Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pre-Passover Meditation ~ ~ ~ It is No Secret What GOD Will Do !



Photo by The Order of the GOOD SHEPHERD+
 CHRIST our PASSOVER
ever liveth to make intercession
for us; 
O Come, Let us Adore HIM+. 

Psalm 68 

Let GOD arise, 
Let His enemies be scattered; 

Let those also who hate HIM
flee before HIM. 

Old Testament Lesson: Deuteronomy 4:23, 24 

Take heed unto yourselves, 
lest ye forget 
the covenant of the LORD thy GOD, 
which HE made with you, 
and make you a graven image, 
or the likeness of any thing, 
which the LORD thy GOD 
hath forbidden thee.

For the LORD thy GOD 
is a consuming fire, 
even a jealous GOD.


Epistle Lesson: Ephesians 2:1- 3

And you hath HE+ enlivened, 
who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Wherein in time past ye walked 
according to the course of this world, 
according to 
the prince of the power of the air, 
the spirit that now worketh 
in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had 
our behavior in times past

in the lusts of our flesh,

 fulfilling the desires of the flesh and 
of the mind;

and were by nature 
the children of wrath, 
even as others.

The GOSPEL LESSON: Luke 6: 33-36
The Words of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST

And if ye do good to them which do good to you, 
what thank have ye? 

for sinners also do even the same.

And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, 
what thank have ye? 

for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.


But love ye your enemies, 
and do good, 
and lend, 
hoping for nothing again;

and your reward shall be great, 

and ye shall be the children of the Highest: 

for HE is kind unto the unthankful 
and to the evil. 

Be ye therefore merciful, 
as your FATHER also is merciful.

Meditation ~

 We see Our LORD being so merciful to us sinners, that HE+ loved us and died for us while we were yet dead in our sins!   

And through HIS+ death, we gained life. 

Furthermore, that was and is the ONLY WAY sinners could ever gain both life here and now and life Eternal.  

Our FATHER'S wrath waxes heavily against those who set themselves against HIM morally or spiritually.  

HE is a consuming fire to those who align themselves with 
  • the course of this world, 
  • the prince of the power of the air, or
  • the spirit of disobedience. 


Our LORD'S words clearly show us how to be on GOD'S side.  The LORD JESUS clearly spoke to us about how to be a friend to GOD His FATHER.  

HE has not changed His Mind about what HE considers RIGHT... and what is WRONG .... for mankind to do .

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament contain words of truth which should bring conviction to us if we disobey the Written Word. 

It is no secret what GOD can do ! What HE'S done to others, HE will do to you ! 

Let Us Pray ~ ~ ~ 

O LORD of the Consuming Fire, we come before THEE now to ask of THEE mercy. 

We have done those things we ought NOT to have done. 

We have neglected doing those things which we know please THEE. 

Even worse, we have avoided Thy Face. 

We have avoided coming before THEE for correction. We have chosen to hide our hearts from conviction... because we do not want to change. 

Forgive us these sins. Help us to turn away from the course of this world.  Help us not to follow the lurings of the prince of the power of the air. Help us to forsake our own disobediences, once and for all times. 

Grant this we pray, through the merits of Thy Only-Begotten SON+, our LORD JESUS CHRIST, our ONLY MEDIATOR+ and ADVOCATE+, both now and forever. Amen.   

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pre-Passover Meditations ~ ~ ~ Turn Ye! Turn Ye! At MY+ Reproof ; Why Will Ye Die ?

Photo: Order of The GOOD SHEPHERD+


Say unto them, 
As I live, 
saith the LORD GOD
I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; 

but that the wicked 
turn from his way 
and live:

turn ye, turn ye 
from your evil ways; 

for why will ye die, 

O house of Israel ?
Ezekiel 33:11
Courtesy of Biblegateway.com

What? ... 
Know ye not that your body is the temple of the HOLY SPIRIT which is in you, which ye have of GOD, 
and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a Price +: therefore glorify GOD 
  • in your body, 
  • and in your spirit, 


which are GOD'S.

Hear The WORD of The LORD: 

Not every one 
that saith unto ME+, 
LORD, LORD, 
shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven; 
but he that doeth 
the Will of My+ FATHER 
which is in Heaven.

Many will say to ME+ in that day, 
LORD, LORD, 
have we not prophesied in Thy+ Name? 
and in Thy+ Name have cast out devils? 
and in Thy+ Name 
 done many wonderful works?

And then 
will I+ profess unto them,

I+ never knew you: 

depart from ME+, 
ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 7:21-23

Meditation ~ ~ ~ 


"Why do you say, "LORD, LORD," and set aside My+ Holy Words ? Are not My+ Words like a refiner's fire ? They are like a hammer that breaks the rock, that goes forth through all the earth.  

Do you have NO fear of ME+, the Creator of that Universe with those marvelous stars you watch with awe ?  

Identify yourself with ME+... and ME+ alone. That is the only way you will be able to escape the snare that is coming upon the whole earth. 

My+ friends... if you are indeed My+ friends... be assured I+ will keep you through the troublous times ahead. But, I+ will only keep those WHO IDENTIFY WITH ME+. 

Forsake your values, worldly goals, ambitions and train yourself to seek MY+ Face daily, to receive daily instructions from ME+.  

My+ Word is there: take it to heart. " 


+  +  +


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pre-Passover Meditation ~ ~ ~ But, Whom Do You Say that I+ am ?

Photo Courtesy of Astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado,
3.10.2014 at 5:30 a.m., published on Spaceweather.com
Saariselka, North Finland
Aurora Borealis
The Invitatory:

CHRIST the KING+ 
has suffered for us; 
O Come, Let us Adore HIM+.

THOU+ art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for THOU+ wast slain and hast redeemed us to GOD by Thy+ Blood out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation. 


Old Testament Lesson: Leviticus 18:6-25
Scriptures courtesy of Biblegateway.com

None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I AM The LORD.

The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Thou shalt NOT uncover the nakedness of: 
 thy father's wife 
 thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, ...
10 thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, ...
11  father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, 
12  thy father's sister: ...
13  thy mother's sister: ...
14 thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: 
15  thy daughter in law: 
16  thy brother's wife: 
17  a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, 
18 a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.


19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I AM The LORD.


22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.


24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

QUIETUDE: A time to Reflect about the HOLINESS of GOD and His+ requirement of Holiness of mankind. 

RESPONSE: Psalm 24 

Who is this KING+ of Glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle !

Who is this KING+ of Glory? 
The LORD of HOSTS. 
HE+ is the KING+ of Glory! 

Lesson from the Epistles: 1 Peter 1:15-16


 15 But as HE+ Who+ 
has called you is HOLY, 
so be ye holy 
in all manner of life-style;

16 Because it is written, 
Be ye holy; for I AM HOLY.


QUIETUDE: A time to repent.

RESPONSE:  


LORD JESUS CHRIST,LAMB+ of GOD, 
Who+ taketh away the sin of the world,
have mercy upon us.

LORD JESUS CHRIST, LAMB+ of GOD,
BEARER+ of our sins, 
have mercy upon us.

LORD JESUS CHRIST, LAMB+ of GOD, 
SAVIOR+ of the world,
grant us Thy+ Peace.

AMEN.



The GOSPEL Lesson: Mark 8:27-29  ~ ~ ~ 
Scriptures courtesy of Biblegateway.com

The Words of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST ~ ~ ~ 


And JESUS went out, and His+ disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way HE+ asked His+ disciples, saying unto them, 

Whom do men say that I+ am?

And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

And HE+ saith unto them, 

But whom say ye that I+ am? 

And Peter answereth and saith unto Him+, 

THOU+ art .... The CHRIST !

