This is one of many devotionals that my brother, Virgil O’Neal, sends out daily! I appreciate the truths stated in this one:
Do You Know What God Wants You to Do? “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” (Acts 5:20) The apostles had a command from God. The reason they took action is because they’d been told to do so. All true obedience is informed obedience. You must hear from God in order to obey God. Don’t do things just because you want to do them and think you’re living the Christian life. What God doesn’t initiate, God doesn’t appreciate. God is going to tell you what to do. And God has never promised to bless any endeavor that He has not commanded. A. R.
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It is time to rejoice! What great stress the church is under now. Hold fast to the Word of God. Let us be content in whatsoever state we are in. Our help is on the way! Rejoice we have a Savior. It may seem dark and death is all around but our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Christ will rescue the church from this darkness. Endure to the end. Let the weight of our desperation be lifted in our confidence in Christ. No matter how we go, by the grave or by way of the rapture, let us be content and glorify Christ until He returns.
We are victorious no matter what the world may say. Jesus said that in this world we would have tribulation but to be of good cheer because He has over come the world. All my hope is in Jesus. I will give up on any means of fixing things myself and rely on my Savior. He has proven to me that He is faithful time and time again. My strength has never gotten me through, it is always Jesus.
1 Peter 4:12-13 KJV — Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
It has been said that BIBLE as an acronym stands for:
My dad always preached it meant:
I see a complete connection between the two!
From the time of Abraham til now we see basic instructions.
God tells him in Genesis 12:1 to get out of his country to a land he will show him. And, so he does obey the voice of God. Look at the end results. He had only listen and get the basics right.
Moses spoke these words to the children of Israel:
“Now if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God and are careful to follow all His commandments I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you will obey the voice of the Lord your God:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, as well as the produce of your land and the offspring of your livestock— the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and kneading bowl will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.”
Deuteronomy 28:1-6 BSB Berean Study Bible.
So, we are so ready to accept the blessings but tend to forget conditions previously laid out! Have you read Deuteronomy 27? I dare you to!!! Moses addresses the children of Israel on the curses there. Again, basic instructions.
Here are some foundational truths for believers in God’s word! Nicodemus is told that he must be born again. You must be born again! No, this means you too. Your spirit must be elevated to the level of thinking that the Holy Spirit gives. It will cause you to stand upon God’s word as your final authority!
I have said it many times that the basic message is the same for any believer, non believer, saint, and those who ain’t. Be ye ready! How does the world know we are Christians? They will know we are Christians by our love.
“If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him?”
“And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.” Micah 5:5 KJV
Excerpt from John Gill’s Exposition on this “Verse 5: And this “man” shall be the peace,…. The word man is not in the text, only this; and refers to the person before spoken of, who was to be born in Bethlehem, to be the ruler in Israel, that should stand and feed his people, and should be great to the ends of the earth; and is no other than the Messiah, as Kimchi, and other Jewish writers, own, Kimchi’s note is,
“this peace respects the Messiah; for he shall be the cause or author of peace; as it is said, “he shall speak peace unto the Heathen”, Zechariah 9:10;’
and R. Isaac expresses his sense of the words in much the same language; and it is an observation the Jews sometimes make, and which they give as a sign of the Messiah’s coming, “when you see a Persian horse bound in the land of Israel, look for the feet of the Messiah;’
which is the sense of Micah 5:5; “this shall be the peace, when the Assyrian comes into our land” so Jesus the true Messiah is called “our peace”, Ephesians 2:14; and is the cause and author of peace, not only between Jew and Gentile,
but between God and men; which he has made by the blood of his cross, and speaks and gives peace to men; and he is the author of peace in his churches, whose kingdom is a kingdom of peace, of which there will be an abundance in the latter day; for all which he would not be sufficient was he a mere man; though it was proper he should be a man,
that he might have blood to shed, a body to offer up, and in it die to procure peace; and yet be more than a man, God also, to put virtue and efficacy into what he did and suffered to obtain it, as well as to secure and continue the peace of his people, and preserve them from all their enemies:”
According to Gill from his studies there are conjectures as to who these men may be. I am not attempting to dispute these learned men but rather share my dissertation! Some treat it as if it were an addition problem 7 + 8 = 15. I do not perceive it as such but rather a *style of writing. I see the eight men as the seven shepherds which are principal men along with the eighth being The Principal man being Jesus Christ our Messiah.
A good example of this *style of writing is found in Proverbs 30:15 – The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, Yea, four things say not, It is enough:” It is what I refer to as continued inclusive writing!
As soon as I read the seven shepherds, and eight principal men, my train of thought was captivated. I did not see it as being 15 men. I understood it to represent Christ (The Principal Man) at his first coming and the angels of the seven churches (shepherds under the Great Shepherd) in the book of Revelation!
