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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**

 

Respect

In Romans13:1, we are commanded to be “subject unto the higher powers, for there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained by God.”

Every single leader of every single Nation today….is a leader because he or she is placed there by The LORD. He…appointed, appoints and will appoint… ALL those who are in authority.

Scripture shows us not only what has happened in the past: it (or rather He) highlights current events; and then tells us what is going to happen in the future. Often within the same verse, as revealed by the Holy Spirit within us.

Why then are we surprised when we see how National borders are being ignored…how the Creation is erupting all around us…how…the “good old days” are gone forever? We see the carnage, the abuse, the afflicted surrounding us, the sad state of affairs in knowing that our children…our grandchildren…will never experience the freedoms we had…NOT all that long ago.

Then we read the articles which expound on the events of the day…those same articles often using strong language which is directed against our heads of State. Now, if we are told to pray for our leaders…how can we, with the same breath…curse them for their actions?

Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Our dues MUST be paid, without resistance to God’s command.

In the book of Jude, it says…when speaking of false teachers…

Jud 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

If the Archangel Michael did not make accusations against Satan, but instead called upon the Lord to “rebuke” him….if Jesus Christ Himself did not rail against Satan, but instead referred back to the scriptures when being offered the world (in Matthew 4…HE says “it is written” as He uses scripture in response to His temptation)….if the Apostle Paul apologized when he unknowingly lashed out against the “high Priest”….

Act 23:3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? 4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest? 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

Who then are we then…to use our words against those who have been appointed by God to fulfill His will? We have excellent examples placed in front of us for our edification and learning…in the OT and in the NT…where men, and even the man-God Jesus… were being attacked personally by “dignitaries” ….and refused to use their tongues to retaliate, instead relying on the Word to take care of the business at hand.

Jas 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
God says that vengeance is His. Words can kill. (Look at how His Word is…. a Sword…in the big battle to come!)

Can you imagine what lies ahead….for those who choose to “speak evil of the ruler of thy people?”

Please….pray for our leaders. We are commanded to do so. Our Christian maturity is displayed…in how we carry out His will in this Age of Grace.

What we do..the word we choose….is a reflection upon OUR appointment here… our ambassadorship…our assignment from above. That assignment, which signifies just how we are to magnify HIM in all our actions. Even in the private moments of prayer.

Maranatha….

Louise

Vipers in the Woodpile

image “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.” Acts 28:3 Just as we go through our daily lives….stoking the fires that keep us warm, tending to daily tasks, fueling the strength needed in order to meet the demands of each day….out comes the viper to strike us when we are the most vulnerable. Reaching out, unthinkingly, to perform an act that provides comfort for us and for those in our care…we get bitten.

What has “bitten” you, fellow in Christ? Is it Cancer? Or perhaps an even more debilitating illness? (Yes, there are diagnoses that are more catastrophic than Cancer. But they are not as well known, and so, not in public awareness.)

Have you been struck with the loss of a job? The loss of a loved one? (The loss of a loved one does not have to be through death…many of us have watched our families leave us because of our belief in the Living God.)

The list goes on and on, for the viper takes many forms. It afflicts us. It assails us. It attacks our already decaying physical bodies. It sinks it’s teeth into our thinking, and injects the poison which produces evil thoughts…when our guard is down. (Are you “addicted?” No…you are…”afflicted!”)

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Only by leaning fully upon the strong arm of our Lord can we manifest the strength to “shake it off” just like Paul did…(as an aside…this is yet another euphemism that comes from the scriptures!) … as we read about this telling example written down for us.

By remaining steadfast (in Paul’s case; continuing to tend to the fire, in the midst of the rain, the cold, being a prisoner, enduring a ship-wreck, being surrounded by “barbarians” ) as he resolutely feeds the fire despite the “discomfort” of being….”snake-bit” he shows us that we too, can serve as a witness to those who surround us.

Act 28:4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. 28:5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

He went on to heal many who were ill on that Island of Malta as he spread the good news of The Gospel…fulfilling God’s purpose for him in those less-than-ideal circumstances.

There is never….a perfect scenario for carrying out the plan which is in place for those of us who have elected to move closer to our Lord and Savior. As our bodies become more debilitated, so do our spirits grow stronger in Him. They are in the process of becoming “like Him” as we walk….The Walk.

