25 Days of Thanksgiving Day: Thanking the Lord For Renewing Of Strength

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by turtle30c

11/27/2014

Isaiah 40:12-31 KJV
(12) Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
(13) Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
(14) With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
(15) Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
(16) And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
(17) All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
(18) To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
(19) The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
(20) He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
(21) Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
(22) It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
(23) That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
(24) Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
(25) To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
(26) Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
(27) Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
(28) Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
(29) He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
(30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
(31) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The greatest day in America’s life for the Christian was the day that pilgrim’s set their foot on Plymouth Rock in Rhode Island. There dream of freedom of faith was realized. The persecution of believers had come to an end. Yet their struggles in the new land would bring much hardship and lost of life because of the time of year they arrived. Yet for those that survived found new friends in their neighbors called Indians. These Indians taught the people of God how to plant and grow vegetables in their home. Indians taught them not what they did not know but how to grow the vegetation of this land that grew well. A harvest fit for a king was harvested and meat for the table was killed and brought in from the last hunt. Indians and Pilgrim’s sat down and had a grand feast and it was called the first Thanksgiving in the pilgrim’s new land. The cost of freedom upon fleeing came at a great loss. Yet to remain and face more persecution was not something to ask. Looking back should people have remained in England to face persecution. The answer is they faced much in running as if they had remained.

Why was God punishing His people? Was it a consequences of harsh winter, a gift from God. Allowing the believer to be a witness of endurance and strength from their God to the Indian. Perhaps. These answers can not fully be given. Yet it something to think about when you are going through a storm. Is the storm caused by disobedience like Jonah or because of the harshness of the wilderness and the need for strengthening of one’s faith.

The truth of the matter is whatever the spiritual reason for the harsh winter, God gave increase of new friends and plenty to eat, because they endure and waited for God to renew their strength. Israel Remnant of faith has endured many hardships and the witness of much death. Yet knowing God cares and takes care of His own that believe and hold to faith. Some dying as a testimony of strength in faith and other dying not believing.

Who is God and who taught him judgment Isaiah ask. He ask not of the authority, but exemplify the authority that was God’s, through the question. Explaining the vastness of God’s power to redeem and restore His people with the power of judgment also unleashed. That enough to blame God, no not hardly. Our failure to look to God for answer is often the harshness of our human reality. God provision after time of judgment and restoration is always in abundance. God restores and strengthens so us that are weaken may soar like eagle, and run and not grow weary ever again. For the strength and lessons learn are not easily forgotten.

This Thanksgiving Day let us remember the hope and strength God gave the Pilgrims for their quest for freedom in a new land. Let us not forget how their journey has influence many believers in faith in God not just Christians. Let us remember the power of God to bring all mankind to their knees, so that they worship Him alone. May God give you strength and build you up in the days ahead. Praise the Lord for His strength He provides.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to remember the strength only you can provide for the days ahead in our journey of faith. That your weaken is to build us up as we learn to trust in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 4:15-18 KJV
(15) For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
(16) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
(17) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
(18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Daily God’s Promises: Colossians 3:15-17 KJV
(15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
(16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
(17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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25 Days of Thanksgiving Day Eve: Thanking the Lord For Forgiveness And Revival

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: by turtle30c

11/26/2014

Isaiah 40:1-11 KJV
(1) Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
(2) Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.
(3) The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
(4) Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
(5) And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
(6) The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
(7) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
(8) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
(9) O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
(10) Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
(11) He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

The coming of the Messiah can not come without repentance. Repentance meaning the guilt of sin and turning from sin. When Christ comes into the heart of man upon receiving it has conviction of wrong, then mercy is then given. The word of God comes of redemption and of the Kingdom of God. The sound given by the forerunner of Christ echoing the message of Kingdom of God is at hand. Meaning the Messiah is coming. We want to think better days are coming, and the wiping of tears from the faces of all the believers is coming. God has not forgotten His people. The return of his word leading and guiding them is coming. Israel had relied on the coming of the Word of God for decades with hope, the remnant of Israel waited patiently, and the doubters scoffed at the prophesy of God, saying their wealth was made with there own hands after all we like grass that grows and fades. Life continues with or without he Messiah. No that is not so, for God did not hearken to the voices of His people tell the time of repentance had come to the nation of Israel. The Word of God came at the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, like the prophets of Jeremiah preaching repentance along with Ezekiel. This cycle of repentance and God showing mercy to His people will happen over and over until the return of the Messiah in the incorruptible flesh. Yet some would say it is individualized not always by a nation, or a country but it can be.

