I Still love Israel! Grateful for USA!

I Love Israel, and Jerusalem, the City of God!

I wrote this way back in 2013, but I still love Israel after having spent the summer there this year.

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“Typed in the word, Jerusalem in On-line Bible today. Phew, sure received a download from heaven, as I read the almost 800 verses with the word Jerusalem in it. God is going to honor His covenant with Jerusalem, it’s His hometown…
1Ki_11:13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.
1Ki_11:36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
1Ki_15:4 Nevertheless for David’s sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:
1Ch_23:25 For David said, The LORD God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever:

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Ezr_7:19 The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, those deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem.
Ezr_7:27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem:
Psa_135:21 Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
Isa_62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
Isa_62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Jer_3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
Jer_17:25 Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.
Eze_5:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.
Mic_4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
Mat_5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
Luk_24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

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Joe_3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
Mic_4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Psa_122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Well, last night, I fell in love with Israel all over again, with the cry of my heart singing: ‘next year in Jerusalem!’ I have not yet been there, and I long to walk the land, where Jesus walked, and have fallen in love with the Jewish people, all over again. Yes, our church hosts, ‘A Night to Honor Israel’ only once a year, in conjunction with the Jewish community here in Tulsa, but my love for the land of Israel, its people, and more importantly, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, grows more passionate each year, as I learn of Him through His Word. If someone out there wants to bless my house, send me to Israel!

Well, now I have been there! Spent almost 4 weeks there this summer. I still love Israel, but after seeing the face of Hamas and radical Islam, we literally knelt down in Chicago at the airport, and thanked God for the United States of America, and the freedom we enjoy here.

Jerusalem
Let’s pray:
‘Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and Your blessing on Israel, again, today, as I do every day. I am grateful that You love me as I love Your people and the land, and that You bless me according to Your Word, that I prosper, simply because I bless Israel, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Thank you Lord Jesus for this privilege, Amen!”

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Seven Rules for a Healthy Marriage

Here’s a marriage and family counseling session:

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  1. Seek Jesus first, every day. Do a yearly Bible reading plan. Put Him only above your spouse. Except the Lord build our house and family, all our work is meaningless.
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  2. spouse love

    Love your spouse, and deliberately stay in love. Let no child, work situation, or church situation get between you two. Marriage, your one flesh covenant before God, takes precedence over everything else.
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  3. Love your children. Teach them right from wrong. Discover their gifts, and ‘the way they should go’, and get them help and teaching in their gifting s. Teach them to honor the other the parent, and to obey Jesus, and parents. If your spouse is doing wrong, or asking the children to sin against the Lord, stand with Jesus, in love, prayerfully seeking Him to instruct and correct the offending person, while you walk in honor. Children must be taught to obey their parents, first time, always, and if discipline is needed, then both parents should support each other in it. Never allow a child to play one parent against the other. Never use children as a pawn in conflict with each other, nor poison them against your spouse, even if you are divorced.
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  4. Go to church. If you have to check out 50 of them until you find the one that is right for your family, attending a different one every weekend, find a church home, and get planted there. Pay your tithes, support missions, and love the poor. https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/why-go-to-church/
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  5. Work, and grow in your education. The best gift you can give this life, is a better you. Work, contribute, increase, and continue to study, apply, and grow in your gift and vocation. Do not settle nor compromise, but press towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
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  6. Eat healthy, and get or stay in shape.
    For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God‘s.

    Most health problems can be eliminated by enough sleep, clean water, healthy food, and decent vitamins and supplements.
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  7. Have fun! Laugh a lot! I laugh most at myself and the stupid mistakes I make, and have learned to forgive quickly, and ask God’s forgiveness just as quickly. One third of of the kingdom of God is JOY. It is difficult victoriously serving the Lord, but joyful. Learn to laugh at adversity, and to pray and receive grace as you go, but GO you must…It is His command, not His suggestion.
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    If you need prayer: https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/08/06/the-purpose-of-this-blog/

Seeking God in these last days!

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2 Peter 3;3 ¶ Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2 Peter 3:3-12 speaks about the second coming of the Lord.

Though no one knows the day and the hour, seems Christians forget that Jesus is coming back, and these are the last day that we are living in.

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Ministers are diligently preparing you for this event, that looms upon the curtain of time, imminently. No man knows the day and the hour, but surely the prophetic signs are in the earth, showing us clearly that the time is now!

Mt 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
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So many give no thought to eternal life and the things of God!

