I was directed to read this Psalm this morning in the picture, just as I was ready to have my breakfast. I was told, “It is short”. I obeyed and reached for the Latin/English Psalm book, but He said, “No, in Hebrew.” So I sat there and started to read it out loud, first one verse in English, and then Hebrew. It didn’t take long to figure out why the Lord wanted me to read this Psalm today, especially after reading the first two verses. I was in tears by the time I finished praying it out loud. Even though this was not written for the United States, it sure does fit the bill right now. This nation has turned her back on God.
I cannot help but think about what her fate will be—it is written in Scripture as well.
Psalm 9:15-20 states, “The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which He executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. ARISE, O LORD, let NOT man prevail: let the heathen be judged in Thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to BE BUT MEN. Selah.”
One could only hope that if the leaders of the nations—all the elites, oligarchs, money-hungry fools out there, who would rather see their nation be destroyed (that is exactly what is happening to us here in the U.S.), than turn from their wicked ways, REPENT, and turn back to God.
“Every Word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5)
Start taking God at His Word. ALL of it WILL come to pass. If any one individual or nation refuses to humble themselves before Him, He WILL make Himself very well known to them. He is a consuming Fire (2 Sam. 22:9; Ps. 97:3; Hebrews 12:29).
Today is a day celebrated by many in the Judeo-Christian world. For many of our Jewish brethren, it is Erev Pesach, the start of the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread-Hag Hamatzot. Did you know that they are two separate feasts?🙂 The Feast of Unleavened Bread starts a day after Pesach, or Passover, which technically is only one day.
For the next seven days I will eat but matzoh for my bread, as a reminder to myself of what the Israelites went through when they had to leave in such a hurry to escape from Egypt (see Ex. 12:39).
When I had a family to celebrate with, I made the entire Passover meal—it was fun to take part in it with my daughter back then. Now, not so much, being a solitary, but I look forward to the Day when I do get to share that 4th cup of Hallel-the Cup of Praise, with our Messiah and King Yeshua/Jesus, at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb(see Rev. 19:6-9).
Jesus mentioned it to the disciples while celebrating that last Passover meal He had with them (see Matthew 26:29). He told them He would not drink of that last cup (there are four cups of wine in the Passover ritual meal), until He could drink it all with them, and us, in the Kingdom.
I wait for That Day.
Today is not only the start of these feasts, but also what we Christians call Good Friday, the day that the Lord Jesus took His cross up to Golgotha—the place of the skull—and sacrificed His life for the whole of mankind, in order to make a way back to the Father, by taking ALL of our sins, and placing them on Himself. Isaiah 53 speaks of the prophecy of the Passover Lamb, esp verses 3-5.
Unfortunately, it seems like the whole world, except for a remnant that the LORD Himself mentioned in Scripture many times (see Micah 5:7-8), have done exactly what verse 6 in Isaiah 53:6 states: “All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his OWN way; and the LORD hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.”
Today, as you go about the day, just reflect on what the LORD God allowed His Son Jesus, to do for us. Think of the sacrifice that He made on that day—by getting flogged until flesh was torn from Him, and then, walked with His cross, and died a most horrific death by crucifixion.
He did all that for us wretched sinners, who Isaiah himself said in 64:6, “And we are all become as one unclean, and all of our justices as the rag of a menstruous woman(the Douay-Rheims translation spells it out for us!!): and we have all fallen as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Did we deserve it? No. We should have been the ones to die upon that cross, not Him. It was a selfless act of love-eternal love, that the Triune God has for His creation, who unfortunately, barely recognize Him anymore as their Creator.
Some of you may not believe in the Messiah. Some may not care at all about Him, or what He did. One Day, although it will be too late then to accept Him once you stand before Him in Judgment, you will finally know Who He is.
But for many, unfortunately, the Lord Jesus will become their Judge, Whom the Father assigned Him to be as such, for all of mankind (see John 5:22).
I would much rather see you all, accepting the Lord Jesus, as your Messiah and King, Lord and Savior, than your Judge (Ps. 50:6; Is. 33:22; Daniel 7:9-10; Rev. 20:11-15).