With repentance God longs to restore and He does but it is in His timing. Israel with repentance would go through a time of the wilderness, of waiting on God and His mercy. Enduring joy and hardship, and also rebuilding. See God is able to take the backslider and bring them to their knees for repentance, to begin again to chisel away the rough edges and the piece on that clay vessel or stone he making, to perfect it for His glory. The foundation is laid in a believers heart, upon belief, yet the stones have to be cleaned once in awhile to keep them looking like new. Repentance is necessary in a believers life, but not a continual rebuilding of faith. If the foundation that built is solid then you need not rebuilding but to continue forward in faith.

John would come preaching repentance as the forerunner of Christ, but even He would need Christ. Every minister needs the word in their life. Not just rope memory of the sermon they did last week to carry them to another meeting for another revival. Last weeks sermon might be good enough to stir a crowd more then once. After all people watch reruns on the television. Yet the failure is the people of God need feeding. John message of repentance would bring revival to the land it would not bring the same message Christ would bring, by feeding those that were taught to repent. The flock need more then just revival but teaching. Teaching on how to live with God in their life. A reminder to years gone by. How miracles were wrought by the hands of Moses by the power of God. How Elijah’s own ministry had miracles and so did Isaiah. The prophetic call is without repentance. It must come to teach the people and demonstrate the power of God. Jesus was more then just a prophet, He was and Is the Son of the living God promised and spoken of in Isaiah as the one coming to wipe away your tears.

God does not just want to lead you to repentance but He wants to satisfy your soul on a continual bases, but He can not if you will not seek Him. If you will not look for Him in your life. Put God on a back burner on the stove or on a bookshelf to get dusty and you will land up with a need to repent, because you are forsaken the foundation of Your faith. Do not remove God from your life even if you change or stop going to church. Hold on to your faith and grow seeking Jesus.

As our nation begins to Thanksgiving Day Eve let us thank the Lord for repentance and revival that is sweeping our land. May God be glorified. May truth reign.

Dear Heavenly Father bring us to our knees and feed us daily from your table. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Luke 2:30-32 KJV
(30) For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
(31) Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
(32) A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Daily God’s Promises: Hosea 6:1-3 KJV
(1) Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
(2) After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
(3) Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

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25 Days of Thanksgiving Day 1: Thankful for His Wealth So Freely Given

Daily Devotions for Tuesday: by turtle30c

11/25/2014

Isaiah 39:1-8 KJV
(1) At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.
(2) And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.
(3) Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.
(4) Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
(5) Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:
(6) Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.
(7) And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
(8) Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.

Money and gold can buy much happiness in this world, but it is happiness that only last for a few moments and maybe a little longer if it brings you joy to have it. Yet it is something that is not eternal. You can not take your money with you when you go. Pharaoh’s of Egypt built tombs and buried their treasure within. Treasure seekers seek the treasures of the Pharaoh’s sold at auction to the highest bidder. Artwork treasurers hung on a wall, taken down because of a great fall. Death comes to everyone, and wealth is only in this world. People sell their treasurers to survive. There children caring not for the value of the painting sell it for pennies that should have been millions. A poor man can only hope to get a few treasurers to sell in hard times, knowing it will not last.

There is a point many display their treasurers to those that will steal them. It not the thief on the corner breaking in that steals the most it is the ones the enter in through the door as a friend. Hezekiah would not see the destruction of his mistake of letting people in to see the vast array of treasure his nation had collected over the centuries. It was the mistake that would cause Assyria and Babylon to arise and desire in their hearts the treasurers and wealth of Israel. Even down to their concubines and servants. Nothing was safe in Israel. Nothing was safe once displayed. Remember the spies that looked into the promise land and could see the wealth untold. The pieces of fruit in abundance and in huge sizes. The vision of Alice in wonderland, where the bounty on the table is larger then life.

