Wisdom Wednesday – Holy is the Lord!

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! Holy is the Lord!
Today, the Word of God only. God speaks, revealing His holiness to man.
Truly, a ‘selah’ and worship moment.

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“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power
and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Revelation 7:12

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Worthy is the Lamb!

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11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5:11-14

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,

who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God

    and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
    will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
    never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
    will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”  Revelation 7:9-17

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. Revelation 22

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love, faith, mercy, and praise

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17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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A festival of praise

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Sing for joy to God our strength;
    shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
Begin the music, strike the timbrel,
    play the melodious harp and lyre.

Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
    and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
this is a decree for Israel,
    an ordinance of the God of Jacob. Psalm 81:1-4

Today, we look at verse 4, “this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.”  A decree God established way back when He brought the Israelites, the seed of Abraham, out of Egypt. 

Let me ask you again, what you got a taste for?  I pray you have a taste for worship because these verses let us know that worship is decreed by God, it is an ordinance or the duty of the child of God.  This was so important that God set a festival for His people to pause and remember His great love and mercy.

This verse declares that the seed of Abraham should do so. We are to take time and pause to give the Almighty God praise. The seed of Abraham includes every true believer for Galatians 3:29 tells us if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. If you are saved today, then you are the seed of Abraham and it is your duty to give Him praise and worship you created you, loved you, rescued and redeemed you with the blood of His Son! Truly, He is a shield around us, our glory, and the Lifter of our heads! Selah!

Surely praise is the overflow of our hearts. The fact that this is the correct response to God’s so love is proven in the Word.

Did God not say, “let everything that has breath praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6)”?  Did He not say in Psalm 100, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.”  Did He not say in Psalm 48:1, “Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise.”  Yes, the Word of God calls us to praise! 

How Awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth. “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praise.  For God is the King of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise (Psalm 47:6-7).” Amen! 

God, Himself, encourages His people to praise Him! May this be our song, I will bless the Lord at all times His praise shall continually be in my mouth, O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt, lift up, extol, glorify, and magnify His Holy, Righteous, Pure and Perfect Name together. Amen! Psalm 34.

I pray we all have a taste for praise because God has brought us out of our own Egypt. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).” Amen! Shout now, Hallelujah! Clap your hand, sing a song of joy and praise the Holy Name off the Lord! Selah!

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A voice of one calling

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“…during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
    the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’” Luke 3:2-6

I was stirring about on yesterday when these Scriptures were being read over the television. The words “A voice of one calling in the wilderness” continued to ring in my ear throughout day.

I know by the Spirit of God that this is God’s voice to me…instructing me, challenging me, encouraging me to be a voice of one calling in the wilderness of this day and time. How will I use my voice in this CHRISTmas season? Will it be all about me, my family, friends, presents, toys, and food… or will I be His voice in this dark world, calling out Repent, “now is the day of salvation”?

“For He says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,

    and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”
2 Corinthians 6:2

What about you?
Is your voice available during this season to tell someone that today is the day of salvation?
Tomorrow may be too late!

Selah!

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! Today is Wisdom Wednesday! I had no idea what God would say today but when I opened my eyes from praying, God said, “Immanuel”. I pray you will be rejoice in His perfect Gift of Jesus as you read the Scriptures and quotes below. Hallelujah to Jesus, who saves His people from their sin.

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“Immanuel”
by C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
(written at age eighteen)

“Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us”
(Matthew 1:23).

When once I mourned a load of sin;
When conscience felt a wound within;
When all my works were thrown away;
When on my knees I knelt to pray,
Then, blissful hour, remembered well,
I learned Thy love, Immanuel.

When storms of sorrow toss my soul;
When waves of care around me roll;
When comforts sink, when joys shall flee;
When hopeless griefs shall gape for me,
One word the tempest’s rage shall quell–
That word, Thy name, Immanuel.

When for the truth I suffer shame;
When foes pour scandal on my name;
When cruel taunts and jeers abound;
When “Bulls of Bashan” gird me round,
Secure within Thy tower I’ll dwell–
That tower, Thy grace, Immanuel.

When hell enraged lifts up her roar;
When Satan stops my path before;
When fiends rejoice and wait my end;
When legioned hosts their arrows send,
Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell
Thy battle-cry, Immanuel.

When down the hill of life I go;
When o’er my feet death’s waters flow;
When in the deep’ning flood I sink;
When friends stand weeping on the brink,
I’ll mingle with my last farewell
Thy lovely name, Immanuel.

When tears are banished from mine eye;
When fairer worlds than these are nigh;
When heaven shall fill my ravished sight;
When I shall bathe in sweet delight,
One joy all joys shall far excel,
To see Thy face, Immanuel.

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This is love

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This is love: not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:10

Selah!

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He stooped down

john-8-6Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

11 She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:2-12

Our Bible study included the above passage today. One question asked us to list the characteristics of Jesus that we saw in this well known encounter with the woman caught in adultery. One characteristic that we call saw was Jesus’ compassion. One member was so blessed by how Jesus “stooped down” while everyone else was towering over this woman in judgement. One person stated that they did not seem to see the woman but only her sin.

Now listen, I realize that there are a thousand lessons in this passage. There is the opportunity for much ‘selah’ but for today, it is the stooping down that grabs my heart as well. This true story is the perfect illustration of what Jesus did for all of mankind. Philippians 2 describes it like this:

“…have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, He made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Absolutely amazing grace,  the ‘so love’ of God! The Holy, Righteous, Pure, and Perfect God, making Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, BEING MADE IN HUMAN LIKENESS. AND BEING FOUND IN APPEARANCE AS A MAN…yep, that’s a stoop down!

But that’s not all…Jesus stooped down even further when He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death on a cross. A stoop down that should cause every true believer to shout Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!  What love and compassion for the world, for you and for me! Hebrews 12 tells us, for the joy set before Him [Jesus] endured the cross, scorning its shame to bring many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:10).

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Jesus said,  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord (John 10:18a).”

“9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

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Wisdom Wednesday

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 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of His birth.”

Blessings today! I am so well-blessed in this season of Advent as my heart draws closer and closer to my Lord and Savior. I bless Him for His Love and Word! I pray the following Scriptures and quotes will be a blessing to you as well!

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“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
John 15:11

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“And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10c

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“For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” Psalm 92:4

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“Rejoice always.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16

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“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
Philippians 4:4

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Rejoice! Rejoice!
Immanuel, God is with us!
Please leave a comment as the Lord directs your heart.
My blessing to celebrate CHRISTmas with you!

 

 

 

My soul glorifies the Lord

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Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for He has been mindful
    of the humble state of His servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is His name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as He promised our ancestors.” Luke 1:46-55

We read these Scriptures and can feel Mary’s love and passion for the Lord. Mary’s expressions of worship reveal her heart. It is such a blessing to see this young girl worship in Spirit and in truth, with body and  soul (mind, will, emotions). She just spills forth the promises of God just as the Scriptures teach, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of (Luke 6:45).”

Verse 1 tells us that she is rejoicing in “God my Savior.” Mary then begins to recount the “great things” God has done and declares that He is holy. Her words declare the glory of the Lord. 

I pray that as we celebrate CHRISmas that when our mouths open, the overflow of our hearts will be the Word that is hidden there (Psalm 199:11) in praise and worship. Mary’s song surely reminds me that CHRISTmas is a celebration that should declare the glory of the Lord…and it should begin with me.

Surely the Lord has done great things and worthy of our praise!
Rejoice! Rejoice!

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