Anchor for my Soul

For such a time as this…part 42

Bible Study May 26, 2021

Even Christians can get bitter. When Moses came to Marah there was bitter water. He threw a stick in it to make it pure. This symbolizes the cross that makes us pure. Bring your bitterness to the cross for the Lord to hear.

Study Hints: Consider what we are reading, Use our imagination, write our thoughts concerning what we read. We can visibly see the expression of what is within us and what is imparted by the Holy Spirit.

Daniel 1:1-21

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia[a] and put in the treasure house of his god.Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.[b] The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar.19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. 2And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.

Sometimes the organized church has the tendency of wanting to organize God. When we walk with God for awhile, we tend to slip into our own way of doing things. When God’s people love and are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are sealed with the authority of Jesus Christ as sons and daughters. We are not called because of our natural attributes, but are called because of our willingness to respond to the Lord and undergo training for His service. We give authority to yield to His leading even if it challenges our own likes and preferences. God causes favor upon us. He will deal with others and circumstances in order to give us the ability to achieve what He has called us to do. Don’t disqualify ourselves, we don’t know how God is going to use us.

Daniel 2:1  In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.

Mark 5:21-34 21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”24 So Jesus went with him.A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”3“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”3But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Many people touch Him, but there is never any situation where He is not moved. When we touch others, God in us touches peoples lives. The unction for us to do things is God trying to touch lives.

1 Corinthians 9-10:1-12 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people. For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”[a]10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for foodwill also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.You are judging by appearances.[a] If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do. So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it. I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters. 10 For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.” 11 Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

For such a time as this…part 41

Bible Study May 10, 2021

Mark 4:35-41  That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”3He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Principal to carry in our daily life:

Let’s not just read the scriptures, let’s consider what we are reading while we are reading so the Holy Spirit can reveal what He wants us to hear and see in our own life. As we are reading, the Holy spirit will use our imagination so we can have a visible reality to feel and see what we are reading.

What did Jesus say to the disciples during and after the storm?

Whenever we are thrown off guard by a storm in our life, we get afraid. The disciples had great confidence in what the Lord could do when He was with them, but then He was sleeping, the evidence of the storm shook their confidence of their belief. The other boats were hit by the storm as well. But the disciples had a walking, living relationship with the Lord, but they had not matured in their spiritual life to trust even when He wasn’t there. As Christians, we sometimes have doubts during the storm, but He said “I will never leave or forsake you”. Nothing is going to sink our boat if Jesus is in it? If we get weighed down with no confidence in ourselves during unexpected circumstances, we need to still have confidence in Him. They said, “Don’t you care? Aren’t you aware?” This shows immaturity, but they won’t stay there. We will grow in the gifting to understand the Lord. The men and women of God are serving God, but they still had persecutions. Negative imagination is not good when we start panicking when we don’t see what we need, it will work at eroding your faith and joy. Stay strong in God, walk hand in hand with Him. Our failings and weaknesses cause us to struggle, but we are maturing. Our natural traits need to give way to the truth of who God is. God will also answer all our questions, but sometimes it is “wait” or “no”. Perfect Patience will be worked out in our life. Ultimately our lives are made to bring Him Glory.

For such a time as this…part 40

Bible Study 04/28/2021

Psalms 138 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
    and will praise your name
    for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
    that it surpasses your fame.
When I called, you answered me;
    you greatly emboldened me.

May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
    when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for the glory of the Lord is great

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
    though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
    with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever—
    do not abandon the works of your hands.

Psalm 139 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
    and will praise your name
    for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
    that it surpasses your fame.
When I called, you answered me;
    you greatly emboldened me.

May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
    when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for the glory of the Lord is great.

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
    though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
    with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever—
    do not abandon the works of your hands.

There is a presence and anointing that stirs our hearts on how God knows us so well… the plans, every step of the path of our life… Always walking with us and watching over us. The world experiences the effects of the fallen world. Adam and Eve lost the identity of their wholeness. We were created to experience the fullness and presence of God. When God is beginning to reveal our true self, it may bring distress, but the spirit of God will not give up. Sin brought shame. Only God can heal our inner self. God sent Jesus so that we can walk in hope and expectation. God wants to use us to restore those who are lost. When God reveals sin, it is not to bring us shame, but to purge the impurities by His love. We need to see it as He sees it, with hope, with presence…we are called to a higher standard. We have God in us to walk into any situation. The power of the Holy Spirit with revelation and understanding brings us into the fallen world. When things overwhelm us, we intercede and weep in tongues and on our knees. We cannot manufacture the love of Jesus. We tend to be angry with the world because we are angry with ourselves. We are ashamed of feeling guilty because of the things we don’t want to do. Everyone is reaching until their heart accepts Christ. We don’t know how long or when. Never give us. He knows best.

2 Corinthians 1:20-21 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,

2 Corinthians 2:14-1714 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aromaof the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

2 Corinthians 3:1-8 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life
7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory,transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?

We can view the face of God and we have the heart of God indwelling us. Mankind doesn’t understand who they are since the fall.

It is a realization that something isn’t quite right. Revival means to bring back that which is dead. Repentance is turning from sin and happens when we are not afraid to see what God is showing us. It’s not to bring shame but healing. The flesh is in continual warfare with the Spirit of God. We need to apply the Blood of Jesus to those situations.

Psalm 26:2 Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;

For such a time as this…part 39

Bible Study 4/14/2021

We are going to pray for victory with Thanksgiving. God takes the worst situations to exercise His authority over the enemy. Those that call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

Exodus 14:14 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Our spirit is fellowshipping and His Spirit is speaking to our soul and help our understanding. “I will impart us that perfect peace” When we pray, we thank God because they are working. We are only able to enjoy the blessing of that perfect peace if we are able to hold on to it. We can struggle with expectancy. We live in the promises and the hope and the joy. The testing of our faith produces patience. Our life and our faith is being challenged. We need to know who we are and live in that realm. As long as satan is roaming around, we will be challenged. The Holy Spirit is the Revealer of the Word and also the Enabler of the Word. We put our face to the wind and stand. We are clothed with the whole armor of God. Sometimes we need to stay on our knees to withstand the onslaught. We are in a position of dependence on the Lord. We speak that promise out loud and walk through with the power of God. Let patience have its perfect peace. The goal He is bringing us through are in different seasons. We are walking hand and hand with God. We need to have the fellowship walk with God to experience the Joy of the Lord. God’s divine truth is always active to help us gain a higher and better understanding of God and give us perfect peace. Stay close to God because He is in us.

Isaiah 24:21-23 In that day the Lord will punish
    the powers in the heavens above
    and the kings on the earth below.
22 They will be herded together
    like prisoners bound in a dungeon;
they will be shut up in prison
    and be punished
[a] after many days.
23 The moon will be dismayed,
    the sun ashamed;
for the Lord Almighty will reign
    on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
    and before its elders—with great glory.

The enemy has a season of time but God will day “No more” and it will be done and rise no more. We need to reassure our families to show that beauty comes out of ashes. This is not just what we say, it is what we live, what we believe, and what we hope for. We want our children to face it with the same assurance and hope. We want Him to come, but now before His purposes are complete.

Isaiah 25: 1-6Lord, you are my God;
    I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
    you have done wonderful things,
    things planned long ago.
You have made the city a heap of rubble,
    the fortified town a ruin,
the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;
    it will never be rebuilt.
Therefore strong peoples will honor you;
    cities of ruthless nations will revere you.
You have been a refuge for the poor,
    a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
    and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless
    is like a storm driving against a wall
    and like the heat of the desert.
You silence the uproar of foreigners;

    as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
    so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
    the best of meats and the finest of wines.

We need to remember the difference between failing and being a failure. He is our hope. We have heard it from God and this is what we need to believe. Whatever lies ahead, He is with us. He set angelic presence about us.

Isaiah 26:1-4 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts.
Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,
 because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

We will not allow the spirit of hate to come in and control us. Be aware of our mistakes, but Gods Spirit within us is bringing us to a place of thankfulness. Samson’s cry was to finish what he was called to do. God speaks to us from the cross, from His blood. God is always victorious over the enemy.

For such a time as this…part 38

Bible Study 4/7/2021

When we pray we declare the word of God to ourselves and we declaring to the enemy the truth.

Even mighty saints vacillate their walk, or get in state of giving up hope or reverting back to old ways. We know the place of God that He guaranteed. We need to get in that place of hope Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been calledaccording to his purpose. 

Great men and women of God have found themselves drifting into carnality and flesh. Our carnality wants to exalt itself. Then pride enters in. We need to ask our soul what God wants to say to us. If you love God, then our spirit wants to fellowship with The Holy Spirit. We are on our journey to His purposes. The enemy is using every situation to try to lead us into confusion in order for us to let go of God’s purpose. Even when we are surrendered to God we may have to pass through our valleys, but God has not forgotten us. Sampson went through His valley. He lost his ability to see, but God even used the consequences of Samson’s error to still glorify the Lord. Something returned to his heart. God will work out these things for ourselves and our children. He will say now is the time. They will find themselves reaching out.. His glory will be lifted up. Our kids, our family will be heard. We cried unto the Lord and He heard me. We need to all know that we are heard Never make the mistake of guessing. Even those who walk with him may miss the mark. God sees us as a finished product. Helping us, walking with us, guiding us until we see him face to face.

Matthew 26:31-36 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:“‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’[c]32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

When Peter said he wouldn’t deny Jesus, the others also did the same. They did not understand that their flesh would struggle. Even if our loved ones are struggling, don’t give up, find the promises in His word.

Romans 8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesusthe law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirementof the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God;it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you,then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness.11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirithimself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been calledaccording to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The voice of our prayers will be thanking God. Even when we struggle, we have joy. The song of thanksgiving is from the heart of God.

He lives!

I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today
I know that He is living, whatever men may say
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer
And just the time I need Him He’s always nearHe lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heartIn all the world around me I see His loving care
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair
I know that He is leading, through all the stormy blast
The day of His appearing will come at lastHe lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heartRejoice, rejoice, O Christian Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find
None other is so loving, so good and kindHe lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart

Songwriters: Alfred H. Ackley

For such a time as this…part 37

Bible Study 3/31/2021

Mathew 26 & 27

26 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”  3Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembledin the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riotamong the people.”Jesus Anointed at BethanyWhile Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper,a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus14 Then one of the The Last Supper17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.  21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?2Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.”26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with youin my Father’s kingdom.”

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:“‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’[c]32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.Gethsemane36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedeealong with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrowto the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them  sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the  hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”Jesus Arrested47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword,drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. Jesus Before the Sanhedrin57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they d  id not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”[e]65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”“He is worthy of death,” they answered.67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists.Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”Peter Disowns Jesus69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. Judas Hangs Himself

27 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.”So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”[f]Jesus Before Pilate11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”“You have said so,” Jesus replied.12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus[g] Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocentman, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.“Barabbas,” they answered.22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.They all answered, “Crucify him!”23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,”he said. “It is your responsibility!”25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.The Soldiers Mock Jesus27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetoriumand gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.The Crucifixion of Jesus32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.The Death of Jesus45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[h] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[i]47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[j] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.54 When the centurion and those with him who were guardingJesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph,[k] and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.The Burial of Jesus57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.The Guard at the Tomb62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

John 20:1-18

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linenlying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white,seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!”(which means “Teacher”).17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Mathew 26:26-29 Communion

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, [a]blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the[b]new covenant, which is shed for many for the [c]remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

For such a time as this…part 36

Bible Study3/24/2021

  1. Experiencing the times.
  2. Understanding the times.
  3. How do we live in the times.

We become aware of our own individual needs as well as the needs of others in this world. Illness causes physical distress, but also emotional distress. Outside of prayer…we can resist the times we’re in. we can object to the times we’re in, we can declare a personal war on the times we’re in or we can understand that all things are under Gods control. We are all on the journey. We try to interpret, but the enemy wants to stop us, distort our mentality, and discourage us. God will raise up an enemy to oppose us at times. Daniel was not intimidated by the place he was in. We like encouragement, but we won’t get encouraged by our captors. Ungodly people may have authority over us, but we can shine Godly character and find favor with them. Daniel knew how not to be captive by his situation. Even when we are bruised, our situation will scream defeat, but we will not be defeated in Jesus Christ. There was no way they could entrap Daniel, but they convinced the governor through lies. Daniel prayed. God made a provision for Daniel. The presence of God in our life reassures us. Daniel was rescued physically, but there are times that great men and women of God confessed the goodness of God right up to the point that they were martyred. God answers and responds to prayer. He will always make something beautiful out of ashes. Disquieting sometimes is Gods way of redirecting us to take careful heed, to let discernment of the Spirit step in, to pause, to think and to consider. God wants us to walk hand in hand with Him. Our spirituality is measured by how much we surrender to God. God will restore everything.

Rev 2:7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Daniel 6:10-28 10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.”14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no woundwas found on him, because he had trusted in his God.24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth:“May you prosper greatly!“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.“For he is the living God
    and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
    his dominion will never end.
27 He rescues and he saves;
    he performs signs and wonders
    in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
    from the power of the lions.”
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus[b] the Persian.

For such a time as this…part 35

Bible Study March 17, 2021

The effectualness of the anointing and the power of the Lord is not determined by our age. Our flesh affects our senses, but we operate on a spiritual plane. He is touched by the feelings of our infirmities. We experience the heart of God everyday. The depth of the intensity of our feelings are known by God. In Luke 8, in the woman with the issue of blood, He calls her daughter. We are the object of His deep affection. We need to hear someone call us daughter and son. Healing happens physically and emotionally when we know our identity. Because we have God within us, we know He hurts even worse because of the intensity of His love for us. John 4:4 (Samaritan Woman meets Her Messiah) Conviction needs to guide us to the Lord with our heart, not just our mind. When our conversation goes to the place where it is not even audibly perceived, then we receive peace and the answer. There is a way that God has given us to know how to deal with our moment at the well. We struggle in our Christian walk sometime from the prejudices of others. We need to release the stuff we are holding on to and lean on the wisdom of God’s timing and purpose. We want to be effectual in our faith and prayer life. Nothing in our life is concealed, so He can deal with the problem and flood us with His goodness and mercy. When God cleanses us continually, its for producing healing, deliverance, and holiness. He never speaks harshly. Hear the tone of His heart. He has us in His arms, embracing us and using the blood of Jesus to cleanse us. He delivers us from the things that have plagued us for years. We are not going drag any baggage into the future. When we are threatened by the enemy, we need to rebuke him and tell him the truth of who God is and what He has done for us. Thank the Lord. We speak to ourselves and the enemy that the Word of God is true. Walking hand in hand and embraced in His arms.

For such a time as this…part 34

Bible Study 3/10/2021

Let’s prepare ourselves before a time of prayer. Clear our attention so we can focus on what we need to pray about.

Read the book of Joel.

If we will listen with our heart and head, there is a thread that weaves a tapestry in our lives. There was chaos and devastation in the land. The condition of the people and nation has a common identity with what is happening today. We can be a child of God and still be discouraged. The second part of Joel dwells on Restore, Revive, Renew. Joel was a vehicle that God wanted to use to talk about the judgement of God and also the grace. The reality of hope comes through and will dictate to our attitudes. When His time of judgement is finished it brings an awakening, grace will come. Our carnality says “meet my conditions and I’ll believe in you”, but faith says believe without seeing. Sometimes if takes a desperate situation to move us to say “God help me”. He will begin to show His grace, we will have manifestation of it in our lives, a hope that has substance. The Holy Spirit is guiding us through the tunnel, but we are being prepared through the process, our character is being developed. Our spirit is painting a portrait of God’s Love for us. Joel’s purpose was not just to preach gloom and doom, but to give hope. Restore means to bring back to the place of origin where no part of our being is marred by the sin of this world. Be full of the presence of God, be full of the love of God, be full of the hope and joy He gives us. God is the redeemer. We live in hope and carry hope to the world.

When Jesus responded to the woman at the well, he spoke in a tone of love. Our sins challenge us but Jesus hears the cry of our hearts, he doesn’t see the issue. He spoke to her of her past, and she began to be released from the rejection and experience hope.

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Thoughts to consider

February 24, 2021

  1. Shame encourages isolation
  2. Unhealthy natural or spiritual habits cause us to cover up our insecurities.
  3. People tend to put on another identity that people and the world will accept.
  4. We must deal with our insecurities. Why? How?
  5. We cannot change the struggle with law. We struggle with how we see ourselves until we let God give us our identity as He sees us and calls us by name.
  6. The scale in our bathroom tells us the truth. The truth can be somewhat inaccurate if we are clothed by our insecurities but true in our honest confession of our faults. Letting shame fall from us and forgiveness fall on us as we move onward, forgiven and cleaned. transparent and righteous before God.
  7. The second commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself”, is the true measure of how we feel about yourself.
  8. The love of God, accepting, believing, repentance is the only thing that can wash all the impurities within us…including shame. Jesus is the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
  9. Stop and talk to your creator, then be silent and listen to Him.
  10. Open up to God and drop your guard.
  11. One of the biggest reasons many of us are so angry with the world is that we are angry and disappointed with ourselves. We tend to be ourselves because we are ashamed and feel guilty about those things we do not want others to know lest they pass judgement.
  12. There is not one thing that mankind knows or experiences pertaining to salvation that will not be challenged in our lifetime after some time. Tell me the positive and negative of this truth.
  13. When you think about it, everything God has created is for a purpose without exception. That includes all of mankind, and creation. Write your thoughts on this.