God is priceless, but Hezekiah was only interested in gold. He seems to humor Isaiah with his remarks and kindness, but the genuineness is short lived with Hezekiah attitude, oh good the curse does not affect me. My mistake does not effect me, Hezekiah thought. Yet Hezekiah attitude as long as it does not effect me Isaiah go ahead and prophesize. This prophesy was not so much for Hezekiah because he would not see the disaster to befall the nation of Israel because of unbelief. His treasure should have been to show the heathens the ways of God and not the earthly treasurers. The most valuable treasure is the treasurers of God that can not be sold, stolen, or gotten by wealth. It is a gift that comes from God Himself because of His great love for us, He gave us His only Begotten Son. Hezekiah would give the next generation to the world with not love in mind, but desire for attention wealth brings.

I Thank God for His wealth so freely given for day one of the countdown to the 25 Days of Thanksgiving. How precious it is to have the free gift of God love demonstrated to us by sending of His only begotten Son. His son full of grace and truth. A wealth once given that can not be taken away from the heart and soul of Man upon belief in Him and His Son. We still have two more days of Thanksgiving to go and that is eve of thanksgiving and thanksgiving day. May this thanksgiving season be more appreciated because perhaps the idea of learn to praise God in the bad times as well as the good times is more noted this year.

Dear Heavenly Father helps us not to be seekers of wealth of this world but seeks of the kingdom of God. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 2 Chronicles 34:28 KJV
(28) Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.

Daily God’s Promises: 2 Kings 20:15-19 KJV
(15) And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
(16) And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.
(17) Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.
(18) And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
(19) Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

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25 Days of Thanksgiving Day 2: Thanking the Lord For Using Signs To Strengthen Faith

Daily Devotions for Monday: by turtle30c
11/24/2014

Isaiah 38:1-22 KJV
(1) In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.
(2) Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,
(3) And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
(4) Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,
(5) Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.
(6) And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.
(7) And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;
(8) Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.
(9) The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:
(10) I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.
(11) I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world.
(12) Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd’s tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
(13) I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
(14) Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.
(15) What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.
(16) O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.
(17) Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
(18) For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
(19) The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
(20) The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
(21) For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover.
(22) Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?

 
God gives signs to the believer even today. Sometimes just answer to prayer is enough to motivate the believer, but when something can be fixed by scientific means, it leaves the ability to have doubt. The things that I think is hardest to explain to a non believer is that the evidence of God to one’s own heart should be enough. Yet when what God provides seems like a simple magician trick then it harder to grasp as miracle, or a sign from God. Even with visions from God one can pass off as a dream. How one ever arrives or is convinced of the reality of God is not by human means, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. It takes little for children to believe in God if taught from early age. No one denies the power to convince a child of the reality of God. Yet it can not be a convincing by human standards but Godly force to keep a child rooted into late adulthood, going into old age. Hezekiah faith was displayed as a faith of convenience. A faith not convinced by signs and wonders. Not convinced because illness of boils on his feet had a home remedy or magician art for recovery. The power of God proven by the moving of the shadow backwards was not convincing sign to Hezekiah. Perhaps to God Hezekiah crying out for salvation was not enough for God, yet God was willing to deliver both a sign and home remedy.

That is the problem of signs and wonders to the science and medical community. Many things are easily disproved. However show a man’s leg growing back in seconds that is a miracle to both science and historians. One hear of these stories and one wants to see this. Wants to see the impossible. It has nothing to do with possible, it has something to do with seeing the power of God in full strength, no with the ability to copy cat it. The sun dial shadow moving could be duplicated by a parlor trick, so it was not convincing enough. After all what Hezekiah would do next will be seen tomorrow, so you will know Hezekiah lacked faith. Maybe Hezekiah was anger because the extension of his life would only be fifteen years. It takes faith that Hezekiah would die in fifteen years without someone killing him on the fifteenth year. The sign for Hezekiah would be in fifteen years when he stood before the throne of God after his death.

God is able to show His power, yet to believe God is something else. I have wonder what it was like after Noah had preached a hundred years while building the ark, what went through the mind of those who refused to believe as that rain began to pour. Was Noah and his families ears covered when the rain reached waist high and people began to beg for the water spigot to be turned off from heaven. When Christ returns it will be like in the days of Noah. Those who fail to believe will suddenly be convinced but it is to late. The door is suddenly closed.

Do you know why you believe and why you worship God. Do you go for the entertainment, or because you genuinely believe. Are you like Hezekiah receiving the miracle and then still looking for proof whether it be from God. Majority of healings can be disproved if not later down the road.

