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Psalm 62 - Psalm 62:1-2

I find my rest in God alone.
    He is the One who saves me.
He alone is my rock. He is the One who saves me.
    He is like a fort to me. I will always be secure.

EXAMPLE: Take a Psalm of David .. like a part of Psalm 62 above, and read it .. or read the entire Psalm, and then take those areas where the Psalmist speaks of GOD .. or attributes a description or phrase to God .. like "the One Who saves" .. or "my rock" .. or "like a fort to me"  ..

Now take that descriptive phrase and use the Names of God .. and search out the best and most appropraite "Name of God" .. to fit that phrase or description and discover what The God of Heaven .. The Creator of All .. will reveal of Himself to you.

Pray and ASK GOD .. as you read .. to give you "eyes to see" .. and "ears to hear" .. and "ears to see" .. and "eyes to hear" .. 

rest in God alone - ELOHIM - The first use of Elohim is found in Genesis 1:1 which reads “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth,...” and that name is used exclusively from Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 2:3. It occurs over 2,550 times in the entire Old Testament .. take a moment and read here .. http://www.iaskgod.com/content/elohim

the One who saves - go where you wish .. and take any "Name of God" .. and learn and listen .. as God, by His Holy Spirit .. will take you .. http://www.iaskgod.com/content/who-jesus-good-man-or-god 

 my rock. - now study this term "my rock" .. The Name of God - "El Sali" - The God of My Strength -  (Psalm 42:10) My Rock... now if you read in 1 Peter, you will begin to understand that Jesus was also known as Our Rock, The Rock of our salvation .. see Psalm 18:2 -

2 The Lord is my rock and my fort. He is the One who saves me.
My God is my rock. I go to him for safety.
He is like a shield to me. He’s the power that saves me. He’s my place of safety.

Why God is bigger than your circumstances .. because He says so .. ask God to help your "unbelief" .. PSALM 62:6 ..  ASK GOD? .. what do you want me to hear about you today? ... Our Father .. what should I be looking for? .. What should I be listening for from you today? ..

Father in Heaven .. help me to see you today as the great "I AM" .. not a "little god" like the many "gods" in my life - but "The Great God" .. El Haggodol .. Jehovah Elohim .. El Shaddei ...

God can and will work through you in a wonderful way .. if YOU INVITE HIM INTO YOUR LIFE ..

OUR GOD IS GREATER THAN  .. a series of problems .. a low self esteem .. the problems in the lives of our family .. any force that is coming against you .. evil thoughts and desires in your life .. your circumstances .. the worries of today that occupy your mind .. or the wrong passions that tend to drive you .. give a listen and see .. http://youtu.be/zlA5IDnpGhc

You don’t have to be a preacher to know and understand that God is bigger, greater and more powerful than all your circumstances .. Give God His Rightful Place In Your Life Today

 

 

Startled and Unusual - The Walking Dead or The Living Christ - You Choose

Startled and Unusual .. to say the least! You know, when you read about Jesus in the Bible .. the one thing that amazes me .. is how we as "men" .. somehow think .. and believe that Jesus had not "seen it all" .. or ever dealt with whatever it is we feel too ashamed to talk with Him about ..

If you read in the Gospel of Mark .. Mark 4:35-41 .. you can get a mind picture of the "front story" .. Jesus Calms the Storm .. when all the big, burley strong fishermen were all afraid of the storm .. they thought they were going down .. Jesus "calmed the storm" .. then looks what comes next - Mark 5:1-19 .. Jesus and His disciples had just crossed the Sea of Galilee by boat and Jesus had just miraculously calmed the fierce storm. Everything was "cool" .. or was it? .. Maybe that storm was an attempt by Satan to keep Jesus from reaching the other side because he somehow Satan considered it his turf? ..  Maybe you're having storms in your life too and the most relevant question is WHY? .. maybe Satan thinks .. you are his turf because of all the years you have led a sinful life? 

As they land on the shore .. consider the "welcome" that they get at the area of the Gerasenes... Jesus got out of the boat. A man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. The man lived in the tombs. No one could keep him tied up anymore. Not even a chain could hold him. His hands and feet had often been chained. But he tore the chains apart. And he broke the iron cuffs on his ankles. No one was strong enough to control him. Night and day he screamed among the tombs and in the hills. He cut himself with stones - Now, there's something you don't see every day. You visit a new town, and the first person you meet is a naked demoniac who comes running out of a cemetery screaming at you.

