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KEEP OURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE!

KEEP OURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE!

 “…dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO DIVIDE YOU, WHO FOLLOW MERE NATURAL INSTINCTS AND DO NOT HAVE THE SPIRIT. But you, dear friends, by BUILDING YOURSELVES up in your most holy faith and PRAYING in the Holy Spirit, KEEP YOURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude 1:17-21) [Those people who are in the position to persuade us must make it obvious that they sincerely love us and are looking out for our best interest. Unfriendly and harsh words never did and never will convince, much less persuade anybody! There are those who try to divide us; so, we must 1- Build up ourselves and one another on our most holy faith. 2- We must practice and participate in praying in the Holy Spirit, for he will reveal necessary things to us. 3- We must keep ourselves in the love of God by applying that love from the word of God! 4- Wait for our Abba Father’s mercy (His active compassion)!] “Be merciful to those who doubt; SAVE OTHERS BY SNATCHING THEM FROM THE FIRE; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” (Jude 1:22-23) [We would not want to see any of our loved ones (friends or family) cast into eternal fire, so we may have to snatch: harpazō, to seize, catch away, pluck, pull, and take by force; whatever it takes!] To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– TO THE ONLY GOD OUR SAVIOR BE GLORY, MAJESTY, POWER AND AUTHORITY, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, BEFORE ALL AGES, NOW AND FOREVERMORE! Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25) [Only Jesus is able to keep us from falling back into sin, and He died for us to do that!] “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, CONTINUE TO LIVE YOUR LIVES IN HIM, ROOTED and BUILT UP in him, STRENGTHENED IN THE FAITH as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. SEE TO IT THAT NO ONE TAKES YOU CAPTIVE through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world RATHER THAN ON CHRIST.” (Col. 2:6-8) [We must SEEK THE TRUTH IN LOVE, for it is the love of God that keeps us through our troubles! We must be rooted (become stable) and built up in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!]

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE MUST BE, ROOTED AND BUILT UP IN HIM, AND STRENGTHENED IN THE FAITH!

-Bill Stockham

WORSHIP WITH ME!

WORSHIP WITH ME!

“Let us hold unswervingly [reliably] to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may SPUR ONE ANOTHER ON TOWARD LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS, NOT GIVING UP MEETING TOGETHER, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:23-25) [Since we have the freedom and opportunity, let us meet together with our fellow saints and worship the Lord and encourage one another! It would be the greatest ingratitude and contempt of God and Christ for us to keep at a distance from Him. We must draw near in all holy conversation, like Enoch walking with God. We must draw near in humble adorations, worshipping in His presence. We must draw near in our holy dependence upon our Abba Father. We must draw near in conformity to God, and communion with him, living under his blessed influence, still endeavoring to get NEARER AND NEARER, until we come to dwell in his presence forever!] “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that WHEN YOU HAVE DONE THE WILL OF GOD, YOU WILL RECEIVE WHAT HE HAS PROMISED.” (Heb. 10:35-36) [Be encouraged because you are assured the reward of your holy confidence in our Abba Father and His many promises. This also carries a present reward in it, in holy PEACE AND JOY, and much of God’s presence and his power resting upon us; and it shall have a great payment of reward hereafter!] For, “In just a little while, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT DELAY.” (Heb. 10:37) [He will soon come to us at our individual end, and put a finish to all our sufferings, and give us a crown of life. He will soon come to judgment, and put an end to the sufferings of the whole church, and give all of us an ample and glorious reward!] “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” BUT WE DO NOT BELONG TO THOSE WHO SHRINK BACK AND ARE DESTROYED, BUT TO THOSE WHO HAVE FAITH AND ARE SAVED.” (Heb. 10:38-39) [We are not of those who draw back. I pray that you and I, who have already met with great trials, and have been supported through them by the grace of God who is so wonderful in strengthening our faith, so we were never at any time left to ourselves to draw back to damnation; I thank God that He will keep us by his mighty power through faith unto salvation!] “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW HIM BETTER. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that YOU MAY KNOW THE HOPE TO WHICH HE HAS CALLED YOU, THE RICHES OF HIS GLORIOUS INHERITANCE IN HIS HOLY PEOPLE.” (Eph. 1:16-18)

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

YOU MAY KNOW THE HOPE TO WHICH HE HAS CALLED YOU!

