Christ Gave Himself To The Church That He Might Sanctify And Cleanse It With The Washing Of Water By The Word
by Sharon McClean
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Eph.5:25,b—Just as Christ also loved the church and GAVE Himself for it, (26) that He might SANCTIFY and CLEANSE it BY THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD. (s.1:16—WASH yourselves, make yourselves CLEAN; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, (17) learn to do GOOD; seek JUSTICE, REPROVE the OPPRESSOR; DEFEND the FATHERLESS, PLEAD for the WIDOW. (27) ZION shall be redeemed with JUSTICE, and her penitents with RIGHTEOUSNESS.) Ps.24:3—Who may ascend into THE HILL of the Lord? Or who may stand in His HOLY PLACE He who has CLEAN HANDS and a PURE HEART. (6) THIS is JACOB, the GENERATION of those who SEEK HIM, WHO SEEK YOUR FACE. (Matt.5:8—Blessed are the PURE in HEART for THEY shall SEE GOD.)
Pro.30:5—Every WORD of GOD is PURE; He is a SHIELD to those who put their TRUST in Him. Pro.20:11—Even a CHILD is KNOWN by his DEEDS, by whether what he does is PURE and RIGHT. (12) the HEARING EAR and the SEEING EYE, the Lord has made BOTH of THEM. (Pro. 22:17—Incline your EAR and HEAR THE WORDS of the WISE, and apply your heart to KNOWLEDGE; (19) So that your TRUST may be in the LORD; I have INSTRUCTED you TODAY, even YOU. (20) Have I not written to you EXCELLENT things of COUNSELS and KNOWLEDGE, (21) That I MAY MAKE YOU KNOW the CERTAINTY of THE WORDS of TRUTH to those who send to you?
Ps.119:133—Direct my STEPS by YOUR WORD, and let NO INIQUITY have DOMINION over me. (Pro.14:15—The simple believes EVERY WORD, but the PRUDENT man considers well his STEPS. Pro. 16:20—He who heeds THE WORD WISELY will find GOOD, and whoever TRUSTS in the Lord, HAPPY is he. (Pro.28:26—He who TRUSTS in HIS OWN HEART is a fool, but whoever WALKS WISELY will be DELIVERED. (Pro.3:5—TRUST in the LORD with ALL YOU HEART and LEAN NOT on YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING; (6) In ALL your WAYS acknowledge Him, and HE SHALL DIRECT YOUR PATHS.) (Amos 3:3—Can two WALK together, unless they are AGREED?) Ps.119:81—My soul faints for YOUR SALVATION, but I HOPE in YOUR WORD.(82) My eyes fail from SEEKING YOUR WORD, saying, “When will You COMFORT me? Ps. 119:49—REMEMBER THE WORD to Your servant, upon which YOU HAVE CAUSED ME TO HOPE. (5) This is my COMFORT in my AFFLICTION, for YOUR WORD HAS GIVEN ME LIFE.
John 17:14—I have given them YOUR WORD; and the world has hated them because they are NOT of the world. (15) I DO NOT PRAY that YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, but that You should KEEP them from THE EVIL ONE. (16) They are NOT of the WORLD, just as I am NOT of the WORLD. (17) “SANCTIFY them by YOUR TRUTH, YOUR WORD is TRUTH. (18) As You SENT ME into the WORLD, I also have SENT THEM into the WORLD. (19) and for their sakes I SANCTIFY MYSELF, that they also may be SANCTIFIED by the TRUTH. (22) And the GLORY which YOU GAVE ME I have GIVEN THEM, that they may be ONE just as WE ARE ONE; (28) I in them, and You in me; that they may be made PERFECT in ONE, and that the WORLD may KNOW that YOU HAVE SENT ME, and have LOVED THEM as YOU have LOVED ME.
John 6:28—Then they said to Him, “WHAT SHALL WE DO, THAT WE MAY WORK THE WORKS OF GOD? (29) Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS is the WORK of GOD, that you BELIEVE in HIM whom HE SENT.)
