Jesus in the Old Testament 

Isaiah 61 :1-2

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;

Because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;

He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

The 2nd verse was cut in hslf.  The remaining has not come to pass yet.

2nd half of the 2nd verse.

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all that mourn;

Luke 4:16-21

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

We Cry Out! 

Psalm 17:6-8
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

Commentary 

Lord God, Your Word is full of rich life-giving truths like this that we can offer to You in prayer; not only for ourselves, but for others as well. We praise You Lord, that You are a God who answers when we call! You hear our cries, and do not turn away from our needs. We come to You Lord as we are, because we cannot come as anything else before You: the one who knows us perfectly and sees all things. Create in us hearts that authentically desire to honor You with our lives, and to share the magnitude of Your greatness with those we meet. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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The World Seems to be Coming Apart!

No fear because God Almighty is STILL on the  throne!

Jeremiah 32:17

Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

Down & Out? No Place to Turn?

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Seek the Lord God,  He knows and understands and He is always with you AND He always has been all along and He has just been waiting for you to see that you need Him, the only One who truly loves you and cares for you and will sustain you.  NO MATTER WHAT!   For He IS FAITHFUL AND TRUE! 

Psalm 55:22

22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
and He will sustain you;
He will never permit
the righteous to be moved.

Thank you Jesus,  we praise You and exalt You!  Thank You for having mercy on us and for never giving up on us even when we are so wretched and don’t deserve Your perfect goodness.
I humbly thank You with all of my heart and soul and mind.  Thank You Jesus,  my King and my Deliverer and my Saviour. Amen 

What Have You Read Lately?

Living in Fear…..

These are the craziest days I have lived in! I have lived in fear before, but today, in this world, it is a NEW sort of fear. Everyday it is something new! This morning on my way to church I found my mind drifting yet again to the trouble of this world and then suddenly the verses below came to mind. Again, I had great peace.

LUKE 8:22-25
Jesus Calms the Storm
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

My thoughts…

I heard a teacher once point out that in verse 22 Jesus did not tell the disciples to go it alone. Jesus said, LET’S go over to the other side of the lake. In my mind this is a very important nugget! I think sometimes watching the world news can be frightening but we need to be aware of what is going on. We must always watch so we are not caught off guard. It is important to know that we may just now be seeing things happening but the storm is not surprising The Lord. He knows everything. He never has to say…”WOW, I did not see that coming so I guess I will go to plan B.”

So if you feel yourself feeling anxious because the world is getting out of control just remember that YOU never had control of any of it to begin with! Remember that we never have to go it alone. Have faith in the ONLY ONE we can ever truly count on.

Much love….

Easy? Most of the Time NO.

Matters not easy or hard.
Matters only that we walk in the path Jesus lays before us.  It is a learning process.

John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one 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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Judgement, but there is Light….

Considering all the chaos,
Considering all the sickness,
Considering all the fear,
Considering all those who don’t believe or simply refuse to,
Considering all the starving people of the world,
Can we all come together and agree things are the worst most of us have ever seen?
Yes, I have words of encouragement for all. Read each passage slowly as though you were eating a juicy flavorful strawberry (or something else if you have something against the berry). I hope you get life from these verses. Verse 10 has been a favorite of mine for a long time but the rest of it breathed the life of God into me.

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever–present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8 Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

THANK YOU JESUS….COME QUICK!
WE PRAISE YOUR MIGHTY NAME!
AMEN

A new sign concerning Jonah And Mosul and Ninevites?

Just thinking.  The ISIS going and destroying the tomb of Jonah and trying to destroy that which was accomplished in the day of Jonah seem to go hand in hand here.

Luke 11:29-32
As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.

Commentary
Jonah 3 describes of when Jonah preached against Ninevah. Jonah 3:4-5 says, “Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.’ The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.” Not only this, but the king decrees that everyone stop their evil ways and violence in hopes that God will relent and not destroy them. Ninevah heard the warning and changed. Once they recognized that they were doing evil, they tried to stop that and instead urgently called upon God. Jesus’ message is similar, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Unfortunately, the Jewish leadership didn’t see the warning from Jesus like Ninevah saw the warning from Jonah.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
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Who are you trusting?

