VIDEO But as for me, my Prayer is unto thee, O LORD!!

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( Psalms 69:13 KJV ) “But as for me, my Prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O GOD, in the multitude of thy Mercy Hear me, in the Truth of thy Salvation.”!!

( John 3:5-7 KJV ) “Jesus answered, Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of GOD. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I Said unto thee, Ye Must be Born Again.”!!

( John 3:16-17 KJV ) “For GOD so Loved the World, that He Gave His only Begotten Son ( Jesus-Yeshua ), that whosoever Believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life. For GOD Sent not His Son into the World to condemn the World; but that the World Through Him might be Saved.” Jesus-Yeshua Christ LOVES You and I!!

( John 14:6 KJV ) “Jesus saith unto him, I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man ( or anyone ) cometh unto the Father, but by ME.”!!

( Matthew 11:28-30 KJV ) “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I Will Give you Rest. Take My Yoke upon you, and Learn of Me; for I AM Meek and Lowly in Heart: and ye shall Find Rest unto your souls. For My Yoke is Easy, and My Burden is Light.”!!

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( Acts 4:12 KJV ) “Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be Saved.”!!

( Acts 16:31 KJV ) “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be Saved, and thy house.”!!

( II Corinthians 4:5 KJV ) “For we Preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the LORD; and ourselves your Servants for Jesus’ Sake.”!!

( Psalms Chapter 117 KJV ) “O Praise the LORD, all ye Nations: Praise Him, all ye people. For His Merciful Kindness is Great Toward us: and the Truth of the LORD Endureth For ever. Praise ye the LORD.”!! Honor Ye the LORD Praise Ye the LORD Forevermore!!

( Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV ) “Trust in the LORD ( ADONAI ) with all thine Heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways Acknowledge HIM, and HE shall direct thy Paths.”!! TRUST in the LORD Jesus-Yeshua Christ with All Thine HEART and SOUL!!

( Romans 8:28 KJV ) “And we know that all things work together for Good to them that Love GOD, to them who are the called according to His Purpose.”!!

( John 10:27-30 KJV ) “My Sheep Hear My Voice, and I Know them, and they Follow Me: And I Give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My Hand. My Father, which Gave them Me, is Greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s Hand. I and My Father are ONE.”!!

( Revelation 22:20 KJV ) “He which Testifieth these things Saith, Surely I Come quickly. Amen. Even so, Come, LORD Jesus.”!!

( Mark 12:30-31 KJV ) “And thou shalt Love the LORD thy GOD with all thy Heart, and with all thy Soul, and with all thy Mind, and with all thy Strength: this is the First Commandment. And the Second is like, namely this, Thou shalt Love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other Commandment greater than these.”!!

( Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV ) “And thou shalt Love the LORD thy GOD with all thine Heart, and with all thy Soul, and with all thy Might.”!!

( I Corinthians 13:13 KJV ) “And now Abideth Faith, Hope, Charity ( Love ), these Three; but the Greatest of These is Charity ( Love ).”!!

There is  Only ONE TRUE GOD the FATHER who art in Heaven, ONE SON ( Yeshua-Jesus Christ ), and ONE HOLY GHOST ( HOLY SPIRIT ) – They’re All Three in ONE!!
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Please Pray for the Holy Land of Israel-Yisrael and our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America, Everyday “Pray Without Ceasing.” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV )!!

Genesis 12:2-3 KJV ) “And I Will Make of thee a Great Nation, and I Will Bless thee, and Make thy Name Great; and thou shalt be a Blessing: And I Will Bless them that Bless thee ( Israel and USA ), and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all Families of the Earth be Blessed.”!! GOD BLESS Israel-Yisrael and USA!!

Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ is KING of kings and LORD of lords, HE is the ALPHA and OMEGA, HE is the FIRST and the LAST, HE is the BEGINNING and END!! Glory Glory Hallelujah, Maranatha, and He Loves You All, Amen–Amein!!

I am Pro-Israel-Yisrael / Pro-USA / Pro-Life!!
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But as for me, my Prayer is unto thee, O LORD!!