1 John 4:9—In THIS the LOVE God was MANIFESTED toward us, that GOD has SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN Son into the world, that we might LIVE THROUGH HIM. (10) In THIS is LOVE, NOT that we LOVED GOD but that HE LOVED US and SENT HIS SON to be the PROPITATION for our SINS. (12) NO ONE has SEEN GOD at any time, if we LOVE one another, GOD ABIDES in US, and HIS LOVE has been PERFECTED in US. (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. 1 John 5:6—This is HE whom came by WATER and BLOOD—Jesus Christ; not only by WATER, but by WATER and BLOOD. (It’s in His blood to save.) And it is THE SPIRIT WHO BEARS WITNESS, because THE SPIRIT IS TRUTH. (10) He who believes in the SON of GOD has THE WITNESS in HIMSELF; he who does NOT believe God has made Him a liar, because He has not BELIEVED the TESTIMONY that GOD HAS GIVEN OF His SON. (11) and this is the TESTIMONY: that God has GIVEN US ETERNAL LIFE, and THIS LIFE is IN HIS SON. (John 3:16, 17) John15:26—But when the HELPER comes, whom I shall send to you from the FATHER, the SPIRIT of TRUTH who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
John 17:17—“Father, the hour has come. GLORIFY Your SON, that Your SON 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. (Heb.8:10—For THIS is THE COVENANT that I will make with the house of ISRAEL after those days says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD and THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE (11) NONE of them shall teach HIS NEIGHBOR and NONE HIS BROTHER, saying KNOW THE LORD, for ALL SHALL KNOW ME from the LEAST OF THEM to the GREATEST of THEM. (12) For I will be MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and their SINS and LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. (13) In THAT He says A NEW COVENANT, He has made THE FIRST OBSOLETE and GROWING OLD is ready to VANISH AWAY.)
Matt.28:18—“ALL AUTHORITY has been GIVEN to ME in HEAVEN and ON EARTH. (19) GO therefore and make DISCIPLES of ALL NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of THE FATHER and of THE SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE. (KJV) and LO, I am with you always, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD.)
Returning to John 17:24--Father, I desire that they also whom You gave me may be with me WHERE I AM, that they MAY BEHOLD MY GLORY (John1:14—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. (Second Ps.) Returning to John 17:24--which YOU HAVE GIVEN ME, for You LOVED Me before the FOUNDATION of the WORLD. (Eph.1:4—just as He CHOSE us in HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION of the WORLD, that we should be HOLY and without BLAME before Him in LOVE, (5) having PREDESTINED US to ADOPTION as SONS by Jesus Christ to HIMSELF, according to the GOOD PLEASURE of HIS WILL. (9) having made known to us the MYSTERY of HIS WILL according to His GOOD PLEASURE, which He purposed in Himself. (10) that in the DISPENSATION of the FULNESS of the TIMES He might GATHER TOGETHER IN ONE ALL THINGS IN CHRIST, both which are in HEAVEN and which are on EARTH. (22) And He put ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET, and GAVE HIM TO BE HEAD OVER ALL THINGS to THE CHURCH, (23) which is HIS BODY, the FULLNESS of Him who FILLS ALL in ALL.
(Eph.3:9—and to make all people see what is the fellowship of THE MYSTERY, which from the beginning of the ages has been HIDDEN in GOD who created ALL THINGS through JESUS CHRIST. (10) To the intent that NOW the manifold WISDOM of GOD might be made KNOWN to the PRINCIPALITES and POWERS in the HEAVENLY PLACES. (11) according to the ETERNAL PURPOSE which He ACCOMPLISHED in CHRIST JESUS our LORD. (2 Tim.2:15—Be DILIGENT to PRESENT YOURSELF APPROVED TO GOD, a WORKER who does not need to be ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD of TRUTH. Col. 1:18—And He is the head of the BODY, the CHURCH, who is the BEGINNING, the FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD that in ALL THINGS He may have the PREEMINENCE. (26) the MYSTERY which has been HIDDEN from ages and from GENERATIONS, but NOW has been REVEALED to HIS SAINTS. (27) To them GOD WILLED TO MAKE KNOWN what are THE RICHES of the GLORY of this MYSTERY among the GENTILES: which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.
John 1:6—In the beginning was THE WORD and THE WORD was WITH GOD and THE WORD WAS 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, who is IN the BOSOM of THE FATHER, He has DECLARED Him. Ps.2:6—Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will DECLARE the DECREE: (the law) 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.
