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Good morning, beloved,

A Winter Landscape by George Smith (1714 – 1776)

We haven’t seen the sun around here for a long time. I look, I gaze, I wait and long for the beautiful sunrises, beautiful sunsets. I know that behind the blanket of clouds, the sun shines. It will come back. I will see it again. You will see it again.

Sunrise from Pine Springs Campground in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas. by Fredlyfish4

I love my Father in heaven. I love how He uses word pictures to aid His sheep in understanding. (See? ;) ) You and I can look at the cloudy skies and remember the sun shines behind it. We can link that truth with our understanding of the Word.

Malachi 4: For behold, the day comes that shall burn like an oven, and all the proud and arrogant, yes, and all that do wickedly and are lawless, shall be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.

But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.

He has come. He is coming. We have hope, we have comfort in knowing, expecting Jesus’ return…I think what means the most to me is the healing that is coming. Healing from the inside out. Do you long for healing? From physical or emotional pain? I do, friends. I hope and long for the touch of Jesus on this body.

Hearing the heartaches of dear friends yesterday, I long for their burdens to be lifted. This morning I woke thinking and praying for the burdens and I opened biblegateway.com and saw these verses:

Matthew 11:

27 All things have been entrusted and delivered to Me by My Father; and no one fully knows andaccurately understands the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows andaccurately understands the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son deliberately wills to make Him known.

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

When I have looked at these verses in years past, I have always focused on the yoke. I have always focused on who is encouraged to come. I’ve never really focused on this phrase: Learn of Me…

The word learn:

(a) “to learn” (akin to mathetes, “a disciple”), “to increase one’s knowledge,” or “be increased in knowledge,” frequently “to learn by inquiry, or observation,” e.g., Mat 9:13; 11:29; 24:32; Mar 13:28; Jhn 7:15; Rom 16:17; 1Cr 4:6; 14:35; Phl 4:9; 2Ti 3:14; Rev 14:3; said of “learning” Christ, Eph 4:20, not simply the doctrine of Christ, but Christ Himself, a process not merely of getting to know the person but of so applying the knowledge as to walk differently from the rest of the Gentiles;

Hey, doctrines are great. We need to know the doctrines of our faith. This passage suggests that understanding Jesus more, discovering Him results in rest, refreshment, blessed quiet. (I think that is my favorite, the concept of blessed quiet). What is He asking us to understand?

Gentle (praus) : denotes “gentle, mild, meek;” for its significance see the corresponding noun, below, B. Christ uses it of His own disposition, Mat 11:29; He gives it in the third of His Beatitudes, Mat 5:5; it is said of Him as the King Messiah, Mat 21:5, from Zec 9:9; it is an adornment of the Christian profession, 1Pe 3:4. Cp. epios, “gentle, of a soothing disposition,” 1Th 2:7; 2Ti 2:24.

Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time (Isa 41:17, Luk 18:1-8). Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will (Gal 5:23).
 
Humble (tapeinos): primarily signifies “low-lying.” It is used always in a good sense in the NT, metaphorically, to denote humble in spirit, Mat 11:29
 The more we understand who He is, the more we can find blessed rest. Peace. In Jeremiah 6, we find the verse Jesus was quoting when He said, you will find rest for your souls. Look with me:
 
Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
Friends, may this be an encouragement for you!! God be praised. We can know Him, we can ask for the hope of Jesus which by His death and His resurrection we have the hope of eternal paths. We can know the good, old way! We can walk in the truth and find rest for our souls. Our weary, tired, sad souls…
 
I have to include some more verses about our Jesus. Please read them out loud with me.
 

Isaiah 42: Behold my [a]Servant, Whom I uphold, My elect in Whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice and right and reveal truth to the nations.He will not cry or shout aloud or cause His voice to be heard in the street.

A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not quench; He will bring forth justice in truth.

He will not fail or become weak or be crushed and discouraged till He has established justice in the earth; and the islands and coastal regions shall wait hopefully for Him and expect His direction and law.

Thus says God the Lord—He Who created the heavens and stretched them forth, He Who spread abroad the earth and that which comes out of it, He Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:

I the Lord have called You [the Messiah] for a righteous purpose and in righteousness; I will take You by the hand and will keep You; I will give You for a covenant to the people [Israel], for a light to the nations [Gentiles],

To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.