Thus, you have eight total as principal men! Oh, and what an impact these messengers had. They came with their warnings to the actual seven churches that literally existed! The will of Christ was being revealed! As far as ages is concerned, the church can continually learn from these churches! They were identified in the beginning chapters of the book of Revelation as the seven churches which are in Asia.
From our initial verse in Micah 5:5, I understand that the Assyrian mentioned there represents any power opposing God, such as Satan or some religious demon, etc. When I reflect on verse 15 of this same chapter, my understanding of this is enlightened! I refer again to John Gills Exposition:
“Verse 15: And I will execute vengeance in anger, and fury upon the Heathen,…. Or “nations;” not the Pagan nations only, but the Papal and Mahometan ones, even all that are enemies to Christ, and his church and people:
such as they have not heard; such terrible judgments, and dreadful expressions of divine wrath and fury, by earthquakes, hailstones, as were never known or heard of in the world before; see Revelation 16:18;
or, “which have not heard”; the people that have not heard and hearkened to the word of God, to the voice of Christ in the Gospel, but have turned a deaf ear to it, and despised it. So the Targum,
“who have not received the doctrine of the law;’ but it is much more agreeable to understand it of the doctrine of the Gospel disobeyed by men, and therefore justly punished; see 2 Thessalonians 1:8.”
“and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 KJV
My gleaning from this verse in Micah 5:15 is that I must trust in the Christ of now and in the Christ of the day of vengeance! He is our peace! We sure need him now! His story, his birth, life, death, burial, resurrection and his coming again to execute judgment! This statement should not discourage a believer. His birth was only the beginning!
One day we will rule and reign with him! Then we can truly sing our Lord has come, Joy To The World, that glad millennial song! Not really intended as a holiday song for our Christmas tradition as such! Although his coming into the world brought us peace and joy! So thankful for Jesus! I trust in every work and stage of Messiah’s fulfillment! This is my peace!
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‘Tis the season to be jolly! Falalalala lalalala. We sing this song “Joy To The World” at the advent of every Christmas season! Have you ever considered the actual tone the words imply? It is a setting praising the triumphant return of Christ and his ultimate kingdom rule! Please read through the whole article on the link I share! Find out why it is ok to sing this song as you celebrate the birth of Christ our Savior! Enjoy and I bid you glad tidings and “Joy!”
It is a time to break down traditions! We have seen the church as a building! The church is the people, the called out! The church is universal so our individual gatherings would better be termed a congregation. We all make up the body called the church! But:
Why is church something we endure rather than enjoy? Does it have to do with our dedication to God? God is not a fix all for our lackadaisical approach towards him and the church. Are we lacking life, spirit, and zest? This is a question we each must ask!
Sometimes, it is easy to view the Christian life as a checklist. Many of us, if we are honest, are good with going to church on Sundays and calling it good. However, Jesus said to “Give us this day our Daily Bread.” He is not our weekly bread, our monthly bread, or even our every other day bread.
He desires to be our daily bread! Do we need to break down our thought processes that have allowed us to get to the point of “coasting” in our Christian life? How is our daily walk with the Lord?
It is like what was said in 3rd John, “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” How healthy would you be physically if your body reflected the health of your soul? Maybe we were hurt by the church or other Christians in the past.
Maybe we need to break down those walls of hurt and receive counsel to be healed. Is there a wall of confusion in your mind that hinders your spiritual walk? Seek godly counsel from your pastor(s) and/or leaders that are serving your congregation!
We may tend to have more concern over our dress than we do the condition of our hearts! God open our eyes for what really matters! Our attitude should be, God break my heart for what breaks yours! Minister to people right where they are and break down their walls of contention and ideas of I’m Not Good Enough!
We aren’t good enough. Let’s focus and remind ourselves of the one who is good enough, Jesus! He works on our behalf. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”(2 Cor 5:21)
Let us not just pray ceremonial prayers in church, at meals, and at bedtime! We need some intercessory prayer going on! That is what touches the heart of God! We want our loved ones, friends and neighbors to be saved! We pray God’s will be done in earth (us) and on earth! I assure you you must have His will in earth first.
You can pray, God, your will be done in heaven but God really doesn’t need your help with heaven. I am sure that every creature, every Angel, and all things in heaven are subject to Him who is the Highest Power! May we let go of any fires we have created! Allow His new fire to burn in our spirits. Welcome Holy Spirit!
Be willing to let go of your tradition to fulfill the will of God in your life today! Here is the Hebraic prayer for St Matthew 6:9-13. It is known as The Avinu Prayer! Avinu in Hebrew translates Our Father. You will find it in the following book:
A Prayer To Our Father:
Our Father in heaven
May your name be sanctified
May your kingdom be blessed
Your will shall be done in heaven and on earth
Give us our bread continually/daily.
Forgive us the debt of our sins as we forgive the debt of those who sin against us