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Old and New

In both the Old and the New Testaments we have GOD telling us there is a spiritual enemy; he is an enemy that we cannot see with our physical eyes (although we can see his results). In both the Old and the New He has told us this enemy is alive and is SEEKING. And who/what is he seeking? I hope you will read the following Texts and will find the answers for yourselves. Hey, you’re at home anyway, what else have you got to do? 🙂

Job 1:6-7
Job 2:1-2
1 Peter 5:8-10
John 10:10

As is my custom, if you will click HERE a new window will open with four translations of the Text listed above.

So, did you find the answers?

Cleaning

I posted this to Facebook today and if I may, I’d like to expound:
Have we considered this crisis among other things to be an imperative opportunity of learning GOD is offering us going forward to live CLEANER lives: physically, emotionally AND SPIRITUALLY?

Let me begin with emotionally. Would not GOD want us to live cleaner emotionally? Would He not want us to clean out all the negative junk we are nursing inside? You know like unholy anger, bitterness, unforgiveness – all that stuff that makes us emotionally ill. What does Scripture say?

Proverbs 17:22  (AMP)22 A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.  source

Spiritually. Oh, that one is easy to see! Of course, He wants us to live cleaner spiritually – crucify that old putrid flesh and live in the Spirit.

James 4:8  (NLT) Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. source

Galatians 5:16  (AMP) 16 But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]. source

Galatians 5:24  (AMP) 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetitessource

Physically. No, you will not find in the Scriptures what you have heard all your life: that cleanliness is next to godliness. But I am confident and certain from the whole counsel of Scripture that GOD sees the benefit of clean bodies. Look, GOD was so concerned about hygiene that He gave the Hebrews instructions on what do with the product of their morning constitutionals. You don’t believe me?  Check out Deuteronomy 23. Click HERE. My point is this if GOD gives instructions on how to cover your poo, do you really think He would have us overlook our BO?

Look, we live in a dirty world. We have dirtied it up with viruses, infections, excrements, expletives, lust, greed, germs, nasties of every sort and kind and mostly our sins.

Who of us could not live CLEANER?  Even our mouths – what we put in and what we let out!

Ephesians 4:29  (AMP) 29 Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].  source

And this one:

1 Thessalonians 5:22  (KJV) 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. source

That’ll get us clean!

A note: If you click the word source following each verse of Scripture given in any of my posts a new window will open at (Biblegateway) to at least three and possibly four different Translations of the given Text.

Breakfast

Just writing this to you will not cause the Scripture to land on you as it did me but I hope it does because I so much want you to experience the comfort and beauty and awe of it.

Please read John 21:4-14. I am offering the Amplified version but click HERE and you will find other Translations.

As morning was breaking, Jesus [came and] stood on the beach; however, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
So Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish [to eat along with your bread]?” They answered, “No.”
And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat (starboard) and you will find some.” So they cast [the net], and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great catch of fish.
Then that disciple (John) whom Jesus loved (esteemed) said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer tunic (for he was stripped for work) and threw himself into the sea [and swam ashore].
But the other disciples came in the small boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish.
So when they got out on the beach, they saw a charcoal fire set up and fish on it cooking, and bread.
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three [of them]; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.
12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared to ask Him, “Who are You?” They knew [without any doubt] that it was the Lord.
13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples, after He had risen from the dead.  source

Actually, there are many AWE moments in this Text but at first reading, this morning with my Hubby one, in particular, brought me to this screen.

Verse 9. You need to know this took place after Jesus’s resurrection. Let that sink in. The mock trials, the beatings, the crucifixion, the tomb, and His Ressurection have all occurred within days and here is Jesus on the beach COOKING breakfast for His Friends.

Seriously, Holy Spirit, I ask You to cause this happening, recorded here for us, this picture of words to feed and comfort and cause every person who comes here to read to be in absolute AWE of You, LORD JESUS. Speak to us and cause Your Word to come alive in us I pray.  Amen and amen.

With Practice

My note to me after reading 2 Corinthians 1:3 is “There is no comfort I desire that He cannot give.

Here’s the verse: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  source

Do you see that word ALL?
What does all mean?
ALL.

Let’s go back to my note. There is no comfort I desire that He cannot give. He is the GOD of ALL comfort; meaning no comfort I seek, He cannot provide.

When I seek comfort in food – I am really seeking Him.
When I seek comfort in companionship – I am really seeking Him.
When I seek comfort in things – I am really seeking Him.
Whatever comfort I am seeking – It’s Really Him that I am seeking. Question is will I acknowledge this? Will, I acknowledge it is Him I really need? With practice.
With practice, I will.

Painted Ourselves Into a Corner, did we?

A dear and loved friend posted the following on her Facebook page.

In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt, God has taken away everything we worship. God said, “you want to worship athletes, I will shut down the stadiums. You want to worship musicians, I will shut down Civic Centers. You want to worship actors, I will shut down theaters. You want to worship money, I will shut down the economy and collapse the stock market. You don’t want to go to church and worship Me, I will make it where you can’t go to church”
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Maybe we don’t need a vaccine, Maybe we need to take this time of isolation from the distractions of the world and have a personal revival where we focus on the ONLY thing in the world that really matters. Jesus.

If you believe this copy and share. Start the revival in your home……Spread the Love of Jesus. ✝️

I get it.
Albeit, I’m not so sure we can accredit GOD with the shutting down of all the things we have come to worship – I think we painted ourselves into a corner and we didn’t know what else to do.
Heavens! We couldn’t ask Him, could we?!

I do think it is so apropos that what we as a People have come to worship we were willing to forego because we feared for our lives.

If only this would remind us that we are in a far graver peril than Covid-19 and have been since we knowingly committed our first sin.

My friend’s post suggested revival. I agree! The people of GOD need revival! Big time!
So who are the People of GOD, anyway?

We who have said, yes GOD I believe You, I can’t save myself. Thank You JESUS for giving me YOUR Righteousness in exchange for my sins.  And then somewhere along the way, we stopped being in AWE that He would do such a thing for depraved us!  It is WE who need revival! And until we do this:

2 Chronicles 7:14  (KJV) 14 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.  source

Do we really expect the people of the world to repent and say YES to the GOD they have not seen?!

Romans 2:4  (NLT) Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?  source

Sickness and disease are NOT punishment FROM GOD; they are consequences of sin – sometimes ours, sometimes others and sometimes just because this world is not our Home.  Let REVIVAL begin!

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