What convinces you of faith is it God’s still small voice, or God’s prophesy spoken to heart. It easy to except any good blessing from God but the wrath or judgment of God spoken to one’s heart is harder to digest. I happen to think when Hezekiah was told he had fifteen years, if he thought he should have twenty years or more to get his faith in tuned to meet God. Yet sometimes signs are not just for the person receiving, maybe it was for Isaiah, because of the prophetic word spoken and repeated again by the will of God concerning the nation of Israel. He would not see come to pass what he spoke, but God did not leave Him without proof destruction would come.

Day 2 of the Countdown to the 25 Days of Thanksgiving, I thank God for the signs and wonders of prophesy spoken and performed. I thank God for the rendering of His Word in my own life. For holding me in His arms, so I will hold to my faith in God.

Dear Heavenly Father hold me in your embrace and strength my faith and the faith of those around me. Give me grace and endurance. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verses: 2 Thessalonians 3:2-5 KJV
(2) And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
(3) But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
(4) And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
(5) And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Daily God’s Promises: 2 Timothy 1:12-14 KJV
(12) For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
(13) Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
(14) That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

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Every Sunday A Psalms: 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day 3: Thank You God For Teaching Us To Seek You

Daily Devotions for Sunday: by turtle30c

11/23/2014

Psalms 10:1-18 KJV
(1) Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
(2) The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
(3) For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
(4) The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
(5) His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
(6) He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
(7) His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
(8) He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
(9) He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
(10) He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
(11) He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
(12) Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
(13) Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
(14) Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
(15) Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
(16) The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
(17) LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
(18) To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

Our enemies seek not God, and yet one can find themselves in much the same place in faith. John the Baptist was a believer but even he sent his disciples to see if Jesus was really the Messiah. As I thought on those things I had to ask why would John not believe. He was a preacher of repentance, yet He even told Jesus, he needed to be baptized by him at the water Jordan, and yet Jesus would be baptized by John. Right after the baptism of John the Baptist the devil came to test Jesus. Jesus was baptized into the ways of the world one might say, yet at the same time refusing the things of this world the devil tried to tempt Jesus with. Was Jesus blind to the ways of the world, of course not. No doubt He help His adoptive father Joseph cut lumber and make furniture or build houses. Yet it was immersion into how the devil will try and trip a person up, keep you from seeking God.

God desires to humble us enough so we will seek Him and turn from evil, turn to his instruction. Some might say obeying God got Jesus crucified and I say no Jesus got crucified because of evil people. People that the day before wanted to give Jesus power and authority over them. Yet he took not the throne or make plans for battle, or not in the worldly way anyway. His battle was spiritual and not physical.

Rich devils will buy anything and everything. They care not if they oppress people especially the poor. They care little who they hurt or why they hurt them. They only seek their own gain and fortune. Servants of God are concerned about people and care about others. There only protection is the hand of God. Because the oppressor of evil comes to destroy to maim the people of God. Even the poor seek not God, seeking not in prayer but seek the things of this world never truly getting ahead. Yet God in wisdom has a way of pulling his people to Him, teaching them to pray, our Father which art in heaven, praying in the name of Jesus as the battle lines of evil try to overcome and take those that seek God.

If it was not for the resurrections the days of evil would seem so dark with no light. Without out proof of Savior to the heart of the believer there would be no hope. It takes faith and proven faith to keep faith alive. God proves himself to those who diligently seek Him. Seek Him through prayer and communication. Did not Abraham servant ask for a sign when choosing the bride for Isaac. Did no Peter receive a vision from the Lord a sign to go with the men of Joppa.

The seeking of God is no something evil men do. They have no time and no desire to do the things of God, though they give to charity and encourage people to do charity, yet never given to it themselves other then to appear good. God is able to maintain your faith, do not worry how but learn to listen to God reassurance of faith.

Day 3 of the countdown to the 25 Days of Thanksgiving, leads a person to the countdown of faith. Faith being individualized by God to the point worshipping God is truly individual. Giving signs and wonders to the believer so they can have faith. Evidence of things that are in accordance to the will of God. God strengthens the faith of those that seek Him, no matter where you are in a time of joy or time of oppression of the enemy. God will deliver you, if you will trust in Him.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for teaching us as individuals to trust in you, strengthen our faith as we seek you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: James 4:10 KJV
(10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up

Daily God’s Promises: Luke 12:29-34 KJV
(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.

