“How do I love thee?”

“Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord; And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words,which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart.” Deuteronomy 6:4-6

Old school groove, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” that one has been around for ages! But it is  wonderful question, once Jesus gives us those new hearts and leads us in His paths, we are met with that question, once the true realization of His presence and love is known to you, as He said, He will give you a heart to KNOW him, then we are faced with the humanly overwhelming question of how do you relay your love back to the God of the universe, who created heaven and earth , and who can hold time, space, and eternity in the palm of His hand and if He wanted, He could speak one word and completely destroy every single thing that now exists?

Obviously, as mere mortals, it would seem that we have nothing, nothing to offer as a token of our love in return, our love to Him for creating us, caring for us, and most of all dying on a cross for us so that we could be saved, and never giving up on us.

So how do we love Him and what exactly is it that He wants? Well, we are created in His image and He wants the same thing we want from Him, He wants our love and our heart, and He does not want a little portion of our hearts, you know a spot that remains empty while the main space is taken by other people, other things that we cling too while He gets whatever love is left. He will not go for that, not now, not ever.

No He wants ALL our heart or none of our heart, that is why he said to seek Him with our WHOLE heart. he wants a real relationship and not to be a God in the distance in our lives, He wants fellowship with us and this has become so messed up in the world thinking. He is love BUT He also tells us if we love Him, we WILL keep His commandments and when you think about it, there is nothing on that list that is unreasonable and every single command He has ever handed down is FOR OUR GOOD.

So we have to get into that thinking that He IS love and He IS our friend but we are also required by that love to do as He asks. Our world has major rebellion problems on this one, it is taught as well He loves us, we can do what makes us happy, No, that is NOT loving Him, that is trying to compare His goodness toward us with some sort of fairy godfather who grants your every whim. And that is in no way loving Him or respecting Him, that is loving our flesh and being so arrogant as to think our DESIRES are of a higher value than His Holiness, and that kinda thinking will get a person a quick trip to the grave.

“But the hour cometh, and now IS, when true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. GOD IS A SPIRIT: and they that worship him must worship him in SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.” John 4:23,24

So we know with Jesus arrival on earth, all things were changed and no longer were prayers and sacrifice made by a priest needed and all who truly believe could be allowed entry into the Holy of Holies through his presence with the gift of the Holy Ghost.

This is where we must worship in TRUTH, truth to who He is, truth of His commands, truth of His word, and keeping our lives and actions subjected into and under that TRUTH. We worship Him in Spirit, in His presence  in the “places” of salvation:

“But thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise” Isaiah 60:18(a)

Believers are surrounded by those walls of salvation in your worship time and praise is the gate by which we enter and there you worship in fellowship, love, and adoration and there you know Him and receive joy, peace, and assurance and rest from your troubles. 

So here is a scriptural checklist:

Deuteronomy 10:12 : “And now Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee? But (only) to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God WITH ALL THY HEART and ALL THY SOUL.” 

Deuteronomy 11:13-14:  “And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, and the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather  in thy corn, thy wine, and thine oil.”

That is His promises to us of all good things, and the word of God, the bread of life, his blessings, His anointing. So now we answer the question.. “My Dear Lord HOW do I love thee?  We enter into your presence with thanksgiving and praise, and in the safety of your pavilion surrounded by those walls of your salvation we will allow ourselves to be taught, loved, and led!

This is the how you count the ways! Seek Him, Love Him, Honor Him, and get to know Him, and let His blessings and His mercy transform you!

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The voice of Simon

“And one of the Pharisee desired (asked) him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisees house, and set down to meat (dinner). And behold, a woman a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisees house, brought an alabaster box (jar) of ointment. And stood at his feet, behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with her tears, and did wipe them away with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment (oil).

Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake WITHIN himself, saying This man, IF he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman THIS IS that toucheth  him; For SHE IS A SINNER.

And JESUS answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee, and he said, Master (Teacher) say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed him five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both, Tell me therefore, which will love him most?

Simon answered  and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most, and he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven: for she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, THE SAME LOVETH LITTLE.” LUKE 7:36-47

The courage it took for Mary to walk into that room, she knew exactly what they all thought and Pharisees, oh what we could say about Simon, what if Jesus had taken him to school and told him every single sin he had committed? But Jesus does not work that way, but Pharisees do.

He really nailed them when he referred to them as white washed tombs FULL of dead men’s bones, they will gag at a gnat and SWALLOW a camel. These are they who openly thank God that they are “not like that tax collector” over there.

These are they who claim they know Him and their smug religious superiority allows them to look down on and constantly backbite and trash talk others, because after all how could HE SAVE such sinners as they know people to have been or be?

