A TIME TO PLANT

Ecclesiastes 3:2 – “A time to be born and a time to die; A TIME TO PLANT and a time to uproot what is planted.”

by BG O’Neal and Cameron Frye

In order to have a good harvest you need to plant in the right season! Old timers sometimes affirmed their belief in The Farmer’s Almanac. They would declare if you follow the instructions your garden will grow well. They trusted it!

One pastor applied planting seed to the 4R Principle. He taught how ministry is always effective. His projected thought was on what he called the 4R plan. 1. Right place! 2. Right time! 3. Right words! 4. Right people! It will not work properly if one of these 4 R principles are missing. As any good gardener knows there are several components to gardening.

First, you get an idea of what you want to grow. Then you acquire the seed! It takes the necessary equipment to begin and maintain a garden. You will need to plow up your fallow “hardened” ground for your garden space.

Then you need to level out the rows. You will till and dig just deep enough to get the seed properly planted. Follow the instructions on how to plant seed! You will need a hoe to weed out your garden so it can be healthy. Your garden will need watered daily so as not to dry up from the sun’s heat.

You must care for your garden daily for the planted seed to come to fruition! *There are so many spiritual lessons to be applied in this story of gardening! It will preach! And then, you can trust to have a good harvest!

Believers in Christ trust in the Word of God. We believe in following God’s plan. You will ultimately reap an abundant harvest. So in the economy of God, there is one who sows seed into fertile plowed up ground. Another waters! God gives the increase. He brings it to fruition!

As representing His Kingdom, we need to be careful! Why? It is of utmost importance that you first of all pray for those you desire to witness to. Then sow kindness if you want the audience of the world!!! They are watching you and your lifestyle must match up to your profession of faith in Christ. Be available to sow seed or water the seed. It’s all about God’s glory! We give thanks to the Lord Of The Harvest!

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:1-3 KJV

This is why we must plant Grace, mercy, and compassion into the lives of the hurting! Why would anyone think it is ok to sow discord among brothers? Or for that matter in your home, church, or on the job! Be careful of your words and actions. Don’t be ashamed to apologize if you mess up! Let us beware of our actions!

Jesus said that “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” -Matthew 7:24. A farmer may know the right thing to do, but when he does not put his knowledge into practice it will affect the quality of the harvest. However, when he knows the truth and applies the truth, the harvest will follow.

Lastly, do not be afraid if you don’t see fruit right away. Sometimes you just are not yet in the right season. Any good farmer knows that there are specific seasons in which specific fruit grows the best. Yet, what do they do? They continue to prepare each and every day, doing what is necessary to prepare for a bountiful harvest. The Lord is faithful, and when we love God, love our neighbor, and apply his truth to our lives, a spiritual harvest will follow.

In planting seed, you must have receptive ground. The seed will not grow properly if you don’t. The same is true of having a child together. Let us follow God’s ordained path in everything we plant. We pray that you reach many for the Kingdom of God as you plant good seed in good soil.

BG and Cameron saying – Have a wonderful day!

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AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT

By BG O’Neal

God desires excellence in us and from us!

Daniel 5:11, 12 ESV

“There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and

astrologers, because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”

Is there a man or woman in the kingdom of God who strives for excellence? Do you have an excellent spirit about you? Your countenance will reflect it if you do. There is that special something that glows in a Christ follower that the world recognizes! You can not hide the glory of God that appears like fresh oil on your anointed head.

So, naturally people look to you in the natural for the supernatural to be revealed. They expect wisdom and knowledge to flow from you. The truth is we don’t always have the answer. However, we trust in God, The Holy Spirit to help us. He will give us answers when we inquire of him. He is glorified when we seek his counsel. That in itself is true excellence. Are you a problem solver or are you part of the problem?

Even the worldly carnal minded people seek for answers from us. Let’s look at the examples of others in the life of Daniel. He had an excellent spirit! That is the crux of the story that unveils concerning him. We read about King Belshazzar having a troubled countenance. He sought out his wise men to interpret the writing on the wall. But, they could not!

Then appears the queen with her tidbit of wisdom to offer. She tells him not to be alarmed so much that the color drains from his face. See, the carnal nature is to try to figure out everything on your own. Be your own man! In charge! It’s kinda like the atheist on an airplane: The plane engine catches on fire and they are spiraling down to sure death.

That is, providing the plane doesn’t burn up or explode before they crash. Here they are sliding around, bounced here and there. The first thing they do is cry, Oh God! Save me Lord and they are claiming salvation just in case. No need to burn in fire twice! Right? On the flip side how often did we reject the mercy of God!

