Every Sunday A Psalms: Zion, God’s Habitation

Daily Devotions For Sunday: by Christina Farris 4/9/2017

Psalms 132:1-18 KJV
(1) A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:
(2) How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
(3) Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
(4) I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
(5) Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
(6) Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
(7) We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
(8) Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
(9) Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
(10) For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
(11) The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
(12) If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
(13) For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
(14) This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
(15) I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
(16) I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
(17) There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
(18) His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

This Psalms is consider written by King Solomon about His father David. David wanted to build a house for the Lord. Lord desired Zion has his home. Zion, a mountain in Jerusalem. God is able to have the world has his throne and yet it is his footstool Today is Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. Today we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus coming in with the shouts of the people and the spreading of palms along the road in celebration of Triumphal entry of Christ. The recognition of Christ as Lord and King coming into the city of Zion. His first stop was the temple and the priest were angry, because the disciples exalted Christ as a king and Lord.

The first triumphal entry was of the ark into Jerusalem. God coming into the place of habitation of his home. He was welcome in the city of God. City of Zion the place of God’s rest. A home built for God to be a home built by human hands, a place built for God’s home/house. It would be a place of rest for God, not hardly though it be claimed as a place of rest. We can not forget God would have a lot of work to do because of the sin of the people even in Jerusalem in time to come after the throne of David. Even Solomon who built the house of God would not always follow after the heart of God. The lust of his eye getting him into all types of trouble.

The first entry was bringing the ark to rest in the tabernacle built and designed at the time of Moses. The dwelling place of God until the temple was built. God’s house a place his people could dwell. Jesus being Lord and King, rode to the temple on a donkey. At this time the people thought Jesus would take his place as King and Lord and would reign. Miracles had been done, teaching of parables had convinced the people of who Jesus was, though those in the temple of God seem to have no clue who Jesus was. In fact they would rebuke Jesus for allowing his disciples to praise him. Jesus would turn the tables in the temple and declare the house of God a den of thieves.

The symbolism of the entry of the ark being Christ in the Old Testament is a thought maybe not so unique, but something to consider. God our salvation coming in the ark of the covenant. The ark containing the laws of God. Christ being the word of God. The shout and praises of God coming forth as the ark enters into Jerusalem. Only a reflection of Christ own entry into Jerusalem. The shout and praises of Christ being Lord. Hosanna King of the Jews.

God place has always been Israel, and yet the world is His creation. Jerusalem being a place of habitation or dwelling but God is everywhere. A place built to honor God and give him a place to live among the people. A place given to God to honor Him. A place that was already God’s. I love Ezekiel view of God’s throne looking over the panarama of God’s creation with one foot in the sea and other on the land. Who is man to limit God or who is man to design God’s throne room. God’s throne room is the world and it is his foot stool. Heaven is his throne. Yet the place of dwelling or a place to rest and call home would be Zion. The thought of God needing a place to lay his head is beyond our comprehension in some ways and other ways the idea is sweet. Giving God a place to rule from so his people will seek Him. A place to understand God’s royalty and go and learn of God. God would take care of his people.

The Triumphal entry speaks of rejection of religious world of who Christ is, but it is also something more, a demonstration of those soft whisper of not welcoming God in his own home. If parents could have a home away from home it would hopefully always be their children’s but in truth it not always the case. God’s home was suppose to be among his people, but he was not welcome at his home. Instead of the greed of wealth and peace without his presents was more like it. It was not that God word was not taught, God’s Spirit was absents from His people in a sense. It like some churches today have the form of ritualism but the absents of God in the sense of heart and belief. Though Israel was still rebuilding herself under the rule of Rome, and the temple being a central point in the community, it lack belief in who the Messiah was. Though some believed in secreted and watched knowing the prophesy surrounding Jesus, there were others that held to traditions in the form of ritualism and not spirituality. It is the like the soldier that marches to the general orders only to be in secret against the government. It is the religious people not against God necessarily, but unbeliever beyond robotic motion of ritualism of faith. They read the Bible as a book of philosophy or value of way of living, but the reality of God seems to be missing from their life. Though Jesus was not stopped from teaching in the temple during the course of his ministry, it makes the plot of his death with Judas betrayal at the temple more with meaning. Thirty pieces of silver for the one that would betray where Jesus was and could hand him over in the wee hours of the night. His entry not stop by religious leaders but corrected.