They are “raging waves foaming out of their OWN SHAME” and whether you are a new Christian or have been on the frontlines for the Lord for a while, you have, or will, or are experiencing the voice of Simon.

Male or female, religious snobbery and arrogance knows no gender or social status and if they can’t see to their standards what the Lord has done in you, then obviously IN THEIR OPINION, it has not been done, AND THEY WANT TO MAKE BLOODY SURE THAT YOU KNOW THAT AND THAT YOU ARE NEVER UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU WILL EVER OUT RUN YOUR PAST!

That is what Simon wanted and his voice must be silenced in all of our ears, because when you know Jesus, you KNOW His voice! “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 HE 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 THEY WILL NOT FOLLOW, BUT WILL FLEE FROM HIM; FOR THEY KNOW NOT THE VOICE OF THE STRANGER.” JOHN 10:2-5

Jesus is giving us comfort that yes, others voices may call, other voices will try to persuade us to follow, but WE know HIS voice, His voice is Gentle, encouraging, and always, always leading us AWAY from our past. The voices of the strangers want to lead you back into a life of lies, and bondage, a life of misery, and hopelessness, just like Simon, he didn’t care if Mary was saved, as far as he cared she could split hell wide open, in HIS EYES he was pure as fallen snow and her.. well, not so much. 

Now with the courage it took her to seek Jesus WHERE he may be found, cry at His feet with an audience of haters staring her down, she had it rough, and if you want to be saved and this is what it is going to require, openly acknowledging and worshipping the Lord in an atmosphere of contempt, may I encourage you to do it!

Just as He shut Simon up, He will shut up those who discourage you. Sometimes the Pharisees will try to hunt us down in on our own turf, barge their way into your personal worship space with the Lord, as the devil is the “accuser of the brethren, (God’s children) and ACCUSES them night and day before the Lord”, it is so imperative to not let it get to you, go right on with the Lord and that puts the ball in HIS court and I guarantee you, when He gets through with them it will be as when the Egyptian’s were GLAD to see the Hebrews go because the plagues of God and His hand had been so strong against them.

We can not change any situation but God will, IF we stay out of it, and do not try to fix it ourselves or speak on our own behalf, if you notice with that, Mary never said a word, not one word, JESUS spoke on her behalf, HE IS our lawgiver, our judge, our refuge, and our strength and HE WILL DEFEND HIS CHOSEN.

And I know that can be hard when your being hassled and your flesh really wants to cut loose, go completely off, and all kinds of crazy on the “Simons”, but once we have made that mistake, we have extracted our own vengeance, when we should have chosen God’s because His vengeance is perfection.

We’ve covered them there, and here, but what about when you are desperately seeking God and trying to find your way? Most dangerous place of all and a hotbed of “Simons” the place that after salvation, we can get a little lax in “opening up” to Him and His will, and waiting too long to answer “His call” growing cold and lukewarm, realizing the mistake, dying to yourself, and start your “search”.

” I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped (dripped) with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. I opened up to my beloved; but he had withdrawn himself, and was gone; my soul failed when he spake (heart went out in longing); I sought for him; but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

The watchmen that went about the city found me, and they smote (struck) me, and they WOUNDED me; the keepers of the walls TOOK AWAY my veil from me.” SONG OF SOLOMON 4:5-7

Now that is some damage, the kind of damages, “Simons” can cause, if you listen to them and do not stay close to God and KNOW who you are in Him, no matter how hard they try to convince you otherwise, even while taking “your veil”, like Simon tried, by arguing who you are or were. Little harder to bounce back from that, but it this story, she bounces back with a new determination to show the world His love.

So now we know what we don’t want to listen too, please let me give you a couple of sharp swords of the word to help in your battle:

#1. HIS VOICE, HIS VOICE, HIS VOICE! “FEAR NOT; for thou shalt NOT be ashamed: Neither be thou confounded (disgraced); for thou shalt NOT be put to shame: for thou shalt FORGET the shame of thy youth… ISAIAH 54:4

#2. “In righteousness thou shalt be ESTABLISHED; thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt NOT fear: and from terror; for it shalt NOT come near thee. Behold, THEY shall surely gather together (come against you) but NOT BY ME (God does NOT send them) WHOSOEVER SHALL GATHER AGAINST THEE SHALL FALL FOR THY SAKE. ISAIAH 54:14,15

#3. NO weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and EVERY tongue that SHALL RISE AGAINST THEE IN JUDGMENT (bad mouthing you) THOU SHALT CONDEMN. THIS IS THE HERITAGE OF THE SERVANTS OF THE LORD, AND THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS IS OF ME.” ISAIAH 54:17 

Great comfort because Jesus casts all our sins and transgression into the “sea of forgetfulness” and NEVER remembers them again, and “as far as the east is to the west” those sins are from his mind and that is how far they should be from your mind also. I know days are just days, but with the new year we can consider it the perfect time to tell all the old “Simons” to be forgot and listen NO MORE to their voices.

