God Orchestrated Extreme Measures When Jesus Was On The Cross And We Were On His Mind

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Ain’t no mountain high enough…ain’t no valley low enough…ain’t no river wide enough to keep me away from you, saith the Lord!

In 1996, Columbia Pictures released a thought-provoking movie written by Tony Gilroy and directed by Michael Apted entitled “Extreme Measures”.  The leading cast members included Hugh Grant as the hero doctor and Gene Hackman as the villain doctor.  The film grossed approximately $18 million at the box office.  It’s all encompassing moral dilemma was centered around the question posed by the villain doctor to the hero doctor: “If you could cure cancer by killing one person, wouldn’t you have to do that?”

In order to get the full implication of this complex question, you would have to see the movie, which is available to rent on Amazon for $3.  The plot of this film centers around Gene Hackman’s character who labors to improve or extend life at the expense of human sacrifices.  He conducts secret experiments on innocent and indigent human beings (rather than on animals) in his laboratory which, more often than not, is a terminal exercise.  On the other hand, Hugh Grant’s character is on a crusade to prove that the villain’s conduct is akin to murder.

Now, at this point, you may be asking yourself what does this movie have to do with the title of this blog post.  You may also have decided to respond to the above question in the affirmative once you have calculated in your mind the numerous amount of cancerous lives that could be saved at the expense of just one death.  Well, if that was your conclusion, I’ve got news for you.  In today’s society, you would be tried and found guilty of murder.

Scripture reveals that in the beginning God used a more perfect version of “Extreme Measures” to save a sick and sinful and dying world with the execution of his Only Begotten Son and is declared not guilty of murder.  Why, because God alone also has the power to not only take but to give life and to give it more abundantly.  And today and forever more, Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father!

Gene Hackman’s character did not understand this divine principle.  He wanted to accomplish the impossible…to become an earthly god with no power to give life.  All he could do was to cure life.  And he certainly did not have any power to revive the human sacrifices used in his experiments!

God’s whole premise for operating with ‘extreme measures‘ was to set in motion a spiritual and eternal concept.  All bodies are initially sown (grown out of) from Adam, a perishable being. In order to obtain eternal life after our sojourn on this earth, we must be raised imperishable.  The natural body must become spiritual because in the eternal all we will be doing is worshiping a Spiritual God.  “God is Spirit and his worshippers must worship him in spirit and in truth.”  John 4:24

So the extreme measures that God provided for us while his Son was on the Cross is this:  In heaven we will no longer bear the image of the earthly man, Adam, but of the heavenly man, Jesus Christ.   We shall be changed.  That is why it is imperative that while here on earth, we confess Christ as our personal Savior, the Son (image-bearer) of God.  HE LIVES!

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Extreme Measures?  A job for Someone who holds life AND death in His Hands! GOD!

Scripture Lesson:  “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

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God Speaks To The Children, Too!

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Train Up A Child…

There is one very important spiritual truth that every Christian church body should adhere to if they want to impact, in a positive way, the social order, mindset and worldview of their community.  Surprisingly, it has to do with the gender makeup of their flock.

How many generations in your family are baptized believers in Jesus Christ?  Is there an appreciative number of young people in your church congregation?  I ask these questions because it has been said that the church is just one generation short of extinction!  God also reminds us through his Word that this could be true for Scripture says: “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he shall not depart from it.”  Proverbs 26:6

One easy way to insure a lasting foundation in the mindset of our young boys’ and girls’ consciousness to always seek God and his righteousness is to decorate our Sunday school classrooms and corridors with five basic colors.  If this was done, you would be amazed at how many biblical truths would be recalled and applied by the children as they wonder through life’s traumatic experiences.  For as you know, the adult population of the church has the ordained responsibility to share God’s Word to the next generation in a meaningful and comprehensive way.

A few important discoveries and observations have been made by researchers and experts about the psychology and effects that  colors have on moods, feelings and behaviors.  It has also been reported that in addition to influencing physiological reactions, various colors are a powerful communication tool.  Take for example the color systems used for traffic signs, traffic lights, rail road crossings, highway markings, street cross walks, national and international flags, emergency vehicles, etc.

