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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 9.6.18 ♥

🎶We chase misprinted lies
We face the path of time
And yet I fight
And yet I fight
This battle all alone
No one to cry to
No place to call home🎶

I always thought Nutshell by Alice In Chains as Layne’s living suicide note. Beautiful vocals & some of the most tasteful and soulful guitar playing you’ll ever hear. The singer Layne Staley died from a mixture of heroin and cocaine, known as speedball. The death certificate reads Staley’s death resulted from “an acute intoxication due to the combined effects of opiate (heroin) and cocaine.” The autopsy concluded that Staley died on April 5, two weeks before his body was found, and the same day that fellow grunge pioneer Kurt Cobain died by suicide in 1994. Staley’s death was classified as “accidental.” When I heard Layne passed I felt, “Layne wore his soul on the outside. He was luminous … too tender for this world. He was an amazing musician, an inspiration, and a comfort to so many. He made great music and gifted it to the world.” Anyone can become addicted to anything. There are many addictions in life, eating, smoking, booze, sex, pornography, the stock market, gambling, tattoos, lying, stealing, gossiping, et cetera. Addiction has a very subtle nature about it, a deceptive element, overcoming the victim before one even realizes what has happened. The nature of addiction is that a person gets sucked in before they know it, entangled hopelessly in the web of a deadly Black Widow spider. That is the nature of sin and addiction, the more you try to escape and free yourself, the more entangled you become. This is why it is so critically important that a person be born again, having the Holy Spirit coming to live within them (Romans 8:9). The very second you trust upon Yeshua/Jesus, the only begotten Son of YeHoVaH/God, your sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit comes to indwell your body. This is the only true and lasting hope for addicts. Believe me I’ve been there! Life is too short to allow sin to overcome and ruin one’s life. The way to avoid addiction is to be aware that it can easily happen if you’re not careful. Our sicko society places all sorts of temptations, evil influences, lusts, worldly music, and other harmful things in front of our youth, while never warning them of what can happen. You never hear warnings about the consequences of fornication, abortion, pornography, homosexuality, feminism, divorce, or other sins. Instead teens are handed condemns at government schools and Planned Herodhood is invited into each school. It’s insane! The safest way to prevent becoming addicted is to have the Biblical mindset of 1st Timothy 6:8, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” Hasatan’s crowd can only tempt you if you desire something. YeHoVaH/God says to be satisfied with simply food and clothing. In all honesty, you don’t need all the electronic toys and gadgets, cellphones, internet, new car, et cetera. Those who live for materialistic things are some of the most miserable, mean, and angry people in the world. Death is right around the corner. You cannot take any of it with you. Only what’s done for Yeshua/Jesus will last. Certainly it is ok to own possessions and a nice home, car, whatever, but don’t ever prioritize money, career, or things above truth, doing what’s right, treating people as you want to be treated, and obeying YeHoVaH/God with a grateful heart. Facebook friends, the most important decision you’ll ever make is where you’re going to spend eternity after the resurrection. The decision is in fact yours alone to make. I’ve already made my choice. How about you?

