Brother Mike wrote a long time ago...
I have truly learned some eternal things from you over the past two years. Perhaps one day, over a cup of coffee I will share the details with you. On a practical note if I may offer something small in return...it has helped me greatly in recent months to turn off the news media in my home, car, and especially in my head. Enough stuff gets through anyways...and I have more of my heart to meditate on the Lord's precepts. The oceans of the world churn and froth with war and greed, so unless the living waters flowing through our souls are allowed to be still, how will we see the face of Jesus reflected therein?
I began to respond to this encouragement a couple weeks ago...then erased what I had wrote. Then I got busy moving into our new home. I am still not finished with that endeavor. This year has been filled with this world as you have noticed.
At the beginning of the year, my father died from a fall. One of the reasons we were moving to PA was to help him because of Parkinson's disease. Then I turned 50 and retired from UCLA. Then I moved all our belongings across country by myself. Then I drove our family across country. Then we rented a home. Then I got a new job working 12 midnight to 8am. Then we bought a home and now it is the end of the year.
And on top of that I have spent alot of time reading about related to government, history, and economics.
Again you wrote:
The oceans of the world churn and froth with war and greed, so unless the living waters flowing through our souls are allowed to be still, how will we see the face of Jesus reflected therein?
I look forward to this new year searching for those still waters. I need Him.
Love you brother
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Brother you couldn't even know what I just posted in "women shouldn't teach" I am really hurting and the LORD had you quote me and say
Brother Quin wrote;
The Greek word for church is ecclesia which means called out
The result of hearing and then doing what God's voice commands destroys one's hope in man and seperates that individual from the many who who fear man more than God. To be "called out" as Simeon and Anna became implies a style of life not centered in the hopes of this world. The fear of living for different hopes keeps many from searching beyond what is only superficial and vain.
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you couldn't even know what I just posted in "women shouldn't teach"
DQ, What a blessing to see out threads weaving together. A divine tapestry in the making, yes?
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I have been blessed richly reading your last post in this thread.
I look forward to this new year searching for those still waters. I need Him.
How precious it is to find a few like-minded saints to be honest with one another: we do need him. All around me are practical and urgent concerns competing for my earnest attention. In the midst of so much clamor and noise I rejoice at this most 'impractical' instruction...
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory
I need to believe that brother!
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life...1 John 5:11,12
This is the fellowship that I so desire with one another. Not a bunch of us talking about this problem or that solutuon...but preparing our hearts always for heaven. For...
...we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness...or under the sway of the wicked one. 1 John 5:19
Yet, having accepted this knowledge hardly brings us comfort...unless God himself comforts us through His Spirit. I mean it is good to talk about discerning the times...but like you said we need Jesus. Oh how I love the literalness of the statement you made. I need Him...more then investigating ideas about him, we need to Him. What kind of exchange is this that exists between our sorry hearts and the living God?...
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.1 John 5:20
any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
If indeed there is little time left in this world (I am not saying so)I just want to break my fixation with it's evil once and for all and spend my remaining days knowing the Lord.
There are those who don't have this desire...even in the church I have been criticized as if waiting on the Lord needs to be put off untill more urgent things are accomplished. Yet when are the urgent things ever finished 'being accomplished?'
Urgent indeed! For I still live in corruptable flesh...and I know that the closer I draw to the light the more painfully I am aware of the great difference between myself and Jesus. Yet this pain is part of being raised from unfeeling death to fullness of life...it is the searing and penetration that must come from the Light. Finally Someone in this deceptive and shadowed world is telling me the truth about myself. It is utterly astonishing that I am not struck dead by such a Holy gaze into my proud and conniving heart, but still more amazing is how He shows me abundant mercy and love...and more importantly, shows me a glimpse of the true God.
This is what my broken soul needs...not information about how to make money, or about how to defeat Islam, or any number of other practical concerns....no, my weary inner man needs the True God to live.
This is the true God, and eternal life.
Along these lines of being close to God...how wonderful you would encourage me with this...
...If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Bless you brother for drawing me closer to the Lord with your graceful speech.
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Sister Dorcas asked a long time ago...
Here is a lazy question from me, based on my eye being caught by the phrase 'both her kings'.
The two kings are Rezin of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel.
The Child who is born of the virgin, is Ahaz's son Hezekiah.
2 Chronicles 29:1...
Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David done.
Notice here in Scripture that Hezekiah did what was right, "according to all that his father David done."
Hezekiah's earthly father was Ahaz, yet Scripture says that David was his father...
3. "In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them...
Listen to his heart's desire...
10. "Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, the His fierce wrath may turn away from us. My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense."
Hezekiah from the moment he became king set out to do the Lord's will. I imagine that his earthly father king Ahaz witnessed his son's desire for the Lord God of Israel long before his death.
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be foresaken by both her kings...."
I believe the Child, that is given by God as a sign to Ahaz is his son Hezekiah, born from the Root of Jesse...
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