The Summer Solstice: May the Lord Bless & Keep You, Making His Face Shine Upon You(AKA Trusting, Hoping, and Loving in the Lord)

June 21, 2018

Recently we had our summer solstice! What does that mean exactly?!? Yes, the first day of summer, the longest day of the year, yada, yada, yada! But seriously, what does it really mean? Humor me here; those that know me, know I am a teacher, I love to learn, I love to share, I love all things geeky/nerdy like math, science, reading, writing, history, well, OK, all things schoolish! Evidence of this is in the creation of this diagram! Go ahead, laugh out loud and shake your head at me now! 🙂 

With that said, let’s just start at the beginning…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth Gen. 1:1

In the beginning, Lord, You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Heb 1:10

By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place. Prov. 3:19 

God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, Gen 1:17

Ok, I think you get the idea…a solstice, like everything else in this glorious world, is the creative and purposeful handiwork of the Lord, God Almighty! 

The summer solstice is the only day each year…starting at 6:07AM EST on June 21st this year to be exact…where the sun shines most directly and is the closest to the Northern Hemisphere. The only day of our year that gets the most heavenly light and warmth shined down for the longest period of time! Reminds me of the Lord and how He shines down upon us!

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. Num. 6:24-26

Think about how you approach God, His Throne, preparing to encounter His Presence. Do you stand tall and proud with eyes straight forward? NO! You come with head and neck bowed, sometimes even knelt or laid out on the floor. You are positioned and so is the sun; it’s tilted, angled, postured if you will. 

During the summer months, the earth leans towards the sun at an angle, allowing for a more direct hit of sunlight on the North Pole and Northern Hemisphere. As we posture our heads and necks to bow before Him and He shines His face down upon our heads, He shines directly in our face from His face; we stand face to face with God! During the summer solstice, the sun shines on the entirety of the earth’s head and directly in the face of North America from the face of the sun. 

But the sun is hot, no not just hot but blazing, boiling, scorching! To say it is burning is an understatement. It can instantly kill any living thing that even gets close without touching. But it’s intense heat is for a purpose; the vast and complex nature of our galaxy needs it. That’s why the earth is in an orbit, not only revolving around the sun but rotating as a planet. Perfectly positioned by God’s creative design! All to protect us! Coming face to face with Him has the same dimensions as the earth’s positioning to the sun! 

Jacob named the place Peniel (God’s Face) because, he said, “I saw God face-to-face and lived to tell the story! Genesis 32:30
On earth, we experience the sun in different ways or seasons. Each area of the earth gets their time to share in God’s love and creativity and be shined upon in this same light. In fact, our days are earmarked in humanly measured time or chronos in terms of times of the year, but in Godly time or kairos (eternal time), this all happens simultaneously, being omni-present, and in waves of His Glory! 

The Bible beautifully illustrates this with the four living creatures as they worship the Lord! I believe that each time God’s Face is directly upon them, they see a new facet and experience God at a deeper level for a longer duration then the times before. They outwardly express this by crying out, “Holy, Holy, Holy! His glory fills all the earth!” His Light, His Presence is present simultaneously throughout the entire heavenly universe! So much so, that it rocks their inner core to shout to the point their door posts and thresholds shake and their temple fills with smoke! (Isaiah 6:2-4)

Hmmm…let’s stop here…if smoke is present, so must be fire…smoke follows fire! If there is fire, something is burning! What does fire burn? Whatever is combustible or temporal! Something in the temple is burning, on fire, producing smoke. Stay with me here. 

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. Acts 17:24

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? I Cor. 3:16

If we are the temple, then what in us is burning when face to face with God? Anything temporal! God is NOT temporal but eternal! Anything not of Him or His Word must GO!

Why burning? Burning is used as a purification process! Think about mining of pure metals like gold or silver. It doesn’t come out of the earth all shiny and pure; it’s heated in the smelting process. As heat is applied, the impurities start to separate. It’s not just the presence of the heat, however, and the separating of the pure from the impure. Both are still present during this physical change of the process. There also must be an infusing of another component or agent to create a chemical change in the impurities, so they can be permanently removed and discarded. 
A physical change is just a separation or recognition of all the parts within and represents the recognition of something not of God, but it’s the chemical change where a new and better substance is created that permanently removes and purifies it from the heart, from the soul. The Holy Spirit comes in to burn, but it’s the Love of God that chemically dissipates the impurities or turns it to slag to be forever separated from your midst. If we are not at the point of recognizing the parts that make up our being, seeing the imperfections God wants us to deal with, applying the heat or too much of it can be harmful. 
When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. 1 Corinthians 13:11-13

Back to the solstice. Above we mentioned it being a time of the year. In this earthly calendar time, I think that the summer solstice for North America falling at the fourteen day mark leading up to the celebration of the USA’s independence is NOT a coincidence! I love numbers and their meanings, so let’s do a quick number study on fourteen

In the sense of numbers and meanings, God loves to multiply! Fourteen, being a multiple of seven, alludes to a double portion of seven. Seven is the foundation of God’s Word and symbolizes a completing and perfecting in both the physical and spiritual. It is used 735 times (54 in Revelations alone). If we include sevenfold and seventh, the total jumps up to 860 references. Two is also the factor that double portions seven into fourteen and represents union, as in marriage between husband & wife and between Christ & His church. Adam brought about sin and destruction, separating man from God, but Christ, being the second Adam, brought hope, resurrection, and eternal life. God’s ultimate perfection and completion of His Word is the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, so we can live eternally with Him!

We started with two factors of fourteen, so now let’s look at the number in its wholeness. Fourteen represents deliverance and salvation. The fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover, when God delivered the firstborn of Israel from death. Over 400 years before that, on the night of the fourteenth day of the first month, God made two covenant promises to Abraham, a physical son, Isaac, and his descendants, and a spiritual offspring, Jesus, and the sons of God who would come through Him and shine like the stars in heaven (Matthew 13:43). Through this lineage came three sets of fourteen generations between and including Abraham to Joseph. Three also means completeness.

I believe God earmarked this time of our year, the summer solstice, from the beginning of time for the promise of freedom, the fulfillment of that freedom, and the remembering and honoring of God’s mighty work in freedom from the past, in the present and for the future! On the Fourth of July, we enjoy family, friends, good food, the outdoors, etc, but do we really celebrate and honor what the day truly means? I know I take the holiday for granted in so many ways and last night was pleasantly brought back to a spirit of prayer for our nation- everything within it, from the country itself to the people within our borders to our local, state, national, political, spiritual, etc. leaders to our freedoms & opportunities to our generations, history, & diversity that it contains.

Now let’s now look at the meaning of the word solstice. Solstice comes from the Latin word solistitium which means the point at which the sun seems to stand still, especially in the summer! Sol- is the sun; sistere (past tense) means to stand still or take a stand, as well as to set, place, or cause to stand; and the root si, st, sta also means to stand plus to make or be firm. 

It is time, as believers, that we take a stand, stand still, posture ourselves, bend towards the Lord in prayer and thanksgiving for our nation and what He has purposed for us, has already done in our country, and is yet to fulfill here in the land of the free and home of the brave!

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is LOVE. 1 Corinthians 13:11-13

Remember this scripture from above? Look at the latter part of it…we have three (means completeness) things to do…1) Trust God; 2) Hope Unwaveringly; and 3) Love extravagantly! He even pointed out that the BEST or ABOVE ALL is the LOVING!!!

We cannot tackle the issues and problems of this country, nor the world, within the confines of our human nature or our humanly designed structures! Our government and the leaders within it have a monumental calling to fulfill, not just for the people, but ultimately for God’s divine plan. We cannot look to them as the answer! BUT! We can PRAY!

Yet, it’s so very hard to know what to pray. So many levels, so many facets. Nothing seems black and white anymore, right seems wrong and wrong seems right. That’s where we don’t have to figure it all out but trust, hope, and love in God! We must pray and intercede and allow the Holy Spirit to SUPER-intercede on our behalf!