But challenge ourselves in the new year to listen to the voice of our Shepherd, who will tell you that you ARE new, you ARE clean, and those filthy rags that were your righteousness have now been exchanged for the glorious garment of HIS righteousness which covers you completely in HIs love, His protection, and under the shadow of His mighty wings!

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If you have been hurt by words and people who just keep trying to remind you of your past, and keep trying to convince you that you have no future, PLEASE, PLEASE listen to this song, I STILL can not hear this song without crying because it has been so perfect for my heart and my walk and many, many trips with the “Simons” that have tried to make me doubt Jesus, but I KNOW Jesus, and I know from “miles and miles away LOVE saw (me)there and stretched out His hand to save (me) across the lonely ocean of (my) tears and he’ll walk upon the waves to save (me) if that’s what it takes” If you’ve been going through this, Please just listen to the voice of Jesus, because no one else died for you and no one else can save you and love you as He does! Simons looking for me can find me at the feet of the only one whose thoughts matter to me.

 

 

“Dried fruit”

“Now will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved touching (concerning) his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a VERY fruitful hill: And he fenced (dug)it, and gathered (cleared) out the STONES thereof, and PLANTED it with the CHOICEST (best) vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and made a winepress therein:and he looked that IT SHOULD bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.” ISAIAH 5:1,2

Bad fruit, dried fruit and fruit that withers right there on the vines, the fruit trees that can be completely laid waste by the sucker plants that take hold under the host tree and drain every ounce of life from it until there is no nutrients left for the main tree while the parasitic plants thrive. We know that we ARE the plantings of the Lord.

We ARE the plants in the midst of his beautiful spiritual garden. We know that he said, I AM the true (genuine) vine, and my Father is the husbandman (vinedresser).

Every branch IN ME that beareth NOT fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth (prunes) it, that it may bringeth forth MORE fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

ABIDE IN ME, and I IN YOU, As the branch CANNOT bear fruit of itself, EXCEPT it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I AM THE VINE, YE ARE THE BRANCHES:

He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: FOR WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING. If a man (person) abide NOT in me, he is cast forth AS A BRANCH, and is WITHERED; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

If you abide in me, and my WORDS abide in you, YE SHALL ASK WHAT YE WILL, AND IT SHALL BE DONE UNTO (for) you. Herein is my Father glorified, THAT YE BEAR MUCH FRUIT: So shall ye be my disciples. JOHN 15:1-8 

Notice in our starting scripture a perfect picture of what the Lord does to us at the moment of salvation. He pulls us up out of the grunge and the dirt clods and He digs up the roots and removes all the weeds (sin, snares, and blight) and clears away all the stones (the hard, painful problems that we cannot overcome ourselves) and plants the best of the best (Himself) into us. He the protects that vine by, He, Himself being the High-Tower in the midst of it. Completes it with a press that the fruit that SHOULD come forth will turn to His Wine to be shared among others.

But instead of beautiful, ripe grapes comes forth wild, untamed, bitter fruit and that is what so easily can happen to us. Especially in the day in which we are to grow. And this is not a problem with WHERE we are planted, because this is a FRUITFUL HILL, blessed of the Lord to be all hat is needed for ANYTHING planted there to grow and thrive. When heartache, strife, and church offense comes into play, many are hurt, wounded, and left, what they feel to themselves and their fruit now withers away. Anointing and talents just left hanging out to dry on a tree that HAS been blessed by the Master’s hand in order to produce those fruits.

No one can seriously tell me that they can watch the news, read a paper, or even spend an hour or so in public and NOT see that this world and especially this country is absolutely gone to hell in a handbasket. The election gets funnier everyday, we have a choice between a person who thinks it is fine to abort and dismember babies for profit and an egotistical misogynist, blacks and cops wiping each other out and the sick twisted circus our society has become is now complete with sadistic clowns on the loose to bring on more terror.

Is it a shock? When the majority is me, me me and drug addictions are through the roof, leaving countless children parent less and reared by social service programs, and sex is nothing more than shaking hands and church is often a place to be patted on the back, and EVERYONE is offended, EVERYTHING is offensive and who cares?