You know, some people watch TV shows like The Walking Dead or The Vampire diaries .. or some such nonsense .. and in their heart of hearts they "minimize" evil .. JUST READ ABOUT WHAT JESUS DID ..

First of all, we need to understand that demonic spirits are real and that they really can and do influence people's lives. How do we know that this man was demon possessed? Consider Jesus' first words to him .. Keep in mind here that Jesus is not addressing the man - Jesus is speaking only and directly to the demonic forces that had come to inhabit this pitiful individual:

9 Then Jesus asked the demon, “What is your name?”  “My name is Legion,” he replied. “There are many of us.”  ( historians tell that a Roman legion was some 6,800 soldiers!) .. I'm sure you know how this story ends. Jesus casts the horde of unclean spirits out of the man and into a nearby herd of about 2,000 pigs. which promptly proceeded to run off a cliff into the ocean.

I'm directing your attention to this story because it is an extreme, and clear example of how unclean demonic spirits can take up residence in the life of a person and influence his or her behavior for the worse. We're living in a day in which fewer and fewer people believe that demonic spirits exist. And many well-meaning Christians have been taught that demons can't have any influence on a Christian. I was certainly taught that in the Catholic Schools I attended .. But I have learned the hard way that it's not true - The Devil is real and his input and lies are real - I've also learned that it's possible to be free of him and his lies, and that getting free makes a huge difference .. and it's all in the "blood covering of Jesus .. 

Consider the radical difference for that man who encountered Jesus .. as the LEGION OF EVIL PLEADED .. 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. 11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs. Let us go into them.” 13 Jesus allowed it. The evil spirits came out of the man and went into the pigs. There were about 2,000 pigs in the herd. The whole herd rushed down the steep bank. They ran into the lake and drowned. 14 Those who were tending the pigs ran off. They told the people in the town and countryside what had happened. The people went out to see for themselves. 15 Then they came to Jesus. They saw the man who had been controlled by many demons. He was sitting there. He was now dressed and thinking clearly. All this made the people afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told them what had happened to the man. They told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their area. 18 Jesus was getting into the boat. The man who had been controlled by demons begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him. He said, “Go home to your family. Tell them how much the Lord has done for you. Tell them how kind he has been to you.”

We're living in a day in which fewer and fewer people believe that demonic spirits even exist .. then every now and then you hear some horrible news story about someone who murdered their family .. or whatever .. and they say something like - The demons in my head kept telling me to do it .... It's not like the old Flip Wilson comedy show in my day where "Geraldine" character had a famous TV line - "the devil made me do it" .. we all laughed and we thought it was all so funny .. BUT IT'S NOT FUNNY ANYMORE .. I've seen too much in my life to .. and learned that the old story we learned about "fallen angels" is not some way out there fantasy - God's Word suggests that one-third of the angels fell when they joined Lucifer's failed rebellion. (See Hebrews 12:22 and Revelation 12:4.); Now math isn't my strong suit, but even I can calculate that if one-third of the angels joined Satan's team, then two-thirds remained allied with God. This also means that for every one that's against me, there are two for me. We've got them outnumbered two to one! Even so, we need to be aware of the existence and activity of demons. We need to recognize their strategies - THEY ARE NOT "everywhere at once" .. like Our God .. who is "omnipresent" ..  

I'm not talking about being the kind of person who perceives a demon behind every bush - some today go to extremes. or on the opposite hand, some folks think where demons are concerned there is skepticism and superstition .. the skeptics doubt that demons are real and can influence them .. the superstitious people attribute everything to demonic activity. The word demon appears 82 times in the New King James Version of the Bible. Sixty-one of these occurrences are in the Gospels. ASK YOURSELF - Why such frequency?

I think we see it so much in the Gospels because no one ever had authority over the demons .. until Jesus came. Jesus has "all authority" .. just read .. Matthew 28:17-19 .. and when He entered into His ministry Jesus immediately started to identify and confront the  demonic strongholds and the things that held people in bondage. In closing, please let me tell you about the very, very good news of Jesus Christ - If there is some area of your life where you seem to fail again and again ... if there is some destructive pattern that replays itself in your life over and over ... that's a form of bondage. The good news is, you can be free! Why live another day beneath your privileges as a son or daughter of God?

