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life without don’ts…

And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 5 IN FOCUS)


Imagine a school without don’ts! Imagine a home without don’ts! Imagine a country without don’ts ! Imagine a person without don’ts! When all don’ts die, everything will become ‘do’! A house without walls has its compound exposed to any passerby! God gives us laws and commands for our walk in this paradoxical world and for a safe journey to an end of salvation and glory in Christ Jesus! The commands of God are the best walls and defense to guard our paths and also to please our Sovereign Lord God Almighty !  If God likes everything, then He wouldn’t have issued His decrees to us! Oh mortal man, fear thy Immortal God!

Do we know where exactly we came from into this world? God said unto them,

‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

‘You shall have no other gods before Me.

‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

11 ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. (John 9:41) and He added, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.” (John 15). Should we always do the don’ts and expect God to be happy with us? Would He not cut us off?

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15)

Oh mortal man, stay closer to your Immortal God and do not go far away from Him to the other side! Oh mortal man, fear your Immortal God! Oh mortal man, do not speak any how to your Immortal God and remember what happened to those of old who spoke anyhow to Him! His current patience never means His total absence! Oh mortal man, cling to your Immortal God! An electrical gadget can only work well when it is connected to a powered on  source! Oh mortal man, remain in the Lord your God!

If we truly  fear God, we shall truly obey all His don’ts! Oh mortal man, fear God Almighty! Remember Joseph! remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; Remember Daniel! What do you stand for?  What would you never do if you are offered the whole glory and riches of the world or face the most deadly arena of life? Don’ts!!!

One day, we shall all stand before the same Almighty God we always break His don’ts!!!

 

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

Ecclesiastes 12:13


HYMN

That man is blest who, fearing God

Published in 16 hymnals

 That man is blest who, fearing God,
From sin restrains his feet,
Who will not stand with wicked men,
Who shuns the scorners’ seat.

2 Yea, blest is he who makes God’s law
His portion and delight,
And meditates upon that law
With gladness day and night.

3 That man is nourished like a tree
Set by the rivers’ side;
Its leaf is green, its fruit is sure,
And thus his works abide.

 The wicked like the driven chaff
Are swept from off the land;
They shall not gather with the just,
Nor in the judgment stand.

5 The Lord will guard the righteous well,
Their way to Him is known;
The way of sinners, far from God,
Shall surely be o’erthrown.

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Dos and don’ts

Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 4 IN FOCUS)


Jesus Christ said, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37).  We ought to keep the commands of God! God said, “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. . Oh mortal man, in words, thought, actions and deeds how do we stand before the living God Almighty? James said, But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.” (James 3)

An aim of the world is to close the gab between good and bad, mixed them together,  and by that kill the conscience of men  to regard both good and bad as equal (Matthew 13:24-30) ! Oh mortal man, be watchful! It is written, “Do not go beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4). It is a simple dos and don’ts God expect us to follow so we may not do what He does not like!

Can we love Him and hate His words? Can we love Him and twist His word? What does God expect from us? Can we seek to be with Him one day and yet do not fully obey Him today? Aaron started the journey with Moses, but he could not reach Canaan!

God said to Joshua, “ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”  (Joshua 1)  And Apostle Paul admonished us, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3).

We must know His word and we must apply His word! We must apply His word, but as He wishes we do it and as it would please Him! Not our desires! Not our will!  There is a very thin line between good and bad, and obedience and disobedience! We need to know His word, and we need to live by His word according to His word, His will and His desire!

Many people fell along the way from Egypt to Canaan, and it was not because they did not love God or God did not love them, but because they failed to go by simple dos and don’ts! Remember Lots wife! Remember Balaam! Remember Miriam! Jesus Christ said,  “not my will, but yours be done.”

God said to them, “You saw with your own eyes what the Lord did at Baal Peor. The Lord your God destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor, but all of you who held fast to the Lord your God are still alive today.

See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.”

God is God and we must respect Him with all reverence, and humility! God said unto them “Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33 Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?”

