The Filling Station – 16 – 17 Genesis – 16 – 17

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Genesis 16:

In chapter 15 we have that great verse: “Abram believed the Lord and it was counted to him for righteousness.”   He believed the Lord  would give him an heir but decided to help Him along.

He and Sarai decided  on their own plan.  Without consulting the Lord.  So we have Ishmael,  and a warning to wait on the Lords timing and plan.  Our ways are not the Lords ways.

Genesis 17:

Here we are Abram has loved, worshipped and obeyed the Lord for 24 years.  He has heard the name of God from Melchizedek,  and heard Gods voice in a dream.  Now he will meet Him.

Genesis 17
Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Lord’s Fifth Promise to Abraham

17 “When Abram was 99 years old, Yahweh appeared to him. He said to Abram, “I am El Shadday. Live in my presence with integrity. 2 I will give you my promise,[a] and I will give you very many descendants.”

Please read carefully,  words mean things.

*   The Lord (Yahweh ), appeared to Abram.

*   Introduced Himself as El Shadday  (Almighty God)

*   The Lord said  “live in my presence with integrity”.  (walk before me and be ye perfect).  “I will give you many descendants.”

Then we see how he reacts to meeting Almighty God for the first time:

“Immediately, Abram bowed with his face touching the ground, and again Elohim spoke to him, 4 “My promise is still with you. You will become the father of many nations. 5 So your name will no longer be Abram [Exalted Father], but Abraham [Father of Many] because I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will give you many descendants. Many nations and kings will come from you. 7 I will make my promise to you and your descendants for generations to come as an everlasting promise. I will be your Elohim and the God of your descendants. 8 I am also giving this land where you are living—all of Canaan—to you and your descendants as your permanent possession. And I will be your Elohim.”

Abram  mets Almighty God:
*    Abram bows down in Worship  (didn’t happen when first meeting the Lord)

*    Almighty God repeated the Lords promises

*    Almighty God made no demands, He saw the love in Worship.

*    Almighty God gave Abram and Sarai new names

“Elohim also said to Abraham, “You and your descendants in generations to come are to be faithful to my promise. 10 This is how you are to be faithful to my promise: Every male among you is to be circumcised. 11 All of you must be circumcised. That will be the sign of the promise from me to you.”

*   Circumcision was Instituted

To me, this is the moment Abraham met Jesus, Worship, new names, circumcision of our hearts…only requirement is love.

15 “Elohim said to Abraham, “Don’t call your wife by the name Sarai anymore. Instead, her name is Sarah [Princess]. 16 I will bless her, and I will also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will become a mother of nations, and kings will come from her.” 17 Immediately, Abraham bowed with his face touching the ground. He laughed as he thought to himself, “Can a son be born to a hundred-year-old man? Can Sarah, a ninety-year-old woman, have a child?” 18 Then Abraham said to Elohim, “Why not let Ishmael be my heir?”

19 “Elohim replied, “No! Your wife Sarah will give you a son, and you will name him Isaac [He Laughs]. I will make an everlasting promise to him and his descendants. 20 I have heard your request about Ishmael. Yes, I will bless him, make him fertile, and increase the number of his descendants. He will be the father of 12 princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But I will make my promise to Isaac. Sarah will give birth to him at this time next year.” 22 When Elohim finished speaking with Abraham, he left him.”

Abraham’s Household Circumcised

23 “So Abraham took his son Ishmael, everyone born in his household, and everyone bought with money—every male in his household—and circumcised them that day, as Elohim had told him. 24 Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised. 25 His son Ishmael was 13 years old when he was circumcised. 26 That same day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised. 27 All the men of his household, whether born in the household or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.”

Immediate obedience:  Notice when the Lord first called Abram :

Genesis 12
King James Version (KJV)
12 “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”

The Lord had said :  To me it seems the Lord had to mention it more than once.  After years of service, he learned to follow immediately.

The Filling Station – 14,15 – Genesis -14,15 bill cote

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Genesis 14:  Abram meets Melchizedek the priest of God :

Melchizedek Blesses Abram

17 After Abram came back from defeating Chedorlaomer and his allies, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Shaveh Valley (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 Then King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was a priest of El Elyon.
(El Elyou means God most high).

