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Holy Week Passion Time: Jews Christians Muslims - YOU & JESUS

Are you too busy for God, for Church - what about The Covid Pandemic?

 

HOLY WEEK .. Passion Week .. a Holy Time to both Jews and Christians .. The Passover, for Jews .. to us who believe on the Lord Jesus and the commemoration we make of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday .. His brutal treatment at the hands of men, His "sacrifice" and death upon the Cross .. and HIS RESURECTION .. I ask?? .. does Islam share any references in this holy season? I have read the story of Ishmael and Hagar and The mercy of El Roi, Our God Who Sees Us - We can use this story to reflect upon what is sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike and what we might share in common worship of the One God, "I Am Who I Am" .. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob .. and remember that all this started with Abraham and Sarah, GOD'S PROMISE .. mens' and womans' inability to wait upon The Lord Our God .. and GOD'S Mercy and Lovingkindness .. Read all about this story in: GENESIS 21 1-21.

 

Passover and Easter celebrations have Biblical roots. The Passover celebration is rooted in the narrative of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Torah, narrating the Israelites’ liberation from Egyptian slavery by the Hand of The Most High God, The Great "I AM Who I Am" .. The God of Righteousness, Jehovah-Tsidkenu, Our God and Father Who said: "You Shall Have No Other God's Before Me" .. and as so many times in the histry of mankind - God has dealt not only with mankind, but the "idols" that those stubborn men have made with their own hands!

WHO IS "I Am Who I Am" .. is He not, THE GOD OF ISRAEL? .. Is He Not Our God who stands in opposition and against all our difficulties -- Our God, and Our Father who "contends" for you .. Our Jealous God [EL-KANNO] who competes , strives and debates all disputes in our behalf through the BLOOD OF JESUS [Our Advocate] the One We Call and the ONE John the Baptist called - The Lamb of God - who takes away the sins of the world!

Have you ever read the whole story, as told by GOD In His Written Word? .. Try It .. EXODUS 3 - 13 .. sure it's a 15 minute read, but in this day of Pandemic, Covid 19 and this Corona Virus lockdown .. this may be the "best read" of your life, maybe the best read of the rest of your life? Thinking about things like: the man Moses, Aaron, his brother, the Pharaoh of "mighty Egypt", what The Lord God Said .. how many times God offered a way out to Pharaoh .. who chose to "mock God" and say, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”

 

DO YOU KNOW THE LORD OUR GOD? Do You Know His Name .. JEHOVAH-JIREH, Our God Who PROVIDES, JEHOVAH-ROPHE, Our God Who HEALS and RESTORES,  JEHOVAH-NISSI, OUR GOD and Father - The GOD OF VICTORY, The Banner of the Cross, who sent His only Son, Jesus to represent Him ..

DO YOU KNOW, Our Father Who Art In Heaven .. JEHOVAH-M'KADDESH, Our God, The God of Holiness, JEHOVAH-SHALOM - Our God and Father, The GOD of PEACE! .. The One Who sent His Only Son - Jesus, the Prince of Peace - to bring His Father's message to all men ..

DO YOU "hallow the Name" .. of Our Father In Heaven? .. JEHOVAH-ROHI, Our God Who GUIDES and Directs Us .. The One Who Shepherd's Us even in a dark valley like: The Covid 19 Corona Virus Pandemic? .. The One Who Is A LIGHT  unto your path and a lamp unto your feet .. and if you know His Son , you can say - Jesus, You are the "GOOD SHEPHERD" .. lead me to your Father ..

 

Today Is The Day of Your Salvation .. cry out to Jesus, the Way to the Father. John 14 5-7, Thomas ( The Doubter ) .. said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” .. Consider crying out today .. Our Father, Who Art In Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name .. HALLOWED BE THE NAME OF "JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH" , Our Father .. Our God and Our "Ever-Present" Friend!

 

 

This Pandemic, COVID-19, Corona Virus .. WHAT CAN I DO?

 

COVID-19, Corona Virus, Worldwide Pandemic - WHAT DO YOU ASK .. WHAT CAN I DO?

 

The Prophet Elijah in the Old testament was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly .. that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. So What DEo You Do - Shelter in Place? Does this prevent you from praying? You ask questions like what should I take - Advil, Ibuprofin, Aleve, Bayer Aspirin -- for this COVID-19 influenza? .. should this stop or prevent you from praying?

If you are afraid .. If you are looking for some simple and easy ways to HELP? .. if you are asking - What can I do today? .. What do I do with my life today? .. What should I do about all this Corona Virus and COVID-19 stuff?

Read About What A Man of God can do in 1 Kings 17 .. and how by the Hand of The Lord God of Israel.. Elijah Announces No Dew or Rain .. Elijah Is Fed by Ravens .. read what Elijah did for the Widow at Zarephath .. and then when her son became sick, got worse and worse and finally he stopped breathing -- and MAYBE if this would happen to you or a loved one .. WHAT WOULD YOU ASK GOD? ... What do you have against me? Did you come to bring my sin out into the open? Did you come to kill my son or one of my loved ones?

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS - The Lord Our God who is the SAME YESTERDAY .. and today .. and FOREVER -- answers prayer. So I ask this again? .. IF YOU DO NOT  PRAY .. then you do not ask? .. and IF YOU DO NOT ASK - You Will Not Receive!

.. Consider this   http://www.iaskgod.com/content/how-great-your-name-throughout-earth

 

OUR FATHER In HEAVEN is the same - yesterday, today .. and forever!

An introduction into a most "facinating" .. and "humbling" study into the Names of God .. and prayer. OUR FATHER In HEAVEN is the same - yesterday, today .. and forever! And Jesus is the "fullness" of God, made man .. Thank You Father, for the power and majesty of YOUR NAME!! Hallowed be thy Name! 

 

El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)

El Elyon (The Most High God)

Adonai (Lord, Master)

Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)

Jehovah Nissi (The Lord Our Banner) The Banner of the Cross.

Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd) Our God Who Guides us 

Jehovah Rapha (The Lord God of Healing and Restoration)

Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is Always There)

Jehovah-Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness) Through the Blood of Jesus 

Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The God of All Holiness) Our Father Who Sanctifies Us

Jehovah Jireh (Our God Who Provides for Us)

Jehovah Shalom (The God of Peace)

Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts) Commander of The Sovereign Armies of Heaven  

 
 

Hail Mary, Full of Grace - The Lord [Yeshua] is With Thee

 

Listened to an old CD series .. where Chuck Swindoll talked about the birth of JESUS .. and the roles of Mary [The Mother of Jesus] and Joseph .. The Husband of Mary and so many "deep thoughts" that only a womman might understand because giving "birth" is so foreign to men .. and as he talked about the “25 Questions For Mary” – By Max Lucado .. I had to recall my Catholic roots and the many, many, many times we prayed the rosary as I grew up .. REMEMBER IF YOU WILL .. Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

I would guess if you gre up Catholic you'll never forget these words .. nor how many of your "christain friends" in later years would say things like .. WHY DO CATHOLICS "worship" Mary? I never did, but I will say that I always held her in the "highest esteem" as my mother taught us .. for she was THE MOTHER OF JESUS .. and I was never ashamed to tell someone that I always recalled the words in Matthew 7:18 - 18 .. A good tree can’t bear bad fruit. And a bad tree can’t bear good fruit.

You might enjoy reading this .. “25 Questions For Mary”, From Max Lucado’s Book, “God Came Near.”

1. What was it like watching him pray?

2. How did he respond when he saw other kids giggling during the service at the synagogue?

3. When he saw a rainbow, did he ever mention a flood?

4. Did you ever feel awkward teaching him how he created the world?

5. When he saw a lamb being led to the slaughter, did he act differently?

6. Did you ever see him with a distant look on his face as if he were listening to someone you couldn’t hear?

7. How did he act at funerals?

8. Did the thought ever occur to you that the God to whom you were praying was asleep under your own roof?

9. Did you ever try to count the stars with him….and succeed?

10. Did he ever come home with a black eye?

11. How did he act when he got his first haircut?

12. Did he have any friend by the name of Judas?

13. Did he do well in school?

14. Did you ever scold him?

15. Did he ever have to ask a question about Scripture?

16. What do you think he thought when he saw a prostitute offering to the highest bidder the body he made?

17. Did he ever get angry when someone was dishonest with him?

18. Did you ever catch him pensively looking at the flesh on his own arm while holding a clod of dirt?

19. Did he ever wake up afraid?

20. Who was his best friend?

21. When someone referred to Satan, how did he act?

22. Did you ever accidentally call him Father?

23. What did he and his cousin John talk about as kids?

24. Did his brothers and sisters understand what was happening?

25. Did you ever think, That’s God eating my soup?

 

