Devotions and Lessons
Scripture of the Week:
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
Devotions and Lessons
Scripture of the Week:
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
This is the first Sunday of Pentecost. Pentecost is the day when the Holy Spirit came down and indwelled in the Apostles. But there is much more to this day than many understand. When we look a little deeper, we can see the truth behind that day. From the interpretations of this day, many different denominations find different ways of celebrating. In fact, certain beliefs came from this very day.
To get a little background we need to go back to the time when Moses was speaking to the Israelites and presenting what pleased God. Some of those things were the Festivals that coincided with the time of the year and phases of the moon.
“Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field….
“‘On the day of firstfruits, when you present to the Lord an offering of new grain during the Festival of Weeks, hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. Numbers 28:26
The festivals became a time where everyone gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate and sacrifice. The firstfruits of the harvest were brought to the Priests as an offering to God in thanksgiving and praise for the food God has provided. So, the Jews and Proselytes from many nations were in Jerusalem. But this day, just over 2000 years ago, was different.
While Jesus was still in the flesh He told the Disciples, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26 At the time of the Festival of Harvest, on the day of firstfruits, approximately 50 days after Jesus had died on the Cross, the Advocate arrived.
The Festival of Pentecost as it is known by Christians is a wonderful day. Since there were many people who spoke different languages in the area an amazing event took place. The Holy Spirit indwelled the Apostles and they were able to be understood by all people who were in the crowd that day. Some folks believe this to be the point where speaking in tongues came from but if you can see clearly in the eyes of your heart you will see that this was the day that began the reversal of the dispersion of the nations and the confusion of languages that occurred in Babel. The Holy Spirit opened the ears and hearts of all present to hear and understand the Gospel of the Truth.
It was this time when 5000 Jews, Proselytes, and even some Roman soldiers came to know Christ and were baptized in the truth of the Word. What a wonderful moment that must have been. These were the firstfruits of the Holy Spirit. The beginning of the message of God through Christ to the world. Because of this, humanity with all its ethnicities and nations were gathered. The Holy Spirit moved to bring God’s Children together and for a moment there was peace.
God revealed Himself to the Hebrews then the Israelites in many forms. Then when the time was right, He came to us as the Word made Flesh we know as Jesus the Messiah. Once that mission was complete and we were reconciled through the sacrifice of His Son, the world still needed someone to guide us. Jesus had commanded that we be baptized in the name of the Triune God and when that occurs, we will have the Holy Spirit to guide us on our journey through life. We reveal the Love of God through our actions and words that are designed by our faith. Our faith, our trust in God is what guides the things we do and the words we speak. This is what will heal the world.
Right now, the world needs more than just prayer, it needs to see our faith in action. We need to reveal God to the world by working with the world to show the truth. When we do, we will be able to:
“Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in your crops from the field. Exodus 23:16 (continued)
The Ingathering of the world in Christ is the goal. Are you willing to be the living sacrifice and show the world who God is? It is time for the reveal, let God’s Love shower the world.
In God’s Arms
Rob, His Servant
This morning I opened one of my books that had sermons from W. Herschel Ford and he reminded me of a quote, "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Saint upon his knees". How often are we that weak saint who in desperation recognizes that they have been trampled on by the Adversary, gets on bended knee and confesses the whole heart to God. These days that happens far too often because the world is in the way.
Return to the Heart of Worship
How do we start, we start in the heart and mind when we see our faith flutter and repent. As easy as it sounds it isn't. When the devil has a firm grip on your spirit and the foot is heavily weighing on your back, he has you right where he wants you. You find that all these distractions are too much and the business of life in the world takes over the business of the Father.
The simplest way to return to the Heart of Worship is not through song as many seem to believe these days but the confession of the disobedient heart through prayer. The simplest definition of prayer is talking to God but it is more than that. Prayer is clearing the mind of the daily rush of life and listening to what the heart cries out to God.
Once the heart is prepared then return to the Word by reading the Scripture (that is, the Old Testament) and focus on where God leads you to help you understand Him more. After this you are ready to sing His praises and worship Him through song. But not so fast, you are not ready for the worship songs of today.
Church goers of today's more modern gatherings have no clue what a Hymnal is. The Hymnal is a book of songs, Scripture, and prayers that are truly songs of worship and praise. The songs within are developmental songs which guide the heart and mind to full devotion of the Father. read and listen to the songs found in the Hymnal and compare them to today's songs. You will notice a difference.
Get on Those Knees?
Getting on the knee is a sign of submission to the Father. The Bible tells us of many ways to pray from standing with hands in the air and looking up, to a fully prostrate position where the body lies face down. In weakness of body and spirit many need to remember this. Different types of prayer call for different ways of the body. In humility no matter the rest of the body, our heads are bowed and our hands clasped with tips of fingers touching the first knuckle of the opposite hand. In praise our hands are raised to heaven and we look up to see God. But what about that knee?
