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A Condemnation-Free Life

By Greg Laurie

 

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"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

—2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 

She had been caught in the act of adultery, so the religious leaders brought her to Jesus. (Incidentally, I wonder where the man was? He apparently got away scot-free.)

 

They said, “This woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” (John 8:4–5 NLT).

 

Without a word, Jesus stooped down and started writing in the dirt with His finger. Then He stood up and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (verse 7 NLT).

 

That cleared the room rather quickly. I wonder what Jesus wrote? I don’t think He was playing tic-tac-toe. Maybe he looked at one of the men and then wrote down his name and the number of the commandment he was breaking. Whatever Jesus did, it brought them under conviction, and they all left.

 

Then Jesus turned to the woman and said, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

 

“No, Lord.”

 

“Neither do I. Go and sin no more” (see verses 10–11 NLT).

 

It was at that moment she believed, and Jesus saw that she believed. As a result, there was no condemnation because “there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NLT).

 

The Bible tells us, “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT).

 

A Spirit-led believer lives a condemnation-free life. It doesn’t mean there won’t be failures. It doesn’t mean there won’t be inconsistencies. But the Bible says there is no condemnation.

 

God sees us for what we will become, not just what we are. We see the past; God sees the future. We see the end; God sees a new beginning.

 

 

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MEDITATIONS ON THE TRUE CHRISTIAN LIFE

By Glenn H. Jackson

 

 

 ...."This book of the law [the Word of God] shall not depart from [always be in] your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful [take heed] to do according to all that is written in it; for THEN you will make your way prosperous, and THEN you will have success".... Joshua 1:8 NASB

 

 

The spirit of complaint is born out of an unwillingness to trust God with today ...spending your time looking back toward Egypt or wishing for the future all the while missing what God is doing right now. 

 

 

.... Neither murmur [discontentedly complain] ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall .... 1 Corinthians 10:10-12 KJV 

 

 

.... Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves] .... Philippians 2:14 The Amplified Translation

 

 

 

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Intercessors For America 

An Intercessors for America Daily Devotional:
Intercessors Win

 

 

 

Friends, in these dire times, we have to use every spiritual weapon of prayer at our disposal. We must pray, speak God’s Word, fast, and intercede for our nation:

 

•For peace to reign here again;

•For righteousness and justice, which are the foundations of God’s throne, to be established;

•For righteous rulers and governments to come forth;

•For God’s people to have and operate in extreme wisdom;

•For our freedoms to be protected; and

•For our ability to freely preach the Gospel around the world to be preserved.

 

In every arena, our freedoms are being removed by ungodly and wicked leaders—both leaders of the nation, states, cities, counties, and even by the leaders of corporations. Nevertheless, GOD is on our side and He will fight for us as we pray.

Proverbs 11:11 tells us this:

 

“By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.”

 

Today, I felt led to craft a blessing we can speak over Washington DC—a blessing proclaiming peace and righteousness to the capital city of our nation.

 

I believe that as we speak this blessing, declaring God’s Word over our land and over her governmental branches, the Word of God will take root. Remember that Hebrews 4:12 tells us the following:

 

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

 

The Word of God is one of the biggest weapons of our warfare. Therefore, as we speak it out, trust God to move in response to our pronouncements of blessing over this city!

 

Are you ready? If so, speak this blessing over Washington DC with me today:

 

“In the name of Jesus Christ the Righteous, I speak blessings over Washington DC today. I declare first that Washington DC shall be exalted in righteousness; it shall not be overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

 

I also decree and declare in the name of Jesus that righteousness and justice must be established in Washington DC now. I curse lawlessness and the second tier of our justice system—the tier in which the wicked suffer no consequences for breaking the law. In the name of Jesus, I decree that true justice must be established; that mercy can also reign where God wants mercy, but that justice must be enforced where our God deems justice is needed.

 

I speak over Washington DC that there is nothing hidden which shall not be revealed. There are no secrets which shall not be made known.

 

Therefore, in the name of Jesus, I command corruption to be exposed and dealt with according to justice NOW, in Jesus’ name:

 

•I declare and decree that good and holy whistleblowers must come forward to expose the crimes of others.

