The Power 💪🏼 of “His Word.” 📖

16¶When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils:

and he cast out the spirits with his word,

and healed all that were sick

~ Matthew 8:16

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I believe as followers of Jesus, we often assume that because we don’t have very much faith, we cannot see the miraculous happen. But Jesus was so positive and inspiring. And said we only needed faith

“as a grain of mustard seed.”

—Matthew 17:20

In order to witness the impossible happen.

Like seeing a mountain in our way; “remove to yonder place” —Matthew 17:20

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People brought “many that were possessed with devils” to Jesus.

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How did Jesus rescue them and “cast out” these tormenting spirits from their lives?

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“with His word.” (Matthew 8:16)

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Most general cases of demonic strongholds in a persons mind or thought-patterns can be resolved and healed simply

“with his word.” —Matthew 8:16

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You don’t need to be brave or mighty or have a lot of faith. You just need a mustard seed of faith, that Gods word will do what He has pledged it would.

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The power doesn’t come from you, necessarily.

There’s power in the Word itself.

This should make us want to know our bibles all the more.

12For the word of God 📖

is quick, and powerful,

and sharper than any twoedged sword

Hebrews 4:12

11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(Isaiah 55:11)

If you know your Bible 📖 at all,

then devils can be cast out

“with His (plain) word.” (Matthew 8:16)

Whether your faith is big or small.

The Kind of Christian that the Devil Fears

They are believers who;

—do not strive

—are gentle unto all men

—apt (poised/ready) to teach

—patient

—in gentleness instructing

those that oppose themselves (2 Timothy 2:24)

(with a touch of firmness)

(the wisdom that is from above is first pure — ‘then’ peaceable).

(James 3)

if God perhaps will grant them repentance. . . .

. . .that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil,

who are taken captive

(held hostage like a prisoner)

by him at his will.

—2 Timothy 2:24-26

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Jesus “divided the spoils”

of the devils ‘hard work’ of holding his prisoners hostage.

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But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

When a strong man armed keepeth his palace,

his goods are in peace:

But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and

“divideth his spoils.”

—Luke 11:20-22

“As He (Jesus is)

so are we in this world.”

—1 John 4:17

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Do you want to “divide the spoils” of the one😈 who makes peoples’ lives miserable ?

If you have this desire, then you have the mind of Christ.

Because Jesus said;

if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

—Luke 11:20

The Pharisees couldn’t do what Jesus did.

When Jesus preached,

he spoke as one with “authority” and not as the scribes

(Matthew 7:29)

Similarly, when Jesus cast out devils, he did so with “authority.”

What a word is this!

for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

—Luke 4:36

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There was something about Jesus’ life of prayer,

that gave him authority to be “heard.”

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It was his reverence.

he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death,

and was heard in that he feared;

—Hebrews 5:7

Jesus didn’t only have reverence in prayer, like a monkish proper well-poised theologian or Pharisee.

No…

Jesus also “cried” insomuch that scripture says that when Jesus prayed—he prayed with “STRONG” crying and “tears.”

Furthermore, Jesus was alive in the fullest sense of the word.

He knew that God was ABLE “to save him from death.”

—Hebrews 5:8

“The living know that they will die.” —Ecclesiastes 9:5

All of these character qualities made Jesus an exemplary model—the only true model of a real “prayer warrior.”

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So in a similar way,

there are character qualities regarding our witness in the world — that make for a powerful recipe of a wrecking ball to the strongholds of the devils kingdom

Jesus came to “destroy the works of the devil.”

—1 John 3:8

And so will His followers desire to do, when they understand reality properly.

The Christian knows that the power is in the truth.

“You shall know the truth

and the truth will make you free.”

—John 8:32

The Christian also knows that His Bible, “IS TRUTH”

—John 17:17

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What’s the reason why we cannot see more precious souls get saved?

The Christian sometimes sadly thinks, in a wrong way, that he has the power & authority to save people — simply because he can say the truth to others accurately.

That his demeanor and disposition—doesn’t really matter all that much.

