“The heart of many will grow cold” – or has it already begun? Matthew 24. HWC- the global current sweeping through the world (Heart Waxing Cold)

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 Has your heart waxed cold? Has your mind strayed away from God’s principles? False teaching, worldly influences and a spirit of wickedness have slowly manipulated people. This wickedness is waiting to rule over you.

Ask yourself, who comes first?

  1. you?
  2. God?
  3. mayyyyyybee other people (but only if you like them, and they’re nice)
  4. animals? (not that animals aren’t important, but let’s get real here – most people love their dog more than their neighbor)

Don’t you see what is about to come upon us? Jesus warned us in Matthew “the love of many shall wax cold”

In Matthew’s verse “Love of many shall wax cold”, the Greek translation is: the agape love of many people shall turn “physco”. The meaning in bible dictionaries for this term is cold/ breath and or blowing. Physcros and physco are both translated in scripture as cold.  Further research for a Greek definition of physco revealed the following: related to the soul, mind, also a study related to the body, nature, medicine or the physical world.

The word cold in this verse from revelation :“So then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth”is psychros meaning : cold, sluggish, inert, in mind. This version of word is used 3x. It seems, in this verse, to be a metaphor for cold personality- a cold mind.

 “the love of many shall wax cold”

Here are the options that this verse may mean:  In the last days, the love of many will grow:  uncaring, unloving, worldly, selfish, making our own ways, worshipping nature, following worldly ideas, medicated, worshiping things of the world….worldwide just as a current of wind blows through an area so this wickedness will try to consume all.

2 Timothy 3 goes into greater detail: “In the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Put others first!

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Phil 2

This week, I was studying the story in Matthew about how Jesus fed the 5000. Jesus had actually gone away to get rest after John the Baptist had died, but the crowd followed Him. I noticed how Jesus put the crowd before His needs. He needed rest, He was probably deeply saddened by John’s death and maybe also consumed with what was ahead for Him. He wanted to have quiet rest time and prayer with the Father, but He put his needs aside for all the people. This is the true shepherd, He laid down his life and all He had for us. Don’t get me wrong- we all need time to rest and pray- But Christ put the people’s needs first and trusted God to give Him the rest He needed. It makes me consider myself and times I have pushed my kids aside because I wanted my own time, or times I have ignored someone who needed my help because of my own selfishness. Often we need to remind ourselves – it’s not all about us. Me, me, me!

Consider your ways

Stop for a moment and imagine today was your last day. You are before the Lord God, would He say this to you ?

My child, I gave you much time and had a plan for you, what have you done with the time I’ve given you? Do you know how much of your day you gave to your own selfish wants – the computer? The television?  ………….. So much needed to get done, so many harvesters were needed. Why don’t your children know Who I AM? Why didn’t you come when I called you? Why did you choose the world over Me? Where is your gold and what can you buy with your money now? I was hungry and you ignored me, I was thirsty, but you turned your head. I was lonely but you didn’t care. I wanted to be your friend, I reached out for you, but you scoffed and turned away.  I kept knocking, but you didn’t open  the door. You honored me with your lips, but you knew your heart was far from Me.

The Sweeping Current of cold self centeredness aka  HWC (heart waxing cold) the new earthly phenomenon.

I sense it, do you?  It’s as if this selfish cold hearted spirit is knocking at my door waiting to rule over me. I have to remind myself to love others. In fact, I’m finding these last few weeks a real test and a struggle to be caring and loving to others. If I wasn’t grounded in the word and prayer I know I would not have noticed it. Maybe there is an intense war for God’s people going on right now that we don’t see. A verse that comes to mind as I write this is from Revelation 12 Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them[a] in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 1Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Heart waxed cold HWC headlines: from propheyupdatenews.com on 1-7-14

HWC: Boy, 13, Kills Cousin Over Xbox…
HWC: Man fatally stabs wife in argument over cable bill…
HWC: Stockton Couple Accused Of Dismembering Roommate, Burning Torso In Campfire
HWC: California priest beaten to death with wooden stake, metal gutter pipe

How does our enemy work?