As you can see, the world uses color effectively, so why not Jesus Christ?

The five basic colors that have been correlated to Scripture principles are: black, red, green, gold and white.  When these colors are incorporated in children ministry it will make studying and learning much easier.  It will also enable the teachers to explain biblical concepts and truths more vividly, which can be used by the Holy Spirit to change and direct our children’s lives in a more productive manner.

If the church’s goals are to impact social order, influence our mindset and introduce a positive worldview, than why not take a hint from the Prophet Jeremiah:  “Rise in the night and cry to your God.  Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord; lift up your hands to him; plead for your children as they faint with hunger in the streets.”  Lamentations 2:19 (Living Bible)

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The color Black represents Sin.  “For all have sinned, and come shot of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24

The bible clearly teaches from Genesis to Revelation that there must be a blood-sacrifice atonement for the remission of sin and no vegetable or grain offering would suffice.  Genesis 3:15 announces the coming Savior, (…the Seed of the woman) as the ultimate sacrifice.  Sin, which initiates from the heart of mankind, separates us from God who is Holy. Pray and ask Jesus for a contrite heart and an humble spirit.
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The color Red represents the blood of Jesus Christ.  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:7-8

Romans 5:8 declares…”But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  And in another passage…”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16  And yet another more personal passage…”I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22b  Pray and ask Jesus to ‘find’ you and allow you to be His vessel.
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The color Green represents your growth in the Lord.  “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

After salvation, you need to grow in the Lord. You also need to know that God keeps his promises and he is faithful and just to forgive our sins (1 John 1:9).  While growing, you need to realize God will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5).  Additionally, we need to study to show ourselves approved (2 Tim. 2:15); pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17); and in an unequivocal manner know God’s plans for your life are that you prosper (Jer. 29:11).  Pray and ask Jesus to order your steps in His Word.
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The color Gold represents God’s purity. “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21

 

It is comforting to know that not only is God’s Holy City one of purity by design, but so are the Citizens of that City.  Because of Jesus’ love for you, He is in Heaven at this very moment preparing a place for you whose streets are paved with gold.  And where He is, there you shall be also (John 14:2-3). Pray to Jesus that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

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The color White represents your purity.  Your sins are forgiven.  “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

All of your sins can be forgiven through your faith in Jesus Christ and the shedding of His blood on the cross at Calvary.  The pencils depicted at the bottom of the picture are a reminder of how you can hold on to your faith. Find the black, red, green, gold and white tips, and recite their meanings. “Bind the  words on your fingers; write them on the tablets of your heart (Proverbs 7:3)”.  Pray to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you of your debts as you forgive those who have trespassed against you.

Scripture Lesson:  Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” Luke 18:16

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God’s Desire Is That We Come To Know Him Intimately

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“We will know HIM by HIS fruit.” Matt. 7:16a (Revised)

If you had your druthers, which name at birth would you rather had been given; a name that distinguished you from other people or a name that referenced your inner most being

I realize that is a serious and tough question to answer because as we live, grow and breathe, our character changes.  So, who really knows what or whom one will become.  Moreover, its inconvenient and cost money to change a given name that you may not like or that you may not be able to live up to.

Let’s take a quick look at our Native American Indian societies that bestow names at birth on their new born infants that reflects nature.  Traditionally, these names can change according to what a person’s accomplishments and experiences are as they go through life.

God’s names for his chosen people are like that…Descriptive.  And our names for God should be like that, too…Descriptive, especially in our conversational prayer life.

As a person grows in God’s grace and mercy and begins to realize when giving thanks and gratitude, that it was all because of his Wondrous-working power, our prayer communications could be strengthened and become more intimate and fervent by addressing him with a descriptive nomenclature.

Isaiah 9:6 list five descriptive Names attributed to the coming Christ:

“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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Webster’s dictionary defines “Conversation” as having an oral exchange of sentiments, observations, opinions or ideas.  Since most of us at birth were given names that merely distinguished us from other people, we are not known by any recognizable goals or accomplishments we may have attained.  On the other hand, every time we call on the Name of Jesus in prayer, by using one of his descriptive names from Scripture that addresses our prayer need, we know with assurance God has already shown himself worthy of that title.  Thus the focus is off of ourselves and on the Great I AM, Lord!  JEHOVAH!

