No. Way.

This is a longer post, soooo apologies. But, necessary.

I did indeed read Joshua ch 10. But right at this moment, I am definitely doing to address something I heard this morning. A person I enjoy listening to speaking with someone about the paranormal demons in her home. OKEY DOKEY.

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Later this person contradicted themselves, but later on that. The writer of a book that shall be unnamed claims that demons come into her home and move things about at night. The usual speaker agreed, golly, and suggested the other person who ‘experienced’ these things hang a cross at the door and have the house spiritually cleansed. Then the interviewee went on to speak of Jesus’ what he said in the Gospels that this was 1000% true. NO, IT IS NOT. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. Demons fled. The disciples had trouble. Not THIS:

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Well, let’s see. Jesus was at the time, the ONLY one filled with the Holy Spirit, but in Acts, recall that a lot of folks received the Holy Spirit right… there… and amazed people, later consistently freaking the demons out… but not by their name, but because of the presence of the Holy Spirit, they fled they pled… why? They cannot stand in the presence of God.

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So in a person’s home, where the Holy Spirit dwells within you, the Holy Spirit filling the very space around you… the demons cannot stand it. Do we keep our guard up? Call on the name of Jesus? As in Ephesians chapter 6 of course. The very weapons against evil as noted in verses 10-17: ‘Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God’ (New International Version). All of which, by the way, are God’s gifts to us. 

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Why does this happen to her? Not ‘ghosts’, not demons and honestly I don’t have that answer but what I do know is that demons cannot stand being near people who are filled with God’s presence.

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OK so much for that rant… except this person wrote a book pretty well devoted to the paranormal and that, to me, is taking the eye off God and placing a weird thought process and planting it into the minds of others, simply allowing readers to do the same or worse, think they are possessed… And right after that half-hour of nonsense, the interviewer/normal speaker condemned this practice (while early agreed)… So will I stop listening? Probably not, but we must be in the Word, prayer and be discerning.

By the way, worshipping and focusing on angels, not only evil… is idolatry.

If not, you’ll find yourself swimming in the occult. Will I confront her? I haven’t decided nor prayed about it yet. IMHO I believe the first speaker is terribly off the mark.

All of that being said, when our kids moved into the house (we have a studio on the property), we did and do pray over the home and hang a cross at the door because they and their friends are not (yet with prayer and the will of God) Christians. Folks cannot cross the threshold without seeing the cross or knowing that we have spoken the word over the home. So… none of this stuff of weirdness happens in our home.

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Now TRIALS are a different matter. Trials (pain, loss, horrible diseases) are not FROM God, but these come from a fallen world and these trials are USED by God to what…? In Romans, James, Peter, Paul speak of these to be thankful that the trials strengthen our character. So put your eyes on Jesus, not the paranormal, not weird teaching, not the church only to teach you (hey he could be a Harikrishna)in disguise.

Don’t stray away from His Word into the occult, you will be driving God out and you’ll be inviting evil in. Exactly what Satan wants–for people to believe they can do both.juggle-doc-hobby-1200x801

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Well… whoops! Where did I leave my brain? I have not shared chapters 26 or 27. Because of the yuge amount of prophecy, I will post each chapter separately.

CHP 26 Deuteronomy — git yer pen out  – v1- God promises Israel’s entry into the Promised Land (not fulfilled yet, and represents heaven). Vs 2- He keeps His promise to bring them out of slavery (picture of slavery to sin). Vs 7-8 into redemption (yet to come) v9- the promise of His word (heaven). Vs 12 God gives to all both alien and Israel His favor (aliens being citizens of Israel, aligned with God). Vs 15 — Israel looks forward to the promised land (faith that God will bring them to heaven), Israel (all, Jews and aliens) is His treasured possession. Wow to me? This is prophecy fulfilled in Christ.

And… Deuteronomy chapter 27 vs 2- 3 –WHEN the Israelites enter the Promised Land (promise from God into heaven). Vs 3 — the Jordan River represents death, the crossing into the promised land (resurrection into life). vs 5 — Do not use iron upon stone (representing sin here and the stone represents the cornerstone, Christ), vs 6-7 and the Israelites are to offer their firstfruits (their heart, soul, mind– remember the sin of Adam caused the death of the spirit i.e. original sin which passed to the rest of us) without lip service, for fellowship with God (our peace is with and through Christ only). Again, I will add, Bible school does not make me a theologian!

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Bless your day!

Been away. Whoops.

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Good day! Morning as is here or afternoon or anywhere you’re at!

I haven’t posted a lot. Been reading, been editing, but that’s neither here nor there. I am up to chapter 21 in Deuteronomy. Forge on!

