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DANIEL’S EXAMPLE FOR US TODAY

I think everybody has heard of the prophet Daniel. Specifically, Daniel and the lion’s den. But, there is a
lot more regarding Daniel and what he had to stand for and against in his day. Enough so that it should
speak volumes to our ears.
Before we go to the Book of Daniel I want to explain why I am writing this article at this time. There are
many many people that are looking at this period of time as the End Times. They are concerned with
what this government might do or this or that country is going to do as well as what a group of people
might be planning. Most of us can’t do anything about what some evil doer might do. We can put extra
food or supplies away or make plans to leave the large population areas for safer climes. But, as
changing anything that someone might do we don’t have control. Daniel was like this and Daniel’s
example rings clear as to what to do.
You see, Daniel was a stranger in a strange land. As a young lad he was chosen to be trained up and to
stand in the house of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon.
Daniel 1:1-6 (KJV)
1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house
of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the
vessels into the treasure house of his god.
3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of
the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes;
4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in
knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s
palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he
drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
Now Daniel stood with the God of Israel. That meant he had certain rules that he lived by, one of
these being what he ate. Now the food in the Kings palace was excellent, but, it was outside of
what God dictated that the Children of Israel should eat. So, Daniel chose to eat vegetable soup
rather than the sumptuous food of the Kings table and God blessed him and his friends for their
stand.
Daniel 1:8-16 (KJV)
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s
meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that
he might not defile himself.
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed
your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which
are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to
drink.
13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children
that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the
children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and
gave them pulse.
Daniel didn’t get involved in the politics and whims of others. Even though he was in a strange
land he chose to do what God instructed the Children of Israel to do. What about us? Are we OF
this world or just in it. We are NOT of this World. Our home is in Heaven! We are just passing
through. This doesn’t mean that we hide or remove ourselves from society. No, not at all. We are
to be shining beacons of God’s love and grace. Daniel didn’t hide, but, he stood for and with
God.
Daniel 1:17-21 (KJV)
17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom:
and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
18 Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of
the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel,
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.
20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found
them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.
While Daniel was alive he had three changes of administration, kingdoms, first was
Nebuchadnezzar, second was Cyrus and then there was Darius. In all of these Daniel and his
friends stood with and for God. These men stood steady in giving the best advise they could to
the king, but, at the same time not compromising on their commitment to God.
Now Daniels friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s stand for God got them in to trouble
with King Nebuchadnezzar. We will have to make the same kind of decisions from time to time
in lives. Do we do what people want us to do? Do we do what society dictates or do we stand for
God because He stands for you.
Daniel 3:1-30 (KJV)
1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the
breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the
captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the
provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the
sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the
image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that
Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and
all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king
hath set up:
6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a
burning fiery furnace.
7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut,
psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and
worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet,
flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship
the golden image:
11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a
burning fiery furnace.
12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon,
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not
thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut,
psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have
made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery
furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we
are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he
will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the
golden image which thou hast set up.
19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat
the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other
garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
22 Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the
flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of
the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto
his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and
said unto the king, True, O king.
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have
no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and
said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and
come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together,
saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed,
neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have
changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any
god, except their own God.
29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing
amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their
houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
Now you will notice that in verse eight that people “accused the Jews” of whom was Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego. People will always find fault with those who endeavor to walk with
and for God. But, is up to the believer as to the outcome.
The same accusers were around for Daniel, also. Always trying to find fault always trying to get
Daniel in trouble, but, they never could find a fault in Daniel. Why? Because Daniel walked with
and for God.
So now we get to the record of Daniel and the lion’s den.
All through his life Daniel never lashed out, never tried to find fault with others. He always stood
faithful to God, always gave good advice and service to the King. But, because of his stand for
God he wasn’t liked by a lot of people.
Daniel 6:1-28 (KJV)
1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over
the whole kingdom;
2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give
accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit
was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the
kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was
there any error or fault found in him.5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it
against him concerning the law of his God.
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King
Darius, live for ever.
7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the
captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that
whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall
be cast into the den of lions.
8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to
the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows
being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and
prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his
God.
12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not
signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days,
save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is
true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the
captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh
his petition three times a day.
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart
on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of
the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be
changed.
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now
the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver
thee.
17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his
own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning
Daniel.
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of
musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king
spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest
continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me:
forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done
no hurt.
23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up
out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found uponhim, because he believed in his God.
24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they
cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the
mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth;
Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God
of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be
destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who
hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
To Daniel did it matter what the evil doers of that time were plotting? To Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego did it matter what the King was doing or that people were waiting to accuse them,
the people knowing that it was a matter of adhering to the commandments of God or of men?
The answer is simple “No” it didn’t matter to Daniel nor to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
how bad things got. They made a commitment to God and they stood.
It is up to us. Do we look around at the circumstances or do we STAND with and for the One
True God?
The God of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is the same God then that He is today.
However, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were servants of God you and I are sons of
God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We have much more potential, much more power and
much more authority than they did. We too can stand with and for God in this day and time.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego didn’t bow to the whims of man and God saw to it that they
didn’t burn. Daniel didn’t buckle in his commitment to God and because of his stand with and
for God, because of his BELIEVING he was delivered.
Let me leave you with Psalm 2. According to Psalm 2 God has everything in hand even if we
don’t know how. “Blessed are all they that put their trust in God.”
Psalm 2:1-12 (KJV)
1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD,
and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I
begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the
earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a
little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER

Sometimes it is hard to forgive. Someone, either a friend or relative, has offended you in some
way and you harbor resentment toward that person. Even if you talk to them every day, still,
deep down inside you remember what they did and you dislike them for it.
The reason you can’t forgive them is because you don’t know or have forgotten what God has
forgiven you of and for.
In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus Christ tells a parable and relates it to God and the individual.
Matthew 18:21-35 (KJV)
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I
forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of
his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand
talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and
children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me,
and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him
the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an
hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou
owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me,
and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto
their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave
thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was
due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not
every one his brother their trespasses.
In the Epistles God explains that He has gone further than He was able to go in the Gospels because of
what Jesus Christ accomplished.2 Corinthians 5:19 (KJV)
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto
them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
While Jesus Christ fulfilled his messianic mission God did not point out how unworthy Israel was. He did
not stop Jesus Christ from delivering people and say “theses people are unworthy.” Nope! God worked
with Jesus Christ to help all that willed to be set free from the bondage of sin and sickness.
God knew that none of the people that Jesus Christ ministered to were worthy, but, He did it anyway
because He did not impute (blame them for their sins and shortcomings) trespasses to them.
Ephesians 2:1-9 (KJV)
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince
of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling
the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
We, too, were like the Ephesians, we were children of wrath, but, God loved us and did not
impute our sins unto us.
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are
saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness
toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Colossians 2:13 (KJV)
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with
him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
God forgave you ALL of you sins! God forgave you ALL of the things that you did that were contrary to
Him and gave you His holy spirit so that when you confessed Jesus as lord and believed God raised him
from the dead, you become a son of God and are set for heaven and nothing can stop you from going.
Keep in mind what God forgave you of and you will never have a problem forgiving someone else.

LIBERTY

We are, again, about to celebrate the independence of our country. Fireworks, bar-b-ques, days at the
beach, but, have you ever stopped to think what it took to give us that freedom and what it will take for
us to keep that freedom? It is not what you think!
2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV)
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Galatians 5:1 (KJV)
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled
again with the yoke of bondage.
Freedom starts with God and an individual.
John 8:31-32 (KJV)
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my
disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The growth of the truth of God’s Word in a man or woman’s heart will bring them up and out of the
bondage that they are in. Once that individual is free they can share the truth with someone else and
they, too, will experience deliverance. And so it goes until there are enough people believing in God and
the promises of God that a whole nation will be delivered.
In Deuteronomy it says that to Israel and it is even more relevant to us as sons and daughters of God
than it was to Israel.
Deuteronomy 30:1-5 (KJV)
1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse,
which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the
LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Due to their disobedience to God Israel would time and again go into captivity, the Book of
Judges is a prime example of this. And every time they turned back to God by going to His Word
God would deliver them and give them freedom.
2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I
command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will
return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy
God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou
shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.Notice how God doesn’t say anything about Israel’s captors. It doesn’t matter who or what is
causing the captivity because God and one believer are more powerful than any standing army!
So, when you want liberty, when you want freedom there is only one place to go and that is to
the throne of God.
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to
help in time of need.
Proverbs 29:25 (KJV)
25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Liberty and freedom come when men and women put God first in their lives and the only way to
keep our country free is to have enough people born again of God’s spirit claiming the promises
of God.
Happy fourth of July!

