God’s Word a Purifier Unto Holy Living.

 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the lord. 2 Cor. 3:18.

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:21-25 NKJV.

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Implanted, emphutos, Strong’s ##1721:”rooted word.” A word whose property it is to root itself like a seed in the heart. The word is sown, not grafted; God has caused the word of God to take root in the heart. Col. 2:7, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Purity of life is not a quest for perfection as much as it is for quest for liberation from those things that may inhibit effectiveness and reduce power-filled living. Our text shows the Word of God as a means of reflection-a mirror into which we are to look and see ourselves. It serves not only to warn us but to accept the Bible’s corrective instruction. 2 Cor. 3:18 also likens God’s Word to a mirror, but describes the image seen as no less than Christ’s likeness (Rom. 8:29).

From the two texts:

  • The Bible shows Christ’s likeness so that
  • We may measure our conduct and character against His and allow God to shape us into Christ’s likeness (Rom.8:28).

 Other promises for cleansing through God’s Word: Jer. 29:9 speaks of the “fire” in the Word, which can purge as well as ignite; and Ps. 119:9 holds special promise to the one who wants a pure life of holy power. God’s Word is a powerful, cleansing, delivering agent.

On Monday: Loving God’s Word.

Godliness and Moral Purity.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV.

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Conformed, suschematizo, Strong’s #4964: compare “scheme” and “schematic.” This word refers to conforming oneself to an outer (schema, # 4976) fashion (schematizo, # 4862) or outward appearance, yielding oneself to a model or pattern. Used in 1 Peter 1:14 also. In our text we have me, not, and suschematizesthe, with this age. As in, do not fall in with the external and fleeting fashions of this age nor be yourselves fashioned by them, but undergo a deep inner change by the qualitative renewing of your mind as the Spirit of God alone can work in you.fashioned
To “renew” is “to renovate,” meaning to restore to freshness or to an original state. It discloses the potential of redemption’s power to reinstate features of God’s original intention for humanity and the recovery of many potentialities of the human soul (mind, will, emotions) as designed before the fall.
The “mind” constitutes the intellect or understanding, but also includes all that is understood in the word “mind-set,” that is the emotions and will. Being “transformed” by the renewal of the mind indicates a literal “change in the form or formulas of thought or being.” This describes redemption’s provision of power to instill godliness in us-a power that transforms:
• Our thoughts which lead to formulating
• Our purposes, which proceed to dictate our actions, and thus,
• Our actions become character-determining habits, shaping the life and setting the course for the future.
The path to godly living is not complicated, nor is it energized by the flesh, but it does call the believer to willing submission to the father’s provision and ways.
We are to prove by practice in everyday life that God’s will for us is good and acceptable and perfect.
Tomorrow: God’s Word a purifier unto holy living.

The Content and Intents of the Heart.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting. Psalm 139:23, 24. 

Hebrews 4:12 says, for the Word of god is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Webster’s thesaurus defines the word “Intents” to mean “purpose, aim, determination, and plans” (of the heart). The word “contents” means “ingredient, matter contained, its components, elements, subject matter, and substance.”

So from this verse we see all that our hearts contain is the sum total of who we really are. We live and speak by the contents of our hearts. What our hearts contain seeks to assert its power to operate in and through us.

Proverbs 23:7 says, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Is that something beneficial or detrimental to our walk with our Lord Jesus? I would like to suggest that a complete heart inspection is called for to answer this question.contents and intents

Many people are destroyed because they are unaware of the hidden desires of their hearts. Our Lord Jesus came from the contents of God the Father’s heart for the sole purpose of dwelling in the hearts of man. Therefore when God the Father views our hearts, He expects to see our Lord Jesus there! Where is the kingdom of God? According to Luke 17:21 it is within us.

Most of us have been told for years to focus on sin, to war, struggle, rebuke, and fight sin, when we should have been taught to focus where God is focused—our hearts—where the real battles rages. Have you taken time to search out all the things that lie deep within your heart?

