1 Corinthians 13:1-3
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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.
Word From the Lord:
workers of iniquity you shall be brought from your dark crevices into the light for the whole world to see your works of iniquity. You who seek to prevail against the Lord God Almighty shall fall upon the arrows you meant for harm to others; such as the “innocence of children” sacrificing them to Baal. Preying upon the weak and poor of the land to lavish your life styles and align with satan to rail against the one True God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. God Almighty shall make known His glory for His sake and those who believe and call upon His name. The world stage has been set and the Hand of Lord brings Judgement with Him. He shall protect those whom have called upon Him and repented of their sins in the name of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ! Amen. The Lord works thru whom He chooses to advance His Kingdom and put the Truth of His Word. Woe, to those who are foolish enough to think they can stop Him for it is not so. God shall have mercy and grace to this land IF we all seek Him in repentance and stand therefore: Watch the glory of Lord arise and expose the workers of iniquities and Justice is delivered for the day Truth reveal is upon America!
Penned by a Daughter of the Most High God. In Jesus Name. Amen
The servant’s reward
If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. Matthew 24:46
A day of reward
There are as many ways to look at the return of Jesus as there are opinions about how it will happen.…To the Romans, Paul calls is the “day of God’s wrath” (Romans 2:5).…In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul refers to it as the “day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5:5). And in his second letter to the same church he calls it the “day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).…To the Ephesians he calls it a “day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). And he encourages the church of Philippi to stand strong until the “day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Jude doesn’t even try to describe it—he just calls it the “great Day” (Jude 1:6).
Each of these phrases suggests a unique and different view.…But there’s one I like the best. For followers of Jesus, it will be a day of reward.
James tells us, “God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him: (James 1:12).…In his second letter to Timothy [Paul says], “Now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return” (4:8).
But it is Jesus himself who puts it best: “Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven” (Matt. 5:12). As Christians, we have a lot to look forward to!
Adapted from Embracing Eternity by Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins and Frank M. Martin, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), entry for January 5.
Digging Deeper: This week (Tuesday) marked the release of the The Rapture , the last of three prequel stories to the Left Behind series.
Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors.”
As God’s creatures, we are all debtors to him: to obey him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken his commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to his justice, and we owe to him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does not owe God’s justice anything, for Christ has paid the debt his people owed; for this reason the believer owes the more to love. I am a debtor to God’s grace and forgiving mercy; but I am no debtor to his justice, for he will never accuse me of a debt already paid. Christ said, “It is finished!” and by that he meant, that whatever his people owed was wiped away forever from the book of remembrance. Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given, and we are debtors to God’s justice no longer. But then, because we are not debtors to our Lord in that sense, we become ten times more debtors to God than we should have been otherwise. Christian, pause and ponder for a moment. What a debtor thou art to divine sovereignty! How much thou owest to his disinterested love, for he gave his own Son that he might die for thee. Consider how much you owe to his forgiving grace, that after ten thousand affronts he loves you as infinitely as ever. Consider what you owe to his power; how he has raised you from your death in sin; how he has preserved your spiritual life; how he has kept you from falling; and how, though a thousand enemies have beset your path, you have been able to hold on your way. Consider what you owe to his immutability. Though you have changed a thousand times, he has not changed once. Thou art as deep in debt as thou canst be to every attribute of God. To God thou owest thyself, and all thou hast–yield thyself as a living sacrifice, it is but thy reasonable service.
“Tell me … where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon.”
Song of Solomon 1:7
These words express the desire of the believer after Christ, and his longing for present communion with him. Where doest thou feed thy flock? In thy house? I will go, if I may find thee there. In private prayer? Then I will pray without ceasing. In the Word? Then I will read it diligently. In thine ordinances? Then I will walk in them with all my heart. Tell me where thou feedest, for wherever thou standest as the Shepherd, there will I lie down as a sheep; for none but thyself can supply my need. I cannot be satisfied to be apart from thee. My soul hungers and thirsts for the refreshment of thy presence. “Where dost thou make thy flock to rest at noon?” for whether at dawn or at noon, my only rest must be where thou art and thy beloved flock. My soul’s rest must be a grace-given rest, and can only be found in thee. Where is the shadow of that rock? Why should I not repose beneath it? “Why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?” Thou hast companions–why should I not be one? Satan tells me I am unworthy; but I always was unworthy, and yet thou hast long loved me; and therefore my unworthiness cannot be a bar to my having fellowship with thee now. It is true I am weak in faith, and prone to fall, but my very feebleness is the reason why I should always be where thou feedest thy flock, that I may be strengthened, and preserved in safety beside the still waters. Why should I turn aside? There is no reason why I should, but there are a thousand reasons why I should not, for Jesus beckons me to come. If he withdrew himself a little, it is but to make me prize his presence more. Now that I am grieved and distressed at being away from him, he will lead me yet again to that sheltered nook where the lambs of his fold are sheltered from the burning sun.
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