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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Revelation: Letters to the Seven Churches Part 8, Letter to Laodicea

                                                      To the church of Laodicea 14-22
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodicians write;  These things saith the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:  I would thou were cold or hot.  So then because thou are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.  Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor and blind, and naked.  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore, and repent.  Behold, I  stand at the door, and knock:  if any any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and Am set down with My Father in His throne.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 
Attribute:  The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God. 

This church is in serious trouble.  They are rich and increasing in material wealth.  Laodicea is known for their wealth and known as a banking center.  They had a famous medical school.  So they are very comfortable, self-confident, self-satisfied and complacent.  They think they are alright with the Lord.  What they are doing is playing both sides.  But they don’t know how very destitute they really are.

They are neither hot nor cold.  The Lord says I would rather you be one or the other.  Hot means to be fervent-fervent for the Lord.  Cold is not walking with the Lord but is able to be persuaded when confronted with the truth.  But lukewarm is a very danger position.  It means riding the fence, indecisive.  It is hard to get people in this position to see the truth.  In the case with Laodicea they are so wealthy they have no need of any material things and full of pride of what they do have. 
 Like a young woman that I once knew:  She is from a well-to-do family, self-sufficient;  she told me, "I don't need Him."

This is where this attribute fits: 
  • Amen 281 means firm, trustworthy; surely.
  • Faithful 4103 trustworthy, trustful, faithful, sure, true.  Worthy of belief, trust, or confidence, faithful, worthy of credit.  Faithful in duty to oneself and to others of true fidelity––(Webster's––faithfulness, adherence to right; careful and exact observance of duty or discharge of obligations.  Adherence to a person or party to which one is bound; loyalty)
  • True 228 alethinos true, real, genuine.  Conformed to the truth.  Real, unfeigned, not fictitious.  i.e. loving truth, veracious (observant of the truth; habitually speaking the truth; truthful.)
  • Witness 3144 one who testifies or can testify to the truth of what he has seen, heard, knows.  Especially of those who witnessed the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, who bear witness to the truth as it is in Jesus, and testifies to the world what God reveals through Him (A Martyr, One who by His death bears witness to the truth.)

God wants the Laodiceans and us to be trustworthy and faithful to Him.  To be true, genuine, conformed to the Truth and unfeigned––not fictitious and to be a good, true witness of these things, and to Him before others to the point of dying for the Truth if need be.

They are missing out on what the Lord has for them.  Earthly riches will not get them to Heaven neither is it a witness to the Truth.  University of Michigan in Ann Arbor which has a very large medical school, has billboards that state:  "Knowledge heals".  It does NOT.   He says to them, “Enough!”  Buy from me gold that is tried in the fire that you may be rich, buy raiment that you may be clothed, and anoint your eyes with eye salve so you can see the truth!   Repent, be faithful, walk in truth and be true witnesses of the Lord.  In verse 20, He wants to have true fellowship with these people and with us.  He wants us to see how rewarding that fellowship is.  To him that repents and overcomes:

Reward:  “I will make to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.”

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Revelation: Letters to the Churches Part 7 letter to the Church of Philadelphia

                                     To the church  of Philadelphia 7-13

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write;  These things saith He that is holy, He that is True, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  I know thy works:  behold I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.   Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  Behold, I will come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:  and I will write upon him the  name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:  and I will write upon him my new name.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Attribute:  “He that is holy, He that is True, He that hath the key of David, He that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts and no man opens.”

Jesus said I know: 
  •  your works
  •  you have little strength
  •  you have kept My Word
  •  You have not denied My Name

The church at Philadelphia has little strength but they kept God’s Word and has not denied His name.  This is the second church that the Lord did not find a fault with.  This church is holy and true–holding fast to the Word of the Lord and not deviating from it.  And because of this the Lord is going to “keep them from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world to try them...”

The meaning of this attribute given to this church is this:

V7 These things says He that is Holy, He that is True:
Holy 40 sacred, pure, moral blameless, consecrated
True 228 truthful, real, genuine, conformed to the truth
Both of these is what this church is.

...Key of David once the door is open–salvation is assured.  Anyone can come and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.  But once the door is shut–judgement is certain.  Matthew 25: 1-13:  The parable of the 10 virgins.

Key–2807 Kleis, a key as shutting a lock  Isaiah 22:20-22

Door 2374 door, portal or entrance (the opening or closure)
  •  1Corinthians 16:8-9 Paul said, "But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.  For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries."
  •   2 Corinthians 2:12 "Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,"
  •  Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
  •  Colossians 4:3 Withal praying also for us that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:  That I may make it manifest, as I speak.
  •   John 10:9 I Am the Door:  by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Be careful! who the door is opened to, not everything is a good opportunity––James 5:9 Grudge no, one against another, brethren lest you be condemned:  behold, the judge stands before the door.

V8 Strength 1411 dunamis power, miraculous power.  Ability, abundance.  Spoken of intrinsic (internal) power.
Little 3398 mikros small in size, quantity, number or figurative dignity.  least, less, little small.
BUT they have kept God's Word and have not denied Jesus' Name.

V9 Jesus said, "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you."
These people which worship satan are  wearing out the Christians of Philadelphia, that is why they have 'little strength'.  They have not nor will they let go of God's Word.  Jesus is going to step in and they will know they can not mess with God's people.

V10 ...I will also keep you...
V11 hold that fast...

The word for Churches today is to hold on to God's Word––The Truth no matter how weary we get, hold on and don't let go.  Keep working for the Lord doing what He tells us to do.  He will step in and will deal with the enemy of God's Word and our faith.  We have assurance of salvation and the comfort of belonging to Him and a community of people of like precious faith.

Reward:  He that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God and he shall go no more out (assurance of salvation): and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem (belonging), which cometh down out of heaven from My God:  and I will write upon him My new name.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Revelation: Letters to the Churches Part 6 Letter to the Church of Sardis

                                                             The church in Sardis 3:1-6

And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write;  These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars, I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die:  for I have not found thy works perfect before God.  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.  If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.  Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white:  for they are worthy.  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels.  He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Attribute:  He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars.

This church is hanging on by a thread.  There is just a few things that remain that is worth anything and they are told by the Lord to strengthen those things for they are ready to die.  Their works before God has NOT been perfect and they need to:

  •  Remember how they have received and heard the Word of God.  They are to go back to their first love.  When a person first receives Jesus they want to learn all they can about Him and walk close to Him.  They have let other things between them and the Lord and the Lord wants them back.
  •  Hold fast to it.  The Lord is telling them to hold fast to His Word and to act on it.  Not let it go.
  •  and Repent back to the things of the Lord.

In verse 2 He tells them:
  •  to be watchful 1127 Greek gregoreuo keep awake, be vigilant, to arise, arouse.  When we pray for people who are lost, or people who knew the Lord and have walked away like this church has we pray for an awakening for them.  To wake up! and be alert to their situation and the deceits of the enemy.  WAKE UP!   BE SOBER and BE VIGILANT because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.  1 Peter 5:8
  •  and strengthen the things which remain.  Strengthen is from 4741 sterizo which means to be steadfast;  to turn resolutely––to be decided, to be fixed, inflexible, constant and unshaken.

There are only a few people who are worthy to walk with the Lord in white.

The attributes given to this church is what is need to revive them and to bring them back to life in Jesus.

