Washed

 

I love you
and have washed away
your sins with
My own blood

making you
priests and kings
to My
Father God.

I am established in God’s Kingdom by the blood of Jesus.

“To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5,6 NKJV

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Confessing

 

Do not try
to cover your sins
but come and
bring them to Me

turning away
from whatever it is
finding forgiveness
and mercy.

A laid down life confesses sin.

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 NKJV

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Arise

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“I say to you, arise, take up your bed and go your way to your house.”  Mark 2:11 NKJV

“And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this.”  Mark 2:12 NKJV

I once was paralyzed by my sin.

Thank You, Lord, for forgiving me and healing me so that I can walk with You!  And here’s a simple poem . . .

We’ve never
seen anything like this

who is it
who does these things?

He who forgives sins
and heals paralytics

is none other than
Jesus our King!

God bless you as you arise to meet Him today!

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Clearly Evident

“Some men’s sins are clearly evident, proceeding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later.”

“Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.”  1 Timothy 5:24-25

I am encouraged that while sins may be hidden at times, good just can’t be.

Lord, may those who are hurting and lost clearly see the evidence of Your goodness today.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Unhidden

source – neurodojo.blogspot.com

You are a good God
Who does wondrous things
and all that You do through us
testifies and sings

clearly evidence
unable to be stopped
that You are Who You are
Your goodness rising to the top.

A Filth Filter

“Then the children of Israel who had returned from the captivity ate together with all who had separated themselves from the filth of the nations of the land in order to seek the LORD God of Israel.”  Ezra 6:21

When I lived in “Me Land”, a lot of garbage began piling up.

Thank You, Lord, for making a way for us to be separated from the filth of our sins.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

A Must

source – standardtimespress.org

I must seek You
for You are life

and allow my sins
to be crucified with Christ

separating from the filth
of who I used to be

called into the light
of eternity.

Inside Israel

Thank you for coming by for a look inside modern day Israel this Sunday. J of Jerusalem gives us a beautiful reflection of her heart and His as the people observe Yom Kippur.  Take it away J!

1:03 in the afternoon and Jerusalem is speeding toward silence.

All public transportation will stop at 2:30 this year, including our airport.  Most shops are already closed, although people can still be seen scurrying here and there making last minute purchases at food shops.

The fast begins, officially, in Jerusalem at 5:07pm.  People are preparing meals now for both this evening and the breaking of the fast at 6:17 tomorrow.

But this most holy day on the Hebrew calendar is not about food.  Nor does it center around ancient traditions, although there are many.  This is the day of aweyom kippur…the day of the atonement, or sacrifice…the day “to afflict your soul” as it says in Levit 16:29-31:

This shall be a statute forever to you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you.  For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It is a sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall afflict your souls.  It is a statute forever.” In verse 34 Moses adds “This shall be an everlasting statute for you…”

And so, for more then 5,000 years…our people do this.  It has continued in caves and in palaces.  It was kept during the holocaust and the dispersions and in hiding from country to country.  It is kept here in modern Israel and by Jews around the world.  I was a small child when I was first taught by my parents to observe this solemn fast.  Indeed, most Jews do, even if they observe little else.

“…that you will be cleansed from sin.”

I ask myself; ‘ Do I truly comprehend and value the fact that The One Who is The Final Atonement, in His great mercy, revealed Himself to me?  While my people afflict their souls and bless one another with the words ‘cha’tee’mah tovah’ (‘literally: ‘signature good’ but meaning ‘may you be found inscribed in the book of Life’), do I feel the weight of the precious price that was paid for me that I might rest in the fact that I know I am inscribed in The Lamb’s book of Life??  I want to feel that weight and let it press me to my knees in prayer for my people.  I want it to press tears from my heart for my people who seek a cleansing, and freedom from their sins.  What a great gift we have!

I have written in the past about the ‘shuk h’kapara’ (the market of the sacrifice), where chickens are slaughtered and swung 3 times over the head while prayers are said, as a ‘cleansing for sin’…about the giving of ‘tsadaka’ (alms, or literally ‘righteousness’) to atone for sin…and about the throwing of sins into the river.  And ofcourse there are different degrees of desperation with which people seek Him for this cleansing.  Indeed, some do it just to ‘do it’…because ‘it is what we do’…because it is ‘tradition’, to be seen of men; but others seek deeply…my boss for one.  He has been at the western wall every morning at 4:30am for a week, saying the ‘slichoot’ (forgive me) prayers.  His heart seeks The One Whose Name is still an offence to him because the veil is still on his eyes.  Lord, give me the true heart of an intercessor for him!

Today I read an interesting ‘blog’ in our newspaper written by a young woman who had been seeking…examining the claims of Judaism, her ancient roots calling out to her.  She seems to be ‘newly religious’ (bal h’troova) and she wrote about how she had dreaded Yom Kippur in the past.  She said that the word tshuva (‘repentance’) meant this to her:

Repentance is a drek-filled word if there ever was one. It is full of punitive and shameful connotations: its link to Yom Kippur evoking memories of insanely long days standing in uncomfortable shoes at synagogue, where we obligatorily beat on our chests, commiserate about how awful we have been and silently debate how much longer we must suffer this self flagellation before returning home to starve till sundown”

But as she studied with the rabbis, she suddenly realized something that we, as believers, had to have revealed to us (what a privilege!) in order to become His: that repentance is not just hating our sin, but a call to ‘return to Me, saith The Lord’. When she understood that, she went on to say:

“This concept knocked my socks off it was so resonant. Hashem (God) is so wild about us that He set up a yearly date with us; indeed created the world in such a way that every year we must do Tshuva, or ‘return’ to Him and in so doing, to our highest selves.                                                                                                 What a love story it is between Hashem and the Jewish people! “

And how blessed we are to know that this “love story” He did not limit to the Jewish people, but that at Shavuot (Pentecost) He began to send His Spirit out to the nations…to work out His plan of salvation to the world.  Peter took it first to Jaffa…and there the door opened to the Gentiles.  Actually, it opened on the cross.

I have often quoted from Rom 9, 10, 11…these amazing, often mysterious chapters that send chills down my spine:

“For I do not desire brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  And so all Israel will be saved…Concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sake but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.  For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable….that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy…” Rom 11:25, 26, 28, 31

The streets are almost quiet now and the chicken in the oven smells cooked.  It is 3:07 and I did want to write to you and perhaps stir you to Him…to pray for this people and this nation, getting ready to sit before God…God! yet hidden by the veil!  May that veil come off during this yom kippur.  Thank you for praying with us.

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