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BREATH OF LIFE… 

BREATH OF LIFE… 

BREATH OF LIFE… 

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils THE BREATH OF LIFE, and the man became a living being.” (Gen. 2:7)

[All along, in the first chapter, God was called Elohim – a God of power; but now YAHWEH ELOHIM – a God of POWER AND PERFECTION, A FINISHING GOD! The Hebrew Tetragrammaton (word without vowels) has also been interpreted as YHWH and transliterated to Yahweh. God’s name is supposed to be “Yahweh.” Why do people call him “Jehovah” instead? About the 13th century the term “Jehovah” appeared when Christian scholars took the consonants of “Yahweh” and pronounced it with the vowels of “Adonai.” This resulted in the sound “Yahowah,” which has a Latinized spelling of “Jehovah.” The first recorded use of this spelling was made by a Spanish Dominican monk, Raymundus Martini, in 1270. Just in case you were wondering!]

“THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD [Elohim]; the skies proclaim the work of HIS hands.” (Psa. 19:1)

[The awesome majesty of our God is “declared” by His creation!]

“Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep…FOR WITH YOU IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE; in your light WE SEE LIGHT.” (Psa. 36:5-9)

[In our God we have a fountain of life, from which the rivers of pleasure flow, Psa.36:8. The God of nature is the fountain of natural life. In him WE LIVE, AND MOVE, AND HAVE OUR BEING. The God of grace is the FOUNTAIN OF SPIRITUAL LIFE. All the strength and comfort we need for our sanctified soul, all of its gracious principles, powers, and performances, are from our awesome Abba Father!]

“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who REDEEMS YOUR LIFE FROM THE PIT and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” (Psa. 103:2-5)

[The redemption of our soul is the most precious gift from God we can ever receive; we cannot begin to grasp the awesomeness of it, and therefore we are more indebted to divine grace that has made it possible, and to our Abba Father, through his Son Jesus, who purchased with His blood, eternal redemption FOR US.]

“The LORD will keep you from all harm– HE WILL WATCH OVER YOUR LIFE; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psa. 121:7-8)

[We could not be in better hands! The disciples ask Jesus to show the way to this new life!]

“Jesus answered, “I AM the way and the truth and THE LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

[You know what is so wonderful about all this? Jesus has chosen to live with us and IN US to finish His wonderful work of perfect redemption! SO WE MAY BE PRESENTED TO THE FATHER WITHOUT “SPOT OR WRINKLE” Eph. 5:27 KJV]

THE LORD IS WATCHING OVER OUR LIFE; THE LORD ALWAYS WATCHES OVER OUR COMING AND GOING…

Bill Stockham

10-23-17 Loved One’s Devotion BREATH OF LIFE…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day: “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils THE BREATH OF LIFE, and the man became a living being.” (Gen. 2:7)

[All along, in the first chapter, God was called Elohim – a God of power; but now YAHWEH ELOHIM – a God of POWER AND PERFECTION, A FINISHING GOD! The Hebrew Tetragrammaton (word without vowels) has also been interpreted as YHWH and transliterated to Yahweh. God’s name is supposed to be “Yahweh.” Why do people call him “Jehovah” instead? About the 13th century the term “Jehovah” appeared when Christian scholars took the consonants of “Yahweh” and pronounced it with the vowels of “Adonai.” This resulted in the sound “Yahowah,” which has a Latinized spelling of “Jehovah.” The first recorded use of this spelling was made by a Spanish Dominican monk, Raymundus Martini, in 1270. Just in case you were wondering!]

[The disciples ask Jesus to show the way to this new life!]

“Jesus answered, “I AM the way and the truth and THE LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

[You know what is so wonderful about all this? Jesus has chosen to live with us and IN US to finish His wonderful work of perfect redemption! SO WE MAY BE PRESENTED TO THE FATHER WITHOUT “SPOT OR WRINKLE” Eph. 5:27 KJV]

THE LORD IS WATCHING OVER OUR LIFE; THE LORD ALWAYS WATCHES OVER OUR COMING AND GOING…

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] I AM the way and the truth and THE LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me.”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

 

10-22-17 Loved One’s Devotion THE BLESSING OF CONTENTMENT…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day: “…godliness with 1contentment IS GREAT GAIN. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” (1 Tim. 6:6-8) 1autarkeia: a perfect condition of life in which no aid or support is needed.

