A Risen King

Good Morning my friends,
Genesis closes in gloom and Exodus ends in glory.  Exodus opens up with bondage but it ends with blessing.  When the tabernacle was constructed “according to the pattern”, God filled the house with His glory.  The Lord’s presence was symbolized by the visible, glorious cloud.  We learn that God’s Glory comes ONLY when we do things His way.  We also learn from where God’s Glory comes.  We see it in Christ, when we see it in the church, and in the Christian.  We also learn why God’s Glory comes.  It comes is in our life as evidence that we belong to Him and that He is in our life.  We will see glory in another place because His Glory awaits us in Heaven. 

“Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.”  (‭Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭32‬)


“To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭21‬)


“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭27‬)


“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.” (‭Revelation‬ ‭21‬:‭2-3‬)

As you awake on this beautiful day my friends, I want you to know that the tomb is still empty because CHRIST HAS RISEN..  This Sunday we celebrate Easter.  We celebrate the our RISEN KING..  My friends the tomb is empty because we worship an all mighty & all powerful God..   We worship a Savior that is different than ALL other gods in the other religions.  The difference is LIFE.  My friends Buddha is dead..  Allah is dead.. Mohamed is dead… Confucius is dead.   However MY Savior is ALIVE & WELL, He ascended to sit on the righthand side of God and is waiting patiently for Him to say, “Go get MY children..”   The question is are you one of His children?  You can’t work your way to heaven with good deeds or kind behavior.  The Bible tells us that the only way to heaven is through Christ Jesus..  My friends if you’re not a child of God, today is perfect day for you to become one… 

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭6‬)

MY CHALLENGE  PRAYER for YOU…   Invite the risen King into your heart & life…
I hope you all have a TERRIFIC day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!


#last24 


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#eternalmission


#itslife


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Clothed, Consecrated, & Commissioned

Good Morning my friends,
Israel had prophets, who spoke to the people on behalf of God.  They also had priests, who spoke to God on behalf of the people.  In salvation, God calls us to serve Him as priests.  Priests are CLOTHED with beautiful garments of salvation.  Priests are CONSECRATED, washed with water, anointed with oil; sprinkled with blood.  Priests are COMMISSIONED to offer up spiritual sacrifices to The Lord.  We offer Him ourselves, our gifts and our praise. 

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (‭1 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬)

When Jesus died for you & me He CALLED for us to put all our faith in Him because He  CLOTHED us with His crucifixion, He CONSECRATED us with His sinless blood and He COMMISSIONED us to go and spread His love, grace, mercy, & forgiveness to the world..  
My friends you might think that you’re not qualified to spread The Gospel but I’m here to tell you that He doesn’t call the equipped but instead He equips the called and if you have invited our Lord & Savior into your heart then you my friend have been CALLED.  When you accept Jesus as your personal Savior you are commissioned to go and share your testimony with the lost world and not to sit on your hands and be silent.  

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬)

“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭61‬:‭10‬)

MY CHALLENGE  PRAYER to YOU…     Accept your commission and go spread The Gospel.
I hope you all have a MAGNIFICENT day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!
#last24 
#wpbc
#eternalmission
#itslife

Mercy Seat

Good Morning my friends,

The Mercy Seat is the golden lid covering the ark.  It was a slab of solid gold.  It points us to Christ who became our mercy seat at the cross.  Mercy seat means propitiation or place where satisfaction is made.  The Mercy Seat was a place of ENTHRONEMENT.  Israel was told this is God’s dwelling place on earth.  The ark testified to God’s law.  The Mercy Seat speaks of His Grace and was also a place of ATONEMENT.  On the Day of Atonement the High Priest would sprinkle the blood of the sacrificial lamb upon and before the Mercy Seat.  At Calvary, Christ shed His blood for our sins. God’s law was satisfied and His love was magnified.

The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. (‭Psalm‬ ‭99‬:‭1‬)

Where do you want to spend eternity?  There is but two choices..  You can either to spend eternity in heaven where there are streets of gold and you will have a mansion or you can choose to burn in hell..   There’s no gray area.  There’s no in between.  There’s no fence straddling.   Is it time for you to turn from the ways off the world and start living a life committed to Christ?  