-Bill Stockham

SPEAKING THE TRUTH!

SPEAKING THE TRUTH!

 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and WHO CORRECTLY HANDLES THE WORD OF TRUTH.” (2 Tim. 2:15) [‘Correctly’ comes from the word orthotomeō: to make a straight cut, that is, to dissect, to rightly divide. When we present the gospel we must remember we are handling THE WORD OF GOD! So we must honor the word of God, respect the word of God and most importantly pray over the word of God, pray that Our Abba Father will reveal the word to us so we may reveal it to others!] “Avoid godless chatter, because THOSE WHO INDULGE IN IT WILL BECOME MORE AND MORE UNGODLY. Their teaching will spread like gangrene…” (2 Tim. 2:16-17) [Avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk. We can turn the radio or television on today and witness plenty empty and useless talk, people may say whatever they want with no accountability and lead many astray, but we must “speak the truth in love” Eph. 4:15 so that we will:] “…no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and BLOWN HERE AND THERE BY EVERY WIND OF TEACHING and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” (Eph. 4:14) [That is, that we may be no longer children in our knowledge who are weak in the faith, and changing in our judgments, yielding easily to every temptation, readily complying with the many ‘untruths’ going around!] “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become IN EVERY RESPECT the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, GROWS AND BUILDS ITSELF UP IN LOVE, AS EACH PART DOES ITS WORK.” (Eph. 4:15-16) [There are two ways to understand this: One, that all the members of the church may attain a greater portion of love for Christ and to one another; or know that mutual love among Christians is a great motivator for spiritual growth: it is in love that the body edifies itself; whereas a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.] “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for WE ARE ALL MEMBERS OF ONE BODY.” (Eph. 4:25) [This is a part of our ‘old man’ that we must put off; and that part of the ‘new man’ that must be put on in opposition to any falsehood is speaking the truth in all our conversations with others. It is the character of God’s people that they are children who will not lie, who do not lie, who hate lying!] “…I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and WILL BE IN YOU.” (John 14:16-17)

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE MUST SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE, SO WE WILL GROW TO BECOME, THE MATURE BODY OF HIM WHO IS THE HEAD, THAT IS, CHRIST!

-Bill Stockham

HUMBLE AND CONTRITE!

HUMBLE AND CONTRITE!

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “THESE ARE THE ONES I LOOK ON WITH FAVOR: THOSE WHO ARE HUMBLE AND CONTRITE IN SPIRIT, AND WHO TREMBLE AT MY WORD.” (Isa. 66:1-2) [Heaven is the throne of our Abba Father’s glory and government; there He sits, infinitely exalted in the highest dignity and dominion, ABOVE all blessing and praise. The earth is his footstool, on which He stands, over-ruling all the affairs of it according to his will. If God has such an awesome throne, so large a footstool, how then can man build a house for God that can be the habitation of his glory, or the place of his rest? If God required a house for himself to dwell in, He would have made one for himself when he created all things! What our Abba Father is looking for is a humble and contrite, (remorseful, repentant) heart as a living temple for Himself; that will be His dwelling and it is the place of His rest, with those who tremble (chârêd) that is fearful, and reverential respect for Him and His word!] I press on toward the goal TO WIN THE PRIZE FOR WHICH GOD HAS CALLED ME heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too GOD WILL MAKE CLEAR TO YOU. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.” (Phil. 3:14-16) [Paul understood the awesomeness of God and made up his mind to press on to obtain that goal and called us to join him in pursuing to obtain the magnificence of our Abba Father’s full presence in our lives – because I want you to:] “Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THOSE WHO LIVE AS WE DO. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ…But OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, WILL TRANSFORM OUR LOWLY BODIES SO THAT THEY WILL BE LIKE HIS GLORIOUS BODY.” (Phil. 3:17-21) [When we were “born again” and became a “new creation” in Jesus Christ with a new Abba Father, we became “bone of His bone” one with Him! We are no longer of this world even though we still live here in the flesh! Our Father, our King, our Lord is now holding us in His Right Hand – WE BELONG TO HIM!!!]

