Monday, February 29, 2016

Are The Circumcision - Philippians 3:2-3

Philippians 3:2-3 

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.
For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh

Paul uses strong and negative words to describe a people and religion he once zealously promoted and defended. He is still zealous, but is now walking with Christ rather than persecuting those who believe in Him. He has put aside childish things. He no longer needs a guardian to care for him until he matures. 

He once saw himself as blameless. That is common among the self righteous.  Confidence in the flesh can manifest in the boldest, most ostentatious, overt display, to a subtle whisper in the ear of the the most pious believer. Both have a negative effect on the heart. 

Circumcision in the flesh was an intermediate step which would serve as a reference point that would be used to describe and explain a mark that each believer would receive. The Spirit of God is the ultimate mark that is the sign of our inclusion in the house of the Lord. It is through the Spirit we are able to embody the kind of worshippers sought by the Lord.  

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Press On - Philippians 3:12-14

Philippians 3:12-14 ESV  

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus

Paul says that he is not obtained his goal or achieved perfection, yet he is perfect in Jesus, for Jesus has made Paul his own. He is in the body of Christ. But being in the body of Christ does not mean our work is done. God is doing a work within us, but it is a joint effort as we become yoked in a shared effort by walking together. We move in the same agreed upon direction. We press on by the grace and power of His Spirit. 

From the mouth of Jesus we hear the word of God, the upward call to our inheritance.

Forget the earth below and look to the light ahead. Come and see. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Forbidden Fruit

The only way to choose between good and evil is to have knowledge of both. That was the purpose of the forbidden fruit in the Garden. 
God provided a way for this choice to be ours. In this way we are able to be drawn to the light in in the midst of our darkness.

For God so loved the world that some would answer that love with love. 

Became Flesh - John 1:14

John 1:14 ESV 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The word becomes our flesh when we believe and receive the word. He is with us and dwells among us. He brings His life into our flesh. We enter into the glory of our Father as sons of God. We are filled with His grace and truth because we have His Spirit. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Mother Of All Living - Genesis 3:20

Genesis 3:20 ESV

The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

Death entered the Garden through this woman named Eve. So how is it that she is the mother of all living?

It is through her descendants that one would be born that would make life available to all men and women. This one would call Himself the Son of Man, though He was the Son of God, the life and light of the world. 

The will of God allowed for man to choose between good and evil with the full knowledge of good and evil. All things work for the good for those who love the Lord. It is through the things of our journey that we have the opportunity to encounter the Lord. 

We love the Lord through our obedience. This we choose. 

This would enable man to fully realize the image of God for which we were created. This is the image shown to us in the man Jesus Christ. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Powered By The Son

We look up and see the stars in heaven that bring light to the darkness of the night. 

God looks down on the earth and sees the children of light shining in the darkness therein. 

The brightness of angels and men give glory to the Lord. It is powered by the Son. 

I Will Continue Striking You - Leviticus 26::21-28

Leviticus 26:21-28 ESV 

“Then if you walk contrary to me and will not listen to me, I will continue striking you, sevenfold for your sins.
And I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your livestock and make you few in number, so that your roads shall be deserted.

“And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me,
then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins.
And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant. And if you gather within your cities, I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
When I break your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in a single oven and shall dole out your bread again by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

“But if in spite of this you will not listen to me, but walk contrary to me,
then I will walk contrary to you in fury, and I myself will discipline you sevenfold for your sins.

In Revelation we see the wrath of God unfold in a sevenfold fashion. The four horsemen of judgment that appear in the first sevenfold structure find expression in this passage: 

The wild beasts loosed are signified by the white horseman representing the beast of Satan rising from the waters of the deep. 

The sword is wielded by the next rider of the red horse. 

The break in the supply of bread is signified by the rider of the black horse. 

The rider of the pale horse is death who opens his mouth to swallow a fourth of the earth. 

Revelation 6:8

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

The focus of the wrath of God is on Israel and the earth dwellers. Those who live in the kingdom of heaven have escaped the wrath for those who remain on earth. We who believe and have faith in God have been transferred into that kingdom. 

