A DAILY LIGHT BITE

DOES AND DON’T’S

Some say that Christianity or religion is just a bunch of does and don’ts meted out by a judgmental God! Well, one things for sure, when my son was little I often had to say don’t do that, or you can do that! Did that make me a harsh, judgemental dad? Of course not, I did it because I love him and wanted the best for him and I knew because I’m older and wiser that something’s are harmful, thus I said no or don’t or don’t touch, but if it was good and helpful I would of course say yes!!

God is so much wiser than any of us, and because He is all-knowing He say’s DON’T, to something’s, and DO, to others! Here are some beauties from Psalm 37 and I challenge anyone to say that God HASN’T got our best interests in mind here!

Psalm 37

Verse 1 don’t worry and don’t be envious of those who do wrong.

Verse 3 [Instead], do trust in the Lord and do good, then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Verse 7 [Do] be still in the presence of the Lord and [do] wait for Him to act. [Or my paraphrase, ‘Stop fidgeting, keep still, don’t be restless, lay in God’s arms and in His time He’ll act’!]

Verse 8 don’t be angry and don’t be full of rage. Do not envy others- it only leads to harm.

Verse 34 don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Travel steadily along His path.

Pretty sage and sound advise if you ask me. So go and do the do’s and don’t do the don’ts! [Sounds a bit like a Police song!] LOL

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WORD FOR TODAY. BOB GASS

15.4.2017

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TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY

Calvary was always part of God’s plan

‘It’s what God had in mind all along.’

Isaiah 53:10

The psalmist wrote: ‘My God, why have You forsaken Me…I am…a reproach of men, and despised…All those who see Me ridicule Me…saying, “He trusted in the LORD…let Him deliver Him”…I am poured out like water…My bones are out of joint…My tongue clings to My jaws…They pierced My hands and…feet…and for My clothing they cast lots’ (Psalm 22:1-18 NKJV). Think about it: David could be describing Jesus’ crucifixion in detail. Yet when he wrote these words crucifixion hadn’t been introduced as a form of execution. It was initiated centuries later by the Phoenicians, and long after that before it was adopted by the Roman Empire. Dr Charles Augustus Briggs says: ‘You can take this psalm…lay it side-by-side with New Testament accounts of the crucifixion…and see how they dovetail perfectly. It’s astonishing that someone could describe something so intimately and intricately a thousand years before it happened.’ Calvary wasn’t the result of happenstance. Long before Jesus came on the scene, God had a plan to reconcile us to Himself through Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:18 NIV). Historian Paul L. Maier says: ‘In Isaiah chapter 53 we have almost a running commentary on what happened on Good Friday…It would be mathematically impossible for anyone else to fulfill all these parameters of prophecy in the Old Testament better than Jesus.’ Bottom line: ‘It’s what God had in mind all along…that he give himself as an offering for sin.’ That means long before there was an Easter, God was thinking about you!

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Prayer. Thank you O my Father for giving us your Son, and leaving your Spirit till the work on earth is done. Amen, Maranatha come Lord Jesus.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

14 APRIL 2017

     THE WEIGHT OF SIN ON THE CROSS [THE WAY OF SALVATION]

