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THE LORD WILL NEVER FORSAKE US…

“Though my father and mother forsake me, THE LORD WILL RECEIVE ME.

Even though our closest family forsake us, the Lord will always be there to receive us…

Teach me your way, LORD; LEAD ME IN A STRAIGHT PATH because of my oppressors…

Speak to me Lord, I will listen and obey…

I remain confident of this: I WILL SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD in the land of the living.

Because of my obedience to you Lord, I will see you!!!

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and 1WAIT FOR THE LORD.” (Psa. 27:10-14) 1qavah: to collect or bind together

We can wait by simply trusting or wait by serving but this implies BINDING TOGETHER with the Lord in an everlasting covenant.

…PUT ON LOVE, WHICH BINDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN PERFECT HARMONY. (Col. 3:14)

-Bill Stockham

 

 

 

 

A SINCERE PRAYER OF REPENTANCE…

Judge me favorably, O LORD, because I have walked with integrity and I have trusted you without wavering. Examine me, O LORD, and test me. LOOK CLOSELY INTO MY HEART AND MIND.

David says: I come to you Lord to make sure my heart is right before you…

I see your mercy in front of me. I walk in the light of your truth. I did not sit with liars, and I will not be found among hypocrites. I have hated the mob of evildoers and will not sit with wicked people.

Lord, I will stay away from people who may have a bad influence on me…

I will wash my hands in innocence. I will walk around your altar, O LORD, so that I MAY LOUDLY SING A HYMN OF THANKSGIVING AND TELL ABOUT ALL YOUR MIRACLES. O LORD, I walk with integrity. Rescue me, and have pity on me. My feet stand on level ground. I will praise the LORD…” (Psa. 26:1-12)

It is so wonderfully awesome to be forgiven of our sins and to live a holy life for Jesus.

OH, WHAT GREAT LOVE YOU HAVE FOR US LORD…

-Bill Stockham

WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST…

I am Jesus YOUR Savior, who, having died for all mankind; and now being raised from the dead I SHALL DIE NO MORE, the great sacrifice has been completed. And I HAVE THE KEYS of death and the grave, so that I can destroy the living and raise the dead. This key signifies the power and authority over life, death, and the grave.

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE, amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Rev. 1:18)

These visions and prophecies are for our general instruction, and so every situation must be faithfully detailed. That’s why we received this word!

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. (Rev. 1:3)

What John saw was to be written; what John was about to see, concerning the seven Churches, must be also written. That’s why Jesus said:

“Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;” (Rev. 1:19)

Let me stop a minute and say something about this, I have heard many people say ‘I don’t read the book of Revelation. It’s too hard to understand!’ Remember John said above, about this book. Our Abba Father is anxious to reveal (show) His word to us!

“Now we have received…the spirit which is of God; that WE MIGHT KNOW the things that are FREELY GIVEN TO US OF GODFor who hath known the mind of the Lord…WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.” (1 Corin. 2:12, 16)

No more excuses, let’s prayerfully dive into the word of God, understanding, He will give us understanding of His word.

GOD WILL REVEAL HIS WORD TO US BY HIS SPIRIT!

-Bill Stockham

LORD, YOU ARE LOVING AND FAITHFUL…

Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and MY HOPE IS IN YOU ALL DAY LONG.

As you show, teach and guide me, I am reassured that my hope is in you Lord…

Remember, LORD, YOUR GREAT MERCY AND LOVE…do not remember the sins of my youth …according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good. Good and upright is the LORD; therefore, he instructs sinners in his ways.

Thank you Lord for redeeming me and showing me the way to live for you.

All the ways of the LORD ARE LOVING AND FAITHFUL toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. For the sake of your name, LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.” (Psa. 25:4-14)

OH LORD, YOU ARE SO LOVING AND FAITHFUL, I GIVE YOU MY ALL…

-Bill Stockham

THE ROCK…

“…on THIS ROCK I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)

In a discussion between Jesus and His disciples Jesus asked the question: “…who do you say that I am?” (Matt.  16:15)

Peter responded…“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt. 16:16)

Jesus then revealed the meaning of this “ROCK”. “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but MY FATHER who is in heaven.” (Matt. 16:17) By divine revelation there is a mutual understanding, a “ROCK” strong enough for Jesus to build His church on.

