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Post  Admin on Sun 05 Jun 2011, 1:18 pm

God Never Gives Up
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” - I Peter 3:8-12.

Sometimes it's not easy being a Christian, we face constant criticism, not only from the world, but other Christians as well, especially when we are trying to serve our Lord. You can be sure that once you start serving God obstacles will come your way to try and stop you. The amazing thing is that everything is in God's hands, once He sets you on that journey to do His work He will stop at nothing for you to complete it, it might even take a while, but God never gives up on you.

Israel was in ruins, most of the Jews from the Northern Kingdom were scattered all over the world, while the Southern Kingdom was held captive in Babylon, for seventy years not a thing was done to restore their promised land, once flowing with milk and honey. Now that king Cyrus set the Jews free they were able to return to Jerusalem and begin rebuilding. After four months of traveling they finally arrived to a desolate, abandoned land, full of evil.

“And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings morning and evening. They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;” - Ezra 3:1-4.

Every Jew came together as one and the first thing they did was set up an altar to God as it was written in God's Word. This would be the first time that many of the Jews even knew of the feast of the Lord, but they followed every command written in the law of Moses as they learned it. Most people upon asking Jesus Christ to save them have never stepped foot in church or have been away for a long time. God does not expect us to completely change overnight, but day by day as we learn God's Word we learn to follow His commands as they are written. “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.“ - Matthew 4:4.

Two years after the Jews return they began to rebuild the Temple, every willing heart came to do whatever they could to help. “Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites. And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel. And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.” - Ezra 3:9-11.

The foundation was laid, the people jumped for joy, they were so excited that they were crying. Why after two years was only the foundation was laid? The plans to build the Temple were laid out in the Book of the Law, if they were to do the job right they had to learn what that was. It's important that we learn to follow all of God's Word. Like I said earlier, God does not expect us to know everything instantly, it takes time to learn everything God has to show us, and even then we never learn everything, but we must stay in His Word in order to know all His commands. ““But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” - II Timothy 3:14-17.

Now, you can be sure that with all the commotion going on near the Lord's stomping grounds that there would be some people out there not too happy about the rebuilding of the Temple. As soon as the Jews laid the foundation, they were faced with criticism and opposition. “Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia...Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.” - Ezra 4:4,5,24.

Their lack of faith caused them to lose sight of God in the midst of their obstacles instead of seeking Him for help. For fourteen years the Temple remained unfinished while the Jews attended to rebuilding the city. It took the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to remind them that they had not finished the Temple and it was time to get to work. This time God was with them and nothing would stop them.

“Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them. At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall? Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building? But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter... And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up.” - Ezra 5:2-5,11.

Their reply as to who ordered the work of the Temple, God ordered it, this time God was with them and nothing was going to stop them from completing the work that He called them to do. God's hands are in every part of our lives, from the good to the bad, He allows everything in order to grow us, prepare us, strengthen us, and bring us to the point that we realize we are nothing without Him. It's great to praise Him when things are going well, but it's the times we praise Him when things are not going so well that He blesses us the most. The more we praise Him through the obstacles the blessed we become. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and
he shall lift you up.” - James 4:7-10.

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Post  Admin on Tue 31 May 2011, 1:44 pm

Message Title: Little Is Much With God
behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I
do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest
thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt
enter into life, keep the commandments. ..The young man saith unto him,
All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus
said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and
give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and
follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away
sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter
into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a
camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter
into the kingdom of God. - Matthew 19:16,17,20- 24.
The number one reason why people do not want to follow God is because
they do not want to give up the things they have in the world. The
number one reason why Christians backslide is because they, having been
blessed with many treasures, stop depending on God. God will give us
anything we ask for as long as we are faithful to Him, but He will take
it away if we lose sight of Him and stop ignoring His calls.
All throughout the Old Testament we learn of how blessed the people
were, whether Jew or Gentile, when they followed God with all their
heart. However, there are countless times we learn of their walking away
from Him and the judgment they faced upon doing so. The thing was not
that they sinned, everyone sins, it was that they were not willing to
confess nor forsake the sin. King Amaziah, up to a certain point, walks
with God, but not with a perfect heart. In weakness and with an unsteady
step during a battle he hires an army out of Israel to help him, which
was a severe mistake, but he listens to the prophet, and saves Judah
from being defeated by Edom.
Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men,
able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield. He hired
also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an
hundred talents of silver. But there came a man of God to him, saying, O
king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with
Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim. But if thou wilt go,
do it, be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the
enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down. And Amaziah said to
the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I
have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD
is able to give thee much more than this. - II Chronicles 25:5-9.
Trusting in God means being willing to give up anything for Him,
knowing that He can more than make up for any thing we will ever lose
that the world has to offer. We all need to keep reminding ourselves
that God will always provide us with everything we need to live a happy,
prosperous life, little is much when God is in it. Jesus gave His life for us to give life to us, now He wants to live life through us. Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do
shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go
unto my Father. And
whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may
be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will
do it. - John 14:12-14.
Amaziah might have listened to the prophet, which lead to their
victory, but the next thing he did would cause Judah to be defeated by
Israel. The Edomites worshiped the sun under different forms and with
various rites, Amaziah took these objects, brought them into Jerusalem
and began burning incense upon them. Amaziah's conduct in bringing these
objects in Jerusalem was foolish, ignorant, and highly offensive to
God, who sent a prophet to rebuke him for his apostasy, and warn him of
the judgment that soon after came upon him.
it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the
Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them
up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned
incense unto them. Wherefore
the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him
a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of
the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine
hand?..And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son
of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to
Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim
to the corner gate, four hundred cubits. II Chronicles 25:14,15,23.

God's question, Why has thou sought after the gods of the people which
could not deliver their own people? God asks this question to many
even today, many who are quick to forsake God over a person, job,
addiction, or lifestyle that will never satisfy them. All who put their
trust in these false gods will face much affliction until they come to
God in repentance. Tribulation
and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first,
and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that
worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is
no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law
shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law
shall be judged by the law; - Romans 2:9-12.
After Amaziah died his son, Uzziah (Azariah) reigned, he was one of the
most successful kings of Judah. He was sixteen when he began to reign
and as long as He sought God he prospered as a king, but the more
successful he became the more he thought himself above the law. Uzziah
became so over confident of his success that he thought himself above
God, making himself to be as a high priest as he went into the Temple
and burned incense.
he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the
visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to
prosper...But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his
destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into
the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense. And
Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of
the LORD, that were valiant men: And they withstood Uzziah the king, and
said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense
unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are
consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast
trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God. Then
Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and
while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his
forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the
incense altar. - II Chronicles 26:5,16-19.
Even though he was a great king, God still judged him, for no man is
above the Law of God, over eighty men tried to warn him and when he did
not listen God judged him. Because of his leprosy, Uzziah was an outcast
from both his own palace as well as the Temple. God is not a respecter
of persons, He will place judgment upon anyone who will not repent.
However, He is faithful and just to forgive and forget all our sins when
we humble ourselves before Him. If
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not
in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:8,9. Praise God!
We do not need all the riches of the world to be happy, little is much
when God is in our lives, just think of the amazing gifts we will
receive in heaven simply for believing in and accepting His Son. Lay
not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for
yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where
your treasure is, there will your heart be also. - Matthew 6:19-21.

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Post  Admin on Fri 27 May 2011, 2:01 pm

How To Receive Answered Prayer
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. - John 20:26-31.
Most of us, including many Christian's, base their faith by what they see in front of them, without proof they simply can not believe that miracles happen or that God can do the impossible. However, God can do the impossible, it is our lack of faith that keeps Him from doing it. If we truly want to see God do some amazing things in our lives we need to start living by faith, not by the circumstances, not by what we can and can not do, but by faith, which is convincing ourselves that nothing is impossible with God.
King Solomon is credited for having said some of the longest prayers and offering the biggest number of sacrifices in all the Bible. After the prayer he said standing in front of the whole congregation something amazing happened.
Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD.- II Chronicles 7:1-4.
God loves to hear us pray, the more we pray the more He rejoices, Why? Because we are saying to God, I need your help, I have tried it on my own, but I know I can't. I humbly come before you and am depending on You to give me the things I need and desire. Now, sometimes we need hundred word prayers, but God not only hears the big gigantic prayers, He hears the little itsy bitsy ones. Sometimes all the strength we have is to say, “Lord I need you. and He will hear you. Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.- Jeremiah 33:2,3.
God always answers our prayers, more ofter than none He answers them in a way that we do not expect, but to hear the answer we just have to listen for His call back. God heard Solomon's prayer and answered him in another dream.
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice... If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place...But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD
done thus unto this land, and unto this house?- II Chronicles 7:12,14,15,19- 21.
God wants to give us things, but we must be willing to give ourselves to Him first, that means eliminating all the worldly things and doing what God wants us to do. We can pray all day long, but unless we seek His face, turn from all wickedness, and humbly and sincerely seek His forgiveness He will not hear us. To seek His face means to get in His Word so we may know what life God wants us to live. Contrary to what many believe God wants us to live life to the fullest, He just wants us to do it His way, and that does not mean to sit in a corner and pray all day, which is not a bad thing from time to time, but if we want to see answered prayer we must get in His Word and follow those commands. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. - Psalm 37:3,4.
Solomon's success as king soon became wide spread, kings and queens from all over the world came to meet this king, to see if he was as wise as they claimed and if this God of his really existed. Solomon got a visit from the queen of Sheba.
And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built,.. And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard...Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice. - II Chronicles 9:3,5,6,8.
The queen of Sheba put herself to a great deal of trouble and expense to hear the wisdom of Solomon and yet, learning from him how to serve God, and do her duty, she thought herself well paid for her pains. It is a big sacrifice to choose to serve God over the world, not because of what God asks us to do, but because of all the trials and affliction we face from family, friends, and others through our faith in Him. However, there is no better reward for our becoming a living sacrifice than by receiving eternal life. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. - John 10:27-30.
No matter what we choose to do in life we are going to face some struggles and hardships. Having God on our side makes them much easier to bare and before we know it we have faith that can move mountains. Sometimes to receive faith that moves mountains we are going to have to do more than say a prayer, we are going to have to give ourselves completely over to God. That means giving up food, hobbies, or other things of interest and using that time to spend with God in prayer, Bible reading, and meditating day and night on Him until we see Him give us some answers.
Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. - Matthew 17:19-21. As we increase our faith in God by humbly giving ourselves to Him there is nothing that God will not do for us.
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Greater Works
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. - John 15:14-16.
I imagine all of us get tired and more often than none just spend the day not doing anything at all when there is much to be done. Now, God knows when we need rest and when we are just being slothful, but either way He has chosen us to represent and serve Him. The amazing thing is when we do get going we prosper, God gives is the desires of our hearts when we follow His commands.
The book of II Chronicles is the fourteenth book of the Old Testament/Bible and contains thirty-six chapters. The time line for these events took place approximately 1015 BC “ 610 BC. The author of the book is the prophet Ezra and the book was written to the Israelites that were in captivity in Babylon for seventy years. The purpose of the book was to record the religious history of Judah. What we are to learn from the book is that the blessings that God give to us comes through our humbling ourselves and seeking Him in all that we do. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. - II Chronicles 7:14.
After David died Solomon was given the task to not only reign over the kingdom, but to build a house for God, one with walls instead of a tent. I imagine Solomon was a bit uneasy about such a huge task, but God was with him and knew what he was feeling. Through a dream Solomon had a very inspiring conversation with God.
And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: II Chronicles 1:8-11.
God spoke to Solomon in a dream because it was His intention to get Solomon to see what was more important than riches and fame was to be obedient to the Word of God. When we live in submission to God we become more obedient to the Word of God as we learn it. The key is learning it, we can not know the best things that God has in store for us unless we learn what He has to say. As we read our Bibles we should daily say to God, Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.- Psalm 119:18.
Now Solomon was determined to build the Temple as his father David instructed, he began to gather only the best people along with those David appointed. Solomon sent message to Huram, one of David's trusted friends, that he needed some of his people.
Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel. And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods. But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him? Send me now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide. - II Chronicles 2:4-7.
Solomon attempted to possess Huram with great and high thoughts of the God of Israel. Solomon expresses that building a house for our great God, would not be a place to contain Him as He is infinite and can not be contained, but it would be a place to worship Him there where he would be graciously present. A wise and godly king is evidence of the Lord's special love for His people. How great then was God's love to His believing people, in giving His only-begotten Son to be their Prince and their Savior. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:8,9.
Solomon not only used Jews to help build the Temple he used strangers as well, known as the Gentiles. “And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred. And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.- II Chronicles 2:17,18.
While God chose the Jews as His people He did not stop any of the people from other nations from wanting to live for Him. We learn of countless times where Jews and Gentiles became God's people. The same is true today, we are no longer looked upon as a Jew or Gentile, but a Christian, a believer of Christ. Every person here on earth has a choice, either they will accept eternal life or eternal death, whether Jew or Gentile. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds:..Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.
-Romans 2:5,6,9-11.
The Scriptures teach us that the Word of God is the source of true wisdom for daily direction. As we read the Bible with a sincere desire to follow His will, the Holy Spirit, the Living Word, the Spirit of Jesus Christ Himself, guides our thoughts and actions to know what the best things in life truly are. The Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom, knowledge, and encouragement we need to accomplish the task that God has given us to do. In fact, Jesus said with the Holy Spirit guiding us we will accomplish more that He did when we was here in the flesh.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; - John 14:12-16.

