Building

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127

Relationships are very important to God. God wants a personal relationship with us. Having strong, caring, and healthy relationships with family members, friends, coworkers, and others here on earth are just as important. The love, trust, grace, and mercy we share with each other (especially when God is central) is the physical representation of God’s everlasting Love for us. When our earthly relationships get damaged that does not mean that God loves us less, it is a way for us to show God’s grace and forgiveness.

Children are God’s gift so that we can understand how much God loves us by putting the future in our care. The more we love God, the more we are blessed. Do not think that you are not loved or blessed by God if you cannot have, for God has greater plans and will bless in different ways.

We build relationships to emulate God’s relationship He desires with us. Keep building and the Kingdom of God will increase.

Rob, Servant of God       

Greatness In His Provisions

In the final section of Psalm 145 we find God the Provider. We can call things destiny and fate all we want but in the end it is God who is the ultimate provider for all things.

The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Psalm145: 14-21

God is always with us. He provides for the faithful and helps those who are seeking Him to turn to Him through His provisions. In His presence we find comfort, satisfaction, salvation, and fulfilment. In everything God is the one who will carry us through because of His faithfulness to us as long as we are faithful to Him. He hears our cry when it is in true supplication as we recognize that we cannot function without Him.

Brothers and Sisters, our God is an awesome God. He is the Great I AM. He is the only one who can save us from damnation which He did through giving us His Son to die on the altar of the cross as a final sacrifice to cover our guilt. We cannot cover ourselves nor can we stand in front of final judgement and say that we were 100 percent good and faithful all the time. Jesus, the Word of God, is the one who has taken our guilt and provides the path to eternal life. Be safe out there and have a blessed day.

In God’s Love,

Rob, Servant of God 

Great are the Works of His Hands

God’s Greatness is found in the works of His hands. All creation shouts out thank you to the Most High God. This section of Psalm 145 tells of His greatness in every action He takes which glorifies Him.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
Psalm 145:10-13a

Blessed is the Lord our God who created all things. He gave everything on this earth a purpose Even the things that cause destruction should be reveled in His greatness because from the destruction comes a new creation. His deeds are endless as He puts all things into motion and directs the outcomes. All who believe tell others through thought word and deed of His Glory and Power. He is capable of anything.

God is ruler over everything, He is in control. He makes the waters rise and fall, the earth trembles with His every Word. The Psalmist understands that God’s Kingdom is in everything and is everything. We are living buildings in which the Kingdom of God thrives. His is the Glory and Power that is never ending His Kingdom will not cease to exist but transform at His very Word.

Great is the Lord in Glory and Power, Great is the Lord and Worthy of Praise. All generations of mankind will Glorify His name. God is Great and we need not search for it because it is all around us and in us.

My your day be Blessed as you Glorify Him

In Christ,

Rob Servant of God

Share God’s Greatness

I Love the Psalms because they speak volumes of the Father and how He cares for us. David shared in Psalm 145 how God has been an integral part in his life even through the good and bad times. In the section of verses 4-7, we hear David speaking of sharing God’s Greatness.

One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
Psalm 145:4-7

One of the main things we are told that we must do is share the Word of God and by doing so we are sharing the works that God has done. We declare God our Creator, Father, Judge, Redeemer, Savior. We share the works of His hands when we talk about the natural wonders that our spiritual eyes see every day but are unseen by our human eyes due to the blindness of sin.

There are so many things which God has created that we are blinded from. Society today would rather see the majesty of creation through the eyes of liquid crystal, quartz, plasma, or on paper. Smells are reproduced to simulate the outside world so we do not even leave the comfort of our home. God’s awesome deeds cannot be seen through man made lenses and be completely appreciated.

Can we go outside for even just a few minutes a day and thank God for the flowers, the grass, the sand, the wind, and the rain? We need to do this because without a tree we cannot breath, without running brooks we cannot be cleansed, without God’s creation we care nothing but flesh and bone walking aimlessly through the world with dead spirits inside.

Glorify God for He is good

He is the Good Shepherd that guides us through life so we can enjoy the world created for us. He gave us voices to sing His praises all over the earth, why do we only hear silence? The rocks, birds, insects, and trees are singing louder than we are. That needs to change.

