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Open Door to Paradise

 

 

Open Door to Paradise

Genesis 2:8 “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.  The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

Genesis 2:15 “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

“We serve a G-d of order,and He reveals to us in the natural what He wants us to see in the supernatural.” ETZ CHAIM;TREE OF LIFE,  by Messianic Rabbi, Eric E. Walker.

The garden of Eden was on the east side of the land of Eden. In the midst (middle) of the garden stood the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of Life.  
The Garden of Eden was the place of God’s dwelling, a holy place, a place to meet with and have fellowship with Adam and Eve.  It is picture of our heavenly dwelling place where we will have our eternal home.

We see from the scripture that God breathe life into Adam and then put him in the garden to tend and care for it.  God brought the animals to Adam to see what he would call them. Adam needed a helpmeet so God created Eve and brought her to him.   Together they walked with God in the cool of the evening.  All was as it should be…It was good.
But there was a creature in the garden that would lead them the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Temptation…lust of the eye…the pride of life..man is always looking for more.  Satan beguiled Eve with the thought that she could know more.  After having a conversation with Satan, she desired to know the difference between good and evil. Obviously she did think this through. She tasted and as we sometimes do, we get others to be join us in our sin.  Adam took the bait.

Banishment! Separation from the holy place, separation from walking in close relationship with their creator and friend.  

Genesis 3:22-23 “The Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil.  And now, lest he put out his hand and take also the tree of life, and eat and live forever” therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.”

Separation from God after walking with Him was bad enough.  But how much worse it would have been to have taken from the tree of life and be doomed forever to live in their sinful state.
God is just but in His justice He shows mercy.  He had a plan for redemption. There would be restoration.  God would reveal His plan in time.  His plan is veiled throughout the Old Testament. It is in the tent of meeting in the wilderness; it is in the Temple.  All over God’s Word are shadows and types of sanctuaries of God showing us “the way” back to the place of God’s dwelling.  From the tabernacle door facing east to the veiled curtains leading to the holy of holies with cherubim embroidered on them, God reveals Himself to His people

  • Genesis 3:24 “So He drove out the man; and He place cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”

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The door/gate to the garden of Eden is closed but the door to eternal life remains open for a little while longer.
The way to the tree of life is now blocked, the barrier between man and God is closed.  They were driven away from the “east”.  The “east” is associated many times in God’s Word with holiness.  Jesus will one day come in the “eastern sky”.  The lost life in Eden was found in a garden tomb 2000 years ago.  Redemption once again was provided for the way to the tree of life.  One day the dwelling place of God will be occupied by His people again.

Revelation 22:1-6  “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.  They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.  There shall be no more night there; They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”

 

https://youtu.be/fORhnYILTSo  Hallelujah by Casting Crowns

Longing for the day but love working for the Master,

Freda Reynolds

What’s behind Door #1?

Richard Croft [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A door is a moving structure used to block off, and allow access to, an entrance to or within an enclosed space, such as a building . (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki)

Jesus gives access to heaven.  God also closes doors that protects and guide His people.  Revelation 3:8 “Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut..”

Doors–

My grandparents lived in a home in the country with a screened door on every entrance. I can hear grandma telling us, “Don’t let that door slam!”  We were in and out so many times a day and every time we would forget. We were busy kiddos and we hit that door at full speed.

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These days it seems I am hearing  different doors opening and closing in the spiritual realm. We will begin looking at “doors in the bible” this week.   The first door everyone needs to open is the door of your heart where Jesus stands knocking.  He wants to come in all enjoy your company, give you a life abundant and bring you to an eternal home with Him one day.

Once you have secured that door, there are others He wants to take you through.

The next door is the door to your prayer closet.  This is a special place you go to  pray to the Father in secret.   Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.”

A prayer room can mean different things to each of us.  After seeing the movie, War Room, a trend began of converting a special place to spiritual warfare and worship.  Having a time and a place where we can bring our praise and request to God pleases the Father.  Communication and time spent with Jesus gives strength for each day.  You may not have a room where you can get alone with God. If not, consider finding a quiet place for your devotion time.   It is told of John Wesley’s mom that she sat in a chair with an apron over her head as a sign to her children that she was praying and they were not to bother her. Jesus spent nights on the hillside of the Mount of Olives. “Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives.” Luke 21:37   When we are praying in a solitary place, just Jesus and us, we can focus better without distractions.  There is no one there to impress except the only one that matters, Jesus, our Father, and the Holy Spirit who is guiding our prayer and interceding for us when we don’t have a clue how to pray for a situation.