Referring to Hebrews 4:12 says, for the Word of god is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God reveals the intents and contents of the heart of God towards man. The Word of god is designed to seed and grow within the heart of man. The Bible voices God’s concern, purpose, and intent for mankind.

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 says, All Scripture is given by inspiration of god, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect (fully mature) thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Listen to this next point: (spoken to a captive audience, prison house humor at Lewis Prison, Gila Bend Arizona) the intent of our heart determines what the sin is—even if there is no physical “sin act.” The intent to sin is seeded within the contents of the heart, which produces vivid thoughts and imaginations, which results in heart sins and or outward sins of the flesh, in god’s sight, we never have to actually commit the act to be guilty of the crime.

Matthew 5:28 gives an example: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. What? Does this saying of Jesus mean that we can commit a sin, even adultery, within our soul and not just bodily? The answer is yes!

From this Scripture we can conclude that it is not the acts of the flesh that determine the sin, but the inward status of the heart. God is focused on our heart’s motives, intents, thoughts, and imaginations; by them He determines the sin. Most Christians are flesh focused and sin –conscience while God is heart focused and destiny minded.

This Scripture reveals that sin is first an act of the heart. The character, motives, intents, and purposes of the heart are what God judges. Again Proverbs 23:7, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. That’s why it is so very important that what’s contained in the Scriptures become firmly rooted in the deep recesses of our hearts.

Let’s take a closer look at the content of our hearts. The heart is God’s creation and design, the engine and life of human body naturally and spiritually. It determines purpose, character, destiny and eternal life. The heart is a vessel of extreme intimacy it contains vast knowledge and unlimited memory base. It is the fountain of wisdom and understanding. The heart makes decisions and holds our purposes, thoughts and will. Proverbs 27:19 declares, as in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

I believe this means that when we study our hearts our heart studies us; when we look at our heart, it looks back at us. When we speak to our heart, it speaks back to us. The intents of the heart reflect our desires, motives, contents and influence the heart towards righteousness or unrighteousness, godliness or ungodliness. Intents and contents are inseparable.

A meaningful investigation of the contents of the heart will lead to an exploration of the intents as well. Intents are intense and powerful, they show up in one’s character, attitude, and temperament.

We have an example from the book of Daniel. Daniel was shown to have an excellent spirit because his intent was to please God. Because of this Daniel was used mightily. Daniel’s good intents and contents protected his heart from the lion’s den he found himself in and was a defense against the enemy’s attack on his integrity and service to God.

The intent of Daniel’s heart created a desire to not defile himself with food from the king’s table. The contents of Daniel’s heart were revealed by his intents to remain faithful and obedient to the will of God. Godly intents of the heart propel us into God’s presence (gives us intimacy) and ensures His continued protection as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, famine, and destruction. Godly intents ensure our eternal position and soundness of character.

In closing we must practice discovering the true intents and contents of our hearts in and through the presence of the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 says, for the weapons of our warfare are not, carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalthe itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Father God must see His Son within our hearts, and we must give Him all of our hearts and allow Him to build within us His kingdom, daily, our hearts must be turned to and tuned in with God’s purpose and kept in a “Yes, Lord” position.

Renewal of the Mind.

In Colossians 1:9 the Word of God says, for this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you be filled with the knowledge (epignosis Strong’s #1922) of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…Paul is addressing the widespread heresy’s of his day as well as what had come to the church in Colosse. We face the same threat today with widespread religious pluralism and syncretism (diluting of truth for the sake of unity) plus the ever increasing seeker friendly “purpose driven drivel” and ever increasing “happy face” mentality of positive confession.

This form of new knowledge (Greek gnosis) which is self-serving leads Paul to pray that the Colossians fully attain to and be controlled by the fullest and clearest knowledge (epignosis) of God’s will. So where do we go, back to Romans 12:2?

And do not be conformed to this world (Strong’s #165 Aion, an age, a period of time) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2.