Seven is the number of perfection.  We are told to be perfect:  Matthew 5:48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Seven stars: again this means light; shedding light to see and to know what is the truth.  Even in darkness God is shedding His light for people to repent and to turn to Him.  He wants everyone to come to know Him because He loves each and every one of us!

Seven Spirits of God:  Isaiah 11:2  “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;”

  1.   The Spirit of the Lord:  First off a church or a person needs to do is to repent and turn to the Lord.  Seek His will for congregation or self and serve Him.
  2.  Spirit of Wisdom:  According to Proverbs 8 Wisdom is easy to get.  She says she lifts her voice wherever people are and calls to them to listen to Her.  Reading through this chapter we find there is no reason for a person to lack Wisdom.  Wisdom by definition is skillful, it is prudence:  knowing right from wrong and staying away from the wrong and doing what is right. 
  3. Spirit of Understanding:  This is comprehension, discerning.  Job 28:28  “And unto man he said, Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”  A lack of this kind of understand was morally culpable (that is guilty, criminal, deserving of censure or moral blame) and resulted in sin and even more drove away God’s compassion for person who did not have it.  A lack of this wisdom is why people do and justify the wrong they want to live in.
  4. Spirit of Counsel:    Advice, purpose, plan.  God has advice--His Word for us; He made us with and has a purpose and a plan in mind for us.  We need to seek His Word and Him in prayer.
  5. Spirit of Might:  This is force of valor, victory, mastery.  It means to be a powerful warrior and champion.  He has made us all this and strong in Him.  We are victorious in Christ:  1Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  
  6. Spirit of Knowledge:  This is cunning, learning, insight.  40 out of the 91 times used in Proverbs it is associated with wisdom.  Proverbs 24:3-5 “Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established.  And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.  A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases strength.”  God holds unbelievers and Israelites responsible to know Him.
  7.  Fear of the Lord:  moral reverence.  
  • This fear acknowledges God’s good intentions:  Exodus 20:20 And Moses said unto the people, 'Fear not:  for God is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.' 
  • It will motivate and delight even the Messiah: Isaiah 11:2-3 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.' 
  • It is produced by God’s Word: Psalms 119:38 Stablish thy Word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.   Proverbs 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of the Lord. 
  • It makes a person receptive to Wisdom and Knowledge:  Proverbs 1:7; 9:10. 
  • The Fear of the Lord may be lost by despair of one’s own situation (Job 6:14) or by envy of sinner’s (Proverbs 23:17). 
  • This fear restrains people from sin, it gives confidence, and helps rulers and causes judges to act justly and it results in good sleep.
I suggest reading through Proverbs chapter 8.

Sardis and anyone today that is lacking; needs to repent and seek the Seven Spirits of God.  And he that overcomes
Reward:  “The same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.”

Addendum:  Proverbs Chapter 8 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

V1 Doesn't Wisdom call out?  Doesn't Understand make her voice heard?
V2 At the heights overlooking the road, at the crossroads, she takes her stand. 
V3 Beside the gates at the entry to the city, at the main entrance, she cries out:
V4 "People, I call out to you; my cry is to mankind.
V5 Learn to be shrewd, you who are inexperienced; develop common sense, you who are foolish.
V6 Listen, for I speak of noble things, and what my lips say is right.
V7 For my mouth tells the truth, and wickedness is detestable to my lips.
V8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; none of them are deceptive or perverse.
V9 All of them are clear to the perceptive and right to those who discover knowledge.
V10 Accept my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.
V11 For wisdom is better than precious stones, and nothing desirable can compare with it.
V12 I, Wisdom share a home with Shrewdness and have Knowledge and Discretion.
V13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil.  I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.
V14 I possess good advice and competence; I have understanding and strength.
V15 It is by me that kings reign and rulers enact just law;
V16 by me, princes lead, as do nobles [and] all righteous judges.
V17 I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me.
V18 With me are riches and honor, lasting wealth and righteousness.
V19 My fruit is better than solid gold and my harvest than pure silver.
V20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
V21 giving wealth as an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.

V22 The Lord made me at the beginning of His creations, before His works of long ago.
V23 I was formed before ancient times, from the beginning, before the earth began.
V24 I was brought forth when there were no watery depths and no springs filled with water.
V25 I was brought forth before the mountains and hills were established,
V26 before He made the land, the fields, or the first soil on the earth.
V27 I was there when He established the heavens, when He laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,
V28 when He placed the skies above, when the fountains of the ocean gushed forth,
V29 when He set a limit for the sea so that the waters would not violate His command, when He laid out the foundations of the earth.
V30 I was a skilled craftsman beside Him.  I was His delight every day, always rejoicing before Him.
V31 I was rejoicing in His inhabited world, delighting in the human race.

V32 And now, [my] sons, listen to me; those who keep my ways are happy.
V33 Listen to instructions and be wise; don't ignore it.
V34 Anyone who listens to me is happy, watching at my doors everyday, waiting by the posts of my doorway.
V35 For the one who finds me finds lift and obtains favor from the Lord,
V36 but the one who sins against me harms himself; all who hate em love death.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Revelation: Letters to the Churches Part 5 Letter to Thyatira

                                              To the church of Thyatira 18-29

And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the  Son of  God, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works, and the last to be more than the first.   Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.  Behold, I will cast her into a bed and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent or their deeds.  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am He which searcheth the reins and hearts:  and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.  But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers:  even as I received of my Father.  And I will give him the morning star.  he that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Attribute:  “The Son of God, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass.”

Attribute applied:  Jesus says:  “ I know:
  •  your works
  •  charity
  •  service
  •  faith
  •  your patience
  •  your works

“Not withstanding I have a few things against thee”...
This church has allowed 'that woman Jezebel' in that teaches sexual impurity and to eat things sacrificed unto idols and is causing others to fall from the Lord through deceptions of this kind of sin.  It needs to be noted here that Jesus says if verse 21 'And I gave her space to repent of her fornication and she repented not.'  The Lord always gives time to repent; for some, it can be for as long as their natural life is but not for others such as this woman.

This sin that the church has allowed in has long effects.  Any sin does:  It effects those around us for a long ways.  If a person could see the effects what he or she does and says, I wonder would we do and say some of the things we do and say?  We think no one will know or care, but people do.  Look at the world today, at the mess we are all in.  This is the effects of someones' sin.

Attribute applied:  The Lord is demanding purity from them and from us, that is the reason for the “His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and feet like fine brass” which represents purity.

Fire burns, it burns hot,  It cleanses and makes pure.  This church and us today needs to repent and let the Word cleanse us from the impurities we have allowed into our lives.  His eyes:  because He sees into our very being and knows the truth of our lives, what we think, if what we are doing is in right-standing or a show.