Interesting fact about a pictograph in the Hebrew language.


If you have followed this blog for a while, you know we love to search out treasures hidden in God’s Word.  These may be thoughts, ideas or things you already know but they are pearls for us.  Von and I are known for our pearl gatherings.  So, here is my latest find, it is the richness of the original Hebrew language. (I’m not learning to speak Hebrew but it is a fascinating language to me).


The Hebrew language has hidden treasures to search out.  God’s Word is never boring!!!

In the alphabet for the Hebrew language the 4th letter is daleth .  (By Akbo (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)  The dalet is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The word picture for dalet is “door”, (and sometimes the leaf of a gate or a page) it is something that opens. (http://www.biblelandstudies.com/dalet.html)

Follow the link to learn more about the Hebrew alphabet. http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/Aleph-Bet/aleph-bet.html

http://www.thelivingword.org.au/grand-design/session4.php


 

Jesus stands at the door, whether our hearts door or the door to our prayer room, he bends his ear to hear from us as we bend our hearts in humbleness to accept his gift of grace and enter through the narrow gate to our eternal home in heaven.

Hopefully, we will  look through some of the doors that God wants to open for us. God is always moving in the hearts and lives of His people.  He wants us to watch and we see where He working go and join in. (Experiencing God, Henry Blackerby)

Sweep Me Away -by Kari Jobe

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Treading on,

Freda Reynolds

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Saving our moments in Time

 


 

Seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, decades, all are parts of the precious commodity of time which slips by as stealthily and quietly as the clouds on a summer day.

 

 

 

Ephesians 5:15 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Psalms 90:10 “The years of our life are seventy or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone and we fly away.”

James 4:14 “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a time and then vanishes.”

Kenneth Wuest-  (excerpts from preceptaustin.org)The word TIME (Gk = kairos) is better translated OPPORTUNITY and refers to a fixed and definite period of time during which something can be accomplished that cannot be accomplished after the time has passed. The idea of kairos is not “clock time” (Gk – chronos) but what one writer refers to as “kingdom opportunities.” Wuest adds that Paul’s “idea is not to make best use of time as such, which is what we should do in the sense of not wasting it, but of taking advantage of the OPPORTUNITIES that present themselves.” The time/opportunity for bringing forth fruit is the spring SEASON (kairos) in which the tree bears fruit, in contrast to late autumn, when there is no fruit. And so kairos is the time which God allots to each believer to bring forth for themselves “spiritual fruit.”

Sammy Tippit, an evangelist, writes in his book, Fire in the Heart,


There’s one thing I won’t be able to do in heaven:  bring the lost to Jesus.


Our lives should be about seizing opportunities. I Peter 3:15b, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.”

From Wuest:(preceptaustin.org) The word OPPORTUNITY is derived from the Latin “ob portu.” In ancient times before modern harbors, ships had to wait for the timing of the tide before they could make it safely to port. Thus “OB PORTU,” described the ship waiting “FOR PORT,” ready to seize the crucial moment when it could ride the tide into safe harbor. The captain knew that if he missed the passing tide, the ship would have to wait for another tide to come in. God gives each of us many “ob portu’s”, but we must be spiritually wise and Spirit filled in order to see and seize them. As Charles Swindoll said “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities (ob portu’s) brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” Shakespeare’s famous line from Julius Caesar conveys the same thought: “There is a tide in the affairs of men (an “ob portu”), Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.” In short, KAIROS conveys the sense of an “opportune time,” a “window of opportunity”.

Jim Croce from the 70’s wrote the song If I Could Save In A Bottle.  The words were of his love for his family.  The song came to mind, when I was thinking about what to write today.( I believe God does that sometimes. He reveals things from out of no where and from very unusual places).  But in my spirit I felt the Lord saying, Is this the longing of your heart? “Then I save every day til eternity passes away just to spend it with you” Yes, Jesus, Yes that’s my heart.  But I fail to seize the opportunities to spend time with you now!

 

Jim Croce  singing If I Could Save Time in a Bottle

Missed opportunities.  Wasted lives. Below is a picture of the grandfather and grandmother.  Two of the most influential people in my young years.  They provided for me, they cared for me when I was sick, they protected me from so many things, and they saw to it that I had a way to church every week.

My grandfather was a strong but quiet man.  So kind and loving. My memories to this day will bring tears to my eyes just to see him and think of his love for me.

