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.
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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
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Honor - What does honor mean to us today? How important is honor? Is there much in Scripture about honor? To understand the honor of Biblical times we need to do a little research. A particular honor is sometimes limited to just a few. The one that holds a favored position of honor demands respect because of office, family, inheritance, inherent qualities or virtues. To have a position of honor one has to be worthy of such. Thus to lose a favored position of honor one would have to be dis-honored (shamed).

Our high calling is one of honor

When we repent, turn to our Creator, accept the shed blood of Yeshua (Jesus) for the remission of our sin then in Yeshua the Father makes us His sons and daughters, we thus receive a position of honor as children of God.

1John 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are… 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. (NAS unless indicated)

Our purpose is to make you aware of the importance of honor as defined in Scripture. A system of honor is in place and we need to recognize where we need to properly place our honor.

Let us start by considering a warning from the One with the highest Honor:

Deuteronomy 28:58 "If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honored and awesome name, the LORD (YHVH)* your God, 59 then the LORD will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses.

* The English letters of the Hebrew for LORD are Y-H-V-H, most often translated "The LORD". It is the name of the Eternal One and is a self-proclamation of His very nature, the Great "I Am". He alone has all authority, the one who is, who is to come, and always was, Creator of Heaven and earth and all that is therein. The awesome name is who YHVH is; to Him belongs all Honor and Glory, even so, Amen.

Mal 2:2 "If you do not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to give honor to My name," says the LORD of hosts, "then I will send the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; and indeed, I have cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart.

Thus we see the above Scriptures link honor with obedience (to listen is to do). In the written Word we have quoted the spoken word of YHVH; that we listen to and take to heart giving honor to His awesome name.


What can we learn from Scripture and commentary that will give us insight into honoring our Creator or anyone worthy of honor?

Ps 50:23 "He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."

Yeshua (Jesus, means Salvation) is worthy of honor

Rev 4:11 "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."


Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary:

SHAME AND HONOR (Edited for length)

Honor and shame were values that shaped everyday life in biblical times. Honor, the primary measure of social status, was based upon ascribed honor and acquired honor. Inherited or ascribed honor was social standing due to being part of a social unit, principally the family. Those born to rulers and leaders were held in high esteem due to family honor. Jewish preoccupation with genealogies ensured inherited honor was secure. Matthew (Matt. 1:1-17) and Luke (Luke 3:23-38) give genealogies for Jesus that highlight the high status claimed for Him. In Matthew, Jesus’ pedigree is right both as to Jewishness (direct link to Abraham) and His right to be king of the Jews (descended from David). Luke traces Jesus’ lineage through Adam to God, claiming Jesus’ right to be Savior of all of mankind.

Acquired honor was gained through meritorious deeds or public performance. Family social position provided the honor base from which males launched out with hope of increasing family and personal honor. The public forum provided challenges for gaining or losing honor. A challenge might show the superiority of one person or group over another. The party recognized as winning gained honor and the other lost honor or social standing. For example, when the Pharisees and Herodians observed Jesus to see if He would heal the man with the withered hand (Mark 3:1-6), an honor challenge took place. If Jesus violated Sabbath law, He would lose honor. If He did not heal the man, He also would lose honor. The trap looked perfect. In response to this unethical challenge, Jesus clarified the Sabbath’s intent so He could lawfully heal the man. When the trap failed, they decided to collaborate to destroy Jesus and His rising social status (which came at their expense).

Shame was not simply the opposite of honor, both positive and negative shame existed. Shame could be handled positively by knowing how to keep matters out of public awareness. For example, a woman could bear shame well by remaining covered in public and by avoiding male dominated arenas. Shame could also designate dishonor or loss of honor. When people claimed an undeserved place of honor, shame resulted (See Luke 14:7-11).

Perhaps the most vivid honor/shame text is Phil. 2:5-11. Jesus had unquestionable inherited, ascribed honor; yet He gave it all up and took the most humble of all honor bases (a slave) and died the most shaming of all deaths, crucifixion. However, God gave Him the highest of all honor positions and a name above all names on the honor scale, causing all to bow before Him. The honor code is thus defined by God instead of men.

