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Stones of Remembrance

February 24, 2019


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When Joshua led God’s people to the Jordan River(Joshua 3:15–17); God parted the waters and God’s people walked through on dry land. In remembrance of this miracle twelve stones were taken from the middle of the riverbed and stacked on the other side (Joshua 4:3, 6–7). Something similar had happened years before in an escape from Egypt (Exodus 14:21-31).
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These “stones of remembrance” are a good reminder of God’s past faithfulness. They also remind us to trust God in the present and with the future!
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What “stones of remembrance” can you remind yourself of today?
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Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness to me over the years! Help me to trust You in the present and with the future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Joshua 4:3-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 and command them, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.’ ”

4 Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; 5 and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”

Heart Ties

March 6, 2016

John 15:4-5 AMPC … Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

Tie my heart to Yours Lord
Live in me and I will live in You

In You let me always abide.

Tie my heart to Yours Lord
Vitally united to the Vine

For I am Yours and You are mine.

Be Transformed

April 1, 2015

Colossians 2:20 AMP
20 If then you have died with Christ to material ways of looking at things and have escaped from the world’s crude and elemental notions and teachings of externalism, why do you live as if you still belong to the world? [Why do you submit to rules and regulations?—such as]

Romans 12:2 AMP
2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

Do not be conformed to this world
But be transformed
Renew your mind in Christ
Submit to His rule
CONTINUE to walk in union with and conformity to Him
=> that you may prove what is good, acceptable and
Pleasing in His sight for you!

Colossians 2:6-7 AMP
6 As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.
7 Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

From NetBible Col 2:6

  • walk[4043] = continue to live in obedience to, to make progress/grow in

From NetBible Col 2:7

  • rooted[4492] = to strengthen with roots, to render firm,
    to fix, establish, cause a person or a thing to be thoroughly grounded
  • built up[2026] = To finish the structure of which the foundation{Christ} has already been laid, to give constant increase in knowledge and in a life conformed to Christ
  • established[950] = to make firm, sure, strong
  • overflow[4052] = abound, be in excess
    *abounding is used of a flower going from a bud to full bloom.
  • thankfulness[2169] = gratitude, actively grateful

Colossians 2:6-7 NLT
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him.
7 Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.

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Christ is Risen Indeed

March 23, 2015

Luke 24:6 NKJV
6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee …

Mark 16:6 NKJV
6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.

Luke 24:32-36 NKJV
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples
36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

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After it’s proclaimed Christ is risen indeed, Jesus appears in their midst and says “Peace to you” …

How amazing is that!

Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

Presence

March 7, 2015

Psalm 42:1-5 NKJV
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

 

What do you long for? How vital is the Lord’s presence to you individually /corporately?

What would happen if Jesus appeared in a visible tangible way, in your midst, during your gatherings. What impact would His presence have?

Without His presence isn’t singing is just singing, preaching and teaching mere words, and everything else just another meeting?

Take another look at the above scripture. David had a passion in his heart for the presence of the living God. He compared this passion to a deer panting for water brooks. Think about this for a moment.

The deer needs the water to have life. The deer also needs to continually return to the water brook to drink. One drink is not enough to sustain life. The deer’s very life depends upon it’s ability to continually drink.

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Also look at where David places all of his hope(v5) => in the help of the Lord’s countenance. Isn’t this another way of saying all of his hope was in the saving acts of the Lord’s tangible presence /intervention?

Check your heart today – where is your passion? How hard are you seeking the Lord’s tangible presence /intervention? Individually /corporately? How much of your hope is placed in the Lord’s tangible presence /intervention?

Deuteronomy 4:29 AMP
29 But if from there you will seek (inquire for and require as necessity) the Lord your God, you will find Him if you [truly] seek Him with all your heart [and mind] and soul and life.

