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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Hail Jesus, You’re my King!

stary eyesWelcome Readers! 

Here’s another song that came to me from the early days of my walk with Jesus.  It’s just as uplifting and encouraging as it was in the 1980’s!

Lyrics

Hail Jesus! You’re my King!
Your life frees me to sing
I will praise You all of my days
You’re perfect in all Your ways

Hail Jesus! You’re my Lord!
I will obey Your word
Because I want to see Your kingdom come
Not my will but Yours be done

Glory, glory to the Lamb!
You will take us into the land
We will conquer in Your name
And proclaim that “Jesus reigns!”

Hail, hail! Lion of Judah!
How wonderful You are!
Hail, hail! Lion of Judah!
How powerful You are!

He’s the Lion in the Tribe of Judah
He’s the Root and the Offspring of David
He’s the Lily of the Valley
He’s the Bright and Morning Star

The Lion of Judah shall break every chain and give to us the victory again and again

Songwriters: Joseph William Vogels

Victory Chant (Hail Jesus) lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Glorious summer sunset in Henderson, NY

These days, the windows of Heaven are opening more than ever before.  What do you need in your life?  The Psalmist says: I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help?  It comes from the Lord, maker of Heaven and earth! Look up; what’s in the news is not what you want to focus on, Heaven and God’s glory are!  Let’s agree for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  I pray for you with the Apostle Paul:

Ephesians 1:11-19

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,

may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened;

that you may know what is the hope of His calling,

what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the Saints,

and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,

according to the working of His mighty power

(which raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the heavenly places).  

ALMOST forgot!  Week 2 in my study of Psalm 91 with Peggy Joyce Ruth:

“What is coming out of my mouth?”  Verse 2 says: “I will say of the Lord, ‘my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ ”  We MUST SAY from our mouth and our heart what we believe God will do.  We can trust in many things other than God and His Word and spend a lot of time and money preparing for troubles as the world does, or we can stand on His promises and speak those things which we don’t see yet as if they are already seen.  If we speak doubt, fear or curses, God doesn’t have anything to work with to bring good out of our situation!  

I share these photos taken just a few hours ago; clouds I’ve never seen before showing Heaven come down in a mighty way around my house!

 

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GLORY!!!

Ancient Of Days

Ancient of Days

God reveals Himself to us in the Bible and through His Spirit as well as through science and all of creation. It’s been said that good hymnody is good theology; parts of this hymn come to mind often when I experience the glory of God.  Let’s take this chance to think about the Glory and majesty of God:

MOST BLESSED, MOST GLORIOUS

Immortal, Invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes
Most blessed, most Glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, Victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

Verse 2
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

Verse 3
To all life Thou givest to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish but nought changeth Thee.

Verse 4
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee.

(Madam’s Verse)
To all life Thou givest to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
Thy wisdom so boundless, Thy mercy so free
Eternal Thy goodness for naught changeth Thee

from http://lyrics.ghospel.com/2014/08/17/most-blessed-most-glorious-3/

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This is one of the many photos I’ve taken of the magnificent cloud formations around our home near Lake Ontario, this is taken from our back porch.  I’m overwhelmed by the glory of these displays of God’s glory; He really shows off around here!

What inspires you to give thanks and praise to Father God?   What draws you closer to the One who reconciled us to Himself?  I’m beginning a study of Psalm 91 by Peggy Ruth Joyce.  Here’s the first verse, the first week’s lesson:

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Peggy Ruth points out that there’s a part we must follow for God’s part to work:  we must dwell in our secret place; ask the Spirit to show you yours if you don’t have one yet.  Giving praise for God’s provision and protection help take you into this place of safety.  I pray you find your way into a deeper relationship with the Lord, no matter where you’re at currently.   More Lord, we need more!  Amen

Promises of God

Current Musings for August

IMG_20180816_190945521Hello to you, my blessed readers!  There is much on my mind during this busy season of garden harvest and food preservation.  Hours of working on tomatoes and cucumbers and onions etc. gives me time to muse and to watch YouTube videos while I work.  The following items will most likely become my future blog posts so here’s a preview:

  1. John 3:16, Proverbs 3:16 – both much quoted Scriptures.  I wonder what’s in the rest of the 3:16’s in the Bible? 

  2. Open Portals – the veil between Heaven and earth is quite thin these days.  What does this mean to me personally; to humans in general?

  3. Essential Oils – quite popular these days; what does the Bible say about oils?  I think I’ll start that one with Esther’s preparation to be presented to the King.

  4. The Time Is NOW – I’ve just read Phillip Cameron’s book about the unclaimed promises of God for household salvation.  I’m seeking the Lord for what my part is in my family’s salvation.

  5. Three Pastors from trouble making youths – At my husband’s 45th reunion, we found out three of the men from the class who were notorious carousers have become pastors. How does this affect this group of people?

  6. Miracle Maintenance by Joan Hunter – How To Receive And Keep God’s Blessings.  I’m interested in seeing miracles and blessings multiplied in my life and wonder how this book is going to help me reach this goal.

  7. I’m Not Lisa-My Name Is Julie…My Eyes Are Not Blue... Wondering why this song is coming to my thoughts so much lately.  Oh, I did ask God to help me learn to take thoughts captive!

  8. It’s about the hierarchy!  Tear it down and put it back in the right place.  This came to me as I awoke early one morning…still inquiring of the Lord what it means?

  9. I am a child of God who sings – not a singer who happens to be a Christian.  What does this really mean in my life?

  10. Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse – what does this mean in our lives?

  11. DSW, Bed, Bath & Beyond, gas card (many ads lately) as well as shows on TV – gold dust falling or a bright glow appearing…portend of God’s REAL glory falling?

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  12. What do my readers want to know about me?  About my family? About???

I leave you all with this thought:

What it says about God