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NEW SONG…

NEW SONG…

  • ♫Sing unto the Lord a new song
  • Sing unto the Lord all the earth
  • For GOD IS GREAT
  • And greatly to be praised♫

SING to the LORD a new song; SING to the LORD, all the earth. SING to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his MARVELOUS DEEDS among all peoples.” (Psa. 96:1-3)

[We are called three times here to sing unto the Lord; sing to the Father, to the Son, to the Holy Spirit! We have reason to sing frequently, repeatedly and with motivation unto the Lord! We need to bless his name, think and speak well of him, so that we may encourage others to think well of him! A new song is a song for new blessings, for His kindnesses which is new every morning. A new song is the New Testament song, a song of praise for the new covenant and the exquisite privileges of that covenant. Let the subject-matter of this song be HIS SALVATION, the beautiful salvation that has been provided by the Lord Jesus; this is the cause of our joy and praise!]

“For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but THE LORD MADE THE HEAVENS.” (Psa. 96:4-5)

[Salvation by our Lord and savior Jesus Christ is spoken of as a work of wonder, in which the glory of God shines very brightly; in declaring that salvation, WE ANNOUNCE GOD’S GLORY as it shines in the face of Christ!]

“Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; 1TREMBLE BEFORE HIM, all the earth.” (Psa. 96:9) [chûl: to twist or whirl in a circular or spiral manner, that is, specifically to dance.]

 [We dance in joy before our awesome God!]

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. LET ALL CREATION REJOICE BEFORE THE LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.” (Psa. 96:11-13)

[The whole creation will have reason to rejoice in the setting up of Christ’s kingdom, even the sea and the field; for, because by the sin of the first Adam the whole creation was made subject to vanity, so by the grace of the second Adam it shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the GLORIOUS LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD!]

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE FIRST AND THE LAST, THE BEGINNING AND THE END.” (Rev. 22:12-13)

THE LORD IS COMING SOON TO ESTABLISH AN EVERLASTING KINGDOM!

-Bill Stockham

AWESOME LOVE…

AWESOME LOVE…

“The end of all things is near. Therefore, be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. ABOVE ALL, LOVE EACH OTHER DEEPLY, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Pet. 4:7-8)

[We must be very Christ like minded in these last days, serious, steady and committed to obedience; and observe very strict restraint and clear-headedness in the use of worldly enjoyments; we must not allow ourselves to be caught up in our former sins and temptations. We must WATCH AND PRAY as never before, and take care to be continually in a calm sober disposition, always ready for prayer; and be frequent in prayers, so this end will not come upon us unawares! Peter says that most importantly –ABOVE ALL– we must love: agape (Godly love, love of devotion, unconditional love) one another deeply. Love will not ‘cover over’ sin, but will cover the one committing the sin so they will repent!]

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one WHO SPEAKS THE VERY WORDS OF GOD. If anyone serves, they should do so WITH THE STRENGTH GOD PROVIDES, so that in all things GOD MAY BE PRAISED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. To him be the GLORY AND THE POWER for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Pet. 4:10-11)

[How essential it is for us to be ‘others’ minded, because that is a sure sign of the mind of Christ is at work!]

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but DO NOT HAVE LOVE, I AM NOTHING.”          (1 Corin. 13:2)

[This is ‘agape’ love again, remember, this is not something we can ‘work up’, this love comes from God and is operated by the Holy SpiritIN US-!]

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. IT ALWAYS PROTECTS, ALWAYS TRUSTS, ALWAYS HOPES, ALWAYS PERSEVERES.” (1 Corin. 13:4-7)

[This should be our prayer “Abba Father, activate this divine love in me so I may be about your business with the attitude and dedication that will please you!” Remember:]

LOVE NEVER FAILS…” (1 Corin. 13:8)

[Pray today that God will put someone on your heart so you may demonstrate that love to them!]

GOD’S LOVE WORKING IN US ALWAYS PROTECTS, ALWAYS TRUSTS, ALWAYS HOPES AND ALWAYS PERSEVERES; LOVE NEVER FAILS!

