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!
Looking Beyond Series*
Looking beyond our present circumstances is to trust (have faith in) YHVH to do what He has planned from the beginning. Making us in His image and likeness is our starting point. We failed, we fell short of His call to abide in His presence - In the Garden of Eden. We now await the Savior, the one to restore our entrance (return) into that Garden. To reign and rule over the earth as originally intended - under the ruler ship of the King of kings and Lord of lords - are we ready?
Lesson from the golden calf
The Israelites, redeemed from slavery and bondage, are an example for us - When Moses did not return from the mountain (delayed) - they desired a god to lead them. ASAP no waiting, now. Consider this episode and be warned.
Exodus 32:1Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." 2 And Aaron said to them, "Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." 3 So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, "This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!"
Exodus 32:5So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, "Tomorrow is a feast to the LORD." 6 Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
Exodus 32:7And the LORD said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!' " 9 And the LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! 10 Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation."
Exodus 32:11Then Moses pleaded with the LORD his God, and said: "LORD, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, 'He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.' "
Exodus 32:14So the LORD relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.
Exodus 32:15And Moses turned and went down from the mountain, and the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand. The tablets were written on both sides; on the one side and on the other they were written. 16 Now the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God engraved on the tablets.
Exodus 32:19So it was, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moses' anger became hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. 20 Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder; and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it.
Exodus 32:21And Moses said to Aaron, "What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?"
Exodus 32:22So Aaron said, "Do not let the anger of my lord become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. 23 For they said to me, 'Make us gods that shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.' 24 And I said to them, 'Whoever has any gold, let them break it off.' So they gave it to me, and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out."
Exodus 32:30Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin."
Yet Moses stands in the gap (Ezekiel 9 some will be spared) Exodus 32:31 Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! 32 Yet now, if You will forgive their sin -- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written."
Principle Exodus 32:33 And the LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.
David had to wait the promised Throne
Yeshua is waiting for the Father to say "Go"
We need to wait for Him
Read of the faithful that waited Hebrews 11:1 thru 12:2 "Faith is to look beyond the present…"
Heb 12:1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
These all looked forward - "Beyond" the present circumstances and God looked beyond their weaknesses and faults, forgave then and worked with them - they looked for a city whose foundation and builder was the Creator.
Mic 6:8He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
Looking beyond? Be comforted with Psalm 77
Also the book of James
Jas 5:7Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.
Until that glorious time, as we wait, abide - by the power of Messiah
Col 3:12And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Col 3:14And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
*Looking beyond requires us to be patient and wait - YHVH is faithful and His word will come to pass.
Proverbs 28:2By the transgression of a land many are its princes, but by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.
Proverbs 8:34"Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.
Proverbs 21:28A false witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.
Our goal is to endure to the end: Matt 24:13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
"When we have done our best, we should wait the result is peace."
J. Lubbock -
"Today, respond to any problem, setback, hindrance, or attack by pressing on all the more, to apprehend the victory that lies just beyond it."
Jonathan Chan (Book of Mysteries: Day 135)
Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.
John told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store.
The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, "Do you have a grocery list?"
May you always walk with Angels.
Some Michigan Facts:
6-1-1637 Jacques Marquette is born at Laon, France. In 1668 he founded Michigan’s oldest
settlement, Sault Ste. Marie
7-24-1701 Detroit is founded by Antoine de la Mothe, Cadillac a French Commander
1-11-1805 Michigan is organized as a territory
1-26-1837 Michigan becomes the 26th state
9-5-1881 Michigan’s Great Fire
4-28-1897 The Apple blossom is adopted as Michigan’s official state flower
4-8-1931 The robin is designated Michigan’s official state bird
7-30-1863 Henry Ford is born near Detroit
6-4-1896 The first Ford automobile is completed in a brick work shed in Detroit
10-1-1908 Henry Ford introduces the Model ‘T’
4-1-1913 Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line in Detroit
1-5-1914 Henry Ford announced $5 per day pay, for an eight hour work day
12-10-1915 The one-millionth Model T rolls off the assembly line at the Ford plant in Detroit
7-23-1829 William Burt of Mount Vernon receives a patent for the nation’s first typewriter
1-26-1875 George F. Green of Kalamazoo is awarded a patent for the first electric dental drill
5-24-1884 Dr. John H. Kellogg of Battle Creek applies for a patent for a process to manufacture Corn Flakes
11-10-1929 The Ambassador Bridge linking Detroit and Windsor Ontario is dedicated
11-3-1930 The Detroit-Winsor tunnel is opened
1-30-1933 The Lone Ranger radio program makes its first public broadcast over Detroit station WXYZ
2-2-1936 Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers becomes the first player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
11-7-1957 The Mackinac bridge opens connecting Michigan’s two peninsulas
4-25-1959 St. Lawrence Seaway is officially opened to shipping
Born in Michigan:
2-4-1902 Charles Lindbergh is born in Detroit
1-6-1914 Danny Thomas is born in Deerfield
4-10-1915 Actor Harry Morgan is born in Detroit
7-1-1915 Blues legend Willie Dixon is born in Vicksburg
3-6-1923 Ed McMahon is born in Detroit
4-7-1939 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is born in Detroit
4-23-1940 Actor Lee Majors is born in Wyandotte
3-25-1942 Aretha Franklin is born in Detroit
3-26-1944 Diana Ross is born in Detroit
5-6-1945 Musician/singer Bob Seger is born in Ann Arbor
12-13-1949 Rock singer Ted Nugent is born in Detroit
8-16-1958 Pop siren Madonna is born in Bay City
8-14-1959 Basketball Star Earvin (Magic) Johnson is born in Lansing
Not all items verified
How much approval do you need to keep going? Yeshua (Jesus) told a story about a rich man who went on a long journey. The point of the story was about the conduct of his servants in his absence. He wasn't present to direct or correct them, and as a result, some behaved badly and didn't carry out the duties assigned to them. In the story Yeshua is the rich man who will return, and you are the servant. The people around you may not appreciate your faithful service to Him even if they benefit from it. Yet He is with you even as you occupy until His coming. Do you sense His favor and approval to sustain you now, even as you wait for His return?
Has not Yeshua promised that you shall have anything you ask of Him? Yet He did not promise to give it to you immediately. Are you accustomed to having anything you want without delay? Do you lose interest in things you have to wait for? This is impatience and it is a problem in our modern culture of immediacy. Some things of real value you can have immediately, but in most cases the greater things take the longest times to obtain. This applies not just too material things, but to desirable items like education and experience, and even to spiritual things, and so patience is a fruit of the Spirit. The wait is part of the value of what you want, and the process of waiting transforms you into His likeness.
(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
Psalm 25:3Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame…
Psalm 25:5Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait, all the day long.
Psalm 27:14Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 37:9For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
Psalm 37:7Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
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