The bible declares that when we are living a Christian life and our daily needs are being met, we will experience great contentment!

WATCH AND PRAY so that you will not FALL INTO TEMPTATION. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt. 26:41) “Consider it ALL JOY, my brethren, when you FALL INTO VARIOUS TEMPTATIONS, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” (James 1:2-3)

Jesus encourages us not to fall into temptation, James teaches us that if we do, to consider it ALL JOY because the ability to endure temptation will be produced in us.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; HE WILL NOT LET YOU BE TEMPTED BEYOND WHAT YOU CAN BEAR. But when you are tempted, he will also PROVIDE A WAY OUT so that you can endure it.” (1 Corin. 10:13)

The devil tempts us to steal away our confidence in God, kill our faith and destroy our relationship with God. Our heavenly Father provides US with an awesome godly contentment which gives us access to great gain

THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS PROVIDING A WAY OUT FOR US LORD!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] HE WILL NOT LET YOU BE TEMPTED BEYOND WHAT YOU CAN BEAR. But when you are tempted, he will also PROVIDE A WAY OUT...”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

THE BLESSING OF CONTENTMENT…

THE BLESSING OF CONTENTMENT…

“…godliness with 1contentment IS GREAT GAIN. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” (1 Tim. 6:6-8) 1autarkeia: a perfect condition of life in which no aid or support is needed.

The bible declares that when we are living a Christian life and our daily needs are being met, we will experience great contentment!

“Those who want to get rich FALL INTO TEMPTATION and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires THAT PLUNGE PEOPLE INTO RUIN AND DESTRUCTION. For the LOVE OF MONEY is A 1ROOT OF ALL KINDS OF EVIL. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with MANY GRIEFS.” (1 Tim. 6:9-10) 1rhiza: cause, origin, source.

The “I MUST HAVE MORE” syndrome is alive and well today. There are so many items being created and available to bring us an amazing means of pleasure which often keep us from our “GOD PURPOSE”…

WATCH AND PRAY so that you will not FALL INTO TEMPTATION. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt. 26:41) “Consider it ALL JOY, my brethren, when you FALL INTO VARIOUS TEMPTATIONS, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.(James 1:2-3)

Jesus encourages us not to fall into temptation, James teaches us that if we do, to consider it ALL JOY because the ability to endure temptation will be produced in us.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; HE WILL NOT LET YOU BE TEMPTED BEYOND WHAT YOU CAN BEAR. But when you are tempted, he will also PROVIDE A WAY OUT so that you can endure it.” (1 Corin. 10:13)

The devil tempts us to steal away our confidence in God, kill our faith and destroy our relationship with God. Our heavenly Father provides US with an awesome godly contentment which gives us access to great gain…

THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS PROVIDING A WAY OUT FOR US LORD!

-Bill Stockham

10-21-17 Loved One’s Devotion THE POWER OF WISDOM

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day: “Trust in the LORD with ALL YOUR HEART and lean not on your own understanding; IN ALL YOUR WAYS SUBMIT TO GOD, and HE WILL make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6)

[We must believe that our Abba Father is able to do what is wise, what is best, and good, according to his promise, TO DO WHAT IS THE FINEST FOR US, if we love him, and serve him. We must, with entire submission and pleasure, depend upon Him to perform all He has promised for us, and we must not lean to our own understanding, as if we could, by any means of our own, without God, help ourselves, and bring our path in life to an awesome end!]

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. THIS WILL BRING HEALTH TO YOUR BODY AND NOURISHMENT TO YOUR BONES. (Prov. 3:7-8)

[Our encouragement is to LIVE IN THE FEAR OF GOD and what is promised is that it will as good to us as our necessary food. It will be nourishing: It shall be health to our bodies. It will be strengthening: It will be marrow to our bones!]