•Criminals in DC must confess and repent of their crimes publicly.

•I decree that there will be no adverse consequences to true whistleblowers for the revealing of others’ crimes; they shall only experience the consequences of their own crimes, if any; but they shall be safe and protected from the retribution from the wicked.

•I bind any false whistleblowers who speak lies against the righteous. I declare that they may not speak and their lies shall not be heard nor listened to. Their lies fall to the ground right now, useless and of no effect.

 

I speak to Washington DC, and I bless you, O city, with the righteousness that exalts a nation.

I declare that righteous government is formed within you right now, and no unrighteous governments may be formed whatsoever. If any unholy shadow governments exist, I command them to be revealed, exposed, prosecuted, crumble to nothing, and be brought to justice.

 

In the name of Jesus, I loose angels to watch over our capital city—Washington DC.

 

I speak that every good and righteous politician and their families, staff, and loved ones are protected and hidden in the secret place of the Most High. No evil can befall them, nor shall any plague come near their dwellings. A thousand may fall at their side, and ten thousand at their right hand, but it shall not come near them.

I also decree and declare that every unrighteous politician in Washington DC must fall.

 

We speak to every wicked politician, staffer, and government official, and we say: “Be saved, or be removed, in Jesus’ name.” We declare and release both the justice, mercy, and judgment of God into Washington DC wherever GOD deems it necessary in order to accomplish His highest and best purposes.

 

I speak that good, holy, righteous, and god-fearing politicians must arise and arrive in DC:

 

•I speak that good and holy politicians must be elected in every election going forward.

•Even right now, God is preparing them.

•Even right now, God is funding their campaigns.

•Even right now, God is personally going before His servants in politics and defeating every hindrance that comes against them.

•Even right now, the voters who will vote for good and righteous politicians are registering to vote and voting the Bible at the polls.

•America is turning toward righteousness right now, and I declare and decree that every politician that arrives in Washington DC from this moment forward must be a servant of the Most High God, and Him only shall they serve.

 

I declare that righteous laws, and only righteous laws, may come forth from Washington DC:

•I bind and forbid the formation of any unrighteous laws.

•If wicked politicians even try to pass wicked laws, I decree that they shall be hindered and stopped at every opportunity.

•Confusion shall enter the camp of the wicked and they shall not be able to pass any unrighteous legislation at any level.

•I decree that order and wisdom enter the camp of the righteous in Washington DC, and godly politicians will bring good and holy laws to table that shall be passed and passed quickly.

•I declare and decree that no one can stand against the righteous in this whole city.

•The enemy may come against the righteous politicians one way, but that enemy will flee before them seven ways.

•Every wicked person shall tremble in fear of the righteous AND OUR GOD in Washington DC.

 

I declare and decree that our government passionately and aggressively defends our freedoms:

•I bless our nation with cherishing and protecting free speech, the free exercise of religion, free press, freedom to assemble and gather, the freedom to move and travel, the freedom to do business and not be discriminated against, and the right to bear arms.

•I decree and declare that our right to free and fair elections is preserved, and any and all election fraud is exposed, punished, and prevented from happening again.

•I bless our nation with the protection of all our freedoms.

•I declare and decree that any attack or infringement upon these freedoms shall be soundly defeated and our freedoms preserved.

I bless Washington DC with peace. I bless her with safety. I release the highest and best purposes of God into this city that we love. I command the people of God in and around Washington DC to rise up and bless the Lord with all that is within them. I release the testimony of Jesus and the Spirit of prophecy into our capital city, and I decree revival comes.

 

Washington DC shall be saved. America shall be saved.

 

I decree that the blood of Jesus washes away the color line, the economic line, and every other line that divides our people. I decree that Americans dwell together in the unity of God’s Holy Spirit and the bond of peace. And I bless our nation, these United States of America, with peace, prosperity, and times of refreshing in the presence of the Lord.

 

In Jesus’ holy and precious name, as it is written, so let it be done. Amen and amen!”