-Bill Stockham

09-14-17 Loved One’s Devotion WONDERFUL PEACE…

09-14-17 Loved One’s Devotion WONDERFUL PEACE…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“Submit to God and BE AT PEACE WITH HIM; in this way prosperity will come to you. ACCEPT INSTRUCTION FROM HIS MOUTH AND LAY UP HIS WORDS IN YOUR HEART.” (Job 22:21-22)

[How essential it is for us to be at peace with God, he knows everything about us!]

“You have searched me, LORD, and YOU KNOW ME. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH ALL MY WAYS. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely…Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, YOU ARE THERE; if I make my bed in the depths, YOU ARE THERE. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, EVEN THERE YOUR HAND WILL GUIDE ME, YOUR RIGHT HAND WILL HOLD ME FAST.” (Psa. 139:1-4, 7-10)

[Just think, right now! The Lord God almighty is holding us in His right hand! THAT IS PEACE!]

EVEN THERE YOUR HAND WILL GUIDE ME, YOUR RIGHT HAND WILL HOLD ME FAST

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “You have searched me, LORD, and YOU KNOW MEYOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH ALL MY WAYS...!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

WONDERFUL PEACE…

WONDERFUL PEACE…

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; THE LORD TURN HIS FACE TOWARD YOU AND GIVE YOU 1PEACE. (Num. 6:24-26) [1shâlôm: safe, well, happy, prosperity and welfare.]

[Num. 6:22 “The LORD said to Moses…The Lord God almighty, creator of everything that exists, who is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent (all knowing, ever present and all powerful); speaks peace to us!]

“Submit to God and BE AT PEACE WITH HIM; in this way prosperity will come to you. ACCEPT INSTRUCTION FROM HIS MOUTH AND LAY UP HIS WORDS IN YOUR HEART.” (Job 22:21-22)

[How essential it is for us to be at peace with God, he knows everything about us!]

“You have searched me, LORD, and YOU KNOW ME. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH ALL MY WAYS. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely…Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, YOU ARE THERE; if I make my bed in the depths, YOU ARE THERE. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, EVEN THERE YOUR HAND WILL GUIDE ME, YOUR RIGHT HAND WILL HOLD ME FAST.” (Psa. 139:1-4, 7-10)

[Just think, right now! The Lord God almighty is holding us in His right hand! THAT IS PEACE!]

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psa. 139:13-14)

[I acknowledge that YOU HAVE fearfully and wonderfully CREATED ME FOR A WONDERFUL WORK!]

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and LEAD ME IN THE WAY EVERLASTING.” (Psa. 139:23-24)

[You know me and I am in your hands today, Lord!]

For to us a child [Jesus] is born…his name shall be called…PRINCE OF PEACE.” (Isa. 9:6)

WE PRAISE YOU BECAUSE WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!

-Bill Stockham

09-13-17 Loved One’s Devotion YOUR PRESENCE…

09-13-17 Loved One’s Devotion YOUR PRESENCE…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“You are my Lord; APART FROM YOU I HAVE NO GOOD THING” …Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure…You make known to me the path of life; YOU WILL FILL ME WITH JOY IN YOUR PRESENCE, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psa. 16:1-11)

[This psalm is entitled Michtam, which is translate “a golden psalm”, a very precious one, more to be appreciated by us than gold, even much fine gold, because it speaks so plainly of our ETERNAL RELATIONSHIP with the Lord and the great joy we do experience in that relationship, which is the true treasure hidden in the field of the Old Testament!]

“Those who sow with tears WILL REAP WITH SONGS OF JOY. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, WILL RETURN WITH SONGS OF JOY…” (Psa. 126:5-6)

[Suffering saints have an abundance of tears. We are in tears often; We share in the many misfortunes of human life, and often times have a greater share in them than others. We do sow in tears; we do the duty of suffering and so answer the intentions of the burdens they are under. Weeping must not obstruct sowing; when we suffer, we have heavenly help!]