Revelation 3:10-11

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Exact Imprint - Hebrews 1:3

Hebrews 1:3 ESV 

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Jesus is the light of the world. This word was spoken at the beginning of creation: "Let there be light", and He came into the world. 

He is the exact imprint of the nature God. We lost this nature among the broken pieces of the fall. In His light the broken pieces can be brought together and made whole. 

We receive this imprint when we are sealed in the Holy Spirit. Only God can bring His imprint on these jars of clay. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Revealed To Us - 1 Corinthians 2:9-12

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 ESV 

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

I've always heard that we can't know or conceive of what God has planned for us. But Paul tells us this is not the case for us. If we have the Holy Spirit Who freely gives us that understanding, we can know the deep things of God. 

These things are beyond our natural senses, but if we are animated by the supernatural Spirit of God, we can experience God. 
He is with us and in us. 

We indeed have the same mind, that of Jesus Christ. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

What Must We Do? - John 6:28-29

John 6:28-29 ESV

Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Do not attempt to understand our freedom in Christ using the law thinking structure to come to grips with grace of God. Those tools are useless as we embrace the reality of what Christ has done. A different metric is required. The law of death has no part in the life of Jesus Christ. 

Doing something for Christ has no merit in our salvation, or of being right with God. Both depend solely on the grace of God. The works of the law were fulfilled by Jesus. Placing our faith in the Son takes us into a righteousness beyond law and beyond works. 

We move from the state of human BEing to BEloved. We move from our natural state to beloved sons of God, brothers and sisters of Christ. Our energy is not to be spent to become something or someone, but to be who we are. Find the freedom we have in Christ. 

There is no better way to BE. 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Is Now Here - John 4:21-23

John 4:21-23 

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him

The veil separating the holy place from the Holy of Holies was torn at the death of Christ. Jesus was pierced so that we might enter the presence of God. From His side we are are fashioned into brothers and sisters, the sons of God. 

God chooses no longer to be shielded and confined to one spot to be worshipped. God is Spirit and seeks spirits who are alive and able to worship Him in spirit and truth. God is Spirit and truth. 

Through the fabric of the body of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is given to go out into the world to reside in every believer, the body of Christ. God first came in the one man as His Son. God now is coming in the many who are filled with His Spirit. The hour is now here. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Keep Loving - 1 Peter 4:8

1 Peter 4:8 ESV 

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

The love of Jesus has covered me. I had/have many sins and that is what happens. His love is received as we love others. 

He loved us while we yet sinners. Go and do likewise. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Not As Orphans - John 14:15-18

John 14:15-18 ESV 

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

Jesus prepares to leave but tells the disciples He will not leave. The Jesus they could see would be replaced by another manifestation of God. They would receive this helper just as they had received the man Jesus. 

Christ is the Spirit. The Spirit is a manifestation of God just as is Jesus. Through the Spirit we are able to experience Jesus personally. We all encounter Jesus along the road of our journey. We look up and see the same light that Paul saw long ago. Our experience of the light may differ, but it is the same light from the throne of heaven. 

Jesus tells us He will never leave us, and will be with us forever. 

He is with us and in us. We are not orphans, but sons of God.  

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Name - Philippians 2:9-11

Philippians 2:9-11 ESV 

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Revelation 3:10-13

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Revelation 2:17

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’

Do not take the Lord's name in vain and it will become your new name. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

To Work. -Philippians 2:12-13

Philippians 2:12-13 ESV 

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Our salvation does not depend on our works. Paul is saying that we are to live in the salvation bestowed on us by God, and this to be done in a state of awe and wonder. We must be careful not to take His gift for granted. 

He works in us through the Spirit, and through His Spirit we are able live for His pleasure and glory. That becomes our work. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sons - Luke 3:23-38

Luke 3:23-38 ESV 

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,
the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,
the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,
the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,
the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,
the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,
the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon,
the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,
the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,
the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Adam was a man who was called the son of God. 

Jesus was God who was called the Son of Man. 

It is through the Son of Man that we are able to become sons of God. 

God reaches out and we take His hand. It is the strong arm of God Almighty that is our Lord Jesus Christ. He enters our skin so we might enter His Spirit. We have become one, bone and flesh, earth and heaven combined into a new creation. The expanse between the waters is overcome and the separation between God and man has ended. We are one in the Spirit.  Here we find the rest of God in God.  

