A PEACEFUL & QUIET LIFE


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Wall inside Bethlehem

 

Wall inside Bethlehem (in West Bank)

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”

Psalm 4:8

Peace and safety is an issue nowadays.  Is it right to want a peaceful and quiet life?  Is it right to desire a safe place to dwell?   Would that all the world were a safe haven, but such is not the case.

The role of good government is to be “an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” (Roman 13:4)   It is the role of soldiers, sheriffs, policeman and our civil leaders to protect citizens from criminals, terrorism and fits of rage.  May we help through prayers.

1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  (1 Timothy 2)

It is pleasing to God to have a peaceful and quiet life!   YHWH-Shalom, the God of peace, is over your life if you are in Christ!

A good man wants safety for his family.  His nature is to protect!   He cares and defends the woman and children from evil.

Nehemiah was a Godly man, a good man.  He saw that the walls around Jerusalem needed to be rebuilt.

“I went out by night by the Valley Gate to the Dragon Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that were broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.”  (Nehemiah 2:13)

He gathered the rebuilders and they “each kept his weapon at his right hand” so as not to be taken off guard by their enemies.  There was much opposition to the wall from Sanballat and the army of Samaria.  They tried to dissuade the rebuilders.  But a wall was built and it was done courageously!

Someday there will be peace on earth.  “Thy Kingdom come.”  When the Prince of Peace is reigning there shall be no violence.

“Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.”   Isaiah 60:8

In the meantime, we need valiant men and women to protect their country from terrors, both within and without.

Jailhouse Rejoicing!


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In just 4 chapters of the book of Philippians, there are 16 references to “joy” or variations of “rejoice.” (NKJ)  St. Paul was having a marvelous day!   Yet he was imprisoned.  Happy in a jailhouse?  Paul was happy and he was rejoicing!

Paul rejoiced in knowing the work of God continues.  This was his first European church to be established by him.  He calls them, “my joy and crown.”  (v 4:1)  He expresses it to his second church in Thessalonica, “For you are our glory and joy.”  (1 Thes 2:20)   How happy we are to be used of the LORD in reaping a new harvest, the future citizens of heaven!

“20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.”

There’s joy in leading someone to the LORD!

 

LIGHT IN LIGHT


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As an artist, I learned that mixing red and blue makes purple.  Red mixed with yellow yields orange.  Blue mixed with yellow produces green.   If you mix all of the primaries, you get, well, mud.   (RYB color model)  This has been refined.  The Subtractive Primary Colors are  cyan, magenta, and yellow.   They produce black at the core.

But, the ADDITIVE PRIMARY COLORS are red, blue, and green.   These are used in television and LED, sources that use light.  At the core, they produce white light.

“God is Light.”  (1 John 1:5John 8:12)  

God is the true light, the purest form, a spiritual light.

I’m not a scientist, but I see something cosmic, something heavenly in all this: God is light.   And at the core, is pure white.

“The LORD wraps Himself in light as with a garment; He stretches out the heavens like a tent.”  Psalm 104:2 NIV

“who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”  1 Timothy 6:16

“In Your light do we see light.”  Psalm 36:9

Is this not Yahshua (Jesus Christ), the Second Person of the Trinity?   He is here in the Book of Daniel.

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.”  Daniel 7:9

Compare this to Jesus (Yahshua) in the Book of Revelation.

“The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow.”  Rev 1:14

This is our Yahshua!  He is pure bright light!

“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!”  Psalm 43:3

Someday, I expect to see the awesome colors in His Mount Zion, His New Jerusalem!  I believe they are much more intense. 

See my post on THE LIFE & THE LIGHT.

My Salvation


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Isaiah 49:5 ESV   And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD, and my God has become my strength— 6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  

The Orthodox Jewish Bible reads “that Thou mayest be My Yeshuah (Salvation)”.    

Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;

30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

Yeshuah came to be a light for all people, even to the Gentiles.  And Yeshuah, after He had risen from the dead, said:

Matthew 28:18 …  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Holy Spirit (Ruach haKadosh), gave the apostles and disciples the power to spread the good news on the Day of Pentecost.  Through many persecutions and trials, the faithful have spread His name, the name of Salvation, and the Light of the world.  There are believers in every land!   Even in places of severest persecution, the gospel goes on because there is Truth and Light and Love.

“Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”  Isaiah 9:7

Do you believe the Scriptures and the words of Isaiah?   Surely, no one fits the role of Messiah but Jesus Christ!   Truly, Emmanuel, Yeshuah came to be Light, over 2000 years ago.   And He will come again and save Israel!

7 “And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, going before them. 9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy,

so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced…”  Zechariah 12:7-10

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

Yeshuah is our Salvation!

YHWH is God


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YhwhGodLight

Psalm 117:1 Praise the LORD, all nations!  Extol him, all peoples!  2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.  Praise the LORD

Psalm 117 is the middle and shortest chapter of Bible.  It assures one that God is good.   That’s in contrast to the devil’s deception.  Satan implied that God wasn’t giving them the best by keeping the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil from them.

Between the shortest chapter, Psalm 117and the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, lies the redemption story.   It is prophesied as events of the life of Jesus Christ.  The Bible itself reflects the redemption story because it is crucial to understanding how good God is – that He would pay the price for man’s sins!  Even the Feasts of the LORD reflect it:   from being spared the death plague in Egypt to our living forever with the LORD!

PSALM 118 

MAN’S  REDEMPTION

Psalm 118 begins with:

1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
for His steadfast love endures forever!

He is ever faithful to those who have an awesome respect for God.  God is good!  His redemption story secures it.

GETHSEMANE

Verses 5-9 express what Christ would have experienced in Gethsemane.

5 Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
the LORD answered me and set me free.
6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
7 The LORD is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

Christ will look on in triumph at the Second Coming when everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD!

‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’  Isaiah 45:23  This is also reiterated in Romans 14:11 and Philippians 2:10-11.

TAKE REFUGE

The popular “middle verse” of the Bible in my days (but changed to Psalm 117):

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.

It’s a good standard to follow ALWAYS.   Mankind can mislead you.  The LORD never will.

GOLGOTHA

Verses 10 – 13 show the LORD on Golgotha:

10 All nations surrounded me;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
12 They surrounded me like bees;
they went out like a fire among thorns;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
13 I was pushed hard,a so that I was falling,
but the LORD helped me.

The blessed LORD was pushed hard in His flesh, but the LORD, His eternal essence, sustained Him.

RESURRECTION

Verses 14 -18 show the Resurrection of the LORD.

14 The LORD is my strength and my song;
He has become my salvation.
15 Glad songs of salvation
are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
16 the right hand of the LORD exalts,
the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”

17 I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the LORD.
18 The LORD has disciplined me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.

The LORD died physically, yes, indeed.  His Holy Spirit, however, remains!  It is the life-giving force to His resurrected body!  Did not He say:

“and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:26

We can all live for Christ is resurrected!  And now He opens to us doors to eternal life!

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous shall enter through it.

The “gates of righteousness” are now open to all through the blood of Christ!  But some rejected His work on the cross.

22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.

Will they come back?

23 This is the LORD’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.

Salvation is marvelous!   God is good!  Salvation has been bought and paid for!

HOSANNA!

“Hosanna” means “Oh, save now!”

25 Save us, we pray, O LORD!
O LORD, we pray, give us success!

27 The LORD is God,
and He has made His light to shine upon us.

As the celebrants saluted Jesus Christ on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, so it will be again the cry of the righteous.   “Oh, save now!”   Jesus Christ has promised His return and the LORD will defend Jerusalem!

3 Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west …   (Zechariah 14:3-4)

First, Jesus Christ needed to pay the price for our sins, that which keeps us separated from God, but soon all who are Israel will be drawn to Him.