I am the Lord; that is My name! And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images.

Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Take a moment and just dwell in His plan. His wonderful, beautiful plan for our freedom…we are those Gentiles. He is our light. He has set us free. The God who created the heavens and the earth, oh my, has given us breath. Given us spirit!

Who is this Jesus? He is the Servant. He is our justice. When life has struck hard blows, when it seems like we have no options, we can remember He will prevail. He will have the victory.

I needed to remember this today. I needed to remember who my Jesus is today.

That’s my King. Inhale. Exhale.

My thankfuls today:

75. I’m so thankful for friends who understand.

76. I’m so thankful that this is not the best.

77. I’m so incredibly thankful for Jesus today.

78. I’m thankful for the audio Bible.

79. I’m thankful for snow that has come. Not much, but it put a smile on my kiddos faces.

Pray on. Pray on.

 

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His kingdom..seek and find!


 

Rock’s tree peony (Paeonia rockii). The plant is grown up in a garden. Ukraine. by George Chernilevsky

Good morning, friends,

Well, another weekend has begun and with it a gaggle of children. Noah had some friends sleep over last night and Ella had a friend with her as well. As I reflect on the week, so much blessing came this week. I have prayed for the duration of our time here that our house would be filled with happy children and that I could begin to open my house to others and this week they came in packs. :) It made me very happy to hear laughter ring through these walls. So long it felt like only tears, frustration and fear reverberated off these walls. It has been as if all the windows have opened, the sunshine broke through and spring is finally here. Praise God!

“Thus says the Lord Who made [the earth], the Lord Who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name: Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).” Jeremiah 33:2-3 AMP

Dust sunbeams through tree by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos”.

Matthew 6:

25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?

28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?

Sunbeams by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries andanxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

God’s specific instructions:

  • Don’t be worried about your life: eat, drink, clothes
  • Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness
  • Do not be worried about tomorrow

Seek first His kingdom…

Seek (zēteō)..

1) to seek in order to find

a) to seek a thing

b) to seek [in order to find out] by thinking, meditating, reasoning, to enquire into

c) to seek after, seek for, aim at, strive after

2) to seek i.e. require, demand

a) to crave, demand something from someone

kingdom (basileia)..

1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule

a) not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom

b) of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah

c) of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom

2) a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule of a king

3) used in the N.T. to refer to the reign of the Messiah

With these definitions in our back pocket, we can find some answers! Crave, demand, seek in order to find His royal power, kingship, dominion and rule in your/my life. How about it? Beginning your day with the cry out prayer of asking for Him to guide you in seeking first His kingdom, asking His Spirit to fill you, guide you and move you towards His purposes for your life.

Promises in Matthew 6

  • Your Father feeds the birds of the air..are you not worth more than they?
  • If God clothes the grass of the field..will He not much more clothe you?
  • Your heavenly Father you need all these things

Let’s look through some other verses that encourage our faith and trust!

Philippians 4:19 And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

God will give you all you need. Christ Jesus’ glory and riches will give you all you need. :)

Philippians 3:But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.

Yes, furthermore, I count everything as losscompared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),

And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him,not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.

His kingdom, His glory, His riches:

  • a priceless privilege of knowing Jesus
  • becoming more deeply and intimately recognizing and understanding Him clearly and fully
  • winning/gaining Christ
  • righteousness comes by faith in Christ
  • truly right standing with God..by saving faith in Him!

Psalm 27: 

 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to beholdand gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.

For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.

And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy and be gracious to me and answer me!

You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].

Oh, Lord, I love this!

  • seek so that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life
  • to behold and gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
  • instead of fearing: I will offer sacrifices and shouts of joy, singing praises to the Lord

Luke 10: 

38 Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.

39 And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching.

40 But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!

41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;

42 There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.

if we look at what Mary was doing: who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. Look at the word: feet (pous),It is used in phrases expressing subjection, 1Cr 15:27, RV; of the humility and receptivity of discipleship,Luk 10:39Act 22:3; of obeisance and worship, e.g., Mat 28:9; of scornful rejection, Mat 10:14Act 13:51. Washing the “feet” of another betokened the humility of the service and the comfort of the guest, and was a feature of hospitality…

Mary was seeking first His kingdom and Jesus was commending her on her choice.