Brass represent oneness with the Lord Jesus Christ.
  •  Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper and is a substitutional alloy.  (Jesus took our place on the cross and paid for our sin so we don’t have too--we couldn’t anyway.)   It is used in place of gold (we are here to be the light, hands, feet of Jesus.)  Jesus is the propitiation of our sin through faith.  (Propitiation "is viewed as appeasing divine justice and effecting reconciliation between God and man." *) Romans 3:25,  1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:10
  •  Brass is resistant to tarnishing and is a natural germicidal.  When we are walking in God Word-studying it, living it, confessing it, sin and sickness must flee and die.
  •  Brass has malleability--it is capable of being reshaped or extended by beating with a hammer or by pressure of rollers.  And is an easy material to cast.  We must let the Potter make us into what He wants us to be--Righteous, over-comers, living in victory and without sin.  
  •  Brass has acoustic properties--we are to make melody in our hearts to the Lord.   We are to sing His praises and worship Him
  •  Brass becomes stronger and self healing when aluminum is mixed with it.  I had asked the Lord about this:  “Why not mix aluminum in with the zinc and copper?”  His answer was immediate:  “ Because I don’t want you to be hard hearted but tender-hearted to the needs of other and you can not heal yourself.  I am your Healer!”
  •  This brass alloy must be produced with great care, with special attention placed on a balanced composition and proper production temperatures and parameter to avoid long-term failures.  God has taken great care to make sure of our success in Him!!  The word alloy means:   *A state as to being mixed with base metals; comparative purity.  A substance composed of two or more metals INTIMATELY mixed and united, usually by being fused together and dissolving in each other when molten; as, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.  This leaves no room for impurities.  Jesus prayed in John 17: 20-23  “...Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word;  that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that Thou has sent Me.  And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one:  I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou has loved Me.”

He is telling them, and us that we must keep ourselves pure and separated from the sexual and worldly lust and be united intimately with Him.  Those who have not gotten caught in this trap He says to them:  “ I will put upon you none other burden.  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come."

Repent, do what is right in His site and you will receive a
Reward:  To him will I give power over the nations:  and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers even as I received of My Father.   AND I will give him the morning star.
Facts about brass is from the on-line encyclopedia: Wikipedia
* Definition of  alloy and propitiation is from Webster’s New International Dictionary 2nd edition

Saturday, September 3, 2016

From the Prewitt Kitchen! Too Many Tomatoes!! Another Wonderful Tomato Soup

Yes!  What to do with all those tomatoes that come on all at once from the garden!!  I love to can tomatoes from my garden, because they are so easy to do.  I do the cold or raw pack.  This is the process:

Things you need:  Canning jars, lids, rings, canning pot, basket that holds the jars, tongs, pot holders or mitts, and towel to place the hot jars on while they cool.

Depending on the size jars you use put enough water in the pot to cover the jars.  Remember, the more jars you put in the more it will displace the water.  You may want to test this before you start to boil the water.  After you do pot the pot on the stove and let it come to a boil as you work on the tomatoes.  It is boils before you are done with them you can turn the heat down so it keeps the water hot.  Most canners hold 7 jars, so that you can be canning 7 at a time while working with the rest of the tomatoes.

Cold or raw pack:
  1. Now about canning jars: You need to use Mason jars or Ball canning jars.  Don't use a jar you bought sauce, mayonnaise, pickles, or some other food item in.  They may not seal well.  Have the jars washed in hot soap and rinsed and waiting.   
  2.  Boil the appropriate sized lids and have the rings washed and ready as well.
  3. Wash tomatoes and look them over.  Make sure there are no spoiled spots on them –– no culls.  A little spot, even though you cut around it will cause canned tomatoes to rot and pop the lids.  So lay those aside, you can still do something with them.  I will talk about that after this.  
  4.  You can either peel the tomato or not.  I have done both.
  5.  Cut them in quarters.
  6.  Place them in the sized canning jar you wish to use leaving 1/2 inch head space.  
  7.  Place on lids and secure with the rings.
  8.  Place the jars in the canner, in the basket and lower it into the water.  Take precautions that  you don't get burned.  Wear hot mitts to do this. Place the lid on set timer for 45 minutes.
  9.  Remove from hot water bath with tongs on to a towel.  Let cool and you will hear the wonderful pop, pop, pop as each can cools and seals.  Some take longer to do this.  If  a jar or some jars do not seal re-do using a new lid or use that jar right away.

Hot pack:

Follow instructions above except put in a pot and boil tomatoes for 5 minutes.  Pure into hot jars using a wide-mouth funnel.  Leave 1/2 inch head space and process in hot water bath for 15 minutes.

Now for those culls!  They are still usable, but you will have to freeze them.  You will need freezing containers, and a ladle.  Here is the process:

  1. Wash the tomatoes and cut out the bad spots.  If a tomato is just to bad throw it away.
  2.  Put tomatoes in a pot to be boiled
  3.  Boil for 5-8 minutes.
  4.  Ladle into freezer boxes leaving 1 inch head space
  5.  Seal lid into place and freeze in your freezer.
Now you are ready for and tomato recipe you desire this winter!!

Here is another soup from the Prewitt kitchen and OH is it yummy!!!

Wash and cut tomatoes and put in a food processor:

This recipe is made for one so add more ingredients for the number of people you are serving.
Blend, of course! 

Looks like tomato juice!!

Pour into a sauce pan:

Now add:
salt and pepper to taste
a handful of graded cheese, use your favorite!
and 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream (the liquid in a card-board container, not the whipped cream.)

Heat through, pour into a bowel and thoroughly enjoy!!!

God bless.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Revelation: Letters to the Churches Part 4 Letter to Pergamos

                                          To the church of Pergamos Revelation 2:12-17

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write;  These things saith He which hath the sharp sword with two edges;  I know your works, and where thou dwells, even where Satan’s seat is:  and you hold fast my name and have not denied my faith, even in those day wherein     Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against you, because thou have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of  Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.  So have you also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.  Repent, or else I will come unto you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.  He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches, to him that overcomes 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 knows saving he that receives it.

Attribute:  “He which has the sharp sword with two edges”

This church allows people into their congregation that is leading people into sin by deception.   It should not be allowed!

Pergamos is where there is a throne and altar for satan.  He was worshipped here and lived here in Pergamos. There is where God's faithful servant Antipas (2:13) was killed for preaching the Truth of the gospel. 

It is interesting to note that in this verse Jesus says He knows this:
  •  your works
  •  and where you live
  •  where satan's seat is
  •  where satan lives
          Knowing those things He also knows:
  •  who is holding fast His name and has not denied 'My' faith

In the midst of all the evil and all that is wrong in this area there are those who love the Lord with all their hearts, work for Him, and will NOT deny His name nor His faith, but will keep going on being faithful. 

This can be applied today.  With all the evil that is growing in our communities, state, country, world, we can remain faithful and do the work of the Lord even when it means death to our bodies.  Because death to our bodies brings us into eternity with Jesus!

The problem with this church are two-fold
  •  they have allowed people in that hold to the doctrine of Balaam.  Balaam you remember from Numbers chapters 23 and 24 that Balak hired Balaam to curse Israel but God told him he better not do that.  But Balaam was so enamored with the money Balak offered him.  You can read the rest of the story there in Numbers.  It very interesting and God used a donkey which spoke to Balaam.  Balaam then told Balak how to be a stumbling block to the children of Israel and that is what is happening here in this church.  The leaders have allowed this same teaching in to be a stumbling block to God's people.
  •  also they have allowed and hold to the doctrine of the nicolaitanes, who led "lives of unrestrained indulgence". ( 

The Lord hates both of these practices and tells us to STAY AWAY  from them.

Attribute applied:

The Sword:

  •  Isaiah 49:1-2 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord has called Me from the womb, from the bowel of My mother has He made mention of My name.  And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of His hand has He hid me, and made Me a polished shaft in His quiver; has He hid Me;
  •  Ephesians 6:16-17 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God
  •  Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
  • Second Corinthians 6:14-18 says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers?  for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  and what communion hath light with darkness?  and what concord hath Christ with Belial?  or what part hath he that believes with an infidel?  and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?  for ye are the temple of the Living God; as God hath said, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate”, saith the Lord, “and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters”, saith the Lord Almighty.