YOU MAKE KNOWN TO US THE PATH OF LIFE, FILL US WITH JOY IN YOUR PRESENCE, ALONG WITH ETERNAL PLEASURES AT YOUR RIGHT HAND!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] YOU WILL FILL ME WITH JOY IN YOUR PRESENCE, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

 

YOUR PRESENCE…

YOUR PRESENCE…

“You are my Lord; APART FROM YOU I HAVE NO GOOD THING …Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure…You make known to me the path of life; YOU WILL FILL ME WITH JOY IN YOUR PRESENCE, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psa. 16:1-11)

[This psalm is entitled Michtam, which is translate “a golden psalm”, a very precious one, more to be appreciated by us than gold, even much fine gold, because it speaks so plainly of our ETERNAL RELATIONSHIP with the Lord and the great joy we do experience in that relationship, which is the true treasure hidden in the field of the Old Testament!]

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion BLOT OUT MY TRANSGRESSIONS. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin…Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. RESTORE TO ME THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION AND GRANT ME A WILLING SPIRIT, TO SUSTAIN ME.” (Psa. 51:1-2, 10-12)

[The sin which, in this psalm, David has godly sorrow for, was the foolishness and wickedness he committed with his neighbor’s wife, a sin that should not be spoken of, or thought of, without disgust. His debasing of Bathsheba was the opening to all the other sins that followed; it was as the breaking of the dam. This sin of David’s is recorded for warning to all, that he who thinks he stands MAY TAKE HEED LEST HE FALL! Knowing that if we do fall we must IMMEDIATELY REPENT, and know that we will be reunited with THE JOY OF OUR SALVATION!]

“Those who sow with tears WILL REAP WITH SONGS OF JOY. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, WILL RETURN WITH SONGS OF JOY (Psa. 126:5-6)

[Suffering saints have an abundance of tears. We are in tears often; We share in the many misfortunes of human life, and often times have a greater share in them than others. We do sow in tears; we do the duty of suffering and so answer the intentions of the burdens they are under. Weeping must not obstruct sowing; when we suffer, we have heavenly help!]

“Light in a messenger’s eyes brings JOY TO THE HEART, and good news gives HEALTH TO THE BONES.” (Prov. 15:30)

[Just to see the wonderful works of God, is awesome and beautiful. Those who want God’s mercy know how valuable it is and how seeing that mercy is light to our eyes rejoicing to our hearts! The consideration of this should make us thankful for our spiritual eyesight, that we can see God’s beauty!]

YOU MAKE KNOWN TO US THE PATH OF LIFE, FILL US WITH JOY IN YOUR PRESENCE, ALONG WITH ETERNAL PLEASURES AT YOUR RIGHT HAND!

-Bill Stockham

FOLLOW ME…

FOLLOW ME…

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

[Jesus said this to His disciples and of course tells us the same thing today!]

“Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I BECAME YOUR FATHER THROUGH THE GOSPEL. So I’m asking you to follow my example.” (1 Corin. 4:15-16)

[The Corinthians became Christians under Paul’s ministry. He laid the foundation of a church among them. Others could only build upon it. Whatever other teachers they had, HE WAS THEIR SPIRITUAL FATHER. There normally is, and always ought to be, an endeared affection between faithful ministers and those they win to Christ Jesus through the gospel! Paul encourages them, as we should to those we bring to the Lord, to FOLLOW US as we follow Christ, to do as Paul does!]

“Jesus…looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might GIVE ETERNAL LIFE to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: THAT THEY KNOW YOU, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:1-3)

[This is the prayer Jesus prayed, preparing us to continue to be followers.]

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, PROTECT THEM by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that THEY MAY BE ONE AS WE ARE ONE.” (John 17:11)

[We must learn to humble ourselves and trust the mighty hand of God and allow God to help us to continue to follow Jesus:]

“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)

HOLY FATHER, PROTECT THEM BY THE POWER OF YOUR NAME!

