God’s Judgment Will Come

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: by Christina Farris 2/8/2017

Ezekiel 5:1-17 KJV
(1) And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
(2) Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
(3) Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.
(4) Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.
(5) Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.
(6) And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.
(7) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you;
(8) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.
(9) And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.
(10) Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.
(11) Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.
(12) A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
(13) Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.
(14) Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by.
(15) So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.
(16) When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
(17) So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.

Israel has always been thought to be a God fearing nation, but it too has had time of downfall. The understanding of judgment is not hard to grasp. Man falls first from their love and worship of God and then judgment comes when man becomes even depraved even in their own site. God’s control over nations is clearly spoken about in scripture. Even within the nation there are believers, but the judgment to the nation of sin, comes destruction. We want to think of this only as a wrath of God but judgment of God is more then just spiritual force, but a natural occurrence of what happens.

The natural course of the break down of society is more then just the lack of worship of God though God has the ability to stop destruction he allows this judgment to come. When a fire burns through open field, by an act of God and not man, does it clean the field of weeds, thorns and thistles. Does not plagues bring about a purging of a population. Does not poverty bring about eventually starvation. Does not sin of alcoholism and drugs not land up in death. Wild partying end of in disaster because of inability to control one’s life. If you escape all the trouble are you not standing up and saying Thank be to God. Filth leads to destruction of society. Black plague of Europe is only proof of rats and fleas causing death. Some health care illness are preventable other things are not. The break down of society begins with dirtiness. Yet it does not stop there. Abortion though made safer in today’s world with family planning might control population, but it does not control the dwindling of a nation of its size. Unless your technology is vast then you are on the outs if a larger nation decide they are at war against you. All things natural, not always sin.

The act of God of judgment comes without the act of natural environment being corrupted. The purity of our nation as far as taking preventive measure in health care for the heathen, only helps in preventing natural diseases from being a plague among our own people. Block burning in a forest by forestry only helps in preventing massive forest fires, but not full proof. The study of tornadoes to find ways to control wind continues in hopes to change weather as well as send a warning system to the people. Act of God can not be prevented by man. It coming despite what we do to our global environment. How we take care of our global environment is up to us, to make our world safer while we are here on earth.

Judgment of Ezekiel speaks of disaster of both global natural occurrences, as well as act of God. Destruction of Israel coming in thirds and one part surviving. Two being burnt with fire of destruction because of Idolatry, and sacrifices to idols including their own children. The fire of God coming because of the siege of war of a nation allowed to rise to judge Israel of sin. Deplorable condition of Israel had become because of no longer acknowledging God. No longer a loving but a fearful nation of its own people. King Solomon was the first king that really began the destruction of Israel. The taking in of foreign wives that practice idolatry even burning their children on the altar. Trickery, black magic involved in idolatry causing fear and panic in believers of faith because of lies of deception. People fearing what man could do more then fearing what God could do, causing destruction over time. King Solomon would only be the first of many kings whose heart belong to other gods, yet this was one king that still cared for the people of Israel. Not all evil kings brought fear to God’s people, but some did through the killing of God’s people.

God’s judgment is only based on the turning away of people that lead to society destruction of not worshipping Him. The act of God like the death angel of Egypt. Not like the human turning over of idols by Gideon and act of war against the people of Baal. God’s judgment is coming soon to the world when Christ returns. His word is pure and sharper then any two edge sword. God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son, but His word did not cease, only the vessel God used, until He raised the vessel back up for you and me to have that hope of the resurrection and eternal life.

Man’s killing of God’s people is wrath of man, unless God allows the raising up a nation for the correction of another. God’s people would live in bondage and all the hardship of bondage would be in place, but the fact remains, it was not just down to Israel but other nations these super power swept through. God desire all the children of the world to get along and to forget He is still in charge. Are you follow and worshipping God not because of the judgment but because He loves you and me. The act of God comes to those whose life is against God. Act of God is the judgment of eternity and death. The grace of God given to all that hope in Him. Yet God’s grace is extended to the heathen for a time, for them to have a chance to know God and Christ for them that seek Him.

Dear Heavenly Father remind us of our grace and not just the fear of judgment. Israel had come to a point of corruption of society breakdown on their own. Yet your mercy caused the judgment from another country to come and rescue them from their own destruction. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study For Devotions: Revelation 8:9 KJV
(9) And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

The Commission

Daily Devotions for Monday: by Christina Farris

5/4/2015

Ezra 1:1-3 KJV
(1) Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
(2) Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
(3) Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.

There is so much controversy over the Temple Mount even today that it drives in my opinion more people away from God instead of towards God. The prophesy of ancients are fulfilled even today. For the antichrist would be on the temple mount one day and be in control. What is anti christ but one that is against Jesus. One that is against Jesus as being Lord but only sees him as a prophet, or good teacher. One that goes by old laws and are not free by the yoke of bondage through the paid sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Until Christ come again, and places his foot on two mountains the issue will remain as it is.

