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“Gospel Preached In The Midst Of Persecution -Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat” !

Praise the Lord God Almighty for men like this! God still uses all of us in different ways. We might be a small candle instead of a light bulb that shines a brighter light nonstop and that draws many to its brightness. Ler us not forget that the light in each one of us from a small candle to the brightest bulb is still the Holy Spirit and he shines the light on darkness in ways we don’t even realize. We can’t all be “Zev Porat”, but God is able and does use all who are willing. For me it is simply sharing these types of things, or it is simply lifting someone at work up in prayer or with a hug or simply telling them they have done a great job and thank you! Friday I did that with an email to a woman I have never met but through my job we communicate here and there. Not on a consistent basis or anything. I had asked her for information the day before and she worked quickly to get the answers. I just emailed her after and copied a few key people and told her I appreciated her going above and beyond at quickly resolving this issue. I said you might be asking “fir what, just doing my job”? I would say, you wouldn’t believe how many don’t get right in there and do as you do. You are set apart from the rest and simply wanted you to know how much I appreciate you.

(So, yes, something as simple as that gives encouragement in a dark depressing world. She sent me an email back without the other folks on it and said WOW, thank you for such a wonderful complimentary email. Such kind words and you made my day! I told her I don’t give them out unless I mean what I say. I told her I was glad it made her day and I hoped it put a smile on her face and a spring in her step!) You know in this world we often are all to easy to point out the things people do wrong and criticize people in an email with many people on it but we should take time to be a light that shines brightly on little things in daily life, and maybe let their bosses know about those things. That does brighten the days of people. So, something so small and easy can be used! I feel God uses me more to encourage and uplift people. We are all part of the body of Christ Jesus and we can’t all be the arm or a foot. The body has many parts!

What part are you?

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Jesus Already Knows, so Why Cry Out?

Mark 5:30-34

And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Commentary

In a crowd full of people who are, “following and pressing in around Him”, Jesus asks the question (vs. 30) and begins looking for the woman who touched His clothes. Jesus is not confused about who touched His clothes…He already knows. Why then does He ask the question? In a beautifully crafted divine setup, Jesus orchestrates a public confession from this woman about what has happened to her. God’s plan collides with this woman’s great faith and heals her, while also providing a teaching moment and great encouragement to the disciples and the crowd.

I will add… Even in the time we live in , when we cry out to Jesus with our afflictions and sorrows and we are healed or comforted or any number of things, it becomes yet another testimony for glorifying Jesus Christ our King!

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Breaking the Law

Galatians 2:21

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Commentary

If you could gain righteousness through the law, everything in the Old Testament would have been enough. The rules and regulations that were given to Moses, the Ten Commandments, and the Levitical Priesthood atoning for sins would have been enough. However, the law could not save us; it could not make us righteous. Christ’s road to the cross is jam-packed full of purpose and necessity. He knew that we needed Him in order to be right with God; to be saved by grace through faith alone in Christ alone. Jesus is everything! Believe.

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A New Name for the Glory of God

Philippians 1:12-16

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:

Commentary

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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God Cares

Genesis 6:5-9

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Commentary

Verse 5 isn’t talking about people having weak moments; the picture here is a total and complete corruption of the human heart. The people here were “hell-bent” on anything and everything except for God. In this moment, we see God’s desire for justice. Yet, Noah found favor. The KJV says that Noah found grace. God is Just, and God gives grace. The cost of sin is death and we are saved from that cost by Jesus. God’s wrath for all sin hit Jesus instead of us. That makes Jesus “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him”. (John 14:6)

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“The Price of Shame | Monica Lewinsky”

Compassion. Do you have it? I can remember the ‘time’ of Monica and President Clinton. Back then, I was not a political person. I certainly wasn’t the person that I have grown into today. As we age and as we live through our own personal mistakes or we are trapped by mistakes those around us make which do affect our lives. All of these things mold us and shape us and yes, even help to change our thinking.

King David – I remember studying about King David in the scriptures. I basically had always thought he was just this great man of God. I think I pretty much put him up there as this perfect man. Sometimes people either read scripture so quickly that they glide right over the top and miss some pretty important stuff. Often if you are not reading and studying as many are not, you might only think of King David as the boy who killed the giant with a slingshot! Of course, then he just became King right? That was really all I thought for years. When I was saved and seeking a deeper understanding and desiring God and desiring to please God and walk with Him, I read what made most sense to me. I stayed in the New Testament. I learned a lot from the new testament! The old b testament seemed hard and like just a history book. (I never understood why we needed to know history. In school I loathed it and just got by.)

