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Revelation 15:1-4

Revelation 15:1-4

A few days ago, as I was driving from Florida to South Carolina (a six hour drive), a strange experience happened. In the middle of my phone directions, Revelation chapter 10 started playing from my audio Bible. I was a bit surprised because I did not touch the audible app (that I knew off). I wanted to stop it from playing because I never drove on this particular highway before and wanted to pay attention to the road. However, I couldn’t stop it because I was driving with both my hands and did not want to get off the road. So I decided to let it play till the end where eventually it would stop playing. So I listened. I caught a few scriptures that I wanted to remember to place in my journal. However, when the audio stopped after Revelation 22, I heard the orator say “ The genealogy of Jesus Christ” in Matthew chapter 1. At this point all I could say was this is something God wants me to know.

After settling down at home I remembered hearing the “Song of Moses the Lamb” but I did not hear what chapter in Revelation it was in, so I did a little research on google, then BibleGateway.  As I reflected on the above experience, my thought was “What would we do without the power of God’s Spirit who uses all things, including technology to connect, reveal, and teach believers the Word of God and make things known. To some this experience may sound hard to believe and to some it’s not for they know that God is sovereign and can do all things (Isaiah 45:7-9).  Therefore, I am sharing my experience and one of the passages from Revelation.

In Revelation 15:1-4 John said:

“Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and amazing are your deeds,
    O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
    O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord,
    and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
    All nations will come
    and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

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Hannah a Praying Woman

Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah,who could not have any children whereas, his other wife Peninnah had children, this made Hannah very unhappy and tearful. Although her husband treated her with loving affection by giving her double portions of his sacrifices and shared one portion of the sacrifices with the other wife, his sons, and daughters. Elkanah understood that God had closed her womb.

But on this particular day Hannah would not eat and kept crying and her husband was questioning her why was her heart sad and why was she acting that way. He felt that she should be happy because she had him, who was worth more than ten sons. Hannah was deeply distressed and went to the Lord in prayer and made her request. Philippians 4:6-7, instructs the believer to not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let his or her requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard his or her heart and minds in Christ Jesus.

This is what Hannah did she prayed and wept bitterly making her request known to God in addition to making this vow “Oh Lord of host if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant but give me, your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life and no razor shall touch his head” (that’s another story).

According to this story of Hannah, Eli the priest was sitting on a seat beside the doorposts of the temple, and had observed Hannah, at first, he thought she was drunk. She explained that she had a troubled spirit. And we know that there are times that we have a troubled spirit. The priest after hearing her petition told her to go in peace and the God of Israel grants your petition that you have made to him. She said let your servant find favor in your eyes and when she left the priest, she was no longer sad. And as the story goes Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son, who she named Samuel who became a great judge and prophet.

Reflection:

Today we have the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ to take our prayers to and he tells us not to let our hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me (John 14:1). In  John 15:14-17 (NIV) Jesus said, I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead I have called you friends for everything that I learned from my Father, I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit, that will last and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.  

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God My Mentor

God you are my Mentor the center of all that I do

So that I can fulfill your Kingdom purpose and plans

Prepare me, train me, and equip me

Bless me with the ability to see

What you see, give me ears to hear

What you hear

Holy Spirit teach me and lead me

Across the dry lands and the sea

To advance Your Kingdom

The way you desire it to be

God you are my Mentor redirect me

If I take a detour speak to me

Through Your Word and Spirit

Or a person or my dreams

To help me understand all that you mean

As my loving Father and Mentor

Let me see your splendor

And Father once again as my Mentor

Help me meet your expectations

For this generation and the next.

2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

A Whisper

As I sat in my car eating, I heard God whisper, “a homeless person will be coming to you.”  When He said this, I kept looking out the windows of my car. While I was eating my chicken sandwich, I saw two women walking behind my car with a baby buggy. As I was putting nuts on top of my kale salad, I heard someone talking. I looked out the window of my driver’s side and there stood a woman with her mask on, she was trying not to get to close to the car to talk. However, I am hard of hearing, so I told her to come closer. She said she was homeless and showed me where she was sleeping. She said she wanted to get something to eat across the street. I looked in my car where I kept spare change and it was not enough to give to someone. And I had none in my purse. So I told her to go to the restaurant and I will come and pay for her food. Once there I decided to stay and asked her if I can sit with her. She said yes. So I got s cup of coffee and sat with her.

  We sat and talked for a good 30 minutes, sharing some things we had in common, we both had a family member with Down’s syndrome, and we spoke about God and how He provides.  And I told her some funny things that happened to me the past week, we laughed together. We talked with one another like we were close friends. The Spirit said to treat her like she was doing me a kind gesture by allowing me to sit with her while she ate and not as I was doing her a kindness. So I thanked her for allowing me to spend time with her because I needed someone to talk too.  

As we continued to talk, I noticed that I could hear her every word which surprised me, because I am usually asking people to repeat themselves or telling them that I did not hear them. Therefore I shared that thought with her. Before we departed, I asked her could I pray for her, and she said yes. We went out to my car, I took her hands and prayed for her. After I prayed for her, we hugged, and I spoke her name. I know that some of you are saying, I shouldn’t have touched her, but I am a person who likes to touch. When I got into my car, I thanked the Father for this time spent with the homeless woman. It brought much joy to my heart and hopefully joy and hope to hers.

