I Never Knew You – Pastor Lon Solomon (Gospel of Luke, Chapter 13)

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 110

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Anointing of God

Want moreo power to live for God and to do His will? Yearn and get the anointing of God which

  • breaks every yoke of bondage on a persons’s life Isaiah 10:27 KJV teaches clearly that “it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing”. 
  • sets you apart for God’s use Leviticus 8:10‭-‬12 KJV says that “Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him”.
  • gives an overflow of God’s provision Psalms 23:5 KJV says of the Lord as a shepherd, saying “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
  • by the Holy Spirit teaches us 1 John 2:27 KJV  “the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
  • Empowers us to do the works of Jesus Acts 10:38 KJV]“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” 

We can fight life’s battles on our own but with Him we are victorious. How you and I need the anointing of the Lord. O Lord anoint us with Your Spirit and power. Amen

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Nuggets – God’s Shadow

“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” (Psalm 17:8)

There are 12 references in the Bible to God’s “shadow,” understood as a type of His invisible but very real guiding presence. The reference in our text above is the first, and there are three other references to this beautiful metaphor—the “shadow” of the wings of God. Psalm 36:7 assures us that men can “put their trust under the shadow of thy wings,” and Psalm 57:1 that we can take refuge there “until these calamities be overpast,” and then we can “rejoice” there (Psalm 63:7).

The Lord’s presence is like “the shadow of a great rock in a weary land,” according to Isaiah 32:2. The same prophet quoted God as saying that “I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand” even as He formed the heavens and the earth, while hiding us “in the shadow of his hand” (Isaiah 51:16; 49:2).

Then there is the wonderful promise of Psalm 91:1: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” He can also be “a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall,” bringing down “the heat with the shadow of a cloud” (Isaiah 25:4-5). Similarly, He is “a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain” (Isaiah 4:6).

The last reference speaks of “the anointed of the LORD” (that is, of the Messiah, Jesus Christ), assuring God’s people that “under his shadow we shall live among the heathen” (Lamentations 4:20). These are all “exceeding great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4). Hidden under the shadow of God is indeed a good and safe place to be in times like these. HMM

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 109

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Prize the Presence

Psalm 51:Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

God’s presence fills the heaven and earth. You feel His Presence especially when you accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. Romans 8:9 and other Scriptures teach that if the Spirit of God isn’t in you, you’re not a Christian   Christians have the promise of God’s constant presence, even when we don’t feel it (Matthew 28:20John 14:16).

When there is unconfessed sin which pervades the life of a “Christian”, the Spirit of God may depart as a judgement for sin. The Lord repeatedly equates His judgment as removal from His presence and blessing. We see this in 2 Kings 17:16They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal. 17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.18 So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. 

In the end time. we find in Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Do we prize the amazing Presence of God in our daily lives for direction and purpose, keeping us blessed where He wants us to be?

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Nuggets – Creation and the Constellations

“Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.” (Job 9:8-9)

The book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible. It is not surprising, therefore, that it contains a number of references to creation and the Flood, for these great events were still relatively fresh in the thinking of Job and his contemporaries. The first of these creation references in Job is our text above, and it is remarkable that it centers especially on the stars and their constellations. Still another constellation is mentioned in Job 26:13: “By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.” Finally: “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?” (Job 38:31-33). The term “Mazzaroth” actually means the 12 constellations of the Zodiac.

Thus, God not only created the stars but arranged them in star groupings that could be used for “signs, and for seasons” (Genesis 1:14). Since God does nothing without a holy purpose, we can be sure that these sidereal signs were not to be used as astrological signs. God’s Word, in fact, forbids the practice of astrology (e.g., Isaiah 47:12-14). The constellations must all in some way have testified of the coming Savior. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Before the Scriptures were given, the testimony of God’s primeval promises had somehow been written indelibly in the heavens for those in Earth’s earliest ages who had eyes and hearts to see. HMM

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Cleansing needed

Just as it is necessary to take a bath periodically to cleanse our bodies of dust, dirt and grime and for refreshment we need to have regular spiritual cleansing.

Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

We need to read, hear, know the Word to have have our hearts, minds and spirits cleansed so that we keep clean in body, soul and mind with clean conscience , and joyful heart, living and pleasing the Lord in obedience to Hiis Word. When we repent of what is wrong in our hearts and lives, He cleanses us by the blood of the Lamb. Keeps and refines us by His Holy Spirit and Word.

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Nuggets – Creation in Praise of God

“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)

Every now and again, the biblical writers were so lifted up in spirit as they contemplated the glory of God and His great works of creation and redemption that they could sense the very creation itself singing out in happy praises. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1) is one of the most familiar of these divinely inspired figures of speech, but there are many others. “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:…Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof….Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth” (Psalm 98:4, 7-9).

Often these praises are in contemplation of God’s final return to complete and fulfill all His primeval purposes in creation, as in the above passage. This better time is also in view in our text, which looks forward to a time when “instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off” (Isaiah 55:13). God has triumphed over evil!

And this all points ahead to the eventual removal of the great curse that now dominates creation because of man’s sin (Genesis 3:14-19). For the present, “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22). One day, however, the groaning creation “shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption” (Romans 8:21). Therefore, “let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;…Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice” (Psalm 96:11-12). HMM

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Encouragement

We encourage people to enjoy the Savior’s love for man. We magnify the person of Christ – 2021 – especially in the midst of the coronavirus, economic pressure, the drug scene, and life’s many mental health issues. Jesus blesses people and gives them substance. At Christian Blessings we always point people in that direction. R

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 107

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Sin results in unanswered prayers

Proverbs 15: 29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
    but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Ever wondered why your prayers are not answered? Could it be that sin has drawn you from the will of God? You no longer hear His voice or wait to hear His voice? You have gone your own way and expect Him to fulfil your dreams which draw you further away from Him and to the life of the wicked, ungodly and wayward ones? Sin draws us away from God.

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18)

Return to the Lord and draw nearer to Him.

Father, please forgive me for my wrongs against you. Amen

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Nuggets Not This Man

“Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.” (John 18:40)

Unfortunately, this is the attitude of every generation toward its Creator and Redeemer. Jesus Christ “was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:10-11).

“Not this man!” they cried, and still cry today. “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14). Even in a nation founded as a Christian nation, the name of Jesus Christ is banished from the schools, ignored in the halls of government, and blasphemed on the streets.

And whom did they choose instead of “this man”? They preferred Barabbas, who was not only a robber, but also a revolutionary and murderer (Luke 23:19). Today, they idolize the atheist Darwin, or the robber Lenin, or the revolutionary Mao, or the murderer Hitler, or any one of a thousand antichrists; but they will not have Christ.

What, then, will they do with Christ? “Away with him, away with him, crucify him” (John 19:15) was the cry even of the religious leaders during His life here on Earth, and it is little different today. “Ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you,” proclaimed Peter (Acts 3:14). “The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ” (Acts 4:26).

The rejection of Christ today is often more subtle, but it is just as real. Rulers, industrialists, scientists, educators, and commentators all say in deed, if not in word, that “[they] will not have this man to reign over [them]” (Luke 19:14). “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). HMM

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