https://youtu.be/O1T4m4sfz2Q

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 12.28.2017 ♥

My good friend at work Robert Tunin, always quotes this song “Freewill” (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice). “Freewill” is the second track on Rush’s 1980 album Permanent Waves. It is written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with lyrics by Neil Peart. The song’s lyrics deal with the subject of free will, emphasizing that free will is not a gift but rather a choice, explaining that no one can attempt to evade the fact that they must choose, but that evasion is itself a choice. I believe “Freewill” is Neil Peart’s attempt to proclaim a disbelief in YeHoVaH. There are many things that Peart gets wrong in the song, and many things he gets wrong about YeHoVaH. The main thing is that he sees the idea of Our Father as some impersonal puppet master and that somehow a belief in spiritual things is futile. This a song I have heard many times and also played in a few bands I was in. The song is a great musical piece and the words hang together lyrically. But there is no truth in it. Yes there is “Freewill” YeHoVaH has designed the human family with “Freewill” and the danger is that with free will comes the “Freewill” to reject Him. This is the one continuous thing since the garden of Eden incident that humankind has “Free-willed” and taken the choice to reject Him. We live in a world that has rejected YeHoVaH and the idea of God. The bible tells the story of a God and the plan of restoration. From Genesis to Revelation we find a story that involves hundreds of characters, dramatic scenes, battles, intrigue, love, abandonment, loss of cities, slavery, captivity. Biblical history tells the story of a God who is deeply committed to a relationship with his creation. Far away from the idea that He is distant. He is present in his nearness. He is not in some fluffy cloud heaven but inhabits the world today. YeHoVaH gives everyone the freedom to choose Him or reject Him. The bible is littered with people who have made the choice to reject or to receive Him. Rejection has consequences as well as Receiving has consequences. When we often talk about “Freewill” we talk about it in a way that is individualistic and selfish not a “Freewill” that is concerned with the world and selfless. “Freewill” has been used in the past to justify the most horrible of actions and inhumanities. Facebook friends, let’s not go there again. In John’s gospel we find John the apostle talking about those that receive or reject Yeshua.

John 1:1-13
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John speaks of what it looks like to receive Yeshua and what are the consequences of receiving Yeshua. John’s prologue starts like reading Genesis. We find YeHoVaH in it, we find choice in it, we find here a description of what He is like in this prologue. We find a description also of what happens to the person who receives and does not reject Yeshua. We also find Yeshua’s role in the creation it’s self and the relationship that a person will come into because of their reception or welcome of Him. John says that we become family, we become children of God. People who are now related to God. The old order of things now reversed. That which happened in the Garden of Eden now over because of Yeshua. The “Freewill” choice to chose has had it’s fulfilment when Yeshua is chosen. When he is received. We become people who are in relationship with YeHoVaH’s. The Rush song “Freewill” is an anthem to Neil Peart’s understanding of the way things are. My own understanding is not like Peart’s. Paradise was lost in the Garden but, it is now found in Our Messiah Yeshua. That would be my own understanding. Far from being puppets at the hands of an impersonal puppet master. Those who receive Yeshua take their rightful place as children of YeHoVaH. “Freewill” has led me to the feet of Yeshua and I have chosen to follow him”. What about you? Amen?
https://youtu.be/bpOyQhgM1FU

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Life, Music, Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 8-21-18 ♥

🎶Money, it’s a crime
Share it fairly
But don’t take a slice of my pie

Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil
Today

But if you ask for a rise
It’s no surprise that they’re
Giving none away
Away
Away
Away
Away…🎶

