“All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD WEIGHS THE 1MOTIVES.” (Pro. 16:2) 1ruwach: spirit of man. What is really going on in our heart and mind.
“The LORD has rewarded me FOR DOING WHAT IS RIGHT…LORD, to those who are faithful you show that you are faithful. To those who are without blame you show that you are without blame. To those who are pure you SHOW THAT YOU ARE PURE.” (Psa. 18:24-26)
Making decisions that please the Lord is a very wise way to live our lives…
“Blessed are those whose hearts are pure. THEY WILL SEE GOD.” (Matt. 5:8)
When the Lord has completed all that has to be done and the new city of the Lord will come down and… “The city does not need the sun or moon to shine on it. God’s glory is its light, and the Lamb is its lamp…ONLY WHAT IS PURE WILL ENTER IT. No one who fools others or does shameful things will enter it. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter the city.” (Rev. 21:23, 27)
LET US CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM ALL DEFILEMENT OF FLESH AND SPIRIT, PERFECTING HOLINESS IN THE FEAR OF GOD.
The Word of God comes from our Abba Father, and He assures us that His word has real usefulness, and is infinitely wise. He certainly knew how to construct his word, so it would speak to our hearts; and God has given the word awesome power, so it will fill the needs of all who read it.
“…the word of God is ALIVE AND ACTIVE…it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)
God never authorizes any tribulation to happen to his children, which he does not use to turn to their advantage. When he permits us to hunger, it is so HIS MERCY MAY BE THE MORE EVIDENT as He provides us with our necessaries of life. Listen to what Moses said to God’s people: “Be careful to follow every command I am giving you…to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but ON EVERY WORD, THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF THE LORD.” (Deut. 8:1-3)
Our high priest, Jesus Christ, sympathizes with our weakness. Even though he is the Son of God, and equal in his Divine nature with God; yet, He also has partaken of human nature, and having submitted to ALL ITS TRIALS and DISTRESSES, and being IN ALL POINTS TEMPTED LIKE AS WE ARE, without feeling or consenting to sin; HE WILL support us when we are tempted.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. LET US THEN APPROACH GOD’S THRONE OF GRACE WITH CONFIDENCE, so that WE MAY RECEIVE MERCY AND FIND GRACE to help us in our time of need.” (Heb. 4:15-16)
WE MAY RECEIVE MERCY AND FIND GRACE TO HELP US IN OUR TIME OF NEED!
This is what the devil’s news media has as their headline! “We have battled hard against prayer and we have won! There is now less interest in the power of prayer then there has ever been.”
The devil: “…comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so they can have life. I want them to have it in the FULLEST POSSIBLE WAY.” (John 10:10)
The devil has been successful in stealing our confidence in prayer, killing our faith about prayer’s being answered and destroying our ability to communicate with our Heavenly Father. How do I know this? Sunday, I sent out a blog about with the title “WHAT SHOULD GOD’S PEOPLE DO…” along with an image of a man praying, it was about the necessity of our prayers. This received the least amount of views of any devotion I have written in the past six years!
“The fool says in his heart, “THERE IS NO GOD.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds…” (Psa. 14:1)
Our lack of an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD will lead to the “there is no God” syndrome, that’s why God says: “Call to Me and I WILL ANSWER YOU, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jer. 33:3)
“If my people…will humble themselves AND PRAY and seek my face…then I WILL HEAR from heaven…” (2 Chron. 7:14)
“…WHEN YOU PRAY, go into your room and shut the door…your Father…WILL REWARD YOU.” (Matt. 6:6)
The Lord reminds us: “…you will call, and THE LORD WILL ANSWER; you will cry for help, and he will say: HERE AM I…” (Isa. 58:9)
LET’S HAVE A GOD TALK TODAY…
“LORD, our 1Lord, HOW MAJESTIC IS YOUR NAME in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.” (Psa. 8:1) 1Eˈlōhim Adoneynu; the root signifies to direct, rule, judge, support. So, Adonai is the Director, Ruler, Judge, and Supporter of men. It is well combined with Eˈlōhim; this showing what God is in himself; that, which God is to man; and here very correctly refers to our Lord Jesus.
“Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes…” (Psa. 8:2)
We have seen how our Lord applied this passage to the Jewish children, who, seeing his miracles, cried out in the temple…“Hosanna to the Son of David!” (Mat 21:16).
And we have seen how the enemy – the chief priests and the scribes – were offended because of this crying out; and as this Psalm is speaking of Jesus Christ, it is most likely that in this act of the Jewish children this prophecy had its MAIN FULFILLMENT; and was left to the Jews as a witness and a sign of the Messiah, which they should have recognized when our Lord directed their attention to it.
“When I look at your heavens, the creation of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have set in place- what is a mortal that you remember him or THE SON OF MAN THAT YOU TAKE CARE OF HIM?” (Psa. 8:3, 4)
What a view this gives to the majesty of God!
“O LORD our Lord, HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME in all the earth!” (Psa. 8:9)
LORD, OUR LORD YOUR NAME IS EXCELLENT IN ALL THE EARTH!
Ezra came up from Babylon to ask the King for help. “…He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the LORD…had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, FOR THE HAND OF THE LORD HIS GOD WAS ON HIM.” (Ezra 7:6)
Ezra had great favour with King Artaxerxes and petitioned him to allow the Jews to go to Jerusalem (with funds and animals for sacrifice from the King) to dedicate the Temple to God. Then Ezra said: “There, I PROCLAIMED A FAST, so that we might HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE OUR GOD and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions…THE GRACIOUS HAND OF OUR GOD IS ON EVERYONE WHO LOOKS TO HIM…So, we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and HE ANSWERED OUR PRAYER.” (Ezra 8:21-23)
As Ezra finished his work for the Lord he needed to make sure his people were right with God, so he “preached” to them about what they needed to do and this was the result:
“The whole assembly responded with a loud voice: “You are right! WE MUST DO AS YOU SAY.” (Ezra 10:12)
Prayer along with fasting is such a powerful “weapon” against the enemy of our soul! It is also a great way to rededicate our lives to our Abba Father.
“Even now,” declares the LORD, “RETURN TO ME with ALL your heart, with FASTING and WEEPING and MOURNING. Let your hearts be broken…” (Joel 2:12-13)
Why should we feel sorrow? Because we do not take fasting seriously! Fasting is the time for us to be FULLY DEDICATED TO GOD, with OUR ALL. We lay everything down before Him and open ourselves to Him, so He may use us AS HE WILLS!
THE GRACIOUS HAND OF OUR GOD IS ON EVERYONE WHO SINCERELY LOOKS TO HIM!
When something happens that stirs us up, we often find ourselves debating or arguing about it. The temptation is to “publish” our complaints which in my opinion demonstrates our lack of trust in our Heavenly Father, who says:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will HUMBLE THEMSELVES and PRAY and SEEK MY FACE…then I WILL HEAR from heaven, and…WILL HEAL their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)
So, who are God’s people?
“…remember that formerly you who are Gentiles…WERE SEPARATE FROM CHRIST, excluded from citizenship in…without hope and without God in the world…now in Christ Jesus YOU WHO ONCE WERE FAR AWAY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT NEAR BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. For he…has made THE TWO GROUPS ONE…in one body to reconcile both of them to God THROUGH THE CROSS…” (Eph. 2:11-16)
Only God can change a person’s heart, and this will happen through prayer, because…
“…The EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER of a righteous man 1AVAILS MUCH.” (Jam. 5:16) 1ischuō: to have power and strength to overcome. The heartfelt, continuous prayer makes tremendous power available…Not the heartfelt continuous debating or arguing!
