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Sunday

Our Father In Heaven

Your Father chooses to give you . . .

Your Father chooses to give you . . .

Your Father chooses to give you . . .

Our Father in Heaven, The Creator of all living, chose to give us life in an eternal kingdom. The Kingdom resides within us when we accept Jesus Christ.* When we hear the word we know it, we feel it. It resonates with us. 

Affirm to yourself  if you have to, tell yourself regularly: You are a child of GOD and GOD is your Father. Say it out loud.

Trust that Father knows best, and wants the best for you.

The Lord is a good, good Father. Not only does the truth resonate with us, if we truly review our lives in retrospect there is something there to praise GOD for. 

Another benefit of sonship is that any questions we have about the the things we deem, not so praiseworthy, we can go to The Father with them. The clarity of The Lord is sweet like direction from The Lord. 

Pray much. Pray without ceasing*

"Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the Spirit; where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer."*

As we are led by the Spirit of GOD,  We are the Children of GOD.* 

Fear not little flock, the Shepard leads as a Good Shepard* and a great Father.

May we seek The Father first, before we ever face the fear.

 

* Luke 17:21, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Romans 8:14-17

* Quote by Andrew Murray

Friday

Dependable G-d

GOD will get us out of and or protect us from trouble. Even if it's trouble we got our own selves into. Just like GOD fights for us, The Lord defends us in situations. 

A defender is so important in this world we live in. The Lord is our deliverer and our defender. 

He knows those who take refuge in Him. Spending time with our Father as Children of GOD, leads us to know that we can run to Him in times of trouble.* He knows us and we can get to know Him.

The closer we seek to get, we can begin to know that He's our refuge and stronghold, so we come to Him intentionally.  

Before the trouble, during, and after The Lord is good all the time. On our perceived good days and bad days, The Lord is faithful.



Like a fortified city. We know where our help comes from, all we need to do is look up.*

May we be prayerful and knowledgeable of our GOD continually.

Dependable God - Victor Thompson

* Proverbs 18:10, Psalm 121:1-2

Thursday

Now Behold The Lamb

 

Now Behold The Lamb who is the Holy King. To those who believe He is our Shepard. 

Have you ever seen a sheep fighting against anyone who's tried to harm it or take it captive when the Shepard was around?

No. The Shepard does that. The Shepard is the protector. The Shepard is the caregiver. As children of GOD, we don't just have any 'ol Shepard. We have a Good Shepard*. He loves us so much that when we go astray, He delivers us, not only that "He lays down His life for the sheep". 

The Lord fights for us. He desires deeply that lost souls are recovered. When we're found to be in Christ after being lost in the world, all of heaven rejoices!*

The elders use to sing "GOD will fight your battles if you just be still". When we look to The Lamb: Jesus Christ that GOD provided for us, we're truly redeemed.

Born into sin that we may live again, that's a love that surpasses anything that could try to distract us or come against us.

It's the most powerful love, that we may not understand, but when we yield to it . . . our lives are saved.

May we forever keep our eyes on the life saving, life giving Lamb.

"Now Behold The Lamb" - Kirk Franklin, The Family


* John 10:11, Matthew 18:13

Wednesday

You Have A Promise Of Safety

 

HaShem, one of the names referring GOD, His name being too Holy to be spoken.

"Hashem is a Hebrew term for God. Literally, it means “the name.” In the Bible the Hebrew word for God is made up of four vowels, and according to tradition it was only pronounced on Yom Kippur by the High Priest. Saying God’s name was considered a very serious and powerful thing, so much so that one of the Ten Commandments prohibits us from saying God’s name in vain. As a result, people have come up with various substitutions."*

The name of The Lord is Holy. When we run to the name of The Lord we're running to a sacred place, a place where not just anything can run behind us. Not everything can enter the most holy place or The Most High's Presence.

The righteous, who have The Spirit of GOD in their hearts can. As the children of GOD when we run to name of The Lord we're protected. We're safe from the things that have no place in the presence of GOD.

The Lord told Abraham, that if he found fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, he wouldn't destroy the city.*

To be righteous is considered by some as being "in right standing with GOD". Righteousness is a position that we can choose to be in, it's one we can work to be in. It's certainly one that we're protected in.

As children of GOD, we can come to know our Father more, when we know our Father more we'll know that we can run to His Holy name, amongst other sacred things that are revealed to us in the covenant we have.

May we seek to live in the safety of The Lord continually.

Tuesday

Your Vindication Is From The Lord



No weapon formed against you shall prevail. It won't be effective. It won't get through if you're a servant of The Lord. 

The enemy may try to smash you, but when you lift up your voice to The Lord . . . protection happens, safety happens. 

This is the heritage of the servants of The Lord.

Our tongues are lifted up against every tongue that rises against us in judgement, when our heart is turned toward The Lord.

Being surrendered to The Lord is a place that's sacred. It's impenetrable. 

As we hide in the shadow of GOD's wings. * The Lord can put words in our mouths to speak against the enemy. Even targeted, specific and intentional words that speak to our specific situation. 

The promise here in this scripture doesn't end with "No weapon formed will prosper". It also says "Vindication is from The Lord." If The Lord lifts up His voice and declares a word, it is. That's it. 

As The Lord declares a thing, we as His servants can declare it. We should declare it. We can speak what we heard from GOD. We can speak what The Lord's word says.

Nothing can stand against anything that The Lord declares. It's up to us to be in service to The Lord.

* Psalm 17:8, Psalm 91:4

Monday

G-d Will Protect You Everyday

 


Remember this Deuteronomy (20:4), The Lord is with us 24-7 fighting for us. 365 days a year at every moment The Lord is on our side. We're His children. We're protected at all times when we allow GOD to lead. 

When we receive Jesus Christ and we're led by the spirit of GOD, we're the children of GOD.

The KJV version of the scripture reads "goeth with you" -eth means something happening continually or perpetually without end. Even the word "goes" is plural meaning GOD just isn't with us on one occasion, but all of them if we open up and allow Him to be. Let The Lord lead.

Trust this truth. If The Lord is your GOD, you are protected today and everyday.



Tuesday

The Lord Is Our Shepard Even Through The Slaughter

 In Romans 8:36 Paul likens us (GOD's people) to sheep for the slaughter. 

"As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."

It's a reference to what King David exclaims in Psalm 44:22, to which at the end of Chapter 44 King David is requesting: " Arise for our help, and redeem us for your mercies sake.".

It was only GOD that kept us in 2022, was keeping us prior to it, and is keeping us now. 

The Lord is our keeper and we see the beauty of it, we appreciate it and it's celebrated when we wanna be kept.

In Luke 15, Jesus gives a parable of a Shepard leaving the 99 to save the one. It says, but there is even more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than 99 people who need no repentance.

In actuality we all need repentance, but look at what happens when we do: Rejoicing! Our Shepard, our Leader, our King rejoices. All of heaven rejoices. 

Jesus (Yahushua) is our leader, and Jesus himself because of His innocence was referred to as a lamb. 

Jesus is the lamb of GOD who is really our Shepard. He is called the lamb as He was the Holy sacrifice. He is also our Shepard. 

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them." - John 10:1-6

How amazing is that?! He knows our names. Each of us, He knows by name.

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." - John 10: 11-18

King David who had firsthand experience as a Shepard, said: "The Lord is my Shepard". Those were the very first words out of his mouth in Psalm 23. "The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want".

Where The Lord causes me to lie down, the pastures are green (abundant life), the water are still (peace). "He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake". GOD leads us in the way of righteousness. 

Even though we might go through a lot. The Lord is our Shepard that leads us and takes care of us. The Lord has our backs.