A heart check…

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10 For cross over to the coasts of Cyprus [to the west] and see, send also to Kedar [to the east] and carefully consider; and see whether there has been such a thing as this:

11 Has a nation [ever] changed its gods, even though they are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory [God] for that which does not profit.

12 Be astonished and appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked and shrivel up with horror, says the Lord [at the behavior of the people].

13 For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.
Jeremiah 2:10-13 AMPC

It’s heart month and many of us take this as an opportunity to test our physical hearts for any sign of disease or danger. This is wise for a good heart check and proper treatment of any revealed problems can bring us back to health, healing, and wholeness.

Perhaps, we should take the opportunity to check our spiritual hearts as well for the Scriptures do teach us that “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23).” One of the reasons that this is so necessary is that God has also told us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it (Jeremiah 17:9)?” The Lord has also counseled us to “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test (2 Corinthians 13:5)!”

Since we have an enemy who has come to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), a flesh which rises up to take control, and a world system that allures us to sin, it would be wise to test our hearts. We will use the above text from Jeremiah as our testing tool asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in all truth (John 16:13). I have placed the NLT translation below as well.

“Go west and look in the land of Cyprus; go east and search through the land of Kedar.
Has anyone ever heard of anything as strange as this?
11 Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet My people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols!
12 The heavens are shocked at such a thing and shrink back in horror and dismay,” says the Lord.
13 “For My people have done two evil things:
They have abandoned Me—the Fountain of Living Water.
And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!
Jeremiah 2:10-13 NLT

Jesus is the Fountain of Living Water. He promises that “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:14) and in Isaiah 12:3, With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In these verses, we see the promise of life, joy, and satisfaction. Praise God. 

The Jeremiah verses speak of exchanging our Glorious Fountain of Living Water for worthless idols. God calls it abandonment, such a horrible exchange that even the heavens are astonished and appalled…in shock, shrinking back in horror and dismay. My, my, my…if this is how creation responds, how it must wound the heart of our Creator!  We do know that God sees it as evil (vs. 13). 

The devil will never tell us that God sees it this way, neither will our flesh or the world system. If fact, they will all chime in at the same time and sing the Whopper song, “Have it your way.” God says it is abandonment to choose the worthless idol instead of Him.

Most of us would quickly say, “I have no idols.” It is heart month and I believe the Lord is typing these keys to say, put it to the test by the Word and the Spirit. After all, those who worship Him must do so in Spirit and in Truth. You may say, what idols could I possibly have and the answer is shown in the text, anything we love, value more than God Himself is an idol. Perhaps it’s the love/practice of money, sex, power, prestige, intellect, wisdom of man, emotions…things like bitterness, not willing to forgive, greed, deceit, pornography, etc. These all speak of self-indulgence and self-exaltation.

God declares it all to be broken cisterns that have no possibility of holding water…cracked pots that are incapable of holding the Living Water that gives life, joy, and satisfaction. Not only does a broken cistern not hold water but it separates from the Fountain of Living Water which means death. Now, since we are God’s people, saved by grace through faith this blog is not about losing our salvation because the Lord has said that we can not be plucked out of His hand (John 10:28-30). Rather, it about the separation from the abundant, life to the full, intimate and soul satisfying relationship with our Creator, the Glorious Fountain of Living Water who so freely gives life, joy, and satisfaction. It is about valuing someone or something other than Jesus as our great Supreme Treasure which usually begins as little cracks along the way. So thankful that God had prompted this little heart check!

O Heavenly Father, Blessed is Your Name! We desire no other God but You. Please help us to examine our hearts and help us to know if we are chasing other ‘gods’ that separate us from a full, God-exalting, Christ honoring, intimate and personal relationship with You. We are mindful of Your Word, “Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that He has made to dwell in us”? But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you (James 4:8-10).” Bring us back to you as a person, people, and nation.”
In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen!

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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.”
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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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The Holy, Majestic God!

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16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.

20 The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the Lord said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the Lord and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.”

23 Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.’”

24 The Lord replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or He will break out against them.”

25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.  Exodus 19:16-25

The Lord had Moses to prepare the people for the great day of His revealed presence and the sealing of the covenant. I can only imagine this glorious moment. On the third day, the God who created heaven and earth, everything in them, and these people descended on top of Mount Sinai. The power, majesty, and holiness of the True and Living God must have been simply awesome and humbling.

The people were at the foot of the mountain and in fact, trembled in holy fear including Moses, Deuteronomy 9:19. Surely, I would have been counted among that number. There was loud thunder, a very loud trumpet blast, lightning flashing, fire, a thick cloud which brought darkness, and billowing smoke like from a furnace…”and the whole mountain trembled violently.” Yes, I am sure I would have trembled as the Most High God of the universe made His presence known.