"Shamelessness" described one who refused to abide by honor and shame codes. In Luke 18:1-8 the unjust judge is a classic example of a shameless person, one who "didn’t fear God or respect man" (HCSB). In the OT the "fool" is a "shameless" person who likewise neither feared God or respected social wisdom and norms.

Bill Warren


1Tim 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

  Be honor. Let there be all the respect and veneration shown to him which is his due.

  And glory. Praise. Let him be praised by all forever.  Barnes' Notes on the New Testament.

See section: Honor Defined


We are called to be YHVH’s priest - and as His children do we represent Him Honorably?

Lev 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, "It is what the LORD spoke, saying, 'By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'" …

1Sam 2:30 "… now the LORD declares, 'Far be it from Me -- for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.

Ps 50:15 And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me."

Isa 58:13 "If because of the Sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure, And speaking your own word,

Proverbs 3:35 The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

Honor is more than lip service

Ps 4:2 O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah. (putting anything before YHVH is to reproach Him)

Mal 1:6 "'A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?' says the LORD of hosts …

Mark 7:6 And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.

Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

John 5:23 in order that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.


John 12:26 "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

2Pet 1:17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased" --

Honor to whom honor is due

Rom 2:10 but glory and honor and peace to every man who does good

Rom 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

1Pet 2:17 Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.


Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.


Rev 5:12 …"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing."

Rev 7:12 saying, "Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."


YHVH the highest honor and glory belong to You - Therefore we bow before You.


Surely you know!


Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor…

Proverbs 18:3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes reproach.

Proverbs 22:10 Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease.

Proverbs 25:6 Do not claim honor in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of great men;

Worthy of Honor

Proverbs 3:35 The wise will inherit honor…

Proverbs 20:3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man…

Proverbs 11:16 A gracious woman attains honor…

Proverbs 21:21 He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

Proverbs 29:23 … But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

Proverbs 14:31 He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.


Eternal One our actions determines the reliability of our honor toward You - as we follow Messiah, be pleased.


"Stewardship Delegation basically means you have a clear, up-front mutual understanding and commitment regarding expatiations in five areas. First, desired results. Second, guidelines. Third, resources. Fourth, accountability. Fifth, consequences."
Stephen T. Covey

The stewardship the Creator has delegated to us is how we will be judged in the end. It begins by having a clear understanding of our relationship with Him and our role in that. Do we have our part in these five areas covered? What are the desired results? What are we using for guidelines? What resources are we using? Are we committing to accountability in our walk with Him? Are we considering the consequences if we fail to apply zeal to accomplish our commitment to honor the Creator?

Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.

Proverbs 27:18 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit; And he who cares for his master will be honored.


Yeshua, we are called to be your ambassadors, your disciples, we are Your children; may our walk honor You.

Bible Quiz
  1. Why did the Galileans welcome Yeshua (Jesus)?
  2. Which two books tell of David as king?
  3. In which river did Elisha retrieve and ax head?
  4. What nationality was the traveler who helped the man who had fallen into the hands of robbers?
  5. Curtains for the tent over the tabernacle were made of what material?
  6. From Acts, name the centurion of the Italian regiment?
  7. Who said, "The Philistines are upon you"?


In our pursuit of humility:

(Lessons from humility and exaltation)

"Accept with gratitude everything that God allows from within or without, from friend or enemy, in nature or in grace, to remind you of your need for humbling and to help you in it. Recon humility to be the mother-virtue, your very first duty before God, the one perpetual safeguard of the soul, and set your heart upon it as the source of all blessing. The promise is divine and sure; He that humbles himself shall be exalted. See that you do the one thing that God asks, and He Will see that He does the one thing He has promised. He will give more grace; He will exalt you in due time." Andrew Murray


Proverbs 22:4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.

When reading the above from Andrew Murray, one has to ask, what is the exaltation that God promises? Fame? Fortune? Wealth? No! It is to be transformed into the likeness of The Messiah, our highest honor.

1Cor 15:49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Rom 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son…

That, my friend, is being exalted.


Father, You provided the grace for us to be like Yeshua; may we be humble as we experience our exaltation.


Understanding the precepts of prayer.

Ps 142:1 A Prayer. I cry aloud with my voice to the LORD; I make supplication with my voice to the LORD.

Have we taken the time to cry aloud? Is every prayer heard? Silent or aloud YHVH does hear us - Crying aloud with our voice is an effective way to show forth our heart’s desire to honor Him.