There is much left to happen in this world; many more prophecies have yet to be fulfilled. Passages in Daniel and Revelation, for example, still need to come to pass. But no matter what man or demon try to do to stop Him, the entirety of His Word will be fulfilled.
And I fear, not for myself, nor for any of my brothers and sisters who have accepted the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit into their lives—but for those of you who have yet to acknowledge Jesus as the Passover Lamb, who came to take away the sins of the world (Jn. 1:29; 1 Jn. 3:5).
For those of you who have yet wanted to realize that what Scripture says about Him-“For Christ our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7). For the majority of mankind that would rather looks to false gods (demons) and other false teachers, than accept the Lamb who has NOW become the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (see Genesis 49:8-12; Hebrews 7:14-16, Revelation 5:5).
The Lord Jesus WILL return one day, just as He said He would, just as the Scriptures prophesied as well. After all, He Himself IS the Word of God (Jn. 1:1-3). “The WORD was MADE FLESH and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
I pray, beloved, that on these feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday (Easter), will be the time that those of you who have yet to accept the Lord Jesus as Messiah, finally do go to Him, humble yourselves, and pray to have Him in your lives as Lord, Savior, Master, and King.
One last passage: “And I (John) saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat on upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns (2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 4:10); and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name was called the WORD OF GOD” (Revelation 19:11-13)
This is a very challenging verse. That is, a very challenging verse to many in the Body of Christ. To many in the Body of Christ who, as many times as they have read it, neither truly understand nor adhere to what the Apostle Paul was saying here.
As a matter of fact, most of the time, they do the exact opposite. They help the devil along by creating MORE divisions in the Body of Christ, and acting like their sect of Christianity is better than anyone else’s.
They act like schoolchildren on the playground, not allowing some to join their games because of how the others look, talk, sound, and act. Granted, it is one thing to “test the spirits”(1Jn. 4:1-3) and a Berean (Acts 17:11), but it is entirely another thing to tear a true brother or sister in the Lord up with ugly words just because they are “different”.
The Lord loves variety, and yes, He loves UNITY among the brethren when they truly are worshipping the One and the Same Jesus—that is a must.
The early Church “got” it; those in the time of the birth of the Church (Acts) realized what was needed to be done in order to have and keep that unity while also adhering to the Word. What happened since then? What happened to the Body of Christ?
Satan saw that there were murmurings and divisions started, and so he took the opportunity to WIDEN the division, and voila—here we are TODAY, in the 21st century, with splits in the Church by the tens of thousands! Disgusting.
But we cannot blame it all on Satan—it is the CHURCH’S fault for not seeing what WE allowed the enemy to do, and correct it.
Bottom line— if this is not corrected by the time the Lord Jesus returns, churches of God (and I use that term loosely) who say they are in the Body of Christ—be warned once again, you WILL answer to Him as to WHY we are no longer “in one accord”.
That IS what Jesus prayed for, after all, in John 17:21, “that they all may be ONE, as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee…that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.”
The Holy Spirit’s guidance, teaching, leading, correction, etc. is obviously MISSING from all of this, hence the reason why for the most part, the Body of Christ has been divided as such. Why would we as the Body of Christ, the Church, be so stubborn and stiff-necked to the Very One Who Christ Himself sent and said we were to listen to, be led by and learn from (Jn. 16:13)? How can we call ourselves then, sons of the Most High God, if we refuse to be led by Him(Rom. 8:14)?
Hmmm…maybe that IS the very reason WHY the world has a problem believing in Jesus—because they no longer see the UNITY in the Body of Christ. Something to think and pray fervently about, beloved.
As much as our hearts may hurt, As much pain and sorrow for all that has transpired over all the years, As many times we may have failed in this life, and think He may walk away from this ungodly generation of humans that has ever walked the Earth, know this— The Triune Godhead does not and has not given up on His Creation, though His Creation has shunned Him.
He began this whole Time and Universe with one goal in mind—to have a relationship with His Creation. It failed with the Angels, and then it failed with us humans. WE failed, not Him.