 

Beloved, God hears our prayers. He hears our cries of faith, and He sees everything that is hidden.

 

The weapons of our warfare are mighty through God, and as we release His Word over our nation and over her capital city, God will hear and move.

 

Jamie Rohrbaugh is an author and speaker who equips people to walk in the manifest presence and power of God. Jamie blogs for a global readership at FromHisPresence.com, where she writes about radical prayer, the prophetic word, the supernatural lifestyle, inner healing, and Kingdom wealth. She is a frequent contributor to Charisma Magazine, The Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and various other ministry outlets. You can contact her here or download her free ebook containing 555 names of God for prayer and worship here.

 

 

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By Glenn H. Jackson

 

 

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Godly counsel and divine reproof [received in the "inner chamber"] are the catalyst [on an ongoing basis] to the release of Wisdom and spiritual understanding in one's inner man [spirit]. 

 

...."Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days".... Proverbs 19:20 NASB

 

 

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The Lord would say that Satan has come to rob you of your joy and to diminish you. In fact, the Lord gave me the Scripture where David was praying, "Restore to me the joy of salvation." And the Lord would say to you, “You have been in a season where Satan has literally been nibbling away at your joy and it has happened at times just by degrees. But I am coming with a wave of the Holy Spirit. I'm coming with a wave of joy. Know this: as you make a decision, you are going to believe that I am healing you where you're hurting. Make the decision that you are not going to stay in this place where you feel anxious, where you feel panic, where you don't know what to do."  

The Lord just wants you to know that He is going to give you solutions. There are solutions coming for you.The Bible talks about hope being the anchor for your soul, and I see that Satan is trying to take your hope that things will ever change or that things will ever get better. The Lord would say that that is a lie and an attack from the enemy. The Lord says, "Right now, right now... receive hope! Right now, understand that even though it seems like it's taking a long time", the Lord says, "I will do it! I will give you what you need. I will give you the wisdom. I will give you the solution. I will give you the restoration."

You are not meant to stay in this place of anguish. You are not meant to stay in a place of confusion. No, you're not meant to be confused! So, Father, we take authority over the enemy! We bind the spirit of confusion! We bind the spirit of rejection and abandonment! I just want to say to you, "Be healed! Be healed!" The Lord just says, "Believe that I will restore the joy of your salvation." God bless you. Love you guys. That is a really good word for us today. 



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A Basket of Summer Fruit

by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)
Forerunner, "Ready Answer," June 8, 2022

 

 

 

"In the Good ‘Ol Summertime," the local oldie-but-goodie radio station broadcasts Nat King Cole's song:

 

Give me those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,
Those days of sodas and pretzels and beer.
Give me those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer;
You'll wish that summer could always be here.

 

 

How well these words express the natural man's response to summer! He feels release, even exuberance, as winter loosens its cold grip, and the land again becomes fruitful. As the days grow longer and warmer, human nature cries, "Let's make hay while the sun shines" and characteristically turns summer into a time of "give me," as the song puts it: Give me those long days to "catch some rays," to spend time at the beach or to make money in my business. Give me those warm nights to "eat, drink, and be merry" (Luke 12:19).

 

 

God's people are not immune from summer's contagion of self. Each of us can all too easily misuse summer, devoting ourselves to "sodas and pretzels and beer." If we dedicate summertime to our own pleasure or to our own business, we turn the blessing of summer into a marathon distraction. We have fallen into idolatry.

 

Summer can be a real blessing. It is a time of teeming fruitfulness, the land becoming alive with grain and vegetables and fruits. But in this abundance lies summer's snare. Speaking in a more general context, Moses cites the problem:

 

 

And it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, . . . to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full—then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (Deuteronomy 6:10-12)

 

 

The snare is forgetfulness. Depending on our nature, we can make summer either "crazy" or "lazy," as we fill every waking hour with work, play, or sloth. In the midst of everything that competes for the limited resources of our time and energy, how do we ensure that we remember God? The basket of summer fruit is a symbol or emblem God uses to help keep our focus on Him during summer. It teaches us two lessons: one of remembrance, the other of fear.