Monday, February 15, 2016

Go And Tell - Matthew 11:4-6

Matthew 11:4-6 ESV 

And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

These healing miracles speak of two things. Individuals at that time received the physical healings as recorded. They also foreshadow another kind of healing, a more important healing of a person. 

These healings point to the broader healings that would come to the many who would believe. We are given eyes and ears that are able to behold the Lord. We are now able to walk with the Lord. We have been raised from the dead into the life of God. 

We have received the good news and were not offended, but with joy and in praise of His name we sing the song of the saved. 

What less can we do than to go and tell. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Things - 2 Corinthians 4:18

2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV 

as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Two realities are in view. One we see and experience through our natural senses. This reality has the same characteristic as our flesh. It is transient. But it does give us the opportunity to get exposure and contact with the unseen reality that exists outside the realm of man. 

It is in the realm of God that we find life of a different sort. It is a life we can experience without the confirmation of the natural senses.  Jesus told Thomas that blessed are those who believe without seeing. 

What God reveals to our souls is beyond the sight of earthly eyes. It is a Spirit on spirit interaction that begins forevermore. Made in His image, we alone have a spirit capable of union with His Spirit. It is eternal. 

That which is seen becomes a parable for the unseen, the eternal reality. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Lord Is The Spirit - 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 ESV 

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

The Lord is the Spirit and the Spirit is the Lord. We are being transformed into the image of Christ by that same Spirit Who brought Jesus into the world. 

He laid His life down and picks it up again, overshadowing Mary and resurrecting Jesus by His mighty power. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

To Whom The Word Of God Came - John 10:31-36

John 10:31-36 ESV 

The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?”
The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?
If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—
do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
HIf it is it too much to believe that God became a man, it's going to be impossible to believe you and I can be sons of God. 

Jesus says here that if the word comes to and is received by us we are gods. Not The God, but gods, meaning a divine creature, a new creation. Jesus is the word and the word cannot be broken. He speaks the word of God, for He is the word of God. 

Believing means believing. Have you heard the word? 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dwells In You - 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV 

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

We are holy because God's Spirit dwells within us. We are never holy on our own, but are holy because He is holy. We are never on our own, for He is with us and will never leave us. 

We are His dwelling place and the temple of the new creation. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Natural Person - 1 Corinthians 2:11-16

1 Corinthians 2:11-16 ESV 

For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

We have the mind of Christ because we have the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Spirit. We are able to comprehend the thoughts of God due to the presence of the Spirit, for He is with us. He teaches us from beyond the natural and so is beyond the comprehension of the natural man. 

Spiritual truth is a reality. That is understood by all who have the Spirit. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Worship By The Spirit - Philippians 3:2-3

Philippians 3:2-3 ESV 
Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—

The mark of our covenant with God is no longer in the flesh as it was in the Old Testament. It has been replaced with the covenant sign found in the inner man. The New Testament tells us of the Spirit of God is dwelling in each believer in Christ. This is the new mark of God's people. It no longer resides in flesh that withers and fades. It is by a spirit reborn that becomes one with Spirit of God and the fruit manifested by that relationship. The old mark gives way to the new. 

Worship is no longer confined to a building or man made structure. It takes place in the heart of each worshipper brought into being by the hand of God. The Spirit makes this possible and it is in the Spirit we find our worship. 

Romans 2:29
But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Beloved - Matthew 3:13-17

Matthew 3:13-17 ESV 

The Baptism of Jesus
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;
and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

The kingdom of heaven draws near as Jesus is about to begin the last phase of His life on earth. His ministry is ignited by entering the water of repentance, not that He needed it, but to show us the way to righteousness. Repentance is the first step toward God. 

What happened next takes place with every believer when they pass through the waters of repentance. The heavens open and the Spirit descends to rest in the heart given to Christ. The Father is well pleased with a new son of heaven. 

You and I are beloved.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Son Of Man - Matthew 12:8

Matthew 12:8 ESV  

For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

The Son of God comes down from heaven. 

The Son of Man returns to heaven. 

The Divine reaches down for humanity and humanity rises to the divine. 

