Tuesday, April 10, 2018

JESUS IN EVERY BOOK IN THE OLD TESTAMENT




This is a way to remember who Jesus is in each book of the Old Testament.


THE OLD TESTAMENT

GENESIS-------BREATH OF GOD
EXODUS-------PASSOVER LAMB
LEVITICUS---OUR HIGH PRIEST
NUMBER------PILLAR OF FIRE BY DAY AND CLOUD BY NIGHT
DEUTERONOMY---PROPHET LIKE UNTO MOSES
JOSHUA------- CAPTIAN OF OUR SALVATION
JUDGE---------OUR JUDGE AND LAW GIVER
RUTH---------- KINSMEN REDEMMER
1,2, SAMUEL  OUR TRUSTED PROPHET
KINGS AND CHRONICLES   OUR REIGNING KING
ESA AND NEHEMIAH   REBUILDER OF BROKEN WALLS OF HUMAN LIFE.
ESTHER.........HE'S OUR MORDIAH
JOB.................EVER LIVING REDEEMER
PSALM..........HE IS OUR SHEPHERD
PROVERBS...HE IS OUR VOICE OF WISDOM
SONG OF SOLOMON...HE IS OUR LOVING BRIDEGROOM  
ISAIAH......... PRINCE OF PEACE
JEREMIAH..  RIGHTEOUS BRANCH
LAMENTATIONS...WEEPING PROPHET
EZEKIEL....  WONDERFUL FOUR FACE MAN
DANIEL.....   FOURTH MAN IN THE FURANCE
HOSEA.... ... FAITHFUL HUSBAND FOREVER MARRIED TO THE BACK SLIDER
JOEL...........  BAPTIZER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
AMOS.......    OUR BURDEN BARER
OBADIAH.   HE IS MIGHTY TO SAVE
JONAH.......  OUR GREAT FOREIGN MISSIONARY
MICAH.....   MESSENGER OF BEAUTIFUL FEET
NAHUM..... OUR STREGTH AND SHIELD
HABAAKKUK....GOD EVENGELIST CRYING  REVIVAL IN THE MIST OF YEARS
ZEPHANIAH.......OUR SAVIOR
HAGAR........RESTORER OF GOD'S LOST HERITAGE
ZECHARIAH....HE IS OUR FOUNTAIN OPENED UP FOR SIN AND UNCLEANLINESS
MALIAH......SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS





Tuesday, March 27, 2018

THE CURTAIN IS TORN





Matthew 27:50,51 states, "Jesus when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom."

The "veil" in this passage refers to the curtain separating the Holy of Holies- the most holy place- from the rest of the temple. The Holy of Holies was off limits for everyone except for the High Priest on the annual Day of Atonement.

With the ripping of the veil, access to God was opened and made available to all who put their faith in Jesus Christ.  Every believer in Jesus can come directly to God through His shed blood.  We do not need a priest or intermediary.  The way has been opened for every believer. Heb. 9:6-8.

The ripping of this veil or curtain from top to bottom suggests that this is something that God has done.  Had the veil been ripped from the bottom-within the reach of men-to the top, that would suggest that this ripping and tearing was something that man had done

God was, and still is, fully satisfied with the propitiatory sacrifice that Jesus Christ had offered.  God has accepted the death of Christ. Consequently, God by His grace and mercy, has removed that veil.

Another thought to ponder:

Woven into this thick curtain were two Cherubim (angels) facing each other. When the curtain was torn from the top to the bottom, God ripped it right down the middle between the two Cheribum.

It made me think that God has removed the two Cherubim that He placed at he entrance to the Garden of Eden to guard the Tree of Life. Jesus is our Tree of Life, (our daily bread).  Now, we can come back to the Garden, (God's presence), but only through the blood of His Son.

Hebrew 10:19-20 reveals this truth,  "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh..."


 Meet you in the Throne Room.

What is GOOD about Good Friday?








What is GOOD about Good Friday?  Our God is GOOD!  Mark 10:18 says " No one is GOOD except God." To  help us to understand how GOOD God really is, we have to go back to the beginning of time.

The Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the earth. Jesus was willing to lay down His life to take the consequences of sin that would have brought about the death of mankind.  God knew that the heart of Adam and Eve was disobedient. He made provision before the Fall to rescue mankind from the peril of His punishment.

Adam's rebellion and disobedience challenged God's authority.  It demanded God's eternal punishment: separation from God. Jesus' obedience to God's authority, cleansed the Heavens of Adam's sin and made a way for you and I to come back to our creator through the precious blood of Jesus.   Repentance is a gift from our good God and available to all who will turn and call on the name of the Lord. The Lord will forgive us and we will be born again.   IT IS FINISHED...GOD IS GOOD. HIS GOODNESS BRINGS US TO REPENTANCE.  Romans 2:4.

Hebrews 12:1:2 says,"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." 

Jesus not only died for my sin, but He died as if He were me!  I died in Him, was buried in Him and was united with Him in His resurrection.  "In HIM" IS THE KEY.  Now that is good news, Romans 6:3-14.





Monday, March 19, 2018

A Nation within a Nation

 I would like you to ponder and search the scriptures for yourself about what I am going to share. It all started while reading 1 Peter  2:9 ;  "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, A HOLY NATION, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of  Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." 

 It was the expression of A HOLY NATION that caught my attention. As a believer, I began to realize that I am an ambassador of Christ of this HOLY NATION to proclaim the good news of reconciliation to a dying world. The more I grow in Christ, my politics have changed to a more eternal perspective. I am learning more and more that I can bring change in America on my knees rather then with my mouth .  God doesn't need my mouth to express my opinions and to get into aggressive arguments to get His work done.  The body of Christ, is a NATION WITHIN A NATION that  rules through prayer. Isaiah 9: 6 says " the government is upon His shoulders" and this is the government that I am submitted to for eternity: 

 Jesus Christ is the sovereign  ruler over all Nations. I am to pray for America, and her leaders, etc. but not to get emotionally involved anymore. With another election around the corner, I am expecting that it will be a real test  to see how much I believe and understand what I just wrote, namely that the church, (the body of Christ) is a HOLY NATION, WITHIN A NATION. "Lord Jesus keep me on my knees!" I pray. (2Chronicles 7-14)