The time of Darius was before Christ. The time of rebuilding and restoring the temple by the call of God to none Jew. Though Darius built many temples back in lands his armies had marched through, it seems like an act of God to rebuild. Yet it makes it no more act until you read the testimony of Darius who says God has commissioned him to rebuild the house of the Lord. In Jerusalem. If God spoke to a non Jew to rebuild the temple then it going to be done God’s way. Not the way of the world. The way of the world is forever wants to help can help. And the design will not necessarily be God’s design for the temple, but whoever commissioned it to be rebuilt.

Darius sought the Jewish people for leaders to build the temple as God instructed. He was going to return the gold and silver and send wood and other material back with the Jews to rebuild the temple. He physically would not build the temple and nether would the Persian people. Yet they would guard the rebuilding of the temple. They would supply the tools and materials for the rebuilding. It is like being handed a golden ticket when God instructs rebuilding or building of some project. You might not have what you need today for it but the project will be built and supplies meet, yet the commision of the building must take place first.

The king knew not how to build God’s temple, but he knew the commission to built the temple had people who knew how to build it, and how large it would be. Though customs dictated that other temples be built has well that were not of God, for the believer that had been praying it was an answer to prayer. Persia though it trampled through the land of people they knew not, they were not against restoring the people to their land as soon has they learn the ways of the Persia.

If America restored all the slaves to their ancestral home, it would cause a stir like no one has ever known. Few people outside of the church know about the returning of the Jews to Israel, unless they are involved in some way. Even Christian have little knowledge in the church world of these events. Yet since the time of Israel becoming a state, and since the time of World War II there been a mass exit to Israel, even in America. There is a difference of being a friend to a group of people and standing on the enemy lines ready for battle. The return of Israel has always been the hope of Israel. It is the hope that has been since the days of exile. It is the hope of a people who look for a city not built with human hands but the hands of God. Yet people seldom understand the difference in the hand of God building and building of the physical temple. Jesus came to break those chains for the people. Israel will always be icon point for many nations and people of who God truly is. Yet even Abraham looked for a city built by God. God decreed a build of the original temple as well as the temple during Persian empire. Let us not forget God ability to call man despite their beliefs to do the will of God. The Jews hope was in the word of God to be fulfilled.

Dear Heavenly Father you commission your house to be built and not only built but built by your people and not the world. Let your people hold the temple not built by human hands but by your hands through Christ Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Hebrews 11:10 KJV
(10) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 KJV
(16) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
(17) If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Every Sunday A Psalms: God’s People Praise God

Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris

5/3/2015

Psalms 33:1-22 KJV
(1) Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
(2) Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
(3) Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
(4) For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
(5) He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
(6) By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
(7) He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
(8) Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
(9) For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
(10) The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
(11) The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
(12) Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
(13) The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
(14) From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
(15) He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
(16) There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
(17) An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
(18) Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
(19) To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
(20) Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
(21) For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
(22) Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

The singer that inspired to a write song about a person, whether it be a boyfriend, girl friend, or other loved ones including friends, the song is written for the individual. Whether it embarrasses, delights, or surprises someone, the song that is sung for a person is often remembered for years by the individual and others that know them. Yet these songs are short lived as the memory of people fad and pass with time. The memory of God seems etched on the believers heart and mind through eternity. Atheist mind seems not to hold a memory of God. Even the devil believes in God and even follows Jesus, but never means one receives the truth of who Jesus is. The praise of God are for God. It is to delight in the memory of who God is and well has the current state of who God is to the believer. The past memory of God is only a reflection of who God is today and always will be.

The passage of time seems not to break who God was or is today, Yet we glorify God not because of who He was from the past but who He is in our life today. Yet the reflection of praise is also from the beginning of time to declare his sovereignty and everlasting power from the beginning as a reminder to us of God’s unchanging power. It is normal for God’s people to praise him. I often thing I do not praise God enough and rightly so. No one takes the time to praise God all the time. No one smiles all the time. We all will have wrinkles one day if we grow old enough to see a wrinkle. As I get older and see the gray shining through a little more, I begin to realize how much I neglected God. I realize God grace has been sufficient in my life, to even allow the neglect of God in my life. God allows us to have space so we understand our need of Him. If out the space of God and man our need and fondness for God can not grow. It like dating and marriage without separation you can never understand that need to be together. I not talking about divorce but I talking about time to struggling in faith. If you are struggling beware it is for purpose.