It does matter. (James 1:20)

saying the truth accurately,

only gives you a score of 50% power.

And that’s a failing grade in the curriculum of school systems.

How much more in Gods kingdom system?

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“Grace ~ ‘and truth,’

came by Jesus Christ.”

—John 1:17

What gave Jesus his authority and success?

When He cast out devils

“with the finger of God” ?

—Luke 11:20

It was the perfect balance of “grace & truth” John 1:17 working together in perfect harmony.

This gave Jesus a 100% score each time in Gods school of advancing His kingdom.

Thankfully,

God is so gracious…

That it does not always require a practical score of 100% for people to get saved.

You don’t have to be completely gracious, or completely accurate in truth, for people to get saved…

A score of a 72% or so,

with a fair amount of grace

and a fair amount of truth,

may just get the job done.

But if we are mostly one-sided in our approach;

being 98% accurate in truth

and 10% gracious —

or 10% sincere,

that’s still a failing grade of 54%

And we won’t “pass” in seeing souls get saved.

Nathaniel could spot Jesus from far away, just like worldly guys say that you can spot a particularly attractive girl

“from a mile away.”

Why was it so easy for Nathaniel to believe in Jesus, and to see him from far away? In John 1?

It was because Nathaniel was a man — “an Israelite INDEED”

in whom there was no guile

(no deceit)

Jesus told him that Nathaniel would see

“greater things than these…”

To the degree that we are committed to grace & truth (and sincerity, not hypocrisy), is the degree that like Nathaniel —

we will see “greater things” than what we have seen in these latter days.

So what are these ‘gracious’ traits that give you a grade of a D, C or B or A — so that souls will get saved?

(Remember, you can have about 80% accuracy and boldness of the truth; and about 60% graciousness / sincerity about you. And that’s enough to get a 70% or a C- grade.

40% + 30% = 70%

it’s not ideal.

But God may just be pleased enough with you,

to use you,

to get people saved.

At the end of the day though,

You can be about 95% gracious, and about 95% accurate to the truth, and God still may not save…

You hadn’t failed.

Because Salvation is “of the Lord.”

—Jonah 2:9

“God may perhaps grant them repentance.”

—2 Timothy 2:26

Our role is to score well—

In grace / sincerity ~

and in truth.

And the more you long to be accurate in the gospel and loving and gracious and sincere in helping others be set free, then God can use you…

Even if your grasp of truth is about 10% and your graciousness is about 5%.

Sincerity / (true loving desire), makes a person of more value than the most talented hypocrite (Charles Spurgeon said)

And so the Bible says;

“For if there be first a willing mind”

—2 Corinthians 8:12

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If you have a willing mind to see Jesus rescue and love people, and you’re humbly content to see it happen through you or anyone—then God will be pleased in His school of saving people, to set you up with tutors,

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“special needs teachers aides”

and angels,

to set you up for success.

Faith, desire and humility, are a threefold chord that is not easily broken

—Ecclesiastes 4

Even if your truth and grace is not up to par, faith, humility and desire —

can close the gap,

and they who have these traits of priceless value,

will see the hand of God move.

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Have mercy on me, O Lord,

thou Son of David;

(faith in Jesus’ power)

my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

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23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

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24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

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25Then came she and worshipped him, saying,

Lord, help me. (Desire)

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26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

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27And she said, Truth, Lord:

yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. (Humility)

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28Then Jesus answered and said unto her,

O woman, great is thy faith:

be it unto thee even as you will

And her daughter

was made whole from that very hour.

— Matthew 15:22-28

God bless you Reader🕊✨

Hugged & Kissed by Jesus

If God gave me a girl,

to hold my heart,

would her “cat claws”

hurt my heart?

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Maybe they would…

Maybe every girl out there

would just claw my heart—unintentionally…

and it would hurt too badly…

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I am thankful that Jesus doesn’t have cat claws.

