Intro to 10:10 verses in Bible

A good day to you all, my dear Readers!  Thanks for joining me as I delve into the Bible, following a curiosity lead I got while reading.  Most of us know by heart:

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Another familiar verse is:

Romans 10: 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

John 10:10 gets to the heart of the matter:  the ‘thief’, otherwise known as satan or the devil, (I refuse to give the liar honor by capitalizing his names) is where all the evil begins (after our fallen human nature).  Christ Jesus is where our life of abundance lies.  Romans 10:10 tells us how belief in your heart leads to salvation.  Two very important verses for us all!

I found many books of the Bible either don’t have a 10th chapter, or there’s no verse 10, but let’s begin in Genesis and see where it goes from there:

Genesis chapter 10 recounts the sons of Noah after the flood. Noah’s son Ham begot Cush, then:

Genesis 10: 8 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.”

Genesis 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.                                                                                                         

Verses 11 & 12  list the other lands Nimrod added to his kingdom.

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Exodus 10 is when Pharaoh didn’t want to let the children of Israel go to worship, just before the plague of locusts descended.

Exodus 10:10 Then he said to them, “The Lord had better be with you when I let you and your little ones go! Beware, for evil is ahead of you.

11 Not so! Go now, you who are men, and serve the Lord, for that is what you desired.” And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence. (Pharaoh refused to let the men take their children with them)

A hard heart was used to bring Israel out of Egypt with a mighty hand, to show the LORD’s great power.

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Numbers 10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”

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In Numbers chapter 10 the LORD instructs Moses to make two silver trumpets and tells him how they will be used for signals to call the leaders, the divisions of the people, the whole camp; also what to do for war times, and this verse is what to do for glad feasts, offerings & sacrifices, and memorials before God.

I’ll stop here for the week and pick up the search in Deuteronomy 10:10 in my next post.  I encourage you to look up the chapters I’ve already used as you wait.

Happy Bible reading my friends!

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Rewarder of those who Seek…

He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

This morning (January 8) in my Fasting Journal (Jentezen Franklin’s The Fasting Edge Journal), the seventh day fasting reminders are:
  • Make sure you’re drinking enough water.

  • Take time to rest and relax as you wait upon the Lord today.

  • Continue to meditate and listen for that still, small voice.

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I’m really pushing myself to drink more water; Sunday I was off-kilter and found it was because I stopped drinking water too early Saturday after supper and started drinking too late after awaking Sunday.  It took about two hours after my first bottle of water to find my balance.
Today I took time to relax as I waited; praying in the Spirit and with my understanding, singing the songs that the Spirit was bringing, magnifying the Lord. I brought before Him people that came to mind, declared health and the Blood of Jesus over my entire body (I’m experiencing a bit of sore throat and hip irritation) and several other things that came to mind. I set an alarm to go off in an hour and by then I was ready for:

Thoughts for your Journal:

  • Have you ever had a sense of God speaking to you, and if so, how did you know it was God’s voice?

  • What are the different ways you expect God to speak to you during this fast?

Yes, I have heard God speaking to me; if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you’ve heard him too because you can’t come to Him unless He draws you!
I knew it was God’s voice because it was thoughts I knew didn’t originate in my train of thought, Scriptures lined up, confirmation came from listening to others in authority over me; I had a peace within that confirmed it.
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Be still and know that I am God;  Psalm 46:10a

In the prayer focus, Jentezen says: “As you find time to be still in His presence today, realize that He is God and He has everything in your life under control.  He does have a purpose for you , and He wants you to be fully prepared for it.  he knows what you need and how to provide it for you.  Trust in Him as you wait upon Him today.”

I know there’s so much more that God has planned for me and I don’t want to miss it, so I appreciate this time set aside to deny flesh, spend concentrated time in waiting and prayer, and to stop all the other voices around and in me and find what the “still small voice” of the Lord is wanting to say.
This is what I sensed the Lord was saying to me as I was seeking Him this morning: 

Come out of complacency and unbelief. 

Grab hold of the LORD- Father, Son, Spirit-

don’t let go until breakthrough and infusion of

Love, Power, Holy Laughter and Joy manifest!