Eph.5:25—Husbands, LOVE your WIVES, just as CHRIST loved THE CHURCH and GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT, (26) that He might SANCTIFY and CLEANSE it with THE WASHING of WATER by THE WORD, (27) that HE might PRESENT IT TO HIMSELF a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having SPOT or WRINKLE or any such thing, but that it should be HOLY and WITHOUT BLEMISH. 1 Peter 4:17—For the time has come for JUDGMENT to BEGIN AT THE HOUSE of GOD; and if it BEGINS with US FIRST, what shall be THE END of those who DO NOT OBEY THE GOSPEL OF GOD? Mark.1:15—“The time is FULFILLED and the KINGDOM of GOD is at hand, REPENT and believe in THE GOSPEL. (Gal.3:8—And the SCRIPTURE, foreseeing that God would justify the NATIONS by FAITH, preached THE GOSPEL to ABRAHAM BEFOREHAND, saying “IN you ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED. (Acts 3:19—REPENT therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the PRESENCE of our Lord, (20) and that HE MAY SEND Jesus Christ, who was PREACHED to YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive until the times of RESTORATION of ALL THINGS, which God has spoken by the mouth of all HIS HOLY PROPHETS since the world began. (25) You are sons of the PROPHETS, and of the COVENANT which God made with our fathers, saying to ABRAHAM, and in your seed ALL THE FAMILIES of the EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. (26) To you FIRST, God having RAISED UP HIS SERVANT JESUS, SENT HIM to BLESS YOU, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.)
Mark 1:1—The BEGINNING of the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST, the SON of GOD, (2) As it is written in the PROPHETS. Behold, I send My messenger before You. (3) The voice of one CRYING in THE WILDERNESS; PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT. (Matt.3:3—For THIS is HE who was spoken of by the Prophet ISAIAH, saying: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare THE WAY of THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT. Ps.24:4—Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; TEACH me YOUR PATHS. (5) Lead me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me, (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.
Is.49:8,b—I WILL PRESERVE YOU and give YOU as A COVENANT to the people, to RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the desolate heritages. (6,b) I will also GIVE YOU as a LIGHT to the GENTILES that YOU should by MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. (Ps.2:6—Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL OF ZION, I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me. (7) 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.)
(I Believe the WORD right here is a SPIRITUAL PLACE where we CAN STAND right here on this word in the second Ps. and ask in HIS NAME for GOD to GIVE HIM the nations for His INHERITANCE and the ends of the earth for HIS POSSESSION. Being born again of THE WORD.)
1 Peter 2:23—having been BORN AGAIN, not of CORRUPTIBLE seed but INCORRUPTIBLE, through THE WORD OF GOD which LIVES and ABIDES FOREVER, Ps. 87:5—And of ZION it well be said, THIS ONE and THAT ONE were BORN in her; and the MOST HIGH HIMSELF SHALL ESTABLISH HER. (6) The Lord will RECORD when HE REGISTERS the peoples: THIS ONE WAS BORN THERE.) (Ps.2:6—Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL OF ZION, I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me. (7) 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.) (Is.51:16—And I have put MY WORDS in YOUR MOUTH; I have covered you with the SHADOW of MY HAND, that I may plant the heavens, lay the FOUNDATIONS of the EARTH, and say TO ZION, ‘YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.’) Is.49:2—And He has made MY MOUTH like a SHARP SWORD; IN THE SHADOW of HIS HAND He has HIDDEN Me, and made Me a polished shaft; In HIS QUIVER He has HIDDEN Me. (3) And He said to me, YOU are My servant, O ISRAEL, in whom I WILL BE GLORIFIED. (4) Then I said, I have labored in VAIN, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; yet surely my just REWARD is with the Lord, and my WORK with my God.(6) Indeed He says, it is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to RAISE UP THE TRIBES OF JACOB. (Ps.24:6—The generation of those who seek Him.) and to RESTORE the preserved ones of ISRAEL; I WILL ALSO GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT that YOU should be MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Returning to 1 Peter 2:24--because ALL FLESH is as GRASS, and all the GLORY of man as the FLOWER of the GRASS. The GRASS withers, and its flower falls away, (25) but THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER. (Is. 40:6,b—All flesh is GRASS, and all its loveliness is like the FLOWER of the field. (7) The GRASS withers, the FLOWER fades, but THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. (9) O ZION, you who bring GOOD TIDINGS, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring GOOD TIDINGS. Lift up your voice with STRENGTH, lift it up, be NOT afraid; say to the cities of Judah, “BEHOLD YOUR GOD!” (16) Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for him: Behold HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.
