Archive for May, 2009

The Train of His Robe

May 28, 2009

Isaiah 6:1      In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord{the sovereign master} sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

The Lord sitting on the throne, high and lifted up
The Sovereign Master
The Sovereign King
Seated on the throne high above all.

How could the train of His robe literally fill the temple? This would take quite a bit of material …

  • When Isaiah wrote this book the length of the train on a person’s robe was a symbol of that person’s status. So to say that the train of the robe was so big that it filled the temple, establishes that the status of God as immense. This figure of speech signifies the majesty of our God. Also consider the strength needed to wear and carry such a robe. The train of the King’s robe filling the temple shows His greatness, majesty and strength!
  • Notice it’s the train of the robe that fills the temple. The train is the very edge of God’s garment, the humblest, least noble part of His clothing. This edge itself was so glorious that it fills the temple. How much more glorious is the Lord our King?                                                     
  • And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
    -Mt 9:20-21
          

    From: Mt 9:20 Netbible    The edge of his cloak refers to the kraspedon, the blue tassel on the garment that symbolized a Jewish man’s obedience to the law (cf. Num 15:37-41). The woman thus touched the very part of Jesus’ clothing that indicated his ritual purity.

    The train of the King’s robe filled the temple. The woman touched the train of His robe and the temple which was her body was filled with His glory making her whole.

 
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Healing in His Wings

Faint Not

May 24, 2009

 

 

Psalm 27:13-14      I would have fainted{despaired} unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

What do you do when you’re growing faint? When the battle surrounds on all sides? When all doors seem to be closed?

Hold on, BELIEVE and WAIT on the LORD!
Bow before the Lord, sing praises to His name
Behold the beauty of His face
Worship at His feet!
Praise the Lord for His mercy, His goodness,
… the goodness you SEE in the land of the living.
All His promises are backed by the honor of His name.
Not one will fail, every promise will be fulfilled. – Josh 23:14

The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it! -1 Thess 5:24

Take heart, wait on the Lord
He will strengthen you
He will revive you
His mighty right hand stretches forth to deliver
He is mighty to save.

Take heart and wait, FAINT NOT
He will not abandon the works of His hands
The Lord will perfect His purposes for you
Be still and see the salvation of the Lord
TODAY is a new day
Hallelujah!

Salvation and glory and power belong to the LORD our God -Rev 19:1!

Psalm 138:1-2, 7-8     I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods. I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all{the honor of} Your name.

Though I walk in the midst{center} of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The LORD will fulfil{perfect} His purpose for me; Your love{mercy}, O LORD, endures for ever—do not abandon the works of Your hands.

Exodus 14:13-14    Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

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God Waits, Also
By Patricia Nordman

“Wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

“Waiting has four purposes. It practices the patience of faith. It gives time for preparation for the coming gift. It makes the blessing the sweeter when it arrives. It shows the sovereignty of God to give just when and as He pleases” (Dr. James Vaughan).

There is also a condition attached to our waiting: “Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honor you with every blessing” (Psalm 37:34 RSV). We are to attend to the little duties as well as to the large ones. Wait and work; pray for grace and then exercise it.

It is interesting that God also waits: “Then he waited for the harvest” (Isaiah 5:2 RSV). He waits for us to consider His nature which proves His intelligence and beauty and goodness; He waits for us to reflect on history threaded through and held together with His justice and mercy, and whose mission it is to turn sin into righteousness; He waits for us to realize that the alternates of adversity and prosperity, friendship and enmity, sorrow and joy, are but the instruments of His spiritual instruction that we may finally dwell in the mansions He has already prepared for us.

We waste much time waiting for signs and wonders. Christ told the expectant crowd, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign” (Luke 11:29). In our day of the Gospel, which is filled with the plainest evidence of God’s care for us, we do not need to use a flashlight to shine it on the Son who is the Light of the world and we don’t need to dump in our buckets of contaminated water to add to the Living Water. To ask for signs from God when He has already pledged numerous promises is to tell God we are ungrateful and undeserving.
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The duty of waiting:

The Christian soldier is long in learning to wait.
Marching and countermarching are much easier to God’s warriors than standing still. There are hours of perplexity when the willing spirit anxiously desires to serve, but knows not how. Shall it vex itself by despair? fly back in cowardice? turn aside in fear? rush forward in presumption? No; simply wait; but

I. WAIT IN PRAYER. Call upon God; spread the case before Him; tell Him the difficulty; plead His promises.

II. WAIT IN SIMPLICITY OF SOUL. In dilemmas it is sweet to be humble as a child. It is sure to be well with us when we feel and know our folly, and are willing to be guided by God’s will.

