My Dear Blogger Friends,
Today was a good day especially when my sweetheart, my husband came home.
As I was so very sick last night, I think there is a small change in the way he sees what happened and why I lost my cool for nothing (almost).
I thank God for touching Toby’s heard and for both of us hanging on Him and then on each other as our is a true and deep love.
After almost 24 years together and myself been 18 years older than him, yes, it’s real love. I thank God for my husband a lot and he feels as I do, grateful.
At times I am so amazed at the power of a blessed love.
Thank You Father God.
I am truly Blessed,
God Bless you wherever you are and,
THE CALL TO SERVICE
“Come ye after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they left the nets, and followed Him.” — Mar_1:7-18.
AS OF old, Christ is still passing through the centres of busy, thronging life, calling men from their nets and boats, from the countinghouse and the market-place, or from the seclusion of the study, and saying, with His own inimitable and irresistible charm: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” It may be that He has already come to you, casting over you the mantle of service, as Elijah over the young ploughman whilst following his team.
You may be startled at the suggestion, but probably all the mighty band of men and women who have responded to His Call, were similarly startled when first the summons awoke them to action. Samuel was startled when the Divine voice rang out in the night; Gideon was startled, and replied: “Behold my family is poor, and I am the least in my father’s house”; Jeremiah said, when the call came to him: “Ah, Lord God! Behold I cannot speak, for I am a child.” Moses drew back, and said that he was unequal for the task to which God summoned him.
Christ’s Call comes specially to the young—to Henry Martyn amid his books, to David Livingstone at his loom, to Carey at his cobbler’s bench, to Mary Slessor in the Scottish factory, and to many another. Young people have a marvellous power of acquiring languages, and mastering any difficulties of country, race, or condition, and what other men and women are doing for fame, position, and wealth, surely we can do for Jesus. We are His blood-bought slaves, and surely He has the right to say to each of us, Come, Go, Do this, Follow Me!
Listen to the appeal of Christ on behalf of the millions of souls for whom He died, and to some of whom He wants to send you. Yield yourself to Him, and let Him infuse into you His mighty passion for their salvation. Do not look at your circumstances, or count your five loaves and two small fishes, wondering if they will suffice; or at the waves, questioning if they will bear you up. Keep your eyes fixed on Him, and your ears open to His voice, and when once you are sure of His leading, go forward in His Name. Jordan will divide before you, and the walls of Jericho will fall flat.
Lord, here am I, send me wheresoever thou wilt. Only make me to know Thy will beyond possibility of mistake, and work through me to accomplish all Thy good pleasure. AMEN.
God Promising an Anointed King
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. (Isa_11:1-2)
Already, we have seen our God of promises guaranteeing to call out a people for Himself, to deliver His people from bondage, to fight for His people, and to give them an everlasting kingdom. Now, God promises an anointed king for His people.
This anointed king was promised through David’s family. “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse.” Jesse was a son of Obed and the father of David. “Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David” (Ruth 4:22). This king is here given a Messianic title, Branch. “A Branch shall grow out of his roots.” Other prophets had made similar prophetic promises concerning this royal Branch. “Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth’ . . . I am bringing forth My Servant the Branch . . . Behold, the Man whose name is the Branch! ” (Jer_23:5 and Zec_3:8; Zec_6:12).
This king (“the Branch”) would serve by the empowering of the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him.” The Spirit of God would not merely come upon Him at times (as with King Saul): “Then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them” (1Sa_10:10). The Spirit would continually be upon Him for ministry: “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him.” Of course, this king, the Branch, would be Jesus Christ. Jesus applied a similar Messianic passage to Himself. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me” (Luk_4:18). Yes, Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the anointed King. In fact, Christ is the Greek term for “anointed One.” Whereas, Messiah is the Hebrew term for the same.
The Messiah’s ministry would be characterized by godly wisdom, heavenly understanding, perfect counsel, divine might, complete knowledge, and holy reverence for the Father. All of this was produced by the work of the Holy Spirit upon Him: “the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”
Jesus, my anointed King, all that You demonstrated in Your days upon this earth are the very needs that I have in my daily life. By Your promises, through the work of Your Spirit, please supply these realities in my walk, Amen.
LOVE TRIUMPHANT OVER DEATH
“Fear not. I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold,! am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” — Rev_1:18.”
IT WAS not possible, said St. Peter, that our Lord should be holden of death (Act_2:24). It behooved Christ to suffer; but all the bitter waters of suffering could not quench his love. He was the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, every man, even those who pierced Him, is included in His great love.
Christ died, not only to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself, but to rob death of its terrors, and deprive it of its sting. In death our Lord Jesus destroyed both the Devil and his power; the prince of this world has been judged, and cast out of the seat of power (Heb_2:14-15; Joh_12:31; Joh_16:11).
Let us not be afraid of the mystery of death. Christ has shown us that it is the gateway into another life. There is the same spirit, but a different environment. It is a condition of existence in which the same voices are heard, the same human fellowship persists. During the forty days in which Jesus tarried on our earth after His Resurrection, He solved many of the problems of life after death, and illuminated its mystery. To die is to be with Him, and to be welcomed into the great company of loving spirits (2Pe_1:11).
Let us not fear the loneliness of death. The soul passing through the dark valley becomes aware of Another by its side—”Thou art with me.'” Death cannot separate us, even for a moment, from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus died alone; He felt forsaken; but none of us need pass through that terrible experience; for He has said: “I will come again, and receive you unto Myself.”
We need not fear what comes after death. The curse and penalty of sin have been put away for ever. “Who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again.” That which others call death, we dread no more than sleep. Our bodies lie down exhausted with our long working-day, to awake in the fresh energy of the Eternal Morning, while our spirit is presented before the Presence of His Glory, faultless, and with exceeding joy (Jud_1:24).
O God, may we so trust Thee this day, that, when the day is done, our trust shall be firmer than ever. Then, when our last day comes, and our work is done, may we trust Thee in death and forever, in the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
From The e-Sword Bible Study