Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Offering and the Altar

                   
And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
                              
                                             Malachi 2:13


And here we are.
We have fallen away from our Father, our creator, our home. We have relished in the lies of men, turning our very beings into weapons against our own Father.
We have fallen short. We have turned away.

We are becoming ashes with every breath…

The time comes… man has failed us, things have fallen apart and our hopes turn to the still small voice… we pray He is still listening.

And when we are met with silence, no comfort, no shield, no grace… We ask Him why; why have you forsaken me when I needed you most, why, when I am pouring out my heart, offering myself to You in my time of need, do you not help me LORD?

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2

We are those who have turned from our Father and yet we weep at His altar in our time of despair. We have a Father who loves us with all of His infinite being and yet we seek Him as a last hope when He is hope alone.
As His children we have many gifts, one of which is our offering,our willingness to give. He calls us to give offerings, to Him and to others, to give of ourselves at ALL times.
Guess what? Our LIVES are our offerings! Why? To show gratitude to our Father for giving us life so that we may be useful to His will. How? By living righteously, selflessly, Godly.


Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. Psalm 4:5

The thing is, we couldn't have a Father that would only love us sometimes. We couldn't thrive, grow or have value if we only had occasional love or support that came when only our provider saw fit to give it to us. (Example; most of the population of man being brought up by man…)
So likewise, our Father who is perfect in His glorious plan, cannot and will not allow for disobedient children to even taste of His beauty eternally. We cannot and should not turn from our Creator in selfishness and sin until it suits our needs to return, wallowing in self pity and desperation. Remember, He doesn't need you as much as He WANTS you.


For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2 Peter 2:20-22

When knowing the beautiful plan the LORD has laid out for us in His word, it is so very, very sad to see man take this gift of life so selfishly, denying our Father for man, only to return begging and pleading for Him to fix it all for us when things come full circle.

Our Father knows we need Him...He wants us to WANT Him.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15

Our lives are the offering. Every moment of it, all the time. Righteousness cannot excuse for selfishness. Saying with our lips that we love our Father with all our hearts and souls and minds requires that we follow His commandments, ALL of them, ALL of the time.

If we live as if our relationship with the LORD is reserved only for tearful moments of fear and regret at the altar, our offering is dead. We are wasteful flurries of ashes that fill the floors of the earth.

He calls us to LIVE fully committed to His will, His plan, for our sake and nothing else. We ought to humbly and graciously offer ourselves to such a wonderful LORD!

He alone is our salvation. He wants for us so completely, in a manner we could only dream to understand.

Let us not waste our offering…

Be well friends xo

Monday, July 10, 2017

If you want to know and be known...

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters…
                                Genesis 1:2



The Bible assures us that God is spirit. He can and does manifest in as many ways as is needed but one thing remains. He is spirit. He is energy. And He is only good.

We seek for Him in His word, through prayer, church and multitudes of other ways but how do we actually find Him?
We can know every word of the Bible and we can pray from dawn to dusk, we can spend countless hours attending church and surrounding ourselves with the like minded...

Of course all of these actions are of good intent, done in an effort and with a desire to connect with our Father.
We have to wonder though, how do we connect with something spiritually and are we able to do that with where we are in our walk right now?

Or do we even have a clue what or where our spirits are…

Proverbs 20:27
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Spirit in Hebrew, means breathe and air. It is the part of us that is not only energy but is alive with or without the body. It is the light with which we connect with the LORD, our compass if you will. It is that voice that guides us from a place much deeper than our minds or bodies can reach.
We are spiritual beings with physical abilities. Our connection to other humans even stems from our spiritual nature first, followed by our minds and bodies.
Unfortunately, we often choose to place our physical beings at the forefront and this silences our spirit. Like scripture says in Matthew 6:24; no man can serve two masters.
We cannot connect and be with the LORD spiritually, as we are to be, if we are living in our flesh, silencing our spirits.

