A Friend’s Comfort

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Job’s wife’s suffering (except for the painful sores) was just as keen as Job’s.

She had lost just as much, and her angry advice to Job is completely understandable: “Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9).

Yet even in Job’s response, he “did not sin in what he said” (v. 10).

He merely noted that she spoke “like a foolish woman,” implying that he knew her character to be noble.

The text also highlights the fact that Job’s friends truly did sympathize with his situation and were there to provide genuine comfort (v. 11). But Job’s wife and his friends couldn’t fathom that he was part of a cosmic battle they didn’t comprehend.

In this life, certain things will remain beyond our understanding. Perhaps someone close to you faces some unanswerable questions. Who might need your quiet presence today?

Quote Thaddeus 8, 2018

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”

James Joyce

Many people think certain ways of thinking are of a particular philosophy or religion.

There are things/thoughts that are similar in humanity because of Elohim.

There is the Thinking of Elohim or the Way Elohim thinks.

Different cultures, religions, people totally separate from each other may have similar thoughts, does not mean that the one who spoke or wrote it first is the Author of such thinking.

For the Lord places His thoughts and desires in hearts and minds open to receiving such.

In times of copyright/intellectual right/trademark infringement, explains why it is important to keep up on the laws of it.

One i know of is whoever commercially used it first, there is another one where all that matters is that one document the time and date such a thought came. Another is, whoever paid for the right first, is the one who gets it.

In an expanding world, no longer just where you live, in your culture, your country, do such ideas exist.

And there are many people out there who cannot/do not receive such thinking/thoughts from Elohim and so they steal it from others who do.

The Lord has prepared me for this, being a creative mind, i watched such angry fights over this as a child. I watched how a person here in the US can rise, be successful, only to find out much later, that someone outside of the US has already used the same idea.

The laws are different internationally. Very few people are /do look at international laws; and the bad thing about it is, there are very few international laws-bad or good, depending on circumstance (upbringing, culture, etc). It is more Regional Laws.

And just because there is a company/entity (for corporations are considered people-at least here in the US), that supposedly ‘regulates’ international or regional law, does not mean that they protect the innocent.

Usually laws are made for the ones who have the finances/influence and so that leaves the ‘law’ vulnerable to those who have/are abusing others to have received this ‘influence’ in the first place.

It feels like rewarding evil behavior.

In the Lord, we wait. Meaning, go ahead and stand up for your rights regardless of the Goliath, the time has come for such Goliath tactics to fall, worldwide.

Requiring the rest of us to be like David, standing firm in our belief in Elohim, regardless of whatever the Goliath says/does, do not stop, paper trail, protest trail , Goliath.

You being retaliated against is just proof. We all need more proof.

Imagine trying to hide masses of people who have been murdered (physically or socially (culturally).

Every such ‘murder’ is felt by Elohim.

Hot coals on their heads. Makes for them to think and believe they can get away with anything.

Like the IRS though…Elohim can be.

The hard hearted are there as lessons for us, as warnings…wait and you will see, payment is due, many years later, Elohim remembers, while the hard hearted are ‘stuck’/addicted to believing lies.

There is nothing in our hearts or minds anywhere on this planet, in the universe, that is not known or seen by Elohim.

We choose to disobey, we choose not to believe and then want to blame Elohim for the way things are?

Be the change you want to see. Is something that i have learned, something i have said, yet today i find out Mahatma Gandhi said it.

Me? not well known, yet (in today’s world i pray to never be ‘well’ known!), yet i put:

Be the change you want to see.

Mahatma Gandhi

Changes things right?

instead of me saying it without even ‘signing’ it.

Truth is truth regardless of who says it. We have been trained to listen to who is saying it? Means we have become blind and deaf.

From the mouths of babes (children)…comes words of Elohim. The Heart of Elohim, Yeshua and the Holy Spirit.

Children of Elohim.

I am watching His words be twisted as well.

This is why the spirit behind the words, the motive, is so important.