“I will give you the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matt. 16:19)

Represent the authority to open the way for people to “enter into the Kingdom of God.”

GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS…

-Bill Stockham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ALPHA AND OMEGA!

Jesus says: I am from eternity to eternity, I am the destroyer as well as the creator of all things. John of course was writing in Greek, so he includes the whole Greek alphabet, of which Α alpha and Ω omega are the first and last letters.

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which IS, and which WAS, and which IS TO COME, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)

John spoke this from the isle of Patmos, a small, rocky island belonging to the group called “Sporades,” in that part of the Aegean known as the Icarian Sea. Because of its rocky, barren and desolate nature the Roman government used the island as a place of banishment.

“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 1:9)

John turned the negative into a positive. Instead of life becoming somewhat one of despair, to the point of overwhelming him, he used those negative circumstances and that foreign place to continue his superb relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, what you see, write in a book, and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia…” (Rev. 1:10-11)

If John could rise to such great heights in the Spirit in the midst of tribulation, suffering and despair, then surely, we can too, dear Lord Jesus, give us a renewed thirst, for that WATER OF LIFE from your fountain today

JESUS IS THE FIRST AND LAST, THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING!

-Bill Stockham

WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME…

“For our sake God made him TO BE SIN WHO KNEW NO SIN, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corin. 5:21)

The most righteous person to ever set foot on this earth, the most holy and sinless became sin for us, listen to His story…

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? (Psalms 22:1)

One may think these are David’s words, yes, they are! But they are speaking very accurately of the crucifixion of Christ…

“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast…I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” (Psalms 22:17-18)

As Jesus endured this suffering for us he cried out…

“Father, forgive them, for THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY do.And they cast lots to divide his garments.” (Luke 23:34)

WHAT GREAT LOVE WAS DEMONSTRATED IN CHRIST’S SUFERING…

-Bill Stockham

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WON’T WE LISTEN…

“In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” (Matt. 13:14)

Isiah prophesied that people would hear the word of God but not care to understand it.

“With other tongues…I will speak to this people, but even then, THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME, says the Lord.” (1 Corin. 14:21)

Imagine, then, how it must grieve God when we ignore Him. Think of how His heart of love must break when we act as if He’s not there, despite the fact that He lives within us through the Holy Spirit. Or consider how He must feel when His Word He gave us is ignored.

“If you love Me, YOU WILL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.(John 14:15)

Remember God said to obey is better than sacrifice, so let us obey the Lord and call upon Him…

“I have called on you BECAUSE YOU ANSWER ME, O God. Turn your ear toward me. Hear what I have to say.” (Psalms 17:6)

THE SAME LORD IS LORD OF ALL AND RICHLY BLESSES ALL WHO CALL ON HIM… (Rom. 10:12)

-Bill Stockham

Expressing my sorrow…

Sorry for missing so very many devotions, this is my ministry…

The flu bug hit me very hard and I spent several days in the hospital but am at home now.

Thank you for all your prayers…

“…God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. ” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

-Bill Stockham

BE CAREFUL OF AN OFFENSIVE ATTITUDE…

Joseph had many reasons to have an offensive attitude with all the troubles he went through, but he was a praying man and trusted God.

God “…gave Joseph success IN EVERYTHING HE DID. (Gen. 39:23)

At the age of 17, God had given Joseph a dream showing his dad and mom and all his 11 brothers bowing down to him. Joseph’s brothers we very jealous of him and stole his beautiful cloak and wanted to kill him but threw him into a pit instead. Then Joseph:

  • was sold to some Ishmaelite traders from Midian
  • was then sold to become a slave of Potipher
  • was then wrongfully thrown in prison
  • was forgotten about for 2 more years after helping Pharaoh’s cupbearer
  • was called before Pharaoh and promoted to 2nd in charge

“Joseph was 30 years old when he began serving Pharaoh…” (Gen. 41:46)

The Lord revealed to Joseph that there would be 7 very prosperous years, then 7 very terrible years, so Joseph followed God’s instructions and prepared. During the 7 terrible years Joseph’s brothers came for provisions:

“When Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him WITH THEIR FACES TO THE GROUND.” (Gen. 42:6)

It took more than 20 years for this promise of God to be fulfilled.

REMEMBER, GOD IS FAITHFUL TO KEEP HIS PROMISES…

-Bill Stockham