Walking through Ezekiel 13: A Word for Today

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    Ezekiel 13 addresses two people: the lying prophets of Israel and the lying daughters who prophesied out of their own heart. Ezekiel 13 is also a message for each one of us. Are the words we hear God’s truth? God’s absolute truth must be our foundation. We must make sure the teachings we have heard are truth so we don’t build our lives on lies.

False Prophets and white washed walls   

        The prophets were to protect the people by building a wall of defense around them. This wall would protect them from their enemies. Was this literal? Figurative? Or both?  Whatever the answer, the message is clear – the prophets were not building a sturdy and safe wall of protection for the people.  This left an open door for the enemy to come in and attack. Scripture uses the word ‘white wash’ or a slimy mortar as the filing agent the prophets used to fix the breaks in the wall. Instead of building their wall of protection with a true and fortified defense, they only covered up the cracks.  They tried to make everything look right, saying their words were from God, but they were only covering up the truth. What was the truth? The breaks in the walls were still there even though they hid them. This white wash seems to symbolize the lies and false teachings of these prophets. Building our foundation on lies is like covering the breaks in the wall or building a house on sand. The scripture reminds me of the parable of the man who built his house on the rock and the man who built his house on the sand. One house crumbled down and one house stood firm. Their structures were the same, but the foundation beneath them caused them to either stand firm or crumble.

     Notice-when the defense or wall was weak (unstable with cracks), the enemy came in. In Genesis 4:6, the Lord warns Cain

 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.

      Sin is always crouching at our door to overtake us. What is the foundation you rely on? Are you relying on the whitewash of the walls or are you fully grounded and rooted in the Word of God as in Jeremiah 17:7-8 and unshakable? Have you allowed the desires of the world and worries to come in and steal God’s Word from your heart?

    The false prophets prophesied of their own heart. The Hebrew meaning of the word heart is: feelings, reflection, inner man and thinking. In other words, the words were made up prophesies that did not come from God. This same thing is happening today. Ezekiel’s words may be ancient but the message stands forever. Remember back in Jeremiah we were taught that if a prophet prophesies Peace! Good Tidings! Money! And the Whoo Hoo’s – we are to consider it, but don’t believe it until it happens. On the other hand, when we hear a warning we are to listen and take heed.

            The true work of the prophet in Ezekiel 13:

  1. To fortify the walls, fill in the breaks and make it a strong defense from enemies
  2. To protect and warn the people
  3. To keep the people safe

           The False prophets of Ezekiel 13

  1. They claim “The Lord saith” but the Lord did not speak to them
  2. They expected God to make their claims come true, hoping the Lord would cause it to happen
  3. Covered the truth with lies building the walls with whitewash, a slimy mortar that wouldn’t hold. Foolishness
  4. They envisioned futility and devise lies
  5. Made people hope in their false predictions
  6. They were like foxes in the desert- to devour and destroy. They were sly and seducing
  7. Seduced God’s people with false promises and good tidings- Peace! When there was no peace. Prosperity! Peace! Money! (Coexist?!)  
  8. They caused the people to wander far from God.

     The lies the people believed and listened to would soon be their downfall. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? The sheep were punished because they followed the wrong shepherds.  We are each individually responsible to consider and search out the truth. You are responsible to search the bible, to seek God and make sure the teachings you have been taught are true and reliable. Claiming ignorance before the throne won’t work. He knows you.  And know this- just because you see miracles in the way you do things doesn’t mean it is the hand of God. We are warned the antichrist will come with signs and miracles also, this is why knowing the truth of God’s Word is so important. In Jeremiah, the people prayed and worshipped the Queen of Heaven. When they did, the people lived in peace and had all they had. Jeremiah warned them by the Word of God to stop but they refused. Their reply was – We have been worshipping the Queen of Heaven all these years and we have lived in health and prosperity and we won’t change. The people continued to mix pagan rituals and brought them into the temple. I wonder if we have done the same. I know there might be traditions engrained in my life that are not of God, or maybe there are things I should be doing that I’m not. The days are no different now than the days of Ezekiel or Jeremiah . Imagine throwing away one of your family traditions, that’s how the people in Ezekiel’s day felt. They went to the temple, feeling all holy and righteous; they would bow down to the Sun god and perform pagan rituals at the gates of the temple. Am I talking about a certain religion? No- it’s a warning to consider all our teachings, everything we hear, and ask for discernment. There are many tv preachers that have mixed up God’s Word , just be careful. God promises us that if we Seek, we will Find. If we knock, He will open the door. If we Ask, He will answer. Seek, Ask, Knock – find the truth.

