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    Write The Vision

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  2. Oct. 1, 2020 Habakkuk 1...Oh Lord how long shall I cry and thou wilt not hear? The country has fallen to the depths of violent treatment of its citizens, oppressive measures against the poor are being used and the collapse of the legal system has the country in a mess. Men are in control and evil men at that, acting like you would expect without God's restraint. See if these words ring in your ears, iniquity, grivance, spoiling, violence, strife, contention, law is slacked, judgement never goes forth, wicked is all around the righteous and wrong judgement is everywhere. No, this isn't the United States, it is Judah during the life of the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk. The book titled after this prophet gives the account of a spiritual journey telling of one man's pilgrimage from doubt to worship. He questions God just as you and I do sometimes with his why am I forced to see this chaos? But Habakkuk reminds us it is okay to question God. With everything currently going on in our country, if you don't ask why, you might want to check your pulse to see if you are still with us. Your why will find it's ultimate answer in God and yes, He will answer your why. You may not like His answer but He will answer you. God already knew about his issues and like He does with us, answers him reestablishing the vital component we all have to realize, God is in control, don't lose faith in Him because your doubt will become your Praise in the God who never let's His people down. In our today and the issues we are having to deal with, if we like Habakkuk come to God honestly we will discover like him when the Lord answer's it will be profound. Chapter 2:2 KVJ God tell's him to Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it. 3...For the vision is yet for an appointed time but at the end it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Leaders are supposed to be visionary, they are supposed to have a vision to give to the people because the Bible say's in Proverbs 29:18...without a vision, people will perish KJV. The presence of a GOD centered vision will bring hope to people when they are told about it. God tells Habakkuk, the vision first must be written, it must be clear so make it plain, it must be motivating to those who read it and it must be received with patience. This also must be a leader who recognizes he or she need's God in their life as their true advisor. Great Biblical leader's had and today's leader's must have that relationship with our Heavenly Father to become a leader with respect and authority. God then gives Habakkuk a series of woe's in chapter 2:9...Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil. 2:12...Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood and stablisheth a city of iniquity. 2:15...Woe to drunkards giveth his neighbor drink, that putteth thy bottle to him, and nakest him druken also that thou mayest look on their nakedness and 2:18...Woe unto him idolaters that saith to wood, AWAKE, to the dumb stone, ARISE it shall teach. Behold it is laid over with gold and silver and there is no breath in it. These are foolish and foolishness to those who toy with them. Habakkuk remembers the reality of just who His God is, how mighty He is and describes to Him just how awesome His God is just like we do after hanging around the pity party mindset. He tell's God 3:10...The mountains saw thee and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice and lifted up his hands on high. He confesses in 3:17...Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall the fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cutoff from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls. 18...Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the GOD of my salvation. 19...The Lord GOD is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds feet: and He will make me to walk upon mine high places. Thank You Lord for Your Word.