Proverbs 25:28
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

The Lord comes to us in spirit always, even in the flesh of Jesus, He is the spirit of the Lord. He calls to us throughout scripture to understand of and to reside in spirit, this is where we came from and where we will return to upon leaving this place.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

He made the spirit within us to grant us the opportunity to be with Him eternally. We must choose to do that of course, by following His commandments as well as by walking with Him in spirit. If we live ignorant of our spiritual and feed our flesh alone, we will lose the only gift that gives us life…

Romans 8:16
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

1 Corinthians
6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

That still, small voice. That force of energy that calls us to move, that whisper of comfort when we are at the end of our rope. These moments, and countless others, are the love of His Spirit speaking to ours, connecting with us.
We will never truly know the place from which these moments come from or how very, very special they are without acknowledging; He is Spirit. We are spirit. This is how He knows us and is able to use us to further His beautiful plan.

Psalm 31:5
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

Wake up. Silence your flesh and He will awaken your spirit! We cannot exist in a spiritual reality without living in spirit here first.


And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters…
Let Him move upon you.

God bless xo

Saturday, April 1, 2017

All that is Desire...

Psalm
119:36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.


And when we seek His will above all else, only then has faith truly begun…


The LORD'S Tenth Commandment

Exodus
20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Desire. Attract. Want. Covet.

This is a search your heart commandment all the way. This is the LORD requesting of you to hold no place in your heart for anything separate from His will for you.
See, I have come to understand this particular commandment to be a sort of trust fall, if you will. This is our Father asking you to rise above your flesh, above man's world, above all the feelings we love to give into and fall into the hands of a Father who wants to give you everything you could ever need and more… If you trust Him.

Psalm
37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

We were created to feel, to enjoy and to love. Yes, we are of a God who IS love. He has created us with the ability to desire and to seek fulfillment, it's called free will.

What do we seek though? What are the desires of our hearts? not just in church on Sunday morning desires either… what are your desires when you're waiting in a long line with your little children, when you're co-worker gets that promotion or that new car you were hoping for or when you're at dinner with your husband and that attractive waiter gives you a wink… What. Do. You. Desire…

James
1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

AND

1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

BUT

1 Corinthians
10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

AS LONG AS

Matthew
6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

God is so good, He has given us the choice. We can desire for His will, trust in Him and have faith that He will fulfill us or we can desire to cuss out the people taking so long ahead of us, sabotage our new supervisor or slip that waiter our number when our husband is in the bathroom.

The point is desire. What do you want? God is literally asking you every minute of every day, what do you desire? Where is your faith? If it is in Him, you will abstain from worldly ways, control your flesh and you will have His will as your heart's desire.

Or you can choose to desire your flesh, this world and the one who desires to watch you destroy yourself.

Mark
7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.


The LORD is all love, all things good. He calls us to be in the world but not of it.  He would likely want us to be patient with the man that has been helping people all day or be joyous and supportive to our friend that worked hard and got the job and surely He would call us to turn away from and pray for that waiter attempting to catch our eye, he has no idea the damage his selfishness could have caused.

We must desire for His goodness. We must rise above this selfishness and this flesh and find our way home to Him. We must be ever thankful for all of the things we have and are a part of, they are gifts from God. He alone knows us and only He truly knows what is in store for those who believe in Him and live righteously.

Jeremiah
17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

I will leave you with this friends…
you will never find a car, a house, a job or a single man that can tell you these words and mean them.
I love you, I'll want you forever, I will give you everything you can imagine you need and more, I will take care of you, hold you and I will give you a purpose beyond your wildest dreams…  
But God can. He already has. His Word is faithful, His promise is Truth. He desires you and me, faithfully.

God bless xo

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Would you mind taking a polygraph?

The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully...
                                     Psalm 52:2



The LORD'S ninth Commandment

Exodus
20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

The power of the tongue. 
The power of words. 
The power of truth. 
The power of lies…

The words we choose to speak everyday always leave a trail and they always start from the same place. 
What we feel inside, our hearts, our emotions, wind their way into our brains and float right out of our mouths.

We are human, we have feelings and we can't control what we feel let alone what we say...
Wrong.

