Sunday, February 25, 2018

GOD's Covenant with Man and the Animal Kingdom

GOD's rainbow is a covenant between GOD, man, and His animal kingdom, not man and man.

Genesis 9:12-16, "And GOD said, 'This is the sign of the covenant I Am making between Me and you and EVERY LIVING CREATURE with you, a covenant for ALL future generations (of man and animals): I (GOD) have placed My bow in the clouds and it will be a sign  of the covenant between Me and all the earth. When the bow appears  I (GOD) will remember My covenant  between Me and you  and ALL LIVING CREATURES: water will never again become a flood to destroy everything. The bow is an EVERLASTING covenant between GOD and all living creatures on earth.' "

Everlasting means forever and ever, for all eternity. GOD mentions this not just for mankind, but His animal kingdom too (all living creatures)!

The rainbow is significant because there is a holy one that encircles His throne in heaven signifying His Perfection and Holiness.

Revelation 4:3, "A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne."

The next time you see a rainbow, remember GOD's promise behind it, not just for yourself, but all of mankind AND His animal kingdom!

If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will witness all of this in His Holy Presence. If you don't know the salvation only Christ Jesus offers, you can have it. It is a free gift to you. Just admit you are a sinner. ("All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD." Romans 3:23) Then call on the LORD to save you. "For all who call upon the Name of the LORD (Jesus) will be saved." (Acts 2:21) Then begin knowing (by the WORD of the LORD, the Bible) all our Mighty GOD has in store for you now and all throughout eternity! Praise His Holy Name forevermore!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gifts Given to People

Ephesians 4:7-13, "To each one of us who has been given as Christ Jesus appointed. This is why it is said, 'When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men.' It was He (Jesus) Who gave some to be pastors and teachers, some to be evangelists, to prepare GOD's people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of GOD and become mature; attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."

Today I want to remember a great man of GOD, Billy Graham. He passed away Wednesday, February 21st. He is one of the evangelists Paul wrote about in the above verses. Praise our LORD GOD, Billy is with Him now!It is far better..."To be absent from the body and to be present with the LORD." (2 Corinthians 5:8)

Thank you, LORD GOD, for Your gift of Billy Graham to so many people in the world!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Animals Recognize and Are Tuned In To the Wisdom of GOD

God's Wisdom came to Balaam's donkey three different times when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD and Balaam did not see him! (Numbers 22:21-34) Animals see things that man does not see. 

"As recorded in the Bible's Book of Numbers, animals can recognize spirit-beings and their spirits are tuned into the wisdom of GOD." Quoted from, "Will I see Fido in Heaven" by Mary Buddemeyer-Porter, page 20. 

"As for men, GOD tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. As one dies, so does the other. All have the same breath, man has no advantage over the animal...all go to the same place. All come from the dust, and to dust all return." (Ecclesiastes 3:18-21)

"O GOD, the GOD of the spirits of ALL flesh" (Numbers 16:22) 

Again, referring back to Numbers 22:21-34, the spirit of animals is in tune to GOD. They abide in a fallen world, but did not inherit the sin nature that fallen man has. Sad to say they have to suffer for being in the food chain that was strictly because of man's fault, not that of their own. It was the result of what man did, not any of them. Because animals have a spirit from GOD, and did not sin in the Garden of Eden, they have never been separated from GOD as man has due to man's sinful nature. Maybe that is why they have sensory of GOD's angels and we do not. Hebrews 13:2 speaks of this, "...some people have entertained angels without knowing it." 

A question in Ecclesiastes 3:21 asks, "Where does the spirit of man and the animals go?" We find the answer in Romans 8:21, "The creatures themselves will be liberated from death and decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of GOD!" Man brought about sin and has to repent to be a child of GOD. The animals didn't commit the sin and do not have to repent. "Man is made in the image of GOD." (Genesis 1:27, 9:6) The animals were not. They were made after their own kind. (Genesis 1:25) They did what they were suppose to in the Garden of Eden, man did not and that's why we are now in a fallen world and the animals have to suffer too. But praise GOD Almighty. When this universe passes away with fervent heat (II Peter 3:10-12), the New Heavens, New Earth, and New Jerusalem will be forevermore (Revelation 21:1-4) GOD's elect will be in New bodies and the animals in their New bodies (Psalm 145:21, "Let ALL CREATURES praise His Holy Name FOREVER and EVER.") to forever be with our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD! The best is yet to come if you know Jesus Christ as your savior. If you don't, salvation is a free gift to you. Humble yourself and admit you are a sinner and ask Jesus to forgive you. He will and you will know it is for real!!!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Unity in the Body of Christ

Ephesians 4:1-6, "As a servant of the LORD, I (Paul) urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble, gentle...

