In the beginning was the Word,…

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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When you push back against God’s Word, you push against God.  His Word illuminates and divides right from wrong; good from evil; what is beneficial from what destroys.  When you attempt to ‘balance’ his Word with anything else, you diminish it and him.  His Word brought us into being and His Word gives us purpose – the ability to praise him.  We are blessed to have his Word in printed form; it has always existed as He has.

From John:

1In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

2He was with God in the beginning.

3All things came to be through him,

and without him nothing made had being.

4In him was life,

and the life was the light of mankind.

5The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not suppressed it.

6There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan. 7He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. 8He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.

9This was the true light,

which gives light to everyone entering the world.

10He was in the world — the world came to be through him —

yet the world did not know him.

11He came to his own homeland,

yet his own people did not receive him.

12But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, 13not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.

14The Word became a human being and lived with us,

and we saw his Sh’khinah,

the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,

full of grace and truth.

15Yochanan witnessed concerning him when he cried out, “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”

16We have all received from his fullness,

yes, grace upon grace.

17For the Torah was given through Moshe;

grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.

Because of this we live, breathe, move and have our being.  Because of this we have light.  Giving warning and pointing God’s people back to Him and His Word is not to divide but to encourage, counsel, and reunite all to the Oneness of Christ, God, Holy Spirit and his body, the community of believers.  When the enemy begins to suggest there is something more than what is given; it is meant to divide.  The same deception was used in the beginning suggesting there was more than the garden, more than the life God had given.

That more brought sin; and the more sought today may lead away from not toward God.  If focus in anything shifts from God and his Word, deception has a toehold.  Be aware, be alert!

Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them…everything exposed to the light is revealed clearly for what it is…live wisely, not unwisely.  Use your time well…don’t be foolish but try to understand what the will of the Lord is. – Taken from Ephesians.

Pray – God, I want to imitate You as Your child.  I wish to live a life of love, just as also the Messiah loved me.  May my life be a sweet fragrance in sacrifice to You.

Repent – I repent for seeking outside of You, for fulfillment.  I repent for looking in places other than Your Word.

Ask – Your Word is honey to my lips, water to my soul. Renew my strength in keeping with your Word.  Keep deceitful ways far from me, and favor me with your law.  I choose the way of trust, faith; I set your rulings before me.  I cling to your instruction…you have broadened my understanding!

Yes – I will delight myself in your ways, in your works, which I have loved.  I will lift my hands to your ways, which I love; I will meditate on your Word.  I seek you in the morning, noon time and evening; step by step you lead me and I will follow You all my days.

Source: John and Psalms

 

 

Beware of the ways of man…

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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Isaiah 65:1-7

I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name.

 I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices;

 a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and making offerings on bricks;

 who sit in tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat pig’s flesh, and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels;

 who say, “Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.” These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all the day.

 Behold, it is written before me: “I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will indeed repay into their lap

 both your iniquities and your fathers’ iniquities together, says the LORD; because they made offerings on the mountains and insulted me on the hills, I will measure into their lap payment for their former deeds.”

 

Signs follow those who obey the Lord and the same is true of those who do not. There is evidence given here of what becomes of God’s people when they leave the way of God and follow their own way. They begin to elevate themselves over God. –

“Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”

is what they say to God.

This is not always obvious, it can be hidden and deceptive. What a fearful place to be. This comes in subtly with attitude, straying from God’s Word and substituting His Word with man’s word. They do as they will – eat what they want, live among graves and in caverns an example of living in darkness, living a spiritual death. There is no light.

“… a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and making offerings on bricks;

Isa 65:4 who sit in tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat pig’s flesh, and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels; …”

They are

“…a smoke in my nostrils, …”

God says. May we ever be careful to remain always in God’s way, careful to see the signs that his Word is being substituted by man’s word. May we ever heed the ample warnings given to us in his Word. Let us state “I believe God” in all that those three words say. Believing would be evidenced in doing.

 

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Dangerous waters…

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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Isaiah 10:1-4

 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression,

 to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!

 What will you do on the day of punishment,

in the ruin that will come from afar?

To whom will you flee for help,

and where will you leave your wealth?

  Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners

or fall among the slain.

For all this his anger has not turned away,

and his hand is stretched out still.

Could this be a description of the laws in our land allowing the murder of children?  Or the move to determine the time of living and death for the elderly, disabled and otherwise challenged human beings?  Are we any different from these who received harsh judgment?  Be warned, be aware and keep oneself right in Christ.  This is what we can do.  We can pray for the Lord’s intervention and for a spirit of spiritual change when as a people we turn back to our God in repentance.

What will you do on the day of punishment,

in the ruin that will come from afar?

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In spite of the warning…

Acts 21:12-16

Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.  Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”   And after those days we packed and went up to Jerusalem.  Also some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and brought with them a certain Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to lodge.

Paul was advised by the Spirit of what was to happen to him when he reached Jerusalem.  He was not advised not to go.  We misinterpret sometimes the messages we are given.  Messages meant to forewarn and prepare allowing the Spirit to complete his work in and through us are not meant to frighten and cause  us to turn away.  Christ knew what he was to face; that did not deter or hinder the completion of his task.  Are we so pampered, childish, selfish, or weak we run at the first sign of conflict or opposition to the work of God?  Or do we press on to completion; withstanding what comes our way in His strength?  Are we greater than He that we cringe and cease to do his bidding if it causes suffering?  He told us, forewarned us, suffering was a part of believing something an evil world cannot stand.  He also told us: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  He did not say I will make all bad things go away.  He will carry us through those tough times and we will be better for coming through them in His wisdom and strength.

Rejection results in desolation

Luke 13:31-35

 At that time some Pharisees said to him, “Get away from here if you want to live! Herod Antipas wants to kill you!”

 Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose. Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. For it wouldn’t do for a prophet of God to be killed except in Jerusalem!

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned. And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!’

 Desolation for those who reject the one who loves them, created them, longs to hold them close.  So many times we hear the heart of God cry for His people who will not have Him.  He offers, they refuse.  The Creator shunned by the creation and therefore the creation is left desolate.  We ask why? when we look at the pain, suffering and oppression in our world and here is an example of why…by choice, a choice made that affects not only the ones making the choice.

 Jesus continued his ministry to those who would receive and would not be hindered from that task by threats.  We too can follow the example set by him to be faithful to hear his voice, to share, so  that those who will respond may do so.  Let us make the heart of God sing!