What the Bible says about Jesus

The True Light "In him, (the Lord Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world,…the world didn’t recognize him." John 1:4,9.
The Good Seed and the Weeds The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Matthew 13:24,25.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Only Trust Him - Commentary by Sandra Lloyd

 Reblogged from servehiminthewaiting.com

I’ve been hard-pressed, this week, to dip into the polluted stream of “news” and come up with much of anything that seemed worth featuring here.  Obviously, the most significant thing that happened this week, was when the esteemed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the world from the congressional chamber, with such eloquence.
Putting aside the crucial nature of the topic he addressed, I was struck most deeply in my heart and in my spirit, with the way that it felt, as a citizen of America, to once again witness a man of integrity standing in that relatively hallowed spot, addressing we-the-people, and make no mistake, that is whom Bibi came here to address.

From day-to-day and week to week, people like myself are documenting the decline and demise of this nation as we previously have known it.  God likes an established record, it seems, not for His own sake, for His mind keeps track without having to mark things down, but for “the record” which He will show back to the guilty.  Sometimes we wonder when we know that we have been treated unjustly, why God allows it.  I believe that is why. 

The scriptures say that God is angry with the wicked every day, and that evil-doers store up wrath against themselves.  Every good investigator or lawyer knows that to have an airtight case, you have to collect evidence.  I really think that sometimes when God looks down here and sees just how wicked some are, that He will allow His own to suffer for the sake of eventually giving those the maximum sentence, so to speak, as He was doing when He allowed Satan to “test” Job.  Satan smirked, I’m sure, in his arrogance, somehow believing he had actually duped God into letting him torment that righteous man, when all he really accomplished was to store up a greater measure of condemnation against himself.

There has been much praise for Mr. Netanyahu’s bearing as he made this historic address, much analysis of his command and presence, his oratorical skill, and such.  But there was something much deeper and more solemn at work that morning. I will never forget Charles Krauthammer’s observation that it was the “first standing-O Queen Esther will have gotten in over two thousand years”.

It’s dangerous assigning hero status to mere mortals, but I believe that Benjamin Netanyahu may come pretty close, when all of history is established and weighed in the Sovereign scales of God Almighty, as a leader of the Jewish people, who will be numbered among those who, if not worshipfully, then at least respectfully regarded Abraham’s God.  He is no anointed king, but most certainly it was ordained by God that he is in the position he is in “for just such a time as this”.

There comes a moment in every unfolding conflict, when astute witnesses fully recognize and acknowledge the gravity of what they are watching take place.  In a world where even most ordained ministers are failing to heed or address what is at stake and “in play” in this existential chess match in the Middle East, Netanyahu acted in the same initiative common to the brand of man along the lines of which include Joshua, and Moses.  You see, while most pundits made comparisons to figures such as Reagan and Churchill, I believe what Bibi did that day, surpasses the examples of those other great men, by virtue of the fact that Mr. Netanyahu has been entrusted with the wellbeing of the one nation which is the very “Apple of God’s Eye”, and unlike most leaders, he seems to fully appreciate the “sacred trust” aspects of the honor and privilege he has been given.  This is significant far beyond the scope of Western interests.

Benjamin Netanyahu is always kind and generous in his acknowledgement of Barack Obama, and in so being, he proves the scriptural truth of heaping hot coals upon Mr. Obama’s head, in repaying kindness for evil. In contrast, Obama looks every bit the epitome of the indulged and ruined child that he is.  Obama is the Frankenstein who emerged from the laboratory of  humanism which is nothing other than blatant delusional rebellion against unquestionable, inevitable Sovereign Authority.

Netanyahu is prepared for Israel to stand alone, but Israel will never stand alone. Netanyahu and the IDF stand ready to defend Israel to the death, and don’t think that just because Netanyahu no longer wears the IDF uniform, that he sits safely removed from that particular risk himself.

It strikes me that this was Netanyahu’s third address from the congressional podium.  There is a scriptural standard of establishing a matter by two or three witnesses.  And “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets”.  (Amos 3:7) It’s not that Netanyahu’s address itself is prophetic, but that it falls into lock-step with what the scripture has already proclaimed.  So, setting aside the accolades, criticisms, and analysis of the various media, yes this was an historical event, but much more so and on a different level than most of them realize.

I think it may just have been a heavenly bugle call of sorts.  Marking a moment in time when a pre-ordained and long-anticipated conflict truly commenced.  The literal beginning of the ultimate end of an age dividing time in much the same way that only a  profoundly life-altering event can do, into clearly delineated “before” and “after”.

Christian, stagger not at the promises of God in the days ahead.  Whatever your work is for the Lord, do it, but remember that it is not your works which reckon you righteous, but your faith.  Don’t make the mistake of mentally tying your security to your “job performance” as Satan will work to drain your joy and break your spirit and we cannot afford to falter in so late an hour.  The strategy of the enemy depends upon distraction, discouragement, disappointment, and disillusionment. 

If you are still wasting time and energy in diversionary skirmishes thrown into your path like supernatural tire spikes, you have not entered into your rest which comes from abiding in the yoke with Christ.  False yokes are generated in myriad ways, even inside the church.  

Our God has already won this war.  Just keep sowing, watering, cultivating, call out the enemy’s deceptions for what they are, speak to the obstacles and tell them “be thou removed” and keep on walking, though the Earth shake, though the stars begin to fall, only trust Him.    Fear only the Lord, and you to whom Salvation is given, will have nothing to fear.  To God be all Glory!
 


Come, every soul
by sin oppressed,
there’s mercy with the Lord;
and he will surely give you rest,
by trusting in his Word.


Only trust him, only trust him,
only trust him now.
He will save you, he will save you,
he will save you now.

For Jesus shed his precious blood
rich blessings to bestow;
plunge now into the crimson flood
that washes bright as snow.
(Refrain)


Yes, Jesus is the truth the way
that leads you into rest;
believe in him without delay,
and you are fully blest.


(Refrain)

Come then and join this holy band,
and on to glory go,
to dwell in that celestial land
where joys immortal flow.
(Refrain)

John H. Stockholm

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