If the ark had come into Jerusalem unwelcome it would have been by the man without faith as he touch the ark and then died. For to touch the ark of the covenant was a sin and God punished those who touch the ark. The ark was carried on poles, and not allowed to be touched, not even by those in care of the ark. The power of the ark was will known. To bring such power to a place of habitation is still talked about in films of history today. One has to ask with God’s royalty, and Christ royalty of being touched and the power of healing coming forth from Christ why then was the death preceding from the ark. The power of God’s holiness verses the cloak of human flesh, something the cloak of wood could not protect the people from. The holiness of God’s people and those who carried and went forth to and from the temple was a reality. Yet God offer protection for the people if they obeyed his laws and not to touch the ark.

Jesus healing came even with the touching of the hem of the garment among the heathens as well as people of faith. Jesus is an intercessor, but also Lord. His human flesh becoming our protection as the bread of life and his blood pour out and covered us in our sin. Jesus crying out Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. Father forgive their sins, because I paid for them.

Despite the fact the people wanted Jesus as King, did not stop him them from crying crucify a few days later, when he did not take the throne in power and rule. God did not do that in his day either. Though He entered the temple in the ark, the throne of Israel was still possessed by the royal king. The choice of man from the time they decided they needed an earthly king. Earthly king and not God to rule over them. That is why God need a house for Him and a place for His people to visit, yet God is more then just in Jerusalem to those that believe. Jerusalem is a focal point of two powers, and yet is and will be a place of only one power one day. When Christ takes the physical throne in the New Jerusalem, God will be in total power. No longer will the rule of man be in power and the light of Christ and God will shine forth from Zion. When Christ return’s He will be on the throne and God will be in the temple. David heart and his action where not always one of purity, yet he had a heart for God and desire for God to rule in Jerusalem. Perhaps he seen the error of human king. Maybe he seen his own humanity.

Christ authority was sacrificed with first king of Israel. Saul’s disobedience would cost his family line the royal throne. Today being Palm Sunday and we think of the triumphal entry with the thought of praise of Christ coming for his final entry to the throne, it also a time to think of the first and second and third entry of God into Jerusalem, one being in human flesh of man to bring healing, yet it would bring His death in a few days. His healing would come with His death, by his payment for our sins. His resurrection drawing all men and women to him. Without the resurrection his death loose power, he only another sacrifice of humanity of a good moral person. With His resurrection he is the Messiah, the one that would change the heart of the people for the good of God and the world. A king that could and would reign in the hearts of mankind that would believe.

Today let us celebrate His entry into our hearts and our minds, and one day in his return to take the throne in the New Jerusalem. Let us shout for joy for Him becoming Lord of our hearts this morning. Let us receive Him with confession of sin and turning away of sin. Let us receive him as the world did and not the religious leaders of his day. Let us not be as seeds planted on rocky soil, but seeds needing transplanting in fertile soil. Transplanting in the word of faith with the foundation of Jesus being solid rock to which to stand and soft soil in which to grow in. Not on rocks without soil that not cover by snow.

Dear Heavenly Father cleanse our hearts with your son death and resurrection. Cleanse us with His entry into our hearts and into Jerusalem someday. Reminds Lord of your holiness and power to rule not only in the temple but in the palace. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study For Devotions: Hebrews 12:22-23 KJV
(22) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
(23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

The Crucifixion

Daily Devotions for Friday: by Christina Farris

4/3/2015

John 19:25-27 KJV
(25) Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
(26) When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
(27) Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

Setting here wondering this morning if I need to go look through old issues of going through passion week. This year I either did not start soon enough or simply it was done in Bible study passed going down the road of the agony on the cross. What is interesting is John does not mention the earthquake or the veil in the temple being ripped. Yet what is clear even in Christ agony He is still think of those around him. One might ask is this possible in the amount of pain Jesus would of been in at the point of the cross. Besides the obvious position Jesus was in that would have been causing pain and a feeling of suffocation He hung, pushing up with is feet to try and breath and dealing with the loss of blood from the agony of the beating he received and the pain of the nail driven in his hands/wrist area, human shock factor perhaps would of kicked in., Shock and trauma effect of not mentally dealing with what is happening to the body. If I compared my pain from my accident to Christ, I might of been in has much pain, but my body was not as torn up. If I think of my anemia, the loss of blood and weakness, the physical strength possible only to a point. Yet there people who have experienced more at one time and survived to tell it. Yet it was the combination of loss of blood, pain and his suffering that caused his death. Comparing my pain or someone else’s trauma to the cross is not meant to be little the work of cross but to give a realist view of how others might look at Christ suffering. At some point the human factor of shock and trauma would of kicked in, yet the pain would have been very real. Christ had the pain in his body, but also the pain of his heart knowing what He was doing on the cross was to take away the sins of the world. Yet even in his hour of need, he began to talk to his mother and his disciples close by. He tells them to take care of each other. Never once until He says He thirst do we see Christ thinking of himself. Christ went to the cross thinking of us. Thinking of those around him. Thinking beyond his physical pain to still minister to those around him.