  3. Oct. 1, 2020 Habakkuk 1...Oh Lord how long shall I cry and thou wilt not hear? The country has fallen to the depths of violent treatment of its citizens, oppressive measures against the poor are being used and the collapse of the legal system has the country in a mess. Men are in control and evil men at that, acting like you would expect without God's restraint. See if these words ring in your ears, iniquity, grivance, spoiling, violence, strife, contention, law is slacked, judgement never goes forth, wicked is all around the righteous and wrong judgement is everywhere. No, this isn't the United States, it is Judah during the life of the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk. The book titled after this prophet gives the account of a spiritual journey telling of one man's pilgrimage from doubt to worship. He questions God just as you and I do sometimes with his why am I forced to see this chaos? But Habakkuk reminds us it is okay to question God. With everything currently going on in our country, if you don't ask why, you might want to check your pulse to see if you are still with us. Your why will find it's ultimate answer in God and yes, He will answer your why. You may not like His answer but He will answer you. God already knew about his issues and like He does with us, answers him restablishing the vital component we all have to realize, God is in control, don't lose faith in Him because your doubt will become your Praise in the God who never let's His people down. In our today and the issues we are having to deal with, if we like Habakkuk come to God honestly we will discover like him when the Lord answer's it will be profound. Chapter 2:2 KVJ God tell's him to Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it. 3...For the vision is yet for an appointed time but at the end it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Leaders are supposed to be visionary, they are supposed to have a vision to give to the people because the Bible say's in Proverbs 29:18...without a vision, people will perish KJV. The presence of a GOD centered vision will bring hope to people when they are told about it. God tells Habakkuk, the vision first must be written, it must be clear so make it plain, it must be motivating to those who read it and it must be received with patience. This also must be a leader who recognizes he or she need's God in their life as their true advisor. Great Biblical leader's had and today's leader's must have that relationship with our Heavenly Father to become a leader with respect and authority. God then gives Habakkuk a series of woe's in chapter 2:9...Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil. 2:12...Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood and stablisheth a city of iniquity. 2:15...Woe to drunkards giveth his neighbor drink, that putteth thy bottle to him, and nakest him druken also that thou mayest look on their nakedness and 2:18...Woe unto him idolaters that saith to wood, AWAKE, to the dumb stone, ARISE it shall teach. Behold it is laid over with gold and silver and there is no breath in it. These are foolish and foolishness to those who toy with them. Habakkuk remembers the reality of just who His God is, how mighty He is and desribes to Him just how awesome His God is just like we do after hanging around the pity party mindset. He tell's God 3:10...The mountains saw thee and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice and lifted up his hands on high. He confesses in 3:17...Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neith shall the fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cutoff from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls. 18...Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the GOD od my salvation. 19...The Lord GOD is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds feet: and He will make me to walk upon mine high places. Thank You Lord for Your Word.
  4. Aug. 23, 2020 John 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria KJV Samaria, the place (rumor has it) of things going on that you should not want to be a part of. Strange people live there, so we are told. They are different from the Jews, a mixed race (what would be called today half breeds). So much so that people of the Old Testament travelled out of their way, going around this city called Samaria adding time and miles to their trip just so they would not have to go the direct route. You can read about Samaria's unfortunate beginning as a city starting in 1st Kings chapter 16:1-34. The truth however is it was not really the people, it was the kings that led the people to dishonor God. Choosing to worship Baal instead of the True God. When your leaders are worshipping anything other that the True and Living God, people who follow blindly need to see God's Light for Truth. This message however is going to fast forward several thousand years because though Samaria has its problems, Jesus knew there was someone in this city of sin with a specific need that needed to be addressed. Unlike most Jews of the day, Jesus did not try to avoid the region of Samaria...He must needs go thru Samaria. (John 4:4) KJV. You know the story, Jesus is thirsty from his trip to the city and sits on a well, a lady of the city comes to get water from the well. A conversation takes place, the lady hears the Word of Truth from The Living Word and deliverance for this lady takes place. Her need for water (the reason she went to the well) became secondary because she met a man whose primary interest in her was not her lifestyle or pedigree but her need for The Living Water only Jesus could provide for her salvation. The lady had knowledge about God but questioned whether He should be worshipped in the mountain (as her fathers did or Jerusalem) For those who may still question whether God exists...Jesus told the lady in John 4:19...Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither worship in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22...Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23...But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24...God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. KJV Because of this trip to Samaria, this lady became a witness to those who had been cast aside by the Jews. Not worthy of what they had learned about their Jesus but He went out of His way to get 1. That 1 told those in Samaria John 4:29...Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30...Then they went out of the city, and came unto Him. So the question on the table is..Where is your Samaria? You are a Christian, attend church every Sunday, mid week Bible Study but many end their association there. Not taking this wonderful gift of Jesus to that place you don't want to go to. It is out of your way, those people live there, why should I waste me time even trying to talk to them about Jesus? In the world we live in today, people desperately need Jesus and Salvation but don't know it or refuse to accept it. What state of mind were you in when someone took time to talk with you in your Samaria? We can not afford to be cavalier in our walk with God, leaving this part of dirty work to someone else. Winning souls is dirty work but they need saving just like we did. They need to be encouraged to try Jesus just like we did. That person on your job who feels they are self made and have no time for Jesus, the one standing by the red light with the sign "I am homeless, can you spare a dollar" at the check out line at Walmart or the grocery store and especially those who feel this pandemic is a hoax. The result of this encounter is told in John 4:39-42 KJV...And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40...So when the Samaritans were come to him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41...And many more believed because of his own word; 42...and said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. Your ministry is needed in that place you don't want to go to...will you go? Thank You Father for Your Word.
