Middle – East Prophecy Update – April 30th, 2017 Pastor JD Farag 

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Looking Above 

Colossians 3:1-4

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Reaction -STOP!

I was going through some refinance documents last night and noticed something on the bottom of a page from our insurance company.   They were asked to fax over current  information.   You know, just normal needed paperwork for a refinance.   This company is a big name and we have used them for years and I was in shock at the unprofessional notation. 

On the fax request the mortgage company had sent over to the insurance company, well, it was clear the person didn’t want to fill in a few blanks. They scribbled answers next to questions and then at the bottom wrote out…THIS WAS ON THE DEC PAPERWORK. ….THIS IS A WASTE OF TIME!

Oh, my blood pressure went sky high!  I wanted to know who thought that was ok to put on the bottom of a document that many will see?  I mean this us in my binding paperwork.   Deal is done and finished.   I felt embarrassed by having them represent me .  I had a million things in my mind from calling them or better yet going to the office and letting them know just what I thought of the ridiculous childish comment.   

As theevening went on I began to lighten up a little.   Thoughts of “they would probably just laugh at me when I  left. ”  

Today I feel so over it.  I still think it was unprofessional but I need to be above that .  I don’t need to have a fit by telling them how bad they were and in the end probably coming across in the same way.  It wouldn’t change anything except I wouldn’t be the compassionate person I desire to be.  It would still be on my paperwork.   I honestly don’t want to be the reason someone gets in trouble or loses their job.  I don’t know what they might personally be going through.   I am thankful that the Lord took me by the hand and led me to focus on something more important,  like worshipping Him!

Anyone out there relate to this?

1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

COMMENTARY 

In Christ we are all family. The body of Christ is like any other family, and is not immune to disagreements, differences of opinion, and sometimes just bad timing. Yet, there is great power at the disposal of a Christian family that can get them through anything together. This great mystery and surprising power belongs to forgiveness. Along with speaking the truth in love, forgiveness is able to overcome any obstacle or difference. It is this same forgiveness that allows us to love our enemies, and respond with kindness and blessing to those who would do us harm.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.

http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

Lest We Become Self-righteous 

Reading this today humbled me. How easily we can be self righteous without even realizing it.   I  know this morning the Lord revealed to me that ‘just maybe’, when I start even thinking the following. 

Thank you Lord that You opened my eyes to see that going out and doing this or that is wrong.  Thank You Lord that I am not blind but I see.

So, what is wrong with the above statement?   On the surface nothing because I am thankful that I am not as blind as I  once was BUT, I  must be very careful or that can so easily become a self righteous attitude.   Dear Lord God,  please continue to give me Your mercy and grace.   Help me Lord not to cross the line from thankfulness to self righteousness.   Help me to always remember ‘but without the grace of God there go I’.

Deuteronomy 9:4-6
After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you.  It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.


COMMENTARY 

It was not because of Israel’s righteousness that they entered into the promised land, and it is not because of our righteousness that we have salvation from sin. This is a foreshadowing of the fullness and completeness of all things in Christ Jesus. God provides the sacrifice to Abraham, as he nears sacrificing his own son Isaac (a test of faith from God). Likewise, God provides the perfect sacrifice for our sins; once and for all in Christ Jesus His son. Lord God, thank you for saving us! I pray we surrender our lives to you fully, and delight in you always!

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.

http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

The True Gospel that Frees

He is at the door.

Power

Hebrews 11:11

By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.

Faith

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Galatians 5:5-6
For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

COMMENTARY
Amazing love drives us toward a working faith in Christ. James 2:21-22 says, “Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” (NIV) Abraham was willing to act according to his faith, and God responds to that and spares Isaac. God never intended to have Abraham kill Isaac, but He desired Abraham to live in an obedience driven by love. Our faith consists of both belief in God and right action in response to that belief.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

Do It the Easy Way or the Hard Way

Humble yourself OR be humbled!

Daniel 4:37

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Anti-You-Know-What” April 17, 2016

What is Your Heart Desire?

I only want the desires of my heart to link up with what the Lord God knows to be best for His plan.  My own desires can often not be what is good for me in the long run. 

Matthew 7:7-12

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Middle East Prophecy Update June 28th, 2015

Thanks Pastor JD Farag

The Lord Speaks –

Will we listen before it is too late?

The Lord Answers Job

38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.

4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
9 when I made clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It is changed like clay under the seal,
and its features stand out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
and their uplifted arm is broken.

16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
and where is the place of darkness,
20 that you may take it to its territory
and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21 You know, for you were born then,
and the number of your days is great!

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,
on the desert in which there is no man,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with grass?

28 “Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is frozen.

31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
or loose the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?

34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
that a flood of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts
or given understanding to the mind?
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38 when the dust runs into a mass
and the clods stick fast together?

39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens
or lie in wait in their thicket?
41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God for help,
and wander about for lack of food?