EarthCam – Western Wall Cam

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Livecam of Jerusalem Western Wall where you may follow Feast of Trumpets 2017 action and are even able to hear the shofar blast! MARANATHA much blessings to everybody!!!


Prophetic Significance
The Feast of Trumpets is a major festival. The three major festivals are Passover, Pentecost and Feast of Trumpets. We know Passover represents the sacrifice of YAHUSHUA, and Pentecost represents the coming of the RUACH ha KODESH (Holy Spirit), so it stands to reason that the Feast of Trumpets represents a very special time.
The trumpet was the signal for the field workers to come into the Temple. The high priest actually stood on the southwestern parapet of the Temple and blew the trumpet so it could be heard in the surrounding fields. At that instant the faithful would stop harvesting, even if there were more crops to bring in, and leave immediately for worship service (Levitt 1979, 12). The Feast of Trumpets will be the Rapture of the Bride of YAHUSHUA.
The Wedding
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of YAHUVEH: and the dead in YAHUSHUA shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:16-17).
YAHUSHUA will fulfill the fall holy days by coming on the Feast of Trumpets to catch away His Bride to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, then return to earth seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His Kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles.
YAHUSHUA Fulfills the Seven Feasts of Israel:
Rabbis have taught that after being resurrected on the Feast of Trumpets, the righteous (the Bride, but not the church as is erroneously being taught now) would enter the chupah, or wedding canopy to spend seven years while the “day of trouble” [tribulation], the seven years of judgment occurs on earth. By examining an ancient Jewish wedding, we can more clearly see the picture of the union of the Church (the bride) with the Messiah.
When a man in ancient Israel married, he went to the bride’s house with a “bride price” and made a contract (covenant) with the girl’s father. If the father accepted the man and his bride price, the man would pour a glass of wine. If the girl drank it, it would indicate that she accepted the man’s proposal and they were betrothed. The man would go away and prepare a wedding chamber for his bride. When the man’s father deemed that the wedding chamber was ready, usually one to two years later, the man would return to the bride’s house and “steal” her away “like a thief in the night” at an hour when no one would suspect. He would take her to the wedding chamber for seven days. During this time, the groom’s father would hold a party to announce the marriage. At the end of the seventh day, the married couple would emerge from the chamber and partake of the marriage supper.
The ancient Jewish wedding is a picture of YAHUSHUA the Bridegroom and His Bride. The contract (covenant) was sealed at the Last Supper when YAHUSHUA shared the covenant cup with His Disciples. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many (Mark 14:24).
YAHUSHUA, in speaking to the Disciples after the last supper said the same words that any Jewish man would tell his betrothed. In my father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also (John 14:2-3).
And, of course, YAHUSHUA paid the “Bride price” with His life. The marriage of the Bride to YAHUSHUA is described in several Bible texts. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints (Rev. 19:7-8). The Jewish wedding ceremony is another beautiful shadow of YAHUSHUA’s return.
Teshuvah and Days of Awe
The forty-day season called Teshuvah (return or repentance) starts thirty days before the Feast of Trumpets, and is a shadow of YAHUVEH’s prophetic plan. The entire ten days from the first day of the Feast of Trumpets through the Day of Atonement are known as the Days of Repentance or Days of Awe. The days between may be a picture of the tribulation. The days between the Feast of the Trumpets and Day of Atonement reflect the seven-year period of Jacob’s Trouble. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it (Jer. 30:7). The days are divided as follows:
The thirty days of the month of Elul —the Bride

The Day of the Feast of Trumpets—the Rapture of the Bride.

The days between the Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement—Tribulation

