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  • 24 Nov 2017
      The Sabbath and Deeds of Necessity John MacArthur,   “But He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?’” (Matthew 12:3–4). David the great king, psalmist, and warrior was a true hero of the Jews, even more so than the prophets and patriarchs were. Jesus here reminds the Pharisees of what happened when David and his men sought to escape the vengeful and jealous King Saul south of Gibeah. They asked for food when they came to the town where the tabernacle was located. Ahimelech the priest gave David and his men the bread of the Presence because there was “no ordinary bread on hand” (1 Sam. 21:4). That consecrated bread was baked weekly, and each Sabbath day twelve new loaves (representing the twelve tribes of Israel) replaced the previous ones. Only the priests could eat these loaves. On that unusual occasion, however, God allowed an exception for the sake of David and his companions, who were weakened by hunger. This exceptional action did not offend the Lord, and consequently He did not discipline either David or Ahimelech. It was better for the men to violate a ceremonial regulation if it was necessary to meet their basic needs. If God allowed His people to sometimes disregard His own law in order to bene-fit their welfare, how could He not allow the purposeless and silly traditions of men and women to be broken so a work of necessity could take place? Ask Yourself How does this picture of a practical God square with your perception of Him? Are we sometimes protective and provincial about the name of God for reasons all our own—or perhaps as excuses for not dirtying our hands with human need? From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008
  •   The Sabbath and Deeds of Necessity John MacArthur,   “But He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?’” (Matthew 12:3–4). David the great king, psalmist, and warrior was a true hero of the Jews, even more so than the prophets and patriarchs were. Jesus here reminds the Pharisees of what happened when David and his men sought to escape the vengeful and jealous King Saul south of Gibeah. They asked for food when they came to the town where the tabernacle was located. Ahimelech the priest gave David and his men the bread of the Presence because there was “no ordinary bread on hand” (1 Sam. 21:4). That consecrated bread was baked weekly, and each Sabbath day twelve new loaves (representing the twelve tribes of Israel) replaced the previous ones. Only the priests could eat these loaves. On that unusual occasion, however, God allowed an exception for the sake of David and his companions, who were weakened by hunger. This exceptional action did not offend the Lord, and consequently He did not discipline either David or Ahimelech. It was better for the men to violate a ceremonial regulation if it was necessary to meet their basic needs. If God allowed His people to sometimes disregard His own law in order to bene-fit their welfare, how could He not allow the purposeless and silly traditions of men and women to be broken so a work of necessity could take place? Ask Yourself How does this picture of a practical God square with your perception of Him? Are we sometimes protective and provincial about the name of God for reasons all our own—or perhaps as excuses for not dirtying our hands with human need? From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008
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  • 24 Nov 2017
      Disciplining Yourself for a Purpose John MacArthur, “Bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). Godliness should be the believer’s priority in life. I’m amazed at how devoted people can be to what they believe is important. There are many people outside Christianity who live in rigid conformity to a lot of meaningless rules. People in totalitarian countries, for example, live in rigid conformity to rules predicated on a denial of biblical truth. They walk circumspectly and toe the mark. Some cultists are so rigid and walk so circumspectly according to the principles dictated to them that if they’re told they can’t get married or can’t be with their spouses, they conform. They’re made to live in abstinence from physical relationships, follow strict diets, fast, and so on. Some attempt to attain spirituality through such self-disciplined acts as lying on a bed of nails or walking through hot coals. Others, such as athletes, go through tremendous self-discipline through dieting, running, weight training, and other means that involve great sacrifice. People disciplined in things that are ultimately meaningless may be lax in things that count. I know people who run three miles every day but will not bother to read the Bible regularly. I know other people who cannot discipline themselves to feed on the Word of God but stick rigorously to a diet. Many Christians worship physical fitness and health and are so conformed to the world’s system that they’re careless and lazy about conforming to Christ. If you are a wise Christian, you’ll be sure to discipline yourself for godliness. You’ll know what pleases God, watch for Satan’s traps, resist the Devil, defeat temptation, and be selective about your behavior. In other words, you’ll not walk as a fool; you’ll walk in wisdom—living by God’s standards. Suggestions for Prayer Thank God for His Son, the perfect example of spiritual discipline and godliness. Ask God to help you be like Him. For Further Study According to 1 Timothy 4:7, what is the purpose of spiritual discipline? According to 2 Peter 1:3, what has God’s divine power granted us? From Strength for Today by John MacArthur Copyright © 1997