It is what is meant when in spirit and in truth, is said.

Words are not enough!

What is in one’s heart, one’s spirit, one’s motive, is more important than the words!

Disciple of the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever heard words from someone you do not trust?

Saying the same words you’ve heard many times from someone you do trust?

How does it make you feel?

Does it make you angry?

Or does it make you feel revulsion?

Like fingernails on a blackboard, all the hairs on your body stand straight up!

My face reacts, i want to cover my ears to stop the bleeding!

Authority is given to those who take it.

True.

How though, is determined by one’s motive, by ones spirit!

For we just are.

Those who have authority, naturally just are.

The spirit of control needs to take it.

We assume it.

And where one leads others also speaks of one’s motive/spirit.

Sounds a little different, eh?

Things are being said differently?

Do you notice?

Or are you agreeing just because of….?

Discernment gets better with practice.

Practice not using your brain, your heart, become close minded, hard hearted.

All or nothing is not how Elohim is.

That is the spirit of control.

Because Elohim has more patience than that. More mercy, more compassion, more understanding.

It is not easy to be different than the majority today. There was a time when being unique wasn’t a threat.

How one reacts to something, anything, determines whether that person is walking in the Holy Spirit at that moment or not.

Its ok, if you find out later, otherwise.

For that person is growing or dying.

When one is a disciple of the Holy Spirit, we shed what one use to believe, a lot!

This ‘shedding’ increases, the closer one gets to the Lord.

Check the rate and speed of a person’s growth?

I do not have time for that, when i am busy shedding myself!

Unless i am in a position given to me by the Holy Spirit to do so.

We as the Disciples of the Holy Spirit, followers of the Messiah, learn how to rebuke in love.

How to help another ‘shed’.

The best way is by example.

I figure if folk want to not think for themselves, to never question/use their discernment…

Then i need to find people like myself, who do, who know how to do this with love, instead of anger only.

I’ll never find them if i never seek them.

I’ll never find them if i am not one myself.

Be the change you want to see, is not a Hindu philosophy because Mahatma Gandhi said it.

Mahatma Gandhi lived that philosophy/agreement within his own mind and found others who agreed with him…who were not of the same ‘religion’ as he was.

How do you explain that?

Yet a Christian and a Muslim finding such agreement? Happens all the time, even today, in the United States. (This is what use to make the US such a great place to live, a place where such unforeseen barriers are crossed in peace.)

Because those who follow Elohim in their hearts? Have a commonality that reaches across man made barriers like religion, race, culture, sexual sin, etc.

We know each other, for My sheep hear Me-the Lord says.

This is why i say the Bible is only understood with the Holy Spirit.

Words are never enough.

People are forgetting False Prophets, False Teachers, people who say the ‘right’ things yet whose hearts and minds are closed.

Elohim waits. We, the disciples of the Holy Spirit wait too. For we remember when we use to believe differently.

The more one sheds the world, the more one has patience for someone else who has yet to shed such.

We have still much to shed.

In our ‘shedding’ do not sin. Means: Even if you do (for we all do, in some fashion), repentance becomes easier and faster too!

Like David, we recognize where we went wrong, sooner and sooner, faster and faster, in the Name of Yeshua, the Messiah, Allah U Akbar! 😀

Hallelujah. 😀

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COLLEEN’S TRIP TO BURKINA FASO

via Colleen’s Trip to Burkina Faso Fundraising Campaign – GiveSendGo: The #1 Free Christian Fundraising Site

Colleen was my House Mother, when i was apart of the Discipleship Program for Women at New Life Covenant of Chicago called Chicago Dream Center and she is amazing in the Lord and has my support.

If you cannot give even a dollar, spread the word by sharing this post, as i have done.

Love others as you would yourself. I Love my Sister Colleen very much, i have known her personally and know she will be a wonderful conduit for the Lord’s Grace and Mercy wherever she goes, in Yeshua’s name!

