Called Out of Deep Water To Life

For what hope has the godless when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?  Job 27:8

Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:2

I have a fascination with watching videos on Facebook, especially “home” videos filmed in foreign countries.   A couple of videos that haunt the edges of my memory involved someone being swept away within seconds by angry water.

The first one was a video of 3 people sitting on some rocks at the edge of the ocean.  Large waves came in and swept all 3 off the rocks.   2 of the people were pushed to the back of a huge rock and were kept from being sucked out into the roiling waves.   The other person, sadly, was sitting closer to the ocean and the wave sucked him between the rocks and away.

Why, you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:14

The second was of a man who went for a swim in a river.   A man was videotaping him and got distracted with something while his friend slowly drowned.  By the time the man looked up the friend was no where to be found.   All you can hear is the man frantically calling his friend’s name.

For it is clear that wise men die, and the foolish and the senseless both perish...Psalm 49:10

Just like that!   Their life was over.

But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you:   Luke 12:20

Our sermon topic last Sunday was “Repent and believe, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” based on numerous quotations from the Holy Scriptures.

I have been meditating on this verse all week.   I often ask myself why did the Holy Spirit inspire the writers of the Bible to say things the way they did.   I woke up early this morning and had a revelation of one reason why.     In this case, Jesus showed me that the Old Testament prophets, John The Baptist, The Apostles, and even Jesus Himself, spoke those particular words because, in a fallen cursed world full only of death and decay, they knew that we all are just a breath away from…death…and God.  The Kingdom of God is near because death is near!

My Spiritual father told me once that to see Jesus’ Kingdom, all it would take is for God to lift a veil from our eyes, for that is how close heaven is.

But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.   2 Corinthians 3:16

That is a comfort for those who know where they are going, but a terror for those who do not.  So then, how can one know that when they die they will go to heaven?

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15

Rather than the angry waters of death sweeping your vaporous life away, be washed in the grace-filled waters of baptism.

…having been buried with him (Jesus) in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.  And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.  Colossians 2:12

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Once you repent, believe, and are baptized, no terror of death can sweep you unsuspectingly away.

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Baptism…now saves you…It saves you through Jesus Christ, who came back from death to life.
1 Peter 3:21

Being saved we can approach our Heavenly Father confidently in every thing.

…let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
 Hebrews 10:22

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Jesus, I pray for the salvation of those who do not know you.   Those about whom Psalm 73:19 speaks…How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
May we not be swept away in the curse of death that hangs over all nations.   Deliver us by the power of Your Word, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Further reading here and here, too.

 

 

 

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Anchored

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But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea…

ANCHORED

The waves pounded and crashed.

My heart pounded more!

They churned angry and lashed

fury on the shore.

Like thunder they hit wall

and exploded in air.

Muck and mire, enraged called,

“Come near if you dare!”

And deluge clawing found

Access then denied,

And barging o’er the ground

The sea in wrath sighed

To conquer bolt and door

Set by divine grace.

Sovereignty’s hand outpoured

floods upon this place.

And in this pure turmoil

I heard, whispered bold,

Even as sea swamped soil,

Fear not!  Your Anchor holds!

We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives.

Jesus, sweep me away in the flood of your love alone and hold me tightly there.  Amen

 

 

 

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BE STILL AND KNOW…

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”  Exodus 3:14

…THAT I AM

The Bread of Life is offered up, broken by The One broken be.

The Light to shine is set up high, high and lifted for all to see.

The Gate was opened in His side, water and blood, a sanguine deep.

The Good Shepherd calls with passion, “Come follow me my precious sheep!”

The Resurrection, like the Ark, atonement made for Adam’s fall,

And we possess the life He won, when He was given once for all.

The Way to the fountain of youth is narrow as a needle’s eye.

The Truth about eternal life on wind whispered, “You will not die.”

The Life (Real Life) is found in death, death upon the true tree of life.

Binding the dominion of death, bringing an end to earthly strife.

The Vine weaves through baptism’s flood, whether in sprinkle, drench, or dram,

As Ancient of Days speaks this Word,  “Say to them I AM THAT I AM!”

Amy (C)

4/5/2018

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”

Oh, Great I Am, So many reject you and your clear revelation to us as to who you are.   You are God.  God in flesh.  God in Spirit.  It is by the gift of faith that we can believe this because it is so unbelievable!   Thank you, thank you, thank you, that we can see things that even the angels long to look into!   What majesty! What awesomeness!  What amazing grace!  We praise you and fall down before you!   Oh, Great I Am, we are yours in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Comparing Jesus “I AM” statements with the temple:

John 6:35 and 48: “I am the bread of life” – The Table of Shewbeard (or Showbread, depending on translation). Showbread was a symbol of fellowship between God and man. It was also called “bread of the presence”.   Jesus fellowshiped with man in the flesh.

