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Consider Paul

Where are you today, as you “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” and act accordingly…living the life of one who has given themselves to The Lord?

Where are your thoughts while you take heed to the Holy Ghost…following His guidance….playing out the role decided for you by The Lord….which was determined before the world was even created?

Do you feel physically alone as you study the scriptures….doing the bidding of God as you observe your friends, family, “church” affiliates dropping like flies in their haste to get away from you? (Often with hateful words accompanying their departure from your life…)

Are you living in an area where there is not one Christian with whom you can meet face to face…maybe understanding how Elijah felt when sitting in his cave, fearing that he was the only one left on earth who trusted in God? **1Kings 19**

Consider our Apostle, Paul. Think about his life after the fateful moment on the road to Damascus, when he ….saw The Light. Up close and personal.

He was known as Saul, and was a masterful, zealous, driven prosecutor of the Christians, as well as a hater of Christ Jesus. He was well supported by the Sanhedrin, well funded in his activities, well thought of for his mental capabilities because his education was received at the feet of the best Rabbi known at that time…he was honored for his dedication to his goal of wiping out the Christians and caused many to perish in that he testified against them. He held the coats of those who stoned Phillip to death. He was a man who was moving ahead in the world of Jewish Orthodoxy…a mover and a shaker. A driven man.

Then, he met the living Savior whom he had been persecuting with such a passion. Who asked him point blank just “why” was he doing this? Saul responded by finally recognizing Him and calling him “my Lord”….his life as he knew it was gone. His name as he knew it was gone.

He was now Paul. His powerful friends as he knew them…were gone, and were now his avowed enemies, once he began preaching the gospel to anyone who would listen.

They tried to kill him. They no longer trusted him. The Christian flock did not trust him….after all, he had been their sworn enemy. The Christian leaders did not know him, for he did not go to them in order to learn about his new Master. He instead, went off into the desert wilderness for three years where he was personally taught by The Lord Himself. Not only learning…but “un-learning” what he thought he knew about the bible. (Am wondering if his tale of visiting the third heaven **2 Corinthians 12** doesn’t describe that time, or part of that three year period….when he absorbed the truth…studying The Word….with The Word, who is Jesus Christ.)  **John 1:1**

Paul was set apart. He was anointed. He had been selected for his “job” before the foundation of the earth. He received the gospel message after he left Judaism. Of all the Apostles, his title was given him AFTER Jesus’ death and resurrection. Where there were 12 original Apostles reaching out to the Jews…working together and comparing notes, so to speak….Paul was alone as he reached out to the heathen. To us. To those who were far away from God, and to whom God was reaching out through Paul. (We did not find Him…He found us.)

Consider his afflictions. Having to watch over his shoulder in order to avoid the latest attempt on his life. (Often orchestrated by his fellow Jews, who followed him everywhere in order to stir up the people and have them turn on him.)
“Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?” **2 Corinthians 11**

He was stoned and carried out of the city, considered dead. He was flayed and beaten often. He was without food; without water, without rest. He was in “the deep” for a night and a day. His “flesh had no rest” being troubled on all sides …”without were fightings, within were fears.” **2 Corinthians 7:5**

This man Paul was alone when he was appointed as our Apostle. Our guide in this age. The man who wrote a Spirit -breathed manual for us in his Epistles…often in prison, shackled to a guard….yet never giving up no matter how isolated and separated from any other believer he was. (How many of those guards also become part of the Church as they spent their days, chained to the Apostle…hearing his every word. Four different men each day…)

He teaches us that The Lord is always with us. To never let our hope slip away. To study and be wise with God’s wisdom as we learn and grow and fit into the place in which we are destined to function along with every single other member of the August Body…whose Head is the Living Son of God; our Saviour…Christ Jesus.

Just as was Paul….we too, are neither here nor there. Strangers in a strange land; already positioned spiritually in our home above. Bound to earth by our mortal bodies. Supernaturally surviving in an alien and often hostile place.

Consider Paul. His circumstances, endured with thanksgiving and joy as he so zealously carried out God’s plan for his life. We are commanded to follow Paul’s example, even as he himself followed Christ. It is not merely a suggestion, for we will be judged at the Bema seat by how well we followed our command. How well we read our manual, as set down in Paul’s inspired Epistles. God’s words by way of the Holy Spirit, through Paul’s pen.

Know that you…that we….are never alone. Every face surrounding us may be against us, but The Lord is with us. Of whom should we be afraid? We must exhort each other. Provide support for each other. Our fellows in Christ might never be seen by us until the day we are called up. They may be miles away from us. Reached by email and prayers and invisible to us, yet  joined together because we have the same calling. From the same Father.

Keep the faith. Keep the inner joy and love for one another. Keep studying and growing as you become more like our Savior every day. Never alone…already a part of the real church. “The Church, the Body of Christ.” The one that isn’t visible. The one mandated before the world was created. The one that you and I were singled out to be part of in HIM. (Through no merit of our own.)

Stand firm. Rest in His strength and the hope of His soon arrival for us in the clouds. Our armor is defensive armor. To protect us as we battle the spiritual fight…standing in place. Holding fast. No retreating. The Word….is our strength and our singular offense when the adversary strikes. Our…weapon of choice. Sharpened by the Holy Spirit. Honed by The Lord Himself, who is waiting for the “all clear” from His Father…the moment when He steps into the clouds and claims His own.

Us.

(When the hope of our salvation is realized…I wonder if we will hear our names called out, or if we will hear just…”Come up here!”)

Either way, am waiting, eager and ready for the big fly-up. Hope that you are too; I think we will know each other, just as we will know Him…for we will see Him as He is.

Maranatha…

Louise

“Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the Word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake ; that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” **2 Timothy 9, 10**

 

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Deborah and Jael; Assignments Accomplished

***Article up-dated in order to reference scripture verses; originally posted 08/10/2014***

While reading through the book of Judges in the Old Testament, a rather unusual story can be found in the story of Deborah, and her ensuing song. (Judges 4 and 5)

The Lord elected a woman named Deborah to be the Judge of Israel. She was also a prophetess. In her song, during which she sings praises to the God of Israel…she describes herself first as a mother. This, to her, was her most important role.

***Jdg 5:7    The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

***Jdg 5:12    Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. (Where else do we read this phrase about leading “captivity captive?”)

She goes on, in her song, to speak about the ultimate victory over the Canaanite army and over their commander, Sisera, while she praises God. (When she prophesied to Barak, who The Lord called out to lead Israel’s forces against the mighty Caananites…he told her that he WOULD lead the Jewish offensive, but only if Deborah would accompany him. He would not go alone.)

Deborah willingly accompanying Barak after telling him that the victory would be his, per her prophecy…but he also should know that the person to whom the glory would go for that victory would not be him. It would go to…a woman.

(In those days women were considered chattel. Less than second class citizens. And here we have a woman, Deborah, leading all of Israel..her position being set by God, as all our leaders are chosen.)

***Jdg 4:8    And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.

As a result of his action, in asking Deborah to accompany him, or he would not follow God’s command….both understood that a second woman; also chosen by God, would ultimately bring down the great military leader (Sisera) who had been plaguing the Israelites for 20 years; and that this second woman would be on the receiving end of the accolades due a hero. Or rather…a heroine. Barak would win no acclaim for the victory, a victory which was guaranteed by The Lord Himself!)

***Jdg 4:9    And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

As the tale unfolds, we learn further that there is a member of the Kenite tribe (a desert tribe, of which Moses’ father-in-law was a member) who has set his tent up in an area apart from the rest of his people. This man is serving as a lookout for the Canaanites, and is keeping Sisera aware of the whereabouts of Barak and his men. His name is Heber.

***Jdg 4:11    Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh.

Israel and Canaan become engaged in battle. The Lord then steps in to win the conflict as He promised He would do, sending a massive rain storm. All the chariots and weaponry of the powerful army led by Sisera…become bogged down in the mud;

***Jdg 5:21    The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

…and those troops are soundly trounced by Barak and his small army. Not only trounced, but each and every one of them is slain.

***Jdg 4:16    But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left.

***Jdg 5:20    They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

All slain except for their leader, Sisera, who flees, running past the tent of Heber the Kenite.
A woman named Jael, the wife of Heber…stands at the door and invites this mud-covered Sisera inside.

***Jdg 4:17    Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
4:18    And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle.

When Sisera asked for water, she brought him…milk. Picture that milk being warmed for him. Doesn’t warm milk induce sleep? She drew a cover over him. Made him feel safe and warm. Made him comfortable. He fell asleep. (She was a picture of hospitality, which was so important in that desert community. She gave him more than he asked for. She was also following the Lord’s lead.)

***Jdg 5:25    He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

At the moment he was sleeping soundly …she put her able hands on a tent peg, took a hammer, and applied each in the proper sequence to the proper body part; killing him; driving the peg through his skull. (Note that she used no special tools…no special weaponry. She used the objects with which she was familiar, for the women of that time were responsible for erecting the tents when the tribe moved from place to place. She was adept at placing tent pegs where they needed to go.)

***Jdg 5:26    She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

Then, when Barak came by, searching for Sisera, Jael called him into her tent, and showed him the slain body of Israel’s arch enemy. Dead on the ground.
At the hands of… a woman.

***Jdg 4:22    And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.

Deborah’s prophecy was fulfilled.

As a result of this episode….Jael was called “blessed above women. Blessed shall she be above women of the tent.”

***Jdg 5:24    Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

Think about it. There is only one other woman in all of scripture who is called blessed. That woman was Mary, the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Deborah…who was first a mother, was also a prophetess and a Judge of all Israel; the woman in charge of her country. The one to whom all came in order to resolve problems. The leader of the Nation Israel.
Jael: probably a mother; unknown to the world at large, residing humbly in a tent.
A woman whose life was spent in the background, as compared to Deborah’s life. Carrying out her day to day duties in relative obscurity.
Yet, ultimately called blessed above women of the tent! By the Holy Ghost, through the pen of the author of the book of Judges.

Do you think that because you are at home, caring for your family, doing the daily, endless tasks that are required of one who is managing the home front…that you may not be called to do great things for our Lord and Savior?

In this age we are told that a woman must subjugate herself to a man. But the bible says that a woman…a wife…must submit herself to her husband. It does not say that women as a whole are inferior to men. In this very example, a woman is chosen to carry out God’s will.

Jael knew exactly what she needed to do, in order to carry out God’s plan for her. And for Israel. All for God’s glory, in the end. Those were far different times, for the battle then was physical, obvious and earthly.

In this dispensation, the battle is unseen, invisible, spiritual and heavenly. But do not think that you cannot be called to carry out a role not usually assigned to women; something not usually a “woman’s thing” per the world’s definition.

We are not privy to knowing HIS plan for us, or for the world, except for what the Holy Spirit reveals to us via the scriptures. Never fall for the messages that you can only “count” for something if you are out there in the world, away from your family…making a “name” in some sort of business venture. That is the voice of “you-know-who” calling to you. The one who is currently ruling the world! Satan himself.

Deborah was a prominent ruler in those days, per the Lord’s election. Think of her description of herself. That she was first, a mother. A “working” mom. Yet, in her case…called out to fulfill her position of leadership by God Himself.