Ps 3:4 I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.


YHVH, You look on the intent of the heart and hear us when we emphatically cry out for Your loving kindness.

Heart of God

How does God feel about issues we face today?

Honor and Respect

Do you understand the difference between honor and respect? They are similar in that you show honor to people you respect. Yet respect depends on the response of other people. You can conduct yourself honorably whether anyone else notices or responds. Honor can be internal, and is a worthwhile pursuit whether it results in respect or not. For Yeshua (Jesus) conducted himself honorably, but was still despised and rejected of men. If you are committed to doing what is right, you will do it whether anyone is watching or not, whether they approve or not. You know that the approval of God is more important than the approval of men.  (Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (Phil 2:3)

Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.

Did you know?

Kurtis, The Stock Boy

In a supermarket, Kurtis the stock boy, was busily working when a new voice came over the loud speaker asking for a carry out at register 4. Kurtis was almost finished, and wanted to get some fresh air, and decided to answer the call. As he approached the check-out stand a distant smile caught his eye, the new check-out girl was beautiful. She was an older woman (maybe 26, and he was only 22) and he fell in love.

 Later that day, after his shift was over, he waited by the punch clock to find out her name. She came into the break room, smiled softly at him, took her card and punched out, then left. He looked at her card, BRENDA. He walked out only to see her start walking up the road. Next day, he waited outside as she left the supermarket, and offered her a ride home. He looked harmless enough, and she accepted. When he dropped her off, he asked if maybe he could see her again, outside of work.
 She simply said it wasn't possible.

 He pressed and she explained she had two children and she couldn't afford a baby-sitter, so he offered to pay for the baby-sitter. Reluctantly she accepted his offer for a date for the following Saturday. That Saturday night he arrived at her
 door only to have her tell him that she was unable to go with him. The baby-sitter had called and canceled. To which Kurtis simply said, "Well, let's take the kids with us."

 She tried to explain that taking the children was not an option, but again not taking no for an answer, he pressed. Finally Brenda, brought him inside to meet her children. She had an older daughter who was just as cute as a bug, Kurtis thought, and then Brenda brought out her son, in a wheelchair. He was born a paraplegic with Down Syndrome.

 Kurtis asked Brenda, "I still don't understand why the kids can't come with us?" Brenda was amazed.
 Most men would run away from a woman with two kids, especially if one had disabilities - just like her first
 husband and father of her children had done. Kurtis was not ordinary - - - he had a different mindset.

That evening Kurtis and Brenda loaded up the kids, went to dinner and the movies.
 When her son needed anything Kurtis would take care of him. When he needed to use the restroom, he picked him up out of
his wheelchair, took him and brought him back.
 The kids loved Kurtis. At the end of the evening, Brenda knew this was the man she was going to marry and spend the rest of her life with.

A year later, they were married and Kurtis adopted both of her children. Since then they have added five more kids.

So what happened to Kurtis the stock boy and Brenda the check-out girl?

(Current when written.) Well, Mr.& Mrs. Kurt Warner now live in Arizona, where he is currently employed as the quarterback of the National Football League Arizona Cardinals and has his Cardinals in the hunt for a the Super
 bowl Championship on Feb. 1st. Is this a surprise ending or could you have guessed that he was not an ordinary person.

It should be noted that he also quarterbacked the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Simple Bible Quiz
J. Vernon Jacobs

A ship at sea, an awful storm.

Heartsick and hopeless all:

But one stood up and cheered the group:

It was the apostle ________.

(If needed see end of MEM for answer)

Lighter Side


My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, '62.'  He was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, 'Did you start at 1?'

After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings.  As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, 'Who was THAT?'

A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: 'We used to skate outside on a pond.  I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.'  The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in.  At last she said, 'I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!'

My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, 'Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?'  I mentally polished my halo and I said, 'No, how are we alike?'  'You're both old,' he replied.

A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor.  She told him she was writing a story. 'What's it about?' he asked. 'I don't know,' she replied.  'I can't read.'

Honor Defined

It would be safe to say that YHVH works on the Honor System as revealed in Scripture

Holman Bible Dictionary


Sociological studies have increased appreciation for shame and honor as two pivotal values in ancient societies. As a noun, honor approximates our ideas of esteem, respect, (high) regard, or (good) reputation.