 

 

Exceedingly Abundantly

 

God connects the basket of summer fruit with its lesson of remembrance in Deuteronomy 26:1-10. We should note several factors.

 

 

The Setting: The Israelites, having endured decades of Egyptian slavery and wilderness wanderings, are poised on the threshold of the Promised Land. Moses instructs them: "And it shall be, when you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground . . . and put it in a basket" (verses 1-2).

 

 

The Symbol: a basket of the woven, wicker sort, filled with summer produce. We might visualize a cornucopia. God instructs the Israelite to bring the basket "to the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide" (verse 2b), and there he is to make two declarations, the first to the priest, the second to God.

 

 

The Ritual: To the priest, the offerer briefly declares, "I have come to the country which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us" (verse 3). The declaration succinctly affirms that God has honored His promise to the patriarchs. After handing the basket to the priest, who places it before the altar (verse 4), the offerer makes his second declaration, this one to God. This affirmation recognizes God's faithfulness to carry out what He has promised: "My father was a Syrian about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous" (verse 5).

 

 

The declaration also rehearses Israel's "affliction and our labor and our oppression" (verse 7) in Egypt and mentions God's deliverance "with great terror and with signs and wonders" (verse 8). Then comes that timeless characterization of the Promised Land:

 

 

"He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey': and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me." Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God. (verse 9-10)

 

 

 

 

The basket of summer fruit served as tangible evidence of God's faithfulness to deliver them. Its existence stood as firm proof that He was "able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20; emphasis ours throughout). Remember, God promised the patriarchs land (Genesis 12:713:14-1515:18-2117:8). But what He actually gave His people was so special, so grand, that only "a land flowing with milk and honey" could properly describe it.

 

 

The "worship" mentioned in Deuteronomy 26:10 was praise and thanksgiving to God for His works "exceedingly abundantly above all that [Israel could] ask or think." Yesterday or today, the basket of summer fruit teaches the same lesson: Remember your God in the midst of His blessings to you. Do not neglect Him.

 

 

Pretzels and Beer—or Milk and Honey?

 

 

Is not God's "land of milk and honey" a whole lot better than that created by those who have forgotten Him, a land "of sodas and pretzels and beer”?

 

Perhaps Peter had Deuteronomy in mind when he penned his second letter. In II Peter 1:3-4, the apostle mentions God’s divine power . . ., by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 

 

Peter then urges us to add diligently to our faith virtue, knowledge, self-control, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (verses 5-7). What is the result of this growth process? "For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (verse 8).

 

In verse 10, Peter cries for "more" diligence in fulfilling God's calling of us out of this world and into His way of life. Doing so, "an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (verse 11).

 

 

Israel's possession of the land serves as an emblem of our possession of God's Kingdom. Indeed, the Israel of God has already entered that Kingdom in type. Notice the astounding truth God reveals in Ephesians 2:4-6:

 

 

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (see also Colossians 1:13)

 

 

Because Christ dwells in us, God sees His people already sitting with Him in heaven! No wonder Paul exults, "[W]e are more than conquerors" (Romans 8:37). But—it takes diligence. Forgetfulness will not do! This is the first lesson of the basket of summer fruit: Remember God's blessings, especially His greatest gift, the promise of salvation. He is the God of our salvation, Christ having given Himself "for our sins, that He might deliver us from the present evil age" (Galatians 1:4).

 

 

Fruitfulness to Famine

 

 

What of the basket's second lesson? As if the other side of a coin, it is a lesson in fear. Notice Amos 8:1, 11:

 

 

Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit. . . . "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "that I will send a famine on the land."

Amos 8 opens with an image of fruitfulness but closes with a prophecy of famine. Here, the image of the basket is ironic: Seeing it, we are to fear. It is as though the basket is a harbinger of trouble. God makes that meaning clear in verse 2:

 

And He said, "Amos, what do you see?" So I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then the LORD said to me: "The end has come upon my people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.”