The Day of Atonement—the Second Coming
For thirty days the shofar is blown every morning in the Synagogue to remind the people that the holy days are approaching, in order that they may prepare themselves. Their preparation consists of confessing their sins and seeking forgiveness along with a change in life, if needed. The Jews’ earnest prayer is that their names may be written in the Book of Life (Wagner 1995). This might represent the period before the rapture—calling people to repentance. One’s name is written in the Book of Life only when he or she has a repentant heart and comes in submission to our Heavenly Father, asking for forgiveness through YAHUSHUA’s death and resurrection.
Coronation of YAHUSHUA, Our King
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown (Rev. 3:7-11).
Daniel 7:9-14 also speaks of the Messiah returning to reign as king: I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit… thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened [The Day of Judgment]. I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man [YAHUSHUA] came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
In Revelation, chapters 8 through 10, the seven trumpets and the “Mystery of YAHUVEH” are revealed at the final blast: And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of YAHUVEH should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets (Rev.10:5-7).
Remember, you should have joyful expectations (Titus 2:13) and be patiently waiting in obedience (1 Cor. 1:7, 1 Tim. 6:14). Celebrate Rosh HaShanah by teaching your children about repentance, renewing your heart toward YAHUVEH, and looking forward to the Rapture of YAHUSHUA’s Bride.
Traditional Jewish foods accompany Rosh HaShanah. Typically, a blessing will be said over two loaves of bread, known as challah. The round shape symbolizes a crown, a reminder of the kingship of YAH. Challah also stands for the circle of life, and the hope that our lives endure without end.
Challah is sometimes baked with a ladder on top in recognition that only YAH decides who climbs up or down the ladder of life. Forming challah in the shape of a bird is also done. The Torah says that YAH will protect Jerusalem in the same way a bird hovers.
Apples dipped in honey are another Rosh HaShanah tradition. It symbolizes the hope for a “sweet year” ahead. Honey is spread on challah. Tzimmes, a mixture made from carrots, cinnamon, yams, prunes, and honey, is also traditional.

Have Faith

Hebrews 11:5-7 (NKJV)

5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

Blessed Hope

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Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13

For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:22-23

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21

Jimmy Evans Teaches Rev12 On Daystar Television!

Originally posted on Revelation 12 Daily

Stop what you are doing and watch this interview.  Seriously.  This guy goes onto Daystar, a network that pretty much reaches every country on the planet, and teaches on the Revelation 12 Sign without holding back.  It is an amazing presentation about many of the things pointing to the nearness of the Lord’s return and I just love how it was filmed from in Jerusalem and broadcast to the entire world!  Yes…it’s that good… my only complaint is that it was only 40 minutes, I wish it was longer!!

So who can we thank for this amazing gift?  Well we can thank God first off, but also Jimmy Evans, head elder of Trinity Fellowship and also Founder of Marriage Today in Dallas, Texas.  Jimmy says he has been studying prophecy for 44 years and you could tell because he had some really insightful things to share in this interview with Marc and Joni.

Jimmy presented the information extremely well and even made some connections that I hadn’t heard before.  I can’t stress enough how awesome this was.  I am so grateful for Matthew who insisted I watch this.. It was dynamite! 

Outline of Interview (Skip ahead to the 19:09 mark to begin)

19:09 – Interview Starts
22:30 – Year 5777
24:06 – Feast of Trumpets / Rapture Connection
31:06 – Parable of Fig Tree / Last Generation
33:47 – Judah Ben Samuel Prophecy
40:47 – Temple Mount Discussion
42:27 – Eclipse / Hurricanes / Flooding
46:39 – Revelation 12 Sign / Google Sky Cover-Up
58:30 – Interview Over

Here is the link, you need to watch and share this:
Jimmy Evans Revelation 12 Interview on Daystar Television
 

Here are just a few of the quotes from Jimmy:

“The Blood Moons had to happen before the Lord could return, according to the Book of Joel.”

and…

“I believe that we’re at the end of the end times…. I believe that the return of Jesus is imminent. I really do.”

and…

“Next Saturday, Venus Mercury and Mars align with Leo to make 12 stars over the head of the Virgin.”

and…

“The Revelation 12 Sign that hasn’t happened for thousands of years, it happens in 10 Days… I’m saying this is a time to know Jesus Christ.”

Here is the link again just to make it easy on you:
Jimmy Evans Revelation 12 Interview on Daystar Television

Get On Board The Ark

Originally Posted by Unsealed.org

The Day is approaching.  Just as in Noah’s day, judgment will not tarry for long.  It is coming as sure as the Sun will rise.  God told Noah to prepare a massive wooden ark in which he and his family would escape the global cataclysm.  The ark had a single door that was so large only God could shut it (Gen. 6:16, 7:16).

Likewise, in our time God has prepared another wooden object that we must cling to in order to escape the second global cataclysm: the cross of Christ.  The ark rose above the floodwaters and Noah and his family were lifted to safety while the world perished down below.  Christ our Savior was lifted up on a cross, paying for all of our sins.  When we trust in Him alone we will also be lifted up, but this time not just above floodwaters, but far above the earth into the heavenly realms.

Just as Noah and his family entered the ark seven days before the flood came (Gen. 7:7-10), so those clinging to the cross of Christ must enter Heaven seven years before God’s judgment is completed.  Noah entered through a single, wooden door in the ark.  We must enter through a door into Heaven by means of a wooden cross:

I know your works.  Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name… Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.  I am coming soon.   Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
– Revelation 3:8, 10-11

And

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven!  And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’
– Revelation 4:1

How do you enter through this heavenly door?

‘Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God; believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  And you know the way to where I am going.’  Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.’
– John 14:1-6

Let there be no doubt that in John 14 Jesus is speaking about the fulfillment of a prophecy first written over 700 years earlier by the prophet Isaiah:

Like a pregnant woman
who writhes and cries out in her pangs
when she is near to giving birth,
so were we because of you, O Lord;
we were pregnant, we writhed,
but we have given birth to wind.
We have accomplished no deliverance in the earth,
and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen.
Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise.
You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
For your dew is a dew of light,
and the earth will give birth to the dead.

Come, my people, enter your chambers,
and shut your doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until the fury has passed by.
For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity,
and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it,
and will no more cover its slain.
– Isaiah 26:17-21

God’s children are raised to life and then hidden away behind closed doors before God’s judgment is unleashed upon the earth.  The door into Heaven is Jesus:

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
– John 10:9

There are two groups of people that still haven’t boarded the ark of Christ.  Both groups are unbelievers, but some claim to know Christ.  They are the lawless and the legalists.  Both reject the atonement that Jesus offered on their behalf.  Both bring a strange fire before the altar of God and offer only the fruit of their own labors rather than the Lamb of God.  All it takes to board the ark is a saving faith in Jesus Christ and the humility to recognize your personal need for what only God can provide.  Sadly, surveys now show that a great many Christians have abandoned their hope and are trying to enter Heaven by their own effort.  This is an apostasy even worse than homosexuality or worldliness, because this apostasy negates grace (Acts 13:39, Rom. 3:20, 3:28, 11:6, Gal. 2:16).

When God’s children are taken from the earth, the greatest heartache will be felt by those who thought they knew the LORD and who were prophesying, casting out demons, and doing many mighty works, but who had never entered God’s rest (Matt. 7:21-23, Heb. 3:7-4:16, 9:11-28).  They rejected God’s grace – knowingly or unknowingly, it won’t much matter at that point.  Remember that the wicked and lawless people of Sodom will certainly suffer a future judgment, but the judgment of the self-righteous religious hypocrites will be far, far worse (Matt. 11:23-24, 23:15, 23:33, John 5:39).

The message is the same for all – for the prostitutes and junkies, the homosexuals and pornographers, the liars and slanderers, the self-righteous and prideful, the hypocrites and Pharisees: repent (change your mind) and believe the Good News!  God loves you in your present state (Romans 5:8), but He will not force Himself on you.  You MUST repent and come to Him to receive the grace that only He offers.

The door to the ark is closing fast.  Get on board now.

 

Peace and Safety

Each year the UN has a different theme…. never used twice….and it happens to fall on September 21st… 2 days prior to the Revelation 12 sign… which also coincides with the feast of trumpets a day “no man knows

The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

Building blocks for peace poster.

1 Thessalonians 5:3-5 (KJV)

For when they shall say, Peace and safety ; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

 

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Links to further Rev 12 sign:

Scott Clarke

Unsealed.org

Watchfortheday.org

Revelation 12 daily

 

 

 

 

Be of Boldness and Courage

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YOU ARE MARKED AND SOME OF YOU WILL BE TOLD TO LEAVE EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IN AN INSTANT

Speak daughter of Zion, speak the words I have put upon your heart with boldness and with courage, for with great mercy, I continue to warn, and out of My great love. You have entered a season unlike any other. You have been marked. Those of you who walk with Me are marked by Me, sealed, protected and ensured your home with Me for eternity, but your adversary also has marked you. He watches and he plots. He too has marked those who have given their obedience to Me and surrendered all. Although your destiny will always be in Me, he has marked you for your destruction and will stop at nothing to see this come to fruition.