 LYING WOMEN Prophets

      Besides the false prophets, The Lord also spoke against false prophetesses who would prophesy from their own heart. They sewed magic charms to attach to their sleeves and made veils for their heads as they searched for lost spirits. I’ve read different views on this, so this is my take on it. Read it for yourself and ask God to give you discernment. I believe there are many lessons and many layers to scripture, so maybe there is another message for you written within the words.

      Of course, the first thing we think of is fortune tellers, sorcerers, witches and such. This may be true, but I think these woman were hidden and blended among the Holy people. They seemed like holy godly woman. They claimed to hear from the Lord.  Scripture is clear that magic and sorcery is a sin, but these women mixed it up so you couldn’t tell Holy from evil. It was mixed. Does the bible say we can’t sew something on our sleeve? Uhhh no. Does the bible say we can’t wear a veil? Uhhhh, I don’t think so. ……and so the lying women deceived the people into using beads, charms, veils and other rituals that caused the people to wander far from God. You see, its key to ask yourself  ‘Does this honor God or does this take my focus off God?’

     We’re safe here, right? Well, I don’t know. Do we have magic charms? Crystals? Dream catchers? magic charms on your bracelet? necklace?Idols we hold on to for good luck? You didn’t like that one did you- oh no, I heard you making excuses for what you had. That’s exactly what the people of Israel did. “What’s the big deal Lord? It’s just a pillow on my sleeve, and so what If I chase after dead souls” yea, dead souls/ spirits they chased after. They searched out for the lost souls- the wording is different in different scriptures. If this is true, let’s look at what they did. They were calling out for people who had died.  God said:

 ” Why don’t you search out for the souls who are living!?!?!?!?! Why don’t you save the lives of the souls that are coming to you!?!?!?!!?”

                How would you answer that?

     As the prophets above were referred to as foxes, so the people who came to the prophetesses were their prey to devour and destroy. The Lord said that the lying daughters who prophesied from their own heart had made the hearts of the righteous sad and strengthened the hand of the wicked. “They made the hearts of the righteous sad”

       When we believe and trust in false words our wall of protection is no protection at all. It looks like it, but it’s not. Because they listened to false prophets, their protection was gone and now they were prey to their enemy. Believing in wrong teaching is dangerous and detrimental to your eternal life. You decide. Do you want to keep listening and believing everything that sounds so good or will you let God’s word pierce your heart and change you. When I watched Billy Graham last week, his words were so powerful. The message of the cross and repentance never gets old. Each day it’s a brand new message. Remember the Cross today and what the Lord did for you. Remember the blood that was shed for our wretched ways.  Decide to change and be Holy as God, your creator, created you to be.

   Lord,
    Search me and see if there is anyway that is not right, if  there is any way in me that is not in line with your scripture. Give me discernment between what is Holy and what is not Holy. Give me a heart like you O Lord, to love what you love and despise what you despise. Help me put away anything that is an abomination before you . Open my eyes so I can see the truth and that each one of us would save the souls that come to us.
In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen

Hear the Word of the Lord
Ezekiel 13

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, that prophesy, and say thou unto them, that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God, Woe unto the foolish Prophets that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing. O Israel, thy Prophets are like the foxes in the waste places.

Ye have not risen up in the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel, to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen vanity, and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith it, and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word of their prophecy.  Have ye not seen a vain vision? and have ye not spoken a lying divination? ye say, The Lord saith it, albeit I have not spoken. Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Because ye have spoken vanity and have seen lies, therefore behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God,

And mine hand shall be upon the Prophets that see vanity, and divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord God.10 And therefore, because they have deceived my people, saying,Peace, and there was no peace: and one built up a wall, and behold, the others daubed it with untempered mortar,

11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: for there shall come a great shower, and I will send hailstones, which shall cause it to fall, and a stormy wind shall break it.12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in my wrath, and a great shower shall be in mine anger, and hailstones in mine indignation to consume it.14 So I will destroy the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof, and ye shall know, that I am the Lord.