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I pray, my dear Readers, that you find time away from the fray and quiet yourself, expecting the Lord to speak as you wait patiently.
This is an excellent time to set apart at the beginning of this new year; we don’t really know what’s ahead, but He’s already been from the beginning to the end. He alone knows how to lead us through it in victory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humbling, Obedience and God-fearing?

giving thanks Yes, I never stop giving thanks for all of you, my readers!  This post is a little later than usual; I’ll try and gather my thoughts into some semblance of order.

This is day 3 of my 21 day Daniel Fast.  Jentezen Franklin says the 2nd and 3rd days are the hardest because your body’s trying to adjust to the change in diet.  Yesterday was a day filled with a prayer meeting, ice skating, shopping at Aldi’s for veggies, the post office, and getting my ring inspected.  It was a day filled with chances to break down and buy treats I’m determined not to eat and spend money I really don’t have, but I count the Lord faithful to guide me by the Spirit to turn from these temptations. With yesterday and today being days of humble myself and confess the sins my heart & flesh are finally giving up, repentance is the word for today.

Well, today I spent the morning shoveling snow off our driveway so it can melt as the day warms up.  This meant I did not read the fasting journal and Moravian Daily Texts until after lunch.  Both books talk about sins and repentance.  Today’s Daily Text watchword is:

You have looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away.  Why? says the Lord of Hosts.  Because my house lies in ruins, while all of you hurry off to your own houses. Haggai 1:9

This verse led me to think of so many things I’ve spent my time and money on in the past year.  How many of those things did I end up reselling at a deep discount or giving away because they did not fulfill what I expected?  Where could I have spent that money and it would have produced eternal treasure; or NOT spent it, honoring my husband?  How could I have avoided being reprimanded by my husband, spending time hoping he wouldn’t find out where I spent my money or stuffing all this down into my heart’s deep recesses by justifying my spending?  Praise be to God, The Spirit searches our hearts, shining a light on them to show us the wicked ways that keep us from intimacy with the Lord!  I don’t want to get into “sloppy grace” and just say it’s all O.K.  I want to be washed clean by the blood of Christ; REPENTANCE!

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I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as things I’ve covered up instead of quickly repenting of.  I’m excited to be on this time of fasting to give God room to clean my body, soul and spirit.  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:20) I want to return to obedience and a true fear of God and His greatness rather than my own perceived greatness.

I leave you with part of  Moravian Hymn 615 that’s included in the Daily Text:

  • God, grant me the strength to do with ready heart and willing, 

  • whatever You command, my calling here fulfilling;

  • and do it when I ought, with zeal and joyfulness;

  • and bless the work I’ve wrought, for You must give success.

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Cusp of the New Year 2019

 

2018 is soon to become a memory as 2019 approaches, so here’s a short version of my year of following Abba/Father.

In Mid-January as I started this blog, another blogger suggested her readers choose a word for the new year’s theme. Choosing Abba/Father for my word began a year of experimenting with ways to carve out more time to focus on the Lord, drawing nearer and experiencing  increase of Abba’s presence. I found abundant relief in choosing to forgive others as I’ve been forgiven, finding new power in The Lord’s Prayer.  This led to letting go of fear and replacing it with truth.  I began declaring truth, applying the Blood of Jesus, calling angels to do their jobs, and experiencing healings in my body, soul and mind. I stumbled discerning how to manage the increase in finances, but the Spirit was faithful to give me resources that spoke right to my needs. New outlets have opened up for the fruits of the Spirit developing in me to be used .

I took opportunities to plant seeds & water God-things in friends, loved ones, and family and was blessed to help a granddaughter ask Jesus and Holy Spirit in her life and mentor her.  Another blessing: to connect with a former Pastor when he came to our area to lecture on Charles G. Finney in the heart of the area where he was saved and began his ministry.  It was wonderful to catch up with Pastor’s work & family and to share what the Lord is doing in me and my family.  Also, I’m again mailing out encouraging notes/cards; a ministry I laid down for a bit. Wonder of wonders – in October I experimented with the Business Card template on Word Publisher and developed a contact card to hand out.  My blog tag is so long and our address so new, it’s hard to keep writing it out for people and the cards are a good help.

image000000_33 Yes, I’ve missed opportunities and blown chances this year, so I’m glad the Bible says so much about restoration!