“God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.”(‭Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭25‬)


MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU….   Accept Jesus as your Mercy Seat.
I hope you all have a SUPER day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!
#last24 
#wpbc
#eternalmission
#itslife

He is My Ark

It’s Friday but SUNDAY’S COMING!!

Good  Morning my friends,
The innermost room to the tabernacle is the Holy of Holies.  The first thing we see is a gold plated ark with a golden lid.  It points to the PERSON of Christ.  It is made of wood that is covered in gold.  It signifies both Christ’s humanity and deity which is perfectly blended of both man and God.   We see the POSITION of Christ.  The ark was made first.  So, Christ is central in our faith.  The ark was also foremost.  The ark led the way in Israel’s journeys.  Christ present, prominent, and pre-eminent!  The PROVISION of Christ.  Inside the ark were tables of the covenant.  The law of God is hidden in Christ’s heart.  A pot of golden manna.  We feast on hidden manna.  A glorious resurrection future!

Jesus said, “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.”  (‭Revelation‬ ‭2‬:‭17‬)

Does Christ live in you?  Is He your Ark?  Do you do your best daily to live by His commands?  I had shallow faith for so many years..  I lived the life of picking & choosing when I should have faith, when I should lean on my faith, & when I should profess my faith.  If I would have continued to live my life with shallow faith then it would’ve been better to have NO faith at all.   God deserved more from me. He deserves my absolute BEST….  He deserves for me to not just deem & use my faith as a “get out of hell” card.  He deserves for me to lean on my faith everyday 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year…  He deserves for me to stand firmly on my faith and for me to remain steadfast in all His teachings & decrees. The world we live in today is slowly erasing the sacred teachings of our Lord & &Savior..  Jesus stood firm during His crucifixion for you and me.  He could’ve easily said, “FORGET IT…..This is not worth it” gbut instead He remained steadfast and WE should be willing to do the same for Him..  It is my desire to walk & to live in faith each second of every day while I’m awake and dream about it while I sleep.  
 

Jesus said, “But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭50-51)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU….   Ask the Lord to be your Ark.  Trust Him to be your food and future!”
I hope you all have a FANTASTIC day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!
#last24 
#wpbc
#eternalmission
#itslife

Fragrance of Prayer

Good Morning my friends, 
Continuing to read in Exodus 39, we find that directly in front of the veil, before the Holy of Holies, is the golden incense altar.  The golden altar speaks of intercession.  It’s here that we have the marvelous privilege of prayer.  The incense on the altar was burned, causing sweet smelling smoke to fill the whole room.  This is a beautiful picture of the SAVIOR’S prayers.  Christ, our High Priest, is now in heaven praying for us.  It also speaks of the BELIEVER’S prayers.  Our prayers can be fragrant before The Lord but we must have passion in our prayers and they need to be persistent and with praise to our Lord.  

The priests’ garments were rich and splendid. The church in its infancy was taught by shadows of good things to come; the substance is Christ, and the grace of the gospel. When CHRIST undertook the work of our redemption, he put on the clothes of service, He arrayed himself with the gifts and graces of the Spirit, girded himself with resolution to go through the undertaking, took charge of all God’s spiritual Israel, laid them near his heart, engraved them on the palms of his hands, and presented them to his Father.   He crowned himself with holiness to the Lord, consecrating his whole undertaking to the honour of his Father’s holiness. True believers are spiritual priests. The clean linen with which all their clothes of service must be made, is the righteousness of saints.


“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭7‬:‭25‬)

I’ve written about my prayer life many times over the last 3 1/2 years or so..  I like most people use to pray when it was convenient for me or whenever I needed something in my life to change.   I look back now and just shack my head at my old self.  God was so patient with me.  He answered my prayers despite my failure to be dependent on Him.  I’m so glad that the scales were finally removed from my eyes and gave my life to Him.  In order to become solely dependent upon God, I feel you have to remain in constant prayer.   Not to just to start and end your day but also throughout your day.  We should remain in constant thankfulness for the blessing of our day.   Learn to be thankful for the small blessings that we take for granted and not just the big ones..   Prayer is an amazing tool when you use it..

