Are you wrapped up in praise?

“…To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3.

Praise and Worship. The Hebrew root for “garment” Strong’s # 4594 maateh shows praise as more than a piece of clothing casually thrown over our shoulders.josephscoat

It literally teaches us “to wrap” or “cover” ourselves —that the garment of praise is to leave no openings through which hostile elements can penetrate. This garment of praise repels and replaces heavy spirit.

This is a special message of instruction and hope for those oppressed by fear and doubt. The instruction is “to put on” this garment. A heavy coat from our closet is of little use until it is “put on” and in doing so resists the cold wind. Putting on the garment of praise insolates us against the heaviness of oppression. So, put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness and lift up your voice to God.

Grace and Mercy why you need both

Let us therefore come  boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NKJV.

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In the present fashion of American Christianity many flavors are jousting like mid-evil knights out for fame and preeminence in their preaching and teaching of the Word of God. A few have been knocked down and are searching for a club or a maul knock their supposed opponent off his/her high horse. Many foundational truths have run off like the knight’s horse without its rider.

In our text mercy and grace are sought for the purpose of obtaining help, so many skip this part of our walk and boast about not having any needs. This is where I feel Word studies can and should help us all stay on our horse. Do you know any needy Christians?

MercyEleos, Strong’s # 1656. Special and immediate regard to the misery, which is the consequence of sins. Contrast this word with Charis (Strong’s # 5485), which is God’s free grace and gift displayed in the forgiveness of sins as extended to man in their guilt.

God’s mercy, eleos, is extended for the alleviation of the consequences of sin. The lower creation is the object of God’s mercy inasmuch as the burden of man’s curse has redounded also upon it (Rom. 8:20-23).But man alone needs God’s grace and is capable of receiving it.

In God’s mind and in the order of our salvation as conceived therein, God’s mercy His benevolent pity for the misery brought about by our sin, His pitying love, precedes His saving grace and continues to be actively demonstrated after the work of His saving grace (Rom. 2:4 ).

There may be certain consequences of our past sinfulness which grace may not eliminate. For these we need God’s mercifulness. In John 3:16 God loved in mercy and gave grace in grace, but God’s manifestation of grace goes before mercy His mercy.

It is always grace and mercy that we find in the apostolic salutations for we experience guilt for our sin and receive God’s grace, we also need mercy to alleviate the consequences of our sins which may remain unaffected by grace.

The guilt and power of sin must be removed through God’s grace before the alleviation of the misery of sin can be experienced. The believer is to exercise mercifulness, for he can feel compassion for the misery of sin upon others, but he has no power to exercise grace since that is exclusively God’s work.

“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy,” (Matt. 5:7).

What are your thoughts?

God is a great dancer

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor (grace) is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4, 5 NKJV.

Verse 5 gives a good example of contrasting parallelism common in Hebrew poems.

Joy, rinnah, and Strong’s # 7440 this is a shout of rejoicing; shouting; loud cheering in triumph; singing. The description of rinnah is one of joyful shouting at the time of a great victory. Proverbs 11:10, rinnah describes the jubilation of the righteous when the wicked are eliminated.

Zephaniah 3:17 literally says that God will dance over His beloved people with singing or a shout of joy. Rinnah may best be illustrated by the testimony of the redeemed, returning from captivity.

Life in this verse equal lifetime. The plague lasted all day, so the night was full of weeping. Endure literally “lodge as a guest.” Some awesome parallelisms indeed.

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Artists comments: ”The Dance of Grace is not intended to be an illustration of a moment in the life of Jesus 2000 years ago, but rather a present depiction of the delight and celebration which He invites everyone to join in the present.
Let Him do as only He can – and join in the celebration of His love and the Dance of Grace.”
~ Mark Keathley

What do you think?

Aside

Some see, some hear, yet, the mystery remains

 

And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the *mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.” Mark 4:11, 12 NKJV

*Mystery, secret or hidden truth. depths of jesus

Mystery, musterion, Strong’s # 3466 from mueo, “to initiate into the mysteries,” a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. As New Testament initiates the word means something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God.

The secret thoughts, plans, dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers. The “mystery of the kingdom of God” means that kingdom of God has come in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, in His words and works, a kingdom which began to penetrate the human situation in a new way in and through His ministry, which continues to do so through the Body of Christ.

Only by faith can one recognize in the lowly figure of Jesus of Nazareth, the manifestation of God’s rule.

In nonbiblical Greek musterion is knowledge withheld, concealed, or silenced (Occult). In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col. 1:26). NT musterion focuses on Christ’s sinless life, atoning death, powerful resurrection, and dynamic ascension.

 

Prosperity is Neither Poverty Nor Riches.

Two things I request of You (deprive me not before I die): remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches—feed me with food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God. Proverbs 30:7-9 NKJV.

This is a model prayer regarding our possessions. When we ask God to meet our needs, we struggle with how to ask Him to prosper us. Our goal is not to accumulate wealth (riches) or renounce it (poverty), but to faithfully oversee our individual portion from God and remain undistracted in our love for Him.things money cant buy

Third John two says, “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”

Prosperity is more than just money. It is a lifestyle that includes spiritual fullness, physical well-being, mental soundness, social friendships, and financial well-being.

Prosperity is possessing and stewarding wisely all that God gives you. Prosperity results from God’s grace and our faithfulness to follow biblical principals. A prosperous person is one who is wealthy in all things that eternally matter.

And what do you say?

 

Can a mortal be more righteous than God?

Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his maker? Job 4:17 NKJV.