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That could claw at our hearts

and make us bleed…

like a 🐈 cat-like woman could…

He just hugs us so hard,

that we feel like we cannot breathe…

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I think I’d prefer this, than to bleed with sharp pains… from cat claws…

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Even the tongue of cats is scratchy… and probably painful…

But “grace” is poured into Jesus’ lips.

~Psalms 45:2

When He kisses,

there’s no pain…

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I think now that I’d rather be kissed by Jesus,

than be lovingly ‘licked’ by a 🐈 cat-like girl…🐱

with a scratchy tongue…

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I never thought I’d say these things…

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But Jesus has a way of glorifying himself…

that’s for our happiness and comfort…

not just for his glory…

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Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth (Song of Songs 1:2)

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May Jesus make us all pure.

Who is Himself pure. (1 John 3:3)

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Unto the pure all things are pure (Titus 1:15)

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Blessed are the pure in heart:

for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8)

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we all, with (an) open face

beholding as in a glass

the glory of the Lord,

are 🖤💙changed✨💛

into the 🦁same image🐑

from glory to glory,

even as by the

🕊✨Spirit of the Lord.🖤💙💛💖🤍

2 Corinthians 3:18

Jesus Heals after 18 years of being bound

I was inspired when I read in Daniel how Shadrach Meshach and Abednego fell down “bound” in the fiery furnace.

They were so stuck that they
”fell down bound.”

23And these three men,
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego,

fell down bound

into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
—Daniel 3:23

That seems like a very hopeless place to be…

When you
”fall down bound”

you can

”in no wise lift yourself up.”

I feel this way…

Maybe you do too…

Look what Jesus did…

It’s happened before in His day too ~

11¶And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity

*eighteen years, *

and was bowed together,

and could

in no wise lift up herself.

12And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

13And he laid his hands on her:

and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

—Luke 13:11-13

Some of us will not be able to “glorify God” until He “makes us straight” again…

But this is the very thing that Jesus does…

*18 years * of being bound was no obstacle for Jesus to heal.

He can do it again.

The Devil Prowls to Possess the Presumptuous and those with Prowess — and even those who are ‘nice’

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You may think that because of your niceness, that you cannot be messed with, by the devil.

Don’t be so confident…

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Our first character profile is of a man who formerly, was potentially a very nice person.

He was the “demoniac” who was possessed with “legion”

(many demons)

Jesus knew that at one time in his life — he had “friends” (plural).

After Jesus healed him — He told him to go home

“to his friends”

Go home to thy friends,

and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

—Mark 5:19

The man with a legion of devils had more than one friend.

He had “friends.”

He was potentially a “friendly” person at one time in his life.

“He who has FRIENDS (plural) must show himself friendLY.”

—Proverbs 18:24

He fell.

but Jesus restored him.

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King Nebuchadnezzar was once a respectable kingly 🤴🏽 ruler of the kingdom of Babylon before God humbled him and he became like a beast in the wilderness and grew talons like a hawk. (See Daniel 4:33)

Thank God, that both the demoniac and the king only remained possessed for an allotted time.

Jesus didn’t leave them in their torments. Neither do you have to be left in your torments.

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The next profile is of confident religious persons who presumptuously thought that they had power over devils.

14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew,

(a professing Christian)(perhaps)

“behold; thou art called a Jew”

—Roman’s 2:17

“which say they are Jews

and are not — but do lie”

—Revelation 3:9

and chief of the priests, which did so. 15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

16And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

—Acts 19:14-16

They even tried to cast out demons in “Jesus’ name.”

We adjure you by ‘Jesus’ whom Paul preacheth.

—Acts 19:13

But that didn’t work for them.

Because Jesus knew Paul.

And so did the demons,

But Jesus may not have known them. Galatians 4:9

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The next character profile is someone very unlikely.

Someone we would never expect would be in danger of being possessed.

Not Jesus,

But perhaps one of the next most mighty figures in the Bible;

Moses.

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Jude 1:9 — Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said,

The Lord rebuke thee.

The devil wanted to get a hold of the body of Moses.

Michael the archangel wouldn’t permit it to happen.

Moses was a mighty one in the kingdom of God.

He was a man of “prowess.”