As a wise woman did say, feelings aren't truth. Let that soak in…

When we allow ourselves to live in our flesh we are separated from truth, His Truth. When we live in our flesh we are ruled by emotion instead of the Commandments, integrity and logic. When we live in our flesh we are selfish, leaving no room for the Holy Spirit to see to His will being done.

See, the LORD made us perfectly capable of following His Commandments and that includes being honest. BUT of course it's so hard, it's impossible, it's crazy to think we can achieve that level of perfection! …..

I'll wait till the accountability kicks in…

Okay phew! Nope and nope! God does not make mistakes, He is perfect and so is His plan, the plan that says you can and will be forthcoming, honest, full of honor and integrity and willing to be ACCOUNTABLE, if you love Me and wish to be with Me.

We must live in our spirits friends, that is where He is. That is truth. No amount of sinful reward, no selfishness, no ignorance of accountability and no just this once... these things, these excuses to bear falsely with our brothers and sisters is literally our flesh LYING to us! 

We are lying to ourselves people..

Psalm
55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. 

Jeremiah
9:8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait. 

There's those feelings again! 

God calls His children to be honest, to be servants of His truth. How useful and worthy shall He count us to be after this earth if we are liars? If we will say beautiful truths with a lying heart? If we have no accountability, no control over our bodies? 


1 Kings
8:56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. 

In hebrew, the word liar or lie can mean fail. It means the Truth really will set you free, it will uphold you and will never lie to you...this is GOD.
He will never deceive us and He will never fail us, lies cannot come from Truth. 

We must know Him, we must love Him and treasure this gift of His Holy Commandments that are there for us! Not for Him in any way...always for us. What a beautiful Father we have.

Guard your heart so that your spirit may lead… your flesh will surly follow. Tell the truth. Love the Father as He loves you.


Remember, should you choose to forgo that beautiful gift our Father so freely gives, this father is always recruiting...


John
8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 


Be blessed my friends xo

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Possession is nine tenths of the law...

God's eighth Commandment

Exodus
20:15 Thou shalt not steal. 

Choosing to take that which does not belong to you.

This commandment runs much deeper than stealing candy or never returning that library book.

Taking that which is not yours is something man does everyday. See, all things belong to God. We are blessed with this life and everything in it. When we do not put everything before the LORD in thanks, we are stealing. We are holding these things, life, love, possessions, EVERYTHING as our own, as if we are so entitled.


When we truly get to the heart of the matter, we are able to see how dishonest we are with the LORD, others, as well as with ourselves. God surely wants more from His children. If we are to be useful to Him beyond this life, we must have His will as our own, He must be able to trust us.


We all fall short of the glory of God. Judas stole the money (John 12:6). Achan stole precious metals, compromising God's plan and changed the future for the Israelites. David stole Bathsheba and murdered her husband in the process (2 Samuel 11) and Ananias (Acts 5) and his wife had promised to turn over money for land they sold but chose in secret, to keep back an amount for themselves, stealing what was already promised elsewhere.


All of these examples and many more, are times when the flesh of man spoke louder than his spirit and in one way or another, they all paid a price for that choice, as we all will.


Whether it be stealing possessions, enabling those who have, taking someone's spouse or even taking a life (Matthew 27), the LORD does know and He will deal with us all in His time.


He loves us. He knows he made us for better and yes, He will see us through our worst. If we repent, overcome and rebuke our flesh daily and live for HIS will.

Proverbs 
10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. 


Remember, God will allow for testing of His children, pruning and molding for our own sake as well as His. We must listen to that still small voice and be mindful of every single choice we make. 


God is surely listening AND so is the greatest thief of all… and he wants to steal your soul. 

John
10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

God bless my friends xo

The Scarlet Letter

God's seventh Commandment

Exodus 20:14
Thou shalt not commit adultery.



Galatians
5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 

Oh the flesh of man, there is no greater tool than that of the body to bring you closer to God or to tear your soul apart. 
In today's society, we accept adultery to mean having extra marital affairs. There is indeed a much larger picture, because it is God of course!

