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He Opened the Scriptures…

…and Heaven, too…

Thinking on the quiet conversation between three travelers on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24.13-35…

Jesus on the Road to Emmaus2

…the discouragement, the disappointment of two of the travelers about the evaporation of all their hopes and dreams of deliverance from Roman supremacy–because the One they thought would be their Deliverer was executed on a Roman cross three days before…

…the deep grief at the disappearance of the body of their beloved Rabbi… 

…the astonishment and incomprehension of the tales of visions of angels and declarations that He is alive…

…the patient listening ear of the third Traveler, hearing every sorrow and every puzzlement of the two who walked near Him…

…and then He spoke: “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. –Luke 24.25-27

…there is no room here to declare it all… Jesus is everywhere in the Scriptures…

For such a time as this, remember: every human king on this planet, in every age of history has won his crown by the shedding of other people’s blood. But this Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom I now adore as my King, He took His rightful place in glory as King over all creation by laying aside His rightful glory and pouring out His own blood–and thereby accomplishing the greatest victory of all, proven by His resurrection from the grave on the third day–the Day of the Firstborn/Firstfruits…

thorns and gold2

…there’s more on my heart, but just now, it is unutterable…

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Fallen Co-Regents…

Early in this morning, 5:30, I awaken to a power outage in our neighborhood…In a ground floor garden condo, facing north, it gets dark without the help of interior lighting after sundown. But this was really DARK:  without the benefit of the glow of exterior security lights on the neighboring buildings… 

I felt my way to the room where I keep  my stash of tea light candles and kitchen matches to get some light for my nocturnal shuffling. Then I rummaged for flashlights and batteries. When I finally returned to bed, I was too stimulated to go back to sleep; so I prayed and reflected on Scriptures featured in  recent posts on my blog… all on the theme of the parables of the Kingdom of God–specifically, that Jesus is the King of the Kingdom of God, and His parables are word pictures of what the Kingdom of God is like… And Jesus is explaining the Kingdom of God to His listeners because  we were created to be co-regents and ministers with God over all His creation… and we messed up “royally…”

As I prayed, I remembered an encounter with one of my Sunday School children this past week–an encounter which, in that moment, forced me out of my comfort zone. I confess that over the months of working with the children in my class, I had begun to grow, and especially to grow more comfortable with them. We all grew, the children and I; but without fully realizing it, I had become settled into my little “organized kingdom…”

 With the advent of the new school year, the demographic changed, and God gave me a new little man to nurture in the Word and Kingdom of God. The little man was not having any of it; he is quite comfortable in his own little world where he is king…   

In the early morning moments of this day, remembering this encounter drew me into prayer for the child… And then for me… The answers from the Lord came flooding into my soul… 

Big question: How can a fallen co-regent even hope to approach answering Christ’s holy commission while in this tainted condition? More specifically, how can a fallen but sanctified Sunday School teacher–so much in need of grace–co-reign with Christ in the business of declaring the Kingdom of God to 15 wee fallen ones, each one in need of extra grace?

This is where I was awakened (in the early hours of a morning power outage) to the weight of the glory of God…

I could not access my computer, and I could not see to write the flood of things I was learning in my moments alone with the Lord. I never did get back to sleep, and I had a new Bible Study group to attend after breakfast.  As I lean heavily into the Holy Spirit to bring to memory what we exchanged in prayer in those glorious moments, here, I am pouring it all out as best I can…

‘Not by might, nor by power; but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.

–Zechariah 4.6 NKJV

I am called during this season of my life to nurture another generation in the knowledge of the Word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ… I am a member of the human race, a descendant of the ones created in the image and likeness of God for the purpose of  being co-regents and ministers with God in His Kingdom–all of creation… And I am a fallen regent…

But the commission has not changed; and in Christ, the commission is to declare the Kingdom of God revealed in the Bible and the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ: the “now” and the “not yet.” And I am still “becoming…”  I am “not yet” lifted to a  place where my responses in fallen encounters are either immediately or completely characteristic of a “made perfect” co-regent and minister with Christ…

…He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit, He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made man…For our sake… 

–The Nicene Creed

Wrapping my mind around the truth of the Nicene Creed: Jesus became incarnate; not like any other man in His Perfect Being, He dwelled in the vessel of a man born like any other man, for our sake