And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to super-intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words. Romans 8:26
This all starts and ends with knowing Him intimately! At the top of this read, we saw that it’s God’s wisdom that planned and set forth the foundations of this earth! Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement and the soundness of an action or decision based on experience, knowledge, and good judgement. The word wisdom comes from the Greek word sophran, which means self-controlled and from the German word Weissmuller, meaning precedent. 

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14

We are living in a time where earthly vessels that consider themselves wise are leaders making decisions, setting precedents, without being self-controlled. These are leaders in what’s regarded as the greatest independent nation in the world. Independence is being free from outside control; if another isn’t in control of us, we must be…hence using self-control becoming a necessity. 

Be careful how you live, not like those without understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for His purposes! Eph 5:15-16

But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are His. Job 12:13 (Another translation ends this verse wth ‘from Him, we learn how to live and what to live for’.)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Psalm 1:7

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. Prov. 2:6

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom and gains understanding. Prov. 3:13

I could go on and on with scripture after scripture on wisdom. He holds true wisdom and power to gain counsel and understanding in order to know how to live and what to live for. If wisdom begins with fear of the Lord, what does that mean? 

Think of a great earthly father…the fear you have in him is not in being scared per say, but in loving him so much, you respect him, listen to him, head to his advice and directives, learn from, and accept correction. You don’t want to disappoint him, but if you do, you try your darnedest to not do it again. 

If the Lord then gives wisdom from His mouth, where does that come from? The Word, Prayer, Worship. Through this relationship of communing with God, listening to his instruction, and heading to it, then we will see the blessings we desire. Remember, we are to TRUST, HOPE, and LOVE in God!!!

If you remain silent at this time…deliverance and relief/rescue will rise from another place…you have come to this time/place for such a time as this. Esther 4:14

Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in all the earth. Psalm 46:10

In conclusion, I’m reminded of Uncle Ben’s advice to Peter Parker in Spider Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Freedom is a power, an empowerment, requiring much responsibility. We have not just a responsibility, but we have the POWER to pray and uphold our nation, the leaders and people within and around our borders (physically and spiritually- it’s a global thing). Let’s set a precedent to not react to the things of this world but to pray and give thanks unceasingly. Even if the natural eyes see the opposite, thank God for a change back to Him. Pray His will be done on earth and it is in Heaven! Let’s TRUST, HOPE, and LOVE together in Him!

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A Morning’s Joy

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Dear Mr. Taylor

Our Story from Today’s Letters inspired me today. Reflecting on all my deepest gratitude, love, and admiration for the gift I have in my love brought such joy, I just couldn’t contain it! Therefore, I wrote my own letter…

Dear Mr. Taylor,

Some 6032 days ago, one simple act confirmed a love that neither of us looked for, nor expected. Thus, it confounded our minds and sent us on a perpetual roller coaster thrill ride from the moment it began.

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That’s 16 years, 6 months, 6 days…
…198 months…
…861 weeks….
…6032 days…
…144,768 hours…
…8,686,080 minutes…
…521,164,800 seconds…

Ok, so who’s counting? 🙂

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If I could go back to that first day, I would start writing a letter each and every day. But alas, modern day science/technology has not yet perfected time travel, nor the warp speed needed to venture on such a grandiose sci-fi voyage.

Therefore, why put off ’til tomorrow what one can accomplish today!

Love struck,
Your Ever-Smitten Wife

Dear Bean,

Those golden nuggets of, intellectual yet completely random, tidbits of knowledge mixed with the highly sarcastic, slightly (cough, cough) cynical humor absolutely astounds me!

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Each day, I find I am learning more and more, not just from you, but about you! Your interests, desires, thought processes, it just never ends!