First, he tries to steal the Word of God from our hearts. Once that is done, we soon begin to make our own ways and our own man made laws. Second, he tries to distract you from God’s word and promises. He sends arrows of doubt, fear and worry into your thoughts trying to destroy your faith. Thirdly, he gains a choke hold over you and blocks out God’s word through deceit, riches and all the world has to offer.

Matthew 13:19-Therefore hear the parable of the sower:  When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.  But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;  yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.  Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.  But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

What can we do?

We can begin by putting on the warfare we have been given in Ephesians 6 and living by the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. Revelation tells us we can overcome the wicked one by “the blood of the lamb and by our testimony”. 2 Timothy gives us more insight: follow right doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance,  persecutions and afflictions.

“ But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

Who comes first in your life?

Your pet? Your neighbor? Yourself? God? Your club? The poor? The rich?

Let’s talk: Recently a dog in my neighborhood needed to be put to sleep. He was paralyzed, deaf and blind but a sweet lady tried to help him. A local organization raised $15,000 to help the animal get wheels for his back legs, physical therapy in a pool, and weekly psychology visits – I’m not kidding you. He lived about 7 months before he died. It was amazing to see this outpouring for a dog- surely it was a kind gesture, but I don’t see the same kind of love outpouring for people. It doesn’t take a lot of searching to find someone in need. How few reach out to help the people around us who are struggling.

Here’s something else that bothers me – SeaWorld’s Blackfish episode. The outpouring for the whale and mother has been astonishing. Singers have cancelled events at the theme park and it’s made a mess for them. Now I don’t know much of SeaWorlds reply, and certainly the situation bothers me, but let’s get real. If we really want to close down SeaWorld, let’s close down pet shops, fishing fleets, zoos and hey! Wait a minute- do we get the same outpouring of concern for the 60 million aborted babies?  Today is January 17th, since the new year began, 1.8 million babies have had their skull crushed and brains vacuumed out ( A hollow tube with a knife-edged tip is inserted into the womb. This instrument is then connected to a vacuum machine. The vacuum suction, 29 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner, tears the fetus and placenta into small pieces which are sucked through the tube into a bottle and discarded or a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus. The teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the unborn child. This process is repeated until the fetus is totally dismembered and removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove them** from Lifesitenews.com.) or had chemicals/salt poured over their bodies until they die. Where’s the nation’s uproar for that? No – somehow in our “psycho/physcros” minds we seem to care more for an animal than we do for a struggling mother with children or a small infant in a mother’s womb. This certainly is the generation of phychros – those of a cold mind towards people.

Sidetrack: I have to give a Shout out to SeaWorld Orlando for saying MERRY CHRISTMAS! I was in shock! Coming from happy holiday land (lauderdillians), I was amazed that a theme park would not only proclaim Jesus but have praise songs to Him all day long! Whoohoo for SeaWorld. In the first week of January, we walked through the gate and heard blasting through the park “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing. Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!

The shops at SeaWorld had nativity sets and children’s books of Jesus!  So yay for them, for being one of the last standing establishments to honor Christ. As my family was leaving, this song echoed through the park.

 “Come, adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the newborn King 
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
See Him in a manger laid Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth! Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, With us sing our Savior's birth. 
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

Okay, so I got off track, but I had to share that good news with you. Let’s go back to our study……..

We were talking about the coldhearted people in the last days. As Christians- I want you to ask yourselves if you have in anyway become cold. Keep your eyes open to your ways and thoughts; be careful not to become coldhearted and uncaring for others. I believe there is a strong current, like a mighty force, sweeping through the land that we all would become uncaring and unloving to others. Another definition used for this word is breath- putting it all together – it’s as if a strong current is sweeping over people turning their hearts cold towards others.

Besides selfishness, I think sometimes we can become cold hearted by the cold heartedness of people around us, but we can’t let that influence us.  Jesus is our example of how we should treat others. He didn’t fight or shout, not did he break the weakest reed (which means he didn’t crush those already brokenhearted and weak). He asked forgiveness for those who crucified Him, can we find that same forgiveness and mercy for others within ourselves?