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Were The Gospels Written 4-8 Years After Jesus’ Crucification?

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The rebellious and lawless argue that the Bible is not a persuasive reason to believe in God and the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ, because–they claim–the gospels were written approximately 100 to 150 years  after Jesus’ death. They falsely assume that translations of the Bible are translations from translations, when that is never true. Every translation team considers all available information, and starts with the original language texts. Doubters further allege slanderously, that is, without a shred of evidence, that the Church changed the scriptures (but only compiled individual scrolls into an overall bound volume).

So, when were the gospels written?

Is it true that the gospels were written 100 to 150 years later by people who did not witness the events described?

While unbiased scholarly research should be focused on this, the following seems undeniable:

The key is this:  Who is this “most excellent Theophilus?”

From 37 A.D. to 41 A.D. (four to eight years after Jesus’ death and resurrection) Theophilus was the High Priest of Israel. I had assumed, like everyone, that Theophilus must have been some random Roman. No. He was the High Priest only a few years after Jesus was crucified and glorified.

What we fail to appreciate is that Israel was under Roman occupation. Rome had to approve all government officials, including key religious officials. Therefore, it became fashionable to adopt Greek or Roman names, similar to Africans adopting English names under British colonization.

The Gospel of Luke begins:

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things  accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning  were eyewitnesses and  servants of the  word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.

And the Book of Acts begins:

The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

So the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts reveals that:

(1) They were written for someone who was High Priest 4 to 8 years after Jesus’ crucifixion.

(2) It is obvious that the purpose of writing to the High Priest was because he was, at that point, still High Priest at the time of the writing.

(3) At the time Luke was written, it was not the first account written. Luke is not the first Gospel written.

(4) The Gospel of Luke was written based upon eyewitnesses to the events reported, including those who were eyewitnesses “from the beginning” of Jesus’ ministry.

We know that the early Christians–all Jews until Peter went to the house of Cornelius, shocking the early Church that any non-Jew was capable of being a Christian–were very concerned with convincing their fellow Jews that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah.  Moreover, they were being persecuted because of the idea that Jesus was not. The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Hebrews to try to persuade their fellow Jews to become Christians.

Therefore, whether Theophilus was especially interested in Christianity (or “The Way”) or not, it was a high priority for the early Church to present a defense of Christianity to the Jewish religious hierarchy, carrying out their perceived duty to God and in the hopes of winning over their countrymen.

But “scholars” (that is, atheists) tell us that the Gospels were written 100 to 150 years later. You will find overwhelming numbers of references reciting this as an established fact.

Yet as soon as we dig a little deeper, we discover three serious problems with this. Although most reference cite no reason, the references that do identify reasons explain the conclusion as follows:

(1) Miracles are impossible, so therefore Jesus could not have known the future. It is an article of faith among these “scholars” that when Jesus foretold the destruction of the temple 40 years in the future, in 71 A.D., the account must have been written after 71 A.D. Why?  Because miracles are impossible. Jesus could not know the future. Therefore, the “scholars” explicitly argue, the Gospels had to be written after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. The evidence? Supernatural revelation is not possible. Therefore, Christians put events falsely into Jesus’ mouth, lying and saying that Jesus foretold events, when He did not. Christians must have falsified the accounts.

In other words, these “scholars” are atheists. Their jumping off point is that God doesn’t exist, supernatural miracles don’t exist, Jesus was just a man, and Christianity is just a social phenomenon. Therefore, Q.E.D., the gospels had to be written after the fact, because Jesus could not have known ahead of time what was going to happen.

If you dig deeply enough, this logic is explicitly stated by the “scholars.” But most accounts offer only a superficial summary and don’t explain the reasons for the “scholars’” analysis.

(2) The Gospels are remarkably consistent, especially Mark, Luke, and Matthew (John addresses some different topics, but is not inconsistent). This indicates that eyewitnesses all saw and heard the same things.