But God knew our shortcomings, even before they happened. He planned a solution before a problem even existed.
How did He know? He is God, and He is the only one that is perfect, so He knew His Creation would not be.
YET, He wanted a relationship with us so much, He was willing to put up with us ignoring Him, rejecting Him, even hating Him.
He went to the point of even DYING for us, just to make sure there was a way back to Him, in case we changed our hearts and minds about Him.
He truly IS The One Holy Eternal Living God, El Elyon, the Most High God, Who, if we allow Him to be, IS our SALVATION, Redeemer, Deliverer, and our strength and portion for ever.
Call upon the Triune Godhead for help. Cry out to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—He will hear the cries of those who sincerely desire to know Him.
Call upon His Name-the Name above all names—JESUS; He is waiting to hear from you. He is holding out His right Hand right now for you to take it. Go to Him, now, while you still have time. He longs to hear from you.
“For we have not here a lasting city but we seek one that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14-16).
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philip. 3:20).
“I have given them Your Word and the world has hated them; for they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world”(John 17:15).
“I have said these things to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you WILL have tribulation. But take heart—I HAVE overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Remember this quote from St. Augustine, as you look around and see all that is going on in this world. This world IS to be judged:
“Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out” (Jn 12:31). “Concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world (Satan and all evil spirits and those who follow after him) is judged” (John 16:11).
Continue to “set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth” (Col. 3:2).
“But according to His promise we ARE waiting for new heavens and a new Earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).
YOU that know this are HIS!
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them (the evil spirits in the world), for He Who is in you is greater than he (the world, the flesh and the devil) who is in the world” (1John 4:4).
Keep looking up, beloved, for our Redemption is very near!
Because that truly, is all you need to know and remember—HIS Word IS truth. HE IS the Truth (Jn. 14:6). And the the Lord Jesus asked the Father to “sanctify” = set apart” us through His truth.
When we allow that “setting apart” to happen by being one in the Spirit with the Lord Jesus and the Father, we learn to live holy lives we never thought possible before, and only because His righteousness is being allowed to work in us (Titus 3:5).
If we have the truth of God’s Word living and being acted out in our every day lives through faith, hope, humility, obedience, love and trust in Him, we are in an excellent place.
Keep trusting in Him and His Word, for He is forever faithful, and He WILL finish all He started here, for He Himself said it (Isaiah 55:10-11).
It seems like there is no one left to put your trust in, even those who say they are of God, and by their fruit, you can tell they serve the rebellious one instead.
Others keep trusting in their wealth, power, prestige, elite status, etc. It will eventually get them in the same place Satan and his horde will end up.
Humans let humans down; it’s because of the sin nature that has been within us since the time of the Fall of man. No matter how much we may have tried to do good, we end up hurting those we love sometimes, and they do the same to us. Sometimes, it is not on purpose; more often than not, it is.
Sin is a choice we all make; and when one decides to make the choice to purposely hurt another by lying, stealing, cheating, gossiping, cursing out, deceiving, abusing, committing adultery or even murdering another, all trust is lost in that person.
It’s the consequence of sin that TRUST is one of the main things that is lost between humans.
But the ONE Person who can always be trusted, no matter what WE humans have done, even against Him, is the Eternal Godhead.
The Lord Jesus never once said or did anything harmful to me, that would prompt me to say I cannot trust Him. In fact, He has always kept His promises, and even when I have betrayed Him, and should have lost His trust in me, nevertheless, He continues to be at my side.
Why? Because He IS God (Deut. 32:39; 2Sam. 722; Is. 45:5). Because He IS trustworthy(Ps. 118:8). Because He IS faithful(2 Tim. 2:3; 2 Thess. 3:3). Because He IS forgiving (Num. 14:18; Ps. 99:8; 103:10-14; Matt. 6:14-15). Because He knows how weak and sinful mankind is, and how the enemy of our souls has used and abused us to fight against God AND each other, just to spite Him, all out of hatred.
I had to learn to trust again, even after I have not only been let down by others, but also myself. The Lord Jesus helped me to do that, to trust again- first and most importantly, in Him.