  •   Disciplining Yourself for a Purpose John MacArthur, “Bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). Godliness should be the believer’s priority in life. I’m amazed at how devoted people can be to what they believe is important. There are many people outside Christianity who live in rigid conformity to a lot of meaningless rules. People in totalitarian countries, for example, live in rigid conformity to rules predicated on a denial of biblical truth. They walk circumspectly and toe the mark. Some cultists are so rigid and walk so circumspectly according to the principles dictated to them that if they’re told they can’t get married or can’t be with their spouses, they conform. They’re made to live in abstinence from physical relationships, follow strict diets, fast, and so on. Some attempt to attain spirituality through such self-disciplined acts as lying on a bed of nails or walking through hot coals. Others, such as athletes, go through tremendous self-discipline through dieting, running, weight training, and other means that involve great sacrifice. People disciplined in things that are ultimately meaningless may be lax in things that count. I know people who run three miles every day but will not bother to read the Bible regularly. I know other people who cannot discipline themselves to feed on the Word of God but stick rigorously to a diet. Many Christians worship physical fitness and health and are so conformed to the world’s system that they’re careless and lazy about conforming to Christ. If you are a wise Christian, you’ll be sure to discipline yourself for godliness. You’ll know what pleases God, watch for Satan’s traps, resist the Devil, defeat temptation, and be selective about your behavior. In other words, you’ll not walk as a fool; you’ll walk in wisdom—living by God’s standards. Suggestions for Prayer Thank God for His Son, the perfect example of spiritual discipline and godliness. Ask God to help you be like Him. For Further Study According to 1 Timothy 4:7, what is the purpose of spiritual discipline? According to 2 Peter 1:3, what has God’s divine power granted us? From Strength for Today by John MacArthur Copyright © 1997
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  • 24 Nov 2017
      Acknowledging God's Sovereignty John MacArthur,   "By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones" (Heb. 11:22). God uses your present circumstances to accomplish His future purposes. Like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Joseph was an heir to the covenant promises of God. His hope was firmly fixed on God, and he knew that some day his people would be at home in the Promised Land. Although he spent all his adult life in Egypt, never seeing the Promised Land for himself, Joseph's faith never wavered. At the end of his life, he instructed his brothers to remove his bones from Egypt and bury them in their future homeland (Gen. 50:25). That request was fulfilled in the Exodus (Ex. 13:19). But Joseph's faith wasn't in the promises of future events only, for his life was marked by exceptional trust in God and personal integrity. His understanding of God's sovereignty was unique among the patriarchs. Even though he suffered greatly at the hands of evildoers (including his own brothers, who sold him into slavery), Joseph recognized God's hand in every event of his life and submitted to His will. Joseph said to his brothers, "Do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life . . . and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God" (Gen. 45:5, 7-8). Later, after their father's death, he reassured them again: "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place? And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to . . . preserve many people alive" (Gen. 50:19- 20). The genius of Joseph's faith was understanding the role that present circumstances play in fulfilling future promises. He accepted blessing and adversity alike because he knew God would use both to accomplish greater things in the future. Joseph is the classic Old Testament example of the truth that God works all things together for good to those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). That's a promise you can rely on too. Suggestions for Prayer Reaffirm your trust in God's sovereign work in your life. For Further Study Read of Joseph's life in Genesis 37-50. From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993.
  •   Acknowledging God's Sovereignty John MacArthur,   "By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones" (Heb. 11:22). God uses your present circumstances to accomplish His future purposes. Like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Joseph was an heir to the covenant promises of God. His hope was firmly fixed on God, and he knew that some day his people would be at home in the Promised Land. Although he spent all his adult life in Egypt, never seeing the Promised Land for himself, Joseph's faith never wavered. At the end of his life, he instructed his brothers to remove his bones from Egypt and bury them in their future homeland (Gen. 50:25). That request was fulfilled in the Exodus (Ex. 13:19). But Joseph's faith wasn't in the promises of future events only, for his life was marked by exceptional trust in God and personal integrity. His understanding of God's sovereignty was unique among the patriarchs. Even though he suffered greatly at the hands of evildoers (including his own brothers, who sold him into slavery), Joseph recognized God's hand in every event of his life and submitted to His will. Joseph said to his brothers, "Do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life . . . and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God" (Gen. 45:5, 7-8). Later, after their father's death, he reassured them again: "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place? And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to . . . preserve many people alive" (Gen. 50:19- 20). The genius of Joseph's faith was understanding the role that present circumstances play in fulfilling future promises. He accepted blessing and adversity alike because he knew God would use both to accomplish greater things in the future. Joseph is the classic Old Testament example of the truth that God works all things together for good to those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). That's a promise you can rely on too. Suggestions for Prayer Reaffirm your trust in God's sovereign work in your life. For Further Study Read of Joseph's life in Genesis 37-50. From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993.
