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Holy Week Events - I Don't Need A Sword
Matthew 26:51-54 [52,53]

And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

As Jesus told Peter not to try to defend Him with a sword, He also tells us to stop trying to use our natural weapons to defend Him and what He did in dying on the cross. Jesus, God in the flesh, He had the ability to call to God the Father and get more than enough protection. We have to believe what Jesus said needed to happen and allow God's will to play out as He said it was. We also have to be willing to play our part in that plan.

Live in God's Protection and the Power of His Authority.
Have a good day and keep each other safe!

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Psalm 16:8-9, Philippians 4:4-5

I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart [inner man] is glad, and my glory [tongue, voice] rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope....Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

The Lord is right next to us. And, because we will continually put the Lord first, He's on our right side, which is the place of strength. Therefore, we won't be knocked off balance nor will we be moved from our place of safety. So, our spirit is uplifted, our voices rejoice with joy and our bodies rest in confidence. Therefore, rejoice in the Lord. And, we'll say it again, rejoice!

Make it a great day!

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Mark 4:37-40

And He [Jesus] arose, and rebuked [adminish] the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them [the disciples], "Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?"

When the disciples woke up Jesus, He got up, scolded the wind and told the sea to hold its peace. Then, after things were calm, Jesus asked the disciples, "Why did you panic and stop trusting God when the storms were blowing wildly and the sea waters were threatening to sink us?" When issues are threatening to destroy us and everything we have that we have, Jesus asks us the same question. "Why do we panic and stop trusting God?

Have a Trusting Week!

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Galatians 6:12-13

As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

There are a lot of people whose goal is to have authority over us and display us as people who depend on their own power to be accepted by God. They do this by requiring us to obey the laws and rules that had put us in bondage in the first place. And, the people who want to put us on display, are the same people who don't obey the laws and rules themselves. They just don't want to be mistreated for not being in agreement with people who are against the freedom in the cross of Christ.

Enjoy Your Day!

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Galatians 6:12-13

As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

There are a lot of people whose goal is to have authority over us and display us as people who depend on their own power to be accepted by God. They do this by requiring us to obey the laws and rules that had put us in bondage in the first place. And, the people who want to put us on display, are the same people who don't obey the laws and rules themselves. They just don't want to be mistreated for not being in agreement with people who are against the freedom in the cross of Christ.

Enjoy Your Day!

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Psalm 31:23-24

O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth [stand guard] the faithful, and plentifully [abundantly] rewardeth the proud doer. 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

We all need to love, stand firm and put our hope in the LORD. Since God fully pays back the proud, we also have to stay strong and keep our hope in Him because He will strengthen our heart.

Stay Strong Today!

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Ephesians 1:3-7 [4]

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

We were made blameless and holy, selected by God before worlds were created and set in place. This allowed us to stand in God's presence in love.

Have a Great Weekend!

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2Co 8:10-15 [12-13]

For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened...

If we've planned to do something that will help others and we're still in a position to do it, then go ahead and do it. But, when any of us ask for something, we don't want to burden some while making it easy on others. We have to understand that if our hearts are willing, whatever we give or do is acceptable. This is because, it's based on what we have and what we can do, it's not based on what we don't have or what we can't do.

Have a Guilt Free Day

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John 14:23-27 [27]

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Jesus told His disciples, that they shouldn't allow their hearts to be anxious or fearful, and, He also tells us that we shouldn't allow our hearts to be be anxious and fearful. He also tells us not to base our peace on the world, which can only give us a peace that is based on the temporary nature of the world. However, Jesus gives us His peace, an eternal peace based the nature of God the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Be in peace!

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Romans 8:15-16

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness [testify, affirm, in agreement] with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

The Spirit Himself is in agreement with our spirit, that we are God's children. And, since we are now part of God's family by the Spirit, we can call out to God our loving Father with full intimacy, knowing that He did not give us another spirit of bondage which had kept us in fear.