19 He blessed Abram, and said,
“Blessed is Abram by El Elyon,
    maker[b] of heaven and earth.
20 Blessed is El Elyon,
    who has handed your enemies over to you.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people, and keep everything else for yourself.”

22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I now raise my hand and solemnly swear to Yahweh El Elyon, maker of heaven and earth, 23 that I won’t take a thread or a sandal strap. I won’t take anything that is yours so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ 24 I won’t take one single thing except what my men have eaten. But let my allies Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.”

This is the first mention of God in Abrams life.  Some say he met Jesus,  stick around I have another idea.

Genesis 15
Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Lord’s Fourth Promise to Abram

15 Later Yahweh spoke his word to Abram in a vision. He said,

“Abram, don’t be afraid.

I am your shield.

Your reward will be very great.”[a]

2 Abram asked, “Adonay Yahweh, what will you give me? Since I’m going to die without children, Eliezer of Damascus will inherit[b] my household. 3 You have given me no children, so this member of my household will be my heir.”

(Adonay Yahweh  means Sovereign Master, Jehovah ).

 Suddenly, Yahweh spoke his word to Abram again. He said, “This man will not be your heir. Your own son will be your heir.”

” 6 Then Abram believed Yahweh, and that faith was regarded as the basis of Abram’s approval by Yahweh. 7 Then Yahweh said to him, “I am Yahweh, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land so that you will take possession of it.”

8 Abram asked, “Adonay Yahweh, how can I be certain that I will take possession of it?”

 12 As the sun was just about to set, a deep sleep—a dreadful, deep darkness—came over Abram.”

Elohim speaks to Abram in a dream :

13 “Elohim said to Abram, “You can know for sure that your descendants will live in a land that is not their own, where they will be slaves, and they will be oppressed for 400 years. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve, and after that they will come out with many possessions. 15 But you will die in peace and be buried at a very old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, because the sin of the Amorites will not have run its course until then.”

17 The sun had gone down, and it was dark. Suddenly a smoking oven and a flaming torch passed between the animal pieces. 18 At that time Yahweh made a promise[c] to Abram. He said, “I will give this land to your descendants. This is the land from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates. 19 It is the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

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The Filling Station – 12,13 Genesis 12,13 bill cote

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In chapter 12 Abram meets Yahweh :

Genesis 12

Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Lord’s First Promise to Abram

12 Yahweh said to Abram,

“Leave your land,

    your relatives,

        and your father’s home.

Go to the land that I will show you.

2 I will make you a great nation,

I will bless you.

I will make your name great,

    and you will be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you,

    and whoever curses you, I will curse.

 Through you every family on earth will be blessed.

The Lord’s Second Promise to Abram

4 “So Abram left, as Yahweh had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran.

. 7 Then Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I’m going to give this land to your descendants.” So he built an altar there to Yahweh, who had appeared to him.”

8 “He moved on to the hills east of Bethel, and he put up his tent—with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. He also built an altar to Yahweh there and worshiped Yahweh. 9 Abram kept moving toward the Negev.”

Abram Deceives Pharaoh

13 “Please say that you’re my sister. Then everything will be alright for me, and because of you I will live.”

14 “When Abram arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians saw how very beautiful his wife was. 15 When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they raved about her to Pharaoh, so Sarai was taken to Pharaoh’s palace.”

17 “However, Yahweh struck Pharaoh and his household with terrible plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 Then Pharaoh called for Abram. “What have you done to me?” he asked. “Why didn’t you tell me that she’s your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She’s my sister’ and allow me to take her for my wife? Here’s your wife! Take her and go!” 20 Pharaoh gave his men orders concerning Abram. They sent Abram away with his wife and everything that he had.”

Genesis 13
Names of God Bible (NOG)

Abram and Lot Separate

13 “Abram left Egypt with his wife and everything he had and went to the Negev. Lot was with him. 2 Abram was very rich because he had livestock, silver, and gold. 3 He traveled from place to place. He went from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the area between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been originally, 4 where he had first made an altar. There Abram worshiped Yahweh.”

Abram said to Lot, “Please, let’s not have any more quarrels between us or between our herders. After all, we’re relatives.