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN. AND WE EAGERLY AWAIT A SAVIOR FROM THERE, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. FROM HIS TEMPLE HE HEARD MY VOICE; my cry came before him, into his ears.” (Psa. 18:6) [Our awesome Abba Father LIVES close by, because He is always here to help us!] “Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, YOU WILL KNOW MY FATHER AS WELL. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:5-7) [Ok, Jesus is with us and He says, the Father is with Him, so where does He live?] “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and BE WITH YOU FOREVER– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for HE LIVES WITH YOU AND WILL BE IN YOU.” (John 14:15-17) [Wonderful, the Holy Spirit will LIVE in us, what about the Father?] “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and MAKE OUR HOME WITH THEM.” (John 14:23) [We have a loving and compassionate Abba Father who is ALWAYS with us!] As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, YOU WILL REMAIN IN MY LOVE, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and REMAIN IN HIS LOVE. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that YOUR JOY MAY BE COMPLETE.” (John 15:9-11) [Thank you Jesus for this awesome JOY let it be our strength today!] “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS: TO LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE FOR ONE’S FRIENDS. You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:12-14) [Yes Lord, yes! As well as being a joint-heir with you, I want to be your friend as well, so I commit to do what you command!]

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

“ANYONE WHO LOVES ME WILL OBEY MY TEACHING. MY FATHER WILL LOVE THEM, AND WE WILL COME TO THEM AND MAKE OUR HOME WITH THEM!”

-Bill Stockham

 

DIVINE PROTECTION!

DIVINE PROTECTION!

 “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “THOSE WHO ARE WITH US ARE MORE THAN THOSE WHO ARE WITH THEM.” And Elisha prayed, “OPEN HIS EYES, LORD, SO THAT HE MAY SEE.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and SAW THE HILLS FULL OF HORSES AND CHARIOTS OF FIRE ALL AROUND ELISHA.” (2 Kings 6:15-17) [Our wonderful, awesome Abba Father, provides divine protection to those who ‘fear’ him] The angel of the LORD ENCAMPS AROUND THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, AND HE DELIVERS THEM.” (Psa. 34:7) [Though God’s power is sufficient to watch over us, yet because of our weakness He appoints His angels to watch over us! Is one angel enough?] “Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death A HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE THOUSAND IN THE ASSYRIAN CAMP. When the people got up the next morning–there were all the dead bodies!” (Isa. 37:36) [In the records of the Assyrians, it is written that they had Jerusalem surrounded and King Sennacherib was ready to have Jerusalem ‘crushed’ and THAT WAS THE END OF THEIR RECORD, but God destroyed the Assyrians, and protected His people. That is THE SAME GOD we serve today!!!] “Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria: “HE WILL NOT ENTER THIS CITY OR SHOOT AN ARROW HERE. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it.” (Isa. 37:33) [We have a loving and compassionate Abba Father who can do WHATEVER needs to be done to protect and keep us!] If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ …YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS THAT YOU NEED THEM. But SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU AS WELL.” (Matt. 6:30-33) [Oh Lord, please help our unbelief today! Reveal to us the UTMOST IMPORTANCE of seeking first of all your kingdom and your righteousness!!!]

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

WE MUST SEEK FIRST YOUR KINGDOM AND YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, THEN ALL OUR DAILY NEEDS WILL BE GIVEN TO US!

-Bill Stockham

FORGIVENESS, HEALING!

FORGIVENESS, HEALING!