Luke 11:21-23
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

COMMENTARY
There is always someone stronger, except when we are talking about the Lord God. No one is stronger or mightier than He. If we place our trust in our own power, we secure ourselves, our family, and our futures in a limited way. However, placing our trust in Christ and seeking to depend fully upon Him and the power of the living God can protect us from anything. In Christ we live under the sovereignty and authority of God trusting in Him for all that we need, and in His perfect timing for all things in our lives. Let your armor be the armor of God, and let your faith be unwavering because Jesus is always enough and He cannot be overcome.

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Lord Help Me To Be….

Lord, show me, walk with me. Help me so that my actions help your children but more importantly glorify your name. 

Isaiah 42:1-4
“Here is my servant, whom Iuphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;  he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

COMMENTARY….
It’s all about Jesus. Prophecy after prophecy throughout the Old Testament pointing the One who is to come. Isaiah 53:5-6 (NIV) says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” The only way we could be reconciled to God is if God Himself acted and made it possible. His redemptive plan was always salvation through Jesus Christ. Our complete hope is in Him, and He stepped in and bore the wrath of God for our sin. We owe Him everything.

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God has a Reason….Controlled Burn

I am whipped….my husband decided yesterday to burn 24 + trees that we paid someone to cut down out of our front acre. They were in this gigantic pile. He had a Bon fire big enough to do sacrifices in….(WAIT…IT WAS A FULL MOON….MAYBE I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SACRIFICED…OH WELL, I guess I came in too soon)…anyway I happened to go out there and I said one or two things in my woman way…I believe I was expressing my concern about all the fire flying in the air from this HUGE contained fire and “WHAT IF” those caught another tree on fire… (you know, we are usually right) … But (you know he was doing the HE-man thing)…he clearly wanted Me to go back into the house and do some laundry or some woman thing. I got the message, but happened to look up into one of the surrounding old BIG oak trees and noticed smoke….OH WAIT, WAS THAT ALSO A FLAME WHIPPING around the side WAYYYYYY up in the top of that tree that WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE BURNING? Oh, well yes it is and I do believe I was correct. (Yes, I did keep that little remark to myself.) So I said, “honey, is that tree on fire?” He began looking and calmly said, hmmm I believe it is. I wonder how that happened. (Hmmm, yes I wonder…again I thought that to myself.) of course then he began yelling at me about how if I had just bought him another chainsaw like he needed this would not be an issue. I was like….buddy, don’t even try to put this on me! I thought we decided to spend the $3,250 to have someone come out and CUT ALL THESE TREES DOWN FOR YOU instead of replacing your broken chainsaw, but you are right I should have spent the $300 on the chainsaw and saved the other and you could have simply cut them all down by yourself and we would not be having this issue right now! I said forget it…what do we need to do RIGHT NOW to fix this? Do you want me to go drag the water hose over here? (He did have it by the main fire.) He said it will not go any farther. Great! So, I said do I need to go and buy another one? Yes…ok, off I go… The rest of the story is way to long to even type out. The entire ordeal was exhausting. We had ladders perched up on top of massive logs (from other trees that had been cut but would be sold and not burned), yes, ladder wobbly perched on it trying to get higher so the water would actually hit the part of the top of the tree on fire….I yelled, YOU hold the ladder because you are stronger than I am and give me the hose and let me climb up. Good grief you would have thought he was a fireman and I was someone just wanting to hold the firehose. He did not want me to do anything. So he did finally say ok. ( Honestly, I think it was only because I threw in the YOU ARE MUCH STRONGER THAN ME comment that made him go with my plan.) I am climbing up this ladder (remember it is on top of this massive log that is on top of ground that is not exactly what you would call level AND it is getting dark outside), as I am climbing and he is trying to maintain control and not lose balance of himself, the ladder or me or even the log for that matter, I see the back leg is not stable on the log yet the ropes training we had taken at work made me say to myself….keep your mouth shut and you do your part and let him do his part. I thought oh my, if one of us old people go we will both go and there will most likely be some broken bones. Won’t be pretty. Ok, shut up mind and climb…climb…climb. Don’t look down and don’t think about it or complain. I actually did really well…..I was way up there and still just cannot get the water to really hit the fire. I said, can I go up anymore? (It was really iffy…) He said one or two….(ok, there was only 3 left IF you are also counting the very top which I know I cannot balance myself on that.). So, up two more I go….very wobbly, very high, DON’T think about it, just do it. Impressed myself when I realized I was holding that hose with my LONG arm stretched as far as I could AND balancing pretty good on top of this skinny ladder (again the ladder that was balancing on top of a round log on top of unleveled ground being held by an exhausted husband). Still just cannot quite do what we needed. Most of the water was hitting right below where we needed to hit. We did hit the fire a time or two but not even close to enough. I looked down and said now what?, and then the wobbling began….I was saying “whoa”and he began yelling get down now….get the f— down now! I was moving down as fast as I could! (His yelling at me like he did would normally have really hurt my feelings and ticked me off, but not this time. We both knew it was stress and we both knew if I did not get down with perfect timing the alternative was not going to end up very well. Ok…received a cut or two but jumping on the log was nice. Now what?

