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    ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path
    May 17: Matthew 11:29–30; John 12:26; John 13:13; John 15:15; Romans 1:1; Romans 6:22; Galatians 4:7; Galatians 5:1; Galatians 5:13; Philippians 3:7; Job 23:10; Psalm 16:7; Psalm 48:14; Psalm 73:24; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 3:5–6; Proverbs 8:14; Prover

    ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 2:59


    Morning: Matthew 11:29–30; John 12:26; John 13:13; John 15:15; Romans 1:1; Romans 6:22; Galatians 4:7; Galatians 5:1; Galatians 5:13; Philippians 3:7 A servant of Christ Jesus. “You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.”—“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”—“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.—But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”—So you are no longer a slave, but a son.—Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery…. For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh. Matthew 11:29–30 (Listen) 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (ESV) John 12:26 (Listen) 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. (ESV) John 13:13 (Listen) 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. (ESV) John 15:15 (Listen) 15 No longer do I call you servants,1 for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. Footnotes [1] 15:15 Or bondservants, or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface); likewise for servant later in this verse and in verse 20 (ESV) Romans 1:1 (Listen) Greeting 1 Paul, a servant1 of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, Footnotes [1] 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface (ESV) Romans 6:22 (Listen) 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. (ESV) Galatians 4:7 (Listen) 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (ESV) Galatians 5:1 (Listen) Christ Has Set Us Free 5 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (ESV) Galatians 5:13 (Listen) 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (ESV) Philippians 3:7 (Listen) 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. (ESV) Evening: Job 23:10; Psalm 16:7; Psalm 48:14; Psalm 73:24; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 3:5–6; Proverbs 8:14; Proverbs 16:3; Proverbs 20:24; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 30:21; Jeremiah 10:23 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel. His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor.—I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength.—Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.—Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.—And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.—Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.—“But he knows the way that I take.”—A man's steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?—You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.—This is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever. Job 23:10 (Listen) 10   But he knows the way that I take;    when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. (ESV) Psalm 16:7 (Listen) 7   I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;    in the night also my heart instructs me.1 Footnotes [1] 16:7 Hebrew my kidneys instruct me (ESV) Psalm 48:14 (Listen) 14     that this is God,  our God forever and ever.    He will guide us forever.1 Footnotes [1] 48:14 Septuagint; another reading is (compare Jerome, Syriac) He will guide us beyond death (ESV) Psalm 73:24 (Listen) 24   You guide me with your counsel,    and afterward you will receive me to glory. (ESV) Psalm 119:105 (Listen) Nun 105   Your word is a lamp to my feet    and a light to my path. (ESV) Proverbs 3:5–6 (Listen) 5   Trust in the LORD with all your heart,    and do not lean on your own understanding.6   In all your ways acknowledge him,    and he will make straight your paths. (ESV) Proverbs 8:14 (Listen) 14   I have counsel and sound wisdom;    I have insight; I have strength. (ESV) Proverbs 16:3 (Listen) 3   Commit your work to the LORD,    and your plans will be established. (ESV) Proverbs 20:24 (Listen) 24   A man's steps are from the LORD;    how then can man understand his way? (ESV) Isaiah 9:6 (Listen) 6   For to us a child is born,    to us a son is given;  and the government shall be upon1 his shoulder,    and his name shall be called2  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Footnotes [1] 9:6 Or is upon [2] 9:6 Or is called (ESV) Isaiah 30:21 (Listen) 21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. (ESV) Jeremiah 10:23 (Listen) 23   I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself,    that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. (ESV)

    ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan
    May 10: Numbers 19; Psalms 56–57; Isaiah 8–9:7; James 2

    ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 14:54


    With family: Numbers 19; Psalms 56–57 Numbers 19 (Listen) Laws for Purification 19 Now the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2 “This is the statute of the law that the LORD has commanded: Tell the people of Israel to bring you a red heifer without defect, in which there is no blemish, and on which a yoke has never come. 3 And you shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be taken outside the camp and slaughtered before him. 4 And Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. 5 And the heifer shall be burned in his sight. Its skin, its flesh, and its blood, with its dung, shall be burned. 6 And the priest shall take cedarwood and hyssop and scarlet yarn, and throw them into the fire burning the heifer. 7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp. But the priest shall be unclean until evening. 8 The one who burns the heifer shall wash his clothes in water and bathe his body in water and shall be unclean until evening. 9 And a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place. And they shall be kept for the water for impurity for the congregation of the people of Israel; it is a sin offering. 10 And the one who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening. And this shall be a perpetual statute for the people of Israel, and for the stranger who sojourns among them. 11 “Whoever touches the dead body of any person shall be unclean seven days. 12 He shall cleanse himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day, and so be clean. But if he does not cleanse himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not become clean. 13 Whoever touches a dead person, the body of anyone who has died, and does not cleanse himself, defiles the tabernacle of the LORD, and that person shall be cut off from Israel; because the water for impurity was not thrown on him, he shall be unclean. His uncleanness is still on him. 14 “This is the law when someone dies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent shall be unclean seven days. 15 And every open vessel that has no cover fastened on it is unclean. 16 Whoever in the open field touches someone who was killed with a sword or who died naturally, or touches a human bone or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. 17 For the unclean they shall take some ashes of the burnt sin offering, and fresh1 water shall be added in a vessel. 18 Then a clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the furnishings and on the persons who were there and on whoever touched the bone, or the slain or the dead or the grave. 19 And the clean person shall sprinkle it on the unclean on the third day and on the seventh day. Thus on the seventh day he shall cleanse him, and he shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and at evening he shall be clean. 20 “If the man who is unclean does not cleanse himself, that person shall be cut off from the midst of the assembly, since he has defiled the sanctuary of the LORD. Because the water for impurity has not been thrown on him, he is unclean. 21 And it shall be a statute forever for them. The one who sprinkles the water for impurity shall wash his clothes, and the one who touches the water for impurity shall be unclean until evening. 22 And whatever the unclean person touches shall be unclean, and anyone who touches it shall be unclean until evening.” Footnotes [1] 19:17 Hebrew living (ESV) Psalms 56–57 (Listen) In God I Trust To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam1 of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. 56   Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;    all day long an attacker oppresses me;2   my enemies trample on me all day long,    for many attack me proudly.3   When I am afraid,    I put my trust in you.4   In God, whose word I praise,    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.    What can flesh do to me? 5   All day long they injure my cause;2    all their thoughts are against me for evil.6   They stir up strife, they lurk;    they watch my steps,    as they have waited for my life.7   For their crime will they escape?    In wrath cast down the peoples, O God! 8   You have kept count of my tossings;3    put my tears in your bottle.    Are they not in your book?9   Then my enemies will turn back    in the day when I call.    This I know, that4 God is for me.10   In God, whose word I praise,    in the LORD, whose word I praise,11   in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.    What can man do to me? 12   I must perform my vows to you, O God;    I will render thank offerings to you.13   For you have delivered my soul from death,    yes, my feet from falling,  that I may walk before God    in the light of life. Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam5 of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave. 57   Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,    for in you my soul takes refuge;  in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,    till the storms of destruction pass by.2   I cry out to God Most High,    to God who fulfills his purpose for me.3   He will send from heaven and save me;    he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah  God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! 4   My soul is in the midst of lions;    I lie down amid fiery beasts—  the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,    whose tongues are sharp swords. 5   Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!    Let your glory be over all the earth! 6   They set a net for my steps;    my soul was bowed down.  They dug a pit in my way,    but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah7   My heart is steadfast, O God,    my heart is steadfast!  I will sing and make melody!8     Awake, my glory!6  Awake, O harp and lyre!    I will awake the dawn!9   I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;    I will sing praises to you among the nations.10   For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,    your faithfulness to the clouds. 11   Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!    Let your glory be over all the earth! Footnotes [1] 56:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term [2] 56:5 Or they twist my words [3] 56:8 Or wanderings [4] 56:9 Or because [5] 57:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term [6] 57:8 Or my whole being (ESV) In private: Isaiah 8–9:7; James 2 Isaiah 8–9:7 (Listen) The Coming Assyrian Invasion 8 Then the LORD said to me, “Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters,1 ‘Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz.'2 2 And I will get reliable witnesses, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah, to attest for me.” 3 And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the LORD said to me, “Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz; 4 for before the boy knows how to cry ‘My father' or ‘My mother,' the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.” 5 The LORD spoke to me again: 6 “Because this people has refused the waters of Shiloah that flow gently, and rejoice over Rezin and the son of Remaliah, 7 therefore, behold, the Lord is bringing up against them the waters of the River,3 mighty and many, the king of Assyria and all his glory. And it will rise over all its channels and go over all its banks, 8 and it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass on, reaching even to the neck, and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.” 9   Be broken,4 you peoples, and be shattered;5    give ear, all you far countries;  strap on your armor and be shattered;    strap on your armor and be shattered.10   Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing;    speak a word, but it will not stand,    for God is with us.6 Fear God, Wait for the Lord 11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: 12 “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. 13 But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14 And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.” 16 Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching7 among my disciples. 17 I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion. 19 And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21 They will pass through the land,8 greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against9 their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. 22 And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness. For to Us a Child Is Born 9 10 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.11 2   12 The people who walked in darkness    have seen a great light;  those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,    on them has light shone.3   You have multiplied the nation;    you have increased its joy;  they rejoice before you    as with joy at the harvest,    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.4   For the yoke of his burden,    and the staff for his shoulder,    the rod of his oppressor,    you have broken as on the day of Midian.5   For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult    and every garment rolled in blood    will be burned as fuel for the fire.6   For to us a child is born,    to us a son is given;  and the government shall be upon13 his shoulder,    and his name shall be called14  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.7   Of the increase of his government and of peace    there will be no end,  on the throne of David and over his kingdom,    to establish it and to uphold it  with justice and with righteousness    from this time forth and forevermore.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. Footnotes [1] 8:1 Hebrew with a man's stylus [2] 8:1 Maher-shalal-hash-baz means The spoil speeds, the prey hastens [3] 8:7 That is, the Euphrates [4] 8:9 Or Be evil [5] 8:9 Or dismayed [6] 8:10 The Hebrew for God is with us is Immanuel [7] 8:16 Or law; also verse 20 [8] 8:21 Hebrew it [9] 8:21 Or speak contemptuously by [10] 9:1 Ch 8:23 in Hebrew [11] 9:1 Or of the Gentiles [12] 9:2 Ch 9:1 in Hebrew [13] 9:6 Or is upon [14] 9:6 Or is called (ESV) James 2 (Listen) The Sin of Partiality 2 My brothers,1 show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. Faith Without Works Is Dead 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good2 is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. Footnotes [1] 2:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 5, 14 [2] 2:16 Or benefit (ESV)

    TCOO Podcast
    Magnificent Praise to Our Mighty God

    TCOO Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022


    Bishop Myron Powell

    Christian Life Preaching
    The Mighty God in Christ - Pastor Richard Fishburn

    Christian Life Preaching

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 46:57


    Who was The Mighty God in Christ? As man he came to live on the earth, As God created the Earth! As man he prayed, but as God He answered prayer! As man he suffered and Died, but as God he emerged from the grave victorious! Oneness doctrine is the oldest doctrine. This is Apostolic Preaching! 5-4-22

    Peace Be Still- Daily Prayer Download
    #521 Worship Wed: Follow along worshipful prayer

    Peace Be Still- Daily Prayer Download

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 5:13


    On Worship Wednesday's our prayer expression is worshipful, the focus is on Him, not us. We turn our eyes from ourselves and look upon Him, telling Him who He is. It is a place of peace and rest. Deepen today by resting in His holiness, feeling the comfort of our Mighty God as sufficient for your every need. Pour out your worship to Him today! Please share with a friend! And please leave a review so more people can find us!

    The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
    #594: The High Cost of Forgiveness

    The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 5:28


    The Big Idea: Jesus paid our debt on the cross. He bore our sins upon his body. He suffered and died in our place, as our substitute. Jesus took the shame, condemnation, and pain we were to bear. He carried our cross and paid the ultimate price. It was a very high price to pay for our forgiveness.Main Points:1. Forgiveness comes at a cost. If you forgive someone, you bear the cost rather than insisting that the wrongdoer does. And that is what Jesus, the Mighty God, was doing when he came to earth and lived as a man and died a criminal's death on a wooden cross.2. Here is an important understanding about our forgiveness: Jesus didn't have to do it. He was not obligated to take our penalty. He was not forced to do so. He did not have to love us. We are not worthy of his love. Yet, Christ chose to love us. He chose to take our place. He chose to lay down his life for us.3. What a great and awful price was paid for our freedom. Let us never forget there was a high cost to our forgiveness, but it was a cost Jesus was willing to pay.Today's Scripture Verses:1 Peter 1:18-19 - “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”John 10:18 -  "No one takes my life from me; I lay it down of my own accord.”Galatians 2:20 - “The life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Hope Unlimited Church
    Easter 22 - Jesus Our Homecoming King

    Hope Unlimited Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 59:58


    Key #1 - He's the peace you've been looking for Isaiah 9:6 His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Matthew 19:23-24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 I'll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” Matthew 19:25-26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Key #2 - He Makes the Impossible POSSIBLE Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God. Key #3 - He'll bring you back to life Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. John 11:39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man's sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” Matthew 28:2 NLT For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.

    ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible
    April 13: Psalm 103; Leviticus 10; Isaiah 9:1–7; 2 Corinthians 5:11–6:10

    ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 10:03


    Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 103 Psalm 103 (Listen) Bless the Lord, O My Soul Of David. 103   Bless the LORD, O my soul,    and all that is within me,    bless his holy name!2   Bless the LORD, O my soul,    and forget not all his benefits,3   who forgives all your iniquity,    who heals all your diseases,4   who redeems your life from the pit,    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,5   who satisfies you with good    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 6   The LORD works righteousness    and justice for all who are oppressed.7   He made known his ways to Moses,    his acts to the people of Israel.8   The LORD is merciful and gracious,    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.9   He will not always chide,    nor will he keep his anger forever.10   He does not deal with us according to our sins,    nor repay us according to our iniquities.11   For as high as the heavens are above the earth,    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;12   as far as the east is from the west,    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.13   As a father shows compassion to his children,    so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.14   For he knows our frame;1    he remembers that we are dust. 15   As for man, his days are like grass;    he flourishes like a flower of the field;16   for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,    and its place knows it no more.17   But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,    and his righteousness to children's children,18   to those who keep his covenant    and remember to do his commandments.19   The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,    and his kingdom rules over all. 20   Bless the LORD, O you his angels,    you mighty ones who do his word,    obeying the voice of his word!21   Bless the LORD, all his hosts,    his ministers, who do his will!22   Bless the LORD, all his works,    in all places of his dominion.  Bless the LORD, O my soul! Footnotes [1] 103:14 Or knows how we are formed (ESV) Pentateuch and History: Leviticus 10 Leviticus 10 (Listen) The Death of Nadab and Abihu 10 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized1 fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD has said: ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.'” And Aaron held his peace. 4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, “Come near; carry your brothers away from the front of the sanctuary and out of the camp.” 5 So they came near and carried them in their coats out of the camp, as Moses had said. 6 And Moses said to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar his sons, “Do not let the hair of your heads hang loose, and do not tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the congregation; but let your brothers, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning that the LORD has kindled. 7 And do not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting, lest you die, for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you.” And they did according to the word of Moses. 8 And the LORD spoke to Aaron, saying, 9 “Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. 10 You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean, 11 and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the LORD has spoken to them by Moses.” 12 Moses spoke to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his surviving sons: “Take the grain offering that is left of the LORD's food offerings, and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy. 13 You shall eat it in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons' due, from the LORD's food offerings, for so I am commanded. 14 But the breast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed you shall eat in a clean place, you and your sons and your daughters with you, for they are given as your due and your sons' due from the sacrifices of the peace offerings of the people of Israel. 15 The thigh that is contributed and the breast that is waved they shall bring with the food offerings of the fat pieces to wave for a wave offering before the LORD, and it shall be yours and your sons' with you as a due forever, as the LORD has commanded.” 16 Now Moses diligently inquired about the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it was burned up! And he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the surviving sons of Aaron, saying, 17 “Why have you not eaten the sin offering in the place of the sanctuary, since it is a thing most holy and has been given to you that you may bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD? 18 Behold, its blood was not brought into the inner part of the sanctuary. You certainly ought to have eaten it in the sanctuary, as I commanded.” 19 And Aaron said to Moses, “Behold, today they have offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD, and yet such things as these have happened to me! If I had eaten the sin offering today, would the LORD have approved?” 20 And when Moses heard that, he approved. Footnotes [1] 10:1 Or strange (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Isaiah 9:1–7 Isaiah 9:1–7 (Listen) For to Us a Child Is Born 9 1 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.2 2   3 The people who walked in darkness    have seen a great light;  those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,    on them has light shone.3   You have multiplied the nation;    you have increased its joy;  they rejoice before you    as with joy at the harvest,    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.4   For the yoke of his burden,    and the staff for his shoulder,    the rod of his oppressor,    you have broken as on the day of Midian.5   For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult    and every garment rolled in blood    will be burned as fuel for the fire.6   For to us a child is born,    to us a son is given;  and the government shall be upon4 his shoulder,    and his name shall be called5  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.7   Of the increase of his government and of peace    there will be no end,  on the throne of David and over his kingdom,    to establish it and to uphold it  with justice and with righteousness    from this time forth and forevermore.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. Footnotes [1] 9:1 Ch 8:23 in Hebrew [2] 9:1 Or of the Gentiles [3] 9:2 Ch 9:1 in Hebrew [4] 9:6 Or is upon [5] 9:6 Or is called (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: 2 Corinthians 5:11–6:10 2 Corinthians 5:11–6:10 (Listen) The Ministry of Reconciliation 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.1 The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling2 the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 6 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says,   “In a favorable time I listened to you,    and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. Footnotes [1] 5:17 Or creature [2] 5:19 Or God was in Christ, reconciling (ESV)

    ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path
    April 7: Romans 8:34; Ephesians 2:18; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14–16; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; 1 John 2:1; Psalm 9:10; Psalm 71:16; Proverbs 18:10; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 31:1; Isaiah 31:5; Jeremiah 10:23; Jeremiah 23:6; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:14; 2 Tim

    ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 3:20


    Morning: Romans 8:34; Ephesians 2:18; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14–16; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; 1 John 2:1 He always lives to make intercession for them. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died… , who indeed is interceding for us.—For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.—But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.—There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.—For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Romans 8:34 (Listen) 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.1 Footnotes [1] 8:34 Or Is it Christ Jesus who died . . . for us? (ESV) Ephesians 2:18 (Listen) 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (ESV) 1 Timothy 2:5 (Listen) 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man1 Christ Jesus, Footnotes [1] 2:5 men and man render the same Greek word that is translated people in verses 1 and 4 (ESV) Hebrews 4:14–16 (Listen) Jesus the Great High Priest 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV) Hebrews 7:25 (Listen) 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost1 those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Footnotes [1] 7:25 That is, completely; or at all times (ESV) Hebrews 9:24 (Listen) 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. (ESV) 1 John 2:1 (Listen) Christ Our Advocate 2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (ESV) Evening: Psalm 9:10; Psalm 71:16; Proverbs 18:10; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 31:1; Isaiah 31:5; Jeremiah 10:23; Jeremiah 23:6; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:12 And those who know your name put their trust in you. “And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.'”—With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor.—I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.—Mighty God, Everlasting Father.—I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.—Prince of Peace.—For he himself is our peace.—Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.—Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help.—“Like birds hovering, so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it; he will spare and rescue it.” Psalm 9:10 (Listen) 10   And those who know your name put their trust in you,    for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. (ESV) Psalm 71:16 (Listen) 16   With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come;    I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. (ESV) Proverbs 18:10 (Listen) 10   The name of the LORD is a strong tower;    the righteous man runs into it and is safe. (ESV) Isaiah 9:6 (Listen) 6   For to us a child is born,    to us a son is given;  and the government shall be upon1 his shoulder,    and his name shall be called2  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Footnotes [1] 9:6 Or is upon [2] 9:6 Or is called (ESV) Isaiah 31:1 (Listen) Woe to Those Who Go Down to Egypt 31   Woe1 to those who go down to Egypt for help    and rely on horses,  who trust in chariots because they are many    and in horsemen because they are very strong,  but do not look to the Holy One of Israel    or consult the LORD! Footnotes [1] 31:1 Or Ah, (ESV) Isaiah 31:5 (Listen) 5   Like birds hovering, so the LORD of hosts    will protect Jerusalem;  he will protect and deliver it;    he will spare and rescue it.” (ESV) Jeremiah 10:23 (Listen) 23   I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself,    that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. (ESV) Jeremiah 23:6 (Listen) 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.' (ESV) Romans 5:1 (Listen) Peace with God Through Faith 5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we1 have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Footnotes [1] 5:1 Some manuscripts let us (ESV) Ephesians 2:14 (Listen) 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility (ESV) 2 Timothy 1:12 (Listen) 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.1 Footnotes [1] 1:12 Or what I have entrusted to him; Greek my deposit (ESV)

    Enthusiasm is the bomb!
    How God Heals by Burke

    Enthusiasm is the bomb!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 59:59


    Billy Burke, once you get hit with the Higher Power from on high , you tend to give God a chance! He can and does heal through vessels , I once was prayed for and went down under the Power Of The Most High! This stuff works, A Mighty God is doing it and Healing others, He doesn't need my approval, He is God. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/fernando-montes-de-oca/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fernando-montes-de-oca/support

    ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path
    April 5: 2 Samuel 22:32; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 44:6; Habakkuk 1:12; Hebrews 4:15–16; Hebrews 12:2; Hebrews 12:18; Hebrews 12:22–24; Revelation 1:17; Job 23:10; Psalm 18:31; Psalm 61:2; Psalm 90:1; Psalm 119:116; Psalm 142:3; Isaiah 25:4; John 10:28; Phil

    ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 3:28


    Morning: 2 Samuel 22:32; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 44:6; Habakkuk 1:12; Hebrews 4:15–16; Hebrews 12:2; Hebrews 12:18; Hebrews 12:22–24; Revelation 1:17 “Fear not, I am the first and the last.” For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest…. But you have come to Mount Zion… and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.—Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.—For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.”—Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Are you not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One?—“For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?” 2 Samuel 22:32 (Listen) 32   “For who is God, but the LORD?    And who is a rock, except our God? (ESV) Isaiah 9:6 (Listen) 6   For to us a child is born,    to us a son is given;  and the government shall be upon1 his shoulder,    and his name shall be called2  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Footnotes [1] 9:6 Or is upon [2] 9:6 Or is called (ESV) Isaiah 44:6 (Listen) Besides Me There Is No God 6   Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel    and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:  “I am the first and I am the last;    besides me there is no god. (ESV) Habakkuk 1:12 (Listen) Habakkuk's Second Complaint 12   Are you not from everlasting,    O LORD my God, my Holy One?    We shall not die.  O LORD, you have ordained them as a judgment,    and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof. (ESV) Hebrews 4:15–16 (Listen) 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV) Hebrews 12:2 (Listen) 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV) Hebrews 12:18 (Listen) A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken 18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest (ESV) Hebrews 12:22–24 (Listen) 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly1 of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Footnotes [1] 12:23 Or church (ESV) Revelation 1:17 (Listen) 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, (ESV) Evening: Job 23:10; Psalm 18:31; Psalm 61:2; Psalm 90:1; Psalm 119:116; Psalm 142:3; Isaiah 25:4; John 10:28; Philippians 4:6–7; Hebrews 6:19 Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. When my spirit faints within me, you know my way!—“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”—Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.—For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. And who is a rock, except our God?—“They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”—Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!—We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain. Job 23:10 (Listen) 10   But he knows the way that I take;    when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. (ESV) Psalm 18:31 (Listen) 31   For who is God, but the LORD?    And who is a rock, except our God?— (ESV) Psalm 61:2 (Listen) 2   from the end of the earth I call to you    when my heart is faint.  Lead me to the rock    that is higher than I, (ESV) Psalm 90:1 (Listen) Book Four From Everlasting to Everlasting A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. 90   Lord, you have been our dwelling place1    in all generations. Footnotes [1] 90:1 Some Hebrew manuscripts (compare Septuagint) our refuge (ESV) Psalm 119:116 (Listen) 116   Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,    and let me not be put to shame in my hope! (ESV) Psalm 142:3 (Listen) 3   When my spirit faints within me,    you know my way!  In the path where I walk    they have hidden a trap for me. (ESV) Isaiah 25:4 (Listen) 4   For you have been a stronghold to the poor,    a stronghold to the needy in his distress,    a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;  for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall, (ESV) John 10:28 (Listen) 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (ESV) Philippians 4:6–7 (Listen) 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ESV) Hebrews 6:19 (Listen) 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, (ESV)

    UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries

    Restoration of the Saints (8) (Audio) David Eells - 4/3/22 Go Forth My People; Be Led by My Spirit Debbie Fenske - 3/10/22 (David's notes in red) Prophecy:  This Word from our Father's heart is quite a plea for us to be Jesus; do what Jesus would do if He were here in the flesh. And, He says, “I am here in the flesh. Here I Am, in you.” (He is Immanuel - God with us) “My people! Oh, My people! Have you not heard what you have been speaking this night? Have you not heard the message that has been going forth from your mouths as you have shared with one another? Have you not felt your heart swell, and your faith rise?  For, My people, tonight you have been speaking the message that I have spoken to you before this. This message is more than, get ready. This message is be ready! Rise up! Take your stand, and move out, move forward a mighty army that you are, even though you are few. For it is the few that I choose to use. I have heard you ask, “Lord give us the faith to go forth and be Your hands, Your feet, and Your mouth, to speak The word, “Be healed!” “Be delivered!” My people! Oh, My people! I have given you My Word! My Word in you is the faith already given to you. And My Word in you is power. And I have told you many times to go forth. So, go forth, My people! Will you not just trust the power of My Spirit through My Word in you to move out through you to set the captives free? So many are waiting. Repent of lethargy. (We are called ambassadors for Christ, which means we are to represent Him to the world and not ourselves. 2Co 5:20  We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God.) Repent of inhibitions that keep you from being used in this hour. This IS the hour. Now is the time. Stop looking and waiting for a certain point of time in the future. Look at “now.” Now is the time. The time has always been now. And I say to you, again, no more holding back. For, it will not be you. It will not be about you. But it is all about Me through you, in power, My people. (2Co 13:5  Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. Or know ye not as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed ye be reprobate.) I have also told you in the past, “Be led by My Spirit.” So, be led, My people. Yes, here I am in you, beside you, before you, and behind you; always ready to lead you. So, see the work that is before you, My people, and do it! As you move in Me, and as you allow me yo move in you, you will see the needs that I have planted. And, many of these will be added to My planting of faithful overcomers. They have always been right before you, every where you have turned. Be bold and be strong my people. The harvest is ready. And I have made you ready.”   Open Your Mouth and I Will Fill it Debbie Fenske - 2/7/22 (David's notes in red) The Lord spoke this word after a night of worship and praise unto Him.  “Too much silence! My children. How I love your songs of worship unto Me. How I long for you to uplift Me in this way. And I am honored, uplifted by your worship and your praise. But, oh My people, I need you to not be so silent. I need you to open your mouth and give unto me your worship from your heart, even as you go about your daily activities.  Give unto Me the fruit of your lips from your heart, and the glory that is due My name through prayer and through praise. Talk to me. I long to hear from you in this way, My children. And I long to give back unto you what will uplift you. Only open your mouth wide, my children. Lift Me up, and I shall fill you up. And you shall go forth and glorify Me.”   Deu. 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.   Isa. 59:16-21  And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his own arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it upheld him. 17 And he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a mantle. 18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, wrath to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense. 19 So shall they fear the name of Jehovah from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come as a rushing stream, which the breath of Jehovah driveth. 20 And a Redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith Jehovah. 21 And as for me, this is my covenant with them, saith Jehovah: my Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith Jehovah, from henceforth and for ever. For the morning meeting on 3/17/22 we received by faith at random,  Jer. 12:5  If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and though in a land of peace thou art secure, yet how wilt thou do in the pride of the Jordan?   Dream of Resurrection Claire Pienaar - 3/14/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was in a waiting area, like a lobby of a hotel. (A hotel represents individual temples joined together into one holy temple in the Lord.  The hotel lobby is a communal area.) I had my room keys with me and I think the number 144 was on the key. (This represents the key of David to bind and loose which the David Man-child 144,000 gives to Claire as the Bride, just as Jesus did. Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth and none shall shut, and that shutteth and none openeth. Mat. 16:19 I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  And here is the 144,000 David Man-child body. Rev 14:1 And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty and four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads...  4 These are they that were not defiled with women (denominations); for they are virgins (Meaning they have not received the seed of men). These are they that follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were purchased from among men, to be the firstfruits unto God and unto the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no lie: they are without blemish.) There were others in this lobby but they were staying in other motels around the area, not in the same hotel I was staying at. (The Bride is a sanctified body through the teaching of the 144 Man-child as it was with Jesus and His first disciples.) I saw an Indian family with 4 children, all similar in ages to my own (under 12). They were very friendly but they were of a middle eastern religion. I was very aware that they were not a part of “the flock” yet.  I asked them the names of their children and they rattled them off. Then the Holy Spirit took me over in this dream. I knew it and I felt it. I said, “What's the name of the fifth child?” And the wife and mother of the family looked down with pain in her face and her tears dropped onto the floor and the husband looked down too. I don't remember the fifth child's name for sure but I think it was Priya. (In Hindi this name means “dear” or “beloved”). She had died somehow a long time ago. I said very calmly and confidently, “In the Name of Jesus, she lives”.  Then I had a vision of this little girl's skeleton being lifted out of the ground; wrapped in white linen. Before my eyes the sinews and muscles and flesh came back onto this young child.  The skeleton changed from being grotesque at first, to being feeble, then it changed again to being peaceful, and then radiant with the life of a 5 yr old little Indian girl! (Riaan: Reminds me of that song: “These are the days of Ezekiel, where dry bones becoming as flesh!”) (Although mighty miracles of physical resurrection will take place, Ezekiel saw a spiritual resurrection through revival in which eternal life is entered into. Eze. 37:1-6 The hand of Jehovah was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of Jehovah, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 And he caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord Jehovah, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy over these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of Jehovah. 5 Thus saith the Lord Jehovah unto these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am Jehovah. The parents were jumping up and down! They were saying, “This is the true God!” “This is real?” “Is this real?” “How can that happen?” “Can we touch her?” Then there was much hugging and celebration and they introduced their other children to this 5th child, their daughter Priya. Then I woke up.   Jesus in the Man-child is Coming to Teach Us Marie Kelton - 11/22/21 (David's notes in red) During the night meeting, I had an open vision, of me being in heaven. (In heavenly places in Christ. (Eph 2:6  and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,)  I was wearing all white. (Representing sanctification.) I and two other people ahead of me were all sitting down (Sitting with Him in heavenly places). The Lord was in front of us as He started passing out graded test papers. (Jas 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations (i.e. testings); 3 Knowing that the proving of your faith worketh patience. 4 And let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.)  The first person got an A, the second person got a B. Then the Lord came to me and I got a C. All the grades were written in red ink with a circle around them. (Many times the words of Jesus are in red in the Bible but actually He is the Word of God, which is ALL of the Word. The words of God are a test for us as to whether we will have faith to obey them or not.) After the Lord gave me my test paper back, He sat down and started to teach me. (Jas. 1: 5-8  But if any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord; 8 a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways.) Then I woke up. It made me think of these verses  Mat 13:23  And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 1Jn 2:27 And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as his anointing teacheth you; concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, ye abide in him.   Seeing Christ in the Mirror Marie Kelton - 1-28-22 (David's notes in red) During the night the lord gave me a vision of my spiritual man in a dark place. (1 Co. 13:10-12 but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.) She was wearing all white and standing in front of a vanity that was all white with a desk and a chair.  My spiritual man was looking in the mirror, and saw a black being there. I knew it was my flesh man in the mirror. (Jas 1:23-24 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves. 23 For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror: 24 for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.) My spiritual man broke the mirror by hitting it (Because we cannot see the old man in the mirror or we will not be justified by faith and not have the power to obey.)  Then I saw the Lord standing next to my spiritual man in front of the vanity. (2 Co. 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.)   Run Your Own Race Claire Pienaar - 3/7/22 (Joe Brits notes in Green | David's notes in Red) I dreamed I (Representing the Bride) was in a white limousine. (The limo represents that we're very important, because Jesus lives in us, and we are resting from all works, and we're driven by acts of sanctification. It's only Jesus in us who's important Joh 3:13  And no one hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended out of heaven, even the Son of man, who is in heaven. [This part was added in; It has no Numeric pattern as the rest does.]) (Joe Brits: Claire, meaning “brilliant”, denotes the “lampros garment” of the Bride corporate body in Revelation 19.). Joe Brits was in the limousine with me. (Joe Brits: The limo represents the vehicle or the means to be delivered at the start of the tribulation. The name Joe is short for Joseph, who represents the Man-Child. See the Man-child Bride Book, page 63: Jesus, in the corporate body of Man-child ministers around the world who is the husband or head of His Bride). Joe was dressed in bright blue classic running shorts and a bright blue running vest. He had a gold medal and chain around his neck. (Joseph was an Old Testament type of the Man-child, Jesus. He is dressed in blue representing the works of Christ in the Man-child.) (Joe Brits: The Man-Child has finished or completed his race or his training (and won to be the first fruits). He is ready for his part that he must play in the tribulation. Gen 41:41-42  And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. 42 And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck).  Joe was speaking in future, past and present tenses all at the same time, saying “I am training for the race, I've just finished the race. I've run the race. I am running the race. I will run the race”. (Joe Brits: Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and to-day, yea and for ever). (Riaan: We live looking forward in faith (future), in the present through the trial, while looking at what happened on the cross in the past as a done deal!)(The Man-child runs the race seeing the end from the beginning by faith. 1 Co. 9:24-27 Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? (The one is Jesus and those who abide in Him through faith.) Even so run; that ye may attain. 25 And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air: 27 but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.) I thought, “Mmm, me too. I am also training for the race. I wonder if he uses a treadmill? (The Bride will understand by the witness of the Man-child that the race must be won through faith.) (Joe Brits: None of the training was self-works. The race must be run with patience with ourselves and in our faith for the promises to manifest.)(Heb 12:1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.)   I thought “I wonder how long he's been training?” (It depends on how consistently we repent and act on our faith.)  I thought, “I wonder if we've entered the same race?” (The end result is the same; Christlikeness, but we are running for different offices, like Man-child and Bride.)(Joe Brits: Some have been running this race longer than others but it doesn't matter, for we are not racing against each other (but to be ready in time). 1 Co 9:24  Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain. The "one" here is those who abide in the "One" Jesus Christ who IS the Word. Jesus will finish the race and all in Him will, too. The prizes are many: eternal life, a work or ministry, fruit, the high calling of the Man-child or the Bride, etc https://www.ubm1.org/?page=running Running the Race with Patience - UBM [David Eells] Setting the Eagle Free Bill Steenland - 05/04/2014 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was watching a cloud unfold in Heaven.{Heb.12:1} Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses (of the faith-filled people mentioned in chapter 11), lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set ... www.ubm1.org ). Because he had the medal around his neck, I assumed he'd already completed it, and I thought “His age category must have gone first”. (The Man-child must mature first in order to train the Bride and these people are foreknown from before the foundation of the earth.). I woke up and forgot about the dream. Then I was just starting to read this portion of my Bible when I remembered it: Lev 2:4-5: “And when thou offerest an oblation of a meal-offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil. And if thy oblation be a meal-offering of the baking-pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil. As an oblation of first-fruits ye shall offer them unto Jehovah: but they shall not come up for a sweet savor on the altar. And every oblation of thy meal-offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meal-offering: with all thine oblations thou shalt offer salt. And if thou offer a meal-offering of first-fruits unto Jehovah, thou shalt offer for the meal-offering of thy first-fruits grain in the ear parched with fire, bruised grain of the fresh ear. And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon: it is a meal-offering. And the priest shall burn the memorial of it, part of the bruised grain thereof, and part of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof: it is an offering made by fire unto Jehovah.” (Our meal must be the unleavened bread of the Word so that we are unleavened. It must be seasoned with salt or purified when we speak it. Col 4:6  Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.)   Abiding in Heavenly Places Alenna Timoshchuk - 12/17/21 (David's notes in red) I dreamt that my husband David went to visit David Eells and Michael, but instead of visiting them where they lived now, he actually was visiting them in heaven. (Representing the first fruits Man-child ministers living in "heavenly places in Christ".) None of them were dead, they were still alive on this earth but it was like there was a lower part of heaven that was open to those who abide in Christ and they could visit it, even though they were still alive on earth. (The first fruits come into perfection through Christ first by abiding with him in heavenly places.) I got to see a bit of it as if I was looking through my husband's eyes and it looked like it was just above all the mountain peaks. (Looking through our husband's eyes represents seeing the way our heavenly husband Jesus sees. The Bride has the eyes of a dove, representing the Holy Spirit, just as her husband Jesus does. Song 4:1 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; Thine eyes are as doves behind thy veil. Thy hair is as a flock of goats, That lie along the side of mount Gilead. And Song 5:12 His eyes are like doves beside the water-brooks, Washed with milk, and fitly set.)  It had beautiful pine trees and rivers and Michael and David lived in a beautiful large log cabin, a really fancy one. (For anyone who loves the outdoors and appreciates nature, this would be their dream place. Just the prettiest scenery you could ever imagine.) (I was shown in a vision years ago a tower of logs that represented the UBM ministry that the Lord was giving me. This log cabin represents the UBM ministry living the crucified life, represented by the cross timbers at the corners.)  My husband stayed with them for three days then came back to me and was just so excited telling me all about it. He was saying how Michael (Meaning, “Who is like God”) held a staff in his hand and if someone wanted to enter that part of heaven, then he'd hold it out and if the color turned red, then the person could not enter because they weren't abiding in Christ, but if it turned green, then they could go in. He told me how relieved he was when the staff turned green and not red and started telling me about how wonderful and beautiful everything was up there. (The first fruits have very good discernment; the discernment of Jesus, and the wicked don't ever get past them. 2 Co. 10:6 and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience shall be made full.) Then he pulled out a branch from a pine tree and gave it to me. It had the most beautiful aroma. I thought it was so sweet that he brought me a souvenir from heaven. (Pine trees are evergreens and they represent everlasting life. Jesus is the Father of Eternity and the Branch. This is the gift or souvenir that Jesus has brought back to us with His resurrection. Isa. 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father (Hebrew: Father of Eternity), Prince of Peace.) Then I told him, “I want to go so badly. I want to be in heaven.” And he smiled and hugged me and said, “Let's go for your birthday on March 6th. (3/6 or 3+6=9. 9 was the hour that Jesus died on the cross and there are 9 fruits of the Spirit for those who have died to self. And, as in the natural, those who die get to go to heaven.  Our birthday begins when we begin to die to our flesh by living the crucified life then we begin to bear the fruits of the Spirit of God as He makes us a new creature in Christ.)  Then he said, “Maybe then we can stay there for a month.” (30 days? Jesus was 30, as the Law states, when He began his ministry.) I was so excited! I knew it would be the best birthday I've ever had but I worried a little that we wouldn't have enough money to not work for an entire month. (God will always make provision when He holds the green staff because we walk by faith to follow in His footsteps.) Then I woke up.   Manifesting Perfection Through Christ David Eells Father, I ask You to reach out and touch the brethren who are hearing this today and just show forth Your mercy and Your grace upon them. Lord, let Your Scriptures touch their hearts. Bring it to their remembrance some time when they're in need. Give them a hunger to walk in the precious things that You're offering, Lord. Thank You, Father. Thank You for working all things together for our good. And Lord, we want to walk in that perfection that we've been talking about. We know that Jesus has already suffered and died in order to give us that freely; and Lord, we praise You, that You're going to finish the great work You've started in us. Thank You so much, Lord.  We have discovered that the life of Christ is actually the glory of God, and that what God is seeking is that glory manifested in us. That's what He calls “fruit” and that's what He calls “sonship.” And that's what He calls “perfection.” (Col.3:4) When Christ, [who is] our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory. “Manifested” is a really good term because it doesn't give the meaning of a physical appearance. The meaning of “manifested” here is “to cause to shine; to make visible.” Obviously, the life of Christ is being birthed in us, but it's not yet all visible to the world around us. Similar to bringing forth a child, there's a time when the fruit is visible and seen.  The fruit we want, of course, is the fruit of Christ. It says, “When Christ, [who is] our life, shall be made visible, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory.” We found that this glory is the shining forth of the righteousness and the purity and the truth of Christ.  I would like to go a little deeper because I know you have some questions about growing from glory to glory. (2Co.3:18) But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit. That glory is the life of Christ. It is imputed to us by walking in obedience to the Word of God and it becomes an actual part of our life, our nature and our thoughts. But, we grow from “glory to glory”. Let's study those glories just a little bit to see what they are and how to progress.  We know that as we behold the glory of the Lord, we're transformed into that same image from glory to glory, but the Word speaks about getting a greater and greater revelation of the Lord in the mirror that's slightly different. (1Co.13:10) But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. That perfection is the fruit; it is the glory of God; it is sonship.  (11) When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things. He's talking here about coming to perfection, coming to maturity. It's the same word being used: “completion.” (12) For now we see in a mirror, darkly…. We understand from 2 Corinthians 3:18 that we see Jesus in a mirror and we're transformed into that same image from glory to glory, but we don't start out seeing the clear image of Jesus. We see Him somewhat and as we grow in knowledge and understanding of the Word, we come into more of a revelation of Who He really is.  Many of us have known a false Jesus, a Jesus who's not the real Jesus. We've had an immature idea of what Jesus is like. But as we discover His Will, His desire, His power and His nature in the Word, we come into a greater revelation. The word “darkly,” here, in the Greek is, “in a riddle,” and a riddle is something in which the truth is hidden. The Bible is that way. (Pro.25:2) It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. He has hidden the face of Christ in the Word for those who really, truly desire to come into the revelation of Who He is. To walk in that and to see Him in the mirror is a progressive thing.  So he says, (1Co.13:12) For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face. He's talking about “when that which is perfect is come.” You see, the closer we get to the end, the more we see the true image of Jesus. We come to know Him as He is, as we become more and more familiar with His Word, which is His nature, and He is the Word. (12) For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known. In other words, “when that which is perfect is come.” Knowing in part is seeing dimly, darkly in the mirror, in a riddle in the mirror, but knowing fully is coming to know the true Jesus so we can come into that image.  You need to come to know Him because when you look in the mirror, that's your gift. You're reaching out in your faith to receive all that He is because He made reconciliation for you; He made an exchange for you. It goes on to say, (13) But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three: and the greatest of these is love. So we're growing in this glory-to-glory revelation and we're growing in the revelation of Who Jesus Christ is.  I'd like to point out to you the stages of glory in Christian growth: (1Co.15:35) But some one will say, How are the dead raised? and with what manner of body do they come? (36) Thou foolish one, that which thou thyself sowest is not quickened except it die (so we're talking about the kinds of bodies that Christians are going to have): (37) and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but a bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other kind; (38) but God giveth it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a body of its own. (39) All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one [flesh] of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fishes.  What point is God making? He's speaking of the difference in the earthly flesh that all creatures have. So, also in the resurrected body there will be a difference. (40) There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the [glory] of the terrestrial is another. We are sown a terrestrial, or earthly body, but will come forth a celestial, or heavenly body; that is, of course, a much higher creation than this one.  But now he tells us a secret, one that many people don't know: (41) There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory. (42) So also is the resurrection of the dead... Did you catch that? There are different glories: star, moon and sun (Son) glory – and even the stars have a different glory one from another. “So also is the resurrection of the dead.” In other words, not everybody is going to have the same body because they're not going to have the glory when they're finished here. And I'm going to prove that to you:  (1Co.15:42) … It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: (43) it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: (44) it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. (Remember what we saw, that the spiritual bodies are different.) If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual [body]. (45) So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam [became] a life-giving spirit. (46) Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. (47) The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven. (48) As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. (49) And as we have borne the image of the earthy, let us (Numeric) also bear the image of the heavenly. That's what it says in the original, in the Numeric, and in the ancient manuscripts. It doesn't say, “we shall.” Many like “we shall” because it doesn't give them any responsibility now, but it says, “let us also bear the image of the heavenly.”  