I must admit, I never was a big fan of Pink Floyd. The song “Money” if I had to choose, is my favorite. I fully respect the band and this album. “Money” begins in an unusual time signature and lots of studio effects. I read recently Pink Floyd were using a new 16-track recorder, which allowed them to layer sounds much easier, but complex studio techniques like this still took a long time to do in 1973, as there weren’t digital recorders and samplers available like we have today. If you wanted to copy and paste something, you had to do it the hard way….with a razor blade and splicing tape! Can you imagine? “Money” is about greed and the illusion of a life well lived that comes with having an excess of wealth. The first verse of the song focuses on the excesses of money, consumerism, and peoples desire to grab and horde as much cash or wealth as possible. The second verse continues with the subject of the desire to grab more money, while also introducing the lengths people will go to in order to protect the money and possessions they have acquired. The third and final verse focuses on the negative philosophical issues that money brings to a society, which include the ideas that ordinary people will never be able to increase their stash of money to match the wealthy, and the idea that money is the root of all evil. The cash registers and money sounds that are used to underscore the whole song sound mechanical and lifeless. The mechanical money sounds are like a metaphor for the way people mechanically work the same job day in and day out for 40 plus years. People of course work harder, motivated by earning more money, but a lot of people ultimately waste their lives with this mentality. So the idea with the song Money is that the concept of wealth is one of the illusions or ideas that can be the cause of a person wasting their life, or it can be used to ruin the lives of others. I admire the poignant lyric “Money so they say, is a root of all evil today” This paraphrase from the New Testament – 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Yeshua/Jesus had much to say about wealth. His most memorable conversation about money is His encounter with the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16–30). The young man asks Him what he must do to obtain eternal life, and He tells him to follow the commandments. When the man tells Yeshua/Jesus that he has done all that, He tests his ability to obey the first commandment and tells him to sell all his possessions and give it to the poor and to follow Him. The young man couldn’t do this, his wealth had become an idol….it was his master!After this encounter, Yeshua/Jesus turns to His disciples and says, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:23–24). This is a hard saying, especially for people who live in today’s rich society. He is saying that wealth is one of the biggest obstacles to coming to faith in the Messiah. The reason is obvious, wealth becomes a slave master in our lives and drives us to do all sorts of things that drive us further and further away from YeHoVaH/God. The good news is that what is impossible for man, entering into the Kingdom of God, is possible with God (Matthew 19:26). Even if you leave faith out of this Yeshua/Jesus gives good advice. “Don’t let money rule you life as it will drive you away from all that is good and wholesome, for the love of money may be a burden that you cannot bear.” Facebook friends, Our Messiah just might agree with Pink Floyd’s expose on “Money” as wealth is one of the illusions or ideas that can be the cause of a person wasting their life, or it can be used to ruin the lives of others. Amen?

https://youtu.be/-0kcet4aPpQ

Christianity, Music, Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale ♥

🎶Hey hey, my my
Rock and roll can never die
There’s more to the picture
Than meets the eye.
Hey hey, my my

Out of the blue and into the black
You pay for this, and they give you that
Once you’re gone, you can’t come back
When you’re out of the blue
And into the black

The king is gone but he’s not forgotten
Is this the tale of Johnny Rotten?
It’s better to burn out than to fade away
The king is gone but he’s not forgotten

Hey hey, my my
Rock and roll can never die
There’s more to the picture
Than meets the eye.
Hey hey, my my🎶

I have been a fan of Neil Young since I was a child. He indeed has to many songs that I call my favorites, but as “Hey, Hey – My, My” unfolds it has charm and sucks you in. It is the kind of song to make a lasting impression on you. The lyrics refer to “The King” and Johnny Rotten as rockers whose legacies live on. The king is Elvis Presley and Johnny Rotten was the lead singer of The Sex Pistols. Although the mention of the “King” in the lyrics he most defiantly refers to Elvis. There is mileage in thinking about another kind of King who is gone but not forgotten. There are two ways of understanding that the “King is gone but not forgotten” 1. The early church believed that Yeshua/Jesus would return. This was the promise that He made to his disciples. 2. He is not forgotten by His church in his absence. The first way of understanding the “King is gone but not forgotten” is to look at the bible passages that outline the Kings return. (There are many, go read your Bible😉) Facebook friends, we should be awake and anticipating the return of Yeshua/Jesus. There is a real danger of the people of YeHoVaH/God in their impatience doing other things and forgetting Yeshua/Jesus and His gospel in favour of another “Jesus” and other doctrines that are attractive but will fail in the end. In the Vision of John. (The Book of Revelation) John is tasked by Yeshua/Jesus in his vision to bring seven messages to seven churches. In Revelation 2 John commends the church in Ephesus for all the right things that it is doing and then says that they have “forgotten” their first love. (Yeshua/Jesus) That would be a real tragedy that the bride of the Messiah (The Church, The people of God) Would forget Yeshua/Jesus altogether. What a frightening thought. Lets hope that the words of “Hey, Hey, My, My” ring true for the Body. “THE KING IS GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN” Amen?

https://youtu.be/0O1v_7T6p8U

Christianity, Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale

🎶If I could hold your hand one more time

And hear your lullabies just like before

I know that I did wrong, so I’m singing you this song

Mother, I won’t see you anymore. Son, I wish you knew how much we’re missin’ you

I saw them cry their tears from up above

I try to tell them, but the words aren’t getting through

I didn’t mean to hurt the ones I love. Mother, father, I hope to see you soon

And things will be just like they were before

I’m sending all my love, I’m watching from above

And I’ll be in their hearts forever more🎶

When this song came out in 1991 by “The Scream” it really hit home. I lost my best friend at age 19. It’s been nearly 27 years since he passed. I often wonder what kind of family he would have had. I think about all the good things which life has to offer that he got cheated out of. There are many situations in life which can cause a person to feel overwhelmed to the point of wanting to commit suicide (the death of a loved one, being arrested and imprisoned, a spouse leaving, getting caught doing wrong, peer pressure, teenage pressures) In the Bible, in Judas’ case it was guilt, his evil was exposed and he was overwhelmed with guilt. Judas could have been forgiven, but he instead foolishly hung himself. There is always a right way and a wrong way to deal with anything. Just lay everything out on the table before YeHoVaH/God in prayer. He promises to forgive you and to help you get your life together. You don’t need to feel overwhelmed with sorrow and fear, just beg Him to forgive you and then you do everything in your power to make things right. If there’s nothing you can do about it or it is too late, then you must put the situation into His hands and free your mind of something you cannot change. Forget the past, it is gone forever. Don’t worry about the future, it may not be yours. Rather, lay up for yourself treasures for the new heaven and earth by living for Yeshua/Jesus and the gospel’s sake. You don’t have to kill yourself. You can have “a life” in Yeshua/Jesus (John 10:9-10). Some of you know I suffer in physical pain everyday from problems in my back, knees and wrists. Not a day has passed since 2004 that I don’t have aching constant toothache like pain. Facebook friends, I have never thought of killing myself. Suicide is not the best way to make the pain go away. Life is full of problems, emotions, miseries and frustrations. Life can be better friends, but the first step is to never give up on yourself! Trust me, time does heal ALL wounds. I know from experience. If you’re at the end of your rope, then get a longer rope. If you’ve received the straw that breaks the camel’s back, then get a stronger camel. Don’t quit! Don’t give up! You can make it! Suicide not an option. No one should ever even talk about something so foolish as killing one’s self. I hope these few words have encouraged someone today. I’m always willing to listen and pray for you.

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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Mood Music… ♥ † ♥

According to Merriam-Webster,

Definition of marionette

: a small-scale usually wooden figure (as of a person) with jointed limbs that is moved from above by manipulation of the attached strings or wires.

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Have you ever felt controlled like a Marionette?

Perhaps you have been in an abusive relationship or had a rough upbringing as a child?

All of the emotions that follow abuse are so consuming… Soul consuming.

This is why it’s so important for us as Believers to renew our minds

Reading The Word of God regularly purges our hearts…

Hebrews 4:12 King James Version (KJV)

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

So here’s the song… Marionette.

“Marionette”

I wanna cut me free, you wanna clip my wings
I’m made of flesh and bone, you wanna take control of me
You wanna dress me up, I wanna feel the sun
You wanna play pretend, I’m not about to bend, you’ll see
This is not a game
You want the strings so you can
Pull at my soul and tear me down
You want it all, I’m not your marionette doll
So let me go, oh
I’m taking back the day you tried to steal from me
I’m going to make my voice, you’ll never get my choice to breathe
This is not a game
You want the strings so you can
Pull in my soul and tear me down
You want it all, I’m not your marionette doll
So let me go, oh
Let me go, oh
So let me go, oh
Let me go, oh
I wanna cut me free but you wanna clip my wings
This is not a game
You want the strings so you can
Pull in my soul and tear me down
You want it all, I’m not your marionette doll
So let me go
You want the strings so you can
Pull in my soul and tear me down
You want it all, I’m not your marionette doll
So let me go
Songwriters: Dave Bassett / J. Culpepper / Jared Hartmann / K. Seals / Kristen May / Sameer Bhattacharya
Marionette lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

I’ve been listening to Flyleaf a lot lately.