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  • 24 Nov 2017
    The Red Notebook Our Daily Journey,   Nov 24, 2017     Read:  Malachi 3:6-18A 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) Since my children have been able to speak, I’ve recorded things they’ve said in a red notebook which now features a bent cover and curled page corners. A few times each year we read through the entries and reminisce about the (mostly) funny and (occasionally) insightful things the kids said as toddlers and young children. Some of the entries mark moments I still recall, but others would be lost forever if it weren’t for the “red notebook.” The Old Testament prophet Malachi spoke about a book (or scroll) of remembrance. It contained the names of a group of people within the Jewish nation. God considered those people to be a special treasure because they “feared him and always thought about the honor of his name” (Malachi 3:16). They remained faithful when others decided it was useless to serve and obey Him. The ones who abandoned God asked, “What have we gained by obeying his commands or by trying to show [the Lord] that we are sorry for our sins? . . . For those who do evil get rich” (Malachi 3:14-15). This sense of disillusionment is familiar to many of us. Consistently serving God is often discouraging and it rarely leads to what we might desire. It can be frustrating when we face challenges though we’re striving to do what’s right. How can we, like the people God treasured in Malachi’s day, honor Him? By submitting to His wisdom and guiding power. We can trust that, “[God] will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him” (Hebrews 6:10). If we truly know Him through His Son Jesus, our future with Him is secure. This means He will remember us in the life to come where we’ll enjoy His presence forever (Revelation 21:27). NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 More:  Read Psalm 86:11 and consider what the psalmist asks of God as he seeks to honor Him. Next:  Malachi 3:13,16 says that the Lord noticed what people were saying about Him. If He listened in on your conversations, what would He hear? What does it mean for you to honor God in your words and actions? Share your comments By Jennifer Schuldt 
  • The Red Notebook Our Daily Journey,   Nov 24, 2017     Read:  Malachi 3:6-18A 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) Since my children have been able to speak, I’ve recorded things they’ve said in a red notebook which now features a bent cover and curled page corners. A few times each year we read through the entries and reminisce about the (mostly) funny and (occasionally) insightful things the kids said as toddlers and young children. Some of the entries mark moments I still recall, but others would be lost forever if it weren’t for the “red notebook.” The Old Testament prophet Malachi spoke about a book (or scroll) of remembrance. It contained the names of a group of people within the Jewish nation. God considered those people to be a special treasure because they “feared him and always thought about the honor of his name” (Malachi 3:16). They remained faithful when others decided it was useless to serve and obey Him. The ones who abandoned God asked, “What have we gained by obeying his commands or by trying to show [the Lord] that we are sorry for our sins? . . . For those who do evil get rich” (Malachi 3:14-15). This sense of disillusionment is familiar to many of us. Consistently serving God is often discouraging and it rarely leads to what we might desire. It can be frustrating when we face challenges though we’re striving to do what’s right. How can we, like the people God treasured in Malachi’s day, honor Him? By submitting to His wisdom and guiding power. We can trust that, “[God] will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him” (Hebrews 6:10). If we truly know Him through His Son Jesus, our future with Him is secure. This means He will remember us in the life to come where we’ll enjoy His presence forever (Revelation 21:27). NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 More:  Read Psalm 86:11 and consider what the psalmist asks of God as he seeks to honor Him. Next:  Malachi 3:13,16 says that the Lord noticed what people were saying about Him. If He listened in on your conversations, what would He hear? What does it mean for you to honor God in your words and actions? Share your comments By Jennifer Schuldt 
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  • 24 Nov 2017
      November 24  Direction of Focus My Utmost for His Highest Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God… —Psalm 123:2 This verse is a description of total reliance on God. Just as the eyes of a servant are riveted on his master, our eyes should be directed to and focused on God. This is how knowledge of His countenance is gained and how God reveals Himself to us (see Isaiah 53:1). Our spiritual strength begins to be drained when we stop lifting our eyes to Him. Our stamina is sapped, not so much through external troubles surrounding us but through problems in our thinking. We wrongfully think, “I suppose I’ve been stretching myself a little too much, standing too tall and trying to look like God instead of being an ordinary humble person.” We have to realize that no effort can be too high. For example, you came to a crisis in your life, took a stand for God, and even had the witness of the Spirit as a confirmation that what you did was right. But now, maybe weeks or years have gone by, and you are slowly coming to the conclusion— “Well, maybe