  5. Ephesians 6:12 - For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. KJV Jul. 2, 2020 Jeremiah 17:9...The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it. KJV Last month, The Holy Spirit dropped the word Righteous in my Spirit. I asked Him what is it you want me say about “Righteous”? He told me to look at what is going on in my peoples heart, it is disturbing because too many are falling away from my moral right. Choosing to instead to follow the crowd. I asked Him about the message for this month, He led me to the 17th chapter of Jeremiah which deals with two kinds of people...the wicked and the righteous. Jeremiah was warning the people about their sin even though they had the Law, prophets of God and history filled with God’s miracles. Just like us today. He said in verse 9...the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. When the Bible speaks of the heart, it is not talking about the one that pumps blood through our body...It is our mind. It is amazing how we allow our minds to consider everything contrary to God’s Word. Sin is what the Bible calls it and that is exactly what it is. The comparison between the wicked and righteous begins in verse 5...Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusts in man and not Me. We know the evil in man goes back to Genesis and by the time we get to Genesis Chapter 6 verse 5 we find out what God's penalty will be...And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6...And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7...And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repent me that I have made them. The stain of man’s evil was so devastating to God that everything paid for it. The animals, birds and beasts ...everything God said was good when He created it, paid the price of death and they had nothing to do with man’s evil. There was however redemption and it is in verse 8....But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. He was not perfect but verse 9 say’s...he was a just man and he walked with God. Biblically, the contrast between the Righteous and wickedness can be found primarily in Proverbs. The Righteous are hopeful., the wicked are fearful Proverbs 10:24...The Righteous are concerned about the welfare of God’s creation, the wicked’s kindness is cruel, Proverbs 12:10. The righteous are showered with blessings, the wicked are covered in violence Proverbs 10:8. The Righteous understand justice, the wicked do not, Proverbs 28:5. The Righteous seek out the honest, the wicked hate the honest...Proverbs 29:10...The Righteous care for the poor, the wicked are unconcerned about the poor...Proverbs 29:7...The Righteous are bold as lions, the wicked fear constantly...Proverbs 28:1...The Righteous are protected by God, the wicked are destroyed by God...Proverbs 10:29...The Righteous have a refuge when they die, the wicked are crushed by their sins...Proverbs 14:32… Man will trust in other men, military, business and other entities he created, for their success as they see it but the Righteous have faith in God. They are called the underdogs, the ones struggling to get by, the ones who are crazy with this faith in God thing but in reality they have the peace that surpasses all understanding which is only found in God. God has stopped the world with Covid 19 yet many want to diminish it’s severity in peoples lives. The evidence of God’s hand in this is the fact the atmosphere has been cleansed, the land has been restored, the waters are cleaner, families have spent more time together and those who recognize God’s work have given Him their Praise and Worship. Gas was under $1.00 per gallon and we had nowhere to go. Then He sent a dust cloud formed in the African desert, across the oceans taking the same path hurricanes do that has hit the United States creating a breathing issue. Most recently flooding in the south and many still refuse to recognize Him sending His message to us. It is amazing to me that due to the death of George Floyd, not only have the Righteous in America taken a stand against evil but people from all over the world are standing with those marching and not one person has contracted or been affected by the virus. We have seen the huge throng of people but they have had Divine Protection. There will be a price to pay, we will reap what we sow...Galations 6:7-9... Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8...For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9...And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10... As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. In the final analysis the questions will be...Whose side will you be on? Mark 2:17 - When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Paul wrote in in his letter to the Philippians Chapter 1:9...And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10...That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11...Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. The Apostle John, The Beloved Disciple whom Jesus loved wrote in 1st John 2:1 & 2...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. My brothers and sisters. I will be praying for your strength and determination to follow God's call to righteousness...though it may be difficult, walk away from the crowd who chooses not believe. Thank You Lord for Your Word.
