Psalm 92:1-15

29 06 2011

Psalm 92:1) [It is] good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

Psalm 92:2) To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night,

Psalm 92:3) On an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound.

Psalm 92:4) For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

Psalm 92:5) O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep.

Psalm 92:6) A senseless man does not know, Nor does a fool understand this.

Psalm 92:7) When the wicked spring up like grass, And when all the workers of iniquity flourish, [It is] that they may be destroyed forever.

Psalm 92:8) But You, LORD, [are] on high forevermore.

Psalm 92:9) For behold, Your enemies, O LORD, For behold, Your enemies shall perish; All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

Psalm 92:10) But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.

Psalm 92:11) My eye also has seen [my desire] on my enemies; My ears hear [my desire] on the wicked Who rise up against me.

Psalm 92:12) The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psalm 92:13) Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Psalm 92:14) They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,

Psalm 92:15) To declare that the LORD is upright; [He is] my rock, and [there is] no unrighteousness in Him.

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That seems to be what’s happening in the world today doesn’t it… the rich get richer, the corrupt become even more so, and we seem to be stuck in a void where we just go on trying to live as God wants us to live.  But we have to remember, no matter what physical treasure the evil and corrupt build up here on earth, they are only temporary… our true treasures are the ones we build in the eternal kingdom of heaven.  I’m not saying that it isn’t nice to have things, but we can’t let it become our primary reason for living, “Oh the newest X-Box is supposed to make it seem like you’re really there.” This is our one life and what do you want God to say at the end of it, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Or, “Away from me I never knew you.”





Daniel 12:1-13

16 06 2011

Daniel 12:1) “At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands [watch] over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, [Even] to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book.

Daniel 12:2) And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.

Daniel 12:3) Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.

Daniel 12:4) “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Daniel 12:5) Then I, Daniel, looked; and there stood two others, one on this riverbank and the other on that riverbank.

Daniel 12:6) And [one] said to the man clothed in linen, who [was] above the waters of the river, “How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders [be]?”

Daniel 12:7) Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who [was] above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that [it shall be] for a time, times, and half [a time]; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these [things] shall be finished.

Daniel 12:8) Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what [shall be] the end of these [things]?”

Daniel 12:9) And he said, “Go [your way], Daniel, for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Daniel 12:10) “Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.

Daniel 12:11) “And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, [there shall be] one thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Daniel 12:12) “Blessed [is] he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.

Daniel 12:13) “But you, go [your way] till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.”

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Rather ominous isn’t it… and yet hopeful at the same time.  I mean how many times does God say he’ll watch over us and protect us.  And yet in this scripture the Abomination of Desolation is going to have free reign for quiet a while.  Although Satan has had free reign ever since Adam and Eve made that terrible mistake in the Garden, it has always been limited; this time it seems that most of the limiters come off, and we will be almost completely powerless until the time when He comes again.  But don’t be afraid for the place where our power comes from is in Him and His Word… No matter how terrible things may seem, no matter how alone we may feel… He is always with us, and I thank God for seeing us through till the end.





Ezekiel 33:1-11

12 06 2011

Ezekiel 33:1) Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel 33:2) “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman,

Ezekiel 33:3) ‘when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people,

Ezekiel 33:4) ‘then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his [own] head.

Ezekiel 33:5) ‘He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life.

Ezekiel 33:6) ‘But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’

Ezekiel 33:7) “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.

Ezekiel 33:8) “When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked [man], you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.

Ezekiel 33:9) “Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

Ezekiel 33:10) “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins [lie] upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?” ‘

Ezekiel 33:11) “Say to them: ‘[As] I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

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That’s what we are called to be… watchers on the wall, we are at the front to tell people that they are in danger.  The devil is wily he doesn’t just turn us against our brothers… he turns us against ourselves.  He’s been doing this so long that he knows our weakness, whether it be alcohol, gambling, drug abuse, pornography, or even TV; he knows what to use to get us to stay stuck.  It’s an old proverb: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who will guard the guards themselves?)

I know that sounds like a weird question, but we refuse to the see that many of us are sinning even more than the sinners.  We preach against all forms of sin and yet 57% of pastors say that addiction to pornography is the most sexually damaging issue to their congregation.  How many of us claim the holier-than-thou outlook… Remember, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” It doesn’t say most, but ALL, none of us are worthy to be with him but he still accepts us… and we have to be like him, accept all of our brothers and sisters, no matter their past.  We must reach out to those who are sinning and those who are hurting; letting go of things like hate or anger is not easy, but it’s what we must do.