Focus On What Matters (not on what you see)

My verses the last couple of weeks to sort of meditate on, or focus on are. Verse 13 is my favorite of these! In a world full of distress I cling all the more to my Blessed Hope…Jesus Christ! What else is there? Nothing else matters and no one, no storm, no enemy, no wickedness can take that from us! HALLELUJAH!
Titus 2:12-15
12. Teaching us that denying ungodliness andworldly lusts, we should live soberly (meaning seriously), righteously (God’s righteousness and not our own self righteousness -such a fine line ), and godly, in this present world;
13. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14. Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Not because the works are required for salvation but because we desire to serve Him.)
15. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

In verse 13, meditate for a little while on the meaning of ‘looking for’

Part of Speech: verb

Outline of Biblical Usage:

  1. to receive to one’s self, to admit, to give access to one’sself

    1. to admit one, receive one into intercourse and companionship
    2. to receive one (coming from some place)
    3. to accept (not to reject) a thing offered
  2. to expect: the fulfilment of promises
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THE GREAT PASSION PLAY — “I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG”

I stumbled upon this.   In 2013 or around there the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs Arkansas was about to close.   I think this must have been like a fundraiser.   This 6 minutes is worth listening to.  Takes you back to the basics of what the Pledge of Allegiance is about. 

Middle – East Prophecy Update – May 21st, 2017  Pastor JD Farag 

Thank you Pastor….powerful. 

Middle-East Prophecy Update – May 7th, 2017 Pastor JD Farag 

Hope?  Have You Looked at What is Happening Around You? 

1 Peter 3:15 
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the HOPE that is in you with meekness and fear: 

How can we have hope. I  know more days than not it is tough to find it and hang onto it throughout the day.  Holding onto it simply for your own sanity without trying to put a smile on your face and convincing others you have hope!  Right? Can anyone relate to what I am saying?

Well, first off we have NO HOPE if we are looking to this messed up world to provide it for us.  This place gets more hopeless by the day!  We first must know God!   We must know His word and seek Him daily.   

Let’s see what the infallible word of God has to say regarding hope.

1 Thessalonians 2:19

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 

I find it interesting that in the verse just before 19, the end of verse 18 it says….

But Satan hindered us.

Paul is telling his brothers and sisters that he would have come to them to continue to encourage them and help them but he has been hindered by Satan and that this was temporary and he cannot be with them in presence but HE IS WITH THEM IN HEART.

THEN, he asks for what is our HOPE, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?   THEN he asks, are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 

I glean from this that our HOPE is not in our ever changing circumstances of our lives where we may find ourselves or those we love being hindered by Satan for a brief time.  NO, NO, our HOPE is in KNOWING we will be in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming.  

Do you believe He is coming?  If you do then that is certainly our hope.  If you don’t believe it then you need to begin by asking the Lord to help you in your unbelief.  Ask Jesus Christ to show you,  to teach you,  to reveal Himself to you as only He can.  

Let’s see what else the word of God has to say. 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have NO HOPE. 

For IF we BELIEVE that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

Wherefore COMFORT one another with these words.

YES…YES, brothers and sisters!   Now that is the HOPE I am talking about!   We cannot expect to have hope in the things we see around us in this world,  but if we keep our minds on the things above we can have hope knowing the Lord God WILL do what He has said He would do!

1 Thessalonians 5:8-11

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the HOPE  of SALVATION.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to OBTAIN SALVATION by our Lord Jesus Christ, 

Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 

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ENDING WITH THESE WORDS. 

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.



Colossians 3:13

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Colossians 3:15-16

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 

Oh To Know You More

1 Chronicles 16:11-12 

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Where Did the Word Come From?

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 

A Promised Blessing

John 13:15-17
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

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

Word of God Speak

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Jonah 2:8

Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Middle East” February 28th, 2016

Small Slice of Deception

We should be thankful it is only a slice at a time and not the entire pie at once!

Jesus told us to keep watch.  Do not be deceived.  Don’t be deceived by your own heart. 

We must each look into our own hearts.    Keep everything in its rightful place.   Be careful that you are not calling evil good and good evil.  You say you wouldn’t dare?  How about even when it is only one slice at a time?  Like whipped cream on top so it is prettier and maybe we will say , hey, it is their right. 

Matthew  10 : 26
“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

Ephesians 5 :6-13
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible

What do I mean by one slice at a time? Same sex marriage.  My bible says that it is between a man and a woman.  One slice.  Yes, we will let sataanist do the opening invocation in Phoenix in February. Slice 2.  Really,  there has already been more than a pie delivered but if you cannot see what is going on in plain sight then you very well may be falling for the deception.

See these things have went on in the dark since the beginning,  the fall of man.  When it is all brought out of the dark hidden places for ALL to see and you just want to call it their rights and accept it then we are accepting it too.

Judgment is coming.  I don’t know when but day by day more are celebrating in it.  May God have mercy.

Warning
John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Growing Weary?

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Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Thank You and we praise Your name Jesus Christ …You are our rock,  our peace,  our King of Kings and the Alpha and the Omega!   Our blessed Hope!