Understanding who God is as creator and Lord. How His Word created all things. How His Word piled the water together and divided by heaven and and below as well as created the islands of the ocean and the sea. If God has the ability to move mountains, pile water, and create the host of heaven do you not think He is worthy to be praised. Understanding the awesomeness of God is looking at the past but also the present of who He is in your life. The mountains He is moving might not seem global, but one has to realize one’s life is individual and not national. One might see the effects of God nationally and even regional, however it only effects a person spiritually if they are in the heat of spiritual warfare that effects the world around them. Yet most spiritual wars are not global, and so the mountains that are needing to be moved are like an ant hill, mole hill or muskrat hill to God, which is not very big, but big enough that only the individual or people around them are effected by the move of God in their life. Unless you are there you will miss the hand of God moving in their lives. The praise of the people individually is going to be different then always the universal praise of God.

The universal praise is recognize God and his majesty on a global worldly, national level. The National Day of Prayer is coming up on May 6th. Yet it an observance to remember to pray globally. The press does not advertise this observance as much as it could. It it will make headlines for at the least a day. For one day the World will know to look up and see God, for one day man will know to pray. Yet it is only one day and 364 days that are still left to honor God has well. The one day of prayer is not the only day one should be praying. Yet the day is reminder of repentance and call on God has a nation.

Prayer is not just about asking from God but praising God in prayer, as well as listening to God’s Spirit speaking back to one’s heart. God’s Spirit gives comfort in the storm as well as encouragement to the believer. Today is National Press Day. I wondering can the Press take this one day and days of this week to smuggle in territories around globe that can not worship God freely as well as freely that the 6th is a time to seek God. Can the globe in one accord praise God. Can the world in one accord repent and seek Jesus as Lord and Savior. A day is coming that this will happen. Yet man with all its freedom of the press, they are not able to shout around the world globally that it a time to Pray, and praise the Lord. It would take those who are non believers with newspapers to help spread the word and that is not going to happen as long as the enemy is fighting the believer and not willing to give people choice. Heathen council is only to benefit themselves. Yet the believer can admit God allows heathen to exist for a purpose. If nothing more for the revenge of the day of evil. The devil council is never wise only in his own eyes. God council is always wise and true. God watches the devices of man. His building up and his taming of horse that can not be controlled if frighten by a viper, or a fence just a little to high to jump.

Those who fear God is provided for. Those who seek God will find rest in the arms of Jesus. Will find the hope lost by wandering away if they will seek the Lord. Are you praising and trusting in God’s provision for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus? Do you recognize His power and authority as Creator and Lord of the Universe.

Dear Heavenly Father may we praise you for all you are and your blessings of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Thanking you for the work of your hands, both spiritually and physically. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Luke 1:47 KJV
(47) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Daily God’s Promise: James 5:13-16 KJV
(13) Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
(14) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
(15) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
(16) 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.

Time Of Christ: The Reproach Taken

Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris

5/2/2015

Luke 1:24-25 KJV
(24) And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
(25) Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

One of the first things people seem to want to know of young people just getting married is do you want children. When do you want children. The normal reply if yes they want children seems, to be either after they first get married or two years, giving the marriage a chance for adjustments. Yet some wait even longer then that, with careers and goals in life that interfere with the goaled of having children. Some wait to long and never have children, unless through adoption. Some making the choice of a career verses kids. In modern society it not taboo not to have children, it is more of a life choice, then the issue of not having them. After all, women conceive the idea of adoption or foster care as alternatives to natural birth. Deciding these choices are option of choice in the modern world.

Had careers of Elizabeth and Zechariah been an issue in his day, then Elizabeth reproach among men would not of been an issue. Yet at one time it was consider a curse not to have children. A curse of a woman’s possible unfaithfulness that caused her sterility, One must remember in ancient times sexual diseases would not been unknown, but they would have been a reason for sterility and lack of treatment or lack of knowledge of what to do about the issue. The Priesthood had doctors and perhaps because the Priesthood was educated, Elizabeth may of even gone to such doctors for answers or maybe at the least a midwife. No doubt with her desire for kids she may of even tried ancient practice of Rachel and Leah with manhood root. Yet she never got pregnant, until late in life when all hope was gone, her husband came home unable to speak. Maybe the silence did something for there marriage, no one knows, but anyway Elizabeth conceived.

Elizabeth told no one until it had been five months. Perhaps she was unsure of herself being pregnant, maybe she wanted to make sure she would probably make it full term of the pregnancy, and perhaps it was in honor of her God she hid herself from the outside world. Maybe it had to do with her husband’s vision in the temple that had sealed his mouth, that cause Elizabeth to be quiet as well to her friends and neighbors. Perhaps the knowledge of the vision coming to pass was to awesome to believe that the Messiah would be coming and her son would be the a great minister as a forerunner of Christ.

One can only paint of a picture of speculation, for little information is given. Yet the prophesy coming to pass and the hope coming alive to Elizabeth within that five month period would have been greater then one could of obtain. Maybe it was to protect her child, that she hid this special conception for five months. Would someone had tried to kill her, or taken her child because of this knowledge no one knows, The Bible does tell us that Jesus announcement of birth caused a stir that Jesus had to be hidden from King Herod or be caught in the slaughter of children that took place in Bethlehem.

Often we only consider the joy of the announcement never thinking of the danger of true prophesies coming to pass. When God does a miracle or proclaims something, the devil going to try and steal the thunder of God. Hiding the news for a time was probably the safest thing for Elizabeth to do. Yet it could only be hidden for short period. For the prophesy would have been known through out the priesthood by word of mouth. What those last few months of pregnancy must of like for Elizabeth and with her cousin Mary coming to see her, it had to be an added blessing to have extra hand in the house.

Do not take prophesy in your own life to lightly but consider the timing of the announcement of the truth of prophesy, before you leap, for I will guarantee that devil going to try and steal your joy. Try to steal your blessing. Try and steal your hope. Elizabeth reproach removed no jeering of the fact she possibly was pregnant because of five months no doubt Elizabeth was now showing that she was pregnant.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to be on time to announce anything foretold to us by you. That it will not be premature, but can be seen has a fact. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Genesis 30:23 KJV
(23) And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:

Daily God’s Promises: Galatians 4:27 KJV
(27) For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

Loyalty

Daily Devotions for Friday: by Christina Farris

5/1/2015

Ruth 1:3-18 KJV
(3) And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
(4) And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
(5) And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
(6) Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
(7) Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
(8) And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
(9) The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
(10) And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
(11) And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
(12) Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
(13) Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
(14) And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
(15) And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
(16) And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
(17) Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
(18) When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

Ruth found herself going toward Israel, because of her loyalty to Naomi. It not unusual to go with a friend, spouse, or family to a strange place. The question might be why such a big deal. Moabites worshipped in general a different god then the God of Naomi. In fact history declares them as a people that sacrificed even there children. Naomi had lost her husband to a battle and her two sons, leaving her with her two daughter in laws. Ruth decision must be her own to stay with Naomi, for the journey would not only be hard, but being accept by Naomi’s people would be difficult. In any move to get to know the people around you can be difficult, but changing of culture is also difficult. Yet Ruth would find herself taking her mother in laws advice when they reach Israel and would even find a spouse.

Ruth loyalty to Naomi was that she was willing to give up her homeland to live and care for Naomi. She had a love for her mother in law that was friendship and not just because of her marital status to Naomi’s son. Ruth was willing to go and so she follow without Naomi pleading anymore with her to stay. Yet Naomi question her to make sure that what she really wanted to do. Naomi even convinced her other daughter in law to stay in the land she was from. How difficult it is to make choices of changes.

When one decides to follow God there is no turning back. It is a choice to go forward with God. God never lets go even when one backslides. God is loyal to you and will provide. He will be there in the mist of the storm as well has through the good times. How loyal are you to God and willing to obey him as Ruth would be loyal to her mother in law once enter into Israel. What choices are you making today? Will you be loyal to God. Will choose to follow His plan for your life. No one else might go in the direction you are heading with God, but that individual choice is yours to make. There is a song that says “Turn your eyes upon Jesus looking fully into His wonderful face and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim.” Fact is as we focus on God the things of this world will not matter much. Yet we will still care for those around us and our country.

Dear Heavenly Father teaches us to be loyal to not only you but others as well as Ruth was to her mother in law. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Acts 11:23 KJV
(23) Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 KJV
(57) But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

God’s Blessings: New Creation

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris

4/30/2015

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 KJV
(17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
(19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
(20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
(21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The ability to change is in the heart of all of us. I often think of attitudes when it comes to change. In order to make a change we have to decide what we are doing or is, is not good enough or acceptable. Is it not acceptable to you, to God, to others, or your pet. If you have a cat you know it is not good to grab it by its tail, especially if you do not want to be clawed. The solution is do not pull the cat’s tail it not good for the cat or you. Is it acceptable to drink to get drunk, depends on who you are hanging out with. However is it acceptable to God? Is the joint you just lit acceptable to man or God, or what about the law? As pot becomes legal in some states, man still has to wrestle with is it really good for a person, even for medical use? What about that bad attitude that great with your friends but not the store keeper in the neighborhood. Might make you look cool in the eyes of your friends for half a second, but to the world it still needs adjustment.

