Stand and Fight (OT-NT Parallel Passages)

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Ephesians 6:10-11 (NKJV)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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Drink Deeply

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*Ephesians 5:18 (ESV)*
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

*Isaiah 44:3 (ESV)*
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

*John 4:13-14 (ESV)*
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

*Revelation 22:17 (ESV)*
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
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(Commentary)
Just as alcoholic beverages will affect our mental and physical processes, so does the essential “water” which comes by the Holy Spirit affect our spiritual perception and endurance.

Not every spirit is of God, though.

*1 John 4:1-4 (ESV)*
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

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Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.



This is perhaps one of the most beautiful meditations in all of scripture.
And it is perhaps the last thing one would expect to read in the book of Lamentations.

But there it is, right in the middle of the mournful expression of loss and grief and despair…
It serves as a beacon of Hope, and light of encouragement, to all who have placed their trust in the goodness of our Creator and His plan for His people.

A Savior Is Born (25)

 

A musical celebration of the Advent of the Christ.

The Call of Christmas

Wonder of all wonders
Outside of Bethlehem
Angels come to shepherds
Ordinary working men
Not the high and mighty
The powerful and great
But those who feel unwanted
That the world has pushed away

Hear the call of Christmas
All you lost and left behind
The lowly and those longing
With an emptiness inside
The forgotten and forsaken
I bring you good news
Hear the call of Christmas
The Savior waits for you

All who feel rejected
Unworthy and alone
We’re all undeserving of
The kindness we’ve been shown
Come behold the King of Kings
Find rest you weary souls
Lay down all your burdens
He will mend and make you whole

Hear the call of Christmas
All you lost and left behind
The lowly and those longing
With an emptiness inside
The forgotten and forsaken
I bring you good news
Hear the call of Christmas
The Savior waits for you

For all of those in need
Come find your hope and peace
Oh, do not be afraid
For He has come to save

Music Video by Zach Williams performing The Call of Christmas (Official Music Video). (C) 2017 Provident Label Group LLC, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

A Savior Is Born (23)

A musical celebration of the Advent of the Christ.

 

This is the reason we acknowledge the birth of Jesus of Nazareth as the Savior of the world.

*Zechariah 9:9-13 (NKJV)*
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.’

***As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.***

***Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.***

For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”
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The fulfillment of God’s promise of deliverance. THIS is the reason we celebrate the birth of Messiah, the Anointed, who came to save us from the pit of death into which we fell.

Reflections on Psalm 37

Psalm 37:3-7 (ESV)
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
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There are several instructions given, here:
Trust
Delight
Commit
and Be still

The first command (trust) is a mandatory prerequisite to the rest.
Doing good (and not fretting/becoming agitated) is a positive response to trusting God’s ability to carry out His perfect plan.

The remaining three instructions are accompanied by promises that attend obedience.