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Bible Study: For or Against God
For or Against God
The book of Psalm is the nineteenth book of the Old Testament and
contains 150 chapters. The author of the book is King David except for a
few that were written by others. The book was written to Israel, but
has been used for devotion, prayer, and praise by believers down through
the centuries. The book of Psalms was known as the hymn book of Israel.
The word "Psalms" means "songs to the accompaniment of a stringed
instrument.� It is the prayer and praise book of the Bible. The purpose
of the book is to show that prayer, praise, intercession, and confession
are all a part of true worship.
Today's message focuses on the importance of realizing that we are
either for or against God and there is no room for the world's
influence. We can not have both.
The key to receiving a blessing from God begins with this Scripture,
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the
scornful." (Psalm 1:1). There are three reasons to prove this, first,
the ungodly may live acceptable lifestyles that conform to the basic
moral standards of a society but still live and act as though the
Creator God does not exist. Therefore, they assume that any religion, or
none at all, is equally acceptable. In doing this, they accept no
accountability to God and see no need of a Savior.
Second, sinners speak, act, think, and live to please themselves. They
may be honest, upright, and generous in the eyes of the majority of
people. They may even believe there is a God and may live a good, moral
life. Consequently, they are deceived and see no need to repent of sin
because they do not think they are sinners. The Christian life is
centered in God, but the sinner's life is centered on himself.
Third, the scornful makes known his belittling, antagonistic attitude
against God the Father as Creator of all things and against worshiping
Jesus Christ as God the Son - the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ
(Titus 2:13). The scornful, for the most part, stand firmly and openly
against the Bible and Jesus Christ as the only way to be saved and reach
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he
meditate day and night." (1:2). The blessed person has an attitude of
delight in the Law of the Lord. If we delight in pleasing Jesus Christ,
we will "meditate" upon His Word. As we meditate prayerfully in His Law,
the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts, revealing the meaning of His Word
for our lives. One of the great blessings that is imparted to those who
meditate upon God's Word comes silently and unnoticed, "And he shall be
like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his
fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he
doeth shall prosper." (1:3)
What a contrast to the superficial theories of happiness which human
philosophy and psychology advocate. The secret of true and lasting peace
is a right relationship with God. The ungodly are self-willed and walk
after their own counsel while the blessed man depends upon direction
from God through His Word.
In today's reading Jesus Christ is revealed as the Son of God (Psalm
2:7). "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life." (John 3:16).
Have a great and wonderful weekend!
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Bible Study: Beware of False Friends

Beware of False Friends
Today we will read and learn about the covetousness of Ahab leading
Jezebel to murder Naboth, and the death of Ahab and Jezebel is foretold.
Today's message focuses on the importance of realizing that we must be
careful who we associate ourselves with.

Ahab ruled the northern kingdom of Israel where his capital was the
city of Samaria. His evil, wasted life is summed up in just a few words,
There were none like, Ahab. "But there was none like unto Ahab, which
did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom
Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following
idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast
out before the children of Israel." (I Kings 21:25-26).

Ahab invited Jehoshaphat, his daughter's father-in-law who was the king
of Judah, to join him in a war to regain Ramoth-gilead, a strategic
fortress on the Syrian border. Four hundred of Ahab's paid prophets
unanimously assured the two kings of a great victory. "And it came to
pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to
the king of Israel. And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know
ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out
of the hand of the king of Syria? And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt
thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the
king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as
thy horses. And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I
pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day. Then the king of Israel
gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto
them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And
they said, Go up; for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the
king." (22:2-6).

However, godly Jehoshaphat, having an uneasy feeling with the unanimous
decision of facing such a grave crisis, asked for prophets of God to be
called. "And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD
besides, that we might enquire of him? And the king of Israel said unto
Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we
may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good
concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so."

Ahab sent the messengers to get Micaiah. The messengers attempted to
persuade Micaiah to agree with the false prophets and assured him that
by doing so he would win the king's favor and be released from prison.
But neither fears nor favors tempted Micaiah to betray his calling. He
refused to be intimidated even by the presence of two kings and his 400
experts. Micaiah's one vote of opposition was rejected by Ahab who
fulfilled the very prophecy proclaimed by Micaiah. There were 400 yes
votes to one no vote, a miserable minority, but truth is seldom with the
majority. Though he was slapped, dragged back to prison, and threatened
with cruel treatment, the faithful Micaiah persisted in maintaining the
truthfulness of his message and called upon the people to bear witness
to it. "And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou
shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. And the king of Israel
said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the
city, and to Joash the king's son; And say, Thus saith the king, Put
this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and
with water of affliction, until I come in peace. And Micaiah said, If
thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me. And he
said, Hearken, O people, every one of you." (22:25-28).

God's presence can transform a dungeon into a palace when one is aware
of God's presence. I saw the Lord was the response of this lonely
prophet. A revelation from the Lord revealed the shallowness of earthly
greatness. Many have sacrificed truth and good conscience for popular
opinion or earthly treasures. Micaiah chose to wait for future rewards
and endured the suffering he faced by not following those false
prophets. We need to admire and follow the words of the Apostle Paul,
"And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing
the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost
witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto
myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry,
which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the
grace of God." (Acts 20:22-24).

We must be careful with whom or what we align our lives, hanging around
the wrong person can cause great affliction in the end. Only by reading
God's Word daily can we keep from making wrong decisions and falling
into the control of wordly people. "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that
the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it
is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked
men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall
stablish you, and keep you from evil." ( II Thessalonians 3:3).

In today's message Jesus Christ is revealed By Micaiah, who would say
only what God instructed him to say (I Kings 22:14). Jesus faithfully
told others only what God told Him to say. "Then said Jesus unto them,
When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he,
and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I
speak these things." (John 8:28).
Today's Psalm: 16:8
"I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved."
Today's Prayer:
Dear Lord,
Help me to remain faithful to You and your calling upon my life.
Strengthen and grow my faith as I daily search Your Scriptures and apply
their truths to my spiritual walk. As I go through the trials and
experiences of my earthly journey would You fix my eyes and my
ever-wandering heart upon Jesus. When the howling winds and forceful
storms of this life attempt to shipwreck my faith may they instead prove
my faith to be more than sufficient to withstand the continual assaults
from the enemy. Because I take refuge in Jesus my spiritual foundation
is firm, always dependable, and leads me to glorious victory. In Jesus'
name, I pray.....Amen

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King James Bible Study: Vengeance Is Mine

" Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for
it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not
overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." - Romans 12:17-21.
No matter who you are we all have had someone hurt us or treat us wrong,
some have had some really cruel and wicked things done to them. While it is natural to want vengeance, we should never let the things that
happen to us bring us down to their level. God takes care of His people
and He will pay back what was done to us, while it may seem like nothing is getting done to see justice, just like everything else, it's all in
His timing. What greater law enforcement do we need than God?
Since the reign of Ahab, God worship had been replaced by Baal worship,
in fact, his wicked wife Jezebel, despised God so much that she had any
prophet or priest executed if word got out that he was worshiping God.
Ahab died around 898 BC, but Jezebel was still around and so was Baal
worship, now, twenty years after Elijah prophesied about his vengeance
upon the house of Ahab, all was coming to pass.
"And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand,
and go to Ramothgilead: And when thou comest thither, look out there
Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him
arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber; Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the
LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and
flee, and tarry not...And he arose, and went into the house; and he
poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God
of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even
over Israel. And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I
may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all
the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth
against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel:" - II Kings 9:1-3,6-9.
Jehu was anointed king over Israel by God's special choice, he was commanded to destroy the house of Ahab, including Jezebel. As long as he acted in obedience to God, and upon the right principles, Jehu was assured that
he would not face any opposition. The murder of God's prophets is
strongly noticed, showing that God never lets one hair on our heads
touched go unnoticed.
"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul:
but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not
fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." - Matthew 10:28-31.
Elijah's prophecy of Jezebel's death would soon come to pass, Jezebel daring the judgment, heard that Jehu had slain her son, and
slain him for her whoredoms and witchcrafts, and that he was now coming
after her.
"And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu
entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?
And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side?
who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said,
Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was
sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under
foot...And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the
LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the
portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:" - II Kings 9:30-33,36.
Just as God promised Ahab's family, friends, and anyone else associated with his family was executed as well as all the Baal worshipers, making sure that not a prophet, priest, or servant of God would be harmed.
"So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all
his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him
none remaining... And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said
unto them, Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much. Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and
all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of
Baal...And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering
the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go
in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the
edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and
went to the city of the house of Baal." - II Kings 10:11,18,19, 25.
God is not the author of any man's sin, but even by that which men do from
bad principles, He serves His own purposes and takes vengeance on those
who have defied Him. His judgment is upon all people, just as the Bible
says, you reap what you sow, the wicked never go unpunished.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that
shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh
reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit
reap life everlasting. " - Galatians 6:7,8.While God's judgment stands firm, He is willing to repent of that judgment
and save the soul of those who truly want to redeem themselves. Even if a person has walked away from God He is faithful and just to redeem them. " If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. " - I John 1:9.
Jesus Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through Elisha, who sent one of the sons of the prophets with oil to anoint Jehu to be king. Oil symbolizes the Holy
Spirit, and the Lord sent the Holy Spirit to anoint all believers of
Christ. "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of
all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." - I John 2:27.
God Bless You, I am praying for you
Bible Study: Stay Encouraged
Stay Encouraged
Today we are studying the books Zephaniah and Haggai, we will read and
learn about God's judgement; the future destruction of the Gentile
nations; Haggai urging the people to rebuild the Temple; and the reproof
of the unfaithful. Today's message focuses on the importance of staying
encouraged through our trials. God gives us tasks to do and usually
they are when we are in the midst of our circumstances. It is during
this time that we need to seek obey His commands otherwise we will waste
precious time and end up struggling a lot longer than we have to.
The book of Zephaniah is the 36th book of the Old Testament and
contains 3 chapters, the author of the book is Zephaniah and it was
written to the people of Israel. The purpose of the book was to warn
Israel and all nations of the judgement God placed upon them. What we
are to learn from the book is that God is mighty to save all who turn to
Him. Please read Chapters 1-3 in your Bible or Click Here to read them
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God through Zephaniah spoke to the people of Israel about the judgement
that had been placed upon their nation. "I will utterly consume all
things from off the land, saith the LORD. I will consume man and beast; I
will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and
the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off
the land, saith the LORD. I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah,
and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the
remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the
priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops;
and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by
Malcham; And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that
have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him." (Zephaniah 1:2-6).
However, in the midst of it all God assures them that those who turn to
Him will be saved. "The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath
cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst
of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more. In that day it shall be said
to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will
rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over
thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn
assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden."
The book of Haggai is the 37th book of the Old Testament and contains 2
chapters, the author of the book is Haggai ann it was written to the
people of Israel, after the exile; particularly the Jews who had
returned to Jerusalem. The purpose of the book was to inspirew Israel to
have a new enthusiam for God and to make the leaders aware of their
responsibility to rebuild the Temple. Please read Chapters 1-2 or Click
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The Israelites returned from Persia with Zerubbabel to begin rebuilding
the Temple with great enthusiam, but when their Samaritan enemies
greatly opposed them they became discouraged and stopped working on it.
While the Israelites continued to hope for better times, about fifteen
years passed and nothing more was accomplished for the Lord. Then God
moved upon the prophet Haggai to speak to them, "Then came the word of
the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to
dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore
thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and
bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are
not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he
that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus
saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and
bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I
will be glorified, saith the LORD." (Haggai 1:3-8).
As soon as the Israelites heard Haggai say, Then came the word of the
Lord", they renewed their interest in rebuilding the Temple. This time
they ignored the threats and did not stop until the Temple was complete,
which took about four years. (You can learn more about the rebuilding
of the Temple by reading the book of Ezra).
The book of Haggai illustrates that without the Word of God with us we
will always fall prey to the threats that keep us from putting Him
first. Reading God's Word daily and applying it to our lives gives us
encouragement and keeps us renewed. "Put them in mind to be subject to
principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every
good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle,
shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes
foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures,
living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after
that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not
by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy
he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy
Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;"
(Titus 3:1-6).
In today's reading Jesus Christ is revealed as the Lord, King of
Israel, (Zephaniah 3:15). Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Have a wonderful day and many blessings to you.
God Bless,
A Soldier of Christ
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of
Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this
life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier...Therefore I
endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation
which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him,
we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we
deny him, he also will deny us:� - II Timothy
A soldier gives up the only life he knows for his country,
a soldier lays down his life to save people he will never know, a soldier leaves
at a moments notice to go where he is called to be. While there are many, many
people blessed to be able to walk in the Kingdom of God through their faith in
Jesus Christ, only a select few will be soldiers of
Christ. A soldier for
Christ gives their lives, as a living sacrifice, for their country, the Kingdom
of God, going wherever God will take them to save people they will never know.
There will be lots of sacrifices and suffering, but all who endure will receive
far more than any medal of honor can behold, the crown of life.
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:
behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and
ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give
thee a crown of life. “ - Revelation 2:10.
The Levites were among
the tribes of Israel, unlike the other eleven tribes they did not receive the
blessings that the rest of the tribes got. While they were receiving their
inheritance according to the number of people in each tribe the Levites were
setting up the Tabernacle, God's dwelling place. I imagine some may have thought
that they deserved to get a part of the promised land too, but what the Levites
inherited was far greater than any piece of land, they got God, they got to
serve God, and because they served God in the ministry they received whatever
they needed.
“The sons of Levi;
Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. And the sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, and Hebron,
and Uzziel. And the children of Amram; Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. The sons
also of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar...And these are they whom
David set over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after that the ark
had rest. And they
ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with
singing, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem: and then
they waited on their office according to their order...Now these are their
dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts, of the sons of Aaron,
of the families of the Kohathites: for theirs was the lot. And they gave them
Hebron in the land of Judah, and the suburbs thereof round about
it.� - I Chronicles 6:1-3,31,32, 54,55.
gratitude for their spiritual leadership, the other tribes were given the
responsibility of sustaining the Levites who lived within their communities
through their tithes and offerings. Aaron, Eleazar, and Ithamar were devoted to
their calling as priests, but Aaron's two oldest sons Nadab and Abihu were
struck dead when they ignored Commandments of God and did not reach the promised
land because of it. This brings up a point that one may be serving God, but not
following God's rules. Even some Christians can take us in the wrong direction,
that is why it is important that we get around people who are like minded.
“If there
be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any
fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Fulfil ye my joy,
that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one
mind.� - Philippians
While God enlists
some just for the service of the ministry He also enlists actual soldiers to
serve in the military. All the wars throughout the years and even those today
are organized by God, the world is just too blinded to see that God's hand is in
all of this. The tribes of Issachar and Benjamin were listed specifically as
mighty men of valor.
“And the sons of
Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel,
Ishiah, five: all of them chief men. And with them, by their generations, after
the house of their fathers, were bands of soldiers for war, six and thirty
thousand men: for they had many wives and sons...The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and
Becher, and Jediael, three. And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel,
and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of
valour; and were reckoned by their genealogies twenty and two thousand and
thirty and four.� - I Chronicles
As soldiers of Christ we are to faithfully fulfill the duty
God enlists for us to do, whether a teacher, cook, janitor, salesman, mother, or
father, whatever job you are doing God has enlisted do it wholeheartedly for
Christ. “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he
was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest
be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant,
is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's
servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of
men.� - I Corinthians
Now, do not quit your job or be disrespectful to your boss,
rather do your job knowing that whatever you do you are representing Christ.
Everything we do needs to be done in a morally, godly way, you can work in the
world and keep yourself separated from them, you just need to stand by your
faith. Jesus said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and
mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life
also, he cannot be my disciple.“ - Luke 14:26. What
this means is that we need to keep the JOY in our lives, Jesus first, Others
second, Yourself last. Jesus must be first above everything else.
amazing thing about putting Jesus first is that everything else we do from that
foundation will prosper. “For other foundation can no man lay than that is
laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold,
silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made
manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire;
and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work
abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's
work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet
so as by fire.� - I
Corinthians 3:11-14. Even if we fail, Christ is with us and will never leave us.
Praise God!
Jesus Revealed: Today
Jesus is revealed through the cities of refuge given to the Levites as a place
where criminals would be safe while awaiting trial. Jesus is our refuge, He
saves all who believe in Him from hell. “But God commendeth
his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much
more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath
through him.� - Romans 5:8,9.
God Bless You, I am praying for you
King James Bible Study: Children Of The Living God
“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of
mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath
called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her
beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them,
Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the
living God.� - Romans 9:21-26.
There are just some people in the world who were born wicked and no
matter how much you try to find the good in them it will never happen.
Why? God is the Creator of both the righteous and wicked, now, God
Himself does not make a person wicked, but He does allow Satan to. It's
kind of scary to think that a wicked person is born just to bring havoc
on the righteous, but it's all done for one purpose and one purpose
only. To bring God's children to Him. While we are all capable of doing
some wicked things, God molds us little by little preparing us for His
Since God created the world, He has been guiding chosen faithful men and
women to lead blessed, prosperous lives. Of all the families of Israel,
none were so illustrious as the family of David mainly due to the fact
that from this family, as concerning the flesh, Christ would descend
from. Further account is given of Judah, the most numerous and famous of all the tribes.
“Now these were the sons of David, which were born unto him in Hebron; the
firstborn Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second Daniel, of
Abigail the Carmelitess: The third, Absalom the son of Maachah the
daughter of Talmai king of Geshur: the fourth, Adonijah the son of
Haggith: The fifth, Shephatiah of Abital: the sixth, Ithream by Eglah
his wife. These six were born unto him in Hebron; and there he reigned
seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years.� - I Chronicles 3:1-4.
If you have learned anything about David's life he was the father of
both righteous and wicked children, which all stemmed back to the to the
women he married. Believe it or not, women play a big part in the
influence of men, if a woman is wicked in her ways the child is more
likely to be wicked as well. It is very important as Christian's that we
marry a person who is not only a Christian, but a like minded
Christian. It will save a lot of heartache for everyone. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship
hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light
with darkness?..Wherefor e come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.� - II Corinthians 6:14,17,18.
The most remarkable person in this chapter is Jabez, we are not told much
about him, but what we are told is that he was more honorable than his
brothers and that his mother had him under difficult circumstances,
instead of letting the circumstances control his fate he let God.
“And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his
name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on
the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and
enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou
wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted
him that which he requested.� - I Chronicles 4:9,10.
Jabez put all his faith and trust in God, pretty much saying, “Not my
will, but thy will be done.� Without much wording here you can see that
if God granted Jabez's request that Jabez probably had a good
relationship with God, praying daily, following His commands. If we set ourselves to acknowledge God in all our ways we put ourselves
under His divine blessing and protection and will be prospered
accordingly. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day
and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth
forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. “ - Psalm 1:1-3.
According to law the first born son would be rightful heir to the
blessings passed down from their father, but due to circumstances
Reuben, the first born son of Israel (Jacob) forfeited his birthright
and the blessing was actually passed all the way down to his second to
last son, Joseph. While Judah became ruler of the tribes, Joseph or
rather his son Manasseh received the birthright.
“Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn;
but forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given
unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to
be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his
brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was
Joseph's:).. .And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God
destroyed before them. And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of
Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria,
and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the
half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and
Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.� - I Chronicles 5:1,2,25,26.
The tribe of Reuben preferred to live in the rich, fertile lands across the Jordan, outside the promised land. They chose what seemingly would
bring them success. However, with the river separating them from their
kindred, the Reubenites were among the first tribes to be conquered and
taken as slaves to Assyria. However, while the Reubenites did forfeit
their birthright to receive his fathers blessings God chose His
righteous from that tribe also to be a part of His family. This passage
brings to mind the parable that Jesus spoke to His disciples.
“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have
followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the
throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or
brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or
lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall
inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. “ - Matthew 19:28-30.
All who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ are a part of God's
family, many, many people will wait until they are on their death bed
before accepting Him, but as long as they, with the bottom of their
heart, repented and asked Jesus to save them they do not forfeit their
birthright into the Kingdom of God. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.� - Romans 5:8-10.
While we can not avoid the exposure to wicked people in our lives we
can be at peace knowing that God we are a sinner saved by grace and a
child of the living God. “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.� - Romans 8:36-39. Praise God!
Jesus Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through the genealogy of David, Jesus, who is the Son of God was also called the son of David. “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.� - Matthew 1:1.
God Bless You, I am praying for you
In God's Hand
Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou
make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my
Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My
sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither
shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me,
is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.� - John 10:24-30.
God preserves His people, His people are those who not only believe in
His Son, Jesus Christ, but ask Him to come into their lives. Now, there
are a lot of people who say they know who Jesus is, but anyone can say
that and not know Jesus. While we may not be able to tell by looking at a
person who are His, Jesus sure can. His sheep are those whom believe
not only in His death, burial, and resurrection, but also that He is the
Son of God and God Himself in the flesh.
After Jehu destroyed all the house of Ahab and the Baal worshipers in
the Northern Kingdom it seemed as though thing were looking up for
Israel. However, they forgot one thing, to kill Athaliah, who was the
daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. When she found out that her son was dead
she called for vengeance upon the house of Judah.
“And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she
arose and destroyed all the seed royal. But Jehosheba, the daughter of
king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole
him from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even
him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not
slain. And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And
Athaliah did reign over the land.� - II Kings 11:1-3.
It was important for a male of the house of Judah to keep the seed of
David alive as God promised David that His seed would come through the
lineage in which were David's. For six years Athaliah thought she had
everything under control, what she was oblivious to was her grandson
being prepared to be king.
“And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave
him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they
clapped their hands, and said, God save the king. And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came
to the people into the temple of the LORD. And when she looked, behold,
the king stood by a pillar, as the manner was, and the princes and the
trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and
blew with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason,
Treason. But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth without
the ranges: and him that followeth her kill with the sword. For the
priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the LORD...And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet: and they
slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's house. Seven years old
was Jehoash when he began to reign.� - II Kings 11:12-15,20, 21.
Although he was just a child he had a good guardian, a godly man,
willing to train him to be a godly man himself and what was better, he
had a good God to go to when he needed help. We should never disregard a
child, kids are wiser than you think and if brought up godly, it is
amazing what they can do. I teach seven year olds and they surprise me
with what they have paid attention to and learned just in a short amount
of time. I have actually had several parents that live in the world
stop allowing their kids to come to church because their kids were
telling them that what they were doing was sin. While kids need to
respect and honor their parents they can still be a good influence on
them, Jesus loved children and often used them as an example that we
should as adults follow.
“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as
little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same
is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such
little child in my name receiveth me...Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels
do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.�- Matthew 18:2-5,10.
Remembering that he owed his preservation and restoration to God and
the Temple, Joash ordered all the priests to collect the money of the
consecrated gifts, that was generally brought into the house of the
Lord, and use it for all the repairs that were needed in the Temple.
“And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the
money that cometh into any man's heart to bring into the house of the
LORD, Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance:
and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach
shall be found. But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of
king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.
Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now
therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.� - II Kings 12:4-7.
The word breach is defined as the act of breaking, or a state of being
broken, a gap, a space between the severed parts of a solid body parted
by violence. When we are born we are born breach, we are born with a
broken body, one that has been parted by violence (sin). A body contains three parts, flesh, soul, and spirit, when we are born, even though the body has life the spirit is dead, it does not have God's Spirit in it
(This is a result of sin passed down to us through Adam and Eve),
meaning the body is broken or breach. Now, when a person accepts Jesus
Christ as their Savior Jesus repairs that breach, He seals the gap
allowing the body and soul to become one with the Spirit of God, making
the body whole, now containing all three parts, flesh, soul, and Spirit. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth
not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.� - John 3:36.
Once Christ is in us we instantly become one of God's people and no
matter what we do we still are God's. No matter how many times Israel
turned their backs on God He was still there to answer their cries when
they truly repented. “And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed
them...And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them,
and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his
presence as yet.� - II Kings 13:4,23.
Even though we are God's people He will not watch His people live in
sin, He will cast Himself from their presence, but His ears never stop
listening for their cry. He never forgets the promise He made with you, “Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye
also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.� - I John 2:24,25. Praise God!
Jesus Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through Jehoiada, the priest who protected Joash. “Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.� - II Corinthians 4:9,10.
God Bless You, I am praying for you
Our Comforter
“If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he
shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it
seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth
with you, and shall be in you...He that hath my commandments, and
keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be
loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
him.� - John 14:15-17.
Regardless of our circumstances and how alone we feel God is always with His
people, He never leaves us nor forsakes us. I know it can seem at times
that God is no where to be found, but if Christ is in you, God is in you and all you have to do to find Him is look within yourself, He is your
Comforter, and no matter where life takes you He is right there with
After King Josiah died Jerusalem went right back to their wicked ways,
just as God warned them of the destruction that would take place at the
result of Manasseh's sins is now coming to pass. Nebuchadnezzar took
control of Israel making Jehoikim serve him.
“In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became
his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him. And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the
Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon,
and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the
LORD, which he spake by his servants the prophets. Surely at the
commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his
sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.� - II Kings 24:1-4.
One day Jesus will return and when He does, the fate of the world will be
far more severe than what Jerusalem's was. The entire world will have to face Christ for judgment and we will all be accountable for the things
we have done. “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall
give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. “ - Matthew 12:36,37.
While the Babylonians were taking control in Jerusalem all the Jews
were taken captive and were sent to Babylon, all that were left in
Jerusalem was a few remnants too poor to be of value to them. Along with
the people Nebuchadnezzar' s servants took all the possessions remaining
in the Temple.
“And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and
his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign. And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the LORD, and
the treasures of the king's house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of
gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said. And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the
princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives,
and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort
of the people of the land.� - II Kings 24:12-14.
Now, I do not know which people were more scared, the one's being taken to
Babylon or the one's left behind, but I imagine both parties were
actually praying to God for their lives during all of this. It's usually when placed in the scariest situations that we truly repent and seek
help from God. Of course, these are the times we learn that there really is a God, we really need Him, and how much He loves us. Why? It is
during sorrows that God reveals His power and lifts us up. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and
mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy
to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.� - James 4:8-10.
Nebuchadnezzar not only took the Jews captive he also took the last
king to reign Jerusalem, Zedekiah and all his family to Babylon. The
army of Babylon brought Zedekiah before the king of Babylon, gathered
all of his sons, and killed them right before his eyes, then they put
out Zedekiah's eyes and hauled him away like an animal.
“And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in
the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him. So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him. And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before
his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters
of brass, and carried him to Babylon.� - II Kings 25:5-7.
The temple, the palace, and all the other wealthy homes were burned and
completely destroyed. All of the glory in Jerusalem, the city of David,
the Temple, and everything David and Solomon built to please the Lord
was nothing, but ashes and broken down walls. The destruction of the
once glorious kingdom of Judah is a grim reminder that all the revivals
and reformation in the world will not bring lasting change in the nation, there must be repentance and renewal within the
heart of each individual, as well as a nation to see God repent. “Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD
your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath
pronounced against you.� - Jeremiah 26:13.
While God does place judgment upon our nations, He also provides
safety to those who have put their faith and trust in His Son. We have
to face it, things are going to get worse, a lot worse, but we do not
have to face the affliction alone, Our Comforter is right there with us
and there is nothing the enemy can do to remove God from His children.
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul:
but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not
fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head
are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many
sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I
confess also before my Father which is in heaven.� - Matthew 10:28-32.
Jesus Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through God's judgment upon Jerusalem. Christ will return to judge all nations. “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father
which hath sent me.“ - John 5:30.
God Bless You, I am praying for you
Moment In The Word
TODAY'S VERSE The LORD is compassionate
and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor
will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or
repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the
earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from
the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has
compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
Psalm 103:8-13 (NIV)
TODAY'S THOUGHT If I had to pick one word
to describe Christianity, it would be "forgiveness. " There is something about
God's love and forgiveness that is unique to Christianity. Jesus made it
possible to really experience it. Read the verses again and then ask yourself,
"Do I really believe that these verses apply to me?" This personalization is
where change comes from. What you read in the Bible won't change your life if
you choose not to believe it. God says, "As high as the heavens are, so great is
my love for you." If you know Jesus as your Savior, then really know that your
sins, yes all of them, are forever forgiven and forgotten.
TODAY'S PRAYER Thank You, Jesus, for
dying on the cross so that ALL my sins can be forgiven. Take my heart and draw
me to Yourself even now. Surround me in Your love and forgiveness while I wait
on You. Help me to really know and appreciate Your love and forgiveness, in all
of its fullness, throughout this day. In Jesus' name. AMEN
TODAY'S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION -With God's grace, I can forgive Ask God to bring to your mind,
someone you need to forgive. Sense the struggle you are having in your heart.
Feel the pain you are feeling and bring it to God. Let Him know your hurt.
Express to Him your feelings. When you are ready, start to meditate on His love
for you. His forgiveness of your sins. Sense a gratitude deep in your heart. See
yourself extending the same grace to the person who has wronged you. Feel
yourself forgiving them and feeling the freedom that it brings to you. Today,
forgive the other person, the way you have been forgiven.