what I did showed too much pride or was superficial. Was I taking a stand a bit too high for me?” Your “rational” friends come and say, “Don’t be silly. We knew when you first talked about this spiritual awakening that it was a passing impulse, that you couldn’t hold up under the strain. And anyway, God doesn’t expect you to endure.” You respond by saying, “Well, I suppose I was expecting too much.” That sounds humble to say, but it means that your reliance on God is gone, and you are now relying on worldly opinion. The danger comes when, no longer relying on God, you neglect to focus your eyes on Him. Only when God brings you to a sudden stop will you realize that you have been the loser. Whenever there is a spiritual drain in your life, correct it immediately. Realize that something has been coming between you and God, and change or remove it at once. WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS Beware of isolation; beware of the idea that you have to develop a holy life alone. It is impossible to develop a holy life alone; you will develop into an oddity and a peculiarism, into something utterly unlike what God wants you to be. The only way to develop spiritually is to go into the society of God’s own children, and you will soon find how God alters your set. God does not contradict our social instincts; He alters them.  Biblical Psychology, 189 L
  •   November 24  Direction of Focus My Utmost for His Highest Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God… —Psalm 123:2 This verse is a description of total reliance on God. Just as the eyes of a servant are riveted on his master, our eyes should be directed to and focused on God. This is how knowledge of His countenance is gained and how God reveals Himself to us (see Isaiah 53:1). Our spiritual strength begins to be drained when we stop lifting our eyes to Him. Our stamina is sapped, not so much through external troubles surrounding us but through problems in our thinking. We wrongfully think, “I suppose I’ve been stretching myself a little too much, standing too tall and trying to look like God instead of being an ordinary humble person.” We have to realize that no effort can be too high. For example, you came to a crisis in your life, took a stand for God, and even had the witness of the Spirit as a confirmation that what you did was right. But now, maybe weeks or years have gone by, and you are slowly coming to the conclusion— “Well, maybe what I did showed too much pride or was superficial. Was I taking a stand a bit too high for me?” Your “rational” friends come and say, “Don’t be silly. We knew when you first talked about this spiritual awakening that it was a passing impulse, that you couldn’t hold up under the strain. And anyway, God doesn’t expect you to endure.” You respond by saying, “Well, I suppose I was expecting too much.” That sounds humble to say, but it means that your reliance on God is gone, and you are now relying on worldly opinion. The danger comes when, no longer relying on God, you neglect to focus your eyes on Him. Only when God brings you to a sudden stop will you realize that you have been the loser. Whenever there is a spiritual drain in your life, correct it immediately. Realize that something has been coming between you and God, and change or remove it at once. WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS Beware of isolation; beware of the idea that you have to develop a holy life alone. It is impossible to develop a holy life alone; you will develop into an oddity and a peculiarism, into something utterly unlike what God wants you to be. The only way to develop spiritually is to go into the society of God’s own children, and you will soon find how God alters your set. God does not contradict our social instincts; He alters them.  Biblical Psychology, 189 L
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  • 24 Nov 2017
    Be Still  Joni Eareckson Tada “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” –Psalm 46:10 One of the best ways to get to know God is to be... still. I have learned that lesson from spending years in forced bed rest. Up in my wheelchair, I can at least flail my arms or shrug my shoulders. But on my bed, gravity works against me and, for that reason, I’m even more paralyzed when lying down. Things aren’t as distracting when I’m lying still and so I experience firsthand a deeper knowledge of God through prayer. Sometimes I’m amazed that, from my bed, I can help set into motion the cogs and wheels of God’s workings in the world. Through my prayers I may change the destiny of a life or a nation. Lying on my bed, I can hasten the day of the Lord’s return. I don’t move a muscle while I’m in bed, but I help move the hand of God here and abroad. Try praying sometime while lying in bed (make sure not to do this when you’re tired or you might fall asleep!) Lie very still. Don’t move. Invite the Lord to speak to you in the stillness and quiet. Press your weakness up against His strength, your ignorance up against His knowledge. Be still... pray... and get to know God better.  “An intercessor means one who is in such vital contact with God and with his fellowmen that he is like a live wire closing the gap between the saving power of God and the sinful men who have been cut off from that power,” says Hannah Hurnard.*[1] Lord, I quiet my soul before You. I am still. I lie down in Your love and open my heart and mind to Your word. My prayer, this day, is to know You more intimately and personally.   Taken from Diamonds in the Dust. © 1993 by Joni Eareckson Tada.