THE BLOOD WALK  #6

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THE AGONY OF THE CROSS As distasteful as the description of the flogging was, I knew that even more repugnant testimony was yet to come. That’s because historians are unanimous that Jesus survived the beating that day and went on to the cross— which is where the real issue lies. These days, when condemned criminals are strapped down and injected with poisons or secured to a wooden chair and subjected to a surge of electricity, the circumstances are highly controlled. Death comes quickly and predictably. Medical examiners carefully certify the victim’s passing. From close proximity witnesses scrutinize everything from beginning to end. But how certain was death by this crude, slow, and rather inexact form of execution called crucifixion? In fact, most people aren’t sure how the cross kills its victims. And without a trained medical examiner to officially attest that Jesus had died, might he have escaped the experience brutalized and bleeding but nevertheless alive? I began to unpack these issues. “What happened when he arrived at the site of the crucifixion?” I asked. “He would have been laid down, and his hands would have been nailed in the outstretched position to the horizontal beam. This crossbar was called the patibulum, and at this stage it was separate from the vertical beam, which was permanently set in the ground.” I was having difficulty visualizing this; I needed more details. “Nailed with what?” I asked. “Nailed where?” “The Romans used spikes that were five to seven inches long and tapered to a sharp point. They were driven through the wrists,” Metherell said, pointing about an inch or so below his left palm. “Hold it,” I interrupted. “I thought the nails pierced his palms. That’s what all the paintings show. In fact, it’s become a standard symbol representing the crucifixion.” “Through the wrists,” Metherell repeated. “This was a solid position that would lock the hand; if the nails had been driven through the palms, his weight would have caused the skin to tear and he would have fallen off the cross. So the nails went through the wrists, although this was considered part of the hand in the language of the day. “And it’s important to understand that the nail would go through the place where the median nerve runs. This is the largest nerve going out to the hand, and it would be crushed by the nail that was being pounded in.” Since I have only a rudimentary knowledge of the human anatomy, I wasn’t sure what this meant. “What sort of pain would that have produced?” I asked. “Let me put it this way,” he replied. “Do you know the kind of pain you feel when you bang your elbow and hit your funny bone? That’s actually another nerve, called the ulna nerve. It’s extremely painful when you accidentally hit it.  THE CASE FOR EASTER “Well, picture taking a pair of pliers and squeezing and crushing that nerve,” he said, emphasizing the word squeezing as he twisted an imaginary pair of pliers. “That effect would be similar to what Jesus experienced.” I winced at the image and squirmed in my chair. “The pain was absolutely unbearable,” he continued. “In fact, it was literally beyond words to describe; they had to invent a new word: excruciating. Literally, excruciating means ‘out of the cross.’ Think of that: they needed to create a new word because there was nothing in the language that could describe the intense anguish caused during the crucifixion. “At this point Jesus was hoisted as the crossbar was attached to the vertical stake, and then nails were driven through Jesus’ feet. Again, the nerves in his feet would have been crushed, and there would have been a similar type of pain.” Crushed and severed nerves were certainly bad enough, but I needed to know about the effect that hanging from the cross would have had on Jesus. “What stresses would this have put on his body?” Metherell answered, “First of all, his arms would have immediately been stretched, probably about six inches in length, and both shoulders would have become dislocated—you can determine this with simple mathematical equations. “This fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy in Psalm 22, which foretold the crucifixion hundreds of years before it took place and says, ‘My bones are out of joint.’”  Alexander Metherell M.D. PH.D.,  [THE CASE FOR EASTER, Lee Strobel]. We’ll continue this tomorrow.

Application: Please listen to this song “There Is A Redeemer” by Keith Green, performed here by Kathryn Scott.

 

PRAYER: Give thanks this Calvary day for all that Jesus has done for you.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST, AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

 13:4:17                                  THE WALK TO GOLGOTHA [THE WALK OF SHAME]

THE BLOOD WALK  #5

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Context: The walk from the praetorian barracks to Golgotha was a walk of shame. Not that Christ Jesus did anything shameful, He just carried our shame! [Isaiah 53]. All along the route His blood dripped on the ground from which man was formed. He carried our guilt and our shame. We all have a shame walk!I know mine, you know yours, but His blood dripped red so our sin and shame could be washed away, cleansed whiter than the snow. I can’t think of a better song than this to go out on!!!

Led like a lamb to the slaughter
In silence and shame
There on Your back You carried a world
Of  violence and pain
Bleeding, dying, bleeding, dying

You’re alive, You’re alive
You have risen, Alleluia!
And the power and the glory is given
Alleluia, Jesus, to You

At break of dawn, poor Mary
Still weeping she came
When through her grief she heard Your voice
Now speaking her name
Mary, Master, Mary, Master!