But he came to Christ late in his life.  His goodness and kindness was a little bit of the “good ole boy” style.  I am a good person so God will let me into heaven!   But one day he realized that his goodness would never be good enough.  God’s  standard was perfection! No man except Jesus had ever been that perfect.  Once Grandpa realized that he could never be good enough, there was a change in him.  I remember sitting with him in church one night while we were singing an old old hymn.  Wasted Years, wasted years, O How Foolish. (Lyrics below written by Red Foley)

Wasted years, wasted years, oh, how foolish
As you walk on in darkness and fear
Turn around, turn around, love is calling
Keeps calling me from a life of wasted years.

Have you wandered a lot on life’s pathway
Have you lived without love, a life of tears
Have you searched for a great higher meaning
Or is your life filled with long wasted years?

Wasted years, wasted years, oh, how foolish
As you walk on in darkness and fear
Turn around, turn around, love is calling
Keeps calling you from a life of wasted years…

The people sang that song, and the tears began to flow.  He was so burdened about the life he felt he’d wasted for Christ.  Yes, He loved his family, provided for them in every way he could. He was kind to his neighbors. So many good things he had done in his life.  But his children were lost.  I pray they turned to the Lord in time but he grieved over those years that he did not bring his children to know about Jesus.  I watched it and I am convinced that although he maybe failed his children, many of his grandchildren have reaped the rewards of his prayers at the altar on his knees praying for his family.  But the missed opportunities were past and grief and regret were a constant companion.
I am so thankful that I know my grandparents are waiting for us in heaven!.  We won’t have to save time in a bottle.  We will spend eternity with Jesus and each other.

My prayer is that I will be that influence on my children and grandchildren.  I pray that their lives will not be wasted but they will redeem the time. Making the most of the years Jesus gives to them.   Time is a precious commodity!
Seize the moments. Look for opportunities to bring others to know Jesus.

Carpe Diem,

Treading on,

Freda Reynolds

 

Bookends

Pietro Perugino [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Everything to Me by Avalon

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.  Matthew 27:57-60

Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the Council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.  Mark 15:42-46

“Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid.”  Luke 23:50-53

After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.  John 19:38-42

A tale of two Joseph’s:  Two very different bookends to the life of Christ.   A man named Joseph welcomed Jesus into the world.  Another man named Joseph prepared His body after Jesus departed the world.   The first Joseph was poor.  This Joseph rich.  The first Joseph wrapped the baby in swaddling clothes and laid Jesus in a manger, the last Joseph wrapped His Savior in a clean linen shroud and laid him in his very own, never before used tomb.   The Joseph of Jesus’ youth was a carpenter, carving wood.  Joseph of the town of Arimathea, was a follower of Jesus and had a tomb carved out of the rock.  Mary’s Joseph served as a father to Jesus.  Joseph of Arimathea served as a disciple, benefactor, and friend.  Joseph of Nazareth protected Jesus from death and provided for his early years and Joseph from Arimathea was unable to protect Jesus from death but provided a respectable  burial.

Joseph of Arimathea, as a member of the Sanhedrin, was now in a precarious position.  Somehow, he summoned the courage to approach Pilate and request the body of Jesus for burial.  This was granted and he took Jesus body and out of his own wealth, he purchased the burial linen and placed Him in the tomb purchased for his own resting place, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah.  (Isaiah 53:9)  Joseph and fellow Sanhedrin member, Nicodemus, completed the task of preparing the body of Jesus for burial as best they could as nightfall quickly approached and then Joseph sealed the tomb.  Silence now follows a day of unbelievable chaos and confusion.  All will be silent until……………….

All four gospel authors took note of the service of Joseph of Arimathea.  He was well known to them.  Had Joseph stood and watched the Lamb of God take away the sins of the world and because he was “looking for the kingdom of God,”  Did he understand he witnessed the fulfillment of prophecy?  I wonder if Joseph is aware the curtain in the Temple has been ripped in two and now the Holy of Holies is open to all?  Can you sense how this rich, wise, and religious man’s mind is spinning like a top?  Did Joseph and Nicodemus utter a word as they walked away from the garden tomb?

As awful as this day was for Christ, as He felt the hate, he looked across the faces and He knew He was loved his entire earthly life.  He knew He had accomplished all the Father had given Him to do.   Not one word He was suppose to say went unsaid.   Courage had risen from deep within, not only in Christ Jesus, but the women, Joseph and Nicodemus, a man named Simon, John the beloved disciple, and even a thief.   As His body lay on the cold slab of granite, The King of Kings was completing His mission.  He was facing the enemy of God and as He held out His nail-pierced hand, the enemy accepted defeat and relinquished the keys of hell and death!   His disciples had run away, this is true.  Jesus told them they would.  He was not caught by surprise.  He knew they would return, find forgiveness, and never again be fearful.  The rest of their lives would be characterized by great boldness, incredible courage, and the faith to move mountains.