I began a study about King David, a man with a heart after God. That fit in my thought of this perfect boy who became a perfect King. One day I was at the part where King David was watching Bethsheba bathe. (**First this alone should get our attention. She was doing nothing wrong but he was watching someone who he should have immediately turned from.) He liked what he was seeing. Lust took over. He caved to temptation of his flesh. He sent one of his men to go and have her come to see him. WAIT…WAIT, before anyone starts saying, “well, she should have said no, she was married and she shouldn’t have slept with him.” While all that is true, we need to stop and go back into time for a few minutes. We don’t know what all happened as she went to see the King. (Forgive me if I am missing something because I am going off my memory and this was a few years ago and I am now wanting to go back and read it all again.) Think about what we do know. First, David was not simply any man. He was the King! He was a powerful King! We know that most kings don’t take kindly to being told no. We know that kings often just as soon say off with their head someone didn’t do as it pleased them. What IF she had told him no? He would have had to have done something. She would possibly tell her husband once he returned from fighting in battle. That is something King David could not have chanced. What about the men around King David? Like the one who was to go and get her. What if he too knew she walked away from the king? Powerful people men or women often use their power to get their way. Often they don’t have to do or say anything and the power they have, it alone will do the talking for them. So, we have Bethsheba summoned to the palace. They have sex. She becomes pregnant. The King doesn’t want anyone to know it is his child. When her husband comes in from battle the king tries to get him to go spend time with his wife. This way the timing would be so that her husband would believe it was his child. Her husband was a man of great honor and a great leader. He wanted to stay with the men who fought with him. He wasn’t going to return home if they couldn’t. He would stay because they were to go right back out. So, now King David is forced to do something worse. See when we do one thing wrong and don’t confess it and own it then we must continue to try and cover our tracks. More lies. Now he has to have her husband killed in battle. Then, being a great king and all he will simply bring her into the palace and be a hero. So, that is what he did. Now she has the baby and the baby gets sick and dies. King David always repents and always turns back to God. King David was a man who loved God but sometimes his flesh got the best of him.

Why am I going there? President Clinton certainly was not a King David! Both Clinton and even Monica knew what they did was certainly wrong. Monica was a very young woman. Bill Clinton was charming and powerful. Was she forced, I would say certainly not. She was probably nieve. She probably was living a dream. Living a romance novel. The president of the United States of America picked her! Don’t forget, she was young and hadn’t been around to see the truth of this sort of thing. To know that she was but yet just another plaything for this man. She would be kicked to the curb just like all the others. What if Monica hadn’t been smitten by him and had told him no? It is safe to say that her career would have been over either way. I remember thinking back then that she was a little hussy. All her fault. Certainly not this great president (who just happens to be from the state I also am from). I was certainly superficial at that age and liked this president but if you asked me who hurt I would have been like much of our younger generation today. I want to vote to have the first woman or the first black man. No other reason. Clueless on all levels.

Yes, Monica was a more than willing participate. Yes, Monica fell in love probably more with the power the man held than with the man himself. Bill Clinton is more to blame as he had a record for doing this time and time again and he was busted this time. Sadly, she was the nobody. Monica was destroyed by most of the world, at least by the media. Over time those who liked President Clinton would forget about this mess unless it would be brought up again. Sadly Monica would never be looked at any differently in the years that followed. Can you imagine all the whispers behind her back? Then all the mean horrible things things in things in the news and tabloids? Can you imagine just trying to go to a job interview? If hired by a man would he also wonder if he might have a perk or two?

Yes, Monica knows more about shame than most of us can even comprehend.

God can use her voice in a way most of us cannot relate to. We can relate to shame and being made fun of but not on the level that this young woman has survived.

Listen to her for 20 minutes and think about out how God might be using her weather she knows it or two not. Our pasts if embraced and learned from can be used to encourage people within our reach, they can be used for the glory of God.

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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

Power

1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

We will look at 3 kinds here. (This is my 2 cents worth so, take it as such.)


What is power?

  • Money
  • Knowledge
  • Control

Is power good or bad?

  • I think money can be good or bad. Depends on whose hands it is in and if used to help others or used for bribery, drugs, or anything not of God’s purposes.
  • Knowledge is once again dependent upon where you obtain it, what kind you obtain. Is it the knowledge of God or some type of worldly knowledge?
  • Control of anyone apart from self control is bad. We should never in anyway try to control what another thinks or does as long as they are capable people and not in need due to disabilities but even then you would only help t h em make decisions but not in controlling things. (You know what I am trying to say here.)

Does man desire power?

  • Evil or carnal men desire all the money they can obtain. A godly man would accept money to serve God with by helping those in need and therefore glorifying God.
  • Carnal man may or may not seek knowledge. A godly man seeks the knowledge of God.
  • Carnal man seeks to control others only for evil purposes whether he realizes it or not. I think most of us do this in some form and often unknowingly simply by trying to control a situation that could cause us to be more uncomfortable if we don’t control it. Even that is wrong. Self-control is the only control we should practice.

Father in Heaven, Help Me

Help Me Be More Like You….I can’t do this on my own.

John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Commentary

This new commandment speaks the truth in love. Loving one another as Jesus loved us is the gospel, because it communicates that we are His, that He is worthy, and that we are changed because He first loved us. Loving someone begins with selflessness and surrender. We surrender to God because we know we cannot love others like this without His help, without being loved this way by Him. It is selfless because to love others like this, we must set ourselves aside and deny ourselves daily. This is like Jesus laying down His authority and power and choosing to die on a cross so that we may truly live because of that sacrifice. Remember, Jesus said “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39) We find true life by loving one another as Jesus loves us.

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Need Someone to Pray for You? Read to the Last Part…Jesus Prays for Us…

JOHN 17

Prayer for the Son

1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Prayer for the Disciples

6I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Prayer for all Believers

20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

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1 John 4:10-11

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.