 “Praise the LORD, my soul; ALL MY INMOST BEING, praise his holy name. 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 EAGLE’S.” (Psa. 103:1-5) [The wonderful, awesome remedy for our sinful state, a loving Abba Father sending His only begotten Son to give His life for our sins! The creator and maker of all things, the One who always has BEEN and always will BE and most importantly; IS now, wants to enter into an everlasting relationship with us! He wants to be our Abba Father, His Son to be our brother, the most ROYAL family that has been and will ever be! Why, why?] For God SO LOVED the world that HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, that whoever believes in him shall not perish BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. (John 3:16) [As positively and vehemently as our Lord Jesus could be He spoke these words to us: Verily, verily, I say unto thee. I the Amen: “I the faithful and true witness.” The matter is settled permanently that except a man be BORN AGAIN he cannot see the kingdom of God!] “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, ABOUNDING IN LOVE. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; HE DOES NOT TREAT US AS OUR SINS DESERVE or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HAS HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US.” (Psa. 103:8-12) [Jesus Christ has come as our savior! We need no longer to be slaves to sin!!!] “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; FOR HE KNOWS HOW WE ARE FORMED, he REMEMBERS THAT WE ARE DUST.” (Psa. 103:13-14) [We have a loving and compassionate Abba Father!] Whoever believes in him [Jesus] IS NOT CONDEMNED, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:18) [We cannot say “not-guilty” because we all have sinned SO Jesus turned Himself in for us, He gave Himself up for us! He suffered great and extreme punishment – ALL FOR US! He died and rose again so we are not condemned, OH WHAT GREAT LOVE JESUS HAS FOR US!]

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HAS HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US!

-Bill Stockham

FORGIVEN!

FORGIVEN!

 “Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; STOP DOING WRONG. LEARN TO DO RIGHT; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, THEY SHALL BE AS WHITE AS SNOW; though they are red as crimson, THEY SHALL BE LIKE WOOL.” (Isa. 1:16-18) [Sin is corrupting to the soul. Our call from our Abba Father is to wash ourselves from our sin by REPENTING of our sin and TURNING from sin to God. We must put away not only our evil actions which are before the eyes of the world, by renouncing the gross acts of sin, and that which is before God’s eyes, the roots and habits of sin, that are in our hearts; these must be crushed and put to death! No matter how awful our lives may be, the blood of Jesus will make us white as snow!] For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but TO SAVE THE WORLD THROUGH HIM.” (John 3:16-17) [As positively and vehemently as our Lord Jesus could be He spoke these words to us: Verily, verily, I say unto thee. I am the Amen, and the Amen: “I the faithful and true witness.” The matter is settled permanently that except a man BE BORN AGAIN he cannot see the kingdom of God! First, we must live in a new life. Birth is the beginning of life; TO BE BORN AGAIN IS TO BEGIN ANEW. We must not think to patch up the old building, but begin from the foundation. Secondly, we must have a new nature, new principles, new affections, and new aims. We must be born anōthen, which signifies both denuo – again, and desuper – from above!] This is the verdict: LIGHT HAS COME INTO THE WORLD, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But WHOEVER LIVES BY THE TRUTH COMES INTO THE LIGHT, so that it may be seen plainly that WHAT THEY HAVE DONE HAS BEEN DONE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.(John 3:19-21) [Jesus Christ has come as the light of the world! We need no longer to be is darkness!!!] “In him [Jesus, The Word of God] was life, and that life WAS THE LIGHT OF ALL MANKIND.” (John 1:4) [We needed this light because we were in the darkness of sin!] “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, HE GAVE THE RIGHT TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD— children born not of natural descent…but BORN OF GOD.” (John 1:11-13)

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

THIS COMES BY TELLING GOD; YOU ARE SORRY AND ASKING HIM FOR FORGIVNESS OF ALL YOUR SINS!

-Bill Stockham

BELIEVING AND DOING!

BELIEVING AND DOING!