Hear the Word of the Lord:

 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,  and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.2 Timothy 3 1-17

Revelation 3:15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth

Matthew 24 : Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),  “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.  Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.  Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[d] is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[g]49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Dear Lord,

What has happened to us? Has the current of filth and worldliness caused us to drift so far we don’t realize our ways anymore? Lord, open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to your call. Set our feet back on the right path and give us discernment when we start to slip. I know you are always there for us, but keep us from honoring you with only our lips and not our hearts. Give us a love for others as Christ has. Teach us to consider others above ourselves. Forgive for our cold self-centeredness. Let us be a light in this world that would lead others to your kingdom. Give us a love for others, give us a heart of mercy , a heart of grace and forgiveness as you have showered upon us all through Christ your Son, In Jesus name, Amen.

You are saved by grace ?

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     I had a dream about a year ago and in this dream, I stood before a great king. He seemed larger than life and he sat on a great throne. It seemed I was only 1/3 of his height. We were going back in forth in debate- well only I was debating- on the subject of salvation, but the king only had one answer and would defeat my argument each time.

 My Dream:

   I walked into a room and there was a great king on a large throne and between us seemed to be desk. I stood and argued that it was not possible to be saved by grace alone. I argued with all the scripture I knew and the king would reply each time “No, it is only by grace that you are saved”

    What! That can’t be, I would argue back. The bible is clear that we are not saved unless we believe and even that isn’t enough, because scripture says that even the devils believe, and with this that we need works, because the bible says with out works, our faith is dead. So we need to believe, but we need to add to that faith, but yet, still that is not good enough, we need works – because scripture says that. 

 The king would gently reply: “It is only by grace that you are saved”

     Really? I argued back, so how does that make sense? What about John 3:16?So I guess everybody’s saved, if it’s only grace? But what about those who don’t believe in Christ? Are they saved only by grace because what good is believing, faith and works then? Do they all disappear? What about Hebrews 11:6- We can’t please God without faith and Romans 1:5 and 16:26 we need to believe and OBEY, and 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing and he cuts off every branch that doesn’t produce fruit- so that proves we need works; and works without love is worthless, so now we need works, love, faith, and fruit to be saved!!!!!!

   “ No, it is only by grace that you are saved” He kept saying to me. I was totally annoyed because I didn’t feel like I was winning this argument. The king would look at me with the most loving eyes and let me finish each thing I said before he spoke. He seemed to look at me as a loving father would, even in my frustration – he would calmly tilt his head back touching the back of his throne with his head and smile as if I were quite entertaining. He never got angry and always looked at me with loving eyes, even though I was mouthing off and flying my hands all over the place with my argument.

    Each time I would finish my argument, he would pause…. Smile at me and say – in a ‘he was so right way’ – “it is only by grace that you are saved”. 

      And I kept on: Well why do I need to keep running the race? Aren’t I supposed to win the prize? I keep running as it says in 1 Corinthians 9, and what about faith- what good are we without faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – His death and resurrection? 1 tim 1:9 and all the old testament great men were honored because of their faith – like Abraham- because of their faith- in Hebrews 11” And Romans 3 says we are made right with God because of our faith, not obedience.Doesn’t faith justify us in Gal 2:16 and Romans 5:1? So it’s not grace – impossibleSalvation is belief in Jesus, plus works, plus faith, plus love, plus fruit – because without that….aren’t we chopped off that vine?

The King loving and calmly replied (as he smiled at me)  “Lisa, it is only by grace that you are saved”

      No, I said, you are wrong- impossible. I know all the scripture and I know I’m right. I saw him look at me, enjoying this conversation. He knew he was right and he knew my argument wasn’t standing up to his. So I continued on…..okay, well what about this verse: “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,  idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God” where does grace fit in there? Doesn’t that verse prove we are saved or not saved by our actions? And see! Look at Romans 4” But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.” So here we go with rock, paper, scissors! It’s faith, and not works? But still – it’s faith in God, right? So now it’s just faith, but wait Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19).- so faith and belief are different? Anyways- how can God’s grace alone save us? I know God’s grace is important, but I know we are saved because we believe, and even that is not enough! Because even the devils believe, and we must add to that faith because without faith we cannot please God and to that we must add works because faith is shown in works, and to that we must add love because works without love is nothing and to that we add fruit, because without that we are cut off from the vine, and there you have it, I win.