  • Be Still  Joni Eareckson Tada “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” –Psalm 46:10 One of the best ways to get to know God is to be... still. I have learned that lesson from spending years in forced bed rest. Up in my wheelchair, I can at least flail my arms or shrug my shoulders. But on my bed, gravity works against me and, for that reason, I’m even more paralyzed when lying down. Things aren’t as distracting when I’m lying still and so I experience firsthand a deeper knowledge of God through prayer. Sometimes I’m amazed that, from my bed, I can help set into motion the cogs and wheels of God’s workings in the world. Through my prayers I may change the destiny of a life or a nation. Lying on my bed, I can hasten the day of the Lord’s return. I don’t move a muscle while I’m in bed, but I help move the hand of God here and abroad. Try praying sometime while lying in bed (make sure not to do this when you’re tired or you might fall asleep!) Lie very still. Don’t move. Invite the Lord to speak to you in the stillness and quiet. Press your weakness up against His strength, your ignorance up against His knowledge. Be still... pray... and get to know God better.  “An intercessor means one who is in such vital contact with God and with his fellowmen that he is like a live wire closing the gap between the saving power of God and the sinful men who have been cut off from that power,” says Hannah Hurnard.*[1] Lord, I quiet my soul before You. I am still. I lie down in Your love and open my heart and mind to Your word. My prayer, this day, is to know You more intimately and personally.   Taken from Diamonds in the Dust. © 1993 by Joni Eareckson Tada.
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  • 23 Jul 2016
    Once again, I have had several instances of a recurring theme show up, getting my attention. In this case it revolves around a shoe. You see, ever since I broke my leg, the time I spent recovering and healing, I found myself truly diving into Gods word for solace and comfort. I also spent a great deal of time painting, (although the paint was digital, just me and my iPad) I was playing around one day and just happened to start a free-form painting, something that looked like a woman's high heel shoe emerged, so I went with it. It came out fantastic, it pleased me so much, that it became the first in a series of shoes. I thought later on about it that perhaps it was because I was injured and desirous of being able to return to such attire (which seemed really far off, if ever at all).LOLRolling ahead, I've recovered, but keep painting my fancy shoes amongst other works of art. Incidentally, over over the last few weeks, I've been drawn to several passages in the Bible, all of which revolve around a shoe or shoes. I watched the movie, the Story of Ruth from the Bible, (Ruth 4:7) who became the wife of Boaz, (the Great Grandparents of David) I read about Moses being instructed to remove his shoes, as he was standing on Holy ground (Exodus 3:5) and the same thing for Joshua (Joshua 5: 14-15). Further research uncovered yet other mention of shoes, such as (Amos 2:6) which refers to Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery! (which speaks to the injustices of this world, those who sit in high places who have dominion and power, supposing to be in good standing, who are not)Every account mentioned above, has different meanings, different connotations attached, one meant concession (forfeiting their possession or rights thereto) another meant humbleness, in standing before God and yet another stood for symbolism of an injustice (where money, possession and power were favored over the kinship of blood and brotherhood). So what is the underlying unifying theme to all of this. It is obedience, obtaining it, remaining in it or the lack of it!I think of a baby, walking around with no shoes, barefoot and it conjures up thoughts of trust, being carefree and cared for. God wants us in spirit to be barefoot to Him, like a baby. We see the loss of a shoe, as symbolic, this applies to anything you might have lost in your life; if it's yours and meant for you, worn by you, what use is it to anyone else?! In all honesty those that take from others will find that their spoils are as useful as one shoe, in other words useless! That which is taken from us wrongfully, will surely have to be returned or counted to us for restitution. Then we have the conscious and intentional forfeit, isn't that a picture of dying to this world for the gain of Christ Jesus?! Having the Lord dwell within us, shouldn't we allow Him to fill our shoes? To order our footsteps and keep us on that path?! Blessed are the feet of those who spread the Gospel! Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! I hope that gives you some new insights on the significance of walking with the Lord and staying in step with the rhythm of obedience! Have a Blessed week!Heavenly Father, I plead the blood of the lamb protection over me and mine, over the family, my brothers and sisters in Christ, Lord. let our footsteps always be in proper alignment. Keep us on the path to attaining Your righteousness, go before us in all things preparing the way. Help us to stand strong in Your will and walk swiftly away from anything that is not pleasing to You. Steady us in our endeavors and bless us as we carry out your commands in this life as well as the one promised to us, which is coming soon! In Jesus Yehushua Mighty name, we pray amen!Amos 2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;Joshua 5: 14-15 He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” 15The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.Ruth4:7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.Isaiah 52:7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Your God reigns!*´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan SMZ3D ت smz ™ © ® NOW on Podcast!http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_monday_message_by_susanmarie_z The Monday Message Blogwww.TheMondayMorningMessage.comThe Monday Message of FBhttps://www.facebook.com/MondayMorningMessageThe Eternal Body Of Christ on FBhttps://www.facebook.com/TheEternalBodyOfChrist