 

 

Isaiah 28 best illustrates the link between summer fruit and an impending end, that is, the time of God's judgment for sin. The context is Isaiah's prophecy that Ephraim (Israel) will fall (verse 3). Notice carefully verse 4:

 

And the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is at the head of the fertile valley, will be like the first-ripe fig prior to summer; which one sees, and as soon as it is in his hand, he swallows it. (New American Standard Version)

 

 

"First-ripe" (bikkoorbikkoorah, or bakkoorah) is a variant of the word "firstfruits." A first-ripe fig is a delicacy begging for attention now. When one sees such a "fruit to maturity" (Luke 8:14), dripping white sweet through splitting skin, he should eat it promptly. It does not remain long in one's hand because it is at its peak; it will never taste better. Thus, Ephraim's fall will be at "noontime": Her enemies will pluck her at her zenith of power and glory and suddenly devour her.

 

 

English readers miss the Hebrew pun between the words "summer fruit" (kahyitz) and "end" (kehtz). 

 

But even modern-day Israelites understand that vine- or tree-ripened fruit, picked at its best, does not last long. It has come to the end of its course; the rotting process will soon begin. So, we feel a sense of urgency to act upon the fruit now—to eat it before it is too late. In fact, we use such idioms as, "The time is ripe for action" or "That person is ripe for a fall" to convey the idea that the end of the present circumstance is at hand—and deservedly so. Biblical examples of this metaphorical use of "ripe" occur in Joel 3:13 and Revelation 14:15, 18.

 

 

In Amos 8, God cites examples of the social injustice rife in Israel's society (verses 4-6) and asserts that He is ready to bring the violent civilization to an end: "I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, and baldness on every head" (verse 10).

 

An End—The End

 

 

If that is not strong enough, what about God's words through Ezekiel?

 

 

Thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: "An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. Now the end has come upon you, and I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will repay you for all your abominations." (Ezekiel 7:2; emphasis ours throughout)

Not just any end! The end (kehtz)! To drive home the urgency of His message, God reiterates it in verses 6-7:

 

 

An end has come, the end has come; it has dawned for you; behold it has come! Doom has come to you, you who dwell in the land; the time has come; a day of trouble is near.

 

 

God says, "Now upon you I will soon pour out My fury" (verse 8; see verse 12). Israel, God says, is ripe for destruction (compare Lamentations 4:18).

 

 

The story Amos, Isaiah, and Ezekiel tell—the story all the prophets tell—is the same. They speak of a rich, glorious people, blessed by God, caught up in everyday life, immersed in the around-and-the-about. Their self-absorption brings their downfall, for they forget God's faithfulness to bless the obedient and to curse the disobedient. The greatest Prophet of all makes the same point in Matthew 24:37-39:

 

 

But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

 

Noah's pre-Flood contemporaries were ignorant of their spiritual wretchedness. Revelation 3 makes it plain that we can be in the same boat. Thinking we are "rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing" (verse 17), we are blind to our true spiritual state.

 

 

Putting God on the Back Burner

 

 

In Ezekiel 7:11, the prophet makes plain why the end he describes so vividly is near: "Violence has risen up into a rod of wickedness [lawlessness]." Because of rampant sin, "The time has come, the day draws near" (verse 12). He pursues the same thought in chapter 12:

 

 

Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety. And say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD . . . "They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it."'" (Ezekiel 12:17-19)

 

 

When will this time of trouble come? Years in the future? Read the answer in verses 22-28. The violent, hedonistic Israelites dismiss Ezekiel's comments on two grounds:

 

 

  1. The gainsayers contend that "every vision fails" (verse 22). They call God a liar! To this claim, God asserts, "I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass" (verse 25).

 

2. The scoffers declare, even if the prophet's words are true, "The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off" (verse 27). To this God answers, "The days are at hand; . . . none of My words will be postponed any more" (verses 23, 28).

 

 

With this witness, do we dare put the things of God on a back burner between the Feast of Firstfruits and the Feast of Ingathering? Do we honestly think we can get away with playing spiritual catch-up in the fall, a week or two after Trumpets? Can we defer study and prayer until winter's long nights and cold days keep us home? Not on our eternal life!

