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Morning Glory

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Morning’s glory found in: Scripture Passages NKJV

…The glory revealed in Messiah Jesus…the glory fulfilled to which I awaken and which I carry around in all my days…the glory that quickens my soul for this day and directs my steps this side of Heaven…

He shall appear in His glory...To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem…Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, ‘Which is the first commandment of all?’ Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment, and the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ So the scribe said to Him, ‘Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.’ Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God’But after that no one dared question Him.”

–From Psalm 102 (vss 16b; 21)…Mark 12.28-34

The glory to which I am called to give attention and honor while I walk around in my withering vessel…

I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality. Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.”

–From 1 Timothy 5.17-25 (vss 21-22)

The glory which awaits…the unfolding glory being fulfilled, though yet veiled, even as I write, and walk, and work…

‘For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying…The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,’ says the Lord.”

–From Isaiah 65.17-25 (vss 17-19,25)

A seamless ribbon of glory, knowing the Lord Jesus Christ is King, at work fulfilling all that remains yet to be fulfilled…

…Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for the Jewish people to see and embrace the Holy One of Israel, none other than Messiah Jesus…

…for such a time as this…


*On the link shown above, you may also find a menu from which to choose alternate translations…

Morning Glory

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The best part of waking up is finding this…about who my God is…about who the God of history is…about the King to whom I was chosen to belong…the One who is faithful and true…

Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, O seed of Abraham His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones! He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance,’ when they were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people, He permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm’…Moreover He called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provision of bread. He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters; he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom…Thus says the LORD: As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it,’ so will I do for My servants’ sake, that I may not destroy them all. I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it, and My servants shall dwell there. Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, for My people who have sought Me…If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach...Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you...Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying: ‘Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring. And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise. So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife.’ Jesus answered and said to them, Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?” He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken’.”

Psalm 105.1-22Isaiah 65.8-10…1 Timothy 4.6-11,14-16…Mark 12.18-27

A seamless ribbon of glory, knowing the Lord Jesus Christ is King, at work fulfilling all that remains yet to be fulfilled…

…Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for the Jewish people to see and embrace the Holy One of Israel, none other than Messiah Jesus…

…for such a time as this…


Here is a link to view these passages: Scripture Passages in NKJV

On this link, you may also find a menu from which to choose alternate translations…

Morning Glory…

morning-skies…Waking up on a February morning to the praise and thanksgiving for God’s grace to rest…

…in a quiet room…in a clean, warm bed…

…the morning putter of waking up the house…the gathering of consciousness…the lifting of the cumbers of the layers of night …

…a moment of grace and glory plunging into the deep waters of the very Word of God…

I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto You, O LORD, will I sing…Hold not Your peace, O God of my praise; for the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love…I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads. Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to Your mercy: that they may know that this if Your hand; that You, LORD, have done it…Let my adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle. I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise Him among the multitude…”

–Psalm 101.1; 109.1-5,25-27,29-30 (KJV)

And they come again to Jerusalem: and as He was walking in the temple, there come to Him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, and say unto Him, By what authority doest Thou these things? And who gave Thee this authority to do these things? And Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘I will also ask of you one question, and answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? Answer Me’…And they answered and said unto Jesus, ‘We cannot tell.’ And Jesus answering said unto them, ‘Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.’

And He began to speak unto them by parables.

‘A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.

And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some. Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.’ And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

‘What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. And have ye not read this scripture:

The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:

This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?*

And they sought to lay hold on Him, but feared the people: for they knew that He had spoken the parable against them: and they left Him, and went their way…

–Mark 11.27-30,33;12.1-12 (KJV) *[11.10-11, Psalm 118.22-23]

Oh that You would rend the heavens, that You would come down, that the mountains might flow down at Your presence, as when the melting fire burns, the fire causes the waters to boil, to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! When You did terrible things which we looked not for, You came down, the mountains flowed down at Your presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen, O God, beside You, what He has prepared for him that waits for Him. You meet him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember You in Your ways…But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away…

