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Bible Prophecy Update – July 19th, 2020

The Great Awakening, Pastor JD Farag.

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Jan Markell January 2020 “Happening Now”

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The Only One who Saves

Psalms 145:18-19

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.

What Have You Read Lately?

Holy Spirit & Faith

Ephesians 4:30
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

1 Thessalonians 5:19
19 Do not quench the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-18
Walk by the Spirit
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
(Brothers & sisters,  we cannot live life simply by doing that which we desire to do because it feels good but be sure it lines up with the will of the Father. )

Hebrews 11:1
By Faith (what is faith? )
11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

2 Corinthians 5:7
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Hebrews 10:38
38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”

Hebrews 11:6
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

I hope today you all find encouragement in these words. Hold fast to that which we have in Christ Jesus for we are in the last days!

Set Apart (feel alone?)

As the days tick away and I feel we are growing closer to the return of our Father,  our Creator,  our King,  our  Lord,  our God, I find it ironic that I feel more alone and distanced and set apart from this place where we currently live. Even from the people in my own family. Then again, the word of God speaks and tells us why.

1 John 3:1
3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Thank You Lord, thank You for giving us Your word,  Your truth, so that we might better understand what is going on around us.  We gain strength from the knowledge and wisdom You make available for all who ask and who seek You.  We praise Your most holy name!

Take Advantage

Wow!  I like the commentary that came with this today.  Lord, help me to be more bold for You today and to appreciate the opportunity you give me each day.

2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.
Commentary
It is so gracious of God to choose to use us. He didn’t have to include us in His plans, and He doesn’t have to use us to accomplish His purposes. Out of His great love however, He decided not only to provide for us the opportunity to triumph in Christ through salvation, but to share the gospel message through us. We are blessed to be involved in God’s story. May our lives portray the life of Christ!

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

We Exalt You

Exodus 15:11-13
Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you — majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?  “You stretch out your right hand, and the earth swallows your enemies. In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
Commentary
There is no one like the Lord God. There are only pretenders who would build thrones of lies within your heart. The Lord though, He is the truth that drives out any lie and brings light to any darkness. Joseph was sold into slavery…no problem, because the Lord was with him. Through God’s favor and wisdom, Joseph rises to 2nd in command of Egypt, and is later reunited with his family. Later, the Egyptians make slaves of the Israelites, and they cry out to their God, who is the Lord. He responds. He calls a man named Moses to demand the Lord’s people be released, and though many signs and wonders they eventually are released. Through many more miracles and with His presence leading them, He leads His people to the land He promised. His love endures forever. God’s love never fails! There is no one like the Lord God.

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

URGENT SHOUT OUT!

Have you ever cried out to God?  Cried out to Jesus and yet felt as though He was not listening? 

Did you then wonder if you were just not good enough? 

Feel like maybe God could see you could never fit in with all of His children?

Tell yourself to just forget it because you are clearly alone and unloved and unwanted?

I too have been there.  I have even thought I was where I should be although something felt lacking.  I did not know what that something was because I had not truly experienced God.  I would go about my life and then I would find myself crying out again, hoping He might really answer this time.  Finally, when I had absolutely no other options except to keep shouting out to Christ with a heart full of hope and fully expecting Him to answer and thanking Him and praising His name He began to change me and not my situation.  I realized before that I had only going through the motions and the Lord knows our hearts better than we do.  This scripture and commentary says it perfect.  If you can relate to my experience right now, then keep crying out to Him and don’t give up on Him because He won’t give up on you!

Matthew 20:29-34
As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Commentary
My first thought when reading this passage was – Why did the men have to shout twice? Is it because the crowd was working to silence them the first time, or is Jesus trying to say something about seeking God? Is it even possible that Jesus didn’t hear them the first time, perhaps because of the noise level of the crowd? Jesus was given unparalleled insight into the hearts of men, so I submit that Jesus was aware of these two men from the outset. Perhaps He wanted to reveal the madness of the crowd, or place perseverance on display as part of everyday life. Sometimes we are convinced we believe something until the time comes when that belief is tested. These men had the eyes of their heart fixed upon Christ, and they were unwavering in their desperate pursuit of the One they knew could make them see. These men follow Jesus.

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

Declaration

Ever have one of those days?  I started out with a positive attitude.  Walked in the doors at work and it went south rather quickly.  On my drive in

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I asked the Lord to help me walk in his ways.  I asked for help in serving Him.  I prayed to avoid complaining.  I felt like I failed before I even got past the starting gate.
I am humble and I am thankful I serve an understanding and loving and forgiving God.  I have a hard time forgiving myself for all my imperfections, and they are many.

Psalm 19:12-14
But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Commentary
Asking God forgiveness for hidden faults comes from a place of humility, from a heart that recognizes that we will never know ourselves as well as God knows us. “Presumptuous sin” (NKJV) parades around like a juggernaut to our faith. These sins want us to feel ashamed, like we cannot approach God, or do not have control over them. Take up the armor of God and do not be fooled! Stand firm in your faith! Give the battles of addiction and deliberate sin to the Lord for triumph! He is able to forgive and you are able to overcome by the power of Christ!

