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Making a Name

When those living near Babylon wanted to make a name for themselves by building a tower that would reach unto heaven, their language was changed and the people were scattered (Genesis 11:1-9). When wicked Haman wanted to make a name for himself by killing all the Jews throughout the Persian Empire, he was hanged on the gallows he had prepared for another (Esther 3-7). When Judas desired to make a name for himself by selling Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, he went out and hanged himself (Matthew 26; 27:1-10).

 When God makes a name of someone, an Ark is built to save mankind and the animal kingdom, as with a man named Noah (Genesis 6-8). When God makes a name of someone, a nation is built that numbers the stars of heaven, as with Abraham (Genesis 15:1-6). When God makes a name of someone, a man and young woman become the earthly father and mother of Jesus, as were Joseph and Mary (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38). When God makes a name of someone, a man intent on destroying God’s people becomes the greatest missionary to spread the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and the writer of the majority of the New Testament, as did the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:1-18). When God makes a name of someone it is life-changing for the entire world.

 

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Darkness

“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.”  Genesis 1:2

“That there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.”  Exodus 10:21-22

Darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.”  Isaiah 60:2

“Give glory to the LORD your God, before He cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, He turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.”  Jeremiah 13:16

“All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the LORD God.”  Ezekiel 32:8

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.”  Joel 2:31

“Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?”  Amos 5:20

“That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.”   Zephaniah 1:15

“Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Matthew 25:30

“They that were crucified with Him reviled Him. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.”  Mark 15:32-33

Be ready…

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…

JESUS will come.

Matthew 24:44;  1 Corinthians 15:52

A Seed Is Planted

IMG_4764The Parable of the Seed and the Sower Jesus taught the multitude gathered on the shore of the Sea of Galilee is familiar to many. Jesus spoke of seed that falls by the wayside where birds come and devour it. He spoke of seed falling on stony places that are unable to take root. He spoke of seed falling among thorns and being choked out. He concluded the Parable by speaking of seed that falls on good ground that is able to produce much fruit. Jesus later revealed to his disciples the seed in the Parable the sower sowed is The Word of God (Matthew 13:1-23).

When God’s Word sown into the heart of a man, woman, boy or girl takes root, a process begins to bring the Seed to full maturity. As one begins to read for themselves the Word of God, listens to the Scriptures being expounded upon by God’s appointed undershepherds, spends time in prayer with The Father, the Seed begins to break ground, grow and flourish. As one continues to draw closer to the Savior through His Word buds begin to form, announcing the Seed is maturing just as it should with daily cultivation. As the buds burst forth into blossoms the beauty of the Seed implanted in the heart is evident for all to see. The Seed continues on to maturity, bearing the anticipated fruit, “some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.”

The Psalmist David wrote of those who delight in the Law of the LORD and meditate upon His Word day and night are like a tree planted by the river that brings forth fruit in season, whose leaf withers not and whatsoever he does prospers (Psalm1:2-3). The Apostle Paul wrote of the Fruit of the Spirit showing forth love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance in those where the Seed has taken root and matured (Galatians 5:22-23). The abundant Christian Life abounds and flourishes when the Seed is planted deep in the heart of man, nurtured, watered and cultivated to produce much fruit for the Glory of God.

To Stand Faultless Before the Throne

As it is appointed unto man once to die but after this the judgment, how is one able to come before the Throne of God faultless? With the sin of mankind passed down from generation to generation from the original sin committed by Adam in the Garden, how does one come to stand before a Holy God and escape His wrath that is to come? The Apostle John was afforded a glimpse upon the Heavenly Throne of God and tells the world of those who are able to stand “without fault before the Throne of God,” (Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:1-5).

As John was carried to the Heavenly scene by “the Spirit on the Lord’s day” (Revelation 1:9-10), he found himself in the presence of the Lamb of God standing with those who had been “redeemed from the earth… redeemed from among men.” He saw those who were with Jesus had the Lamb’s “Father’s name written in their foreheads,” in contrast to the beast’s mark on the hand or forehead John had been warned would be required during the Great Tribulation of those who rejected God and followed after the beast (Revelation 13:11-18). Before the Throne of God, only the Father’s Name is present on those who have been redeemed.

As John observed those who stood before the Throne of the Most High God, he heard the voices of the redeemed singing a new song, a song no man could learn but the redeemed. It is the song of redemption, the song of amazing grace, the song of salvation. Even God’s holy angels are unable to learn the song of the redeemed.

Those the Apostle John saw standing before the Throne were those who were the firstfruits of the redeemed who were to follow, as Christ is the Firstfruit of those who are to be risen again in His likeness and live in His Presence throughout Eternity (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, John wrote of the redeemed he saw in the heavenly vision, “In their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the Throne of God.” Those who stand before the Throne of God in worship and praise are those who have been cleansed from their sin, washed in the blood of the Lamb, clothed in His Righteousness, without spot or blemish. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7).

How Great Thou Art

During Sanctity of Life Month what a wonderful testimony of Marlana VanHoose to sing the beloved hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” during the pre-inaugural prayer service held in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. Young Marlana, who was born blind and diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, has trusted Christ as her Savior and says she has no need to see while here on Earth because she knows the first face she will ever look upon will be JESUS’ in Heaven.