Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Give or Cast Your Burdens To (On) The Lord

Psalm 55:22 - What does it mean to give or cast your burden?  Sometimes we do not get the full meaning of a scripture until we look into what the words mean.   For example the word cast means to -  throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction. "lemmings cast themselves off the cliff"
synonyms: throw, toss, fling, pitch, hurl, lob; informal chuck "he cast the stone into the stream"


The word give means to give something away and it sounds very passive or non-aggressive.  I don't the we get the full meaning with this word.  And we do not appreciate what the Lord is saying to us.

The word cast means to fling and it has an interest meaning: it means to throw forcefully.  This is definition is aggressive.

The word cast can also mean to hurl which also means to throw forcefully - aggressive.

The word cast also means to chuck which means to throw something away because you don't want or need it any longer.  This word is both passive and aggressive.




An example of what I think the Lord is really saying is like when a quarterback passes (cast) the football to a wide receiver.  When the wide receiver receives the ball and he steps into the end zone with the ball it becomes a touchdown and the play is over.

In this analogy we are the quarterback and life if come at us head on wanting to tackle because we are carrying the ball (burdens and cares).  Jesus is the wide receiver and He is waiting in the end zone for us to throw our ball (burdens and cares) to Him.  Once He has received the ball (burdens and cars) in the end zone the play is over.  "TOUCHDOWN!", The crowd cheers!

We cannot pickup the ball again and run with because the play is no longer ours.

The image is from Bible.com and I think it completely illustrates how we are to cast our cares and burdens to the Lord.   Throw your burdens, your cares, your worries towards heaven.  Jesus is waiting to receive them as all heaven rejoices when He received them.  You have successfully thrown away those burdensome cares that have weighed you down.  You will no long try to pick them up because your hands are lifted up towards heaven instead of downward.  You hands are now throwing praise and worship up to heaven.  All heaven is glorifying the Father because of what you trust Him with all your cares, burdens, and worries.




Monday, January 30, 2017

Whatever You Ask In Prayer


I value your opinion - was Jesus talking about material things or spiritual things? Was He talking about a combination of both?

I had a very interesting devotional reading this morning that touches on this subject. I reading "The Book of Mysteries" by Jonathan Cahn and I'm on "The Divine Nonpossessive" Day 30. The interesting teaching for me is that what we think we have we really don't have. The mission today is "Today, learn the secret of living with "no have". Let go of your possessions, your problems, your burdens, your life - and possess God. 

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Read these scriptures as they help bring this lesson into perspective: Psalm 16:5; 2 Corinthians 6:10; 1 Timothy 6:6-11

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Worship Him In Spirit and Truth

Verse of the day is John 4:24 NKJV

24 "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”


Photo taken at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, TN



Friday, January 27, 2017

The Whole Armor of God

Put on "The Whole Armor of God" - Ephesians 6:10-20 NKJV

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
The Whole Armor of God








Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Power of Emunah - Day 26

Today's devotion is excerpts taken from Jonathan Cahn's book The Book of Mysteries - The Power of Emunah  - Day 26.  If you do not have a copy of this book it is available on Amazon for $10.99.

"In Hebrew, the word emun speaks of that which is sure, solid, and true. Add an ah to emun and it becomes the word emunah.  Emunah is the Hebrew word for faith.  What does that tell you.?"

"Faith is linked to truth."

" . . . And the word emunah also means steadfast, established, stable, and steady.  The more faith you have, the more steadfast you become, the more stable, the more steady, and the more established.  So faith", said the teacher, "causes you to become strong."

"Faith is a way to say Amen, yes to God - amen to His reality, amen to His love, and amen to His salvation . . . not just with your mouth but with your heart, your mind, your emotions, your strength, and your life.  True faith is to say amen with your entire being."

The Mission: Take the word from the Word of God today and give it your strongest amen, the total yes of your heart , soul, mind, and will.


Isaiah 7:9; Colossians 2:6-7; Hebrews 11:6





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

King of the Curse - Day 25

Today's devotion is taken from Jonathan Cahn's book The Book of Mysteries - King of the Curse - Day 25.  If you do not have a copy of this book it is available on Amazon for $10.99.