Forever lost in Beantopia,
Your Life Long Learner

Dear Jason,

From before the moment of conception, your life was predestined for greatness! The mere obstacle of life itself, continued and brought forth through the tenacity of your praying momma, speaks volumes in terms of destiny. Even at the mention of your name, Jason…it whispers the Healer, the Lord is Salvation! It’s Him, Christ [the Healer, the Healing] that’s in you, the hope of glory!

In the Bible, Jason was a Christian living in Thessalonica. He gave shelter to Paul and Simon at his house.

Jason is a variant of Joshua, attendant, helper to Moses during the Israelites’ 40-year trek through the wilderness. He was appointed by God to lead the Israelites after the death of Moses.

What’s in you, the healing, is to not just manifest in your life, but flows through you to aid and assist others in bringing about the healing in them through Christ Jesus.

I believe in you and your life, just as God ordained it and your mother prayed it into reality!

Your greatness continues on, my love!

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With utmost esteem & expectation,
Your Praying, Believing Helpmate

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A Daily Picturesque Eucharisteo Encounter

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Really, it’s no secret…1000 Gifts, A Holy Experience, Ann Voskamp, quite simply, or shall I say simplistically, rocking my existence beyond imagination.

Words of a life…no, no…Words of LIFE breathing a culture of Eucharisteo into a tangible lifestyle. One seen, touched, heard, smelled, tasted.

Ahhh…TASTE and SEE that the LORD is GOOD indeed!

Hmmmm….How good? Beyond measure, yes, but HOW good? HOW does He show His Goodness?

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The Word, oh the wonderful Word, tells to TASTE and SEE! Look around, taste His goodness in your life, see what He is doing, in every moment, in every day!

“O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34:8 AMP)

Then write, yes, record these moments, these reminders, that add quickly to 1000 Gifts and more. Some longer, some shorter, many serious, yet others quite hilarious. Just get them down. Once you start, you will know why…

“Then [Ezra] told them, Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.” (Nehemiah 8:10 AMP)

Sing it with me now…The joy of the Lord is my strength. Eat the fat and drink the sweet; send portions to them who are weak. The joy of the Lord is my strength!…Love that song!!!

The joy…oh the joy of the Lord is MY strength. No one can take my joy! Oh, say it again…NO ONE can take MY JOY!!!

Life happens, yes it really does, sometimes much to our dismay. It shields, blocks, impairs from seeing. But wait..where’s my list! Yes! I have my list! (Just keeping it real, my friend, keeping it real!) 🙂

And yet before the blink of an eye, the moment is gone, so the memory, and then life…so savor the experience in these moments. Yes, the experience, oft turned to process, the making of life, of memories, of character.

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WORD!!!

Sitting down, ready to write. Yes, finally ready to write. Months gone by and nothing.Sounds so simple, so easy, yet one of the hardest things lately. Some ask if an expert. Cringing at the mere thought of the grandiose appellation, all the while refuting any claim for fear of life-long-learning ceased.  Prefer it more a desire, a passion, somewhat a talent, maybe even a suggestive calling per say. Matters not which, pure enjoyment fuels the intrigue.

Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4

Why then, does it become so darn hard!?! A question frequently asked in mere intellectual capacity. Yet, a different response given in this instance. A subtle awakening elucidates. Nothing new, simply yet complexly, something awakened, aroused, stirred, to the point of not just desiring but insatiably craving more.

5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

A mere written word desired…a mere written word asked…a mere spoken word given…What was this word?…The WORD!

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matthew 7:7

Often, so easily, yet subtly, distracted. Caught up in this world of business, more plainly, busy-ness. Certainly not solitudinal in this trap, in fact humoring not the lying tempt to deceit as so. Boldly speaking, one of the worst snares Christ-born humanity encounters, beyond temptation to blatantly sin, yet sin in itself.  A lack of understanding perhaps, excuses surmounting an understanding, logical reasoning justifying excuses, whatever it may be, sin is sin. Therefore, repentance beckons.

Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.  Psalm 119:11

Often spending time praying, worshipping, giving thanks, all as the day progresses.