"be patient, bearing with one another in love.

"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

"There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to one hope when you were called...

" LORD, one faith, one baptism; one GOD and Father of all, Who is over all and through all and in all!"

Our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD " not willing that any should be lost..." Matthew 18:14. It is each individual's choice to choose Christ Jesus as their Savior. Those who do, realize a joy that could never be realized before! The infilling of the Holy Spirit upon forgiveness of sins through Christ Jesus, opens up a relationship with our Creator GOD that is personal, fulfilling, and a grandeur only He can give to life in this fallen world. The blessed hope of what He has in store for His followers go beyond man's comprehension! Yet these riches in His storehouse are awaiting each who belong to Him forevermore in eternity in His very holy Presence!  Hallelujah to His Name!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Ask the Animals, They Will Teach You

Job 12:7-10, "Ask the animals, they will teach you, or the birds of the air and they will tell you;

"...or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,

"...or let the fish of the sea inform you.

"Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In HIS hand is the life of every creature AND the breath of all mankind."

Animals have knowledge of GOD their Creator! It's amazing to me in my daily prayers when I pray the scriptures of the animals praising GOD their Creator, my dog will come to me from another room and lay her head in my lap, wagging her tail! I have placed these prayers at different times in my daily devotion and she will still approach me no matter if I pray it at the beginning, somewhere in the middle, or at the end of my devotions! Animals acknowledge their Creator!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Paul's Prayer for the Ephesians and Christians Today

Ephesians 3:14-21, "...I kneel before the Father from Whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray out of His glorious riches...

"...He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with the saints to grasp how wide, long, high, and deep is the Love of Christ...

"...and to know this love that surpasses understanding, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of GOD. Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that works within us...

" Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen."

You can know the beginning stages of His glory! If you have not received Jesus as your Savior, it begins there! Accept Him as your LORD, paying for your sins on the Cross and His Spirit will enter and begin to lead you in the Way. You will begin to realize and understand His Word, the Bible, is a treasure map to His eternity for you and what He has in store for you throughout all eternity! His Riches in Glory He offers to you, freely for your accepting it!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

GOD Asks Job Ten Questions.

Job 12:7-10, Question 1. Did you give the beautiful feathers unto the peacock...

...or wings that flap proudly to the ostrich?
Question 2. Does the Eagle mount up at your word... make her nest on high?

Question 3. Do you know when the wild goats of the rock will bear young?

Question 4. Can you mark when the hinds do calf?

Question 5. Who provides for the raven his food?

Question 6. Do the lions depend on you to hunt their prey for them?

Question 7. Can you fill the appetites of the young lions?

Question 8. Were you the one who gave the horse strength or clothed his neck with thunder?

Question 9. Can you catch a Leviathan with a fish hook or a lasso?

Question 10. Look at the behemoth, see how he eats grass, his muscles are strong as stones, his bones like bars of iron, he drinks up a river and is in no hurry. Who made him, Job?

These questions show us GOD is watching over ALL His animal kingdom. Who knows the conversations He intimately communicates to them all! He does so with us who have accepted Him as LORD and Savior!  Just as He has a personal relationship with each of us why would he not do so with all of his creatures too? He is their Creator as well! Honor Him by giving Him glory for all of the beautiful animals He has created for us to enjoy! Would He not give them eternal life with Him as well!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Paul, Preacher to the Gentiles

Ephesians 3:1-3, "Surely you have read about the administration of GOD's grace given to me (Paul) for you, that is the mystery made known to me by revelation (on the road to Damascus), as I have already written. (Acts 9:1-6) Reading this you will be able to understand my insight to the...

"...which was not made known to other men in other generations as it now has been revealed by the Spirit of GOD's holy apostles and prophets. This mystery IS THAT through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and shares together in the promise of Jesus Christ. This gospel is by the gift of GOD's grace given me through the working of His preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (I preach) to everyone the administration of this mystery which was kept hidden in GOD, Who created all things. His intent, that now through the church...

"...the manifold wisdom of GOD should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our LORD. In Him and through faith in Him...

"...WE MAY APPROACH GOD with freedom and confidence. Don't be discouraged because of my (Paul's) sufferings for you, which are your glory."

Jesus told us in John 16:33, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!" And through Him we will also!

I John 4:4-6, "You, children, are from GOD, the One Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world! Those who have the viewpoint of the world listens to the world. Whoever knows GOD listens to GOD. This is how we recognize the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of falsehood."

If you do not know the LORD GOD, you can and you can know His Truth. Simply admit you are a sinner against Almighty GOD, ask Him to forgive you of your sins, He will and His Spirit, spoken about previously will enter you and begin to lead, guide, and direct you through His Word! His riches in glory will be opened to you and your eternal future for all eternity with Him is yours!