You’re alive, You’re alive
You have risen, Alleluia!
And the power and the glory is given
Alleluia, Jesus, to You

At the right hand of the Father
Now seated on high
You have begun Your eternal reign
Of justice and joy
Glory, glory, glory, glory

You’re alive, You’re alive
You have risen, Alleluia!
And the power and the glory is given
Alleluia, Jesus, to You

You’re alive, You’re alive
You have risen, Alleluia!
And the power and the glory is given
Alleluia, Jesus, to You

Application:

Find a quiet place, listen to the song, read the words and let them wash over you. Then Pray.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST, AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

4 4 2017

THE GUARDS MOCKERY  [THE SHAM]

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THE BLOOD WALK  #4 

Mark 15:17 Then the Roman soldiers took him into the barracks of the palace, called out the entire palace guard, dressed him in a purple robe, and made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head.  TLB.

They dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head. NLT

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I have thought long and hard about the crown of thorns and its spiritual application. The Praetorian guard were having themselves some fun, but behind that fun were demonic tormentors. They must have thought this was hilarious sport. Just viz the scene from the chronicles of Narnia “The Lion the witch and the wardrobe!” By CS Lewis! The harpies, witches, werewolves and ogres etc, were all having a party because Aslan was in their power to do with as they pleased! However, what those harpies and hags didn’t realize was that this would come back and bite them on the bum! And likewise those tormentor demons didn’t understand what was going on but would soon suffer the consequences of their actions!

So, please bear with me as I share these verses and then apply them.

And to the man he said,

“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made.For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:17-19

But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live. Numbers 33:55

You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:16

Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 2 Corinthians 12:7

See also Matthew 13:22 and  Hebrews 6:8

Application: It doesn’t take rocket science to work out that anything to do with thorns is cursed! Most scholars associate thorns with demonic tormentor activity. So, the crown of thorns on Christ’s head therefore represents demonic tormenting of our minds and cursing’s on us. However, Jesus’ blood flowed on those thorns, completely nullifying the demonic curses, lies and torments upon our thought life, and to boot, because Christ became cursed for us, no curse can touch us and a curse has to land on someone, so if it can’t touch me, then the curse goes back to the cursor! Hence, the demons curses came back to bite them. So, what benefit is this for me? Well, here’s a prayer to pray if you feel tormented in your mind:

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I feel tormented and harassed in my mind. I pray for relief, so Jesus, your head, mind and thoughts became cursed through the crown of thorns, however I understand and declare that your blood flowed on those demonic cursed thorns and I overcome these ills by your blood Lord Jesus. I receive release by your blood now in your matchless name. Thank you amen.

                         

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST, AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

29 3 2017

THE GUARDS MOCKERY  [THE SCOURGING]

 

THE BLOOD WALK  #3

Ok. This is a long one but it needs to be! Please press on in it! This is where it gets nasty. Please understand I am not trying to glory the gory! My friends if we do not grasp the severity of what Jesus went through and suffered physically and spiritually, we’ll never fully grasp the abhorrence and utter depravity of our sins that eventually nailed God The Creator to a Cursed tree that He created to die for His creation.

The scourging was horrendous torture to extract maximum pain and prolonged suffering. Those who devised and used this method of torture were evil sadists. However, we really do need to grasp what went on here in the physical so we can fully understand how to love and worship our God and apply the promise of Isaiah 53:5.

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THE TORTURE BEFORE THE CROSS [Dr Alexander Metherell M.D PH.D