Is.62:11—Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the END OF THE WORLD! Say to the daughter of ZION, surely YOUR SALVATION IS COMING, “Behold HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (12) And they shall call them THE HOLY PEOPLE, the REDEEMED of the LORD: And you shall be called SOUGHT OUT, a CITY NOT FORSAKEN. (Matt.5:13—YOU are THE LIGHT of THE WORLD, A CITY that is set on A HILL cannot be HIDDEN. (15) Nor do they LIGHT A LAMP and put it under a basket, but on a LAMPSTAND, and it GIVES LIGHT to ALL who are in THE HOUSE. (16) Let your LIGHT so SHINE before MEN, that they may see your GOOD WORKS and GLORIFY your FATHER in HEAVEN. (This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.) (John 15:8—By THIS My Father is GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so you will be MY DISCIPLES.)
Ps.69:35—For God WILL SAVE ZION and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it. (36) Also, THE DESCENDANTS of HIS SERVANTS SHALL INHERIT IT, and those who love His name shall DWELL in IT. (Is.49:14—But ZION SAID, “THE LORD HAS FORSAKEN ME, and my Lord has FORGOTTEN me. (15) Can a woman forget her NURSING CHILD, and not have COMPASSION on the SON of her WOMB? Surely they may FORGET, YET I WILL NOT FORGET YOU. (16) See, I Have INSCRIBED YOU ON THE PALMS OF MY HANDS; your walls are continually before Me. (17) Your sons shall make haste; your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you. (18) Lift up your eyes, look around and see; All these gather together and come to you. AS I LIVE, says the Lord, ‘YOU SHALL CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH THEM ALL AS AN ORNAMENT, and BIND THEM ON YOU AS A BRIDE DOES.
Is.61:10—I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be JOYFUL in my God: For He has COVERED ME WITH THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, as A BRIDEGROOM DECKS HIMSELF WITH ORNAMENTS, and as A BRIDE ADORNS HERSELF WITH HER JEWELS. (11) For as THE EARTH BRINGS FORTH ITS BUD, (Is.27:6—Those who come He shall cause to take root in JACOB. (Ps.24:6—Jacob is the generation of those who seek His face.) ISRAEL shall blossom and BUD and FILL THE FACE OF THE WORLD WITH FRUIT.) (Gen.35:10—And God said to him. ‘Your name is JACOB; your name shall not be called JACOB anymore, but ISRAEL shall be YOUR NAME.) Returning to Is. 61:11--as THE GARDEN causes the things that are sown in it TO SPRING FORTH, so the LORD GOD WILL CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to SPRING FORTH BEFORE ALL THE NATIONS. (Is. 62:1—For ZION’S SAKE I will NOT hold My PEACE, and for JERUSALEM’S SAKE I will NOT REST, until HER RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth as BRIGHTNESS, and her SALVATION as a LAMP THAT BURNS. (Remember the parable of the ten virgins?)
(Ps.9:9—The Lord will also be a REFUGE for the OPPRESSED, a REFUGE in the TIMES OF TROUBLE. (10) And those WHO KNOW YOUR NAME will PUT THEIR TRUST IN YOU; For You, Lord, have not FORSAKEN those WHO SEEK YOU. (11) Sing praises to the Lord who DWELLS in ZION! Declare His deeds among the people.) (Ps.14:6—You SHAME the counsel of the poor, but the Lord is HIS REFUGE. (7) Oh, that the SALVATION of ISRAEL would come OUT of ZION! When the Lord brings back the captivity of HIS PEOPLE, let JACOB rejoice and ISRAEL be GLAD.
(Ps.46:1—God is our REFUGE and STRENGTH, a very PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE. (2) Therefore we will NOT fear. (4) There is a RIVER whose streams shall make GLAD the CITY of GOD, the HOLY PLACE OF THE TABERNACLE of THE MOST HIGH. (5) GOD IS IN THE MIDST OF HER, she SHALL NOT BE MOVED; GOD shall HELP HER, just at the BREAK of DAWN, (2 Peter 1:19—We also have the PROPHETIC WORD made more sure, which you do will to heed as A LIGHT that SHINES in a DARK PLACE, UNTIL the DAY DAWNS and the MORNING STAR RISES IN YOUR HEARTS. (20) Knowing this first, that no PROPHESCY of SCRIPTURE is of any PRIVATE INTERPRETATION, (21) for PROPHESY never came by the WILL of MAN, but HOLY MEN OF GOD spoke as they were MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.) (Gal.3:28—There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is NEITHER MALE nor FEMALE, for you are ALL ONE in Christ Jesus) 2 Tim.3:16—ALL SCRIPTURE is GIVEN by INSPIRATION of GOD, and is PROFITABLE for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in RIGHTEOUSNESS, (17) that the MAN of GOD may be COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK.