The world sees our illnesses as “punishment” but we who are in Christ know…that the obvious visible physical decay is but the sign that our Potter is busy with molding a stronger, invisible part of us which will endure forever…when we see our heritage come to fruition in living eternally with The Living God. His purpose is being carried out while our bodies diminish…our example, like that of Paul…providing the unbelieving world with a glimpse of the Very God Who lives within us.

Never give up.

Yield..only to Him.

Keep your focus on Christ Jesus. Let His arms carry you. He is carrying all of us with awesome power that will result in… His glory! And that, dear friend…is what we were originally made for, way back in the Garden of Eden.

Maranatha….

Louise
(This is written by a woman who has experienced the “Big C” firsthand; and who cared for her husband, in their home…until he was claimed by the ravages of the same disease. Brave…she is not. Every little strength comes from above…straight from The Source…of all life.)

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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Job description to be determined by the particular talents given the successful bidder when accepted into The Firm.
Pre-requisites are that an applicant must whole-heartedly accept and believe, by faith…that the Founder’s Son was sent here on a previous occasion…that He suffered, was crucified, died and was then resurrected…living still, while seated at the right hand of God The Father Almighty. (He is…The Boss.)
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(The Three Top Leaders work very closely together: God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit. In fact, even though being three separate entities, they are often described as being One. That is just how closely they interact as they carry out the duties of The Family Organization; how mutually “in-step” They are as they move forward in achieving the goals that were drawn up before this world was even created.)
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.)
You cannot be fired from your position, which grants you eternal security and a coming life that cannot be described, for the glory of it all. Walking and talking every day with the triumvirate God… Actually, with all Three representatives of that God-Head Trinity…is an additional benefit offered to Their people. The Father. (Our Leader.) The Son (Our Salvation.) The Holy Spirit (our inspirer and the translator of ALL Company policies.)

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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.
He…will then introduce us to His Father. Our God. Our Father, as well…since we have been formally adopted (once obtaining our position in the Family Business…) and can claim sibling-ship with The Son….Christ Jesus.
The pay rate, or the reward system..is based upon how we carry out our lives after joining the Company. Is what we are doing for God’s glory? To show Him in all we do? If so…there is a reward coming, in the form of a crown. Much like the Bema Seat award system of old…our actions, our works…will be assessed and graded with the application of fire….the “good stuff” surviving the flames…the “stuff” we did in order to glorify ourselves…burnt up like the chaff that it is. No reward.
There will be many who receive no bonuses. They will not lose their salvation, as per the original job description….but they will be quite sorrowful at all the lost opportunities for bringing glory to the Founder…the Father…through the ultimate sacrifice of The Son…who did all to satisfy The Father’s will…and sadder yet that they refused to accept the Company Policy written by the Apostle Paul…who spelled out, in minute detail…just how to achieve the highest, most valuable rewards.
Rapid advancement is obtainable through the guidance of the Holy Spirit…the Entity who alone lifts the veil of understanding to those who wish to become closer as well as more like the Home Office Directors. The eager, avid, passionate employee WILL be moved ahead.
(However, just as gains are being made in the invisible realm…the physical realm will begin showing a deficit. Family members, friends, cohorts will not understand your passion nor your belief in such an invisible Organization. As such…they will feel threatened by your presence, for your very body exudes The Spirit Who now takes up space in your inner being. They will turn their backs…you will be scorned. By those who you thought were your closest. Your children. Parents. Husbands. Wives. Much like was endured by The Son during His stay on earth…for, we are following in His footsteps. And so…will suffer His pain.