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From A Creation To A Child
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his
Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,
crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son;
and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.- Galatians 4:3-7.
It is amazing to see all of God's creations, all one really has to do
is stop and look at what is around them to see what a great and mighty
God we have. While we are a creation of God we are not all children of
God, creation is the formation of something made from nothing, children
are descendents, offspring of the father. The only way a person can go
from being a creation of God to a child of God is through Jesus Christ.
The book of I Chronicles is the thirteenth book of the Old Testament/Bible
and contains twenty-nine chapters. The author of the book is Ezra, the
prophet. The purpose of the book was to record the religious history of
Judah. Except for the genealogies, the time line for these events took
place approximately 1056 BC to 1015 BC. What we are to learn from the
book is that God blesses those who exalt Him. The Chronicles focus on
Judah and Temple Worship and the prophetic promises of the Messiah
centered on them. And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.- I Chronicles 17:11
I Chronicles opens with the longest genealogical record in the Bible
and covers about 4000 years before Christ, it lists the genealogy from
Adam to the Israelites captivity into Babylon. It may first appear to be
an unimportant list of names, but every name was important as it not
only shows how the Israelites came about, it also explains the division
of tribes all the way back to Noah, including the Canaanites and
Philistines. This ancient genealogy reveals the exact plan of our
Creator in selecting the people whom He had chosen to be His heirs.
Adam, Sheth, Enosh,.. Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The sons of Japheth;
Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and
Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashchenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. The sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. - I Chronicles 1:1,4-8.
We are all descendents of Noah, Jews are descendents of Shem, Gentiles
are descendents of Japheth, and the Egyptians, Babylonians, Africans,
etc. are descendents of Ham. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.. . And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his
brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the
tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. - Genesis 9:19,25-27.
The second chapter is devoted to the descendants of Judah, this is
because the promised Messiah would descend from this tribe. First, we
learn of all twelve tribes that would descend from Jacob also known as
Israel, which is how God's people came to be know as the Israelite's.
These are the sons of Israel; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, and
Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, and Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. The sons
of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born unto him of
the daughter of Shua the Canaanitess. And Er, the firstborn of Judah,
was evil in the sight of the LORD; and he slew him. And Tamar his
daughter in law bare him Pharez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were
five. - I Chronicles 2:1-4.
Jesus Christ is known to many as the seed of David, this does not mean
that Jesus was actually an heir to David, it means that Jesus would
descend from this tribe through the seed of David. David himself
acknowledged that the Messiah was not his own seed, but God's. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the
midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy
power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou
hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent,
Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. - Psalm 110:1-4.
This was confirmed when the Pharisees tried to say that Jesus was the son of David. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I
make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any
man from that day forth ask him any more questions. - Matthew 22:41-46.
Today, you no longer have to be of a special tribe to be a part of the family
of God. Those who believe in and accept Jesus Christ into their hearts
become part of the genealogy of Christ. "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a
peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath
called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." -I Peter 2:9-10.
God decides who would be one of His children, through their faith in
His Son, Jesus Christ is personally involved in every Christian's life,
desiring to guide us through every detail, but He gave everyone a free
will either to follow Him or the deception of the world. God has a
purpose for every one of us, but much too often we actually hinder God
from doing the work that He has prepared for us. However, no matter how
long it takes He gets us to see that we are His and we have a job to do
for Him. How does He do it? He sends His Shepherd to find His lost
sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one
shepherd. - John 10:14-16.
Jesus finds all His lost sheep and the second they ask Him to save
them they go from merely a creation of God to a child of God and become a
part of the Kingdom of God. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into
your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. - Galatians 4:6,7. Prasie God!
Jesus Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through the first Adam, who is also the last Adam. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. I Corinthians 15:45.
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The Unknown God
Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I
perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed
by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription,
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I
unto you... Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not
to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men
every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he
will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised
him from the dead. - Acts 17:22,23,29- 31.
Ever wonder why there are so many religions out there? They are ignorantly
worshiping the unknown god. Every person on earth lives by some kind of
hope and faith, they will go wherever that hope and faith takes them.
Sadly, there are plenty of wicked people out there ready to reel them in with lots of promises. The truth is, there is only One God, One Way,
and One Life, and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ, but the
majority of people will follow the unknown god simply because they have
no idea who the Almighty Living God is.
God gave the Israelites one command to follow, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3. However, for the majority of Israel God was unknown to
them, leaving them to follow whatever god they felt comfortable with.
Judah had been the only kingdom still worshiping God publicly, now,
there is a new king and all of that was about to change.
Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD
his God, like David his father. But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to
pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen,
whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel. And he
sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and
under every green tree. - II Kings 16:2-4.
People are often referred to as sheep, sheep are unaware of what is up ahead
of them, they wander easily and walk into all kinds of danger, that is
why they need a shepherd leading them. Now, imagine that shepherd being a wolf, leading the sheep right into a fiery pit? False religious leaders lead millions, and I mean millions, of people in hell because they have rejected God and made up their own. Ignorance does not keep a person
from ending up in hell, every person that does not know God, receives
the same fate as the false leader and Satan himself.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and
brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be
tormented day and night for ever and ever... And death and hell were
cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. - Revelation 20:10,14,15.
Now, with both nations making false gods the god of their choice God has had enough, He begins with the Northern Kingdom. The Samaritans came in,
took control of Israel and took most of the Israelites captive and
brought them to Assyria.
Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried
Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the
river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. For so it was, that the
children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had
brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made...Therefore the LORD
was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. - II Kings 17:5-8,18.
As I said yesterday, God will not watch His people living in sin, if it
continues with no thought of repentance He will cast them away from His
presence. Just as Paul told the Greeks that it is not God's will to cast away all men, but to see them come to repentance, we are to heed the
same message. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. - II Peter 3:9.
Now, with Israel in Assyria, one might think that God was not with them, but God was sure to show not only the Israelites, but the Samaritans as
well that this was all His plan. The Samaritans quickly learned that
Israel's God was among them.
And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared
not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some
of them. Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The
nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria,
know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the
manner of the God of the land. Then the king of Assyria commanded,
saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence;
and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of
the God of the land. - II Kings 17:25-27.
Recognizing in these attacks a judgment from the God of the land, whom they had not worshiped, they petitioned the Assyrian court to send them some Jewish
priests who might instruct them in the right way of serving Him. The
amazing thing about God is that while He turns His back on sin He does
not completely cast them out and on top of that He gets others to come
to know Him in the process. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. - James 5:19,20.
Every living person has a chance to know the truth and follow the One
and Only True God, it's up to them, but it's a choice that is vital.
There is only one way to know God and that is through Jesus Christ, His
Son. No matter how many false religions or gods are made up through the
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ravening wolves...Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of
my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy
name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity. - Matthew 8:15,21-23There is only One God, One Way, One Life and that is by believing in and accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. - John 14:6.
Jesus Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through the original brass altar made by Solomon (6:14). The Brasen Altar is a
type of the cross on which Christ, our whole Burnt Offering, offered
Himself to God as a sin sacrifice for all mankind. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first
for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when
he offered up himself.- Hebrews 7:26,27.
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Bible Study: Strength Through Suffering

Strength Through Suffering

Today we are reading about Paul's spiritual authority, a warning
against false teachers; Paul's suffering; the thorn in his flesh; and
his plans to visit Corinth. Today's message focuses on the importance of
seeking God through suffering. Jesus is the strength that we need to
endure all of our suffering.

Often when we are suffering we are inclined to think that no one can
understand what we are going through. One may be facing the death of a
loved one, sickness, addiction, terminal cancer or disease, divorce,
unemployment, or eviction. During intense suffering such as these we
tend to feel a sense of loneliness that fills our plagues our thoughts.
For some it means the loss of one with whom to share life's joys and
even share the discoveries we have as we read our Bible.

Paul often faced much suffering from hostile enemies of Christ and
occasionally from believers as well. He mentiones some of those
sufferings, "Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered
shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings
often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own
countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils
in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst,
in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are
without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches."
(II Corinthians 11:24-28). After his conversion, Paul lived with only
one purpose, to preach the Gopel to the lost.

We too have the high calling to reach the lost with the Gospel, to
reach out in love to all people with the Good News of eternal life.
Surely everyone should have the opportunity of hearing, at least once,
that at death they are destined to either eternal death in the lake of
fire or eternal life in heaven. Someone may be very likable and a good
citizen, but the dividing line between the saved and the lost is
dependent on one fact. Have they repented of their sins and received
Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives.

Paul prayed three times to remove the thorn from his flesh, "And lest I
should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the
revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger
of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this
thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he
said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (12:7-9). The
thorn represented his suffering and although God didn't answer his
prayer as he expected He did tell him that His grace is enough, through
our weaknesses we become stronger and Christ gives us the strength to
endure all suffering. God answers all prayers according to our needs and
we are to glory God through all of our suffering. Jesus is with us and
although we do not understand it at the time we must realize that God is
in control. It is up to us to make a decision whether or not to be held
capitive to our suffering or to release it over to God and let Him
comfort and set us free.

One thing I would like to point out is that we do not always suffer due
to sin, often we suffer in order to grow a stronger relationship with
God. Take Job for instance, this was a godly man who lost everything he
had, children, health, and fortune. The devil thought that Job would
cave and curse God if he lost all that he had. Instead he praised God
and as he did he became stronger and overcame all his suffering which
resulted in him being blessed even more than before. God never puts
anything before us that we can not handle and all we have to remember is
that Jesus is suffering with us and will give us the strength to
overcome every bit of it.

Today's Prayer:

Dear Jesus,

You reign over all the earth and You also reign in my heart! What an
awesome blessing this truth brings to me today. As I consider that it is
not by my might, nor by my power, but by the Spirit of the Lord that my
personal mountains are removed. Jesus, I know that many of the
mountains I face are not just blown away by a simple prayer of faith,
but these mountains are often the very essence of how You work through
my life to reveal Your faithfulness and Your power in the midst of my
struggles. You develop godly character as I am challenged to remain
steadfast and faithful in my Christian walk. You make my feet like
hind’s feet and You make me to walk upon high places. Help me to keep my
gaze continually upward during the climb so that I see You reigning on
Your throne as I bring You glory and honor! In your mighty name, Jesus I

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Post  Admin on Mon 02 May 2011, 8:44 am

Saturday's Dose -
30th April 2011


"Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the
vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom."
- Song of Solomon 2:15

In their book, Living a Power-Filled Life, Bill Tucker
with Pat Maxwell talk about a four-hundred- year-old tree that crashed to the
forest floor Over the centuries it had been struck by lightning fourteen times,
braved great windstorms, and even defied an earthquake. In the end, however, it
was killed by little beetles. Boring under the bark, they chewed away its mighty
fibers until
giant of the forest lay broken on the ground.

How true it is, it's the little
things in life, which at the time seem harmless, but when you put them all
together, they can cause great devastation. As another has said, "Many a marital
grave has been dug by a lot of little digs." And as the ditty puts

It's the little things that bother us
and put us on the
you can
sit upon a mountain
but you can't sit on a tack!

But the biggest danger of all is
found in our so-called "little sins." Eventually they will catch up with us and
inch by silent inch will drive us farther and farther away from God. And as
Edmund Burke said, "By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a

Sins—large or small—are a spiritual cancer and unless we
get the cancer, the cancer will get us. As God's word says, "Be sure your sin
will find you out." - Numbers 32:23. The good news is that God also says, "If we
confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and
purify us from all unrighteousness. " - 1 John 1:9.

Prayer: "Our Loving Father in
Heaven, your Word warns us about the dangers of sin. Please help me to see and
admit to my sins, confess them to you, and receive your forgiveness. And help me
to resolve and overcome any habitual sin I may have in my life. Gratefully, In
Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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The Lord My God
which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. - Matthew 22:36-38.
Ever wonder why the world is in such chaos today? It's because our
leaders have stopped loving the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, thy
soul, and thy mind. The key word is thy or my, Love the Lord my
God. Believe it or not, all it takes is for the leader of a nation to
stop loving the Lord my God and it will cause the entire nation to
suffer. They
said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil
of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you
and to your fathers for ever and ever: And go not after other gods to
serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the
works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. Yet ye have not
hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger
with the works of your hands to your own hurt. - Jeremiah 25:5-7.
Nations all over the world are provoking God to anger by allowing
strange gods to abide with them, strange gods made by their own hands.
Israel has suffered tremendously over the years and still does suffer to
this day. Their suffering can be traced all the way back to the time
they were split into the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. Both the
Northern and Southern Kingdoms broke their vow to love God with all
their heart, soul, and mind and not only did the kings suffer, but the
entire nation as well. First we learn about Jeroboam, who was king of
the Northern Kingdom, he led Israel to sin when he set up two idol
worship centers with golden calves. After several attempts to get him to
turn from his wicked ways God decided to get his attention through his
that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. And Jeroboam said to
his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not
known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there
is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this
people. And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of
honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of the child.
And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to
the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by
reason of his age...And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her
feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of
Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to thee
with heavy tidings...But hast done evil above all that were before
thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to
provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:..Arise thou
therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the
city, the child shall die. - I Kings 14:1-4,6,9,12.
All Jeroboam had to do was repent to God, instead he disguised his
wife as a peasant and sent her to Ahijah the prophet, in the Southern
Kingdom, seeking assurance that their son would live. However, when she
got there she would soon learn that the moment she stepped foot back
into her city her son would die. Jeroboam's sin did not just cause him
to suffer, but his son, and all of the Northern Kingdom. He was the
example to follow, the one that was to show the people to live a godly
life, instead he did the opposite and even introduced them to false
gods, causing them to sin as well. As Christian's we too are to set the
godly example, Let
no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in
word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. - I Timothy 4:12.
Now, in the Southern Kingdom, Rehoboam, Solomon's son also led the
nation to sin, first of all he followed in his fathers footsteps by
allowing strange gods to remain in the kingdom, but he even allowed
abdominal acts to take place, which Solomon never allowed, making him
and the nation to sin even more than his father.
Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to
jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their
fathers had done. For they also built them high places, and images, and
groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree. And there were
also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the
abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children
of Israel. - I Kings 14:22-24.
God allowed a continual war to take place between the North and South
and although He did afflict Judah he promised not to destroy them. God
remembered the covenant He made with David and promised to never leave
Judah in darkness for too long. Nevertheless
for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to
set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem: Because David did
that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from
any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in
the matter of Uriah the Hittite. - I Kings 15:4,5.
God promises to never leave nor forsake us, but do not think He will
give protection to those living in sin, He will not destroy them, but He
will turn His back to sin and allow whatever affliction brought on upon
the sin to take place, but He is forgiving, ready, and willing to help
all who repent. The
Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance. - II Peter 3:9.
Just as one leader can bring evil upon a nation a godly leader can
bring blessings upon a nation. Asa, would be the first godly king in the
Southern Kingdom since David. He not only got rid of the abominations,
but the idols as well.
Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his
father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all
the idols that his fathers had made. And also Maachah his mother, even
her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a
grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. - I Kings 15:11-13.
America is one of the youngest and smallest, countries around the
world, but it one of the most powerful ones as well. Do you know why?
Because it was built on the foundation of Christ. This once, One Nation
Under God became prosperous because true Christians came to this
country to worship God the way the Bible said, not what some false
religion made up. They made a commitment to follow God with all their
heart, soul, and mind and they prospered because of it. According
to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I
have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every
man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man
lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.- I Corinthians 3:10,11.
Just as Jerusalem fell, America is falling quickly. Why? Leader upon
leader doing evil in the sight of the Lord and their provoking Him to
anger. They corrupted the foundation of Christ, it is full of every
thing that is an abomination to God, strange gods, false religion,
idolatry, and sodomy (homosexuality) , to name a few. The afflictions we
are facing are the result of one leader that stopped loving the Lord my
God. Only we, who are true Christian's have the power to turn a nation
back to being one nation under God, regardless of what nation that is.
The key, Love the Lord my God with all my heart, all my soul, and all
my mind. Keep
yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus
Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a
difference: - Jude 1:21,22.
Jesus Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through Asa's ridding the land of idols and sodomites. Christ cleansed the Temple And
when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the
temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers'
money, and overthrew the tables; John 2:15.

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Pleasantness Like Oil - Tuesday's Dose - 26th April 2011
Pleasantness Like Oil
God pours the anointing of the Holy Spirit ’precious oil, on us, sanctifies us and makes us a royal priesthood.
beloved in Christ! Once I had been to a sugar factory to see how sugar
is being manufactured. Firstly, the sugarcane is crushed in a machine.
Then the sugarcane juice is then mixed with a blue colour chemical. When
these two are mixed, they become like water. Then it is frozen and thus
sugar is manufactured. Similarly, God pours His Spirit - a special oil,
on us to sanctify us.
beloved in Christ! When brethren dwell together, God pours the precious
oil upon them (Psalm 133:2). The precious oil was poured on the head of
Aaron, which ran down on his face, beard and on the edge of his
garments. Why was this oil poured upon Aaron? Aaron was the chief priest
chosen by God to intercede with Him for the sins of the Israelites.
Before he would enter into the presence of God, he had to sanctify
himself and put on the garments made particularly for him. Then he
should take the anointing oil, pour it on his head and anoint himself
(Exodus 29:4, 5, 7). That anointing oil was poured on him to consecrate
him to do the priestly duties.
beloved in Christ! Even today, like Aaron, God looks at us also as a
chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and His own special
people (1 Peter 2:9). He is our big Brother. Since He laid down His
life for us, we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (1
John 3:16). Nobody who is born in this world is holy. But when we dwell
together as brethren, God pours this precious oil on us, sanctifies us
and makes us a royal priesthood.
Loving Lord Jesus,
Please grant
me the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I confess that I can do nothing
without You. You are a shield around me. You bestow glory on me and lift
up my head. Help me to hide in the shadow of Your wings where I can
rest assured of Your divine protection and healing. On this day, be with
me and in Your grace and mercy prosper all my efforts.
In Your matchless name I pray.

King James Bible Study: Thorny Ground
There comes a time in everyone's life where they reflect upon their
lives, upon their discovery one of two things happens, they realize it's
time to change and do something about it or they realize it's time to
change and do nothing about it. Jesus describes those who accept Him as
seeds planted in different types of soil, the majority of people who
accept Christ are what Jesus refers to as planted in thorny ground.
Jesus said,
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word;
and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the
word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the
good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which
also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty,
some thirty. - Matthew 13:22,23.
Those who are fruitful realize they need God and as they start living
their lives through Christ they begin to prosper. Those who are
unfruitful also realize they need God, but usually end up with a lot of
affliction in their lives because they never make an effort to let
Christ live through them.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask
or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory
in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.
- Ephesians 3:20,21.
If we as Christian's want to bare much fruit we
need to be consistent in our walk with Christ, that means doing
exceeding, abundantly above what the cares of this world have to offer.
After the death of king Solomon, his son Rehoboam inherited the
kingdom, power, and a treasury full of wealth from his father. However,
just as God promised, this would be the start of a divided kingdom,
Solomon ran a very tight government so when Rehoboam took over the
reigns the people came before him, begging him to make their burdens
lighter. Rehoboam did not now how to handle this so he sought advice
from the people.
they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of
Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, Thy father made our yoke
grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father,
and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve
thee...And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him,
saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee,
saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto
us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker
than my father's loins...Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the
people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his
saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the
son of Nebat. - I Kings 12:3,4,10,15.
Rehoboam foolishly took the advice of his friends, the people rejected
him as king and all, but one tribe, Judah stayed in Jerusalem, the rest
followed Jeroboam to the north and they made him king. So
Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. And it came
to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they
sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all
Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe
of Judah only. And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all
the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and
fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the
house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of
Solomon. - I Kings 12:19-21.
God put a stop to the fight, stating that brothers should not be
fighting against brothers, even today the tribes are divided and only a
few Jews follow Jesus Christ, yet we are still encouraged to stop the
fighting as we are also brothers with the Jews. Tribulation
and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first,
and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that
worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is
no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law
shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law
shall be judged by the law;- Romans 2:9-12.
Jeroboam thought he had everything under control, ever since he fled
Israel to escape death from Solomon he waited for the day he could get
even with the house of David. Now, he is king of the Northern Kingdom,
but there was one problem, how were the people to worship God when the
only place they were allowed to worship Him was at the Temple in
Jerusalem. Fearing that he would lose control of the Northern Kingdom,
he foolishly had two altars built within the kingdom.
this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at
Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their
lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go
again to Rehoboam king of Judah. Whereupon the king took counsel, and
made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to
go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out
of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put
he in Dan. - I Kings 12:27-29.
It did not take long before the people of the Northern Kingdom began
building their own altars and making up feasts and observances of their
own. Of course, God was not pleased by this so He sent a young prophet
from Judah to confront Jeroboam. Little did this young prophet know that
that trip would cause him to make one wrong decision that would end his
life. After this young man rejected all the bribes of the king and went
on his way as God commanded he ran into an old prophet, who influenced
him to go against what God told him.
the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh
thyself, and I will give thee a reward. And the man of God said unto the
king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with
thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place: For so was
it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink
water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest...He said unto
him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the
word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house,
that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him. - I Kings 13:7-9,18.
The greatest danger to the Church is not the outside world, but
wicked, fundamentally sound believers who, like the old prophet, lie to
get people out of the will of God. We need to be on constant guard of
those who are quick to offer help or give advice that goes against the
will of God. We must be aware of the influence of those who should know
the right answers, but whose daily conduct and conversation reveals a
life that is rather questionable. Jesus said, Enter
ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which
come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. - Matthew 7:13-15.
The wolves are the false religions that claim to know Christ, even
know some Scripture, but they unknowingly work for Satan, who has every
intention of taking many lost souls with him. Lost souls that have spent
their entire lives trusting in what they were taught and like the young
prophet lose their lives because they listened to the prophet instead
of God. The only way we can know the truth is to be planted in the only
soil that can keep us from getting stuck in the thorns, Jesus Christ is
that soil. For
if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall
be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old
man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed
from sin. - Romans 6:5-7.
Jesus Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through Through Shemaiah who spoke for the Lord (12:22). Jesus spoke only what the Father told Him, For
I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a
commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. - John 12:49.
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A Dead Christian
No matter how strong the wood, steel, or glass, if a house is not
built upon a good, solid foundation that house will be destroyed. The
Bible says, According
to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I
have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every
man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man
lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon
this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's
work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built
thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you?- I Corinthians 3:10-16. The Spirit of God, also known as the Holy
Spirit dwells in every person who calls on and accepts Jesus Christ into
their lives. Therefore, whatever we do it needs to be laid upon the
foundation of Christ if we want to be or remain successful.
At one time the Spirit of God did not dwell in people He dwelt above
an Ark, which was a wooden box that contained the two stone tablets
written with the Word of God. Although David was able to retrieve the
Ark after the Philistines took it, he never had a permanent home for it,
but before he died he gave Solomon the command to build a house for
God. Four years into his reign Solomon began making arrangements to
build the Temple of the Lord.
Solomon sent to Hiram, saying,..And, behold, I purpose to build an
house unto the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spake unto David my
father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he
shall build an house unto my name. Now therefore command thou that they
hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy
servants: and unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to
all that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us
any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians. And it came
to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced
greatly, and said, Blessed be the LORD this day, which hath given unto
David a wise son over this great people. And Hiram sent to Solomon,
saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for: and I
will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning
timber of fir. - I Kings 5:2,5-8.
Solomon enlisted the best people he could find to help build God's
house, when Solomon approached Hiram with the opportunity to help build
the Temple he jumped at it, in fact, he praised God for it. The Temple
was chiefly built by the riches and labor of Gentiles, which is an
illustration of their being called into the church of Christ. God will
enlist anyone willing to serve Him, regardless of their color, race, or
degree. Tribulation
and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first,
and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that
worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is
no respect of persons with God.- Romans 2:9-11.
480 years after the Israelites were freed from Egypt, King Solomon
began construction of the Temple, it was built out of the finest stones
and materials. Every stone added to the foundation was shaped and molded
to fit perfectly upon one another so there was no noise made in the
Temple while constructing it.
it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the
children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth
year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the
second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD...And the
house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it
was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any
tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building...And in the
eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the
house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all
the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it. - I Kings 6:1,7,38.
This silence was the design of God and illustrates the unnoticed
manner in which God carries on His purpose of grace within the
Christian. We are transformed into His glorious likeness, not by noisy
human efforts, but silently by the power of the Holy Spirit working in
us, as day by day God perfects His Temple within every believer.
It took seven years for the Temple to be complete, somewhere in between the beginning and end God spoke to Solomon. And
the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying, Concerning this house
which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and
execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then
will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:
And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my
people Israel.- I Kings 6:11-13.
This is the same promise God makes to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy
life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee,
nor forsake thee.- Joshua 1:5.
If you have Christ in you, God dwells in you and will
never leave you, but do not expect Him to be joyous about any sin in
your life. He loves you, He despises sin, while God will never forsake
those who put their faith and trust in His Son, He will chastise every
believer who does not keep His commandments.
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him
glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must
begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the
end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? - I Peter 4:16,17.
Solomon's Temple was not a large structure compared to some of today's
massive worship centers. Its beauty was not in the workmanship or the
excessive costliness of its materials. Although the building was
beautiful to behold, the real glory of the Temple was deep within. This
Temple was the only structure on earth ever to be the dwelling place of
the Almighty God. Many of today's churches may look impressive, but God
does not dwell in them, nor even comes close to dwelling in them. God
dwells in the people within the building, not in the building itself. And
what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that
believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God
with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I
will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they
shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
receive you.-II Corinthians 6:15-17.
Do you know how many churches claim to be of God yet are what can be
known as dead Christian's. A dead Christian is a person who knows all
about Jesus Christ, goes to church, serves in their church, tithes, does
all the things a Christian would do, but lacks one thing, Christ. Jesus
said, Not
every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done
many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew
you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
- Matthew 7:21-23. Unless a person personally calls on Jesus Christ
themselves they do not know Christ, they are a dead Christian. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. I John 5:12.
How do you call on Jesus? That
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved.- Romans 10:9.
You must pray and ask to be saved. All who call upon
Christ are saved. All who call upon Christ are planted in His foundation
and as long as we never forget that we will be successful in all that
we do.
Jesus Revealed:
Today Jesus is revealed through the Temple. The Temple was built upon
the illustration of Christ, whom would become the door to God. “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. - John 10:9.
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The Right Sacrifice