John 8:12 and 9:5: “I am the light of the world” – The Menorah, or the lampstand. Candles, light, Jesus, light… the correlation is fairly easily drawn. Ironically, the menorah was the ONLY source of light in the holy place in the tabernacle, just as Jesus is the ONLY source of light in the darkened world.

John 10:7: “I am the gate for the sheep” – The tabernacle gate was the ONLY way to enter into the courts just as Jesus is the ONLY way to enter into heaven. Entering the gate was significant to the Israelites because it was viewed as the only way to find forgiveness and fellowship with God.

John 10:11-14: “I am the good shepherd…” – The altar of incense, also called the brazen altar, sat in front of the holy of holies and separated the holy place from the holy of holies. The incense was a symbol of intercession. Christ is our intercessor as he goes on to state after the “I Am” statement, “The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”

John 11:25: “I am the resurrection and the life…” – The ark of the covenant was the ultimate symbol of atonement for the Israelites, just as Jesus is the ultimate and only  source of atonement; through His resurrection, we have life!

John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” – The altar of burnt offerings, or brazen altar of the tabernacle, was situated directly inside the gate and was where the offerings were sacrificed. The offerings were symbolic of the Israelites belief that the first step for a sinful man to approach a holy God was to be cleansed by the blood of an innocent creature. Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God who was sacrificed such that we may approach the holy God.

John 15:1,5: “I am the true vine…” – The laver, or basin, was a place for washing. This is the only part that is a bit of a stretch, but there is some correlation. First, the water as a giver of life. Second, it symbolizes the need for daily cleansing of sin, such that we may stay in the Lord, and we may bear fruit, because as Jesus continued to state, “apart from me, you can do nothing.”

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Somewhere UNDER the Rainbow

“…the wicked…freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.”  Psalm 12:7-8

“Do not be deceived.  God will not be mocked.”

 PARADE

Lies wrapped in a rainbow cloak,

Satan’s love is just a joke!

A deception wrapped in chains of lust.

Love looks good if it’s all about us.

With God’s bow, Debauchery

Binds those who think they are free,

And deludes them with a masquerade,

Flaunting their shame with colorful parades.

Lies abound and chains are real.

Truth for some is what they feel.

Rather than seeking Truth’s fountain’s source,

Some would rather pursue the wrong course.

E’en if that course leads to death,

Some with pride their foreheads wreath,

And their hardened hearts refuse TRUE love,

And their mouths scorn The Divine above.

Busy with self, selfishly

They promote hypocrisy.

For they preach love which really is hate,

And, the truth, rabid with lies, debate.

They know their acts lead to hell,

But some people you just can’t tell.

For things from above to them seem odd.

They listen to lies rather than God.

What would it take to hear Truth

When lies tickle and charm youth,

And fear insidious binds so tight

Paralyzing guilty souls with fright?

Souls chained in fool’s paradise,

To free, would take sacrifice,

From bondage of death and decay.

False bow is loosened at first Light’s ray.

For Prism’d Word that proceeds

From rainbow throne of Truth, indeed,

No fake bow can ever diminish,

Proclaims to all, “The work is finished!”

A cross with rainbow behind.

The storm is past and now sublime,

The Son of man once from Mary’s womb

Is the Son of God laid in a tomb.

The Source of the true rainbow,

Now pale where color once flowed,

Three days later to rise and to reign,

With rainbows flowing from holy veins

Bends His throne in vast array,

Bright as that storm-washed new day,

HIS rainbow will shine for all to see

When all will worship on bended knee!

   Amy (c)

4/3/2018

“I have set my rainbow in the sky.”

Revelation 4 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

A Vision of God’s Throne in Heaven

After these things I saw a door standing open in heaven. I heard the first voice like a trumpet speaking to me. It said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.”

Instantly, I came under the Spirit’s power. I saw a throne in heaven, and someone was sitting on it. The one sitting there looked like gray quartz and red quartz. There was a rainbow around the throne which looked like an emerald.

Around that throne were 24 other thrones, and on these thrones sat 24 leaders wearing white clothes. They had gold crowns on their heads. Lightning, noise, and thunder came from the throne. Seven flaming torches were burning in front of the throne. These are the seven spirits of God.

In front of the throne, there was something like a sea of glass as clear as crystal. In the center near the throne and around the throne were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like a young bull, the third had a face like a human, and the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and were covered with eyes, inside and out. Without stopping day or night they were singing,

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was, who is, and who is coming.”