It means so much to possess an excellent spirit. People look to us to be consistent. They depend on it. Let them not find fault in you unless it is as they did in Daniel for trusting the word of the Lord. The queen tells the king don’t worry! Be happy! There is a man in the kingdom who has an excellent spirit.

He has great knowledge, interprets dreams, and solves riddles too! He has the spirit of the gods in him. What did that mean? It refers to those who were considered judges and mighty. Remember Samuel and the prophets. What of Moses the meekest man on the the face of the earth. He led the people of Israel out of bondage. They were a mighty people so long as they walked with the counsel of God.

That is basically what all men do when they are in trouble. Call JC Savior! I need help now!!! Since the men of his court can’t help him, he sends for Daniel. The king has named him Belteshazzar. He had an excellent (pre-eminent, surpassing, extreme, extraordinary) spirit in him.

Belshazzar’s predecessor King Nebuchadnezzar had appointed Daniel head over his soothsayers! Isn’t it amazing how the king and his rebels were partying with the golden vessels. Yet, they had to turn to a man of God when the were in trouble. Not unlike today! People try to monopolize on all the blessings with no honor or respect for the kingdom of God and salvation through Jesus Christ.

They want to roll the dice, double six, and Get out of hell free! Just enough Jesus to be religious. Is it the real Jesus?

It is our duty to show them the path of God. We are light in the world. Pulling them out of the fire! Living life like an open book that is a portrait of Christ’s love. Paul talked about striving for mastery. We are told to pray for those in authority. Let us live our lives so that others see the excellency of the knowledge of Christ in us!

Be consistent in your witness of him! Excellent spirit!

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LOVE JOYS!

By BG O’Neal

My admonition for you today because I love you in Christ and as a friend:

“But as for me, your strength shall be my song of joy. At each and every sunrise, my lyrics of your love will fill the air! For you have been my glory-fortress, a stronghold in my day of distress.”
Psalms 59:16 TPT

Imagine if we loved God this way every day; our spouses, our children; our friends! God restore our joy in loving you and loving each other! We ask this in the lovely name of Yeshua! Selah! Amen!

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JACOB’S WRESTLING YOURS???

By BG O’Neal

Points To Ponder:

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.”

Genesis 32:24-26 KJV

A lot of us have heard the story of wrestling Jacob. But, may I say to you that Jacob first of all was wrestling inwardly. He was operating in the fear mode because of sins of the past. Such turmoil, such inner conflict. He was having to deal with his treachery and deceit. He just knew that Esau, his brother of the past, was hating on him and thought of him as a thief. His heart palpitated as he felt surely his brother of the past (sin) would take vengeance on him.

My question is how about us as individuals? Do we still have rumblings within because of a particular sin we say we have victory over. Because, when the heart deals with that sin, it does not stop with just the one. No, it brings up all the other sins as well. You are remembering all the times you committed that major sin. Let me say you have to deal with all the minor ones too! God is giving you the opportunity to deal with it all. He wants to bring you to the place of “shame off,” and liberate you. He loves you and has good things in store for you!

It does not feel like He does anymore than being chastised of the Father feels good at the present moment or moments you have. There is hope when we look at how Jacob came with gifts of contrition. His meeting went well with his brother of his past. His Esau! What about you? Are you dealing with your brother or sister of the past? Your sin/s. Open up your floodgates and allow the Holy Spirit to truly heal and cleanse you. Not only was Jacob ok by the divine providence of God, he got a new name – Israel!!! God in Christ has given you a new name! Glory!!! You were once “unregenerate,” needing to spring to life. He now calls you “Redeemed!”

I’m redeemed by love divine! Glory glory, Christ is mine!

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! Say so!

Enjoy this already blessed day!

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.”

Psalm 118:24-25 KJV

Blessing also in verse 25. You are the “Redeemed of the Lord!”

Advance us! Make us profitable! We are Kingdom people! We care about others and their welfare!

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HIDDEN WITH CHRIST? Part 2

By BG O’Neal

Is your life hidden with Christ in God? Do you fully trust the power of God to transform your life?

Colossians 3:1-25 CEV >

“You have been raised to life with Christ. Now set your heart on what is in heaven, where Christ rules at God’s right side. Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth. (You died, which means that your life is hidden with Christ, who sits beside God. Christ gives meaning to your life, and when he appears, you will also appear with him in glory).

Don’t be controlled by your body. Kill every desire for the wrong kind of sex. Don’t be immoral or indecent or have evil thoughts. [Is it important to you to remain sexually pure?]