***Jdg 5:7    The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

Then..we have Jael. At home. Carrying out those daily sometimes grinding and thankless tasks.
A “stay-at-home” mom.

Her home was the place God sent the enemy so that she could vanquish him, Right IN her personal space…and then, when her brave task was completed, she was called “blessed above the women in the tents.” (Very brave as well, for she could only have one “shot” at carrying out the work she needed to do. If she had missed the mark, or if her heart and hand failed her, she would have been slain by her intended “victim.” If he lived, and did not kill her, her husband would have been required by the tribal laws to slay her…because there was a man other than her husband in her tent.)

What a huge lesson we read here…to “never discount the small things.” Never let go of the peace of God, which allows for a calm perspective in the midst of a crisis or an emergency. (Jael’s thoughts and actions were focused, precise: under control; powerful.)

Even if our entire life revolves around caring for our family and our home, this story reminds us to “be aware.” To know our surroundings…know what is happening around us. Know when things are amiss. Know..when action is required.

There may be a spiritual “Sisera” just around the corner, who will soon come into your tent. (Who is it that you listen to on radio, or watch on TV? You are inviting him into your “tent.”)
But God will empower you to properly rid yourself of him, for if he is harming you, he is also harming the body of Christ, of which you are a member.
The end result being the “riddance” of a “virtual” Sisera; to glorify God, and then, to strengthen the Body of Christ.

Never disregard the small things.

***Zec 4:10    For who hath despised the day of small things?

The small things. One’s home. One’s familiar tools. One moment in time.

Be strong in Christ. Stand firm. Be confident in His strength.

***Luk 16:10    He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

Remember…..

***Rom 15:4    For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

***Eph 2:10    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Maranatha…

Louise Hudson…in His service.

~The following quotes were taken from an internet article…

***””The story of Deborah and Jael is important in the Bible because it teaches us that God delivers His people when they call on Him and that God is not opposed to using women to lead. So maybe we shouldn’t worry too much about what other people will say; instead, we should seek to know God and to obey His directions–even if they seem to be contrary to expectations and cultural norms.”

“While Mary was unquestionably blessed among women, as already stated, Scripture does not say she was blessed above women. Furthermore, she being blessed in this manner is not unique to her alone. Jael is described in a similar fashion.

Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. (Judg 5:24, KJV)”***

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Their outreach Agent, the Apostle Paul, has set up the Human Resource requirements, as set forth in his Epistles. In those “books” lie the requirements and duties of each and every hiree who has met the initial requirements of this job offering. (Paul was the first to be accepted into this at-that- time new, mysterious Family of God…he then was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the manual for all future applicants during this age of grace. The Manual…is to be studied…as if your very life…depends upon it.)
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There will soon be a general meeting called…which is titled: “The Rapture” or the “calling up.
The Father will give The Son the ok…and He will step out into the clouds and call us up to Him. We will then be escorted into His presence by His angelic phalanxes…meeting Him face to face for the first time. The Holy Spirit will attend to us, picking us up off of our faces when we are overcome with His brilliance; our insignificance, and the truth of what we had learned from studying the Company Manual.
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So says Paul…who suffered above and beyond all the Apostles….never letting go of his zeal for the teaching of gospel as it was given to him…by Christ Jesus Himself! Nor did his faith waver as he suffered in his position…as the Ambassador for the risen…Jesus Christ.)

As your knowledge increases…you will be set apart ..human companionship will diminish, as spiritual companionship…grows.
Corporate promises include that your basic needs will be met while you pursue Company Policies. In His time, at His determination of your needs. This demands total reliance on The Leader and on His promises as being true. Taking Him at….”His Word.”
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It is good to study all about the beginnings of your Family..through the reading of the Bible. It is written for your edification and learning. The Human Resource section is in the Epistles of the Apostle Paul….lest you forget.
This position has eternal security.
Application department is open 24/7.
Avail yourself of the opportunity, for the offer will be withdrawn at some future, as yet unknown date…which will be the time of the very first Corporate Meeting. The Rapture.
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Maranatha…
Louise

louhdsn2013-a@yahoo.com

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1 Corinthians 15: 1-4
1 Thessalonians 4: 14-18

Books and More “Books”

image In the book of Joshua, after Israel has soundly defeated the Kings of the Amorites at the battle of Gibeon (when The Lord, per His promise… had delivered them into their hands…) the sun and the moon stood still for a whole day.

There was “no day like that before or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for The Lord fought for Israel.” (Joshua 10:14)

When we read of this battle, (Joshua leading the men of Israel in the name of The Lord)…we also read about the miracle concerning the sun and the moon standing still, so that the people had time to avenge themselves upon their enemies..that is also written about in the “Book of Jasher.”

This book, which is not included in the bible as we know it today..is also called “the Book of the Upright One” in the Greek Septuagint, and “The Book of the Just Ones” in the Latin Vulgate. It is mentioned for a reason. No word in the bible is superfluously written.

We are commanded to take the entire Word…”eat” it, digest it, and make it part of our very being through the metabolizing power of the Holy a spirit within us. “Sweet on the lips…sour on the stomach” Rev. 10:9-11

All of the “Book” is written for our edification and for our learning. Do you take the words of scripture literally?

Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

Read…learn…grow in Him….rely on the Power within to discern what is right for you to read and what is wrong. Search out the matter!

Look at our Apostle Paul. His zeal did not diminish after he was thrown from his high horse on the road to Damascus. After he looked up and said: “what shall I do, Lord?” (Acts 22:10)

Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

He recognized The Lord. He went into the wilderness for three years to learn what he was to teach us; to learn how he was to set the example for us to follow as he followed Christ and we… to follow his instruction.