The only care is this society is for number one, good old self and it is everything the Bible said it would be and more! No surprise that so much fruit is withering and turning bitter, BUT we are PLANTED IN HIS HILL. That is why we must ABIDE in HIM, in a place not of this world but in that secret place of the Most High, that place under the shadow of His wings, and that place where our fruit will grow and the pruning through the trials and hurts of this world will produce even more fruit that we can share with those who are starved out from this world. So if you have been hurt, you have been offended, or the most horrifying of all words, DISCOURAGED, please take note, check “your” tree, your “branch” and see how that fruit is coming along and note what needs pruned, what needs watered, and what needs to be held up to the SON for light and nourishment. Withering can come through heat from the enemy, it can come from lack of water, it can come from many things but they are preventable and MUST BE prevented:

JUDE:12 (4) …. “Trees whose fruit withereth, WITHOUT FRUIT, TWICE DEAD, PLUCKED UP BY THE ROOTS.” They were twice dead, because they HAD been spared, they had been dressed, they had been given everything possible to ensure fruit, ONLY to die again, and now all left to be done is to destroy them, roots and all to never, ever grow again. We HAVE to stay out of this world, ABIDE IN CHRIST. Jesus left us without some really, really scary words as He was on the way to His crucifixion, and to ponder this, tells all that needs told:

LUKE 23:31: “For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?” What will happen in a hate-filled, demonically overran, self-righteous, self-seeking, God-hating world?  The reason that we are warned and warned to stay “out” of the “world”, come out and be a “separate” people. We absolutely can not worry about this world, and be concerned about “fitting” into a world that we were NEVER designed to fit into. We have become more worried about looking good and making the Gospel “attractive” that putting forth the Gospel as itself, the Gospel DOES not need us, we and the world need it. Our love affair and hoping into bed to lie with the world is exactly what is happening to our churches.

JOHN 17:5,6,9-21: “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory, which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men (humans) which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me: and THEY HAVE KEPT THY WORD.

I PRAY FOR THEM: I PRAY NOT FOR THE WORLD, BUT FOR THEM WHICH THOU HAST GIVEN ME: FOR THEY ARE THINE. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee, Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

WHILE I was with them in the world, I KEPT THEM IN THY NAME: those that thou gavest me I have kept, And none of them is lost (destroyed) but the son of perdition (destruction) that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now I come unto thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

I have given them thy word; and the world hateth them, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep the from the evil (evil one) THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. SANCTIFY THEM (set them apart) through thy truth: thy word is truth.

As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, they also might be sanctified through the truth. That they ALL may be ONE; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that THEY MAY ALSO BE ONE IN US; that the world may believe that thou sent me.”

Jesus taught extensively on this subject for a reason, to let us know that WE ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD and it is time for believers to start being believers and quit trying to be something we are not. Let our fruit grow in Christ because when He visits, He expects to find fruit or we will all end up like that little fig tree.

Finishing up, He has done His job in us, we need more, we need only to ask, because we don’t want to answer Him this question, ISAIAH 5:4-7 : “WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE MORE TO MY VINEYARD? THAT I HAVE NOT DONE IN IT?

Wherefore when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?

AND NOW GO TO (come); I WILL TELL YOU WHAT I WILL DO TO MY VINEYARD:

I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up (burned or consumed); and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down (trampled down): AND I WILL LAY IT WASTE: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come upon it briers and thorns:

I will command the clouds that they rain no more upon it. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: for he looked for judgment (justice), but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.”

That should make all of us consider checking our “trunks” and asking the Lord to prune, weed, and set us in those good places and get back to the business of the Kingdom. The only thing dried fruit is good for is fruitcakes and we have plenty of those to deal with at the moment! We don’t need anymore!

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God really challenged me with these lyrics many years ago, as I was being stubborn in a battle that He let me know, it really isn’t who is wrong or who is right, He wants peace and what could ever be worth us losing or diminishing the price He paid for us, what argument, what battle, what hurt could ever amount to the price He paid for us in His own blood. What could we EVER gain to compare to the debt we OWE HIM. Nothing is worth letting our fruit waste away.

“COME WITH ME”

“Tell me, O thou whom my soul lovest, where thou feedest (feed your flocks), where thou makest thy flocks to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside ( veils herself) by the flocks of thy companions?” Solomon 1:7

She wants to follow him and him alone, she does not want to hang out with his fellow shepherd’s and appear as one of a more questionable reputation. She wants assurance that she is never mistaken as belonging to anyone other than him and in order to do that he must lead her to HIS secret places where he feeds his flock among the lilies which translates to with love and in the garden of all things beautiful. She can’t just go there, she must follow.