Don’t be greedy, which is the same as worshiping idols. God is angry with people who disobey him by doing these things. And this is exactly what you did, when you lived among people who behaved in this way. But now you must stop doing such things. You must quit being angry, hateful, and evil. [Does it concern you at all that your deeds make God angry?]

You must no longer say insulting or cruel things about others. And stop lying to each other. You have given up your old way of life with its habits. Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand him better. It doesn’t matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, or if you are circumcised or not. You may even be a barbarian or a Scythian, and you may be a slave or a free person. Yet Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. [Does your lifestyle exemplify Christ?]

God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together. [How do you portray the love of God?]

Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be grateful. Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. [Peace produces wisdom!]

Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of him. A wife must put her husband first. This is her duty as a follower of the Lord. A husband must love his wife and not abuse her. Children must always obey their parents. This pleases the Lord. Parents, don’t be hard on your children. If you are, they might give up. Slaves, you must always obey your earthly masters. Try to please them at all times, and not just when you think they are watching. Honor the Lord and serve your masters with your whole heart. [Live honorably in every facet of your life!]

Do your work willingly, as though you were serving the Lord himself, and not just your earthly master. In fact, the Lord Christ is the one you are really serving, and you know he will reward you. But Christ has no favorites! He will punish evil people, just as they deserve.” [Are you serving others as you are doing it unto the Lord?]

These verses and questions may seem harsh! But no, they tell the greatest love story! God loves you in Christ! He gave his Son for you on a tree! You give your life to Christ and love living by the word of God. No greater love than we sacrifice ourselves for the work of the Kingdom of God and for others!!!

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HIDDEN WITH CHRIST? Part 1

So, what does it mean you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God? “ It sounds a bit baffling at first. First of all, you know you are not literally dead. It must imply something else then. It has to do with being dead to morality and ceremony of the law. You are brought to life by the body of Christ by his sacrifice on a tree!

I believe that verses 3 and 4 imply the beginning of your spiritual life and the consummation of it. Dead men don’t associate with the world! This will be further explained in an excerpt I use in the following paragraphs! To me, the other verses in Colossians 3 explain the particulars of a life hid in Christ.

They should cause us to ask questions! I will insert some questions myself as I cover the other verses in Part 2 of Hidden With Christ?

Colossians 3:3,4 CEV >

“You died, which means that your life is hidden with Christ, who sits beside God. Christ gives meaning to your life, and when he appears, you will also appear with him in glory.”

The following excerpt is from John Gill’s Exposition: “For ye are dead…., Not in a natural or corporeal sense, for they were living in the world; nor in a moral sense, for though they had been dead in sins, they were quickened by the grace of God; nor in a legal sense, for all their trespasses were forgiven them; see *Colossians 2:13,

but they were dead to the law, moral, ceremonial, and judicial, by the body of Christ; and to sin, as to its damning power, through his bearing it in his own body on the tree; and to the world by his cross: and therefore as dead men have nothing to do with the world, and the things of it, so believers being dead with Christ,

should have no regard to the rudiments of the world, the ceremonies of the law, and the ordinances of men; to worldly lusts, and to the things that are in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; but should be dead as to their desires after, affections for, and subjection to these things:

*and your life is hid with Christ in God; which is another reason why they should not mind things on earth, but things in heaven. The saint’s “life” is either spiritual, and is a life of grace from Christ, a life of faith on him, and a life of communion with him, and may be distinguished into a life of sanctification,

both internal and external, and into a life of justification; or eternal, which is a life free from all the sorrows of this, both outward and inward; a life of perfection and pleasure, of vision and enjoyment of God and Christ, and of fellowship with Father, Son, and Spirit, angels and saints, and which will never end.

This is “theirs”, what they have a right unto, and shall everlastingly enjoy: it is not only promised to them, and prepared and laid up for them, but it is given unto them in Christ; and who has made way for their full possession of it, into which he himself will put them, having power, as Mediator, so to do;

and even now they have it, the beginning, pledge, and earnest of it. This is said to be “hid”, which denotes the secrecy of it, and is true both of spiritual and eternal life. The spiritual life of the saints is hid from the men of the world, who are alienated from the life of God, are ignorant of the Lord of life, and know nothing of the spirit of life;

they are strangers to the nature of this life, and to the food on which believers live, the hidden manna; and to the doctrines of the Gospel, by which they are nourished, these are hid to them that are lost; and to all the joys and pleasures of it: and this is sometimes hid from the saints themselves, when temptations are violent, corruptions prevail, grace is low,

