Thursday, July 9, 2020

Speaking Psalms

Continuing to speak the Bible out loud over this one year period, the summary for Psalms is below. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

Psalms Summary

  • Delight yourself in the law of the Lord--you will be fruitful in season and sleep in peace.
  • The wicked will fall in their own pit.
  • Both the righteous and wicked are in the earth. The wicked curse and deceive, think there is no God and no consequence.
  • God looks for those who understand and seek Him.
  • He judges the nations righteously.
  • The righteous will behold His face. Their heritage is beautiful. Their heart is tried.
  • The Word of the Lord is pure, tried in the furnace of the earth.
  • He is with the righteous generation. He answers the prayers of those who see His glory and the perfection of His law--those who fear Him and know that without Him they can't even discern their own error.
  • Wait before the Lord. Seek His face. Behold His beauty.
  • The shepherd king leads, guides, and teachers. He delivers, instructs and shares secrets with those who stand before him with clean hands and a pure heart.
  • Seek to dwell in His house. Look for His purifying truth-telling light.
  • Declare His righteousness to the next generation.
  • Let the faithful take courage. Don't fret because of the wicked. They will wither and fade.
  • Keep your tongue from evil.
  • Cultivate faithfulness.
  • Delight in the Lord. Commit your way to Him. Rest in Him. Trust in Him.
  • Fear the Lord and you will not lack. You'll be delivered from every affliction and those too strong for you.
  • When the heavy burden, wounds, and anxiety of sin comes, confess to the Lord. Ask for healing of the soul. Thirst for God. Delight in His law. Speak of His faithfulness, salvation, lovingkindness and truth. 
  • Truth and lovingkindness will preserve you continually.
  • Each generation must learn from the past. Learn from the stories, but the future replaces the past.
  • Don't trust in wealth.
  • Days, times, seasons, years, and lifetimes, judge the people.
  • Make a covenant with God--a broken and contrite spirit--a sacrifice of thanksgiving. 
  • If He is silent to the wicked it doesn't mean He agrees.
  • The wicked speak evil from birth.
  • Take refuge in the shadow of God's wings until destruction passes by.
  • Your tears are in His bottle and book.
  • Lead us to the higher rock.
  • Shout joyfully and lift your hands to the One who is worthy and delivers you. Who stills the seas, waves, and tumult of the people.
  • He cares for the needy.
  • His enemies melt like wax before Him.
  • God hears the cries and prayers of the afflicted, their sacrificed songs and thanksgivings. He knows their folly and wrongs. He is their rock. 
  • Declare His wondrous works!
  • Don't grow weary in keeping yourself pure.
  • Don't envy the wicked for their time of destruction will come.
  • Wait. 
  • Remember His deeds.
  • All the earth is prepared and appointed by Him.
  • He judges at the appointed time.
  • Fear the Lord all the earth.
  • Tell your children the wonderful works of God, and the rebellion of their fathers. Tell them of God's mighty deeds and to trust Him and keep His commandments. Tell them to tell their children.
  • God shows favor to the land. Fear the Lord so His glory may dwell in the land.
  • Sing to God, your strength.
  • Remove all false gods.
  • The DNA of God and man through David--Jesus--merged to form a timeless generation of people--sons of God, to live and dwell both on earth and in heaven.
  • The years of our life, the voice of creation, and the adversity of the wicked, teach us so we may present a heart of wisdom to God in the end.
  • Tell of His glory all you people, all creation. 
  • Sing of His wonderful deeds. Salvation--His sovereignty rules.
  • He is coming to judge. His angels perform His word and obey His voice.
  • Write, so a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.
  • Seek Him continually and consistently with all your breath and life.
  • He's clothed with splendor, majesty, and light.
  • Winds and fire are His messengers and ministers.
  • All the earth listens to Him.
  • Turn from evil and seek Him.
  • He brings the hungry to streams and sets them on high.
  • Princes who oppress He brings low.
  • Deliverance by man is vain.
  • His wondrous works are to be studied and remembered.
  • Light arises in darkness for the upright.
  • The righteous enter through the gates of thanksgiving. They will not fear evil tidings. Their descendants will be mighty. They will live, not die, and tell of the works of the Lord.
  • The Word of God is pure and forever settled in Heaven. It is truth. See it. Delight in it. Treasure it. Meditate on it. Wait for it. Cry out for it. Love them. Lift your hands to them. Keep them. Walk in them. Choose them. Observe them. Let them counsel you. You will be blessed, pure, free, contented, wise, strengthened, insightful, understanding, and at peace.
  • Go to Zion--His chosen dwelling place.
  • Be Zion. Trust in Him, and like Zion, you won't be moved.
  • Arise O Lord to Your resting place.
  • Surround Your people. 
  • Let the brethren dwell in unity like the oil of the high priest and the dew of Zion.
  • He knows the inner thoughts and form of everyone from the womb.
  • Bless the Lord!
  • Search our hearts O God and lead us in Your way.
  • Offer prayer as incense and lift your hands as an offering to the Lord.
  • Learn the will of God and the way you should walk.
  • Follow His good Spirit.
  • Praise His works to the next generation.
  • Call upon Him in truth and He will be near.
  • His favor is on those who fear Him. 
  • With the high praises of God in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand, His godly ones will execute vengeance--the judgment written.
  • Let all breath praise the Lord!