  6. Thank God for those who create inspirational screen-savers, backgrounds and Bible verses to encourage us. They have a gift that blesses many including me with the powerful images they allow us to share. The one that has stayed with me for many years shows a man at the top of a cliff overlooking a landscape beneath him that to me is breathtaking. The Bible reference is from Psalm 25:4-5...Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. 5...Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God od my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. (KJV). The Holy Spirit has given me this to share with you, especially during these times we are in now. The ways of men are filled with confusion because there are too many self centered motives involved with our thoughts. We are consumed “me” and the proof of it is staring us in the face because of the virus that has it’s grip on us as a people...we are fearful and that is not from God. The Bible refers to this fear as a spirit 2nd Timothy 1:7...For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Yet we have allowed ourselves to become consumed with the fear of what some call the attack on our way of life. The passages of this message tells us our way of life is supposed to ask God to show us His ways, teach us His paths, the way He want’s us to go, the road He want’s us to take. The 119th Psalm verse 105 tells us “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”. It reminds me the lamp at my feet is when I walk in familiar places but the light unto my path is when I am unfamiliar areas that have twists and turns...that prevent me from seeing things far ahead of me. That is when He is leading, guiding and protecting us. David (the writer of this 25th Psalm) was quite knowledgeable about his God because he spent time with Him. He was far from perfect in his life but had enough confidence in God to know when I needed Him last time, He showed up, He will do it again. When we in fearful times stop long enough to remember God got me through the last storm I was in and will get me through this one. He kept life’s waves of destruction from taking me under. When I was laid off, somehow bills got paid. When the unemployment check was late somehow food was on the table. When the company was talking about downsizing, somehow God made a way. When the doctor’s report was not looking good and the medical bills were about to consume me, somehow God provided an unexpected check or someone offered to help pay some of my bills. We are supposed to remember to ask God to lead us in His truth and teach us because He is the God of our salvation. I will wait all day just to talk with Him. Jesus reminded us in Matthew 11:28 ...come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. And everyday we have God's Precious Holy Spirit guiding, leading and giving us God's Truth for us to call on whenever we need help. Look to men to help us out if this, no way. Trust in God's precious promises. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2...My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3...He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4...Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5...The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6...The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7...The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8...The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalm 121 KJV. Thank You Lord for Your Word
  7. To every Mother, Mama, Ma, MeMe, MeMaw or term of endearment you are called, Happy Mother’s Day. To ladies who have not been able to have a child but have raised and imparted love to children Happy Mother’s Day To you. For those of us who’s Mother’s are in heaven, we remember them wiping tears from our eyes and thanking God for them.
  8. Isaiah 43:15-21 KJV... 15...I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. 16 ...Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters. 17...Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. 18...Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19...Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 20...The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. 21...This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. I am liking the prospect of the "New Normal" vs yesterday's normal. This New Normal offers a clarity we have rarely if ever seen. In Memphis, we had a rain shower last night but today's blue sky seem's brighter. Colors are more vivid or natural and they are beautiful. I saw a news report this morning that showed how Mother Earth is cleansing herself due to the lack of pollutants in the air. Our niece in Los Angeles told me it is unbelievable how clear the sky is. Animals in our National Parks are roaming freely enjoying their environment as never before. This has the potential of the "New Normal" and it is AWESOME. The buzz now is getting back to normal. Question, do you really want what we had or the potential of what could be? Going back to normal means political chaos, the rich favored over the working class and least of us...and where is God in yesterday's normal? This potential new normal means families growing closer together because we have had to be confined. Children actually being with their parents more than away because of job demands. Parents helping their kids with homework, dad's cooking and more importantly imparting wisdom into their children. I am told Bible sales are much higher because many are searching through it's Holy pages looking for answer's...that is more than a good thing...it is a great thing. As they search many for the very first time will discover the personal relationship they have longed for with God has been there all the time. They just never took time to read it. The new normal could very well mean church's being filled to capacity because mothers and fathers have finally realized it is God that has kept us safe, it is God who fed us when we had no money, it was God who because of His Mercy & Amazing Grace allowed us to see a picture of ourselves through this difficult time we had not seen before. He is cleansing His Creation that we continually mess up and proving everyday what we thought was a great normal for many has given those who have always had an opportunity to see what life is like for those who have not. Which normal will you choose? The choice is yours.