Moral of the Story: God can orchestrate or ordain an event that will demonstrate His love and glorify Him.

Bless Those

I want to bless those who do the will of my Father

Jesus said my business is to do the Father’s will

Bless those who care for the widows, poor, and the fatherless

 And yes Father

Bless those who help, and provide shelter for the homeless

Bless those who fight for social justice

Bless those who have passionate, love, peace, and forgiveness in their hearts

And yes Father

Bless those who are growing, living, and loving, in the likeness of Jesus

Father let your blessings rain down

Bless those whose service is to honor You.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 119:1-3

  Blessed, are those whose ways are blameless,who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart they do no wrong but follow his ways.

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Sisters God is Calling

God is calling His daughters

 His voice is soft as the wind

God is calling His daughters

Whose beauty and grace reflect

              His love

God is calling His daughters

Whose touch of gentleness and kindness

               Prevails

God is calling his daughters

      where His peace dwells

Come sisters our Father is calling

Listen His voice is soft as the wind

Come sisters it is time to connect our spirits

God our Father is calling

My Reflection:

His love prevails where His peace dwells.

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Heartfelt Love

Heartfelt Love

The Father requires of His children to have heartfelt love

The same love they receive from heaven above

 Loving the Father with all one’s heart, soul, and mind

 And your neighbors as yourself that’s the kind

 Of love that the Father commands throughout the lands

 Love the Lord for He has compassion and mercy

When He hears your cries and prayerful voice

 Shower your love and praise upon Him

Your grateful response as sons and daughters

 And a heartfelt choice

 He has declared and given us His Spirit of love

 The red fruit we must consume every day

 Rich in nourishment that helps us walk in His ways

 Demonstrating heartfelt love.

Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

the Red Rose

The blood trickling down His face

 Him nailed on the cross for the human race

His head hanging as he whispers it is finished

Such passionate, redeeming, justifying, and regenerating love

 The sinner saved, three days later He walked out of His grave

 His appearance too many, they were amazed

What amazing grace, what unselfish love written all over his face

 He speaks among the multitudes

Gazes upon them with overwhelming compassion

He has healing in His heart, He touches them

Oh how compelling to the hearts of those failing

 Locked in bondage of a life of sin or oppression 

Amazing love, amazing grace written all over His face

Reconciling mankind to their rightful place

In the arms of the Father  

What amazing love, amazing grace written all over His face

His peace and His sweet-scent seeping through His pores

Bringing the faithful closer, to learn more and more

Mankind’s red rose, each petal dripping with His blood

Filled with His amazing grace and His amazing love

He is the Rose that will never wither and die

The rose that is rich in life giving blood

The blood that makes one white as snow

The Red Rose

King Nebuchadnezzar

   Daniel 4:1-36 (NKJV)

King Nebuchadnezzar esteemed Daniel highly as having the indwelling of the “Spirit of the Holy God” (the doctrine of the Trinity) who could interpret dreams that others could not therefore, he made it a point to always ask Daniel to interpret his dreams and visions. The king had a second dream that pictured a tree which was explained by Daniel to represent the king. After interpreting the dream, Daniel gave the king some sound advice that he hoped would be acceptable. One would say that Daniel was giving him feedback regarding his arrogant pride, conduct, and actions. The feedback or advice was to lead the king to repentance of his sins by breaking away from his inequities and showing mercy to the poor and being righteous. Daniel expressed to the king if he would follow his advice his time of prosperity may be lengthened.

The dream represented something more serious which Daniel had explained in his interpretation.  Apparently, a year later the king had not changed and was exalting himself. Matthew 23:12 informs the reader that those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. In the midst of king Nebuchadnezzar exalting himself, God spoke to him and made a not so pleasant decree (related to the dream) in that the king would realize in time that God rules the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever, he chooses. After the dream’s negative fulfillment and King Nebuchadnezzar humbling experience, he reasoned and understood who holds all the power and honor in the kingdom. Then he praised and extolled God as eternally sovereign and omnipotent of all the universe. In addition, King Nebuchadnezzar learned that God has the power and capability of humbling those who walk pridefully, His ways are just, and works are truth. God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar before exalting him again for a helpful and holy purpose.  

Moral of the Story: Be attentive to your dreams, reflect on God’s word and feedback, be righteous in your doings, show mercy to the poor, understand that God is sovereign, and His kingdom is everlasting, and He will give you a chance to repent before He humbles you.

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The Beauty of God’s Love

The sky is navy blue a blanket of serenity.

A purple horizon marking the trail of the King’s Royal Robe.

Wild grass blowing in the wind and stopping to bow as He passes.

What bliss what favor to see what God sees.

The beauty of God’s love in you and me.

Directing our hearts in joy, peace, and love.

Come here! You will see, the beauty of God’s love in you and me.

Prayer: Father, may we be at peace in the beauty of Your love.