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.”
Bottom line: a peace which knows no human understanding…..will overtake you when your application is approved. A certain joy..will invade your heart. A love…an agape love, which is not an emotional thing, but a love that emanates from within…will be evident for all people. Regardless of who they are. (This is the evidence of the Holy Spirit within you….Who has now sealed you forever into this Family Business.)
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.
(Oh, and by the way…the successful applicant must be prepared for the unusual…the supernatural occurrences that will now be a part of daily life. Even dreams will be affected…dreams that must be searched out in the Manual in order to verify their origins. Unusual people will enter your life. Be sure to talk to The Father about these things…to Abba (Poppa, Daddy, as He says we can call Him)…for this relationship goes far beyond that of the usual employer/employee interaction ..His door is always open…His Son…being that door…who by His sacrifice (which you can read of in the Manual) made all of this possible for those of us who once were considered….inappropriate, less than human…unable to become part of The Family because of our innate heathenous qualities.
Does any other business/company/organization come close to offering what is being presented here? (Albeit with many omissions. Because only His Word..the bible…the Manual for His Organization…fully describes the options, the benefits….the total security one achieves after obtaining the “job” that you chose to apply for.)
There is even a “new you” created….a complete make-over of the highest quality.
The…MOST important career choice you will ever make.

Maranatha…
Louise

louhdsn2013-a@yahoo.com

Additional Company Policies:

All benefits are paid by the Master Plan; No premiums necessary for Health care; Life Insurance – automatically enrolled, no deductions made; Injury Compensation – covered 24/7 whether sleeping or awake.

Perks:
– An army of Angels to guard you in all your ways
– No references needed, or Proof of ID.
– Your past history will not count against you
References:
Acts 22:10
1Timothy 1:1
Ephesians 1:1
Ephesians 3:14-17
Galatians 3: 6-14
Galatians 3:29
1 Corinthians 15: 1-4
1 Thessalonians 4: 14-18

Questions

Are you caught in the despair of trying to, say….curb an over-active food-craving appetite that seems to grow more voracious, the more you “work” on the problem?
Well, take your eyes, and so your concentration off of the “problem!” Climb out of that downward spiraling vortex. Your own strength means nothing here. Take the Hand offered to you…climb into the Lap waiting for you….nestle yourself against the God holding you…and give yourself over to Him. He will provide. He will conquer…in His time. Not only is the rest of the world watching to see how we deal with the “hand dealt us”…but the scriptures tell us that the angels are watching as well!

*******1Pe 1:12    Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
“The angels didn’t know how God’s plan for our redemption would be accomplished but were intensely curious about it as well. In essence Peter said that they learn by watching how God works with us.” gracethrufaith.com)*******

Keep your eyes on only Him, and the rest will fall into place!

Does your mind tell you that you are worthless, and that not even God could love you?
Well…without Him…you/we are. But always remember that He looks upon those who are His and sees only His Son, for we are covered in the Blood of Christ.

*******Col 3:3    For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.*******

Whenever you meet with a fellow believer do you come home and berate yourself for having said all the wrong things…for maybe coming across in everything you said as a “scriptural know-it-all?” Or feeling that you portrayed yourself as being “holier than thou?”
Tell God about it! Put these thoughts into the non-stop, unceasing conversation that we have with Him every day. Let Him take the perceived guilt away.

*******Rom 5:1    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:*******

*******Php 4:8    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.*******

Does your excitement at finding a “believer” overcome the evidence of Godly humility within you? Do you verge on actually jumping up and down in excitement as you face each other? Is your proverbial foot in your proverbial mouth at the most in-opportune times?
Forgiveness. Just as we receive forgiveness from Him…we must learn to forgive ourselves.
Take a deep breath. Allow the Spirit to bring the following verse to your mind, before you speak.

*******Php 4:5    Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.*******

Do your very prayers seem self serving…not knowing exactly just what you should be praying for?
Remember that the Holy Spirit knows what you need. And prays in words unintelligible to human ears the truth of our wants and our deepest needs.

*******Rom 8:26    Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27    And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.*******

Do we meet with a person who claims to be a believer and walk away with our spiritual teeth clenched; not being able to reach a point of agreement in our discussion about things spiritual?
How hard it is to remember that we are all at different stages of “knowing” and understanding His Word. As well as being placed we-don’t-know-where in the anatomy of His Body.

*******1Co 12:4    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6    And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7    But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.*******

Are we cast down after offering God’s word to a person who blatantly rejects hearing the words from the scriptures? Perhaps a seed has been planted.
As Paul said…..