         He leaned over to me, and I really think he had a sparkle in his eye, patiently smiling, making sure I was done and said

     It is only by grace, that you are saved.

  The argument went on and on through the night. I kept quoting scripture, but the king kept winning the argument with his reply “You are saved by grace” ,Uggghhhhhh! I woke up and I still felt like I had not won this argument.

What exactly is Grace?

   This dream prompted me to intensely study Grace and what I have found is truly amazing. I’m not done, I have over 30 pages written on the subject, and hopefully I can put it together soon in a post worthy manner.  The study seems to be taking forever. I think I have found some great discoveries as I study Grace. As I put all the scriptures together to define grace, I have found an interesting possible link between grace and the Holy Spirit. The definition of grace almost exactly matches the Holy Spirit, but that will have to be another post, for now, I just hope to have you thinking. 🙂

   As the Holy Spirit has sealed us for the day of redemption, could also God’s grace do the same? Is Gods grace the underlying denominator to faith, works, belief, love, and fruit?

   I studied Acts a few months ago in order to gather all he said to the people about Salvation in Christ Jesus and I came up with these 7 things:

ETERNAL SALVATION- AN UNDERSERVED GIFT FROM GOD

1-BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST- FAITH
2-CONFESS YOUR SINS AND REPENT
3-TURN BACK TO GOD- He wants you to SEEK HIM
4-BE BAPTISED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST-WASHING AWAY YOUR SINS
5-PROVE IT BY THE WAY YOU LIVE
6-GET RID OF ALL SIN AND WICKEDNESS
7-WATCH OUT FOR FALSE TEACHERS AND WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

  As I considered all this I suddenly thought:

It is by grace that  1- I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ
It is by grace that  2- He forgives me when I confess my sins and repent
It is by grace that  3- He calls me to seek Him
It is by grace that 4- He washes away my sins through baptism
It is by grace that  5-He continues to work in me, leading, guiding and teaching me to be Holy like He is holy
It is by grace that   6- He gives me His Word to teach me how to live
It is by grace that  7- He gives me discernment and knowledge to know right from wrong.

  And this verse was brought to my remembrance : “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9

   I’m still not done studying, but I keep on…I keep on….


For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves

Ephesians 2:8

Last night I dreamt of a Shepherd, he was tall and in a field with a staff and his herd of sheep. He was going on the outside of his herd and gathering all of the sheep that had wandered off, one at a time, then suddenly I saw a fisherman gathering in fish from a net…

Do you know how much He Loves You? He loves you with an everlasting love

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Do you know how much He loves you? Do you really understand God’s love for you?

His love for you is indescribable
 its immeasurable
 it’s undeniable

Do you know that He knows everything about you? He cares deeply for you! He has each of your tears counted out. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book

He knows your thoughts and your motives
He listens to you, He watches you
He commissions His mighty angels to protect you
He stops to hear your prayers
He made a way for you to go before His throne in the Heavens
His thoughts of you outnumber the sands on the seashore!

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
    They cannot be numbered!
 I can’t even count them;
    they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
    you are still with me! ps 139

   Imagine picking up a handful of sand- each tiny sand on the seashore represents a thought the Lord has of you- thoughts of peace, and not evil. Sometimes we can get all wrapped up in our rituals and works that we don’t stop to consider the Lord’s love for us. His Grace, Mercy, protection and loving-kindness surround us. Stop for a moment and consider this amazing love. Your God, your Savior, and your Creator reached down from heaven to free you from bondage, to set you free, and give you life. He leans down from His throne above the earth to hear your cries. He has a book of remembrance with your life and words written in them: “and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name” Malachi 3:16

He knew you before you were born and chose the generation you would live in: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; . and:From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.” He even chose the year, the generation and the location you would live”

God’s love for you is immeasurable:   The bible tells us that the Love Christ has for you is beyond all our knowledge- it’s too great for us to understand “how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is….it is too great to understand fully” We know He has this love for us because “He laid down his life for us”, and “gave himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God”. God’s love is shown and evident to us because “God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” ; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us

HE CHOSE YOU– How amazing is that!  Scripture tells us that we know Him because He chose us .You are chosen. Luke 10:22My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Matthew 11:27My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him John 15:16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name

HE MADE YOU WORTHY WHEN WE WERE UNWORTHY: He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God His Father. I am amazed at God’s Mercy and Grace, making us worthy of coming before His throne, fully cleansed- making my sins disappear as far as the east is too the west! He presents us “Holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight” by the blood of the cross.  God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God”

He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father.