First, thanks to everyone following not just here but reading through my exegesis of the OT–without me checking in with pastors (totally my bad). I do like going through it with fresh eyes, and pray that my understanding is correct. And… I welcome correction. That said, Deuteronomy 21 is cool. I read it yesterday and today re-read and it was so clear in prophetic of the fulfillment of the Messiah. Long? Probably. HERE: v 15-17 – the 2 wives represent the Jews and the Gentiles. If the husband loves one and not the other, yet has 2 sons, one from the loved, and one from the other and doesn’t care for the 1st born of the unloved wife (I see this as the Jews, the chosen people– I could be wrong), the father is to give the firstborn the double portion– and the Jewish firstborn is the SIGN of the father. Let that sink in… both ways. The Jewish nation is the chosen… Jesus is the first-born and in His words He said He was sent first to the house of Israel -the chosen. Next v 22-23 The rebellious who hate God were put to death for hating God (stirring up violence, idolatry). Oh, how harsh! How? Hung (Hebrew: impaled) on a tree. Cursed outside the city. The ones who hate God (both Jew and Gentile). So how was this so prophetic? Let me count the ways. Jesus was cursed by the firstborn for calling Himself God, putting Him into the hatred and rebellion and idolatry). Why crucify Him? He was accused (false testimony) of inciting violence thus incurring the wrath and death by the Romans (Gentiles, and very cruel). He was prophetically hung on a tree, impaled, and cursed (FOR EVERYONE, Jew and Gentile). Last.. the body was never to be left on this tree overnight. Does anyone see what I see?

I want to talk about the Beatitudes, too, the words of Jesus in Matthew 5.

The Beatitudes are so convoluted by both believers and non-believers. Is Jesus even talking about the physical? Nope. His words within the beatitudes speak the very words of salvation. 1. blessed (HAPPY) are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God. Whoa. Not the poor, but the one who recognizes they have fallen (sinned). 2. Blessed are those who mourn (weep over their sin in recognition and confession of sin) for they will be comforted (that word, comforted is the same in Greek as is the Holy Spirit!). 3. Blessed are the meek (humble enough to turn – repent from sin) for they will inherit the earth (all of God’s treasure). 4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (seeking salvation through Jesus’ righteousness, not ours) for they will be filled (with the very heart of God) 5. Blessed are the merciful (our forgiveness toward others) for they will be shown mercy (from others). 6. Blessed are the pure in heart (follow by the Holy Spirit, not by good works) for they will see God (face to face!) 7. Blessed are the peacemakers (bringing God’s word, His peace to others) for they will be called sons of God (they are willing to share all of God’s bounty with Jews and Gentiles). 8. AND THE ONES NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT– blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (ie prison, torture, death) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (reiteration of #1! 9. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice (???WHATTTTT.. Like WHAAATTT??) and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven for the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Reiteration of #7–sharing the good news is not met with all love light and sweetness Sometimes but look at today. What group is the most persecuted in the world? Christians! We are now called ISIS! yikes. Persecution is coming and rather than taking offense, we need to remember these words ie rejoice and be glad. He goes on to say that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Why did He add this here? Because salt and light change the environment. By walking in the world ie BEING of the world we haven’t shared the changes in our hearts not even #1. And last, He said He came to FULFILL the law– meaning none of the above can be accomplished by your will alone.

You have to see your sin, admit that you fall short, that you confess with your mouth, heart that Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead, and you will be saved. (Romans)

Works are not involved. It’s through Faith by Grace that God GIVES you so no one can boast. Grace, by the way, is getting what we do NOT deserve.

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Numbers 30 (Torah), SHORT, I PROMISE!

Much shorter than yesterdays post on Numbers 29 but equally as important.

Numbers 30 talks about men and women taking vows (to the Lord i.e. I promise to fast 5 days, or whatever). Back then, it was a very patriarchal society, so men had a say if they weren’t amenable to such a vow. Anyone first off, that made a vow and didn’t uphold it was responsible for breaking it (they weren’t stoned, or anything), man or woman.

However, if the father or husband refused the wife to make a vow she desired, she was released from the vow and the husband or father was accountable.

How does this apply now? Jesus talked about vows and not to even make them, but rather say your yes be yes and your no be no.

What does that even mean? 1. vows are a works-oriented issue and 2. men were no longer part of this decision-making for daughters or wives. 3. We individually are responsible for not fulfilling that yes to our friend/God, and we are given praise if we give a no and then fulfill it anyway. 4. God is our Father and the church always represents the Bride of the Messiah (throughout the entire OT).

So Yeshua released everyone from the law. Through the Cross.

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More Numbers :)

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As I continue my trek through the Book of Numbers in the Tenakh, I am on chapter 28. Fantastic chapter.

My theological opinions are of my own research, however, if I’m completely off-base,

I welcome correction.

This is yet another cool very cool chapter. Moses is about to die and the LORD tells

him this. Moses prays not for his own life now, but for a successor. With me so far?

Back in chapter 13, Moses sent spies to the New Land, and Caleb and Joshua came

back with good reports. So good, in fact, it sounds like heaven on earth. Caleb went

first, reported first (Caleb means faithful).

Now in Ch 28 Moses chose Joshua (In Hebrew, Yeshuah, in Greek, Jesus, means God
rescues) to lead His people. This is prophetic. John the Baptist was a typology of
Caleb, going before, making a way, giving a good report of the ultimate promised
land through Jesus (Joshua was not just wise and very brave, he was a typology of
the ultimate rescuer, Jesus) who was appointed leader of the people, of the armies
(people of God and angels).

