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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Inspired by . . . A Season in Scripture IV



I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (Psa 121:1-8)

Psalm 121 is one of my favorite psalms. The idea of looking, physically seeking help from the Lord, is a powerful attitude. The true and only help we really need is fulfilled in the salvation that only He offers. 

Salvation. Being saved from the penalty of my actions. The penalty of death.


Wow, that sounds a lot like personal accountability. My wrong actions have a penalty. That penalty is death. 

Not death as in the end of this life.

But death as in eternal death. Separation from God.

You think you are separated from God now. But that is not so. The worst of this life doesn't begin to compare to the reality of eternal death.

Only Jesus can guard us against this death.

Only His life, His death, His blood can protect us.

Only He, as One Who suffered, as One Who was tempted as we are but did not sin, can take unto HImself the penalty we have earned.

This is the promise of Psalm 121. This is the HOPE of Christmas.


The promise of help from an all-sufficient, all-powerful God. Jesus is the promised Help.

The promise of protection. Jesus is the promised Protector. He intercedes for us at the right-hand of God.

The promise of surety against temptation. Jesus is the promised Guardian. He will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability. (1Co_10:13)

The promise of eternal salvation. Jesus is our Savior.


Shalom,

The entire series:
A Season in Scripture I

A Season in Scripture II
A Season in Scripture III

Sharing inspiration here:
Testimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Faith On Fire, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty
Counting My Blessings, Grace Moments, Heart Encouragement
#DanceWithJesus

Friday, December 8, 2017

Inspired by . . . A Season in Scripture III


There is much more of the knowledge of God to be got by the gospel of Christ than could be got by the law of Moses; and, whereas then in Judah only was God known, now all shall know Him, (Heb_8:11). But that is knowledge falsely so called which sows discord among men; the right knowledge of God settles peace. ~ Matthew Henry




And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. (Isa 11:1-6)
Sitting in the early morning darkness of my home hope is stirred once more as I read the promise of this scripture. 

We see, as with other prophecies, that the Messiah comes from the stem of Jesse. The house and line of David. He is, in every way, qualified to do the work for which He was sent. He will be righteous in His judgment and the exercising of His power will be exact. He will bring peace and tranquility to all. Not only unity between men but safety and security for those who would have none.

As I sit pondering these truths I can't help but wonder why anyone would reject such a Savior. But then, I think most people first see a set of rules before they see redemption.

Don't fall into that trap, Beloved. Don't think you have to be a certain kind of person or follow a set of rules before God will accept you. He loves you as you are. Truly.

Give Him that part of you that snaps at the world before the third cup of coffee. Those selfish ambitions and secret loathings. Give Him the shame and the habits you just can't seem to stop. He judges rightly. But here's the best part: If you're found wanting the deal isn't off.

Whatever we lack, God provides. He cleanses, He redeems. Whatever is broken is mended, whatever is wrong is made right. Whatever pieces of you that have been picked apart and taken by others are remade by Him.

Only the One Who made you whole can remake you whole.

Don't believe the lies - go to the source. Open a bible and read His promises. Learn Who He really IS, not who the world wants you to believe Him to be.

Prepare your heart to receive Him. He is coming soon . . .


Shalom,






Sharing inspiration here:
Testimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Faith On Fire, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty
Counting My Blessings, Grace Moments, Heart Encouragement
#DanceWithJesus

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Inspired by . . . A Season in Scripture II


God, endow the king with Your own justice, his royal person with Your righteousness, that he may govern Your people rightly and deal justly with Your oppressed ones. Psalms 72:1-2
Psalm 72, the last recorded prayer of David, was written for his son, Solomon. A dying blessing, a prayer of a king for his successor, a prayer for the subjects to sing to their new king.
May he fear You as long as the sun endures, and as the moon throughout the ages. v. 5
As you read through and ponder these verses one thing becomes clear - no earthly king could succeed at all these things.  Solomon, certainly, the wisest of all, with a wisdom given to him by God, was more likely to succeed than any other. Yet, we know the end of his story.
For he will rescue the needy who appeal for help, the distressed who have no protector. He will have pity on the poor and needy, and deliver the needy from death; he will redeem them from oppression and violence and their blood will be precious in his eyes. v. 12-14
Reading these verses in light of our New Testament reveals the precious promises of the coming Messiah. We see the prophecy of prosperity and timelessness of the kingdom of Christ.

The darkness of these days can not blot out the coming Light:

  • There shall be a righteous government. v. 2 All the laws of Christ's kingdom are consistent with the laws of equity. No one will be exempt from the last judgment. The world will be judged in righteousness. (Acts 17:31)
  • There shall be a peaceful government. v. 3 While Solomon's reign was peaceful, true peace is the glory of God's kingdom because it reconciles man to God and men to one another. For He is our PEACE.
  • There shall be a protective government. v. 3; 12-14 The poor and needy shall be, in a particular way, protected. Because they have no helper and because they cry unto Him, He has promised to answer their prayers and to help them. Christ is the poor man's King.
  • All wrongs will be made right. v. 4 Proud oppressors shall be reckoned with. Christ will take away their power to hurt and punish them for all they have done. He shall save us from the power of Satan. Both the old serpent who seeks to deceive and the roaring lion who seeks to terrify and destroy us.
  • Religion shall flourish. v. 5 Faith in Christ brings about the fear of God. So as Christ's government promotes devotion to God, so it promotes both justice and charity among men. v. 7 Righteousness will endure.
  • Christ's government shall cover the whole earth. v. 8 He will have dominion from sea to sea. He shall reign over all. From those who dwell in the wilderness, to those in cottages to those who dwell in the finest palaces. 
  • The Lord Jesus shall reign forever! v. 5, 7 It is Christ and Christ alone Who will be feared throughout all generations and Who will endure as the moon forevermore. His name shall endure FOREVER!
Men shall be blessed. v. 17 Truly and forever blessed in HIM.

As we wait in the darkness of this day may we hold fast to the promise of Gen 12:3; that in HIM all the nations of the earth will be blessed! It is a promise soon to be fulfilled!

Shalom,



The entire series:
A Season in Scripture I


Sharing inspiration here:
Testimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Faith On Fire, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty
Counting My Blessings, Grace Moments, Heart Encouragement
#DanceWithJesus