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The Righteous are Bold as a Lion

Precious Morsels July 7, 2020The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

King Ahab of Israel was a wicked king, who married an exceedingly wicked Sidonian woman (Jezebel). She brought the worship of her false god Baal into Israel and tried to destroy worship of the true and living GOD, by killing all HIS prophets (1 Kin 18:13).

Under their leadership, the people of Israel tried to combine worshiping GOD and worshipping Baal. This idolatry prevented their hearts from being united to our GOD (Psa 86:11), loving HIM only (Mrk 12:30), worshiping and serving HIM alone (Deu 6:10-13, Mat 4:10).

As a result, GOD sent HIS prophet Elijah, to the king and the nation of Israel to:
1. confront the king and the nation with their sin (1 Kin 18:21)
2. turn their hearts back to the true and living GOD (1 Kin 18:37-39)
3. demonstrate there was only one true and living GOD in Israel (1 Kin 18:22-36)
4. destroy Baal worship (1 Kin 18:40)
5. end the famine, HE called because of the idolatry (1 Kin 18:41-46)

Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he killed all the prophets of Baal and Asherah with a sword. Jezebel sent a message to Elijah threatening that she would end his life the next day. Elijah was afraid and ran for his life (1 Kin 19:1-3).

Elijah’s fear of Jezebel the enemy before him, caused him to forget the powerful GOD beside him. His fear brought depression and discouragement. Our loving GOD met Elijah right where he lay down in disheartenment, raised him up, and provided the sustenance he needed for the journey to meet with HIM at Horeb, the mountain of GOD (1 Kin 19:4-14).

After GOD met with Elijah, HE sent him back to Israel (1 Kin 19:15). What??? Yes, GOD sent him back to continue his ministry. Elijah would continue to stand before his enemies, delivering The WORD of our GOD (1 Kin 21:1-29, 2 Kin 1:1-18).

As my thoughts were full of amazement at what our loving GOD just pointed out to me, in this particular testimony of Elijah; HE gently said “the righteous don’t run from their enemies, they stand before them.” And then HE said “Proverbs 28:1”

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.

The word “bold” in Proverbs 28:1 literally means “confident.” And why are we confident as a lion? Because GOD HIMSELF is our confidence (Pro 3:26, Psa 71:5). If HE is for us, who is against us? (Rom 8:31, Psa 116:6-8, Isa 54:17)

If you are fearful, worried, discouraged, disheartened, get up and put your trust in The LORD. HE is your help and shield (Psa 115:11). HE knows everything that is happening to you (Heb 4:13), HE knows all your needs (Mat 6:31-32). When you take your eyes off your circumstances and place them on HIM, HE will give you HIS peace that surpasses all understanding (Php 4:6-7).

All Things Work Together For Good!

Precious Morsels 2 June 27, 2020And we know that GOD causes all things to work together for good
To those who love GOD
To those who are called according to HIS purpose
Romans 8:28

In 2 Kings 4:8-37, our Beloved LORD GOD tells us about a gracious Shunammite woman who provided food and lodging for HIS prophet Elisha. She did not do it for profit, she did not do it to get something in return, she did it because she perceived he was a man of GOD.

Elisha wanting to repay the Shunammite woman for her kindness, called her and asked what he could do for her, she basically told him “nothing” and departed. She indeed appeared to have everything, but the prophet’s servant noticed that she had no son, and her husband was an old man. Elisha called her back and told her that at this season next year she will be holding her own son, in her arms. And indeed, my GOD blessed her with a son that very next year.

One day after her son had grown into a young boy, he went out to the fields with his father, but began to experience a severe headache. The boy’s father instructed his servants to take the boy to his mother, where after a few hours he died. The Shunammite woman carried her dead son up to the room, she and her husband had built for the Elisha and his servant to sleep in. She placed her son on Elisha’s bed and then went to find Elisha. She found him and did not leave his side until he returned to her home with her. Elisha entered his room, closed the door behind him and prayed to our Beloved LORD GOD. When the boy’s life was restored, Elisha gave him back to his mother.