David said to Saul, “Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ (1 Samuel 24) . Joseph said,  “How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Genesis 39). oh mortal man,  Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty! (Ecclesiastes 12)

How would you feel if somebody misquotes you? How would you feel if your son disobeys you?  Oh mortal man, fear your Immortal God! Oh mortal man, ye are not of your own, and so remember, “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you” Jesus Christ said, “anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” Remember where you are heading towards and know your dos and don’ts! Dos and don’ts; Oh mortal man, obey your Immortal God!


HYMN

When we walk with the Lord

Author: John H. Sammis (1887)

 When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

 

2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]

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War time; fear dies!

 “Next we turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan with his whole army marched out to meet us in battle at Edrei. The Lord said to me, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 3 IN FOCUS)


They that kill their fear grow their faith and cripple their doubt. They are not moved by circumstances, but they move circumstances with their trust in God, and they always know that there is a Supreme God Almighty who is always with them! Emmanuel; God with us! If God is for us, who can be against us? We are at war! We are at war! We are at war! Not a war with weapons; remember the warning;  “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”

The apostle said, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.”  (Romans 8)

They that know the God who is with them take a matter of life and death steps with the conviction that in the end, even if they ‘die’, there shall be life! Esther said, “And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). Remember the four leapers in 2 kings 7; Oh mortal man, kill your fears! God said, Do not be afraid !

Jehovah our Banner is still Jehovah our Banner! He who sits at the right hand of God Almighty is alive to lead us through the ‘war’ of our time! Kill your fears, grow your courage! God said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). God is not for the dead; He is for the living! He is with the living! And He fights for the living!  David said, “The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to mankind. It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to the place of silence; it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 117) And he added, Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20).

God won all wars for them and so Moses said, “ At that time I pleaded with the Lord “Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?  Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan—that fine hill country and Lebanon.” (Deuteronomy 3) May God make us see  our Heavenly abode when our works here are done!

 “So the Lord our God also gave into our hands Og king of Bashan and all his army. We struck them down, leaving no survivors. At that time we took all his cities. There was not one of the sixty cities that we did not take from them—the whole region of Argob, Og’s kingdom in Bashan. All these cities were fortified with high walls and with gates and bars, and there were also a great many unwalled villages. We completely destroyed“. When God is with you, ‘fortified walls’ and ‘high gates’ can never be a barrier to your final destination! As the walls of Jericho went down not by might of men, but by His own might, so did He do it for them!  When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys. — (Joshua 6)

We might not be facing the same wars they faced, for we are not heading towards the same place they went! We are at war with the cunning and alluring ways of the world! We are at war with our salvation we need to secure so as to make it to Heaven! We are at war with ‘high walls’ that seek to block many millions from hearing the good news of Christ Jesus! We are at ‘war’ with ‘gates’ and ‘bars’ that seek to be barriers and hindrance to people making it to their final destination: Heaven above! (2 Corinthians 4:4)

John said,

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power

and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Revelation 12)

 

The apostle of Christ Jesus said, “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.” (2 Corinthians 10). In His sermon on the mount, Jesus Christ gives us powerful weapons for the war of our time and He concluded, Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5)

His delight is to win the wars of life for us! His joy is to see us rejoicing! David said, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” (Psalm 28)

He who lives in fear, lives an ’empty’ and an already ‘defeated’ life, for anything at all can move such a person, but they that know the God who is with them knows that they are not at war in life to fight with their own might and strength, but with God Almighty! He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” ( 2 Chronicles 20:15))

Jesus said to Philip, “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” ( John 14). Trust in God and also believe in Jesus Christ! Kill your fears! God is alive! Why do you have fear, when you have God? He who said to you, “I am with you” is truly and fully with you! Oh mortal man, remember your source of power: Jehovah our Banner! (Exodus 17: 15)



HYMN

When we walk with the Lord

Author: John H. Sammis (1887)

 When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

 

2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]

 

 

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the long walk…

 Thirty-eight years passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 2 IN FOCUS)


It was a paradoxical exodus, but for our lessons and learning! The journey was an important one (from captivity – Egypt- to absolute freedom- Canaan), but He who was going on the journey with them, their obedience and disobedience, the joyous and melancholic moments are what we need to ponder over in our days! One moment they rejoiced over the victory from God, and another, they grumbled against God because of challenges! Oh mortal man! (James 3:9)

God was their victory for they met wars that were beyond the strength of men (Numbers 14:42)! When they fought with God on their side , they won, but when they went alone, they were defeated! Oh mortal man, do not forget your Immortal God! Jesus told them, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24).