Support my Friend and Sister, Colleen, on her trip to Burkina Faso, with prayers, sharing the fundraising link above, and by giving ANY money you can, in Yeshua’s name! Amen! 😀

The Remnant

Romans 9:27

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27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved;

via Remnant Definition and Meaning – Bible Dictionary

…people who survive a major disaster. A remnant of people is what is left of a community following a catastrophe (e.g., Noah’s family after the flood, Gen 6:5-8:22 ; Lot’s family after the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah,

Terms for remnant in the Old Testament derive from six roots and occur some 540 times (forms of Heb. sr, ytr, plt, srd; Gk., leimma, hypoleimma, loipos, kataloipos). Remnant, frequently in the sense of residue or refugee, takes on theological hues when it becomes the object of God’s address and/or action.

Sociologically the remnant could be described variously as refugees, a community subgroup, or a sect.

Remnant language is associated with both judgment and salvation.

Remnant and the Oracle of Judgment. The language of remnant in announcements of judgment was used to emphasize the totality of the judgment whether of non-Israelites or Israelitesso that no trace, no remnant would in the end remain.

Should there be temporary survivors of a catastrophe, such as Nebuchadnezzar’s siege, they would ultimately not be spared ( Jer 21:7 ). Such news of total destruction was evidence of God’s determination to proceed in judgment, but the news was intended to persuade vacillating persons to spare their lives by defecting to the Babylonians ( Jer 21:8-9 ).

The name Shear-Jashub (“a remnant will return, ” Isa 7:3 ), often thought to be seminal to the prophets’ thought on remnant, is, even in context, ambiguous in meaning. Did the expression portend misfortune, or did it convey that all was not lost? The expression, “a remnant will return, ” when applied later to Israel, became, even if marginally, a message of hope ( Isa 10:20-23 ; 37:31-32 ; = 2 Kings 19:30-31 ).

Oracles of salvation may follow immediately on the heels of announcements of judgment, and paradoxically, both entail a remnant.

God will destroy the sinful kingdom not a territory, but the aggregate of wicked leaders. All these shall perish. But not all the populace is equally guilty, and while the pious do not escape the effects of the destruction, God in his justice spares them; they become the remnant. Paradigms for wholesale destruction in which some are nevertheless spared exist in the story of Noah’s family in the flood and Lot’s escape from Sodom.

Since acceptance with God is not based on merit, one dimension of remnant theology is its message of God’s grace ( Isa 1:9 ; Amos 5:15 ).

 …The message is that God’s grace triumphs in the end.

The remnant is future-oriented. What pros- pects has the remnant that becomes, as in the exile, the carrier of God’s promise?

The exodus from the exile, like the exodus from Egypt, was accompanied with miracles ( Isa 11:11-16 ).

Equally graphic was to be the recovery as “the outcasts of Israel” and the “dispersed of Judah” would be gathered together. Also, there would emerge a shoot (remnant?) from the stump of Jesse ( Isa 11:1 ).

In the prophet’s mouth, remnant language for Israel is hope-engendering.

The remnant was the recipient of other promises: granting of pardon ( Mic 7:18-20 ); God’s everlasting love ( Jer 31:2 ); taking root ( 2 Kings 19:30 ; cf. Isa 37:31-32 ); removal of enemies and becoming established like a lion in the forest ( Mic 4:7-9 ); the Lord’s promise to be a garland of glory for the remnant ( Isa 28:5-6); and a grant by God for the people to possess all things ( Zec 8:6 ).

The texts announcing salvation for the remnant raise the question of the relation of the remnant to its base group. Jeremiah addresses this question for his situation: God’s future lay with those who had been taken to Babylon (the good figs), not with those who stayed in the land (the bad figs, Jer. 24).