Returning to Ps.46:7--The LORD of HOSTS is WITH US; THE GOD OF JACOB is our REFUGE. (10) Be STILL and KNOW that I AM GOD; I WILL BE EXALTED AMONG THE NATIONS, I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH!) (Ps.48:3—Great is the Lord, and GREATLY to BE PRAISED in THE CITY of OUR GOD, in HIS HOLY mountain. (2) Beautiful in elevation, THE JOY OF THE WHOLE EARTH, is MOUNT ZION on the sides of the north, THE CITY of the GREAT KING. (3) GOD IS IN HER PALACES; He is KNOWN as HER REFUGE.
(Ps.91:1—He who dwells in THE SECRET PLACE of the MOST HIGH shall abide under the SHADOW of the ALMIGHTY. (Ps.31:20—You shall HIDE them in the SECRET PLACE of YOUR PRESENCE.) Returning to Ps.91:2—I will say of the Lord, HE is my REFUGE and my FORTRESS. My God in HIM I will TRUST. (3) SURELY HE SHALL DELIVER you FROM THE POWER of the FOWLER and from the perilous pestilence.) (Hosea 9:8—The WATCHMEN of EPHRAIM is WITH MY GOD; but the PROPHET is A FOWLER’S SNARE in ALL his WAYS.)
Ps.124:6—Blessed be the Lord, who has NOT given us as PREY to their teeth. (7) OUR SOUL has ESCAPED AS A BIRD from THE SNARE OF THE FOWLERS; the SNARE is BROKEN, and we have ESCAPED. (8) Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Is.31:4—For thus the Lord has spoken to me: “As a LION ROARS, and a young lion over his prey (When a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him, He will NOT be afraid of their VOICE nor be DISTURBED by their NOISE,) So the Lord of host will come down to fight for MOUNT ZION and for ITS HILL. (5) LIKE BIRDS FLYING ABOUT, so will the Lord of hosts DEFEND JERUSALEM. (I’ll fly away O glory!) (Is.30:27—Behold, the NAME of THE LORD comes from AFAR, BURNING with HIS ANGER, and HIS BURDEN is HEAVY; His lips are full of INDIGNATION, and His tongue LIKE A DEVOURING FIRE; (28) His breath is like an OVERFLOWING STREAM, which REACHES UP to THE NECK, TO SIFT THE NATIONS with the SIEVE of FUTILITY; and there shall be A BRIDLE in THE JAWS of the PEOPLE, CAUSING them to ERR.
(Amos 9:9—For surely I WILL COMMAND, and will SIFT the house of ISRAEL among ALL NATIONS, as grain is SIFTED IN A SIEVE; Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground. (10) ALL THE SINNERS of MY PEOPLE shall DIE BY THE SWORD, who say, “THE CALAMITY SHALL NOT OVERTAKE US NOR CONFRONT US.” (Is.29:7—The multitude of ALL THE NATIONS who FIGHT AGAINST ARIEL, even all who FIGHT against her fortress, and DISTRESS HER, shall be as a dream of a night vision. (8) It shall be even as when a HUNGRY man dreams, and look—he EATS, but he awakes, and his soul is still EMPTY; or as when a THIRSTY MAN dreams, and look –he DRINKS, but he awakes, and indeed he is faint, and his SOUL still CRAVES.(Matt.5:6—BLESSED are those who HUNGER and THIRST after RIGHTEOUSNESS, for THEY shall be FILLED. Returning to Is.29:8—So the MULTITUDES of ALL THE NATIONS shall be WHO FIGHT AGAINST MOUNT ZION. (9) Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are DRUNK, but NOT with WINE; they STAGGER, but NOT with intoxicating DRINK. (10) For the Lord has poured out on you THE SPIRIT OF DEEP SLEEP, and has CLOSED your EYES, namely the PROPHETS.
Pro.19:15—SLOTHFULNESS CASTS ONE INTO A DEEP SLEEP, and an IDLE person will suffer HUNGER. Pro.18:9—He who is SLOTHFUL in HIS WORK, is a brother to him who is a GREAT DESTROYER. (Luke 9:56—For the Son of Man did not come to DESTROY MEN’S LIVES but to SAVE THEM.) (John 10:9—I am the door if anyone enters by Me He will be SAVED, and will go IN and OUT and find PASTURE. (10) THE THIEF does not come except to STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY. I have come that they may have LIFE and that they may have it more ABUNDANTLY.