I have really been relating to the lyrics like I’ve never related to lyrics before…

So, The Lord is leading me to share some songs that have been on my heart lately with the lyrics, by different artists.

Image result for flyleaf*Image via Google.

While we’re on the subject, check out Lacey Sturm‘s amazing testimony below for The Glory of God. I pray it really moves you, especially if you’ve ever dealt with suicide or the darkest of dark…

 

From the video description box:   Singer Lacey Sturm, who was once suicidal, shares how she found purpose in her life. Watch and share. If this story of hope has touched your heart visit: http://www.findingmyhope.org


This morning, this is the song I am feeling the most… Praise God.

Check out this song!

 

“Fade Away”

Hey, don’t wanna run no more
Hey, must find an open door
Hey, ask him to step inside
Hey, I’m tired of this life

I don’t wanna waste away
Like I saw myself fading yesterday
I don’t wanna feel the shame
I don’t wanna waste away
Like I saw myself fading yesterday
I don’t wanna feel the pain
I don’t wanna waste away

Hey, walk on but don’t come forth
Hey, find what I lost before
Hey, must change the shape I’m in
Hey, never go back again

[Chorus]

I’m coming to know
I’m coming to see you now (see you now)
I’m coming to go
I’m coming to see you now,
Believe you now

I don’t wanna waste away,
I don’t wanna waste away

[Chorus til end]

I recently wrote another post about this band. Check it out here.


 

More Mood Music…

Ephesians 6:13 King James Version (KJV)

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 

“Fire Fire”

Almost thought we made it home,
But we don’t know this place at all,
That’s enough now dry your tears
It’s been a long eleven years

Fire, fire, fire!
Fire from the tongues of liars,

You’re ashamed of where you’re from,
Crying ’cause your father’s drunk
We can’t die because we’re young
At least that’s what we heard in a song

Fire, fire, fire!
Fire from the tongues of liars,
Fire, fire, fire!
Fire from the tongues of liars

You’re ashamed of what you’ve done,
Crying ’cause your father’s wrong
Trying to be something new,
You’ll feel that you were something to prove

What you confuse for glory’s fire
Is fire from the tongues of liars.
What you confuse for glory’s fire
Is fire from the tongues of liars.
Oh send your rain

Fire, fire, fire!
Fire from the tongues of liars,
(oh send your rain)
Fire, fire, fire!
Fire from the tongues of liars
(oh send your rain)

Fire, fire, fire!
Fire from the tongues of liars,
(oh send your rain)
Fire, fire, fire!
Fire from the tongues of liars

You’re afraid of who you are (you’re ashamed of where you’re from)
Crying ’cause your father’s gone (fire from the tongues of liars)
Dreaming ’til you hit the truth (we can’t die because we’re young)
You’ll find that you’ve nothing to lose (fire from the tongues of liars)
You’ll find that you’ve nothing to prove.

 


The Lord will bless you by bringing you to a place or a point where you are just READY to STAND for His Namesake. You are just READY to fight BOLDLY for The TRUTH. Only GOD can bring us to this place where we, by HIS Strength, take a stand against the accusers, the tongues of liars. How do we do that? Simple. Speak forth The Truth in Love… ♥

Ephesians 4:11-15 King James Version (KJV)

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

 

God has a calling on your life. Whoever you are. You are reading this blog post for a reason. He is speaking to you. Are you listening? Can you hear the voice of The Holy Spirit? Do you feel a tugging on your heart? Are tears welling up inside you in a way they have not before? The Presence of God makes us cry because of HIS Overwhelming LOVE. I praise HIM for that… Only God can help us to feel in a world where man easily becomes jaded… Just pray and ask Him to help you… I prayed this verse over myself and it is manifesting day by day. I am just blown AWAY at what GOD is doing in my own life everyday. I know HE CAN and WILL do it for you too! Check this out! ♥

Ezekiel 36:26-27 King James Version (KJV)

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

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*Image via Google.