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Speaking Job

Continuing to speak the Bible out loud over this one year period, the summary for Job is below. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

Job Summary
Job was a man from Uz. He was blameless and upright. He was very wealthy and helpful to the people. He sat in the gates and instructed the people. He had the final word on matters. He helped the poor and needy.  God saw him and was pleased. Satan, however, came to the Lord and accused Job of weak integrity saying he wouldn't hold up under pressure. The Lord gave permission to Satan to test him, yet within boundaries. Job's grief is great. He wishes for death. His friends come to visit him. Job maintains that he's done nothing wrong, that God has done this to him and he doesn't know why. He feels his righteousness didn't keep him safe. He says if he could argue his case before God he'd be vindicated. He says that his friends should comfort him, pity him, strengthen him, but instead they accuse him of sin and wickedness. They say he must have sinned and he should repent and then God would deliver him. The young one speaks after Job's friends finish talking and says that Job should listen to God's chastening and repent. Why should he expect God to tell him what He is doing? His case is before God and he must wait. He says that just because God hasn't come in anger, Job continues to talk and multiplies words without knowledge. He says that Job should consider the majesty of God and consider his own ways. The Lord finally speaks and humbles Job, speaking of creation and all He did to form it, and all He does to maintain it. Can Job do all that? Job repents. The Lord tells the three friends that they didn't speak right of Him as Job did. They will need to offer a sacrifice to Him and Job will pray for them. After Job prayed for his friends, his fortune was restored two-fold and his friends didn't suffer the wrath of God.

  • God boasts in His people's goodness, Satan accuses.
  • God provides evidence of His opinion because He is just in dealing with accusations.
  • Job was tested to prove God's claims.
  • When suffering or doubts arise, stay true to the Lord, even when you don't understand.
  • Know God's character as well as His power.
  • Look beyond a suffering person's words of despair. Strengthen, rather than condemn them.
  • Help the suffering person to not forsake the fear of the Almighty.
  • Don't faint when justice requires evidence. When God moves to strengthen you, or prove you, through testing.
  • Maintain your faithfulness through it all. Search your heart and call on Him.
  • Truth must be spoken in love.
  • Where is weeping? Where is intercession? Why take a stance against your brother instead of holding him up and walking him through his trouble? Where is comfort?
  • When hope seems about to die and everything seems against you, and circumstances are painful, don't forsake your faithfulness to God.
  • Seek the Lord when questions and doubts arise.
  • When He is silent, wait.
  • Are the righteous assured of never suffering trouble? Does trouble come only to the wicked? No.
  • Does God do, or allow, things for no reason? No.
  • Wisdom does not come up from the earth. It's not hidden in the earth. It's from God and He declares that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.
  • Calamity tests your humility as well as your faithfulness.
  • Your faithfulness is not something to be arrogant about.
  • Judge by truth and God's wisdom, not appearance.
  • Seek Him. Search His heart as well as yours.
  • When trouble comes, seek God. He gives songs in the night. He teaches us more than the beasts and makes us wiser than the birds of heavens.
  • Seek to become more than a creature of the earth, but to become a song and wise.
  • Creation speaks of the mysteries of God. We can see them. God will show us.
  • The mysteries of God in creation speak of His mysteries, wisdom and ways.
  • A proper response is awe, humility, and fear of the Lord.
  • Don't speak of what you don't know.
  • We need the whirlwind of God to come so we can see Him and hear Him, not just hear of Him.
  • The testing comes not just to prove our faithfulness, but also to strengthen the areas we are weak in.
  • 1 Peter 5:9-10: Resist the devil firm in the faith. After you have suffered a while, God will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 
  • If we just had God's protection with no adversity, we may be able to appear perfect and blameless, we might even behave perfect and blameless, but adversity comes and strengthens us. Adversity comes so we learn to appreciate the times without it. 
  • None of us are God. We're not that pure. So the potential is there for sin. 
  • Darkness comes and we are thankful for light. Suffering comes and we're thankful for peace. Lack comes and we are thankful for plenty.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Speaking Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah
Continuing to speak the Bible out loud over this one year period, the summaries for Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah are below. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

Ezra Summary
The Lord moved on Cyrus, King of Persia, to allow the Jews to go build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. They returned with gold, silver, cattle, valuables, along with the treasures of the old temple. They began to build the temple, but some people wrote letters to the king and had the work stopped until the reign of King Darius. When the prophets prophesied they began to rebuild the temple. The governor asked what authority they had to rebuild and when told it was Cyrus, he sent a letter to Darius asking to search the records and see if its true that Cyrus issued the decree. It was, and he was told not to interfere, and to give them whatever they needed. After the temple was built, Ezra, a descendant of Aaron and a skilled scribe in the law of Moses, came from Babylon by order of the new king Artexerxes to set up judges and magistrates in the land to judge and teach the people according to the laws of God.

  • The Lord can move on the heart of captors--those who appear as an enemy--to bring freedom.
  • He will fulfill His word spoken through His prophets.
  • Rise. Return. Rebuild. Rejoice. Refuse. 
  • Refuse to compromise with the enemy who led to the cause of the exile in the first place.
  • Let the prophets prophesy and let the builders build.
  • By decree of the King of kings and Lord of lords, rebuild the house of God.
  • Rebuild His dwelling place. Draw from the royal treasuries of the king to do so.
  • Pray, Worship, Celebrate, and take your place to maintain the work of the Lord.
  • Let the skilled scribes arise and take their place.
  • Appoint magistrates and judges to teach the people according to the law of God.
  • Before any great and potentially dangerous mission, seek the Lord.
  • Make sure you have what and who you need for the work and service to God.
  • Entrust the valuables to the faithful and honorable people.
  • When it seems as if all is lost, cry out to God with repentance and fasting. He will make a way.
Nehemiah Summary
Nehemiah asked visitors from Judah the condition of those who survived the captivity and was told their distress. Nehemiah wept, fasted, prayed, repented and reminded God of His word. He was the king's cupbearer and asked permission to go and rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. It was given. Enemies tried to stop the building of the wall. They mocked, threatened harm, made false accusations. The people continued to build the wall by day and guard by night. Nehemiah found the ancestral book of the exiles from Babylon. The people had become indebted, borrowed, and became slaves because of the famine. Nehemiah stopped the usury and restored the people to their land. The people were hungry for the words of the Law. Ezra read and the Levites explained. They wept with fasting and repentance and made a covenant with God to keep His law. They celebrated the Feast of Booths. the people settled in and around Jerusalem.
  • Seek to know the condition of God's people. If there is distress, seek God on their behalf.
  • Ask permission of the King. Tell Him your desires. Ask for the authority and resources. 
  • Go, and do the work of restoration.
  • Don't listen to the mockers. Build the wall. 
  • Don't listen to threats. Build and guard.
  • Don't fall for the enemies schemes to draw you away to do harm, to bring subtle fear, to send false prophets.
  • Be alert. perceive.
  • Take care of your brothers and sisters. Help them. Free them. 
  • Don't enslave them or use them for gain.
  • Know your bloodline and serve as He has called, ordained, and placed you.
  • Recognize the need to know the Word of God. His Law. His covenant towards you.
  • Hunger for His Word. Seek understanding of it. Seek out those who can explain it.
  • Surrender to His Word. Submit to it. Do it.
  • Study, learn and proclaim the history which brought you to where you are today.
  • Make the necessary sacrifices to keep His Word.
  • Give. Tithe. 
  • Churches--keep the Law of God. Honor the tithe as He commands.
  • Obey the laws of God whether there is a leader there to guide you or not.
  • Be the leader. Take initiative.
  • Do what's right when no one is looking. 
  • Stay faithful. Be consistent.
  • Teach your children to do the same.
  • Remain a people set apart for the Lord continually.

Esther Summary
King Ahasuerus reigned over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. His queen, Vashti, disrespected him so he wanted a new queen. Esther, a Jew, was chosen. Her cousin Mordecai had raised her. Haman was appointed by the king over all princes. He hated Mordecai because he wouldn't bow to him. He plotted to kill Mordecai and all the Jews. He got the king to sign a decree that they could all be killed and plundered on a certain day. Esther risked her life to approach the king without being called. She asked to meet with him and Haman at a banquet. In the meantime Haman built gallows and was going to ask the king to hang Mordecai on it. But that night, the king couldn't sleep so he read from the record book and found out Mordecai had once stopped a plot to murder him and he had never been honored. The king asked Haman what to do if he wanted to honor a man. Haman thought he was talking about him so he told him what he thought, but then the king told him to do what he had just said for Mordecai. Then Esther told the king about Haman's plot to kill the Jews which included her and Mordecai. Haman was hanged on the gallows he built. The king set Mordecai over Haman's house and he sent out a decree that the Jews could defend themselves on the day appointed to slaughter them. They did and the two days of Purim are celebrated to remember.

  • Stay true to the Lord. Bow only to Him.
  • The enemy will use his power, position, and influence to try and harm you. Fast, pray and be courageous.
  • God will make a way.
  • The beauty, kindness, and integrity of a people will position them so when the time comes, God's deliverance is already set in place.
  • Be humble and do what's right.
  • See the plan God gives you through to the end.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Speaking Chronicles

I and II Chronicles
Continuing to speak the Bible out loud over this one year period, the summaries for 1st and 2nd Chronicles are as follows. These two books follow the same time period as Kings. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

1 Chronicles
The details of David's lineage are given. He was of the tribe of Judah. Saul was of Benjamin. The Korahites from the tribe of Levi were in charge of the sanctuary work. Saul died and David was made king. He captured Jerusalem, and Joab was made commander of the army. David built the stronghold of Zion--the citadel--the city of David. The tabernacle was in Gibeon at that time. David brought the ark from Abinadab's house where it was for 20 years after it returned from the Philistines. He brought it to Jerusalem with much rejoicing. They learned the proper way to carry it according to the Law of Moses. David wanted to build a house for the Lord, but the Lord said Solomon, his son was to build it. The Levite's duties were redefined as they did not have to move the tabernacle any more. David set some as singers to prophecy and praise the Lord, and gatekeepers over the treasures and affairs of Israel.

  • The actions of people affected their bloodline--some for good, some not. Consequences, atonement, repentance could chance some. Honor the bloodline of Jesus you've been given. 
  • Character and calling may both play a part in who is chosen to pass on the blessing and family birthright. Recognize His calling on individuals in the next generation. 
  • Gatekeepers, night-watchers, morning-openers, servers, singers, and overseers of the Lord's sanctuary---rise and take your place amongst God's people in America! Fulfill your place as God has ordained, appointed, commissioned, and called.
  • The appointment of a king is surrounded with warriors to enforce it. Warriors--arise to protect the appointment and re-appointment of God's chosen and anointed leaders. Enforce his positioning. 
  • Just because a commandment is old doesn't mean it is not valid. They are eternal. Timeless. They still contain their power. Search out all of God's commands. 
  • The desire to build a house for God, to honor Him as He deserves, with a permanent place, touches the Lord's heart, and this is place He will build His house--in the generations of those who long to honor Him in their hearts. Those people become His dwelling place, His house. Those willing to sacrifice for Him to give Him a permanent place in our midst. 
  • Prepare. Prepare your children to build a house for the Lord, to honor Him with the best. The very best. Provide them with what they need and prepare them. Instruct them how to prepare their heart.
  • May the leaders of the land recognize the importance of the worshipers and prophets. Arise, with the gatekeepers, guards, and overseers of the treasures, spoils, and affairs of the land. Speak to the leaders. 
  • The governing unit is family based. There are the priests and the army, but a family-based government.
  • Counselors to leadership should be men of understanding, scribes, tutors, friends, advisors, and commanders. Choose them wisely.