Yes, Jesus laid down His life for our sake; but His sacrifice for our sake began long before He was “led as a lamb to the slaughter…” before “He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.”  (Isaiah 53.5-7, NKJV)

The angels attended His incarnation, announcing the glory of the Lord. No less gloriously, He laid aside His resplendent majesty and became incarnate; and He lived as a man on our fallen planet, among His fallen co-regents…  for our sake and He told us what we had forgotten about the Kingdom of God… (Matthew 13.1-52, NKJV)  

By His incarnate life we can see how the God-Man, the Unfallen Regent, the One who is  “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2.9, NKJV) walked in this dusty existence as the Christus Rex, among and over all fallen creation–in full submission and communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit… at every turn… without fail… perfectly reigning with the Father and the Holy Spirit… for our sake even to death on a cross… to reconcile His fallen co-regents to submission and communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit as He is…

…where I am meant to be… where I am in my sanctification “now,” but in this dusty existence “not yet.” My reflexes are not yet always, completely, and perfectly tuned to seek God’s regency in my life, let alone to seek or comprehend His counsels at the lightning speed of life in times like these…

…when my Sunday School children need to see the presence of the Kingdom of God while I declare the Kingdom of God to them from the Word of God… even while yet a fallen co-regent with Christ… for such a time as this…

I am undone… God, help me… 

My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

–2 Corinthians 12.9 NKJV

Morning Glory…

morning-skies

Journaling is a luxury for me. As a wife, spousal caregiver and homemaker, my days usually begin with time alone with the Lord in the Word of God and in prayer. And I often find things that I want to write about and shout from the rooftops; but I do not always find the time to put them to paper. This morning, although the day promises to be filled with many commitments which demand that my little grey cells focus far away from my keyboard journal, I found something clear and brilliant and wonderful to write down from this morning’s Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer…

The Scripture passages from this morning’s Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer are in the following link: Jeremiah 18.1-11; John 6.27-40; Romans 8.1-11; Psalm 101; 109

On the link site, you will find a menu from which to choose other translations and also options for study…

Here is the common thread:

The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it. Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good”.'”

–Jeremiah 18.7-11

‘Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.’ Then they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’  Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent… For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me’.

–John 6.27-29,38

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit...Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

–Romans 8.1-5,7-8

In this season of Lent, I take the warning and the Remedy of Grace seriously: to turn from laboring for “food that perishes,” and to “labor for the food which endures to everlasting life…” 

To become increasingly “subject to the Law (or Will) of God,” which, apparently, is the work of the Holy Spirit in my dusty existence…

 My little grey cells have much to consider and ponder today while I come and go at the work God has ordained for me this side of Heaven…

In the Psalms are praises and prophetic testimonies of two great wonders: 1) the sure work of the Holy Spirit in the life of one who believes in the Lord Messiah Jesus by God’s great mercy and the justice the Messiah Jesus bore in His own pure and sinless body; and 2) the sure “evil” that the LORD God will bring upon the persistently hateful of Messiah and their perverse cruelty in the world by God’s great justice…

I will sing of mercy and justice; to You, O LORD, I will sing praises.

–Psalm 101.1

For now, I simply lay it out in this day’s journal, praying for a heart to be willing and responsive to the same obedience as my Lord Jesus Christ, the One whom the Father has sent, the One whom I know is Lord: not to do my own will, but to do the will of the One who has loved me and saved me by His grace… 


 

Blessed are those whose labors are quickened by the work of the Holy Spirit in them through faith in Messiah Jesus, the Lord. Pray for those who are yet being trapped in the labors of their own will, who falsely accuse Messiah Jesus, and who are in danger of the “great disaster” spoken by Jeremiah… for such a time as this…  And…

 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


Morning Glory…

morning-skies

It is actually afternoon here, but I got up a bit later today; but it is morning somewhere on the planet, even as I write this…

It is winter again; the Ides of March…frigid and blustery outside, with about an inch or so of a crusty mix of snow and sleet lying all over a courtyard which, only days ago, was eager for Spring…

God has been abundantly merciful to us, seeing that others in our country–even in many places around the world–have experienced the wrath of God displayed from the earth beneath and the firmament above… One minute they had their comfy couch with their wide-screen and remote, and the next minute they don’t have a pot to piss in… I speak as one who enjoys the familiar comforts of home, and who mourns with those who have lost homes and livelihoods and loved ones by wind, water, fire, quake and war…