Pray on, beloved. Pray on.

 

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Pollination by a bee. by Louise Docker

Good morning, beloved,

It is a quiet morning around here. Wait for it…oh, well, nobody paraded out while I was typing this. I hope and pray that all are sleeping well in my household. We have many issues with sleep around these parts, and to have them all still asleep is golden. Ella went to the orthopedic doctor yesterday and the x-ray is normal. Yet for the amount of pain she has and her inability to walk, the doctor does wonder if she broke her leg and it is just a very small break undetected by x-ray. So she had a wonderful day of Grandpa and Mommy pushing her around Rush Med all afternoon in a wheelchair. She got to meet a therapy dog. She had a yummy lunch out.  She was quite happy. My Dad was happy because everyone kept assuming he was Ella’s dad, talk about robbing the cradle…sheesh. Dad made this time so much easier on both of us, driving us there, taking good care of his girls.

Do you make a list of what you are grateful for to God? How about the three a day plan suggested by Ann Voskamp? Nothing like a new month to get you started on a new habit..Joy Dare for August. Join me? Print that out and put it on your fridge and start a revolution in your house. :)

So we start Sermon on the Mount today..2 weeks left. And then onto 1 Peter. I hope you’ll join me for this as well. This week is on Treasures, Worry and Judging. Oh, I have no problems with those things, maybe I’ll just skip. Ahem. Now for the truth! You all know it. This is a good week to dig on in. Let’s go!

Matthew 6:

Sonne hinter Pflanze Pulsatilla Fruit by Benjamin Gimmel

19 Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.

20 But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.

23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!

24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).

25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

Larus canus in flight wings spread. Stockholm. by Bengt Nyman

26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?

28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

Coast lily bloom, Givat Olga beach by Hannah Siva

32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries andanxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So as you can see, I colored a certain phrase repeated several times. Do not worry or be anxious…

Where can we find hope? The treasures of God are eternal. The hope can only be in finding Jesus. The things of this earth will perish, fade away and wilt. Yet, God promises us all things in Him.

Let’s look at the word: treasures (thēsauros). :) “a treasure,” Mat 6:19-2113:44Luk 12:3334Hbr 11:26; “treasure” (in heaven or the heavens), Mat 19:21;Mar 10:21Luk 18:22; in these expressions (which are virtually equivalent to that in Mat 6:1, “with your Father which is in Heaven”) the promise does not simply refer to the present life, but looks likewise to the hereafter; in 2Cr 4:7 it is used of “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” descriptive of the Gospel, as deposited in the earthen vessels of the persons who proclaim it (cp. ver. 4); in Col 2:3, of the wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ.

Treasures of this earth

  • Moth and rust destroy
  • Thieves break in and steal
  • Eye bad? WHOLE body full of darkness

Treasures of heaven

  • No moths or rust destroying
  • Thieves do not break in and steal
  • Eye will be clear and WHOLE body full of light

Where you have your treasures…there your heart will be also. Where do we want our treasures? Oh, friends, lets hold  the treasures of heaven. Eternal.  You cannot serve God and wealth.  Ponder this friends. Hold tight to this. Part of me always wishes that we didn’t struggle with living paycheck to paycheck. Part of me wishes that I could buy the kids the latest and greatest. Yet, when I look back at each crisis as we look to Jesus to provide for our every need, we look more and more like Him. He is so close to us. Out of his hand, we are delivered. And quite honestly, I need Him to be close. I need Him to breathe through me. If I had riches, I don’t think I would hold so tightly. It would be so easy to put my faith in that provision. Instead, I stay where God has me. It has the greatest blessing because I have Jesus. And He is enough. He’s never, ever let us go. He has never deserted us. Money comes and goes. But My God has never forsaken us. I’ll stick with Him, thank you very much.

What are we not to worry about?

  • Our lives
  • What we will eat
  • What we will drink
  • Clothing
  • Tomorrow

Your heavenly Father knows you need all those things…Pray on, friends. Pray on.

