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Closer to God

Priest with scroll    “And they will know that I am the Lord their God. I am the one who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could live among them. I am the Lord their God.”
(New Living Translation—NLT)
How wonderful You are, Lord! You desired to live among Your people, so You brought them out of Egypt and told them (through Moses) about the regulations for worship and how to prepare the tabernacle and ordain the priests.
    You desire to live among us Your people today. Let us understand clearly Your requirements for closeness with You so we will always live in Your presence. Amen.
So what does the Lord require of us? Consider Micah 6:6-8.
Micah 6:6-7 (my synopsis): “What can we do? Offer yearling calves, thousands of rams, rivers of olive oil? Or maybe sacrifice our sons to pay for our sins?”
Micah 6:8 (NLT) “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
In Matthew 23:23, Jesus says that justice, mercy, and faith are the “weightier matters of the law,” or as the NLT puts it, “the more important aspects of the law” [more important than tithing, for example]. Then He says, “…You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.” (Matthew 23:23b NLT) If faith corresponds to walking humbly with God, then the verse in Matthew reiterates the thought of Micah 6:8. And since we can’t walk with God unless we believe Him and listen to Him, perhaps faith could indeed correlate to walking with the Lord.
 Loving Father, thank You for wanting us close to You. Please teach us to act with justice, love mercy, and humbly walk with You. Amen.

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Promises from Psalms

        Do the promises to Israel in the Psalms apply to me as well as to the people of Israel who sang them? I believe they do because I’m part of Israel by faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 4:11-12). If my understanding is correct, then from Psalm 121, all of us who believe in Jesus can know and sing that—
My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He won’t let me stumble. He watches over me and never sleeps. God stands as my protective shade day and night. He keeps me from harm and watches over my soul. The Lord looks after me as I come and go, now and always.
God Character       We are assured in Psalm 32:5-6 that God forgives and that we can find Him. In verse 5, King David confessed his sin to God, and God forgave him. Verse 6 says, “For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You in a time when You may be found….” I also call on God in the today—the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2)—when He can be found. He’s our protector, refuge, shield, and very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Then in Psalm 91:15, God promises, [The person who loves God] “shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” What a wonderful promise—God’s presence! The Bible doesn’t say we won’t have trouble—just that He will be with us. He also says He will use it for good. (Romans 8:28)
God is so gracious!

(Scripture quotes are New King James Version.)

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Oh, to Know the Lord!

Hosea 4:6a: “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me.”
Some groups reference this verse to say that people lack knowledge of God’s Word, and that’s why they don’t get what they want from God (healing, for example). This may be a legitimate understanding of the verse. These groups point to versions which read, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” However, I believe the New Living is a better reading because God gave us His Word so we could get to know Him and have relationship with Him.
In Hosea’s call to repentance, he says, “Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” (Hosea 6:3)
And God says in Hosea 6:6 , “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.”
BIBLE-01-open    God shows His loving character in Hosea 5 by promising to do what it takes to get Israel to return to Him where He can help and bless them. He says, “I will be like a lion to Israel, like a strong young lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces! I will carry them off, and no one will be left to rescue them. Then I will return to my place until they admit their guilt and turn to me. For as soon as trouble comes, they will earnestly search for me.” (Hosea 5:14-15)
Hosea 14 contains God’s wonderful promise of healing for the repentant people: “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sins have brought you down. Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord. Say to him, ‘Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises.’ …The Lord says, ‘Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever.’”
(Hosea 14:1-2, 4)
Oh that we might know this loving, faithful God who wants us to develop relationship with Him! And these days we have not only accurate Bible translations to help us do that, but also we have God’s own Son Jesus who reveals His Father, and the Holy Spirit who leads us into truth. As Hosea says, let us press on to know Him! (See also Hebrews 1:1-2 and John 16:12.)
(All quotes  New Living Translation.)

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The Liberated Woman: Eve, Esther, Ruth etc. etc. etc. (Part 5)

My favorite sentence in this blog post is, “…there is no satisfaction like a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” To this I say a hearty “Amen!”

Did Jesus have a Facebook Page?

There is no doubt our society has hit an all-time high with doing; doing this, doing that, doing whatever. It didn’t hurt that the feminist movement aided in turning people into materialized robots. Give mothers and their adult daughters a longer to-do list than they already have.

Women should assert themselves aggressively and powerfully avoiding any natural instincts of being a “woman.”  Women’s lib decided listening, being open hearted to the hurting or exercising passivity at any length should be denounced.

Proverbs 31 is the design God gave to us womenfolk.  The key is balance.

God gave women the ability to listen well, receive others in need and honor God in everything they accomplish whether that is staying at home or working outside of the home according to his will.