Adultery, as referenced in God's Word does pertain to having sexual relations outside of one's marriage but also so much more.

Adultery, in it's most raw form, is being unfaithful. It is breaking your commitment, being dishonorable and turning your back on your own word.

God's Word sadly shows us just how many times and in oh so many ways, man has chosen be unfaithful and full of adultery.

Within marriage

Proverbs
6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. 

God's chosen lineages

Psalm
78:55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
78:56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:
78:57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow. 

And even an entire nation

Jeremiah
3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
3:9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. 


There are many ways in which we bring adultery before God. When we choose our flesh, when we walk in our own desires, we are not walking in His Spirit and He cannot (will not) walk in us.

Adultery is not limited to some pronounced action that is made public by any means, remember where the devil lies…

Matthew
5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 

We must be mindful, as His children, to abide in spirit all the time. We must be aware of the weakness of the flesh and of the subtleties of satan.
We must remember those that came before us, in much more righteousness than ourselves, and they did often fall prey to adulterous behavior against the LORD.

If we are called to be His, we must desire to fight our flesh and live in spirit. God will not find usefulness in those who will walk unfaithful to Him at the beckoning of the flesh.

1 Corinthians
10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 

Be blessed my friends xo

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Let me Count the Ways...

The LORD'S sixth Commandment

Exodus
20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

This could easily be the point in which I end this piece of writing.

There is no question, no confusion and no grey area with His request with this one.

We are to never willingly take the life of another or our own for that matter.

Leviticus 
24:17 And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death. 

God, our beautiful Father, who surely did give us life, calls us to value life, all life. His Word tells us we have no place playing judge and jury with the life of our brothers and sisters.

To add to this seemingly straightforward and simple request I will ask you to ponder this…

We are spiritual beings living temporarily in these physical bodies.

We are held accountable by God, to share of His goodness with our brothers and sisters and to be positive influences on each other.

With these things in mind, what if there is more than one way to kill a man?

James
5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. 

THIS is the gift AND the responsibility that the LORD calls upon us to fulfill with our brethren. Be the example, lead others away from sin by living Godly lives and sharing His Word with each other.

1 John
3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 

So, with this being our gift, to be able to have a place in helping to save a soul...what do you think it would be called if we were the ones, purposefully or not, leading a soul to death?

Romans
5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 

Mark
9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 

You see, by being spiritual AND physical beings, we are able to have an affect on each other in multiple ways. We can physically kill another and end their physical life AND we can have our hand in spiritually killing another, this in many ways.

If we are calling ourselves followers of Christ and we think or speak or constantly behave as the ungodly does and our brothers and sisters not only see our hypocrisy but they turn away from the LORD in their own walk due to our example… this could lead to spiritual death.

If we, as said Christians, pick and choose when we shall be godly and ungodly in our lives based on our specific circumstance at that time, leading another to stumble in their walk by following us… this could also lead to spiritual death.

AND if we, as children of God, partake with heathen and behave as heathen WHILE professing to be His children with our mouths, leading a NON believer further astray from their Father...This, I imagine, would and could lead to spiritual death.

Realizing that spiritual death is basically eliminating one's ability to live eternally in the glory of our Father and His will… how many times have we been guilty of these sins?

Proverbs
18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? 

Oh how we must be careful to not be the cause of that wounded spirit but to be the brother or sister in Christ who lifts them up and helps lead that spirit by example to healing!

1 John
3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 

To take a man's physical life is killing him yes, but IF he is of and for the LORD, he lives still.

Having a hand in making spiritual death an eternal reality for another man due to OUR choices? That could literally be at the cost of both souls.

If we love God we keep His Commandments. We read His Holy Word and we live it. We love our brothers and sisters as He loves us and we repent. We repent for all of those times we didn't serve Him in our walk, those times we put our flesh before our spirit and we pray, that no man has been or will be spiritually killed because of our choices. Amen.

Proverbs
18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. 

God bless and be well in Him xo

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Watch Your Weight!

The LORD'S fifth Commandment

Exodus 
20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 

To honour is to give weight to, to respect and to adore; that is according to God. 