But the “scholars” turn this on its head: The consistency cannot be because independent writers all wrote similar things because the reports are true. Oh, no. There must be an intermediate “Q document” (Quelle or source) from which the Gospels were cribbed. There is no evidence that a “Q Gospel” ever existed, except the repetition of the idea over centuries. The only reason for imagining a “Q document” is that otherwise we would have to confront the amazing consistency of the Gospels as evidence that the Gospels are actually true.

So “scholars” merely assume that the early Church cheated and the writers copied from an intermediate document. This requires that a fair amount of time must have elapsed for the intermediate steps.

(3)  For some reason, the idea that the Apostle John wrote Revelations on the Isle of Patmos around 80 A.D. seems to persuade people that the other parts of the New Testament were also written in that time period.

It is fortunate that Christian believers do not need to rely only upon old books to know with absolute certainty that God is real and alive and that He is the Jesus, the Christ, God who came to Earth as a man.

In general, doubters assume that Christians believe only because they were conditioned by their parents and we have no reason other than pure momentum. The bottom line, of course:  We are stupid and they are oh so smart.

 

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How We Respond to a Storm

 

2 Chronicles 20:12

If you’ve ever experienced a storm when around other people, you know not everyone responds the same way.

Picture a backyard party where all the guests are having fun, but then the wind picks up. The temperature drops, the sky darkens, and the scent of rain is in the air. Everyone scrambles to grab something and head indoors. Just as the last person rushes in with the potato salad, the skies let go. Inside, people gather into clusters. One group stands at the window, oohing and aahing at the thunder and lightning outside. On the couch, others hug each other or cover their ears; a few jump and shudder with every boom. Another group, chatting away, seems completely oblivious to the weather. Isn’t this a picture of how people react differently to the storms of life?

When it comes to the upheavals we face, our varied responses can have a significant impact down the road. Some people respond in a healthy way and emerge stronger, while others are broken by the challenge.

What accounts for the difference in our response is our view of God. If we see Him as our loving heavenly Father, we’ll understand He has the best possible plan for our life, even if the path is, for a time, through troubled waters. But if we consider Him an obstruction to the goals we’ve set for ourselves, we could miss out on the blessings He has in mind for us.

Storms are unavoidable in life. When one comes your way, the wisest thing you can do is to cry out to Jesus. Won’t you choose to respond with an attitude of trust in the Lord and submission to His way?

God Is Able

 

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

The Bible portrays God as omnipotent—all-powerful, able even to create all things from nothing (Hebrews 11:3). The individual is portrayed as totally insufficient to do anything but fail. Yet the Bible also teaches that great things will be done in, and through, and to us. How? It is only through God’s power and wisdom that anything of substance will be accomplished. He alone is able. Consider the following sampling of tasks He is able to perform for us.

God is able to do the work of salvation in a believer’s heart. “Wherefore [God] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). We can entrust that salvation for eternity “unto him that is able to keep [us] from falling, and to present [us] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24).

In this life we will have physical needs, and included in a passage on the obligation we have to give so that others’ needs will be met is Paul’s claim that “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). Furthermore, He alone is able to equip us for service. “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12).

His able ministry toward us does not stop in this life, for He “shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21). As our text teaches, He “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” JDM

“I give myself unto prayer.”

Genesis 32:6-13, 21-31

No sooner had Jacob escaped from Laban than he was plunged into another trial, for he had to face his injured brother Esau. We shall see how the Lord again preserved his servant.

Genesis 32:7-12

Men of faith are yet men of common sense. We are to use our wits as well as our prayers. Grace does not make men stupid.) (This is a master argument, “and thou saidst.” It is real prayer when we plead the promise, and hold the Lord to his word.

Genesis 32:24

Solitude is the fit helper of devotion. Company distracts us, but alone we enter into the very soul of prayer); (Prayer must become an agony, a wrestling, if we mean to prevail.

Genesis 32:25

He who shrank one sinew could have crushed Jacob’s whole body: if we overcome the Lord in prayer, it is because he lends us strength, and condescends to be conquered.

Genesis 32:26

This was bravely spoken. Those who thus plead must win the day.