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In Him we exist : “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.  For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ And; “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Gal 2:20

JESUS SAID IT; THAT SETTLES IT: ” The Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God

HE CALLS YOU HIS CHILDREN: We know He loves us because He calls us  “his children, and that is what we are!” And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father and the Lord says “ I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters


Psalm 139

He knows when you are sitting down and when you stand up
He knows your thoughts from afar off
He understands your path and the words you speak because He made your heart
He knows every word on your tongue
He protects you from evil
You can never hide from Him, even in the darkness, in the seas, or in the heavens
He strengthens you and Hold you up
He made all your inward parts and covered you in your mother’s womb
Although you were made in secret, He watched over you and saw you
His eyes saw you before you were ever born
He has all your days written before there was even one
He thinks of you and how precious are His thoughts of you
He is with you when you awaken
He searches your heart and knows your anxieties
He leads you in the way of everlasting

 

Who you are In Christ Jesus:

  1. I am now alive in Christ, because I was dead in my trangressions and sins.
  2. I have eternal life, the gift of God
  3. I am not condemned
  4. I am forgiven. God forgives me
  5. I cannot be separated from His love. Nothing can separate you from the Love of God
  6. I am chosen, a child of the Most High God, an heir to the inheritance of the saints and loved beyond measure.
  7. I am the righteousness of God
  8. We are all members of one body
  9. I  have been given grace
  10. I have righteousness, holiness, and redemption
  11. I will be made alive
  12. all the promises of God are Yes and Amen! In Him.
  13. I believe ; the veil is taken away so that we may see and understand.
  14. I am anointed and made to stand firm. The Lord God makes us stand firm and He anointed us in Christ Jesus
  15. I can speak before God with sincerity as those sent from God
  16. I am a new creation and the old has gone, the new is here!
  17. My sins are not counted against me, but through Jesus, God reconciled the world to himself in Christ
  18. I have freedom from condemnation, death, and the slavery to sin
  19. I am justified by faith in Christ, not works. So we put our faith in Christ Jesus because no one is justified by the law
  20. I am a child of God, and heir to the inheritance of Abraham through faith
  21. We are all one- Jew and Gentile, slave or free, male or female
  22. I have been blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ
  23. I have been marked with a seal- sealed with the Promise of the Holy Spirit- protected for I am His awaiting eternal life with Him
  24. I have been raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms
  25. I have access to the throne of Grace
  26. I have the promise of the Holy Spirit within me to lead me and teach me
  27. I can now go boldly to the Throne of Grace before the Living and Holy God- the secret place in the heavens
  28. I have been brought near (But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ)
  29. I am showered with His grace and Kindness
  30. I am God’s handiwork, created to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do.
  31. I boast in Him, for I put no confidence in the flesh
  32. I am a work in progress –He never gives up on me, because He who started a good work in me will continue it to the end
  33. I am protected and forgiven, all the promises of His word are for me- to protect, to heal, to knock down strongholds, to help me, lead me and teach me
  34. I have been chosen. John 15:16 Luke 10:22
  35. I have the righteousness of God the Father
  36. God calls me heavenward to press on toward the goal to win the prize
  37. My heart and mind are guarded: the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
  38. My God will meet all my needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus
  39. I have faith and a love for all people
  40. I am firm in my faith and disciplined
  41. I live
  42. I have been raised with Him and set my heart on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God
  43. the dead shall rise first
  44.  I can praise Him in my storms and trials. I can give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for me (Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.)
  45. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time
  46. I have obtained salvation with eternal glory
  47. I am bold and courageous
  48. I live a godly life and do not fear man’s insults nor do I fear any weapon formed against me- for it shall not prosper
  49. I have been called to his eternal glory, and even if I suffer for a while, He will restore me and make me strong, firm and steadfast
  50. His promises are for Me because I believe
  51. I have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ because I have been justified by faith
  52. I was given the right to become a child of God because I received Him and believed in His name
  53. I am no longer called a servant, but His friend
  54. I am united and one with Him in the Spirit
  55. I was purchased and bought at a great price
  56. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
  57. All things in my life will work out for good because I love the Lord and have been called according to His purpose
  58. I am saved and forgiven. He intercedes on my behalf. Praise His Name!
  59. I can obtain Mercy in my time of need as I approach His Throne
  60. I am an heir of God through Christ
  61. I am strengthened and can do ALL things. That is yea and amen! For all God’s promises are true in Christ
Romans 6:11 Romans 6:23 Romans 8:1Romans 8:39 Romans 12:5 1 Corinthians 1:4 1 Corinthians 1:30 1 Corinthians 15:18 1 Corinthians 15:22 2 Corinthians 1:20 2 Corinthians 1:21,2 Corinthians 2:17 2 Corinthians 3:14 2 Corinthians 5:17 2 Corinthians 5:19 Galatians 2:4.Galatians 2:16.Galatians 3:26 Galatians 3:28 Galatians 5:1  Ephesians 1:3  Ephesians 1:12  Ephesians 1:13  Ephesians 2:1   Ephesians 2:6  Ephesians 2:7.Ephesians 2:10 Ephesians 2:13    Ephesians 3:6 Ephesians 4:32  Philippians 3:3 Philippians 3:9.Philippians 3:14.Philippians 4:7  Philippians 4:19 Colossians 1:4 Colossians 2:5 Colossians 2:9  ,Colossians 2:10 Colossians 2:17  Colossians 3:1 1 Thessalonians 2:14 1 Thessalonians 4:16 1 Thessalonians 5:18   1 Timothy 1:14 1 Timothy 3:13   2 Timothy 1:9 2 Timothy 1:13 2 Timothy 2:10 2 Timothy 3:12  2 Timothy 3:15  Philemon 1:8 Philemon 1:20 1 Peter 3:16  1 Peter 5:101 Peter 5:14 Romans 3:22 Galatians 3:22
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=YAlZQiMZaRo