*******1Co 3:6    I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7    So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8    Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9    For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.*******

How about “loving our neighbors as ourselves?” (For in this act…are all the commandments met.)
We hear the same complaints over and over…hear unkind words…..see unkind acts….help in situations without ever receiving a word of thanks….just think how He is nurturing our patience, understanding, forbearance; while we are quelling our Adamic instincts and instead following Christ’s plan.
In all of these instances, you are not alone. We are not alone. And as such…must remember to reach out to each other in support…not as an “expert” in this invisible battle which is waged within us every day…but as an invisible brother/sister and compatriot who might live in a distant land…in a different country….in a differently toned skin….in a different educational strata….enduring different trials and pain…but placing first our Leader, for whom the battle is fought; our allegiance to Him…and then our unity with each other while we are still on earth.

This writer has faith that at least one person who needs to read these words of support will do so. Our faith is in our unseen Saviour and in His Father, who is our God. He tells us that there is an entire “body’s” worth of the faithful who are out there even now, unseen and not recognizable when trying to discern with our earthly eyes. He also tells us that each have different duties which cannot be understood by us as we try to “mesh” with each other; one who is a foot….might be trying to understand one who is, say….an endocrine gland. (!) Each person has revelation from the Holy Spirit that enhances his or her role in the Royal Scheme of Things.
Paul tells us that even with these differences, we are yet one body of Christ, of which Jesus is the Head.

*******Php 3:20    For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:*******

And so….as a member of that August Body…this writer prays that the Spirit of God is filling you with that deep peace only He can provide, as we go about our daily duties and attempt to live a life that is pleasing to our God while we grow in Him, and also grow….like Him. That God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The same God who appointed Paul of Tarsus to be our Apostle. This Paul, who tells us how we should live by emulating him, as he emulates Christ Jesus all throughout the Pauline Epistles: words inspired by the Holy Spirit; placed in the Holy Bible for our eyes to see and slowly understand as the Spirit sees fit.

*******Rom 8:1    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.*******

Dear God…please save us from ourselves, and from our own self-condemnation. Help us to remember that the Holy Spirit is leading us…if we but let him. All revelation of your Word is through Him…in Jesus’ name…amen.

Peace….and Maranatha….
Louise Hudson

The Form of the Trial

(This writer had just come to the realization that she was holding onto bits and pieces of her past life “talents”: those that were hers prior to becoming a Disciple of Yeshua. The ensuing discussion had centered around the fact that surrendering these things will certainly lead to more surveillance from the adversary because the Holy Spirit will be acquiring more “space” in her mortal envelope! Satan notices these things. And so…the article below is written in response to that discussion about the trials and tribulations endured by those of us in the Faith; how the trials, testing will increase as we draw closer to The Lord and our relationship with Him deepens and matures.)

As Paul says in 1 Timothy……..
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

It’s the anticipation of awaiting the form that the trial will take…but then, perhaps this too is a trial…for even anticipation removes one’s eyes from the eternal.

You see… In my own experience, I had given up all my overt old habits…with just a few “little” slips into the creative world. (There was a dream. In it, I was told that I could either be “wise In the word” or…really good in my craftsmanship. That they could not mix. I chose “wisdom.” And then was told that a lot of sorrow would accompany the “wisdom” selection. I kept that choice anyway. The dream ended abruptly.)

I have/had a passion for baking and cooking…I love the chemistry of it all…and it took up a large part of my time. “But God”… really gave me the message that this should all be in the past. Not just this cooking thing…but all past passions, talents…for, when I start to do anything, it becomes all-absorbing. I completely lose track of time. And then…I am not focused on Him!!!

This all hit me only last week. Listening to a teaching, the Holy Spirit made some of the words dance in front of my eyes. It only took three years to completely get through to me, for I am a slow study. He is now providing all my food. (The cooking and baking and eating time has already been taken from me. That was the first…)

He is making circumstances such that I must lean on Him for everything. Had a nifty idea for a bracelet for my granddaughter…started with the beads and the jewelry tools…and yet another “message” hit me between the eyes. I could not finish it, and must also put that in the past. I had a week of mourning.

Yet, I dabbled here and there in various projects…small ones….and The Lord had patience…but showed me that I am wrong. Like…well, just reading about the newest recipes isn’t really bad…but it is, for my eyes have taken in my old nemesis and a yearning begins to grow and to just “try” that recipe…and old Satan has successfully convinced me that it is just a “little” time I am giving that recipe. Satan 1, Louise 0.