There many things one can change in one’s life, yet there many things one might not be able too. Yet there is nothing a person can control if God is in charge. For example Nebuchadnezzar went insane for a short time and became like an animal, Pharaoh heart was harden, a mule talked to Balaam, Balaam still had to prophesy what God told him to, despite is desire to do something else. Yet in general God does not demonstrate this type of control on a person life or not one can see anyway. Yet the guilt of sin is placed on the heart for conviction. That guilt that comes when one makes a mistake, either because it is not socially acceptable by you or anyone else. Yet sin against God has always had consequences. Cain found out, that not listening to God cost him his relationship with God. One might ask why know God? God has our best interest at hand. No one ever talks about how angry and hurt Adam and Eve probably were over Cain’s action of murdering his brother? Did they even know that Cain murdered Abel or did Cain run so far away that they never seen hid or hair of him again. No one knows, but God. Yet the question remains, of unacceptable activity by Cain, who was warned of God not to do what he was thinking.

God’s warning of sin is good to those who will listen to God, who will allow the conviction to take hold for change. Balaam who was false prophet got to see the power of God and yet that did not make him want to change. When we choose not only to believe God or deny God is right, then the next step is salvation to not only accept God’s correction, but to realize one has transgressed against God, by not always living as God would want one to live. With repentance comes the ability to change. Repentance means to turn away from sin. God desires to help us change. To change our attitude and our way of thinking. Through faith we become a new person, holy and acceptable to God. Faith being first of all belief and then action. Yet Abraham’s action of obedience made him a friend of God not because of his actions because he choose to believe first. He believed and left his homeland to find the promise land.

Change comes with belief, and then following. Yet God declares us upon confession of faith in Jesus that we are a new creature in Christ Jesus, and that old way is gone. That bad attitude, that sin, is gone. It does not make one perfect. In the human since, but in the spiritual since. Upon belief one’s sin can cause your destination to hell. With faith in Jesus one is marked as one of God’s. children. One is no longer a child of the world. A child living to the world, but living for God. God wants us to not be reconciled to Him, but to help him reconcil other’s to him.

God through Christ has come to claim what is rightfully His property, yet He given His property a choice to choose Him or reject Him. Without God we are just the same old person, with attitude one needs not God. Yet one is wrong about what one needs. One needs the one that can destroy and preserve life. One needs the one that cares enough to warn a person of a mistake. Cain lost everything, yet he gained the world, only for his earthly life time. God’s children marked by faith will inherit the kingdom of God on this earth and in heaven. Belief alone is enough to be saved, but action finishes out the salvation. It guarantees that hope.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for making us a new creation through Christ Jesus, giving us the ability to walk by faith and not by sight. To obey you through your correction and warnings. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Jeremiah 6:10 KJV
(10) To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

Daily God’s Promises: Colossians 1:27-29 KJV
(27) To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
(28) Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
(29) Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

God’s Blessings: Peace

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: By Christina Farris

5/29/2015

John 14:26-28 KJV
(26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
(27) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
(28) Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

I do not know anyone in this world that does not desire peace, whether it be at work, at home, school, social interaction and so forth. Everyone wants peace in their life. Even I want peace in every situation of my life. Chapter 8 of John Christ shows his equality with God claiming to be one with the Father. Yet here in verse 28 Christ is clear that God is greater then himself. I often think was this for the disciples benefit or a fact. One knows without God the word of God can not exist, yet in author God’s Word is equal and the same as God. God is consistent. He consistent to the need of repentance to receive the blessings of God especially when sin has overtaken a person to a point only evil can abound. Is God the author of His Word of course. Is God the authority of his word greater then its authority. If Christ be the word of God in the flesh, then though his power is equal, He is also a servant of God. The tongue twisters that seem to have no end, yet it authority does not change. Jesus his authority to change lives for the good never changes. His authority to judge comes when He as come as peace and deliverance only to be rejected for the final offering for the chance of repentance. Yet Christ came in peace to the world, so all could know who He is through His Son. God’s offering of peace through His Son was allowing His Son to pay the price for sin, the sin that caused all to be upon the earth instead of paradise. God’s word often brings division, division and opposition to the way the world sees things.

I could go on and on about the issue of peace, not remaining in the since of actual no argument, no strife, no rioting, no war, no hate, and so forth and so on. The riots in Baltimore is disturbing. It makes no sense, to us not there, and if there would it make anymore sense. We all get angry. We all get mad when we believe justice is not served. Yet how we respond is not always right either. I have been thinking on this issue the past few years of the need for anger management before one gets out of high school. Writing can help with pain or anger, but it not always the solution. Marches were done to get political leaders to listen. The Boston Tea Party was a political action, that by government laws is unjustifiable. Today with modern technology there is no reason not to be able to get truth out without rioting, but by nations protest to the government. There are peaceful ways to deal with issues.