Did he lose his zeal? His passion? After all, he was the chief prosecutor of those who followed “The Way.” He was single minded in his belief, but after his “focus” was Divinely sharpened and pointed in the right direction…he used that same passion for the benefit of those outside of Israel…the heathen…the non-Jews….that would be…us.

Do you think he used every possible bit of information he could gather, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance…to reach out and convert those with whim he came in contact with?

1Ti 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Now, not all of us are given such a task. Some of us are house-bound. But we can have that same zeal…that same passion for wisdom, and use it by way of writing, or calling on the telephone, or texting…or whatever communication device is available to us….in order to first glorify God, and then to support our fellow believers who are enduring hardship and tumult right now. It is our duty to our invisible brethren. Just a word…at the right time…gives a fellow in The Body a veritable cushion, a warm bowl of enervating soup, a virtual hug…a moment of respite in order to gain strength for the next onslaught that will come upon that person.

In order to glorify and support, we have been given the vast library provided on the Internet; to enhance our understanding, so that our words are written and spoken from a base of God-given truth: biblical truth first and foremost..but also with a deepened knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the biblical events.

An added richness…a keener “edge” to what the Holy Spirit is able to draw from within your internal library of biblical references. (Before He can use it…we must take it in. There’s that “digestion” thing again!)

We must be zealous and passionate about our learning. The Holy Spirit will let us know if we are venturing into domains forbidden to us. (He…has a way…of communicating with us. His “nudges” are quite powerful; to be obeyed immediately. This writer has accumulated many “nudge” marks.)

Every. Single. Word. In the bible. Is written for a reason. Has a purpose.

Dare to search it out. Pray on it. Ask for His guidance as you prove to Him that you want to gather wisdom…that you WISH to grow closer to Him….that you want to be less of yourself and more of Him while your understanding increases through the leading of our “House Instructor” the Holy Spirit.

All the while…giving Him the glory as He reveals the next layer of understanding to you…His zealous student.

Are you supposed to read the Book of Jasher? Why does the Holy Spirit refer to the book, through His scribes as they wrote through His inspiration…the words that give us testimony today? Why is it mentioned?

We are given choices each and every moment of our lives. Make the right choice, and your life will be enriched; your inner man strengthened, your eternal future guaranteed a special place in His plan for you…for us…who are His Beloved in Christ.

Choose to be ardent in your stand with Him. HE…was MOST ardent in His sacrifice, for you.

Yours in Christ….and Maranatha… Louise Hudson

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

THE 💫 Condiment 💫

Now that we believe in The Lord Jesus Christ…that He is the risen Son of God; the Holy Spirit enters us, filling that once empty “God Space” in our very core.

HE comes with a particular piece of tableware. A salt shaker. An empty salt shaker.

We now have another choice to make. Will we be ” believers” in name only? Or will we continue on with Him…maturing, growing closer to Him, beginning to think…like Him? (For we are told that we are now the “salt of the earth.” What is the source of this salt that we are to carry with us? Where do we fill up? Well, He provides us with our daily allotment, through reading and immersing ourselves in the Book. In His word. In…The Word, which is Christ Himself.)

That decision also comes with an understanding that we will then be huge targets for Satan’s arrows. The adversary likes those who “believe” in name only, for they are no threat to him. But the ones who decide to fill that salt shaker can upset his apple cart, and so…we must be prepared to be on the receiving end of many trials and tribulations. (Depression. Illness. Family turmoil. To name a few.)

Having decided to move with Him, now we must get some salt into the shaker. It must be ground down and refined…the flakes small enough to pass through the little holes in the cap of that container. Those trials…those fits of sorrow…those life altering events…are the millstones that are grinding our salt supply into the proper form. The form that enables us to carry out the commandment to be salty saints!

When we first take in or ingest the Word…it must be utilized by our system in such a way as to make it usable for export. For changing that originally rough clump of salt into a sprinkable form of savor.

Salt is a purifier. A sanitizer. A preserver. (Think of salt cured hams…Southern style.) It heals. (Sore throat? Salt dissolved in hot water and gargled will often do the trick.) It is medicinal. (Thyroid problems? Iodine is mixed with salt to prevent one form of thyroid disease.) A regulator. A diuretic. We cannot live without salt. It is essential. But too much…is toxic. It must be measured out accordingly. (Are you talking to a baby believer? A few grains of salt is enough for him or her. A hardened un-believer? Perhaps a pouring…which will cause a sting. Salt…stings.)

In the sacrifices of the Temple, salt was a requirement.

Lev 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

(We are now a living sacrifice since we have given over our bodies to The Lord. And as such…we must be….salted!)

Salt was an exchange item. Soldiers were often paid in salt. Do you know anyone who is “worth their weight in salt?”

It formed a covenant. In Jesus’ day, sharing a meal indicated a “salt covenant” between host and guest. While the guest stayed in the host’s home…his safety was guaranteed.

Think of this. The shepherds in the fields, guarding their flocks of sheep…were told that they would find the baby Jesus “swaddled and lying in a manger.” Swaddled new-borns…even the sacrificial lambs that were used for the Temple offerings (how appropriate!) were first, right after birth…salted. Rubbed all over with salt, thus cleansing and purifying them. Then they were wrapped in strips of material, keeping them still and warm.

Jesus Christ….was salted!

We cannot live without salt. It is life.

When we speak to a person who is steeped in un-belief…our very presence is an offense to them, for they know who we are. Our words..are like salt on an open wound to them, for…they sting! And they are supposed to sting. That open wound pain reminds them of who they are, and what they lack. Yet…there we are..gently yet persistently sprinkling that salt shaker all over them. We are commanded to do so.