 

 

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Lord’s prayer…


 

Cueva de los Verdes, Canary Islands, Spain. Reflection on water. by Lviatour

Good morning, beloved,

Just so you all know, I have asked my children to do a rain dance outside to get rain. You can thank me later. Of course, it’s never worked but they think it is great fun. I think it’s just cute to watch them dance. The heart, the true heart of a child is so fun to watch when they think nobody is looking. I take great comfort in the love Jesus showed children and His disapproval of His disciples’ treatment of the little ones. I love listening to their conversations, hearing their dreams, asking them for their opinion.

And then in a turn, they can be fighting like cats and dogs and I’m left wondering, where’s the wonder? Oh, yes, that would be the fight of our lives, wouldn’t it? Here’s a quote from Kay Arthur, from her blog:

With every fiber of my being I believe that every problem in our lives can be traced back to an inadequate or incorrect knowledge of God, or a lack of faith and trust in his person and his ways. We know so little of this wonderful God who loves us! 

Beloved, if your heart is constantly troubled, if fear lurks in the shadows of your consciousness, if you are exhausted and in despair come with me. Within these pages, we will explore together God’s names in Scripture. And in the end, you will know far more than his names. You will know his boundless joy, power, peace, and presence.

Obviously, there’s a plug for a new study but her point is so well taken. Inadequate, incorrect knowledge of God…our problems and our concerns, when we are focused on them. Oh, my, what joy is robbed from our lives. When we have correct knowledge, strong faith and trust in our wonderful God, how can we despair?

El Golfo Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain). by Lviatour

Well, today we turn back to the Sermon to look through Jesus’ teaching on prayer.

Matthew 6 (green-principles, red-do nots)

But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([e]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [f]given up resentment against) our debtors.

13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their [g]reckless and willful sins, [h]leaving them, letting them go, and [i]giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their[j]reckless and willful sins, [k]leaving them, letting them go, and [l]giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.

Parc naturel des volcans de Timanfaya Lanzarote îles Cannaries (Espagne) by Lviatour

Principles to glean:

  • Pray in secret.
  • Pray without the heaps of words, unnecessary repetition.
  • God knows our needs before we ask.
  • Forgive others and let it go, Father will forgive you

 

 

Purpose of the Lord’s Prayer: teach us how to pray!

Lord’s prayer:

  • Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Praise!
  • Your Kingdom come. Reside with us! Come!
  • Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Dominion!
  • Give us this day our daily bread. Pray for our needs. Supplication!
  • forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([e]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [f]given up resentment against) our debtors. Confession!
  • And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Protection! Deliverance!
  • For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Praise!

“Scholars say that this set of sentences [in the Lord’s prayer] covers every topic of prayer and that to have covered each index sentence leaves nothing remaining to be prayed for!” (@2007 Precepts Ministries Int’l, p.93)

Now, let’s go sentence by sentence with some cross references! :)

Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed by Your name.

 John 1:12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—

13 Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]

Romans 8: 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.

17 And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.

Psalm 100: 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

Exodus 33: 18 And Moses said, I beseech You, show me Your glory.

19 And God said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim My name, The Lord, before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy andloving-kindness on whom I will show mercy and loving-kindness.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong.

So, starting our prayers with acknowledging God’s place in the world and by praising His name…Jesus is teaching us to pray. To bless and affectionately praise His name, as Moses said, I beg of you, show me Your glory!!

For me, today, to remember the name of the Lord, is a strong tower. An encouragement right down to my toes!

Pray on, beloved. Pray on.

 

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The next chapter: giving


 

“This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Antennae galaxies (NGC 4038 & 4039) is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. During the course of the collision, billions of stars will be formed. The brightest and most compact of these star birth regions are called super star clusters.”
“ The two spiral galaxies started to interact a few hundred million years ago, making the Antennae galaxies one of the nearest and youngest examples of a pair of colliding galaxies. Nearly half of the faint objects in the Antennae image are young clusters containing tens of thousands of stars. The orange blobs to the left and right of image center are the two cores of the original galaxies and consist mainly of old stars criss-crossed by filaments of dust, which appear brown in the image. The two galaxies are dotted with brilliant blue star-forming regions surrounded by glowing hydrogen gas, appearing in the image in pink.” by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Greetings, beloved of God,

So good to be in the Word, I’m a little late today. Forgive me. :) My Mom and I were working hard at the garden this morning before the humidity hit. It was a good time to go. Noah is recovering nicely from his surgery. He was able to sleep through the night without difficulty and woke up raring to go. I believe his biggest complaint presently would be restlessness. Pain is being managed well..