Shame, the opposite of honor, approximates humiliation or loss of standing. Shame is also used as a euphemism for nakedness (Jer. 13:26; Nah. 3:5; Hab. 2:15). In a similar way, to give honor to private parts is to clothe them (1 Cor. 12:23-24). In Jeremiah 2:26, for example, a thief once caught suffers shame, that is, the loss of esteem in the public eye.

To honor is to recognize the value of someone or thing and to act accordingly. Honoring parents (Ex. 20:12), for example, involves providing for their material needs (Matt. 15:4-5) so that their poverty would not be a source of shame. To honor can mean to reward with tangible signs of respect (2 Chron. 16:14; Esth. 6:8-11). To shame someone is to challenge that one’s reputation or to disregard his or her worth. The ancients viewed every human action and interaction as an occasion for either gaining honor, that is, increasing one’s value in the public eye, or for being shamed, that is, having one’s estimation degraded. The desire to maintain one’s honor and to avoid shame or dishonor was a powerful incentive for right action (Job 11:3; Ps. 70:3; Ezek. 43:10). Honor was thought of as a limited good, that is, the amount of available honor was limited. If one lost honor, another had to gain honor (Prov. 5:9).

Those who demonstrate a lack of concern for matters of honor and shame are termed shameless. Having rejected the framework for values, such will do anything (Job. 19:3; Jer. 6:15). Others fail to recognize what is a source of honor and what is a source of shame. Those who are ashamed of Christ and His words (Mark 8:32) are shamed by what should give them honor.

The reference to the man and woman in Gen. 2:25 being naked and unashamed likely does not highlight that they were not bashful. Rather, their honor or respect was intact in contrast to the loss of respect they suffered when God made their guilt public (Gen. 3:8-10). Chris Church.


Webster (1828) Defines Honor

HON'OR, n. on'or. [L. honor, honos.]

1. The esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation. A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country. Mat 13.

2. A testimony of esteem; any expression of respect or of high estimation by words or actions; as the honors of war; military honors; funeral honors; civil honors.

3. Dignity; exalted rank or place; distinction. I have given thee riches and honor. 1 Ki 3. Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. Ps. 104. In doing a good thing, there is both honor and pleasure.

4. Reverence; veneration; or any act by which reverence and submission are expressed, as worship paid to the Supreme Being.

5. Reputation; good name; as, his honor is unsullied.

6. True nobleness of mind; magnanimity; dignified respect for character, springing from probity, principle or moral rectitude; a distinguishing trait in the character of good men.

7. An assumed appearance of nobleness; scorn of meanness, springing from the fear of reproach, without regard to principle; as, shall I violate my trust? Forbid it, honor.

8. Any particular virtue much valued; as bravery in men, and chastity in females.

9. Dignity of mien; noble appearance. Godlike erect, with native honor clad.

10. That which honors; he or that which confers dignity; as, the chancellor is an honor to his profession.

11. Privileges of rank or birth; in the plural. Restore me to my honors.

12. Civilities paid. Then here a slave, or if you will, a lord, To do the honors, and to give the word.

13. That which adorns; ornament; decoration. The sire then shook the honors of his head.

14. A noble kind of seignory or lordship, held of the king in capite.

On or upon my honor, words accompanying a declaration which pledge one's honor or reputation for the truth of it. The members of the house of lords in Great Britain are not under oath, but give their opinions on their honor.

Laws of honor, among persons of fashion, signify certain rules by which their social intercourse is regulated, and which are founded on a regard to reputation. These laws require a punctilious attention to decorum in external deportment, but admit of the foulest violations of moral duty.

Court of honor, a court of chivalry; a court of civil and criminal jurisdiction, having power to redress injuries of honor, and to hold pleas respecting matters of arms and deeds of war.

HON'OR, v.t on'or. [L. honoro.]

1. To revere; to respect; to treat with deference and submission, and perform relative duties to. Honor thy father and thy mother. Exo 20.

2. To reverence; to manifest the highest veneration for, in words and actions; to entertain the most exalted thoughts of; to worship; to adore. That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. John 5.

3. To dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to elevate in rank or station; to exalt. Men are sometimes honored with titles and offices, which they do not merit. Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honor. Est 6.

