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Only God Can Do Such a Thing

Jude 1:24-25

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.


Commentary

I find great comfort in that God is able to “keep me from stumbling” and “present me faultless”. By grace through faith in Christ Jesus our sins have been made “white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). Not only has the Lord dealt with our past sins, He has committed to work in us to protect us from sinning all the more in the future. This promise is an invitation into daily relationship with Him and a guarantee that He will be there for us. Make no mistake, our God is faithful, and His love is unfailing. He shows up in our lives. This promise is an invitation to die to ourselves and to place Christ on the throne of our hearts. Take courage today, in our Lord who works for your good. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

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President Trump’s Christmas Gift (article by Caroline Glick)

http://carolineglick.com/trumps-great-gifts-to-israel-and-america/

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Praise and Thanksgiving unto The Lord God

1 Chronicles 16:8-36 KJVS

Give thanks unto the Lord , call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

[9] Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

[10] Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord .

[11] Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.

[12] Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

[13] O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

[14] He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

[15] Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

[16] Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;

[17] And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,

[18] Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;

[19] When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.

[20] And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;

[21] He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,

[22] Saying , Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

[23] Sing unto the Lord , all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

[24] Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

[25] For great is the Lord , and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.

[26] For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

[27] Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

[28] Give unto the Lord , ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

[29] Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

[30] Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

[31] Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth.

[32] Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

[33] Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord , because he cometh to judge the earth.

[34] O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

[35] And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

[36] Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord .

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Buckle Up- Will US Sign Wednesday -(if he does, fear not because God is in control)

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Written by “Bohold Israel News

December 3, 2017

PA, Hamas and Arab League warn against US recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel;

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Trump Administration reportedly began notify its ambassadors in the Middle East, with reports claiming the President will make the announcement on Wednesday.

Hamas calls to “revive the intifada”, PA claims move would push “region into instability”, Nov. 3, 2017.

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The Palestinian Authority warned the United States against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, claiming it “destroys” the peace process.

Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas sent a delegation to Washington on Friday to meet with President Trump’s senior advisor, Jared Kushner. During their meeting, senior Palestinian officials Saeb Erekat and Majed Faraj warned the United States against moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as well as against official recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Palestinian Authority claims Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian State, Israel consistently clear that no negotiations would be held on changing Jerusalem’s status as the eternal capital of the Jewish State.

A spokesman for Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas stated ahead the PA-Kushner meeting in Washington, “The American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel destroys the peace process. The American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the American embassy to Jerusalem involves the same level of danger to the future of the peace process and pushes the region into instability.”

Hamas also warned both the United States and Israel on such a move, calling on the Palestinian people to “revive the intifada”. It stated “We warn against such a move and call on the Palestinian people to revive the intifada if these unjust decisions on Jerusalem are adopted.”

The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, also warned against such decision, claiming that recognition of Jerusalem would lead to violence and only benefits the Israeli government. He stated on Saturday “Today we say very clearly that taking such action is not justified… it will not serve peace or stability, but will fuel extremism and resort to violence. It only benefits one side; the Israeli government that is hostile to peace.”

The Trump Administration reportedly began notify its ambassadors in the Middle East, with reports claiming the President will make the announcement on Wednesday. President Trump is expected to sign the Jerusalem Embassy Act, a law passed in 1995 to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The law can be bypassed if waived by the President every six months.

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Pruned for Better Fruit

Luke 8:15 KJVS

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it , and bring forth fruit with patience.


My prayer.

Dear Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven.
Abba Father, please never give up on me. CHANGE MY HEART, MY MIND, MY SOUL. Make the DESIRES OF MY HEART ONLY be that which is pleasing to YOU! Help me not to be distracted by the evil in this wicked world. Help me not to be fearful of anything in this world. Help me to trust YOU in ALL ways. Help me Abba Father to live my life from this day forward, different, better, producing good fruit. Good fruit for all to see. Good fruit that does not glorify me BUT glorifies YOU, the Father of all who believe and who love and who receives your only begotten son Jesus Christ and what He has done for all who will receive Him. Jesus Christ died, shed His blood, took the wrath that He didn’t deserve but it was the wrath which all who sin, every person alive or now dead deserves. Jesus Christ has already won the victory over death that we who believe might have eternal life. This is who our fruit should glorify, the Father. Help me to live my life in such a way that all will know that I love You. Not because I am so great, BUT because Jesus Christ first loved us so that we might be able to love. That is the only way we might possibly be able to love others. Thank You Jesus, I praise Your Holy name and ask all these things in Your most Holy name. Amen

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Purpose of Deuteronomy

I like this….

PURPOSE:

To remind the people of what God had done and encourage them to rededicate their lives to him.

KEY VERSE:

“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).

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Witness, Am I? Are You?