I’m excited to get into our Bible today. I’m praying for the Lord’s wisdom to handle the Scriptures well and guide you. I love using Precepts to guide and direct my study. Here we go! Red: do not, Green: do

Matthew 6: Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [[a]reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven.

2 Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be [b]recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward [c]in full already.

3 But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

4 So that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.

5 Also when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward [d]in full already.

6 But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

7 And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.

8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

9 Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([e]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [f]given up resentment against) our debtors.

13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their [g]reckless and willful sins, [h]leaving them, letting them go, and [i]giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their [j]reckless and willful sins,[k]leaving them, letting them go, and [l]giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.

16 And whenever you are fasting, do not look gloomy and [m]sour and [n]dreary like the hypocrites, for they put on a dismal countenance, that their fasting may be apparent to and seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward [o]in full already.

17 But when you fast, perfume your head and wash your face,

18 So that your fasting may not be noticed by men but by your Father, Who sees in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

So main topics here:

  1. Give
  2. Pray (the Lord’s prayer taught..)
  3. Forgive
  4. Fast

Results if seen by men: You have received your reward in full.

Results if seen by God alone: You will receive your reward from the Father. You will be forgiven.

Principles laid down for giving:

  1. Give to the poor (not if, but when..)
  2. Give in secret.
  3. our Father in heaven who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Let us look at some corresponding verses on giving.

Acts 2: 

44 And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common;

45 And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need.

So to add to the principles learning, the early Churchgave, help and as the Greek further helps us:1) to cleave asunder, cut in pieces

2) to be divided into opposing parts, to be at variance, in dissension

3) to distribute

Acts 4:

32 Now the company of believers was of one heart and soul, and not one of them claimed that anything which he possessed was [exclusively] his own, but everything they had was in common and for the use of all.

33 And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all.

34 Nor was there a destitute or needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses proceeded to sell them, and one by one they brought (gave back) the amount received from the sales

35 And laid it at the feet of the apostles (special messengers). Then distribution was made according as anyone had need.

  • The company of believers: their possessions were not their own, all in common and use for all
  • Great grace rested richly upon them all
  • No needy people, b/c they would sell property and bring proceeds
  • Distribution was as people had need

Philippians 4:  (Giving in green..)

And you Philippians yourselves well know that in the early days of the Gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church (assembly) entered into partnership with me and opened up [a debit and credit] account in giving and receiving except you only.

16 For even in Thessalonica you sent [me contributions] for my needs, not only once but a second time.

17 Not that I seek or am eager for [your] gift, but I do seekand am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].

18 But I have [your full payment] and more; I have everything I need and am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. [They are the] fragrant odor of an offering and sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights.

19 And my God will liberally supply ([i]fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

  • No church except Philippians gave to Paul.
  • They sent gifts to him 2x in Thessalonica.
  • Paul was eager for the fruit of the harvest of BLESSING accumulating to them.
  • God welcomes and delights in the offering and sacrifice of the gifts of the Philippians.
  • God will supply all needs. ALL needs.

There is such great blessing found in the gift, isn’t there? I believe with all my heart the gift helps us so much to take our eyes off our own circumstances. I believe it because I’ve seen it in action. When we are taken with how can we help our church, the poor, the needy, when we are in the Word, when we are singing songs and encouraging one another and giving thanks what time do we have to spend on our own angst and worry?

We just need to keep focused on the Lord. Pray on beloved. Pray on.

 

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The life of the beloved…


Inside the Salisbury Cathedral.by Ves80 CC-BY-SA-2.5,2.0,1.0; Released under the GNU Free Documentation License; CC-BY-SA-3.0-MIGRATED.

Good morning, beloved!

We are getting out o the hospital today! :) I wish I could say they’ve figured out the causes of what is happening to my boy but….”I am  sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” (Philippians 1:6)

I want to get another post in and finish this week and start the next week! :) I’m excited to hear what is going to be revealed and I quote!

