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  • Psalm Chapter 68: 1-6 Will you be the person of faith who protects their family from desolation?

    Psalm Chapter 68 KJV Verses 1-6 (Unless otherwise stated all scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible-which is public domain!)

    Context

    The setting conjures a context of warfare and thanksgiving. The identification of the Almighty as Israel’s warrior king is unmistakable. The best approach to the reading of this psalm it to create subheadings as it unfolds.

    Lord scatter my enemies.

    1 Let God (Elohim) arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.  David refers to the words of Num. 10:35And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.” The call for God to arise shows that this is a “Warrior-King-The Almighty King of King” song.  “The term “rise” is frequent in Scripture (Deut. 33:26; Pss 18:9; 104:3b– 4; Isa. 19:1; Nah. 1:3). God is a Warrior for the vulnerable, in particular, orphans, widows, the lonely 28 and prisoners (Exod. 22:22– 24; Ps. 146:6– 9).

    As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.Revelation 9:2 talks about the final end of wicked people, And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.” This is not a metaphor. It is a fact. When God says he will do something. he will do it.  The wick will not be in his presence forever. Eternal separation from God is the worse kind of punishment that a human being could receive. The abhorent wickednes that we see on the earth today will not be able to stand before  Christ. At his return, they will call to the rocks and mountains to hide them from him. 

    But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. 

    The righteous are those who are in right standing with God. When Christ rises and returns to this earth it will bring overwhelming joy to those who are in right standing with Him. 1 Peter 1:5-9  reminds us that “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:” “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” “Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.” Rejoice now, saints, your time of overwelming joy is ahead!

    Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him. “YAH” is a shortened version of the divine name of  God “Yahweh “(translated “I AM” as in Exodus 3:14-15. Other names for God used in this psalm are: God (Elohim, verse 1), Lord (Adonai, verse 11), Almighty (verse 14), Lord God (verse 18), God the Lord (verse 20), and King (verse 24).

    A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God presents Himself as a Father because of who he is and what he does for his children.Our earthly fathers may have treated us badly, but God’s word planted the of who he is to us in in our hearts. Maslow identified the needs of human beings in his hierachy of needs.

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    Each of these psychological terms an be boiled down to the need to be loved, cherished, protected, and valued.  Jesus taught His followers to address God as Father (Luke 11:2). Scripture supports the argument that God describes His love for us as that of a caring parent (John 16:26–27; 2 Corinthians 6:18). Although He possesses characteristics of both father and mother (Isaiah 66:13), He chooses the masculine word because it also denotes his characteristics of strength, protection, and provision (Psalm 54:4). Our hope in Christ gives us access to God the Father.

    God setteth the solitary in families:God protects the single individual in afamily who trusts and believes in him.  Their belief sometimes protects the rest of their family. he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: The emotional, physical, and psychological chains that bind people are not too tight for God to loose. When he looses them the individuals are free indeed.  However, look at what happens to the rebellious and stubborn non-believers in a family without a single person who trusts in God. but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.  

     

    Prayer: Lord, I thank for your provision of grace, faith, strength, forgiveness, and protection. Keep me firmly planted and rooted in you.

  • Nature was made beautiful on purpose. This short film explains why:English and Japanese.

    #THESTORY @You Are Not The Only One Ministries & Consulting Service Group

    @Joyce EM Gerald

    Nature was made beautiful on purpose. This short film explains why.
    自然が美しく作られたのには理由があります。なぜなのか、この動画で説明しましょう。
  • It’s Sunday Morning. Do you know Him?

    #Sunday #Know #Him

    #love Him and #loveothers the way that His love for all of us is #loveinaction. It is that simple. Do you know Him? He knows you! Do others know that we know Him?

    1. Well, they see us every day.
    2. They hear us every day.
    3. They experience us through text, posts, pictures, and or songs every day.
    4. Are they encountering the Real Jesus or just our version of Jesus?

    Our lives show others that we know Him and have confessed that He is Lord! 

     

    So, as we post things into the most read, watch, and experienced place in the world, right now, social media, are we showing others what it is like to have God living in us? 

    Gathering with people of like mind fills that need for fellowship and strengthens our resolve to #GrowclosertoGod & #Learnhowtolovepeopl Better! Just something to think about as we gather together to worship this Sunday morning.  Loving Jesus involves loving others too. Visit us at Freedom Life Church if you want a church experience that mirrors “the way” of Acts.