Two bookends named Joseph play a vital role in the life of Christ and assisting Mary in the care of the Son of God.  A picture of the humanity Christ came to save: rich and poor, learned and simple, blue collar and white collar, fearful and courageous, family and friend.”  Perfect love had been perfectly provided for by His Father from first to final breath.

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Perfect Love by Darlene Zschech

Treading in Love,

Yvonne Jones

Last Words-Hear Cries

 

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The Day He Wore My Crown, Instrumental

Seven sayings from the cross.  Jesus is hanging on to life by an invisible thread.  Every breath takes more energy than He has to expend.  Yet, seven times, He summons from the depth of His being the strength to speak.  What do these seven sayings reveal?  Dying words are memorable words:  Words of utmost importance to both the speaker and the listener.

Words of forgiveness.    Words of promise.    Words of compassion and care to His mother and disciple, John.   Words of heart wrenching pain.    Words of need.    Words of accomplishment.  Words of relinquishment.

  • Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34. …
  • Today you will be with me in paradise. Luke 23:43. …
  • Behold your son: behold your mother. …John 19:26
  • My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? …Mark 15:33-34
  • I thirst. …John 19:28
  • It is finished. …John 19:28
  • Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.  Luke 24:36

What do these say to us today.   Oh so much!

What love and compassion Jesus expressed as He asked His Father to not hold to our account the sins being laid on Him both in that moment and from eternity past into the future until His return.  So often, we do sin without even realizing we are:  Our eyes are so blinded by the enemy.  In I John we are reminded we too can ask the Father to  forgive the sins of others! (I John 5:14-16)  How often do I do this?  Not as often as I ask Him to heap coals on their heads.  (Proverbs 25:21-23)  I tend to be more interested in recompense than redemption.

Ahhhh, today, I can be with Him in Paradise.  My salvation is not dependent on performance only on acceptance of who He is and the price He paid.  This is HOPE!  This is LOVE!  This is Salvation!

John 19:26 records Jesus words to His disciple John and His mother, Mary.  John is the only disciple near the foot of the cross.  Jesus four brothers (Mark 6:3) are nowhere to be seen.  There is no mention of His sisters.   Mary, is alone in her grief.  Her firstborn son is dying a cruel, and gruesome death.  She is helpless to intervene and her heart has been pierced.  Jesus speaks tenderly to her as John stands next to her.  He tells her to lean on John.  He transfers to John the responsibility of caring for His mother as an eldest son, charged with her care after the death of His earthly father, Joseph.    Why would Jesus transfer His sonship to John?  I have two theories.  One is, His brothers are not sympathetic to Jesus (Mark 3:20-21) and would not be supportive of His precious Mother’s loss because they were jealous of Jesus and His relationship with His mother and they think Jesus is “touched in the head,” as we say in the South.   The other theory is this:  His brothers would also be martyred (James, Brother of Jesus, Wikipedia)  and this would provide for His mother until her death consistently.  Jesus already knew His brothers would soon come to faith (Acts 1:14) and also die for the cause of Christ before Mary’s life would come to an end.  I tend to now lean on the second.  Jesus knew the suffering His mother’s heart would endure for the sake of the Kingdom.

We are told John took Mary into his own home and cared for her tenderly (John 19:27) as if she were his own sweet mama.  John escorted Mary to the tomb and he made sure she was among those watching and waiting for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  (Acts 1:15)

February 20, 2017’s post, When Heaven is Silent, covers this saying.  Jesus too experienced the silence of Heaven.  Was Jesus forsaken?  Yes, in that moment it felt like abandonment but the reality was God simply could not rescue His Son and accomplish all THEY desired to be accomplished at the cross—our salvation, the restoration of our relationship with our Heavenly Father, and the redemption of the world.