The question is when you are going through a trial can you still minister to someone else. When you going through emotional and physical trauma to your body can you think of someone else or are you so concentrated on your issue to be able to minister to someone else. One might talk to their family and loved ones under the sedation of drugs or no drugs, but until they realize Christ was thinking of the world on the cross. Because He died for all, not just one. He went there as a sheep to the slaughter. He went as the pagan people had sent their own children to the fire pit. Some prepared for the purpose of being a sacrifice, yet not one child was the perfect sacrifice for sin. Nothing redeemed the sinner has Christ did for eternity upon belief.

Christ did not go as pagan child to slaughter, but as person that defies the law of man., the legalistic religious law, because He claimed equality with God. His claim not believed by religious people until after the cross and resurrection. Yet some still did not believe, because their hearts were harden to the truth. Christ would face the cross as freedom fighter against those things that killed the soul. He would face the pit of hell to free the captives from punishment for sin. Christ took the punishment for sin eternal on the cross. God still will chasten the believer. The point is simple Christ crucified, thinking beyond his suffering for you and me. Thinking beyond the suffering to his disciples both men and women. Caring for his own mother in his own hour of need. Consider this Good Friday that Christ suffering though it might be able to be compared to suffering of others, it is the only suffering that took away the sins of the world. Took on the weight of the world by coming to the world from His throne, to demonstrate the reality of His Father through the healing power by his name, by the authority given to Him from heaven to silence even the storms. Christ came to demonstrate the power of God through faith. People are loosing the hope found in Christ do to the study of other cultures. One needs to look further at the purpose of the cross of Jesus for that reason.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the cross of Jesus, who demonstrated for us not only how to live, but how to die. He demonstrated his power of healing and silencing the storms of who He truly was and is. He demonstrated his power once more through the resurrection. Let us not forget Jesus died for the world transgressions. In Jesus precious name. Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Romans 5:8 KJV
(8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Daily God’s Promises: 2 Corinthians 1:4-5 KJV
(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.

The Last Week Before The Crucifixion: The Kiss

 

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris

4/02/2015

Luke 22:45-54 KJV
(45) And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
(46) And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
(47) And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
(48) But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
(49) When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
(50) And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
(51) And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
(52) Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
(53) When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
(54) Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.

What is betrayal but the deception of friendship for the purpose of crucifying someone at a later time. Betrayal can be plotted or it can be forced into a situation to betray. The betrayal of a friend can break the heart of a friend, it can save a friend or murder a friend. The act of betrayal to the United States is an act of treason. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. A kiss that would be remembered by the believers for centuries to come. A kiss that would be more famous then any Hollywood kiss. Yet it would be a kiss that would mark the beginning of the journey toward the kangaroo court of the religious leaders and the legal system. A betrayal of two false witness in court. A betrayal that would be spoken for years by the church world.

Judas betrayal was ordained by God. No one wants to think of act of treason has ordination by God, yet it was. It was a call to betray so Jesus could pay for our sins by dying on the cross. Sometimes the journey to the cross does not make total sense when studying it. Yet the price was one perfect man for redemption because of the first man sin of eating the fruit that was forbidden. Yet woman would be saved in childbearing. Two different salvations, yet one combined through the cross. Woman being the burden bearer for years for reproduction until the time of Christ. The waiting for the Messiah that would suffer for all our sins. There were pagan cultures that sacrificed their children, never understanding God would provide the sacrifice for sin. God had no desire for child sacrifice. He would provide the sacrifice through the final sign of a virgin birth. A child that would have the spirit of God and would be the everlasting God, yet a prince of peace. John the Baptist was said to have been filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb. Yet to be filled is not the same has having the Spirit of God be your Spirit. The very Spirit to give you life by the Word of God.

The sacrifice provided by God for all mankind. A sacrifice of Christ coming and teaching and later seized, put on trial and beaten because of his ability to take power from the religious leaders, from the legal system. A power that was not in opposition of laws or authority. Yet because he drew a crowd, the leaders seen it as a threat to their way of life, to their way of stability.

Over ten elections ago there was a man that ran for Presidency and step down, though he had the vote of the people. He had money, he had prestige, yet some claim he was forced to not to run as President. Power is only has strong has the ability to allow diversity within the government. Three branches of government can become only one family owned like a mafia, thus becoming issue of control of all those not part of the mafia. Yet do you want opposition of those that are different then you in power, the answer in truth is no.