Let’s look at a prayer I led on March 16, 1999 for a Women’s Prayer Breakfast where the focus was on divine intimacy with God.  See if you can identify the numerous descriptive names attributed to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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“Can you believe it! I called and He answered me.” Job 9:16 (Revised)

Most Holy and Everlasting Father, Our Jehovah Jirah; We who are called by Your Name do thank you for all your provisions for our lives.
We praise you, Lord, because you are an Om-ni-scient God! Thank you.  You know everything…you are infinitely wise.  We also magnify and adore you because you are an Om-nip-o-tent God.  All power is thine. Thank you.  We continue in prayer by saying Hallelujah to your Name, this morning, because of your Om-ni-pres-ence.  Yes, you are not only glorified here in this place, put you are reigning hemispherically. Thank you.
Because you are a God who forgives, we humbly ask your pardon in those areas of our lives where we have failed to put you first.  For those times when we have marched to the beat of an alien drummer.  Also, when we failed to respond to your call in the manner in which your Son and our Redeemer would have responded.  It is during those times that we say, Lord forgive.
It is because of your kind heartedness and your undying love for your people we submit to you all those things that so easily beset us.  Our cry this morning is that as Shield and Buckler, you will surely claim us as your own; you will rescue us from our persecutors and fears and that we will survive; that in our state of perplexities and confusion, you will lift us up where we belong and remove us out of the pits of despair. 
When we find ourselves cast down and we are unable to get up, you will show yourself as our Rock and you will give us the courage and strength to bind Satan, in the Name of Jesus and thus we will not be utterly destroyed.  Now Lord, as we come to the close of this prayer, may we always be reminded that no matter how devastating the circumstances, You are an Overcomer and have already put the enemy under your feet and have bruised his head.
So as our Strong Tower, armed with this holy knowledge, we endeavor to always be joyful; to pray continually; to give thanks in all things and to converse with you without ceasing; for this is your will for our lives.  All these things we pray and ask in the Matchless Names of Jesus the Christ.  Amen!
Scripture Reference:  Philippians 2:10-11   And so, in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

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God’s  Five Favorite Recipes From His Pulitzer Prize Winning “Cook” Book

Here is a piece of trivia:  Human history records that in 1795 a French chemist invented a canning method for preserving food which was later used by Napoleon’s army.

BUT, did you know that eating is not just about satisfying hunger pains?

For Christians, “eating” should also be about consuming God’s Word.  Why?  Basically, because eating food and eating the Word are soul mates!

God created our bodies with mortal cell materials with a shelf life that will eventually expire.  Consequently, mankind’s life existence greatly depends upon how well he or she is ‘watching’ their diet.

Nutrients from both the food one eats and the Word one ingest provides the foundation for replenishing good cells for those bad cells that have expired.  Thus, restoring the structure, integrity and function of our body, skin, hair and muscles; in addition to regenerating the manifestation of the Shekinah glory that is revealed in our appearance as we ‘dine’ at the “Oh, Taste And See” restaurant with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Psalm 34:8, Our Maker invites us to:  “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him”.  (Unlike the followers of Napoleon  who took refuge in his army.)

To enlighten you further on what I am saying, I have taken the liberty of selecting just 5 of God’s favorite recipes from his award-winning cook book, the Bible.  If you are hungry for more, let me know by leaving a comment.

I will also leave it up to you to dust off your Grandmother’s favorite recipe book to stir up your most flavorful agricultural dish for physical nourishment.

Chef’s warnings:  See if you can discern which recipe below belongs in which category.

  1.  Too much of a good thing can be fattening.
  2.  Stealing food from God’s grocery store can be fatal.
  3. Not picking the right ingredients can cause spoilage and indigestion.
  4. Using a charge card instead of paying with cash can cause your bank account to be overdrawn.