Share God’s Blessings With Others

God does not bless individuals for their own benefit but for the benefit of a few or many. We should be glad that we have been chosen to share God’s Word with the world. We are to be like the people in this Psalm sharing from one generation to the next. I know we can do it. I know some that already do it. Let us be of one accord and Sing His Praises.

Blessings to all,

Rob, Servant of God      

Great is the Unsearchable Lord

Psalm 145 is a beautiful Song of Praise from which parts of it have been used many times to share in God’s Glory and power through praise and worship. The Psalm in itself empowers the heart when it is spoken and sung in praises to the Almighty Father. This week let’s examine the spoken Word in its 5 sections and Glorify God every day.

I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.

 Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.

 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable
. Psalm 145: 1-3 (ESV)

The Psalm is attributed to David who praised Him daily even in his most broken moments. David constantly spoke of the greatness of God and this Psalm seems to culminate every thought of Praise. He opens with Glorifying God and blessing His name because there is no shortness of definition to His Greatness. Though he states that the greatness is unsearchable.

We do not have to seek His greatness because it is seen all around us and woven into all creation. Job spoke of this and was reminded by God Himself that we can do nothing that God can do because of His unlimited self. How beautiful is the Glory of the Lord Almighty when the smallest thing you can see on this earth tells of His Glory.

God is everywhere. Where do we look and not find Him? Even in our troubles and our temptations, He is there. In every beast and grain of sand, He is there. He watches over us as we suffer through our burdens and picks us up when we call on Him. Even when we do not call, He is there waiting for us to remember that He is waiting and watching. God is Great and greatly is He to be praised.

I LOVE THE LORD (Psalm 116)

When a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior he accepts the fact that the life lived is not his own. The writer of Psalm 116 gave all things to God as understood that He alone is the one that can save from this life. God is the deliverer from the darkness and carries us through the world.

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
I believed, even when I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted”;
I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.”
What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord! Psalm 116 (ESV)

How beautiful is the public confession of one who loves, trusts, and obeys the Lord our God. Recognizing that we are broken and cannot live righteously without God in our lives is the hardest yet easiest thing we can do. Because of this, the door to our hearts are opened to accept our frailty and give everything over to the only one who can save us.

When we confess our love for God, we enter into a new way of living that is no longer for our own personal satisfaction. Our lives are not our own but now given to be conduits for the Word, the Joy of Heaven, so that others may come to know and love God the way we do. How great is the Lord God Almighty and greatly to be praised.

At the end of our lives, it does not matter how much good we tried to do because we cannot save ourselves from the ultimate price for our sinfulness. Nothing we can do on our own saves us. Only God can do that. He did it through giving His Son, Jesus the Word made flesh, to take on all things that bind us to sin and death and remove them from our sentence which is eternity in darkness.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I pray that all who will seek Him find Him where He has been present all along. That those who desire His Grace and Mercy find it and accept the free gift of life without question or ill intention. That they are covered in the blood and become cleansed never to repeat the sins of the past which trapped them in this world so that their spirits will be free and living in the Kingdom embraced by the Arms of the Father. I pray that we will be the lights that expose the world to His Love and that we can defeat the evils of this world through the Holy Spirit. Be blessed in His Glory.
In God’s Love
Rob, Servant of God

His Love Endures Forever

King David fully understood God’s Majesty, Mercy, and Grace, but mostly he understood God’s Love which is the all-encompassing, everlasting, and never wavering. The Psalmist expresses this love God has for us in Psalm 136.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever;

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him who struck down great kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan, for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage, for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant, for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

The Exodus

This situation that is used to describe this love is the exodus from Egypt to the eventual establishment in the Promised Land. It is during this time that the Israelites learned the loyalty that God showed to the covenants that God made to the Patriarchs. This is where they learned the challenges that lie ahead and how God’s enduring, tough, and compassionate Love for His Chosen people would guide them and help them through life.   