Context: “Roman floggings were known to be terribly brutal. They usually consisted of thirty-nine lashes but frequently were a lot more than that, depending on the mood of the soldier applying the blows. The soldier would use a whip of braided leather thongs with metal balls woven into them. When the whip would strike the flesh, these balls would cause deep bruises or contusions, which would break open with further blows. And the whip had pieces of sharp bone as well, which would cut the flesh severely. “The back would be so shredded that part of the spine was sometimes exposed by the deep, deep cuts. The Medical Evidence of these whipping is that they would have gone all the way from the shoulders down to the back, the buttocks, and the back of the legs. It was just terrible.” Metherell paused. “Go on,” I said. “One physician who has studied Roman beatings said, ‘As the flogging continued, the lacerations would tear into the underlying skeletal muscles and produce quivering ribbons of bleeding flesh.’ A third-century historian by the name of Eusebius described a flogging by saying, ‘The sufferer’s veins were laid bare, and the very muscles, sinews, and bowels of the victim were open to exposure.’ “We know that many people would die from this kind of beating even before they could be crucified. At the least, the victim would experience tremendous pain and go into hypovolemic shock.” Metherell had thrown in a medical term I didn’t know. “What does hypovolemic shock mean?” I asked. “Hypo means ‘low,’ vol refers to volume, and emic means ‘blood,’ so hypovolemic shock means the person is suffering the effects of losing a large amount of blood,” the doctor explained. “This does four things. First, the heart races to try to pump blood that isn’t there; second, the blood pressure drops, causing fainting or collapse; third, the kidneys stop producing urine to maintain what volume is left; and fourth, the person becomes very thirsty as the body craves fluids to replace the lost blood volume.” “Do you see evidence of this in the gospel accounts?” “Yes, most definitely,” he replied. “Jesus was in hypovolemic shock as he staggered up the road to the execution site at Calvary, carrying the horizontal beam of the cross. Finally Jesus collapsed, and the Roman soldier ordered Simon to carry the cross for him. Later we read that Jesus said, ‘I thirst,’ at which point a sip of vinegar was offered to him. “Because of the terrible effects of this beating, there’s no question that Jesus was already in serious to critical condition even before the nails were driven through his hands and feet.”

Application:

Isaiah 53:5  (NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 

1 Peter 2:24-25  (NKJV) Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Psalm 129:3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. This prophetic description by Isaiah of what the messiah had to endure was written 750 years before the name Jesus was even known!

The bible does not say you are going to be healed. It says; you were healed. It IS already done!!! The circumstances, diagnoses and doctors may say you are sick, but God’s word says you have already been healed!! He came to set the captives free by being bruised, wounded, mocked, chastised, bled and died on that wooden cross for ALL the guilt, shame, depression, addictions, sickness, perversity and disease for ALL who claim Him as their Savior!! As true “Christians”, we have the choice of either claiming God’s Word, or claiming the diagnoses or circumstance causing the problem. We must truly understand and believe God’s word to claim it! So what does it really mean that “by His stripes we were healed? ”The Old Testament prophet declared, “The plower’s plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.” (Psalms 129:3) Seven hundred and fifty years earlier, Isaiah had prophesied concerning the coming Messiah! “I gave my back to the smiter, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. (Isaiah 50:6)

It has been said that Jesus went through 39 lashings on His back just for our healing. 39 stripes each represent a different major disease category. Insurance companies usually insure you for 36 major illnesses and look on as recently, the World Health Organization changed the ICD coding systems used to categorize disease and illness, from a list of 17 to 39 major categories!! How true these figures are I don’t know! However, why whip Jesus’ back for healing? It probably was 39 lashes, so maybe there’s a connection? GO FISH!

By his stripes we are healed
By his nail-pierced hands we’re free
By his blood, we’re washed clean
Now we have the victory.

The power of sin is broken,
Jesus overcame it all,
He has won our freedom,
Jesus has won it all  [Planet Shakers]

Prayer:  As you feel you ought or are lead to.

 

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GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY

30th March 2017

 

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Good morning. When I read this yesterday I thought “I really need to share this”, but I didn’t have time yesterday. It so touched my heart. When I read about when the 2 mothers met, tears flowed and when I thought that that’s what happened to me when Jesus came into my life, He gave me His spiritual heart, I wept some more. Enjoy this little treat 😀 JW

TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY

Christ is in you (1)

‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.’