Ended up he decided he would simply watch it and he clearly did not want to call the fire dept. He clearly did not need me for anything after several suggestions and asking questions I decided I would simply go in the house and let him take care of it as any real man would. Right? I went in about 10:30pm. He finally came in between 12:30 and 2am. This Sunday morning we are both exhausted and sore and hurting all over. We both had some good laughter over the whole thing. He fell several times and got his foot stuck in the big fire once. He said he finally realized his other foot and weight were on the log that had trapped his other foot. Once he realized that it was an easy fix. Lol. That is what tired and stubborn will do to you. He said the tree finally burned down far enough and chunks fell off and so finally he was able to get the water on it and get it put out. He said he even began praying for God to just help him many times. He had the ladder propped up on a tree and was at the top of it and he said it was going over and he was really, really praying then. God did help him yet again.

I have to thank God because I know if it were not for the prayers being answered things would not have turned out so well. It was NOT the ropes class at work I took that helped me to trust and keep climbing. It was NOT my husbands great strength that held the ladder on the log on unleveled ground, not to mention with one leg partially off the log. It was NOT just good luck. It was NOT my awesome ability to balance myself at that height that kept us from falling and really getting hurt or just good luck that this fire did not spread and get worse.

While I would have loved for prayers to have been answered simply because we were able to reach the fire with the new water hose I ran to Lowe’s and bought at the beginning of the ordeal I still know God was right there the entire time. Again Daniel 3 comes to mind and this problem we had this time could not be anymore fitting with Daniel 3 being about being thrown into the fiery furnace and we were also dealing with a pretty overwhelming fire situation ourselves.

(These points should be considered in many things such as when faced with health issues or family issues or anything. We have quickly answered prayer, then things we have to pray longer and harder over and then things that after being prayed over for a longer time don’t turn out quite like we may have wanted but never the less you can know God was and is still there.)
As Beth Moore’s study on Daniel points out…page 46 of her study guide.
Consider three different scenarios when people of God face a fiery trial…

1. We can be delivered FROM the fire.
Example would be we pray and suddenly a rain open up and put the fire out or the hose I ran and bought helped us reach the flames right away and put it out. (Or, if it were health, maybe Dr did tests and after prayer you quickly found out it was not your worse fear and you are going to be fine.) WHAT WE RECEIVE FROM THAT ANSWER….It helps build our faith. The problem with the easiness of the fix is that over time we might question the seriousness of it. We might question if it were really God or simply because we bought the hose and He was not there at all.