and seems to be gone, and God hides his face. Eternal life is also an hidden one from natural men; the things that are eternal, are things unseen by the carnal eye, and not to be conceived of by a carnal heart; and can only be beheld, and that in a very glimmering and imperfect manner, by an eye of faith, which is the evidence of things not seen,

the clearest one saints have in this life; for eternal glory and happiness is in part hid from the saints themselves; they see it but through a glass darkly; nor does it appear to themselves, as yet, what that felicity is in its fulness and perfection they shall enjoy. Moreover, this phrase is expressive of the safety,

as well as of the value and preciousness of this life, things of worth being hid for security. It is hid, and it is hid “with Christ”; spiritual life is with him, as the head, root, and fountain of it, and so is safe, and can never be lost; because he the head lives, the members shall live also; and as long as it is in him, as the fountain,

the streams and supplies of it shall not be wanting to his people; nor can the communication between him and them be ever cut off: eternal life is deposited in his hands by the Father; it is bound up in the bundle of life with the Lord God, and is in him for ever safe: nay, it is not only with Christ, where it is secure enough,

but it is with Christ “in God”; Christ is in God, the Father is in the Son, and the Son is in the Father; they are one in nature, and so in power and glory; and this union between them, which is natural and perfect, is the foundation of the security both of the persons, and of the life, spiritual and eternal, of God’s elect; see *John 10:28.

Moreover, this life itself is in God. Not only our natural life is in him; we live and move, and have our being in him; but our spiritual and eternal life: he is the spring of it; it arises originally from him; it was purposed in him; it was promised by him; the scheme of it, or what is called the fellowship of the mystery,

was hid in him; it was given by him; he is the fountain of it, and that itself; and therefore the saints can never perish, nor need they fear any enemy.”

References:

Colossians 2:13 CEV >

“You were dead, because you were sinful and were not God’s people. But God let Christ make you alive, when he forgave all our sins.”

St John 10:28 CEV >

“and I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost. No one can snatch them out of my hand.”

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SPIRITUAL WARFARE PRAYER!!!

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
‭‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭KJV

One of my pastors of I Heart Church in Mount Hope, WV shared this! A prayer written by Hal Seed! It is a little lengthy but well worth the read! Thank you Pastor Quinton Runyon for sharing! What a blessing!!!

Please feel free to copy, paste, share this prayer or save it to your notes for future reference!

Spiritual Warfare Prayer
(To be read aloud)

Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before You. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to You. I take a stand against all the workings of Satan that would hinder me in my prayer life. I address myself only to the True and Living God and refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayer.
(I command Satan, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave my presence with all of his demons. I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between Satan and myself.)
Heavenly Father, I worship You and give You praise. I recognize that You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise. I renew my allegiance to You and pray that the Blessed Holy Spirit would enable me in this time of prayer. I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that You have loved me from past eternity and that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to die as my substitute. I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ came as my representative and that through Him You have completely forgiven me. You have adopted me into Your family; You have assumed all responsibility for me; You have given me eternal life; You have given me the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ so I am now justified. I am thankful that in Him You have made me complete, and that You have offered Yourself to me to be my daily help and strength.
Heavenly Father, open my eyes that I might see how great You are and how complete Your provision is for this day. I am thankful that the victory the Lord Jesus Christ won for me on the Cross and in His Resurrection has been given to me and that I am seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenlies. I take my place with Him in the heavenlies and recognize by faith that all wicked spirits and Satan himself are under my feet. I declare, therefore, that Satan and his wicked spirits are subject to me in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am thankful for the Armor You have provided. I put on the Girdle of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Sandals of Peace, and the Helmet of Salvation. I lift up the Shield of Faith against all the fiery darts of the enemy; and take in my hand the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. I choose to use Your Word against all the forces of evil in my life. I put on this Armor and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, Blessed Holy Spirit.
I am grateful, Heavenly Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ spoiled all principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them in Himself. I claim all that victory for my life today. I reject all the insinuations, and accusations, and the temptations of Satan. I affirm that the Word of God is true and I choose to live today in the light of God’s Word. I choose, Heavenly Father, to live in obedience to You and in fellowship with Yourself. Open my eyes and show me the areas of my life that do not please You. Work in me to cleanse me from all ground that would give Satan a foothold against me. I do in every way stand into all that it means to be Your adopted child and I welcome all the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
By faith and in dependence upon You I put off the old man and stand into all the victory of the Crucifixion where the Lord Jesus Christ provided cleansing from the old nature. I put on the new man and stand into all the victory of the Resurrection and the provision He has made for me to live above sin.
Therefore, today I put off the old nature with its selfishness and I put on the new nature with its love. I put off the old nature with its fear and I put on the new nature with its courage. I put off the old nature with its weakness and I put on the new nature with its strength. I put off the old nature with all its deceitful lusts and I put on the new nature with its righteousness, purity, and honesty.
In every way I stand into the victory of the ascension and glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, whereby all the principalities and powers were made subject to Him. I claim my place in Christ as victorious with Him over all the enemies of my soul. Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that You would fill me. Come into my life, break down every idol and cast out every foe.
I am thankful, Heavenly Father, for the expression of Your will for my daily life as You have shown me in Your Word. I therefore, claim all the will of God for today. I am thankful that You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am thankful that You have begotten me unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I am thankful that You have made a provision so that today I can live filled with the Spirit of God with love and joy and peace, with longsuffering, gentleness and goodness, with meekness, faithfulness, and self-control in my life. I recognize that this is Your will for me and I therefore reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and his wicked spirits to rob me of the will of God. I refuse in this day to believe my feelings and I hold up the shield of faith against all the accusations and distortion and insinuations that Satan would put into my mind. I claim the fullness of the will of God for my life today.
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ I completely surrender myself to You, Heavenly Father, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, and I pray that You would show me Your will and enable me to walk in all the fullness of Your will today.
I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, to the casting down of imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and to bring every thought into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, in my own life today I tear down the strongholds of Satan and smash the plans of Satan that have been formed against me. I tear down the strongholds of Satan against my mind, and I surrender my mind to You, Blessed Holy Spirit. I affirm, Heavenly Father, that You have not given me the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I break and smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my emotions today and I give my emotions to You. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my will today, I give my will to You, and choose to make the right decisions of faith. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my body today, I give my body to You recognizing that I am Your temple. I rejoice in Your mercy and goodness.
Heavenly Father, I pray that now and through this day You would strengthen and enlighten me, show me the way Satan is hindering and tempting and lying and distorting the truth in my life. Enable me to be the kind of person that would please You. Enable me to be aggressive in prayer and faith. Enable me to be aggressive mentally, to think about and practice Your Word, and to give You Your rightful place in my life.
Again, I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that You, Blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work of the Crucifixion, all the work of the Resurrection, all the work of the Glorification, and all the work of Pentecost into my life today. I surrender myself to You. I refuse to be discouraged. You are the God of all hope. You have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead, and I claim in every way this victory over all Satanic forces in my life. I pray in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving. Amen.

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THE ROCK WAS ANOINTED!

“For, brothers, I don’t want you to miss the significance of what happened to our fathers. All of them were guided by the pillar of cloud, and they all passed through the sea, and in connection with the cloud and with the sea they all immersed themselves into Moshe, also they all ate the same food from the Spirit, and they all drank the same drink from the Spirit — for they drank from a Spirit-sent Rock which followed them, and that Rock was the Messiah.”
‭‭1 Corinthians 10:1-4‬ ‭(The Complete Jewish Bible).

The question in my mind is how could this have been the physical body of Christ for he was not yet come! The Hebrew also translates Christ as “anointed.” I tend to agree with the scripture above that it was a Spirit-sent Rock and it was their Messiah or the savior of them at that time. Under the Old Testament it was all a type and shadow of when the man Christ Jesus would come. All of it points to the time when the Father revealed to Peter that Jesus was “the” Christ. He was afterwards referred to as – the Rock Of His Church, this Jesus. For the law was given by Moshe (Moses) but, grace and truth came by Jesus Christ!

The gates of hell could have easily prevailed against a mortal man; but, never against the power of the El Shaddai (Almighty God) revealed in his son! Just saying!!! The “glory” of God was revealed through his Son. The following commentary explains more of this and does an excellent job of summing it all up by the spirit of knowledge, wisdom, and revelation:

*John Gill’s Exposition explains it best in this excerpt on I Corinthians 10:4 >

And did all drink the same spiritual drink,…. By which is meant the water out of the rock, which was typical of the blood of Christ, which is drink indeed, and not figurative, as this was, for which reason it is called spiritual; or of the grace of Christ, often signified by water, both in the Old and New Testament; and is what Moses and the law could not give; for righteousness and life, grace and salvation, could never be had by the works of the law: and very unpromising it was, and is to carnal men, that these should come by a crucified Christ, as it was to the Israelites, that water, in such plenty, should gush out of the rock in Horeb; but as those waters did not flow from thence without the rock being stricken by the rod of Moses, so the communication of the blessings of grace from Christ is through his being smitten by divine justice with the rod of the law; through his being, stricken for the transgressions of his people, and and being made sin, and a curse of the law in their room and stead. And as those waters continued through the wilderness as a constant supply for them, so the grace of Christ is always sufficient for his people; a continual supply is afforded them; goodness and mercy follow them all the days of their lives:

for they drank, of that spiritual rock that followed them; by which the apostle means not Christ himself, for he went before them as the angel of God’s presence, but the rock that typified him; not that the rock itself removed out of its place, and went after them, but the waters out of the rock ran like rivers, and followed them in the wilderness wherever they went, for the space of eight and thirty years, or thereabout, and then were stopped, to make trial of their faith once more; this was at Kadesh when the rock was struck again, and gave forth its waters, which, as the continual raining of the manna, was a constant miracle wrought for them. And this sense of the apostle is entirely agreeable to the sentiments of the Jews, who say, that the Israelites had the well of water all the forty years. The Jerusalem Targum says of the

“well given at Mattanah, that it again became unto them violent overflowing brooks, and again ascended to the tops of the mountains, and descended with them into the ancient valleys.’ 

And to the same purpose the Targum of Jonathan ben Uzziel.

“that it again ascended with them to the highest mountains, and from the highest mountains it descended with them to the hills, and encompassed the whole camp of Israel, and gave drink to everyone at the gate of his own dwelling place; and from the high mountains it descended with them into the deep valleys.’ 

Yea, they speak of the rock in much the same language the apostle does, and seem to understand it of the rock itself, as if that really went along with the Israelites in the wilderness. Thus one of their writers on those words, “must we fetch you water out of this rock?” makes this remark:

“for they knew it not, לפי שהלך הסלע, “for that rock went”, and remained among the rocks.’ 

And in another place it is said,

“that the rock became in the form of a beehive; (elsewhere it is said to be round as a sieve;) and rolled along, ובאת עמהם, “and came with them”, in their journeys; and when the standard bearers encamped, and the tabernacle stood still, the rock came, and remained in the court of the tent of the congregation; and the princes came and stood upon the top of it, and said, ascend, O well, and it ascended.’

Now, though in this account there is a mixture of fable, yet there appears something of the old true tradition received in the Jewish church, which the apostle has here respect to. 

And the rock was Christ: that is, it signified Christ, it was a type of him. So the Jews say, that the Shekinah is called סלע קדוש, “the holy rock”; and Philo the Jew says of this rock, that the broken rock is η σοφια του θεου, “the wisdom of God”. Christ may be compared to the rock for his outward meanness in his parentage and education, in his ministry and audience, in his life and death; and for his height also, being made higher than the kings of the earth, than the angels in heaven, and than the heavens themselves; and for shelter and safety from the wrath of God, and from the rage of men; and for firmness, solidity, and strength, which are seen in his upholding all things by his power, in bearing the sins of his people, and the punishment due unto them, in the support of his church, and bearing up his people under all afflictions and temptations, and in preserving them from a total and final falling away: and a rock he appears to be, as he is the foundation of his church and every believer, against which hell and earth can never prevail; and to it he may be likened for duration, his love being immovable, his righteousness everlasting, his salvation eternal, and he, as the foundation of his church, abiding for ever.

I particularly like the summation that the love of Christ is immovable, his righteousness everlasting, and his salvation eternal. He is our sure (solid) foundation!

Here is a good and lively rendition of an old hymn. Enjoy!

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A TIME TO DIE

by BG O’Neal and Cameron Frye

Just as life is a process from birth so is dying a process. A minister several years ago is quoted as saying, “It’s a cradle to the grave experience.”“Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?”
1 Corinthians
15:55
WEB
The KJV uses the terminology “grave.” From the Strong’s Concordance we read this comment,

“In Biblical Greek it is associated with Orcus, the infernal regions, a dark and dismal place in the very depths of the earth, the common receptacle of disembodied spirits. Usually Hades is just the abode of the wicked, Luke 16:23, Rev 20:13, 14; a very uncomfortable place. (TDNT – Theological Dictionary of the New Testament).” Later use of this word was the grave, death, and hell.

One of the most humbling things you can ever do is attend a funeral!

Whether it’s looking at pictures of the loved one who’s passed, stroll by and watch the family hug and kiss each other, or hearing comforting stories of the deceased one’s childhood. A funeral rarely leaves you in an overly talkative mood.

In fact, death is something that no one truly likes to think about. Why? It could be that humanity was never truly intended to die, so we subconsciously try to stay clear of it. Although there are many different views of what death may have meant in the context of the Garden of Eden, it is clear that God made humanity initially to experience eternal life.
It is not our desire to make this a dismal article.