We get down on our knees and humble ourselves when we know that God has our hearts and gives us the strength to partially stand in our moment of weakness. This tells Satan that he does not have control and God is living within us. In doing this we submit our weakness to God but show strength to our Adversary. He knows he cannot have us.
Show Satan Who is the Boss
Brothers and Sisters, we can show Satan that God is our Strength when he tries to hold us down. Our lives are not our own which is what Satan wants us to think. He wants us to feel like total failures or he wants us to succeed and give God none of the glory. We can defeat him but only on bended knee can we show who is truly our Lord and Savior.
Pray, that today Satan recognizes that we will stand firm on the Word of God and cannot be shaken. Pray, that the world recognizes God as true ruler of this world. Hope, that the world will come to know God and see the error of its ways. May God Bless you today and every day.
In His Love,
Rob, Servant of God
Remember back when we were young our parents gave us some advice. Once we hit young adulthood some of those lessons stayed and some went out the window. Proverbs 22:6 reminds us that we should teach the youth the way they should go so when they are older they will remember. Here are a few that some forgot:
If you are thankful, show it
If you love someone, tell them
If you're wrong, fess up
If you're confused, ask questions
If you learn something, teach others
If you're stuck, ask for help
If you made a mistake, apologize
If you trip and fall, get back up
If someone needs help, help them
If you see wrong, take a stance
Now I could go on and on about many of these but there is something very familiar about each one. Is there not a Scripture that goes along with each one? Simple things that we tell our children are good things to know as we get older. The other part of these lessons are they are all good common sense things to know.
Here are some lessons that we need to remember as adults:
Do not take out your anger on a person that is not the cause of your aggravation
Always practice good hygiene, you never know who you are going to meet
Treat all people the way you want to be treated
If you make a statement be ready to back it up
If you lie to get your way, the truth will eventually come out
If you want to lead, be a follower
If you share guidance, be the example and follow it yourself
If we follow these we are also following the rules, statutes and guidance that God has given us through the Law, the prophets, and Jesus. There are many other lessons but right now we need to concentrate on these to make it through this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19.
Let's all get along, this is almost done. the time will come when decisions will have to made that will upset many people. Keep cool heads and do as God the Father commands us to do. Watch out for people or a person that has great ideas that will solve the crisis, there will be a price (some of the ideas we are all already paying for). Keep God's Word on your heart and look at things with discerning eyes.
In the Father's Loving Arms
Rob, Servant of God
There are so many prophesies around the world in different religious and civilization belief systems that no one can be sure what is true. The truth is, we are not supposed to know the time or date but we are given signs in the heavens that prepare us for it. We also receive signs on the earth. One of the signs talks about pestilence and disease. This is our current state.
The world has gone through many plagues in its history and humans have fought each one in one way shape or form by either letting it run its course or finding ways to stem the effects which cause the sickness and deaths. Our current coronavirus (a common cold) started in the respiratory system and is now mutated enough that there is no way to keep up with the damage it can do to our bodies. It is even finding ways to take our children. I really hate to say this but did we have it coming?
God Punishes to Show His Power
Many times in Scripture, God uses the earth’s defenses to remind us who is boss. He took the Egyptians down so that the Pharaoh would release the Hebrews. He caused pestilence on His chosen Israel when they sinned (numerous times). He has wiped out entire people groups for their disobedience.
Revelation May Not Be a Single Short Period
When we look into Revelation how certain can we be that everything is going to happen in quick succession. Every plague up to now has hit certain bodily functions and stayed local to those systems. Every time there was a chance, people were told to isolate just like we are now. Back then, people listened but now, the Adversary has so many people in his grasp that we are helping this one spread and find new ways of killing us.
Since the time of the writing there was the Plague of Justinian, The Black Death, Bubonic Plague, Cholera, Ebola Virus, and Spanish Flu. There have been diseases like small pox, measles, anthrax, and rubella, to name a few. Ladies and gentlemen, Corona Virus:
Human Coronavirus Types
Scientists have divided coronaviruses into four sub-groupings, called alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Seven of these viruses can infect people. The four common ones are:
The number seven, in gematria, is related to the Creation of the world. It is the most powerful number and has been used in so many good ways. There are seven days in a week. There are seven attributes to physicality (height, width, depth, top and bottom, front and back, left and right, and the total connection of the six). There are seven notes to an octave (the eighth note is a repeat of the first at the next tone). The seven notes correspond to seven colors:
So why is it the number associated with the sadness of “Tribulation”?
Seven years, seven trumpets, seven lamp posts, seven plagues. Those are found in the time before the return of Jesus. Seven years Satan will control then be locked away. Seven physical years? Maybe not.
What is the importance of all this. If seven in creation and connection in the physical reality, would not God use that to prepare us for the reality of the Spirit?
Seven Types That Harm Us
If there are seven types that harm us would not the seventh be a completion of all the areas affected? What is happening now is that this virus has affected the body as a whole and there is no telling where this will end. Could it be that the trumpet has sounded?
Corona’s Numerical Value
The numerical value of the word Corona (קורונה) is 367. There are many word combinations with the same numerical value, yes, but the one that immediately out is the expression “Messiah, Come” (משיח בוא) which also equals 367. Why is this significant? Is this not the prayer of many people right now? So many people looking for answers and look in the wrong place. They seek physical healing when their spirit is what needs the doctor.
This virus, if my theory is correct, will affect all of humanity and be responsible for the death of one-third of mankind. Most of us have followed the authorities appointed over us as Jesus told us to do but there are many who deny authority. Brothers and Sisters it is a time for true discernment. There are questions that must be asked but we have to put our personal, human needs and desires aside if we are going to beat this.
Can we live how we were living to a certain extent? Yes and No. Can we survive with the conveniences and things that take our attention away from God and our mission? Not really. Do we have to make amends and repent? Yes. Can we continue in our sinfulness? No.
The one thing that will save us is truth in repentance and doing as the Lord God commanded us to do. We need to remember the teachings of Jesus who was the truth of the Word and not confuse them with the man made perversions of the times. Keep His Word on our hearts and look at the world through the eyes of the Spirit.
Remember this is a theory from research and does not constitute prophesy. I am no prophet but a learner and follower of God’s Word. If He gives me words to speak then I will speak them. I am unimportant but God and His Word are Eternal.
Rob, Servant of Our Father
God provides joy in our lives but some people have to wait almost a lifetime to receive it. For Elizabeth, relative of Mary and wife to Zechariah a priest, it was a child. She was in her 80s when she gave birth to John and it was all about God’s timing.
The Visit and Announcement
Zechariah was in his term of entering the innermost part of the Temple when he was visited and told about his future son. Of course he did not believe this because he was way too old to be a father much less Elizabeth being well past her birthing years. So the messenger made him mute. In fact, he was not even able to tell Elizabeth that she would be with child. What a surprise that was going to be.
Both Zechariah and Elizabeth were Levites so to be barren and no heir meant that they were looked down upon by all. It was considered a disgrace not to have children especially being a daughter of a priest so to be told about having a child at that late age would have been seen as a joke. When she announced her pregnancy there must have been many controversies and naysayers especially since Zechariah was deaf and mute. But God has a plan.
Mary Seeks Refuge
Elizabeth was six months along when Mary came to visit. Mary was just barely into her first term and sought protection being an unwed pregnant youth. The story goes that at the first meeting, John lept with excitement in Elizabeth’s womb so she knew there was something special about both children. Mary is immediately taken in until the decree for a census had been given.
Elizabeth, Mother of John
Mary was there for the birth of John and then was whisked away for the next miraculous birth to occur. During this time Zechariah was given his hearing and his speech back but had to remain silent about the coming birth of Jesus. What a blessing and a curse. It must have been hard for both of them. Zechariah did not live much longer and Elizabeth died while John was still young but understood his mission. I imagine that Elizabeth was able to see the truth of things before she died but imagine the joy that she must have known and the peace she received.
Mother of the Pronouncer of Truth
Elizabeth bore John who would become the one who introduced Jesus to Israel through baptism. She became the mother of the one who would cry in the desert wilderness for the Lamb of God, the Word in the Flesh. It would be John who was given the opportunity to pave the way for the repentance of man through cleansing and it was his mission to announce Jesus’ arrival.
Elizabeth was a barren woman used by God to bring forth the man would be called John the Baptist.
Heavenly Father, Gracious Lord, If it be Thy Will, bless those who are barren so they may conceive. Bless those who have had children so that they bring the child up in Your ways and not the ways of the world. Guide all parents to be after Your heart and fill the children with Your Word. In this time of pain, suffering, and many unknowns, be with us and fill us with the Hope that You are beside us and have not left us to the devil’s enjoyment. Thank You Father for Your Son. Thank You for John, Thank You for Mary and Elizabeth. In Jesus we ask these things. Amen.
How lonely sits the city that was full of people!
How like a widow has she become, she who was great among the nations!
She who was a princess among the provinces has become a slave.
2 She weeps bitterly in the night,with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers
she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
they have become her enemies. Lamentations 1:1-2
How familiar this sounds in the world today. For a small fraction of time the roads and streets were empty and places were teeming with life not human. We had become slaves to those in authority over us. Neighbor was against neighbor and so many were hoarding things that many need down to the simplest hygiene items. Control measures were put in place yet there were many who disregarded the warnings only to find out they had become sick and infected their own families causing some of them to die. What we are living in sounds like one of the pandemic movies, but here, people do not come back to be seen again in some other feature, they are gone.
How did this happen? Our world is full of those who want total control and to do so must control the population through fear. Once they smell fear, they are like ravenous wolves coming in for the slaughter of the meek, innocent, and broken. Satan is not using one person but many to incite this fear of the unknown to maintain control and remove the things we have taken for granted and those that are our God given rights. He has made us slaves and uses his minions to keep many at bay.
What Satan does not want to believe is that there are those of us who will not give in to the false fear because we have reverent fear of God. We know that if we disobey then we will be separated. We know that there is only one who can save us from the eternal damnation and that is God.
God sent His Word down in the flesh to us so that we would turn back to God and be saved from death. Many listened and the powers that be back then hid the true purpose only to instruments in God's Plan. Every Word in Scripture rings of truth and it is up to us to listen, hear it, believe and obey. Still many do not want to believe and will stop at nothing to make us suffer. They do not see that their purpose has already been written and confirmed by God.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we are God's Children for He created us. He chose a nation and they did their part and are still part of the plan. We need to do our part as the Great Commission tells us by spreading God's Word and the sacrifice He made through His Son so that we may live. With the Holy Spirit we can win battles on earth that are echoed for our spirits in Heaven.
Do not give into this fear and Keep God's Word on your heart. Love all because God Loves all of us. Be safe and follow the Laws of God, Noah, and Moses which were reemphasized and taught by Jesus. Do not give in but give all Glory to God, the Father, Creator of Heaven and earth.
Using the Orthodox Jewish Bible we see the Lord's answer to how we should pray:
Avinu shbaShomayim (Our Father in heaven), yitkadash shmecha (hallowed be your Name).
10 Tavo malchutechah (Thy Kingdom come) Ye’aseh rtzonechah (Thy will be done) kmoh vaShomayim ken baaretz (on earth as it is in heaven).
11 Es lechem chukeinu ten lanu hayom (Give us today our daily bread),
12 u-slach lanu es chovoteinu kaasher salachnu (and forgive us our debts as we forgive) gam anachnu lachayaveinu (also our debtors).
13 V’al tvi’einu lidey nisayon (And lead us not into temptation) ki im chaltzeinu min harah (but deliver us from evil). [Ki l’chah hamamlachah (for thine is the Kingdom) vhagvurah (and the power) vhatiferet (and the glory) l’olmei olamim (forever). Omein]
Our backyard has become a sanctuary for birds and squirrels as of late. We have begun placing bird seed with nuts and other things for them to eat in various places in our fenced in backyard. These creatures that God hath made are a site to see. Many types of birds have come to visit. From Blue Jays and Cardinals to Doves, Robins, and Finches, we have a sanctuary for them to feed and nest in. The squirrels have grown from three to eleven as of this morning and even though they sometimes fight, they sit and eat as a community. Our dog Lili, a pug terrier mix, does not bother them but occasionally patrols the area and the others somehow know not to fear her. This is how it is supposed to be.
How beautiful is God's World in which He placed us to watch over and cultivate. We are to live with the land not against it yet too many abuse the material resources from the earth that makes it impossible for the earth to rejuvenate itself. How much easier it would be if we did not poison the earth with so many emissions and man made chemicals so we could live without fear.
Occasionally, God steps in and halts man from doing things but some men see the opportunity for control. That is the current state all over the earth. Basic human rights are being stripped away. The family and friend gatherings are being broken down and minds are being programmed to believe certain people in the government have total power over our lives.
Children of God, we need to take back His world. We cannot sit quietly and beg for mercy from persons who cannot give what they themselves have not received. There are certain men and women who are abusing their authority and they must be stopped.
The Children of God should prepare the Way of the Lord. How do we do this? There is a call for repentance all over the world. The Hebrew word is Teshuvah, the Arabic word is Tawba. The Chinese word is Huǐgǎi, in German it is Buße. I could go on and on but you see, all around the world there is a word for repentance so we need to tell them it is time to recognize our wrongdoing and repent for our sins. Seek the problem and fix it.
We can defeat evil but only through the power of the Holy Spirit. I will no longer be quiet. We must return to God.
The messages on the blogs written on this page are within biblical adherence. Though the Scriptures listed in the blogs are directly from the Bible and other related religious writings the explanations and interpretations are in line with Biblical thinking as it relates to today’s world. The use of historical facts are to assist in the validity of the writings. The main writer of this blog site is an Ordained minister in one denomination though the views are related to all denominations so if something is said that does not fall in line with your denominational background, pray for personal discernment and understanding.