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Knock and It Will Be Opened to You

February 16, 2017

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Knock and It Will Be Opened to You

People pray longingly  for stuff they want  —  whether for grace  or earthly desires.     Much of their hopes  are based on Matthew 7:7,  where Jesus said,

Ask,  and it will be given  to you;  seek,  and you will find;  knock,  and it will be opened  to you.

All of this is good  when honestly prayed  with faith  in God,  love for God,  and reverence  towards God’s holy will  and ways.     That is because  knocking at another’s heart’s door  is a two-way street.     There needs  to be  a welcoming love  on both sides  —  and there certainly already is  on God’s side.

People know  when Jesus is knocking  at their heart’s door.     But,  when many know  that they should let Jesus  into their heart,  they curse instead  and refuse  to let Him in.     They don’t want  to be in  an ongoing fellowship  with the Lord,  their Creator Redeemer.

Even though  we are gross sinners,  Jesus still wants to be  in a rightful fellowship  with us  and give us  the nourishment  of God’s truths,  so we can be strengthened  to change our ways  and be redeemed  for all eternity.

This rightful fellowship  is so important  to our Creator Redeemer  that he invites us  to keep on knocking  at His heart’s door  and to honestly desire  to be in fellowship  with Him.     God promises  to open up His heart  to us  and welcome us  into a rightful fellowship  with Him,  so that He can teach us  about His free gift  of salvation  through the full forgiveness  of our sins.

We only have  this one lifetime  to reach out  to God as Luke 13:25 states,

Once the head of the house  gets up  and shuts the door,  and you begin  to stand outside  and knock  on the door,  saying, ‘Lord,  open up to us!’  then He will answer  and say  to you,  ‘I do not know  where you are from.’

All during our lifetime,  Jesus keeps saying  in Revelation 3:20,

Behold,  I stand at the door  and knock;  if anyone hears  My voice  and opens the door,  I will come in  to him  and will dine  with him,  and he  with Me.

Opening the door  to Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Welcome, LORD!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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If You Have Tasted

February 15, 2017

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If You Have Tasted

If is such a big word  that encompasses a lot  of possibilities.     The Apostle Peter used it  in writing  to the early Christians  about their life  with the Lord,  while still living  on this earth.     In 1 Peter 2:1-3,  he says,

Therefore,   putting aside all malice  and all guile  and hypocrisy  and envy  and all slander,  like newborn babes,   long for the pure milk  of the word,  that by it  you may grow  in respect  to salvation,   if   you have tasted  the kindness  of the Lord.

That is an awesome if.     Peter is saying that if”  Christians  have honestly realized  just how greatly  God has loved them  and longed  to give them  the free gift  of salvation  —  even while they lived  in their sins  —  they would naturally want  to learn more  and more  about God’s life-giving love  for them.

We know how newborn babies cry  when they are hungry.     They truly want  their mother’s milk  right now,   and they refuse  to be quiet  about it.     Newborn babies  instinctively know  that they absolutely must have  that pure milk  in order  to live  and grow.

It is the same  for us.     We cannot expect  to really live  “if” we rarely  —  “if” ever  —  get to feed  on the kindness  of our Lord  in His word  and salvation.     “If”  we have any clue  about how wonderful it is  to be forgiven  of all our sins,  we will long for  and loudly cry out  for more  of God’s word,  so that we might grow  and live  in the freedom  of God’s love.

When we realize  how ugly  and deathly  all malice,  guile,  hypocrisy,  envy,  and slander is,  we will want  to escape all that sort  of evil  and grab hold  of the life-giving love  that God longs  to give us  in His salvation  in Christ Jesus.

Our life here is very,  very short.     “If” we are not partaking  of God’s scripture  every day  and growing  in salvation,  we are dying  in our sins.     Nobody can have  a healthy growth  in God’s love  “if” they refuse  to partake  of His word  every day  and live by it.

As we thankfully eat  of God’s kindness  in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  has saved us  to live  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Seed Is the Word of God

February 14, 2017

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The Seed Is the Word of God

People have all sorts  of opinions  about the word  of God  —  ranging from vehement unbelief  to a strong faith  that actually gladly lives  according to God’s word.     They have heard  at least something  about Christ Jesus,  but have different reactions  over time.     Jesus described  various reactions  in Luke 8:11-15,

Now the parable is this:  the seed  is  the word  of God.     Those beside the road  are those who have heard;  then the devil comes  and takes away the word  from their heart,  so that they will not believe  and be saved.    