10 Then Lot looked in the direction of Zoar as far as he could see. He saw that the whole Jordan Plain was well-watered like Yahweh’s garden or like Egypt. (This was before Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah

12 Abram lived in Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain, moving his tents as far as Sodom. 13 (The people who lived in Sodom were very wicked. They committed terrible sins against Yahweh.)”

The Lord’s Third Promise to Abram

14 “After Lot left, Yahweh said to Abram, “Look north, south, east, and west of where you are. 15 I will give all the land you see to you and to your descendants for an indefinite period of time. 16 I will also give you as many descendants as the dust of the earth. If anyone could count the dust of the earth, then he could also count your descendants. 17 Go! Walk back and forth across the entire land because I will give it to you.” 18 So Abram moved his tents and went to live by the oak trees belonging to Mamre at Hebron. There he built an altar for Yahweh.”

Please note Abram has delt with and built alters and sacrificed only to Yahweh he has not heard the Name of Elohim.

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The Filling Station – 10,11- Genesis 10,11. bill cote

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In chapter 10 we have no real interaction except Yahweh blessing a mighty warrior / hunter

Genesis 10:8-9
Names of God Bible (NOG)

8 “Cush was the father of Nimrod, the first mighty warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter whom Yahweh blessed. That’s why people used to say, “He’s like Nimrod, a mighty hunter whom Yahweh blessed.”

Genesis 11

We have Yahweh  on earth checking out the tower of Babal.

Genesis 11:5-8
Names of God Bible (NOG)

5 “Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower that the descendants of Adam were building. 6 Yahweh said, “They are one people with one language. This is only the beginning of what they will do! Now nothing they plan to do will be too difficult for them. 7 Let us go down there and mix up their language so that they won’t understand each other.”

8 So Yahweh scattered them all over the face of the earth, and they stopped building the city.”

It is interesting to note tongues were used to scatter people, at Pentecost used to bring people to unity of the faith.

Then once again people split instead of growing together.

The Filling Station – 9 – Genesis 9. bill cote

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Genesis 9

Names of God Bible (NOG)

God Blesses Noah and His Sons

9 Elohim blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fertile, increase in number, and fill the earth.

God’s Promise—The Sign of the Rainbow

8 Elohim also said to Noah and his sons, 9 “I am going to make my promise[a] to you, your descendants, 10 and every living being that is with you—birds, domestic animals, and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ship—every living thing on earth. 11 I am making my promise to you. Never again will all life be killed by floodwaters. Never again will there be a flood that destroys the earth.”

12 Elohim said, “This is the sign of the promise I am giving to you and every living being that is with you for generations to come. 13 I will put my rainbow in the clouds to be a sign of my promise to the earth.

17 So Elohim said to Noah, “This is the sign of the promise I am making to all life on earth.”

28 Noah lived 350 years after the flood. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years; then he died.

Here again we see the Lord and God in perfect harmony.   Their speach is definitely  different from the other.

The Fix-it Shop – 2 – Here am I; send me.

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Those of us who wish to be used by the Lord, need to learn a simple phrase.  We find it repeated by Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samuel and Isaiah.

It is simple to say and somewhat harder to preform but here it is:

“the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.

God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.

when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

When the Lord had said unto Abram, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”

Abram demonstrated “Here am I.”   By obedience.

Whether in a dream,  vision or wide awake if the Lord calls we should answer:  “Here am I, Lord.”

When we are not used, I think it’s  because we answer:
“Later Lord, I’m kind of in the middle of something. ”

“You want me to do what?”  “That’s not possible.”  “I’ll go tomorrow.”  “Not them?  Really?”  “Your kidding? ”

I don’t think Abram left the first time “the Lord had said,”   and we know Gideon didn’t jump right to it.

The only difference between them and us is they were willing to go, do, believe and experience what the Lord willed.

Today we have the same problem as the rich, young ruler.  We can’t give up our job, home, wealth, or families, unless we know it’s a sure thing.

If you would be used by the Lord, practice saying “Here I am Lord.”  “What would you have me do?  What should I say?  Where shall I go?”

Or to quote a song:  Yes Lord, Yes Lord, Yes, Yes, Lord, Yes…..