Scoffers, mockers, fools thinking that the second coming of Jesus is like some sort of fairy tale or legend, made up by creative imaginations! Not the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, or Disney story: Jesus is real, and His kingdom is among us, in great power!

Lu 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Lu 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
It is time to again, seek the Lord, and not become weary in well doing.

De 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Ps 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
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Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

How well I have learned that pain can be a wonderful instructor – truth rejected has consequences…
Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Zep 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

Heb 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

There is a king, and a kingdom violently moving in the earth. It is a time for passion and zeal for the Lord of Hosts, to find His specific plans, purposes, for your life, for time in the earth is short.

Today, as I read: This is what I feel strongly: Seek Him, Jesus, your king. It is not time for business as usual, complacency, or the natural order of life. Seek Him, and whatever He says: Do it!
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Let’s pray: ‘Father, I have given you my life. Help me to carve out the time I need, to read your Word, pray in other tongues. Send ministry into my life, to feed my spirit, and may I be diligent to seek you again, with passion and zeal, that You might be found. Speak to me, touch me, order my steps, and show me the things that are of critical timing for your specific plans for me and my family. Let me not become complacent or comfortable with life as usual. Meet with me Father, as only you can, in your name I pray, Lord Jesus! Amen!’

Man of God: LOVE!

Man of God, LOVE!
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Difficult Marriages Can Work the Character of Jesus into us, if we receive, by faith, the love of God in the midst of them!

This article is written to husbands, I’ll let the women preach to the women. For all you guys out there, Man Up, and read this…

You sure did not know that Abraham Lincoln lived in misery till his death. The cause? His marriage.
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The great tragedy of Abraham Lincoln’s life also was his marriage. Not his assassination, mind you, but his marriage. When Booth fired, Lincoln never realized he had been shot; but he reaped almost daily, for twenty-three years, what Herndon, his law partner, described as the bitter harvest of conjugal infelicity. Conjugal infelicity? That is putting it mildly. For almost a quarter of a century, Mrs. Lincoln nagged and harassed the life out of him.

She was always complaining, always criticizing her husband; nothing about him was ever right. He was stoop-shouldered, he walked awkwardly and lifted his feet straight up and down like an Indian. She complained that there was no spring in his step, no grace to his movement; and she mimicked his gait and nagged at him to walk with his toes pointed down, as she had been taught at Madame Mentelle’s boarding school in Lexington.

She didn’t like the way his huge ears stood out at right angles from his head. She even told him that his nose wasn’t straight, that his lower lip stuck out, and he looked consumptive, that his feet and hands were too large, his head too small.

Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln were opposites in every way: in training, in background, in temperament, in tastes, in mental outlook. They irritated each other constantly.

“Mrs. Lincoln’s loud, shrill voice, wrote the late Senator Albert J. Beveridge, the most distinguished Lincoln authority of this generation – “Mrs. Lincoln’s loud, shrill voice could be heard across the street, and her incessant outbursts of wrath were audible to all who lived near the house. Frequently her anger was displayed by other means than words, and accounts of her violence are numerous and unimpeachable.”

To illustrate: Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, shortly after their marriage, lived with Mrs. Jacob Early – a doctor’s widow in Springfield who was forced to take in boarders. One morning Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln were having breakfast when Lincoln did something that aroused the fiery temper of his wife. What, no one remembers now. But Mrs. Lincoln, in a rage, dashed a cup of hot coffee into her husband’s face. And she did it in front of the other boarders. Saying nothing, Lincoln sat there in humiliation and silence while Mrs. Early came with a wet towel and wiped off his face and clothes.

Mrs. Lincoln’s jealousy was so foolish, so fierce, and so incredible, that merely to read about some of the pathetic and disgraceful scenes she created in public – merely reading about them seventy-five years later makes one gasp with astonishment. She finally went insane; and perhaps the most charitable thing one can say about her is that her disposition was probably always affected by incipient insanity.

Did all this nagging and scolding and raging change Lincoln? In one way, yes. It certainly changed his attitude towards her. It made him regret his unfortunate marriage, and it made him avoid her presence as much as possible.

Springfield had eleven attorneys, and they couldn’t all make a living there; so they used to ride horseback from one county seat to another, following Judge David Davis while he was holding court in various places. In that way, they managed to pick up business from all the county seat towns throughout the Eighth Judicial District.

