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Friday, April 19, 2019

The Privilege of Injustice - Art Katz

"God Himself has produced the distress, He employs man, but it is there to compel us to God."

This is a message of the very Life of God.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

His Son, and His corporate son

Listen to this...

Consider this...

A beautiful gathering of broken screw-ups takes place every Tuesday night near my house.  We call it a Bible Study, because "a gathering of broken screw-ups" is a little too real for most people.

We looked at Romans chapter 9-11 recently and especially focused on the partial blindness of the Jewish people clearly stated in Romans 11:25.

It was brought home to my heart in a way that I am incapable of expressing, how near and dear this is to the heart of God. 

His love ripped the veil of pride that separates the very limited value of education from the eternal value of His revelation.

His faithful, unchanging love revealed to one of us, the deep cost that His chosen people, the Jew, have endured during this age long time of partial imposed blindness.

His faithful, unchanging love brought with that revelation the deep appreciation of His grace, that comes with seeing the price paid by His son, and His chosen people.




Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ephesians 5 the Profound Mystery of Marriage

All the stuff  I used as we tried to be open before the Lord as to the profound mystery of the Messiah and His community and the marriage relationship in Ephesians 5.

Do you see how we’re not talking about control today? No! We’re talking about the very opposite of control. We’re talking humility, selflessness, putting others first, all leading to beautiful unity in all our relationships. Who is our role model? Jesus, who put us first. Try putting some submission in your relationships. Watch for opportunities to yield this week, as an act of worship to the One who yielded for you.

Under the heading “Be filled with the Spirit” which should be our ultimate goal as individuals and as a body, Paul lists (1) Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
          1. Making melody in your heart to God
          2. Gratitude
          3. Submit to one another in the fear of the Messiah
A) in marriage
B) children
              1. slaves/masters

2 Tim. 3:12,13 “If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He will also deny us;
If we are faithless, He remains faithful,
for He cannot deny Himself.”

Eve not “ex nihilio” but made from Adam's rib.

Mistreating your wife is mistreating yourself because of the unity.

If you voluntarily submit to the curse you take away its power to bring death.

Submit (wife) your will given to another
Love (husband) your very life given to another

Men , be the first to apologize, pursue, cherish,
Focus on your role

the husband is not given any permission to make a wife submit
she is asked to voluntarily submit and if she doesn't oh well, that
is between her and God

our deepest joy is found in sacrifice

When people see how the husband acts, they are to see the Messiah very high calling

You and I are not the point of marriage

Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, literally my bone was removed and used, compare this to, we are partakers of the divine nature! Be amazed, stand in silent awe of the majesty of these words.

 loving possession. He said, "She is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh." He felt she was his own and belonged solely to him. Of anything there might be in the Garden, Adam was but owner in the second degree. But when he saw her, he felt she was all his own. By bonds and ties which did not admit of dispute, his bone and his flesh was she. Now, Beloved, at this moment let this thought dance through your soul—you belong to Jesus— altogether you belong to Jesus! Let not your love go forth to earthly things, so soiled and dim, but send it all away, up to Him to whom you belong—yes, send it all to Him. “ Spurgeon

              1. There is between you and your Lord a similarity of Nature and an intimate relationship! You have a mysterious extraction from Him and He has a loving possession of you—and a vital union with you. Come, now, we must only have a few minutes to catch some of the juice that will flow out of these clusters of Eshcol while we tread them for a moment, just to show what the wines of the kingdom are like.”CHS
              2. The husband is not to demand submission from the wife. She is to offer it freely and lovingly. This submission is to her “own husbandonly! Women are not subservient to men. They are equals, even in the home. But, God has invested leadership in the husband and he will be held responsible for the home. He will give an account for his actions as the head of the home when he stands before Jesus.
              3. Alan carr
Helper is a word used for God's help numerous times. Eve has a high calling.
Our help H5828 is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”

Malachi 2:15 TLV
15 Did the One not make her with a remnant of Ruach?
Then what is the One seeking?
Offspring of God!
So protect your spirit—
do not betray the wife of your youth.

NKJV different
15 But did He not make them one,
Having a remnant of the Spirit?
And why one?
He seeks godly offspring.
Therefore take heed to your spirit,
And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.

Adam out of his rib – Eve literally they are one and whole together

Jesus out of His side the life blood of our salvation flowed and since His name means Salvation is of God we complete Him (though He is lacking nothing) by being the object of His salvation.

Colossians 1:24 we are His hands and feet and we display His heart to the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Do not try to prove you are better than others.

"Do not try to prove you are better than others." Philippians 2:3a  WE

"Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]."   Philippians 2:3 AMPC

Sadly my tendency to want to prove that I am better than you carried over into my life following the Messiah.

But now, by His grace, He has pointed it out, so soon and very soon, by His Spirit it will be defeated.

I wonder if the challenge is to see that the body, believers working together is indeed better than any one follower of the Lord.

I wonder if the call is to truly see the body and your place in it, and to completely and totally give up the unworthy ends of self-exaltation.

I wonder if the most prevalent idol of all is self.

Thank you Lord, when You reveal sin, we repent, You forgive and You begin the process of replacing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with the tree of life.

I rest in You, I trust in You.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lamentations, Oh Lord We Are Not Ready

"Because of thirst the infant’s tongue
    sticks to the roof of its mouth;
the children beg for bread,
    but no one gives it to them."
 Lamentation 4:4  

It does not say there is no bread, but it does say "no one gives it to them."

"With their own hands compassionate women
    have cooked their own children,
who became their food
    when my people were destroyed."

Lamentations 4:10

How can we even comprehend this? 
Lamentations, starts with "How?".
That is the question through out the

Oh Lord, help us, enable us, to pour out
the entire contents of our alabaster box of
mercy on those around us, especially the next
generation.  Help us to freely give.  Help
us to travail for the proper preparation
to be given them.  Because Lamentations
is about to be replayed.  Oh Lord, we
are not ready!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Loving, Willing, Joyful Surrender

Get to know how faithful He is.
Surround yourself with people whose story is, "He found me in a pit and pulled me out."
Trust His love.
Cry out for His mercy.
Surrender willingly.
Surrender joyfully.
Surrender to love.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Keep Your Eyes on ME

Beautiful, eternal, timeless, ultimate truth, demonstrated by my daughter at our dining room table.

She had just gotten a baby guinea pig, named Augustus, she was holding him at the dining room table and he was very nervous because our old cat Sheba was circling the area, thinking the guinea pig looked a lot like, fresh lunch! 

Patience, my daughter, held the guinea pigs face very close to her face and said,

"Look directly at me, focus on my face, don't look at the cat!"

There is our solution, our scriptural, very simple, but very high and very effective calling.  Fix your eyes on Jesus and in beholding Yeshua you will be changed into His image, don't waste any time looking at the enemy and his schemes.  Lord You said, "Seek My face."  We respond, "Your face Lord we will seek."