–from Isaiah’s prayer of supplication for the promised appearing of the Messiah, and a prayer of confession and lament: Isaiah 63.15-64.9

When I go back, now, and read the passage from Mark 11-12 above…GLORY BE TO GOD!…So clear…So seamless…So glorious…

This is the LORD’s glorious doing, and it is glorious in my eyes…

Here is a link to alternate translations of these passages: Scripture Passages, Bible Gateway

From this site, you may find a menu from which to select other translations…

Finally, for such a time as this, an exhortation to my heart to remember the glory in these days till Messiah returns…

These things write I unto you, hoping to come unto you shortly: but if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

–1 Timothy 3.14-16 (KJV)


Time to go now, and walk with Messiah in this day, in all the ordinary things and extraordinary things, bearing His glory…

…for such a time as this…

[NOTE: I’ve eased out the “thee’s” and “thou’s”  replacing them with “You” and “Your(s)” and put an uppercase “H”  or an uppercase “M” wherever the pronoun speaks of God.  In other places, I’ve also simplified the verbs which end in “eth.” (Did King “Jameth” have a “lithp?”)]

The Heart of St. Valentine

heart-of-st-valentine2There’s a lot on my mind about this special day…

It’s special for me in multitudes of ways…

I remember my mother on this day. Once, when we were celebrating my birthday, she told me that when she was carrying me she hoped that I would be born on St. Valentine’s Day. Alas, God had other plans; I was born shy of that date. But that did not discourage my mother. When I was confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church at age 12, it was the custom for confirmands to take the name of a saint and martyr of the faith. My mother encouraged me to take the name Valentina, a feminine variant for St. Valentine. Being the obliging child that I was, I saw no problem with this, and took the name gladly…

I had very little knowledge, and less understanding at the time, of the true life and joy of St. Valentine…

Another way that this day is special to me is that I have another opportunity to bless my husband of 48 years with extra gestures of love and gratitude. So very thankful to God for giving me a man who loves me and makes me a better woman than I would be on my own…

In recent years, I’ve come to be more aware of who this man Valentine is. He was so committed to upholding Christian marriage that he prepared couples for their covenant vows and consecrated their commitment in a day when it was dangerous for the Church to do so…


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And now, in my senior years, I understand more of the heart of a man who desired to leave the legacy of a love that can never be shaken or lost; this love can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. While Valentine was committed to preserving Christian marriage in the face of the emperor’s military recruitment agenda, he did so knowing that such a sacred bond was the type for the love of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church. And he was bold to speak out for the love of Messiah Jesus…

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There is another thought that I want to express to all the dear ones who read this blog–all the ones who are not married. If you are in Christ, this day is a special day to remember His love for you and to pass the message of Messiah Jesus on to others. Because this is the heart of St. Valentine…

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And as one who has been confirmed in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, having taken the name of this witness for my Lord and King,  here is my prayer for you on this commemoration of the life and ministry of St. Valentine…

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…for such a time as this…

Morning Glory…

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… Blessed awakening…Quiet moment with the Living Word of God…seamless ribbon of God’s Holiness in the light of day…

The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.  Clouds and darkness are round about Him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His throne. A fire goes before Him, and burns up His enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the people see His glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship Him all ye gods…For You, LORD, are high above all the earth: You are exalted far above all gods. You that love the LORD, hate evil: He preserves the souls of His saints…Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness…And they came to Jerusalem and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And He taught, saying unto them, ‘Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but you have made it a den of thieves.’ And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy Him: for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His doctrine…For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time…I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

–Psalm 97.1-7,9-12; Mark 11.15-18; 1 Timothy 2.5-8

Here is a link to another translation of same passages: Psalm 97.1-7,9-12; Mark 11.15-18; 1 Timothy 2.5-8

From this link you may also select from a menu of other translations of the same passages…

…for such a time as this…

 

Morning Glory…

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…Blessed awakening…

O LORD God of hosts…Justice and judgment are the habitation of Your throne: mercy and truth shall go before Your face. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name shall they rejoice all the day: and in Your righteousness shall they be exalted. For You are the glory of their strength: and in Your favour our horn shall be exalted. For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our King.