 

 

 

 

We dare not become distracted by the wealth of summer's activities. Review these Old Testament witnesses against neglecting God—any time (Zephaniah 1:14-17Joel 2:1Habakkuk 2:3). For a New Testament witness, notice Matthew 24:32, where Christ echoes Ezekiel's comments, "[I]n your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it" (Ezekiel 12:25):

 

 

Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the very doors. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.

 

 

His reference to the early fig is reminiscent of Isaiah 28:4.

 

 

Remembrance and Fear

 

 

So much happens during the summertime that it is easy to place God second or third—or lower—in our lives. That is deadly. James, using an agricultural metaphor, exhorts that we counter this natural, downhill tendency by making a conscious decision to await patiently our soon-coming redemption:

 

 

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:7-8)

 

 

Peter also recognizes the threat of spiritual entropy, the tendency to let the things of God slip away. Although his words in I Peter 4:7-8 allude to the imminent fall of Jerusalem to the Romans in AD 70, they certainly bear on our situation today:

 

 

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins.”

 

 

Peter's solution—sobriety in the face of distractions—stands in stark contrast to the craziness and laziness of which Nat King Cole's song speaks. We can express this spirit of serious expectation for God by dedicating our summer nights to prayer rather than to parties and our summer days to looking after others' needs rather than after our own pleasures. Peter describes how the truly God-fearing spend their summers—and their lives.

 

 

In his second epistle, Peter describes in more detail the attitude we should all steel ourselves to adopt in the face of summer's activities. He begins chapter 3 by mentioning one of the reasons he wrote the letter: To "stir up your pure minds by way of reminder" (verse 1). Then, in verses 3-4, Peter foretells of scoffers . . . in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

 

 

Scoffers indeed! These were the children of the "rebellious house" of whom Ezekiel wrote, those who called the prophet into account for prophesying "of times far off" (Ezekiel 12:25, 27). "They willfully forget," charges Peter in verse 5, the great Flood of Noah's day (verse 6). He sets them straight in verse 7:

 

 

But the heavens and the earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word [of God], reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

 

In verse 11, Peter asks rhetorically,

 

 

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God . . .?

 

 

The answer is clear from verse 13; We need to live by faith in the promises of God: "We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." Peter ends his letter as he began it, calling for our intransigent diligence in the faith. His conclusion should set the tone for the way we spend this coming summer:

 

Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless. . . . You therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (verses 14, 17-18)

 

 

Peter takes us back to the lessons of the basket of summer fruit: Remember that God keeps His promises and bestows blessings on us. Fear lest the end come suddenly, and we have been too busy or too lazy to see the ripening fruit—too caught up in the around-and-about to prepare.

 

This summer, amid all the things we do—and before all the things we do—call to mind the two lessons of the basket of summer fruit. Make this a summer of thanksgiving, praising God for the above-all-we-think-or-ask cornucopia of blessings He continues to bestow on us.

 

 

At the same time, always recognize that today's world is ripe for judgment, ready for picking. The end is near. Refusing even the most appealing distractions, let us diligently prepare for the fall harvest so soon to begin.

 

This reminds me of a verse "But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
 

 

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You Are One Substance With Me

By Russ Walden

 

 

The Father says today, you are one substance with Me. When I came into the earth, I emptied Myself of all the attributes of My glory in heaven. I then paid the price that you know Me as the WAY to ascend into My throne and be seated with Me at the Father’s right hand. You are accepted in the beloved. As I am in the heavens, so are you in the earth. How am I? How am I in the heavens at the right hand of the Father? Am I sick? Am I impoverished? Am I in brokenness?

 

Then do not accept any of these lying conditions and circumstances in your own life on the earth. You are the Entitled ones of My throne. Nothing shall by any means harm you. Believe the good report and see the full manifestation of all I paid for you on Calvary.

 

Make it your determination that you will not limit yourself by finite or natural understanding. Your station in life will not and cannot impede My ability to bless you. Your economic status is no hindrance to the plan I have to bring you into your blessing place. Your ethnicity, your marital status–none of these things can bar or impede the outpouring of My glory and blessing upon you.