 “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. 16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord,  the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.” (Exodus 17).

Jehovah Nissi; the Lord our banner! God said to them in Deuteronomy,  “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage him in battle. 25 This very day I will begin to put the terror and fear of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and will tremble and be in anguish because of you.” Life is war, they say; why then do you go to war without your weapon: the Sovereign Lord God Almighty!

God said to them, “Set out now and cross the Arnon Gorge. See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his country. Begin to take possession of it and engage him in battle.”  It was time for Jesus Christ to ascend,  “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ( Matthew 28)

God knew when to order them to war and when to tell them to ignore and move on! Their journey is not all that different from our days, for life is full of twist and turns; the wealthy has their own and they that are in need are not free, and so the apostle admonished them saying, ” .. be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” (Ephesians 6)

‘ Thirty-eight years passed’, and they were still on the journey to the promised land. God did not want them to settle, but to move on till they get to their final destination! He said to them, “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north” (Deuteronomy 2). They turned, but to ignore a war to meet a war! God was however with them! There might be many wars in our days (alluring and deadly) and in our journey to our final destination, but when we make God our banner, there shall be wars, but there shall be victory! The disciples of Jesus Christ did not have a smooth journey, but God proved his power and authority! Jesus Christ was faced with many oppositions,, but He never did it without always beseeching the face of His Father (Luke 4:42; Mark 1:35))!

He who employs, ensures he caters well for his employees! Oh mortal man, why go to the retailer when the wholesaler is closer to you! Draw nearer to God; let Him lead the journey today! Oh mortal man, rely on your Immortal God! Oh mortal man, do not take the long walk of life without your Immortal God!

Man is man and God is God; man without God is death, ABSOLUTE DEATH, but God does not need man to be alive! Oh mortal man, Know ye not that God can grant you victory in the war of life and to an awesome end of redemption and salvation in Christ Jesus?  God took a journey with them, and He won their battles for them! What is your battle, big or small; thinkable or unthinkable? Rely on God! Depend on Him!

Obedience! Obedience! Obedience! Not all who started the journey journeyed to the end! They disobeyed and they fell along the way! We ought to take lessons from them and put our full trust in Jesus Christ whose blood always intercede for us even  in our sinful nature, such that we are not falling along the way just us some of them faced the anger of God! Oh mortal man, trust and obey your Immortal God in all your ways!!!

He who saw them through their journey is still alive! He who fed them forty years without their efforts to toil for food is still alive! He who fought for them is still alive! He who guarded and guided them is still alive! Make God your strength, your wealth, your comforter, your guard and your guide, then you know, you shall journey to your journeys end with conquering stories and meet the welcoming hands of your Father who is in Heaven! On the cross, Jesus Christ said, “It is finished”


HYMN

I am trusting thee, Lord Jesus, Trusting only Thee!

Author: Frances Ridley Havergal

 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
Trusting only Thee;
Trusting Thee for full salvation,
Great and free.

2 I am trusting Thee for pardon;
At Thy feet I bow,
For Thy grace and tender mercy
Trusting now.

3 I am trusting Thee for cleansing
In the crimson flood;
Trusting Thee to make me holy
By Thy blood.

4 I am trusting Thee to guide me;
Thou alone shalt lead,
Ev’ry day and hour supplying
All my need.

 

5 I am trusting Thee for power;
Thine can never fail.
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me
Must prevail.

 

6 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus;
Never let me fall.
I am trusting Thee forever
And for all.

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… but be very careful!

Then we turned back and set out toward the wilderness along the route to the Red Sea, as the Lord had directed me. For a long time we made our way around the hill country of Seir. Then the Lord said to me, “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north. Give the people these orders: ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful.

JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 2 IN FOCUS)


God may be with you, but be very careful; God can fight for you, but be very careful! God might be taking  a journey with you, but be very careful and fully obey your   Commander! God was with Zechariah, but his simple doubt  made him experienced God in a different way!