Just goes to show how quickly life can change on planet earth…  What’s the “Next Big Thing?” The morning’s readings from the Daily Office for today–the Ides of March–speak somewhat to this expectation of things which we wish we could control, but, for all our machinations and ideas and engineerings, are still beyond the grasp of our control…

The Scripture passages from this morning’s Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer are in the following link: Psalm 119.97-120; Jeremiah 8.18-9.6; John 8.12-20; Romans 5.1-11

On the link site, you will find a menu from which to choose other translations and also options for study…

I have not yet researched how these daily readings were compiled and set in order for the clergy and laity alike. What I have observed in the studies is that there is a thread woven throughout the Scripture readings–a thematic thread. The readings for this day are more of a braided cord of what I found to be six strands: grief/judgment/trembling/peace/joy/glory…

In this season of Lent, and as I look into the Word of God against the backdrop of what I have seen in the world around me and the historical legends of the Ides of March, I am seeing a calling to be clothed further with an unshakeable peace and joy, even if mingled with grief and trembling  before the coming of “The Next Big Thing.” …

In our 21st Century culture, whatever upsets or frustrates a person is something to be publicly protested and a political action committee mobilized as a “savior” to stamp it out… Unfortunately, the tide has turned in our times to mobilize political action against the Truth of the Word of God and the Salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ found in it; the popular movement in our day is to replace the Word of God with what passes for tolerance, while false savior(s) feed upon the deceitfulness and establish the New World Order …

‘Why have they provoked Me to anger with their carved  images—with foreign idols… And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know Me,’ says the LORD‘they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity. Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know Me,’ says the LORD…”

“Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery for the health of the daughter of my people? Oh, that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Oh, that I had in the wilderness a lodging place for travelers; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.”

Jeremiah 8.19; 9.3,5-6; 8.22-9.2

If I were more willing to embrace the grief that my soul feels on a daily basis about the falsehoods and deceits in this culture and the coming New World Order, would that grief destroy my hope? If my soul were clothed more fully with a godly trembling at the expectation of the judgment to come, would I come undone in panic and lose all peace?  Without the Truth of the Word of God it would; I’ve been there–to the precipice of panic and despair and have seen the black abyss–and back again. (That is another story.) Christ Jesus has authenticated His credentials as Sovereign King over all things–even all the tribulations of life and in the outworking of “The Next Big Thing” in the “Father’s Business” (see Luke 2.49).

I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the  commandments of my God! Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually. You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood. You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; therefore I love Your testimonies. My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments…”

–Psalm 119.113-120;

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day… You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation…How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments. I am afflicted very much; revive me, O LORD, according to Your word…  My life is continually in my hand, yet I do not forget Your law… Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end.”

–Psalm 119. 97-112

In last Sunday’s class, I was given the passage from Luke 2.40-52 to share with my wee students in pre-school through 1st grade. While sharing with them the glimpse of glory in the young Jesus’ understanding and commitment to carry out His Father’s Business, they asked me a profound question about Jesus’ life inside a boy’s body–living with parents and siblings who were not perfect: “If Jesus is God, why couldn’t Jesus just make His parents and siblings understand everything about Him right away?” Because Jesus–all the fullness of the Godhead in the body of a young boy, was in full agreement with the Father and the Holy Spirit about the Father’s Business:  living the appointed moment at the appropriate time–trusting the Father for the next “big thing.” His griefs were mingled with joy; His tribulations were mingled with peace…

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ The Pharisees therefore said to Him, ‘You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.’ Then they said to Him, ‘Where is Your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.’ These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.”