The touchdown still to be determined, for words are cheap and actions must now be the determining factor. The leaven has to go. That yarn is leaven. The card stock is leaven. The beads and the tools..the reading of recipes…all leaven, for they draw me back to doing “small” projects. And I have “winked” at the small diversions.

I know that we have already won the battle. Satan has already been condemned…he is just awaiting his formal imprisonment. The war was won at the resurrection. And we are on the winning side for our faith is strong in our Saviour. And yet, every day old Adam creeps in…for the things I do not want to do…I do.

Our walk is blameless, for God looks down on us and sees only His Son. But I want to be a friend of God. Which means a closer walk. Which points to Enoch who walked with Him in the evenings and then was taken up…much like we will be in the soon Rapture. We are in the evening now…the walk must be tighter, closer, and more submissive and that; only through the Spirit’s strength…not our own.

It is funny…many who I have admired in the past…we would get together in the evenings and talk. When I worked. We would stay after hours and just talk. The evenings have always been very special to me. And those other people seemed to fit into the mold. End of the day. Cool of the evening. Put the tasks of the day to rest. Clean up. Physically and mentally.

THIS evening…the one in which we now live…is the most special. Which means every day we who share various portions of His body should also share these moments of revelation…for it often seems that writers have it all under control, and are not affected by the daily poisonous barbs thrown at them by the adversary.

HE does not just change one’s life completely…but still gives many choices and options while the growing process continues.

Maybe this will help a fellow believer who wonders why his or her fellowship with Christ is not progressing…the the Spirit will latch those eyes of that person onto this article. Much as HE took hold of me over the past several weeks.

Doesn’t all of this sound silly? Candy eggs and knitting yarn and making jewelry. Printing and developing themes and using many different color techniques to achieve the design. Molding and working clay. All of it…goes. A sense of relief is building in me, for the “cleaning out” makes room for incoming tools of the new trades. The new talents. Some as yet unknown.

How thankful we are to know Him, yet more thankful to know He knows us.

Maranatha…
Louise Hudson

2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
**And He said unto me, “MY grace is sufficient for thee; for MY strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak…then I am strong.**