III. WAIT IN FAITH. Express unwavering confidence; for unfaithful, untrusting confidence is an insult to the Lord. Believe that though He keeps us tarrying He will come at the right time and will not tarry.

IV. WAIT IN QUIET PATIENCE. Not rebelling under the affliction, but blessing God for it; nor murmuring against second causes, as the children of Israel against Moses; nor wishing to go back to the world again; but accepting the case as it stands, and putting it simply and whole-heartedly into the hands of our covenant God. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

Psalm 63 – My Version

May 23, 2009

Psalm 63:1-5 NKJV      1 O God, You are my God;
         Early will I seek You; 
         My soul thirsts for You; 
         My flesh longs for You 
         In a dry and thirsty land 
         Where there is no water.
 
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
         To see Your power and Your glory. 
         
 
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
         My lips shall praise You.
 
4 Thus I will bless You while I live;
         I will lift up my hands in Your name.
 
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
         And my mouth shall praise 
You with joyful lips.

I like to read different versions of the same scripture. This sometimes touches my heart and adds a deeper, richer meaning to what has been read. The following MSG version did this and more; it made me smile. :)

Psalm 63:1-5 MSG      1 God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. 

 2-4 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, 
      drinking in your strength and glory. 
   In your generous love I am really living at last! 
      My lips brim praises like fountains. 
   I bless you every time I take a breath; 
      My arms wave like banners of praise to you. 

 5 I eat my fill of prime rib and gravy; 
      I smack my lips. It’s time to shout praises! 

It also inspired me to write my own version. Maybe it will inspire you too. Write your own version and share it here – leave it in the comments on this blog for others to enjoy!

Psalm 63:1-5 MY VERSION    1 O GOD, You are MY God,
As the deer pants for the streams of living water
I thirst for You Lord in a dry and weary land where no water is.

2 I’ve beheld Your power and Your glory in Your sanctuary.
O Lord, like David,  the ‘one thing’ I seek, to behold the beauty of  Your face!

3 I’ve tasted and seen and I know Your love is better than life! I praise You LORD!

4 I will bless You with my whole being lifting my hands in Your name

5 My mouth will show forth Your praise and I will be saturated with fullness of joy in Your presence. My cup overflows!

Following the King’s Beauty

May 22, 2009

Psalm 27:4-6    One thing I have asked from the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

What happens when we, like David, make beholding the beauty of the King in the place where He dwells(ZionPs 132:13) the ‘one thing’ that we seek?

We ‘taste and see’ and know that the Lord is good! -Ps 34:8
We know that His love is better than life -Ps 63:3
… more delightful than wine -Song 1:2

This creates a passion, a thirst like that of the deer panting for the streams of living water.

As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? -Ps 42:1-2 AMP

A passion which follows hard[01692], clinging, cleaving closely to the Lord. Following hard enough to capture or overtake(Ps 63:8) that which is sought.

A passion to reach for and capture the prize, a passion to run the race with endurance.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. –1 Cor 9:24 

… I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Phil 3:13-14

This passion of the hart is also the passion of the Bride for the Bridegroom.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth — For your love is better than wine. Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you. Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers.” “We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine. The upright love you.” -Song 1:2-4

This cry to be drawn away is the cry of the Bride for union and communion with her Beloved. There is an inexpressible glorious joy that results from even the thought of a love like this.

The result of this joy? This following hard after the King?

Psalm 63:1-8    O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.

2 So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.

3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

4 So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

5 My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and *fatnes[01880]; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips

6 When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches.

7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.

8 My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.

Your whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and your mouth shall show forth His praise!

You shall be upheld by the King’s mighty right hand.

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My Cup Overflows!

Psalm 23:5 AMP     You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You *anoint[01878] my head with **oil; My [brimming] cup runs over.