4. To glorify; to render illustrious. I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host. Exo 14.

5. To treat with due civility and respect in the ordinary intercourse of life. The troops honored the governor with a salute.

6. In commerce, to accept and pay when due; as, to honor a bill of exchange.

Honor in the New Testament

How do you personally feel the need to honor those that are worthy of being honored?

In today’s society honor is almost extinct - So what about believers in Messiah?

If one thinks there is in-sufficient instruction about honor in the New Testament you might thoughtfully consider these Scriptures:

Vine (edited)

(d) "honor, esteem,"

(1) used in ascriptions of worship to God, 1Tim 1:17; 1Tim 6:16; Rev 4:9, Rev 4:11; Rev 5:13; Rev 7:12; and to Christ, Rev 5:12-Rev 5:13;

(2) bestowed upon Christ by the Father, Heb 2:9; 2Pet 1:17;

(3) bestowed upon man, Heb 2:7;

(4) bestowed upon Aaronic priests, Heb 5:4;

(5) to be the reward hereafter of "the proof of faith" on the part of tried saints, 1Pet 1:7, RV;

(6) used of the believer who as a vessel is "meet for the Master's use," 2Tim 2:21;

(7) to be the reward of patience in well-doing, Rom 2:7, and of working good (a perfect life to which man cannot attain, so as to be justified before God thereby), Rom 2:10;

(8) to be given to all to whom it is due, Rom 13:7 (See 1Pet 2:17, under B, No. 1);

(9) as an advantage to be given by believers one to another instead of claiming it for self, Rom 12:10;

(10) to be given to elders that rule well ("double honor"), 1Tim 5:17 (here the meaning may be an honorarium);

(11) to be given by servants to their master, 1Tim 6:1;

(12) to be given to wives by husbands, 1Pet 3:7;

(13) said of the husband's use of the wife, in contrast to the exercise of the passion of lust, 1Thess 4:4 (some regard the "vessel" here as the believer's body);

(14) of that bestowed upon; parts of the body, 1Cor 12:23-24;

(15) of that which belongs to the builder of a house in contrast to the house itself, Heb 3:3;

(16) of that which is not enjoyed by a prophet in his own country, John 4:44;

(17) of that bestowed by the inhabitants of Melita upon Paul and his fellow-passengers, in gratitude for his benefits of healing, Acts 28:10;

(18) of the festive honor to be possessed by nations, and brought into the Holy City, the heavenly Jerusalem, Rev 21:26 (in some mss., Rev 21:24);

(19) of honor bestowed upon things inanimate, a potters' vessel, Rom 9:21; 2Tim 2:20.

[ B-1,Verb,G5091, timao ]

"to honor" …

(1) the "honor" done by Christ to the Father, John 8:49;

(2) "honor" bestowed by the Father upon him who serves Christ, John 12:26;

(3) the duty of all to "honor" the Son equally with the Father, John 5:23;

(4) the duty of children to "honor" their parents, Matt 15:4; Matt 19:19; Mark 7:10; Eph 6:2;

(5) the duty of Christians to "honor" the king, and all men, 1Pet 2:17;

(6) the respect and material assistance to be given to widows "that are widows indeed," 1Tim 5:3;

(7) the "honor" done to Paul and his companions by the inhabitants of Melita, Acts 28:10;

(8) mere lip profession of "honor" to God, Matt 15:8; Mark 7:6.

Cause and Effect

Michael Boldea Jr.
(length edited)

1John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.

The world is on fire. Even those who until recently told themselves their eyes were deceiving them, have come to terms with the reality that wherever you look, whatever continent you happen to focus upon, there is either turmoil, unrest, war, rumors of war, pestilences, earthquakes, or varying degrees of all manner of schisms. These are the days of which we have been warned for a long, long time, and to their detriment many chose to ignore the warnings, or shrug their shoulders and think to themselves it didn’t really matter what would happen because they weren’t going to be here for it anyway.

It is happening and they are still here, and for many today this proposition is terrifying because they did not take the time to cement themselves in the promises of God, to root themselves in the Word of God, and to know beyond doubt that come what may, God would keep them, protect them, and shelter them.

Closer to home the church is groping about trying to find its spine, and every denomination seems to be in a race to the bottom to see which one can embrace more sin, more readily, and with wider arms. From what the leaders of said denominations are saying, none of them want to be ‘on the wrong side of history’, never mind the fact that in this case to be on ‘the right side of history’, is to be on the wrong side of God.