Why would our loving GOD allow this child to die in the first place? The Shunammite woman had not asked for him, though she loved him, and was very blessed to have him. And even though our Beloved LORD GOD restored this boy’s life, why would this faithful woman be allowed to experience such heartbreak?

Later, in 2 Kings 8:1-6, our Beloved LORD GOD tells HIS servant Elisha, that a severe famine would come up on the land of Israel where the Shunammite woman lived. And upon the advice of Elisha, she and her household temporarily moved to a neighboring land without famine, for seven years. At the end of seven years, she and her household returned, but she needed help from the king to get her home and field back. Just before she went to the king to appeal for her home and field, he heard about the death and restoration of her son’s life. Shortly after, she came to the king, he was told, “this is the woman whose son had died, and his life restored through the prophet Elisha.” Once she confirmed the events that actually happened to her son, the king appointed a certain officer to restore all that was hers, and all the produce of the field during the entire time of the famine. So, our Beloved LORD GOD not only restored what belonged to her, but also provided for her and her household for the next seven years.

Truly through the testimony of the Shunammite woman, we witness all things work together for good. Even a situation so horrific and hurtful, that in the midst of the suffering, would cause you to wonder how our loving GOD could possibly be working in that situation. And yet we see that HE did!

Be encouraged. If you love the LORD (which means both loving HIM and obeying HIS Will – John 14:15), indeed every situation, every circumstance in your life, HE is working out for good.

To The Praise of HIS Glory

To The Praise of HIS GloryTo the end
That we who were the first to hope in CHRIST
Would be
To the praise of HIS glory
Ephesians 1:12

I have been doing a personal study through The Book of Revelation. I wanted to understand through The WORD, the background of the saints in the Church of Ephesus (Rev 2:1), so I could better understand our Beloved LORD JESUS CHRIST’s message to them (Rev 2:2-7). After praying for understanding, my Beloved LORD JESUS led me first to do a background study in The BIBLE on the activities and events surrounding Ephesus. I was amazed at all that occurred there, but we won’t be discussing it in this study. HE then directed my study to Ephesians where I studied the saints in Ephesus, and HIS instruction to them and us today. From the very first chapter HE begin sharing awesome truths. In this study of Ephesians 1:12, we will look at why and how the following two purposes of GOD were accomplished:
• Those who were first to hope in CHRIST
• To the praise of HIS glory

Who are “those who were first to hope in CHRIST?” The Jewish nation. The Gospel was first preached to this nation by JESUS HIMSELF (Mrk 1:14-15, Luk 4:16-21, Luk 20:1) the apostles (Luk 9:1-6, Act 13:2-5, Act 14:8-15), and the brethren from the Church in Jerusalem (Act 8:1-4, Act 8:25-40, Act 11:19-24).

Why did GOD choose the Jewish nation to be the first to hope in CHRIST? For three reasons:
1) The nation of Israel was HIS firstborn (Exd 4:22). Israel was the first nation on earth that GOD chose to be HIS people (Exd 19:5-6, Deu 7:6, Psa 100:3), and as such, GOD called them HIS firstborn (Jer 31:9).
2) Fulfillment of prophesy. Sinful rulers, prophets and priests (Mic 3:1-12), destroyed and scattered GOD’s flock from the house of Israel (Jer 23:1-2, Eze 34:1-10). But through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, our Beloved LORD GOD prophesied “HE would gather the remnant of HIS scattered flock” (Jer 23:3-4, Eze 34:11-16). When Immanuel (Mat 1:23), The Great Shepherd (Heb 13:20, Jhn 10:11, 1 Pet 2:24-25), came into the world HE fulfilled these prophecies by gathering the remnant of the lost from the house of Israel (Mat 10:5-6, Mat 15:24, Act 3:26).
3) Fulfillment of prophesy. Our Beloved LORD GOD through HIS prophets Isaiah and Micah prophesied that “The WORD of The LORD would go forth from Jerusalem” (Isa 2:3, Mic 4:2, Luk 24:47).