When Elisha was told about the foul water in Jericho, he immediately asked for a “new” cruse; one just made by the potter… to contain salt that he would empty into the headwaters and so purify that river. Not only was the water made sweet…but the curse upon it was also lifted.

2Ki 2:20 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.

We, who are now new creatures in Christ, are those new cruses. Made by the Master Potter. And as such…we have a “whole lot of shakin'” to do. (With the proper discernment, of course!)

So, when in the throes of your trials..remember that your salt shaker is being filled. The salt is being refined and made pourable. The grain size..dependent on your reaction to each “millstone” event in your life. (Remember the ad…”When it rains, it pours…Morton Salt!”)

Even when enveloped in tears…allow the salt to pour out.

It is in our job description now to do so. Our “Employer” has given the command. We represent Him by being a salty saint. It is also the evidence to those around us…that we belong to Jesus Christ.

Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Have you left anyone 💫 thirsty 💫 lately?

Maranatha…

Louise

Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

(Notice that “if the salt has lost HIS savor”…it does not say “it’s savor…it says…”His savor.” More food for thought.)

Mar 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
50. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

The Storm

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In Acts 27:22 and after, the Apostle Paul tells the crew aboard the Alexandrian ship that is taking him ( and the Centurion to whom he is assigned as a prisoner) to Rome for his hearing before Caesar. (Note that the ship came not from Antioch, but Alexandria.)

They have been in the midst of a horrendous storm that has lasted 14 days, during which time the men on board have barely eaten if at all, due to the heavy seas as well as the cross-winds that make a ship with sails virtually rudderless in such a tumult.

Paul stands up in their midst and tells the men to “be of good cheer” for an angel of the Lord appeared to him during the night; telling him that he WILL arrive safely in Rome, and that furthermore, there will be no loss of life among those who are with him.

However, there was a caveat. Every one had to remain on board that vessel with Paul.
No matter what. (V. 31; he says to the centurion and the soldiers “except these abide in the ship, he cannot be saved” as the men are trying to launch a life boat in order to abandon ship and save themselves.)

He encouraged them to “eat meat” for they had been without food for fourteen days at that point, and every body needs meat in order to function properly.

Both body…and soul.

He then takes bread, blesses it, and eats it in front of the men. As the men observed him, they too became “of good cheer” as they also ate and nourished themselves. (They had rejected his words when they were at the beginning of this voyage…when they were confident and sure of their original decision to sail along with that luring “Southerly wind” that soon proved to be deceiving. But when at death’s very door…they listened to Paul.)

The ship founders and breaks up…but all aboard safely arrive at land…some even floating to safety upon the broken boards of that doomed vessel.

Are we trying to save ourselves, instead of relying on the words of our Apostle Paul, who tells us in almost every single Epistle of his..that he was appointed to that position by no One less than Christ Jesus Himself. With the additional title of being our Apostle in this age. Per the precise assignment given Him at the moment he accepted and submitted to his newly recognized Lord and Master. The same Lord whom we serve.

Are we following Paul, even as he follows Jesus Christ? Have we submitted to the plain directions given to us by Paul? (Since we are not under the Law, but under grace…we must look to Paul to be our guide…our map that tells us how to approach God Himself in this age….our example of how God directs that we approach Him; not how we blithely decide, outside of scripture… on our own “way” which often mixes Grace with Law. Because that is the way we had been taught in the past, when still babes in Christ and still held in captivity by our sectarian structures?)

Our works can be envisioned as oil….grace, as water. No matter how hard we stir they do not mix.

These verses tell us that those who do not stay with Paul, even as the ship goes down…will be losers in the end.

If we are truly part of the body of Christ, then we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit at the moment of our belief.

Sealed.

Can we lose our salvation? Is our foundation secure? Is our faith founded upon the risen Christ….or is it a shaky mis-aligned base composed of a mishmash of blenderized tenets which combine Grace with Law? Or Grace with works?

Grace…and Law….do not mix. “Else grace is not grace.”

Search the scriptures and be a Berean. Study to be “Rightfully dividing the word of God” as it is commanded of us.
Make certain that your faith is based upon your recognizing that Jesus Christ is the son of God; born of a virgin; that He walked the earth, was crucified, buried and rose again in the power of His resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Time is growing short. Our ship is certainly in trouble, but we are implored to stay with Paul in the midst of the storm. We must eat meat..to stay nourished by daily reading the scriptures…those inspired words set down by His faithful scribes of old.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
The Word of God is Christ Jesus. The bible is His life line to us. He tells us to stand firm and trust in the truth that is revealed to us. The Word is IN the word.

Check your foundation lest it crumble and cause the infrastructure you are building…to fall and fail due to a mis-aligned understanding of the basis of our faith.
Our house should not resemble the leaning tower of Pisa.

Maranatha…
Louise

Sailing

In Acts 27, the Apostle Paul starts out on a perilous journey by sea.

He first warns the men surrounding him that the voyage will be beset with danger and “much damage” mainly because of the time of year that they are starting out. (Verse 10)

A soft Southerly wind lulls them into feeling safe; and so they set out, ignoring Paul’s admonition.

A tempest arises…the ship must be “lightened” by throwing their goods overboard. Hope is soon dashed as the storm worsens.

After two weeks of being thrown about by the wind and high seas, Paul addresses the crew and tells them to “be of good cheer” for “the Angel of The Lord” told him that no man would lose his life. That “God hath given thee (Paul) all them that sail with thee.” ***Notice the verb tense.***
All that sail with thee. Not all that **did** sail with thee, or all that **sailed** with thee..but all that SAIL with thee. ***Present tense.*** Now.