(Matt.9:36—But when He saw THE MULTITUDES, He was MOVED with COMPASSION for THEM, because they were WEARY and SCATTERED, like a SHEEP having NO SHEPHERD. (37) Then He said to HIS DISCIPLES, the HARVEST TRULY IS PLENTIFUL, but THE LABORERS are FEW. (38) Therefore PRAY THE LORD OF THE HARVEST TO SEND OUT LABORERS INTO HIS HARVEST.)
Joel 3:12—Let the NATIONS be WAKENED and come up to the Valley of JEHOSHAPHAT; (Jehovah is Judge.) for THERE I will SIT TO JUDGE THE SURROUNDING NATIONS. (14) MULTITUDES, MULTITUDES in the Valley of DECISION! For THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR IN THE VALLEY of DECISION.
Amos 5:8—Woe to you who desire THE DAY OF THE LORD! For what GOOD is the day of the Lord to YOU? It will be DARKNESS and not LIGHT. (20) Is not the DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT? (21) I HATE I DESPISE your FEAST DAYS, and I do NOT SAVOR YOUR SACRED ASSEMBLIES. (23) Take away from Me the NOISE of your SONGS, for I WILL NOT HEAR the MELODY of YOUR STRINGED INSTRUMENTS. (24) But let JUSTICE run down like WATER, and RIGHTEOUSNESS like a mighty STREAM. (Is.59:14—JUSTICE is TURNED BACK, and RIGHTEOUSNESS stands AFAR OFF. For TRUTH is FALLEN in the STREET, and equity cannot enter. (15) So TRUTH FAILS, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it DISPLEASED HIM that there was NO JUSTICE. (16) He saw THAT THERE WAS NO MAN, and WONDERED that there was NO INTERCESSOR, Therefore HIS OWN ARM brought SALVATION FOR HIM, and HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, it SUSTAINED HIM. (17) For He put on RIGHTEOUSNESS as a breastplate, and a HELMET of SALVATION on HIS HEAD; He put on the GARMENTS OF VENGEANCE FOR CLOTHING, and was clothed with ZEAL AS A CLOAK.
(Is.34:8—For it is the day of the LORD’S VENGEANCE; THE YEAR OF RECOMPENSE for the CAUSE OF ZION. (Is.63:4—For the day of VENGEANCE is in My heart, and the year of My REDEEMED has COME. (5) I looked, but there was NO ONE TO HELP, and I WONDERED that there was NO MAN TO UPHOLD; Therefore My own arm brought SALVATION for ME; and My own FURY, it SUSTAINED Me.
Returning to Is.55:4--Indeed I have given him as a WITNESS to the people, a LEADER and COMMANDER for the people. (5) Surely you shall call a NATION you do NOT KNOW, and NATIONS who do NOT KNOW you SHALL RUN TO YOU. Because of THE LORD YOUR GOD, and the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL; for HE HAS GLORIFIED YOU. (6) SEEK THE LORD while He MAY BE FOUND, call upon Him while He is NEAR. (10) For as THE RAIN comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but WATER THE EARTH, (Is.45:8—RAIN down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth open, let them bring FORTH SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it. (Heb.9:28—To those who eagerly WAIT for HIM He will APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART from SIN for SALVATION.
Returning to Is.55:10--and make it bring FORTH and BUD, that it may give SEED to the SOWER (Ps.1261—When the Lord brought back the captivity of ZION, we were like those who DREAM. (6) He who continually goes forth weeping, BEARING SEEDS FOR SOWING, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, BRINGING HIS SHEAVES WITH HIM.) Returning to Is.55:10--and BREAD to the EATER. (John 6:32,B—but MY FATHER gives you the TRUE BREAD from heaven. (33) For THE BREAD of God is He who comes down from heaven and GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD.
Returning to Is.55:11--So shall MY WORD be that GOES FORTH FROM MY MOUTH; IT SHALL NOT RETURN TO ME VOID, but it shall ACCOMPLISH what I PLEASE, (Ps.69:29—But I am poor and sorrowful; LET YOUR SALVATION, O GOD, SET ME UP ON HIGH. (30) I will praise the name of God with a song, and will MAGNIFY HIM with THANKSGIVING, (31) This also shall PLEASE the Lord better than an ox or bull. (35) For GOD WILL SAVE ZION and BUILD the cities of Judah, that they may DWELL there and POSSESS IT.) Returning to Is.55:11--and it shall PROSPER in the thing for WHICH I SENT IT.