Yet even with peaceful ways to deal with a problem it is not always the answer. Yet peace is a better solution. Latchkey kids becoming more violent because of unguarded protection against the elements of the world’s evil system. Children not being able to filter good and evil. Evil presenting there side as a good cause. Leading children to seek terrorist action groups not banded for propaganda because of freedom of speech and press. Yet those freedoms to precious to those not terrorist to not allow the government to banned such groups unless proven guilty of terrorist acts against government agency, and not going through proper channels. Yet some might ask if a cop is guilty then how can one feel safe about going to the department or even the state that upholds innocent till proven guilty if the law itself becomes guilty. Need for lawyers to educate and to teach how to make that law work even in government agencies.

Jesus said He was leaving his disciples with peace and giving peace but not as the world understands. I agree that Christ peace is not comprehendible by the world, but it is comprehendible by the people of faith. The peace God desires to establish is peace between us spiritual, between God and man. He desires to bridge the gap between His love for man despite their sin, as well as the idea of righteousness through faith. Yet with that peace, comes responsibility to the believer to obey the peacemaker between God and man. To keep peace man has a responsibility to obey. To some that does not seem like a choice, yet in order to keep peace in a land the laws have to be obeyed, so it is with God’s law of obedience peace remains between man and God.

The gift of the Holy Spirit enables the believers to have peace with God continually if we follow in the steps of the Spirit of God as He directs. That rebellious spirit of man is bridled by the hand of God in the believers life, not by the hand of man. It is the continual work of grace in the believers life. It is the continual work of peace in the believers life for our protection not just against Him, but against world. His way is our protection, Our protection comes through faith in Christ Jesus, Christ is our protection through obedience to His word and Spirit. The sanctification process is instant as will as continual in a believers life.

Peace remains between the people of faith and God. God desires us all to be at peace with Him, yet we must be willing to believe and obey. To walking in power of his Spirit and His grace. Is it enough to have faith? Yes for righteous comes through believing God word of promise to all that look to Jesus as Savior.

Dear Heavenly Father your peace you brought to the world was between the world and you, that all that would believe in Jesus would be saved, would no longer be your enemy if we walk in obedience of your Spirit. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Hebrews 13:20-21 KJV
(20) Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
(21) Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 John 2:3-6 KJV
(3) And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
(4) He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
(5) But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
(6) He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

God’s Blessings: God’s Blessings: God’s Protection

Daily Devotions for Tuesday: by turtle30c

4/28/2015

Ephesians 6:13-19 KJV
(13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
(14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
(15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
(16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
(17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
(18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
(19) And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

What is God’s protection like? That is my thoughts this morning. I have been so frustrated lately because I really thought when I began this study I be going in a different direction. It is not that this direction is not fine or royal street of gold, but I had hope to find guarantees of no trouble in this life. Anyone that knows my writing knows I know that last statement further from the truth, I understand that God takes us through trials and does not always remove the trouble. The first time you get a busted in the school yard is the first time you understand it hurts to fight. Yet you learn that sometimes the punch has to be received and given for a mutual understanding of who has the best punch. Sometimes with the establishment of who has the best fist, friendship is formed. It sounds stupid really. Yet no one can argue that calm way God dissolves some battles and other battles took the sword. The batttle where Israel goes singing toward the enemy camp is perhaps the highlighted battle of peaceful battle, because it scared the enemy away without trouble. Yet the favorite battle of Goliath only is highlighted because a little boy took his toy slingshot to kill the giant that had killed lions and bears before and yet he was offered the best armor in the kingdom of Israel.

Only protection I think I ever want is God’s protection, yet even so sometimes you find people surrounding you to protect you and that can be God’s protection too. That can be the armor of the Holy Spirit. Yet true armor of God is the helmet of Salvation and the path one takes being lit by salvation of God’s word which also shield the feet from thorns and thistles. Yet God’s protection might be eternal salvation, but real battle, God is only going to go through it with you and direct your path. It takes a shield of faith and breastplate of righteousness, to keep the protection from the fiery darts of the enemy. Yet learning to deal with those darts is half the battle. To throw up the shield of faith every time that enemy attacks. Because of our human state we tend to take a dart or two because our mouth is faster then our hand that holds that shield, yet the breastplate guards the heart or we would possibly loose our salvation. In one hand is the shield and other hand is the sword of the Spirit, yet our private parts are protected by truth.