PSALM 23

The Bible uses different names for God in His different capacities. One of these names is
Jehovah. Jehovah is God in His relationship with those He covenanted with. Under the title
Jehovah there are ten redemptive names. It is those names that I want to share with you tonight.
The first redemptive name is Jehovah-Jireh which means God will see and provide. It is found in
Genesis chapter 22.
Genesis 22:3-15 (KJV)
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young
men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and
went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go
yonder and worship, and come again to you.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took
the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son.
And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went
both of them together.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and
laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and
he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I
know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket
by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the
stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the
mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
The next is Jehovah-Ropheka. Jehovah-Ropheka means Jehovah that health thee.
Exodus 15:22-26 (KJV)
22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and
they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were
bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into
the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, andthere he proved them,
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that
which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will
put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the
LORD that healeth thee.(Jehovah-Ropheka)
Number three is Jehovah-Nissi. Jehovah my banner. A banner was used in war to fly over the
army and it was, also, used in the marriage ceremony as a symbol of God’s covering and
protection over the bride and groom.
Exodus 17:8-15 (KJV)
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I
will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur
went up to the top of the hill.
11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let
down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon;
and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side;
and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the
ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:
Next is Jehovah-Mekaddishkem or Jehovah which doth sanctify you.
Exodus 31:12-13 (KJV)
12 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is
a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD
that doth sanctify you.
Jehovah-Shalom means God my peace.
Judges 6:20-24 (KJV)
20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this
rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh
and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the
unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for
because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face.
23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in
Ophrah of the Abiezrites.Jehovah-Zeba oth means Jehovah of hosts. The word “hosts” means a mass of people or a mass of
people organized for war i.e. an army.
1 Samuel 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was
Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah:
and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts
in Shiloh.
Jehovah-Zidkenu is Jehovah our righteousness.
Jeremiah 23:5-6 (KJV)
5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall
reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be
called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jehovah-Zidkenu)
Number eight is Jehovah-Shammah; Jehovah is there.
Ezekiel 48:29-35 (KJV)
29 This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these
are their portions, saith the Lord GOD.
30 And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred
measures.
31 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward;
one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.
32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph,
one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.
33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of
Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.
34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one
gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali.
35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall
be, The LORD is there. (Jehovah-Shammah)
Number nine is Jehovah-Elyon, Jehovah Most High.
Psalm 7:17 (KJV)
17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD
most high. (Jehovah-Elyon)
The last redemptive name of Jehovah is Jehovah-Ro I, Jehovah My Shepherd.
In Psalm twenty three seven redemptive names of Jehovah are used.Psalm 23:1-6 (KJV)
1
The LORD is my shepherd;(Jehovah Ro i) I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.(JehovahShalom)
3 He restoreth my soul (Jehovah-Ropheka): he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his
name’s sake.(Jehovah-Zidkenu)
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art
with me (Jehovah-Shammah); thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with
oil (Jehovah-Nissi); my cup runneth over (Jehovah-Mekaddishkem.)
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house
of the LORD for ever.
God’s Word is rich and wonderful. It is full of a lifetime of learning for those who hunger and thirst after
righteousness and for those who want to know God.