And do not be conformed to this world, (Interlinear Greek-English New Testament) renders this as: and not fashion yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind for to prove by you what is will of God the good and well-pleasing perfect will of God.  I think we can say there is a whole lot of fashions coming and going.

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To “renew” is “to renovate,” implying a restoration to freshness or to an original state. When something is restored  in the Scriptures, it is always increased, multiplied, or improved so that its latter state is significantly better than its original state Joel 2:21-27.

This shows us the power of redemption to reinstate features of God’s original intention for humanity and a recovery of many potentialities of the human mind and soul as designed before the fall.

The “mind” forms the intellect or understanding, but also includes all that is described in the word “mind-set,” that is, the feelings (emotions) and the will. Being “transformed” by the renewal of the mind indicates a literal “change in the form or formulas of thought or being.” Here is the definition of redemption’s provision of power to instill godliness in us— a power that transforms:

  • Our thought, which lead to formulating (Prov.23:7)
  • Our purposes, dictate our actions, which lead to
  • Actions become character- determining habits, shaping the life and setting the course for the future.

The road to godliness is not hard to follow, nor is it energized by the flesh, but it does call the believer to willing submission to the father’s provision and His ways.

Covenant Inner Healing and Deliverance.

In reference to yesterday’s post entitled “an example of knowing Jesus.” It is my sincere hope that many will read this account and give serious thought as well as prayer after reading Scott’s account of a session. The sharing of these healings is not for sensationalism, entertainment or to postulate some new theology. But to point out some facts about needs in Christians lives that may or may not ever be brought out because too much of Christianity is stuck on Disney like cool aide that a Christian cannot have an unclean spirit within. I sincerely hope this offends your theology.

This will in no way be a concise teaching but one that will hopefully explain the reality of a close walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. Let me begin with 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wholly sanctified, that is their whole being—spirit, soul, and body. The power for this comes from the Person of the Holy Spirit. We are tri-part beings despite what theologians with pointy hats and pointy bears have to say. Our personal spirit is awakened unto the Holy Spirit when we are born again; it is the way God speaks to us. Spirit to spirit. Our soul is elements of our mind, will and emotions. Our bodies are the tent in which our soul and spirit live.  We can have splits in our soul caused by trauma. These splits can be alternate personalities formed to protect us. Demons can and do attack and control these alters and they can and do bring spirit of infirmity to further torment or kill.

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I will quote Scott in his opening remarks “Ministering Inner Healing and Deliverance, you’ll run into people that have “lost time” in their lives. Somewhere in our mid-thirties up to middle age, the memories of bits and pieces of childhood traumas may start to surface, and those memories can become debilitating. The ability to disassociate from the memories seems to help us cope for only so long.”

The term disassociate is a term used to describe a separate mental and emotional identity when a person’s mind has fractured into one or more alternate personalities. This can occur when a trauma, physical abuse such as horrors of rape, incest, molestation resulting in an overwhelming emotion or pain that the core person can’t handle.

The creation of an alter is not a disorder, but a gift from God to protect us from going over into insanity and have no way back. And alters purpose is to hold the emotion or pain so the core person can continue to function. They become protectors of the core person’s personality.

People with dissociation are commonly highly intelligent, they have to be to. Those with 5,10,or more personalities must be bright to keep all of them straight. Some effects of dissociation are depression, cutting, or self harm (Gadarene demonic) constant fear, anxiety, or rage, voices, and emotional overreaction. People can stay in an altered state for just a moment, a day, or years. If there is a loss of time, this would be a good indicator of dissociation. Trauma bonds to time.

To quote Scott again: “I worked for a bit to get Johns wounds healed, but got nowhere because each time we got close, the demon put him to sleep. I finally asked Jesus to tell the demon that was causing all these problems to come up and face me.” Here is where the reality of a relationship with Jesus comes to help us and the people we are praying for. When we are faced with no answers or are stalemated we “simply ask Jesus to help us.”

 What is going on here? Scott was hindered by a demon who had control over the core personality as well as his alters. Hence he would sleep and stop healing and deliverance. Here is where one learns about that fact that you cannot cast out an altar, it is not a demon. Many including myself have tried.