19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. (Luke 1)

Know your own and do not fight your own! Even in the womb, they knew themselves in a positive bonding way! “At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1

Fight not your own; fight not your own, and do not provoke your own to war! God said to them, “Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.  You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.”

Fear can breed so many ill ‘fruits’! Fear can cause people to take unthinkable steps! Fear can make people grow their envy within to bear bad fruits! Fear can make people attack others unthinkably even when one party is totally innocent (Numbers 22)! Because of fear, well trained soldiers well trembling at the shout of Goliath (1 Samuel 17).  Fear is not for the children of God, it is instead a weapon for the children of God, ” For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). We ought not to fear fear, but to fear God and obey His commands, then He will make us be fearful! “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10)  God said unto them, “They will be afraid of you, but be very careful.”. If David could kill Goliath, what about Saul? Because of fear, Saul pursued David with all his strength and might! (2 Samuel 7)

Jesus Christ sending the disciples said to them, ” I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. ” (Matthew 10:16)

“Then the Lord said to me, “Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.” (Numbers 2)  Concentrate on the journey and do not just  jump into any war at all! Concentrate on the journey and do not go fight for any land at all! Do not fight your own! Do not fight your own!

God knew their names and He could mention their names! How well do you know God and how well does God know you? There are billions of people who wake up each day to continue the journey of life, “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2:19)

Gaining salvation is important, but working on our salvation with fear and trembling is our non negotiable duty (1 Corinthians 10:12). Remember Balaam and ponder over Jude 1! Jesus Christ said, ” Many will say unto me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:22-23). Lot’s wife had been saved from destruction, but she could not get to a final destination!

… Be very careful! Take a joyful walk with God to the very end; trust and obey and He shall lead you with His fear upon all you shall encounter! The hymn writer wrote, ” Courage, brother! do not stumble, though your path be dark as night; there’s a star to guide the humble: trust in God, and do the right. Let the road be rough and dreary, and its end far out of sight; foot it bravely; strong or weary, trust in God, trust in God, trust in God, and do the right.” They will be afraid of you, but be very careful.

Know your own and do not fight your own! Fight not your own; fight not your own, and do not provoke your own to war! Is Christ divided? (1 Corinthians 1:13). There is a different destination than Canaan: Heaven above! Jesus Christ is calling; calling all unto Himself! Come, take a careful walk with Him and let Him lead the journey! Now, turn to Him! Now, turn to Him! Now truly turn to Him! Now truly turn to Him and let Him lead the way to a joyful and fulfilling end! …” in him it has always been “Yes.” 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.” (2 Corinthians 1)


HYMN

I hear thy welcome voice

Author: Lewis Hartsough (1872)

1. I hear Thy welcome voice
That calls me, Lord, to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood
That flowed on Calvary.

I am coming, Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

2. Tho’ coming weak and vile,
Thou dost my strength assure;
Thou dost my vileness fully cleanse,
Till spotless all, and pure.

 

I am coming, Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

3. ‘Tis Jesus calls me on
To perfect faith and love,
To perfect hope and peace and trust,
For earth and heav’n above.

 

I am coming, Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

 

4. All hail! atoning blood!
All hail! redeeming grace!
All hail! the gift of Christ our Lord,
Our strength and righteousness.

 

I am coming, Lord!
Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
That flowed on Calvary!

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Adventure… don’t be afraid!

 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God


(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 1 IN FOCUS)


He still calms storms! He still calms storms! It was all a smooth sailing until a storm arose! “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?” 39 He 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!” (Mark 4:35-41)

Would they not have gone back to ‘indentured servitude’ if the Lord had lead them on a path where the whole army of their enemies would not be crushed and rendered no more? Would the Egyptians not have gone to bring the Israelites back at a later day, and without any struggle due to their huge army, when they felt they had missed a great workforce? But the Israelites never understood the ways of God on their way to Canaan and they grumbled against God even when God was fighting for them!

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen  and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14)

Oh mortal man, trust your Immortal God! Oh mortal man, wholly trust and obey! Oh mortal man, know ye not that there is an Immortal God who has all authority, power and dominion? Oh mortal man, why thou trust in doubt when you can trust in God? In the adventurous journey of life, and in the walk with God, sometimes things may not be as you want, but do not grumble and never rebel against the living Sovereign God! fully trust and wholly obey, even when you have not yet see anything!

Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?  (Psalm 94:9). Trust! Wholly trust! He knows the paths of life, and he sees tomorrow better than us! He made the tomorrow we have not yet see and he knows what is in tomorrow!

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12 :28-29)

“The king asked them, “What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?” They replied, “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.” Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’ ” Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men. At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’ “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men. ” (2 Kings 1) (see 2 kings 6)

Whatever He did, he can do again! Have faith! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Trust and obey! They had evidence of an existing Canaan, but they rebelled against God! They saw God fighting for them, but they did not fully trust Him! Oh mortal man, remember Deuteronomy one! Oh mortal man, be still and know that Jesus Christ still calms storms!


HYMN

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side

Author: Kathrina von Schlegel; Translator: Jane Borthwick (1855)

1 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to thy God to order and provide;
in ev’ry change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
thro’ thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

 

2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice, who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3 Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
and all is darkened in the veil of tears,
then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
from His own fullness all He takes away.

 

4 Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on
when we shall be forever with the Lord,
when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

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…good judgment

15 So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you—as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you.  Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 1 IN FOCUS)


Good judgment is good for good living and for an awesome societal harmony! Are you being judged by many millions? Leave it to God! Are you being judged by the trusted and untrusted, look up to God! Are you judging others? Remember;  judgment belongs to God. “The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” (Exodus 2)

There are always issues of misunderstanding, and an unattended to misunderstanding does not just lead to disintegration and hatred with time, but also societal wars and woes! Where good judgment exists, understanding always takes a seat and unity lives there with joy!  In their journey to Canaan, there were many  issues, but Moses had listening ears and he appointed men of wisdom, God fearing and of good repute to judge with fairness and firmness!

13 The next day Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening. 14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning till evening?” 15 And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God; 16 when they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make them know the statutes of God and his laws.” 17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good.

18 You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. 19 Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, 20 and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do.

21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 22 And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. 23 If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” (Exodus 18)

Judgment belongs to God, Moses said unto them.  “”Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” (Luke 12). Each day, we judge people and things and it is important we mind how and what we judge; it is very necessary we give careful thought to judging others and things!

Jesus Christ faced the judgments of the then and they crucified Him, because they ‘found’  accusations against him. He said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7) And He added, “ And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” (Luke 12)

The apostles faced judgment from the leaders. They were sent to prison, but God overruled their judgment by leading the disciples out of prison, even under strict guards!

33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

40 His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. (Acts 5)

The apostle said, “This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”

Settle disputes, but be careful judging! Caution, but be careful when judging! Admonish and rebuke, but be careful judging! Seek reconciliation, but be careful judging! One day, the judge of all whom they judged and crucified, but He rose and ascended unto Heaven above  will appear in his glory to judge all men according to their actions, words, thoughts, deeds and works! (Matthew 12:36)

11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. ( Revelation 22)


HYMN

The great tremendous day’s approaching

Published in 47 hymnals

The great tremendous day’s approaching,
That awful scene is drawing nigh;
Was long foretold by ancient prophets,
Decreed from all eternity.

2 But O my soul reflect and wonder!
That awful scene is drawing near,
When you shall see that great transaction,
When Christ in Judgment shall appear.

3 See nature stand all in amazement,
To hear the last loud trumpet sound,
Arise ye dead and come to judgment!
Ye nations of the world around.

4 Loud thunder rumbling through the concave;
Bright forked lightnings part the skies;
The heavens a shaking, the earth a quaking,
The gloomy sight attracts mine eyes.

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Enough! Break camps…

 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 1  IN FOCUS)


Break camps! Break camps! Break camps and advance into the ‘lands’ with urgency! Break camps! Why thou seateth at tables  feasting, dancing and rejoicing when souls are dying? Break camps and go for the ‘lands’! Oh universal body of Jesus Christ, awake to your solemn onus! Oh Lord Jesus Christ, rebuke our slothfulness and make us take Thy cross daily! Oh universal body  of Jesus Christ, many are dying even at the feet of the church! Oh universal body of Jesus Christ, many are hungry for the Word! Break camps! Break camps! Break camps!