They become one. 

The Son of God calls Himself Son of Man when He encounters man in the most intimate way, in our own skin. 

We call ourselves sons of God when we encounter God in the most intimate way, within our own skin. 

He is with us. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Believe The Works - John 10:37-38

John 10:37-38 ESV 

If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;
but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

When we bear fruit of Spirit, we are doing the works of the Father. We are one with Holy Spirit and therefore one with the Father. Seeing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives should cause us to know and understand that we are sons of God. 

Believe the works. It is the Father working in our lives. We are in the Father and He is in us. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Spirit - 2 Corinthians 3:16-18

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 ESV 

But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

The truth of God has been brought to us by two witnesses of God. Through the man Jesus and the Holy Spirit after Jesus ascended into heaven, we have the word of God delivered to us and in us, an ever flowing fountain of living water. 

The Spirit descended on Christ and remained. The body of Christ is still in the world and the Holy Spirit remains in that body, the believers united in the unity of that Spirit. 

We, like Christ, have become sons of God because we have we have become like Jesus, Who is Lord, Who is Spirit, because They/He are within us. The Lord had to leave the earth before the Spirit could come because He is the Spirit. 

We are being transformed into the perfect image of His Son Jesus Christ. We have have been given the perfection of Christ and now grow into that perfection. It is like we've received a garment of purity that is sized for one who has reached the full maturity of Christ. We as children of the light will grow in that light until that robe fits perfectly. He who has begun this thing will finish it. 

The currency of the kingdom of God is Spirit, sent from heaven and He remains in each believer.

Romans 8:26-28

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Like One Of Us - Genesis 3:22

Genesis 3:22 ESV 

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”

If we consider who we might look like of the three Persons of the Trinity, wouldn't it probably be the Son? We were created in His image. When we see Him again, we will be like Him. We will see Him face to face. 

We will be like Him like He became one of us. God has entered creation through the body of Christ. 

1 John 3:2-3

Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Depart - Isaiah 52:11-12

Isaiah 52:11-12 ESV 

Depart, depart, go out from there;
touch no unclean thing;
go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,
you who bear the vessels of the Lord.

For you shall not go out in haste,
and you shall not go in flight,
for the Lord will go before you,
and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

We can see this as prophesy as the Israelites left Egypt, showing us a sign of the exodus of believers to come. He went before them in a cloud and fire. 

We have become the vessels of the Lord. The Holy Spirit brings the light of the Lord into the heart of the believer. The Lord has chosen to abide in these earthly tents to His glory and praise. He leads from within. 

We depart this land of the world in response to His call. We recognize His voice and trust Him to lead us to green pasture and still waters. 

We do not flee in haste in fear, but walk with the Lord. He goes before us and surrounds us with love and protection. He shows us the way, for He is the way. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tremble, Oh Earth - Psalms 114:5-8

Psalms 114:5-8 ESV 

What ails you, O sea, that you flee?
O Jordan, that you turn back?

O mountains, that you skip like rams?
O hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,

who turns the rock into a pool of water,
the flint into a spring of water.

The sea is often used as a metaphor for earth dwellers. Mountains often represent powers on earth. 

This Psalm is using a poetical style of reference to a world fleeing from the presence of the Lord. 

In contrast to to the natural mountains and seas is the rock of the Lord and the living waters which flow from that rock that has become the mountain of our salvation. 

This might remind us of God opening the floodgates to cleanse the earth. Pictured in the account of the flood and Noah's ark is a view of Christ saving a remnant from the earth and depositing them on the mountain of the Lord. The storm tossed seas recede leaving pools of still water filled by the spring of living water. This is what He's doing today, saving those in the body of Christ and bringing them to their inheritance in God. 

The earth will tremble and every mountain will be moved when He returns. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

They Sing - Revelation 15:1-4

Revelation 15:1-4 ESV 

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.
And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!

Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

The next sign is in heaven. The sea of glass represents the change of the waters of the deep which were dark and turbulent in the beginning. The sea in heaven reflects the peace and purity of God, which is imparted by the fiery presence of the Holy Spirit. 

It is this Spirit Who enables the unity of the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb to be sung as one song.