But the devil was on the prowl for men of prowess.

For men with big spiritual muscles.

Moses appeared even with Jesus at the transfiguration.

(Matthew 17:3)

You don’t appear with Jesus at his transfiguration and are just a regular believer.

Don’t think that because you’re a mighty leader in the kingdom of God, that your spiritual prowess protects you from the devil.

You may actually be a bigger target for the devil.

The devil could,

if he were allowed of God to do so, turn an Apollos (someone in the book of Acts who was “mighty in the scriptures”)

(Acts 18:24)

into an Apollyon (another name for the devil)

(Revelation 9:11)

The devil is a lion that

“does not turn away for any.”

—Proverbs 30:30

No matter how nice they are, (like the demoniac)

No matter how powerful they are in the kingdom of God,

(like Moses was)

No matter how (over)confident someone is — with lots of ‘faith’

(like the seven sons of Sceva were who was “chief” of the priests.”

You may think you are “chief” with faith. But if your faith is in your faith — and not in Jesus, then you might end up fleeing from demons “naked and wounded.” Acts 19:16

The devil is on the “prowl”

like a roaring lion, (1 Peter 5:8) especially for those with a Prideful Prowess.

Because so is he —

and he will not have competition.

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Promises of Protection;

2 Timothy 2:19 — the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.

And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

no man stood with me,

but all men forsook me. . . .

17Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me,

and strengthened me. . . .

. . . and I was delivered

out of the mouth of the lion.

—2 Timothy 4:16-17

23The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

—Proverbs 25:23

God does this with the devil.

In a much mightier way than Michael the archangel who said sternly; “the LORD rebuke you.” Jude 1:9

The Lord with an angry countenance drives away the backbiting petitions of the tongue of the devil to claim us and have us. The Lord will not permit it — unless He permits it.

he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

1 John 5:18

The Goodness and Severity of Moses’ Meekness

(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

—Numbers 12:3

The word to describe Moses as being “very meek” in the original Hebrew is ‘ānāv which can mean;

1. poor, humble, afflicted, meek

A. poor, needy

B. poor and weak

C. poor, weak and afflicted

D. humble, lowly, meek

The word meekness is also defined in the Scripture as;

mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit,

meekness

Some correlate meekness to “strength under control.”

A godly writer once wrote of gentleness, a synonym for meekness, that;

gentleness is not the absence of strength — but the (right) application of strength; to a tender situation.

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Meek as Moses was,

he had his moments of weakness as well.

He had his moments of severity.

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when Moses was grown,

that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens:

and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

12And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man,

he SLEW 👊🏼 the Egyptian,

and hid him in the sand.

—Exodus 2:11-12

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19¶And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing:

and Moses’ anger waxed hot, 😡😤

and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

20And he took the (golden) calf which they had made,

and BURNT it in the fire,

and GROUND it to powder,

and STRAWED it upon the water,

and MADE the children of Israel

DRINK OF IT. —Exodus 32:19-20

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10And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them,

Hear now, YE REBELS;

must we fetch you water out of this rock?

11And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he SMOTE the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

—Numbers 20:10-11

God had asked Moses to speak to the rock, not smite it. . .

Moses had his moments of weakness. He did not always behave in meekness,

in mildness of disposition / gentleness of spirit.

He sometimes responded impulsively, in moments of weakness.

But meekness of soul and of spirit was ordinarily how Moses was.

Moses was lowly,

and humble. . . and God was pleased to use him because of this.

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Moses was very much like God.

We are told to behold the “goodness and the severity of God.”

—Romans 11:22

God in His goodness is said to have a (WHOLE)

“YEAR of the LORD’s favor,”

and in Gods severity, is said to have “the DAY of His vengeance (wrath).”

—Isaiah 61:2

So likewise it was characteristic of Moses to love on people.

To be kind, benign,

servant-hearted.

but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

—Exodus 2:17

God likewise waters his flock every moment, lest any hurt it.

—Isaiah 27:3

This is the ordinary character of God, and the way a believer typically longs to be;

loving, gracious, good—like God.