You have entered a time when you will be publicly interrogated, questioned, dragged from your homes, affronted in every way. There is a day rapidly approaching and is already here, when you will be publicly humiliated for My name’s sake. Everything will be stripped from you. Many of you will watch your loved ones killed before you, all in an effort to attempt to make you deny My name. I do not tell you this to stir you to fear, for I am not a God of fear. I have given you a sound mind and everything I do and say is done in love.

You will be hated and persecuted; many are already experiencing this now, because of your belief in Me. There are many evil powers that watch all that you say and do, everything is measured and monitored and recorded and all of it will be used against you. But you must know, this is the hour of trial that I have been preparing all of you for. You knew these days were coming. I have poured out My Spirit upon My people so you would have My wisdom and My counsel and your steps would be orderly. You must not fear what is coming, what is here. You must stand. The standard has been raised, My Banner is over you.

You are surrounded on all sides, hedged in above and below. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. And one day, every knee will bow, and every tongue confess when I show them who I AM. But first, the great hour of trial. Some know already where your place is to be, your positions, and how you will be serving Me in the days to come. And to some, it is yet to be revealed, and I will do so very shortly, so listen very closely for My instructions and My counsel, for you shall have it.

Many of you will be asked to leave your homes in an instant, so you must not hesitate. My angels guide you and My Spirit goes before you always. My light illuminates your path. Your spirits will know that your Shepherd speaks. Obey at all costs. Leave behind what you are told to leave behind. Do not look back. It comes quickly children.

You will soon be banned from publicly expressing your beliefs in Me or ever mentioning My name. You will be mocked and you will be forced to accept the beast system in order to continue to buy, sell or work. This you must not do! Urge your family members to pay attention to these words, so that they do not believe the lie. The ultimate betrayal has been planned against you, and many, many will be deceived because they have not heeded My warnings.

There is only one truth. You either desire truth, or you do not. There is only One Way. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one will come to My Father except that they have known Me. The distractions are ever increasing around you. The enemy is very subtle and seductive in the ways that he keeps you from listening to Me and being intimate with Me. As I said, he watches you. He knows your weaknesses and he waits.

I have given you the tools and I have given you My power and authority to tread on all manner of evil things. Do it! Do this children! In this you will overcome. Whether I require your life in the physical or whether I carry you through from glory to glory into My Kingdom is irrelevant to you. Your heart condition in every moment is what is most important, your heart motives, the love you show others, living the crucified life that is My way, but showing the glorified life that is the truth for all mankind. Be prepared to be called out. Be prepared to testify of who I am, for the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Me and what I have done, and the way that has been made for all men that believe. Be prepared to take a stand whether you are called out publicly or whether I have you positioned elsewhere. My instructions remain the same.

Be bold, remain steadfast and be of good courage, never wavering, for you are not forsaken and I will not leave you. For many, it will cost you everything.. for many, it already has. It matters not if this life is lost, if your soul gains Me for eternity.

Prepare.. It is here.. I AM HERE

YAHUSHUA

 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IPeldAvkjAU

 

Love, Do Good, Pray

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Radical love requires responding to wrongs with positive ministry toward the wrongdoer, not with retaliation (6:27-30).

Jesus assumes that His followers will have enemies. He has just stated that His disciples are blessed when men hate them, ostracize them, heap insults on them, and spurn their names as evil for His sake (6:22). We shouldn’t have enemies because of our obnoxious or insensitive behavior. But if we live righteously and hold firmly to God’s truth, we will have enemies in this evil world. Our lives will convict sinners who will try to bring us down so that they can justify their own sins. But we must respond to all mistreatment by actively loving those who wrong us, never by retaliating.

Jesus begins with a general statement, “Love your enemies.” The word is “agape,” love that is committed to the highest good of the one loved. Such love is not primarily a feeling, but an action stemming from an attitude. Thus it can be commanded. The attitude of love thinks about the other person as a fellow sinner who needs to know the forgiveness of sins that is in Jesus. We were once just as this sinner now is—selfish, blinded by sin, and alienated from God. But thankfully, God showed us mercy. This attitude frees us to act in ways that show God’s love and grace to the wrongdoer. Thus Jesus adds, “Do good to those who hate you.” It is not enough just to refrain from getting even. It is not sufficient to separate yourself from the one who has wronged you. Jesus says that we must actively do good to the wrongdoer!

