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!
Capture A Glimpse of the Creator
Lack of humility is the explanation of every defect and failure. Humility is simply acknowledging the truth of our position as creature and yielding to God His place as Creator. Andrew Murray
The Creator from the beginning
John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Col 1:15And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created by Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
3John 1:6They have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they have gone forth on behalf of "The Name," accepting nothing from the pagans.
Three possibilities (1) the name of God, suggested by the unqualified noun with the Greek article. In Rabbinic literature "the Name" is a frequent substitute for the Tetragrammaton YHVH, the name of God… (2) Some have understood "the Name" as the self-designation of the Johannine community, or as a reference to the Christian cause at large… (3) …that this is a reference to Jesus’ name. Rom 1:5, and in 1 John 2:12 the author wrote, "your sins are forgiven on account of His (Christ’s) name." John’s Gospel "in the name of Jesus" (John 1:12, 3:18).
What is His name?
Exod 3:13Then Moses said to God, "Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them?" 14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
Yeshua (Jesus) is the ‘I AM’
John 8:23And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins."
John 8:28Jesus therefore said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.
[Note: theHe is supplied by the translators and is not in the original]
John 8:58Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
John 9:9… He kept saying, "I am the one."
John 6:35Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life…
John 8:12….Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world…"
John 10:11"I am the good shepherd…
John 10:36… 'I am the Son of God'?
John 11:25… "I am the resurrection and the life…
John 13:13"You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
John 14:6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life…
The power of the ‘I AM’
John 18:5They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarene." He said to them, "I am He." And Judas also who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6 When therefore He said to them, "I am He," they drew back, and fell to the ground.
I am a King
John 18:37Pilate therefore said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
Glory and Honor and Power to the Creator
Rev 4:10the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 "Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created."
1Chr 29:11"Thine, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Thine is the dominion, O LORD, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all.
Dan 4:34"… and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
1Tim 1:17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Rev 5:13And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever."
When we read the Scriptures we often infer what they are saying by our background, our training or our preconceived ideas. There is also one other possibility - YHVH - the Creator is revealing to us something He wants us to understand, to implement into our life, to think on and ask for further direction. This may be one of them - What do you think?
Eph 2:19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, 20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Part of His power
Eph 3:14For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:20Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Creation is the proof of God
Humility ought to be the chief mark of uprightness - is not the issue the church teaching and example is not placing proper importance on humility? Is not true humility the desire to be nothing and allows God to be all in all? Andrew Murray
Humility - the place of entire dependence upon Creator God.
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)
Proverbs 25:27It is not good to eat much honey, Nor is it glory to search out one's own glory.
Proverbs 8:14"Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.
Proverbs 15:33…And before honor comes humility.
Proverbs 29:23… a humble spirit will obtain honor.
You cannot be like Messiah "…until Christ is formed in you - " Gal 4:19
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little cloud of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." - George Bernard Shaw
Proverbs 16:4The LORD has made everything for its own purpose…
YHVH You are our purpose for living - That is being made in Your likeness - Amen
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and death to self.)
"How can I die to self? Death to self is not your work; it is God’s work. In Christ you are dead to sin; your life has gone through the process of death and resurrection. But the full manifestation of the power of this death in your disposition and conduct depends upon the measure in which the Holy Spirit imparts the power of the death of Christ. And here it is that the teaching in needed. If you would enter into full fellowship with Christ in His death, and know the full deliverance from self; humble yourself. This is your duty. Place yourself before God in your helplessness; consent to the fact that you are powerless to slay yourself; give yourself in patient and trustful surrender to God. Accept every humiliation, look upon every person who tries or troubles you as a means of grace to humble you." Andrew Murray
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; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin.
Rom 6:12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you…
Rom 6:23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Yeshua, Master, thank You for Your gift; the grace that empowers us to live righteously.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
Consider the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s time. All the organization necessary for the proper worship the Creator; bringing glory to the Holy One of Israel.
