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Friday, November 15, 2019

Mercy Lord!

Amos 7:1 "The Lord God showed me this: He was forming a swarm of locusts at the time the spring crop first began to sprout—after the cutting of the king’s hay. When the locusts finished eating the vegetation of the land, I said, “Lord God, please forgive! How will Jacob survive since he is so small?”
The Lord relented concerning this. “It will not happen,” he said.

Second Vision: Fire

The Lord God showed me this: The Lord God was calling for a judgment by fire. It consumed the great deep and devoured the land. Then I said, “Lord God, please stop! How will Jacob survive since he is so small?”
The Lord relented concerning this. “This will not happen either,” said the Lord God."


Amos gives us a beautiful model for praying for those we love. 
We simply recognize to Him that we are throwing ourselves totally on His mercy.  Oh Lord, they are so small, please forgive and show mercy!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Eternal Hell, no!


Amos 1:11  "Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Edom [the descendants of Esau] and for four (multiplied delinquencies) I will not reverse its punishment or revoke My word concerning it, Because he pursued his brother Jacob (Israel) with the sword, Corrupting and stifling his compassions and casting off all mercy; His destructive anger raged continually, And he maintained [and nurtured] his wrath forever."
 
God has a problem with Edom and the problem he has with them is they are acting in a way that sounds like eternal hell.  The Lord sees that as excessive and a transgression, so why would He act in this way, He wouldn't... good answer!


1 John 5:11 "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."


Who has eternal life?  No one, unless it is given from God, who is the only one who has it.  Only if you have the Son do you have this life.  So unbelievers do not have eternal life.  They will be punished as long as God sees fit and then they will perish period.  End of Story.  No eternal punishment for humans, because humans who do not have the Son do not have eternal life.

I hope this clears things up.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Ain't Nobody Got Time For That



Luke 9:51  "When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”e 55But he turned and rebuked them.f 56And they went on to another village.

57As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60And Jesusg said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”

For the first time today I realized that the "Let the dead bury their own dead" quote from Jesus came after Luke 9:51, which states the time for Jesus to go to Jerusalem and be betrayed and killed was drawing near, they were actually headed for Jerusalem when the encounter happens, so there was no time to wait around.  It wasn't in any way mean or insensitive, there was just very plainly a lack of time, and when He called, He could not accept an answer that delayed things.  Passover was His appointment and He knew it.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Bind Me, Seal Me, Keep Me

Lord I see Your wonderful promises, that I can live in an expectation of righteousness.  I can live not thinking, "I will surely sin today.", but instead "Thank You Daddy, that through the life of Your Son, I can walk in the Spirit today and be Your vessel."


It is possible, I know it, I believe it.


But then...life happens and I let down the One I love.


So I join with the bride and the psalmist and I cry out to be bound with cords to the sacrificial altar, I cry out to be set as a seal on His heart and His arm, carried by Him, kept by Him.  His faithfulness that cannot fail.  His love that cannot fail.


Thank You Lord, I am ever in need of Your mercy, and You ever delight to show Your mercy to me.


"Place me like a seal over your heart,
    like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
    its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
    like a mighty flame."  Song of Songs 8:6


"The LORD is God and has given us light. Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar."  Psalm 118:27

Monday, October 28, 2019

The Bridal Chamber Before the Banqueting House

There is only one solution to the "love of many growing cold because of lawlessness" time spent in the Bridal Chamber.

"He knew full well the cause of all her fears, her distrust sprang from her ignorance of Himself so He took her aside and in the sweet intimacies of mutual love her fears and distrust vanished like the mist of the morning before the rising of the sun." Union and Communion J. Hudson Taylor

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Messiah Was Amazed

Luke 7:6-10 "He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well."


 

The Messiah of Israel is amazed at the faith of a gentile.  A gentile who does not consider himself worthy of the time or attention of the Messiah.  A gentile who knows how authority works and who recognizes the authority of the Messiah to heal and forgive. 

I'm a gentile, my friend has one shoulder that has many tears in it and needs surgery, Jesus You have authority my friend needs the power of Your authority to heal, You have even given me that authority and I do love him, so, "Shoulder be healed in Jesus' Name."

Saturday, October 19, 2019

ONE

One LORD, One Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father of all.
One Teacher, (call no man on earth your teacher)
One Father, (call no man on earth your father)

Don't sell your birth right to manifest the love and power of God for a bowl of soup, that is ultimate foolishness.

Thoughts from some moments with the King and His Kingdom.