This is a tad different than Jesus commanding us to take up our cross and follow Him, still must be done but this is a following Him out of adoration and a soul drenching desire to know Him deeper and be with Him and to breath in His very breath of apples and to worship Him in the true beauty of His Holiness. Such as David “being AFTER God’s own heart” a scripture I take different than most, I feel that David was truly desirous of knowing and being part of the very heart of God. To have our spiritual senses awakened by the heavenly fragrance of aloes, cassia, and myrrh ( some may not believe this but others know it as fact but the logic defying of an anointing that you can literally smell) and no other will do because only one shepherd, the true shepherd, the undisputed King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Holy and beautiful Lamb Himself can lead us to that feeding ground and that resting  place where no matter what happens in the earthly realm we will be refreshed by the waters  of His rivers and rest ours souls in the secret place of the Most High. Day by day, night by night, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second. Each and every day, only one day at a time, rejoicing each day because it is a day that He has made and His mercy is new ever day.

He tells us so clearly to not think of the past, to forget the former things and leave them behind. Do not give thought to our tomorrow because we know not what it may hold but to LIVE in this day, HIS day because HE IS our ever present help and forever by our side. But we must want to go, we are saved, we are His but oh there is so much more!

  Psalm 110:3: ” THY PEOPLE SHALL BE WILLING ( VOLUNTEERS ) IN THE DAY OF THY POWER, IN THE BEAUTIES OF HOLINESS FROM THE WOMB OF THE MORNING: THOU HAST THE DEW OF THY YOUTH.”

A beautiful BIRTH OF THE MORNING AFTER THE DARK, DARK NIGHT. The gentle dew bringing refreshment, healing and making all things NEW AND FRESH ONCE AGAIN. All that is required of us is to desire it and to FOLLOW Him when He bids “COME”.

That simple. As His sheep, His servants, His maidens and all who love and worship Him.

Isaiah 35: 1-10: “Strengthen ye the weak (sinking) hands, and confirm (make strong) the feeble knees (help each other stand).

SAY to them that are of a fearful heart, BE STRONG, FEAR NOT; BEHOLD, YOUR GOD WILL COME WITH VENGENANCE, EVEN GOD WITH A RECOMPENSE AND SAVE YOU.

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing: 

For in the WILDERNESS shall waters break out and streams in the desert.  And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons (jackals) where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes( even the places where the enemy has lie in wait for you, will now become blessed and fertile).

AND AN HIGHWAY SHALL BE THERE, AND A WAY (road), AND IT SHALL BE CALLED THE WAY OF HOLINESS;  THE UNCLEAN SHALL NOT PASS OVER IT: BUT IT SHALL BE FOR THOSE: THE WAYFARING ( those who walk THE road), THOUGH FOOLS, SHALL NOT ERR ( protected, even from themselves, that they WILL NOT GO ASTRAY) THEREIN.

No lion shall be found there, nor ANY ravenous beast shall go up thereon, IT shall not be found there; BUT  THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SHALL WALK THERE: And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: THEY SHALL OBTAIN JOY AND GLADNESS, AND SORROW AND SIGHING SHALL FLEE AWAY.” 

Once we follow that path, that road, even though we may not be that smart at making our decisions we will not “err” because He will guide and keep us on that path, those ravenous beasts are the carnal attitudes and stumbling blocks that we must overcome because they WILL NOT be allowed there.  I feel His call today, as He called the disciples to follow, would be this:

Solomon 4:8: “COME WITH ME from Lebanon, my spouse, WITH ME  from Lebanon:  look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions dens, from the mountains of the leopards.” 

  My prayer for all of us, His children the world over, in 2016: Dear Lord Jesus Father God, may we bask in your light and let your heavenly glow flow from us from us all and let us be the light in this pitch black world that you left us to be. May your Holy Fire fall on all as in the Day of Pentecost and let the Fire Baptism refine us as precious gold for the Kingdom. May the living waters from your throne proceed out of our bellies and flow even past orders of our own fallen nation and heal lands and seal those for the great and faithful day to come. Let the signs and wonders follow as you allowed for the disciples, let the miracles come as proof to those who do not believe. Let the great harvest of souls be reaped in the love of you and your mercy. Father, may our minds be renewed likened unto your yours and may our souls forever be entwined in oneness with you and bring swift justice upon the heads of the oppressors and allow your will to be done on earth and it is in heaven, Deliver all those who suffer from evil and bring us all into that glorious day when all nations shall bow before you and all shall worship at your feet, every eye shall see and every tongue shall confess that you are Lord and bring glory to the Father and let our eyes be fixed upon the great day when the words shall be proclaimed for all the universe, even the hosts of heaven “ THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE BECOME THE KIGDOMS OF OUR LORD, AND OF HIS CHRIST; AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER.” In the name above every name, Jesus of Nazareth, AMEN.