                 Ba-Manna-Bread

Set oven to “OFF”.  No heat necessary.  This bread is rained down from the sky.  It is fashioned from the residue of the morning dew.  Make only enough for one meal at a time.  If it is not all eaten, it will melt.  After it is baked, it will appear white in color with coriander seed and taste like honey wafers.

 

Question:  What is the real name for this bread from heaven and in what Bible Book is it found?

 

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Angels preparing the dough for                               Ba-Manna-Bread

 Ex 16:4, 13, 14, 21, 31  Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you.  That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.  When the dew was gone thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.  Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. The people of Israel called the bread manna.  It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.

                  Fried Fish Sticks

 

Go down to the Nearest River and catch some fish (people) with your mouth.  Place the fish on the rocks in the desert.  The heat from the sun will fry the fish.  (Ask them how’s their life been going lately.)  Be careful not to become over heated and succumb to a heat stroke (Don’t be almost persuaded to succumb to their foolishness.)  For then you might become a meal for the beasts.  (And you know where the beasts are located.)

Question:  What is the title of the great monster ruler in this recipe.  Which Book of the Prophets is it recorded. What idiom was assigned to him?

 

 

 

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Pharaoh king of Egypt and that great monster, fishing

Ezekiel 29:3b-5  You say, “The Nile belongs to me; I made it for myself.” 

But I, the Sovereign Lord says, I will put hooks in your jaws and make the fish of your streams stick to your scale.  I will pull you out from among your streams, with all the fish sticking to your scales.  I will leave you in the desert, you and all the fish of your streams.  You will fall on the open field and not be gathered or picked up.  I will give you as food to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the sky.

  

          Southern Pot-Roasted Quail

You will need cups of some east and south winds from Heaven’s grocery store.  Next, gather hundreds of the fallen feathered fowls that the winds blew in. The cooking aroma will delight the neighborhood. Prepare enough food for a number of greedy people.  Warn the obese ones to chew their food thoroughly lest they choke.  Needless to say, you may still have to call EMS….Emergency Missionary Services.

Question:  Where were the people when this “picnic” takes place.  Was this a family reunion or a “divine ruse”.

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Quail birds flying in from the southeast 

Psalm 78:26-33  He (God) caused an east wind to blow in the heaven; and by his power he brought in the south wind.  He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea.  And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations; they were not estranged from their lust.  But while their meat was yet in their mouths, the wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.

             How to Can Preserves/Jams

Discretely assemble 6 glass canning jars with pressure lids and rings. Place uprightly on the stove a large pot filled with water that will cover the jars by 2 inches.

To insure the integrity of the glass jars when filled with the hot jam mixture, allow the empty jars only (not the lids and rings) to simmer in the hot water until ready to be filled.

Preserves and Jams should only be made with fresh fruits and in small batches, about 6 cups at a time, so that contamination wont set in.  Faithfully, assemble all of your other cooking utensils and ingredients.

With a potato masher, mercifully crush up the fruit when making jams.  However, leave the fruit whole if making preserves.

The principal thing is to truthfully follow the recipe exactly, especially when adding the sugar and pactin, a preservative.  This is the key to canning perfect preserves and jams when using God’s recipes.

When you serve the preserves and jams, lovingly remind the people that they really are what they eat!

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(Pretend like this is a ‘clay’ jar sitting on The Potter’s wheel.”)

Proverbs 2:11  Discretion shall preserve thee.

Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king:  and his throne is upholden by mercy. 

Psalm 25:21 My integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for thee.  

Psalm 40:11 Do not thou, O Lord, withhold thy mercy from me, let thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness ever preserve me!

 Question:  What does Proverbs 4:7 say is the key thing to get that will preserve you?
           Lake Fish Sovereign Bank

Making a withdrawal from a bank is easy.  First, you must not forget to have with you your identification and/or your pass word, and your bank account number. 

 In todays world, banking God’s way can be done from just about anywhere, any location or vintage point.   Namely, at a brick and mortar building, an electronic device, a computer, a merchant, a Tilly-the-teller, or from a good resourceful friend. 

 What you may not know is there is a secret place where a person can withdraw money.   The name of this recipe is the bank named in the title. 

 Get the name of your nearest stocked lake.  (That’s the group of non-believing family members and friends.)