–Psalm 89.14-18

Here’s a link to read another translation: Psalm 89.14-18

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.

–1 Timothy 1.17

…for such a time as this…

The Fragrance of Christ…

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“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: to the one we are the savour of death…and to the other the savour of life…”

2 Corinthians 2.15 (KJV)

Study Question: What does the fragrance of Christ look like on a person?

Reflecting first on Psalm 45.8:

“All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia…”

This is the fragrance which impresses the Bride who waits the entrance of her King. It is a striking fragrance; she scents Him, she smells His nearness, before she sees Him. It is not the scent of an ordinary king bent on reeking of masculine prowess with a mixture of herbs and manly sweat mingled with his own musk…

The garments of Christ the King all broadcast the essences of myrrh, aloes, and cassia:

  • Myrrh*: balsamodendron myrrha, both a fragrance for embalming and for medicinal use…
  • Aloes**: ‘alahim – aloe wood, pounded for embalming powder, perfume for garments and beds, one of the most precious of essences…
  • Cassia***: cinnamonium cassia, (Hebrew-“qetzioth”), aromatic inner bark of the woody plant used for unguents and embalming…

  *Myrrh – Bible Hub.net

 **Aloes – Bible Hub.net

***Cassia – Bible Hub.net

All these essences remind the Bride of the King who died so that she would have LIFE with Him—His embalming contained 100 pounds of these costly perfumes which now, in His triumph over death, accompany Him wherever He goes…

Now we know what someone who is the sweet fragrance of Christ smells like to the world—we who belong to this King of Glory carry a scent of humiliation unto death of SELF for the love of Jesus Christ…

To believers it is a sweet fragrance because the King has shown His ways and had His way in their being…

To the unbelieving—to the world—we who belong to this King of Glory smell like the dying of Christ which reminds the world of the truth that LIFE can only be had in dying to SELF. This fragrance which emanates from our own surrender to Christ carries the scent of death to SELF—a putrid, horrid insult to the rebel heart which exalts itself above the knowledge of God and refuses to become accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ…

So, now that I know what I smell like, what does the sweet savour of Christ look like in me—one who belongs to the King of Glory?

Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness,  goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Galatians 5.22-23

These are all visible manifestations of the King, and they appear only when a believer is willing to surrender every reaction to this world and its surprises, annoyances, frustrations, wounds, indignities, sorrows, sufferings, inconveniences, hardships, toils, agonies, conflicts with people whom we consider friends and from people who are strangers to us—everything that incites the SELF to pound all these into the ground, and scream and stomp and swear and curse and threaten and fight back and protest and grasp at retribution and triumph over them in self-glory in the name of the human spirit and human superiority—instead, to surrender all our “preciousses” and all our SELF-serving reflexes to the Lord Jesus Christ and to His government over them—for His glory working through the humanity He made of us, this side of Heaven, in dark and difficult and dead places…

Like the essences of myrrh, aloe wood and cassia, this death to SELF-cultivated reflexes is very, very costly; but by submitting to our King of Glory in all our encounters, we release a fragrance pleasing to God; and in this broadcast of the savour of Christ in our daily encounters, we embalm a dead world… with love, joy, peace, patience, meekness, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faith and self-control…True and powerful signs and wonders for such a time as this…

And who is sufficient for these things?  Not I, and certainly not in my own strength…

I confess my reflexes need God’s intervention every moment…

But being one who belongs to the King of Glory, I know and experience the reality of my sufficiency in God, even if only in fits and starts. But this work of Him in me I have, and it is in Christ I have been made new, to become new, and smell more of the essential fragrance of my King of Glory, by surrendering to Him more and more…

This is happening in me…for the Love of Christ, my King of Glory!

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