Jesus thirst was physical and spiritual.  He was past the point of dehydration based on blood and fluid loss from trauma.  The fact He is still conscious is miraculous and speaks of the physical condition of the Son of God.   His spiritual thirst is based on His trials of the past week.   The sins of the world are heaped upon His mutilated body and ravished soul.  His thirst will not be quenched with vinegar (this is just plain cruel) nor can it be quenched by His Father’s presence, for He has turned away.  (Matthew 27:34 and Matthew 27:46-47)

At this point, Jesus has given all He had to give and taken on all the sins of the entire world for all eternity.  He has done what He came to earth as God incarnate to do.  Nothing else is required of HIm.  He need only enter the spirit realm and retrieve the keys of hell and death…………..they belong to HIM!  He does this and once the keys are firmly in His holy hands He says for all the world to hear  IT. IS. FINISHED!  Sins debt is paid in full.  The serpent’s head has been crushed. All God’s children can come home!   Heaven sings!  The earth rejoices!  God smiles!  The veil is torn (Matthew 27:51) and we are invited into the throne room of Almighty God.  Let this soak into your sweet soul.

Jesus last words were “Father, into Your hands I commit my Spirit.”  He took His last earthly breath.  His Spirit returns to the Father (Luke 23:43) who in three days will raise His glorified body and His Spirit will then be shared with all believers.  The Spirit of the Living Christ dwelling in the hearts of men, (I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19, II Corinthians 6:16)  teaching them, bringing to their remembrance His words, teachings, lessons, example, and resurrection power!  (John 14:26)  God the Father, sent His Spirit with the command to go into all the world preaching the good news, casting out demons, healing the sick, and raising the dead. (Mark 16:15, Matthew 10:8)   He gave us His power to open doors, open hearts, and prove He is who He said He is.  To fully recognize the power of the Spirit of God is to be able to witness with courage in the face of persecution.  Jesus said “if they hate you remember they hated me first.”  (John 15:18, Mark 13:13)

These seven sayings of Jesus prove one last time under the worst of conditions He is indeed the Son of the Living God.  HIs love, compassion, forgiveness, holiness, and power on display.  Lifted up on a pole for all to look upon and be saved:  The fulfillment of all God promised His people in the wilderness to escape the curse of the snake. (Numbers 21:8)

Glory to God in the Highest and on earth Peace toward man.   He Chose the Nails, and for Six Hours One Friday He proved His love and forgiveness and on Sunday, God Moved the Stone and He will Still move yours.   (titles by Max Lucado)  This day was The Day He Wore My Crown.

Treading in THANKSGIVING,

Yvonne Jones

The Promise of His Presence

The Promise of His Presence

“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Psalms 16:9 NLT

Is there anyone you just loved to be around?  Is there a special someone you admire, someone who absolutely fills your emotional tank and makes you feel good about yourself?  As a child, almost every one of us had that person we look up to. For me, that person was my granddad. I wanted to follow him around and go with him wherever he went.   Being in his presence gave this little girl a feeling of joy,security and peace.  Everything would be alright as long as granddad was with me.  The day he died was one of the hardest days of my life.  At 16 years old, I felt as though my world was collapsing.  He is one of the first people I will look for in heaven after I spend time with Jesus.  

I believe that is the way David felt about the LORD.  Many of the Psalms written by David express his love, longing and dependence on His God.  We find these psalms comforting in our times of struggles.  We seek God’s presence when we can’t handle life by ourselves.  But we forget that He is always with us.  We can know His presence dwells within us in the good times also.  
Here are some of the resources His presence provides for us all the time. We just need to seek Him and we will find that:

  1. There is fullness of joy in His presence. Psalms 16:11 “ You will make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy.
  2. There are times of refreshing that comes from being in the presence of the LORD. Acts 3:19 “Therefore repent and turn so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…”
  3. There is rest in His presence Exodus 33:14 “And He said, ‘My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then he (Moses) said to Him, ‘If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here’.
  4. There is a place of refuge and strength in His presence. Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

(From utmost.org.  Oswald Chambers)
“Having the reality of God’s presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually. Our problems arise when we refuse to place our trust in the reality of His presence. The experience the psalmist speaks of— “We will not fear, even though…” (Psalm 46:2)— will be ours once we are grounded on the truth of the reality of God’s presence, not just a simple awareness of it, but an understanding of the reality of it. Then we will exclaim, “He has been here all the time!” At critical moments in our lives it is necessary to ask God for guidance, but it should be unnecessary to be constantly saying, “Oh, Lord, direct me in this, and in that.” Of course He will, and in fact, He is doing it already! If our everyday decisions are not according to His will, He will press through them, bringing restraint to our spirit. Then we must be quiet and wait for the direction of His presence.  www.Utmost.org

How do we come into His presence? We can’t see God, we can’t touch Him, but we can sense His presence as His children.  He says he is with us. He will never leave us.  He even sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts so that we might know Him in a personal way.  
We can enter His presence when we show our gratitude. Psalms 95: 2-3. “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving. Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.  For the Lord is the great God and the great King above all gods.”