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“Abiding in the field….”

Beautiful fields, prairie fields at the peak of the season flowing with wildflowers and butterflies. Mown fields, lush green pastures as far as the eye can see just begging to be used as the ultimate reunion of love as two run toward each other to embrace. Peaceful fields bordered by crystal clear flowing streams as sheep happily graze without a care in the world as their shepherd watches over them.

But there are other fields.  Fields of dry, brown grass withered by the scorch of the sun, patches of soil left exposed and cracked lacking the relief of gentle expected rains that did not come. Fallow field that require the tedious back breaking work of removing all the stone and tilling that ground until it can produce once again.

With the changing seasons of this life WE ARE THOSE SHEEP and those laborers. And we find ourselves in many different fields.  The Prophet Jeremiah bought a filed for an inheritance, even though EVERYTHING was going to fall apart, this was the purchase of the FUTURE.

Jeremiah 32:14 : “Thus SAITH  the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Take the evidences (deeds), this evidence (deed) of the purchase, BOTH WHICH IS SEALED, and THIS EVIDENCE WHICH IS OPEN; and put them in an EARTHEN VESSEL, that they may continue (last) many days. For thus SAITH the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; HOUSES AND VINEYARDS SHALL BE POSSESSED AGAIN IN THIS LAND.”

Ruth whose compassion and love for her grieving, widowed, sonless Mother in Law would not allow her to abandon her and run back to Moab in search of a new husband, soon found herself in an unknown foreign field, being advised as to what she must do in order for them to survive. As she gleaned that field, working to take what had been left to feed those who were hungry, she unknowing caught the eye of the one who owned the field! 

Ruth 2:8,9: ” Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? GO NOT to glean in another field, NEITHER go from hence ( do not leave from here) BUT ABIDE HERE fast (close) by my maidens: LET THINE EYES BE ON THE FIELD THAT THEY DO REAP and go thou after them (follow them) : and have I not charged the young me that THEY SHOULD NOT TOUCH THEE? (they had been told to leave her alone and let her work )  and when thou art athirst (thirsty) GO UNTO THE VESSELS, and DRINK THAT WHICH THE YOUNG MEN HAVE DRAWN ( they were SUPPOSED to SHARE with her their water and allow her access to THEIR water jugs). 

Luke 2:8-20 ” And there were in the same country SHEPHERDS ABIDING IN THE FIELD, KEEPING WATCH OVER THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the GLORY OF THE LORD SHONE ROUND ABOUT THEM: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOUR, WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD.  And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And SUDDENLY there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host PRAISING GOD, and saying, GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOD WILL TOWARD MEN. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them INTO HEAVEN, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and SEE this thing which is come to pass, which the LORD HATH MADE KNOW UNTO US.  and they came WITH HASTE, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when THEY HAD SEEN IT, THEY MADE IT KNOWN abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. BUT Mary kept all these things, and PONDERED THEM IN HER HEART. And the SHEPHERDS RETURNED, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

So that promised redemption, those open deeds, the things made known and crystal clear and those deeds that had been sealed, the birth of a King coming in a way no one could see, born in poverty to parents whose offering would be two turtle doves, the offering given by the poorest of the poor, those deeds to the inheritance of all of eternity had been kept in that earthen vessel which would be born of a virgin and in the lineage of another who obeyed the field command, as God allowed love to blossom in that field between Ruth and Boaz, a love whose embrace led to the birth of their great grandson  who would be King David whose bloodline would be honored in the ultimate fulfillment of those deeds, those promises of OWNERSHIP of a nation and the world that would come in that earthen vessel born in that humble manger in the body of Jesus Christ.

The shepherds who were doing their job watching over their sheep AT NIGHT (I’m not even getting it to that YET, oh, but it is coming ) were rewarded by the proclamation of the news to ends all news given straight BY THE VOICES OUT OF HEAVEN ITSELF! So about those fields, had Jeremiah took it upon himself to ignore the voice of the Lord and think well, why buy a place that will be toast? What if Ruth had decided that another field with kinder maidens would be more enjoyable? What if the young men tried to run Ruth away and hoarded all the water that she was dependent on to strengthen her during gleaning? What if the shepherds had not abided by their flock? They would have NEVER heard from heaven! Mary kept it and pondered it, she knew who her baby was and that was enough for her.