“You have only one assignment, but oh, will it be blessing! It will give you the key to why and how you can live according to the precepts of the Sermon on the Mount!!” (SOM, p.73) First to lay the groundwork, remember we…

Ephesians 2:

14 For He is [Himself] our peace (our bond of unity and harmony). He has made us both [Jew and Gentile] one [body], and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us,

15 By abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the enmity [caused by] the Law with its decrees and ordinances [which He annulled]; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man [one new quality of humanity out of the two], so making peace.

16 And [He designed] to reconcile to God both [Jew and Gentile, united] in a single body by means of His cross, thereby killing the mutual enmity and bringing the feud to an end.

So when the next passage was written there was no church. No Catholic, Presbyterian, Evangelical, right? After His death, as we just read, we were reconciled to God both Jew and Gentile. The wall is broken down, destroyed. He annulled the enmity caused by the Law. So as we read the next passage, what is promised to Israel and Judah has been given to us, the Gentiles. (SOM, p.72)

Jeremiah 31:

31 Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,

32 Not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was their Husband, says the Lord.

33 But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, says the Lord, I will put My law within them, and on their hearts will I write it; and I will be their God, and they will be My people.

34 And they will no more teach each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for they will all know Me [recognize, understand, and be acquainted with Me], from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will [seriously] remember their sin no more.

So what do we learn about the New Covenant?

  1. It’ll be with the house of Israel and with Judah and then of course, with us, Gentiles! ;)
  2. Not according to the covenant made with their fathers
  3. The Lord will put His law within us
  4. On our hearts He will write it
  5. He will be our God
  6. We will be His people
  7. We will all know God, recognize, understand and be acquainted with Him
  8. From the least to the greatest
  9. God will forgive our iniquity
  10. He will seriously (LOVE THAT!) remember their sin no more!

Let’s just keep bringing the truth over our hearts and minds! Ready?

Nave of Notre-Dame de Paris seen from the choir. We distinguish very well the large-Organs in the West rose window. by Benchaum

Jeremiah 32:

39 And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may [reverently] fear Me forever for the good of themselves and of their children after them.

40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will not turn away from following them to do them good, and I will put My [reverential] fear in their hearts, so that they will not depart from Me.

More about the New Covenant:

11. God will give us one heart and one way

12. WhY? That we may reverently fear ME(GOD) forever for our good and our descendants

13. God will make an everlasting covenant with us

14. God will not turn away from following us to do us good

15. God will put His reverential fear in our hearts

16. So that we will not depart from Him.

Choir of Notre-Dame de Paris: Nicolas Coustoues Pieta and both sides, statues of Louis XIII and Louis XIV William Coustou sculpted by Antoine Coysevox. by Benchaum

Ezekiel 36:

26 A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them.

The only way for us to…Matthew 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness (your uprightness and your right standing with God) is more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven…is that we are walking with Jesus. Look at this passage in Ezekiel! Remarkable! Wonderful.

We will be given a new heart, new spirit. The stones within us are gone. God’s sweet Spirit is within us which causes us to walk in His statutes and makes us able to heed His ordinances and do them.  This is how we can have righteousness that is more than scribes and Pharisees. Beloved, nothing in our own power can cause us to stand in righteousness.

My life, your life (once you have accepted the New Covenant as your own and accepted Jesus as your ever-loving Savior) will be filled. You will be given, you are given so much. Just look over that list, friends. What you gain by living a life in the Beloved. Oh, friends, nothing compares to a life in the Beloved.

Yet, remember, I need to remember, as aptly pointed to in my study by Kay Arthur , a life in the Beloved is not a list of dos and don’ts. We are saved by grace..let’s look at one last passage here, read it aloud at bedtime tonight. :) To your family! :)

Statue of Joan of Arc in Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral interior, Paris, taken spring 2001 by Steven G. Johnson

Colossians 2 and 3: (purple=good, red=bad)

As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.

Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed andestablished in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah).

For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

11 In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).

12 [Thus you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.

13 And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions,

14 Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross.

15 [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].

16 Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a New Moon or a Sabbath.