** It is difficult for those living in a temperate climate to appreciate, but it was customary in hot climates to anoint the body with oil to protect it from excessive perspiration. When mixed with perfume, the oil imparted a delightfully refreshing and invigorating sensation. Athletes anointed their bodies as a matter of course before running a race. As the body, therefore, anointed with oil was refreshed, invigorated, and better fitted for action, so the Lord would anoint His “sheep” with the Holy Spirit, Whom oil symbolizes, to fit them to engage more freely in His service and run in the way He directs–in heavenly fellowship with Him.

Psalm 36:7-9     How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They drink their fill of the *abundance[01880] of Your house; and You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

Jeremiah 31:7, 11-14    For thus says the LORD, “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations; Proclaim, give praise and say, ‘O LORD, save Your people, the remnant of Israel.’ 

For the LORD has ransomed Jacob and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he. “They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, and they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD– over the grain and the new wine and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; And their life will be like a watered garden, and they will never languish again.  “Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together, for I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow. “I will fill the soul of the priests with *abundance[01880], and My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” declares the LORD.

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From http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Psa&chapter=23&verse=5
http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Psa&chapter=36&verse=8
http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Psa&chapter=63&verse=5
http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=jer&chapter=31&verse=14

abundance -deshen [01880]1) fat ashes, fatness
1a) fatness
1a1) of fertility
1a2) of blessing (fig.)
1b) fat ashes (ashes of victims, mixed with the fat)


from 1878; the fat; abstractly fatness, i.e. (figuratively)
abundance; specifically the (fatty) ashes of sacrifices:-
ashes, fatness.

 

see HEBREW for dashen [01878]
1) to be fat, grow fat, become fat, become prosperous, anoint

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Seek His Face!

May 21, 2009

1 Chronicles 16:11    Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always{continually}.

Psalm 27:4-6    One thing I have asked from the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

The Lord used the above scriptures at a special time in my life when the Holy Spirit was just beginning to flow thru me in a new way to touch others. It was thru singing and praising the Lord in a small group, simply beholding the beauty of the Lord and enjoying His presence that He allowed a new song to first rise up from within me: ‘Celebrate the King’. This new experience also caused me to search my heart/motives and to see that there is a difference between seeking the Lord for the gift {His hand} and seeking His face to truly know Him, the person.

What does it mean to seek the Lord’s face to behold His beauty? The meaning of the Hebrew words

seek  is: baqash [01245]: to search out in worship or prayer
face is: paniym [06440]: presence, person
and behold is: chazah [02372]: to see (by experience), to perceive, to contemplate (with pleasure). 

So to seek the Lord’s face to behold His beauty would mean to search out His person or presence in worship/prayer to experience, perceive and enjoy your relationship with one another.

The difference between seeking the Lord’s face over His hand is also seen by Mary, who like David chose the same ‘one thing’, to sit at the feet of Jesus and behold.

Luke 10:41-42    “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Mary chose the ‘one thing’ that Jesus says is necessary. The Lord turns His face towards the David’s and Mary’s who come to sit and simply abide at His feet to behold Him. The eyes of the Lord are upon –

  • … those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. -Ps 33:18
  • … the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. -1 Pe 3:12
  • … those whose heart is loyal{fully devoted} to Him, for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on their behalf. -2 Chron 16:9

The Father’s heart is open to those who have an ongoing relationship with Him; His children who not only come to Him with their needs but who also seek His face to enjoy their relationship with Him.

The Father’s heart is open to His children who come to simply abide and  behold His beauty.

John 15:7 NASB    If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7 MSG   But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.

Heart check–
There is nothing like feeling His power/anointing flowing thru you touching others but …

Are you seeking His anointing — His hand or are you seeking His person — the relationship?

What would you do if the flow of His power or anointing thru you stopped?

Luke 10:17-21    The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

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1 Chronicles 16:8-11   Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always{continually}.

 

2 Samuel 6:21 … “I will celebrate before the LORD.”

Celebrate the King! 
Karen Holland

I will celebrate before my King -2 Sam 6:21
I will celebrate my heart will sing.