Jesus was in the garden at night praying when they came to get him with knives and swords. The party that sent for the arrest afraid of what the crowd might do during the day, only found it appropriate to take Jesus by night. Thus it is with any destruction of power in opposition to another, to destroy comes by night when those that should have been awake were asleep. It comes when the guard is down. When the idea of safety is proclaimed because the world surrounding you says peace and safety. Jesus found himself with ordination of death to come, because he had the favor of the crowd by not the leaders.

The soldiers came at night and Judas gave Jesus the kiss of betrayal. A kiss that should of meant friendship and brotherhood, only to mean death to come. A kiss that would mark the beginning the leaders thought to the end of this new religious movement and following. A kiss that would change the course of history. A course of destruction to a course of love. Yet it could not change the world without the death of Jesus. It could not change the world without the resurrection of Jesus. Without the resurrection there was no life and no love from above. Despite the fact we killed God’s Son by our sin, God still loved us to bring His Son back. God loved us enough to send His Spirit to the World so they too might be saved by the wooing of the Holy Spirit upon man’s heart, to change the world. The one death that would of caused human nature to destroy the killers, causes a love of God to keep loving through the rising of His Son.

The Mafia power now only having a short time to keep control for the rise of love would continue by the gift of the Holy Spirit that speaks to all believers the things of God. A war that can not be won by the devil, for the Holy Spirit needs no audible voice to declare his plan through codes or even languages, but only His Spirit. A person being able to have the cloak of the Holy Spirit upon belief, the cloak of the blood of Jesus that says you are a child of God, that the devil can not see, because all they do is find fault. And can not see their own.

The kiss of betrayal that would allow Jesus opportunity to speak once more to the soldiers of who He was and to remind them their act of seizure was not their authority to do so but in the authority of God. Meaning the law of God was allowing man to have rules and laws of their own making and for man to be in submission to them.

Christ’s power is about love and compassion for all mankind. It is the interweaving under the law of man that changes the world and its laws over time. It is the power that changes things by grace and not by anger or rage. The betrayer kiss, of betraying an innocent man, called by God and ordained of God to pay the price of all man’s sin.

Dear Heavenly Father let us love beyond the persecution of enemy as you loved us through the resurrection after the death of your Son. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verse: 1 Peter 1:3 KJV
(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Daily God’s Promises: Revelation 20:6 KJV
(6) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The Last Week Before The Crucifixion: The Cup Of Betrayal

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: by Christina Farris

4/01/2015

Mark 14:17-26 KJV
(17) And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.
(18) And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.
(19) And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?
(20) And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.
(21) The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
(22) And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
(23) And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
(24) And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
(25) Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
(26) And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

The cup of betrayal was already assigned to Judas. It was a task of ordination, not a task because of greed. A task because Judas desire silver more then his friendship with Jesus. With the betrayal came the guilt that could not be changed by the seeking of men, but only the seeking of God. Judas chose to seek the Priest instead of God and thus he would hang himself and as some Gospel report his body split in half in a field.

Judas path began before the last supper with Jesus. It began with going to the Priest and asking for money to betray Jesus location, so they could seize him. The agreement was thirty pieces of silver. Judas came from meeting with the Priest and perhaps spent the day with the disciples and Jesus. Perhaps even wondering when he should do it. At the supper hour Judas sat at the table when Satan enter him to do the task needed for the betrayal. Judas was marked by act of customs of friendship. The dipping of the wine into the bread. Judas reach over with a piece of bread and the rest watched as he sopped the bread in the wine. Judas gets up and goes out the door.

Jesus speaks and says it would it would have been better if Judas had never been born. Do we betray Christ with our actions. Do we betray Christ by our words. Do we betray Christ in ignorance, because of our lust for sin. If it was not for that fact that God’s redeeming power came through faith, we all be guilty of betrayal because of sin. Sin betrays who child we really are. It is a testimony against God and His Son. Yet Judas found no mercy, yet the children of God do. They found the advocator through Christ Jesus, the redeemer of their soul. Jesus knew the temptation to sin was great, though he never sinned against God. However His disciples picked corn on the Sabbath and He healed on the Sabbath which was consider a sin by the religious leaders. Yet these things were rebuked and rebuttal. Christ would not defend himself in a court of law, because to do so would be to purge himself of who He was as King and Lord of all.

No doubt Jesus telling his disciples who the betrayer was would not help Judas’ cause. No one tried to stop Judas the night, perhaps not understanding the words of Jesus. Let us strive to lay sin aside. And work on following Jesus. Let us work on living a life of love and forgiveness, knowing we have an intercessor for our sins to God.

Dear Heavenly Father give us grace in the hour of sin. Give us grace as we kneel in repentance, and enable us not to betray you again. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: John 17:12 KJV
(12) While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Timothy 2:5-6 KJV
(5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
(6) Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

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The Last Week Of The Crucifixion: Visitors To See Jesus

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris
3/31/2015

John 12:20-33 KJV
(20) And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
(21) The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
(22) Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
(23) And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
(24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
(25) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
(26) If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
(27) Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
(28) Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
(29) The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
(30) Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
(31) Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
(32) And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
(33) This he said, signifying what death he should die.

The verse before the passage I am using did not go with my thoughts this AM but it explained that the Greeks where among the Pharisees. This would explains what they were doing at the passover feast. My conclusion is they were probably Pharisees. These Greeks wanted to see Jesus. I often think how people come to see friends and family from hours away. Yet if they missed their destination then those on the other end missed a visit. I can remember knowing friends were in the area if they had time or if it was not later then planned they would come. Mom and dad waiting for the arrival that may or may not come. Yet knowing supper would be late either way, so better have a snack. The point is cell phones were not available in my early years of growing up or even later and the Greeks had no clue what a phone was. All the Greeks could do was to hope to see Jesus. Never knowing if they would actually get to meet the man they had been hearing about. Image the excitement on finally getting to meet Jesus. Finally getting to hear with their ears what Jesus would say to them too. Anticipation of a meeting is only half the excitement, the other part came when God spoke to the crowd of listeners. Some claiming it sounds like a trumpet from heaven and others said it was an angel speaking to Him. Either way the fact God spoke did not stir the crowd up. It had to be religious leaders. They are the only ones that would of stayed calm in such an event. Yet there was discussion on what was heard. Jesus said the voice came to glorify His name. His voice came to declare who He was and is.

Yet it discourse center around the fact that he was to be lifted up. Though they did not understand he would be lifted high up on a cross. If the judgment of this world should come, will the devil be cast out? Jesus said that He must be lifted up to draw all men to Him. Symbolizing the type of death he was to face and the fact it was time for Him to go be crucified. The poisonous vipers bit the people in the days of Moses in the wilderness. Theses vipers that bite killed a person, but the simple fact is they recognized God healing power and asked Moses for help talking to God. God spoke and said to make a bronze snake and lift it up on a pole and anyone looking at it would be healed. Jesus is our bronze snake that if we look to him, He will heal us from our sins and our diseases. When does He heal from sin immediately and when does he heal from diseases always in His timing for His glory and honor. God provided the symbols of hope and the figures for hope. We can not make graven images of our own accord, they must be God’s design and Jesus symbolized His Word and how His word often sacrificed and rises among men. Sin forgiven upon faith in God and Christ. One must believe God will forgive to receive forgiveness. The process is clear.

God wanted to strengthen the belief of who Christ is and His authority. No devil magician tools needed, only God declaring who Christ is to the believers heart. Whether audible voice or a still small voice by His Spirit. Greeks already had faith, yet they were given the knowledge of Jesus death and resurrection was coming. They were told the time was now. In a few more days Jesus would go to the cross and rise again after physically completely dying. His energy spend and his blood poured out for you and me.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the declaring who you are to the believers. Continue to speak to us that believe, so our faith will be strengthen. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: John 3:14 KJV
(14) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

Daily God’s Promises: 1 John 2:1-2 KJV
(1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
(2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

The Last Week Before The Crucifixion: Sin Cast Out

Daily Devotions for Monday: by Christina Farris

3/30/2014

 

Mark 11:12-26 KJV
(12) And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
(13) And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
(14) And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
(15) And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
(16) And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
(17) And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
(18) And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
(19) And when even was come, he went out of the city.
(20) And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
(21) And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
(22) And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
(23) For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
(24) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
(25) And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
(26) But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

One of this most important issue of today’s world is whether or not to keep our traditions or to cast them out. It is hard to decide if our tradition still have value today of long ago. Do they get put in the archives for another season. As I reflect on this thought my own thought of whether or not to archives my first new issue of turtle30cshell home page or not comes into question. Do I want to save it for history, or do I want to trash it. Knowing tomorrow knowing God provision for April and all issues to come. Easter week is probably much like that, do you start fresh or just repeat what you did last time. I pride myself on no reruns, but I do keep copies. Have for a long time. God’s word is precious, my thought only precious to the one above and to those that it helps draw them closer to knowing God. And Christ their Savior.

One might ask if Jesus cut off the fig tree, why did he do so when it was not in season yet. It had to do with issue of sin. God cuts off sin, even when there is fruit potential. The temple prophesy of destruction was coming soon. God would cut it off because of sin. Jesus would be cut down by the Pharisees only to be brought back. The temple destruction was only temporal it would be brought back. A cleansing and a purging had to occur. As we look over the last 60 years and acknowledge of Israel as a state we must also look at how Christ is established in the heart of each believer. Sin has no place in the life of a believer. Doubt has no place in the believers heart. Many leaders of the temple believed in Jesus, especially with the last cleansing of the temple before his death. His Father house would not be called a den of thieves but a house of prayer. Many religions sold in their temple and even had sex slaves for those visiting. God’s house was not like that. God’s house was purified from all impurity. It was a place to come and worship God, not to buy and sell.