Where are we today? Terrible Times in the Last Days are upon us.

Terrible Times in the Last Days .. where are we today?  

 Timothy 3:1-5 .. (NIRV) .. Here is what I want you to know. There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will love themselves. They will love money. They will brag and be proud. They will tear others down. They will not obey their parents. They won’t be thankful or holy. 3 They won’t love others. They won’t forgive others. They will tell lies about people. They will be out of control. They will be wild. They will hate what is good.

4 They will turn against their friends. They will act without thinking. They will think they are better than others. They will love what pleases them instead of loving God. 5 They will act as if they were serving God. But what they do will show that they have turned their backs on God’s power. Have nothing to do with those people.

The Times in our country .. in our state of the family .. our relationships .. our religion .. the information age .. in these "last days" .. God says - I want you to have an "intimate knowledge" of me .. more intimate than that of a husband and wife ..

This really does beg the question and introspection of our own lives .. where are we today? Are we aware  of the "wolf in sheeps clothing" .. and what his goal is? Does it matter to you?   

 

Doubts and Fear we, just like doubting Thomas .. we sruggle in our doubt

Doubting Thomas .. a man like us

Bible Study: John 20:25-29

 

Thomas is in every man - we all have doubt . He hadn’t yet seen the resurrected Jesus, though he’d heard, as you and I have heard, that Jesus had risen from the dead. Angry, hurt, and confused, he resisted believing the accounts of the resurrection that his very friends had told him about, yet these accounts that came from trusted friends .. the people he had lived his life with for three years.

Thomas was no stranger to resurrection. With his own eyes, he’d seen Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead and he had believed. But he had also personally seen Jesus crucified, and that’s when his dream of the kingdom died. Crucifixion seemed more powerful than resurrection, more final. His faith crumbled; and his hope was crushed.

Then Jesus appeared alive, and gently said, “Peace be with you,offering Thomas all the proof he needed. The proof he personally needed. Resurrection, it turns out, was more permanent than death.

Face it: Believing in resurrection isn’t easy no matter how many people tell you it happened. Jesus still has to bring us to belief, to give our hearts and minds and souls peace in faith. Without appearing physically to us, He gives us what we need in order to believe and what we ourselves need. And as He did with Thomas, Jesus seeks us out .. just as here He seeks to comfort you and me.

SOME REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1. Think back to the first time you were told that Jesus had risen from the dead. How old were you? .. What was your reaction? Did you find that information easy to believe or terribly difficult? Ask Why?

2. Thomas had seen miracles; he’d witnessed many demonstrations of Jesus’ supernatural power. Yet the crucifixion shook his faith badly. What has  shaken your faith to the core? .. even though you may previously have seen numerous works of God? What can you learn from Thomas’s experience?

3. In order to believe, Thomas needed something tangible ..something special for him. The vast majority of Christians have never seen the resurrected Jesus, yet God gives us what we each need in order to believe. What do you need for faith to become real? How has Jesus revealed Himself to you? ... are you seeking to know the truth?

If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you!

James 1:5 - (NIRV) .. 5 If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone. He doesn’t find fault.

Make Insight Your Priority, Proverbs 2

Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;
    collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
    set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
    and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
    like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
    you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.

Acquiring Wisdom - It’s critical we learn to be wise. While the world defines wisdom as the right use of knowledge and information, godly wisdom means that we have the capacity to see things from God’s viewpoint and respond according to the principles of Scripture.

Do you have time to learn how God thinks? Then learn of his Name - learn more about God today. Every act has a pricetag .. if i reverence God .. I will seek to know who He is .. and act upon His principles. Heed His instruction and be wise. Be Blessed Today! 