The sword divides.  It divides the wrong from the right.  The wrong needs to be cut off and gotten rid of––cast away.  As you can see in the scripture of 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18 the Lord does not want us to be unequally yoked with unrighteousness.  By allowing this evil teaching in the church causes confusion and unrest and leads people away from the truth.  This should not be.  The leaders of the church needs to boot that out.  We either take up the sword and boot out evil in the Name of Jesus or Jesus will take up the sword and will boot us out.

Jesus told them (and us) in verse 16 of Revelation 2, “ Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”  This church and us are to repent for this fellowship with sin and and boot them out of our churches if they do not repent.  We are the ones to deal with this.  Jesus gave us the authority in His Name to do this, also it is our place to do it.  He tells us to have NO fellowship with false teachers and with the people who what nothing to do with the Lord and living righteously.

He will come and “fight against them with the sword of His mouth”.  But we have the same sword--the Word of God and this fight is for us to do .  It won’t be the blessing that it should be.  Just like Pharaoh was to be a blessing to Israel when they were to leave Egypt and give Israel the wealth that belongs to them for all the years of service.  But Pharaoh, because of his selfishness and wanting slaves to build his wealth and cities would not be obedient.  God used him anyway but not to Pharaoh’s or Egypt’s benefit.  Pharaoh and his army were killed in the Red Sea and Egypt lost it power and status in the world. 

He is telling us the same thing today:  we are to repent, turn on back on the evil world and “come out from among them, and be ye separate”.  Then we will overcome and will:

Reward:  be given to eat of the hidden manna, and will be given a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Revelation: Letters to the Churches Part 3 Letter to Smyrna

                                        To the church of Smyrna Revelations 2:8-11

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the First and the Last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:  behold the devil shall cast some of you into prison that ye may be tried and ye shall have tribulation ten days:  be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  he that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; he that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death. 

Attribute:  “the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive”

This is one of only two churches that Jesus did not find any fault with and with Smyrna He is warning them and giving them encouragement He is also addressing fear. 

Jesus knows:
  • their works
  • tribulation
  • poverty

Jesus is telling the church at Smyrna that He is very aware of them and what they do for Him.  He knows they are very obedient to Him.  He also know what because of that they are being troubled by those around them for their faith and teaching/preaching the gospel.  They are a poor church but He says they rich in the Word and are storing up treasures in Heaven–Matthew 6:19-21 through being obedient.

Jesus is warning them that they will suffer because of those that are of satan's group, and some of them will be cast into prison for 10 days.  But He tells them to not be afraid what those things.  He always tells us to fear NOT!

Attribute applied:  He also knows because He has been through it Himself when He lived here on the earth.  He IS The First and The Last,  was dead, and IS alive!  He has lived here on the earth for 33 years and has faced what the Smyrnaians have faced.  He knows they will be severally tried and He tells them to remain faithful unto death.  He is telling them: ‘I have been there and come out on the other side.  I am the first and last; I was dead and now alive.  I know what is awaiting for you––remain faithful!!’  Don't get discouraged.  Never give up.  (Winston Churchill!)

He is telling us the same thing:  Remain faithful!!  Keep focused on Jesus and be obedient to what He tells you to do through though severely tried-remain faithful!  And you will:

Reward:  “Not be hurt of the second death”

Monday, August 15, 2016

Revelation: Letters to the Churches Part 2 Letter to Ephesus

                                              To the Church at Ephesus  Revelation 2:1-7

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil:  and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.  Remember therefore from whence thou are fallen, and repent, and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.  He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit hath unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Attribute:  “He that holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Jesus, the Revelator is shedding light onto the Ephesian Christians.  The seven stars and the seven golden candlesticks represent Light.  The seven stars from the Lord, the seven golden candlesticks from earth-the pastor of this church and also Christians today spreading his Light into the dark places.  The number seven represents perfection-Jesus is perfect, He is Light and His Light is perfect and pure.
Jesus reveals to Ephesian church:

  •  their works (2041 Gk ergon-where we get ergonomics)  It means WORK
  •  their labor (2873 Gk  kopos) toil, labor
  •  their patience
  •  how they can't not bear them which are evil
  •  that they tried them that say they are apostles and found them liars.
  •  and have born (941 Gk bastazo) through the idea of removal to lift, to bear, carry, take up
  •  have patience (5281 Gk hupomone) cheerful or hopeful endurance, constancy, patient continuance (waiting)
  •  has labored (2872 Gk to work hard and along with this they...
  •  they have not fainted (Gk 2577) they didn't quit, or get 'sick of it',
  • While the Lord has complimented them on many things He continues by saying “Nevertheless”.  They have left their first love and He tells them ‘remember therefore from where you have fallen--Repent!’

What happened here is a couple of things.  They are workers!   Also, they can’t “bear those which are evil have tried those that say they are apostles and found them liars”.  While both of these are good things they left their focus from off the Lord and quit shining the Light by living and preaching the Word of God to judging and  looking for evil in everyone that comes into their midst.  Also salvation is not by works as said in Ephesians 2:9, "Not of works, lest any man should boast."   And Jesus is telling them to STOP IT! and repent:  to remember where they came from and put their focus back on Jesus and His Word. 

They have left their first Love.  Remember when you first came to know the Lord and have made Him your Lord as well as Savior?  You felt clean, light.  The burden of sin was off of you.  You saw the world in a totally different way––as God's creation.  The colors were brighter and it was all good.  Also, you looked to God, to praise HIm, to look for His guidance, to talk to Him, listen to Him.

As time goes on, we get caught up in the daily things we have to still do and may have added church work on top of that.  We start feeling the weight of those things again.  We get caught up in the work and leave aside reading God love letter to us and leave aside praying and listening to Him.  But while doing church work we think that is just what He wants.  But in reality most of that is just busy work.  Most of it does not need to be done.

What The Lord wants is our first love relationship we had with Him.  When we are in the relationship, our ears are keen to hear what He really wants us to do.  More things will get done.  It is more to the point.  And we rest content knowing we are in His will.

We don't need to go looking for evil.  It is all around us and unfortunately, in the church as well.  I heard a preacher say once, that when you turn the light on, bugs will show up.  The devil will send his group to churches where the Word of God is being preached to distract, confuse, and lead away.  Once it is seen, yes, it needs to be dealt with to the point, if the person/people don't repent and do right, kicking them out of the church.  That is Biblical.  God doesn't want evil around to lead others away from Him.

He is tell us the same thing:  Jesus ended His letter to this church with, "He that has and ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches;..."  So the messages is for us today as well as for the church at Ephesus so long ago.  If evil comes in our midst, yes it needs to be dealt with in the proper manner.  Don’t go looking for it!!  Also don't get caught up in the busyness of church work.  We are to share the gospel with those around us and do what Jesus tells us to do.  Keep our focus on Jesus and His Word––studying it and sharing it and keep in the love relationship that we first had when we first became Born Again.

Reward:  “To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Revelation: Letters to the Seven Churches Part One

Revelation:  Letters to the Seven Churches
Chapter 1
Jesus had John write letters to seven churches in Asia-seven different messages from the mouth of Jesus and John acted as secretary and wrote.
But these letters are not just for those seven church, but the are also for us today.  For at the end of each letter Jesus tells us:  “He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the church...”           There are certain benefits given to those who heed these words. 
These letters are given to “us” just before Jesus reveals what will happen in the very last day--the very end.  We need to listen to what is contained in them and take inventory of our lives as we read them.
V1 “must shortly come to pass”  1722 and 5034 brief space of time i.e. in haste; quickly, shortly, speedily. 
When it happens, it will happen in a short space of time––quickly.

