MILK AND HONEY

MILK AND HONEY

MILK AND HONEY

Joel 2:26 “You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.”

The Scene: Bottles of honey and milk–symbols of prosperity and of one’s needs being met.

Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

In these troubled end times God continues to take care of His own children, those* whom He has chosen and those* who have chosen to receive Him as Lord and Savior.

  • those: who are called Christians.  Those who accept Jesus as their personal Savior, Son of the one true God Almighty, El Shaddai, will be in right standing with God on Judgment Day.

Romans 8:30 ” And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

Isaiah 41:10 ” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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WALL OF FAITH

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WALL OF FAITH

Psalm 122:7 “May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”

The Scene: a wall of faith under construction.

Romans 10:6-9” But the righteousness that is by faith says:  ‘Do not say to your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or who will descend into the deep?)” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.”  ‘But what does it say?  “The word is near you;  it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

For if Christians are to grow in spiritual maturity they must begin by building their wall of faith. This begins by confession, “Jesus is Lord,” believing in their hearts, trusting in God’s Word, and calling on His Holy Name in time of need.

Building the wall of faith higher represents maturity in spiritual growth, showing progress, building a higher wall (symbolically) so the enemy, Satan, cannot come into our lives, leading us astray.

We have been justified through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and we pray we will have more of Jesus’ heart to demonstrate to others.

 

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DESERT TIMES

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DESERT TIMES

Nehemiah 9:19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.”

The Scene: a desert scene with a pitched tent.

The dry times in our lives can be compared to being in the desert: desert times, those times when Christians wonder where God has gone. They cannot sense His presence in their lives.

Those dry times can seem like bad times or they can be embraced as good times, to hear from from God, listening for His still, small voice speaking to us through His Holy Spirit.

The 40-day experience in the desert by Moses, John the Baptist, Jesus, and the 40 years in the desert by the Israelites are all times when they heard from Father God.  The number 40 can represent a time of testing or proving.

We, too, can embrace the dry times in our lives as good times to draw close to God, communicate with Him. Meditate on His Word, and then hear His voice.

Nehemiah 9:21For 40 years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.”

The desert is deceiving; it appears dead, lifeless, but beneath the surface there is life abundantly, especially when water is added. So it is with our lives, the living water of God’s Word can awaken us spiritually. Immanuel is with us!

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RESTORER OF THE WALL

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RESTORER OF THE WALL

Nehemiah 4:20 ” Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet join us* there. Our God will fight for us! ”

The Scene: Representation of the defender of our* faith, Jesus, standing in the gap of our damaged wall of faith.

Nehemiah’s desire was to repair the wall of Jerusalem, even though Israel’s enemies threatened to destroy whatever they rebuilt. The people were afraid. Nehemiah told them, “Our God will fight for us.” And so it is today:  Jesus will stand in the gap for us and defend us when our wall of faith has been weakened, or broken, damaged by people or circumstances that have hurt us.

1 John 5:5 ” Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

*Born-again believers are those who have accepted Jesus Christ, Savior, Son of God the Father and have prayed for Jesus to be Lord of their lives.

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THE JOY OF THE LORD

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THE JOY OF THE LORD

Nehemiah 8:10 ” Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'”

The Scene: A clump of grapes, symbolic of God’s provision for His children, those He claims as His own, whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  See Revelation 21:27.  Also, the grapes represent the wine that came from the crushed grapes (the atoning blood of Jesus). It was Jesus who said, “Do this in remembrance of me,” when Christians celebrate Holy Communion.

Nehemiah 9:17 “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them.  They became stiff necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abound in love. Therefore you did not desert them.”

Even when God’s chosen fail Him, He does not fail those He loves, those persons who love Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior

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KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM

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KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM

Job 28:12 ” But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?”

The Scene: a very large library building–a representation of the extent of man’s limited knowledge.

A grand library cannot hold all the knowledge and wisdom of God that He makes available to His people through His Holy Spirit. The knowledge and wisdom of our God is endless.

Job 28:20, 23-24 ” Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? v. 23-24 God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.”

For it is God alone who is omniscient omnipresent, omnipotent and omnificent.

Man, on his own, cannot find wisdom, for wisdom comes from Father God. He, man, can look the world over, search the land, but will not find wisdom without God’s help.

Job 28:21 “It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air.”

Seek wisdom first and knowledge will follow.

Psalm 111:10 ” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”

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CROWN OF LOVE

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Mark 15:17-18 “They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!'”

The Scene: The crown of thorns* came from a scrubby plant called burnet, which grew in the region in which Jesus taught. He wore the crown of thorns which we had deserved, that we might wear the crown of glory which he merited.” (Matthew Henry Commentary- Zondervan edition 1960)

“The Son of God loves us so much that He was willing to wear a crown of thorns, that those who believe might wear the crown of life,” said the Holy Spirit.

James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

*Three (3) strands make up the crown of thorns–three being the Biblical number for the Trinity. When Jesus suffered and was crucified, not only did Jesus suffer, but the wholeness of God was included, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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