While God is a forgiving God, He would rather see us living
righteously than confessing our sins all the time. Now, since we have
this flesh we are never going to be sin free until we see Jesus, but
there is a difference between knowingly and unknowingly committing sin.
The Bible says, “Every
way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the
hearts. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than
- Proverbs 21:2,3. God does not want to constantly place affliction
upon us, but if it is the only way we learn to do things His way then
that is what He will do.

Solomon truly loved God, he gave sacrifices, prayed, spoke highly of
God, followed in his father's footsteps, and did all that David
instructed him to do before he died. However, he did what was right in
his own eyes, not God's so, that meant, even though he loved God he did
not always do exactly what God told him to do. His first mistake,
aligning Israel with Egypt.

Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's
daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an
end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall
of Jerusalem round about. Only the people sacrificed in high places,
because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those
days. And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his
father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. And the
king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high
place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In
Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said,
Ask what I shall give thee.� - I Kings 3:1-5

The great high place was the place were the tabernacle stood until
Solomon would build the temple in Jerusalem, which is where the animal
sacrifices were to be offered unless God would specify a special place
at a particular time. High places were used by those worshiping idols
and false gods, whom often gave human sacrifices to their god. For this
reason it was forbidden for any child of God to offer sacrifices to God
from high places. “God
forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn this day from
following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat
offerings, or for sacrifices, beside the altar of the LORD our God that
is before his tabernacle.� - Joshua 22:29.

After that huge sacrifice and seeing the pattern that Solomon was
doing right in his own eyes God decided to speak to Solomon in a dream
while he was in Gibeon. In this dream Solomon is praying to God and God
gives him a wonderful blessing.

Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said,
Ask what I shall give thee...Give therefore thy servant an understanding
heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for
who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased
the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him,
Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long
life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of
thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern
judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given
thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee
before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.� - I Kings 3:5,9-12.

Now, God did bless Solomon with wisdom, the amazing thing was that
they knew that God was the one who gave him that wisdom. This was
confirmed when two women went to Solomon to seek advice on who was the
actual mother of a living baby that both claimed was theirs.

came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood
before him. And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in
one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. And it
came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman
was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us
in the house, save we two in the house. And this woman's child died in
the night; because she overlaid it...Then said the king, The one saith,
This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other
saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living...And the
king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the
king...Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king,
for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her
the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be
neither mine nor thine, but divide it. Then the king answered and said,
Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother
thereof. And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged;
and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in
him, to do judgment. � - I Kings 3:16-19,23,24, 26-28.

Solomon knew that the real mother rather give her child as a living
sacrifice rather than kill him, therefore, he knew that the woman who
rather see him die was not his mother. God would never allow a person to
give themselves as a human sacrifice, we are to be a living sacrifice,
not a dead one. A persons life is too precious to Him and that is why He
came here Himself in the form of Jesus Christ and gave Himself as the
sacrifice that would keep all who believe in and accept Him from ending
up in hell. Those who choose not to accept Christ into their souls may
end up in hell, but they will not go there unloved, Christ still gave
His life for them as well. “But
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we
shall be saved from wrath through him.� - Romans 5:8,9. Yes, Christ is God in the flesh, “In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of
grace and truth.� - John 1:1,14.

wisdom and understanding which God had given Solomon surpassed all that
was known in the world, people from the ends of the earth came to hear
the wisdom of his lips. Later on in his life Solomon, often doing what
was right in his own eyes, learned a valuable lesson. The Book of
Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon when he realized all the sacrifices,
prayers, material things, and riches of the world are vanity and
worthless when done in one's own eyes. “For
God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge,
and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up,
that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and
vexation of spirit.� - Ecclesiastes 2:26.

As Christian's the right sacrifice is becoming a living sacrifice,
that means, to give ourselves to God wholeheartedly, not die for Him,
but live for Him through Jesus Christ. “I
beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service. And
be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.� - Romans 12:1,2.

Jesus Revealed:
Today Jesus is revealed through the wisdom which God gave Solomon. We
receive our wisdom through the Holy Spirit who lives inside all
believers. “Let
the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing
with grace in your hearts to the Lord.� - Colossians 3:16.

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Paid in Full

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will
forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness. " - 1 John 1:9

I have read how when the books of a certain Scottish
doctor were examined after his death, it was found that a number of accounts
were crossed through with a note: "Forgiven—too poor to pay." But the
physician's wife later decided that these accounts must be paid in full and she
proceeded to sue for money. When the case came to court, the judge asked but one
question. Is this your husband's handwriting? When she replied that it was, he
responded: "There is no court in the land that can obtain a debt once the word
forgiven has been written."

One of the problems common to many—if not most—of us is
that we find it very difficult to forgive someone whom we feel has hurt us

The good news is that when we confess our sins to God and
ask for his
forgiveness, he forgives us totally and absolutely. He
does this not because he ignores the just penalty for our sins, but because in
his everlasting love for us he gave his Son, Jesus, to pay that penalty for us
through his death on the cross. Because Jesus paid our penalty for us, God can
now write across our debt, "Forgiven—too poor to pay." And he wipes out our debt

If we have confessed our sins to God and asked for his
forgiveness, we need to accept his forgiveness by faith—regardless of how we
feel. However, if we still don't feel forgiven, we need to deal with the problem
of false guilt and/or shame. I have addressed this problem before but will do so
again in the next Daily Dose Devotions. In the meantime be sure to thank God
regularly for his forgiveness regardless. And because God forgives all of our
sins and wrongs, we need to forgive all who have wronged us. As we have said
before, "Failing to forgive is like drinking poison and waiting for the other
person to die."

Prayer: "Loving Heavenly Father, how can I ever thank you
enough for all you have done for me in giving your Son Jesus to pay the penalty
for all my sins. In confessing my sins to you, I thank you for your gift of
forgiveness and eternal life. Please help me to be as forgiving to others as you
have been and are to me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."


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Keep The Charge
The word charge is defined as a person committed to your care, a
special assignment given to a person, or a formal statement of a command
to do something. Part of being a Christian is keeping the charge that
God has placed before you, in other words, the special assignment or
command that He has given you to do. The Bible says, Them
that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee
before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou
observe these things without preferring one before another, doing
nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker
of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.- I Timothy 5:20-22.
There is always going to be someone trying to get
us to compromise our commitment to keep the charge, but we must not let
anyone, under any circumstances, persuade us to compromise ourselves by
going along with or being a part of another's sins.

The book of I Kings is the eleventh book of the Old Testament/Bible
and contains twenty-two chapters. The author of the book is Jeremiah and
it was written to the Israelites. The time line for these events took
place approximately 1015 BC to 897 BC. The purpose of the book was to
record God's dealings with His people from King Solomon's reign, through
the division of Israel, through the reigns of Ahab in the north and
Jehoshaphat in the south. What we are to learn from the book is that
compromise may seem the best thing to do, but it is always costly later.
the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou
hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee,
I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy
servant.- I Kings 11:11.

King David was growing old and his health was diminishing rapidly,
presuming that since he was the oldest son of David, Adonijah, the forth
living son of David and Absalom's brother, took it upon himself to make
himself king. Now, Adonijah as well as everyone in the kingdom, knew
that God had already appointed Solomon to be the next king, however,
with David being near death he thought it was the opportune time to take
the throne by force.
Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king:
and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before
him. And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why
hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother
bare him after Absalom. And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah,
and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. - I Kings 1:5-7.

Adonijah, persuaded the two most influential men in Israel to join him
and become traitors to David. Abiathar, the high priest, through whom
Adonijah would have religious approval by the people, and the powerful
Joab, commander-in- chief of David's army. The word exalted means to
praise, glorify, or honor, we need to be careful not to exalt ourselves,
we can feel good about doing a job well done, but it is a sin to think
of ourselves so high that we put ourselves upon a throne. God exalts us
Himself when we live our lives for Him, not when we live our lives for
ourselves. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:- I Peter 5:6.

Vision is good, but if we are doing anything that goes against God
that vision will perish. Adonijah knew that serious consequences would
arise if anyone found out about his plot, therefore he did everything
under lock and key. However, word got out about what he was about to do,
Nathan the prophet and Bathsheba went to David in hopes that he would
be able to do something before Adonijah takes the throne for himself.
Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said,
What wouldest thou? And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the
LORD thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son
shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. And now, behold,
Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:..And
Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after
me, and he shall sit upon my throne?..And the king sware, and said, As
the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress, Even as
I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon
thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my
stead; even so will I certainly do this day. - I Kings 1:16-18,24,29, 30.

It is important to have witnesses and someone to back up an
accusation, when both Bathsheba and Nathan came to David he knew that
Adonijah was trying to take the throne from Solomon. David assured
Nathan and Bathsheba that Solomon would be anointed king that day. After
Solomon was anointed king, David gave him some words to live by.
the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon
his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong
therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the LORD thy
God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments,
and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of
Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and
whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the LORD may continue his word
which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their
way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their
soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of
Israel. - I Kings 2:1-4.

David was telling Solomon to stand his ground and not allow himself to compromise his position. God
promised David that the Messiah should come from his descendants, and
that promise was absolute, but the promise, that there should not fail
of them a man on the throne of Israel, was conditional. If he walks
before God in sincerity, following His commands, God will always be with
him. This same condition still stands, while all who call upon Jesus
Christ to save them are promised eternal life in heaven, those who do
not follow His commands will deal with a lot of suffering here on earth.
then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves
likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath
ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. - I Peter 4:1,2.
While Adonijah
gathered all his men together for a feast to celebrate his
inauguration, Solomon was being anointed king. When all the conspirators
found out that Solomon was now king Adonijah and all the rest of them
ran, fearing for their lives. Adonijah and Joab got themselves killed,
while Abiathar was stripped from being a priest.
therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me on
the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he
promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day...So Solomon thrust
out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the
word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in
Shiloh...And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the
tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon
sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. - I Kings 2:24,27,29.

No matter how powerful or cunning a person thinks himself to be, God
is more powerful than anyone, none can overthrow God's will. Therefore,
follow the advice David gave to Solomon, keep the charge, and do not let
anyone stop you from fulfilling the commands God has given you. Not
only will you save yourself some grief you may even show them they error
of their ways.
think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as
though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as
ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be
revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. - I Peter 4:12,13.
Jesus Revealed:
Today Jesus is revealed through the oil used to anoint Solomon as king
(1:39). Oil, symbolic of the Holy Spirit, was poured out upon those
chosen for special service. How
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who
went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil;
for God was with him.- Acts 10:38.

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Jesus Said: Come Out of The Darkness

Come Out of The Darkness

"Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but
because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be
put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the
praise of God. Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth
not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that
sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on
me should not abide in darkness." (John 12:42-46)

Many people are living in darkness, even those who believe in Christ.
They are more focused on the world and others than on God. When we live
for the world rather than God we become depressed, lost, alone, and
empty inside. No matter how many people or things are in our lives we
are always searching and longing for something that will shed some light
on us and bring us out of that darkness.