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  • Once again, I have had several instances of a recurring theme show up, getting my attention. In this case it revolves around a shoe. You see, ever since I broke my leg, the time I spent recovering and healing, I found myself truly diving into Gods word for solace and comfort. I also spent a great deal of time painting, (although the paint was digital, just me and my iPad) I was playing around one day and just happened to start a free-form painting, something that looked like a woman's high heel shoe emerged, so I went with it. It came out fantastic, it pleased me so much, that it became the first in a series of shoes. I thought later on about it that perhaps it was because I was injured and desirous of being able to return to such attire (which seemed really far off, if ever at all).LOLRolling ahead, I've recovered, but keep painting my fancy shoes amongst other works of art. Incidentally, over over the last few weeks, I've been drawn to several passages in the Bible, all of which revolve around a shoe or shoes. I watched the movie, the Story of Ruth from the Bible, (Ruth 4:7) who became the wife of Boaz, (the Great Grandparents of David) I read about Moses being instructed to remove his shoes, as he was standing on Holy ground (Exodus 3:5) and the same thing for Joshua (Joshua 5: 14-15). Further research uncovered yet other mention of shoes, such as (Amos 2:6) which refers to Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery! (which speaks to the injustices of this world, those who sit in high places who have dominion and power, supposing to be in good standing, who are not)Every account mentioned above, has different meanings, different connotations attached, one meant concession (forfeiting their possession or rights thereto) another meant humbleness, in standing before God and yet another stood for symbolism of an injustice (where money, possession and power were favored over the kinship of blood and brotherhood). So what is the underlying unifying theme to all of this. It is obedience, obtaining it, remaining in it or the lack of it!I think of a baby, walking around with no shoes, barefoot and it conjures up thoughts of trust, being carefree and cared for. God wants us in spirit to be barefoot to Him, like a baby. We see the loss of a shoe, as symbolic, this applies to anything you might have lost in your life; if it's yours and meant for you, worn by you, what use is it to anyone else?! In all honesty those that take from others will find that their spoils are as useful as one shoe, in other words useless! That which is taken from us wrongfully, will surely have to be returned or counted to us for restitution. Then we have the conscious and intentional forfeit, isn't that a picture of dying to this world for the gain of Christ Jesus?! Having the Lord dwell within us, shouldn't we allow Him to fill our shoes? To order our footsteps and keep us on that path?! Blessed are the feet of those who spread the Gospel! Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! I hope that gives you some new insights on the significance of walking with the Lord and staying in step with the rhythm of obedience! Have a Blessed week!Heavenly Father, I plead the blood of the lamb protection over me and mine, over the family, my brothers and sisters in Christ, Lord. let our footsteps always be in proper alignment. Keep us on the path to attaining Your righteousness, go before us in all things preparing the way. Help us to stand strong in Your will and walk swiftly away from anything that is not pleasing to You. Steady us in our endeavors and bless us as we carry out your commands in this life as well as the one promised to us, which is coming soon! In Jesus Yehushua Mighty name, we pray amen!Amos 2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;Joshua 5: 14-15 He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” 15The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.Ruth4:7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.Isaiah 52:7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Your God reigns!*´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Susan SMZ3D ت smz ™ © ® NOW on Podcast!http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_monday_message_by_susanmarie_z The Monday Message Blogwww.TheMondayMorningMessage.comThe Monday Message of FBhttps://www.facebook.com/MondayMorningMessageThe Eternal Body Of Christ on FBhttps://www.facebook.com/TheEternalBodyOfChrist
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  • 27 Aug 2016
    God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it. It is scarce conceivable how strait the way is wherein God leads them that follow him; and how dependent on him we must be, unless we are wanting in our faithfulness to him. John Wesley
    8994 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it. It is scarce conceivable how strait the way is wherein God leads them that follow him; and how dependent on him we must be, unless we are wanting in our faithfulness to him. John Wesley
    Aug 27, 2016 8994
  • 12 Jan 2017
      "Being  a Chrsitian is more than a  instantaneous conversation it is a daily process '' Billy Graham, " This song should be our prayer to be more like Jesus .................... More Like You More like you, Jesus, more like you Fill my heart with your desire To make me more like you More like you, Jesus, more like you Touch my lips with Holy fire And make me more like you Lord you are my mercy Lord you are my grace All my deepest sins Have forever been erased Draw me in your presence Lead me in your ways I long to bring you glory In righteousness and praise Lord you are compassion And never ending love For you have redeemed me By your priceless blood Create in me a clean heart A spirit that is new The joy of my salvation Is only found in you! 