Looking toward 2019, I’ve chosen Shalom for my theme word.  I plan to finish my Psalm 91 study over the next several weeks.  I’ll join our church fast from January 2-22,  reading Jentezen Franklin’s book & journal The Fasting Edge in preparation/support for my fast.  I’ve chosen the Moravian Daily Texts 2019 for my devotional which includes a passage from the Old Testament, Psalms & Proverbs, New Testament and a hymn for each day.

Jentezen Franklin compares fasting to sharpening an ax, using this story taken from Tony Evans Speaks Out on Fasting (p.5-6) (I’ve condensed it) a strong, young lumberjack challenged a respected veteran lumberjack to a contest to see who could chop down more trees in a day.  They started out early in the day, the young man confidently swinging his ax at tree after tree over the day, confident in his own strength, seeing the veteran lumberjack taking several breaks. At the end of the day, the young man was astonished that the other had felled more trees.  How? “The older, wiser man kindly replied,’Son, what you don’t understand is that every time I sat down for what you call a break, I was sharpening my ax. A well-sharpened ax makes for a lot less work, so trees fell faster.’ ” (Jentezen Franklin The Fasting Edge p. 2-3)

  What do you think?  As you prepare for the new year, is it wise to set aside time to seek the Lord and pray, denying your flesh, especially if you notice your “edge” is a bit dull?  I challenge you to join me along with our congregation, to cut something out of your life for 21 days – denying your flesh – to devote time to seek the Lord and lay down your plans before Him so He can guide you through 2019.  Happy New Year!

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Shalom To You!

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Peace on earth is a popular theme at Christmas time; in the Christmas cards I’m sending, I’m adding a prayer for Shalom for my family, friends and loved ones for 2019. What are we really asking for? What does Shalom mean?

Returning to the One New Man Bible Glossary page 1785, this is what I found:

Shalom cannot be translated into English with a single word.  Shalom comes from Shalem meaning to be complete.  When there is Shalom, there is:                                                                                                   

  • tranquility

  • justice

  • sufficient food, clothing, housing

There is Divine health, with no sickness.       Dove

Shalom means an absence of:

  • disorder

  • injustice

  • bribery

  • corruption

  • conflict

  • lack 

  • hatred

  • abuse violence

  • pain suffering

  • immorality

  • and all other negative forces

A rabbi wrote that Shalom means “No good thing is withheld.”                                          elated Therefore when we pray for the Shalom of Jerusalem, we are praying that there will not be any:

  • injustice
  • disorder
  • strife
  • violence
  • poverty
  • sickness
  • abuse
  • accidents
  • homelessness
  • pain
  • hunger
  • and more.
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Psalm 122: I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the House of the LORD.  Our feet have stood within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, wherever the tribes go up, the tribes of Yah, to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the LORD.  For there are set thrones of judgement, the thrones of the house of David.
Pray fervently for the Shalom of Jerusalem!  They that love you will have security.  Peace be within your walls, security within your palaces.
For my brothers’ and companions’ sake, I shall now say Peace Be Within You. Because of the House of the LORD our God I shall seek your good.
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When Shalom reigns there will be no immorality, no injustice.  The principles advocated in the Torah will be followed by all. Then the command to love your neighbor will be made complete.

Matthew 22:36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

There’s always a choice: surrender to the flesh and the world’s view or to Christ and God’s view.  True Shalom is only found in Him, in a heart and mind surrendered to His love.  Thanks be to God for sending His son to save us from the wrath of God we deserve; to reconcile us to the love that is found in Him. Think about it:  if Jesus chose not to do the Father’s Will; to be obedient unto death on the cross, we would have no chance to experience true Shalom!  Praise be to God who knows how to fulfill prophecies no matter how many generations come between His speaking and the fulfillment.

Have a blessed Christmas my dear readers, as you meditate on what this season portends. 69v

Jesus Christ God’s Greatest Gift given to us on December 25th

I light of what I shared in Friday’s post (12-14-2018) this adds to what I wrote, but the final thought I come to is: we wast time debating over issues like this that distract us from rejoicing in thanks to God for sending Christ Jesus to save us and reconcile us back to the Father!

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Ws 3.

69vWs 3Christmas is a special time of year and many celebrate God’s greatest Gift to Mankind, His beloved Son Jesus Christ. We have been asked a few times now by different Blogging friends if we would continue confirming Jesus Birth as being on the 25th of December.