GOD FIRST

In our day and time we have many distractions and many sources to turn to in time of need. We have
the internet, we have the library, professionals, parents and other family members, friends, television.
But, as Christians we have examples as well as directives from God as to who we are to go to FIRST.
This article is about going to God first. It seems that this would be axiomatic (self-evident,
unquestionable,) but, how many of us really do that? How many of us turn to God when we have a
need? When I say a need I mean a dire immediate need. A need so immediate and so grievous that your
mind automatically flips to the avenue of fastest deliverance. For example, someone breaks a leg. Do
they automatically think doctor, hospital, ambulance or do they turn to God for His healing. I have told
you this before, if you don’t get deliverance from God then, by all means get to a doctor, but, give God
His rightful place and go to Him first.
The reason that we don’t go to God first is that we have been trained, throughout our lives, that God is
too busy, God doesn’t answer the small things, the signs, miracles and wonders that we read about in
the Bible are no longer available. Those are lies from the pit of hell! God is as real, as concerned about
you and me and as ready to deliver us as any time in the history of man. The reason we don’t get our
deliverance is that we have been trained wrong. No one has taught us the conduit to God’s deliverance.
That conduit is our ability to believe.
John 16:23 (KJV)
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask
the Father in my name, he will give it you.
Mark 11:22-24 (KJV)
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God (literally: Believe God.)
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou
cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall
come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them,
and ye shall have them.
Believing is the KEY to power, to deliverance to seeing God work in this day and hour! There is a record
in Mark about Jesus endeavoring to teach and help people in his own home town.
Mark 6:1-6 (KJV)
1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing
him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this
which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and
Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among
his own kin, and in his own house.
5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, andhealed them.
6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
Do you see what it says? They were offended in him and he didn’t do mighty works because of
one thing, ONE THING, their unbelief! You can change your thinking around so that you
EXPECT God to heal you, that you expect God’s deliverance, that you look forward to seeing
God’s hand working in your life. All it takes is training.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
You by the freedom of your will have to turn away from things of this world and get enough of the word
of God in your mind so that you believe God and His promises to you.
In Mark there is a record of a man seeking deliverance for his son. I wish to take you through to this
record to show you the steps to the man and his son’s deliverance.
Mark 9:14-27 (KJV)
14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes
questioning with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to
him saluted him.
16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which
hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth,
and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
He brought his son to the disciples for deliverance. You would think if anybody could help they
could, after all they were the Apostles, they were given power to cast out devils and heal the sick
by Jesus, himself. But they couldn’t. Now the man is looking to Jesus for deliverance.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long
shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
Most commentators say that Jesus was talking to the Apostles. He wasn’t. He was talking to the
MAN.
20 And they brought him (the boy) unto him (Jesus): and when he saw him, straightway the spirit
tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
Now, Jesus is going to get to the heart of the problem.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst
do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.The man needed deliverance as much as the child! Help US. This is the same cry in the hearts of
men and women, today! Help us, Help me!
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help
thou mine unbelief.
I am reaching out to you right now! God will help you. All things are possible to those that
BELIEVE!
Everybody is responsible for their own deliverance. You are responsible to believe. The only
people that aren’t responsible are children, the insane and dead people.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto
him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead;
insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
The Bible is not a book for everybody, it is a book for those who want to believe. It is impossible
to please God without believing (Hebrews 11:6.) and it is filled with story after story of those
who got their deliverance by one act. The act of believing.
God is ready, willing and able to deliver us. It is not up to God because His promises are yea and
amen. It is up to each individual to rise up to the privilege of believing and appropriating God’s
deliverance. What a privilege to put God first.

