Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Philip the Evangelist

Philip the Evangelists: The Charm of Home


God has this fantastic ability to put the right people together at the right time for His glory; it has been His plan all along.


26 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”

The Holy Spirit gives you the right words to say.

for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said."
Luke 12:12
30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter.
    And as a lamb is silent before the shearers,
    he did not open his mouth.
33 He was humiliated and received no justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.

The Ethiopian was ready for the word of God, he was seeking it by reading from Isaiah.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 
Matthew 6:33
36 As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” 38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing.   
Acts 8:26-39

Philip was the Ethiopian's teacher, at the right place at the right time due to God's wonderful timing.

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 
Ephesians 4:11-12

Philip had the gift of teaching being sent by God (Acts 8:26) to spread the "good news" of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection and what it meant for the early Christians. It always comes down to one verse for me:
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
Romans 8:2

And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
Romans 10:15


Resources:
Who was the Ethiopian Eunuch?
What is an evangelists?

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings

The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jacob Wrestles with God

Jacob Wrestles with God: The Charm of Home

22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them.23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions.
24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!”

Israel/men struggle with God. God disciplines them.
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 “What is your name?” the man asked.
He replied, “Jacob.”
28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel,[a] because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”

When you struggle and come to God's will you find favor with God. He blesses you.

29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said.
“Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.
30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.” 

By fear/respect of our Lord, the grace of Christ spares us.

31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip. 32 (Even today the people of Israel don’t eat the tendon near the hip socket because of what happened that night when the man strained the tendon of Jacob’s hip.)
God chose Jacob/Israel and they didn't always chose him.
If you believe in God and fear/respect him instead of wrestling with him he will bless you.
God wants you to give your will over to him and not "wrestle" with him.
You will be his chosen people.
Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song.
    Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.
 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker.
    O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.
 Praise his name with dancing,
    accompanied by tambourine and harp.
 For the Lord delights in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.
    Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.
 Let the praises of God be in their mouths,
    and a sharp sword in their hands—
 to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
 to bind their kings with shackles
    and their leaders with iron chains,
 to execute the judgment written against them.
    This is the glorious privilege of his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 149

God's chosen will be a part of the end plan, just as written here in this Psalm.

Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
https://www.gotquestions.org/judge-angels.html

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings

Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Home Sweet Home #328

The Bitterness of Naomi: The Charm of Home
Wither Thou Goest by Sandy Freckleton Gagon
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared The Bitterness of Naomi, a post so many people need to read. 
David's Mercy: The Charm of Home
David and Saul by Julius Kronberg
Then I shared David's Mercy. There is so many lessons in David's story this is just one of them.


There are so many wonderful posts each week, here are a few 
that I enjoyed.

Charleston Treasures by My Cozy Corner.

Edwardian Bicycle Costume by Sew Historically. 

Sherry

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

David's Mercy

David's Mercy: The Charm of Home
David and Saul by Julius Kronberg

God is angered when Saul, Israel's king, unlawfully offers a sacrifice (1 Samuel 13:8-14) and later defied a divine instruction to not only kill all of the Amalekites, but to destroy also their confiscated property.(1 Samuel 15:1-28) Consequently, he sends the prophet Samuel to anoint David, the youngest son of Jesse of Bethlehem, to be king instead. (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
King Saul became jealous of David's reputation. God allowed an evil spirit to enter into Saul (1 Samuel 18:10) and this tested David as much as Saul. King Saul realized the Lord was with David (1 Samuel 18:12) and Saul eventually tried to hunt and kill David. David escaped into the wilderness (1 Samuel 23:14) and finally was handed Saul by God and the result is the story of how David responded. 

David Spares Saul’s Life

After Saul returned from fighting the Philistines, he was told that David had gone into the wilderness of En-gedi. So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats.
At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding farther back in that very cave!
“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe.
But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul.

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 

Romans 13:1-2

 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

Romans 13:5
After Saul had left the cave and gone on his way, David came out and shouted after him, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked around, David bowed low before him.
Then he shouted to Saul, “Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you? 10 This very day you can see with your own eyes it isn’t true. For the Lord placed you at my mercy back there in the cave. Some of my men told me to kill you, but I spared you. For I said, ‘I will never harm the king—he is the Lord’s anointed one.’ 11 Look, my father, at what I have in my hand. It is a piece of the hem of your robe! I cut it off, but I didn’t kill you. This proves that I am not trying to harm you and that I have not sinned against you, even though you have been hunting for me to kill me.
12 “May the Lord judge between us. Perhaps the Lord will punish you for what you are trying to do to me, but I will never harm you. 13 As that old proverb says, ‘From evil people come evil deeds.’ So you can be sure I will never harm you. 14 Who is the king of Israel trying to catch anyway? Should he spend his time chasing one who is as worthless as a dead dog or a single flea? 15 May the Lord therefore judge which of us is right and punish the guilty one. He is my advocate, and he will rescue me from your power!”
16 When David had finished speaking, Saul called back, “Is that really you, my son David?” Then he began to cry. 17 And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you have repaid me good for evil. 

Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

1 Peter 3:9

18 Yes, you have been amazingly kind to me today, for when the Lord put me in a place where you could have killed me, you didn’t do it. 19 Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? 

The Lord said to my Lord,
    “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
until I humble your enemies,
    making them a footstool under your feet.”

Psalm 110:1

May the Lord reward you well for the kindness you have shown me today. 20 And now I realize that you are surely going to be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will flourish under your rule. 21 Now swear to me by the Lord that when that happens you will not kill my family and destroy my line of descendants!”
22 So David promised this to Saul with an oath. Then Saul went home, but David and his men went back to their stronghold.
1 Samuel 24

David shows unbelieveable mercy to King Saul who had turned against him and became an enemy. David was a servant of the Lord and God blessed David for his faithfulness and anointed him King of Israel. 

David's Psalms are wonderful prayers to pray to God if you are under the attack from enemies or you need to grow in your faith.

David's Psalm for the cave experience:
I cry out to the Lord;
    I plead for the Lord’s mercy.
I pour out my complaints before him
    and tell him all my troubles.
When I am overwhelmed,
    you alone know the way I should turn.
Wherever I go,
    my enemies have set traps for me.
I look for someone to come and help me,
    but no one gives me a passing thought!
No one will help me;
    no one cares a bit what happens to me.
Then I pray to you, O Lord.
    I say, “You are my place of refuge.
    You are all I really want in life.
Hear my cry,
    for I am very low.
Rescue me from my persecutors,
    for they are too strong for me.
Bring me out of prison
    so I can thank you.
The godly will crowd around me,
    for you are good to me.”
Psalm 142

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 23
David had a relationship with God and human nonetheless, he exhibited and example for us all.

One of the major lessons for me when I revisit this story and re-read it is, that if we chose not to follow God, He allows the evil spirits to come in and test our faith. When we are found lacking and the more we chose an alternative path the less likely we are to ever have eternity with God. This is a HUGE takeaway and it as real as the floor you get out of bed and hit every morning. Are you ready to pray to God and rectify this... if you are not following Him?

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings

The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking