Anchor for my Soul

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.

For such a time as this…part 32

Bible Study 02/17/2021

Every weapon the enemy tries to use against us turns back on him. Everything is struggling. creation is suffering because of the sin of man. In Him is the hope of all creation. Let us intercede in hope as we exercise our faith. 

Psalm 42Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.
My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me
By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
1Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

Psalm 43 Vindicate me, my God,
    and plead my cause
    against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
    deceitful and wicked.
You are God my stronghold.
    Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?
Send me your light and your faithful care,
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

Just because we don’t understand and have questions, we can still be thankful for Him even before the manifestation of the answer. Our self talk is very important to build us up or tear us down. The presence of the Lord is melting hearts. Continual sensitivity to God in our lives is important for fellowship and instruction. 


Assignment: Isaiah 65

For such a time as this…part 33

Bible Study 02/24/2021

Read Psalm Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65:1-6 Judgment and Salvation

 “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
    I was found by those who did not seek me.
To a nation that did not call on my name,
    I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’
All day long I have held out my hands
    to an obstinate people,
who walk in ways not good,
    pursuing their own imaginations—
a people who continually provoke me
    to my very face,
offering sacrifices in gardens
    and burning incense on altars of brick;
who sit among the graves
    and spend their nights keeping secret vigil;
who eat the flesh of pigs,
    and whose pots hold broth of impure meat;
who say, ‘Keep away; don’t come near me,
    for I am too sacred for you!’
Such people are smoke in my nostrils,
    a fire that keeps burning all day.
6

“See, it stands written before me:
    I will not keep silent but will pay back in full;
    I will pay it back into their laps—
both your sins and the sins of your ancestors,”
    says the Lord.
“Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains
    and defied me on the hills,
I will measure into their laps
    the full payment for their former deeds.”

This is what the Lord says:

“As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes
    and people say, ‘Don’t destroy it,
    there is still a blessing in it,’
so will I do in behalf of my servants;
    I will not destroy them all.
I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
    and from Judah those who will possess my mountains;
my
chosen people will inherit them,
    and there will my servants live.
10 Sharon will become a pasture for flocks,
    and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds,
    for my people who seek me.

11 “But as for you who forsake the Lord
    and forget my holy mountain,
who spread a table for Fortune
    and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
12 I will destine you for the sword,
    and all of you will fall in the slaughter;
for I called but you did not answer,
    I spoke but you did not listen.
You did evil in my sight
    and chose what displeases me.”

13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“My servants will eat,
    but you will go hungry;
my servants will drink,
    but you will go thirsty;
my servants will rejoice,
    but you will be put to shame.
14 My servants will sing
    out of the joy of their hearts,
but you will cry out
    from anguish of heart
    and wail in brokenness of spirit.
15 You will leave your name
    for my chosen ones to use in their curses;
the Sovereign Lord will put you to death,
    but to his servants he will give another name.
16 Whoever invokes a blessing in the land
    will do so by the one true God;
whoever takes an oath in the land
    will swear by the one true God.
For the past troubles will be forgotten
    and hidden from my eyes.

17 “See, I will create
    new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
    and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
    and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
    will be heard in it no more.

20 “Never again will there be in it
    an infant who lives but a few days,
    or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred
    will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach
[a] a hundred
    will be considered accursed.
21 They will build houses and dwell in them;
    they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
    or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
    so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
    the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor in vain,
    nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
    they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer;
    while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

America needs to be careful about the direction she is moving. True spirituality is being replaced by religion. New attitudes replace what we have held sacred. There is disfavor from God against that which is not true. The seasons of our lives may change, but He will never change, His standards will never change, His promises will never change. He is sovereign as to how and when to fulfill His promises. He is preparing a place for us, a ministry, a purpose, and a hope.

We experience the kingdom of God in our hearts. There will be no more sorrow in heaven. As time goes on and we hear, we receive, and are thirsty for God we are going to find ourselves lapping, ” As the deer panteth for the water” He will feed us from a fresh brook of His Spirit. We are being refreshed from the Bible and the living Word of God. He wants to give us answers to many of the questions we have had in our hearts. Our heart knows there is an eternal place with Him forever.

For such a time as this…part 31

Bible Study 2/3/2021

We come across opportunities in life where we need to pause and get the inner peace from the Holy Spirit. The inner richness of the soul comes when the Holy Spirit is rebuilding a newness in us. This is a land that we were reborn in; we are pilgrims on a spiritual journey. It is not just a destination but a journey. The Holy Spirit wants to teach and personally show us truths that we need. He knows the intricate parts that make us and what we need. We join Him with the renewing of our mind . We are on a destination to eternity. Our path makes a way for others to follow us. We are not going to know the people we influence, but God has access to their spirit even if they are not saved. The character of our walk is the character of our footprint. People need to see us walk out our salvation. Don’t be afraid of opportunities that will come. The Holy Spirit will guide us in all things. Destination is an eternal place.

2 Corinthians 1: 22-24 He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.23 I call God as my witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.

The Holy Spirit will give us courage, faith, the Word of God. When we are in a tough situation, He will show us what to do.

Assignment:

Psalm 42 Deep cries unto deep

Have a journal and write as we read, His presence will cause hunger. Inspiration to remember:

What if? from Ian Peters

The darkness we are experiencing is not the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb?

The pain we are going through is not the crushing of death but the pangs of labor

The sound we are hearing is not the rage of a generation but the cry of deep calling to deep

The fire that is burning is not to destroy but to refine.

The burden we are sensing is not the weight of hopelessness for the future but the weight of His glory obliterating the darkness with which we have become so familiar 

The hunger and thirst we are experiencing is not about a famine but a deep desire to taste and see His righteousness and goodness

The emotions we are feeling are not apprehension for the future but anticipation for a brighter tomorrow

The gatherings are not to protest a social or cultural wrong but a desire for unity to come together as one body in Him

Bible Study

The enemy and the natural man wants us to dwell on the negative, but the Holy Spirit wants to teach us to take every thought captive. It may surprise us but it is not a secret to God. We get through because we count on the character and sonship of God. He holds us by our right hand to give us clarity and direction. God had given us an absolute promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. He wants us to have joy in the journey even when we are crying. Every promise from God is good. He has given us a guarantee…the Holy Spirit in us. The situations around us are trying to put doubt in our minds, but the Holy Spirit says to our spirit the promises are real and they are happening . A lot of this journey we are on is a walk where we wrestle with our flesh and press on. We want a jet ride, but there is value in the journey to see ourselves be transformed by obedience and steadfastness. People see how we live, how we struggle, and how we fail and get up and give God the glory. Fast itself doesn’t accomplish anything in and of itself, but a fast directed of God that subdues our flesh and helps us focus on Him is a mighty thing to behold.

For such a time as this…part 30

Bible Study Jan 27, 2021

Message from Ian Peters

What if???

The darkness we are experiencing is not the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb?

The pain we are going through is not the crushing of death but the pangs of labor

The sound we are hearing is not the rage of a generation but the cry of deep calling to deep

The fire that is burning is not to destroy but to refine.

The burden we are sensing is not the weight of hopelessness for the future but the weight of His glory obliterating the darkness with which we have become so familiar 

The hunger and thirst we are experiencing is not about a famine but a deep desire to taste and see His righteousness and goodness

The emotions we are feeling are not apprehension for the future but anticipation for a brighter tomorrow

The gatherings are not to protest a social or cultural wrong but a desire for unity to come together as one body in Him

Bible Study

The enemy wants us to focus on the negative, natural man wants to hold on to the things that are discouraging. The Spirit of God will give us discernment and help us take every thought captive.

What do we know about Gods promised? They will be kept. We get through because we can count on the character and sonship of Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:20 or 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

We say that it is true. Nothing can nullify the promises of God. The only one who can remove us from entering in is us if we don’t want to walk in obedience. Our Spirit wants to in agreement with the Holy Spirit , but our flesh doesn’t. It is rewarding when we wrestle with our flesh and overcome.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
[c]

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]

Things are dark in the natural but it is getting bright in the supernatural. We will see Gods divine plan for our nation and the world. Commit to walk in the direction of God. People many times in the Bible are called to do and go to a place they don’t understand but they follow the Lord into their destiny. We are going to sing of His faithfulness and His glory.

Homework


Isaiah 26:3 I will give them perfect peace whose mind is stayed on me. because they trust in you.

John 14:14 Let not your heart be troubled…believe in God, believe in me.

2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but for the pulling down of strongholds.

Eph 4:13 We are called to live in the unity of faith.

We are a nation under God with liberty and justice of all.

There are three flags that will forever wave upon us, flag of our faith, flag over Israel, flag of our nation.

Genesis 50:20 What the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good.

Acts 2:4 Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. I am inviting God.

Romans 8:31 Who can be against you if God is for you.

Proverbs 30:5-6 , John 17:17 The body of Christ worldwide must stand on the Word of God. We never should justify our self unless it lines up with the Word.

Proverbs 30:5-6 His Word is true and I need to adjust any of my attitudes that are contrary to it.

John 1:9, John 16:13-16, Daniel 5:14, John 14:26 We will not be reprogrammed from the Word of God but we will be enlightened by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

Heaven

We can live in victory but the day is going to come when we step into our reality. I will not accept that this world is all we have. This difficulty is temporary, we can do it with a joy and a hope. We need to see from Gods perspective. We want to bring as many with us into heaven. The enemy would like to veil our vision but the Lord will enlighten our spirits to the reality of His plan.

We need to encourage one another, but we really need to hear from the Lord. We need to pray before we go to bed each night that the Holy Spirit will quicken us and guide and refresh us. As we whisper and sing our love and His praise, we will fall asleep in His arms of peace, secure and free from the worries of the day and turn our thoughts to the hope of our future.