We are in His presence when we are serving as Jesus served.
Psalms 100:2-5 “Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.  Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with ,Thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations.
 
When we come to Him in faith believing and trusting in Him for forgiveness of our sin, He comes to dwell within us. He is always there.  Psalms 51:10 “Create in Me a clean heart, O God  and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.”

Psalms 145:18-19 “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,to all who call upon Him in truth.  He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.”
 
In Isaiah we read that he sends an angel of His presence to save us because of His love.
Is. 63:8-9 “ For He said, “Surely they are My people, sons who will not deal falsely.”  So he became their Savior.  In all their afflictions, He was afflicted and the angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried the all the days of old.” Although this verse is referencing Israel, it is also true that Jesus died for all people. It was His love and His pity that redeemed us.  We also are surrounded by his angel of
His Presence.  We can rest in the assurance that we are safe and secure as children of God.
Our Savior is as close as the mention of His name.  Just call to Jesus.  
Prayer is our communication with the Lord.  
Open your heart and come into His presence.  There is fullness of joy.
Take some time today to bask in His Presence.  Begin with prayer.

Father I ask that today you would show yourself strong on behalf of your people. Today Father I ask that you make me aware of your presence.  May I feel your loving arms surrounding me as I worship, work and live for your today.

Now don’t rush off. Sit a moment and listen to this wonderful song that we bring you to the heart of God.  

Music is God’s direct line to our spirit.

https://youtu.be/tKbCJJ3fcE0

Now spend a minute thanking God for all He has done for us. Try not to ask for anything. Just enjoy what He will open up in your heart.

Bless you today.

Freda Reynolds

 

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

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“I Will Dwell in the House of the Lord Forever” Psalms 23:6

Psalms 23:1 The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalms 23:6 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The beginning and the end of the psalm are great bookends. David introduces us to the Good Shepherd. He shows us the greatness of the character of the Lord. Throughout the psalm, David has helped us to see how the shepherd takes care of his flock. The good shepherd provides, he leads, he restores, he protects and now we have come to the end of the psalm and we see that He has a place for us to live with him forever. The sheep have been so taken care of and are so satisfied with their life that they are completely contend to stay with the shepherd forever.
From the beginning, God has provided a place to dwell with His people. In Genesis, he provided the Garden of Eden. In the wilderness, it was the tent of meeting where he met with the people. Later he gave David plans for a temple to dwell in and meet with the people. David gathered materials and planned for it, but Solomon built the temple. In 2 Chronicles 7, we find that after Solomon prays to dedicate the temple God’s Shekinah Glory came down as fire from heaven. One of the saddest stories in the Old Testament is told by Ezekiel when the glory of the Lord departed the temple. When God’s glory left it was because of the nation’s sins and particularly the sins of the nation’s leader, God would later revealed himself and His glory through His Son, Jesus. God with us. Now we have the Holy Spirit who is in us when we come to Jesus in repentance and accept that there is only one way to dwell with our tender, compassionate, caring, Shepherd. That way is through our Savior, the Lord Jesus.

Thank you Father that you have prepared an eternal place for your people to dwell with you in your household.

Psalm 90:1 “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.”

Psalm 26:5-6 “I come to your altar, O Lord, singing a song of thanksgiving and telling of all your wonders. I love your sanctuary, Lord, the place where your glorious presence dwells.”

Deuteronomy 33:26-27 “The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms”

Psalm 90:8-9 “For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.”

Psalm 132:13-16 “This is My resting place forever;
Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision;
I will satisfy her needy with bread.”

Psalm 27:4 – “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.”

2 Timothy 4:18 – “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

2 Corinthians 5:1 – “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

David in Psalm 23 ends with the assurance and desire of every true believer. Dwelling in His Presence forever is our longing.
“Better is one day in your courts (presence) than a thousand elsewhere.” Psalm 84:10

As Christians, we long for our eternal home in the presence of our Savior. We sometimes forget that we have His presence continually with us now. We can walk and experience His presence now but we are to busy, to rushed with life.  If only we could slow down and live with his presence now.  (sigh….)
For now we are watching and waiting.
For soon He will return and we will forever live with him.

Treadin on,
Freda Reynolds

In His Presence by Sandi Patti