The other attorneys always managed to get back to Springfield each Saturday and spend the week-end with their families. But Lincoln didn’t. He dreaded to go home: and for three months in the spring, and again for three months in the autumn, he remained out on the circuit and never went near Springfield.

He kept this up year after year. Living conditions in the country hotels were often wretched; but, wretched as they were, he preferred them to his own home and Mrs. Lincoln’s constant nagging and wild outbursts of temper.

— Dale Carnegie, How to Make Friends and Influence People.
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Now this is the positive side: How was it that Lincoln, when president, could work so effectively with the rampant egos who filled his administration? “The long years of dealing with his tempestuous wife helped prepare Lincoln for handling the difficult people he encountered as president.” In other words, a whole nation benefited from his embracing the pain.

My heavy revvy from this story: Somehow, Lincoln endured the pain, and allowed it to make him a better man. I too, can walk in love towards my wife, even when we do not agree, for on her worst day, she is not as bad as President Lincoln’s wife. Since I have given my whole life to Jesus, I allow him to use everything in my day, to perfect the character of Christ in me. Perhaps, in the most difficult moments in marriage, He could be working some of the deeper fruits of the spirit in me, things like longsuffering, patience, self-control.
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So I deliberately grabbed ahold of the love verses, and make these my battle cry, because faith works by love, and I am not going to let anyone, even my wife, shut down what I am believing God for, therefore I will walk in love, no matter how difficult it is daily….Perhaps, in light of the greatness of the call, God has allowed even my wife, to become His perfect instrument of surgery in my life, to work the character of Jesus into me. Delivering me from my pride, selfishness, self righteousness, and brutal ways…I have a call, and I have a plan..but making me like Jesus, is on His ‘To Do’ list, and I may not like the process, but I either take all of Him, or live a hypocritical, compromised life…
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Ro 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Think it through man of God. Marriage is a covenant taken before God. Even if your wife is living far beneath her covenant rights and privileges, you are married. Unless there has been adultery, there are no grounds for divorce, and even then, I believe that God can restore a marriage. So, the only way out is death. Since you are not a murderer, nor adulterer, there is only one way through a difficult marriage, that is to embrace the cross of Jesus Christ, and to walk in love.
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There is no other way. Unless the Lord take me or her to heaven, I’m married, for life, til death do we part…and I will love her, no matter what she does or does not do!

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

So, I want to be more like Jesus, and learn to love well:

This will take a walk or two to the cross – dying to self, sacrificing my will, for His, and living, and loving, for Jesus sake as part of my worship to Him…

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.

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I am head of my house, my ministry, and I set the atmosphere here, and that atmosphere must be heavenly, no matter how I feel. I must love my wife and children, period, making my home a place of refuge from the storms of life….

Proverbs 14:1  (NIV)
14 The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Proverbs 19:13  (NIV)
13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like
the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

Pr 21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

Pr 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

Looks like these verses describe Abraham Lincolns wife, in fact there have been articles written claiming she was into the occult, and was clinically insane by today’s standards. (dementia)

I don’t know what particular hell your wife might be putting you through at this moment, but there is a straight and narrow way through her mess. It is called the way of the Master, the way of the cross, the love walk….

Love never Fails, Love is stronger than death!

I read, and pray these verses every day, because I need to walk in His love each day, not mine. Life is hard, but God is good. I have learned that I can receive these verses, by faith, and lay hold on them, and the Holy Spirit gives me grace, strength, to actually do, and live what they say.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (AMP)
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]
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1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

There you have it, God is love, and Jesus rose from the dead, and He is God. Love is stronger than death!

4 Love endures long and is patient and kind;

While you are enduring your present circumstances, know that God Himself gives you strength and grace to endure, and while you are enduring, to be kind to all those around you.

love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy,

When someone else has nicer things that you have, or appears to be endued with better looks, family, position, or material things in this life, God’s love, shed abroad in our hearts by the mighty Holy Spirit Himself, does not get envious, ever, and does not submit to the tyranny of unfulfilled expectations, jealousy.

is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
Love is not proud, but is teachable, and will glorify God in the good and the bad, giving testimony of Jesus glory, for His glory, where appropriate, but never with a motive to boast, be vainglorious, or in a haughty or arrogant way. We can dress well, with nice things from the Lord, without having to strut or impress others, simply, gratefully, because God gave it to us.

5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.

