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The Deception of Sin and The Truth of Redemption

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life— that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

We are writing these things (to you) so that our (your) joy may be complete.

Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 
If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing (not living according to) the truth. 
But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 
If we say, “We …

Seeing The Other Side of The Mountain

For now the winter is past; the rain has ended and gone away.  The blossoms appear in the countryside. The time of singing has come, and the turtledove's cooing is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs; the blossoming vines give off their fragrance. Arise, my darling. Come away, my beautiful one.
-Song of Solomon 2:11-13

Some of us have been waiting for springtime for a very long time.  We have been in a sort of hibernation, waiting for our wintertime to be over.  I believe it is finally that time.
The winter has finally passed.  You will no longer complain about a distant God, but now have a voracious appetite for the Bible, to read God's written words.  You will hunger for and desire to feed on the word of God.
We have been like a bear in hibernation, who was looking forward to spring.  We would awaken and venture out of our caves, again and again, only to find thick winter clouds obscuring the other side of the mountain.  Then, we would go back to our cave and …

Ravaging Wolves

Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
-Matthew 7:15-16

I had a dream with two scenes that were connected. In scene one, I observed a conversation of sorts, where a person or persons were possibly leading a person, in my care; astray. I knew I needed to talk to my person, my son. A man behind me encouraged me. I was about to talk to my son, when the people in question re-appeared, so I said, to my son, "let's go for a walk", intending to school him about what these others were possibly up to.

Then, we got up to walk, into scene two; and I saw 3 or 4 wolves attacking and ravaging one alone sheep. It was terrible and I only got the chance to notice and see this, then I awoke. The two scenes were so different, yet were about the same thing.

Beware of false prophets. These are people who:
In God's name, teach…

Hebron - Joining, Teaming Up, Alliance

Some time later, David inquired of the Lord: “Should I go to one of the towns of Judah?”

The Lord answered him, “Go.”

Then David asked, “Where should I go?”

“To Hebron,” the Lord replied.

-2 Samuel 2:1
After Saul had died and it was finally time for David to become Israel's king, he went to live in Hebron.  "The name Hebron comes from the root-verb חבר (habar), meaning to join", writesArie Uittenbogaard.  The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, has it, that Hebron means association or league.  David took a step up and into his kingship, but it would still be over 7 years before he began to reign from Jerusalem.  
Even though David was "the man" God chose, and of whom Jesus, would be called, "the son of David"; he needed to join himself to allies, associates, and team up or bind himself to those who were "friendlies".  Jerusalem, and much of the people of God were not ready for him yet, but Hebron was.
Hebron became a place where…

I heard The Bells On Christmas Day

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
-Luke 2:11-14 (KJV)

I HEARD the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Christmas is normally and by default, a very happy day.  I remember the first Christmas after my grandpa died.  My grandma was so different.  This Christmas, was filled with the most sadness, of any for her.  Christmas is different when you are grieving.  (1)

The poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was grieved on Christmas, in 1863; and wrote the poem, Christmas Bells.  He had lost his second wife, Frances, in an accidental fire, two years previous; and he just received…

Feliz Navidad!

But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.
-Luke 2:10-11

Feliz Navidad!  The voice is heard, that says, "Feliz Navidad!"  "Feliz" means blessed, fortunate, lucky, magnificent or grand; splendid, satisfied or content; opportune or timely. (1)

Here are some examples of this word in the Bible.  I looked feliz up in Spanish translations.  Here are the verses, in English, with the word in italics that was feliz in the Spanish translation:

Happy are the people with such blessings. Happy are the people whose God is Yahweh.
-Psalm 144:15
Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding, for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold Anyone who listens to me is happy, watching at my doors every day, waiting by the posts of my doorway.   Be wise, my son, and bring my he…

He Was Despised

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn't value Him.
-Isaiah 53:3
"He was despised", is hard for me to believe, when I love Jesus and see who he is.  People who despised him obviously did not see who he was.  
Despise means "look down upon".  It also means to devalue or have contempt for.  
The world is a place of despising.  We look down on one another.  When Jesus came on the scene, he experienced this.  
He was despised as a teacher.  They misunderstood him and they criticized him.  John Wesley wrote this, in his book on The Sermon on The Mount: He could not fail to be accused of being a teacher of novelties. He was called an introducer of a new religion. (ch. 7, first page) "He was despised".  If I am in the least bit despised, I am in good company, because he was despised.  He is still despised.