Isaiah 43:1-28 KJV

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

[2] When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

[3] For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

[4] Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

[5] Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

[6] I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

[7] Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

[8] Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

[9] Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

[10] Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord , and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

[11] I, even I, am the Lord ; and beside me there is no saviour.

[12] I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord , that I am God.

[13] Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

[14] Thus saith the Lord , your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.

[15] I am the Lord , your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

[16] Thus saith the Lord , which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;

[17] Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.

[18] Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

[19] Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

[20] The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

[21] This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

[22] But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.

[23] Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.

[24] Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.

[25] I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

[26] Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

[27] Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.

[28] Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.


Commentary from study bible..

43:1ff Chapter 42 ends with God’s sorrow over the spiritual decay of his people. In chapter 43, God says that despite the people’s spiritual failure, he will show them mercy, bring them back from captivity, and restore them. He would give them an outpouring of love, not wrath. Then the world would know that God alone had done this.

43:1-4 God created the people of Israel, and they were special to him. God redeemed them and called them by name to be those who belong to him. God protected Israel in times of trouble. We are important to God, too. If we claim to belong to God, we must never do anything that would bring shame to him.

43:2 Going through rivers of difficulty will either cause you to drown or force you to grow stronger. If you go in your own strength, you are more likely to drown. If you invite the Lord to go with you, he will protect you.

43:3 God gave other nations to Persia in exchange for returning the Jews to their homeland. Egypt, Ethiopia, and parts of Arabia (Seba) had attacked Persia, and the Persians defeated them.

43:5, 6 Isaiah was speaking primarily of Israel’s return from Babylon. But there is a broader meaning: All God’s people will be regathered when Christ comes to rule in peace over the earth.

43:10, 11 Israel’s task was to be a witness (44:8), telling the world who God is and what he had done. Believers today share the responsibility of being God’s witnesses. Do people know what God is like through your words and example? They cannot see God directly, but they can see him reflected in you.

43:15-21 This section pictures a new Exodus for a people once again oppressed, as the Israelites had been as slaves in Egypt before the Exodus. They would cry to God, and again he would hear and deliver them. A new Exodus would take place through a new wilderness. The past miracles were nothing compared to what God would do for his people in the future.

43:22-24 A sacrifice required both giving up a valuable animal and pleading with God for forgiveness. But the people presented God with sins instead of sacrifices. Can you imagine bringing the best of your sins to God’s altar? This ironic picture shows the depths to which Israel had sunk. What do you present to God—your sins or a plea for his forgiveness?

43:25 How tempting it is to remind someone of a past offense! But when God forgives our sins, he totally forgets them. We never have to fear that he will remind us of them later. Because God forgives our sins, we need to forgive others.

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Only Jesus Christ Can Wash You Clean

Hebrews 9:24-28

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.


Commentary

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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Are You Thirsty?

Psalm 42:1-2

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

COMMENTARY

God is our very life, and it is right that we “thirst” for Him. Father, we pray today that You would create a thirst in us for You, the living God. May the Holy Spirit lead us to the well of life that You offer each day; especially through the hard times. The truth is that all are desperately lost without You, and in great need of a Savior. We praise You for that Savior Jesus, and ask that we would never stop desiring more of You Lord God. Thank you Jesus for being the living water that never runs dry.

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Cracked Clay Pot

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.

Past – Let’s Think On It

Matthew 27:50-54

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

COMMENTARY

You read that right, tombs opened and people who were dead came out of their graves upon Jesus’ resurrection. Think about what that must have been like. The fabric of creation seizes as Christ releases His spirit. In this moment, you cannot deny who He is. Five things that virtually never happen, all happen in the same moment. Creation itself is crying out in response to what has taken place. At this moment, the moment where Christ says, “it is finished”, all hell breaks loose. The severe depth of this moment is lost on me. The impact though is timeless and life bringing. Death’s hold on us through sin is forever compromised, shattered by the power of what Jesus has done. Light has broken through the darkness and invites us to come.

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Do You Doubt? Be Encouraged!

1 Corinthians 15:9-11

For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

Commentary

Through Paul’s transformation, we see God’s grace displayed. It reminds us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, and that God’s ways are not our ways. No Christian at the time would have thought that Paul could become an apostle. Sure enough, Christ Himself calls him to service, to surrender all and turn on a dime. I’m sure that I will never fully understand the glorious “riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2:7) – yet I am comforted by the fact that our God is an ocean of grace that I can never exhaust. His sovereign will accomplishes exactly what it means to. Nothing and no-one can dodge Him or stand beyond His loving reach.

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Seeking The One Who Created Us

Psalm 42:1-11 KJV

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

[2] My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

[3] My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

[4] When I remember these things , I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

[5] Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

[6] O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

[7] Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

[8] Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

[9] I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

[10] As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

[11] Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.