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!
You May be a Saint if…
As we approach The Passover season we need to take a closer look at ourselves and see if we are looking like a saint - like one redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
The Apostle Paul writes:
Eph 1:1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and who are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Who then is a saint?
If we are in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) and faithful, as above, it would be safe to say we are a saint. So how do we define a saint?
In the Hebrew word for saint is translated as: sacred, holy, holy one, saint, set apart
In the Greek saint is one that is sacred (physically pure morally blameless or religious ceremonially consecrated)
From Webster’s (1828 dictionary) a saint is one sanctified
1. In a general sense, to cleanse, purify or make holy.
2. To separate, set apart or appoint to a holy, sacred or religious use.
God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. Gen 2.
3. To purify; to prepare for divine service... Ex 19.
4. To separate, ordain and appoint to the work of redemption and the government of the church. John 10.
5. To cleanse from corruption; to purify from sin; to make holy be detaching the affections from the world and its defilements, and exalting them to a supreme love to God.
Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John 17. Eph 5.
6. To make the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety.
7. To make free from guilt.
8. To secure from violation.
To sanctify God, to praise and celebrate him as a holy being; to acknowledge and honor his holy majesty, and to reverence his character and laws. Isa 8.
Note what Yeshua (Jesus) said just before His crucifixion:
John 17:19"And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
Our Master said to Saul (Paul)
Acts 26:18(You are) to 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.'
Then the Apostle goes on to say to the saints:
1Cor 6:11… but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
Heb 10:10… we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:29… the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified…
Note:we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Yeshua Messiah and the blood of the new covenant...
Many are about to observe the annual anniversary of the new covenant …
Luke 22:15And He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
Luke 22:19And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
The Apostle Paul’s instruction about this observance:
1Cor 5:7Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
1Cor 11:23For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
1Cor 11:25In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
The Apostle ask us to examine ourselves because --
1Cor 11:27…whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.
1Cor 11:28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.
1Cor 11:31But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord in order that we may not be condemned along with the world.
The epistle to the Ephesians list what the sanctified ones (saints) look like. It would be helpful to compare this list with our own values in Messiah. May we see our need to be faithfully devoted and committed to the only One who will truly sanctify us by making us holy.
[We can only be as holy (sanctified, set apart) as much as we have Yeshua abiding in us.]
2Cor 13:5Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you -- unless indeed you fail the test?
This may be called the list of saintly attributes; it is a take off on Jeff Foxworthy’s "You may be a redneck if…" only with the saint in view:
You may be a saint …
(if you added by MEM)
Eph 4:1if you Walk in a manner worthy of the calling
4:2if you Have all humility and gentleness, patience, showing forbearance to one another
4:7if you Display the grace given according to the measure of Christ's gift
4:13if you Have unity of the faith, being a mature person …in the fullness of Christ
4:14if you Are no longer as a child, tossed about by every wind of doctrine
4:15if you Speak the truth in love - growing up in all aspects in Christ
4:17if you Walk no longer as the Gentiles that are 18 excluded from the life of God
4:22if you Lay aside the old self
4:23if you Are renewed in the spirit of your mind
4:24if you Have put on the new self, in the likeness of God
4:25if you lay aside all falsehood…
4:26if you When angry, do not sin
4:27if you do not give the devil any opportunity
4:28if you labor, performing with your own hands what is good, in order to share
4:29if you Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your mouth
4:30if you Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God
4:31if you Have no bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander or malice
4:32if you Are being kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving in love
You may be a saint …
Eph 5:1if you Are imitators of God…
5:2if you walk in love
5:3if you do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you,
5:4if you let no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting 5:5 for no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God
5:6if you Let no one deceive you with empty words
5:8if you walk as children of light 9 which consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth
5:10if you try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord
5:11if you do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness… 12 it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them
5:16if you make the most of your time, because the days are evil
5:17if you are not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
5:18if you are filled with the Spirit
5:19if you are speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord
5:20if you are always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God
You may be a saint …
5:22if you Wives, are subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord
5:25if you Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
6:1if you Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right
6:4if you fathers do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord
6:5if you Slaves, are obedient to those who are your masters … with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ
6:9if you masters, … give up threatening, …as their Master and yours is in heaven know there is no partiality with Him
You may be a saint …
6:10if you are strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might
6:11if you have put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil
6:14if you Stand firm, girded your loins with truth, put on the breastplate of righteousness
6:15if you have shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace
6:16if you take up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one
6:17if you take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
6:18if you pray at all times in the Spirit, with all perseverance and petition for all the saints
6:23if so then peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
6:24If so then Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible
Thank You Father for Your New Covenant; Yeshua in us, the hope of glory.
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)
Eph 5:15Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise…
Proverbs 1:2To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, 3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; 4 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, 5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.
Proverbs 19:20Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.
Proverbs 3:7Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 8:33"Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.
We cannot be like Yeshua "until Christ is formed in you - " Gal 4:19
"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads --"- Albert Camus
Rom 14:22The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
Isa 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!"
YHVH, happiness is knowing Your Salvation; for goodness and mercy shall follow me all my days
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and death to self.)
"Beware of the mistake so many make. They have so many qualifications and limitations, so many thoughts and questions as to what true humility is to be and to do that they never unreservedly yield themselves to it. Humble yourself unto death. It is in the death to self that humility is perfected. At the root of all real experience of grace and true advance in consecration is conformity to the likeness of Jesus, which affects our dispositions and our habits. The reason I mention disposition and habit is that it is possible to speak of walking in the Spirit while there is still evidence of self. True humility will manifest itself in daily life. The one who has it will take the form of a servant. It is possible to speak of fellowship with a despised and rejected Jesus and of bearing His cross, while the meek and lowly Lamb of God is not seen and rarely sought. The Lamb of God means two things: meekness and death. Let us seek to receive Him in both forms." Andrew Murray
1John 3:7Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;
Thus we should not deceive our selves thinking we are a saint when our actions deny our words.