  9. Ambition is a wonderful thing. Without it, we would have no desire to get up everyday and go to our jobs. The problem with ambition is, it directs our pursuit of it to accomplishing what the world tells us we need to achieve in order to reach whatever the goal for us is. In that pursuit, we feel empty and unsatisfied. We have all kinds of guides from professionals in all fields to help guide us. Everyone wants to be the best they can be, searching for that recognition we seek after that let's us know "I am the number 1" at whatever it is I do. Seeking after this ambition is okay for the world but for the Christian, it is a huge problem. Our ambition drives us to have the finest car, largest home, a wardrobe second to none, beautiful mate with 3.1 children in the finest schools and known by everyone one who is anyone one in the city and surrounding suburbs. We seek after a moving target and unless we hit it every single time we are never satisfied. Truth be told, even when we hit the target every single time, we are still not satisfied. The mission becomes being laser focused on acquiring stuff. When we go to Church, many times we are so preoccupied with other things, we give no meaningful effort to true Praise and Worship. The leaders tell us to raise our hands and we do, they tell us to give God thanks and we do but it is halfhearted and we leave not being satisfied and that my friends is sad. How can we be in God's house where healing is, where deliverance is, where peace for the soul is and leave feeling unsatisfied. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6: 25-34 that our true theme in life should be devotion to God, focusing with an attitude of freedom from anxiety over our daily needs. He illustrates in these passages the worthlessness of worry by showing that worry is unnecessary, unfruitful and unbecoming to Christians. Seeking fortune, fame, notoriety and everything the world has to offer has it's place but the daily pursuit of it will leave you unfulfilled. Our passage for this message, Matthew Chapter 6 verse 33 tells us... But seek first, not when it crosses our minds, not as an after thought. Our mission has to be seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. If we do what Jesus say's we have a guarantee...all these things we need for survival will be provided. Our walk, our mission must first be God's Kingdom. Our country and this world is in a mess. The only thing that will fix it is Christian's taking a stand to remind everyone we meet to make their mission to seek first God's Kingdom and His Righteousness and the things we need will be ours. Not all our wants but our needs. David said in the 27th Psalm "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after"...He wanted to dwell in God's house all the days of his life and to inquire in God's temple. That was his mission. David then told us why seeking God was so important. He knew this world can't offer anything peaceful to man's Spirit like God can. Nothing the world offers can offer Divine Protection like God can, Nothing the world offers can answer your prayer for help like God can. Nothing the world can offers can teach you about loving your neighbor unconditionally like Jesus did. Nothing the world has to offer can lead you to truth like The Holy Spirit can, and nothing the world has to offer can provide salvation and eternal life like belief in God's Son Jesus Christ can. Being kingdom minded has to be our focus, witnessing to everyone about Jesus and their need to know Him. That is our mission, our goal for God's coming kingdom. Have faith in God and He will take care of every need we have. Thank you Lord for Your Word.