Love others as the Lord loves you. Forgiving with Mercy, treating your neighbor with love, compassion for others, being patient with the faults of others and always ready to lay down your life as Christ laid down His life for you. I hope and pray that you understand this great mystery that Christ died for you, and that God sent His only Son to take your place so you might live eternally with Him remembering always; He created you to be Holy, as He is holy.

Unity: Can’t we all just get along? Psalm 133 (Part 2 of Unity)

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         I know! Unity sounds like such a boring subject, and it’s my second post on this topic, but I found some really cool stuff on unity. The last few weeks seem to be my testing time on this subject. Every where I turn, the Lord shows me how important it is to Him that I live in unity and harmony with others.
 
Psalm 133
 
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head,  that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lordcommanded the blessing, even life for evermore
 
 Based on Psalm 133,unity brings anointing and strength.  Okay, let me reword this…… If I am not living in harmony with my family(brothers and sisters in Christ), then I will not have the blessing of the Lord’s strength and anointing in my life. So I need to behave, be nice and for crying out loud : GET ALONG WITH OTHERS (agh! but I love to win! I always want my own way!)
 
Who is my brethren?
Jesus said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.  Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. Mark 3:34-35

The Power of Unity and Harmony in Christ

  1. unity brings strength
  2. unity brings anointing
  3. unity binds us in holiness as the bride of Christ
  4. unity is described as: precious, wonderful, refreshing, pleasant, and good
  5. unity descends or runs down flowing to others
  6. unity, like the precious oil, is healing
  7. unity is possible through the Lord God
  8. unity pleases the Lord
  9. unity is living together in harmony among the brethren (yes -your family)
  10. unity is bound by peace, and our completeness is bound in love.