A Call, A Warning - The Wealthy, Rich Hoarders of This World

James 5:1-6, A Warning to Rich People .. something to think about these days .. 
1 You rich people, listen to me. Cry and sob, because you will soon be suffering. 2 Your riches have rotted. Moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver have lost their brightness. Their dullness will give witness against you. Your wanting more and more will eat your body like fire. You have stored up riches in these last days. 4 You have even failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields. Their pay is crying out against you. The cries of those who gathered the harvest have reached the ears of the Lord who rules over all. 5 You have lived an easy life on earth. You have given yourselves everything you wanted. You have made yourselves fat like cattle that will soon be butchered. 6 You have judged and murdered people who aren’t guilty. And they weren’t even opposing you.

In this chapter the apostle James denounces the judgments of God upon those rich men and women who not only oppress the poor, fail to help a neighbor in need and the folly of riches and wealth in the sight of God. Think about it - God does not need your wealth or money , or anyone' elses - He Owns It All!,

 How much do the wealthy "grieve" when the end comes near? What punishments would befall those who only care for themselves? The faitful Christians and believers are exhorted to patience under their trials and sufferings, and to recall that verse you learned when young - Proverbs 3:5 - Trust In The Lord with ALL THINE HEART .. and lean not unto thine own understanding. 
 
Having a proper and spiritual ( God Centered View ) of how we are to strive to act, both under affliction and in prosperity .. prayer for the sick, and anointing with oil, are prescribed - and Christians are directed to acknowledge their faults one to another, and to pray one for another, and the efficacy of prayer is proved. And, lastly, it is recommended to us to do what we can for bringing back those that stray from the ways of truth.

Please consider helping our ministry - first by prayer .. and then as God would lead you ..  
 

Share the faith with friends, church members and Bible Study groups

Our ministry at iaskGod.com is growing! .. we’re well on our way to reaching around the world - but with that comes change and effort. Every visitor to our site is a vital part of the iaskGod.com community and we appreciate you - and ask that you share the faith - with friends, church members, Bible Study groups .. and we realize it can be hard to interact with friends from your past.

We’re trying to expand our reach around the world - The World Wide Web is a place we feel we reach anyone looking and seeking the saving grace of Jesus .. and a personal relationship with Our Lord. As our outreach grows and expands, those seeking to know more about God may not want to connect because they face real dangers when they communicate with us - not all countries are free like we in the USA.

We’re seeking to disciple and reach people around the world... so we're praying and seeking opportunities where those who can minister in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Arabic - wherever and however you can share online - responding and sharing with the Google Translate or where you know the language but also the culture of those seeking to know God better - utilizing technology to respond in a variety of ways in countries hostile to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More and more people are using mobile devices.

As we continue to pursue our vision to reach the world with the Good News of Jesus, will you pray with us .. and for us? - Pray for God’s guidance in our ministry and support, and ask God to bless us with visitors who will minister by sharing with those they know who are desperate to know Jesus Christ - after all this is part of fulfilling the Great Commission. Praise God for the work He is doing through iaskGod.com.

New Series on The End Times - Biblical Sudy Series

Do you believe we are living in the End Times?

It seems like you can’t turn on the news without seeing signs pointing to us living in the last days. Dr. Ed Young is starting a series of messages on The Winning Walk this weekend called End Times, and we invite you to watch this quick video he recorded about it: The curtain of history is about to go down. So if you are wanting to get a biblical, straight forward look into the truth about the end times - i'd suggest you set aside the time for listening to The Winning Walk with Dr. Ed Young .. find a station or TV program in your area 

 

Have a divine connection and start living life to the full!

Visiting daily .. and often .. you can  "learn of Him each day" .. and find answers to everyday living in your new Christian walk. One of the best ways I have ever found is reading something of God .. His Person .. His Character .. His Word - EACH DAY! You can rest assured each day .. something with a practical application for your life will be most helpful... for instance:

Foundations of Our Faith: SALVATION


What is Christianity really all about? How does the Bible apply to my life? Who is Jesus Christ? .. you can register for an email course, and we'll answer these questions and many, many more - Foundations of Our Faith is a discipleship course that will deliver a new lesson and memory verse to your email inbox every day. Each lesson is part of a topical section, covering topics that are essential to forming a Bible centered perspective and deeper walk with God, through His Son, Jesus. 

Let's start with salvation ...

How many people have a story to tell about how they came to accept Jesus as their Savior. Some people have stood outside the doorway of a church during Easter or Christmas .. afraid to enter, but listening intently as the pastor or preacher said, "Jesus is your Savior. He will save you from your sins. When you are in need, call on Jesus."