What then is truth, is God our protector, or does the enemy overcome and take us or both. God is not going to allow evil to stand in a believers life. God is not going to allow enemy to rise for no reason. God allows evil for the time to teach us, but not to destroy us. If the enemy arises only to one day to be destroyed, trust that means he coming after the saints of God while he can in hopes to destroy all, only to find the armor of God on God’s people. He knows better then try and train God’s people, because he does not want them to know how to defeat his left hook/punch. Yet God’s people shield needs not their hands in battle, but the word of truth to defeat the enemy. Yet if taken by the enemy life Joseph< the son of Isaac, was, also had hope of one day being a ruler over the enemy. If a ruler over the enemy is the promise then the hope must be in place. The sheaves and eleven stars bowed to Joseph, was all the hope he had of a better tomorrow. Yet it carried him no doubt through time of misery of slavery and jail. Though he achieved good positions and rank even in jail, it was still not promise. All he could do was hope and one day King of Egypt sent for him because of hearing of his ability to interpret dreams. Soon there after Joseph was given the signet ring of power to store and preserve the needed food supply for the famine that was coming. Only hope given to Joseph, yet it came to pass as his brothers came in search of food. Joseph wept. Yet with his tears of joy he knew God’s promise had come to pass.

There a point that even through tragedy comes salvation. Comes the hope of faith. Comes the hope of deliverance. The godly road does not mean there are no rocks or brambles to go through along with mud puddles and hills to climb. Does not mean bruises do not occur, it means God’s protection in the storm is ability to get through, knowing tomorrow something better is coming. Eternal salvation is like that. It does not protect us from all the elements of this world, but it does give the hope of eternal life with God and Jesus. The protection of God maybe the lions den, and it might be facing the beating with a shield of hope. In the promise.

God’s protection did not mean one would not get bruised, but that one would live to see another day if we follow His footsteps. Moses lost the earthly promise because of disobedience, but gain eternal life. Abraham had to go through two warring women, in order to trust God for the promise. God did not protect Abraham from that.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the blessings of promise of both eternal and dreams of a better tomorrow by following in your footsteps. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Genesis 37:7 KJV
(7) For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Peter 3:12-14 KJV
(12) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
(13) And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
(14) But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

God’s Blessings: The Insanity of God

Daily Devotions for Monday: by turtle30c

4/27/2015

Luke 12:22-40 KJV
(22) And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
(23) The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
(24) Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
(25) And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
(26) If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
(27) Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
(28) If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
(29) And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
(30) For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
(31) But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
(32) Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
(33) Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
(34) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(35) Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
(36) And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
(37) Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
(38) And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
(39) And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
(40) Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

Jesus speaks on God’s provision and a nudist colony without clothes is arrayed in the beauty God intend in the garden of Eden but not the garden of this earth. God provided a fur coat for Adam and Eve, before he sent them outside of paradise. God provision might not seem like much at times. Our value of wealth often seen in shiny new outfits, with buttons that match. No moth eaten wool sweaters, or things of wealth. The new shoes with fancy shoe laces, and stockings with shiny new high heels. All seem like better provisions then those hand me downs from the neighbor down the street. Yet God’s provision was described as being equally as beautiful as the way the flowers were clothed in the field. How birds of the field were cared for. None of these creatures of plants had hand me downs. Yet the only new outfits birds got is when their feathers molted and flowers die only to rise again through their seeds. What God provides will meet our need whether it is hand me down, or brand new from the store.

Yet God does not expect us to be idle. He does not expect us not to work. God’s blessings are not handouts all the time. God created man to take care of His handiwork. He created man not to be idle but to use the mind He gave them. Our treasure is where our heart is. Is our heart in heaven or on the things of this earth. Ezekiel when he prophesied laid naked painting pictures. Sounds insane to us in this day and time. Yet not completely to the people of areas that anything can happen. If you live in a rule community there are things that never happen like Ezekiel laying naked in the public square. Or if it happens it is quickly covered up inanity plea. Was Ezekiel clothed by God. Did he need clothing. The insanity of God is often displayed in child like arguments that make no sense to the human concept of what it means to be ckithed or unclothed. To the king that eats like royalty to the starving of the poor. It makes no rational sense to this passage. Do we throw it out. No.

The fishermen still fished when they were with Jesus. Though they left their nets when first called they still fished. Laboring for our needs is nothing new. It is something vital for living. The generosity of others is often short lived but can be blessing from God. Ezekiel story is not the norm, but his willingness to do the will of God went to extreme. The poverty we see in this world makes no sense to us. If you go to utube and look around you might see the images of starving children who are so thin that their bones stick out beyond their skin.

Our tears knowing some will not make the next day because of starvation makes one ask why Lord. We look at the impoverish and ask the same question how can we help change the conditions. In truth this passage is talking about the believer that follows God’s instruction. Not about the rest of the world. That in itself seems cruel because are we not all God’s children. God’s children are the ones that obey and seek Him. What happened to those in regions around the world to cause poverty and inability to survive. Was it sickness, famine, or not enough rain and sun to grow a productive crop.