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25 Days of Thanksgiving Day 4: Time Of Christ: Thank God For The Beautiful Garden Of Believers

Daily Devotions for Saturday: by turtle30c

11/22/2014

Matthew 13:24-30 KJV
(24) Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
(25) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
(26) But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
(27) So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
(28) He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
(29) But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
(30) Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

God is sowing a beautiful garden of believers. As the garden grows the enemy comes in to tear it apart. If you have ever planted a garden and had either morning glories or the weeds to try and over take your garden, you know by pulling them you can destroy a garden or be successful at removing them, depending on the type of weed it is. A morning glories wrap themselves around the plants to if you pull the morning glories the odds are the plants in the garden will be pulled too. Sometimes it better not to fight them if they gotten to carried away, yet to catch them when they are first beginning you only loose maybe a plant. Do not destroy the garden over a huge vine. Even if the vine chokes it out seeds that it plants and leaves behind will grow again.

So it is with kingdoms of this earth, the enemy comes and sows its deceit within the flock of believers. Some pull out long before the morning glories of the enemy get started good and others are choked and stifled by the enemy. Others survive if nothing more into the seeds they leave behind to grow and fight again as the army of Lord continues to rise again. This battle is not one to be destroyed but by the reapers. Those that preach the gospel reap those that will repent to the Lord and those that die, never knowing the grace of God though it be shared. When winter comes for the believer then their soul is reaped for heaven and is stored in heavens, while yet the enemy is cut down and burned in the fiery pit called hell.

Day 4 in the countdown of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving I thank God for the beautiful church that is not bound by denomination but the power of the Lord’s Spirit, that is instilled in the heart of every believer. The universal church of born again believer, born by the power of God’s Holy Word, born by the saving power of Jesus. Born of the Spirit and washed in soul cleansing power of the blood of Jesus. A church that grows despite how many the enemy cast in around them. They flourish like explosion of new babies of each generation. God is either going to change the enemy around you or destroy it one day, so trust in the Lord for the growth of His kingdom and pray for the change to take place in the heart of every man and woman that enters your church.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you a beautiful church one that desires to grow and reach out and allow the morning glories to come. Change those morning glories from blooming weeds to blooming veggies. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verses: Romans 5:8-11 KJV
(8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
(9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
(10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
(11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Daily God’s Promises: 2 Peter 2:9 KJV
(9) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

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25 Days of Thanksgiving Day 5: Thank God For His Destruction Of The Enemy

Daily Devotions for Friday: by turtle30c

11/21/2014

Isaiah 37:1-38 KJV
(1) And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.
(2) And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
(3) And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
(4) It may be the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.
(5) So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
(6) And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
(7) Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
(8) So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
(9) And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
(10) Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
(11) Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered?
(12) Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar?
(13) Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
(14) And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
(15) And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
(16) O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
(17) Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
(18) Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
(19) And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
(20) Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.
(21) Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:
(22) This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
(23) Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.
(24) By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.
(25) I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
(26) Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps.
(27) Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.
(28) But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
(29) Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
(30) And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
(31) And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
(32) For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.
(33) Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
(34) By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
(35) For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
(36) Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
(37) So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
(38) And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

The power of God is going to go forth against the enemy with or without your help. The attitude let God defend himself might be reaping more judgment on the enemy then one might realize. If God is for you, then you being on the wrong side is impossible. If you watch your enemies destroyed by the hand of God by his might, you have ask why is there any wars. Why did Israel ever have to go to war, if God destroyed people that blasphemed His name. Why would a king need defend God. In truth God is able to defend Himself and you and me both. America been at war for many years, even if it been small wars, they seem to keep coming. It has not been about control but protection. After all did not Saudi Arab get back their land and governmental powers, when they established a democracy. Are we blind at the power of democracy gives people, yet it can also be our own destruction. Why go to war, but only a defense of what may come and did come on 911 and Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor been on my mind of late, perhaps because joining the war efforts effect us much the same as 911. Americans said no more on our shore, but it did not stop terrorist acts. It only said let their battle be settled overseas, and if not we are going to stop us at the border. To protect our borders is a just cause, to protect our special interest is a just cause, if it to protect human rights.