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

A Look Within on 9/11

Depending on your age or if you knew someone personally that will determine your deep feelings many of us have on every anniversary of 9/11.  Today I am wondering if it, apart from being the worst thing many of us have experienced or watched in complete shock and surprise.  Was it also in many ways a blessing in disguise?  I don’t mean to offend anyone, but consider this.  That day we were clearly shown we are not safe.  Didn’t you believe you were?  For the most part?  I certainly never expected anything could happen in America like what DID occur 13 years ago today.  Our dependence must be on Christ and not ourselves or our government.

Today as I repent first on behalf of my OWN sins, and if you say you have none then think again.  There is not one of us, even if one who many have considered a great man or woman, they are still a man or a woman and do sin and maybe we don’t see it but God sees all things and knows all things.  Repent for our sins and those of our nation.  I think 1 Timothy is fitting.

1 Timothy 1:15-17
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
COMMENTARY
I can’t help but to laugh a little bit as Paul refers to himself as the “chief” of sinners. (NKJV) I laugh because I think the same thing sometimes. Is it possible that Paul sinned worse than me? Is it even right to look at sin like that? Paul’s story is one of 180 degrees. He was going full force one direction and persecuting the church, Jesus Christ Himself, and there was really no stopping him. Then he encounters Jesus on the Damascus road and everything changes. Everything. From that encounter, Paul’s life changes into a testimony of God’s grace, patience, mercy, and unfailing love. Paul’s salvation testifies that there is no distance or depth that can dodge God’s sovereignty or the election of His chosen people. God hears you and knows you, and He most certainly can reach you and change everything.

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

No Turning Back

It is not up to me.
There are no words that I can say.
Nothing I can do to change a mind.
I cannot wake anyone up.
I have tried and tried and tried.
I am not claiming to know anything or everything.
I will simply say, we must pray. Yesterday I prayed with my son who was heading out for Middle East. I gave him many verses in my talk. I did not know why but they were just the verses The Lord had given me. I was good with that because I know God knows why. I ended our talk with Psalm 91 and told him this was going to be my prayer. This morning in prayer I asked The Lord to help me memorize this chapter as I pray it every day that our son is gone. After work today I was listening to someone and they said to pray and what? Yes, again Psalm 91. I am putting it below. Pray and make sure you are right with God Almighty. I cannot do it for you and you cannot do it for anyone else. May God have mercy on us all.

Psalm 91
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the LORD, who is my refuge—

10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

There Must be Others. SHARE…

I have been thinking of someone who recently told me that after the guy in Iraq who was told to worship Allah and he might live and so he did and they killed him anyway. She told me her husband said that surely God would forgive someone for doing that if they had to do it to try to stay alive.

I am sure he is not alone in his thinking. We must be sure to share this important message to every Christian who might think that way. Our own minds will easily deceive us if we are not firm in the word of our Savior!

Clearly these are the verses he needs to hear and understand. (Verses after my personal commentary).

Verse 34 and 35 do not mean He does not want peace for us but that as part of what has to happen here He has to know what you stand for. If you love Him and put Him first there will be families who will not be happy with you. (Not all, but maybe that is why it is important to be equally yoked.) Will you choose to follow Him anyway or will you choose instead to please man before God? This will show who you put first. My husband and I seem to get further apart as do my grown sons. Why? Because I am reading and studying and telling them (trying not to shove it on them, but I love them and hate to see them walk around with their eyes shut.), they tire of me. I figure I will be alone yet again one day but that is ok. I pray humbly that God sustains me and keeps me close to Him regardless of what others say or do to me. Tell your husband not to be decieved. Read what Jesus said. It was very clear regarding this.

Verse 28 and 39..Fear God and not man….clearly, if the man in Iraq had of lived he would really have lost his eternal life with The Lord. He was killed and still denied The Lord. He lost. Had he only lost his head but not denied Christ…he would be living with Christ now.

Great time of deception is here…we must stick close to The Lord! Any of us can be deceived if we are not careful!

MATTHEW 10
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

32 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter–in–law against her mother–in–law—

36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

COME LORD JESUS COME!

Joy! ANOTHER GREAT DAY! Really? YES!

Why praise the Lord today?
We woke up this morning.
We slept in a warm comfortable bed.
We had a roof over our heads.
We have food in our cabinet and refrigerator.
We have heat and air.
We probably have a car to get us where we need to be.
We have jobs.
We have clothes on our backs.
We have hot water for warm showers.
We live in America and as of this moment it is still a pretty safe place to live. Even if you live in a bad area, all you need to do is compare it to the countries in the middle east to KNOW that you are still in the safest country.
AND LAST BUT SHOULD BE FIRST…….We have a savior and I pray you know Him!
So, for all those reasons, we have a lot to be thankful for this morning!

Please keep all who are less fortunate in your prayers and help wherever you can!