15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither the daubers thereof,16 To wit, the Prophets of Israel, which prophesy upon Jerusalem, and see visions of peace for it, and there is no peace, saith the Lord God.

17 Likewise thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart: and prophesy thou against them, and say,

18 Thus saith the Lord God, Woe unto the women that sow pillows under all armholes, and make veils upon the head of everyone that standeth up, to hunt souls: will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye give life to the souls that come unto you?19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley, and for pieces of bread to slay the souls of them that should not die, and to give life to the souls that should not live, in lying to my people, that hear your lies? 20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will have to do with your pillows, wherewith ye hunt the souls to make them to flee, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them to flee. 21 Your veils also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hands to be hunted, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.22 Because with your lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life,23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

Song of Solomon; Song of Songs tells the bible story- Genesis to Revelation

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Last year I studied the Song of Songs/Song of Solomon, the Lord taught me that this book was written for us to understand His love for us. You see, His love is indescribable and it’s unmeasurable, how could anyone possibly understand it? We see this great love between a king and his bride written in the Song of Solomon, we can understand this great love between a man and a woman. God wants us to know that His love for you is even greater than this love we read about. He says “Beloved, your eyes are like doves”.  He loves you, he created you and He wants you to know this and understand how much He loves you.
As I was studying different theories and viewpoints, I remember reading that some ancient rabbis believe this book tells of the story of Israel, perhaps the whole bible written in these 8 chapters. I decided to sit down and see if I could find any similarities and I found something! Now, I don’t know if I’m right or wrong, maybe it’s a start to something more, but check out my discoveries I have found a story line from Jacob to Egypt to Ruth to David, to captivity to the prophets, to John, to Jesus, to the gospel and ending with the same words we read in revelation : “ Even so, come, Lord”

I see it written out as a love story between the Lord God and His people Israel; His love for them- their story through history and their return to Him in the last days. And Yes, it’s lengthy. All 8 chapters are here- but I’ve underlined my conclusions to each verse so hopefully that will make it easier to read through 🙂

 chapter 1: God’s intimate love with Israel in Genesis up to the time of Kings

The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.  (The love between the Lord and Israel begins, oil and ointments first mentioned in Genesis with Jacob, there was a time (vs 4) where they walked closely together. Some speculate this may be when the commandments were given)

Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. ( Israel becomes a slave in Egypt, slaves to their brothers; they took care of the Egyptians, but were not able to take care of their own land- why? She says her face is dark because her brothers and sisters made her work for them- and she was unable to take care of her own people)

Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? (the Lord leads the flock from Egypt and brings them to rest, why should I leave you, O Israel? Moses, Joshua, Judges)

If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds’ tents. (Ruth 3:4  And it shall be, when he (Boaz) lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do,chapter 4:13-15 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.  And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him,,,vs21 and Boaz begat Obed,  And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David”

9-11 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots.  Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver ( She arose in Majesty and beauty as on the way to a certain place with gold- symbolizing Kingship- the beginning of Kings with Samuel and Hannah)

12 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. (The Story of Kings beginning with King Saul and King David– spikenard, fragrance, sacrifice- and the king sits at his table)

13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. (Sweet fragrance of intimacy with their Lord God- a new closeness with the Lord begins with Samuel and King David)

14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.(camphire is a ransom, a cover, or a dye. It speaks, prophecy of their ransom)

15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.(The relationship between Israel and the Lord as the nation grows)

16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.( Israel’s dedication of love to the Lord as they continue to grow and be mighty among the nations)

17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir. (The house of Israel began as a a strong fortress in the Lord, fully protected and supported by Him on everyside)

chapter 2: the time of Kings and Prophets to the prophecy of Immanuel

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. (His (Jesus) proclamation by the prophets)

As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.(His announcement of His love to His people among all the nations of the earth)

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. (Deuteronomy 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.- the mention of the banqueting house reminds me of the wedding of the lamb. –Solomon mentions apples 4 times in this book)

I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.(Proclamation of the King of Kings coming)

My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.(There is anticipation for His arrival)

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. (He calls his people back, but are they listening?)