Thorns are a symbol of curse and Jesus became our curse.  He became our King of Thorns.  The verses for today are found in Isaiah 53:3-5; 61:1-3; Matthew 27:29, Galatians 3:13.  I pray that you read each scripture and meditate on the great price Jesus paid to redeem us from the curse of death.




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Secret Place - Day 24



Today is January 24, 2017 and today's devotional reading is from page 24, day 24 of Jonathan Cahn's book The Book of Mysteries.  This book is very inspirational and make a great devotional reading.  If do you have a copy then you may want to order it from Amazon:


The Mission: Today, go into the secret place, apart from the world and event the things of Him, away from everything - but His presence.
Today's scripture reading: Exodus 25:21-22; Song of Solomon 2:14; Matthew 6.6

Monday, January 23, 2017

Avoid Divisive Persons

Avoid Divisive Persons - What does the word divisive mean?  It means to cause a lot of disagreement between people and causing them to separate into different groups.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Romans 15New King James Version (NKJV)

Romans 15 New King James Version (NKJV)

Bearing Others’ Burdens

1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”[a] 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glorify God Together

7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us,[b] to the glory of God. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:

“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
And sing to Your name.”[c]
10 And again he says:

“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”[d]
11 And again:

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!”[e]
12 And again, Isaiah says:

“There shall be a root of Jesse;
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”[f]
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

From Jerusalem to Illyricum

14 Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.[g] 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, 16 that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient— 19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written:

“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
And those who have not heard shall understand.”[h]

Plan to Visit Rome

22 For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you, 24 whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you.[i] For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while. 25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. 26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29 But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel[j] of Christ.


30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Heartbeat of the Miracle

The following is a excerpt from Jonathan Cahn's book "The Book of Mysteries" - Day 21.

Since January 1, 2017 I have been using this book as my daily devotion and I have been throughly blessed each day as I read. I would highly recommend that you consider purchasing a copy for yourself. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby.  This reprint is not intended to be a copyright infringement.

THE HEARTBEAT OF THE MIRACLE


We were sitting on two large stones at the base of a small mountain. The teacher leaned down to the ground, picked up a rock, and handed it to me.

“What do you feel?” he asked.
“Nothing,” I replied. “A rock.”
Now put your hand on your neck. Do you feel anything?”
“My heartbeat.”
“But the rock had no heartbeat,” he said.
“Of course not.”
“The rock exists as a rock with no heartbeat. It retains its shape, its size, its consistency, with no need of a heartbeat. But you have a heartbeat. Every moment of your existence hangs on a heartbeat. The moment it stops, your earthly existence is over. That’s the difference between a rock and your life. God ordained it.

Rocks just exist. But life never just exists. It must strive to exist, fight to exist. Your heart must keep beating, every moment of your life. Even if you do nothing, your heart beats. Even when you sleep, it keeps beating so that you can remain alive.

If you waste your moments on earth, still it beats that you can waste your time.
When you sin, when you gossip, when you covet and hate, still it beats while you do so.
When you weep, when you give up hope, still it beats so that even in your tears and despair, it still fights for you to live and to be able to cry.”
“So the difference between my existence and that of a rock is . . . ”
“Your life doesn’t just exist; it strives to exist. Your life is a miracle. Your every moment is a miracle. Your joys are a miracle. Even your tears are a miracle. Your life is the gift from God. Every moment is sustained by Him. Every moment is a miracle.”
“How does one apply this?”
“You cease taking your life for granted. You stop wasting it, mistreating it, treating it as something less than the miracle it is. You cease to allow your life to be given to sin and what is less than God’s will. You treasure the existence with which you were entrusted. You stop throwing away your moments. You treat your life and your time on earth as a treasure. You treat your every moment as if there was a heart beating behind it, striving for that moment to exist.

In short . . . You live a life worthy of every heartbeat.”

The Mission: Live this day in the miracle of your existence. Take account of every heartbeat and make your moments worthy of each one.


Forty Million Heartbeats

My personal scripture reading for today is Romans 14 NKJV

Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald J Trump's inauguration Day as President of the United States of America

Today is January 20, 2017 and it's Donald J Trump's inauguration Day as President of the United States of America.  I have never been one to talk about politics on my blog, but today I feel inspired to do so.

