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CHRISTMAS

Christmas is the beginning of a determined, sacrificial thirty three year walk to the Cross of Calvary . To purchase the greatest  and mostly costly and needed gift of all time. God the Son the creator of our earth and universe, leaves all the glories of heaven where He is worshipped by the angels. I just can’t imagine what it was and is like. He came to earth as a helpless little baby, to grow over time into manhood. Then He was ridiculed, rejected, arrested, tormented, beaten then suffered the unimaginable agony of death by crucifixion on the cross. All because of His love for me and you. Many in jest tell children to be good and Santa will bring you gifts. Jesus tells us He is offering us a gift and there is nothing we can possibly do to earn or deserve it. The gift of life, without it we have no hope for the eternal future. As we prepare to give gifts and celebrate Christmas, let’s be sure not to forget Christs’ gift offered freely to all. The gift of forgiveness of sin and to become one of His children . Will you accept or reject the gift He offers to all, the choice is yours.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. “ John 3:16  “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9

 

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TROUBLE COMING

The psalmist begins by seeing that God had rejected the nation(culture) and its defenses were broken down. There was constant fear of what was to come, the nation was torn apart is was shaken. God had judged their nation, they were hurt and in trouble. No nation or group of people can reject God, His Word and ways and receive His blessings. Our nation has been greatly blessed, as a nation and people we acknowledged God, were friend and protectors of Israel and at least respected the Church and the teaching of His Word.  Today that has and is changing at a rapid pace. Not just outside the Church but within, some professing Christians embracing the sins of social drinking and homosexual relationships, both of which are plainly condemned by God. Some preachers, Christians are speaking of the soon coming judgment. Many secular people also are speaking of the coming collapse of America, articles on the financial collapse, others on TV how to prepare for the coming trouble (the preppers). The downfall of our nation as we know it is advancing, some pushing for more gun laws to restrict ownership, registration was the step before confiscation in countries in the past. Making special provisions for Muslims, so they have a place to pray in government buildings. Peace loving Muslims, not what the Koran teachers, its kill unbelievers as we have seen in other countries. Christians need to get things right between themselves and God to see and understand what’s going on. . Sin in ones’ life blocks understanding of both current issues and the Word of God. Let’s have nothing between us and God.   Repent be renewed, forgiveness is just a step away , our hope is in God.  Psalm 60;1  O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again. Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment. Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? 10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies? 11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. 12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

 

 

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GOD IS GREAT
He is great and we are to praise Him, He is a refuge, loving kindness, tell the next generation. He is great in knowledge, He knows all there is to know nothing is hidden there are no secrets, all that people do or think He knows all about. Great in power He is all powerful He can calm the oceans and wind nothing is too hard for Him. Great in love, so great is His love that He was willing to become a man to pay our penalty for sin and suffer and die on the cross of Calvary. He desires all people to be saved “..not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. “” 2nd Peter 3:9.But each must make the decision to accept Him or reject Him as the only way of salvation. He is also a just God and the penalty for sin must be paid so He paid it and offers it to all men to take the gift. We in our minds may find it hard to comprehend God but we can look around and know that He exist, read His word and know He loves us and wants to forgive and cleanse us from sin. Its our choice. Psalm 48 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. 2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. 3 God, in her palaces,
Has made Himself known as a stronghold. 4 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves,
They passed by together.5 They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they [a]fled in alarm. 6 [b]Panic seized them there, Anguish, as of a woman in childbirth. 7 With the east wind
You break the ships of Tarshish.In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God;
God will establish her forever. [c]Selah. 9 We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God,
In the midst of Your temple. 10 As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. 11 Let Mount Zion be glad, Let the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments. 12 Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers; 13 Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation. 14 For [d]such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us [e]until death.

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The psalmist (Psalm 38) speaks of the cost we pay when we allow sin in our lives. Fear, sorrow, unrest at times even physical sickness, not all sickness is because of sins.. He prays for God not to deal with him in anger, though he admits he has sinned and deserves punishment. Admitting to our sin is the first step to receiving Gods’ mercy the second is asking for His mercy because we have nothing to offer and there is no other hope for forgiveness and salvation. The psalmist speaks of the cost he is paying because of sins; no rest mentally and physically, burdened down caring the weight of his wrongs. In verse five he accepts the responsibility for his sins, without excuses. He is in sorrow, depressed and troubled all the days. He suffers physical diseases.This is not to say that all sickness is because of sin, we know that is not the case. Then he reminds himself that nothing is hid from God, you and I have no secrets from God, He sees and knows all. At times sadly friends and even family put distance from us, and he offers no defense for his failures. In verse he is ready to change and acknowledges his sins. His final plea to God is don’t leave me stay rear, God is his only hope. Today with the Holy Spirit within Christians when they accept Christ as their savior we have His promise to never leave us or forsake us. When sin enters and we fail we repent and are restored, made clean just as if it never happened in Gods’ eyes, but there may be a price we pay as the results of our sins. Stay close to Christ daily in reading the Bible and prayer. Psalm 38: O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. 4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. 5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. 6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. 7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. 9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. 10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. 11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. 12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. 13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. 14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. 15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. 16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me. 17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. 18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. 19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. 20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. 21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. 22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