This is a verse I teach my children. We are to be bold in righteousness, confident in God and His gift in us, grateful for our ongoing accomplishments as we grow in grace, faith, strength and wisdom, but we are never to think more of ourselves, rather, to be great, we must think of ourselves, less. When tempted to butt in line, be pushy, short, and blunt with people, we remember that Jesus is in our hearts, and He in us, is not rude. He is holy, and will not act foolishly or unbecomingly, neither do we. ‘Love is not rude’, handles a whole lot of coarse behaviors…
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Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way,
We are not selfish, insisting on our own way, rather we give place to others, yet bold in walking God’s way! We stand up for truth and His rights, not our own!

for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

Our very motive of heart, must be God seeking, seeking Him first in our every decision, not self seeking. Always building the kingdom of God, not our own empire. When people push our buttons, or things are not appearing to go our way, we don’t act touchy, we don’t worry or fret, but deliberately take thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, refusing to fret, whine or complain.

When people do us wrong, we are quick to forgive, and forget. We do not hold grudges, nor give people the silent treatment, stonewalling them out of our lives. We pay no attention to the wrongs they do to us, but deliberately guard our hearts and thought lives to think on what whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, that we pursue and walk in peace towards all men.

6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
As we hear the Media broadcasting filth, injustice, and unrighteousness, we never rejoice in this, never laughing at an off color joke. We rejoice, when right and truth prevail. I find this especially true of the political arena, so much railing, reviling, gossip, innuendos, supposed intrigue. Sure, I hate some of the decisions coming out of Washington, not because of the people that made them, but because they are contrary to the Word of God! So, I cry, unto God most High, to bring change, true change, to the heart of America. This is love, intercession, and gets results from heaven. A bad mouthed, cynical, bitter person, constantly complaining individual, does not even get heard by God. I listen to the the audio Bible all night, every night, letting the Word of God cleanse and wash me from the filth of the day. I will not allow my mind to become a garbage dump for the trash talk of the day!

When horrible things happen, even when God Himself executes judgments on wicked people on our behalf, we should fear God, and be warned, but seek love, mercy, forgiveness, and restoration for the offenders, not death and destruction.

7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes,
We are strong! We can put up with anything that comes at us, anything and everything!

is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
When evil reports are told to us, even when factual, about other people, we use our faith, to believe the opposite of them. To believe the best of them, and for them, hoping, trusting God, and using our authority in the earth, to do all we can to make it easier for folks to do right. If they still have breath in their body, we never give up hoping and believing, without weakening. I deliberately use my faith to believe the opposite when I see someone, especially a government official, doing wrong. I bind and forbid, in prayer, their wickedness, and pray God have mercy upon them, and reveal to them the error of their ways. Currently, this is how we must pray for our President with respect to abortion, same-sex marriage, and his compromise with Islam. We hate the sin, yet uphold in prayer the office of the President of the United States. I actually love President Barack Obama, but I must admit, it has taken me many years of praying these verses to get there, for I hate much of what he has done, and is doing!

Yet, he has stayed married, he has empowered the black citizens of this country, and at times honored First Nations chiefs. Gotta keep my mind there as I pray for him, recognizing he is a fatherless man, desperately in need of a revelation of the love of our heavenly Father. That love, the love of God, revealed to his heart, can change anyone…it changed me!

8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]
This is the way of faith, following Jesus, our way and way maker! He never fails, so we never fail either, now, or in eternity!

As I stand in this, my particular stand of faith, I WILL LOVE!

1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Let’s pray:
‘Father, your love is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit. I have decided to love my enemies, and to overcome evil with good in this world, by deliberately believing and receiving your grace to love, through Your Word. I know You are making me more like Jesus today, and that even the brutality of the daily circumstances, can bring me to You, if I will simply come, and break before Your throne. You see what I face today, now I am trusting you to work in me to will and to do, of your good pleasure today, help me to walk in love, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

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Traditions!

I remember, when I was about twelve, when my dad came in from sea, and took the family out to see ‘The Fiddler on the Roof’. It was a really long movie, but this song seems appropriate to share before I begin today’s teaching: TRADITION!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJO35zU5bXg

In Revelation we read:

Re 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

In today’s reading, we see Jesus dealing with religious traditions of the scribes and Pharisees:

Matt 15:1 ¶ Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Clearly, there is a difference between religious traditions and cultures, languages, and tribes!

In this account, I imagine Jesus, who had held his peace, for the 30 some odd years that he was in the earth, quietly observing, yet vehemently opposing the religious traditions that rendered the Word of God of none effect.

