Upon This Rock

Psalms 18:2 – The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

NOTE:  Today we study with that Prince of Preachers,”Charles Spurgeon” on the Rock of our salvation and in whom we take shelter both in the times of joy and tribulations.  Let us keep one another and our nation in daily prayer not forsaking our brothers and sisters around the world.  Lift up all going thru great tribulations around the globe in this time of unrest and upheaval.  God bless.

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“The Shadow of a Great Rock”


 

Providence

Providence

Word of the day from the Lord directly!

“Literally means foresight, but is generally used to denote God’s” preserving and governing all things by means of second causes (Ps. 18:35; 63:8; Acts 17:28; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3). God’s providence extends to the natural world (Ps. 104:14; 135:5-7; “Acts 14:17), the brute creation (Ps. 104:21-29; Matt. 6:26;” “10:29), and the affairs of men (1 Chr. 16:31; Ps. 47:7; Prov.” “21:1; Job 12:23; Dan. 2:21; 4:25), and of individuals (1 Sam.” 2:6; Ps. 18:30; Luke 1:53; James 4:13-15). It extends also to “the free actions of men (Ex. 12:36; 1 Sam. 24:9-15; Ps. 33:14,” “15; Prov. 16:1; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1), and things sinful (2 Sam.” “16:10; 24:1; Rom. 11:32; Acts 4:27, 28), as well as to their” “good actions (Phil. 2:13; 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9, 10; Eph. 2:10; Gal.” 5:22-25). “As regards sinful actions of men, they are represented as occurring by God’s permission (Gen. 45:5; 50:20. Comp. 1 Sam. “6:6; Ex. 7:13; 14:17; Acts 2:3; 3:18; 4:27, 28), and as” controlled (Ps. 76:10) and overruled for good (Gen. 50:20; Acts “3:13). God does not cause or approve of sin, but only limits,” “restrains, overrules it for good.” “The mode of God’s providential government is altogether unexplained. We only know that it is a fact that God does govern all his creatures and all their actions; that this government is “universal (Ps. 103:17-19), particular (Matt. 10:29-31),” “efficacious (Ps. 33:11; Job 23:13), embraces events apparently” “contingent (Prov. 16:9, 33; 19:21; 21:1), is consistent with his” “own perfection (2 Tim. 2:13), and to his own glory (Rom. 9:17;” 11:36).

Source


Acts 24:2

And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,


Let’s map out a little word study of “Providence.”

Providence of God

The word “providence” comes from the Latin providentia (Gk. pronoia [provnoia]) and means essentially foresight or making provision beforehand. On the human plane it may be used positively, as when Tertullus praised Felix by saying, “Your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation” ( Acts 24:2 ).

For a deeper dive into the word “pronoia” go here.


Prayer:

Father God, I come before you to give all praise and glory to you for your strength, peace and provision.  Above all for your son, Jesus Christ, our Savior!  I lift up all my brothers and sisters in the Lord and ask for their protection, peace, provision and boldness, to be covered in the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ.  I humbly ask for new employment for myself and other family members with health insurance.  My trust and belief is in you Father and thank you for your provision.  I lift up Israel and ask for their peace and protection.  My brothers and sisters around the globe who suffer to the point of death for the namesake of Jesus Christ our Savior for their peace and strength and your protection.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


 

 

Apothnesko

Hebrews 9:27

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Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

Hebrews 9:27

27) And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.


Word Study:

Apothnesko is the Greek verb rendered “die” in Hebrews 9:27. Its first use is in Matthew 8:32, in reference to a herd of pigs dying in the sea through drowning. Hence, apothnesko clearly can refer to biological death. However, apothnesko is also the verb the apostle Paul uses six times in his discussion of baptism in Romans 6:1-11.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
Psalms 1:1 (KJV)

God’s Holy Name

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Word Study of God’s Holy Name

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Adonai (Lord, Master)

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My Prayer for All

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

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My Defense and Refuge

Ps. 59:16

But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

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Read all of Psalm 59

Heb. 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Psalm 11:4

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

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Read all of 2 Corinthians 1

Jesus Saved Us

2 Timothy 1:9

2 Chronicles 7:14

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

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I think why has America turned from God?

Jude 14-15; Joel 3:14; Isa.26:21-27:1 Rev. 19:11-21

 

A new day is born.  I look to the sky and my heart is torn.

I think why has America turned from God?

Our freedoms and liberties wash away into the sea like grains of sand.

“Where are my people who use to take a stand?” echoes in my spirit from Father above.

My arms reach to the heavenlies for God to send my spirit peace on the wings of a Dove.

I think why has America turned from God?

My soul moans for Christ’s Return.  His bright and glorious face shines a thousand times that of the sun.

I imagine walking on the beach and suddenly I feel a hand on my shoulder as if to say: “My child I am here with you this and every day.  Let not your heart be in dismay. For you know I am never far away!”