Nobody seems to be concerned with what God says anymore, nobody seems to lose any sleep over the warnings of God toward His own children, that if they do not repent, and return to their first love He will thoroughly remove Himself from their midst, because everyone’s too busy building sandcastles in the middle of the hurricane to even wonder at what God has to say.

We are still grappling with whether we want to be liked by the world or by God, when this matter should have been settled long ago, and because as yet we are undecided to whom we will surrender our affections, we are playing both sides against the middle, bidding our time, and hoping that we won’t have to choose, that the guy with the hipster glasses and the twenty years too old for skinny jeans look is right, and God will just sweep all the dregs into heaven with a giant mop at last call, sans repentance, sans obedience, sans holiness.

Instead, much of the church is still asleep, its convictions are nonexistent, and other than paying God a little lip service from time to time, it is doing absolutely nothing substantial. Even the godless are shaming us. At least they stand by their convictions, and men have given billions to baby murder emporiums and other dastardly enterprises, while some believers seriously contemplate asking for change when shakenly throwing in that dollar bill, having had no qualms about shelling out twenty thousand dollars the week before for a motorcycle they will likely ride less than a handful of times throughout their life.

No, it’s not about money, but where you put your money, your time, and your resources is a good indicator of where your heart is, and though many might say their hearts belong to God, their actions prove beyond doubt that they are lying through their teeth.

The purpose of this ministry is not to grow this ministry but to spread the truth even if it means doing so to an empty room. If ministry is an end unto itself and we sacrifice truth for that end, then we are of all men most pitiable, on the same plain as those who have hope in this life only.

If some, or all take offense at my words, so be it. As long as my words are in harmony with God’s Word, then I will assume the risk. Yes, I will risk your friendship, and even your support of this ministry for the sake of truth, for to do anything less in this late hour is to be in open rebellion to God.

You see it, I know you do, and you know that we have very little time left before we can no longer work, before the day is spent and darkness covers the land.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.

John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him."

With love in Christ
Michael Boldea Jr.

www handofhelp.com


Thirty days hath September, April, June and November, all the rest have 31 except January and February which seem to have 80

Don’t be like the rooster who thought the sun rose to hear him crow

To get out of difficulty, one usually must go through it

The truest happiness is found in making others happy

When all else fails, read the instructions


Seeing God
The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:5-7; ESV)

To see God is to rightly perceive his character. While we may think that it would be preferable to have some sort of physical encounter with God, which might be what Moses was asking for, having a right understanding of who he is, is what we really need. So I would like to take a brief look at what God said to Moses that day. For through these words we too might see God.
"The LORD, the LORD". This use of God's name denotes that he is the self-existing, self-defining one. He is not to be understood by our perceptions of him. Rather, his identity and character are absolutely dependent on himself.
"A God merciful and gracious". God does not treat us as we deserve, in fact he is the one who gives us the power to live.
"Slow to anger". God doesn't instantly react to our misdeeds. He is patient with us.
"And abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness". God is continually dependable. We can always count on him to do what is right and good.
"Keeping steadfast love for thousands". God's love is not for a select few, but for everyone.
"Forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin". God forgives sin. We need not remain in a state of alienation from him. No matter what we have done, we can be restored to him.
"But who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation." Those who do not avail themselves of God's mercy, grace, love, and forgiveness will bring the consequences of their actions on generations. Unresolved wrongs begin a cycle that is difficult to break. But thankfully, that cycle can be broken if and when we get right with him.

By Alan Gilman
TorahBytes Communications

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Psalm Promise

Ps 91:14-16

"Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him, And let him behold My salvation."

When we think of honor we think of the One to whom all Honor belongs - Yet He is looking forward to honoring us with His love and salvation - Because He first loved us we love Him - Amen


Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)

Essence of the Message

John 12:26

"If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

Quiz Answers

1. They had seen all He had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast - Luke 4:41

2. 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles

3. Jordan - 2 Kings 6:4-7

4. Samaritan - Luke 10:30-35

5. Goats hair - Exodus 26:7

6. Cornelius - Acts 10:1

7. Delilah - Judges 16:6-9

Simple Quiz answer - "The Apostle Paul"