Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
With the Armor of God - Stand
We have been writing about our bondage to sin and death (MEM 118) and our freedom in Messiah (MEM 119). But how do we remain free from sin’s bondage? We are faced with the flesh which is still bound to sin. But the inner man has been set free from this bondage if we have repented, accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as our Savior, our Deliver and Redeemer then His Spirit indwells us and He becomes our Master. Yet daily we are faced with the lust of our flesh, the pulls of this world, the bombardment of desires that oppose the work of YHVH (The LORD) in our lives. So how do we maintain a strong relationship with our Creator? How do we resist that which would divide and destroy our new life in Yeshua?
This is how we - the children of God - can stand in the freedom wherein we have been called.
Paul’s closing statement in this letter to the Ephesians:
Eph 6:10Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. (NAS unless indicated)
Be able to Stand:
Eph 6:11Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Our battle is Spiritual:
2 Corinthians 11:3But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:11in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan…
Thank God - He is able:
Col 1:12giving thanks to the Father… 13 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
Jude 1:24Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand …
Hebrews 13:6so that we confidently say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid…"
Put on the Armor of God:
Eph 6:13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Note!This is supernatural Armor - it is of God
In the letter to the Romans:
Rom 13:12The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Be girded with truth(Satan attacks the truth - he is a liar)
Eph 6:14Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, …
Isaiah 11:5Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins… (See also Isaiah 5:27)
John 8:32and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
The breastplate of righteousness:
Eph 6:14… and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Isaiah 59:17And He put on righteousness like a breastplate …
Yeshua is our righteousness:
1Cor 1:30But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
Phil 1:11… the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ…
Eph 6:15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Three things - 1) preparation might be better rendered readiness [as a horse properly shod] - 2) the good news, our peace with the Father because of Yeshua, gives us the freedom to be agile, moving about confidently without hindrance - 3) we are bringing that good news to others.
Habakkuk 3:19The Lord God is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places…
Isaiah 52:7How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
Eph 6:16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.
Genesis 15:1After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great."
Faith that comes Through Yeshua:
Remember the Armor is God’s, so the shield of faith is His Faith
Rom 12:3… as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
Acts 3:16"…the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health …
1Tim 1:14…the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.
The Helmet of Salvation:
Eph 6:17And take the helmet of salvation…
Our thoughts, our head needs to be protected by Messiah’s salvation.
Isaiah 59:17And He put on … a helmet of salvation on His head…
1 Thessalonians 5:8… having put on … as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
The Sword of the Spirit:
Eph 6:17…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
2 Corinthians 6:7in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left,
Isaiah 49:2And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword…
Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Now that you are fitted with the Armor of God:
Eph 6:18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
Luke 21:36"But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."
Ephesians 5:16making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
Yeshua’s commission to Paul:
Acts 26:18to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.'
Revelation 3:10'Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth.
1 Peter 1:13Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1Cor 16:13Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
Gal 5:1It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
1Thess 3:8for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)
Doing all to Stand:
Proverbs 3:5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 9:6"Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding."
Proverbs 19:21Many are the plans in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD, it will stand.
Proverbs 23:23Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
To stand in the power of YHVH’s Spirit we need the Wisdom of Yeshua and the understanding to walk in that wisdom.
Proverbs 21:16A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
Master Yeshua grant us Your wisdom that we might stand in the power of Your strength.
"People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives...and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted." - Nate Saint, missionary martyr
In our seeking the Kingdom of God and YHVH’s righteousness we should find where He wants us to be, His plan for calling us, what talents He has given us to show forth His glory, His power, His grace. Do not waste your calling.
Eph 4:1I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
1Cor 7:17Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And thus I direct in all the churches.
2Tim 1:9who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
1Pet 1:15but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
Eph 2:10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Father You called us in Yeshua for a purpose - Help us see it clearly and by Your grace respond.
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and faith.)
"Even the most secret breath of pride, in self-seeking, self-will, self-confidence, or self-exaltation, is only the strengthening of that self that cannot enter the kingdom or possess the things of the kingdom because it refuses to allow God to be who He is." Andrew Murray
Luke 18:11"The Pharisee stood and was praying thus to himself, 'God, I thank Thee that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-gatherer.