2 Chronicles
Solomon, David's son, became king. He offered 1000 burnt offerings to the Lord and the Lord asked him what he wanted. He asked for wisdom and knowledge to judge God's people. The Lord was pleased and gave him riches, honor and wealth in addition to wisdom. Solomon built the house of the Lord. It took 20 years to build both his house and the Lord's. He prayed for God to hear the prayers prayed towards this house. The ark was moved there and God came. The Lord appeared to Solomon and told him as long as he kept His commands he'd have a son on the throne. He kept Moses's law and David's commands but took the daughter of Pharaoh for a wife, and many wives later on that led his heart away from the Lord. The Queen of Sheba visited and was very impressed with his wisdom and wealth. He made gold shields and a great throne. His son, Rehoboam became king after him. He didn't listen to the elder's advice and ten tribes of Israel were taken from him and given to Jeroboam. Jeroboam made up his own religion so they wouldn't have to go to Jerusalem to worship. Many kings followed in both Israel (the ten tribes) and Judah (the two). Judah was taken captive by Babylon.

  • God has given us broad, wide choices. Choosing what is best for those in our care, rather than selfish choices, pleases God, bringing His blessings. 
  • The lovingkindness of the Lord is everlasting! 
  • If trouble comes, search your heart and repent, turn to Him, honor Him, keep His commands. Pray. He will hear, forgive, heal, and deliver. 
  • Rejoice in Him! 
  • Set your heart to build the Lord's house and your house. The two houses connected--mingled together, becoming one purpose and focus. This will keep your eyes from wandering, your mission clear and your heart pure.
  • The land of your influence and rule will be established. God's love for a people of a land will establish a godly king to rule. 
  • When a nation forsakes the Lord, trusts in other alliances and doesn't keep His commands, then land, treasures, lives, and peace can be lost. But when a nation seeks the Lord, covenants with Him, trusts Him, cleanses the land, and rebuilds the altars, then peace, prosperity, growth, and expansion come. 
  • Remain faithful at all times! 
  • Follow Him and teach the people to do the same. 
  • Be keen enough to recognize false prophets--popular prophets who say what people want to hear. Seek the true word of the Lord. 
  • Place teachers and judges throughout the land. 
  • When the godly influence is gone, a void is created. Bad counsel can spring up. 
  • Let the godly counselors and advisors arise. Prophets and priests arise. Arise and place the leadership. Counsel them. 
  • Listen to the Lord. 
  • Taking trophies of a victory can lead to pride causing foolish actions and challenges, putting yourself in positions and places you're not called to. From that seed springs wickedness and rejection of the Lord's ways. Listen to those who warn you. Don't make idols of trophies. 
  • Respect the positions of king, prophet, and priest. 
  • Let the leaders arise who will restore America--who will catch and disperse the vision for the land. An army on every mountain. 
  • Arise and cleanse the land. Transform the land and people into Your dwelling place! 
  • Prepare offensively, defensively, and strategically for the enemy. Discern what they say, even if they talk your language. 
  • Don't flaunt your treasures. 
  • Seek and heed His word, each generation learning to war.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Speaking Samuel and Kings

Samuel, Kings
I am continuing to read the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. Here are the summaries of Samuel and Kings. Prior links are at the bottom of the post.

1 Samuel:
It begins with God sending a baby--Samuel--to lead Israel into their next phase. His mother Hannah, said if God gave her a son she would give him to the Lord, so Samuel lived with the priest, Eli, from the time he was three years old. He learned to know the voice of the Lord. When the people wanted a king, Samuel knew it wasn't God's best for them, but the Lord told him to go ahead and anoint Saul as king. Saul disobeyed the Lord and He left him. The Lord led Samuel to David and he was anointed king. David became a great warrior--killed Goliath--yet he had an anointing on his music and the heart of the Lord. Saul was jealous of David and tried to kill him several times. David fled from Saul and didn't kill him when he had opportunity. Saul and his sons were killed in battle.

