Archive for May, 2017

Promise of Paradise

May 31, 2017


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Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”

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The promise belongs to the overcomes – the victors
=> To those who have an ear to hear
=> To those who have not hardened their hearts –Acts 7:51
=> To those who keep in step with the Holy Spirit –Gal 5:25

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To eat of the tree of life means eternal life
=> To be in Paradise is to have eternal life
=> In the restored Eden –Is 51:3;Ezek 36:35;Lk 23:43
=> In the New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem –Rev 21
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John 17:3This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
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Paradise => means being in relationship with the Father, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom the Father sent; keeping in step!

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The Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer

May 30, 2017

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1. Thanksgiving & Praise (“Our Father… hallowed by thy name”)
  • Psalm 57: God is glorious and loving – exalt him with a steadfast heart!
  • Psalm 92: Pray and praise on the Sabbath{a song for the Sabbath}
  • Psalm 95: To worship is to thank, praise, revere, listen, and obey God
  • Psalm 100: A Psalm of thanksgiving and for the thank offering
  • Psalm 107: Give thanks in consolations and desolations
  • Psalm 136: Give thanks – the Lord is good and his love endures forever!
  • Psalm 103-107, 111-118, 134-139, 145-150: Hallelujah Psalms
2. Submission to God / Wisdom (“Thy kingdom come…”)
  • Psalm 1: Live in the way of the righteous by delighting in God’s Law
  • Psalms 4 & 5: Learn the rhythm of evening and morning prayer
  • Psalm 8: Discover the Lord’s love for you as his creation – worship Him
  • Psalm 19: Listen to God in the wonders of nature and Word
  • Psalm 119: Delight in God’s Law
  • Psalm 131: Experience God’s peace (Pilgrim Psalms: Ps 120-134)
  • Psalm 133: It is good to dwell together in unity in Christ!
  • Psalm 139: Examine yourself in God’s light
3. Petition: Comfort and Encouragement (“Give us this day…”)
  • Psalm 4: In distress you can be filled with God’s love, joy, peace
  • Psalm 16: Delight in God via saints, circumstances, and path of life
  • Psalm 23: Grow with Good Shepherd through the soul seasons
  • Psalm 91: In danger find refuge in God under His wings
  • Psalm 121: Trust in God’s protection and care of your life
4. Petition: Longing for God (“Give us this day…”)
  • Psalm 27: Seek the Lord as your “One Thing” – even in trials
  • Psalm 42: In troubles thirst deeply for the Living God
  • Psalm 63: Hunger for God with all your soul
  • Psalm 73: Make God the strength of your heart and your portion forever
  • Psalm 84: Yearn for the lovely courts of the Lord and invite others
5. Confession of Sin (“Forgive us…”)
  • Psalm 32: Confess your sins and be blessed
  • Psalm 38: In guilt and pain cry out for your Savior’s help and answers
  • Psalm 51: Confess your sin against God and be purified and restored
  • Psalm 130: Wait for God’s forgiveness like a watchman waits for morning
6. Confession: Anger at Enemies (“Forgive us…”)
  • Psalm 35: When mistreated let the Lord be the one to fight for you
  • Psalm 59: When slandered with lies trust the Lord as your defender
  • Psalm 69: When being hated sinks you in mire express anger to God
  • Psalm 70: When people seek to harm you cry out to God
  • Psalm 109: When betrayed vent anger to God and rely on his love
7. Temptation/Laments (“Lead us not into temptation…”)
  • Psalm 6: Pour out your tears and questions to God
  • Psalm 31: In distress put your trust in God’s presence
  • Psalm 64: When verbally attacked hide in God and rely on his justice
  • Psalm 73: When wicked seem to prosper – praise and trust God
  • Psalm 102: In depression cry out to God and recall his power and care
  • Psalm 142: Cry and complain to God and find that he’s your portion
  • Psalm 143: In troubles thirst for God’s unfailing love and will
8. Temptation: Dark Night of the Soul; Laments that God feels distant (“Lead us not into temptation…”)
  • Psalm 13: When God’s face is hidden learn to trust him in your heart
  • Psalm 22: When it seems God has rejected you praise him anyway
  • Psalm 77: When you don’t feel God’s love meditate on his goodness
  • Psalm 88: When you’re in a dark pit and God seems angry cry out to him
9. “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
  • Psalm 145: Praise Him – His kingdom is everlasting
  • Psalm 146: Praise the Lord He reigns forever
  • Psalm 39: Praise the Lord He is King forever!