Again I hear: “Let your heart of clay be formed to mine that will carry my love for all time.”

I think why has America turned from God?

Corruption and sin are found thru out the land.  Darkness crouches in corners and alley ways to seek its’ next victim.

Church where is your salt and light Christ said to proclaim on mountain tops?  Why oh why have you left your first love, Jesus Christ?

Prosperity and wealth is gotten by those in charge fulfilling their roles of taskmasters off the backs of obedient citizenry.

I think why has America turned from God?

A hand on my shoulder calms my spirit to say:  “My child the day is here when not only my children must choose who they serve but those who walk in total darkness of this world.  My Bride is asleep and must wake before it is to late.  The table is set for My Wedding and the Consummation with My Bride!”  Once the Bride enters the Groom’s chamber and the door is shut it will be to late.  The great deception has begun and My Bride the Church has not fulfilled the Great Commission to gather in the harvest of souls for My Father’s Kingdom.  WHY?  My blood I did shed for the redemption of mankind’s sins of this world.  Each will give an account for their time on earth and how it was spent.  My Child your anguish I carry for you and give you peace and strength.  Nor shall any come against you as walk in my light and hear my voice.  Those who come against you lift not your voice or hand for they will be witness to their own words and doings.  Go forth share my love and My Word for Father God.  Let not your heart be troubled for “I have overcome the world!”

I look to the sky and a new day is born with hope and love in Christ’s strength as I go His way.  A new zeal He gives my spirit to stand and go forth to see His glorious appearing at His Second Coming!  At the door He stands to enter and victory proclaim:  King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Faithful and True is His name.  (Rev. 19:11-21)

I think America must repent and turn from her sins and call upon Christ in humbleness and humility confessing our sins and seek forgiveness.  This warning is real and the words are true.  As always be a Berean and seek Jesus in all matters and revelation for the interpretation according to His Word and not mine.

~~America your clock has struck midnight~~

The Sword & The Book

Morning

“He hath said.”
Hebrews 13:5

If we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt will not be slain by this two-edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God’s covenant? Will not the distresses of life and the pangs of death; will not the corruptions within, and the snares without; will not the trials from above, and the temptations from beneath, all seem but light afflictions, when we can hide ourselves beneath the bulwark of “He hath said”? Yes; whether for delight in our quietude, or for strength in our conflict, “He hath said” must be our daily resort. And this may teach us the extreme value of searching the Scriptures. There may be a promise in the Word which would exactly fit your case, but you may not know of it, and therefore you miss its comfort. You are like prisoners in a dungeon, and there may be one key in the bunch which would unlock the door, and you might be free; but if you will not look for it, you may remain a prisoner still, though liberty is so near at hand. There may be a potent medicine in the great pharmacopoeia of Scripture, and you may yet continue sick unless you will examine and search the Scriptures to discover what “He hath said.” Should you not, besides reading the Bible, store your memories richly with the promises of God? You can recollect the sayings of great men; you treasure up the verses of renowned poets; ought you not to be profound in your knowledge of the words of God, so that you may be able to quote them readily when you would solve a difficulty, or overthrow a doubt? Since “He hath said” is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort, let it dwell in you richly, as “A well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.” So shall you grow healthy, strong, and happy in the divine life.

Evening

“Understandest thou what thou readest?”
Acts 8:30

We should be abler teachers of others, and less liable to be carried about by every wind of doctrine, if we sought to have a more intelligent understanding of the Word of God. As the Holy Ghost, the Author of the Scriptures is he who alone can enlighten us rightly to understand them, we should constantly ask his teaching, and his guidance into all truth. When the prophet Daniel would interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, what did he do? He set himself to earnest prayer that God would open up the vision. The apostle John, in his vision at Patmos, saw a book sealed with seven seals which none was found worthy to open, or so much as to look upon. The book was afterwards opened by the Lion of the tribe of Judah, who had prevailed to open it; but it is written first–“I wept much.” The tears of John, which were his liquid prayers, were, so far as he was concerned, the sacred keys by which the folded book was opened. Therefore, if, for your own and others’ profiting, you desire to be “filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,” remember that prayer is your best means of study: like Daniel, you shall understand the dream, and the interpretation thereof, when you have sought unto God; and like John you shall see the seven seals of precious truth unloosed, after you have wept much. Stones are not broken, except by an earnest use of the hammer; and the stone-breaker must go down on his knees. Use the hammer of diligence, and let the knee of prayer be exercised, and there is not a stony doctrine in revelation which is useful for you to understand, which will not fly into shivers under the exercise of prayer and faith. You may force your way through anything with the leverage of prayer. Thoughts and reasonings are like the steel wedges which give a hold upon truth; but prayer is the lever, the prise which forces open the iron chest of sacred mystery, that we may get the treasure hidden within.