     I can cry out “we need unity” in our churches and then come home and want to run over a few people. Maybe… if we want unity in our churches, we should begin by looking at our own lives first. Some of those closest to us are the most difficult to stay in unity with. As I read through the bible, I see that the Lord prefers us to get along TOGETHER.  In other words, do all you can to get along- without separating from each other.  Yes, I know people can be annoying- in our own churches (and in our families), but we need to do everything we can to live our lives pleasing to the Lord.

         The binding force for unity is peace. It’s key- and from an earlier post, I found that Peace is a protector. It protects us from evil. Sometimes we just need to hold our tongue in order for that to happen. That is why we are told to bring our thoughts captive to Christ. He can sort out our messes better than we ever could. However, there are times we are to speak out, as Paul did in Romans 9 and Acts 15, but we need to be fully led by the Holy Spirit and check that it isn’t our flesh leading the way. (and make sure it is spoken with the love of Christ)  There are certain times when separation brought peace –such as with Abraham and Lot and also in Acts 15:38 when Paul and Barnabas  “ disagreed strongly”. ( since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work.  Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated.)- but the Lord prefers that we do our best to stay in harmony together.

        There is a woman at my church who totally annoys me. Sometimes I want to trip her when she walks by. She smiles and has this super sister  better than you attitude. She is always quick with a hurtful cutting remark when no one is looking. (She reminds me of my husband’s evil cockatoo who pretended to love me when he was around, but when my husband walked out the room, the bird would attack me. No one would believe me until I showed them the beak sized holes in my back). She is high up and well-loved in church hierarchy (well bless your heart!) and let’s everyone know it. I see her do and say things that are so rude- especially to me- but I smile and either pretend I didn’t hear her or smile and tell her nicely how it is. Sometimes the things she does make me so mad….. grrrrr.  I could kick her under our bible study table and blame it on someone else, but instead I tell Jesus and keep forgiving. (Love is longsuffering –amen?)

 Consider the unity or disunity of the following:

  1. Ruth and Naomi
  2. Abraham and Lot
  3. David and Jonathon 1 Samuel 18-20
  4. Rechabites Jeremiah 35 (I love that story)
  5. Early Church Acts 2
  6. Joseph and His brothers

   With unity, we see: blessings, strength, power, harmony,  and anointing. We also see that God notices when people stood together as one in holiness and harmony -this pleased Him. With disunity, I notice one party is more blessed than the other. hmmmmmmm

        Peace is the binding compound

         Love binds us in completeness.

 

Psalm 133

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head,  that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
Hermonsnow.jpgAs the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

LET’S LOOK INTO THIS PASSAGE:  

verse 1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Dwell: (Yaw-Shab’), Unity : Yakh’-ad: To remain , settle, marry, be united, alike, all together. “REMAIN TOGETHER”
Brethren: be at peace with those in your family and the family of Christ. This is pleasing to the Lord.

verse 1 (Spurgeon Notes)”From Charles Spurgeon”Psalm 133:The treasury of David”:For brethren according to the flesh to dwell together is not always wise; for experience teaches that they are better a little apart, and it is shameful for them to dwell together in disunion. They had much better part in peace like Abraham and Lot, than dwell together in envy like Joseph’s brothers. When brethren can and do dwell together in unity, then is their communion worthy to be gazed upon and sung of in holy Psalmody. Such sights ought often to be seen among those who are near of kin, for they are brethren, and therefore should be united in heart and aim; they dwell together, and it is for their mutual comfort that there should be no strife; and yet how many families are rent by fierce feuds, and exhibit a spectacle which is neither good nor pleasant!As to brethren in spirit, they ought to dwell together in church fellowship, and in that fellowship one essential matter is unity. We can dispense with uniformity if we possess unity: oneness of life, truth, and way; oneness in Christ Jesus; oneness of object and spirit—these we must have, or our assemblies will be synagogues of contention rather than churches of Christ. The closer the unity the better; for the more of the good and the pleasant there will be. Since we are imperfect beings, somewhat of the evil and the unpleasant is sure to intrude; but this will readily be neutralized and easily ejected by the true love of the saints, if it really exists. Christian unity is good in itself, good for ourselves, good for the brethren, good for our converts, good for the outside world; and for certain it is pleasant; for a loving heart must have pleasure and give pleasure in associating with others of like nature. A church united for years m earnest service of the Lord is a well of goodness and joy to all those who dwell round about it.”How good and holy pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! No one can tell the exceeding excellence of such a condition; and so the Psalmist uses the word “how” twice;—Behold how good! and how pleasant!