(There were 266 souls on board that ship. That number is equivalent to the number 5. ***2 + 6 = 8 + 6 = 14 = 1 + 4 = 5.*** The number 5 is the number of grace, as set forth in the scriptures.) Grace is given all who stay with Paul. Who do not jump ship. Paul tells the men who try to lower a life boat that if they DO leave that tempest tossed ship, that they will die. The men then cut the life boat ropes and stay with Paul.

He then advises them to “eat meat” for they have not eaten for two weeks at that point in time. And so, in the midst of the storm, the men receive meat and their strength is restored, as well as their hope of survival. (We, too are told that we need meat when struggling with the storms in our lives..that meat being provided to us as we read the Word of God and think upon it. Mull it over. Digest it. “Eat the book” as Daniel is told…it will be sweet on the tongue, and bitter in the stomach, as we begin to draw our sustenance from Him. As He gives us His strength while we face each trial and tribulation. As we apply those words to our very lives. The often…bitter truth.)

The crew rallies as their attitudes become changed and refreshed. They are “of good cheer” as they rid the ship of it’s baggage. After taking in this meat, their food…they “committed themselves to the sea” upping the sails and making for shore. They run aground. The fore- part of the ship is held fast. Stuck. The rear part is broken up. All who could swim are instructed to cast themselves into the sea and swim for it. The remaining grab boards, broken pieces of the ship…anything that would keep them afloat as they float towards land.

Paul tells them that no life will be lost of those who sail with him. All 266 aboard bear witness to his words; living to tell the tale. “They escaped all safe to land.”

Isn’t this Paul’s message even today, told us in his Epistles; when he says we will be judged by “his gospel” at the Bema Seat of Christ? That if we stay with him our lives will be saved?

Jesus Christ Himself told Paul “I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness BOTH of these things which thou hast seen and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee. Delivering thee from the people and from the Gentiles UNTO whom now I send thee.” Acts 20: 16-17 (Caps mine.)

His appointment was made after Christ arose. His instruction was different than that taught to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, who knew The Lord while He walked upon the earth. Only Paul teaches us who were once Gentiles, to follow him even as he follows Jesus Christ. Of course, this message also applies to the Jewish followers; as well as all believers in this age of grace. But Paul was sent specifically to the Gentiles, while Peter and his crew ministered to the believers in Jerusalem.

We can apply the lesson in Acts 27 to our situation in today’s world. Grace is given to those who believe and “stay” with Paul. Who follow Paul’s gospel. There are more than two or three witnesses found in scripture that attest to these words; this grace, this example which relates to the 266 saved and refers to the number 5 which pertains to grace.

There are 5 offerings in the Tabernacle in Leviticus. (These were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.)
5 women in Christ’s genealogy.
Romans 11: 5 and 6…grace is mentioned 5 times. Works…4 times. (4 is the number of the world.)
5 names of Jesus (Isaiah 9: 6)
5 “works of grace” (Romans )
5 senses in our bodies
5… Is also connected to death. There is no grace without a substitutionary death.

Oh…and those 14 days that the ship’s crew had fasted, until Paul told them to “be of good cheer” and to “eat meat”…equals 1+ 4 or….5.

It’s all about grace….and also…
Something for us…to “chew” upon, while He sets our faith-driven sails to follow the coordinates that will take us to the destination known only to Him.

Maranatha…
Louise Hudson

Disparity

Scenario:
You are an athlete. Perhaps a runner. Every day, you must practice in some way in order to maintain your body for the rigors particular to your sport. Stretching. Running. Mental focusing…in order to reach the goal of earning a gold medal or blue ribbon.
Your friend…is a scientist. Every day, he must perform certain tasks in order to maintain his keenness, his edge…in the laboratory. (More likely mental challenges as opposed to physical tasks.) Yet…he also has a goal. Perhaps it is to become a Nobel prize winner. Or to find the cure for a specific disease. Maybe it is to be the very best that he can be in his chosen field.
Both have goals in sight. Goals that will be reached by taking vastly different paths, by very committed people who share a commitment …to growing in their fields as they continually stretch themselves…reaching beyond their present level of function.
Now…consider the Body of Christ. If you are a believer in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; have confessed this belief to God the Father, you are now a member of that August Body of which Jesus Christ is the Head.
(1Corinthians 15:1-4)
A body is made up of many working parts. At the moment of our belief…we are assigned a working part of His Body. One of us is a hand. One of us is a cell. One is a visible part of the Body. Another…an invisible yet equally vital part of the Body.
An arm….must be trained and prepared to take on the responsibilities of this position. The Holy Ghost steps in…the part of the Holy Triad that occupies us in His temple on earth, while we rest in the hope of His coming for us.
The Holy Spirit…who seals us and marks us as belonging to The Lord. He begins to teach that arm how to move. How to lift. How to carry out every task required of an arm…perfectly. This learning does not happen overnight. It is a process.
A kidney…has a less visible role in the Body. It filters. Perhaps discards poisons that would contaminate the Body. Not an overt role, but a hidden, vital part of His Body. Again, the Holy Spirit steps in and reveals what is necessary for a kidney to know. The revelations will of necessity be different from the knowledge that an arm would need in order to carry out its level of function.
Yet; they need to work together in the confines of that growing Body, so that it achieves the purpose intended by the Lord above. In order to fulfill His Plan. To carry out His goals.
And so…if you, as an arm…meet me, as a kidney…will we be able to consider this difference in our spiritual knowledge? That it will be…disparate?
But that even if we do not or cannot see the end result right now, we must work to get along with each other? To function together? To put aside the silly denominational differences of religion that have been taught to us throughout our lives…stepping back to realize the bigger picture that is before us…the picture set forth by the Lord, and not the picture set forth by a man…whose Adamic ideas of scripture have led us this far, if we are part of an earthly congregation?
Are we in fact worshipping our denominations instead of our God? Are we allowing these earthly divisions to separate us from one another in the name of “religion” ie: one says Appollo taught me, one says Paul taught me” loosely translated from ……

1Co 1:12    Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

Is it that only after the rapture we can come together in truth, or can we grow enough in Him while living on earth (yet growing invisibly…spiritually…in the heavens…) to recognize and embrace our differences in Him…using the scripture as our base of adhesion instead of our “religion” as a separating force?
We are commanded to “come out of her, my people.”