In this day and age most of society has all but forgotten the commandment our loving Father has given us to honour our parents; most of those that still think on it, likely tend to pick and choose in which times and contexts this commandment applies.

If we stop for a moment and reflect on scripture, we see the LORD giving us His desire of giving our elders, namely our parents, honour. 
Honour in respect, obedience, servitude and adoration, this of course is under the pretense that parent and child are living in the will of God.

Proverbs
1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. 

Respecting and loving our parents means much more than listening to and not arguing with them. I believe God calls us to look up to them, follow their example and direction and to revere their importance to God as well as to ourselves.

In hebrew, honour means to make heavy, to be burdensome. God calls us to take the gift of our parents with great weight and consideration and to honour the heritage of our families with the lives we choose to live.

Proverbs 
30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. 

By the grace of God alone we are brought up in God fearing, loving families. We need to value the place our parents and elders hold not only in our own lives but in the importance they hold to God.

Remember, God is our eternal parent. He will love us, keep us and treasure us forever because we are His; if and only if, we choose to honour Him.

Be heavy in honour and your troubles will be lite! 

God bless xo

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

THIS rest is Holy!

The seventh day and His fourth Commandment. 

Exodus
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 

This day as it were, is much more than meets the eye. This day is specifically named, spoken for by our LORD and deemed as Holy. 
As believers, God calls of us to do many things for His will, this Holy day, this time, He has given for us, not for Himself.

Mark 
2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 

This day is His gift. His knowledge and understanding of His creation, our best intentions and purpose He knows and that is rest. We need rest.

Matthew
11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 

We need rest in Him. Time to silence the world around us and just be in His presence. God has given us everything that is good. He has given us our very lives. He also gives us the commandment to stop, slow down and separate from our flesh and focus on our spirit, His Spirit.

We are spirit first and God is and should be the forefront of all our lives but this time is special. His Holy day, where we do not labor or want for anything but His goodness, His Word and His Spirit. 
We also do not participate in things that require others to labor, to separate their time, that should be given to resting in the LORD, to serve our needs.

Isaiah
58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. 

He knows what we need, we need Him. God alone provides everything we need to thrive in His goodness through His Ten Commandments.
We give Him all of ourselves if we truly believe on Him, this includes following His command to rest. 

So on that Holy day, above all else, take rest. Take rest in His Word and His Spirit and fulfill His desire for us by showing Him that respect. 

Genesis
2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. 

God bless my friends xo

What is in a Name?

God's third Commandment. 

Exodus
20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 

The name of the LORD is TRULY everything to a man who does love his God. 
The name of God is His promise, His honor, His holiness and His peace. Everything God is and does, is fulfilled in His name.

God gives us numerous examples of how man does take His name in vain. To use His name as profanity is disrespectful and blasphemy will not be tolerated by God. Those who tell lies or even misguide  others in the name of God shall be held accountable. 

Leviticus
24:16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death. 

We are expected and should desire, as children of our LORD, to hold the utmost respect for the name of our Father and to know the power of the great I AM. 

We are to pray in His name, we receive in His name and we sing praises in His name! 

John
14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 

Psalm
69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 

In His glorious name are all good things done in those who believe. Those who vainly use the name of God or do deeds that are self serving in His name will certainly be as the shadow.

Ecclesiastes
6:12 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun? 

God's promise to those who follow is given on His very name. The Name that shall be forever more. 

1 Samuel
12:21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. 

As His children, His creation, who loves Him with every breath, we shall have Him first in our lives. Our thoughts, our words and our actions belong to Him. 
In His image are we created, in His love are we given life, in His power are we healed, in His mercy are we forgiven and in His NAME are we saved.

Vanity is emptiness. It is Satan's favorite sin. Those who choose to live in emptiness, for emptiness and by emptiness of self will surely reside in that hollow and dark place forever. 
Love our Father with your entire walk, honor His name and follow His commandments. He does then promise your soul will forever belong in Him.

John
17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be as one, as we are. 

17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

God bless xo