Perhaps you have experienced the joy of new births and sorrow and grief of death, losing loved ones and friends! It is once appointed for a man to die and after death comes judgment. You say, that’s not fair but God is just! He offers us a way to heaven through the efficacious work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Maybe the reason we don’t like to discuss it is because of the uncertainty of what happens after death. It is in our nature to shy away from what we don’t understand.

“My (Cameron) leading theory is that humanity is often scared of death because it reminds them of their mortality!

Think about it. What was so scary about the coronavirus? What is it about a virus that causes a global panic? For months, years, and decades, many people live without much thought of death. We go to work, go home, watch TV, go to sleep, repeat. Like we’re on autopilot. However, when a disruption occurs (This one was a major disruption), panic ensues. When something like the Coronavirus pandemic occurs, it reminds people that their days are numbered.

It reminds people of their mortality”.

There is so much the scripture offers concerning the process. Eccl 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” A time to die!
Ecclesiastes
7:1
KJV

However, even though there is a time to physically die, David also wrote the famous song of Psalm 23 in which he wrote, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” He did not say that he walked through the valley of death. He walked through the valley of the shadow of death, and a shadow can’t hurt you.

At the end of the day, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2nd Cor 5:8). The reality of the Christian life is this; Death cannot hurt us, because Christ defeated death on our behalf. We are sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30) and this same Spirit that is inside of us raised Christ from the dead (Rom 8:11).

“Several years ago I (BG) attended a “Death And Dying Seminar,” by Dr Charles Cook at Logan, WV. He spoke to us of a dead horse in the middle of the table. No one wants to talk about it. We look away. We say, oh they passed away. They have gone on! In reality, it is hard to say, They died!

We should never say to someone in their time of sorrow, “I know exactly how you feel!” You don’t! Sometimes less said is best said. Let us watch our words and actions although we mean well. Have you ever watched someone go through the process of death? It is never easy and most of the time it is a great sorrow”.

There are so many people in this world who do not know how to handle the truth about the process of death and dying! There are people who truly are walking in the valley of death. As a Christian, part of the wisdom that comes with recognizing the brevity of life is to live with a sense of urgency in sharing the truth of the Gospel with those who don’t know it.

Our days are numbered. We are not getting any younger, and rather than living for the here and now, we need to set our mind on the things above, not on earthly things (Col 3:2). And, you can be assured of a better place than this. God made our provision through the life, death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the resurrection and the life presently and after death if you know him as Lord and Savior.

So, today if you are grieving the loss of a loved one I pray the grace of God helps you and keeps you. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians
1:3
KJV

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians
4:7
KJV

There is a time to die! Are you ready to meet the Savior in peace?

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DRIFT WITH ME!

Beautiful sea glass!!!

*My story begins with sea glass. I was reading a blog recently and it said the author was frequently found gathering sea glass on the beach. My inquisitive mind had to research it. I found it intriguing to say the least and it helped to spark this blog!

“Sea glass” is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of salt water.

These weathering processes produce natural frosted glass. … It is also colloquially referred to as “drift glass” from the longshore drift process that forms the smooth edges – Wikipedia. I read drift and immediately thought I will look it up! I did have an idea of what I thought it means. Wow, I was surprised when I read the many implications of this word.

That is what sparked my interest in drift as a subject for this blog! I pray you are blessed as I discuss the many aspects of the word ‘drift,’ along with my commentary. I hope you enjoy the read. My aim is to apply these meanings to practical living. *All definitions courtesy of Merriam-Webster Dictionary! “My comments will be in quotations”.

Drift is the act of driving something along. It is the flow or the velocity of the current of a river or ocean stream.

“The implication here is that in order for something to move it has to be acted upon by a powerful force. So, in the case of flowing water, I will call this force God (Genesis 1, the creation story). I believe everything has a source just as there had to be molecules to form H2O which we know as water.

A molecule is the smallest part of a substance that contains all its properties formed by atoms, small particles that can exist alone or in a group! Where did they come from? Well, something or someone had to create them. I will say the highest power created them as having the authority and capability to do so.

This force upon the water is what pushes sand to become a beautiful beach. It may be lined with sea shells from mollusks to lovely sea glass. It’s amazing how the force of wind and water produce such a marvels”. We refer to drift as something driven, propelled, or urged along or drawn together in a clump by or as if by a natural agency: such as a: wind-driven snow, rain, cloud, dust, or smoke usually at or near the ground surface.