Where are we to bear the image of the heavenly? In the hereafter? No! We start right here! God starts that in us, first spirit, then soul and then, ultimately, body. We saw that sonship starts first in your spirit which is the born again Spirit of Christ. Then, through your obedience to the Spirit, your soul is begotten (or born again) through the living Word of God and, then, ultimately, if you've borne fruit there, you receive that new body.  He's commanding us, “let us also bear the image of the heavenly.” So how do we do that? Well, this glorious body that we receive – the star, moon and sun glory body, are all given because of the star, moon and sun glory life. That shows a difference of reward and the Bible teaches that.  Here is a good example of God using these different glories as types of bodies of people on the earth. The following passage deals with a dream that Joseph had, after he had the dream of the sheaves of his brethren bowing down to his sheaf: (Gen.37:9) And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream; and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. (10) And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? (11) And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind. He thought, “Maybe there's something spiritual here; maybe there's something I'm not really enlightened about.”  But look at what God likened His people to. Joseph was likened to one of the stars, who had been separated from his brethren for the purpose of reigning. And God is doing that now, brethren. He is raising up a man-child ministry. Notice that all of God's people are stars, but there is one that is called “the moon,” which is the mother, in this case.  In Revelation 12, the mother's position was standing on the moon. That's her position in God – standing upon the moon – and she brought forth the Man-child, who, in this case, was Joseph, as a type of the Man-child. Of course, the father here was the “sun.” Jesus is called the “Father of Eternity” because He is the one Who sows the seed in us that brings forth the fruit of Himself. We see here that God is using the sun, moon and star glories as types, or groups, of His people.  Let's look first at what these stars may represent. We can see that God said this to Abraham a couple of times: (Gen.22:17) That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the sea-shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. So here we are the seed of Abraham, who is the father of us all. The Bible calls us “stars.” We all start out our spiritual life as star glory, but we don't end up that way – thank God.  In meditating on this, the Lord has shown me some things about glory and one is that it represents righteousness. It represents the percentage of the life of Christ in us. If you start out as star glory, for instance, when you are first born-again, you have a glory. All stars have their own glory. This comes into the parable more and more as we look at moon and sun glory, in comparison. In a way, the stars are separate one from another, but they have their own glory; they have their own righteousness. Every star has a percentage of the righteousness of the Lord because, as we're born again, we get a new spirit – a born-again spirit from God. That spirit is full of the glory of God.  We had a fallen spirit and now, suddenly, we have a born-again spirit. It's called the Spirit of Christ in Romans chapter eight. But even though we have the righteousness of God, we have self-righteousness, as well, and it's what keeps us apart, like the stars are separated. If you consider Christ to be the sun, they are seated with Christ in the heavenlies, and that's good, but they are separated from one another. Here's a different example that tells us about the stars: (Dan.12:3) And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. There's a great revival coming in these end times. Many people who have had no glory whatsoever are going to suddenly walk in the glory of God in a percentage and star glory represents the 30-fold percentage.  There are three bearings of fruit, according to the Parable of the Sower: 30-, 60- and 100-fold. These were the ones who entered the Kingdom. So, star glory is the beginning and it represents 30-fold fruit. Many will be turned “to righteousness as the stars,” the Bible says.  After star glory, we have another stage into which we have to grow. Again, what the Lord showed me was that the stars were separate one from another and they have their own glory. This, in a way, separates them because glory is righteousness. We have some self-righteousness and we have some God-righteousness. That self-righteousness keeps us from becoming one with our brethren.  The next stage we grow into is moon glory and here is a really good demonstration of moon glory: (Rom.6:3) Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (4) We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have become united with [him] in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of his resurrection. We have to become united with Him in the likeness of His death to reach moon glory. The moon is dead. It doesn't have any righteousness of its own, but reflects only the sun. It has given up its own righteousness to reflect only the righteousness of the sun. That's all the moon can do because it's dead. But, it's also “one.”  Many stars are separate because of their own glory, as we have seen. Denominations are separate from one another because of self-righteousness. People separate from one another, due to self-righteousness, because they're immature and factious, dividing into and denominating from one another. Jesus prayed, “that they may be one, even as we [are] one” (Joh.17:22). But instead, because of their self-righteousness, they are proud, they resist the Word of God and they fight against their brethren. Through death to self we become united with one another. This is the second stage or 60-fold fruit; this is moon glory. Like the moon, it says we become united with Him in the likeness of His death. We also shall be united with Him in His resurrection. That is sun glory and, as we walk through the phase of death-to-self, we come to the resurrection life that is 100-fold sun glory. That's completion; that's perfection; that's sonship that we're talking about. We're already sons of God by faith, but we're walking into it through the death, burial and resurrection that these three glories represent. (Rom.6:6) Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin.  Death to that old man – death to the old self – that's how we come into the resurrection life of Christ. We have no light of our own, but reflect only that light which comes from Him.  I'd like to go a little deeper now into a very plain revelation of the moon glory that I've already mentioned: (Rev.12:1) And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. Everything is represented here: the sun, the moon and the stars. This woman gives birth to the Man-child, the “first fruits” they are called in Revelation 14. The Man-child ministry that's coming forth is the first fruits of those who come into sun glory. It's by grace; it's by His calling and by His direction, and it's going to come to pass.  The woman here is the corporate mother of this corporate Man-child. The 12 stars around her head are her children and it also represents the doctrine of the 12 apostles in her mind. There are lots of things you could see there that might all be correct because God is big and He can hide an awful lot of things in a revelation. Obviously, moon glory is not yet perfect, nor is star glory, and God tells us so in Job. Neither of these are quite clean in His eyes, nor quite finished in His eyes. (Job 25:5) Behold, even the moon hath no brightness, And the stars are not pure in his sight.  God's looking for something greater than moon glory and greater than star glory. He's looking for the resurrection life of Christ in us, which is the most brilliant glory. He goes on to say, (6) How much less man, that is a worm! And the son of man, that is a worm! God looks on lost man as a creature of the dirt, of the earth, as nothing more than a worm.  Obviously, this dirt is made to bring forth the Lord Jesus Christ. That's its purpose and without that we're not fulfilling the Will of God. We're growing and the people of God will grow through this process, especially in the days to come, from star glory to moon glory to sun glory.  Isaiah has a really good revelation of this growth that's going to come to pass in the Tribulation to come: (Isa.30:26) Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun… (Praise God! Those who go through this death to self will come into resurrection life, which is what we just read in Romans 6.) (26) Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days…. Well, here's a revelation! “Seven-fold” here means that God is going to bring forth fruit out of all the Church – all seven churches. He's going to bring forth a fruit out of them that will come into the image of Jesus Christ.  Not all will come into the sun glory, but it will be spread throughout the Church; hence, seven-fold. Also, it will be as the light of seven days, meaning the Tribulation period. The time that the Bible calls the Tribulation period is the time of the most growth for God's people because they're going through their “wilderness” experience. They're learning to give up themselves, learning to come into a faith relationship with God in the wilderness. Spiritual growth shall be extremely fast at that time because of the great Latter Rain outpouring, which comes on the morning of the “third day,” as Hosea said. (Isa.30:26) Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the hurt of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound. God is going to heal His people; He's going to bind up what was broken. Remember the  anointing of Jesus shown in (Isaiah 61:1) … He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening [of the prison] to them that are bound. God is going to restore His people who are walking as lame and blind. God is going to restore all that in these days. He called it the Latter Rain. He said that it would be restoration of all the things that the palmer-worm, the locust, the canker-worm and the caterpillar had taken from His crop for all these years in (Joel 1:4). This is the greatest promise of God that's going to come forth in these days.  How is this growth going to take effect? Here's what Paul says: (Php.3:9) And be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own (Notice, He's not going to settle for star glory, which separates him from his brethren), [even] that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.  This glory, which is righteousness shining forth from us, is coming because of our faith in God, not because of our works or our ability. (10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection (that's the sun glory), and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death. That's the unity that God is going to bring His people to through death. This wilderness is a death experience, in order to bring God's people into His presence. This unity is going to be the moon glory which brings us to the resurrection life. What is that resurrection life? (11) If by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead. (12) Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect (this is what the resurrection life is – perfection; it is the sun glory): but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. Well, how did He lay hold on us? (Heb.10:14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. He perfected us. Now we're seeing perfection as resurrection life and are being seen as the sun glory people who are going to enter into this. The sun glory is the next stage that I'd like to look at: (2Pe.1:19) And we have the word of prophecy [made] more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place…. When you're in your star glory, the dark place is your soul because it's the next part of you that needs to be sanctified. God gives us a new spirit first, so we have a power, a connection, a discernment and an ability to walk with Him. The next stage is having your soul born again through your obedience to the truth, which is what Peter said: (1Pe.1:22) Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth (in other words, when you obey your spirit, your soul will be born again) unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently: (23) having been begotten again (or born again), not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth. “Whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place.”  (Pro.20:27) The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all his innermost parts. The brightest part of you, the most connected-with-God part of you, is your spirit and your soul needs to take on the life of that spirit. So, your lamp, your spirit, is shining forth with the oil, the light of the Spirit of God into your soul to regenerate your soul. And, what does Peter say? (2Pe.1:19) And we have the word of prophecy [made] more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.  What is this lamp? Pro 20:27  The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching all his innermost parts. It is searching the soul. “Day star” comes from the word “phosphoros", meaning “light-bearing.” The archaic meaning of “day star” was “the sun,” so when we're talking about the day star arising in your heart, we're talking about sun glory being manifested in you.  There was an occultic reason for it, but in latter times, people began to call Venus the “light-bearer.” That's ridiculous. Get up in the morning and see if you see Venus. Are you looking for Venus or do you see the light-bearer, the sun? So we have a little bit of evidence here and, also, we have the words “morning star.” (Rev.22:16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright, the morning star. The Lord is our bright and morning star, so that's another meaning for the glory of the sun/Son. “Until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.”  So, we have an end and a purpose. (Pro.4:18) But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The dawning light brings you into the perfect light. What is the perfect light? It's not the evening; it's the midday. We have more and more of the light in our life and less and less shadow. The least shadow is at the “perfect day,” when the sun is straight up overhead. That's our life, when we're walking in nothing but the light of God's Word – this “word of prophecy [made] more sure” – the Word which was given to beget our soul unto Him.  We are called to manifest Christ in spirit and soul, while we walk in this body. Those are stages while we walk in this body. We're putting on Christ, putting on this bright garment. Are we talking about a garment for the flesh? No, we're talking about a garment for the soul. (Rom.13:11) And this, knowing the season, that already it is time for you to awake out of sleep: for now is salvation nearer to us than when we [first] believed. (12) The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness….  What are our works? Well, faith without works is dead; it's incomplete. The fruit of faith is works. The fruit of the spirit – the love, joy, peace, longsuffering – these are works, but they are the works that are birthed from your spirit. That's why they're called the fruit of the Spirit and they're birthed by everyone who walks by faith, so works are the fruit of faith. Don't tell me that you have faith and don't have works. James said, “I by my works will show thee [my] faith.” (Jas.2:18).  Again, we're not talking about the works of man or the works of the Law; I'm talking about the works of God through you. If you walk by faith, you will have the works of God. (Rom.13:12) The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Notice that as you put on the works of light, you're casting off the works of darkness, which is a garment. You're taking off one garment and putting on another called the armor of light. It's not only the works of light, it's the armor of light because the armor of light is a protection against the enemy that wants to drag us down. (Rom.13:13) Let us walk becomingly, as in the day; not in revelling and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and jealousy. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ….  So we put on the armor of light and we put on the salvation he's talking about, which is Jesus Christ. If you put on the works of the devil, you're putting on the works of darkness. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]. So we're putting on a garment, the Bible calls it, and we're warned that God doesn't want that garment to be polluted or stained. (Jud.1:23) And some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. So you can have the works of darkness on your clean garment and you are to hate the works of darkness. We are to turn away from them, cast them down, cast off that garment and put on the garment that the Lord has commanded us to wear. That's what sanctification is, that's what perfection is and that's what putting on the works of Christ is. We need to constantly be putting on the works of Christ, as we read the Word of God.  We know that there are stages of perfection, even at the end. (Rev.19:7) Let us rejoice and be exceeding glad, and let us give the glory unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Notice that it says, “herself.” You know, we have the authority of God to do this. (Rom.8:13) [F]or if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live. You have to take the authority of God and the power of God's Spirit to do this. If you don't cooperate, it won't be done, so it is up to you to do what God has given you to do. He's given you the authority.  (Rev.19:8) And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright (the word here is lampros: radiant) [and] pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. We're putting on the garment of light in the spirit realm. Notice that those who are bidden (meaning invited) to the marriage supper don't have the same garment. The Bride has this lampros garment. There is a difference between the Bride and the virgins, and between the Bride and those bidden to the marriage supper. (Rev.19:9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they that are bidden to the marriage supper of the Lamb.  You don't invite the Bride, obviously. She's one of the ones doing the inviting, but there are people who will come to the marriage feast and won't be in the Bride. The Scripture teaches that very plainly. The virgins are not a part of the Bride, contrary to popular thinking. But these people are also riding white horses to finish off the enemies of God. (14) And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white [and] pure. There's the “fine linen” again, except this time, the word is “white,” which is leukos, not lampros: which is "brilliant.” It doesn't have the glory of the lampros garment. That glory is radiant and this is simply leukos or white.  They're invited but they're not the Bride. The Bride is the sun glory and God's plan is that He has given to us everything that we need to enter into sun glory. Many don't cooperate; many don't accept the faith or the knowledge that's been given unto them. They run after idols and don't have time for God or for His Word to renew their mind and so they come up short.  Since we're seeing that works have everything to do with star, moon and sun glory, there is a difference in reward, as we read in 1 Corinthians 15. We see it also, here: (2Co.4:17) For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory. The glory is what we're talking about – this brilliance, this brightness, this sun glory that we're coming into.  The tribulations that we go through are to bring us into His glory while we cooperate with Him. God will send plenty of people to help us by putting us on our cross. We go through suffering for the purpose of Christ's life being manifested in us. We need to cooperate with Him in it because this more “eternal weight of glory” only works while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (18). In other words, we “calleth the things that are not, as though they were” (Rom.4:17). We look in the mirror and we see Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18).  We accept our sun (Son) glory from the very beginning. Christ is the One Who lives in us and that's why we can look in the mirror and see Jesus. (Gal.2:20) I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me…. That's faith; that's looking “not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.” This we must do because it is faith that brings about this manifestation.  In (2Co.5:1) For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. Now he's going to tell a secret here: (2) For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon (there's this clothing again) with our habitation which is from heaven. Did you know that God is doing that now? It is the glory of God in which we're dressing up in the life of Christ first spirit, then soul, then body. (3) If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. When your body dies, if you don't have this glory, you will be found naked. (4) For indeed we that are in this tabernacle (meaning this fleshly body here) do groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed (in other words, we're not desiring to physically die here), but that we would be clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life. So he's saying, “Not that we would lose this body, but that we would be clothed upon while we have this body.”  That's contrary to a lot of people's theology, but it's very plain here. He's saying, “It's not that we're looking for this body to pass away; we're looking for this glory before we lose this body.” Notice, “that we would be clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life.” That life has to swallow you up. (5) Now he that wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave unto us the earnest of the Spirit. (6) Being therefore always of good courage, and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. … (10) For we must all be made manifest before the judgment-seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things [done] in the body, according to what he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.  The judgment seat is the bema seat and it means “footprint tribunal.” You are going to be judged by how closely you walked in the footprints of Christ. John says the same thing: (1Jn.2:6) he that sayeth he abideth in him ought himself also to walk even as he walked. We will all have to go to the footprint tribunal of Christ.  Now I'm going to show you something about 2 Corinthians 5:10 from the Numerics. This will prove what the original words were, because the translator's understanding has gotten in here. God put a perfect pattern in every Greek word in the New Testament so we'd know that. In the Numerics, it says, “That each may receive through the body according to what he hath done, whether good or bad,” meaning your works, coming right back around full circle here. Your works are going to determine what kind of body you're going to get because your works determine what glory you are walking in. Your works determine how much of the glory of God you are walking in, whether you are star, moon or sun glory. Notice it says, “what he hath done, whether good or bad,” and that's going to determine what kind of body you get.  We see that there is a star glory body, a moon glory body and a sun glory body. We've seen what it takes to go from star glory to sun glory. And now we're seeing that our works are our fruit and our faith, and this is what everyone is going to be judged by. You know that everyone is going to be judged by their works. Nowhere does it say that He is going to judge your faith. In every instance, He says you're going to be judged by your works: (Rev.2:23) And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto each one of you according to your works. Jesus said He would render to every man according to his works. (Matthew 16:27; Proverbs 24:12).  Always, everywhere, it says that God is going to render unto you according to your works. Look at the Parable of the Servants and the talents that were given to them. Their judgment was according to their works. Look at the cities that people are going to rule over. Again, it is according to their works.  Now, who is it that ends up not bearing fruit? They that allow their garment that was given unto them in the beginning to be stained, meaning they are walking in sin. What's going to happen to these people? And who are these people? I'll point out one thing to you: (Rev.6:12) And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the whole moon became as blood. (That is the persecution and death of the saints.) (13) And the stars of the heaven fell unto the earth…. If one star fell to the earth, there wouldn't be an earth, so this is not talking about a physical star falling to the earth. It is talking about those who are seated with Christ in heavenly places, the seed of Abraham. This is meant to be a parable and you destroy it if you make it natural. (13) And the stars of the heaven fell unto the earth, as a fig tree (representing God's people) casteth her unripe figs when she is shaken of a great wind.  This is the fruit that God expects the fig tree to bear. Remember why Jesus said in parable to Give it one more year, Father, and then cut it down if it doesn't bear fruit.  Well, here it is, being cut down. Some people say, “That's the angels.” No, it's not the angels. It's the unripe fruit of God's people. It is God's stars who have not progressed, nor even held their own. The servant with the one talent hid his talent in the earth. He didn't bear any fruit and he didn't even save what he had. But look at what Revelation says about the dragon that's waiting before the woman: (Rev.12:4) And his tail draweth the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon standeth before the woman that is about to be delivered…. This is talking about the seed of God's people, the seed of Abraham, who lose their position of being seated with Christ in the heavenlies. This is their reprobation. He said He was going to spew the lukewarm out of His mouth and what He means is out of the body of Christ.  Those who do not bear fruit to walk in the glory of God, to walk in progressive manifestation of sonship, to walk by faith so that their faith is accounted as righteousness; these people are ultimately going to fall away and go through the great and terrible day of the Lord at the end of the tribulation. They will go through the flood and they will be destroyed. So we see that we have a certain amount of time, each one of us, in order to bear the fruit, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus, and that when we are called before the bema seat, the footprint tribunal, we will receive through the body according to what we have done, whether good or bad. What does “through the body” mean? How is God going to reward us through the body? He is going to give us a body accordingly and suiting the work that we have done on the earth. We desire earnestly that His fruit be in us, so that we be sun glory, which is 100-fold. Some people say, “Oh, that's not possible.” Well, it's not up to us; it's up to God. He's the One Who fulfills it for all those who walk by faith. (2Co.4:18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  So we are looking at the eternal life of Christ, which was given unto us at the cross. We don't live anymore; He lives in us. That's sun glory. Accept this free gift. Walk in it and God will empower you. He will bring it to pass and you can trust in Him. Glory be to God! Keep your faith and your eyes upon Him and He will bring it to pass. 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    Celebration Church Int'l
    Yeshua: The God man