What would Jesus say about fundraisers and selling in the sanctuary for mission work. Was not offerings taken for the temple. Was not offerings a means of provision for the church. These money changers in the temple were not doing it for the church but for themselves. It was so their people had pocket change. It was like a yard sale or a big flea market type of event that belong at the city fair grounds or else where, but not in the temple.

God’s house is not a place for thieves to promote sin. Yet what you hope is that life of prosperity in God’s house would continue despite the casting out. Yet God would still allow it’s destruction. Yet Christ would rise and the temple of God would be rebuild by a group of people not Jewish. People that founder even studied both Christianity and Judaism, yet began his own group of faith. To purge the temple mount it would have to be destroyed and rebuilt. That not going to happen, it easier to just cut something away. Yet the call of faith in Christ Jesus is to all who believe in Jehovah God.

Where is faith, but in the recess of our heart and mind or our action. God’s work must be provided for. Yet sin in God’s work has no place, it will destroy a church, but build a place of popularity among the heathen. Church work is for the work of God and outside work for your table and support of your church, family and sometimes strangers. What are doing? Where are you going? Is your faith standing. Is your work you do for God without sin. Does your work need purging?

Was the last rebuilding of the temple because of a need of God’s law in society or a need to cause division between our government and our faith. Faith is no refined to only a building. It defined by the heart. Something no man can see, only God. Jesus knew the heart of man. He seen that fig tree producing bad figs and destroyed it. If God cuts it off then God cuts it off and if man cuts it off then it man’s destruction.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your cutting, pruning and chopping away of sin. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 3:14-15 KJV
(14) If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
(15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

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: The Last Week Before The Crucifixion: The Parade

Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris

3/29/2015

Psalms 28:1-9 KJV
(1) A Psalm of David. Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
(2) Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.
(3) Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.
(4) Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
(5) Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.
(6) Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.
(7) The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
(8) The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.
(9) Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

Luke 19:35-44 KJV
(35) And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
(36) And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
(37) And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
(38) Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
(39) And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
(40) And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
(41) And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
(42) Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
(43) For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
(44) And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

The power of God is seen in the work of his hands. Yet we often ignore the obvious things of this world, giving little heed or thanksgiving in the heart or with our voices. I think of times I enjoyed as a child sitting on a fishing pier catching fish. It was opportunity to worship God. A time to meditate and be thankful for the works of His hands. It was probably the easiest time to concentrate on God. As life dishes out many different things, one either learns to worship God through a crisis or fall apart. Depending on the crisis, and the time in one’s life how they react to God. There were times in my life it was easy to praise to God, even through illness. Then there were times I just wanted cry or cuss, or be angry. Anger will destroy a person faster then thanksgiving in the heart. I am studying two passages this morning. One out of Psalms is my traditional Sunday Passage until we are done with Psalms and The Triumphal entry or Parade Route as one might call it. Yet none the less these to passages can be examined together.

Jesus is accept as King by the crowd and the waving of palm branches and the spreading of their robes of those on the parade route toward the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. People that were praising and excited by his entry, would be by the end of the week, ready to crucify Jesus. One might ask what would anger a crowd? The fact that a person would not take the thrown or power given to him by the crowd.

It nice to hear a thousand voices cheer you on or even ten thousand or more. Yet in reality is that God’s will. Often people cheer God on, only to crucify God with anger in our life. Especially when things do not go a persons or a crowds way. Today as we celebrate Palm Sunday we can not forget to rejoice for Christ became and was the eternal king with His resurrection. Yet He was an earthly king the Pharisees and Sadducees wanted to destroy. The feared of an uprising of a crowd would mean their peace and safety with war would be taken from the religious leaders in power. They were not willing to give up their peace, safety and power for Jesus. Yet the works of his hand demonstrated his power and who He was.

The very stones would cry out if the people did not welcome their coming king. This parade was done by spiritual power. The devil wants to stop things done by the Spirit of God. If this very act of prophesy had not been carried out then the stones of the earth would of cried out. David cried to have God voice not to be silent, and yet the world around Him in all of God’s glory told the works of God’s hands. The flowers lifted up their voices with their blooms. Yet David was asking God in his sorrow of his sin, not to be silent. Yet he turns around and ask God to give his enemy his due. Our disobedience to God makes us devils and our obedience makes us angels of light. Are we asking for God’s correction when we disobey Him. Are we asking for His voice when the world of his creation is never silent. Do you think a bomb can destroy the breath of God. It might destroy the works of God’s hands for a time, but the works of God’s hands will grow again.