Borrow your little brother’s fishing rod.  (That’s his Children’s Bible.)

Pick up some bait.  (That’s your faith.)

Head to the lake and catch some fish.  (That’s when you start enlightening folks about God’s Word.)

Open its mouth and retrieve the cash.  (That’s when you shout hallelujah and when they shout, Lord, I yield. Help my unbelief.) 

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Jesus said to retrieve the coin from a fish not a pig! 

Matthew 17:27  “…go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money:  that take and give unto them for me and thee.”

Question:  Do you know the difference between a fish and a pig?  What two men  are having this conversation?

Scripture Lesson:    Jesus answered, “It is written (Deut. 8:3):  Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

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God Sends Out A Clarion Call For Workers

There is a large sign in My employment office that says, “WELCOME!”  This greeting is for all those who come through these doors seeking to be partakers of a Heavenly Calling in this earthly habitation called  “World”.  The qualifications are simple…your mission is to be molded and shaped into the likeness of the Apostle and High Priest of our profession; Namely, our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

I greet you in harmony in knowing that there is a better way; that faith without works is dead! and that faith without hope is like a hot coal being removed from the fire, placed on the hearth and watching it’s glow slowly go out.  For you have come to realize that you cannot continue to grow in this Christian life alone.  That is why you have darted into this employment office.  You need the warmth, fellowship and support of each other and the right Employer to give you an opportunity to excel.

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First, you need to analyze, agree to, and equate to the Job Description.  Know that you are applying for the position of ‘Discipleship‘, not ‘Welfare Recipient‘. You are to let go physically, emotionally and spiritually of all those things that so easily beset you and send you off on a tantrum.  The job description is posted below if you choose to accept it:

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-33).

You may be wondering…”How can this be accomplished?”  I’m so glad you asked.  The Second thing is to repeat the First.

1.      Know your job description by heart Find it in the B-I-B-L-E
2.     Know who your Supervisor is His Name is J-E-S-U-S
3.     Know what company policies are They are called The T-E-N Commandments
4.     Know what the consequences are if                you do not perform. Going to H-E-L-L in a hand basket
5.     Know what your limits are and be          willing and ready to accept change I am not the P-O-T-T-E-R; I am the              C-L-A-Y

The following is a Twenty-first Century Parable:

  • Moses received the Law, a Blueprint of what of do.
  • He and all the people knew who wrote those laws and who was their “Boss”.
  • But the Company of God, Inc., began to realize that the people could not follow the rules and regulations on a consistent basis. The Company also realized that the consequences and penalties were too sever.

So, a new policy was initiated–A BETTER WAY–and the only requirement printed in the job description was…”You must have faith!”…along with its derivative meanings and keep them.

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Revised Applicant Qualifications…  (“Elysian” means blissful, delightful.)

Because some of the Ole Timers were so set in their ways and thought that the “Better Way” policy was so easy that there must be a fly in the ointment somewhere, they resigned and went to work in their same capacity at another firm.

But the younger whipper-snappers accepted the challenge based on the promises of the Employer…that He would put His Son in charge.  And all the people had to do was to accept Him as the Supervisor, form a union (the Church) and begin to study the By-Laws (the Holy Bible).

You know the rest of the story; how Jesus has set an example that no man can top.  How He did not just sit in His Father’s office and drink coffee all day, but came down among the workers.  How He demonstrated His love by giving of Himself, tirelessly.

Nothing less is expected of us, Dear Readers of this Heavenly Calling, if we are to continue to be in the employ of this Company.  We must begin to exercise our faith by releasing it to others and depending upon our Faithful God Father to keep His promise to make everything all right.

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Thank god I got the job!  And He knows how I take my coffee…with 3 blood drops of sugar and no cream!

Scripture References:   “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by him.  For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves and chastises every son whom he receives.”  Hebrews 12: 5b-6

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses (former laborers), let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run (work) with perseverance the race (job) that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter (and Supervisor) of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”   Hebrews 12:1-2

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God Places You Under The Tutelage Of The Holy Spirit

If I asked you the question, “When was the first time Jesus shed His blood for me?” you would no doubt reply thusly:  While nailed to the Cross.  My response to you would be, yes, but that was the second time.  When was the first?

