No chains on me!

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St. George Island, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Photo: USFWS by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

Good morning, beloved of God,

Yesterday was one of those crazy days where I bit off a little more than I could chew and I finally had to admit I was done. ūüôā I am trying to get meals in my freezer with meats that I get on sale ( part of a plan..) and just to give myself a break as we go through these next busy weeks. I’m excited by what we did carry out with cooking four whole chickens and a thing of chicken thighs…but I had the Holy Spirit by the middle of it, nudging me…go spend time with My kids. So, I cleaned up and let it go. Joshua came home and we headed for the lake for a late afternoon of fishing, swimming and of course, reading. I try to read but really, I just go to gaze out over the lake. I need lake gazing time. Refreshes me.

Home for dinner of..you guessed it..CHICKEN! and a bonfire…and the kids slept in the tent again..cracks me up. We are living the dream. LOL. My neighbor came up to me at the grocery store and said, I love your house. I have to tell you. It is lived in, Cara. You can tell you live there. When your leave your house, you won’t look back with regrets and say wow, I wish I cleaned more. I love coming to your house.

I guess I’m telling you all that because this comes after years of pain and suffering and darkness in this house where I wasn’t sure if we were ever going to have light dawning again. Hear that. If you are traveling down this road, know the Lord is good and great and can be trusted. And we have walked our house praying that it would be a beacon of light to our neighbors, how wonderful that this is what they see!

Let’s get back into our study of the Sermon..and look at the first question posed to me in my Precepts study of Sermon of the Mount¬†and how it is answered in Scripture.

Righteousness (dikaiosynńď)...in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God

How could we ever attain such a righteousness when we are nothing but sinners? (Sermon on the Mount, @2007 Precept Ministries Int’l, p.16) Let’s look:

Romans 3: 10 As it is written, None is righteous, just and truthful and upright and conscientious, no, not one. 23 Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.

These verses here are an important reminder to me that in ourselves there is nothing good. :0) We’ve got nothing without Him. We all have sinned and we are short. This is where His glory and honor comes flowing in!

1Timothy 1:15 The saying is sure and true and worthy of full and universal acceptance, that Christ Jesus (the Messiah) came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost.

Paul must have shocked his readers. Love that. He did that all the time, I bet. Aren’t we all the worst? Yet, His Son came into the world to save me and you!

2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].

Read it again. Okay, now, read it again. Now, pause and lift up your hands…

You are an example of the righteousness of God! He made Christ to be sin who knew no sin..so that in and through Him we might become the righteousness of God. What we ought to be! In a right relationship with Him by His goodness!! Oh dwell on that beloved!! Amazing grace how sweet is that sound! Thank You Lord!

Romans 4:5 But to one who, not working [by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the standing acceptable to God).

6 Thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does:

7 Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried.

8 Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.

Let’s pull out some facts here: not working by the Law, apart from the works he does…so let’s get that on the table. Now to one who TRUSTs (believes FULLY) in Him Who justifies (Declared or made righteous in the sight of God.) the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness.

Interesting, David congrats the man? Hmm…pronounces blessing on him whom God credits righteousness APART…

Check out this: sins forgiven and not only that, covered up and not only that, COMPLETELY BURIED!! Love that@!!!!

Then, how about that the Lord will take no account or reckon it against him. Adore that…just sayin’

Romans 7: 14 We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a creature of the flesh [carnal, unspiritual], having been sold into slavery under [the control of] sin.

15 For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled, bewildered]. I do not practice oraccomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [which my moral instinct condemns].

16 Now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, [that means that] I acknowledgeand agree that the Law is good (morally excellent) and that I take sides with it.

17 However, it is no longer I who do the deed, but the sin [principle] which is at home in me and has possession of me.

18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.]

24 O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death?

25 O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord! So then indeed I, of myself with the mind and heart, serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.


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.

2 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.

3 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],

4 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].

Okay, so that was a kind of lot..there, but if we are going to talk about being free from the law of sin and death and good mercies! You have to have Romans 7 and 8. I spent the entire last summer on that and probably should have spent this past year as well. Changed my whole life…

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! You remember that today. Memorize that. Write it on a notecard. Better yet write it on your forehead. ūüėČ Ok, just kidding about that.

Pray on, beloved. Pray on.