David by the end of his Psalm after dealing with the emotion of the uprising of the enemy found praise on his lips concerning the faith of God’s people. God’s people do get angry, do feel sorrow and pain like everyone else. Yet one has to ask what is the joy of the Lord but to know that with being God’s people there is hope of salvation and deliverance. Jesus was going through the triumph before the enemy destroy Him. Yet the hope of life eternal sprung anew with the resurrection. Today Christians everywhere celebrate Jesus as king and Lord of one’s life. That if we did not praise God with our lips the earth would and does praise Him.

The devil learned that day his time was short. Did the Pharisees remember that destruction was coming to the temple spoken by Jesus when the walls fell down. Did they remember that to be against God’s Savior is being enemy of God. The prophesy of the triumphal entry spoken in Zechariah, (the daily verse for yesterday). God speaks to us through the works of His hands. Yesterday I seen two groundhogs and squirrel together. Neither bother by the other. Can the lion lay down with the lamb. Will peace come with two groups deciding peace and safety is more important and fighting against those things that causes harm to both groups. In truth only for liberal mind people. Yet God has declared it. God has declared a time of peace. God’s word delivered by prophesy is in question by the state of Israel right now. A declaration of peace does not mean there is peace. It means two groups of people are working toward peace of agreeing to disagree and working on things common to them in protection of each other, allowing God to decide who is right and wrong.

Jesus speaks the word of prophesy, yet even He knew through prophesy He must die for a nation. Death to the cross all week long. Come and take the journey once more whether you study with me or someone else, God will bless you for it. What is the reason for the triumph and the crushing of God’s people only to bring a great victory through the resurrection.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the reminder of words that are misguided by David and his victory over them, that came with knowing who he was as your child. Help us to understand our own victory through your Son. That the crowd might rejoice with us for a moment for the enemy does and will plot against us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verse: Isaiah 11:6-9 KJV
(6) The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
(7) And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
(8) And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
(9) They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Daily God’s Promises: Revelation 11:13 KJV
(13) And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

The Last Week Before The Crucifixion: The King Is Coming

Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris

3/28/2015

 

Matthew 21:1-6 KJV
(1) And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
(2) Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
(3) And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
(4) All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
(5) Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
(6) And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won election in Israel on March 18, 2015, he was stated he was against a Palestinian State. Did he speak to gain the hardliners of Israel or speak only to gain national attention on the decision facing Israel. America already recognizing a Palestinian State. The advantage of recognizing Palestine as a State does not mean they won the war. It means they are seen as a people with land rights of their own. A place and a territory of their own. One can only hope it would mean peace in land once more. Yet scripture declares this family of Abraham, both Ishmael and Isaac would be at war. Is this a time of peace only to declare more war. Only time will tell what this truly means.

Jesus came as a peaceful king, laid in a manger because there was no room in the inn. He came peace riding into Jerusalem on a ass’ and a colt. Colt here means a foal or ass’ offspring. Ass another word for donkey. The tradition of kings riding in a parade of peace is to ride to a donkey with his feet across the colt. When Christ return’s He will be riding a white Horse. A horse of valor and war. A horse not of peace but of victory. Yet the donkey is sign of peace and humility. Jesus came into the world in a manger, perhaps his mother as envision riding a donkey into Bethlehem because of her pregnancy no doubt. His first ride into the city kings. The children of Judah being the kingly line. A scepter not to be removed. This declaring that Mary and Joseph was from the tribe of David, from the kingly line.

The declaration of a king. His Israel ability to make peace and war depended on one family from prophesy. The answer would be yes. Here in America we understand not this need of someone coming from one particular tribe. It kind of like my heritage of ministers from both sides of my family. God’s call to the tribe of Judah to be king. A call of nobility and pride, not always a call to humbleness. Yet the good kings of Israel seem to understand humility and bad kings only seen money as their ticket. Some might ask God why is their heritage so important as far as what role they play in society. It is ordination from God, not man. Jesus was called to be Israel Spiritual King. He was also from the Levitical tribe. All of Israel was. Yet not all were from the tribe of Judah.