LIVING IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD MAKES US HEALTHY AND STRONG…

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] YOU MUST Trust in the LORD with ALL YOUR HEART...”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

THE POWER OF WISDOM… 

THE POWER OF WISDOM… 

“By WISDOM a house is built, and through UNDERSTANDING it is established; through KNOWLEDGE its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” (Prov. 24:3-4)

[We are tempted to lust after those that grow rich, and raise their families, and of course all of this lusting (envying) will be to no avail. So, to overcome that temptation, Solomon shows that a person, with practical, godly management, may raise their family by righteous and honest means, with a good conscience, and a good name, and THE BLESSING OF GOD WILL BE UPON OUR EFFORTS; and, if the wealthy raise theirs a little sooner, ours will last a great deal longer!]

“THE WISE PREVAIL THROUGH GREAT POWER, and those who have KNOWLEDGE muster their strength.” (Prov. 24:5)

[What is recommended here is to us having the best influence upon our lives, wisdom, and understanding, and knowledge; that is, both devotion towards Spirit (for that is true wisdom) and carefulness in the management of our outward affairs. We must govern ourselves in everything by the rules of spirituality first!]

“Trust in the LORD with ALL YOUR HEART and lean not on your own understanding; IN ALL YOUR WAYS SUBMIT TO GOD, and HE WILL make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6)

[We must believe that our Abba Father is able to do what is wise, what is best, and good, according to his promise, TO DO WHAT IS THE FINEST FOR US, if we love him, and serve him. We must, with an entire submission and pleasure, depend upon him to perform all He has promised for us, and we must not lean to our own understanding, as if we could, by any means of our own, without God, help ourselves, and bring our path in life to a good end!]

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. THIS WILL BRING HEALTH TO YOUR BODY AND NOURISHMENT TO YOUR BONES.” (Prov. 3:7-8)

[Our encouragement is to LIVE IN THE FEAR OF GOD and what is promised is that it will as good to us as our necessary food. It will be nourishing: It shall be health to our bodies. It will be strengthening: It will be marrow to our bones!]

“Blessed are those who find WISDOM, those who gain UNDERSTANDING, for THEY ARE MORE PROFITABLE THAN SILVER and yields better returns THAN GOLD. THEY ARE more precious than RUBIES; NOTHING YOU DESIRE CAN COMPARE WITH THEM.” (Prov. 3:13-15)

[We must seek wisdom and understanding. It will be a happy man who, having found it, makes it his own, and gets both an interest in it and takes possession of it, the one who draws out understanding, who receives it from God. Knowing it not in himself, but he draws it with the bucket of prayer from the fountain of all wisdom, WHO GIVES TO ALL LIBERALLY.]

WISDOM IS MORE PROFITABLE THAN SILVER AND YIELDS BETTER RETURNS THAN GOLD…

-Bill Stockham

10-20-17 Loved One’s Devotion PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“WE MUST PAY THE MOST CAREFUL ATTENTION, therefore, to what we have heard, so that WE DO NOT DRIFT AWAY.” (Heb. 2:1)

[Paying careful attention is the first way we are to show our reverence to Christ and the gospel. It should be the great concern of everyone who is saved, to give the most serious respect to all of the gospel, we should prize the gospel very highly! We must make up our minds to do whatever we are instructed to do according to the gospel, we must READ the word frequently and MEDITATE on it carefully, and then APPLY our faith to that word. We must EMBRACE the word in our hearts, RETAIN them it in our memories, and finally REGULATE our words and actions according to the word!]

“But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, SO THAT BY THE GRACE OF GOD HE MIGHT TASTE DEATH FOR EVERYONE. (Heb. 2:9)

[Because of God’s love for us he allowed His one and only son to be crucified for us, what a display of His AMAZING GRACE!]