“You see that a person is considered righteous BY WHAT THEY DO AND NOT BY FAITH ALONE.” (Jam. 2:24) [We KNOW that we are saved by God’s grace through our faith:] “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD– not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9) [We are saved by faith alone, faith that comes because of the grace God has given us. James says we cannot be considered ‘RIGHTEOUS’ without DOING SOMETHING! God has a purpose for our lives and we must be obedient to our Abba Father and be about fulfilling that purpose!] “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” BUT DOES NOTHING ABOUT THEIR PHYSICAL NEEDS, what good is it? In the same way, FAITH BY ITSELF, IF IT IS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY ACTION, IS DEAD.” (Jam. 2:15-17) [James is speaking of works done in obedience to the gospel, and as the suitable and essential things and the ‘fruits’ of our faith in our complete believing in Jesus , He said!] Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matt. 5:42) [This is just one of many directions from the Lord for us to ‘DO’ for one another to fulfill our righteousness!] “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF THE LORD and please him in every way: BEARING FRUIT IN EVERY GOOD WORK, growing in the knowledge of God…” (Col. 1:9-10) [This is what we should be striving for because good WORDS will not do without good WORKS. We must flourish in good works, and in every good work: not in just the easy things which are more stress-free, and suitable, and safe, but in all that we are led to do. There must be a uniform and even regard to all of the will of God. And the more fruitful we are in good works the more we shall increase in the knowledge of God!] Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. DO WHAT IT SAYS. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and CONTINUES IN IT–not forgetting what they have heard, but DOING IT–they will be blessed in what they do.” (Jam. 1:22-25) [Today, let’s motivate ourselves to BELIEVE our Abba Father and DO whatever He leads us to do!]

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

FAITH BY ITSELF, IF IT IS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY ACTION, IS DEAD!

-Bill Stockham

 

OUR ABBA FATHER KNOWS!

OUR ABBA FATHER KNOWS!

 Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.” (Pro. 24:1-2)  [We must never envy sinners, no matter how happy they may seem to be, or to wish ourselves in their situation, although they may prosper in this world and seem to be happy and secure. Don’t let such a thought ever come into your mind, “O that we could shake off these restraints of religion and conscience, and take as great a liberty to indulge the carnal appetite, as we see so many do.” NO NEVER!!!] “Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked, for THE EVILDOER HAS NO FUTURE HOPE, AND THE LAMP OF THE WICKED WILL BE SNUFFED OUT.” (Prov. 24:19-20) [We MUST remember that our Abba Father paid a great price (the life of His only begotten Son) for our redemption and He knows all about what is going on in this world; when the time is right HE WILL CATCH US AWAY!] “Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. TRUST IN THE LORD AND DO GOOD; dwell in the land and ENJOY SAFE PASTURE. Take DELIGHT in the LORD, and HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: HE WILL MAKE YOUR RIGHTEOUS REWARD SHINE LIKE THE DAWN, YOUR VINDICATION LIKE THE NOONDAY SUN.” (Psa. 37:1-6) [Taking ‘delight’ (‛ânag) means that the Lord is the source of our ‘extreme satisfaction’ and ‘great pleasurer’; He is all we need and all we need comes from Him!!!!] “A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But THE MEEK WILL INHERIT THE LAND AND ENJOY PEACE AND PROSPERITY. The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.” (Psa. 37:10-13) [Be faithful, HOLD ON. We must continue to love our Abba Father and our Lord Jesus with ALL OUR HEARTS!] “So then, brothers and sisters, STAND FIRM AND HOLD FAST to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, ENCOURAGE YOUR HEARTS AND STRENGTHEN YOU IN EVERY GOOD DEED AND WORD.” (2 Thess. 2:15-17) [Be strong in the Lord today for the Lord loves us so very much and paid a great price for our redemption!]

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that:

THE MEEK WILL INHERIT THE LAND AND ENJOY PEACE AND PROSPERITY!

-Bill Stockham