Yet, now, He had come of age, and stood before these religious leaders, and spoke not just His mind, but the Word of the living God, the voice of our Father in the earth, nailing their religious traditions to the wall, by the Spirit of God!

Traditions of men, any men, may look noble, pious, and wonderful, until Jesus shows up!

When He comes, He comes with power and truth that sets free!

In these last days, we see how difficult, perilous times come into the earth, that would overwhelm us in life and even in the church, if we would bow to them, but we are warned!

2 Tim 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

When push comes to shove: Obey God, not man, and quietly (if possible) leave religious people and traditions, that are contrary to the Word and voice of Holy Spirit.

If it is not possible to quietly leave, then like Jesus, speak the truth in power!

Demonstrate what you claim to believe with His signs, wonders and miracles, for is He not the living God?

Mt 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

In any corporate, community, or ministry culture, pursue peace with all men. Yet, there are times, when peace is not an option….then, be bold, and whatever He says, DO IT!
I remember chuckling one time, in the city where I pastored when I heard the following story:

Seems God had begun to move amongst the street people in our city. During an eight month period of bus ministry, we saw 833 gangsters, and run away youth, ride the bus, come to church, give their life to Jesus, and receive a Bible, that they devoured. Many of these folks lived on the street, no picnic in Canada! During this time, a well known cult, set up a table downtown in a highly trafficked area, and began to sell little religious idols, and would try to get people to join their organization. As they got more and more vocal in their recruitment attempts, I heard that a couple of street youths, who had just read about Jesus and the money lenders in the temple, entered into a heated debate with members of their organization, emphatically telling them: “Hey, we had nothing, but now we have Jesus, and the streets are becoming a better place because of Him. You take your filth, and get outta here!” When the people refused, these youths reportedly overturned their display tables, and ran the people off!

So much for political correctness!

Yet, Jesus kept the traditions wherever possible:

Matt 17:24 ¶ And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Tribute
A tax imposed by a king on his subjects ‪#‎2Sa 20:24 1Ki 4:6 Ro 13:6 In ‪#‎Mt17:24-27 the word denotes the temple rate (the “didrachma,” the “half-shekel,” as rendered by the R.V.) which was required to be paid for the support of the temple by every Jew above twenty years of age ‪#‎Ex 30:12 2Ki 12:4 2Ch 24:6,9 It was not a civil but a religious tax. In #Mt 22:17 Mr 12:14 Lu 20:22 the word may be interpreted as denoting the capitation tax which the Romans imposed on the Jewish people. It may, however, be legitimately regarded as denoting any tax whatever imposed by a foreign power on the people of Israel. The “tribute money” shown to our Lord #Mt 22:19 was the denarius, bearing Caesar’s superscription. It was the tax paid by every Jew to the Romans.

These religious leaders were charging a temple tax, that was not authorized by the Romans, yet rather than blast them, Jesus paid it.

Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, writes:

2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Heard a quote regarding church: To those who are argue that tradition can kill a church:

The second time you do anything it becomes a tradition.
Brett Blair.

Paul kept the traditions of the elders for we read:
Ga 1:14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

So, the obvious questions are:
1. When do we confront traditions bluntly and boldly?
2. When do we quietly observe, and submit to traditions?
3. When do we quietly, and perhaps gently, walk away from people, places, and cultures, that are contrary to the Word and Spirit of God?

Here is a neat quote I found: Tradition is the living faith of those now dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of those still living.
Jaroslav Pelikan, The Vindication of Tradition, p. 65.

If we believe that: Ro 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Well, here are a couple of my thoughts:
1. Generally, I have found that most confrontation is more effective, in prayer and authority spiritually, before confronting people. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, yet, there are times, when flesh ruled sinful people, must have their flesh restrained. That is why we have policemen and soldiers. If everyone did right, we wouldn’t need them.

Yet, I believe many ugly confrontations can be averted when we pray, rather than say, first! When we bind the evil spirit encouraging a person doing evil, from their mind, and deliberately, in love, use our faith, to believe the best of a person, wonderful things can happen! In fact, this is my current primary ministry: intense intercession for many situations and nations, as people are currently clearly doing evil things, clearly contrary to the Word of God!

2. God hates those who sow discord amongst the brethren, and rebellion is as witchcraft. Generally, it has been my experience that in a community culture, where traditions are present, it is usually the will of God to walk in love, pursue peace with all men, and to walk in love. (Did I say to walk in love?) Strife, and offense opens doors to devils, and we are not servants of hell!