2. We can be delivered THROUGH the fire.
Example is when you have to pray for an extended time. For our situation last night it did not feel like it would end. No matter what we tried it failed. God was there the entire time though, even helping us with our balance on the ladder….not once but several times. (If it were a health situation maybe you received the news it was cancer. Now you will have to have chemo and that is requiring you to step on into the furnace and and you will now have to be delivered through the fire.) WHAT YOU RECEIVE FROM THAT ANSWER…Our faith is refined. When you have to cry out to our God longer you must also rely on Him longer, trust Him longer. When our faith is refined we grow. We have some of the weak faith burned off, it becomes stronger. We have a stronger testimony. We know God was with us and over time you can hold onto that instead of as in the first point questioning if God were there at all.

3. We can be delivered BY the fire.
Example would be you prayed long and hard and yet it did not maybe go like you intended. When we are delivered by the fire we are delivered into His arms. Here on earth or for those left behind it often seems it is the worst case scenario. For those delivered by the fire (for those who put their faith and trust in our savior Jesus Christ), this is when we are no longer here to fight through the battles. WHAT YOU RECEIVE FROM THAT ANSWER…Our faith is perfected. Our race is over and we have crossed the finish line!

I believe last night we were between 1and into 2. Now, I say that knowing we simply touched into point 2, I have been through worse and know it could have been worse. It was not easy enough to have just been point 1. Today looking back on the many details of a long night I can see clearly how God taught us some things as He stayed by our side. Taught us maybe to even trust each other a little more.

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So Close to Him

I have heard this song many many times and sing along or hum along and really liked it but suddenly this morning it was like Jesus just stepped out of the song!

(You may not get what I will say and that is ok…Like Beth said, “girlfriend just because everyone around you is not hearing or seeing the same thing DOES NOT mean it is not a message”). It only means it was for you at that moment…just for you. Tomorrow it might be for someone else.

I had been praying on my drive and worshiping and singing (I know right? You did not know I was able to do so much at one time!) I had prayed for God to help me (don’t remember the verses but is in 2 different places in the bible)…to help me to “turn from evil and do good” and to “seek peace and pursue it”. He has to help me to turn from it because no matter how hard I try I end up doing something or saying something or thinking something I wish I had not. ANYWAY…as I was doing that It was like Jesus suddenly was in the car (his spirit). I felt his presence so strongly with those words and with the bold (let me lift up your face) it was like I felt His hands holding both sides of my face….then it was like while He was still holding my face He then said “Just don’t turn away.”

Is that crazy? It felt so intimate. Then the rest was like He was just asking me questions…. It was like He held my face to get my attention as you would a child if you needed him or her to slow down long enough for the child to hear your words clearly. Like he wanted to say I am here and I will help you to turn from evil and do good “JUST DON’T TURN AWAY”. You know when we try to do it on our own is when we get all jacked up. Anyway, I just wanted to share my morning experience. If I am crazy then so be it!

“By Your Side”

Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face

Just don’t turn away

Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching
As if I’m not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

‘Cause I’ll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands at my side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world’s sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life
I want to give you life

And I’ll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Here at my side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

‘Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, yeah I’ll love you
I’ll never let you go, no, no

And I’ll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Here at my side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you
Here at my side, my hands are holding you
Ohhh…

In God We Trust

The below was copied from an email I received…..

Really interesting, and I never knew this little bit of history:

Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes… I went into a small gift shop to kill time. In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, “Reflections on Pearl Harbor” by Admiral Chester Nimitz.

Sunday, December 7th, 1941–Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the phone. He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.

Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection, and defeat–you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war. On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese… Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters every where you looked.

As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, “Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?” Admiral Nimitz’s reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice.

Admiral Nimitz said, “The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America. Which do you think it was?”

Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, “What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?” Nimitz explained:

Mistake number one: the Japanese attacked on Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk–we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.

Mistake number two: when the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America. And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships.

Mistake number three: Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply. That’s why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make or God was taking care of America.

I’ve never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a Texan, born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas –he was a born optimist. But anyway you look at it–Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism.

President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair, and defeat.

There is a reason that our national motto is, IN GOD WE TRUST