(Our most holy and glorious, divine heavenly Father we lift our voices in praise and adoration because of YOU and who YOU are. There has never been words created yet filled with the power and the glory deserving of Your name and of Your Spirit.
Father, your word says that You are looking for those who will worship You in SPIRIT and IN TRUTH. That is what I am seeking is THE TRUTH. Jesus said in John 17:15--I DO NOT PRAY THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, but THAT YOU SHOULD KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL ONE. (This is my prayer as well.) Cont. with John 17:14--I have given them YOUR WORD; and the world has hated them because they are NOT of the world, just as I am not of the world. (17) Sanctify them by YOUR TRUTH. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH. (Then when Pilate was questioning as to whether or not He was king, Jesus replied)
John 18:37,b--You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I WAS BORN, and for this cause I HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD that I should bear WITNESS to the TRUTH. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. (Then Pilate asked Him this question) John 18:38--“WHAT IS TRUTH?”
(We read in) John 15:7--If you ABIDE in ME, and MY WORDS ABIDE in YOU, you will ASK what you desire, and it shall be DONE for you. (8) BY THIS My Father is GLORIFIED, that YOU BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so you will be MY DISCIPLES. (If that is true then Father I am standing on the second Psalm asking You to give Your Son the NATIONS for HIS inheritance and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for His possession. (Then again we read in) 1 John 4:13--BY THIS we know that we ABIDE in HIM and HE in US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (In the word) and testify that the FATHER has SENT the SON as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. (This is testified to in)
John 3:16--”For God so loved the world that HE GAVE His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in HIM should NOT perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON into the world to CONDEMN the world, BUT that the world THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED. (This would indicate that the salvation of the world depends on JESUS and on US then.) (18) He who BELIEVES in HIM is NOT CONDEMNED; but he who does NOT BELIEVE is CONDEMNED already, BECAUSE HE HAS NOT BELIEVED in THE NAME of THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of GOD.
(Father as I study Your word I notice that there are not too many places where Jesus is referred to as the only BEGOTTEN SON of GOD. I notice in the 2nd Psalm, He is referred to as just that.) Psalm 2”6--Yet I have set MY KING on MY HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME, and I will GIVE YOU, THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE, and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.
(Tell me Father, is there someplace in the word where You have changed Your mind about this? I can’t find any!) (Then in John 1, we find this) John 1:12--But as many as received HIM, to THEM HE GAVE THE RIGHT to BECOME CHILDREN of GOD, to those WHO BELIEVE in HIS NAME; (13) Who were born, NOT OF BLOOD, nor of THE WILL of THE FLESH, nor of the WILL OF MAN, but OF GOD. (14) And THE WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we BEHELD HIS GLORY, the GLORY as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN of THE FATHER, FULL of GRACE and TRUTH. (18) No one has seen God at any time. The ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of GOD who is IN THE FATHER, He has DECLARED HIM.
John 17:1--Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. GLORIFY Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You. (2) as YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM AUTHORITY OVER ALL FLESH, that He should give ETERNAL LIFE to AS MANY (all) as You have GIVEN HIM. (3) and THIS is ETERNAL LIFE, that they may KNOW YOU, the only TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST, whom You have SENT. (Dict. Def. of AUTHORITY: The POWER to ENFORCE OBEDIENCE. (2) Source of correct information or wise advice: A good dictionary is an authority on the meaning of words.)
(Eph. 1:17--that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the FATHER of GLORY, may give to you the SPIRIT of WISDOM and REVELATION in THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM. (18) the eyes of YOUR UNDERSTANDING BEING ENLIGHTENED; that you MAY KNOW what is the HOPE OF HIS CALLING, what are the RICHES of the GLORY of HIS INHERITANCE in the saints. (19) and what is the exceeding greatness of HIS POWER toward us who believe according to the WORKING of HIS MIGHTY POWER.
Rom. 9:22--What if God wanting to show HIS WRATH and to make HIS POWER KNOWN, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of WRATH prepared for DESTRUCTION. Looking back at verse 15--So He says to Moses. ‘I WILL HAVE MERCY on WHOMEVER I WILL HAVE MERCY, and I WILL HAVE COMPASSION on WHOMEVER I WILL HAVE COMPASSION.” (16) So then IT IS NOT OF HIM WHO WILLS, nor of him WHO RUNS, but OF GOD WHO SHOWS MERCY. (18) Therefore HE HAS MERCY ON WHOM HE WILLS, and WHOM HE WILLS HE HARDENS. (22) What if God, wanting to show HIS WRATH and to make HIS POWER KNOWN, endured with much longsuffering the VESSELS of WRATH PREPARED for DESTRUCTION. (23) and that He MIGHT MAKE KNOWN THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY on the VESSELS OF MERCY, which HE HAD PREPARED BEFOREHAND for GLORY, (24) even US WHOM HE CALLED, not of the JEWS ONLY, BUT ALSO OF THE GENTILES.