 

Rebellion Comes In Many Forms

The danger of rebellious behavior is that we begin to lose sight of our first love and make many rationalizations about our own behavior

What Hardens a Heart?

Hebrews 3:7-19

The warning in Hebrews 3 is a serious one. Anytime we ignore what God has said, it may be evidence of a hardened heart. Although we usually think this condition applies only to those who reject Christ, the reality is that believers can “be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13).   

When the Lord begins to convict us, we could rationalize our disobedience, thinking it’s not that big a deal. Or we might be tempted to preoccupy ourselves with other things to avoid facing the issue at all. Perhaps we’re unwilling to deal with that sin because we’re afraid of the changes God is challenging us to make. Therefore, we distract ourselves with other thoughts and activities, pushing Him further and further from our mind in hopes of silencing His conviction. 

We may think ignoring the Spirit in this way is not a serious issue, but it is rebellion against God, which is the very core of sin. And rebellion often begins with a refusal to relinquish control and trust the Lord. When we start catering to our own preferences, it’s not long before we redefine what God has said in an attempt to make ourselves feel better and quash the nagging sense of guilt.

The danger in such behavior is that we lose sight of our “first love”—our actions testify that we love our sin more than Christ (Revelation 2:4). The result is a heart that is desensitized to the sin. By ignoring the Spirit’s warnings, we can become acclimated to unrighteousness and adopt a sinful lifestyle. This is why we must carefully guard and examine our hearts.

Your daily devotion for 07/27 from In Touch Ministries

WHAT IS A MUSLIM? .. a person? .. a faith? .. a religion? .. a Mosque?

In the New Testament Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan.

 

For some reason today .. I am asking a question because of many posts I read on #Facebook and what people say about #Muslims .. and references I myself have made many times .. so I ask? .. IS A MUSLIM .. a person? .. a faith? .. a religion?  Muslims are people correct? .. People who follow or practice Islam, which defined is a monotheistic Abrahamic religion. Muslims consider the Quran, their holy book, to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger .. Muhammad

Among the Islamic states are: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Oman, and Yemen. Other states where Islam is the politically defined state religion are: Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Somalia and Brunei.

SO I ASK ... IS A MUSLIM a person, a faith or a religion?

 

Definition "A" .. a Muslim who believes that Islam is the complete and universal primordial faith that was revealed to them and consider the Quran in its original Arabic to be the unaltered and final revelation of God.

Here, in a nutshell, is the one great purpose of Jesus coming to earth. And it is echoed throughout the New Testament in different ways and with different words - but all with the same meaning and thought.

Why did Jesus come?  ----  Jesus came to save sinners!!!   OK .. what color sinners? .. what race of sinners or peoples? 

Luke 19 [NIRV] Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  2 A man named Zacchaeus lived there. He was a chief tax collector and was very rich.  3 Zacchaeus wanted to see who Jesus was. But he was a short man. He could not see Jesus because of the crowd.  4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree. He wanted to see Jesus, who was coming that way.

Jesus reached the spot where Zacchaeus was. He looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay at your house today.”  So Zacchaeus came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this. They began to whisper among themselves. They said, “Jesus has gone to be the guest of a sinner. ”

But Zacchaeus stood up. He said, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of what I own to those who are poor. And if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay it back. I will pay back four times the amount I took.”

Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to your house. You are a member of Abraham’s family line.  The Son of Man came to look for the lost and save them.”

 

SO I ASK AGAIN ... IS A PERSON OF MUSLIM ORIGINS a person, a faith or a religion -- and if they convert to CHRISTIANITY .. what are they then?