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In Every Thing

It’s the middle of the night, (4:30 am), I wake to find my wife in the living room praying.  This is not unusual, for most of our 30 years together we have lived by faith.

To put it simply,  we do not have a regular pay check, insurance, or  unemployment if work is not there.

Bette is the one who  thinks ahead, has good sense,  is a Proverbs 31 woman.

I seem to coast along not concerned about money, until my pockets are empty and the mortgage is due.  How can she stand the uncertainty of living with me.

She loves and has faith in the Lord.  She has seen the Lords provision many times, often at the last minute, or beyond.   Sometimes its the  work we’ve prayed for, and sometimes it’s in the form of gifts.

Like the Hebrews, saved from slavery in Egypt,  we’ve seen the Lord do mighty works, signs and wonders, yet still worry about todays need.

It begs the question : “What are we to do or think about;   In Every Thing?

The Word tells us if we love the Lord and are obedient children:

In Every Thing we are rich.

☆   “we abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”  

This is promised and given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.  A measure of faith, the knowledge to speak and live the Word of God. We must be  diligent, faithful, prayerful, we must love the Lord, sit at His feet, Praise and Worship His majesty,  allow His love to reach out to others through us.

☆  ” God will make you rich enough so that you can always be generous.”

The widow from 1 Kings 17, when Elijah asked for a morsel of food said:

” I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

Elijah asked her to give him food first, she did and never ran out of meal or oil.

It doesn’t matter how little we have, if we give we shall receive. My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills, we are rich in Christ,  He will provide according to His riches in glory.

☆   “Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.”

If we could just learn to Rejoice in the Lord, knowing He is in control.  We have a lesson to learn in this situation, pray as the Lord taught us:

Worship, acknowledge God is God

Accept His will

Ask for your needs

Ask for forgiveness – remember forgiveness hinges on our forgiving others

Ask for protection, direction

Worship

God promises the peace that passes understanding will keep our hearts and minds.

☆  “Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus  that you do this.”

It may seem God has forgotten you, you are alone, help is not on the way but help is on the way!

Don’t quit; pray, praise,  quench not the Spirit,  relie, trust and believe that God can, God will and even if He doesn’t;  We will still Worship and Serve Him.

Prove His Word…..He is Faithful and Just and will preserve us blameless till His coming.  He has called us to His service and He will do it.

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The Filling Station :GODS VOICE AND ACTIONS:                   bill cote.                                       GENESIS 1.    

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The first chapter of Genesis is the work of God, “Elohim ” the Creator and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth.

In this study, by the Word  of God, I hope to help us understand the Nature of each member of the Trinity.

They are 3 in 1 but often approach things in a different manner, speak in their own voices, always in agreement.

Moses used different names for the different members of the Trinity,  please Read the Word: You Decide

Below is Chapter one of Genesis broken into what God said, saw, did, and thought.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

God in the Hebrew language is “Elohim” and it means    “Creator, Supreme Ruler “

The first day:

“God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

God saw the light, that it was good:

God divided the light from the darkness.

God called the light Day, the darkness he called Night.
the evening and the morning were the first day.”

Day 2:

“God said, Let there be a firmament, let it divide the waters from the waters.

God made the firmament,” (earth /heaven divided )

“and divided the waters

God called the firmament Heaven.

the evening and the morning were the second day.”

Day 3:

“God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together, let the dry land appear:

it was so.

God called the dry land Earth; the waters he called the Seas:

God saw that it was good.

God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, herb yielding seed, the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind

the earth brought forth

the evening and the morning were the third day.

God saw that it was good.”

Day 4:

“God said, Let there be light, to divide the day from the night;

let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:

and it was so.

God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day,

the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light

to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness:

God saw that it was good.

the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

Day 5:  First blessing :

“God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind:

God saw that it was good.

God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”

Day 6:  man 2nd blessing :

“God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind:

God saw that it was good.

God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat

It was so.

God saw every thing that he had made,

behold, it was very good.

the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

The first 6 days:  God, “Elohim” “Supreme  Ruler ” of heaven and earth.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7
King James Version (KJV)
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.   And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”

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Neglected Caroline – 1 / 7 /15

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                               I  hope your Spiritual health is in better shape than this house.