1 Thess. 5:8--But let us who are of the DAY be SOBER putting on the breastplate of FAITH and LOVE and as a HELMET the HOPE OF SALVATION. (9) For GOD DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our LORD JESUS CHRIST. (Father I have been striving to obtain salvation for everyone according to YOUR WILL.) ( We read in, 2 Thess. 2:13,b--God from the beginning chose you FOR SALVATION through sanctification by the Spirit and BELIEF IN THE TRUTH, (14) to which He called you by OUR GOSPEL for the OBTAINING of THE GLORY of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.)
(Then looking at this exhortation in 1 Tim. 1 we read: Therefore I EXHORT FIRST OF ALL that SUPPLICATION, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, and GIVING of THANKS BE MADE for ALL MEN, (2) For kings and ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY, that we may lead A QUIET and PEACEABLE LIFE, in all godliness and reverence. (3) For THIS IS GOOD and ACCEPTABLE in the sight of God our Savior, (4) WHO DESIRES ALL MEN to BE SAVED and TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE of THE TRUTH. (5) For there is ONE GOD and ONE MEDIATOR between GOD and MEN, the MAN CHRIST JESUS, (6) WHO GAVE HIMSELF for ALL, to be testified in DUE TIME, (7) for which I (Paul) was appointed a PREACHER and an APOSTLE--I am speaking THE TRUTH in CHRIST and NOT LYING--a teacher of the GENTILES in FAITH and TRUTH.
(Father I know it is Your will that Jesus not be short changed and that is my will as well.) (Then looking at 1 Tim. 4:9 we read--This is a FAITHFUL saying WORTHY of ALL ACCEPTANCE. (10) For TO THIS END we both LABOR and SUFFER REPROACH, because WE TRUST IN THE LIVING GOD, WHO IS THE SAVIOR OF ALL MEN, ESPECIALLY OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE.
(We learn this about You in Jere. 10:6--Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord. (7) Who would not FEAR You O KING OF THE NATIONS? (Ps.2:6--Yet I have set MY KING on My HOLY HILL OF ZION. (7) I will declare the decree the Lord has said to me YOU ARE MY SON TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I WILL GIVE YOU the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION.) (Returning to Jere. 10:7--For THIS is YOUR RIGHTFUL DUE. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there IS NONE LIKE YOU. (8) But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish: A WORTHLESS DOCTRINE IS A WOODEN IDOL. (10) But the LORD IS THE TRUE GOD: He is THE LIVING GOD and the EVERLASTING KING. Then we read in
Is.45:21--Tell and bring forth YOUR CASE; Yes let them take counsel together. Who has DECLARED this from ancient time: HAVE NOT I THE LORD? And THERE IS NO OTHER GOD BESIDES ME. (22) LOOK TO ME and BE SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! FOR I AM GOD and THERE IS NO OTHER. Then we read in Ps.22:27--ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES of the NATIONS shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) For THE KINGDOM is THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
Pro.16:14--As messengers of DEATH is the king’s WRATH, but a WISE MAN will APPEASE IT. (15) In the LIGHT of the king’s FACE is LIFE, and HIS FAVOR is like A CLOUD OF THE LATTER RAIN. Ps.67:1--God be MERCIFUL to us and BLESS us, and CAUSE HIS FACE to SHINE upon US. (2) THAT YOUR WAY MAY BE KNOWN ON EARTH, YOUR SALVATION AMONG ALL NATIONS.
(I pray this right along with Your word.) Ps. 25:4--Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; TEACH me YOUR PATHS. (5) LEAD me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH ME. For YOU are the GOD of MY SALVATION, on YOU I WAIT ALL THE DAY. (8) GOOD and UPRIGHT is the LORD; therefore HE TEACHES SINNERS in THE WAY. (9) The HUMBLE He guides in JUSTICE, and the HUMBLE HE TEACHES HIS WAY. (10) ALL the PATHS of the LORD are MERCY and TRUTH, to such as keep HIS COVENANT and HIS TESTIMONIES. (11) For Your NAME’S SAKE, o LORD, pardon my iniquity for it is great. (12) Who is the man that FEARS the LORD? HIM SHALL HE TEACH IN THE WAY THAT HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. (14) The SECRET of the LORD is with those who FEAR Him, and HE WILL SHOW THEM HIS COVENANT.
(This is what I found in Is. 49:8) Thus says the Lord in an ACCEPTABLE TIME I have HEARD YOU, and IN THE DAY OF SALVATION I HAVE HELPED YOU; I will PRESERVE You and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT TO THE PEOPLE to RESTORE THE EARTH. (Looking back at verse 6,b I found this) I will ALSO GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES. THAT YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Ps.22:25,b--I WILL PAY MY VOWS BEFORE THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.(27)ALL the ENDS of THE WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES of THE NATIONS shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) For THE KINGDOM is THE LORD’S, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
Ps.61:5--For YOU,O GOD, have HEARD MY VOWS; YOU HAVE GIVEN ME THE HERITAGE of those WHO FEAR YOUR NAME. (6) YOU WILL PROLONG THE KING'S LIFE, His years as MANY GENERATIONS. (7) He shall abide before God forever. OH, PREPARE MERCY and TRUTH, which MAY PRESERVE HIM!
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