Looking for an Enemy to Love (Part 2)

The story of Jonathan’s son is a great story but that is not the end of it. David carries out his promise to Jonathan and his son is given honor and all his needs met. The next part sounds like a “soap opera”!!! Absalom is one of David’s boys and after countless problems between them, he revolts and attempts to seize the throne. The king leaves Jerusalem with a large group which included Ziba. Of course, King David gets the throne back (that’s another story in 2 Samuel 15:13-16, 14); Mephibosheth meets him on the way back to Jerusalem and David wants to know where have you been? It seems that “faithful” Ziba had told David that Mephibosheth chose to stay behind because “the house of Israel w

Looking for an Enemy to Love

If you remember, I love a good Bible story and often I choose one that people don’t teach. How many of you go out looking for an enemy? I have enough trouble with people I know and family members; enemies don’t rank high on my list. Of course, I should repent because Luke 6:27-28 says, But I say (Jesus speaking) to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. I think a lot of people still try to live under the law because of all the emotions generated by hate and unforgiveness. Matthew 5:38-39 tells us, that it was said an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, but I say to you, do not resist him who is evil; bu

What is your Hope?

O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. (Psalm 130:7 ESV) There is a lot of hopelessness in the world today. Homes have been destroyed by wars. People are being displaced from their homeland. Economies are not doing as well as we would like. The politicians running for office are not anyone we would ever invite into our homes. During these times of turmoil and fear, where is your hope? Be careful, because the things we place our hope in can keep us in an endless cycle of disappointment. What we end up doing is to create little saviors to rescue us from whatever we think is wrong in our lives when our hope isn’t first and

Ceremoniously Clad

Continue in the pursuit of appropriation; that being the commencement and perfecting of your faith concerning Me, Your Lord. You are to be doers and speakers of the Word into existence!... having the signs and wonders Of My Word in the midst of you, and you wholeheartedly believe it and speak it forth! Growing in Me is a life long voyage, and you seek depth of understanding... but I have made My word plain so you don't suffer shipwreck; instead clarity shines because of it's simplicity. I delight in your eagerness to see the emancipation of the captives, the utter joy in Me, the Lord. I am the drink, the meal, the breath, the sun, the Savior of mankind; the perfected intersection in time, wh

Peace in the Storm

I cried unto the lord with my voice; and he heard me out of his holy hill I laid me down and slept; I awaked for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 3:4,5 When I read this Psalm, I again remember one of the many times God came to our rescue. Pulling a large heavy travel trailer across the Colorado mountains, the transmission in our car decided to die. We had enough money to get home to Missouri, but not to get the transmission replaced or buy another car. We pulled into a nearby trailer park, put the kids to bed and spent most of the night talking to God. Morning came. We hooked on to the trailer and the transmission worked fine all the way home. The Lord had sustained us. My brother-in-law owned

Mettle

Today’s word is mettle. The definition of mettle is a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way. A synonym would be courage. God’s desire for you and I is to be strong of good courage. In Ephesians 6 Paul wants the reader to be reminded of... to Stand. He uses the word 4 times in Ephesians 6:10-20. In James 4:7, look at the phrase “resist the devil” and what it means to resist. To resist means to stand against, to oppose in some manner. Resistance can be a defensive maneuver on our part, such as resisting temptation to sin. Or it can be an action we take to use offensive, as taking and speaking the Word of God to the devi

How Do We Show God's Love? (Part 2)

Third love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. There are versions of the Bible that use the word vaunt instead of parade. Someone who parades or vaunts themselves want to feel self- important, talk about themselves incessantly, boast about what they have done, believes they are better than those around them, and rarely take interest in others’ lives. We all know people like this and even some of them claim to be Christians. Philippians 2:3 says Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Instead of putting down the people around us or making them feel smaller than us, by making ourselves sound better than

How Do We Show God's Love? (Part 1)

What is love? The Bible uses many different words and meanings for the word love, but the most important form of love used in the Bible is “Agape”. Agape love is spiritual love, or the love of God. This is the type of love that Christians are to exhibit. Romans 5:5 says that “the love [agape] of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.” It is important to show agape love because we are to be living examples of God’s love to the world and to let everyone know that we are His people. The only true definition of agape love in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 reads Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade

The Harvest

I remember seeing a picture of a field of golden wheat ready for harvest but the sky was full of dark storm clouds. John 4:35 says, “Do you not say, four months more than the harvest? I tell you open your eyes and look at the field! They are ripe for the harvest.” Jonathan Cahn said he felt because God’s people had repented and prayed that God was giving America a reprieve, short time to get in the harvest of souls. He said that it was very important to not stop praying. The church needs to be that salt and light and live holy lives so as not to bring shame to the name of Jesus. We need the heart of Jesus and be able to see people as He sees them. 1 Timothy 2:4 says, “Who wants all men to be