When God arises in judgment and wrath, it is to;

“comfort all who mourn”

—Isaiah 61:2

Gods wrath is not poured out on the lowly.

But on the “fattest” of the people, and on the “chosen men of Israel” who are not meek and lowly, God will slay.

31The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.

—Psalm 78:31

God arises in judgment, to

“save all the meek of the earth. Selah.”

—Psalm 76:9

We see the same Godly traits reflected in Moses.

With “MANY” of Gods people God was not well-pleased.

—1 Corinthians 10:5

But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some in the camp that day when Moses’ severity fell, who had a heart for God still

God had his 7,000 who had

“not bowed the knee to Baal,”

—Roman’s 11:4

or to the golden calf.

The day when Moses came down from the mount, and brake the tablets of stone beneath the mount and

took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire,

and ground it to powder,

and strawed it upon the water,

and (then) made the children of Israel (to) drink of it.

—Exodus 32:20

None of this severity of Moses was towards those who mourn.

The context is;

that it was towards those who “sing” that Moses did this. (see Exodus 32:18)

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Do you find it hard to sing?

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Gods heart is not to be severe with you. Nor is it the heart of His dearest children, to be severe with those who mourn. . . And can barely sing.

There were those in the camp who mourned the apostasy and the rebellion of their brothers and sisters. Who chose to worship a golden calf rather than God.

And this is why Gods vengeance likely came that day on the camp, through Moses.

It was to —

“comfort all who mourn.”

—Isaiah 61:2

Moses’ vengeance that day,

was a representation of Gods severity (Roman’s 11:22) a severity that is severe on those who do not “choose the fear of the Lord.” Proverbs 1:29

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What may be known of many Christian’s is an overall goodness of soul and of personhood.

But the devil never allows them to see it.

The devil points his finger on all their faults. And never tells them about their graces and their beauties. Unless it is to make them stumble into pride.

God has a “year” and overall goodness of Favour towards His people — and a “day” of severity / vengeance.

—Isaiah 61:2; Roman’s 11:22

The good news is,

that if we are already low,

when His severity falls upon the world in the day of His wrath,

it will strike through kings and mighty ones. Psalms 110:5

But for the meek,

it may be that they will be “hid” in the day of the Lords anger. Just like Jesus said…

Some will not taste of death when the kingdom of God comes—in all of its goodness and all of its severity.

27But I tell you of a truth, there be SOME standing here,

which shall not taste of death,

till they see the kingdom of God.

—Luke 9:27

3Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness:

it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

—Zephaniah 2:3

Pray for the White Horse and it’s Rider to Conquer All Fear in this World

And I saw,
and behold a white horse. . .
and he went forth conquering,
and to conquer.
—Revelation 6:2

he (Jesus) might destroy him that had the power of death,
that is, the devil; 😈

15And deliver them
who through [fear] of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
—Hebrews 2:14-15

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18There is no fear in love;
but perfect love CASTS OUT fear
—1 John 4:18

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The kingdom of heaven
is at hand. . .
Heal the sick. . .
CAST OUT devils
—Matthew 10:8

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And the great dragon was
CAST OUT, that old serpent,
called the Devil, and Satan
—Revelation 12:9

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Therefore. . Pray.

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3Gird thy sword upon thy thigh,
(a prayer request)
O most mighty,
with thy glory and thy majesty.

4And in thy majesty ride 🐎 prosperously. . .
(That’s a prayer of petition to the White Horse and it’s Rider, Jesus)

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in thy majesty ride 🐎 prosperously. . . because of truth and meekness and righteousness;
and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
—Psalm 45:3-4

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2And I saw, and behold
a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
—Revelation 6:2

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What are we praying that Jesus would conquer?

The devils workings of fear in peoples lives.

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For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
—1 John 3:8

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4Say to them that are of a
[fearful] heart,

Be strong, [FEAR NOT:]

behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

What’s the result of the white horse and it’s rider, Jesus,
when He comes near?