Rev 18:4    And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Col 2:8    Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

We do not have much time to reach the limits of our prescribed growth…to ingest the Holy Spirit’s revelations…to yield completely to Him….to honor Him by acknowledging the terrible price He paid for our salvation through grace…to allow the world to see His brand…His “mark” upon our very soul. Our “mark” is Him in us.

Eph 4:30    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Eph 1:13    In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

And by doing this, we can come together as a true congregation of believers…secure in Him….following in faith…becoming who we are in Him….achieving His goals for us…growing consistently as we grow closer and more intimate with Him every moment of every day.
He has not left us here on our own…blindly following our own interpretation of His will for us….He has given us an example to follow. He designated an Apostle specifically for us, in this age of grace, in these end times.
This Apostle is the man who was grown from a high horse as Jesus Christ Himself, AFTER He rose from the dead….told him..Paul…just what he would have to endure as he gave his life over to becoming a new creature in Christ.
We are commanded to follow Paul “even as he follows Christ!”

1Co 11:1    Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

The Epistles tell us how to put aside things that separate us from one another, even as we separate ourselves from the world while we grow in Him.
We are to be “in the world” and not “of the world” …seeking each other out so that we can support each other while first glorifying The Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 12:2    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

I am convinced that the Holy Spirit brings people into our lives in order to test us. Some…believers. Some…not. How do we treat them? With love…with charity…like the Good Samaritan who truly loved his neighbor as himself?
Sometimes…this is the hardest part of faith. Loving those neighbors, despite how they present to us. Yet, beneath that outer crust…may just be lurking a “gland” who has not yet learned how to communicate with an “arm” in this time and space, in His Body.
Not every Christian has learned that his or her outward appearance should reflect his or her inward belief.
Remember. It is a process. This coming together. This humbling of our nature as we, who are new creatures in Him, learn how to see each other through the truth of His Word…through Him, who is…The Word!
Think about it. We were saved for a purpose. Pray that our diligent attention to scripture and to the “gentle as a dove” Spirit leading..will take us to the level of function demanded by the God who saved us. To our being part of that perfect Body which will mesh forever with it’s Perfect Head.
Maranatha …
Louise Hudson

Cornered

Are you boxed in and have nowhere to turn?
Is your human intelligence…your superb ability to solve problems…your self-sufficiency…failing you just when most needed?
Having had the same experience, please let this writer commiserate with you, while at the same time recognizing God’s hand in your life.
You see, we must reach the “end” of ourselves if we are to be disciples of The Lord Jesus Christ. HE tells us so.
Left to our own devices, we would NEVER give up those “qualities” that we believe have been so beneficial in our past experiences. Our pride…our vanity…would never stand still to accept those “blows” to our self sufficiency. Even though we think we have put all that behind us.
The Lord know us all too well, and so…HE puts us into a corner. Traps us. No obvious way out. Even paints that corner…black.
But, there IS a way out. All it involves is our recognizing our all-too-human condition. The admission of our self-failure. Finally KNOWING that we need Him to provide the exit from that blocked off space in which we find ourselves.
HE put us there. Why?
So that we would admit our need for Him in all things. Forcing us to rely totally on Him for release from that tight, choking place that holds us.
Let’s see what happens, the moment that we ask Him to take over…admitting our own failure.
Suddenly…a neon, bright path opens in front of us; outlined with airport-worthy landing lights edging each side of it. At the same time, HE firmly takes our hand, and leads us out of the corner where He had placed us…as He waited for just for this moment to occur.
He leads us to safety.
HIS safety. HIS way. Fulfilling HIS promise to us that HE will never leave us, nor forsake us. (By the way…walking in HIS will makes for many less cornering experiences in our lives.)
Remember the apostle Peter? When he walked on water…going toward Jesus? When did he begin to sink! When he took his eyes off of The Lord. When he began to “take in” the fury of the elements surrounding him.
Such a lesson for us…for we need to look at these scriptural examples and bring them forward into the year 2014, applying them with discernment to the circumstance causing our distress.
The entire Book of life (the Bible) is there for our learning and for teaching us about how The Lord wants to rule our lives.
Our souls are with Him even now….but our bodies still walk the earth as we pilgrims set an example to those around us…giving God the glory for each and every “corner escape” that He provides.
Stand firm. Be still. Let Him run the show. Let Him…lay out His awesome safety net all around us.
It is all encompassing. The holes are too small for us to ever slip through. He promised.
Maranatha…
Louise Hudson

References: Deuteronomy, Hebrews, Matthew, 2nd Timothy, Philippians.

The BOOK

We are commanded to worship one God only; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Where do we learn about this God of ours?

In the “chapters” of the Old Testament, where His relationship with His chosen people Israel is spelled out and delineated. Where we learn about the very beginnings of the world, and about His Son, Jesus Christ who is the One that holds all things together; for He is the “glue” of all created matter.

We learn that there are three Gods in the Godhead…the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

We come to understand that there is terrible punishment meted out to those who do not follow His rules. For those who are in unbelief.

We watch as Israel falls into and out of favor…grievous sins committed, yet ultimate forgiveness, from a merciful God.

