A Thousand Tongues?

O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing…

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Revelation 5:11,12  Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice; “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!

Written by Charles Wesley in 1739, this is another of my favorite hymns.  What a blessing we can sing the hymns the Spirit inspired so long ago.  Truly, none of us can sing enough praise and thanksgiving to our Lord and Savior; at least not THIS side of Heaven!

1.O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King,

The triumphs of His grace!

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2. Jesus the name that charms our fears,

That bids our sorrows cease;

‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears,

‘Tis life, and health, and peace.

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3. He breaks the power of canceled sin,

He sets the prisoner free;

His blood can make the foulest clean;

His blood availed for me.

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4. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,

Your loosened tongues employ;

Ye blind, behold your Savior come,

And leap, ye lame for joy.

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5. My gracious Master and my God,

Assist me to proclaim,

To spread through all the earth abroad

The honors of Thy name.

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Lesson 8 in my Psalm 91 study:

Psalm 91:6b You will not be afraid of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

The fourth category of evil is destruction, “the evils over which man has no control”, commonly called ‘Acts of God’.  “these natural disaster are not coming from God.” says Peggy Ruth Joyce.  Note Mark 4:39 where Jesus rebukes the storm…Jesus would never have rebuked something sent from Father God!

It was God’s plan to provide protection to us before we were ever born.  Every extreme evil known to man will fall into one of the four categories named in verses 5 -6.  God has offered us deliverance in Christ Jesus.  Through Him, we can dwell in the secret place, activating God’s protection by following the instructions in the first two verses.  In light of the mighty storms that have come lately, I know we will hear many testimonies of God’s saving grace if we listen closely!  Let me know if you’ve heard any as well as if YOU yourself have anything to share about the Father’s saving power.

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3:16’s part 3; FINAL!

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Welcome again my faithful followers of my posts!  Today I will complete my list of the 3:16 verses in the Bible, beginning with:

Hebrews 3:16 (v. 15:  Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion) 16. For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?

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James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.  flat out

1 Peter 3:16 (always be ready to give a defense) having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

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2 Peter 3:16 (our beloved brother Paul) also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

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1 John 3:16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.  And we also aught to lay down our lives for the brethren.comforting friend

Revelation 3:16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.obesent

 

THIS is what I take away from today’s Scriptures:   don’t harden your heart, don’t envy others, conduct yourself well to the shame of  those who defame your Christian witness, study well so you won’t twist Scripture and destroy yourself or others.  Lastly, lay down your life for Christ and love others like He did.  Don’t be lukewarm, but humbly repent and follow hard after Jesus Christ!

 Here’s week 7 in my study of Psalm 91:

Psalm 91:6a “You will not be afraid of the pestilence that stalks in darkness.”

Peggy Joyce Ruth reminds us that we defined pestilence in lesson three, verse 3 of Psalm 91 as any lethal disease that attacks the body; attaches to the body with intent to destroy.  Again, we have a choice to believe the enemy of our soul that comes to lie, kill and destroy, or God who promises to be there for us, giving life more abundantly.  (did you notice pestilence is the only evil God mentions twice; v. 3 and v. 6 – must be important not to fear this!) To do this, we need to stand on His Word and on the promises included in the previous verses of this Psalm.  Peggy talks about taking thoughts of evil & fear captive and says:  “‘I am just not going there‘ is a very powerful statement. It dispels those thoughts immediately!”

Again, I say: “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”.  This morning I heard Sid Roth interviewing Mary Hasz on It’s Supernatural,  who was healed of a rare form of muscular dystrophy as a teenager, but it returned when she was in her 30’s.  Holy Spirit led her to John 10:10 (Please look this up if you don’t know it) pointing out that God does not have a storehouse in Heaven with disease in it so He did not send it down to her.  She had believed and agreed with a lie from the enemy and he put the disease on her.  When Mary stood up and took back what he had stolen using the Word of God, she took back her healing.  What is your choice?  Choose this day whom you will serve: God Almighty or the enemy of your soul?  I encourage you to speak life and live in the fullness of what was bought for you through Christ as stated in 1 John 3:16 (see Scriptures above).

  Here’s a bit of light shining from Heaven on our journey:

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3:16’s part 2

Again, welcome dear readers as I start on the 3:16 verses in the New Testament of the Bible:

DoveMatthew 3:16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him and he (John) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

Mark 3:16 Jesus gives Simon the name Peter (Rock).

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to all,  “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Dark Baptism

Our Flagship verse, John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Acts 3:16 (paralytic healed) And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know.  Yes, the faith which comes through Him (Jesus) has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. walking and leaping

Romans 3:16 in the midst of the list of unrighteousness; There is NONE righteous, no not one…  cry me a river

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

2 Corinthians 3:16 (a veil over Jewish eyes when Moses is read) Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

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Ephesians 3:16 That He Christ) would grant you, according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…

Philippians 3:16  Never the less, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. (walking in the way of the Lord toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus)elated

Colossians 3:16 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.angelic

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.

