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!
"I will be with you."
We all, at one time, were wayward with no hope - on a slippery slope leading to death. There is only one Way to have the hope leading to Eternal Life - that is to repent of our way, leading to death, and become a member of the Kingdom of God. That Way only comes about by abiding in the One that possess Eternal Life - Our Savior, The Son of God, Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ), and our Father, Creator of heaven and earth and they are abiding in us.
The promise to Israel: (Bolding and highlighting by MEM)
Gen 28:10Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place.
Gen 28:12And he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 Your descendants shall also be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And behold, I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
The Prophets spoke of this Promise:
…I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring, And My blessing on your descendants;
For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwellon a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.
"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.
John the Baptist came proclaiming the Promise:
John answered and said to them all, "As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
That One came to redeem us - as Our Savior promised:
Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Fathers who sent Me. These things I have spoken to you, while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that when it comes to pass, you may believe.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall discloseit to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you.
Then after Yeshua’s atoning sacrifice, the Promise:
And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which,"He said, "you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
"This Power" came, as promised:
And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: 'And it shall be in the last days,' God says, 'That I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams; Even upon My bond slaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit And they shall prophesy.
"Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.
Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
1 John 2:27(NAS)
And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
The Apostles Agree:
in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you…
2 Corinthians 13:5(NAS)
Test yourselvesto 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?
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
1 Corinthians 6:19(NAS)
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
2 Corinthians 6:16(NAS)
Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
1 John 4:12-13(NAS)
No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
The Mystery of Life:
to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
1 John 4:4(NAS)
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation -- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.
…do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
2 Corinthians 1:22(NAS)
who also sealed us and gaveus the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.
By repenting of all sin and disobedience and trusting Yeshua’s Spirit to lead us - this is Life Everlasting.
Proverbs 3:18She (Wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast.
Proverbs 4:23Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 10:17He is on the path of life who heeds instruction…
Proverbs 14:27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.
Prov 15:24The path of life leads upward for the wise, That he may keep away from Sheol below.
Proverbs 16:17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.
"In the Cross is salvation; in the Cross is life; in the Cross is protection against our enemies; in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the Cross is strength of mind; in the Cross is joy of spirit; in the Cross is excellence of virtue; in the Cross is perfection of holiness. There is no salvation of soul, nor hope of eternal life, save in the Cross." ― Thomas ΰ Kempis
Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opens In SCHAGEN, Netherlands (May 2009)
January has finally closed its door
It's winter in Wisconsin
Oh, how I love Wisconsin
Yes, the weather here is wonderful
Tree of Life
In Scripture we are promised that if you seek you will find. Yet even this is not the complete picture, for before you seek you must desire. You must have your heart set on something before you can go after it. Along with the promise about seeking and finding is the instruction to seek those things which are above and to seek first the Kingdom of God. Be careful to desire things that lead to and not away from eternal life.
What relationship exists without communication? The flow of events in our life is unique to us and Jesus (Yeshua) wants to speak to us individually as part of His relationship with us.
How much approval do we need to keep going? In Scripture is the 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 (Jesus) is the rich man who will return, and we are the servants. The people around us may not appreciate our faithful service to Him even if they benefit from it. Yet, "I am with you" is His promise, even as we occupy until His coming. Do we sense His favor and approval to sustain us now, even as we wait for His return?
(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
The Hope of Salvation
Psalm 119:166I hope for Thy salvation, O LORD, and do Thy commandments.
Psalm 31:24Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD.
Psalm 33:18…the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness,
Psalm 71:14But as for me, I will hope continually, and will praise Thee yet more and more.
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
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