+  +  +

The WORD of The LORD.  
THANKS BE TO GOD !

Meditation ~ ~ ~

Whom do you say ... with your life-style, with your values... that The LORD is ? 

We are REQUIRED to walk in ways of Holiness. Holiness is precisely defined throughout Scriptures... doing those things that please GOD.  

Those ways show to the world exactly WHO+ CHRIST JESUS is. We are entrusted with being precise replicas of the character of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST. 

HE+ has shown us EXACTLY what behavior pleases HIM, the HOLY FATHER, and what behaviors are repulsive to Our FATHER Who art in Heaven. 

The laws and rules established in Leviticus and other books of Scripture, both Old and New, define what holiness is, in exact terms, in concrete behaviors.  

The LORD JESUS has NOT changed HIS+ FATHER'S rules!  

Yes, Our LORD fulfilled all the sacrifices listed in Leviticus and other places: the sin offering, the burnt offering, the heave and wave offerings, the grain offering, the peace offering, and the libation offering of wine.

But, His+ Sacrifice did NOT remove from us the necessity for walking in HOLINESS. 

Now, we see, we CAN keep the holy ways of The LORD because of His+ Sacrifice

Yes, because HE+ sacrificed His+ Life for us, we NOW can receive the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT... Who helps us keep those Holy ways of The LORD. 

No longer are they merely a set of ancient rules and regulations put upon HIS people.

Because of Our LORD'S Sacrifice of HIMSELF+, these rules and laws are written on our hearts... 

... or should be.


Let us pray: 

O Gracious Heavenly FATHER, in the Name of Thy HOLY SON+ JESUS CHRIST,  WHO+ for the joy that was set before HIM+ endured the Cross, I come to THEE, in repentance for casting aside Thy ways.  

Help me to honor THEE, O FATHER, through obedience to Thy SON+ JESUS CHRIST in hallowing Thy Holy Words throughout Scriptures. 

I am sorry I have ignored thy Words. 

I am sorry I have lived by modern "standards" instead of  Thy ways. 

I am so, so sorry I have besmirched the character of THEE in front of the world, Oh my Precious GOD, and Thy Holy SON+ JESUS, Who+ died for me. 

I see and do acknowledge that my ways, society's "standards," and modern morals ( or lack thereof ) are SIN in your eyes, according to Thy Words. 

Cleanse me O LORD, and I shall be clean.  Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. 

This I pray in The Name of  JESUS CHRIST our LORD, The Eternal SON+ and WORD+ of GOD our FATHER, through the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT. 
Amen.   


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Pre-PASSOVER Meditation ~ ~ ~ The Right Statutes of The LORD

Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights
Year of Our LORD 3.4.2014 at 5:52 p.m.
Tromso, Norway,
Photo by Harald Albrigtsen
Courtesy of spaceweather.com 

The Invitatory: 
CHRIST the KING+ 
Ever Reigns on HIGH; 
O Come, 
Let us Adore HIM+.
   
Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 19: 1-3, 7- 8 
Scriptures courtesy of Biblegateway.com


The Heavens declare the glory of GOD; 
and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  

Day unto day uttereth speech, 
and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 

There is no speech nor language, 
where their voice is not heard.

+  +  +

The LAW of the LORD is perfect, 
converting the soul: 

the testimony of the LORD is sure, 
making wise the simple

The STATUTES of the LORD are right, 
rejoicing the heart: 

the commandment of the LORD is pure, 
enlightening the eyes.


QUIETUDE: A time to Reflect about His HOLINESS.

RESPONSE: 

Holy, holy, holy, LORD GOD of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of Thy Glory;
Glory be to THEE, O LORD MOST HIGH.

Blessed is HE+ that Cometh 
in the Name of The LORD.

Hosanna in the Highest. 

Amen. 