17 Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality (the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it) belongs to Christ.

1Let no one defraud you by acting as an umpire and declaring you unworthy anddisqualifying you for the prize, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, taking his stand on visions [he claims] he has seen, vainly puffed up by his sensuous notions andinflated by his unspiritual thoughts and fleshly conceit,

19 And not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the entire body, supplied and knit together by means of its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

20 If then you have died with Christ to material ways of looking at things and have escaped from the world’s crude and elemental notions and teachings of externalism, why do you live as if you still belong to the world? [Why do you submit to rules and regulations?—such as]

21 Do not handle [this], Do not taste [that], Do not even touch [them],

22 Referring to things all of which perish with being used. To do this is to follow human precepts and doctrines.

23 Such [practices] have indeed the outward appearance [that popularly passes] for wisdom, in promoting self-imposed rigor of devotion and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh (the lower nature). [Instead, they do not honor God but serve only to indulge the flesh.]

DON’T give up yet, keep on reading!!

If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).

How about it, beloved? Free yourself from someone else’s rules. Set your minds and keep ‘em set on the higher things!!

Now, now, before we say…Romans 6:

What shall we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow?

Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer?

Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] liveand behave in newness of life.

So, let’s behave and habitually live in the newness of life with God’s precious Spirit dwelling within us. It’s the only way to have the righteousness that exceeds the scribes and Pharisees…

Or, I think Paul says it better…

Romans 8:

Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.

For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame,deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],

So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who liveand move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit].

Pray on, beloved. Pray on. Live in the Spirit. Let us move and dwell and have our being in Him!

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Do not and but…


Landscape of Castagniccia in Corsica. by azezu

Good morning, beloved of God,

So, yesterday was our catch up day after a week at Rush. Cleaning, laundry..a good day of getting things done. With all the neurological issues at our homestead (LOL), we have decided to remove all harmful chemicals out of our house. And while that sounds all well and good and admirable, getting laundry, umm, clean with three boys and a tomboy girl, can be challenging..so I have had to start pre-treating stains, soaking clothes..yet for children who think socks are another shoe for the great outdoors…

Last night we went to the Hymn Sing at Moody Bible Institute with our children. A friend told me about it and I’m so glad she did..we have made a concerted effort to begin teaching the children about hymns and their origins and to hear my boys (Ella was falling asleep)belting out the hymns last night brought me such joy in the moment. I cannot speak to the tomorrows or yesterdays but the moment was brilliant. I held my hands in worship as we sang “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name“. The right way. Just sayin’.

Well, let’s dive back into the Sermon on the Mount and we find ourselves in Matthew 6.

We are looking for all the “do not..” and “buts..” beginning in verse 19…here we go with the “do nots..”

19 Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth…

20….where thieves do not break through and steal;

25 …stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on.

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them.

31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

Paysage by moi

Now for the “buts”…

20 But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven…

23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness.

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?

33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

How beautiful is this teaching? This hope…

Do not hoard. Do not worry. Do not worry. Do not worry. Do not worry. (Seems to be a bit of repetition…)

The treasures of heaven are so much more worthy. He will clothe you. Seek first His kingdom and all else will be given to you…such hope. Such promise. What does this mean to you? To me, it means as we struggle financially, working through medical issues and the seen sometimes feels scary I can never keep my hope in what is seen. Rather, my hope must always be found in God. Singing aloud. Keeping His Word in front of me . Do not worry.

The medical bills roll in. Yet, we are nowhere near done with all the tests or doctors’ visits or therapist. The fear gets a little higher. My eyes cannot look to what is seen! He will clothe us. He will take care of our needs. Seek first His kingdom, Cara! We will keep doing His way and being right…not perfectly..last night singing with the family instead of just staying home and having the kids beg to play Wii or watch a movie..So much more significant. So grateful. So thankful.

And I make my lists of what I’m thankful for..I realized last night..this past week, I had gotten out of the habit! Bugger! How quickly I get out of the habit! How about you?

Well, I need to get moving…Ella has speech today…and I have more laundry to soak. ;)

Pray on. Do not worry. Do not compare. Lift your eyes to Jesus. Do not look to what is seen but keep your eyes on Jesus.

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