I will dwell among them

Exodus 25.8a

“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.
Exodus 25:8

Hallelujah! What a blessing…that the Holy, Righteous, Pure, Perfect, Almighty, Sovereign God would desire to dwell among man. Truly, it is mind-boggling especially since He created us and in rebellion and sin, we said, no thank you! But, Praise His Holy Name…it is oh so true. God loves us and despite “us”, He looked beyond fault and declared His love in amazing ways!

Isn’t His love amazing and full of grace and mercy!?! John 1 tells the story of His great love and glory!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Our Great God became flesh for a purpose, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).” 

Not only does He dwell among us but for those who accept His completed work at the cross and know Him as Lord and Savior, God dwells in us. “Shout now – Hallelujah!” Amazing grace, how could it be?!? No greater love! Look at this declaration from 2 Corinthians 6 and 1 Corinthians 3:16:

For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”… 18 And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? “1 Corinthians 3:16

AND Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  

Surely, His Name is Immanuel, God with us!
He is my greatest treasure!
Singing with Jessy unto the Lord this morning…
blessed is the Holy Name of the Lord!

 

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Hope for today: the Helper

Hope“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about me.”
John 15:26

 “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13a

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Wisdom Wednesday

Psalm 19.1

Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday and while we can only imagine what Moses and company experienced on the mountain, we can look at Scripture to find what God speaks about His glory. I pray the verses and simple quotes below will be a blessing to you! Glory, Honor, and Majesty belongs to our God!

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“He [Jesus] is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” Hebrews 1:3a

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“Everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for my glory,

    whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7

Glory 5“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”
Isaiah 60:1

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

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“Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14

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“Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His place.”
1 Chronicle 16:27

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O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens. Psalm 8:1

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“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

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Holy, Holy, Holy

Isaiah 6.3

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  Isaiah 6:1-8

 

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Hope for today: the Lord teaches and directs

Hope17 This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.
18 If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.
Isaiah 48:17-18

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today the Lord speaks of His Glorious Power manifested in His magnificent ways and purposes. I pray you will be blessed as you read and meditate upon the following Scriptures and quotes. There are not enough pages in the world to give the God of this post the praise, honor, and glory He deserves.

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Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God, and that to You,
O Lord, belongs steadfast love. Jeremiah 62:11-12a

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and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might 20 that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:19-21

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But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the
surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
2 Corinthians 4:7

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“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

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For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18

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For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
    and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
    and who will turn it back? Isaiah 14:27

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The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a Mighty One who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
    He will quiet you by his love;
He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17

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It is He who made the earth by His power,
who established the world by His wisdom,

and by His understanding stretched out the heavens.

Jeremiah 10:12

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Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?

    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle! Psalm 24:7-8

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The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; He has put on strength as His belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Psalm 93:1

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes, to the Jew first
and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:16

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And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come,
for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down,
who accuses them day and night before our God.
Revelation 12:10

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Revelation 19:6

SELAH!
Shout now – Hallelujah!

Please leave comment if so inspired by the Lord! Yep! I’m ready for my day to the glory of the One, True and Living God!

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The power of the Word

Isaiah 26.3

I have found the above verse to be so absolutely true. Life can press in and our minds will absolutely take over, racing here, there, and yonder. The above verse encourages us not to allow our minds to govern us. A better way is to control our minds by training them to stay focus on God.

It is a choice God has given us the grace to make…[to] destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). It is a grace that we sometimes do not use for our benefit…and yet God offers peace when we do.

The truth is…stinking thinking can occur with all of us and these verses help us to know not to embrace these thoughts but filter them thru the Word. The Word and the Holy Spirit will take those thoughts captive and replace them with Truth and usher in the peace of God.

The issues of life must always be filtered through “what did God say?” We need to put the Word on it and trust that God is not a man that He should lie. His every Word is the “Yea, and in Christ, the Amen!

The Amplified translation says it like this:

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. Isaiah 26:3

Thank you, Father, for perfect and constant peace in spite of the storms that rage and try to trouble our minds. Thank you for being our refuge and our hiding place.
We bless you that in Christ, we have the victory!
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Philippians 4.7

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Blessed be the Lord, my strength

Psalm 144.1

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May the Lord, my rock, be praised,
who trains my hands for battle
and my fingers for warfare.
He is my faithful love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him;
He subdues my people under me.

Lord, what is man, that You care for him,
the son of man, that You think of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days are like a passing shadow.

Lord, part Your heavens and come down.
Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.
Flash Your lightning and scatter the foe;
shoot Your arrows and rout them.
Reach down from heaven;
rescue me from deep water, and set me free
from the grasp of foreigners
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.

God, I will sing a new song to You;
I will play on a ten-stringed harp for You—
10 the One who gives victory to kings,
who frees His servant David
from the deadly sword.
11 Set me free and rescue me
from the grasp of foreigners
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.

12 Then our sons will be like plants
nurtured in their youth,
our daughters, like corner pillars
that are carved in the palace style.
13 Our storehouses will be full,
supplying all kinds of produce;
our flocks will increase by thousands
and tens of thousands in our open fields.
14 Our cattle will be well fed.
There will be no breach in the walls,
no going into captivity,
and no cry of lament in our public squares.
15 Happy are the people with such blessings.
Happy are the people whose God is Yahweh.

Psalm 144.15

 

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The second chance God

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Blessings today! The stats tell me this post has been read the most of any posted by Beholding Him Ministries. I am posting it today as a follow-up to our becoming ‘fishers of men.’ Since we are called to fish men, let us not overlook anyone.

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23 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land,
“Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her,
in accordance with your oath to her.”
23 So the young men who had done
the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother,
her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her
entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel. 
24 Then they
burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and
the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house.
25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her,
because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—
and she lives among the Israelites to this day.

We know the end of this story, Joshua and the Israelites marched around this city carrying Joshua6.20the Ark of the Covenant which represents the presence of God. At God’s appointed time, without a bow and arrow, without a gun, without missile technology… but with a shout of victory, those thick, tall walls came tumbling down… all but Rahab’s house, she and her family was saved, protected, delivered for Rahab was anchored in the Lord!

I am so blessed by Rahab’s story for it tells us
that our past doesn’t have to be our future. 
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Back to Peter…but because You say so

Luke 5.8

He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:3-11

Can you imagine, so many fish that they could fill two boats to the point of their sinking? When Peter saw it, he came to understand that this was no ordinary day and Jesus was no ordinary man…and this was no ordinary fishing trip. Peter and the other fishermen were astonished at this miracle. In fact, Peter immediately knew that he was in the presence of the  Holy, True and Living God, I AM THAT I AM and was witnessing a display of His power and glory!

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” At this moment, Peter realized his sinfulness and felt shame for his own sin and being in Jesus’ presence.

We see this with Isaiah as well:

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

The question is how will you and respond as walk in His presence today and behold His beauty?

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