  10. This post is going to be quite different from any I have done. Not just since I have been a part of this wonderful group of writers but since I have been posting messages going back many years. This one focus's strictly on God's Word found in 2nd Chronicles chapters 6 and 7. One of the most powerful prayer's ever is found in Chapter 6 with Solomon leading this prayer. God respond's to the prayer in chapter 7 when His Glory filled His House and was so strong, the preachers could not preach and the people fell face down to the ground in worship. Like many of you, I have been blessed to witness a visit by God's presence in a service and it changed me forever. This world is in a crisis but those of us who believe in God and God's Word have the answer to it. If we will be who He has called us to be and do what He has told us to do, He will fix it. 2nd Chronicles chapter 1-42 KJV... Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. 3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood. 4 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying, 5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: 6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. 7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 8 But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: 9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name. 10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel. Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple 12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: 13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven, 14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: 15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. 16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. 17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David. 18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! 19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: 20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. 21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive. 22 If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house; 23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness. 24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house; 25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers. 26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; 27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance. 28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be: 29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house: 30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:) 31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers. 32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house; 33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name. 34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name; 35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. 36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near; 37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly; 38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name: 39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee. 40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. 42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant. 2nd Chronicles chapter 7... Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S house. 3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD. 5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. 7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat. 8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt. 9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days. 10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people. 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected. God appears to Solomon and gives him some conditional promises 12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. 17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; 18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel. 19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. 21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? 22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
  11. 2nd Chronicles 20:15-18 and 20 (KJV) 15…And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. 16… To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. 17…Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. 18…And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. 20…And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. This is one of the most familiar and loved chapter’s in 2nd Chronicles because it explains how God grants victory to those who trust Him. Jehoshaphat is the Great, Great, Great Grandson of David and now King of Judah facing the greatest threat of his reign. A great multitude of the enemy (Moabites, Ammorites and others from Syria) were plotting to crush and destroy Judah. Facing these incredible odds, Verse 3…Jehoshaphat feared the outcome of this situation but in spite of his fear, he set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. You know your faith is stronger than your fear when you realize I can’t handle this issue but the God I serve can so let me prepare myself to come before My God Who Never Fails. Verses 4-12…Tells us about the character of Jehoshaphat, all Judah gathered together to ask help of the Lord and he stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord and prayed. In his prayer, he acknowledged God’s Sovereignty and Might. Verse 7…He Praises the God that He has never known defeat. Verses 8 & 9…Acknowledges how Solomon (his Great, Great Grandfather) petitioned God in the sanctuary he built for Him during difficult times during his reign. And in verses 10-12 prays as we would in this situation “I need your help”. His prayer was so powerful verse 13…And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives and their children. Verse 14…The prophet Jahaziel at the leading of The Spirit of The Lord says the all the people in verse 15…Heaken ye, all Judah and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat. Thus saith the Lord unto you…”Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude against you; for the battle is not yours but God’s”. For those of us in our worlds of work struggle, news of potential layoffs, cut backs because the economy has softened, lack of advancement potential even though you are dedicating 90 hours a week to your job, worrying about your children, 401k, your marriage, health concerns, potential late payments on the house, car or apartment, worry about the stock market, retirement, the job with the crab mentality in employees, political crisis or virus…whatever your Ammon, Moab or Seir is…”Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude of issues are; for this battle is not yours. It belongs to God”. Of all the things we do to show God how much we want Him, nothing is as powerful as what Jehoshaphat did “TOTAL SUBMISSION” in verse 18…he bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. The Levites of the children Kohathites and Korhites stood and praised the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice Verse 19. Verse 20…Jehoshaphat said, hear me O Judah, BELIEVE in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established (stable and rooted in God); believe in his prophets, so shall you prosper. Powerful Praise births victory. The Levites stood and praised the Lord with a loud voice on high. Some were appointed to sing to the Lord and Praise him in the Beauty of Holiness before the army saying “Praise The Lord for His Mercy Endureth Forever”. The Ammorites, Moabites and Seir destroyed themselves. Verse 24…And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold they were dead bodies everywhere. Not one of the enemies that came to destroy them escaped. Verse 25..And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of those who came to destroy them, they found so much jewelry and abundance of riches…it took them 3 days to get all of it. And they never drew any weapon to fight. GOD DID IT. Thank You Father For Your Word.