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Most if not all Believers have felt this way at times when troubles mount and nothing seems to work. We know the promises and faithfulness of God but at times we are overtaken in troubles and we cry our as the Psalmist, where are you God. Our confidence and trust fail at times. In these times we need to draw close to God reading His Word, the promises and be reminded of His unending love and faithfulness. The Psalmist then reminds us of the lives of those that ignore God. They persecute others in many ways in our country it’s not physical but with scams, stealing and destruction. As we have seen recently in the demonstrations/riots. At this time they are escaping accountability and judgment. At other times we see in businesses that cut corners that lead to innocent people being hurt. Just read Psalm 10:2-13 to see the actions of the wicked, those that forget God. We see the wealth gained many times by those that are dishonest, corrupt and immoral. All seems to be going their way no worries and troubles. We may wonder where is God, then we are reminded of their end without God, eternity in Hell. Then our hearts should be burdened for them no matter what they have done. We have all at times been in the position of an enemy with God. Romans 5:8,10 But God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Or if, when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled we shall be saved by his life. The hymn writer reminds us of our position with Christ in Under His Wings.
Under His wings I am safely abiding; Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him, I know He will keep me; He has redeemed me, and I am His child.

Under His wings—what a refuge in sorrow! How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing, There I find comfort, and there I am blest.

Under His wings—oh, what precious enjoyment! There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me; Resting in Jesus I’m safe evermore

Under His wings, under His wings, Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide, Safely abide forever.

Psalm 10
1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? 2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. 3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. 4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. 5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. 6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. 7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. 8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. 9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. 10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. 11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. 12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. 13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. 14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. 16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. 17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: 18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may more oppress.

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Gods’ name is excellent, it’s above all others. God places much importance and value on His name. In Exodus 20:7 one of the commandments careful in the use of His name. Don’t take it in vain, as of no value, used loosely. His name is to be reverenced. The old Jewish scribes before writing the name of God would wash and get a new pen each time in copying the Scriptures. Sadly it is missed used by many today, and not just in cursing but used loosely “My God, O Lord, ‘ etc used in vain without worth or significance. When we look up at night and see the stars that can’t be counted, they are just the work of Gods’ fingers. Some things like the universe we just can’t comprehend. Then we see what God was willing to do at Calvary. In shedding His blood, enduring the punishment before and on the cross to set us/me free from the penalty of sin we/I deserved. We can’t comprehend His love for the unlovely like us. Then how can one dishonor His name in its’ use and in our daily walk. Let’s strive so that all we say and do brings honor to His name. Psalm 8: 1,9 “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. O LORD our LORD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”
That Beautiful Name

I know of a name,
A beautiful name,
That angels brought down to earth;
They whispered it low,
One night long ago,
To a maiden of lowly birth.
I know of a Name,
A beautiful Name,
That unto a Babe was given;
The stars glittered bright
Throughout that glad night,
And angels praised God in Heav’n.
The One of that Name,
My Savior became,
My Savior of Calvary.
My sins nailed Him there;
My burdens He bare.
He suffered all this for me.
I love that blest Name,
that wonderful Name,
Made higher than all in Heav’n
‘Twas whispered, I know,
In my heart long ago
To Jesus my life I’ve giv’n.
That beautiful Name,
That beautiful Name,
From sin has power to free us!
That beautiful Name,
That wonderful Name,
That matchless Name is Jesus!

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The psalmist declares that even in times of persecution when people accuse falsely his trust is in God alone. At times when falsely accused we can do nothing to defend or clear our name with others. We can rest in our relationship with God, He and we know the truth. In His own time God will allow the truth to be revealed, Joseph spent years in prison because of a false accusation before God lifted him up and set him free (Genesis 40-41). The psalmist is willing to be punished if these accusations were true but he knows his own heart Ps 7:4-5. God is angry with the false accusers and the wicked every day. He will retaliate against them He has sharpened His sword and His bow is ready vs.12. The unsaved and wicked are in imminent danger. At times the false accuser will be trapped in their own lies, as was Hamman in Ester chapter 7, in his plan to kill Mordecai. We need to be sure our testimony is true before men and God. In the good times and the bad we just need to keep singing praises to our God.
Psalm 7 O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: 2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.3 O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; 4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:) 5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah. 6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded. 7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. 8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. 9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. 12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. 13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. 14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. 16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. 17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

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