Israel was never going to go to war over name calling of Assyria or blaspheme against God, not when it made more since to allow God destroy his own enemies. God needs us not to fight. He only needs us to demonstrate His love. Yet sometimes our government even shows God’s wrath but not in defense of God. Islam is fighting a holy war. Americans are fighting acts of terror. Terror against peaceful societies or suppose to be anyway. How can people fight a holy war if no one else is. It seems a little one sided.

Israel would go in exile at some point in history but not by the hands of the blasphemer that came against King Hezekiah. I do not doubt the king was made when the enemy talked about him. I do not doubt he was made when he spoke against his God. Yet the advice given to do nothing, was a point to allow God to handle it.

God killed the blasphemer in the end of this chapter as well as the army that was with him. Not one finger was lifted by man, but God still destroyed. God will trample the enemy. Our only defense is to demonstrate peace and love despite the enemy. It seems hard at times. God’s mercy and wrath is greater. Do not worry about what the enemy will do for the wrath of God is coming. Instead pray for your enemy, and those that persecute you. Christ prayed for those that crucified Him saying Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Stop seeking your justice to a situation unless justice is necessary by the law. Obey God and you will find your enemy destroyed.

Day 5 of the countdown to the 25 days of Thanksgiving we are thanking God for destruction of the enemy. Whether it is to save the enemy by making him part of the team of God like God did Saul of Tarsus who became Paul or destroying the enemy life in this blasphemer that came against Israel. One way God going to win.

Dear Heavenly Father help our enemies to know the truth about who you are and your mercy. For even Saul whose name turned to Paul found mercy upon repentance. For he too was a blasphemer. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verses: Luke 1:71-76 KJV
(71) That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
(72) To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
(73) The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
(74) That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
(75) In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
(76) And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Timothy 1:12-14 KJV
(12) And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
(13) Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
(14) And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

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25 Days of Thanksgiving Day 6: Thankful That God’s Reveals Truth To The Enemy To Destroy Him In The Future

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by turtle30c

11/20/2014

Isaiah 36:1-22 KJV
(1) Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.
(2) And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field.
(3) Then came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah’s son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph’s son, the recorder.
(4) And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
(5) I say, sayest thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?
(6) Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him.
(7) But if thou say to me, We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar?
(8) Now therefore give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.
(9) How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
(10) And am I now come up without the LORD against this land to destroy it? the LORD said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.
(11) Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jews’ language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall.
(12) But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?
(13) Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.
(14) Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you.
(15) Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
(16) Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern;
(17) Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
(18) Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
(19) Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
(20) Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?
(21) But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
(22) Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

If you ever listen to announcers at a football game speak of who is probably going to win a game, you know that victory of truth, often redeems the announcer. Some games are easier to spot the victor by their size and brawn. The weaker players know it will take much skill to win against such a time. In other word it becomes a game of brains and speed, instead of muscle and size. To hear that you are not going to win because you have nothing to offer to the game is like telling a wounded man he can not fight because he got his legs cut off, before the battle even starts. Yet the wounded man gets to artificial legs and walks a mile in the shoes of a stranger, to hopes to fight again. Can we neglect the aspect of defeat or knowledge of defeat before a battle begins, especially if our own announcers are telling us the same. If real battle can not be won, then why fight. Why not just quit while you can still survive to fight again. Our enemy waving their guns in defeat hopes to do just that. Abide time and learn skills to win. America is setting itself up for destruction by allowing her enemies to have guns, to have knowledge of destruction techniques, we are only blind to think that educating a person how to defend, will only keep our own safe. Though technology and weaponry changes quickly in our world, it is only a matter of time when certain skills learned by the enemy could destroy us.

We live in a time that theology of destruction is short lived, but the fact we still own better technology and independence. Better to have a weapon bigger then your enemy with skills then to have brawn and no size or skills. Yet Israel won battles in the old days without good weapons of war, or massive size when the Lord God of Israel fought for them in battle. Where had the days of valor of victory gone that the Assyrian army looked as thought it could be defeated despite their brawn, size and skill. Why was the Assyrians allowed to come into Israel and jeer like the giant name Goliath. Had the warnings of Isaiah their own prophet speaking of defeat enough for them to think the battle was over, or that they were being punished by God for their disobedience enough warfare against a group of people.

