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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fear of the Lord

From a sermon by Roy Hession, this is the best definition of this term I have ever heard.

The Fear of the Lord, is the "willingness to justify God in all that He allows into your life."

Trials, temptations, tribulations, suffering... ALL that He allows into your life!

Monday, January 28, 2013

2 Timothy 2:13

Enjoyed the testimony of a radically saved brother yesterday, and in it was given new insight in to this verse.

2 Timothy 2:11 It is a trustworthy statement:For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him;If we deny Him, He also will deny us;13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

This is truly amazing, sovereign love.  Often times we see sovereignty as a judgment thing, a hard thing, but here it is displayed as amazing love.

James said in his testimony, that God foreknew that God was going to bring James to a place of loving God.  So before James ever even thought about loving God, God was loving James.  God kept James alive, God had James reading the Bible and finding scriptures about God's love, before James ever gave his life to God.  I get it, as much as a human can, that God is outside of time, but this was a demonstration of that.  God is not confined to the barrier of time, so that, even if "we are faithless" stuck in time as we are, God sees beyond that, and God remains faithful to Himself who He knows will one day reside in us.  
BECAUSE, God is not stuck in time, so that "one day" is today in His always present existence... Wow.  I can only pray that by the revelation of the Holy Spirit people who read this will "get it." 
 And so I do pray for that LORD God in Jesus Name, bring the revelation of Your Holy Spirit to these words and let us rest in Your amazing love.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1260, 1290, 1335 days

God gives mysteries with the intention that one day through revelation they will be unveiled.
Revelation 11:3 tells about a period of 1,260 days, which is equal to 3 and 1/2 years of 30 day months. Daniel 12:11 mentions 1,290 days.  12:12 speaks of 1,335 days.  Each of them have to do with the end times, the final things, but why the "extension of days."
Here is one possible explanation from scripture.
An angel gave Daniel amazing detail about the end times in response to his prayer.  This is a key verse.
Daniel 9:24  “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place."  

At the cross Jesus made "atonement for iniquity" ending the first 69 weeks with the Messiah being 'cut off.'  
The last 'week' starts with the confirming of the covenant, 
Daniel 9:27 And he will make (confirm) a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” (Note: this is the anti-Christ who was spoken of in 9:26 and 8:11)  
Go here for more on this.

Consider this possibility, using 9:24, the atonement is done, now use 1,260 to "bring in everlasting righteousness"  (the kingdom of our Lord), use 1,290 to "seal up vision and prophecy"  the return of the Jew to the Land, as a 'saved' nation of priests (Isaiah 27:12,13 and Zechariah 3:20) and the 1,335 to "anoint the most holy place"  A forty-five day period of fasting, repentance and physical cleansing, (40=testing 5=grace)

So these are just thoughts, May God reveal the truth in His time and may we be the broken and poured out vessels that He can use for His glory in these last days.
This has taken me a very long time to finish... wonder who does not want it posted?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Zechariah 13:1 In That Day!

“In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity."  Zechariah 13:1
You know you have a good book in your hands when the author and your Spirit both rise up in praise to God at the reading of a paragraph.  This morning as I read this paragraph in David Baron's study of Zechariah, I could sense the amazing sovereignty of God, turning a curse into a blessing by the sheer force of His Love-driven will!   Enjoy it with me....
"Yes, Israel 'in that day' shall experience the wonderful and everlasting efficacy of the blood of Jesus their Messiah, God's Son, which cleanseth from all sin.  In quite another and blessed sense shall that fearful prayer once uttered in ignorance, "His blood be on us and our children," which has haunted the Jewish conscience through all the centuries since, and has, like the blood of Abel, brought down the curse of Cain on the whole nation, be fulfilled 'in that day.'  It shall be upon them for life and not for death, for cleansing and not for defilement."

I think the happiest moments in God's life are when His grace overwhelms our sin like the tide picking up something that was drifting out to sea and pushing it back, with an unbelievable force of will, that completely lifts up the object and turns it in the exact opposite direction, all for the glory of His Name!

To life, To life L'chaim, l'chaim

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

veritas et virtus truth and virtue and me

Oldest son accepted to Pittsburgh University, whose latin slogan and translation is the title of this blog post.
Truth and virtue.  Truth is, about the only thing I feel good at right now, is letting the dog out when he wants to go to the bathroom.  This 'dad' thing is hard and incomprehensible to me most days.  Drawing a line and holding to it, and being flexible and seeing the others point of view.  Finding a balance.  And then I read that the God of Love, "loathed" the generation of Israel that was stuck in the wilderness for 40 years.   I don't really know what to do with that information but it is right there for all to read in Psalm 95:10.  Psalm 96 is a good argument against those who say, if the rapture does not happen till the end of the tribulation, it does not make sense to them that people would be looking forward to it.  Psalm 96 gives voice to a people who are "glad" when God is coming in judgment.  And I want to post this before I forget, a quote from Jim Cymbala, Christianity is about "trusting not trying."     Okay, so I don't really have a "solution" to the question, "How can I ever be a good dad?"   I have more questions than answers when it comes to 'real life.'  This life is a journey, by the grace of God I will focus on truth and by the grace of God virtue will follow... at least that is my hope.