Widows and Widowers Be Encouraged

The last 8 1⁄2 years have been a real struggle for me. I knew in my mind and even spoke all the positive words to myself and others. Joshua 1:5 tells us, He will never leave me or forsake me, and He didn’t. I know Jesus has walked each day with me, cried with me and hurt with me. He is my Jehovah Jireh, my provider. He has provided for my every need, with neighbors, my church, family and friends. There is not a need He has not taken care of, huge or small. But, the hole in my heart remained. I knew all these things in my mind but they never reached my heart. A month ago I re-watched the movie Courageous. In the movie, Adam was talking with his Pastor about the loss of their daughter Emily. H

God Sees Your Potential

“And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi–ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.” Judges 6:11 KJV The Israelites had turned against God. And we're being oppressed, the scripture tells what happened in Judges 6. But it says that the Israelites cried out to God. This is so important because it shows us that God is always listening. When they turned to God he turned to them and his blessing was restored. When God restored his blessing there wasn't a thing the enemy could do to stop the Israelites. God also wanted all the glory. So he chose a natural born leader, who was a

Equip

The word for today is Equip. When you think of a drill sergeant, a surgeon and a fisherman, what do these all have in common? The Greek word Katartizo (Kah tar TIDZ oh) describes at least part of the work of each profession. The word means to: Train and equip soldiers Set a broken bone Mend Nets The basic thought here is to set in working order and be prepared for service. The dictionary definition of equip is: To furnish for service or action by appropriate provisioning To dress, array To make ready, prepare The word equip is one of the most vital words in the New Testament to describe the work of church leaders. In Ephesians 4:12 we are informed that the Lord gave the church certain leader

Forging Unto Freedom

The Lord delights in "your" humble adoration, in the presentation of your being for inspection, perusal, consecration, deliverance, and a dose of My Presence, which indeed puts asunder the hiding weakening darkness...your prostration in My courts shows a heart full of love, and a hope for Me, Your Lord. Your praise and declarations unto Me, have the witness of an open heaven and a crowd cheering you unto a day of emancipation; because merciful I am and grace abounds in My Presence. Softness allows Me, to mold and refine you, Beloved, and you have accepted My touch and work upon you... and great is the strength of a "tempered sword". I am forging a work of "divine might", able -in the end- to

What is this UNITY Everyone's Talking About?

Read Acts 2 One day. One place. One message. Three thousand new Christ- followers! For Peter, an uneducated fisherman turned pastor, this must have been quite a day. A few weeks prior he had denied Christ; this day he boldly proclaimed Him as Lord and Savior of the world. Prior to this day, the disciples sat huddled and waiting; that day they spoke and served with confidence. We look with astonishment and disbelief at that day and that number, not because we think God incapable, but too often we have no similar examples in recent memory. We are left to wonder, “Will God move this way again?” The truth is God never changes. God is at work in the Church today. The movement in Acts 2 was not a

Christ Arose! (1916)

Up from the grave He arose! With a mighty triumph o’er His foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign, He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose! Low in the grave He lay. Jesus my Savior waiting the coming day. Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior! Vainly they seal the dead. Death cannot keep his prey, Jesus my Savior! He tore the bars away! Jesus was dead and they wanted to make sure it stayed that way. They remembered that He said after three days I will rise again. So they put guards on the tomb and sealed the stone. Their plan safe and secure. But God! Satan’s plan is just that! A plan. And behold, there was a great earthquake:

Tremble

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? (Spiritual by African-American Slaves in the 19th Century) Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord?. Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble, were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?. Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble, were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble, were yo

Good Friday

Some may wonder what is “good” about such a dark and bleak event. It is good because Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy and peace because Jesus willingly took our punishment. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 Good Friday led to Jesus’ resurrection and our salvation! I think the words of the songs speak for themselves what the cross has done for us. Via Dolorosa Down the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem that day, The soldiers tried to clear the narrow street. But the crowd pressed in to see a man condemned to d

The Garden

Thursday is the day that marks the Passover meal. The day was spent in preparation and the meal was eaten after sunset. Jesus ate with the twelve disciples and washes their feet. The hour is at hand and Jesus seeks the Father. He tells the disciples that his soul is sorrowful even unto death. He asks them to watch and pray with him but their flesh is weak and they fall asleep. Jesus prayed, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. Matthew 26:42 Jesus prayed alone and then woke disciples telling them it was time. Judas betrayed him with a kiss and the Bible tells us they laid hands on Jesus and took him. The disciples’ reaction was to fight. A s

Preparation

The days leading up to the crucifixion were filled with lots of preparation. To prepare is to make ready. Jesus spent time in the temple. Preaching and teaching preparing the disciples for his crucifixion and return to Heaven. There was also a lot of activity in preparing for the Last Supper. While Jesus and the disciples were preparing for God’s plan, Judas and the Sanhedrin were preparing for Satan’s plan. We are all making preparations for eternity. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us about God’s plan: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us about Satan’s plan: Be sober, be vigilant; because

The Fig Tree

Now in the morning as he (Jesus) returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever. And presently the fig tree withered away. Jesus was hungry and since the fig tree had leaves, the expectation was to find fruit. The fig tree was barren, not producing fruit. Because of it’s lack of fruit, the fig tree was cursed and forever barren. I find it interesting that the disciples had been with Jesus all this time and still marveled at the miracle. They marveled at the suddenness of the tree withering. It withered away in an instant. Jesus went on to en

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