Does a football team hang their head when even their home cheerleaders say you are going to loose. I hope not. You can not win going into battle without the sword of the Lord. Isaiah warning was to bring a call of repentance, for Lord God was merciful to each generation that would repent. The enemy in place with knowledge of his strength but not the knowledge of Israel’s God.

Do not free the knowledge of the enemy, if it is your time to loose, it a time of education and repentance. If the battle is meant to be lost, it be lost for a purpose to bring repentance of a nation, even if it means bring a large nation to small remnant that will be saved, because of their faith in God. The knowledge of the enemy is only a sign he listen to the cries of destruction in the streets with no knowledge of the power of God to do what He promises. Do not thank Babylon after reviewing the truth of the whole matter is not amazed, and yet claims history sooner or later would bring it about in time. No it is prophesied, that what the enemy does not understand. God declared it through His Word, and His Word is true. God will demonstrate His power on the day of redemption that the enemy will weep and howl.

Day 6 to the countdown of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving is thankful that God reveals truth to the enemy to destroy him in the future. The leaders did not rebuke the Assyrian speaker, but allowed him to run his mouth. Sometimes it better to let the enemy speak, so when God’s people see walls fall for their salvation they know God has delivered in His time.

Dear Heavenly Father knowing you will defend us should be enough, but when you defend us is often hard to be patient. Grant us endurance until your time for victory. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verses: 1 Samuel 17:4-8 KJV
(4) And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
(5) And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
(6) And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.
(7) And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
(8) And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

Daily God’s Promises: Revelation 13:6-7 KJV
(6) And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
(7) And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

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25 Days of Thanksgiving Day 7: Thankful That God’s Power Is Not Built On The Power Of Men

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: by turtle30c

11/19/2014

Isaiah 36:1-22 KJV
(1) Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.
(2) And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field.
(3) Then came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah’s son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph’s son, the recorder.
(4) And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
(5) I say, sayest thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?
(6) Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him.
(7) But if thou say to me, We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar?
(8) Now therefore give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.
(9) How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
(10) And am I now come up without the LORD against this land to destroy it? the LORD said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.
(11) Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jews’ language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall.
(12) But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?
(13) Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.
(14) Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you.
(15) Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
(16) Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern;
(17) Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
(18) Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
(19) Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
(20) Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?
(21) But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king’s commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
(22) Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

The power of the enemy is short lived. Perhaps America’s thinking of allowing one atheist to take prayer out of school was on the abases of the Assyrians in charge. Maybe it was the fear of not thinking of the rights of tradition. God’s word changes the heart of man no matter in a time of fundamental religious right or liberalism of society. The rise and fall of the church world bears little on who really in charge. Assyrian like so many nations who come and go with no fear of God thought it was the power of its leaders, and not the power of God that allowed his nation to rule.

As adult many go to work and to the task master of boss, or task master of children, or task master of spouse, not fully realizing who power we are submitting too. Liberalism says no I will submit to no power and fundamentalism says I am slave to all. Yet in reality the truth told, if one takes responsibility one is a slave to all. To be free spirited would have to be with the ability to live off the elements of the earth with control of these natural elements of the earth. There is no true liberalism, only ideology of it. Assyrian thought their power because they had control and would have control meant that Israel’s God just did not exist or had no power. It like little David rising up against Goliath. David power did not come from the king who offered his own armor to him. David power did not come from government, it came from the power and might of the Lord.

Man has become to complacent on the power of our government, power of our leaders and less on the power of God. As I washed the news at the time of New Orleans, the images of why was not food delivered quicker plagued me. People standing with stores next to them with unbroken glass with food inside thinking government would be there quick enough and yet time had already passed. It left an seasoned thoughts of whose power are we trusting in, government/God. Has the government become your god. That power might be in power, but God power over the heart of man to love and show compassion is in charge.

Had those years of kindness from God’s people to those who came to Israel as friends, paid off with mercy of Assyrian speech to Israel to eat from their land and not to be under siege. The power of God need not human government to have a force or life of its own. Only one person has to yield to the power of God for a group, a town, county, or nation to yield to hear at the least about God and at the most come to repentance and belief in the truth about God.

