I think never before have I heard so many conflicting reports. Moreover, Abba, what can I do? How can I affect the evil, the lies, the corruption, the plot to deceive that to me is clearly in progress? I wonder how many of My Brothers and Sisters are as concerned as I am. Is there enough of us to get to see You make a turn in this present culture? Do we have a real way forward to see earthly justice for crimes against the Nation?
Father, I don’t know the secrets done against You in America, but You do and I would so like to see You show Your Hand big and loud. So big and loud that no one could escape the revelation of Your Word: be sure your sins will find you out.
I pray for the sake of grace, that sooner than later sins will be found out in such a way people will repent and be saved. And I pray people guilty of crimes will be removed from high places that they can no longer harm others. I pray You will save America from death for JESUS’ Namesake. Amen and amen.
Did you know Peter read Paul’s Epistles?
I think he did.
2 Peter 3:16.
Well, let’s start at verse 14 for the fun of it.
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. source
And look at that Peter calls his readers, beloved. I remember in some recent studies I was comforted and encouraged at the depth (what I saw in the Text) of love Paul had for his people. And I think as I study Peter more I will find he had great love too.
Our beloved brother Paul.
According to the wisdom given to him, he wrote to you.
And then verse 16. as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of things, . . .
Peter read Paul’s Epistles.
I like that!
One more thing. Did you know the word PEACE appears 397 times in the NKJV?
A quick word this morning from Ephesians 2:10.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. source
And to make it quick, just one word. Well, make that two. His workmanship.
If you are saved; you are in covenant with Yeshua, Jesus the Christ, then you are His workmanship. I am His workmanship.
What is a workmanship? I looked it up. It’s really cool.
The skill of a craftsman or Artisan.
You and I. We are HIS workmanship. The Skilled One, The Artisan of all Artisans IS crafting us!
We are HIS WORKMANSHIP.
I can only imagine what we will be when HE has completed us!
Just something for us to ponder this lovely Sunday.
Numbers 6: 23 (in part) – 26 . . . ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’ source
Day 15 of The Giving of Thanks.
Little things that remind me of big things, important things, like the love of Little Girl. Little Girl moved hundreds of miles from me 5 years ago. Before the selling of the house, these little ‘ears’ that she couldn’t kill, came home with me. They are still mighty little but each time I walk by I am reminded of her BIG love.
There is one who loves us bigger than Little Girl loves me; bigger than your bestest love loves you.
John 3:16 (NKJV) 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. source
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV) 17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” source
I can’t say that this next verse is a feel-good verse but I can’t get away from it.
Zechariah 8:17 (NKJV) 17 Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; And do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ Says the Lord.” source
And one more word of thanks. Brothers and birthdays. William. Today, some years ago, this world was graced with his presence. I love his smile and I love that he loves me.