THE DAY OF PENTECOST

The greatest day in human history IS the Day of Pentecost! It is the start of the Christian Church. The Day
of Pentecost ushered in a new type of people, people that are spirit filled men and women. Filled with
the spirit without condition. In the Old Testament prophets could so mess up that they would lose the
spirit, but, not so in the Christian Church because it is a new birth, born again of God’s spirit, God in
Christ in you!
Acts 2:1 (KJV)
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
The Day of Pentecost had been coming since the promise of God in Genesis 3:15.
Genesis 3:15 (KJV)
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise
thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Down through the ages God protected the Christ line so that he, Jesus Christ, could pay the full price and
redeem mankind. It is remarkable because the whole Old Testament was and is about Israel. You and I
wouldn’t have made it because we are outside the Israelitic pale. We were gentiles. Unbeknownst to the
Jewish Apostles on the Day of Pentecost they opened the way for us to enter in.
Romans 9:23-24 (KJV)
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore
prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Acts 2:2 (KJV)
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the
house where they were sitting.
It wasn’t a rushing wind it was a heavy breathing. In Acts17: 25 the word is translated “breath.”
In John 20:22 Jesus Christ gives the Apostles instruction on receiving the holy spirit.
John 20:22 (KJV)
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
The house is not the upper room as many declare. There were about three thousand souls that got
The house is the house of the Lord. saved that day. (vs. 41) You can’t get three thousand people in an
upper room of a house. No. Matt. 21:13, Mark:11:17, John 2:16-17, Acts 7:47-49.
Acts 2:3-4 (KJV)
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
In verse one who is “they?” The Apostles! In verse three who is “them?” The Apostles.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the
Spirit gave them utterance.
In verse four who is “they?” The Apostles!
In four verses the greatest event in human history is recorded!
Acts 2:5-7 (KJV)
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
The devout men were there because they were celebrating the Pentecost holiday.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because
that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these
which speak Galilaeans?
They marveled because the Galileans were thought of as unlearned and uneducated people.
People that could only speak one language.
Acts 2:8-11 (KJV)
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and
Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of
Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
God could have had the biggest fireworks display ever to declare the momentous occasion. He could
have had thunder and lightning, earthquakes, dancing bears anything to show forth the greatness of the
event. Instead, He had the Apostles speak-in-tongues the wonderful works of God.

RECEIVE THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART

I was studying God’s Word the other day and there was a verse that blessed me and the more I thought
about the more verses came to mind and more blessed (joyful) I became. So, I wanted to share some of
these verses with you.
The verse that caught my attention was Psalm 37:4.
Psalm 37:4 (KJV)
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
This is a promise of God!
If you do this, if you delight yourself in the Lord, God Almighty will give you the desires of your heart!
So, how do you delight in the Lord? By studying and doing what the Bible, the portion addressed to us
says to do.
The Temple had been destroyed. All that was left was rubble. But, out of the rubble came the scrolls of
the books of the Bible and the prophet Jeremiah got those scrolls and he devoured them. No, not with
his mouth and stomach, but, with his eyes and his brain. He studied them so much he could pretty near
quote them word for word.
Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV)
16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine
heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
Every Israelite and every Christian is promised by God not only deliverance, but, abundance if they will
only delight themselves in the Lord.
Here are some verses that show you that God wants the best for you. Delight thyself in the Lord and
watch His promise come to pass.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Isaiah 58:13-14 (KJV)
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:
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.Psalm 37:3-6 (KJV)
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Malachi 3:10-11 (KJV)
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now
herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a
blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground;
neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
Leviticus 26:3-12 (KJV)
3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field
shall yield their fruit.
5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and
ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid
evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
7 And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
8 And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and
your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
9 For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant
with you.
10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.
11 And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.
12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
Matthew 6:31-33 (KJV)
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall
we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of
all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
you.
John 10:10 (KJV)
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.Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:37 (KJV)
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
3 John 1:2 (KJV)
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul
prospereth.

ACTS CHAPTER TWO (Happy Birthday)

The book of Acts is the dividing line between the Old Testament and the New. It is the start and
growth of the Christian Church and in Acts chapter two is the record of the birth of body to
which all Christians belong. This year, we celebrate Pentecost on June 9th.
I thought I would just let you read the record of the Day of Pentecost and the first outpouring of
holy spirit.
Nest week I will go into some depth in the understanding of the first eleven verses.
But, first, enjoy reading this wonderful record.
Happy Birthday!
Acts 2:1-41 (KJV)
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the
house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the
Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because
that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these
which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and
Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of
Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of
Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and
your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and
they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, andvapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable
day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by
miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also
know:
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken,
and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that
he should be holden of it.
25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on
my right hand, that I should not be moved:
26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in
hope:
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see
corruption.
28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy
countenance.
29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead
and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the
fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell,
neither his flesh did see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the
promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my
Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus,
whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest
of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as
the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this
untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added
unto them about three thousand souls.