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; (The time has past, and a new time is here- be ready)

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; (a new time is coming, Passover is celebrated – Hezekiah/Nehemiah/Ezra- rebuilding)

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. (Intimacy between the people and the clefts of rocks and secret places may symbolizes the Holy of Holies and their intimacy with the Lord in His Holy Place)

15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. (other nations have tried to come in and capture us, the fortresses are torn down- Babylon captivity)

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.( Come back! Come back, she cries…has He left? Has she been abandoned? She is alone and waiting for Him to come back or waiting for His arrival- this could be the time of their captivity)

Chapter 3; Israel searches for Him, but cannot find Him to the Angels proclamation)

By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. (“you seek me but do not find me”; “you honor me with your lips, but turn your back to me”- Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Micah speak out)

I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. (You search for the Lord on the “broad paths” but you do not walk along the narrow path to find Me. You search, but still do not find me)

The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? (The watchmen may symbolize the religious system in the Temple who over see the land and people- who later beat her for her continued search of her love Ezekiel 44:8  And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves)

4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother‘s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. ( King Jesus is about to arrive on scene – to be born into the family of David – behold, a virgin shall conceive a child, who has ever heard of such a thing?)

I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? (John the Baptist in the Wilderness preparing the way for the king and the 3 Kings who had been waiting for this day who came with myrrh and frankincense- for He comes like a pillar of Smoke – Our Lord and our God- and others say this may be Israels journey to canaan- or maybe both!! Or maybe even add Israel becoming a nation in 1948)

Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.( The 3 Kings prepare for their journey to see the King of Kings fortold in scripture)

They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. (Wicked King Herod hears of the news and sends orders to slaughter every male child, screams and cries of anguish are heard throughout the land, for the sword has slain them)

King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon. ( They escape to Egypt – like a chariot of Pharaoh- the King Jesus is hidden and safe)

10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. (The daughters of Jerusalem have fallen in love with the new King, gold and purple symbolizing majesty and kingship- as written also in chapter 1)

11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart. ( GO! Find Him! For the King is here- The shepherds see the angels and the songs of praise and peace (and gladness) fill the heavens)

Chapter 4; Remission of sins, proclamation of love, but she is beaten and rebuked for loving Him and searching for Him – prophetic words and awaiting His arrival and promises

Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. (His proclamation of Love to His wife, Israel)

Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense. (This is written 2x, she keeps seeking and again begins to wait again for the king- but He has already come, she is anxious for his arrival and worried the day will end, she must find Him, even if she has to run away)

7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.(He came for the Remission of sins, our Salvation, He cleansed His people, all those who believe in Him)

Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards. ( Jesus is tempted in the desert)

Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon. (His proclamation of love to His people)

12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. (This reminds me of the Holy spirit – we are sealed and protected by the Holy Spirit)

13 Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. (Description of Jesus- a well of living water)

16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. ( As the scent travels with the north and south wind, so does the good news- yet she keeps calling and waiting for His arrival)

Song of Songs 5; Behold, He comes

 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. ( I am coming my love, the Lord is about to arrive)

I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. ( Jesus is knocking on the door and she is ready, but she does not answer, the laws of man have held her back)

I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? ( I have made excuses and she hears the Lord, but she doesn’t listen; this also reminds me of the parable of the 10 virgins. She is waiting , but she isn’t prepared or won’t answer the door even though her love has arrived. He was there, but she really didn’t care)

4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.( She knew He was there, but something held her back- was it the religious system of that day? That convinced her not to open? )

I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.( She finally decides to open the door, but He is no longer there)

I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.( He was at the door knocking, but she didn’t answer- He is the door, behold, he stands at the door and knocks….)

The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.(The religious men beat His beloved for searching Him out, she was stopped in her search for Him)

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.

What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?

10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. (Jesus is chief among 10,000- a King and a ruler)

11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.(reminds me of a description of the Lord in the book of Ezekiel)

12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.