As the trumpet grew louder and louder,  Moses spoke to God and the voice of God answered him. My, my, my…selah, Hallelujah! The Holy God speaking to man. The Holy God with a visual revelation of Himself to sinful man! The Majesty of God on display for the man He created. The Presence of God on the mountain to a people He has rescued, delivered, and chosen for Himself! WOW! Selah!

Only Moses and Aaron could come up the mountain. Surely the distance between the people and the limitations placed around them coming to the top of the mountain helped the Israelites to realize the holiness and power of God…and their sinfulness. I know it helps me to do so. It also causes me to bow before this God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to remove the distance and sing with the angels, Holy, Holy, Holy!

“6 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.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Romans 5:6-10

SELAH!

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

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You, God, are my

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You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.1 John 3:16-18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

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Preparing to meet God

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And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.”
When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, 10 the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

I am sure that Moses was quite excited as he shares with the Lord the people’s response to His most gracious offer was “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” We then see the Lord share with Moses the next steps:

  1. The Lord told Moses that He would make certain the people understood that Moses was hearing from the Lord and trust his leadership. “I will come to you in a thick cloud, Moses, so the people themselves can hear me when I speak with you. Then they will always trust you (verse 9).” I am blessed that this is God’s work and not man’s. Many leaders could learn from God’s faithfulness to Moses as a leader. The walk of faith includes trusting God to do this and not try to do it ourselves by lording over people and becoming controlling. Faith allows leaders to trust God in His gifting within the entire body without fear of losing our leadership. “All these [gifts] are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as He determines (1 Corinthians 12:11).” When the people would rise up against Moses along this wilderness journey, the Lord handled it. We can expect no less today. God always calls His people, leader or not, to walk by faith and not fear.
  2. “Go down and prepare the people for my arrival. Consecrate them today and tomorrow…
    1. “…have them wash their clothing.”
    2. “Mark off a boundary all around the mountain. Warn the people, ‘Be careful! Do not go up on the mountain or even touch its boundaries. Anyone who touches the mountain will certainly be put to death.”
    3. “Get ready for the third day, and until then abstain from having sexual intercourse.”

The image is one of preparing to meet with the holy and righteous God. The holy God plans to make His presence known and make covenant with a sinful, rebellious people. Despite being chosen by God, for these people to approach Him in some type haphazard, presumptuous way would cause death.

The Old Testament reveals to us the God whose eyes are too pure to see evil and look upon wrong (Habbakkuk 1:13). But here He is ready to make covenant with sinful man and it is His love that provides them a leader and instruction that protects them from rushing into His presence and therefore, death.

This gives us a selah opportunity because as believers in Christ we know that this was a shadow or picture of what, or better yet, Who was to come. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” His Name is Jesus and He opened a new and better way into the presence of the Living God (Hebrews 10:1-25).

12 But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. 13 He is now waiting until His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after He says:
16 This is the covenant I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts and write them on their minds, 17 He adds: I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts. 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way He has opened for us through the curtain (that is, His flesh), 21 and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. 23 Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Praise God, instead of saying stay back, because of the blood of Jesus we are now invited to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).” The Lord promises when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). Praise His Holy Name! We don’t deserve this relationship any more than the Israelites did. It is all because of His ‘so’ love poured out in grace and mercy that we can proclaim

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

SELAH and give God praise, honor, and glory!

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Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord

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“So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord.” Exodus 19:7-8

So remember the Lord presented a covenant before the people in verses 5, “if you will obey…then you shall be.”

The people enthusiastically promised with one voice, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do (verse 8).” It is a vow that we hear them repeat in Exodus 24:3 and 7.

 When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” Exodus 24:3

Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”

I will not question their sincerity for only God truly knows the heart of any man BUT I will look to Deuteronomy  5:27-29

“Go near and hear all that the Lord our God will say, and speak to us all that the Lord our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.’

28 “And the Lord heard your words, when you spoke to me. And the Lord said to me, ‘I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. 29 Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!”

In theses verses, we heard God’s heart for the people He has chosen and His desire that they delight in His Word. We no longer live under the Mosaic law:

For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:14).”

For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written: Everyone who does not continue doing everything written in the book of the law is cursed. 11 Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith. 12 But the law is not based on faith; instead, the one who does these things will live by them. 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written: Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.” Galatians 3:10-13

Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Selah!