Is. 45:22—Look to Me and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! for I AM GOD and there is NO OTHER. (Ps.25:27—ALL the ENDS OF THE EARTH 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.18:43—You have DELIVERED me from the STRIVINGS of the PEOPLE; YOU HAVE MADE ME THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS; a people I have NOT KNOWN shall serve me. (44) As soon as they hear of me THEY OBEY ME. The FOREIGNERS SUBMIT to ME. (46) The LORD LIVES! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my SALVATION be EXALTED. (47) It is GOD who AVENGES ME, and SUBDUES THE PEOPLES UNDER ME; (49) Great DELIVERANCE He gives to HIS KING, and SHOWS MERCY to HIS ANOINTED, to DAVID and HIS DESCENDANTS FOREVERMORE.)
Returning to Ps.105:8—He has remembered HIS COVENANT FOREVER, THE WORD which He COMMANDED, for A THOUSAND GENERATIONS. (9) THE COVENANT which He made with ABRAHAM, and His oath to ISAAC, (10) and CONFIRMED it to JACOB for a statute, to ISRAEL for an EVERLASTING COVENANT.) (Is.55:3—Incline your ear, and come to Me, HEAR, and your soul shall live; and I WILL MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH YOU—the SURE MERCIES of DAVID. (Luke 1:30—Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid Mary, you have found FAVOR with God. (31) And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. (32) HE will be GREAT, and will be called the SON of the HIGHEST; and the Lord God will GIVE HIM the THRONE of HIS FATHER DAVID. (33) And He WILL REIGN over the house of JACOB FOREVER, and of HIS KINGDOM there will be NO END.) (Ps. 78:68—But CHOSE the TRIBE of Judah, MOUNT ZION which He LOVED. (69) And HE BUILT HIS SANCTUARY LIKE THE HEIGHTS, like THE EARTH which He has ESTABLISHED FOREVER. (70) He also CHOSE DAVID His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; (71) To SHEPHERD JACOB HIS PEOPLE, and ISRAEL HIS INHERITANCE.) (Ps.135:4—For the Lord has CHOSEN JACOB for HIMSELF, ISRAEL FOR HIS SPECIAL TREASURE.)
Jere.10:14—Everyone is DULL-HEARTED, without KNOWLEDGE; every metalsmith is put to SHAME by the graven image; for HIS MOLDED IMAGE IS FALSEHOOD, and there is no breath in them. (13) They are FUTILE, a WORK of ERRORS; in the time of punishment they shall perish. (16) The portion of JACOB is NOT LIKE THEM for He is the Maker of all things, and ISRAEL is the TRIBE OF HIS INHERITANCE; the Lord of hosts is his name. (21) For the SHEPHERDS have become DULL-HEARTED, and HAVE NOT SOUGHT THE LORD; therefore they shall NOT PROSPER, and all their flocks shall be scattered. (Jere.23:1—Woe to the SHEPHERDS who DESTROY and SCATTER THE SHEEP OF MY PASTURE! Says the Lord. (2) Therefore thus says the Lord God of ISRAEL AGAINST the SHEPHERDS who FEED MY PEOPLE: You have SCATTERED MY FLOCK, DRIVEN THEM AWAY, and have NOT ATTENDED to THEM. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings, says the Lord. (3) But I WILL GATHER THE REMNANT OF MY FLOCK out of all of your countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be FRUITFUL and INCREASE. (4) I will set up SHEPHERDS over them who will FEED them; and THEY SHALL FEAR NO MORE, NOR BE DISMAYED, nor shall they be LACKING, says the lord.
Eze.34:22—Therefore I will SAVE MY FLOCK, and they shall NO longer be a prey; and I will JUDGE between SHEEP and SEEP. (23) I will establish ONE SHEPHERD OVER THEM, and he shall FEED THEM—MY SERVANT DAVID. He shall FEED them and BE THEIR SHEPHERD. (24) And I, the Lord, WILL BE THEIR GOD, and MY SERVANT DAVID a prince among them; I the Lord, have spoken. (25) I will make a COVENANT OF PEACE with THEM, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. (26) I will make THEM and the places all around MY HILL a BLESSING; and I will cause SHOWERS to come down in their season; there shall be SHOWERS of BLESSING. (29) And I will raise up for them a GARDEN of RENOWN, and they shall no longer be consumed with HUNGER in the land, (Promise land?)