The reason I feel inspired to do so is because the scripture reading for today is found in Romans 13 and the first key phrase is "Submit to Government".  I will share the entire scripture below, but before I do I feel compelled to say something.  The way the media is showing the way people are behaving over the election and President Trump is very shameful and embarrassing.  I have considered deleting my FaceBook account because of the horrible things people are saying.  Even some of my called Christians friends are spouting the same evil words as non-Christians.  If they are truly Christians they are not behaving like Christians on TV and on social media.

Behave Like a Christian - Romans 12:9-20 NKJV

9 "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a] says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."

The whole world looks on as Americans are so divided against on another.  The world sees Americas as weak and stupid.  Satan sees Americans as defenseless because we have lost our first love.  Read what Jesus says:

"But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." Matthew 12:25 NKJV

America has fallen into the evil grip of Satan because our Christian nation has allowed itself to be  divided to the point of a civil war.  Will God allow desolation to come on the US because of our sins?  Yes, He will.  That's the bad news, but the good news is God will use what Satan intended for evil and turn it around for good.  The bad that is coming on American will actually turn many Americans back to God.

Now as promised above here's Romans 13 - Submit to Government:

Submit to Government

13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

Love Your Neighbor

8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,”[a] “You shall not covet,”[b] and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[c] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Put on Christ

11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.








Robert Morris - Living in His Presence - His Thanksgiving - November 23, 2016




Published on Nov 23, 2016
Robert Morris | His Thanksgiving

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman - Trailer

The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman

ON January 1, 2017 I published a post titled "Prayer and Fasting Part 1 - Today's post is a continuation of that theme.  I will be posting more videos as on The Daniel Plan and I would encourage you to become in the Daniel Plan.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Robert Morris - Created to Be - Become A Follower

Created to Be - Become A Follower, Robert Morris


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Robert Morris | Become A Follower

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Robert Morris - Created To Be - Belong To Family

Created To Be - Belong To Family, by Robert Morris




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Robert Morris | Belong To Family

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Prayer and Fasting - Part 1

Before I get started writing this article today I want to express to you that my writings are my observations and the things I feel the Lord is showing me.  I do not claim to know everything nor claim that I am right about everything.  

Things happen in life that cause me to stop and observe what I see that perhaps other people do not notice.  The first things is the scriptures concerning "Prayer and Fasting" in Matthew 17:21 and Mark 9:29 are omitted from the NIV (New International Version) Bible.  I find it rather strange that these two scriptures would be deliberately left out, don't you?

The second thing, and I've mentioned this in previous posts, is that certain scriptures are not allow to be mentioned by pastors.  How do I know this?  My wife and I were in a Life Group Sunday morning class that was being taught by one of the church pastors.  The pastor was teaching about Jesus' death.  The pastor gave several scriptures on the subject, but he left out one in particular.  I mentioned 1 Peter 3:18-20 and he stated that this scripture (specifically verse 19) is not an accepted scripture by our church and cannot be taught.

Wow!  I thought I was going to fall out of my chair.  I had no ideal that certain scriptures could not be taught.  I thought all scripture as divine inspiration and is what this church says it believes on it's website:

The Bible was written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. In the Scriptures, God completely reveals Himself to man. The Bible is perfect and true, without any error. It reveals the principles by which God judges us and is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tested. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ

Well, I know I did get off the subject a bit, but I just wanted to make you aware that certain scriptures are left out of some bible translations and certain scriptures are not taught in church because these scriptures disagree with their church doctrine.
  
The phrase "Fasting and Prayer" is found eight times in BibleGateway.com.  Click on the link and you will see it mentioned three times in the Old Testament and five times in the New Testament.  

In Matthew 17:21 and Mark 9:29 Jesus is answering the disciples question as to why they could not cast out a  deaf and dumb spirit out of the boy.  Please click on the in context link to get the full context of what is being said.

Fasting and prayer always makes me think of Daniel and he was very dedicated to prayer as he prayed to God even when he was forbidden to so by his captors.  Daniel also refused to eat any foods sacrificed to idols - in the next post I will go into more detail about fasting and the Daniel Fast.