Archive for May, 2018

Don’t Lose Hope

May 17, 2018

Jeremiah 31:16-17 AMP … Thus says the Lord,
“Restrain your voice from weeping
And your eyes from tears,
For your work will be rewarded,” says the Lord;
“And your children will return from the enemy’s land.
17 “There is [confident] hope for your future,” says the Lord;
“Your children will come back to their own country.

Weeping or grieved over lost/deceived children?
Don’t give up
Don’t lose hope
Your work will be rewarded
Lost children will escape the enemy’s snare
2Tim 2:26
Stand firm
Your work in the Lord is not in vain!1Cor 15:58

1 Corinthians 15:58Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm{be steadfast, immovable}. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not in vain{it is never without purpose}.
2 Timothy 2:24-26The servant of the Lord must not participate in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone [even-tempered, preserving peace, and he must be], skilled in teaching, patient and tolerant when wronged. 25 He must correct those who are in opposition with courtesy and gentleness in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and be led to the knowledge of the truth [accurately understanding and welcoming it], 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

Praying in the Storm

May 14, 2018

The article below really helped me when I found myself in the middle of a “storm”. It is from 2Chronicles 2:20. King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah were facing a vast invading army. Here are a few highlights of how King Jehoshaphat faced this vast enemy.

  1. A warning came ahead of the enemies arrival (v2).
  2. Jehoshaphat was afraid so he sought the Lord and declared a fast for all of Judah (v3).

    => Notice how he dealt with his fear:

    • he went directly to the Lord- FIRST
    • he got all of Judah(those under attack) involved
    • the fast was not to “take authority” over the enemy but to get the Lord’s instructions and wisdom on how to fight this battle
  3. Jehoshaphat reminded everyone who the Lord is => the Almighty (v6).
  4. Jehoshaphat reminded everyone of the Lord’s faithfulness and promises (v7-9).
  5. Jehoshaphat and all of Judah demonstrated dependence on(submission to) God. They waited on the Lord’s timing and instructions (v12-13).
  6. Instructions were received in the midst of the assembly through Jachaziel (v14-17).
  7. Jehoshaphat and Judah obeyed and trusted the Lord to fight for them as they followed His instructions. As they faced the enemy praising the Lord – the Lord attacked and fought the battle as He said He would (v20-22).

From: How to Pray in the Storm by Jim Carpenter

Two Trees – Two Types of Wisdom

May 12, 2018

Genesis 2:9,16-17 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. …
… And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”


Tree of Life Tree of Death
= Godly Wisdom Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil
= Human Worldly Wisdom
Wisdom is like a tree of life
= a blessing Pro 3:18 
=>  an allusion to Gen 3:22
What was lost in Fall may be
recovered through Godly wisdom
All is vanity
meaninglessness, futility
Ecc 1:2
Learn from Me to find rest
Mt 11:28-30
All is full of weariness
Ecc 1:8
The Spirit opens eyes, ears,
minds of those who love(obey) Him
1Cor 2:9-10;Is 64:3-4
Eyes not satisfied with seeing
Ears not filled with hearing
Ecc 1:8
In Christ = made new
2Cor 5:17;Rev 21:5
There is no new thing under the sun
Ecc 1:9
None can SEE the kingdom of God
Unless born again
(made new in Christ)
Jn 3:3;2 Cor 5:17
Eyes can not SEE the new
Ecc 1:10
Hard hearts => unable to see,
understand, hear or remember
Mk 8:17-18
None can enter the kingdom of God
Unless born of water & Spirit(wind)
Jn 3:5:Acts 2:1-4
All works are vanity/meaningless
Like chasing the wind
Ecc 1:14
Christ is the only “straight” way
Lk 3:4-6;Jn 14:6
Crooked can’t be made straight
=>There is no straight way
Ecc 1:15
God has given His children
A Spirit of power, love & sound mind
2Tim 1:7
Knowing wisdom is madness
Like chasing the wind(to catch it)
Ecc 1:17
Walk and abide in the Spirit
To bear fruit – joy, love, peace …
Gal 5:22-25;Jn 15:4,16:13
Much wisdom brings much
Grief & sorrow
Ecc 1:18
Offspring, seed of the woman(Jesus)
Gen 3:15
Abraham’s seed(heirs) Gal 3:29
To know Jesus Christ = eternal life
Jn 17:3;Lk 3:23-38
Offspring, seed of the serpent
Gen 3:15
Those deceived by Satan
=> eternal death
Rev 20:8-10