Enjoy Being A Child Of God!

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1 Corinthians 8:1-9 [2-3]

Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

Our focus shouldn't be on the knowledge that we have about things that are considered idols in our lives. Because what we know is based on things that we may have seen and on things that we may have learned. That knowledge can make us proud and arrogant. That is, we become a "know it all." However, we don't really know anything the way it should be known. What is actually important is that we love God. And, by loving God, we are known by Him.

Have a wonderful week!

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Colossians 2:18-23 [18]

Let no man beguile ['negatively' rule, control] you of your reward ['positively' rule, control] in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels [spiritual messenger, human messenger sent by God] intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

We can't let anyone deceptively control us by taking away our knowledge of the truth, which is that, we rule because of our life in Christ. Based on their unfounded and prideful human natural, they go into details, trying to make us purposely belittle ourselves and worship angels, even though they, themselves haven't seen or really know about what they are taking about. But, we're to stay connected to the Head, which is Christ.

Enjoy a blessed weekend!

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Psalm 13:1-6 [4-6]

...Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

...Our enemies won't be able to rejoice over us saying, "we've over powered them and can oppress them." But, since we have our confidence in the Lord's mercy, our hearts will rejoice in His deliverance. And, we will stroll around singing to the LORD because He's dealt with us over and above what we could have expected.

Sing to the LORD today!

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Luke 10:38-42

[When Jesus came to a certain village] But Martha was cumbered about much serving [traditional role and purpose of women] and came to Him, and said, Lord, dost Thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

As Jesus told Martha, He tells us, it's more important to be with Him, learn from Him and rest in Him, than to be worried and troubled. Being worried and troubled comes when we try to fulfill the rules of legalistic traditions. Jesus wants us to embrace the freedom of His good news, the gospel, which He won't take away.

Have a good day!

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Psalm 119:73-75

Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. 74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. 75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

God, give us the understanding to learn Your commandments, because You made us and established us. Now, anyone who honors You, will be glad when they see us, because we trust in Your and Your word. And since we trust in You, God, You've humbled us as part of Your faithfulness, so, we know that Your decisions are right.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

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2 Corinthians 1:7-11 [7,11]

And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation... Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

You helped us with your gift of so many prayers that were given to us and, we thank everyone for your prayers offered on our behalf. Likewise, our expectation of good for you is firm, because as you are our companions during our suffering, you will also be our companions during our comforting.

Thank you for your prayers for my family during this time!
Robert Bradley

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Proverbs 4:14-19 [17,18]

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day....

We're to avoid the path of evil people. These wicked people decided to take the path of darkness, feeding on guilt and violence as their bread and wine. They don't sleep because they focus on hurting people and causing them to fall. However, we are righteous people who have character and demonstrate our character by our conduct. Our righteous path is like a shining light. And, this light shines brighter and brighter as it prepares our way on an established journey.

Move according to your established journey!

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Ephesians 5:8-17 [15-17]

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Because the times are evil, we have to live deliberately, so we can understand what the Lord's will is. We have to stop making decisions foolishly, as if we still lived in darkness. In Jesus, we must buy back the time that we lost when we lived in darkness.

Live wisely today!

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Psalm 12:6-8 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt pres
erve them from this generation [quality, condition, class of people, period of time] for ever. The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Even though wicked people live all around us, and vile people are exalted, You LORD will protect and guard us from these people and from this evil time. Because Your words are pure, like silver is proved to be pure by using a furnace and then refined seven times to remove any defects, so are the words of LORD are pure.

Have a Good Day!

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Psalm 86:5-7

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.

LORD, we know that, You are kind and ready to forgive us, so, please hear our prayers and give consideration to the sound of our humble requests. And, we also know that You have more than enough mercy to give to everyone of us who earnestly call on You for help. So, in our time of distress, we will call You, because You will answer us.

Make it a great week!