  12. Thank you so very much for your encouraging comments, I truly feel welcomed. The Lord told me is 2015 to start a blog. I told Him I have no idea what a blog is. He said that is okay, I will show you how to do it, I just want to know if you will. My answer was "YES" Lord...You can read what I have shared since 2015 at www.elderburgess.com
  13. My name is Tom currently living in Memphis, TN with my wife of 37 years. I am a sinner saved by God's amazing grace trying my best to fulfill a promise made to Him. The promise? After many years of living the good life (or so I thought) that included a serious cocaine addiction and doing just about everything possible to reach a higher level of insanity, I promised God if he spared my life I would spend my remaining days telling everyone how WONDERFUL & AMAZING GOD IS. A member of this community read a post and suggested I introduce myself to this wonderful group of writers. Thank God for her and this opportunity to share what The Holy Spirit leads me to write and share with you.
  14. All Glory to God and thank you for your comments. Let me know how to do what you suggested. I am new to this.
  15. Psalm 100 KJV...1...Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2...Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3...Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4...Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5...For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Church services today are quite different than they used to be. That does not mean God's presence is not in services but getting the congregation into Praise & Worship can be difficult because of the baggage we are bringing with us when we walk through the Church doors. We have a lot on our minds, life's pace has quickened to the point where we rush doing everything including getting to church. We are so focused with other things we forget we are entering the one place where everything we struggle with can be fixed and God is the fixer. Moses was chosen by God for His service but when Moses was in God's presence, his face radiated from the glow of God Glory. So much so that when the people saw Moses after his visit with God they were afraid. God is no one to play with but He loves us. In spite of what we do, God loves us. How fortunate we are to know that the God, who created us, provides for us, heals us and so much more cares enough about you and I that He sent His Son Jesus to die on a cross for us. And when Jesus died, the partition separating God from man and woman was torn from the top to the bottom so you and I can have access to God for ourselves. We don't have to sacrifice a ram, goat, sheep or any animal as a sacrifice to come before The God of All Creation. Jesus is the one who provides our eternal salvation to us by our accepting Him as our Lord and Savior. Imagine, eternity with the God who cared enough about you and I that He gave us His Holy Spirit to lead us every day into the right way to live, treat others, loving who the world calls the unlovable. God is worthy of our Praise because He opens doors for us that we would never be able to open by ourselves. God is worthy of our Praise because of the knowledge he gave man and woman to reach solar systems never seen before, controls every ocean known to man, reminds us daily that many of the medicines needed to cure us can be found in the plants and herbs that came into existence because He said "LET THERE BE". God is worthy of our Praise because the diamonds, gold, silver and other precious stones we admire so much have always been in the ground waiting for man and woman to find, mine and purify for us. God is worthy of our Praise because that old car we have or had continued to run even though the mechanic told us it was on its last leg and would not last through the winter. Now it is spring and it is still running. God is worth of our Praise because you and I are still alive because of the covenant relationship He had with Abraham. Each descendant of Abraham prayed that God would bless their family from generation to generation and He has. Our relatives we have never known prayed, God save my children, grandchildren through every generation and He has. God is worthy of your Praise because no bullets came into your car while you were driving, no fire or robber invaded your home, when you didn't have the money for the bill or food, God provided exactly what you needed. When you didn't have money for the medicine, didn't have money for your son or daughter's books, didn't have anyone to help you out of that tight spot you were in, He sent someone to you that blessed you with the money. Make a declaration today, when Sunday comes...you and your family walks through the church doors with an eagerness you may have never had or had and lost because of the world's issues we carry...walk into the sanctuary with your hands lifted toward heaven with Praise to God coming from your mouth. Make Your Joyful Noise as you walk down the aisle to your seat. Tell God how much you can't wait to serve Him with GLADNESS, not out of duty, not out of guilt, not because someone told you but because you are truly glad that the God of everything has been waiting on you to give Him your Praise.
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