Place of protection

 When even the safe place becomes a place of wickedness, the needy one can be assured of this: God’s heart never changes. Righteous people may be tested but the wicked and violent are already known and will have an end. #greatisthyfaithfulness   – Teresa 

Psalm 11: 1-5 (ESV)

11 “In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,

    “Flee like a bird to your mountain,

2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow;

    they have fitted their arrow to the string

    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;

3 if the foundations are destroyed,

    what can the righteous do?”[a]

4 The Lord is in his holy temple;

    the Lord’s throne is in heaven;

    his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.

5 The Lord tests the righteous,

    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.”

Blessings

 A father’s blessing is as sacred to sons as the bounty of the land that it evokes. Our heavenly father has blessed us as his children with abundant provisions for life and well being! How thankful we are for this sacred gift. -Teresa

Genesis 27: 26-29 ESV

‘Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.” 27 So he came near and kissed him. And Isaac smelled the smell of his garments and blessed him and said,“See, the smell of my son    is as the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed! 28 May God give you of the dew of heaven and of the fatness of the earthand plenty of grain and wine.29 Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you!”

United we stand

Although the people from the east migrated, they still had the same language as those they met along the way. Together, they were convinced to join forces in order make a name for themselves. Maybe they felt a need to protect themselves from God’s influence or to be noticed by him. Their need for self-government or significance drove them to complete this difficult building project, the tower of Babel. God saved them from the propensity to live life without Him by giving the gift of various languages. United we stand but first we must remember who unites us. The Lord Jesus Christ gives us a great purpose …His kingdom come and His will be done. – Teresa

 Genesis 11:1-9 (ESV)

11 “Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused[a] the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.”

  

Don’t take the bait…

  
Proactive leadership knows when to let the flame of a divisive spirit burn out and stay the course. Have you ever said, “don’t take the bait” to a friend who is about to be consumed by an argument? By trusting the Lord, we have a tool to control anger by seemingly doing nothing. In actuality, we are proactively choosing what is worth our time and attention and letting God deal with those things that are out of our hands! – Teresa

Psalm 4:2-5 (NLT)

2 “How long will you people ruin my reputation?

    How long will you make groundless accusations?

    How long will you continue your lies? Interlude

3 You can be sure of this:

    The Lord set apart the godly for himself.

    The Lord will answer when I call to him.

4 Don’t sin by letting anger control you.

    Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude

5 Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,

    and trust the Lord.”

A witness

 Nature gave a clear witness to the glory of God by the majesty declared in the heavens this Christmas Eve. People also gave a witness by testifying of their faith in Jesus. When the angel became a witness (in this passage), he refused honor or homage and reminded John, the apostle, that  God alone should be worshiped. The angel gave a message that  included a clear phrophetic witness regarding Jesus Christ our Lord (see V. 9). – Teresa

Revelation 19: 1-10 ( NLT) emphasis added

“After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting,

“Praise the Lord![a]
    Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.

2 His judgments are true and just.

    He has punished the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her immorality.

    He has avenged the murder of his servants.”

3 And again their voices rang out:

“Praise the Lord!

    The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!”

4 Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Praise the Lord!”

5 And from the throne came a voice that said,

“Praise our God,

    all his servants,

all who fear him,

    from the least to the greatest.”

6 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:

“Praise the Lord!
    For the Lord our God,[b] the Almighty, reigns.

7 Let us be glad and rejoice,

    and let us give honor to him.

For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,

    and his bride has prepared herself.

8 She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”

    For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.

9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”

10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters[c] who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.[d]”

Who is close to you?

 If you would like the Lord Jesus Christ to be your King, call on Him in truth. It does not need to be eloquent but it does need to be authentic. He draws close to the one who declares his/her need of a Savior, who realizes that Christ is Lord and who trusts in the power of His resurrection from the dead (see Romans 10:9,10).  -Teresa

Psalm 145:8-21 (NLT)-emphasis added

8 “The Lord is merciful and compassionate,

    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

9 The Lord is good to everyone.

    He showers compassion on all his creation.

