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The First and The Last

After reading Revelation 2 . . . If the First and the Last were dead there would be no more, But the First-Last bond is strong, that Is why He arose. Two of the Trinity bore witness of the Son, Who, alive, ascended high above Calvary, for God is One, And He cannot tear himself apart from what He is and owns. And He cannot move himself away from the ones He loves, chosen and called and justified by His Blood.

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Heart's Nod

Thinking about Romans 7 . . . Open up the gates of your heart to liberty, hear the words that Jesus spoke and, yes, still speaks, and the promise of life in the now and, then, beyond will resound in your soul, cause your heart to nod a “Yes and Amen!” when you see the fight between your renewed self and the lesser angelic side, and you will happily shout, “Oh, who can deliver me?”, knowing the answer will come back, “Christ the King!”

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Paul's Ignorance

1 Timothy 1:12-14 (KJV) are such mind-blowing verses. And I am grateful for them: 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.   Ignorance of the New Law is an excuse; Paul pulled the

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More Favor

Favor means You reign supreme; it's like manna when times are lean. Now, may the taste of human food not dull the senses, where the spirit man rules. Yet, the former savor so permeates where I live, I long for its plate that one day will be a full course for one Body, with the Lord.

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Favor

Oh God, your favor is something that comes silently and unannounced with the halls of obedience, between trusting strides, over the sweat of one's brow. Grace is predestined for all, yet few respond to its call. Fewer still remember to live within the seed well-planted and watered, until fruit starts appearing. So, the sweet fruit of favor is not well-recognized, because it blooms within the ordinary, although its recipient is staggered at how mercy is abundantly out of pro

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Like a Watchman

. . . after reading James 1:2-12   We have rightly asked wisdom of God, when we enter trials with patience and are patient in our exit from them, because we have the joyous knowing that we have endured in, with and through the One who created us and saves us.  Thus we glorify the Son, whose Spirit indwells.     So, when we ask in prayer, we are telling God that we want his answer to further wrap us in the completeness of patience, a virtue that shines outside of and when goin

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With Us This Love

From reading John 6:37-40 Of the infinite the Father has given the Son, an equally everlasting, loving reaction is that the Anointed will raise it all up. He has already started, before eternity’s origin, when the decision was made to let Jesus descend into His own body, formed in a Virgin, now seated at the Father’s right hand, glorified, this completed the Son, not yet His Bride. Still, Abba’s will is that whomever He makes to thirst, as part of His promise, shall not be l

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Cause and Gift

A reflection on the Grace of God vs. the Law of Sin and Death Now that I know effect and toll, the cause and the gift of grace conquers sin. I felt in my bones obligations and rules, like sands seeping 'tween fingers, where joy, not for long, lingered. But then, I saw the Cross, heard how much it cost for Jesus to bear sin's penalty there. Such a cause and gift offered through resurrection, ascension to heaven, where at the Right Hand He sits! Jesus' scars

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Straight Street

(after reading Acts 9:1-31)   He came to Damascus, to Straight Street to ask us, "Do you follow the Christ?"   Thus Paul became an apostle, appointed to jostle us further from a slumber of lies.   Truth is we did not consider grace so strong that Messiah could speak to such kind.   But as we, too, were pursued with wills which God slew, scales still fall, grace touches our eyes.     The Church sees harassment down to this day, C

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Society of the God-loved

1 John 4:7-10   "Society of the God-loved" is what the breathing-Church should be called, because He first loved us, that is our witness, after all. Faith, being a relation rather than position, works intertwined, recoiling from religion. Whether High Church or Low, the Mighty One dwarfs our presentations, a giant relief and release from pretension.    Believe in the Son-come as man, mesh like He did with the worshipers and unbelieving. Called-out-ones shall be recogni

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Where is Your Treasure?

. . . thinking about:    For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also ~ Matthew 6:21 (KJV)   And the "Parable of the Talents" - Matthew 25:14-30   Where is your treasure, where is your hope, the currency of faith the Lord Jesus bestowed? Is it tied to ultimate things? Did you fall for the "Heavenly-minded is hardly living"? See, fruit of the Spirit is the swagger of Heaven reaching down, enriching all that we own. Once the momentum

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The Call of Mercy

(see 2 Thessalonians 3:5) Sometimes, Lord Jesus, when it is quiet, I ask, "When lately have You called out to me?" But then I hear You when beholding the Cross, and scold myself, "What was I ever musing?" It's so easy to forget, though You shook history by dying for sins, everyone a foe of your good grace until grand mercy stares us in the face and our knees begin to buckle. If I think of your mercy without what You suffered, what do the nail prints in your hands mean now?