–John 8.12-20

All the extraordinary threads have been fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ–His heart grieved as Jeremiah’s did at the false ways, the hardened hearts… His yearning for His hour to come, the judgment hour which would be the hour of peace–though with trembling and grief, also with joy and glory of God the Father…

And so, for Lent, I’m giving up all traces of despair, hopelessness and impatience… While I do yearn for “The Next Big Thing”, the hour of trembling and peace, of grief and joy–and glory… and while I yearn for it as a child eager for the fulfillment to come and the tribulations to pass, I live out the Father’s Business with the Lord Jesus Christ in my dusty existence…the appointed moment for the appropriate time…

…through [the Lord Jesus Christ]…we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope… And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

–Romans 5.2-4,11

Because…

…Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us… when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly… God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him…  if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

–Romans 5.1,5,6,8-10


Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for those who are yet being led by false saviors, who dwell in the midst of deceit, walking on the edge of the precipice of the abyss of black despair… for such a time as this…  And…

 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


Morning Glory…

morning-skies

Today’s passages in the Daily Office pose a timely challenge for such a time as this: giving up amnesia and forgetfulness for Lent–specifically, giving up amnesia and forgetfulness of who God is. Stop forgetting who God is in all our moments of eternity this side of Heaven…

If I were clothed further with the remembrance in my little grey cells, in my dusty little head, of the glory of my God, I wonder how my reflexes would respond to the challenges and seductions in the world at such a time as this…

Because He is good and faithful…

…I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, because You have done it; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.”

–Psalm 52.8b-9

…Do not forget the LORD your God…who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end… And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

–Deuteronomy 8.11,14-16,18

–An offspring of Abraham by faith…

For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.”

––Hebrews 2.16

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.  And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine…’ Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.  Jesus said to [the servants], ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, ‘Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.’ And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, ‘Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!’ This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”

–from John 2.1-11

…An heir and eternal sibling in the household of Messiah Jesus by faith… Jesus suffered inside an earthen vessel to wage war for the love of my soul, against the Hater of God–the God who loved me first… The Lord Jesus conquered; the Lord Jesus won the victory in the contest for my life… Because of His faithfulness and mercy,  He is not ashamed to call me His own…

For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying:  ‘I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.’ And again: I will put My trust in Him.’ And again: ‘Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.’ Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage… Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”

–Hebrews 2.11-15,17-18

But You, O LORD, be merciful to me, and raise me up… By this I know that You are well pleased with me, because my enemy does not triumph over me. As for me, You uphold me…and set me before Your face forever. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.

–Psalm 41.10,11-13

…Do not forget the LORD your God…who brought you out ofthe house of bondage…For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham…For [Jesus] who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren…Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, [Jesus]…likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage… Therefore, in all things [Jesus] had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that [Jesus] Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted… Jesus…manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him… Remember the LORD your God…”


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

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


Blessed are those who are being clothed further with the remembrance of who the Lord Jesus Christ is; the memory in their little grey cells inside their dusty little heads of Messiah Jesus’ valiant warfare waged inside His own earthen vessel, to conquer the predator of our immortal souls…  in this moment in eternity–for such a time as this…

Pray for those who are in danger of being destroyed by false gods of this world; pray for those who have yet to recognize that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, the Promised Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


 

Morning Glory…

morning-skies

In this Gentile Christian season of Lent, the glorious daily reading of the Word of God calling me…Being clothed further with joy and praise…putting off deceit, lusts, and foolishness, for Lent…

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

–Psalm 32.1-2

You shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt…You shall not be terrified of them; for the LORD your God, the great and awesome God…will drive out those nations …And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from under heaven; no one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”

–Deuteronomy 7.18,21-26

Here, the LORD my God, the great and awesome God, is speaking to my dusty vessel, called to be changed from glory to glory in Christ…while I yet dwell as a pilgrim in the dust in this moment in eternity…in this age of redemptive history…This is not a call to ethnic cleansing in a geographical area on this planet; this is a battle cry from the LORD my God, the great and awesome God, to take the offensive against all the ungodly stowaways in my thinking and my inclinations and my reflexes…

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”

–2 Corinthians 10.3-5

Take no hostages… Harbor no fugitives… Be ruthless…surrendering all the exposed illegal “alien dwellers” in my mind and thinking to the sure cleansing of the work of the Lord Jesus…being clothed further with hatred for what God hates, love for what God loves in the life of one He has chosen to know Him…Because…

“Before…when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

–John 1.48b

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.”

–Titus 3.3

O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.”

–Psalm 30.3

When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer…I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin...

–Psalm 32.3-5

…And because…

…When the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

–Titus 3.4-7

…’We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph…Come and see….the Son of God…the King of Israel’!”

–John 1.45,46,49

 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”

–Psalm 32.8-11 …

…’We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph…Come and see….the Son of God…the King of Israel’!”

–John 1.45,46,49

…And be reminded…

…to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men...But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.”

–Titus 3.1-2,9-11

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

–Psalm 30.11-12

…Because…

…’We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph…Come and see….the Son of God…the King of Israel’!”

–John 1.45,46,49


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

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Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their dusty vessels are being further clothed with joy and praise and love for what God loves and hatred for what God hates…And I am one among many, called…To surrender my thinking and my reflexes and my inclination to the instruction of the LORD my God, the great and awesome God…being changed from glory to glory in Messiah Jesus…while I yet dwell as a pilgrim in the dust in this moment in eternity–for such a time as this…

Pray for those who are in danger of being destroyed by false gods of this world; pray for those who have yet to recognize that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, the Promised Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


 

Morning Glory…

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Being clothed further with worship and witness…giving up shame and timidity and misplaced “pity” for Lent…

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is the great God, and the great King above all gods…”

–Psalm 95.1-3

…’We have found the Messiah…’

–John 1.41

In You, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed…You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. I have hated those who regard useless idols; but I trust in the LORD. I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place… I am a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and am repulsive to my acquaintances; those who see me outside flee from me…But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand…”

–Psalm 31.1,5-8,11,14-15

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.”

–Psalm 95.6-7

…’We have found the Messiah…’

–John 1.41

Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”

–Titus 2.15 …

Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. And He will love you…and the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you. Also you shall destroy[1] all the peoples whom the LORD your God delivers over to you; your eye shall have no pity[2] on them; nor shall you serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.”

–Deuteronomy 7.12-13,15-16

…’We have found the Messiah.’

–John 1.41

Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”

–Titus 2.15 …

Today, if you will hear His voice: ‘Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, “It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.” So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest.”

–Psalm 95.7b-11

…’We have found the Messiah.’

–John 1.41


[1] pity: the Hebrew word for “regard” and “sparing;” knowing the only true and living God compels us who know the Truth to tell the Truth without reservation or reticence or “pity” for the false gods of this world. Withholding the Truth is not love; it is shame…inappropriate, misplaced pity…

[2]destroy (consume, KJV): the Hebrew word for “devour;” the only way to destroy/consume/devour what is false is to continually hold up the Truth. Granted, the God who called Israel at that moment in eternity had ordained the time of judgment on the rebellious without mincing or delay. Now, “…We have found the Messiah…” And our calling is not to carnal weapons in the matter of judging what is false; the calling of those who have found the Messiah is to speak what is Truth into this world without shame or reticence or stammering or halting at any form of hostility…

Blessed be the LORD, for He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city…Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”

–Psalm 31.21,23-24


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

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So I don’t care about your little gods; but I do care about you. You were made by and for the only true and living God. No other god in this world has provided, with His righteous judgment, The Way of reconciliation and Life for those who offend Him and rebel against Him. All other gods heap upon their sad slaves burdens of human striving to appease them with no assurance of satisfaction…

Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their dusty vessels are being further clothed with Truth and the courage to speak it…To speak the Truth into a world of gods who will only destroy the humanity created and meant to know the glory of the only true and living God–for such a time as this…

Pray for those who are in danger of being destroyed by false gods of this world; pray for those who have yet to find the Messiah. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


Morning Glory…

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Throwback Thursday…The Word of God taking me back to remember who God is and the glory He has shared with my forebears in The Faith…A trail of glory in the time travel through the pages of history…

For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage…Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments…

–Deuteronomy 7.6-9

This holy God has drawn near and chosen a people out of all the nations of the earth to be witnesses on this fallen planet of His holiness and majesty and glory…And in His mercy, this Holy God declares that He judges the unrepentant workers of rebellion against His revealed greatness… I find this glorious, because if there is no righteousness, there can be no righteous judgment, then there is no justice; and do I need to spell out the implications of that in times like these? But here is pure, holy righteousness in judgment…righteousness not of man’s contemplations, but from the very being of this holy God…

…And He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face…For evildoers shall be cut off…The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The LORD laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct…To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work…Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken…For the arms of the wicked shall be broken…

–Deuteronomy 7.10; Psalm 37.9,12-14; Titus 1.15-16,17; Psalm 37.15,17

In this moment of eternity, as I walk about my little condo doing the odd task each day, I remember that God has walked on this earth, and in my soul I can see Him as John described Him…