Then when truoble strikes .. and hardships come our way - we remember the preacher's words and in desperation we cry out!  "Jesus, help me! Jesus, save me!" Needless to say, God will hear your plea! THEN WHAT? .. go on with life as usual?

The same Lord Jesus that saved me, can save you. is that worth learning more about?

What if you had been born to some rich, weel to do family - like the Rockefellers'? You’d expect to have some advantages, right? If you were born into the Kennedy family or the son or daughter of Bill Gates - you’d probably get preferential treatment whever you went. You’d naturally expect things that other people may not expect - right?

The good news today is that when you receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you are born again into the right family! You come from a royal bloodline. Your Father owns everything. He has special connections. Now you need to hold your head up high and start expecting to stand out from the crowd. Start expecting good breaks, divine connections and opportunities to come your way.

You can have favor because of who your Father is through the Blood of Christ Jesus - so expect His abundant favor on your life today! Receive Him as your Lord and Savior.

 

Where Does Wisdom Come From? .. where do I find understanding?

When you consider the thought of finding gems of wisdom, pearls of great price, or mining out some precious emeralds, diamonds, rubies or sapphires - remember that God is very specific about true WISDOM ..

Our happiness and effectiveness as moms, dads, brothers, or sisters - depend upon the kinds of thoughts we think. It is impossible to be kind if we constantly are thinking unkind thoughts. One of the wisest men who ever lived from what I can find and read is JOB who finally said to The Lord:

2 “I know that you can do anything.
No one can keep you from doing what you plan to do.
3 You asked me, ‘Who do you think you are to disagree with my plans?
You do not know what you are talking about.’
I spoke about things I didn’t completely understand.
I talked about things that were too wonderful for me to know.

Our minds are like the earth, after all , were we all not "formed" from the dust ? ..  so our minds are like the earth which hides it's most valuable riches. If we plant thoughts of fear, unkindness, anger - as if seeds - we will harvest the fruit of those seeds. Fill your mind with resentment, and resentment attitudes will begin to sprout - then grow and emerge into a big ugly tree!

However, what if you were to dig deep, blast away at the "old you" .. mine deep down to where you know the hidden gems are .. THEN WHAT? You can you find happiness-inducing thoughts, thoughts of real Godly Wisdom, whatever the condition of your mind - the Thought Conditioners contained on this site will keep you going in power and love - they will help you to displace unhealthy dirt (thoughts) and create a mine shaft to truth and wisdom - Displacement is the only way to get the trash of thought - out of your mind.

This means, simply, that if you take a shovel and pick of spiritual thoughts and words - dig down deep into your own mind - as if from your conscious to your subconscious levels - by a process of spiritual mining and digging - you will find spiritual power, spiritual and Godly Wisdom and God's will can begin to operate your mine - Every great and valuable gem, sapphire, ruby of wisdom, diamond of light, gold and silver findings of this life, the ones that matter - shall be granted to you, as promised in God's Word:

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIRV)

20 God has made a great many promises. They are all “Yes” because of what Christ has done. So through Christ we say “Amen.” We want God to receive glory.

Today let's consider what Job 28 says about the "Truth of God's Wisdom" .. Mining .. and the reality of God's Truth .. 

28 “There are mines where silver is found. There are places where gold is purified. 2 Iron is taken out of the earth. Copper is melted down from ore. 3 A miner lights up the darkness. He searches for ore in the deepest pits. He looks for it in the blackest darkness. 4 Far from where people live he cuts a tunnel. He does it in places where others don’t go. Far away from people he swings back and forth on ropes. 5 Food grows on the surface of the earth. But far below, the earth is changed as if by fire. 6 Sapphires are taken from its rocks. Its dust contains nuggets of gold. 7 No bird knows the miner’s hidden path. No falcon’s eye has seen it. 8 Proud animals don’t walk on it. Lions don’t prowl there. 9 The miner attacks the hardest rock. His strong hands uncover the base of the mountains. 10 He tunnels through the rock. His eyes see all of its treasures. 11 He searches the places where the rivers begin. He brings hidden things out into the light.

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