    “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”  (‭Colossians‬ ‭4‬:‭2‬)

    MY CHALLENGE  PRAYER for YOU….    May your life have the sweet fragrance of prayer.
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day…   Blessings & much love…D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!
#last24 
#wpbc
#eternalmission
#itslife

Burning Bright

Good Morning my friends, 
Continuing in Exodus, we find in the holy place, opposite the table, burned brightly a lampstand.  This golden stand had seven lights that were kept constantly burning by the priests.  This was the only light.  The lampstand represents the illumination we have in Christ.  He is our light and we are to be lights.  He makes us like Himself.  He is light; we are light.  The light was fueled by “pure olive oil,” symbolic of the Holy Spirit.  As the light is refueled daily, so we must daily seek the filling of the Spirit.  Then there is the lampstands FLAME. There could be no shining if there was no burning.  And we cannot shine for Jesus unless we are willing to let the flame of the Spirit consume us.

Jesus said, “John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.” (‭John‬ ‭5‬:‭35‬)

Would your peers consider you to be a light to the world?  Do you pray each morning for God to work through you so that you may be a light to the world?  I do my best to try and live my life daily in a way that shines bright in this dark world.   There are those of you that just know me on Facebook that see & read my post daily, there are those that see me a few times during the week, there are those that see me more and then there are a select few that are around me when I’m home.  It’s easy for me to be the light for my friends that just see my blog, my post on Facebook or those that see me a few times a week when I’m in God’s house.  But you should want to be the brightest around the people that see you everyday, however you must remember if you have children that your light should be the brightest when you’re in the comfort of your home because those young minds are watching & mimicking every move you make..  They’re learning from you.  If you reflect the light of your Lord & Savior in the comfort of your home then you’re going to raise up lampstand’s that will shine bright as well.
I once read a quote by JH Jowett that I believe says it ALL.  Jowett said, “A man who can sing ‘It is well with my soul’ at the time in his life when ‘Sorrows like sea billows roll’, has learned the secret of The Lord.”  JH Jowett is saying that it’s easy to be a light in this dark world when God is raining blessings down on your life, however when you’re able to glorify God and to be a light when you’re faced with affliction, a burden, persecution, or just a bothersome thorn in your side it is in those moments that you understand God.   

Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬)

MY CHALLENGE  PRAYER for YOY….   Ask the Holy Spirit to burn out all yourself, so that You   may shine for Jesus.
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day…   Blessings & much love…D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!
#last24 
#wpbc
#eternalmission
#itslife

Bread of Life

Good Morning my friends,
In Exodus 37, we find the first room of the Tabernacle proper— the Holy Place.  Once within, you will notice an immediate change because everything is covered with gold!   Gold speaks of God’s Deity.  The first article of furniture we see is the table.  On the table we see freshly baked showbread.  The bread is there so the priests can take the bread and eat it.  This table is rich in meaning for us.  The table is a picture of the satisfaction that we find in The Lord Jesus.  We find ENJOYMENT, ENRICHMENT, FELLOWSHIP and ENLIGHTENMENT.  The bread on the table teaches us that our nourishment comes from Christ whom is the Bread of Life.  It’s wonderful to know that the deepest hungers in our life can be satisfied by Christ.  The bread provides nourishment.  But, it must be eaten.  The table is ready, “Come and dine!” 

Jesus said, “I am that bread of life.”  (John 6:48)

 So many times we look to the world for it to fulfill us for our needs.   Today we live in a world that is without a doubt the greatest time in human history.  Everything we could every want is at out finger tips and within our very grasp.  We have restaurants, convenience stores, small & large grocery stores, bulk wholesale, fast food, coffee shops, specialty shops etc…etc… and that’s just naming a few…  We can go online and ship whatever we want directly to our house without walking out our door.   We tend to search for the next best “thing” or object to fill our human desires.  We seem to think that if we get that new tv, that new car, that new cell phone, or the next new thing that comes out that we will want no more.  But truth be known that couldn’t be further from the truth.  As long as week seek the “things” of the world or try to fill our worldly desire we will NEVER be filled.
In the GREATEST sermon ever preached, The Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus Christ the  GREATEST preacher ever said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”   Jesus said in John 4:14, “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”   My friends we have everything we will ever need at the tip of our fingers and it’s Jesus Christ.  

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”  (John 14:6)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER to you….   Go to the table and dine so that you can discover the satisfactions that the Lord Jesus can provide you..
I hope you all have a TREMENDOUS day…   Blessings & much love….D
Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST 24!!
#last24 
#wpbc
#eternalmission
#itslife