Whatever field you find yourself in today, please stay there, if it is beautiful and fertile, let the Lord lead you and bless that beautiful place and season in your life, don’t doubt it, run through that field and embrace! If you find yourself being urged to “purchase” what appears dead or hopeless, heed the voice of the Lord, only He knows His plans and He alone will bring life back to what APPEARS hopeless. If your field is stone and your have worked until your back breaks and your hands bleed and you have cried so many tears that you can’t even remember the last time you smiled, DON’T GIVE UP!

I promise when that last stone is ripped from the ground and that soil is soft and  God sends those refreshing rains of spring, what you have sown also watered by all those tears is going to spring up into a harvest so plentiful and beautiful that you will rejoice and thank Him for giving you the strength to not give up. Shepherds take heed that stay by your sheep DURING THIS NIGHT, and don’t let the water boys hoard that which is meant to be shared with those God has sent to glean the leftovers FROM YOUR FIELD and never cease to hear the voice of that heavenly host praising God, they beheld His glory but I promise you, we who are faithful will also behold Him and it will be a glory unlike any that has been as of yet but we have to be listening in our field. HE IS THE I AM THAT IS and me and my little fire baby Φλογιζω will stay in our field and you stay in yours, you will never regret it!

Φλογίζω / NBJ 2015

 

 

 

DOUBLE-EDGED PART 3 / LOVESICK….

As the love saga in the Book of Solomon plays out we find that the couple are madly in love, the common thread that weaves the story is her proclamation that “His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me” now that is pretty close, the left hand being the tenderness and gentleness and the right hand in reference to the protection and justice of God, she is completely covered.

As we know she get to comfy and refuses to answer his call and once she does decide to drag herself out of bed, he’s gone.
 Now the embrace that was becomes the embrace that should be, she is no longer in his arms, she is no longer under his protection.
Desperate to get him back, she frantically runs through the city, and as compared to back slidden states and the rude awakening of the lukewarm, sleeping church, in the frenzied hunt she is wounded, she is hurt, and her dignity is taken away but she doesn’t give up.
As lovers often do, she begs her friends to please relay a message if they were to run into him and she is met with the question that we as believers are often met with:
Song of Solomon 4:7-9
“The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote (struck) me, they wounded me, the keepers of the walls took my veil from me.
I charge (beg) you, O daughters of Jerusalem
If you find my beloved, THAT YE TELL HIM, that I AM SICK OF LOVE (lovesick).
Her friends reply: “ WHAT IS THY BELOVED MORE THAN ANOTHER BELOVED?……..
What was it about him again? What was it that made her proclaim ” Draw me, we will run after thee”…
Our main thought from part two, so what does that mean, well we need a reason, something that we desire that propels us to “press toward the mark.” So how does he draw us, what is it about him that makes us follow?

Hosea 11:5
I DREW THEM WITH CORDS of a man (gentle cords), WITH BANDS OF LOVE;
I was to them as they  that take off the yoke on their jaws (heavy burdens off their neck), and I laid meat unto them (STOOPED AND FED THEM)
His Mercy, His Grace, but as He himself stated, His gentleness, coming down to care for us.
Psalm 85:10: 
“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other”
His mercy meeting us in our sin stricken state and the truth of his love and forgiveness washing us white as snow, right standing and peace of God, peace in God, and the peace of God forming a beautiful union.
Psalm 18:35:
“Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden (held) me up, AND THY GENTLENESS HATH MADE ME GREAT (victorious).”
Matthew 11:29: “Take MY yoke upon you, and learn of  (from) me; for I AM meek and lowly in heart (gentle and humble) ; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
So when did she find him? We’ll get his answer:
Jeremiah 29:13
” And  ye shall SEEK ME, and FIND ME,WHEN YE SHALL SEARCH FOR ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART.”
I  so totally wanted to end that with an exclamation point but…. I don’t want in trouble!
But as we wrap this up please hold onto that thought, remember that love, that drew you to him and rekindle that flame, remember who HE IS.
 He draws us with his gentleness and that love. 
 Next time we’ll see why that love, that mercy, and above all that gentleness that forgives, that saves, and heals also turns to the other side of that double-edged sword.
 It will bring justice, judgment, and unimaginable horror beyond human comprehension to this earth.
Without the understanding of that love and being embraced in that love and without the acceptance of his will and our place in the midst of it all, we will lose that love and that love and that love alone is all that can keep us through these days.
Φλογιζω/ NBJ/ All rights reserved 2015 





DOUBLE-EDGED PART 2 / FANNING THE FLAME…..