CHRIST IN YOU vs YOU IN CHRIST

Have you ever studied the Bible enough to marvel at it’s accuracy? God’s use of figures of speech, the
usages of the different names of God, God’s usage of words such as the usage of Jesus Christ versus
Christ Jesus. Tonight, I want to delve into the two terms “Christ in you” versus “you in Christ.”
These two terms use the same words, but, in a different order. They look similar, but, they mean two
totally different things.
“Christ in you” happens in a moment of time when you confess with your mouth Jesus as lord and
believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. It is the spirit of God in Christ in you.
Colossians 1:27 (KJV)
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Wrapped up in that spiritual birth is our legal position of children of God. It is our position in the family
of God. With that, also, comes righteousness, sanctification, justification, redemption and the ministry
of reconciliation. This is all God’s doing for and in you when you believe.
“You in Christ”, on the other hand, is what you do after you are born again of God’s spirit.
Galatians 4:19 (KJV)
19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
When you are born again it is in an instant of time. Christ formed in you takes time. It is you working to
change your thoughts to the thoughts of Christ and aligning you actions and ways to the ways of Christ.
It is transformation by the renewing of your mind.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
It is letting the Word of God dwell in you richly.
Colossians 3:16 (KJV)
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Romans chapter eight contains both “Christ in you” and “you in Christ” in it and I would like to show a
little of this to you.
Romans 8:1-39 (KJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The walk is something we do. It a day by day, moment by moment decision to do what the Bible
says. This is “you in Christ.”2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and
death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son
in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit.
The righteousness is “Christ in you.” The walk is “you in Christ.”
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit
the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither
indeed can be.
Spiritual mindedness is “you in Christ.”
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Those that aren’t born-again.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if
any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of
righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up
Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Verses nine, ten and eleven are talking about the new birth, “Christ in you.”
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of
the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Verses twelve through fourteen are “you in Christ.”
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer
with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Verses fifteen through the first half of verse seventeen is “Christ in you.”18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the
glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons
of God. (Christ in you)
20 For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him
who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves
groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth
he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as
we ought: but the Spirit (our spirit) itself maketh intercession (to God) for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are
the called according to his purpose.
“Them that love God” is “you in Christ.” “Them who are called” is “Christ in you.”
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also
justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also
freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even
at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or
famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the
slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

ARE YOU LIMITING GOD?

I was reading Psalm 78 when I read a verse that arrested my attention;
Psalm 78:41 (KJV)
41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
They limited God! What does that mean? So, I started checking concordances to see if the translators
goofed. But, no, they didn’t. the word “limited” is rightly supplied. So, what exactly does that mean?
This teaching has as much significance now as when Psalms was first written. What Psalm 78 is talking
about is Israel not believing God.
Psalm 78:5-7 (KJV)
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our
fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should
arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
Israel was to know God and to teach their children so that their children and each subsequent
generation’s hope and believing was in God. Not the things of the world, not the bank, not the
government, but, God.
Psalm 78:8 (KJV)
8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their
heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
But, Israel didn’t do that. They forgot to teach their children about God and not only that, but, of the
wonderous acts of God. And, because of that, the Children of Israel turned away from God.
Psalm 78:9-11 (KJV)
9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
When you forget the wonders of God then you can’t believe for His deliverance. God became a
myth to them and unfortunately to us and our children today. How many people have their hope
in God? How many people believe God for miracles? They haven’t been taught!
Psalm 78:9-16 (KJV)
9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an
heap.
14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
God did all of this, but, Ephraim forgot God’s ability to deliver so when it came time to fight
they turned back because, in their mind, the situation was bigger than God.
Even the generation that saw God defeat Egypt and provide water out of a rock forgot God’s
ability and spoke against God. The situation, in their mind, was bigger than God.
Psalm 78:18-19 (KJV)
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
That is a rhetorical question. It requires no answer. They had already set in their mind that God couldn’t
do it.
Psalm 78:22 (KJV)
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
Psalm 78:32 (KJV)
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
Psalm 78:40-41 (KJV)
40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
They limited the God by their unbelief! God was able to deliver them. God was willing to deliver them,
but, God can only help a person, a city or a nation as far as they believe. This is the greatest law in the
universe! Without knowing of God’s great deliverance and believing for it in your life you will never see
God’s miracles, God’s wonderous works in your life because you have limited God.
God is real people. God can do mighty works and miracles in your life when you get a knowledge of
God’s ability and believe God will do the same for you as He did for them of old.

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