And then we look at the New Testament. Full of grace and forgiveness. Most people develop a picture of an almost effeminate God who is circled by angels with flapping wings. (By the way..nowhere in the bible are we told that angels have wings. The Cherubim have them, but angels appear as men. They are male. No wings. If one passed you in the street today, you would not look twice. An example of just how human they look, is depicted when Lot is rescued from Sodom.)

But then..to learn this, one must read the chapters in the Old Testament that tell us this. Those chapters are for our learning.

Our bible is ONE book! With 66 chapters. If we do not understand what led up to the grace extended us in this age, how can we understand or know the God whom we worship? What is written in the OT is being repeated in the spiritual realm today. Those battles continue, but we cannot see them as they are being fought, for they are invisible to us. Those awful punishments meted out were from the very same God who loves us today.

When Jesus Christ gave up the Ghost, the temple curtain was split in half, vertically. It was “rent” in twain; this curtain that guarded the way to the sacred inner room; the Holy of Holies. The room that we, as believers in this age, have free access to without first having to slay an animal and have a priest sprinkle the blood of that animal on the Mercy seat for our purification. Only one priest was allowed into that sacred place, representing the Nation of Israel as He asked forgiveness for their sins.

But now, all of us who believe have free access individually…to the inner Holy place through the blood that is now on the Mercy Seat. The blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the one time sacrifice that puts to an end to the need for never-ending, temporary cleansing rites. The blood is now there permanently. Eternal cleanliness for us. We are washed and purified in that blood through our faith; belief that Jesus is the Son of God; that He died for All sinners (that would be us) and rose again three days after, now living and sitting at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.!.!

When we hear of our Lord today, from most preachers and teachers, we have half a picture of Him. Yes…He is love. Yes, He forgives us. But “woe” to the deceivers. “Woe” to the unbelievers. Read, in the chapters of the Old Testament what the word “woe” denotes.

We learn that our God is gentle, and loving. We learn that He is absolute in His authority, and when His patience wears thin, is capable of and will use the harshest of punishments against the guilty parties. Thus, He is All in All. The God of all the ages. The wrathful and the loving combined.

***When we have only a half picture of our Lord…are we worshipping an idol? A man-conceived version of the real thing?***

Why does Paul tell us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling? Why would we tremble in front of this gentle and caring God?

Because we need to recognize His Power. To bring together in our minds His true nature.

He spells it put for us. In His Book.

Israel was, and will be again His chosen earthly group. Read what happened to them, because of their unbelief. They are “Low-Ammi” right now. God has turned His Face from them, in order to look with grace upon us, who were once “far” from Him. When we were mere Gentiles. Dogs.

But. After the Rapture, after the “church, the body of Christ” is called up and taken from this earth…after we meet Christ in the clouds from where He will call us; His full attention will once more be upon the Nation Israel…those people, the Jews…who were, and will be once more “the Apple of His eye.”

There is yet to follow their payment of a seven year debt they owe God for their past disobedience; the coming Tribulation. It is written that it will be the most horrible of times, and we are promised that we will be spared because of our faith in His Son.

1 Thessalonians 1: 9-10

9For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”

How do we learn of these things?

By reading the Old Testament with discernment and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who teaches us all things.

When that curtain shielding the Holiest of Holies was “rent in twain”…so was the 400 year division between the Old and New Testament.

If the bible was esteemed as One Book with 66 chapters, it might be more difficult for the current wolves masquerading as sheep or even as “leaders” of the flock, to twist their words so as to gain a following for themselves.

It is up to each of us, with the Spirit’s lead to investigate each word we hear from the pulpit, or from a self proclaimed bible teacher, or a podcast, TV or radio show in order to determine if there is truth in their voices..or, are these people “empty clouds with no rain” who can provide no cleansing for their “followers” as we read in:

2 Peter 2: 1-3

1But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

3And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

No one chapter or section of the Bible lives on it’s own. All are tied together with a blood-red ribbon.

We must remember this, that the Father who adopted us when we were yet sinners..firstly named the Jewish people as His chosen ones.

We are adopted men and women who can claim acceptance into that family of God.

Adopted, which means chosen. Just as the Jews were first chosen for His earthly family, we have been chosen for His spiritual family and are spiritually connected to Abraham and Sarah.

How do we learn of this?

We start reading on the first page of the Book. And then the second. And then on and on.

How else can we learn about how grace was bestowed upon us when His chosen people refused the Christ, their Messiah….how God temporarily turned His back on them, and we were granted the opportunity to come into that Royal family.

How can we know that because of their temporary God-given blindness to the gospel message, we who were not His became His!

How can we realize that a debt is owed to the Nation Israel. If they HAD accepted their Messiah, well: the Kingdom would have come; the Tribulation would have occurred, and we would have been cast into eternal hell without a chance for salvation.

There is only one way. Think about it. Open that ONE book. It all points to One. Jesus Christ.

My prayer is that we who believe will open our eyes and minds even further by asking that the Holy Spirit takes us through the Book; revealing the knowledge necessary for our continued growth in Him!

One Book. Just as we who follow Him are of one mind. Invisibly joined together for all of eternity.

Read.

We are His alone. We are One, in Christ. By Grace.

We must respect that Giver of Grace by accepting Him for Who He truly is. A Father who has demonstrated through His Word that He punishes severely those who go against Him. A merciful Father who loves us. We must recognize and humbly respect His power.

The Bible tells us so.

Maranatha….

Louise Hudson

“Thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree (Rom 11:17).”

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: but now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; in whom [Christ] ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit (Eph 2:12-13, Eph 2:19, Eph 2:22).”

“Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise (Gal 4:26, Gal 4:28).”