JESUS WAS MADE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS FOR A LITTLE WHILE, IS NOW CROWNED WITH GLORY!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] WE MUST PAY THE MOST CAREFUL ATTENTION, so that WE DO NOT DRIFT AWAY...”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION…

“WE MUST PAY THE MOST CAREFUL ATTENTION, therefore, to what we have heard, so that WE DO NOT DRIFT AWAY.” (Heb. 2:1)

[Paying careful attention is the first way we are to show our reverence of Christ and of the gospel. It should be the great concern of everyone who has submitted to the gospel to give the most serious respect to all of the gospel, we should prize the gospel very highly! We must make up our minds to do whatever we are instructed to do according to the gospel, we must READ the word frequently and MEDITATE on it carefully, and then APPLY our faith to that word. We must EMBRACE the word in our hearts, RETAIN them it in our memories, and finally REGULATE our words and actions according to the word!]

HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE IGNORE SO GREAT A SALVATION? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.” (Heb. 2:2-3)

[Notice, the severest punishment God ever inflicted upon sinners is no more than what sin deserves: it is a just recompence of reward; PUNISHMENTS ARE AS MUCH DUE TO SIN AS REWARDS ARE TO OBEDIENCE!]

“God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and BY GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT DISTRIBUTED ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. (Heb. 2:4)

[We are empowered to be OBEDIENT TO DO the word of God by His Holy Spirit!]

“But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, SO THAT BY THE GRACE OF GOD HE MIGHT TASTE DEATH FOR EVERYONE. (Heb. 2:9)

[Because of God’s love for us he allowed His only begotten to be crucified for us, what a display of His AMAZING GRACE!]

“…it was fitting that God, should make the pioneer of our salvation PERFECT THROUGH WHAT HE SUFFERED. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are OF THE SAME FAMILY. SO, JESUS IS NOT ASHAMED TO CALL US BROTHERS AND SISTERS. (Heb. 2:10-11)

[Have we ever told someone “I know what you are going through” when we really cannot know! Well, Jesus knows what we are going through and He is right here with us, to help us – EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!]

JESUS WAS MADE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS FOR A LITTLE WHILE, IS NOW CROWNED WITH GLORY!

-Bill Stockham

10-19-17 Loved One’s Devotion ARE WE LISTENING…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day:They have turned their back to Me (God) and not their face; though I taught them, TEACHING AGAIN AND AGAINTHEY WOULD NOT LISTEN and receive instruction.” (Jer. 32:33)

God is speaking to Jeremiah about the years and years of Israel’s disobedience and is getting ready to turn them over to 70 years of captivity in Babylon because they would not listen to the Lord…Oh, how important it is for us to LISTEN TO AND OBEY the word of the Lord! if we do not listen to the Lord, the devil (the thief) will try to pull us away…

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroyI CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE 1LIFE, and have it 2ABUNDANTLY. “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11) 1zóé: the absolute fullness of life, which belongs to God2perissos: over and above, much more than could be imagined.

The devil tries to steal our confidence in God, then kill our faith, which will destroy our relationship with the Lord, but Jesus has come that we may have LIFEA life we live in Him, that is so much better than we could ever imagine. So, we must resist the devil and He will flee from us…

SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILLFLEE FROM YOU. DRAW NEAR TO GOD, AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU.

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, and have it ABUNDANTLY...”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

ARE WE LISTENING…

They have turned their back to Me (God) and not their face; though I taught them, TEACHING AGAIN AND AGAIN, THEY WOULD NOT LISTEN and receive instruction.” (Jer. 32:33)

God is speaking to Jeremiah about the years and years of Israel’s disobedience and is getting ready to turn them over to 70 years of captivity in Babylon because they would not listen to the Lord…Oh, how important it is for us to LISTEN TO AND OBEY the word of the Lord!

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you, LIFE AND DEATH, the blessing and the curse. So, CHOOSE LIFE IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY LIVE, you and your descendants…” (Deut. 30:19)

Years earlier, God gave this word to His people about the choices we have to make, He encourages us to choose life. We know that our adversary, the devil has other plans for us!

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE 1LIFE, and have it 2ABUNDANTLY. “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11) 1zóé: the absolute fullness of life, which belongs to God, 2perissos: over and above, much more than could be imagined.

The devil tries to steal our confidence in God, then kill our faith, which will destroy our relationship but Jesus has come that we may have LIFE! A life we live in Him, that is so much better than we could ever imagine. So, we must resist the devil and He will flee from us

SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. DRAW NEAR TO GOD, AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU.

-Bill Stockham