 

In the midst of raw emotions like angst and rage, are personal wars. On the Shoulders of The Son of God, I am on the Brink of Vindication.

I have The Favor of my Father. As a Born Again Believer, you can count on GOD having your back!  See Psalm 105 here. Read below…

Psalm 105 King James Version (KJV)

1 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;

10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:

11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:

12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.

13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;

14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;

15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.

17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:

19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.

20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.

21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:

22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.

23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants.

26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.

27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.

28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.

29 He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.

30 Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings.

31 He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.

32 He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.

33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.

34 He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,

35 And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.

36 He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.

37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.

39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.

40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.

43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:

44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;

45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the Lord.

 

This AMAZING, Beautiful Psalm reminds me of another Favorite…

Romans 8:31

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

The above verse is a banner over my life. I am living proof of It’s TRUTH. Everyday.

Praise THE LORD all the earth!

It is in the darkest of hours and in the fiery furnaces of this life that we can literally see that GOD is ALL we need. GOD is The ONLY ONE Who can be there like THAT...and hold you like that… Praise His Holy Name!!!

Psalm 62:5-6 (KJV)

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.


 

Many are the plans of a mans heart, ya know.

Here are some awesome lyrics about that (I just saw them on another amazing post by Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale, which I will be posting next, Glory to God!) ♥

*Image via YouTube

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We have our own ideas of how we want things to go. The LORD is so good to us! He wants to hear our hearts as we pray, but we must keep in mind, as I am learning…

God is God alone. God is Sovereign. He knows best. His Timing and Ways are The Best.

Proverbs 19:21 King James Version (KJV)

21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

 

The LORD sees The WHOLE picture. Past, present, and future.

So, do not be discouraged if your prayers aren’t answered EXACTLY the way you anticipate… His ways are so much higher! Be of good cheer!  🙂

You are loved by someone who died to know you! ♥

Thank You, Yeshua! ♥

 

 

Just one more…. As led by The Holy Spirit!

For The Glory of GOD! In The Name of The SON! †

“Call You Out”

How can you act like you know
When all you know is to lie?
Another truth to expose,
Freedom will capture their eyes.
We find this truth
We fight. You lose.

Your time’s up now.
That’s enough now.
Shut up, get out!
Truth called you out.

I know this language of yours
–
I used to speak it so well.
A fire meant to be pure
Is now the fire of Hell.
It is written
Long before you.

Your time’s up now.
That’s enough now.
Shut up, get out!
Truth called you out.

I hear your claims,
And I know your name;
I hear your claims,
And I know your name:

Liar.
Liar.

Your time’s up now.
That’s enough now.
Shut up, get out!
Truth called you out.

Your time’s up now.
That’s enough now.
Shut up, get out!
Truth called you out.

 

If this blog post blessed you, I feel led by The Spirit of God to ask that you would share the music on this page. The world needs Yeshua/Jesus like never before. The Antichrist system may be set up and the kingdom of darkness may be doing their thing, but THE CHURCH IS STILL HERE, so let’s shine! ♥ I feel like The LORD has really been speaking to me lately about SHINING.  †

Hearing The Gospel in different ways and different types of music can really make a difference. I pray you have a wonderful day in The LORD!

Jesus loves you! ♥

 


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My Favorite Song in The Whole World! “The Dark Hills” by Day of Fire

This is my most favorite song of all time EVER, in the whole world!

This is RAW EMOTION. The human soul crying out for his Creator like NEVER before! This is pain and pure anguish crying out for LIFE, which is Jesus Christ alone. Yeshua!

This song means everything to me and The LORD wants me to share it with you all tonight. It was shared with me by a very special person. This person is very dear to my heart. He knows Jesus. I never knew a man could be kind. Christ manifesting in someone is a Marvelous thing. The Spirit of God blows my mind. I have personally had bad experiences with men all my life. It starts with my testimony which I’ve yet to share. The Lord has revealed a lifetime worth of new information about everything. I never thought possible. To God be the Glory for all this!

Anyways, Father God wants you to receive this HOPE tonight!