God is defined by leadership, or individuals, though man will try and box God in, they can not. They think power is in their own ability and their own creation, never realizing they must submit to the elements of creation and its Creator. Just because science can mess things up does not mean God did not supply the fix to their mistake. It like the change reaction to a nuclear bomb, does it have a fix, the element of time to heal the land over more then fifty years.

As I watched on the news where they were going to make repairs to the dome on the white house, I wonder how long would these repairs last, only the length of it surviving the elements of nature, Godly warfare, and the rise and fall of each leader within its ranks. Until the Lord comes and destroys it all perhaps. Assyrian had watched Israel do what they preached against in political ranks. King’s wives sacrificing their children to idols, whoredom of their women, and seen no difference or power in the God they claimed as ruling their lives. Our own nation leaders, if religious are they any different then Hezekiah day.

What the point of these ramblings this morning, the simple point is God still in control, despite what the Assyrians said. God must take hold of a person’s heart by the yielding of man, not for God to arise, but for man to choose to do the will of God. God had ceased being Lord of Israel as a nation, but not to those who still worship God in their hearts. God was going to take a remnant and rebuild Israel in his time table. God destruction of the earth and God rebuilding of the earth is his timetable, not ours. Yet He allows the operation of the rise and fall of man, to demonstrate His true power in the heart of all that first believe and then those that receive Christ/word of God and do it. God is still in power though He allows evil to rise to only destroy it. Like children with building blocks building a tower, only for the purpose of knocking it down.

Day 7 on the countdown of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving, thanking God for His power and might and not the might of man. What God allows man can not destroy, yet what God allows is based on your hearts toward God.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your power and your leadership to teach and to knock down those things not of you, in your timing not man’s. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Genesis 11:6-8 KJV
(6) And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
(7) Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
(8) So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Chronicles 29:11 KJV
(11) Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

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25 Days of Thanksgiving Day 8: Thanksgiving To God For Repayment And Price Paid

Daily Devotions for Tuesday: by turtle30c

11/18/2014

Isaiah 35:1-10 KJV
(1) The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
(2) It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
(3) Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
(4) Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
(5) Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
(6) Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
(7) And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
(8) And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
(9) No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
(10) And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Yesterday we thank God for revenge, but the story does not stop with revenge but repayment and price paid. Christ our redeemer paid the price for our sin debit. Christ our redeemer desire to compensate us for our alienation from God. He desires to restore our relationship and is given the power to do so through the cross. Before the cross repentance and a sacrifice given by Jewish tradition would bring a person back into right relationship with God. When the people were returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, only certain people could rebuild, it had to be those that were not in sin. The sinner could not restore the temple or the people to God. It took a believer and person not only faith but living in right standing before God. Those coming out of Babylon some from a life of adultery to God or Idolatry with a belief in God could not do the work. Samaria was cut off from the work in the temple because of this. Ezra and Nehemiah the prophets would lead the rebuilding. The law read to the people and repentance came with knowledge of the word of God. Just like knowledge of who Christ is brings about repentance. Then a price had to be paid for the sin one confessed too. Once that was done a person was made whole and in right standing before God.

The process of purging and repayment was necessary for redemption to take place. Today each man, woman, boy and girl must confess their sins to receive salvation and the price paid for sin through belief in Christ. Christ does not only desire to restore you but to pay your sin debit. His suffering paid the price for sin. He came to redeem.

There is a cycle to revenge, repentance, compensation and payment for sin. To be restored to God is to compensate for lost time from God, but also to begin to heal the pain that is caused from sin that is confessed and unconfused. It is a work of grace and sanctification. It is for everyone. God will restore, after destroying the devil both in your life and around you, through repentance. It only takes a moment of saying Lord I am a sinner, please forgive me. It is that simple. Asking God and Christ to come into your life to restore you through belief in the work on the cross of payment for sin once and for all, for all mankind. Then God’s word will begin to do a work in your life to change and to build and construct you into the person He desires you to be as you yield to Him.

Day 8 of the countdown to the 25 Days of Thanksgiving is thanking God for compensating us into a right relationship with Him and payment for our sins. God is merciful to all that diligently seek Him. Confess your sins today and receive Jesus Christ as Lord.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for compensation of right relation with you and repayment for sin. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verses: Titus 2:13-14 KJV
(13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
(14) Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Peter 1:17-21 KJV
(17) And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
(18) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
(19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
(20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
(21) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

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