What a wonderful Savior!

Wonderful For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

What a pity that for so many the above verse is seen only as one of our favorites verses at Christmas.
It is a verse for every day, every second! It should bring forth spontaneous praise and worship every time it is spoken or read. Jesus, His Name is wonderful! My devotions on yesterday asked me to read the words to the hymn below. As I read the verses, I was so reminded of just how Wonderful our God is.

Christ has for sin atonement made
What a wonderful Savior!
We are redeemed, the price is paid
What a wonderful Savior!

What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Jesus!
What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Lord!

I praise Him for the cleansing blood
What a wonderful Savior!
That reconciled my soul to God
What a wonderful Savior!

He cleansed my heart from all its sin
What a wonderful Savior!
And now He reigns and rules therein
What a wonderful Savior!

He walks beside me in the way:
What a wonderful Savior!
And keeps me faithful day by day;
What a wonderful Savior!

He gives me overcoming power
What a wonderful Savior!
And triumph in each trying hour
What a wonderful Savior!

To Him I’ve given all my heart:
What a wonderful Savior!
The world shall never share a part:
What a wonderful Savior!

What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Jesus!
What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Lord!

What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Jesus!
What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Lord!

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The Lord Almighty

Amos 4.13
He who forms the mountains,
    who creates the wind,
    and who reveals his thoughts to mankind,
who turns dawn to darkness,
    and treads on the heights of the earth—
    the Lord God Almighty is his name. Amos 4:13

Psalm 95
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;

    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.

Come let us worship

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Blessed and content

1 Tim 6.6-7

1 Timothy 6:6-7 (NIV)
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

The world we live in fights against our finding our contentment in Christ. Commercial after commercial, marketing campaign after marketing campaign feeds our flesh and encourages us to not be content…to go out and buy more of what we already have and certainly, the newest, greatest model.

Finances are out of control, marriages are broken, children abandoned, relationships torn apart, God forgotten while we chase our next great thing! If only I had______. You fill in the blank. If only only I had ‘whatever it is’ I know I would have peace, life would be good, I would be content!

But yeah, didn’t you and I say that last time? Yet, here we are again seeking after the ever elusive peace and satisfaction. We chase anything and every thing but the One who is able to provide us with peace. We need to seek the Lord’s face and ask Him help us to understand Romans 14:17-18, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God…”

What a privilege to find our contentment and satisfaction in Jesus who alone has provided us with true righteousness, peace, and joy and not the pseudo, ever fading kind. True contentment is to rest with joy in what the Lord provides whether it is the food and drink we think we need or not. His daily bread is sufficient for our need.

Abba Father, Lord God Almighty, Thank you for your provision for our lives. All your ways are perfect and your counsel is true. Please give us hearts that look to and seek after You. Help us to live in this world declaring, “I trust you, Lord! I desire Your will and not my own. I find my satisfaction and contentment in You.” In Jesus Name, Amen!

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Eyes lifted to the Lord

Psalm 121

This is another of the chapters that I just read and place my name in it.

Pat’s help comes the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let Pat’s foot slip, indeed He who watches over Pat will not slumber nor sleep. The Lord is right here with me, watching over me. He is my shade. Since there is the need for shade, there has to be a burning sun somewhere. BUT GOD who is the Creator and Sustainer has said that the sun will not harm me by day, nor will the moon by night. Why? The Lord will keep me from all harm, He is watching over my life; as I come and as I go…now and forever! The eyes of my heart on fixed! 

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for all of us — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
(Romans 8:31b-32 NIV)

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“Our Redeemer has drowned the Pharaoh of our sin.”

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This image above so touched my heart that I just had to post it again! It is a selah (pause and ponder) image!

“In the Red Sea of His own Blood

“Our Redeemer

“has drowned The Pharaoh of our sin.” 

What a SHOUT NOW – HALLELUJAH! opportunity!!!

His blood…my sin!

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time,gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.Redemption 7

Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:1-9

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“Indeed, …and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Hebrews 9:22

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When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2:13-15

In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7

 

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Ephesians 1:7

Blessings today!
It is Wisdom Wednesday! I am excited you have stopped by because the Lord will share with us on the topic of REDEMPTION today. I pray that the following Scriptures and quotes will cause you to give thanks and bow in worship! How Great is our God!

Redemption 20“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

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Redemption 19“He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:12

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Redemption 15“For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6


Redemption 13“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:27-28

Redemption 11Redemption 16“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23″

Redemption end“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.”  Revelation 5:9

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He is my God and I will praise Him

Exodus15.2-3

Exodus 15 (NIV)
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

“I will sing to the Lord,
    for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
    he has hurled into the sea.

“The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
    my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a warrior;
    the Lord is his name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
    he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
    are drowned in the Red Sea.
The deep waters have covered them;
    they sank to the depths like a stone.
Exodus 15.6Your right hand, Lord,
    was majestic in power.
Your right hand, Lord,
    shattered the enemy.