6Then shall the lame man
(crippled man)(fear is crippling)

leap as a deer,
and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
— Isaiah 35:4-6

That sounds like an area of the world in which the White Horse has conquered.

Don’t you want that?

12For God is my King of old, working salvation
(working deliverance from fear)
in the midst of the earth.
—Psalm 74:12

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at that time thy people
shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
—Daniel 12:1

2 Blessed Incentives to Pray for Others

1 – a reason to pray for other believers:

He that troubles his own [house] shall inherit the wind
—Proverbs 11:29

Something about wind is that there is seemingly no substance to it.

It’s air—on the move.

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It’s possible that we can trouble other believers in various ways,
Hebrews says
“whose HOUSE are we.”
Hebrews 3:6

If we trouble one another, we will inherit the “wind.” Proverbs 11:29

But…

When we pray for others,
we bring about “help” to them, of some spiritual way of substance.

11Ye also helping together by prayer for us
—2 Corinthians 1:11

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2 — a reason to pray for those who haven’t yet believed

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“but the poor heareth not rebuke.”
—Proverbs 13:8

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Who are most poor, but those who do not have “the God of Jacob for their help.” (Psalm 146:5)

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If you know the truth,
and poor persons who don’t believe in Jesus don’t, rebuke may not be the best thing to do.

Because they may be
too poor to hear it.

Instead of rebuking poor persons who don’t have Christ Jesus as their anchor in these times of shaking—pray for them instead.

Your prayer may lift them up out of their debilitating poverty just enough, so that they will be able to eventually hear a reproof of instruction which is the way of life. Proverbs 6:23

ARE YOU PRODUCING VEGETABLES 🥕🥦 OR DIAMONDS? 💎

When things go nice and comfortable in the pilgrim road of life—people have the liberty to make decisions.

They could train themselves to get

🥔 better employment,
🌽 better health,
🥦 develop a practical life skill,
🥬 or read books.

So they can be competent for life
or spiritual living.

But all these things can be compared to vegetables.

They have their value.

And they can be consumed for the owners own profit — and for the comfort and profit of others.

They’re all good.

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But all vegetables eventually pass away.

Just like
“prophecies, knowledge
and tongues” do.
(See 1 Corinthians 13:8)

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But when things go hard and difficult, you don’t have this liberty to do whatever you want. And grow whichever vegetable(s) suits you. Good as they may be. 🥔🌽🥬🥦🥕

You are driven—as it were,
by the Holy Spirit (see Mark 1:12) not into fields so much,
but into caves.

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And what is produced in caves?

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Gems. . .

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Rubies,
emeralds,
sapphires,
diamonds. . 💎

They say that in order for a diamond to be produced — it has to undergo pressure.

And this is what God does in the lives of His children whom He most loves.

He doesn’t let them produce corn 🌽 and potatoes 🥔 and wheat 🌾 and lettuce 🥬 and thrive so much worldly wise.

In fact for most of their lives they don’t thrive seemingly—at all.

Look at them 2-10 years into their journey, and they probably still look like a black rock 🪨 in a cave.

But God is doing a strange work…

Because as time goes on,
the pressure of His afflicting rod (see psalm 23:4 and psalm 94:12) are causing a refinement and development of person, which can only be produced in dark caves.

This is where diamonds 💎
are made.

If you don’t know anything of strain, resistance, struggle, pressure,

Practically in life,
or spiritually in the struggles of pilgrim life, I fear that you won’t have any diamonds 💎 to offer God or this world.

This may be one reason why God says; “Be afflicted.” James 4:9

When we allow Gods rod to develop us, and we don’t, as fresh and wild and vain people do; “let us cast away His cords from us!” Psalm 2

Those who do, God laughs at.

Because they would rather grow vegetables than allow God to have his “perfect work in their lives” James 1:4 and produce a diamond 💎 or two.

Which time cannot eclipse or cause to fade away.

They say that diamonds 💎 are some of the hardest substances in the world.