The prophetic word seen in scripture in the kingly line and prophesy and declaration to the daughter of Zion of their king, but the specific nature of the fact their Savior would be riding on an ass come from Zechariah. The prophesy foretold on how the Messiah would come as a peaceful king. Jesus told the disciples to go find this ass and her foal and tell the owner the Lord have need of them and that the owner would send them. The prophesy of what would be found and what to say. To have the faith to believe Jesus enough that when he says go and find and it be there. Is a test of faith. Noah built ark on faith a flood was coming. Abraham’s servant prayed about Isaac wife upon what he hoped to discover to be God’s will. A prayer no doubt of the Holy Spirit. Moses with faith faced the Pharaoh. With faith missionaries travel the globe. Each minister takes a step of faith and obeys the call of God on their life. The word of God sending us forth and compelling us by His Spirit to obey the word of God.

The events of the next week is focused around the men. Men would send Jesus to the cross. The men would declare to the women their king comes. The men would be in the city streets to proclaim and to accuse. The women would watch in the sidelines. Women today sit not on the sidelines as days of history gone by but stand in the government with our men. Do they declare a Palestinian State in hopes of peace, or only to bring about the rise of the antichrist to come. Yet the antichrist predecessors are already here. God’s word declaring truth. Whether we are a part of the big picture of nobility to the world, or the smaller picture in our home’s and communities are we in obedience to the word of God. Are we controlled by the Word. I was watching an x box commerical yesterday that declared a person a maker of their own destiny. All I could think the world is exactly that declaring what they believe to be their own destiny. Their own plan in life. No one likes to feel controlled by anyone these days. No one wants to feel like a chess piece or a checker piece on a board, being moved by the hand of each player. The world cries out let us chose our own destiny. God gave you that choice when He gave his own Son to die for the sins of the world upon belief. Yet what God has declared will be, whether you willing accept God’s function has the player of the chess board or not. Jesus was a Palm that would turn into the queen as being the first of the church of God and He would be the last. Christ would also be king and Lord of all. Are you in compliance to God’s declaration of success in your life? Are you following His instructions? Are you declaring to the church and others He is Lord.

Dear Heavenly Father give us faith to stand. Faith to believe and honor in obedience to your word.. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Zechariah 9:9 KJV
(9) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Daily God’s Promises: Hebrews 11:7 KJV
(7) By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

The Last Week Before The Crucifixion: What Are You Doing For Jesus?

Daily Devotions for Friday: by Christina Farris

3/27/2015

John 12:1-11 KJV
(1) Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
(2) There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
(3) Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
(4) Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
(5) Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
(6) This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
(7) Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
(8) For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
(9) Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
(10) But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
(11) Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

We begin the last week before Passover and the crucifixion celebration. No one perhaps understands the sacredness of this week except those that believe. Many have seen passion plays, without fully grasping the meaning, other then an innocent man died like in the story of Brave Heart. I would rather not use that comparison, but it is a reflection of the hero dying for his conviction, and for his well doing and in Jesus’ case the performance of miracles and bringing the dead back to life. Any good doer that seem to rise to the top, will meet opposition to what they are doing. Jesus’ journey to the cross had to do with the opposition to the religious leaders fearing Jesus’ control. They would loose their power if the work of Jesus’ continued. In some ways that continue on even today. No one wants to be pushed out of society if they reach power and prestige, and wealth. Yet it is a fact of life that soil in water goes through a shifting ever fall and spring causing most ponds, and lakes to look dirty. Leaders fight to gain control, they look for ways to destroy those with strength. If they stand without falling then then those fighting for power have failed. If those fighting for control failed to reach the top. Jesus was facing certain death. He did not run, He did not hid, in fact He began to prepare for death.

Mary of Bethany anoint Jesus feet a week before the crucifixion at supper. Jesus earlier that month had raised Lazareth back to life. No doubt the rumors had spread that the religious leaders sought Jesus’ life. No doubt when Mary anointed the feet of Jesus, she understood not the purpose of why she anointed his feet as the whore had in the year of popularity. She gave her best in honor of Jesus. Yet did she understand this would be the only anointing for burial He would have, other then the few spices put on by the Nicodemus and Joseph of Armathaea who helped bury him. For the spices the women would bring to purify the body in the tomb would never happen, because of the resurrection. This woman Mary of Bethany loved Jesus and anointed his feet and dried his feet with her hair. Judas Iscariot could only see money going down the drain and felt there was better uses for the money if the perfume had been sold.

Jesus defended Mary of Bethany’s action, even speaking prophetically that her story would be told for years to come in memory of her. How she had anointed him for burial. How she prepared him with her act of love for Lord with an expensive bottle of perfume. What story will be told about you and your faith long after you are gone. Mary’s story is marked. What about your story? What are you doing for Jesus? Are you living For Him. Will the work you do be told to glorify Him.

Dear Heavenly Father help us be a living testimony for you. Let our light so shine forth the works of your hands. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Verses: 1 Corinthians 1:6 KJV
(6) Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

Daily God’s Promises: Hebrews 11:5-6 KJV
(5) By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
(6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.