Salvation in Jesus Christ ALONE is only one breath away. Cry out, friend. I pray these lyrics stir your soul with a longing like you never thought possible. A longing for LOVE. A longing and a yearning for Jesus Christ. Yeshua.

Praise THE LORD!!! 🙂

Day Of Fire Lyrics

“The Dark Hills”

[Verse 1:]
Sittin in the dark shakin in a cold wind dyin to get well keep trying but I’m broken
A kiss on my lips that use to thrill me, if I go another day it’s gonna kill me
Slipped into a dream woke up in a nightmare scars on my skin don’t know how they got there
How heavy was the crown of thorns? I wonder if I’m to far gone?

[Chorus:]
They say Jesus walked the dark hills He broke bread with beggars and thieves
If I cry out in this darkness, if I fall down on my knees
If He walks the dark hills, will He come for me? Will He come save me?

[Verse 2:]
Searching for the truth through stained glass windows covered up in shame things that only I know
Strike a match and light another candle, raise my hands a sing a pretty song.
If anybody knew this ugliness inside me would they throw a stone would the crucify me?
How Heavy was the crown of thorns? I wonder if I’m to far gone?

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
How Heavy was the crown of thorns? I wonder if I’m to far gone?

[Chorus 3:]
They say Jesus walks the dark hills He breaks bread with beggars and thieves
When I cry out in this darkness, When I fall down on my knees
When He walks the dark hills, I know He’ll come for me. I know He’ll come save me.

Personal Journey

“Still Haven’t Found What I’m Lookin’ For…”

Still Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For? C.S. Lewis, Bono and the Argument from Desire via crossexamined.org

by Ted Wright

For better or worse I was a child of the 80’s, and during that time a new rock band came on the scene that changed pop music, both in Britain, America and eventually the world. I immediately loved their sound as soon as I heard it. Their style was unique, and the lyrics had a real message. Their songs resonated much deeper than the typical pop tunes being played on the radio. That band was U2 from Dublin Ireland.

In May of 1987 the band released their 5th studio album titled “The Joshua Tree.” The second track on that album is a “gospel-esque” song that producer Danny Lanois encouraged Bono to write.[1] The song is “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” The song has been acclaimed by many critics and publications as one of the greatest songs of all time.[2]

What makes this song so unique and timeless? Sure it’s Bono’s excellent vocals, Adam Clayton’s chilled-out bass, and the Edge’s astral guitar licks, but I believe that it is also something more, something much deeper. The song touches on a truth that is embedded in all people – a deep sense of longing and desire for something that this present world cannot fully satisfy. Here is the second refrain.
“I have kissed honey lips

Felt the healing in her finger tips

It burned like fire

(I was) burning inside her.
I have spoke with the tongue of angels

I have held the hand of a devil

It was warm in the night

I was cold as a stone.

But I still haven’t found

What I’m looking for.

But I still haven’t found

What I’m looking for.”
The song is written in the style of a gospel-lament which has it roots in the Psalms, the Lamentations of Jeremiah and later, African-American Spirituals. So, what is the singer lamenting?

He is lamenting that no matter what he tries or what he does, ultimate satisfaction isn’t found in this world. His satisfaction must come from somewhere else. He was made for something else, for somewhere else, or perhaps for someone else. He is a pilgrim and a sojourner on this earth, “just a passing through.”

In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis articulates an argument for the existence of God based on our dissatisfactions as well as our deepest desire, which sounds a lot like the lyrics of U2’s song. I would even argue that the core idea is the virtually the same.

Lewis’s argument goes like this:

…A baby feels hunger; well there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world[3]

Philosopher Peter Kreeft has done us a great service and re-formulated Lewis’s argument from desire into a syllogism that might be a little easier to follow.