  • Cry out to the Lord to fulfill your part in His plans. Dedicate what is birthed to Him.
  • Consider the great things He's done for you. When you do, and follow His commands, you and your rulers will follow the Lord. He will be your God and deliverer.
  • God is able to do much with a little. Use what He has given you to fight the battle that needs to be fought.
  • Don't overstep your bounds of authority, but be courageous and trust the Lord.
  • The Lord anoints leaders. Lord, place your anointed ones into position. Let them bring Your Spirit into places of authority in our land. Prepare them so they will do right.
  • As the wicked rulers are being displaced by good, they may lash out, but don't fear. Stay faithful to the Lord.
  • Persecution may be severe at times. Examine your heart to be sure there is no wrongdoing in it. Be encouraged and stay faithful to the Lord.
  • Your back up and reinforcement may be those who seem unlikely. Don't treat them lowly. The Lord brought them to you. Have high expectations.
  • Don't avoid the hard path or seek the easy--take the right path whether hard or easy.
  • Don't despair if its taking a long time.
  • God may use your enemy to help you. Be wise and faithful to the Lord.
  • Don't compromise and don't despair when all seems lost. Seek the Lord.
2 Samuel
This book begins with David receiving word of Saul's death. David had so much respect for the anointing that he killed the one who killed Saul. He went up to Judah as the Lord said, and was made king. Abner made Saul's son king for two years, and then he was killed. David was made king over all Israel. He was 30 years old and ruled for 40 years. He fought the Philistines, giving Israel peace from them. He brought the ark back to Jerusalem. He showed kindness to the house of Saul to Mephibesheth. He sinned when he had relations with Bathsheeba and then had her husband killed in battle. That child died and a word was given that David's own household would rise against him, which happened in his son Absalom who undermined David for 40 years and then tried to take his throne. The Lord gave him victory, Absalom was killed, but a dispute arose between Judah and Israel over David.

  • Don't be impulsive when your enemy finally perishes. Don't assume your promised promotion until the Lord says. Seek Him, be patient.
  • Build his kingdom. The Lord will remove the obstacles and establish the leader who is after His heart.
  • Don't rejoice at the misfortune of others, but that the presence of God is returned to His rightful place--in the position of authority.
  • For His place to be permanent, instruction must be given to the next generation. 
  • The amount of good you do does not cancel out the bad. The Lord can't ignore sin. It must be dealt with as He says.
  • Don't judge yourself by different standards than what you judge others by. 
  • The Lord forgives and loves, but sometimes there are still consequences. They may be lessened or removed by repentance, but the fruit of it may still produce. 
  • There may be enemies who have planted seeds long ago, waiting for a time to take over. The Lord sets one up and brings another down. Stay faithful to Him.
  • Don't compromise His ways. Don't overthrow in your strength or against His will.
  • His presence is to remain in the king's house--the place of authority in the land--don't use it for personal gain.
  • The Lord strategically places people in influential positions. Pray for the advisors to those in authority to be giving good and righteous counsel to the king, foolish counsel to the wicked so the wicked are removed from authority.
  • When power is transferred, power struggles occur. Those anointed to rule must maintain their position until God says their time is up. Then it must be properly passed on to the next anointed person. Don't give it up to anyone else. 
  • May our president be one who rules righteously in the fear of God and be armed with iron and a shaft of a spear.
1 Kings
The second transfer of authority from one king to another--David to his son Solomon. Others wanted the position, but Solomon was the Lord's choice. There was peace under his 40 year reign. He had great wisdom and wealth. The Lord gave him both because he asked for wisdom to judge the people rather than wealth. Solomon built the house of the Lord from the plans David gave, and brought the ark there. He built a beautiful house for himself. He impressed others with his wisdom and wealth. Yet his foreign wives led him away from the Lord. He built high places for detestable gods. The prophecy came that ten tribes would be torn from him and given to Jeroboam. When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam became king and the ten tribes were torn from him. He remained ruler only over Judah. Jeroboam became ruler over the rest of Israel. But he built false gods, made non-levitical priests and made up feast days. Israel drifted further from the Lord. Ahab and Jezebel brought Baal worship. Elijah arose as a prophet of God and killed the prophets of Baal. 
  • May we always have leaders and those in influential positions with godly, pure hearts and the wisdom and discernment of God. 
  • May our leaders have knowledge, understanding, and truth. Wise, but pure in heart, and humble before the Lord. 
  • Don't be impressed by man's skill or display of wealth or wisdom, but seek the presence of the Lord--the hidden treasures of God.
  • Wives are influential. May we have godly wives of pure heart so families remain pure before the Lord.
  • If God has placed you in a position, He can keep you there without you having to compromise or sin against Him. But even if He doesn't, don't compromise.
  • A godly king brings stability and peace, wisdom and strength.
  • God's prophets bring truth, correction, and guidance.
  • Pure and godly kings and prophets are refreshing to the land and pleasing to the Lord.
  • Don't be intimidated by those who seem to have gotten a wicked stronghold and mock the Lord's ways.
  • There's a time to hide and a time to speak.
  • You are not alone. It's not all on you. God has a remnant to stand with you.
  • Do what He sets before you to do. Pass the baton properly. 
  • A majority does not make something right or true.