We felt the best way to do this is to share with you in the sequence of advents that God reveals in the Scriptures that happened before and after His birth. We will look today at a few of these and at another time we will look at the signs in the Heavens before and at the time of Jesus Birth and also confirmation through other events and times of Jesus Life and Death, which also confirm that He was Born on the 25th of December.

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Christmas Is Coming!

Christmas is Coming

*The music to Christmas is Coming was composed by Edith Nesbit Bland in the late nineteenth century. The author of the lyrics is unknown but the popularity of this traditional Christmas song is handed down from generation to generation in the form of a nursery rhyme.

The words of Christmas is coming reflects the Christmas
festival of celebration of being a time of plenty
but that charity should be given to the less
fortunate according to the giver’s means!

Christmas is Coming : Lyrics

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Christmas is coming,
The geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny
In the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny,
A ha’penny will do,                    
If you haven’t got a ha’penny,
Then God bless you. 

*https://www.carols.org.uk/christmas_is_coming.htm

Last week in my Musings, I mentioned Jesus Christ most likely wasn’t born in December according to those who know traditional Jewish practices.  First,                                                   Luke 1:5 In the days of King Herod of Judea there was a certain priest named Zechariah from the division Abijah, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron and her name was Elizabeth.

 In  1 Chronicles 24:1  we have an account of the way the sons of Aaron were divided into 24 divisions for the priesthood duties.  The Abijah division served in the temple twice a year, in June and December which would mean John the Baptist was probably born in March – April or September-October [depending on the lunar calendar used] and Jesus being born 6 months later, would have been March – April or September – October . [info taken from One New Man Bible glossary p.1711-1712]  We have examples of this these days by how Easter sometimes falls during Passover and Christmas and Hanukkah often overlap because the dates are figured according to two different calendars. 

Luke 2:8 And shepherds were in this field, living out of doors and keeping watch by night over their flocks.  (One New Man Bible)
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I have heard in the spring at the time of the Passover, shepherds tending their sheep on the hills of Bethlehem had to watch the lambs very closely.  The ones without spot or blemish were wrapped in swaddling cloths (as Jesus was) so they would be preserved for the temple Priests to use for Passover lambs . 

Also, I’ve heard this may have been the time of Succoth or Booths when the Israelites made dwelling places outside of their houses to remind them of when they dwelt in tents in the wilderness. Shepherds were not always in the fields with their flocks at night, but shortly before Passover they would have been; possibly during the time of Booths.

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Well, no matter when Jesus was really born, this is the time when most of the world is celebrating His coming and we get lots of opportunities to proclaim His coming and why He came.  Also, we have a number of chances to give to let others know God gave the best gift; His only son so we could be saved from our sins and reconciled back to the Father, brought back into relationship with the One who made us and loves us from Eternity to Eternity.  

Going back to the words of Mrs. Bland, if you have the means, please give wherever you see an opportunity.  If you don’t have monetary means, what else can you give?  Your time and attention? Something you can make with your own hands?  Your prayers?  Maybe it’s a phone call, an encouraging word or smile to someone you meet, a short text, visit, or just attending many of the various events in your area.  Maybe like us, you’ve been kept inside due to the winter weather which has cancelled a number of activities lately.  It’s been a good time to order and send things off our family’s Amazon wish lists, to get Christmas cards ready to mail, time to wrap what we’ve bought locally, and time to contact family and organize our schedule to visit them all in the next couple weeks.  

No matter what is going on in your world, set your thoughts on the goodness of our God and give thanks for what you have, not what you’ve not.  Hearts in general are a bit lighter, faces a bit brighter this time of year when we’re thinking about the joys of Christmas and enjoying the lights and festivities.  Remember, peace on earth begins in each of our hearts as we turn to Christ, no matter what time of year it is!  No matter what’s going on in your life right now, I encourage you to use this time as a springboard to joy, peace, love and a deep contemplation of all we have in Jesus Christ.  The kind of joy that comes from the LORD is something we can have no matter what our circumstances are. Give out an extra hug to someone!

I’ll get back to my Psalm 91 study after Christmas!

My dear readers, I pray true Shalom (complete peace & provision including return of lost possessions/finances, reconciliation, health and well-being) in Jesus name, Amen

blessing forever