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The Gospel of Matthew – Lesson 5 (Continued) 05/01/21

LESSON 5

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

CHPTRS.12-15

Chapter 13
Matthew 13:1-58
Matt. 13-47-58

Matt. 13:47-50 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,48 “which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.49 “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,50 “and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
13:47-50 THE PARABLE OF THE NET Again, the sovereigndom of the heavens is like a net falling into the sea: and of all kinds congregate — which, when it fills, they ascend to the sea shore: and sit and select and place the graced in vessels, and cast out the vilified. THE SHALAM OF THE WORLD Thus be it in the shalam of the world: the angels go and separate the evil from among the just and cast them into the furnace of fire: there becomes weeping and gnashing of teeth. Aramaic NC

I.THE PARABLE EXPLAINED
A. THE DETAILS OF THE PARABLE.
1. A dragnet was cast into the sea.
2. As defined by the Holman Bible Dictionary, a dragnet is…
a. A large fishing net equipped with a weighted bottom edge for touching (dragging) the river or lake bottom and a top with wooden floats allowing the net to be spread across the water (Isa. 19:8).
b. Such nets were normally let down from a boat and then drawn to shore by a crew positioned on the beach. In the case of a large catch the net was hauled to shore by boat (John. 21:6-8).
3. Once the dragnet was drawn to shore, the fish were separated; those good for eating were saved in vessels, the inedible were discarded.

B. THE MEANING OF THE PARABLE.
1. As with The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, Jesus explains what this parable means – Matt. 13:49-50
a. The church, in its present state, will be a mixture of good and bad, some carnal Christians.
1) Just like a dragnet gathers in both good and bad fish.
2) We saw in The Parable of The Wheat and Tares that this will be due to the influence of satan, such that there will be those that offend, and those who practice lawlessness – cf. Matt. 13:41.
3) Paul wrote that in a great house (i.e., the church) some vessels are for honor and some for dishonor – 2 Tim. 2:20-21.
a. But in the future, there will be a separation – Matt. 13:49.
1) It will occur at the end of the age – cf. Matt. 13:39-40 2) The agents of this separation will be the angels – cf. Matt 13:41
3) The wicked will be separated from the just (i.e., the righteous) – cf. Matt 13:41.
b. The punishment of the wicked is described – Matt. 13:50 1) cast into the furnace of fire – cf. Matt. 13:42a.
1) There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth – cf. Matt. 13:42b.
2. In giving His explanation, we see the emphasis of Jesus in this parable, and the fundamental difference between it and The Parable of The Wheat and The Tares.
c. The emphasis is upon…
1) The future separation ……. Some say the church, some the world or nations.
2) The punishment of the wicked.
d. Unlike the Parable of The Wheat and The Tares…
1) There is nothing in the explanation related to the present mixture – contrast that with Matt. 13:24-30.
2) There is nothing depicting the blessedness of the righteous – contrast that with Matt.13:43.
3) The Parable of The Dragnet, then, reinforces the spiritual truths taught in The Parable of The Wheat And Tares, especially those relating to the coming judgment/justice, the wicked. That Jesus would emphasize the judgment/justice of the wicked in this parable ought to impress upon us that the good news of the kingdom of heaven.

This parable is associated with the Parable of the Sower.

There are different views on this parable. This is strictly the Dispensational View. Others believe the view that the separation will bring about the Bride of Christ, the Elect.

Matt. 13:51-52 Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
13:51-52 Yah Shua words to them, Understand you all these? They word to him, Yes, our Lord. THE PARABLE OF THE LORD OF THE HOUSE And he words to them, because of this, every scribe discipled to the sovereigndom of the heavens is like a mana lord of the house who ejects from his treasure new and antiquated. Aramaic NC

I. THE PARABLE ITSELF
A. JESUS IS MAKING A POINT ABOUT A SCRIBE
1. Therefore every scribe instructed about the kingdom of heaven…
2. From the Holman Bible Dictionary, a scribe was a Person trained in writing skills and used to record events and decisions (Jer. 36:26; 1 Chron. 24:6; Esth. 3:12). During the Exile in Babylon educated scribes apparently became the experts in God’s written word, copying, preserving, and teaching it. Ezra was a scribe in this sense of expert in teaching God’s word (Ezra 7:6). A professional group of such scribes developed by New Testament times, most being Pharisees (Mark 2:16). They interpreted the law, taught it to disciples, and were experts in cases where people were accused of breaking the law of Moses. They led in plans to kill Jesus (Luke 19:47) and heard His stern rebuke (Matt. 23).
3. They were more than simply copyists, but students and instructors as well.
4. It would be assumed, therefore, that a scribe would be expected to understand the finer points of the Law of Moses.

B. A SCRIBE INSTRUCTED CONCERING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
1. Jesus’ point is not about a normal scribe, who would understand only the Law.
2. But a scribe who would be instructed about the kingdom of heaven (via the parables).

C. SUCH A SCRIBE IS LIKE A HOUSEHOLDER.
1. A householder with treasure, something of great value.
2. Treasure that is both new and old.
a. The old treasure would be his understanding of the Law.
b. The new treasure would be his understanding of the kingdom of Heaven. The parable and its explanation” appear simple enough to understand. But there are also implications from the parable that are worthy of careful consideration.

Matt.13:53-58 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.54 And when He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?55 “Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?56 “And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”57 So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
13:53-58 YAH SHUA REJECTED IN HIS FATHERLAND And so be it, when Yah Shua shelems these parables he departs from there and comes to his city and is doctrinating to them in their congegration: so as to amaze them, and they are wording, Whence has this man this wisdom and these powers? Be this not the son of the carpenter? Is not his mother called Maryam? And his brothers, Yaaqub and Yausi and Shimun and Yah Huda? And all his sisters, behold are they not unto us? So whence all this and these? — and they are being offended in him. And Yah Shua words to them, A prophet is has no despisers except in his city and in his house. — and he works not many powers there because they trust not. Aramaic NC

Where did this Man get this wisdom and these might works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Because these villagers were familiar with Jesus as a boy and accustomed to unspectacular things from him, we may conclude that Jesus must have grown up a very normal boy unlike the fantastic stories told in apocryphal books like. The Infancy of Jesus.
1. Is this not the carpenter’s son? This question was asked out of ignorant prejudice. Yet it can also be asked out of deep appreciation of the fact that the Son of God took such a noble, lowly place.
2. Jesus, the Carpenter, entered upon the ministry, made ploughs, yokes, and so forth. But was not that an honest occupation?
3. It is the very ordinariness of Jesus’ home background that causes the astonishment (cf. John 6:42).
a) This insulting question seems to intimate that our Lord’s family was a very obscure one; and that they were of small repute among their neighbors, except for their piety.
b) People bring the same charge against Jesus today. I see those associated with Him, and they seem lowly or very normal; Jesus must also not be special.
4. Where then did this Man get all these things? Their reception of Jesus was not welcoming or friendly. They speak skeptically and will refer to Him only as this Man.

Verses- (Mat 13:57-58) A prophet without honor.
So, they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house. Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

A. So they were offended at Him: When we think of how strongly Jesus is identified with Nazareth (see at Matthew 2:23), it is even more surprising to note that the people of Nazareth did not appreciate it. The success and glory of Jesus seemed only to make them more resentful towards Him.
B. A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, and in his own house: We often have wrong ideas about what it means to be spiritual. We often think that spiritual people will be much more strange than normal. Therefore, those closest to truly spiritual people see just how normal they are and sometimes think that they aren’t spiritual because they are normal.
D. He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief: It is truly remarkable that Jesus was, in some manner, limited by their unbelief. As long as God chooses to work in concert with human agency, developing our ability to partner/co-labor with Him, our unbelief can and may hinder the work of God.

We will continue with Les.5 and Chapter 14 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

The Gospel of Matthew – Lesson 5 (Continued)

LESSON 5

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

CHPTRS.12-15

Chapter 13
Matthew 13:1-58
Conclusion to the Teaching on Parables and
Matt. 13:18-33

CONCLUSION
1. Following these sensible guidelines to interpreting the Parables of Jesus, we can look forward to the joy of understanding more fully the mysteries or revealed truths of the kingdom of heaven.
2. As we get into the parables themselves, I hope that we will appreciate how blessed we are to live in an age when people who have a desire to learn about the kingdom can do so:

But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. – Matt. 13:16-17 3.

3.What we are about to study in these parables concern things which Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and many others looked forward to, but did not fully understand in their lifetime!

4.Yet these mysteries of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 13:11), containing things kept secret from the foundation of the world (Matt. 13:35), are now being made known through the preaching of the gospel of Christ: Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience. Rom. 16:25

Paul declared much of the mystery and secret in Col. 1:27, …….Christ in you the hope of glory!

Matt. 13: 18-30 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower:19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.20 “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;21 “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.22 “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.23 “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;25 “but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.26 “But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.27 “So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’28 “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’29 “But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.30 ‘Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
13:18-30 And you hear the parable of the seed. THE PARABLE EXPLAINED All who hear the word of the sovereigndom and understand not, there the evil one comes and seizes the word seeded in his heart — this is that seeded upon the hand of the way. And that seeded upon the rock is he who hears the word and straightway with cheer takes it and not having root within, but for a time: and when there be tribulation or persecution because of the word, he is quickly offended. And that seeded among the thorns is he who hears the word — and the anxieties of this world and the deceit of riches strangle the word: and he is not being fruitful. And that seeded upon the graced earth is he who hears the word and understands: and gives fruit and works — having one hundred and having sixty and having thirty. THE PARABLE OF THE DARNEL AND SEED He parabalizes another parable, wording to them: The sovereigndom of the heavens is like a man that seeds graced seed in his field: and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and they turn and I heal them. And graced — your own eyes that see: and your ears that hear. For Amen! I word to you, That many prophets and just panted to see what you see and saw not: and to hear what you hear and heard not:and you — hear the parable of the seed. and when humanity sleeps his ba’al enemy comes and seeds darnel among the wheat and goes: and when the herbage sprouts and works fruit, then the darnel also manifests: and the servants of the lord of the house approach and word to him, Lord, Behold, seeded you not graced seed in your field? From whence has it darnel? And he words to them, a man — a ba’al enemy works this. And his servants word to him, Will you that we go and gather them? And he words to them, Lest when you gather the darnel you also uproot with the wheat: allow the two to greaten in union until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I word to the harvesters, Gather first the darnel and bind in bundles to burn: and congegrate the wheat into my granary. Aramaic NC

I.THE PARABLE EXPLAINED

A. IN ANSWER TO THE DISCIPLES’ REQUEST, JESUS IDENTIFIES.
1. THE SOWER – He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
a. I.e., Christ, who in His preaching went about proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom – cf. Matt. 4:23.
b. Who is identified in Daniel’s vision as one who received a kingdom – Dan. 7:13-14.
c. Who after His ascension claimed to have received such authority – Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21
2. THE FIELD – The field is the world.
d. Into which the Son of Man came to sow the seed.
e. Over which the Son of Man now exercises His authority, i.e., His kingship – cf. Matt. 28:18; 1 Pet. 3:22; Rev. 1:5
3. THE GOOD SEED (WHEAT) – The good seeds are the sons of the kingdom.
f. Those who gladly own Jesus as their Lord and King, submitting to Him freely.
g. I.e., His disciples, who observe all that He commands – cf. Matt. 28:19-20

Of course, we know Jesus gave us only 1 Command. Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ [a]This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Luke 10:27 So he answered and said, “ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

h. When we compare this with The Parable of The Sower, we come up with slightly mixed metaphors…

1) The disciples are those who constitute the good soil, in which the seed has been sown (The Parable of The Sower)
2) But in The Parable of The Wheat and Tares, the disciples are the good seed themselves.
3). Thus, when one receives the Seed of the kingdom (the Word of God), they become good seed (a son of the kingdom).

2. THE TARES – the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
a. Those later defined as they that…
1) Offend.
2) Practice lawlessness – cf. Matt. 13:41.
b. Though within the realm of the Lord’s reign (for the Lord will later gather them out of His kingdom), they clearly are not submitting to the Lord’s authority!
c. Their actions reveal that they are really sons of the wicked one!

3. THE ENEMY – The enemy who sowed them is the devil.
a. Who tried to tempt Christ and failed – cf. Matt. 4:1-11.
b. Who now tries to destroy the efforts to save souls and enlarge the influence of His kingly rule. We know he is defeated. We enforce that defeat! Col. 2:15 He (Jesus) disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

4. THE HARVEST – The harvest is the end of the age.
a. That age in which…
1) The gospel of the kingdom is being preached.
2) People who receive the gospel can become the sons of the kingdom — I.e., the present gospel dispensation – cf. Col. 1:13; Rev 1:9.
b. An age that will end with a great harvest” identified elsewhere as the glorious coming and appearance of our Lord – cf. Matt. 26:31-32; 1 Tim. 6:14-15.

5. THE REAPERS – The reapers are the angels.
a. Angels will accompany Christ when He comes again – 2 Thess. 1: 7-9.
b. They will separate the wicked from among the just – cf. Matt. 13:49.

Prophecy: Wheat and Tares

We are at the end of this age. The good news of the kingdom is being preached; the rule of God is coming forth on earth; and pure hearted sons of God are bringing forth the plan of God on our planet now. The sons of the wicked are being removed from the kingdom of God and cast into fire. (consumed) They will repent (some will) and be purified or continue in the fiery judgment/justice of God. Then, the pure hearted sons of God, bearing His plan, will shine forth on Planet Earth. Note: Judgment is justice that only Yeshua Ha’ Mashiach can bring. Judgment is always restorative. Mercy troim0phs over judgment. James 2:13

Matt.13:31-32 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,32 “which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
13:31-32 HE PARABLE OF THE GRAIN OF MUSTARD SEED He parabalizes another parable, wording to them, Like the sovereigndom of the heavens is a grain of mustard seed which a man takes and seeds in his field — and this is the least of all seeds: and when it greatens it is the greatest of all greens and becomes a tree: as the flyers of the heavens come and nest in the branches. Aramaic NC

THE MUSTARD SEED

A. THE PLANT ITSELF

1. The mustard plant is well known for its hot-flavored seeds.
2. Among seeds sown in a garden it was generally the smallest .
3. As a plant, it reaches ten, sometimes fifteen feet in height.
4. In the fall of the year, its branches have become rigid, and the plant often serves as a shelter for birds of many kinds.

B. PROVERBIAL USES OF THE MUSTARD SEED
1. The mustard seed was used frequently to describe anything that is small in its beginning.
2. Jesus used it on another occasion to describe one’s faith – cf. Matt. 17:20
3. The Koran reads Oh, my son, every matter, though it be of the weight of a grain of mustard seed…

Matt 13: 33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
13:33 THE PARABLE OF LEAVEN Another parable he words to them: Like the sovereigndom of the heavens is leaven: that a woman takes and hides in three measures of flour until all leavens. Aramaic NC

I. BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON LEAVEN

A. WHAT WAS LEAVEN?
1. A small portion of fermented dough used to ferment other dough (Holman Bible Dictionary).
2. Once inserted into a batch, it continues its process of fermentation until the whole batch has risen.
3. Today, we more likely use the term yeast instead of leaven.

B. SYMBOLIC USES OF LEAVEN

1. In the New Testament, leaven is often symbolic of corrupting influence.
a. Jesus warned of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, which included their teaching and hypocrisy – cf. Matt. 16:5-12; Luke 12:1
b. Paul wrote of the danger of how a little leaven leavens the whole lump, as he addressed the need to withdraw from the unrepenant brother – 1 Cor. 5:1-13 2. This has led some to conclude that leaven in the parable represents something evil.

2. But there are several reasons why this is not likely true.
a. There is no reason why its use elsewhere must be the same here.
1) A speaker or writer is certainly free to use a figure any way they wish, even differently in different situations.
2) To read the use of the figure as found elsewhere into this passage is a form of eisegesis. Eisegesis is the opposite of exegesis (to draw out) is eisegesis (to draw in), in the sense of an eisegetic commentator importing or drawing in his or her own purely subjective interpretations into the text, unsupported by the text itself.

Exegesis is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text using concordance, literal meanings. It means to draw out, which is the word education, Greek, educare. The word Education comes from the Greek word Edukos, which means To Draw Forth From Within. This would be by Holy Spirit.

b. That is, reading something into the passage not actually there.
1) Though in this case one may not be reading their own preconceived ideas into the passage, as is commonly done.
2) But reading the ideas of another Biblical context into this one is still a form of eisegesis.
b. As opposed to exegesis, which is to read out of a passage what it actually says or means, and should be the goal of proper Bible study.
c. The last phrase would then suggest that it is destined to fail!
1) The leaven is to eventually fill the whole loaf!
2) If leaven represents corrupting influence, how discouraging!
c. The close proximity of the parable to The Parable of The Mustard Seed would suggest similarities in meaning (cf. the two parables in Matt. 13:44-46)

We will continue with Les.5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

The Love of God is Being Revealed – 04/19/21

FS Miracle Monday
Miki Maynard
April 19, 2021

The Love of God is Being Revealed

One day I sat down to meet with the Lord at the same time and place that I always did. My son was in school, and I put my two girls down for their nap. I plopped down on the couch. We had just come from being on the mission field for a few years and were living on the third floor of apartments. Since we were up high, I had a perfect view of the sky and always looked out at it during this time.

This day the sky was clear and blue. All of a sudden, I saw a cloud come into view from the right. It trekked in as a thick line. It came with a bit of speed. It circled into a location where it was centered into my view. It made a shape. It made a face. It made a face of a man with a beard. He looked like a king.

I realized what I was seeing and just sat there in awe. The shape of the face didn’t alter or give way on any of its edges or parts. The shape held. It was definite and was there looking back at me.

After a while, the face spiraled out of the shape. It went out, as a thick line, with a bit of speed away to the left. This whole time there weren’t any other clouds blowing around or making any shapes whatsoever. It was the only activity in the sky. The Lord just met me and showed Himself to me. I felt so loved by His gesture and effort. I will never forget it.

The breath of the Spirit is moving to show the love of God for us in ways that people won’t ever forget His gesture or effort that He makes towards them. We will recognize that what He is doing is deliberate, and it’s to show expressions of His love toward us.

I see the wind (The Breath) of God blowing. I see it blowing in people’s lives personally and also around us in our communities.

The Spirit is blowing to pour out on people and they will prophesy, dream dreams, and see visions. We will see signs and wonders on and above the earth that will ultimately express the great love of God that He has for us.

I see His Hand carefully and lovingly gather many to Himself. Family members will report that they all had the same dream. It’s like when a missionary shares how a whole tribe had the same vision or dream and they all get saved. (Photos via Pixabay)

The Spirit is putting His heart into people. I saw a picture of them. It’s as if their hearts are so big and activated, that it’s like a visible “mold” of a “heart shape” is set upon their chests. In actuality, however, their hearts are so inflamed with the love of God, that they are swelling out from the core of their very being.

There will be some that give their hearts to the Lord that many would not have expected. Some will be like the great conversion of Saul of Tarsus.

The miracles that have begun, that partially haven’t been happening for years in the body of Christ in the US, will continue. They will be quite unusual and out of the box. One example, in the bible that comes to mind is, in Acts when many were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began speaking in languages from other nations. Those hearing their language spoken, will learn that these people didn’t study the language to be able to speak it. They will realize they are supernaturally hearing about the wonders of God and will feel His love for them in their hearts.

We are witnessing many miracles and spectacular healings, but there is still more to come. People won’t be able to deny the fact that God did something amazing to show them how much He loves them.
Resurrections will take place. The beautiful thing is, is that these things won’t be heard about from a source that is taking place in other countries, outside of the US like they normally are, but they will also take place on our soil.

Wherever you place your feet, the land will be given to you. You shall behold the inheritance your God promised to you. Declare in faith My Words. Step out and do what you hear the Spirit saying, because you know that is what the Father is doing; for you shall surely behold the miraculous. The harvest is here. Even as Elijah prayed and the Lord sent fire upon the sacrifice, you shall also experience these things publicly so that man will know the Ancient One, the Most High.

The favor of the Lord is with His church, and will be evident in their love and His love will be expressed in many wonders.

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So, it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
John 3:8 ESV

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth.  Joel 2:28-30 ESV

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.
John 10:10 NASB

Finding Life Under Pressure – April 12, 2021

FS Miracle Monday
Miki Maynard
April 12, 2021

Finding Life Under Pressure

There has been a lot of pressure on people for many months. We can look back on history and find that people have experienced all kinds of hardships for years all over the world. It is really nothing new, although it may be different.

When the pressure is on, sometimes I find things wanting to come out of me that I don’t like. How can I be a Christian and have this sort of struggle? Then there are times when I feel like I am doing everything I can and responding with Christ-likeness and the pressure just gets worse.

I Feel Like I’m Running Into Nothing But Walls

When under pressure, there have been times when I feel like I run into walls everywhere I turn and I have nowhere to go. This verse tells me that there is something I can do and that I do have a place I can go.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says:
“We often feel completely hemmed in on every side, but our inner space remains unrestricted; when there seems to be no way out, we escape within.”

2 Corinthians 4:10-12 shows me how I can find help by looking within:
“Wherever we go, whatever we encounter in our bodies, we bear witness within us of the fact that Jesus died our death; in the same body, we now exhibit His life. The fact that we co-died in his death confirms that we now co-live in His resurrection!”

“Our day-to-day experience continues to exhibit that even in the face of death, our association with the death Jesus already died remains the inspiration of His life made so clearly visible within us. This is in such contrast to the circumstances that we are often faced with. Our persuasion of our co-crucifixion with Christ in the face of death threatening circumstances inspires life in you.”

The word “inspires” here translates as “energy trigger” from the word energeo in the Greek.

I have learned that when I pause in the moment, or take some time before responding when faced with a difficulty, I can avoid getting myself into a predicament. Even though I have made mistakes in the past, I can do this when I depend upon the Lord.

I think about what I want to do. So I pray and ask for the Spirit’s help. I make the choice to respond with the life that Christ has given to me. Then it energizes me, because I am allowing it to happen. I have to yield. I have to die to the old ungodly ways so the new godly ways can work their way out from inside of me. (Photos via Unsplash)

Is God Squeezing the Crud Out of Me When I’m Under Pressure?

The pressure can be very uncomfortable because I’m having to deal with unpleasant things. This is really what it feels like sometimes…can I say it like this? “He is squeezing the crud out of me?” That’s not quite it…actually. I guess what I feel like is, the “crud” is a dead end. There is no place for it anymore. What is really happening is, His life is wanting to come out of me when I’m in the pressure. That is what is supposed to happen.

This is what co-living with Christ means. The old way is simply dead, ended, and gone. It’s been killed in Christ’s death that He has done on my behalf. Now, the new way is energized. So I carry the understanding that the old ways are dead in order for the new ways of life to spring forth.

Here is a diagram for a visual of the miracle of experiencing pressure in a life with Christ:

When I feel pressure in life, I lean into the One who is always with me. He energizes the ability to allow the formation of His will inside of me, and then it flows out from me. He has made a difficult and uncomfortable pressure in my life… a powerful and life-giving pressure in my life.

A Remnant In A Remnant

A Remnant In A Remnant
Dr. Mary Sue Davis

ms_davis@bellsouth.net

“The concept of the Remnant is found all throughout the Scriptures. In fact, the word “Remnant” is found 92 times within the King James Version of the Bible. The Hebrew words She’eriyth and She’ar are translated as the Remnant in the Bible and can be defined as “rest, residue, or remainder.”

However, it should be noted that there is a greater prophetic meaning for the concept of the Remnant (especially in the last days). There are two basic definitions that I see God revealing regarding the Remnant.

The Remnant is comprised of those that have a true heart for God and a deep desire to be faithful to Him alone – regardless of the cost. There will be an accelerated growth in the Remnant that: (1) will produce a mature and balanced understanding of the Word of God that has great depth, (2) will enable them to accurately hear the voice of God with a proven track record, and (3) will allow them to become highly proficient in prayer and declaration of the Word of God.

The remnant as “a group within God’s people” whose purpose is to call God’s people back to faithfulness. We see example of this in the OT.
Is there a need for a smaller group, symbolized by the 144,000, among the larger multitude from every nation, kindred, tongue and people? Could there be a remnant within the remnant such as the Elect, manifested Sons of God, 144,000, Joel’s Army etc.?

A remnant is a left-over amount from a larger portion or piece, whether it is food, material from which a garment is fashioned, or even a group of people. Although remnants could be looked upon as worthless scraps, God assigned high value to those of His people whom He had set aside for holy purposes, those He labels as “remnants” in several places in the Bible.

“In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God” Is.10:20-21.

Noah and his family were the remnant saved out of the millions on the earth before the flood (Genesis 6). Only Lot and his two daughters survived the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, a very small remnant, indeed. (Gen. 19) When Elijah despaired that he was the only one left in Israel who had not bowed down to idols, God assured him that He had reserved a remnant of 7,000 “whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him. (1 Kings 19)

During the days of the Prophet Isaiah, God gave Isaiah a vision of Israel. The vision was told by Isaiah in Isaiah 1:1-9. Isaiah said the nation had become “a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.’ Isaiah went onto say in verse 9, “Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a SMALL REMNANT, we should have been as Sodom and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.”

Remember also, Gideon’s army.

Judges 7:1-8 The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ 3 Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home and hurry away from Mount Gilead.’”

Then 22,000 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained. 4 And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ shall go with you, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ shall not go.”

5 So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself. Likewise, everyone who kneels down to drink.” 6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was 300 men, but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water.

7 And the Lord said to Gideon, “With the 300 men who lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hand, and let all the others go every man to his home.” 8 So the people took provisions in their hands, and their trumpets. And he sent all the rest of Israel every man to his tent, but retained the 300 men. And the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.

Summary of OT Examples:

Noah – Noah’s family was a faithful remnant supernaturally preserved through a divine cataclysm on the basis of divine grace (Gen. 7:23).
Abraham – From out of all the nations God sovereignly and graciously chose Abraham with whom to make an unprecedented covenant (Gen. 12:1-3).
Lot – Lot’s family was a faithful remnant supernaturally preserved through a divine cataclysm on the basis of divine grace (Gen. 19:29).
Isaac – Abraham had two sons, but only one was sovereignly and graciously chosen as a child of promise (Gen. 17:19).
Jacob – Isaac had twin sons, but only one was sovereignly and graciously chosen as a child of promise (Gen. 28:13-15).
Joseph – Joseph was sovereignly and graciously chosen in order to save the family of Israel from disaster (Gen. 45:7).
A remnant of Israel was sovereignly preserved from divine judgment following the young nation’s apostasy at Sinai (Ex. 32).
Caleb and Joshua were the only members of the Exodus generation to enter the land of promise, following divine judgment (Num. 14:38).
Moses prophesies to Israel that when following eventual divine judgment, a remnant will be sovereignly and graciously preserved and will return to the land (Deut. 30:1-10).
Elijah was reminded that the Lord had sovereignly and graciously preserved 7,000 Israelites who had not apostasized (1 Kings 19:18).
Upon the divine judgment of Assyrian conquest of Israel, the Lord sovereignly and graciously preserved a remnant from the northern tribes (Ezek. 37:19).
Upon the divine judgment of Babylonian exile, the Lord sovereignly and graciously preserved a remnant from the southern tribes and oversaw their return to their land (Zech. 8:5).
God has sovereignly and graciously called a remnant from Israel to receive salvation through the Messiah (Rom. 11:5).
God has sovereignly and graciously called a remnant from the nations as His people to receive salvation through the Messiah (Acts 15:14).
Upon the divine judgment of the Roman dispersion, the Lord sovereignly and graciously preserved a remnant of Jews.
During the divine cataclysmic judgment of the Tribulation, the Lord will sovereignly and graciously preserve a remnant (Rev. 7:4).

We who believe in Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha’Masaich as our Lord and Savior can, with great peace, rest in the fact that we belong to the “remnant.”

The New Testament tells us in Romans 11:5, “Even so then, at this present time, there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”

Again, what is a remnant?

· God’s remnant are those who acknowledge God in all their ways.
· God’s remnant are those who know they are righteous because all things have been given to them that pertain to life and godliness. 2 Pet. 1:3
· God’s remnant are those who are blessed beyond measure. They are blessed because they are pleasing to God because of their faith.
· God’s remnant are those who stand on God’s word and not the word of man, politicians, the media and hirelings.
· God’s remnant are keenly aware that they are saved by grace and not by any merit in themselves.

Other Examples of a Remnant:

God has sovereignly and graciously called a remnant from Israel to receive salvation through the Messiah (Rom. 11:5).
God has sovereignly and graciously called a remnant from the nations as His people to receive salvation through the Messiah (Acts 15:14).
Upon the divine judgment of the Roman dispersion, the Lord sovereignly and graciously preserved a remnant of Jews.
During the divine cataclysmic judgment of the Tribulation, the Lord will sovereignly and graciously preserve a remnant (Rev. 7:4). (Dispensational View)

So, I submit to you that there is a remnant, but there is a remnant within a remnant and perhaps a remnant, within a remnant, with a remnant.

FS Miracle Monday – Why Did Jesus Come?

FS Miracle Monday

With Miki Maynard

 Why Did Jesus Come?

He Isn’t Critical of You, He Loves You

 Don’t you love it when someone you love comes to visit you? My children are grown up and I’m an empty nester, as they say, so I really like visiting them. I always tell them that when I see them or watch them do things, that I literally feel my blood flowing through my veins. I know that sounds funny, but it’s true. It’s just what I feel. Life and love just flow through me.

I noticed in stories about Jesus, it says how He came to a place or went to a place. He “went” to visit people. The bible shows us that His motive is love.

One day, while I was praying for those that I care about that don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, I had a vision. Jesus came, as the Lion of Judah, and walked down large boulders and stood in front of me. He placed Himself between me and a dark cave. He turned and faced the cave and I saw silhouettes of people inside of it, and I sensed that they were the ones I was praying for.

Jesus Came To Bust You Out of Prison

 I wondered about caves in biblical times, because in my vision, He definitely stepped down into the place where I was seeing all of this. I found that some of the prisons were caves that were low in the ground. (Photo via Unsplash)

One of my favorite chapters in the bible explains to us why Jesus was “sent.” It says that the mighty Spirit is wrapped around Him, and the Father anointed Him:

“He sent me to heal the wounds of the brokenhearted, to tell captives, “You are free,” and to tell prisoners, “Be free from your darkness.” Isaiah 61:1 TPT

He Came From A Mindset and A Heart of Love, To Give Love, Not To Condemn

Another favorite verse of mine explains how Jesus was not sent to condemn. I have witnessed that it can be easy for some to feel or expect condemnation from God or people in their minds before they feel anything else. Some people think or were told that God and Christians are judgmental. You may have had a bad experience with “Christians,” or with harsh relatives so your first reaction might default to this. The truth is:

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 NKJV

Some people blatantly claim that God and Christians are mean, and some are very sly and subtle about it. They want to cast doubt and are trying to interfere with their friends and family from understanding who God really is.

Our President of Firestorm Ministries International, Bonnie Nelson, teaches in her Prophecy Class about this. She explains that these are characteristics of Religious Spirits and she shows us how we can be wise to these tactics and reveals the fact that people have been deliberately misled.

If you have heard that God is harsh and unloving, it’s a lie. It is not true. If someone treated you wrong or told you this, they were not acting on behalf of Jesus. Jesus came pursuing you, wanting to find you and shower His love upon you. He gave His Life so you can live in the Light of His Love.

The bible says:

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 NIV

The word, “To save,” means:
σῶσαι (sōsai)
Verb – Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong’s Greek 4982: To save, heal, preserve, rescue. From a primary sos; to save, i.e. Deliver or protect.

Does this sound like God is mean? This word “save,” is coming from a place of love, not criticism.

God Doesn’t Debate If You Deserve Love And Acceptance

 God doesn’t stand in front of your cave and go over all the reasons why you are there. He doesn’t debate about what you did or didn’t do and then hesitate on whether or not He wants to love you and rescue you.

He comes seeking you with a heart full of love and acceptance. He comes to bust you out of prison!

If you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior, or want to rededicate your life to Him, pray with me now:

 

Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner.

Thank You for dying for me.

I ask that you come into my heart.

Thank You for making me white as snow

And that I will live with you forever in eternity.

Thank You that I now live my life with You

And You will always be with me.

Thank you for busting me out of prison.

Congratulations on your new life in Christ!

Please contact us and let us know that you prayed this prayer!

Here Are Some Verses and Stories You Can Read About If You Want To Know More About God Busting People Out of Prison

In Acts 16:16-34 Paul and Silas were busted out of prison. (Photo via Unsplash)

“Christ would suffer, and as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles.” Acts 26:23

“To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who dwell in darkness from the prison.” Isaiah 42:7

“It shall come about on that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘that I will break his yoke from off their neck and will tear off their bonds; and strangers will no longer make them their slaves.” Jeremiah 30:8

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The Gospel of Matthew – Lesson 5

LESSON 5

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

CHPTRS. 12-15

Chapter 12-Matthew 12:1-50
Matthew 12:8-21
Matthew 12:22-50
Continued:

VERSE 8- FOR THE SON OF MAN IS LORD EVEN OF THE SABBATH DAY.

We have already learned; Jesus is the Sabbath.

A. In addition to the other arguments he made he is saying that he is above the Law of Moses.
1.This is a claim for divinity.
B. This verse has been cited as proof that we should keep the Sabbath today by some.
1. Completely out of context.

THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED HAND
(Also recorded in Mark 3:1-5 and Luke 6:6-10)
VERSE 9- “AND WHEN HE WAS DEPARTED THEN, HE WENT INTO THEIR SYNAGOGUE:”

A. Notice Luke’s account.
1. Luke tells us that this is a different Sabbath day then the one previously in question.
2. Luke 6:6.
3. This is another evidence that Matthew did not follow a strict chronological order but grouped by similar events.
4. Luke tells us Jesus in entering the synagogue-teaching.
a. Luke 6:6.
B. This doubtless took place in Galilee, probably in Capernaum.

VERSE 10-“AND, BEHOLD, THERE WAS A MAN WHICH HAD HIS HAND WITHERED. AND THEY ASKED HIM, SAYING, IS IT LAWFUL TO HEAL ON THE SABBATH DAYS? THAT THEY MIGHT ACCUSE HIM.”

A.”AND, BEHOLD, THERE WAS A MAN WHICH HAD HIS HAND WITHERED.”
1. They knew Jesus attitude of love and mercy toward those who were sick and downtrodden.
2. The two attitudes contrasted.
a. When Jesus saw the man, He saw a fellow member of the human race in need.
b. When the scribes and Pharisees saw him they saw an opportunity to trap be the enemy.
3. The man had an affliction that paralyzed his hand.
a. Luke says it was his right hand.
b. For most this would be their work hand.

B. “AND THEY ASKED HIM, SAYING, IS IT LAWFUL TO HEAL ON THE SABBATH DAYS? THAT THEY MIGHT ACCUSE HIM.”
1. Matthew is the only gospel writer who refers to the Pharisees’ question.
2. While someone could reason with surface reasoning that it was wrong to heal on the Sabbath, Jesus understood that a proper interpretation of the Law allowed for acts of mercy for the sick.
C. Their purpose was not for information.
1. It was to gather evidence against Jesus.
2. They were trying to be more careful, not attacking Jesus directly on this occasion, but asking what perceived as a loaded question.
D. Another contrast……
1. Their wickedness was beginning to anticipate the occasions that Jesus would exercise his goodness and mercy.

VERSE 11-“AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, WHAT MAN SHALL THERE BE AMONG YOU, THAT SHALL HAVE ONE SHEEP, AND IF IT FALL INTO A PIT ON THE SABBATH DAY, WILL HE NOT LAY HOLD ON IT, AND LIFT IT OUT?”

A. The Pharisees knew well the scriptures that allowed the Jews to rescue trapped animals.
1. Exodus 23:4,5.
2. Deuteronomy 22:4.
B. The Pharisees thought that it was lawful to come to the aid of a dumb animal, but one could not help a man, made in the image of God.
C. This revealed a carnal spirit among the Pharisees.
1. They were only interested in the outward appearance.
a. Matthew 23:25-28.
b. Mathew 15:2.
2. They would seek to cheat others.
a. Matthew 23:14.
b. Matthew 15:3-6.

VERSE 12-“HOW MUCH THEN IS A MAN BETTER THAN A SHEEP? WHEREFORE IT IS LAWFUL TO DO WELL ON THE SABBATH DAYS.”

A. Jesus used this “How much better” line of argument in Matthew 6:26ff.
B. “WHEREFORE IT IS LAWFUL TO DO WELL ON THE SABBATH DAYS.”
1. Again, Jesus says that he was not transgressing the Sabbath day law by doing good to someone in need.
2. This is not dealing with “excusable violations of the Sabbath” as some commentators contend.
a. It is never right to commit an evil act so that good may come.
1. Romans 3:8.

VERSE 13-“THEN HE SAID TO THE MAN, STRETCH FORTH YOUR HAND. AND HE STRETCHED IT FORTH: AND IT WAS RESTORED WHOLE, LIKE AS THE OTHER.”

A. We need to notice concerning Jesus healing of this man…….
1.It was instantaneous. It didn’t take a long process of time and faith.
2. There was no question concerning the validity of the miracle.
3. In fact, Jesus’ enemies never questioned that he performed the miracles that he did.
B. Concerning Jesus’ miracle……..
1. Jesus gave him back his health.
2. Jesus gave him back his wealth. Gave him back his ability to earn a living.
C. Jesus gave him back his self-respect. A man becomes a man again when, on his two feet and with his own two hands, he can face life and with independence provide for his own needs and for the needs of those dependent on him.
1. Jesus never backed away from the Pharisees and their allies.
2. Matthew 15:12-14.

VERSE 14-BUT THE PARISEES WENT OUT AND PLOTTED HOW THEY MIGHT KILL JESUS.

A. There is an obvious difference between Christ and the Pharisees on the Sabbath.
1.The Pharisees were not there to worship God. Their questions were not asked out of loving concern. They were there as accusing authorities who wanted to judge Christ by their own regulations.

B. At the time, the Jews had been compiling for a number of years a code of regulations by which they hoped to make it virtually impossible for a person to sin.
1.Eventually, there were 1,521 regulations just regarding keeping the Sabbath! These people did it in sincerity, a misdirected zeal.
2.What happened is that they turned the observance of the day into a legalistic ritual rather than a loving service toward God and fellow man.

C. The Pharisees plotted (trying to find a regulation against Jesus.) They would allow the rescue of a sheep on the Sabbath but not the rescue—through healing—of a human being.

VERSE 15- BUT WHEN JESUS KNEW IT, HE WITHDREW FROM THERE. AND GREAT MULTITUDES FOLLOWED HIM, AND HE HEALED THEM ALL.

A. The opposition of some of the Pharisees drove Jesus into semi-retirement for a little while. He was not seeking notoriety, and He was not about to provoke the Pharisees into a fight,
B. But the crowds followed Him and He healed them all.

VERSE 16- YET HE WARNED THEM NOT TO MAKE HIM KNOWN,

A. This charge was given, either to the multitude that followed Him, and were healed by Him, that when they returned to the respective places from where they came,
1. They would not make it known to His enemies where he was, and what He had done to them; being neither desirous of popular applause and glory, nor willing to provoke them more, nor to fall into their hands as yet;
B. In one incident Jesus intimated the unclean spirits, that they would not declare who He was, the Son of God, they confessed Him to be.
That they:
1. should neither tell where He was, nor who He was; and this charge was a very severe one; for the word signifies a charge with threatenings, should they not observe his order.

VERSE 17- THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY ISAIAH THE PROPHET SAYING:
VERSE 18- “HERE IS MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN, THE ONE I LOVE, IN WHOM I DELIGHT; I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT ON HIM, AND HE WILL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE NATIONS.”
VERSE 19- HE WILLL NOT QUARREL OR CRY OUT; NO ONE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS.
VERSE 20-A BRUISED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK, AND A SMOTHERING WICK HE WILL NOT SNUFF OUT, TILL HE HAS BROUGHT JUSTICE THROUGH VICTORY.
VERSE 21-IN HIS NAME THE NATIONS WILL PUT THEIR HOPE.

 

Next week we will explain verses 17-21.

We will continue with Les.5 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

DID YOU HEAR THAT?

Did You Hear That?

God Will Surprise You After Disappointment
By Miki Maynard

Don’t you love surprises? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Special events and seasons are a time when we might expect a surprise, but you know what? I have learned that God doesn’t need a special event or time to do something unexpected. I believe He certainly works in those times, and we like to come with expectant hearts. He is our good heavenly Father though, and He likes to do special things for His children whenever He wants to.

 

I hope what I share with you will encourage you if you have experienced something disappointing. A very difficult event in my life happened where I felt rejection and very misunderstood. I wanted to go to the mission field, and everything was in order.

I felt led by the Lord and doors were opened and confirmed His leading. It burned in my heart.

I gave away all I had, and my flight was arranged.
I wanted to serve the Lord so much and help people with acts of love. I had done it before and loved how it made me rely completely on the Lord and how I was able to serve and help people. I felt like I was making a difference in this world that can be so harsh and cruel.
I was so excited.

Then, the whole thing fell through. I was just crushed. Something went wrong. Call it persecution. Call it manipulation but ultimately, I was wronged by the enemy. After a while and some tears, I pushed it aside and was seeking Him. I was astonished at what happened next.

I was spending time with Him and worshipping. I paused, was relaxed, and resting in His presence.

Then it happened! I got surprised! I jolted up with shock! Picture this if you will as I ask, when you are surprised, what do you do? Do you drop your jaw, and lean forward, with one of those big expressions on your face and point? It’s like you can’t help it. It is just your reaction.

This was no exception. Even though I was alone in the room. I sat up, my jaw dropped open, I had a huge, shocked expression on my face and pointed. As if I was trying to show someone that wasn’t there what had just happened. “Did you hear that!?”

I kept pointing with my mouth open looking around. I looked this way, then that way, completely shocked by what the Lord just did.

I bet the Lord just laughed at my silliness!

The thing that takes this to a very special moment between Him and me, is what He said to me and how He said it.

I didn’t just hear this in my spirit. I literally heard Him. Audibly. Yes, I literally heard Him. Before this, I have never heard Him speak audibly. I bet you have! I was so astounded that it must have been hilarious to see. He spoke right into my ear. When I thought about it, he would have had to have been standing right next to me and leaning down. It was an energetic whisper with emphasis and very, very clear. You probably had this happen before, but I never have.

I could not believe that I actually heard Him speak to me. As it sank in, I felt so much joy and love.

So remember, I told you this was after a painful experience? It made me question my calling and ability to hear Him and follow Him (as trials do when they test us).

I have to say that what He did:
It wasn’t just the act that He did to reach out to me.
It wasn’t only the fact that it was a loving gesture.
It wasn’t just the fact that He was having fun.
It was a special effort to make a point.
On top of all of this, it is what He said.

The Lord was intentionally doing something here to communicate to me. So what did He say you ask?

He said my name: “Miki!”

This is what He says to YOU today. If you are disappointed, He says to you:

Put your name here: “_______! Do not fear,
for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by NAME:
you are Mine!
Isaiah 43:1 {Emphasis Mine}

He says to you today:

No good thing will I withhold from you. Expect surprises from Me. You are precious in My sight and as you walk with Me and choose Me, you can be reassured that nothing can snatch you out of my Hand. I call you by name: you are Mine!

John 10:28 says:

“My Father who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can seize them from the hand of my Father.”

IMPRECATORY PRAYER – PART 4

IMPRECATORY PRAYER – PART 4

ARE YOU ON YAHWEH’S SIDE

CHILDREN OF THE STATE

This is the fourth teaching on Imprecatory Prayer and I am leaning more and more on the them, to help me through each day without becoming a screaming maniac. It is amazing how many things have happened over the course of this last week, but just knowing through the imprecatory prayers I can war in the spirit realm and make a difference, has been incredible.

I can pray like David, Jesus, Paul and others did and release my feelings of abhorrence to the evil I am seeing in our Nation to Yahweh. This is definitely prophetic warfare on another level, which we really need right now!

It is interesting as I prayed, cried out and released my disgust to God, I found my peace returned. I think it is because I know He will do the right thing in the situation and I believe I am doing the right thing, by giving it to Him. What a trade off! Here take my Irritation, Aggravation, Frustration of the evil I am seeing and give me Peace and Joy. I like this.

This week Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) declared, “what any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.” Go look.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/03/01/nadler-on-equality-act-gods-will-is-no-concern-of-this-congress-n1429110

How hypocritical is it for a person/persons in our Congress, to arrogantly dismiss Yahweh from our Nation’s Capitol, while he is standing in front of a plaque on the wall saying, In God We Trust? It is dangerous when a person or governmental body removes Yahweh from our Nation and puts themselves in His place, thinking they are God. Thinking is not being.

I was horrified at this arrogance and blasphemy of Yahweh and was led to the imprecatory Psalm 59:12-13

For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter, consume them in wrath; consume them till they are no more, that they may know that God rules over Jacob to the ends of the earth. Selah Psalms 59:12-13 ESV

Now when I prayed this prayer, just like when David prayed, I realize the consequences, which will come from it are up to Yahweh, not me. He will do as He pleases. He may convert this person, He may remove him, He may restrain him, He may do whatever He pleases. It is all in His Hands, because He is the Sovereign God who’s the Judge of All the Earth. I just know I have to add my prayer, my part and co-labor with Yahweh.

After the prayer, I was feeling much better until, the stories of the mess at our southern borders began to come forth. What in the world is happening? President Trump had a deal with Mexico and the wall was almost finished. Now it appears the deal was cancelled and everything has exploded and 76,000 illegals crossed over our border in February and they are saying 2021 may see a million more.

Plus, we now have drug cartels using guns to shoot at our border patrols, and fight over bad drug deals and child trafficking. So what happened next? Someone in our administration has disarmed the border patrol and left them in harms way, with 3500 illegals a day being detained (where) and how many already crossed over?

The news media says huge numbers of unaccompanied minors at the border are surging and the political war rages over the treatment of these young children.

So, I am wondering, why are they letting all these children in with no parents? Who is going to raise them? Where are they going to live? And then, in my spirit I heard, “Children of the State.”

The picture here is of children being raised by ISIS
China does this too

Children of the State

Human Trafficking of Children – Sexual Perversion


Can you get a hold of this? At this time, they are now sending these kids to military bases in Virginia, California, Texas, Oklahoma and who knows where else and what are they going to do with them there? I might be crazy, but I am thinking they are going to feed them, clothe them, medically treat them, school them and indoctrinate them as “Children of the State. Who protects these children from the State?

The words of Chuck Schumer fell into my spirit. ‘Now we take Georgia, then we change the world’ And at another celebration, he slipped and said, “Now we take Georgia and then we change America.”

Socialistic professors have already indoctrinated over half the US colleges by removing our history, teaching sexual perversions, presenting an evil racist representation of our Nation, reduced men and women to being gender neutral and all hail Baal the god of abortion at anytime for anyone, at the expense of the American tax payer and in the face of Christians and Yahweh, who is the giver of life.

They have shut down the churches making us look as if we have no courage, voice or power to be dealt with and labeled us as religious fanatics, who need to be deprogramed and our kids should be taken away to be re-educated; by who, why The State, of course. They are replacing Yahweh and making the government the god over America, who will now supply everyone’s needs. Another check on the way.

Think I am kidding? Headlines today read: China proudly boasts, “China is Rising, American is Declining.” The world watches. Who is left to come against this invasion? Did you know China owns US land and some of our debt?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2017/03/26/the-future-chinas-rise-americas-decline/?sh=753026e3b2f6

If that is not enough, we now have a our Capitol surrounded by razor wire, walls, Capitol police, FBI, CIA and 10,000 or more National Guard, whom they are treating like dogs, all are contained in a massive cage. It is wise to remember a cage can keep people out, but it can also keep people in.

There is more, but hopefully by now you are taking another serious look at the imprecatory prayers. Remember the song, When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going? I believe we need to get Tough and Smart. The weapons of our warfare today have to be of the spirit, not carnal. And we have to become wise as serpents and meek as doves, like David was. He was a small shepherd boy with a slingshot and 5 stones who took down a 9 foot Giant, and he was fierce in his imprecatory prayers in the spirit to Yahweh.

David did not have a problem praying imprecatory prayers like the modern church today. Maybe it was because he was more sensitive to the horror of the sin and evil he was seeing and hearing words of blasphemy against Yahweh.

It should be frightening to think we, as the Body of Christ, with all our education and spiritual training and dedications, to think we can stand in the presence of evil and not be moved to pray as David did.

The motivation to pray Imprecatory prayers in our Nation today should be THE RED ALERT to stand on Yahweh’s side, release legislative prayers with zeal for God’s Righteousness, His Honor, His Reputation and His Kingdom to come, instead of willingly ignoring blasphemy and overlooking evil. Do we really love Yahweh and His Name or are we playing a church game?

Could our reaction to the imprecatory psalms be traced to the fact we love men/women and their favor, or our love for mammon, political world power and evil agendas and deviant sex more than we love God, His Righteousness and His Favor? By the way, who promises eternal life? Selah!

Thy Kingdom Come Father!!

David was a King, God’s representative on the earth, so an attack on him was in effect, an attack on God. David’s enemies were not his private opponents but adversaries of God. Was he perfect no, but he was not evil and he fought when enemies “spoke against God with malicious intent:

“your enemies take your name in vain! Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?” Psalm 139:20-21; Psalm 5:10 emphasis mine).

Imprecatory prayers are not used for the destruction of a personal enemy, but for the wicked and those who oppose God and His Ways.

David called for divine judgment so long as the enemies persisted in their rebellion and it is important to know – we love our enemies by praying for their repentance through these prayers, who knows, just like Saul, Yahshua may make the way for your worst enemy to be saved. Is that not a kind thing to do instead of just walking away and being silent?

However, if they consistently refuse, our only recourse is to pray that God’s judgment be full and fair. We are not helpless or powerless as the world thinks.

Even in the church today, there often comes a time in dealing with human sin when the Church and God has to withdraw their merciful hand and release the human heart to its chosen path. That is when we turn someone in sin over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh; so as to save their soul and to keep others from following them and their ways.

To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. I Corinthians 5:5. Notice this is the New Testament.

David was one who knew about having clean hands. He knew he needed spiritual protection lest he “hate” God’s enemies for “personal reasons.” That is why he concludes with Psalm 139 with the prayer that God purify his motives and protect his heart.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (vv. 23-24)

Therefore, when David speaks of “hatred” for those who oppose God’s kingdom, he is neither malicious nor bitter nor vindictive, nor moved by self-centered resentment. But he most certainly is jealous for God’s name and firmly at odds with those who blaspheme. He is on Yahweh’s side, just like we should be, no more waffling back and forth, choose who you will serve. Choose who you will spend eternity with.

I understand some will react to the harsh language, which is used in the imprecatory psalms, but I don’t want anyone to loose sight of what sin deserves and what Yahweh deserves.

Praying for God to punish the “wicked” is neither unloving nor vindictive, but a statement and expression of faith in Yahweh who judges justly. (1 Peter 2:23)

Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

That is not only talking the talk, but walking the talk.

Let the dry bones live and the righteous rise and take their place. This is the fight of our life and the fight for our Nation and our God Yahweh. Do not be lack in knowing how important your vote is for Yahweh, His Policies and the Directives in His Word.