V1 “must shortly come to pass”  1722 and 5034 brief space of time i.e. in haste; quickly, shortly, speedily. 
When it happens, it will happen in a short space of time––quickly.

...signified by His angel...(Webster’s)to show by a sign; to communicate by any conventional token as words, gestures, signals or the like.  to make known; announce. John:  who bare record of the Word of God and of the testimony of Jesus

V2 John bare record of the Word

V3 Blessing

V4-20 is a cover letter that was included to each of the churches along with the personal letter that the Lord had John write to each.

V4 From Him which is, and which was, and which is to come and from the Seven Spirits which are before His throne; 
...Seven Spirits or seven-fold Spirit Isaiah 11:2
Revelation 3:1 to Sardis
Revelation 4:5  7 lamps               > all refers to the Spirit of God
Revelation 5:6 7 horns, 7 eyes

V5 And from Jesus Christ,
Who is the Faithful Witness, and First begotten of the dead, and The Prince of the kings of the earth.
He: washed us from our sins in His own blood
V6 made us kings and priest unto God and His Father
Kings 935 basileus (bas-il-yooce) meaning king, monarch ie. one who
exercises royal authority and sovereignty
Matthew 28:18-20
Mark 16: 15-18
Acts 1:6-8
Priests 2409 hiereus (hee-er-yooce) a priest, one who performs the
sacred rites:  prayer, communion, sharing the gospel

V7 He comes with clouds––clouds of witness?
V9  John a:
brother 80 deriving from the same Father
companion 4791 in tribulation 2347 co-participant, partake with or in affliction, anguish, trouble
kingdom 932 royalty, rule, dominion–reign that is the exercise of kingly power
patience 5281 endurance, constancy, patient continuance, bearing up under

 10-19  (10) I (John) was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, (11) saying, “I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last and, what thou seest write in a book and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”  (12)And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.  And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; (13) and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  (14) His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; (15) and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters.  (16) And He had in His right hand seven stars:  And out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword” and His countenance was as the sunshineth in his strength.  (17) And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.  And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, “Fear not; I am the first and the last:  (18) I am He that liveth, and was dead, and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and Have the keys of hell and of death.  (19) Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; (20) the mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks.  The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches:  and he seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. 

First of all we see Jesus explaining the seven stars and the seven candlesticks. The word angels means:  messengers,  heavenly beings or pastors.   The seven candlesticks are the churches.  So it makes sense that the angels are probably pastors of the churches.  And these letters are being written to the pastor of each of these churches to be shared with their congregation.  Secondly, we will be looking specifically at the attributes of Jesus listed in the verses above and how they relate to the different churches, and will only be looking at the highlights of each church because there is so much more to each of these churches.
Revelation chapters 2 through 3
Second of all after each letter, chapter 2 verses 11, 17, 29, chapter 3 verses 6, 13, 22, Jesus ended each of these letters with "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches...".  So then, not only are these letters written to the actual church but to us today and we are to pay attention to what is beings said––the warning, as well as to the praises that in included in each of these.

Friday, August 5, 2016

From the Prewitt Kitchen: Lushes Tomato Soup! Mmm, Mmm, Good!

Tis the season when a person with a garden is harvesting the fruits of their labor.  All the wonderful, tasty things that come from planting all those seeds and seedlings make the sweat worth it.  And when you freeze and/or can all those wonderful things they can be enjoyed int he winter too.

I haven't been putting in a garden these past couple of years––to my sorrow I might add.  But a brother and a friend have been taking care of us in this area!!  But, not complaining, there was just a few to many for us to eat in short order.  So I am going to share with you a recipe I came up with.  It is quick and easy and  I hope you enjoy it.

Lushes Tomato Soup!!

What I did was use about 6 large tomatoes.

You will need either a food processor or blender.

This is a blurry picture, but there is a blemish in the middle.  Remove any blemishes or bad spots.  Cut them out and throw away.

Cut up and put in processor or blender.  Blend, but not necessarily until smooth.  Leave a little chunky.  Put in a large sauce pan and turn on heat to medium low.

While that is heating up.  Get your head of cabbage, and onion and a green pepper.   Slice off about 1/2 to 1 inch of cabbage.

 remove the heart and chop up the slice

 and put in skillet with one and half tablespoons of butter, melted.

 Chop 1/4 of a green pepper

 And a large slice of an onion, chop

Place all in the skillet

Sprinkle mixture with nutmeg––just a sprinkle.  Also sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Saute until vegetables are tender.

Stir in vegetables to the tomatoes. 

Add 1 quarter  of this cheese, Dubliner, Oh is it good!!  And 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream.

Heat through and serve.  And enjoy!!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

MOM!! They're Looking At Me!!!

MOM!  They're looking at me!!!

    I remember when I was a kid about 11 years old standing at the kitchen sink doing the dishes being taunted by one of my brothers and one of my sisters.  And then yelling, "Mom they're looking at me!!"  Looking back now I see how silly that was.  Of course they looked at me.  I was (still am) alive and breathing, existing and people, especially those around me are going to look at me.  For pete's sake!!!  I look at other people! 

    What is the deal when we are out in public people get all shook up when someone dares to turn an eye to them.  Oh dear!!!  Maybe it is just me, but I don't think so, it seems to me, more and more over the years I am seeing people being offended at the slightest glance their way.  Even when someone isn't looking at them–him–her.  What an offense that goes up!!  The glares, the hand over the mouth to whisper to the person next to them, or the mouthing, or even coming right over with a "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT!!!"  Oh dear!!!  Excuse me for living!

    I am now getting on to being an old lady, at least that is what the kids say, (and I wouldn't go backwards for anything!) I see this offense growing and growing.  And what for??!!  For Pete's sake!!  People live, go out in public and Heaven forbid, look at each other!
    I have come to the conclusion that all this is an inferiority complex.  People thinking so little of themselves that they have to put others down or humiliate them to make themselves "feel" good or to show themselves superior or to make themselves feel they value.  People who are insecure with themselves. 

    Inferiority complex!  WOW!  This seems to be running rampant these days, more than ever before.  It is everywhere you look!   (No pun intended––REALLY!) 

    These kinds of people are not satisfied with themselves.  People who are not satisfied with who God made them to be.  In fact, they DON'T know who God made them to be and do while here on Earth.  This leads to not trusting God or His Word, therefore, these people are very much miserable.   

    These kinds of people are suspicious.  Always looking out if others are looking at them.  Lurking! in a way like Snidely Whiplash with his top hat and one side of his cape drawn over the lower part of his face.  Eyes shifting this way and that trying to judge, "Are they looking at me?!" 

    These kinds of thoughts lead to not only dis-satisfaction with ourselves, but it leads to fear.  These kinds of thoughts paralyzes so a person can't do what they are created to do.

    "...they are faint-hearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet."  Jeremiah 49:23

    This is not the kind of life God made us to live.  This is not who God made us to be.  And God tells us in several places to fear not, fear NOT, FEAR NOT!!!  We need to know what our value is.  That is so important for you to know.  You ARE valuable.  AND you are worthy––God made you so.