Verse 2: Notice the precious ointment ran down or descended – from the top to the ends of the garment. Christ being the head over us, and this unity flows out through Christ to His brothers and sisters. If we are in the body of Christ, we should be living in unity with each other. This is a good example for the family, or even the leaders of the Church. Parents and leaders are the examples, the head of the organization and the unity in them should run down to family members and/or the congregation. I wonder if discord is found among the people/children….we should look to the top to solve? That is probably why the bible has such strict standards for a bishop, a teacher or an elder (Titus 1, 1 Timothy 3)

      If unity is like the anointing oil that descended on Aaron, then unity is holy and it sanctifies us before the Lord. This unity anoints us, blesses us and sanctifies us.

Oil heals! Could unity be healing?  Isaiah 1:6 tells us oil (and prayer) helps us heal.

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. Psalm 45:7

Spurgeon: Psalm 133: vs 2:What a sacred thing must brotherly love be when it can be likened to an oil which must never be poured on any man but on the Lord’s high priest alone! It is a diffusive thing: being poured on his bead the fragrant oil flowed down upon Aaron’s head, and thence dropped upon his garments till the utmost hem was anointed therewith; and even so doth brotherly love extend its benign power and bless all who are beneath its influence.

Verse 3: Unity is like the dew on Mount Hermon. Why would the dew on a mountain be important?   The holy dew in the wilderness turned to manna which feed, nourished and strengthened the people. So…. Then does unity strengthen us? I’d say yes. Ex 16:14 “ and when the dew gone up, behold –there lay a small round thing and it was bread from heaven. Let’s look at this again – dew is like water –or like the water in baptism and when the dew was gone up, manna was left. Manna – bread- the bread of life – Jesus?

   Again the dew on the mountain is from top to bottom, like in the oil from verse two. This unity flows or descends upon others.  Here’s an unbiblical example: I just happened to catch a glimpse of a kid’s dance competition on tv and the mothers talk a lot of trash about the other children. Well guess who repeats it? Their children! So the discord among the parents then flowed out to their children and then pretty soon someone was crying.

There the Lord commanded the blessing. God commands his blessing where peace is cultivated; by which is meant, that he testifies how much he is pleased with concord amongst men, by showering down blessings upon them. The same sentiment is expressed by Paul in other words (2Co 13:11 Php 4:9), “Live in peace, and the God of peace shall be with you.”—John Calvin.

I wanted to debate this:  I said  “Well how can two walk to together unless they agree?” quoting Amos 3:3, Psalm 1 and 2 Corinthians 6:14-15: “How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?  And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.”

Okay, I see – If we are the body of Christ, we are to walk together. Notice the verse said live in harmony with your BRETHREN. This verse is talking about those who follow Christ and those who follow the doctrines of devils cannot walk in unity. The two cannot walk in harmony together. Okay, Jesus just answered that for me.

True test of harmony– is there giving, selflessness, charity, hospitality among you? Are there no needy among us? I’d say we still have work to do.

Why is unity important? So that the whole world would believe in Jesus- and this unity Glorifies God. John 17:21, Romans 15

Unity is only possible with God’s help:  “and it is God who helps us live in this harmony with each other “May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.  Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 15:5-6 With Christ all things are possible.

So ask ourselves today….Can I live in harmony with those around me for the sake of God’s kingdom and so that I can be a light and an example to this world so that others would believe in Jesus?

    No one said this life would be easy, but we can rejoice in our trials and persecutions because we know the Lord is with us and He blesses us for doing what is right. (Romans 5:3-4, James 1)

  Unity is precious to the Lord. It anoints, empowers and strengthens as one body in Christ Jesus.

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.  I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. John 17:23

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5