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Old Saints, New Life

When I recently read the verse that I bold below, I immediately took stock of a primary motivation in my life, which is to find, exhort to and commune within mutual devotion to our Lord and God, Messiah Jesus.   There is nothing so freeing as living "in Spirit and in Truth" (John 4:24)   It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord - 1 Thessalonians 3:8 (NLT)   I thrilled at the pride of my mamma and papa, when they said without words, "He i

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Moments in Christ

These are moments to remind but for now I want to give, be in motion with the Divine, prove how You grace the cognitive.    

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Soulitude

Craft a quiet song soul, one that can be sung in solitude,  so you can cull from reliance grace because without props or reinforcements you consecrate space  which Spirit and Truth fill up; let your mouth open lips, chant a psalm like the first time you sang an alma mater at school, enjoy the belonging mystery of Christ’s love in you.

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How Do I Know?

After reading Psalms 81, Psalms 88, and Psalms 92 . . . with a focus on Psalms 81:6-7 (NKJV):   I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets. You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.   How do I know there is no God but You? You took my shoulder from the burden slavery knows. You took my hands away from impossible works,

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Love of His Might

This my anguish, these are my fears, but Lord, I remember your right hand across years, in many of which people said I was gone, but man's "Impossible" is a done deal with God.* Lord, what is it that You want from me? A voice that reflects a soul on its knees, asking for your goodness, recalling your ways, saying You have not forgotten, while riding provision's waves. God struck the rock,** Jesus, and such was the outpouring at Pentecost, the Bread o

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Syllables

. . . after reading 1 Chronicles 1-3 today   I read the begats in the Bible today, and it struck me that the reading of every name set up a moment that put it to humanity's care to mark what obedience to Jehovah would bear, salvation for those whose hearts did not stray away from the covenant shown by Abraham's faith, or curse at the core of one's bitter fruit from tasting forbidden things, nameless pursuits. Some names seemed odd, some odder even, but each syllable o

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His Hands, His Feet, His Side

They say, "Take the Christ from the Cross", Paul embraced the beams; Moses lifted it up.                                                    [1] Resurrection gave the willing the right                                                                 [2]   to look at the Cross, say, "It is alright!" Cause holes in His hands and His feet and His side keep the message from slipping, widens our lives. Be glad Thomas pressed the issue so far,                                                

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Our Bad, Good News

Christ did not earn praise, He simply has it. In having, He reveals Himself, our praise bursts forth, up-rachets. We could not earn grace, so God gladly gave it. We could not desire grace, Jesus worked it to us. We did not wake up feeling the bed of faith; we were adopted brought home, to Abba's way. The world cannot purchase the right to debate. The Maker thus sends us to pick up pieces, engage, telling the world, "It has been everyone's bad, "but here is Good

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This Thing Called Trust

After reading Romans 4:20-21 (KJV): 20 He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Every day, some fault wagers against my mind that I am going to stagger, for a moment be blind. Abraham, how did you do it, believing so many years, to the extent that your hope gave you an edge to assure? This thing called "trust" must be

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Winter Race

Barren forests act like Oz, full of air, the curtains pulled. Not so daunting for pilgrims now, forced by birth to walk through, barefoot. But, this is still a gift of life, this winter advantage should make us pick up pace before snows drift, suddenly waist-deep. See, there are select times of relief! Silhouettes of prison bars from small, skinny trees show on our shirts when we dart amidst bushes which mock leaves, claiming for themselves more coverage we yet barely see.

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Faith & Reason

(Isaiah 1:16-20)   The reason why is the reason You ask me to think about your ways, of my trust in You, more mental than some spiritual gaze   From point to point, Lord, You say if I have a fairness toward You and all the oppressed,* there is a rightful division, and sin will be cleansed within right living of the repentant.   Jesus, I like to think that your thinking is grace with an invite. Savior, if it pleases You t

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The Body

How does the Spirit see skin, a covering for hearts? A curtain covering to sin, paper over virtue's art? A camouflage for hiding  from the culture of God? A thin excuse for autonomy  or group on sod?   I will tell my Father frankly that skin reveals many lives in need of Him, And I am so glad for the Body, the Head--His Face, for the one new man covered by grace. All colors converge in the anointing, tied by the Blood revealing a messianic

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Spirit-on-soul

At the time of this offering, Jesus, You reign, Incarnate King Who died and rose again. Troublemaker Jacob had tricks, but You pulled the red wool of undying love over us, shown at the cross, freeing us from satan for good.   At the moment you came back to Heaven from earth, You began to give Father our prayers. Petitions uttered in your ever-right-minded will are heard by our Abba, as welcome family appeals.   In the times when we pause, and we stand

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