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Maybe you have become hard.🪨💙

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You used to be plump and friendly like a tomato 🍅 and when people enjoyed your company,

they felt as though you gave them an emotional nutritional benefit of some sort. Much like when Kirby 🐻‍❄️ from Nintendo enjoys his tomato’s and then smiles.

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Now you’re hard.🪨

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And in the eyes of others,
you look like a lump of coal
or some kind of a rocky ore. 🪨

But God knows the end from the beginning.

Those who have never known any aversion / difficulty to love,
have never loved someone before.

And those who have never found it hard to pray — have never truly prayed before.

Those who never questioned their faith in God, have probably never had faith in God before…

If they did, it was but pebbles.

God gave David only a few smooth stones to slay Goliath with.

And, the wonderful thing is,
it worked.

You don’t need Sauls armor, with all the bronze and silver glimmering shield 🛡 to fight battles.

If you choose this road, you will likely only slay 1,000’s spiritually.

But the Bible said that David slayed his “10,000’s.” (see 1 Samuel 18:7)

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Would you leave a mark in this world for good?

For God,
In Love,
for Jesus,
for people?

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Then don’t doubt in the dark
what God is doing in the light
of His infinite wisdom.

that walketh in darkness,
and hath no light?
let him trust in the
name of the LORD,
and stay upon his God.
—Isaiah 50:10

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7Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
—John 13:7

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When He’s done with you,
You’ll come forth like gold.
Just like Job.

when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.
—Job 23:10

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If you can, choose to sow to the spirit (Galatians 6:8) some rocks 🪨 in caves of the earth.
They will come forth as diamonds💎 one day.

Though right now you barely have much corn 🌽 or potatoes 🥔 or wheat 🌾

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Your faith will pay off.

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God sees what’s really there.
When you and no one else can.

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9I know thy works,
and tribulation,
and poverty,
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(but thou art rich)
—Revelation 2:9

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8But what went ye out for to see?
A man clothed in soft raiment?
behold, they that wear soft clothing
are in kings’ houses.

9But what went ye out for to see?

A prophet?
yea, I say unto you,
and more than a prophet.
—Matthew 11:8-9

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(Of whom the world was not worthy:)

they wandered in deserts,
and in mountains,
and in dens and caves 🪨 of the earth.
—Hebrews 11:38

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Why was the world
not worthy of them?

Because they produced
diamonds 💎
in these difficult dark caves
in their lives on this earth.

While most others,
produced vegetables.🥔🌽🥬🌾

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What would you like to produce?

God Knows Your Longing Desires.❣️ But Long For His Salvation.💕📖🕊

174I have longed for thy salvation,
O LORD; and thy law is my delight.
—Psalms 119:174

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If many of us were honest,
and we had to re-write this verse in our own words, in our own journal,

Many of us might have to admit something like this instead…

Instead of;

174I have longed for thy salvation,
O LORD; and thy law is my delight.
Psalm 119

We might say;
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I have longed for a girlfriend / boyfriend or a spouse, O LORD;
and her smile / affection is my delight.

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This is how we should read the scriptures. With honesty. It is by reading them in these soul-searching ways, that we can see how little we truly love our Lord Jesus, and bow our heads in contrition. . And let Jesus lift us back up. . Because His love for us isn’t going anywhere. .
Though a girls or a boys love, may.

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How can we not love Jesus who has pledged to be so faithful to us?

“I will not leave you without comfort.
I will come to you.”
—John 14:18

Here is a soul-husband most worthy of our embracing.

The happiest thing a settled soul could say, is probably something like this about Jesus;

10¶I am my beloved’s,
and his desire is toward(s) me.
—Song of Solomon 7:10

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What could be better than this?

His (Jesus’) desire, is toward us.

When our desires
are so seldom toward Him.

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And He doesn’t change.

He’s the same then,
as He is today.

If we will have Him…
and receive Him…

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8Jesus Christ the same
yesterday, and today, and forever.
—Hebrews 13:8

22And when he (Jesus)
had said this,
he breathed on them,
and saith unto them,
[Receive] ye the Holy Ghost🕊✨
—John 20:22