“So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.  We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word. ” (Acts 6: 3)

Break camps, for He was a man on the field, going to the people and to their very homes! Break camps, for He was on the streets saving Zacchaeus on a tree!  Break camps, for His doors were open to  Nicodemus even in the night, at a zero cost! Break camps, for He was in the synagogues leading the people from the streets into the house of His Father, responding to their questions; questioning the wrongs there and healing the paralytic! Wait not for them to come; go to them and to their very homes, and lead them to salvation! His welcoming hands welcomed children, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them”  He said Break camps, for it took Ezekiel to go into the valleys for God to use him to give life to dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14)! Go to them; to their very lands! Go to them, to their very abodes ( Matthew 25:36-40)! Go to them; to their very streets! Go to them, as Christ directs! They had lands to conquer; we have souls to win!  He was a leader in action: Jesus Christ the son of the Living God!

It is all like a man who travelled to a wonderful city and found the place worthy for living and upon seeing the vast unoccupied mansions went to bring his friend, but when the friend came and saw the mansions, he forgot to also go back and bring other people to occupy other empty mansions,  instead sought to sell the empty mansions he never knew how really they were built!

Oh saved, do not act in a way to be a direct or indirect  hindrance and obstruction to the salvation of an unsaved, for one soul brings joy in Heaven! He came not to condemn, but to show love and compassion with understanding to the lands and their inhabitants: Jesus Christ!

He said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the Kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.”  ( Matthew 23:13)

Oh body of Christ Jesus, lift up your eyes and see the lands, the shores and the coasts that await a toast of the Word! Oh body of Christ, recall the pilgrims of old! Is Christ divided? Unity in diversity, but for a common purpose: rescuing, keeping and preparing souls for the coming of the Kingdom of God, in truth and in Spirit! “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There was no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands   or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as had need.” (Acts 4:12). The then, now and those to come,  they shall all stand before the same judgment seat of God Almighty! ( Matthew 20:1-16)

Why should a soul die because of want and lack when the whole body of Christ have in abundance? Why should souls die in condemnation because of the abundance and wealth they possess when the body of Christ  have salvation! Why should many perish in ignorance and wrong knowledge when the body of Christ Jesus have the truth they can freely offer! Why should many die with their unbelief when the body of Christ can speak faith in peace to their hearing?  Break camps and go for the lands! Go for the lands, lest the field be filled with only ‘weeds’! Go for the lands with salvation, understanding, love and peace! Oh body of Christ, take up your cross and remember the flock! Oh body of Christ, go sow the seeds!

Much works have been done, but  The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country … ! It is not all about how many times we say we love Him or what we always get from Him, but the true works we need to do for Him! “When they had finish eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ” Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”  Jesus said, ” Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, ” Simon son of John, did you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep…” (John 21 ).

Sons of God, march forward!

 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”


HYMN

Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,

“Who will go and work today?”

Author: Daniel March (1868)

 Hark, the voice of Jesus crying,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting;
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calls us,
rich reward He offers free;
who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I, send me, send me”?

2 If you cannot cross the ocean,
and the distant lands explore,
you can find the lost around you,
you can help them at your door.
If you cannot give your thousands,
you can give the widow’s mite;
what you truly give for Jesus,
will be precious in His sight.

3 If you cannot be the watchman
standing high on Zion’s wall,
pointing out the path to heaven,
off’ring life and peace to all,
with your pray’rs and with your bounties
you can do what heav’n demands;
you can be like faithful Aaron
holding up the prophet’s hands.

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Distinctive footprints…

They said, “When the Lord commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance to the Israelites by lot, he ordered you to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: NUMBERS 36 IN FOCUS)


 King Solomon said,  “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” (Proverbs 13:22 KJV). In Numbers twenty seven, we hear of   Zelophehad’s  daughters crying for their fathers in heritance and God approved their quest! David said, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing” (Psalm 37:25-26)

“Hope in the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it. I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found. Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace. But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked” (Psalm 37: 34 -)

Though an unjust man acquire wealth through all means, and though he leaves an inheritance, such inheritance becomes an inheritance of woes to his children’s children and a blessing to unmerited persons, but the inheritance of He who fears the Lord last to be a blessing to his children’s children and also unto many others!