Here Jesus is explaining to His disciples how important it is to
confess Him and live for God and not the world. He tells us that when we
live for the world we do not believe in God and cause ourselves to live
in darkness. When we live for the world we are more focused on our
needs than others, we do not repect others or ourselves, we trust no
one, we are not at peace, and we can not forgive those who have hurt us,
especially ourselves. No matter what we do we can not break free form
the mistakes we made in the past. We dig ourselves into a tunnel of
darkness and can not escape.

I can account for all of these things because I have been a witness to
them. As a child I grew up knowing who Jesus was, but never really
understood what that meant. Then as a teenager I began working for a
youth pastor and learned how important it was to know Him. Of course I
faced opposition especially from my family and instead of putting my
focus on God I hid from Him. I quickly fell for the temptations that the
world offered. It became like a drug to me, I would desire people and
things to make me feel good about myself and forget my problems. Once I
got what I wanted I was on high for a little while then quickly dug
myself further into that tunnel, leaving myself dark and depressed. I
was always searching for something stronger and better to make me feel
that good again, often doing the unimaginable to get what I wanted. All I
was doing was digging myself deeper into darkness.

Then when I was at my weakest moment God spoke to me and dragged me up
out of that tunnel and for the first time in years I saw the light. I
began living for God and not the world and even though I still had
problems I kept my focus on Him and crawled out of the tunnel. Oh, sure I
still have bad days, satan will stop at nothing to get me back to where
I was, but I am stronger knowing that the Lord is with me and people
see Him through me and my words as well.

Jesus brought me up into the light and He can do the same for you. He
is telling you to trust Him, and believe in Him. Are you ready to come
up out of the darkness?

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Rotten Fruit

As Christian's we all long to see the good in others, but the truth is
there are some people in this world who are just plain wicked and will
remain that way until the day they die. Jesus said, “Beware
of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men
gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?Even so every good tree
bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree
bring forth good fruit.
- Matthew 7:15-18. Oh, they are very good at convincing people that
they are righteous and even a Christian themselves, but all they are
doing is using God's name to deceive His elect.

How can you tell if you are being deceived? The Bible says, Now
I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they
that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and
by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For
your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your
behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and
simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under
your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
- Romans 16:17-20. Wicked people will often contradict God's Word, tell
the people what they want to hear instead of the truth, and will often
promise things that absolutely can not be achieved. While God will allow
them to get away with things for a little while, He will avenge His

Absalom was David's oldest living son and if he had done everything
right he probably would have rightfully been the next king by heir, but
he was not willing to receive the crown by learning and growing as David
did, he wanted it now and he was even willing to even kill his father
to obtain it. For a while it looked as though Absalom had everything
going his way, he even won the favor of David's two trusted advisers,
Ahithophel and Hushai. However, all that was about to change when
Absalom asked for advice from Ahithophel, who was just as wicked as
Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand
men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night: And I will come
upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid:
and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the
king only: And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom
thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.
And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.� - II Samuel 17:1-4.

Notice that Ahithophel's plan, if followed through, would mean that he
would get the recognition of slaying the king? Absalom was pleased and
the elders too? These elders were the head of each tribe, chosen to make
the decisions for their tribes. Did you ever wonder why wicked people
seem to flock together and have control over everything? While we can
not do anything about that there is something we can do. “Rest
in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of
him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked
devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself
in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that
wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.� - Psalm 37:7-9.

After Absalom thought about what Ahithophel suggested, he probably did
realize that, Ahithophel would have been given all the recognition for
it so he decided to get a second opinion. Absalom went to another one of
David's trusted advisers, Hushai, for counsel.
Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not
good at this time. For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his
men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a
bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war,
and will not lodge with the people. Behold, he is hid now in some pit,
or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be
overthrown at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a
slaughter among the people that follow Absalom...And Absalom and all the
men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than
the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good
counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil
upon Absalom.� - II Samuel 17:7-9,14.

While Absalom was feeding his ego over the fact that he had gotten his
father's two top advisers, little did he know that David sent Hushai to
join him. Hushai suggested that all the forces of Israel be gathered
and that Absalom, the commander-in- chief himself, be at the head of his
great army. Doing it this way, gave him a sense that he would gain the
prestige of being the conqueror and the rightful king of all Israel
while it gave David and his army time to prepare for the battle. God
never intended for David to be killed or dethoned over his sin, He just
wanted to chasten him, but now the punishment was over and it was time
bring it all to pass. God never lets us suffer too long. “Now
no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness
unto them which are exercised thereby - Hebrews 12:11.

Like Absalom and Ahithophel, the wiced are often successful for a
time and it may even appear that all heir plans have been fulfilled and
they are prospering. However, there comes a time when God says, “The
fun is over, you have deceived my people enough, I served my purpose
with you and now justice will be served.� Which is what He had done with
Ahithophel and Absalom. Ahithophel, upon finding out that Absalom did
not follow through with his plan, killed himself. And
when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his
ass, and arose, and gat him home to house, to his city, and put his
household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the
sepulchre of his father. - II Samuel 17:23.
During the battle, Absalom was killed. “And
Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and
the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught
hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth;
and the mule that was under him went away...Then said Joab, I may not
tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust
them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst
of the oak. And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about
and smote Absalom, and slew him - II Samuel 18:9,14,15.
We have all been deceived by a friend, family member, and even our own
flesh and blood from time to time. They do not care who they have to
deceive, destroy, or even kill, they will do everything in their power
to get what they want, even if it takes years to get them there. You
would think that with so much energy being put into deceiving people
that they could have put it to better use and really done something good
with their lives? Yet, wickedness does not go unpunished, a person
truly reaps what they sow. When Jesus was hanging on the cross, being
crucified, watching the people mock Him and gamble for a piece of His
clothing He said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.� - Luke 23:34.

Satan thought he defeated God, but Jesus came back and one day He will
return and Satan and all evil will be gone for good. We, who have
trusted in Jesus Christ as our Savior will live to see a life with no
more sorrow, pain, or suffering. “And
I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of
God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his
people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more
death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away.� - Revelation 21:3,4. Praise God!

Jesus Revealed: Today Jesus is revealed through Mahanaim, the city of refuge where David went, (17:27). Jesus Christ is our refuge. “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.� - Psalm 91:2.

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Reconciled With God

The word fornication is defined as the incontinence (uncontrolled
indulgence) or lewdness of unmarried persons, male or female, adultery,
idolatry. While sin is sin and the punishment for all sin comes with the
same consequence, the most detestable to God are the ones committed by
the flesh. Why? The Bible says, Know
ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take
the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God
forbid...Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the
body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which
is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are
bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your
spirit, which are God's.- I Corinthians 6:15,18-20.
Fornication not only brings the persons
committing it to shame, it shames everyone else around them as well,
above all, their relationship with God.

According to the Law, If
a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they
shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the
woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel...But if a man find a
betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her:
then the man only that lay with her shall die.- Deuteronomy 22:22,25.
By law, David and Bathsheba's sin would have
been proper cause for their death, but instead God allowed them to
remain alive. After
his repentance, pardon, and the birth of Solomon it seemed that all was
well with David. However, just as Nathan the prophet warned David that
his secret sin would bring public humiliation, the death of the
illegitimate child was only the beginning.
it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair
sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved
her...Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother
Amnon's house, and dress him meat...And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the
meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the
cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon
her brother. And
when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and
said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister. And she answered him, Nay,
my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in
Israel: do not thou this folly. - II Samuel 13:1,7,10-12.
God's professing people, who are better taught and instructed not to
give into such impure practices, which would bring dishonor upon them,
and upon God, Tamar urges Amnon not to force himself upon her. Fleshly
lusts are their own punishment and not only war against the soul, but
against the body also, and are the rottenness of the bones. “A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. A
virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed
is as rottenness in his bones. The thoughts of the righteous are right:
but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.- Proverbs 12:3-5.
we learn that Amnon did force himself upon his sister and the result of
that was his death, however, he wasn't killed by breaking the law, but
by his brother. Now the threatened sword is drawn in David's house, just
like Nathan said, which will not depart from it. Absalom killed Amnon
out of revenge for his sister, more public humiliation as a result of
David's secret sin.
Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with
thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not
this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house. But
when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth. And
Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom
hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar...Now Absalom had
commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry
with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear
not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant. -
II Samuel13:20-22,28.
had the opportunity to prevent these tragic events from happening had
he settled the matter as a king, or even better as a father, but we do
not learn of any correction nor punishment inflicted upon him. With the
help of Joab, David realized it was time to make things right with
Absalom. And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again...So
Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for
Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the
ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom. - II Samuel 14:21,33.

A parent can experience no greater suffering than to see their similar
sins repeated by their own children. We should all be deeply grateful
for the mercies of God, for all of these laws would still be in effect
had not Jesus Christ died for the sins of all mankind.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For
the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from
the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was
weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of
sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the
righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit. - Romans 8:1-4.
sad thing through all this is that there is not one mention of David or
any of his children seeking help from God. You know, once forgiven,
always forgiven, we cannot undo past sins, failures, and wasted time,
but Christians are assured that we can be forgiven of our sins. My
little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if
any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours
only, but also for the sins of the whole world...I write unto you,
little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. I
write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the
beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the
wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the
Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him
that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because
ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome
the wicked one. - I John 2:1,2,12-14.

Now, although we may receive some chastisement for our sin, even after
receiving forgiveness, we must not stop our communication with God, it
is vital to the person and everyone else as well. When facing
chastisement it is best to just accept it, do the time, and keep serving
God, in doing so we not only show God that we respect His judgment, He
also shows respect toward us. Having
therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from
all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear
of God...For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly
sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of
yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement
desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have
approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.- II Corinthians 7:1,11.

Jesus Revealed:
Today Jesus is revealed through David's reconciliation with Absalom
(14:33). How much more will our loving Heavenly Father reconcile us to
Himself when we confess our sins. For
if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his
Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. - Romans 5:10.

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 Walking With God
word charity is defined as love, benevolence (love of mankind), good will, it is
any act of kindness, or benevolence, accompanied with a desire to promote their
happiness. The Bible says, Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth
not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all
things.I Corinthians 13:4-7.
No greater act of charity is that of God whom gave His
only begotten Son to save the sinner. But God commendeth
his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for
us.-Romans 5:8. Praise God!

David had everything going for him, he was one
of the most godliest men of all time, he was the apple of God's eye. He became
king, not only to all of Israel, but ruled over the United Kingdom as well. They
won battle after battle because of one thing, David walked with God daily.
However, everything was about to change when David made one decision that he
would regret for the rest of his life.
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at
the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants
with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged
Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an
eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the
king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman
was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman.
And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah
the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him,
and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned
unto her house.- II Samuel 11:1-4.

David's first mistake, we was not walking with God,
the second mistake was that he stayed home when he should have been on the
battle field. His third mistake was that he kept watching the woman bathe. We
are always going to face temptation, but what makes us fall right into the sin
is keeping our eyes on it. Had David been walking with God he would not have
even taken a second glance at the woman. No Christian is exempt from temptation,
but God will never suffer us to be tempted above anything we can not handle.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above
that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that
ye may be able to bear it. - I Corinthians 10:13.

That one day of ecstasy turned into a nightmare for
David, Bathsheba ended up getting pregnant. He tried everything he could to
cover up his sin, but the more he tried the worse things got. David arranged for
her husband to be placed in the middle of a heated battle and he was killed. A
little later he married Bathsheba, he thought the worst was over until he got a
visit from Nathan the prophet with a message from God.

Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the
LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the
sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword
of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine
house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the
Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil
against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine
eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the
sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before
all Israel, and before the sun. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned
against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy
sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great
occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born
unto thee shall surely die.II Samuel 12:9-14.

Although God did forgive David when he repented and
asked for forgiveness, (See Psalm 51), it did not stop the consequences of his
sin.If the believer, brought face to face, with their sins
sincerely confesses and repents of them they are reconciled with God. However,
God will not interfere with the consequences that follow, even after
repentance. Sin
does not go unnoticed, one may think that they have gotten away with something
or that God does not know, but God knows everything. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made
manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come
abroad.Luke 8:17.

The amazing thing about God is that He truly does forgive a
person, no matter how many times we sin and although we may suffer the
consequences of that sin God will still use the situation to his advantage. The
baby born of David and Bathsheba was very ill, David fasted and prayed, but the
baby died seven days later as a result of their sin. God used this situation to
bring David into deep repentance and remind him of who He was. David and
Bathsheba were blessed with Solomon, who would become one of the greatest and
well known kings of all time.

Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and
anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD,
and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set
bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is
this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was
alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said,
While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell
whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead,
wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he
shall not return to me. And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto
her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and
the LORD loved him. - II Samuel 12:20-24.

David knew that he would see his son again one day,
even though Jesus was born hundreds of years later and was born through the
lineage of David they still knew that He was coming. Just like we depend on
Jesus for our salvation, they did too. David in deep prayer over his sin said,
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy
holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me
with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners
shall be converted unto thee.Psalm 51:11-13.

All who call upon Jesus Christ are saved, converted, but
during trials and sinful living we can forget that we are saved. God will
restore the liveliness of the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer, we need
to, but walk with God. It is especially through our trials that God will lift us
up. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter
be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight
of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.James 4:9,10.

Today Jesus is revealed through Nathan, giving Solomon the name Jedidiah, which
means beloved of the Lord (12:24-25). When Jesus came up out of the water after
being baptized by John the Baptist God spoke through a cloud.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud
overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye
him.Matthew 17:5.

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Bible Study: God's Purpose

Today we will read and learn about the struggles of the righteous and
the wicked; that wisdom is better than strength; the wise versus the
foolish; and the remembering our creator. Today's message focuses on the
purpose God created us for.