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Wisdom from Lepers :

The story of Elisha is quite incredible.   In our mens meeting this am Pastor Nelson  mentioned the Lepers of 2 Kings  7,  the city  was besieged,  people were eating their children.  Elisha had a Word of Knowledge and predicted  provisions in plenty tomorrow.

Four Lepers decided to see if the enimies would feed or kill them, they hoped for mercy.   When they entered the enimies camp they had fled leaving everything behind.

A couple of points interested me.

■    2 Kings 7:6
King James Version (KJV)
“For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.”

When we are surrounded and there is no way we can win, The Lord is able to deliver us.  Sometimes we must just believe the Word of the Lord.  “Stand fast and see the Salvation of God.”

The Lepers ate and carted off  spoils…..when  a Word of Wisdom came to them.  It is a Word we need to heed.

■     2 Kings 7:9
King James Version (KJV)
“Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.”

Why are we not doing well?

We are besieged all about by sin, degradation, temptations, greed, lust the world and all its glory.

Why are we not doing well?

We have the Glad Tidings, yet we do not proclaim it with our Words, actions or attitude. We hold our peace. …let someone else do it.

We were sent out to share the Good News  “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” 

Jesus is alive, a personal force we can intimately know and love.  He would have all come to  the knowledge of His Grace and Mercy.

We must learn to dwell in His Secret Place, the Holy of Holies,  to put on His Yoke.  To learn to say YES LORD.  Not What? Where? When? How or Why?

■    Romans 10:14
King James Version (KJV)
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

We must share the Word of Life……

Have the Wisdom of the Lepers.   Some mischief is coming,  be prepared,  spread the Love of the Lord.

If we would hunger and thirst for righteousness,  the light of the Lord will touch those we meet.

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The Hiding Place:

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To me these old houses are trying to hide,

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The loneliness of rejection,

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The loss of their pride,

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The heartache of losing,

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The one’s that you love,

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Salvation  only comes,

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From Jesus above.

Lord, please help me to help,
the lost and alone.
To lead them in love,
To Your Holy Throne.

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The time is come, Now is the…..?

The time is come, Now is the…..?

Now is the….what?

We find these 3 words in this order 4 times in the Word. The first in:

Ezekiel 7:3

“Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.”

Ezekiel 7:7

“The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, ”

Ezekiel 7:12

“The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.”

These words of prophecy of Ezekiel came to the Israelites because of their unbelief, the worshiping of false Gods, when they were the children of God.

We Christians the adopted children through the blood and blessing of Christ have a responsibility to be Worshipers of the one true God.

The time will come, God is a jealous God, we must put Him before work, play, spouse, children, worldly possession and gain.

John 12:31

“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.”

John in the New Testament warns of the judgment, the time of Gods victory. ..the devil to be cast out, the world to be judged.

1 Peter 4:17

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

God could hardly judge the world before He judged His own. If those who claim Him as Lord, love another and believe not His Word. Are those that do not claim Him worse?

John 13:31

“Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him”.

Jesus now at the right hand of the Father, glorified, magnified, His blood covering our sins. His love evidence of Gods love.

2 Corinthians 6:2

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

Hebrews 4:7

“Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

Today is the day to put aside all that distracts from Jesus, the author and finisher of our Faith. Open your heart, minds and eyes, recognize Now is the time.

Revelation 14:15

“And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

At the time of the harvest will you be wheat or chaff? I pray we are the wheat.

Superman’s not here…call on Jesus.

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Glory

Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth to men of  goodwill.

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Sin is like Gorilla Glue

Have you ever used Gorilla Glue?   It is wonderful stuff, I have used it for many projects and been extremely satisfied with the results.

My smart phone holster was falling apart so Gorilla Glue to the rescue.    While at a job I knew I would be on for 3 or more hours.  I decided to glue up my holster.   Took my phone out applied glue. Set it aside to dry.

It was finished:  The job was done.  Collected my tools, put them in tool case.  Checked out holster…..looking good, seemed dry.  Put on hip, placed phone inside, went out to my car.

Phone vibrated; once.

I’ve had this phone almost 2 years…it is a good phone, I know how to use this phone.  This phone has my life on it.