2nd Lesson from the Old Testament: Leviticus 19: 1-3, 32
Scriptures courtesy of Biblegateway.com

 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, 
Ye shall be HOLY: 
for I the LORD your GOD am HOLY.

                                                ~  ~  ~

Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep MY sabbaths: I am the LORD your GOD.

~  ~  ~

32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy GOD: I am the LORD.


QUIETUDE: A time to repent for my lack of holiness in life-style, my lack of holiness before The LORD. 

RESPONSE:  
Scriptures courtesy of Biblegateway.com

Psalm 51

Against THEE, THEE only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that THOU mightest be justified when THOU speakest, and be clear when THOU judgest.

Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy HOLY SPIRIT from me.


AMEN.

The GOSPEL Lesson: Matthew 5:17
Scriptures courtesy of Biblegateway.com

The Words of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST ~ ~ ~ 

 Think not that am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I+  am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

+  +  +  

The WORD of The LORD. 

THANKS BE TO GOD !

+   +  +

Meditation ~ ~ ~

The LORD JESUS CHRIST fulfilled the Law by being the perfect sacrifice, acceptable to The FATHER, for our sins. 

As HE+ lives ... and REIGNS ... in our hearts, HE+ helps us keep the other commandments and statutes (laws) of GOD  ... that is,  those things The LORD GOD orders humans to do to walk well-pleasing unto HIM. 

His Laws become "written in our hearts" now... if ... if .... if .... we live to please JESUS The LORD.

To do the opposite of those Laws constitutes sin.

As we work our way through Leviticus during this mediation, let us ask ourselves: 

Do we DO 
those things written 
that GOD takes pleasure in ? 

For instance, let's look at ONE SIMPLE commandment written in the LAW, from Leviticus 19:32. 

Do we rise up before the hoary ( white-headed) man? 

Do we teach our children to rise up before the elderly? 

How many years has it been since we have witnessed such outward respect towards an elderly person? 

What is the problem with keeping this simple and easy commandment of The LORD?    

The problem is this: 

  • We do not lay to heart the Word of The LORD.  

  • We do not lay to heart the keeping of HIS Commandments. 

  • We do not lay to heart the importance  of doing those things HE has told us plainly and clearly to do.


How much louder 
must HE speak 
to let us know 
HE means what HE says ... 
and says what HE means ?

Yes, the Heavens DO DECLARE the Glory of GOD. 

Do we ?    

HE Who made   those fantastic Northern Lights that move and undulate and crackle with frightening intensity in the Heavens,  also made rules to be followed by mankind.  

Those rules are for our benefit, to keep the human race safe from destruction by the enemy !  The rules teach us WHAT CONSTITUTES "holy" living before GOD, our LORD and our Maker.  

What about "Grace?"

Isn't "Grace" all that is needed 
to please GOD ?  

Isn't "Grace" enough ? 

Grace is what GOD gives to us; it is NOT how we serve HIM+.

Grace is NOT an excuse to neglect a HOLY walk. 

Enough "Grace?"  Yes, we have ENOUGH Grace from GOD to enable us to walk in His ways. 


Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting HOLINESS in the fear of GOD. 2 Cor. 7:1, 

courtesy of Biblegateway.com


Let us pray:

Gracious Heavenly FATHER, I have sinned against THEE even while saying I was following JESUS!  

I repent with all of my heart for setting my own "standard" of righteousness... instead of  following Your rules and laws in my heart and in my behavior.  

O LORD, You clearly marked out in Your Word the way I should walk, to be well-pleasing unto You. I have not laid Your Words to heart. 

Forgive me for following the ways of this world instead of the ways of HOLINESS that You have instructed me to do in Your Word. 

Cleanse me, and I shall be clean. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. 

Create in me a clean, clean heart and renew a right spirit within me, O LORD. 


This I pray in The Name of  JESUS CHRIST our LORD, The Eternal SON+ and WORD+ of GOD our FATHER, through the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT. 
Amen.