Is that why HE says “to the Jew first?” Yes (Rom 1:16). The Good Shepherd came first to save the lost from the House of Israel (Rom 9:27). We must also realize that salvation comes from the Jews through our Beloved Savior JESUS CHRIST (Jhn 4:22, Rom 9:4-5). And the Jewish nation was the first nation entrusted with The WORD of GOD (Rom 3:1-2), starting with Moses (Act 7:38, Luk 24:44-45).

Has all the remnant from the Jewish nation been gathered? No, the gathering of the remnant began among those who turned to The LORD JESUS CHRIST and away from their sin during the first coming of JESUS; but it will continue until HIS return, or second coming (Rom 11:25-28).

What does it mean that the Jewish nation “would be to the praise of HIS glory?” Through Jewish prophets, JESUS CHRIST and Jewish believers in JESUS, men from every nation will praise GOD for the display of HIS power, grace, mercy, lovingkindness, forgiveness and fulfillment of HIS WORD. Men from every nation throughout the New Testament and today, witness:
• fulfillment of ancient prophecies through the mouth of HIS Jewish prophets (King David-Psa 16:8-11↔Act 2:22-32; Isaiah-Isa 9:6-7↔Mat 1:21-23, Isa 53:1-12↔; Daniel- Dan 9:25-26↔Luk 2:11, Jhn 4:25-26; Joel-Joe 2:28-32↔Act 2:14-21; Luk 24:44)
• mighty acts performed through our Precious JESUS (Act 2:22↔Luk 7:21-22) and through HIS apostles (Act 12:1-18, Act 16:16-34)
• powerful miracles performed at the hands of JESUS (Mat 14:15-21, Mat 15:32-38, Jhn 2:1-11) and HIS apostles (Act 3:1-10, Act 8:4-8, Act 19:11-12)
• undeniable transformations of the apostles (Act 4:13, Act 9:19-22)
• irrefutable events occurring at the point of JESUS death (Mat 27:45-54), at HIS resurrection (Mat 28:1-10), and before HIS return to ABBA FATHER (1 Cor 15:3-8)

Do men still today give GOD praise because of the lives of HIS people? Yes, because JESUS is the same today, as HE was yesterday and forever (Heb 13:8), and when we truly follow HIM, men of all nations glorify ABBA FATHER (Mat 5:16). It is also important to mention, that when people profess to know The LORD JESUS CHRIST, yet do not walk faithfully with HIM, it causes HIS NAME to be blasphemed (Rom 2:17-24).

Departing from there, JESUS went along by the Sea of Galilee
And having gone up on the mountain, HE was sitting there
And large crowds came to HIM
Bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others
And they laid them down at HIS feet
And HE healed them
So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored
And the lame walking, and the blind seeing
And they glorified the GOD of Israel
Matthew 15:29-31

I Will Trust HIM No Matter What

I will Trust HIM no matter whatI just want to take this time and give my Beloved LORD GOD glory, honor and praise. HE has been so faithful, and a very present help throughout my life. Many times and in many ways I have faced very difficult circumstances, sometimes so severe that the words from Psalm 94:17-19, echoed from my heart:

If GOD hadn’t been there for me,
I never would have made it.
The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,”
YOUR love, GOD, took hold and held me fast.
When I was upset and beside myself,
YOU calmed me down and cheered me up.
(THE MESSAGE translation)

Because of HIS consistent love, faithfulness and help, I realized in the midst of my latest trial HE truly has brought me to a place where regardless of the outcome, I trust HIM.

I know that HE loves me, and all things are working together for good. And my present circumstances nor the eventual outcome will change my love, trust and confidence in HIM. HE indeed is a good, good FATHER.

The severe pain I am currently suffering from shingles does not stop my soul from greatly rejoicing in my Beloved LORD GOD. These past few weeks have given me understanding of the prophet Habakkuk’s words in Habakkuk 3:17-19:

Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in The LORD,
I will rejoice in The GOD of my salvation.
The LORD GOD is my strength,
And HE has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.
(NASB translation)