Every natural innate desire corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire
But there exists in us a desire which nothing in time, nothing on earth and no creature can satisfy.
Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth, and creatures which can satisfy this desire.
This something is what people call “God” and “life with God forever.”[4]

Premise 1 – Every natural desire corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire

The key here is that every natural desire has a corresponding reality. The implication is that there is a distinction between two kinds of desires – natural desires and artificial desires. Everyone has natural desires, like the desire for water, food, sleep, friendship (companionship), etc…, but we also have desires for things that are artificial, or conditioned by society – like the desire to be famous, or the desire to possess superpowers (like one of the Avengers), or the desire to own a Ferrari.

However, with the artificial desires we don’t recognize a condition called “Ferrari-lessness” which corresponds to, say a natural desire like the desire for water (thirst), or for food (hunger).

Premise 2 – But there exists a desire in us which nothing in time, nothing on earth and no creature can satisfy.

This premise is existentially true, and either one senses it or not. It can’t be forced. It may be pointed out, however, that even though one might not sense a desire for God, it doesn’t mean that the desire is non-existent, just buried under the concerns, the worries and the busyness of life.

The Southern novelist Walker Percy commenting on “the search” in his classic novel The Moviegoer (1961) touches on this idea:

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be on to something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

Something is missing, so we despair. Indeed, as Thoreau writes, “…most men live lives of quiet desperation” (Civil Disobedience & other Essays), or like mythical, Greek Sisyphus, we “feel” the futility and the endless drudgery of work & life and deeply sense that there must be “something more.”

If God is the ultimate source of joy and fellowship, then nothing but Him and Him alone (& life with Him forever) will satisfy the heart of every person.

This truth has been articulated by many different voices throughout history.

“For He [God] has set eternity in the hearts of men…” – King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

“Thou, O Lord hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee” – St. Augustine (The Confessions)

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” – Blaise Pascal (Pensees)

“Not to be onto something is to be in despair” – Walker Percy (The Moviegoer)

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” – U2 (Bono)

Peter Kreeft brilliantly summarizes premise 2 this way:

The second premise requires only honest introspection. If someone defies it and says, “I am perfectly happy playing with mud pies, sports cars, or money, or sex, or power,” we can only ask, “Are you really?” But we can only appeal, we cannot compel… Even the atheist Jean-Paul Sartre admitted that “there comes a time when one asks, even of Shakespeare, even of Beethoven, ‘Is that all there is?’”[5]

Premise 3 – Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth, and creatures which can satisfy this desire.

Premise 4 – This something is what people call “God” and “life with God forever.”

Admittedly, the conclusion of this argument is not an “air-tight” case for the God of the Bible, but it is certainly a stepping stone. When the argument from desire is placed alongside of other arguments for God’s existence, such as the cosmological argument, and the teleological argument, then I think it makes a pretty compelling case worthy of serious consideration.

Kreeft says, “What it proves is an unknown X, but an unknown whose direction, so to speak, is known. This X is more: more beauty, more desirability, more awesomeness, more joy.”[6]

Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. ~ C.S. Lewis (The Weight of Glory, pg. 42)

Truth, Goodness & Beauty

It may be that beauty, and our desire for infinite beauty and truth and goodness is where we feel the unfulfilled longing[7] the most, as Kreeft brilliantly explains:

There are three things that will never die: truth, goodness and beauty. These are three things that we all need, and need absolutely, and know we need absolutely. Our minds want not only some truth and some falsehood, but all truth, without limit. Our wills want not only some good and some evil, but all good, without limit. Our desires, imaginations, feelings or hearts just want not just some beauty and some ugliness, but all beauty without limit.

For these are three things that we will never get bored with, and never will, for all eternity, because they are three attributes of God, and therefore all God’s creation: three transcendental or absolutely universal principles of all reality. …Truth, goodness and beauty are ‘patches of Godlight’ here in the ‘Shadowlands.’ Their home is Yonder.[8]

Christianity teaches that the only way to truly KNOW God is through Jesus Christ who came to reveal Him for Who He truly is.

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3)

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“Flawless”

There’s Living Water at the Fountain of Christ for all!

No discrimination. Everyone’s welcome.

Awesome and inspiring video, listen to the song below.