REJECTING THE KING ON THE WAY TO HIS GLORY

(Luke 9:51-55) When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up, He determined to journey to Jerusalem. 52 He sent His messengers ahead of Him, and on the way they entered into a village of the Samaritans to make preparations for Him. 53 But they did not welcome Him, because He He determined to journey to Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said,”Lord do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them? 55 But He turned and rebuked them and went to another village HCSB

The readiness and resolution of Jesus Christ: “He” determined-“He” knew it was time and He was ready (9:51) When the time has come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go
..No one knows the day or the hour[Matthew 24:36] though Jesus knew He was near His. He had foresight of what He had to endure, and what the finish would look like. Recently, former First Lady, Nancy Reagan was laid to rest, she had planned her inevitable down to the last detail, even how she was to be interred next to her “Ronnie”
All of His life, Jesus prepared for His inevitable. And, He looked through it, and past it for our sake [1Timothy 3:16] Yet, He was rejected, their faces turned away from Him
(Isaiah 53:3) He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was
He was like someone people turned away from
He was despised and we didn’t value Him
He sent His disciples ahead to a Samaritan village to make provisions for His arrival and to set up lodgings, which was really a test of their hearts. He wanted to know if they would be prepared for His coming and would be ready to receive Him. What they did find is an uncivil people who rejected and wanted nothing to do with Him. People who were afraid that the controversy regarding the interaction between the themselves and the Jews were coming to pass. Though, it is believed that these people were a select few, religious leaders who had sent the rude letter, because Jews were already living among them. Had others known, they would’ve cone out to welcome Jesus( The Samaritan Woman)
This was also a test of the disciple’s temperment. James and John believing to have fiery tempers asked Jesus if He wanted them to call down fire from heaven on them. This opposition to the gospel was not uncommon, so in hearing this, Jesus admonishes them and questions whether they have learned anything or not by being with Him. Jesus was not there to cause to be a disruption or cause a stir, so He reminds the disciples about loving their enemies, and blessing those who curse you.
Sadly, this was a great blessing that was missed, because many missed Jesus’ coming, and didn’t get to hear the gospel, and the Galileans could not pass through to go to Jerusalem. So they quietly retreated to another Samaritan village where the citizens were not so stingy and bigoted, and refreshed them.

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(Luke 9:51) When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up, He determined to journey to Jerusalem

Note, When a stream of opposition is strong, it is wisdom to get out of the way of it. If some be very rude, instead of revenging it, we should try whether others will not be more civil Anonymous

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Preparing for the Passover

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(Zechariah 9:9) Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, Your king is coming to you; He is righteous, He is victorious,
humble riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey HCSB

They were expecting him:
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout with triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your king is coming to you.. From the days of King Solomon and David, they were told of the coming of a king, A king similar in stature, riding a mule as did all kings, (Jeremiah 17:25) Kings and princes will enter through the gates of the city. They will sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses with their officials the men of Judah, and the residents of Jerusalem This will be inhabited forever. And so they waited with great anticipation, and excitement. And finally one day, One does. Oddly, He was not the king they were told about, though they welcomed him and celebrated his arrival just the same

Besides his appearance, There was something different about him: He is righteous, he is victorious, humble riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of the donkey Something about him that spoke of his majesty, and yet of his disposition of humility. In their hearts they knew the reason for his coming: (Matthew 2:15) He will stay there until Herod’s death, so what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt my son.

What better way to prepare for the Passover than with self examination-Taking a look inward at the state of our hearts. Checking to see if we are expecting the king, and anticipating his arrival. Is our expectancies of a king in line with “The King?” Let this be our mediation this week.  Aloha and God bless

LET YOUR PAIN BE YOUR MINISTRY

(Micah 7:7),But I will look to the Lord I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me HCSB

Whether we realize it or not, We all have a story, A reason that brought us to this point in our lives with Christ Jesus. For me, it was finding myself in a very dark place, a place of fear, Of hurt, anger and overwhelming anxiety. I was afraid of the thoughts I entertained and how close I got to giving up, and giving in.

(Jeremiah 29:12-13) Then you will call upon me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart NKJV One day while I was out on my board staring out in the ocean, I started crying out to God, or any semblance of his peace. Surely, he exists, I was told about him long ago. I purposely took time for myself each day to look for and to cry out to him, “Maybe today he’ll hear me and show himself to me” Or not.
This went on for awhile, and in my despair, my default mechanisms began to have a tighter grip on me, (Matthew 7:7) Keep asking, and it will be given to you, keep searching and you will find, keep knocking and the door will be opened to you. Still, I wasn’t about to give up my search for god.

(Matthew 11:28) He said, “Come unto me, all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” One day while I was in my alone time, I was succumb by this indescribable feeling, A feeling of a soft wind, and the gentle touch of a hand as if a great weight had been lifted. The Lord picked me up, dusted me off, and said, “I got this!” This is my testimony, and my ministry for all who read this and resonate with my story.
Remember, wherever you might find yourself right now, Don’t give up-Our God is closer than you think. He’ll come to meet you exactly where you are, because He couldn’t be more in love with you: (Luke 15:5-6) When he has found it, he joyfully put’s it on his shoulders,6 and coming home he calls his friends and neighbors together saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!