10 All of your works will thank you, Lord,

    and your faithful followers will praise you.

11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;

    they will give examples of your power.

12 They will tell about your mighty deeds

    and about the majesty and glory of your reign.

13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.

    You rule throughout all generations.

The Lord always keeps his promises;

    he is gracious in all he does.[b]

14 The Lord helps the fallen

    and lifts those bent beneath their loads.

15 The eyes of all look to you in hope;

    you give them their food as they need it.

16 When you open your hand,

    you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in everything he does;

    he is filled with kindness.

18 The Lord is close to all who call on him,

    yes, to all who call on him in truth.

19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;

    he hears their cries for help and rescues them.

20 The Lord protects all those who love him,

    but he destroys the wicked.

21 I will praise the Lord,

    and may everyone on earth bless his holy name

    forever and ever.”

Greater than the angels

 This lovely gift was arranged for me by my team at work. They are the angels who sit around me and bless multitudes of people every day! I really love the comfort of angels whether ministering unaware or singing in the night sky over the shepherd’s field. Angels, also, because they are messengers may have some difficult tasks to do as in this passage. The One “like the Son of Man” refers to Christ Jesus our Lord. He is greater than angels, worthy to judge the earth because He gave all for us! What we do with God’s Son will be the ultimate determination of our destiny. – Teresa #bowthekneetoHim

Revelation 14:14-20 (NLT)”Then I saw a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was someone like the Son of Man.[c] He had a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.

15 Then another angel came from the Temple and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud, “Swing the sickle, for the time of harvest has come; the crop on earth is ripe.” 16 So the one sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the whole earth was harvested.

17 After that, another angel came from the Temple in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. 18 Then another angel, who had power to destroy with fire, came from the altar. He shouted to the angel with the sharp sickle, “Swing your sickle now to gather the clusters of grapes from the vines of the earth, for they are ripe for judgment.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and loaded the grapes into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20 The grapes were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress in a stream about 180 miles[d] long and as high as a horse’s bridle.”
  

Ice dancing

 When our LORD and Saviour, Jesus Christ, stepped into history, there was no more dancing around the issue. Satan may have used accusations against the high priests beforehand because they were mere men- a shadow of things to come. The perfect Son of God came as Daniel predicted -the Son of Man-rescuing us from the spiritual forces bent on using destructive accusations against our sin nature. He is our great high priest interceding on our behalf. #youareworthasontoGod.-Teresa

Zechariah 3:1-2 (NLT)

3 “Then the angel showed me Jeshua[e] the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord. The Accuser, Satan,[f] was there at the angel’s right hand, making accusations against Jeshua. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.”

Eyes of love

  Proverbs 30:17

“The eye that mocks a father

    and despises a mother’s instructions

will be plucked out by ravens of the valley

    and eaten by vultures.”

Although eyes are the reflection of what’s in the heart, they may not always reflect love for parents. During teenage/young adult years, the heart behind those eyes can be self-focused or outward-beauty focused. Give us wisdom, Lord, to run towards wisdom and away from the trap of a mocking/despising eye. Strengthen us in praying for the hearts of our young people.-Teresa

Purposefully shining for Him

 The morning sun comes up brilliantly- running its course despite the brewing storm clouds. Our lives also shine brilliantly when we run our course for Him. For those Christians being persecuted, even today- God sees and has the ultimate say in justice and righteous rewards. (Read Vanya, Bonhoeffer and Corrie Ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place”).- Teresa

Revelation 7: 14-17 ( NLT)”… he said to me, “These are the ones who died in[a] the great tribulation.[b] They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

15 “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne
    and serve him day and night in his Temple.

And he who sits on the throne

    will give them shelter.

16 They will never again be hungry or thirsty;

    they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.

17 For the Lamb on the throne[c]

    will be their Shepherd.

He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.

    And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”