Creator

In the first section the Psalmist speaks of the goodness of God and affirms that He is the mightiest above all others. This is proven in the second part through the description of creation where God created all things that bring forth life. We praise God with adoration for without these things we would not be here. God could have stopped at any moment and just left things the way they were but He created stars, sun, and moon, so that He could create us.

Compassionate

In verses 10-16, the Psalmist discusses the end of the Israelite slavery in Egypt. Here we see God’s compassion and grace at work. God’s compassion for the children of Jacob knows no bounds. He shows mercy on them by saving them from the plagues and making the way out of Egypt possible despite the odds that were against them. This section concentrates on the power of God that split the Sea of Reeds (or Red Sea) and made firm a separation from their captivity. God then leads them through trials and temptations (the wilderness) to get through to the Promised Land.

Mercy

God’s hand is strong and will protect through the evils that stand in the way of God’s plan in our lives. This is emphasized through the next section verses 17-22 where God made a way possible for the Israelites to go home.

Enduring Grace

The final section shows that God loves us no matter what. He is the loving parent, protector, provider of all things. This is His free gift to all who obey Him. His Grace is enough for us that we should be compelled to be as loyal to Him as He is towards us. His love is fixed in place, sturdy, unwavering, compassionate, tough, and steadfast.      

Why Steadfast

Steadfast is one of the many words used when translating the Hebrew word, hesed which is used in the original text. The word steadfast is a combination of stede (place), and fæst (firmly fixed). So why use this word to describe God’s Love for us? As we see in the previous paragraph, God’s Love has no bounds and is firmly fixed. It does not stand still but moves as the situation needs, much like a parent’s love for a child. The one thing that remains is that it is unconditional, firmly fixed on His creation. Our eyes and heart are fixed on the Father through our love for Him.

Our Response

Our love for God should never waver even though we know it will because of our nature. That is why God sent His Son as a true personification of His steadfast Mercy and Grace for us. Though we falter we have a Savior that is the true nature of God’s Mercy and Grace, Jesus Christ. He returned the Word to the world that we should follow the best we can. Our faith and trust in Jesus is proof of God’s undying love.

Blessings,

 Rob, Servant of God  

Fruit of the Spirit (9th Day of Christmas)

Fruit of the Spirit

 I heard someone ask, “Why are they called fruits, they are not something we eat because there is no physical nourishment that comes from these?”. Well actually we do have physical reactions to the Spiritual Fruit but first let’s examine what is the fruit of the Spirit:   

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.. Galatians 5:22-23

The Spirit within is a healthy Spirit when these emotions and actions are produced by the Believer and shared with others. Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness all produce a physical response of happiness and gratitude. When we are happy, the body responds in kind and the health improves. It is a scientific fact that the human bodily functions are connected with emotion.

Why does it take a scientist or a doctor to tell us something is healthy when it is written in Scripture. The Old Testament, written by scribes who dictated what the Holy Spirit spoke to them, has numerous indicators of healthy living and how emotional responses heal or destroy the human body. The biggest destroyer of our health is sin. God’s defense mechanism came from the physical reaction of sacrifice which made individuals feel better after they had the feeling of regret, then prayed for healing to make themselves feel better. The joy of knowing that God would forgive produced happiness.

 The ritual bathing which transformed into Baptism was also a means of good health. The ritual bath water was constantly flowing so there was no stagnation which would breed harmful bacteria. This washing was done for many reasons to include disease, viruses, and after the menstrual cycle. It kept the body healthy. Not one Levitical priest was allowed to enter the Tabernacle without the ritual washing. In fact, no one who was of ill health could bring a sacrifice without first outwardly cleansing the body.

David understood the need to be cleansed before entering the presence of God when he worshipped in prayerful song:

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Psalm 51

 The fruits of the Spirit are evident within David’s plea for God’s Mercy on his Soul. He understood it was not the physical sacrifices of burnt offerings but the internal peace from pouring out to God. So the Spiritual Fruit does nourish our souls and our bodies.

This year as we begin anew, let us be nourished with the fruit of the Spirit as we find our Spiritual Gifts in order to receive the blessings from our attitudes by which God is pleased in us and sends blessings. Have a safe and joyous New Year.