“In the greatness of your majesty
    you threw down those who opposed you.
You unleashed your burning anger;
    it consumed them like stubble.
By the blast of your nostrils
    the waters piled up.
The surging waters stood up like a wall;
    the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy boasted,
    ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them.
I will divide the spoils;
    I will gorge myself on them.
I will draw my sword
    and my hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew with your breath,
    and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
    in the mighty waters.
11 Who among the gods
    is like you, Lord?
Who is like you—
    majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
    working wonders?

12 “You stretch out your right hand,
    and the earth swallows your enemies.
13 In your unfailing love you will leadExodus 15.13
    the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
    to your holy dwelling.
14 The nations will hear and tremble;
    anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15 The chiefs of Edom will be terrified,
    the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,
the people of Canaan will melt away;
16     terror and dread will fall on them.
By the power of your arm
    they will be as still as a stone—
until your people pass by, Lord,
    until the people you bought pass by.
17 You will bring them in and plant them
    on the mountain of your inheritance—
the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,
    the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.

18 “The Lord reigns
    for ever and ever.”Exodus 15.18

19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20 Then Miriam the prophet,Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:

“Sing to the Lord,
    for He is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
   He has hurled into the sea.”

The Israelites were moaning under their oppression and misery and the Lord heard their cry and acted in their behalf. Chapter 15 tells us that their moaning turned to praise and worship! Look what the Lord has done! 

After all three months of God speaking to our hearts through Exodus, chapters 1 – 14, which of the above verses speak to your heart?
Which one causes you the join the chorus of praise?
Is there a verse that gives you encouragement for your present circumstances?

What words would you use to sing a song unto the Lord?
Pray through these Scriptures in the first person in regards to your life!

Come let us worship together in the Spirit of holiness! God is great and greatly to be praised! Let everything that has breath, praise ye the Lord! 

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I have come to lead them out

Crossing red sea

Exodus 14
19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

What can a person say, the crossing of the Red Sea is a flat out miracle! Oh, I know, there are people who study and search for scientific evidence of what weather phenomenon took place on the day the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. This is okay, whatever satisfies your intellectual curiosity. For me, just don’t need it. It is just simply, look at the love, grace, mercy and power of “I AM THAT I AM”, Jehovah God, the Almighty Most High God…and then smile, knowing that He is my Father! SHOUT NOW! HALLELUJAH! I really don’t need scientific proof, what happened at the Red Sea is proof enough for me to know that there is no God like Jehovah and His all-surpassing Supremacy!

I come to the Red Sea and see God’s faithfulness and commitment to His children and am reminded of these words from a previous post (The People Cry for Help):

The Lord appears to Moses and speaks…I have not forgotten you or my people in Egypt:

  • I have certainly seen their oppression
  • I have heard their cries of distress
  • I am aware of their suffering
  • I HAVE COME to rescue them
  • I HAVE COME to lead them out
  • I HAVE COME to lead into their own fertile and spacious land
  • Their cry has reached me
  • I have seen
  • Now you go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh to lead my people out”

I stand at the Red Sea and see God’s commitment to rescue His children! His commitment to destroy the enemy. Just a flat out miracle…He parts the water, stands it up in two walls, and the Israelites walk across on DRY ground. The Lord then released the water and destroyed those enemies that He had promised the Israelites that they would never see again. SHOUT NOW! No weather phenomenon caused this…it was the love of God for a people He had called unto Himself!  Hallelujah!!!

How could we stand at the Red Sea and not see Jesus!?! Jehovah God so loving the world that He gave His only begotten Son to come to our rescue and redeem us by His blood! You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8). And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15). (“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again (Mark 8:3).”  

All the while displaying His glory, verse 31, And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.” 

The blessing is that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He remains the God who sees, knows, and is concerned for His children! His power is everlasting and The Lord is still working miracle after miracle after miracle for His children for in Him, we live, move and have our being. We can’t even walk without Him holding our hand!
HALLELUJAH!!! YES AND AMEN!!!

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8).”

Acts 17.28

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Worship Sunday

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To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:20

To God Be the Glory!

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done…

 

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Pharaoh’s lesson to us

Isaiah 43.7C

Exodus 14:15-18
15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. 17 And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

Very short today writing today and then the Word…Pharaoh had a hard time getting it, may it not take us as long for rebellion is costly to ourselves and others! The lesson:

We are on this earth for God’s glory, not our own!

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:4-6)

I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43:6-7)

For My own name’s sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of M praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely. 10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I do this.  How can I let Myself be defamed? I will not yield My glory to another. (Isaiah 48:9-11) [Pharoah had a real hard time with this one. It ultimately cost him his life.]

When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to Your miracles; they did not remember Your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet He saved them for His name’s sake, to make His mighty power known. (Psalm 106:7-8)

17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. (Romans 9:17)

18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. (John 7:18)

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us. (1 Peter 1:12)

44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? (John 5:44)

After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. (John 17:1)

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)

14 He [Holy Spirit] will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:14)

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)

24 “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world. (John 17:24)

Habakkuk 2.14

Luke 9.23bRomans 11.36

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