The song of Jesus, let it rise
Burst forth from deep within. -Ps 16:11, 98:4

All my heart, All my soul, All my mind
With all my might -Mk 12:30
The song of Jesus, let it rise
All within me sings. -Ps 103:1

Chorus
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu -Ps 146:1; Rev 19:6
All honor, All glory, All praise
Worthy is the Lamb -Rev 5:12
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu
He is victorious, He reigns!
Celebrate, Celebrate the King.

The Bride Adorned

May 13, 2009

Psalm 45:10-11    Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father’s house; So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship{bow, submit to} Him{alone}.

The Bride adorned is beautiful in the eyes of the King, her beauty is greatly desired by Him! Her submissive, gentle, quiet spirit is precious in His sight. -1 Pe 3:3-4; Isa 30:15

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Revelation 21:2-3      And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 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”.

 

The Bride Adorned
Karen Holland … 5-13-2009

The bride adorned in holy attire 
Rises from the womb of the dawn ready for battle. -Ps 110:3
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland
His head adorned like a priest
As a bride adorns herself with her jewels -Isa 61:10
In the beauties of holiness.

Awake, awake
Clothe yourself in strength, O Daughter of Zion
Clothe yourself in beautiful garments -Isa 52:1
With garments of salvation
A robe of righteousness -Isa 61:10
A necklace of mercy and truth -Prov 3:3
A heart adorned with a gentle and quiet spirit -1 Pe 3:3-4; Isa 30:15
Purified in obedience to the truth -1 Pe 1:22-25
A heart of tender mercy full of peace
Be clothed in compassion, kindness, humility,
Forgiveness, gentleness and patience
Thankful hearts bound by love dwelling in perfect unity. -Col 3:12-17

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name
Bring an offering, a sacrifice of praise  -1 Chron 16:29
Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him with reverent fear. -Ps 96:6-9

Thankful hearts bound by Christ’s love dwell in perfect unity
A precious oil
A sweet, sweet scent flowing down from the head
Flowing down off the hem of His robe  -Ps 133
Anointed heads
Anointed with the oil of joy -Ps 45:7
By the hand of the Lord GOD Almighty
Righteousness and praise will spring up before all the nations -Isa 61:11
The bride adorned in a garment of praise -Isa 61:3
An everlasting crown of joy upon her head. -Isa 35:10, 51:11

Sing, O Daughter of Zion
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart -Zeph 3:14-20
The Bridegroom comes to dance[01523] over you with singing -Zeph 3:17
Behold, the Bridegroom comes to dwell in your midst -Zech 2:10
Sing, O Daughter of Zion
Praise the beauty of His holiness
Give thanks to the LORD, for His love endures forever! -2 Chron 20:21

 

Isaiah 52:1      Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean will no longer come into you.

Zechariah 2:10    Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the LORD.

Matthew 5:8  AMP    Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous–possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God! 

O Lord make my heart pleasing in Your sight, that You would greatly desire my beauty and Your eyes would rest upon me showing Your favor.    

Draw me away! Let my soul cleave to You following hard after You. Oh how the virgins love You my King! -Song 1:1-4;Ps 63:8

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Worship in the Beauty of Holiness

May 12, 2009

I Will Worship You
by Matthew Ward

Chorus
I will worship You in the beauty of holiness
And I will worship You for the things You’ve done in me
And when my life’s complete
I’ll place my crown at Your feet
And I will worship You my King on bended knee.

 

 

Psalm 96:6-9   Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness{holy attire, glory of the King}! Fear{tremble, kneel} before Him, all the earth.

Who may come and bow before the King? To worship in the beauty of holiness?

  • He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully. -Ps 24:4
  • He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. -Ps 15:2
  • He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, He who rejects unjust gain and shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; -Isa 33:15
  • He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? -Mic 6:8
  • Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. -Ps 2:11

The Bride adorned in holy attire.

  • I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, my soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. –Isa 61:10
  • To provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendour{that He may be glorified}. -Isa 61:3
  • The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. -Isa 35:10, 51:11
  • Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart -Prov 3:3
  • Let not your beauty come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewellery and fine clothes. – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. -1 Pe 3:3-4
  • Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. -Col 3:12-15

Isaiah 52:1      Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean will no longer come into you.