  •   "Being  a Chrsitian is more than a  instantaneous conversation it is a daily process '' Billy Graham, " This song should be our prayer to be more like Jesus .................... More Like You More like you, Jesus, more like you Fill my heart with your desire To make me more like you More like you, Jesus, more like you Touch my lips with Holy fire And make me more like you Lord you are my mercy Lord you are my grace All my deepest sins Have forever been erased Draw me in your presence Lead me in your ways I long to bring you glory In righteousness and praise Lord you are compassion And never ending love For you have redeemed me By your priceless blood Create in me a clean heart A spirit that is new The joy of my salvation Is only found in you! 
    Jan 12, 2017 3330
  • 15 Feb 2017
    For the past eighteen months, I have been priveleged to give to the SBN Share-A-Thon, which is fundraising for air time of the Sonlife Broadcasting Network. But lately, it seems like people are trying to take that away from me. I live in a group home called Suportive Apartments, so I am responsible for buying my own food and personal items. Because I am on SSI, people have been threatening me that if I don't stop donating to SBN, that I will lose my Social Security and end up homeless. But this morning I felt a burden in my soul weighing heavily on me, a burden for souls to get saved through SBN. I truly believe God placed that burden there, and I will keep doanting to SBN until the day I die or the Trump of God sounds. I have been too blessed by this minstry to stop and feel like this is God's calling on my life. If I end up losing Social Security because of my giving to the work of God, so be it. But there is nothing more important than the work of God.
    3105 Posted by Capri Rogers
  • For the past eighteen months, I have been priveleged to give to the SBN Share-A-Thon, which is fundraising for air time of the Sonlife Broadcasting Network. But lately, it seems like people are trying to take that away from me. I live in a group home called Suportive Apartments, so I am responsible for buying my own food and personal items. Because I am on SSI, people have been threatening me that if I don't stop donating to SBN, that I will lose my Social Security and end up homeless. But this morning I felt a burden in my soul weighing heavily on me, a burden for souls to get saved through SBN. I truly believe God placed that burden there, and I will keep doanting to SBN until the day I die or the Trump of God sounds. I have been too blessed by this minstry to stop and feel like this is God's calling on my life. If I end up losing Social Security because of my giving to the work of God, so be it. But there is nothing more important than the work of God.