Continuing: John’s hands relaxed, his arms stopped shaking, he sat straight up in his chair, stared straight at me, and in the deepest, most evil voice you can imagine growled, “I’m Death and I’m going to kill him!”

The demon of Death was tormenting the little multiple personality created by the trauma. I got the demon off that multiple personality. How? Hebrews 4:12. For the word of God is living and powerful, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. We separate the soul from the spirit by dividing them in a command according to Scripture.

The demon is separated and bound allowing Scott to bring John to the area of healing the trauma. Scott then cast out the demon of death. The proof of all this is the man sat up, was calm, relaxed, and speaking normally.

So here we see that in our soul we can in fact have an un-clean spirit in residence. Healing is the main concern for without being addressed, do not pray simply to cast out a demon because if the wound is not healed they will return. Inner healing works with deliverance to bring a house cleaning that pleases our Lord.

The beauty of this method is that it works with fruit manifested. Scott teaches that as the person walks in the healing the Holy Spirit will bring things up that the person can  pray with our Lord  and deal with any other wounds and demons. Some doubt these things I leave you with a Scripture I have used many times. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8. I would say this, who knows better than the person of the Holy Spirit what has happened in a person’s life than Him. Only He can take us back to bring healing and deliverance to us. The thing that is most important is when we ask, He will bring healing to all who are in need. It is proof of a living relationship with our risen savior. Glory to God for His presence and love.

All comments welcomed.

An example of knowing Jesus

I caught this post shortly after today’s post here. It is a great example of a walk that speaks of a relationship with Jesus that extends to the areas of need in brothers and sisters in Christ. Scott is a humble man of God who takes his walk in Christ to the point of bringing healing to all who seek it in real time. Thanks again Scott.

Scott Bitcon: 7/245/13

  • Ministering Inner Healing and Deliverance, you’ll run into people that have “lost time” in their lives. Somewhere in our mid-thirties up to middle age, the memories of bits and pieces of childhood traumas may start to surface, and those memories can become debilitating. The ability to disassociate from the memories, seems to help us cope for only so long.
    I received a call from the wife of a very successful, sixty year old, retired businessman, named John. She told me that eighteen months earlier, her strong, bright, fifty-eight year old husband, woke up one morning with flashes of memory of a satanic ritual that was performed on him as a teenager, and also the savage rape a teenage girl. The memories made his hands clench and both his forearms shake uncontrollably.1-GADARENE-DEMONIAC
  • The next morning John woke with many more horrific details of the rituals that were done to him, and also had the memory of this poor teenage girl getting sodomized with a broom handle. His fists remained clenched, his forearms still shook uncontrollably, and now he’d lost the ability to walk normally…he just shuffled. The third morning arrived, and all of the previous symptoms were still present, but now he couldn’t talk. All he could do was sit hunched over, stare at the floor and mumble. Multiple doctor examinations, and eighteen months later, John still had no relief or answers.
    John’s wife Mary walked in, with her husband on her arm, he was hunched over, feet shuffling, his fists were clenched and both arms were shaking violently. I greeted him by name, but got no acknowledgment from his eyes and only a small mumble from his mouth. We sat him down, and Mary told me of the memories John had related to her.
    It seems John’s father was a Satanist, and was initiating his sixteen year old son John into his cult. John was ordered to rape this young girl, and John refused. His father and a group of men raped him, tied him face to face with this little girl and killed her with a broom handle. John watched the look in her eyes as she died.
    I worked for a bit to get Johns wounds healed, but got nowhere because each time we got close, the demon put him to sleep. I finally asked Jesus to tell the demon that was causing all these problems to come up and face me. John’s hands relaxed, his arms stopped shaking, he sat straight up in his chair, stared straight at me, and in the deepest, most evil voice you can imagine growled, “I’m Death and I’m going to kill him!” I thought Mary was going to faint.
    The demon of Death was tormenting the little multiple personality created by the trauma. I got the demon off that multiple personality. The sixteen year old came up sobbing and shaking. Jesus healed it instantly, and I cast out the demon of Death.
    A moments later John was sitting, calm, relaxed, and speaking normally. Mary’s husband was back. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman hug someone so hard and long in my life. When they walked out the door, John was walking normally next to his wife.
    As they left other memories began to flood back to John. I showed him how to heal them and get rid of the demons. He’s still got some work to do, but armed with the knowledge of how to do this himself, he’ll soon be completely free.http://innerhealinganddeliverance.org/

I will comment on this post tomorrow by way of explanation as to the steps taken by Scott to share his method.

“A dream is within the domain of intellectual, ethical and spiritual experience.”

The start of our study on visions will start tomorrow. I want to share some insight from a man who I have admired for many years; that would be Dr. Merrill f. Unger.

Merrill Frederick Unger (1909–1980) was a Bible commentator, scholar, and theologian. He earned his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees at Johns Hopkins University, and his Th.M. and Th.D. degrees at Dallas Theological Seminary. After serving as a pastor at several churches, Unger taught for a year at Gordon College. For the next 19 years, until 1967 – at which time he became professor emeritus, Unger was professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Unger was a prolific writer who authored some 40 books many of which are well received in Christian colleges and seminaries. Unger was also a well-known Biblical archaeologist.

I would like to share his perspective on dreams from his dictionary.* “A dream is within the domain of intellectual, ethical and spiritual experience.” Living in an earthly body, we have as the background of our being, a dim, region, out of which our thinking labors forth to the daylight, and in which much goes forward, especially in the condition of sleep, of which we can only come to a knowledge by looking back afterward.

Not only many poetical and musical inventions, but, moreover, many scientific solutions, and spiritual perceptions, have been conceived and born from the life of genius awakened in sleep.”

“Another significant aspect of dreaming is the ethical. In the dream one’s true nature manifests itself, breaking through the pressure of external relations and simulation of the waking life. From the selfishness of the soul, its selfish impulses, its restlessness stimulated by selfishness, are formed in the heart all kinds sinful images, of which the main is ashamed when he awakens, and on account of which remorse sometimes disturbs the dreamer. The Scriptures appear to hold the man responsible, if not for dreaming, at least for the character of the dream (Lev. 15:16; Deut. 23:10).”

“A third significant aspect of dreams is the spiritual: they may become the means of a direct and special intercourse of God with man. The witness of conscience may make itself objective and expanded within the dream-life into perceptible transactions between God and man. Thus God warned Abimelech (Gen. 20) and Laban (31:24) in a dream, and the wife of Pilate warned her husband against being concerned in the death of the just one.”

“The conviction of the sinfulness and nothingness of man is related by Eliphaz as realized in a dream (Job.4:12-21).From 1 Sam. 28:6 we infer that God did at times answer sincere inquirers. Concerning the future, the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel are examples.” 024-024-daniel-interprets-nebuchadnezzars-dream-full

According to Num. 12:6 dreams and visions are the two forms of the prophetic revelations of God. In Acts 2, Peter sees the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as the fulfillment of Joel’s Prophecy 2:28. That the coming of the Spirit was not relegated to the Apostles and their contemporaries is made clear by Peter’s statement in Acts 2:39, “The promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”  What do you think—come on say something!

*Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Copyright 1980 Moody Press.

Power of Prayer.

Power of Prayer.

I made this blog because a photo of my husband and I has gone viral on the internet. I wanted to share the story behind the photo for the hundreds of thousands of people who found inspiration through this sweet moment we had.

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Moments before I was to walk down the aisle my soon to be mother in law came in the dressing room where my bridesmaids and I were all gushing with giggles and fluttering about finishing last minute details.

“Sweetheart, your groom has called for you!”.

In a nervous tizzy I said, “What?! I’m not ready! I have to get my shoes and…” She had already taken my hand and led me to a corner, where my groom was waiting. I barely sat down; I was filled with so much anticipation! So much excitement! So many nerves!