“Now, let’s get into the effects of the wind. Atmospheric pressure drives the wind pushing it forward and causing its effects wherever it blows. A sobering thought I realized is that this very much resembles life itself! The winds of time bring change to us in one form or another.

Nature can bless us as well as bring devastating storms on us. The enemy of our souls would wreak havoc on us with his torrent of undue drifts. He comes to steal, kill and destroy! He would love to bury us with evil thoughts and whatever problems he could muster up. The destroyer attacks our loved ones, jobs, homes, houses, etc as he blows his winds of destruction.

He is a liar and he is telling me lies and you as well. Oh, to find refuge and help in a higher power other than ourselves. The good thing is that the believer in Christ has the Holy Spirit blowing gently upon his or her life. He will move us forward as necessary and not harm us as would a natural disaster or evil force”.

Drift is also known a mass of matter (such as sand) deposited together by or as if by wind or water or even a helter-skelter accumulation. “So, helter-skelter is described as undue haste; confusion; disorderly conduct; haphazard, as having no set plan. Having no plan is like sailing a ship without a sail and having no captain on board.

Thank God that Jesus is the captain of our salvation. We know that everyone needs godly direction in life. Christ comes to bring us direction, offering hope and giving us abundant life. Don’t just go with the flow of things! Seek guidance from God in all you seek to accomplish. The effects of drifting speak to us loud and clear!

Do they not speak of the need for a disciplined life? This is especially true as being followers of Christ. Don’t be driven by every wind upon the sea; and do not believe Satan’s lies”.

Drifting is what a drove or flock does. “What does a drove or flock have to do with drifting? How do they relate? A drove is a group of animals driven or moving in a group. Let’s use as an example, a flock of geese. When traveling to their destination they catch the current of the wind and are able to drift along together!

I learned a valuable lesson about geese flying in a “V” formation. If you fly alone it is so much harder due to the velocity of the wind. However, if you fly in a ‘V’ formation, you will travel 70% further than flying solo. I say, “V” is for Victory! It takes teamwork and each goose rotates to the lead position. Taking turns relieves their fellow geese that are in formation with them. It’s too hard to do it all by yourself. Utilize those around you! That is a great lesson there for the body of Christ”.

The word drift also implies driftwood as being washed ashore. “I pray your life is not aimlessly floating like driftwood with no particular direction! I hope each and everyone of you is able to pursue your niche in life that defines you. Be somebody! Don’t just settle for being washed up or even feeling that way”.

Drift can be rock debris deposited by natural agents specifically : a deposit of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders transported by a glacier or by running water from a glacier.

“Can you not see the effect outside forces can be on you both naturally and spiritually. I hope your life is a positive influence in pushing fellow humans in a proper direction”.

Drifting is also generally an underlying design or tendency such as perceiving the drift of the government’s policies. “I believe this is so applicable to our world of uncertainty today! We must guard our thoughts against secular humanism.

Have you ever seen a time where people care so little for what is godly or for their own human counterparts? It is a sad time indeed”.

The underlying meaning of drift is to import, or purport of what is spoken or written such as the drift of a conversation.

It is something (such as a tool) driven down upon or forced into a body, the motion or action of drifting.

It especially acts upon space and usually under external influence. “Outside forces can invade both your natural and spiritual spaces. Be careful what you allow to drift into your lifestyle! Don’t let the enemy of your soul invade your space! Draw nigh to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.

Another definition of drift is the lateral motion of an aircraft due to air currents. It is also known as an easy moderate more or less steady flow or sweep along a course of space. For a good example there is the expanse of the sky. To drift might refer to a gradual shift in attitude, opinion, or position.

“Please stay close to God and abide in His word! If you let the spirit of the age affect you, it will be devastating! You won’t notice the influence the carnal world has on your attitude, opinion or position! Stay read up in the word of God! Make your stand there”.

To drift is being on an aimless course-especially: a forgoing of any attempt at direction or control.

“We as believers must be born again. We must allow the Holy Spirit access in every part of our lives. He must be in control of our lives”.

Drift is called a deviation from a true reproduction, representation, or reading, especially: a gradual change in the zero reading of an instrument or in any quantitative characteristic that is supposed to remain constant.

“Remaining constant is of utmost importance to the faith filled walk with the LORD”.

“There are so many implications of the word, ‘drift.’ I recommend you study it for yourself. Try to stay afloat in the knowledge of God! I hope this has helped you to better understand drift and the effects of drifting.

May the wind of the Holy Spirit be your sail! And, let God’s word be your compass. You are more to God than a useless piece of driftwood. Believer, you are important to God and His kingdom! We pray His kingdom come, His will be done”.

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