3. I think of ministry, First Nations, and business or government cultures, where elders are respected, honored, and revered. I may not agree with them, nor, in certain cases, be able to submit to their counsel, but I can still honor their traditions, in their spheres of influence, even if I don’t agree with them. 1Ti 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; (Sometimes, this takes great self control!) Yet, no matter how much I may love, honor, and respect elders, and their traditions, I must have the presence and power of God in my life!
Jesus tradition

Ultimately, I love Jesus, and am determined to hear and obey Him, above the will of any person, no matter how esteemed they may appear in the eyes of the community.

Jesus promised that we will hear His voice! Daily, He will speak. Today, you will hear, no matter how far you may have strayed, when you turn to Him, He will draw near, and lead you, as a Shepherd.

Let’s pray:

“Father, show me how to fully obey You, and walk in love and truth, without compromise. Where I am submitting to traditions that are contrary to Your will, and Your Word for my life, please show me, that I can walk free, in your power. Give me wisdom on how to pray, speak, and when I need to confront evil, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen!’

That We Might Live A Quiet and Peaceable Life!

That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty
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1 Tim 2 2 Kings 1, 2 1 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Ever notice that this portion of the promise, that is a life of godliness and honesty, lived quietly and peaceably, comes after the exhortation to pray for government and leaders.

Sure, we have First Amendment rights here in the US to speak up against evil, and to bring correction where the government has sinned against God, but it seems that many Christians spend more time railing against the government, than actually praying for them.

As for me and my house, we serve the Lord, and I don’t know about you, but I want my house, to be a place of godliness, honesty, peace, with quietness from the storms of life.

Guess I’m kinda old school in this, but I actually take God at His Word here. Each morning, I pray for His kingdom to come, in love in this nation, and the many others He has given me to pray for each morning, and I trust His kingdom to show up, in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, in America.

I honestly believe, that God Almighty in heaven pays more attention each day, to the quiet prayers of His church, His children, exercising His authority against wickedness, than in all the raging, passionate filth that pollutes the airwaves.

As I do, I am living my life quietly on the home front.

Gently teaching and loving my children, keeping the peace, honesty, holiness, in all godliness in my home: a refuge of peace from the storms of life.

How about you?

What are you going to do today?

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, I bring before you today, President Obama, the executive,judicial and legislative branches of the government today. I pray for each government employee, whether military or civil, at every level of authority you have granted them.I pray for Homeland security, and every intelligence agency, that they would do right, in protecting our borders and families from evil. I pray for every state government, every police officer, fire fighter, EMSA, and every medical personnel across the land. I pray for every school, teacher, and educational institution across this land, including every homeschool group, that every person might learn and grow in truth and knowledge today. Father, touch them today, protect them from evil, and work in them to will and to do of Your good pleasure. Give them wisdom, direction, correction, and lead them in peace today, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus.

As I pray for this, the government you have set in place, I exercise Your authority in the earth, enforcing Your kingdom in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, trusting you to convict, correct, and counsel those that have missed it, and to rebuke and remove those intent on doing evil.

As I pray this morning Father, I believe you make my home, a place of peace, prosperity, quietness, joy, godliness, and honesty, where I can raise my family in the love of Jesus, Amen.

 Authority

 

Still Waters Run Deep – Missing my family

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When my father was in the last stages of cancer, my aunt Emily, a Catholic nun, and a RN, my dad’s sister, came and stayed to help look after him as he wasted away. My other aunt Donna, my mom’s sister, also a RN also came to stay with us to help. During this time, when my father was delirious with morphine, our parish priest had come by, and I looked at aunt Emily and he in frustration, exclaiming, ‘How can you just sit there, why are you not praying for his healing?’ Aunt Emily looked at me with great love and said, ‘In the ocean, there may be great storms that ruffle the surface, but the depths remain untouched. Still waters run deep’
Chris Karen Walsh's photo.
Not what I wanted to hear at that point, my dad was dying and I wanted him healed! Yet, life has gone on, and I have learned the wisdom of these words, and as hard times have come and gone throughout my life, I have learned the wisdom of not only these words, but depths of God’s love, and consecrated life of faith in Jesus will produce.

Philippians 4:11

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content

My dad died in 1996. He knew and loved Jesus. We will meet again.

Still waters run deep!

Chris Karen Walsh's photo.