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But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
Paul is writing to the church at Philippi from prison, explaining how his imprisonment has led to the advance of the gospel. Because of the integrity of Paul everyone knows that he’s in chains for Christ. Paul is not ashamed of the gospel, and has embraced the new creation that he is in Christ. Paul was not always for God – so much so that he got a name change. God uses all things for His good. Paul goes to prison, people get saved. What seems like persecution and the enemy winning proves to be God’s plan to extend mercy and salvation toward the unlikely and unworthy.
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Why do so many hate?
Why do so many lie?
Why is evil growing?
Why are so many noticing that something isn’t quite right?
Daniel 9:13 KJV
As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
Isaiah 51:7-8 KJVS
Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
Romans 8:35-36 KJVS
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
8:35, 36 (Commentary from KJVS)
These words were written to a church that would soon undergo terrible persecution. In just a few years, Paul’s hypothetical situations would turn into painful realities. This passage reaffirms God’s profound love for his people. No matter what happens to us, no matter where we are, we can never be separated from his love. Suffering should not drive us away from God but help us to identify with him and allow his love to heal us.
From:Behold Israel. ..December 24th 2017.
Again, I say keep watching, keep praying.
In his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that Israel would follow the United States and withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, at the end of this year.
Luke 8:16 (below the prayer)
Help me Abba Father to NOT try to hide my light. Forgive me for doing so many times in the past. I am ashamed of myself for it. I can see that I didn’t want to put it completely out, but am guilty of trying to dim it a little. Why? Abba Father, if I had to say based on my current understanding I would say that it could be compared to as this. Say that I have unbelieving family members coming over to eat at Thanksgiving. I know that they don’t believe and or fear that if my light was shining brightly that they would ridicule me, or try to debate my beliefs. I live in my house and as people enter in I put up a curtain to block a lot of the light. I don’t want to put it completely out, but why do I try to keep the brightness of the light of the Holy Spirit which dwells within me from shining brightly? I feel it within myself! When these family members come I seem to want the light to not be too bright for them. Hence the curtain to take away the brightness. That is wrong! That is stifling the glorious work that You, the King of Glory might be trying to do. By doing this I am trying to please man instead of my Father in Heaven. I am trying to create a place so that those who are saying that they don’t believe won’t be forced to see their own wickedness because of Your glorious light that shines brightly. If I have the curtain up so that they can come in and they might still be comfortable in their sin because the light of Jesus Christ is being hidden a bit so that the filth of their own guilt won’t be exposed. I can’t make anyone choose You Father, nor can I change anyone in my own power. Help me Abba Father to stop trying to dim the glorious light that You have put within me! If those who are walking into the well lit room because of Your light that I DO DESIRE TO SHINE EVER SO BRIGHTLY from me, if they become angry or condescending or begin mocking me , I desire for YOU to help me to respond in all patience and meekness and humble kindness and love. Help me not to lash out or run and hide. If they seem to not want to come back again because Your light shining brightly in the darkness and showing each one his own wickedness within his own heart and flesh, then Lord God help me to accept that they may not come back. If they don’t come back it is not because of me, but instead because Your light shines upon them and causes some to see places in their lives that need the blood of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit causes light to shine brightly and begins to convict the hearts of the sinner. When someone chooses to rebel against the convicting truth they will flee back into the darkness where they might be comfortable going on in the wickedness they have grown to enjoy. Often it is because of selfishness, because we would rather live in deception that this world will provide freely to be able to walk in our own fleshly desires. I pray LORD God that You will help me to stand like a light on a hill shining brightly and stop ME from trying to help others to be comfortable in their sin. I am certainly not doing what You expect and require of those who say they are the children of God. I am not saying I should point out the sin of those around me , no, I have my own filth to constantly be asking and praying for You to wash from my flesh. When I let Your light shine brightly, then I pray it might begin changing the hearts and minds within each who see the light of God. That they might desire to seek You. Not because I am saying things to them to condemn or convict them or trying to convince or convert them but because the Holy Spirit which is the light dwelling in the hearts of those who belong to You Father. If I might not fear my light shining brightly, but instead allowing it to shine brightly knowing that the Holy Spirit might actually be received by others and hearts will begin to be changed. Not because of me but because of thee that lives within me.
I thank You LORD God, I ask for Your help in living and walking in the way You would desire me to, knowing that simply by following Jesus Christ that others might also desire to know You. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ I ask and pray these things. Amen.
Luke 8:16 KJV
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
Do you know the KING OF KINGS, the KING OF GLORY?
I like this….
To remind the people of what God had done and encourage them to rededicate their lives to him.
“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands” (7:9).
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Jesus Christ has dealt with sin once and for all. That work is finished, and He is at the right hand of the Father in Heaven on our behalf. When we are tempted we must run to Jesus. When we fall for temptation and sin sabotages our lives, we must run to Jesus. If we have been tricked into living days, months, or years in a sinful pattern that constantly damages us and those around us: we must run to Jesus. There is no dealing with sin apart from the work Christ did on the cross. That is the work that has dealt with your sin. The battle belongs to the Lord, and He finished that battle on the cross. Let Jesus become your “more than enough”. Let Him take the throne of your heart and dethrone all idols and pretenders that are hell-bent on getting you to buy their lies. Run to Jesus, He can makes all things new.
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Jeremiah 18:6 KJV
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord . Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
18:6 As the potter molded or shaped a clay pot on the potter’s wheel, defects often appeared. The potter had power over the clay, to permit the defects to remain or to reshape the pot. Likewise, God had power to reshape the nation to conform to his purposes. Our strategy should not be to become mindless and passive—one aspect of clay—but to be willing and receptive to God’s impact on us. As we yield to God, he begins reshaping us into valuable vessels.