Direction in His Eye

May 26, 2017

Psalm 32:8 AMPC… I[the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you[I will guide you with My eye.].

He will guide you with His eye –Ps 32:8
Draw close –Ja 4:8
Close enough to see the direction in His eye
Trust Him to see in the dark –Ps 139:12
Take His hand
Don’t be afraid –Is 41:10,13
Do not lean on your own understanding
Acknowledge Him in all your ways –Pro 3:5-6
Press on –Gal 6:9
Walk by faith –2Co 5:7
Trust Him to make a way – where there appears to be no way!

With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God. –Mk 10:27
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Psalm 123:2As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till He shows us His mercy.
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Jewish Hours of Prayer and Jesus Crucified

May 25, 2017

The regular Jewish hours of prayer were three in number – morning, noon, evening.(12 hours) –Dan 6:10;Ps 55:17

Jesus fulfills the daily offering – one lamb offered for the morning sacrifice and one offered for the evening sacrifice.

Numbers 28:3-8 … You shall say to them, ‘This is the offering by fire which you shall offer to the Lord: two male lambs one year old without defect as a continual burnt offering every day. 4 You shall offer the one lamb in the morning and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight; 5 also a tenth of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with a fourth of a hin of beaten oil. 6 It is a continual burnt offering which was ordained in Mount Sinai as a soothing aroma, an offering by fire to the Lord. 7 Then the drink offering with it shall be a fourth of a hin for each lamb, in the holy place you shall pour out a drink offering of strong drink to the Lord. 8 The other lamb you shall offer at twilight; as the grain offering of the morning and as its drink offering, you shall offer it, an offering by fire, a soothing aroma to the Lord.
*twilight = between the two evenings(9th hour)

Jesus fulfills the Passover sacrifice. –1 Cor 5:7-8;1Pe 1:18-19
Jesus died on the fourteenth day of the first month—at the ninth hour.
Mt 27:45-50; Mk 15:33-37; Lk 23:44-46

Exodus 12:5-6The Passover Lamb … 5 Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.
*twilight = between the two evenings(9th hour)

The Lord’s Supper is linked with preparation of the Passover Lamb. The Last Supper => the “New Covenant” made (Jer 31:31). The lamb abolished, bread and wine substituted.Mt 26:20-29;Mk 14:17-25;Lk 22:14-23
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Jewish Hours of Prayer and Jesus Crucified
Morning
Sacrifice
3rd Hour 9am
Midpoint
sunrise & noon
Acts 2:15
Jesus lifted up on the cross
Mk 15:25
Noon
Sacrifice
6th Hour Noon
(main meal)
Mt 15:36; Acts 27:35
From 6th-9th hour darkness
Mt 27:45;Mk 15:33;Lk 23:44
Evening
Sacrifice
9th Hour 3pm
Midpoint
noon & sunset
Acts 3:1, 10:30
Jesus yields up His Spirit
Mt 27:46;Mk 15:34;Lk 23:44-49
The Last Supper
Mt 26:20-29;Mk 14:17-25;Lk 22:14-23
Passover Lamb
Ex 12:5-6

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From NetBible: Hours Of Prayer

The regular hours of prayer were three in number, as we may infer from Ps 55:17;Dan 6:10. The first coincided with the morning sacrifice, at the 3rd hour of the morning, at 9 AM therefore (Acts 2:15). The second was at the 6th hour, or at noon, and may have coincided with the thanksgiving for the chief meal of the day, a religious custom apparently universally observed (Mt 15:36; Acts 27:35). The 3rd hour of prayer coincided with the evening sacrifice, at the ninth hour (Acts 3:1, 10:30).

The Chronology of the Crucifixion
Jesus Fulfills Passover

Kept All Through the Night

May 23, 2017

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You, O LORD, keep my lamp/candle burning; my God turns my darkness into light. –Ps 18:28

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All through the night
Kept by the One who neither slumbers or sleeps
Ps 121:3
Light of the world – Light in the darknessJn 8:12
O Lord, even the darkness is not too dark for You to seePs 139:12
Kept all thru the night by His hand
Never out of reach to keep –
Ps 139:10
Kept – until the Son the Light of Life –
Jn 8:12
Arises on the wings of dawn –
Ps 139:9
And turns all darkness to dawn’s morning light. –
Ps 30:5

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? Ps 27:1

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And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].
–1Thess 5:23-24

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Even So Come!

