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“Follow the Cloud”

Numbers 9:17 And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the sons of Israel journeyed, and in the place where the cloud abode, there the sons of Israel pitched their tents. This scripture is talking about Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness. This cloud was over the tabernacle during the day. Every now and then God would move them to a different location. More than likely to give the land a rest from the estimated two million people that came out of Egypt, and as a training lesson in obedience, for forty years. It’s easy to make the connection of the cloud being the Spirit of God, it was the Holy Spirit. We don’t actually know how often or how long in between t

How Beautiful

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publish peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Have you ever watched one of those movies where they’re climbing a mountain with all this equipment? Their shoes are so important. At the lower altitudes, they use more of a rubber type boot or tennis shoe to climb the rocks. But when they get up higher they use crampons that are metal spikes you attach to your boots. That equipment can be very expensive, and it should be, your life depends on it. Jesus knows the cost of this equipment for the Christian climber. That’s why he gav

The Power of And

St Luke 18:35 And it came to pass, that as He was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, thou son of David have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to brought unto Him: and when he was come near He asked him, Saying what wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight, And Jesus said unto him, receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. A

Faith To Forgive

Luke 17:4-6 Take heed to yourselves, if thy brother trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea, and it should obey you. Jesus had so much power when He spoke. He often used metaphors (objects) so that we could relate to the power of His words. Jesus is talking about forgiveness. It’s not an option. The apostles understood what Jesus just said, and replied with “Increase our faith.” By no

“The God Who Sees Me”

St. Mark 10:49-52 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man (Bartimaeus), saying unto him be of good comfort, rise; He calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus said unto him, “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” The blind man said unto Him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. Have you ever wanted something so bad that you were willing to give up everything to have it? Bartimaeus did, this man acted in faith that Jesus would change his life. The Hebrews waited until

“The Secret to Having a Great Day!”

Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. What a Great Way to start your day! Ask God to set the conditions for you to hear His loving kindness in the morning. It’s a very interesting choice of words to say: “cause.” Cause means to: produce an effect, or set a condition. Imagine waking up in the morning and asking God to set your conditions so that He can show His Loving Kindness to you, sounds really selfish doesn’t it? But God can do it, He’s never too busy to help you understand who He is. But you can help Him with setting the conditions by reading your bible fir

Faithful in the Least

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. People always equate this scripture to ministry, and it certainly does apply to ministry but its application should be considered too many areas of life. I remember a true story about a man, the vice-president of a very prestige’s company. He was about to receive a promotion to president. As he and the president went out to lunch at the company cafeteria to discuss business. While in line, the president noticed that the vice president hid a 3 cent piece of butter underneath a slice of bread. When they reached the cashier to check out the man did not revea

“Faith Brings Fear”

Micah 7:8 Do not rejoice over me, my enemy: When I fall, I will arise: When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me. This is such a beautiful scripture. I think if you are going through struggles in life it really brings the meaning out. It’s like when I used to go hunting in the bayous of South Louisiana. At the end of the day, at the camp, we would make something to eat and it didn’t matter what you made, it always tasted better than the best restaurant. The fictional character Don Quixote said: “Hunger is the best sauce in the world.” That’s how this verse sounds when you’re going through one of life’s trials. Hunger is the best flavor enhancer there is, I’ve noticed over the y

The Power of Numbers

Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. The power of numbers. When the Romans invaded Britain the British noted the formation of the Roman legions and reportedly said: “When they fight in detached parties, they sacrifice the general cause.” They understood the necessity to break the lines of formation and get the individuals scattered. Solomon is talking about the power of teamwork when one person works alone as versus two people together. With two people working together the work output more than doubles. I have a friend that is an electrician, he has an apprentice that works for him. Many times he will

Acceptable Words

Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to find acceptable words: and what was written was upright words of Truth. These words were written by King Solomon. I’ve read this many times over the years and for some reason, I always think about preaching in front of King Solomon. No pressure there, the wisest man in all of the earth’s history. He said the Preacher searched for his words carefully. But in truth Solomon was talking about himself. Solomon is the preacher in this story. He wanted his words to be acceptable and upright before the Lord. Solomon is letting us know the importance of choosing our words carefully and speaking wisely. In this book, he tries to paint a picture in your mind of