HELP US LORD TO HUMBLE OURSELVES AND SEEK YOUR FACE…
What a fantastic blessing for us to be at peace with the creator of all things! Not only that, but we are under his grace as well! It is just a great way to start every day – under God’s grace and being at peace with Him…
“MAY GRACE AND PEACE BE MULTIPLIED TO YOU in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Pet. 1:2)
Wow, not just grace and peace but MULTIPLIED GRACE AND PEACE! How do we obtain this?
“His divine power HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR A GODLY LIFE through our KNOWLEDGE of him…” (2 Pet. 1:3)
Remember the word “knowledge” comes from the Greek word Epignosis two words: epi – marked or upon, ginosko – a relation between the person knowing and the person known -or- connection, union as between husband and wife.
“…He has granted to us HIS PRECIOUS AND VERY GREAT PROMISES, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” (2 Peter 1:4)
We have partaken of an earthly, sensual, and devilish nature; the design of God by Christ IS TO REMOVE THIS, and to MAKE US PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE; to have, to do, and to be, WHAT GOD HAS PROMISED!
THANK YOU, LORD, FOR YOUR MARVELOUS GRACE…
“…you are CHOSEN PEOPLE, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a HOLY NATION, PEOPLE WHO BELONG TO GOD. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Pet. 2:9)
When we receive the Kingdom of God in us by being born again, and with a desire to become covenanted with Christ: “…for we are members of His body…”the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.” (Eph. 5:30-32) The Church of God, (Acts 20:28). So, then: “We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal THROUGH US. (2 Corin. 5:20)
We now represent Christ on this earth for presenting the Word of God and our calling is: “…go and make disciples…teaching them TO OBEY EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20) Look at all the Lord has given us to complete this calling…
“His divine power has given us EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR A GODLY LIFE through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them we may participate in the divine nature…For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness…knowledge…self-control…perseverance…godliness…mutual affection…and love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will KEEP YOU FROM BEING INEFFECTIVE AND UNPRODUCTIVE in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:3-8)
JESUS HAS EQUIPPED US TO DO THE WORK OF THE LORD…
“…put on the full armor of God…the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD.” (Eph. 6:17)
The Word of God is referred to as A SWORD, A WEAPON…
“God’s word is LIVING AND ACTIVE. It is SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God’s word judges a person’s thoughts and intentions.” (Heb. 4:12)
The Word of God has life and activity, it “cuts” and “judges” as is necessary for our benefit! The KJV says it is “quick” and “powerful”!
“…The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, THEY HAVE DIVINE POWER TO DEMOLISH STRONGHOLDS. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God…” (2 Corin. 10:3-5)
The Word of God possesses divine power, strong enough to destroy any enemy stronghold…
“There was…the Son of Man among the lamp stands…OUT OF HIS MOUTH CAME A SHARP, TWO-EDGED SWORD.” (Rev. 1:13, 16) “…his name is the Word of God.” (Rev. 19:13)
Therefore, it is so important for us to regularly read the Word of God, because it possess great power to make us effective Christians!!!
HELP US LORD TO HIDE YOUR WORD IN OUR HEART…
“…I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)
Jesus said He would build His Church, what did it cost Him?
“…the church of God WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.” (Acts 20:28)
When would He build His Church?
“…Jesus spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and CHOSE TWELVE OF THEM…Jesus came down WITH THEM and…there was a large crowd of HIS DISCIPLES, and a GREAT THRONG OF PEOPLE…” (Luke 6:12-13, 17)
Three groups of people were present that day:
- The Church, ekklēsia: Called out
- The disciples.
- The potential Christians.
We learned yesterday that The Kingdom of God is within us, but the Church of God is: “…the light of the world. A city set on a hill CANNOT BE HIDDEN;” (Matt. 5:14)
How do we join with the Church of God?
“…we are members of his body…a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery–but I AM TALKING ABOUT CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.” (Eph. 5:30-32) Just like marriage we join with a perpetual covenant…
So, what is the mission of the Church?
“Jesus…said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. And surely, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18-20)