     

  • Psalm Chapter 67 (KJV)

    Psalm Chapter 67 (KJV)

    the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm [or] Song.

    Context

    Psalm 67 is a royal psalm of thanksgiving. The psalm articulates the appreciativeness of the people to God and their trust in His ongoing blessings.

    1. The psalm begins with a blessing by the Old Testament (OT) pastor (verse 1).
    2. A reflection of the Aaronic blessing noted in Numbers 6:24-26).
    3. Then a call to worship by the people (verses 2-5).
    4. Finally, they express their trust in God’s continued blessings (verses 6-7).

    Verses 1-7: This psalm develops two positive themes: 1) the need and result of God’s mercy for His people who continue to worship him, and 2) it points to a future time when all of the world will worship of God. The psalm reflects the promise to Abraham that God would bless his descendants, and in Abraham, “all the families of the earth” (Gen. 12:1-3).

    Lord may the peoples praise you continually.

    1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. The psalmist makes a request of God. He wants YHWH to be gracious to them and bless them as his face shines upon them, not just David but the entire community.  This prayer reflects the priestly prayer in Numbers 6:24– 26 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” God blesses his people not just through bounteous crops (jobs that provide for them and their families), but also through the rich relationship that they have with The Almighty. His face is a metaphor for his presence among his people.  Have you ever spent time in prayer and felt a type ofpeace and joy that is just overwhelming? That is “his face or his presence” (See Ps. 44:23– 24.)

    That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. David looks to the future and the fulfillment of God promise to Abraham in (Gen. 12:1-3). He speaks of all of humanity coming to know God because of the lifestyle of his people Israel. They were to be the template that all of humanity would be stamped out of, or the mold through which they would be molded. Exodus 19:6(KJV) talks about Israel’s role in God’s master plan. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” Our great commisison today is chronicled in Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  The Gospel which points out the way, and is called the way of God in Acts 18:25“This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.” What a prophetic moment for David! Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” God’s ways are not as man’s ways. We are too concerned with this world. Church, we need to focus on God and His Word, and not on earthly happenings. Only HE has absolute power. Only HE can “Fix” this “meshugas” that we call the world!

     All nations will praise you, Oh God!

    Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Jerusalem will become the capital of ALL of the people in this world. “People”: A referencse the inclusion of the Gentile nations in the millennial kingdom of God (just look at these scriptures Isa. 56:3-8; 60:1-14; Zech. 14:16-19; Matt. 8:11; 25:31-46; Rev. 20:1-10). God is not a separatist. He does not believe in exclusion of people!

    O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

    David did not see Isrel as separate and apart from the rest of the world, better than the rest of the world, or the rest of the world to be subservient to Israel. No! He saw Israel as an example for the rest of the world. An example that would lead the entire world to praise God! What a calling!

    Thanks for the bountiful harvest.

    Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.When god is worshipped everything is blessed, even nature! Deuteronomy 28:4 (KJV) Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

    God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. Nothing is more important to God than the saving of humanity. He wants the entire world to accept Christ as its savior. 1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.” Jesus gave his human body and life on the cross so that ALL of humanity can be saved. Some will refuse to accept that wonderful gift. Salvation is for whosoever will. Even so there will be atime when none will be able to make the choice anymore and time will cease to exist. The church is looking forward to that day. Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

    Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of eternal life, a life filled with spiritual peace and bounty!

  • FIVE HAZARDS TO AVOID THAT AFFECT HAPPINESS: By Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

    Just like a skilled golfer who surveys their course for bunkers and hazards, we need to survey our future. Relationships with your spouse, family, and friends will be much smoother if you examine your journey ahead and take note of potential hazards to your happiness.

    Planning for your future goes far beyond finances and basic means. It should also include a plan for your happiness that avoids any unnecessary bumps in the road. Today, we are exposing five hurdles that can steal your happiness; but only if you let them.

    1. COMPARING OURSELVES TO OTHERS

    The reason comparing ourselves to others sabotages our happiness is simple – we immediately become ungrateful. Jealousy overrides gratitude. So how can you turn this kind of negative comparison around? Stop focusing on negative comparisons and substitute them with a positive one. In other words, consider people who don’t have it as well as you do. The instant you realize how blessed you are is the moment your gratitude will increase, and your dissatisfaction will dissipate.

    2. HOLDING ON TO PRIDE

    Pride is a saboteur of happiness. It has a way of seeping into our conversations even when we are consciously inclined to avoid it. Research shows that when pride sets in, a partner will continue an argument 24 percent of the time even if they know they are wrong. And a full 74 percent will fight on even if they feel it’s a loss.

    How can you avoid pride? By allowing humility to take its place. Humility isn’t for cowards, it’s risky. Humility makes us vulnerable, but it also makes possible everything we truly want to be. Without humility, it’s nearly impossible to engender kindness and warmth with our spouse and others. Humility will help you find happiness in your marriage.

    3. OBSESSING OVER THE PAST

    Your present is inextricably linked to your past. When you are weighed down by regret, pain or guilt over things that happened two decades ago, two weeks ago and even two hours ago, you will not be able to live fully in the present. Any attention you give to your past can’t help but distract you from your current relationships.

    How do you overcome this? By healing your hurts. Focus where it hurts and get over any past jealousy, irritation, hurt, or trust issues that are lingering. It’s a process of self-exploration that can sometimes be lengthy, but is well worth it. When you can avoid obsessing over the past, you can fully enjoy the present.

    4. FIXATING ON THE FUTURE

    Planning for the future is a good thing, but putting your current life on hold because you are so fixated on “what will be” is not. Never allow your happiness to wait for you in the future. If you have the “once I complete this goal, then I will be happy” mentality you are missing out on the current happiness you can have now.

    Life is here and now – not there and then. It’s good to have goals, but focus on making yourself happy while you work on obtaining them. Don’t spend your life preparing to live. Do your best to live in the present. Happiness need not be put on hold.

    5. GIVING IN TO THE SILVER MEDAL SYNDROME

    Not all medals are created equal. Research reveals that gold medal winners are happiest. But the next results were surprising; the bronze medalists were happier than the silver. Silver medalist think “I came so close to winning gold” while bronze medalists think “I almost didn’t get a medal and am grateful to be on the podium.” One reflects on what they have and the other reflects on what they don’t have.

    This is the silver medal syndrome. It’s tempting to want more rather than be grateful for what we have. And when you focus on what you don’t have, happiness wanes. Don’t give in to the silver medal syndrome. Focus on what you have and be grateful for it.

    As you move forward in life, keep an eye out for these five hazards – and stay focused on the happiness you have in the present. If you’d like to explore more on this topic, check out our book Making Happy.

    Which of the five hazards do you get stuck on most often? How can you avoid this in the future? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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  • Psalm Chapter 66 (KJV)

    Psalm Chapter 66 (KJV) Unless otherwise stated all scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible-which is public domain!

    Context

    According to VanGemeren 2017, 501, this is a psalm that embodies two glorious celebrations. 1) A national hymn of thanksgiving (verses 1-12), and 2) A personal hymn of praise (verses 12-20).   The psalmist speaks on behalf of the nation when he laments. He also speaks on behalf of the nation when he offers up praise to his Jehovah Jireh.

    I will praise God!

    David declares his loyalty and praise for The Almighty. He leads the people to understand that all honor belongs only to YHWH. When you lift your voices in praise why do you do it? As I walk in my garden and look at the varieties of butterflies I praise him for his creative power and the beauty of his creation.

    Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah. Acts 9:15; Col. 3:16;Matt. 12:21 The time will come when all of humanity will bow down before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. They will gladly sing his praises. At the end time, the enemies of Christ will not submit to him because they are happy to see him. They will submit to him because they have no choice (Rev 20-21). As parents, we know that children have their own ideas of what they will and will not do. Eventually, they do submit to the authority of their parents. They do so not because they are smart. They do so because they have learned that disobedience is not an option.

    Come and see what he has done for me!

    Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men. He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him. Now David reminds the people of God’s “terrible works” and how he opened the sea to let them cross over, but their enemies did not. Moses wrote a song of deliverance in Exodus about this very event. ” (See Exodus 15). We are also reminded that in Exodus 14:19-20 the people were shielded from their enemies in a miraculous way. “And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:” “And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness [to them], but it gave light by night [to these]: so that the one came not near the other all the night.” To personalize this a little, when the Lord has delivered you from something terrible what do you do? I know that I praise him when I am afraid, sad, or even when I have received a victory over something that was insurmountable.  He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah. Basically, David is saying that the same power that YHWH used to deliver Israel in the past he has used to deliver them during his reign. We also know that the same power of God is available to us today. He has done it before and he will do it again. He is the same God today that he was in the Old Testament times (Hebrews 13:18).

    He preserves us from harm.

    O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. It is reassuring to know that the enemy cannot take our souls from the hands of God. John 10:28-29 declares it to all of God’ people. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.” “My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.”

    10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.  When the trial of life that feel like “silver” being purified come upon us remember Job. When silver is being purified it is heated to over 2000 degrees. The intense burn out the impurities and leaves a beautifully purified metal that can be used for many objects. Are we willing to allow the Lord to burn out our impurities to make us his refined children?

    11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. The enemy has snares prepared for the people of God. Only he can bring them out of “the net” (see 2 Timothy 2:26).  12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

    Because you have delivered me, I will go to your temple and praise you.

    13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows, 14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.  15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah. David did not shirk his responsibility to the law of God. He lived by giving back to his deliverer. (Lev. Chapter 1; 22:18, 21; Psalms 56:12; 61:8; 65:1). Today most of us will give to anything but the work of God. We are called give to ministries that are serving and feeding us spiritually. I tithe to my local congregation and give what I can to other ministries. I cannot give more than I have, but I give something. This article will explain why giving,  consistently, to the work of God is an act of obedience and bring blessings.

    Come and hear about what God has done for me.

    16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. There is no better witness than a person telling others about God’s hand of blessing on their lives. There is never a reason to declare that one has been so righteous that they do not remember a time in their lives when they realized that they needed Jesus. 

    17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.  Philippians 4:6 (KJV) explains the importance of prayerBe careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” David is not just saying pray when you need something from God. He is telling us to pray prayers of thanksgiving to God. Why? Because God heard our prayers and and we know that he will answer them. Here is the caveat.18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: Hatred, of anyone, is sin. Fear of any human being where they become the focus of our lives, is sin. Why? Because that type of fear means that I do not believe that God is my shield, my fortress, and that his mercies are new every morning.  We listen to people who live in an atmosphere of fear, insecurity, and they tap into our fears. Then they throw God out of the picture because they tell us that only they can protect us. That is lie from the very pit of hell. It made me smile when I read the last two verses of this psalm. 19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. David knew that he harbored no animosity toward others. He knew that his soul was well with God. How? He answered his prayers. Sin was not blocking them. Then he ends the psalm by saying, “20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. “

     

    References

    Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed September 17, 2019. ProQuest Ebook Central.

    VanGemeren, Willem A. 2017. Psalms. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. http://public.eblib.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=5397265.

  • Do you worry about tomorrow? English and Farsi Versions.

    #There is Hope  This short film gives hope for whatever may come. The Story English and Farsi Versions!

    English Version

     

    آیا نگران فردا هستید؟ این فیلم کوتاه شما را در برابر هر اتفاقی امیدوار می کند. Farsi Version

  • It’s Sunday Morning – Where Are You Going to Worship the King of Kings?

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    We can’t wait to gather today and worship together. 10:30AM @Freedom Life Church

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    #GrowingCloserToGod And #LearningToLovePeopleBetter Don’t worry about your spiritual frame of mind.  If you have sinned or think that you have fallen from grace, just like David admit your sin, confess, repent, and grieve if necessary. Then stop wallowing and get on with your life looking forward to what God has in store for you. We all make huge mistakes from time to time. Remember that God forgives. He restores. He blesses us again. So put your spiritual “big person” pants on and walk into the hall of worship and praise and thank Him for forgiveness. Tell your story.

    Prayer: Father give us minds that accept your forgiveness and a heart that worships and thanks your for spiritual peace. Selah

  • There’s a story that inspires all others. English and Arabic Versions

    Watch it in this short film: English Version

    #GodHisPlanOfSalvation #Humankinds Redemption

     

    هناك قصة تلهم جميع الآخرين. قم بمشاهدتها في هذا الفيلم القصير. Arabic Version

     

  • Do you worry about tomorrow? English & Telugu Versions

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