 

Change your mind about such things, says God. Forget the past. Forget the egregious failures of times gone by. I AM here. I AM moving. I AM raising you up and setting your feet in a certain place of benefit and blessing, and nothing shall stand in the way of My purposes to fulfill your destiny.

 

 

By Prophet Russ Walden

 

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FIRE BY NIGHT

By Glenn H. Jackson

 

 

"Reflections Upon Reflections" [of The Father's Heart]

 

        ...."You, in Your great compassion, did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, to guide them on their way, or the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go".... Nehemiah 9:19 NASB 

 

 

 

THE EXERCISING OF FAITH AND PATIENCE WILL ALWAYS EMPOWER US TO OVERCOME

 

Words of prophecy:

 

*____If one acknowledges Me in all of their ways THEN I will be found directing their paths with a "pin-point accuracy". If one is found acknowledging [wilfully] inclining their ear towards the lies of the Enemy in any given moment THEN he will be found directing [counterfeiting] their path.

 

        ...."Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear [reverence] the LORD and turn away from evil".... Proverbs 3:5-7 NASB

 

____Although it seems hard, sometimes, in the face of adverse circumstances, not to immediately act in our "own" strength and understanding, it is very important for us, FIRST, to gain a revelation of the Father's Will. Then, as we continually are found exercising faith [trust] and patience in the Word of God that has been "quickened" to us by the Holy Spirit pertaining to our situation, that faith and patience will ALWAYS empower us to overcome.

 

____It is very important for each and every child of God to realize that EVERY act of faith is an act of love towards the Father and is very pleasing to Him. Indeed, all those who are found faithful [full of faith] in this hour will surely be rewarded - both now and throughout Eternity.

 

____...."And without faith [trust] it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him".... Hebrews 11:6 NASB

 

Prayer of Proclamation:

 

____Father, we thank You and praise You for the opportunities we have each day to exercise a steadfast faith and trust in You - knowing that each act of faith is an expression of our Love for You. And we give You all praise and honor and glory in Jesus' Name. Amen.

 

 

 

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This is for All people in the whole world . . . :

John 3:16

King James Version (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Scripture Prayers of Salvation

 

 Pray the following out loud:

 

John 3:16 … Thank You Lord for loving me so much that You gave Your one and only Son, that when I believe in Him I will not perish but have eternal life. I believe in Jesus with my heart and I ask you to forgive me of all my sins. I renounce satan and all his works and ways, I choose the truth and disavow satan and all his lies. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord.

 

Romans 10:9-10 … Thank You Lord that when I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord, and believes in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved. I believe in my heart and accept You as Lord. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord.

 

Isaiah 45:8, 2 Tim 2:10 … Thank You Lord that salvation will spring up within my heart, that I may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. In the name of Jesus Christ.

 

2 Peter 3:18 … Thank You Lord that I may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Psalm 19:10 … Thank You Lord that I may grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb. In the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Psalm 42:1-2 … Thank You Lord that You will create within me a hunger, a longing, for You and Your will. Set my heart flames a fire in love with you. Reveal yourself to me. Make me to love you as you love me. In the name of Jesus Christ. Yeshua

 

 

 

 
 Read the Word of God!
 
 

The Word helps in casting down vain imaginations that exhalt itself above the knowledge of the Lord. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. To use a reading plan, just visit the daily reading page to see your daily reading. 

 

Click the following link:

 

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/old-new-testament/2022/06/10?version=KJV 

Latest comments

09.09 | 06:52

Thank you for this! You might enjoy my take on the whole 'Christmas' story, not born on Dec 25th etc,
https://tranzmachine.bandcamp.com/track/a-saviour-born

17.03 | 07:11

Praise God! He is so good to all of us!

16.03 | 22:20

I needed to hear this today. Its been sooo very difficult for a long time honestly asked God if I was the toxic one and just didn't realize it so I could repent

12.01 | 04:32

this is so beautiful and such a testimony to the Lord's healing power and sanctification through our suffering. Much of my walk with Christ is similar to yours.