Mix in the spices,

​​And let the cuts be burned up.

11 ​​“Then set the pot empty on the coals,

​​That it may become hot and its bronze may burn,

​​That its filthiness may be melted in it,

​​That its scum may be consumed.

12 ​​She has grown weary with lies,

​​And her great scum has not gone from her.

​​Let her scum be in the fire!

13 ​​In your filthiness is lewdness.

​​Because I have cleansed you, and you were not cleansed,

​​You will not be cleansed of your filthiness anymore,

​​Till I have caused My fury to rest upon you.

14 ​​I, the LORD, have spoken it;

​​It shall come to pass, and I will do it;

​​I will not hold back,

​​Nor will I spare,

​​Nor will I relent;

​​According to your ways

​​And according to your deeds

​​They [fn1] will judge you,”

​​Says the Lord GOD.’ ”

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Can we  imagine what Ezekiel felt with never a good message to deliver?  Can we imagine the burden in his soul for his people?  Can we imagine the opportunity for depression and despair to hear what is coming  and only have wrath to share with his people?  Can we sense the anger, wrath, disgust at the actions of his people?  Can we see the continual rejection of his message?  Can we imagine what  his people had to say about him?  Can we rejoice that it doesn’t end here?  Can we see the same darkness descend on the cross only to be lifted three days later with light and life?  Can we walk in the light; share the light, rejoice in forgiveness; live the message for the dark world to see?

Regrets, deep mourning…?

Ezekiel 19

“Moreover take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, 2 and say:

​‘​What is your mother? A lioness:

​​She lay down among the lions;

​​Among the young lions she nourished her cubs.

3 ​​She brought up one of her cubs,

​​And he became a young lion;

​​He learned to catch prey,

​​And he devoured men.

4 ​​The nations also heard of him;

​​He was trapped in their pit,

​​And they brought him with chains to the land of Egypt.

5 ​‘​When she saw that she waited, that her hope was lost,

​​She took another of her cubs and made him a young lion.

6 ​​He roved among the lions,

​​And became a young lion;

​​He learned to catch prey;

​​He devoured men.

7 ​​He knew their desolate places, [fn1]

​​And laid waste their cities;

​​The land with its fullness was desolated

​​By the noise of his roaring.

8 ​​Then the nations set against him from the provinces on every side,

​​And spread their net over him;

​​He was trapped in their pit.

9 ​​They put him in a cage with chains,

​​And brought him to the king of Babylon;

​​They brought him in nets,

​​That his voice should no longer be heard on the mountains of Israel.

10 ​‘​Your mother was like a vine in your bloodline, [fn2]

​​Planted by the waters,

​​Fruitful and full of branches

​​Because of many waters.

11 ​​She had strong branches for scepters of rulers.

​​She towered in stature above the thick branches,

​​And was seen in her height amid the dense foliage.

12 ​​But she was plucked up in fury,

​​She was cast down to the ground,

​​And the east wind dried her fruit.

​​Her strong branches were broken and withered;

​​The fire consumed them.

13 ​​And now she is planted in the wilderness,

​​In a dry and thirsty land.

14 ​​Fire has come out from a rod of her branches

​​And devoured her fruit,

​​So that she has no strong branch— a scepter for ruling.’ ”

This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.

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Several points are made in the lament.  One, the lions (leaders) did no good.  Their fruit was destruction.

 

Second, the vine came from within and had fruit, but was high-minded, lifting itself above the rest of the foliage (pride).  Both were brought down.

taken from Creative Jewish Mom

taken from Creative Jewish Mom

taken from Creative Jewish Mom

And finally, the agent of defeat came from within.  A rod from the vine spread the fire that consumed it and there was no fruit left, no branches for a scepter for ruling(no more leaders).  This was a people who had once followed the Lord’s commands.  This was a people who had once expressed their love for him in song and dancing.  This was a people who placed their faith and trust in the Sovereign Lord and were blessed abundantly for it.  These same ones became a people who began to place their trust in themselves because of their blessings.  The deception of the enemy of the soul is clearly presented.  When we are blessed we need to be sure to continue to thank the one who blesses us.  We cannot give in to the temptation to begin to believe that our blessings are our own doing.  Ezekiel gives us a warning and quite the picture of what happens when a people take their prosperity and blessings sent through their relationship with the Creator and turn it around saying it is their own doing, their own strength, their own intellect.  All things come from the Lord.  He is worthy of our praise.

The Lord says:

“…Why will you die…for I take no pleasure in the death of anyone.  Repent and Live! …”

But when the voice of God is ignored or rejected he laments:

“…This is a lament and will be used as a lament. …”

The lament gives reason for and result of consequences that come when the Sovereign Lord is rejected.

Faith pleases God.  Faith that says: “I believe God.”  When we take him at his word and see the coming judgment placed alongside the life and freedom in Christ, the decision is not difficult.  When we see…

“Seeing is believing…”

In the lament we see the penalty for sin administered.  There is death, destruction, and imprisonment.  Darkness mingled with sorrow.  When the light of faith shines bright, we see the darkness  dispelled; what was destroyed  rebuilt, and what was in bondage  set free.

 “Repent and live!”  Words of the Sovereign Lord.

Out of darkness…light

Luke 23:44-49

 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.  And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”  Having said this, He breathed His last.

So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned.  But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

 Darkness is lack of light resulting loss of vision and yet out of the darkness came light.  In the beginning…there was darkness and God spoke and there was light.  Jesus called out;  “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” God spoke.  The veil was torn and light was given; the physical destroyed the spiritual released.  Light now comes not from a physical sun, but from a spiritual Son.  The physical was destroyed by the physical; mankind destroyed the body of the man, but the spirit continues to live returning to the life source that gave it its life.

 Do we stand at a distance and watch“… But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things…” or do we come close and get involved?  Are we spectators or participants?  Do we fully realize how limitless the spirit is?  It cannot be bound by the physical.  The boundaries put in place with one man’s disobedience are now broken by the total obedience of God as man.  He says to us, in essence, “you can!”  We are not limited except by our own actions.  Is our vision locked up in the darkness of our physical existence or can we break free to see and believe as Christ believed and follow his steps?  He is showing us the way.

In the dark…, or, in the light…

Luke 22:47-53

 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs?  When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

 Sitting in the dark of the night, wrapped in its anonymity, the light of morning slowing inches its way from the East, beginning its march across the sky, growing to daylight and banishing the darkness back to its den for one more day. So the Word of God speaks to the darkness of the mind, wrapped in its anonymity, the light of His wisdom inches its way across the horizon of the mind, growing to understanding and banishing the darkness from the soul to the light of a new thought, new awareness, a transformed mind.

 1. …you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?…

2.  …should we strike with the swords?…

3.  …He touched his ear and healed him…

4.  …this is your hour, when darkness reigns…

 The contrast between light and dark, deceit and truth is painted with brushstrokes of violence and healing.  Betray with a kiss, love that is a lie followed by striking back with weapons of warfare, made by man and that provides an opportunity to demonstrate genuine love with the healing touch for one who is in darkness.  The begins an event when darkness attempts to overcome light and even at its start, it fails.

 Are we in darkness or light?