He wants us to be the shoulder for others to cry on, enjoy the love and blessings that come…

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Beyond Our Comprehension

“…The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.” –Isaiah 40:28b New King James Version
Father God, You are all-wise. Your ways are far beyond my understanding. My finite mind can comprehend less than a microscopic dust-speck-size particle of Your knowledge and wisdom. You are Creator and Sustainer of our universe and everything in it. You call the stars by name and keep them by Your power so none is missing. You are awesome and almighty. From everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
gold_holy_trinity_symbol    And yet You stoop to love mere human beings, even including me! How kind, compassionate and merciful You are! You remember that on our own we’re mere humans, broken by sin (Adam’s sin and our own), and so You sent our Savior, Your very own Son. All those who understand this will thank and praise You forever.
How I thank You, Lord Jesus! You endured the pain and shame and death of the cross so I, who deserve nothing but death and eternal loss, could be forgiven—set free from the penalty and power and eventually even the presence of sin (in heaven) . Even now You intercede for us as our High Priest.
How I love You Holy Spirit because You open our eyes to see Jesus! You guide us into truth and empower us to live to please Him and to bring glory and honor to God. You fill us with the love of the Lord so we can become the people God planned before time began.
(See Isaiah 40:26, Psalm 90:2, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:1, and John 16:13.)

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Set Me Free from the Snare!

Mouse Trap 1     “Many people, including some of the Jewish leaders, believed in him. But they wouldn’t admit it to anyone because of their fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.” — John 12:42*
“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” –Proverbs 29:25 New King James Version

Maybe “fear of man” snares me because it gets my mind off of God and onto me. Then I start leaning on my own understanding instead of trusting God with all my heart. And I become deceitful—hiding what I’m doing, thinking- planning–for fear of people’s rejection.

“The Lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”– Hebrews 13:6*
What can people do to me? They can fire me from my job, make my work more difficult, or get angry with me and say ugly things. They can ignore, dislike, or even hate me. They could cause me physical or emotional pain. In the past, I’ve let these threats tie me in knots of deception, misery, and strained and broken relationships.

Now my prayer is, “Thank You, Father for pointing this out. I confess my “fear of man” as sin and thank You for Your promise of forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Please help me catch myself the next time I start to fear people (and the next, and the next, etc.)! Let me learn that none of what people can do really matters because You’re with me, accomplishing Your purposes in each situation. You’re the one to be feared, and by Your grace I’ll trust in You. Amen.”

“But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.”–Psalm 33:18*

*New Living Translation

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Getting intimate with God through Worship

This is a great post from Tanya. She has such a love of Jesus and a heart for worshiping Him!

God Speaks I Listen

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To get a glimpse of God or to understand this prayerful worship is this….You can know God from your knowledge of the bible…but it isn’t until you worship in the secret place of the most high that you can truly experience the mental, physical and emotional  connection with God.  This kind of worship and prayer along with the intense presence of the Holy Spirit allows us to have a very intimate relationship with God our Father.

This type of prayer is different from other kinds of prayer because it involves not only thinking and speaking to God, but you move into a very deep spiritual connection that allows you to feel Gods presence to the point that you forget about yourself and everything around you.  It’s just you and Him.  This kind of prayer makes you want to cry your heart out in love for God or you may…

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The Story of JD

The Story of JD. JD has an awesome testimony. It’s a little long, but worth the read.

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Link to Sunday The Visiting Day

Sunday The Visiting Day. –Thought-provoking post from Morning Story and Dilbert. Comments on the story are good also.  I especially liked the comment by “pdjhudonblog” about walking daily with Christ.

Hope you enjoy this link.

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He Is Risen!

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What was it like that Sunday morning as they walked toward the grave?
Sadness and confusion—how can this be God’s way?
Nonetheless, we’ll go anoint Him, but who will roll the stone away?
Then on their arrival—who had moved the stone?
And look! The tomb is empty, face cloth and linen wrappings left, they alone!
Is that a gardener in the shadows? Perhaps he’ll say what’s been done.
“Mary!” Jesus said. “Rabboni (Teacher)!” she exclaimed.
Jesus was alive again, and everything had changed.
Yes, the Son had risen, and things would never be the same.

Glorious news of resurrection! Jesus proved His claim to deity.
In Him there is salvation, and that’s good news for you and me.
He’s the truth, the life, the way to God, and King of Kings eternally.
The veil in the temple—top to bottom rent in two.
Access to God the Father, Jesus opened with His death for me and you.
Rising again He gives us who trust Him hope, joy, and life anew.

See Mark 16:1-6 and John 20:11-16.

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