2 Kings
Elijah died and Elisha took his place, receiving a double portion of Elijah's anointing. He did many miracles including parting the Jordan, the miraculous filling of the widow's oil in empty vessels, the Shumanite woman's son, healing of Naaman's leprosy. He helped in war strategies by knowing where the enemy was. The kings in Israel continued to sin. Some of Judah's kings did. Jehu became king of Israel and eradicated Baal worship. Yet he still followed the false gods of Jeroboam. Judah's kings often did right in the sight of the Lord, but many left the high places in place. Hezekiah witnessed Israel's fall and exile. He did right in the Lord's sight. When he became ill, he prayed and the Lord gave him 15 more years. Yet during that time his son Manasseh was born and Hezekiah showed off Judah's wealth and strength to foreign nations. He received word from the prophet that Judah would fall and the treasures carried off. Manasseh, his son, did great evil and caused Judah's fall. Josiah was the last good king.

  • Prophets need the mantle of the Lord and kings need prophets. Both must seek the Lord.
  • A prophet in the land will testify to God's presence and blessing in the land through signs, words and actions. God's existence, power, love, and righteousness become evident.
  • Prophets of God, arise in America!
  • The prophetic voice can guide nations--warn and prepare. 
  • Prophets may be blamed for trouble, when they are simply revealing the Lord's heart and message. They must stick to the word of the Lord.
  • Prophets-anoint the leaders God has called. They will eradicate the worship of false gods. However, they must be properly taught and instructed in the ways of the Lord themselves.
  • Teaching, in addition to the call, anointing, and positioning, not to follow traditions of men, even good intentions, but God's commands, word and ways.
  • When victories are not won, seek the Lord as to why. Inquire of Him.
  • Search your ways, your heart, your traditions, no matter how long they've been held or who has held them. Be sure they are of God. What is written? What does the prophet say?
  • Following the Lord's ways bring stability to a nation--peace and blessing.
  • Search out the roots of what you do. Search for truth. 
  • What does it take for a people to forsake false gods?
  • Be aware of the antichrist culture that creeps in around you.
  • Elect leaders who will not compromise God's ways.
  • Do you only turn to the Lord when your life is in danger? When extinction is threatened? you or your nation?
  • What will come of your life, or your nation's extension? An evil son who brings God's wrath? 
  • Be wise, prepare, teach, and instruct future generations!
  • Even a good king may not be able to undo God's wrath on prior leaders.Once He decrees it for good, it can't be undone.
  • Yet repent, turn to Him, eradicate evil, teach children, for perhaps...

Prior posts:
December 7, 2019: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus
March 14, 2020: Numbers, Deuteronomy
April 25, 2020: Joshua, Judges, Ruth

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Speaking Joshua, Judges & Ruth

Joshua, Judges, Ruth
I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I do. Here are the summaries for Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

Joshua Summary
As long as they had those who knew the deeds of the Lord in leadership in Israel, the people served the Lord. We must teach our children His deeds, His part in giving us this land. The history books must not deny that, but proclaim the hand of the Lord in giving us this nation.