"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in
the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the
sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will
bring thee into judgment." (Ecclesiastes 11:9). Solomon was famous for
his wisdom, but he could be misunderstood if he implied that he was
encouraging youth to let passion and pleasure go unchecked, but he
reminds us that God will judge all that we do.

Solomon spent his lifetime searching for pleasure from every worldly
source, but he used the word vanity over 30 times in the Book of
Ecclesiastes and concluded that ignoring the Word of God was the vanity
of vanities. Before finishing his message, Solomon restated the basis
for true wisdom, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear
God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For
God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing,
whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (12:13-14).

Since all of us were created for the purposes of God, all else in life
should be seen as opportunities to advance the Kingdom of God by
fulfilling those purposes. Satisfaction in life results from giving
one's time, talents, and resources to fulfill the will of God. This is
the only true source of happiness, peace of mind, and genuine enjoyment
in life. Once we place God at the center of all that we do everything
falls into place and we become prosperous in all that we do and even
during trials we find enjoyment.

In today's reading Jesus Christ is revealed through the statement: God
shall bring every work into judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Jesus will
judge all, "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all
judgment unto the Son:" (John 5:22).

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Patiently Waiting

Jesus said,
new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have
loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know
that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
- John 13:34,35.
As Christians we are to love all, we do not have to
agree with all, we do not have to fellowship with all, but we are to
love all people. We are all sinners and have gotten ourselves into some
messes from time to time so it is important to realize that we are no
different from anyone else, God is not a respecter of persons, therefore
we are not to be either.

The Book of II Samuel is the tenth book of the Bible/Old Testament and
contains twenty-four chapters. The author of the book is Samuel and it
was first written to the Israelites. The time line for these events took
place approximately 1056 BC to 1017 BC. The purpose of the book was to
record David's forty year reign as king and how God dealt with him and
all His people during that time. What we are to learn from the book is
that God carries out His plan through those who are obedient to Him
despite the occasional mishaps. We are to remain in the will of God
through all our walks of life, even if we fall, God is with us and will
pick us back up as long as we repent. In
my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did
hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. - II Samuel 22:7.

Saul had driven David far from his family, his wife, Michal, his
friends, and then into exile as a fugitive from the palace. If anyone
was to rejoice over the death of Saul, it was David, but he had a
completely different reaction when a stranger came up to him and told
him that Saul and Jonathan was dead.
came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the
camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so
it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did
obeisance... And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee,
tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and
many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his
son are dead also. And David said unto the young man that told him, How
knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? And
the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount
Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and
horsemen followed hard after him... He said unto me again, Stand, I pray
thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my
life is yet whole in me. So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I
was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the
crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and
have brought them hither unto my lord...And David called one of the
young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that
he died. II Samuel 1:2,4-6,9,10, 15.
Amalekites story was pure fiction, probably invented to gain favor
with David. Saul was shot with an arrow during a battle with the
Philistines, in much pain, he asked his armourbearer to kill him, but he
refused and Saul killed himself (See I Samuel 31). The Amalekite
probably witnessed the entire act and thought he would get an award for
saying he slew Saul since David was to be the next king. However, he
soon found out that whether David knew he was lying or not he still
faced the consequences of his own death by admitting he killed the king.
God decides the punishment and time when a person suffers, not us. When
we allow God to handle things under His hand, we save ourselves from a
lot of pain, suffering, and perhaps even premature death. “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. - Matthew 7:2.

Now that Saul is no longer the king, David had the right to assume the
role of king as all the people knew he was anointed by Samuel to be the
next to reign. However, instead of taking the throne right away he
asked God what he should do and He sent him to Hebron.
it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying,
Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto
him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto
Hebron....And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king
over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of
Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul...But Abner the son of Ner,
captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him
over to Mahanaim; And made him king over Gilead, and over the
Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and
over all Israel. Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began
to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah
followed David - II Samuel 2:1, 4,8-10.

I imagine David wondered why he was only king to the house of Judah
for two years, but God knew there would be some opposition since the law
stated that the kings eldest son would be the next to reign, that being
Saul's only surviving son, Ishbosheth, God knew they would reject him
as king. However, during those two years the Lord trained up His servant
for future honor and usefulness to fulfill His purpose. Everything is
in God's timing and we would all be wise to do as David did and seek His
advice before stepping into any position. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. - Hebrews 10:35,36.

The greatness of a man is measured by his patient surrender to the
will of God. It is not a question of who we are or of what your
abilities we have, but whether or not God's hand plays a part in our
lives. There are always going to be people who will try and put you
down, even fellow Christians. The world delights in discovering and
broadcasting the failures of Christians and uses them to excuse their
own sins in order to ridicule Christianity and dishonor our Lord.
However, as long as we are in the will of God and let Him direct our
paths we will always get through the difficulties and see the victory.
Of course, we will fall from time to time, but God is still with us and
will pick us back up as long as we come to Him and wait patiently for
Him to take care of things. Wherefore
seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset
us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that
was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set
down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1,2.

Jesus Revealed:
Today Jesus is revealed through David's sorrow over Saul's death. He
did not dwell upon all his years of suffering at the hand of Saul, but
dwelt only upon the pleasant things. Jesus Christ, who forgave His
enemies, crying from the cross, said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. - Luke 23:34.

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Becoming Complacent

The word complacent means to be content or satisfied in one's current
situation. As Christians we must be careful not to become too
complacent, to become so content with things that we forget that God is
still around. The Bible says, The
eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due
season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every
living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his
works.- Psalm 145:15-17.
You know, whatever we are going through whether it
is successes or difficulties it is only temporary, God wants to satisfy
all our desires as we wait upon and follow Him. The Bible also says, Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
- Proverbs 29:18.
If we take our eyes off God, even unintentionally,
the visions that we once hand will perish, leaving us with two problems,
we lose God's protection here on earth and we lose out on the many
blessings that God wants to give us.

Chosen by God Himself to be the first king of Israel Saul, was once
favored by God, because he was an honest, faithful, godly man. All that
changed once he became king and became complacent with what he had. The
more he got as king the less he relied on God, within a little over a
year Saul had went from being favored by God to despised, which is why
He had Samuel anoint David as the next king. Everything went down hill
from there, now, a battle has begun with the Philistines and without
David there to help, who was actually assisting the Philistines, Saul
was running scared. He even tried reaching God to no prevail, he got so
scared that he went to a medium to try and get her to summon Samuel's
when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman
spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. And
the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the
woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said
unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and
he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and
he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel
said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul
answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me,
and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by
prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest
make known unto me what I shall do... Because thou obeyedst not the
voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek,
therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day. Moreover the
LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the
Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD
also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
- I Samuel 28:12-15,18, 19.

Here is this woman, who probably made a living just chanting some
words, never really summoning anyone, but for the first time in her life
she saw real spirits. The
woman's surprise and terror proved that it was an unusual and
unexpected appearance. Gods, meaning a great personage, one of a
majestic form, angels, or a person that looked like one. Samuel told
Saul that he and his sons would die in the battle, but the one thing
Samuel said that proves God never leaves or forsakes His people, Thou
and thy sons will be with me.Even though Saul had walked away from God
never forgot that Saul was His. God never leaves nor forsakes any who
have put their faith and trust in His Son. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. -Romans 5:8,9.

Meanwhile, David is having his own problems, he was complacent to live
among the Philistines and won the kings favor. However, when the battle
between the Israelites and Philistines began the Philistines did not
want David and his troops fighting along side of them, fearing they
would turn on them. So, the king had not choice, but to tell David and
the six hundred men who served under him to leave.
the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of
the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow return, that he may go
again to his place which thou hast appointed him, and let him not go
down with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for
wherewith should he reconcile himself unto his master? should it not be
with the heads of these men? Is not this David, of whom they sang one
to another in dances, saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten
thousands? Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the
LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in
with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in
thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the
lords favour thee not. Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou
displease not the lords of the Philistines. - I Samuel 29:4-7.
Achish had so good an opinion of him, and had declared it in council,
yet an order had passed there that he should not go to battle with them.
God, in His loving-kindness, brings David out of his difficulty by
means of the jealousy of the lords of the Philistines. Later on we learn
that David helped the Philistines when the Amalekites invaded them,
David never left Ziklag without honor. Even when we walk away from God,
He will use any means to bring us back to Him, but He will never let us
walk away under unpleasant circumstances. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Obey
them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch
for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it
with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. - Hebrews 13:16,17.

Saul's worse fears came to pass, he along with sons, including
Jonathan, David's friend, as well as the armourbearer killed in the
battle. Andthe Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the
Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul's sons.
And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he
was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul unto his armourbearer,
Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these
uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his
armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a
sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was
dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So Saul died,
and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day
together. - I Samuel 31:2-6.

God does want us to be content with what we have at present, but He
does not want us to forget that He is still around and that He has much
more to give us. Those
things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen
in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. But I rejoiced in the
Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished
again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that
I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I
am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know
how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be
full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. - Philippians 4:9-12. The
better we know Him, the more we keep Him in the center of our lives,
the better we are able to enjoy that which is ever enlarging through
knowing Him.

Remember, even if one has walked away from God they are still a child
of God, they just need to get to a point in their lives where they
realize that. Let
your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such
things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor
forsake thee. - Hebrews 13:5.

Jesus Revealed:
Today Jesus is revealed through the Urim (28:6), which was used to
determine the will of God. Today Christ speaks to us through His Spirit
and when we read His Word. God,
who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the
fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his
Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the
worlds;- Hebrews 1:1,2.

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Job Evaluation

The word evaluation is defined as a estimation, a determination of merit
based on a set of standards. Of all the employers in the world the most
prosperous and rewarding is God, when He chooses you to work for Him, regardless
of the position, it is an honor, and one that we should strive to excel at. We
can expect an evaluation from God based on His standards. Now, we are all human
and are going to make some mistakes from times to time. God knows this, so, what
He is actually basing His evaluation on is our attitude and how we handle
things, especially when God points out our mistakes. The Bible says,
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the
house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that
obey not the gospel of God? -
I Peter 4:17.

Saul, had everything going for him, he was the first king
of Israel, prosperous, and was chosen by God Himself to reign over His people.
Saul loved God and truly thought that he was following God's will, yet quite
often he only followed His will partially. Whenever Samuel confronted him about
his actions he always made some kind of excuse as to why he had not followed
God's command directly. This time, however, his excuses had no
merit, God
declared a war on the Amalekites. Saul was commanded to destroy everything,
people and livestock, not one thing was to be spared nor taken for themselves.
However, Saul did things a little differently.

And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until
thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag the king of
the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the
sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of
the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would
not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they
destroyed utterly...And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be
thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD. And Samuel said,
What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the
oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites:
for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto
the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly
destroyed. - I Samuel 15:7-9,13-15.

Saul disobeyed by sparing the kings life as well
allowing the people to take their livestock, he then lays the blame upon the people, which they could not
have done without his consent. Even worse, he tries to say that the animals were
spared for God's sake to offer up sacrifices to Him. Okay, we can come up with
as many excuses as we can to justify our reason for not following a command, but
bring God into it and watch what happens. Saul truly thought that he had obeyed God's commands
completely, but his response gave him away. After giving excuses Samuel told
Saul that God was renouncing him as king. Saul then admitted he sinned, but it
was too late God had already chosen a new king.

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in
burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to
obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For
rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and
idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected
thee from being king. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have
transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the
people, and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and
turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. And Samuel said unto Saul, I
will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the
LORD hath rejected thee from being king over
Israel. - I Samuel 15:20-26.

Saul, like many Christians had the mentality he could
do anything he wanted and God would forgive him. While God is a forgiving God
and forgives all our sins when we truly repent, He much rather us be obedient in
the first place. We
can not pick and choose which of God's commands to follow, we are to follow all
of them. Following God partially is just as bad as not following Him at all, in
fact, it is worse. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor
hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.-
Revelation 3:15,16.

It was time for Samuel to anoint a new king of God's
choice, God sent Samuel to Bethlehem, where a man named Jesse who had eight
sons. But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his
countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for
the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but
the LORD looketh on the heart...Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass
before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. And
Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth
yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse,
Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent,
and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and
goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then
Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and
the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up,
and went to Ramah.- I Samuel 16:7,10-13

God reminded Samuel that while men look at the
outward appearance of a person in choosing whether or not they are qualified to
work for them, He looks inside their heart. We
can tell how men look, which can be deceiving, but God can tell what they are.
He judges of men by the heart. We often form a mistaken judgment of character,
but God values only the faith, fear, and love, which are planted in the heart,
beyond human discernment. And God does not favor our children according to our
fond partiality, but often most honors and blesses those who have been least
regarded. Through faith we understand that the worlds were
framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things
which do appear. - Hebrews 11:3.

God knows each and every one of our hearts. Do you love
and fear God? Do you have faith in Him? Are you willing to give up your favorite
pass time to live by His standards? God calls every Christian to serve Him in
some way, regardless of whether or not we serve Him in the church, at home, or
at work, our job performance will be evaluated by His standards.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and
some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of
the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:..That ye put off
concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to
the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put
on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true
holiness. - Ephesians 4:11,12,22-24.

Jesus Christ
Today Jesus is revealed through David's name which means beloved, he was a type of God's beloved Son, whom Jesus was.
...and a voice
came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well
pleased. - Luke 3:22.

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