Another day in the Tenakh

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I love the Tenakh (Hebrew scripture) because this is 1. taught by Yeshua and 2. fulfilled by Yeshua. I’ve been planting myself into His word from Genesis to Malachi, steeping myself in understanding in the light of the Gospel, in the light of the culture.

I’m currently at Numbers 26. To sum up Exodus through Leviticus up to this point: Yahweh brought the Hebrews out of slavery (death) into the wilderness, when they all sinned, rebelled, etc. Even Moses and Aaron. Thus, Yahweh said all of that generation would die in the wilderness (including Moses & Aaron). Only Joshua and Caleb would cross into the promised land.

In Numbers (as it implies, doink), Yahweh speaks and commands a census. Now, men of 20 and older are to be conscripted into the army.

So onto Numbers 26. This is an awesome foreshadowing and prophecy for the future. ‘After the plague,’ (picture of disbelief/sin), Eleazar (God helps) counts the men who are able to battle age 20 or more (the first fruits after the release from slavery (sin, the second generation kinda like the NT), gathered before crossing the Jordan River in Moab (from land of sin/death to hope/baptism for the ultimate life, i.e. God’s ultimate redemption-heaven).

God bless your Father’s Day! And our ultimate Father…

Jordan River 

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Some Other Day When I’m Old

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Procrastination.

We all face the problem, not wanting to do the necessary nor the right action to do, or words needed to be said. Take the few minutes to read. It could save your life.

Families pulled apart, isn’t it time you ‘get over it’ and love? When is your last breath? When you’re 70? How do you know, it could be in one second. Your age won’t save you.

Friends long lost? Connect, reconnect if you can find them. Say a few kind words or get together if you can.

Dreams fade. Goals fall by the wayside of life. You’re too busy to help aging parents.

Churchgoers – You’re too busy to deal with all of the above with the superficial works that you think will improve your status with God, so you have no time to read, pray, share. That is if you believe in God, and those works.

Faith. You’re 20 years old (or 89) and you figure, I’ve got time to think about God, faith, salvation. Or… ‘nice for you, but I believe in…’ (whatever).

When is your last breath? Last heartbeat? Last thought? Last tear? Will you have time to have that last thought or tear?

There are a lot of reasons why you should stop and think about these. Now.

So, today I give you words to consider (there is so much more, but realize this has been foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament, that these verses are the culmination, the completion of all). Know in the following verses that sin and transgressions are wrongdoings. Things you know you shouldn’t have done.

(Old Testament) Isaiah 53: 4-12

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

(New Testament)

John 3:3 ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’

John 4: 10-14

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 14: 6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Ephesians 2:8-10 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Romans 10:9-10

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Don’t wait, time is short (yours and mine). For those who believe there are many ways, or there is nothing… if you’re right, we all meet the same end. But, what if I am right? What if you recognize that the Bible is right? Will it hurt you to recognize your wrongs? Turn away from them? Will it hurt you to see you can’t do it on your own? Will it hurt me if you slander me or God? Not one bit. But, again, what if I am right?

Today, I pray for everyone who reads that the only true God will open your eyes and hearts.

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No. Just… no.

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I cannot believe how low we have fallen. Aborting babies at birth. If all life is sacred… what the hell?

I am sad, angry,  and frustrated. I thought I had seen the worst in people, but clearly that was a fallacy.

The same day Virginia pitched this, the same woman (Tran) put the cankerworm on the endangered species list.

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Over this.

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OH GOD.

I would never condemn anyone who has gone through this. Or the men who couldn’t keep it in their pants. I can’t even condemn those who have pushed this. It’s spiritual warfare, and this is so very, very wrong.

Tears.

Christmas!

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This Christmas has been exciting. Not that I haven’t loved each Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ (no matter ‘when’ or ‘what time of year’ He was born, I celebrate now), but lights have gone up, a small tree, the Nativity scene, the songs of yore… stockings, and gifts.

Once upon a time, I was so down I purchased a Bonsai tree and put one ornament on it. That was it.

Then we travelled to relatives far away to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas all at once. That was fun, but more fun than anything, since there were very few of us in the very large family gathering who contemplated or spoke of Christ and the reason why we are free.

But this year, it’s different. I don’t know why. This year, I’m going to collect any and every bell and at midnight on Christmas Eve, like the Catholic/Episcopal tradition, ring every one to fulfill at least in our house, that wonderful event where in the ‘olde’ days, those who believed that Christ’s birth caused every bell to ring on earth. Did they have bells? Not likely. We’ll raise some candles, and share with our family the tradition.

The kids play the modern songs of Santa, Happy holidays, White Christmas, Santa Baby. This year, that changes.

So what changed? I have no idea. But, there it is. And celebrate loudly I will.

So have a merry Christ Mass, whether you are Catholic or not, and I hope all my online friends will stop to contemplate why Christians celebrate this blessed hope, Jesus, the Messiah (Savior) who came in the flesh as a babe to grow and eventually to become the first and only perfect Lamb for the best Passover, ever.

Our freedom to come boldly before the throne of God.

‘MERRY CHRISTMAS!’ Get ready, for the days are short. And look up, for your redemption is near. Nearer than ever before.