4th Sunday in Advent LOVE (Angel’s Candle)

4th Sunday LOVE

1 Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness. 2 For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens. 3 “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David my servant: 4 ‘I will establish your line for ever, and preserve your throne for all generations.'” Psalm 89:1-4

The final Candle before Christ’s arrival to us is Love. The Angel’s Candle where out of the Love, Joy Peace and Hope, they sang praises to the world that the Lord is nigh. The Shepherds heard the glorious sound of the Angelic Choir singing of peace and good will to all people. Why is it that this candle is the Candle of Love when it really should be Peace? We Hoped for Peace with Joy in our hearts to prepare us for God’s eternal Love for us by sending His Son into the world. This Love is found in the whole process. Mary was given the gift because of her pureness and devotion. Joseph could have ended the betrothal and had her killed but because of his love for her and his devotion to God (plus a nudge from Gabriel giving him peace and joy) he accepted her and the child.

When they reached Bethlehem and could find nowhere to rest, a woman out of compassion convinced her husband to let them sleep in the stable. It was clean enough for human occupation because of the time of year. It was cool outside and the animals were resting in the stable and keeping it warm with their body heat. The wife show us how we are to help those who are weary, homeless, and in need.

In humility, the king of the world was born and the first to see was the animals. All creation knows their master. God’s love and compassion is not just reserved for us.

Snow Monkeys

Then came the Shepherds. They were watching their flocks and the Angel of the Lord came to them and proclaimed the birth of Emmanuel, Prince of Peace. This was a proclaimation that apparently was only meant for the humble in the area for no nobleman nor king heard this. The Angel showed the shepherds love which would be special and designed for all walks of life and make the meek and humble into regal members of the Kingdom Of God.

The Magi would come later. At first they came out of curiosity and a desire to present the new king with gifts. What they found was a euphoric sense of peace, hope, joy, and love for all mankind.        

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.       John 13:34

Jesus came to show the truth of God’s Love and compassion for His creation. When He arrived, He came as an innocent humble child without the regality and exuberance of the earthly kings but the silence and peacefulness which occurred at the completion of creation. He came to correct the work His Father gave to Adam who failed, then to the Israelites who were blinded by Adam’s sin. He came as a silent but worthy conqueror that will rule over us.

For God So Loved The World That HE gave HIS Only Begotten SON, So That Whosoever Believes In HIM Shall Not Perish But Have Everlasting Life. John 3:16

Tomorrow is Christmas. Share the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love all year ‘round. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy time with family, friends old and new, and neighbors. God’s Love and Blessings to all.

Advent Week 3 Rejoice For the Lord is Near

When the Lord  restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them. “The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev! Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:1-6 ESV

This week we experience the joy of knowing the Messiah will be here soon. We rejoice in the fact that we will be restored to the Kingdom of the Father and truly have that personal relationship that He desires to have with us. We celebrate the coming communion with the Father focusing of the joy His mere presence brings. When Paul speaks of the fruit of the Spirit, he shares the qualities that God desires in each of us to share with the world. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, self control. Nothing in the Torah stands against such things. Galatians 5:22-23 CJB

The Pentateuch teaches us about God’s joy and how we are to emulate it here on earth.

Isaiah spoke of the hope and desire for all mankind that God would be present in our lives again so we may feel the joy that comes with Him. He also pleads for restoration of the Spirit and the land which God calls holy but we have destroyed with our sins.  

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence—as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people. Your holy cities have become a wilderness; Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins.  Isaiah 64:1-5,8-11 ESV

So God sends John the Baptist to fulfill the prophesy of preparation and sets the stage for us to rejoice in His arrival. He is Jesus, Word made flesh, Messiah, Savior, our Salvation from sin.

 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said. “They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet? “John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie. “These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.         John 1:23,25-28 ESV

We are not worthy of saving but God loves us so much and desires the relationship He once had with Adam and Eve. Rejoice that God cares for us so much that He sent His Son to pay the ultimate price and opened the veil so we can connect with God. 

He will come again and will bring the Kingdom with Him. Let us rejoice that God’s Word is the Truth and the Light.