    The caterpillar asked Alice when she was in Wonder Land, "Who...are you?"  "You?  Who ARE you?"  "Who are you?"  (Alice in Wonderland 1951)  That is a good question.  Who are you? 

    I remember back in the 1960's the teens were asking, this question:  "Who am I?" and it was followed by another:  "What am I doing here?"  When these two questions are answered each individual can then be content to go about the things they were made to do without fear, without dread, without apprehension.  But instead one can go with confidence, certainty, and satisfaction.  That brings joy, peace and pleasure.

    How does one go about to find out 'who they are'?  And how does one go about to find out 'what they are doing here'?  To find these answers we need to go to God and His Word.

    The first step is to accept the redemption that Jesus bought for us.  What does that mean? Simply this:  In the beginning right after God had had created the Heavens and the Earth, He created the man Adam and his wife Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden.  (You can read the account in Genesis chapters 1, 2, and 3.)   "And The Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.'"

    But Eve was tempted by the serpent and with Adam standing right there with her and gave in to the desire of "be as gods".  The consequences of this is sin (aberration or wandering, from the truth; error; offense) and this sin affected and effected the whole human race and the whole of nature for the entire time we occupy this earth.

    This has brought in every evil, every mischief, every fear, every doubt, every sickness, every mental health disorder, every bad character, every bad thought, every wrong dealings, every mis-judgment of character, every kinds of theft, and lying, every suspicion, and every wrong thing that is against God and against His Character and His Word.  EVERY wrong was brought into this Earth because of the devil's tempting Eve and her and Adam giving into that temptation.

    What can be done about that?  It was already taken care of about two thousands years ago when God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to pay the price to redeem us––to bring us back under God's loving care, protection and to His plan for that He has for each of us.

    He was born to a virgin named Mary or Miryam as her Hebrew name is.  The account of His birth is recorded in Matthew chapters 1 and 2 as well as in Luke chapters 1 and 2.  As He lived here He never sinned although He was greatly tempted by the same devil that tempted Eve.  But He never gave into that temptation.  Hebrews 9:22 states:  "According to the law, almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is not forgiveness."  Jesus shed His own blood, dying on the cross, to pay the price for that sin.

    Jesus told Nicodemus in John chapter 3 verse 3, " I assure you:  Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  And in verse 7, " Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again."  How do we do that?  Romans 10:8–11 says, "...The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.  This is the message of faith that we proclaim:  If you confess with our mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.  Now the Scripture says, 'No one who believes on Him will be put to shame,...'  Also verse 13 of the same chapter says, " For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

    Once born again, it doesn't stop there, we must have daily fellowship with The Lord:  Talking with Him, worshipping Him, reading His Word and letting it sink into our beings and obeying Him.  As we do this we are changed bit by bit into who He has made us to be.  Also, as we read His Word we learn Who He is.  We learn what He has done for us, and what He has promised and provided for us.  As we have daily fellowship with the Lord we learn to trust Him.  As we learn to trust Him we learn to be secure in who He has made us to be.

    We learn that we are:

  •     The redeemed of the Lord––bought back by the blood of Jesus.  Redeemed out of the hand of the devil and no longer in his control or in his family.  We have a new family.  2Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come."  What exciting news!!  Old things are passed away––they are gone!  And new thing have come!!  Praise the Lord!!

  •     The righteousness of God in Christ Jesus––2Corinthians 5:21 "He (God) made the One Who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus)."  Righteous means justification.  Someone said this:  "Jus ti fi ca tion: Just as if I'd never sinned."  It means " being just as one should be" (Strong's Concordance), in other words being right with God.  Being covered by the blood of Jesus and put in right standing with God.  Strong's Concordance also says this "Including the idea of kindness, graciousness, liberality."  This is what God is to us and what He has for us.

  •     Victorious!!  Paul, after telling all the horrific things he and his comrades have been through states in Romans 8: 37 "No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him Who loved us."  I love the next part also, " For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!"  (Verses 38 and 39)

  •     Not only are we victorious He made us conquerors as well!  Revelation 12:10-12a  "The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah (Jesus) have now come, because the accuser (the devil) of our brothers has been thrown out:  the one who accuses them before our God day and night.  They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death.  Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them!..."  1John 5:2-4 says, " This is how we know we love God's children when we love God and obey His commands.  For this is what Love for God is:  To keep His commands.  Now His commands are not a burden, because whatever has been born of God conquers the world.  This is the victory that conquered the world:  Our faith."  Hallelujah!!!

  •     We are the healed.  It is very interesting that the word "saved" in the Greek, sozo, is an all inclusive word.  
  Acts 16:16 through 31 talks about the time Paul and Silas were put in prison for preaching the gospel.  While there they sang praises to the Lord and prayed––and they were not quiet about it either "and the prisoners were listening to them".  While they were praising Him "there was a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's chains came loose.  When the jailor woke up and saw the doors of the prison open, he drew his sword and was going to kill himself, since he thought the prisoners had escaped.  But Paul called out in a loud voice, 'Don't harm yourself, because all of us are here!"  After hurrying in with a light to make sure all were there, the first thing the jailor asked of Paul and Silas was, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"  The two men of God gave him the only answer, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved––you and your household."

    The word 'saved' or 'sozo' from the Greek, means to "save, that is deliver or protect, heal, preserve, do well, be or make whole". 

Think on those things for a while.  God did that!  For us!!          

    One of the most famous salvation scripture from the Old Testament is Isaiah chapter 53.  This tell what Jesus came for and what He did.  Read and think about this whole chapter, but I want to just point out a few verses.

    "He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground.  He had no form or splendor that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him.  He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of suffering Who knew what sickness was.  He was like One people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn't value Him.  He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, and struck down by God, and afflicted.  But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds."    Isaiah 53:2-5

Read through those scriptures a few times--slowly and thoughtfully.

    In fact I hope you take time with the whole chapter.  But you see what He did for us.  1 Peter 2:24 "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; by His wounding you have been made healed."

  •     You are sons and daughters of God.  2 Corinthians 6:18  "I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me, SAYS the Lord Almighty."  WOW!!!  I am and you are a son or daughter of the Almighty God!!  You are a prince or princess!!!  We need to see ourselves that way.  Princes and princesses have authority in the earth and they have fellowship with the High King!!!

  •     And speaking of having authority in the earth, He also calls us kings and priests.  Here is what it says in Revelation 1:5-6  "To Him Who loves us and has set us free from our sins by His blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father––to Him be the glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen." 

    Kings have authority.  Jesus gave that authority to us in His Name.  He gave us His name to use.  Matthew 28:18-20 when Jesus came back from the dead, before He was taken up into Heaven said this:  "Then Jesus came near and said to them (His disciples), "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  God, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.  Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."  And again in Luke 24: 44-49  "Then He told them, "These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you––that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled."  Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.  He also said to them, "This is written:  the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for  forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  And look, I am sending you what My Father promised.  As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high." 

    Priests are ministers to others, through meeting needs--if we have it to give and through intercession prayer––praying for the needs of others.  1Timothy 2:1-2 "First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."  James 5:14  "Is anyone among you sick?  He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him after anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord."  Ephesians 6:18  With every prayer and request, pray at all time in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints."

  •     You are a new creation in Christ AND a minister of reconciliation!    "From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way.  Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know him like that.  Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation' old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.  Now everything is from God Who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ' certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ's behalf, "Be reconciled to God."  2 Corinthians 5:16-20

    So you see you are VERY valuable to God and to everyone here!  You are a blessing!!  You are just who God says you are!!  So valuable yourself.  And so valuable to the world around you.  You are needed!