It is interesting that this man was praying to him-self.
John 5:19Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
Rom 6:6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin;
Phil 2:3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;
Jas 1:26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. 27 This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Therefore to the Self we say:
1Cor 15:31… I die daily.
Yeshua, Savior, it was the pride of Satan that lifted him above his position - keep us humble.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
In Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem he covered many aspects of a malfunctioning society because of sin. Therefore Solomon asks that His people would have a focal point so they can confess their transgressions and be delivered by the Almighty God.
2Chr 6:24"And if Thy people Israel are defeated before an enemy, because they have sinned against Thee, and they return to Thee and confess Thy name, and pray and make supplication before Thee in this house, 25 then hear Thou from heaven and forgive the sin of Thy people Israel, and bring them back to the land which Thou hast given to them and to their fathers.
Our Father in heaven, thank You for giving us access to Your very presence by the shed blood of our Savior, that we might seek Your forgiveness, Your healing, Your restoration, and Your grace - in Yeshua’s Name Amen
How does God feel about issues we face today?
If you were a Levite in ancient Israel, in charge of caring for God’s temple, how important would it be to you? Do you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? So in effect you are in charge of temple care and maintenance. How well are you maintaining your temple? Not just physically but also spiritually. Do not neglect to examine what goes in and comes out of your temple, through your eyes, ears, and mouth. Your body is his. How you treat it tells volumes about how you think of His creation. Take some time and examine where your temple needs maintenance.
1Cor 6:19What? Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
The Dromedary Camel
If you ever doubted that God exists, meet the very technical, highly engineered dromedary camel.
YHVH may we never stop standing in Awe of Your ways.
Why Men Don't Live As Long As Women -
It starts at a young age and just gets worse.
The tool of man’s choosing - Straight Screwdriver:
A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.
Have a good day!
95 Theses to the Modern Evangelical Church
by Greg Gordon - (founder of SermonIndex.net)
81. A serious, sober, self-controlled Christianity is very seldom found or preached. (2Pt 3:11; 1Pt 4:7; Jude 3)
82. The "church" at large has forgotten how to pray. (1Jn 3:22; Acts 6:4; 1Ths 5:17)
83. Many "churches" are more dependent on tradition than the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Mk 7:13; Acts 16:6; Acts 13:2)
(By Michael Boldea Jr.)
Continue to Stand
"No, the following is not for the indifferent, it is not for the apathetic, it is not for the lukewarm, it is for those of you who are battle weary, who are bruised and scarred, who are weary and hurting, yet continue to stand, to fight, to press on toward the prize of everlasting life."
Eph 6:10Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.
Deserve success and it will assuredly come.
Life without a mission is a tremendous omission.
No revenge is more honorable than the one not taken.
Failures are those who thought and never did and those who did and never thought.
Don’t count the harsh words said; tally the years of love instead.
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
Pray for a good harvest but continue to hoe.
Guard the Truth
But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the people of Israel. And the Levites shall keep guard over the tabernacle of the testimony.(Numbers 1:53; ESV)
The tribe of Levi was set apart by God for the work of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and later in Israel's history, the Temple. One of the Levites' responsibilities was to guard the Mishkan "...so that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the people of Israel." The protection of true religion with its priesthood and rituals was for the welfare of the people.
By Alan Gilman
*(This document was edited for length)
Thou art my hiding place; Thou dost preserve me from trouble; Thou dost surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Stand - look around - it is YHVH that gives us a safe, secure hiding place - Therefore rejoice.
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20And blessed be God Most High…)
Ephesians 6:10Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.
1. A.D. 30 - According to historical calculations
2 The Lord’s grace - 1 Corinthians 12:7-9
3. A white horse - Revelation 19:11
4. Foolish controversies, genealogies, arguments and quarrels about the law - Titus 3:9
5. 40 years - 1 Kings 11:42
6. Balaam - Numbers 22:28-30
7. Yeshua (Jesus) - Matthew 13:57
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