But this is one of those ‘don’t get it twisted’ times. As believers in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we rejoice to know that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” BUT please know that the moral law is still in effect. We are to abide in the Word of God, the commands given in the New Testament. It is called the abundant life. There are many passages I could point to but the following is the one that God brings to my heart right now – Galatians 5:

16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law…22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

“When God “chooses” a person for His purposes, He does so according to the person’s heart! The person must have a loyal heart full of trust and faith. God must have a person who loves Him “with all [the] heart, with all [the] soul, and with all [the] strength” (Deut. 6:5; Matt. 22:37). 

Listen carefully. Recognizing God is not the same as coming to Him. Hearing God in your heart is not the same as answering. Working for the kingdom of God does not mean living in the kingdom of God. Christianity is not believing the truths of the Bible; it’s acting upon them and allowing God control of your life. You must respond to God and make the choice to interact personally with Him. Henry T. Blackaby 

“If Christians around the world were to suddenly renounce their personal agendas, their life goals and their aspirations, and begin responding in radical obedience to everything God showed them. the world would be turned upside down. How do we know? Because that’s what first century Christians did, and the world is still talking about it.”  ― Henry T. Blackaby

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His commands are not burdensome

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Blessings today! I firmly believe that the overflow of an intimate love relationship with God is obedience. No man lives a perfect life but it can certainly be our heart’s desire to submit and surrender to the will of God. As Lynn Thaler commented on yesterday, “Obedience is not always easy, but it is essential.” One of Charles Stanley’s life principles is “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.” He states further, “Obedience may not be easy—you may receive criticism from others or face fierce obstacles and opposition—but it will always put you in a favorable position before God. He will take care of all that concerns you. Stay on the path of obedience and leave the rest to Him.”

I have another old friend, A. W. Tozer, and I would like to share some of his quotes on today along with the Word of God which is the source in the world today! Blessed is the Name of the Lord!

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8

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But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:22-25

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Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

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Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice,
to pay attention is better than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22

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For the [true] love of God is this: that we do His commands [keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and teaching]. And these orders of His are not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous). 1 John 5:3 AMPC

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“I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never turn away from doing good to them, and I will put fear of Me in their hearts so they will never again turn away from Me. 41 I will take delight in them to do what is good for them, and with all My heart and mind I will faithfully plant them in this land. Jeremiah 32:40-41

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! Today we will look at some Scriptures and quotes regarding the big “O” word, OBEDIENCE! I pray you will be blessed and encouraged in the Lord!
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

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We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him. Acts 5:32

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Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1

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Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

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We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

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And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 6

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Chosen by God

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Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”Exodus 19:5-6

We see today that the Lord was calling the people of Israel into a covenant relationship. Verses 5 and 6 gives three titles that God gave to this nation: 1) a treasured possession, 2) a kingdom of priests, and 3) a holy nation. We also see that the covenant was conditional…”If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant.”

Here we are facing the Sovereignty of God one time. In the midst of these titles the Lord declares “for all the earth is Mine.” Amen! I Am God! You may still have memory of all those foreign ‘g’ods in Egypt but please know and understand that there is no God but Me. Isaiah 43 comes to my heart:

10 “You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and My servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe Me
    and understand that I Am He.
Before Me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after Me.
11 I, even I, Am the Lord,
    and apart from Me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I Am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I Am He.
No one can deliver out of My hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?”

I am God and I choose you as My treasure and desire to set you apart unto Myself as a holy nation dedicated to intimate relationship with Me as a display of My glory. The Lord instructed Moses to return to the people and put the Lord’s loving, gracious, and merciful proposal before them. We will look at the people’s response later but on today we give God thanks that He gives the believer a similar proposal.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

God has called those who placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to be:

  • A chosen race – I can’t help but smile even as I type this in the midst of times when the enemy is firing his darts of division and confusion, pitting one race against another…not just black and white but all races. God says, I call the believer into one race, the Christian race.
    So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:26-29) .” I can remember as a child when we would rebel against what our mama said she would tell us, “You better get over yourself.” So it would seem that any believer caught up in a movement of supremacy over other races or personally thinking such about themselves, best examine themselves before the Lord and His Word. As we sung as children, “Red, yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Selah.
  • A royal priesthood – a people who have access to God, who do not have need of another priest. Jesus is our High Priest and He mediated this at the cross. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5-6). We are granted the privilege of His presence at all times and whatever we do should be in His service and for His glory. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession (Hebrews 4:14).” Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1-2).
  • A holy nation – a people set apart to Him and for Him, new creatures in Christ. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. We are transformed into His character and because He is holy, we are holy and we surrender our lives to Him as He transforms us from glory to glory.
  • A people for His own possession – He is our God and we are His people. As verse 10 declares, Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. This is truly a Shout Now, Hallelejah! Truth! Selah.
  • A people to proclaim the excellencies of Him – the people the Lord created for Himself that we might declare His praise. Oh my, what a privilege!

HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!!!
SELAH!

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