Those on the rocky soil  are those who,  when they hear,  receive the word with joy;  and these have no firm root;  they believe for a while,  and in time of temptation  fall away.      

The seed  which fell among the thorns,  these are the ones who have heard,  and as they go on their way  they are choked  with worries  and riches  and pleasures of this life,  and bring no fruit to maturity.      

But the seed  in the good soil,  these are the ones  who have heard the word  in an honest  and good heart,  and hold it fast,  and bear fruit  with perseverance.

This parable  is not meant  for anyone  to judge another.     Rather,  it is for us  to look  at our own lives  and reactions  to God’s word  to us.     Are we allowing  all the temptations  of this world  lure us away  from the love  of God?     Are we so absorbed  in the stuff  of this world  that we let the  “worries and riches and pleasures  of this life” stunt down  our faith  into nothingness?

Everyone in this world faces temptations and trials  of every sort  —  even those with  “an honest  and good heart”.     Note  that those with  “an honest  and good heart”  stay true  to God  “with perseverance”.     Life  is not a cake walk  for them either.     But,  they see  the eternal,  blessed value  of God’s gift  of forgiveness  through faith  in Christ.

Striving  to persevere,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You,  LORD,  for being our strength and song.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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In Perfect Peace

February 13, 2017

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In Perfect Peace

In this world of turmoil  and problems  of every sort,  there are all sorts  of books,  blog sites,  etc.  promoting transcendental meditation  as a means  of quieting one’s mind  and attaining peace.     But,  an honest peace  and assurance  is not found in gurus  of any sort  or the meditation practices  of heathen religions.

The LORD God Almighty  is the only God  who has proven  His word  by fulfilling many prophecies  regarding  our Savior,  Christ Jesus.     Therefore,  it is good  to consider  Isaiah 26:3-4,

The steadfast  of mind  You will keep  in perfect peace,
Because  he trusts  in You. 

Trust in the LORD  forever,
For in GOD  the LORD,  we have  an everlasting Rock.

God keeps our hearts  and minds  “in perfect peace”,  when we keep  our minds  and faith  in Him.     We simply study His word  to us  and practice  what God teaches us  about our Savior  and His gifts  of forgiveness  and eternal life.     We approach the LORD  in truth  and faith.     There is no need  for mantras  or rituals  of any sort

It’s as Jesus says  in John 4:24,

God is spirit,  and those who worship Him  must worship  in spirit  and truth.

In this world  of many religions,  we need to remember Bible verses like,

All the ways  of a man  are clean  in his own sight,

But the LORD  weighs the motives.       Proverbs 16:2

and

There is a way  which seems right  to a man,

But its end  is the way  of death.       Proverbs 16:25

The ways  of heathens  always lead  to “death”  because they simply  are not  of God’s eternal truth.     So,  in reverence,  we listen to  Acts 4:12,

And there is salvation  in no one else;  for there is no other name  under heaven  that has been given  among men  by which we must  be saved.

This is a great comfort.     There is only one LORD  and God  —  not many.     At peace  in that “perfect peace”,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for telling us  to ‘be still,  and know  that I am God’.     That truth  is forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Like a Lost Sheep

February 12, 2017

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Like a Lost Sheep

God’s word often refers  to His people as  “sheep”.     What a true likeness!     We so easily wander away  from what is best for us  —  and actually  from what we like.     When we get lost  in our troubles,  and stray  from God’s word,  we’re in desperate need  of our Savior.     Truthfully,  He is the only one  who can honestly help us  in the way  we need help.

We are  just like the writer  of Psalm 119:171-176,  where he says,

Let  my lips utter praise,
For  You teach me  Your statutes. 

Let  my tongue sing  of Your word,
For  all Your commandments  are righteousness. 

Let  Your hand be ready  to help me,
For  I have chosen  Your precepts.  

I long  for Your salvation,  O LORD,
And Your law  is my delight. 

Let  my soul live  that it may praise You,
And let  Your ordinances  help me. 

I have gone astray  like a lost sheep;  seek Your servant,
For  I do not forget  Your commandments.