It was said unto them, “No inheritance in Israel is to pass from one tribe to another, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal inheritance of their ancestors.” The daughters of Zelophehad stood to protect their fathers inheritance. There are many people who though are left with legacies and inheritance, yet, they least see the real value, the toil and pain that went into getting such inheritance and the real reasons to protect such legacies with all might and strength and they allow such inheritance to be inherited by unmerited persons!

Do something distinctive; let it be noble, lasting and solemn! Ecclesiastes 11:6 says, “sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands not  be idle, for  you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well”

Jesus Christ said, ” You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and  bear fruits — fruit that will last… “( John 15:16). We ought to leave an inheritance, and it must be solemn and distinctive! Let us always remember that though we ought to leave inheritance, we must not let inheritance inherit us (Matthew 4:9; 1 Timothy 6:7) ! It is written, Love not the world, neither the  things in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. ” 1 (John 2:15-17)

How can we live without leaving something noble and lasting; Protect your inheritance and don’t let the toils of thy fathers be in vain; and as we do that let us not forget what is written, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and thieves do not break in to steal. (Matthew 6:20)

Let us not let the legacies and inheritance of our Lord Jesus Christ be in vain!  Let us seek for an inheritance in heaven above as we leave something here on earth!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you” (1Peter 1)


HYMN

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold

Author: Rhea F. Miller (1922)

1 I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands.
I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hand

Chorus:
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway.
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

2 I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.
I’d rather be true to His holy name [Chorus]

 

3 He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs.
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead [Chorus]

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A city of refuge

Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone may flee

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION : NUMBERS 35 IN FOCUS)


In Him, sinners become free from sin! In Him, murderers no more serve murder, but they become an epitome of honor! In Him, the adulterous no more becomes entangled with adultery, but becomes a  good standard for purity! In Him, the thief no more steals, but teaches others how to live by the word of God! He is a refuge; a refuge for sinners! He is a refuge; a refuge for doubters! He is a refuge; a refuge for the unbelief! He is a refuge; a refuge for they that grow weary! He is a refuge; a refuge for the lost!

” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1

It was said unto them,

16 “‘If anyone strikes someone a fatal blow with an iron object, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death. 17 Or if anyone is holding a stone and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death. 18 Or if anyone is holding a wooden object and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death. 19 The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death; when the avenger comes upon the murderer, the avenger shall put the murderer to death. 20 If anyone with malice aforethought shoves another or throws something at them intentionally so that they die 21 or if out of enmity one person hits another with their fist so that the other dies, that person is to be put to death; that person is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when they meet.

22 “‘But if without enmity someone suddenly pushes another or throws something at them unintentionally 23 or, without seeing them, drops on them a stone heavy enough to kill them, and they die, then since that other person was not an enemy and no harm was intended, 24 the assembly must judge between the accused and the avenger of blood according to these regulations.” ( read Numbers 35)

Jesus Christ said,

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. (Matthew 5)

He is a refuge for sinners! He took the place of a condemned and he (the condemned) become free! Do not let doubt be your anchor! Do not let unbelief be your reason (Luke 23:37)! Do not rejoice because sin is yielding something good for you!” For the wages of sin is death”. Death; absolute death, now and the tomorrow to come! Run to the city of refuge; run to Jesus Christ!

19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. 23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. 26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. (Matthew 27 KJV). He who knows Him and live by Him no more know sin nor live with sin! Hold on to Jesus Christ for He is a city of refuge (read John 17, Romans 8:1). Because of Him, many are honored! Because of Him, many have redemption!

“2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (John 8 KJV) Sin no more, He said unto her! Flee from sin and return to your city of refuge: Jesus Christ the son of the Living God!

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6


HYMN

There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins

Author: William Cowper (1772)

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains:
Lose all their guilty stains,
Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.

2 The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away:
Wash all my sins away,
Wash all my sins away;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.

3 Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its pow’r,
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved, to sin no more:
Be saved, to sin no more,
Be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more.

E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die:
And shall be till I die,
And shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.

5 When this poor lisping, stamm’ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save:
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save,
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save;
then in a nobler, sweeter song
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save.