Reaching Out

A lot is happening in the world today…wars, hostilities, natural disasters, Nations warring against Nations; brothers fighting against brothers.
It is easy for those of us who are not exposed to these horrors to overlook the desperate situations in which some our fellows in Faith are living, be they enduring physical onslaught, or mental anguish while the god of this world has his way during these end times.
(In the Epistles, Paul reminds us that we who believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins; was resurrected and now lives …are part of a New Creature. A “third” race upon this earth.
We are not Jews, Gentiles, males nor females…in HIM…because we are joined together in the body of Christ…that body of which Christ is the Head.) (1)
As such, we have a duty to each other; to look out for each other, to support each other; to lovingly reach out to and comfort each other while the trials and tribulations of our lives are being played out.
This writer cannot imagine who will be reading the words posted here. In what country a reader may be living. Their reasons for searching out these articles; perhaps only for the knowledge that there are others in this world who belong to Jesus’ Family, some who are isolated, physically alone, relying on the Holy Spirit for all things, yet to whom a word of assurance from another of God’s own…might provide a warming bit of comfort. A “virtual” holy kiss (5) just as the congregants of old greeted each other.
That thought brings to mind the situation of Elijah when he ran to the cave in the mountains; weeping, defeated and thinking he was the only believer left on the face of the earth. (He ran for about 150 miles, forty days and forty nights after eating the meal provided by the Angel of The Lord. Such was the strength given him in his time of torment.)
But God…(ah..those words…) told him differently. There was a remnant preserved in His name, as there always is. True believers who had not bowed to the god of the world. (2)
Was this truth revealed in thundering storm or in the wind??? No. It was revealed in a still, small voice. No drama. A calm, quiet voice that we who believe must train ourselves to hear. A quiet communication. Perhaps not revealed in words alone, but through creation itself.
A prayer is sent up that all of you who are HIS and are in danger; that all with whom the enemy is “engaging” in a fearsome battle will remember to keep all eyes upon Jesus! Intently listening for that quiet “voice.” No matter what is happening! HE will give you the strength you need to see things through at the exact moment that HIS strength and sustenance is needed.
Not too early. Not too late. Exactly on time. It is almost like walking off the edge of a cliff. Placing that trust in HIM which His love and grace imbues us with..knowing that a net is there, catching us as we live out the faith we profess as we display to the world in these moments of crisis…just where our hope lies. (Even like Peter, when he sank into the sea while walking upon the water. Peter; sinking because he took his eyes off of our Lord.) He became aware of the pounding waves and the screaming winds all around him. He became aware of the world! And in losing sight of the invisible, now seeing the visible, he was no longer relying on faith. He..was… sunk!!!
This can happen to us if we lose our focus by looking away from HIM. If we do not pray for that unspeakable strength and power available to those who are HIS! To us…who are adopted into His family.
By thinking only of Jesus, fearsome thoughts cannot invade our mind. We will have the POWER of the very God available to us, fulfilling the promises of the scriptures meant for the true believer. (3)
And so, this is written with a mind for the oppressed, abused and downtrodden members of HIS Royal Family. Wherever you are. You are His body the church. Not a brick and mortar building…but that invisible, heavenly living body of souls who have chosen to accept the free gift of grace in these trying times.
We are all together. We cannot see each other, nor are we privy to actually knowing just who is truly worshiping the triune God. So we communicate to each other by way of devices provided to us…computer, web page, email…enabled to reach out in order that we share the scriptures; fortifying our hope in Christ…the Blessed Hope, reminding our brethren that soon, HE will be calling us to come up there with Him. The Rapture is very near.
Many prayers are with you…please know that others are on their knees, asking that God’s mercy be shown you; that He reach down and comfort you, letting you know at whatever is happening is but for a short time in the overall scene of things. Reminding us that the promise of the eternity to come, to be spent in HIS presence…is far greater than the ills that the world can inflict upon us. These trials are also sent in order to harden us. To give us steel in our backbone. Just as coal becomes a diamond, so are we on the path to, well…becoming a pure white clear beautiful stone. Enduring, surviving the heat and pressure needed for our final refinement.
Jesus prayed that we were not to be taken out of the trials…but asked God that we would be given the tools needed to survive those trials. (Remember when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were bound and thrown into that fire; flames so intense that the guards accompanying them were burnt to a crisp …those teenagers then being observed to be moving amidst the flames with a fourth man who seemed as “the son of God?” The men outside those flames were killed by the heat. Yet, those young Jewish men walked within the same flames, stepping out of the furnace, clothing and bodies pristine, unsinged… all the while proclaiming their loyalty to the living God. At the exact moment that those men needed fire “insurance”…they were given all the protection they needed; surviving a horrific trial…their hearts did not fail them as they gave God the glory.) (4)
They had faith.
Faith. Belief in the unseen.
We know, because He has told us…that God always has a remnant, and that those of us who truly worship Him are a part of this small group. ( A part of His family, after we were re-born and given Divine DNA.) And as such should know that there are others out there…reaching out in love and charity to each other. And so the need to stand firm; stay focused, stay calm…stand resolved in our reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ is brought into sharp relief.
We are bound together in His power. (5)
May the peace of God, which knows no human understanding…keep your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus!
Maranatha….even so Lord, come quickly….

Louise Hudson

“Even spiritual comforts are not given us for our use alone; they, like all the gifts of God, are given that they may be distributed, or become instruments of help to others. A minister’s trials and comforts are permitted and sent for the benefit of the Church.” (Clarke)

1 Cor 12:13, 14 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For the Body is not one member, but many.”

(2) 1 Kings 8:12 “and after the earthquake a fire; but The Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still, small voice.”

(3) 2 Cor 4:8-11 “we are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of The Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”

(4) Daniel 3:25 “he answered and said…Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

(5) 2 Cor 13:11, 12 “Finally brethren, farewell. Be perfect; be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with a Holy kiss.”

The River Jordan

When reading the Old Testament, have you ever thought about the fact that…the words written are but a shadow of the New Testament?

“In the Old Testament concealed….in the New Testament revealed.”
While listening to a preacher speaking about the River Jordan, (Jordan means “descender” in Hebrew) he mentioned that the River itself mirrors the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It also speaks of the Triune God whom we worship.

Now, you might have made that connection, through the Holy Spirit’s guidance. (But for this writer, it is a new discovery. A wonderful moment, as the portent of those words sunk in, and still sink in.)