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”

May I stress: “on Him whom they have pierced.”   They pierced the arms and legs of Jesus Christ!   He is the Savior!

“Truly, you are a God who hides Himself,
O God of Israel, the Savior.”  Isaiah 45:15

GOD IS GOOD!

Jesus Christ made atonement for our sins, so great is His mercy!  Psalm 118 ends in the same way as it started:

29 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
for His steadfast love endures forever!

His love endures!  God is good all the time!

 

The Constitution VS. Sharia Law

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“Sharia Law is the antithesis of freedom.”

Why do Muslims persist in “honor killings” in this country, something that is reprehensible to most Americans and against our laws?

Our laws in America are based on a Judeo-Christian heritage. Muslim doctrine is that “only Sharia law is suitable for Muslims. For Muslims to be ruled by Kafir [non-Muslim] laws is an abomination.” (Sharia Law for Non-Muslims, Center for the Political Study of Political Islam, p.15)

Sharia Law and Constitutional Law are therefore opposed to one another. Since our oath of citizenship requires one to “support and defend the Constitution”, it therefore follows, that no one who supports Sharia Law can support our Constitution as well. Therefore, visas should be denied to and or revoked for anyone who promotes Sharia Law.    This should be ascertained by their actions as well as their words, for under Sharia Law Muslims are permitted to deceive non-Muslims. (ibid., p. 17)  Sharia Law is the antithesis of freedom.

For freedom’s sake, I call upon all those who have taken an oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic” to act upon that oath and protect this country from all who would impose Sharia Law.

This IS about freedom of religion. Sharia Law does NOT allow for freedom of religion. Our Constitution does. Muslims have, in this country, the freedom to believe in their religion and their god as far as it concerns their own individual lives. They cannot violently force that belief on others. But Sharia Law demands that all “submit” to Islamic law. That is contrary to our laws and would therefore infringe on everyone’s rights.  Sharia Law is political.

Pass this on to your representatives.

THE MEANING OF WORDS


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THE MEANING OF WORDS

“For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve Him with one accord.”   Zephaniah 3:9

The LORD God spoke the world into existence.  He did it with words. We need to be careful about the words we say.

BUDDHIST AUSTERITIES

“I once practiced Buddhist austerities …”  That included lots of chanting!   The words meant “Devotion to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sutra.”    I naively thought it was a way to “get in touch with the universe.”   I repeated this over and over and over.

The other word in the cult was “gohonzon” which translated meant “True Object of Worship”. Of course, this was idolatry, but foolish person as I was, I didn’t quite realize it then.   A near state of hypnotism is induced by the repetition of these words, so it took the prayers of many saints to set me free.  Once I began to see that the “True Object of Worship” or “Object of Devotion” was in fact an idol, I began to question.  A senior leader of the cult told me that the gohonzon is the same in the entire universe.  I concluded that anything the same in the universe could only be God, and I didn’t think that the scroll was God in any way nor form!

The cult leaders made arguments such as:

“These images, however, are generally not worshipped by Buddhists in the same sense that the Biblical “heathens” are said to have worshipped their idols.” ( http://www.sgi.org/about-us/buddhism-in-daily-life/the-gohonzon-observing-the-mind.html )

Idolatry is idolatry.  If one is dedicating one’s life, it should be to God!  But the cult leaders said you could be a better Baptist if you chanted!   Now, I know that is a lie from the pit of hell!

In yoga and Hindu austerities, they also call on the names of a false god in their esoteric positions.   These words call on a supernatural power, and it’s not God.  Words have meanings.

But praise God for deliverance!

THE ENEMY’S TRICKS

The enemy has ways to trick people into saying things with which we wouldn’t necessarily agree.