Paul clarified the relationship between the remnant, those who accepted the gospel, and the larger body of unbelieving Jews, by noting: (1) that the remnant represented the ongoing activity of God with the chosen people, “a remnant chosen by grace” ( Rom 11:5 )

One might ask, of course, how it is that God holds with the remnant, which is usually the small rather than the large body, the minority rather than the majority. Where is God’s ultimate triumph? One answer is to examine the larger sweep of salvation history. The story of the primeval history was discontinued in favor of the election of Abram, a remnant, so to speak, from the larger group. ( Matt 28:18-20 )… The remnant was called to redemptive activity.

The Book of Revelation depicts, as does the primeval history, a great diversity of people, people now in God’s presence. The remnant has accomplished God’s purpose.

Because the criterion is not ethnicity but righteousness, the Scripture applies “remnant” language to peoples other than Israel. In a pivotal text Amos speaks of a remnant of Edom, interpreted by James as referring to all humankind, which will come under the saving umbrella of David ( Amos 9:12 ). Philistines, like Judah, are envisioned as a “remnant for our God.”

Elmer A. Martens

 

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A Perfect Affection

“What God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19:6

In earlier generations most folks accepted without question the concept of marriage as a lifetime commitment. My father‐in‐law, James Dobson Sr., was no exception. This is what he said to his fiancée after she agreed to become his wife:

I want you to understand and be fully aware of my feelings concerning the marriage covenant we are about to enter. I have been taught at my mother’s knee, in harmony with the Word of God, that the marriage vows are inviolable, and by entering into them I am binding myself absolutely and for life. The idea of estrangement from you through divorce for any reason at all [although God allows one—infidelity] will never at any time be permitted to enter into my thinking. I’m not naive in this. On the contrary, I’m fully aware of the possibility, unlikely as it now appears, that mutual incompatibility or other unforeseen circumstances could result in extreme mental suffering. If such becomes the case, I am resolved for my part to accept it as a consequence of the commitment I am now making and to bear it, if necessary, to the end of our lives together.

I have loved you dearly as a sweetheart and will continue to love you as my wife. But over and above that, I love you with a Christian love that demands that I never react in any way toward you that would jeopardize our prospects of entering heaven, which is the supreme objective of both our lives. And I pray that God Himself will make our affection for one another perfect and eternal.

James and Myrtle Dobson enjoyed a loving, committed, fulfilling marriage that began in 1935 and ended with his death in 1977. They never wavered for a moment through all those years. If you approach your own marriage with this determination, you’ll establish a stable, rewarding relationship that will last a lifetime.

– Shirley M Dobson

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
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Helping Hands

You became imitators of us and of the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 1:6

I already knew that children are prone to imitate their parents, but it was the “Siggie shave” incident that brought this fact home to me.

Danae was two years old the first time she noticed Jim shaving in the morning. She was fascinated and watched every detail as he soaped his face and applied a razor to his skin. We should have known that Danae would try what she had seen. The next morning, I came into the bathroom and hardly recognized our dachshund, Siggie, who was sitting in his favorite spot on the furry lid of the toilet seat. Danae had covered his head with lather and was systematically shaving the hair from his shiny skull! I screamed, “Danae!” which sent Siggie and his barber scurrying for safety. It was strange to see our frightened dog with nothing but ears sticking up on the top of his bald head.

Our kids’ tendency to imitate provides an opportunity for their parents to teach them. Invite your children into the kitchen when you are preparing breakfast, explain what you are doing, and allow them to stir the pancake batter. Teach them how to fold the clothes from the dryer. Show them how to mow the lawn. Demonstrate how to scrub away the dirt on the doors and windows of your car when it’s time for a wash. Then bow your head to thank God for giving your family food to eat, clothes to wear, and a place to live. In this way you teach your children, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

It’s true that you may not finish your daily duties as quickly with the “help” of little hands, but showing your children how to properly complete tasks at home—especially when handled in a positive, fun manner—can give them a wonderful sense of accomplishment, help them develop good attitudes about work, and create an enriching time for the whole family. You’ll be setting an example that will benefit your children and yourself in the years ahead.

-Shirley M. Dobson

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
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