Job 13:9"Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?
Yeshua, Master, our salvation is to become like You by dying to self -"take up your cross and..."
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
Consider Job, as he faced an impossible situation in man’s eyes; he never gave up on his prayer. Do we pray to the only One that can deliver us both today and tomorrow?
Job 16:17…there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.
1Tim 2:8Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
YHVH, despite our materialistic condition we need a close relationship with You now.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
A more effective witness
God’s people should be the most fit, healthy, energetic and stable minded people on the planet. Instead, many who call themselves Christians are no better, often worse than the world and then expect God to do a quick fix on them to make them all better despite it being their consequences for their caretaking or lack of caretaking of their body. Or they do the martyr’s march - "bearing" the burden of sickness that He has placed on them. God wants His people healthy, to be victorious with strength flowing in their bones. But are they willing to be disciplined in eating healthy and give up or sacrifice the things they shouldn’t be eating? You need to take seriously how important food is. It is your fuel, it sustains the incredible machine your body is. One of Satan’s great tools to distract God’s people is food. Look at how ineffective you feel if you are unhealthy, obese and lack energy. Work to not just claim but also display victory in your life, to become a more effective witness. Choose to glorify God, not your cravings.
Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.(1Cor 6:19-20)
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
Six Boys and 13 HandsEach year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable. On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.
Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, 'Where are you guys from?'
Older than Dirt
'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
'All the food was slow.'
'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained.
'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).
We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.
I was 21 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.'
When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had..
I never had a telephone in my room.
The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.
On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.
Ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing gum
Three women were all applying for the last available position on the Texas Highway Patrol. The detective conducting the interview looked at the three of them and said, "So y'all want to be cops, huh?"
Have a good day!
(By Michael Boldea Jr.)
"We refused to defend the small things because we thought them unworthy of our efforts, and the more ground we gave up, the bolder the enemy became. Soon enough, here the enemy stood at the castle walls, and now the church has gotten so used to running it has gotten so used to giving up ground, that it is having a difficult time mustering up the courage to defend the city itself."
"When we stand our ground, when we defend the truth of God’s word, when we are willing to put our reputations on the line for the sake of Christ, and suffer the mocking and scorn that will surely come from the godless, it is the Lord that will fight alongside us; it is the Lord who will ensure our victory."
Michael Boldea Jr.
There is never want where the mind is satisfied
There’s no fun in medicine, but there’s lots of medicine in fun
I thought the ladies were whistling at me until I discovered it was my hearing aid
You know you’re getting old when your age in years surpasses your height in inches
You’re getting older when every move you make becomes a joint effort
People decide their habits, and their habits decide their future
Tomorrow is often the busiest of the week
Where Did You Come From?
Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?(Deuteronomy 32:6; ESV)
When our children were little, if you asked them, "Where did you come from?" they would have answered, "From God." Cute? Even if God were the creator, people don't actually come from God, do they?
In (the scripture above) the people of Israel are reminded that God is their father. But what does that mean? Does it matter? I imagine if we were the random product of natural processes alone, then nothing matters. Life has no meaning. Values, standards, and morals have no actual basis beside preferences and desires.
Yet most people know the truth that there is meaning in life. We know intuitively that relationships, especially our most intimate ones are not the product of impersonal random chance. The reason why so many people are so very hurt by their fathers is because we carry in our hearts an ideal of what fathers should be. Where does that come from?
The father relationship is as crucial as it is because it is derived from The Father of us all (see Acts 17:28). The above reminder to Israel at some level is a reminder to all people. God as the great original progenitor is personally everyone's Father. That he used secondary causes - our natural parents - to bring us into the world is beside the point. You exist because God birthed you.
Every human being has their origins in God. You were specifically designed on purpose and for a purpose. The sense of meaninglessness so pervading life today is primarily due to our being disconnected from this realization. We are not made to simply learn how to cope with life, but as God's children to serve the high purpose of our Father.
Accepting the truth that God is our Father helps us to better understand what life is all about, but that doesn't automatically put us in right relationship with him. Scripture teaches that we come into the world predisposed as rebels against him. No matter how hard we try to feel good about ourselves, we are deeply aware that something is wrong with us. The Scriptures call this problem sin. Sin is more than misdeeds; it is the principle driving our inability to be what we should be.
But God as Father has provided a solution to the problem of sin. In Jewish tradition the Messiah was expected to come to defeat God's enemies, but an essential aspect of this victory tended to be overlooked by our ancient teachers: that to achieve that goal, the Messiah would need to resolve the internal issues that made people God's enemies in the first place. It was necessary for Yeshua to die on behalf of our sins, thereby reconciling us with our Father. And through his resurrection he empowers us to truly live as children of the Father.
By Alan Gilman
*(This document was edited for length)
O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him, there is no want.
To fear YHVH is nothing but proper worship Webster (1828)
In scripture, fear is used to express a filial or a slavish passion. In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun everything that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience. This is filial fear.
I will put my fear in their hearts. Jer 32.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
1. The Pharisees - Matthew 15:12-14
3. Aram (Assyria) - 2 Kings 5:1
4. Good, pleasing and perfect - Romans 12:2
5. Through Philistine country - Exodus 13:17
6. Rebekah - Genesis 27:5-30
7. Nathanael - John 1:45-46
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