Mount Hermon. The Northern limit of Israel’s land as given them by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The same God that we who believe…worship today. The mountain that Jesus and His disciples climbed; where they stayed overnight, climbing up from Caesarea Phillipi at its base. As such, the probable place of the Transfiguration. A mountain that could be seen from any place in Israel.

In the extra biblical books of Enoch and Jubilee…the fallen angels who “mingled” their seed with earthly women…producing the Nephilim…(the ones who taught humans all about wizardry and astrology with a “y” on the end of it)…came down upon this mountain, as well. It seems that different “sides” of that mountain were occupied by these “leavenly indoctrinators” of the human race.

(Isn’t it surprising…that Satan would choose the very same mountain to create evil…to house his evil “watchers…” that Jesus chose for good? Do you suppose he was trying to tarnish Jesus’ miracle on that same mountain, years later? Hmmm.)

In any case…the four springs which feed this River begin at the top of Mt. Hermon. (Four, biblically speaking, is the number of the day that the material world was completed in Genesis. It signifies earthly completeness. There were 4 rivers flowing out of Paradise. Jesus’ genealogy stems from Judah..the fourth tribe.)

These springs run into three major rivers which then form the Jordan River. Three rivers. Symbolic of our Triune God. The waters that wash us in His Word…clean us…are visible in the very beginnings of the Jordan River.

John the Baptist did his work of conversions…at the Jordan River. (Salvation, in his time, before the resurrection…depended upon repentance and baptism.) Those waters cleansed the new believer. Jesus was Himself baptized here…in order to fulfill the prophecies of old.
Elijah ascended to heaven from the side of the Jordan River. (2 Kings 2: 2-14) Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan…into the Promised Land. Two more shadows of our Lord.

The River continues on, into marshy land. Sometimes impenetrable land. The young years of our Lord are not described in the Bible. They are, as a whole…hidden from our view. It continues down through a rocky gorge, before entering Galilee. Our Lord had a difficult childhood. He was the brunt of drunkards’ songs and insults. His family did not recognize Him for who He was. He was scorned. He was considered “illegitimate.” Truly…a rocky time in a young life.
Then…the river flows into the Galilee. Where Jesus spent most of His ministry.

The Jordan then drains into the…Dead Sea. The lowest place on earth. Symbolic of His death and three day descension into “hell.” The place of the dead. And prior to the resurrection…the place of all who had died. Even those who died in faith. (In separate quarters, of course.) What happens to that water now emptying into the Dead Sea? It evaporates, and ascends into clouds…raining down when the atmosphere is just right for it to do so…thus re-hydrating the earth.

Our Lord…rose into heaven. From the lowest place…to the highest place from which He now looks down upon us, seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty…interceding for us…in-dwelling us through the third person of the Triune God…the Holy Ghost. From where our blessings flow. Our cleansing waters. The waters that make us presentable to The Father. The waters which are given to us in…the Word of God. Given to us through His book…the Holy Bible.

There is no way that this writer can note all the shadows that this River…this waterway of scripture…reveals to us, through the the living word of the living God. How everything written in this Book…points to The Lord Jesus Christ. The River Jordan. Mount Hermon. Mount…Zion.

Open your Bible, asking God to grant you the honor of the Spirit’s guidance and edification. Ask to have HIM fill you.

Read a chapter. Sit back and let the words sink in. They will not be understood at first glance. It is a…”digesting” process. Based on your own, personal “metabolism!” Determined by the Spirit…our “thyroid”…representative.

Remember to say “grace” before partaking…it is the best meal you will ever, ever dine upon.

Maranatha…

Louise Hudson…in His Service.

(Below are several verses listed, of many available…which contain references pertaining to the above article.)

Genesis 13:10 “Lot looked about him, and saw that the plain of the Jordan was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord”

Deuteronomy 4:48 From Aroer, which [is] by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion..which is Mt. Hermon….”

Joshua 12:1 Now these [are] the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:

Psalms 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, [and as the dew] that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, [even] life for evermore.

John 1:32-34 And John (the Baptist) testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

(The three persons of the Trinity are described here…God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit!)

Song of Solomon 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, [my] spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

Genesis 32:22-28 Joshua 3:15-17