    Another thing:  Genesis 1:26-27 states this;  "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.  They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.  So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female." 

    Now the 'man' the Trinity is talking about here is the human race, it includes male and female.  But what I want you to see here is that we are all made in the image of the Trinity. He created us with a purpose––His purpose.  And what is that purpose?  "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ; for He chose un in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight.  In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved."  Ephesians 1:3-6  Our purpose is to praise and worship the One Who loves us most, Who created us because He wanted us, Who redeemed us out of the hand of the enemy.

    Worship and praise is a marvelous thing!  When we do this for the Lord we get our minds in the right place.  This is very important when going through difficult times.  When we get the whole of our being focused on the Lord things get into the proper perspective.  We give place and power to the Lord instead of to others. 

    Did you ever think of that?  When are focused on other people and what they are doing in relation to you, you give them power over your self.  What you say and do is controlled by another person or people.  Who should have control is God.  Focus on the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit through praise and worship and your actions and words will be influenced by Him Who has no ulterior motive than to love and bless you. 

    One last thing.  When my nieces and nephews were little children we were at a sister's house for one of the holidays.  We gathered together to pray over the meal.  When the prayer came to a close one of my little nieces exclaimed, "He had his eyes opened!!"  Everyone one laughed and said "How would you know if you had your eyes closed?!!"  Good point!  Keep your eyes to yourself, NO, better yet keep your eyes to the Lord and you won't know who is looking at you.  And who cares?!

All scripture used are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Psalm Chapter 2

I want to tell you how to read through these notes.  The V with a number after it on the left side of this page (example V-1) is the verse of this particular chapter and the notes to that verse follow after it.  If you have any questions please write me to the address in the "About me" above.  I will answer an questions and if I don't know I will try to find out.  Thank  you!  God bless!

Psalm Chapter 2 

V1 Heathen Jews consider anyone not Jewish a heathen, God considers
anyone that is not obedient to Him as heathen.
Rage to be tumultuous to be in commotion’ only appears in Psalms 2:1 where it denotes uproar and plotting of the wicked against the righteousness. The image here is one of a gathering lynch mob.
The first thing evil people do, in protest is to raise their voice level.
Imagine The same is Psalm 1:2 meditation, only here the meditation is to do evil. Saying: eat, sleep, walk and talk evil. Their planning is worthless, empty and to no purpose. They have NO fear of God.
V2 Set station, continue, present themselves, remaining, stand-fast Counsel sit down together, establish, lay for a foundations, instruct.
Imagine that! These leaders of countries are so impressed with themselves and have not fear of God, that they think they can sit down together--come into agreement--and make plans to fight against God-- and more absurdly they think they can win!! Psalm 93:4; Psalm 24:8(all the chapter) Psalm 50:1-6; Psalm 31:1-3; Psalm 61:1-4; Psalm 71:1-7 Psalm 89:1-8 That is why it is a vain thing--worthless; to no purpose, because they can NOT win against.
V3 Bands restraints, cord-something intwined; rope; chain. Evil people don’t want any restraints. Galatians 5:14-25, 1Corinthians 13 Ephesians 5:9-10 Romans 8:4-5. But the things we are not to do they want to live in and not be found guilty.
V 4 He who sits in the Heavens shall laugh. Jewish Bible says “Adonai looks at them in derision”. He looks at them as if they are foreign and/ or mockingly. His Words are unintelligible to them because they are not hearing; they don’t want to hear ergo they cannot understand.
Job 21:7-21 Ever feel like Job? Thinking nothing ever goes wrong with or to the evil people? Their end lis NOT glorious!! Isaiah 17:12-14. The nations will roar like the mighty oceans. The ocean is very powerful. The waves are loud and crashing, BUT on the contrary they will flee at His rebuke as chaff is blown away, as mountain winds carry away the clouds.
Psalm 37:1, 7-11 fret not yourself Psalm 35:5-6 as chaff Isaiah 29:5 small dust Hosea 13:3
V 5 Then He shall speak--to command and vex, affrighted, troubled Jewish Bible--”He terrifies them in His anger”
V6 Jesus: King--set = Anointed, to cast like metal = crowned, Anointed King    Lord
V7 Prophecy of coming Messiah Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5-6, Hebrews 5:5
V8 Acts 1:8, Psalm 22:27-All ends of the world, Psalm 72:8!! Psalm 89:27    dominion of the Messiah Daniel 7:13-14
John 17:4-5 *2 Peter 3:9
V9 Rod of iron-harsh punish--end times prophecy Revelation 2:27, 12:5, 19:6
V10 punishment is coming if no repentance 1Timothy 2:1-6---This is OUR job!
V11 Fear--moral, reverence
13 things this fear does. This fear is:
1)    viewed as a positive quality 2) acknowledges God’s good intentions Exodus 20:20 3) produced by God’s Word Psalm 119:38, Proverbs 2:1-6 4) makesapersonreceptivetowisdomandknowledgeProverbs1:7,
9:10 5) identified with wisdom Job 28:28 Proverbs 15:33 6) MaybelostbydespairbyonesownsituationJob6:14 7) or envy of sinners Proverbs 23:17 8) restrains people from sinning Genesis 20:11, Exodus 20:20, Nehemiah
5:9 9) GivesconfidenceJob4:6,Proverbs14:26 10) helps rulers and causes judges to act justly 2Samuel 23:3,
2Chronicles 19:9, Nehemiah 5:15 11) Results in good sleep Proverbs 19:23 12) with humility leads to honor and life Proverbs 22:4 13) fear of Israel that would fall on other nations Deuteronomy 2:25
Other Verses about the fear of the Lord: Proverbs 1:7, 29; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 14:26-27; 15:16, 33; 16:6; 19:23; 22:4; 23:17. Psalm 19:9; 34:4; 90:11; 111:10; 119:38. Isaiah 7:25; 11:2-3; 29:13; 33:6; 63:17.
V12 Kiss no romantic implications at all. It is: express acceptance of a person the worship of the Messiah reverence, respectful
It means to honor the Son John 5:23. Other examples of honor: Genesis 41:4 Pharaoh placed Joseph over all Egypt; no one was higher than him except Pharaoh. 1Samuel 10:1 Samuel anointed Saul
Perish to wander away/ to lose oneself, leads to destruction, to fail
Wrath nostrils, hens the face, also rapid breathing in passion, ire anger, angry, countenance, wrath. These are all used together in Proverbs 30:33. this is the wrath in Psalm 2:12 and Revelation 6:16-17. Long nose=slow to anger
Short nose= quick to anger
The anger of the Lord is often a topic in the OT, which shows how reluctant the Lord is to exercise His anger and how fierce His anger is or can be.
Trust to flee, to for protection; to confide in; to have hope in (the Lord); make or to take refuge (in the Lord). Isaiah 40:10-12
Trust verses: Psalm 34:8; Psalm 84:12 Proverbs 16:20 Isaiah 30:18 Jeremiah 17: 7-8 Romans 9:33
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Psalm 118:22 Romans 10:11 1Peter 2:3-7

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Psalm Chapter One.

This is a study in Psalm chapter one.  I want to tell you how to read through these notes.  The V with a number after it on the left side of this page (example V-1) is the verse of this particular chapter and the notes to that verse follow after it.  If you have any questions please write me to the address in the "About me" above.  I will answer an questions and if I don't know I will try to find out.  Thank  you!  God bless!