The only problem with this phone is the screen cracks really easily.  (When dropped).

I had replaced screen twice. (Ouch).  The third time  decided to live with the cracks.

Vibrate once, a text message I am sure.

Well maybe I shut it off by accident?

Not a chance, a little bit of Gorilla Glue snuck inside the cracks and fried my phone.

Why do I mention this?  Just to let you know I’m  not too bright?

No, to warn you that sin is just like Gorilla Glue.  It expands and will fill any cracks in your armor.  A little sin in your life, can and will completely take over.  It can fry your walk with the Lord.

We must be quick to recognize and quick to repent, just like King David when Nathan woke him up to his sin.   Our Spirit may belong to the Lord, we still have our minds and bodies that need to be brought under submission to the Holy Ghost.

Let the chastisement of the Lord teach you the way you should walk.  We are Holy because He is Holy….We must let His Spirit rule in our lives.

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Shall not God search this out?

Psalm 44:21
King James Version (KJV)
“Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

As I’ve studied the Word, I believe one of the reasons we see so few mighty miracles, signs and wonders, even positive answers to prayers, is because of the condition of our hearts.  Why do I desire to see the power of God, is it so He will be glorified or so I’ll be in the spotlight?

Jeremiah 17:9
King James Version (KJV)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

What are my motives?  I cry out: “Create in me a clean heart O Lord,  renew in me a right Spirit.

Am I a vessel the Lord can trust and use, or will I be filled with pride?

1 Chronicles 28:9
King James Version (KJV)
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”

Have I a perfect heart and willing mind towards God?

I know I am saved, sanctified, holy ghost filled and water baptized,  Jesus on my mind, I found a new life.   But I am still a man at war with my fleshly desires.

I love the Lord but I am still a prideful man, a stiffnecked and rebellious person.   More often than not I want God to do things my way, rather than doing  the Lords will.   This is why I miss the mark, I fail in doing the will of God.  I fail to see the power of God in my life or ministry.

Psalm 77:5-7
King James Version (KJV)
” I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.  I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.   Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?”

Romans 8:27
King James Version (KJV)
“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

I do search my heart, ask the Lord for a clean heart.  Believe He has given me a new heart.  One that hungers and thirsts for Him.  I long to see His will done.  Thank You Holy Spirit for Your intercession, love, comfort and teaching.

Lord make me a vessel that you can use, that souls will be saved.  Bodies healed and made whole.  That You be lifted up, Glorified,  Magnified, Praised, Worshipped and Obeyed.

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What is truth?

Baptist truth, Muslim truth, conservative or liberal truth, Born Again or baby baptized?   The Grand Jury or protesters?   Evolution or Bible?

I love Jesus Christ,  have accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.   The Bible is my truth.  Yes, my concern is the last 7000 years.  Don’t know or care what was before Adam.  If anything.

The big fish, the Red Sea parting, the plagues,  the sun standing still, healings, miracles, signs and wonders.  All possible,  all history in my life.  I guess I am just ignorant.

Redemption in one Name above all others.  Salvation,  eternal life, peace, joy, comfort and yes Truth.

There is truth….it is in the Word,  it is the Word,  it is alive, available and looking for you, today.

Even unbelievers should be able to tell that wrong is now right, up is down and we the people are in a world of hurt.

We are no longer teaching our children respect for one another, the law,  morals, responsibility or giving them a work ethic.

We need to come back to the Lord,  Seek Him while He may be found.  Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.  Today if you will hear His voice,  harden not your hearts.

Ask Jesus to forgive you,  ask Him into your heart. …you will understand the peace that passes understanding,  joy unspeakable. ….

Jesus is alive, Jesus is the way, the truth. the life.

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The Filling Station / Sanctification

Genesis 2:3
King James Version (KJV)
 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

To be Sanctified is to be set apart,  to be special, holy.  God made the seventh day, the Sabbath a holy day of rest.  A day to reflect on what was done before and enjoy the fruit of His labour.  (Walking with Adam and Eve in the garden).

This Walk, a relationship with man is the reason we were created.

Revelation 4:11
King James Version (KJV)
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

We were created to give God pleasure.   To be Holy, Acceptable and Perfect,  all things we have failed to be.  God saw our need, without His presence within us, we could never please Him, truly know and Worship Him.