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, to the one who lives forever and ever, 10 the 24 leaders bow in front of the one who sits on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever. They place their crowns in front of the throne and say,

11 “Our Lord and God, you deserve to receive glory, honor, and power
    because you created everything.
Everything came into existence and was created because of your will.”

Father God,   We are under a huge deception.   I cry out to you to release the world from its bondage to decay through the truth.   Jesus is truth.   Deliver those trapped in the lie of the world’s rainbow and release them with a repentant heart into the freedom of heaven’s true rainbow.   I pray this in Jesus’ most holy name, Amen.  Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!  Come!

 

 

 

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Something Foolish

 

SOMETHING FOOLISH

The world can’t walk
Nor can it run
It’s been lame from birth
A slave to the sun

Half in darkness
Blind it can’t see
Its ears are muted
Perpetually

Powerful chains
Hold it in place
It can only whirl
At ungodly pace

A ball of dust
And blue water
An imperfect sphere
Like clay to Potter

Subjected to
Frustration’s plan
Of form to decay
At the hand of man

In hope to free
From wretched curse
And bound oppression
This sorrowful earth

From up above
The Godhead knew
And sent a Savior
To redeem the few

By narrow way
The remnant scarce
Will respond to truth
And cling tight to faith

Their bonds will break
Forgiven and free
Their ears will harken
Their blind eyes will see

Their legs made whole
Will skip like calves
Released from their stall
They’ll jump and laugh

Created fresh
They’re born anew
Not of mortal flesh
But of Spirit true

All accomplished
Though earth seemed lost
By something foolish
Like God on a cross.

Amy ~ 3/14/18

(C)

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (NIV)

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Lord Jesus Christ,  Your creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but the will of the one who subjected in that the creation itself will liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.   

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  Help us to wait patiently, Lord, especially when all seems foolish.  In Your name, Amen.

I have included this song many times in my blogs.   It perhaps is one of my very favorites of all times.  It fits too perfectly that I cannot but include it again.  Thank you, Michael Card…

 

 

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The Great Within

The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, “People can’t observe the coming of the kingdom of God.  They can’t say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ You see, the kingdom of God is within you.”  Luke 17:20-21

THE GREAT WITHIN

The kingdom of God is within you

For the word of Christ dwells richly there

The living active word of God

Cutting down deeply through bone and mar’

 

The kingdom of God is within you

From supper to cross did He outpour

His Son’s life in exchange for your life

Real body and blood mingled with yours.

 

The Kingdom of God is within you

Baptized in the drowning death of host

Upon plunged sinner’s brow are these words

Blessed by Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

The Kingdom of God is within you

Bound tight with God’s unbreakable seal

This faith is heaven’s trust guaranteed

A promise that will ne’er be repealed.

 

The Kingdom of God is within you

One day the Morning Star to arise

And bring you together with all saints

To meet glorified in heaven’s skies!

Amy   ~    3/8/18

(C)

Jesus said to his disciples, “The time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.   People will say, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Don’t run after those people.   The day of the Son of Man will be like lightning that flashes from one end of the sky to the other.   But first he must suffer a lot and be rejected by the people of his day.   “When the Son of Man comes again, the situation will be like the time of Noah.  People were eating, drinking, and getting married until the day that Noah went into the ship. Then the flood destroyed all of them.   “The situation will also be like the time of Lot. People were eating, drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.   But on the day that Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from the sky and destroyed all of them.   The day when the Son of Man is revealed will be like that.    “On that day those who are on the roof shouldn’t come down to get their belongings out of their houses. Those who are in the field shouldn’t turn back.   Remember Lot’s wife!   Those who try to save their lives will lose them, and those who lose their lives will save them.  “I can guarantee that on that night if two people are in one bed, one will be taken and the other one will be left.   Two women will be grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other one will be left.”   They asked him, “Where, Lord?” Jesus told them, “Vultures will gather wherever there is a dead body.”   Luke 17:22-37

Jesus, Lord of Eternity, we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by the prophets. People would do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light of the morning star shines in our hearts.   Draw all who read this to Your light, In Your Name, Amen.

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White Washed Deniers

You say, ‘I’m rich. I’m wealthy. I don’t need anything.’ Yet, you do not realize that you are miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.   ~Jesus as recorded through His revelation to John in Revelation 3:17

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“How horrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You are like whitewashed graves that look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead people’s bones and every kind of impurity.  ~Jesus as recorded in Matthew 23:27

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Lord, save us!  Repent us!  Only You can!  Amen

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