Wow! Even typing that sounds so insignificant…As the day progresses

Not stopping, not taking time, or stated correctly, taking the right time, to physically stop in what surrounds or even put down what occupies the time, and picking up the Word of God and purposefully laying it within the heart, so as to possibly not sin against Him.

Possibly not sin against Him? 

Even having all the Word within, sin may still occur! Ahhh, yes, still mankind, sinful in nature. Christ born and died for these sins, for sanctification NOT justification. Taking not the identity of the sinner but recognizing a path from which brought and the reality of what may lie ahead if not careful. Therefore, necessitating the need for the Word, living, breathing, and hidden within the deepest depths of the soul. Once again, never professing an expert, yet continually relying upon the Word and its mysteries woven within, growing and deepening the understanding, the need, the desire to know and want more.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Yes! The Word! Receiving it often. Continually listening to renowned anointed preachers, teachers, apostles, prophets, evangelists…even reading a multitude of revelatory books written. Each one God inspired…yes…each one rich in the Word…yes…each one a primary source document…(hear the sound of coming to a screeching halt).

Momentarily switching hats, teacher apparel adorned. Primary source documents, preferred sources of reference in any area of study, first hand, original accounts of historical or personal encounters and events, the most vital evidence of existence or occurrence.  Hmmm… Think telephone game. Hearing something from the originator depletes the likelihood for misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Hence, the general rule when doing research is to find an original source of information that authenticates any secondary sources. Unfounded sources  considered not valid, nor reliable.

Hat swap. Back to the writer and The Word.  Think about the original encounters and occurrences of God…the beginning, creation…and the original source?  THE BIBLE!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

The Word…not just the written oracle of God, but God, Himself. The answer; thepredictor; the prophecy of what was, what is, and what is to come, forever. FOREVER, that’s without ceasing, non-stopping…for ETERNITY, well before and well after a minute humanistic lifetime. Therefore, The WORD of GOD, the BIBLE, must validate any other information!

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Corinthians 4:1

Yes, the Word is a complete MYSTERY, but a mystery to be revealed, unveiled, and found through living in Him! Practiced in daily life and shared among all the nations! Each to the stewardship of His Word will give an account.

Back up a bit and look closer at Psalm 119, addressing the need for God’s Word as a plum line for this stewardship.

9How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed and keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to it].

According to Your word…Taking heed. Keeping watch. Conforming life to it.

10With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments,

Whole heart. Inquire for and yearn. Wandering not, nor stepping aside, knowingly or not, from Your commandments.

YOUR COMMANDMENTS! 

Again…

11Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

Continuing…

12Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes.

Your statutes…

13With my lips have I declared and recounted all the ordinances of Your mouth.

Ordinances of Your mouth…

14I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches.

Your testimonies…

15I will meditate on Your precepts and have respect to Your ways [the paths of life marked out by Your law].

Your precepts…Your ways…Your law…

16I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.

Delight in Your statutes…forget not YOUR WORD!!!

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate upon it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written: for then you shall prosper and have good success. Joshua 1:8

Gleaning and gaining knowledge, wisdom, insight, etc. from another man’s revelatory first-hand personal encounter…yes, profitable.  Receiving revelation directly from God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Himself through His Word, which is He…more VALUABLE.  Encountering God based on personally revealed mysteries sent straight from Heaven above and solely purposed….simply PRICELESS!!!

In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehends it not. John 4:4-5

If He is/was the Word, as well as is/was Life, then the Word, too, is LIFE. Likewise, if He’s LIFE, then this LIFE, or the WORD of God, is what will shine in darkness. Without His Word, living and operating to the fullest, sin will prevail! Take a look around the world today! What is the first attack against removing God? Taking out the written and spoken words of God!

Ephesians 6   12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel

God’s armor, founded and rooted, piece-by-piece, on God’s Word!

BELT OF TRUTH– TRUTH is in the Word!

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17

BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS– Who defines integrity, moral rectitude, and right standing with God? GOD, Himself, in the WORD!