He chose us, sets us apart,  made it possible for us to walk with Him.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
King James Version (KJV)
 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 

When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are Justified by His Grace.  Made sinless in Gods eyes.  “Just as if I’d never sinned”, Justified.  Then He gave us His Holy Spirit to do the work of Sanctification,  to set us apart,  to make us Holy.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
King James Version (KJV)
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Romans 6:16
King James Version (KJV)
 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Leviticus 20:7
King James Version (KJV)
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God. 

1 Peter 1:15-16
King James Version (KJV)
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;   Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

God wants a Holy people,  when we don’t have time to pray, meditate,  let the Word of God work its way into our hearts,  minds and Spirit. We rob ourselves and God of His true pleasure.

Psalm 65:4
King James Version ( KJV )
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

God chose us, Justified and Sanctifies us as we allow.  He will cause us to approach Him, allow us to dwell in His courts, (the secret place of the Most High).

He promises those who dwelt there, (who walk with Him), that they will be satisfied with His goodness.  He gives us the desires of our hearts.

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Are there Giants in the land?

Are there Giants in your life?

Before I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior,  I was constantly fighting the Giants that had me enslaved.

Loneliness, alcoholism, fear, depression, ineptitude, lust, pride, nicotine, rejection and probably many I can’t name.

“There were giants in the earth in those days;”

Everywhere I looked, walked or worked. Everything I heard, read or spoke.  I was nothing, then the best.  I was brilliant then a dunce.  I was around people but always alone.

I lived in “the land of giants.”

There was no escape,  no relief, no hope.

Then I was introduced to Jesus.   Oh happy day, the Giants have gone away!!!

I wish….

I had accepted Jesus as my Lord…I experienced the Peace that passes understanding,  the Joy unspeakable and full of Glory,  the Comfort and Love of the Holy Spirit.

Life was great!!!  Until it wasn’t.

The Giants were creeping back. Those Christians that I prayed for and loved, rejected me…..  Nothing I did satisfied.  I was unsettled,  indecisive, confused.

How could this be?

Depression,  Rejection, Loneliness…. Worse than ever.
Why Lord?

Does any of this seem familiar?   Could it be your story?  Are you  enslaved by Giants?

Do you know Jesus as your Savior?

I know many Christians,  who claim Jesus as Savior,  even call Him Lord.  When He is not.

Are they really saved?   I think so, they believe and confess Jesus as Lord.

Will they be joyful,  victorious conquerors, peaceful, effective witnesses?   Not a chance.

How about you? Is He your Lord?  Are you walking with Him or hiding because of sin?

David the man after Gods heart,   long after defeating Goliath,  (the Giant), after becoming the legitimate King of Israel.  Found himself fighting and losing the battle to the Giants of pride, sexual sin and murder.

He had wondered from Gods side.  He was the king, his word was law, he had everything he wanted, needed or desired.

He had a visit from Nathan the Prophet. He was shown the condition of his heart.  He recognized his sin.

Now we see why he was a man after Gods heart.  He immediately repented, turned around, asked forgiveness.  A  man who Loves his Lord.  A man who knew forgiveness.

As a Christian for over 30 years I am sometimes convinced I’ve destroyed the Giants in my life.

Then when I’m fat, dumb, happy and satisfied: I am visited again. “The last  giant, He had a bed made of iron; it was over thirteen feet long and six feet wide!”

This Giant is bigger than the others because I’ve been hiding and feeding him.  Allowing this sin to be my real Lord.  The part of me I wouldn’t and couldn’t submit to my loving, forgiving Savior.

I repent, I confess, I turn from my wicked ways.  I pray Lord thank you for helping me to defeat yet again this Giant.

With Your help he becomes just a giant….With fastings and prayers,  as I submit to Your will, I become strong in Your might.  I defeat the giant.

I walk in victory with My Lord, Jesus Christ. I become the joyful,  victorious conqueror, peaceful, effective witness that my Lord calls all of us to be.

Have you destroyed the Giants in your life?  Jesus will show and strengthen you.

“Jesus is the way, the truth and the  life.”

Let Him Lord and Savior today.

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