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2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…

  Hope you like the photos I included; I wanted to break up the verses a bit!  We’re half way through the New Testament 3:16’s so I’ll save the last 6 for next week.

 Here’s this week’s lesson in my Psalm 91 study, week 6:

Psalm 91:5b You will not be afraid of…the arrow that flies by day…

This is the second category of evil:  it covers the spiritual battle ground.  These are enemy assignments sent to wound us with attacks on our mind, will, emotions, physical body or Spirit.  The enemy looks for places we are weak to attack – like rebellion, fear, offense, anger, unforgiveness.  God really means it when He says to forgive others as He forgives us and ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’.  We need to realize we have a choice; we don’t have to give in to the attacks that come our way if we quickly remind the devil our old nature is gone, we’re new creatures with Christ in us.  Peggy Joyce Ruth says: “The Fear of bad things happening to us has to be dealt with because fear opens DOORS!” -to the enemy.

I pray you stand firm in God’s promises and make good use of God’s Spiritual Armor outlined in Ephesians 6.  Amen

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3:16’s in the Bible?

Lately,  Proverbs 3:16 has been quoted often:

Length of days is in her (Wisdom’s) right hand, in her left hand are riches and honor. 

Most of us know the first verse of the Bible I remember memorizing:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

happy nerdWell, I decided to see what the 3:16’s in the other books of the Bible had to say.  I immediately found not all of them have a 3:16, but this is what I have found, starting with the Old Testament:

Genesis 3:16  God told the woman about the pain and sorrow in childbirth she’d now experience and that her husband will rule over her; the curse brought on by sin.

Exodus 3:16  God sends Moses to the Israelites to let them know He has heard their cry and will bring them out of the affliction of Egypt into the land of Canaan.

Leviticus 3:16 tells of the burnt offering being a sweet aroma to the Lord.

Numbers 3:16 Moses numbered the people according to the word of the Lord as he was commanded.                                                                                                            author

Deuteronomy 3:16 describes the land borders allotted to the tribes of Reuben and Gad in the new land and  Joshua 3:16 the waters of the Jordan being cut off for the Israelites to cross over, led by Joshua .

Judges 3:16  Ehud makes himself a dagger and fastens it under his clothes to kill the wicked king of Moab to free the Israelites.

1 Samuel 3:16  Eli called Samuel to him in the morning to see what the Lord had said to him.  1 Kings 3:16 begins with the two women who were harlots, the first show of Solomon’s Godly wisdom.

2 Kings is in the midst of Moab rebelling against Israel, while 1 Chronicles 3:15 is in the middle of listing the lineage of Solomon. 2 Chronicles 3:15 is in the midst of the account of the building of Solomon’s temple, Nehemiah 3:15 in the midst of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem as the Israelites are coming out of captivity.

 cry me a riverJob 3:16 Job asks why he wasn’t hidden like a stillborn child who never saw the light,  Ecclesiastes 3:16 Solomon saw under the sun wickedness in place of judgement, iniquity in place of righteousness and Isaiah 3:16 is just shy of being the shortest verse:  “Moreover the Lord says:”…  

Jeremiah 3:16 is in the midst of a call to repentance, while Ezekiel 3:16 begins the prophet’s call as a watchman for the house of Israel.  Daniel 3: 16  Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego are about to be thrown into the fiery furnace and Nahum 3:16  tells of the woes God is sending to Nineveh.  Habakkuk 3:16 prefaces the “Hymn of Faith”  Tho’ the fig tree fails to blossom and no fruit be on the vine…  Zephaniah 3:16 “In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear Zion, let not your hands be weak.” – for the Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One will save. rejoice

Praise and thanks be to God! the Old Testament finishes out with hope:

Malachi 3:16Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name.                                                                                                                            thank youIn other words, in these verses we are shown our need for the Savior and God’s plan to send the Savior,which comes out of His love for His creation.

I  end with this week’s part of my Psalm 91 study:

Psalm 91:5a You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,

This promise of protection covers us from every evil known to man. Violence is committed in order to frighten and/or to achieve power.  If we choose to trust God’s promises in verses 1-4, we can wield the power of faith to overcome all the power of all fear from the enemy included in “terror by night”.  Peggy Joyce says: “Faith is just the choice to receive what Jesus has already done.  Fear comes when we think we are responsible for bringing about this protection ourselves; it’s the opposite of faith.”  Our part is to believe God’s truth is stronger than the fear and speak out His promises of protection.