  • Follow the leader the Lord has chosen and anointed.
  • Prepare for the land He's promised you to become--spy it out.
  • Honor the Lord.
  • Keep His Word.
  • Be strong and courageous.
  • Teach your children. 
  • Remember.
  • May this generation's heart be circumcised before the Lord.
  • The blood of Jesus' cleanses all.
  • Don't touch what is banned by Him, even if everyone else is.
  • The final, major victory is to take the land at the high place.
  • Defeat the kings and kingdoms that were in possession of what the Lord promised to His people. Disable their strength.
  • There are more battles to distribute His allotments, but win the one in the high place.
  • As you take possession, remember to keep your word, your promises.
  • Do what is right. It may not be perfect, but give honor and promise where due, as the Lord has instructed. 
  • Don't wait. Don't hesitate. Go take possession. Survey and move in.
  • When all of God's good promises are fulfilled and all the land allotted, rest.
  • Look ahead to future generations. Teach them to keep the boundaries clearly defined--geographically and spiritually.
  • Teach them to keep divisions properly addressed and not to compromise God's principles.
  • Teach and remember the Lord.
  • Teach your children the history.
  • Teach them what the Lord has done for you.
  • Teach them how He has given you all that He has.
  • Remain faithful to Him. Don't go after false gods and you will be able to stay in the blessed land--you and your descendants.
  • The land is given to God's people, yet there are tests and work along the way to see if they will fight for it, if they will keep Him first in all things. If they will remain strong, determined, and learn to live the right way.
  • The strong and mighty works of God kept them on track.
  • We must learn how to teach our children in such a way of love and admiration for the Lord, while consequences are not forgotten.
Judges Summary
It started with war against the inhabitants of the Promised Land. Each generation had to learn to war. They had to be tested to see if they would serve Him or not. It ended with civil war. Fighting against Benjamin for how wicked they had become--like Sodom.
  • Each generation chooses the Lord which is the land of freedom.
  • The boundaries He sets are the boundaries of freedom. 
  • To not choose Him leads to slavery and bondage.
  • Strike with precision as the Lord reveals.
  • Come to know Him and learn how to walk with Him during the good times, not just the bad.
  • Teach your kids how to grow up in times of peace and remain faithful to Him.
  • Don't accept a leader whom God has not chosen. Even if he seems to have a "right" to it.
  • Remain faithful to the Lord for the true leader to arise.
  • Know your history. Know it well. Know the truth. It will be your leader and guide. It will bring deliverance.
  • Do what is right even in the face of loss.
  • Know your strengths and your weaknesses.
  • Know the source of your strength and honor that.
  • Don't play with your weaknesses. Don't reveal the secrets to your enemy.
  • Know who you can trust. Know their weaknesses and strengths.
  • Accused wickedness of God's people must be addressed with evidence and testimony.
  • Desire justice, forgiveness, and righteousness to be done God's way.
  • Take a stand against sin, not arrogantly, hut humbly.
  • Provide for restoration, but honor the Lord first above all.
Ruth Summary
During the time of Judges, Elimelech and his wife Naomi went to live in Moab due to a famine in Bethlehem. They had two sons who married, and over time Elimelech and the two sons died. One daughter-in-law, Ruth, returned to Bethlehem with Ruth. Ruth met Boaz, a relative of Naomi, who redeemed the land of Naomi which had belonged to her husband. He also took Ruth to be his wife. They had a son Obed, the grandfather of David.

  • The Lord provided a way for redemption and a return of the inheritance. 
  • In a time of trouble, a return to the land brought provision and the seed of a great king was born.

Prior posts:
December 7, 2019: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus
March 14, 2020: Numbers, Deuteronomy

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Inhale, Process, Exhale His Word

I mentioned here before that I am on an assignment which began Nov 1, 2019 and goes until Oct 31, 2020. I am speaking the entire Bible during this time-- reading out loud, writing summaries and making prayers and proclamations daily.

The Lord said that as His spoken word is released it will dispel the darkness, lies, and toxic breath of the land in America. It would be a cleansing of the land through the spoken word like Jesus said (John 15:3).

As His word is spoken--breathed out--its released as a breath of truth and life. With each exchange of breath lies are exchanged for truth. Not driven away, but changed. The inhaled truth is processed through the lungs and heart. As the heart is changed, the breath of the lungs becomes pure and releases life and truth with every exhale (word).

Specifically relating to the virus plaguing us at this time, this breath--His words that we've inhaled or studied and processed--will replace the toxic contaminates in the air (physical or spiritual) with life and truth, bringing both health and freedom. And the freedom will be more than the stay at home bans being lifted!

Psalm 12:6 says the words of the Lord are pure words as silver tried in a furnace of the earth refined seven times. We are the furnace and His words are processed through us--our heart, lungs and mouth--to release breaths of life and truth. As our spirits are filled with the Spirit of God, in alignment with His truth, then what is exhaled from our spirit--our breath--will be life-giving truth.

Take the time to hear and process the Word of God. Study it. Meditate on it. Put it into practice. Align your life with it. Make a point to intentionally inhale, process, and then, after all that, exhale (speak) the word of God.

Father God, we inhale Your Word. We ingest it. We breathe it in and allow it to be planted as seeds within our heart. We nurture it, process it, think about it, meditate on it, seek to understand it and apply it to our lives. We allow it to change our hearts, filling us with Your Spirit, so the fruit of our words that we breathe out are filled with Your life and truth.