Definition "B" .. what do you call a Muslim who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour? .. and believes that the Bible is the inerrant Word of the Most High God [Elyon]  (Biblical Hebrew עליון; Masoretic ʿElyōn) is an epithet of the God of the Israelites in the Hebrew Bible. ʾĒl ʿElyōn is usually rendered in English as "God Most High", and similarly in the Septuagint as ὁ Θεός ὁ ὕψιστος ("God the highest").. would these now be Christian Muslims, Muslim Christians, Muslims of a Higher Order?  

 

Ever Ask - Is Truth Dead?

 

IS TRUTH DEAD? 

No truth, No Certainty .. our new and modern sociatal relationships [social relationships] Social Media Today .. all our modern day answers .. do you understand that the most powerful weapon in this world is the TRUTH.

In all that we see and hear today .. all that we read .. and post .. and tweet .. truth is not absolute today it is made to something that we take in  "relative terms" .. maybe you believe in political correctness .. just causes .. the green new deal, global warming .. it is all our own thinking ..

Take a few minutes and consider this by a very wise man .. Ravi Zacharias (born 26 March 1946) is an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist. A defender of evangelical Protestantism, Zacharias is the author of numerous Christian books, including the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Book Award winner Can Man Live Without God?

 

https://youtu.be/8EqH4pslfwo   

What Did SOLOMON - Ask God?

Solomon .. Son of King David .. The Wealthiest Man Who Ever Lived On This Earth .. and wrote a couple of Books of the Bible .. He had #wisdom, #wealth, #builder of lots of #construction projects .. had more wives than anyone I've ever heard of .. and #concubines to boot ..  

  • Mishlei (Book of Proverbs), a collection of fables and wisdom of life.

  • Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), a book of contemplation and his self-reflection.

 

So maybe we can take some #insights into the questions .. He ASK GOD .. as we seek to ask our own questions .. take some time to reflect and listen.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=928&v=Hlpws_cHqMU

Getting High and Staying High - With The Almighty God of The Bible

Educate yourself on the dangers to your mental and physical self - but don't forget your Spirit.

 

We’ve all heard the saying, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement. Satan is like a saboteur looking for an opportunity to tinker with our minds and our souls.

There IS a war going on, and it’s of a spiritual nature. Ephesians 6:12 also tells us that. Turn to Ephesians chapter 6, a companion piece to our 2 Corinthians chapter 10 passage. The two go hand-in-hand.

12 For we do not wrestle against _____________ and ___________, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against _________________ hosts of wickedness in the ___________________ _________________. (NKJV)

If our battle is not with human beings (“flesh and blood”), but with “rulers of the darkness of this age,” what sort of weapons must we use? What Are You Using To Fight the Good Fight?

IF THE SHOE FITS? .. the Undeserving

Forgiving the Undeserving

Ephesians 4:30-32

When I tell people who have been ill-treated that full healing requires forgiving their abuser, many will argue, “You don’t understand the hurt I’ve endured.” They’re right. But a bitter spirit, like cancer, penetrates every part of our life. Anger and resentment are symptoms that cannot be pushed away and ignored. They spill out, harming relationships and leading to risky decisions.

Withholding forgiveness may feel as if we’re punishing the offender. But people cannot take revenge on one another without destroying themselves. That’s why the Lord calls us to follow His example of extending grace to all (Eph. 4:32). Since God has pardoned us so generously, we shouldn’t withhold forgiveness from others. When someone hurts us, we may feel that person doesn’t deserve pardon, but neither are we deserving of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Crucifixion was slow and agonizing, but Jesus’ worst torment occurred when the sin of the world was laid on Him and His Father turned away (Matt. 27:46). Still, as the crowd cast lots for His garments, Jesus gave us the best possible example of forgiveness by saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). I may not know your pain, but I assure you that Jesus does. With His infinite love and gentleness, He’ll help you overcome hurt, anger, and bitterness.

Forgiveness is a choice—an act of service to the Lord, a witness to the person who inflicted our pain, and a necessary step in our healing. No matter how terrible the acts committed against us were, God requires that we show mercy. For our good and His glory, He wants us to give up the “right” to punish those who hurt us.

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