2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV
9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. …

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Marvelous Glorious Light

March 5, 2015

1 Peter 2:7-9 AMP
7 To you then who believe (who adhere to, trust in, and rely on Him) is the preciousness; but for those who disbelieve [it is true], The [very] Stone which the builders rejected has become the main Cornerstone,
8 And, A Stone that will cause stumbling and a Rock that will give [men] offense; they stumble because they disobey and disbelieve [God’s] Word, as those [who reject Him] were destined (appointed) to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

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Ephesians 5:8-9 AMP
8 For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].
9 For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life.

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Praise You Lord Jesus, You have called us from darkness into Your marvelous light! Help us to show Your character in all we do and say today. Let Your light shine through us that others may be drawn to know You, Lord Jesus. Amen.

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Following Hard

March 2, 2015

Psalm 63:3 AMP
3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

MSG … My lips brim praises like fountains glorifying You!

A Song:
Following hard after You
Lord I cling to You

For I’ve tasted and seen You are good –Ps34:8
And Your love is better than life
So I sing, yes I sing for joy
In the shade of Your wings – I sing

Following hard after You
Lord I cling to You
In the shade of Your wings – I sing
Lord I cling to You

Psalm 63:3,7-8 AMPC … Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. …
… 7 For You have been my help(my deliverer), 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.

 

Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 63:3

  • lovingkindness[02617] = loyal love, goodness, kindness, faithfulness
  • *experiencing – The psalmist does not speak here of divine loyal love in some abstract sense, but of loyal love revealed and experienced.
  • praise[07623] = to soothe, still, stroke, calm, glory triumph
    *MSG … My lips brim praises like fountains glorifying You!

From NetBible Ps 63:7

  • rejoice[07442] = sing for joy, celebrate, triumph, overcome
  • NET … You are my deliverer(help)
  • NLT … I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings.

From NetBible Ps 63:8

  • my soul follows hard[01692] = my soul clings, cleaves, pursues hard enough to overtake, pursues with determination
  • Your right hand upholds[08551] = supports me, secures me

Blessed be my Rock!

February 28, 2015

Psalm 59:9, 16-17 AMP
9 O my Strength, I will watch and give heed to You and sing praises; for God is my Defense (my Protector and High Tower).

16 But I will sing of Your mighty strength and power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning; for You have been to me a defense (a fortress and a high tower) and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 Unto You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; for God is my Defense, my Fortress, and High Tower, the God Who shows me mercy and steadfast love.

Watch, give heed and sing praises
To Jesus the Rock of your salvation!

Make a joyful noise
Come into His presence with thanksgiving
The Lord Jesus lives!
Blessed be my Rock! –
Ps 95:1-2;2Sam 22:47;Ps 18:46

Exalted be my Strength, my Defender, Protector and High Tower!
Blessed be Jesus my Deliverer
=> He is mighty to save.
Zeph3:17;Ps18:1-3;Prv18:10

Psalm 50:14-15, 23 NET
14 Present to God a thank-offering! Repay your vows to the sovereign One! 15 Pray to me when you are in trouble! I will deliver you, and you will honor me! 

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23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.

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Pleasing in Your Sight

February 25, 2015

Colossians 1:9-10 AMP
9 For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things—

10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].

A Song:
I long to be pleasing in Your sight
Pleasing in Your sight
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer

I long to be pleasing in Your sight
Held as the apple of Your eye
Safe and secure
Beneath Your mighty wings –Ps 17:8
I long to sing –Ps 63:7-8
Pleasing in Your sight
Pleasing in Your sight
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer

I long to be pleasing in Your sight
Pleasing in Your sight
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Song of Solomon 2:14 AMP
14 [So I went with him, and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

Psalm 19:14 AMP
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.

Never Alone

February 23, 2015

Deuteronomy 31:8 AMP
8 It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].

When darkness seems to surround
And courage seems to flee
Remember who is with you
And promised never to leave.

Remember, when you have Jesus, you are never left alone!

Hebrews 13:5 AMP
5 … for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]