Thursday August 18, 2011 (18th of Av, 5771)
"In Defense of Love!"
Acts 24:14-16 (Amplified Bible) "But this I confess to you, however, that in accordance with the Way [of the Lord], which they call a [heretical, division-producing] sect, I worship (serve) the God of our fathers, still persuaded of the truth of and believing in and placing full confidence in everything laid down in the Law [of Moses] or written in the prophets; Having [the same] hope in God which these themselves hold and look for, that there is to be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous (the just and the unjust). Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself [mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects] to have a clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men."
Trained as a Pharisee, Paul was quite capable of defending his Faith and Hope in Christ, offering extensive and compelling testimony of his own personal knowledge to the validity of God's provision of Salvation through HIS Son, proven both by the Law and the Prophets.
Now some 2000 years later, each of us as Believers in Christ must both, live our lives as one sanctified by Faith and by our confession based on the Truth and the Eternal Hope, being a courageous witness such as was Paul, to the Truth of God before all men.
A compelling and convincing testimony of God's Son, HIS provision for the forgiveness of my sin, and the blessed assurance of Eternal Life by HIS Resurrection. This constitutes the full essence of God's revelation to the Prophets, and to Believers of today, who counseled by HIS Spirit will Honor HIM with their testimony.
I personally plead my case, that I would be found guilty of all charges against me, knowing that by my speaking just one sentence in defense of Christ as my Savior and Lord, that it would result in bringing conviction by Holy Spirit upon the hearts and minds of many who are in need HIS redeeming Love.
O'Lord, place YOUR WORDs upon my lips, of YOUR Truth, by the Power of Holy Spirit. Give me increasing strength each day, to stand and face every trial. I plead before men of this present age, my full confession of Faith and Hope in Christ. Grant me O'Lord, a courtroom filled with souls, longing to hear YOUR Truth, so that their ears may hear my testimony which will be pleasing to YOU. Where their eyes will behold YOUR Glory and Majesty, and their heart quickened by the evidence. YOU neither fail nor waver, YOU never change nor leave me alone in the midst of my trials, Everlasting and Forever, YOU are my Savior and Lord, Amen
Wednesday August 17, 2011 (17th of Av, 5771)
Tuesday August 16, 2011 (16th of Av, 5771)
Friday August 5, 2011 (5th of Av, 5771)
"A Yearning Bride!"
Monday August 1, 2011 (1st of Av, 5771)
Hebrews 10:22 (Amplified) "Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water. "
The writer of Hebrews provides a description of what Believers see upon entering into the Holiest of Holies, as pure and undefiled vessels, cleansed by Holy Spirit for Obedient service in the very Presence of God.Where before, only the High Priest was allowed access to this sacred place, now through the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus, Believers are granted entrance to stand before the Mercy Seat, now covered with the Precious Blood of the Lamb.