Matthew 7:15-16Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Matthew 3:8Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.
True fruit is marked by true wisdom and a love of the truth. It is pure and accompanied by righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
James 3:13-18Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
1 Peter 1:18-23 … you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 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, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

Showers of Blessings Around His Holy Hill

May 9, 2018

Ezekiel 34:26-27 AMPC … And I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing, and I will cause the showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing [of good insured by God’s favor].

From NetBible Ezek 34:26
*“showers of blessing.” Abundant rain, which in turn produces fruit and crops (v. 27), is a covenantal blessing for obedience (Lev 26:4).

Proverbs 16:15 NLT … When the King smiles, there is life; His favor refreshes like a gentle rain.

A Song:
Showers of blessings
Showers of blessings
As the King’s rain{reign} falls.

Showers of blessings
Showers of refreshing
Around His holy hill Ps 43:3-4
Open wide your mouth and Ps 81:10
Be filled Eph 5:18
Exceeding joy
Full of glory  –1Pe 1:8
Around His holy hill.
Showers of blessings
Showers of refreshing
As the King’s rain{reign} falls
Around His holy hill
He smiles …
Ephesians 5:17-21For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything{each other}, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Psalm 43:3-4O send out Your light and Your truth, let them guide me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill to Your dwelling places, the places where You live{the place of Your presence/ tabernacles}. 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And with my harp I will praise You, O God, my God.

O send forth Ur light & truth–Guide me–Bring me to Ur holy hill to the place of Ur presence/tabernacles–Then I will go to the altar of God–To God my exceeding joy–With my harp{heart} I will praise U–O LORD, my God! –Ps 43:3-4 #ShowersBlessings


Place of Safety

May 7, 2018

Psalm 17:8 NLT … Guard me as the apple of your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
In times of trouble
Who your place of safety is
Run to Him
Be hidden and kept safe beneath His wings …

Sometimes you just need to declare this about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.

Psalm 91:1-4 NLT
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord Jesus:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
He is my God, and I trust Him.
3 For He will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with His feathers.
He will shelter you with His wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.



Sometimes you just need to declare this about the Lord: He alone is my refuge-my place of safety-He is my God & I trust Him. #Refuge –Ps 91:1-4

All the Glory and the Honor

May 2, 2018


Revelation 4:11You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.
A Song:
All the glory
All the honor
Belong to You, O LORD
I will worship
I will bow down
To worship You Jesus, my King
I will worship
I will bow down
To worship You forever and always.

Today, bow down and worship the King. Sing joyfully and offer praises to King Jesus. He is worthy to receive all glory and honor! –2Chron 29:30

For in Him we live and move and have our being …
We are His offspring.
Acts 17:28


May 1, 2018


1 Samuel 7:12Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”

From NetBible 1Sam 7:12

  • * Ebenezer (אֶבֶן הָעָזֶר) means “stone of help” in Hebrew
    => a memorial stone[072] erected by Samuel to mark where God helped Israel to defeat the Philistines – north of Jerusalem

Ebenezer – “Stone of Help”, a memorial stone. Seeing this stone would remind the people to remember how the Lord helped them in the past and encourage them to trust the Lord’s faithfulness in the future.
It is good to remember those special Ebenezer times in our own lives, when the Lord has helped us in a special way. You can trust the Lord’s faithfulness!
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful[and utterly trustworthy] and He will do it.