May 20, 2017


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In His Eyes
In His eyes you are so precious in His sight –Is 43:4,1
Held in His gaze
When your eyes meet
Perfect peace  –Is 26:3
The apple of His eye Ps 17:8
Precious in His sight
Clothed in white  –Rev 3:5,19:8;Is 1:18;Ps 51:7
His bride
His delight! –Is 62:4

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Revelation 22:20-21
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

Morning Song

May 20, 2017

Lift up your head at the break of day
Lift up you voice in the morning
Sing to the Lord a new song
Sing of His strength
Sing of His love
He has done amazing deedsPs 98:1
Great and Mighty is He!Ps 150:2
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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. –Ps 143:8
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But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. –Ps 59:16

Have Hope!

May 19, 2017

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Blessed are those who trust in the LORD
And have made the LORD their hope and confidence –Jer 17:7
They will have courage and be protected
They will rest in safety –Job 11:18
And be held in perfect peace. –Isa 26:3

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer! –Ro 12:12
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Word Study
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From BibleHub Job 11:18

  • *Benson Commentary
    Job 11:18-19. Thou shalt be secure, because there is hope — Thy mind shall be quiet and free from terrors, because thou shalt have a firm and well-grounded confidence in God. Thou shalt dig — Either to fix thy tents, which, after the manner of the Arabians, were removed from place to place; or, to plough thy ground, as he had done, Job 1:14, or to make a fence about thy dwelling Thou shalt take thy rest in safety — Free from dangers and the fear of them; because of God’s fatherly providence watching over thee, when thou canst not watch over thyself. And none shall make thee afraid — Thou shalt be in perfect peace, and none shall disquiet thee; yea, many shall make suit unto thee — Desiring thy favour and friendship, because of thy great power and riches, and eminent felicity.

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From NetBible Ro 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer!

  • joyful[5463] in hope = rejoice exceedingly, be glad, “cheer”ful
    ==>rejoicing in hope, being glad in hope, cheerfully expectant
  • patient[5278] in affliction = persevere, bear trials & hold fast to faith in Christ
    ==>persevere in tribulation, endure in suffering, don’t quit in hard times
  • faithful[4342] in prayer = devoted, constant, steadfast, constantly diligent
    ==>devoted to prayer, persist in prayer, always be prayerful,  steadfast in prayer, continuing instant in prayer

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From NetBible Isa 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on You!

  • * Keep = guard, preserve
  • * Trust = firm, unwavering faith in God’s vindication{deliverance}
  • * Perfect Peace = complete security

None Can Fathom

May 19, 2017

Job 11:7-8Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than the heavens—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave— what can you know?

Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; His greatness no one can fathom.

A Song:
No eye has seen
No ear has heard –Is 64:4;1Co 2:9
None can fathom
Or imagine
Great are You Lord
Great are You Lord
None can fathom how great You are Lord!
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Isaiah 40:13-14,28 Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as His counselor? 14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way? Who was it that taught Him knowledge, or showed Him the path of understanding? …
… 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no-one can fathom{His wisdom has no limit}.

From NetBible Isa 40:28

  • *Exiled Israel’s complaint (v27) implies that God might be limited in some way. Perhaps he, like so many of the pagan gods, has died. Or perhaps his jurisdiction is limited to Judah and does not include Babylon. Maybe he is unable to devise an adequate plan to rescue his people, or is unable to execute it. But v28 affirms that he is not limited temporally or spatially nor is his power and wisdom restricted in any way. He can and will deliver his people, if they respond in hopeful faith (v31a).

No Eye Has Seen

May 18, 2017

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1 Corinthians 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Set your love on the Lord
Be totally devoted to HimPs 91:14
You will taste and see that the Lord is good
How blessed is the one who trusts in Him!Ps 34:8

No eye has seen or even imagined
A God like You Lord, who intervenes and acts
On behalf of those who wait for Him.
Isa 64:4

Praise You Lord Jesus
You are able to do far beyond all that we ask or think
Eph 3:20 
You are able to do the impossible! – Lk1:36-37
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Psalm 91:14-16 AMPC
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high{protect him}, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

Psalm 9:10 AMPC
10 And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity].

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More Than You Can Imagine!{prayer}