Nehemiah 11:1Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem, but the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while nine-tenths remained in the other cities. 2 And the people blessed all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 11:17and Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, who was the leader in beginning the thanksgiving at prayer…
Gill Commentary;was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: he was the presenter, or led the song at the time of the daily sacrifice, in which prayer was also made, as in many of the songs, hymns, and psalms of David:
YHVH, it is our privilege to glorify You with wholehearted worship.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
The good fight.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, unto which you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.(1Tim 6:12)
You are in a war. Not against flesh and blood but against principalities. Your enemy which you fight against is very motivated and longs to see you fail. Do you have the courage to stand up and fight when things get difficult? Everything counts in this war. The things you do, the things you say, and the thoughts you entertain. It is easy to get discouraged when things are hard. To succeed in life requires preparation and mental will power. Prepare to succeed and believe that with God you can do anything. There is no limit to what He can do, why put a limit on what you can do? He is in you, therefore you can do anything He asks you to do. It is your choice. Will you choose to trust Him, obey Him? Choose joy despite pain, hardship and suffering? Or play for the other side wearing a black cloak of despondency, negativity and depression? Your choice, choose life.
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.(Phil 4:13)
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
A proof of a Creator
Hi… I’m your liver! Let me tell you how much I am made for you… in 9 ways
1. I store the iron reserves you need, as well as a lot of vitamins and other minerals. Without me, you wouldn’t have the strength to carry on!
2. I make bile to help digest your food. Without me, you’d waste away to nothing.
3. I detoxify poisonous chemicals you give me, and that includes alcohol and drugs (prescribed and over-the-counter) as well as illegal substances. Without me, your "bad" habits would kill you.
4. I store energy, like a battery, by stockpiling sugar (carbohydrates, glucose and fat) until you need it. Without me, the sugar level in your blood could fall dramatically and you’d go into a coma.
5. I make the blood that got your system going even before you were born. Without me, you wouldn’t be here!
6. I manufacture new proteins that your body needs to stay healthy and grow. Without me, you wouldn’t grow properly!
7. I remove poisons from the air, exhaust smoke and chemicals you breathe. Without me, you’d be poisoned by pollutants!
8. I make clotting factors that stop the bleeding when you accidentally prick yourself. Without me, you’d bleed to death!
9. I help defend you against the germs going into your body all the time. I take those cold germs, flu bugs and other germs you encounter, and knock them dead - or at least weaken them. Without me, you’d be a sitting duck for every infection known to man.
That’s how much I love you… but how much do you love me?
Take My advice:
Your silent partner and ever-loving liver
Cranky Old Man
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.
An old Italian lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work as the ground was hard.
His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:
I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over… I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
Have a good day!
(By Michael Boldea Jr.)
"Between those who prefer to be mere spectators, and consider that taking a stand for the truth isn’t really for them, because well, they just want to preach a positive message, and be positive and create an atmosphere of positivity, and those who surrender to the enemy before the first sword is drawn or the first bow is strung, the number of true warriors, the number of those who are willing to defend the truth and make their stand is small indeed.
"I do not trust men who call themselves warriors yet have no scars.
I do not trust men who call themselves warriors yet their armor is in pristine condition, as though they had it pressed for military funeral rather than scarred and worn as though they were standing on the front lines.
"Make no mistake, we are at war, and this spiritual war is one in which there can be no spectators. There are only three options. We either flee from before the enemy, surrender to the enemy, or make our stand against the enemy."
Eph 6:10 NKJVFinally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Michael Boldea Jr.
Look at the doughnut, not the hole
What good is a nest egg if you only sit on it?
Keep words soft and tender, because tomorrow you may have to eat them
Its fun going to class reunions, but it’s strange seeing all those old faces and new teeth
One way to define health food is anything eaten before the expiration date
Wherever love is bestowed, it brings in great returns
The city of happiness is in the state of mind
By Alan Gilman
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1Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in Thee; And in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge, Until destruction passes by.
2I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me.
3He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me. Selah. God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.
Regardless of what a day, week, month or year bring we may have the confidence that when we cry to the Most High, He will accomplish all things for us.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom, And talk of Thy power;To make known to the sons of men Thy mighty acts, And the glory of the majesty of Thy kingdom.
1. Martha - Luke 10:40
3. Sodom - Genesis 13:12
4. Righteousness - Ephesians 6:13-14
5. Darkness - Exodus 10:21-23
6. Aquila and Priscilla - Acts 18:1-3
7. Peter - Matthew 26:69,72
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