Genesis 32:28

One night spent in prayer ennobled Jacob. How few of us have ever tried to win a princes rank in this way. How much might we gain if we would wrestle for it. When Jacob overcame the angel he virtually disarmed Esau. He who has power with God will surely prevail with men.

Genesis 32:29

He did not gratify his curiosity, but he did better, he enriched him with a divine blessing.

Genesis 32:30

Peniel or the face of God

Genesis 32:31

And who would not be content to halt if he might win what Israel won?

 

Lord, I cannot let thee go,

Till a blessing thou bestow;

Do not turn away thy face,

Mine’s an urgent pressing case.

 

No—I must maintain my hold,

‘Tis thy goodness makes me bold;

I can no denial take,

When I plead for Jesu’s sake,

 

Be a ‘Holy Terror’ To the Kingdom of Darkness!

2 Corinthians 10:3

You have been delivered from Satan’s power through the victorious, redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Make sure you keep that wonderful truth in mind the next time you have to deal with the devil’s attack on your life. And don’t try to defeat a spiritual enemy with fleshly weapons and techniques because fleshly weapons are for fighting fleshly adversaries; they were never intended to defeat a spiritual foe. Spiritual adversaries must be fought with spiritual weapons!

Paul makes this point in Second Corinthians 10:3 when he says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.” The word “walk” in this verse is taken from the Greek word peripateo. This is a compound of the word peri, which means around, and pateo, which means to walk. When these two words are compounded together, the new word means to walk around or to habitually live and carry on in one general territory. It is the picture of a person who has walked in one general path for so long that he can now almost walk that path blindfolded. He knows that area well because he has habitually lived and functioned there.

By using the word peripateo in Second Corinthians 10:3, Paul is making a very strong statement about his humanity. He’s saying, “Nearly everything I do, I do in the flesh. I eat in the flesh; I sleep in the flesh; I think in the flesh; I study in the flesh. My life is primarily lived in this earthly realm.” Although he was a spiritual man, he still lived in a body made of flesh.

Paul knew that he was locked into his fleshly body and couldn’t get out of it—nor could he trade it for another! I’m sure he would have taken that option if it had been available because he had been brutally beaten and terribly abused during the course of his ministry. His physical body permanently bore the scars, marks, wounds, and disfigurement of those beatings (see 2 Corinthians 11:23-25 and Galatians 6:17). Having a body free of scars and disfiguring wounds would have seemed like a terrific prospect to Paul!

In addition to the beatings he had endured, Paul was naturally a man of small stature. In fact, the name Paul means “little one.” Although he was an intellectual giant who was highly educated, cultured, and even skillful in the political arena before he came to Christ, he did not have a striking physical appearance. Even historians record that he was a small and unimposing man.

It seems that the appearance of Paul’s body was even an issue in the Corinthian church. Those who were against his ministry and wanted to eliminate him used his physical appearance as a reason to discredit him. In response to this, Paul wrote and said: “… In presence [I] am base among you…” (2 Corinthians 10:1). Because his adversaries were judging him according to the flesh, he asked them: “Do ye look on things after the outward appearance?…” (2 Corinthians 10:7). Finally, Paul actually quoted what they were saying about him: “For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak…” (2 Corinthians 10:10).

Notice that Paul never argues with them about the condition of his body. In fact, it seems that he agrees with them, even stating, “I am base among you.” But whereas some may have judged him according to the flesh, Paul’s confidence was not in the flesh but in the spirit. That is why he told them, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh” (2 Corinthians 10:3).

I think this message is important because we live in a day when people tend to judge themselves by the appearance of their bodies. If they are skinny, they feel good about themselves. But if they gain just a little weight, they are tempted to think that they are ugly and disgusting. Because of modern movies and advertisements, people are continually inundated with thousands of subliminal messages that say, “If you’re not skinny and youthful-looking, you don’t rate!”

Amazingly, even believers get caught up in judging themselves by their outward appearance. Although it’s true that we should do what we can to stay in good shape physically, there are millions of people who are in great physical shape but couldn’t win a spiritual battle if their lives depended on it!