Now, where does the expression “Trick or Treat” come from?  Let’s put it like this: ”If you don’t want an evil trick played on you, then give me my candy.”  This is wrong.  You wouldn’t want a child to do that!  And yet, we let our children say it.  You might say it’s just an expression. The words say it boldly.  Words have meanings.

Of course, this is all forgiven, if the blood of Jesus Christ’s is upon a life.  But that doesn’t mean we should approve of this.   Words that would grieve His Holy Spirit, I want no part of!

The party was a Latvian festivity.  I joined in unknowingly with the foreign words to a common melody.  It turned out they were not so nice and full of vulgarities.  That was the last time I ever sang a song to which I wasn’t aware of the meaning!   Words have meanings.

It prepared me for this.  A music minister, in another part-time position, told me that it would be all right to sing praise to Venus!  She explained that the language was Latin and people didn’t understand the words.  I did!  Words have meanings.   I would not sing and left the choral society.

Nowadays there are t-shirts and designer clothes with foreign words.  Do you know what they mean?   You could be walking around with a misrepresentation of who you are.

UNCLEAN LIPS

“And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!’”  Isaiah 6:5

Isaiah had unclean lips.  A seraphim cleansed his lips with a burning coal.  He lived in a land of unclean lips.  We live in a land of unclean lips.

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness… but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”  James 3:6

Even if the enemy knows you want to keep in line with God’s Scriptures, he will try to cajole you.  But be forewarned.  He’s crafty.   But God will purify our tongues.

“Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.”  Zephaniah 3:9 NIV

The lips of all will be purified. It’s a holy people that will have the privilege of being blessed by the King!

“‘Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord,and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.’  2 Corinthians 6:17

“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”  2 Corinthians 7:1

“Since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”  1 Peter 1:16

 

 

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How does one expose them?  By saying it is wrong.

Halloween has become one of the biggest celebrations in America.   Can it not be that syncretism with pagan holidays, in part, has lead to this lack of morality in our country?   That and the fascination with witches and warlocks.

The rowdies of Halloween fame are not pure.  Witches and warlocks are me-centered. They speak, “What’s in it for me?” or  “How can I make you do what you don’t want to do?”  That’s a spell.  They are carnal in nature.  They pray “My will be done” NOT “Thy (the Lord’s) will be done.”  There won’t be any witches or warlocks in the Kingdom of God, unless they repent.

CHILDREN OF LIGHT

But the LORD encourages us:

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

We need to tell children not to go along with the politically-correct way of doing things. They need to learn now.  Children need to be LIGHT and conduct themselves in righteous ways.

Encourage your child that their Christianity does not stop when they go to school or when they close the Bible. They need to learn that the world will always be tempting them to compromise their values. We are called to be salt. We are called to be pure.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: … to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

THE MEANING OF WORDS

Where does “Trick or Treat” come from? Put it like this: ”If you don’t want an evil trick played on you, then give me my candy.” This is wrong. You might say it’s just an expression. The words say it. Words have meanings.

I once was a Buddhist, many years ago. The chants, they have meanings, too! Many call on the names of a false god in their esoteric positions and wonder why they have problems! Words have meanings.

A music minister, in another part-time position, told me that it would be all right to sing praise to Venus!  She explained that the language was Latin and people didn’t understand the words.  I did!  Words have meanings.   I would not sing and left the choral society.

“For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord.”  Zephaniah 3:9

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

If you want to do something for the LORD, not just on Halloween but any day, go and pray for someone.   Do for others.   Give out a tract.   Maybe give candy or something worthwhile.   That is the opposite spirit.   Don’t threaten them with the expression, “Trick or Treat”, but say something that is a blessing!    Tell them, “Jesus loves you!” or “Hallelujah!”

The Fall Fest or Hallelujah Nights offer games and activities.   Many churches do evangelism this night.   Some of us need to be praying.  Do what the LORD tells you to do, in which case, that would NOT go against Biblical standards.

God protect our children!

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”  Ephesians 5:11