If you cannot seem to put your trust in anyone else for whatever reason, but also have not taken the time out to put your trust in the Lord God, do it now. “God is not a man that He should lie” (Num. 23:19); He truly IS the only One that can be fully trusted.
Be bold. Step out in FAITH and learn to finally put your TRUST in God.
When all others are practicing injustice; Living in the days when evil is good and good is evil(Isaiah 5:20); When to “kill, steal, and destroy (Jn. 10:10)” seems to be the norm of the day, just to get ahead in this world; When you are tempted to go against the very values, morals, dignity and respect you were brought up with, in order to “go with the flow” and be with “the majority”—
Do not throw all that away, for a temporary reprieve; for all the evil that you see being done today, WILL be recompensed by the Hand of God(Ps. 18:20).
Only the true, the righteous, the holy, the pure—those who seek God’s face and cry out to Him in these troubled times, not giving in to the temptations to do evil, will endure to the End (Matt. 10:22).
So continue to do good to others, pray for one another—even those who are purposely doing evil—Jesus commanded you to pray for them as well (Luke 6:27-28).
Seek out Justice by His Hand, and allow Him to be the final Judge of them all, handing out the true sentence they each should deserve (Ps. 98:9), for He said, “to ME belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide IN DUE TIME: for the day of their calamity IS at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them” (Deut. 32:35).
Continue to be a good, godly example of a believer’s life, a child of God who has wholeheartedly allowed the Lord to lead and guide them in all truth (Jn. 16:13).
Let the Lord Jesus see that you keep living out this verse of Micah 6:8, and at the Appointed Time, He will take care of those who do not.
The Lord WILL straighten it all out; just keep trusting and obeying Him, and honoring Him with your life (Deut. 6:5; Prov. 3:9; 1 Cor. 6:20; 10:31).
“The adversaries of the LORD shall fear Him: and upon them shall He thunder in the heavens. The Lord shall judge the ends of the Earth…(1 Sam. 2:10)”.
LOVE the Lord, love His Word, abide always in Him, and He will honor those who remained faithful to Him to the End.
Did not the Triune Godhead say He created the Heavens and the Earth(Gen. 1:1-31)?
Did He not repeat that again, that He made the Earth and created man upon it(Isaiah 42:12)?
In fact, were not ALL things created by the Eternal Triune Godhead, that is in Heaven, on Earth, and even those things which are INVISIBLE to the human eye (for now)(Col. 1:16)?
If the GOD Who created the vast universe that we see just a tiny portion of it at night, that the heavens itself, declare His glory (Ps. 19:1),
HE Who sits on the circle of the Earth (Is. 40:22), and HE Who is the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person (Heb. 1:3),
And Who put everything not only into order (1 Cor. 14:33), but lined it all up and measured it all out perfectly (Isaiah 40:12);
And Who also created the very human body and all that is associated with it (think of the DNA for a while—that itself will blow your mind),
Do you not think that He cannot take care of all that is going on in our world today? Do you honestly believe that He has forgotten us, as many have been crying and complaining about?
He has NOT forgotten about you, inhabitants of the Earth that He has called by name (Isaiah 44:21; 43:1)!
HE knows who are His (2 Tim. 2:19; Jn. 10:14).
Remember what His Word says; BELIEVE it and MEDITATE upon it—
“For the LORD will not reject His people; He will never forsake His inheritance” (Ps. 94:14). “For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not His saints; they are preserved for ever: But the seed of the wicked SHALL BE CUT OFF” (Ps. 37:28).
Remember what the Lord Jesus said— “Have faith in God”(Mk. 11:22); He knows the Day and the Hour (Matt. 24:36) He needs to return.
We just have to be willing to wait patiently and be ready for His return, and do not give up, grow weary, or lose faith (Luke 18:1; Gal. 6:9).
“…Yes, I am coming soon…” (Rev. 22:20).
NOTHING is too hard for Him. NOTHING and NO ONE can stop what God has ordained (Is. 14:27). “Even from Eternity I AM He; And there is none who can deliver out of My Hand; I act and who can reverse it (Is. 43:13)?”