The Bride who has surrendered and allowed the circumcision of her heart by the double-edged sword, AND whose soul has been purified by ‘walking’ in obedience to the truth.

Hebrews 4:11-12      Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell]. For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

1 Peter 1:22-25   Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. For,

         “ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS,
         AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS.
         THE GRASS WITHERS,
         AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF, 
    
          BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER “
         And this is the word which was preached to you.

The Bride adorned in holy attire may come and worship before the King, she may enter His rest, this wonderful place of abiding in the beauty of holiness.

Revelation 21:2      And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

Matthew 5:8     Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous–possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!

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I Will Worship You – by Matthew Ward {listen}

Recognizing A True Apostle

May 11, 2009

From:
Restoration & the Apostolic Reformation by Vic and Toni Reichenbach

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Jesus, in Matthew 24, mentioned deception as the first sign of the end times and went on to talk about it three more times in the same chapter. A false movement of apostles takes two forms: 

1. Apostles who function under a satanic anointing. They may be able to fool even the elect because of their personal charisma and false miracles. However, they will lack godly character. 

2. Those who are true pastors, evangelists, prophets, or teachers, yet function as a false apostle by presuming to function in a place before they have been commissioned by the Lord. 

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Matthew 7:21-27 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 

The Wise and Foolish Builders 

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 
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A true apostle will be marked by: 

• Patience (2 Corinthians 12:12). True apostles are marked by extraordinary perseverance. They carry an anointing to endure and stand when the norm would be to quit and give up. They are steady, dependable, and reliable. 

• Revelation of the calling by independent witnesses (Acts 13:1-3). God uses prophetic ministries to identify and confirm the apostolic calling. 

• Christ-like character (Matthew 10:24-25). They are true and accurate followers of Jesus Christ. “True apostles have extraordinary character” 

• They walk in great humility (Matthew 20:25-28 ) . The greatest in God’s kingdom are those who are the servant of all. The law of divine order goes something like this: The more one is promoted, the more they must lay down their life and serve. Apostles go through years of trials so they always know, “I am nothing. Jesus is everything.” 

• Not lording over the flock (2 Corinthians 1:24;1 Peter 5:3). They have the John the Baptist mentality. (I must decrease, Jesus must increase.) Their motive is not to take advantage of the church, but to prepare the bride for the Bridegroom. {On the other hand, self-appointed apostles are dictatorial, and throw their authority around.}

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O Lord, You’re Beautiful

May 10, 2009

The Lord used the following song at a special time in my life when the Holy Spirit was just beginning to flow thru me in a new way to touch others. It was thru beholding the beauty of the Lord that He allowed a new song to first rise up from within me: ‘Celebrate the King’. This new experience also caused me to search my heart/motives and to see that there is a difference between seeking the Lord for the gift and seeking His face to truly know Him, the person.

 

O Lord, You’re Beautiful
Keith Green

Oh Lord, You’re beautiful
Your face is all I seek
For when Your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me.

Oh Lord, please light the fire
That once burned bright and clean
Replace the lamp of my first love
That burns with holy fear.

I want to take Your Word and shine it all around
But first help me just to live it, Lord
And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown
For my reward is giving glory to You.

 

The eyes of the Lord are upon –

  • But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. -Ps 33:18
  • For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. -1 Pe 3:12
  • For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal{fully devoted} to Him. -2 Chron 16:9

The Father’s heart is open to those who have an ongoing relationship with Him; His children who not only come to Him with their needs but who also seek His face to enjoy their relationship with Him.

The Father’s heart is open to His children who come to simply abide and  behold His beauty.

John 15:7 NASB    If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7 MSG   But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.

Psalm 27:4-6    One thing I have asked from the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

Heart check–
There is nothing like feeling His power/anointing flowing thru you touching others but …

Are you seeking His anointing — His hand or are you seeking His person — the relationship?

What would you do if the flow of His power or anointing thru you stopped?

