Faith is much more important than religion. Religion enslaves, faith frees. Joseph- Anthony: Green
God’s faithfulness means that God will always do what He has said and fulfill what He has promised. Wayne Grudem
Another word for hope is faith. Another word for faith is trust. There is no other I trust my life with but Jesus. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
Ahaz was faithless.
Neighboring countries of Syria and Israel banned together to fight the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Ahaz, the king of Judah, sent for the king of Assyria to come to his rescue.
The LORD God is sovereign in the affairs of the nations and He sent the Hebrew prophet Isaiah to counsel Ahaz. Isaiah said, “Take care, and be calm, have no fear and do not be fainthearted because the two stubs of smoldering firebrands . . .” (Isaiah 7:4). The two threatening countries are just burned up pieces of firewood. God said, “It shall not stand, nor shall it come to pass” (v. 7).
What would you have done if you were Ahaz? The pressure on Ahaz was intense, not just the threat of war, but the LORD was breathing down his neck as well. “If you will not believe, you surely shall not last” (v. 19). Ahaz, you are as good as gone yourself if you do not trust Me. If you trust Me I will deliver you from this smoke, but if you don’t you are through as a king. Moreover, trusting in the Assyrian army is not trusting in Yahweh.
Ahaz refused to trust in the LORD. So He spoke to the king again, “Ask for a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it as deep as Sheol or high as heaven” (v. 11). Go ahead, ask Ahaz! What an opportunity to see God do the impossible!
King Ahaz got a little religious. “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD” (v. 12). That was exactly what he was doing by not trusting Yahweh. God invited Ahaz to ask for the “sign.” He was not testing God; God was testing him. The “sign” was a pledge of divine certainty, a miracle wrought for evidential purposes.
What would you have asked for? How would you have responded?
Now if Ahaz had been a wise man he would have gone ahead and asked. When God proposes a sign it is not a test; it was an invitation to come and see what God can do in a time of crisis. “Listen now, O house of David!” Isaiah was getting to a little testy. “Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?” (v. 13). Isaiah did not say “your” God, but “my God.”
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel” (v. 14).
I have no problem with the “virgin” because I do not have any problem with “Immanuel.” The greater event is not the “virgin,” but “God with us.” The Incarnation, God becoming flesh, is the great mystery. Isaiah was referring to something very unusual. It would not be unusual for a maiden to conceive; that happens every day. However, a “virgin,” a marriageable young lady of unblemished reputation would be a very unusual “sign.” It pointed to the greater event.
J. W. Watts said the sign of the virgin would be “an encouragement to a faithful remnant to Israel. As a wonder of wonders such as had just been offered, and as a condemnation of the faithless elements in the line of David.”
The prophet Isaiah developed the idea of the child to be born (7:14), His birth (9:6f), His reigning (11:1f), and His death as the suffering servant of the LORD (Isa 52:13-53:12).
“God with us.” That is the wonder of wonders. God in the corporeal self-manifestation of Himself would be a super-human person. God with us is the God-man. He is the incarnation of Deity. Immanuel would Himself be El (God). This child to be born would be God among His people, and characteristic of Him.
“God with us” is “Christ, in you the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). “For in Him [Christ] all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority” (Col. 2:9-10).
How did the LORD God fulfill His “sign” given to Ahaz? The angel Gabriel said to the virgin, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). “God with us” is “Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
“God with us.” “Christ in you.” Not only is all the fullness of Deity dwelling “in bodily form” in Jesus Christ, but “in Him you have been made complete . . .” (Col. 2:10).
The apostle Paul, in the verses that follow, stresses the Christian’s vital union with Jesus Christ. “And in Him you have been made complete . . . and in Him you were also circumcised . . . having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions . . .” (Col. 2:11-13).
Don’t miss the greatest mystery in the Bible. “God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (1:27).
God’s great goal in the gospel ministry is “that we may present every man complete in Christ” (v. 28).
SELAH! Pause – reflect- just think of that!
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006 Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances whatsoever without the author’s written consent.
Love, prayer, patience, faith and obedience is the foundation of every Christian life. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).
The Christian faith of the first century of Christianity was centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. The preeminence of Christ was the focus of the early preaching in the church. Christianity is Christ, and as in many other passages, Philippians 2:5-11 makes this emphatically clear.
Even before His incarnation, Jesus was in the form of God and was equal to God. Jesus Christ eternally possesses all of God’s attributes. He is God. “He existed in the form of God” (v. 6), is not referring to a bodily appearance, but is a strong way of proclaiming the deity of Jesus Christ. His deity never alters or changes.
Jesus, in His high priestly prayer the night before His crucifixion, referred to His “glory which I even had with You before the world was” (John 17:5). He was referring to the glory He enjoys on par with His heavenly Father. The apostle John wrote of this same pre-incarnate glory in John 1:1-4, 14.
The event that staggers the mind almost beyond comprehension is the fact that the Second Person of the Trinity laid aside the manifestation of His divine glory and took upon Himself the form of a common household slave. He became flesh. He is the God-man. He was fully God and fully man. He is God in the flesh. The Word became flesh, and pitched His tent in our very midst, testifies the apostle John (1:14,18). The one who enjoyed glory that was inherently His throughout eternity past “did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (v. 7).
Jesus Christ exists eternally as the Second Person of the Godhead, and as such He is equal with God the Father. Everything the LORD God Almighty is, so is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Before He became flesh, Jesus Christ shared to the full the divine nature and was clothed with the splendor that always surrounded God’s person. He was identical with God both inwardly and outwardly. When Jesus became flesh, what remained was God’s glory in the inward sense because even in His flesh Jesus was God and retained that full divine nature.