Mortal, enosh, Strong’s # 582: A man, a mortal; man in his frailty, limitation, and imperfection. Anash is a verb, meaning “to be frail, sick, weak and sad.” Enosh is one of the four primary Hebrew words for man.

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If adam is man as a species, ish is man as an individual citizen, and geber is man at the height of his manly power, then enosh is man as a basically weak creature.

Enosh occurs more than 550 times in the OT and often is simply an alternate term for adam. Yet sometimes the original connotation persists, such as in question in Psalm 8:4, “What is man (enosh) that You are mindful of him?”

In Daniel 7:13, the Aramaic equivalent bar’ enash (Son of Man) is a messianic term. The Lord Jesus repeatedly called Himself “the Son of Man.” He identified with the human race in its weakness, yet rises to a position of everlasting strength.

WHEN THE WOMB BECOMES A TOMB

WHEN THE WOMB BECOMES A TOMB
Posted by rspinos
The burning belly of Molech as a prophetic nightmare of abortion
Centuries before Christ, Molech was a demonic entity worshiped by the Ammonites. Their worship of this entity was detestable. Molech was a huge statue with arms and hands extended and curved inward to form a giant altar of burning coals. In another version, he was made with an open throat and abdomen full of fire in which children were thrown and burned alive. God completely prohibited this type of practice in Israel saying:
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire . . .” (Deuteronomy 18:10)
But over time the people of Israel entered into apostasy and began to practice this horrendous idol worship. God, in a cry of disappointment, confronted the situation.child-sacrifice-to-canaanite-gods
“They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it did not come into my mind.” (Jeremiah 7:31)
Just as this verse claims, the main altar of Molech in the city of Jerusalem was located in the famous Valley of the son of Hinnom. An interesting point is that during the time of Jesus this valley where children were murdered as burning sacrifices to Molech had been transformed into the garbage dump of Jerusalem, and had become a truly cursed place. Even more interestingly is that Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, made a direct comparison of this valley to hell:
“If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, then, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:47, 48)
In any land fill or garbage dump there are worms which feed off of the organic waste, breaking down the cells. There is also fire which incinerates and consumes all that is flammable. In other words, there is decay and destruction. Clearly, Jesus mentioned the Valley of Hinnom to use an earthly example in an attempt to explain the spiritual concept of hell in a way that was easier to understand. When Jesus mentioned this terminology “fire of Gahanna”, he was referring to the man-mad hell, where the nation burned its children as human sacrifices to Molech.
Nowadays this Valley is frequently visited by tourists, and it is common for some people who go there to worship the Lord to identify this part of the tour as the famous “worship service in hell”. In fact, the word hell, which has its origin in Latin, comes from expression “valley of the son of Hinnom” which in the Hebrew language is “Gahanna” (or Hades, in the Greek language).
The “high places of Topheth” is another term which identifies this Valley and has a significant meaning. The word Topheth refers to the drums which were played at a deafening volume to drown out the screams of the children when they were burned alive to Molech.
“For he who requires blood requires them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” (Psalms 9:12)
The historic fact to be considered is that this Valley where the parents ritually murdered their children was transformed into a garbage dump; an earthly version of hell. We must understand the implied analogy at this point to children who are murdered in their mother’s womb. Jesus compared this field of blood, which would later become a garbage dump, to hell itself. This is also a depiction of the mother’s womb where the blood of abortions has been shed.
We can spiritually define abortion as a sacrifice to Molech performed on the altar of the womb. Abortion is the religion of Molech which promises prosperity to all of its worshipers. Oddly enough, they were trading prosperity for sterility in the family.
This may shock you, for now, that is my objective. It is important that we comprehend the spiritual consequences of abortion. A womb subjected to an abortion is also subject to the decay and destruction of evil spirits. It becomes a human garbage dump. These entities act as “worms” or as “the destroying fire of Molech”, resulting in sterility, infirmities, tumors, cancer and serious menstrual problems. Abortion invites a truly intra-uterine hell.
Abortion has an effect on future conception and live births where children are being formed in the tomb of their own murdered brothers or sisters. In terms of spiritual heritage, each unredeemed abortion is an open door to be afflicted by the spirit of death through the future generations. This is also one of the most powerful causes of bankruptcy. When parents invest financially in the murder of their own child, the financial situation of these people is subjugated to the spirit of death. To overcome this is necessary to administer a thorough act of redemption and deliverance.
Many women who have had abortions seek out spiritual help. This is good because I know that abortion is covered up by most people. Many of these women start their dialogues with words such as: “what I am about to tell you I have never told anyone else!” When someone musters up enough courage to make a confession like this, it breaks the bonds of darkness and they are able to be freed from the pain caused by guilt.
When a person has the courage to confess involvement in an abortion (often for the first time), it is important to spiritually disconnect the effects of the abortion considering specifically the details related to the method used. If a child was sucked out, poisoned, pulled out, etc., it is fundamental to spiritually remove these mechanisms of death from that person’s life.
Suddenly, all of the emotional and spiritual weight can overflow into powerful deliverance for these women… The purifying fire of God can come over their lives. All of the pain caused by evil spirits is cast out through their crying, shouting, and vomiting.
To the extent that women who have had an abortion begin to feel forgiven by God, they can begin to forgive others as well. It is much like the painful process of childbirth, but deliverance can be birthed in a wonderful way. The feeling of tons of weight can be removed from shoulders; as the human spirit comes alive once again. The spiritual burden, the emotional torment, the wounded memories, the curse of death, and all that an abortion which is the yoke of Molech entails can be cast off in the name of Jesus.

Let us not forget the horrors of forced abortion.

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