16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem (He is altogether lovely – Jesus taught us we are his friends)

Chapter 6: His death; our salvation, Isreal still searches for Him, a call for Him to return

Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee. (Where has He gone that they can seek Him? She sought Him, but she was beaten for looking for him. He knocked on her door, but she didn’t answer, when she finally decided to get up and search for him after he left, she was beaten by the gatekeepers)

My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. ( He has left to His own garden and His own flock, there is still love between the two, even though there is a separation)

I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners. Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead. Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.

As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number.My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. ( The Kings still loves her and she belongs to Him, he has made her beautiful, without spot and undefiled- chosen, the nations see)

10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? (Who is as the morning and as terrible as an army with banners? Is this Lucifer? Son of the morning coming against God’s people?)

11 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished and the pomegranates budded. 12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib. (She continues to search, but something is in the way)

13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies. ( The king calls his beloved bride, Israel back- come back, come back!  He loves her and He will not give up on her- though there is division- for she loves and searches for him, but the gatekeepers have held her back and when she did have an opportunity to be with him, she didn’t open the door)

Chapter 7: After the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Gospel is proclaimed and the Lord continues to reach out to His beloved people, and walk among His chosen

How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman. ( The feet of the messenger on the mountain proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World)

Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak. (The entire body of Christ, each part working together as one, bride of Christ)

10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me. ( The bride and the bridegroom)

11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. ( Let us walk together)

12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. 13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.( They walk together, and ,through the vine , the Lord Jesus they (His people) flourish by the Holy Spirit producing fruit- and are a pleasing aroma unto the Lord)

chapter 8: He is coming again, but He is not yet ready, He will fight for Israel, He will protect her, A call, as proclaimed as in Revelation : “Come Quickly! Hurry, come quickly!”

O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.

I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.

His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please. ( He is not yet ready to return yet)

Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee. (She is restored and again with her love- Zechariah 12-14- He will save His people)

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.(Seal of the Holy Spirit- or the mark in revelation- set upon His love for protection from death and the grave)

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour. (Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?)

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices. (Behold, with haste, He comes quickly)

  1. Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
  2. Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
  3. Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
  4. Revelation 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
  5. Revelation 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
  6. Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
  7. Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord

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Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51 & 19

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Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 19 & 51

   
                   A few years ago, I was in a bible study and decided to pray the scriptures we were studying. I loved the prayers of David in Psalms and often I would pray them aloud or write the prayers in my journal. One prayer specifically I would pray often is “Lord, create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me”

                Soon after I began praying this, something supernatural happened to me. I woke up one morning feeling like a brand new person.  How can I explain it? I felt like I did when I was seven years old- completely free, without a burden in the world. I had new-found energy and joy. Do you remember the energy you had when you were 7? -to climb trees, run free, no worries, and all joy. I didn’t realize how much the world and pressures around me had weighed me down. I felt so different, but I didn’t understand what had just happened.

              As I woke up with this new feeling, I prayed, “Lord, what is this? I feel like I did when I was 7 years old?”  Within my heart I heard “You have a new spirit”. – not going to lie, that scared me! So I prayed back. “What?!?!?” and I heard “You prayed for this”. I didn’t remember praying for that, I didn’t really think I would get a new heart, I just thought they were great words and prayers from King David. I jumped out of bed and ran to my notebook and began flipping through the prayers I had written:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me

  Over and over again, I had prayed this verse. I had a new spirit within me! It was amazing! So many things have happened supernaturally, but I just can’t fully explain them- another one being the mighty rush of wind- that was terrifying and at that moment something happened too. God’s Word is powerful and alive, keep it close to your heart.