-Bill Stockham

09-11-17 Loved One’s Devotion THE FLESH…

09-11-17 Loved One’s Devotion THE FLESH…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“…what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who DO NOT LIVE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:3-4)

[In one church that my wife pastored, they were taught that when we were sanctified our flesh was “dead.” In a bible study one person said: “if you sat a dead man up in a room and paraded naked women around him there would be no reaction because we are dead to the flesh!” Jesus said:] “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but THE FLESH IS WEAK.” (Matt.  26:41)

[We are not dead in our flesh, but we are weak in our flesh, the devil knows that and comes after us, tempting us! That is why Paul said:] “…I kneel before the Father…I pray that out of his glorious riches he may STRENGTHEN YOU WITH POWER through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH.” (Eph. 3:14-17a)

[Paul prays that we will have POWER so Christ will live is us.] “…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, MAY HAVE POWER, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide, long, high and deep is the love of Christ, and to 1KNOW THIS LOVE that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.” (Eph. 3:17b, 18-19) [1ginōskō: a personal and intimate knowledge.]

[Paul expresses to us that it will take power to overcome the temptations of the flesh and it have an intimate relationship with Christ that will allow us to be filled up with ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD!]

BE STRENGTHENED WITH ALL POWER AND GET FILLED UP WITH ALL GOD’S FULLNESS!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “that you may be filled to the measure OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD…”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

THE FLESH…

THE FLESH…

“…what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who DO NOT LIVE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:3-4)

[In one church that my wife pastored, they were taught that when we were sanctified our flesh was “dead.” In a bible study one person said: “if you sat a dead man up in a room and paraded naked women around him there would be no reaction because we are dead to the flesh!” Jesus said:] “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but THE FLESH IS WEAK.” (Matt.  26:41)

[We are not dead in our flesh, but we are weak in our flesh, the devil knows that and comes after us, tempting us! That is why Paul said:] “…I kneel before the Father…I pray that out of his glorious riches he may STRENGTHEN YOU WITH POWER through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH.” (Eph. 3:14-17a)

[Paul prays that we will have POWER so Christ will live is us.] “…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, MAY HAVE POWER, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide, long, high and deep is the love of Christ, and to 1KNOW THIS LOVE that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.” (Eph. 3:17b, 18-19) [1ginōskō: a personal and intimate knowledge.]

[Paul expresses to us that it will take power to overcome the temptations of the flesh and it have an intimate relationship with Christ that will allow us to be filled up with ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD!]

BE STRENGTHENED WITH ALL POWER AND GET FILLED UP WITH ALL GOD’S FULLNESS!

-Bill Stockham

 

NEW…

NEW…

“Because of the LORD’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. THEY ARE NEW EVERY MORNING; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “THE LORD IS MY PORTION; THEREFORE, I WILL WAIT FOR HIM.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” (Lam. 3:22-26)

[Whenever we are in sorrow we should, for the reassurance of our faith and hope, be aware of what strengthens us and gives us peace. Remember our Abba Father has an endless supply of compassion and it is NEW EVERY MORNING. The Lord is also our portion our chêleq’ which comes from a word which means to make ‘smooth’. We will have a ‘smoothpath to walk on today!]

“For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, SO GREAT IS HIS UNFAILING LOVE.” (Lam. 3:31-32)

[Our wonderful Abba Father is an endless fountain of mercy, the Father of mercies. We all owe it to the sparing mercy of God that we are not consumed! If we had been dealt with according to our sins, we would have been consumed long ago; but we have been dealt with according to GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE, and we ought to acknowledge this to as we praise Him!]

“You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” YOU CAME NEAR WHEN I CALLED YOU, and you said, “Do not fear.” You, Lord, took up my case; YOU REDEEMED MY LIFE. (Lam. 3:56-58)

[Prayer is the ‘breath’ of the new man, drawing in the air of mercy in requests and returning it in awesome praises; it is both the indication and the preservation of our spiritual life!]

“Consider it PURE JOY, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE. Let perseverance finish its work so that YOU MAY BE MATURE AND COMPLETE, NOT LACKING ANYTHING.” (Jam. 1:2-4)

[Help us Lord to learn to possess the ‘JOY OF THE LORD’ as we face and go through difficulties!]

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, THAT PERSON WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (Jam. 1:12) HAVE AN OVERWHELMINGLY WONDERFUL DAY!

WE WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE THAT YOU ABBA FATHER HAVE PROMISED TO THOSE WHO LOVE YOU!

-Bill Stockham