Study Notes for Psalm Chapter One

V-1 Blessed This particular word blessed is always used of people and never used of God. This term used to describe a person or nation who enjoys a relationship with God. In the classical Greek it means fully satisfied because of the indwelling of Christ, not because of favorable circumstances.

God told Paul--”My grace is sufficient for you.” II Corinthians 12:9.

Verse one talks about 3 groups of people, 3 types of decisions, and 3 positions.

3 Types of people:
Ungodly: bad person, wicked, in the wrong. This word indicates people who are enemies of God and His people. they are evil and do NOT learn righteousness. Instead they pursue their wicked ways among the righteous. Numbers 16:26 Proverbs 4:14-16, Proverbs 1:10-19

Sinners: Is a criminal. This noun describes those, who by their actions, are under the wrath and judgment of God and will face ultimate destruction. The influence of these people are to be avoided. They do not necessarily fight against God and His people, in fact, many will say they believe in God and/or just don’t want anything to do with Him. They won’t follow Him Genesis 13:13 Psalms 104:35 Isaiah 1:28

Scornful: to make mouths at. These are people who cause a great deal of pain to others. The word means to mock, to deride. Deride means to laugh at with contempt, to laugh at with scorn. Scorn means to disgrace, to make an object of insult, to mock, to make sport of someone. The scorner is an abomination to people. Proverbs 24:9 An abomination is anything(one) that is offensive--something disgusting. These people make themselves to be an idol.

Both Job and the Psalmist, David, express pain by these people. Job 16:20 and Psalm 119:51. The WILL reap what they have sown Proverbs 3:34

3 types of decisions (I call it this for a lack of a better term) Either of these 3 types can be good or evil.

Counsel (of the ungodly): Suggests the idea of a plot Nehemiah 4:15 advice, purpose These people are subtle to make suggestions and to even be blatantly make statements against God and His people. The actively work to end the existence of the Jews, Christians, and even God Himself

Way (of sinners): This is a course of life, a road, or mode of actions. This refers to the pathway way of one’s life, suggesting a pattern of life. Contrast:
wicked life              to the way of an obedient life
ways of darkness                           righteous life
criminal                                         pleasant ways
chaotic, chaos                                self-controlled life
very unwise                                   wise ways

Seat (of scorners): This They draw other in their criticism of others. They are very slick and subtle. This notion gives rise to this word is that of remaining or abiding in a given location--such as the place of judgment, scorning, mockery. Psalm 132:13-14 referring to the Lord.

3 different positions: These also can be use for good or evil

Walk (of the ungodly): This verb is a mode of action. It means to follow after like a son walk in the ways of his father. Israel and Christians are commanded to walk in the ways of the Lord and not after other gods.    The ungodly works to make disciples for themselves to
is a place of judgment, a session, assembly.
work against God and His people. The government, for example, are making laws to silence Christians and the Jews.

Stand (before the sinners): This term means to be employed, submissive. to be inactive--in other words to surrender ones will to another. The Jewish Bible says “stand ON the way”. We are to avoid these evil people and must be active to guard against them. Galatians 5:19-26 Proverbs 4:14-27 Romans 1:18

Sit (with scorners): To sit down: as to judge, in ambush. This person’s position is as a judge, it indicates as one who sits with scoffers.

Verse one summary:

  • Do NOT follow after a plot given by people in the wrong, who are enemies of God and His people. They are evil and do not learn righteousness. Instead they pursue their own wicked ways among the righteous to discourage them and to get them to change from following God. They also would get RID of the Jews, Christians and God Himself if they could.
  • Do NOT be employed by those who choose a pathway of life of that of a criminal, who is under the wrath and judgment of God. They have chosen a course of life to not acknowledge God at all. We are to avoid them!
  • Do NOT sit in judgment or in ambush with those who seek to cause pain to others by laughing at them, to disgrace them, to mock them, to insult them or to make sport of them. They are an abomination and disgusting. Proverbs 24:9

V-2 Delight to find pleasure and value in. To desire. The Jewish Bible say God’s law means God’s teachings. We are to meditate which means to ponder (think about) to murmur, to imagine. We are to not only hear God’s Word but we are to think about it and say
it out loud so we can hear ourselves speaking it. We are also to use our imagination to see His Word working in our lives.

Read the Bible, not just to read words, but for content--to hear what God has to say to you personally, as an individual, to YOU, a person He wants to communicate with. Make what apart of your being.

That is what means to meditate on His Word.

David made it his prayer: “Make me to go in the path of Your commandments; for therein do I delight.”

Psalm 119:35 “Make me to go in the path of your commandments; for therein do I delight.” To think about His Word so much it consume you night and day and looking forward to delving in again. It is like drinking water: The more you drink, the more you want.

Psalm 119 are divided up in sections of 8 verses each. Each starts with a Hebrew letter and in the Hebrew each verse in that section begins with that letter. All the verses contain words that refer to God’s Word, such as ‘law’, ‘statute’, ‘testimonies’, ‘precepts’, etc.

Jeremiah 4:2                        Zechariah 8:7-8                       John 8:31-32
John 14:6                             John 14:15-21 & 26                John 16:13-16
II Timothy 2:15                   Zephaniah 2:3
V-3 A tree planted by a river has roots that go down deep. Jeremiah 17:7-8. Practicality in our lives:

  • spreads out her roots by the river. This qualities of this not easily moved in a storm, stability, food source, grows strong and is not week
  • does not notice when it is very hot--when the ‘heat is on’ and will not be moved because she knows her God will not leave her nor forsake her-Hebrews 13:5. She knows God will meet ALL her needs Philippians 4:19. She know God will keep all His promises!
 Abraham Genesis 22:1-14. How could Abraham do this--without fear or concern? Because he knew His God--he had already proved Him. Psalm 34:8 I Peter 2:3
  • leaf is always green--prosperous.    III John 2 The Lord will lead you. 
  • you shall not have a lack Philippians 4:19 
  • Shall not be careful when there is a drought--nothing changes neither shall you cease from yielding fruit Psalms 1:3
  • whatsoever you do shall prosper
Our stability has nothing to do with the world, the government, with any other person, or the economy. It has to do with our relationship with God through Jesus and our trust in Him. Our trust/faith comes:
  • by hearing Romans 10:17. The best way to hear is to hear yourself saying it--murmur, or meditate.
  • prove the Lord. Malachi 3:10-11 (6-11)
Chaff is the husk that encases the wheat kernel. The wheat head was put into a basket and shook to loosen the husk. The wheat head is then tossed into the air where the wind catches the husks and blows them away because they were so light in weight--nothing to it, like the ungodly Job 21:7-21.

It seems, sometimes, like evil people are getting away “with it”. But they are not. Even if they go through this life with nothing bad happens to them--it will. Psalm 37:1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed.

READ ALL of Psalm 37

V-5 actually it should read “stand-up to the judgment” Judgment means to measure, to sentence.

The Jewish Bible says, “For this reason the wicked won’t stand up to the judgment nor will sinners.”

When it comes time for all of us to stand before the Lord, the wicked an sinners will be ‘blown-away’ like the chaff. They will have do defense. BUT Christians are covered by Jesus’ blood and will be able to stand because Jesus is our defense. He paid the price for our sin and we received Him only as Savior but as Lord. Our judgment has been deferred Matthew 25:21

V-6 Read: Nahum 1:7 II Timothy 2:19 Psalms 37:18

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