    Feb 15, 2017 3105
  • 04 Sep 2016
    DISCIPLES ACADEMY IS A ONLINE BIBLICAL RESOURCE FROM "Real Truth Matters Ministries". IF YOUR WILLING TO LEARN YOURSELF AND WANT TO TEACH SOMEONE ELSE ABOUT THE GREAT COMMISSION TO DISCIPLE EVEN IF YOU DON'T FEEL EQUIPPED THIS WILL HELP SO YOU CAN FEEL EQUIPPED AND DISCIPLE. THEN YOU WON'T BE SCARED BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. ITS NOT JUST EVANGELISM AND BIBLE STUDY THAT MAKES UP THE GREAT COMMISSION ITS MORE. THIS WILL ALSO BE A GREAT TOOL TO REFER PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE GOSPEL. THERE ARE THREE LEVELS OF TRAINING AND YOU CAN GO OUT AND FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION. WE ARE ALL CALLED TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION NO ONE IS EXCUSED. Please look at the site you will see how good it is and " SHARE " with others. Would you please " LIKE MY PAGE " for posts in the future. There is a video posted below for intro. INDUCTION: A New Beginning http://www.disciplesacademy.com/induction.php#.U3DhivldWSo BASIC TRAINING: First Steps http://www.disciplesacademy.com/basic_training.php… ADVANCED TRAINING: Moving To Maturity http://www.disciplesacademy.com/advanced_training.php… THIS IS A GREAT WEBSITE http://www.disciplesacademy.com/induction.php
    2171 Posted by Kim Jackson
  • DISCIPLES ACADEMY IS A ONLINE BIBLICAL RESOURCE FROM "Real Truth Matters Ministries". IF YOUR WILLING TO LEARN YOURSELF AND WANT TO TEACH SOMEONE ELSE ABOUT THE GREAT COMMISSION TO DISCIPLE EVEN IF YOU DON'T FEEL EQUIPPED THIS WILL HELP SO YOU CAN FEEL EQUIPPED AND DISCIPLE. THEN YOU WON'T BE SCARED BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. ITS NOT JUST EVANGELISM AND BIBLE STUDY THAT MAKES UP THE GREAT COMMISSION ITS MORE. THIS WILL ALSO BE A GREAT TOOL TO REFER PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE GOSPEL. THERE ARE THREE LEVELS OF TRAINING AND YOU CAN GO OUT AND FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION. WE ARE ALL CALLED TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION NO ONE IS EXCUSED. Please look at the site you will see how good it is and " SHARE " with others. Would you please " LIKE MY PAGE " for posts in the future. There is a video posted below for intro. INDUCTION: A New Beginning http://www.disciplesacademy.com/induction.php#.U3DhivldWSo BASIC TRAINING: First Steps http://www.disciplesacademy.com/basic_training.php… ADVANCED TRAINING: Moving To Maturity http://www.disciplesacademy.com/advanced_training.php… THIS IS A GREAT WEBSITE http://www.disciplesacademy.com/induction.php
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  • 08 Mar 2017
    God Gives His Children (Believers) Two Rules for a Happy Marriage:   22 Wives should submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord; 23 because the husband is head of the wife, just as the Messiah, as head of the Messianic Community, is himself the one who keeps the body safe. 24 Just as the Messianic Community submits to the Messiah, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.           Ephesians 5:22-24 CJB God knows men. Men need to feel responsible and supreme! Wives do not challenge your husband’s decision making. They will become bossy and unresponsive, cold and aloof. Don’t challenge his daily decisions. For example: “honey don’t wear that shirt, or don’t wear those pants, shoes, etc..”   25 As for husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the Messianic Community, indeed, gave himself up on its behalf, 26 in order to set it apart for God, making it clean through immersion in the mikveh, so to speak, 27 in order to present the Messianic Community to himself as a bride to be proud of, without a spot, wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without defect. 28 This is how husbands ought to love their wives — like their own bodies; for the man who loves his wife is loving himself. 29 Why, no one ever hated his own flesh! On the contrary, he feeds it well and takes care of it, just as the Messiah does the Messianic Community, 30 because we are parts of his Body. 31 “Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and remain with his wife, and the two will become one.”
    1535 Posted by Judi Woods
  • God Gives His Children (Believers) Two Rules for a Happy Marriage:   22 Wives should submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord; 23 because the husband is head of the wife, just as the Messiah, as head of the Messianic Community, is himself the one who keeps the body safe. 24 Just as the Messianic Community submits to the Messiah, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.           Ephesians 5:22-24 CJB God knows men. Men need to feel responsible and supreme! Wives do not challenge your husband’s decision making. They will become bossy and unresponsive, cold and aloof. Don’t challenge his daily decisions. For example: “honey don’t wear that shirt, or don’t wear those pants, shoes, etc..”   25 As for husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the Messianic Community, indeed, gave himself up on its behalf, 26 in order to set it apart for God, making it clean through immersion in the mikveh, so to speak, 27 in order to present the Messianic Community to himself as a bride to be proud of, without a spot, wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without defect. 28 This is how husbands ought to love their wives — like their own bodies; for the man who loves his wife is loving himself. 29 Why, no one ever hated his own flesh! On the contrary, he feeds it well and takes care of it, just as the Messiah does the Messianic Community, 30 because we are parts of his Body. 31 “Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and remain with his wife, and the two will become one.”
    Mar 08, 2017 1535