Luke 10:17-21    The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

From Daily Promise
http://dailyqt.crossmap.com/    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (Ja 4:10 KJV)      

Reflection: This conditional promise can be misused by some who have ulterior motives, but when we truly humble ourselves in the Lord’s sight it can in no way be for our own lifting up. True humility would put ourselves last and that is what makes this paradoxical truth so amazing. We cannot lift our own selves up; it is only God who is able to do that and He only does that when we are humbled before Him. We also saw this demonstrated in Christ who “humbled Himself to the point of death—even the death of the cross” yet “God exalted Him” (Phil 2:8-9). 

1 Chronicles 16:8-11    Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always{continually}.
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2 Samuel 6:21 … “I will celebrate before the LORD.”

Celebrate the King

I will celebrate before my King -2 Sam 6:21
I will celebrate my heart will sing.

The song of Jesus, let it rise
Burst forth from deep within. -Ps 16:11, 98:4

All my heart, All my soul, All my mind
With all my might -Mk 12:30
The song of Jesus, let it rise
All within me sings. -Ps 103:1

Chorus
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu -Ps 146:1; Rev 19:6
All honor, All glory, All praise
Worthy is the Lamb -Rev 5:12
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu
He is victorious, He reigns!
Celebrate, Celebrate the King.

Married to the ‘High Tower’

May 9, 2009

Is the word of God being compromised for the sake of unity? Or some other noble ideal? Is the ‘whole’ tolerating the compromise of  ’some’ to preserve ‘peace’?

Unity(or any other noble ideal) at the expense of the truth of the word is false!

They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ”Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. –Jer 8:11

Repent! Lest the One who wields the sharp two-edged sword comes quickly to fight against you.

 I will take away their harvest, declares the LORD{to those who say peace, peace}. There will be no grapes on the vine. There will be no figs on the tree, and their leaves will wither. What I have given them will be taken from them. –Jer 8:13

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you dweller in the refuges of the rock [Petra, Edom's capital], whose habitation is high, who says in his heart, Who can bring me down to the ground? -Ob 1:3

Revelation 2:17     He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it.

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Revelation 2:12-16      Then to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in *Pergamum write: These are the words of Him Who has and wields the sharp two-edged sword:

I know where you live–a place where Satan sits enthroned. [Yet] you are clinging to and holding fast My name, and you did not deny My faith, even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed (martyred) in your midst–where Satan dwells. Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: you have some people there who are clinging to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to set a trap and a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, [to entice them] to eat food that had been sacrificed to idols and to practice lewdness [giving themselves up to sexual vice]. You also have some who in a similar way are clinging to the teaching of the Nicolaitans [those corrupters of the people] which thing I hate. Repent [then]! Or else I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

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“Pergamum” – this church was married to Christ. However, in spite of their union, they were tolerating compromise in some of their members.

The name Pergamos has a dual meaning, having been the combination of two Greek words, *Purgos, and *Gamos. Although as some may know it means ‘city’, or ‘high tower’ it also means ‘married’, or ‘united by marriage’. The literal translation of Pergamos therefore, is ‘married to the high tower’.

At first glance ‘married to the high tower’ sounds good and some may even think that this refers to being married to Christ. However, look closely at what is held against this church – not that fact that the whole held to the false teachings of Balaam or the Nicolaitans but that ‘some’ who did were tolerated.

By tolerating these false teachings and the people who held them, the word of truth was compromised. It was probably compromised to avoid, conflict, to seemingly preserve unity and peace. This church probably thought they were doing what was wise. As a result of this compromise Satan was given a place or seat in the midst of this church. I believe this represents the ‘high tower’ that this church was married to — the same high tower in the following scripture.

Obadiah 1:3    The pride of your heart has deceived you, you dweller in the refuges of the rock [Petra, Edom's capital], whose habitation is high, who says in his heart, Who can bring me down to the ground?

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From http://net.bible.org/strong.php?id=4010

Pergamos [4010]
Pergamos = “height or elevation”
orin from [4444]

From http://net.bible.org/strong.php?id=4444

*Purgos [4444]
1) a tower
2) a fortified structure rising to a considerable height, to repel a hostile attack or to enable a watchman to see in every direction

From http://net.bible.org/strong.php?id=1062

*Gamos [1062]
1) a wedding or marriage festival, a wedding banquet, a wedding feast
2) marriage, matrimony

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Related
http://khollandsblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/doctrine-divides-love-unifies/


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