God gives man a responsibility to take care of others and to teach. In the passage it talks about not being idle, but be in obedience to God and laboring. Yet one can loose their job in a day and find themselves soon in soup kitchen line or on the streets with nothing. It makes no sense to those of us who have always had what we need. Yet for me I watched a man go from steady work to injury to having to wonder how one would make ends meet. And God’s provision was there all the time. God’s provision might not be ruby slippers, but they are streets of gold coming to his children that obey him when they are in distress, in need and seeking not always God’s way. Learning to walk through trials and harship of life is half the battle. When the last time you asked God for a T bone steak, and still found yourself with a bowl of beans.

God never planned us to be idle. Our treasures are not of this world but of heaven. The treasurers of earth is from the earth that God created. God knows our need to work, to live, to love. Yet man is still bowing down to man, instead of asking God. God has a reason and a purpose for hardships we go through.

Dear Heavenly Father give us strength no matter where we find ourselves in this world, whether with fancy shoes, or need of shoes, you know what is best, help us to seek you first and rely you and open doors of provision. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Matthew 6:33-34 KJV
(33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
(34) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Daily God’s Promise: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 KJV
(3) Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
(4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
(5) For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
(6) And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
(7) And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

God’s Blessings: Every Sunday A Psalms: What God Said Back To David

Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris

4/26/2015

Psalms 32:1-11 KJV
(1) A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
(2) Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
(3) When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
(4) For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
(5) I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
(6) For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
(7) Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
(8) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
(9) Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
(10) Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
(11) Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

David is the speaker here until one gets to verse 8. Then God speaks. I think when God speaks it is to the heart and David relays it in the Psalms what God told him to others. If nothing more to establish the hope of forgiveness and salvation through what is spoken from his heart about repentance and sins being forgiven of a righteous man. Sins not imputed on some, because of their desire and their hope to follow after God and his ways. Following God should not be like putting bridle in the horses mouth and the reigns being controlled by God to the point of one’s head being hanked left or right by the reins. A person is not an android where if you type in certain things then it suppose to respond in robotic fashion. God designed us to make choices. Yet one has to ask if those chosen by God like John the Baptist, did he ever have a choice in the matter of his calling. Are their people and angels called by God for God’s eternal purpose that have not a will of their own? David was a king, who had a call on his life. Not since boyhood had David had freedom from his anointing to be king. John the Baptist was anointed from inside his mother womb, never having a choice from his call in ministry.

God gave me a choice to serve or not to serve, I do understand that. My calling from God came probably long before I was ready to receive it. Yet I am imperfect, a sinner like David in regards to the need of a Savior. Through out the Old Testament it is clear God’s word is salvation to man. Without God’s word redemption can not occur. Our sins can not be forgiven without God saying we are righteous by faith. Jesus is the word that became flesh, His call not his own, but a part of God that we will never possess. In fact we are said upon faith in Jesus to be adopted in the family of God. Made joint heirs by faith with Christ Jesus. That is something one has to take on faith. Declaring what God calls righteous by belief. David’s faith was a work in progress. His faith being, believing God’s word and striving in humbleness to follow after God. He confessed daily the faults he understood as sin. Yet he realized there were perhaps sin that he did not confess and God did not correct him on. David was a murder by being the instigator of the plot to kill Bathesheba husband. Yet David was forgiven, but not without a price tag on that sin. He would loose his son that Bathesheba gave birth too out of his lust and murderous heart.

David had to repent to receive forgiveness, yet he found hope when God said he would instruct him. He would teach him. David had found hope with repentance. Found hope through forgiveness. Found hope with chastisement and knew it was better just to confess and forget it. It was better to follow God’s instruction. Not has a mule with a bridle, but as a free person God created that was destine to make mistakes, but some mistakes such as disobedience to God must be repented to receive forgiveness. Adam and Eve repented not. In fact they passed the fault to another. Never taking responsibility for one’s action before God.

David found hope through God word to him, to follow God’s instruction for a way of living. To follow God’s eyes, in other words to follow in God view of things and not in our knowledge and wisdom. As humans we often see things from imperfection to perfection and not from perfection to perfection. There is a middle ground of imperfection even in God’s view. That is where man makes errors and learns from them.. There is sin equally not held against a righteous man, but there is sin that is held against a righteous man. Chastisement is correction from God for sins that are an issue.

Correction on earth is not correction for eternity in the since of the eternal lake of fire that burns continually. David found hope through God’s correction and forgiveness.

God’s mercy is great but without hope of forgiveness no man would see the Lord. And forgiveness can only come through Christ Jesus the Word of God. His declaration that your sins are forgiven. When God says all that look to Jesus will be saved, He meant it. Trust in God’s mercy and grace today. Thank Him today for Christ Jesus who paid the price for our sins. The cross being not only symbolic of God burying our sin with His word and rising us up into victory through belief in His Word, but the price paid for our redemption.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your word that declares one is saved through faith, not by works, for our works would fail us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
(8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
(9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Daily God’s Promises: John 3:16 KJV
(16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.