“Because of the savour (fragrance) of thy good ointments THY NAME (JESUS) IS AS A OINTMENT (healing balm) POURED FORTH, therefore do the virgins love thee.
DRAW ME ( lead me away ) we WILL RUN AFTER THEE (GOD): The KING hath BROUGHT me INTO HIS chambers: We WILL be glad and REJOICE in thee (GOD), WE WILL REMEMBER THY LOVE MORE THAN WINE: the upright love thee (BEING RIGHT IN OUR LOVE FOR YOU).”
Song of Solomon:1:3-4

Now to unravel that, I always like to point out to NEVER EVER read the commentaries on this book! 
It is compared to Solomon and his Shulamite lady, but they are so wrong!
 It is not about the kind of relationship they like to carnally compare it to.
It is the relationship between Jesus and His church (The Bride).
I still love this, I am actually called to specifically the book of Revelation but I love Solomon and I am so thankful to Him for allowing me the work in it that he does because as I said before women WERE NOT ALLOWED TO READ THIS BOOK!
That is the problem, that is what we must overcome to really get this, they thought women would become too “flustered” if they were to read the descriptive passage of a soul entwining love that left one so helpless desiring to breathe the very breath of the other,a love so strong, that “it is strong as death, the jealousy (desire to keep and protect the love of that relationship) is a cruel as the grave: the fire thereof ARE coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.”
Jesus came here as a man BUT he was completely innocence, completely sinless and HE NEVER HAD, NOR WILL EVER HAVE the kind of relations that humans do!
But IT IS  the grandest, most romantic
 love story that has ever been or ever will be written.
 IT IS the spiritual love story between Christ and the church.
Once we have been brought into His house of feasting and tasted spiritually the things of God, we can no longer help but to run after him.
 The virgins ( hearts spiritually pure to Him) seek only to be one more moment in His presence, completely overshadowed and overcame by Him and all that He is, which is indescribable, but will of a certainty melt your knees from under you and leave you  blew completely away that to mirror the verse “turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcame (overwhelmed) me.”
 Translation if He were to physically manifest to match his spiritual manifestation, you would be unable to make eye contact because of the sheer majesty and awe of what you had just experienced.
But don’t take my word for it, especially since a certain “anonymous” group wants to make me their poster child because they think we are all sick and need help, but I know just how real He is and I know that love, and I know one word from Him and my soul will melt at His will, because I adore Him and His wish is my command, He owns me completely and I want Him too, what really gets you is His overwhelming humility and gentleness.
 How could you expect the God of the universe to meet you in your pain and cover you with pure love in such an unexpected way?
How can He come down to mere mortals and dry their tears and silence their cries and assure them that His love heals all and they are in His garden, no matter what the world or others may say.
How can He hold the world in His hand and yet know the very hair on our heads and our today from our tomorrow, and our first breath from our last?
How can he possibly form us in our Mother’s womb, watch us as we struggle to find our way and then when we have returned to Him never question us as to why it took so long, only welcome us with arms open wide and love as strong?
1 Samuel 2:1-10
“And Hannah prayed and said, My heart rejoiced in the Lord, mine horn ( my strength) is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged (smiles at) over mine enemies;
BECAUSE I rejoice in thy (your) salvation,
THERE IS NONE HOLY AS THE LORD: FOR THERE IS NONE BESIDE THEE: NEITHER IS THERE ANY ROCK LIKE OUR GOD.
Talk no more so exceedingly proudly; let NOT arrogancy come out of your mouth; For the Lord IS a God of knowledge and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty men are broken; and they that stumbled ARE GIRDED WITH STRENGTH.
They that were full have hired themselves out for bread; and they that were hungry ceased ( hunger no more); so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath born seven is waxed (grown) feeble.
The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: HE BRINGETH DOWN TO THE GRAVE, AND BRINGETH UP.
The lord maketh poor, and maketh rich; he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, TO SET them among princes, AND TO MAKE THEM INHERIT THE THRONE OF GLORY: for the pillars of the earth ARE THE LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.
HE WILL keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for BY STRENGTH SHALL NO MAN PREVAIL.
THE ADVERSARIES OF THE LORD SHALL BE BROKEN TO PIECES; OUT OF HEAVEN HE SHALL THUNDER UPON THEM:THE LORD SHALL JUDGE THE EARTH; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn (strength) OF HIS ANOINTED.”

Luke 1: 46-54:
“And Mary said, My soul hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate (lowly state) of his handmaiden (maidservant); for, behold, from henceforth (now on) all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; AND HOLY IS HIS NAME.
And HIS MERCY IS ON THEM that fear him FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.
He hath shewed (shown) strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imaginations of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats (thrones), and exalted them of a low degree (the lowly).
He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent away empty.
he hath holpen (helpped) his servant Israel, IN REMEMBRANCE OF HIS MERCY;”
Remembering that love, next time….
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