“Is he going to like my dress? Does my hair look pretty? Can he see me?!”

Right around the corner sat my soon to be husband, I so was nervous he might see me yet secretly hoping to catch a glimpse of him. In my excited state I was the first to speak,

“Hi sweetie! We’re getting married today!”

“I know baby and I want to pray with you before we do.”

There we sat around the corner hand in hand, and together we bowed our heads. People were rushing about; the wedding coordinator directing people here and there, the photographers snapping photos and the bridal party enjoying each others company. Yet in that moment, in the quietness of our hearts and minds, my husband and I were alone in the presence of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

My husband prayed that God would bless our marriage, that through thick or thin together we would never lose hope in one another. That instead of focusing on each others imperfections we would always rely on Christ’s perfection. That we would wake up every day and chose to love one another not through our own strength but by the power of Christ’s perfect love.

With our hands clenched tightly to one another together we said “Amen”, both with shaky voice and just like that I was whisked away to blot the tears off my face and put on my veil.

After my bridesmaids, mother, mother-in-law and every other girl in the room had finished zipping, curling, tucking and blushing me up I looked in the mirror. There I stood wearing my pure white wedding dress, ready to walk down the aisle to my Prince Charming.

See, he is not only my Prince Charming because of his incredibly handsome looks, or wonderful humor, or the fact that we have so much in common. He is my Prince Charming because he helped me protect the most precious gift that I owned, my purity.

Soon after we had started dating I nervously told my Prince that I was a virgin and planned to be until the night of my wedding; to which he replied he would have it no other way.

Throughout our dating relationship and engagement we constantly fought, what at times felt like a losing battle. We fought temptation with prayer, scripture and accountability. I had friends checking up on me if they knew we were together late at night and he regularly met with other Godly men to pray for strength. At times, especially as the wedding grew closer, we thought we were attempting to do the impossible.

“Why are we doing this?” I would ask in my weakness, and he would remind me, that it’s because God had told us too.

“I can’t do it, I can’t… this is too hard!” he would confess to me and I would pray for his strength.

When I walked down the aisle in my white dress, I looked straight into the eyes of the man that had laid himself down to protect and honor the wife that God had given him.

When his eyes first caught mine he looked into the face of the woman that had waited for him, the woman that would support him and love him for the rest of His life, through good times and bad.

I share all of this because in that prayer we prayed, which was captured here on camera we asked the Lord to use our wedding to bring Him all of the glory that He rightfully deserved. We had not gotten where we were by our own strength, but by His hand of protection on our relationship.

God has used this photo to inspire hundreds of thousands of people already and for that we are humbled and honored! I wanted to take it a step further and give God praise and thanks for how we arrived at that quiet corner, holding hands and ready to begin our lives together.

(photo by the incredible Kim Burke, www.kdburkephotography.com)

God Welcomes U Turns.

So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and when he went into her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative (Hebrew Goel, redeemer), and may his name be famous in Israel.”
“And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher (sustainer) of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. Ruth 4:13ruth turnsRestorer, shub; Strong’s # 7725: To turn back; turn, return, restore, bring back, retrieve, reverse. Shub is used over 1000 times in the OT. In the KJV, shub was translated in more than 60 different ways. The word is used more in the sense of “return” (Ex. 4:19), meaning to go back to a point of departure.

It can mean to “turn away” from God (Num.14:43) in a spiritual sense; or to “repent,” to turn away from one’s sin and toward God (Hos. 3:5).
Ruth and Boaz’s son Obed is the ancestor of King David, from whose line the Messiah-Redeemer would come.

If we allow peccadillo’s in a day, they will lead to larger transgressions.

And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” Acts 1:25.

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Transgression, parabaino, Strong’s #3845.  Abandoning a trust, departing, stepping aside, overstep, violation, rebellion, aberration, apostasy, disobedience, deviation from an original and true direction. Case in point Judas abandoned his position of service as one of the twelve disciples.

Parabaino brings more of the guilt of willfully deviating from God’s original and true direction.

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