Ezekiel 36:26

When God said, ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you,’ you could call it ‘a spiritual heart transplant’. Tara Storch understands this miracle. In 2010 a skiing accident claimed the life of her thirteen-year-old daughter, Taylor. What followed for Tara and her husband, Todd, was every parent’s worst nightmare: a funeral, a burial, a flood of questions and tears. They decided to donate their daughter’s organs to needy patients; and few people needed a heart more than Patricia Winters. Her heart had begun to fail five years earlier, leaving her too weak to do much more than sleep. Taylor’s heart gave Patricia a fresh start in life. Taylor’s mum had only one request: she wanted to hear her daughter’s heartbeat. She and Todd flew from Dallas to Phoenix and went to Patricia’s home, where the two mothers embraced for a long time. Then Patricia offered Tara and Todd a stethoscope. The question is: when they listened to the healthy rhythm, whose heart did they hear? Did they not hear the still-beating heart of their daughter? It now dwelt in a different body, but the heart was still the heart of their child. And when God hears your heart, does He not hear the still-beating heart of His Son? Paul said, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20 NKJV). The apostle sensed within himself not just the philosophy, ideals, and influence of Christ, but the person of Christ. Christ moved in – and He still does. ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27 NKJV).

PRAYER: Heavenly Father God. I thank you for my new heart and life through Jesus Christ, my hope of glory! I thank you that He came into my life in June 1983 and I have not been the same since and neither would I want to be and I certainly don’t look back in regret but forward with plentiful hope, confidence, purpose, grit and great determination. Father God, you offered me a Perfect Part Exchange, my old rotten life for an amazing new one and no money crossed palms! WOW God, you are awesome and amaZING! All I had to do was believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and receive Him into my life, then you gave me the eternal legal right to be adopted into your family, to become a child of God and have my old rotten name changed to your perfect name. God, my King and Creator, I am eternally grateful. Amen.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST, AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

26 3 2017

THE GREAT FALLACIOUS TRIAL [THE SHAM]

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THE BLOOD WALK  #2

Then they began to spit in Jesus’ face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him Matthew 26:67

They shall see my Servant beaten and bloodied, so disfigured one would scarcely know it was a person standing there. So shall he cleanse many nations. Isaiah 52:14

I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting. Isaiah 50:6

Context: The next time we see blood drawn is at the false trial where Jesus was punched and slapped around the face. An old Testament prophesy say’s ‘I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard’. Though the New Testament gospels don’t mention this some therefore refute the beard theory! Nevertheless many scholars believe the old Testament prophesy stands. Whichever; the fact is Jesus was beaten hard about the face to the point of disfigurement beyond recognition. Before I got saved I was a vicious thug. Many times I had beaten someone up real bad and visa versa, and not once was there no blood shed. And so here we see Jesus’s face being bloodied. But what is the significance of the face?

Faces are essential to expressing emotion, consciously or unconsciously. A frown denotes disapproval; a smile usually means someone is pleased. Being able to read emotion in another’s face is “the fundamental basis for empathy and the ability to interpret a person’s reactions and predict the probability of ensuing behaviors”. They are also representative of parents and family. Mankind originally was made in the image of God, Jesus is the express image of God. and though we have to be careful here because God is Spirit, nevertheless, to look upon Jesus was to see the Father. My own thoughts and meditations on this is that satan through these evil men was beating up the face of God! The devil hates God and for millennia Lucifer looked upon the face of God the Almighty and when he rebelled would long to punch God’s face! Well now he gets his moment! The face then [I believe] represents who we are, our personality, character, dignity, humanity and I am sure we could add many more.

Application: I believe this teaches us that Jesus shed His blood to redeem our dignity, our humanity our distinctiveness and parenthood from Adam to now and our original parenthood of God as well as many other areas of our humanity. His face was disfigured and bloodied so that our faces [the redeemed] may reflect God’s light from one degree of glory to another.

Prayer: Great and Mighty Creator God. I thank you for all that you did for me through Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. I thank you that you redeemed my humanity and restored my dignity. Thank you that your face was beaten and bruised so that mine would one day fully reflect the image and glory of God just as the moon reflects the glory of the sun, so help me to reflect the glory of your Son. Amen.

 

 

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