(Matt. 5:6—Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST for RIGHTEOUSNES for THEY shall be FILLED.) nor bear the SHAME of the GENTILES anymore. (30) Thus they shall KNOW that I, the Lord their God, am WITH THEM, and that THEY, the house of ISRAEL, are MY PEOPLE, says the Lord God. (31) YOU are MY FLOCK, the FLOCK of MY PASTURE; you are men, and I AM YOUR GOD.)
(Matt. 10:5—“(Jesus) “DO NOT GO INTO THE WAY OF THE GENTILES, and do NOT enter a city of the SAMARITANS. (6) but GO rather to the LOST SHEEP of the house of ISRAEL, (7) and as you go, PREACH, saying the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. (8) HEAL THE SICK, CLEANSE THE LEPERS, RAISE THE DEAD, CAST OUT DEMONS, FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE. (Mark 16:17—And these SIGNS will FOLLOW those who BELIEVE; In My name they will CAST OUT DEMONS ; they will SPEAK with NEW TONGUES; (18) they will take up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; THEY WILL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK and THEY WILL RECOVER
Ps.98:1—Oh, sing to the Lord A NEW SONG! For He has done marvelous things; HIS RIGHT HAND and HIS HOLY ARM have GAINED HIM THE VICTORY. (2) The Lord has made know HIS SALVATION; His RIGHTEOUSNESS He has openly shown in the sight of the NATIONS. (3) He has REMEMBERED HIS MERCY and HIS FAITHFULNESS to the house of ISRAEL; ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH HAVE SEEN THE SALVATION of OUR GOD. Ps.1004—Enter into His gates with THANKSGIVING, and into His courts with PRAISE. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name, (5) For the LORD is GOOD; HIS MERCY IS EVERLASTING, and HIS TRUTH ENDURES to ALL GENERATIONS.
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"I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world." Oh how this is becoming manifest again in our time. God is definitely shaking things up, so that the things that are lasting will remain. Oh that we would remain faithful to Him. Thank you Sharon for another Word of faith well done. Dennis
" And those WHO KNOW YOUR NAME will PUT THEIR TRUST IN YOU; For You, Lord, have not FORSAKEN those WHO SEEK YOU." This verse speaks volume in my heart today. If we put our trust in God at all times,we can rest secure even at the worsts of times. Thanks Sis. for always reminding us of God's Word which is tried and true. Love, Gloria
Dear Sharon, Once again, you have shared God’s Truth so wonderfully with us. Yes, Christ gave Himself for the church and He spread God’s Word through the church to sanctify and cleanse the people gathered in His Name (His church). God’s Word is holy and pure, and we know from reading His Word that His protection is firm and sure and we can trust in Him every day of our lives. His Word will direct our steps if we will acknowledge that He is our Lord - the only One who has dominion over us. He has given us His Word and His promises - we need only to believe in Jesus Christ, sent by the Father. Our work is to believe in Him and spread His Love. The Holy Spirit will dwell within believers and the Spirit of the Lord will be our witness. We are to make disciples throughout the world, knowing that God is always with us and His Spirit will always be our guide. God’s Light will shine through us. The Word of the Lord endures forever and there will be endless opportunities for us to share His Word and His Truth. When we are faced with troubles, we can seek refuge with the Lord - He will never forsake His children. We must not fear, but run to Him, trusting Him with every aspect of our lives. There are times when we need to ‘be still’ and listen, knowing our God is with us. For the Son of Man came to save lives, not to destroy them. He wants us to have a life that is full of His Love and Direction. God has compassion for us and is ready to steer us back to Him if we veer off course, like a Shepherd with His sheep. God came to gather His Sheep, to keep them safely enfolded in His Love, to be nurtured until they can go forth to share His Word. Even then, He rejoices in having them return to Him to be renewed in the Spirit - like a parent who rejoices in spending time with His children even when they are on their own. His Mercy is everlasting and His Truth endures forever and His compassion is always there - waiting for us to run to His arms. Thank you for sharing God’s Love with us, Sharon. His Word inspires you and you respond so beautifully - you are an extraordinary servant of the Lord. Love, Peggy