Kingdom of Heaven and righteousness

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Lago di Poschiavo is a lake in Puschlav. At the end the village of Le Prese. View back to Berninapass, the lowest point of the horizon line. Left of the pass is Piz Bernina Massive with Piz Varuna as the main peak on this image. Near the pass is Sassal Mason, a peak reaching also 3000m by Lord Koxinga

Good morning, beloved, good morning,

I was on Biblegateway this morning and found a neat resource this morning that starts on June 1. They are starting a devo with Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s writings that you can sign up for and have emailed to you every morning for 40 days. Not sure when I’ll fit that in..but I want to try. ūüôā Here’s the link.

Also, I have been reading a remarkable book this week, now I will say I have 3/4 of the way through but so far, I keep¬†interrupting¬†Joshua and whatever he is doing to read him portions…he just loves that. ūüôā Can’t help myself. It’s that good.

Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber

Today, I am diving back into the words of the Savior. May I handle them with care and may the Lord direct and guide.

We are going through Matthew 5-7 and looking for mentions of kingdom of heaven and righteousness. And what we can learn from the mentions. Let’s start up. ūüôā Definitions in the Greek first! ūüôā

Kingdombasileia-of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom

of Heavenouranos-the region above the sidereal heavens, the seat of order of things eternal and consummately perfect where God dwells and other heavenly beings

Righteousnessdikaiosynńďis found in the sayings of the Lord Jesus,¬†of whatever is right or just in itself, whatever conforms to the revealed will of God,

Saint-Jean de Maurienne in Savoy (French Alps) by Semnoz

Matthew 5

3¬†Blessed (happy,¬†to be envied, and¬†spiritually prosperous‚ÄĒwith life-joy and satisfaction in God‚Äôs favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!

6 Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!

10 Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (for being and doing right), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!

19 Whoever then breaks or does away with or relaxes one of the least [important] of these commandments and teaches men so shall be called least [important] in the kingdom of heaven, but he who practices them and teaches others to do so shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

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.

Schallenberg by Nienetwiler

Matthew 6

1Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven.

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

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.

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

Andorra February 2006. Unidentified location in one of the Grandvalira ski resorts.by Christof Damian (cdamian) from Barcelona, Spain

Matthew 7

21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.

Kingdom of Heaven…what do we learn? (Hereafter referred to as KOH)

  1. KOH is for “..¬†the humble, who rate themselves insignificant..”. This is blessing..
  2. KOH is for “..those who are being persecuted for the sake of righteousness..”.
  3. KOH is NOT for “…those who¬†¬†breaks¬†or¬†does away with¬†or¬†relaxes one of the least [important] of these commandments and teaches men..”.
  4. KOH is for “…who practices them and teaches others to do so shall be called great…”
  5. KOH is for “..those whose wills are conformed to God’s will (righteousness-your uprightness and your right standing with God)…
  6. KOH is for “..those who do¬†not to do your good deeds publicly¬†or¬†before men, to be seen by them…” You do them for God’s rewards…
  7. Jesus is teaching God’s kingdom to come, His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen!
  8. The kingdom is God’s and God’s alone..
  9. Our first aim in life is to seek after, strive after His kingdom(of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom)…chew on that!
  10. Lastly, the KOH is for “…he who does the will of My Father Who is in¬†heaven.”
Chapel on top of Kalvarienberg in the community Afritz, district Villach-Land, Carinthia, Austria by Johann Jaritz

Righteousness (of whatever is right or just in itself, whatever conforms to the revealed will of God)…what do we learn? ūüôā

I think before I do that list I need to repeat the word Blessing…love this word! “¬†Blessed¬†and¬†fortunate¬†and¬†happy¬†and¬†spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God¬†enjoys His favor and salvation). ” Please notice the word prosperous and then the word before it. SPIRITUALLY! ¬†Just sayin’. I have never experienced greater peace than these past few years of extended time in His Word and prayer.

  1. Blessing for those who hunger (to crave ardently, to seek with eager desire) and thirst (those who are said to thirst who painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, strengthened) for RIGHTEOUSNESS for they will be satisfied (to fill or satisfy with food¬†is used metaphorically in Matt. 5:6)¬†. Jesus is using word pictures here! Do you see it? Best teacher EVER! Keeping His audience in His sight. ūüôā ¬†Hunger, thirst, satisfaction…all found in the Father!
  2. Blessings for those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness…
  3. Your righteousness shall be more than the Pharisees to enter the KOH…a bit of a dig there?
  4. Seek first after the KOH and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right..) this seems a simple statement but the only way to know His way of doing things is to know His word and His righteousness…
Alnes and the Lighthouse, God√ły seen from Giske (towards Nerlands√ły 28 km away), Giske Municipality, M√łre og Romsdal County, Norway. by Frode Inge Helland

Pray on, beloved. Pray on…