"To despise", the He…

Time, Times, and Half a Time (Kairos)

The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent’s presence to her place in the wilderness, where she was fed for a time, times, and half a time.
-Revelation 12:14

What time is it?  It is important to understand the times.  There are two basic kinds of time in the NT.  Kairos times and chronos time.  Kairos is the appointed time, special time, or time of opportunity; and chronos time is just the passing of time.

To say, "It was the time when we got married", is kairos time.  Another example is , "Harvest time".  The harvest is at an appointed time, when the produce is ready to be brought in.  Time (chronos) is passing throughout the year, but only one time is harvest time (kairos).

Kairos comes out of chronos.  In other words; strategic, opportune times come out of regular, normal times (general, daily routine times).  For example, a woman experiences a time of pregnancy and a time of birth.  Some pregnancies and births seem …

Gifts From God: Christmastime All The Time

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them—this is the Law and the Prophets.
-Matthew 7:7-12 (HCSB)
God is the supreme giver of gifts.  The ultimate gift from God is Christ (John 3:16).  What are the gifts that you are asking God for?  Giving and receiving gifts was invented by God. (1)
Christmastime is all the time with God.  The word "Christmas" evokes thoughts of gifts and giving gifts.  We have the greatest gift and we give g…

The Inexplicable Choice of Sorrow - Psalm 16:4

The sorrows of those who take another god for themselves (The sorrows of those who choose otherwise) will multiply (shall be multiplied); I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, and I will not speak their names with my lips.
-Psalm 16:4 (HCSB (New Berkeley(1)))

Choices.  People make choices.  David says, in the midst of his words about choosing to follow and come under the protection, care, and benevolence of God, that many people choose otherwise.  They take another god or gods: little gods, or idols.  David observes how they pursue idolatry and how that lifestyle reaps a multiplication of sorrow in lives.
Sorrow is defined as: A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others. synonyms: sadness, unhappiness, misery, despondency, regret, depression,despair, desolation, dejection, wretchedness, gloom, dolefulness,melancholy, woe, heartache, and grief. In the midst of ten other uplifting verses, verse 4 of Psalm 16…

Sing to God When Things Are Bad

Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!

Sing to God; make music to praise his name.  Make a highway for him to ride through the deserts.  The Lord is his name.  Celebrate in his presence.

Sing to God. Sing praises to His name. Make a road for Him Who goes through the deserts. The Lord is His name. Be full of joy before Him.
-Psalm 68:4 (ESV, God's Word Translation, New Life Version)
(This re-post, with added content)
When you are in trouble, sing to God.  There's no time like when we are under attack to praise the Lord.  
When we sing to God, we are opening a door to welcome the Lord into our presence.  We are making a roadway.  We are making a landing strip.  Singing to God and praising the Lord release faith, and God responds to faith.
The deserts are the dry places, the places that are barren and seemingly lifeless.  The desert is less civilized and is where outlaws go.  Most people…

Hear My Voice

God, hear my voice when I complain.  Protect my life from the terror of the enemy.
-Psalm 64:1 (HCSB)

Pray!  Do you hear the call to prayer?  There is a time to pray more.  Praying is talking or sounding off to God.  "Hear my voice", literally means "Listen to my sounds".  Prayers can be groans, cries, and tears.

The door to the secret place of prayer is the cross.  When you have gone through the cross, you loose everything and gain all he has for you.  Then you take up your cross and walk after him.

The sound of your voice is purified when you have been through his cross and carry your cross.  You have very legitimate complaints to air, because you have an enemy who hates Jesus' work in the world and wants to stop you.

So there is warfare and roadblocks in your life.  There is a conspiracy being planned and executed against you.  This is why you must pray and partner with Almighty God, for his destiny, plan, and inheritance for you to come forth and go forwa…

Secure Living (Psalm 16:9)

Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely.
-Psalm 16:9 (HCSB)
Resting securely is a gift from God to all his children.

We need peaceful, restful sleep; and we also need rest while we are awake.  There is a time to work and a time to rest.  We don't want to be restless.

David wrote may of his psalms when we was running from an enemy who wanted to kill him.  Although he was called to become king, David lived for a period of time as an outcast, in tents and caves, in the wilderness.  David lived in the opposite of the clear prophecy over his life.

David had good reasons to feel restless.  Restlessness is when you have too much adrenaline pumping through you, and you feel like you might have to flee danger.  When we read the history of David's life, we can understand why he would struggle  with this issue.

Yet, David was able to rest securely.  The answer, from David, lies in the word "therefore", that points up to what he wrote in th…