John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, “After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.” I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water…I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God’…”

–John 1.29-34

…The Son of God was there in the moment of eternity when the gods of Egypt were judged, and the people who were chosen to know this holy God were delivered by the outstretched arm of God…And Who is this who executes righteous judgment? Who is the “Mighty Outstretched Arm, the Right Arm of the LORD?” It is Jesus, in the appointed moment of eternity, whose arms were outstretched on a Roman cross to bear in His righteous body the judgment due us for our rebellion against this holy God…When He returns in the next moment of eternity, He will be coming to bring about the righteous judgment of this holy God…

For such a time as this–in my moment of eternity, I read the counsel of my forebears, who carried the glimpses of God’s glory around in their dusty vessels…to become clothed further in trust and delight and rest in the holy God who has chosen me from among my people to know Him and to be known by Him in the Lord Jesus…

Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and…Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall…bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.

 –Psalm 37.1-8

And because of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in my life–the commandments written by the finger of God on my heart–I hear the apostle Paul’s exhortation to Titus, a true son in our common faith…

…according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began…Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

–Titus 1.1-2,4


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

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Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their dusty vessels are being further clothed with delight and trust and rest in God–for such a time as this…

Pray for those who profess to know God, but whose works deny Him; pray for those who have yet to behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…who do not yet know the grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6

Morning Glory…

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Wednesday morning…a special Wednesday in this moment of eternity…some of the family in the Body of Messiah have been enjoying a season after Christmas–seven weeks of remembering the pure glory of the life of Messiah in His earthly ministry… This Wednesday  is called “Ash Wednesday”…begins a season calling some of the family in the Body of Messiah to remember who we are…dust in the hands of God…dust fashioned for the glory of Messiah Jesus…dust being transformed into the image of God’s own Son…dust…an earthen vessel out of which the glory of Christ is meant to shine…dust in whom the excellence of the power is shown to be of God and not of us…dust in whose weakness Messiah’s strength is made perfect…

In my recent studies of 2 Corinthians with the women in my church, I have been lingering on the apostle Paul’s reminder that we who believe in Messiah Jesus groan to be clothed with our habitation which is from Heaven… We who are in this dusty vessel do not long to be unclothed, but to be further clothed, that mortality would be swallowed up in life… (2 Corinthians 5.1-5)…

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee…

You are thinking that I digress, but I don’t digress. Ash Wednesday does not begin a season of empty, symbolic, perfunctory deprivation; Ash Wednesday calls the believer in Messiah Jesus to become clothed more heavily with the beauty and character of Messiah… To long for Him and His government in me so much that I lay aside more of that appetite for the petty little “preciousses” I think are my rights to hoard as a human… The season of Epiphany laid the groundwork for meditating on His glory and majesty… The season of Lent calls for a new and responsive season of remembering that I am a human made of dust in the hands of a glorious God for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ…

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What a glorious and extraordinary feeling it is! To realize the fragility and weakness of the vessel which houses so much of what my mother used to call “potential…” In this dusty vessel, the excellence of that “potential” is Christ’s alone …

And, yes. In order to realize more of the excellence of Christ’s potent majesty, it means laying aside a bunch of dust-laden stuff–because I groan to be “further clothed” by His hands in my dusty vessel…

I…count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord….that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings…

–Philippians 3.8-10


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

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Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: ‘Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, “It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.”So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest’.

-–Psalm 95

Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their dusty vessels are being further clothed in His glory. Pray for those whose vision is blinded and whose lives are suffocated by the dust of the things of this world. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


 

Morning Glory…

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Have you ever had one of those times when the magnitude of God’s glory leaves you without speech? I am having one of those moments…

My mind is full of reflections on the glories of the readings of the last Sunday in the season of Epiphany… a moment in time where the Eternal Jesus becomes transfigured, revealing His glory…

Psalm 99; Exodus 24.12-18; Philippians 3.7-14; Matthew 17.1-9

And when I add my Monday morning time travel in the Word of God through 2 Corinthians 5.1-7.1 … my cup runneth over…

So I’m singing what was sung in worship on Sunday…

May the glory that is revealed and alive and sovereign in the Lord Jesus Christ attend you in all your moments… and make you sing to Him… for such a time as this…

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