Last year, I had a dream after I prayed the Prayer of Transformation . In the dream, my heart and life were being cleaned out – as if I was being made new again. I believe this is what will happen to us at the Lord’s coming:

           Early morning, I was waking up out of a very different dream. It seemed there had been an innumerable amount of time and hours spent searching through my entire life- an exhaustive study- you could say of me. Things were being taken out of my life- every bad thing I had ever done and said, along with every wrong or bad thing that had happened to me. All of this was being taken out of me and put in a canister that was being held by an angel. There was much- intense study- searching back to my early childhood. I stood there as my life was being cleaned out – as if they where going in my heart/spirit and cleaning everything out. As I was waking up, yet still in dream, the exhaustive study of me was almost over. I say exhaustive because not only did it seem to take a long time to do this, but also because they didn’t stop until every wrong, every hurt, every evil was gone. It was amazing to think that even as a small child, there were hurts that I didn’t even know were there. They were taking out all the times I had been hurt or hard times I had suffered- even back to my toddler and childhood days. It was amazing. I looked at the canister and it was almost full and I turned to see myself. I could see myself standing up with my arms out as my life was searched and cleaned out. I looked- and in amazement I had turned into this brilliant shining white light. My arms, my clothes where like a bright white shining light. I could see myself on a brilliant white step and there I was- a brilliant shining white light. I was changed and transformed. I wonder if this is what will happen when the Lord changes us when He returns again! It was amazing.

    I really can’t explain all these great mysteries, I can only share what I have experienced and remind you that God’s word is ALIVE AND POWERFUL. It is your sword and your weapon- don’t let it get rusty hidden away in a corner, but open up the Word of God and see what the Lord has for you.  Ask the Lord to create in you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you, also remember always the importance of protecting your heart:

Guard your heart above all else,
    for it determines the course of your life.
 Avoid all perverse talk;
    stay away from corrupt speech.
 Look straight ahead,
    and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
    stay on the safe path.
 Don’t get sidetracked;
    keep your feet from following evil.
Proverbs 4:23-27

How is your heart?

  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults Psalm 51:10 Psalm 19:12

And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh Ezekiel 11:19  Ezekiel 18:31 Ezekiel 36:26

 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.  Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Matthew 9:16 Matthew 9:17 Luke 5:38

          Another time I prayed scripture to the Lord ,as I searched for answers, was when my first daughter died. I reminded Him every day of the parable of the annoying woman who came to the evil king, and even he granted her what she wanted, I told Him, surely you can do greater – and He answered me. I called out all the scripture I knew to Him and He answered me! I wrote that in Where to babies go when they die? 

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   Create in me a new heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, O Lord, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto to me, the joy of your salvation and your Holy Spirit to sustain me.
O God, bring us back to your Holy Temple. Teach us how to be Holy and right before you.
God bless Israel, may your loving-kindness protect them
and keep them safe.
In Christ Jesus, Amen

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23 New discovery!!!!!!

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     Sometimes, when I see a sermon or teaching on Psalm 23, I quickly pass it by. I mean…..what more can I really learn here?  Don’t get me wrong, I love Psalm 23! I’ve had it memorized since I was 7 years old. I say it to myself often and teach it to my children. I recite it when I shop: “ I shall not want”, I recite it when I’m scared at night: “I will fear no evil”, I say it when I’m hyper: “He leads me along still waters”, I remember all my blessings and say “thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over”, I say it when those around me are angry or disapprove of my christian beliefs “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies” and sometimes for no reason at all, I will say out loud “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”. I love it. I’ve heard all the sermons, done all the studies, and I thought, what more can there be?

   Recently I was finishing up a bible study on Psalms at Sheridan House Ministries . The ending study was Psalm 23. I thought, really? Can’t I do something new?  What more can I learn here? I sat down to answer the questions and decided to change my thoughts. I said to myself, I am going to dig and dig into this until I find something new…and I DID!!! Super cool!….. and so what if I’m not the first, I mean it has been written for 3000 years, but still! I’m happy…

The Lord is my Shepherd
Thy Ruling Scepter and thy Staff to lean on, they comfort me

 And here’s my discovery- or theory:  The Shepherd, the rod and the staff may symbolize – The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

And here is why…..