    Celebration Church Int'l

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 51:11


    Yeshua: The God man If you study the communication of Jesus, you'll have one of two conclusions. 1. He is God 2. He is a fraud No ordinary person can speak the way Jesus did. In Matthew 4:7, Jesus said to Satan, "...do not tempt the Lord your God". Jesus was the one being tempted here yet He referred to himself as God. In Isaiah 9:6, The child Jesus to be born was called the everlasting father and the Mighty God. The fact that Jesus is son does not mean He's not God. Jesus has always been God however, he became son when he was conceived by virgin Mary, without the help of a man. It was by the Spirit of God, this is when He became the SON OF GOD. Jesus has an origin as a man but He has no beginning because He is God. He became a man one day but then, HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOD! The fact that Jesus is a son doesn't contradict His Deity as God. HE is God and will always be God. WHY SHOULD YOU KNOW JESUS? As believers, questions will always come and so we must always anticipate questions and have answers to these questions. Knowing Jesus is not just for argument, it is for worship. By knowing Jesus enough to defend Him, you have given Him a sacred place.

    ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path
    April 2: Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 16:11; John 15:11; Romans 5:3; Romans 14:17; 2 Corinthians 1:5; 2 Corinthians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 7:4; Galatians 5:22; Philippians 4:4; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 1:8; Revelation 7:17; Judges 6:24; 1 Chronicles 22:9; Isaiah 9:6; I

    ESV: Daily Light on the Daily Path

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 4:00


    Morning: Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 16:11; John 15:11; Romans 5:3; Romans 14:17; 2 Corinthians 1:5; 2 Corinthians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 7:4; Galatians 5:22; Philippians 4:4; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 1:8; Revelation 7:17 But the fruit of the Spirit is… joy. Joy in the Holy Spirit.—Joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.—In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.—We rejoice in our sufferings. Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith… for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame.—“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”—For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.—Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.—“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.—“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Nehemiah 8:10 (Listen) 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (ESV) Psalm 16:11 (Listen) 11   You make known to me the path of life;    in your presence there is fullness of joy;    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (ESV) John 15:11 (Listen) 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (ESV) Romans 5:3 (Listen) 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, (ESV) Romans 14:17 (Listen) 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (ESV) 2 Corinthians 1:5 (Listen) 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.1 Footnotes [1] 1:5 Or For as the sufferings of Christ abound for us, so also our comfort abounds through Christ (ESV) 2 Corinthians 6:10 (Listen) 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. (ESV) 2 Corinthians 7:4 (Listen) 4 I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy. (ESV) Galatians 5:22 (Listen) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (ESV) Philippians 4:4 (Listen) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (ESV) Hebrews 12:2 (Listen) 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV) 1 Peter 1:8 (Listen) 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, (ESV) Revelation 7:17 (Listen) 17   For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,    and he will guide them to springs of living water,  and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (ESV) Evening: Judges 6:24; 1 Chronicles 22:9; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 32:18–19; Micah 5:5; Matthew 12:42; John 14:27; Ephesians 2:14; Revelation 17:14 The Lord is Peace. “Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.” “Behold, something greater than Solomon is here.”—For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.—My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. And it will hail when the forest falls down, and the city will be utterly laid low. He himself is our peace.—And he shall be their peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land. “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings.” “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” Judges 6:24 (Listen) 24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and called it, The LORD Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites. (ESV) 1 Chronicles 22:9 (Listen) 9 Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. (ESV) Isaiah 9:6 (Listen) 6   For to us a child is born,    to us a son is given;  and the government shall be upon1 his shoulder,    and his name shall be called2  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Footnotes [1] 9:6 Or is upon [2] 9:6 Or is called (ESV) Isaiah 32:18–19 (Listen) 18   My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,    in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.19   And it will hail when the forest falls down,    and the city will be utterly laid low. (ESV) Micah 5:5 (Listen) 5   And he shall be their peace.   When the Assyrian comes into our land    and treads in our palaces,  then we will raise against him seven shepherds    and eight princes of men; (ESV) Matthew 12:42 (Listen) 42 The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. (ESV) John 14:27 (Listen) 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (ESV) Ephesians 2:14 (Listen) 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility (ESV) Revelation 17:14 (Listen) 14 They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” (ESV)

    Faith Baptist Church
    What A Mighty God We Serve, Part 3

    Faith Baptist Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 38:00


    Partakers Church Podcasts
    Who is he? Introduction

    Partakers Church Podcasts

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 6:41


    Who is He?- Introduction Welcome to "Who is He?"  We will be discussing who the historical figure Jesus Christ was and is, based on the 2 Old Testament books of Zechariah and Isaiah. They will be, by necessity, just brief introductions to the themes contained within them. The birth of Jesus Christ is the most celebrated around the world.  The celebrations transcend cultures, peoples, and languages.  The celebrations are also just as diverse.  Of course most people stop with Jesus being a baby and continue no further with Him.  Jesus Christ is the most unique person in history. Jesus Christ is also the most divisive person to be found at any time and anywhere.  Almost everyone has an opinion about Him, even if that opinion is based on ignorance, silence or misinformation. Christians believe that Jesus' birth was the culmination of thousands of years of God telling the world that He was coming. From the time of the Fall when people showed active rebellion and disobedience towards God in Genesis 3, God was planning the time when He would step into history as a saviour or messiah. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is this messiah. Throughout the Old Testament, we see that the birth, life and mission of this messiah is the aim and focus of attention. We see it in the stories of people like Abraham and Moses. We see it in the nation of Israel, which was to be God's light to all the nations. We see it in the Israelite sacrificial system and law. We see it during the time of the Judges and the Kings. We especially see it through the prophets. The whole Old Testament is joined together, because it all speaks about this messiah baby, Jesus Christ. This baby, who was both 100% human and 100% divine, grew in wisdom and stature.  This baby was born in order that He would die on a cross some 33 years later.  He did not die for his own sins, but for the sins of the entire world - all past, present and future sins. This baby was born to die so that the entire world may have life and life everlasting, if each individual chooses to accept it. Let us discover together what two people had to say about him.  These twelve studies will based in the book of Isaiah and the book of Zechariah.  Firstly, let me introduce these two books to you. Isaiah The author is self-identified as Isaiah, and his name means "The Lord Saves". Isaiah wrote around the same time as Amos, Hosea and Micah.  He started about 740BC and it was during this time, that Israel was declining and the Assyrian Empire rapidly expanding. In his writings, Isaiah reveals a great deal regarding God's judgment on sin and salvation from sin.  These studies will primarily focus on the later chapters. Key verses are: Isaiah 9:6-7 - For to us a child is born. To us a son is given; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of Armies will perform this. Isaiah 53:5-6 - But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities.  The punishment that brought our peace was on him;  and by his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way;  and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Zechariah The author, again, is self-identified, in this case Zechariah.  Zechariah, a young man, was not only a prophet, but also a member of a priestly family.  He was born in Babylon and had returned to Jerusalem under Zerubbabel's leadership.  Zechariah was active around the same time as the prophet Haggai. This period of time, 520BC to 480BC, occurred in the postexilic period after Israel was restored from Babylonian captivity. Key verses are Zechariah 8:3 - Thus says Yahweh: "I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called ‘The City of Truth;' and the mountain of Yahweh of Armies, ‘The Holy Mountain.'" Zechariah 9:9 - Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you!  He is righteous, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. So there we have a very brief introduction to the book of Isaiah and the book of Zechariah. Right mouse click to save/download this Podcast as a MP3 file

    New Life Tabernacle - Kendallville, IN

    Rev. Austin Gilliland Acts 2:42

    UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries

    Obey and Love or be Separated (4) (Audio) David Eells - 3/13/22 Bride Rids the House of Snakes Claire Pienaar - 2/24/22 (David's notes in red)   I dreamed I was cleaning out an old wooden home, and I found a large fat brown snake. I grabbed it like it was an old piece of wood, and walked through the house to the front porch, where I chucked it into a terrarium. (The snake was no threat though many would think it is.)  (I asked the Lord what the brown snake was and received "no man there", (which represents the Syrians who fled because the Lord scattered them and they were not a threat like the snake.) in 2 Ki. 7:5-7  And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians; and when they were come to the outermost part of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no man there. 6 For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.  7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. (What was perceived to be a threat by God's people was under the control of God who is in control of all of our enemies.)  (The name Syria means The highland, exalted; which comes from the Hebrew word "Aram" (Strong's #H758). This brown snake represents the beast hidden in the house. Mar 16:18 they shall take up serpents... The Lord said that we must take courage, because He has overcome the world. If I represent the Bride, then she has been given the grace to take the snake out of the wooden home, which represents the 'cross life or crucified life' of putting to death the old self. ( Isa 27:1  In that day Jehovah with his hard and great and strong sword will punish leviathan the swift serpent, and leviathan the crooked serpent; and he will slay the monster that is in the sea.) Also, if there are sinful Christians in our midst, we are commanded to put those individuals with their spirits out of our midst so that the whole body doesn't miss out on the benefits of God. 1Co 5:7-13  Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, even as ye are unleavened. For our passover also hath been sacrificed, even Christ:  8  wherefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote unto you in my epistle to have no company with fornicators; 10 [not at all meaning with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world: 11 but as it is, I wrote unto you not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no, not to eat. 12 For what have I to do with judging them that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Put away the wicked man from among yourselves.) In the dream my children were quite alarmed at my cavalier attitude towards taking out this snake. There was a frog, a fish and some insects in there too. (These represent the unclean individuals and their evil spirits that must be removed from the corporate Bride body or “house".). Then I went back to cleaning in the wooden home, and I saw a bright green snake, very thin and quite small, slither up next to a wooden chair I was wiping down. I was not frightened. (The enemy seeks to frighten us out of resting on the promises of the cross).  I took the snake in my hands to put it into the terrarium with the other creatures, but a piece of the snake broke off, it was so brittle. (This represents a faction of the faction like Abimelek and the men of Shechem as we will see in another revelation below. This happens because they reap what they sow.) So I picked both pieces of the snake up, and then the snake tried to talk me out of putting it in the terrarium. I did not engage with it at all. I popped it in the terrarium, and its head became swollen or bulbous in anger and it tried to bite me but it was just too weak. (I asked the Lord what the green snake was, and received "Ar of Moab" from Isa. 15:1  For in a night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nought; for in a night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nought. (Moab factioned against their kindred Israel and so they were destroyed.) I put the lid on the terrarium, and then thought, “Huh, they're not going to be able to breathe in there. Oh well”. I knew they'd die in there. (I am not so cavalier about killing God's creatures in the natural, so that is why this attitude stood out to me in the dream. The point is that both of these were placed in the terrarium with a lid on them, meaning they would receive no more fresh air and eventually die, according to my dream. Normally terrariums have a way for the critters inside to breathe, but not in this dream.) (Those who continue in their willful disobedience will die. God resists the proud. Jas. 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore the scripture saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.) I went back inside and my grannies appeared in the kitchen, cooking some good food. (Representing the original Church and Gospel.) I realized then that I was actually quite tired but this supernatural energy came over me and I woke up, with much energy for the day. (Riaan: Cleaning or sanctification and deliverance are synonymous in this dream it seems. Once the demons and curses have been removed, you can turn back to the mature gospel once delivered unto the saints, represented by Claire's grannies).   Rebellion Halts Our Progress to be in the Bride Eve Brast - 2/2/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed that I (Representing the Bride Body) was out in the front driveway of the UBM house which seemed like my house too in the dream. (The front driveway represents a happening in the near future.) I had been given a brand new, luxury, Lincoln SUV with shiny, chrome rims to drive. It was a company car owned by UBM. (Lincoln was the president under whom the faction between the states was reunited and under whom slavery was abolished. This corporate Unleavened Bread Ministries “Lincoln" vehicle that the Bride is given to drive will, through the anointing of the Man-child, abolish the factions of apostasy and their system of slavery to self works, legalism and false doctrines. Isa. 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;) But cats had wedged themselves up into the wheel rims of the car and I had to really struggle to get them dislodged from each wheel before I was able to drive the car forward. (They were keeping the wheels from turning.) (As a bride body we have been making progress towards being sanctified to be ready for the Lord's coming. Any spots or blemishes hinder that progress.) So I went around to all the wheels and worked hard to get the cats out. Once they were out I went inside the house into the living room and sat down at a blue card table with two other UBM brethren who also had cats stuck in their wheels. (Cats represent what their nature is. Self will, stubborn independence, and rebellion which the Bible says is witchcraft. This stops the progress towards the goal of being in the Bride.) There was a Man in authority standing behind me a little to my right. (Representing the Lord) He was telling these two brethren to listen to me because I had succeeded in getting the cats out of my wheels. So they began to listen to me and learn how to dislodge the cats from the wheels of their own vehicles, so that they too could move forward and drive their cars. (Moving forward is maturing in Christlikeness which the Bride is an example of.) Then I woke up.   History Repeats: Abimelek and the Men of Shechem Claire Pienaar - 3/5/22 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was walking a long dusty road with my children. There were large homes on the left side of the road and we needed to turn off the road at some point to get to our Airbnb for a rest. (An Airbnb is a temporary corporate or privately owned residential vacation rental.) The other side of the road had rolling open fields.  We were coming to a shady portion where a few little outdoor booths for selling things. There were only ladies serving the public there, and they were all dressed in flowing white apparel. Something seemed off about this little intersection, and I thought of the words “white witches”. (Riaan: On the outside everything appears peaceful, like suburbia, but there is a dark war going on with witchcraft attacks against the Bride. But as we will see, it is all under control from the Father, who ultimately controls everything, even the evil to test the righteous.) Then I saw a little black dog run towards us from across the hills. It was coming straight for my daughter, and was going to attack her. I braced her for the attack and put myself between the dog and her, and it came right for my right shoulder. Before the dog tore into my flesh, I saw another black dog bounding from it's owner. It was much bigger, and it was much faster. This second black dog tore into the little dog immediately and we were spared. I was so thankful! (This is like Abimelek, the small dog, and the men of Shechem, the larger dog, who were in agreement to kill the sons of Gideon but they missed the surviving Man-child who prophesied that their faction would turn against one another and destroy each other.) This reminds me of a dream Eve had recently: Eve said, “On 3/8/22 I dreamed that I was responsible to guard, mentor and protect a young lady. After I insured that she was safe and provided for at the moment, I went and laid down to take a nap. Suddenly, I was awakened by a sense of urgency that the young lady was in danger from the faction. (We can't ever sleep on the job. We must stay alert and armored up and in warfare against the plots and attacks of the wicked.) As I was trying to wake up, a heavy sleep paralysis came upon me so strong that it was preventing me from getting up and going to check on her to ensure her current safety. I was in a panic concerning her well-being as I struggled to rise up against the attack. I was finally able to overcome this witchcraft paralysis and go to tend to the young ladies needs. I was relieved to find her safe, happy and unaffected. I knew in the dream that it was witchcraft that was being sent against me by the factious to prevent me from protecting the weaker and less mature members of our Body." Claire went on to say: The dog's owner came up to me. He was a strong, very muscular man with bright blue training shorts and blue t-shirt on, with white socks and tennis shoes. He was tanned and looked exceptionally healthy. I was so thankful, and I praised him for this salvation. (This man represents the Lord who is in charge of all the black dogs whose blackness represents evil works. Isa. 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil. I am Jehovah, that doeth all these things.) Then the man said, “Look what happens next”.  The shady area had now transformed into a flea-market booth. There were dark-skinned women in bright rainbow-colored flowing dresses, with rainbow-colored head-dresses. (On the more literal side, I believe they represent the LGTBQ#?! Community or those who are “woke” OR leftist, globalist anarchists.) (These non-sensical people all faction against the righteous.).  They were making and handing out all these little trinkets where you could show your support for the little dog that had been wounded. I thought, “This makes no sense. My daughter was almost mauled by that dog. How are they getting this wrong?”). (This is why we call them the stupid demons.) They were trying to force me to wear their little arm bands and wrist bands and wanted my money to “support their cause”. I thought “This is non-sensical. The well-trained bigger dog totally saved my life. This guy has trained the dog so well!”. Then I woke up. (The larger faction will turn on the leadership like the men of Shechem did with Abimelek.) Our Lord has the dogs trained to do exactly what they are supposed to do. I received the following verse by faith at random when I asked the Lord for a word: Ezekiel 22:20  As they gather silver and brass and iron and lead and tin into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my wrath, and I will lay you there, and melt you.    Bride Almost Ready to Leave for the Kings House Eve Brast - 3/6/22 I dreamed that I was in the Spirit watching myself and David standing on a train station platform. We were both very tall and thin and we both had golden blonde hair (Symbolizing submission to the Son). We were much younger than in real life. (I believe that the Lord is using me as a representation of the Bride Body and David as the Man-child/ David Body. My hair wasn't really curly like it is in real life but long and wavy. And my appearance also was not as it is in real life but stunningly beautiful.) (Curls go in every direction which may speak of confusion.  Waves are more in unison. Hair represents submission so I see peace in the body here as we submit to God.) I was dressed in a vintage Southern Bell dress from the 1860's Civil War time period. It was a sky blue and white, plaid material. (Dressed in the works of the early church while war is going on around us.) I had many young, very handsome and beautiful children of different ages, also with golden blonde hair, gathered all around me. (The fruit around and being raised by the Bride body also learning submission to the Lord.) They were clinging to the skirt of my dress and I had a new born baby boy with golden blonde hair in a forest green infant carrier that was strapped to the front of my chest.(The Brides personal fruit of Christ in her) We were all there to catch the last train leaving the station. David looked over at me and said, “The train is getting ready to leave the station, but there are still a few boxes left at my house that you need to go and pack up before we can leave.” (This could be timing because spiritually we are hauling away boxes of our stuff from the old house to leave the leaven in it. We just had a dream below where Father told us to go into the old house and get what is ours out. When Esther left the house of the women it was to go to the Kings House. So the train is going to the Kings House. What did Esther take with her? Only what the Kings Chamberlain, the Holy Spirit, showed her. Est 2:15-17  Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her.  16  So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.  17  And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained favor and kindness in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.) I, being in the Spirit, was a little shocked and disappointed at hearing this because I appeared so beautiful with all my beautiful children on the boarding platform and it looked as if we were all ready to leave. (If I hadn't had the dream knowledge that I was viewing myself in this dream, I absolutely would not have recognized this beautiful woman as me.) (Which is important for the types because Eve was the bride of Adam and Jesus is the last Adam. He is the born again Adam and the Father of the born again people of God, the NEW creation people.  He is called the Father of Eternity in Isa 9:6-7  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father (Hebrew: Father of Eternity), Prince of Peace.  7  Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this. Those who walk in the Adamic nature are the old natural creation. "As in Adam all died so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Jesus told the old creation Jews like Nicodemus that they had to be born again. So Jesus had to preach to the souls in prison before they could enter the Kingdom. Eve went on to say: So I went back to David's house, which was much bigger with many more rooms than in real life. (The Man-child David's house and its members now reach around the world. Mar 11:17  And he taught, and said unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? but ye have made it a den of robbers. Rev 12:5  And she was delivered of a son, a man child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne.)   I began to pack up the remaining boxes and tidy up the last remaining areas of the house while David and the children waited for my return to the boarding platform. (Leaving behind the leaven and warfare to peace and prosperity with the presence of the Lord in Zion, the King's house.) Then I woke up. (PTL! Almost there.)   Coming out of the Old House to go to the Kings House Claire Pienaar - 11/17/21 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was with my Father in a white car. (My father represents my heavenly Father, and the white car represents sanctification when I am in communion with Him through His Son, Jesus). He had told me and my step-mom, Ruth, that we needed to go into the house that he pulled up in front of, and get everything out that belonged to us, as he had directed. (Leaving this house represents leaving the house of the women spoken of in Esther to go to the King's house. Many of God's people are like the queens, concubines and virgins mentioned in Song of Solomon who were not chosen to be the perfected Bride as the Shulammite was. Song 6:8-9,13 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, And virgins without number. 9 My dove, my undefiled, (meaning spotless and blemishless) is but one; She is the only one of her mother; She is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and called her blessed; Yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her… 13 Return, return, O Shulammite; (Perfect or completed one) Return, return, that we may look upon thee. Why will ye look upon the Shulammite, As upon the dance of Mahanaim? We must be willing to come out of the house of the women as Esther did to go to the house of the King. Here in Song of Solomon the King chose these perfected ones.)  Ruth was trying to enter and leave the house too quickly. (She is not ready to be promoted to the position of Bride.) (My step-mom represents the name “Ruth” meaning: "those who commiserate with those who are in misery." (We are not called to stay in the apostate church to commiserate with their misery, but to come out from among them.) (I represent the Bride, who listens attentively to the voice of the Father and does what He requires.)   I went behind her and started packing up the things I knew my dad wanted. A few things stood out to me: The first was a large purple shampoo bottle. (Purple is a sign of royalty. Shampoo is to clean up our hair; a sign of submission to the Lord in 1Co.11, so that we may be His royal children.) The second thing that stood out to me was that I was piling coverings of many kinds into the car. These included shawls, blankets, scarves, and so forth. (Preparing for winter, just ahead, which is tribulation according to Jesus. The apostate church is not preparing for tribulation, but to ‘fly away' before it.)  The last thing that stood out to me was that I threw out all the clothes with holes that were in the house, and then I brought all the long dresses I could carry for my daughters. (When flesh is seen through our clothes we are in outward sin. Long dresses cover all flesh in our walk. We are to be covered in the blood.)   My step-mom did not fare well in this exercise. (Because she had not grown beyond the house of the women.) She was very forgetful, undecided, and kept on walking into a room and not knowing why she was there. (She sees no purpose in this preparation or separation.) She also kept forgetting to pack toiletries, and each time I went into the bathroom, I had to remind her that we need that stuff, and that my dad wants that stuff. (The Bride in Esther took only what was pleasing to the King.)  (I think this represents the languishing power of the apostate church, she's aging and it shows. Riaan: Her forgetfulness represents the fact that a large portion of the apostate church has forgotten the tools required to be “cleaned” spiritually: deliverance, authority to cast out demons, as Jesus said in Luke 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you.).  I was kind and patient but my Father was growing slightly impatient with her... (He desires that we come out from among them so we are not partakers of their evil works. Then we may go to Zion, the King's house.)   Resist Faction: "I Am not a Harsh God" Marie Kelton - 11/12/21 (David's notes in red)  I had an open vision, of the Lord dressed in kingly garments with a scepter in his hand. He was sitting on a throne and He started to get up. I was wearing all white and standing in the middle of the room facing him. As He was getting up I turned and started running towards the door. (Fear of the Lord can cause people to be white or righteous in their actions. But an unhealthy fear of the Lord can cause a person to not see Him as a loving Father.)  I heard Him call my name. He didn't say it in a mean way, but I kept running. Then two large angels came and stood in front of me to keep me from running to the door. (God was showing her what Factious spirits do to people. Spirits of faction and factious thoughts and unforgiveness, even towards ourselves, will rob us of our faith which is the foundation of our salvation in all circumstances. Then we don't have boldness to go before the throne of God with confidence.) As I was cowering on the floor, the Lord came and lifted me up and put his hand on my face and gently said to me, "I Am not a harsh God." Then the Lord's clothes changed into a simple, white linen garment. He took my hand and we walked together through the doors and I knew I was in heaven. (The Lord is weak to the weak represented by Him changing His garments from His kingly stature to a simple white linen garment so that we are able to relate to Him and walk with Him. 2 Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.)    Your Covenant with Death Shall be Annulled Marie Kelton - 11/1/21 (David's notes in red) The Lord gave me an open vision. I was holding a black object in my left hand. The Lord, who was seated next to me, took it from me and stepped on it. As He did this, the object shattered like glass. (This black object in the left hand represents the covenant with death that our sinful flesh nature is in agreement with.) Then I saw the Lord with a black scroll in His hand and He ripped it in half. (Representing that my covenant with death has been annulled. Isa 28:18  And your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol shall not stand...).  Then, I saw the Lord writing on a white scroll and He said to me, "I will enter into a covenant with thee”. Eze 16:8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord Jehovah, and thou becamest mine. (As we repent of our former life, we are coming out of our covenant with death to enter in to covenant with God as we read of His promises and warnings.) Heb 8:10-13 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, And on their heart also will I write them: And I will be to them a God, And they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his fellow-citizen, And every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: For all shall know me, From the least to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And their sins will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant he hath made the first old. But that which is becoming old and waxeth aged is nigh unto vanishing away.   Don't Avoid Your Cross  Isaac Payne - 2/19/21 (David's notes in red) In this dream, I was in the days of Jesus during the Roman occupation in Israel. (Rome was the physical Beast kingdom in Jesus' day. This dream is a representation of our modern day Roman Beast kingdom that oppresses and persecutes God's spiritual Israel. This Beast in our day is described in Daniel as the Iron mixed with clay. Dan. 2:41-44 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron, (The original Roman empire) forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things; and as iron that crusheth all these, shall it break in pieces and crush. 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. (The Roman empire in our day is mixed with lesser kingdoms that were never part of the original empire.) 43 And whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron doth not mingle with clay. 44 And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall the sovereignty thereof be left to another people; but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. History just repeats on larger and larger scales as it says in Ecc. 1:9 That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.) I was in what I believe was the Roman Praetorium. It had large columns and steps that led downward to the square of the Praetorium. The square was a level lower than the entrance. (The Praetorium was the residence of the Roman governor, and in the case of Judaea Province there was a Praetorium in both Caesarea and Jerusalem due to the Roman capital being at Caesarea, but the additional importance of maintaining a Roman presence in Jerusalem due to its place as the center of worship for Judaism.)  There were many people there and all of them were of high estate. Everyone was wearing Roman Togas. (Only Roman citizens were allowed to wear togas representing all those who are a part of the Beast kingdom.) Also, in this dream I wasn't myself, I was the disciple Peter. I looked around and saw all the other disciples. I, being Peter, and the rest of the disciples formed a circle and in the center of us was Jesus. Jesus had long hair and a beard and was wearing a blue and white tunic. (This represents Jesus who dwells in the midst of the body of His disciples individually and corporately. Zec. 2:10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith Jehovah.) As I (Peter) looked around the Praetorium, I noticed Roman soldiers lined up in a single file and searching for Jesus. The Roman soldiers looked just as you would imagine. They had the bronze soldiers helmet with a red plume of horse hair, a bronze breast plate, sword sheath on their side and leather tunics. They were marching single file throughout the Praetorium looking to capture Jesus.  (Acts 4:26-28 The kings of the earth set themselves in array, And the rulers were gathered together, Against the Lord, and against his Anointed: 27  for of a truth in this city against thy holy Servant Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, were gathered together, 28 to do whatsoever thy hand and thy council foreordained to come to pass.) I (Peter) and the rest of the disciples did not want them capturing Jesus. We kept Him in the middle of our formed circle and scurried through the peoples attempting to hide Jesus.  We went the opposite way that the soldiers were heading, walking through the crowd that seemed to form a maze. (John 12:23-25 And Jesus answereth them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life loseth it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.) As we got to the far side of the praetorium we turned around and saw the soldiers also turning around at the opposite side of the praetorium. Again they marched single file; coming our way yet again looking to capture Jesus. We walked in their direction but on the far side of the Roman civilians that were forming a maze hiding us.  We passed by the Roman soldiers yet again but without being noticed and were again at the far end of the praetorium. As I (Peter) looked again to see what the Roman soldiers were doing. They were once again turning around and coming our way to seize Jesus.  The disciples and I, still forming a circle around Jesus, began to walk to the opposite side that the Roman soldiers were heading to. We passed through the maze of Roman civilians yet again and without being noticed by the Roman soldiers. Then I woke up. (When our will is not in line with the Father's will then we have set ourselves in opposition against Him and we will just make things harder on ourselves. We must get on God's side against our old man otherwise we can't walk with Him. John 21:18-19 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 Now this he spake, signifying by what manner of death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. John 12:23-27  And Jesus answereth them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life loseth it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will the Father honor. 27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour. But for this cause came I unto this hour.) Mat 16:21-23 From that time began Jesus to show unto his disciples, that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and the third day be raised up. 22  And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: This shall never be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, get thee behind me Satan: thou art a stumbling block unto me: for thou mindest not the things of God, but the things of men. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man would follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it. (I believe that in this dream this was exactly what I, as Peter, was doing. I was trying to keep Christ in me from going to His cross.)    The same morning of having the dream, I opened my Bible to read it before work. I just so happened to open it at John 18, not even meaning to do a faith at random text for my dream. John 18:1-5 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook of Kidron where was a garden into which he entered, himself and his disciples. 2 Now Judas also, who betrayed him knew the place: for Jesus oft-times resorted thither with his disciples. 3 Judas then, having received the band of soldiers, and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were coming upon him, went forth, and saith unto them, Whom seek ye? 5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them I am. And Judas also also, who betrayed him, was standing with them.  (What is significant about this verse is that Jesus knew he had to carry his cross and "went forth.”) (We too, need to go forth as sons of God and carry out our Father's will. If we love Him we will keep His commandments.)   The Son of God in You Gabe Watson - 3/2/22 (David's notes in red) In a dream, I felt like I couldn't do something. (Php. 4:13 I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.) I then saw the words "Son of God" on a page in a book. There were other words around it but I couldn't see the other words except in my mind. I knew it said, "Son of God in you”. (If the Son of God is in you we are not limited to do anything that is the will of God. This is like the promise of Christ in you the hope of Glory as it says in Col. 1:27 to whom God was pleased 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.) Then all the other words started to disappear and fade away. Then the words "Son of God" became the only visible ones and the words "in you" faded away. (By faith we no longer see ourselves and our old nature but only the Son of God in us. 2Co. 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.) As I focused on the words "Son of God" I knew that it was me. As I realized this, it physically felt like a powerful rushing wind in my whole body and a shaking in my body, like my body was being lifted up. (Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This realization is what ultimately brings the manifestation of Christ in us.) It was almost like a presence or an entity. (Jesus) I awoke out of the dream feeling the same thing in my body. The process was still happening as it was in the dream.  As I was thinking about the dream, I fell back asleep and dreamed, that I felt like something bad was going to happen to my wife. (Representing satan's plan for the Bride.) As we were having cereal in the dream, I began to believe that something bad wasn't going to happen to her. (Because the Sons of God bind it with their faith. Jesus said of the disciples that John the Baptist called the Bride. John 17:12 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name which thou hast given me: and I guarded them, and not one of them perished, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.)  As I had that thought, the rushing wind came again and it woke me out of sleep, the same as it had before. The whole process was the same as it was in the previous dream.    Christ is Coming in You Before He Comes for You Isaac Payne- 2/20/22 (David's notes in red) In this dream I was in an elevator that was inside a high-rise building. (Representing our assent to Mount Zion which is located in the heavenlies in Christ where we are seated at His right hand.)  As I was standing in the elevator the doors opened up and two women walked inside the elevator with me. (These women represent sects and denominations of apostate Christianity.) These women had curly brown hair that looked like it was permed. (Curly Brown hair is hair that goes in every direction and represents being in submission to the darkness and confusion of the false religious doctrines of apostate Christianity.) They both were wearing a button up shirt and skirts. By the way they were dressed I assumed they were Pentecostals. I knew in the dream they were religious by the traditions they followed. Col. 2:8 Take heed lest there shall be any one that maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.)    As the two women walked into the elevator I walked out.  (2 Co 6:17 Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you.)   As I was walking out, I heard them talking about the rapture and how God was going to come and get them. I think that they meant being raptured before tribulation. (Mat 24:29-31 But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.) As they were talking about the rapture I turned around and said, "Do you want to hear a truth?" They looked at me a bit confused that I was even talking to them. Then I said, "The truth is this, Christ is coming in you before he comes for you." They were shocked and looking at me with confusion. I don't believe they received the truth I told them. (1 Joh 2:28 And now, my little children, abide in him; that, if he shall be manifested (in us), (The Greek word for manifested here is Phaneroo and it means to make visible or cause to shine.) we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. (The Greek word here is Parousia, meaning his physical coming.) And 1Joh 3:2-10 Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested (in us), we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is. 3 And every one that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4 Every one that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knoweth him.  7 My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous: 8 he that doeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.) Then the elevator door shut and I'm not sure where the elevator took them but, I feel that they went downward toward the bottom of the high-rise, but I didn't see it in my dream. (If we hang on to our idolatry we will lose our position in the kingdom and it could end up costing us the position in the first fruits.) I felt that I was on one of the upper floors of the building; not to the top yet, but certainly on my way. Then I woke up. (2 Joh 1:8-9 Look to yourselves, that ye lose not the things which we have wrought, but that ye receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son.)   The David's Manifest Death to Self   Adriana Santoro - 3/8/22 (David's notes in red) I was in a large open spaced home. The lights were turned off, but it wasn't pitch black because there was still moonlight shining through the windows.  I'm not quite sure whose home this was, my memory has faded a little, but I believe I actually felt it was my own home as well. (The UBM house.) I walked down a set of stairs into the kitchen area and saw an open book on the end of the kitchen bench, opened to the last page. It was a book of David Eells and there was a note stating that David had passed away, but he was aware of it and had pre-planned all the details with members of the UBM ministry to take over certain roles. (The Man-child David's will have much help to take over tasks which will leave them free to do what Jesus did. One parable I have seen is that David the warrior was passing away through sanctification, as His fruit, Solomon, the prince of peace, as a type of Jesus, was taking his place to build the house of the Lord.  This is about to happen. 2Ch 6:4-9 And he (Solomon) said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, who spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hands fulfilled it, saying, 5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be prince over my people Israel: 6 but I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.  7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel. 8 But Jehovah said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thy heart to build a house for my name, thou didst well that it was in thy heart: (but David was a man of blood) 9 nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins (who was Solomon; the prince of peace, a type of Jesus), he shall build the house for my name. (i.e. David died through sanctification and brought forth Jesus.) David had written on the note concerning his death, “I have been sanctified.” (This Represents David's death to self, spiritually.) (David was physically alive when he wrote the note saying “I have been sanctified” so it is spiritual death to self. Sanctification is the process of death to the old man and the resurrection life of the new man in you. This new man is Solomon, the prince of peace, Jesus.) For some reason after reading that line in the book, I had an inclination David had passed in the UBM house but I wasn't sure where and I was in a bit of shock, considering! 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    Covenant Truth Ministries - Jots and Tittles Bible Studies and Inspirational Messages
    Run Kitty Run - Volume 3 - Lesson 5 - El Gibbor Mighty God

    Covenant Truth Ministries - Jots and Tittles Bible Studies and Inspirational Messages

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 31:47


    Lesson 5 of our Names of God study expounds on the Mighty God and what this means for His children and our needs. www.covenanttruthministries.com

    Covenant Truth Ministries Inc.
    Run Kitty Run - Volume 3 - Lesson 5 - El Gibbor Mighty God

    Covenant Truth Ministries Inc.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 31:47


    Lesson 5 of our Names of God study expounds on the Mighty God and what this means for His children and our needs. www.covenanttruthministries.com

    Heart of Worship Church
    El Gibhor: Mighty God

    Heart of Worship Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 54:14


    One of our Names of God Series that looks at the great might of our All Mighty God and King and allow it to give us confidence against the lies of the enemy!

    First Baptist Church of Perkasie Podcast
    MAJESTIC | El Gibbor | A Thousand Names (pt 2)

    First Baptist Church of Perkasie Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 53:25


    Majestic | Part 2 | Pastor Chris Heller Have you ever heard someone say, “You need to let God fight this battle for you”?  Or someone has offered reassurance that “God is fighting battles for you that you don't even know about.” Have you ever thought, “What does that look like? How does that work? How do I ask the Mighty God to fight my current battle”? This Sunday, we will conclude our Week of Prayer by looking more intently at all of the EL names of God. We will hone in specifically on El Gibbor, the mighty God, the battle God, the warrior God, the God who fights for us, with us, and through us!  

    Risen Church NC
    Fiery Darts: Broken and Mighty - Ephesians 6:10-15

    Risen Church NC

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 48:43


    Are you more sensitive to this broken world or our Mighty God? Our answer to this question will determine whether or not we are overtaken by fear or emboldened by faith in times of uncertainty and distress. This world is fragile and volatile, and gives us plenty of reasons to be afraid. However, if our God is good and sovereign, then we have a greater reason to have faith. Ephesians 6 teaches us that we can overcome the fiery darts the enemy targets us with. We can stand firm against fear if we are grounded in the Gospel. If our faith is in Jesus and His coming Kingdom, then we will not be shaken and we will continue finding courage to serve Him in every season. We don't have to be frozen by fear. We can remain focused in our faith. We can see God through the fog, if our hope rests in Christ alone.

    Ines Franklin
    Mighty God

    Ines Franklin

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2022 34:14


    God has many titles- "Wonderful Counselor" "Everlasting Father". We can learn more about God by understanding His titles. What does "Mighty God" mean for us?

    Sermon Podcast
    105 ~ I AM YOUR GOD WHO IS MIGHTY

    Sermon Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 48:16


    This year our theme is ‘I Am your God' from Ezekiel 34. We believe that God alone is everything we need in these uncertain times and so we desire to put all of our trust in Him. We have Pastor Gershom sharing with us today on our Mighty God. In a world of superheroes we sometimes forget what a powerful and awesome God we have. He parts troubled waters, provides us food in barren times and has good planned for us even in the hardest times. He is sovereign in every way yet do we give him the honour that is due him?

    Harvest Community Church (PCA) in Omaha, NE
    “The Beginning of Jesus’ Public Ministry” – Matthew 4:12-25

    Harvest Community Church (PCA) in Omaha, NE

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2022


    Hear now, the word of the Lord from Matthew chapter four, starting in verse 12. 12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:12-25, ESV The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God endures forever. In 1940, Maurice and Richard MacDonald opened a new restaurant in San Bernardino, California. They named it after themselves, and this was the launch of the first McDonald's restaurant. In the beginning, McDonald's served various kinds of foods, with various ways of preparing that food until about eight years later. In 1948, the McDonald brothers closed down their restaurant for about three months and then reopened the restaurant after they had a chance to reorganize and rebuild and retrain their staff to do what they were doing, according to a very different model. It was a model that was based on efficiency where they used to produce many kinds of food prepared in many kinds of ways. They simplified things so that they only made a few things, and they made them very efficiently, very inexpensively, and they hoped very well. Well, this model was an extraordinary success. They were doing extremely well. Even so, the McDonald's brothers were leery about expanding beyond that initial restaurant in San Bernardino, California. They needed someone else to come alongside them a visionary, a man named Ray Kroc, to see what they were doing.Someone to see the potential for what they were doing and to encourage them, to urge them to begin franchising what they were doing throughout the rest of the state of California, throughout the rest of the United States, and eventually throughout the entire world. Now this story of the founding of McDonald's is one of the iconic stories of the American Dream. It's a story where you have these people who are working in relative obscurity and they're putting together a product and they're working hard to build it. Then when they needed to, they pivoted and they perfected their product until it was so good, even they didn't realize its potential. Someone else had to come along to expand it, to say let's go public, let's go global with this. Now, the reason I want to bring this story up is because I think this is often the idea that we have in mind of sort of the standard story we tell about how really important things get started this American dream. This American ideal is encapsulated in the story of McDonald's, and there's certainly nothing wrong with this. The Bible actually gives us a lot of wisdom about how to start things, about how to work hard, about how to be industrious and productive and prudent in our work, to produce something of lasting value. The Proverbs are filled with this kind of wisdom. It's very important to have a clear vision for that when we start to talk about the public ministry of Jesus, so that we are very careful not to overlap the two. Not to interpret one in light of the other. To disentangle what we might think about the folklore of American founders myths and instead look at the story of what Jesus does with very different eyes, with very different lenses. To see that what he is doing is very different than what the McDonald's brothers did when they launched there at the beginnings of what became to become the McDonald's empire. Because if we don't see this, we will miss a couple of key things that are going on here. The first is that we will miss the true obscurity and the true inefficiency of the way that Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee. By all human estimations, by all outward ways of looking at this, Jesus chose the wrong place to start his ministry. He didn't go to the popular cultural centers of the world within Israel. He didn't even go to Jerusalem, the capital city. He ministered in nowheresville in Galilee. He ministered where the darkness was deepest and it was there where the light dawned. One other thing we will miss as we look at this is that perhaps we will think that Jesus only eventually realized just how good his message was; in the way that the McDonald's brothers had to be persuaded to take their McDonald's franchise public. Because what we need to see here is that the global implications of the Kingdom of Heaven are present right away from the beginning in what Jesus does here. If we don't see it, we're going to miss these elements that are there right from the beginning as Jesus begins his public ministry. We need to remember that every part of this ministry was planned before the foundations of the Earth. Before the dawn of time, God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit had planned everything that Jesus is going to do. Make no mistake, Jesus came to make disciples of all nations. That's our big idea that Jesus came to make disciples of all nations. That's his ministry. That's his method. That's everything, to make disciples of all nations. So in this passage, this summary of the beginning of Jesus's public ministry, we are going to see three aspects of this global disciple making kingdom. The Message of Discipleship The Mandate of Discipleship The Ministry of Discipleship The Message of Discipleship So let's start with the message of discipleship in verses 12 through 17. The first section here, verse 12, is a very important transition in the gospel of Matthew. Read with me, and let me show you what's happening here. Verse 12, “Now, when he heard that John the Baptist had been arrested.” Now stop right there for a moment. This word for arrested is very literally the word to give over or to hand over throughout the rest of the gospel of Matthew. This is the same word that will regularly be used to talk about the way that Jesus will be arrested. In fact, this is the word that's commonly translated as betrayed on the night when Jesus was betrayed. That's this word right here, right from the beginning of Jesus's public ministry. The very first word we hear about this public ministry brings a looming shadow of the cross over everything that Jesus does. Just as John the Baptist was arrested here at the beginning, so at the end, Jesus will be betrayed and handed over to the authorities and crucified. Make no mistake, Jesus knows exactly what he has come to do, and it absolutely necessitates a path through the cross. That's the first way the transition to the cross becomes increasingly clear, right from the very first word. The second thing we read is that when he heard that John had been arrested, we read that he withdrew into Galilee. Now, as I said a moment ago, Galilee is nowheresville. Galilee is northern, the northern part of the territory that belonged to Israel for a while that God had given as the promised land to his people. But by this time, a lot of different things had happened, and those who lived in the northern tribes had largely been scattered. Jews here lived, yes, but there were also a lot of Gentiles as we'll talk about a little bit more in a moment. But Galilee was not the center. Galilee was not the important part of the world, and it wasn't even the important part of Israel. Yet Jesus will remain ministering in Galilee all the way until Matthew chapter 19. He isn't going to turn south until Matthew 19, and he doesn't enter Jerusalem until the triumphal entry in Matthew chapter 21. Again, we'll see more in Galilee in a moment when we look at the prophecy of Isaiah. The third thing we see here that it's a transition is that now officially Jesus's public ministry starts. Before this, everything had been preparatory for this public ministry. In chapter one, we saw the preparation of Jesus's qualification. We saw the way that he is the legal heir to the throne of David by having been adopted as the son of Joseph, who was in the biological lineage of David. We saw in chapter two how wise men from the East came to hail him as king, which shook up and disoriented and made angry, fitfully murderously angry, the illegitimate King Herod. We saw that Jesus had to go down to Egypt to escape Herod so that he would be able to re-enact the history of Israel by going to Egypt and being brought out of Egypt, just as Israel had so many years before. We saw in chapter three how Jesus was baptized and even anointed by the Holy Spirit for ministry, declared as the Son of God by his Father speaking from heaven. Then in the beginning of chapter four, we saw the temptation where Jesus was led in the wilderness, again re-enacting the 40 years history of Israel in the wilderness in 40 days and 40 nights. Then Jesus's temptation, where he faithfully resisted every temptation that Satan could throw at him. Now that Satan has been defeated in this initial battle, Satan is set to the side, he is bound. The strongman is bound so that Jesus can go into the strongman's house, the territory that formerly belonged to Satan in this area of darkness, Galilee of the Gentiles, to begin his rescue mission where the darkest darkness is thickest. This is the beginning of Jesus's public ministry. Again, this is going to be in Galilee. Not in Judea, not in Jerusalem in the south. This is in northern Galilee, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali. If you don't know what those are, you can be forgiven because their names hardly come up. These are two of the tribes of Israel whose inheritances were in the northern part of Israel. And we read that the fact that Jesus would minister here was foretold in the prophet Isaiah. Matthew quotes Isaiah 9:1-2, “by the land of Zebulun and the Land of Naphtali”, the way of the sea beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles or Galilee of the Nations. This is the place where many Jewish people lived, but this is a place where there were also many of the Gentiles who were living there. This was by virtue of where it was the corridor to the rest of the world. That's what we read about in verse 16, “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light.” Understand the northern part of the Promised Land of Israel was the way in which any enemies had to come up and over and down. They couldn't march straight west to get across the wilderness, to get to Israel directly. What they had to do is to go up and around and down through Galilee. So Galilee was the corridor through which all the nations came to attack the people of God. Syria came down during the days of Isaiah, as well as the more barbarous empire of Syria. Syria marched through Galilee and conquered all of these nations, including the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali, along with the other 10 tribes of the northern area of Israel. This was an area of darkness and war and death. These were those who are dwelling in the region and the shadow of death, as we read Matthew quoting in verse 16 and as Isaiah said so long ago, this is where a light will dawn. There was a promise that a light would dawn here, and it's to this area that Jesus comes the great light, the light of light, the one who is the light of life. Here he comes to this area to be a light in a dark place because you see Assyria, the great empire that conquered the northern ten tribes of Israel, the nation that marched all the way south to come right to the gates of Jerusalem, and then were turned away by the miraculous work of God. This Assyrian empire is long gone, but in this area, the people are still dwelling in deep spiritual darkness. It's here where Jesus goes first. We should remember Matthew was quoting Isaiah 9:1-2. We should remember what comes just a few verses later in verses six and seven. Matthew is not just quoting only this portion, he's quoting the whole context. He wants us to remember everything that Isaiah chapter nine prophecies. Isaiah 9:6-7 declares this For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7, ESV Now, one commentator pointed out, and I honestly had not thought of this myself, this passage is nowhere directly quoted in the New Testament. It's such an obvious prophecy of Jesus, and it's nowhere directly quoted or cited in the New Testament. The closest thing we have is right here, where Matthew quotes the first part of the chapter trying to get our ears to remember what's coming later. That the Son, this child is born to re-establish the reign and the throne of David and of his kingdom, of his government there will be no end. That's what Jesus is doing here, and it all starts in Nowheresville, the darkest place on Earth, in Galilee. It's here in verse 17 that the public ministry of Jesus begins with his preaching, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Verbatim, Jesus preaches the exact same message as we saw earlier from John the Baptist in 3:2, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” We talked about how repentance is first and foremost. The Greek word means a change of mind. It means that we repent from our sin and think differently about our sin, specifically in judging it differently. Not just to say, oh yeah, I don't see that the same way as I used to, but to recognize and to acknowledge that we are guilty in the sight of God. It's a change of mind, but it's a change of mind that stems from a change of heart. That from the depths of our soul, we begin to hate the filth, meanness and odiousness of our sin. We haven't just recognized that it's wrong, we hate it. Repentance is a change of mind that stems from a change of heart that leads into a change of life. The Hebrew word that's often translated in repentance in the Old Testament means turning, a turning from one thing to another. Where our lives are formally given to sin, we turn them to look instead to follow Jesus Christ by faith. A change of mind that stems from a change of heart that leads to a change of life. The reason we do this is in view of the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus is declaring the king is here, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and in view of the kingdom, repent. The public ministry of Jesus, with these words, is underway. Now, there's a funny episode of a television show where there are these two characters who are at a live performance of a musical, and they aren't necessarily people you would think of as attending a musical. But the first character is sort of notoriously annoying, and he's talking and the second character really doesn't seem like he'd be someone at a musical. But he stops the other character, and he says, “If we don't listen to the overture, we won't recognize the musical themes when they come back later.” Now, if you know that quotation, it's a funny line in this particular show. I quote it because it's probably the best explanation of what's happening during the initial introduction of music. In musicals or in operas you listen to hear the musical themes when they come back later. Already we're hearing a few of these themes come up and we listen, so we don't miss them when they come up later. We've seen the theme of the cross, the very first words that narrate for us, the public ministry of Jesus tell us about how John was arrested, handed over in the same words that will describe the way Jesus must be handed over to the hands of wicked men to be crucified. That theme of the cross is going to come up again and again and again until Jesus gives up his last breath on the cross. Later, in the book of Matthew, the second theme we hear is about Galilee. Galilee, the corridor to reach the nations of the Gentiles. Already, the universal global implications of the conquest of Jesus's kingdom is in view. He knows what he's doing. Jesus came to make disciples of all nations. The Mandate of Discipleship Now, when we come to the second section, in verses 18 to 22, another theme is going to come up. It's the theme of discipleship and Matthew has a deep interest. What he's going to say tells us a lot about discipleship through the rest of this gospel. So in the second section, we come to the mandate of discipleship. Jesus's mandate, his command to follow him as his disciples. Now Leon Morris, the commentator, describes what we read in verses eighteen to twenty-two as something of a simple account. We hear the story of how Jesus calls four of his disciples here, and later on we're going to hear the story of how Jesus calls a fifth disciple, Matthew himself, the author of this gospel. We're going to hear his story. He's going to tell us how Jesus called him and not as a fisherman, but as a tax collector to follow him as a disciple. Yet we don't read about Jesus calling any of the other disciples. We just hear the standard overview that these were his disciples. These seven other people were his disciples, but we don't hear their story. The reason this is a simple account of discipleship is we're probably meant to understand that every time Jesus called those other seven disciples, it sounded like this. So we read about these four fishermen, two sets of brothers and Jesus walking by the Sea of Galilee. He's still in Galilee. Verse 18, “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.” Then we read a little bit later in verse twenty-one and going on, “And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.” So two sets of brothers who are all fishermen. Now these fishermen were rough. They would have been tough. These would have been blue collar men who knew how to get the job done, but they are probably not poor. Sometimes we think about the disciples as destitute, and they didn't really have much going for them until Jesus called, but that's probably not the case. In Mark 1:20, Don Carson points out that in Mark chapter 20, we read about the hired men that are left behind to continue running the fishing operation. They weren't necessarily poor. In fact, the emphasis that we are getting here in this story is how much they leave behind. It's a story about the cost of discipleship, and they're counting the cost of the discipleship. So when Jesus says in verse 19, follow me and I will make you fishers of men. He's saying he's giving a physical description. There's different ways of describing following Jesus, but it always describes a physical following behind Jesus, because that's what disciples did. They followed behind their master and physically went wherever the master went. Then we read in verse 20, “immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Then verse 22 James and John respond in the exact same way, “Immediately, they left the boat.” Now, one person points out, well, notice both of them had nets and both of them had boats. Both of them leave nets and boats. But we read about leaving the nets first and then reading the boat second. We're reading about the totality, and Matthew is so good at saying this in a concise way. They left everything behind. They left everything behind. With James and John, we also read about how they left behind their father. It wasn't just their trade, it wasn't just their property, it was their relations, their father, they left behind as part of the cost of the call to follow Jesus as his disciples. The call to discipleship that Matthew was going to tell us so much more about in this book is costly. But these first disciples didn't hesitate, they didn't wait. They immediately left their nets and their boats and their father to follow Jesus. Why didn't they hesitate even a little bit for this? Well, I have a friend, an elder in another church who has very much internalized a mission of trying to teach people to remember what we learn in the fourth commandment, to remember the Sabbath Day and to keep it holy. He's trying to teach other people in his church and lead them in modeling and teaching that the whole day is to be given to worship, except insofar as where works of necessity or works of mercy require our attention. As he's talking with people about what it would mean to give the whole Lord's Day, that we're on today, to the worship of God, what would that entail? He says he finds in a lot of cases he's hearing objections about what this will cost them. Does this mean that I have to give up football? Does this mean that I have to give up the Super Bowl? Does this mean that I have to give up a chance to get caught up on a busy week or a chance to get ahead on what I know will be a busy week at work? Does this mean that I have to give up time just to relax, me time? Can't I just relax? One of the illustrations, and I found this such a vivid illustration so I'm borrowing it from him. Whenever he has these conversations, he says, well, think about the cost like this; if someone came to you today and they said, I will give you one billion billion, with a B for boy, billion dollars for your house. Would you go home and start itemizing every square foot of your home and start calculating it out and start trying to see? Boy, I don't know, let's see how much this is actually worth. No, you know, your house is worth something, but you know it doesn't come close to a billion dollars for the exchange. You wouldn't hesitate immediately. You would leave your house for the billion dollars you would get in exchange for leaving it. These disciples are giving up everything they have to gain, everything they could never have apart from Jesus. You give up everything to gain the whole world and then some to gain Christ himself and everything he has not necessarily in this life, but certainly in the life to come. I've often quoted this, but it's worth quoting again. Jim Elliott, a missionary who is a martyr gave his life bearing witness as a disciple of Jesus, calling others to be his disciples. Once said, “He is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he can never lose.” These disciples are no fools. They're following the master to gain what they can never lose. See here that in this story, we are hearing about the first disciples at the outset of Jesus ministry. There's one of those themes for the gospel of Matthew and the lessons. We don't miss it when it comes up again. We are seeing this theme of discipleship. Jesus has them follow him to come behind him. He will teach them, he will train them, he will test them, and they will make many mistakes that we will see along the way. They will even make the grave mistake the sin of abandoning Jesus in his hour of need. Yet through them, Jesus will establish his kingdom in this world. The Ministry of Discipleship Well, this brings us to the third section, the third aspect of this global disciple making mission and kingdom. We see now the ministry of discipleship in the third section of verses 23 through 25. So in verse 23, we read that, “Jesus went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” Another word for proclaiming, is another way to translate that word for preaching that we saw earlier in verse 17. We should remember that Jesus's proclamation, his message mirrors what we saw earlier in John the Baptist in Matthew 3:2. We are also seeing here some of the differences between the ministry of John and Jesus. So they preach the same message, but Jesus doesn't go to the wilderness of Judea in the South, as John does. Jesus goes to Nowheresville, dark Galilee. John the Baptist baptized in the Jordan River, but Jesus taught in the synagogues. He went to every tiny, out-of-the-way village where they had these little churches who would come together for the reading of the word of God and for prayers, just like we're doing today. With a fuller revelation of Jesus Christ and him crucified, Jesus went into these synagogues to teach rather than preaching publicly outdoors at the Jordan River. John the Baptist was only a preacher, whereas Jesus is a preacher and a teacher. John baptized, Jesus did not baptize, he had other people baptized for him. Jesus came to heal every disease and affliction. The main difference between John and Jesus, then, is that John came to announce the kingdom and he came to prepare people for the coming of the kingdom, whereas Jesus came to set up the kingdom. Jesus comes to establish the kingdom by his word, his teaching about the word of God and by his deeds, by all of the miracles he would perform to heal people as a symbol of the great healing work that he would work for them at the cross. We read that just as Jesus went throughout all Galilee, we read in verse twenty-four that his fame spread throughout all Syria, just north of there. They brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains. Those are oppressed with various diseases, or those are oppressed by demons, those having seizures and paralytics, ahe healed them. Notice all Galilee, all Syria, all the sick. One commentator points out, this is getting at the comprehensiveness of Jesus's ministry. He was everywhere all the time, ministering as far as he could physically take himself. Then we read in verse twenty-five that great crowds followed him. They followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, a Gentile area, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan, the Jordanian area. This is from everywhere. There's an emphasis here, we get a sampling here of all the nations, all the nations are already in view in the discipleship of Jesus. It's returned to that theme of all the nations making disciples of all the nations. What should we make of these crowds? Well, these crowds are following Jesus in some ways, like his disciples are following him. What we are going to see from these crowds is that not all of them are regenerate. Not all of them really know and love Jesus right now. You know, I've heard different statistics cited for this idea, but people who come to believe in Christ have heard the gospel already seven times. They've heard the gospel seven times before believing or in some statistics it takes 18 times for someone to hear the gospel enough to believe in Jesus Christ. Now, I'm not sure if this statistic is accurate statistically, especially because there are so many in the Bible and so many in life experience now who hear the gospel for the first time and respond to Jesus and faith. I don't know what exactly the numbers are, but I do know that what that idea expresses is certainly the case of these crowds that follow Jesus. We know that there are some in the crowds who already believe, they are already following Jesus in faith. The hint that we give to this doesn't come until after Jesus has been crucified, after he has been resurrected, after he has ascended into heaven. Because after that, the Apostles have to appoint a new apostle to take Judas' spot. Judas who betrayed, handed over Jesus. When they do so, the qualification is that they have to have someone who followed Jesus from the very beginning, from the baptism of John onward, and they were able to identify two men, Matthias and Joseph called Barnabas, in Acts chapter one who fit that qualification. They believed in Jesus and followed him from the beginning, though they had as many confusions and doubts and questions as the rest of the disciples. Yet right away, they're following Jesus by faith. There are, of course, some of these people who will never believe. When the time is right, they will turn from Jesus, they will abandon Jesus. They will demand that Jesus be crucified and that Barabbas, a murderer and an insurrectionist, be released instead of Jesus at the day of the crucifixion. There are also those who don't yet necessarily believe now, but that's coming at some point in the future. You know, you think of Nicodemus, who's hearing about Jesus and wants to talk to Jesus but doesn't understand what Jesus is teaching. Then by the end of John, he's there, helping to bury Jesus because he was looking for the kingdom. Or you think about these crowds who will be shouting, crucify him at the end of Matthew, who on the day of Pentecost their hearts will be cut to the quick and they will say, sirs, what must we do to be saved? How can we be saved? Different people come to follow and believe in Jesus in different ways and at different times. Now part of what I'm getting at is these crowds are a reminder that disciple making is endless. It is inefficient. This isn't the speedy service system. We cannot make disciples and the way McDonald's makes hamburgers. This work is messy. It is filled with ups and downs. But it's the ministry that Jesus both modeled and that he mandated for his church to carry on after him. Throughout the scriptures, we have encouragement because this is such hard labor to make disciples. Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 3:13, “Do not grow weary in doing good.” Then he reminds us in 1 Corinthians 3:6 that “One will plant, another will water, but it is God who gives the growth.” You may plant and never hear anything from the person you've planted in, only to find an eternity to come that because of your seed planting God, used someone else to water that person's life and God through all of that gave the growth of leading that person to know Jesus. Jesus himself reminded us that one will sow and another will reap, in John chapter four, but that both will rejoice together. So Paul encourages us in the Lord, your labor is not in vain in 1 Corinthians 15:55. Why? Because making disciples is hard. It's endless. It's wearisome. It's inefficient. It is up and down. Application The application we see from all this is to make disciples of all nations. That's what Jesus came to do, to make disciples of all nations. That's our application, make disciples of all nations. From the beginning of Jesus's public ministry, he's building this culture of discipleship. So he begins to preach in verse 17, but immediately after launching the ministry himself, he begins to call disciples to come after him. He calls them to have a front row seat, to see everything the master did, to hear everything that the master taught, to learn after him by direct observation. Ultimately, Jesus will send these disciples to be his witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth. Now at Harvest, our mission is taken directly from this. Our mission is that we are making disciples who worship and serve. So I want to take a moment to connect what Jesus is doing here 2000 years ago with what we are busy with at Harvest week in and week out. First, let's have a reminder of the message of discipleship, repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Discipleship has to begin with the gospel. It has to begin with the proclamation that we are sinners who fall short of the glory of God and that we are guilty in God's sight and that God finds our sin filthy and odious, even if we do not. So Jesus, by grace, calls us to turn from that to have a change of mind about our sin, that stems from a change of heart, that overflows into a change of life as we turn from our sin and instead look to Jesus by faith. Repent, you're a sinner condemned to die. Repent in light of God's grace. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance, but you must repent for the kingdom as at hand. In the Kingdom of Jesus, there is abundant room for sinners, but there was no room for sin. So let me say that another way. There is abundant room for repentant sinners. As we leave behind our old ways to embrace the call to discipleship, to follow in Christ's ways. But there is no room to bring with us our sin, to limp between two opinions. We preach this gospel week in and week out to call you and to remind us and strengthen us and to encourage ourselves to carry on as the disciples of Jesus. That's the message of discipleship. Second, we have this mandate of discipleship, we must help others to follow Jesus. Jesus sends us as his witnesses, to call other people to follow after Jesus. Mark Dever has a really helpful definition. He says that, ”Discipleship refers to our own following Christ.” When we're thinking about how we follow Jesus, that's our discipleship. But then he says, “Discipling or making disciples, is a subset of that. It's a part of that, which means to help someone else to follow Christ.” Followers of Christ, and part of what that means to follow Christ means that we must serve others to help them to follow Christ too. Now just as Jesus has from the very beginning of his mission, trying to build this culture of discipleship. That's what we're trying to do at Harvest. We're trying to build this culture of discipleship. That was here certainly before I got here, that was here before Harvest was planted. That we'll be here long after we are dead and gone. There's this culture of continually calling and whatever age we are given, whatever neighbors are in our midst, whatever opportunities we have to call people in our sphere of influence to follow after Jesus during the course of our lives. Before we can talk about the structures and the programs and the partnerships at Harvest, we have to think then about this vision for discipleship. A passion for disciplining people. This isn't something we farm out to parachurch organizations. This isn't something conducted by lone ranger Christians. This is the mandate that Christ is given to his church. Make disciples of all nations. That's the mandate we have. Then finally, we have third, the ministry of discipleship. Jesus shows us here his ministry by word and by deed. Discipleship again starts with the Ministry of the Word. It begins with the preaching of the gospel repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Turn from your sins and embrace Christ by faith. There's no hope of salvation outside of Jesus. So in the church, Jesus has given pastors and elders to lead in this formal preaching and teaching ministry in the church. To be dedicated to a ministry of word and prayer. There's also informal ministry of teaching happening all the time. We have Bible studies, we have Sunday school classes, we have Wednesday night where we are disciplining children and youth, and there's leadership development. We have prayer groups. We have personal conversations. Every conversation you have is an opportunity to help someone follow Christ more closely. We have these opportunities both here in Omaha and to all nations through our missions. Work discipleship begins with the proclamation of the word, the Ministry of the Word. But then discipleship also requires this ministry of deed. We're not given the ongoing gifts of healing. We certainly pray for healing and God heals, but we don't have these ongoing gifts of healing that Jesus had. Those were for the early church as a confirmation of the message of the Gospel of Jesus. Nevertheless, discipleship requires ministry of mercy to the poor, the sick and the suffering. Again, Jesus gives officers deacons to his church to lead us in ministry of generosity and ministries of mercy. If you're not an officer, you're just here today. What about you? Where do you fit into all of this? But let me give you a couple of opportunities to partake in Jesus Christ's global, over the course of thousands of years, disciple making kingdom. This is your part of this. First of all, I want to start, we have a value of being a church that has given over to prayer. That we are dependent upon prayer. We need prayer warriors. We need people who are dedicated to secret prayer. If you can do nothing else, dedicate yourself to secret prayer. Get a copy of the directory and pray down the list of the people in this church for their needs as far as you know them. Pray for the people of this church. Also next week we have our monthly prayer service, come to this. That's a time where, as a church, we give ourselves to prayer outside of our normal Sunday morning worship ministries. As well as the other groups that have for prayer along the week. There's a women's prayer group and there's a men's prayer group. Give yourself to prayer. This is one more reminder that this isn't like building a business. Planting new churches are not like opening new franchises. We are entirely dependent upon God's Spirit, and we are dependent upon God's Spirit through prayer. So we need people to pray. The second thing we need is children's discipleship ministries. God has blessed us with many children in this church. What a blessing we have here with children. We need teachers, we have a number of teachers who are very faithful. We need, if you have any interest in serving by teaching children understand, please come talk to us, especially Andrew is coordinating a lot of this. We need people who can help with this ministry on Sunday mornings, with nursery or Sunday school, but especially on Wednesday night. We have a number of teachers who we sort of have just the people there, and if they're sick or can't be there, it's a scramble to kind of fill holes and fill gaps there. Please help. God is doing some wonderful things on Wednesday night to disciple our children. Please be a part of that. We need teachers. We need also deed ministry. There are people helping faithfully to serve food. If you want to be a part of that, please let us know. We'd love for you to help with that ministry. We need prayer, we need children's discipleship and we need outreach. Now we're going to talk about this a little bit more in the coming months, but we are coming to the end of a three year campaign, the Building on a Firm Foundation campaign. If you were here three years ago, or if you've read some of the brochures that are out in the parlor. By the way, grab one if you haven't had one. We have boxes of these, grab one even if you just want to wallpaper your house with them. When we talked about this campaign that we had, we talked about some of the outreach that we wanted to do. We were praying that as part of investing in this building and repairing some of the structural issues that we had here, we wanted to be here because of the strategic importance of being here to reach some of the people around us. We were praying that God would bring us college students, and by God's grace, you're all here. Thank you for being here today. We've been praying for you for the last several years, that college students would be here. So can you host college students for lunch? That's happening next week. We also talked a lot about outreach to ESL. Some of the people right around our church, we found a statistic that 23 percent of the households within one mile of Harvest speak a language other than English. Harvest has in the past had this wonderful ministry of ESL, English as a Second Language, to build relationships with people in our midst who don't yet know Christ. If you're interested in that, we would love to restart that. Talk to Mike Lueders. He has a passion and a burden for doing that. These are areas where we want to have increased outreach, increased children's discipleship, increased prayer. Finally, here's something that anyone can do, we need personal discipleship. Can you do something as simple as meeting regularly with one other person, reading the Bible and praying together, talking about what God is teaching you in your life. Building someone up. It's so simple, but it's so deep and rich in the discipleship ministry and the discipling ministries of the church. Discipleship and making disciples doesn't mean that you need to be an expert, you don't need a seminary degree or a doctorate. You don't need to be trained for 40 years before you're willing to enter into the fields of Harvest. Understand as disciples, you will make mistakes. Jesus called his disciples to come after him, and immediately they started making mistakes. You will, too. I do all the time. If you're here, you're further along than somebody. You're further along than your unbelieving neighbor or then someone who's never heard the gospel of Jesus. Can you help that person, even it's just inviting a neighbor to come with you to church. Or it's serving on Wednesday nights to our children. Can you help someone follow Jesus just a little bit better? This is the ministry we have of discipleship. It is the work that God gives us in this global kingdom work of making disciples. Just as Jesus began, so we are continuing to do this. Let's pray that God may strengthen us in this hard, messy, inefficient, difficult work of making disciples until he comes again. Let's pray. Heavenly Father, we pray that we would each individually follow Jesus as disciples. To repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and to learn to embrace Christ by faith. We pray that insofar as you give us faith, that you would use us as your instruments to lead others to faith in Jesus and to grow in that faith as disciples of Jesus. Father, we are entirely dependent on the work of your Spirit. By the power of Jesus Christ who pours out this Spirit from heaven. And so we pray, send your Spirit and dwell your people. Empower your church for the disciple making ministries that you've given us, until the day that our Lord Jesus returns. It's in his name we pray. Amen.