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

FEET SHOD WITH PREPARATION– in the WORD!

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. II Timothy 4:2

SHIELD OF FAITH– How do you build your faith? Hearing and hearing by the WORD!

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

HELMET OF SALVATION– Salvation is Jesus, Jesus is God, God is the WORD!

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

PRAYER & PREACHING– Through the Mysteries of the Good News…THE WORD!

Mark 16  15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel toevery creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

The last thing spoken before Jesus entered Heaven to sit at the right hand of God! Commanding the disciples to go and preach the GOSPEL! From those that believe, the signs and miracles will follow, not lead! Then, confirmation through obedience, the disciples acted upon HIS WORDS!!!

The same is true today.  Obedience…had this particular word not been asked, this word wouldn’t have been received, nor the Word sought, neither this word written.

The WORD must come first! Seek Him privately, hide His Word in thy heart, in order to interpret and understand His mysteries being constantly revealed through His Spirit in us and through others, lining everything up with His infallible WORD in order to keep a pure heart and clean hands (Ps 24:4), removing the little foxes that try to spoil the vine (SOS 2:15), all in order to be instant in season and out, preaching the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST. The signs and wonders shall then follow, but the WORD must come forth first, God’s plan, desires, and purposes for all eternity!

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Super Full Moon

Sitting and basking in the warmth of God’s embrace and gazing into His fiery eyes that burn to the depths of the soul, proclaiming simple words of wonder and amazement that seem completely and utterly inadequate.

All the while contemplating the positional and calendaric alignment of the night’s magnificent moon, the closest it will be to orbit’s radius for another year’s span, all within a minute window of opportunity where the lunar reflective white illuminates supreme capacity.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth!” Mere words to the carnal mind, yet creatively and authoritatively spoken, placing this celestial ball supernaturally in the dark vast nothingness of this yet to be seen world, setting it on a grandiose cyclical journey spanning months, even years apart, where its phenomenal attributes are allowed to collide and combine only in rare moments of astonishing beauty and admiration.

Standing in the midst of these seemingly simultaneous parallel universes, the duo subtly merges transcendent in beauty. The two become one, or better said, the One eludes the two. Full moon meets super moon, what a meet cute!

The sun gleaming its glorious glare, while the moon faithfully follows its fulfillment, catching in reality just a slight sight of this bright nightlight and returning merely a repetitive flicker of a glance.  Then finally, after years of waiting redundancy, the sun glares and radiates this rather lackluster, inanimate being, primed in position and posture, now captivating an audience ready and willing to listen.

Suddenly the words pouring forth swell with life, love, and exhortation, reveling and revering the only One worthy and capable of such feats…For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory FOREVER and EVER!

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Psalm 18: A Daily Prayer- Be Strong in the Lord

Please read Psalm 18 prior to reading the below post. 🙂

Reading various versions and not really being drawn or pulled to any one in particular and realizing that more often than not, this passage is ordinarily referred to either after or while going through times of immense distress, a soul booster, a lifting of one’s mind, will, and emotions in times when seemingly at the lowest of lows. With the reading each version, something begins to stir just within the repetition.

FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. Romans 10:17

A gentle whisper follows. Why not read this particular Psalm daily, shaking off every weight and care of the day? Seems plausibly and realistically apropos. After all, life does happen on a daily basis. Then another soft suggestion surfaces, why not commence the day proclaiming the words within, expectant of nonetheless?  Speak it forth in the present/future tense! Build yourself up for the day’s events, putting on the Armor of God (Eph. 6: 10-20) BEFORE walking out the door, not trying to slip it on, a piece here and another there, only when needed or worse yet, running after it at the end of the day, only to find it hanging in the closet, clean, shiny, and unused.

So, here’s my personal challenge in this…to turn this Psalm, along with the Armor of God excerpt into a daily proclamation and affirmation confessed daily, both morning and night, lifting oneself up for the coming and the closing of the day.

LIFE AND DEATH ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE. Prov. 18:21

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