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Your pain does not belong to you: You number my wanderings; put my tears in you bottle. Are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8) NKJV

Re. PRAYER

“I WILL PRAY FOR YOU” Perhaps the most insensitive statement we can make to the afflicted and disenfranchised. It carries as much validity as a hand shake followed with a trite “Good morning! How are you?” It kind of just rolls off the tongue. There is this English saying that, If you’re invited for a “Spot of tea” without giving you a date, chances are THEY WEREN’T SERIOUS, and are just being cordial. Is this what our prayer life looks like?

(Jn 17:9) I pray for them, I am not praying for the world but for those You have given me because they are yours.

The scriptures tell us to pray “Over” them, and Pray with Edification, To mean it! Stand in the gap, and pray fervently to build them up to receive that healing from God, our Jehovah Jireh. When we pray, we should pray with empathy showing a genuine concern for their plight.

(James 5:16) Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is powerful in its effect.

Pray with urgency. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, he stopped and healed the blind beggar[Mark 10:49-52] We must have this same sense of urgency in prayer.

Pray with me: Father God, Thank you for calling me by name, and claiming me as Your own. Thank you for all you do to, and through me. Lord, let me be a vessel of your love to others that You may be glorified. In the most precious name of Your son Jesus Christ, Amen. Aloha and God blessProphetic-Prayer-21

Crucified with Christ

As I examine myself, I wondered what my outward expression of my faith looks like. I wonder if others see the light of God within me, and if I am I bearing fruit in my season? I think about my spiritual fortitude, and resiliancy. How much load can my legs withstand before giving way before I crumble, And how much time do I need before getting back on my feet, and get back in the race?  These are questions we should always be asking ourselves to see if our lives line up with the faith we profess. In order to answer these questions, it was necessary to revisit the how and why I became a follwer of Christ.

(John 3:3) Jesus replied,”I tell you the truth, unless your are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God NLT

In the Hebrew, basar, meaning flesh, and Ruach meaning spirit, will always be at war with one another, this will always be the stumbling block of our faith (Genesis 3) This is the enmity between God and man.

(Matthew 27:46) About three o’clock,Jesus called out in a loud voice,”Eli,Eli, lema sabachtani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” God cannot be in the presence of sin, so, He turned his back on Jesus until his spirit was separated from his earthy shell. This chasm was bridged for all who would accept the gift of salvation (John 3:16) For Go so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that all who believe shall not perish.

Our default mechanism. When we fall, We are encouraged to remain steadfast in the hope of our salvation and to lean into the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: (2Corinthians 12:8-9) Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this.9 But He said to me,”My grace is sufficient for you for My power is hidden in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. And, In our weakness, we can stand on that same grace.

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And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritence among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32)l

And it is this Grace that will carry us:

COMMIT TO THE TRANSFORMATION PROCESS:(Numbers 31:23) shall be passed through the fire in order to be made ceremonially pure; it must then be further purified with the purification water. But anything that won’t stand heat shall be purified by the water alone TLB By this smelting process our “Crusted on” impurities will burn off-Everything that binds will be loosed (Matthew 16:19). This is our sanctification, Our daily walk with Christ, And we will do this until the day of our redemption.  Aloha and God bless

Being unified in Christ

(Acts1:14) All these were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus and His brothers. (4:32) Now the large group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common

The launch of the New Church is at hand, and provisions must be made in order for God’s plan to unfold as intended. The first order of business, is the rebuilding and reenforcing the workforce, The apostles-Those who will physically advance the Gospel (Acts 1).
After much prayer, and discussion, Judas’ place had finally been filled, and Paul must make sure that everyone was on the same page, and moving in the same direction
(Acts 1:13) When they arrived, they went upstairs where they were staying. Just as it was when they were with Jesus, the disciples
stayed together to remain unified in Christ, having been taught the one true Gospel.
Though the immediate circle of influence was Paul, and the twelve apostles, the outer circles included over 150 disciples, and priests, with thousands of followers that would only increase over time. In their time time together, The apostles were made accountable in learning,teaching, and testifying the pure Word of God (A discipline many of us have moved away from). (1Peter 1:20-21) 20 First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of scripture comes from one’s interpretation.20’Because no prophecy ever comes from the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as the were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The fruit they bore:

(Acts 6:5-7) The proposal pleased the whole company. So they chose Stephan, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Phillip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon,Parmenas,Nicholas, a Proselyte from Antioch.6 They had them stand before the apostles, who prayed , and laid hands on them 7 So the preaching about God flourished, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem multiplied greatly, and a large group of priests became obedient to the faith.

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The same yesterday, today and forever

The Word of God

Enumerate , Contemplate, Set it motion

As we read the Word of God, It is our prayer to remain in communion with His Holy Spirit, the One who unlocks the mysticism behind the Scriptures.
Remember your first crush? Remember the excitement of learning something new about this person because of the time you spent together? Imagine, This is the same relationship the Lord Almighty wants to have with us. And yet, when something weighing on our hearts, we tend to take a piece of scripture and take it face value, we accept this as our answer from God, “Thank you Lord!”….then gradually things begin to unravel..
(Matthew 22:29) Jesus answered them, “You are deceived, because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God

What happened?

There was a lesson from God there, But we chose to only hear what we want, then, fashion the Scriptures to meet our own agendas’ (2 Timothy 4:3) Sadly, We gravitate toward those who believe the same. We blame God because we couldn’t understand the need for spiritual conditioning, Nor, would we appreciate the reason why Jesus himself suffered and endured setbacks before His glorification.

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see you Selah.

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(2Timothy 4:3) For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but have itching ears the will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their passions ESV