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……NO, NO, NO!  DON’T ASK GOOGLE…GRAB YOUR BIBLE!

Before we expound on that, let me ask you another question; “Where in the Bible do you find the Lord’s Prayer?”  The correct response, of course, is John 17.  And it is in this chapter where our Lord Jesus Christ is praying to His Father that we will find the key to my first query.

John 17:17 reads: “Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth.”  Webster says, to sanctify means keep from sin.  The Bible says we are kept from sin by the blood of Jesus (John 1:7).  So, when Jesus prays to the Father to ‘Sanctify them‘, Jesus is saying, ‘shed My blood for (fill in your name)’!  The latter part of John 17:17 also identifies Jesus for it says, ‘…by Your truth.’  “Your” refers to God and God’s truth is that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 2:22).

Consequently, a literal interpretation of John 17:17 could read thusly; Jesus says to His Father, ‘shed My blood for the people because I am your Son’.

Jesus is further identified in the latter part of the verse where it is written, ‘Your word is truth.’  The ‘word‘ was made flesh (Jesus) and dwelled among us.  Scripture records that after Jesus prays this prayer mentioned in John 17, He prays again (Matt 26:39), this time in a more humanly and vigorous fashion.  He asked the Father ‘…if it is Your will, remove this cup from Me’.

At that moment, God reminds Jesus of His Divinity and causes Jesus’ sweat to turn to blood drops (Luke 22:44).  This was the first time Jesus shed blood for the remission of sin.  God alone produced/purchased my salvation at this first shedding of blood.  It was not the centurion’s spear that pierced Him in the side. (John 19:34)

…..GOD DID NOT NEED MAN TO HELP HIM CARRY OUT HIS PLAN OF SALVATION.

Therefore, the ‘cross’ incident was the second time Jesus shed blood and water for mankind for the remission of sin.  (Trust the Holy Spirit…sit under His tutelage…you’ll learn something!)

Scripture Reference:  Proverbs 4:1, 2

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“Listen my sons [and daughters], to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.  I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.” AMEN.

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God Reveals Five Important Facts To A Man Called Jonah

Did you know that there is an Old Testament Bible story about a prophet named Jonah that can help us to better understand Who God is and just what God can do?  Actually, there are five very important facts, or shall I say lessons, that are revealed in this saga when a person disobeys God and attempts to run from Him rather than to do what has been assigned to his or her hands.

Yes, a prophet is a man or woman selected by God to whom he reveals his divine message to and then they are to go and share the message with others.  Sometimes the message is good news and sometimes it is bad news.  Whichever it is doesn’t matter.  The prophet or prophetess still must deliver the message even if it means the people will get so angry that they will want to kill him or her.

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                   Sorry God, I don’t want to go!

Let’s focus:  As you read in the Book of Jonah, you will see where God caused a great fish to perform like a submarine:

But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights. 1:17

God caused a warring nation (Nineveh) to stop fighting long enough to listen attentively to a bed-time story as though they were little children:

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”  3:2

God caused the Holy Spirit to indwell in the hearts and minds of the people of Nineveh so that they repented of their warring ways and thoughts of themselves as being ‘all that’ and a bag of chips!

Jonah started into the city, going a day’s journey, and he proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be destroyed.”  The Ninevites believed God.  They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.  3:4, 5

God caused a plant to evolve into an umbrella to provide shade for a wayward messenger:

Then the Lord God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine. 4:6

God explained to a disobedient prophet with a noncontrite heart why his arms were too short to box with God:

But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow.  It sprang up overnight and died overnight.  But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well.  Should I not be concerned about that great city?” 4:10, 11

Let’s review the facts:  The story of Jonah reveals that God alone is in control of the universe.  He is the supreme Ruler and Judge over nature, events and peoples (including Jonah) everywhere at the same time.

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Sorry Jonah, you lose.  You can’s hit what you can’t see.

The Universal message is;  Man’s arms are too short to box with God.  It is better to obey than to sacrifice.  1 Samuel 15:22

Scripture LessonFor God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

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