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God’s voice, sleep, and dreams?

Good day readers, nice to be musing with you all again!

Job 33:14

For God may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive it.

  1. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep slumbering on their beds,

  2. Then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.

Today I listened to two episodes of Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural TV.  both guests were speaking about dreams, how God speaks and how God wants to speak.  Tommy Reid was first.  He believes all of us have dreams of our future when we’re between 7&8 years old, but usually our parents or others point out the impossibility of that idea.  He gave the example of Henry Ford’s childhood dream of the world on wheels when there weren’t even gas stations yet.  Tommy helped start Paul Younggie Cho’s church and Cho wanted Tommy to co-pastor the work with him.  Tommy declined because that’s not the dream God had given him when he was young.  A few years later, Tommy found the church from his dream in the Buffalo, NY area.  Starting with about 145 people, the church grew to over 1,000 in the first month!

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Tommy encourages us to spend time outside under the open heaven as Abraham did and soak in the wonder of the universe God made.  Seek God for His dream for you as you accept the fact He has one for you and wants you to receive it and walk in it.  Another word for this kind of dream would be destiny.  The Lord has a destiny for each one of us; satan has stolen many destinies and it’s time we take them back!

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The second guest was Laura Harris Smith who has written a dream dictionary to help people interpret their dreams in a Biblical way.  She shared that Science has proven that we all have 4 REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycles each night and we have 3-4 dreams during each REM cycle.  Since God created us to need sleep and we sleep about 1/3 of our lives, must be dreaming is an important part of God’s plan – that’s 12-18 dreams each night – but most of us can’t remember any of them!

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Our enemy wants to stop us from our dreams because he knows God wants to communicate with us through dreams.  On a third episode of Sid Roth’s ISN, his guest said God likes to speak in parables as Jesus did in the Bible.  This means God uses our minds and things in our realm of experience while we sleep to put things in our thoughts and wants us to pursue Him and ask The Holy Spirit to help us understand our dreams and what God is wanting to say to us through them.

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So, I encourage you to kick satan out of your thoughts and dreams and press in to The Holy Spirit, inquiring of the Lord to find out what He wants to say to you.

 I almost forgot this week’s Psalm 91 lesson is verse 4: “He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge. His faithfulness is a shield and a bulwark.”

  Again, there is a part for us to play.  Peggy Joyce Ruth shares watching her mother hen put out her wings and call her chicks to run into her shelter and then she hid them under her wings to keep them safe from a hawk.  The hen did not run around gathering her chicks; they had to choose to run into the safety her wings offered.  So must we choose to run into the safety God offers!  Note that the first verse of Psalm 91 uses eagle’s wings which offer us strength and accomplishment, the chicken’s wings offer us protection and familiarity with God.  I pray you will find your dreams, have sweet sleep only the Lord can provide, and find shelter in His safety.  Amen!

The Scariest Words Jesus Ever Said

I’ve heard several Heavenly visions or near-death experiences that point to unforgiveness in the heart keeping people out of Heaven. I’ve also heard one of the biggest sins in the church these days is unbelief. Ask God to search your heart as King David did and let the Spirit help “weed your garden”

Stand Tall For Christ

You know the verses, you have probably heard them your entire Christian life, but when is the last time you really meditated on the words of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 7: 21-23? Here are the verses…

Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Understand the context of this verse. Jesus is referring to His “followers”… or at least those who claim to be followers of Jesus. This is a startling proclamation from our King that should give us pause…

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Be Thou My Vision…

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I continue to share words of a Hymn the Spirit has put in my thoughts quite often; even today!  Our Pastor shared the story of Gideon along with Ephesians chapter 1 and this is a  good Hymn based on Bible truth that goes with these passages in the Bible.  This is a good one to use daily as we humble ourselves in prayer, realize or position in God, and make His will our own:

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father and I, Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart;
O King of glory, my treasure Thou art.

O King of glory, my victory won;
Rule and reign in me ’til Thy will be done;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall;
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Taken from: https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/ns/345  (music is also on this site)

This week in my study of Psalm 91 with Peggy Joyce Ruth,Verse 3:

“For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.”

Peggy says:  The traps your enemy sets for you are custom made, placed and bated specifically for each one of us…you don’t die instantly, but are ensnared until the trapper comes to destroy you.  HOPEGod delivers you!  

Destructive, deadly pestilence can be a destroyer of crops like locusts or any deadly disease that comes to destroy you like swine flu.  HOPE: God delivers you from these also!

These verses relate to The Lord’s Prayer:  “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Remember, this promise is for the one who chooses to abide under the shadow of the Most High (verse 1) and also SAYS of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress and I TRUST Him (verse 2)!

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