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Hab 3:18-19

view votd090420Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places [as high places of worship, battlefield]. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

[Even if things don't work out how we're expecting... vs. 17] we're still going to be glad of God's deliverance and we're still going to jump for joy because the LORD. God is the One who gives us strength, and like the feet of deer, He makes our feet steady and leads us to our high places of worship, we'll as, places of battle.

Make it a good weekend!

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Galatians 4:6-7

hot air balloon votd090320And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Since our appointed time came, as adopted sons and daughters of God, we're no longer living based on how the natural world teaches us to live. Also, since we're sons and daughters of God, He appointed the Spirit of His Son to come into our hearts. And, the Spirit within us cries out with a loud voice, saying, Abba, my loving Father.

Live like sons and daughters of God today.

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Verse of the Day
2 Corinthians 8:9

sunrise votd090220For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Knowing that it would give our Lord Jesus Christ pleasure to make us wealthy with eternal possessions, He gave up His eternal wealth and became poor. Yes, it was because of us that Christ became poor, so that through His poverty we would be wealthy.

Live an eternally abundant day!

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Romans 15:5-7

yellowstone national park votd090120Now the God of patience and consolation [comfort, encouragement] jgrant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

We ask God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God Who is also the God of patience and encouragement to make us be unified in our thoughts regarding each other. Our unity is so that as one people, we can with one mouth and mind we can glorify God. Therefore, as family members, accept each other like Christ accepted us, which glorifies God.

Make it a day of unity

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Verse of the Day

Deuteronomy 8:10-11

When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not [ignore, cease to care] the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

Realizing that God puts us in a place where we can live and be satisfied, we should bless Him, by an act of praise. However, we have to guard ourselves from ignoring God through acts of disobedience by not doing what He's told us to do.

Make it a thankful day!
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Psalm 16:1-2

Michtam of David. Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust. O my soul, Thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth [is inferior to, not above] not to Thee [apart from, separated from];

God, please protect us and keep us safe, because we've put all of our confidence you as our place of safety. Our goodness is inferior and nothing apart from You.

Have a good week!
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1 Corinthians 9:25

And every man that striveth for the mastery [contends with adversaries, struggle with difficulties] is temperate [self controlled] in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Likewise, when people are competing against their adversaries in earthly contests, they control themselves in everything they do. They do it to be in good shape to win a perishable prize. We have to control ourselves so that we're in good shape for fighting against our adversaries and difficulties. It's so that we can win an eternal prize.

Make it a wonderful day!
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Romans 8:1-2

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in [a relation of rest] Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Since we're now in an intmate relationship with Jesus Christ, we are no longer condemned, because we're living our life by the Spirit instead of by our human nature. So, the obligations required by the Spirit of life, freed us from the obligations required by sin and death.

Enjoy a freed weekend!
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Galatians 3:13

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

We've been freed from the curse of being unable to fulfill the work obligation that's necessary to be right in God's estimation. Christ became that curse in our place. It's written that "anyone who hangs on a tree is accursed."

Enjoy your freedom today!
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2Peter 1:3

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Through God's divine power, He has given us everything we need regarding living and living a godly life. The realization of this divine power comes as a result of our intimate knowledge of Jesus. He's the One, Who has allowed us to bear His name in dignity and excellence.

Have a great day!
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James 4:13-15 (13,15)

Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Come on now, when we arrogantly say that we're going to this city or that city, we'll stay there for a year, do business and be profitable. Since our life is just like a fine mist that comes and then goes away, we don't even know what's going to happen tomorrow. So instead, we should be humble and say, if the Lord allows, we will live and then, we can do what we've planned.

Make it a well lived day!
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James 4:5-6 (6)

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth [greatly desires] to [toward] envy [corruption , defilement]? But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Are we thinking that the scripture doesn't have a purpose when it says, the spirit within us, greatly desires to keep us destroying ourselves. But, God says, He gives us more grace if we're humble, but He resists us if we're prideful.

Make it a wonderful week!
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