You see, physical muscles make you look great in the natural, but mere flesh and blood has no effect on the devil or the spiritual realm. Spiritual battles are not to be fought or won with flesh, because the flesh is no match for spiritual foes. This disadvantage of the flesh is the reason God has supplied spiritual weapons for the believer.

Paul was aware of the weakness and futility of his flesh. He knew that when it came to dealing with the devil, he had to turn his attention to the realm of the Spirit where supernatural assistance was available and spiritual weapons existed for him to use against the devil. He knew his greatest weapons did not lie in his mind, his talents, or his flesh, but in spiritual weapons that exist in the realm of God’s Spirit.

In Acts 19, a group of exorcists, whom the Bible identifies as the seven sons of a man named Sceva, attempted to cast an evil spirit out of a demon-possessed man. But when they commanded the evil spirit to come out of that man, the spirit answered them: “… Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” (Acts 19:14, 15).

Think of it! That evil spirit knew who Jesus was and who Paul was! Even though Paul lived in a small body that had been mercilessly beaten and abused, he was so powerful in the spiritual realm that hell knew his name! Perhaps the limitations of Paul’s flesh turned out to be to his advantage! Because he couldn’t lean on his flesh, he had to learn how to function in the realm of the Spirit—and that’s the reason the evil spirits knew who he was!

That’s exactly what you need to do as well. Yes, you may live in a fleshly body that has all kinds of limitations, but you can go forth with spiritual weapons to do warfare in the Spirit! Regardless of what you look like in the natural realm, you can be a holy terror to the devil in the spiritual realm. So reach out and take the loin belt of truth, the shoes of peace, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. When you’re clothed in the whole armor of God, you can win the victory over the kingdom of darkness every time!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, help me remember that real spiritual battles are fought and won in the Spirit. I’m so often tempted to focus on my physical appearance and the condition of my body. I even frequently judge myself by how physically “in shape” I am. But the fight I need to win isn’t going to be won by my physical appearance. Yes, I want to be in good physical shape, and I ask You to help me achieve that goal. But please keep me from getting distracted by the less-than-pleasurable aspects of my physical body. Help me stay focused on the spiritual realm where the real battle is being waged.

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I proclaim that regardless of what I look like in the natural realm, I am a menace to the devil in the spiritual realm. In that sphere, I am anointed and powerful, with the ability to pull down strongholds from peoples’ lives and minds. I am so mighty in the Spirit that the devil and his forces flee when I resist them!

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. Do you tend to accept or reject yourself on the basis of how much you weigh or how you look physically? Be honest!
  2. Do you spend as much time focusing on your spiritual development as you do fretting and complaining about your physical appearance?
  3. How much do you think you could grow spiritually this year if you invested the same amount of time you now spend worrying about your body in developing yourself spiritually?

Physical muscles make you look great in the natural, but mere flesh and blood has no effect on the devil or the spiritual realm.

 

The Cross, The Resurrection… And Eternity

I sawa Lamb standing, as if slain… ” (Revelation 5:6)

 

Thomas doubted.

 

Judas double-crossed.

 

Peter denied.

 

And the other nine ran away in fear.

 

… Until the reality of the CROSS and the RESURRECTION dawned upon them.

 

They (Judas excepted) then became men POSSESSED by Jesus… men OBSESSED with Christ:

 

The Lamb slain from the foundation of the worldwho takes away the sin of the world” (Revelation 13:8; John 1:29)

 

As you embark upon this week’s challenges, ask yourself:

 

“WHAT IS MY OBSESSION?”

 

“WHAT POSSESSES ME?”

 

The resurrected Lamb of God?

Or:

  • Which rung of the corporate ladder I am on?
  • How to bolster this quarter’s sales?
  • Whether I should get the BMW or the Benz?

Unless and until we are obsessed and possessed by the CRUCIFIED and RESURRECTED

 

Lamb of God, we will continue to live in the self-imposed prison of:

 

Doubt, denial, and fear… Like Thomas, Judas, Peter, and the other nine that ran away.

 

Let’s concentrate on making a living… but keep the effort in the perspective of the cross, the resurrection… and eternity.