You say, “How do I do this?” Jesus gives some specific examples. “Bless those who curse you.” If a person verbally attacks you, respond with kind words. If he calls you names or cusses you out, don’t respond by telling him off, even if you avoid using swear words. Respond graciously.

Jesus gives us further direction: “Pray for those who mistreat you.” He doesn’t mean to pray the imprecatory psalms! He means to pray sincerely for their well-being, which probably includes their conversion to Christ. You can rest assured that if the person does not repent, God will bring His righteous judgment upon him in due time. But rather than feeling sorry for yourself because you have been mistreated, feel compassion for this sinner who is headed for hell, if God does not intervene. Pray that God would be merciful in saving the person for His glory.

https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-26-radical-love-luke-627-35

 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Glory Due To God

 

 

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As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 1 Peter 4:10-13

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

 

Servant of Christ

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Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

Philippians 2:1-16

 

 

Good Samaritan

Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed,[a] he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:30-37

How to Obey in Faith

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Faith is obedience when you don’t understand it. In just the New Testament alone, there are 1,050 commands, and they’re all there for your benefit. God says things like, “Love your enemies” and “Forgive the people who hurt you.” That’s not easy! There are a lot of commands in the Bible that seem difficult, unreasonable, unrealistic, unachievable, and even impossible. But when God says things like, “You should save sex for marriage,” he’s not being mean. He says it because he knows best and what will make you happy more than you do.Every time God tells you to do something, it’s a test of your faith. The question is this: Do you trust God, or do you trust your gut? Do you trust the Word, or do you trust the world?

Will you obey?

As a kid, did your parents ever ask you to do something that seemed unreasonable? When you asked them, “Why should I do this?” they would say, “Because I said so!”

Looking back at some of the things your parents told you to do “because they said so,” was it the right thing? Yes. Can you see in hindsight now how they were wise? God will ask you those questions the rest of your life, not just when you’re a kid. When you’re 80 years old, God is going to be saying, “I want you to do this.” And you’re going to go, “Why? That doesn’t make sense.” And God will say, “Because I said so.”

It is a test. Faith is believing when you don’t see it, but it’s also obeying when you don’t understand it. If you do not learn to obey, you’ll miss so many blessings in life that God has in store for you.

But, if you learn to do what God tells you to do without question, even when it seems absurd and the exact opposite of your natural tendency, then you’re going to grow in faith, and you’re going to get blessed.

 

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Just Want To Say Thank You

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I think a nice way to end this week is to list things I am grateful for.  God is so good and He deserves all my gratitude…


Jesus’ sacrifice

His Word

His Holy Spirit

I don’t have to worry

If I do worry, He will always gently bring me back to reminders of why I can stop

My heart continues to beat

The air in my lungs

Sight

Hearing

Nose for smelling and holding up my reading glasses

Hands and feet for serving

Precious healing of my illness

Healing of dependency on alcohol or drugs

Learning forgiveness

There is nothing that can separate me from His righteous right hand

Taste buds for enjoying delicious food

Music

The heavenly wonders both night and day (I look up A LOT nowadays)

Nature

Every time I am reminded of Him throughout the day

Every answered prayer (even when it was no)

Family

Imagination (even though I sometimes use it to worry)

Transportation

A place to live

Having enough to eat

Inspiration in it’s many forms

Every time I am humbled

That we all make up a part of a whole body of Christ

The ongoing things He is teaching me every day

The way He continues to expand my faith

Pets

A job

Time alone with Him

The sound of rain

Nature’s animal sounds in the evening or morning

Every gift He created in me

Safety from wrath

Emotions

Having others who I matter to

Muscles that are used to lift, sit up, bend over and so on

A smile to share

God loved me first and everything good thing in me stems from that love

Sleep (my illness used to rob me of it)

Epiphanies

My blog

Other people’s blogs

Different points of view

His discernment

That He will continue transforming me until the day that I go home

 

 

 

Give Thanks

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:27)

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 107:1) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6) Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2) 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)