Ruth

Mathew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. Mathew 1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; Isaac begat Jacob; Matthew 1:5 Salmon begat Boaz of Rachab; Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; Ruth the third, ‘Lady of Faith’ mentioned in the blood line of Jesus. Let’s take a look and see how she managed to ‘Get in Line.’ The history of Ruth takes place during the time of Judges. This is the second generation after the Hebrews have crossed over the river Jordan. But Ruth is not Hebrew she is a Moabite, a descendant of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Jewish tradition states that she was the daughter of Eglon King of Moab. First, we have to start with how this came into being. Ruth 1:1-2 Now it

Rahab

Mathew 1:5 And Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth, and Obed begat Jesse. Rahab is a very interesting lady named in the lineage of Jesus Christ. Rahab was from Jericho. Let’s take a look at this ‘Lady of Faith.’ Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go view the land especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. It’s obvious that God is being true to His character by guiding the steps of these young men to a place of safety. Out of all the places they could have stayed they chose Rahab’s house. One door to the right or one wrong door to the left, these m

Tamar

Mathew 1:3 Judah begat Pharez and Zara of Tamar: Pharez begat Hezron: Hezron begat Ram: This scripture is about the lineage of Jesus Christ. I was really fascinated with Tamar, and how it came to be that she was named? Abraham received the promise of the Messiah, that it would come down through his family line. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah. Judah had a first born son Named Er. Judah took Tamar as a wife for Er. Genesis 38:7- 10 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he

The Good Will Suffer

Isaiah 59:19 When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. Have you ever felt like a demonic attack is going on all around you? For different people it is different things. Some people go through hard financial struggles, others sickness, or mental torment, on and on they go. So many bad things happen that you know there is a force behind it. Notice that the word LORD is in all caps here. If you take this from the Et-Cepher bible which is called a transliteration bible. Transliterated means they wrote the actual name in Hebrew. Here they use the name, RAUCH YAHUAH, which means Holy Spirit. When you’re in a spiritual trial, that is being dep

Pure Religion

Acts 25:19 “But had some questions against him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.” Religion, when mentioned seems to some to ‘be good’ and to others, it is a negative connotation, sort of like when you say the word discipline sounds negative. The word, religion comes from the Greek word deisidaimonia (dice-ee-dahee-mon-ee'-ah) surprisingly it is only found seven times in the scriptures. According to Strong’s and Thayer’s concordances, in this instance it means, superstition, superstitious, reverencing the gods, in a bad sense. Then you find that this word is based on other Greek words that just decline in definition, and by this

The Story of Life

Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things. Nor consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth: Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness. And rivers in the desert.” I have this imaginary thought when I read this, of an old black and white western movie. The old man riding on a buckboard wagon behind his old horse saying. “Whoa Nellie! Let’s stop and read this again!” People were set in their ways back in the day, and many churches refuse to make the change. My old pastor used to say, “The message never changes, but the method of delivery does.” With this technical culture that we live in you can see the change. Today a lady as

White Stone

Revelations 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. He that hath an ear, is letting you know this is for everyone. John wrote this letter to the seven churches. This portion of the letter pertains to the church at Pergamum – the worldly church. This was known as the throne room of Satan, literally the seat where Satan dwells. They were in the heat of the battle. Surrounded by temples made to Zeus, Apollo, and Athena. The cults worshiped Caesar along with idolatry and demon

The Reason for Death

Genesis 3:7 & 21 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. & Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. Back to the beginning. After the fall of man, Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together and made aprons. Notice at this particular moment we don’t see any gender bias when it comes to sewing. They were both in a hurry to get dressed. They sewed fig leaves as an act of self-righteousness in trying to cover their sin. This is why if you ever have a dream with fig leaves and you know it is from God, He is trying to convey to you that you are covering your sin through your

Become All Things

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Amplified Bible (AMP) 19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to everyone, so that I may win more [for Christ]. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews [for Christ]; to men under the Law, [I became] as one [a]under the Law, though not being under the Law myself, so that I might win those who are under the Law. 21 To those who are without (outside) the Law, [I became] as one without the Law, though [I am] not without the law of God, but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the [b]weak I became [as the] weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means

Run For Your Life!

2 Peter 2:9 Then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment. You know, this is a contract between you and God. Let’s break it down some. 1) The word Lord comes from the Greek word, Kurios, which means Supreme in Authority. (Judge) 2) Next, we have the word godly that is rooted from the Greek word Eusebes, defined as, devout, pious, or reverent. (Defendent) 3) Temptations come from the Greek word Peirasmos, putting to proof by an experiment of good or of evil. (Prosecuter) Sounds like a courtroom, doesn’t it? You have a Judge a defendant, a prosecutor. The difference is the prosecutor in this court creates the

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