Here,  he does “praise”  and “sing”  to God.     He knows God is truly righteous  and “ready to help”.     He actually chooses God’s “precepts”  and “commandments”  because he loves them  and longs  for God’s  “salvation”.     In spite  of all  his love  for the goodness  of God’s ways,  he has to confess  that he has  “gone astray  like a lost sheep.

He needs God  to find him  and help him,  because he just cannot “forget”  God’s  “commandments”  —  the good  and right ways  of our LORD.     And,  God is willing,  for Jesus says,

I am  the good shepherd;  the good shepherd  lays down His life  for the sheep.     John 10:11

and

I am  the good shepherd,  and I know  My own  and My own  know Me.     John 10:14

We have a lot  to be thankful for,  so we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your faithful and loving care.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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A Factious Man

February 11, 2017

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A Factious Man

It seems these days  that there are a lot  of “factious” people  fighting  for what they loudly  and violently claim  is right  —  but unable  to honestly describe  what it is  that they are upset about.     Some  just like to be   in the midst  of the excitement  of an activity  and be a part  of a group  that seems to have a purpose  —  though they’re not truly clear  on what that purpose is.     They’re sure someone  in their group  knows their purpose.

They are unable  to state  the actual facts  of the matter  —  and have a whole lot  of misinformation.     They don’t seem  to care  about the truth  of the matter,  but want to vent  some sort  of confused feelings.     And,  they definitely  don’t want  to be rejected  by their peers.     For acceptance in their group,  they will loudly shout  hateful slanders  and wreck someone else’s property.

God’s word  has something to say  about this behavior  in Titus 3:9-11,

But avoid  foolish controversies  and genealogies  and strife  and disputes  about the Law,  for they are unprofitable  and worthless.     Reject  a factious man  after a first  and second warning,  knowing  that such a man  is perverted  and is sinning,  being self-condemned.

Yes,  Titus was referring  to divisions  and unreasonable arguments  in the church.     But,  the same kind  of unreasonable,  “factious” arguments  take place  in governments,  political parties,  clubs,  gangs,  and cliques  of various sorts.     The problem with  “factious”  arguments  is that they are built  on lies,  slanders,  and misinformation  of all sorts.     God’s children  are often warned against  taking part  in such ungodliness.

James 3:17  tells us,

The wisdom  from above  is first pure,  then peaceable,  gentle,  reasonable,  full of mercy  and good fruits,  unwavering,  without hypocrisy.

There is a lot  to consider  regarding our daily lives  in that verse.

Ever glad  that God’s word leads us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for teaching us  Your righteousness  in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Judge With Righteous Judgment

February 10, 2017

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Judge With Righteous Judgment

People get upset  with things  they don’t understand.     The things  they don’t understand  can be very good  —  and to their benefit  —  but,  their lack  of understanding  leads them  to “judge” wrongly.     In this world  of sin,  Christians are often judged wrongly  and persecuted  without a logical  or just reason.

It was the same  with Jesus.     Many Jews judged Jesus  to be an awful sinner  because He healed people  on the Sabbath Day.     Others could not figure out how  He could know  so much  about God  when He had  no formal religious schooling.     That made them very skeptical  and judgmental  against Him.     And others  hatefully judged Jesus  because He did not follow  the many man-made religious traditions  of the Jews.

Non of these judgments  were right  or good  in any way.     There were even some Jewish leaders making plans  to kill Jesus  because they were jealous  when people listened to Jesus  and followed Him.     One day,  Jesus was confronted,  and He replied  to them  in John 7:23-24,

If a man  receives circumcision  on the Sabbath  so that the Law of Moses  will not be broken,  are you angry  with Me  because I made  an entire man well  on the Sabbath?     Do not judge  according to appearance,  but judge  with righteous judgment.

We,  too,  need to “judge”  Jesus  “with righteous judgment”.

Jesus has been proven  to be the promised Savior  because His whole life  was a fulfillment  of many Old Testament prophecies.     Those who can’t see that  are blind and short sighted.     To gain an honest “judgment” of Jesus,  we need  to honestly study all  of His word  to us.     Otherwise,  we are being foolish  and nonsensical  —  bringing  “judgment” down on ourselves.

Remember  —  in the end,  Jesus will “judge”  all things  —  including  every single one  of us.

Seeing Jesus  as Lord and God  over all,  we respectfully say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  Your testimony  has been proven true.     Keep our eyes  and hearts open  to the blessings  of Your love and salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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