I.The word “rod” from Psalm 23 is “Shebet” in Hebrew (H7626) and has 4 meanings:

          1- Sceptre:ruling scepter
          2- Branch
          3-Stick for fighting or to punish the Nations
          4-Tribe/ruling tribe

 Sceptre: (Shebet used 10X in scripture at a scepter):Scepter means rule or ruling power. Look at the verses below and you will see that each verse with Shebet as scepter speaks of the Messiah: 

The sceptre (shebet) shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes, and in Numbers 24:17  Balaam (the one who beat the talking donkey) prophesied: “I perceive Him, but far in the distant future. A star will rise from Jacob , a scepter (Shebet) will emerge from Israel” Balam prophesied this of a distant ruler-called shebet- the Rod” Gen 49:10

 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:8 KJV

Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.  You rule with a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil.  Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes.  In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you. Kings’ daughters are among your noble women.  At your right side stands the queen,  wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir! (Wow! This reminds me of us, the bride of Christ, and the Wedding feast of the Lamb.- and buy from me gold- so much in this verse!- He rules with a scepter of Justice, God has anointed Him with Oil of Joy) Ps 45:6-10

New Testament proof to back up the kingship: The angel spoke this to Mary  “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1:32-33, Luke 3:23-34, Revelation 5:5  “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof Jacob”

   What does this prove? It proves in Numbers, that a ruler, shebet, will rise from Israel/ Jacob. We know this is Jesus and confirmed in Luke 1 when the Angel tells Mary that her son will rule the house of Jacob forever and in Luke 3 and Matthew 1 we are given the genealogy of Jesus which goes back to Judah, Jacob, and Abraham. Revelation’s verse also confirms that He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David- the Lamb, the only one worthy enough to loose the seven seals. So we can conclude that Shebet in this verse represents Jesus, the Son of God.These verses are about Jesus- The Ruler, the Shebet- the Rod in Psalm 23.

2- Branch and who is the branch?- It’s Jesus!!!! Look at the verses below using the word Shebet as branch:

 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked Is 11:1-4

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch , and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. Jeremiah 23:5

In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land Jeremiah 33:15

 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth (are you going to be happy about this)? it contemneth (rejected or cast off) the rod(rule) of my son, as every tree. This verse is a warning from the Lord about the slaughter about to come on the people because of their sins. He asks- are you going to be happy about this?  It varies according to translations – but the original says they cast off or rejected the rule (shebet/rod) of the soninteresting. Ez 21:3 -10

3-Stick for fighting or to punish the Nations– sounds like the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God and the Word was God and was with God and that is Jesus!  Also Revelation 19:11 comes to mind. Also
Is 10:5, 10:15, 10:24, 14:5 mention Shebet at a Rod of punishment

The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,the whole earth as your possession. You will break them with an iron rod (shebet-sceptre)  and smash them like clay pots.’” Psalm 2:7-9

4-Tribe/ruling tribe.140x  The ruling tribe was Israel and out of Israel came Judah and out of Judah shall come a ruling scepter from the house of David and His name shall  be called wonderful! Counselor! Mighty God!

II. Who is the Shepherd in the Old Testamant? 

For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.  As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. ez 3411-12

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.  He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young is 40:11-

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people Exodus 13:21

The Lord is my Shepherd. Psalm 23

O God, why have you rejected us forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture? ps74:1

Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones Zechariah 13:7 

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth Psalm 80:1

III. Does the STAFF represent the Holy Spirit? (H4938) mish‛ênâh mish‛eneth: means support of every kind, to lean on. The staff was used to lean on, to strengthen, and help when the shepherd got tired. That is what the Holy Spirit does for us – and much, much more. The Holy Spirit supports us, guides us, and leads us unto the truth- just as a staff would be used to lead the sheep.

 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 2:4

 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26

 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” John 16:13-15

The church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged(comforted) by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers. Acts 9:31

“If you love me, obey my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (comforter, consoler) who will never leave you.  He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.  John 14:15-21

The Spirit of God within me- convicts and shows me when I’ve been wrong, teaches me, leads me along the best path for my life, tells me what the Father says,  gives me strength, and loves me. The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth, strengthens our spirit when we are weak and tired(Eph 3) Helps us obey the truth (1Peter 1) When I cannot rely on my own strength, the Holy Spirit is always there for me. The Holy Spirit fills me with love, power, and a sound mind. With the Spirit of God, there is no fear. In Him I rely on, I trust, I lean on and I follow.

  John 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

The Lord is my Shepherd
Thy Ruling Scepter and thy Staff to lean on, they comfort me

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Amen and Amen.