The Second Person of the Godhead Jesus Christ was not selfish. He did not cling to the outward glory of His deity, “But emptied Himself,” not of His divinity, but the outward visible manifestation of it. He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. He made nothing of Himself. He was obedient to His heavenly Father as a bond-slave. He only limited Himself of His outward visible glory because He was still God.
In addition to being God, Jesus took on “the form of a bond servant.”
The essential attributes of God were unchangeable and unchanging. The essential nature of Jesus Christ is the same as the essential nature of God. The nature of Jesus is the nature of God. The “form” signifies that which in God never alters and never changes.
Jesus laid aside His divine privileges and became the servant of Jehovah. The Son of God became the Servant of God. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (v. 8).
Jesus Christ gave up the glory and honor of heaven to become one of us so He could die as our substitute and provide a means whereby God could offer us eternal life. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13).
No one with a spiritually discerning mind can read those words without a deep sense of thanksgiving gratitude for a humble and obedient Savior. “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). He was humble and obedient even unto death.
Do you have this humble attitude of Jesus? When we have that attitude toward ourselves, we will, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). That is the mind of Christ in the Christian. It is a humble attitude of denying self, bearing the cross of Christ daily, and doing the will of God at all costs.Selah!
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006 Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances whatsoever without the author’s written consent. Pause – reflect- just think of that!
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Matthew 6:34 The Holy Bible The New Century Version
Earlier in the day my mom had a bad fall and a huge bump on the back of her head.
She was coming down the stairs and tried to use her walker on the top stairs as a stabilizer to get to the first stair. Of course she neglected to put the brakes on first.
I have been telling her for four years now to always put the brake on after she has finished walking ( which she never does ).
She fell down and got entangled in her walker on the first floor.
Having many years of medical experience I checked her out to see if she had any symptoms of a concussion. There was none. I checked on her every half an hour for six hours and there was no change.
When I went to bed and prayed on whether to take her to the hospital or not ( our local emergency ward is closed due to shortage of staff and the nearest other hospital ( which is short staffed ) is twenty miles away ( thank you to the government fools for firing the staff that was intelligent enough to refuse to get the covid scamdemic needle ) the devotional I was listening that evening before going to sleep from Grace For Purpose Prayers ( which is a fantastic site ) was about trusting Jehovah. It was as if Poppa was saying :” Do not worry about this, it is in my hands”
The next morning she was all black and blue from the fall but otherwise okay. Her doctor has told her she has a few cracked vertebra .
It has been five days now and “sometimes” she put the brake on but is slowly getting better at it.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah El Hayyay (Psalms 42:8 GOD of My Life ) that there is no need to worry about tomorrow or any other day because they are all in Your wise hands. I pray that I follow The Holy Spirits guidance when He softly whispers for me to do something ( like putting the brakes on the walker ) or to not do something ( like ignore Your warnings ) so as to avoid disaster which will cause me to suffer ( she is going to suffer for about three months because of this ). I praise You in the name of Your most obedient Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
Seleh. Seleh means to stop and think about it.
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But he has cheated me, changing my wages ten times. But God has not allowed him to do me any harm. Genesis 31:7
So he gathered a group of his relatives and set out in hot pursuit. He caught up with Jacob seven days later in the hill country of Gilead. But the previous night God had appeared to Laban the Aramean in a dream and told him, “I’m warning you leave Jacob alone!” Genesis 31:23-24 The Holy Bible ,The New Living Translation
Laban had cheated Jacob but out of this Jacob was blessed with an increase of flocks over Laban.
Jacob noticed Labans family had become so angry with him they were ready to kill him.
Jehovah spoke to Jacob and told him to vamoose.
Labans family took off in hot pursuit. Jehovah warned Laban not to harm Jacob.
What do you think would have happened if Laban had of tried to harm Jacob?
Many times the wicked will lay traps for the righteous but God will bless us with prosperity instead of failure. This will enrage the wicked. But God will advice us to vamoose.
The wicked will come after us with a blood lust.
But God will protect them.
Do you think Jehovah will allow them to harm a child of His? I do not.
That is why I was never afraid of the threats the tyrants in the government made to the unvaccinated ( like me ) when I refused to put that Frankenstein poison ( vaccine ) in my body .
Is it not interesting how the vaccinated are suffering much more than the unvaccinated?
Or when threatened for refusing to to wear the face diaper- face mask ( like me ).
Jehovah spoke with me at the beginning of this scam and told me not to comply.
If He tells me not to do something do you think He will allow some bully to hurt me for obeying Him?
My history says He will not .
Remember follow The Holy Spirits guiding not mans.
The Holy Spirits is for your own good while mans is for his own profit ( and how much profit did the drug companies ( legalized dope pushers ) and government lackies make off of that covid scam? ) .
The evil ones will try to hurt you for refusing to submit to them and choosing to obey God rather than them but God will not allow that to happen.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Immeka (Judges 6:12 The LORD Is with You ) for blessing me with The Holy Spirit to walk with me and guide me through out the day, every day. Thank you that He warns me of scams that will hurt me. Thank you for His undefeatable protection from the wicked ones that seek to devour the righteous. I praise you in the name of my Heavenly King You have blessed me to serve, Jesus Christ. Amen
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Please Jesus be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain as I serve You this day. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
Please Jesus be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain as I serve You this day. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah